Selasa, November 30, 2004

( Woke up this morning having, I assume, popped a blood-vessel in my left brain while I slept : the colour of my eye can't no longer be classified , and I look quite scary. Wondering if I'll go to work tomorrow with a beard or not --- I've had this thought since forever. )

There are days I am are purely myself. Today is one of them because tomorrow I am starting a new chapter of my life : the OFFICIAL day-one at KARANGKRAF COMICS after a long awaited-overdued days and dates.

A couple of notes on the above; finally getting a REAL job is an amazing thing, out-of-this-world experience at any point ... it's a huge, gorgeous, fantastic feeling that was made and given to me by a thing called rezeki. Actually after years of wanting to write for a local comic publication, but not having a local-only idea, I've had a local-only idea that makes me really happy, that I'm excited about, that has to be ' live ' local by definition, and that I really want to write. With luck I'll get time to write it in the next few years of my life.

Full confirmation of this, along with regards and any other details that may be relevant will go up here as soon as I have them. But for now I thought it might be a good thing to post this so-called ' career profile ' resume of mine, back when I first came for that pulse-pounding interview confronting the five head honchos' of KARANGKRAF COMICS :



CAREER PROFILE

I am an amature freelance writer ; specializing in comic books, copywritings, blogwritings, internet-articles and critiques - currently living in Subang Jaya, Selangor.

I actually started my quest for a career in comic books or creative writing more than a decade ago when I became hooked on American mainstream comics. I originally wanted to be a comic artist / cartoonist, but as time went on; my drawing skills progressed rather slowly. I was also having a difficult time finding people to write stories for me to draw, and I had to write my own. I eventually found that I liked that much better anyways.

I still continue to draw for my own benefit and freetime, and I would like to eventually sharpen my skills to showcase my art in the comics I write. But for now, my focus is my writing.
I read comics constantly and update myself on latest news and previews from the internet or related magazines and comic periodicals.

Through it all, I will always like to continue the pursuit of my comic book career and goals. Like some writers, I created a weblog - http://sandmanreborn.blogspot.com , and several other online critiques and commentary. I had plans to conquer the comic book industry; however reality would eventually set in.

After several years of slow progress, I decided the best way to break into the business was to focus on submissions and other more conventional methods. With that, I put my creator owned projects on the back burner (where they remains today), with plans to revive them in the near future.

So, in the comic book community in Malaysia, chances are people to read my work somewhere is extremely very rare because I write anonymously.
Today, I write and compile my scripts and articles gradually while also writing for a variety of other job offering and websites.

My ultimate ambition is to work professionally with any mainstream comic book publishers in the U.S.A, such as Marvel Comics or D.C Comics - so that I can uplift the prospects of the comic book industry in Malaysia.

When I'm not working - which is quite common of late - I enjoy spending time with my friends and siblings, surfing the Internet ( mostly comic books, movies, weblogs, webgroups and writer columns ), playing football or just relaxing and watching television or movies.



I think all the wishes and prayers has caught up with me, and I am going to try and sleep off an after-thinking sort of a pleasant headache. But this made me smile ... with joy.

And look, I am somebody now ( I guess ).



p/s : ... Thank you for all the people out there.
korang taulah sapa korang tu! : )
aku terhutang budi dengan semua.


Isnin, November 29, 2004

There. Home on early Monday again, feeling all-lazy and goofy, with deadlines buzzing about my head like wild hornets. I don't think I do weekends terribly well --- I'd rather be writing or watching televison ( although I got to experience a few open houses and a christian wedding; which was interesting). Woke up this morning for a structure of another story in my head, which is probably a short fiction for people who never interact, and ' another ' person who isn't there, which made me very happy. Then I tried to figure out when I'd be able to write it, and with luck it'll be somewhere in 2005. Which seems ... well, silly in this period of time.

