Sunday, October 30, 2005
i love my life!
okay, back to things. i wrote this really long post about hypocrisy which i will post next time. i saved it in this document that wont open in this shop. anyways, just really wanted you to know that.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
The Cardigans | Super Extra Gravity | Release Date: October 27, 2005
i've had this record for about a week now. i was surprised to see that its release date is actually today (tomorrow internationally). i actually like the cardigans, even though this is the first album i ever got of them.
the look of it solely is well worth the purchase price. i so love her on the cover.
her voice is so romantically pained. she sounds like a soft shirley manson. everything ashley simpson couldn't deliver, the cardigans bring to the table. i so loved her old tracks like "lovefool" and "my favorite game". you guys should hear lovefool acoustic. it's so nice. she's come a long way from burning down tom jones's house. (not her brightest moment)
she's soft on all the right parts and tough as nails on the rock parts. sometimes shirley (manson) can be so tough plus that accent really works against her. not saying that garbage isn't good, i mean where would we be without such great songs like "milk" and "androgyny". anyways, back to the cardigans.
"i need some fine wine and you, you need to be nicer" is the first single and the video totally rocks. i usually like UK music. Keane totally blew my mind. Not sure if the cardigans (or Keane) are from the UK but they totally kick Kelly Clarkson's ass. not that kelly's all that bad either.
I love the first track called "losing a friend". it's so melancholy (even though i hate that word) but the lyrics pack a punch. when she purrs the words out in the chorus, my heart just goes out to her.
other notable tracks include "Good Morning Joan", "Godspell", and one of the many bonus tracks called "Slow". All in all, a steady 8.5/10!
I've taken the liberty of posting this on my template for all of you's who... ahem... love me!
I must say Cindy Lauper is staging a slow but effective comeback. Many people have said her last album "At Last" was really nice and now her acoustic album has all her old songs stripped bare and sung with some of today's cooooolest voices like Sarah McLachlan and Vivien Green. I Want IT!!!
(Said like Zorro's kid) I can't wait till my Papi pirates you so I can buy you! Bwahahahaha!!!
Update on my life: After gaining about ten lbs this sem (six from finals alone!), i vowed to lose all that plus then ten more i need to reach my ideal weight this sembreak. last night, i go to the scale and tada!!! i gained 8 lbs more!!! aargh!
My desk here at the office is being infested by ants. small, red, gross ones. I'm still doing my summer job. This catalog is now officially called: the layout gig that would not end!!!
Monday, October 17, 2005
So to celebrate, i thought it might be nice to come up with a couple of reviews. Enjoy!
I know the rule of sequels dictate that the first one is still the best but we have been known to be proven wrong every now and then. Shrek 2 totally kicked Shrek 1's ass. I was expecting Transporter 2 to suck big time. The trailer made it seem so b-movieish. Last night, the parental units and I drove to Gateway to see the 40-Year Old Virgin but we were about twenty minutes too late. Guaranteed Seats suck ass so if we came in anyway, we wouldn't see the first part. My dad really likes action movies (don't they all?) so we saw this one instead.
I remember liking the first Transporter movie because he's totally different from other movies of the genre. You know how in the scenes in the last two Matrix movies gets kinda old after a while because it all boiled down to who's got a bigger gun and stuff? Well that's where Jason Statham is different. He kicks ass with anything you give him. At one point, he was kicking ass with a firehose. Coolness.
In the first movie, I really enjoyed Shu Qi's screen presence even though it wasn't that significant anyway. Just the fact that she was in a Hollywood movie really made me run out and see it. There aren't any significant actors in this one, unless you count that model chick who's married to Matthew Modine but I'm glad he (Jason) was able to carry the movie all by his lonesome self.
Everything's so stylish and sleek. Even the deaths looked so damn good. The action sequences still have that chinese feel to it, thanks to a chinese dude who choreographed it (i think. not sure). Jason levitates ala Crouching Tiger and it looked so cool.
I wasn't expecting much but i came out really satisfied. Made me run out and check the first one out again. It didn't surpass the first but you can easily say that the both are equal in standing. Run out and see it, too! 8/10
This is a really old movie, I know but I got the DVD about a gazillion years ago and it's been rotting in my naughty discs since then. I haven't seen it because of school shit so last night when I was the only one up, I finally got to see it. I watched Laugh Out Loud a couple of years ago on cable and read a bunch of reviews in magazines. I was too young to look at it from the point of view I have now and so it was refreshing to review this film.
The casting is impeccable. Not many people remember Queen Latifah in this movie but yes, she was here and she really kicked ass with her songs.
The story needs a little work. I know the troubles of a character-driven story. It's so easy to write a plot-driven story where the characters all seem so distant but in this movie, you really get the sense that you're seeing through Holly Hunter's eyes. This presents a lot of conflicts in the story since she doesn't really have a picture-perfect view. Sometimes you don't really agree with how she deals with things but you just let her be anyway. A plot-driven story wouldn't allow that. The resolution of the conflict seemed a but too Hollywood-ish but what do you expect?
The film is enjoyable but I understand why it didn't really get that much success. It's fun to see how that infamous massage scene with Eddy Cibre-something (soap star) which raised a lot of eyebrows then really seems so tame now. The movie is something if you were wide awake during the mid-90's. 6/10
Possibly one of the biggest letdowns this year. I first heard of The 40-Year Old Virgin from my friend Joel. He pointed out the DVD while we were in Piracy Heaven. I thought it was a documentary!
The infamous trailer scenes are funny but the rest of the movie's mostly blah. Virginity's so not funny these days. Imagine a borderline geriatric version of American Pie.
Paul Rudd's gotten really fat. Has anyone else noticed that?
The finale was funny and I guess it's worth a second look when the DVD comes out. Let's see if the value added features will make up for it.
This is the problem when people tell you how a movie's sooooo good. You watch it and get disappointed. Tentatively, I give this movie a 6/10. Maybe I'll change my mind.
Not many people know this but I actually own ALL Sugababes records from the first to the last. Ha haha... call me a fan. I just dig their sound. I love their ballads and the dance hits are very sticky. When I saw Push The Button on Chinese MTV, I was totally psyched. I was glad it was on the pirate's shores. Anyways, their sound is still typical Sugababes post-member change. I do miss the first record sound with that old lead chick but i guess beggars can't be choosers.
Cool tracks: Push The Button, Follow Me Home, and a semi-confessional called Ugly. The last track is a reverse perspective of Christina's Beautiful. Not a significantly beautiful album but a tight record nonetheless. 7/10
I also got the new Ryan Cabrera (Follow Me Home), Texas' Red Book (all records after the release of Greatest Hits is bound to suck!) and Kelly's Thankful. They were all okay but not that significant to warrant a review. He hehehe...
An exception to the previous rule is Sheryl Crow's Wildflower. It's so good!
Anyways, me and the parental units went to Greenhills kanina and watched in the semi-new Promenade theater. Actually, we watched across it since Virgin was only showing in Theater Mall. The seats were nice and everything smelled new. I just wished it wasn't so damn cold.
I bought this basket thing with the white linen on top, like those hampers and magazine racks that were so popular a few years back. it was custom made for CDs so I can finally put my babies in a decent home. Very happy.
Working on old stories while I can't write new ones. Hopefully, I'll have a decent website by the end of the sembreak. My last update was around this time last year. *sob*
Weight Watch: gaining instead of losing but I will work on my 20 pound resolution! Rawr!
That's it for now. Death to Spammers who post comments! I'm adding some security so it might take a bit more time to write comments. I hope you still do anyway! :D