Tuesday, 31 May 2011

X-traordinary. X-ceptional. X-cellant (Xorry)

X-Men: First Class
Not A Review.
X Marks The Spot!
First Class is Top of The Class!

Professor X!
>Aka. James McAvoy!
X-Rated! (great pickup lines, Charles!)
No wheelchair! Don't touch his hair!
Still X-tra Awesome!

aka. Michael Fassbender!
Heavy metal!
Ironclad performance!
That is one hell of a way to kill a guy, Erik!

Other mutants!
Havok: Energizing!
Mystique: Mystifying!
Banshee: Supersonic!
Beast! er... blue!
Azazel! Angel (with butterfly wings)!
(Poor Darwin)

Hubba hubba Emma Frost!
Cleavage rating 8.5!
Ok January Jones isn't THAT hot,
But when she takes her clothes off THAT often,
Who's looking at her face?
Hur hur.

Probably my favorite of all the X-Men movies so far.
Yes, even better than X1 and X2.
Yes, even without Wolverine!
Matthew Vaughn is KICK ASS!
Get him back for the sequel PLEASE!

Yup, this is DEFINITELY a great reboot of the franchise.
X-cellantly done, Vaughn!
EAT THAT Brett Ratner!
THIS is how you do an X-Men movie!
Now bring on the next one!

(I said FOUR Big Macs, Erik. not five!)

Friday, 27 May 2011

Beer Of The Week: Malt Of The Rising Suntory

I have to admit, I'm not that great with Japanese beers. Most of the ones I've tried are the more common ones like Asahi, and although I visited the Sapporo factory in Tokyo once, that was before I could REALLY appreciate beer as it should be.

Anyway, this week's beer of the week is SUNTORY PREMIUM MALT beer, brought to you by the same guys who make Yamazaki and Hibiki whiskies:

Suntory is actually the fourth largest player in the Japanese beer industry, behind Sapporo, Asahi and Kirin, but apaprently, Premium Malt is now one of the top PREMIUM beers in Japan. It was launched here quite recently, just under a year ago, but it's not widely available - probably only in certain Japanese restaurants and shops.

If you happen to have a bottle or can at home, you should probably know that there is supposedly a special way to pour the beer. You have to pour it straight down first to generate a nice foamy head, then after it's settle somewhat, you pour the rest in gently via the side of the glass. This way, the head remains, and supposedly prevents the flavor of the beer from 'escaping' too quickly. If you have the special Suntory glass, even better, since the glass was designed to be the perfect vessel to serve Suntory beer.

I tried the beer with and without the special technique before, and the one done without was definitely flatter and less aromatic than the one that was served properly.

Anyway, I quite like the beer - it's got a nice, hoppy aromatic aroma that isn't TOO hoppy, and quite pleasant. On the palate, it's very refreshing, one of those beers that I just LOVE having upon coming home after a long day's work and during a hot day. And using ONLY premium malted barley, it's got a very distinct and nice malty flavor to it as well.

Definitely one of my favorite Japanese beers so far.

Is this the year the Panda beats Pixar? SKADOOSH!

Kung Fu Panda 2
Not A Review.
Wah Pixar better look out,
Cars 2 has a lot of ground to make up
Because this movie is actually damn good.
Heck, it's even better than the FIRST Kungfu Panda IMHO.

Tigress! Snake! Panda!
Mantis! Monkey! Crane!
Peacock! Rhino! Ox! Croc!
I love all the different animal kungfu styles!

The action was definitely bigger and better.
Each individual animal also got to show off more.
More fighting, more awesome stuns,
THIS is how a kungfu movie should be like!
(Without all the actors breaking their necks, of course)

Fooyor the peacock bad guy damn power,
I really like the way they used the bird's form,
The metal claws, the tail feathers, the spear,
And his feathers are deadly throwing knives!
Lord Shen would KICK Tai Lung's butt, no fight!

It's quite funny also.
And at least they don't use all those pop culture jokes,
That all the Shrek lar Shark Tale use.
Oh, if you understand Cantonese,
Go watch the Canto version also.
It's funny!

Oh, and it's not all action action fight fight,
Got some parts damn touching also ok?
Especially with the goose.
And the 3D not bad also.
Watch out Pixar, this panda means business.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Vroom Vroom TWOOOO!

ARGH. Someone PLEASE give or buy me this set of three movie posters from Cars 2 PLEASE:

This'll look AWESOME framed up and hung up on one of my walls.

Speaking of Cars 2 posters, these country specific posters are pretty damn cool as well:

Friday, 20 May 2011

Beer Of The Week: Tui Tui, Don't Ptui It!

Couple months back, a former colleague of mine brought this back from New Zealand.

Yes, a couple months ago. I put it in the fridge, and completely forgot about it until recently when I cleaned out the fridge.

