Thursday, September 29, 2011

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Axl Rose Impression

Again, this is something I don't usually do. But I think it's such a treasure I couldn't afford to pass it up. Not to mention it gave me a good laugh, being a huge fan of Guns N' Roses and all. So even if it's lost on you non-GN'R fans, trust me when I say that his impression of lead singer Axl Rose is spot on!

Here's what happened. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show, promoting the upcoming release of 50/50 [2011]. So they got to talking about how they are friends in real life and decided to share about what sort of things that they do when they hang out. So they decided to give us an example of their typical night out at the karaoke bar. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Michael Fassbender for RoboCop?

Before I proceed with the entry, I'd like to address a little thought which may or may not have crossed your minds. Just in case you were wondering why I haven't been writing the kind of entries that pretty much defined this blog, articles like Showdown, movie analysis and other comedy-oriented entries, well truth is I've been working on a special project that requires extra attention from me.

The special project is a something, not someone...
I'm not going to tell you what it is just yet, but it is something of great importance to me. So stay tuned!

Alright, now on with today's entry. The news that a RoboCop remake is in the works has been around for quite some time. I for one didn't put too much stock in it, expecting the project to be scrapped months after it was announced, the same way that planned remake of The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp won't be seeing the light of day anytime soon. If ever.

In fact, I'm even hoping that RoboCop won't get remade at all.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Adam Sandler Takes the Eddie Murphy Route in "Jack and Jill"


Release Date: December 22nd, 2011 (Malaysia)
Director: Dennis Dugan
Starring: Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino!!

Adam Sandler haven't been getting a lot of love these days, huh? Critics pretty much teared him a new asshole in their reviews for Just Go With It [2011], while I too found plenty of things to sneer at, I still think it was entertaining enough to have been worth its admission price. It would appear that things are not going to get any better with him taking the post '80s Eddie Murphy route by starring in Jack and Jill, another collaboration between him and director Dennis Dugan.

Now, I am inclined to agree with the masses this time around. The first Adam Sandler movie that I saw and really liked was Big Daddy [1999], and now that I took a minute to consider, it does appear that his movies have had better budgets ever since, but got progressively worse. Still, the only Adam Sandler movie that I actually hated was Mr. Deeds [2002], the rest had been watchable at least.

I wonder how Jack and Jill is gonna fare?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

FIXI #5: Jerat


Translation: Entrapment (?)
Fellas, clear your schedule for the next couple of hours, and pretend like you have no knowledge whatsoever about the outside world. Mothers, get a babysitter. Heck, tell your bladder to take a hike if you must, because we have another page-turner in our hands. It can't be helped, really.

Not when the story begins with a bloodbath; Violently killing not one, but two characters back-to-back. Our protagonist, Shereen could have easily been the third one, but luckily for her, she survives the attempt on her life although much of her memory is now lost. She recuperates and returns to her job at a high-end IT company, trying to piece back together her life. Meanwhile, the police are trying to solve the same puzzle, seeing the link between the two murders, the attempted manslaughter and a tender worth RM400 Million.

The question now is, which one of them will find that missing puzzle piece first? Find out in Dayang Noor's Jerat!

Friday, September 23, 2011

"Fakexercise", Something I Made Out of Boredom

Pronounced exactly how it's spelled; fake + exercise = Fakexercise. Exactly what is Fakexercise? Well, why don't you see for yourself? This, I hope, is the first of many to come.


Now you know what Johnny Depp does to accentuate his cheekbones.

You're welcome.

Hugh Jackman at WWE Raw

I don't usually do this, but this little gimmick entertained me so much that I feel like I should at least make one entry about it. So yeah, you didn't read the title wrong, Hugh Jackman did indeed make an appearance at WWE Raw quite recently, September 19th, 2011 to be exact. Not all too surprising or out of place because obviously it's part of the advertising campaign for the upcoming robot boxing movie, Real Steel.

What's cool about it is that he didn't just show up and ask people to see the movie when it comes out, he even stayed back for a match, resulting in this;


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Breakthrough Roles #7

Anybody tuned in to the Disney Channel last night by any chance? You see, I was staring vacantly at the television while my brother was flipping through the channels. But then I caught a glimpse of Home Alone 3 [1997] that snapped me back to attention. It was the scene where Alex D. Linz's character was in bed, teased by his on-screen siblings for contracting chicken pox. I quickly I said "Go back! Go back!" when my brother flipped to another channel.

