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2017 films that I have watched and list of 10 highest grossing films for the year.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2017 by vincentloy

2017 is coming to an end soon. This is the time for me to have a post that compiles a list of films released in 2017 that I have watched. This has been a tradition of my blog here for several years by now.

Hollywood films in 2017 that I have watched:

(The asterisks indicate my personal rating for each movies. 5 is the maximum. The ones in bold are my top 10 selection)

  1. Eloise. ***
  2. Rings. **
  3. Logan. ***
  4. Kong: Skull Island. ***
  5. The Space Between Us. ***
  6. Beauty and the Beast. ****
  7. Life. ***
  8. The Boss Baby. ****
  9. The Fate of the Furious. ****
  10. The Bigfoot Project. *
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume II. ***
  12. Alien: Covenant. ***
  13. Wonder Woman. *****
  14. The Mummy. ***
  15. Power Rangers. ***
  16. Split. ***
  17. Get Out. ****
  18. Despicable Me 3. ***
  19. Baby Driver. ***
  20. Dunkirk. ***
  21. Spider-man: Homecoming. ***
  22. 47 Meters Down. ***
  23. War for the Planet of the Apes. *****
  24. It Comes At Night. *
  25. Annabelle: Creation. ***
  26. It. ****
  27. Transformers: The Last Knight. ***
  28. Leatherface. **
  29. Cult of Chucky. *
  30. Zombies. *
  31. Open Water 3: Cage Dive. ***
  32. The Emoji Movie. ***
  33. Happy Death Day. *****
  34. Jeepers Creepers 3. **
  35. Thor: Ragnarok. ***
  36. Victoria And Abdul. ***
  37. Justice League. ****
  38. Geostorm. ****
  39. Serpent. **
  40. American Assassin. ***
  41. Kingsman: The Golden Circle. ****
  42. The Foreigner. ***
  43. Stronger. ***
  44. Mother! **
  45. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. ****
  46. Birth Of The Dragon. *
  47. Beyond Skyline. ***
  48. The Son Of Bigfoot. ***
  49. Battle Of The Sexes. ****
  50. Call Me By Your Name. ****
  51. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. ****
  52. Unhinged. *
  53. Lady Bird. ****
  54. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. ***
  55. I, Tonya. ****
  56. The Disaster Artist. ***
  57. Coco. *****
  58. Breathe. ****
  59. The Shape of Water. *****
  60. Jigsaw. ****
  61. Tulip Fever. ***
  62. Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. ****
  63. Darkest Hour. ***
  64. The Post. ***
  65. Wonder. ****
  66. Victor Crowley. ***
  67. Phantom Thread. ***
  68. Murder On The Orient Express. ***
  69. Ferdinand. ****
  70. The Greatest Showman. ****
  71. Attack Of The Southern Fried Zombies. *
  72. Paddington 2. *****
  73. Baywatch. ****
  74. Star Wars: The Last Jedi. ****
  75. Redwood. ***
  76. It Came From The Desert. ***
  77. Scarecrows. ***

Malaysian Film in 2017 that I have watched:

(The asterisks indicate my personal rating for the movie. 5 is the maximum.)

  1. KL24: Zombies. *

Thailand Film in 2017 that I have watched:

(The asterisks indicate my personal rating for the movie. 5 is the maximum.)

  1. Bad Genius. *****

Chinese (Hong Kong/China/Taiwan) Films in 2017 that I have watched:

(The asterisks indicate my personal rating for each movies. 5 is the maximum. The ones in bold are my top 1 selection)

  1. Kung Fu Yoga. *****
  2. Love Contractually. ***
  3. Cook Up A Storm. ****
  4. The Adventurers. ***
  5. Bleeding Steel. ****
  6. Vampire Cleanup Department. ***

The list above is to be updated accordingly as I’m still on track to watch some new 2017 films soon. Looking at the current progress, I have been watching much lesser films this year compared to last year (2016). So far up until 28th April 2018, I have watched 85 films. The reasons for that are that I have been spending more time on my study this year (especially on my thesis work) and there are not much films this year that appeal to me. You would have also noticed that I have been writing much lesser movie reviews this year (maybe I’m tired of it already).

