Part 1: She Knows He Knows

He touched her finger that was still pointed at his chest, "Still manage to scare the day out of me, I see." She smiled. Too sweetly. "Are you trying to get us killed? Not a good day to die, you say?".

How To Cross Road In Margonda

Somebody should publish this kind of booklet long before I even got enrolled in University of Indonesia. Duh! 1. If there's eventually a traffic light for passerby, please DO pay attention. It's not there for decoration purpose (only).

Dream High

Once upon a time, in one particular high school, lived one particular girl student. Let's call her Suzy. Not only that she got the looks, she also had the wealth and singing talent and lots of antis. All things other girls could only imagine.

Story From Far Java

On my last visit to Jogja (seriously this city has something captivating), I happened to visit Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat and Kraton Surakarta in one-day-trip to Solo.

Letting Go

The big question of letting go bugged my mind around these last couple of months. Some things.. are they worth to keep, or should I let them go. Think I'm pretty good of letting things go, but when inputs and comments started to coming in, I'd have to reconsider my decision.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Lace - Shirley Conran

I'm currently reading the old novel found in some old bookstore in Pasar Festival. It's called LACE and written by Shirley Conran. I must admit, I have never heard of her name, or her fancy work whatsoever. I picked it up randomly from the shelves, and for-God-sake's even it's cover is already gone. The book condition is like a used-up-old-wench as it may say within the book. Hehehehehe.

The most interesting part before I choose to buy alien book is to look upon the review. Although I kept getting disappointing reading in oppose to good reviews on its back cover, I kept looking and searching for every new book reviews.

Anyway, almost every review of the LACE contains the word "Sex". Quoted:

"LACE is Glamorous Careers... Movie Stars, Greek shipping Magnates, French and British Aristocrats, Arabian Royalty, and Mind-Boggling Sex... Rapture!" --Harper's

"All the Women Are Wildly Successful, and... Their Sex Lives are Explored in Loving Detail." --People

"A High-Paced, Globe-Trotting Novel... Crammed with Exotic Locations, High-Pressure Career Decision and Loads of Sex" --Los Angeles Times Book Reviewetc etc..

Cool huh? And honestly, the book IS interesting despite the vulgar aspect mentioned above. It reminds me of Sydney Sheldon's work for its tragedy and mind-boggling-almost-scary sex, Danielle Steel's work for its romance and marriage and sorrow, Mallory Tower's series for its girls and boys school adventure, and lots of capturing scenes.

It is about a movie star named Lili (with no surname) who gathered 4 adult women to United States just to say, "All right, which one of you four bitches is my mother?"

Jreng jreng! That alone caught my interest, given that the four ladies are all wealthy successful women, which at first didn't seem connected whatsoever with one another, but actually they are best friends since middle school in France. What an inspiring story indeed. They began in France, but ended up in London, New York, Paris, etc etc and live a prosperous life.

I also need to admit that the story does not really fair. I mean, along their life, there has been no major setback or steep trouble happened to all of them. Well, if you called miscarriage, divorce, married to an actually-a-transvestite husband, or else is a tragic thing, then we shall agree upon something different then (ngomong apa sih gue?).

Anyway, it's a good read though.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Ssst, si ganteng..

Honestly, it's been like years ago I'm planning to write this, but I didn't have much time to do the research (baca: nyari gambar) so I guess it would only be proper if I included a lot of his faces in this one.

Okay, who didn't recognize the hunk next to this article? You might have heard his song, such as "Breathless", "If That's OK With You", "Damaged", etc etc. Yeah, he's Shayne Ward, the winner of X-Factor 2005! Yipee!
At first I infatuated truly only by his song ('fcourse, what else?) Berhubung lagu pertamanya yang so-so lucu di telinga itu "If That's OK With You" jadi akhirnya gue nyari-nyari yang lain. "Breathless" is also one of my fave since I could sing along at the high-pitch-part (ask my roommates ;P)

Terus, usut punya usut, ternyata pemilik si suara indah ini bertampang lucu pula. Hehehehe. Reminds me of Michael Scofield waktu masi muda, hihihihi. Abis bertato dan liat begituh, duuh, napa ngga semua penyanyi aja punya pretty faces like him?

