Our Take on CIVIC LIFE | Where The Heart Is: Top 20


Over the past week, we at SINdie watched the top 20 entries in the Civic Life 'Home is where the Heart is' competition and came up with our review of these films vying for the top prize.


Here's a round-up of our ratings for all 20 films and links to the individual film's dialogue reviews.



The films are rated in the following 5-point scales in this order:Is it creative?


Is it creative?
Does it engage you emotionally?
Impressive technicals?
The X-factor



Small Paradise by Kimberly Ong



Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 2

Does it engage you emotionally? 4
Impressive technicals? 3
The X-factor 2.5


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 2.5

Does it engage you emotionally? 3

Impressive technicals? 2.5

The X-factor 3


One by Christian Lee




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 2

Does it engage you emotionally? 2
Impressive technicals? 2
The X-factor 2


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 3

Does it engage you emotionally? 4

Impressive technicals? 3

The X-factor 3.5


Boxes and Lines by Reb Ling




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 4

Does it engage you emotionally? 1
Impressive technicals? 2
The X-factor 2.5


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 3

Does it engage you emotionally? 2

Impressive technicals? 2

The X-factor 3




Remember by Tang Kang Sheng




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 2

Does it engage you emotionally? 3.5
Impressive technicals? 3
The X-factor 3


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 2.5

Does it engage you emotionally? 4

Impressive technicals? 3

The X-factor 3.5




The Tree by Mary Magdeline Pereira




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 1

Does it engage you emotionally? 2
Impressive technicals? 1
The X-factor 2


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 2

Does it engage you emotionally? 2

Impressive technicals? 2

The X-factor 2




Dancing on Waterloo Street by David Stewart




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 2

Does it engage you emotionally? 3
Impressive technicals? 4

The X-factor 3.5


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 2

Does it engage you emotionally? 2

Impressive technicals? 3

The X-factor 2.5




Paintings by David Gan




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 3.5

Does it engage you emotionally? 2.5
Impressive technicals? 3
The X-factor 3


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 3

Does it engage you emotionally? 2

Impressive technicals? 2.5

The X-factor 3




Corridors by Isazaly Mohamed Isa




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 4.5

Does it engage you emotionally? 3.5
Impressive technicals? 4
The X-factor 4


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 4

Does it engage you emotionally? 2.5

Impressive technicals? 3.5

The X-factor 3.5




Swing Me Back by Mihir Desai




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 3

Does it engage you emotionally? 4
Impressive technicals? 3
The X-factor 3.5


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 3

Does it engage you emotionally? 2.5

Impressive technicals? 2.5

The X-factor 3




家 by Esna Ong




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 2.5

Does it engage you emotionally? 4
Impressive technicals? 3.5
The X-factor 3.5


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 3

Does it engage you emotionally? 4

Impressive technicals? 3.5

The X-factor 3.5




When the day begins by Prashant S




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 3

Does it engage you emotionally? 3.5
Impressive technicals? 3
The X-factor 3.5


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 3

Does it engage you emotionally? 3.5

Impressive technicals? 2.5

The X-factor 3




Mandarin Gardens 2010 by Eugene Soh




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 2

Does it engage you emotionally? 2.5
Impressive technicals? 3.5
The X-factor 2


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 2

Does it engage you emotionally? 2.5

Impressive technicals? 2

The X-factor 2.5




Miniature Town: Potong Pasir by Tongusa Chan




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 4

Does it engage you emotionally? 2
Impressive technicals? 5
The X-factor 3.5


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 4

Does it engage you emotionally? 2

Impressive technicals? 4.5

The X-factor 3






I am Home by Jason Chan & Andrew Keegan




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 5

Does it engage you emotionally? 4
Impressive technicals? 5
The X-factor 5


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 4

Does it engage you emotionally? 4

Impressive technicals? 4.5

The X-factor 5




The Stone Table by Yanqiu




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 2

Does it engage you emotionally? 2
Impressive technicals? 2
The X-factor 2


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 2

Does it engage you emotionally? 2

Impressive technicals? 2.5

The X-factor 2




Dhoby Shop by Yanqiu




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 2.5

Does it engage you emotionally? 4
Impressive technicals? 3.5
The X-factor 3.5


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 3

Does it engage you emotionally? 4

Impressive technicals? 3

The X-factor 4




The Neighbourhood Shops are Where the Heart is by Edwin S




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 4.5

Does it engage you emotionally? 3
Impressive technicals? 5
The X-factor 4.5


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 4

Does it engage you emotionally? 2.5

Impressive technicals? 4

The X-factor 4




Where my Heart Was by Stephane Lasserre




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 1.5

Does it engage you emotionally? 2
Impressive technicals? 2.5
The X-factor 2


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 2.5

Does it engage you emotionally? 2

Impressive technicals? 2.5

The X-factor 2.5




Portsdown Road by Ashish Ravinran




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 4

Does it engage you emotionally? 4.5
Impressive technicals? 3.5
The X-factor 5


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 4

Does it engage you emotionally? 4

Impressive technicals? 4.5

The X-factor 4.5



The Queenstown Secret by Anuj Gulati




Jeremy's verdict:

Is it creative? 4

Does it engage you emotionally? 4.5
Impressive technicals? 2.5
The X-factor 4


Alvin's verdict:

Is it creative? 3.5

Does it engage you emotionally? 2.5

Impressive technicals? 3

The X-factor 3.5

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