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Season's greetings to one and all, this issue brings the heart back home with the Classics. Doyenne of Insurance Winnie Tay shares her life lessons and try some gift wrapping tips in our Dark & Decadent section. Joyeux Noelle~!


NEWS | MOVIES Reel Classics Modern classics to binge on. CITY OF GOD (2002) Shot in the world’s most notorious slum, Rio de Janeiro’s City of God, tells the tale of two young men who choose different paths in life. Rocket, a budding photographer who grows up to view the harsh realities of his surroundings through an artistic eye, and Jose, an ambitious drug dealer who uses Rocket’s talent to elevate his fame as a turf war erupts. City of God is a place where one lives in fear, may not live past the age of 20, and where police rarely go. Through his photography, Rocket provides a window into his world and ultimately uses it as his ticket out. THE ACT OF KILLING (2012) The Act of Killing was a favourite to win the Best Documentary accolade at the Oscars. The movie depicts the true accounts of notorious Indonesian death squad leader Anwar Congo and his band of gangsters who helped the army kill more than a million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals over a span of less than a year in Medan, Indonesia. Revered as the founding father of a right-wing paramilitary organisation comprising of government ministers and powerful leaders, Anwar and his men act as themselves in this gripping yet controversial storytelling of a regime founded on acts of violence. Language: Indonesian Starring Anwar Congo, Herman Koto and Syamsul Arifin Language: Portuguese Starring Alice Braga, Leandro Firmino, Alexandre Rodrigues and Seu Jorge CURATED BY SHARMINI M. RETHINASAMY THE MASTER (2012) Discharged naval officer fresh from the aftermath of WWII, Freddie Quell, battles the trauma and inner demons of life before and after the war. Violent tempered, sex-obsessed and an alcoholic, Quell is a ticking time-bomb wherever he goes. He stumbles upon a yacht in a drunken stupor and meets the charismatic leader of the religious movement The Cause, Lancaster Dodd. A lost Quell falls prey easily and looks to Dodd as his mentor, hanging on his every word to survive emotionally. Language: English Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams BOYHOOD (2014) A coming-of-age drama by Richard Linklater depicts the life of Mason Evans Jr from childhood to adolescence. Growing up in Texas with divorced parents, the six-yearold lives with his single mother and older sister. A tumultuous setting of his mother’s relationship woes, blending two families, opposing parenting styles, alcoholism and abuse, romantic relationships and blossoming hormones make for an interesting premise which this movie thrives on. Language: English Starring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelai Linklater TM | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 26

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