He did as I asked, looking at me quizzically while he was at it, probably thinking I'm too old to still find Home Alone to be funny. Indeed I am, I just needed to confirm what I saw before leaving the television, and sat down to write this entry. I told you, practically none of my entries are research. Most are just random thoughts and sheer dumb luck. Well anyway, this was what I saw;


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Funny Action Movie Comic Strip by SMBC

SMBC up there stands for Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a website that features nothing but comic strips by cartoonist Zach Weiner. He pokes fun at many things in life but just like the last time I featured comic strips, it's mostly the ones that poked fun at movies that gave me the biggest laughs. Here's one from SMBC, enjoy.

Oh by the way, just in case you don't get the joke, I'm going to provide some footnotes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

FIXI #4: Kougar


I can be so forgetful. Despite being the third FIXI novel that I read, I didn't get around to writing my comments about it until now. But hey, turns out that there's a silver lining after all, since something worthy of note happened to this book and its author. Nope, not a tragedy, it's actually the exact opposite; Author Shaz Johar can now proudly emblazon on his book an inscription that says something along the lines of, "the award-winning novel".

Heck, if he won't do it, I will.

Just an example...

One of My Favourite Commercials Ever

As much as I make fun of romantic movies, I'm a hell of a lot more cynical when it comes to couples in real life. I don't know what it is, man. Whatever amount of experience I have, combined with my lousy-ass logic has given me a complex. For example, I don't see myself getting married ever. I'm like an elusive bird in that sense; get too close and I'll fly away.

But at the same time, there is that sentimental side of me. I watch and read romantic stories as well, it's just that the ones that I'm able to respond to without a sneer are the unpretentious kind. Just like this commercial here, I'm pretty sure you've seen it before.


Short, simple and sweet. That right there, is the only kind of relationship that I wouldn't make fun of; the kind where neither of them have to say anything, they just feel like everything is alright.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Crow [1994]

Director: Alex Proyas
Cast: Brandon Lee, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, Sofia Shinas
Genre: Action
Rating: General
Comment: "While the acting may be B-movie material, the cinematography did more than enough to disguise the fact..."

Synopsis

Rock musician Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) awakens from his grave on a dark and stormy night, totally disoriented and puzzled as he makes his way back to his apartment, while being accompanied by a mysterious crow. Draven then begin to have flashbacks of what happened exactly a year earlier, reliving the rape of his fiancee and the subsequent murder of himself and her by a gang of thugs. With the crow as his guide, Draven roams the realm of the living once more with vengeance on his mind.

What to Expect
1. A haunting but beautiful cinematography
2. A soundtrack that complements the atmosphere
3. A rather straightforward action flick

What NOT to Expect
1. The acting to be as intense as its premise

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Battles Cancer With Seth Rogen in "50/50"


Title: 50/50
Release Date: October 6th, 2011 (Malaysia)
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston

Funny story about the title of this entry. I was tempted to take the easy route and say Joseph Gordon-Levitt Has Cancer, but then I thought it sounded too much like a cheap tabloid journalism trick, the kind that's meant to dupe people into buying their papers. In fact, I myself despise that kind of journalism, so I opted for that less deceiving title up there.

Anyway, this is also a movie that I've been looking forward to since sometime in March, along with Hesher [2011]. But now that I got the latter crossed off my list, I'm excited to know what's this one got in store. 50/50 is the story of a young man contracting cancer, and his subsequent efforts to battle it, all told with comedic overtones.

Have a look at the trailer yourself, it's all very very charming.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

50 Cent Slimmed Down as Well, For a Movie

So just the other day I posted some photos about Jonah Hill's dramatic weight loss. Well, today there's another, although I'm very reluctant to call this guy an actor. But all the same, you have to give the guy credit, and he will now be mentioned alongside other actors who went through body transformation for a role. The dude is famous rapper 50 Cent, and the movie is now called All Things Fall Apart.


Now, we've known about this movie for quite some time, with images of 50 Cent looking more like 25 Cent surfaced months ago. But I've been waiting for a trailer with better quality to come out, but it doesn't seem to appear that there will be one anytime soon, so we're going to have to settle for this one;

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Jonah's Weight Went Down-Hill

Aw man... It's probably too late to be news, but I didn't know about it until recently, when a friend of mine pointed it out to me. Oh yeah, pardon the lame wordplay I did up there, I've been up for about thirty-plus hours now and my mind's not really with me. But yeah, it's about actor and comedian Jonah Hill.

You know him... The dude on the right
That was him in a movie I don't seem to recognise, maybe you guys can help me out on this one. I'm not really a fan of the likes of Judd Apatow, who happens to collaborate rather frequently with Jonah Hill. But anyway, that was him then, have you seen how he looks like now?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Johnny English Reborn [2011]

Director: Oliver Parker
Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Gillian Anderson, Daniel Kaluuya, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West
Genre: Comedy/Thriller
Rating: General
Comment: "If you're making a sequel to a lukewarmly-received movie, you better have a damn good reason. Luckily, this movie has one..."