Finished reading a book last night. It was a huge success for me after not finishing a single book since UiTM. I enjoyed reading it and revisiting an old favourites' like that is not enough, that I went back down to my folks house and ' selongkar ' the store or library lapok as my mum put it. Lots of odd books I had when I was a kid. Still loving each and every one of them ( ... aku marah kalau mak aku nak buang semua buku-buku tu : katanya ' sampah ' , CHISSS!!! )

Ask a friend about what type of writer should I be. According to him, I'm a " fairy tale " writer. Is that cool? When I was a kid, I really wanted to grow up to write science fiction, and I've always felt like I might have had a chance at being the next H.G Wells or Isaac Asimov or even Philip K. Dick. If I'd only paid a little more attention in Science, and if I hadn't hated Science ( or at least, my Science teacher) quite so much. And if I had a mind that went to those places. I'm very used to being described as a comics writer, a fantasy writer, or a column writer. Or just a writer. But I think this is the first time I've been a " fairy tale " writer.
( a word I find cutely retro, like fables, and, while I'd not use it, not offensive, although I have friends who do not like it at all )

So I'm watching some " Transformers: Energon " today ( with a friend, of course ) and I was reminded of how absolutely cool it is. No wonder I'm so addicted to … I mean, was … how addicted I WAS to it back in the day … when I was younger and of child age and such. Anyway, if you're like me then you're also excited about the upcoming " TRANSFORMERS " real-life movie, especially seeing as how it's been reported that Steven Spielberg is taking an active part in its development. The few things we've heard from the movie, however, have come from what producer Don Murphy has been cool enough to post over at his official site.

That's about it for excitement today, other than noticing in the mirror that I actually now have a beard. I have a theory that no-one can recognise me with a beard and a long hair, which despite no-one ever not recognising me bearded and long haired, I persist in believing, because I surprise myself each time I look in the mirror.

Another boring self-analysis.




Ahad, November 28, 2004

It's madness on the writing front right now, lots of tiny things to do along with the big things, and none of them are moveable. Still undecisive on what type of writer I wanted to be once I started doing it seriously next month. I think I thought I might be a science fiction or a fantasy writer. I don't think all of my stories have been dark and deep and macabre or total " adult fairy tales " --- I don't really imagine that people are meeting up to talk about me. It never works like that. I'm happy to be an excuse for people to meet and drink a beverage of their choice at each other, though. Then they complain about the topic, go off to get something to eat, and, if they like each other, do it again. ( ... unluckily for me, I was with them all the time,*sigh*! )

That's why comics are magic because I can read this thing I wrote and go; " This is so amazing! " I wrote it, but the finished thing needed someone else to draw and create ( I lose that ability to draw a long time ago due to frustration ) and to put things into place. I may write for another hundred years, but I'll never read a prose story I've written with that sense of bemused, parental delight. I'm still that kid back during my schooling years in Subang Jaya Primary!

Long ... occasionally frustrating, eventually rewarding day of battling with computers. I've more or less managed to get the network working again, and to reinstall a few things for the internet, and everything's more or less where it was four or five days ago before I screwed everything up a little, and then, in an attempt to fix it : screwed everything up a lot. Also it rains --- several inches --- and then began to gather up a thunderstorm outside earlier today. Typical November " Pantai Barat " monsoon I guess.

It does seem a bit simplistic, or at least, a bit wrong. You might want to take a look at the list I wrote early in January of what I did last year ( before doing a list of unpractical and unrealistic resolution for this year ). Most of what I wrote was comics -- about nearly 10 pages of comics last year. Much of that will start being published early next year, thanks to Karangkraf and people will go ( ... possibly most of them are my friends here in my hometown ) thinking : Damn!!! He's back doing comics. Although by that time I'll be doing something else like maybe a novel. I think it's about time to write one, it's over two years since I finished something literate to read and I think it's time to try and do a longish piece of prose again ( ... Hahaha! Tiba-tiba rasa nak tergelak pulak ) .

