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Transformers 3: Third time's a chump

30 Jun , 2011,
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Poster Art

I’ll be honest. I wasn’t expecting  Transformers: Dark of the Moon to transform the franchise into anything more than spectacle, and I was proven right. T3 was pretty much the same movie as its predecessor, Revenge of the Fallen, from 2 years ago – loud, explosive, filled with shaky camera angles, canted frames and flying scrap metal bits, strung together without so much as a semblance of plot.

This big budget blockbuster plays like a music video (it’s not so much a movie) and serves up, in typical Michael Bay fashion, plenty of eye candy and little in the way of exposition.

Of course, that’s not to say that it’s a bad production. It’s actually pretty decent, if collateral damage, machismo and excessive visual effects is your kinda thing. If you’re looking for structured narrative, thought provoking dialogue, and some degree of cerebral simulation though, that’s gonna be a little on the skimpy side.

In a nutshell, T3 picks up where T2 left off.

Sam Witwicky (Shia Lebouf) is still a loser (but he’s got a medal from the President of the United States. Go figure.), still a mommy’s boy, and somehow still the protagonist.

He’s got a new girl though, and this hottie (played by model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) has been keeping Little Sammy entertained while Bumblebee and the Autobots are out doing covert robot stuff with the U.S. Army.

The inciting incident comes in the form of a not-so-subtle discovery. The Autobots chance upon information about an ancient Cybertronian ship that crash-landed on the dark side of the moon decades back. This ship, called the Ark, carried a potent device, and the ‘bots quickly set out to retrieve its contents before they could fall into the wrong hands.

Where does Sam, who’s got trouble landing a real job and QQing about his smarter-than-thou girlfriend in the first half of the movie factor into this, you might ask? Well, it soon becomes apparent that he’s being targeted by evil Decepticons, and without giving too much of the insubstantial story away, he gets dragged into the mess and has to save the world (he’s the boy of destiny after all) all over again.

As usual, Shia’s one-dimensional character is dwarfed by the supporting cast. And that’s saying something, since the characters are all walking tropes and cliches anyway. Look out for John Turturro’s Agent Simmons, which returns in decidedly flamboyant fashion, and Frances McDormand’s Intelligence Director Charlotte Mearing, who was the consummate bureaucrat.

From a visual perspective, T3’s got all the hallmarks of a $195 million production. There’s oodles of special effects oozing in every scene. In 3D, the CG is nauseatingly gorgeous. Expect glass and explosions to rain down on you from every other angle (since this is a Michael Bay film), and for the action sequences to jump (also because this is a Michael Bay film). Admittedly, I can’t say I was unimpressed with the character design for Shockwave or the tentacled monstrosity he rode in on, and my inner child actually embraced the explosions with a modicum of glee.

In conclusion, T3’s pretty standard fare where Hollywood blockbusters this century are concerned. Lots of explosions, lots of action, and hardly anything to take away after the fact (well, a couple, but I won’t spoil it for you).

It’s a passable film if you don’t care at all about story, and just want some instant gratification. Otherwise, well, there’s better things out there.

Cosfest X.1

28 Jun , 2011,
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Cosfest X.1 happened at Downtown East over the weekend, and it was all sorts of awesome.

This years incarnation of the annual cosplay event marks the tenth anniversary of Cosfest, and it was evident the organizers – Singapore Cosplay Club – pulled out all the stops this time, and that definitely contributed to making the con a rousing success.

With two venues this year – D’Marquee for the cosplay competitions and sponsor booths, as well as ComicsWorld Asia, featuring artist and merchandise booths in the adjacent D’Tent,  Cosfest promised plenty for everyone – cosplayers and Japanese pop culture addicts alike.

When I checked in on Saturday afternoon, the event was already in full swing. Cosplayers were milling about outside D’Marquee, with photographers, videographers and curious members of the public itching to get in on the action.

The highlights of the con were definitely the cosplay competitions. The Asia Cosplay Meet (ACM), which featured participants from 5 countries – Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand – as well as the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) finals for Malaysia and Singapore proved to be a visual treat.