December 2017 to February 2018 would be the period of time that I’m going to catch up on more 2017 films just to wrap it up on time before the Academy Awards to be held on March 2018. I have a lot of Oscar-bait movies to catch up later too and I’m looking forward to that. Hence, the total number of 2017 films that I have watched is expected to rise in the coming days/months but it would still be below the amount achieved for 2016 films for sure.

So now, here’s the list of top 10 highest grossing 2017 films as of 28th April 2018:

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi. US$ 1.332 billion.
  2. Beauty and the Beast. US$ 1.263 billion.
  3. The Fate of the Furious. US$ 1.236 billion.
  4. Despicable Me 3. US$ 1.034 billion.
  5. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. US$ 956 million.
  6. Spider-Man: Homecoming. US$ 880 million.
  7. Wolf Warrior 2. US$ 874 million.
  8. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. US$ 863 million.
  9. Thor: Ragnarok. US$ 853 million.
  10. Wonder Woman. US$ 821 million.

Four films this year successfully joined the 1-billion dollar club. ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ topped the chart this year with expected final grossing to be somewhere around US$ 1.3 billion. ‘Beauty and the Beast’, the live-action remake of the 1991 animated film of the same name came in second place while ‘The Fate of the Furious’, the eight installment of the franchise comes close by taking the 3rd spot. Despicable Me 3 is the highest grossing animated movie this year and it shows that the popularity towards the little minions has not dies down yet. The same cannot be said for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise as its latest film, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ is not getting great box office result like its predecessors (ended up sitting at 11th place) which shows that the interest to this franchise is going downhill now.

Out of the 10 films above, I have watched all but ‘Wolf Warrior 2’; a Chinese film and is the only non-Hollywood film that is listed on the all-time worldwide top 100 box office. The famous ‘It’ movie became the highest grossing horror film in history (unadjusted for inflation) and is a huge box office success with a grossing that hits US$ 700 million. It is now the 12th highest grossing film of the year.

(Post originally written on 21st December 2017 and has been updated on 28th April 2018)

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New Year 2017 Fireworks!

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2017 by vincentloy

Didn’t get to watch any new year fireworks live yesterday in KL since I’m at home with family on 12am last night. Well, I do not have the urge to watch the fireworks here in Malaysia eventhough I enjoy doing so because the displays here are simply too plain and boring every year.

So, I have to look up on new year fireworks display from other major cities across the world that were much more exciting to watch! YouTube is the best place for me to do so today after all cities across the globe has already celebrated the occasion from one time zone to another.

The best fireworks display goes to Sydney, Australia as usual. It is one of the largest new year’s fireworks display and its 12-minutes show was really overwhelming and beautiful. View of the massive fireworks shooting up from the Sydney Harbour and the iconic Harbour Bridge impressed me every year.

Here below are the other new year 2017 fireworks display in other cities that look great too:

London, UK – from the London Eye ferris wheel. Amazing and is always the second best.

Hong Kong, China – I like the idea of fireworks shooting from some buildings in the city but that only happened in the 10-seconds countdown to 2017 and not in the entire show which would make it much better.

Dubai, UAE – from the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa and its surrounding. I’m impressed by the LED projection screen all over the facade of Burj Khalifa during the fireworks show.

Taipei, Taiwan – from Taipei 101, former world’s tallest building. Taipei 101 is the only stand-alone tall building in the city and so shooting fireworks from the tower itself in all angles is possible. And that is what makes their fireworks show every year spectacular. The inclusion of dramatic play of light of the building during the show is also great.

These fireworks shows above are way much better than our pyrotechnic show in KLCC. We couldn’t deliver intense and interesting display every year. It’s always the same one spot and same one style. It would be much better if our city presents a unified show by shooting fireworks from some major buildings in the city with the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower as the main highlights.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – from the KLCC Park with the iconic Petronas Twin Towers as the backdrop.

That’s it. Happy New Year 2017 to everyone once again! Have a great year ahead!