I keep hoping that sooner or later a few more of me will show up, and then I can write some of the things people are waiting for. Maybe they could even even catch up on e-mail or friendster as usual. But currently it's just me. Peculiar, isn't it?

peace.







Selasa, November 23, 2004

COUNTDOWN TO KARANGKRAF COMIC RELEASE ; and the day beckons!


I recently received a mail that carried a new wrinkle to the old question, "Where do you writers get your crazy ideas?"

I don't want to give the name of the mail writer, because he asked this question out of sincere curiosity, and I don't want people to think that this particular guy is the author of extremely stupid questions. Why hold him up to public ridicule? Basically, he had read a recent story of mine, and asked, "How did you come up with the idea?" The trouble was, the story he read was just pure fiction and fantasy. This is one of those instances where the answer is quite easy : I came up with the idea when I was sitting down thinking and asked myself if I would be interested in writing it. It's the purest form of work-for-hire there is.

I don't know how the mail could have missed this rather pertinent point.

... and of 'course, there are other questions like ;

" What - for you, is a typical day of writing? "

The answer : There are no typical days. Overall I try to get up. Sort out any emergencies, answer any queries on my mail or friendster. Write. Keep writing. Write more. Sort out any emergencies or queries on the 'net. Eat dinner. Read to myself. Write even more, or read. Sleep.This is the plan and it rarely works quite as smoothly as that. Teh 'o panas is also drunk in quantity.

" What types of benefits, royalties, etc ... do you get? "

The answer : Mostly I get a royalty( ... tak tau la namanya tu royalti ke tak ), which is a percentage of the gross (or sometimes, but more rarely, a percentage of the publisher's net profits) on what I write. I don't get any benefits, as a writer of prose or comics, but because I write short articles as well and am a member of friendster and other online community, which is the sought of the best way to ask people to read my story, I got secured, and they will probably come out and bury me cheaply when I stop writing.

" What parts of writing do you actually DISLIKE? Why? "

The answer : I don't dislike writing. I dislike lots of the bits that aren't writing, and get in the way of writing. Not getting much sleep on normal weeks, and the way my hand hurts somewhere at the end of the week, for example. The weird sort of trade-offs in terms of publicity and privacy. Not having the time I'd like for old friends. Beside meetings, especially ones over the phone, especially when they've contacted me to ask me to do something, and now want me to convince them how much I want to do it.

" Is there any part of the job you enjoy more than others? A favorite? "

The answer : There's a thing that sometimes happens on the page, where something wasn't in my head -- or anywhere -- a fraction of a second before I got to that moment in the story or the script, and suddenly I find yourself writing something that's making me laugh or shudder or look at it wide-eyed, and I think, "Where did that come from?" That's the very best bit.


( Ehmm ... last but not least, the most frequently asked question thus far; )


" How hard was it for YOU to get a career in writing? "

Oh, pretty easy I guess. I got up one morning in the late 90's and realised I ought to be a writer, because it was all that I wanted to do( beside drawing ), and I couldn't put up a shelf to save my life. Well, not one you'd actually want to put things on. Then I worked very hard for a very long time, feeding and supporting a family on what I could make with my pc at home, first as a journalist, and then ( ... about the point that typewriters went off into history ) as a writer of fiction. I looked around about ten years later to find I was an overnight success, albeit an overnight success with ten or so books in print.



yeah ... rrrright!!!



p/s : It appears Superman has his villian and it's the usual suspect! That's right Kevin Spacey will be Lex Luthor. A reliable source of mine has informed me that Spacey is a confirm lock for Lex. Rumours have been circulating for a while but Kevin Spacey is finally the one. Some reliable sources also recently reported that the actor has tested with Brandon Routh( ... our Superman!) and Spacey himself confirmed he has been offered the part. I can now exclusively reveal that Kevin Spacey has sorted out his scheduling problems and will take time off from his role at any point to shoot Superman in Sydney next year. This will reteam Spacey with Bryan Singer and mean that Brandon Routh will be battling it out with a two time Oscar Winner who is one of Hollywood's most respected actors!

