Backpost: movie watched on 24th January, 2014. Cineleisure Orchard, Singapore.

1. I did not expect to laugh so much!!!
2. I did not know that it was shot in Shanghai, and that my ah jie worked on it.

The funny thing about the film is that we bought tickets for the wrong date, and so our seats were already “taken” when we went in. We realised our mistake, and sat in the front row, which was okay – by okay, I mean we managed to watch the entire film without feeling sick or dizzy!!

Joaquin Phoenix is a legend. And Scarlett Johansson has the sexiest freaking voice ever. And Amy Adams looks so normal when she’s not glammed up!!!

Loved the film until the ending – the ending didn’t sit well with me – but the rest of the film was so enjoyable, I can actually block the ending out. It’s funny, I look at this film, and think about You’ve Got Mail, and how that was a statement about the mid-late-90s, and it’s so very out-of-date now!! I wonder when this film will become a statement of the past, and what that future will look like.

Fantastic computer graphics – especially that computer game that Joaquin Phoenix plays – I am amazed by his acting, how he can pretend to be playing this game when it was just a blank wall, I’m sure, when they filmed it.

So many wonderful things about this film. Highly recommended. Spike Jonze, you rule.

The Wolf of Wall Street.

Backpost: movie watched on 7th January, 2014. Great World City, Singapore.

What a ride!!!!! Another storytelling masterpiece from the great Martin Scorcese. The crazy excess and unbelievable obnoxiousness, not to mention the fact that it is based on a true story, made this film three hours of fun and absolute incredulousness. My jaw dropped so many times, I laughed out loud so many times, the pacing was excellent – it never felt like a three-hour film, ever – and the acting, amazing.

I maintain that Leonardo diCaprio is the most underrated actor of his generation, while Jonah Hill continues to be a surprise (and the biggest fucktard of a guy in the film) – I am in awe of this story, and would like to meet Jordan Belfort at some point in time!

We all left the cinema dying to read the original memoir that Jordan Belfort wrote. And while so far, I’ve only read the first chapter, it seems that unlike many other novels-into-films scripts, this one stayed very true to the book!

The Walking Dead – season one.

So yeah, I watched the first episode of the third season back in February 2013. And it wasn’t my cup of tea, and that was that.

My flatmate – who is here for the month – told me that he caught up with all the Walking Dead episodes, starting from the first episode of the first season, in a month, and that he needed to initiate me because he wanted someone to talk to about it.

I just finished the first season in a day. It was just 6 episodes, nothing too serious, really. Not like a no-sleeping marathon, as has happened in the past with other things. But (And?) now, I am dying to see what happens next. Sigh. I never thought I’d like this series. I was always more for the cold ones (Buffy ruled my world) than the walkers.

But… let’s just say Frank Darabont rules my world.

(Current mantra: sleep now, watch tomorrow, sleep now, watching tomorrow…)

Philip Seymour Hoffman.

There’s a part of me that thinks this is still just a hoax. Even though I found out via Circa. Even though it’s been reported on the New York Post and also on the WSJ. Even though BBC has now published an obituary, and James Urbaniak posted a beautiful anecdote, and Vanity Fair has an In Memoriam, which talks about oh-so-many of his wonderful films, I still can’t quite grasp it.

He really made every character he played his own, winning the Oscar (and practically every other film award under the sun) for Capote. I’m so glad we got to see his inspiring performances in every film he was in, from Boogie Nights to The Big Lebowski, Magnolia to Mission Impossible III, plus Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt, and The Master, which earned him yet more nominations for his talent.

My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, especially his family. Rest in peace, PSH. You will be sorely missed.

Year of the Horse!

Yay!!! Auspicious start to the year by being in Singapore with great company and awesome food. Rang in the year with drinks at anti:dote then Spize for prata (yay!!!) and then Boost juice for breakfast, chicken rice for lunch, movie, seafood dinner (with my favourite sweet and sour pork in the world) – awesomeness.

Back at home now – it was an empty flight as well, so we all lay out over several seats and watched movies on the nice new screens. Good times :D

Gonna have to backpost the movies that I’ve seen over the past month, that will be fun.

Happy new year!