The Story of Nurul,Aishah,Cha2,AkaZukii

why can't life be much easier than this? no complications, no agonies, no worries...just pleasant....everyday, but we would not call that life now would we?

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

tiring tuesday

it's the first day of august and less than a week to finish various tidious projects before all of us; uitm students relax for a brief week of mid-semester break. and yeay, how i long for that day to come.

anyways, been watching a lot of movies last month...actually i had watched simply all the blockbuster films; new films...everything on tgv practically...was a great joy of course...and happy that i could do that, all thanks to watashi no ai-chan..redz1. anyways i was happy to watched M.Night Shymalan's new film: LADY IN THE WATER. like any of his movie; he would usually make a brief cameo/interframe...much like our local actor/director, Aziz M.Osman. But this time around, Shyamalan actually played one of the characters...the film some would call it boring, but i enjoyed it very much. started off pretty slow...and suddenly after 20 minutes; it progressed into something really interesting.

the film, which i guess must have cost a modest budget in terms of Hollywood's production scale; except for the special effects and costumes for the inhumane creatures of the dark world; it was really worthy to wacthed. it's about a "narf", named Story...who had to a make journey from 'our' world to hers; where she was destined to become a Madame Narf..someone who would inevitably changed the world. BUT it sure wasnt easy for her as there is one creature determined to hurt/kill her to ruined the 'perfect' world...

the interesting part starts when the leading character named Cleveland Heap played by Paul Giamatti, discovered 'Story' in the Cove's swimming pool. He then suspected 'Story' wasnt quite the woman she appears to be, and later learned that she was a narf from a mystical bedtime story. Cleveland believed this more, when he was attacked by one wolf-like creature when trying to send 'Story' back to wherever her home was. The interesting part was, when Cleveland tries to understand story and on the reasons why she was there from one tenant on the Cove apartment; whom apparently knows very well of the legends. And, chaos begin to sink in when Cleveland and a few other tenants tried to help Story even risking their lives to do so. And this whole story was written by the director himself. He actually concieved this bedtime story for his children when the taught came to him to film the idea. well, nuff said, lady in the water indeed was really interesting, something diff than our usual action hero movies. this movie was original in every sense. kudos to shyamalan.

then another movie that i get to watch was, Thai made film- DORM or in Thai it's called DEK HOR. but be warned, if you guys havent catch the movie, my entry contains crucial spoiler for you guys out there,sorry. (^_^) anyways, DORM is categorized as a horror flick..but after halfway through, you'll find it somewhat different than any conventional Thai horror transcend beautifully into a family movie; a story about friendship; a story about loneliness..and even, it gets comedic at some point.

DORM started off with main character named Chatree, a boy who was sent to a boarding school against his wish. As a new boy, he has no friends, school bully terrifies him with ghost stories which gets even more sordid for Chatree when he wet his bed one night just because he couldn't pee as he was scared to his bones believing that he found someone/something in the dorm's toilet. But one day, he made friends with Vicien and they make such good friends with each other. Suddenly, Chatree was all living again...he has a friend to share jokes with, play with and inevitably try to forget about home; the dad that was responsible to drag him to the a new school. In between the normal routine in any dormitary lives; you would be pleased with a few characters that crack jokes, played pranks with one another and this sorta make you ( well at least i did) reminisce your own school time. i guess any audience can easily associates with this movie.

anyways, Chatree fun abruptly ends when he discovers that his friend, Vicien, is actually the boy that died in their school like a decade ago. the boy of which his seniors keep telling to watch out for the roaming spirit that lurks in the dormitary toilets. The boy that died of drowning in the school's pool...and the boy of which his bed is now use by Chatree. As this unfolds, Chatree tried to run away from Vicien...but later he changed his mind and knew that Vicien meant no harm and was plain lonely just as he is; in need of friends. oh, by the way, no one else can see Vicien except Chatree. so like in any classic horror/spirits/supernatural theme-like movies, Chatree appears as a weirdo everytime anyone sees him talking to Vicien...and the other boys speculated that Chatree also had become like one of their school teacher; Pranee; who was rumoured to changed right after the boy's death and allegedly has something to do with the death.

But, one day; after what seem to be their first-fights as friends, Wichien was no where to be seen; and eventually Chatree found him nearby the closed-school's pool, jumping off and right into it. He eventually knows how his one friend died, but both he and Wichien was baffled as to why Wichien had to re-enact his death like everyday..on why his spirits is stuck here. gradually, Chatree found ways to help,by sedating himself with ether; and tried to rescue Wichien when he was drowning. This part was really touching and i almost shed a tear; depict a friend who's trying to help another friend who's drowning when no one else wanted to do it.

Apparently after helping Wichien, Chatree had release his spirit to leave the world in peace. It seemed that the reason Wichien's spirit was stucked there, because he was still disappointed that no one has tried to help him when he was near death. Wichien actually died because of his own stupidity initially but no one come to his aid when he needed it badly. He was pretending drowning but later his feet crammed and he wasnt able to swim for real. Pranks turned to reality and the saddest part; no friends helped it and left him alone to die. DORM seem to have an emotional impact on me much like the so-called horror movie- NANG NAK. but actually, when you really see it, it's about friendship; it's about growing up. Wonder what's really the motive of the producers to classify it as a ghost movie. perhaps, he's trying to say that sometimes, we treat others like ghost, declining their existance...ignoring them.we could hear but we couldnt see..we dont want to see. anyways, I DIG the film. IT'S A MUST SEE MOVIE!!!


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