Look Who’s Back.

by Timur Vernes.

First of all, the cover art is incredible. So much kudos.

Secondly, what a premise for a story! Adolf Hitler (the one and only real one) wakes up suddenly, randomly, in 2011 in Berlin. Because he is the Fuhrer, he learns quickly to adapt to his situation, and because it is the age of media, of course he is lauded as a comedian with impeccable research skills, and who quickly becomes a YouTube sensation.

I have never, ever wanted to learn German before in my life. While reading the book, not only did I wish I read German (although the English translation is, I’m sure, brilliant) but I also really wished I knew more about German culture and references. I’m pretty sure the story would have been that much more hilarious.

Such imagination and wit and satirical talent. Loved it.

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Sports Doping – Winning At Any Cost?

Watched on a CX flight from TPE to HKG. June 2016.

Okay. Since it’s June now, there have been new additions to the documentary section of the Cathay Pacific entertainment system… and there are so many things I want to watch, but on a one hour flight, there are only so many things I can watch without pulling my hair out. Some, for example, like A Plastic Ocean and The 24 Hour War, both of which are almost two hours long, are an utter no no, as I won’t be able to get to the ending of the film. Luckily, the person curating this section has the good sense to include some shorter TV documentaries, like the one I ended up watching, which was an engrossing 52 minutes long.

Sports Doping – Winning at Any Cost? follows Dr Xand van Tulleken as he talks to athletes, doctors and scientists around the world, while investigating the use of anabolic steroids, which has become increasingly widespread within the general public. It’s an eye-opening piece not only on the psyche of athletes who want to be the best no matter what the cost, but also on the psyche of all humans, including those who “just” want to look good. It cautions strongly against the use of drugs, interviewing former athletes who used steroids regularly and now have lost use of kidneys, have shown cognitive impairment, etc.

An really insightful, well-researched film. Good stuff.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

So… I’ve never really been a fan of Matthew McConnaughey… So I never watched this film back when it came out. But thanks to Netflix, we get to watch the oldies sometimes.

As far as romcoms go, this one is pretty predictable. I mean, it’s funny, the premise is interesting enough (magazine writer forced to come up with a sellable story, so she writes about how to be the worst type of girlfriend ever). Except there is a twist (of course), in that the guy she has chosen to suffer through her being the worst ever girlfriend, has a bet going that he can stay in a relationship….

So yeah. Interesting enough premise, but as any romcom watcher can tell you, the story pans out exactly how you think the story will pan out.

Okay. Gotta go find some better romcoms to watch….

French Open: Rafa!

I’m a Roger fan through and through. And a huge Andy Murray fan. When Nadal as a 19-year old won the French for the first time, I wasn’t overly impressed. This annoying boy with the long hair and sleeveless shirts. Not my cup of tea. But over the years, what he has achieved is just incredible – and not only on his favourite surface (clay, duh). His rivalry with Federer has produced some of the best tennis ever, so yes.

Last year, when Nadal was trying to come back from injury, and came close-ish but not quite in several matches, there were so many questions about whether he could make it back to the top… And then this year at the Australian Open, when the men’s final was – astonishingly – a Federer-Nadal match up, it was such an awesome throwback to their years of dominance. And though I was rooting for Federer, and though I was extremely happy that Federer won, from then on, all I wanted was for Nadal to win the French (preferably also in a Federer-Nadal final… but that was not meant to be as Fed decided to skip the entire clay season). It would be a record-breaking tenth title, and it would be a fitting return for the King of Clay.

And he did it! He swept aside Wawrinka (who, granted, was not playing his best – I am grateful to Murray for wearing Stan down haha), and just was immoveable. An incredible tenth French Open title – aptly named La Decima. Fantastic. So glad I got to watch it live (one of the perks of staying at a hotel…) :D

French Open: the women. And F1.

Oh man. I wanted Simona Halep to win so badly. Like… even more than I wanted Andy Murray to beat… no. That’s not true. I probably wanted Murray to beat Wawrinka more. But still. I wanted Halep to win. Oh well.

In other news, Lewis Hamilton won his 65th pole position today in Canada, and received one of Ayrton Senna’s helmets from his family for matching the late, great Senna’s achievement of 65 poles… That was incredibly touching. And it was a great day for Hamilton whose last race was not so great.

In any case, it’s going to be an interesting day tomorrow… Nadal-Wawrinka (go Nadal!) and the Canadian Grand Prix…

I love sports <3!! And yay to being in a hotel, so I get to watch sports (even though it’s all in Mandarin) hahahaha…

The Blind Side.

What a movie! What a story! Love this!!

And Tim McGraw is HAWT! (Or he was when the film came out… back in the day… hahaha).

Apparently, this film is based on a book, which I now think I have to read. But basically, everyone knows the film because Sandra Bullock won the Oscar for it… And it’s a great film, so touching, and hugely inspiring – the story of Michael Oher and how he came to live with a very well to do Caucasian family, and how he changed their lives, and they changed his.

Love it <3

The Transporter Refueled.

Okay. I mean. Sigh. Okay.

There’s a part of me that just wants to wring Hollywood’s neck. There’s a part of me that wants to smack all those damn studio heads and ask why the HELL are we being put through sequels and reboots and just non-original shit all the time these past few years. I mean seriously.

The story is ridiculous. It’s worse than the three Jason Statham ones. Sigh. The lead guy is… I don’t know. I wish he didn’t have to portray Frank Martin, which is the same character that Statham played. Why couldn’t he have been a different character? He nailed the tone of voice… but then it was weird because it sounded kinda like Statham but it wasn’t Statham. Sigh. Anyway.

The action however, is fantastic. In the originals, Cory Yuen choreographed excellent excellent scenes for Jason Statham, and this was very different, which was great because I could enjoy it without feeling like something was missing.

Anyway. I watched it. I finished it. I liked the action. That’s about it…. yup.