Fascinations with Film: Django Unchained should be renamed DJANGO HERO (No spoilers here, I promise)

I’ve been waiting to watch this for months, and couldn’t be more thrilled when I wiggled out the words on my email, “You are invited to… Media screening of Django Unchained…” etc. Shame on all of you pirates who wasted such a good film by watching in substandard quality online! Anyway, less judgement and more jabber coming right up.

THE VERDICT – DJANGO UNCHAINED SHOULD BE RENAMED DJANGO HERO

I dont usually like Western movies, but this one was wildly witty.

A sort of dramatic interplay of slavery and a slave who was free, figuratively… but not really. You might get distracted by blood bomb after blood bomb, but pay attention to the stunning soundtrack and screenplay. The script is the bomb.

My favourite character is actually Dr Schulz – His behaviour was rather bunny-like, bounty hunter on the outside and yet such a softie on the inside. His character was paradoxical on so many levels, but I won’t ruin it for you. Let me know if you like him as much as I do!

All in all, a very comical original, with Quentin Tarantino’s signature slapstick of grit, guts and glory. Don’t miss the cinematic landscaped-perfection of horses over endless hills, and all the lead characters in their hilarious hospitality. This is a movie to watch on the big screen!

Officially out in Singapore, end March 2013.

Thank you to OMY SG and all partners for the media screening!

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“All I need is a HTC desire S” Amazing Race Challenge

As part of a HTC event challenge I have been sent for by OMY SG, I have suddenly found myself in a crazy race around Singapore. I have been very impressed with the young boys in my team, their street smarts and general knowledge.

They also shared an immense amount of knowledge of the new HTC Desire S phone even though they are not being paid to. Honestly, living in my iPhone bubble, I have never been interested in this phone before – but I am rather impressed by some of the phone features that the boys have shared with me.

I will update more when I am not running around the whole island.

Meanwhile… Check out the photos of the madness we are in right now!

*This blogpost has been posted with the WordPress App and with photos taken by the HTC Desire S handset loaned to me*

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Movie review: What’s the story? Morning Glory

Movie goers: Kanny and I are both fairly young girls who work with the media.

I quit my media job about 5 months ago and am now doing sales for one of the world’s top 7 software companies (lucky me!). Kanny is still with the media – even while we were on the way to the theatre, there were aunties who recognized her from TV. They said she looked fatter on camera and slimmer in real life…

You should have seen Kanny’s face… I couldn’t stop laughing.

Movie screening and review for Morning Glory:
Relatable for any girl from 14 to 40. A likeable flick with lovable characters. A light-hearted comedy that is easy to watch.
But what IS the story?

Watching Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls, The Notebook, Time Traveller’s Wife etc) play ambitious Media Executive Becky Fuller reminded me of 21 year old Estelle – young, hopeful, irritatingly positive, and close to the edge of being so passionate it’s almost naive. (There are so many parallels and yeah, I was really naive!)

Despite seniors (also interchangeable as cynics) who constantly rain on her parade, her unbelievable drive takes her from work, to going home to work, and going back to work. From the first few opening minutes of the movie, the audience already mourns the death of her love life.

For all her hard work on the TV station she lives for, she expects a promotion – only to be fired… Ouch. A tight slap across the face welcomes her to the reality of life. Sorry Becky Fuller… It bites.

Undeterred, puts herself on the media market and begs/accepts whatever she can get. And what she gets is the position of executive producer on the lowest rated morning show in the country called “Daybreak.” Kind of depressing, considering she aimed for the #1 national morning show NBC’s “Today” show. It’s like aiming for an A* and failing your exam?

Her lack of experience and the lack of respect she receives from the Daybreak cast and crew, quickly turns tables around when she spends the first day straightening out all the questions in the office and firing the biggest diva on the TV network.

He wanted to photograph her feet for his blog… I would have fired him too.

Of course there is a “love story” with an equally eligible male prospect, but it seems there is more sex involved than love. Love story fail. I guess its hard to fall in love with a girl who sneaks out of your bed at midnight every night to do research for work on her MacBook.

The crux of the film’s chemistry rests on the dynamics between Becky Fuller and the ex-legendary TV anchor she revives by blackmailing him to be on the show – Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford).

Did someone say Harrison Ford? Yes Harrison Ford. Harrison Ford!

What’s Harrison Ford doing on this show?

Begging her Head of News (Jeffrey Goldblum) to let her trawl through the had-been-star’s contract, stalking him while he’s enjoying some leisure hunting time, and then telling him she would cancel his contract and void him of his 6 million dollars, was a demonstration of creative professionalism at its best. Don’t try this at home.

The film’s humour also vibrates from the witty banter and hate-to-love relationship between co-anchor Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton) and himself.

