Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Walking Sleep: A Magnificently Orchestrated Pop-Rock Soundtrack For A Glistening Spring Morning

Walking Sleep originally formed in 2007 under the name The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra. The six-piece band came together as the natural extension of lead singer Hunter Curra’s exploratory songwriting, in which he combined male and female vocal harmonies, classic rhythms, and curiously dark lyrics. Drawing influence across genres and decades, their songs include echoes of the melancholy psychedelic pop of The Zombies, the uptempo stomp of classic Motown, and the moody melodicism of Fleetwood Mac, but placed in a modern context, akin to bands like Belle & Sebastian, The Shins, and Camera Obscura.  

Walking Sleep takes those band's breathy pop and adds a little weight to it  while maintaining the predilection for orchestral touches and adding the occasional cinematic touch (the dramatic marching tempo and the haunting female hooting that pops up occasionally on “In A Dream”). The band is confident enough in its pop songwriting to never allow any of these exotic elements to pressure the music toward novelty. Like the best modern pop groups, Walking Sleep manages to recall many elements of the past fifty years of development without sounding like a direct copy of anyone else.

The band unveiled its first full length album, Measures, in May 2010. Measures features 10 tracks showcasing the scope and breadth of Walking Sleep’s unique sound. From the fast-and-tight garage-rock of ‘Final Chapter’ to the expansive strings (played by members of The Section Quartet amongst others) and Nancy-and-Lee vocals of ‘Let It Go On’, the songs offer a variety of textures and hooks while maintaining a strong sense of identity and purpose. 

Also check out their other song, "Don't Be Fooled" on Myspace

Thursday, October 21, 2010

SCREAM 4 Official Teaser Trailer Has Just Debuted.

"What's your favorite scary movie?" 

Remember that line? Fans of the horror movie genre who grew up in the '90s have got to be be familiar with the aforementioned line. The line itself was so iconic and the movie whence the line was spewed  has become a staple in pop culture. Yep, your favorite scary movie is back!!!

The official teaser trailer for Scream 4 has just debuted over on Yahoo! Movies. Scream is one of my favorite horror movie franchises and I can't wait to go back to Woodsboro, reunite with the survivors of the massacres, and witness the next chapter of the Ghostface killer story. It seems like forever since I first heard about this project to this day when we can get glimpse of what's in store for us.
Ten years have passed since the first trilogy ended, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer once again. Scream 4 stars an ensemble cast of David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella and Erik Knudsen. Campbell, Arquette and Cox are the only returning main cast members from the previous films. Emma Roberts resumes the role of Sidney's cousin who is poised to become the next heroine of the franchise.  

Scream 4 is once again directed by horror mastermind Wes Craven, of The Hills Have Eyes, Swamp Thing, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Shocker, Red Eye and the original Scream trilogy. The screenplay was written by franchise creator Kevin Williamson, who wrote Scream 1 & 2 and I Know What You Did Last Summer. The Weinstein Company / Dimension Films is bringing Scream 4 to theaters in 3D on April 15th, 2011.
I really hope that this next installment can live up to its predecessors in terms of reinventing the slasher flicks genre and not just become another cliche in the piles of trashy horror movies. There was a little anxiety concerning the script and cast changes in the early stage of  development, but from watching the teaser trailer just now, I can't feel anything but get so excited. From the teaser alone you could already spot many teen stars cameos, such as  Kristen Bell, Anna Paquin, Lucy Hale, and Shenae Grimes. I'm so giddy that some of my favorites get to make appearances and they better die gruesome deaths!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

LANVIN Fall Winter 2011 by Steven Meisel

Lanvin Fall/Winter 2010/11 Campaign photographed by Steven Meisel features model Magdalena Frackowiak, Anja Rubik, and Mariacarla Boscono.

Carlo De Huts, Senayan City

I discovered Carlo De Huts about 3 months ago, not too long after their opening and since then it has become one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Carlo De Huts' homey space is warm and welcoming while its friendly atmosphere offers comfort to those who have grown tired of other so-called trendy restaurants where it's always too crowded, the music's too loud, the food is overpriced, and the portion is just too tiny. In Carlo De Huts, everything is juuuuuuuuuuust right.

