Posted by: koolcampus | May 20, 2015

LISTEN! CAN’T YOU HEAR THE MURMUR OF MY HEART?

MURMUR of   THE SEA

LISTEN!

Can you not hear the distant sound of the sea waves clashing strongly against the rocks, crying the lonesome murmurs of my heart?

(inspired by Sylvia Chang’s art house movie “Murmurs of the Heart.”)

GHOST COINS POSTER

 THE SKY IS AN ANGRY ORANGE WITH GROWLING CLOUDS. Did you not hear the spirits howl?

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YOU DARE STEAL MY GOLD COIN? I CHALLENGE you to play THE GAME OF DEATH!

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THESE ARE NOSY KIDS lured by the get-rich scheme of deviously robbing the dead of their possessions.

COINS 2

CAN you hear the BANSHEE wail? It signifies a BAD OMEN.

COINS 3

The UNEARTHLY SILENCE of the GRAVEYARDS gives me the CREEPS.

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The SPIRITS claim yet ANOTHER VICTIM. It’s BLOODY!

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COME ON OUT! I am NOT AFRAID of YOU!

“GHOST COINS” THAI MOVIE REVIEW (2015) เกมส์ปลุกผี (鬼铜)

BE WARNED that this is a NASTY MOVIE, with its SENSELESS SPREAD of BUTCHERY AND GORE.

If blood is a subject matter that will keep you on edge, then don’t ever miss out on this film.

Basically the plot deals with karmic forces with demonic revenge returning a thousandfold, after teenage pranksters trap their bosom buddy in a graveyard, not after stealing a gold coin from the mouth of a corpse.

This group of teenagers are consumed by greed and pay no heed to deathly warnings.

A Thai belief instructs relatives to put coins in the mouths of the dead for the afterlife process.

But these stubborn teenagers even rob corpses’s money which are stuck in their lifeless mouths. The corpses are decaying and swarmed by maggots. Disgusting.

You bet revenge arrives swift and sweet, clamoring after the irresponsible culprits who are unaware they are toying with fire.

PLOT

Ton and Jack are two students who have a terrible devil-may-care reputation for producing  “just for fun” mindless video clips in which they challenge superstitious beliefs.

As their viral clips gain more views, they get bolder and increase the intensity of their pranks.

They deviously scheme to kidnap the unsuspecting Tor, Ton’s younger brother for jest, and bring him into a cemetery to avenge a wrong he’s done to Bee, a woman whom Jack is also in love with.

Ton and Jack carry out their plan.

They take Tor into the cemetery and handcuffed him to a corpse.

When the two practical jokers find a dried-up skeleton, they notice a shiny gold coin in its mouth.

Ton gets greedy and steals the gold coin – suddenly, the corpse stirs.

Ton is frightened and as he starts running, he sprains his ankle and collapses to the ground.

Tor is shocked and about to run away too, but at that moment Ton handcuffs his brother’s hand with his own.

Together, they flee for dear life as the vengeful ghost chase closes upon them.

It is sheer pandemonium for here.

Ton and Tor are forced to escape in the dark, as Jack and everyone run in different directions.

But what all of them will witness later is a real nightmare they’ll never forget – but only if they can leave the cemetery alive.

  • GENRE

    Horror

  • RUNNING TIME

    96 minutes

  • DIRECTOR

    Tiwa Moeithaisong

  • CAST

    Rhatha Phongam, Thanayong Wongtrakul, Hataichat Eurkittiroj, Namo Tonggumnerd.

        SYNOPSIS

There is a belief in Thailand which requires relatives to put coins inside the mouth of the deceased so that they can move on to the afterlife in wealth and  pomp. However, there is a group of reckless teenagers who keep stealing the gold coins from the deceased.

Consumed by their own greed, the teenagers then set out to steal from a millionaire’s corpse who had a mouthful of gold coins and their action somehow angers the dead man.

Later, the group of teenagers then encounter various horrifying situations as the spirits of the man returns to haunt them.

FOOTNOTE:

THE PROMOTIONAL PICTURES CONJURE GRUESOME SPOOKS.

None of these depicted scenes can be seen in the actual movie.

Has Thai bloody slaughter house films lost their luster?

You go guess!

RATING: 3 out of 5

LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR: GSC MOVIES 

Posted by: koolcampus | May 11, 2015

MY DOG, FOREVER MY BOSOM BUDDY,

ME and YOU and a Dog called NICO. Shall I say More?

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His name is NICO.

He’s my 1 Year-old pooch.

