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I have no idea what the tile gonna be, but this is a just quick post that I conjured out of thin air. Also, this post is written in Malay, so, it is very, very quick~

Takda lah ringkas mana pun, tapi ada jer lah benda aku nak bercerita. Semalam, sambil aku duduk study, as usual aku akan dengar musik, tak kisah lah subjek apa sekali pun, memorizing mineral ker, apa ker, aku akan dengar muzik. This is a habit that I have develop since form three perhaps, or form two after I got walkman as a present from my dad. So there are many music that I have taken as a spritual journey, mostly tidak sengaja. So, lets begin with what is clear to my mind.

Mula – mula dulu, time aku darjah 5 and 6, aku ada sepupu yang suka dengar radio. Dia adalah big fan kepada Greenday, and time tu jugak, adalah tahun Greenday release album Nimrod, so aku tanpa mengenali sangat music grunge-punk, membelilah album tersebut di mana aku tersentuh hati sikit dengan catchy tune music mereka. Fast pace, happy sound, no real shouting (yes I hate that kind of shit before, until I listen to LP). Then after that, aku takdalah meneroka music such as that anymore, until form 2 or 3, bila Linkin Park start rising in mainstream media. Then situ aku mula dengar lagu rock, but LP is not really rock. Apa aku suka adalah kekuatan rap, nu-metal derang tu dengan rock sound, plus Chester punyer jerit2. Macam dengar satu suara yang merdu plak. Then around that time, aku memang tak suka hip-hop. Too Phat tu semua aku anti, apa kenalah aku time tu.

Then until form 3, aku teralih trend music kepada the legendary group. So, this is the beginning of the list of my legendary bands that I’m into. Aku beli album Nirvana, di mana dalam dia ada lagu baru “You Know You’re Right“. So dari situ aku jatuh cinta dengan Nirvana, aku dengar lagu diorang hari – hari, tanpa henti, tanpa jemu, than baru aku sedar yang aku macam dah ketinggalan zaman sebenarnya, but no. Aku masih muda time Nirvana tgh rise, so adalah patut aku minat kemudian, tak gitu? Aku terbawak – bawak music ni sampai lah aku dekat “Maktab”, until aku dapat beli album Nirvana yang gempak tu, title dia Nevermind. Aku jumpa time outing, haha. So, nak diceritakan memori yang lawak ni sikit, ada satu song dalam album tu bertajuk “Dumb“. In one of the English class (aku lupa apa nama cikgu tu, sweet orang dia), cikgu tu ada bagi ayat pasal dumb, so cikgu tu tanya member aku sorang ni, budak terplih antara semua, yang diaktakan akan menyinari hidup “Maktab” sehingga hujung dunia, “The apple of the eye”. Tapi time tu dia ter-senganl sikit kot, then dia takda idea nak buat ayat (dia just like didn’t understand cikgu tu nak apa). So, aku pun dijadikanlah mangsa. Maka, terspontan lah aku cakap with paraphrasing lagu tu, “I‘m felling dumb by the weather“. Then, aku terasa bengap sekejap, sampailah cikgu tu kata good, sebab aku pandai choose word. Huh, tetiba mamat ni macam tersentak apa dia sepatutnya buat, maka dia tetiba kata sambil menuding ke arah aku, “He is dumb“. Aik, kenapalah dia sengal sangat time tu, then tetiba datang boo dari classmate aku yang lain. Haha, thanks guys. Tu jer lah aku nak citer, terlari topik sikit. Aku makin menjadi cam Azrap jer, jangan marah yer Azrap. I just take you as role model in bercerita tanpa topik kukuh.

Aku terhenti sekejap degan music Nirvana bila time Form 5, kata SPM lah kan. No, I think aku berhenti lepas keluar dari “Maktab”. Sebab duduk rumah dengar lagu klasik jer. Maksud aku entah kenapa aku macam melupakan Nirvana sekejap, aku pun tak tahu sebab apa. After that, bila aku start masuk Taylor’s College, lagi panjang cerita dia jadi. Tapi takper, aku nak cerita gak.

Kat Taylor’s lah aku start dengar band – band Indonesia, hurmm, aku nak type pendek jer tadi, tapi macam terasa kasar plak. Peter Pan, Simba, Snow White, bermacam lah jugak, semua sebab housemate aku yang sejati suka dengar lagu – lagu derang, dan bukan tu jer, memang negara kita banyak main lagu derang jer. Tu satu. Lepas tu, sahabat karib aku, Baim start main lagu Systen of a Down, di mana vocalist dia jerit tak ingat punya. Aku tak suka, blah itu music. Jangan pasang. Sometimes after that, entah kenapa, nak dijadikan Allah, aku tersuka plak dengan ladu BYOB yang Budi pasang dekat speaker komputer aku (dulu aku ada bawak PC ke condo, tp tak mendatangkan hasil jer dekat kami, maka aku letak balik kat rumah). Maka, aku pun bergiat lah belajar music SOAD tanpa henti, dengar jeritan syahdu Serj Tankian tanpa jemu, sampai lah satu saat, Red Hot Chili Peppers release album baru derang, Stadium Arcadium. Tapi aku takda masuk sangat RHCP, just listen to that album jer, and the Greatest Hits. Then, korek telinga balik, aku termasuk plak sekali lagi to Greenday, dengan album baru derang, takda lah baru sangat, bak kata Geologist, recent album: American Idiot. Lepas tu music aku takdalah ke mana sangat, until masuk U, dengar The Beatles, then barulah aku into the “good” music. Sekarang music aku dengar tak terbatas lagi, except heavy crazy metal yang vocalist dia tak henti2 jerit, no, it is different with Metallica. They’re absolutely different.

