Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Balada Pencinta [2013]

Director: Khir Rahman
Writer: Khir Rahman
Starring: Johan As'ari, Siti Saleha, Azhan Rani, Syed Hussein
Genre: Drama
Rating: General
Verdict: "It's kind of a mixed bag, but what's undeniable is that it should establish Khir Rahman as one of the country's finest directors..."

Synopsis
Not wanting to spend the rest of his life in the underworld, Amir (Johan As'ari) decides to leave it all behind and amicably splits with his partner-in-crime (Faizal Hussein). He returns to his first love; playing music. This course of action takes him down a path where he would have to deal with his emotions the way he never has to before.

What to Expect
1. Visually-pleasing experience
2. *Top notch performances
3. Masterful direction
4. *Borderline drama Melayu story
5. Memorable and lovable cast of characters

What NOT to Expect
1. Shouty, over-the-top gangsters
Good for what it is, no less no more.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Longkai [2013]

Director: Hashim Rejab
Writer: Panel MiG
Starring: Niezam Zaidi, Along Eyzendy, Wawa Zainal, Faizal Hussein, Erra Fazira, Dira Abu Zahar
Genre: Action/Drama
Rating: General
Verdict: "As with any MiG production, Longkai is horribly and awkwardly scripted, even seems to have aspired to out-KLGangster KL Gangster, if you know what I mean..."

Synopsis
Uh like, tow truck drivers from two rivalling workshops take their rivalry to such unbelievable heights. Then a tudung-clad lady stalks one of the workshops, watching Faizal Hussein from afar. A couple of car crashes, I think. Then people fight. Then they fight some more. Wawa Zainal exits her school grounds. Niezam Zaidi wins her heart with a necklace. Something else must have happened after that. Then more fighting, including bizarre and out-of-place wrestling moves. Oh yeah, everything is played straight, which makes everything end up being unintentionally funny.

What to Expect
1. An abuse to one's suspension of disbelief
2. WTF moments aplenty
3. Actors hamming it up
4. Over-the-top everything
5. Plain awkward script
6. Bizarre-ness

What NOT to Expect
1. Subtlety
2. Coherence
3. Believable relationships
Unless you watch it as an unintentional comedy

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Yusry's Explanation Regarding the "Vikingdom" Fiasco


On September 25th, I posted my opinion regarding the whole Vikingdom issue. I know it has kind of died down by now, and I am in no way trying to revive or prolong it. I just figured that it's only fair that I post his official response to it all. The other side of the story, if you will. I've done this already, but that was as the curator for @twt_filem on Twitter (September 23rd, 2013 - October 6th, 2013).


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