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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Watching this film made me realise that even if we are stuck doing the same job for 16 years, without significant promotions or pay-rise, it is possible to be happy. Simply because you are appreciated by the right people. The people who mean the most to you, the people who validate the reasons why you do that job in the first place.

And perhaps we are all Walter Mittys in some way or other, struggling to achieve that unfulfilled dream inside us, waiting for that impulse or that push, to let us soar into the world and achieve whatever it is we have always wanted to do.

The Shawshank Redemption


An extremely well-written and thought-out plot, a plot which could only have come from a novel.

These walls are funny. First you hate ‘em, then you get used to ‘em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That’s institutionalized.


A story which explores institutionalization, resilience, and the flaws of what we deem as justice.

With twists of irony and fate, it certainly provides much food for thought.

Mao’s Last Dancer



An inspiring story about how a little boy grew from this:


To this:



Personally enjoyed the dancing scenes immensely- there’s nothing like seeing the human body express itself in all abandon. The fact that this was based on a true story made it more touching. I’m thinking of screening this as a post-exam movie for some of my classes. However, I can foresee having to explain, after the show, that communism isn’t “always bad”.

As with many things in this world, it is humans and human nature which taints it.


Was warned by the brother that this would be a depressing film. But because one of the central themes was about education, I decided to give it a go anyway.

A touching and sensitive portrayal of the American society and education system by Adrien Brody. If you’re an educator, you’d probably be able to identify well.

“And never have I felt so deeply at one
and the same time so detached from myself
and so present in the world.”
Albert Camus

Can’t help but wonder where are we heading.