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My own selection of the best of TVB dramas from 2007 till this year, 2015.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2015 by vincentloy

Every year there would be some major awards presentations happening to honour the best of Hong Kong major television station, TVB annually. These awards ceremonies are not only held in Hong Kong but also in Malaysia and Singapore for the oversea Chinese audiences. I consider myself grew up with TVB dramas. In Malaysia, we have no nice local Chinese TV dramas to watch and so we depend on Astro to catch up to Hong Kong’s latest series and other variety programmes. For the awards this year, the Singapore Starhub TVB Awards was in last month, and tomorrow we would have the TVB Star Awards Malaysia. It will all end with the Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards next month.

I myself do make my own list of the best of TVB dramas every year. I started this in 2007 but I never put up my selection to my blog here. I think this would appeal to some of my blog readers who are interested on things about TVB dramas, and so, I put it up now, at here below:


Best Series: Heart of Greed

Best Leading Actor: Moses Chan (Heart of Greed)

Best Leading Actress: Louise Lee (Heart of Greed)

Best Supporting Actor: Louis Yuen (Heart of Greed)

Best Supporting Actress: Tavia Yeung (Dicey Business)



Best Series: Moonlight Resonance

Best Leading Actor: Raymond Lam (Moonlight Resonance)

Best Leading Actress: Michelle Yim (Moonlight Resonance)

Best Supporting Actor: Wayne Lai (The Gentle Crackdown II)

Best Supporting Actress: Tavia Yeung (Moonlight Resonance)



Best Series: Rosy Business

Best Leading Actor: Wayne Lai (Rosy Business)

Best Leading Actress: Sheren Tang (Rosy Business)

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Tse (E.U.)

Best Supporting Actress: Susan Tse (Rosy Business)



Best Series: No Regrets

Best Leading Actor: Wayne Lai (No Regrets)

Best Leading Actress: Sheren Tang (No Regrets)

Best Supporting Actor: Evergreen Mak (No Regrets)

Best Supporting Actress: Fala Chen (No Regrets)



Best Series: Ghetto Justice

Best Leading Actor: Kevin Cheng (Ghetto Justice)

Best Leading Actress: Myolie Wu (Curse of the Royal Harem)

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Lee (Ghetto Justice)

Best Supporting Actress: Sharon Chan (Ghetto Justice)



Best Series: The Hippocratic Crush

Best Leading Actor: Kenneth Ma (The Hippocratic Crush)

Best Leading Actress: Kate Tsui (Highs and Lows)

Best Supporting Actor: Power Chan (The Confidant)

Best Supporting Actress: Elena Kong (Silver Spoons Sterling Shackles)



Best Series: Brother’s Keeper

Best Leading Actor: Ruco Chan (Brother’s Keeper)

Best Leading Actress: Krystal Tin (Brother’s Keeper)

Best Supporting Actor: Him Law (The Hippocratic Crush II)

Best Supporting Actress: Elena Kong (Triumph in the Skies II)



Best Series: Line Walker

Best Leading Actor: Roger Kwok (Black Heart White Soul)

Best Leading Actress: Charmaine Sheh (Line Walker)

Best Supporting Actor: Benz Hui (Line Walker)

Best Supporting Actress: Sharon Chan (The Ultimate Addiction)



Best Series: Captain of Destiny

Best Leading Actor: Ruco Chan (Captain of Destiny)

Best Leading Actress: Liza Wang (Limelight Years)

Best Supporting Actor: Kenneth Ma (Lord of Shanghai)

Best Supporting Actress: Alice Chan (Lord of Shanghai)


I only provided five categories. Very limited places and so making each categories more prestigious. This is not like giving out pork chop awards to as many people as possible like those ‘my favourite characters’ awards. I also decided to kick out the smaller categories like most improved for the same reason. Well, you will notice that some of my selection differs from the TVB awards results for that particular year as this is solely depending on my own analysis without influence from the past TVB awards. My selection is also different since it only involves dramas that I have watched only every year and not all.

