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Sunday, 28 February 2010

On The Nature of Daylight

Kevin brought his Xbox 360 back up to my place a few days ago. Reason for this was because he figured he wanted to use as much time on Xbox Live before the subscription runs out. His subscription ends ends tomorrow so it's gonna be hell with Modern Warfare 2 today. We've been playing it all month with last week being the one week we didn't play online because he took it back due to the fact that he had new games he wanted to play.

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Ironically enough, University begins tomorrow as well which means I probably won't have that much time for online gaming or gaming in general (I hope this isn't the case because I've got Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots waiting for me). I had my Orientation at La Trobe this week but I found the Orientation not all that worth while. I maybe met two or three people in some of my subjects but that's not to say I befriended them or anything, not yet anyway. I'm just gonna leave all that socialising and networking stuff in tutorials I suppose, seeing as how they're basically regular classes with the same people you see. When it comes to me, the whole socialising thing is either a hit or miss so making new friends at University might be hard (though I'm trying to remain as optimistic as I can about starting afresh). I think I may have mentioned this before but I'm mostly excited about my cinema studies subjects. My first semester will have me studying Screen Analysis and the films that we'll be watching have got me really excited about the topic. Cannot wait for that. :)

Afterwards, on the days that I had Orientation (excluding the Tuesday that I didn't go), I'd visit Thy in the city and hang out with her and her friends. It's amazing how much money I wasted when I was with them though. Actually, it's not a waste if I thought what I spent actually made me feel good. I had the best lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday. Food makes everyone happy.

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Oh hey look, the new Tokyo Jihen album: "Sports"! I feel like as though Ringo cuts her hair every time a new album comes out. She's always got a new or different look. I think I prefer short hair than long hair (though she works both very well, haha). But I digress. The album is a step up from their previous album, "Variety". A lot of fans didn't like "Variety" and I can understand why, but I think I'm in the minority here when i say that I actually kinda liked "Variety". Kinda. I quite like this album as there a major handful of tracks that I actually really enjoy. Their sound in this album is a lot more mainstream (as far Japanese music is concerned anyway) compared to the band's previous albums but it's still good and has that Jihen flavour that fans love. It's a lot better than her solo effort last year at least.

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I haven't discussed comics in a while have I? You know I'm really disappointed that "Supergod" hasn't been releasing here which is a shame because I've only got the two first two issues in the mini-series. I find the idea of each nation building a superhero in the likeness of their religion's respective God(s) to be a really good one. But I'm not gonna talk about that.

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I got "Blackest Night #7" yesterday and wasn't really blown away by it and thought it was a little bit ridiculous. Things just happened, like as if they were rushing to finish it. Then again, it is the second last issue and I'm actually looking forward to finishing this. It started off strong and had many great moments and can't wait to see how it'll end.
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING

Okay firstly I was meant to watch "Forrest Gump" and the "Indiana Jones" movies (excluding the latest one, "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull") this week but coming home from La Trobe and the city made me put it off. I'm hoping that in my next update, I'll have those four movies up but for now the following film will have to do.

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I saw "Shutter Island" on Tuesday night with Eddie and Kevin and really enjoyed it. If anyone's after a good mind-bending movie, you should definitely check this one out. If you're interested in a written review for the film, click THIS LINK and you should be re-directed to my review of the film (it's basically the post that's before this one).


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TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS

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A new trailer has surfaced for "The Karate Kid" remake starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. I actually am quite looking forward to this film but, once again, I must stress how asinine the studio must be to allow the name of the film to be titled "The Karate Kid". Jackie Chan says kung-fu a few times in the trailer so wouldn't that be indicative of the type of martial art that would be on display? The original film had Pat Morita who was Japanese, so it made sense that he would teach him karate. Oh well. The trailer's below so have yourself a look and judge. Like I said, I'm looking forward to the remake because it actually looks kinda decent.



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I don't know if this would actually be considered film news but I'll put it here anyway because I really have nothing else to put here. Anyone remember the babyface/spiderlegs toy that you first see when Woody and Buzz are in Sid's room? That creepy baby head that was attached to some mechanical spiderlegs? Well turns out that this specific toy will be released to coincide with the release of "Toy Story 3" later this year. I actually think it's a cool idea but let's be honest, what parent would buy their kid a sick toy like this? I'm guessing that fans who appreciate "Toy Story" enough to want to buy this would be the real target audience (despite the fact that the age says 3+ on the box). Another cool thing about this toy is the fact that it's remote controlled and the control itself is made up of other toy parts, an obvious reference to Sid mixing up his toys.

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What do we make of Taylor Lautner's career at the moment? Sure, he's been hot stuff ever since "New Moon" became ridiculously popular and made a boat load of cash at the cinema, but is he really what studios want as the new face of everything in their films? The guy's just recently turned 18 and has been getting job offers left right and centre. What's really weird though is that the bulk of these offers are really, really bad movies (or at least by name and idea they are). He was offered roles in "Max Steel" and "Stretch Armstrong" films, both of which are films adapted from "popular" toys. Lautner declined "Max Steel" to go in favour with "Stretch Armstrong" and while I'm not saying this is a good or bad move on his part, I can't take him seriously as an actor if he's gonna be known as Sharkboy, Jacob from "Twilight" and Stretch Armstrong (the latter of which would be the most ridiculous). I understand that using "Twilight" may be a great way to get your career launched (see Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Anna Kendrick) but life after or in between that franchise would mean that, as an actor, you'd have to pick roles that are good for you and your career. Lautner's career at this point is very questionable. I shouldn't judge now but I can't help but think, maybe 5 - 10 years down the line what kind of position Lautner would be as a celebrity and as an actor.
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DISNEY ZOMBIES! For the readers who've been following this blog for quite some time, you may have remembered that I posted a different picture of the Disney zombies once before. It's a different image this time around and there's even a link to the Disney zombies' other photos from their DeviantArt account. I love me some zombies.

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And now, to end today's post here's a Harry Potter Facebook conversation that incorporates an obvious reference to "Mean Girls".

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P.S. Today's title is brought to you by a song that really moved me while watching "Shutter Island". Beautiful composition that was used wonderfully in the film. I recommend you guys give it a bit of a listen cause it's a really wonderful song.