(All videos in this post are from YouTube)

World’s 10 Tallest Buildings in 2016.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2016 by vincentloy

It’s been quite some time since I last compiled a list of the world’s top ten tallest buildings. I think the last time I worked on that was about a year or two ago and I’m very sure that the data in that particular post would be inaccurate as of now due to the world’s high interest on building supertall skyscrapers in recent years. So, if you are looking for the latest and the most accurate list of world’s top 10 tallest buildings as of June 2016, this is the right place to be.

The list only includes buildings (structures that contain mostly habitable or functional floors) and excludes tv masts, telecommunication or observation towers, antennas, etc. This list also includes the buildings that are still under construction but have already topped out (reached final height).

< 1 > Burj Khalifa, 828 metres, 163 floors, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (completed in 2010).

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< 2 > Shanghai Tower, 632 metres, 121 floors, Shanghai, China (completed in 2015).

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< 3 > Makkah Clock Royal Tower, 601 metres, 120 floors, Makkah, Saudi Arabia (completed in 2012).

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< 4 > Ping An International Finance Center, 599 metres, 116 floors, Shenzhen, China (topped out, to be completed in 2016).

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< 5 > Lotte World Tower, 556 metres, 123 floors, Seoul, South Korea (topped out, to be completed in 2016).

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< 6 > One World Trade Center, 541 metres, 104 floors, New York City, United States of America (completed in 2014).

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< 7 > CTF Finance Centre, 530 metres, 116 floors, Guangzhou, China (completed in 2016).

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< 8 > Taipei 101, 509 metres, 101 floors, Taipei, Taiwan (completed in 2004).

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< 9 > Shanghai World Financial Center, 492 metres, 101 floors, Shanghai, China (completed in 2008).

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< 10 > International Commerce Centre, 484 metres, 118 floors, Hong Kong, China (completed in 2010).

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Burj Khalifa remains as the world’s tallest building, holding on to the title for the 6th year. It is also still the world’s tallest man-made structure and is likely to remain at the top of the list for another few years before being taken over by Kingdom Tower (now under construction in Jeddah) in 2020. Half of the 10 buildings in this list above are in China, further displaying the country’s massive economic boom and interest on constructing tall buildings. Also discovered from the list above is that for the next newly completed building to be able to be ranked in the world’s 10 tallest, it has to be at least 500 metres high. 500 metres (above 100 floors as well) is now the minimum mark to get into top 10 tallest’s ranking. Back in 10 years, 400 metres is the mark. Now, an extra 100 for that.

My beloved Petronas Twin Towers are out of the list since they are only 452 metres tall. They are now placed at 11th (and 12th) tallest. Goldin Finance 117, a tower planned for completion this year and nears topping out in Tianjin, China is currently on-hold and is awaiting funding. Its completion date is now pushed to end of year 2017. The tower is expected to reach final height of 597 metres (117 floors) and will be the 5th tallest once topped out either by end of the year or early next year.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

Happy New Year 2016!

Posted in Interesting Encounters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2016 by vincentloy

Happy New Year! Goodbye 2015 and welcome 2016! It’s a wonderful new year!

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There is nothing more important on this first blog post of the year than to wish everyone a wonderful new year from the bottom of my heart! It’s the first day of the year, and so it’s holiday for everyone no matter where you are. Happy Holiday to everyone too, and enjoy this coming weekend break too. Nice…it’s a 3 days of continuous break again! First thing first, have you changed your calendar yet? Your 2015 calendar should be in dustbin already, and your 2016 calendar should be placed nicely in front of you now.

One of the best thing for me to do for new year’s celebration is to watch new year fireworks display in major cities across the world. I love fireworks! Eventhough it’s polluting the air but it is a must-thing for a countdown event like this very happening new year celebration. If there is no fireworks (no loud noise, no beautiful colourful display on the sky), then there is no feel or excitement to mark a new year. Thanks to some people from around the world who were very quick on uploading clips of them recording fireworks display from their respective places for the new year celebration last night that enabled me to watch them this morning already. And here are some of the clips:

London, United Kingdom – from London Eye ferris wheel with shots of iconic Big Ben tower.

Sydney, Australia – from Harbour Bridge with shots of iconic Sydney Opera House.

Hong Kong, China – from the water body as well as from several buildings out of the picturesque city skyline.

