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Blog of Extreme

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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

War of the Worlds

Went to watch sci-fi action flick Alien VS Predator with Trish just now. This is a highly anticipated movie which was going around the rumour mill longer than even the Freddy VS Jason movie!
I had a certain level of expectation for this movie like Freddy VS Jason (more on that later), and most were met here. This was a really well put together movie where the story was built up nicely like a good pro-wrestling match.
I definately recommend watching this if your a fan of either movie series, as it's truly a clash of the titans, and you can bet they'll definately be a sequel in the works. Untill then, bring on RESIDENT EVIL APOCALYPSE!
Now it's going around that the sequel to Freddy VS Jason is in the works, but this time it's gonna be a THREE WAY DANCE! Who's gonna oppose Freddy and Jason? Their trying to get the third man to ba ASH from the Evil Dead and Army of Darkness movies! That would really be cool if they can make it happen, but so far Sam Reimi hasn't agreed to anything. Let's all keep out fingers crossed.

On to business, I've got a review of Vol.2 of the 2003 New Japan G-1 Climax up which covers days three and four of the tournament. I'll be getting started on the final volume in the series and have the reviews for that up one soon. Coming soon, Dragon Gate's first PPV and the AJPW Battle Banquet show!
Got a game review up for Samurai Spirits Zero and a music video review for "Into The Darkness" by Canadian all girl metal band Kittie.
Read and Enjoy!

Happy Independance Day

Today our country celebrates another year of independance. For a bubba like me, it's just another day off of work. Don't get me wrong, I may not show it, but I'm everybit as patriotic as the next guy. Here's a short list of things I'm proud of here in Malaysia:
- I'm proud to live in a country where foul language, violence and boobs are censored off TV shows and movies even if we pay to watch it.
- I'm proud to live in a country where good music is either censorerd or banned unless it tops the charts in some other country.
- I'm proud to live in a country where everyone claims to be a patriot, yet only waits for this one time a year to buy flags and decorate up their car thinking it's so cool, but really looks like a eyesore. Come this time tomorrow, all of them will be reverted back to normal.
- I'm proud to live in a country where they preach how we all need to know the national language, yet blame the teaching system when nobody can get a job cause they can't speak english.
- I'm proud to live in a country where there are thight gun laws, cause if it weren't for that, I probably would have staged my own little Columbine about 10 years back.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Couldn't we just get a 4 day weekend?

Since we normally get the weekend off, and tomorrow is National Day, couldn't the government be so kind as to just give us today off? I'm sure there are many who would agree with me, all the slacker brotherin out there.

Anyways, on to business. I haven't updated my blog much due to all the problems my home PC has been giving me because of "low memory" problems. I've even had to switch to using Mozilla instead of Explorer as my web-browser. I can't blog properly cause simple options like copy & paste just won't work, which makes my puroresu tape reviews hard to post unless I do them directly on the site. Hopefully, I can upgrade the system soon, so for now I'll stick to using the office PC to update the blog.

I was a bit miffed the other day when ASTRO totally censored out an episode of reality show Hollywood's Next Action Star. It was the episode where they cast was supposed to have auditioned for the "love scenes". They basically replayed the pilot audition show to cover it up hoping no one would notice. On the upside, I missed the original airing of the pilot episode and noticed in the replay a quick shot of former WCW wrestler Evan Karagias at the auditions.

On Saturday me and Trish went to watch The Village. Another great movie from M. Night Shyahmalan. I thought it was pretty good, though not really on par with The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. I wasn't that much into Signs either. This movie did do an admirable job of making sense of everything in the end mixing fantasy with logic.

Yesterday sent out two VCD orders which took me almost all night to finish, but after burning the discs, found out the new NERO 6 program screwed everything up by having all the tracks BACKWARDS! The first track became last and the last became first! Thankfully the guys who ordered them were good sports and didn't complain. I then had lunch with Trish then went home and enjoyed my evening watching the Lord of The Rings special on HBO where they aired The Fellowship of The Ring and The Two Towers back to back.

Anyways, with tomorrow being a national holiday, expect some big posts on the blog. So check back then.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Let The Games Begin!!!

Just added a new blog where I will post my reviews of video games and PC games (new and old). Check out my first review and let me know what you think! More reviews to come!
I've also made some changes to the Heavy Metal blog, and posted a link where you can listen to the entire Resident Evil Apocalypse movie soundtrack online for FREE and a review of the new Rammstein video, Amerika! Check 'em out!

