Archive | February, 2008

Movie Review – Juno – Subtle


Juno is a whip-smart teen confronting an unplanned pregnancy by her classmate Bleeker. With the help of her hot best friend Leah, Juno finds her unborn child a “perfect” set of parents: an affluent suburban couple, Mark and Vanessa, longing to adopt. Luckily, Juno has the total support of her parents as she faces some tough decisions, flirts with adulthood and ultimately figures out where she belongs.

This is a fairly low budget movie from a first time screenwriter (Diablo Cody an ex-stripper) that has won some critical acclaim and some heavyweight awards (Best Original Screenplay Oscar and a bunch of other nominations). It also scored very highly on IMDB making the top 250 easily.

It’s a movie that some average Joes won’t like, it’s rather caustic, it doesn’t have a very twisty plot or much of a plot at all really. It’s an exceedingly human movie, it’s about the journey of a young girl, her decisions (abort, continue or retry hoho), her sarcasm, her issues and the people around her.

Ellen Page is very convincing and snarky as Juno, the star and Michael Cera plays pretty much the same role he did in Superbad.

Ellen Page and Michael Cera in  Juno.

He has the most classic dopey expression evar! He fits the role well though and it’s all rather sweet in the end.

The movie expands well on the yuppie couple too, which I guess most writers wouldn’t – those secondary people tend to get glossed over in most movies. I think what wins with this movie is the fact it ambles along, it’s relaxed, but it doesn’t miss anything and has a surprising depth.

For most audiences it’ll have trouble competing against the frenetic big budget movies with huge names and massive marketing budgets, but if you want to see a real movie about real people – this is definitely one to watch.

The dialogue is great, it has moments that are laugh out loud funny – that’s if you appreciate extremely crude insults and witty reparte.

I give Juno a refreshing sidestep from big budget overload 7.5/10.

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We Ate This Updated – Siu Yuk Min – Jalan Sultan, Petaling Street

Hmmm the best greasy after clubbing food!

Seng Kee Siu Yuk Min

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Seng Kee Siew Yoke Meen and Claypot Lou Shu Fan (Mouse or Rat Tail Noodles) at Jalan Sultan, Petaling Street – KL

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How to have a l33t green DOS prompt like a h4x0r

Now whenever I spring out the DOS prompt in Windows and someone sees it they are like ZOMG that’s cool – cos my font is green like the h4x0r style.

I use the command prompt quite often still for pinging, ipconfig stuff, the odd traceroute and the lousy Win32 version of Nmap, if you don’t know what it is you can get it by going to Start – Run – ‘cmd’

Now this is not particularly hard to do, but it looks really cool – when you open the command prompt, you’ll see the standard size and standard grey font which looks pretty boring.

Standard DOS Prompt

Ok so now we change the font colour, click at the top left and select ‘Properties’ – then select the ‘Colors’ tab. In the ‘Colors’ tab choose ‘Screen Text’ and choose the bright green colour.

DOS Prompt Properties

After that stretch the window out so it’s a bit bigger, then test it out with ‘ping -t’.

L33t Green DOS Prompt

Now the important part is when you close the DOS prompt..apply the changes to all windows. On Vista it’s saved automatically so I can’t prntscrn the dialogue.

There you go you have a l33t h4x0r style DOS prompt.

As a tip for Vista users, make a shortcut on your desktop to the DOS prompt and use the Run As command to run it as Administrator, this will give you full access to all commands..if you don’t do that you’ll find yourself very limited.

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Movie Review – Shoot ‘Em Up – Insanely…INSANE

Shoot 'Em Up with Clive Owen

Mr. Smith, the angriest, most hardboiled man in the world, finds himself entrusted to protect the most innocent thing of all–a newborn child. When Smith delivers the baby in the middle of a gunfight, he soon discovers that the infant is the target of a shadowy force that has sent a team of mysterious and endless assailants, led by Hertz..

This is a movie I heard a lot about and it was something I was definitely interested in, a bit weird, loads of action and a great lead man (Clive Owen!) plus a hot lactating prostitute (Monica Bellucci) – how can you beat that!