So, di akhir sekali aku just nak continue balik apa aku cerita awal -awal tadi. Semalam aku study sambil dengar lagu Greenday, then aku terindu dengan Nirvana. So, aku start search balik memori aku dulu, mengingati keindahan muzik mereka dengan nyaman, sehinggak sampai satu tahap aku rasa adalah perlu untuk aku memasuki muzik band yang aku elak dari dulu, Metallica. Entah kenapa, macam tak sampai jer mood aku dengan diorang ni, except for few songs yang betul – betul best. So, kepada En. Irving, ada recommendation ker dekat aku yang baru nak kenal Metallica ni? Hahaha…

Anyway, that’s all folks, aku dah citer panjang sangat ni. Elok aku pegi angkat baju kat dryer, sebelum diangkat oleh orang lain. Chiow~

The last few weeks were my most challenging period in my whole life experience. Too many assignments to hand in, too many things going on, and also the out of ordinary life experience I ever had so far, and it went well without a problem. So, here I am again to share my feeling about the movies that I watched sinceĀ  the beginningĀ  of my third year in Canada. One year left for me to taste the air of Malaysia again.

Citizen Kane

Citizen KaneThe movie that is listed as the greatest movie in Hollywood, and I believe it is. I don’t want to go any further details comment here since wikipedia offer a lot of interpretation there, including the production, sypnosis, the new shooting technique, and so on. But I just want to share my opinion in this film.

This movie gives me the same kind of feeling when I was watching the Aviator by Martin Scorsese. The story tells about the dilemma of a overload succesful man, too much money with him, to much ambition, and greedy is something that this kind of human cannot put aside. The way the movie expand, until its climax and the ending is the perfect structure to make the audience, such as myself became eager to know what is the “Rosebud” – an object that made the movie working. In the end, we all know what it is, what could it represent to the theme of the story. Such man will think back about his past when he lost everything in the end, think back the best memory ever, the happiest moment in his life that nothing can shake it down, not even the greatest force. This scene is mirrored, well I think, with the ending of American Beauty – just before the character played by Kevin Spacey died, he remembered the moment of true happiness in his life.

Another one thing that I want to point out, well anyway, despite the movie was made in the early 40’s before the WW2, the cinematic direction of the movie was damn-hell-amazing! I couldn’t believe my eyes that such cinematic art exist during that time, and that kinda thing also made me sit properly in the chair, watching every single detail that the movie explore. If you can really grab the copy of this movie, please do watch it. I know few people nowadays can’t really get along with black and white movie, but this kind of movie, it’s just dope, well at leat for those who favored drama genre, like me.

The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch

Another classic movie that I managed to watch last week. The concept of the movie is to tell how the aged man like those Wild Bunch striving to live in the modern days. Just like No Country For Old Men, it carries the same symbolic interpretation. The ending of the movie is a little bit touching for me, and it never occur to my mind that the ending gonna be like that. For a friend, they stood up to their honor as men should do, and not letting the friend dying in vain, so as them. Another good classic movie to watch, and beware of the brutality of the movie: lots of blood; countless death; and not to forget, women!

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawsahnk Redemption

This movie is superb. I couldn’t agree less, it was mind-blasting, haha!. The way the movie progress, the surprised ending, the theme and emotion associated when watching the movie, it was just amazing. Since I started watching Prison Break this year, this movie gives me a good background about the whole way of mind thinking, plots, situation in prison. Even I could say the Prison Break almost resemble this movie, but not. Just thinking you know, my opinion. This movie is based on a novella by Stephen King, ans directed by the same director of The Green Mile, so it carries the same atmosphere.

Anyway, why I like this movie is the character himself, Andy Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins). He is committed to the murdering his wife while sleeping with another man, but he says he didn’t do it. As we watch the movie, we couldn’t make it more sure whether he really killed his wife or not, and why the title is called redemption. Andy good nature helped him got a secure protection in the prison, such as able to work in the library, managing the officers account (he is a bank accountant), and hiding the dirty money created by the warden of the prison – at the same time he created an anonymous figure that lives outside of the prison who supposed to act as a money launderer (is it, I don’t really sure) . The story is mostly narrated by background voice of Morgan Freeman as a character named Red. Red long imprisonment is also another situation explored in the film, as why such redeemed people cannot get out of prison, and such is the reason why Andy breakout from the prison – no longer have any evidence to release him, staying in the prison for a long time just won’t bring you justice, and escaping is the best method.

