Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
“FINAL DESTINATION 5 ” PRESS PREVIEW
“FINAL DESTINATION 5″ delves deep into the uncanny subject of imminent death and dying, and whatever that lurks in between the dark, sinister vacuum to fulfill this curse.
It pays definitive homage to what you’d call the human’s sixth sense, bad vibes, queasy feelings and premonitions.
It cajoles you to act fast, whenever you have a premonitory feeling that something’s not right is gonna happen, you should pay heed to your inner calling.
In doing so, you may well save your own life with this obeyance.
The theme of “death comes loverly” has never been more profoundly explored as in this 5th version of the successful franchise.
Plenty of gory deaths are splattered across the giant screen in the stupendous splendor of the 3D for the second time in the franchise, designed for your visual pleasure.
If you subscribe to the category of the uninhibited fan with a thirsty macho-sadistic streak, this film dangles as a death therapy, a game of death to “bump off” or to shoot down your enemies within the dark recesses of your mind, which you will never be able to have this guilty pleasure in real life.
Everyone loves a good scare.
And, as they watch the hapless victims on reel being butchered one by one, they derive a pleasurable surge of adrenaline. Strange, but very true.
“FINAL DESTINATION 5″ director is Steven Quale.
Nicholas D’Agosto stars as Sam, a hot-blooded dude whose sixth sense leads him to “see” a fiery vision of a gigantic suspension bridge collapsing during a corporate outing. He manages to secure seven of his colleagues – including ex-girlfriend Molly (Emma Bell), best friend Peter (Miles Fisher) and annoying boss Dennis (David Koechner) – to flee from their bus. Well, the bridge does actually collapse, killing most everyone.
A mysterious stranger (Tony Todd) suddenly appears with a grim warning that Death cannot be cheated.
Quite right, as in the days that follow, the surviving eight soon start to succumb to a series of inexplicable freak accidents, in the same manner which they died in Sam’s dream.
The film’s special effects are excellent, in particular, during the heart-stomping minutes of one scene where we witness in dire shock, the entire giant bridge being completely torn apart, taking everything (people, vehicles and falling debris), plunging mercilessly into the fathomless, raging sea below.
These are poignant moments rendered dramatically authentic in 3D.
Final Destination 5 is a hugely enjoyable, impressively directed thriller.
The advertising headline from the publicity poster shouts “DEATH HAS NEVER BEEN CLOSER.”
Step into the nightmare.
It gonna be a gruesome scary ride.
Monday, August 22, 2011
JEANETTE AW 欧萱 SINGAPORE ACTRESS
SHE’S SWEET, SWEET AS CAN BE.
This review is a belated piece.
My last online article on her was a long way back , some 2 years ago.
That’s right. Time has flown.
So treasure fleeting moments, dear friend.
Happy times may juggle right before you now and vaporize into oblivion next. So hold on to these and savor them dearly.
JEANETTE’s name cropped up again, a couple of months ago and suddenly, it’s yesterday once more.
Dropping by Kuala Lumpur on a work project, my producer friend proposed a peek at the latest Malaysian drama, DESTINY IN HER HANDS”. (断掌的女人).
By the time this article is published online, the 30 part-series would have reached a justifiable conclusion.
“JEANETTE AW is awesome in that series” the female producer enthused.“It’s not the best of series, but it’s truly JEANETTE’s vehicle, she carries the story, and it’s her outstanding role to date.”
But of course dear, she is currently one of Singapore’s hottest actresses, improving with each role.
Throw in adjectives like “dainty” and “petite” to her persona.
I like her endearing smile as it oozes a charming effect.
She’s floored us and is sweet, sweet as can be.
Now isn’t this a line from the 60s song “GINNY (JEANETTE) COME LATELY”? Go check the lyrics.
For a record, JEANETTE AW starred in two of my favorite SINGAPORE dramas, “THE LITTLE NONYA” and “TOGETHER”. Her talents and presence were however, wasted in one awful drama called “BREAKOUT” where the reel casting marred the credibility of the entire series. The only player that stood out in “BREAKOUT” was veteran PAN LING LING. Period.
As far as that series go, diehard supporters literally lost their interest in actor DAI YANG TIAN after watching his insipid performance through no fault of his own. How is this actor faring now, anyway?
“OH, PLEASE DON’T BATTER ME …..”
“MY LIFE IS LIKE A SOAP OPERA …. ” (SOB).
NOW, WHO SAYS IT ISN’T?
“DADDY is BAD. HE’s going to BRUTALIZE us.”
“NOTHING will be in TATTERS. I GONNA FIGHT BACK!”
THE SCREEN BROTHER GRABS HIS BELOVED SISTER AND HOLLERS, “ONE MORE STEP AND I WILL UNHESITATINGLY STAB …”
SCREEN MOTHER and DAUGHTER SMILE for the CAMERA.
“DESTINY IN HER HANDS” DRAMA SERIES.
A lot can be said about the Malaysian series “DESTINY IN HER HANDS”.
JEANETTE plays an unfortunate damsel-in-redress and so-in-distress who’s born with a pair of broken lines on her palms.
To add to her woes, she is condemned by her own mother who unhesitatingly marries her off to a philandering cad when she becomes a pretty young lady to “rid of whatever bad luck” she may bring to her complex family.
Drama, drama …..
All this while, her gambling father and uncaring siblings (except the second brother) stand and watch with glee.
This will shock the ballers out of you, if you truly believe that BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER.