khurafat [2011]

**SPOILER**

Dear Mr Syamsul Yusof, I am finally impressed! ^^ Thank you sir. This upped the grade of Malaysian horrors into another level, along the likes of ‘Jangan Pandang Belakang’ [2007]. That is the first horror that makes me notice.

So this is the newest movie from the winner of Best Director (or something) on the latest FFM. But I tell you, I NEVER like him,never again after this movie I saw with him and the ex-gf Diana Danielle. Can’t remember the title. I don’t like the way he talks, his face expression, but mostly I don’t like his voice and intonation!!

poster filem khurafat 2011

But, being a movie goer like myself, upon seeing the trailer for this movie on the TV, I made up my mind that I will see this movie when I had the time. Yeah it’s Syamsul Yusof that I don’t like, but my discriminating mind disagrees with what I saw from the trailer – his face expression when he cries/terrified (which I loathed), is what attracted me to the movie. I am also kind of a movie junkie, heavily leaning toward Hollywood stuff. But now I’m opening up to every other gems that some unknown (or known) directors are making anywhere in the world. I watched every kind of spoken languages. Now my friends are freaking out that in these recent years, I’m seeing Malaysian movies. What the hell, if there is something convincing and NOT stupid crap like Cinta Fotokopi or KL Menjerit, count me in. Hahahaha so there it is. Just this evening I saw Khurafat alone in GSC Times Square.

I came with an open mind…just hoping to spend some time watching movies before this CNY break. The movie is told in a retrospective way. Flash backs. But not those that’s head spinning and hard to understand, mind you. The movie opens with a scene when a group of people on the way to the cemetery carrying a deceased. There is Johan crying and looking helpless. Then, the scene changes to another time, where we see this young newlywed couple of Johan (Syamsul Yusof) and Aishah (Liyana Jasmay) live with his sick mother and younger sister, performing Jemaah prayer in the living room. Everything is good and Ok. The calm scene when Johan is listening for a religious congregation in the surau is interchanged with scenes of Anna (Salina Saibi) losing herself in the thumping music of a disco. We still don’t know what is her relation with Johan. When the story proceed to the part where the village’s Imam is told to do some kind of exorcism to a local man, I felt a little upset because I’m through with these kind of scenes in Malaysian movies!! I mean, it’s not the only thing that an Imam does…but this is plastered all over our horror movies. That being said, the story unfolds as to what is the relation of Anna with Johan. She’s his maniacal ex-gf. Maniacal for a reason that we’ll understand towards the end of the movie..

The movie doesn’t let us be in peace, especially when the night comes. But hell, the ghost also appear in daylight. The ghost scari-ness is quite scary lah. I’d give a 3.5/5. It’s ways of scaring you and came out of everywhere is 4/5. I hate it that they would make it come from the top! There are many fright moments, sometimes lasts for minutes. When you’d think ‘That’s enough!’ then it’s still there. However it’s not something that will tire you. I mean,

you can’t be tired to be frightened when you’re alone in a blacked out mortuary crying over your suicidal dead girlfriend!

That’s one of the hallmark of scary s**t scene. Suspense is building up when you looked back and see Anna’s dead body isn’t where she supposed to be. The second is the scene following Johan and his friend driving through the night carrying the deceased Anna back in their van.

I like the close ups of main actors/actresses faces throughout the movie. I think this lacks so much from our movies. The eye contact, it’s something with great importance to show expression, and tears (if any). We can see that a lot as a common style in international movies. Doesn’t matter if the actor is the ugliest man on earth. Audiences will cry and laugh with them. Towards the end of the movie, we came to one (only one) unexpected twist. I swear I can’t figured that out. Too busy being frightened. And thinking over the realization of what Johan had done to Anna in the past that causing all this Jin and devils creeping over him every waking moment. In the chase to get Anna who obviously NOT interested with a medical assistant in a hospital like him, he made a pact with the Jin which will result in Anna falling helplessly in love with him.  Something so common these days I’ve heard. This come with a price. A pact that can never be broken, to never ever leave Anna. But then khurafat 4Johan has repented and wanted a new life. So he leaves Anna crazy over him leaving her for Aishah.

I don’t pity him because of what he does. He’s worse than Anna. But, what about his beloved wife, Aishah? The end is told to include Aishah in the picture. I think this twist is really good, really sad. Big big kudos to the few last scenes! They succeed in making something appearing in my eye *tskkk* These ending scenes reminds me of some Hollywood movies which I can’t remember, the way they tell what the actor is feeling (in this case,dreaming) is great. The way that we can feel what he’s feeling. An idea rare to see occasionally in our movies. Still, there are loopholes in the plot. I can see why some people says the ending ruined the movie. In a way, it’s out of place. Something left us feeling discontented. And, some of those usual script and dialogues. Why are we only good in the extremes? Why not try something unspoken, simple but meaningful?

Other actors are as their usual, but Syamsul stands out. Kudos to him for really cried so hard in that helpless situation. That is really good, I will use that *cough cough* to erase my distant memories of everything that I don’t like about Mr. Syamsul Yusof (sadly I still don’t like his voice!!) Most probably I will check out his movies from now on.

