Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Mental Experimental Cocktails!



One day, while having lunch with Fireangel, I got an idea for a party where everyone sits around making experimental cocktails for each other, for no reason other than to get high really really fast. After all, I have a good variety of booze at home, and it's always fun to see what sort of cocktails I could make out of them.

Anyway, I had some rules for the 'Mental Experimental Cocktail Party". The rules were these:

1) You DO NOT make drinks for yourself.

2) Each drink MUST have AT LEAST one shot of liquor, and AT LEAST one mixer. No shooters or shots allowed.

3) If you finish your drink, you draw a name from a box at random to see who makes the next drink for you.

4) Anyone who is called out for having an empty glass or nursing a drink too long will have to take a shot from the Tray of Death (TM)

So, I had the party last Friday, and a grand total of nine people turned up; three of LL's friends, Vicky and Cris, and Deepak and his friend Junial. The rest chickened out; while FA had to go spoil her alcohol appetite the night before by getting drunk on whiskey and beer (a travesty which I have still not forgiven for until she buys me a siew yoke lunch), so she couldn't make it either. HMPH.

So, what was available? Here you go:

Alcohol:
  1. Absolut Apeach
  2. Absolut Mandarin
  3. Absolut Vanilla
  4. Absolut Vodka
  5. Advocaat egg liqour
  6. Bacardi Apple
  7. Baileys Irish Cream
  8. Cazadores gold tequila
  9. Chinese rice wine
  10. Contreau
  11. Finlandia Cranberry
  12. Gordon's gin
  13. Green Fairy absinthe
  14. Jagermeister
  15. Jameson whiskey
  16. Johnnie Walker Black Label whiskey
  17. Kahlua coffee liqour
  18. Malibu Coconut flavoured rum
  19. Martini Bianco
  20. Peachtree schnapps
  21. Sake
  22. Sauza Gold tequila
  23. Tuak
As for the mixers, we had:
  1. Sprite
  2. Coke
  3. Ribena
  4. Lime juice
  5. Orange juice
  6. Beer
  7. Guinness
  8. Apple juice
  9. Cranberry juice
  10. Pinapple juice
  11. Lemons
I also had shakers, and cocktail books in case someone wanted to try something LESS experimental...

Needless to say, we all got mightily high, but surprisingly not drunk. I guess the cocktails weren't THAT potent, or maybe it's just because all of us could REALLY drink.

Between us, we made up cocktails, some pretty good, and some really awful ones like Vicky's Advocaat + Guinness + Tequila concoction, and Junial's absinthe + Rum + Whiskey shooter he made for Deep (the one and only shooter of the night. We banned them after that one).

The Tray of Death (a tray of shotglasses filled with different sorts of liqour at random) was only used twice - once when someone forgot to refill his glass, and the other, when someone held on to his drink far too long.

It was just too bad there were so few of us, or it there have been more cocktails going around. And I wish I'd written down the drinks we made because some of them were pretty good. Oh well, there's always next time... hee hee.. HIC!


Even Tony Stark Approves.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Stuck In a Rut

Lately I've been stuck in a rut when it comes to the blog. I get great ideas for posts, and I also have some stuff to review, but then when I actually open the 'New Post' page, I write two sentences then I lose interest. It's not like I've lost interest in blogging altogether, but lately I've been wondering, "What's the point?"

This blog has been going on for five, almost six years now. Now, that's one heck of a long time for a blog I'd initially set up just to do some book reviews and maybe write some nonsense on. But it's stagnated lately. I've run out of fresh ideas, run out of fresh ways to say unfresh things. Heck, even this post feels like I've written it before (hey, I think I wrote that last line before as well...).

When Haloscan got uppity and changed into that crappy Echo comments system, I lost ALL the few thousand comments I'd accumulated over the years. That's a LOT of comments. And I miss 'em. Because what's a blog if there are no comments? I'd initially thought of migrating the whole blog to a new engine like Wordpress with it's own domain name, but since then I've gotten lazy AGAIN, and just decided to leave the blog as it is.

