Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009, Exit, stage left

Last day of 2009. Gosh. Wow. Hmm. Time flies. Where did it all go? 

As I sit here in my new room pondering the year that was, I just can't help feel a pinch of relief that this year is almost over. 

Two Thousand and Nine and best be described as a year of changes for me. I got myself back to Malaysia, I moved from my old house of 30 years to a new house with my family. I became responsible for a team for the first time and saw a whole bunch of people leave (yes, I'm a slave driver). I went to Sydney, US and Shanghai for the first time in my life. 

I think those were the significant highlights of the year for me. 

Thing I did not upkeep well is this blog, and it's unfortunate that I lost the zest to write. The posts dwindled from 12-15/ month to the measly 1-3/month that you are seeing now. 

Need to regroup, and restart. And I think 2010 will be a good way to start it.

Read an interesting article the other day, Carpe Diem, maybe tomorrow. Interesting read, and it reminds us of the things we put off till tomorrow to do. And I sure as hell am guilty of that. Maybe tomorrow, Maybe next week, maybe next month, maybe next year(!!!). As a friend told me, and a very old Chinese saying, 'how many 10 years do you have in life?' or in English you'd just say, 'you only live once' 

Not going to set resolutions this year, as I didn't fully achieve the ones I set last year. So going to try to keep the 3 that I did not do, and adding one more, which is to keep this blog going so as to keep my mind going. 

Happy to year to everyone, thank you for your love and support. See you next year! 

Sunday, December 27, 2009

now I know why movies here gets 'cut' so badly....

I've always wondered why our movies get censored beyond recognition when it shows in a cinema..... now I know. (this is old news, just been on my mind a while)

A Younger Censorship board

PUTRAJAYA: For the first time ever, the Film Censorship Board will have members aged below 55.
Of the 16 new members appointed yesterday, four were from the pri­­vate sector — the youngest being a kindergarten teacher aged 31.

Holy cow, all this while, the friggin Malaysian censorship board is run by dinosaurs! (no disrespect to the elderly). A kiss here, they censor. A name with 'devil' in it, they censor.

They say 'First Time Ever' like it's something to be proud of.... boooo

Let's hope, that movies in 2010 do really get a 'fair' assessment from THE BOARD.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

MunY Movies: Sherlock Holmes

It's been a while since I last wrote, feeling abit rusty. Have not kept to the promise I made to myself when this year started, so I thought I start here, with Sherlock Holmes.

A holiday movie starring Robert Downing JR and Jude Law, directed by Guy Ritchie, it's a movie I've been looking forward to since the middle of the year.

Well, let's just say the wait was well worth it. 

Sherlock Holmes, the detective most of us read while growing up. The one detective that uses his superior intellectual and awesome power of observation to solve cases beyond the common man, is brought to life by Robert Downing JR. Another outstanding performance by RDJ, he is the ideal person to be playing the legendary detective.

Playing the role of Dr Watson is the ever charming Jude Law, different from the Dr Watson that I've always had in mind. Short and fat with a mustache, but I'm sure the ladies do not mind seeing him taking up the role of Holme's trusty sidekick. 

I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone, but it's definitely an evil plot to take over world that need Holmes and Watson  to solve. Apparently, the police back in the 1800s did not have CSI abilities like the ones Grissom or Horation possesses. 

Guy Ritchie puts his signature on the movie, some may argue that his style of directing may not be best suited for the introduction of Holmes to the big screen but I think he did a good job.If you've watch Snatch and Lock,Stock and Two Smoking barrels, you'll feel right at ease watching this movie Don't expect Michael Bay type of action, you'll be disappointed. 

Some argue that this is better than Avatar this holiday season, for me, the jury is still out. Weighing more towards Avatar for the best winter holiday movie just because of it's sheer effort.

My Rating: excellent watch, should not miss it this holiday.

Watch it if
You are a fan of RDJ
You just like a good mystery/detective movie
You liked Snatch and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels 

P/S Rachel McAdams is also in the movie as Ms Adler, but her role was reduced to merely fringe character and produced little chemistry with RDJ.....