Pan’s Labyrinth

Today a friend and I went to watch Pan’s Labyrinth.

Pan's Labyrinth

It’s a spanish movie that has amazing graphics unlike the movie, Bridge to Tarabithia which is SO UNREAL!!! In this movie, even though it’s in Spanish, it’s very touching and the storyline is very gan joing wan!! While watching the movie, I felt myself leave the seat to try to help the main character in the movie, Ofelia (a.k.a. Princess Moanna).

I’m not gonna say it’s the best gawdamn movie and should be given every single piece of award. But it’s on of the best movie I’ve seen so far this year. And it’s in Spanish too!! My admiration is showing now lol

Spoiler Begins

This show is about a girl who is a princess who lives in the underground world. Because of her bat gua-ness (curiosity)…she ran from her bodyguards and into the living world. In the process, she got amnesia from the sunlight more like ultraviolet rays due to global warming!! And eventually died from diseases aiseh…kena bird flu kah? Or maybe overexposure to EVERY disease known to mankind!! and other natural causes like the cold weather.

Then in comes Ofelia, she and her mother are embarking on a rough trail into the mountains to meet Ofelia’s new father. Vidal, is the leader of the fascist devotees. The captain is a very cruel man who is without feelings. Basically, he married Ofelia’s mom to hump her get a son out of her to replace his dead father who died in war.

In the beginning of the show, we see that Ofelia makes a new friend in a belalang fairy that becomes somewhat like a fairy with the big wings and such…just have weird colored skins is all.

Fairy slash Belalang Belalang become something like this!!

Then this belalang lead her to the labyrinth near the Captain’s housing area which looks like a maze…sure can get lost if the belalang didn’t do this job in taking her there. If he got them lost, he’s out of the tourism business, man!! Aiseh…then again, meet another funny/scary looking goatman/horsey.

Goatman slash Horsey Faun close up!!

Those are the good guys la!! The bad guys pulak…

Mr. Frogeyman Mr. Why-the-fuck-are-my-eyes-in-my-hands!!

Mr. Frogeyman and Mr. Why-the-fuck-are-my-eyes-in-my-hands!!

Then tra-la-la the show continues on la, with many going ons like betrayal, battles, killings, blood, gore, death and so on la. You know what I mean…don’t want to spoil the movie too much for you 😛

Also I can’t believe that when the people was given their daily rations…when the commander gave out bread…he bagi lecture percuma jugak!! Like…LOL. To eat bread also need to listen to lecture first…aiyah…starve liao la before you get to eat the bread…so cham 😮

Spoiler Ends

Mmm, this movie good la. Not bad at all. I was even able to shed some tears around the end. Ooo!! I love the anxious parts where they put us in suspense as to what is gonna happen soon and such. This is a good movie. It’s surprising that many Malaysians went and watch it too, today.

It’s a good movie. I recommend you to watch it…but make sure to bring your eyes cause you have to watch the movie in a most difficult way!! Watching with one eye on the graphics and the moving people and so on and the other eye have to follow the translation LMAO. Thank gawd I’m used to doing this that’s why boleh enjoy the movie 😛

The Lady Iron Chef

Last Sunday, I went out with 2 gal pals of mine, Yen Er and Yen Shin. We were suppose to go out for last minute “Ang Pau Shopping” but we didn’t get the chance seeing as how it’s Chap Goh Meh and people would most probably be off dumping rotten oranges into the ocea in hopes of any soul mate.

So in the end we just decided to go to One Utama to watch a movie. As students with no life other than our pitiful studies, we haven’t been able to watch any of the new movies that have recently came out. Due to this fact, we just decided to go with the feel of the last day of the Chinese New Year and just watch a Chinese movie.

The Lady Iron Chef

The Lady Iron Chef (美女食神) is one of the Chinese New Year’s comedy Chinese films this year. At the beginning of the movie, we see Ceci (Charmaine Sheh) riding her skooter while touching up her enamoured nails, zipping up her brown suede boots and adding some mascare to her unbelievable long lashes. Fortunately for her, there were no other vehicles in sight. If it were me…would probably have ended up in the hospital for being so vain XD

Anyways, a review isn’t a review without a…yup!! A synopsis!!

Plucked from GSC Movies

On the day of the Supreme Dim Sum competition, Madame To and his son SK To (Hacken) were appointed judges, since they owned one of the largest catering corporations in HK. The winner was Jade (Lau Yeung) and Madame To wanted his son to marry Jade. Ceci (Shermaine), a lower class girl employed to introduce the chefs onto the stage, was much impressed by SK more than Jade. Though SK was impressed with Jade, he refused to marry her.

SK was kidnapped one night and was held to ransom. However, luck would have it that the kidnappers imprisoned him in a small room on the rooftop of the building where Ceci lived with his father, Souza (Wong Jing). Ceci saved SK, and hid him in her home. Ceci took SK on a tour of Mongkok where SK did many things his mother never permitted him to do. He found Ceci’s carefree attitude to life refreshing and fell in love with her.

SK took Ceci home to see his mother, who insisted that she would only consent to Ceci marrying SK if she cooked as well as Jade. Souza took her to Macau to learn the art of cooking from his ex-girlfriend Lady Green (Yuen Qiu) who was a descendent of another school of royal chef and an expert in using ordinary food to make a superb meal.

