Wednesday, 23 May 2012

On licking one's own saliva...

Back in early 2008, the daughter of two famous designers in NZ said in a posh life style magazine that you "shouldn't wear cardigans unless you're 150 years old." She had started a "career" as a celebrity stylist, dressing the likes of Mischa Barton, about three years earlier so it looked like she had some credibility to denounce cardigans.

Now that cardigans have come in many variations, no longer restricted to the button-up design (which she probably associated to grannies), I wonder she's stuck to her denunciation...

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Marie et Mere

If you grew up in Indonesia in the mid 1990's (or Japan in the 1970's), chances are you remember "Rose of Versailles", Ryoko Ikeda's serialized books on Oscar de Jarjayes, the fictional personal guard of Marie Antoinette. I recently found out that in 1978 it was adapted into the big screen by Kitty Production (a child company of Toho) with an all-European cast, making it a joint production of Europe and Japan. In the lead role is British actress Catriona MacColl. The movie is called "Lady Oscar", just like the anime that was aired in Indonesia in the '90s.

After "Lady Oscar", MacColl has so far starred in indie productions, some of which are slasher horrors. Her latest appearance is in a 2011 slasher "The Theatre Bizarre", where she plays a character called Mere Antoinette. I've done my research and found no evidence that "Mere Antoinette" was named after Marie Antoinette ("The Theatre Bizarre" is indeed inspired by Grand Guignol in Paris). But whether or not "Mere Antoinette" was named after the French queen, it's noteworthy that MacColl played a character alongside "Marie Antoinette" early in her career.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Wish granted from beyond the grave...

Hey guys! Blogging from the office for the first time. I'm waiting for my two presenters Bonny Symons-Brown and Ruth Rosa to finish copy-editing today's news texts, then I can compile and insert the CG. My show is called "The Morning Show" and basically it's an English program with politics, business and entertainment news from Indonesia and beyond. If you have time, tune in to it every Monday to Friday 07:30 AM Western Indonesia time (WIB) on channel six First Media. For those outside Indonesia, the show's available for live-streaming at Berita Satu TV website.

Ads done, now news on yours truly! To keep it short, I submitted my thesis last week and am now awaiting oral defense, which will be sometime in late June. It's been postponed from April 30.

Hokay, now what I really want to blog about. You know my mild obsession with Brandon Lee...I think I've watched all the Brandon Lee videos on YouTube except the fan-made tribute ones. Recently I found this. Wonder what took me so long to search for it on YouTube...



That's Brandon's cameo part from a Swedish indie film "Sex, Lies and Video Violence." The film was shot circa 1993, but for some reasons it wasn't released until 2000. Now if you will, you can look up Brandon's interview with Paula Yates (RIP) on YouTube and see that Brandon says he'd like to "flip flop back and forth" between action, mainstream and indie movies. The interview was filmed circa January 1993, just before Brandon started filming "The Crow", which would be his first and last "mainstream" movie (by that I mean a stretch from his usual action fares.) So he got to flip to the mainstream. Seven years after his untimely death in March 1993, his only indie film was released. So his wish has been granted - appearances in action, mainstream and indie productions.

And that huge earring in the cameo! Look up a clip from his 1991 movie "Showdown in Little Tokyo", where Brandon compliments co-star Dolph Lundgren's character on his endowment ("You have the biggest dick I've ever seen on a man.") Furthermore, look up a clip of his interview in Germany where he swears at a journalist for asking about his dad. I wonder how Bruce Lee would have reacted to all this...