Monday, January 20, 2003

8 Mile

Originally Posted On: 20th Jan 2003

Jimmy "Rabbit" Smith is a mighty good rapper
and a mighty good rapper was he
but he got stage fright
and he clammed up so tight
that he walked off at the speed of light

If you're into rap culture, this movie is for you. But comparisons of these kinda movies where you have low / no confidence prodigies going through trials and tribulations to emerge as champions at the finals of competitions may sound a bit ordinary.

But in this show, Eminem rulez!

What's so NC-16? The language which is used. Every word that comes out of anybody's mouth is F, or colourful variations of F, and every hand sign involves the middle finger. Can't take it? Don't watch it you wuss! (The teenage couple sitting beside me regretted watching the show, the gal couldn't stand the cussin and the humpin, while the guy probably thought this was a date movie and could bring across some warped message / hints to his girlfried, LOL!!!)

Brittany Murphy.....wooooo! All dolled up now (compared to her sickly Don't Say A Word), hubba hubba hubba. Too bad she plays your typical bad girl who have no qualms about making out in factories or studios with different guys (yeah, she bonked with someone else other than Rabbit)

Check out the finale where Rabbit goes one on one against the bad dudes, confidence and bad mo-fo attitude ablazing! Nothing can stop him, and that showdown alone is worth the price of your ticket.

My only gripe is that Eminem should've rapped more, and the ending at the Rap Finals is kinda anti-climatic, though you can see shades of Slim Shady coming onto screen and kickin serious rappin @$$!

Lap it up, and Lose yourself in the music, the moment you own it....

Full Frontal

Originally Posted On: 20th Jan 2003

2 words: It SUCKS!

Ok, so sue me, perhaps i don't know how to appreciate this film, so if you do, write a comment will ya?

So what's so NC-16 about Full Frontal?
1. There's this ONE blurred out humpin scene
2. David Duchovy's less than 10 minute screentime with only a sheet / towel covering his hugely erected dick. And I mean HUGE (maybe fake, but who cares?)
3. Him asking for a handjob, and boasting he can cum in 30 seconds (actually 40 seconds, so says the narrative)
4. Him dying in his bed with one hand on his willy and a plastic bag over his head, probably some masochistic self-gratification which we don't see

This movie starts off as a movie within a movie, called Rendezvous. For the next 1/2 hour, you're left wondering WTF is this movie all about.

Simple. Basically just telling you stories behind those characters leading up to their attending a director's (Gus, played by Duchonvy, less than 10 mins screen time mind you) birthday party.

Characters include a black actor (Blair Underwood), a white actress (Julia Roberts), a HR vice president of some company, her sister who's going to meet some guy whom she knew from IRC, that guy from the IRC who didn't really tell her frankly who he was (some art director rather than a painter), a stage actor, and many others you probably won't give a shit about.

However, the only saving grace was David Fincher and Brad Pitt playing themselves. Watch out for Fincher's spoof of his own directing style (the endless reshoots of even simple scenes involving only 1 spoken line).

Although the movie is draggy, stay on during the end credits where you get to see some contrived behind the scenes shots, as well as a Brad Pitt "Easter Egg" scene right at the end.

That is if you still have the patience to torture yourself through it all. A lot of people in my screening left halfway through the show, and those who forced themselves to sit through the ending because they paid $8.50 darted out of the theatre once the credits start rolling.

Don't watch, unless you really think you can pretend to understand the show.

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Hero (Ying Xiong)

Originally Posted On: 15th Jan 2003

Not goin to spoil the movie for you, but damn, history aint gonna be screwed up in the movie, and unless you are CLUELESS, Qin Shi Huang of course will remain alive and well at the end of the movie

So, wassup, you might add


The way the narrative was delivered.
We are given 3 different perspectives

1. The Lie, as told by Nameless (Jet Li). Shot in red (and i mean red, including everyone's wardrobe), and with themes like anger, lust, jealousy, revenge

2. The Rebuttal, as Qin Shi Huang didn't really buy into Nameless' story, Shot in blue (and i mean blue, including everyone's wardrobe), with themes like love and loss

3. The Truth, as revealed in
Flashbacks, shot in green (and i mean green, including, everybody altogether now.... everyone's wardrobe), with themes like love, hate and self-actualisation
Current Time, shot in white (and i mean white, yeah, no prizes now, almost everyone's wardrobe - Nameless was in black :P ) and which nicely wraps up the ending revealing the outcome of each assassin.

Watch it, but do not compare to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon as it is like comparing apples with oranges. If you think CTHD's flying kung fu is too far fetched, wait till you get a load of this movie's, especially the duel between Nameless and Broken Sword (Tony Leung) in some lake.

Oh, man, Zhang Ziyi still looks babelicious :P even though she's only a supporting actress here :P Stunning in red, as it gets ripped apart by Broken Sword :P Oh yeah baby, hearing her moans can make any red-blooded male go on a high (pun intended!!) :P

One gripe though, the soundtrack sounds suspiciously similar to certain tunes from CTHD, did Tan Dun rip off himself? :P

Thursday, January 02, 2003

Gangs Of New York

Originally Posted On: 2nd Jan 2003

I guess the one thing on everyone's mind about the show, just what is so NC about the NC-16 rating that is slapped on this movie currently screening in local theatres

Your search is over, here are the answers:
1. The bloody opening gang fight, which one suspects has been snipped at some points ever so carefully by the censors
2. There is a nightclub scene which has prostitutes baring their chests
3. In that scene they smoke opium
4. Sorry guys, you do not see Ms Diaz exposed ala Halle Berry in NC-16 Swordfish

Ok, now to the movie proper, just 4 words: Daniel Day-Lewis Rocks. If you think that is 3 words, you're just being petty. The first 10 minutes of raw gang power's the best thing in the show, other than that... sad to say, there ain't no more of an all out gang war despite the rebuilding of The Dead Rabbits. The plot is choppy at times, probably because the show had to be cut down to a more butt-tolerable length of 169mins.

The Good
Leo Di Caprio's Amsterdam resurrects The Dead Rabbits. Hmm... that good? :P

The Bad
Daniel "Bill The Butcher" Day-Lewis' moustache is bad @ss!

The Ugly
Yup, lotsa ugly extras in the show :P

What are you waiting for, move your butt and hit the theatres, now! now! NOW!
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