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Movie review for ’47 Meters Down’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ (2017)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2017 by vincentloy

It has been so chilly in these few days in Perth. Perth city recorded only 1.7 degree celsius early this morning. It almost nears the freezing point. The worst thing is I think that the heater in my room is not working well. There is not much heat radiating out from it. Please don’t be down. I need you for the rest of the winter. You are super crucial to someone like me who enjoy being in warm rather than in cold weather like this.

Alright. Back to my blog’s topic. I have watched two new movies in my first few days here in Perth. They are ’47 Meters Down’ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’. Here’s below are my quick reviews of them.

’47 Meters Down’ is a survival horror film about two sisters who go on a holiday in Mexico and are invited to cage dive and see sharks up close. The cable holding the cage breaks and it plummets 47 metres down to the ocean floor, trapping both of them. Then, you know the story…they have to find a way to escape with their air supplies running low and the great white sharks stalking around. It’s basically another shark movie.

They are a lot of bad shark movies out there but not this one. It has a good plot and I particularly amazed by a twist of the story in the end that kept me surprised. I didn’t expect there is such a ‘shocker’ in this kind of monster movie besides than the typical jump-scare moments when the shark suddenly appears. The two female leads in this movie are doing good without any exaggerated performance. The movie did deliver by giving us realistic picture that kept me to the edge of my seats. The direction this particular movie is going is different with the typical shark attack movie. The only minor issue is that the cage and the failed cable really looks too crappy. Once I saw them on the first time, I wouldn’t want to get into that cage straight away. Out of 10 points, I rate ’47 Meters Down’ a total of 7.2.

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is the third and final installment of the ‘Planet of the Apes’ reboot series. If you do not remember much from the first two movies, don’t worry. This movie starts with a brief summary of what happens in the first two movies. Here in this concluding chapter, Caesar leads a team of apes to confront human who started the war against their species.

The movie is quite long (over 2 hours) and can be shortened by reducing the amount of time spent on watching Woody Harrelson staring very long on Caesar in many scenes. Other than that, this movie has absolutely no negative things for me to comment on. The CGI is extremely great as the apes look very realistic. The background or setting views are amazing too. Groundbreaking visual effects. Andy Serkis gave another tremendous performance portraying as Caesar, the ape that serves as the leader of its species. You can felt his sadness, his anger, his happiness, his power, his toughness, his anxious, and his care all from his facial expression. Another excellent job the movie did is touching on the relationship between human and apes, and the messages delivered out from it are exceptional and moving. There is no point for seeing which species is stronger; ape or human. In the end, mother nature overwhelms. That is reflected through the ending of the movie. The movie goes deep to the messages it wanted to deliver and succeed also by its great actions, emotional parts and engaging storyline. There are also some unexpected funny scenes in this movie, mainly due to one ape that even wears winter clothing to join Caesar. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ a total of 8.2. I think this is the second movie of the year so far that I have given over 8 point in the rating. What an epic conclusion to this reboot trilogy.

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

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Through the last day of the year with sorrow, for Malaysian flood victims and QZ8501.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2014 by vincentloy

This is it. Today is already the last day of the year. Perhaps, we are currently not in the mood to celebrate the arrival of a new year this time as our country is once again felt into trouble. In March this year, our plane MH370 disappeared without any trace or clue till now, and then in July, our plane MH17 was shot down. Now, our country made headlines in global news again from the current flood tragedy which is the worst in the nation’s history.

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The flood that started many days ago had affected majority of the states in Peninsular Malaysia, particularly from north east region of West Malaysia. There was a point of time when the flood water rises over second floor of buildings situated on low-lying land. More than 200 000 people are evacuated and left homeless. Till now, there are about nine deaths reported from the flood which is said to be the worst the country has ever witnessed. Fortunately, our country stand united to contribute all sort of assistance to the flood victims currently, and things can still considered to be in control. However, more works are expected after the water recedes to rebuild homes and bring back normal lives to the affected people. Now, I do hope that the flood will be over really soon.

