Movie Review: Burlesque

Burlesque
Christina Aguilera and Cher in a movie about singing. Surprised? No, not really. Do female musicians ever play any other role? Think Crossroads, but this time it’s Ms. Genie-in-a-bottle instead of Britney Spears.

Burlesque is a story about a small-town girl Ali (Aguilera) who moves to a big city in order pursue her dreams of stardom. She finds herself in a club that is struggling to stay alive. Ali lands a job there and works her way up from being a waitress to headlining its nightly dance show.

One thing I gotta say about the movie is that it is absolutely flat. There are no high highs and low lows – it’s so hard to feel any emotions for Ali. She’s never really in the pits or in the clouds – she’s just… there. Ali basically goes through the whole movie without a hitch, it’s like the “perfect” story, except that it isn’t perfect. The sub characters didn’t really help either. They don’t have any depth and are the perfect example of cut-out, stock characters.

Despite the predictable, flat storyline and clichéd characters – the movie isn’t terrible. The songs and dances in the movie are top-notch and worth the price of the ticket alone. Awesomely choreographed, and well written, the dances and songs are what you came here for. You don’t have to bother about the rest of the weak story if you’re just there for the music and performances. You’d probably be better off with the soundtrack and accompanying music videos. Maybe someone should just cut the movie up and release it like that. Burlesque gets a 5/10.

Movie Review: The Green Hornet

The Green Hornet
Seth Rogen and Jay Chou star in this hilarious super hero movie to kick off the year. I’ve never really seen the original The Green Hornet series (besides clips about Bruce Lee kicking ass) so I’m not exactly sure if it’s supposed to be a serious show, but The Green Hornet just takes an action-loaded movie and throws in Seth Rogen’s brand of humor to spice things up (it was co-written by him after all).

The Green Hornet tells the story of Britt Reid (Rogen), son of a recently deceased millionaire who is suddenly in control of a huge newspaper empire. Wanting to do something meaningful with his life, he decides to start a life of crime-fighting, with his deceased father’s servant, Kato (Chou). The storyline isn’t anything to shout about (don’t expect any twists or surprises), but the jokes and gags in between keep the whole show entertaining throughout.

Seth Rogen is his usual self. Britt Reid/Green Hornet seems to be a combination of all his past characters, except now he’s rich and has access to cool gadgets. Jay Chou does alright in this movie and as usual he’s mumbling more than he’s speaking but he does play a pretty convincing Kato. He’s probably not going to reach the legendary status of Bruce Lee, but he’s not terrible at what he does either. Who knows, we might see him in more Hollywood productions after this stint. Christoph Waltz as Chudnofsky is a believable bad guy and does a good job of killing his own men.

It’s nice seeing Seth Rogen acting with cast who aren’t members of the “Apatow crew” – it’s not his usual role to be a super hero, so it’s pretty refreshing. The chemistry between Rogen and Chou reminds me of the Jacky Chan/Chris Tucker from Rush Hour, and that isn’t a bad thing. This movie won’t be winning any awards, but it is pretty good way to kick start the year. Green Hornet gets 7/10.

Gig #65

Gig #65!

Sunday, January 30
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Palate Palette Restaurant & Bar (http://www.palatepalette.com)
21 Jalan Mesui
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Welcome to the second installation of Doppelganger Gig + SwaptMeet Bazaar @ Palate Palette featuring local acts like NARMI, SATURDAY AFTERNOON, RAY CHEONG and more!

Doppelganger KL Open Mic Open Stage presents… an evening of music & poetry. Want to save the planet?! Join the Doppelganger Community Music or Video Games SwapMeet Bazaar! 2nd hand stuff & new things. Bring your stuff to swap. Remember, this is not about the value of the goods. It’s about finding a home for pre-loved items.

Each person is welcome to bring as many as 10 items to swap. Remember, it’s not about the value of your item. And please don’t bring trash or things that don’t work. Be fair. If you’re not using it at home, Recycle Reuse and Reduce trash at home :D. Hey! Your trash could be someone’s treasure. That’s the spirit!

We’re looking for ONLY music & games stuff. No clothes unless it’s related to music or games k. Rules & regulations apply. But it’ll be fun! Start planning what you can bring to swap.

Entry Fee: RM10 per person gets you free entertainment & start swapping.

12.00pm Check-in

1.00pm – 3.00pm Open Mic feat. Homecoming Night Out, Dzamira

3.00pm Latte at Dawn (new!)
Super new band that calls itself a Motown/ Jazz Blues outfit

3.15pm Niqi (Indonesia)

3.30pm Music for Food (new!)
Singer / songwriter duo

3.45pm Fragments and Frictions
http://www.myspace.com/fragmentsandfrictions

4.00pm Ray Cheong
http://www.youtube.com/stingeray
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ray-Cheong/161295410550677

4.30pm Saturday Afternoon (acoustic folk)
http://www.facebook.com/saturdayafternoon

5.00pm NARMI
http://www.facebook.com/narmiadventures

5.30pm George Wong
http://www.myspace.com/2storeyheart

6.00pm Close

Strawberries Dipped In Chocolate

So, I wrote this song a couple months back, but I never got around to recording it then. Anyway, be warned: It’s probably the cheesiest song I’ve ever written, but I don’t care because I wrote it when I was in love. Haha. Get ready to cringe! Download link.

Strawberries dipped in chocolate

You are my sugar, sugar, rush, rush baby
I could start each day with your sweet taste on my lips
I don’t know if you think I’m crazy
Not a day goes by I’m not thinking about your kiss

And I wanted you to know – you’re all I think about
You’re all I need, you mean everything to me
And I just wanted to say, “I love you” everyday
You make me smile, let me catch my breath for awhile
So I can call you up to tell you that

And I’m so lost in your gaze, you’re so beautiful
You’re the brightest light, I’m a moth drawn to your eyes
And I just wanted to say, “I love you” everyday
You make me smile, let me catch my breath for awhile
So I can call you up to tell you that

Gig #64

So, I got the invite from Darren last night asking me if I would like to play for a gig tonight, I agreed, and tada! Come join 2storeyheart and other great line acts at Artista tonight.

Time: 9:00pm
Artista Bar & Restaurant Lot G-13 , Tropicana City Mall, No 3, Jln SS20/27 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 47400

The first Artistic Series of the year, come and enjoy these fine acts and have an awesome new year!
A mix of hardrocking and acoustic acts.

An Honest Mistake (Acoustic set)
George Wong
Handle with Care
Rosevelt

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My first gig of the new year! Hope to see you guys tonight.