Saturday, December 10, 2011

Review: The Ides of March

Two words: Ryan. Gosling!

Forget his charms in Crazy Stupid Love or Drive. This is the real deal if you want more of Gosling's charismatic performance.

The Ides of March is about Steve (Gosling) who worked as a campaign officer for Senator Morris (George Clooney) in the upcoming Presidential election in US. Somehow he endured several events that challenged his credibility and loyalty to the campaign. Co-stars include Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and others.

A good politics-drama flick. Clear to digest and superb performance by Gosling. Oscar nomination for sure!!! I rated it 4/5 stars!

Free Download: Anthony Green - Moon Song (acoustic)

Anthony Green is back. He'll be releasing his second solo album soon. Here's a free download of his song, Moon Song in acoustic version, which is available at http://anthonygreenschildren.com/preorder/

Go Green!

(that is his wife in the cover art. Damn... lovely supportive wife)

Paramore - In The Mourning

Paramore released new song called 'In The Mourning' which is soo beautiful to my ears =) Listen it here

(And I love love the cover above! That is sexy.)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Chris Carrabba - Covered In The Flood EP

Got 4 cover songs. Download it for free at Dashboard Confessional's website

I've listened to it. Great! Love love the first track, I'm in Love With a Girl. Overall, this EP sounded country and not the usual DC tune. But it still rocks because it's goddamn Chris Carrabba!


Monday, October 31, 2011

Movie Reviews: Retreat, The Veteran & Another Earth

1. Retreat

Plot: It's about a married couple who went to an isolated island for a retreat because of a family tragedy. Then, they met a stranger on the island who was only making it the worst retreat ever for them.

Two things that seduced me to watch this; Cillian Murphy and Jamie Bell. In the end, I am pretty disappointed. The story was there but it was poorly told. Twist after twist after twist didn't help too. No suspense at all. Maybe it is Cillian Murphy's worst character, so far? But Jamie Bell was quite edgy and great. 2.5/5 stars.

2. The Veteran

Plot: Ex-soldier came back from war and suddenly got involved in a hidden war at homeland.

Toby Kebbell was good but the movie was flat and boring. Uninspiring like other intelligence thrillers. 2/5 stars.

3. Another Earth

Plot: Ex-prisoner tried to 're-boot' her life by joining a contest which could won her a trip to another Earth. At the same time, she was seeking a hard way to apologize to the sole victim of her past mistake.

I love it!!! A sci-fi, but not really a sci-fi. There were more than that (I thought of last year's Monsters.) Brit Marling was excellent as Rhoda. Simple, terrifying and moving. Beautiful cinematography and score too. 4/5 stars!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Personalized Mylo Xyloto Artwork

How I wish it has 3-alphabet initial so I can make it ASA (my full name) Make your own at http://coldplay.com/mx.html =)

Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto out next week!


Best 10 Sets of International Acts I've Ever Experienced

...so far.

10. The Mars Volta (2011, HK)

9. MGMT (2011, Kiara Indoor Arena)

8. Jason Mraz (2009, Stadium Negara)

7. The Used (Rockaway Fest 2011, Bukit Jalil)

6. Incubus (2011, Stadium Negara)

5. Placebo (2010, KL Live)

4. Kasabian (MTV World Stage 2009, Sunway Lagoon)

3. Story Of The Year (Rockaway Fest 2011, Bukit Jalil)

2. Red Hot Chili Peppers (2011, HK)

1. Switchfoot (2007, KLCC)

Can't wait for next year's Rockaway Fest in Sept and Dashboard Confessional in Feb!


(credit to all who own the photos =) )

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Miles Kane - Colour Of The Trap

This album rocks! Listen to Come Closer, Rearrange, My Fantasy & Colour Of The Trap.

...and Inhaler!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Movie Review: The Tree Of Life

The Tree Of Life is not for everyone. I found it hard to understand or like it for the first hour. It's kinda like that colorful sequence in A Space Odyssey: 2001 but this time it ran an hour long. Endure it patiently or you might sleep or stop watching. But of course, if you're looking for visual treatment, you'll be fine.

Once the movie moved on to the scene of little Sean Penn was born, I sighed a relief. This is the part that moved the movie, in my opinion. It portrayed Brad Pitt's family, beautifully; emotions and all that. Jessica Chastain as Brad's wife and mother of the three children was so amazing. Her angelic face and charisma throughout the movie were believable and... unbelievable! The main story is about the eldest son's relationship with his father and how he lived through his adolescence years.

All in all, it's the balance of visual stuffs and the story itself. Yes i found it hard to understand at first but slowly, it turned out to be a beautiful watch. Be it for the eyes or movie goers. But not for the impatient ones.

3.5/5 stars

A Very She & Him Christmas

I heard that Baby, It's Cold Outside will be in it. Yeah!!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

TBS & Circa Survive Tweeted My World!

Two of my favorite bands!!!

