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Looking back… March 21, 2008

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I haven’t been reviewing movies for nearly a year now, having taken a better paying job away from the craphole I was working for. So I figured it’ll be interesting to read back my old reviews and see it from a different perspective..

Bye Bye Blackbird – I remember this one; back when I first had to learn how to write down notes in the dark. One of my more ‘poetic and dramatic’ writing style. I’d still love to watch the movie again.

Cicakman – I think I shot myself in the foot, toe and heel all at the same time with this one. Goes to show that it’s possible to get carried away with the atmosphere of the tards who love these kind of shows. Bloody regrettable review. Oh, yeah, and the director’s a bloody snob.

Curse of the Golden Flower – Still agree with this one. The only thing I remember from the show was the incest story and the amount of cleavage.

Music & Lyrics – Hrmm.. I do sound like an anti-romantic-comedy-religious-fanatic. But then again the movie didn’t impress me, and lacked the kind of cohesion and flow that “Devil Wears Prada” did. So I guess it’s a thumbs down still.

Mukhsin – I still love this show. I’ve never watched Yasmin’s other films, but this one won me over as a fan completely.

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny – I’m bloody biased here. I love Tenacious D. So there.

Spiderman 3 – I watched Spiderman 3 on DVD the other day. Still sucked IMHO.

28 Weeks Later – Enjoyed this one to bits. Including the gore and all. Next up I hope Monster Island gets turned into a movie.

Hot Fuzz – By the power of Grayskull, I watched this one 5 times!


Expanding the Den : Movies and other rants June 2, 2007

Posted by drowmage in Drowmage's rants, Fantastic Four 2, Malaysian Movies, Movie Reviews, Movies, Ocean's 13, Pirates 3, Random Thoughts, Shrek The Third, Sumolah.
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Things have been a little crazy lately, so I’ll summarize the list of movies I’ve watched and the list of things to look forward to :-

1) Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End

Fun, yet a little draggy. As much as I love watching the half-pissed Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and his many stroke of good luck save the day, there’s only so much I can watch without wondering how much longer they plan to drag the story in order to make the movie worth the 10 bucks you fork over. Had goosebumps at a particularly horrifying scene between Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) and Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) that reminded me of ‘The-Beach-Scene-in-Grease-With-Waves-Crashing-On-the-Rocks-and-Bad-Lame-Music-in-the-Background”. Watching Topher Grace trying to be Venom was less traumatic. Or Chow Yun Fatt acting as a Singaporean pirate, before Singapore was Singapore.

2) Sumolah

You’ve met the people. You’ve had a connection with them over similar hobbies. And, you want to like their movies. Yet, when you go through the show with a lot of cringing moments, raised eyebrows, and slaps on the head at the most obtuse moments – that’s when you ask yourself, do you care more about being nice or being honest? In short, the movie sucked. It could have been, and should have been better – yet it was filled from beginning to end with blatant advertising of products by the main sponsors for the film, Ogawa and Celcom. I sure as hell ain’t going to use any of those two products ever again. I want to rant more, but out of respect (and that I pretty much covered about 40% of how I felt was wrong in my published review), I won’t. Unless you ask me nicely. With chocolates. Go read Suanie’s review, she pretty much covered what I’m whining about.

Movies to look forward to this month :

1) Shrek the Third (or Shrek 3, depending on how your country’s marketing it)

The lovable green ogre is back, this time caught up in yet another adventure to get the rightful king onto the throne of Far Far Away; or else the kingdom gets a green, mean, farting machine as a king (Shrek). Sounds easy, except that the evil fairytale characters have joined forces to conquer the kingdom under the leadership of Prince Charming. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but caught up on a load of clips from the film in YouTube. I’ve decided not to write a review for this movie, seeing as I’m a major Shrek fan, and no amount of bad script could move me to say blasphemous things about the green ogre. It’s almost similar to the bond Star Wars nerds have with last two awful Star Wars movies.

2) Ocean’s 13

Two words to make this film the must-see of the summer. AL PACINO. The Godfather himself joins the franchise as the baddie, and you can almost feel the sparks fly off the screen watching the trailer. Catch it here : http://oceans13.warnerbros.com/

3) Fantastic Four : Rise of the Silver Surfer

Not to sound obscene or anything, but the thing that sells this franchise is Jessica Alba. Seriously. Even girls think she’s hot. Yes, and of course the Silver Surfer – that’s another thing to see on the screen instead of just absorbing it from the comics. Of course the story gets warped in the film; instead of being the good guy, the Surfer is the baddie here, but let’s hope they stick to the real story and give us a nice twist in the end.


In other news, I’m expanding the Den a bit. Someone asked me a few weeks back, why was my blog all about movies and music? Point taken. Very good point, indeed. So, I’ve decided if and when, I’ll talk fantasy in this blog – all about the drows, the elves and the wonders of sorcery. I may even have time to conjure up a good spell for forgetfulness, if I remember it.

Quote of the Week : “Tree-shagging pixies”. Courtesy of Agreal, Demon Hero.

My England Damn Powderfull leh… May 18, 2007

Posted by drowmage in Drowmage's Philosophy, Random Thoughts.

No, I haven’t gone mad and forgotten how to write proper English. The title is a tribute to all those who graduated from places like the U.S., Australia, and England, but can’t speak a damn word of English.

Had a good laugh at this post by a man who’s apparently only 62% Evil.

Since moving to the city, I’ve learnt a whole new range of lingo. Apparently all the so-called graduates I’ve encountered seem to be good at butchering the English language. Here are some examples:

Situation A: Requesting that the customer repeat himself.
Normal terminology used: “Pardon Me?”
Real-Life Encounter: Hold orn, arhhhh…..