Fortunately, the beer doesn't seem to have gone bad, or at least I dont' think so. But since I don't have another Tui to compare this one to, you'll have to take my word for it MUAHAHAHA.

Anyway, this particular beer is the Tui East Indian Pale Ale, which I reckon is a fancy name for 'English Ale', since it tastes very much like what an English ale tastes like. It's light, sweet, and has a nice caramel finish, not too long. But it's a bit light though, and reminds me of a Newcastle Brown Ale as well.

Nevertheless, if I were in NZ, I'd probably drink this a lot because its the kind of beer that I like. It's a bit light though, only 4.0% ABV; so I can probably drink this all night long.

Plus I like a beer with a sense of humour:

Overall, a nice, pleasant-tasting beer, not too spectacular, but nice nonetheless. Where can you get it? Probably New Zealand, I suppose. heh.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Four is Definitely Enough, Jack

Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Not a review.
Otherwise known as POTC4
Or POTC: The Pointless Money Grubbing Sequel
Pointless in that it doesn't add anything to the franchise,
Beyond giving us more Jack Sparrow.
And frankly, I'm getting a bit sick of him.

Ok, Captain Jack Sparrow is always fun.
But this time around he was fun but boring at the same time.
The first movie he was AWESOME because he was FRESH.
By the third movie, he was a bit tired already.
And this one, it's ALL him.
Which is good and bad at the same time.

It's not too bad.
Just.. pointless.
I reckon you could take the best bits of all 3 sequels,
And make one REALLY AWESOME sequel.
Instead we got one LONG trailer to the 3rd,
A third movie that was all over the place,
and a 4th movie that is pretty much pointless.

Blackbeard was awesome though.
Ian McShane is AWESOME.
Even better than Davy Jones.
And Barbossa is still my favorite pirate of the lot.
He's the only one who can give commands like a REAL pirate!

Lucky no Will and Elizabeth this time.
But wait, there's some wishy-washy guy,
Falling in love with a mermaid.
IT'S BOOORRING and doesn't add ANYTHING to the plot.
It's like a mini-Will & Liz for fucks sake.

Ooooh, Penelope Cruz.
She's smokin' hot.
MUCH better than Keira Knightley
Not much of a cleavage rating though haih.
And those mermaids are damn hot too!
Until the go psycho and bite your heads off, that is.

Yes Johnny, four is definitely enough.
Unless you can get a new director,
One that can give the franchise something NEW,
You're only gonna be making the same movie OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
There's only so much Sparrowing around we can take, Jack.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Beer Of The Week: Tetley, Tetley, Very Smoothly

It's beer of the week time again! This time, I checked out a Tetley's Smooth Flow English ale that I bought from Village Grocer in Bangsar Village:

According to the can, this has 'A uniquely smooth taste', and 'for best result,; serve cold from the fridge, pull the tab, listen to the surge & pour down the side of the glass in one smooth movement.

I actually expected it to have a Bebola Terapung Ajaib (otherwise known to common people as a widget), since they kept emphasising the 'smooth' on the label, but it didn't have one, disappointingly.

Taste-wise, it's pretty light, containing only 3.6% alcohol:

Well, they DID call it a 'light English Ale' after all, so I suppose that can't be helped. Hey, at least it didn't taste like one of them piss-lite American beers.

It's definitely lighter than the one I've tried on draft, and much lighter than Kilkenny or even Newcastle Brown Ale. it's slightly sweeter than a Kilkenny though, though not as caramel-y as Newcastle Brown Ale.

I drank this one one of them awful hot days we've been getting this past week, so this was actually pretty awesome and refreshing. I still wouldn't pick this over a Newcastle Brown Ale, but at that low ABV level, it was a great light beer for a hot, hot day.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

This Aren't The Aliens You Are Looking For...

Not a review.
Comic Con!
I love Comic Con.
I was there when they filmed Paul there you know.
Even though I didn't see them filming,
But I was there anyway. HAH!

This is like a lover letter to Comic Con geeks.
Or Sci-fi geeks in general.
So many homages, so many Easter Eggs!
Star Wars! Aliens!
Indiana Jones! X-Files!
Close Encounters!

Pegg and Frost were ok though.
Not as funny as they were in Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead.
But still pretty funny,
I still prefer it when Frost is the bumbling idiot though.
He does bumbling, innocent idiot very well.

Surprisingly, Paul himself was pretty cool
I thought he'd be damn annoying and obnoxious,
Especially since Seth Rogen is voicing him.
But he was quite cool!
Quite endearing too, in fact.
And there's just something hilarious,
About an alien smoking a cigarette.
Heh heh.

Overall, it's ok.
Not as funny as Hot Fuzz or Shaun,
But still funny.
Even funnier if you're familiar with all the sci-fi movies,
and Pop culture in general.
IT's fun picking out the lines and easter eggs!

