Archive for 2008 年 10 月

Movie review – 20th Century Boys (20世紀少年)

Before i watch this, i am totally clueless as to what the story is about. I only know, through my friends that this show beat DeathNote in Japan screens and is the first of a trilogy based on a manga. So its will a lot of expectations that i went to watch this show.

Usually in my reviews, i tend to give off certain bits of the story. This allows anyone who happens to read to know something about the show and then decide if the show is worth watching.

I am not able to do it in this review.

Because after watching the show, i am still clueless. Maybe slightly better off before the show, but now i am more confused and puzzled. Nevertheless, i am eagerly anticipating the second part to come this year end.

20th Century Boys is confusing because it starts off in year 2015 with a recount of a convict in a floating prison. Then it skips back to the 1970s and then to the 90s then back and forth again. The viewer is forced to remember what was shown before and re-connect. Often, i have to try to make sense of the events that seems to have no link at all.

The erratic timeline is not the only part. This show boasts some 300 strong cast and I need to remember the relationships between each character, while at the same time trying to remember how each one look like when they were kids in the 70s. Just see this relationship chart here.

Maybe the Wiki entry on this will help, or become more confused in my case.

1) Storyline – 25 / 30

I think a complicated storyline is cool. It shows a lot of effort from the author and gets the viewer deeply involved into the plot. Although i got lost in it, this story is bound to intrigue once i get to slowly understand it.

2) Entertainment value – 16 / 25

The show was kept alive by the timeline switching and keeping my mind in a constant state of confusion. I won’t say that the whole show was very entertaining, more like you just go along with the flow of it.

3) Cast – 19 / 25

The cast are japanese actors and actresses that i am more familiar with. 唐沢寿明 and 常盤貴子 are once my on-screen favs. I see another cute babe at the end of the show, think she is gonna make more appearances at the second part.

4) Pace / Flow – 18 / 20

Pretty well-paced. Overall, the whole show is not fast paced, made easier for understanding.

Overall: 78 / 100

I am waiting for the second. In the meantime, i shall spend more time on the wiki entry trying to understand the story.


Movie review – My Best Friend’s Girl

Ok, i watched this something like 3 weeks back and didn’t feel like writing a review on it becos i felt it most probably won’t matter. No one will read, and if anyone does, won’t go on to watch this movie.

Again, I didn’t suggest to watch this. Cheesy romantic flicks are the GF’s favourite (but she got it wrong this time).  This show, rated M18, contains 1 scene with boobies (nipples included) and plenty of “fuck" word literally. I am no goody boy but even then, i felt that the excessive use of the holy word was too much to bear.

Enough of criticism.

The story is that, this guy, Sherman Turner (Dane Cook) works as a customer service phone operator who happens to have a rather interesting sideline. He is up for hire to make your girlfriend thinks you are not so bad after all. Lets say you did something wrong, like slept with another girl (in the show’s context) and your girlfriend is pissed and wants a break. You then hire Turner, who will date your girl and be a total jerk, moron and idiot rolled into one. After this tormenting date, your girl is bound to think different and come back to you.

So Turner has a very close buddy (or cousin) named Dustin (Jason Biggs). He is quite the opposite of Turner. Decent, romantic (kinda) guy who fell for his colleague Alexis (Kate Hudson). After confessing to her and kenna rejected, he hired Turner to date Alexis.

And so, things will definitely not work according to plan, that’s where the story is, silly.

1) Storyline – 10 / 30

The story is nice but rather predictable. Bad guy falls in love, bad guy turns good, turns bad again, only to be good again to be with the woman he loves.

2) Entertainment value – 10 / 25

If I knew, i won’t have gone to see this. I seriously think an S-league match will be more exciting.

3) Cast – 16 / 25

Kate Hudson basically rescued the show. Dane Cook was not really that convincing as a total jerk but i do like the way he looked when he was totally caught off-guard by Alexis. You can literally see “WTF" written on his face.

4) Pace / Flow – 16 / 20

The pace was a bit off during some parts of the show. Usually, during these times, you will take the chance to check your phone, peer at your watch or grab for the drink. I was doing all these throughout the show.

Overall: 52 / 100

Barely passed. I hope i don’t have to watch too much of these shows, really detrimental to my overall well-being.

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$20 lesson from a cobbler

Its been an extremely boring and meaningless day at work. I received an email from the clerk that my boss had booked the air tickets for me to go Japan somewhere later this month for a trip to my vendor’s factory. This news didn’t go down well on me because

1) I told him i had some other plans for that weekend, apparently it didn’t bothered him one bit about my inconvenience.

2) He was rushing to get all the bookings done and i understand that he wants all these settled before the big boss come to his mind and decide against me going. I don’t really mind, I don’t really feel like going.

