Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Not a review. KPOK!!! KPOW!!! THONK! WHUMP! KLAM!
It's a real epic of epic epicness. Though not the kind of epic you know. There's Superman, Captain America, Flaming swords, crazy ass sonic battles, And a whole lot of video game noises. It's like a video game geek's epic. With silly fights and weird characters.
I LOVE Scott Pilgrim. The comic, I mean. The movie, I like. LIKE, not LOVE. But it's still pretty epic. (Update after 2nd viewing: OK scratch that, I LOVE the movie too)
Maybe it's because I read the comic book. I LOVE the comic book (Except the last one though. It seemed like he ran out of ideas) The movie is almost identical to the comic. Very comic book feel, Very video game-esque.
It's COMPLETELY devoid of logic, And can be a little silly sometimes. But who CARES??? That's not the POINT! The point is this is just a fun fun ride! It's SCOTT PILGRIM for gawds sake.
Michael Cera was alright though. It's essentially him playing himself. Not a bad performance. Just not a very new one. I liked the comic Scott more. Comic Scott was blur but AWESOME. Movie Scott was just BLUR. (Update after 2nd viewing: OK scratch that, he's pretty good)
That Mary Elizabeth Taylor chick quite hot though. In person as well. And so is that Ellen Wong girl. Cleavage rating? Er... not enough for me to notice. Dammit. (Update after 2nd viewing: Scratch that, Mary's Cleavage Rating: 8.5!)
Anyway... By the time you read this, I'd have watched this movie TWICE. Which is WEEKS before you'll ever get to watch it. MUAHAHAHA! Ok enough gloating. I need to get a life. KPOK! KPOW!!!
What a first day it's been. Between rushing for the Tron: Legacy press conference and then lining up for almost 2 hours to get into Hall H, I didn't get to grab as much swag as I would have liked. But never fear, there are a few more days of Comic Con to go...
Anyway, it's midnight here and I need to go to sleep soon. So here's a quick recap of what I thought was really cool in the first day of Comic Con!
1) Geek God Matchup! Joss Whedon = Cool. J.J. Abrams = Cool. Whedon AND Abrams together in the same panel... = AWESOME! (Also, Whedon OFFICIALLY announcing that he will be directing the Avengers movie!)
2) The Expendables panel. Stallone, Lundgren, Stone Cold, Crews, Willis. So much testosterone on stage that Harry Knowles had to be 'the estrogen'. The movie looks absolutely MENTAL.
Greetings from the San Diego Comic-Con, the greatest geek fest in the world! I just got here like 6 hours ago, and spent three of those hours running around collecting freebies in the Comic-Con exhibition halls during the convention's Preview Night.
Yup, the Comic Con hasn't even started officially yet, and already I've got a bag full of swag! MUAHAHA!
And since it took me around 36 hours just to get here (waiting, delays, flight etc) I'm gonna go crash first (it's almost 11pm here). Besides, the next four days are going to be MAD, so I'll need all the sleep I can get!
Oh, and before I go, here's a nice teaser of what you can see at Comic-Con:
A while ago, a first picture of the new Thor was released, and this was it:
Not bad not bad. At the time I thought this looked promising.
Then, just a few days back, another new picture was released, and it features Thor's daddy ODIN (played by Anthony Hopkins) and his (half?) brother Loki.
Problem is, the photo really doesn't give me much confidence in the movie...
THAT'S ODIN? What's with the BLING BLING golden eyepatch??!??? And That Power Rangers armour???!!?? What are you trying to do to the MIGHTY THOR, Kenneth Branagh???? Turn him into the Red Power Ranger, and Loki into the Green Power Ranger?
Oh, and there's another picture of Odin here as well, but it still ain't helping to ease my worries.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Not a review. Hmm, not too bad. Fun, formulaic kid's movie. Like Percy Jackson without the Greek Gods.
Nicholas Cage. Not annoying. This is like his second movie in a row he's not annoying. Between this and Kick-Ass, He's winning back a lot of his goodwill. With me at least. (I still can't forgive him for Ghost Rider though)
Jay Baruchel is kinda annoying though. Though I expected that from him. Usual loser geek role mar. I don't think he knows how to act in any other role.
Oooh Monica Belucci. At first I thought it wasn't her, But then I'd recognize that cleavage anywhere. Cleavage rating: 10! That Teresa Palmer chick also quite hot. Didn't show as much cleavage though. Damn.