Scary meter : 3.5/5

Story : 5/5

*will probably go see new movie ‘Haq’ starring Zulhuzaimi and Adi Putra.ALSO attracted and lured by it’s trailer!!*

weekend…

Salam.

This is the first weekend that I stayed at this place rather than going back, like I did every weekend. Time goes by…as usual I watched some movies in my collection ( I like to download numerous movies at one go and then not watching them ). And as I’ve said in the previous post,I’d write about the tourist. But,I’ve just seen salt yesterday, an explosively good action-packed movie!!! It’s so entertaining it’s a crime.

Both have Angelina Jolie as the lead actress. In the tourist , many reviews said there’s a severe lack of chemistry between her and Johnny Depp. To me, I think they’re just fine. Not bad. The twist is good enough that I only figured it out near the 3rd part of the movie. The weird thing of the movie though, is that sometimes I’m confused about one thing. Is this a movie or a commercial? A ridiculously long commercial then. Angelina looked like she was surrounded by cameras wherever she goes ( yeah she’s in a movie!) but the way she talks,her body language, it’s like anytime soon she would finally look to the camera and promote a product. And the action…not enough. It’s close to none. The motorboat scene is an insult to what Angelina Jolie can actually do in a scene like that. But because of their breathtaking beauties and natural charm in front of the camera, people stay and wait for the twist to come.

It’s a total opposite in salt. Probably one of the best performance of Angelina Jolie. The twist is really hard to fathom though provided with some clues. Acting are solid and consistent. I totally love the movie! Definitely would like to watch it again and again.

I’m currently collecting foreign language (other than English) movies.

scary semester :-[

In this 6th semester of being a pharmacy student at my university, this is the first time I feel really really close to the working world. To being graduated (kalau graduate!=P). To being..an adult! (So all this time I’m not already an adult???!!) Yeah I mean, really adult. You know, have your own income, taking care of your future. Financial independence. That’s exactly what me and my classmates are doing right now, securing our future…Because during university we’re still in a safe shell. You’ll never going to know what will happen when we broke away from that shell.

So today in class was a BIG blow to my head. We were just get to know which lecturers that we get for our thesis that spans from this semester until the next (end of this year). T_T It’s not a very happy news… But what the hell?

Terima je lah…haha My topic is very interesting, thank goodness. And about Industrial Training thingy…the new rule that all universities will have a 5 month break in the middle of the year (like many overseas unis) is a blessing as it will give more time to do the industrial training and everything else that we were supposed to do like our thesis and short semesters. This industrial training also brings me a headache as we all compete for a place in the industry than in hospitals. My lecturer said that being able to get a LI in industry (factories) will give us new experiences that we’ll most likely never get after we graduate. Well, not so fast as we have to do the 4 year compulsary government service as freshgraduates. But the problem is, factories don’t take as much students. Most of them just take around 1-4 students only. So there we have it, a fierce competition for everyone who wants that new experience!

What can I say…life as a student in this time is being able to propel forward to get the best things. It’s so different when in schools, matriculations etc. It’s good that I’ve heard about secondary schools now are trying to introduce a ‘university preparation’ theme to their syllabus and teaching style. Good. Me as the student from the last year of 80s era…didn’t know that during my time in school. We’re like a bunch of kids who excel in their studies in school/matric and thrown into the fast paced world of university life out of nowhere. Excellent students when they’re younger doesn’t guarantee an excellent life and a place in dean’s list students. I mean, I’ve gotten over this now but it still bugs me sometimes, why why why didn’t I adjust to it earlier.

Welcome 2011, though it’s already the 4th day. I don’t celebrate new year that much. It’s just a night with fireworks!……………

And also other important personal spiritual things. =D

Next time I want to write about ‘The Tourist’ movie that I just saw last Friday.

[2010 in review]

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2010. That’s about 8 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 39 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 134 posts. There were 39 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 30mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was August 30th with 78 views. The most popular post that day was Selamat Hari Kebangsaan.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were fathiyyah.blogspot.com, effarahim.blogspot.com, jujube-sunrise-sunset.blogspot.com, en.wordpress.com, and theazaharians.blogspot.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for bendera malaysia, the radio dept, radio dept, gambar bendera malaysia, and the radio dept..

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Selamat Hari Kebangsaan August 2008
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Right now:Loving The Radio Dept May 2008

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New Life in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia July 2008
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Upcoming:Sepi The Movie June 2008
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5

Impak Maksima The Musical November 2008
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My comment : HAHAHHA. Yeah. Great. Top 5 post were all on 2008. Sorry WordPress! Haven’t been performing ‘Wow’ as you said. =D I don’t know what will be for this year as all my newest posts were actually stayed as drafts. It’s really frustrating, but I don’t have the time to like, execute the stuff that I wrote. Hopefully 2011 will bring me more juice to write (but I doubt it! as this year is VERY busy). Thank you for the review^^