Friday, December 30, 2011

Son of Rambow [2007]

Director: Garth Jennings
Cast: Bill Milner, Will Poulter, Neil Dudgeon, Jessica Hynes, Jules Sitruk
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Rating: General
Excerpt: "A movie that's every bit as charming as the chubby cheeks of a baby..."

Set in England back in the '80s, the story focuses on Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner), who comes from a family belonging to a strict religious sect that forbids him from enjoying the many pleasures life has to offer, including television. Combined with his capacity for creativity, he grew up to be a shy and gullible child who only has his wild imagination to keep him company. One day, as usual Will is made to wait outside while the rest of the classroom watches a documentary, but it's this one day when he crosses paths with a delinquent, Lee Carter (Will Poulter). One scam later, and Will suddenly finds himself being the star of Lee's film project.

What to Expect
1. '80s pop culture references
2. Endearing performances by the lead actors
3. A funny movie
4. To shed a tear (Well, I did)

What NOT to Expect
1. Laugh-out-loud comedy
2. A kiddie movie
Had I seen this when it was released, it would have still been one of the year's best

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Body Count In Movies

Obtained from a blog some people would describe as the "lesser form of 9gag", it's isNSFW. Yes, as the name would imply, it's not a blog you would want to be caught browsing through at work. Not that it's dirty, but it could lead to a misunderstanding.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Harry Potter Incendio'd Hannah Montana

I don't usually post trivial stuff from Hollywood right here on this blog, as in news about who's dating whom and whatnot. But this one right here is so full of win, I can't help but want to share it with you guys. Special thanks to @GreatUnknown08 for the tip!

So just a little background information; What you will see below is a recording from a radio show hosted by Ryan Seacrest where he called up Daniel Radcliffe to validate a rumour going around about him having hots for Miley Cyrus. Well, he couldn't have given a better answer.

Oh by the way, Incendio is a fire-making spell, just in case you're not a Harry Potter nerd. It's kind of like saying "Oooh burn!"

Friday, December 23, 2011

5 Things I Learned About Women From "Ombak Rindu"

I'm writing this entry at the risk of being jeered at by my friends from you-know-where, because I vowed that not in a million years would I go see this movie, and I really haven't. And wouldn't! But if I'm completely honest, I am tempted to go see it just so I could piss all over it. And that's exactly what I intend to do with this entry.

For my non-Malaysian readers; It's kind of like Twilight... With rape
But wait, if I haven't seen it, what earned me the right to say anything about it? Heck, everything I know about the movie, I got it from here and here (So, special thanks to Neddo Khan and TMBF for bringing me up to speed). Aw man... You know what, you're right. I don't have the right to critique it. But that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the lessons this movie is trying to get across, right? I'm a single man, and I need all the tips I can get on how to get me some sugar.

So thankfully Ombak Rindu got me covered, because there are at least five brilliant lessons to be learned from it.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

It's 2012, and The End is Nigh!

... The end to Christopher Nolan's epic Batman movies, that is. What, did you think I was referring to the end of the world? Go talk to a Mayan shaman for that cock-and-bull story.

I wonder if that joke's been made before...
Now, the year 2012 too has a plethora of good movies to look forward to, which I will get into another time. For now I'll simply say this; The Dark Knight Rises is without a doubt the one I'm most looking forward to, because I really think Christopher Nolan is that good a filmmaker. But then again, who doesn't?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Songlap [2011]

Director: Effendee Mazlan & Fariza Azlina Isahak
Cast: Shaheizy Sam, Syafie Naswip, Sara Ali
Genre: Drama
Rating: General
Excerpt: "In my mind, it deserves to be to us Malaysians what Goodfellas [1990] is to Americans; Nothing short of a classic..."

