Review: Community Returns – Or Has It?

Feb 9th, 2013 Featured, On Pop culture incoherentboy 5 min read

Season 4, Episode 1 verdict: Three stars out of five. Judging from the missteps of the first episode, there is something missing, and in all probability, it’s creator Dan Harmon’s vision. Episode one falls far from the heights of season three, and I have to agree with the verdict of many online fans: it’s trying too hard.

Petra, Jordan: In Search of Indiana Jones

Feb 2nd, 2013 Featured, On Pop culture, On Travel incoherentboy 8 min read

It was 2010. I could see it through the tiny gap between the valley walls. It was getting closer and closer, even as the walls got more and more narrow. The sweat was pouring from my brow and down my neck to my chest, but there was a sudden spring in my step. And all because I could hear the theme music in my head: dum-der-dum-dum, dum-der-dum, dum-der-dum-dum, dum-der-dum-dum-dum.

Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Jan 17th, 2013 Featured, On Pop culture incoherentboy 5 min read

Verdict: Four out of five stars. Chilling and gut-wrenching, the tension never lets up, even though you already know the outcome. It’s all centred on a powerhouse performance from Jessica Chastain, helped by an outstanding supporting cast that includes James Gandolfini and Mark Strong.

Review: Silver Linings Playbook

Jan 13th, 2013 Featured, On Pop culture incoherentboy 7 min read

Verdict: Four out of five stars. Despite the Hollywood-ised ending, Silver Linings Playbook proves worthy of its eight Oscar nominations with a nuanced, moving and often very funny examination of not just mental illness, but the things that drive us to the brink of breakdown.

Belfast: Giant’s Causeway

Jan 6th, 2013 Featured, On Travel incoherentboy 6 min read

There are different variations on the tale of the Giant’s Causeway, but they all share one thing in common: the much beloved Irish giant Finn McCool. One version has it that he was insulted by the Scottish giant Benandonner from across the Irish sea. Enraged by the subsequent quarrel, Finn began lifting giant pieces of earth and throwing them into the sea to form a pathway for him to cross over for a showdown.

The Six Best Geek Movies Of 2012

Dec 30th, 2012 Featured, On Pop culture incoherentboy 6 min read

It’s that time of the year again, when endless lists of the best this and the worst that start circulating round and round the Internets like a dog chasing its tail. So like any ironic, postmodern hipster wannabe, and since this is a geek blog, I shall join the crowd by presenting my six best geek movies of 2012.

Review: Les Miserables

Dec 25th, 2012 Featured, On Pop culture incoherentboy 8 min read

Verdict: Four out of five stars. The world’s most beloved musical comes to stirring life in an adaptation that pushes all the right buttons. Just as with the stage version, you will laugh, cry, sing along and be deeply moved, and director Tom Hooper manages the pacing nicely too. A pity then that Russell Crowe turns out to be the weakest link with his strangled, sometime scratchy, voice that turns Inspector Javert into a less than imposing figure. Nevertheless, a tour de force.

Holiday Extras People Pics Competition

Dec 17th, 2012 Featured, On Travel incoherentboy 1 min read

This is the Holiday Extras People Pics Competition: for a chance to win 750 pounds and/or an iPad, I am posting two of my best travel photos. You can find out more about the contest here, which will be judged by travel blogger Melvin Boecher of Traveldudes.

Review: The Hobbit

Dec 13th, 2012 Featured, On Pop culture incoherentboy 6 min read

Verdict: Four out of five stars. Martin Freeman is perfectly cast, and The Hobbit is an epic, awe-inspiring tale, with sometimes astonishing CGI, that is full of heart. But it is at least an hour too long, and the much touted technology that made the film at 48 frames per second (fps) often works against the film instead. Teeters dangerously close to self-indulgence in parts.

SDCC: The Hobbit panel

Dec 2nd, 2012 Featured, On Pop culture incoherentboy 6 min read

It’s just over a week before The Hobbit, the long awaited follow-up to the Lord of the Rings, reaches Singapore. So I thought I’d add to the already feverish anticipation with my very own Hobbit experience. Here’s a recap of what happened at The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Convention in July, where I was present.

The Art Of The Brick

Nov 26th, 2012 Featured, On Pop culture incoherentboy 6 min read

Think of it as a (very) mini Legoland, one that still manages to awaken your childlike sense of wonder and awe, and at a fraction of the cost at $13. This is The Art of the Brick exhibition, now on at the ArtScience Museum at MBS, featuring 52 sculptures by the former lawyer and New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya.

Review: Red Dawn

Nov 21st, 2012 Featured, On Pop culture incoherentboy 5 min read

Verdict: Two out of five stars. Essentially the world’s longest argument for gun rights, the Red Dawn remake retains all of the paranoia, jingoism and borderline offensiveness of its predecessor, not to mention some glaring plot holes. Even a stable of hot young stars cannot do much to lift this movie out of the mire. Nevertheless, still watchable in a twisted, mindless way.