Wednesday, 29 February 2012

The Houdini Experience by Hans Klok and company

Believe it or not I had never seen a live illusion / magic show in my life. My parents would take me to shows, but they would be those kiddie shows especially for children, you know, with really childish stuff... I'm not complaining but magic / illusion show had never been on the agenda. I guess it has to do with the fact that they always feature sexy or provocatively dressed women, and that's not my parents' idea of good shows for children. :P

Anyway, so I saw my first illusion show last night, in my late twenties. ;) I guess I don't rate it top notch because I'm no longer that young, and, like most people, I have seen many of the 'tricks' on telly for countless times already. Still, it's a great experience to see those absolutely astonishing and unbelievable tricks played in front of you...

Hans Klok talked a lot during the show, which was fine, and he tried to explain the Houdini part of the show as well. Apparently I had never heard of Houdini before, and those who are like me can go here for the wiki version of what this legendary magician is all about. I guess we probably shouldn't compare Hans Klok's show with Houdini's different experiments, as the show's just a glimpse into the mysterious world of Houdini's. I was particularly impressed by the acrobats' shows, especially that of the Chinese acrobat (sorry I didn't catch his name). I know there are lots of such acrobats, especially in a country like China, but that doesn't make him less amazing! There was also a couple performance (again, I don't remember their names) and that one's also absolutely stunning, if not a little inappropriate for children (or, was I thinking too much? :P ). All in all it's a really great experience and I think illusion shows are definitely worth going to, at least once in a life time.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Couples (Korean film)

Yet another rom-com with different couples' love stories interwoven. Quite entertaining, provided you don't question why there are so many coincidences - of course it's all very surreal and is just for a laugh!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

For some reason, quite a number of films with very strong casts in recent years have been a disappointment (at least to me), and sadly this is one of them.

The Exotic Marigold Hotel has a very strong cast, as one can see from the poster already, but the plot is predictable. That's not where the biggest problem lies, however; many great films have simple plots but I feel that this one lacks a seamless and logical flow of events, a flaw so big and unsalvageable that even the cast cannot save it. Let me give you an example: I was clueless when Jean (Penelope Wilton), the married woman who's travelling with her husband suddenly becomes interested in Graham the judge (Tom Wilkinson) AND THEN pursues him, there's just nothing in the film that foregrounds that. The same goes for the relationship between Evelyn (Judi Dench) and Douglas (Bill Nighy); they've gone out once or twice with Graham, so not on their own, and there is hardly any communication between them. He's helped her with her tap, and then suddenly you see them developing this relationship...????? Again, no foregrounding. Not to mention how Muriel (Maggie Smith) appears to be a total invalid at the beginning of the film and at the end of it she's as healthy and mobile as anyone can be - just because of a hip operation?

The film's seeable for the cast, if one is not picky about the plot, the development of events... well, basically everything else.

Cyrano Agency (Korean film)

Just watched this out of boredom... and it's an okay but not particularly impressive film. Well perhaps I shouldn't be too harsh on it considering the sequence of events is actually a lot more logical than many Hollywood films I've seen lately. *Spoiler alert* Basically it's about a group of theatre players who have set up a company to help people succeed in winning over the person they love. They create scenarios and rehearse with their clients so that things run smoothly. Things begin to change when the leader of the group realises a new project's target is his ex-girlfriend, and he tries to interfere... the rest is actually not entirely predictable, but like I said, it's just an okay film and not a particularly impressionable one like Sunny.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

This Means War

To be honest, nothing much can be said about these Hollywood films; what I wanted to talk about is my conversation with S after seeing the film. In the film, Reese Witherspoon's character has to choose between characters played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy, and she can't decide between the two. I asked S who he thinks is more handsome, and he said Pine. I was like 'WHAT???' coz I think Pine's the kind of guy I really hate - I don't know why he appears to be very feminine to me (yeah, even with the six pack) and it's a total turn-off. Hardy, on the other hand, is soooo sexy... maybe he's not as 'good-looking' (in terms of facial features) but he's definitely more manly and that, to me, is good-looking!
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