Am (Shaheizy Sam) and Ad (Syafie Naswip) are two brothers who work in the kind of syndicate the rest of the country would love to pretend doesn't exist; Selling babies to married couples who couldn't conceive. The older of the two, Am sees it as nothing more than a job, an opportunity to make ends meet as well as to support his gambling habits. Meanwhile, Ad has high hopes that someday life will give him a break, a chance for him to get out of this life forever. What they're both unaware of is that there's a chain of events waiting just around the corner that will test their relationship to the breaking point.

What to Expect
1. Gritty look at the underbelly of Malaysia
2. A story about life in every sense of the word
3. Armrest-gripping moments
4. Rich characters
5. The pacing will keep you hooked
6. Atmospheric soundtrack

What NOT to Expect
1. One-dimensional gangsters
2. A light movie

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Kristen Stewart School of Acting

You know, I thought I could get back to writing the kind of lengthy entries that I like to do. But frankly I'm having a bit of a writer's block right now, or maybe all my creative energy's all being channeled elsewhere at the moment. So just bear with me while I get it all sorted out, yah?

But of course, I have no intention of letting this blog wither and die, so I thought I'd share this video that I stumbled upon quite some time ago, when my hate-boner for Twilight was at its height. A lot I've said about Edward Gaylen, so I thought I'd take a stab at Bella Swan instead this time around. I know it's obvious, and it has been said many times over, but Kristen Stewart really can't act and nothing exemplify that better than this video right here;

But the only thing more annoying than her acting, is the worship she gets from fans of Twatlight. No I didn't spell that wrong.

Monday, December 19, 2011

He Jumped The Couch, Then Makes Up For It In M:I4

Hey, I admit that even I had always thought that Tom Cruise is a little bonkers, even though I have always liked him as an actor. But it's really hard to defend him whenever people poke fun at him. Remember his appearance on Oprah? And the fact that he prays to Xenu? I'm not judging, but when someone worships aliens one can't help but conjure up images of a cross-eyed nervous guy wearing a hat made from aluminium foil, as well as an inflatable seahorse around his waist.

Or, you know... This guy
But it's really commendable that Tom Cruise never made much of it, and just kept going on with his acting career even though the amount of jokes he's been bombarded with would have made any local A-list celebrities lose their shit on every tabloid newspapers in existence.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Just Watching The Teaser Gave Me a Third Testicle

I know that's not a good mental image to start your Saturday, but I really had a kick from seeing this latest sneak peek at this anticipated sequel to 2010's The Expendables. If you ever feel the need to roll your eyes at my fanboy-ness for Action flicks, you may do so but do understand that such films are my first love as documented here.

Furthermore, as reviews on the first installment had already established, The Expendables was made by action stars for action fans. Therefore it wasn't surprising that there were reviews flocking in criticising everything from the paper-thin plot, how it felt stuck in "cultural limbo" (loved that one, by the way), to something about Stallone and dinosaurs, I couldn't recall how the author put it. It's highly-unlikely that the sequel is going to change anyone's mind about this.

Frankly I find it weird that so many of them missed the point, did they all slept through the '80s or what? It was meant to be a throwback to the B-movie grade movies of that era, and to that extent, it was goooood. But hey, who am I to judge? All I'm saying is, if you don't get a kick out of seeing this teaser trailer, then chances are you might not want to see it in the cinemas.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Mission: Impossible 4 - Ghost Protocol [2011]

Director: Brad Bird
Cast: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner
Genre: Action/Thriller/Espionage
Rating: General
Excerpt: "It feels like it was meant to be seen exclusively on IMAX, and it almost became a flaw... Almost."

After an operation go wrong which resulted the loss of some important files and the death of IMF agent Trevor Hanaway (Josh Holloway), the Agency wastes no time in extracting their best agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) from prison in Russia. From there, Hunt is entrusted with a mission to retrieve the files along with his new-found teammates Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Jane Carter (Paula Patton). But before they realise what's actually going on, they are unwittingly aiding an unknown figure initiate a nuclear war between Russia and the United States through the bombing of the Kremlin. The IMF is also dissolved as a result and the team find themselves with a mission while having enemies from every sides.

