Too many things to get to. None of particular significance… but hey, that’s this entire blog for you.
Over the weekend I discovered 2 great songs that I am now playing over and over again. I suppose I’ll get tired of them within 2 weeks, and I suppose those who already know of these 2 songs will scorn at my late discovery. And I suppose a lot of young’uns will not appreciate them… do you know how old I felt when someone younger than me by a couple of years didn’t know Bon Jovi’s songs? Except for ‘Always’ of course, because that one is overplayed, over-hyped and over-emo.
I guess it’s the exposure part; e.g. I wouldn’t recognise any songs by Sex Pistols. But I can sing Patti Page’s ‘Changing Partners’ word for word, thanks to my mom’s love for oldies (a.k.a. pop music to her, heheh). And Limbo Rock. The first English song (besides Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars) I heard was Bill Haley’s Mambo Rock. I remember only the chorus though.
Anyway I heard Men At Work’s ‘Down Under’ and David Bowie’s ‘Rebel Rebel’, and I’m loving them. Now scorn.
Sometime back Chewyx asked me if I would appear in a cameo role in his first movie, an indie short flick that he wrote, directed and produced called WEB OF LIES. Of course I said yes. So one day he picked me up, took me to his house where he was shooting, got Eunice to apply make-up on my face, gave me a script containing my lines and told me to memorise them… fast. Basically I was a blogger named Suanie (sounds familiar?) with certain information regarding a mysterious person.
Also met Alfred (main naked actor), Sarah (main curvaceous actress) and Grace for the first time. Also found out that I should never opt for an acting career, ever.
So Chewyx had a mini screening of his movie last week. I was invited along with Edmund (who was credited as co-producer), and had dinner prepared by Chewyx. Then he screened the final product… and I had some cringe-worthy moments…
There were some parts that I felt were not so good, but actually it was not bad considering that it was Chewyx’s directorial debut. I think he knows the negative bits that we discussed after the screening. Well, good job, keep it up And thanks for asking me, it was quite an experience
Edmund had with him a copy of his latest work, KURUS (co-written and directed by Woo Ming Jin) and so we got to watch that. It’s a tele-movie for NTV7, due to be broadcasted sometime end of March. If you’ve read his blog raving on and on about Carmen Soo and how gorgeous/ jaw-dropping bootiful/ patient/ extraordinary/ superwoman-like qualities bla bla she is, well this was the movie she was in. And honestly, I liked most of it, except two parts and I’ll tell you why:
1) Independent/ not-enough-money/ artistic/ mind-boggling/ what’s-the-point shots. You know what I am talking about. In some movies, it could be 10 seconds of coconut trees swaying in the breeze, or a boy walking down a narrow road for 20 seconds, or green paddy fields or dilapidated houses… Reason they exist is because these shots are deemed to be ‘artistic’ or highlighted to be the mark of ‘independent’ movies but to me they are no more than self-wanking moments. To give them the benefit of the doubt, they do not have enough money to rewrite the script to include more meaningful dialogue, or to pay actors for extra screen time. Luckily I could only detect one such self-wanking shot in KURUS, and that was acknowledged by a grinning Edmund.
2) The ending. So many things I want to say about it, but I’d rather you watch it when NTV7 broadcasts it.
But there were many good things about KURUS, and the one I liked the most was the chemistry between the actors. Some of the actors were first-timers, but they seemed as if they had years of training. Mislina Mustapha (who was Mukhsin’s auntie in Yasmin Ahmad’s MUKHSIN) was simply delightful. The script was funny, and… well, you’ll just have to wait to watch it. I’m sure come March, Edmund will pimp KURUS all over the blogosphere
For more info about Edmund, please read a previous post of mine here.
Random MSN conversation with Reuben:
Reuben: Hey I upgraded to the Nokia N95 8gb because you loved your N95!
me: You are kidding me?
Reuben: No, serious.
(bla bla bla)
me: Sing my praises!
Reuben: Suanie is better than a block of Stilton cheese, a bottle of port and a sunny afternoon.
me: So me + a block of Stilton cheese + a bottle of port + a sunny afternoon = you + boner?
Or something like that. I was sleepy and didn’t save the conversation. Reuben, speak up!
I loved you, Heath