Saturday, December 22, 2012

Damn You, ""!

So Abduction played on TV yesterday. I tried watching it with a straight face, but dammit I kept giggling like a moron because I was reminded of this whenever Taylor Lautner was onscreen.

Which is to say, all the time. You can't really see it in that photo, but the resemblance is rather uncanny if you were to watch the movie. Especially when he furrows his eyebrows, or squints. I didn't get the chance to watch Abduction until the end, so I'm really hoping it would play again on TV pretty soon. Not because I think it's good. If anything, I think it's corny, although I did have high hopes for the movie prior to it coming out.

Naw. I just have major hots for Lily Collins. I practically grew up with her dad's music, but I love her for a different reason entirely.

Owh yeah.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [2012]

Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner, Ken Stott, Andy Serkis
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Rating: General
Comment: "About as entertaining as James Cameron's Avatar [2009], which is to say it's all flash with little substance..."

Taking place before Frodo's (Elijah Wood) own epic adventure, Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) recounts his younger days when he too, embarked on a journey that was much bigger than he was, both figuratively and literally. It all started just like any other day, until a wizard by the name of Gandalf (Ian McKellen) came knocking on his door. He brought along with him a band of thirteen spirited dwarves, under the leadership of the dwarf prince Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Together, they marched to the former dwarven kingdom located at the Lonely Mountain. They vowed to reclaim it from a dragon named Smaug, or die trying.

What to Expect
1. More walking
2. To be more LOTR than LOTR (I'll explain)
3. Beautiful set pieces and visuals
4. One-note characters
5. Deus ex machinas
6. Everybody's a scumbag

What NOT to Expect
1. Tight pacing
2. Injuries
3. Andy Serkis to disappoint
Good enough for what it was, no less no more.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Recognise This Guy? I didn't...

Don't worry, this is not one of those cheap tabloid media tricks. I'm not gonna start by saying things like "This particular celebrity is addicted to heroin!" or "This particular celebrity have AIDS!". Only to end it somewhere near the bottom of the page with "But no worries, it's just a movie role" or something like that. No, I'm gonna flat out tell you that this fellas did what he did for a movie role... And I find it shocking for two reasons.


I know what you're thinking...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

"Aney, Bagi Cupcake Satu!"

I believe that's the first time I've ever wrote the title of a blog post in Malay...-ish. Not to mention there will be slang words as well as colloquial terms, because there's no way to do this entry without 'em. Not a problem at all, really. Just a a lil' something for me to ponder upon.

Before I go on, I gotta give a shout out and a huge thanks to Grand Brilliance for inviting a small-time blogger like me to their press conference.

Alright. On November 21st, details of their latest offering were revealed; a movie entitled Mamak Cupcake. Yes, it's exactly what you think it is. Mamak Cupcake follows main character MJ, played by Shaheizy Sam (I know, I'll get to that later), who is about a mamak who wants to bake cupcakes for a living. However, being the heir of a mapley restaurant chain forces him to bury that dream of his. Until one day, that spark is once again reignited when he meets a girl named Juliana, played by Siti Saleha ♥.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Dark Knight Rishesh

A lil' old, but still funny!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I Want to Like This Movie, But...

... First impression's not too good.

Movie Title: Prince of the City
Release Date: December 27th, 2012 (Malaysia)
Director: Roslan Hussin
Starring: Julian Cheah, Michael Madsen, Aaron Aziz, Jehan Miskin, Tara Wallace

The last time I cringed this much from watching a movie trailer was when Edward Cullen and Bella did it for the first time. I kept telling myself that maybe it's the trailer that didn't do the movie justice. After all, they managed to entice the Michael Madsen to star in this movie, so that's gotta count for something, right? Sure, there are a couple of corny exchanges between the characters, but that doesn't prove anything, right?


