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WoW13 June 18, 2011

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Remember, your enemy is not gonna play fair!

Kilowog
-Green Lantern-

Dance, Baby, Dance! September 5, 2009

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I love to dance…quite possibly more than I do singing. And although I have rhythm, it would seem that I am absolutely tragic when it comes to improv…which means that I’m forever doomed to be nothing more than a foot-tapping, head shaking, shoulder moving stiffneck at public dancing events, such as clubs.

Give me a routine to learn from, you might see some improvement (though I can never beat Way of WenWay when it comes to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’)…but I will never be no Wade Robson. If I did have a shred of Wade’s talent, though, the first two routines I’d try would be the ones from Step Up and Step Up 2 the Streets…and naturally, the oh, so fine Channing Tatum would have to my partner. *^_^*

Step Up – Final Performance

 

Step Up 2 – Final Performance

In case anyone was wondering, like most original films, Step Up was WAY much better – plotline and acting wise – than the sequel. Granted, from the video, there seems to be an edgier feel to Step Up 2 the Streets…but it really falls flat in every other scene.

Hopefully, my weekend screening of ‘Save the Last Dance’ starring Julia Stiles will pleasantly surprise me and perhaps be an addition to my collection of completely random lists (such as the hot cars I’d drive) that I seem to be in a habit of making!

Muscle Cars That I’d Drive! April 20, 2009

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2001 Honda S2000 (from 2 Fast 2 Furious)

 

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A lot of passive-aggressive action going on here. I love it that it’s so girly (paintwork and upholstery) and yet it packs such a punch (the fact that its a roadster convertible with killer rims)!

2007 Tjaarda Mustang

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There’s something about the roar of the engine of a Mustang that I can’t shake off. A bit bulky compared to the others that have made my list, but it kind of has the Dodge-Camaro-BMW thing going on. Luxury car meets muscle. I like!

2002 Honda Acura NSX 

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Blink and you’ll miss this beautiful car in the latest installment of the series, called Fast & Furious. My brother tells me this is one of the top-rated sports car. I just adore its super sexy sleek look!

Although I’m a stickler for details, I’ve left out the specifications of these beauties cause…really, it’s all alien to me. As a person who knows nuts about cars (only a couple of weeks ago, I just learnt what a ‘thread mark’ is and deciphered tyre dimensions), I’m quite satisfied have such a list guided purely by my sense of sight. To borrow a line from Dominic Torretto of Fast & Furious, “I’m a boy who appreciates a good body…regardless of make.”

Well…OK. Make that a girl who appreciates a good body…although she has squat knowledge on make. *WInK!*

(I was inspired to make this entry after watching Fast & Furious. Watch it for the awesome cars and cool stunts…cause frankly, the plot is riddled with holes, the hot women make minimal appearance – unless you count those stupid 2D skimpily dressed women on the monitors that flag off the race – AND the two dashing lead men need to be cleaned up and made up better.)

Stars Sans Fards April 16, 2009

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Pick up any beauty magazine and the first thing you will notice is how flawless every single person in it is. No matter that each photo is shot by amazing photographers using above average beauties dressed in sophisticated clothes who are perfected by professional make up artists. The eyes of each model sparkle, the hair shines, the skin is smooth and glowing and the body perfect.

Actually…what a perfect bunch of photoshopped lies.

Logic will tell you that no one, and I mean no one, not even celebrities who spend tonnes of time and money working out, look that perfect. Case in point, the recent slip-ups by magazines in posting up authentic photos of Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian taken during a magazine photoshoot. If the sentence sounds odd (something authentic is a mistake?) or if idea of it sounds stupid to you…that’s because it is.

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L-R: Original Jessica Alba & Photoshopped Jessica Alba

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L-R: Authentic Kim Kardashian & Photoshopped Kim Kardashian

So, when I read this blog post about Elle magazine’s French edition featuring on its COVER, celebrities without makeup/airbrushing/photoshopping or ‘stars sans fards’ I thought it was an awesome idea. I don’t know what the cosmetic brands who bought ad space in French Elle make of this (I can imagine all the brouhaha at the advertisement office), but looking at the leaked covers, I think the cover girls, Monica Bellucci, Eva Herzigova and Sophie Marceau – women well over their mid-30s – are naturally quite striking (so it’s true what I’ve heard from photographers, perfect lighting is key). Don’t you agree?

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As my brother observed, while everyone can look good with some makeup, the real challenge is to look beautiful naturally. He will also tell you the invention that had been of the greatest disservice to the male species would be makeup.

Isn’t it strange that people covet original property, but never seem to value it in other people? >_<  So for that, French Elle…I say, keep up the good work!

WoW04 April 15, 2009

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If a guy treats you like he doesn’t give a sh*t, it’s because he doesn’t give a sh*t.

Alex
-He’s Just Not That Into You-

Of Fridays, Autobots, Decepticons and Constructions… April 3, 2009

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I got so excited over this, I HAD to make quickie post before work officially begins in…oh, 5 minutes. Just came across this blog entry by Matt McDaniel at Yahoo! Movies. Paramount Pictures, the studio financing the eagerly anticipated (at least, for me) sequel to Transformers, has released a list of robots who will appear in the movie, including a brief description.

