Review: Relationship Status

Relationship Status poster

I was at the premiere of RELATIONSHIP STATUS thanks to TGV. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie and I highly recommend it to my smart, intelligent readers ;)

RELATIONSHIP STATUS is written and directed by Khairil M Bahar who also stars in it. It boasts several notable names: Gavin Yap, Davina Goh, Tony Eusoff, Daphne Iking, Baki Zainal, Ruzana Ibrahim, Alfred Loh, Shuba Jay, Benji Lim, Amanda Ang, Susan Lankester etc

In short, it’s a movie about relationships and how Facebook plays a role in fucking up affecting communication. Very relevant to the world today.

Good:

Good casting. They seem quite natural with each other, makes the whole movie very believable. I know it’s supposed to be a given in movies, right? But have you seen some of our local movies before? That’s why it’s something that I always mention when I talk about local productions. I like actors who know what they are doing, i.e. constant dialogue like in real life, instead of reading off a script then pause and wait a couple seconds before the 2nd actor responds. OMG THIS IS NOT ACTING SCHOOL OKAY, THIS IS THE REAL DEAL! /end rant. Happily in RELATIONSHIP STATUS this is not a problem. + Like.

Soundtrack. Absolutely fresh and rocking.

Storyline and script. Tight, smart, funny and witty, well-delivered by the cast who can pull it off, no problems. For comparison sake, Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa despite all its failures actually has a lot of smart, funny lines which unfortunately was lost on the actors who couldn’t bring them to life. Wasted.

Seasoned performances. Gavin Yap shines in his role in RS. Davina Goh just shines. Chemistry between them = win. Susan Lankester made me tear up… just a bit.

MISC: locality references to Sid’s Pub, yay! No hardcore selling of sponsors’ products hahah. Thank you sponsors, I can’t tell you how friggin’ annoying it is to bulldoze your way into the storyline and making it all so unnatural *cough* Sumolah *cough*.

Bad:
– camera work. I’m too old for too non-required shaky
– camera angles. Feels like too much paparazzi-style
– because of the camera work, it feels more like a university project
– which I think is a shame because the storyline + script is potential max

That said, I’d love for you to go watch it, I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

I’d also love for it to do well though I foresee some problems with that. It’s a mostly English movie and the jokes are catered to urbanites. You’d also appreciate it more if you understood certain references e.g. H2G2. And we know that these people are the hardest to convince to go watch a local movie in the cinema based on previous blah experiences or impressions.

Still I hope for the best and I very much look forward to Khairil M Bahar’s next project.

RELATIONSHIP STATUS opens in selected TGV cinemas from today onwards. Check the TGV website for listings and showtimes.

Watch the full trailer:

Girly Stuff: Benefit B.right Radiant Skincare

I was invited to try out Benefit Cosmetics’ new range of B.right! Radiant Skincare. Which actually means haul my fat arse to 1U to collect the trial kit FOC (heard that it can be obtained if you purchase a certain amount at Sephora or something) then testing it out.

Benefit Cosmetics b.right skincare

The B.right Radiant Skincare has 8 items in their range. My sample kit contains: Foamingly Clean Facial Wash, Triple Performing Facial Emulsion with SPF 15 and It’s Potent! Eye Cream.

I’ve been using this for a week and I must say that I really like it. My favourite is the facial wash. It’s light, foamy and smells absolutely wonderful. My oily + dry skin feels very clean, supple and luxurious after each wash, none of the tight feeling you get with some other products. I think it actually made my face better, that’s why I’m going to buy the full size one when my sample tube is depleted. RM90 for a 127.5g, not bad eh?

Benefit Cosmetics b.right facial wash
Just a little bit goes a long way

The facial emulsion is oil-free and lightweight, absorbs very quickly and smells lovely. Since I’m so friggin’ lazy, I’ve only used this for a couple of days when I remember to. I do like it and I think it suits my skin type well. Also Shirley if you’re reading this, please remind me every day to apply my moisturiser, thank you! :D

As for the eye cream, I think it takes a while to show results, right? ‘Cos my eyes are still panda-like but that’s more my fault than any eye creams in the world. They need to invent an eye cream for ‘shut up and go to sleep on time’.

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Teohlogy: the word according to Patrick Teoh

Patrick Teoh's Teohlogy Patrick Teoh: 63, actor, husband, father, grandfather and generally misunderstood person is also now an author.