Our emotion could not be made worse after receiving news of another plane disappearing on last Sunday’s morning. That is an AirAsia Indonesia plane labelled QZ8501, en-route from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board. We do frequently catch up and hope for miracle from this disappearance as the plane is owned by Malaysia-based low-budget airline; AirAsia. We are somehow related to this aviation disaster too. And now we were updated with more heartbreaking news that the plane is confirmed to have crashed into Java Sea and the crash site has been determined when bodies and debris were located from yesterday onwards. It’s certainly painful to accept this, even for us, who have no family member or relative on board that ill-fated flight. I hereby express my deepest condolences to the next-of-kin of all the people on board the plane. R.I.P. QZ8501.

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What I am capable of doing now is just to hope for a much positive year ahead. 2014 is seriously been a very bad year particularly on aviation disasters. Five in a single year, with two and a half (considered that AirAsia incident as half) of them involving my country, Malaysia. How sad and tragic it is. I also sincerely wish that everything for MH370, MH17 and QZ8501 will be resolved very soon to leave no question unanswered for justice to all. I hope 2015 would be the year for all that to be solved with no more delays.

It’s the New Year’s Eve today. Time to say goodbye to 2014. What’s my new year resolution? I do have some challenging objectives on my mind for the year 2015; go for active exercising, finish a puzzle I bought like a year ago, commence my post-graduate Master study (preferably oversea), reached a certain amount of saving, find a girlfriend (haha…depends on fate), etc. Hope I can deal with all that smoothly. Time to list down your new year’s resolution too, so that you can start year 2015 brightly like me with aims and goals ahead!

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Hmm…still couldn’t believe that there is now only few hours left to bid farewell to 2014. It’s been very fast and sad year for Malaysia. Looking forward to much better year ahead, and that’s you; 2015!

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

R.I.P. MH17

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2014 by vincentloy

‘Before writing further, I would first like to express my heartfelt and deepest condolences to the families, relatives and friends of all the 298 victims on board the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on 17th July 2014. And my sincere thoughts and prayers to the deceased. Rest in peace, and may God be with you.’

The world is currently overwhelmed with news of a Malaysian plane found to have crashed at Ukraine, near Russian border yesterday. What’s further shocking from that saddening statement is that the plane went down not because of any technical failure or accident but is now believed to be shot down by military. This has been widely called as an act of cruelty and terrorism. While the Ukrainian and Russian governments are now blaming on each other for the crash in this time when there has been dispute and war at the borders between these two nations, an international investigation has been called on by United Nations to find out the exact truth behind this.

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The plane is a Boeing 777, and carried 283 passengers and 15 crew members (over 10 nationalities). It was believed to be shot down when it was cruising at about 30 000 ft altitude. Some local people witnessed and even captured videos showing moment when the plane crashed onto the ground with thick plume of smoke coming off seen far away on a field. I was deeply saddened and traumatized after seeing some of the images and watching some of the clips showing the crash site. Highly disturbing. If it is indeed confirmed that the plane was shot down, the perpetrators should be brought to justice without any question. All involved or affected nations (Russia, Ukraine, Malaysia, United States, Netherlands, United Kingdom) should cooperate to get to the bottom on this matter.

This is the second aviation tragedy for the Malaysia Airlines in this year alone, as this crash came not long after an incident on March 8 this year when another Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared. The plane was presumed to have crashed on the Indian Ocean,but till now, no wreckage or any sign of the plane has been found yet, and everything remains a mystery. I hope the truth will be revealed very soon to both MH370 and this recent MH17 tragedies as the world needs the answer, particularly the next-of-kin of the passengers on board the two doomed flights. Malaysia Airlines is in very deep trouble this year.

I couldn’t believe this happened. Another tragic aviation-related news in this already tragic year for Malaysia. This is horrifying and shocking. Now, unfortunately, Malaysia is becoming the headlines of all major news organizations around the world for the second time this year alone for something this devastating again. This Friday and weekend is no longer happy for all of us. We felt the pain, we felt the sadness, we felt the tragedy. Now, we share a moment of silence for MH17.

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Rest in peace, MH17. 

(Information and images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

A list of films in 2013 I had watched.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2014 by vincentloy

Looking back to my compilation in my previous years for the total number of films released in that particular year that I had watched, this year’s figure shown a big drop. For year 2010, I had watched exactly 50. For 2011, I achieved a record-breaking figure; 68. In 2012, I had seen around 51. And for 2013, I had watched 53. Not only I had been watching lesser films in the last two years respectively, the number of TV series I watched also decreased. It is most probably because many movies released last year are not my type on which I would show no particular interest or desire to watch it in cinema or to download it.

