Thursday, 27 August 2015

Is It Because I'm Indian?

Got myself a ticket to watch Is It Because I'm Indian? going by the premise. Luckily there were ticketing concessions, especially opening night. Based on the crowd that gathered, I guess I wasn't the only one. 

First, it was like this... 
Then it got to be LIKE THIS less than two minutes later...
It only takes a couple of people to get the line started.
Damn free seating.
I admit, I was initially a little concerned that it was only 40 minutes long.
Fortunately it was more closer to an hour. 

It's been years since I've been to a show where the doors actually close at 8.30 p.m. pretty much on the dot, which must have thrown some people off, who not only came in fifteen minutes into the show, but stomped up the stairs like Frankenstein's monster, which was very audible. 

Dumb question: When did the playing of the national anthem started? The white people in the audience nearly didn't stand up. 

It was a one-man show with no set and minimal props that played a lot with lighting to set the scene/mood. 

For RM30, I thought it was entertaining enough. People laughed, some nearly cried. The run ends on Sunday; go watch if you have nothing better to do. If you want to see this show for cheaper, go for the matinee performances. 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Week 34, 2015

  • Saw The Man from U.N.C.L.E. this week. 
  • Was in Batu Pahat for a few hours on Thursday and mum finally had her nasi beriani at this stall across the road from a hospital. Seriously, what is it with the close proximity of unhealthy food from clinics and hospitals?
  • Another round of free washing at the coin laundry this weekend. Also found out the time it took to finish a load of laundry, I could get to Softsrve, have an ice cream and be back to take it out. 
  • Finally saw Jon Stewart's last Daily Show episode. Can't wait to see how Trevor Noah is going to drive the show going forward. 

Thursday, 20 August 2015

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Okaylah, I was not even alive when The Man from U.N.C.L.E TV show was running; at the very least, the most I know was watching David McCallum on NCIS for the last 12 years who's now in his eighties. And the movie seemed like fun, so why not? 
  • Had heard that Tom Cruise dropped out of this movie to do the Mission: Impossible movie. I'm kinda glad that happened - the height disparity between him and Armie Hammer would be hilarious.
  • The accents was pretty good all around. Even Hugh Grant's (haha). 
  • The two of them arguing over fashion was bitchy hilarious. 
  • Barely recognised Jared Harris in this movie. 
  • Interesting fashion shoutout to Ducky for the NCIS fans. Anyway, bow tie was too clowny looking on a guy like Armie Hammer.
  • Died laughing on the inside when Solo had time to have a packed meal while Kuryakin was busy with the bad guys. 
  • Is it just me, or does Dr Teller kinda look like Howie Mandel?
  • Did anyone see David Beckham?
Overall, fun Guy Ritchie movie. Go watch if you're so inclined, I don't think you have to be familiar with the show to watch this as anyone who would be familiar with the TV show won't necessarily want to watch this either.. 

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Week 33, 2015

  • Saw the new Fantastic Four movie.
  • Got my half priced totobobo mask, whee!
  • RM in the crapper. For reals, this time; even worse when I was in the US :(
  • Won a RM50 voucher from BFM's That Time of Night to myBurgerLab and promptly used it up on Saturday when the 'rents were up in Genting. 
  • The 'rents were up in Genting on Saturday for Genting's 50th anniversary celebration, which included a black tie gala dinner while being entertained by David Foster and Friends (who performed for paying audience the night before).

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Fantastic Four

I was at the cineplex mostly decided to catch the early screening of The Man From U.N.C.L.E... until I saw that the tickets were RM12.50 and I wasn't going to pay that much to see Armie Hammer in  another big screen adaptation of an old TV show. So I ended up watching the widely panned Fantastic Four reboot, just to see if I would like it like I did the Lone Ranger movie.

As someone who's still tickled by the intro to the 1967 cartoon series that I remember watching back in primary school on Cartoon Network (the entire series is on YouTube!) and sort of enjoyed the previous decade's Fantastic Four movies (I still say Jessica Alba was miscast as Susan Storm, screw everyone else who doesn't think that).. or rather, just Ioan Gruffudd *fans self* and maybe Julian McMahon as brilliantly cast Doctor Doom. Heck, even Chris Evans before he was redeemed as Captain America. 

