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Winners List for The 88th Academy Awards (The Oscars).

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 29, 2016 by vincentloy

Many social networking sites are now overwhelmed with news of Leo finally taking his first Oscar! Yes, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar for best actor in a leading role after having been nominated many times in the past. The world is very happy and excited for him right now and we all agreed that he should have win it much earlier as he is a one great Hollywood actor who excelled in all the film roles given to him.

Yes, the 88th Academy Awards (or famously known as the Oscars) was held successfully few hours ago to honour the best of films in year 2015. Here below is the full list of nominees with the winner in bold in each categories alongside my brief opinion:

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Best Picture
“Spotlight”
“The Big Short”
“Bridge of Spies”
“Brooklyn”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“Room”

Opinion: My personal choice is ‘Room’ but the movie didn’t get enough buzz to fight with ‘Spotlight’, ‘The Big Short’ and ‘The Revenant’ for the top three spots that are only seen as the potential to grab this prestigious honour. ‘Spotlight’ won multiple best movie prizes before the Oscars and I’m not surprised that the movie win Best Picture here. However, I don’t really enjoy the movie unlike most others.

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Best Actor in a Leading Role
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Opinion: As I said earlier, finally Leo is taking home his first ever Oscar which is long overdue for this talented actor. In my personal opinion, I think it is a three-way-tie for best performance by a leading actor this year; they are Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender and Eddie Redmayne. Eddie had just won this award last year. So, it’s between Michael and Leo. Leo had more nominations with zero win in the past and so this is his year and I agreed.

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Opinion: Another expected result as Brie Larson is extremely wonderful in ‘Room’. She and his son in the movie portrayed by Jacob Tremblay drive the movie to its critical success. It’s her first nomination and she won it straight away.

Best Director
Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, “The Revenant”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
Adam McKay, “The Big Short”

Opinion: Alejandro G. Inarritu is brilliant in his job as a director. We saw that excellence in ‘Birdman’ last year and he did it again this year in ‘The Revenant’. He won this award back-to-back and this is the third year in a row Mexicans winning best director in the Oscars.

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Best Original Song
“Earned It,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
“Manta Ray,” “Racing Extinction,” Music by J. Ralph; Lyric by Antony Hegarty
“Simple Song 3,” “Youth,” Music and Lyric by David Lang
“Til it Happens to You,” “The Hunting Ground,” Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
“Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre,” Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Opinion: ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ is a good song for the latest James Bond movie titled Spectre but it’s still not as good as Adele’s Skyfall for the previous James Bond movie. Out of the five nominated songs, I have only heard this one and so I’m fine with this song winning in the end.

Best Original Score
“Bridge of Spies,” Thomas Newman
“Carol,” Carter Burwell
“The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone
“Sicario,” Jóhann Jóhannsson
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” John Williams

Opinion: Expected result. This is the only category that ‘The Hateful Eight’ gets to win.

Best Foreign Language Film
“Embrace of the Serpent”
“Mustang”
“Son of Saul”
“Theeb”
“A War”

Best Live Action Short Film
“Ave Maria”
“Day One”
“Everything Will Be Okay”
“Shok”
“Stutterer”

Best Documentary Feature
“Amy”
“Cartel Land”
“The Look of Silence”
“What Happened, Miss Simone?”
“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”

Best Documentary Short Subject
“Body Team 12”
“Chau, beyond the Lines”
“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah”
“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”
“Lasy Day of Freedom”

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”
Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Opinion: Many previously predicted Sylvester Stallone to win for his great comeback role in ‘Creed’. I didn’t watch it and so I couldn’t comment further. I have seen Tom Hardy, Mark Ruffalo and Mark Rylance in their respective nominated performances and Mark Rylance is the best and so he should be rewarded. And yes, he won it.

Best Animated Feature Film
“Anomalisa”
“Boy and the World”
“Inside Out”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie”
“When Marnie Was There”

Opinion: Happy for ‘Inside Out’ to win as it is really the best animated film last year. This is the only category that appeals to the kids and I don’t think ‘Anomalisa’ should win (that movie is adult-themed eventhough it’s technically brilliant). I’m happy that the Academy is making a right decision as previously many hinted that ‘Anomalisa’ may be a spoiler.

