Saturday, May 31

Wallace led to Pistons downfall

The Celtics finally managed to do something that they have not done during the past 2 series.

The finally won away from home.

With that accomplished, they closed down the Pistons 4-2 to emerge as the Eastern Conference Champions and set a date with the Los Angeles Lakers for bragging rights as the World's Champion. Lakers earlier routed the defending champion San Antonio Spurs 4-1 where Kobe Bryant shows why he is the league MVP by carrying his team to the first finals for the Lakers since 2004.

Celtics started strong in game 6 today and led up until the middle of third quarter, where Pistons had a 10-2 run and started to pull away as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter. Just when it seemed the Pistons might be in control with a 70-60 lead early in the fourth, the Celtics scored nine points in less than 2 minutes and went on a 19-4 run that put them ahead 79-74. No thanks to Wallace.

Wallace really had a bad game. He had 5 fouls, 4 points out of 2-12 shooting with 0-6 from the three-point line, and 3 turnovers, one of them was a poor pass after a defensive rebound that turned into a basket for the Celtics.

And when they were down by 6 with less than a minute left, Wallace attempted a three which missed badly, and when Tayshaun Prince committed a turnover off a steal from Posey, it was as good as over for the Pistons.

But it's good to see Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce in the finals. They deserve to be there, after playing in the league for so many years. Garnett was with the Timberwolves for 12 years, and never made it to the finals. Allen was with the Supersonics and it was even worse there. While Pierce has been with the Celtics for 10 years now, it is the team that drafted him in 1998.

So it's going to be Celtics-Lakers finals. Boston has 16 NBA titles, the Lakers 14. Their rivalry, while most recently heated in the 1980s, goes back to the days of Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. In the 1980s, it was Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. This year, it's going to be Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce. Another history in the making, more Hall of Famers creating histories.

Whatever it is, it is definitely going to be a great finals.

Friday, May 30

Cruel Intentions

In the game of seduction, There is only one rule: Never fall in love

One of my all time favourite movie is Cruel Intentions. It is something that I can watch time and time again, and everytime, it feels like it's the first time I'm watching it. The plot is superb, with a perfect mix of satire, wit and drama. The writers really did a great job, there is never a dull moment in the movie, and the lines were delivered with perfection and grace.

While Sarah Michelle Gellar played the evil and cunning Kathryn, Reese Witherspoon was Annette, the epitome of goodness in the movie, a virgin and she upheld such moral values that shamed the Brady Bunch. Ryan Phillipe as Sebastian was as charming as ever, and witty as well as handsome, a potent combination to any girl out there. Of course he can be easily mistaken as swinging on the wrong side, what's with his golden curls and red cheeks. Not your typical macho bad boy with long hair and unshaven face.

The soundtrack for the movie was sublime, with songs from Placebo, Counting Crows, Craig Armstrong and my favourite, The Verve. You can't help but feel for the characters as the songs compliment them at the right moments.

There are many scenes in the movie that I love, but the one scene that really took my breath away was the one when Annette was on the escalator, and as she moved up, Sebastian was standing and waiting for her at the top. And to add perfection to the moment: Colorblind by Counting Crows was playing in the background.

Annette: I'm impressed.
Sebastian: Well, I'm in love.

And then they kissed with so much passion that it looks like they were trying to eat each other.

And of course there was the part where Kathryn kissed Cecile to let her feel what first base is all about.

But I think Kathryn has the best lines in the movie. Don't believe me? Here are some quotes to proof my point:

Kathryn: She's quite cute, you know. Young, supple breasts, a tight, firm ass... uncharted booty... Be her Captain Picard, Valmont. Boldly go where no man has gone before.

Kathryn: I hate it when things don't go my way. It makes me so horny.