Friday, 26 February 2010

Shutter Island Review

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I think it goes without saying that Martin Scorsese is undeniably one of the most prolific American film directors still working today.
He's a director that I greatly admire and while I haven't seen all or most of the films he's made, I've been able to at least see the ones that have made an impact on cinema and/or are regarded as his most memorable films. Naturally, when news of Scorsese's newest project came to my ears, I was excited. And at the time of hearing this, I was even more excited because it seemed that Scorsese was venturing into new grounds by making a psychological thriller (though I was informed that one of his previous works, "Cape Fear", was along the same lines). I was disappointed to have heard that the film was delayed for months (it was originally planned for an October release, I think) and now that I've seen it, was the delay worth the wait?

"Shutter Island" opens with a ferry emerging from the fog. The mood of the film is instantly set thanks to the scenery and the accompanying sounds of loud horns. The year is 1954, and on the ferry are two US Marshalls, Edward "Teddy" Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo). The boat is headed for a disclosed island. The island is serves as the site for a mental institution built specifically for the criminally insane. The two Federal Marshalls are assigned to a case where a patient, Rachel Solando, has disappeared without a trace. The water surrounding the island is icy cold with heavy tides and land is virtually miles away.

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DiCaprio is wearing such an ugly tie.

The film does a great job in portraying the island as something wicked and filled with riddles and nightmares. It is interesting to note that as the film progresses, the island itself goes through dramatic changes which intensifies the atmosphere and overall story. It goes to show that the island itself is almost lifelike, which once again is important, as the entire film takes place on the island and ends up enveloping our protagonist, Teddy Daniels.

Scorsese knows what he wants out of his performances and his partnership with Leonardo DiCaprio proves that. This is the pair's fourth film together (the previous being "Gangs of New York", "The Aviator" and "The Departed") and while I haven't gotten myself around to seeing "The Aviator", I do believe that this is the strongest performance that Scorsese has managed to pull from DiCaprio. The rest of the cast are great with supporting roles from Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley (as the head doctor of Ashecliffe Dr Cawley) being notable highlights.

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Martin Scorsese directs his leading men.

The thing that really made this film stick with me was that it really made you think. A good mystery film (or in this case, a psychological thriller) starts off bewildering and confusing which makes the audience guess and think as the characters do. The film didn't try to pull any cheap scares or shock tactics but instead chooses to utilise atmosphere and dread to create an overwhelming sense of eerie creepiness. I think the best example to the sense of creepiness are the hallucinations and dreams that Teddy is plagued with. The hallucinations and nightmares are oddly enough, very beautiful. Hauntingly beautiful. Anytime that DiCaprio's character was plagued by his wife's death and his war experiences in Europe during World War 2, I knew I would be in for something special.

If I had a complaint about the film, it would be that it felt a little long. Towards the end, there could've been a little bit of cutting because it went on for a few minutes too long. Also, during one of the interrogation scenes between the detectives and the patients, I thought some of it was a bit unnecessary and worth cutting also. The film could've done with a bit of trimming here and there but, as it stands, the film still holds up very well. It didn't take me long to figure out what was going on and I was hoping that the outcome I had envisioned in my mind was correct (and I was partially right). I thought that the climax of the film and the film's ultimate reveal/twist were very plausible and not insanely far fetched. As confusing as the film is though (and this is all done on purpose), all the things that happen in the film, happen for a definite reason and they all build towards reaching a quite satisfying end.

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"It was Professor Plum! He was in the kitchen and he used the wrench!"

"Shutter Island", is one of the stronger films to have kick started this movie year. Had it been released on it's original date of release, the film may have been a good contender at the Academy Awards. However, in comparison to some of the competition this year, I don't think it would've won anything. As a matter of fact, I actually didn't think that it was that much of an Oscary worthy contender. May have scored a few nominations here and there but I doubt it could've won. Don't get me wrong, great film

The beautifully shot hallucination sequences; the somewhat creepy atmosphere and wonderful soundtrack (love Scorsese's selection of music and his choice of scenes to use them in) coupled with some well paced storytelling and fine directing makes Shutter Island a worthwhile watch. If you're after a good taut, mind-bending thriller, make it this one. It's worth your money and, the film as a whole is quite satisfying and has quite a good ending.

"Shutter Island" receives a 4.5/5.
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P.S. About 20 minutes into the film, the theatre that we were in suddenly stopped. I wasn't mad or upset with the cinema for doing this though, just surprised to see that happen. It was the first time a film being screen in a theatre shut down like that for me. After about 10 seconds, I think the projectionist or whoever was running that particular theatre realised what was going on and put the film back on. It wasn't enough to ruin the film or anything but it did kill the mood a little because I was just starting to get engaged into the film.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Carry On Tradition

So I went to the dentist today. It's not the most exciting thing but it's something, haha. Last week I went to get my teeth cleaned but the dentist informed me that I had three cavities that needed to get fixed up. He arranged for an appointment to take care of the cavities today. It's not the first time I've had cavities fixed up like this and I blame myself for not brushing my teeth properly, haha. That and the bad eating habits, haha. The one thing I like about going to see the dentist is sitting in the reclining chair. It's so damn comfortable, hahaha.

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I know I was meant to see "Shutter Island" last week but things happened and I couldn't. I, hopefully, will be able to see it tomorrow unless things come up again. I honestly didn't want to read reviews for "Shutter Island" beforehand but I got curious. Most of the word on it has been very good which I like to hear but there have been a few nitpicky things here and there (length among other things). Then again, if people were concerned about length, they should check out a few other Scorsese pictures because they aren't exactly 90 minute movies.
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To the Anonymous replies from my last blog post, here are my answers/replies to your statements/questions:

Anonymous #1: I wouldn't go so far as to call myself a sadist, hahaha. As a little joke though, I said I was a masochist after watching "Daybreakers". But I'd just like to clarify that I laugh at horrific things only because I sometimes find it hilarious on screen (though I know it shouldn't be). Now reality, of course, is a completely different story of course. :)

Anonymous #2: I hope I get to see "Alice in Wonderland" in cinemas. I actually like Tim Burton's zany artwork and his creativity as an artist and director seems to fit perfectly within the realms of Wonderland. I'm not sure about seeing the film in 3D though because it was originally filmed in 2D and converting it to 3D probably won't look right (I assume).

