Happiness

I’ve just watched Happiness recently. Mainly because I’m a big fan of Philip Seymour Hoffman (he’s my absolute favourite actor) and I’ve been trying to catch up on his movies. Alas, I was unable to finish all of his works before his untimely death. I remember I was watching The Master just the night before the news of his death came in.

Regarding Happiness, it featured several detailed character studies and paints an interesting portrait of suburban non-conformity. Everyone is seeking for happiness in the film but eventually, perhaps only the boy got it at the film’s end. Ironic but that’s the most important lesson you will learn in life; you don’t always get what you want.

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Despicable Me 2

I watched Despicable Me 2 yesterday. I’ll start by writing what I thought of the first movie; it was nice but not super nice as some people felt. For me, it was just ok. DM1 didn’t have a tight storyline to keep me engaged throughout the whole movie. Watching the second movie, I feel that overall, it is an improvement on the first one. However, it still does not rank high enough for me.

Annie Hall

“I heard commentary and dissent had merged to form dysentery” lol one of the many smart and funny lines from Annie Hall. Just finished watching the film, I can see why it’s Woody Allen’s most acclaimed film and how it beat out Star Wars at the 1978 academy awards to win best picture, best director and best original screenplay. Besides being a comedy, there are also lots of serious tone and discussions on a wide range of topics like how love fades, how one wants sex more than the partner, religions, existential questions and even political conspiracies.

Get Out + Academy Award Nominations

A friend asked me whether I’ve seen any of this year’s academy award nominations, I almost had to say none at all but just a few days ago, I took time to watch the horror film ‘Get Out’ which was directed, produced and written by Jordan Peele.

If you don’t know who Jordan Peele is, he’s actually the comedian from the cast of Mad TV and also part of the very funny comedy series Key & Peele. That was his first directing effort and it managed to get 4 nominations in Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (all nominated for himself) and Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya who portrayed the main character in the movie (which Jordan didn’t act in). The movie was a surprise box office and critical success because its budget was small. I myself was surprised when I saw how good the movie was because I always associated Jordan Peele with comedy, I didn’t know he could be such a good director, and it wasn’t even for a comedy film but instead for a horror film. I would write my own review if only I had time to actually write a proper one lol. I really enjoyed the film.

With his nomination for Get Out, Jordan Peele became the fifth black filmmaker to be nominated for Best Director, as well as the first black filmmaker to receive nominations for producing, directing and writing in the same year. With his win for Best Original Screenplay, he became the first black screenwriter to win in that category.

Oh yes, I just remembered that there is another academy-nominated movie I watched which was The Greatest Showman. It was nominated for Best Original Song for its song ‘This Is Me’ which it lost to Pixar’s Coco’s ‘Remember Me’ which was written by the same songwriters who wrote Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’ which had won the award before, making this their second win. On the other hand, ‘This Is Me’ is written by the same songwriters who wrote La La Land’s ‘City of Stars’ which also won that award last year. So if ‘This Is Me’ had won instead, it would have been them who would be winning the best original song award for a second time instead of the songwriters from ‘Let It Go’ winning it a second time lol.

I don’t really read much movie reviews anymore since Roger Ebert passed away (I used to read his reviews before deciding whether to watch a movie or not).

‘The Shape of Water’ directed by Guillermo del Toro is the biggest winner with 4 awards, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Production Design. I haven’t watched ‘The Shape of Water’ yet, but I always thought that he should have won for his earlier film ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ which wasn’t even nominated for that year’s Best Picture or Best Director. That was such a great film and it was first place on a lot of critic’s best films of 2006 lists (including first place on Roger Ebert’s list). It really should have at least earned nominations for best picture and best director. Instead the win for that year 2006 for Best picture and Best director went to Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. Martin Scorsese is a great director but The Departed definitely wasn’t his greatest work, it actually was rather weak in comparison to his other works in my honest opinion. The Departed wasn’t even an original in the first place, it was just a re-make from the Hong Kong movies, I watched The Departed and I didn’t really feel it ranks anywhere near Martin Scorsese’s best works. Hugo was a much better film of his that should have been awarded Best Director instead of The Departed, especially since Hugo’s central theme was about the magic of cinema.

