chris blake – wave

In one of Sashi’s blog posts, he included a video and called it “Biggest Regrets” . I followed all the necessary links, and found out that it was a proper music video for a Chris Blake song, titled ‘Someone Else’.

Clicked on link, clicked on link, clicked on link. Landed on Chris Blake’s MySpace. Listened to ‘Someone Else’ on repeat for the rest of the day. Told random people about it. Clicked on link, got to his CDBaby page. Clickety click, thought it over for a long while, clickety click, made payment etc. Now I own a legit copy of Chris Blake’s second album, Wave ;)

Chris Blake Wave
Well, I chose the ‘no plastic cover’ option

In a nutshell, I find his voice rather husky; perhaps not as soothing as Jack Johnson’s (then again, not many people are) but no less relaxing to listen to. Someone reviewed this album on-line (can’t locate the link now, sorry) and said this, “The lyrics are simple, straightforward, and sweet as are the melodies and harmonies.” I couldn’t agree more.

Some of my favourite tracks:
(which you can listen to at his MySpace or on CDBaby)

The first track Phantom Love is a slightly guitar-heavy, can be a bit commercial rock-ish. The nearest similar song I can think of now is Chris Cornell’s You Know My Name. Maybe some of the guitar stuff they did in Audioslave. But lyrics-wise, not as dark lah. Following that is Party On The Last Iceberg, a song about environmental concerns. At first I thought that this song was damn weird. Like some robotic chant that is terribly annoying and stupid. After a while (4 hours, maybe?) it grew on me and now I really like it. Well, when I first heard Coldplay’s Speed of Sound, I hated it with a vengeance. Then I saw the light.

Trains and Blow Away have a distinctive 90s feel to them, sort of fit right in with Blues Travelers. Don’t know why, but I always feel like listening to Howie Day’s Collide after ‘Trains’. Mean It Now, a beautiful harmonisation with these simple yet poignant lyrics, “Ah the perfect embrace, but let me see your face, and the crease above your brow, that says you really mean it now”. You can imagine the scene in your mind.

I guess the #1 crowd pleaser is Someone Else. “Goodbye, she said to me.. so how was I to know she didn’t want to go… I stepped aside so she could leave… never thinking if I held her then, she’d never leave again…”. Brought a scene from the movie ‘The Parent Trap‘ to my mind, when the divorced couple rehashed the past:

Nick: Why did you leave?
Elizabeth: Why didn’t you come after me?
Nick: I didn’t know you wanted me to.

I know a couple of people I can dedicate the song to! Hah!

There’s also this number in the album, How Journey Saved My Life. I can’t make sense of it, not being a Journey fan/ didn’t grow up in that era. Steve Perry is a big thing? Har? It’s like telling fans of those pseudo rock band wannabes with band members wearing way too much eyeliner that they should appreciate Jakob Dylan. Well okay, maybe not exactly the same. Anyway that’s the only song I skip in the entire album.

Well, that’s it. Not much of a review, I know. Who really cares? Just wanted to get the word out that I have this CD and I love it. And to prove a point to the movie and recording industry (yes, here’s me waggling my finger at you giants and moguls, pass me another delusional pill) that people do part ways with their money, but only if the products don’t suck. So stfu about piracy being your biggest headache; you have bigger problems than that.

the dark knight premiere

Well, my Batman haiku contest was a smash hit; at least I think so anyway.

Thanks to Nokia (M) (and Text100 (M) of course ;) Libby I love you), I had a ticket for myself and 6 very beautiful and lucky readers to watch The Dark Knight yesterday evening at the GSC Signature cinema.

6?! WTF? Heh, well, initially I had two. Then I received another 2. Then at the very last minute I received another 2. If you didn’t win, well there were a LOT of good entries :) I think the best one was submitted by Sashi:

Fog covers the night
As she tucks herself in bed
The clown prince cackles

Screams kill the silence
The world holds its breath, as the
dark knight is summoned

She is saved, but just
The bat and the joker in battle
Blood will spill tonight.

Unfortunately I was being kiamsiap and was giving the tickets out in singles and Sashi didn’t want to go by himself. On hindsight I should have given him the two last minute tickets, but it slipped my mind. Sorry love. I got him to pick 2 winners though, and he chose Heng Woon and Tiffany. Heng Woon’s entry made me LOL so hard, I have to post it here:

batman is so cool
with robin oh them lovefools
brokeback mountain 2

The rest were Zewt, Izad, PY and Amelia. Was more than lovely to finally meet Zewt and Izad in person after stalking their blogs for ages.

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At the entrance where I posed with the two Jokers.