Ceci worked hard, and learned everything Lady Green taught her within a few months. She was confident enough to challenge Jade. It was not only a personal duel between Jade and Ceci, but also a contest between two schools of cooking, the North versus the South. During the last round, Ceci gave Jade a loaf of bread, by means of which Jade make the “Emperor toast” which won applause from all the judges. Ceci was given some noodles, by means of which she made a plate of “Brokeback Noodles”. Who will finally win over the judges and become “The Lady Iron Chef”? Will Ceci live happily with her Prince Charming after all?

Overall, the movie is the typical “I love you and you love me but Mama hates you and wants me to marry her” kinda syndrome. It’s a sweet movie but not really to my taste…too sweet and unrealistic to my taste. It was just another “Chinese Chick Flick” movie to me. I would have gone for the Ghost Rider movie if it was shown earlier a bit that day D: but oh well. It was an OK movie, I guess…a few laughs were expected and a few of the unrealistic moves as there have always been in Chinese Comedies. Didn’t really expect much from it.

The Bride, the Witch and the Dress

There once was a madly in love couple, a rich girl and a dirt poor boy, the fact that the guy was poor was enough to make the girl’s parents balk at the thought of their precious lil girl marrying into poverty. thus they forbade their request to be married when he (the poor guy) asked for their little girl’s hand in marriage. Dejected, the couple decided that to be together, the only choice is to elope as soon as the chance arises.

And that chance DID arrive, while picking up their suits at the wedding dress and suit shop, the groom decided to walk across the “not-so-busy” street to get his beloved one a bouquet of flowers. But unbeknown to the excited groom, a speeding car came out of nowhere and “WHAM!!” giving a new meaning to “Pop goes the weasel”, the groom’s good intention had gotten him killed him. The bride, upon hearing the crash, hurried to the murder scene just to find that there isn’t going to be a wedding after all. She rushed to his side and hugged his blood-soaked limp body close to her and cried in anguish.

At night, after she was taken home by her parents and tucked into bed, her parents went off to bed as well, relieved that their only daughter did not throw her life away by marrying a poor boy. At the stroke of midnight, deep in his sleep, the girl’s father had a dream, in his dream, a witch appeared looking wrinkled as well as ghastly with her hair flowing around her face bringing about the rise of Ju-On (touches wood >.>). The father, shocked and terrified, awoke in cold sweat, but not before the warning given by the witch to him mentioning that “You must get rid of the blood from your daughter’s wedding dress or misfortune will befall her.” Assuming that it’s all been just a nightmare, the father returned to bed and forgot the whole incident.

The 2nd night however, the mother had the same exact dream about the witch and the warning about the tragedy that was about to befall her daughter if the dress wasn’t cleaned. Being a logical woman, the mother ignored the warning as well and went back to bed without thinking twice.

On the 3rd night, the witch turned her attention to the girl, appearing in her dreams, the witch instructs the girl to wash her wedding dress for a great misfortune will befall her if she fails to clean the dress of all the blood stains, after conveying the warning, the witch vanished and the girl awoke in cold sweat. Since it was the girl’s own life at stake here, she decided to believe the witch in her dreams and starts the day with washing her wedding dress. It was a tedious chore as the blood stains on the wedding dress had seeped into the dress making it difficult to get rid of the stains. With all her might, the girl washed the dress as clean as it could get but there was a small patch left on the dress where the blood stain was being as stubborn as a bull and wouldn’t was off.

When she went to sleep that night, the witch approached her again predicting her impending doom if she does not find a way to get rid of the remaining blood stains. And so, the girl began her day by washing the dress again, but to her dismay, the blood stain would not go away. Days passed by as the witch reappeared in her dreams nightly and the girl washing the dress daily, but nothing seems to be able to get rid of the stubborn blood stain.

Exasperate, the girl decided to give up and give in to her fate of impending doom and await the time she would be reunited with her loved one. Just as she gave up, suddenly the doorbell rang, bringing a sudden tension in the air as the girl wonders if that was her impending doom awaiting her at her door. Cautiously, the girl went and open the door slowly. Gasping in shock, she finds the witch in her dreams to be standing outside her door.

The witch with her hair flowing around her, her wrinkled skin sagging her face makes her look as though she was the wicked witch of the west. The girl upon sighting the witch, back up further into the house, the witch, not missing a beat moves forward towards the girl in a menacing look, staring her down with a grumpy cum evil cum obsessed look.

The end felt near when the girl felt herself backed into a wall without an escape route for all the exits have been blocked by walls without a window in sight (yes, there weren’t any windows to the house, curse her bad luck). The witch, just stopping short of her glared at the girl and reached into her over-sized robes and starts to bring out something resembling a box…”a box of doom?” thought the frightened girl as she places her hands in front of her to ward off what was coming to her when suddenly, the witch hands the girl a box of……detergent!!

“Use THIS to get rid of the stains you silly girl!!!”

*Pauses to let the surprising ending sink into the readers shocked minds*

Now, how was that for a story? Surprising hmm? I was surprised too when my brother decided to share this story with the family during Christmas Eve while we were in a restaurant having dinner. I have to admit, I was expecting a different ending as well. Imagine my incredulous expression when my brother ended the story abruptly with the 2nd last phrase “when suddenly, the witch hands the girl a box of…detergent!!” -.-;;;

You can just imagine the silence that ensued after my brother finished his story, yes, even the people from the neighboring tables were listening intently to the story. Oh what a shock we had when he ended it. But it was funny nonetheless after recovering from the shocking ending.

And that’s all there is…there isn’t anymore…(taken from Madeline)