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I had a dream that made no sense (then again, what dream of mine ever does?). In my dream, I was at a familiar street intersection near where I live and there was a softball/baseball game going on in the middle of the street. The roads were closed and there were four teams: a blue, yellow, green and red team. I asked if I could play and they said I could and could join any one of the four teams. Not sure what I picked though I'm gonna go with green (only cause that's my favourite colour).

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Anyways, we were playing softball/baseball and Ron Burgundy (pictured above) came onto the field to pitch. He had gum and was chewing on it then blew a bubble. The bubble was a bit too big and burst all over his face. Now imagine if you will (assuming that you've seen "Anchorman"), Ron Burgundy yelling "MY MOUSTACHE! OH THE STICKINESS ON MY MOUSTACHE!". Also imagine him running around the field yelling at people to get the gum off his face. And then the dream ended. :)

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Kevin's taken back his Xbox 360. He bought himself a few new games and wanted to play them. Now I don't have any Modern Warfare 2 in my life. Oh what will I do? :(

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Readers, what do we think of Rose Byrne? I saw a movie she starred in recently (I'll get to that later), and got to thinking of what other people thought of her. She's not as famous as other Australian celebrities but I do like her in what I've seen her in ("Two Hands", "28 Weeks Later", "Sunshine", "Knowing"). I don't like her with blonde hair (watch "Two Hands", you'll know what I mean) and much prefer her with the brown that she has now. Then again, I prefer brunettes (Amanda Seyfried is the exception). I reckon she's pretty cute too and majorly lovable in the film "Adam" and it's good that she's a more serious actress. Loving the talent coming out of Australia in the past decade (Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman etc). Also I chose the picture above specifically because I thought she maybe could've played Summer in "(500) Days of Summer". Nothing against Zooey Deschanel though of course as she was a great choice to play Summer. Still, can't help but wonder.

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Not sure if this counts as film news but seeing as how it's mostly going to be about an artist I want to plug, I don't see the harm of mentioning in this section, haha. There was an art exhibition in L.A held for Haiti the other day (it's probably still going on, I'm not sure) featuring "The Lost Art of Inglourious Basterds". A bunch of artists got together to create images inspired by Quentin Tarantino's latest film in a bid to auction their art and posters off for those suffering in Haiti. The artwork is bloody amazing but the one that stands out most to me was the one that is featured above. I couldn't help but think that I've seen this artist's work somewhere else before and it wasn't until I searched his name, Alex Pardee, that I realised he's done album art for The Used. Click THIS LINK to check out more from "The Lost Art of Inglourious Basterds". For more information about Alex Pardee and his art, check out his WEBSITE.
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING

This John Woo action classic sees Chow Yun Fat make crime and smoking look amazingly cool. I had a lotta fun with this film and you can see how well of an action director John Woo really is. I loved this film but I question it's ending it's subsequent sequel. What more can I say about this film? It's got a straightforward plot that doesn't try to make the audience feel dumb but offers enough action to make anyone enjoy it. Highlight of the film for me was Chow Yun Fat doing anything, hahaha. I kinda felt the need to smoke after seeing it, hahaha. What's funny is that the film isn't actually about Chow Yun Fat but I guess his name is what makes the film have more credibility, haha.


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I remember I've mentioned this film on the blog in the past before. I wasn't aware that this film had a limited theatrical run in Australia but nonetheless, I am glad that I've finally gotten around to seeing this film. It's a very nice film, well shot and well paced and doesn't exploit Asperger's Syndrome but rather informs us about it in a way that isn't offensive. Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne, the film's two leads, do a tremendous job (Dancy didn't go full retard, thankfully) of holding the film together and it honestly is a very nice 90 minutes spent watching these two people meet and slowly fall in love. The subplot, albeit a bit dry, is still necessary to the overall story. The ending itself could've been a bit better but it wasn't as disappointing as say, "Law Abiding Citizen" or "Daybreakers" (I use those as examples because they're the most recent films I've seen). Overall, highly enjoyed this film. By the way, still love the poster for this film.


Trailer gives away a bit too much of the film's finer points.

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Oh man did I feel a little depressed after seeing this film. I was wondering if a little film called "Children of Invention" had a DVD release yet wandered onto a 2004 Japanese made film titled, Dare mo shiranai (Nobody Knows). The film sees four children struggle to make ends meet after their mother abandons them and leaves them to fend on their own. My immediate comparison while watching this film was "Grave of the Fireflies". I didn't know what was worse though as both movies were very harrowing and very sad. I won't recommend this to everyone though as it is a very long film that relies solely on the kids' performances (which were outstanding by the way). You have to be really patient as the film goes for 141 minutes. I was surprised to find out that the film was loosely based on an actual event, which makes this film all the more haunting. I can't see myself watching it again but I do feel that the film was very well made with a lot of attention and care. By the way, Yagira Yuya (played the eldest brother, Akira in the film), was great to watch and it's pretty awesome that he won the 2004 Cannes Best Actor award (this is a super big deal, as this marked Japan's first ever win at Cannes and because he won it at 14 years of age making it the renknowned festival's youngest winner, ever).

No trailer here because the Americanised one that I saw was absolutely attrocious and didn't do anything for the film.
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TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS



Why hello there live action "Tekken" movie! I see you have some new pictures to share with us! For those of you who are interested, THIS LINK will lead you to a picture gallery of newly released images for the upcoming Tekken film.

Also, Discovery Channel's "Stunt Stars" goes behind the scenes and shows us the action and stunts we can expect in Tekken. The hour long program gives insight as well as a behind the scenes look at the upcoming game to film adaptation. You can check that out HERE.

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James Cameron has announced that there will be a prequel to his ridiculously successful film, "Avatar". However, the prequel will not be seen on film as Cameron plans to write a novel that ties in with his film. I wouldn't mind reading the book but I'd much rather prefer watching whatever prequels or sequels that Avatar is bound to make. I'd only read the book cause I'm interested in reading more into the universe that James Cameron has made now.

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Jumping on the success of "High School Musical", China has created their own version of the aforementioned Disney film. I'm not sure about details but a trailer for the Chinese localised version of "High School Musical" has hit the internet and I don't know what to make of it. I thought that China were merely imitating the United States but it seems that Disney has actually been a part of this project and have backed it as a product of their own (which makes sense since High School Musical is theirs). Check out the trailer below.


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Now to finish tonight's blog post, here are a few amusing images from "Inglourious Basterds" that you, the reader, may find to be worth your while. I found these to be utterly hilarious.

