Monday, July 19, 2010

if only a talentime can find us another brilliant story-teller...

"Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love." - Claude Monet

it's been such a long time since i last watched a movie...there seems to be something on every weekend...finally this weekend got to watch 2 movies...Despicable Me 3D in cinema...and Talentime on DVD...

i think i'll talk about Despicable Me later...because i want to talk about Talentime first...

they did not show this wonderful movie in Ipoh...despite that it was filmed in Ipoh...@*&!?%@$#!@%$...
so i had been looking for this movie in DVD for so so long...don't know what took them so so long...

finally last weekend saw it on shelve...and grabbed it almost immediately...although left RM20 in my wallet...i paid RM19.90 for this...yeap...that's how badly i wanted this DVD...

simply captivating...

in short...it is a simple love story between an Indian boy named Mahesh and a Malay girl named Melur...(synopsis here)

there are a few reasons i wanted to watch this so badly...
1) it was the last movie by our beloved master story teller Yasmin Ahmad...i don't think i have to say more...
2) it was filmed in Ipoh...a beautiful town indeed...
3) it was filmed in Anderson School...seeing that badge on screen brought memories...
4) a romantic story in a very familiar background...i would definitely want to watch this with my loved one...

and this movie did not disappoint me indeed...
warm and touching story...
fun jokes...
brilliant cast...
beautiful scenes...
beautiful songs...
little twists here and there...everything that happened in the story was for a reason...a message...

talking about the cast...
1) Jaclyn Victor (who played Mahesh's sister) was wonderful...didn't know she could act so well...so loveable on screen
2) Mohd Syafie Naswip (who played Hafiz...Mahesh's friend) is one actor that i think is much better than those "handsome" actors i see on TV or movie...
3) and i guess i don't have to talk much on the seasoned performers like Harith, Adibah and Azean...

when i read the review before...they said this movie will make you forget the actors' races 10 minutes into the movie...but that's not what i think...

on the contrary...i felt she was constantly reminding me of the races...the different culture...making fun the way we commoners do...

and how these differences eventually make no difference at all when it comes to LOVE...

however...there is one thing i find rather awkward...but that's ok...the rest of the movie more than made up for that...

there is one problem with this impulsive purchase...i did not note it has no subtitle until i got home...

no big deal i thought...not that i don't understand Malay and English and Cantonese...then i reaslied the problem when Mahesh's uncle (Ganesh) started talking to Mahesh's mother...in Tamil

but that's ok...you can still understand the story eventually...i guess that's the magic of Yasmin's movie...

in a nutshell...this is a good local production...everything builds up quite well as the story goes ...and...as stated in the movie synopsis on the back cover of the DVD...

"On Talentime night, everything unfolds."



p/s: the quote above was said to be Yasmin Ahmad's favourite...it truly saddens me that we can't enjoy any more of her talent...

Monday, July 5, 2010

just to keep my dying brain alive...

"Passion can be expressed as a feeling of unusual excitement, enthusiasm or compelling emotion towards a subject, idea, person, or object. A person is said to have a passion for something when he has a strong positive affinity for it. A love for something and a passion for something are often used synonymously - Wikipedia"

been sometime since i last posted anything...i guess i got too lazy...again...
instead of writing lengthy entries...which do take some time and effort...i'll just write whatever comes to mind...
more frequent but smaller portion is easier to digest than a large portion at a time...

last weekend...i flipped thru the classified section of the weekend paper...spotted a few jobs which i'm "qualified" to take up...

as i read thru the job descriptions....i was thinking...
"hell this job is so damn difficult...seems like one hell of trouble awaits...the responsibility will kill me...i don't think i can cope with that...bla bla bla...bla bla bla"

Scheisse!!!
what happened to me???
i'm losing my passion for challenges...job satisfaction...

and then i told myself...
wake up buddy!!!
the public sector is extinguishing your fire......