Wednesday, 6th January '10

My Life Through iTunes

Another of those Use iTunes Shuffle to Answer Random Questions and Hope Something Makes Sense games...

As you meme frequenters know, sometimes these results aren't very entertaining. So in the interests of making this worth your while to read, I did this quiz three times and picked the most entertaining (read, not the BEST) answers. Artistic liberty is to be allowed at all costs!

FAMILY

What do I think of my mother?
"One Step Closer", Linkin Park

What do I think of my father?
"Lucky You", Deftones

What describes my siblings?
"Tim McGraw", Taylor Swift
-- HUH??

Did I have a happy childhood?
"At Least That's What You Said", Wilco
-- Heh.

What kind of person was I?
"The One I Love", David Gray
-- Why, thank you, Mr Gray!

SCHOOL

What was high school like?
"Solen I Ögonen", Lars Winnerbäck
-- Because I so totally know what that means... wink

Was I a good student?
"討厭紅樓夢", 陶喆
-- That actually does say it all!

Did I party a lot?
"Yes yes y'all", Will Smith
-- Haha! Actually, not really.

LOVE

What describes my first love?
"Richman", 3oh!3
-- I suppose this will amuse those who were in the know...

Do I have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
"Freak on a Leash", Korn
-- Ooh. HAHAHAHA.

Do I like someone?
"Yr City's a Sucker", LCD Soundsystem
-- Wert...

LIFE

What was today like?
"Madeline", Hanson
-- Another one of those things I wish that iTunes didn't reveal about me...

What are most days like*?
"It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday", Boyz II Men
-- roughly translated into: it's really hard to wake up in the mornings. *yawn*

What's my life like?
"Bittersweet", John Mayer & Kanye West
-- It's true. As always, John never lets me down when it comes to understanding my life. For anyone who's never heard of this song before, it was a recording from a trial jam. It's never been released.

What is in store for this weekend?
"Change Clothes / Piggies, Dear Prudence", DJ Dangermouse
-- My, my.

What song describes my parents?
"Lovely Ladies", Les Miserables
-- Oh my GAWD. *dies* Seven days at sea can make you hungry for a poke! Oh dear oh dear oh dear.

How is my life going?
"Mysterious Ways", U2
-- You got that right, brother.

Do I act my age?
"我以為我會懂", 陳曉東
-- ... but apparently, I don't!

What song will they play at my funeral?
"Don't Mess with my Tutu", the Buckwheat Boys
-- HAHHHA!! I expect nothing less from the guys who brought us the "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" song!

Wedding?
"25 Minutes", Michael Learns to Rock
-- NOOOOOOOOOO... Boy, don't you DARE be 25 minutes too late! Wah liao. This song. I should just go and HANG MYSELF NOW.

How does the world see me?
"Sandy", John Travolta

Will I have a happy life?
"If Tomorrow Never Comes", Garth Brooks
-- Sing it, mister!

What do my friends really think of me?
"Tribulations", LCD Soundsystem.

Do people secretly lust after me?
"One (Blake's Got a New Face)", Vampire Weekend
-- One? Oh quick, tell me who!

How can I make myself happy?
"Where Did You Sleep Last Night", Nirvana
-- Oh really? I didn't know it made a diff! wink

What does my family think of me?
"Zieh Dir Was An", Wir Sind Helden
-- WHAT is with the foreign songs today!

What should I do with my life?
"Motown Medley (I Found Heaven / Just My Imagination / I'll be There / Get Ready / I Feel Good / I Found Heaven)", Take That
-- Absolutely.

What is my signature dancing song?
"So Good", Pharoahe Monch

What do I think my current theme song is?
"Scream Louder (Flyte Tyne Remix), Michael Jackson"
-- HAHAHA. I don't think the people who will get this joke will read this, but... JACQSON!!!

What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
"Closer", Ne-Yo
-- Since when was I the type of person who would have an R&B theme song. That said, I do like this one.

What is my life theme song?
"Man Out of Time", Elvis Costello
-- This is getting scarily accurate...

What best describes my life?
"Zombie", the Cranberries
-- If I don't get enough sleep soon, yes indeedy.

What best describes my friends?
"La Cucaracha", Trios Los Pancho
-- AHAHAHAHHAHA. The last time I did a similar quiz with a similar question, the answer was "In the Ghetto". iTunes clearly thinks I need to change my social circle.

What best describes the person I like?
"Humans are Predators Too", Carter Burwell
-- Off the Twilight score... "Bella! *Constipated Robert Pattinson grimace + even more constipated sparkle effect* This is the skill of a KILLER!" OME. (Which is short for Oh My Edward, for the uninitiated.)

Have you had sex?
"Please", Lamb.
-- HAHAHAHAHAHA. Brilliant answer!

How will you die?
"Fond Farewell", Elliott Smith
-- Awww...

What describes my worst enemy?
"Butterflies and Hurricanes", Muse
-- Hmmm...

Do I enjoy life?
"Hark the Herald Angels Sing / O Come All Ye Faithful", Clay Aiken
-- Um.

