Category: Documentary

Hollywood’s Greatest Trick

Visual effects sector is in a sorry state despite looking glamourous to the public.

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In the Mood for Doyle (2007)

Wonderful and insightful documentary on one of my favourite cinematographers, Christopher Doyle.

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A Message from Akira Kurosawa: For Beautiful Movies

A Message from Akira Kurosawa: For Beautiful Movies

Akira Kurosawa’s daughter, Hisao Kurosawa, made this documentary to share the filmmaking philosophies of her very famous father.

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HUMAN by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (2015)

HUMAN by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (2015)

Filmmaker, photographer and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand became world famous with his gorgeous aerial film, Home, released back in 2009. Financed by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, he has made another beautiful film with a focus on what makes us human. What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight ? That we laugh ? Cry […]

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Project Greenlight Season 4 (2015)

Project Greenlight Season 4 (2015)

Although touted as a documentary on what’s going on behind making a Hollywood feature film, it really is more of a reality TV series. Executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, it was thoroughly engaging and entertaining to watch. Just don’t believe everything that was being shown. The following article by Slash Film explains how certain scenes were manipulated […]

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The Act of Killing (2012)

The Act of Killing (2012)

The Act of Killing is a documentary film directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn. Filmed over 7 years from 2005 to 2011, the film is about the individuals who participated in the communist purge of 1965–66 in Indonesia. What amazes me about this documentary film is the level of access the filmmakers had obtained and also how open the […]

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The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing

The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing

Good documentary about the art of editing movies featuring many well-known editors and directors from Hollywood.

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Rock Me to the Moon 一首搖滾上月球 (2013)

Rock Me to the Moon 一首搖滾上月球 (2013)

Rock Me to the Moon is an award-winning Taiwanese documentary film about a group of fathers in their 50s and 60s who come together to form a Rock n Roll band. What bonded them together is their children who have suffered from one form of rare disorder or another. It is a heartbreaking and inspiring film where we see how […]

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Who Needs Sleep?

Who Needs Sleep?

Here’s a very interesting and intimate look at the long hours on the film and TV sets, which literally is a matter of life and death. The documentary reminds me of the long and unpredictable hours during my production days. There was also this international survey in 2013 that reveals that Singaporeans work an average of 2287 hours a year, […]

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那時.此刻 The Moment – Fifty Years of Golden Horse (2015)

那時.此刻 The Moment – Fifty Years of Golden Horse (2015)

I caught this at the 3rd Singapore Chinese Film Festival where the director Yang Li-chou was present for a Q&A session after the screening. Commissioned by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Golden Horse Awards, it is an excellent documentary which chronicles the history of the awards and Taiwanese filmmaking very well. It was only after […]

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