Okay lah, technically he is a ‘compiler’ as his new book TEOHLOGY: the word according to Patrick Teoh is a compilation of his works from the now-defunct Off The Edge (OTE) magazine.

12 months x 5 years = a lot of publishing-worthy material.

I met with Patrick recently and he kindly gave me a complimentary copy for review.

“You got write anything new for the book or not?” I asked.
“Got, the front introduction and the end conclusion lah.”

Off The Edge was a monthly print magazine from the same group as The Edge business weekly. Its focus was on culture, lifestyle and politics – stuff not usually covered by The Edge. Ran for 5 years, had some of the most insightful and funniest articles and commentaries I ever read (including riveting Q&A with the dreamy looking Kam Raslan).

All good things come to an end and OTE ceased publication in mid 2010. BFM interviewed its ex-editor Jason Tan and writer Azmi Sharom, click here to listen to/download the podcast.

Patrick’s column in OTE was his views and opinions on the affairs of all things Malaysia. People, politics, culture, behaviour, news, attitude… all also kena. I didn’t manage to follow all his pieces in OTE so I’m glad to have this compiled works.

But to be honest, it can be a bit overwhelming to read everything at one go. Or even more than a few pieces at one time, because it reminds you how things haven’t really changed since 5 years ago. Very depressing one.

Also it made me recall specific news/ incidents or our VIP foot-in-mouth situations, things that we were so angry and upset about so many years ago. Then now all silent and no follow up because… Malaysians including myself mudah lupa. Shy.

If you see the front part where they state the publishers’ details, book ISBN etc, you’ll see that this book is categorised under ‘RHETORIC’. Kind of ironic, bitter sweet, I’d say.

But it’s a good thing also. Once we settle into the ‘haiyah this is Malaysia, like that one lah. So long we ourselves survive, who cares about others or what’s happening…” then we’re no better than the those we often rail against.

So grab a copy of TEOHLOGY: the word according to Patrick Teoh, and find out about male bovine faeces that he cannot stand. I think it retails for less than RM40, available in major book stores.

Or why not go to the book launch tomorrow and meet the man himself? Have your copy signed, take photos etc. I’ll be there!! (err.. if it makes any difference….)

Date/ Time: 22 January, Saturday. 2pm till 3.30pm
Location: Popular Books, Ikano Power Centre, Mutiara Damansara

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I’m giving away a copy of TEOHLOGY: the word according to Patrick Teoh to one of my blog readers. Not my signed copy, but I will buy a brand new copy lah! Just leave a comment here telling me what you think of Patrick Teoh, or how much you love or don’t love him, or why you deserve a free copy of his book etc.

I’ll choose the best answer by Sunday 12pm and if possible, have your copy signed by the man himself. Comment away!

i am pro-homosexuality, and i think wind & cloud should just get it on already

Note: This is a rant and contains spoilers.

The Storm Warriors

So I watched The Storm Warriors II at TCM yesterday with ST, Kim, KY, Horng and Sotong. I’d wanted to catch this one ever since I saw the trailer which was pretty good. The first movie was quite decent too. So sat down in the cinema hall, movie trailer, advertisement, movie trailer, advertisement, advertisement, KFC advertisement, movie began, watch watch watch…

What.The.Fuck.

I can summarise the movie into this equation: Great special effects + damn lame storyline + damn lame posing + kindergarten acting + unbelievably stupid script + what the hell why did they slow-mo everything?!? + waste of good actors = The Storm Warriors II.

Fans of the comic book would appreciate this movie? Yah whatever, eat my shoe. I’m a huge fan of Tolkien’s LOTR and I’d be seriously pissed off if the movie trilogy strictly adhered to the books. Sure, you’d be able to see Tom Bombadil on screen, but that means you’d need to block out 10 weeks of your life to watch the whole damn thing.

Everybody was just cashing paychecks. Simon Yam looked damn stupid. They could have replaced Nicholas Tse with some unknown and it wouldn’t have mattered. Whoever played Lord Wicked failed big time. Hello, you need someone with a booming voice to play that role. Kenny Ho as Nameless didn’t have enough presence. But his disfigured disciple was good.

And the women… omaigod… they rank among the top most annoying bitches in Hong Kong cinema history.

As for Wind and Cloud, I know they are supposed to be damn cool with their long wispy hair and lean muscular bodies. But every other scene of them slow-mo was damn too much lah! Turn this way must slow-mo. Turn that way must slow-mo. Bring down the blade to attack the other got at least 5 slow-mo shots.