Sekilas tentang Shayne Ward, ngutip-ngutip dari Wikipedia,
"Ward was born in 1984 in Clayton, Manchester to Irish parents.He has a twin sister named Emma and five other siblings: Mark, Martin, Michael, Lisa and Leona. He is a Manchester United supporter, and in 2002, he reached the final thirty of Popstars: The Rivals, the television show that created the massively successful British girl band Girls Aloud. Prior to his participation in The X Factor, Ward was in a band called Destiny with two women named Tracy Murphy and Tracey Lyle, performing at pubs, clubs and weddings. He currently resides in Manchester

In early 2005, Ward auditioned for the second series of The X Factor. He impressed all three judges (Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh) and passed through to the next round. Ward quickly became the Bookmakers' favourite to win the show, and after making it to the grand final, he defeated Simon Cowell's duo Journey South and Sharon Osbourne's over-25 singer Andy Abraham and was crowned as the winner of The X Factor 2005. "

Yep, kesimpulannya, si ganteng Ward ini angkatan 2002, beraksen British, damn sexy, and can sing! Eligible bachelor.. eligible bachelor.. eligible bachelor..

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tropic Thunder


What happens when you put Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr, Nick Nolte, Tom Cruise, and Matthew McConaughey all in one movie? Well, apparently something called Trophic Thunder. It's somehow a slapstick-comedy-action sort of movie btw. First of all, this sort of movie is not into my liking. So I skipped it to the very end of the movie, the part where co-stars playing in it are being showed. Jreng jreng, then I was amazed at those bunch of names so I forced myself to actually watch it.

It's still ridiculous movie, but I love Tom Cruise there, he's been barely recognized as himself, if it wasn't for the title under his face that read "Tom Cruise", I would've not noticed. Hell, he's so different, and he's so norak, bo! He looks like the guy playing Veronica Mars' dad in Heroes. Heck, I forgot the real name of Veronica Mars character, and heck I even forgot her name in Heroes. Sue me.

Anyway, Trophic Thunder is about some Vietnam war's experience that about to be made to a movie. So this is the movie about the guy who attempted to made that movie. Confusing? Just watch it. It's pretty funny.

Speaking of which, the interesting part of Trophic Thunder is those trailers slash commercials before the actual movie. Oh my God, do those movies really exist? The hillarious one is about Kirk Lazarus (actually played by Robert Downey Jr) and Tobey Macguire.

"In a time where to be different was to be condemned" *showed lit of candles, a man praying in front of the altar, maybe within 16 centuries background*
"And to be condemned was to die" *showed another man in a cloak, staring at the man in the altar, nudging his jaw and moving his eyes, but the man in the altar shook his head in disapproval*
"One man chose to question his God" *the man previously at the altar is now shouting outside the castil, anger to God presumably*
"From Fox Searchlight" *Gregorian music as backsound, man-in-the-cloak slowly grab man-in-the-altar's rosario, and then you got the chill for guessing that it might be some gay movie*
"Five time Academy Award winner, Kirk Lazarus" *so that's the name of the man in altar*
"And MTV Movie Award Best Kiss Winner, Tobey Macguire" *at this point I gasped, OHMIGOD, Tobey?*
*then both man grasp for each other's hand, faces still to the altar, but down there they're holding hands, and my jaw still dropped open*
"Winner of the Beijing Film Festival's coveted Crying Monkey Award"
"SATAN'S ALLEY"
*then I heard a whisper sound of 'I've been a bad, bad boy, Father'*

Tziiiing...

If that's supposed to be part of the movie Trophic Thunder then hell yes it's genious! Hahahahaha.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mamma Mia!

Waw, I really need to say WAW after watching this movie. The whole plot is hillarious, not to mention the nostalgic-remake-oldies-songs of ABBA, the quality of each co-stars' voices, the name casting for the movie (Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, etc) and my-oh-my they all can sing.

Mamma Mia is one hell of a musical movie (in a good positive interpretation), light-themed (unlike Sweeney Todd) with colourful scenes taken in Greek. All the guys filming in this pictures has muscles, darling! Really-really refreshing, entertaining, dan noraknya Meryl Streep itu mantab abis! Ngga nanggung-nanggung, ngga setengah-setengah, ngga malu-malu, keren!

I love it when characters act, sing, dance, all in one crazy compact movement. The whole movie scenes cheered me up, made me laugh, brought me to aaaww-moment, ngga abis-abis adegan-adegan sweet, adegan kocak, adegan norak, adegan yang bikin gue mikir, "OMIGOD, Pierce Brosnan nyanyiii, kyaaa!!!"