He has a cute pinkish nose.

“I am as sexy as BRAD ARMPIT,” he woofs.

I am sitting all ALONE on this LONG and LONELY road.

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NICO can squint his eyes to look ever-so-soulful.

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 NICO demonstrates his “pleading” look whenever he is caught doing something naughty.

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PEEKABOO, GUYS!

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I LOVE THE SUNSHINE !

NIKO STANDING

BEST WISHES for any forthcoming event, DEAR FRIENDS.

 HERE we are, Master and Pooch … ENJOYING THE CLOSENESS OF A DOGGONE JOLLY LIFE

 I love thinking, immersing myself in my chain of thoughts, therefore I am.

Rant, exploit, obsession, you name it.

I have been through them all, and still return in one piece.

Now, here’s a penny for your thoughts.

Try sitting in the middle of a long, lonely road and look far ahead.

The horizon seems limitless, unfathomable, so out-of-reach.

It’s like you are frantically stretching out your hands, trying to attain something, yet it fraudulently slips away.

It is only humane to put on that brave front,

And smile your warmest smile,

But here’s looking at  you, chum.

You can be lonesome, yes, life can be pretty lonesome for each and everyone of us.

There can be days when we have nobody to share our innermost thoughts and dreams with, not even with our closest pals.

Everyone’s  too selfishly wrapped up in his own cocoon of problems.

We are busy to “live in the moment” and appreciate the finer things in life that really matter.

Till, one day, the angel from above delivers an unexpected wake-up call.

Then, maybe – it might be too late?

TALK to your DOG.  He’s by your side.

Your DOG will never fail you.

He will listen, obey and agree with a woof and a wag.

Check this out.

Mine looks at me this morning, with wide quizzical eyes.

My pooch seems to implore, “I am DOG, master. You are MAN.”

So there’s this differentiation?

He is my friend, my partner, my defender, my DOG.

Is there a stark difference between MAN and DOG?

Both are living.

Both are breathing.

Except that MAN is the dominant master.

MAN calls the shots, shouts the command.

Aldo Kraas sums up the lot of a MAN when he laments in his poem:

“We are just a person with feelings,
And not an animal

Because we don’t think like an animal

And we don’t act the same way that an animal does.

We go out of our way to hurt others

Until they bleed …..

By telling them that we are always right

And they are always wrong.”

 

Humans are faced with all kinds of wars.

Political wars.  Religious wars.  Household wars.

We fight because we hate .

We rage because we love.

We bring stress to our minds, we bring hatred and misunderstanding to ourselves and to others, when a smile and a kind word would have worked wonders.

For the human, this is what we called LIFE.

What about the lot of an animal, the DOG?

Aaron Eckhart has his piece about Man’s best friend:

“I have a dog and sometimes I’ll be the littlest kid with my dog and marvel at his ears and his nose and how he looks at me. If he died, I’d bawl like a baby.”

Anyone who owns a canine pet couldn’t have agreed more.

One of the most loving and unconditional relationships you will ever have is with your dog.

Their sense of loyalty and devotion can be compared to no other.

In return for the companionship they provide, it is our responsibility to show them love and take care of them.

Like I say, I think, therefore I am.

Rant. Exploit. Obsession. Whatever.

It’s a doggone life.

And a jolly good one as that.

MOTHER AND SON REUNION

MOTHER DAY 2

MOTHER DAY

THIS MORNING I WOKE UP REFLECTING ABOUT MY MOTHER.

Oh heck, my mom died many years ago, after battling a long illness.
I loved my mom then, but I had taken her for granted.
I was a bad son but right until now, I still love her very much.

There’s nothing a mother would not do for her son.
Despite our myriad of arguments and irregardless of the rains and the storms, the happiness and the sorrows, I knew in the end, she would always be there rooting for me.

My mother never failed me, but I did.
I was ungrateful and uncaring, being the gawkish ingrate, I never knew how to express my feelings for her.
Today, I wish I could turn the clock backwards, if only ….

For those whose mothers are still around, please do this for me.

Go give her a hug, hold her tight and tell her that you love her very much.

There’s no greater love in this world than that of a mother for her child.

Let her know, lest one day when she’s no longer around, it’ll be far too late.

My mother had taught me how to forgive and when to let go.

If only I had known then.

Viva la, MOTHER!

WAR 1

 

KILL …. KILL ….. KILL!

 

WAR 2

Humans are faced with all kinds of wars.

Political wars.  Religious wars.  Household wars.

We fight because we hate .

We rage because we love.

