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YOU BETTER RUN, BETTER RUN, OUTRUN MY GUN

Hello, yes, this blog is still alive.
I am too.
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CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE.  

— 4 and a half out of 5 stars

Jacob Palmer: I don’t know if I should help you or euthanize you.

Cast featuring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone? Of course I had to watch it.

Not to mention there’s Goslings’ “photoshopped” abs to ogle at. Seeing him in a comedy is a first and I love that he’s so smooth in this movie! One of the my favourite scenes was when Gosling takes Carell’s character shopping. The velcro-ed wallet was so old-school! And there’s that sauna scene.

It’s been a long time since I laughed so much, got charmed by the attractive cast and felt a fuzzy warm feeling at the end. One of the best romantic comedies in ages.

GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE
— 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

I’m a Gleek and I think every Gleek should watch this.

And good marketing there, limiting the movie’s run to only two weeks! Two short weeks!

Lea Michele was simply amazing – don’t you just feel like crying everytime she does a solo? There’s also Darren Criss, doing his thing with The Warblers – the best thing that happened to Glee besides Darren Criss himself. Dancing-wise, Harry Shum Jr. and Heather Morris take the hat. Loved it when they danced to Valerie. And of course, Heather Morris’ boobs were amazing in 3D – she said so herself! Best of all, Kevin McHale (Artie) was dancing too!

Loved the encore performance of Somebody To Love during the credits – one of my favourite songs from the entire series!

BAD TEACHER
— 3 out of 5 stars

Cameron Diaz plays a teacher who is working for the bonus to get a boob job in order to get the attention of Scott (Justin Timberlake), a wealthy substitute teacher. Lots of weed-related jokes and that dry humping scene was kinda eew. Kaitlyn Dever from Justified and Noah Munck from iCarly play kids in Diaz’s class and I just loved that dodgeball scene (“Twilight, look at me”). Now you know you got to hit the ball THROUGH the object of your affection.

But I gotta say, Cameron Diaz looks real good for the age (she’s 39 this year) and set everything on fire with that car wash scene.

TALIHINA SKY: THE STORY OF KINGS OF LEON
— 4 out of 5 stars 

The highlight of SIFF 2011!

This is probably the only time any KOL movie will be on the screens of Singapore so if you saw it, good for you. There are plenty of videos from their Youth & Young Manhood and Aha Shake Heartbreak days and it was pretty refreshing to see them so young and… bearded. OMG I forgot how much I missed them all bearded and long-haired.

There was this really old video of Nathan and Caleb singing their gospels and they looked so clean-cut! Not much mention about Matthew (unfortunately) since it was mainly focused on the three brothers and their piercing blue eyes, but I loved that they used the photo where young Matthew broke two arms. Do you know how difficult it is to break both arms?

CHALET GIRL
— 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

Ed Westwick! He is so much more charming with a British accent!

Besides, it’s been so long since there was a British rom-com. And if you don’t know how to ski, watching people ski can be enriching too. Felicity Jones really shined in this and I can’t wait to watch her and Anton Yelchin in Like Crazy!!!

ABDUCTION
— 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

This is the only other movie I’ve seen Taylor Lautner in outside of the Twilight Saga; the other being The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. He was so adorable as Sharkboy!

Anyway, in this movie, his real identity is a mess because he found himself on a missing persons’ website. Internet 101: be careful of what information you give out and always cover your webcam! Despite all the guns and chases, Lautner still manages to find time for some smooching. At least he took Time Management 101. I bet he did most of his stunts! Cool!

This marks the first time I’ve seen an actor from the original Swedish Millenium Trilogy films – Michael Nyqvist on American screens. He will be in MI4: Ghost Protocol while Noomi Rapace will be in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Can’t wait!

FRIGHT NIGHT
— 4 out of 5 stars 

This movie scared the shit out of me. Colin Farrell is very hot as the vampire in the day but at night, those fangs and distorted facial features is just not hot. This vampire is the real deal; afraid of holy water and crosses, loves the fear in his victims and cannot enter the house unless invited. But being an old-school vampire, he morphs into something-like-a-bat in his true form.

But half the time, I was semi-crushing on David Tennant, who plays stylized vampire hunter Peter Vincent with the fake sideburns, eyeliner and leather pants. He steals every scene he’s in and even when he’s about to die, he still has his sense of humour. Totally crazy about him! Anton Yelchin totally kicked ass in the final scene (his suit!), just as those creatures from the soil popped up was so scary! This just shows remakes aren’t always horrible.

ATTACK THE BLOCK
— 4 out of 5 stars 

Sad to say, this one scared the shit out of me too. I don’t like aliens with luminous, multiple rows of teeth! They really love to tear up things with those teeth.