Taipei, Taiwan – from Taipei 101, former world’s tallest building.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – from Burj Khalifa, current world’s tallest building.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – from KLCC Park, in front of the Petronas Twin Towers, current world’s tallest twin buildings.

Beautiful fireworks, aren’t they? If you find the clips are too long (since the shows are that long), you can skip to the ending part where the climax would be when massive fireworks were put on to end it with loudest bang! These fireworks displays are so much better than the one from my own city, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We have beautiful landmarks like Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower, but our pyrotechnics are very poor in style and scale. I recommend for example, for the fireworks at KLCC, they should not only be released out from the park at the ground level but also from the twin towers itself. Then, it would be so much more nicer just like how Taipei 101 or Burj Khalifa did it in all these years. It’s much more beautiful if fireworks came out from tall buildings and I’m sure Petronas Twin Towers can certainly do that too. I also suggest to have a synchronized fireworks display from several buildings in the city region just like Hong Kong or even we can be better than that too. Right now, we have one spot over here shooting out fireworks in a few minutes and then another spot few kilometres away doing the same. Why not combine them and put that into one mega-scale fireworks show of the city to celebrate the new year? Look at how the other cities did that and I’m certain that KL can do that too. On the other hand, my blog’s header of the month would be also none other than a spectacular image of fireworks display too.

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Anyway, let’s forget about that. All the fireworks had already been released last night and it’s now a bright sunny morning on the first day of the year. We have for a moment thought of some major things that have happened to the world and to us personally in the past year, and now we shall look ahead and start setting goals for 2016 instead since this new year had already arrived. My goals would be to stay healthy and fit for the year, study hard and smart for my Master beginning this February at Australia, and also something else that I have not thought of right now just yet.

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Happy New Year once again! Let’s wish for a great and a wonderful year ahead for everyone!

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web while the videos are from Youtube)

Films in 2015, a look at the box office figures this year and my selection of the best.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2015 by vincentloy

2015 has been a year with many great films. For a movie enthusiasts like me, films have been a major part of my entertainment for every year and 2015 is no exception. I started a habit beginning this year of noting down the movie’s title right after I watched it. And when I checked it back just now, I’m shocked to see that I have watched about 70 (now updated to over 100) films released in this year (2015).

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That would make 2015 more than enough to be the year with most number of films released in that particular year that I have watched. That’s my personal milestone. It equals to me watching an average of nearly two movies every week in a year. Here below is the list of movies in 2015 that I have watched, alongside with my own rating (in stars with 5 stars being the highest). I had also written reviews to over 90% of movies listed below in my past blog posts this year.

Hollywood (English Language) Films:

  1. Kingsman: The Secret Service. *****
  2. Project Almanac. ***
  3. Blackhat. **
  4. Jupiter Ascending. **
  5. Ex Machina. ***
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey. **
  7. Chappie. ****
  8. Cinderella. ***
  9. Furious 7. *****
  10. The Divergent Series: Insurgent. ***
  11. Avengers: Age of Ultron. *****
  12. Mad Max: Fury Road. *****
  13. Demonic. ****
  14. Area 51. ***
  15. The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence. *
  16. Spy. ****
  17. San Andreas. *****
  18. Tomorrowland. **
  19. Jurassic World. *****
  20. The Boy Next Door. **
  21. Careful What You Wish For. **
  22. Terminator Genisys. ****
  23. Minions. ***
  24. Home. ****
  25. Stung. ***
  26. Harbinger Down. **
  27. Ant-Man. ***
  28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. ***
  29. Extinction. ***
  30. Pixels. ***
  31. The Gallows. ***
  32. Fantastic Four. ***
  33. Exeter. **
  34. Southpaw. ****
  35. Robert The Doll. **
  36. Contracted: Phase 2. **
  37. American Ultra. ***
  38. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. ***
  39. Everest. ***
  40. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. ****
  41. Cooties. ***
  42. Hotel Transylvania 2. ***
  43. Knock Knock. ***
  44. Tremor 5: Bloodlines. **
  45. The Martian. *****
  46. The Pack. ***
  47. Hitman: Agent 47. ***
  48. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ****
  49. No Escape. ****
  50. The Hallow. ***
  51. Spectre. **
  52. Goosebumps. ****
  53. The Walk. *****
  54. The 33. **
  55. Submerged. *
  56. Sinister 2. ***
  57. By The Sea. *
  58. Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse. ***
  59. Pan. ****
  60. The Intern. ****
  61. Inside Out. *****
  62. Carol. ***
  63. The Revenant. ***
  64. The Danish Girl. ****
  65. Steve Jobs. ***
  66. In The Heart Of The Sea. ***
  67. The Good Dinosaur. ****
  68. Anomalisa. **
  69. Bridge of Spies. ****
  70. The Peanuts Movie. ***
  71. Spotlight. ***
  72. The End Of The Tour. ***
  73. Sisters. ***
  74. Room. *****
  75. Containment. **
  76. Sicario. ***
  77. Truth. ****
  78. The Last Witch Hunter. ***
  79. Lavalantula. *
  80. Legend. **
  81. Kill Your Friends. **
  82. Brooklyn. *****
  83. The Big Short. ***
  84. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. ****
  85. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. ****
  86. Krampus. ***
  87. The Invitation. **
  88. The Sand. ***
  89. Life. **