Here below are the 48 Hollywood films I had watched together with my general rating out of five stars, and the ones in bold are my top 10 favourites of the year.

1. Texas Chainsaw 3D ***

2. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters ****

3. Jack The Giant Slayer ****

4. Oz The Great And Powerful ****

5. Olympus Has Fallen ****

6. The Croods ***

7. G.I.Joe: Retaliation ****

8. Oblivion ***

9. Iron Man 3 ****

10. Aftershock ***

11. Fast And Furious 6 ****

12. Epic ****

13. Now You See Me ****

14. This Is The End **

15. Man Of Steel ****

16. Despicable Me 2 ***

17. Monsters University ***

18. World War Z ****

19. White House Down ****

20. Pacific Rim ****

21. RED 2 ***

22. The Conjuring ****

23. The Smurfs 2 ***

24. Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters ***

25. Elysium ****

26. Kick-Ass 2 ***

27. Gravity *****

28. After Earth ***

29. Warm Bodies ****

30. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 ***

31. Curse Of Chucky ****

32. Thor: The Dark World ****

33. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire *****

34. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug ****

35. Frozen *****

36. Captain Phillips *****

37. The Purge ****

38. Ender’s Game ****

39. We’re The Millers ***

40. Escape Plan ***

41. The Internship ****

42. Spiders **

43. Diana ***

44. One Direction: This Is Us ****

45. Scarecrow ***

46. The Wolf of Wall Street ***

47. Carrie ****

48. Wolf Creek 2 ***

Next would be the Hong Kong films in 2013 that I had watched and it’s only five listed below accompanied with general rating out of five stars, and the ones in bold are my top 2 favourites of the year.

1. Blind Detective ****

2. Hotel Deluxe ****

3. I Love Hong Kong 2013 **

4. Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons ***

5. Princess And The Seven Kung Fu Masters ****

Yup. This year I had watched none of local Malaysian films, Singaporean films or Taiwanese films. Hence, the final total number of films released throughout the year 2013 that I had watched is 53. Most of the films listed above have had my movie review posted in my blog here too. You may search it for my detailed analysis and thoughts over a particular film I had watched. I love to watch movies. That’s the time when I can sit back and relax, and then just enjoy the show. Movie is a good piece of entertainment. For this year (2014), I’m looking forward to several movies like Robocop, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Rio 2, The Amazing Spiderman 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, Night At The Museum 3.

(Post updated on April 2014)

Top 10 Best Cities for Modern Architecture

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2013 by vincentloy

Today, I found an article entitled ‘Top 10 Best Cities for Modern Architecture’ from a website that caught my attention. The article shared out the best ten cities in modern architecture according to the author. The author is unknown for that particular article which was published last year under ‘Vacation Homes’ website. I find it quite interesting to read and so I wish to share it (the link) in my blog here too. Eventhough I am not fully agreeable to that list, but the author also did have his or her fair opinion or analysis. Here is the article : http://www.vacationhomes.net/blog/2012/05/29/top-10-best-cities-for-modern-architecture/

If I am to add three more cities into the list, I would pick Singapore, Guangzhou and Beijing (All from Asia). Notable structures in Singapore that would help to push the city into the list would be the Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay, Reflections at Keppel Bay, The Pinnacle, etc. While for Guangzhou, the city had been undergoing tremendous transformation due to the impact from Asian Games 2010 with addition of impressive structures like Canton Tower, Guangzhou Opera House, Guangdong Museum, Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou International Finance Centre, etc. Similar case applied to Beijing, the capital of China (from Beijing 2008 Olympic Games) with construction of many outstanding buildings like Beijing National Stadium, CCTV Headquarters, National Performing Arts Center, etc. These cities should be having a lot of inspiring contemporary architecture to be able to get into this particular list. What’s your other pick?