I've been a lot more active in Twitter, true, but somehow it just ain't the same as having a nicely written blog post with people commenting about how cool or how sucky it actually is. And 140 characters just aren't enough sometimes. (Don't get me started on Twitlonger. That's for long-winded people who can't get to the point, but don't have enough intelligent thoughts or the vocabulary for a proper blog post).

Heck, I don't even update Hantu Bola as often anymore (though that's mostly because Liverpool is having a wretched season). It's like all the writing I do for both the day job AND the blog is finally catching up to me and I'm getting sick of it. Not the writing part, but the 'thinking of new ideas' part.

Anyway, I need something to get me going here again. Something fresh, something new to keep me going, something that I can actually feel enthusiastic about enough to keep updating regularly. Something like Suan's Bootcamp posts (without which we wouldn't get half as many updates from her).

Sure, we wish she'd blog about something else sometimes, but she's got such great passion and enthusiasm about the subject that it actually makes the post more interesting. So I need to find something that can spark me to write about it the way OBC sparks her enthusiasm to write about OBC. Since little bloggers like me don't get invited to half as many events as others, and I don't watch THAT many movies (so I can't keep churning out Movie Not-Reviews), I'm really at a loss here.

So... any suggestions?

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Come and Tumpang Our Juicy Glamour!

Ooooh look what's in this month's Juice magazine!



YAY! Our very first mainstream media coverage! (Though I have to say I prefer the first hand accounts from all the bloggers who came to our parties. Hehe).

In case you can't read the text, here it is (with one correction - MTG2 was held at METROPOLITAN SQUARE, not Millennium Square):



Here's a BIG thank you to the sponsors! I've already mentioned the MTG1 sponsors HERE, and the MTG2 sponsors are Carlsberg & Tuborg, 2Crank.com, Red Bull and Metropolitan Square!

Thanks to everyone who helped us make the past two parties such a success! The first one was awesome. The second one was even better. And in case you're wondering when the next one is, all I can say now is we've pretty much got the booze and the DJ covered, and now we're looking very hard for a suitable venue.

We've done a tattoo parlour, and a poolside. Now we want something different!



So, want to help us get MTG3 going? Give us cool suggestions on where we can have the next one! We're looking for venues that can fit around 100 people, where we can make as much noise as possible (preferably nowhere near any residential areas).

Until the next MTG, a very big THANK YOU from Syarikat Tumpang Glamour!

Friday, 12 February 2010

Let's Get Drunk Like The Drunken Master!

Have you ever wondered what kind of booze those wacky ancient Chinese martial artists seem to be drinking in those movies? The ones where they keep pouring down their throats, dribbling down their necks and spilling all over the place?

Well, I've been to China a couple times before, and after going through the Duty Free shops in the airports a couple times, I still have no idea which kind of wine is the kind the drunken kungfu masters drink. I see lots of rice wine around, which seems to be the staple ones, and they are always in these fancy little ornate china bottles or boxes so I can't tell what kind of liquor it is. I bought one of those bottles back before, and it turned out to be 'Hua Tiao Jiu', the kind of rice wine my mom used to use cook drunken chicken... So I wasn't sure if you could drink it just like that...

My guess is it's either the baijiu (distilled liquor) or huangjiu (fermented liquor) that they have in those gourds/casks. It's always clear stuff in the movies, so my money's on the baijiu.

I just don't get why whenever they drink, they have to waste so much of it. I mean, when those kungfu guys drink, they always spill a lot of wine all over the place and all over themselves; and don't seem to be DRINKING it much. So how do they get drunk so easily? Geez.

Anyway, I'll be going back to China again soon, and this time I aim to find out once and for all what is the best kind of alcohol to buy for a er.. party. As long as it ain't got snakes in 'em, I'm willing to give it a shot... (eheh, geddit? a shot? eh? eh? sigh...)

Oh, and in case I don't update in the holidays... HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Thursday, 11 February 2010

The Silversun Swoon: Perfect For Drowning Out Annoying Ringtones



After looping Florence and The Machine and The XX endlessly in the days leading up to the concert last Sunday and two days after that as well; yesterday I figured I needed I change. A LOUD change.

Since I was chasing two deadlines yesterday and needed to concentrate, I especially needed something with a CONSTANT LOUDNESS to drown out the annoying Chipmunk and Spongebob ringtones as well as the constant phone chatter coming from the next cubicle.

