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Celebrating the Centenary of the Most Beloved Tramp

Apologize for not blogging for a while as I was busy being out and about. Heh. But don’t worry, I’m back!

20 Apr, 2014 9:12 am

My sister’s boyfriend, Hong Yi had an extra pair of tickets to a fundraising film screening event – Celebrating the Centenary of the Most Beloved Tramp: Charlie Chaplin! It was an enjoyable evening with the company of Lydia babe!
Even though I’ve heard so much about Charlie Chaplin, I’ve never seen his film before!

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This event gave us a chance to enjoy his film in a magical way. Three short silent films were shown, yes silent films and initially I was really worried that I will fall asleep but my fear was unfounded as there was a live music performance accompanying the film.

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The music brought out the spirit of the film and Charlie Chaplin film is indeed hilarious! No wonder he got so popular back in the 1920’s! There isn’t much entertainment back then even during the Roaring Twenties and these black and white short films must be a breath of fresh air for them!

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Check out the old school seats at Alliance Francaise de Singapour

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Here are the three films that we watched

  • The Kid Auto Race at Venice (1914) – Est. Screening time – 6 min
  • The Vagabond (1916) – Est. Screening Time – 24 min 45 sec
  • The Immigrant (1917) – Est. Screening time – 20 min

The first film is my favourite! Unpretentious and super hilarious! Charlie Chaplin crashed an actual race by being a nuisance and getting in the way of camera and interferes with the race. This caused great frustration to the public and photographer who are unknowingly featured in his film. Through his various films, I can only conclude on one thing, people in the 1920s were really violent! The way they shoved Charlie Chaplin is shocking. Haha.

Thank you Hong Yi for the tickets and thank you Lydia for accompany me to the show!

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Paperman

Came across this Oscar Nominated Animated Short Film at Suzy’s blog and love it. It is pure Disney magic. Have a beautiful Sunday people!

The Impossible (2012)

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A true life story based on one family’s survival of 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, The Impossible stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. It is a painful movie to watch as there are many scenes with damaging injuries and people losing lives and families. However, it is a beautiful story where people are determine to survive, to find their family and to sacrifice oneself to help others. It is a story filled with hope and humility. I shed a few tears for this show and it is good. Even though there is not much of a storyline, it is a simple one played by a loveable and sincere casts, it is enough to touch my heart. Perhaps I’m biased since I love to read random biographies of people surviving tragedies.

Review of Les Miserables (2012)

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Being a musical lover, I have to watch Les Miserables which is a huge musical in Broadway. Set in 19th century France, Les Miserables, follows ex-prisoner Jean Valjean (Jackman) as he’s hunted for decades by relentless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. Concealing his identity, Valjean ends up caring for young Cossette, the daughter of factory worker Fantine (Hathaway), a move that changes their lives forever.

Jackman’s singing is good and his acting is powerful, and I enjoyed his performance. I love Hathaway’s performance and her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” is the most provoking scene in the show. I almost stop breathing just listening and watching her sing it. As per many critics, I agree that Crowe’s singing is disappointing. His role is a strong fighting policeman who is determined in his pursue of Jean Valjean but his singing was monotonous and weak.

For first time musical goer, many may be amused that they sing every sentence to express their feelings and unlike Mama Mia, it may seem a little excessive. I heard many people chuckling at the start of the movie when the singing kept going non stop.

A movie can never replace theatre, I love the transformation of scenes in theatre, the life singing and presence. Now I’m looking forward to watch Les Miserables in theatre!

I’m feeling all lovey dovey after watching two romance movies back to back. I love “Leap Years”. Matthew Goode is cute and Ireland is beautiful! Love castles!

“When in Rome” is funny and Rome is romantic but a little touristy.

Eat, Pray, Love (2010)

Having watched the movie after reading the book gave me a different insight from my earlier encounter with “Eat, Pray, Love”. I enjoyed it and it is a beautiful travelogue with a life story! It tempted me to seek liberation in this robotic life and ignited the burning desire to travel again!

Italy, Rome

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She was there to seek the appetite for life and the scene left me salivating for the food and made me want to visit Rome too!

India

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She was there to gain a spiritual life and I was a tat disappointed with the Ashram featured. I expected it to be up in some mountain and far from the city where there was nothing but peace and tranquility.

Indonesia, Bali

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I love Bali (and Barley)! It is beautiful and I’m a little embarrassed for not visiting this tiny island given that it is so near us!

All French.

After watching all the 3 French films I bought, I concluded that I am so in love with French movies!

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“Love me if you dare” is quirky and twisted. I was very disturbed by the ending. The thought of it still makes me wriggle.

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“Priceless” is classy and fun! The clothes on Audrey Tautou are to die for! The movie is all about materialism and money only until the very end!

