Thursday, June 30, 2011

FIXI #3: Kasino

No translation needed here. The novel is called Kasino but Ocean's Eleven [2001] this is not. The novel tells a story about a landscape architect whose name couldn't be anymore apt; Mohd Narcissus Yussof. A hedonistic man of habit, suddenly finds himself owing the government a huge sum of money - RM3.8 million, to be exact - after a project was scrapped. Very set in his ways, he simply refuses to change his lifestyle or even flee.

Will he manage, or will he end up becoming a sacrificial lamb? Find out for yourself in this sardonic tale that pokes fun at many things Malaysian; from the not-so-romanticised point of view, where nobody is truly innocent.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaser Trailer for Pixar's "Brave"

Months ago, Pixar announced that they will be releasing their first fairy tale called Brave some time next year. Being an art nerd that I am, I was excited to see the concept art they released at the time and sure enough, some first looks into the actual movie did not disappoint. Check out this teaser trailer, released on Pixar's official YouTube channel only yesterday;

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Well, You Gotta Start Somewhere

A journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step, or so the cliche goes. But they wouldn't keep repeating it if it's utter nonsense, right? Many success stories will tell you the same goddamn thing; You got to start somewhere and most of the time, that somewhere is the lowest rung of the ladder. The same goes in show business.

Here, have a look at this opening speech by Jim Carrey, the one that inspired me to scour YouTube for some commercials featuring stars of today, before they were rich and famous.

"A lot of actors started out doing bad commercials", he said. That got me all curious and so my search began. Here's what I found.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

China's Answer to "Kung Fu Panda"

As reported at My Morning Joe, the success of the Kung Fu Panda movies seemed to have ticked off China in some way because well, check this out;

I suppose it's only a matter of time. Everything in the world is made in China so you would expect them to churn out something like this sooner or later. They probably think, if you wanna hear a story inspired by China, you're better off not hearing it from a studio somewhere in the US and A.

Well anyway, it doesn't look too bad. What do you think?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Kickin' It Thai Style

I know "awesome" is the most overused word among bloggers, - God knows I've been abstaining myself from using it as of late - but there's really no substitute word you can use to describe Tony Jaa. The guy is amazingly awesome. Period. But it's really hard to regard him as anything more than a Martial arts spectacle because his movies thus far were nothing more than action sequences with paper-thin plot written around them.

Apparently they think you don't need a real reason to kick some ass if you're awesome at it...
Which is too bad because the guy could easily be this generation's Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Jackie Chan all rolled into one; a unique blend that's unmistakably Tony Jaa. Instead, what we have seen so far were B-grade stories used to promote the Thai culture. Nothing wrong with that, but in the case of Tom-Yum-Goong [2005], perhaps it was too much, too soon.

But enough about that, if you have been following his movies then you would know that the guy took a break from show business to become a monk. Well guess what, that's over now and he's planning a comeback, and he's not coming back alone.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

FIXI #2: Dendam

Translation(s): Revenge, Vengeance, Retribution

Remember that entry about Fixi novels, the ones I dubbed as movie-worthy novels? Well, here's another one called Dendam. The novel chronicles the life of a fictitious (possibly composite) character Khalil Gibran, a self-made billionaire whose hedonistic lifestyle and lust for power can be traced back to his overwhelming desire to avenge his father, a victim of police brutality.

Now, they are not at all the same, but you know what kind of a mental image I kept conjuring when I read the novel?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Childhood Heroes #1 : Colt

If this entry seems familiar, that's because it used to be at my other blog, the now-defunct The Chosen None. Don't bother looking for it, I hadn't deleted it or anything, but it is now hidden from public view. No, I hadn't give up on it yet, I just need to reinvent it somehow because it had gotten way too personal for my liking.

Well anyway, there was an entry that had to do with movies so I'd hate to let it go to waste, so here it is;

Watching and appreciating movies had long been an obsession of mine, an obsession that stretches as far back as the year 1992. Unlike most children at the time, I spent a great deal of my time at a corner playing with toys by myself, ignoring the world around me. The only time I cared about the outside world was when I was watching it on screen.

Practically my entire childhood was spent indoors. Guess what, little has changed...

