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Best of the Web HD video series

For the first post of 2014, I was wondering what to blog. At first I wanted to do a piece titled The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, but I thought Anton Casey was over exposed already and since he had left Singapore, it was better to move on and leave that ugly episode to the history books.

One of my childhood buddies had decided to close shop, well for his blog that is, see his final post at http://acroamatic.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/closing-deadpoetscave-com/

Seems like a blog is not so easy to maintain. Even my own one is very rarely updated with new blog postings.

But I discovered a series of cool HD videos on youtube. Excellent videography, sound effects, and colourful visuals – mostly of extreme sports, but also capturing great human endeavors and the beautiful world around us. Enjoy!

Movie Review: Unbeatable (4/5 stars)

ImageFirst off, I have to comment on Nick Cheung’s amazing ripped torso. At the grand age of 45, it is no mean feat to pull something like that off and he mentioned that his nine months of training and unappetizing diet is definitely very difficult to follow. But hats off to Nick for his dedication to his craft which would put him together with the ranks of Christian Bale, Daniel Day Lewis, Robert De Niro etc.

Nick’s performance of a down and out ex-boxing champion Chin Fai who is in debt and previously incarcerated for cheating by throwing matches is pretty convincing and makes for a good backstory. I thoroughly enjoyed his amazing chemistry with his co-star Crystal Lee (acting as cute and fiesty Dani). The young girl is full of character and needs to step up to mother her mum Gwen (acted by Mei Ting) who suffers from a mental breakdown due to earlier family tragedy. Chin Fai escapes from his creditors  in Hongkong and winds up in Macau being a fellow tenant in the same apartment as Gwen and Dani. In the meantime, his friend sets him a job as a janitor and part-time “boxercise” cheerleading aerobic instructor for a class of aunties. Good fun and some laughs there definitely.

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Here, the other backstory is developed with the young protege fighter Lin Siqi acted by heart throb Eddie Peng who puts in an equally good performance as the 30 year old son of a former tycoon dad (played by Jack Kao) who lost everything including his will to get back on his feet. Lin Siqi was still a carefree traveller who has yet to discover his niche in life (school dropout), previously roaming the world with his family money till the newspapers splashed his dad’s bankruptcy. Siqi then goes to look for his dad who drowns his sorrow in liquor daily and takes up blue collar manual work at the construction sites to get by. One day, he sees the advertisement for the MMA (mixed martial arts) championship fight and wants to take part to inspire and motivate his father to get back on his feet. 

The chemistry between the leads Nick and Eddie is also great to watch as we see an unlikely mentor-mentee pairing. There is one scene where the two blokes accidentally touch lips during floor hold training, and that was hilarious too.

Besides the nicely developed storyline with good character development, what is a fight show without exciting, intense and expertly choreographed fight scenes. The camera work captures the kicks and punches precisely. I was literally at the edge of my seat holding my breath and clutching my fists every time I was rooting for the each of the guys to win. 

Game on. 

Unbeatable wins my vote.

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The Psy factor in Gangnam Style

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Today’s broadsheet newspapers declared Gangnam Style the most watched Youtube video in the world, overtaking Justin Bieber’s video at around 810 million views.

Wow! Salute.

When I first came across the video from a friend’s FB posting, it was only at 16 million views. Not bad for a video which was uploaded in July and within 5 months, it has hit the motherload.

For those who have not watched it yet (perhaps you’re new to the internet?), here’s the music video.

What makes Psy and Gangnam Style so popular?

Well, the video got me the moment I started watching. The infectious music beats, the energetic pace, the uber loud visuals, the cool kid dancing by Psy’s side (he must be 5 or 6 years old?).

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And mostly Psy.

His choice of outlandish clothes, his irreverence and ability to poke fun at himself, and behind this crazy song is actually a neatly packaged satire mocking the Gangnam lifestyle: the excessive pursuit of image, good looks, success and affluence. Not as hollow as it originally seems, when you decipher the translated lyrics.

And I’d think parents will breathe a sigh a relief as this music video would likely get a PG-13 rating. No nudity, cleavages, bikinis or lingerie. The furthest it went was to portray a nice S (ass) doing some yoga thingy.

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But beyond the Gangnam Style, Psy himself can do emotional songs pretty well too.

I liked his rendition of this song paying tribute to fathers.

Psy is going places for sure.

Did I mention that my current iPhone 5 ringtone belts “Oppa Gangnam Style, Hey Sexy Lady….OPP OPP OPP..”

1st posting, 1 day after 1.1.11

Nice email I got from wordpress on how my blog fared in 2010. It’s amazing that I have posted 254 entries since I began blogging in March 2008 in my 1st posting here.

Almost 3 years already and it’s been fun. A very big thank you to you readers out there and many of you who have posted very helpful comments.

A blessed 2011 to you and your family, with lots of joy, laughter and life!

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,300 times in 2010. That’s about 20 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 13 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 254 posts. There were 13 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about a picture per month.

Mr Brown’s latest parody: Pok Kai Face

Tongue-in-cheek Ad

The most literal imagery I have ever come across. Btw: details below for those who wish to support this cause.

Cat Welfare Society (CWS) teams up with Strip – Ministry of Waxing and MimiPong for a cheeky fundraising affair for the welfare of community cats all over Singapore!

This is the first wave of the tongue-in-cheek “What’s New Pussycat?” campaign conceptualised by Strip – Ministry of Waxing’s marketing team… and we certainly hope that with the increased awareness lured by the eye-catching image – more people can learn about CWS and what we do, as well as raise some funds!

Last 4 movies (sequels) I watched

One word sums up the movies being produced nowadays, which also parallels my blogging escapades – lacklasture.

Terminator Salvation, fourth instalment of the Terminator series, just fizzles under the weight of fan expectation, since the last 2003 B-grade flick. I was expecting Christian Bale to revitalise the whole franchise (just like Batman returns) but I guess, you’ll also need a good director. Special effects no longer wow in this time and era (unlike T2 with the then cool morphing effects), so plot needs to be solid, as do character development, which is below average.

Similarly, Angels and Demons seem to lack a punch. Somehow, Prof Langdon is a muted and watered-down version of the first film when he was so going on and on about Church mis-history. This is just a shortened version of the amazing race to find the 4 kidnapped cardinals.

And, what fury hath been unleashed by Wolverine? Nothing too extreme, nor savage, nor unexpected. The final showdown with Deadpool was a yawn.

Guess the only show living up to its franchise expectation was Fast and Furious 4. Yup, throw in a couple of fast cars, cool chicks, hot bods, and let the races begin. Loved the scene with the car advancing towards a crashing oil tanker.

I think the moguls at Hollywood need to rethink making sequels. Stick to old fashioned original stories, and really, really tell stories. Make us believe in the imaginary world you have created on screen. Let us feel the emotions of the characters, and make us catch our breath with the scene after scene of movie magic.