It is the first modern story with an all-Asian cast and an Asian-American lead in 25 years. The last time that a major Hollywood studio released a movie with an all Asian-American cast was back in 1993 – ‘The Joy Luck Club’.
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is based on a novel by Kevin Kwan about three ultra-rich Chinese families and the gossip and backstabbing that occurs when the heir to one of the massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ‘ABC’ (American-Born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
While both movies have all the supposedly family dramas, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is basically ‘The Joy Luck Club’ with billionaires.
Let’s take a look at the trailer of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ below. (Don’t worry it’s spoiler free!)
The next Asian ‘Black Panther’, really?
Some people are saying that ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ could be the next Asian ‘Black Panther’.
Marvel’s movie ‘Black Panther’, which was released earlier this year, was so much more than about a superhero’s journey. It was about black culture’s journey.
At the time, the hashtag – #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe – was trending on Twitter, which is proof that the movie had a significant emotional impact on a lot of people, particularly the black community.
Jon M Chu, the director of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, was quoted in a report as saying that the romantic-comedy is “not a movie … it’s a movement.”
A report in the New York Times noted that there is a primary worry that the Warner Bros film focuses on Singapore’s Chinese, the dominant ethnic majority, at the expense of Malays, Indians and other ethnic minorities who collectively account for about a quarter of Singapore’s 5.6 million people.
In a Twitter post, the movie’s lead actress, Constance Wu (@constancewu), acknowledged that the film “won’t represent every Asian American”. She said, “For those who don’t feel seen, I hope there is a story you find soon that does represent you… I am rooting for you.”
Doesn’t represent every Asian, but it’s okay
Let’s be honest here. How are you supposed to cram all the richness and complexities of the Asian diaspora into a 2-hour-long romantic-comedy? But it’s a good attempt.
“There have been complaints that the film doesn’t represent the true diversity of Southeast Asia or Asia or the Asian-American experience. And they are absolutely right; it doesn’t. In fact, it doesn’t even come close,” Audrey Cleo Yap said in a column.
“Can a movie about outrageously rich Chinese Singaporeans really mean something to every Asian, a group that holds so many ethnic groups and languages and skin tones within it? Isn’t it unfair to expect that?” asked Anisa Purbasari Horton in an online report.
She noted that while ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ may not represent every Asian, it does do a good job in other areas.
“(Crazy Rich Asians) portrays Asian and Asian American characters as complex, flawed human beings with their own unique stories to tell – stories that are worthy of screen time and for the most part, not relegated to some stupid stereotype Hollywood has generally imposed on Asian characters,” she said.
There is something special about 2018.
It’s been 25 years since a Hollywood studio released a film featuring an all-Asian cast since ‘The Joy Luck Club’.
It’s undeniable that social media is raving about how this movie is going to be THE movie to do Asians proud.
Hopefully, we won’t have to wait another 25 years until we celebrate films like ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and ‘Black Panther’ for breaking diversity milestones. Who knows? By then (hopefully sooner), it could just very well be the norm. (Fingers crossed!)
Let’s face it, there are a lot of bad shark movies out there.
Do you believe that low-budget B-movies like ‘Sharknado’ (sharks + tornadoes) and ‘Sharktopus’ (half-shark, half octopus creature) are an insult to classics like Steven Spielberg’s 1975 blockbuster, ‘Jaws’?
‘Neue’ spoke to a group of moviegoers who caught (no pun intended) ‘The Meg’ in Brunei earlier this week.
This is what those who ENJOYED the movie had to say:
“I walked into the cinema with very low expectations. After all, it’s another shark movie. I was so wrong. Jason Statham really added value to this movie.”
“This movie is basically ‘Jaws’ on steroids.”
“I’m just thankful that this wasn’t a ‘Sharknado’ movie. If you’re a fan of Jason Statham, you need to watch this.”
‘Neue’ also spoke to a group of Bruneians who said they would AVOID this movie. This is what they had to say:
“Big shark … big deal. So what?”
