How To Train Your Dragon. Not a review. Yes yes, NOW only I watched it. After the WHOLE WORLD oledi watched it. Reputation kaput. HMPH.
Wow, a Dreamworks animation that is actually pretty awesome Where did THIS come from? All eyes were on the Toy Story 3 / Shrek 4 smackdown. Suddenly THIS flies in and surprises everyone. Now THIS is how you do it, Dreamworks. First Kungfu Panda, now this, You better start looking over your shoulder, Pixar...
DRAGONS! I love dragons. They fly, they spit fire, they eat people, Eh, why the one here look so cuddly wan? Ooooh quite cool also. WAH so many different dragons! I must collect them all!!!
Oooh, VIKINGS! WITH Scottish brogues! Vikings AND dragons! WIN! No stupid American accents here (ok, maybe except the kids) And no annoying characters either! And NO stupid pop-culture spoofs also! (I think they're saving them up for Shrek 4)
Ok the story is REALLY predictable. Boy is different, does not fit in to town, Tries to kill a dragon: fail. So he catches one and trains it instead. And then saves the world, and gets the girl. Almost exactly like Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Except with DRAGONS and no meatballs.
But the execution here is MUCH MUCH better. The dialogue is good, the voices are good, The action is good, the animation is gorgeous (watch it in 3D, folks!) And what about that awesome final battle, huh? And oh, of course... last but not least, THIS ONE HAS DRAGONS IN IT!!! Dragons: WIN!
Mummy mummy, I want a pet dragon also. But not one that is so cuddly. MY dragon needs to be BADASS, RAZOR SHARP TEETH AND CLAWS! FIRE AND ACID SPITTING ABILITIES! FEARSOME ROAR THAT WILL SCARE AWAY MAT REMPITS! And of course, it has to be toilet trained, And must learn to sit, to roll over, to fetch... And I'll call him.... Squishy. And he will be MY Squishy!
Couple weeks ago, Rock Star Stalker Reta asked me to tag along to this Tiger Crystal launch at Sky Bar. Tiger was launching a new 'crisp, slightly lighter beer' that only has 4.5% alcohol; a limited edition for the Year of The Tiger. How convenient. Heh.
So how does it taste? Er... er... it's not bad. still tastes like a Tiger, but it IS a little lighter and easier to drink. At first glance I was wondering why they were serving Corona at a Tiger event though, because it comes in a clear bottle instead of the usual Tiger black bottle. Oops. :P
Anyway, the event itself was great though. Then again, events are always great when there's lots of beer to go around. Hic!
The next day, Deep and I met up at the St. Patrick's Day party at One Utama. Quite cool, actually, it was like a BIG GARDEN party, with lots of chicks and beer to go around. Heh.
We were there damn early, around 6:30pm, so we got a good head start on the black stuff before the crowd came in later. By the time the sky was dark, we'd already finished at least four glasses each.
Did I say GLASSES? I meant CUPS. They served the Guinness in PLASTIC CUPS, which was a bit of a downer. And you know how they kept saying it's RM10 for a PINT of Guinness? Yeah right, it was a PERFECT pint, which is not a FULL PINT, only about HALF a pint! Bah, kena tipu.
To cap an awesome boozie + meaty week, the BBQ Addicts had our inaugural KL BBQ at my place. I'll blog more on this later, but first, go check out Suanie and Eric's account of it!
(yes, I'm aware this is a blatant rip-off of Deep's post, but I'm lazy, so sue me. MUAHAHAHA!)
Yes, I even reused that picture above. See, I'm THAT energy efficient HAHHAAHA.
I wasn't going to do the same thing I did last year, but I got so annoyed at the whole bloody Earth Hour publicity machine that I decided what the heck, let's syiok sendiri again and do Reverse Earth Hour again and turn OFF every single light for 23 hours and turn them ALL ON during Earth Hour when everyone's (supposed to be) turning them OFF.
So now all the lights in my house are blazing bright, when everywhere else its SUPPOSED to be dark (c'mon, fess up, how many of you actually BOTHERED to turn off yer lights?)