Am I a good person?
"Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)", John Mayer
-- I am just going to state for the record that this song is special and is the first song that I seriously seriously contemplated choreographing. The JM arrangement, especially the concept of doing a live recording and mixing the sheer coolness of Marvin with John's easy guitar riffs and DJ Logic's funky record scratching, is just... shiok.

Do I make others happy?
"All Eyes on Me", Goo Goo Dolls
-- I guess so!


en ying snapped a shot of life @ 11:43 pm
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]


Sunday, 3rd January '10

The Entertainment Weekly 100 Classics of the Last 25 Years

Yet another movie meme before the end of the new year holidays, and the end of my self-indulgent blogging.

If I haven’t seen it, the film is indicated in strikethrough.
If I saw it but would never watch it again, the film is marked with [X].
If I saw it and loved it, the film is listed in bold.
If I saw it but have no strong reaction, the film is listed in normal type.

And away we go!

1. Pulp Fiction (1994) -- I enjoyed this, not enough to say I loved it though. It was just a little bit TOO random.
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03) -- It's hard to argue with the sheer force that these movies are.
3. Titanic (1997) [X] -- I hardly blame the movie, it was a decent flick. It was just so overhyped - and so friggin' LONG - I just don't think I could sit through it a second time.
4. Blue Velvet (1986)
5. Toy Story (1995)
6. Saving Private Ryan (1998) -- There are some movies I'm a little embarrassed to say I haven't seen. This is one of them.
7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) -- I was a little underwhelmed by this one. I somehow expected to love it.
9. Die Hard (1988) -- I must have seen this. I just can't remember any of it.
10. Moulin Rouge (2001) -- Enjoyable, but a little overrated, I thought.
11. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
12. The Matrix (1999) -- Another iconic film of my generation. I can't say I loved it, but I did feel that it was one of those movies that made me sit up and take notice, and read a good bit about it. It was hugely original and that bullet time filming effect was judiciously used to great effect.
13. GoodFellas (1990)
14. Crumb (1995)
15. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
16. Boogie Nights (1997)
17. Jerry Maguire (1996) -- I fail to see the big deal with this movie.
18. Do the Right Thing (1989)
19. Casino Royale (2006) -- I don't like the Daniel Craig James Bond. There, I said it. Ho hum.
20. The Lion King (1994) -- LOVE LOVE LOVE this one.
21. Schindler’s List (1993) -- I should be shot for not having seen this. I simply have been unable to ACQUIRE a copy of it.
22. Rushmore (1998)
23. Memento (2001)
24. A Room With a View (1986)
25. Shrek (2001) -- Animation. That's about all I can say about it.
26. Hoop Dreams (1994)
27. Aliens (1986) -- Wow, that was a long time ago. I can barely remember a thing.
28. Wings of Desire
29. The Bourne Supremacy (2004) -- What IS the deal with this movie? The book was boring, the movie was a same-old-same-old action flick.
30. When Harry Met Sally… (1989) -- Another one of those I saw so very very long ago...
31. Brokeback Mountain (2005) -- The film that spawned an urban dictionary entry (example of usage, "Wow, Sherlock Holmes and Watson, that's a very Brokeback relationship!"). I need to get off my ass and watch it sometime.
32. Fight Club (1999) -- Cult hit, I suppose. Yet another example of Ed Norton and Brad Pitt being serious actors. I am unable to do more than like this movie, simply because the twist at the end was so blindingly obvious.
33. The Breakfast Club (1985) -- Oh alright, this comes close enough to "love" status to put in bold. Perhaps more for nostalgic reasons, than any others. But I did really enjoy the Brat Pack era.
34. Fargo (1996) -- Another one I have to so something about this unwatched status for.
35. The Incredibles (2004) -- Heehee, this was throughly enjoyable.
36. Spider-Man 2 (2004) -- Brilliant comic book adaptation. That's all.
37. Pretty Woman (1990) -- It would take a lot to make me watch this.
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) -- I thought this movie was special. But a bit TOO special for me to love. In the same way that you'd respect Albert Einstein but you should as hell wouldn't marry him.
39. The Sixth Sense (1999) -- One of the best movies I'd ever seen in my life. The king of all unexpected twists, and was the beginning of my love affair with smart horror. Excellent storytelling, flawless acting, all round wow.
40. Speed (1994) -- Whatever they say about Keanu Reeves, this was a gripping movie, start to finish.
41. Dazed and Confused (1993)
42. Clueless (1995)
43. Gladiator (2000)
44. The Player (1992)
45. Rain Man (1988) -- Good movie. How could you go wrong with Tom Cruise in the good days + Dustin Hoffman?
46. Children of Men (2006)
47. Men in Black (1997) -- Iconic once again. A little too bizarro for my tastes.
48. Scarface (1983) -- Yes yes yes I promise to get around to watching this. I have a DVD somewhere.
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) -- Ditto the above.
50. The Piano (1993)
51. There Will Be Blood (2007)
52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)
53. The Truman Show (1998) -- Oh the premise of this was just heartbreaking.
54. Fatal Attraction (1987)
55. Risky Business (1983)
56. The Lives of Others (2006)
57. There’s Something About Mary (1998) [X] -- I made it through the first 15 min. I turned it off becuase it was just gross.
58. Ghostbusters (1984) -- I'm sure I would have loved this. Just that I was too young to remember.
59. L.A. Confidential (1997)
60. Scream (1996) -- I enjoyed this.
61. Beverly Hills Cop (1984) -- I THINK I watched this.
62. Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989) -- I'm still trying to get a copy of this.
63. Big (1988)
64. No Country For Old Men (2007) -- I owe it to my dignity to watch this soon.
65. Dirty Dancing (1987) -- Patrick Swayze. I do miss him.
66. Natural Born Killers (1994)
67. Donnie Brasco (1997)
68. Witness (1985)
69. All About My Mother (1999)
70. Broadcast News (1987)
71. Unforgiven (1992)
72. Thelma & Louise (1991)
73. Office Space (1999)
74. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
75. Out of Africa (1985)
76. The Departed (2006) -- Good, but give me the original Infernal Affairs anyday.
77. Sid and Nancy (1986)
78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
79. Waiting for Guffman (1996)
80. Michael Clayton (2007)
81. Moonstruck (1987)
82. Lost in Translation (2003) -- I'll see it soon. SOON I say!
83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987) -- I want to see this so bad!
84. Sideways (2004)
85. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) -- Is this SERIOUSLY on this list?
86. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002)
87. Swingers (1996)
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) -- Ok, no WAY I will subject myself to this.
89. Breaking the Waves (1996)
90. Napoleon Dynamite (2004) -- Soon soon soon!
91. Back to the Future (1985) -- Haha! Childhood memories. I could NOT get enough of Marty and the ridiculous Prof.
92. Menace II Society (1993)
93. Ed Wood (1994)
94. Full Metal Jacket (1987) -- There must be some kind of award for stocking up movies in my collection that I have never had the time to watch!
95. In the Mood for Love (2001)
96. Far From Heaven (2002)
97. Glory (1989)
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) -- I didn't really GET this film.
99. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999) -- Listening and singing along to "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" 853 times doesn't count, does it?

