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30 September 2009
The movie raises many issues, from those at large (Obesity issues, to be careful what you wish for, following your dreams and you’ll succeed like Edison and Tesla did) to those within the domestic sphere (the conflict between son and father, of the former trying to please the latter. The father, whose eyes are covered by furry brows, is at his best when he asks his son: "Can you look me in the eye and tell me you have got this under control?")
I loved all of Flint’s inventions, ranging from rat birds (colourful yet disgusting), to walking televisions, to spray-on shoes that cannot be removed from the feet. The best invention has got to be the monkey thought translator, Steve (played by Neil Patrick Harris), who is so adorable and whose repeated catchphrases (‘Gummi bears!’, ‘Moustache!’, ‘Lick!’) are pretty addictive.
Nevertheless, the greatest invention in the movie is when Flint is able to transmute water into food, through some hydrogenetic process, using some very complicated machine converter of his (can someone tell me what is the name of that converter, it was too long I couldn’t remember it!). All goes well initially, when the town finally has food after its residents have been surviving on toasted/baked/fried/steamed sardines. Things go awry when the Mayor presses Flint to come up with buffet meals.
That’s where Sam Sparks, Flint’s lover, from the Weather News Network (with the catchphrase ‘Whether there’s news or not!’) comes in. I absolutely love her for her ridiculously funny puns like “We all love a meteor shower but you've never seen a meatier shower than this.”
The 3D effects weren’t as impressive as I’d thought it to be, but its nevertheless a great movie that kids and adults would enjoy. Sony Pictures Animation is FINALLY giving Pixar a run for their money.
Predicted bottom 3: Duane, Charles, Fathin.
Alright, I've decided to mute Ken whenever he makes a comment. It's quite an exciting game, you should try it!
28 September 2009
Personal favorites (clockwise from top left): Olly Murs, Ethan Boroian, Jamie Archer, Daniel Lloyd, Danyl Johnson, and Lucie Jones [Click on names to view audition performances]
26 September 2009
Who makes up the Glee club?
You can be an athletic and macho stud, or the ever-so-popular cheerleader; You can also be a wheelchair bound student, an Asian harajuku misfit, a bulimic girl, or a gay fashionista.
Well, one thing they have in common is that they love to sing, dance, and perform. And that's where the Glee teacher-in-charge, Will (played by Matthew Morrison), comes into play.
Well, he definitely has got the experience, because Matthew Morrison once starred as Link in the Hairspray musical!
Every episode, they sing a lot of songs, from the classics to the contemporary. The amazing thing is that they always add their own interpretation to the songs, in a capella style. Loved some of their renditions, including 'Mercy', 'Gold Digger', and 'Take a Bow'.
Sometimes special guests appear in their episodes too. In the past 4 episodes, names like Josh Groban (top) and Justin Gaston have been featured on the Glee set.
Yeah, so if anything, this has got to be the show to watch this fall!
You can catch the latest episodes here!
Now, here's another show which has a totally different fate.
The Beautiful Life gets canned just after two episodes due to low ratings. Goodbye Mischa Barton. I think Nico Tortorella would keep it surviving, but alas, he failed to boost ratings as well.
So, the designers had to come up with a costume of their selected movie genre.
Nicolas (top, with model Celine) did fabulous with this ice queen, Narnia-like white gown, and he won the challenge based on his theme 'Sci-Fi Fiction'. Epperson did a Western-based design which looked contemporary yet Americana at the same time. Christopher lived up to his reputation once again, with his elegant and chic period piece. Absolutely love his designs.
I had mixed feelings after watching 'Fame' yesterday.
The show was definitely made to target teenagers like me. It had a pretty realistic touch to it, that fame would never befall upon everyone, and you have to accept the fact that sometimes, you just are not up to the standards, and perhaps, you should choose another route when you're still young.
I must particularly commend the following two actors: Kherington Payne and Asher Book.
Kherington was a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance. I think the judges told her during her season that she could make it big in the movies with that Hollywood face of hers. Well, she took their advice, and landed herself in a pretty major role in Fame. Her solo dances were absolutely brilliant, and she had the diva attitude going on.
Asher is the lead singer of boyband V Factory. Didn't know this before watching the movie, and I thought his vocals were absolutely impressive!! Great looks, great charm, and I would kill to have a voice like his.