The British slang and humour really helped to make this movie more interesting. The way they swear is very charming! Since the kids are the ones protecting the block, I was really amazed at what “weapons” they kept hidden in their houses! They are concerned with things like prepaid texts as one line explains it all: “I’ve only got one text left. It’s too much madness to explain in one text!” One thing you’ve got to admire is how these group of guys stand up for each other! I’ve got a weakness for this kinda brotherhood thing.

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
— 4 out of 5 stars 

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis having benefits equals benefits for the audience. They have such hot bodies! Though the premise is similar to No Strings Attached that starred Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, this one just packs more chemistry between the leads. Woody Harrelson (Tommy) was hilarious as the guy trying to make JT switch sides.

Tommy: Everybody want a shortcut in life, my guidebook is simple: YOU WANNA LOSE WEIGHT? Stop eating, fatty! YOU WANNA MAKE MONEY? Work you ass off, lazy! YOU WANNA BE HAPPY? Find someone you like and never let ’em go!

A big plus: they used Foster The People’s Pumped Up Kicks during the end credits!

KINGS OF LEON – BACK DOWN SOUTH

WOW!

Another music video! Matthew looks so hot and talented for a Dad! Yes, he’s a DAD as of 22 April 2011. KNOX CAMERON PATRICK FOLLOWILL. Somehow, I remember the entire name.

It’s a feel-good song from Come Around Sundown, not my favourite – I wish they would release “No Money” or “Mary” as a single!

KINGS OF LEON DOCUMENTARY – TALIHINA SKY

OMG I hope it’s coming to Singapore, best if it’s on the big screen!

I do hope there’s more of Matthew!

“YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M CAPABLE OF.”

On Valentine’s Day, I had a “date” with I Am Number Four at Cathay Cineleisure – thanks to InCinemas.sg! That “date” includes Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Callan McAuliffe and Jake Abel!

// Alex Pettyfer was previously seen in Wild Child and can be seen next in Beastly with Vanessa Hudgens. Timothy Olyphant is in Justified! Callan McAuliffe was in Flipped, which was sadly not shown in Singapore. Jake Abel was in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and also Adam Milligan aka the Winchesters’ half brother in Supernatural! //

I Am Number Four is based on the novel by Pittacus Lore. It centres around Number Four/John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), one of nine remaining aliens from the planet Lorien, who have come to seek refuge on Earth while on the run from the Mogadorians, another alien species. He is protected by his guardian, Henri (Timothy Olyphant), who will train him when his Legacies/powers manifest themselves. These last Loriens have to be killed in the sequence of their numbers and Numbers One, Two and Three are dead – this means John is in danger.

Sarah: What’s your name?
Number Four/John: John… Smith.
Sarah: Okay, you don’t wanna tell me your name…

I think I nearly jumped out of my seat because the the movie kicked off Kings Of Leon’s Radioactive (!) followed by The Black Keys’ Tighten Up, both of which were in the running for Best Rock Performance/Song for the Grammys that day.

John: A place is only as good as the people you know in it. I think this is a pretty good place.

There’s plenty of action and suspense in the movie and some parts even caused me to grip my seat real tight – like when the Mogadorians and their “pets” appear. The opening scene grips you right from the start and you just mentally prepare yourself whenever there are dark places involved.

Sam: (on shooting down a Mogadorian) I play a lot of X-Box.

Timothy Olyphant is Olyphantastic as usual and he sure channeled Raylan Givens when he fired that shotgun! I wouldn’t mind being home-schooled by him. Then I have this semi-crush on 16-year-old Callan McAuliffe, who plays Sam and provides most of the comic relief. It won’t be obvious at first when he keeps his head down, but once he starts to open up to John, you’ll be charmed (by his eyes and smile)!

Number Six: If you slow us down, I’ll shoot you myself.
Sam: I believe you. Can we go now?

Teresa Palmer totally kicks ass as the feisty Number Six. I liked that she was fireproof and could disappear and appear out of thin air! Dianna Agron stars as Sarah, John’s love interest and it has blossomed off-screen – such a good-looking couple! There are plenty of funny moments too, like when Sarah’s mother switches the porch lights on and off in a bid to distract the young couple from making out too intensely. And I’d like to add that Singaporeans are a sentimental bunch cos there was a collective “Awww” when John’s dog, Bernie Kosar, appeared at the end. 4 out of 5 stars (an extra half for the good looking cast!).

The movie opens in Singapore 24 February 2011.

Here’s a really cute interview featuring Alex Pettyfer on Ellen and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:

53RD ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

Yup, it’s music’s biggest night! If you’ve read my Twitter feed, you must have know Lady Antebellum won three Grammys! The Black Keys won too, as well as Arcade Fire, who blurted “what the hell?” when they won Album of the Year. They were so high that they proceeded to perform another song after their win!