Monday, August 23, 2004

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The Good
My Toryumon 5th Anniversary show review is finally up! It's probably the longest review I've written for a single puroresu show, taking up to six pages on MS Word document! I was simply a great show. And with that out of the way, I can finally get back to watching finished the New Japan 2003 G-1 Climax.
Also in the good, Rob Hunter of GoldenBoyTapes received my payment and is sending out my NOAH Departure Tokyo Dome tape today! I should be receiving it by next week unless the delivery gets delayed due to Merdeka Day celebrations.
The Bad
Received the results from my NIOSH OSH exam that I attended in Bintulu two months back. This would have been in the good section, except I didn't pass! Crap. Looks like I'll have to re-sit the exam, and the next one is in October.
The Ugly
This past Saturday, I went to watch the thriller movie Godsend with Trish. It was interesting at first, until I figured out the whole plot of the movie due to one quick flashback scene. The story basically is that a couple played by Greg Kinear (?) & Rebecca Romajin Stamos lose their son in a freak accident. A doctor played by Robert DeNiro then shows up and offers to 'bring back' their son by means of a genetic cloning experiment. The cloned kid then goes psycho. Watch the movie for yourself if it catches your interest. I thought it was kinda dull despite a few creepy moments.

Other then what's mentioned above, My VCD site has been updated with three new shows added, and a music video review for Fear Factory's "Arche Type" is up.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Summer Slammed!

I know I'm a bit late, but I've posted my WWE Summer Slam PPV results yesterday. Overall I thought it was an OK show, but the standards for the show have really dropped in the past few years. My PPV prediction for the show were 7-1-1. I almost got all the predictions right this time! I get a draw since I didn't make a prediction for Diva Dodgeball, but lets face it, it sucked anyway you look at it. My overall record is now 44-23-5.

I also just got done watching my very first Toryumon show, which sadly was also their LAST show, before changing their name to Dragon's Gate. I have another tape of their 2/22/2004 Revolucion PPV, but I haven't gotten around to watching it yet. But I most definately will after this AWESOME show which totally blew me away! Review of the show coming soon.
And I still have the rest of the 2003 G-1 Climax to get through! And the two other NOAH shows! AND the NOAH Tokyo Dome show on the way! Can't really say I'm not short on Puroresu to watch now that the satellite TV channel is scrambled, now can I?

Everytime I play King of Fighters in the arcades and I get my ass whooped, I always think to myself, if only there was an unbreakable, unblockable move I could use to just wipe out my rivals. Well, I FOUND IT! Surprisingly, I discovered Chang KoeHan's MAX2 super move CANNOT be blocked and CANNOT be broken once innitiated! Actually, there is a way to counter it, but I'm not gonna mention it hear. You guys are just gonna have to figure it out for yourselves!

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Big Cat on the Big Screen

Went to watch Garfield the movie last night with Trish. I've been a fan of the big fat orange cat since I was kid. I thought the movie was ok, but not excellent. Kinda on par with the Scooby-Doo movies. It was fun watching the CG Garfield on screen, though maybe they could have CG'd some of the other characters? Like many other movies also translated from comics etc, some of the history is left out. Like Nermal, who is big G's kitten nephew, but was made to be more of a dumb kitty here. Also, Garfield is supposed to hate going to the vet, but here he enjoys going for massages and such.
The plus side is Bill Murray as the voice of Garfield. Really fitting since the late John Music who originally voiced Garfield in the cartoons was the voice of Murray's character Peter Venkman in the Ghostbusters animated series.
It's not accurate, but still definately a fun movie to check out.

Posted my predictions for tomorrow's WWE Summer Slam PPV. I won't be around to watch the live airing of the PPV, but I'll catch the 9pm replay and post my review after.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

I ain't that old, but I'll take it.

Had a bit of a surprise last night when I found out my good buddy in Kuala Lumpur, TenzanTeam2K, inducted me into his Wrestling Hall of Fame on his blog! All just for being a big wrestling fan? Thanks alot! Nice to know I'm being appreciated for what many would consider "useless information" (in Malaysia anyways), and who knows? They might be right, but we all have our quirks. I'm just a lucky guy he ran into 2 years back who was then picked to get choked out by Chris Benoit live in front of a crowd of Malaysian fans.
He says I'm a puroresu expert, but I don't consider myself an expert. I've only been watching Japanese wrestling for about 2 years now and am just quick to pick up on it due to my love of the sport. Though I would agree with his view that if it came down to it, me and him might be the most wrestling knowledge savy duo in the whole of Malaysia. I KNOW we're definately more intelligent than that suck-up Dwayne at the STAR newspaper is when it comes to the sport, as well as more schooled on recent wrestling history compared to most of the modern day fans in the entire country today.
So TenzanTeam2K, I honorably accept my place in your Wrestling Hall Of Fame. Arigato Gozaimasu!

