Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Season Two is Coming

No sooner than I got over my Game of Thrones addiction, the teaser trailer for its second season was released on YouTube. Even though I still squealed like a little schoolgirl, I can't help but feel like April is a teensy far away. In the unlikely chance that this is the first you've heard of the series, click here and if it sounds good to you, be sure to catch up before the second season comes out!

Monday, January 30, 2012

I Love Kate Beckinsale Too, But This...

... This is kind of weird, and a tad creepy how this person took the time to edit this video together. But then again, I do adore Kate Beckinsale. By the way, have you guys seen Underworld: Awakening? I haven't, because they're only showing it in 3D around here. I'm still considering if it's gonna be worth it.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Relationship Status [2012]

Director: Khairil M. Bahar
Cast: Gavin Yap, Davina Goh, Tony Eusoff, Daphne Iking, Susan Lankester, Baki Zainal, Ruzana Ibrahim, Benji Lim, Amanda Ang, Alfred Loh, Shuba Jay
Genre: Romantic comedy
Rating: General
Excerpt: "A Romantic comedy that everybody in the 21st century can relate to..."

Based on the numerous options available on social networking sites, Relationship Status tells the story of a number of KL-ites from all walks of life whose relationships are created, changed and sometimes even ruined by the way we communicate in the 21st century.

What to Expect
1. The characters to feel like real people
2. Funny exchanges
3. To play out like a sitcom
4. Lovely, atmospheric soundtrack

What NOT to Expect
1. The Katherine Heigl experience
A good start for 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

5 Horrible Life Lessons Local Films Love to Teach You

Before you rush to the comments section wanting to tell me that "not all local movies are like that", let me save you the trouble of waiting for my response; "You don't say? Way to go Captain Obvious!"

But I'm not going to lie to you, I was a little bit cautious when I was coming up with the title for this entry. I don't want to give the impression that I do stereotype movies that way, or that I am an Americophile of sorts who looks down on local stuff. Which is why the title originally read 5 Horrible Life Lessons Yusof Haslam Movies Love to Teach you. Not so much about movies made by the said film-maker, but rather I was hoping it would convey the type of movies I'm referring to.

Plus, I get to reuse the image below.

Previously seen in Ridiculous Complaints About Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa...
But of course, not even I am that horrible a human being to pin all of those unwatchable movies on him. So I thought I'll just stick with the term "local films" and hope that you'll know what I really mean.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Caricatures by Infernovball

My dream of becoming a comic book artist have been laid to rest, but there's no way I'm going to bury my love for the arts. Check out some cool caricatures I stumbled upon on the internet. Makes me feel like picking up a pencil and sketch away once more.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Annoying Things Local Films Like to Do #1

Making a good movie isn't easy, I'm very well aware of that fact. So spare me the lecture on how I should just be thankful, how I should support homemade films, and the ever-so-popular I-don't-see-you-making-any-movie or the more famous variation of it; kalau-power-sangat-buat-la-sendiri. If you're going to throw one at me, I will have to assume that you're still in school or you never grew past it. Or you're a big fat stupid dumb idiot.

I'm just putting this up because I think it's funny. Picture obtained from funnycoolstuff.com
I'll tell you why. Show business is an industry and movies (among other things) are its product. If I go see it, that will make me a paying customer. Don't customers have rights? They have the right to charge me to see the movie, but I don't have the right to say that I don't like it? That's about as stupid as being told off by a restaurateur to "cook for yourself if you don't like our food" when you comment that your dinner is unsatisfactory.

You just don't do that. You just have to live and let live, and accept the fact that not everybody appreciate the same things. When it comes to these things, not only I don't appreciate them, I plainly loathe them altogether.

Friday, January 20, 2012

I'm Envious of Christian Bale

Sure, by now it's no longer news. Even though he was far from being the first to inflate or deflate for a movie role, Christian Bale's reputation of going for the extreme is almost legendary. I still remember how he went from being as leathery as the wings of a bat, to a certified beefcake after he signed on to play Batman. Don't get me wrong, I am aware that a lot of work must have gone into it.

But I get envious of him anyway because he makes it seem so easy to go from scrawny to brawny, and vice versa. Heck, don't take my word for it, check out this little compilation I've laid down for your viewing pleasure. I would have made a more extensive list, but Photoshop isn't at my disposal for the moment.

Reign of Fire [2002]
Weight: 80+ kg

Thursday, January 19, 2012

25 Greatest Unscripted Scenes in Films

I was doing a bit of a reading about method actors when I saw an article that mentioned offhandedly about an improvised scene in The Usual Suspects [1995]. Of course, by now it wasn't exactly news even to me, but it did gave me an idea for an entry. I thought about putting a list together about my favourite unscripted scenes in movies, and that was when I came across this video.

Normally I hate it when it happens, like somebody was way ahead of me. But then again, I'm not exactly always ahead of the curve, so that's expected. Plus, the fellow made a video out of it, and that beats whatever presentation I was planning on doing. So I thought I'd just share it with you guys, and yes, the aforementioned improvised scene in The Usual Suspects is in it too.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Back in Black, and In 3D Too

Movie Title: Men in Black 3
Release Date: May 24th, 2012
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson

It just occurred to me that film studios have been doing a lot of sequels, haven't they? I guess it's because I've spent so much time looking for diamonds in the rough, I inadvertently overlooked the fact that there never was any real shortage of it. In fact, out of ten of last year's highest-grossing films, nine of them were sequels, so it only makes sense that the same trend is going to carry on for many years to come.

Is that a bad thing? Generally speaking, no. In fact, this year alone I'm looking forward to see Wrath of the Titans, and also Underworld: Awakening, slated for release this coming Thursday (Ooh Kate Beckinsale ♥). Here's another sequel I'm adding to the list, made ten years after its predecessor, it's Men in Black 3.

