Caught Inside Man w/ LS at a late night screening just now, and thanks to her being late.. I ended up missing almost fifteen minutes of the show, Z. Did I ever mention that I hate perpetual latecomers? (Yeah, yet another of those pet peeves.)
Some parts of the show are filmed with intentional jerky frames, to give that reality-based footage feel I suppose. It only serves to give one a headache when that goes on for quite a while though, so I wasn’t really appreciative of that technique. Scenes get flashed between interrogation of the hostages and progression of the robbery, which isn’t really a good thing IMO. The audience’s attention’ll tend to get sidetracked somehow.
With regards to the plot? A perfect bank robbery, whereby all the hostages are alive, all the robbers escape scot-free and no loot is taken at all. (Well, almost no loot that is.) The entire show is an endless discussion between the police and the perps, with a twist towards the end that shows you exactly how all the robbers escape detection. It’s not a conventional cops&robbers flick definitely, since the ending is something you certainly wouldn’t expect.
There’s practically no action, with an entire mob of police officers and snipers huddled outside the bank, the robbers walking and shoving the hostages about, and the only action scene is the what-if-they-did-this kinda scene, not an actual part of the movie reality.
The dialogue’s quite funny though, I got to give them that. But you have to understand what they’re talking about to appreciate the humor behind it, something I’m not sure everyone’ll catch.
An example of the dialogue:
Russell: (Clive Owen) “You shouldn’t eavesdrop on people.”
Frazier: (Denzel Washington) “Well you better get used to it pal, there’s not going to be much privacy where you’re going.”
Russell: “You’re damn right. This time next week I’ll be sucking down pina coladas in a hot tub with six girls named Amber and Tiffany.”
Frazier: (Washington) “More like taking a shower with two guys named Jamal and Jesus, if you know what I mean.. and it won’t be a pina colada that you’ll be sucking!”
One peeve on the dialogue’s that the censorship’s darn strict on it. Words like damn, ass, fcuking, fcuk get censored so often that half the time you see the lips moving but no sounds being heard, pretty dumb IMO. Not like that’ll stop kids from learning how to cuss, isn’t it?
Rating? I’ll give a higher one had I managed to watch it right from the start, but this is one of those catch-it-on-a-weekday flicks for now.
A break from those words for awhile, realised I spouted quite a bit of crap on the review. Foodie snaps! (And yes, I realise that I’m posting more and more food, and less of people.)
Don Pie Club’s chicken pie, slurps. I haven’t had that in a long while, thanks to LS for that.
Grilled pork chop rice at the Vietnamese restaurant outside Plaza Singapura (don’t ask me for the name, I would’ve put it down here if I could remember.) Doesn’t taste too bad, and the pricing’s still decent.
The restaurant staff, a friendly uncle was asking us, “So is this better (pointing to the chicken pie) or this better (i.e. the pork chop rice)?” And after I pointed to the rice, he smiled and replied.
“I would say that both are good.” He’s good ;p
In summary, it’s a good place to sit, eat and talk. The table’s kinda weird though, since a table that’s supposed to accomodate four can only seat two people comfortably in reality. They should get bigger tables ;p Another thing, the chendol’s way better than those at the food courts, give it a try. No pics because I forgot, heh.
Look at this article from the ST; new broadband rolling out! Interesting, hrmm.
March 30, 2006
A first: Unlimited broadband service for under $30 launched by Alfred Siew
UPSTART Internet service provider QMax Communications has launched a wireless broadband service for just $22.95 a month, becoming the first here to bring the cost of unlimited high-speed surfing below $30.
The service – now limited to Bukit Timah but which will go island-wide in two years – is pitched at those who baulk at broadband because it is expensive. Other packages for monthly access currently range from $38 to $121.80.
The relative high cost of broadband here has kept the penetration rate to just 52.7 per cent, compared with other wired Asian nations like South Korea, where more than 70 per cent of homes have broadband.
The QMax service is the cheapest in broadband’s 10-year history here.
In addition to this, it is the first here to use the airwaves, instead of a phone line or cable connection, to hook up homes. Similar offerings were launched in Malaysia and Taiwan last year.
For $22.95, a user gets a download speed of 256 kilobits per second (Kbps) – slower than other offerings, which zap data to personal computers at between 512Kbps and 30 megabits per second (Mbps).
But QMax also has a souped-up service at 512Kbps, which costs $31.35. This makes it still cheaper than SingTel’s competing service, newly priced at $38, down from $47.25 just weeks ago.
Until recently, SingTel and StarHub have enjoyed a duopoly that has propped up the price of broadband. The two ISPs have so far only competed in the kind of freebies they give away, with SingTel even dangling Apple iPod players to attract customers.
QMax’s new low price can be expected to pull in new broadband users, say experts.
But do not expect a price war – at least, not yet.
Analyst Foong King Yew of research firm Frost and Sullivan says QMax’s limited rollout is not enough to trigger one, but it will offer users a glimpse into a more open market.
‘There is definitely room for broadband prices to fall,’ he said.
News of the new broadband player is also welcome for Singapore – coming a day after sluggish competition in Internet services caused it, in part, to slip from its pole position as the world’s most IT-savvy nation, to No. 2, in a World Economic Forum study.
QMax, a joint venture between telecoms operator Qala Communications and Creative Technology, announced in January its plan to launch a competitively priced wireless service this month.
A spokesman told The Straits Times on Tuesday that the launch was kept low-key because the service was going out only to selected areas now, and that the company did not want to ‘raise expectations to unrealistic levels’.
Users who sign up with QMax lease a modem for free. But instead of plugging this to the phone or cable jack in the wall, as with the older broadband services, a user gets online by logging on wirelessly.
Pacific Internet and MobileOne plan to launch similar wireless services this year.
Meanwhile, SingTel and StarHub are expected to jack up download speeds for their existing services to pull in the more demanding users, such as computer gamers.
Users like freelance writer Harold Jean, 35, welcomed the upcoming competition.
‘To people who just want to surf the Net, the news that they want to hear is cheaper broadband,’ he said.
Today is the greatest day ever, ‘cus my damn braces are finally OFF! The process was surprisingly fast, and whee I’m finally free! I feel so darn relieved, but it feels weird not to have those metal bits poking away at me. (It feels like my teeth’re missing or something heh.)
Retainers to be done next week, and I’m supposed to wear ’em full-time for a year? Man.
– I’m starting to have slight twitches in my back muscles; this is weird considering I haven’t really strained myself during gym. Hmm..
– Given up on The Wicked for now, totally conserving me braincells.
– Cathay Cineplex‘s officially open, check out the level 5 and 6 box offices! Darn crowded I tell you, be prepared. Their food counter’s nothing short of amazing though. Fish & chips, seafood platter whaddahell? I certainly can’t imagine myself balancing fish&chips in a movie theater, grins.
– It’s hilarious when you see the number of vouchers/coupons actually outweighing the cash in your wallet, and you wonder what’s going on.
Reminder of the day: Check out Esprit apparel earlier next time round! Sizes S and M go out of stock at an incredibly unreal pace, brr.