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“He loves me, He loves me not” is my favourite! For the first half of the movie, it makes me hate all men who cheat especially those with wife and kids! The plot darkened in the second half of the movie and I pitied that man and his family. If you think I am turning gracious and forgiving, I’m not, it is just that Angelique – played by Audrey Tautou – is not crazy in love, she is just crazy.

// I am uploading pictures using Photobucket. Can you believe it? BAH.

Ex-Rental Gems.

Scouring through piles of cheap ex-rental VCDs/DVDs is one of my favourite hobby! I found three cool titles today among other crappy unheard of titles! There are indeed gems in there! I found two French titles “Priceless” and “Love me if you dare”! I love classy, quirky and poetic French movies! I love Audrey Tautou and I heard “Love me if you dare” is good!

In those piles I also found a movie starring SJP! I love her! I doubt this movie is going to be awesome but I love brainless chick flicks!

The Age of Stupid


A couple of weeks ago, I received a pair of tickets to watch the screening of this indie documentary.

In the movie,what struck me most was this…

“When we looked back at the various holocaust that happened in the past, we wondered what the heck were those people thinking, killing innocent mankind. In fifty years time, our future generation would asked, what the heck were we thinking, ignoring the obvious signs of global warming, killing innocent mankind.”

These are probably not the exact words but it’s along this line. SIGH. I can hear our future generation blaming us when I’m seventy. Some chose to believe that such movies are mere propagandas, others believe that the situation is not as bad as the media depicts, even if these are true, it doesn’t change the fact that the environment is changing and it is changing for the worst.

Won a pair of The Twilight Saga:Eclipse tickets through some contest! Will be watching it in a few hours time! A day before the launch! Wee.

Short Review.

I’ve got a whole lot of stuffs to share but I just can’t get down to writing them with my busy social schedule and a whole stack of books and DVDs calling out to me!
 
Here are some short reviews of the various movies that I’ve seen for the past weeks.
 
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time: I love catching up with my MT friends outside work! This time round, Wai Mun, Victor, Steph and I caught this movie together after our training! I totally dig Disney movies! I love happy ending and its dreamy and mystical setting. It is not something you would remember after a few years but one which would leave a nice feeling when you walk out of the theatre.
 
Karate Kids: Like father like son. Jaden Smith is awesome and very convincing. This movie is heart warming and sincere (just a little corny in certain instances) but overall it’s good! Definitely a feel good movie! I’m glad I watched it with my family! Thank you sister for the treat (even though you don’t get to watch)!
 
Toy Story III: I love weekend movie date! We almost wanted to buy the strawberry scented Lotso bear before the movie! So glad we didn’t! That incorrigible evil bear does not deserve a loving home! I’m glad he ended up on a truck! HAHA. Toy Story III is mediocre. A lot of interesting new characters but I expected more from Pixar! Thankfully we didn’t watch it in 3D! There aren’t many “popping moment” opportunities for a good 3D movie.
 
Did You Hear About the Morgans?: It’s just plain, flat, slow, predictable and mediocre.
 
Tooth Fairy: Erm. It’s just – awkward.  Don’t ask.

Dorothy Perkins Fashion Night Out: SATC2

Sue Ann took part in Dorothy Perkins’ Fashion Night Out contest and won a pair of SATC2 sneak premiere tickets (all thanks to her bestie – Lai Yee! Thank you babe!). Before the movie, I was treated with awesome shopping experience at Dorothy Perkin! Have you ever gone shopping where there are guys serving you canapes? HAHA.

Look at my arms. GRRR.

SATC2 was awesome! AWESOME! It is a MUST for all SATC fans! Ignore the poor reviews you see on newspapers (I heard ST Life gave it 3.5 / 10!) and magazines! You have to watch it! It’s hilarious! I won’t say the plot is the best, but just watching the characters, relieving the good old days of SATC makes me smile! The experience was especially unique when you watch it in a theater filled with SATC fanatics! Everyone cheered, “ooohh and ahhh” and laughed at the same scene! Go watch it!

Sue Ann loves sweet popcorn! I love them too!

The awesome goodie bag!

Thank you Sue Ann for sharing this awesome movie treat!

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Before all my readers run away from SbR, I’m not turning my blog into a wedding blog! I’m just a little lazy to set up and manage a separate blog and I’m very tempted to convert say 30% of SbR to wedding related entries!? How does that sound?

Anyway, I’ve watched Iron Man 2 and I don’t think it’s fantastic. Don’t get me wrong, I must agree it’s sexier and cooler than the first one, but the plot is a little airy fairy and the fight wasn’t as exciting as I expected. Maybe I’m just a violent girl innately. HAHA.