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Even Landa hates Twilight.

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LOL. Mean Girls reference works well here, haha.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Shallow Sleep

Oh noooooooooooo! I was supposed to watch the newly released Jackie Chan picture, "Little Big Soldier" this week but things didn't turn out as planned. I saw an advertisment for it on the wall in the city and jumped straight to the conclusion that it was playing in select cinemas throughout Melbourne. I knew something had to be wrong though because the film said that it would release on February 14th which is somewhat understandable (being that this was the day that the Lunar New Year festival begun this year) but having a film released on a Sunday didn't add up. I think I may venture into the city sometime tomorrow or maybe even later on in the day to check if it said that it was releasing in Melbourne Central or not because they tend to show Asian cinema as well there. I was so sure it said 14th on the poster though.

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Even if "Little Big Soldier" isn't released yet, I can still look forward to seeing Martin Scorsese return to cinema with his new film, "Shutter Island". They've been promoting the heck out of this film and it's too bad that it missed out for competition in this year's Academy Awards because I think it could've been a strong contender (being that this is a Scorsese film). Very excited to be watching that this Friday.

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FAVELA! Best map in this thing. :)

Had an epic LAN session with a few mates the other night in the city. I played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 with them for about three hours before going home. I'm pretty sure they stayed out and did an all nighter with CoD. Seriously addicted to that game now, especially when playing with in such an interactive environment with people around you yelling obscene profanities at the top of their voice. Fun stuff. I remember I used to do this with a few other mates over Counter-Strike. "I say, damn good stuff, sir."

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I had a party to attend the night after my LAN session. The party began at some bar then moved to a club. It was for a friend's birthday. I wasn't too excited about going to a club but seeing as how I'd never been into one, I didn't know if it was fun or not (though me being me, I kinda knew I wouldn't like it from the get go). Even though we moved off to the club, I didn't even go in. Mostly because the group was still thinking if they wanted to actually go in or not. That and I realised that you had to pay to get in, an idea I wasn't too fond of. Lining up and then having to pay for it wasn't that great of an idea and I immediately backed out, regardless of what the group wanted to do. Still, the night wasn't that bad, even though things didn't go according to what was planned. A hilarious chat ensued between my two mates, Kevin and Vas, myself and Minny and Thy at Maccas while the other people were inside the club. That table chat was probably the best thing that happened that night. Eddie came soon thereafter but only because he was already in the city that night. He and I met up but had to walk home from the city in the pouring rain. There were plenty of cabs but they were all taken. Oh well.

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Lately I've been enjoying watching late night talk show interviews on YouTube. Guys like Conan O'Brian, David Letterman and Craig Robinson have kept me up a few nights because of their interviews with celebrities. I like watching them talk normally without having to promote their film or their album (though the appearance itself is promotion anyway). Good stuff, good stuff indeed. This kind of makes me want Rove to come back on Australian airwaves, haha.

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Haven't discussed any of my dreams lately have I? I've had three interesting dreams happen in the past week. Actually maybe not interesting, just downright odd. I really do think I need my subconcious checked out, as Eddie says. Should I include a dream section? I seem to always remember them very well...

Dream 1: I don't know if I was Batman or not but I'd like to assume that I was. Anyways, this particular dream took place within the flats. I was escorting Commissioner Gordon downstairs but encountered some of Poison Ivy's plants. They were going to attack us but I had Mr Freeze's gun and froze the plants. Once they were frozen, I smashed through them and they shattered into pieces. We made our way downstairs and escaped but a message from The Joker came to us through his henchmen. Joker informed us that if we were to leave Melbourne, people would begin to die and that we should stay if they wanted people to live. And that was the end of that. I wanted to have more of that dream. :(

Dream 2: This one took place at my former high school. It was also a Valentine's Day themed dream but it wasn't anything signifigant. The Valentine in my dream was a girl that I had not seen in a year and I took her to my high school for some reason. All my school friends were egging me on about bringing a girl to school like that. Realistically I don't even think I could've done that anyway, unless they were a girl from across the road I guess. But yes, that was probably my own way of dealing with Valentine's Day, hahaha.

Dream 3: Another strange dream, actually a little disturbing. A certain couple and I were walking to nowhere when, out of the blue, an odd man asked the couple the limits of their love (ie. How far will they go to save the one they love?). They answered and then the man tested them. I dunno how but they ended up going into a car that was launched off a pier and sent into the water. I was thinking, "This is crazy!" and dived down to try and rescue them (despite the fear of drowning). I got them out somehow and they swam back to shore but I was somehow stuck in the car. The car was pulled out and I was saved by the odd man. The couple came over to me and apologised about what they did but I wouldn't have it. It was at this point that the odd man came over and asked the couple of another test. They were smart enough this time to not oblige but the man, angry that they wouldn't go with another test, pulled out a gun. I jumped in front of them to take the bullet to the leg. I yelled at them to run and they did. I was pulled into the car and was being driven away. I tried to break free numerous times but he kept hitting me. I broke out eventually and was lucky enough to actually run (rather limp) away from him in speedy fashion. The odd man wasn't too old but was old enough to be tired in a matter of seconds, haha. I escaped and that was that.
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I haven't been watching any movies or episodes of anything on television so no "What I've Been Watching" section for today's post. However, a there are a few things to cover in film news in today's post.
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TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS



Above is the newly released "Toy Story 3" theatrical trailer! I'm super excited about this film but am disappointed to see the trailer reveal a bit too much about the plot (especially towards the end of the trailer where it pretty much tells you what's gonna happen). A lot of people have theorised what may happen at the end of "Toy Story 3", with the common conclusion that Andy finds out that his toys are in fact alive. I wouldn't be opposed to this, I kinda like the idea. But yes, "Toy Story 3" is a must watch for 2010. On a side note, those of you that are fans of "My Neighbour Totoro", will find a nice cameo by Totoro in the trailer at 0:49.

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The official theatrical trailer for "The Last Airbender" also popped up (no I'm not talking about the Superbowl TV spot that I posted in my previous post). I'm still excited about this film from the footage that's being presented. Dark and atmospheric, almost too serious in contrast to the television series I'm told. But maybe it's a move for the better. Then again, having dark movies isn't always the best way to go about things but that's just M.Night Shamalan's way of dealing with his films. I guess we also have "The Dark Knight" to blame for turning properties into serious, adult-like and dark. Nonteheless, still excited regardless of the tone of the film. I really should watch the series before I watch this, lol.