“I’ve been disappointed by movies like ‘Sharknado’ . So I’m gonna give ‘The Meg’ a miss.”
“Jason Statham must be in real need of cash if he was willing to be in this movie.”
Will you be watching ‘The Meg’?
What other shark movies are out there?
#1. Jaws (1975)
A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.
To this day, this iconic movie is still considered as Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece.
#2. The Shallows (2016)
A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills.
#3. Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Searching for a cure to Alzheimer’s disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.
#4. Sand Sharks (2012)
A shark who swims in sand terrorizes a tropical paradise.
#5. Ghost Shark (2013)
When rednecks on a fishing trip kill a great white shark, its spirit comes back for revenge, and soon turns its sights on the town of Smallport.
#6. Sharknado (2013)
The first of many Sharknado movies. When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, nature’s deadliest killer rules sea, land, and air as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace.
#7. Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017)
With much of America lying in ruins, the rest of the world braces for a global sharknado; Fin and his family must travel around the world to stop them.
#8. Dark Tide (2012)
Halle Berry starred in this movie? A professional diver tutor returns to deep waters after 1 year, following an almost fatal encounter with a great white shark. The nightmare from the deep is still lurking – more carnivorous and hungry than ever.
#9. Jurassic Shark (2000)
The story of the shark, which has hunted for millions of years. Various scientists try to reconstruct prehistoric sharks and their world from fossil clues. Contemporary footage mixed with cg to create prehistoric sharks.
#10. 47 Meters Down (2017)
Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive. (Source: Internet Movie Database, IMDb)
Are you a shark movie fan?
How many of these shark movies have you watched? Which is your favourite? Which don’t you like? Drop us a comment below or reach out to ‘Neue’ via Facebook or Instagram.
Where can you catch ‘The Meg’ in Brunei?
Cinemas in Brunei where you can catch ‘The Meg’ (as of August 10, 2018):
It’s been over a week since the world witnessed France taking home the 2018 FIFA World Cup trophy.
As a 20-something female, I’ve never played football a day in my life, unless you count backyard fumbling with teenage guys who really had no choice but to take on the clumsy girl who didn’t know ‘own goals’ was a thing just to make even teams.
And yet, on the night of July 15, as French President Emmanuel Macron (see photo below) punched the air in clear victory, I yelled in triumph with my father and sisters when France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, along with half of Brunei Darussalam, with the rest groaning in defeat after understandably rooting for the underdog Croatia.
If there’s one thing that unites Bruneians other than our love for food, it’s probably our love for sports and health-related events (I’m looking at you, loyal ‘Bandarku Ceria’ folks). Many of us grew up with dads and uncles who had healthy football team rivalries; the legendary “Manchester United or Liverpool?” question still makes us laugh fondly as we recount memories of our families being divided for one night thanks to a bunch of guys throwing around a ball for 90 minutes.
All eyes on World Cup
For nearly two months, the World Cup was really all that the world was talking about. Even people like me, who hasn’t watched an English Premiere league match in years, was swept up in the fever. Thanks to the Internet, I was able to participate in the bouts of discussion about players I’ve barely heard of, much less their talents on the field. And the memes. (Honourary shoutouts to Messi and Neymar.)
Bruneians may not be known for their sports prowess, but there’s a number of groups dedicated to the array of sports available, ranging from the nation-loved football to other popular sports like basketball and badminton. It’s also interesting to note that somehow humanity has made throwing a Frisbee around into a team sport, and there’s an interest in that over here as well.
World Cup’s over… Now what?
And with the end of the World Cup comes a lull that seeks to be filled; and home health establishments should be taking that opportunity to promote their services. Football may not be the sport for everyone, but the beauty in sports is in the eye of the beholder: there’s a lot of them out there, curtailed to any individual’s preferences.
Not a fan of throwing around a ball? Perhaps an MMA class might be your thing. Not sure if you want to spend money just to sweat? Perhaps hiking would be a better option for you.
My mom picked up badminton… Coincidence?