The Silversun Pickups' Swoon turned out to be perfect for this, with its constant drumming beats and awesome guitar rhythms. Their last album Carnavas was pretty damn good, what with the awesome Lazy Eye, Rusted Wheel and Three Seeds in it; but I kinda like Swoon more. And I'm still upset that they lost the Best New Artist Grammy to some country music band.

Anyway, at one point, I ended up looping one particular song over and over and over and over and over again - The Royal We. It has a certain sneering attitude that I have a weakness for, some pretty neat small flourishes in the arrangements, and gradually builds itself into an awesome climax that I can't help headbanging to or screaming in the car whenever I hear it. Plus it's awesome to listen to when walking in malls. No, really.

My only complaint? 'The Royal We' sounds a bit er... wrong, like it was referring to some king's piss. And don't ask me what it means either...

Ken I watch Toy Story 3 NOW NOW NOW? Pretty Peas?

YAY! Toy Story 3 is coming this year, and a new trailer for the movie will be released tomorrow!

In Malaysia, we'll be having an overdose of Toy Story goodness, what with the first two movies being released in glorious THREE DEE in April, then in May, Toy Story 3! Time for another Pixar marathon! Heh heh.

Anyway, counting down to the trailer tomorrow, Pixar have released the first two of FOURTEEN new toys to debut in the movie along with the old gang. Here's the first two...

First up, Peas-In-A-Pod, courtesy of Comingsoon:



Altogether now... AWWWWWW! SO KIIIUUUTTT!!!!

And of course, voiced by none other than Michael "Original Batman" Keaton, is here's Ken, courtesy of Ain't It Cool News:



Oh dear. No wonder he's insecure...

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

What A True Waste Of Alcohol, you Legend!



True Legend
蘇乞兒
Not a review.
Not really a legend lor.
The movie I mean
Ok, it's directed by Yuen Woo Ping,
So the action and fights kickass
But the story is all over the place.



Oh look, it's that Zhao Wenzhuo dude,
The guy who fought Jet Li in Fong Sai Yuk,
and took over as Wong Fe Hong.
Now he's a bit drunk.
And has a real hobo look going,
But damn he has a hot wife.



Oklah, the fighting was good.
I love the drunken fist.
I think it's awesome that drunk dudes can fight so well.
Doesn't work so well in real life, mind.
If you're really that drunk in real life,
You won't even be able to walk straight,
Let alone swing a fist.



Oh, it's about this So Hak Yi beggar dude,
Who drinks a lot and does the drunken fist.
I always get upset when I see these Chinese kungfu guys drink though.
What's with the whole spilling wine down the chin thing?
What a waste of good alcohol.
If your mouth kenot hold so much wine don't pout so much lar!
Sheeesh.



And what the fuck was Jay Chou in this movie for?
To sell more tickets? To attract more girls?
Lord of Wushu my ass lah.
He just looks like he's going to hold a concert,
And that bad guy's hoarse voice is so weird,
Like Batman trying to do a falsetto.



And WHAT THE FUCK was with the ending?
Why is it always some stupid tournament?
Why do they ALWAYS end up fighting a bunch of angmohs?
And not just any angmohs,
It's always some BIG, TALL wrestler or boxer.
(Like Shaolintiger, without the beer gut and with more muscles. hehe)
I really, really hate it when Chinese movies end that way.
It's so cliche, so boring, so unoriginal.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

XX Marks The Florence



Those gorgeous guitar lines, the hushed harmonies, and the pounding beats... Live, The XX was an intense experience, their performance everything their album suggests they will be. Problem for me was, they were TOO MUCH like the album.

Reta loved them to bits because it apparently appeals to 'emo kids' like her. Me, I thought it was great, but after the initial thrill of watching them live and hearing the songs live wore off, it got a little monotonous about 5 songs in. Maybe it was because I was watching them from a balcony, seated; not like Reta who was geeking out on the floor standing in front of the stage. Heck, from my seat I was wondering if Oliver was a Na'vi in a past life, especially wearing those short three quarter pants and cradling his little bass guitar in the blue light.

