Let’s generate some traffic for this blog…

by jumping on the “Dark Knight” bandwagon… there… Surely I’ll get some traffic from the mere mention of the name “Dark Knight” (oops… I did it again).

It must be one of the most anticipated movie of the year and I guess the promoters are trying to generate all the hype they can before the movie’s release. Not that I blame them.. there must be shitloads of money invested into the show.

The thing is that this is such a large cash cow that there will be many people trying to milk it. And when there are so many people fighting for the same piece of pie, how do you stand out from the rest of them? The traditional answer to that would be to make your product so much better than your competitions’ that people will have no choice but to buy yours. But these days, I guess, the more cost-efficient way to do it would be to generate as much controversy around your product as possible, so that us desensitized zombie masses will sit up and take notice. I just thought that some lines will never be crossed… such as these…

heath ledger, joker, dark knight, action figure

Announced just weeks after Heath Ledger’s funeral, this stinks badly of cashing in. What makes it worse is the hypocrisy of over emphasizing that “the family gave their blessings” and that he will be “immortalized” by these actions. I guess the headlines says it all, that this might well be a “Cruel Joke”.

Anyway, just managed to catch “A Knight’s Tale” on TV (which was, of course showing a Heath Ledger marathon). Am quite amazed by his on-screen charisma. What can I say? Medieval knights dancing to rock and roll…. rocks! And hence, this outpouring…

But then, I’m probably just taking this wrongly, or as this too cool to be true poster ask:

Joker, Heath Ledger, Poster

Despite my complains of the insane publicity involved, I have to admit… They sure know how to make some really cool posters….

batman, dark knight, poster, bale
dark knight, poster, heath ledger, joker
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Just when I thought it was safe to watch movies based on fighting games….

I mean “Dead or Alive” was seriously awesome. They got the right ingredients. Enough camp, enough cheese, and of course, enough boobs. Also, the show does not take itself too seriously. Always a good thing when your base material is not.

Anyway, the latest news (for me) is that they’re going to make a new Streetfighter movie. Probably just in time to cash in on the hype surrounding the soon-to-be-released Streetfighter IV. (here’s when I go wooooohooooo….) The spin is that this new movie will not centre around the normal “main characters” of Ken, Ryu, Guile or Sagart. Instead, they will choose to focus on everyone’s favorite underwear revealing fighter… Chun Li. That’s right… ol bun head will be getting her own movie. How do I know it? Well… the name of the movie is “Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li“, so…

So far, things are not going good for the show… the director they’ve chosen is one Andrzej Bartkowiak whose works includes such classics as “Romeo Must Die”, “Cradle 2 Grave” and “Doom”… all examples of “movies-that-should-not-be-taken-too-seriously-but-somehow-are”. Seriously, there was so much potential for “Doom” to be so camp that it’ll be good, but alas…

I think one of the biggest problems in the execution of the show would be the presentation of Chun Li. No one seemed to be able to pull off her character design with dignity. And many have tried…

Ming Na Wen in Street Fighter:The Movie
Chun Li, Qiu Shu Zhen, ChigMy Yau

including my favorite Qiu Shu Zhen (hint: not the one on theĀ  left) …

oh yes.. many have tried… even those that should have no business trying…

Jackie Chan, Street Fighter, Chun Li

The buns just do not come out well!!

So who’s the latest brave soul to challenge this role? It has to be someone that does not realize that taking on certain roles will destroy their entire careers. There are just some roles that you do not take because your whole life will never be the same again. For example, any role that require you to play opposite ANY Warner Brothers cartoon characters. They are cute. You are not. Also, Bond girls… there’s a reason why the series is named after him.

I digress, the latest challenger is non other than our favorite Kristin Kreuk, aka Lana Lang. You’d think that she would want to put “Eurotrip” behind her and build on whatever credibility she’s gained from “Smallville” or “Partition”. Oh well..

While she’s certainly a looker (I am a fan), she might well be the last major contributor to why this film is doomed to failure. Already there is potentially no camp and no cheese, now there’s also… no boobs!

Kristin Kreuk, Chun li

Oh… there’s also an actress in the show by the name of Moon Bloodgood… So cool in an entirely hippie way…

Not that I want to make this a John Lennon Fan site….

but, I just NEED to write down my feelings about artistic integrity.

See, I was reading Richard Dawkin’s “God Delusion” a while back. In it (the introduction, i believe), he mentioned that some people were opposed to John’s classic song (a.k.a. Imagine) because it is “Anti Religion”. So some artists (a.k.a. tight ass pansies), disagreeing with the song’s anti-religion stance, have changed the line “and no religion too” into “and one religion too” in their cover versions.

At that time, I was mildly amused. Because it is rather funny. To use a “anti religion communist”‘s song to promote your one religion. You have to see the funny side in this.

Now, before I go any further, I must first proclaim that I am not anti-religion. Hell (oops…) I am not even an atheist. I’m under the “it’s complicated” category. I believe that the world was created 5000 years ago. I believe it was exploded into existence 5 billion gazillion years ago. I believe dinosaurs once roam the Earth. I believe some Supreme Power left the bones under the Earth as one big cosmic joke (haha, I can’t believe I got you guys to dig that big hole with brushes smaller than My tooth brush). I refuse to believe we are mutant apes (hmmm… if this is true, we are the X-Monkeys!! WOOHOOO!! Watch me pulverize you with my opposable thumbs!!!) . But at the same time, as despicable and ugly as we can be at times, I refuse to believe we are made from mud either. I refuse to believe that if Someone up there wants to speak to the little people, he’ll do it through loud, obnoxious, white men who drives big cars and shout out of television sets. I refuse to believe donating obscene amounts of money to these sad souls is a stairways to heaven. I don’t believe my heart will be weight against a feather when I die. I don’t believe anything, even death, can make me lie still in the ground for millenniums till Kingdom Come. I don’t believe death is the end of the journey. But I don’t believe it can be the start of another either.