Well, nobody can say for sure until December 27th, and before I let you watch the trailer, I'd like to share a couple of my favourite moments from it. It's so bad, it's funny to the point where I can't really form coherent thoughts, like I did with the aforementioned Twilight trailer. For starters, it's a half-baked movie trailer where the audio doesn't even connect with the visuals, and I don't mean that it doesn't sync. It's not a technical issue. Here, observe;

Quite a Misnomer, But It's Tom Cruise. So...

Movie Title: Jack Reacher
Release Date: December 20th, 2012 (Malaysia)
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, David Oyelowo

Heard about this one already? What do you guys think about it? The reason I ask is because I'm wondering if you guys have the same doubts as I did, when I first saw the trailer. Granted, I'm not very well-versed with the character, and the only Jack Reacher novel I've read is the one called The Hard Way. All I know about the character is that he's huge, standing at 6 foot and 5 inches, and he's pretty unstoppable.

Tom Cruise isn't huge, but then again he has rather successfully played larger-than-life characters in the past, and my first impression of Jack Reacher is pretty good. I know fanboys would dislike it no matter what, but for the rest of us moviegoers, there is a possibility that the movie's gonna be pretty good as a whole. If the trailer is any indication, it's gonna be both thrilling and fun.

Watch until the end of the trailer to see what I mean.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Star Wars' "What People Think I Do" Meme

I don't know who made these, but keep 'em coming! Sorry about the size thing, but it's still readable, no?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Istanbul, Aku Datang! [2012]

Director: Bernard Chauly
Writer: Rafidah Abdullah
Starring: Lisa Surihani, Beto Kusyairy, Tomok
Genre: Romantic comedy
Rating: General
Comment: "A Romantic comedy with heart. Oh, you'd be surprised how rare that is..."

Naive and hopelessly romantic Dian (Lisa Surihani) travels all the way to Istanbul, where her doctor-to-be boyfriend Azad (Tomok) is studying, with a plan; She's going to charm her way into getting him to propose by the end of her stay. One thing she didn't take into account is how Azad wouldn't have her stay under the same roof as him and his two guy friends. A scam later and she finds herself sharing an apartment with another Malaysian guy named Harris (Beto Kusyairy). From there, Dian tries to juggle between proceeding with her initial plan, while keeping Azad in the dark about her new housemate.

What to Expect
1. Charm, and simplicity
2. Good chemistry between actors
3. Casting was just perfect
4. A sitcom feel to it

What NOT to Expect
1. Cuti-cuti Istanbul
2. Much focus on the fish-out-of-water element
One of the best Malaysian movies you'll see this year.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Our 48 Hour Film Adventure

I can't believe I didn't write a damn thing about the KL 48 Hour Film Project. It was a pretty big deal for us because in a way, we "trained" for it by shooting Conscience and Puasa (unreleased as of yet) in under a day each. No, that's not meant to impress you. We were just learning how to get things done and finding out what sort of obstacles to expect before the cameras even start rolling.

Needless to say, the experience helped tremendously when the competition came along.

The outside of our base camp...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Making of "Bunohan"

This shipyard scene? Not CGI. Just brilliant film-making...
As disappointed as I was when I learned that a rarity like Bunohan under-performed at the box-office (approximately RM720,000), I'm ecstatic to hear about the movie being considered for the Oscars, and it has resulted in a renewed interest in the movie locally (this is Malaysia, after all). Sure, it's too soon to say, and some might even try to downplay this achievement by saying that it's just being shortlisted, and it might not even make the cut.

Well, to those people... If you can't appreciate just how big a deal this is for the local film industry, you may go back to watching Adnan Sempit, Hantu Bonceng and Apa Celop Toqq while giving Ahmad Idham and David Teo a proverbialjob.

