Monthly Archives: September 2008

A La Folie… Pas Du Tout

alafolie

Some time ago, they showed A La Folie… Pas Du Tout on Arts Central (the local arty/documentary channel) and I clean forgot about it. I ended up catching only the ending bit of this film which to eternity I shall regret… because I ended up watching the twist without experiencing the build up.

Last week however, I had the luck to chance upon it in a small film rental place near my Grandmother’s house and ended up borrowing to watch with my friend (we’re both Audrey Tatou fans). Watching it through the lens of someone who has seen the ending (or alternatively someone who is seeing it for the second time), I was absolutely blown away by how artfully and carefully the first half of the story was constructed. I also had the bonus of being treated to the very vocal emotional responses of my friend who was also watching the film – it helped me see how others were able to view the characters without knowledge of the twist.

In a nutshell the film is about Angélique, an art student in university. She works as a waitress in a bar with her friend Héloïse. She meets Loïc, a doctor married to a pregnant lawyer wife named Rachel, and they embark on a clandestine affair with tragic consequences for all.

A La Folie is definitely a film worth catching because it is simply so well written and filmed, the twist is completely unexpected (I fear I have ruined it a little by even revealing that there is a twist!) and everything is well explained. M N Shyamalan has absolutely nothing on this masterpiece.

Penis Pokey

I created a new category for books just to post this, because this is way too weird and awesome and just LOL not to share.


Click on the image to order your own!

Product Description:
This book contains no nudity. No profanity. No sexual material of any kind. And yet it just might be the most obscene thing we’ve ever published!

Penis Pokey is an illustrated board book with a large die-cut hole in its center. Every spread features a dazzling full-color illustration with one thing missing a banana, perhaps, or a fire hose, or a sea serpent. Male readers can complete the illustrations using the talents God has given them (Read: stick your dick into the hole).

Are we serious? Yes! Is this funny? Absolutely! Will this be a terrific hit with college students, bachelorette parties, and exhibitionists of all ages? Of course! Penis Pokey is far and away the strangest and funniest novelty book we’ve seen in a long, long time.


Your penis can be a banana! WOWEE!

Isn’t this amazing? I don’t even know what to say, hahaha.

GoJane Ugly

I swear that every almost every fashion blog has at one point or another made fun of the long suffering cheap teens and juniors clothes seller GoJane.com. It’s not so much that practically everyone and their grandmother has heard about it (American Apparel and their overpriced clothes would be doomed then), but more because for such a mass market retailer, they have shown time and time again a remarkable lack of any discernible taste or classiness.

Hopefully some of you will not have noticed that JH’s been doing most of the posting as of late. This is largely because in the space break time I was given, I maximized it by being out of the house almost everyday. As a result I touched the computer less. When I was at the computer, I ran out of ideas about what to post (though I have seen some 8 movies in the last 1 week). So here is my very sad peace offering: GoJane terror shoes.

(From extreme upper left to the right, row by row)

1. I really hate this boot. It looks like someone took an Ugg and tried to make it more feminine with the addition of lace up details. Instead it now looks like the only thing holding it together is the damn lace. The extra height of the boot also serves to make it more shapeless and sexless than before. End result: just plainly bad

2. These look like Uggs with Leopard print. I don’t actually have that much against Uggs because they are supposedly the warmest thing ever, BUT OMGGG LEOPARD PRINT. If you take a look at the lot of the shoes I’ve chosen for this post, a lot of them are animal print. I HATE ANIMAL PRINT. This hate is not born out of some misguided and mistaken tree hugger movement, but years and years of associating them with white trash and ah lians (Singaporean white trash). Plus it is just plain t-a-c-k-y. Uggs and Leopard print? URGH.

3. Red and Gold Animal Printed Pumps. It’s Red and Gold, and it’s not an hong pao (Chinese New Year Red Packet). Plus it’s got animal print.

4. Diamond cut gladiators. I personally HATE the new movements of fierce and gladiator shoes. To me these are awful. It doesn’t help that the higher cut the gladiators are, the thinner your legs have to be to carry them off. This means that 99% of the female population should not be wearing them at all. With this pair of gladiators, don’t even try thinking that you can carry them off unless you’re a US Size 0. The diamond cut out also manages to be uglier than your average gladiator as well. Verdict: so, so bad.

5. It’s canvas, it’s lilac, it’s platformed and it’s just plain badly designed.

6. ANIMAL PRINT. RED. PLATFORM. TOE CUT IN. NO!

7. I don’t actually mind the colours and basic design of this shoe. It reminds me of a spectator crossed with an oxford. But nooo, they couldn’t leave good enough alone and had to change the design to ride the new wave of ‘fiece shoes’ by cutting out the damn sides, dooming this shoe to hell forever. Such senseless cruelty.

8. These oddly coloured boots are very high, therefore making them very hard to carry off unless you’re the aforementioned Size 0. These boots are also made further worse by the inclusion of some suspiciously familiar looking crown patterns smack across the centre. URGH.

9. There is so much wrong with this shoe. It’s got random cut ins at the side, fringes splayed across the top and a cut in at the toe box. It’s also a wedge heel, which serves to make the mess more awful.