Ok enough about that rant, so yea I am glad Guillermo del Toro finally got a best picture and best director award. Not sure if you know this, but the three most prominent Mexican directors: Alejandro G. Iñárritu , Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón are collectively known as “The Three Amigos of Cinema”. In terms of academy award wins, they currently stand as follows:

1. Alejandro G. Iñárritu – 2 Best Director wins (Birdman and The Revenant), 1 Best Picture win (Birdman), 1 Best Original Screenplay win (Birdman) = Total 4 awards

2. Guillermo del Toro – 1 Best Director win (The Shape of water), 1 Best Picture win (The Shape of Water) = Total 2 awards

3. Alfonso Cuarón – 1 Best Director win (Gravity), 1 Best Film Editing (Gravity) = Total 2 awards

I ranked Guillermo del Toro higher than Alfonso Cuarón because I would think Best Picture is much more prestigious than Best Film Editing so that would win the tie-breaker.

I distinctly remember watching Gravity on the giant screen in Cathay cinemas’ platinum suites and it was breathtaking. The opening (lingering) shot of the Earth with the astronaut slowly coming towards the foreground from a tiny barely-seen figure in the background was truly spectacular. I was really in awe of that opening scene for a long time. Such is the magic of cinema (which by the way was what Martin Scorsese was trying to convey to the audience in ‘Hugo’). Just that one scene alone makes for great cinematography which eventually Gravity did deservedly win the Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

Butternut 食评 Food Review

这里的沙律与其它地方千篇一律的做法相较,自然显得格外与众不同。其中的微妙在于老板与老板娘亲手准备出来的食物,无论是沙律、烘烤沙律、披萨或意大利面,都品尝得出是用心准备的。这里标定的沙律(default salad)都包括了招牌的胡桃(butternut)在里头。这在本地少见的食材其实属南瓜类,因为味道不特强且柔软,所以百搭。胡桃柔软的素质搭配起肉类如烟熏鸭、鸡肉、牛肉,更能形成强烈的对比;格外的带出了各肉丝丝入扣的质感。披萨别致的形状(8角型)也呈现了超凡脱俗的外观,加强了我对这里食物的印象。烘烤沙律也挺特别,不常在沙律店看到,让这小贩摊位提升了档次,显得更似一个cafe咖啡座或甚至餐馆的感觉,绝非仅仅的一小档口。早前提起的意大利面也不容忽视,口感恰好,不会过硬或太软。淋上的酱汁也不会过浓,就连细节如撒的芝士粉也做到恰到好处。总言之,特爱这里的食物!

#NoticedThe押韵IMadeWith沙律And千篇一律? 😡

張惠妹 – 偷故事的人 – 裝醉

聽了張惠妹的「偷故事的人」專輯那麼多次後,最吸引我的是這首「裝醉」。這首歌節奏感極佳,有很好的groove律動。也因此它比較耐聽,不會那麼快聽膩,新鮮感保存期較久。情歌聽一陣子後都會聽到累,對歌顯疲態但像這種R&B藍調曲風的歌沒那麼容易產生疲憊,耐聽度較久。I’m most attracted to this track after giving A-mei’s album so many spins. Because it’s got a good groove and that’ll mean a longer shelf life of the song before you get tired of it. Ballads get tiring to listen to after a while but a R&B bluesy track like this is much more durable.

#阿妹 #張惠妹 #张惠妹 #偷故事的人 #樂評 #乐评 #裝醉 #装醉 #Amei

宇恆 – 會呼吸的痛

我每聽一次《會呼吸的痛》都一定會感覺想哭,因為歌詞真的是太揪心了。宇恆是這首歌的作曲人。聽作曲人唱自己寫的歌總是特別有感觸,就像聽曹軒賓唱同樣是梁靜茹的《可惜不是你》因為是他作曲的。姚若龍的詞真的就像偷窺了我內心。想念真的是可以一直活在體內的痛,跟呼吸一樣是停止不了的、想都不用想就自然會發生的。畢竟有什麼比想見不能見還痛呢?

以前我不懂得 未必明天 就有以後

想念是會呼吸的痛 它活在我身上所有角落
哼你愛的歌會痛 看你的信會痛 連沉默也痛

遺憾是會呼吸的痛 它流在血液中來回滾動
後悔不貼心會痛 恨不懂你會痛 想見不能見最痛

我發誓不再說謊了 多愛你就會抱你多緊的
我的微笑都假了 靈魂像飄浮著 你在就好了

我發誓不讓你等候 陪你做想做的無論什麼
我越來越像貝殼 怕心被人觸碰 你回來那就好了

能重來那就好了