For the rest of y'all, here's something really cool; the full-length "Making of" featurette of Bunohan! If you have the time, this is worth every second.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Finding Love at the Bottom of the... Dustbin

This Wednesday. Don't miss it! I'll tell you why...
Director(s): Megat Sharizal & Ismail Jamaludin
Starring: Siti Saleha, Beto Kusyairy, Razif Hashim, Fauziah Nawi, Norzizi Zulkifli

It's pretty hard to find a love story that a rock n' roll dude like me (chewah!) could appreciate. No, really. If I ever make a comprehensive list of romantic movies I'm into, you'll see a pattern where none of them are larger-than-life or over-the-top. In other words, they're not something Ted Mosby would daydream about. So if you're one to roll your eyes at the mere thought of an airport chase scene, keep reading.

What is Aku, Dia & Tong Sampah?
For starters, it's not about the ghost of a dustbin that's out for vengeance. No, Aku, Dia & Tong Sampah is a telemovie that begins with main character Sharnaz standing next to a dustbin, contemplating on getting rid of what's left of her failed relationship; a bundle of love letters. She decides against it, but before she could leave the scene, she accidentally bumps into a stranger who turns out to have more in common with her than she could have ever expected.

Monday, October 1, 2012

5 Stupidest Assumptions Local Moviegoers Tend to Make

"Pffftt... The producers must be Jews. Or the Illuminati."
Now, where did I leave things off? It has been a while, and I can't help but feel a little bit rusty. So yeah... *ahem* Let's keep the introduction short, yah? Now, I understand that you might get the feeling that this entry is tinged with arrogance. But that's not where I'm coming from, for I too am a moviegoer, and I'm not above making stupid assumptions. However, you'll never catch me having assumptions as stupid as these, as plenty of local moviegoers tend to make;

(Note that I used words like "plenty" and "tend" in the same goddamn sentence. So if your rebuttal is something along the lines of "But not all local movie fans are like that!!" Well... Tak reti bahasa ke apa weh?)

Friday, September 28, 2012

No Lights. Just a Camera and "Action!"

At the risk of sounding like I have delusions of grandeur of some sort, I just wanna go on record and say - No, I haven't abandoned this blog. Though I admit you'd have a livelier time strolling through a mausoleum because it's been pretty dead around here. Heck, I can't even remember what was the routine like back when I dedicated more time on this blog.

Oh... Right.
So, where have I been? Here and there. Gone to Thailand for the most of August to work on a documentary/travelogue. Came back home to a fanfare that's big enough for a bum like me, and I've been keeping myself busy ever since. Sure, my wallet is still thinner than a slice of bread, and there's nothing in my pockets but air... But the long-lost sparkle in my eyes and the spring in my step are now back. At least I feel that way.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Breakthrough Roles #9

The last time this happened to me was back in September 22nd, 2011, when I was flipping through the channels. Well, it kinda happened again, the only difference... I was actually watching Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement [2004]. Not that I was traipsing down memory lane or anything, I'm not even a fan of the first one (not to say I hated it, though).

By the way, is it just me, or the movie wouldn't be quite as popular had it not been for Anne Hathaway starring in the lead role? I'm thinkin' that's the reason because she's stunningly beautiful. I'm a sucker for big, bambi eyes. *ahem* How are you doin', girlfriend?

So I was watching the aforementioned movie, well... Not really watching, more like staring at the screen without really paying attention, until this guy came along;

Why Yoda Shouldn't Be a Navigator

Whoever made this... Good one! LOL

Sunday, July 15, 2012

8 Jam [2012]

Director: Ahmad Idham
Starring: Shaheizy Sam, Yana Samsudin, Eizlan Yusof, Lydiawati
Genre: Drama/Action (or is it Action/Drama?)
Rating: Teen
Comment: "A movie that's undecided on what it wants to be..."

Raised on the streets, life has never been easy for Alang (Shaheizy Sam), who ultimately finds himself heading for the gallows. In the last eight hours of his life, he recounts significant events in his life to the only person who would lend him a sympathetic ear, prison officer Akhiruddin (Eizlan Yusof).