Ahad, November 21, 2004

( That Smile ... )


Smiling is infectious,you can catch it like a flu. When someone smiled at me yesterday, I started smiling too. I passed around the corner, and luckily no one saw my grin. When she smiled, I realized ... I passed it on to the world! I thought about that smile, then I realized it's worth a single smile just like mine that could even travel the entire universe --- MY UNIVERSE !!!



We've been best friends,
For ... oh! so long,
It feels so right, but yet so wrong.
You come to know me,
not since last week,
If only you knew,
You make my knees grow weak.

I tell my friends,
My feelings for you,
All but one, that my affection is true.
The one I can tell is yourself too.
Why does it always have to be you?

The one thing in this world,
That wakes me day to day,
Giving me things in my life,
That use to be a dream to pray.

A fire deep inside my heart,
That pushes me to go,
Even when I want to stop,
It's the one thing that I know.

That one special thing,
The only needed tool,
That gets me through it all
My interest in her is such fuel.



p/s : ... malang sekali perempuan yang senyum itu hanya wujud di dalam kaca televisyen di dalam sebuah program dan saya rasa dia senyum lebih kepada ramai lagi orang selain saya : *sigh*


Jumaat, November 19, 2004

sedang bosan menunggu waktu dan menanti masa ... tiada ada akan kesudahannya bukan?


" selamat datang sunyi "


selamat datang sunyi
kutunggu kau di ruang sudut hati
malam ini kita akan bercakap kembali
tentang cinta yang berkabut, rindu yang berlumut.

selamat datang sunyi
jangan kau tinggalkan sepasang mata itu
yang menyimpan telaga
kerana kita akan mengarunginya
menembus lintasan rahsia.

selamat datang sunyi
mari kita segera pergi
tinggalkan sejenak tangis tanah ini
berkelana mencari jejak-jejak cahaya
dan kau lihatlah kini
jutaan bayang-bayang mengikuti
biarkan saja!
kita tidak sedang memburunya.

selamat datang sunyi
di sini percakapan kita mula
orang-orang kini pergi mencari kemanusiaannya yang tercuri
mereka menangis di lorong-lorong kegelapan
tak lagi punya mimpi.

tentang indahnya pagi sambil terus menanti terbit matahari
tapi malam masih akan teramat panjang.



p/s: selesai saja ini ... lantas terus rasa lapar!



Khamis, November 18, 2004

M. Nasir bikin filem lagi.

M.NASIR akan mengarah dan menerbitkan sendiri sebuah filem bercorak pertarungan awal tahun depan. Filem tersebut yang dijangka menelan belanja sekitar RM1.2 juta itu akan diterbitkan di bawah syarikat miliknya dengan kerjasama sebuah syarikat lain.

Buat masa ini skrip filem ini sedang dalam proses pengubahsuaian dan insya-Allah awal tahun depan akan mulalah proses produksinya. Beberapa nama pelakon telah pun di kenal pasti untuk membintangi filem ini. Menurut M.Nasir, walaupun sebelum ini filem arahannya, ' Merah ' gagal mencapai kutipan box-office tetapi itu sedikitpun tidak melemahkan semangatnya untuk terus mengarah. ' Merah ' adalah pengalaman pengarahan filem pertama M.Nasir. Tetapi dia tidak serik malah ia dijadikan tauladan dan panduan untuk bekalan mengarahkan filem kedua ini. M.Nasir yakin dengan pengalaman lalu dan para pelakon berpengalaman yang akan membintangi filem ini, ia akan dapat membantu menjayakannya.