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Best Animated Short Film
“Bear Story”
“Prologue”
“Sanjay’s Super Team”
“We Can’t Live Without Cosmos”
“World of Tomorrow

Best Visual Effects
“Ex Machina,” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
“The Martian,” Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
“The Revenant,” Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Opinion: I’m quite surprised that the film with smallest scale and budget win in this category. Anyway, I’m fine with Ex Machina winning it. Well, at least give this wonderful film an award!

Best Sound Mixing
“Bridge of Spies,” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
“The Martian,” Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
“The Revenant,” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Opinion: From here onward, it’s all for Mad Max: Fury Road. The movie literally won almost everything in technical categories which is expected earlier but I didn’t see that coming in such a huge number. Mad Max eventually becomes the biggest winner of the night with 6 awards. I’m fine with the movie going home with four. Six is a bit too much for it.

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Best Sound Editing
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Mark Mangini and David White
“The Martian,” Oliver Tarney
“The Revenant,” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
“Sicario,” Alan Robert Murray
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Matthew Wood and David Acord

Best Film Editing
“The Big Short,” Hank Corwin
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel
“The Revenant,” Stephen Mirrione
“Spotlight,” Tom McArdle
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Best Cinematography
“Carol,” Ed Lachman
“The Hateful Eight,” Robert Richardson
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” John Seale
“The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Sicario,” Roger Deakins

Opinion: Emmanuel Lubezki overwhelmed us with awesome cinematography in ‘Gravity’, and he won this award for it. He did it again in ‘Birdman’ with unique one continuous shot in ‘Birdman’ last year. Now, he’s back with third consecutive win from his work in ‘The Revenant’. He deserved it again but he should make way for others from now on.

Best Make-Up and Hair-Styling
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared,” Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
“The Revenant,” Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Best Costume Design
“Carol,” Sandy Powell
“Cinderella,” Sandy Powell
“The Danish Girl,” Paco Delgado
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jenny Beavan
“The Revenant,” Jacqueline West

Opinion: There isn’t anything exciting for costume design in Mad Max obviously. I would have prefer Cinderella or The Danish Girl to win for their beautiful and wide range of costumes.

Best Production Design
“Bridge of Spies,” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
“The Danish Girl,” Production Design: Eve Stewart ; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
“The Martian,” Production Design: Arthur Max ;Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
“The Revenant,” Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

Opinion: My personal choice would be Bridge of Spies or even The Danish Girl. This is why I said earlier that Mad Max should be taking home 4 Oscars, and not 6.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”

Opinion: I’m glad that Alicia Vikander won for her amazing performance as the supportive wife that went through an emotional roller coaster in ‘The Danish Girl’. She is also incredible as the robot in Ex Machina. She is one big rising star and this is the award right on time to mark her big entry into Hollywood for many years to come. This is the only category that ‘The Danish Girl’ can win as expected.

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Big Short,” Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
“Brooklyn,” Nick Hornby
“Carol,” Phyllis Nagy
“The Martian,” Drew Goddard
“Room,” Emma Donoghue

Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘The Big Short’ and hence couldn’t judge whether its screenplay is really that good or not. My personal choice is actually ‘Room’.

Best Original Screenplay
“Spotlight,” written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
“Bridge of Spies,” written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
“Ex Machina,” written by Alex Garland
“Inside Out,” screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
“Straight Outta Compton,” screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Opinion: Didn’t quite like ‘Spotlight’ as my personal picks are ‘Bridge of Spies’, ‘Ex Machina’ or even ‘Inside Out’.

Mad Max: Fury Road is the biggest winner of the night with 6 Oscars; all in technical achievements. The Revenant took home 3 awards (director, lead actor, cinematography) out of 12 nominations (the movie with most number of nominations). Spotlight won two, including the prestigious Best Picture and also the Best Original Screenplay. ‘Room’, ‘Spectre’, ‘The Danish Girl’, ‘Bridge of Spies’, ‘Inside Out’, ‘The Hateful Eight’, ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘The Big Short’ each won one. These films were at least not ending the night empty handed. Films that were previously tipped to win at least an Oscar like ‘Steve Jobs’, ‘Carol’, ‘The Martian’, ‘Brooklyn’, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ couldn’t manage to do so in the end.

