Gig #60 and a little update

Wow. It’s been ages since I’ve written anything here. I’ve been so busy working with a blog for my job that the last thing I wanna see at the end of the day is another blog, and hence the lack of updates. Anyways I’m still alive in case you’re wondering, and still doing things. Alright firstly- my comic has been delayed. Recently got a new computer and I haven’t finished installing all my software for working and getting back into the groove of things. I have 2 reviews queued up: Skyline (6/10) and Rapunzel (9/10) so you should watch the latter when it opens next week. The Wishing are jamming again. We have a full band now- Me, Jason, Andrew and Syefri are coming up with some tunes that will knock off your socks. Life’s been the least to say, interesting for me. Heart make, heart break, heart ache, terrible feelings, love, lust, everything in between. You’ll learn about it one day. I promise. Lastly, I’ll be playing at the Endgame gig tomorrow- and event organized to benefit charity, so do come show your love. Talk to you guys soon.

Gig #60: Endgame 2010
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Endgame is a concert for the homeless, the helpless and the needy. Children. Play your part and do something you love, while contributing to their cause. Make your stand now.

Endgame 2010 Bill
1.Intermission
2. 2storeyheart
3. Never Early
4. Tony Leo Selvaraj
5. Initial Sound
6. The Bananas
7. Kristen Claire Chee and Christian Palencia
8. The Addiktion.

Gig details
Venue: SJK(C) Chong Hwa, Jalan Pahang (Map here)
Date: 19th November 2010 (last day of the Malaysian school calendar)
Time: 6.30 till late.

Price:
Standard: RM15 per ticket.
Bulk order: RM120 for 10 tickets.
Door tickets: RM25 per ticket.

Movie Review : Megamind (3D)

With a couple of animation hits under their belts in the recent years, can Dreamworks release another one this year? I’m here to tell you, yes, they can.

Megamind tells the story of a super villain, Megamind (played by Will Ferrell), who manages to defeat his arch-nemesis, Metroman (played by Brad Pitt). After his victory, he does everything he wants without any hindrance, which eventually gets boring. Falling into depression because he has nobody to battle him, he decides to raise a new super-hero to be his new arch-nemesis, Tighten (Jonah Hill). But things get out of hand when the new super-hero becomes more evil than him.

With an all-star cast of Will Ferrell, David Cross, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt, you know you’re in for a treat! Megamind has jokes from the get go. Though they aren’t as ridiculous as recent offering such as The Other Guys, or vulgar as Get Him To The Greek, or as snide as any of David Cross’s stand-up material, it’s still a laugh-out-loud affair. The movie starts off as a super-hero spoof in the beginning and takes on a life of its own after the introduction. The storyline was good- enough twists and turns to keep me happy, and it was paced well. You’re not gonna walk out of the cinema feeling, “oh my god, that was the best movie I’ve ever seen!” but you’ll definitely enjoy it all the way while you’re in the cinema.

The visuals in this movie are great as well. Expect to see similar sort of treatment in live-action super hero movies in the future. The characters are all very memorable, especially Minion. Fishbowl-heads always get my attention. Metro Man looks special enough, while retaining the generic super-hero look. And Megamind looks the part- sinister and idiotic at the same time. Is it just me or are short-haired girls the in thing right now for animated movies? Monsters Vs. Aliens, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Bolt..where are the long haired damsels? (Oh wait, Rapunzel is coming soon.) There’s nothing jaw-dropping here, but you’d be hard-pressed to find something to call ugly or visually unappealing.

Overall, Megamind is by no stretch what you would call a brilliant movie, but it is highly entertaining and will have you laughing from start to finish. It is one of the better animated movies this year. If you’re looking for a lighthearted super-hero comedy, Megamind is right up your alley. Megamind gets 7/10.

Movie Review: Unstoppable

Denzel Washington can do no wrong. With him at the helm in another Tony Scott offering, expect nothing less than him at his best. I haven’t seen Denzel in a bad movie since.. ever, and when I heard he was going to be in Unstoppable, I expected nothing less than good. I wasn’t let down.

Unstoppable, a movie inspired by true events, tells the story of a train that is left unmanned in a careless accident by a lazy, bumbling worker. When they realize that the train is moving too fast to catch, it is too late. It is up to veteran engine worker, Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington) and his rookie partner, Will Colson (Chris Pine) to try and stop this moving behemoth. Oh yeah, as usual, the train is carrying a butt-load of hazardous material that is highly explosive.