Kathryn: Eat me, Sebastian. It's okay for guys like you and Court to fuck everyone but when I do it, I get dumped for innocent little twits like Cecile. God forbid I exude confidence and enjoy sex. Do you think I relish the fact that I have to act like Mary Sunshine 24/7 so I can be considered a lady? I'm the Marcia fucking Brady of the Upper East Side, and sometimes I want to kill myself. So there's your psychoanalysis, Dr. Freud. Now tell me are you in, or are you out?

Kathryn: You were very much in love with her. And you're still in love with her. But it amused me to make you ashamed of it. You gave up on the first person you ever loved because I threatened your reputation. Don't you get it? You're just a toy, Sebastian. A little toy I like to play with. And now you've completely blown it with her. I think it's the saddest thing I've ever heard.

Kathryn: Tastes good. So I assume you've come here to make arrangements, but unfortunately, I don't fuck losers.

Kathryn: Sebastian, that little wager you mentioned earlier. Count me in.
Sebastian: What are the terms?
Kathryn: If I win, then that hot little car of yours is mine.
Sebastian: And if I win?
Kathryn: I'll give you something you've been obsessing about ever since our parents got married.
Sebastian: Be more specific.
Kathryn: In English, I'll fuck your brains out.
Sebastian: What makes you think I'll go for that bet? That is a 1956 Jaguar Roadster.
Kathryn: Because I'm the only girl you can't have, and it kills you.
Sebastian: Put it away
Kathryn: You can put in anywhere.
Sebastian: [Bites his lip] You've got yourself a bet, baby.

But the best bit of the movie, is of course, the ending. Sebastian died, Kathryn was exposed, and Annette got the 1956 Jaguar Roadster. It might not be a happy ending, but it's definitely a good ending.

Sebastian charming himself into Annette's panties

Thursday, May 29

Interlude (6)

She was in my dreams last night.

I have not seen her for more than 10 years. In fact, I have not been in contact with her for that long too. The only face I still remember is from an old photograph, and I have no idea how she looks like nowadays.

Yet, I know it was her last night.

I only remember her thick and wavy hair in the dream. The rest was a big blur, and I have shady images of her face in my mind. But her presence was so strong that I woke up looking for her.

But all I found was myself alone in bed.

Ezora is not the new Bella

After a grueling 60 episodes, Bella finally met her doom when she succumbed to her death just before gaining her revenge over the three stooges. She was cackling madly, and gloating over her victory while babbling incoherently and at the same time, pouring some gasoline over her captives. With a lighter ready in hand and a gun in the other hand, she managed to make them begged for their life, and just before her moment of glory, she dropped to the ground, paralysed from the waist down, and if that wasn't the cue, the whole gang burst out into the screen, I mean into the room.

With her final breathe, she told her husband that she loved him, even after what he did to her.

The end.

And I can't believe I stayed on for 60 episodes. I know I can be addicted to TV, but never to this kind of dramas. And I tell you, there were plenty of dramas along the way. Too much for me to handle, come to think of it. But stayed I did, and when it was over, a huge sense of relief washed over me. Never again will I commit myself to such arduous task. To rush home from work early, and stayed glued in front of the TV at such hours, just thinking about it send shivers down my spine.

Overall, Bella wasn't that bad. The storyline was a bit flawed, but acceptable. Some of the characters were just redundant, but the lead characters were superb. I would have preferred another ending, where the bad guys get burned (but not dead) and Bella didn't die but lose her mind and had to be admitted to the mental hospital.

Don't you think that would be a better ending?

Anyway, now that Bella is over, another drama is filling up its spot, and from the look of it, I'm glad it sucks because that means I won't be glued to it. Okay, I admit, I saw a few episodes already, but that was purely because I am so used to be watching TV at that hour. But now that I know it is not worth my time, I won't be watching it anymore.

Yes, Ezora sucks. Simply because she is engaged to her long-time sweetheart, who went to the city to work and somehow got engaged to another woman (who is rich and also a bitch). So now the guy is juggling between two fiancees, and I think he is planning to marry both of them.

Well, I'm not going to stay and find out how this will end. But if you do, let me know. Simply because I'm just curious.