That’s it for the 88th Academy Awards this year.

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Being a tourist in Perth first before being a long term student here.

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2016 by vincentloy

I had my first weekend in Perth a week ago mostly in my room, still adapting to the new environment while making the necessary preparation to get me settled here before my study commences. The orientation week was over of which I had quite actively participated in some of the events organized throughout the past week. For my second weekend here in Perth which is also my last weekend before my study officially begins, I took this opportunity with my housemates to explore the city before all the stress from upcoming assignments come in. It’s a waste if I’m not becoming a tourist at here first before turning into a long term student beginning tomorrow.

Yesterday, we head out to the city centre of Perth. We took public transport and it is quite convenient and the fees are very reasonable (student price is very low). In the city, we walked along a main street where all the office buildings are and also checked out some nice places and cool-looking landmarks along the way like the Bell Tower, Commonwealth of Australia’s Building and the Perth Arena. There is also a shopping street in the city centre worth a visit. Generally, the city is quite small but it still has a great looking skyline that is enhanced by the Swan River in front of the city.

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The Bell Tower with Perth’s city skyline at the background. This picture is taken at Elizabeth Quay, a new waterfront development.

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Perth Arena, a huge indoor venue used for big sporting or entertainment events.

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Commonwealth of Australia’s Building in the city centre of Perth.

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An interesting building (name unknown) in the city centre too.

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A heritage building in the city centre of Perth in front of a modern skyscraper at the back.

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A cool looking pedestrian bridge at Elizabeth Quay.

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The main shopping street in the city centre of Perth.

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The beautiful city skyline of Perth.

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This image is a continuity of a panoramic view of the city skyline of the previous image taken on a ferry ride at Swan River.

Then, we took a ferry ride out of the city centre and then took a train to IKEA. It’s a huge store (same like in Malaysia) and I bought small pillows here of which both cost less than AUD 10. In the afternoon, we then went to a shopping mall named Westfield Carousel which is actually not that far from our campus (Curtin University) and watched a movie there. I’m shocked to learn that a movie ticket price here costs AUD 21 for a person. That’s very expensive. I can watch at least four movies with that same amount back in Malaysia. This mall is quite large (but still small compared to any malls in Kuala Lumpur). However, I would have prefer this over the much smaller Waterford Plaza shopping centre besides our hostel.

Today, we went to Fremantle. This place is quite far as it took us about an hour to reach. It is a town south of Perth where there are a lot of old heritage buildings lining up streets, many tourist attractions as well as popular beaches. We went for a quick walk in the famous Fremantle Markets, an indoor place where there are many stalls selling souvenirs, clothes, bags, food, snacks, fruits, etc. We then proceed to the Kailis Fish Market (right besides the sea) where there is a restaurant there known for selling fish and chips. We were hungry and that’s the spot we were most happy for. The fish and chip was delicious.

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Fremantle Markets.

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Beautiful street in Fremantle with many well-preserved architectural heritage buildings all around.

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View of a street in Fremantle from the Fremantle Prison.

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A clock tower in Fremantle.

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A ferris wheel in a park. Nearby this is the Kailis Fish Market in Fremantle.

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The Port Beach at North Fremantle.

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At the beach facing the Indian Ocean.

After the lunch, we visited the Fremantle Prison (now a tourist destination) and took a train to North Fremantle where the famous Port Beach is. It is a long stretch of beach along the coastline facing the Indian Ocean. It feels great walking along the beach with clean white sand and crystal clear seawater. This is the last stop of our two days trip in Perth before returning back to Erica Underwood House, our on-campus accommodation. Yup…after this weekend, we are no longer tourists as we would have four semesters of stressful study coming up!

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Movie review for Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2016 by vincentloy

Before my first semester for my postgraduate study officially begins next week, I’m still enjoying my free time in Perth. Without any assignments yet, I’m almost bored to death spending most of my time in my room. Not only that I watched ‘Deadpool’ one more time in Perth after having watched it already back in Malaysia before I came here, I also managed to watch two new movies released this year.

