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Bad day lighten up with a great movie!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2017 by vincentloy

Today is the day for my final presentation for my design studio this semester. After days of insufficient sleep and constantly glued to my laptop working for this assessment, the judgement time finally arrives. However, things turned out to be bad this morning when I get quite harsh criticisms from the lecturers. I’m open to feedback but they should have said it out to me on my design during the tutorial sessions earlier. And then, here they came stabbing not only on my design, but also on almost everyone’s else. I’m shocked to see them complimenting on somebody’s works that are obviously lacking in quality and quantity and then criticizing heavily on people who produced serious amount of works. They even asked us ‘what went wrong?’. My answer deep down in my heart would be ‘You guys are the ones who went wrong!’.

I’m hoping my lecturers won’t be seeing this. It’s just me voicing out my frustration of the day. I’m quite confident of my level of works (I put in more time and effort on it than I put on my previous two design studios) and I didn’t see what’s happening today coming to me. It’s literally 80% negative comments and only 20% of consolation words. I knew they are trying to force us to improve further and face the harsh reality, but that is something that I’m not ready to face after putting so much effort and passion on it. They will never understand. I’m also surprised to see them not agreeing and again harshly criticizing on most of the other people’s works too, some of which are very well done from my point of view.

Let’s not talk about them anymore. It’s over. Arrghh…it’s not. This final studio presentation this time is not actually the ‘final’ as we have the portfolio submission that requires immense amount of new stuff from us and covers a huge percentage of our grading of the unit for the semester. This studio is really giving me all sort of pressure and literally headache. We are supposed to have this studio end by now and not prolonged with more works to be done. This is so unlike the last two design studios. Our lecturers are making life so much more unnecessarily difficult for us.

The only positive thing to cheer me up today after the studio’s presentation is the ‘Wonder Woman’ movie. Finally, it’s the time for me to get some much needed break and went for a new movie. There are so many cool movies out now but ‘Wonder Woman’ is my top priority. And I didn’t choose wrongly. It’s such an amazing movie that not only strikes with lots of actions but also strikes right to the heart. Gal Gadot is impressive and spectacular as the titular character. I don’t think there is anyone else that could portray this superhero better than her. She is not only here for the attacks to save the day, but also here to carry the whole movie with passionate acting and engaging performance. And not to mention that she is incredibly pretty and hot too. I’m melted. Chris Pine is also great in portraying as her lover, Steve Trevor.

I think this is the first time that DC movie is doing it right. The previous DC superhero movies are just average and not as good as Marvel ones but this ‘Wonder Woman’ came out as an exception to my delight. The plot is nice and easy to grasp, the chemistry and romance between the two lead cast is amazing, the actions are awesome, the visual effects are cool, the score are intense and dramatic, the emotions are there, the messages are there. There is also one unexpected major plot twist regarding the revelation of the main villain in this movie. I did not see that coming. And that is great. What more do you want? There are even some nice hilarious scenes put in to create a lighter tone which is an approach not very much attempted in DC movies’ style that prioritizes dark and serious mood. It’s a good addition to the movie to keep everyone entertained from beginning till the end. I literally have not a single bad words for this movie. Well done to DC! Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Wonder Woman’ a total of 8.2. It is very engaging and thrilling! I love it. This is one cool awesome movie.

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Movie review: Thor – The Dark World (2013)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2013 by vincentloy

Not long after the event in ‘The Avengers’ film last year, we observed the comeback of Iron Man again on its third solo instalment early this year. On that one, we saw Tony Stark of course and also a bit of Hulk (remember the post-credit scene in Iron Man 3?). Now, before the year ends, here came another Marvel’s production; this time a Thor sequel and named ‘The Dark World’. This, the superhero must be Thor himself, but surprisingly, audiences will also got to see a bit of Captain America (you will know when you watch it).

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In ‘Thor: The Dark World’, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) reunited with Jane (Natalie Portman), his lover and Loki (Tom Hiddleston), his half-brother to face an enemy known as Dark Elves that not only wish to destroy Asgard but also aim to bring darkness to the whole universe. The movie begins with storytelling of what had happened several thousand years ago to the Dark Elves that will eventually unleashed on this day to take revenge and to fulfill their ruthless ambition. Then, the story develops and frequently switches from events on Asgard, then on Malekith (dark elves leader)’s ruined home world (I forgot the name…it started with ‘Sva…’), and also on Earth, and back and forth.

Not only did the various strange names of places or people that got me a bit blurred, the heavy plot that runs from this planet to few others also had me slightly confused. I would prefer for a simpler plot but still with effective villain and a solid story. There are also quite a number of unnecessary lengthy scenes especially some long boring talks. Replace those draggy parts with more thrilling action scenes, then this Thor sequel would be much greater. There are a number of battle sequences but mostly are not intense or exciting enough to call it Thor’s challenging adventure even with his powerful hammer. Some funny scenes are good, but that’s not the main thing we are looking for.

