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Easter joy for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (2017) as the movie surpassed 1-billion dollar in worldwide box office. Also movie review for ‘The Fate of the Furious’ and ‘The Boss Baby’ (2017).

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2017 by vincentloy

First of all, Happy Good Friday and Easter to those who are celebrating! This year’s Easter has been a joyous moment particularly for the movie ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as it has recently grossed over US$ 1 billion in worldwide box office. This live-action remake of the original 1991 animated movie that starred Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Emma Thompson, etc has become the 29th film in history to cross over the 1-billion milestone. The movie has exceeded expectation in the box office and is also gaining positive reception from critics. It is the first 2017 film to cross that mark and soon, there will be another movie this year joining that prestigious list. And that will be ‘The Fate of the Furious’ which is the 8th film in the popular ‘Fast and Furious’ film series. Besides than being currently the highest grossing film of the year, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ also accomplished another record by being the highest grossing live-action musical film ever.

‘The Fate of the Furious’ sees the return of original cast as well as some new members. This movie reminded me again of the death of Paul Walker several years ago, an actor who has been crucial in this film series but died in a car accident. The previous ‘Furious 7’ film concluded with high note and touching ending and is the first of the film series to gain over US$ 1 billion in worldwide box office. Hence, I’m expecting this 8th film to cross that milestone too. Back to this latest movie. It tells about an arrival of a mysterious woman who seduces Dom (Vin Diesel) into the world of terrorism and a betrayal to those closest to him. The movie starred Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Charlize Theron, Luke Evans, etc.

Similarly to the previous movie, this film delivered with some intense, over the top and exhilarating action scenes in a scale that no one has foreseen. Cars raining down to the street and a huge submarine chasing a group of cars and a tank. This film series started with some humble car racing moments to extensive gun fights and attacks of high proportion we saw in recent movies. It is going big. Despite it is already being the 8th film, I find every film has its refreshing storyline and different outtake on its action sequences. I also noticed that Hollywood takes on this approach to find Oscar-winning cool-looking actresses to portray villain in big-budget movies nowadays. Charlize Theron as the villain in this movie and then soon Cate Blanchett will be the villain in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ which will be coming out end of this year. There are some hilarious parts to balance things out (and also some adorable moments from a baby). Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Fate of the Furious’ a total of 7.6.

Recently, I also watched another much relaxing movie called ‘The Boss Baby’. It is an animated movie about a suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby who pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Corporation. It’s funny to see a baby with an adult mindset on a serious mission to stop an evil plot, and he is joined by a brother who wanted him to be out of the family due to diversion of his parents’ attention to the baby. The movie is highly entertaining. Certain flaws and plot-holes in this movie are forgivable too. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Boss Baby’ a total of 7.0.

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

Warisan Merdeka now to be of 600 metres high!

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2012 by vincentloy

Finally, there is a news (not widely reported yet) regarding the status of the proposed Warisan Merdeka (Independence Heritage) Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak first announced this project back in 2010 (yes, two years ago) and there seems to be no action going on towards this high-budget project until now. This is quite disappointing. Many are looking forward towards this new skyscraper (while there are also many criticizing it as a waste of nation’s money). For me, it feels good to have a new supertall in KL after Petronas Twin Tower have been dominating the skyline of the capital for so long.

Warisan Merdeka Tower is first proposed to be of at least 500 metres tall, which makes it the tallest building in Malaysia as well as in South East Asia. It is to contain 100 floors, and to be built over land nearby the historic Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium). Land preparation had been carried out and it is reported last month that the project gets a green light from the authority. I am hoping everything gets really well and smooth after that so that the construction would start very soon, and in near future, we would be able to see a new skyscraper standing proud in the city of Kuala Lumpur, one of the world alpha cities. Things have to commence quickly to turn this proposal into reality!

Then, the height is updated again to tower over Taipei 101 (508 metres) and even possibly over the under-construction One World Trade Center (541 metres). And the great news is that on yesterday, it is reported that the height of the proposed tower has been revised to 600 metres, which would make it the world’s third tallest building in current ranking (behind Burj Khalifa and Macca Royal Clock Hotel Tower) and probably in top 5 once completed few years later. Since the construction had been postponed and there isn’t any status update to the project for such a long time, the estimated year of completion would no longer be in 2015. I predicted year 2018 possibly if only the tower truly started its construction end of this year. I think now the government would wait after the coming-soon general election to decide over the fate of the tower.

So now, the tower would be 600 metres tall! That’s very tall, around 150 metres taller than Petronas Twin Towers, the former world tallest buildings and still the current world tallest twin buildings. Warisan Merdeka Tower would be still in range between 100 to 120 storeys, and the height increment would be mostly from the topping spire. But wait, where is the official (final) design of the tower? It has not even been released yet. Haiz…things are really slow and not well for this tower. The architecture company responsible for the design, Fender Katsalidis Architects didn’t even reveal a single detail regarding this project. Hmm…have to wait for the next news or status update over this mega project.