You may have forgotten some of the great performances several years ago that I include in my list but is not visible in TVB awards for that particular year. Maybe posting this up from 2007 (till this year) will refresh your mind a bit on some classic nice dramas we have watched from 8 years ago. You may also comment here on your own selection for best of TVB this year, particularly if you differ from my thought that ‘Captain of Destiny’ is the best series of 2015. I do think a lot that this year is the battle between ‘Captain of Destiny’ and ‘Lord of Shanghai’ for best series, but in the end, after a careful analysis, I ended up picking the former with my own reasons. I welcome all of your thoughts if you are also interested in TVB dramas like me.

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‘The Shard’ won Emporis Skyscraper Award 2013.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2014 by vincentloy

The Emporis Skyscraper Award for the year 2013, which is considered the world most renowned prize for skyscrapers, goes to London’s ‘The Shard’. The tallest building in western Europe, ‘The Shard’ was chosen by an international panel of experts from more than 300 skyscrapers of at least 100 metres in height and which were completed during the previous calendar year. The award, given by Emporis (, the international provider of building data. is now in its 14th year.

The 306m tall building designed by Renzo Piano, won over the jury, thanks to its unique glass fragment-shaped form and its sophisticated architectural implementation. Hmm…I had seen this building on my trip to Europe last year. I find that it is just a tall full-glass building that ends sharply at the top. Nothing special or worthy to be awarded the top honour for this skyscraper prize. That’s my personal opinion. Perhaps I didn’t know in detail of how the design is that great or maybe that last year’s competition isn’t strong, and so ‘The Shard’ stands out.


Second place went to DC Tower 1 at Vienna. The building at 250m high, is now Austria’s tallest building. The interesting feature of the building is one of its four sides that came with folded glass facade (creating ‘in’ and ‘out’ effect). In contrast with the other three typical flat sides of the building, the faceted facade creates a shifting pattern of light and shadow that animates the surface and lends it a rippling quality.


Coming in third place is Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort at Huzhou, China. It is a luxury hotel and resort by a lake with a height of 102m. It is not a very tall building, but is bold enough, thanks to its massive glowing light at night, striking reflection, and also particularly its torus/ ring-shaped form that leads to several nicknames given to the building like ‘Horseshoe Hotel’ or ‘Doughnut Hotel’.


For the full list of the top 10 winners of 2013’s Emporis Skyscraper Awards, go to this link: Hmmm…I don’t think Malaysia (my country) has any buildings that have won this prize before since its inception. If this prize is started out earlier (before 1997), then I’m sure Petronas Twin Towers will win.

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Undeniable success of Disney’s ‘Frozen’.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2014 by vincentloy

‘Frozen’ is animated feature film released end of last year that tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged, thrill-seeking mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer, and a hapless snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. You may read my movie review of this film here:


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I enjoyed this movie. The film was met with widespread critical acclaim, with several film critics considering it to be the best Disney animated musical since the studio’s renaissance era (1989 to 1999 when Disney produced many successful animated films that restored public and critical interest in the company). Also a big congratulation to the film for winning the Best Animated Feature on 86th Academy Awards two days ago, beating out other nominees; The Croods, Despicable Me 2, etc. It also won at various other awards including Golden Globes and BAFTA.

The film also won another Oscars; in Best Original Song for ‘Let It Go’. This particular song by Idina Menzel has been reaching extreme worldwide popularity recently. Now, you can even hear over hundred of cover versions of this song recorded internationally at YouTube. If I’m not mistaken, this song is now available in over 30 different languages across the globe. The song is powerful, influential and I’m sure many children would love it. Let it go…Let it go…Can’t hold it back anymore….

Its achievement hasn’t come to a stop yet. On its 101th day of release (few days ago), the film crossed USD 1 billion in box office, hence becoming the 18th film in movie history to break the 1-billion milestone. That is really not easy. It is also now the second highest grossing animated feature film (behind Toy Story 3) As of April 2014, with grossing intake of nearing USD 1.1 billion, it is now the world’s highest grossing animated film (putting ToyStory 3 to second placing) and the second highest grossing film for year 2013 (behind Iron Man 3). Incredible! Truly a nice movie, and I’m looking forward to more of animated films of such quality from Disney.

