Archive for the ‘movies/music/tv’ Category

Sicko

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

I’m not a Michael Moore fan, as I find his documentaries very one-sided, but I’ve been wanting to check out Sicko just to see what it’s about.

All I can conclude from watching it is:

I just cannot fanthom the concept of free healthcare. It’s completely mind-boggling. It’s a new concept to me, and I would certainly like to find out more on how exactly that works and is funded.

Anybody lives in Canada, Cuba, England or France? (These were some of the countries mentioned in the movie).

Local Movies

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

There’s quite a number of DVD/VCD of local movies sitting on my shelf that I’ve yet to watch. Decided to watch a few of them.

Watched Kelvin Tong’s Men in White last week, and his The Maid just a few minutes ago. Both these movies made a profit. I can’t say I liked these two movies that much.

I did like Rule #1, cause it had a decent story, and was shot nicely, but apparently that didn’t do too well at the local box-office. I also liked Love Story, because the story was funky (ie. what the hell is going on), and he made Singapore look not Singapore. Eating Air was decent too – simple story, simple characters, and nice cinematics.

There’s still some local movies waiting for me to watch. Strangely, I’ve never watched a single Eric Khoo movie so far. Mee Pok Man and 12 Stories are on the shelf.

And so is Perth.

Funny. It seems that local movies that win awards overseas generally do not do well locally. When I see the box-office takings for local movies, sometimes I really go ‘huh’. I don’t think I quite understand the general Singapore audience.

We have strange tastes.

Captain Jack Sparrow

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

I was at Cash Converters just now, and I manage to pick up a code 1 Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl DVD.

And better still! When the lady opened it up for me to check, the seal was still in tack – that DVD was brand new!

Gah.

Now I just need a DVD player that can play it. Lol.

Golden Compass & Music Scores

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Wasn’t too impressed with The Golden Compass. It’s almost like a story that seems to go everywhere but anywhere. But I guess considering there is suppose to be a sequel, it’s understandable. The effects were very well done though.

One of the main songs of the movie sounded really like a song in Lust, Caution, and I had a hunch that this movie too was scored by Alexandre Desplat. And true enough, when the credits rolled, it was him!

Hans Zimmer too has similar sounding music, and there have been a few instances when I’ve heard something in different movies/shows and said immediately, “Hans Zimmer composed that.

It’s like a double-edged sword: If someone can recognize your work, does it mean you have created a signature for yourself, or does it mean your songs start sounding similar and you’re running out of ideas?

Lust, Caution

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Finally caught the movie last night.

It was really good. After leaving the cinema, I still wasn’t quite out of their world yet. It did provoke a lot of thought in more areas then one.

It did on some levels remind me why I am in this field.

Yet at the same time, I’m still having doubts.

Confused.

The World of Entertainment

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Hans Zimmers

King Arthur was showing on Channel 5 sunday night. I caught a bit of the opening, and when I heard the background orchestra music, a name immediately surfaced in my mind: Hans Zimmer. And true enough, when I did a check on imdb today, he was listed as the composer.

I was also watching the first two eps of “The Contender“, a boxing reality show shown some time back, the same name surfaced when I heard the theme song for the series. It sounded kinda like the “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme song, which I love.

Every composer has some sort of signature. But for me to be able to identify a Hans Zimmer composition so easily, is it because his signature is strong, or because his tunes sound too similar?

Movies and Theatre

Beauty Word is coming back in Jan 2008. The charm of theatre is not always about who’s performing, but more of the stories unlike movies, where stars usually sell the show.

Recently, “The Invasion” starring Nicole Kidman has been getting mix reviews. It’s a remake of “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers“. Some people don’t like movies being remade at all. Sometimes it’s because the remakes aren’t any that better than the originals. Others just feel that they’re just too lazy to find a new story, choosing to remake old ones instead.

But in theatre, classics like Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserable, there will always be shows, and people will still go to them. Perhaps its because the main difference is that it’s live, and not recorded on a disc, to be watched in the comfort of your home, over and over again.

