Monthly Archives: September 2009

Movie Review: Inglourious Basterds (4/5 stars)

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Quentin Tarantino is back.

With a vengence.

And in this film, he exacts it on all camps – the good guys, the bad guys (which is which is really from whose perspective). What the audience is assured of is one good ol’ spaghetti western-styled movie set in the backdrop of WWII nazi-occupied France.

The script is tight, the lines are masterfully written, top it off with Christoph Waltz’s (best actor worthy) portrayal of Col Hans Landa, unofficially nicknamed “Jew Hunter” of the SS, and you have many layers of richly-crafted scenes that left me in awe.

The first “interrogation” scene is still etched firmly in my mind as I recalled how Waltz so efferverscently lured his host, the French farmer into a false sense of security through his sophisticated , cultured and highly manipulative style (hawks and rats analogy), which finally broke down the farmer.

Pin-drop tension is found at many points of the movie, where the actors are faced with life or death decisions, and Quentin just knows how long to stretch these nail-biting moments.

Humour is also found in many characters, notably Brad Pitt’s Lt Aldo Raine (the Apache). It was hilarious watching Pitt’s portrayal of a hill-billy red neck (yeah, with a lynching scar to boot). Aldo’s confidence in his Italian linguistic prowess was too much to take when confronted with Landa’s quick reparte.

This movie is about impeccable dialogue, acting and good old-fashioned story-telling. Kudos.

A Pheonix Rises from the Ashes

Just last Wednesday, I heard my CEO’s personal story for the first time. He shared about our company’s battle-scarred history and how it rose like a pheonix from the ashes (go to link for story)

http://www.hsr.com.sg/about/index.aspx

I was extremely inspired, and found great encouragement from his experience and attitude towards dealing with adversity.

“What’s his secret formula?”, you might ask. It was just one very simple four-letter word.

L-O-V-E.

God’s answer and solution to his problems. So he obeyed and started telling everyone, as well as genuinely doing acts of love to his staff, without ever asking for anything in return.

Miraculously, in the depths of a downturn, with many ex-staff and associates leaving a mess as well as a bad name and huge debts for the company, it found favour and grace to turnaround and prosper.

And now the whole company’s ethos is centred around love, our core values being to Build a Warm, Dynamic and Caring family. It even sends an E-Love letter every 1st of the month to all staff and associates.

And love muliplies and spreads from the staff and associates to customers, suppliers, friends and family and even the larger community.

So I’d just like to share with you this thought, and I believe whatever unsurmountable circumstances you face, practise love and walls will break down.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. . .And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – excerpts from 1 Corinthians 13:4-13