86th Annual Academy Awards 2014: Full result together with my opinion.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2014 by vincentloy

I guess most of you have already knew who wins at the just concluded 86th Annual Academy Awards. Here, I’m going to put down the full list of the result alongside with some of my opinions. The competition between films last year is seriously intense. There are a lot of strong contenders to watch out for in this year’s Oscars, the most prestigious film awards in the world. And it all ends when all the winner in 24 categories were announced just few hours ago.




Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave.”

Opinion: Very much expected despite receiving tough competition from sci-fi thriller, ‘Gravity’. But if I’m the only judge, I prefer ‘Gravity’ over ’12 Years a Slave’.

Best Leading Actor: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Opinion: Oscar’s favourite this year. Hence, another predicted result. I pitied Leonardo di Caprio for not winning this again. He has no fate yet. Maybe bad timing. I’m sure your time will come. 

Best Leading Actress: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine.”

Opinion: Another hot favourite. She sweeps this category in most other awards earlier too. Hence, another expected announcement. But I actually prefer Sandra Bullock.

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Opinion: Expected result. I think ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ is a movie that pushes all its main male casts to win in Oscars.

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave.”

Opinion: She will win since Jennifer Lawrence, another favourite in this category is too soon to receive another Academy Awards (she had just won Best Actress not long ago).

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity.”

Opinion: A predicted result and I’m very happy for Alfonso Cuaron. He did amazing directing job in ‘Gravity’.

Best Foreign Language Film: “The Great Beauty,” Italy.

Opinion: No comment since I didn’t watch any of the nominated foreign-language films. I shall wait for a chance when one of my country’s local films could finally get nominated here. 

Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave.”

Opinion: I prefer ‘Captain Phillips’ actually, for turning a true pirate hijacking story into such a dramatic movie. Now it makes ‘Captain Phillips’ movie empty-handed in the Oscars.

Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, “Her.”

Opinion: Eventhough I haven’t watch ‘Her’, but everyone is saying that this movie is unique and had very good original screenplay. So, I think this is deserving. 

Best Animated Feature Film: “Frozen.”

Opinion: Another very much predictable outcome. Disney’s ‘Frozen’ stood out than the rest and I like the movie too.

Best Production Design: “The Great Gatsby.”

Opinion: Deserving too. But I didn’t watch ‘The Great Gatsby’ actually.

Best Cinematography: “Gravity.”

Opinion: Expected win. ‘Gravity’ is overwhelming on its brilliant cinematography. 

Best Sound Mixing: “Gravity.”

Opinion: Knew ‘Gravity’ will win. The movie achieved perfection in mixing sound.

Best Sound Editing: “Gravity.”

Opinion: Wow. Another win for ‘Gravity’. It truly stands out in technical categories and sound is definitely inclusive. But I prefer for the best sound mixing and editing to be combined together for only a single award next time. 

Best Original Score: “Gravity,” Steven Price.

Opinion: No doubt ‘Gravity’ will win this too. One of the main reasons I like ‘Gravity’ is because it had awesome and impacting movie soundtracks. 

Best Original Song: “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”

Opinion: At first I thought the song from the movie regarding Mandela will win. But still, I’m happy that ‘Let It Go’ song won. The song is now extremely popular. Yup. I quite like the song too. Let it go…let it go…anyway, next!

Best Costume Design: “The Great Gatsby.”

Opinion: No comment as I didn’t watch ‘The Great Gatsby’.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Opinion: No comment as I didn’t watch ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ too.

Best Film Editing: “Gravity.”

Opinion: Huh…another win for ‘Gravity’. Awesome. Truly one of the outstanding movies last year.

Best Visual Effects: “Gravity.”

Opinion: ‘Gravity’ again. Boring, right? No. The movie truly deserves all these recognitions. The movie enabled the audiences to magically experience what is it like floating at the outer space unlike any others. Amazing visuals as I recalled. 


Best Animated Short Film: “Mr. Hublot.”

Best Documentary Feature: “20 Feet from Stardom.”

Best Documentary (short subject): “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.”

Best Live Action Short Film: “Helium.”

Opinion: No comment to the last four categories. I recalled last time that there was another category named ‘Best Art Direction’. This category no longer available this year. I wonder why. 