We bring stress to our minds, we bring hatred and misunderstanding to ourselves and to others, when a smile and a kind word would have worked wonders.

For the human, this is what we called LIFE.

And life goes on and on ….. in a circle game.

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“HELIOS” (2015) HONG KONG Movie Review

HELIOS is an adrenaline-fuelled and action packed crime thriller that will have you on edge.

The joint directors are Longman Leung and Sunny Luk who gave us their recent much-acclaimed Cold War.

No, this is not a successor to Cold War as many followers were led to believe. The former film still work better in terms of plot and solidarity.

HELIOS (2015) finale comes smack with a cliffhanger that hints that there’s more to come with another thrilling chapter. And a brand new cast of course, since the principal actors all perished in the line of duty.

The big-time bonus is an offering of regional famous names added to the actor list, so you’d certainly get more bang for your buck.

Genre: Action crime thriller
Running Time: 118 minutes
Director-writer: Longman Leung & Sunny Luk
Cast: Jacky Cheung, Nick Cheung, Choi Siwon, Shawn Yue, Wang Xueqi, Janice Man, Chang Chen, Ji Jin-hee.

Number one wanted criminal “Helios” (Chang Chen) and his assistant (Janice Man) stole a quantity of uranium and plan to produce weapons of mass destruction. They are planning to trade with a terrorist organization in Hong Kong. Chief Inspector Lee Yin-ming (Nick Cheung) and Inspector Fan Ka-ming (Shawn Yue) lead the Counter Terrorism Response Unit of the Hong Kong Police Force. Along with Chinese senior official Song An (Wang Xueqi), Physics professor Siu Chi-yan (Jacky Cheung) and two South Korean weapon experts Choi Min-ho (Ji Jin-hee) and Pok Yu-chit (Choi Siwon), they hope to defuse a crisis sufficient to destroy the world.

With a colossal production budget of USD 20.68 million, this one is a masterly work of true depth.

The movie is big, bold and badass if you may.

Just don’t miss it!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Local Distributor : GSC MOVIES

LYDIA SUM AND DAUGHTER

 THIS IS A VINTAGE 2008 ARTICLE. It had been written to  commemorate the late LYDIA SUM and her living daughter JOYCE CHENG.

The years have rolled by, but the tearful memories remain.

Here’s a BELATED tribute to a comedian we had loved so dearly. 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY 2015!

With the passing of LYDIA SUM, her teenage daughter JOYCE CHENG now begins her courageous return to total independence.

Never easy, adjusting to the pain of heartbreak on losing a mother-cum-confidante so dear.

Not a smooth journey of healing either, but life has to go on.

It’s a known fact that LYDIA had always showered her affection for her daughter when she was alive,

and past televised clips of the famous mother-and-daughter display of adoration in public genuinely warm our hearts.

There is no greater love on earth than the love of a mother.

Isn’t it?

In her tearful eulogy to her mother, JOYCE CHENG enunciated that “Have you seen a shooting star? No? Well, they are very rare. When they appear, they are so brilliant, so bright. You are my shooting star, Mum.”

George Eliot, British novelist once wrote that ‘life began with waking up loving my mother’s face’.

I remembered vividly now that I used to defy my hapless mother during my primary school days.

I was disobedient, rebellious and headstrong and brought tons of problems to my family.

How I loathed my mother and thought of her hating me too.

But one decade later, when the business that I had set up went on a tailspin due to management chaos, and many of my so-called wonderful friends forsook me, it was my mother who stood by me.

By then, I was just too shameful and perplexed to think properly.

Didn’t someone once said that ‘a mother is a bank where we deposit all our hurts and worries’?

How true, I finally realized.

A mother’s love is like an island in life’s ocean

A peaceful, quiet shelter

From the wind, the rain, the tide,

‘Tis bound on the North by Hope.

By Patience on the West

By tender Counsel on the South

And East by Rest.

Above it like a beacon light,

Shine FAITH and TRUTH and PRAYER

And through the changing scenes of life

I find a HAVEN there.

Let us not take our mothers for granted.

Lest it is too late for regrets.

Posted by: koolcampus | April 26, 2015

TRUE FRIENDS. Easier Said than Done.

WERE YOU EVER MY TRUE FRIEND?

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In prosperity, our FRIENDS know us.

In adversity, we know our friends.

I agree with the statement that if, at the end of life, we can count on at least two people, who are friends willing to do anything for us at the drop of a hat.

And who stand ready when we are hurting or need help.

If so, then we are indeed fortunate.