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Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman delivered solid performance as usual, but the one I wish to highlight the most is Tom Hiddleston, portraying ‘Loki’. After being given a heavyweight villain role in ‘The Avengers’, there is a strong appeal on his character continued to this Thor sequel as a prisoner freed by Thor to help him save the universe. Tom nailed this character on which at this point is quite complicated as he stands on line between good and bad. He tend to be quite funny in several scenes here and I enjoyed it. It’s quite interesting also to watch him, once a supervillain, now working together with his half-brother to do something good instead. The last scene before rolling credits involving him is very surprising. I don’t wish to reveal much more spoiler here.

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I couldn’t feel any spark between Thor and Jane, hence their romance storyline here is poor. On the other hand, the visual effect is splendid and it has to be for a superhero film like this that required several alien planets and involves odd-looking structures and machines. Generally, this Thor sequel is slightly better than its predecessor but compared to other Marvel’s superhero films, Thor still lacked in power. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Thor: The Dark World’ a total of 6.9. If you have not watch it, remember to stay for a while after the last scene as there is a mid-credit scene on which I don’t get it. Hmm…the next Marvel’s superhero film should be ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ which will be up early next year.

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Movie review: Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2012 by vincentloy

‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?’

Snow White and the Huntsman; another film based on the fairy tale of Snow White released this year. Another one is ‘Mirror Mirror’, released few months ago which I did watch it too. I’m wondering why there are suddenly so many Snow White’s adaptation films this year. Comparing this to ‘Mirror Mirror’, it is no doubt that ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ is much more successful in many aspects. I watched it just now in Pavilion KL. I was in shock just now when a huge number of people queuing to buy movie tickets and waiting to enter are mostly for this Snow White’s film. It gains interest of a lot of people and it seems that this fairy tale is still famous after so many years. However, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ is no fairy tale as described from the movie’s tagline. It came in bigger budget and more advertising, and that is why it is better than ‘Mirror Mirror’.

The trailer for this film looks very interesting, impressive and promising to me. After watching its trailer few months ago, I had interest for it, with my eyes especially on the evil Queen Ravenna, portrayed by Charlize Theron, an Oscar-winning actress. She seems to portray the character very well, even when seen from the very few short scenes shown in the trailer itself only. And yes, her performance not only outshines the rest, but also saves the movie in the end. Without her solid and strong appearance and performance, the movie would sinks to the bottom. I can feel her evilness from her eyes and emotive expressions, and that’s a good thing. I bet many would praise her performance on this. She basically steals the show by delivering in auperb style and power on this film.

Kristen Stewart as the Snow White. Well, she is the main character and yet, Charlize Theron’s portrayal as the Queen gains more attention and interest despite with lesser amount of time on-screen. Kristen did only a fair job, not very good and not very bad. Well, she is still young and there are a lot of things she need to learn before landing on this kind of lead role. The other main character is not the prince, but is the huntsman, given order by the Queen to find Snow White in the Dark Forest whom in the end helped her instead. This character is portrayed by Chris Hemsworth who is famous as ‘Thor’. Well, he contributed a good performance but I don’t really like his existence in this film. He basically ruin the original story of the Snow White’s fairy tale by replacing the prince for the huge responsibility of saving and loving Snow White. So now on this film, the prince is only a supporting role and his kiss failed to bring back life to the Snow White. Instead, it is the huntsman’s kiss that succeeded. Ohh…too bad, now what I am expecting.

Anyway, that’s quite a good twist to the original story which I think a bit of differences to the original version are necessary for a refreshing and a different outcome. ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ adds more elaboration to the original story but fails to provide depth on some other aspects. The elaboration made which is good is on the addition of Snow White’s experience in the dark forest as well as in the so-called ‘sanctuary’ guided by the eight dwarfs (yup, eight dwarfs and not seven, but later on, one is killed and the number goes back to seven, similar to the original classic). There are some horrifying and beautiful things encountered, but that portion is a bit too excessive, leaving the middle part of the film to be quite boring and slow when there is not much of the evil Queen’s appearance anymore. But in the end, I find everything hits in a balanced proportion.

The story is extended, but not in depth disappointingly. There is no answer or background on certain parts like on the origin of the mirror that the Queen speaks too, not enough shown on the history of the Queen that contributed to her evilness, how she learnt all those black magic, and why she didn’t just kill Snow White when she was still a child as the Queen already sees her as a threat on the day of her coronation. Ahaa…so the story isn’t perfect but it’s a much better, serious, dark and epic adaptation of the famous Snow White’s fairy tale that everyone knows and remembers until these days.

