Tuesday, September 24, 2013

That's Not Very World-Class, Yusry

Oh Yusry...

If you want to play with the big boys, then you gotta think big, or stay at home.

Before I go on, a little context. Sometime last week, I saw the much-hyped KRU Studios' production, Vikingdom. In a way, you could say that it's a follow-up to the successful Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa [2011], which I really liked (I even defended it). I think Vikingdom falls short on so many things that makes Merong Mahawangsa good, but this isn't really a review of the film, so I'll save my thoughts for later.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ghost Tits. A Clever Movie Trailer Parody

I had a good laugh watching this. It totally captured the feel of movies like The Forgotten [2004], Flightplan [2005], Passengers [2008] and other movies of that kind.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

KL Gangster 2 [2013]

Director: Syamsul Yusof
Writer: Syamsul Yusof
Starring: Aaron Aziz, Syamsul Yusof, Adi Putra, Shoffi Jikan, Zizan Razak, Rosyam Nor
Genre: Action
Rating: General
Verdict: "Twice the action, twice the gebang, twice the incoherence..."

"Boom dush bang lu gua lu gua terretetete boom lu gua lu dush dush dush."
- Ammar Hilman, a YouTube user.

What to Expect
1. Unorganised crime
2. Origin of Shark's atrocious accent
3. More shouting
4. More cartoonish and flashier gangsters
5. Good set pieces
6. Glossy visuals
7. Wealthiest gangsters evar!

What NOT to Expect
1. Finesse
2. Subtlety
3. A protagonist
More of the same thing, and most likely will not win it any new fans

"Songlap" Proves It Has Staying Power

When I gave Songlap two thumbs up nearly two years ago, I had no idea that it would have the kind of run that it has today. Just the other day (Sept 13) it premiered at the 2013 OzAsia Festival, and it will be screened again on the 22nd. Which is awesome, because I love Songlap the way Selena Gomez loves you like a love song, baby.

And I'd watch it on repeat-peat-peat-peat~♪ (You sang it, didn't you? Admit it)
This is just the latest addition to the amount of exposure Songlap has been getting and I'm really proud of it, even though I had nothing to do with it whatsoever. Sure, it's a little bittersweet for me that appreciation for (Malaysian) movies like this tend to come from abroad. But to be fair, it did snag a couple of prestigious awards here, it's just the bitter part of me had deduced that it was only because Bunohan had made a splash in Europe and the USA, and the judges didn't want to look like idiots.

But I digress.

Now in its seventh year, the festival has selected Malaysia as its central theme this year.

Hence the current look of its official website

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Vikingdom to Penetrate the International (B movie) Market

Release Date: September 12th, 2013
Movie Title: Vikingdom
Director: Yusry Abdul Halim
Writer: James Coyne
Starring: Dominic Purcell, Craig Fairbrass, Natassia Malthe, Conan Stevens, Jon Foo

Though they don't quite put it like that, I think it's safe to say that's the general sentiment people have about KRU Studios' latest offering, with most of their criticisms directed at the CGI. You can't really blame them because when the first teaser trailer was released, it was cut as if to show off just how Vikingdom is (supposedly) at par with Hollywood. "Look at all the special effects," it seemed to say.

While I am not one to be too particular about CGI, I have to say I can understand where they're coming from. There really is nothing there to scream about. I mean, just look at it;

While it doesn't look quite as dated as Warcraft II, it does seem to have the charm of a late-'90s video game cutscene, doesn't it?

Friday, September 6, 2013

Zombie Outbreak in the Klang Valley

I'm not sure when did this all take place, but there was a tiny bit of a zombie outbreak in GSC cinemas in the Klang Valley. Any chance you were there when it all happened?

Note that I didn't review the film for reasons I won't disclose here. But word has it that KL Zombi is praised for its visual style and effects, while others argue that it didn't fully live up to its potential (you can partially thank the LPF for that). Well, it's doing rather well. Last I heard it has already went past the RM2 million mark after four or five days. Go catch it and later talk about it.

Maybe Grand Brilliance will hear you out should they ever decide to make a sequel.
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