Look, I love their music - the album is an brilliant debut, full of lush, dark and beautiful songs that are downbeat and emo at the same time, and filled some EXCELLENT guitar lines and harmonies. Hearing VCR and Crystalised live was particularly great for me, and so was Islands. But my problem was it just would not justify paying full concert price to watch just them, at least not when they only have one album of material under their belts.

Of course I don't expect them to do a Green Day and bring the roof down, but until they can prove they are not just a one trick pony and come up with more songs and do more on stage besides play their instruments, stare at their shoelaces and hit some cymbals; I'll stick to the album, thank you very much.

In contrast, Florence And The Machine were almost the complete opposite from The XX. Florence herself was bubbly, fun, animated and cute, and when she sang (or rather, SHOUTED most of the time), she was just plain awesome. The XX gets into their music by concentrating ALL their energy and focus into their instruments. Florence Welch gets into HER music by flinging her hair around, dancing and jumping around and even headbanging along with the beats.

My personal favorites were of course, Dog Days Are Over, Kiss With a Fist and the awesome Drumming, though the pounding beats of Hurricane Crush, the soaring Howl and Blinding also stuck in my head long after I left the hall. I never realized that Florence SHOUTS so much on her songs though, but when I listened back to the album, I realised she really DOES shout a lot... on the album it was ok, but it's a little jarring live in a venue like the Esplanade though...

Still, she's bloody cute, and has great legs, so who cares...

All in all, if you were there for just The XX and fell asleep during Florence; or went for Florence but sat in your chair wishing The XX would get on with it, then it may not have been worth the ticket price. But heck, I love BOTH bands, and to me, the whole show was a perfect combination of Ying and Yang: The XX's dark moody music contrasting sharply with Florence And The Machine's wild exuberant energy.

Now bring on Placebo, Kings of Convenience and 65daysofstatic!

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Setlist:

The XX:
  1. Intro
  2. Crystalised
  3. Islands
  4. Fantasy
  5. Shelter
  6. VCR
  7. Basic Space
  8. Night Time
  9. Infinity

Florence And The Machine
  1. My Boy Builds Coffins
  2. Kiss With A Fist
  3. Hurricane Drunk
  4. Between Two Lungs
  5. Drumming
  6. Cosmic Love
  7. Blinding
  8. I'm Not Calling You A Liar
  9. Hospital Bed
  10. Howl
  11. Dog Days Are Over
  12. You've Got The Love
  13. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

Monday, 8 February 2010

Malaysian Idiot



MALAYSIAN IDIOT

(Sung to Green Day's American Idiot)

Verse #1:

Don't want to be an Malaysian idiot.
Don't want a nation controlled by the media.
And can you hear the political agenda?
The subliminal butt fucked Malaysia.

Chorus #1:
Welcome to a new court in session.
All across the anal nation.
Where everything isn't meant to be okay.
A sodomizing dreamer of tomorrow.
A loser who didn't pass motion.
Just remember to ask "can I fuck you?"

Verse #2:
Well maybe he's the faggot Malaysia.
He's just a part of a red flag agenda.
Now everybody do the propaganda,
And sing along to the password of 'Mokhtar'.

(Repeat Chorus 1)

Verse #3:
Don't want to be a Malaysian idiot.
1Malaysia without a free media.
An information minister loser,
Is calling out to idiot Malaysia.

Chorus #2:
Welcome to a new trend of passion.
All across the Twittering nation.
Where every joke is just meant to be yorais.
An information man of tomorrow.
Changing modes so no one can follow,
Not enough friends on Facebook.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Percy Jackson ain't no Pussy Potter wannabe



Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Not a Review.
Yes, another adaptation of a kid's fantasy book.
By Chris Columbus samore.
Another Harry Potter wannabe?
Well, yes, and no.



Movie's not bad actually.
I've always liked Greek gods,
Zeus, Poseiden, Hades, Athena, Hermes etc.
And Greek mythology as well.
There's Medusa, Persephone, Hydras...
What, no Cerebus?
Oh, Columbus did it in Harry Potter before.



