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  • Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    ★★★★

    “For everyone to be happy, we must all be equal”

    Censorship exerted by a totalitarian government to control thoughts and actions is nothing in new in literature or cinema. What is important is our ability to sense and remind ourselves of the message behind the stories. Relevant themes mirroring historical and modern-day calamities.

    Unfortunately, 'Fahrenheit 451' did not do well upon release. Although to be fair, it takes its sweet time to gather momentum. But the latter half makes up…

  • Psycho Goreman

    Psycho Goreman

    ★★★★

    For once, I won't give too much of the plot away. Think of this as an exercise in six degrees of separation... Throughout, I kept saying who is that actor playing the father of sister and brother protagonists in this sci-fi comedy horror? After watching, I did a bit of digging and turns out Adam Brooks starred in both 'The Editor' and 'Father's Day'. Homages to giallo and 70s exploitation, respectively. Brooks is also co-founder of Astron-6. Producers of low-budget…

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  • Runaway

    Runaway

    ★★★½

    “Let me tell you the way the world is. Nothing works right, relationships don’t work right, people don’t work right, people make machines. So why should machines be perfect?”

    'Runaway' was written and directed by Michael Crichton who first came to my notice in the 70s medical thriller, 'Coma'. Watch that one for a stern-faced, creepy Richard Widmark who steals youthful Michael Douglas' limelight. I digress...

    Machines surpassing human level intelligence and the problems curtailed with this moral/ethical dilemma has…

  • Cyclo

    Cyclo

    ★★★★

    The focus is on an impoverished eighteen-year-old cyclo driver and his family. Caught in a poverty trap, he opts for a life of crime as a way of survival. Which inevitably further propels him down the path of immorality. His sister is equally desperate to escape their miserable conditions and turns to a life of prostitution, coerced by a violent gang leader (Tony Leung) known as the Poet who has a hold over her emotionally. Taciturn by nature, his lyrical…