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 10:25 pm
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"One Movie"

I am somehow obsessing about movies. I've reached that sort of point again where I realise for the hundreth time that I am meant to do something in entertainment, and preferably being part of someone's above the line costs, for once. But sometimes I think I don't care, I'd fetch coffee just to have the chance to glimpse the process.

But those are thoughts for another time. In the meantime, here is another movie meme. I'll try, for the sake of keeping interest, not to use the same movies as before.

1. One movie that made you laugh:
In Bruges. Colin Farrell has this sort of understated funnyman charm about him.

2. One movie that made you cry:
You know, this is actually proving to be a bit difficult to pick out. And all memes seem to think it a necessary question. Gee, I feel like a heartless person. There is something about watching a movie in public that makes me incapable of spontaneous deep emotions. In any event, I don't really watch sad movies much.

3. One movie you loved when you were a child:
Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. I had questionable taste, and this probably skewed my mind growing up, I'll give you that.

4. One movie you’ve seen more than once:
Let's just name the ones I watched this year. This is It. A respectable choice. And um, Twilight. Oh, shoot, I liked the movie even if the book was next to intolerable. More on that soon enough, as I have promised Qiong I would try to do a review on the whole Twilight franchise madness.

5. One movie you loved, but were embarrassed to admit it:
If I were embarrassed to admit it, why the heck would I write it here? That said, there's seldom anything I love that I won't admit to.

6. One movie you hated:
Silent Hill. Hurhur, it was so intensely stupid. Although it was entertaining for that reason.

7. One movie that scared you:
Scream. A little bit. I was thirteen, dude.

8. One movie that bored you:
Oh, there are many. The most surprising of which was Brick. I expected to love it, modernised film noir and all that.

9. One movie that made you happy:
Step Up 2: The Streetz. Watching the character Moose just makes me smile. The finale dance, of course, made me happy, in an intensely jealous sort of way.

10. One movie that made you miserable:
Huh? It's a movie. It's fiction. Miserable simi?

11. One movie you weren’t brave enough to see:
American Psycho. I have it, I just can't bring myself to watch it without someone to hold my hand.

12. One movie character you’ve fallen in love with:
Ethan Hunt of Mission Impossible. Played by Tom Cruise in the days that he was still cool and not a cradle snatcher.

13. The last movie you saw:
Sherlock Holmes. I give it a B+ or A-. Props for accuracy and being true to the spirit of Sir Arthur's creation. Thumbs down for bringing everything to an entirely too convenient end, with all answers being in the ginger midget's lab. Now that's just not very good weaving of a detective story - Sir Arthur would have expected more. Sheer confusion about Robert Downey Jr looking a bit too much like Gregory House.

14. The next movie you hope to see:
Avatar. I just have to go and deal with that eventually.

And there you are.

en ying snapped a shot of life @ 09:44 pm
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]