Synopsis

Despite being a celebrated agent of MI-7, Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is not without his list of screw-ups. After a job went wrong in Mozambique, English goes into exile and spends his days at a secluded monastery in Asia doing some soul-searching as well as honing some new-found skills. Meanwhile, the MI-7 superiors learn of a new threat that will disrupt world peace, forcing them to recommission Johnny English, bringing him back into action.

What to Expect
1. Rowan Atkinson's impeccable timing
2. Also, his brand of comedy
3. Equal mix of thriller and physical comedy
4. All the same, a lighthearted popcorn flick
5. Beautiful MILFs

What NOT to Expect
1. To be as forgettable as the first
2. Laugh-out-loud comedy

Monday, September 12, 2011

5 Movie Stars Who Aren't Really Actors

I got the idea for this entry when I finally had the opportunity to watch the Director's Cut version of Kingdom of Heaven [2005], which by the way is something you owe to yourself to see, especially if you're a movie aficionado. Personally I feel like it was the all-round best movie Ridley Scott has ever made thus far.

The theatrical release you saw back then was nothing but the studio's ill-advised decision to simply cash in on Orlando Bloom's box-office draw at the time, and made about 45-minutes' worth of cuts. As a result, the movie felt watered-down and incomplete. Rest assured that the Director's Cut turned it all around, and transformed it to what it was supposed to be in the first place; a breathtaking epic.

So as I was saying, it was pretty much the second time I watch Kingdom of Heaven, and still I was at awe whenever the character Baldwin IV came along.

This guy...
It was shrouded in mystery at the time, but by now we all know that he was played by one of my all-time favourite actors, Edward Norton. In fact, you can do a Google search about his performance in this movie and I bet nobody has nothing but heaps of praises for him.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

This Marriage Will Be The Death of Him... Literally


Title: Bini-Biniku Gangster (My Wives Are Gangsters)
Release Date: September 22nd, 2011 (Malaysia)
Director: Ismail 'Bob' Hashim
Starring: Intan Ladyana, Yana Samsudin, Shaheizy Sam

I must confess, the trailer peaked my interest because it does appear that they have a good story in their hands. Granted, it's not altogether original. In fact, the translation of the title alone would remind you of that Japanese (or was it Korean?) movie My Wife is a Gangster. I've never seen that one, but I think it hardly matters. Have a look at the trailer yourself and you can tell there's going to be some good moments in it.


You can't tell from the trailer, but there's actually a story in there. I must admit most of movie trailers made here in Malaysia don't make a whole lot of sense, because they tend to focus more on showcasing interesting snippets rather than letting us in on what the movie is going to be about.

Friday, September 9, 2011

If Zorro Was a Pussy... Cat


Release Date: November 24th, 2011 (Malaysia)
Director: Chris Miller
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris

We have seen the poster, but I don't think cinemas have started playing the trailer for it yet, although it was released ages ago. I'll get to that in a minute. In case you're in the dark about it, this spin-off to the Shrek movies actually serves as the prequel to the franchise well known for its redundant sequels. Ladies and gents, pray for mercy from Puss in Boots.

No, that's not him. That's my cat Garfieluddin...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Breakthrough Roles #6

It's been a while since I made a Breakthrough Roles entry, hasn't it? Truth is, it's because I couldn't remember recognising anymore actors when they weren't famous. And I didn't want to just take the easy way out and cheat by randomly picking an actor and refer to IMDb or Wikipedia. Yeap, it's true. Very rarely I refer to any sort of a database. Most of the things I wrote here in this blog, I did it from memory because I neither have a life or the need for a steady girlfriend.

*ahem* So the other night I was just thinking about what to write for an entry, and I began looking through my collection. But then I decided to just forget about it and watched a movie instead. That movie happened to be Mr. & Mrs. Smith starring the so-called "power couple" Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Although they did have excellent on-screen chemistry...
Some of you might have spotted this a lot sooner than I did, me I just discovered it a couple of nights ago. In the scene, Brad Pitt's character was tracking down who interfered with his work by bringing a laptop he salvaged to this tech girl. Her screen time was brief, but it was long enough for me to whisper out "eh?!" before leaning forward and pressed the pause button.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Favourites #15: Tough Chicks

It took me this long, but I finally decided to sit down and write about the counterpart entry to my favourite tough guy actors, with a slight difference. Because very rarely an actress gets typecast for tough chick roles, and when they do, it gets old real quick. Case in point, Michelle Rodriguez.