Visitors were regaled with performances that included re-enactments from Final Fantasy VII: AC,   Star Driver, and BlazBlue for ACM, while WCS contestants  wowed the crowd with the likes of Evangelion, Super Robot Wars and .hack.

Cosfest was definitely a great time to be a cosplayer. It provided ample opportunities for hobbyists to make new friends, exchange contacts, and to create fun memories together. So thank you, organizers, for doing such an awesome job.

If you missed Cosfest X.1, worry not. There’s gonna be a part 2 later in the year. Also, keep the 7th and 8th of July next year free, because that’s when Cosfest XI happens! XD

Here are some pictures from the event. XD See if you can spot the two rogues too. XD

Photos from the stage competitions are courtesy of Knife and used with permission. Don’t forget to check out his blog for a more in-depth write-up about the stage events. XD

 

Well done, Your Highness

23 Jun , 2011,
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Your Highness - Poster Art

It’s campy, vulgar and absurd, but Your Highness – with its blend of Monty Python-esque comedy, grossly exaggerated Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) archetypes, and near ludicrous amounts of crass humor – is likely King of the Hill in this season’s geek flicks.

Directed by David Gordon Green (of Pineapple Express fame), and co-written by Danny McBride (also of Pineapple Express fame), this period comedy is an articulate romp through fantasy land that possesses a whole lot more depth than it’s initial presentation lets on.

It’s a clever subversion of Campbell’s monomyth, and as any fantasy fan worth his tropes would soon discover, an homage to everything sword & sorcery.

McBride plays Thadeous, a prince of the kingdom of Mourne. He’s a slovenly horn dog, a coward, and the polar opposite of Fabious, his dashing, golden boy brother (played by James Franco).

The ne’er-do-well’s something of a disgrace to his father, the good king Thallious, but he’s forced to man up when the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux) comes calling and spirits away ditzy Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), Fabious’s bride-to-be.

The two brothers embark on a quest to save Belladonna, and by association the kingdom, from Leezar’s evil, facing all manner of peril, including amazons, a hydra, and a minotaur. Along the way, they pick up Isabel (Natalie Portman) – a crazy warrior woman with an axe to grind – and after numerous trials and tribulations, Thadeous grows a pair and goes from leading chump to leading man.

It’s evident that the script was Your Highness’s strongest suit. The lines are tongue-in-cheek, and they come fast and loose, irreverently satirizing anything and everything about the genre. Simply put, nothing is sacred here.

That, coupled with the cast’s over-the-top presentation and hammy acting, lent further credence to the entire point of the movie – the director’s and writers’ aim was solely to entertain, and it does so without any pretensions or sensitivities.

McBride was every bit as goofy as he was offensive in his portrayal of Thadeous, while Franco’s Fabious oozed honest-to-goodness (and thus idiot) charm. Rasmus Hardiker, who played Thadeous’s spoony bard sidekick Courtney, proved surprisingly versatile, while Natalie Portman sizzled the screen with her intensity and delivery. She’s downright bloodthirsty, and doesn’t even blanch when she describes how she’d kill the ones that wronged her, and “wear their flesh as capes”.

In addition to it’s slap dash toilet humor, herpderp moments and implied homo-eroticism, the movie’s also full of geek references and Easter eggs.

Comic book lovers will notice the similarities between tubby mid boss Marteetee and the X-Men villain Mojo (as well as  his champion’s similarity to X-Men’s Longshot), while the unnamed Barbarian in a later scene  is an obvious parody of Robert E. Howard’s Conan.

There’s even a bunch of samurai in there, and Boremont’s metal hand, missing a convenient finger joint, sports a wrist blade a la Assassin’s Creed.

Ultimately, if you watch the movie closely and carefully enough, its true target audience soon becomes apparent.

Yes, it’s a movie by geeks. For geeks. And that, my friends, is Your Highness’s crowning achievement.

The critics and their highbrow sophistry be damned. Go watch this movie.

