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Thinking aloud on films in Malaysia and beyond.

    Episode 64: An Inner View with Anwar Johari Ho

    Episode 64: An Inner View with Anwar Johari Ho

    Selamat Hari Raya to all! Recorded at the end of Ramadhan, this episode is a special interview with Anwar Johari Ho, the director of ‘Forget Me Not’. Fikri sits down with him (online, natch) to discuss his career thus far, and how his education journey has helped (or not) with his film one. In the second half, they delve deeper into Anwar’s film, discussing issues related to Chineseness, how it relates to his own personal contexts, and the peaks and troughs experienced in making the film. Have a listen, and enjoy the episode as you enjoy your lemang (if you can find some, that is)!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 63: Let’s Talk About Memories of Murder

    Episode 63: Let’s Talk About Memories of Murder

    Ladies and gentlemen, introducing: Hafiz Rahman! This episode sees Hafiz, a keen film fan, sit down with Fikri for a stroll down the killer memory lane that is Memories of Murder. Directed by Bong Joon-ho (probably the one filmmaker with the dreamiest of 12 months to look back on), the film tells the story of South Korea’s first serial murders in history. Sparked by Hafiz’s recent splurge on his films, they consider the political context of the film’s setting, the film’s representation of violence and gender, and correlations to real-life events. All this and more on the 63rd episode of Thoughts on Films!

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Episode 62: Obituaries in World Cinema

    Episode 62: Obituaries in World Cinema

    For once, an episode hitting more sombre notes. Fikri and Muz sit down to discuss the recent passing of three personalities in world cinema: Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor and Kamal Ishak. Part one sees the discussion of Irrfan Khan’s impact, particularly through the films the boys were first introduced to him. The second half focuses more on ‘Bobby’s Rishi Kapoor and the impact of that film, as well as Kamal Ishak, the Malaysian filmmaker most prominent in the 1990s with films such as ‘Cinta Kita’ and ‘Penyair Malam’.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 61: The Fourth is Strong with Them

    Episode 61: The Fourth is Strong with Them

    Happy Star Wars Day! For this episode, Ezzah reminisce over her trip to Tunisia a number of years ago, during which time she managed to snag a visit to the original Star Wars set. She dove deep into her thoughts and feelings at the time, including the journey of getting there and how the experience and emotions affected her. In the second half, Fikri and Muz delve into a discussion on the future of the Star Wars series, including how the conclusion of the Skywalker saga may affect their own interest, and whether it is wise to prioritise its television productions (as opposed to theatrical releases). Whatever it is, May the Fourth be with you all!

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 60: Challenging Infections with #KumanPicturesChallenge

    Episode 60: Challenging Infections with #KumanPicturesChallenge

    For the 60th episode, Fikri and Ezzah celebrate the festival of creativity that is the #KumanPicturesChallenge by looking at a select number of films. Organised by Kuman Pictures, it is a competition designed to encourage filmmaking under lockdown conditions, with the winners walking away with RM1,000. Given that there are over 200(!) films, we have been very personal and prejudiced in the films featured in this episode. However, while that is no guarantee of quality, we certainly had a good time in watching these films, and we hope you have a good time in listening us discuss them!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 59: Disney Plus Plus

    Episode 59: Disney Plus Plus

    Disney+ is in town, and so are Fikri and Muz! In this episode, the guys sit down to chat about its position in the streaming landscape. Reflecting on their experience of streaming the House of Mouse, they talk about the upsides (e.g. the surprisingly low cost), as well some of the surprising downsides. In the second half, Fikri talks to Ezzah about two articles they wrote on streaming back in 2016, and consider how things have changed for them in the four years since, focusing on the streaming industry and its impact in Malaysia and Indonesia.

    • 1 hr 8 min

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