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Next trailer to present in today's post is "Get Him To The Greek", the spin-off from 2008's hilarious "Forgetting Sarah Marshall". The film sees an intern (Jonah Hill not playing the same character he played in FSM) transporting an out of control rock star (comedian Russell Brand reprising his role of Aldous Snow) to the famous Greek Theater in Los Angeles. I loved FSM and loved the character of Aldous Snow so I'll definitely be seeing this. Trailer offers little laughs but I'm not gonna let that deter me. Most trailers are misleading these days anyway.
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To end today's post below you will find a video of a bunch of "Star Wars" fans getting together for a flashmob. Their flashmob consisted of the largest lightsaber fight...ever. I don't count the one in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" as the largest lightsaber fight because the Jedi weren't up against other Jedi so that doesn't count. *end geekout*



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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Daybreakers Review

FOREWORD: I don't think I've written a proper review for a while so do excuse any random form or structure within my review of Daybreakers.

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PLOT: In the year 2019, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind. (IMDB)
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After a sudden bombardment of vampire based movies over the past year, it's nice to have watched one that went back to basics with vampires and adapted them into a cool sci-fi setting. Daybreakers, written and directed by Australian film makers, the Spierig brothers, sees the film set in the future with society being inhabited by vampires. The remaining numbers of humans in the world are hunted by the vampires in order to use their blood to supply the rest of society. However, their blood supply is running low. Enter protagonist of the film, pharmacologist Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) who works for the blood farming company, headed by Charles Bromley (Sam Neill), and tries to find a way to create synthetic blood for the company. While Dalton creates this fake blood, blood-related crimes escalate as blood deprived humans become ferocious bat-like creatures. After a sudden encounter with a small group of humans, Dalton offers to help them find a cure in a bid to save humanity.

You gotta give it to the Spierigs. They came up with something pretty smart and cool to work with. Daybreakers came to fruition before the sudden popularity of vampires in popular culture so it's purely coincidental that the protagonist of Daybreakers shares the same name as the one in Twilight. Unlike the aforementioned film, Daybreakers is an atmospheric genre film that sticks close to vampire conventions.

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No blood makes vampire go bat crazy. D:

Direction is fairly decent however loses it's way in the third act and right at the end. The film felt like it was in a hurry to finish which is a shame because it could've been so much better had the ending been more sufficient and satisfying. I felt a bit cheated with how things were resolved and only wished there was more. However, I will give credit to the first few 10 - 15 minutes of the film. The film opened with a little girl writing a suicide letter and sitting outside waiting for the sun to burn her. It establishes what the tone in the film very early on and then is quickly followed by the opening credits which are accompanied by cuts to a world in which vampires dominate. Following this are a few more cuts of the city that the film predominately takes place in where no dialogue is spoken between any character. I felt like this allowed the audience to really absorb the atmosphere of the film and inhabit the film's world.

As I said before though, the film predominately takes place in the one city which is a shame because it makes you feel that the vampire plague only happened within this city and not the rest of the world. Maybe if during the opening credit sequence they had shots of vampires inhabiting different cities in the world, one would've assumed that yes, the world is populated mostly by vampires.

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Our protagonists, ladies and gentlemen!

Being that this is a genre film, expect bucket loads of blood and gore. It's not a film for everyone, I admit. If you're a fan of this kind of thing, you'd love it. One scene in particular stood out and made me laugh with surprise so much that I may have scared a bit of the audience that was in attendance. But personal experience aside, it's not for everyone so you have been warned.

I thought the cast was pretty good. The main three, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe (as vampire turned human, Elvis) and Claudia Karven (as human survivor, Audrey) were great together and Sam Neill was good also (even if he was a generic bad guy). I thought the parts that Hawke and Karven had suited them very well. It's nice to see a mostly Australian cast, being that this film was made in Australia. Random side note, but would you call this an American or Australian film? Sure it's supposedly set in America and features people with American accents but the film itself is made in Australia and mostly financed by an Australian film company.

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There is only...Dafoe. D:

Another plus for the film was the lighting and cinematography. Due to the fact that vampires hate sunlight and burn in it, there was a strong emphasis on light which greatly intensified certain set pieces of the film. The use of light made the film pretty cool, I thought as does the cinematography. There was a clear distinction between day and night (obviously), but because most of the film is set in the night, the night itself added even more to the dark and foreboding atmosphere. Whenever you get shots of the daytime (and as cliche as this may sound), it was like having a sense of hope.

I really enjoyed the movie but one little minor nitpick was the lack of Placebo! I was hoping to hear their cover of Running Up That Hill in the movie somewhere but was disappointed that it wasn't included. It's too bad cause the song was used wonderfully within the trailer and had me hooked even more at the time. But that's just one minor thing that doesn't affect how much I had fun with the film.

While the third act is very unsatisfying, the rest is pretty good and entertaining. It could've been a lot better had they thought about the ending a lot more instead of throwing out some generic standards and/or cliches that adhere to this particular genre but otherwise it's still an enjoyably fun and kinda smart movie.

Daybreakers gets a 3.5/5.

P.S. I think Australian film-makers in particular should take notice of this film as it's written and directed by two Aussie brothers. Aussie film-makers should at least be a lot more confident in their projects, whether or not their idea is bad or good (though it definitely helps if its a good one) and not be afraid to pass it on to international distributors like Lionsgate (who distrubuted this). I remember when Saw came out and I found out that it was written and directed by Aussies, Leigh Whannel and James Wan. Aussie films should get more widespread recognition on a mainstream level.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Mellow

Three cheers for proper eating! I actually had a normal breakfast today! Eggs and bacon with tomato sauce - great, great way to start the day, don't you think? For lunch I had Nandos with Thy and well now I don't know what I'm having for dinner. I'm just glad my eating habits are starting to get back to normal now. No longer will I have "breakfast" at 2 or 3 PM in the afternoon (it really can't be called breakfast at this point, huh?). Good day so far. Can it get any better? Hell yeah! I just downloaded the latest episode of How I Met Your Mother and am waiting in feverish anticipation to watch it!