Suanie with Jokers
Me with Heng Woon and Bob! Click for a larger version

I thought Bob or Ringo was going to clinch the contest, until we saw KlubbKidd in his splendiferous Joker outfit (complete with a Joker card!). Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to snap a photo, but I’m sure they will be floating around soon.

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I am still taking in the movie. Didn’t watch Batman Begins (too much talking, I was in a foul mood and couldn’t stand the yakety yak but yes someday I shall watch the entire movie) but I LOVED The Prestige. Uh, so my thoughts, eyeris-style:

- Maggie Gyllenhaal was a bit blah
- Unfortunately Christian Bale was also a bit blah though less blah than Morgan Freeman, and it pains me to say that because I think the world of his acting (in other movies). Well I guess he’s rather limited in this role in this particular Batman movie, and he did his best considering the limitations. But that’s just me lah.
- Gary Oldman FTW! Michael Caine for the second win!
- Hahaha Edison Chen wtf!
- Woah, that batpod is too awesome for words… it can do *that*!
- After watching Hellboy2 and Wanted last weekend, I think TDK is a real movie. Hellboy2 left me a bit empty because a lot of things were just so abrupt (love the director though) and I hate the kind of ending in Wanted. TDK reminds me of the good old days of movies – proper beginning, proper plot, proper ending. You’ll have to be on the same wavelength as me to understand this, even if you disagree.
- There are some movies you can’t miss on the big screen. TDK is one of them. Sex & The City, The Happening and X-Files are not.
- It was a long movie. 2.5 hours not including trailers and ads. I only realised this after my bladder nearly ruptured at the end credits.
- That was why I did not see the tribute/ credit to Heath at the end of the movie. Because you know, trying to save my bladder…
- I don’t know what to make of Aaron Eckhart’s character.
- Overall TDK was a great, badass movie. Loved it x1000. The buzz surrounding it for months was more than justified.
- Heath Ledger IS The Joker. Not saying this just because he’s dead (because some dead people become more (in)famous after, uhm, their deaths) but because…

You’ll have to watch it to find out. Words fail me when it comes to his brilliance.

Then you’ll agree with me, perhaps more fluently than my lame attempt at being coherent.

I wasn’t really trying.

the big screen

Been busy lately. Kept meaning to update properly but we all know where good intentions end up (in my stomach, if you really need to know). Got a few things to get off my chest though, else I’d be constantly thinking about wanting to blog them and it’d bug me until I do.

Movies watched:

27 DRESSES. Stupid betul. Why anyone thinks Katherine Heigl is any good after ROSWELL is beyond me. She is my least favourite actress and character in GREY’S ANATOMY and she was rather blah in KNOCKED UP but luckily Seth Rogan saved the day (he should really stop giving interviews though — what an annoying nervous laugh). In 27 DRESSES, she langsung tak ada chemistry with James Marsden and that kind of suck. What made HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS a more enjoyable chick flick was that Kate Hudson and Matthew ‘I Cant’ Spell His Last Name Without Googling’ had something going on. I don’t care if they wanted to kill each other on the set (which I don’t know anything about; just saying), they sure didn’t act like it on-screen. Anyway if you are thinking of getting 27 DRESSES for a weekend movie or something, don’t. Get THE WEDDING PLANNER instead — same type of storyline, funnier, better acting, slightly better chemistry between Jennifer Lopez and Matthew What’s His Name, so there.

ENCHANTED. Didn’t really leave much of an impression on me, but I remember I smiled during some parts of the movie. I think there was singing.

WAR. Me and KY were at the Mac Shop @ Pavilion, and the trailer for this movie was stored in one of the Macs. KY opened the file and we watched in trailer in salivating wonder. Maybe it was the quality of the iMac, maybe it was that Jet Li did not bother to speak in English at anytime during the trailer, which is a 1000000000% plus. Anyway I liked the movie and I don’t know why its rating on IMDB is not higher. Seriously, you don’t give a shit about the storyline and who spoke better Japanese bla bla bla when you have Jet Li and Jason Statham fighting each other z0mgwtfbbq!

P.S. I LOVE YOU. Never really minat Hilary Swank. Don’t know why lah, just never took a liking to her. It was years back but I could not bear to watch BOYS DON’T CRY till the end. Anyway within 15 minutes of this movie, I was tearing up like a kid who got her candy snatched away then punched in the stomach then kicked to the curb then left to the vultures. At the end of it, I was so overwhelmed by my emotions that had built up throughout the movie and settled on my head, heart and shoulders threatening to erupt ala Krakatoa that I went out of my room, out of the house to the garden and walked in circles for about two minutes. Then I went back up to my room and listened to Howard Stern, and all was well with the world again. Really, some movies should come with an over-emo warning sign.