Anyway, during that one hour of light I managed to cook dinner, eat dinner, wash up, take a shower, watch a little Battlestar Galactica, AND write this post at the same time. So SCREW YOU, Earth Hour. All your so called hype about 'saving energy' is all BULLCRAP. This so-called 'awareness campaign' has WASTED more energy in all those stupid CONCERTS, EVENTS and PROMOTIONS people have been organising for it.
The other day some promoters actually came to my office in a HUGE FUEL GUZZLING pickup truck, and they were passing out PLASTIC Earth Hour handfans, which probably cost more energy to MAKE than you ever will save by turning off your lights for ONE FUCKING HOUR. (in case you were wondering, I refused the fans by saying 'I'm very AGAINST Earth Hour', and the promoter looked at me like I'd just clubbed a baby seal. HAHAHA!)
Vincent got it right when he said on his Facebook status:
"I cut my plant's gas consumption by 1100 gigaBTUs - equivalent to lighting up 5.25 million 60W lightbulbs for 1 hr. There are thousands of engineers just like me. My point is - don't be so narcisstic, "switching off lights" is more irrelevant than you think. As a corporate entity, if you really want to make a difference, start a scholarship fund to train more awesome engineers"
You wanna 'save the Earth? Recycle your waste! Use energy saving lights! Don't turn on your air-conditioning 24/7! Don't use plastic bags or Styrofoam containers! Use a more fuel-conserving car! open your curtains to let the natural light in and don't turn on your lights in the daytime!
Turning your lights off for ONE FUCKING HOUR in A YEAR won't 'conserve energy', dumbass!
So yeah, HAPPY REVERSE EARTH HOUR TO YOU. I've saved MORE energy today than YOU did.
Clash of the Titans. Not a review. More like CRASH of the Titans if you ask me. PERCY JACKSON was more entertaining than this shit. And that was a KIDS MOVIE FER ZEUS' SAKE. Reminds me of SCORPION KING. (And not just because there are scorpions here) Which is not a good sign, mind you. At least Scorpion King had a hotter pointless tagalong chick.
C;mon man, it's PERSEUS. One of the greatest ass-kickers in Greek mythology. The story is ALREADY THERE and ALREADY KICKS ASS. So why is the movie so bloody BORING? Like, nothing happens in the first TWENTY MINUTES. TALK TALK TALK TALK TALK BLA BLA BLA. Go KICK SOME MONSTER ASS already!
Oooh look, it's the Power Ranger Gods of Olympus. Their armor so SHINY SPARKLY PWETTY! Like SUPERHERO COSTUMES! What's this becoming, Clash of the TEEN Titans? Man, the Hades is soooo.... dumb. And Zeus... er... Sorry Liam, but Sean Bean was a better Zeus. Even the Olympian council room in Percy Jackson was better.
Ok, Medusa was awesome. Damn cool ok. Better than Uma Thurman's In fact, I REALLY wanted her to kick Perseus's ass. The CGI a bit dodgy though. But at least Medusa KICKED SOME WUSSY GREEK ASS. Or rather, TURNED SOME GREEK ASSES INTO STONE!
Ooh, and I also liked that Pegasus. Horses with wings always kickass. At least ONE of the other creatures/monsters were ok. Charon was disappointing though. The scorpions were... well, scorpions. The Stygian witches... UGLY.
Oh, and there were some djinn. That's right.... DJINN. WHAT THE FUCK WERE THERE DJINN FOR????? They were completely USELESS. And why do they have a Terminator-style bomb in their chest? WTF!!!???!!!??? And speaking of pointlessness, WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT IO CHICK THERE FOR?
Ok she's hot, but no cleavage rating also BAH. Completely pointless character. She's been alive for centuries, She's been WATCHING over him since he was a baby, So she's gotta be like his GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT Grandma's age. And in the end they couple couple? EEEWWWWWWWW.
Oh, BTW, that's the Kraken. Yes, tha' sock puppet over there. The so-called destroyer of the Titans. Looks like a mean COOKIE MONSTER. Without the googly eyes. I bet the Cloverfield monster would KICK ITS ASS. I think I'll go watch the classic movie. Stop motion animation always kicks ass...
