The Bourne Legacy – Not So Bourne

Okay, this is going to be the last of the movies marathon I had last week. :P

When I saw the beginning of the trailer, I thought it was some other movie. Jeremy Renner suddenly got so HOT after his role in The Avengers. When I heard “Jason Bourne was just the tip of the iceberg”, I went “WHAT?!” O__O Jeremy Renner, is another Outcome, not Jason Bourne.

Andrew and I have been the fans of Jason Bourne, we’ve never missed any of the Bourne series. Firstly, Matt Damon played so well as Jason Bourne. Secondly, all the fighting and action scenes were so real-life, it makes you start thinking that all this could well be real and happening. Then, it was the pulling factor – they successfully created a story that makes you always want to know more and what’s going to happen next. The hide and run turned into a kill and pursue, it’s almost like telling us to face our darkest moments before they get to you. Andrew and I also like the song that appeared in every Bourne series.

I was having mixed feelings with Jason Bourne gone. It’s a Bourne movie, how can it be without Jason Bourne? This is like a James Bond movie without James Bond. However, am glad to see Jeremy Renner as the new Outcome. He always has this look that makes him look like a good guy and yet can be bad and vice versa. The same thing that Matt Damon has. Now, here’s why Matt Damon quit playing Jason Bourne.

The Bourne Legacy was one of our many MUST-SEE movies. Guess what, we managed to grab two 2D tickets at RM13 only!!! Thanks to RHB promotions. :) Now we prefer 2D as compared to normal. 2D means high definition, everything is so crisp and clear.

The story of The Bourne Legacy is rather, simple and boring. An Outcome agent went loose, all of a sudden he is on the run and everybody is trying to kill him. If it wasn’t for the action and fights, I would have yawned. Things are pretty predictable. A good show anyway, simply because Jeremy Renner played it well. You gotta give credits to him. Nice try Renner. :)

The character played by Edward Norton, sigh…… What? Who did I just say? Oh, Edward Norton…… He is a great actor, but it’s a shame that his role in the movie is so forgettable. Still remember the lady in The Bourne Ultimatum, Pamela Landy (Joan Allen)? See, I could still remember her! But Ed Norton, he is more like a dog barking orders to others in the movie. I don’t get the point that they were trying to tell me that he is the brain of the operation and he IS smart. I just simply don’t feel it. Sigh…… What a waste.

I must say the previous Bourne movies were better. Honestly, if they changed the movie title to something else, I would have regarded it differently, perhaps higher and better. It’s one of the Bourne series, the expectation is there. I expected a better and interesting plot. From the first to the last minute of the movie, I practically correctly predicted everything. To me, this is the lowest standard of the four.

This is another example of, the movie doesn’t live up to the hype of trailer.

Wish we could see Jason Bourne and Aaron Cross together in the future. Andrew said, “it’s the trend now, reunion of everyone, like The Avengers”. :D

Now, this is the song that appeared in every Bourne movies. Andrew and I love it. :)

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Everything Is About The K-Pop Now

When I was in college, Korean dramas were suddenly becoming the most popular thing. Everyone was watching Korean dramas, not many was watching the Japanese dramas which were once the most popular too. The Hallyu wave they called it. I on the other hand, find that Korean dramas were too draggy. They could well be on the same crying scene for half an hour for goodness’ sake! I don’t have that patience.

The Korea I’m speaking here, is South Korea.

Few years ago, Korean’s music industry was getting more and more attention internationally. The Hallyu wave took a turn, the focus was on its music industry. It started with Rain and Dong Bang Shin Ki (东方神起, DBSK). I was admiring Rain’s dance moves and body, and loving the songs by DBSK. Andrew’s cousin is a hopeless fan of DBSK, she even went to their concert here in Malaysia before, calling one of them her “husband”. Hahaha. I wasn’t that crazy. I was merely admiring their voices and music.