Sebelum ini, M.Nasir sibuk dengan rancangan M. Nasir: Destinasi Dunia iaitu sebuah rancangan dokumentari yang menemuramah para pencipta lagu seluruh dunia. Rancangan terbitan DDB Sdn. Bhd., dengan skrip dan penyelidikan Saniboey Ismail itu dijangka akan disiarkan di astro RIA tidak lama lagi. Rancangan 26 episod itu telah pun menjalani penggambaran di Turki, London dan Sepanyol selama hampir dua bulan lalu. Penggambaran ini dijangka akan disambung semula selepas Hari Raya ini. Menurut M.Nasir, rancangan yang menemuramah para pencipta lagu yang lahir di bandar-bandar terpencil di dunia itu dijangka akan dapat memberi manfaat kepada para pencipta tempatan.

' M. Nasir: Destinasi Dunia ' diarahkan oleh Khairul Anwar Salleh.

Rabu, November 17, 2004

Nothing exciting to report. I've survived 3 days of Hari raya, and was sort of enjoying it by the end of day three ( a oh-so-simple Hari Raya that is ... ). I am now at my folk's home, catching up on brothers' and sisters'. For Fara Farzana @ Nana's 4th birthday ( the little sister; not the DJ ) she asked me for a Barbie school bag as a present, which she wanted so bad. It's been several months now, and is almost a bit too late, but I'm cheerfully getting it for her. Now, when I'm not dozing, eating, or being dragged around on walks ... I like teasing her a lot ("You like the walks! You're the one who drags people! That's not fair" says Nana ( mind reading this over my shoulder). Aah! ... kids' nowadays!



Right. Hope all of you are having a wonderful time for this whole month of Syawal.


As I've said before ( I think MANY times, so if I keep repeating myself on this, please forgive me. I'm setting these little stories up for those who may not have read any of the previous ones ... ) I like being alone. The reason? Simple : I wanted to see ' me ' ... and that's the best part of the day.

Yes, it's that irregular feature wherein I tell a story that, for any one of a number of reasons, is not going to see print anywhere but I like it enough to want to share it with an audience anyway ( on the concept that a story isn't a story unless it's told ). What else is there to say? Now, you tell me ...

I have been amazed, amused, and even moved by the e-mails I've been receiving, a number of which I am going to be running over the next several days. Some have been argumentative, some thought-provoking, and a few of them as the result of painful confessions made in the course of it --- is probably few of the most touching and troubling mails that I've ever received. I must admit, sometimes it's a little disconcerting. There's still the occasional person who tells me I don't seem like toxic waste ( which usually prompts puzzled looks from anyone reading this weblog, who eventually aren't related in this column). There are the people who still ask if I'm going to be taking up on the offer of being a full-time actor from being and extra cast ( ... accursed those people at KRU! ). I reiterate : Why whould I want to trade my job now, which is the best thing that had ever happened to me?

And there are the people who ask me questions that relate to aspects of my personal life, and there's always a momentary flash in my mind :

" How did he know this? How does this stranger know my life sucks? How did he know my ideas are constantly rejected? ". And then I realize he must be a reader.

Sometimes, I forget that what I write here, in the privacy of my room, actually goes out and gets read. I mean, I know it intellectually, but the reality of it can throw me from time to time. This column has become such a personal expression of what's going through my mind that in regard to my life and my upcoming so-called " career " in writing; that it doesn't occur to me that I'm sharing it with others. As my friend has said, it's cheaper than therapy. It's also higher-profile. But if there's one thing this column has provided me with, it's a sense of appreciation for free speech, for the freedom that was endemic to this country's creation. And, in the year I've been writing this column, the most striking thing I've seen is the downslide in those freedoms. When I was in high school in some Subang Jaya secondary ( a pit if there ever was one, at least at the time ), one of the few things history teachers taught us that stayed with me was that the socio-political atmosphere of this country is like a pendulum. That, historically, it swings from liberal to conservative and back again. Same thing when I was in Uitm.