My mother doesn’t understand football, but recently she’s picked up badminton again after two decades of not stepping onto the court. It might not solely be the power of the World Cup, but there’s something to be said about the influence an international sports event has on a middle-aged lady who books a court for two hours a week to “sweat out her stress” when there was zero inclination on her part to do so for the last 20 years.
As for me, I probably won’t start playing football anytime soon, either. But I’ve been meaning to get a gym membershipone of these days, maybe even join a dance class. Maybe the late nights of watching football taught me something about hand-eye-leg coordination?
We’d love to hear you from you!
Has the World Cup made you remotely think about getting healthy? Or are you still disappointed that you didn’t win a car, thanks to the likes of Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Spain being knocked out so early?
The infographic above that was prepared by StatistaCharts shows Google’s predictions of which teams would likely emerge as the winners of the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final matches.
According to data compiled by Google on July 9 (Monday), the probability of FRANCE emerging as the winner of the 2am (Brunei time, July 11)match against Belgium is 38%.
Belgium, on the other hand, has a 32% chance of winning this match, while the chance of a draw is 30%.
As for the 2am (Brunei time, July 12) match between Croatia and England, there is a strong probability (41%) that ENGLAND will emerge as the better team, while the likelihood of Croatia winning the match stands at only 29%. The probability of a draw for this match, meanwhile, is 30%.
If Google is right, you will be seeing France going up against England for the 2018 FIFA World Cup trophy at 11pm this Sunday (Brunei time, July 15).
But this is what Google thinks will happen. We here at ‘Neue’ want to hear from YOU – take part in the poll below and see if you are really smarter than Google!
*The following report is a special collaboration between ‘Neue’ and Ranoadidas
Brunei’s biggest trade fair, the 21st Consumer Fair, was officially launched on June 27 (Wednesday) at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas. The five-day fair ended on July 1.
What to check out – It’s Claw-ful!
Aside from the hundreds of booths to check out, the Consumer Fair is also well known for its featured attractions.
One of the must-try activities is the Human Claw Machine, which is said to be the first-of-its-kind in Brunei.
On Tuesday (June 26) – a day before the official launching of the Consumer Fair – the ‘Neue’ team and Rano were among the first in the country to check out the Human Claw Machine.
We expect the Human Claw Machine to be a popular attraction among visitors, especially children and the young-at-heart.
How it works? All you have to do is pay a $5 fee for an attempt to grab as many prizes as possible during your turn. You will be hoisted up by a hook attached to a safety harness.
If you are accompanied by a friend or relative, you can ask them to handle the CONTROLLER of the Human Claw Machine(see photo below) while you are hoisted up in the air.
However, if you are alone, do not worry, as one of the friendly staff members of D’Sunlit will be there to assist you.
We do not want to spoil the surprise for you, but a little bird told us that there could be a flashy prize (a mobile phone, perhaps?).
Share your ‘Claw-fie’ & win a mystery prize
Be sure to ask someone to snap a photo of you dangling on the Human Claw Machine as you could be the lucky winner of a mystery prize courtesy of ‘Neue’ and Ranoadidas! All you have to do is upload a photo with the #RanoNeueClaw hashtag.
We will be selecting the winning #RanoNeueClaw photo after the 21st Consumer Fair ends this Sunday (July 1). So be creative and be sure to give the Human Claw Machine a try.
Thai street food heaven
Another highlight of the 21st Consumer Fair is the Thailand Grand Fair, which will feature a wide range of Thai street food.
We certainly do not mind putting on some weight hereas we’ll take great pleasure sampling food from each and every stall. We just can’t get enough of mango sticky rice and iced ABC (cendol) here!
It’s going to be hard to miss the Thailand Grand Fair, as it is strategically located on your first right as you walk through the main entrance of the ICC.
If you happen to come across any amazing Thai street food, do drop us a line in the comments section below or via our social media platforms, and we’ll be sure to check it out. Who knows? We may even feature you on our social media posts!