Monday, January 16, 2012

World's Greatest Extra

I've been posting nothing but videos, haven't I? Sorry folks, writer's block. Will resume writing when my muse returns. Shouldn't be too long now. But hey, here's something quite amazing to look at (don't mind the music. I do think that Lux Aeterna is an amazing piece of music, but overused);

His name is Jesse Heiman. And apparently he's a bit of a legend.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Five Minutes of "Haywire"

As part of the promotion for the Gina Carano star vehicle Haywire, Relativity Media released the first five minutes of the movie for us to see. Although not an unusual practice, frankly I think it's kind of necessary because even though I've already decided to give it a try, I couldn't help but think that it's a bit of an overkill to have such a star-studded cast accompanying Miss Badass Carano.

I just think it's going to be a distraction because judging from the video, her acting's not too bad. It may not be Oscar material, but good enough to not be upstaged by her physical prowess. But to each his or her own, I'm gonna have to say. Here, why don't you be the judge of that;

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Which Came First?

... The title or the story?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Win Win [2011]

Director: Thomas McCarthy
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Alex Shaffer, Burt Young, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Rating: General
Excerpt: "I placed it in my list of movies I really enjoy watching on a lazy Saturday afternoon..."

Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) is a mild-mannered and good-natured lawyer who also works as a high school wrestling coach. Despite feeling good at what he does, he struggles to make ends meet and could not bring himself to let his wife in on how they're doing financially, and it doesn't help that the wrestling team he coaches are pretty inept. However, things begin to look up when he defends Leo Poplar (Burt Young), an old man in the early stages of dementia, and Mike is able to make a little extra money by exploiting the system. But the arrival of Leo's grandson, Kyle (Alex Shaffer) and the luggage he brings along with him threatens to derail it all.

What to Expect
1. Paul Giamatti doing what he does best
2. A lighthearted movie
3. A movie that's just dripping with charm
4. Lovable characters

What NOT to Expect
1. Anything groundbreaking
2. Lack of substance
3. Superficial Romantic-comedy problems
Very entertaining

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Some of My Favourite Horatio Caine Meme

I don't know about you, but I can't remember the last time I saw an episode of CSI. Now, I wouldn't really call myself a hater of the series, even though I did poke fun at it here. If anything, I was a fan. It's just that, I think CSI is one of those television series that's staying too long past its prime (or is it over already? I don't know, I didn't bother to check). This is just my opinion, but unless it's a sitcom, it's generally not a good idea to stretch it any further than five to six seasons.

But hey, at least there's a silver lining, and that is we get memes like these. Below are seven of my favourite Horatio Caine comics, poking fun at his propensity to say cheesy one-liners that would make Sean Connery cringe. But in the case of these, I find them to be funny.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Ellen DeGeneres Scaring Her Guests

I don't feel like writing anything extensive today, so here's one of the videos I like to watch every now and then. Gotta love Ellen. Very rarely do I get to watch her show, but when I do it's always a delight because of moments like these;

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Techno Remixes of Movies

You know what? I haven't seen either one of the Tron movies. I don't know, neither of them strike me as being interesting at all for the same reason why I think the Star Wars prequels were a huge letdown, and also the same reason why I didn't even bother to go see The Green Lantern [2011]; I just know that those movies were made in an extremely sterile environment, resulting in a sleek, overproduced but all the same fake-looking movies.

Tron:Legacy [2010] didn't even hide the fact that it was really just one long Daft Punk music video...
But I don't really want to talk about the Tron movies, I was just reminded of them when I realised that I wrote the words "techno" and "movies" in the same sentence. What I actually want to share with you today are three videos that I don't know what's the point of them being made at all, but I'd be lying if I say I didn't enjoy watching them, particularly the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter remixes. I liked how they both are a reminiscent of a Frou Frou song.

Meanwhile, the remix for Terminator II is just goofy, but in a good way. Enjoy!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Second Time's The Charm?

Movie Title: Wrath of the Titans
Release Date: March 29th, 2012
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Danny Huston

From what I remember, the first installment of this movie was unanimously declared a trainwreck of a movie by critics and also critic-wannabes like me. But being critically-panned does not necessarily mean it will result in poor box-office intake, as Clash of the Titans [2010] took home an amount close to half a billion dollars even with the bad word-of-mouth that went around.

Well, good for them. But you see, I would have thought that they had simply taken the money and ran with it while the rest of us effortlessly forgot that we went to see it.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

FIXI #9: Kelabu


... was the first thing that came out of my mouth when I finally finished this novel. Note that I said 'finally' when the ironic thing is that, it only took me two sittings to read it from cover to cover. But it certainly felt a lot longer than that, and it's not because of the number of pages the novel had. It's just that, I found Kelabu to be one heck of an emotional and spiritual journey, suffice to say I got into it a lot more than I thought I would when I first flipped open the book.

Kindly visit FIXI's official site for a sneak preview of the novel, and details on how to get it...
And no, I’m not going to say nice things about it just because author Nadia Khan has the means to render me unconscious, and have me wake up one week later in that red light district in Amsterdam with a sloppy boob job and my genitals removed. *shiver* I was just really impressed by it, so much that my inferiority complex came knocking once more.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Mamü's 2011 in Film

It probably seemed a little weird that I didn't write anything to commemorate the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012. I actually did have something in mind, and I also planned to make use of a suggestion I received through email quite some time ago. But I don't know, man. I've been going through a really weird time of my life for the past God-knows-how-long, and the fact it's now 2012 freaked me out a lot more.

Well, I shall not bore you with the details, and I'll just present to you what I meant to post back on New Year's Eve itself, but didn't get around to do it until now. I give you, some pretentious awards along with some other commentaries about what I liked and disliked about 2011 in film.

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