Frankly speaking

18 10 2014

THE VITRINE had literally vanished from my field of view with the intensity – and it has to be said, some semblance of a most deep longing – at which I stayed transfixed at this then newly unveiled time teller.  The debate in my head had drowned the sales associate’s repeated enquiries (“Sir, do you want to try it on?”), limiting my multi–tasking to only gazing at the object’s rather unusual dial with a consuming, tempestuous, fervent desire I had only read about in books.  Until then.

The limited edition "FRANK GEHRY with FOSSIL" GH–1011, with a solid titanium case and a mirror dial

The limited edition “FRANK GEHRY with FOSSIL” GH–1011, with a solid titanium case and a mirror dial

Yet, I passed up on the opportunity to strap it on – the limited edition FRANK GEHRY with FOSSIL wristwatch.  The year was 2004.  And it has turned out to be a regret that shall haunt me through these years, especially since it has proven to be so elusive, inexistent even in the deepest recesses of the connected cyberspace.

It was as if I was living with a frazzled fate built upon the thought that I shall never come across such a beautiful ticktocker ever again.

Fast forward to 10 years hence, an assignment in the City of Trees, a fateful visit to Google, and a serendipitous tickling of the keyboard.  I secured the find, breathless in anticipation all throughout the three–day wait for the auction to close, and with the reckless abandon I would channel at karaoke, blurted out. “the search is over.”  Haha!

I have the utmost respect for architects, and clearly for their collaborations with mainstream brands.  Frank Gehry the American–Canadian famous for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, among many other works that include his house in Santa Monica, California, is at the pinnacle of my list.

A recent feature on Singapore's The Straits Times, "HEAD OF THE CURVE" by Natasha Ann Zachariah brought Frank Gehry – and the wrist watch he designed for FOSSIL – back to mind.

A recent feature on Singapore’s The Straits Times, “HEAD OF THE CURVE” by Natasha Ann Zachariah brought Frank Gehry – and the wrist watch he designed for FOSSIL – back to mind.


One of Frank Gehry's more recent projects is for Louis Vuitton!

One of Frank Gehry’s more recent projects is for Louis Vuitton!

Finding the FRANK GEHRY with FOSSIL GH–1011, with a solid titanium case and a mirror dial, felt like an accomplishment.  I wore it first to the opening of The Amazing Spider–Man at the downtown Edwards Cinemas, and then tucked it away in its box.

The watch comes in a most beautiful metal box!

The watch comes in a most beautiful metal box!


Don't you just love all the things they put on the back of the watch?  I mean, except when it's an automatic and an exhibition caseback.  Haha!  Notice that this says, "solid titanium case"?  That's why it looks hefty but is nowhere near heavy at all.

Don’t you just love all the things they put on the back of the watch? I mean, except when it’s an automatic and an exhibition caseback. Haha! Notice that this says, “solid titanium case”? That’s why it looks hefty but is nowhere near heavy at all.


The inscription on the casual center bar metal buckle is just a lovely touch.

The inscription on the casual center bar metal buckle is just a lovely touch.


I saw this wall at Edward's and couldn't help but scream, "I blend!!!"  Haha!  Ok, the proper caption here is that the first time I wore the wrist watch was to the opening screening of The Amazing Spider-Man.

I saw this wall at Edward’s and couldn’t help but scream, “I blend!!!” Haha! Ok, the proper caption here is that the first time I wore the wrist watch was to the opening screening of The Amazing Spider-Man.

I had long professed that for me, the wrist watch is my ultimate material expression of the highest regard I could give someone.  So I would be the least surprised if I’d give this away.  The thrill of the find – after all – had been satiated.

I find that the beauty of this design lies in the imperfection of the handwriting, which to me is the art that is really endangered ("Tell me, when was the last time you wrote something by hand?  Signing the credit card receipt doesn't count!").  I just love Gehry's "signature" and the way the hour markers really have the handwritten feel.

I find that the beauty of this design lies in the imperfection of the handwriting, which to me is the art that is really endangered (“Tell me, when was the last time you wrote something by hand? Signing the credit card receipt doesn’t count!”). I just love Gehry’s “signature” and the way the hour markers really have the handwritten feel.