I had a great deal of trouble accepting that. Oh, maybe that had happened in the past. But here I was just having come through the '80s into the early '90s, and we had a country that was nothing but freedoms. You could say anything and not fear recrimination. Decision after decision supported a freewill. Men and women had the right to decisions ( bad decisions, granted, but decisions ) about their own self. And people knew that war and slaughter was, by and large, a sad thing.

There is nothing more galling than to realize that a theory you had completely brushed off was, in fact, totally correct. Because if you look now, you will find that every single one of those major aspects of society is the reverse or in the process of reversing. Freedoms and rights, eroding away, in favor of conservatism and arrogant capitalist.

I didn't intend to get so heavy-handed with this. I suppose it's because in the past year I've seen myself change far more than I have seen the world change ( ... generally, i'm speaking of my world ). Although I suppose the latter reflects the former, at least in conservatism : all my friends and foes are becoming more and more cautious about telling the truth about myself.

Almost a year now. I figured I would give up this column no more than a year.

The hell with it. I'll stick around for a while longer. What're they going to do --- tell me to shut up and quit talking?


It'll be interesting to find out,kan?

Isnin, November 15, 2004

RAYA 2004

... sayangnya syawal ini.


kenapa aku berharap dengan semua naluri yang memanas dalam rintihan sukma. kulambaikan tangan jiwa pada bayang-bayang yang terbang diantara bau aroma yang kuziarahi; semuanya dengan cucuran air mata yang mengalir tiada henti. Aku bahkan tak tahu jalan yang ditempuh ribuan awan ketika menyapa. Ketika kamarku terbelenggu dangan gerigi kenangan yang mengarat. Ketika aku terketuk dengan kayu-kayu yang melintang, membayangi setiap lirikan cahaya yang mengintip. Ketika kelembutan sinarmu menyelak jendela. Ketika kau menelanjangi jalinan kelembutan sutra yang melingkar di ketipisan hari. Ketika geraman ribuan awan menakuti aliran kandung kudus yang menjalar. Ketika aku berharap dengan semua naluri. Aku ingin menerokaimu dengan mengikis balutan kenistaanku ... Sayangnya aku pada Syawal ini.


aku memberi langkah padamu untuk datang padaku
daun-daun kering yang berjejak
bulan dicakar ranting
dengusku ...
aku memberi dada hati padamu
gersang.

hanya tinggal hilang
tidurlah dan bermukim
tunggulah kupu-kupu derhaka pulang
tenggelam bersama bulan di lautan
debur ombak nafas kita
aku memberi bingkai di wajahmu
lidah melukis cantik
selumat bibir.

menitis membasahi
ranum dada.
bulat mengalir dan hilang di rambut
rambut akal menepi bersama buih
buih ombak ... oh kasih!
tubuh ini tak bertuan
engkaupun khabar dibawa petir
menghujan hati menatap langit
termangu.

menunggumu turun bertingkat
meniti pelangi dan aku tidak ganggu langkahmu
awas!
aku jatuh ... cinta pada Syawal!



Salam Aidilfitri buat semua.

Sabtu, November 13, 2004

Well, it looks like it is finally starting to come together on the STAR WARS: EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH front, with its kickass teaser trailer from last week ( let's forget the crappy teaser poster for now ), as well as plenty of cool ( and free! ) new pictures via StarWars.com, including biographies on everyone involved, their profiles, homeworlds, favorite weapons, etc. Lots of neat peeps to check out, including friggin' Darth Vader himself and my new favorite looking baddass : General Grievous. A little intro, courtesy of the film's mania, sets things up nicely below.


" For three long years the Clone Wars have torn apart the galaxy. Despite the skills of highly trained clone troopers led by Jedi Generals, the Republic fails to decisively defeat the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The battle burns brightest in the scattered fronts of the Outer Rim Sieges. As desperation grows and heroes rise on both sides of the war, the Separatists, led by Count Dooku and General Grievous, make an ambitious strike at the heart of the galaxy. Thus the stage is set, and events are put into motion that will culminate in the fall of the Republic, the end of the Jedi order, and the rise of Darth Vader... "



Frame by frame description of the 'Revenge of the Sith' teaser trailer.