Although I have no idea why Harrison Ford has been casted for this a romantic comedy, I am sure I do not need to elaborate on his acting prowess… or that of Diane Keaton.

The only other disagreement I have is that I find it strange for Becky Fuller’s looks to be portrayed in this movie as a plain-Jane type who at one point, exclaims, “I finally have a guy who can stand me long enough to have sex with me!”.

Are you kidding? A bombshell like Rachel McAdams should never play and be packaged girl-next-door.

Long story short, this is a chick flick that starts with you feeling sorry for Becky Fuller – or if you are like Becky Fuller – starts with you feeling sorry for yourself. By the end, Becky single-handedly re-energizes the TV station and its people, making the show a success and leaving her viewers and fans grinning ‘Gambatte’! (Japanese for “You go, girl!”)

FYI Aline Brosh McKenna, who wrote the film, is the same brains behind insane The Devil Wears Prada. Expect the same girl-grows-up-and-climbs-corporate-ladder trajectory, this is not as challenging as TDWP or as funny as Will Ferrell’s Anchorman.

My verdict: Take a guy to this film and watch him fall asleep…
Take a girl to this film and watch her be inspired.

Thank you to United Pictures and OMY SG for the movie preview invite.

Dating show episode is up: How to fall in love…

……. Or not.

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On Valentine’s Day this year, I posted an entry Valentine’s Day desperate edition: Get someone to fix your date.

I filmed the last episode of a dating show in Singapore, which is currently up on OMY SG’s website in some video snippets (you can read more details and see more pictures of the dating series/filming in the previous post as linked above).

Featuring: Lunch Actually’s CEO Violet Lim, OMY SG online journo Hock Chuan, Cookie my dog, and last but not least – my poor date, Jonathan Lee from the local entertainment industry!

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No sexy sexy on a date… No telling the guy I stalked him on Facebook… No taking photos during a date like he’s an exhibit… No asking him to share food… No asking him how much he earns – although I did save the day by offering to pay my share for dinner.

Don’t let Facebook ruin your date! Click here to see everything a girl can do wrong on a date… Please don’t make the same mistakes as me. Ever! 🙂


All photo and video credits: OMY SG & Lunch Actually
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Girls: I know plenty of girls who won’t touch their wallet after a date. Always offer to pay your share after a date. It shows respect for the male, and respect for yourself!

Valentine’s Day desperate edition: Get someone to fix your date

A few weeks ago, I was asked if I wanted to film for the last episode of a dating show series – SINguy & SINgirl. The series revolves around a few different situations, ranging from talk shows to blind dates.

Someone must have got wind that I was single (must be all my whining)…

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Blind dates were set for the show’s last 2 episodes – oh sweet dreams or beautiful nightmares! The episode filmed before mine was to focus on the male dating role, and the episode I filmed (the series’ last episode) for was to focus on the female dating role. Lucky number last!

Dating consultant Violet Lim, co-founder of Lunch Actually (one of Singapore’s premier dating services) set up a date for me with a local MC from the entertainment industry, Jonathan Lee. He was kind of cute… I feel sorry for him.

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Filming started with them knocking on the figurative door at my house, followed by my blind lunch date at quirky boutique hotel Klapsons @ Tanjong Pagar.

I’ll let the pictures tell you my sad love story.

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I never had a film crew in my house before… or in my bedroom. It felt kind of weird!

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Moving on to the beautiful Klapsons hotel for my “free lunch”. Oh dear what am I getting myself into!

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Somewhere between getting mic-ed up and the start of filming, I decided to “be myself”… that means taking out my camera before my blind date even finished his sentences, much less his food.

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Yes… I’m THAT single that the media now thinks I need professional help.

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Episode will first be released online somewhere near end February. If you promise not to laugh at me I will update again! 🙂

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***Is Valentine’s Day better if you are single or attached? Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you anyway.***

Virtual Love!~

Royal Caribbean Cruise Adventure – 2 winners

Remember the Royal Caribbean Cruise Adventure blogging competition I was spamming you about? Ah yes, how can you forget. The results were announced this week at the Royal Caribbean Tanjong Pagar office…


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I really did not expect to win… and I also did not win. But really, I am delighted and honoured enough to have been part of the selected top 10, and have had the chance to rub shoulders/swim/eat/chill/travel/tour/party with all of the other bloggers, all around our media trip around Asia. 🙂

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Not many new bloggers can say they have had a chance to cruise around Asia, on one of the nicest cruise-liners in the world, on a sponsored week-long trip – I am truly blessed that I had that epic experience given to me!

Congratulations again to my dear bloggers Fong Yee Leong and Darren Ng who won the competition! No one deserves the prize more than these two! Check out their blogs linked…

They are not the only winners though.

My friends Jaime Eak Liu and Timothy Ng voted for me (I think) – guys, this looks like your names on the voters’ winners list here? 😛 If it is, it means you won the luggage set prizes and it also means I am very grateful for your votes!

