Yes, the title of the movie, "Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" does ring a bell, doesn't it? There was this highly-recommended-to-watch 2006 anime titled, "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time". Oh, and the main heroine for this live action is the very same Riisa Naka who was the voice actress of the main protagonist of the 2006 animated film.
Check out the trailer here, "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time trailer 2010 (時をかける少女)".
The critics have only praises for this movie. Take this one for example:
What’s relatively surprising about this film—and the franchise in general—is just how consistently creative it remains considering its abundant reinterpretations.
For a franchise that has had numerous interpretations of its plot throughout the course of nearly 30 years, Toki wo Kakeru Shojo is still able to offer yet another unique take on the time traveling heroine.
While the device of time travel has always been a main component within telling the story, the films have steadily remained focused upon the personal dilemmas of its characters, never allowing the use of time travel to take over the course of its story.
This is even more visible within this film, mainly because the element of time travel is only performed twice throughout and doesn’t remain a huge aspect of the film like some of its predecessors.
At its core, the film focuses upon the notion of promise and how one can fulfill that promise despite the passing of time. This notion was explored in the original 1983 film, and it works exceptionally well here even more so given the rather vivid relationships shared amongst the characters.
While the familial bond was only a minor aspect of the 2006 animated film, here it’s utilized as the catalyst to promote the story and is viewed as major element in concluding the storyline from the 1983 film.
Partially quoted from Isugoi, "Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – Review".
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Hunger does lead to good meals!*
Recall the place: NEX.
This ought to be a fun way of using comics to promote one's merchandise. Featuring Superchef - The Man With Good Taste, courtesy of BreadTalk. Heh.
Disclaimer: this post is not sponsored by BreadTalk. Really.
Monday, December 20, 2010
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969. Now you can pre-order the exciting graphic novel here at the Book Depository.co.uk. It will be 25% off & priced at US$$9.34 (and have I told you it will be Free delivery worldwide - check the list of the countries here!)
Can't wait when this gem is finally published (01 April 2011...argh!!).
PS. This is the second part of the Century trilogy, the first one being titled League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1910.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Check out the clip, "Hamster on a Leash". I totally agree with this particular response by chris82gr:
Note: Hamster was a stunt robot, and we used green screen so no real animals were abused. ?!?!!?!?!?!
WHERE THE F@CK IS THE STUNT ROBOT ?!?!?
FFS YOU MIGHT DONT BELIEVE IN GOD OR YOU MIGHT DONT HAVE A HEART OR A SOUL TO DO THINGS LIKE THAT.
THOSE AMERICANS ARE REALLY THE MOST STRANGE PPL IN THE WORLD.
They can do every sh!t to record a video and throw it to YouTube.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Each time he drinks the beer something happens to the lady in front of him. Check out this funny (and sexy? hur hur) beer commercial.
Monday, December 06, 2010
Stay tune at USTREAM for Utada Hikaru's concert on Dec 8 at 6pm Singapore time. Yeah. It's free, you cheapo. What a good reason to start appreciating USTREAM, huh?! Check out also her official website http://www.utada.com/.
EMI Music Japan announced today that Utada Hikaru's concert on Dec 8 in Yokohama Arena, the first concert of her 'WILD LIFE' shows, will be broadcast live around the world via Ustream.
The decision to broadcast the concert live on Ustream is a response to the strong requests of overseas fans. It was Hikaru's strong wish for all her fans, not only in Japan but also overseas, to be able to enjoy the premium live performance this time. The Ustream live broadcast has made this possible.
The performance will be broadcast on two channels, one for PCs and one for smart phones. It will be broadcast from around 7pm Japan time (6pm Singapore time) until it ends.
The Ustream live broadcast this time has been realised with the full cooperation of Ustream Asia.
Utada Hikaru debuted in December 1998 with the runaway hit single. selling over two million copies soon after its release, this single put the spotlight on Hikaru. More than 9.9 million copies of her debut album First Love were shipped domestically and abroad, a new record for the Japanese music industry and one that has yet to be broken.
In just three months, the number of followers of Utada Hikaru's Twitter account (http: twitter.com/utadahikaru)surpassed 300,000. Her latest album, Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.2 will be available on iTunes worldwide by the time of the concert.
From Straits Times, "Watch Utada Hikaru for free"
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Can't wait to watch this highly praised film "Confessions" ("Kokuhaku").
It begins in the classroom. A devastated mother, an ice-cold teacher, Moriguchi sensei is looking for the murderer of her four year old daughter, a student from her own class. In a series of cruel, and horrific acts, Confessions is a disturbing film that plunges into a world of obsession, retribution and vengeance. From Tetsuya Nakashima, director of Kamikaze Girls and Memories of Matsuko, Confessions has become a massive box office hit that has left the whole of Japan on the edge of its seat.
Quoted from the 14th Japanese Film Festival, "Confessions".
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Some random photos taken from the recent Malacca trip. It was relaxing. Very relaxing. Heh.