Clockwise from top: Lady Antebellum, Kings Of Leon (without Matthew), The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga and Muse.

Here are selected winners:

Album of the Year
Arcade Fire, The Suburbs

Record of the Year
Song of the Year
Country Performance by a Duo or Group
Best Country Song
Best Country Album

Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

Best Rock Album
Muse, The Resistance

Best Pop Vocal Album
Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster

Female Pop Vocal Performance
Best Short Form Video

Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”

Male Pop Vocal Performance
Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”

Best Alternative Album
Best Recording Package

the Black Keys, Brothers

Rock Performance by a Duo or Group
the Black Keys, “Tighten Up”

GUITAR WORLD – KINGS OF LEON INTERVIEW (FEBRUARY 2011)

Wow! I’m so happy! Two of my posts on Tumblr got reblogged! I think that’s a huge achievement, whether it’s one person or many.

So it’s only natural I should share this here, on my “mother blog”.

(1)
Guitar World: Matthew, you take some pretty ripping solos on the album. Like the one in “Mary”, for example…
Caleb: That one and the one he does in “No Money” are my two favourite solos of his on the record.
Matthew: [to Caleb] I think they’re the only ones on the record, bro.
Guitar World: Are they improvised?
Matthew: Yup. Both of those were live in the studio, one take, and I was so mad because I wanted to do more.
Caleb: He always hates them, and we’re all like, “That’s perfect!”

One of the many reasons why I adore Matthew!

(2)
Caleb:
Also, when I see things going too well, it scares me. I want there to be some kind of confusion and some kind of “I hope it’s gonna work…” To me that’s real music. And Matthew, I don’t wanna speak for him, but he can hear a song and know when it’s gonna be a hit, or when it’s gonna be this or that. And so he’s my biggest fear. When he says, “That’s a hit,” then I go, “Fuck!”

Another of those reasons. J’adore!

2010: KJ’S REPEAT MODE

Yup, it’s nearing the end of the year!

Personally, I think the last days of December goes by the fastest. First it’s Christmas, then it’s New Year’s Eve! This year has been good, I think. First half is me mugging, second half is me enjoying life. And which year can be complete without music?

If I remember correctly, I listened to a lot of Lady Antebellum and Cheryl Cole during my exam period. I have this strange idea that if I listened to it while revising, and if I played it (in my mind) during the exam, it might help me recall whatever I’ve revised. But I’m not sure if it really works cos I only “play” songs to calm my nerves.

“Anything that’s worth having, is sure enough worth fighting for. Quitting’s out of the question, when it gets tough gotta fight some more.”
Fight For This Love, Cheryl Cole

Sure, Cheryl Cole was singing about love but it sure served as motivation for me.

Here’s some tracks from the above albums that I adore:

  1. Lady Antebellum – I Run To You
  2. Muse – Resistance
  3. Taylor Swift – Speak Now / Sparks Fly / The Story Of Us
  4. Brandon Flowers – Crossfire / Only The Young / Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts / Swallow It
  5. Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love / Parachute
  6. LeAnn Rimes – Can’t Fight The Moonlight / The Right Kind Of Wrong + INXS – Need You Tonight
  7. Lady Antebellum – Need You Now / Something ‘Bout A Woman / Love This Pain / Our Kind Of Love
  8. The Script – Science & Faith / For The First Time / Dead Man Walking
  9. Maroon 5 – Misery / Never Gonna Leave This Bed / Runaway / How
  10. The Black Keys – Chop And Change
  11. Lady GaGa – Alejandro / Monster / Telephone
  12. Adam Lambert – Whataya Want From Me?
  13. Kings Of Leon – No Money / Pyro / Mary
  14. The Black Keys – Tighten Up / Everlasting Light / She’s Long Gone
  15. The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved / Breakeven / Before The Worst

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

  1. OMD – If You Leave
  2. Stephen Duffy – She Loves Me
  3. Kenny Loggins – Footloose
  4. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
  5. The Pretty Reckless – Make Me Wanna Die
  6. Landon Pigg featuring Turbo Fruits – High Times
  7. Daft Punk – Derezzed
  8. Chairlift – Bruises
  9. Snow Patrol – Just Say Yes
  10. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes – Home /40 Day Dream
  11. Eminem featuring Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie
  12. Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris – Break Your Heart (remix)
  13. B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams – Airplanes
  14. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
  15. Melee – On The Movie Screen / The Masquerade
  16. Carrie Underwood – Cowboy Casanova
  17. Demi Lovato & Joe Jonas – Wouldn’t Change A Thing
  18. Timbaland featuring Justin Timberlake – Carry Out
  19. Justin Bieber – One Time / Baby
  20. Tokio Hotel – Automatic