And the prolonged looks of hurt and despair omaigod…

Then at the last part where Cloud jumped down the cliff and Wind recovered the good side of himself. Damn sad that Cloud didn’t kill him as he’d told him to. After all that damn powerful martial arts and bloody fighting kling kling klang klang here and there, stupid Wind cannot get out of his Nightmare’s (Second Dream) grip. Wah lau that made me so mad.

Great CGI effects though.

wacky bar – comedy in aid of cervical & breast cancer awareness

Wacky Bar poster

It has been a long while since I last went to the theatre. When Joanne who’s in my BootCamp platoon handed out flyers to her latest show, a few of us thought we’d go catch it. After all it’s a comedy with an impressive cast, and all nett proceeds go to Passionately YOU, a non-profit programme by Assunta Hospital to treat, educate and raise awareness for cervical and breast cancers.

At Wacky Bar, people come together to end old, forge new and strengthen current relationships. Stories of hope, heartache, aspirations and frustrations are laid bare for all and sundry, some of which I’m sure most of us can relate to (though not many of us would want to admit to). Choose from an inattentive football fanatic boyfriend, two secret lovers, drunk and over-the-top women, friends who skip over alleged Ida Nerina’s naughty video, why-didn’t-he-call wails… I found myself laughing out loud along with the crowd at Wacky Bar. The comedic timing of certain acts are just precious.

Wacky Bar is written by Maya Tan Abdullah and directed by Joanna Bessey. The cast includes Patrick Teoh, Ida Mariana, Elaine Pedley, Daphne Iking, Megat Sharizal, Gavin Yap, Maya Tan Abdullah, Iedil Putra, Rashid Salleh, Joanne Kam Poh Poh, Na’a Murad, Sharmaine Othman, Shahredza Minhat and Junji Delfino.

There are still 4 shows available – Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday afternoon. Tickets cost RM65 or RM75, admission for 18 years old and above only at the PJLA at Jaya One. For tickets and showtimes, click here. As mentioned, nett proceeds go to Passionately YOU.

It’s funny and entertaining, go watch!

sell out! ($311.0u7!) – malaysian comedy

I was invited by McGarmott to the press screening of SELL OUT! last week. It is a movie written, directed, edited and produced by local boy Yeo Joon Han, won some awards, received massive love and accolades in Italy and opens in Malaysia at selected cinemas today.

Synopsis: Her name is Rafflesia Pong (Rafflesia=largest flower in the world, which reeks of animal carcass; Pong=stink). She’s a bottom-ranking arts show host who’s disillusioned with “those over-rated underachievers we call artists.” He’s Eric Tan (Eric=Eric, Tan=typical Chinese surname), a product designer who’s just about to learn that it doesn’t pay to be creative. They both work for FONY, a multinational conglomerate whose mission statement, copied from a Taiwanese company, is to be original. In the face of such pressure, will Eric and Rafflesia retain their artistic integrity or will they finally sell out to fame, fortune or some other nasty thing that also starts with “F”?

SELL OUT ($311.0u7!) move screenshot 01
Jerrica Lai as Rafflesia Pong

Thoughts in no particular order. Note – some spoilers:

  • Aplenty references that may make sense to people who go for indie movies/ arts stuff and are generally perceived to be more cultured than me or you because they ‘get it’. It’s not a bad thing, can be rather funny IF you get it.
  • Jerrica Lai as Rafflesia Pong was the best thing that happened to the movie. I loved, loved, LOVED her acting from the beginning till the end.
  • Aplenty Malaysian jokes, or situations any Malaysians/ Singaporeans would immediately notice and smile (bashfully ‘cos we all did it before!). So we do have more in common than not, heh.
  • However I felt that most of those jokes were a couple scenes too long and needlessly repeated, e.g. two ladies fighting for cab, wrong person on the phone, Forgetful CEO and his “Don’t But Me!”, Eric’s explanation of why he talks the way he does, etc. Maybe audience not familiar with our jokes will appreciate the elaboration. For me, I felt like, okay we got it the first time round, let’s move on.
  • Peter Davis as Eric Tan was not very compelling. Nothing against him, he’s cute in a MTV VJ sort of way, and I understand that this is his first acting gig. A bit like Keanu Reeves in most of his acting gigs, heh.
  • I have always liked Kee Thuan Chye. Actually, him being in the movie was one of the reasons why I wanted to watch it. Of course the dude was good.
  • Hannah Lo = pretty. Character = bitchy. Acting = errr, can definitely improve.
  • Plot was a bit everywhere. I understood after a while, but it took some time.
  • Movie runs for 106 mins. It felt like 2 full hours because like I said, I found many parts to be draggy and unnecessary.
  • I didn’t appreciate the camera shaking around during the first half of the movie. Pissed me off and gave me a slight headache. Later I was informed as to why they made it so. Understood their reasons, but I still didn’t like it.