What to Expect
1. Impressive action sequences
2. Balance issues
3. Unintentionally funny moments
4. Good acting
5. Annoying film score

What NOT to Expect
1. A courtroom drama
2. Much intellect
If you have nothing better to see

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Star Wars That I Used to Know

A lil' something I came across when that hoax about Gotye's death spread across the internet. I will fully admit right now that I bought it, mostly due to shock because... Well, he didn't seem like the type to commit suicide. But then again, you can't always tell when someone's genuinely depressed. Ah well... Good to know he's fine and well. I'm not really a fan, but hey, his signature song is catchy as hell.

This has got to be my favourite cover of that song, and it pretty much summed up why fans of Star Wars hate the prequels so much. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mael Lambong [2012]

Director: Ahmad Idham
Starring: Zizan Razak, Julianna Evans, Taiyudin Bakar, Shenthy Feliziana
Genre: Bullshit
Rating: General
Comment: "A good one to watch if you're in need of a headache..."

Notorious car transporter Mael Lambong (Zizan Razak) is in way over his head when Maria (Juliana Evans), a beautiful woman who claims to be a secret agent, hires him to aid her in her mission to protect a microchip from falling into the wrong hands. What begins as a straightforward escort mission turns into a nightmare for him when they somehow end up in his hometown, forcing him to revisit a depressing chapter of his life.

What to Expect
1. An interesting (enough) premise
2. Zizan not being Zizan (half the time, at least)
3. Exactly two crafted jokes, and one running joke
4. A sharp decline after the exposition
5. A notable fight scene
6. A movie made for a quick buck

What NOT to Expect
1. To get your money's worth
2. A huge departure from the likes of Hantu Bonceng
A waste

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I Didn't Think It Was a Real Movie...

Movie Title: Wreck-It Ralph
Release Date: November 29th, 2012 (Malaysia)
Director: Rich Moore
Starring: John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, David Hyde Pierce, Sarah Silverman

When I saw a promotional clip of Wreck-It Ralph some time ago, I thought it was one of those fan-made short films because... Well, look at that still again. There are characters like M. Bison and Bowser (like I even need to state here what video games they're from) and more in the trailer! Sure, not that I thought it was impossible. I just figured that whole business with licensing would have Disney lawyers shake their heads in unison.

Well, I'm wrong!

Turns out Wreck-It Ralph is very much a real movie, and though the story may not be anything out of the ordinary as far as Disney movies are concerned; It seems to be in the same vein as Chicken Run [2005], Meet the Robinsons [2007] and Bolt [2008]. Not that those movies were bad, somehow they were just too kiddie to interest the child in me. However, I think I'd go for Wreck-It Ralph because I think they might have done it this time. I bet everyone who grew up in the '80s and '90s are gonna get all nostalgic.

Friday, June 29, 2012

First Look at KL Zombie

I could have sworn I've posted something about KL Zombie a while ago.

Or maybe that was just a Facebook status update. I think I wanted to wait until the release of a theatrical trailer. But then I figured it's okay to save that for another day, because I feel like it's about time that I share with you what I know about this upcoming zombie flick that I am genuinely excited about for several reasons.

For starters, the Malaysian setting. (Art by Ho Sui-Jon)
Based on the FIXI novel Zombijaya by Adib Zaini, KL Zombie tells the tale of slacker Nipis who becomes a reluctant hero when a zombie outbreak robs him of the only life he knows. At the very core, that's the story, although the book was much more substantial than that. I can't say I know for a fact how many percent of the book was retained. Author Adib Zaini, who also penned the screenplay, provided a figure in an interview. But as of right now I can't quite remember.

Not that it matters anyway.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Typical Malay Movie in 5 Easy Steps

I know what you're thinking. If you've been visiting this blog every now and then, you might be aware (wary, even) of all the blog entries taking shots at popular local movies. I don't know if I've said it before, but I definitely will say it again; I don't have a hate-boner for homemade products. I do, however, have something against a particular brand of local movie, something I hope to illustrate in this particular entry.