The ones in bold are my personal top 10 favourites from the above list. This year, I watched more independent films (those movie titles that you probably have not heard of) and while on the other hand, I also didn’t miss out some biggest titles this year.

Chinese (Hong Kong/China/Singapore-Malaysia) Films:

  1. King of Mahjong ***
  2. From Vegas to Macau 2 ***
  3. An Inspector Calls **
  4. Triumph in the Skies *
  5. The Gigolo **
  6. Lucky Star 2015 *
  7. S For Sex, S For Secrets ***
  8. 12 Golden Ducks **
  9. Dragon Blade ****
  10. Little Big Master ****
  11. Ip Man 3 *****
  12. Monster Hunt ***
  13. Return of the Cuckoo ****

The ones in bold are my personal top 3 favourites from the above list.

Norwegian Film:

  1. The Wave. ***

South Korean Film:

  1. Attack on Titan (Part 1). ***
  2. Attack on Titan (Part 2). **

This year, out of surprise, I do watched three movies not of English or Chinese. One Norwegian film that had my interest as it is a disaster movie that is also the highest grossing 2015 film in Norway. Another one is a South Korean film series titled ‘Attack on Titan’ about the titans (of course), gigantic human-like monsters devouring humans that got me a bit excited. This particular film is split into two parts, hence I consider that as two separate movies.

Hence, so far, I have watched 105 films released in year 2015. Beyond 100-mark! Wonderful! That’s a strong proof that I’m a movie fans! I also can’t wait for next year as there would be many nice movies releasing next year like ‘Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, ‘Deadpool’, ‘Suicide Squad’, ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’, ‘The Huntsman’, ‘London Has Fallen’, etc. Anticipating all of that and more.

2015 has been a great year for box office figures too. 2015 breaks record by having most number of films exceeding USD 1 billion in worldwide grossing at 5 films. I guess you can name that five films easily but I will reveal it below anyway in the list of 2015’s highest grossing films:

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (USD 2.068 billion)
  2. Jurassic World. (USD 1.670 billion)
  3. Furious 7. (USD 1.516 billion)
  4. Avengers: Age of Ultron. (USD 1.405 billion)
  5. Minions. (USD 1.159 billion)
  6. Spectre. (USD 880 million)
  7. Inside Out. (USD 857 million)
  8. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. (USD 682 million)
  9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. (USD 653 million)
  10. The Martian. (USD 630 million)

Four films (the top 4 in the list above) made it into the top 10 list of world’s highest grossing film (not adjusted for inflation). ‘Furious 7’ became the fastest film to cross over USD 1 billion mark, doing so in 17 days. The record was later taken over by ‘Jurassic World’ two months later, achieving it in only 13 days. Then, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ did it in only 12 days. On the other hand, ‘Jurassic World’ grossed USD 524.4 million worldwide on its opening weekend, making it the highest-grossing worldwide opening of all time. The record was then overtaken by ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ with USD 529 million opening worldwide. ‘Minions’ is the third animated movie to cross the USD 1 billion milestone, and is now the second highest grossing animated film, just behind ‘Frozen’. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awaken’ as expected earlier will broke multiple records in box office and it did.

