Category: Raffles Reviews

Ready Player One – Is Entertainment Enough?

By Aaron Tan (19A01B)

It was at South by Southwest 2017, one of the largest annual conglomerates of film, interactive media, and music conferences in the world, that cinematic legend Steven Spielberg stepped onstage to debut his latest feature: Ready Player One.

The sci-fi CG bonanza, based on the titular New York Times bestseller by Ernest Cline, was one of the most anticipated movies of the year, not least by pop-culture aficionados all around the globe. It promised to be a rollicking adventure through virtual reality,  with one single, central goal — to entertain.

“This is not a film that we’ve made,” Spielberg quipped to the sold-out audience of the Paramount Theatre. “This is — I promise you — a movie.”

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RI’s New Cafe, Professor Brawn: Great Food with a Great Cause

By Loh Lin (19A01D), Alyssa Marie Loo (19A13A) and Liu Enqi (19A01C)

Rumours have been going around: “There’s a new cafe where the old Manna Cafe was? And there’s Gong Cha?!” We at Raffles Press have set out to investigate this new Professor Brawn cafe, and we bring you this exclusive scoop before you see the cafe for yourself when it opens on 2nd July. We cover their special cause for special needs, their rumoured Gong Cha, and last but not least, their food.

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Imagining the World of Black Panther: Wakanda Life is That?

By Keziah Lam (19A01B) and Alyssa Marie Loo (19A13A)

Even if you have yet to watch the film, it is difficult not to know about Black Panther given how its success has flooded mainstream media. You are probably familiar with headlines like “Black Panther brings Afrofuturism into the mainstream”; “Why ‘Black Panther’ became the hero the world needs now”; or “Why ‘Black Panther’ May Be Marvel’s Best Movie Yet”. The film’s impact stems not only from it being an objectively good superhero movie, but also from how its progressive, Afro-centric setting shows perspectives highly relevant to contemporary issues of racial discrimination. Amidst all the adoration of Black Panther’s fictional and reclusive country of Wakanda, here’s what we imagine life in the high-tech, prosperous and isolationist country would be like.

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Food Reviews: Chill@RI

By Asfar Alim (18S03J), Angus Yip (18A01A), Adri Faris (18A13A), Zhu Xiuhua (18S06A), Elizabeth Leong (18S06G), Soh Ying Qi (18A01C) and Jeslyn Tan (18S06R)

With the introduction of the Healthy Meals in Schools Programme (HMSP) in 2017, many students lamented the disappearance of their favourite snack foods from the shelves of Chill@RI, as new and often lesser-known (and ostensibly healthier) alternatives began to replace them. For those who have yet to give these new brands a shot, Raffles Press presents our latest round of food reviews: snacks from Chill@RI.

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“The Post” Review: Papers and Politics in a Post-Truth World

By Soh Ying Qi (18A01C)

Spoiler alert: you already know what happens in this film.

Not because it looks like standard Hollywood period-drama fare, comprising an ensemble cast led by established stars, a screenplay peppered with references to “the First Amendment right to free speech” and “Based on a true story” tacked onto the end of its trailer. But if I told you that in 1971 The New York Times and The Washington Post were sued in the Supreme Court of the United States for publishing a set of politically sensitive documents, you’d know the outcome of the trial before ever picking up a single history book.

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