The important key to note in this movie is the human feeling. During a scene where Andy played a classical music to the inmates through the announcement speaker, the feeling of which inmate felt was the subject of human relation to the way they live. Prolong entrapment in the prison can get one person feeling dull, but Andy try to bend it; he try to simulate those feeling again, to make each of them realize that they are still living, in sense of normal life and feeling. I don’t know how to make this more justify, as my English won’t be any good than this, I mean to write such philosophical stuff.

Also, for those that realizing themselves as a “Geologist” do watch this movie, as you gonna realise that the hammer is the greatest tool that a man has created.

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

Also an old movie, yeah I have been watching too many old movie nowadays, but alas it is fun and good. The whole story is just normal sh*t, a gangster movie, a group of man planned a heist after being caught together. During the heist, they found out that they are targeted by the ruthless man ever lived, a man called Keyser Soze.

The whole plot is flashbacks told from the survivor of the heist, Verbal played by Kevin Spacey. There are few moments where the plot is not coherent, as the detective find that he is not telling the truth. So, there are plots that do build up, together with the detective himself making another plot, suggesting that the Keyser Soze is Dean Keaton, another main character from the story which we saw at the beginning of the movie is dead. So I was carried by the movie itself, realizing each point is absurd, yet make sense, and (this is what make the story feel so good) at the end, the mechanism which is called twisted ending (which I always like) make the whole story more confusing that it already has, but satisfaction was there in my heart that moment, as no such clue would ever exist during the whole story. This kind of feeling is the same one that I get with The Fight Club. Owh, how I loved this movie.

Se7en

Se7en

A thriller film that directed by the same director of The Fight Club. Brad Pitt is in this movie. Another good reason to watch this movie, haha. Lets not forget Morgan Freeman too, as he did a good job in this movie. This movie is simple, a killer that is on the move killing innocent people without motives. Every time he leaves his victim, he always print out one of the Seven Deadly Sins, each one of them was, we’ll know at the finale of the movie, is associated with the victim. So as we progressed through the movie, we learned about the life if the Pitt’s character, the life of the supposed-to-retired Freeman, and the maniac serial killer, played again by Kevin Spacey. He is amazing isn’t he?

The only thing that keep me going with this movie is the anticipation to wait the whole seven sins to appear, and the last two is actually planned perfectly well by the killer, known as John Doe. He tried making Pitt as the Wrath and himself as Envy. By giving motives for Pitt to kill him, he is considerably success in his scheme to become the righteous man of God (he thinks himself as a preacher).

Body of Lies

Body of Lies

Yet another movie that associates Islam with terrorism and America as the solver. The movie really gives the feeling of terror from the Jihadist group. The movie itself, as I believe is a normal thriller movie, trying to solve the problem of the active bombings in Europe, and to lure the leader of the group. So they create an innocent man to become the supposed bomber that can be considered as challenge to the leader. So by this, they can get to the Jihadist leader. The character played by Leonardo DiCaprio is the protagonist to solve the problem and while staying in Lebanon, he falls in love a muslim women. But this doesn’t really create a conflicting point on the film.

I don’t know why I even bothered to comment on this film. One final note, It is another crime thriller film that try to associate with the real world problem, so that’s what make it real that a normal crime film such as below.

Righteous Kill

Righteous Kill

It is a boring film. Yes, that’s what I felt when watching this film. At the beginning, the movie seems to be good, with the killer was exposed in the early film and start to narrate the movie plot. The supposed killer, Turk played by Robert DeNiro try to tell the killing he planned is meant to give justice to the murderers, as they are escaped from commiting the crime by courtlaw. So, he devised the killing of each murderers, and as he tells the story, he gives out the fiugre of how many people he killed. At the end we know that the main killer is not Deniro, but Rooster, played by Al Pacino. This sounds like a good twisted ending isn’t it? Let me tell you why it is not!!

In the movie, when DeNiro start to describe the killing, we are shown how the murdering happen, but we never get to see he really did it, instead we are shown from the perspective of the killer instead. Then during one scene, he described how he admired his partner, taking him as a role model. This dialogue is actually repeated from the beginning of the movie, when Pacino tells DeNiro how he admired him as a role model. How come two people gonna have the same feeling together at the same time? It’s just not good enough. So I just knew it how the outcome gonna be, so less anticipation to the end. Then the end really sucks, he could be more ruthless by shooting Deniro, but no! He ran away, and unsuccessful? That just sh*t, with he letting the woman to live so we can feel the suspence such as “C’mon, show me who the murderer is!“. But it is not enough, the moment never come, it came before that, and wargh!! Such a waste of time watching it. You think it is good movie since two great actors in it? You’re effing wrong. You’re bullsh*tting yourself. Yes, you!

Till then, have a great week. We’ll be back with the review of The Dark Knight sometimes later.