Monthly Archives: June 2008

Movie Review: Wanted (3/5 stars)

This is like a movie for meat-eaters who are given a hamburger.

Just throw away the buns at both ends. The patty is juicy and sumptous, though a complete meal it does not make.

Some parallels must be drawn with The Matrix.

1) The protoganist is a loser dude in a loser job living in a loser house – basically life sucks, something better is out there.

2) Hot sizzling bad chick (aka Dream Babe of all hot-blooded men) hooks up with loser

3) Lots of shit happens (shooting, explosions, car chases) and someone is out to kill loser

4) He is Special (The One)

5) He gets training to unlock his powers

6) He has a Mission

7) Finally he beats the bad guys (sorry but this ain’t an M. Night Shyamalan movie where any spoiler will kill the twist which makes up the whole movie)

And that’s quite where the similarities end.

Granted that Wanted has great Matrix-like special effects (bullets that bend?)

Granted it has one of most spectacular car chase scenes rivaling my favourite Bourne franchises.

And granted James McAvoy ala Wesley Gibson does justice to his role better than the one dimensional Keanu Reeves ala Neo.

Hmmn, indeed throw away the buns as The Fraternity of Assassin’s core belief is to kill one to save a thousand. Yeah, just for kicks throw in some prophetic weaving thread.

And the hero’s parting shot, “Take control of your own destiny. What about you? What are you doing about your destiny?”

I seriously thought that the camera would then pan to James McAvoy who would do a Neo Superman thingy and go up up and away.

Inspiration for June 28

“Our greatest glory in not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inspiration for June 27

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”Woody Allen

Inspiration for June 26

You miss 100% of the shots you did not take.”

Vietnam Trip Part 4 (Finale)

Yes, I saved the best for last.

After Halong Bay, I sat in another few hour’s car ride to the most northeastern part of Vietnam.

The area is called Meng Cao and it’s Vietnam’s border with China.

In the pic above, the buildings at the far background is China. And these boats normally transport goods between the 2 countries.

I managed to pass by quite an old Catholic Church and also snapped a few pics. It even had sculptures around the main church building – what Catholics term the “Stations of the Cross” – depicting Jesus’ journey carrying the Cross from Pontius Pilate’s judgement till His death on Calvary.

My local contact put me up at LiLai International Hotel, a 5-star development that he had some ownership in. Many thanks, I had a very comfortable 2 night’s sleep there.

And to cap it all off, he also made arrangements for a beachside facing dinner. We were the only ones along the whole stretch of coast near the border belt, and they put the table and chairs so that we could have dinner looking out into the sea while listening to the waves.

Viva La Vida in Vietnam!

Inspiration for June 25

I like this quote.

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Mahatma Gandhi

Inspiration for June 24

“People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”Joseph Fort Newton

Inspiration for June 23

“Gratitude takes three forms; a feeling in the heart, an expression in words, and giving in return.”

Vietnam Trip Part 3

Presenting Halong Bay….(view from my hotel room)

Halong Bay is a beachfront resort-like area for Vietnamese to come and enjoy the sun, sand and the sea. There are many stalls selling trinkets, t-shirts and souveniors but I found many items to be expensive and rather outdated.

Inspiration for June 22

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Franklin D. Roosevelt