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  • Sunday, April 13, 2008
    The End?
    I wouldn't say this was the end. It never ends. You never know when I will be back :) *winks*

    So random quote of the day (non-TVB):
    Doctor: How long are you going to stay with me?
    Rose: Forever

    As well a random download associated with the above show
    [Rose Theme | Doctor Who]

    Oh for all the people asking to exchange links, I'll get them up soon enough. Sorry?

    Hey if anyone has livejournal, feel free to contact me over there. I'm toomanysides (yes, my name has shortened over these years!)
    posted by toomanysidesofme @ 12:39 AM   3 comments

    Friday, September 21, 2007
    Happy Birthday Sid!

    My fellow blogger and friend Sidney, turns _ _ (not going to say but I'll tell ya she is a grandma!) Anyways I just want to wish her a happy birthday, because she is one of the coolest and nicest person one can ever meet! (except her evil twin, whom I haven't seen in a while). Congrats!
    posted by toomanysidesofme @ 8:07 PM   0 comments

    Friday, July 27, 2007
    Stepping in and out of the TVB fandom
    I mean no negativity when writing this post

    Really its been almost a year since I actively participated in the TVB fandom. I haven't posted much since. I got caught up in other fandoms, life got really busy... and I just didn't feel like it. Strange.

    So I come back, now. And much has changed. You have new forums popping up, older ones dying, renewal of dying ones. Its like a new atmosphere. (Also I wasn't aware that a new policy was implemented at AF, hence demoted to newbie :P) Anyways, I find myself a little lost in this world. The main blogs are up, some died off... similar to mine. But it seems like a hundred popped up in it's place. All trying to promote themselves though the network of blogs. Affiliate yourself with established sites to launch you blog. Hey I did it and prob the only thing that had gotten this site a steady flow of hits while it was wasting away.

    I'm glad that Asia, Sid, Metal, Sehseh's sites are still alive and kicking. Em and her return to translating, along with Jayne (even though she had a setback, best of wishes to her) have kept me somewhat up to date on pressing TVB news during my hiatus.

    posted by toomanysidesofme @ 9:58 PM   0 comments

    Wednesday, July 25, 2007
    TVB the unorginal- DOL subtheme
    We all know TVB "borrows" many of their ideas from others. While no idea is ever completely original in the entertainment world, TVB is pretty blatant in "borrowing".

    Anyways recently I came across Raymond's Drive of Life subtheme MV. Bernice Liu also stars in the video.
    Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
    Title: 愛在記憶中找你 /Love searching for you in memory
    Singer: Raymond Lam
    Download- [Mediafire]

    Pretty much as soon as I watched it I recognized the basic plot of it. MV is pretty much a condensed version of Korean
    film Il Mare/America remake The Lake House. While I did not see Il Mare, I do know there is a *spoiler warning* highlight to read ["accident", where one of them is hit by a bus ].

    This is where I was absolutely convinced it was a rip off. Because the whole corresponding though magical diary? Not so new, therefore forgivable, but the fact [ one of them died ] the same exact way? Eh... that's pushing it.

    Pic is Spoilerish [link]

    Anyways, I like the song.
    Lyrics and MP3 dl @ sehseh's blog
    posted by toomanysidesofme @ 11:36 AM   1 comments

    Saturday, March 17, 2007
    When Fandom collide
    Bones vs FH

    I hope that everyone knows by now that Bones, a American show on FOX, is by far my favorite show on TV right now. Now I keep US shows apart from TVB series, because comparing them is just unfair, one trounces the other in terms of quality. This isn't exactly the issue. My favorite TVB series of last year is Forensic Heroes.

    Bones' latest episode features Dr. Brennan, who has a new mystery novel that had just come out and immediately becomes a bestseller(again). Brennan along with her partner Agent Seeley Booth, get a cases were a body is tied to an anchor, wrapped around red tape, and fed to the opportunistic Crabs. Why is this important? Because that is exactly how Brennan wrote it in her latest novel 'Red Tape, White Bones'. Though she denies that it has a connection with her book, it obviously does. One huge problem, there are two other murders in the book.

    This might seem very familiar to those who saw Forensic Heroes.

    • Brennan and Sam both write mystery novels including specific ways that the person is disposed of.
    • Their murders are acted out, in exactly the same way that it is in the Book.
    (spoilers for both from now on)
    • The killer(s) were huge fans of the author and were members at the chat room on her book discussion site.
    • Obsessed fans were huge part of the episode (oh me Oliver was back, oh how I missed your creepy ways)
    • Both Brennan and Sam feel guilty about these killings, and are on the cases to find out who is doing this. They both are emotional during this time.