On to business, I've posted my review of Day 2 of the 2003 New Japan G-1 Climax. I'm gonna take a short break before I continue with the rest of the series. I'll probably continue next week, and spend my weekend watching some DDT and Osaka Pro to review.
And I've got a music video review up for those of you who are interested. "Sunday" by Lo Pro.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Lotsa Stuff

Here I am sitting in the office with nothing to do since the bosses are all out. And since the office is using a Streamyx line, I have almost unlimited internet access. Long story short, I'm BORED and decided to blog to pass the time.

First up, the Updates. Posted some news in the Puroresu section, a revew of Day 1 of the 2003 New Japan G-1 Climax, which was an excellent show, and a music video review for Annihilator's "All For You" video. Check 'em out.
Also mailed out my order for NOAH's DEPARTURE Tokyo Dome show and New Japan's 2002 Cross Road show featuring various NJPW VS NOAH Jrs matches. Am ordering them from GoldenBoyTapes and should expect to receive them in about 3 weeks. Rob Hunter of GBT also says in his newsletter to expect the biggest tape update ever some time this week. Should be interesting to see what he gets.

Went to watch the movie "Mean Girls" with Trish last night. Was a pretty fun teen movie, and I never noticed it when she did all those AXN ads, but Lindsay Lohan is quite a babe! Fun movie to bring a date to. We were originally gonna go for "all you can eat" Japanese food at Nikko, but it wasn't in our budget. We decided to go cheap and try the chicken terriyaki promotion at Bintang Food Court, but the bugger was out of rice! WTF? So we had a simple dinner and caught the movie instead.

When I got back, I watched hour 3 or the G-1 Climax and probably the worse episode of WWE RAW in recent weeks. Read my thoughts on why in the puroresu blog. And a review of Day 2 of the 2K3 G-1 is coming soon.

Being the gun-nut that I am, I've also watched the Michael Moore documentary "Bowling for Columbine". But I'll save a review of that one for later.

Monday, August 09, 2004

"Watch" Duty

Spent my weekend looking for a new watch since my current one is almost wasted after almost seven years of service. Unfortunately, most of the new models these days are pretty crappy. You get the plain simple watch and that's it. No lights, no stop watch, no additional functions, and you gotta fork out 300 bucks for it! Some that did have functions were pretty pointless. Like press a button to change the background colour. Huh?!? And still no night light! One jackass shop assistant told me it's the trend now, while waving his crappy watch in front of me. I just responded I'm not a trendy person and that trends to me are secondary, whereas functions are more important. The guy couldn't even answer my question about if the watch could withstand corrosion from salty air and water I have to endure if I go work offshore.
Since the mega carnival sale will be going on all month, I'll still have time to look around, and hopefully find what I'm looking for.

Anyways, New Japan's annual G-1 Climax tour kicked off on Saturday, so last night I decided to finally watch through the 2003 shows which I had purchased earlier in the year, but didn't watch because when I played them before, there was delayed audio. Funny thing was, when I popped the tape into the VCR and it started playing, the audio was all OK! I checked the other two tapes in the set and they were alright also! Taking it a step further, I tried the DDT Royal Ramble tape which had similar problems and it was OK as well!
I have no idea what went bad the first time I tried them all those months ago. Maybe it had something to do with reformating my PC? Either way, I've gotta lot of Puroresu to watch again! And more are on the way as I've placed a few new orders! And since the 2003 G-1 tourney is covered in three FOUR HOUR tapes, check back regularly as I post my match reviews and thoughts on what was thought by many to be the best G-1 in recent memory (Unless this year's can top it, which by early looks of it, could happen!). Good times are a coming!

On top of that, for your reading pleasure, I finally finished my article I typing up about New Japan's Hiroshi Tanahashi and his U-30 title reign. Take a look and let me know what you guys think.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Here's one for Uncle Joe.