The first one is ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’. It is a computer-animated action comedy martial arts film and is the third installment in ‘Kung Fu Panda’ film franchise which mainly revolves on an unlikely panda being selected as a ‘dragon warrior’ alongside the help of his master and his martial-art friends to protect a valley from villains. In this sequel, Po (the panda) has to face with a supernatural villain whom is out to defeat all the kung fu masters across China. At the same time, Po is also reunited with his long lost father and discovered many more of his species (panda) in a secret village to his surprise and joy.

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Just like its two predecessors, this latest movie delivered with highly entertaining story and characters. Eventhough we have seen the same characters and the similar plot in the first two movies, this third one still manage to capture our attention and had me engaged. There are still plenty of hilarious scenes to keep it a good and a fun comedy while the film is also successful from its beautiful animation works and some positive messages to learn from. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ a total of 7.7. Surprisingly, I’m still not tired with this franchise and I’m more than fine for this franchise to keep expanding. One of the big thing many people didn’t know about this film is that most of the cast involved for the voices of the characters in this animated movie are big movie stars; Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, J.K. Simmons, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen, Kate Hudson, etc.

The second movie is ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny’. It is a martial-arts film and is a sequel to the critically-acclaimed 2000 film titled ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’. The first film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (the first and the only Chinese film to do so in history of Oscars) as well as three other Academy awards, while also being nominated in the Best Picture category. I didn’t get to watch that one but I have heard of many positive feedback to that one. In this sequel, all of the original cast members did not return except for Michelle Yeoh. Well, I would love to see her in a new film since we are Malaysians and hence I allocate my time for this movie.

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Well, as expected, it would be not as good as the first one as seen on the comparison of reviews for both movies from critics across the world. However, it is still an enjoyable Chinese film with plenty of action sequences on martial arts shown throughout the movie. Michelle Yeoh is now getting old (she is now over 53) but she still managed to perform some great stunts in this movie. The same goes to Donnie Yen who joined this film as the leading actor. Well, I’m always seeing him in recent Hong Kong martial arts films and so it is not surprising that he would be in this movie too. He is convincing on his fight scenes as expected but there isn’t any chemistry between him and Michelle Yeoh in this movie. Anyway, the movie is fine for me (the story is not bad) and I would rate the film a total of 7.1.

Before I’m ending this post, I find that the recent Chinese films like to put in excessive CGIs (visual effects) into the movies including this one. I don’t think it is necessary and the more I see of those CGIs, the more I felt how they interrupted the feel of the movie instead of enhancing it. Quality of visual effects in Chinese productions is still far behind from Hollywood standard. Hence, I hope that there wouldn’t be too much of ‘forced’ insertion of CGIs into future Chinese films especially the big-budget ones. You simply just waste huge sum of money on heavy and unrealistic effects for very little purpose.

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Perth, my new home in 2016 and 2017.

Posted in Interesting Encounters on February 22, 2016 by vincentloy

Time flies. I have already been in Perth, away from my family for 4 days already. If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, you would have already been informed that I would be taking my postgraduate study (in Master of Architecture) for two years in Curtin University, Perth, Australia for two years. My study would begins next week but as a first-time student in Curtin, I have to attend some events for the Orientation this week.

Since flying from Kuala Lumpur to Perth last Friday, everything has been all by myself as I came here alone without any companion or any family members coming along for assistance. Fortunately, I have already made few friends here and have been getting along very well with most of my newly-known housemates. They are friendly and nice people. My room is also spacious with a very huge working desk that is suitable for me when I’m going to need a lot of space later to work on my different variety of assignments. The only unsatisfactory thing in my room is the small fan which is not enough to keep the room cold and hence affecting my sleep for almost every night. Perhaps, I am previously being too used to sleep in my air-conditioned bedroom.

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Since moving to my on-campus accommodation which is near to both my university campus (only about 10 minutes walking distance) as well as to a shopping mall with two supermarkets inside (less than 5 minutes walking distance). The shopping mall is small but it has quite a number of restaurants and that is good for me. I have basically done all the things I need to do in these few days like sorting out my banking stuff, shopping for groceries, and above all, getting used and familiar to this whole new environment for me. It’s my first ever study abroad! Nervous and excited at the same time.

As mentioned earlier, this week is the Orientation Week. It’s the week when there would be some events or activities organized to get the new students to be familiar with things in the campus and also for our upcoming study. The campus is very huge with many separate buildings, many zones and many parks. It’s beautiful and nice being around the campus surrounded by green scenery. This is the week I’m going to collect my student card, attend orientation-based, guild and entertainment events, attend tours around campus, make more friends, attend some informative talks, etc. It’s still fun before the study period comes!