AUTOBOTS
OPTIMUS PRIME: The Autobots’ leader – Peterbilt truck.
IRONHIDE: Weapons specialist – GMC Topkick.
RATCHET: Medic – Hummer H2.
BUMBLEBEE: Friend and mode of transportation for Sam Witwicky  – 2010 Chevrolet Camaro.
ARCEE: A female Autobot – motorcycle.
SIDESWIPE: A Lamborghini in the toy line, here he transforms into a silver Corvette Stingray concept car.
JETFIRE: An older Decepticon who switches sides – SR71 Blackbird jet.
JOLT: The original toy was a Decepticon, but in the movie he\’s a good guy – Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid.
SKID & MUDFLAP: a.k.a. \”The Twins\” – Chevrolet Beat and Trax concept cars.

DECEPTICONS
STARSCREAM: Formerly Megatron\’s second in command, he escaped at the end of the first movie; F-22 Raptor jet.
SCORPONOK: The mechanical scorpion that attacked the American troops in the desert.
THE FALLEN: One of the original Transformers, he\’s called \”the most elemental bad guy” by the screenwriters.
SIDEWAYS: The Audi R8 seen crashing through a building in the trailer.
SOUNDWAVE: A cassette player in the original toys; his alternate mode will be a communications satellite.
RAVAGE: A four-legged, cat-like robot.
THE DOCTOR: A spider-like crawling robot.
WHEELIE: A small, radio-controlled truck.
DEMOLISHER: One of the Constructicons that transform into construction vehicles.
DEVASTATOR: A giant robot formed by the Constructicons joining together; individually, they are: Scavenger, Scrapper, Hightower, Longhaul, Rampage, Overload and Mixmaster.

I’m so psyched that I was right in deciphering the trailer….it was the amazing Constructicons! Pardon the sci-fic geek in me, but…what a good way to start a Friday…TGIF!

Watching the Watchmen March 8, 2009

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Ozymandias: It doesn’t take a genius to see the world has problems.
The Comedian: No, but it takes a room full of morons to think they’re small enough for them to handle.

Rorschach: The city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!” And I’ll whisper ‘No’.

Rorschach: You people don’t understand. I’m not locked in here with you. You’re locked in here with ME!

Dr. Manhattan: Why would I save a world I no longer have any stake in?

Ozymandias: And so began my path to conquest. Conquest not of man, but of the evils that beset them.

Rorschach: Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon.

As you can tell from the lines above uttered by the good guys, the ‘Watchmen’ is not your typical superhero flick. If you loved the Dark Knight, then this is definitely the movie for you. It’s gritty, it’s gory, it’s shocking, it’s morally-devoid…and yet 100% intellectually stimulating.

 

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To me, the brilliance lies in whole theme of the movie. The creators of the original graphic novel by the same name (from which the movie is adapted from), have done an ingenius job of introducing “radically opposing ways of perceiving the world” (Wikipedia). Whereas the Joker was a single character – the villain no less – without boundaries in the Batman series, in the Watchmen, here is an entire ragtag superhero team – the good guys – with multiple nihilistic members. Orderly chaos indeed. Imagine, guardians who are equally as flawed as the people whom they are protecting….a breath of fresh air for the superhero genre and an interesting movie proposition, no?

I won’t spoil it for you by giving a synopsis of the movie because it works better going into the cinema clueless. Just remember to keep your brain switched on for the 2 hours plus…and if you still have a brain itch, then to the uninitiated, I’d recommend Wikipedia and IMDB for further insight. Just be prepared to be amazed at the level of complexity employed in the world of comics. Half the stuff I read in Wikipedia gave me mental whiplash.

P.S. – To those in Malaysia, be sure to get into the cinema early. Let’s see if you can guess which of the trailers belong to Transformers 2…and let’s see if you can figure out which of the robots are which. Trust me, it’s uber cool.

Hot Movies of 2009 January 11, 2009

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Just the other day I came across a Yahoo’s list of the most anticipated movies of 2009 (click here for the entire list)…and I gotta say, the lineup is pretty exciting. Especially since there were TWO movies I’ve been waiting for whose release date was pushed back, adding more to the suspense. There are a couple of heavyweights across genres – sci-fic, animation, comic-crossover, book-crossover, comedy, drama, etc. There’s something big-budgeted (read: blockbuster) for everyone.

Here are my top picks for 2009, according to release date.