Hahahahaha, this is full of laughter kind of movie. Pemeran-pemerannya mantab, including yang maenin temen-temennya si nyokap (apalagi si Julie Walters, I LOVE this woman!). Favourite scenes of all time was when the groom's friends dance ridiculously stupid in the shore.

Ngakak abis. Pol noraknya.

Amanda Seyfried itu pertama kali gue notice waktu maen jadi Lily di series Veronica Mars, and then as a guest star in Justice (waaa, cool series!), dan gue baru ngeh suaranya bagus yaa.She's so much resembling Juliet in this movie, kurang Romeo doang >_< But truly she's a lot cuter (and fitter) than the one in Veronica Mars where she looked chubby and montok. Hehehehe.

Anyway, Mamma Mia is about a girl named Sophie (or Donna? I barely remembered since I kept calling her Lily at whole time, hehehehehe) who's about to hold her wedding in Greek (which reminds me, Meryl Streep gotta do lotsa workout since she's jumping around and practically climbing all of the houses there, gila tu otot!). She intended to invite her unknown-birth-father but since she didn't really sure who her father is between three of her mother's past lover, she decided to invite all of them.

Things are getting complicated because apparently her mother's (played by Meryl Streep) also didn't know who is the father! Hahahahahaha, sumpah bodoh abis. That's when things are getting interested. You will be indulged with three different images of father-material. The flamboyant Pierce Brosnan, the 'spontaneus' Colin Firth, and the realistic Stellan Skarsgard. Choose one, people! Personally I preferred Colin Firth, apalagi sejak dia nyanyi Our Last Summer di kapal layar. Mein Gott, so crazily sweet!

Okay, that's it. It's recommended!

ps: I watched Quantum of Solace yesterday, and is it just me or the film is actually heavily censored? Dang!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Justice

I didn't realize Kerr Smith is still exist in this world. Okay, I'm exaggerate a bit, but yes I'm quite surprised. He turned out okay by definition and being phrase correctly chosen by his latest TV Series - Justice, 'the good-looking, all-American-face of not-guilty' lawyer. I also happened to not realized that he looks quite alike with Julian McMahon. Why why, what a beautiful small world we live in.

Who is Kerr Smith anyway? Well, he's Andy's gay little brother in old-school-movie Dawson's Creek (used to love the series up until Pacey and Joey broke up.. again)

Anyway, this TV series Justice is about a bunch of top-level-hot-shot lawyers called TNT&G (cute name me think) who, well, defending all 'innocent' trial-suspects out there. I'll admit, I just watched the first episode but I'm quite thrilled. Mostly because of that Kerr Smith guy, but that's come in nature, mind you.

By the look of the movie, all the scenes were taken with high technology compatibility (or should we called it, special effect?). I mean, they discussed one trial preparation like they would've discussed a software development. Every stage is thoroughly prepared and prepared. Did I mention it twice? It's because they don't kid.

It's cool law movie, compared to the traditional-psycho-law movie called Damage, Justice is much more refreshing. Give it a try, you might even be more surprised.

One thing I took note from this movie is one cozy room, called the supposedly their office, with all glass-thick-window and futuristic-glassy-looking stairs. O my God didn't the stairs will look amazing? One of the character just walking from room to room elegantly whilst dictating about what should and what should not to do in one's court. "Don't miss anything, because if you miss anything, it could cost our client everything."

Did I mention that there's Victor Garber, Sam Trammell, et cetera et cetera also playing in this movie?

Anyhoo, sneak peak on Project Runway season 5, after loving the whole last season AND the brilliant winner (Christian Siriano you bloody smart-ass), I haven't decide it yet as to whom I would pour my heart upon. Only one tiny comment though, what is it with Wesley Nault and his short pants? Gosh, dude!

This young designer (he's only 23) has this peculiar business men look alike from the waist above. Well, being working with Marc Jacobs for the last year, who doesn't? I mean, the suit, the tie, the clean shirt, even the handsome face, but holy-mother-of-hell why on earth did he keep wearing that gay-like short pants? It's not even a decent one, being way too short in my sense of fashion, and what is he trying to brag on? His hairy feet? God, he doesn't even have hairy feet. He has this smooth skinny leg which reminds me of a balerina leg. Too bad he's out in second round. I would've love to see his next collection of short pants.