My capital, Kuala Lumpur would not make it to the list, or even near to it. Expected. There are not much distinguished architecture masterpiece you can see in Malaysia. But still as a consolation prize, Kuala Lumpur had been home to several astonishing designs like Petronas Twin Towers, Troika Tower, and several others less famous. In heritage architecture categories, many historical buildings in KL had been demolished. Perhaps, most now can still be found at Penang and Malacca, but those are not really that great-looking.

Best of my Blog in 2012

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2012 by vincentloy

Year 2012 is coming to an end in a few days. It’s the best time now for me to generally write up how far my blog here has gone through for this beautiful year. This post which will reveals some very interesting facts and achievements my blog successfully gained in 2012 acts as a report card. All the figures to be shown below are true as they are indicated from the blog’s statistics mastered by WordPress shown in my admin’s dashboard. While some categories listed are based on my personal favourites of the year.

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1. My Blog City’s Most Favourite Day of the Year – 5th September 2012 with 9 691 hits. 

(With views almost reaching 10 000, that particular day also sets the record for day with highest hits all time from the start of this blog)

2. My Blog City’s Most Favourite Month of the Year – November 2012 with 83 619 hits.

(The month recorded average hits per day of 2787 which is the highest ever since the start of my blog back in late 2008)

3. My Blog City’s Most Favourite Week of the Year – Week 40 (30th September till 6th October 2012)  with 23 849 hits. 

(That is like about 3407 views per day for that week, which is exceptionally high)

4. My Blog City’s Post of the Year with Highest Hits – ‘It’s Teacher’s Day in Malaysia—did your school celebrate the day with special event organized in dedication to the teachers?’ with almost 32 000 views.

(Until today, I still don’t understand how this simple and short post gained over that huge amount of views. This post is also the all-time second highest post in my blog, just behind ‘Architectural Presentation Board’ that recorded over 40 000 views as of current)

5. My Blog City’s Top 5 Countries to My Blog – Malaysia, United States, India, United Kingdom, Singapore.

(1- Malaysia with over 140 000 hits, 2 – United States with over 125 ooo hits, 3 – India with over 50 000 hits, 4 – United Kingdom with over 45 ooo hits, 5 – Singapore with over 30 000 hits, all figures recorded after February 25th, 2012 for a duration of 10 months)

6. My Blog City’s Most Favourite Blog Header – Blog header for the month of October 2012 based on beauty of nature theme.

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(This is purely my own pick. It’s elegant and pleasant looking for having this on top of my blog’s site. Nothing much needed to be done for editing this lovely image, as the image itself is already very powerful. )

7. My Blog City’s Most Productive Month of the Year – April 2012.

(I have produced a total of 38 posts in April this year. Closely behind is January with 36 posts and March with 34 posts. It appears that I wrote more posts in early year when I was in my holiday before going for work)

List of My Blog City’s Major Achievements in 2012:

– Reached 1.5 million hits (views) somewhere in middle of the year.

– Had over 70 blog’s followers and over 50 comments’ followers.

– Reached 1000th-post milestone. (to even reach 1100th-post target before end of this year too)

– Had the busiest single day views to my blog on 5th September 2012 with almost 10 000 hits on that particular day. (where else in 2011, the highest is only at around 5000 hits)

– Produced 311 posts in 2012. (have only produced 279 posts in 2011. 32 more posts produced this year. Proven that I am much hardworking this year…haha)

– Recorded almost 800 000 views for this year, which is around 310 000 more views than that in previous year (2011). That is an increase of over 60%.

– In Alexa Website Ranking, My Blog City ranked within 1.5 million out of countless domains registered. Best standing so far is within 1.2 million.

– The average number of views per day for every months in 2012 easily goes above 2000. (where else in 2011, not a single month reaches above 2000).

What’s my feeling now? Proud of course. Happy over all the achievements my blog here had for the year 2012, which is performing much better than in previous years as predicted. I’m very excited to see increase (I mean, huge increase) in figures recorded in my blog’s statistics compared to previous year when I started to check on my blog’s standing. And I would continue to pour my countless effort into this blog to produce yet much better outcome in 2013 and so on. Your continuous support to my blog would be highly appreciated. And one more happy news to add in; I just bought my first ever smartphone yesterday (it’s the latest iPhone 5!) Yeay! But the cost hurts. I’m in a very joyful mood now at the end of the year looking at how good my blog had performed and how far my blog had go through. And it’s on track to be one of the most successful individual blogs in near future. (Wow…I’m thinking too much already…haha) Anyway, Good Job to my blog here, and well done to myself. Allows me to wish myself congratulation for this success my blog enjoyed for the year.