It didn’t go down to well with the critics, but then it wouldn’t…it’s not arty or pretentious, it’s not deep or meaningful, it’s crazy, fun and entertaining. Not an Oscar or Grammy winner, but definitely capable of becoming a cult favourite for many people. It does pretty well on IMDB though with a 7.1.

There’s not much of a plot so I won’t bother going into that..but Clive Owen is one of my favourite male actors and he’s just suited perfectly to this hard-edged, quirky, kick-ass kind of character.

Monica is scorching hot of course, a little weird too and very seductive.

Monica Bellucci in Shoot 'Em Up

The bad guy is creepy and weird with a soft side, which suits the odd nature of the film. He’s played well by Paul Giamatti.

Paul Giamatti in Shoot 'Em Up

All in all it’s a thouroughly entertaining film, it’s not thought provoking (although it does take a few stabs at society and human nature) and it’s not deep. It’s a movie you can watch over and over easily without getting tired.

Do be warned though, it’s a movie that may make your neighbors complain about loud noises (Yes it happened to me). It has some incredibly unique action sequence…and it makes carrots cool.

It’s no masterpiece, but it’s definitely worth a watch – forget what the critics say!

I give it a ‘most bullets fired in 5 minutes’ 8/10.

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Some of the Jobs I’ve Endured in My Life

I’ve had an extremely long and rather colourful work history, starting a young age I had to learn to be self-sufficient. There was barely enough food to eat at home and definitely no money spare to buy anything considered remotely luxurious..

It all helped though and it helped me mature a lot, mainly in terms of finances it really taught me the value of money and that money isn’t easy to come by so don’t simple spend it frivolously. I won’t list all the jobs as I had as some were temp and lasted a few days or in some cases a few hours…I’ll mention those that I find interesting, or somehow relevant in my development.

I think it’s something Asian kids generally lack, working, earning money and learning some respect for the value of money. Kids here don’t have to contribute to their own studies or cars..they just get given money for free!

How many of you have had part time jobs? If you look at the catering industry here, or manual labour, security guards or factory workers and so on they are mostly foreign workers. All of these jobs are considered to ‘low’ for locals. You know what? In UK I’ve done ALL of those jobs.

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We Ate This Updated – Shanghai 10 – Bangsar

Looking for some good Siu Loong Pau (Xiao Long Bao)? Head down to Shanghai 10 in Bangsar…yummy.

Shanghai 10 - Bangsar - Xiao Long Bao

Their other stuff is good too.

Shanghai 10 - Bangsar - Custard Tart

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Shanghai 10 – Siu Loong Pau (Xiao Long Bao), Dim Sum & La Mien – Bangsar

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Movie Review – A Mighty Heart – Real SERIOUS

A Mighty Heart

On January 23, 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is to fly from Karachi to Dubai with his pregnant wife, Mariane, also a reporter. On the day before, with great care, he has arranged an interview in a café with an Islamic fundamentalist cleric. When Danny doesn’t return, Mariane initiates a search. Pakistani police, American embassy personnel, and the FBI examine witnesses, phone records, e-mails, and hard drives. Who has him? Where is he? There’s also the why: because of U.S. abuse of prisoners at Guantanimo, because of a history of Journal cooperation with the CIA, because Pearl is a Jew? Through it all, Mariane is clearheaded, direct, and determined.

This is a serious film, a very serious film…when I elected to watch a serious movie – I didn’t quite realise how harrowing this film would be. It’s extremely tense, emotional, sickening and the most horrifying part of all is that it’s all real.

The story is based on the memoir by Mariane Pearl of the same name A Mighty Heart about the kidnapping of her husband Daniel Pearl which took place in 2002 and got a lot of press.

I’m sure most of you as my readers probably saw the video of the vile act when it actually occured.

Anyway…for the movie I have to say Jolie is really developing as an actress, the intensity she puts into this role is incredible. She did get some flack for the role as she’s not black and was accused of blackfacing for the movie….a bit of outrage from the African American community.