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The Great Gatsby

13 05 2013

My copy of the American classic The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is a 1953 re-print of the 1925 original. Cover art is by the great Paul Bacon.

BY THE end of the first three paragraphs of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third novel, I knew I would not be able to put it down anymore until I hit the end.

Anybody who has ever asked me about my writing would know that I would always struggle with the opening paragraph.  To me it’s the most important part of any written work.  When I get past it, everything else just flows.  And this is why I love The Great Gatsby, the novel.  The opening paragraph can hold you captive – up until you read about “a sense of the fundamental decencies” by the time you reach the bottom of page one.

I own the 181–page, 1953 re–print of the 1925 classic.  The cover art is not the original Francis Cugat but is Paul Bacon, regarded as one of the most prolific book jacket artists of all–time.  The unforgettable cover art for CATCH–22 and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest were also by him.

Back to the prose.  I will forever hold The Great Gatsby – often called the best American fiction ever written – in the highest regard not for the story it tells, but for how this story was written.  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing is stylish, elegant and sparse yet enough to bring into existence characters with varying shades of hue and perceptible depth.  This quality in his writing may have prompted Baz Luhrmann to render his celluloid interpretation of this beloved classic in 3D.

I won’t say that The Great Gatsby is the best written work of fiction.  But for how it was written, I have only one word in mind.  Perfect.


My copy sits perfectly with my wristwatch magazines and notebooks.



This copy was published by Charles Scribner’s Sons/New York, the original publisher of the 1925 first edition.



Copyright Page. Cover art is by Paul Bacon.

Now, how does the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Jason Clarke, Isla Fisher, and Carey Mulligan measure up?  We’ll see.  I’m re-reading the book before I hit the cinemas.


About 10% of what’s on queue for my reading. Hahaha! That’s Carey Mulligan, who plays the role of Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s celluloid interpretation of The Great Gatsby.



Carey and Eric with Jay


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At the Oscars 2013

25 02 2013

It’s not the Declaration of Independence but the Winners’ Poster, backstage at the 85th Academy Awards. My favorite Daniel Day-Lewis makes a record-setting three-time Best Actor win! (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

08:47 AM BEN AFFLECK’s beard has a twitter account!

Worked on options to be able to watch it live – streaming, Skype, etc.  Finally, I decided to subscribe to Fox Movies Premium.  I hit the blue button on my service provider’s controls and I’m on the show.  I couldn’t stand the thought of missing this historical broadcast – I lapped up the hype of tributes to the movie musical and to James Bond’s 50th year!  And of course, my eldest brother’s text message saying that I was already one for one with Christoph Waltz’s Best Supporting Actor win for “Django Unchained”.


Watched the live telecast with friends and family at different time zones



Jessica Chastain arrives!



The luminous Nicole Kidman is on the red carpet!



One of the most beautiful couples ever, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. I really like these two!



That’s the look of love.



Ladies and gentlemen, Coldplay… “Look at the stars, Look how they shine for you, And everything you do, Yeah they were all… Yellow…”



Channing Tatum, who danced with Charlize Theron on stage to Seth McFarlane’s singing, here with his pregnant wife.



Mama texted me back when her favorite actress Sandra Bullock finally makes her appearance on the red carpet!



Sandra Bullock has one of the most beautiful faces in Hollywood.



The Official Program (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)



Seth McFarlane, Master of Ceremonies, The 85th Academy Awards. (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

10:40 AM Seth McFarlane makes an Abe Lincoln joke and snaps back at an uncomfortably passive audience, “150 years and still too soon?”  That cracked me up!

10:41 AM From the cataclysmic disaster that was Gigli – I waited for the camera to pan to Jennifer Garner – to one of Hollywood’s most brilliant and most respected directors, Ben Affleck!

10:45 AM  Really liking how Seth McFarlane is hosting this show!  Even with just announcing what’s coming up puts me on the edge of the sofa.  Hahaha!  Back with Jessica Chastain, Hugh Jackman, and Anne Hathaway.  I wonder if Anne will thank Lea Salonga when she wins.  Hahaha!

10:48 AM  “It’s Sunday, everybody’s dressed up.  It’s like church, but only with more people praying.”  Hahaha!