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Deep respect to the hero of Malaysia, Lee Chong Wei! Eventhough he lost to Lin Dan, but he had captured the hearts of all Malaysians from his wonderful performance in the very exciting final at London 2012

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2012 by vincentloy

Every Malaysians now would be feeling very down. I am not an exception. The result of the just-concluded men single final between Lin Dan from China and Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia in badminton of London 2012 Olympic Games is truly heartbreaking to all Malaysians. Chong Wei, the only hope for Malaysia to get first ever Olympic gold medal lost to his long-time arch nemesis, the mighty Lin Dan in three games; 21-15, 10-21, 19-21. It is a very close and narrow contest between the two, known as the top two best men single badminton players in the world currently.

Too bad, my prediction is true and that luck is not on Malaysia side. It appears that my country has no fate with the Olympic gold medal. Every Malaysians purposely had their dinner early so that they could get back home on time to watch the much anticipated final, giving chance to make the country proud from Lee Chong Wei. The chance to win the gold medal heightened as soon as Chong Wei won the first game (21-15). It is quite unbelievable and we are so excited by that time as Chong Wei had shown a very good start. Things don’t go smooth for Chong Wei in the second game. Lin Dan is much more aggresive and widen the gap between their points, hence winning the second game easily (10-21).

Then, left the last rubber game, which is the most essential. Our attention never gets off the TV screen and my heart was pumping so fast that I somehow sense a strong nervosity in my mind. I believe every Malaysians must be feeling the same. It’s the deciding game. It is a very close contest between the two. Lin Dan made some very obvious net mistakes and sometimes had his shuttlecocks aimed out of boundary. That is good for Chong Wei to earn points. However, Chong Wei himself also did several major mistakes and he is found weak on his backhand skill. Well, both played to their very best and it seems that Chong Wei’s performance is now on par to Lin Dan. What’s separate Chong Wei from winning the gold medal just now is only the luck.

Luck is not on Malaysia’s side at the last minute of the game when the score is 19-19. Few rounds earlier, it is Chong Wei that stood nearer to gold medal point, but then Lin Dan strike back hard to make the score even. Then, without wasting any further time, Lin Dan do his attacks and Chong Wei countered it with unlucky mistakes and finally lost in a very saddening way. Chong Wei immediately kneel down in a sign of extreme disappointment which is inevitable as this would be his last Olympic outing and he did not make it for the gold once again. While on the other hand, Lin Dan is too happy and excited, screaming out loud, taking off his shirts and doing a lot of patterns after becoming the first ever Olympic defending champion (won in two straight editions of the games) in badminton. It is a great achievement for him once again, but it’s a serious heartbreaking thing for Chong Wei to face. It is really sad to see him in moment after losing the last game. We all felt so sad, and to be honest, now I’m seriously feeling very down and in no mood situation. Hope Chong Wei would rise up from all those disappointments and pressure, and don’t take this defeat too seriously. You have had captured every Malaysian’s heart from your wonderful performance just now which is shown to be extremely better than his meeting with Lin Dan in Beijing 2008.

It is such a pity that he lost it out in the last few minutes of the deciding game. Luck is seriously not on Chong Wei’s side but we all know he did his very best and his performance just now is extremely good and impressive. He at least gave a very good fight and both delivered a badminton performance in the very best quality ever I have seen in men single category. Chong Wei would be forever champion in all Malaysians’ hearts despite not able to win Olympic gold medal. Nevermind, he still had two silver medals for Malaysia (one from Beijing 2008, and latest one from London 2012). He already made the country very proud. He is forced to settle for silver medal once again. On another news, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong lost to the Korean pair in men double bronze match not long ago (few hours earlier). I didn’t watch that match because I expected Malaysia to lose for that since Korean pair is much more superior. But getting fourth placing that comes with no medal at all appears to be another big disappointment to the Malaysian pair and to the whole country. Well, this is what it is. We have to accept that. No matter what, Malaysia Boleh!

(Images from this post are not mine and are obtained from various sources in Facebook)