Time to sum up my thoughts of the whole awards ceremony. I haven’t watch the presentation ceremony yet but I have already heard of a group of stars had ‘selfie’ with Ellen which broke record for being the most retweeted tweet in history. I believed Ellen DeGeneres had hosted the Hollywood’s biggest night successfully, thanks to her always entertaining jokes and great friendship with many of the Hollywood stars. She herself is already quite popular. A lot of famous stars attended the show including those not nominated too (maybe as awards presenter). Leonardo di Caprio, Lady Gaga, Christian Bale, Naomi Watts, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Penelope Cruz, Anne Hathaway, Channing Tatum, Chris Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Amy Adams, Julia Roberts, Elton John, etc. Too long till I couldn’t put down everybody’s names here. It’s okay.

I’m quite satisfied with the result as most of them were very much predictable before the awards ceremony as seen in outcome of earlier awards presentation like Golden Globes and BAFTA. ‘Gravity’ won 7 awards, the most number in the ceremony and I’m very happy of it as it is my personal best film last year. ’12 Years A Slave’ won the coveted ‘Best Picture’ as expected too, but I’m actually bored of watching it. Quite a number of films went home empty-handed, particularly ‘American Hustle’, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, ‘Captain Phillips’, etc. Last but not least, a big congratulation to all the winners!

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Movie review: Ender’s Game (2013)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2014 by vincentloy

I guess Ender’s Game would be one of the last 2013’s films that I would watch. Nothing else from 2013 that has anymore of my attention, and focus should be back on this year’s movies. Hence, this movie review may be the last to end my thoughts on films released last year. Based on a novel of the same name, Ender’s Game is a science fiction action thriller film that stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew ‘Ender’ Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military academy in outer space to prepare for a future alien invasion.


The story is strong and is cleverly developed with a solid and engaging plot. Before I started watching this, I had a worry that there may be quite a lot of boring and draggy scenes that could get me asleep in the middle. In the end, I was relieved. This movie had my eyes on it from the beginning till the end. I even wish for this to be a bit longer. I was quite concerned to follow on the story development and to see how Wiggin experiences and excels one step further at a time in the battle station at the outer space in preparation for the Formics invasion.


Asa Butterfield is the main lead of the show. I previously seen him as lead in the ‘Hugo’ film and I was quite impressed. Same goes to his amazing performance here. If he fails, the whole movie will fails since most of the screen-time is on him. He is very young, but is already capable of carrying such heavy role as seen here very well. Superb work from him, and also from Harrison Ford as the colonel in the movie. On the other hand, I don’t like Ben Kingsley, and his role here is somehow made slightly pointless.

The visual effects are great. This is important to present to the audiences sci-fi thrills and this movie did it. But I was actually hoping for more detailed views of how the Formics (the alien species) live and how their colony and their planet works. On the other hand, I find that the superb advanced technology used by the battle station is confusing and illogical particularly the transparent (or perhaps totally invisible?) screen the people used to control. And in the ending, they managed to easily destroy a whole planet by just a beam of shot. Climax there ends terribly. Slight disappointment there.


Generally, the movie is quite engaging and worth watching, thanks to the solid plot and also engaging performance by Asa Butterfield. He is surely a young talent to watch out for. He in this movie is like the opposite of Jaden Smith in ‘After Earth’, whom is critically panned particularly on his performance. I’m happy that Asa did things right here in ‘Ender’s Game’ and obviously brought up the movie to a thumbs up from me. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Ender’s Game’ a total of 7.2.

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Movie review: The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2014 by vincentloy

‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ is a film directed by acclaimed director, Martin Scorsese, and is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. There are three reasons to persuade me to watch this;

a) it received very positive reviews from critics and audiences. Even many of my Facebook friends are recommending this.

b) it starred Leonardo di Caprio, one of my favourite male actors, and I have not seen him in movies for quite some time.

b) it has won Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Leonardo di Caprio at Golden Globes 2014, and obtained huge number of nominations in the current awards season, including at the upcoming Academy Awards, hence cementing its quality.


It is banned in my country because of the excessive depiction of sex, drugs and vulgarity in the movie, and that my country is very sensitive on this particular. But I had my way to watch it too. And I’m shocked that this film took 3 hours. A movie this long would obviously have a very solid and properly-developed story. This is a good point for the movie. Nothing lacks, sufficient character’s development and substantial plot to drive the story along that centred on the life of a stockbroker, Jordan Belfort. But I really find it is too long and not engaging enough, and not much drama going on in between besides than those sex, drug and ‘f’words.