Now, I profess I don't know anything about the original (Yes, this was a remake), but I thought the character development here was terrible. Too many characters within too short a timespan. The ending also came across as a tad too cheesy. I find it absurd how the girl above managed to land herself in the lead role in her musical as a singer. Hello, she was supposed to be a classical pianist. and Hello, I think the Senior Year singers would be highly distraught if the casting director picked a pianist over them.
2.5/5.0 stars [Half of it goes to Kherington, another half to Asher]
25 September 2009
I'm not entirely digging this season.
I mean besides the very fierce physical challenge today, I wasn't particularly excited by anything else.
Ok, this photo did cheer me up though:
And Liz is really proving to be a worthy contender for the million bucks.
So once again, the models had to look tall. Obviously being short isn't going to get you anywhere, so Tyra keeps hitting on that fact. And there you have it, 4 models who are below 5'7 yet are able to pull off brilliant photos. Kudos to our Asian representative, Jennifer for taking a pretty chic shot.
Nicole really has got a shot at this.
Now, the show began with the following scenes:
All of a sudden, BOOMZ! Something happens, everyone in the world falls asleep for 137 seconds.
...Basically, everyone goes “What in the world?”
Some scary scenarios:
Now, that really freaked me out, and the way they played the captured video was just oh my god.
24 September 2009
Loved the dead ol man's expression
23 September 2009
Predicted Bottom 3:
Duane : Earlier today, I was still laughing to my friends, and was awaiting myself for a loserdom performance by Duane, who already pulled off an atrocious Archuleta number last last week. But oh my, Duane played the piano, Duane seemed so mature, and he got the audience clapping. Yes, his face may still be very detestable, but Ken, I believe if he pulls off something like this every week, he can become the next Taufik or Hady. Found it quite hilarious when he mimicked Lady GaGa's snapping and PoPoPoPo phrasings.
Tabitha : Her voice has a great texture, loved her phrasing, can fight Fergie. Solid, pitch perfect - everything was in the right proportions. Loved her controlled implosive grunts too. This is indeed some talent and she should definitely stay in the competition.
Nurul : So absolutely thankful that she is back into the competition. It was such a cool jazzed up version of Oops! There was a great balance of sensuousness and flirtatiousness, and her vocals definitely were there to back that up. I don't see how see dressed like a customer, because I thought her zipbra preents looked gorgeous on her. I feel that she has a lot of voices mixed into one - Winehouse, Duffy, Rihanna... She surely has got the attitude, and may she reach the Final 3.
Sylvia : Chose (or maybe was forced by the producers) a really cliched song, though this performance was good enough by Singapore Idol standards. Very clean alto voice, her posters are very glam. Thought she could've sung it a key higher, I didn't feel it was shiok enough. Nevertheless, it was the BOOMZ man.
Sezairi : Loved his song choice, fitted so well with his husky laidback voice. It was polished, very controlled and calm. He seemed absolutely comfortable on stage, and unlike Ken, I didn't see any problem with his image. He was definitely not uncharacteristic too, and I believe he has a lot to offer in this competition. Ken perhaps doesn't even know the song.
Faizal : It was tough for him to par Duane's standard. He still looked really good, and had a great stage presence. Took the comments very humbly from the judges. I think he'll go very far too because of his personable self.
Charles : I guessed he tried to pull off a Kris Allen 'Heartless'. Well, it worked to a certain extent, though I really couldn't make out the original tune. I disagree with Dick, who says that he is starting to become like a gimmick and should start focusing, because Charles' niche is after all in beatboxing, and I thought it was a fair balance between his subdued vocals and his guitar playing and beatboxing. It was all in right doses. Glad that he's being himself now, not like when he performed Collide.
Justin : And then you have Kris Allen's 'Heartless' being performed by Justin. Definitely docked some points there already. I mean, Kris, the American Idol, performed such a brilliant rendition of this like months ago, and there is no way that that would be recreated. Nevertheless, Justin has a wide vocal range that comes by rarely, but he still looks weird. Ok, he attempted to connect with the audience by shaking hands, but I don't think he really felt the message of the song, came across as over-chirpy at parts. Awkward movements do not help either.
Syltra : Thick dark-red blooded lips somewhat freaked me out. Gurmit announces she is performing Clarely Clarkson. Well, this Aurigami frontwoman performed Breakaway with an original touch, though I felt she lack enough phrasing and slurs to make the song a nice one. Her draggy vocals also can make or break her, and she quivered a bit at some high notes. The last high note wasn't very glorious either. Great showmanship though, you hardly find girls squatting down during their performances.
