Hello Again

Been some time since I last heard that, felt kinda awkward.

I didn’t intend for any blog post today but I happened to have a bunch of text at hand so what the hell, haha. I dusted off my PSP (I could blow the dust off of it; felt like freaking Indiana Jones) to get back in shape for Peace Walker which releases in May. Only reason why I still own a PSP really… oh and DJ Max Portable Clazziquai Edition, haha.

「처음처럼」
T-ara
Braking Heart [Repackage] (2010)
Mnet Media

Comments: T-ara’s album is, very much to my surprise, a nice bag of songs. There is the odd song or two that would make me cock an eyebrow under normal circumstances but by then I’m too into the flow of things to really care, haha. Decided to take this for the post because it feels more laidback. I just love the chorus. The bridge was an… interesting break. Unwelcome initially and I’m still not entirely comfortable with it but I’ll live with it. Didn’t study the MV because I didn’t know there’s one, shall get my paws on it sometime.

Hmm. In the next post I shall post up something manly to reassert my masculinity, haha.

I haven’t sent an e-mail to the SPH in quite some time, mostly because I stopped bothering to read state media. That and the internet has been most generous. If I do happen to pick up a copy, I would promptly extract the Life! section as well as a supplementary depending on the day: Digital Life or Urban.

No, I do not read Life! for the comics. Again, that is what the internet is for. (Oh and porn, haha. Iconic song.) Ignoring all the blatant attempts to prey on self-conscious victims of their money in huge-ass advertisements*, I actively read the articles covering the art scene. Especially if it’s local or features somebody I like. There’s also the reviews section. Movies I take with a pinch of salt, but there are some decent reviewers amongst them. It’s the music reviews that are the deal-grabber, specifically those that review a classical/orchestral performance. I’ve mentioned that I’m bad at describing music, so I really enjoy reading an article that does exactly just that.

*Ads. Name me one lady who has a perfect set of natural boobs. They make it seem as if every woman has abysmal deformities on their chests. As for the body sculpting… well, sure if it makes you a better person. Corrective surgery (for physical and/or psychological benefit) and those done purely out of vanity are different. Abs, hair, Emperor what are they going to think of next? But it’s just my opinion and hey, at the end of it all, we’d all be maggot food six feet under anyway. (Except for that silicone… come on, we’re trying to “save the Earth” here.)

Well today there was an article on 3-D movies. Here’s what I sent in:

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In reference to Life! article: “Take your chances with 3-D” by Nicholas Yong (Mon, Apr 12)

3-D movies are nothing new, they’ve been around for decades. We’re only seeing a resurgence thanks to the availability of post-production techniques. Inspired, no less, by the commercial success of James Cameron’s Avatar. More often than not, however, they’ve been used simply as a gimmick to draw in the crowds. Children love it of course; they weren’t around back during the days of cardboard red-and-blue stereoscopic glasses. Children usually mean families and that means more ticket sales. Understandable on the part of the studios. I honestly think that the money invested could have been better used elsewhere.

As NICHOLAS YONG has put in his article, 3-D effects cannot save a poor movie. It doesn’t detract from the fact that a story may have glaring plot-holes or a weak premise. Characters do not magically gain added depth and personality. In the end, all the movie would be remembered for would be the scenes where “something was coming at you”. (That and your aching headache thanks to the 3-D.) Even then, that memory wouldn’t last. The most impressionable movies have always been the ones that strike a chord with our hearts, that which only a strong story and characterization can deliver.

The way I see it, 3-D effects are still more of a novelty, more suited to theme parks. There’s the Universal Studios attraction that features James Cameron’s T2: 3D: Battle Across Time. It works as the crowd has to interact, so it’s not exactly a movie per-se. 3-D attempted to break into the gaming market but it didn’t really take off due to hardware limitations. Oh not forgetting the TV sets. Hmm… no thanks, I’d hate to see someone drunk watching a show.

All is not lost for the movie industry, however. Used correctly, 3-D shouldn’t be something that grabs your attention immediately. It has to be more subtle, like makeup, drawing the viewer into the scene. Suspense and horror movies could benefit from the added atmosphere. Science-fiction flicks on an epic scale could appear much more vast. CGI films (I’m looking at you, Pixar) would have just that extra bit of perceived depth, making things much more lively. All this potential, IF done correctly. Having them screened in IMAX theaters would help a lot too.

To get to the gist of it: 3-D movies, in my opinion, are here to stay. Simply because it is so much easier to make them now compared to before. Hopefully, studios would come to their senses and stop churning out poor 3-D movies by the truckload (and since we’re hoping, maybe even stop churning out bad movies in the first place). On an interesting note, James Cameron will be re-releasing Titanic in 3-D format in 2012. Perhaps we’d all have a different opinion by then. (Unless the Mayans were right, then no amount of visual effects can compare.)
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Now to e-mail SingTel and CPF. Then finish up that resume and CV I’ve been procrastinating about.

What Women Want is still is a funny movie. Has it’s problems but fun to watch.

Oh and before I go: Ahem. I am the bane of alternative auctions. If I have my eye on something, it’ll just go on forever. Only when I completely focus elsewhere, will the auction promptly close. Then you’ll get to see me cursing at a monitor. Greed, the things it makes one do. But this is just bizarre, I appear to be gifted. I bring fortune to others!

This is what I call photojournalism gear.

Associated Press photographer David Guttenfelder

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