Thank you again to all my friends, online and offline, who have voted or supported me in one way or another. I feel like a winner in life already!

Thank you again and do come and talk to me online or in real life, who knows – you may be the one to inspire my next rant or my many writings!

Every day a different destination.

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To read my other contest posts and information on Royal Caribbean, please click here

My very first post: Captain’s Rules

My pre-cruise post: A sailor’s season greetings and special gesture

My first post-cruise post Diary Entry Day 1: Royal Caribbean Cruise Adventure Day 1

Diary Entry Day 2: Royal Caribbean Adventure Day 2 (KL)

Diary Entry Day 3: Royal Caribbean Adventure Day 3

Diary Entry Day 4: Royal Caribbean Adventure Day 4 (Cruise activities and amenities)

Must watch this weekend!: HOMECOMING

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I was fortunate enough to be invited to the premiere of one of Singapore’s better movie productions, HOMECOMING – out in Singaporean and Malaysian cinemas 3rd Feb 2011.

This is a long post and I realized that you can actually google/read many other well-written reviews about the said movie on the internet (I like this one).

I am just going to cut to the chase that all in all, I found this local film a humorous and heartwarming. It is very relevant and celebrant for the new Rabbit Year and I truly enjoyed Jack Neo’s cross-dressing performance as Ah Niu’s (popular Malaysian singer) mother. The dynamics of all the different characters intertwine well, and I believe our respective local superstars have done us quite proud.

Honestly, all the actors are very ‘swee’ but Jack Neo’s performance is stellar.

Here is my down low of Homecoming’s gala premiere and post-party.

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My friend Terence, one of the partners from HomeRun Asia and his girlfriend, Andrea.
Thank you for the invite you two!
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My friend Kanny had worked with Jack Neo before, as well as co-hosted with Mark Lee on Channel U’s tv series Wonderchef. Naturally, she was excited to check out the movie so I had to invite her along to be my movie + popcorn buddy!

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The ironic thing is, Kanny has met famous Hong Kong chef Daniel Koh, who is the character that Mark Lee plays in said movie Homecoming. Mark Lee wears his apron and accent in the movie.

Here we are with Alvin from OMY SG. He also has one of the most read blogs in Singapore Alvinology, and everything he writes gets thousands of views.
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Going to a movie premiere with a Mediacorp-contract actress like Kanny Ling En meant meeting a lot of her fellow contacts from the film industry…
Here we are with Quan Xi, who is one of Mediacorp’s long time and most revered actors.
On the right is Molby, the boss of the agency who is representing her, Wawa Artistes Network.
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Quan Xi dressed and behaved really humbly, and we had several long chats about the industry and industry people. Quan Xi acted in Homecoming as well as one of Jacelyn Tay’s family members.
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In line with the CNY festivities, dumplings and other dim sum treats were served.
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There was a bit of a media frenzy when all the movie actors came on stage for half an hour full of special appearances and some contest games.

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In Singapore, we ‘lohei’ for good luck.
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We were trying to walk to our designated movie theatre but Kanny kept getting spotted and stopped by her fans…

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Don’t forget about this fan… I am her number 1 fan!
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POST-PARTY @ ST JAMES

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Supporting media OMY SG was present, along with some of their regular bloggers Mint Leong, Samantha Kaylee, William Tan, HPility, and Sze Ping.
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Spoke with Koe Yeet, Malaysian actress and one of the female leads in Homecoming. She was quite cute and sweet. I tried to ask her what the Malaysia film industry was like, although she did not know a lot of my friends in the Malaysian media and entertainment scene – she says her Mom does not allow her to get involved with the nightlife in Malaysia.
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The movie actors try to sing for us.
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Huat ah! My golden hong baos.
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Last but definitely not least, Jack Neo.
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Ex movie producer, local icon and show stealer Jack Neo aka Karen Neo makes a very public appearance with his starring cross-dressing role in this film. He was very warm to talk to and engaged in more than pleasantries with us. I was quite surprised that he took the time to leave his “VIP only” area to come down to our level – he was the only star who did this and he is the biggest star there by my books.

We asked him questions only about his work in this movie as well as the industry, and he shared his passion for acting.

He had some awful press throughout last year with all the sex scandals, but it’s ok now because we Singaporeans like to talk only. We will forgive and forget.

Welcome back, Jack Neo.
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CALLING ALL MOVIE BUFFS – Singaporeans, Malaysians and Ang Mohs!
Forget Hollywood for one weekend. Do yourself as well as your local economy a favour this (Chinese) new year and catch HOMECOMING.

MUST WATCH!

You can read my teaser for this movie here.

Thank you supporting media partner OMY SG for their invite and warm hospitality as well.
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