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Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows – The Bromance is Back

‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows’ is the follow-up to British director Guy Ritchie’s mildly surprising 2009 take on ‘Sherlock Holmes’. Playful and action-packed, Ritchie gave Sherlock a fresh spin that drew in new audiences but had enough clear love and respect for the original source material. Now, here we are with another Sherlock Holmes…

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Lomokino: Lomography in Motion

Christmas can be a bitch sometimes. There are big jams on Orchard Road, the Bangla workers keep molesting the girls outside Ngee Ann City, there are too many gifts to buy for too many people. If you’re fed-up of buying the same trinket or Christmas package for your friend (who probably has more than 5…

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Fred Perry Subculture – The Perfect Fifth @ Zouk

Fred Perry’s Subculture celebrated its fifth and last gig of 2011 on 18 November and ended on nothing short of an euphoric high with a turnout of 700 guests at Zouk. Indie-loving rockers trotted down for a music fix by Plainsunset, We The Thousands, The Lost Hat and Poptart, supported with visuals by Syndicate.- –Ice-Cream…

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The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn

The comic book creation of Belgian artist Herge’s, Tintin, has long captivated the imagination of millions across the globe ever since the boy wonder’s first appearance in 1929. The sheer thrill of seeing one’s favourite childhood comic being transposed on to a different medium (film) combined with technology and the best of hands from Hollywood…

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The Human Centipede 2 is Not For Your Viewing Pleasure

You’ve been warned. Tom Six, the genius behind The Human Centipede concept is back with a sequel, which reveals a different kind of horror from its predecessor. The Human Centipede 2 is rather vile, hard to stomach and not for your viewing pleasure. Synopsis The film kicks off with the closing sequence of The Human Centipede (First…

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Tower Heist, A New Crime Comedy

If you’re a fan of Rush Hour, Eddie Murphy and/or Ben Stiller, you are probably going to adore Tower Heist, the new crime comedy film directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour trilogy, X-Men: The Last Stand) and written by Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven) with Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can). Synopsis Ben Stiller stars…

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Up-Close & Personal with the La Sardina Czar

During Women’s Fashion Week 2011, we were running around Hall F of Marina Bay Sands with a La Sardina lomography camera taking pictures of the attendees lookin’ all different kinds of smokin’ (pardon the pun). The first thing that many people said to us when we whipped out the camera was: “That looks like one…

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Paranormal Activity 3: Same Winning Formula

I was hesitant about watching Paranormal Activity 3 because the last installment I watched had caused me sleepless nights. It’s almost impossible to top that movie. It was so downright scary & brilliant, that I was pretty convinced that it’s real. (I remember Googling about it, wanting to find out if the movie was based…

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POPBITE: 6 Questions with Contemporary Dancer, Matthew Koon

Contemporary dancer Matthew Koon was in Singapore recently to perform during Women’s Fashion Week. Matthew first broke into the dance scene for being the first Chinese boy to play the leading role Billy Elliot in the West End production of Billy Elliot: The Musical at the age of 12. Having won the Young Ballet Dancer…

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Footloose (2011): It’s Time to Cut Loose

After Fright Night’s success at the box office, we are now less hesitant in watching remakes. Add another new movie to your ‘remakes’ list, guys. Here comes Craig Brewer’s version of Footloose. Footloose is the remake of Herbert Ross’s 1984 iconic classic starring Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer. But no, it’s not a bad remake.…

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The Thing (2011): Sleep Inducing

If people have been asking you “What thing is this The Thing?” (we are in Singapore after all, so let’s forgive the english), then your reply should be: “It’s Nothing.” Let’s face it, remakes are hard to do. The trick is to follow the original film as closely as you can and interpret it in…