Now, here comes the last part of this blog post with me selecting the best films, actors and actresses of the year. Now, it’s a special moment for me to pretend to be a professional critic, judge or voter on my own to choose the best in 2015 films. This is solely based on my personal opinions in the following 26 categories:

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  1. Best Motion Picture: Room.
  1. Best Director: George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
  1. Best Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
  1. Best Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson (Room)
  1. Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jacob Tremblay (Room)
  1. Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Rooney Mara (Carol)
  1. Best Rising Performer: Alicia Vikander (Ex-Machina, The Danish Girl)
  1. Best Original Screenplay: Inside Out.
  1. Best Adapted Screenplay: Room.
  1. Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road.
  1. Best Cinematography: The Revenant.
  1. Best Production Design: Bridge of Spies.
  1. Best Costume Design: Cinderella.
  1. Best Make-up and Hairstyling Design: The Danish Girl.
  1. Best Art Direction: The Danish Girl.
  1. Best Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road.
  1. Best Sound Editing & Mixing: Jurassic World.
  1. Best Original Score: Bridge of Spies.
  1. Best Original Song: See You Again (Furious 7).
  1. Best Action Choreography: Furious 7.
  1. Best Animated Feature: Inside Out.
  1. Best Musical or Comedy Film: Kingsman: The Secret Service.
  1. Best Science-Fiction or Action Film: Furious 7.
  1. Best Youth or Superhero-themed Film: Avengers: Age of Ultron.
  1. Best Horror or Thriller Film: San Andreas.
  1. Best Chinese Language Film: Ip Man 3.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

(Post updated on 20th December 2016)

List of films I have watched in 2014 and my picks of the best films of the year.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2014 by vincentloy

It’s the time of the year again for me to list down how many of the films released this year that I have watched, ranging from Hollywood to Hong Kong movies, and also one Malaysian film in 2014. I believed most of the films listed below would have my personal movie review for it here in my blog of which you can search easily for it if you want to.

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Hollywood films: (* indicates the number of stars I given to that particular film with the most one having five, my top 10 films in bold)

1) Boyhood. ***
2) Non-Stop. ****
3) Robocop. ****
4) The Lego Movie. *****
5) Pompeii. ***
6) Captain America: The Winter Soldier. ****
7) Divergent. ****
8) Rio 2. ***
9) The Amazing Spider-Man 2. ***
10) Godzilla. ****
11) X-Men: Days of Future Past. ***
12) How To Train Your Dragon 2. ****
13) The Fault in our Stars. ****
14) Edge of Tomorrow. ****
15) Maleficent. ****
16) Transformers: Age of Extinction. ***
17) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. ****
18) The Purge: Anarchy. ***
19) Guardians of the Galaxy. ****
20) Hercules. ***
21) Lucy. ****
22) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. ***
23) Into The Storm. ***
24) The Maze Runner. ****
25) Annabelle. ***
26) Ouija. ***
27) Animal. ***
28) Extraterrestrial. ****
29) Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort. **
30) As Above, So Below. ***
31) The Theory of Everything. *****
32) Fury. ****
33) Nightcrawler. ****
34) The Pyramid. ****
35) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. ****
36) ’71. ****
37) Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. ***
38) The Interview. **
39) Penguins of Madagascar. ****
40) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. ****
41) Unbroken ****
42) The Imitation Game *****
43) Big Hero 6. ****
44) Interstellar. *****
45) Whiplash. *****
46) Under The Skin. **
47) The Grand Budapest Hotel. ****
48) Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). ****

My picks for the best film and acting in the respective categories below:

Best Film (Drama, Overall) : The Theory of Everything.

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Best Film (Sci-Fi): Interstellar.

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Best Film (Superhero): Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Best Film (Horror): The Pyramid.

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Best Film (Animated): The Lego Movie.

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Best Film (Youth): Divergent.

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Outstanding performances by an actor:

: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

: Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)

: Michael Keaton (Birdman)

Outstanding performances by an actress:

: Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)

: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

: Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)

Outstanding young stars:

: Shailene Woodley (The Fault in our Stars, Divergent)

: Jack O’Connell (Unbroken, ’71)

: Miles Teller (Divergent, Whiplash)

Also not to forget some Hong Kong films of the year that I have watched.