Be sure to check out the Cooking Demo with Chef Sujet Saenkham at the Thailand Grand Fair stage. From June 27 to June 30, the cooking demo will be from 8pm to 8.30pm. On July 1, it will be held from 7.15pm to 8pm.
There will also be a Som Tum Making Competition, whereby the preliminary rounds will take place from June 27 to June 30 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. The final round and prize presentation will take place on July 1 from 8pm to 9.30pm.
Check these booths out!
Your Survival Guide To The 21st Consumer Fair
The following are some suggestions on how to ensure that you’ll have a great time at the Consumer Fair.
(1) Dart’s the way – Book a ride with the ‘Dart’ app
If you can’t be bothered finding parking or even driving to the ICC to visit the Consumer Fair, we have good news for you! Come ride with Dart for only $5 and avoid the hassle of waiting for the shuttle bus. Don’t worry, the Dart Car will drop you off at the main entrance. Riding has never been so easy!
*Terms and conditions:
Enter ‘dartstop’ on the Dart app as your drop-off/pick-up location to enjoy this promo ride to Consumer Fair
Fixed BND 5.00 Dart Car fare for 12km trips or below.
Trips exceeding 12km will receive a fixed discount of BND 4.00 per trip
Promo available from 10 AM to 10PM until July 1, 2018
(2) Set a meeting point.
Don’t waste time looking for your lost friends or family members.
If you are going to the Consumer Fair with a group, the last thing you want is to waste time finding that one or two lost person(s).
In this day and age, everyone has a mobile phone. But the unexpected can happen … congested network, your friend runs out of credit, not enough battery (see tip number 6 below), etc.
This is why it’s best to set up a meeting time at a set location. For example, group gathering in front of a particular painting hanging on the walls of the ICC at 3pm.
(3) Bring cash of various denominations.
Don’t make life difficult for others. If you’re going to buy an item that’s worth only a few dollars, you don’t have to use that $100 note in your pocket.
Did you know that Cuckoo has set up water dispenser stations at strategic points around the Consumer Fair? Be sure to enjoy the complimentary water!
(5) Bring an umbrella.
Getting caught out in the rain without an umbrella would certainly dampen your mood while browsing around the Consumer Fair. So ensure that you have an umbrella handy.
(6) Bring a power bank or two.
This is self-explanatory. Ensure that you pack one or two power banks if you’re planning to spend some time at the Consumer Fair.
Highlights of the closing ceremony:
Did you happen to come across something interesting at the 21st Consumer Fair? Did you spot any cool products that you would like to share with the world? Drop us a line in the comments section below or reach out to us via social media.
This is a Malay proverb for a person who likes to incite other people against each other.
I’m sure your heart’s in the right place, but you seem to enjoy stirring the pot and like the confrontations that are bound to happen.
Sad but true, you are a troublemaker.
(4) The ‘Tumpis’
This is a Malay slang for a tattertale, a person who tells on others.
You seem to be the bearer of the most negative news about people in your social circle, be it colleagues or friends.
(5) The Morning Person
You are among the first to say ‘Good morning’ in your WhatsApp/Telegram group chats.
You always show up on time.
Most night-owls (secretly) do not like you. But they won’t tell it to your face.
(6) The Admirer
You are among the first to ‘heart’ your friends’ photos on Instagram.
You are also among the first to ‘like’ your friends’ posts on Facebook.
But when you meet that particular friend in real life, you just walk past each other and not say a word.
(7) The Awkward One
You always seem to say the wrong things at the wrong time.
People just don’t get you … and you laugh at your own jokes.
(8) Old School
If you are still typing ‘LOL” in your social media posts, then you have to urgently brush up on your chat lingo.
(9) Always By My Side
Every where you go, you have your mobile phone with you.
It is also the first thing you reach out for in the morning (hitting that snooze function on your mobile phone) as well as the last thing you do at night (scrolling through Instagram before setting your alarm for the next morning).
(10) The Foodie
You will share every single dish, regardless of whether or not it looks good, on all your social media platforms. You’re probably thinking of going on a diet.
Do you agree with our list?