1. Monsters vs. Aliens
     Release date: 27 March 2009
     Cast (voice): Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson

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2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
     Release date: 1 May 2009
     Cast: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, Dominic Monaghan, Taylor Kitsch

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3. Star Trek (YAY! FINALLY!)
     Release date: 8 May 2009
     Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Winona Ryder, Eric Bana, Leonard Nimoy

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4. A Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian
     Release date: 22 May 2009
     Cast: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais

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5. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Three electronic notes never got me so excited before!)
     Release date:  26 June 2009
     Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Rainn Wilson, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Isabel Lucas

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6. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince  (Hope the delay will be worth it!)
     Release date: 17 July 2009
     Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Mark Williams, Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch, Helena Bonham Carter

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7. GI Joe: Rise of Cobra (Why hello, Mr. Tatum!)
     Release date: 7 August 2009
     Cast: Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Marlon Wayans, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ray Park, Arnold Vosloo

 

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8. Sherlock Holmes
     Release date: 20 November 2009
     Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams

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So… 

MeMos of 2008 December 31, 2008

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As is typical this time of the year, here I sit reflecting on my Top 5 Memorable Moments (MeMos) of 2008. The events I have listed are mainly themed around the human spirit, which I suppose, in all fairness, is something that has always intrigued me.

1) Barack Obama – A man who needs no introduction, even on an international arena, history will likely remember Barack Hussein Obama II as the first black president of the United States of America. To me though, he is the first (and I sincerely hope never the last) modern president. In an age where the working class has tremendous economic power and race becomes increasingly blurred with the world turning into one big melting pot, Obama is 100% representative of the people – not only in the United States but worldwide. How else can you explain the clockwork-like precision Japanese taking time out to specially announce during one of the lectures I was attending to inform that Mr. Obama was now President Elect Obama? And if all else fails, maybe a portion of his acceptance speech might just better clarify what I mean, if not, then hopefully to entertain. You gotta hand it to him, he does have charisma!

Besides, who doesn’t love a presidential candidate who fist bumps his wife as a sign of solidarity? 😉

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2) ISJ 2008 – Who could imagine being over the moon about attending a two-week course overseas? Sure the overseas part might be interesting, but sighseeing’s just only for the weekends and after office hours…and even that, there was bound to be a language barrier with the Japanese locals. The bulk of it would be spent in a stuffy classroom with strangers. Whoop-dee-doo. By some strange stroke of luck, though, it turns out that I enjoyed the classes equally as the sighseeing. Aside from learning more about the fascinating  industry I am in, undoubtedly the icing on the cake was the interesting mix of people who were my coursemates and the courteous Japanese hosts, who were efficient and courteous as they were friendly. In that short 14 days, I made some very good friends that opened my eyes far more quickly and much more discreetly than reading any amount of books or travelling can…and I feel much more inspired than I have been since leaving university!

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3) Germany – Another place I never thought I’d ever visit, Germany proved to have been a great treat. The weather was lovely, the food was excellent and of course, my appreciation for beer was improved. But most of all, Germany boasts not only beautiful sceneries, both architecturally and naturally, but also extremely lovely and courteous people. If anything, German hospitality is completely underrated. I would definitely return in a heartbeat, if only to visit Neuschwanstein Castle (below) that one more time…and to also catch that gorgeous American guy who was travelling alone.

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4) Heath Ledger & the Dark Knight – A virtual earthquake shook my world that day in January 2008, when I read about the passing of beloved Heath Ledger online. Updated mere minutes beforehand, it was absolutely heart breaking to read about the loss of one of the most calibre 20-something year old stars out there. Heath was one of those actors whose movie you know could not possibly suck if he held a significant role. Perhaps his death did buoy sales, but I’d like to think it was his mad artistic gift that ensured his most recent completed movie – the Dark Knight – ended up to be one of the highest grossing movies of 2008. Undoubtedly is cemented in pop culture as one of the best movies of all time, mostly due to how spectacularly believing he was to the point of being absolutely terrifying as the Joker. Hopefully, his beautiful toddler daughter, Matilda Rose, will one day appreciate the insane genius that was Heath.

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5)  Michael Phelps @ Beijing 2008 – After watching Michael Phelps win his first gold,  I can honestly say even the most seasoned swim fans did not think of Ian Thorpe or Peter van Hoogenband – two titanic swimmers who outclassed the then-debutant Phelps at the previous Olympics. Not only did the Golden Boy of Swimming set 7 new world records and one Olympic record in the space of three weeks, but he had a monster presence out of the pool – mainly as fillial son. The moment where he went up to his mother and two sisters to celebrate his eighth and final Olympic gold will forever be enshrined on the Internet to be made as a good example for children in the future.

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On that note, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year 2009! Let’s discard all the bad of the past year, and bring forth only the good in our hearts. 😉

Swing Batter, Vampire! November 29, 2008

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OK, so in the past I’ve written about my love for certain sports – football and swimming. And now, perhaps, I shall add baseball to it! Throw in a couple of vampires, preferably with blonde hair (I’m a sucker for the golden haired), an incredibly sexy song as a background…a dash of arrogance and super-human abilities…and voila, it’s enough to make any girl (OK, maybe just me) consider watching baseball for real! Went to the cinema today with rambutanseed and thumbprints145, and this was easily one of the best scenes from Twilight.

Sorry the clip is blurry right now, but I promise to embed better versions when it finally makes itself available on Youtube.