Hong Kong films(* indicates the number of stars I given to that particular film with the most one having five)

1) From Vegas to Macau. ***
2) Golden Chicken 3. ***
3) Hello Babies. ***
4) Lan Kwai Fong 3. ***
5) The Monkey King. ***
6) Temporary Family. ***

Nothing outstanding from any of the Hong Kong films I have watched this year. By the way, I have also watched one local (Malaysian) Chinese film. The film eventually became the highest grossing local film, and for me, also considered a giant leap for Malaysian cinema.

Malaysian film:  (* indicates the number of stars I given to that particular film with the most one having five)

1) The Journey. ****

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So, as of current (updated – February 2015), the total number of films released this year that I have watched is at 55. That is over my earlier target of 50. Great!

Last but not least, I would like to wish Happy Winter Solstice Festival to all Chinese! This festival that falls on 22 December (today) every year, also known as Dongzhi Festival is never complete without having a bowl of tangyuan (balls of glutinous rice) that symbolises reunion. Have you had yours already?

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Some inspiring quotes from famous architects across the world.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2014 by vincentloy

Being an architect myself (junior level now), I realized that our verbal communication is very essential not only to convey some of our crazy design ideas but also to convince clients to get it built. Clients, they don’t appreciate your wonderful drawings. Besides than only being awed by beautiful computer renderings, clients generally don’t know how to read your sketches or plans. Hence, there’s this part for bullshitting by architect to help out in that situation. Fancy words, compelling adjectives, and voicing it out full of confidence, and in the end, there is a higher chance everyone would agree to you. It works.

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That is part and parcel for others to trust you as an architect.

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In the profession of many successful architects across the world, many of them do have had voiced out some very inspiring words of wisdom (or I simply called it bullshit again) usually when they were being interviewed. But we can actually learn something from those quotes by them. Some are very straightforward. While some are very meaningful and thought-provoking. Here you go:

‘Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.’ by Frank Gehry.

‘Less is more.’ by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

‘Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.’ by Julia Morgan.

‘Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.’ by Frank Lloyd Wright.

‘All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.’ by Philip Johnson.

‘Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together.’ by Alvar Aalto.

‘A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.’ by Louis Kahn.

‘A house is a machine for living in.’ by Le Corbusier.

‘Form follows function.’ by Louis Sullivan.

‘To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.’ by Daniel Libeskind.

‘Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.’ by Arthur Erickson.

‘Architecture is the thoughtful making of space.’ by Louis Kahn.

‘I work a little bit like a sculptor. When I start, my first idea for a building is with the material. I believe architecture is about that. It’s not about paper, it’s not about forms. It’s about space and material.’ by Peter Zumthor.

‘There’s a snobbery at work in architecture. The subject is too often treated as a fine art, delicately wrapped in mumbo-jumbo. In reality, it’s an all-embracing discipline taking in science, art, maths, engineering, climate, nature, politics, economics.’ by Norman Foster.

‘I search for surprise in my architecture. A work of art should cause the emotion of newness.’ by Oscar Niemeyer.

‘Architecture is a rare collective profession: it’s always exercised by groups. There is an essential modesty, which is a complete contradiction to the notion of a star.’ by Rem Koolhaas.

‘Frank Lloyd Wright made houses right up until the end. I think that’s important because it gives you a direct connection to all the basic aspects of architecture – the spatial energy of the place, the construction, the materials, the site, the detail.’ by Steven Holl.

‘The aesthetic of architecture has to be rooted in a broader idea about human activities like walking, relaxing and communicating. Architecture thinks about how these activities can be given added value.’ by Thom Mayne.

‘Architecture is how the person places herself in the space. Fashion is about how you place the object on the person.’ by Zaha Hadid.

‘As an architect, you design for the present with an awareness of the past for a future which is essentially unknown.’ by Norman Foster.

Take your time to digest the quotes above. Think about it. Learn from it, especially to those who are in architectural career. When you excel in the near future, then you would also have the chance to bullshit some great words like the ones above too. If you want to read more quotes from these famous architects, you can go to http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_architecture.html. A huge compilation over there.

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