21 September 2014

Kakiseni International Arts Festival 2014 turns Pavilion KL into Arts Wonderland

Kakiseni International Arts Festival 2014 media launch group photo

Brilliant local & international work of art and performances showcased in Kuala Lumpur

Entomo y Otros performed in the Black Box

Kakiseni International Arts Festival 2014, presented by Prudential Assurance, brought Art to the People indeed last weekend until Malaysia Day (12 - 16 September) at Pavilion KL. When we say art, it doesn't necessarily only mean paintings. At the festival, a diverse range of artistic expression were showcased, which included music, theater, lyrical poetry and street performances from award-winning international acts and local artists. It was a real eye opener for me.

19 September 2014

Movie Review: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

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Sequel kicks it up a notch by going from the home invasion to out in the open for some fun, no-brainer, thrilling action

Actor Frank Grillo shows that he can perform in the leading role

This is not a direct sequel to the first film but the premise is the same where the rather bizarre Annual Purge is held every year in the US. In this 12 hours from 7pm to 7am, all crimes are allowed by law as a gift by the totalitarian government as a right for all citizens to "Purge" to "cleanse their own souls". With the same director and writer James DeMonaco, The Purge has moved from home invasion horror to out in the open on the streets in Anarchy.

Converse CONS Project KL happening tomorrow!

Converse CONS Project KL Malaysia 2014 flyer

Converse Malaysia presents CONS Project Kuala Lumpur 2014 to inspire the youth, offers skateboarding, art & music workshops before a gig to rock through the night

Venue: Wakalab @ NSTP Bangsar KL | Date: 20 Sept. 2014 | Time: 10am - late


Converse’s CONS Project is a global community project designed to inspire the next generation of creative spirits through music, art, style and sport. CONS Project is the global initiative by Converse that has hosted series of free creative workshop in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Boston, collaborating with experts in the world of SKATE, ART and MUSIC. In Kuala Lumpur, its very own CONS Project will be held from 10am to 10pm at WakaLab, Media Prima Digital, located at Jalan Riong Bangsar this coming Sept 20th 2014.

Cons Project Kuala Lumpur offers invaluable interactive workshops for youth ranging from skateboarding, basic music skills, video production, graffiti art and more. The DIY workshops will be hosted by key opinion leaders from the skate, music and art scene in Malaysia, all relating to the theme of Converse CONS. Among the names are veteran skateboarder Joe Ipoh, skate videographer Mariss Khan, renowned punk rock band Subculture, Kudut (Azender’s Drummer), District (part of Malaysian graffiti collective) as well as Converse CONS sponsored skaters.

Apart from workshops there will be a skateboarding jam and games to be held during the first half of the event, along with mini gig performances by local independent acts such as Azure For Janne, Instake, Maddthelin and I-Revival. Nervedeless, winners of Converse Get Loud from Converse Malaysia’s 2013 Music Tour and Online Campaign, will also be rocking the crowd during Converse CONS Project Kuala Lumpur.

Attendees are able to collect their tickets at all Converse‘s boutiques or register online at thinkraw.asia/consprojectkl. For more information check out www.facebook.com/ConverseMY

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18 September 2014

Movie Review: A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014 - Liam Neeson)

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A generic crime detective thriller that attempts to be carried to success by Taken star

Liam Neeson returns in yet another film about girls being taken and him go finding the bad guys. And yes, he does some bad ass phone conversations with the antagonists as well. Based on a 1992 novel, the film's about a private detective who's hired by a drug dealer to hunt down the people who brutally murdered his wife. During his investigation, he learns that it was not the first time that these cruel men have committed such crimes and left uncaught by the police. The story is set before the year 2000.

17 September 2014

Review on JFF 2014 films: Legend of Sanctuary, Rent-a-Cat, Wind Rises, Initial D Legend 1: Awakening

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Japanese Film Festival 2014 Malaysia movie reviews

Japanese Foundation KL didn't put me in the loop for this year's Japanese Film Festival (JFF) Malaysia but Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) were very kind to help get me the details and took the trouble to pass me a few complimentary passes to catch some of the films. It's going to be over soon in Klang Valley, but for those in Penang, Sabah and Sarawak, be ready 'cause JFF 2014 will be making its stop there soon!

14 September 2014

ONE FC 20: Moraes wins Flyweight title, head stomps spark controversy

Inaugural ONE FC Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes & Victor Cui ONE FC 20 Rise of Kingdoms Cambodia

ONE FC: Rise of the Kingdom - Adriano Moraes crowned inaugural ONE FC World Flyweight Champion, head stomp incidents force unfamiliar refereeing decisions

History has been made again for the ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC). Held at the Koh Pich Theater in Phnom Penh, this marked the first ONE FC event in Cambodia which featured the first ever ONE FC World Flyweight Championship bout. From what I read, it's been a night of mostly first rounders besides the the main event and co-main event, both of which finished in the second round. No idea why it wasn't broadcast live outside of that country but fortunately, some of the fights were uploaded to YouTube.

12 September 2014

Movie Review: Initial D Legend 1: Awakening (2014)

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New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening offers hastened retelling of the anime, with race sequences in 2D absent Eurobeat

Initial D - perhaps one of the most iconic manga/anime titles of all time, the one that's responsible for gaining mainstream interest on street car drifting, is rebooted into this full-featured animated film... well, sort of. This supposed "movie" is split into three parts, with this one, Legend 1: Awakening, to be the first third of it. That explains why its running time is only 60 minutes long (it's actually lesser than an hour) but it doesn't quite justify it being released to big screens with regular pricing for the tickets. But if you're an old fan like myself, seeking for a nostalgic retelling of the story, action and mild "ecchi", I guess you wouldn't mind it that much.
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