The highlight of the movie must be on Leonardo di Caprio, portraying as Jordan Belfort. He brought in stellar performance and I can see he put in so much effort and energy to carry out his highly dynamic role here very well. He nailed it. Congratulations to him on winning the Best Actor at the recent Golden Globes. Hope on Oscar? Too bad, more are eyeing on Matthew Mcconaughey for the Best Leading Actor in the coming Academy Awards from his performance in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’. Nevertheless, nobody will doubt Leo’s acting especially after watching this movie.


The supporting casts also did fairly well. Most of them just went ‘crazy’ (that’s what needed from their roles in the stockbroker office). Yup, this movie is good, but I just don’t feel that this is extraordinary, excellent or something that I can say ‘best’. It’s light, entertaining, having a good screenplay, and most of all, the presence of a versatile brilliant actor, Leo. But it just didn’t get to me enough. And I find the excessive portrayal of sex and drug in this film are unnecessary. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ a total of 7.1. And do you know that this film is noted for being the drama film with the word ‘fuck’ said the most in cinematic history. In every short dialogues, I can hear at least one or two of that ‘f’ word. Quite a controversial black comedy film.

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10 highest grossing films in 2013, and ‘Iron Man 3’ topped the list.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2014 by vincentloy

I think there are few more movies last year that I wished to watch before moving on with many anticipated films to be released this year. Now, let us see which movies of 2013 gained the most in box-office.

‘Iron Man 3’ which is said could be the last instalment in ‘Iron Man’ stand-alone superhero film franchise generated massive popularity, and hence pulling in 1.215 billion dollar, making it the highest grossing film of the year 2013, and overall, the 5th highest grossing film of all-time. This is not surprising, as superhero movies recently proven to be very successful and appealing to movie-goers. It is also the 16th film to pass the 1-billion dollar mark, and it is the only film released in 2013 that successfully reached the milestone. But I don’t really like this movie that much compared to some other notable superhero movies. Anyway, congratulation to ‘Iron Man 3’ for becoming the champion in box-office last year.


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Here below is the complete list of the…

Top 10 highest grossing films in 2013:

1. Iron Man 3 – 1.215 billion.

2. Despicable Me 2 – 0.954 billion.

3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – 0.854 billion. *

4. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug – 0.835 billion. *

5. Fast And Furious 6 – 0.788 billion.

6. Frozen – 0.767 billion. * (reached 1.112 billion as of April 2014, jumped to second place)

7. Monsters University – 0.743 billion.

8. Gravity – 0.677 billion.

9. Man Of Steel – 0.668 billion.

10. Thor: The Dark World – 0.632 billion.

(Note: The film with the star indication in the end indicates that it is still running in theatres worldwide and its total gross will increase.)

Ahh, I watched all the movies in this top 10 list. Looking from this list, it appears that superhero movies remain the favourites (3 is in top 10). Animated movies are also highly popular last year with 3 making the list too. Last but not least, we saw also that sequels (which are usually produced due to the success of their predecessors) effectively gained interest of movie-goers again as 7 in this top 10 list are sequels. As of now, the top 6 films in this list made it to the top 50 grossing films of all-time. And out of these top 10 films, the one that had my highest rating would be ‘Gravity’ starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney which is also the hot favourite in the upcoming BAFTA and Academy Awards where it received huge number of nominations. On the other hand, the original 1993’s ‘Jurassic Park’ is re-released in 3D last year in conjunction with its 20th anniversary, and that made it to become the 17th film to cross the 1-billion mark with final grossing of 1.029 billion. Couldn’t believe this classic movie has been 20 years old already.

For 2014, movies that I think could stand a high chance to enter this top 10 list for its year are ‘The Lego Movie’, ‘Robocop’, ‘300: Rise Of An Empire’, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, ‘Rio 2’, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, ‘Godzilla’, ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’, ‘Maleficent’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’, ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’, ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’, ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’, ‘The Hobbit: There And Back Again’. I already listed 15 potential movies that will score big in box office this year and these are also the ones that I’m looking forward to watch this year.