No, this is not a shot against local actors either.

I may not know the whole story or the politics behind movie-making, but I get the feeling that audition only happens when there's a singing competition involved. When it comes to movies, it's all about how famous you are because apparently the cult of personality is still huge over here, and the mainstream audience still think of movies as the place where they get to see celebrities/jesters/favourite singers fumble with their lines. As opposed to, you know, to watch a movie? With stories and whatnot?

So who would I blame? Everybody. The mainstream audience for flocking the cinemas for the likes of Adnan Sempit while Bunohan earned less than a million domestically.  Well... I guess it's comforting to know that Songlap and Chow Kit did quite well. But such movies are few and far in between. Most of the time, we get subpar comedies that inexplicably make millions.

And they all tend to follow the same formula;

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Popular Movies as Children's Books

My favourite among these would have to be Leon [1994], I love how this artist got Jean Reno's features down. More on its official website in all its uncropped glory.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jiwa Taiko [2012]

Director: Osman Ali
Starring: Bront Palarae, Nadiya Nisa, Diana Danielle, Remy Ishak
Genre: Bullshit
Rating: General
Comment: "Please disperse. There's nothing to see here..."

A life of crime is a life wasted, and Firman (Remy Ishak) learns that the hard way when had to serve some time in jail. Taking the experience in good stride, he vows to never go back down that road again. He takes a step forward by getting into a relationship with Trisya (Diana Danielle), oblivious to the fact that there's another who have feelings for him. But running away from the past is always a futile effort, and it haunts him in the form of his former gang mate, Pinto (Bront Palarae).

What to Expect
1. Bront Palarae being awesome, as always
2. To be forced to accept too many things at face value
3. Plot holes aplenty, like potholes in Shah Alam
4. Characters with extremely poor judgement skills
5. Multiple, so many cringe-worthy moments
6. Remy Ishak's sex face

What NOT to Expect
1. Adrenaline-pumping fight scenes
2. Believable relationships
3. "Taiko", mostly it's just "jiwa"
Avoid like the plague

Friday, June 15, 2012

Michael Bolton & Jack Sparrow

I burst out laughing when I saw this video. I don't know, I just see it as Michael Bolton poking fun at his no-nonsense public image, belting out love songs for '90s soccer mums to swoon over. Plus there are references to popular movies.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Iceberg Wars?

I don't know who drew this, but I read that George Lucas sent this comic to James Cameron after Titanic [1997] dethroned Star Wars at the box-office. Quite frankly, it still baffles me how the former made that much money.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Trailer Finally Unchained

... Please ignore the lame pun.

When the trailer for this movie finally surfaced on the net, I have this vague recollection that I've written about it before. Turns out it's been more than a year since we first heard about Quentin Tarantino's latest project. Time really does fly, although now it's gonna start ticking a little slower now that the theatrical trailer's out!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Not a Bad Cover, But...

I don't know how much of the vocals are his, and how much of it was aided by studio work. In any case, it's not too bad a cover with Tom Cruise on vocals, although the fact that Paradise City (by my favourite band, Guns N' Roses) is being used in a musical... I'm inclined to say "Blasphemy!"

But oh well.

The "unsurpassable" original version

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman [2012]

Director: Rupert Sanders
Starring: Kristen Stewart's Cardboard Cutout, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Spruell, Sam Claflin, Bob Hoskins, Vincent Regan
Genre: Fantasy/Action
Rating: Teen
Excerpt: "The production team created a beautiful fantasy world for us to escape to, if only Kristen Stewart knew how to react to it..."

When the kingdom comes under attack from an army of enchanted glass soldiers, King Magnus (Noah Huntley) leads an army to meet it, easily winning the battle, rescuing the gorgeous Ravenna (Charlize Theron) in the process. Taken by her beauty, he makes her his queen, filling the void left by his late wife. But things quickly take a turn for the worst as Ravenna is not what she appears. After assassinating the king, she seizes the throne, and uses her new found authority to quench her insatiable thirst to be "the fairest of them all".

