Monday, October 29, 2007

The 44th Taipei Golden Horse Award Nominees

Gurmit Singh, Golden Horse Best Actor Nominee
  • Sorry for the long hiatus. Been busy grappling with life issues, but am now back on track, first with the announcement of the nominees for Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards. Click here for the complete list.
  • After getting snubbed by some major award bodies (e.g. Oscars) for being neither Hong Kong nor Taiwanese enough (huh?), Ang Lee's Lust, Caution finally gets its day, with eleven Golden Horse nominations including (not surprisingly) Best Feature Film and Best Director. Other than The Home Song Stories, I haven't heard of the other three Best Features. Also, zero Hong Kong films for best pic. Good time for other filmmakers to nab some statuettes before Johnnie To and Stephen Chow dominate the award show next year with Mad Detective and A Hope/CJ7 respectively.
  • The big eye-catcher is our very own Gurmit Singh's Best Actor nomination for his performance in Just Follow Law. His movie also garnered a Best Original Screenplay nod, so I guess I'm watching the movie after all. Strangely, the hugely popular 881, which I thought would be the bigger Singapore highlight at the awards, was only acknowledged for its loud, garish costume designs. For a movie about the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival and with Hokkien/Teochew musical numbers, you would think it should do better at a Taiwanese film competition, of all places. Oh well, there is still the Best Foreign Film Oscar...
  • Been itching to watch Eye in the Sky, and now its noms for Best Director, Supporting Actress and Film Score may finally make me get off my lazy butt and go rent the DVD.
  • Aaron Kwok seems bent on taking over Anthony "the Chinese Meryl Streep" Wong's position as most prolific Golden Horse winner/nominee, nabbing another Best Actor nom three years straight. But he'll need all the luck in the world to win this one, because you don't need to be a detective to know who's more likely to win this year's award (hint: he won Best Actor for Infernal Affairs).

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Techno BullS**t: Another Alternative to Normal Handhelds

Some things are really nice to have if you got extra $$$... But then again, usefulness will depend on what you intend to do with it... Mobile Porn anyone?
Nice website, but took awhile to load... BMF, u should learn how to do this flash animation crap... The Link...

Techno Crap: Dell's XPS

Finally a PC (non Mac) that looks as good as an iMac. Looking forward for all future PCs to look like this... The Link...

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Star Trek 11: The Casting (so far)

Just a bit of backstory for those who're unaware: similar to the Christian Bale Batman movie, Paramount is rebooting the Star Trek franchise, with Alias and Lost creator J. J. Abrams as director (he last helmed Mission: Impossible 3). Below is a pictorial match-up of the prequel's cast with their original counterparts. Apart from Karl Urban as "Bones", the rest are more or less confirmed for their respective roles.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Techno-babble: Nokia can also be Touched!

Since many have been "touching" the iPhone, it is only a matter of time before Nokia gets horny and longs for some of the "touching" action as well. But the difference is that with the "Tactile Feedback" you will be able to feel the response, thus making both the user and the phone even more "excited" then ever... Ahhhh... Read more from the Link

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Techno-babble: Here Zunney Zunney Zunney... Sit, Good Dog!

Zune 2!!! Looks cool! :) Wat else can I say? Well at least it is not some "iPervert" that requires some "Touching" here and there to get it "turned on".
Anyway, it is funny how companies think that they can get us to keep buying portable players even if we already own like three unused portables at home. Check this YouTube Zune 2 Demo. Link here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Another Johnnie To collaboration: this time with TWO other screen legends, Tsui Hark and Ringo Lam!

Dream team, or too much cooks spoiling the broth? Either ways, I'm highly anticipating this collaborative effort by three of Hong Kong's best directors, which stars Simon Yam and Louis Koo. See the official site here.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Stephen Chow's The Hope coming Jan 31!

In his next movie, Stephen Chow goes after aliens from outer space! Expect a lot of fun to be poked at the expense of our intergalactic neighbours, while I'm not holding my breath for parodies of everything from Close Encounters of the Third Kind to Alien (what else?). Chow's not unfamiliar with ETs - for Chow fans who've seen more than just Kung Fu Hustle, there's a hilarious alien autopsy gag in Forbidden City Cop, which also involves another favourite HK comedian of mine, Cheung Tat-Ming. The Hope has formidable shoes to fill after Chow's award-winning, critically-lauded and damn-entertaining Kung Fu Hustle. However it turns out, at least it'll still be a million times funnier than the barrage of awful HK comedies Wong Jing and co. churn out every year. The Hope is due January 31st, 2008.
Release date news from Variety Asia.