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The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 19) – Michael Moore has a new film out? Really?


The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 19) – Michael Moore has a new film out? Really?

Zan and Aizyl is NOT reviewing Ant-Man! Instead, they are talking about Michael Moore and his documentary films. They are shocked to find out that he has a new film out called ‘Where to Invade Next’. His last film was six years ago and nobody knew he was working on a new one.

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Okay, sure. The issue of cinema couple seats is of grave national interest!


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Okay, sure. The issue of cinema couple seats is of grave national interest!
By Zan Azlee

This week’s most sensational news (yet utterly non-significant) is Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria’s call for cinema operators to create stricter rules for their audience.

This is in response to another piece of sensational news (yet utterly non-significant) about Lotus Five Star Cinemas in Seri Iskandar barring unmarried couples from occupying couple seats.

And since we’re already on this sensational subject (yet utterly non-significant), I thought, what the heck, I’m going to ride on the bandwagon and write about it as well.

Why not, right? It’s not like there isn’t any other more significant and important issues that should be covered in the news and discussed. Well, at least we have our priorities straight.

Couple seats exist in many cinemas and are two adjoining seats that have no arm rest in between them, basically making it like a (dare I say it?) love-seat!

The Mufti’s reasoning is that it encourages immoral acts and destroys the faith of Muslims. He stated that couples went to the cinemas not to watch movies but to ‘make-out’.

He added that going to the cinema is already an immoral act, and to have couple seats only encourages them to indulge in more immoral acts.

Yes, we need to curb immoral acts like ‘making-out’ in cinemas by unmarried couples. I guess this is a huge sin that trumps all other sin. So we definitely need to address it immediately.

It is also fascinating to see that the rakyat has given much intellectual thought into the issue as seen on social media, where all kinds of suggestions have been made.

Some individuals have suggested that all cinemas segregate men and women. And taking a cue from the Mufti, they say that people go to the cinemas ‘not to watch movies but to make them’.

Others say that we should just listen to the Mufti because as Muslims, we shouldn’t question anything that is against the religion. We should just accept it whether we like it or not.

Another bright idea on social media is for the cinemas to install night vision cameras in the halls and if any ‘making-out’ sessions are spotted, to project it on to the cinema screen for all to see.

Of course, we shouldn’t get the intentions wrong. This is not an attempt to be voyeuristic, but more to deter these unmarried couples from ‘making-out’.

I am happy to see all this happening because it gives me hope that the country is in good hands. These hands have shown their capabilities in leading the nation forward.

And of course I am very happy to see how our religious authorities are handling social ills and making sure that Malaysia and Malaysians are always syariah compliant.

Yes, observing and writing about this issue has satisfied me deeply. It has been time well spent seeing that there isn’t anything that is more important that this. Let’s do this more.

[This article was originally published at English.AstroAwani.Com]

The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 17) – The True Cost


The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 17) – The True Cost

The True Cost is a feature documentary film by Andrew Morgan that explores the evils of fast fashion. Who doesn’t shop for clothes at H&M, Levi’s, Gap and all those fast and cheap corporations? But did you know that we Asians suffer to produce these clothes? The film raises a lot of important questions… and this episode of the podcast that has seen the largest panel discussion so far (6 people!) discusses it all!

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The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 16) – While we’re young


The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 16) – While we’re young

‘While we’re young’, an old film directed by Noah Baumbach, starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts from 2014 is only now playing in Malaysian cinemas. Zan and Aizyl talk about how it’s taking the coming-of-age theme to neither here nor there… but okay lah. Or  err… maybe not so okay lah.

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The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 15) – Jurassic World


The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 15) – Jurassic World

The Fat Bidin Film Club discuss that latest instalment of that ‘awesome’ large dinosaur franchise… Jurassic World. But they mainly harp about how Ron Howard could have produce such a beautiful creature like Bryce Dallas Howard.

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