Because I don't care how good you look in a wifebeater, enough is enough...
I haven't any theory on that, but it would appear that actresses tend to either go for a variety of roles, or stick to just playing a career woman who would later realise that she doesn't need a career as much as she needs a man. With regards to the former, they could play a tough chick in one movie, play a mother in another and then proceeds with playing a rape victim in yet another movie. Sounds like any actress you know?

So anyway, since I can't say there are any female tough chick actors that I really like, I'm just going to make a list of tough chick characters that I really really like instead. Please note that these are my personal choice, so it may be questionable somewhat. And yes, The Bride from Kill Bill [2003-2004] is not on the list.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Garden State [2004]

Director: Zach Braff
Cast: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman ♥, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Rating: Adult
Comment: "Zach Braff proved that there's more to him than just good comedic timing..."

Synopsis

Andrew Largeman (Zach Braff) is a semi-successful actor who also waits tables at a Vietnamese restaurant. Despite the lifestyle he leads, Andrew is a lonesome, depressed young man on heavy medication. The rhythm of his life changes when he receives a phone call from home informing him of his mother's demise. He journeys back home, reconnects with old friends and sees what has become of the place he once called home. It all proves to be the answer he needs to his life's questions.

What to Expect
1. Smooth and mellow plot progression
2. Spectacular soundtrack
3. Interesting and colourful characters
4. A boy-meets-girl story

What NOT to Expect
1. Scrubs' wacky humour

Monday, September 5, 2011

That Other Snow White Movie

About a week ago we've learned that after Alice in Wonderland [2010] and Red Riding Hood [2011], another gritty retelling of a fairy tale is in the works, this time around it's Snow White. Interestingly, there's more than one in the making; there's the one starring Kristen Stewart and there's that other one we're going to talk about today, the one starring Lily Collins.


If the name sounds familiar, that's because she's also starring in Taylor Lautner's action movie vehicle, Abduction [2011]. Not to mention, the envy of Team Jacobs everywhere because she is rumoured to be his current girlfriend. I couldn't be bothered to check the authenticity of this claim, so Google it yourself, will ya?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hantu Bonceng [2011]

Director: Ahmad Idham
Cast: Zizan Razak, Juliana Evans, Jue Aziz, Taiyuddin Bakar
Genre: (Supposedly) Comedy/Horror
Rating: General
Comment: "No... Just... No"

Synopsis

Amran (Zizan Razak) is a delivery man for a pizza chain who also dabbles in illegal motorcycle drag racing at night. On a seemingly endless winning streak, Amran is a force to be reckoned with, until one fateful night he inadvertently gets a woman killed, a woman named Ayu (Juliana Evans), his "prize" for the night's race. Unfortunately his problems didn't end when he regains his consciousness; As if the guilt of getting an innocent woman killed isn't enough, he is now being haunted by her ghost.

What to Expect
1. Spastic humour... I mean, uh... Slapstick humour
2. Cutie Juliana Evans
3. Sight gags
4. Borderline mockery of Islam
5. Ham-handed delivery of moral values 
What NOT to Expect
1. A good movie. Enough said

Saturday, September 3, 2011

"The Avengers" Assemble! (8 Production Stills)

Earlier last month I spared a thought on the upcoming... Superhero bonanza movie, if you will. I still maintain that there's a really good chance that I'm going to skip this one - unless I got me some free tickets - however I can't deny that there's one thing about this movie that got me in awe; the cast.

Sure, I'm not as awestruck as I was when they had De Niro and Pacino in one movie, or that time they got Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley together in Lucky Number Slevin [2006], or when Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman finally starred together in Runaway Jury [2003]. But hell, I would still give up my pinky toe to be there and see all these guys work together for The Avengers.

Click on the images for a better resolution.

Friday, September 2, 2011

What I Learned About Gangsters (From Watching KL Gangster)

I've actually thought about writing this article for quite some time, but then I figured I've said what I wanted to say in my review of KL Gangster [2011], the movie that was a surprise hit among Malaysian movie-goers. In fact, even my review proved to be one of the more popular entries in this blog, staying at the Flavour of the Week chart for months now.


Apparently a lot of people liked the movie, which is fine by me. I mean, after all, there are people who engage in Coprophilia as well, so who am I to judge? However, I do have a bone to pick with morons who claimed that this movie could give Jackie Chan a run for his money. That's not a direct quote, but it's pretty much what the dude said.

Luckily at the time I was trying to not be such an angry son of a bitch, or I might have teared him a new asshole right there and then. Instead, I just sent him a link to a YouTube video showing how wrong he was to even put "KL Gangster" and "Jackie Chan" in the same sentence.

Countless of broken bones and a cracked skull, only to have people comparing him to this shit...
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