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MONSTER HOUSE made me regain some hope in 3D animated films

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I have no idea how I grew to dislike 3D animated films more and more in the past two years, to the point where I would become entirely indifferent to the majority of the 3D animated releases in the cinemas regardless of their box-office performance or critical reception. Pixar films remain a must-watch event for me, yet I would view anything else with scepticism.

NACHO LIBRE by NAPOLEON DYNAMITE director Jared Hess

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I watched Napoleon Dynamite earlier late last year on DVD and enjoyed it, but it didn't exactly blow me away. I guess I didn't really 'get' the film. (Justin said that being an American would've maximized my enjoyment of the film, I probably agree). That film reminded me of Wes Anderson's films, but... not as good.

Morning Musume: Tool of Nationalism?

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So I was catching up on my 1930's Japanese history the other day and something struck me: 'Morning Daughters' sounds suspiciously like one of the wartime Patriotic Women's groups that sent their sons and young husbands off to the front for the glory of the Yamato race.

Meeting Jasper Fforde

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Last Friday, while I was at Perth city, I saw a sign in Dymocks bookshop telling me that Jasper Fforde's coming for a book signing session on the 22nd of September. Excited, I took a photo of the sign with my mobile phone, as a reminder.

Koda Kumi

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Justin: Koda Kumi's gimmick is that she's a slut.

Donald Barthelme - '60 Stories'

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Donald Barthelme is not afraid to be stupid. If you're expecting to open this book, read it from start to finish, and for there to be recognizeable characters and epiphanies and 'human dilemmas' and other sorts of things you've come to expect from 'literary fiction', then you're going in with the wrong mindset. No, serious. It's not just nonlinearity. Sometimes Barthelme's writing is retarded. You can see it trying to be funny and failing, or just plain showing off, dropping names. But then, just as you're about to put the book aside, Barthelme will toss off some random, memorable line or image. Let me give you an example, from the story "The Party" :

DOA: Dead Or Alive is the best video game adaptation since Mortal Kombat

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I have long given up hope on video game adaptations. There was a time when I looked forward to every single one of them like any naive video gamer would, begging my long-suffering dad to bring me to the cinemas for such classics like, ah, Super Mario Brothers (we were in Washington then, 1993), Street Fighter (1994, even though I was only 10 then, the film embarrassed the crap out of me, my dad was traumatized) and Double Dragon: The Movie (1994, I got a FREE ACTION FIGURE of Billy Lee from the cinemas! It was the highlight of the entire night, I think it was my dad's too, til this very day, I have it displayed proudly in my room, a badge of honour that I survived the film).

Orange Range

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On paper, Orange Range sound like a shit sundae. To demonstrate why this is so, let's gather up the following list of unappetizing musical ingredients 1) Plodding bass-driven alt-metal riffage 2) Rapping 3) Sentimentality 4) A tendency to steal from influences in a way that screams less mashup than 'come on, get some taste.' and then stir them into a glutinous mixture of Pro Tools-produced sludge. A real unit-shifter, no? Although J-music isn't exactly known for its restraint and ironic detachment, a Japanese Linkin Park is no one's idea of a good time. WTF are you talking about, Justin? you ask. Why not just end the review now? It gets worse.

CLERKS 2 and some quick thoughts on Kevin Smith's previous films

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Get this: My name, yes, MY NAME, is in the credits of Clerks 2 . Just sit through the normal credits, wait for the tens and thousands of names listed as 'Mooby's (MYSPACE) Friends' to appear, the names are arranged in alphabetical order (based on the last names), so it does take quite a while until my name (EDMUND YEO, if you're the type who surfs at sites without looking at sidebars) pops up. I didn't really expect that to happen when I saw this with Justin two week ago, in fact, I have already forgotten about this 'Clerks 2 Get In The Credits Contest' on Myspace, so it was a pleasant surprise, just like the movie itself.

SPEED

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[On behalf of my little sister, I would like to thank Mossie ( the guy has lotsa good anime and film reviews :D ), DMJewelle ( she makes the anime cosplaying community seem more entertaining than it really is with her incisively-written entries! ), Plastic ( one of the very first SPEED fans I got to know over the Internet years ago ), Cousin Jun Qi ( you're my cousin, which means you're cool! ), Eeleen The Angel ( the beautiful layout of her site is, well, beautiful! ), Alynna ( one of the rare bloggers I speak regularly to on the MSN :D ), Dawnie-poo ( er, she's Dawn Yang, do I need to say more? ), Athena ( a long-time net friend I got to know during my fanfic-writing days ), Wingz ( for intense Malaysian humour, go to his site ), Jayelle ( a really nice girl with a soul beautiful like the majestic snowy mountains ), Jee (he has lots of things to ponder about), Craig ( heh, lots of stuff about underaged Jpop artistes ), Bryan (The Undead Dragon!) and Arashi-chan

It's My Little Sister's Birthday. Her Existence Is Important To ALL OF YOU!

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On the 13th of September, 1989, seventeen years ago, when I was 5, I remembered being pick up from the kindergarten early by my dad and being rushed to the hospital so that we can wait for the birth of my little sister. My grandmother was there too. My memories of that day are hazy, I could only remember the nurses carrying my little sister out after a few hours of waiting, and, well, being a tiny little baby, she looked more like a guy than a girl. (And I am proud to say that over the years, my sister had filled in the void of a little brother too, which is absolutely cool.)