Your Highness demands it.

Cosfest Prep

21 Jun , 2011,
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Cosfest X.1 is just round the corner, and both Joey and I have been busy, busy, busy getting our new costumes ready for the event. Today, we just about finished the project – a collaboration between ourselves and our two of our close friends, so here’s a quick sneak.

Joey's Rogue Tier 1 - Nightslayer Armor

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My Tier 4 Rogue - Netherblade armor

The core costume’s mostly complete, but there’s still a bit more to go. Finishing touches, buff and polish for the pleather, and some good old fashioned accessorizing, for one. It’s going to keep us up for the next couple nights, that’s for sure.

It’s also going to be why I’ll be a little behind on the updates, at least for this week.

Until Cosfest this Saturday, everyone. Cheerio! XD

 

A Location a Week: Rail Tracks

19 Jun , 2011,
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In my previous A Location a Week article, I mentioned an alluvial, green expanse along Queensway. Now, not more than 400 meters away, tucked away at the terminus of an overgrown parking lot, is a connector to the KTM rail tracks.

1. Railroading

These tracks extend into the horizon, converging at a single point. It’s flanked by greenery – trees to the left and right, and gravel. It’s an optimal location for scenes depicting waif-like runaways, grunge fashion and emo characters, as well as a prime spot for a combat or chase scene.

2. Getting there:

This location is accessible by buses 51, 61, 93, 100, 123, 147, 153, 196, 198, 642, 855 and 961. Look out for Bus Stop Number 11021, right after Queensway Shopping Centre, and the Alexandra Fire Station . The nearest MRT station is Queenstown, and you can take bus 51 from Queenstown MRT station, from the bus stop at Exit A (to the left, exiting the control station gantry).

Once you’ve reached the area, follow the tarmac path. It navigates through an area that was formerly a car park that’s also not a bad location at all for a cosplay photo shoot, and past that, a small construction site. You’ll eventually come to a roundabout with a wrinkled old tree near it, just to the right of that is the rail track access.

Railway tracks that seem to go on forever! XD

Here's where you get off the bus. XD

You want to take a left here. It's only several meters from the bus stop.

Go through here, and follow the path to the very end.

It's geek to be green: The Green Lantern movie

16 Jun , 2011,
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Green Lantern - Poster Art

Just barely a month after X-men: First Class hit the big screens, along comes Green Lantern, arguably the most high anticipated geek movie of the year (if the Scream award was any indication).

Helmed by Martin Campbell (of James Bond and Legend of Zorro fame), and starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and Peter Sarsgaard amongst others, the Green Lantern movie is a fair adaptation of the classic DC franchise that returns, more than anything, to its campy, comic book roots. The net result is a fairly entertaining, flashy pastiche of action and adventure that’s got its share of in-jokes, self-deprecating humor, and character gaffs that geeks might find tickling.

The movie’s setup deviates from the comic books, but it’s a convincing start nonetheless. Hotshot flyboy Hal Jordon (Reynolds) is chosen by the ring of the dying Green Lantern Abin Sur to become its new wielder, and must overcome fear and his own weakness to defend the Earth against the dread entity Parallax. Hal eventually learns to control the powers of the ring, beats up egghead scientist Hector Hammond (Sarsgaard), who has the hots for love interest Carol Ferris (Lively) and a universe sized self-esteem problem, and scores the chick after.

The script is a little clunky and contrived (well, quite clunky and contrived), but Ryan Reynolds manages to sally on as the leading man. He’s witty, corny, and he’s got the kind of rubber face to pull it off, but it was really Peter Sarsgaard, in his capacity as the maligned daddy’s boy who suddenly developed psychic powers that sold the show. Sarsgaard’s performance was exceptional (aren’t all superhero movie villains these days?), with a manic intensity that rivaled Reynold’s debonair attitude, and it was a shame to see him go.

Special effects were, naturally, impressive. I would expect nothing less from a movie with a $200 million budget. Parallax, with its Cthulhu-esque appendages, was downright creepy, the world of Oa captivating (especially in its full 3-D splendor), and the funky Green Lantern light constructs were… well, funky.