What to Expect
1. That vintage feel of a Mission: Impossible movie
2. Tom Cruise kicking ass once more
3. Director Brad Bird's eye for over-the-top action
4. Probably best seen on IMAX
5. The ever-so-likable Simon Pegg

What NOT to Expect
1. To rise above the Action genre
2. Jaw-dropping script
3. The Casino Royale [2006] approach
Very entertaining

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Superhuman Activity

Movie Title: Chronicle
Release Date: March 1st, 2012 (Malaysia)
Director: Josh Trank
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Michael Kelly

I don't know about you, but I had always find the whole "found footage" thing to not be that interesting. You know, the kind you saw in The Blair Witch Project [1999], Cloverfield [2008] and the infamous Paranormal Activity films? By the way, if you've seen any of the aforementioned movies, can you tell me what they're like? I haven't seen any of them. It has been well documented in this blog that I'm not a fan of horror movies.

But the concept might work just fine on this new superhero-themed movie that's not really a superhero movie, a movie called Chronicle. It tells the story of three teenage friends who gain superpowers, but the problem is they don't have Uncle Ben to tell them "With great power comes great responsibility".

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

5 More Guilty Pleasure Movies

Early in February, there was an entry about five of my guilty pleasure movies. I don't know what prompted me to write that, as I'm not exactly the type to wear my heart on my sleeve. But I guess it's the whole thing with Valentine's Day and the channels kept re-running all those romantic movies, it must have seeped into my subconscious as I was typing away for that day's entry.

Anyway, I just thought it would be interesting to revisit that little category as I actually have more than five guilty pleasure movies (duh!). But I also thought about not talking about movies released too far back in time, so you'd have a better chance of finding them, just in case you haven't seen any one of them, and you'd like to give it a try. So here we are, five more movies that I like, but wouldn't admit it in real life.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I Was Gonna Publish An Article Today...

... I didn't take an arrow to the knee, but I did find several things too cool to pass up on. I'll try to resume blogging as usual after this. For now, I'd like to illustrate to you just how much of my soul had been consumed by 9gag, and I pray that you will not get sucked into the same vortex as I.

#1 Recognise the dude on the right?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Favourites #18: Movie Girlfriends

No, I haven't stopped blogging, but the reason why there hasn't been an update for the past two days is because I ran out of scheduled posts and didn't realise it, as I was spending my time catching up on my reading as well as writing for other stuff. So by the time I did realise it, I found myself scratching my head because it's not a habit of mine to do anything creative on the eleventh hour. So I scoured the drafts I have on the shelf, gave it an update and here we go.

This was one of those entries that I decided not to publish because, well... It's a little sad, isn't it? Not that I meant to convey that I'm not attracted to ladies in real life, but these girls who came straight from the imagination of screenwriters, combined with the ideal casting never failed at making me go "aww..." But hey, at least mine is kinda healthy, and it has nothing to do with a half-dead love interest who glitters in the sun.

I'm sorry Mary Sue, I have no idea how the paparazzi found us!
And speaking of which, hell no Bella Swan won't be on the list even if it stretches to a hundred, so don't even ask. I sure would love to know who's your favourite movie girlfriends/boyfriends, so leave it in the comments section if you have the time. Just remember that it has to be someone from any movie who's looking for, or already in a relationship, and why you think they'd be perfect for you.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Amount of Special Effects in TV and Movies

I don't know if it's news, but it really took me by surprise just how much of what we see in movies and television is computer generated. Sure, I'm already aware that whenever a character is shown watching television or using a computer, I know that the actor is really looking at a green or blue screen, because the glare from the screen does not show up well of camera.

But I never knew actors work with green screen this frequently. So the next time you watch any television show, may it be The Walking Dead or whatever, try to spot what's real and what's not. Special thanks to @OMGFacts.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Muppets [2011]

Director: James Bobin
Cast: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Peter Linz, Steve Whitmire, Matt Vogel, Chris Cooper, Eric Jacobson
Genre: Comedy/Musical
Rating: General
Excerpt: "A movie you wouldn't see unless you're left with no choice, but you'd be surprised by how easily you'll warm up to it..."