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I've made a Tumblr account but I haven't done anything to it yet. I haven't reblogged any photos or videoes, nor have I actually spruced up the thing. Reason being is cause I'm tryna figure out how to HTML. I've been tryna teach myself how to do it but it's kinda complicated. I see myself giving up eventually and failing but at one point or another, it'll come back to me so hopefully I don't completely give up on it. Like I said above, I haven't actually done anything to it at the moment despite having the account for a few days now. Another reason, other than sprucing it up by way of HTML, is that I can't seem to view images to reblog, it's really strange. This happens to me with my Google Images as well. In fact any image search is automatically like this, it's really odd. Anyone know how to fix this?

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I'm gonna need to get a new DVD storage unit somehow in this room. I could just clean up some of the things and push them aside but it just doesn't feel right. Neglecting some of the DVDS and putting them at the bottom doesn't feel right as you can see on the bottom image.

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That's how it looks at the moment but I've got like three more films to stuff into there. I just came back from the city not too long ago actually and bought myself a copy of (500) Days of Summer on DVD. To be honest though, the DVD isn't all that great. I would've loved to have seen more bonus features on it but I guess now they're just reserving all the good bits for Blu-Ray. The Blu-Ray bonuses for (500) Days of Summer are awesome from what I saw on the internet anyway. Speaking of all things blue, whenever I think of that movie, I always picture the colour blue. Zooey Deschanel's big blue eyes and pretty much her wardrobe is mostly blue, or at least a variation of blue, haha.

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Hello Modern Warfare 2!

The only that I can say I have that I have a Playstation 3 and an Xbox 360 (and a PS2 stuck in the corner there). Who needs a Wii? Actually I wouldn't mind a Wii but only for titles: The Legend of Zelda, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the newly released, Tatsunoko vs Capcom.

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Found a pretty cool book, Caustic Quips, on sale the other day and it was only for 5 dollars. It's a compilation book with many quotes from famous celebrities, comedians and political figures. The quotes themselves are on the witty and snarky side and has been quite a fun read. Here's one of my favourites:
Michael Jackson's album was only called "Bad" because there wasn't enough room on the sleeve for "Pathetic" - Prince.

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A lot of controversy is surrounding the latest cover of Vanity Fair. The cover, as seen above, clearly reminds us that the future of Hollywood is white. I can understand why pepole would be up in arms over this but to be quite honest, I actually don't see it as quite a problem. Sure, there isn't enough colour in terms of diversity in the photo shoot but that's just how Hollywood has been. The past, present and now future of Hollywood is white. Last year though, I do believe that Zoe Saldana was on the cover with a few other girls so if that's not a sign of diversity, I dunno what is. I actually can't think of any up and coming Asian-American actresses besides Brenda Song but I can't take her seriously at the moment. If you want diversity in cinema, just look abroad and get some world cinema in you. No need to watch only the films that Americans produce.

On a side note, it's awesome that Amanda Seyfried is there with a lot of great talent there (excuse me while I drool). I like that Emma Stone is there too, hahaha. Some people have been criticising Kristen Stewart for looking out of place in the shoot but that's only cause that's how she is, she's a tomboy so people shouldn't make judgements just for how she looks. Carey Mulligan looks cute in the shoot, I'm actually growing quite fond of her, haha. Some people have also said that Anna Kendrick shouldn't be just shoved in the corner there because she has much more talent than her Twilight co-star, Kristen Stewart, but I've yet to see Up in the Air so I can't make that judgement as of yet. Great cover nonetheless even if some of them have graced Vanity Fair before and have been around in the acting gig for a while and wouldn't really be considered up and comer now.
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING

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I really liked this but I'll write a seperate review for it in another post. But for the short review here's what I thought about Daybreakers. It's a film that is highly entertaining though probably not for everyone. One scene in particular made me laugh so hard due to it's sheer intencity and gore factor that I probably had everyone in the theatre give weird looks to me, but I couldn't really care. I don't wanna spoil too much in this small review but I thought it was a really entertaining film that actually gets the vampire thing right. I actually kinda wished they included Placebo's cover of Running Up That Hill and worked it into the movie but the overall film still worked for me. Was just happy to hear it in the trailer and was surprised at how well it worked with it.

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Rewatched District 9 on DVD the other night and loved it all over again. The final scene of the film is quite powerful in some sense and after watching the Extra Features in both discs, I can appreciate the overall film even more. I'm glad it's gotten some recognition from the Academy as a "small" film like this could do with some great exposure. I don't know too many people who watched it last year and probably wouldn't have wanted to watch it (being that the trailer did not tell you much but that was the best part about it, I thought). I still cant believe that was Sharlto Copely's first real feature film acting gig cause he did an amazing job with his broad range of emotion.
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TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS

For anyone who missed it, here's the Superbowl TV spot to M. Night Shamalan's "The Last Airbender".



I'm not a fan of "Avatar: The Last Airbender" though that isn't to say that I don't like it. I'm just not a fan because I don't watch/follow it. Though I will say thought that the TV spot had me very impressed and seemed almost like a period piece. What distracted me was the slow motion adn the heavy rock in the background because it reminded me of "300" too much. Still, I was majorly impressed with what was on offer. The TV spot was almost like a slap into the face of all the haters of this film, at least that's how I saw it. There seems to be a major backlash against the film for not casting people of the right ethnicity (Asian). I don't have too much of a problem with it but people seem to want to believe that this film is a classic case of Hollywood white-washing. Casting issues aside though, I'm gonna look forward to this film.

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I'm not the biggest fan of "The Fast and The Furious" and their subsequent sequels (though I admit they are fun to watch from to time) and I don't regard them to be great pieces of film making. They're mostly just throwaway films but what I love most about them is that they represent every guy. It doesn't matter if a guy is into cars or not because the films have plenty of girls to fuel any red blooded male, haha. But for most guys, these movies have represented what it means to be a guy. Fast cars and fast girls, haha.

With that said, the fifth installment in the series will be called "Fast Five". Yeah... I haven't seen the fourth one, nor do I want to. It just seems like the cast are tryna replicate the success of the first movie and need a good paycheck. The third movie didn't even need to happen, nor did the second but I guess with any successful movie, talks of a sequel are inevitable.