We can talk with FRIENDS about every facet of life – joys, trials, unhappiness, tragedies.

We can make ourselves vulnerable to them, knowing that they will always think and act in our best interests.

Since FRIENDS and FRIENDSHIPS are so valuable, how can you acquire more?

If you go out in life looking for friends, they will be hard to find.

However, if you go out in life striving to be a friend, you will find them everywhere.

Woe is a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances in life.

Make new friends,

Keep the old,

Those are silver,

These are gold.

New-made friendships

Age will mellow and refine,

Friendships that have stood the test of time,

TIME and CHANGE are surely best –

Brow may wrinkle,

Hair grows gray,

FRIENDSHIP NEVER KNOWS DECAY.

Wise adage.

So value true friendships that come your way,

They bring rays of sunshine into your LIFE.

Friendships are like nutrients

That nourish our lives.

SO LET’S CELEBRATE FRIENDSHIP!

Here’s my all-time fave song called “ONLY FRIENDS” sung by the perennial French beauty called FRANCOIS HARDY. ENJOY!

 

LOST AND LOVE ANDY LAU

A RUSTIC SETTING IN CHINA, where this Heartbreaking and Compelling Film focusing on GRIEF and its AFTERMATH begins. Stay braced, folks!

ANDY LAU MOTORBIKE PICTURE

FATHER and long-lost SON REUNION?

LOST 2

“WELL, IT’S TIME TO DUMP YOUR OLD MOTORBIKE! It’s beyond redemption!”

LOST 3

“CAN HE BE MY LONG-LOST SON?”

LOST 4

A surpossedly FATHER’S genuine CONCERN

ANDY LAU BLACK AND WHITE

 “LOST AND LOVE” (2015) 失孤 Movie Review.

This is Peng Sanyuan’s directorial debut and she chooses a theme that tackles the dreaded subject of child-abductions in China.

With an excellent script and also, largely, to a competent cast, she succeeds in demonstrating via this film, the pains and desperation Chinese families have to go through when their children fall into the wrong hands of strangers.

She bagged Andy Lau to play the lead man of a staunch father who never gives up on hope that his son is still alive, even when the odds clearly deem it could be a futile search, after all the boy was abducted fourteen years ago when he was barely two years old.

Andy Lau is in his element in his most grungy role ever – but the film’s winning streaks are Mark Lee Ping-bin‘s awesome widescope cinematography that captures the mainland China’s magnificant, sprawling landscapes.

Teenage star Jing Boran‘s impressive performance as a youngster searching for his biological parents should earn him a cry or two.

We observe the arguments between foster father (Andy Lau) and himself as the two guys’ lives converge in powerful interlinked narratives of love and loss, history and its echoes, and of the unforeseen ways in which the past can illuminate and transform the present.

Whip out your tissues, folks!

Fourteen years after his two-year-old son was abducted, Anhui farmer Lei Zekuan (Andy Lau) is still doggedly searching the length and breadth of China for him.

Riding an old motorcycle to which he’s attached large flags bearing his son’s face and some information about him, the weather-beaten father refuses to give up on the search because, as he tells a sympathetic stranger, “Only when I’m on the road can I feel like I can face my conscience”.

It’s easy to feel for this character especially since the movie is reportedly based on a true story — there are tens of thousands of child abductions and trafficking cases on the mainland annually.

FOOTNOTE:

A RUSTIC SETTING IN CHINA, where this Heartbreaking and Compelling Film focusing on GRIEF and its AFTERMATH begins. Stay braced, folks!

RATING: 4 out of 5

LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR: GSC MOVIES

Posted by: koolcampus | April 18, 2015

LIFE is often MESSY, UNCERTAIN and UNPREDICTABLE

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from Trey Ratcliff at www.stuckincustoms.com

I LOVE THE BREAK OF DAWNS …. don’t you?

You can really feel that you are stepping into an intoxicating realm of calm, an invigorating beckoning soothing away the hurts of yesterday, and cajoling you to look forward to a brand new day. 

Life is often messy, uncertain, and unpredictable. Sometimes it’s a string of troubles that seem to never end. That’s normal.

Ups and downs are normal.

Being ill on occasion is normal.

Feeling peaceful and happy are normal.

Occasional low-energy days are normal.

According to Chinese medicine, it is accepted as natural that we fluctuate from being in balance to being out of balance.

PEACE OF MIND comes from not attaching a great deal of significance to either state.

We simply note our moods and physical states and gently move toward balance as best we can, accepting it all as part of the flow of life.

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