Jessica Chastain gets ready for her close-up. (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

10:49 AM  Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain – Sydney Bristow and Maya – presenting.  Wow!  Gorgeousness overload!  Amour wins Best Foreign Language Film!

10:51 AM  The camera zooms on to Amour’s Emmanuelle Riva!  A lot are looking forward to a Riva upset tonight!

10:52 AM  Danny Zuko – make that, John Travolta – is in the house!  This means only one thing.  It’s time for the movie musical tribute – the best in the last decade.  Amazing.

10:53 AM  Oh my God!  He just rattled off the cast of Les Miserables, Dreamgirls,  and Chicago!!!  OH–EM–GEE!  Catherine Zeta–Jones emerges from beneath the stage with “All That Jazz”.  The singing sounds live!

10:56 AM  No no no no way!!!  It’s Jennifer Hudson now with “And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going)”.  The arrangement is subdued.  Nothing subdued with the voice though!  And she is gorgeous.

10:59 AM  The lights on stage thumped with the sound as the song builds to a raging crescendo.  Wow!

10:59 AM  Wow!  Standing ovation already!  With Jane Fonda shaking her head in amazing disbelief of that talent she just witnessed.

11:00 AM  “I Dreamed The Dream” is playing!  Goosebumps all over!

11:00 AM  Hugh Jackman emerges from the darkness.  Lovin’ his voice live!  I think he is singing “Who Am I?”  Oh no, I think it’s the original “Something Suddenly.”

11:01 AM  OH–EM–GEE!  Anne Hathaway starts “One Day More”!  She’s just so beautiful.

11:02 AM  Russell Crowe redeems himself!  He does sound good live than on record.

11:03 AM  Go Eddie Redmayne!!!  And that’s the BC’s – Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen!

11:04 AM  I give the Les Mis cast a standing ovation – right here in my living room!  Amazing!  And that’s a camera pan to The Daniel Day–Lewis!

11:06 AM  The producers of the show should seriously consider releasing this on DVD.  It’s turning out to be a very historical telecast.  I’ll be first in line to buy!


Nicole Kidman is just so beautiful. Ten years ago, she was up on this stage (at the Kodak) to accept her Oscar for “The Hours”.



Nicole “Let them clap” Kidman

11:06 AM  Thought to self:  Nicole Kidman is here and was gorgeous on the red carpet.  How come no “Moulin Rouge!” on the production number???

11:09 AM  “I made Ted!”  One of Seth’s best lines so far.

11:10 AM  It’s Mark Wahlberg and Ted presenting!

11:11 AM  Les Mis wins Best Sound Mixing!

11:12 AM  Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman beaming!  Anne breathes really heavily.

11:13 AM  Ted is so cute!  Hahaha!

11:14 AM  Mark Wahlberg says, “We have a tie.  No BS.  We have a tie.  The first Oscar goes to Zero Dark Thirty.”  I predicted ZDT will get it.  Haha!


It’s a tie!!! (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

11:15 AM  The second Oscar goes to …  “Skyfall”.  I totally agree!  Good judgment call on Mark’s part to not call the two winners at the same time.  It allowed for each to have their own moment.

11:17 AM  Note to self:  When was the last time the Oscars had a tie?  Was it still the one between Katharine Hepburn (The Lion In Winter) and Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl).

11:18 AM  Oh my God!  I’m lovin’ their parody of “The Sound of Music” at the part when the Family Von Trapp went MIA.  “Ladies and gentlemen, the Von Trapp Family Singers!”  Hahaha!  Perfect introduction for Christopher Plummer!  It’s Best Supporting Actress time!

11:19 AM  The nominees are all so beautiful!  Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt, and Jackie Weaver.

11:22 AM  And the Oscar goes to…  Ms…  Anne Hathaway!  Oh my God!  It came true!  She gives Hugh a buss.  And acknowledges Amy Adams on the way to the mic.  (Nipple much?!)


Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway takes the Winners’ Walk. (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

11:23 AM  The girl who played the Assistant with the talent and a heart of gold in “The Devil Wears Prada”…  is wearing Prada!


Ladies and gentlemen… Anne Hathaway’s back. (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

11:24 AM  Coming up…  A special Oscar performance of Skyfall by Adele.  (Ok, time for a bathroom break.  Not an Adele fan here.  Hahaha!)