Brothers Gary (Jason Segel) and Walter (Peter Linz) couldn't be any more different. But despite their differences, and excelling in almost everything that his younger brother couldn't, Gary remains close to his Muppet brother and never fails to look out for him. But it doesn't do much to make Walter feel like he belongs in the Smalltown community, and he looked to The Muppet Show for escapism. One day, as Gary is about to set out to Los Angeles with his girlfriend for their tenth year anniversary, he surprises Walter by bringing him along for the trip, planning on stopping at the Muppet Theater. However, once they arrive, not only the Theater is now a shell of its former self, but it is also in danger of being erased from history altogether.

What to Expect
1. Nostalgia
2. Plenty of musical numbers (duh!)
3. Self-deprecating humour
4. Lots of celebrity cameos
5. Inside jokes as well as allusions to real life events

What NOT to Expect
1. The human cast to hog the screen time
2. Anything out of the ordinary
A delight, but I dislike musicals, hence this rating

Monday, December 5, 2011

5 Types of Moviegoers Nobody Complains About

The idea of this entry came from those little advertisements they love to show before movies begin, reminding us audience to put our phones to silent mode lest we disrupt the movie watching experience for everybody else. But of course, no matter how hard they try, these advices still tend to fall on deaf ears. So much, that they actually became mild annoyances that I've somehow learned to overlook.

But there are other kinds of annoyances that don't happen very often (save for #2) but when they do, it really gets to me and I tend to get as angry as a caged cat. Annoyances such as;

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Horny Cougar and Baby Black Market

Come to think of it, I have been seeing more local movies this year than I had been all my life. I can't quite figure out why as of right now, but I suppose it has something to do with the influx of creativity that's been going on in the industry. It would appear that many are rushing to try something new, may it be in terms of action-oriented films (Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa, Kongsi, KL Gangster), heist (Setem), and of course, Afdlin Shauki who is always one to go against the grain, as evident in his blend of horror and fantasy in Misteri Jalan Lama.

I wanted to talk smack about Libas, but I haven't seen it. So I'm gonna have to shut up...
Even though I only liked a handful of them, still I would rather watch any of the movies mentioned above over any... Say, Yusof Haslam or Razak Mohaideen films? Well, except maybe KL Gangster. I literally had a headache watching a movie filled to the brim with men constantly sizing each other up (read: cakap gebang) and shouting like pimps.

So here are two more upcoming local films that I might like, it's too early to call as of right now. But safe to say, I'm going to like the second one over the other. Here, check 'em out;

Friday, December 2, 2011

Favourites #17: Parodies

If I may be honest, I have been feeling a little under the weather these past few days, hence why I haven't been doing much of creative writing. It takes a lot of energy, believe it or not. So what I've been doing instead was just sitting back and indulge myself in a string of Frasier reruns as well as some movies (surprise, surprise). Well, you know what they say, nothing lifts a heavy heart like a laugh can... Or something to that effect.

So I browsed through the internet for some of my favourite comedy movies and I stumbled upon a subgenre that I had long forgotten; Parodies, or spoofs. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that they hardly make those anymore. Whenever they tried, the best that they can come up with was Epic Movie [2007], which was horrible to say the least. And no, I didn't like Scary Movie [2000] all that much either.

For once, it wasn't false advertising. The movie was indeed a disaster...
I think for the most part it's because I was spoiled with movies of this genre when it was at its peak, namely the '80s and '90s. If you wish to know what I'm talking about, here are five of my favourite parody movies that can still make me laugh regardless of how many times I've seen them.

Honourable Mentions: The Nude Bomb [1980], The Naked Gun movies, Spaceballs [1987], Shaolin Soccer [2001], Kick-Ass [2010]

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