Thursday, June 16, 2011


You know, it's funny how people use swear words to make themselves sound tough. I know I know, I'm pretty foul-mouthed myself, but I use swear words as a form of expression. So yeah, for me they're just words. I remember this one time a guy ranted extensively at me while randomly inserting the F-word here and there, I can't help but grin while he was at it and laughed heartily about it afterward.

But then it made me think, "why is that so?" Aren't swear words meant to be offensive? Well my friends, I think this also has a lot to do with my near-obsession with movies. I love it when movies spare no expense when it comes to wanting their script to sound natural (yelling the entire time will do the exact opposite)

So while Tarantino movies are a lot more than just swearfests, you gotta admit the guy knows how to write a badass script without sounding like he was trying much too hard. I don't know how many times his characters dropped the F-bomb, but here's a look at Pulp Fiction [1994] - brilliantly edited by a person who goes by the name thecussingchannel - if the movie is nothing but "fucks, shit and goddamns";

Funniest thing I've seen in a while. Three minutes and twenty seconds' worth of nothing but swear words!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"Act of Valor" is No Act, So To Speak

A while ago I talked about a movie they're making, a war movie that incorporates the whole fiasco with Osama bin Laden. Turns out the incident provided Hollywood with a new, modern day mythology to tinker with; war in the Middle-east. But no, I'm not going to talk about Kathryn Bigelow's planned movie about capturing Bin Laden. Instead, there's one movie in the making called Act of Valor and it seems to be doing things rather differently.

Different, how?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

X-Men: First Class [2011]

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence
Genre: Science fiction/Action
Rating: General
Comment: "That's how you make an X-Men movie..."

In the early days in the X-Men universe, when genetic mutation is a new field of study, CIA agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) inadvertently discovers that there is a group of people with extraordinary abilities as a result of these genetic mutations. She goes to the only person known to have an extensive knowledge about such matters, the young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy). Together, they hunt down the group hellbent on starting World War III all the while crossing paths with the young Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), another mutant with a disturbing past.

What to Expect
1. A return to what made X-Men [2000] so good
2. A credible origin story
3. A James Bond-like feel to the movie
4. Pretty much a standalone movie

What NOT to Expect
1. An overwhelmingly emotional movie

Monday, June 13, 2011

KL Gangster [2011]

Director: Syamsul Yusof
Cast: Syamsul Yusof, Aaron Aziz, Ridzuan Hashim, Adi Putra, Zizan
Genre: Drama/Action
Rating: General
Comment: "I set the bar low and still I was disappointed..."

After doing time in prison for armed robbery, Malek (Aaron Aziz) is ready to give life a second chance. But nothing could have prepared him for the consequences of his past mistakes. His younger brother and sister are no better off, trapped in the underworld of Kuala Lumpur, leaving their ailing mother to look after herself. It doesn't help that Shark (Syamsul Yusof), his former boss who betrayed him is still out for blood, making his transition from a gangster to an average joe all the more difficult.

What to Expect
1. Style over substance
2. Decent fight scenes
3. Over-the-top male machismo
4. Shitty ending

What NOT to Expect
1. The apple to fall far from the tree

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Harry Potter Trio First Screen Test

I feel pretty irresponsible not updating this blog as often as I did in the past couple of months, but certain things that I'm not all too agreeable with are coming my way, and I depression is knocking on my door a little more often these days. But hey, that's the point of writing, right? Like warding off evil spirits... hahaha.

Well, I don't have anything new or funny to say, but here's something adorable Harry Potter fans would like. If the last post on Harry Potter is hilarious, this one will make you go "aww..."

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Quidditch Is Now a Real Sport!

It's been a while, hasn't it? Well, I'm not going to lie to you, I had trouble thinking up things to write about. Writer's Block Part Deux, perhaps? Darn... Well, here's one update.

It was only last entry when I mentioned how big a fan I am of the Harry Potter series. But again and again I got proven wrong that no matter how much I love the franchise, there are always someone out there who takes it all to a whole new level. Just check this out, I can't even tell if they're being serious. Note that it was on CBS, so I hardly think that this is satirical.

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