Movies, music and life...
Friday, July 28, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
I refuse to believe this - Charmed Season Eight is the last season. "Charmed Forever" will be the last episode. There will not be Charmed anymore. Regrettably, this is bad news. Let us all observe five seconds of silence to pay our last respects for the Charmed sisters. Or at least for Aaron Spelling, the creater of Charmed who has departed from this world last June.
Ok. That's enough.
One may ask me, "which is your favourite Charmed sister?" Well, I choose Piper Halliwell for her power, Phoebe Halliwell for her beauty and Paige Matthews for her personality. Generally, all three sisters are my favourite. There will be no Charmed Ones if any of the sisters does not exist. It will be like a incomplete, dysfunctional family. Then one may ask me again, "which one of the actresses do you like best?" The answer - all three. Holly Marie Combs for her power, Alyssa Milano for her beauty and Rose McGowan for her personality. Again. Having deja vu already?
I am not suprised that some of you will not know how to appreciate the complexity as well as the simplicity of the Charmed family. So for those uncharmed mortals who need help to interpret the photo above - Piper, Phoebe, Paige (from left to right).
May The Charmed Ones always be with us, forever.
4.5 stars out of 5.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
How can anyone not looking forward to an overseas trip? I sure enjoyed my trip to Genting Highlands last June. I enjoyed the scenery, the wind in my hair and the luxurious hotel room. But there are also things that pissed me off. First of all, the food over there is outrageously expensive. One plate of wanton noodle - without the charsiew meat - cost RM12 which is calculated to about S$5. Even the coffee at the Starbucks cost more - includes additional charges for whipped cream. Secondly, the lady whom takes orders from customers at the wanton stall is extremely rude. She deliberately ignored me when I asked her "what is taking my food such a long time to cook?". Clearly, she has some attitude issues. Thirdly, the locals seemed to take their own time to serve its customers food. They are so slow that when the food are eventually served, it has turned cold. And the list goes on... To hell with all their lousy services.
On the contrary, the hotel services are excellent. The staff of the 5-stars Genting Hotel are helpful. I took a photo of the outdoor theme park from my hotel room.
Hey, haven't you realise something's weird in the photo above? Look closer. It's a bird! No, it's a plane! It's a rabbit!
Yeah. It's a rabbit. Fine, it's cumulonimbus clouds taking the shape of a rabbit. Cute, huh?
Monday, July 17, 2006
Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest
Captain Jack Sparrow has sunk with his Black Pearl. I would consider Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest to be quite a sequel flop. Its predecessor, Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, is a close-to-perfect adventure movie. Given that, the expectations of Pirates 2 are raised. Sadly, it turns out to be a so-so movie.
Many of you Johnny Depp fans would disagree. On a balanced tone, the actings were good. The characters were lovable - although the crew members on the Flying Dutchman looked like barnacles live off their faces. There were a few scenes worth of laughter too. But some part of the movie are targeted to audience who were preschool kids. Even the grown-up sitting next to me seems to be senile for a while - she was laughing madly when Captain Jack Sparrow was running away from a group of cannibals.
The first thirty minutes of the movie is just plain boring. I was so bored by the seemingly never ending, unnecessary conversations between characters that I almost dozed off. Hello? It was supposed to be an action film. I was expecting action scenes at least every ten minutes or so. Towards the ending, the film reaches its climax. Betrayal, friendship, pretence were potrayed well in the characters. I have to praised Bill Nighy for his wonderful performance, playing nemesis Davy Jones a.k.a. the captain with tentacles as his beard.
Although it seems like I dislike Pirates 2, I don't. I am just disappointed with the storyline. It could have been much better. I was expecting more, much more. On the other hand, I am looking forward to Pirates 3 which will be in cinemas probably next year. I am so excited that Captain Barbosa - played by Geoffrey Rush, will return in the third Pirates film. Two reasons to watch Pirates 2. You are a die-hard Johnny Depp fan or you simply love Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. And did I say that Singapore was mentioned twice in the film?
2.5 stars out of 5.