Popculture Vulture was my occasional column about movies, television and all things popculture in The Star.
Fountain of Blood
Dec 14, 2011
Pretty to look at but painful to digest, the Twilight movies convey a strange idea about love. Which is why I thought a community service message was in order.
Zachary Quinto comes out into the open
Oct 24, 2011
It’s a good time for Zachary Quinto to come out – but while Hollywood may be more open to gays, the effect this will have on Quinto’s career remains uncertain.
Pushed to the limit
Aug 28, 2011
You may be surprised at what is going on behind the hallyu wave. For one, South Korean drama actors work obscenely hard for the money. But one actress decided that enough was enough.
True to the Tale
July 10, 2011
Just how closely must movie characters mirror their book counterparts? When the issue of race pops up, things can get touchy quite quickly. [PDF]
Wonders of Wuxia
May 15, 2011
Ancient Chinese warriors who fly from tree top to tree top waving their swords … well, that’s just a fraction of what wuxia is all about.
May 6, 2011
You catch an awesome television show. You fall in love with it. Then it gets cancelled, the story left unfinished. Don’t you just hate that? [PDF]
Not easy to film fantasy
April 11, 2011
It has always been a challenge to bring fantasy tales to the screen, so Hollywood has been wary of even trying. However, lately, things seem to be changing. [PDF]
May 23, 2010
Remember the time when Heroes one of the best show on TV around the world? How did it go from that to the worst show on TV in just two seasons? Just what happened to the once-mega-hit Heroes? [PDF]
April 18, 2010
It’s not a trend that South Korea is proud of: One by one, their brilliant and talented entertainers are dying – by their own hand. Just what is causing them to give up living? [ PDF]
Reality TV with a heart
April 4, 2010
“Altruistic” reality shows like Jamie’s Food Revolution and Undercover Boss are turning me, the reality show hater, into an almost-convert. [PDF]
Delights of the Decade
Jan 3, 2010
Somehow, while I wasn’t looking, a decade went by. And my, has pop culture – Malaysian, and the world’s – changed at a breathless pace in that time! [PDF]
Nov 15, 2009
The world is ending. On our cinema screens, anyway. What makes a great apocalyptic movie? One that matches its epic destruction with emotional depth, that’s what.
Same old, same old
Sept 20, 2009
Oh, look! Haven’t we seen this before? As one goes through the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominees list, a feeling of déjà vu is inevitable. [PDF]
‘Save our show’ campaigns
July 5, 2009
Afraid for your favourite TV show? As the popular comedy Chuck proved – there’s a way to fight the almighty power of TV ratings. [PDF]
Give her a break
May 3, 2009
Youtube sensation Susan Boyle has become a big hit. But some fans are fretting over her makeover, saying that she’s losing her charm. Well, they’re missing the point. [PDF]
Wolverine, the Conspiracy
April 19, 2009
Hollywood panics when X-Men Origins: Wolverine was leaked online a month before its world premiere. [PDF ]