It's got er, James Bond as a centaur.
(At least he doesn't sing)
The Bride as a er... severed head.
Boromir as the King of Gods,
Steve Coogan as Hades!
And that Stella chick from CSI: NY as Athena



It's actually not bad.
Not a disaster like The Dark Is Rising.
About the same standard as The Spiderwick Chronicles,
But not as good as say, Harry Potter 3.
It's better and less BORING than Harry Potter 1 & 2 though.
Which were done by Columbus, BTW.



Sure, it's a bit predictable,
But I got a kick out of the Greek myths being 'modernised'
And Steve Coogan was a hoot as Hades.
The three leads a bit annoying though.
And the chick wasn't very hot also.
(Rosario Dawson as Persephone was though)



And it was good enough that after the movie,
I actually went and bought the book.
Like I said, I'm a sucker for Greek mythology.
And I'd take this over Twilight anytime.
At least no one sparkled in THIS movie...

Thursday, 4 February 2010

2 Nights of Music Causes 65 Days of Static Placebo

I may not be that big of a post-rock instrumental rock buff, but there ARE certain bands I really like, and would love to watch live. I loved the Explosions In The Sky gig two years ago, and the Mogwai gig last year. Unfortunately I had to miss both times Mono came to KL, but at least I can now make up for that with 65daysofstatic! Woot!

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65daysofstatic Live in KL
When: Wednesday, March 10 2010
Where: Bentley Music Auditorium, Wisma Bentley Music
Time : 8pm-11pm

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I actually got into 65daysofstatic's music before I even heard of Explosions In The Sky, so this is one gig I'm looking forward to. If you liked EITS, this might interest you as well. I don't guarantee it will be better than EITS, but hey, it's a decent enough band and it's rare enough that we get gigs like this in KL, so I probably will be going for this...

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And since we're on the subject of upcoming KL concerts, the details for the Placebo concert have been confirmed as well!

Placebo Live In Malaysia

Date: 16 March, 8pm
Venue: KL Live
Tickets: RM98 / RM158, from Axcess, Rock Corner, Music Valley, or Extreme outlets

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Presenting... Apple's Next Post-iPad Products, with EVEN BIGGER TOUCHSCREENS!!!

It all started out with the iPod. Then it got smaller (iPod Nano) and even smaller (iPod Shuffle). Then they started getting bigger, and cooler with the iPod Touch, and then when the iPhone was released, all hell broke loose.

Now EVERYONE wants a touchscreen, and the iPhone has lost it's cool factor because EVERYONE has one. So what does Apple do? Make it BIGGER of course!

Don't get me wrong, despite the stupid name, the iPad looks damn cool, but really, I can't see beyond it being just an over-glorified iPod Touch. Sure, specific people will have great use for it - photographers who want to show-off their portfolio, marketing people who need to do presentations and so on. But me? My current laptop's already damn small, is a tablet, and also has a touch screen. So what's the big deal about the iPad, huh?

Yeah, I'll pass for now. At least until it gets cheaper, or someone gives it to me free. Heh heh.

Besides, at the rate Apple is going by making their touch screen devices BIGGER and BIGGER, I reckon their next products will be the following:

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The iTable



Throw out your clunky desktop and turn your DESK into your personal computer! Instead of using your fingers, use your PALMS to work the iTable!

Special apps:
  • iPhone Table: Never use your hands to answer the phone again! Now you can answer all your calls by simply laying your ear down anywhere on the iTable!
  • iArm: Eliminate the risk of carpal-tunnel syndrome when you use the iTable with this faulous app that massages your arms when you rest them on the iTable!
  • iCup: An app that detects your cup anywhere you put it on the iTable, and automatically keeps it warm for you! A future upgrade will have a 'freeze' mode that allows you to keep your beers chilled as well!
  • iMahjung: Never lose a mahung tile again! Using this app, the iTable can be converted into a virtual mahjung table, complete with almost real sound effects!
  • iSmoke: Can't stop smoking at work? Well, this app is for you. just flick your ash anywhere on the iTable and the touchscreen immediately absorbs the ash and converts it into renewable energy to power the iTable! Comes with built-in lighter!
  • iTypewriter: For long-serving workers who miss the days when "We had none of these hocu-pocus PC or iPiss shit! We had good old typewriters!". Provides authentic typewriter sounds, and the all-familiar DING! when the user finishes a line.
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The iBoard



Throw out your old school black/white boards and use the iBoard intead! Even Einstein would approve! Comes with a metal stand to wheel around for easy transport, for teachers and mathematicians on the go!