The new BookXcess store in Amcorp Mall is now OPEN, and boy is it awesome. Not only is it FOUR TIMES BIGGER than the last store (the last one was 3000 square feet, while this one is a whopping 120000 square feet. Heck, it's even bigger than the Popular bookstore downstairs...); but because it's bigger now, it's easier for them to get more books with a greater variety in now.
What this means is that the selection of books now is MUCH MUCH better than it ever was. The selection is also slightly more up-to-date (many of the books are still being sold in conventional bookstores for FULL PRICE), and there is a whole lot more variety as well.
Here's what I got:
The Complete Peanuts Collection (1950-52): RM24.90
The Complete Peanuts Collection (1953-54): RM24.90
The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish (Gaiman): RM17.90
Crazy Hair (Gaiman/McKean): RM17.90
Dangerous Alphabet (Gaiman): RM17.90
Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman: RM24.90
Tintin In The Land Of The Soviets: RM19.90
Speaking of Tintin, they also have the COMPLETE Tintin collection (in smaller, hardcovers) for RM199 (normal price is RM500+):
There's also loads of Tolkien, Terry Pratchett hardcovers going for RM24.90, the latest Robin Hobb (The Dragon Keepers, which I bought for FULL PRICE last year. Grrrr), and an awesome Moby Dick pop-up book for RM30 (look out for it, it's pretty damn awesome!)
Not much in the way of graphic novels, though I did hint to JAc and Andrew that they need to get more in... they said they'll look into it. heh heh. I did see some Will Eisner, Tintin, the graphic novel versions of Pratchett's Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic, and Gaiman's Coraline, and a few others.
There are also loads of paperback fiction, including this pile of Dang Brown paperbacks going for RM9.90:
The children and young adults section is very good as well. Among the best deals there are the complete Narnia series, Artemis Fowl, Darren Shan, and best of all, the COMPLETE Abhorsen trilogy omnibus by Garth Nix going for... RM19.90!
They've also moved the Reissued Magazines store on the 2nd floor into the new lot (though the one on the lower ground floor will still be there).
It seems like only yesterday that a tiny little bookstore called BookXcess opened up on the second level of Amcorp Mall, next to a used magazine shop they owned. The book was a heaven for book lovers - it had NEW books for second-hand prices, and unlike many used bookstores, many of the titles were fairly recent.
A few months after that, BookXcess expanded to a corner lot on the third floor, and finally looked like a REAL bookstore. And now, business has apparently been so good that they are expanding AGAIN - to the CINEMA LOT next door that recently housed the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale (also run by BookXcess, BTW). It's a far cry from that tiny little bookstore they started out with, that's for sure...
So who said Malaysians don't buy books, huh? (Though it could probably just be me and Sharon Bakar sustaining their business all this time... heh)
The grand opening of the shop is TOMORROW, and they're already tempting me with a whole lot of awesome fiction books on their blog.
Among the books I'm planning to get are Folklore of Discworld: RM19.90 (Original price: RM49.90) and Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman: RM24.90 (original price RM112.90), and anything else I can get my grubby hands on (you can see their list HERE and HERE. They've even got the Dang Brown books going for RM9.90 only, for you folks who are into that sort of thing...)
Oh, and they're also having a contest where you have to video yourself reading their 'Ode To Cheap Books (For All)', and the best videos will win RM50-RM150 book vouchers (which at BookXcess means AT LEAST 5-6 books).
So yeah, hop on by to BookXcess tomorrow to check out the NEW STORE! And hands off the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchetts please. They're MINE! ALL MINE!!!!
The Lovely Bones. Not a review. It's lovely, and sad. Susie Salmon! Salmon, like the fish. Susie is so sad. All that hope, joy snuffed out just like that. Murdered when she was 14.
That Saoirse Ronan kid is lovely. She made you feel so sad for Susie. She'll grow up to be a damn good actress one day. And not a bad looking one either. Dammit it's Emma Watson Syndrome all over again!