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Speaking of sequels, here's another random tidbit of silly news. I don't think "Valentine's Day" (the film that stars pretty much everyone), has released anywhere yet but it seems that the producers already want a sequel to the film. And no it's NOT going to be "Valentine's Day 2". The sequel instead will feature SOME of the cast in Valentine's Day but will take place in a totally different day with a mostly new cast. This film? The proposed sequel/spin-off is planned to be titled "New Year's Eve". Wow Hollywood, good job. Good job. *facepalm*

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In "re-boot" news, Fox plan to reignite the film "Mr and Mrs Smith". The original film, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, was famous for pretty much starting the real life relationship that Pitt and Jolie had with one another. Fox plan to make the movie completely different however and hire actors who are a lot cheaper than Pitt and Jolie, which means that anyone is viable for the roles. However, being that the film is not exactly the same as Mr and Mrs Smith, the film will be titled, "Mr and Mrs Jones". I know most ideas aren't all that original these days but can someone please tell Fox that this is kinda stupid? Almost as stupid as "New Year's Eve". Oh was that too soon? D:
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I couldn't find anything humourous to end this post with so I'm just gonna share some love for Amanda Seyfried and show everyone this video of her singing. She wrote the song for Channing Tatum's, "Post the Love" organisation. How can someone this pretty be so damn talented? D:




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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Neopolitan Dreams

I am now an officially enrolled student of La Trobe University. The enrolment wasn't difficult but it would've made things a lot easier had I chosen my subjects beforehand. Thankfully, they allowed time to do so during the enrolment session as well as provide further information into the enrolment.

To be honest though, I didn't really want to be at the enrolment session and wished that things would've done all online rather than having to hand it to the university in person. I guess I've just gotten too used to the idea of doing everything via the internet that, subconciously at least, I'd think that doing it electronically would've been more sufficient. But, having said that, I'm glad that I actually got to go to the University and start to familiarise myself with the place. I'm quite excited about some of my subjects within my degree.

I'll be re-learning Japanese as part of my degree (I chose it as my elective) but am afraid that I MAY have to re-pick another Arts subject because the lady on the day said something about not allowing students to do three subjects in one day. At least that's what I thought I heard. According to my timetable for Semester One, I've got three subjects on Monday. :S

Actually just the other day I was kind of regretting my decision to follow into La Trobe's Creative Arts course. I love what the course offers but I feel that had I chosen Journalism, I could've still have chosen certain areas of Cinema Studies that could become available to me through electives. I'm still happy with Creative Arts but it's only now that I realised I could've done something else and still do what I wanted in cinema.

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Speaking of all things cinema, my local Hoyts Cinema called me up the other day and asked if I was still interested in a casual/part time position there. I handed in an application and resume to them back in December and didn't really expect to get in so it came as a major surprise that they returned a call. I said yes of course and the woman on the other side of the phone conducted a brief interview to get an idea of my status/position to work at the moment (what with Uni coming up and all). She said she'd call me back some time soon if they have a position available so, once again, fingers crossed.

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Oh my parents should NOT have bought me that Playstation 3 because I am becoming far too addicted to it thanks to Playstation Network being free and all. Hooray for online mulitplayer! I got my Playstation 3 bundled with, what is quite possibly, one of the greatest video games I have ever gotten to play: "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves". I really wanted to see if this game was worth all the hype and rave reviews and within the first 45 minutes - hour of playing the game I was incredibly hooked. It's already one of my favourite games of all time, haha.

I could write a review about the game cause it damn well felt like I was looking at a film. The experience of playing "Uncharted 2" is one I haven't really had since playing "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time". As a child, that was my favourite game and, to this day, it's still considered one of the greatest games ever made. What makes "Uncharted 2" stand out more than "Ocarina of Time" though is the fact that the narrative itself doesn't feel like it's specifically written for a video game but feels more like you're watching a high-octane, fun, action adventure blockbuster movie (imagine if you will a witty, younger, modern day Indiana Jones type character/adventure fused with pretty much every action movie you've ever seen).

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Every character actually has a personality and has life to them and this is thanks to the incredible voice acting. Seriously, the level of voice acting in this game is phenomonal. The visuals are superb - it's one of the most beautiful looking games I've ever seen. The score is exceptional mixing big orchestral sounds with familiar sounds from Eastern Asia. The dialogue written for each character is damn good - it's a really quoteable game, haha. I had many "LOL" moments in this game.

I can't stress enough how much of an engaging experience and wonderful time I had playing "Uncharted 2". It's a crime for anyone who owns a PS3 to NOT own or play this game because it's a definite winner in the PS3 catalogue. It deserves all the accolades and is, without a shadow of a doubt, a classic amongst this generation of gaming. Actually it kinda felt like I gave a review of the game, huh?

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While we're on the topic of console based video games, Kevin brought his Xbox 360 to my place so that we could play some Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 online! Unfortunately, he's only just subscribed to them and is using the 10 day free trial that Xbox offfer for their online service, Xbox Live so we've only got 10 days to exploit this and use all of Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer offerings. We've been playing the game till 4AM ~ 5AM. Yeah it's that addictive and damn fun. Too bad I'm gonna have to start sleeping earlier nights soon. =="
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING

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This film is bad. I love Donnie Yen but this "Dragon Tiger Gate" kinda sucked ass. Sure, action wise the film delivers and is really entertaining (two major fights within the first 15 - 20 minutes of the film, haha) but the fact that I was not interested in any of the characters and was at a complete loss with how characters got from point A to point B really made the movie feel abysmal to me. Shawn Yue and Nicholas Tse didn't even need to be in the film cause the whole movie was all about Donnie Yen (though I probably wouldn't have it any other way cause Yen is AWESOME). Then again, being that this IS comic book adapatation of a popular comic in China, I guess they had to fit in as much stuff as they could when it came to adapting the comic onto screen. Thankfully the film is short though.

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I actually thought that "Law Abiding Citizen" was a pretty good movie. The second half of the film is amazingly absurd though and I thought that the movie was going in a good direction in the first half, exploring the cracks in the American justice system and exploiting it. While the second half wasn't as good as the first half, I was still kinda on the edge of my seat trying to anticipate Gerard Butler's character, Clyde Shelton, next moves. I couldn't help but draw comparisons between this film and thematic elements located in Christopher Nolan's, "The Dark Knight". To me, it was like watching The Joker take on Harvey Dent if Batman was on vacation, haha.

