All posts by Harris Dang

Film Review: The Party (UK, 2017) delivers pitch-black comedy at its best

Black comedies can be a very hard genre to pull off. Since it dwells within serious issues that could potentially be seen as taboos within the genre, it requires a certain balance between empathy, humour and darkness. But like all films, they have to have a certain amount of humanity for the audience to cling onto.... Continue Reading

Film Review: A Wrinkle in Time (USA, 2018) aims valiantly for the stars, but falls flat on its face

Fantasy films aimed towards children can be a very tricky proposition. Usually, films of this type aim to entertain the entire family but for ones that specifically aim for children, how does one critique a film like this? Judge the film for what it is? Or judge the film through the eyes of a child?... Continue Reading

Film Review: Blockers (USA, 2018) is a hilarious and heartwarming piece of work

2018’s anticipated teen comedy Blockers is helmed by a lot of “first-timers”. Making her directorial debut is  Kay Cannon, mainly known as a scriptwriter for the successful Pitch Perfect films as well as the TV series 30 Rock. And then newcomers Jim and Brian Kehoe have made their film screenwriting debut. This can often spell disaster for a teen comedy – so do these newcomers, under the vision of Producers like Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, bring a fresh voice to the genre, or is this one film you should block from your viewing plans?... Continue Reading

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Review: Double Lover is a surreal, sensuous and salacious experience

There are two pleasures in life that without them, we living things would never exist: gastronomy and sexuality. And there are many talented people out there that try their best to portray their interest for it on many artistic endeavours, especially in cinema.... Continue Reading

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Review: Ava takes the coming-of-age genre to heights of grittiness and surrealism

Coming-of-age films are really coming along nicely (I know, that was lame) over the past few years, with many great films that understand what makes the genre such a well-liked genre. We have plenty of stand-out entries like Kelly Fremon Craig‘s Edge of Seventeen, Greta Gerwig‘s Lady Bird and Marielle Heller‘s The Diary of a Teenage Girl.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Game Night (USA, 2018) is an unruly bout of fun

Whether it’s an old-fashioned detective story (Murder on the Orient Express), a children’s adventure (Young Sherlock Holmes), a romantic farce (Blind Detective) or a flat-out comedy (Clue), the murder mystery is the type of genre staple that can result in lots of fun, particularly if it involves audience participation. If 2018’s latest comedy Game Night can live up to those examples, we’ll be in for a treat.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Den of Thieves (USA, 2018) is a competent homage to Michael Mann’s epic heist saga Heat

Heist films are a dime-a-dozen these days. They’re the ones that fit the “put people on a mission” genre, starring a well known ensemble cast, who have been given an exciting plot where cast chemistry, filmmaking chops and fun storytelling mix together to make an entertaining night out for cinemagoers.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Phantom Thread (USA, 2017) is a romantic comedy disguised as a period drama

I must be a really bad film critic since I have realised another error of my ways. After other mistakes, like never seeing a Agnes Varda film before until Faces Places, here’s another I must confess and rectify: I have never seen any of the works of Daniel Day-Lewis.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Japan, 2017) is a familiar yet dazzling adventure that will please Studio Ghibli fans

It’s that fantastic time of the year again! We have another Studio Ghi–Wait a minute! This isn’t a Studio Ghibli film! It is in fact, a Studio Ponoc film. In case you don’t know, Studio Ponoc is an animation studio that was founded in 2015 by people who used to work in Studio Ghibli. One of these people is Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of such Ghibli hits like The Secret Life of Arietty and When Marnie Was There.... Continue Reading