    There was actually a twist at the end of 'Bones' instead of a typical serial killer, copy cat, there was three separate killers who took part in this scheme. Killing each other's target, so that even though they were the primary suspect, they had airtight alibis. They had met on Brennnan's book discussion chatroom.

    I had found Forensic Heroes' plot way too
    cliché, it was the typical obessive fan. While Bones had that too Oliver, who previously appeared in the pilot of the show, he was eliminated as a suspect when Brennan backhand him, breaking his nose for trying to get too close to her. Yeah he faints at the sight of blood, go figure. I was so realized that he wasn't the killer. This is where I realized that it was three separate killers, which later was revealed to be the three main suspects in each of the killings.

    The killings themselves where so interesting. Forensics Heroes, Sam had pretty distinct killings in his novels (I don't remember most of them unfortunately). So did Brennan, where each were each were killed, them fed to various animals (crabs, rats, and fire ants). The last killing was someone that they knew.

    In Bones they had talked more about the Book, where one of the squints (lab geeks under Brennan) Hodgins, a conspiracy freak, talks about the symbolism in her books. All the victims were corrupt bureaucrats (red tape that bound them) who have been eating away at the people, so in return are eaten away by animals. Basically gross killings with a splash of social commentary). Plus there is alot of relationship stuff in their too, and Brennan's colorful sexual imagination. Which was just briefly mentioned.

    While Forensics Heroes had many episodes to unfold the mystery. Bones had only one single episode. I had figured out FH's mystery rather quickly, I had pegged her as odd in the beginning. When the killing started, I knew it was her. Bones I was so unsure of myself. I'm usually great at solving these cases, because I used to watch tons of this stuff (I've dropped CSI for years though). They threw a curveball. On Bones the cases aren't its strong point and aren't a huge part of the show. Its about the chemistry between the leads, and the whole cast. I really liked this case, plus going back to Brennan being author Brennan is kinda awesome and Brennan-ites.

    I like how Bones features the science better, and also the Squints (the people in the lab) as a huge part of the show. And is allowed to feature humor, in the most gloomy of situations. Hodgins cracks a joke about a rat who ate a bullet. When Angela ask why can't they let nature take its course. He replies 'Do you have any idea how tight a rat's rectum is?', Angela: 'Please don't tell me you do'. Oh the flirting over disgusting things.

    Conclusion: While the plots and many elements are very similar. It was purely coincidence that they are so similar, but they end up very different.
    posted by toomanysidesofme @ 10:53 AM   0 comments

    Sunday, February 04, 2007
    Jessica Hsuan Refuse To Film
    Raymond Lam Was Late; Jessica Hsuan Refuse To Film
    source: Orisun
    translated by: Vickie @ The Beehive

    TVB and CCTV's new production, the 60 episodes "The Legendary Era", is trying to air by July of this year to celebrate the 10th year of reunion, so the filming has continued without stopping. However, it was said that Raymond Lam, who is being promoted, was always late. One of the crew workers said that the day before he was so late that Jessica Hsuan left angrily after waiting for a long time. This made the executives had a talk with Raymond and made sure the filming can continue smoothly.

    TVB's new series, "The Legendary Era", has Charmaine Sheh, Myolie Wu, Jessica Hsuan, Raymond Lam, Ron Ng, and Joe Ma, etc as its cast. Raymond who is main in the series was rumored that he was always late, and the co-worker revealed that he was late the day before, causing Jessica, who was always on time, refuse to film.

    When Raymond was asked about this, he first claimed that he hasn't been late for a while, but explained afterwards, "This is a grand production of 60 episodes, and it requires half a year to film. Every actor has the chance of being late, but this is a serious production, and we're working with so many elders, who would want to be late? Maybe our timing didn't quite match, and as an actor, we try our best, however, there still might be small mistakes."

    Raymond also denied that he got scolded by the executives, and when he was asked if he had any problems with Jessica Hsuan, Raymond answered, "We are fine. We used to have the same manager, and we are like brothers and sisters. Jessica treats me really well. "

    When Jessica was asked if she left and refused to film because of Raymond, she replied shockly, "What? I don't want to mention about this; I don't want to cause trouble. (Was Raymond late?) There's always problems during filming, I don't want to say a lot. (Will you feel awkward filming with Raymond?) No, we are fine, we don't have problems working together." The producer Poon Ka Duk didn't reply before the article was released.


