Category: Film

7 Letters (2015)

7 Letters (2015)

Although I have attended one of the premiere sessions at Capitol Theatre back in July, I have been too busy with work and only managed to write this now. The session I attended was “free” although we were given an envelop each to donate any amount we wish to charities. This special session was by invitation only and extended to […]

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The Martin Scorsese Film School

The Martin Scorsese Film School

Recently, Martin Scorsese did an interview with Fast Company and the master filmmaker referenced 85 films: Some of the movies he discussed (note: the descriptions for these are below in quotes, denoting his own words). Others he just mentioned (noted below with short plot descriptions and no quotes). But the cumulative total reflects a life lived entirely within the confines […]

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No CGI… Old School Stunts for Fast & Furious 7

No CGI… Old School Stunts for Fast & Furious 7

Take a look at the behind the scenes of Fast & Furious 7 shoot, especially from the 12th minutes onwards. What really impressed me are the lack of visual effects and how they literally threw the cars out of the plane. I did remember reading somewhere that the filmmakers had shared that the real car stunts were the reasons why […]

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7 Ways to Hide a Lavalier Microphone

7 Ways to Hide a Lavalier Microphone

Wireless lavalier microphone is a convenient way to record dialogue without the need for a separate booom operator. However, it is also easy to pick up unwanted noise such as clothes or cable rustling. Here’s a video that provides great tips on mitigating the noise.

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PK (2014)

PK (2014)

(Turn on the subtitles/CC for English subtitles) PK is a wonderful Indian comedy-drama directed by Rajkumar Hirani. I got my ticket immediately just knowing that it was Hirani’s film. I have zero idea of the plot when I sit down in the theatre but the film turned out to be just as brilliant as Hirani’s other masterpieces such as 3 […]

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The Sound of Transcendence

Behind the scenes of how the sound design comes together for Transcendence. There is really a lot more going on than what we hear. As Steven Spielberg and George Lucas said, “Sound is half the experience.”

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Cinematography of Roger Deakins

Cinematography of Roger Deakins

This is a wonderful visual tribute to cinematographer Roger Deakins, produced by Plot Point Productions. But somewhat, they forgot about his wonderful work for The Shawshank Redemption which is often ranked as the best film ever made. From Wikiepedia: Roger Alexander Deakins, CBE, ASC, BSC (born 24 May 1949) is an English cinematographer best known for his work on the […]

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Dearest《親爱的》

Dearest《親爱的》

Dearest is a largely Chinese production directed by Hong Kong director Peter Chan who brought us excellent films like Golden Chicken (2002) and Protégé (2007). Starring a star-studded cast from China such as Zhao Wei, Hao Lei and Huang Bo, the touching film actually feels like two stories in one. The first half revolves around a pair of divorced parents (Huang […]

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Cafe. Waiting. Love (等一个人咖啡) (2014)

After the huge success of You are the Apple of My Eye (2011), I have been eagerly looking forward to the release of Giddens Ko’s (Jiubadao) second film in his love trilogy. The production style remains largely similar even though the director is not Giddens Ko himself, this time round helmed by his collaborator Chiang Chin-lin. The film is very […]

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Boyhood (2014)

After watching the Sunrise trilogy, Richard Linklater has ranked among my favourite directors for romance drama. He is just phenomenal with writing dialogue that feels so real yet entertaining and thought-provoking. His characters simply click and their various interactions are just great to watch. So I am not surprised that his latest film Boyhood has received critical acclaim globally. Saying […]

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