00:07 - 20th Century Fox Logo

00:09 - Lucasfilm Logo

00:14 - "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."

00:19 - Luke Skywalker in ANH walks out to view the binary sunset on Tatooine.

00:23 - Obi-Wan Kenobi in ANH speaks to Luke about the Jedi.

00:26 - Qui-Gon Jinn in TPM brandishes his saber before the final duel with Darth Maul.

00:27 - Shot from AOTC of the Clonetroopers walking into the transport.

00:29 - Shot from AOTC of the Clonetroopers at the end of the movie with transports lifting
off in the background.

00:23 - First Revenge of the Sith shot of Obi-Wan and Anakin with their
backs toward the camera, walking up to a window during the day.

00:36 - AOTC shot of Anakin looking evil just before the Tusken slaughter.

00:38 - AOTC shot of Anakin riding the Swoop on Tatooine.

00:41 - ANH Obi-Wan continues his voice-over.

00:42 - Second Revenge of the Sith shot. A hooded Anakin turns to the camera with red and
yellow eyes much like Darth Maul's.

00:50 - Shot of erupting volcanoes on Mustafar.

00:56 - Geonosians ride giant beetles in a Mustafar lava field.

00:58 - Black screen with Darth Sidious saying "Lord Vader?" followed by Vader's "Yes Master?"
and Sidious' "Riiiiise".

01:04 - Darth Vader, strapped to a table, begins to rise.

01:05 - A hooded Obi-Wan looks up. He is in a darkly lit area with sunlight seen in the
background. This is possibly a location on Utapau.

01:06 - Palpatine turns to look at the camera.

01:07 - Vader continues to rise.

01:08 - R2D2 on the Tantive IV.

01:08 - C3PO on the Tantive IV.

01:09 - Padme turns to look at Obi-Wan with a terrified look on her face.

01:09 - Mace Windu raises his saber above his head. This shot is inside Palpatine's office.

01:10 - Vader continues to rise.

01:11 - Chewbacca and Tarfful.

01:12 - Yoda, in Palpatine's doorway, opens his cloak to reveal his saber.

01:13 - Vader finishes his rise and locks into frame.

01:17 - Two starfighters speed past the camera during the Battle of Coruscant.

01:18 - Anakin kisses Padme.

01:19 - Yoda, in Palpatine's office, pulls out his ignited saber and points with it.

01:19 - A starfighter in the Battle of Coruscant speeds along the hull of a capitol ship towards
the camera.

01:20 - Mace Windu fights against a red lightsaber in Palpatine's office.

01:20 - A large Wookiee army cheers on the Kashyyyk beach. Republic walkers and troop
transports can be seen in the background.

01:21 - Tion Meddon snarls at Obi-Wan.

01:22 - Flaming capitol ship heads into Coruscant with a fire ship spraying water on it.

01:22 - A very angry Anakin does an overhead slash with his saber.

01:23 - R2D2 in a grimy area.

01:24 - Padme, with a ANH Leia haircut, hugs Anakin.

01:24 - A small Naboo cruiser flies away from Mustafar.

01:25 - Obi-Wan and Anakin, both with blue sabers, fight on Mustafar as lava erupts around
them.

01:26 - Capitol ships fire on each other above Coruscant.

01:27 - Anakin grab's Obi-Wan's neck with his robotic arm.

01:27 - A "Tri-fighter" flies toward the camera during the Battle of Coruscant.

01:28 - Obi-Wan held near the ground by Anakin.

01:29 - Anakin holds Obi-Wan's saber arm as he continues to force him to the ground.

01:30 - A starship hanger door slams shut.

01:30 - A very angry Darth Sidious swings his red lightsaber at something possibly small and
close to the ground.

01:31 - A large explosion on a capitol ship above Coruscant.

01:36 - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith logo.



p/s : ... the saga is complete.