1. At St Paul's Church...
2. ...nearby some entrepreneur getting a tourist' money by letting her posing with an iguana. I smell fear. Heh.
3. A shot from the top of the hill where St Paul's Church is.
4. The A Famosa.
5. A magnificently red Christ Church.
6. A fountain in front of the Church.
7. The entrance to the Jonker Street (it's happening at night! With the road is closed & various stalls magically set up!)
8. Chicken rice balls at one of the stalls. Over-rated.
9. Decided to hop onto the cruise along the Melaka River. They style their bridges well...
10. ...oh, and so do the houses near the river.
11. A very slow moving monorail which the boat can easily overtake.
12. An interestingly empty pirate-theme theme park.
14. A night shot of the Christ Church.
15. A fun karaoke performance at the Jonker Street with two uncles sportingly dancing.
16. The Stadhuys which somehow I missed in the day.
And no, I'm not one of the 37 society members from Singapore. (The Clouds Appreciation Society boast of 24,049 members from 85 different countries.)
Reading at the Society's Manifesto is enough to convince me that my other blog, "Because the moon already does another's..." or the more apt URL "http://thecloudsrepresentmyheart.blogspot.com/"--which so far has featured 146 shots of clouds--may just belong to this 'eccentric' society.
and that life would be immeasurably poorer without them.
We think that they are Nature’s poetry,
and the most egalitarian of her displays, since
everyone can have a fantastic view of them.
We pledge to fight ‘blue-sky thinking’ wherever we find it.
Life would be dull if we had to look up at
cloudless monotony day after day.
We seek to remind people that clouds are expressions of the
atmosphere’s moods, and can be read like those of
a person’s countenance.
Clouds are so commonplace that their beauty is often overlooked.
They are for dreamers and their contemplation benefits the soul.
Indeed, all who consider the shapes they see in them will save
on psychoanalysis bills.
And so we say to all who’ll listen:
Look up, marvel at the ephemeral beauty, and live life with your head in the clouds!
...then again, the membership cost of this society (£4 + postage) is enough to break the spell of a fleeting thought to feel belong to a larger picture.
Nah, I will prefer being a fair, free & feeble cloud of cumulus type than being a high flying cloud of cirrus category which demands a membership fee.
So count me out, The Clouds Appreciation Society! (Not that they're offering a membership anyway. But well...)
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Check out this hilarious clip, "Don't Stop Your Screaming (Parody)". Yes, it's a parody of a catchy song from TV series, Glee titled "Don't Stop Believing".
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Yes, here are the three of creatively created Inception trailer mashup! Rambo-Inception trailer mashup (116 views so far), Forrest Gump-Inception trailer mashup (196 views) & Shrek-Inception trailer mashup (287 views). It's like discovering a gem as they are really well inceptioned, uhm, you know what I mean...
My personal favorite is still that of Lost season 6. Heh.
Check out the official website for Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention at http://www.singaporetgcc.com/ (cool screenshot, isn't it?). I am surely looking forward to attending this event! Heh. Take note of the date: 10/12 - 12/12.
Marvel Comics will make its debut at the Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC) next month.
STGCC organiser Reed Exhibitions said this will be the first convention in Asia that Marvel is exhibiting at.
Fans will be able to get up close and personal with the people behind characters such as the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man.
Marvel talent at the convention includes Spanish comic book artist Salvador Larroca, and other illustrators Leinil Yu, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Esad Ribic, Harvey Tolibao and Alex Maleev.
Artistic talent from Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries will also be showcasing their creative artwork at the convention.
In addition, aspiring comic book artists will get a chance to hear tips during panel sessions with creators, writers and illustrators.
International talent scout C.B Cebulski will also give an inside look into the world of Marvel and what he looks for in the next Marvel artist.
Ms Yeow Hui Leng, project director, Reed Exhibitions, said: "Marvel's extensive popularity is manifested through successful box office ticket receipts of Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, and The X-Men series because the comics these characters are based on have strong plot lines that dwell on universal themes like good versus evil, heroes versus villains, which resonate well in Asia."
STGCC will be held at the Suntec International Convention Centre from December 10 to 12.
From Channel NewsAsia, "Marvel Comics to make debut at S'pore convention".
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Downtown east murder which is said to be related to gang fight leads me to wonder about the existence of secret societies in Singapore.
And guess what? Wikipedia does have an entry about this topic. In its article, "Secret societies in Singapore", there are some names mentioned (not so secret afterall, huh?): '21 (Dhee It)', Sio Kun Tong(Salakau) (369) (Chao), 18 Zhup Puey (Siao)(Sio Yi Ho), 'The 04 Gang' (Inactive), 24 Ghee Hia Di(Dhee Xi)', 'Kong Puey 08(Kong)', and some other 'Independent gangs'.
