What starts as a story about a desperate crook and a rookie cop turns into a chronicle about fathers and sons and how we all carry the sins of our past.
Told over three story arcs that spans more than a decade, this drama takes its time to fully develop. At 140 minutes, this film did feel long at some parts but the beats were well-paced and narrative never felt too sluggish. This film is technically excellent – solid acting, great cinematography and concise editing.
In the end, it’s a film that explores the dichotomies of life – honour/disgrace, revenge/ambition, life/death and that resonates with all of us. It is bold, provocative and at times, simply poetic.
This is one of the best films of 2013 and is definitely highly recommended.
A group of misguided teenagers, desperate for the life (and possessions) of the rich & famous, steal from a few dimwitted celebrities – some of which leave their house keys under the door mat.
This film could be an interesting look at the superfluous Hollywood life marketed to teenagers or a similarly captivating study of adolescent psyche or even a statement about the emptiness of current American culture. But the film does none of these really well.
In the end, it is merely a big budget regurgitation of a story already told countless times in the media.
I don’t know why this film exists.
From Wired magazine’s “The First 20 Years” issue, on the mission statement of digital workers today. How true.
Two nights ago, I dreamt we were waiting for a train to Brighton. We were younger then, probably in another dimension, in another time. You looked happy and I remember an indelible smile etched on your face. I had a hot cup of coffee, you were struggling with your juice and what looked like some pastry in a brown paper bag. You said you wanted to get some serviettes and you skipped off to the coffee shop, turning back once to wink and gestured for me to wait.
You never came back.
Just about a year ago, I was about to leave my previous job to embark on a new career.
I spent most of my working life up to that point in the world of TV. I was a programmer for a major cable network. I loved my job and one of the best things about that job was to tell people that I watched TV for a living. But over the course of almost 10 years in the industry, I grew increasingly restless and to be honest, a little jaded at how the medium is not evolving.
Since then, I have moved to the digital side of the content business. While I won’t (and can’t) talk about where I am now but what I can say is that it’s really exciting being on the digital side of the industry. I believe that in the bigger scheme of things, these few years will redefine the content business for next few decades to come.
Along with the new job, I have also left the tiny, crowded island of Singapore to settle in a not-so-tiny but even more crowded island of Hong Kong. The past year was quite an adventure – living in a strange new land and trying to make sense of everything. It’s been nothing short of a blast and I think I can finally say that I’m settling in and normalising.
I’m starting to blog again but only after careful consideration of what I can and want to talk about. For starters, you won’t see much of my photos taken with my DSLR. Why? That’s for another post coming. You will however, read more about life in HK for a Singaporean and also, I will share more about my thoughts on the state of TV and where I think (and hope) the industry is going.
Stay tuned, if you will. If you love TV and have an interest in the digital and tech industry then we’re going to have a lot to talk about.
Been a while since I last posted. So much has happened, I don’t even know where to begin. I will soon, but in the meantime, here’s a pic with the dog!
Things are looking up lately. And mama was too, at the Cloud Forest in Gardens by the Bay.
Got myself a GoPro today and took it out for a test spin, strapped to my beagle’s collar.
I turned the settings to Time Lapse and we went for a quick walk around the block. The perspectives are interesting and I’m quite pleased with the result.
Next up, we’ll work on some HD quality videos. In the meantime, enjoy this set of photos from my dog’s perspective.
Finally made it to Apple Store Hong Kong. Had a running bet with Jimmy to see who got there first and he beat me to it.
Nonetheless, it was interesting to see Apple’s retail strategy and its success.