When I got back home for lunch today, my mom told me the news that my Godfather, known to everyone as Uncle Joe had passed away and that we'd be attending a service at his place this evening. Personally, I haven't seen the guy in probably over a decade, but news of his passing was a bit of a shock, as well as the circumstances surrounding his passing. From what I've gathered, ever the church buff that he was, Uncle Joe was with a group of church volunteers up at Canada Hill (a local landmark) cleaning a statue of Mother Mary when he suddenly just collapsed, possibilly from a stroke, and never woke up till he passed on just yesterday. He was said to have hit his face on the ground pretty hard and a big scare was visible too, though I personally haven't seen the body. So he lived for the church which he loved and was taken during his time of service for the church.
I'm definately not the most religious person in the world, but I still respect the guy. During the ceremony this evening, everything the preacher mentioned about Uncle Joe's life was indeed true to each word; a deeply believer in his faith, with an unforgetable smile. He was probably one of the most devoted church goers I ever knew.
So here's one for you Uncle Joe. Rest in Peace.

Who's the real Ramon?
Everyone in the arcade here knows I am THE MASTER of Ramon in KOF2002. So it kinda shocked me when one of my rivals actually dared to use Ramon in my presence! So what do I do? Use Ramon myself and proceed to whoop his wannabe ass! Sure he could combo a super with Ramon's Sobat combo, but his Ramon was NO MATCH for mine! And as I beat him I exclaimed, "Honto no Ramon-wa, Dare-desu?!? (Who's the REAL Ramon?!?)". I'll tell ya who, ME! And I dare anyone to try and challenge me with him! My two victories by the way were dedicated to the memory of my Godfather, Uncle Joe.

Also, for your reading pleasure, I've posted a puroresu tape review for the FMW Brain Buster 12/13/98 PPV. And two new shows have been added to my VCD site.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Die Ruckkehr von Rammstein!!!

Translated, it says "The return of Rammstein"! That's right, Germany's favorite band of pyromaniacs are back! Just posted my review of their awesome new video, "Mein Teal" (My Part). Check it out in the Metal Head blog! Prufen Sie es aus jetzt (Check it out now)!

You gotta be kidding me!

Not only have I lost the puroresu channel, but now the super-cool Japanese channel is gone too! That really brings down the number of good watchable channels left on the satellite dish to just the NOW channel, which has extreme sports and video games. Everything else is really crappy. Hopefully someone somewhere will find a way to hack the smart-card so I can back the good channels.

The only good news I got now is that the latest edition of Revolver magazine is out, and features a wicked cover featuring all the frontmen (and woman) of all the bands taking part in this year's OZZFEST tour, along with a short interview with each of them. Also included is a fun top 50 list of the most rockin' movies ever!

Sunday, August 01, 2004

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good
I bought a new model gun the other day. I don't know the name of the gun-type, but it's a scale model of an old western 8-shooter. It fires rubber bullets that don't really hurt, but the mechanics of how the triggering mechanism works are like the real thing! As realistic as it looks, I still wouldn't recommend using it to hold up a bank or anything though.

The Bad
The big story this past few weeks in my town was the helicopter crash that killed 7 persons including one VIP to the local Iban community, Dr. Judson. It took 17 days for a search team of over 1000 personnel to search a wide stretch of jungle area with all manner of search equipment before another helicopter pilot spotted the wreckage with his BARE EYES as he was transporting more military troops to help in the search. Now I'm not putting this in the bad section cause 7 men lost their lives, but because Datuk Dr. George Chan is getting a medal for "leading" the search party! Why they should give him the highest honors when all he did was sit around in his office all day and giving press conferences and the occasional roundings while others were out in the torrid jungle environments risking their own lives to find 7 missing persons (who all probably died on impact) is beyond me. Heck, he was about to announce the calling off of the search before he was informed of sighting of the wrecakge!

The Ugly
Trish is my girlfriend and I love her with all my heart, but for some reason she's suddenly getting on my case saying I don't save enough and she's starting to push for the big M (marriage). All I can say is that you never seem to complain when most of what I spend my cash on is US when we go out. But I'm willing to compromise and will indeed cut down my expenses some. As for the big M, I know it's only bugging you cause most of your friends have either already gotten hitched or are on their way to. All I can say is there is no point in getting hitched just for the sake of it, and it does both of us no good to rush into it if neither of us are ready.

With all that out of the way, I've posted some big puroresu results in the puroresu section, and a puroresu tape review of the killer NOAH Great Voyage 12/24/2000 PPV! It's an incredible show headlined by Jun Akiyama VS Kenta Kobashi in an awesome prelude to their Tokyo Dome showdown years later!
I've also posted a short CD review for the awesome new Killswitch Engage album, "The End of Heartache". So check 'em out!

I know I haven't done a Spoiling the Illusion in a while, but for some reason, I just can't be bothered to moan on about WWE. Benoit & HHH did have a good Iron Man Match this past week though.