Make no mistake, the real star was Ravenna (Charlize Theron)...
What to Expect
1. Charlize Theron to be absolutely captivating
2. Lush settings
3. Beautiful set pieces and costumes
4. Kristen Stewart's cardboard cutout for the non-action scenes
5. Can't help but "play director" (I'll explain)

What NOT to Expect
1. Elaborate battle scenes
2. Absence of fairy tale elements
If you have nothing to do, not even a wife or a husband

Conan O'Brien on USA's New Terrorist Alert System

I couldn't have said it any better myself. Nic Cage has his moments. For example, Lord of War [2005] is good, but mostly because the plot draws you in, and presumably because Nic Cage was on Xanax. However, the same cannot be said of the following movies; 

You know what's the funniest part? The Wicker Man [2006] wasn't even a comedy. But you wouldn't be able to tell that from watching the damn movie.

Friday, June 1, 2012

When an Aristocrat Meets a Man From the Ghetto

It may sound like the premise to a subpar sitcom, or a generic Oscar bait. But everything I've heard about The Intouchables suggests that it's anything but that. It's a French movie, so it's highly unlikely that they're gonna release it here, but hell I'd jump on the chance to go see it.

And yes, that guy does look like he could be Dustin Hoffman's French brother.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Uh-mazing Lookin' Spider-Man Movie

Movie Title: The Amazing Spider-man
Release Date: July 5th, 2012 (Malaysia)
Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan, Chris Zylka

Wanna hear something potentially blasphemous? I have yet to see The Avengers. No, it's not because I don't want to go back on my words. It's not a matter of pride or ego. I don't know. I did go out several times this month, but every time I walk past a cinema, I didn't feel any sort of drive to give that movie a go. Besides, judging from the box-office intake of the movie, I'm guessing only Eskimos in the North Pole and I who haven't seen it.

Therefore I don't feel any sort of urgency at all.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

5 Actresses Other People Are Crazy About But I Have No Feelings For

The title's a little long, ain't it? But then again, it seems like so long ago since I wrote an entry of this nature, this whole countdown thing. I'm afraid I have no defense this time, I've been slacking off. I tend to do that. It's just that part of my personality where I would take some time off when I feel like it has become too much of a routine. So no, Planet MamüVies is not dead. So what have I been doing all this while? Same old, same old. It's just this blog that took the backseat.

But enough about that. I felt like writing again, and the first thing I did is scour through the drafts for a topic I'd like to revisit, and this one piqued my interest. What can I say? I love women. I love men too, but I love women a whole lot more. If I remember correctly, this article was inspired by all those nonsensical "20 Hottest Actresses Under 25/Over 30/Over 35/Over 40... etc" Hollywood tabloid journalism likes to do.

I still don't get what's the big deal about this lady. Or that Megan Fox substitute in Transformers 3...
Which, by the way, is something I vowed to never incorporate into this blog. No, seriously. Even at my trashiest, I'd rather not take a page from the E! channel. So how is this article any different from anything they've ever done? Simple. Think of it as an Anti-Hottest Celebrities list. I'm gonna list down five actresses the TV and internet wouldn't shut up about, and say a thing or two about me not getting what the fuss is all about.

Of course, it goes without saying that none of them would date me either.

Friday, May 18, 2012

World without Shadow, a Docu-drama by Khoo Eng Yow

My timeline is pretty messed up, but I think it was around this time last year when I had the opportunity to have an early look and help out engineer-turned-filmmaker Khoo Eng Yow with his eye-opening documentary, World without Shadow (also known as Wayang Rindukan Bayang). I was very happy to be on board to begin with, but what I walked away with was something I'd never forget, being a fan of all things artistic.