Monday, 9 May 2011

Hurts So Good, But Not Better Than Love

(picture from NME.com)

Did it feel better than love? Not really. Was Hurts so good? Well, they were pretty decent, actually.

I was right though. Before going for the show, I'd surmised from the album Happiness that most of the songs would sound A LOT better live, especially since they were mostly SOARING, melodramatic ballads that would sound MUCH better played live and LOUD, instead of the more polished and slightly blander sound on the album. And I was right.

The songs, coupled with the group's presentation made it more than just another boring indie pop band gig. The concert started out cun-cun 8:30pm, with Unspoken, and lasted a little more than an hour, going through 15 songs, including a Kylie Minogue cover Confide In Me.

Songs like Silver Lining, Evelyn, Stay, Blood Tears Gold and Unspoken sounded SO much better than on the album. The soaring choruses, the pounding synth beats and melodramatic performances by lead singer Theo Hutchcroft and synth player Adam Anderson made it a pretty good show. I especially enjoyed the drama on songs like the soaring Blood, Tears Gold and Silver Lining, and the unexpected head-banging session during Evelyn, the only song where Anderson got up and played an electric guitar instead.

But those were not the best part of the concert for me though. Nor was it the expected Stay sing-along (which though good, kinda felt a bit of an anti-climax).

No, the best part of the gig for me was when halfway through the album's hidden track Verona, the back-up singer just BURST OUT into song, his powerful voice overpowering ALL the musicians and putting Hutchcraft's own vocals to shame. The fellow was STANDING STRIGHT the ENTIRE NIGHT, not moving a single muscle except his vocal chords, and when he finally left his post at the end of the encore (Better Than Love), that was when we KNEW that the concert was over (that, and the fact that Hurts had already played every single song on Happiness (barring The Water) and then some, and were pretty much out of songs to sing).

All in all, a decent gig, pretty decent for a band that only has one album to their name so far. At least they didn't make me regret not going for Gruff Rhys instead....

Friday, 6 May 2011

Beer Of The Week: Ay Caramba, It's Corona!

In case you haven't noticed, I've added a new label to the blog titled: Tipsy-Turvy, which of course, is the name of my regular alcoholic column in the newspaper. In addition to that, I'm starting a new 'Beer Of the Week' label where I'll choose a beer, any beer, and tokkok about it, just for the heck of it. Heh heh.

To kick things off, here's a beer that's always been close to my heart - Corona Extra.

You see, way way way way back when I didn't know better, and before there was Hoegaarden, Stella, or even Kilkenny; there was Corona. It's the only imported beer I seem to remember being available back then (correct me if I'm wrong), and I used to snub Tiger and Carlsberg just so I could be seen as 'cool' drinking Corona. That, plus the lemon in the beer always made it a great conversation starter with the girls hur hur hur.

Of course, later I found out that Corona isn't exactly a premium brand even in Mexico, and my American brother-in-law even laughed at me mockingly once when I ordered a Corona in front of him. Deep even calls it Mexican Donkey Piss. HMPH.

Anyway, a few days ago, I was invited to check out a Cinco De Mayo (Fifth of May) celebration at Las Carretas restaurant in Ampang, where the sponsored beer was of course, Corona.

This was a good chance for me to go back to a beer I once loved after trying so many other beers, and finding out once and for all why exactly I liked it so much.

And no, it's not because of the hot promoter girls:

Anyway, armed with my new *ahem* discerning beer palette, I realized that on its own, Corona is actually pretty bland and tastes just like any other lager. In fact, I'd even venture to say it's even weaker than Budweiser, and that's saying a lot. I don't even know why I liked it last time (hey, I was young and naive back then).

So what makes it so special then? Well, if you asked me, I'd say it's the lemon/lime slice that they always put inside the bottle:

Like Kenhynn of Beer Beer says, Corona is pretty pointless without the lemon or lime. Without it, it tastes bland and forgettable. But WITH it, the combination of the lemon and the beer makes for a refreshing, tangy and pretty cool drink. Of course, you could argue that you can add the lemon to ANY lager and it'll taste the same, but I suppose it just ain't the same if it ain't drunk from the Corona's clear bottle.

Oh, if you have some tequila lying around, you can use it in a submarine:

I've blogged about How to Make A Submarine a LONG LONG time ago, so go see how exactly it's made and how to drink it. And no, it's more than just dunking a shot of tequila into it and downing the whole thing. Now THIS it for me, the BEST way to drink a Corona, heh heh.

I suppose if forced to choose between Corona and the usual Tigers or Carlsbergs, I would still go for a Corona, though probably more for sentimental reasons than anything else. It IS a pretty refreshing beer, though like I said, make sure you get the lemon, or it's pretty much pointless.

Mexican LL Approves!