Although from what I know, she didn’t darken her skin for the role, Mariane Pearl isn’t particularly dark anyway.

Either way she was great as Mariane.

Jolie as Pearl

Definitely a movie worth watching, but make sure you aren’t feeling fragile when you do as it’ll take you to some dark places even though the investigation and police work done by the Pakistanis was phenomenal.

The pace could have been a little better at times and I would have liked to have seen more of Danny.

I give it a worth watching but SERIOUS 7/10.

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We Ate This Updated – Kluang Station – Ikano Power Center

Not sure why these Kopitiam places are getting so popular, they are starting to crowd the shopping malls…

I stopped by this one to try out the Hainanese Chicken Chop, it was pretty good but I doubt it’s authenticity. Anywhere I can get a good Hainan Chicken Chop?

Hainanese Chicken Chop

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Kluang Station Kopitiam – Beef Rendang and Hainanese Chicken Chop – Ikano Power Center

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Marié Digby – Harnessing (or abusing) The Social Web

I’m sure you’ve heard of this chick if you’re connected to the online world, one of the big Youtube phenomenas of 2007 coming up with an acoustic version of Rihanna’s Umbrella.

If you haven’t heard of her watch this first:

That’s Marié Digby, one of the new social web stars. If you listen to commercial radio in Malaysia you will have heard of her too as they play this acoustic cover on both Hitz and Mix (pretty frequently).

It’s definitely a good cover and most prefer it to the rather repetitive and annoying original (which really does get stuck in your head).

Following the success of this cover she became extremely famous online and fairly famous in mainstream terms.

The song was subsequently played on the radio station STAR 98.7, was featured on the third season opening episode of the MTV show The Hills,[1] and peaked at #10 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. Digby performed the song on the late night talk show Last Call with Carson Daly on August 2, 2007.

From Wiki.

And of course it helps she’s hot and female (mixed Japanese & Irish American).

I thought it was great, people getting pushed into the mainstream by the power of the social web and virality of grassroots videos and music like our good friend Ronald Jenkees.

It got interesting when I later found out it was all a carefully planned campaign, she wasn’t an independent artist and she wasn’t just spreading her love of music on Youtube…she was already signed to Hollywood Records.

So she was basically feiging amateur status to create buzz on the Internet, pretty smart if you ask me (this is known as astroturfing).

She has of course denied this…but read this article:

Wall Street Journal: YouTube Phenom Has a Big Secret

Ms. Digby certainly isn’t the first professional to feign amateur status on YouTube. Last year, “LonelyGirl15” was revealed to be a 19-year-old actress, working with filmmakers represented by the Creative Artists Agency.

The fact that a big company supported Ms. Digby’s ruse reflects how dearly media giants want in on the viral revolution that’s changing how young consumers learn about new entertainment — even if it means a tiny bit of sleight-of-hand. It also reflects how difficult it is for new recording artists to get noticed now that young fans are paying more attention to Web sites such as Google Inc.’s YouTube and News Corp.’s MySpace than to traditional media like commercial radio.

Interesting stuff, it shows how powerful the web is becoming in launching people, especially social media sites like Youtube and Flickr.

Other links of interest:

Marié Digby on Youtube
Marié Digby on Wikipedia
Marié Digby on Myspace

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We Ate This Updated – Yo! Sushi – Pavilion KL

Quite possible my new favourite Sushi joint, excellent food, good service, nice ambiance and reasonable prices. A lot of people have complained about it, but I can’t say it’s terribly expensive. It’s more than Gunky Sushi or Sushi Kong….but the food you get is worth it. And they have some really unique stuff, where else do you get creamed cheese or avocado?

Or miso black cod!

Yo Sushi

I want to try the one in Gardens too, plus people keep mentioning Zanmai..I tried the Salmon Sashimi there tho and it was gross.

Anywhere else with good Salmon Sashimi?

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Yo! Sushi – Japanese Lifestyle Food – Pavilion, KL

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