Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Yeah, I know I'm not qualified to talk about film but who cares? It's my blog, sukati akulah! and I'm saying it out loud.

I love watching movies, seriously. But sadly, it's hard to find me watching Malay movies. Why? I dont find it's worth watching Malay movies since most screened malay movies are crap. Mengarut, ntah apa apa... sakit la hati bayar tiket rm10. But, not all malay movies are not worth watching... I normally take a look at the director/producer first before hitting the movie or the least, read its previews.

It's funny why we argue on SEPET's success in FFM when this film was chosen as the best film at international level. Again, are we (FFM) better than the international level ah? Or, are all the films competing in the international level not good? That's why SEPET can win? Bull... As the malays always say, cermin la dulu muka tu... Hey, even I can tell which film is good and which is not without any formal education in film making. Basically, I know what is a good shot, good plot, good script, good actor and so on. Dont underestimate us as only being "movie-goers". There are movie-goers out there who really digs good film rather than just doing it to fill their passtime.

I always ask myself and even my friends about this film category thing like U, 18SX, 18PL created not long time ago... what's that? Does this category serves its purpose? Or are we just following what other countries are doing? Bull... To my stupid understanding, when we have these categories, that means we are expecting good film = filmmakers will have more freedom and creativity = censorship will loosen a bit since we can categorize the audience... Of course lah kan? But it didnt happened that way... All films are categorize under U (Umum). And for other films (imported movies) there seem to be no control of audience watching the rated movies. Budak skolah pun boleh tengok 18PL / 18SX ape? So, do we really need these categories? Haha what a bogus.

Open up. Our root problem is we never want to open-up our tiny little mind. Everybody knows that consumer is the most powerful entity in business. Never underestimate the power of consumerism. What does this has to do with film? Dude, if we want our child to grow healthy and brainy, we give them good milk. Otherwise, just give them junk food. Film makers should be good milk and not junk food. This industry can improve if everybody provide good milk. Think about it. Got milk? Dont blame the consumer for watching crap movies if that's the only malay film screened at our cinemas.

Some say its the censorship board, some say its the director, some say its the producer and some say its the actor/actress that affected our quality of movies in Malaysia. I'm proud to be a malaysian, so proud. And I believe we have an interesting culture since we're a multiracial country. This is among the thing that we should show the world. V(iolence) H(orror) S(ex) is just a guidance in film production but that doesn't mean we can't make films about it. This can be shown in so many aspects such as sound effect, lighting, expressions, shots and even camera tricks. In other words, these scenes if it really need to be on the screen, can be manipulated to make it real. Be creative! It's easy for me say kan, but then, no pain no gain man.

This is my summary.
Film people: Please produce good quality movies
People: Please start watching good movies, give your support
Authorities: You should know better on how to improve our film industry
Medias: Get real. Be professional.
Kodoks: Watch all Afdlin Shauki's movies