Special Apps:
  • iPhoto: Turns your iBoard into a picture frame; and decorate it by downloading your favorite paintings by famous artists like Picasso, Van Gogh and more! (Screensavers? What are those?)
  • iChalk / iMarker: Turns your iBoard into a digital blackboard or whiteboard, depending on your preference. Comes with authentic chalk-on-board sounds. Even includes authentic annoying screeching sound when you run your fingernails over it!
  • iMath: automatically loads and displays any famous or obscure mathematical formula (written in chalk) when you need to impress people with your intellectual prowess.
  • iTeach: When used for classrooms, this app will ensure you never embarrass yourself in front of your students with typos, grammatical errors or wrong calculations; by automatically correcting the mistakes as you make them. Suitable for English teachers who are not very good at English.

Oscar Noms! I Hope Avatar doesn't nom nom everything



The list of Academy Award nominations are out, and it's pretty predictable so far, even the much-hyped 10 Best Picture nominees (though I didn't think District 9 would be there).

I'm hoping that Avatar won't do another Titanic and sweep all nine awards it's been nominated for (The Hurt Locker deserves it a lot more, to tell the truth); but then the Oscars have always been kind to James Cameron; so even though his movie is nothing but a very pretty picture with a piss poor plot, he's probably still gonna win Best Picture. BAH.

I'm still hoping Up and Inglourious Basterds can at least come away with one or two awards though...

You can see the full list on Empire HERE. I'm just gonna post some of the bigger categories and the ones I'm interested in:

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BEST PICTURE

It's been hyped up before that there will be TEN nominations for Best Picture this year, and though I don't see the winners going to any other movie besides Avatar or The Hurt Locker, it's great to see Up (which would have not gotten in in previous years... remember WALL-E?), Inglourious Basterds and District 9 in the mix as well. And hey, thank GOD New Moon was not nominated as it was rumoured to be...
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BEST DIRECTOR

I'm getting the sinking feeling that this year is going to be James Cameron's year again. Poor Kathryn Bigelow. Would be great if Tarantino wins, but.... NAH.
  • James Cameron, Avatar
  • Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
  • Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
  • Lee Daniels, Precious
  • Jason Reitman, Up In The Air

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BEST ANIMATED PICTURE

Up is definitely the favorite (and MY favorite) to win here, I think. I loved Coraline and The Princess And The Frog, but really, if Up doesn't win this, it better win the Best Picture award...

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BEST ACTOR

No clear favorites here, but I'm rooting for Jeff Bridges because, well, c'mon, he's THE DUDE.
  • Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
  • George Clooney, Up In The Air
  • Colin Firth, A Single Man
  • Morgan Freeman, Invictus
  • Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

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BEST ACTRESS

Meryl Streep again? They might as well just cut and paste her name in future nomination lists, to save the trouble of 'voting'.
  • Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
  • Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
  • Helen Mirren, The Last Station
  • Carey Mulligan, An Education
  • Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


If Hans Landa doesn't win this, I'm gonna kick up a really big storm in the Oscar voters' glass of milk...
  • Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
  • Matt Damon, Invictus
  • Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
  • Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
  • Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS



Again, no clear favorites here, but the buzz has been about Mo'nique's performance in Precious (a film I will NOT be watching because it sounds way too depressing for my liking...) I guess we should be glad Mariah Carey wasn't nominated here. Imagine how insufferable it would be to see 'Oscar Nominated Actress' next to her name...

  • Penelope Cruz, Nine
  • Vera Farmiga, Up In the Air
  • Anna Kendrick, Up In the Air
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart
  • Mo’nique, Precious

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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

I'm pulling for District 9, but I guess the Oscars will prefer the 'heavier' stuff like Precious, and An Education... C'mon, give the prawns some love, man!
  • District 9
  • An Education
  • In The Loop
  • Precious
  • Up In The Air

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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Tarantino! The Coens! Pixar! So many favorite of mine in this category... I want Up to win, but also want Tarantino to win. Sorry Pete, Docter but The Basterds get MY vote here.
  • The Hurt locker
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • A Serious Man
  • The Messenger
  • Up

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Rastafarian Donnie Will Kick Jackie Chan's Ass this CNY



14 Blades.
錦衣衛.
Not a review.
It's got Donnie Yen!
Donnie Yen always kicks ass.
Not like Jackie Chan.
Jackie Chan doesn't kick ass anymore.
Only kiss the ass of people who pay him enough money.
I bet Donnie's movie does better than Jackie's during CNY.