My only grouse is the lack of story telling magic. It’s simply something the Green Lantern’s not quite able to conjure. While it’s able to evoke the reluctant hero who made good, it’s just not nuanced enough, and character development’s where it really falls short. I’d have loved to see more interaction between Hal and the NPCs (I’m calling them NPCs here, because they only had a couple lines) and stronger motivations all round.

All in all, Green Lantern’s watchable. Hell, it’s even marginally good for a geek flick, though I wouldn’t fork out the extra couple dollars for the digital or 3-D.

Also, be sure to stay for the credits, or you’ll miss out on some important foreshadowing.

Celebrity Cosplayer At STGCC Announced!

15 Jun , 2011,
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If you’ve been following developments about the upcoming Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention, then you’ll know that they’ve announced the celebrity cosplayer that will be gracing Singapore.

It’s none other than Kipi!

Read more about Kipi’s appearance at STGCC here. Also, don’t forget that tickets for STGCC are now on sale, and if you’d like to get your VIP tickets, scoot over to the STGCC site real quick, before they’re all gone! XD

ACM + WCS = Awesome

13 Jun , 2011,
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Singapore Cosplay Club held its Asia Cosplay Meet (ACM) and World Cosplay Summit (WCS) qualifiers at Orchard Central yesterday, as a precursor to what’s arguably the defining cosplay event of the year – Cosfest X.1.

It was an event that saw the community rallying and showing up in force to lend their support to the contestants, who rocked the stage and wowed the crowd with their awesome performances, elaborate costumes, and home-made set pieces (one performance included a smoke machine, while another featured an armor suit with strobe lights).

There were plenty of crowd pleasers amongst the ACM and WCS competitors, who brought a fair share of  skill and showmanship to bear.  It was especially impressive to note that the cosplayers sallied forth without missing a beat, despite the poor acoustics which drowned out their pre-recorded performance tracks, a tossed wig, and collapsing “portals” on stage.

Here are some highlights from the event.

 

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The Sengoku Basara group, putting on an impressive display of swordsmanship.

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The fall of the Devil King of the Sixth Heaven - and neatly choreographed too!

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The Naruto group, reeling from "Sexy no Jutsu" shenanigans.

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The Soul Calibur team - Ashlotte and Kilik duking it out.

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Here comes a new challenger - Nightmare!

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The Saint Seiya group, replete with their blessed "Cloth" and elaborate armor.

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Down goes the backdrop, but they don't even break a sweat. XD

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Oh the drama! The pathos!

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The full line-up of ACM contestants.

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Erza Scarlett and Jellal, re-enacting the scene from the Tower of Heaven arc in Fairy Tail.

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The Dragon Nest team, portraying characters from a Korean MMO that's yet to be released in Singapore.

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And finally, the Vocaloid group. Boy, can they sing and dance.

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The WCS contestants.

The finalists for ACM were Sengoku Basara, Soul Calibur and Saint Seiya, and they’ll be squaring off again at Cosfest X.1. The results for the WCS selection, too, will be released at Cosfest.

So if you’re keen to support your cosplay friends, and to bear witness to another chapter of cosplay history in the making, be sure to keep the 25th and 26th of June free!

So until next time, cheerio!

A Location a Week: Queensway

12 Jun , 2011,
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With Singapore’s heavy residential and industrial build-up, it’s sometimes difficult to find ideal locations for your cosplay photo shoots, especially areas that complement your costume.

In this new column, I’ll be featuring places in and around Singapore (with several off the marginally beaten track). Some of these places are in the heartlands and within your very own neighborhoods, such as the subject of our very first installment today.

1. Glittering Green Fields

There’s a patch of verdant green tucked away behind a lone bus stop at the very edge of the Queensway Flyover, across from the slip road into Queen’s Close.

This immaculate green space is large and spacious, with tall grass and stands of gnarled trees, as well as foliage that vanish into the skyline, creating a nice backdrop uncluttered by the HDB flats, vehicles, and the like.