Then, the Hallyu wave continues. Came the Super Junior, Big Bang, 2PM, 2AM, Wonder Girls, to the recent Girls’ Generation. Now, all eyes are on Korea’s music industry. They seem to sing the best songs, dance the best dances, have the best looks, produce the most brilliant music videos…… Especially their dance moves, other than Michael Jackson and his dance team, Korean groups are the second I’ve seen such unity in their dance moves. What makes them creep to the top in such a short period of time?

If you have seen or heard Super Junior singing live, which you can easily find them on YouTube, you’ll be amazed. They can dance, they have the looks, they have the body and the most amazing part is, they can SING very well! Trust me, all of them, can sing very well even when they’re dancing. You can’t deny just how talented they are. Andrew’s cousin is also crazy about SuJu, she has been to a few of their concerts here! Some even with VIP tickets! Envious! I love SuJu too. T__T

Have you also heard Big Bang? Each of them has very unique voice! Now I love to listen to them. Listen to their Love Song, they sing with so much passion. Their style though, is getting more and more daring in their latest music video, Fantastic Baby. It is really, errmm… scary. :P However, you can’t deny that the song is great.

A year ago, Andrew and I heard this song on radio, and we fell in love with it. Both of us were amazed that how easy it is for the tune to register in your brain and make you sing along! Honestly, not many songs have that “power” to make you sing along the first time you heard it.

You can see that I didn’t mention about the girls groups. That’s because, I only admire them dancing, but not their singing and looks. They have every rights to look pretty, but to me, they’re too plastic. Yes, at least they have the guts to do it and admit it, I admire that too. However, to me, those are not “real” anymore. And that makes them look all the same. :P Everyone somehow has the same nose and mouth. Don’t ask me to identify who is who in Girls’ Generation, I have no idea at all. :P

Then, there is this Trouble Maker. It’s not a group, it’s a song, by HyunA (from 4minutes) and Hyunseong (from Beast). This song too is very catchy. And the music video is so sexy. :P

Why is K-pop so successful? People are crazy over it even when they do not understand Korean.

You certainly don’t see Taiwan or Hong Kong’s music industry got so much of attention, not even in the good old days. Have you seen any new and young successful singer from Hong Kong lately? After the glorious 4 (Jacky Cheung, Leon Lai, Aaron Kwok and Andy Lau), is there any who is as successful as them? Eason Chan? I don’t think so.

Japan has had its glorious days too, but their music industry too is dwindling. I’ve even lost sights of their news except the tsunami and nuclear power plant. Where are their singers now? Who are the popular ones now? I have not had a clue. So sad……

Taiwan is constantly producing good singers, but their styles are way too different from K-pop. You don’t get the same kind of excitement you get from K-pop in Taiwan’s music. They can sing, but not all of them can both sing and dance well like the Koreans. Their music videos are beautiful, but not as vivid and interesting as the Koreans.

Do those Korean music producers and labels know better than the rest in how to please the public? Is it because the Korean has a strong spirit in “doing the best in everything” (look at the Korean cars)? Or simply for the reason they have more talents than others? They dare to be different? Their courage to try?

How long is this Hallyu going to last? I believe it is going to stay in the limelight for a little longer. They’re churning out more and more talented people, sometimes you wonder where do they come from and do they ever get shortage in their talent pool? What I’ve mentioned here are only a few well-known groups, there are still so many of them who are really good like 2NE1, Beast, 2AM, FT Island, SHINee, T-Ara……

You just can’t deny that their music/songs/tunes/dances are freaking good. Not forgetting some of them can act too.

Here’s another one of my favorites. :) And Choi Si-Won, is my LOVE. Wuahahahahaha. :P

Next Plane Home

Another brilliant song from Daniel Powter, Next Plane Home. I just love this song the moment I heard it. Who the hell is Daniel Powter? Well…… Remember the song? ‘Cos you had a bad day… you’re taking one down…’

The video is great too. Not some typical music video about the love between man and woman. Love the last scene of the video. The sound of this video is not that good. All music videos in Youtube related to this song have been taken down due to the copyright issue. I wonder why this video is still available on Yahoo! We’ll see then. (27 Feb 2009: Edited the video as Yahoo! Video does not have the video url.)