11:33 AM  Bummer!  I missed my Mama’s favorite, Sandra Bullock, presenting.

11:34 AM  Jennifer Lawrence introduces the unstoppable Adele.  Her words, not mine.

11:35 AM  Not to self:  I loved loved L–O–V–E–D “Skyfall” and even wrote about it.  But I never cared for the song.  But know what, it is actually quite nice.

11:38 AM  Sally Field looks very pleased with the performance.

11:42 AM  My all–time favorite, the eternally gorgeous Nicole Kidman introduces Best Picture nominees “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Djanggo Unchained” and “Amour”.

11:46 AM  Harry Potter and Bella Swan present!  Together, they are all that is wrong with Hollywood, according to the Christian right.  Hahaha!  Seth, you’re cracking me up.  Daniel Radcliffe is very professional and polished.  Kristen Stewart?  It looks like she’d rather be somewhere else.  I think she hasn’t outgrown being Bella.  (Note to self:  She came in crutches at the limo drop.  So I’ll cut her some slack.)

11:50 AM  Salma Hayek sashays on stage.  Hmmm…  She has all the options in the world of haute couture and she comes out in that?  But at least the velvet accentuates her hour glass figure.


I started watching the show snacking on this! Haha!

11:51 AM  I suddenly feel hunger pangs.  What to have?  ORIGINAL two–bite brownies and Ben&Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream!


It’s time for brownies and ice cream!



I had a few helpings of this – a two-bite brownie and two spoonfuls of chocolate fudge brownie ice cream!



The best brownie and the best ice cream.



Like butter sliding down hot toast. Haha!

11:52 AM  Seth McFarlane is winning brownie points from me for his hosting skills.  Up next, George Clooney, and the IN MEMORIAM tribute.

11:54 AM  George Clooney introduces the IN MEMORIAM.

12:00 NN  Barbra Streisand hums the introduction to “The Way We Were”.  Wow, she looks…  young.  It’s a really touching tribute – her voice, her presence, Marvin Hamlisch’s images on the giant screen wall above.  Goosebumps.


Massive applause for Barbra Streisand’s performance (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

12:03 PM  Fox cuts the telecast just when you can hear the crowd going really wild for arguably a really legendary, historic performance.

12:07 PM  This year, Chicago marks its 10th year.  Oh my, the whole cast!  Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta–Jones, Queen Latifah, and Richard Gere.  Wait, what’s with Renee’s incessant squinting?  And oh, I’m reminded.  I want a sunny side up for breakfast.  I know where to fry!  Haha!

12:14 PM  Norah Jones performs the song from “Ted”!  I hope Seth McFarlane wins!  I sincerely do.  As the song says, “Everybody Needs A Best Friend”.

12:15 PM  Adele officially becomes a multi–hyphenate!  When Barbra Streisand sang “Evergreen” on Oscar night, she won for it too.  And now it’s Adele’s turn!  And hers is the first James Bond Original Song win ever!  Wow all over!

12:17 PM  It’s the big ones when they come back!  Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, and Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Picture when Oscar returns!


Channing Tatum raises an eyebrow. (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

12:21 PM  Dustin Hoffman and Charlize Theron!  Beautiful.  Dustin complements a visibly “embarrassed” Charlize for her dancing.  Wait, did Fox cut yet another amazing portion of the show?!  It’s Best Adapted Screenplay.  I hope “Argo” wins!

12:23 PM  And “Argo” wins!!!

12:24 PM  Weird but none of the speeches has moved me so far.

12:26 PM  Quentin Tarantino wins Best Original Screenplay for “Django Unchained”!  Wow, 20 years after “Pulp Fiction”!

12:27 PM  The cameramen love Kerry Washington.  They keep showing her reaction.

12:27  PM  “And since we’ve been here this long, we’re going to start the 2014 Oscars after this.”  Bwahahaha!

12:31 PM  Seth introduces children of Hollywood screen legends – from when it was all cocaine trees to as far as the eye can see (Haha! – who have become screen legends themselves, Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas.  That’s “Nobody Does It Better” playing!

12:33 PM  It’s Best Director.  Ang Lee wins.  It should’ve been Ben Affleck.  You Academy!

