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There is a scene fairly early on in #Alive, Il Cho’s zombie flick currently showing on Netflix, that feels painfully relatable. At that point in the film, protagonist Joon-woo (played by Yoo Ah-in of Burning) has just about accepted that he needs to wait out the zombie apocalypse unfolding outside of his apartment. Alone and disconnected from his family, Joon-woo resigns himself to… a game of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

I’ve gone through a similar trajectory earlier this year, at the realisation that Covid-19 was becoming a global pandemic and that we’re facing the prospect of a lockdown for an indeterminate amount…


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I have no doubt that Tenet will remain in the grand discussion of films for a long time. Christopher Nolan has crafted a lofty, twisting, complex film that marries the mind-bending with mass appeal. This is a sci-fi spy thriller actioner that is one part James Bond and another part Predestination, delving into heady topics like our perception of time and the significance we place on ourselves. It also feels allegorical — like The Prestige before it, Tenet feels like another Nolan outing that serves as a metaphor of a creator. …


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My knees felt weak, arms were heavy. And if I had eaten any of my mom’s spaghetti, it would definitely be on my sweater already. Taking a deep breath, I whispered to myself, “I can do this”. I flicked through my inventory to see if I had enough ammunition, healing items and most importantly, things that would go boom or burn flesh to a crisp.

I took in another deep breath and gripped the controller with sweaty palms, probably just as tightly as the protagonist I was playing in Days Gone, Deacon St. John, held the assault rifle in his…


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The first Star Wars video game I played was Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles, possibly the most aptly-named Star Wars video game ever. It may be a movie tie-in — the game takes you through the events of The Phantom Menace — but it’s really all about Jedi, Power and Battles. You get to choose between five Jedi characters to exact Rated T for Teens violence upon countless droids. Nothing stands a chance. The real enemies are the clumsy controls and badly-designed platforming sections.

It’s the perfect Star Wars video game for a 12-year old that was still…


This is Disney’s greatest cult hit for a reason. Goofy’s solo outing is a masterclass in effective storytelling — and in father-son relations.

By: JY Tan

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A Goofy Movie has one of the finest opening sequences in any theatrically-released Disney movie. Hear me out.

It starts with Maximillian Goof (Jason Marsden), the son of the Goofy (Bill Farmer), frolicking in an Elysian plane with his high school crush Roxanne (Kellie Martin). It is as wet a dream as a Disney film could get. But as Max leans in to kiss Roxanne, the sky darkens and she recoils back in horror.

Now it’s getting Kafkaesque. Max is transforming — his fingers grow longer, his toes shooting out of his shoes as his limbs and face elongate. It…


By: LM Foong

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I’m hardly ever a completionist in video games, except when it comes to point-and-click adventure. The backpacks that Peter Parker left all over New York City in Marvel’s Spider-Man? The Rick and Morty legendary gun in Borderlands 3? I could leave them all behind, but no way was I going to let the most insane dialogue choice left unsaid in Monkey Island or Oxenfree. After all, there is nothing to lose and only laughter to gain by uttering them.

Disco Elysium changed that. The world is “alive with real people”, as the studio behind the detective point-and-click…


Kindness as an act of rebellion — ‘Kipo and the Age of the Wonderbeasts’ and ‘The Promised Neverland’ show us how it’s done.

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I grew up seeing female leads in television shows as role models. Wait, who am I kidding? I still do.

The paltry few women-led, well-written TV shows meant I only had Lorelai Gilmore to look up to in the past. But now, with the golden age of TV amidst the streaming war and the growing force of women storytellers in the industry, there’s a galore of inspirational leads that fit no mould and take no shit.

There are the two cops, Detective Karen Duvall (Merritt Wever) and Detective Grace Rasmussen (Toni Collette), in the Netflix series Unbelievable. Their incisive intelligence…


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I may come off like a total ignoramus for what I’m about to write. My impression on the South Korean music scene had been boy- or girl bands made up of four or more members with jaw-droppingly good looks, bright neon coloured hair and equally bright neon coloured outfits, energetic dance moves, infectious melodies and lyrics (that I don’t understand) and a rabid fanbase that will likely end your digital presence if you so much as utter the wrong thing about their “stans” and “biases”.

If it isn’t obvious by now, I’m not exactly the biggest purveyor of music by…


We chatted with Cartoon Network APAC leads and the animator for Monster Beach about the upcoming series, the state of the animation industry in Southeast Asia, and what’s coming to Cartoon Network in the region.

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This is no time to be going to beaches. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the public domain of fun and sun — where great memories are made and picnics are enjoyed and swimming is learned (and the unpleasantness of ingesting salt water is discovered) — is now a no-go as part of the social distancing measures to curb the spread of the disease.

While we cannot go to the beach, the beach is coming to the kiddos — at least on TV. Cartoon Network’s new original series Monster Beach is diving into the channel from tomorrow onward.

The show follows the…


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What constitutes a good teacher? Is it the teacher that exhibits the values we’ve attached to educators; the ones who are upright and caring and stern when need be? Or is it the teacher with the highest passing numbers in their classes; who helps their school with the best rankings?

Sometimes I feel that things boil down into a battle between integrity and results. I’ve had various teachers in my life, some who could barely get a class to pay attention but have imparted life-affirming lessons to me; and some who handed out exam tips and forecasts because their goal…

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