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So far, I quite like the weather here. It is supposed to be hot summer now in Australia but the temperature could drop to below 15 degree celsius at night here. The world climate has changed. This weekend, I’m planning to visit the city with my housemates to get to know more about this place. There is nothing much around the campus and our house as it is all quiet and quite dark here. Good as a place to study but not good if you are looking for entertainment or happening environment. I have to be really getting familiar and along with Perth, the city that is now my home in year 2016 and 2017. Of course, I would return to Malaysia during semester break for a short while within these two years.

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Is it too fast that now I started to miss my family and also all the Malaysian food that I love?! Haha…

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Off to Perth tomorrow to begin my 2 years of postgraduate study.

Posted in Interesting Encounters on February 18, 2016 by vincentloy

Finally, the day has come. Today would be my last day here in Malaysia before I would fly to Perth, Australia tomorrow to commence my postgraduate study which is going to take two years to complete. After few years of working after my degree completion and last few months of preparation, I’m now considered ready for my Master of Architecture study. This would be my first ever study abroad and I’m obviously very excited and also nervous about it.

There were actually many things to do before one start to study at oversea. If you haven’t been through this before, then you would not know how much I have been through to make this study possible. Furthermore I didn’t have any education agent for assistance and I did all these by myself; applying for the university online, paying deposit fees, applying for student visa, undergoes medical check-up for health declaration, renew my passport, purchasing insurance for international student, renting accommodation, buying daily accessories and additional clothing, opening a bank account in Australia, changing currency, purchasing flight ticket, buying some medicines, learnt some basic things of Perth, changing my phone plan, etc.

Luckily, I have done all of the above and also had my luggage packed nicely. My baggage is full and it’s very heavy! That’s not including a handbag as well as a laptop (backpack) bag that I would be carrying along to Perth too tomorrow. Once I reached Perth, I would be seeing and living in a totally new environment for two years. Of course, I would come back when semester break comes as I think I would miss Malaysia and its food, and of course my family after some time over there in Perth!

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So, now I’m officially back to being a student for two years till end of year 2017. I have been an employee for about 4 years already in the past after I have successfully graduated with a degree in architecture field in end of 2011. 2016 is the year for me to move on and further my study and so Curtin University, here I come. I’m wishing that my study would be perfectly fine and hopefully I can excel in it while also getting to make many new friends over there at Perth. I’m heading over there alone tomorrow without any friends, but it’s okay, since I am already an adult and should not be afraid. However, nervous emotion is inevitable. It’s also time for me to be more independent!

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Goodbye KL! Goodbye Malaysia! Hi, Australia! Perth will be my new home! Very excited for it and also looking forward to being a student back!

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Movie review for Cabin Fever (2016) and Deadpool (2016)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , on February 17, 2016 by vincentloy

Heyy…I’m finally back with movie review! In these first two months of the year, I have actually managed to watch 4 new films. They are ‘Home Invasion’, ‘Uncaged’, ‘Cabin Fever’ and ‘Deadpool’. These 4 films fall into the horror category (I have to label ‘Deadpool’ as horror too in this way since even the Deadpool himself said that in the movie). I won’t be posting any review for ‘Home Invasion’ and ‘Uncaged’ as they are B-rated movies with low budget and quality.

‘Cabin Fever’ can be considered B-rated too but I enjoyed this one more and hence deserves my time to write a short review for it. It is a remake of the movie of the same title which was originally released many years ago. Before this remake, there are also few more sequels making it a film franchise. The story stays the same to the original film which is about a group of young friends having a getaway in a remote cabin and they are later exposed to some kind of a flesh eating virus.

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It has a very familiar storyline and some of the scenes in this remake are almost exactly the same to the original one. I’m fine with it. That’s the typical substance or content required in this kind of horror movie that I’m still not bored of it yet. A praise that I have to give to this remake is the huge amount of very disgusting and gory elements present especially in scenes to show how the characters got infected with the virus and increasingly decaying on its own. There are scenes of skin (and flesh) peeling off and head (or body) got dismembered. These are what makes the movie intense and terrifying and it successfully achieved that goal. Other than that, then there would be no fun for horror fans. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Cabin Fever’ (2016) a total of 7.5.