10. ZEBRA PRINT FIERCE PLATFORM SHOES. A more nightmare of a shoe could not exist out there.

11. Firstly this shoe is gold. Secondly it’s a snakeskin print. Lastly it’s got a tasseled ankle fastening. I don’t think I need to elaborate so much on why the first two make the shoe fail in my books, but the last one begs for some explaining. The thing about ankle fastenings is that it serves to make the legs shorter than they already are. Unless you’re some supermodel with legs than go on forever, this is not going to be flattering on you. Then there is the issue of the tassels. Look at how they’re hanging! They’re more liable to be tickling your feet. When you’re wearing them they will also by lying flat, eliminating the very idea of fluidity and movement which the tassels are supposed to give the shoe. Epic fail.

12. Leopard print oxfords. Again a new twist on a common trend that just comes off as pain bad.

13. These shoes creep me out. I always have something against closely arranged circular objects in an irregular pattern. This means that random polka dots creep me out, giving me shudders and sudden itchiness in random spots. Don’t ask me why, I’m odd that way. In any case these purple rhinestone shoes look like a relic from the 1980s that should have stayed in the 1980s.

14. To quote Tim Gunn, “there are too many things going on here”. What looks like an ordinary boot is actually a design disaster. There are the random buckles covering the laces, then there is the buckle covering the laced up vamp of the shoe. Then the back of the boot is mysteriously missing, and so is the toe box of the damn boot. Then the laces themselves are criss-crossed all over the place, making it a nightmare to relace I presume. There are also rivets holding in the laces an finally there is the zipper across the length of the boot. This means there is practically every garment fastening contraption on this 1 poor overladen boot. The only thing it is missing are buttons.

15. This looks like a drunk rainbow vomited on it. Then a necromancer came by and animated the mess into a shoe. I also really hate how the upper strap has some odd green blob on it, like to highlight how unbearably garish and loud this shoe already is.

16. I think if I fell down in this shoe I’d sprain something, if not breaking a bone here or there. The ankle fastenings are hideous and unflattering to the average female, then the heels are crazily high and GOLD.

17. This shoe is yet another one of those deceptive ones. This is because at first sight they look okay, then on closer examination you realise it’s missing cloth around the lace and toe box area. I don’t really understand the concept of cut ins on boots, like the bootie trends and such. It’s a damn boot. You wear it when it’s cold out – so why make random holes?! It’s a real pity too, if this boot didn’t have the cut ins, it’d look really great and Victorian style. Now it’s just an unloved mess.

In defense of GoJane however, there are some stuff I would actually buy from them. Their cheap prices are also good to the pockets of poor students like me. Some of their stuff however, is just plain wtf?!

The Coral Sea

“Something beautiful is going on in the west coast, but not the sunsets or the beaches or even the Pacific Ocean, I’m talking about The Coral Sea. Like the vast and colorful vibe the name evokes, The Coral Sea’s music, full of depth and harmony, with such a genuine quality that it could only have been inspired by quiet moments alone in the car.”

I don’t think that I could come up with a better description for The Coral Sea than that one, especially with my extremely limited vocabulary of “awesome”, “amazing” and OCCASIONALLY “fabulous”. I just regret not listening to them more earlier. I have to admit, though… Up until recently, I was under the impression that the vocalist was female. And I call myself a fan! Embarrassing, I know.

I don’t know about anyone else, but they kind of remind me of Arcade Fire with Chris Garneau-esque vocals on some tracks in their first album.

For fans of: Sea Wolf, Say Hi To Your Mom, slightly feminine, beautiful vocals

It was hard picking out just a few sample songs because every track from both of their albums albums – Volcano and Heart and Firelight – are just SO GOOD.

Under the Westway
Look At Her Face
Ancient Modern People
I Know You’ll Find A Way
More Than You Know

Also, check out their MySpace!

the girl in the big box

THIS IS NOT A PHOTOGRAPH:


Vanity by thegirlinthebigbox

My brother introduced me to thegirlinthebigbox’s (aka marlene) deviantart today and I was, quite honestly, blown away by her art, especially her pencil portraits. THEY ARE AMAZING and, man, I can only wish to draw half as well as she can. I’m not a fan of everything, especially the colourful ~kawaiiland~ type drawings she has on there, but she is definitely really talented… The above drawing is one of my favourites, as is this beautiful portrait of Asia Argento. LIKE, OMG, RIGHT?

This charming man


From The Sartorialist

This charming gentleman is officially my favourite old man right now. Now this is what men should look like!

Jackets jackets jackets

The more I type the word “Jacket”, the more it doesn’t look like a word! This has been happening to me a lot these days… Like the other day I was typing “It’s different”, and I had to pause and check it again because it just felt like it wasn’t a word, or that I had spelt it so atrociously that it didn’t look like anything anymore. Maybe I think too much? I don’t know.

ANYWAY, I really want a leather jacket. Or a bomber jacket. Or one of Fred Perry’s wonderful waxed Harringtons. THEY ARE LOVELY. Although maybe I’ll look a little, I don’t know, contrived or something. IS THAT EVEN THE RIGHT WORD FOR THIS? I am trying to expand my vocabulary here.

Yes, and the last two Fred Perry jackets in my set are men’s jackets but just pretend that they were made for women. They have almost the exact same thing for females, just smaller and shinier! I simply couldn’t figure out how to clip the images from the online store.