Back to this reboot... 
  • OMG - it's Homer!
  • At least the movie explained why a black dude is playing Johnny Storm/Human Torch - turns out Susan/Invisible Woman is adopted from Kosovo. Pretty progressive, I thought.
  • How is it for a movie that's almost 2 hours long still has more holes in the plot than Swiss cheese?
  • Tom Hanks's other son is in this movie. 
  • I admit, I was already cringing when they made that first trip to the other dimension.
  • They made Jamie Bell's Ben Grimm more bodoh than the character really is in the canon.
  • Jamie Bell's American accent is pretty good. Also the first English guy to play The Thing. Notice that he never says his catchphrase at all here. Or wears any clothing as The Thing. 
  • Have to like how you never hear anyone say "Fantastic Four" until the words pop up on the closing credits.
  • You know it's cham when there's no post credit stinger or a Stan Lee cameo of any sort.
  • I'm more surprised there wasn't a Alan Smithee credit :P
Based on how it's doing, it's not likely that we'll ever see a sequel from this reboot (though it'd be nice to see how things went on). Maybe they should wait another 10 years, when the rights is about the expire? The link below does explain the constant reboots of certain characters (*coughSpidermancough*).

I didn't mind it, but I feel that it certainly could be a lot better. 

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Week 32, 2015

  • I didn't know there's a Split Gravy on Rice (based on Jit Murad's play of the same name) movie. I'd watch it if it's out, but no news yet on a local release date. 
  • The world saw Lenny Kravitz's bling-ed up pee-pee. What's funnier is him sharing Steven Tyler's text after it came out... *badum-tish*
  • Finally saw the new Mission: Impossible movie this week.
  • The Fantastic Four reboot widely panned. Not sure if still want to go see it next week... 
  • There might be some closure on MH370...?
  • IKEA sale started this week (to clear some stuff in anticipation of the new catalogue coming out later in the month), but for the most part ended up buying stuff that wasn't on sale... :P 
  • ANTM and Project Runway are back...!!  
  • While Singapore turned 50 this week, it's still a long way to go to being a pensioner... 

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

The last Mission: Impossible movie was so long ago, I forgot that this movie follows the events of that movie. 
  • Wow...Chinese funding, huh. 
  • So Malaysia is the new Timbuktu?
  • You can't help but feel a little bad when you see Grandpa Cruise getting, erm, hurt... OOF...!
  • Solomon Lane sounds more like an actual street name than baddie name, but that's just me. 
  • Nice Halo plug, guys. 
  • Don't get me started on BMW. 
  • Simon Pegg is still the funniest thing in this movie. 
  • You have to feel bad for the chick in the record store..
  • I can't be the only one that wants the lock picking thingamajig both Ethan and Benji. Nice standard issue gadget to have :P
  • Have to like that IMF has supply caches (I'm guessing) all over the planet. 
  • The motorcycle chase scene in Morocco is pretty mind blowing. I can't be the only one who found the moment Ethan forgot that he was in street clothes when he lowered his knee while turning hilarious. Also props to Tom Cruise's driving in the first part with the BMW.
  • It's not a Mission: Impossible movie without the theme music and the mask peel off. 
  • You have to give Tom Cruise props for still doing his own stunts even in his fifties. 
  • ... and to Jeremy Renner for being so stylo, even on the lam.
  • So where did the money Lane paid Ethan actually went?
  • Dougray Scott must still be kicking himself somewhere.
  • Didn't really care for the floppy hair, Tom Cruise.
  • I wonder if sales for Simon Pegg's t-shirt in the third act are going to rocket (haha) after this movie. 
  • So if the entire disbanded IMF team is on some wanted list, how did they travel from Morocco to London again? Oh right... (maybe) fake passports.
  • If this was a Bond movie, Ilsa and Ethan would've totally done it by now. 
  • So does this make Alec Baldwin their new boss, or how?
  • I've only just noticed that the last few movies involve the IMF getting dissolved in some fashion.
  • I know it's rated PG-13, but bringing your kids to one of these movies, ah... (especially with Ilsa killing that guy the way she did in the third act was...O.o)
If you enjoyed the series, go nuts. Even if you don't (like me), it's still a fun movie to watch.