Now I'm hoping this could somehow, anyway, someday, anyhow, bring their attention to Malaysia. Come here, guys!!!! =DDDDD

Movie Reviews: Everything Must Go & Midnight In Paris

It's an emo melo-drama about Will Ferrell's character who lost his job and on the verge of divorce all happened in a day. I found it quite interesting to see Will Ferrell could pull a non-comedic performance like in this. Swept away Ben Stiller (Greenberg) and Adam Sandler (Reign Over Me). Lots of business stuffs you can learn, too. 4/5 stars!

It's about Gil (Owen Wilson) visiting Paris with fiancee (Rachel McAdams) to find inspiration on his new novel. Then, crazy things happened to him at midnight. The movie was quite moving and entertaining. This is where you can find Carla Bruni, Pablo Picasso, T.S. Elliot, Michael Sheen, Loki, Marion Cotillard, F. Scott Fitzgerald, rhinos etc. all in one movie. And the ending was similar to 500 Days of Summer's. Tres Bien! 4/5 stars

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mutemath - Blood Pressure

Mutemath is back! I love 'Typical' and its music video. Click the picture above to listen to their new song called Blood Pressure=)

(tekanan darah?)

Cool MV: Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See

Matt Helders is da man!!!

Batman: Arkham City - The Album

Track listing:

1. Panic! At The Disco - Mercenary (click for the song's preview on AltPress)
2. Coheed and Cambria - Deranged
3. The Duke Spirit - Creature
4. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Shadow On The Run
5. Blaqk Audio - Afterdark
6. The Raveonettes - Oh, Stranger
7. ††† (Crosses) - The Years
8. The Damned Things - Trophy Widow
9. Daughtry - Drown In You
10. The Boxer Rebellion - Losing You
11. Serj Tankian - Total Paranoia

*Bonus Collector’s Edition track
12. A Place to Bury Strangers - In The Shadow

The album will be released on October 4th, 2011. So gamers and fans... =)

(source: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34276)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Inception & Transformers/Terminators Fake Trailer

Made both mashed up trailers because I'm bored. Enjoy=) Feel free to comment.

Review: Warrior

This is one movie you should watch, guys! MUST WATCH!!!

This is not a typical sports movie, where you know from the very start that the good guys/heroes always won the game in the end. But Warrior had two protagonists, Brendan and Tommy. Both were brothers and each of them got their own motive to win the mixed martial arts tournament. Both of them got an equal exposure and story, and it made it hard for you to be longing for only one of them.

The first half of the movie was heavy of family drama. But at the same time, it built up a perfect and strong foundation for the second half; the tournament and all those fighting and ass-kicking. So, everything is balanced here.

K.O, biatch!

The father of the two brothers, played by Nick Nolte, was my favorite character. He shown terrific and believable emotions when facing his trouble with his boys. I bet he will get a nomination for Best Supporting Role in any award. I am sure of that! Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, on the other hand, were absolutely brilliant! Tom Hardy keeps getting better (cannot wait for him in The Dark Knight Rises!) and Joel has earned his breakthrough he really deserves.

Daddy's looking for redemption.

Finally, the tournament at the end of the movie has left me breathless. Really! You should watch it in cinema for a better impact. Warrior is surely one of the best movies I've ever watched. Erm... the best of this year? YES!!! So far.

5/5 stars.

Bane vs physics teacher.

Themed Playlist: Drive

Play these 6 songs accordingly and you have a set of songs that could mess with your peace or menyemakkan lagi otak anda yang bercelaru. Or fit in perfectly when you speed-drive on the highway in the middle of the night. Enjoy=)

1. Kavinsky - Nightcall

This song was played during Drive's intro credit. Man, it was perfect! It set up the mood for the entire movie. Retro-style!

2. CSS - Art Bitch

These Brazilians' work will truly screw your head up.

3. Freeland - Wish I Was Here

Time for a breakdown. This might ease your otak celaru. A bit.

4. Psychic Babble - Five Fold Kiss (Don't Sleep)

Psychic Babble is Circa Survive's guitarist's side project. That explains the familiar sounds of CS.

5. Digitalism - Miami Showdown

The title itself describes the entire song.

6. Kings Of Leon - The End

This is the first song from their latest album but I put it in the end of this playlist as meant to be so, IMO. Driving blues listening to this.

Fasten your seat-belt first, mofos!


Thursday, September 15, 2011


I decided to blog again. The hell...

I blogged before about my life and my views on something, politics bla bla bla. But now I feel tired to post about that stuffs.

So, I dedicate this blog to all music listeners and movie-goers. This blog is just about music and movies (both are my life.) They are the ones that are keeping me sane and alive and kickin'. So why not I keep sharing these interests with all of you, like I did before. Will share with you new songs, bands, music videos, movie posters etc. And would review some new movies I've watched or album/CD. from time to time. And other shits...

Finally, I would like to announce that I'd changed the name of this blog from MyWasteland (now I'm older enough to realize it's such a kiddy blog name) to...

...DRIVE! Well, that's the movie which influenced me to blog again. Such a great movie (ryan Gosling, dude!) And it got cool soundtracks, 80s like, that you should hear sometimes. I will post about it later=)

Selamat Hari Malaysia =)