Saturday, May 30, 2009

Alice in the Cities

The story is about how a German journalist who is writing an article about American life traveled back from United States to Germany with a little girl to search for her grandmother.

Great performance by the little girl! I also liked the scenery and the interesting dialog during their road trip!

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Young Cinema: Programme B

Watched the following short films as part of the Young Cinema Programme organised by the National Museum.

The Riddle in a Bottle
Liked the songs and the scenes with the wild animals!

Nicely drawn but not very well received by the audience that consisted mostly of little kids.

Once Upon a Tide
The little girl looked quite cute! Nice story!

Young Cinema: Programme A

Watched the following short films as part of the Young Cinema Programme organised by the National Museum.

The Animal Save the Planet
Very nice stop motion film in the style of Wallace and Gromit! The ideas were well thought out!

The Story of Stuff
Too wordy and need to concentrate to get the message! Saw most of the kids got restless for this segment. Maybe it would help if subtitles were displayed?

Garbage Angels
Nice abstract piece about simulated wild animals made of garbage!

Nice abstract piece about the beauty of nature and paper folding!

Really funny film about the unexpected side effects of watching too much "Finding Nemo"!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Star Trek

The story is about how a group of cadets worked together on a space ship and saved Earth from being destroyed by aliens. It is based on the popular TV series of the same name.

Liked the chemistry among the characters and the catchy dialog! The dynamics between James and Spock is especially interesting!

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Kabei: Our Mother

The story is about the life of a Japanese mother narrated by her daughter. Her husband was thrown into jail for his left wing ideas during the early 1940s and she had to fend for her two daughters by herself.

The eldest daughter was quite cute with her two pony tails and the uncle was a lovable character in his own way! Great acting by the two daughters! Thought the director could have shortened the ending. A reasonably good film but I was a little disappointed as it didn't move me as much as "Twenty Four Eyes" and "Burmese Harp", both were Japanese anti-war films made in the 1950s.

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Friday, May 01, 2009

Umberto D

The story is about an old man and his dog. The old man owes the landlady money and is gradually being kicked out of his apartment.

Nice story and the maid looked quite pretty! Was quite impressed by the tricks that the dog could do too but I felt a little depressed for the old man towards the end!

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Sell Out!

The story is about the lives of the employees of "FONY", a fictitious Malaysian company whose focus is on making money at all costs. The main characters are an Arts show host intent on climbing the social ladder and an idealistic product manager.

Liked the songs and the black humor! I also liked the scenes where they showed the ordinary people in the streets!

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