THE KITE RUNNER. I managed to score some free tickets thanks to the All-Malaysian Bloggers Project. The movie was touching and awesome. After that I read the book, which made me appreciate the story more. You should do it in the same order as me — movie first, then book (if you have yet to read it). Why? Because my mom read the book first then watched the movie, and she was not as moved. Btw KY cried a bit during the movie because “Men have feelings too, you know.”

THE BUCKET LIST. The only good that came out of this was the song ‘Say’ by John Mayer. I don’t know lah… two big ass names, but I just didn’t feel it lor. They just didn’t feel like friends to me, it felt as if they were just going through the motions… The whole storyline was also rather abrupt.

SYDNEY WHITE. Watch SHE’S THE MAN. It’s miles better. You know, if you are into this kind of no-brainer fluff.

LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN A MUSLIM WORLD. Try harder. Okay well, I know the whole argument about the hidden meanings and subtlety of jokes and satire and shit, but 98 minutes of Albert Brookes in his whiny Marlin voice made me seriously contemplate undergoing a gastric bypass. Now, THAT is a hidden joke.

movies i’ve watched recently

Still no mood. Not emo, no auntie visit, nothing happened (which was precisely the problem). Okay maybe I should blog about the upcoming elections, but that requires a lot of words, and I am not in the mood, so…

Instead of vomiting endless senseless words and words and words, allow me to share with you my thoughts on some of the movies I’ve seen recently.

Juno (IMDB page):
Must watch. Overly snarky dialogue, storyline not altogether groundbreaking, but the acting more than makes up for it. Must watch.

Vantage Point (IMDB page):
I liked it.

The Wedding Date (IMDB page):
Love Debra Messing. Hate this movie.

Eastern Promises (IMDB page):
I’m beginning to really appreciate Viggo Mortensen, especially after ‘A History of Violence’. Really enjoyed watching his butt seemingly stoic demeanour which enables him to jaggedly slit your throat without compassion. Whoa.

Sweeney Todd 2007 (IMDB page):
I think I would have enjoyed it more if it wasn’t a semi-musical. Love all the actors/actresses in it, couldn’t stand everything else.

Casablanca (IMDB page):
Never too late to pick up on a classic :) Now I understand why ‘Casablanca’ is consistently placed in the Top 5 of every other ‘best movies ever’ lists out there. Wonderful, most wonderful. And now I have an unhealthy obsession with Bogart. And black & white.

Added:

Rambo IV (IMDB page):
Confession: This was the first Rambo movie I’d watched in full. All action heroes should be like Sly; doesn’t say a lot, just kill kill kill! Apart from the bit where the Americans save warring Third World countries from themselves, the rest was pretty fine. Though not something I’d watch again until a year later, at least.

Shoot ‘Em Up (IMDB page):
Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti can do no wrong. Except for the bit in ‘Sideways’ where Giamatti constantly bitched about merlot. I like merlot. For everything else, see what I wrote about Rambo and take out the Americans bit.

The Notebook (IMDB page):
It was so moving that I cried. That was why I emo-ed for a couple of days.

dunia baru the movie: fun!

Taking eyeris‘ cue, this is not really a review.
Which I know it’s okay to emulate & there’s no chance we’d somehow write the same thing word for word.
Because there’s no chance that he’d watch this movie :P
Anyway, received an invitation to the preview screening of Dunia Baru The Movie.
Dragged KY along.
Apparently there’s a massively popular TV series called ‘Dunia Baru’ on TV3.
About university life and students wearing enough make-up to turn Obama white.
And this is the big screen version.

In a nutshell, there’s this group of friends.
They went on a road trip to search for another friend kidnapped by a psychotic ex.
When the synopsis reads: Ex would kidnap anyone who suspected him of kidnapping girlfriend which results in pure havoc,
It generally sounds lame at first.
But somehow it turned out to be rather funny.

Cast of Dunia Baru The Movie
Cast photo. Click it for a bigger version. Elyana (chick in black) was damn hot.

In another nutshell, I very much enjoyed the movie.
Didn’t have any expectations, honestly thought it would suck at first.
You shouldn’t believe every first thoughts I have.

Pleasant surprise #1: Pierre Andre’s acting was not wooden
Pleasant surprise #2: Khatijah Tan. I love her.
Pleasant surprise #3: Elyana, who was rather awesome. I like her new (?) song here.