12:36 PM  Ang Lee says Xie Xie and Namaste.

12:36 PM  Coming up next, three–time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and the awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress.  Will it be Quvenzhané Wallis, who is nine?  Or Emmanuelle Riva, who was nine when this show started.  Hahaha!


Last year’s Best Actor, Jean Dujardin! (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

12:39 PM  It’s Jean Dujardin (with a shot of a bored Kristen Stewart thrown in for good measure)!  Lovin’ the accent.  Best Actress is up.  Oh, Jessica Chastain’s forced smile looks like conceding that she has lost.  Oh my.  Jennifer Lawrence claps for herself.  Emmanuelle Riva’s clip is heartbreaking.  Wow, lots of love for little Quvenzhané Wallis!  And now, my personal bet – Naomi Watts.

12:42 PM  Wow, “My Cherie Amour”!  Jennifer Lawrence wins?!  Really?!  Wow.  Up to the last minute, I was thinking of an Emmanuelle Riva upset (the song suits her too!).  Jennifer falls.  Must’ve been so surprised.  Wait, is that Jean Valjean to the rescue???  I find it so sweet that she greeted Emmanuelle Riva a Happy Birthday.  Ms. Riva turns 86 today, on Oscar night!


The actress who doesn’t need any caption – Meryl Streep!

12:44 PM  The presenter who needs no introduction – The Meryl Streep.

12:47 PM  And now, the first actor to win three Oscars for a leading role – Daniel Day–Lewis.  It is the speech worth waiting for.  I’ve always admired Mr. Day–Lewis for the calm, composure and crispness with which he delivers his speeches.  His hint of surprise is always sincere.  He never assumed he would be the one up there at the microphone.  He speaks with the grace and the intellect that sometimes I think could only come from the Irish.  And his tributes to the two women in his life – his wife and then, his mom – were so touching.


Daniel Day-Lewis is so humble!



Yay, he wins! Three times the charm. And I won’t be surprised if he gets more.







The Daniel day-Lewis makes a reference to The Meryl Streep. A funny one.



That’s the profile of the best actor to play an American President.



The Nose. And I mean that as a compliment.



See how humble Daniel Day-Lewis is! (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

12:51 PM  Jack Nicholson, one of my father’s favorites (loved him in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”).    I adored him in “As Good As It Gets”.  US First Lady Michelle Obama introduces the category before turning it back to Jack!  What a casting coup!  My fingers are crossed for “Argo”!!!


US First Lady Michelle Obama

12:54 PM  And the Oscar goes to…  “Argo”!!!  I’m so jumping up and down – in my head.  “I know what you’re thinking.  Three Sexiest Producers Alive.”  Hahaha!  Oh my,  Ben Affleck’s closing speech tear me up.  Congratulations, Ben Affleck!  You’re one of my iDOLs ever!


Accepting the award for Argo are The Three Sexiest Producers Alive!



Behind every man is a woman. Jennifer Garner beams!



Mrs. Ben Affleck fights back tears of joy.



At this point of Ben Affleck’s speech, I was near tears too. So so so happy for him.



You are, Ben. You are. (Photo grab from, the official website of the awards. No infringement of copyright intended.)

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La Bocca Della Veritá

17 02 2013
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La Bocca Della Veritá, Chinatown, Singapore

ANYTHING THAT promises at least a 50% chance – or anything that has some semblance to reality half of the time – can be worth my attention or merit some space here.

Kuya, Michele and I passed by a La Bocca Della Veritá (The Mouth of Truth), in its incarnation as an electronic coin-operated machine, somewhere in Chinatown on the eve of the Chinese New Lunar Year.  Having seen it on Roman Holiday and then on Only You, La Bocca Della Veritá has held fascination for me.  We had already walked past it but I just had to say, “Kuya, just a sec!”

I dared and let The Mouth of Truth look into my character and future.

The printout opened with the line, “Sex and food hold particular attraction for you.”  It hit the right spot with 50% accuracy.  It’s the “food” part that it got right.

If you thought otherwise, then you are wrong.  But I love the way you think.  Haha!

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The printout of the results. Any comments Kris, Joseph and David???


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A closer look at the fine print.

