IN a year which has seen strong releases such as Ola Bola, Jagat and even BoBoiBoy The Movie, it would seem greedy to expect Malaysian cinema to net more winning films. Yet the blessing continues as PhuturePhlow‘s Kroll Azry (a.k.a. Mohd Khairul Azri) delivers in spades with his directorial debut, Pekak.
There simply aren’t enough movies combining local and foreign talents on the screen.
This is a sentiment which surfaces immediately upon absorbing My Stupid Boss, the latest project by award-winning Indonesian director Upi Avianto which pits Indonesian superstars against a Malaysian backdrop, complete with local actors filling in supporting roles.
ADA kalanya filem tempatan kita terbikin dengan tiada cela yang ketara lantas memberi harapan akan keupayaan industri perfileman Malaysia. Filem-filem seperti Munafik dan Boboiboy The Movie membuatkan kita percaya dalam kebolehan sinema tanah air kerana sudah mampu untuk dibandingkan dengan keluaran-keluaran Hollywood.
EVERY once in a while, a Malaysian film comes along with no obvious flaw (“turnoff”), reinforcing notion of skill in the local filmscape. This year we’ve had Munafik and Boboiboy The Movie lead us to trust in the quality of local cinema — that it meets international filmmaking standards and can compete with domineering Hollywood releases.