In all seriousness though, one main problem I had was that I wasn't sure of who the actual protagonist was. Who was I supposed to cheer for? I empathised with Butler's character in the beginning and thought to myself, "WTF? Huh?" as the movie kept progressing. I didn't even know how to feel towards Jaime Foxx's character, Nick Rice. The second problem I had was the violence. They could've gone about not making the movie as violent as it was. Normally I'm more than fine with violence in movies (hell, this is coming from a guy that laughs at wonderous deaths in horror movies) but I just feel that they could've toned it down and still get the right message they want across in a certain scene. Violence was a plot device I guess in this film.

Oh and being that this is the first released film of 2010 that I've watched (according to the Australain film calender anyway cause this was released last year in the States), I'm gonna give this a score and say that Law Abiding Citizen gets a 3.5/5.
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People who've been following my blog will realise that I'm not really a "Twilight" fan. Sure, I'll shell out 15 dollars to see it in theaters just so I can see for myself that it's not worthy of any hype and then walk out of the theatre realising I've wasted 15 dollars. But, since these Twilight movies are only launch pads for the budding careers of the young actors that are on screen I shouldn't really divert too much hatred towards it (though I really disliked "New Moon").

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Having said that, there's a small thing that I'm looking forward to in the next Twilight installment because Academy Award winning composer Howard Shore will be composing the score for the next film, Eclipse. Howard Shore has composed scores for films such as "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Departed" so it'll be interesting to see how he sets up the mood and tone of the Twilight universe through music.

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In awards news, the Director's Guild of America awarded Kathryn Bigelow for her outstanding direction on war film, "The Hurt Locker". This makes Bigelow the first woman to win a DGA award and what better way to award the first woman this award after directing what is undeniably an amazing film. Some of you reading this will know how much I loved The Hurt Locker because of it's realistic portrayal of war (more specifically the bomb defusing aspect of it), incredibly tense atmosphere the film invokes and the very human characters.

Reknowned film critic, Roger Ebert, made sure to note that only 6 times in the last 60 years has the DGA winner NOT won the Oscar for Best Picture and that in 58 of the last 60 years, the DGA winner went on to win the Oscar for best director. Looks like we've got a shoo-in for this year's Academy Awards ladies and gentlemen.

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Speaking of the Oscars, the nominees for this year's 82nd Annual Academy Awards are in and you can find the main list of this year's nominees below. For the complete list of nominees, head on over to the official website to see who else got nominated in the lesser categories.

BEST PICTURE:
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air

DIRECTING:
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
James Cameron - Avatar
Lee Daniels - Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
Jason Reitman - Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
George Clooney - Up in the Air
Colin Firth - A Single Man
Morgan Freeman - Invictus
Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:
Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side
Helen Mirren - The Last Station
Carey Mulligan - An Education
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Matt Damon - Invictus
Woody Harrelson - The Messenger
Christopher Plummer - The Last Station
Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Penelope Cruz - Nine
Vera Farmiga - Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air
Mo’Nique - Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Neill Blomkamp and - District 9
Nick Hornby - An Education
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche - In the Loop
Geoffrey Fletcher - Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
Jason Reitman - Up in the Air

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Mark Boal - The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds
Oren Moverman and - The Messenger
Joel and Ethan Coen - A Serious Man
Pete Docter and Bob Peterson - Up

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Ajami - Israel
El Secreto de sus Ojos - Argentina
The Milk of Sorrow
Une Proph├ęte - France
The White Ribbon - Germany

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of the Kells
Up

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Maurio Fiore - Avatar
Bruno Delbonnel - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Barry Ackroyd - The Hurt Locker
Robert Richardson - Inglourious Basterds
Christian Berger - The White Ribbon

FILM EDITING:
Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron - Avatar
Julian Clarke - District 9
Bob Murawski and Chris Innis - The Hurt Locker
Sally Menke - Inglourious Basterds
Joe Klotz - Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Well paint me shocked. I'm really surprised that "District 9" got a nomination for Best Picture! I doubt it'd actually come down to "District 9" being the winner seeing as how that's gonna go to "The Hurt Locker" (though the Academy do love James Cameron). I'm glad that "District 9" also got a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay though.

Nice to see Jeremy Renner also get nominated but I'm thinking that Jeff Bridges is going to go home with the gold. Everyone's raving about Bridges in "Crazy Heart" (think Micky Rourke in last year's "The Wrestler")

I'm hoping that Quentin Tarantino takes away the gold for Best Original Screenplay for "Inglourious Basterds" cause the film deserves it in my opinion. The Hurt Locker's script was great and all, but I'd just like to see Tarantino win for that (for the sake of variety, haha). Speaking of screenplays, would've liked "(500) Days of Summer" to have been there, hahaha. Though I can maybe see why it didn't get the nomination. (despite being previously nominated at other awards).

At least this year, no one can say that certain pictures were snubbed (such was the case last year with people angry that films such as "Wall-E", "The Dark Knight" or "The Wrestler" weren't credited). In any case, I love this year's line up of films being that the films themselves are really good and some are from directors that I personally admire.

People are saying it's going to boil down to "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker" and it's even more interesting that Cameron and Bigelow were once married. Expect the media to have a field day on this. D:
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The losers promo

The first trailer for "The Losers" has hit the net. Check it out below. The movie is a comic book adapation and sees a secret military group, The Losers, being betrayed and left for dead by a powerful figure inside the CIA/government. The movie essentially is a revenge movie and looks a lot better than The A-Team movie. Also, it's got Zoe Saldana and she's hot. It has also come to my attention that this year will be the year of the military men with the following three films being released: "The Losers", "The A-Team" and "The Expendables" (the latter of which I am mega stoked about).


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For the martial arts enthusiasts, the trailer to Tony Jaa's "Ong Bak 3" has just hit the internet and looks to deliver even more crazy knees and elbows. I haven't gotten around to actually seeing "Ong Bak 2" but I have seen the first movie and it's damn awesome. I also loved seeing him in "The Protector". Muay Thai doesn't get any better than this, haha.

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Above you will find a Cloverfield-esque style video of the Death Star of Star Wars fame destroying the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek. It's a fairly old video from last year but I recently re-discovered it and compeltely forgot about how awesome the video was, haha.

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Finally, this made me LMAO hard. Check it.


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P.S. Considering to turn this public blog into a private one. I dunno why but I feel insecure about the information that I write here for some reason.