Interesting to note also the list of the gangs under the category of 'Independent gangs':
* Sarajumbo (Indian Gang)
* Veerasamy (Indian Gang)
* Riyadi gang( Malay Gang)
* Omega (Malay gang)
* WuNaga (chinese,malay gang) 5NG (Inactive)
* 806 Woodlands Woodlands, Singapore Coffeeshop(Mixed gang)
* Seven stones(mix gang)(Inactive)(powerful)
* Cinababi (chinese gang)
* Nasibabi (malay gang) *Ondru Saernthu Paaduvom (indian gang)
* Mata Siao(999)(very powerful)
* no limit(tampines kia)kepala:ammar
* melayu ribot(city hall,bawah ketiak mak kau,ade bulu,carik dalam2
Monday, November 01, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
It was first reported on 26/10 that "Gary Ng"--often labeled as Singapore's 'Edison Chen'--has been arrested. Police said women had come forward and made police reports, saying they had been cheated of money by this man. (It is later revealed that his real name is Chen Guilin.)
What kinda amused me is that the capture of this prolific--albeit indecent--photographer is due to the accusation of 'cheating'. And money.
And that leads to his downfall. A really long fall. Just see the list of charges he has to face! (Highlighted in bold, red below in the article.)
HE WAS dubbed Singapore's Edison Chen after he posted self-made videos of his sexual encounters with several women on the Internet.
The man called himself Gary Ng and shared up to 33 sex videos online since September 2008.
But as it turned out, it was a fictitious name.
His real name is Chen Guilin.
And now, Chen, 28, who is unemployed, is in trouble with the law.
He has been slapped with 21 charges, including one charge of possessing 1,100 obscene pictures and 437 video clips containing pornographic material on a laptop and two portable hard drives.
He was first charged in June and turned up in court on Wednesday to face more charges.
In all, Chen faces four counts of housebreaking, five counts of forgery, six counts of possessing someone else's identity card and two counts of criminal breach of trust.
He also faces one charge each of cheating, misappropriation and possessing a fraudulently obtained or stolen laptop.
Chen allegedly broke into the home of one of his victims between Aug 31 and Sept 5, 2008, and stole items totalling more than $36,000.
One of the items he allegedly stole was the victim's OCBC bank cheque book.
Over six days in September that year, he is said to have forged the victim's signature on the stolen cheques and induced the bank to give him a total of $81,150.
He is also accused of breaking into the home of another victim twice and later forging the victim's signature on a stolen HSBC cheque to obtain $10,000.
Chen, who is out on bail, is understood to have been arrested after several victims made police reports.
The New Paper reported last year that someone calling himself "Gary Ng" gained online notoriety after he posted his self-filmed sex videos on various amateur porn sites and sex forums.
Most of the videos began with him in office wear before he undressed.
He was careful to protect the identities of his partners by editing away the faces of the girls and himself, but he gave the videos titles based on the the women in them.
There were videos titled "Gary Ng vs Beer Promo Auntie", "Gary Ng vs Friend's Niece" and "Gary Ng vs Chua Chu Kang girl".
He claimed that he filmed his escapades, which took place at home or in hotels, and put them online in order to get back at women.
He said that he became disillusioned after three consecutive failed relationships.
Among his charges, unlawfully possessing someone else's identity card and housebreaking carry the heaviest punishment.
If convicted, he can be fined and jailed 10 years on each charge.
From Asiaone, "'Singapore's Edison Chen' slapped with 21 charges".
Oh, and have I told you that the movie, "Kick-Ass" is inspired by a comic by the same title? Wikipedia has more to say about the comic.
Yes, I finally managed to watch "Kick-Ass"! Yeah. Always enchanted by the movie's trailer.
It's a fun show. Inspiring even. Especially this part when he fought 3 thugs as they ganged up against one guy. It's a real bloody, hopeless fight and Kick-Ass is determined not to give up.
Diner Fight Guy 1: The fuck is wrong with you, man? You'd rather die for some piece of shit that you don't even fucking know?
Dave Lizewski (aka Kick-Ass): The three assholes, laying into one guy while everybody else watches? And you wanna know what's wrong with me? Yeah, I'd rather die... so bring it on!
Check out the clip, "Banksy Simpsons Intro". More about Banksy, do check the official website here http://www.banksy.co.uk/.
He also has an entry in Wikipedia, "Banksy" and take a look--partially quoted from Wikipedia: "Banksy is the pseudonym of a British graffiti artist, political activist and painter, whose identity is unconfirmed. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine irreverent dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique."
He's that talented, alright.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Remember this very old photo of mine--in my early months of starting to blog in 2005? Experienced a similar result & kinda amused of how it turned out. Here's the question: what was the object that I took a shot at? Answer correctly and...(nah, I don't think anyone will get the right answer. Heh.)
Monday, October 11, 2010
I'm currently hooked by this cute (in a kind of sadistic kind) video clip of the song by Maroon 5, "Misery". The title brings to mind to that of the Stephen King's horror book/movie, "Misery".
So if next time you're in a dispute with a woman, think of the above 2 "Misery" and beware. She may just be too good in her kick or adept in swinging that axe.
Stephen King's book/movie, "Misery".