Author: The Level

Eye-mazing 8: M’sians shortlisted for Sony World Photo Awards

BY JAFWAN JAAFAR of FREE MALAYSIA TODAY While much of the world is incessantly mugging, pouting and smirking (oh so ironically) for selfies – and falling off bridges, getting savaged by wildlife, walking into the path of oncoming trains, and setting themselves on fire in the process (NOT ‘Kodak moments’ by any means) – a minority of the perennially camera-armed is developing a heightened awareness and mentally panoramic view of their surroundings. Instead of shoehorning themselves into their environments, or elbowing their beings into a moment, the latter group of reputable shutterbugs takes pains to step back from their...

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Sick, bad, wicked: London’s colourful slang on the rise

Sitting on the floor of a rehearsal room in east London in leggings, T-shirts and headbands, a group of teenage dancers laughed about how quickly their language changes, rattling off “old” words still unfamiliar to many older English speakers. “Safe” meaning good, “boomting” or “chungting” meaning good-looking, and “a lie!” as an exclamation of agreement were all deemed to have “died down”. “That was before. What else was there? Moist?” asked 19-year-old Tafote Akerejola. “No I never used that one! That one annoyed me!” said Adanna Lawrence, 16, explaining that “Moist meant you’re dry. Like you’re dead up, you’re...

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Chris Rock confronts race row head-on at Oscars

HOLLYWOOD: Oscars host Chris Rock hit early and hard Sunday on a race row overshadowing Hollywood’s biggest night, mercilessly ribbing both the movie industry and its critics. The comedian wasted no time raising the controversy over the 88th Academy Awards’ lack of African American acting nominees, addressing the issue from his first words and discussing virtually nothing else in his monologue. “Hey! Well, I’m here at the Academy Awards — otherwise known as the white People’s Choice awards,” he said, after joking that the introductory montage had at least 15 black people. Rock questioned why the 88th edition of...

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‘Fantastic Four’ fights ‘Fifty Shades’ to a tie at the Razzies

Razzie Awards are given out every year as a kind of anti-award for the worst films to come out that year, and no one really wants to win one. Let’s face it, Fifty Shades of Grey was a shoo-in for a Razzie, given that it’s described as a “warped, disturbingly abusive adult fairy tale” by The Film Stage. BUT- it faced stern competition from a marvelous competitor that also earned universal hate for it’s dull, humorless, and disjointed adaptation of the beloved First Family of Comics, The Fantastic Four. Or was it the Fant4stic? There was so much hope for the film-...

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