Right. Too far off tangent… Curse you, Neil Gaiman!

Anyway, I suddenly remembered Dawkin’s paragraph. It came to me in a flash of brilliance as I was…take a wild guess… studying!. So studying really does stimulate my brain cells… I just wish it was in the correct direction as where the books were going.

One thing blogging taught me about myself is that I’m not so good at keeping on one thread of thought for a very long time. See, I’ve done it again. I’m like one of those kids on “Final Destination”. After a series of near-misses, and just as I thought it was safe to go about my daily business, I’ll be hit by a train… of thought…. Geddit? geddit? “Train” of thought…. geez…

Anyway (again) I googled “and one religion too” and came up with this nonsense…

Imagine there’s a Heaven / It’s easy if you try / A hell below us / Above us Holy sky / Imagine all the people / Living for God’s way ~

Imagine there’s no hatred / It isn’t hard to do / No cause to kill or die for / And one religion too / Imagine all the people / Living in Christ’s peace. ~

And that’s just one sampling of a few choice lyrics on this website (for just US$100 a month till you die, you’ll get to spend eternity in Heaven)…

I’ve mentioned before. I am not anti religion, and certainly not anti Christianity, but Jesus really needs to get a new fan club.

Music is music. The musician (in this case, John <aka the Genius>) is trying to spread his message through his music… Just let him be. I cannot believe that some people could so blindedly and flagrantly butcher a song up to change it’s meaning totally. It is a Hit song for a reason and piggybacking on it’s success and manipulating it to say something completely different is just plain… sad, actually…. And it does say a lot about the levels you’re willing to stoop to for money. To twist the words of something written just decades ago to make it suit your own purposes. “Imagine” what you can do to something that was written almost 2 millenniums ago…

So to you lyrics changer, I have this to say…. Write your own “10 Greatest Songs of All time” song if you want to spread a message….

Criminal

There once was a boy who loves his rhymes
Was not good at it but it help him pass the times
So when he hear bad jingles on the air
It makes him want to tear out his hair
Like this one featuring a car battery
That is certainly no flattery
To all self respecting rhymers
Who’ll put their hearts on microwave timers
To learn there’s actually people making money
(A word too often rhymed with honey)
Butchering words like these
They should be fed to bees
So believe me when I say
That these people need to pay
For thinking “Amaron” rhymes with long
And putting in that ridiculous “song”
Not to mention at the end
It’s like a slap on the hand
That they have the gall
(they really want to make u bawl)
Their desperation must be really strong
To think they can get away with “Ting Tong”?!?!?!?!

Progress!

I was watching American Idol on TV today, (yes, yes. I’m watching too much TV…) and I realised that THIS is the perfect testament of how much we’ve progress as a human race.

A long time ago, our ancestors got their kicks from spectacular blood sports, gladiatorial fights, big hunts, public executions, etc….

But now, we’re entertained simply by seeing normal people losing all dignity, having their egos crushed and bawling their eyes out. Now, that’s what I call progress…

Don’t you just love civilization?

Not another quote….

I was watching this program on Nat Geo Adventures (fantastic fantastic channel) this morning. It’s about a group of strangers backpacking together in Italy, which brought back tonnes of memories… It’s not just the places, but also the people they met on the streets, the endless amount of wandering around aimlessly, the food, the ambience of the places, and more importantly, the group dynamics…. great stuff…

Anyway, towards the end of the program, one of the backpackers was asked about her motto in life, she said:

“Live like you are dying. Dance like no one is watching. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like no one can hear you. WORK like you don’t need the money”

Not a bad one to live by…. but for me. IF I sing, I’ll make sure EVERYONE’S listening… no matter how off key I might be.

That’s just me, of course…

But the rest of the stuff is pretty good

An ill wind bloweth…

Tis a black season. I believe that things come and go in cycles and this seems to be an especially bad period of time for many people around me. Friends are getting hurt, friends are hurting others and worst of all, friends are hurting themselves.

I don’t post things that’re too personal in this space. Especially things that are personal to people that are close to me. But I just want to say to all you guys who have been hurt and say that “Time will numb the pain”.

Don’t let it.

Do not let yourself be numb to the pain. Pain hurts but pain is what makes us human. Pain takes but pain gives as well. You will not enjoy the pain, because who does? Pain can break you. Pain can leave you on your knees. Pain can make you wail like a little baby. Sure, if you let yourself be numb to the pain, you’ll grow stronger. But you’ll be strong in all the wrong places. You’ll reach a point where you do not know if you are numb to the pain or you are numb by the pain. You’ll be strong in all the broken places… There cannot be any rainbows without rain. Pain makes us appreciate the good times so much more.

Bah… I’m not good at this, so I shall steal a quote from Jim Morrison:

People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all.

People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit.

Love hurts.

Feelings are disturbing.

People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong.

Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality.

You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.

Hope this season ends soon…