Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean... no longer featuring Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom... Penelope Cruz is in this one instead...
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Guess which movie beats out I Am Number Four?
Monday, February 14, 2011
Justin Bieber was inched off the #1 spot by Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston...
Meanwhile, The King's Speech won big at the BAFTA Awards, including awards for Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter...
Finally, the Grammy Awards... still on-going at the moment, but most of the awards have been given out already... Lady Antebellum looks set to win the most awards for Need You Now...
Sunday, February 13, 2011
More of a teaser really...
Friday, February 11, 2011
Another Super Bowl preview... Po and the Furious Five is back again...
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Another Super Bowl preview...
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I saw the trailer for this movie when watching one of the Malay movies earlier this year... or was it in December... looked promising and nice... definitely something different...
Unfortunately, when watching this movie in the first 10 minutes, I got this foreboding feeling that it was not gonna be as promising as it was made out to be in the trailer... but then again, trailers are cut to make even the most horrible movie looks somewhat intriguing...
So the story goes like this... Haq is a superpowered human, something that was passed down to him from his father... shown in the flashback as telekinesis... Bad (a Malay name and not the english word) is like a brother to Haq, they grew up together but I think Bad wasn't blessed with the power that Haq has and he was jealous. His spitefulness grew exponentially when his father died and he blamed Haq's father. Bad's mother also shows affection for Haq, which drove a wedge between them. Cut to a few years later, when both of them had grown up. Bad has acquired some sort of power and using it for his own evil schemes. One of the schemes is revenge against Haq and his father.
Not bad. On paper. Execution kinda lacking. The stylish shots ie fast forward-slow motion thingy that was employed throughout the movie cheapened the effect. Once or twice should be okay... and it was used mostly to make Adi Putra seemed cool... what is this? America's Next Top Model? He kept prancing about the movie like he was sexy as hell... and what's up with the whole evil laugh thing? Is this the 70's? Reminded me, annoyingly as it may, of Austin Powers' evil nemesis, the appropriately named Dr Evil.
Take a cue from Inglourious Basterds. Or any other movie these days. Villains need not be too campy or cheesy. Quiet seething is dark and delicious enough. Unfortunately, Malay movies tend to be a bit preachy when it comes to making a villain or pointing out an evil person ie show them clubbing, boozing, doing drugs and womanizing (is there such a thing as manizing for female villains?)
And Adiputra does it all in this movie. He was boozing it up and womanizing it up like there was an expiration date on his pecker. Don't even get me started on the 'adegan ranjang' with Nanu. She's hot and all but that scene? There was nothing much going there. Guess this would be one more case of a PR gone hyper ala Dr Rozmey's 2 Alam.
Acting-wise, the girls fared much better than the boys. Raja Farah... not much was required of her but she did some subtle work though which was nice. Nanu has the meatier role, so to speak. And she did it quite well. So did Fatimah Abu Bakar.
Some things I don't get from the movie, which either was not explained in the script... or I just missed it due to the fact the dialogue was too wooden and not real. Hmm...
Raja Farah's Aina was not related to anyone I think coz she has the hots for Haq and she calls Fatimah Abu Bakar Mak Lang or something. So she's not related to Bad as well. Or at least I hope not coz then it would be weird that Bad was seducing her.
How did Haq's family get the powers? How did Bad get his for that matter? Haq's was not really a big deal but it would be nice if we get a bit of a flashback to show how they got it or even what his actual powers are. Telekinesis sure, but then, there were those blue flashes... and then he can run really fast, jump really high and have a predilection for martial arts... so maybe his powers are more than simple TK... but it was never delved into...
Bad's powers are obviously evil but how did he get it? Made a deal with the devil? What's up with him waking up from his dreams of talking to himself in the mirror with a demonic voice? Is he a pawn or someone/something? If he had masterminded the revenge, why would he wake up looking afraid? Like he was not in control of his cackling evil alter ego or something... and why did he take too long in his revenge? I mean the final fight of course... he should have gone after Haq somewhere in the middle of the movie, just to gauge how strong Haq is... but he never did, he just assumed he was stronger... and what's with the glowing balls? Is that like symbolism for something or just a blatant rip-off from Dragonball? If that is his source of power then why is he leaving it everywhere all willy-nilly?
How did Haq track down Aina when she was captured by Bad? Zahra made sense coz she called him and he could track the GPS on her expensive car I guess.
And that final battle? All that work. All that plotting. That was how it came down to? Apart from the effects, it was a bit anticlimatic. Could've benefited from a longer, drawn out fisticuff I think.
Oh, almost forgot. Haq was made out to be such a patient and good guy. Ugh. If I was him and I found out that Bad had a hand in the death of my father, I would have used my powers, tracked him down and snuff his cackling ass immediately. But that's just me...
Anyway, the movie was not all bad though... it's definitely one of those 'gray' movies... not black nor white, not good nor bad... the fight scenes were not bad, some were choreographed quite nicely actually... I get it, the actors are not martial artists but with proper training, they could easily pull it off... Adi Putra sometimes can be seen a bit faster than the choreography but other than that it was not bad...
It's a much better movie, especially elevated by the ladies' performances and the fight scenes...
I heard that there's a couple of sequels/prequels coming up. Maybe we'd get a better picture of what was happening. It's a shame something promising like this just gets flushed down the toilet like it was yesterday's poop.
During the Super Bowl, a bunch of trailers were shown... this is the trailer for Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon... sans Megan Fox (not that it mattered anyway)... let's hope it's not a stinker like Revenge of the Fallen...
Monday, February 7, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
In other news, the Screen Actors Guild have announced the winners:
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
COLIN FIRTH / King George VI - "THE KING’S SPEECH"
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
NATALIE PORTMAN / Nina Sayers – “BLACK SWAN”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
CHRISTIAN BALE / Dicky Eklund – “THE FIGHTER”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
MELISSA LEO / Alice Ward – “THE FIGHTER”
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
THE KING’S SPEECH
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
AL PACINO / Jack Kevorkian – “YOU DON’T KNOW JACK”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
CLAIRE DANES / Temple Grandin – “TEMPLE GRANDIN"
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
STEVE BUSCEMI / Nucky Thompson – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – “THE GOOD WIFE”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - “30 ROCK”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
BETTY WHITE / Elka Ostrovsky – “HOT IN CLEVELAND”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
SAG HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Screen Actors Guild Awards 47th Annual Life Achievement Award