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Peter Davis as Eric Tan, Kee Thuan Chye as The Smoking CEO and Lim Teik Leong as The Forgetful CEO

  • I thought the spontaneous singing was all right. What’s this about people not appreciating semi-musicals? Sweeney Todd sucked ass okay :P My only thought is that they must be inserted intelligently and there should be a gauge if it works to play half a song or the entire tune. Shorter if the vocals are not that awesome. Okay I know some people are going to bring up Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia! The Movie. I think that worked and I’ll tell you why – he was horrible, he knew he was horrible, but the songs were familiar and the scenes were animated and funny or unintentionally funny.
  • Must mention: one of my favourite scenes is why the old lady ended up nearly dying, heh. Brilliant. I like flashbacks done ala Family Guy. Trey Parker and Matt Stone would hate it though. Who gives a toss about them?
  • It’s funny that Yeo Joon Han (screenplay writer, director, editor, producer) is so self-deprecating, doesn’t take himself and what he does way too seriously (you know who you are, artsy directors who favour 10-second scenes of blue skies and coconut trees blowing in the mild breeze, bleargh!). You’ll understand why as you watch the movie.
  • The first screen shot I posted above with Rafflesia standing in front of a family – the scene came together brilliantly and I thought it was one of the funnier side-stories. The ‘family’ members were great.
  • There was a moment when the two CEOs were singing, then muted, then singing resumed. I liked the sequence.

In a summary, I find SELL OUT! the movie watch-able. Some draggy parts, perhaps more stringent editing work needed. Miles better than a lot of local movies (and actually, a lot of foreign ones), fresh direction in our local movie scene, brave move on the director’s part. I think you should go watch it and watch it fast at the cinemas. You know lah, Star Trek screening and all, our local cinemas tend not to screen local movies for a long time. Check out the brilliant trailer below!

Also blogged: Horng, ShaolinTiger, KY

suanie has a 2009 photo calendar, thanks to pixart

Dominic from Pixart wrote to ask if I’d be interested to ‘test drive’ their new product — the Pixart Photo Calendar. I said yes, partly because I fondly remember Pixart as being one of the first Malaysian companies to approach local bloggers to review their products. Also because the two pocketbooks that I received from Pixart the first time round have proved their worthiness around the house — whenever my sister misses the not-so-fat version of me, she’d take them out and reminisce.

Getting a Pixart Photo Calendar has been a rather straightforward process. You’ll need to download a software to create your calendar, which is available to both PC and MAC users. The head cracking part for me was the photo selection process; I have too many to choose from!

PixArt Photo Calendar - software
The process of creating my calendar involved a lot of photo-aligning

A few days after uploading my order, I received a parcel from Pixart containing my Photo Calendar.

PixArt Photo Calender - Suanie's calendar cover
The narcissistic cover

For some reason, I’d glanced through the product page too quickly and thought that it was a propped-up calendar. Turns out, it’s a hang-up calendar. Uh, I’m sure there are proper terms for that. But no matter, I already found a place in my office for my calendar, which gained positive ‘wows’ from my sister and Ryan.

PixArt Photo Calender - January 2009
January 2009, with some of my favourite photos of a younger Ryan

PixArt Photo Calender - March 2009
March 2009. Fun times in Singapore!

PixArt Photo Calender - August 2009
August 2009. Dedicated to one of my best friends ;)

I also placed photos of people on their birthdays so I won’t forget.

PixArt Photo Calender - September birthday reminders
My sisters and I were born in September

Nifty, eh? Thanks Dominic, I really like it :)

You can get your own personalised Pixart Photo Calendar at the Pixart website. Prices start at RM65 for a 12-month calendar; you can add additional pages up till December 2010 if you want at additional prices.

At the moment they are having an introductory offer — a 12-month calendar available for only RM50. The offer ends 31st January 2009, so I guess you’d better get a move on :)