Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Dark Knight

Holy sh*t...I just checked out IMDB's Top 250 minutes ago and guess what? The Dark Knight is ranked #1!!!!! The last time I saw the rankings 6 months ago, the Godfather was still tops, followed very closely by the Shawshank Redemption at #2. But now, the Dark Knight is by far highly rated compared to these 2 great films. Here's the latest Top 3 by average score and # of voters (me being one of them):

1) The Dark Knight (2008) - 9.3 (135,443 votes)
2) The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - 9.1 (345,543 votes)
3) The Godfather (1972) - 9.1 (295,769 votes)

I spent RM9 to watch the Dark Knight earlier this afternoon (i.e. Sunday matinee) at IOI Mall Puchong. I was glued to my seat from start to finish. Whenever I thought I could catch a breather after an adrenaline-filled subplot, I was being brought into another roller-coaster ride. The overall storyline was good enough to make up for any minor loopholes.

On the acting, Christian Bale and Gary Oldman were up to my expectations. Quite the same as their performance in Batman Begins. On the other hand, Maggie Gyllenhaal gave much more depth to the character of Rachel Dawes. I thought that Aaron Eckhart played Harvey Dent well. The transformation from a passionate champion of justice to a vengeful killer was quite credible. Like everyone else, I will give the most credit to the late Heath Ledger, whose acting as the Joker was out-of-the-world.

My ratings: 9.5/10

Kudos to my favourite director Christopher Nolan, whom I became a fan in 2004 after watching his year 2000 masterpiece Memento (yes, that's where I got the name of this blog). I have been enjoying his subsequent films - Insomnia, The Prestige, Batman Begins and now The Dark Knight. While The Dark Knight is more appealing to the general audience and hence higher-ranked in IMDB, Memento remains as the better film IMHO.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

News That Will Rock The Nation

Haris Ibrahim says DSAI will hold a press conference (PC) today at 11am to reveal proof of Najib's links to Altantuya Sharibuu

I can't wait...

Enough of bickering!!!

Malaysiakini reported today (Jul 2, 2008 5.17pm)
Syed Hamid: Anwar a US 'snitch'

The finger pointing is getting out of hand. Why don't anybody just throw out some hard evidence so that the rakyat knows who's lying and who's not? The KLCI just plunged to 1,153 points, the lowest in the last 12 months (if I'm not mistaken).

As much as I believe that Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim is being framed for sodomy this time round, I won't rule out the possibility (however remote) that DSAI himself orchestrated the whole drama. As much as I hope that there is a change of governance in Malaysia, I wouldn't want to see the issue being dragged too long. Whether or not a political leader sodomised a young man can't be more important than the issues of price inflation, non-independent judiciary & police force, economic hardships, etc. right?

And one lesson to learn from "V for Vendetta" is...we should not elevate any politician to the status of supreme leader. I'm just worried that in the thirst for change & good leadership, we may risk putting too much importance & ultimately, too much political influence into the hands of Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim.