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Come October 10, 15 iconic Cantonese movies from the 1950s and 1960s will be screened at the National Museum of Singapore. PHOTOS Hong Kong actor Patrick Tse in the 1966 Cantonese film “The Dreadnaught”. During the 1950s and 1960s, Tse was one of the most popular leading men in Cantonese film in Hong Kong. (Photo: Family of Ho Kian-ngiap, third son of Ho Khee-yong) Caption SINGAPORE: Come October 10, 15 iconic Cantonese movies from the 1950s and 1960s will be screened at the National Museum of Singapore. Featuring Hong Kong movie stars of yesteryear such as Patrick Tse Yin and Patsy Kar Ling, it is an 11-day showcase of movies made by Kong Ngee Film Company, which was started by two brothers from Singapore. “Singaporean brothers, Ho Khee-yong and Ho Khee-siang’s pioneering spirit and successful venture into motion picture production placed Singapore on the world map,” said director of the National Museum of Singapore, Angelita Teo. In a statement, the National Museum said, “Kong Ngee Company Limited had its humble beginnings in film distribution in Southeast Asia.” “The company went on to own cinema halls across the region, and in 1955, the Ho brothers made their first foray into filmmaking, under the Kong Ngee Film Company.” it added. Among the 15 films that will be shown in the retrospective are some that were shot in this region, such as “Moon Over Malaya”, which may offer a glimpse of scenes from the past. The movies, with English subtitles, will be screened at the Gallery Theatre at the National Museum of Singapore from October 10-20. Admission is by tickets, and more information can be found at the SISTIC website. – CNA/fa

Michelle Rodriguez talks movies, female empowerment, and sex: ‘I don’t talk about what I do with my vagina’

Never graduated high school, never been to school for acting but I can beat girls up and you want a boxer. Michelle radiated a huge amount of charisma and power, saysGirlfightdirector Karyn Kusama. She was quite a wild child, but there was this core strength in her. She really wanted to prove she could do it. That was very much the character, so it was a perfect meta-meeting of actor and character. The movie wasa hit at film festivals and a prime platform for a fledgling actress. But Rodriguez wasnt interested in playing the girlfriend or even in appearing in movies in which women werent portrayed with respect. Female empowerment became my torch to bear, she says. I wont ever bend on what I believe in. I dont care who you are you can be the best director on the planet. If you dont get what I do, what Im good at, I will not bend for you. She tosses her hair back, taps her fingers along the table. People dont understand how important symbolism is. Seeing an image up on that screen can make a difference to somebody. It can make a difference. Rodriguez didnt like the way she saw young actresses treated, even at parties. When she was 22, she was at a wrap party in Europe when a producer pinned her against a wall and grabbed her between the legs. Well, get this, Rodriguez says. Thisgirl from Jersey City has a knife in her boot.

Now at your library: Streaming movies, music

It is, however, chockfull of B-movies. Some of the newer movies weren’t exactly hits in the theaters, such as Keanu Reeves’ “Generation Um” and Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” which preceded his hit “The Butler.” But there are also many older films, including some classics. The choice of foreign flicks is also healthy and with some quality picks. Documentaries, such as “Gasland” and “Restrepo,” are some of the top picks for a collection that also includes public television documentaries, like Ken Burn’s “Prohibition.” Under the television section, Hoopla offers plenty of National Geographic and British shows, but not much else. There aren’t past seasons of many shows, which is one area Netflix thrives in. There are also educational choices, such as preparation videos for high school advanced placement exams. The limit on new movie titles, though, is not something unique to Hoopla. Even Netflix, with its bigger budget, often spars with movies studios on when to release new movies. And it’s not something unique to streaming either. Blankenship said movie studios would delay sales to libraries of new movies, or only allow rental DVDs, which don’t contain special features. “Eventually, it seems inevitable that movies are distributed online rather than through physical media. I expect libraries to stop needing DVDs, but not today, Hoopla or not,” Blankenship said. On the music side, the choices are far greater and newer — about 300,000 titles. New releases like Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta,” the new Mumford & Sons, Robin Thicke, Macklemore or Neko Case are readily available. “The music industry is more attuned to the digital,” Hoopla’s Manon said.