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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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This Easter weekend: Time to choose which side you are on, Batman or Superman?

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2016 by vincentloy

Happy Easter Weekend! I’m not a Christian, I didn’t celebrate it, but I’m too in the excitement of most of the people here in Australia who treat this festival as among their most important celebrations every year. In conjunction with that, there’s no class today (Good Friday today) and also for next week too. Wonderful holiday. This short break would give me the much needed time to relax while doing on some assignments for my study without the need to rush (I hate rushing for deadlines). Since there are not much to do today, it’s the perfect time to go out for a movie. A movie’s ticket here in Australia is very expensive (four times the cost of a movie ticket back in Malaysia), but I still wanted to watch this movie quick.

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Yup, it’s the ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. I’m not a comic book fans (Marvel, DC or whatever it is) but I have the urge to watch this highly anticipated movie of the year. Despite receiving early criticism especially in the casting and that criticism continues to the poor reception it has right now from many critics, I still wanted to see it. I believe many will too, so that we can judge it by our own eyes. After seeing it, I can say that it is not a masterpiece (some die hard fans praised this movie to the max) while it is not a rubbish film either (some fierce critics calling this extremely bad). It’s just an overly-hyped average film that only marvels in its visual spectacle. Nothing else.

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In comparison, Marvel still do a better job in their superheroes films in the past. Well, they both went in different direction; Marvel goes for funnier and brighter approach while DC loves darker tone. I’m fine with DC’s darker theme but there can be something more to their outcome. DC did it right in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. However, both ‘Man of Steel’ and its latest sequel now ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ couldn’t reach that level. If you have high expectation entering the cinema watching it, you would be disappointed. I didn’t mean that it is bad; it was just mediocre.

The movie is slightly too long; taking 2 hours 30 minutes. As I mentioned earlier, I’m not a comic book fans and so I’m not interested in the plentiful background story and character’s development especially for Batman in this movie. It’s a bit too much and I think some scenes (especially his many dreams of fear) can be cut off. The continuity of some scenes is also bad.

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The cast contributed steady performances on the other hand. Henry Cavill is being the same Superman like he was in ‘Man of Steel’. Same goes to Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Ben Affleck had proven to his earlier critics that he can be a great Batman too. As for Jesse Eisenberg, his take on the villain, Lex Luthor is different as required by the director. He is doing fine and I’m alright with him being cast as the famous Lex Luthor. I can see that he had put in a lot of effort to take on this big role (his expressions and gestures are good actually). It’s just that his character is being written to be not memorable enough (couldn’t match The Joker’s level in The Dark Knight for instance). But that is still interesting enough compared to the other characters in this movie. So, Jesse’s haters out there, stop criticizing him..he didn’t screw the movie up. Gal Gadot is wonderful as the Wonder Woman but she didn’t get much screen time here yet.

The story here is much deeper compared to Marvel’s films. It focused more on ideologies/philosophies, symbolism, politics, and threat of power and its perception by people or certain individual. It is a refreshing new theme to explore, but it may not please the wide audiences. Fortunately, the movie is still filled with some great fight scenes (of course the one between the two titular roles as well as the final battle together with Wonder Woman with the Doomsday created by Lex Luthor). Opps…Batman appeared to be not much of a help in the final battle since Doomsday is too strong for him. As I said earlier, the movie also delivered with wonderful visual effects (awesome CGI works done on most parts of the movie that heavily requires it). The ending is quite emotional (won’t reveal more spoiler here) and it actually paves the way for more DC superheroes films, eventually expanding DC cinematic universe just like what Marvel did (Marvel does it earlier). Overall, the movie is still fine and worth to watch. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ a total of 7.2. Despite the poor reviews, it would still be a massive box office hit worldwide due to the fame of these two big superheroes sharing the same film. I’m guessing that it would earn over USD 1 billion in the end too.

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Well, to answer back my question on the title of this blog’s post on which side you are on…Batman or Superman, my choice would be Superman, since he is far more superior and stronger than Batman who has to rely on gadgets (not useful against Superman except Kryptonian). Batman is still a human, while Superman is an alien with superpower. So, my side is on Superman. Wait, did he really died in the end of the movie? Opps…spoiler.

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So hyped by the new trailer of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. Certainly the era of superhero movies by Marvel and DC Comics.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2015 by vincentloy

Recently, many people especially fans of superhero-based comics were hyped of the first trailer release for ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, a movie featuring the two titular characters and will be released on March next year. The teaser released much earlier revealed nothing much about this highly anticipated movie. Finally, its first full-length trailer is out from the recent Comic-Con 2015 event. I myself watched the trailer few times to figure out how the story might goes and also to inspect all the details revealed in the trailer alone. If you haven’t watch the trailer yet, here it is:

I’m quite excited for this movie. There’s Batman (Ben Affleck) fighting Superman (Henry Cavill)! Who wouldn’t like it? But none of them is the main villain of the movie. That role goes to Lex Luthor, portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg. He is the one that said the creepy lines ‘The red capes are coming…the red capes are coming’ before the end of the trailer. Previously, many people voiced their doubts and objections for the casting of Ben and Jesse. After this trailer, I myself personally think that both of them will nail their respective role. Many now are still not convinced by Lex but I think that the director wanted this villain to be something not typical, hence chosen Jesse to take on that role as he is great in portraying nerdy billionaire (Lex is someone like that). But honestly, I’m not happy with that ugly hair. Anyway, he is going to be bald later in the movie.

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People are also quarreling over across social medias on who will win in the fight if Batman and Superman really battle it all out. The red caped one is with power out of this world, can fly, can shoot laser beam from the eyes, extreme speed and massive strength. The black caped one is with huge strength, huge wealth, intelligent mind and advanced weaponry. I would say the red caped one wins. Sorry, Batman fans. Ahhaa…Wonder Woman would also be in this movie. But her role reminds me of Catwoman in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, the one that has Christian Bale as the Batman. It’s just to add in a female aid to prevent movie from being too male-driven. The trailer looks awesome and what we can do now is to just wait and see.

No doubt, this is the era for superhero movies! There is at least two superhero movies released every year. The market is strong for this genre right now. These movies will generate huge bucks in worldwide box office no matter how bad they performed to critics. First we have Marvel cinematic universe (MCU), a series of superhero films based on publications by Marvel Comics. It began much earlier (in 2007) than DC cinematic universe and had already produced 12 films (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man) with 10 more (Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, untitled Spider-Man film, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity Wars – Part 2, Inhumans)  in various stages of production.  MCU has up to now grossed over US$ 8.5 billion, making it the highest grossing film franchise of all time.

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DC cinematic universe (DCCU) comprising films set in fictional shared universe based on characters in publications by DC Comics started way later in 2013. It has currently produced only 1 film (Man of Steel) with 12 more (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League Part 1, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Justice League Part 2, Cyborg, Green Lantern Corps, untitled Batman film, untitled Man of Steel sequel) in various stages of production. DCCU is like following the footstep of MCU, hence creating a competitive environment in this particular genre of movie. Marvel is light and friendly while DC is always going in darker tone.

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Spotlights are on both Marvel and DC to deliver on all these planned new superhero-based movies which are sure to make our upcoming years in cinema fascinating!

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