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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Aliens versus Predator 2

Just finished watching the movie at TGV in 1 Utama (it was very esy to get tickets at TGV these days -- we didn't even need to queue up whereas we would have to queue for almost an hour for tickets at GSC). The three of us (Jude, Wei Loong and myself) had no plans for Christmas eve, so we ended up watching the movie.

AvP2 takes place immediately after AvP1. 5 minutes into the movie, the predator ship crash lands back to Earth. How the spaceship crashes is a bit stupid... As with the earlier movie, the humans have 2 roles in this movie - as the incubator and then as body count. Like the Malay saying: Gajah berlawan, kancil mati di tengah.

This time around, I noticed the movie is a bit dumbed down. There's no brilliant plot. No new insight into the Alien or the Predator. It is purely a mindless action movie. But it's still nice to watch the two icons trash it out.

But seriously, I think the movie would have been better if it took place without humans. Common, its 'Aliens versus Predator' and not Aliens, Predators and Human: The Three Way War. If I had it my way, I would have preferred that the fight took place on the predator spaceship or maybe even on the Predator home planet. I guess they needed human for at least role #1: Incubator. I don't think the Aliends would last even 5 minutes of Predator's home planet.

Speaking of movies, a few months back, I mentioned about making a movie based on Robotech aka Macross. I was not too far off... It seems Toby Maguire (yes, Spiderman), is set to produce the Robotech movie. There's even a Voltron movie in the making! Robot movies are the IN thing now!

And speaking of robots... If you have noticed, prices of the Transformers toys have gone up since the movie was released. I have seen some toy collectors buying a few sets a year before the movie and making hundreds for each unit. Maybe I should stock up on Robotech toys now...

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On 12/26/2007 07:47:00 AM Blogger Plain Ian said:
hi...a bit late, but merry xmas and also a happy new year to you. i agree with you, avp2 is bad...really bad...highly NOT recommended. nice to meet you :P
On 12/26/2007 09:12:00 AM Blogger Taikor said:
Some time ago, I relived my childhood fantasy. Other than re-watched Transformers, I also watched Robotech. However, after episode 2, I stopped following the Robotech story.

If they have to make a movie on Robotech, they'll have to be creative and not follow the original storyline.
On 12/27/2007 10:25:00 PM Blogger Phenom said:
Woi..haven catch the movie leh...spoiler..hahahaha

Ya.. but I seriously think they should skip the Zentradeee.. and move straight to Invid Invasion.. yumm..
On 1/02/2008 10:42:00 PM OpenID blusher said:
Happy New Year, Atai. May this new year be a great one for you and your family.

Eh, the movie really that bad ah? Was thinking of watching it, but now, maybe not. Thanks dude for the info!
On 1/03/2008 06:02:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
blusher... its not that bad... its just not that good. :)

its watchable. you get the usual fight between the two icons. but just dun expect a really good story.

its like watching wrestling... actually, can't use wrestling since these days, there are 'storyline' there... like takeover of WWF/ WWE or whatever they call it now...
On 1/03/2008 06:03:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
phenom... where got spoiler la... what do you expect? the humans to come out as heroes?!?

the title is Aliens Vs Predator NOT Alien vs Predator vs Human. :)










Monday, December 17, 2007

3 times in 3 months at rm3k

That's how many times my car has been into the workshop and how much its cost me...
*sigh*

I'll never get another Proton unless they get sold to Volkswagen and all their cars have a VW logo after that.

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On 12/19/2007 11:26:00 AM Blogger anttyk said:
I feel your pain bro. I made that promise 3 years ago...
On 12/23/2007 12:04:00 AM Blogger Taikor said:
Wahlao eh, sell the car leh, wey. I sold my Proton Saga years ago after it got problematic almost every month! It really got on my nerves to get it fixed all the time.
On 12/23/2007 06:11:00 PM Blogger Phenom said:
Ya...go get a Vios la... hahahhaa....
On 12/25/2007 01:00:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
no enuff money for new car... :(










Saturday, December 08, 2007

Hulu

Recieved this email today:
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Hello from the Hulu team!

We wanted to thank you for your interest in our private beta. Starting today, you can use the following temporary login and password to access http://www.hulu.com.
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About a week or two ago, I registered to be a Beta tester. Naturally, I was overjoyed to be given this opportunity. Oh wait... What is Hulu, you asked? From Wikipedia:
Hulu is an online video on demand service that is also expected to offer video sharing.[1] The service is a joint venture of NBC Universal and News Corp.
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The service offers full-length episodes of NBC and FOX television programs, including shows from the Bravo, Fuel TV, FX, Sci Fi, Style, Sundance, and Oxygen channels. Hulu also offers selected movies while also accepting user-submitted videos in direct competition with YouTube.

So I quickly went to the site, signed up with the temporary password, changed the password and then started to browse for the videos. My joy was shortlived. Everytime I clicked on a video, I got this message:
Unfortunately, this video is not currently available in your country or region. We apologize for the inconvenience.

WTF?!? Aiyah, I discovered later on that this service is only available to users from US. They never mentioned that during the Beta signup... So sad...

Wikipedia had this:
Hulu's slogan of "anywhere, anytime" has drawn criticism from users, because content on Hulu is currently only available to users in the United States. Users of the beta are shown the following message when accessing the site outside of the United States: "Unfortunately, this video is not currently available in your country or region. We apologize for the inconvenience".

Hulu claims on its FAQ page that it is working on making its content accessible worldwide. This requires clearing the rights for each show or film in each specific region, a lengthy process.

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On 12/14/2007 12:22:00 PM Blogger anttyk said:
Haha. Happens to me all the time. "Sorry the offer is valid for residents of the US only."

PS: You have been tagged.
On 12/25/2007 01:02:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
sad la... living in Malaysia... almost always we get things so late... :(

tagged? ya, realised that. will do it soon... :)










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