Friday, January 31, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
HOPEFULLY a BUMPER HARVEST This Year.
This is NICO
DOGS are forever FAITHFUL. I know because I have five of them.
They don’t betray your TRUST as Sunshine Friends often do.
This is TUK TUK and NICO …. Let them both do the Talking …
I read this Online Teaser: “the more I see of human, the better I like dogs.”
Wishing you all the Best for achieving MONEY Aplenty …
Wishing you all the glorious LUCK in Abundance.
Whichever RELIGION or CREED you belong to,
remember this: all MEN ARE BROTHERS.
Hail the HORSE!
It’s just galloping around the corner, waiting to get in.
2013 had not been such a bumper year as the whole world is still rocking from the reeling.
Political disgruntlement, dipping economies, rocketing inflation, natural disasters and global poverty have all sported different parallels, and still remain as unresolved issues.
We must have read somewhere that we should be celebrating endings, bitter or sweet.
Endings herald new beginnings.
Smart guru CARL BARD has the last word:
”Though no one can go back to make a decent new start, anyone can begin now and establish a brand new ending.”
Lamenting over lost opportunities?
Yeah, when one door closes, another new door opens if we exercise enough foresight and work harder.
But act fast and do not allow indecisiveness to override you behind that closed door.
Then you’ll miss the new ones that are waiting for you.
LIFE IS LIKE THIS.
You win some, lose some.
Essentially the quality of your choice will determine the quality of your life.
Here’s a CHINESE NEW YEAR Music Video produced by Singapore Mediacorp.
It’s specially chosen from a myriad of others from both sides of the Causeway.
The traditional oldie hit is to keep your festive spirit soaring.
Usher in the HORSE.
Tomorrow can be a better day.
Old friends will connect.
Old flames will re-ignite.
Everyone will rediscover just how much fun you can pack into one heart-warming reunion.
Here’s a Happy KONG HEI FAT CHOY Song of Cheer.
Monday, January 27, 2014
“I, FRANKENSTEIN” PRESS REVIEW
The movie “I, FRANKENSTEIN” flips us swiftly through loads of fiery and flighty action.
And intense fantasy violence too.
All these, in order to appease bloodthirsty viewers who relish on non-stop battle cries and the gore.
Explosive action, to keep you cringing on edge.
The setting is in a gloomy dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage a battle for ultimate power.
Victor Frankenstein’s creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality.
This supernatural saga is written for the screen and aptly directed by Stuart Beattie based on the graphic novel “I, Frankenstein” by Kevin Grevioux.
The ensemble cast includes Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein.
Stupendous CGI effects for those who believe and it’s reel shame for those who don’t appreciate.
The audience is spoiled for choice these days, so be prepared to face an armload of merciless onslaught on differing opinions.
The film begins with a summary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” by the Creature (Aaron Eckhart), from his origins, his eventual murder of Victor Frankenstein’s beloved, Victor’s pursuit of the Creature and the former’s tragic death.
As the Creature buries his maker, a group of demons decided to kidnap him, which plunges the Creature, who is later named Adam Frankenstein, into a century long war between a clan of gargoyles and a clan of demons.
This fantasy actioner is set in a dystopian world and stars Aaron Eckhart in a ferocious battle between gargoyles and demons and is directed by Stuart Beattie from his own script.
It is based on a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux.
Lakeshore financed the USD 65 million project with a huge bulk going for the CGI post production.
For all it is worth, the action is lavish, and that’s really the selling point of I, Frankenstein.
Beattie’s direction is high-octane and suitably Gothic, and we are treated to painstaking set pieces and visually stunning choreography.
Above all, this film is an action-thriller and it’s focused on fight all the way.
It is not a drama or a nail-biting horror flick, and it should be viewed that way.
And as long as you are going to watch Aaron Eckhart beat the living daylight out of some demons and gargoyles, then there will be enough to keep you happy.
Here’s popcorn fare, sweet and simple.
In the face of so many armchair critics, it’s best you exercise your own fair judgement, after viewing the movie trailer.
As for me, in term of entertainment value, I am all out for it!
Saturday, January 18, 2014
“HER” PRESS REVIEW
To begin, it’s film awards season now, so let’s roll out the red carpet for noteworthy credits.
“HER” surpasses as a 2014 romantic comedy albeit being a science fiction movie.
It is brilliantly written, produced and directed by SPIKE JONZE.
Kudos for its originality of script.
The ensemble cast includes JOAQUIN PHOENIX, AMY ADAMS, ROONEY MARA with SCARLETT JOHANSSON playing the female voice of Samantha.
That done, the plot weaves around a lonely man who develops a fairy tale romance with an unseen feel-good female voice produced by an intelligent high-end computer operating system.
On a recent score, this film bags several accolades and nominations, starting off with being chosen as the Best Film of 2013 at the National Board of Review Awards.
It also shared first place for Best Film with another feature Gravity in the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.
To date, it has been lined up for three Golden Globe nominations.
Sadly, it only managed to walk away with the one for Best Screenplay.
The Oscar showtime is still around the corner at this time of writing, so there are no news of winners.
“HER” is a beautiful movie that’s bound to tug at your heartstrings in key scenes.
For starters, it makes you think. You question yourself, can this be you?
As human beings, all of us search for forthright answers in this age where we are coping with the angst of living, loving and parting.
Directed by Spike Jonze this one is a pretty sad comedy (paradox intended) about a lonesome writer (Joaquin Phoenix)(JOAQUIN) who is bored with his existence and falls in love with the female voice from his computer’s highly technical operating system.
Here’s where you have to suspend your disbelief.
Our leading man is a hardworking 30-something composer of handwritten letters for his online clients.
He imagines their words and even invents their relationship mythology.
But his own life is one solitary trudge where you watch your world goes by, besieged by emotional tethers. Nobody enjoys solitude, right?
Perhaps it’s because he tries to blend into the real world before, and people continue to disappoint him.