    From responses I feel like there is truth to it added in Raymond's reputation for being late often and Jess's nature to be punctual. I doubt that she would hold something against him for long, but I wasn't there, I don't know Jess, *shrugs*

    We all know how the Jess-Maggie thing started out... *or so the sources say*

    What's with people being late? I find it very unprofessional, no matter how busy you are.
    posted by toomanysidesofme @ 2:22 AM   0 comments

    Saturday, January 27, 2007
    Dicey Business Review: Part one

    Kiu Jing Chor (Michael Miu) is a successful CEO of a casino called Onisac, who has worked very hard to earn his fame and money that he has now. His life is the opposite of his adversary Chai Foon Cheung (Bobby Au-Yueng). Ah Chueng has nothing, running away from his past (losing his brother) he ends up in the Philippines were he coincidentally runs into Chou Fok Ying (Benz Hui). With the help Ah Chor and Ah Ying, he is able to get his life back together. And the three become the best of friends.

    With the introduction of Lee Ching Wan (Jessica Hsuan), an addicted gambler, she complicates everyone’s lives in many ways. Ah Chueng find his long lost brother who coincidentally is Ah Wan’s tenant back in Hong Kong.

    When things start to turn against Ah Chor, he starts going down a dark path. A path that he himself is not able to turn back. He loses everything, his love (Ah Wan), his friends (Ah Chueng and Ah Ying), money, fame. While Ah Chueng gains everything that he used to have, including Ah Wan.

    He gambles his life away trying to gain back what he loses, only to further go down the wrong path. In the world of gambling, there is always someone that loses.

    Cast List
    Chai Foon Cheung (Bobby Au-Yueng)
    Kiu Jing Chor (Michael Miu)
    Lee Ching Wan (Jessica Hsuan)
    Cheung Loi Fu (Bosco Wong)
    Kiko Chung Chui Yee (Tavia Yeung)
    Chou Fok Ying (Benz Hui)

    Overall Cast:
    I’m not going to individual critique of the main cast because I felt that everyone did a standup job. Impressive for the standards of today. Where each series contains that weak link, and filled with inexperienced cast.

    The trio Bobby Au-Yueng, Michael Miu, Benz Hui, truly stole the show with their talent and experience. Who said men can’t cry? These three prove that they can. I forgot I was watching a series… I truly felt all the emotions all the characters were feeling.

    What I loved:
    Benz Hui- He stole the show at the end. Plain and simple. His character was so sweet, and so unselfish. He was a simple guy, a friend that every one would like to have. He was a mediator between his friends, taking both sides. No matter what anyone said, he would stand up for them even when things looked grim. His simple solution to all the problems in the world? Hot Pot.

    Bobby and Jessica’s friendship- I’m just saying friendship here. I am personally not a fan of their romantic relationship, but as friends. They rocked! They were just so fun to watch on screen, whether they were fighting or I would like to call it bickering. I love bickering couples! All my favorite couples bicker. There was just such an intense friend chemistry that no one can deny. BFFs!

    Bosco and Tavia: One word: Cute!! They are so sweet together.

    Michael and Jessica's "Love": Besides how they got together *rolls eyes at the originality of it* I couldn’t help but to like these two together. Was it true love? I would like to believe it was. I never thought that I would see the chemistry between these two. I was pleasantly surprised.

    The trio Bobby Au-Yueng, Michael Miu, Benz Hui. Hot pot!!! Ying’s Honey and Baby.

    Not so much

    Tavia Yeung- That wisps in her speech irked me to no end… how is her character perfect without it (referring to Tavia adding the wisp to make her character not so perfect) She was ditzy but she had a good heart. Besides the wisps, I liked her character.

    Bosco Wong- He was so cute when he started working at the Casino. All the way up to when he left the casino I really liked his character. Then he became so naïve. It kills me that he chose that path. Okay and one more thing, I do not believe he was the best actor in the series… just look at the show from an objective standpoint, I know there is a lot of Bosco fans around but his acting was grossly overshadowed by more talented and more experienced actors. He still needs a few more years. Plus he’s change in character was a bit awkward.

    Simple equations for DB
    Ah Chor + Ah Wan = Bad Luck
    Ah Chueng + Ah Wan = Good Luck

    Part Two: Coming Soon.
    posted by toomanysidesofme @ 11:14 PM   9 comments

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