Someone told me the movie was quite bad.
So I went in expecting a disaster.
But it was not bad actually.
It's got decent action,
A pretty typical kungfu story plot.
And there's Donnie Yen, of course.
Donnie Yen always kicks ass.



The fighting was not bad.
Especially when Donnie Yen is kicking ass.
Not like Flashpoint or Ip Man's awesome fighting though.
This one still got some fly here fly there.
But at least they were actually FIGHTING,
And not just flying around the place,
Or throwing stupid air swords at each other.
And striking poses all the time.
Yes Storm Warriors, I'm talking about you.



The usual kungfu martial arts movie.
Not much of a storyline.
Hero discovers plot to usurp emperor and tries to stop the plot.
Is hunted by hot female assassin
Who has habit of taking off clothes while fighting
Seriously.
Not ALL her clothes though.
Darn.



I was disappointed with the 14 blades though.
I thought the swords would be cooler.
But some of them looked like over-glorified BBQ skewers.
Heck, the BOX he kept the swords in was way cooler.
Like Batman's utility belt only,
Got grapple and can stick on walls wan.
Best.



Still, Donnie Yen kicks ass.
And he kicks A LOT of ass.
And Donnie's got some funky Rastafarian hair going.
And has a cool goatee too.
And there's Zhao Wei!
I love Zhao Wei.
I wonder if she still remembers me.
Heh heh.

Monday, 1 February 2010

The Granny Grammys Tries To Be Young And Hip. Fails.

It never fails to amaze me how I keep watching the Grammy Awards even though I know it's the most overrated and bias awards show ever. I mean, look at the nominee list - for every major label album nominated, there were at least 10 more indie albums that could have wiped the floor with those albums.

And seriously, I've never understood why albums can win 'Best Rock Album', 'Best Hip-Hop Album' and so on, and NOT be nominated for Album of The Year. Green Day beat Dave Matthews for Best Rock Album, and yet Dave Matthews was nominated for Album of the Year but not 21st Century Breakdown. WTF?

Anyway, here are some thoughts about the parts of the show I managed to catch:

The Good

  • Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown won Best Rock Album. Take THAT U2 and Dave Matthews Band! Damn I need to catch the replay to watch them performing!
  • Kings of Leon's Use Somebody won Record of The Year. Thank god Black Eyed Piss didn't win or there would have been hell to pay.
  • Phoenix won for Best Alternative Album! This makes up (a little) for Arcade Fire not winning in 2007.
  • SLASH! Playing part of the November Rain solo! (in the middle of some Jamie Foxx song that didn't even sound like a song).

The Bad
  • Was it just me, or did Taylor Swift's singing really suck during her performance with Stevie Nicks? Nicks must be wondering what she did to deserve this...
  • And where the heck is Kanye West's ego when you need it? Taylor Swift winning Album of The Year is a real joke.
  • Of all the Michael Jackson songs, why the HELL did they choose that boring Earth Song? To show off the stupid 3D thingy? Gee, even the Grammys are trying to Avatar themselves.
  • And what the hell... letting Usher and Celine Dion to sing it? Smokey, Carrie and Jennifer Hudson were ok, but those two were just annoying. They should have just reenacted the whole We Are The World thing with modern artistes. That would have been one heck of a tribute.
  • Zac Brown Band winning Best New Artist over MGMT AND the Silversun Pickups? Are the Grammy voters all OLD and SENILE? Oh yeah, wait, they are.
  • Black Eyed Peas' performance was blah. And there were WAY too many country music and hip-hop performances for my liking, as usual.
  • And while we're on the subject of country music... it's official: Bon Jovi has turned into a country music band. They even made Livin' On A Prayer sounded wussy.