That Stanley Tucci guy is pretty good, Damn creepy, in a disturbing pervy kinda way. No wonder he got nominated for an Oscar. Rachel Weisz and Susan Sarandon are always great to watch, But that Marky Mark's voice still annoys the shit outta me. He's so-so here, good at times, But stands out like a sore thumb next to Rachel.
I really like the imagery in the In-Between. Especially the ships in glass bottles floating at sea, Very poetic, very haunting, very majestic even. But it got a bit out of hand at times though, Don't tinker TOO MUCH with the SFX machine, Peter.
I just recently saw some of his earlier movies. Awesome shit like Brain Dead and Heavenly Creatures. You wouldn't believe he would later make Lord Of The Rings. Jackson should go back to his horror schlock one of these days, Would be interesting to see what he can do. Here, one scene in the house was damn kan ciong ok.
I liked it. But donno why all the critics hated it. It's only got 32% on the Tomatometer! WTF!??!!?? But I have to admit, it doesn't do justice to Alice Sebold's book. The book was much sadder, but hopeful. The family drama scenes were much, much better in the book. Go read it already, goddamit.
Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance (Not) a review. There they go again with the (Not). Last time was You Are (Not) Alone. Now it's You Can (Not) Advance. Can they (Not) do that in the next movie please?
Wahlau so emo. But then again, not as emo as the first one. And how the hell does an emo wuss like Shinji get not one, But TWO hot chicks going after him? Speaking of hot chicks, you've gotta love the Japs. For always finding excuses to get their anime women naked.
Ok, it's still as confusing as hell. Like, WTF ARE those angels? If you didn't watch the first one, don't bother. But even if you watched the first one, You'd still be confused as hell. Well I was. Trust the Japs to come up with stories like this.
But it's still fucking awesome though. The action sequences are pretty damn awesome. And the drama bits are pretty good. A bit slow in parts, especially when they are emo-ing, But Holy shit the fights were awesome. So yeah, it's confusing and emo, But damn fucking awesome. Besides, how often do you get to watch anime in a cinema, eh?
BTW, it's only showing only in Cathay Picturehouse, At the place formerly known as Cineleisure. Oh, and remember to stay until the end, Because got a bit more after credits, And a preview of Evengelion 3.0! Wonder what they'll call it this time, She Is (Not) Underaged?
UPDATE 10:30am: YAAAY finally found a TV I can update in front of. Four awards behind, but better late than never! :D
Anyway, Here we go!
First blood goes to the INGLORIOUS BASTERDS! Raise your glasses of milk to CRISTOPH WALTZ, who wins for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR! Who didn't see THAT coming, huh?
UP wins for BEST ANIMATED FEATURE!!! YAAAAY!!!!
CRAZY HEART wins BEST ORIGINAL SONG. Time to get the soundtrack... (Poor Randy Newman. Two nominations in the same category and didn't win)
HURT LOCKER won for BEST ORIGINAL SCRENPLAY. Damn I wanted UP to win...
Wallace and Gromit lost the SHORT ANIMATED FILM award to LOGORAMA. :-(
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT goes to MUSIC BY PRUDENCE. Ho Hum... Oh, and the BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM went to THE NEW TENANTS.
BEST MAKEUP goes to.... STAR TREK! (Ben Stiller is one scary Na'vi)...
DAMN. District 9 lost the BEST ADAPTED SCRENPLAY award to PRECIOUS. No love for Sci-Fi. :-(
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS AWARD now.... and it goes to MONIQUE, for PRECIOUS! Damn, Penelope should have won for the hot hot solo dance scene alone...
And AVATAR wins it's first of the evening... for BEST ART DIRECTION!
And now for something less interesting: THE YOUNG VICTORIA won for BEST COSTUME DESIGN.
Awards count so far. HURT LOCKER: 1. AVATAR: 1. PRECIOUS: 2. Big awards not out yet...
Awesome tribute to HORROR. But WHAT THE FUCK WAS TWILIGHT DOING THERE????!!!????
FIRST Avatar vs Hurt Locker smackdown goes to... HURT LOCKER for BEST SOUND EDITING!
And it's two in a row! HURT LOCKER wins for BEST SOUND DESIGN!
