Monthly Archives: May 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2/5 stars)


Letdown. Steven Spielberg let me down.

I didn’t expect much from Harrison Ford. He’s indeed past shelf due date. Shia LeBouf was really trying too hard. Cate Blanchett was one-dimensional (I liked her better as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator).

So the movie meister, magical director, and master storyteller Mr Spielberg choked.

This 4th installment is very choppy, disconnected and at times draggy.

I dozed off intermittently while the actors were slowly exploring the caves, looking at artifacts or just plain going through the motions of the script.

I felt that the only thing keeping the movie going was the insertion of the soundtrack whenever Indie was going to do something exciting.

At one point towards the end of the show, some buffoon in the cinema theatre was speaking loudly on his mobile on the right isle. I was seated in the left isle, but it seems that his telephone conversation was more exciting than the show, so that’s why I suppose no one bothered to shssh him.

That’s it. Indie Part 4 is forgettable.

Another one bites the dust.

Sex and The City (5/5 stars)

Get CARRIEd away

The long awaited movie of the hit series Sex and the City is finally here.

There was a debacle on each star’s pay package, who is bigger than who, who gets more exposure (well, I think the girls’ bits have been exposed here and there, especially the character Samantha Jones more so than the rest).

I’ve been a fan of the series and managed to catch the dvds of some entire seasons.

And I’m just so glad to see how it so neatly culminates in this movie finale.

The movie is thoroughly entertaining, with its fair share of laughter, fluffy bits, joys and sorrows, as well as movie moments of high strung emotion (be prepared for the part between Carrie and Mr Big).

Jennifer Hudson (of American Idol fame) plays a good supporting role as Carrie’s assistant.

As usual, modern Mars and Venus issues are intelligently brought up and the script is very well-written. Kudos to this series and what a good way to end.

Cheers to the first 50, and let’s look forward to 50 more good ones.

Inspiration for May 30

“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.”Brian Tracy

The $4 sms Saga

Part two of the saga.

I’m relieved that I was only charged $4, as I immediately smsed STOP to halt the service.

Two actions that can be done: write in to complain or spread the warning.

Based on a computation of financial loss suffered vs time spent, I decided to just spread the warning instead of pursuing the matter with CASE or the local newspapers.

Got better (and also more economically productive) things to do.

Inspiration for May 29

” A goal is a dream with a dateline.”Napoleon Hill

Inspiration for May 28

“Aim for the top. There is plenty of room there. There are so few at the top that it is almost lonely there.” – Samuel Instull

Inspiration for May 27

“Relaxation frees the heart;

Courage opens the heart;

Compassion fills the heart.” Kall

Inspiration for May 26

“Happiness is a Swedish sunset; it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it.” – Mark Twain

Inspiration for May 25

“The only thing that is constant in life is change.”

Inspiration for May 24

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” Helen Keller

Indeed, my soul rejoices at Helen’s words. What a kindred spirit!