You see, it was pretty much a finished product when I came along, and all I had to do was help Eng Yow with the English translation of the subtitles. I shall not give away anything here, I'm just gonna say that World without Shadow is a must-see not just for fans of the art...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

How Cool is Tom Cruise?

It's no secret that I look up to Tom Cruise as an actor and an action star, even though I don't deny that it's a little hard to take him seriously sometimes. As of right now, I'm unaware of what he has in store for the future, aside from that Glee-rock-musical which I'm not looking forward to at all. But then again, there's this saving grace of it having Tom Cruise portraying a rock star, and he looked gooooood.

Heck, don't take my word for it, check out the photos below. Chances are they've already been airbrushed, but still I have this nagging feeling that even at 49, he's in much better shape than I am.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Joffrey Slapped For Ten Minutes

Although I doubt that he will ever pull out a sword and kill anyone, scenes with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) are some of my favourites from the television series Game of Thrones. If you feel the same way, here's a little treat; Some wise guy made a video with nothing but Joffrey getting slapped, set to Led Zeppelin's Achilles Last Stand. Double the awesome!

Safe [2012]

Director: Boaz Yakin
Starring: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, James Hong, Reggie Lee, Robert John Burke
Genre: Action
Rating: Teen
Excerpt: "It's easy to accuse Safe of playing it safe, but the movie exhibited some vulnerabilities that added to its charm..."

What seems like a gift that would promise her a bright future, Mei (Catherine Chan) is doomed for a life in the Triad when they discovered her exceptional skill with numbers. Meanwhile, a jaded cage fighter, Luke Wright (Jason Statham) gets in the ring with another fighter who has no business fighting. He wins the fight but at the expense of his opponent going into a coma, and Luke learns soon after that the match is rigged by the Russian Mafia. Condemned to spend a life under their brand of justice, Luke is ready to give up on life. But as fate would have it, he finds a reason to live when he crosses paths with Mei.

What to Expect
1. Top notch fight scenes
2. A "tough-guy" movie with a little bit of heart
3. Interesting premise
4. Some missed opportunities

What NOT to Expect
1. Much depth
2. Absence of cliches
If you're undecided on what to see, opting for this wouldn't be a bad idea

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

First Rule of Fight Club...

I don't know who made this, but it gave me a good laugh.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mickey Mouse in Runaway Brain [1995]

Hey, look at what I found! I can't remember precisely when I first saw this, but it was one of my favourite Disney shorts ever. I think it's because it was pretty action-oriented, and uncharacteristically Mickey Mouse-like. One thing, though. I remember it being longer back then. Or at least it felt longer. Or maybe it was just so long ago.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Chow Kit [2012]

Director: Rosihan Zain & Brando Lee
Starring: Muhamad Izzam Izzudin, Muhamad Izzam Syafiq, Muzhaffar Shah Shahrul Asran, Nur Nadzirah Rosi, Mers Sia, Beto Kusyairy, Dira Abu Zahar, Lana Nordin, Yasmin Hani, Namron
Genre: Drama
Rating: 18+
Excerpt: "The further away you live from 'the streets', the less believable it becomes..."

Two loosely-connected stories in one movie, the first half tells the tale of a group of children living on the streets of Chow Kit. Brought up by prostitutes and drug addicts, these children do what they can to make sense of their lives. But when a sexual predator threatens the dynamics of their friendship, they must cast aside their personal hardship and band together to protect what little they have. Meanwhile, an ex-convict looking to start anew gets roped into doing one last errand for his former gang, in exchange for his savings. But he's about to learn that getting out of gangster's paradise is easier said than done.

What to Expect
1. Questionable motives (but then again I'm not from the streets)
2. A bit of a culture shock
3. Some memorable quotes
4. Limitations that come from working with child actors
5. Hauntingly beautiful soundtrack

What NOT to Expect
1. Comfortable to watch
2. The Kisah Benar route
3. As tightly-written as the likes of Songlap [2011]
It has its drawbacks, but still one of the best local movies you'll see this year
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