18 October 2008
17 October 2008
I can't believe it, KRAFTWERK WILL BE PERFORMING IN SINGAPORE! The legendary band of computers and electronic equipment with songs like 'Computerworld', 'Home Computer', 'Pocket Calculator', 'The Robots', 'Antenna', 'Radioactivity'. They are coming! They are coming!
15 October 2008
Incidentally, there was a report in the Straits Times yesterday where it was stated that there were 200 attempted jumps in the London Underground annually.
My observation here is that the power of memes cannot be underestimated. My interest here is not in that of suicides but rather the transmission of ideas. How did this method catch on? Was there much publicity? In the early years, the media had simply stated that the falls were accidental or people fainting. I mean, right, do people faint in the bus bay of an oncoming double-decker? I think not. Can a meme like this be stopped once it had proliferated?
14 October 2008
13 October 2008
I watched 'A very long engagement' on DVD two weeks back. This Jean-Pierre Jeunet film which was characterised by strong moments of irony and black humour was about a woman's faith and her relentless search for her fiancé. In terms of structure, the film resembled a puzzle box which was opened in the course of the protagonist's endeavour to discover her fiancé's fate during the Great War. Unlike some overdrawn emotional melodrama like the turgid 'Legends of the Fall', the nuances of the behaviour and eccentricities of the characters gave a sense of realness, a human touch that did not feel clichéd. The incredible cinematography and the breathtaking scenary which formed the backdrop of this film were out of this world. My descriptions would not do it justice. 6.5/10
12 October 2008
After hearing Feltsman and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra perform Sergei Prokofiev's rather schizophrenic and at times violent, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat minor op 10. at the Esplanade a week ago, I decided to give it a look at the racks at That CD store at Great World City and Borders last night. Fruitless. Well, this piece appears to be somewhat obscure. Hmm..
I have been noticing the condition of the various cinemas when I was watching films in the last week.
Lido was quite rundown when I watched 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'. The place felt dirty and the sound was horrendously loud. Meanwhile, at GV Great World City, when I saw 'Burn after reading', the sound was somewhat faulty. What is happening? Why are cinemas here so bad?
I also notice that many cinemas play their movies too loudly. I wonder why. It is not unlike the loudness war in the mastering of CDs. I suppose if the trend continues, will many of the audience desert the loud cinemas for the comfort of their homes?