Jumaat, November 12, 2004

I saw " The Incredibles " yesterday with my brothers and sisters, and I'm still trying to untangle what I think of it.

In a nutshell, I'd summarize it as " The best Pixar film since Toy Story, plus with superheroes. " It's really a Retro superhero film, not another animation flick.

The film completely drops the ball on its premise (superheroes retire en masse - what happens next?). After all, do all the supervillains retire at the same time? Why? If not, how does society handle them? If well, then wouldn't heroes feel genuinely unneeded? If poorly, then wouldn't society want the heroes back? The film also uses one of its best concepts - that the heroes go underground and form a secret,secret identity ( heh! ) - as a blind for the real story, which is unfortunate.

So, it ended up being two things: An animation film with strong comic book effect, which it does well; and a film about family, which would have been more compelling had it had something profound to say. I guess in summary it falls into the category of " original idea executed well ", which seems like the lot of many superhero films in my lifetime ( the first Superman film and Tim Burton's Batman films definitely fall into this category).

( Well, I'll see if I can untangle this further when I write my own journal entry reviewing all the best comic book related film.)

By the way, did anyone see the preview of Pixar's next film, Cars? I presume the preview was a package deal with " The Incredible ". My reaction to the preview was, "Gee, I have about as much interest in seeing that as I did in seeing White Chicks."


It looked that bad. Ugh!


p/s : please ... more comic book animated movies.

Isnin, November 08, 2004

Sorry about this and that. Half-way through puasa, feeling stressed-out and irritated ( ... its not the hunger but something else more complicated ). I decided to take my own advice. As a solution to various problems you and I may encounter upon the way, let me suggest this :

Make good Art. It's very simple. But it seems to work. Life fallen apart? Make good art. True love ran off with a better life? Make good art. Financial disaster? Make good art. So, that's what I did. Mostly I'm writing a novel now, but that's such a mountain-climbing-or-ditch-digging sort of a thing to do that I stopped working on it for a few days and I finished a short story I'd started a couple of years ago ( it was to be for my ex's 24th Birthday. I now have moved on. Further questions are prohibited). In the past two years I'd written about three pages of it --- say 1000 words. And between now and buka puasa time yesterday I wrote another five thousand five hundred words ( it rains lately ... its the best time for me to write! ), until I put the last one down and suddenly there weren't any more to write. It's a very odd story.

Now ... if my mind serves me correctly today, I am pretty sure as much mystery about what " Phase II : life after UiTM " has transmuted into something else.

So for any of you who are wondering about it (or even if you just want to see what I looked like as a 24 year old journalist, with the possibility of wearing a borrowed suit and a black second-hand sneakers from uptown flea-market, in some awkward interview with an unknown), you'll want to click on this site more regularly. And there will be another installment in a few days' time.


for now, just play safe guys!



p/s : 'transmute' ??! ... hahahah!! I stole that line from 'Battle of the Planets'.

Khamis, November 04, 2004

... telah aku relakan kepalaku sebagai sebuah ketulusan mengusung cakerawala, kerana langit selalu lupa dengan warna awan. Pertikaian mendung kerap kali jadi sebuah pertukaran nurani, sampai penolakan gerimis selalu bersekutu dengan keingkaran angkasa. sesekali kegetiran angin mendesir merapatkan gigil bersama aroma kesaktian kata-kata di kesyahduan ranjang mimpi - membiarkan jendela cinta terpana, kemudian pintu kedamaian terkuak seluas sabana rindu yang senantiasa mengetuk-ngetuk pintu keterbatasan dengan jemari ketabahan.


sementara, kerimbunan akal menebal lantai memasrahkan maya dan ilusi menumbuhkan ruang-ruang kekekalan. membebaskan keperihan semata sebagai ketulusan pengorbanan. maka, kesabaran tidak lebih hanya pelengkap kemungkinan.


aku tunduk diam melihat harapan itu.

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