Be sure to tag someone who you think would enjoy this story?
Go tell your friends or family what kind of mobile phone user you think they are. Be sure to tag them in your social media posts.
The other day I jokingly said that my pet dogs eat better food than I do.
Do you know what the biggest joke was?
That ‘joke’ was not a joke. In fact, it was the truth.
Once I even bought a children’s playhouse just for my dog Scruffy.
The look that the cashier gave me after I told her that the playhouse was for my four-legged friend was priceless.
If you are a pet lover, I’m sure that you can relate.
Here’s a look at some outrageous (insane?) things that pet lovers gave their best friends:
(1) Portable aquarium
Who said you can’t take your goldfish for walks? Photo above shows a goldfish bowl fitted on a specially designed trolley with wheels. It was created by a Briton named Mick Madden, a metal worker, who wanted to expand his goldfish’s horizons.
(2) High chair
Satisfying a mutual desire for companionship, this high chair permits your dog or cat to accompany you at the dining table.
The high chair clips securely to tables up to two inches thick and its height adjusts without tools to elevate your pet to near eye level.
Folds for convenient storage and travel.
(3) Nail polish
If you’re a dog owner with a keen sense of fashion and superhuman patience, why not paint its claws? With colours like “poodle pink” and “fire hydrant red”, what glitzy dog could resist?
(4) Dog harness – GoPro
Capture the world from your dog’s point of view. This official GoPro product is compatible with all GoPro camera models.
You can seriously infringe your pet’s privacy by watching everything it does, through its eyes but a bit higher up, at whatever resolution and frame rate your GoPro can handle.
(5) Lick your cat … like a cat
Why not lick your cat like a cat? With the Licki Brush, a special mouth brush that simulates the rough tongue of a cat, you can!
Cats groom each other as a form of social bonding, and so can you. The soft, silicone rubber Licki Brush helps you and your feline friend get closer than you ever thought possible in a very special way. If you are into that sort of thing.
What do you think of our list? What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve bought for your pet? We’d love to hear from you.
If you have not seen it, I highly recommend you to do so.
*WARNING* If you have not seen the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ movie, you have been warned: Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.
I kept telling my girlfriend, “Please do not take this moment away from me … Do not tell me which character will die in this movie!”
“It’s going to be …” she kept saying as we made our way to the April 25 (Wednesday) sneak peak at Arena Cineplex at Seri QLap Mall here in Brunei.
I sat glued to my chair in the cinema as I struggled to wrap my head around what I had just witnessed after watching the 2 hour, 40 minute-long movie. (Fun fact: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is the longest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), clocking in at 2 hours and 40 minutes.
I saw a father consoling his daughter who was grieving over the death of of her heroes as they walked out of the cinema.
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ has the highest death count of any MCU movie thus far.
There’s only one post-credit scene, so be sure to sit through the credits.
The whole fun of the movie is trying to figure out which character is going to die.
That being said, I have decided not to reveal this.
Instead, I’ll be sharing my first reactions of watching this movie.
Q: What was going through my head as the end-credits rolled?
I left the cinema supporting what Thanos had to do. In a weird way, I had great respect for Marvel’s ultimate baddie.
Thanos only had one mission: To bring balance to the universe by wiping out half of the universe’s population with the snap of his fingers – no matter the cost.
Depending how you look at it: Thanos could be seen as either a villain or a hero. What do you think? What’s your favourite scene from the latest Marvel movie? We’d love to hear from you.
Q: Is the movie worth you hard-earned cash?
Yes! In fact, I did not mind watching the movie for a second time a few days after the premiere.
Q: Is it important to watch the Black Panther movie before catching ‘Avengers: Infinity War’?
Yes! In fact, if you have the time (and energy) re-watch all the past Marvel movies.
Q: Were they any tear-jerking moments?
Deaths aplenty! What do you think? Of course!
Q: Besides a cameo appearance by the great Stan Lee, were they any other surprises?