Saw Budiey.
Hey Tengku Iesta, saw your name in the credit roll :P

Suanie with Pierre Andre
Camwhoring with Pierre Andre

Dunia Baru The Movie opens on 7th February 2008.
KY says it’s better than ‘I Am Legend’.
Wouldn’t know, I have yet to see it.
But don’t you trust KY? :D

neil labute’s ‘wrecks’ starring patrick teoh

Patrick Teoh in WRECKS

I know I put this under ‘Reviews’, but I came to the conclusion that I cannot, for the life of me write a proper review detailing what I really want to say without ruining your experience of watching the show. As I write this, there are only two more shows left, and I must urge you to catch them if you can. Like it, hate it or left perturbed by it, you will appreciate my asking you to catch WRECKS, a play written by Neil Labute, being staged at KL Pac, starring the one and only Patrick Teoh. If you need more clues as to why this play will be one neuron short of a mind-fuck, this staging is directed by Gavin Yap, and we know that at this point of his life he wouldn’t touch anything unless it’s dark, sinister and totally disturbing.

Trust me, you will appreciate it.

I’ll blog more after the show ends tomorrow. Until then here’s the plug:

Meet Edward: loving father, successful businessman, grieving widower. At his wife’s funeral, he candidly shares his story with us, of the life he’s lived, and the woman he lived his life for. Director Gavin Yap and veteran actor Patrick Teoh collaborate once again to introduce Malaysian audiences to acclaimed playwright Neil LaBute’s affecting and poignant exploration of the human soul.

TWO MORE SHOWS LEFT!!!!!
8.30 p.m. shows. 21 and 22 November (Wednesday and Thursday), at KL PAC. Call for your tickets!! KL PAC 03-4047 9000 or TAS @ BSC 03-2094 9400.

frogway! frogs *can* sing after all!

Frogway musical poster Yesterday we had the opportunity to watch FROGWAY at The Actors Studio in Bangsar on its opening night. Frogway is a jazzy, groovy made-in-Malaysia musical, written by Marcel Nunis and composed by Michael Veerapen, and it was first staged nearly 30 years ago in 1980! The current re-staging is directed by Harith Iskander, and features Vince (of Akademi Fantasia fame), Ash Nair (of Malaysian Idol fame), Harith Iskander, Elaine Daly, Chelsia Ng, Ina Fabregas, Marielle Fabregas and Thor Kah Hoong.

A synopsis of the show:

Eddy, a singing frog, is rejected by his pond community because frogs aren’t supposed to sing! He leaves the pond, and the love of his life, to seek his fame and fortune downriver at the Swamp. Here Eddy’s singing talent propels him to stardom with the help of two cunning agents, a Snake and a Stork. He reaches the top of the entertainment world when he gets to perform on ‘Frogway’.

But fame, fortune and riotous living take their toll on our star. Blinded by pride and rejection, he turns to the dark side and dumps his best friend Freddy the Toad. To his horror, Eddy stumbles upon a dastardly plot by his agents to rob him of his fortune before killing and EATING him.

Will melon seeds save the day? Will Eddy be reunited with the love of his life? Find out this August, in FROGWAY!

Frogway musical cast

In a nutshell, we had FUN! We were thoroughly entertained by the simple yet heart-warming plot, and many parts tickled our funny bones. Vince (whom I think resembles Seann William Scott) performed well, and the dude really can sing, and sing well at that! I thought he was really good in it. Maybe he should remain a singing frog :D

Ash Nair as Freddy the Toad, seemed to have a great on-stage chemistry with Vince. Which is a good thing, since he played best friend to Vince’s character, Eddy the Frog. Thor reprises his role as the grumpy father (Sepet, Gubra, The Homecoming). He didn’t sing but he looked really grumpy :D Ina Fabregas who was Helen the Longkang Fish and love of Eddy’s life sounded good. I loved her costume as well! Every time she came on, I thought her arms would drop from too much waving. Fish mah…

Marielle Fabregas (only 14-years old!!) was a lovely Frogette. Chelsia Ng as Shirley the Frogette was really, REALLY cute. Don’t want to spoil it for you, but her performance was really funny. The couple sitting next to me LOL-ed so hard every time Chelsia was on stage. I wished her voice was stronger though; the background music (by real-time musicians) kinda drowned her singing voice out.

Harith Iskander played Smiley the Snake. Indeed, he looked like a snake who just ate a big ass rabbit, lmao! Dude can move though ;) Elaine Daly didn’t sing (I am not sure if she could anyway), but she played her role as Suzanne ‘Ditsy’ Stork BRILLIANTLY! Her facial expressions were spot on.

Well, what else is there to say? The songs were fun, the costumes were fun, everything was so entertaining, and I thoroughly recommend that you go catch FROGWAY!

Links:
- Official Frogway site
- Frogway blog
- Ticketing info
- Show info

p/s: Thanks to TV Smith for the tickets.

Other reviews: Pokku, tgsherilamirah, Aziya, Kim