Carlo De Huts provides a wide selection of menu from various locales such as American (Steaks and Grilled Ribs), Dutch (Pannekoek) Italian (Pasta and Pizzas), Turkish (Kumpir or Baked Potato), and Indonesian (Mixed Rice). When it comes to where to eat and what to eat, it comes down to just a few simple things: the food tastes good, the price is right, and the service is pleasant. And Carlo De Huts indeed delivers.
Carlo De Huts
Senayan City Lantai Lower Ground Unit 45
Jl. Asia Afrika No. 19
Room Crystal Lagoon
Tanah Abang, Jakarta Pusat
Indonesia 10270
Phone: +62 21 72781653 

My personal favorite, Smoked Salmon Fettucine with White Sauce. 45K

Oxtail Bolognaise. Mixed local and italian style. Nice aromatic flavor. 45K

American Combo Breakfast Style Savory Pannekoek 
with beef bacon, fried egg, tomato, mushroom, & crispy potato. 37.9K

Classic Apple Struddle with Pastry Short Crust. Surprisingly satiating. 40.5K

Also worth trying is the Banana Pie with fried sliced banana and pastry short crust for 38.5K.
I just wanna keep coming back for more!!!

Blueberry drinks with lychee fruits and jelly. 33K

Orange passion fruit. Orange jam with marquisa and jelly.
The perfect summer drink. 32K

Strawberry grenadine with soda and lime. 32K.

Milk tea with grass jelly. 27K.

... and don't forget to save room for...


Baked Alaskan. Sandwiched chocolate ice cream with lemon meringue. 27K

Smokers can have a puff on the patio.

Can't wait to go back and try the other stuffs next ^_~*

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Event: The Next Lost or The Next FlashForward?

The critics loved it, the media hailed it as the next "Lost", but how long can the show survive on air, really? After all, the same thing also happened to "FlashForward" and that show got canceled last season after only airing one season. 

Here is my own personal review of "The Event" after watching the first two episodes. The Event is definitely trying to be the next "Lost". I guess the people behind the show could see that there is a vacancy left after "Lost" ended its run and that there is an opportunity for a similar type of show to thrive of network television. The show has similarities and references to "Lost" (The plane crash, the pacing, the over-arcing mysteries), be it intentional or not. However, if it is indeed intentional then some viewers (meaning: ME) might find it to be rather cheap and unoriginal. Like, can't they come up with something original without similar traits with the pre-existing source and yet could achieve the success of said source? 

Oh, wait, It's Hollywood...

Another minus for me would be the confusing pacing. The format of the episodes and the pacing back and forth was not done as professionally as "Lost". Where Lost had succeeded, "The Event" has failed. "Lost" kept it simple with just two time lines per episodes (present and flashback/flashforward/flash-sideways), but "The Event" has the present plus 5 days ago plus 8 days ago plus 12 years ago plus however-long ago. Who could keep track of that!? I could see how that might become a problem with inattentive viewers (meaning: ME). While "Lost" made each time line as distinct as possible visually and story-wise for the viewers to differentiate, each time jump in "The Event" just felt jumbled to me. And this is coming from a guy who has watched more than his share of non-linear movies and shows (Memento, Inception, and Damages to name a few) and managed to dig them!

So yes, I find that the format and the pacing of "The Event" to be a rather amateurish attempt to mimic the traits of a great show. And by banking on however much leftover cult audiences Lost still has and the general sci-fi aficionados, I don't think the show has long to survive. Besides, the season-long storyline could be a turn off for the mainstream audience. That's what got "FlashForward" cancelled and that's also what got "Lost" and "Damages" to lose a good chunk of their viewership in the end. You have to watch every episode in detail, miss one and the next time you're sitting in front of your TV to watch a new episode, you'll find yourself turning your head to your couch mate saying, "Huh!?" when you ask him to catch you up.

Capturing the loyalty and interests of the audiences with complex mysteries and storylines is a difficult task indeed and that is something only a few shows had achieved and managed to pull off quite beautifully. Whether "The Event" can hold a candle to "Lost" and fill up the big gaping hole in the heart of its fans or become another casualty  in the ratings war, remains to be seen. Although it would be such a shame if the show ever gets canceled since it boasts some of the best talents in television such as Laura Innes, Zeljko Ivanek, Blair Underwood, and the newest heartthrob, Jason Ritter.

The Event at the Internet Movie Database
The Event at TV.com

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