I am thinking, my boss is having the impression that i have always wanted to go to Japan. Yah, I do want to go to Japan badly, but i really think this is a bad time for me to go and in such a rush manner. I haven’t been feeling great lately about work, myself, my GF, my family, my financies. This is definitely not the time that i can feel enthusiatic and looking forward to the trip.

So a lousy day at work ends and i had to go to AMK central. My Hush Puppies black leather shoes decided to call it a day and one of them split open. I went to the cobbler to have them repaired.

I have never seen a cobbler at work before, therefore i have absolutely no idea when he said some sewing is required. He quoted $20 and one hour so i left him with my shoes and ten bucks, feeling optimistic that my shoes will turn out to be the way i expect them to be.

It wasn’t to be one hour later. He had sewed the soles slightly off and it looked pretty ugly since the shoe not longer looked normal. Somemore, the black threads that he used to sew are now all over the soles and ruined what was a clean look. In a word, the shoes are FUCKED.

I cannot accept this. I had him to re-do the shoe while i stood and watched. I nearly wanted to stop him and give up. I don’t think i will look at this pair of shoes the same way again. He didn’t give up though, it sure didn’t look easy to take out the threads and pry the shoes open again. And it definitely looked damn hard to sew the shoes. For a moment, i actually guilty.

He managed to get the shoe done. It was better but it looked more like a pair of BATA rather than what it originally was. I thanked him, pay him the balance and left. I am so going to bust my fucking weekly budget again.

I ran some errands for my mum at the supermarket and waited for a bus home at the interchange. At this moment, i was lamenting my down-ridden luck on a miserable day when this weird old man shoved his sickly face into mine.

SiMiLanJiao~ As soon as i looked up, he backed off and walked off. He didn’t go far though, came back round to circle me, peering at me under the fucking handkerchief covering his fucking face. I was used to encounters with the weird kinds, especially around AMK, so i just acted nonchalant and continued to wait for my bus. I must say though, i was very nearly on my limits and if he was to come to a fucking reachable distance, i will most certainly get physical.

Luckily for both of us, he didn’t and i got on my bus. Reached my home safely and still with a sound mind. What a mind-fucking day.

In case you think i have been getting more vulgar with my words, its because of the movie “My best friend’s girl" that i watched recently. Oh, i haven’t written the review of this movie yet, which is M18 not for any sex scenes (there aren’t any, only one scene with some nehneh and nipples) but for the extremely lively language used. Think of punctuations with “fuck", “cunt" and “pussy" and you get the idea.

Snappy, grouchy, extremely irritable

I had no idea what got into me these few days.

I used to think i am mild temper. I hate confrontations and i prefer to tolerate, forgive and move on. For the past few days, i wasn’t.

First it started when I went out for dinner with a few of my colleagues. One of them said he wasn’t able to come since he got something which i think is not last min. Another one had to work late but refused to come and join when he was done. And to think that both of them had readily agreed when i asked them. I really hated when situations like this happen. It used to be one of my JC friends. He always agreed to whatever outing, gathering we have, whenever, wherever. But less than 1/2 the time, its no show from him. Reason? Last min got this, got that which sounds really silly when his reasons are like recruits passing out parade or family trip which will never be a last min thingy. It all comes down to not being considerate enough to check his own schedule before agreeing. To me, its a selfish act which irritates me to a great extent.

No doubt that one maybe too busy to forget and agreed without much consideration. Even i am sometimes guilty of that, but i will surely check my schedule and voice out before much arrangements are made. Yet i have to suffer all these by my friends and colleagues.

Secondly, the reason was all in the previous post. I had so much of an urge today to start typing my resignation letter in office that i had to pull myself away from my desk and walked around to cool myself. I didn’t manage to do anything today, all my projects are in other’s hands. Besides gently reminding them the urgency, i could do nothing. I am in no position nor rank to command them. Coaxing and urging them usually won’t work. My boss expects no delay but he is a manager while i am just an engineer.

I think i need a break. I wanted to go on leave tomolo for a long weekend but a call from my boss at 4pm ruined all plans (btw, he is on 2 days leave). I had to stayed for at least the morning to attend to some request to a vendor which i thought was rather uncalled for.

Thirdly, i get uncomfortable when i know i overspent my weekly budget. I prefer to go harsh on myself, capping the weekly expenditure so that i won’t splurge one week and starve the other. It takes discipline and frankly speaking, it isn’t easy. I no longer order something during lunch or dinner without calculating and peering into the wallet. I rarely use my 20 odds credit cards nowadays to better control my spendings. I am feeling strained from this but i know that this is prob the best method to force myself to be careful and able to save whatever small amount i can.

Lastly, i am tired. Most recently, i find myself often staring into blank spaces for long period of time. My mind went empty and i don’t like this at all.

So thats why, for the past few days, i am snappy, grouchy and extremely irritable.