And so, HURT LOCKER takes the lead with THREE awards so far. PRECIOUS has 2, and AVATAR only one so far...
AVATAR's probably a shoo-in for the BEST VISUAL EFFECTS award though... but before that, it wins its first smackdown with HURT LOCKER by snagging the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award!
Great tributes to those who passed away last year. R.I.P. Roy E. Disney, Patrick Swayze, Britanny Murphy and the rest. And it was sweet that they included Michael Jackson in there too, WITHOUT havingto explain whether he was an actor, writer or what not. Wonder why no Farah Fawcett though...
UP beats Avatar and The Hurt Locker for the BEST ORIGINAL SCORE award! YAAAAY!!!!!
Told ya. AVATAR wins BEST VISUAL EFFECTS. Ho hum. It's three all for Hurt Locker and Avatar now... two each for Precious and Up.
BEST DOCUMENTARY award. THE COVE. Not by Michael Moore. Phew.
THE HURT LOCKER edges ahead! Wins BEST FILM EDITING.
Now bring on the BIG AWARDS!
But before that... BEST FOREIGN FILM goes to... Argentina's THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES!
And they're introducing the BEST ACTORS now!
THE DUDE WINS BEST ACTOR!!! JEFF BRIDGES is the BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE for his role in CRAZY HEART!
SANDRA BULLOCK is BEST ACTRESS for THE BLIND SIDE!! Is she the first actress to win both a WORST ACTRESS RAZZIE and a BEST ACTRESS OSCAR in the same year?
YES! KATHRYN BIGELOW is the first woman EVER to win a BEST DIRECTOR OSCAR, for the HURT LOCKER!!!! EAT THAT, CAMERON!
WOW, that was short and sweet. THE HURT LOCKER wins BEST PICTURE, just like that. TAKE THAT, James Cameron! WOOHOO!!!
BEST PICTURE: The Hurt Locker
BEST DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
BEST ACTOR: Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
BEST ACTRESS: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Cristoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Monique (Precious)
BEST ANIMATED FILM: Up
BEST FOREIGN FILM: The Secret In Their Eyes, Argentina
Nine. Not a Review. Penelope Cruz. Nicole Kidman. Marion Cotillard. Kate Hudson. Fergie. All in one movie. Miss this? HELL NO!!
Penelope. Cleavage Rating: Off The Charts Drool rating: DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL Holy shit, her sexy solo dance scene was H.O.T. It's so hot, you'd wish your name was Guido too. My jaw literally dropped during that scene. Her character's a bit sad though. But boy is she hot. Can I be Guido now?
Marion. Cleavage Rating: 9 Drool Rating: DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL She's my favorite. Not the sexiest (that's Penelope) But certainly the best all round. She's gorgeous, and you could DROWN in those eyes. And fooh, that stripper scene. Gave Penelope a run for her money, she did.
Nicole. Cleavage Rating: er... not much shown, so only 6 Drool Rating: DROOL DROOL DROOL Can't fault her screen presence though. When she comes on, you can't help but stare at her. And she actually looks damn good with the short hairstyle. And when she smiles/laughs... SIGGHHHHH.
Fergie. Cleavage Rating: 8 Drool Rating: DROOL DROOL Face rating: Er... 3 Ok, her character wasn't not much to look at, But sandy dance scene was awesome though. Sexy giler the way she dragged that chair. Foooh.
Kate: Ditzy Cleavage Rating: Meh. 5 only. Drool Rating: DROOL She's probably the least hot of all, Probably because she's got an American accent, Which sounds so annoying, Especially when you compare to all the sexeh Europeans. A bit pointless also. Catchy song though. Couldn't stop humming it afterwards.
Oh, and there's Daniel Day-Lewis too. Lucky bastard. Drinking hot babe milkshake all over the place. Damn good acting too. And then there's Judi Dench and Sophia Loren. Both were equally good.
The songs? So-so lah. It's all about Guido. Guido this, Guido that, Guido everywhere. It's like they just put the Guidos in the lyrics, And then filled in the blanks after that. The plot? Sorry, donno. I was too busy drooling. DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL DROOL...