Next up is ‘Deadpool’. It is a superhero (hmmm….but the Deadpool himself refused to be called a superhero in this movie) film on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is about a man diagnosed with cancer getting into an experiment that accidentally awarded him healing power but leaving him with scarring face and body. He is left in a mission to get back to his girlfriend and to track down and kill the evil doctor behind the experiment whom himself is also a mutant.

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This movie is not a typical superhero film as this movie came with excessive vulgarity, violent and gory scenes, and also some nudity. Well, it stays to the original comics and mostly everyone is pleased with the movie (including me). Deadpool himself is also very humorous (with plenty of dirty dialogues) and the movie is very entertaining. The action scenes are great (especially the attack scene of some cars on a highway). This is not a family-friendly movie but it still appeals to many as it is fast, fun and cool with also the breaking of the fourth wall. What does that means? It means Deadpool in the movie can interact with us, the audiences while we are watching the movie. Interesting. On the other hand, Ryan Reynolds’ performance is awesome as the titular character. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Deadpool’ a total of 8.1. The opening credit itself is already very different and funny, and wait till the end for another hilarious after-credit scene too.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ became only the third movie in history to cross over US$ 2 billion in worldwide box office.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2016 by vincentloy

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After about two months in theatres worldwide, the latest Star Wars movie, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ has accumulated a whopping total of over US$ 2 billion dollar in its total box office collection. Even before this particular movie is released last December, many have already predicting that this will be a major box office hit and may be even capable of putting ‘Avatar’ off the top of the chart for the list of highest grossing films in the world when not adjusted for inflation.

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However, now it appears that ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ couldn’t accomplish that as screening for this movie is now reduced drastically since it has already been in cinemas for two months by now already. It also couldn’t enjoy massive hit in other major territories like China where people over there and also in several other countries weren’t too interested on Star Wars. Nevertheless, the movie is still topping many box office charts as expected earlier with the best achievement for it so far is being the highest grossing domestic film of all time in US, with collection of over US$ 900 million from its country alone. It has US$ 150 million more than the previous record holder, ‘Avatar’ at US$ 760 million.

However, ‘Avatar’ collected an impressive US$ 2.02 billion in its oversea taking for a total of US$ 2.788 billion to remain at the top of the list of world’s highest grossing films when not adjusted for inflation. Currently, ‘Titanic’ sits at the second spot with US$ 2.187 billion. It is still possible for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ to claim the second spot by going slightly above Titanic’s figure, but it’s impossible for it to beat ‘Avatar’ in the end. Hence, out of all these explanations above, it is obvious that there are only now three movies in the world that grossed over US$ 2 billion; ‘Avatar’, ‘Titanic’ (both are directed by James Cameron) and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ which had just joined this prestigious club few days ago. It is the highest grossing film released in 2015.

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When adjusted for inflation, ‘Titanic’ still triumphed over ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ as ‘Titanic’ is released in 1997/1998 when the ticket prices were much lower back then compared to the prices nowadays. Anyway, a big congratulation for the people behind this latest Star Wars movie for enjoying success in both box office as well as in ratings. It received very positive reviews from critics and from general audiences worldwide too. The movie had also received 5 nominations in the upcoming Academy Awards (Oscars). That’s all happy news for the movie that had already accomplished many impressive box office records like the fastest movie to gross US$ 1 billion and the largest worldwide opening of all time. The force is really very strong for this film.

Currently, there are a total of 24 films in history that had grossed over US$ 1 billion respectively and out of the 24, 3 of them crossed beyond US$ 2 billion mark as mentioned earlier. There is still no movie that is capable of going over US$ 3 billion. Maybe in near future, some films may achieve that too in view of increasing ticket prices and the bigger appeal of Hollywood films now to other major markets like China.

Haha…I haven’t watch this ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ yet actually. I’m sure I’m in the only group of very few people who are not that desperate to  watch it. I’m not a Star Wars fan and I forgot almost all the things I have watched in the past Star Wars films back when I was a kid. Anyway, I’m going to watch this latest installment too later as I’m waiting for its DVD version.

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