The visual effects are quite stunning but the focus is not on that. Ahh, let’s not forget about the seven dwarfs too. Once the seven dwarfs appeared in the film, things started to get more interesting. They brought in laughter and ‘light’ after some unnecessary, quiet, long and huge amount of boring scenes involving the Snow White wondering in the Dark Forest with the huntsman. And finally, after almost two hours, the climax arrived and it took only about the last fifteen minutes of the film. That is certainly not enough for some exciting and thrilling clash between the evil Queen’s army with the Duke’s army in order of Snow White in the castle.

And after watching the movie, I found out that some parts shown in the trailer are actually not there in the movie itself. That is ridiculous and disappointing at the same time because I find there is some very potential or thrilling moments (the Queen screaming while mirror breaks and some others as seen from the trailer) and some memorable or strong dialogues not featured or shown in the film which is a waste. And one more thing, I find the ending to be not that good and simply sorted out without any strong consideration and thought on it. You would know what I mean once you watched it. I am expecting more actually. But it’s good enough if I didn’t come in high expectation.

Overall, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ transformed the original fairy tale into an epic experience of the Snow White and the intensifying evilness of Queen Ravenna. This production is a great masterpiece of heighten proportion and extra credit is given to Rupert Sanders as this is his first directing work. It makes ‘Mirror Mirror’ looking like a B-rated film, but I think that ‘Mirror Mirror’ is going on another direction which is much ‘lighter’ and ‘safer’ and should not be compared together. ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ is great and recommended. Out of 10 points, I rate it a total of 7.3. Ahh…I wrote a very long movie review for this one. Two hours for movie and one hour for its review.

Movie review: Captain America – The First Avenger (2011)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2011 by vincentloy

It’s time for Captain America as July is almost coming to end. It’s a superhero film by Marvel Comics which is famous in creating several other comic-based superhero films like Spiderman, Iron Man, etc.  The film tells the story of Steve Rogers, a short, thin and weak man who is transformed into super soldier Captain America to help the war effort. However, Captain America must stop Red Skull (the villain), Adolf Hitler’s ruthless head of weaponry and leader of a terrorist organization, who intends to use a mysterious tesseract energy-source for world domination.

As the setting of this marvel superhero is back in 1942 during World War II, Captain America is considered the first superhero emerged in the world from the comics, and hence getting the name as ‘the first avenger’. Do you know that Marvel is going to release a new film soon entitled ‘Avengers’ which will gather most of its superheros into a single film, for an epic battle with the much stronger villain. It is even hinted at the end of this film that it is a prequel to the upcoming ‘Avengers’ film which Captain America will be part of it. Here below is the official trailer of the movie, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’:

I don’t need to explain much on the story of the film as to prevent spoilers as well as it is pretty much expected and obvious what this film will deliver; some extreme action scenes of fights, clash and explosions added with some humours which cracked the audiences out. I did laugh at several moments by a few hilarious scenes, especially at the beginning of the film when the thin and weak soldier is not yet transformed, and when people are questioning his ability in army forces. The action scenes are impressive, but not at the part of the final clash between Captain America and Red Skull which I find it is too simple and quick (with Red Skull suddenly vanished to the universe). Not all action scenes are just created with mainly CGI effects, with many portion showing the real fighting action by the Captain, Steve Rogers portrayed by Chris Evans.

I have to compliment on Chris Evans for his best ever performance after I have known him from Fantastic Four. He had a greater role here as he is the Captain America, the main lead of the film. The character’s development of the film is shown very well, hence giving sufficient screen time for him to shine from a thin guy to a muscular guy. The audiences would certainly pay attention towards his character which is given a depth, good enough for a two-hours movie. His solid performance steals the whole show. As for the villain, the Red Skull portrayed by Hugo Weaving, I find his performance not well done, a better actor should be casted for such a potential character that is ruined by Hugo at this point.

I would like to praise the editing jobs done in showing how skinny Chris Evans is in the beginning of the film and how muscular and ‘big’ he is after being transformed. Yes, Chris Evans did a great job in going for a diet for his earlier acting before going for gym for his performance after the transformation, but obviously, computer did major role there. Thumbs up to Chris for his effort in doing so, and to the whole production team for making the movie quite a successful one. On the other hand, I find that the film did extremely well in bringing the whole setting back to 70 years ago during World War II.

However, I find some parts in the film to be a bit illogical, like the part when the died doctor leaved no notes at all in operating the transformation mechanism which lead to only a single ‘Captain America’, and not many (which would be then damaging the whole point of having only a single Captain), the part when Captain America is saved and slept for almost 70 years just to reach to the modern days to be continued with the upcoming ‘Avengers’ film. There are some other illogical parts but I’m still okay with it…as the whole point of superhero film already came in being illogical at some sense. Out of 10 points, I would gave this one 7.2.