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Review in SMS – Les Miserables

6 01 2013
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Up to now, this draft of my original review is still being attempted to be successfully sent by my phone. Hahaha!

WHILE THE celluloid version remained faithful to the original material – which on its own was based on the 1862 French novel of the same title by Victor Hugo – it must’ve have been a monumental task for those locked up in the editing room to squeeze that many stories, that much detail in two and a half hours.

With the reprise of “Do You Hear The People Sing?” still playing in my head, five minutes through my cab ride, just when we were making the bend on Orchard Turn, I found myself struggling with the length of my review–in–SMS on Les Miserables.  I felt like Tom Hooper deciding which song to cut or which song to revise to a shorter version.  Writing my review seemed like I needed “One Day More”.

Even switching to MMS mode – a charge I was willing to shoulder for a message to be sent to exactly 66 recipients in three continents – didn’t allow for my review to make it out Singapore’s communications door.

I had to edit.  And edit.  And edit.

Until I was able to send out an abridged version 47 minutes past midnight, the one that appears below.


27 MINUTES through “Les Miserables”, Anne Hathaway as Fantine gives a stirring rendition of “I Dreamed The Dream” and I found myself singing along in my head.

I guess that’s why I survived 2 and a half hours of Tom Hooper’s adaptation, not directly of the Victor Hugo novel, but more so of the stage musical.  I’m familiar with the novel, and ALL the songs.

The movie is about personal redemption, filial love and romantic love, set against the backdrop if a revolution.  The dramatization is powerful.  The cinematography captivating.

Hathaway deserves the Oscar for the 4 minutes she sang.  Hugh Jackman can be nominated.  Russell Crowe was flat – on the high notes mostly.  Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as the Thenardiers stole every scene.  Eddie Redmayne as Marius was sympathetic.

I shed a tear at 3 scenes.  But I was never more moved that when I first saw Cosette.  She was exactly how she was illustrated in the first publication.

And the singing?  They were recorded live on set – not in the studio then digitally mastered into the film.  Amazing.

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The poster outside the cinemas at Shaw Lido on Orchard. I saw the movie here twice. On the second time, they had moved it to their biggest cinema. Both screenings were packed. I saw Les Miserables a couple more times. I love it but I was surprised that it continued to grow on me as I watched it more.



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Review in SMS – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

24 12 2012
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A review in SMS – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

IT TOOK all of 7 minutes before the line, “In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.”  Just right after the Tale of Erebor, told in a manner that brought to mind The Ten Commandments.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel, is the delightful tale of Bilbo Baggins, commissioned by Gandalf to join 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield(?) to claim back The Lonely Mountain, their home.

What ensues is an adventure brimming with much detail only a Tolkien geek would love.  But I am not and I love it just the same.  It’s a lot of flashbacks and backstories, too much information that never looked, sounded, and entertained so good.

All the usual characters are there – Galadriel halfway through, and Gollum and “the” ring by the second hour.  But the revelations are Bilbo, and Thorin.  Especially Thorin, who is charismatic as The Dwarf King.  He is firm, he pierces with his stare…  and he sings!  This unexpected journey is an unexpected musical as well.

True courage is not knowing when to take a life.  But when to spare one.

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Gandalf with Claudio, eNTeNG, Kia Leh and Michele


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After the movie, we met up with Chin Eik and Giuseppe and strolled along Orchard Road.


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All the walking brought us back to Gelatissimo in front of Shaw Lido, where we saw the movie. Giuseppe treated us to gelato to our hearts’ content!


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I didn’t immediately get why Michele wanted to have the shot taken again. Haha!


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Back at their serviced apartment, I saw the piano at the lobby and instantly felt the need to sing “The Christmas Song”. Haha! This is our version of the singer and the songwriter.

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Review in SMS – Life of Pi

24 12 2012
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A review in SMS – Life of Pi

THE PROBLEM with a much-hyped-about movie is that the situation sets the stage for disappointment.

I won’t say I was terribly disappointed.  It was just that I realized that Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” is NOT for the particularly impatient.  I happen to be impatient.