Someone from ‘Game of Thrones’ will be playing a crucial role in the movie. That’s all I’ll say
A friend asked me the other day, “Should I buy a new mobile phone or replace my cracked screen?”
I felt sorry for him.
He had just bought a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X mobile phone for 250 BND (about US$190) earlier this year.
When I asked him how much would a screen replacement cost, he told me that it would be around 200 BND.
I’m sure you can sympathise with my friend.
After all, we’ve all experienced our own cracked screen drama from time to time.
Following are some tips you should consider before deciding to get a new phone or screen:
(1) How bad is the scratch?
If it’s just a tiny crack and your mobile phone can still function, I’d strongly suggest you to wait it out.
(2) Doing it yourself may not be a good idea.
I learnt this the hard way. When I noticed a small crack on my mobile phone’s screen, I immediately went online to search for answers on how to fix it myself.
One of the “home remedies” I stumbled online involves applying toothpaste onto the screen.
It is said that toothpaste is an abrasive, so it can remove prominent scratches. However, it comes at a cost because being abrasive, it will not produce a clear screen.
(3) Have you backed up all your data?
Before dropping your mobile phone at a shop to have the screen replaced, ensure that you have backed up all your data. Accidents happen all the time. So be sure to do your part to back up your precious photos, video and contact list.
(4) Screen protectors are a must!
Whenever you buy a new mobile phone, please get a screen protector. It’s a small investment to make but it will be the best one you’ll make.
(5) Do the math.
I have a very simple mathematical equation that I use whenever I have to decide between buying a new mobile phone or a replacement screen.
If the cost of replacing the screen is LESS than 50% than the price of the mobile phone, I’ll replace it.
However, if the cost of replacing the screen is MORE than 50% than the price of the mobile phone , I won’t replace it. In this case, I would rather get a new mobile phone.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you.
The day I thought would never come has finally arrived: It’s time for my Canon EOS 700D, a 18-megapixel Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera, to enjoy retirement.
No, I’m not replacing it with another DSLR.
But rather, I’m going to replace it with the P20 Pro.
Huawei has unveiled an Android smart phone with three cameras on the back.
Is it just a gimmick? Perhaps.
But is it cool? You bet!
How much is it? As of April 11, Mobile World priced it as BND1,188 in Brunei.
According to Huawei, it’s the world’s first Leica Triple Camera that will push the boundaries of creative mobile photography.
Why does it take amazing photos?
It’s all thanks to the innovative three-lens camera setup on the rear.
The HUAWEI P20 Pro features an astonishing 40 MP RGB camera that delivers unparalleled sharpness, colour accuracy, focus and contrast for every single shot you take.
With the Leica zoom lens system, the HUAWEI P20 Pro can achieve 5X Hybrid Zoom. This allows you to zoom in on your subject and produce outstanding results when you want to capture incredible details at a distance.
HUAWEI AI (Artificial Intelligence) Image Stabilisation allows you to capture incredible blur-free, handheld shots in low-light using Night Mode.
I guess you can say goodbye to your tripod. Night Mode also balances high-contrast scenes for effortlessly clear, light-balanced snaps in any setting.
One of the most interesting features of the P20 Pro is that it has ‘Master AI’ that helps the phone identity, in real-time 19 different categories, which include cat, dogs, food, group, natural colours, close-up, night shot, text, greenery, portrait, fireworks, blue sky, flowers, stage, document, sunset, snow, waterfall and beach.
According to Huawei, professional photography skills like lighting and other settings are then automatically adjusted by AI so your photo is the absolute best it can be.
I must confess. I am not a professional photographer.
In fact, I’m just a simple guy who enjoys sharing photos of whatever catches my eye on Instagram.
If you enjoy snapping photos of your pets or food, the P20 Pro is that one phone you’ve been dying to get your hands on.
On a side note, did you know that Gal Gadot AKA ‘Wonder Woman’ is the new celebrity sponsor of Huawei? Watch the video below:
Are you interested in getting your hands on the Huawei P20 Pro? Will you be kicking your DSLR to the curb? We’d love to hear from you.