I love watching movies in pyjamas and with pillow!

Alice in Wonderland 3D (2010)

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“Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, written by Linda Woolverton, and stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway,Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen and Stephen Fry. It is an extension of Lewis Carroll’s novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. The film uses a technique of combining live action and animation. In the film, Alice is now 19 years old and accidentally returns to Underland, a place she previously visited 13 years ago. She is told that she is the only one that can slay the Jabberwocky, a dragon controlled by the Red Queen.” – Wikipedia.org

I like the animation and how colourful and magical the film felt. But I thought the story is not engaging enough and has a rather weak plot. I’m also rather disturbed by Anne Hathaway’s role as the white queen. She seems like a puppet in the film. Really. Strange.

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We watched the 3D version and regretted paying a premium for it after 30 minutes. The glasses gave us headaches and there weren’t enough “popping” actions or scenes worth paying for. But I like Johnny Depp role as the Mad Hatter. He added emotions into an otherwise nutty character. HAH.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

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I love this animated adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic by Wes Anderson! It’s nothing like any Pixar or Disney films. It’s brilliant. It’s witty. It’s imaginative. It’s something both young and old, wise and innocence will relish.

500 Days of Summer

I love it! I love it!

It’s not a love story. It’s sad. It’s funny. It’s warm. It’s a story of boy meets girl.

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I love the soundtrack. In line with the playfully unorthodox nature of the film, the soundtrack featured a host of offbeat artists, including Regina Spektor, Feist, Black Lips, Doves, Carla Bruni, and The Smiths!

I am in love and yes, I totally agree with my sister, I am glad Tom found autumn.

The September Issue (2009)

It’s a fashion documentary. An invitation to the mystical world of fashion. A documentary decoding the mystery in bringing a Vogue issue to the newsstand.

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Anna Wintour’s office is like a wonderland and my dream wardrobe! Anna is like a Pope in Vogue- well respected by fashion followers in America. This documentary brought new perspective to me about Anna Wintour. It seems to me that underneath her strong, cold and glamorous self, she is very much lonely in her big big world. Her siblings find her job amusing while her daughter thinks people who take fashion too seriously are hilarious. Instead of working her ass off for fashion, her daughter would very much prefer to be the one laughing.

Through her body language in the show, she seems very protective of herself (the way she crossed her arms) and the way she speaks of her family, it seems as though she’s taking pity on herself? I don’t know. I guess anyone would appreciate some family support even women who appear strong-willed and all.

In the show, I got to know another strong character – Grace Coddington, Creative Director of American Vogue. Grace is one woman whom I respect after the show. She is strong, stylish, passionate, expressive and very human. It’s a pity that she’s like a shadow in the presence of Anna Wintour.

Twilight (2008)

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I must be the only female in her tweens, teens or twenties who have not watched Twilight. Yes. I know. It was launched in 2008. HMPH.

I actually like it! I am blushing. GRR. No I do not fancy guys with pale face or blood red lips but the words coming from Edward Cullen’s lips were all so romantic.

# Fav. Line 1

  • Edward Cullen: I don’t have the strength to stay away from you anymore.
  • Isabella Swan: Then don’t.

# Fav. Line 2

  • Edward Cullen: I… I feel very protective of you.

# Fav. Line 3

  • Edward Cullen: I hate you for making me want you so much.

# Fav. Line 4

  • Edward Cullen: It’s like you’re my own personal brand of heroin.

With lines like these, I don’t think any girls can resist falling for Edward (minus his pale face and red lips)! My heart breaks whenever I see how painful he looks. GOSH. I hate myself for blushing and swooning like a sixteen year old for a fictitious character too young for my liking!

Chipmunks & Chipettes.

Watched the Gala Premiere of Alvin & the Chipmunks 2 yesterday all thanks to the free tickets from my company!

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The storyline was mediocre but the Chipmunks and Chipettes were way too adorable! I was given four tickets and my sister’s friend Marcus came with us too!

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Avatar (2009)

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Sci-Fiction has never been my favorite movie genre. I am more of the chick-flick and “Ooo, give me the brainless movies” kind of girl. But James Cameroon’s latest creation wowed me with the beautiful digital images and reality-reflecting storyline. You must be wondering what has Aliens got to do with us, the “Sky People”. Haven’t you heard of greedy corporate figurehead robbing people’s lives and homes for money and wealth in reality? In Pandora, the greedy corporate figurehead together with the restless Colonel moved forward their ruthless extermination strategies, killed native tribes and robbed them of their peaceful home and heritage for precious materials.

SIGH.

This show is good for both genders! There is a beautiful love story and a happily ever after ending! HAHA. Go watch it! 4.7 / 5 stars!