Named after a French swimming pool, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel tells a writer his “story that will make anybody believe in God”.  This is at the core of the film, which for its amazing visuals and effects, is a stunning masterpiece of a spiritual journey disguised in magical realism.  It’s your “buddy” movie – but between a young Indian boy (Suraj Sharma in a stunning debut performance) and a Bengal tiger (3D effects at its best).

Several quotes stuck with me long after the credits rolled.  Here are two I loved so much.

“When someone you care so much about leaves your life unceremoniously, it breaks your heart.  Life is about letting go.  But you could at least say goodbye.”

“There are many things I remember about our last day.  But I don’t remember saying goodbye.”

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Review in SMS – the perks of being a wallflower

24 12 2012
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A review in SMS – the perks of being a wallflower

IN LINE at Kinokuniya at Takashimaya, I saw this book on the shelf by the counter.  A voice behind me said, “Oh, they’ve made the movie already!”  The voice cut past me, picked one and brandished it to her friends.

I read the blurb at the back cover of “the perks of being a wallflower” and felt like reading a part of just about anybody’s life when people cared only about what they used to be.  Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller are perfectly cast.  (Ezra was amazing in “We Should Talk About Kevin.”)

Music, in mix tapes and vinyl, hold the movie together, especially when Charlie sings to “All Out of Love”.  Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” drove me insanely sentimental.  With the book, I laughed, I cried.  Now with the movie too.

The perks of being a moviegoer?  I get to enjoy a couple of slices of pizza, the cholesterol, not to mention the guilt, I washed down with iced green tea.



“Why do nice people choose the wrong people to date?”

“You see things.  And you understand.  You’re a wallflower.”


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I saw the book on the shelf by the counter at Kinokuniya at Takashimaya. The one beside it, Cloud Atlas, has also been recently adapted into film.


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I just had to get myself a copy! For a few days, it became my reading material of choice during my MRT rides to and from work.


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Review in SMS – Skyfall

19 11 2012

The “Kick Start” issue of Esquire Singapore chose wisely to put Daniel Craig on its cover. I couldn’t think of any better celebirty to put on the cover of this international magazine’s Lion City premiere. On my Blackberry is one of a number of responses to my “Reviews in SMS”.

LIKE THE fabulous Scotch that had to be wasted, BOND is celebrating 50 years.  A lot of the vintage Bond films, I had seen as a kid but never one with Daniel Craig as 007.

Skyfall” opens with the hallmark of any Bond film – the big musical number, a feature on its own, buoyed by the voice of the generation.  This time it’s Adele.  Then a big car chase–fight scene bursts onscreen, squashing any doubt of how fitting Daniel Craig is as the world’s most famous secret agent.

I may not have seen the first two, but in Skyfall, it only took the time between Bond’s descent to his death to his resurrection in the arms of a lover, for me to see why he is now on his third outing.  His is the perfect mix of cool, cunning, and smug.

Age is the recurring theme, explicit or disguised in the witticisms or “that” poem, and coming full circle – back “home”.  It gave Bond heart, and the reason to shed some tears.

Javier Bardem was scary, his platinum blond scarier.  Judi Dench was marvelous.  And it was nice to see Ralph Fiennes.  The shot of Shanghai?  Breathtaking.





The skyline of Shanghai has been on at least a couple of the most successful movie franchises of all time – Mission Impossible, and now, James Bond. I heart Shanghai.


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Review in SMS – Pitch Perfect

19 11 2012

ONCE IN a while a movie comes along that restores your faith in the fact that a celluloid treat can just be that – a treat – and not exactly an excruciating cerebral challenge that can burn all the calories from your two slices of pepperoni pizza… long before you’ve actually taken the last bite.

PITCH PERFECT, starring Anna Kendrick (to me of “Up in the Air” fame, not exactly “Twilight”) is exactly that!  Even in the age of Glee and Smash on TV, this movie still bursts with freshness and excitement, matched only by the beating of my heart, threatening to leap off of my chest.

Anna Kendrick, whose career has been part critical acclaim, part commercial sugar, is the movie’s certified star.  I didn’t think of her as a singer before, though the fullness in her sometimes chirpy voice should’ve clued me in.  The many songs bring to life the movie’s title, but nothing as much as Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are” did.

Well, until they topped that with a finale song even I didn’t see coming.  It’s true about the movies, “the endings are always the best!”





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