Archive for 2010

GAME ON

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Here's a funny little tale of a geeky-looking boy trying to come to terms with his too-popular girl's past life. Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has the word "video game" practically plastered all over and, as Critic After Dark Noel Vera says, with all its charms, what's not ...

THE VATICAN versus JESUS

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

As Pope Benedict elevates 24 new cardinals as "Princes of the Church," artist Michael Dickinson reflects on the Sermon on the Mount and asks 'Christians' to take heed - "it's probably too late for Pope Benedict and his College of Cardinals". What a busy weekend the Pope has just spent! After ...

WHY PAUL KRUGMAN WAVES THE FLAG FOR UNCLE SAM

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The modern day evil is financialization. The false "creation of wealth" by pushing up the price of your home. What consumers really want/need is a rise in their monthly pay packet not another property bubble. A rise in income will lead to a rise in spending which will benefit the ...

ROOM WITH A VIEW TO A KILL

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

In Pang Ho-cheung's gore-filled black comedy, the only way for a woman to get her Dream Home is to turn into a serial killer. Stephen Tan reviews. No one walking into the cinema to watch Pang Ho-cheung's Dream Home (2010) will mistake it for a film on home furnishings. Similarly for ...

KYE ALLUMS: WHAT’S NEXT AFTER MAKING HISTORY?

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

George Washington's Kye Allums made history by being the first transgender basketball player. While receiving universal support from his team and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Allums said, "I decided to transition, that is change my name and pronouns because it bothered me to hide who I am." By ...

THE COMING SELL-OUT TO THE SUPER RICH AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE REST OF US

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

The tax on income was always meant to be a way of extracting cash from the rich to share with the poor. But the rich are always whining that taxes will discourage them to work harder if it means that a portion of their earned wealth will be handed over ...

CONNECT THE DOTS

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

The Social Network may be about the founder of Facebook but onscreen, according to Critic After Dark Noel Vera, Mark Zuckerberg joins David Fincher's gallery of autistically focused loners who make sense of their lives through their various unholy quests. David Fincher's The Social Network (2010) is based on a clever ...

THE IMPOTENCE OF ELECTIONS

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Elections matter only when you have a choice. Two or three parties funded by the same source does not a viable elections make. Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, explains how the U.S. electoral system has been made impotent. In his historical novel, The Leopard, Giuseppe di ...

THE YEMENI TONER CARTRIDGE BOMB STORY

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Parcels that may or may not contain bombs. Devices in parcels that may or may not explode in mid-air. Targets in the USA that may or may not be targets if said bombs were supposed to explode mid-air. There you have it a series of contradictions, of hurriedly manufactured terrorism, ...

THE FIRST BITE IS THE DEEPEST

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

In Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009), a new-fangled vampire tale, love does not mean you're sorry nor does it mean love will never end. Just be prepared for a bloodbath though. Stephen Tan reviews. It's Valentine's Day and, according to the screen legend, it is customary for Japanese girls to ...