Have You Ever – Brandy

I just find that this song is so meaningful.

Have you ever loved somebody so much
It makes you cry
Have you ever needed something so bad
You can’t sleep at night
Have you ever tried to find the words
But they don’t come out right
Have you ever, have you ever

Have you ever been in love
Been in love so bad
You’d do anything to make them understand
Have you ever had someone steal your heart away
You’d give anything to make them feel the same
Have you ever searched for the words to get you in their heart
But you don’t know what to say
And you don’t konw where to start

Have you ever loved somebody so much
It makes you cry
Have you ever needed something so bad
You can’t sleep at night
Have you ever tried to find the words
But they don’t come out right
Have you ever, have you ever

Have you ever found the one
You’ve dreamed of all your life
You’d do anything to look into their eyes
Have you finally found the one you’ve given your heart to
Only to find that one won’t give their heart to you
Have you ever closed your eyes and
Dreamed that they were there
And all you can do is wait for that day when they will care

What do I gotta do to get you in my arms baby
What do I gotta do to get to your heart
To make you understand how I need you next to me
Gotta get you in my world
‘Cuz baby I can’t sleep

The Click Five

Been seeing this band in the music store long time ago, listening their songs on the FM too… But I was never really interested in checking them out. Their song “Empty” is kind of a hit on the FM radio, and I kind of like it. Still, to me they’re too boyish like… Hahaha… Not suitable for mature girls like me. :p

Woke up this morning, after shower and everything, I on the TV. Saw this movie, wasn’t sure what movie it is. Well, since I got nothing better to do, might just continue watching. Towards the end of the show, only I know the movie is called “Taking 5”. It was about a band named 5 Leo Rise being kidnapped by 2 girls just to get them performed in their school. I was curious about the band. Went to Google them out. Voila!!! The band in the movie is actually The Click Five.

All of them look young, wonder what their age is. However, they definitely got some matured voice. And I start to like them already. Hahaha. “Empty” is certainly a great song. To say that they are actually talented is a humble description. They do work hard to come to this stage. They do not depend on their handsome faces like some other boy bands. They’ve got some real talents and vocals. You can feel some “Beatles” in their songs.

This is like what people always say, don’t judge a book by its cover.

“Jenny” is another hit. I have heard it on the radio and didn’t know that it was from The Click Five. They even won the MTV Asia 2008 Knockout Award! How ignorant I was!

Kyle Patrick rocks!!!

张学友

学友光年世界巡回演唱会,赞! 好得没话说。再贵的票价都值回来了!

令人佩服的是他那惊人的体力和唱劲。又唱又跳,唱歌时根本没听见过喘气声。连续唱了三四首劲歌热舞,依然面不改色。已四十六岁的他还能如此努力,这点绝对叫人佩服。

有多少人知道他早期的辛酸呢?有多少人知道他生平第一场演唱会时被人抛掷臭鸡蛋呢?他的努力和辛酸,并不是人人都看见和能够理解的。

他早期的歌曲我确实听过,托堂哥的福。堂哥可说是个不折不扣的学友迷。在学友未红之前他早已收集他的唱片了。原因?因为大家都说他长得像张学友。哈哈。学友早期的歌喉,的确不怎么样。在他努力之下,后来的歌曲简直是越唱越棒。最惊人的莫过于那首 Amour 和夕阳醉了。当时大家忽然惊觉怎么一夜之间他竟能唱得那么好。

从以前老是愣愣的站着唱歌,到今天的热舞。可见只要一个人愿意努力,没有什么是不可能的。记得他曾说过,他不善跳舞。每一首歌的舞步,得重复练上一百次才能把它练熟。一百次。。。我们有多少人愿意那么做?有多少人会选择放弃?

喜欢他,不只是他的歌,还有他那永不放弃的精神。

对他,并不是迷恋,而是欣赏与敬佩。