What’s done where?

I remember when I was still working in my ex-company, I heard about how in the film and media industry in Singapore, if you choose to outsource your crew to ‘foreign talent’, you’ll get blacklisted by local crews, and nobody will want to freelance for you. Since the industry is so small, word travels around really fast.

In a way, I understand their sentiment, as a means to protect their own interests. But at the end of the day, costs and profits still dictate. Things will get outsourced.

For example, the Simpsons is conceptualized in the US, but the actual animation is done in Korea. Quite a number of local production houses dealing with animation also have affliate companies in other countries where labor is cheaper, and their actual animation is done overseas. Its neccessary for them to do so, to keep production costs reasonable. I just found out today that a lot of Walt Disney stuff gets out sourced to Indonesia too.

It makes me wonder to what extent will out-sourcing come to. Will it reach the stage where the country only provides the money, but everything else is out-sourced, and it’s still called a local production?

Spin

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

A mysterious DJ is sent to a busy city block to mend a series of tragic events that occur in our everyday lives. Winner of 35 film festival awards worldwide.

A really cool short!

Random Rants

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

Nuffnang

I signed up for nuffnang some time back, but only recently have there been slots booked for advertising on my other blog singapore watch. One slot just ended it’s one week run, and other will run till the end of the month. No clue how much that will rake in. Hopefully in time to come, that gives me some extras to have fun with!

Moving Pictures

I watched Alone last week. It was the usual shock shock scare scare kinda horror movie, but what intrigued me about it was how they used close up for most of their shots. It heightens the audience anticipation, cause they, like the ‘victim’, have no clue what to expect from beyond the frame. If it were all wide shots, it would be harder to hide surprises, and it just wouldn’t be as scary.

Have been watching Monster the anime. It’s a really dark, investigative, detective, mystery kinda anime, where the death count just keeps rising, and everyone’s trying to find out the truth, and a few are trying to right it. They have really good characters though, all unique and well-fleshed out. It shared some similarities with The Bourne Ultimatum.

Rush Hour 3 was short, and quite lame. There were a few funny parts, but mostly lame. Or maybe I’m just bias – I don’t really like Chris Tucker, cause I think he’s really annoying.

Work

Current full-day job will be end, Wednesday. New one will start next week. I’m still trading time for money, and as long as I do, there is only so much I can make.

I’ve been revisiting an old idea, and trying to flesh out it’s feasibility. I remembered that one of my plans back then was to work in at least two more production houses before I start out something on my own. Back then, I was still thinking more along the lines of working as a full-time job. I never thought that freelancing could be the solution. I think in a year, I might be ready.

One thing that amazes me is how easily we trust other people. I’ve been given keys to offices even though they hardly know me. Every time you hire someone, you have to place a certain level of trust in the person. Of course if you mess up or betray that trust, chances are you won’t be called up again. That hasn’t happen so far though. 😉

Still sourcing for other forms of income (like renting out my macbook pro). At the same time, trying to figure out the best way to not have to pay taxes for this year. Guess I have to start dumping money into CPF. Dunno why, I’m just not too keen on the idea of paying taxes. It doesn’t seem like the money is being wisely used, especially when you hear of how $500k was used to conserve a tree on the road, and then after a few public complaints, they chop the tree down. Bye bye $500k.

Haven’t entirely gotten the hang of managing things yet, but it’s a start. Somehow I just have this feeling inside that I can do so much more. It’s only just the beginning … …

Credit Card

I recently applied for the Citibank Clear Card. It’s the card where anyone can apply, but you only have a credit limit of $500. I don’t qualify for any other cards (sad to say), cause I didn’t earn enough in my last job, and I have to have two years worth of documentation as a “self-employed”.

They nearly disqualified me from this card, cause they claimed I earned too much, and that I should apply for the others. That would have sucked – to be rejected by a card where anyone is suppose to be able to get!