Monday, October 17, 2005

refresh the damn page

i'm finally getting some decent sleep these days. i've been stressing out these past few days over deadlines and finals but as of friday, I AM OFFICIALLY FREE!!!

So to celebrate, i thought it might be nice to come up with a couple of reviews. Enjoy!

I know the rule of sequels dictate that the first one is still the best but we have been known to be proven wrong every now and then. Shrek 2 totally kicked Shrek 1's ass. I was expecting Transporter 2 to suck big time. The trailer made it seem so b-movieish. Last night, the parental units and I drove to Gateway to see the 40-Year Old Virgin but we were about twenty minutes too late. Guaranteed Seats suck ass so if we came in anyway, we wouldn't see the first part. My dad really likes action movies (don't they all?) so we saw this one instead.

I remember liking the first Transporter movie because he's totally different from other movies of the genre. You know how in the scenes in the last two Matrix movies gets kinda old after a while because it all boiled down to who's got a bigger gun and stuff? Well that's where Jason Statham is different. He kicks ass with anything you give him. At one point, he was kicking ass with a firehose. Coolness.

In the first movie, I really enjoyed Shu Qi's screen presence even though it wasn't that significant anyway. Just the fact that she was in a Hollywood movie really made me run out and see it. There aren't any significant actors in this one, unless you count that model chick who's married to Matthew Modine but I'm glad he (Jason) was able to carry the movie all by his lonesome self.

Everything's so stylish and sleek. Even the deaths looked so damn good. The action sequences still have that chinese feel to it, thanks to a chinese dude who choreographed it (i think. not sure). Jason levitates ala Crouching Tiger and it looked so cool.

I wasn't expecting much but i came out really satisfied. Made me run out and check the first one out again. It didn't surpass the first but you can easily say that the both are equal in standing. Run out and see it, too! 8/10

This is a really old movie, I know but I got the DVD about a gazillion years ago and it's been rotting in my naughty discs since then. I haven't seen it because of school shit so last night when I was the only one up, I finally got to see it. I watched Laugh Out Loud a couple of years ago on cable and read a bunch of reviews in magazines. I was too young to look at it from the point of view I have now and so it was refreshing to review this film.

The casting is impeccable. Not many people remember Queen Latifah in this movie but yes, she was here and she really kicked ass with her songs.

The story needs a little work. I know the troubles of a character-driven story. It's so easy to write a plot-driven story where the characters all seem so distant but in this movie, you really get the sense that you're seeing through Holly Hunter's eyes. This presents a lot of conflicts in the story since she doesn't really have a picture-perfect view. Sometimes you don't really agree with how she deals with things but you just let her be anyway. A plot-driven story wouldn't allow that. The resolution of the conflict seemed a but too Hollywood-ish but what do you expect?

The film is enjoyable but I understand why it didn't really get that much success. It's fun to see how that infamous massage scene with Eddy Cibre-something (soap star) which raised a lot of eyebrows then really seems so tame now. The movie is something if you were wide awake during the mid-90's. 6/10

Possibly one of the biggest letdowns this year. I first heard of The 40-Year Old Virgin from my friend Joel. He pointed out the DVD while we were in Piracy Heaven. I thought it was a documentary!

The infamous trailer scenes are funny but the rest of the movie's mostly blah. Virginity's so not funny these days. Imagine a borderline geriatric version of American Pie.

Paul Rudd's gotten really fat. Has anyone else noticed that?

The finale was funny and I guess it's worth a second look when the DVD comes out. Let's see if the value added features will make up for it.

This is the problem when people tell you how a movie's sooooo good. You watch it and get disappointed. Tentatively, I give this movie a 6/10. Maybe I'll change my mind.

Not many people know this but I actually own ALL Sugababes records from the first to the last. Ha haha... call me a fan. I just dig their sound. I love their ballads and the dance hits are very sticky. When I saw Push The Button on Chinese MTV, I was totally psyched. I was glad it was on the pirate's shores. Anyways, their sound is still typical Sugababes post-member change. I do miss the first record sound with that old lead chick but i guess beggars can't be choosers.

Cool tracks: Push The Button, Follow Me Home, and a semi-confessional called Ugly. The last track is a reverse perspective of Christina's Beautiful. Not a significantly beautiful album but a tight record nonetheless. 7/10

I also got the new Ryan Cabrera (Follow Me Home), Texas' Red Book (all records after the release of Greatest Hits is bound to suck!) and Kelly's Thankful. They were all okay but not that significant to warrant a review. He hehehe...

An exception to the previous rule is Sheryl Crow's Wildflower. It's so good!

Anyways, me and the parental units went to Greenhills kanina and watched in the semi-new Promenade theater. Actually, we watched across it since Virgin was only showing in Theater Mall. The seats were nice and everything smelled new. I just wished it wasn't so damn cold.

I bought this basket thing with the white linen on top, like those hampers and magazine racks that were so popular a few years back. it was custom made for CDs so I can finally put my babies in a decent home. Very happy.

Working on old stories while I can't write new ones. Hopefully, I'll have a decent website by the end of the sembreak. My last update was around this time last year. *sob*

Weight Watch: gaining instead of losing but I will work on my 20 pound resolution! Rawr!

That's it for now. Death to Spammers who post comments! I'm adding some security so it might take a bit more time to write comments. I hope you still do anyway! :D