Denzel’s performance is on spot as usual. He’s the same guy we’ve come to know and love. With him being in another train movie recently, The Taking of Pelham 123, it’s no surprise he fits this role perfectly. Chris Pine, plays a similar role has Kirk in Star Trek- the rookie in a vehicle that’s destined to do great things. Rosario Dawson is the station commander and provides some of the laughs in the movie. It’s nice to see her move on to more serious roles ever since her stint in Clerks 2 where she advocates going ass to mouth in the heat of passion. It’s a well rounded cast with everyone, including the sub-characters, playing their roles well.

The movie is fast paced after the somewhat slow introduction, and despite all the use of train jargon it is easy to understand. Thanks to the usage of the FOX news footage that is used throughout the movie. We get colorful and easy to understand diagrams that make whatever is happening clear to the audience.

The only gripes I have with the movie are the usual Hollywood moments- at the start, when the train starts moving on its own, it feels very “Final Destination”-ish. The train controls sliding on their own to set the train off seemed to forced to me. Maybe that’s how the true story goes (I didn’t do any research), but I felt it could have been done better. Another bit I didn’t agree with was Chris Pine’s character doing insane jumps while he had an extremely injured leg. Not once, but twice- and that felt a little too unrealistic to me. Again, it could have been what really happened, but it just seems impossible to do. The back story of Colson’s marital problems feel a bit weak as well.

A highly entertaining popcorn flick that manages to keep the tension going, despite you knowing the ending (it’s based on a true story after all). That is quite a feat for director Tony Scott to do. The train shots were very well done as well- it makes you wonder how much of actual footage was shot, and how much of it was computer generated.

Overall, the movie was done really well. It gets your heart racing whenever the characters have close brushes with death-by-train, and it has Denzel Washington. It’s no Malcom X, but it’s not a bad movie either. I rate Unstoppable 7/10.

Movie review: Hisss

First up, sleeping late and waking up early doesn’t put you in the best of moods. But I woke up early on a Monday morning and was contemplating whether I should go for the screening that was happening in a couple of hours. Since it was a Monday, and I had nothing better to do in the morning, I thought “ah what the heck, you gotta try everything once in your life right?” And so I washed up, got dressed and set out to watch my first ever Bollywood horror movie in the cinema. Boy was I in for a surprise.

Hisss tells the story of a man, aptly named George, diagnosed with terminal brain cancer looking for a way to live. He learns about the mythology behind the snaked goddess who has some sort of essence/orb thingy inside her that can give him immortality. And so he sets out to capture her mate and bring him into the city to lure her out from the jungle. The snake goddess, played by Mallika Sherawat (who is pretty damn hot btw), comes into the city looking for her mate. Along the way she encounters abusive men and kills them as well. Irrfan Khan plays a detective who is on the trail of these mysterious murders that have been popping up around the city.

Firstly, I didn’t think it would be so soon but I think I’ve found a movie I hated more than The Last Airbender. Holy shit, this movie reeked of bad script writing, terrible editing, pacing, and I’m not even going to mention the terrible special effects- because you can tell a good story and have shitty effects, the movie would still be fine. But when you get a movie that has a bad story and bad effects, it just becomes so much worse. There is nothing redeeming about the movie. Just about every scene made me cringe- and it wasn’t in fear, it was because the movie was just terrible.

Let’s start with the premise, not very original- evil man who is dying looks for a way to save his life- but for what? He has no goals, no other motives in life, why does he want to live so badly? He goes so far as to kill other people for it! Then we have the snake goddess- you’d expect a goddess to be much more powerful than that. All she did was transform into a giant snake and eat bad guys. Not to mention she got tricked so easily in the last scene. And why did she take so long just to locate her lover? Goddesses are meant to be powerful, she gives the impression of a killer who took gained the ability to turn into a giant snake instead some higher deity that people worship. The cop- why is he so bad? He makes no progress in solving the case with his partner, and his mother-in-law just solves it for him towards the end of the movie. It’s just so bad! Future film makers, if you ever watch this movie- you know what not to do in your own movie.

Now I’m not saying I can make a better movie- that’s why I don’t make them in the first place. I just know what works in a movie and in this one, nothing works. It’s probably more entertaining to get crushed to death by a real python. At least you’d be genuinely scared. Hisss gets a 1/10.