It’s a great location that catches ample light during both morning and evening hours, especially the two golden periods at sunset and sunrise, and optimal for shooting characters in sylvan settings, such as elves and forest dwellers. It’d also make a viable location for period shoots, especially for fight scenes and confrontations on open grassland.

2. Getting there:

This location is accessible by buses 51, 61, 93, 100, 123, 147, 153, 196, 198, 642, 855 and 961. Look out for Bus Stop Number 11039, Block 19, as well as the marker that says Queensway Flyover. The nearest MRT station is Queenstown, and you can take bus 51 from Queenstown MRT station, from the bus stop at Exit A (to the left, exiting the control station gantry).

If you drive, there’s ample parking space at the open air carpark just inside the slip road at Queen’s Close, and the field is just across the road, accessible via a traffic crossing.

Here are some pictures of the location.

The field, in all its splendor.

Another angle.

From a height.

Here's a landmark to look out for.

Keep an eye out for this sign, especially.

Working With Styrofoam

10 Jun , 2011,
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Styrofoam is an effective material for crafting lots of props and armor pieces. I use styrofoam balls almost exclusively as the base of my shoulderpads, and it’s not entirely unheard of for cosplayers to shave styrofoam to the correct shape and size for weapons ornaments and frills, or to use expanding foam to craft the same.

While styrofoam’s fairly easy to cut and shape (all you need is a heated blade and a firm hand), applying a coat of paint to the styrofoam, or even sticking it to another piece with glue can be a real hassle. The composition of styrofoam precludes the use of conventional methods, and here’s a little science lesson why.

Styrofoam is composed of polystyrene, which is easily soluble in most chemical solvents. The propellants in spray paint cans, as well as the compounds of most liquid based paints (such as glass paint) will eat through styrofoam faster than you can say “cosplayer”. Same goes for most conventional glue products, which contain chemical solvents that prevent the glue from drying up, but has a rather nasty side effect on styrofoam.

Tough luck, you might think, but here are some  methods I’ve used, and items that have proven to be great workarounds.

1. Apply Liquid Varnish

Varnish, for the win.

You can prevent paint from eating into your styrofoam prop by covering it with several layers of liquid varnish. Personally, I prefer Amsterdam Matt Varnish, which goes for about $10 at Art Friend and most major craft stores. Brush on three coats of liquid varnish – one coat at a time, and allowing intervals for the varnish to dry.

If you’ve done this correctly, your prop should be protected by a thin, yet durable sheen that can be spray painted or glued on without hassle.

2. Use Acrylic Paint

Daler-Rowney's Cryla label is ideal for painting cosplay props.

The best way to get around using aerosol paints is to stick with good, old fashioned acrylic. I normally use Daler-Rowney’s Cryla label, which has a great finish, some really neat color combinations, and most importantly, is fairly affordable. What’s more, Cryla paints are great to use with the Dry Brush method of painting, which leaves a polished, aged look on your armor and weapon pieces.

Apply acrylic over a single coat of varnish, then varnish over when dry for best results.

3. Shellac it up

If you can get your hands on shellac (it’s available in most hardware stores), it functions the same way as liquid varnish, except you only really need a single coat to inure your styrofoam prop against the dangers of acetone and other solvents. You can also do the same with clear nail polish (couple dollars in SaSa and Daiso).

Now on to glue selection.

4. Glue as you know it

There’s only really two types of glue you can use reasonably well with styrofoam. One’s the UHU Por glue, which is foam friendly. I can’t count the number of times it’s actually saved my Warlock shoulderpads, replete with foam spikes and skulls, from falling to pieces. You can get a stick at Art Friend (about $5) or any reliable craft store.

 

UHU Por, and a very well used stick at that. XD

PVA - The alternative.

The other label is PVA Craft Glue, which is purchaseable from Spotlight for $7. Personally, I prefer UHU Por, but PVA tends to dry faster.

And there you have it.

Until next time, cosplay friends. Cheerio!