Situation B: Thanking someone.
Normal terminology used: “Thank you”
Real-Life Encounter: Wer’cum (a shortened version of ‘Welcome’, said with a heavy Chinese accent)

Situation C : Requesting for someone to move aside as you maneuver through the shopping complex.
Normal terminology used: “Excuse me.” (in a polite manner)
Real-Life Encounter: ‘X-KIUS!! (must be said in loud annoying voice.)

I’m curious to know … how did they graduate from those universities in the first place?? Their Eng-rand* is damn powderfull**…..


This Post has no Title. May 18, 2007

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Been feeling down lately, what with bad paymasters for my freelance work, lousy rules, and feeling like a third-class citizen scrounging for scraps and being given stuff no one wants to do anyway.

That and missing my old salary….

Suddenly writing for a living ain’t that fun anymore. Where’s the passion now? It’s been beaten out of me by ……

On “New Shoes” and “Rehab” March 9, 2007

Posted by drowmage in Music, Music Videos, Random Thoughts, YouTube.
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In case you were wondering, no, I didn’t get new shoes, and neither was I in rehab. I’m talking about music today.
I was sitting in the car yesterday, going through my shopping list before picking up some groceries, when I heard a darn catchy tune on the radio (I forget which station). Did a little Googling – and found the singer of the song, and darn me if he doesn’t look cute, although a little stoned. The singer is Paolo Nutini, and the song – “New Shoes”:

(you might want to turn up the volume, the sound isn’t good in this video)

So who is this Paolo Nutini? He’s a Scottish 20 year old singer, whom U.S. Rolling Stone named one of the “10 Artists To Watch 2006.” Check out his website for more info.

I also found out he did a cover version of Amy Winehouse‘s “Rehab”. I couldn’t find a music video of the cover version by Nutini on the web, but the nearest is a slide version. (Click on the link to check it out on YouTube).

So I’ll leave you with Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab”, the live version instead of the music video, because she actually sounds better live (or maybe as rumours say, better when she’s high?). It’s the blues weekend baby!

Notice these singers really don’t sound like they look – they’ve got this sort of deep, unique voice? Although Amy Winehouse does remind me of Fran Drescher (both vocally and visually):

Or maybe a really stoned, heavily painted version of Drescher….

“….they tried to make me go to rehab… but I said no.. no.. no…” 

Drowmage’s Rants – Don’t Like? Take a Hike! February 21, 2007

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The Drowmage is back from the Pearl Isle, after a weekend of celebration and seeing the kin congregate in our little cottage. Upon checking the blogs (yes, a whole weekend without Internet connection… am definitely suffering withdrawal symptoms…), apparently someone had a left a bit of a nasty on my previous postings about Valentine’s Day. I had also put a little disclaimer at the bottom : Drowmage’s disclaimer : This is my opinion on this pathetic day, and if you don’t like it, there’s a nice X button above your browser.

Said person obviously must have had his or her head near the fireworks inhaling too much fumes lately, to have left a comment on my post:

“you complain a lot
your blog is one big complaint.
take a look at where you will be in 3 years.
happy?” – DrowmageComplains  |  February 18th, 2007 at 3:36 am

I found this a little amusing. February 18th happens to be the first day of Chinese New Year, and at 3.36 am most people are over at their relatives’ houses, or spending most parts of the night gambling with their family. What kind of nerd is online at that time of night on such a festive weekend? Poor chap.

But then, he or she might not celebrate Chinese New Year. So why aren’t you out partying with friends? Sad… I pity you, no friends? Tsk tsk, perhaps if you spent less time leaving snide anonymous messages (which is as close as you can get to poison-pen letters, which is against the law), and getting a life, maybe you’ll actually grow the brains to read the fracking disclaimer I put up, that says – if you don’t like what you read, you’re welcome to stop reading the content and close your fracking browser. There’s a reason why this blog has a tagline that says “… and the usual rants.” Go open a dictionary if you don’t know what rant means, you stupid nose-picking nerd.

Even the Ex-PM is on YouTube! February 6, 2007

Posted by drowmage in Drowmage's Philosophy, Journalism, Random Thoughts, YouTube.
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Caught something on Jeff Ooi’s blog – the ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir, actually recorded himself talking about his latest conference topic “Criminalising War” and had his people put it up on YouTube.

Dr Mahathir on YouTube!

Who says the older generation aren’t tech-savvy?

He’s 81 years old, been assaulted, yet he’s still going strong. Not going to back down without a fight.

Yeah to Dr Mahathir!

Here’s a tidbit I found, this is why the Drowmage loves the Internet.

The Drowmage muses : On her top 100 things to do before joining her ancestors in the other realm, the Drowmage would probably want her picture taken with Dr Mahathir. He’s truly a living legend . No matter the things he may or may not have done during his rule of 22 years, he brought the country out from underneath the rock and brought it out into the world.

On Deadlines and “Anike” January 19, 2007

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The Drowmage has been gardening, planting new grass and catching up on deadlines lately…

However, many exciting things to come up soon – having interviews with celebs like Gurmit Singh, Afdlin Shauki and Vanidah Imran plus much more.

In the meantime, if you’re free this weekend in KL, catch this play : AnikePoster for Anike

'Anike', by Wong Phui Nam, is a unique Asian version of the play 'Antigone' of ancient Greek playwright Sophocles.” - Description taken from http://www.capepoetics.com

The director, Himanshu Bhatt, is a good friend from my theatre days, and had asked me to help out. Still contemplating due to the articles lined up for submission tomorrow.

What am I doing blogging then?? No rest for the wicked….


Update: Here’s my review on the play, plus additional rants on stupid audiences.