Mae Sta : I can't believe she did not even belonged to the better half of the performances. Obviously, she didn't have a say in her song choice, and seemed like a total sell-out. She did what she could: Good belting, good riffs, though maybe a little over-the-top at some parts. She MIGHT be in the bottom 3, and that will be very interesting given how she was pipped to be the next Singapore Idol.
Malaque : Once again, the corny electone made the song sound very amateurish. Nevertheless, she held it with her solid vocals, although I doubt she pulled it off very well. She wasn't fierce enough for this very feminist song, was a little pitchy at parts, and I found her monotonous when it came to the lower register of the song. It was quite funny how she seemed like she wanted to get off the stage so quickly. I mean, tonight might be your last night, so treasure it.
Fathin : Oh man, the song was just too big for her. Very pitchy. Well, to her credit, she is singing something that suited her personality, and she had better control. One thing I agreed with the judges was that she didn't connect with the audience. Totally left no lasting impression.
Farhan : Honestly, how can such a person even enter the Top 13. Ok, to his credit, he moved away from Jonas to the most cliched song being played on radio. I see some improvement there. Very self-indulgent, his riffs sounded confusing, and I don't see the significance in the plain belting of 'OhOhOhOh'. He's like a much more boring, and slightly better looking Taufik. BLAND. Please get out of my TV set now. [P.S You need not apologize for your falsetto hyena screams.]
Honestly, I want to rant about Ken's pathetic judging, but I shall not waste my time on this thing. He has enough 7-11 commercials for publicity, and doesn't need any more.
22 September 2009
NOMINEES FOR MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS 2009 (Selected categories)
Beyoncé – Halo
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
David Guetta - When Love Takes Over (feat. Kelly Rowland)
Kings of Leon - Use Somebody
Lady GaGa – Pokerface
Best Live Act:
Kings of Leon
Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
Best Female Artist:
Best Male Artist:
Best Rock Act:
Kings of Leon
Best Alternative Act:
Beyoncé - Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
Britney Spears – Circus
Eminem - We Made You
Katy Perry - Waking Up In Vegas
Shakira - She Wolf
Best UK & Ireland New Act:
Florence & The Machine
21 September 2009
Here are some of the outstanding audition performances thus far:
20 September 2009
Yep, they are getting old.
Mary J. Blige - 38
Mariah Carey – 39
Celine Dion – 41
Shania Twain – 44
Whitney Houston – 46
Madnona – 51
Gloria Estefan – 52
Cyndi Lauper – 56
Chaka Khan – 56
Donna Summer – 60
Diana Ross – 65
Gladys Knight – 65
Patti LaBelle – 65
Aretha Franklin – 67
Tina Turner - 69
So, I was watching Xin Guang again. Here are some performances that I thought were either good, or very interesting. Or rather, it's just one video which belongs to the latter category. You will be able to tell from the video size.
[Note: Everyone is in the Top 6, except for Olivia (the one who sang Little Nyonya theme song), who is a PK contestant. Her job is basically to compete with the current contestants and outperform them, which she did.]
Ok, here’s the champion.
李杰宇‧Like I Love You(20分)
JT, please do not watch this.
19 September 2009
This week's Project Runway challenge scaled new heights of ridiculousness. The designers had to come out with a piece of clothing with newspapers as their ONLY fabric (they were assisted with colour pencils, markers, paint, and muslin as the backing). Yet, some of them pulled off amazing designs, such as Irina (left) and Christopher (right):
Lady GaGa should consider wearing either of those two dresses, because of all the 6 she wore throughout the duration of the VMAs, only one was relatively decent. Let's hope we have similar tastes.
The judges for that night included Eva Longoria and Tommy Hilfiger (like what, Tommy Hilfiger is alive??)
Leona Lewis' performance for 'Happy' at America's Got Talent Finale. Finally got hold of a HD version.
This week's ANTM produced some beautiful shots. They had to pose nude with a horse. How suggestive that seems. This episode also saw double eliminations; One of them was eliminated (Rachel) because the President of Wilhemina Models thought she was not ready, so they decided to eliminate her halfway during the show. I honestly thought she would be the frontrunner. The other girl (Courtney) had an injured leg, and that somewhat stifled her throughout the show.
Here and my favourite photos:
Nicole (my personal favourite) and Laura.
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