Ok lah, quite fun. Mindless kiddie stuff. Oooh, got homages to Toy Story and Fantasia! Even got that broom and mops scene from Fantasia! Music and all! Awesome!
Effects also not bad. Too much HADOUKEN! for me though. Was expecting that Chinese dude to do the SHORYUKEN too. But overall quite ok. Formulaic, but fun. And there's Monica Belucci's boobs after all...
Inception. Not a review. Word of advice... DON'T READ THIS POST. In fact, don't read any reviews Don't read any features, Don't even read my fuckin' Tweets about this movie. Go in blind - the less you know about the movie, the better. Do that, and you'll be blown away. And yes, GO BLOODY WATCH IT.
Still here? Sigh.. Ok fine. But there won't be an spoilers here. Chris Nolan is a GENIUS. Memento, The Prestige, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and now this. This movie is a fuckin' BRILLIANT mindfuck.
Marion Cotillard. Still as hot as ever. Cleavage Rating: 9 Ellen Page. Cute, but that's not the point. Leonardo: GREAT. Gordon-Lewitt: GREAT
What's it about? Yeah right, like I'm going to tell you. Just go bloody watch it already. It's one of THE best movies of the year. Probably even THE best (sorry Toy Story).
There, I've revealed enough. GO BLOODY WATCH IT! And remember, don't read anything else about it!
Forget Heineken. Forget Carlsberg. Forget Hoegaarden. Forget Paulaner. Forget Tiger. Forget every single lager or wheat beer you can buy in Malaysia.
For me, these are THE best beers EVER. These are beers that I can drink over and over again, and never get sick of. I last tasted them a whole SIX YEARS ago when I was in Poland; and finally, six years later, I finally got to drink them again when I was in Vienna. And guess what? Even after six years, they STILL TASTE AS GOOD AS I REMEMBERED.
So, what beers are these? Well, the first one is called....... Budweiser.
No it's not that piss-poor American shit they pass off for beer - this is the original Budweiser from the Czech Republic: Budweiser Budvar.
I remember the first time I tried this beer. I was in Prague, and a friend passed me a can of this out of the blue. One look at the label, and I was like, "What the fuck dude, BUDWEISER???" Then he told me to try it first, and so I did.
Holy shit this is a good beer. It's one of the few beers that I've tasted that I actually LIKED upon the first taste, and STILL like it five cans in. and it's nothing like that US piss, trust me. (for the backstory on the Budweiser trademark, go HERE).
The other beer is even better, for me at least, and not just because I have a greater sentimental attachment to this beer.
Behold, Żywiec, from Poland!
Ok, it's not exactly my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE beer from Poland (that distinction goes to Tyskie), it's still one of my favorite beers EVER. Why? It's hard to explain, but put it this way - after six long years since I last drank it, I finally found a can in Vienna today, and after finishing it in record time, I decided to go and get another four cans - three to drink, one to bring home. Why? Because it is THAT GOOD, and I wasn't sure when I would be able to drink it again.
Yes, I'm bias towards Polish beers and vodkas, but I wouldn't be bias if they were crap, would I? Never mind all those fancy schmancy beers or craft beers I've been drinking lately; or even the ones I tried in Austria and Germany - Polish beer for me will always be THE BEST beers I have ever had.
Check out what I found at the Vienna Airport last week:
That's a bottle of Kauffman vodka. Yeah yeah, very nice bottle, so what? It's just another bottle of vodka right? Well, take a look at the price tag below it:
No, that's not 69 Euros. That's 6900 Euros. SIX FREAKING THOUSAND AND NINE BLOODY HUNDRED EUROS. That's almost TWENTY EIGHT THOUSAND RINGGIT. For a bottle of vodka. Do you know how many bottles of Russian Standard Imperia I can get for THAT price?
It's supposed to be the only vodka in the WORLD to have a specific vintage, and only a very low number of bottles are produced every year.
Still, RM28000 for a vodka? I think I'll stick to Russian Standard, thank you very much...
PS: I've been having a blast going through the liqour and beers sections in Vienna and Munich. Couldn't decide what to buy back. PSS: Yes FA, there's also mini bottle of Austrian schnapps with your name on it. haha.
Update (5:50pm, Austrian time):
Ah, stupid me. Vincent was right, I checked the price again just now and it IS only 69 Euros. BIG BIG boo boo. Read about the vodka in my Vodka Classified book which said only Russian oil Billionaires could afford a bottle of Kauffman. Turns out it´s only 69 Euros, which is only about RM280. I think you can only buy a Russian Brides left nipple for that price.