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The month of June starts with the end of The Amazing Race 29

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2017 by vincentloy

I have been following every episodes of The Amazing Race Season 29 each week. I have actually followed this reality television show for several continuous seasons by now. I love this program which sees a number of teams in pair travelling across the world, completing tasks, having arguments within themselves or with other teams, experiencing difficulties, brace the extreme challenges and sweating it all out to win the final grand prize of US$ 1 million. In this Season 29, the teams are formed by choosing within the group of individual participants who are completely stranger to one another.

I look forward to the new episodes every weekend and they traveled to countries like Panama, Brazil, Norway, Italy, Greece, Vietnam, South Korea, etc to complete tasks. Matt and Redmond are a great team that I first foresee their potential to win this season of The Amazing Race. They have been performing very well and consistently in every episodes. However, their poor decision of choosing train as their mode of transport in Seoul and the carelessness of their taxi driver later on the same day who brought them to other location has cost their opportunity to win the race. What a bad day that turns everything over for them! They were the last team to get kicked out before the final leg which is so unfortunate.

The final 3 teams that successfully proceed to the final leg are Scott and Brooke, Tara and Joey, and London and Logan. These 3 pairs were always considered the underdogs earlier on as they have not performed very well in the earlier legs. And to my surprise, luck is on Scott and Brooke’s (picture below) side on the last two crucial legs. Everything seems to be very smooth for this pair and they indeed win the race in the end and won the 1 million dollar. A huge congratulation to them! I actually find it unexpected because they are actually one of the weaker teams as compared to the rest. I also cannot stand the consistent whining by Brooke in every legs. She is too annoying and unbearable throughout the whole race. She can’t even do a simple task properly and loves to scream ‘I’m dying’ even at simple task of just running around. Scott should just get the whole bunch of the 1 million dollar just for putting up to her. Brooke do not deserve a single cent from this win. She should seriously work on her attitude. She now literally becomes my most hated person in The Amazing Race series, and will not be remembered as the winner of this reality show. Now, I have to wait for the next one, The Amazing Race 30 and I hope it will be out very soon. That will be the iconic 30th edition of the show!

On the other hand, did TVB has no new own dramas to show now? It has two timeslots every evening on the television. TVB ended up putting a mainland China drama and an old local drama made 10 years ago currently. This is a very bad move. People will just move away from their dramas for now. TVB should really appreciate the viewers and not letting them leave with such move especially in this year when the station will celebrate its 50th anniversary. I’m sure you have a lot of other completed dramas in shelf ready to be released out. I have no choice but to watch ‘Phoenix Rising’ now, a drama that was actually made a decade ago and they choose to release it now. They did release this drama earlier on though in oversea market.

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Movie review: Blind Detective (2013)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2013 by vincentloy

‘Blind Detective’ (盲探) is a Hong Kong romantic comedy and crime thriller film directed by Johnnie To and starring Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng. It has been almost a decade since the last time Andy and Sammi paired up in a movie. Best regarded as the Hong Kong box office golden screen couple, the two superstars made a great comeback by taking the lead roles in the ‘Blind Detective’. I can’t wait to see this on-screen couple back again, and I’m certainly looking forward also to Sammi Cheng’s performance here.

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‘Blind Detective’ tells the story of literally, a former detective, Johnston, forced to leave service after turning blind, whom ekes out his living by solving cold cases for police rewards. He stumbles upon a female inspector, Ka Tung whom later requested his help to locate her friend that has been missing for many years. From there, they embark on a journey together to uncover the truth which can be hard to accept. The story itself is very interesting. This movie doesn’t falls in one particular category or theme. It is basically a mixture of every elements; romance, comedy, crime, and thriller. Four in one. What more do you want?

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From such fantastic combination which is captured quite well by Johnnie into a single movie, you will certainly find it interesting. There are light, funny and playful moments, and at the same time, also dark, serious and violent scenes. Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng took the roles in this kind of challenging situation to a very satisfying level. It’s not easy to portray as a blind character, but Andy nailed it eventhough I believe he can still do a bit better. Sammi Cheng, on the other hand, had a character that deals with most actions, emotions and pain. And she performed it extremely well. I had no choice but to wonder how come she has not win any best actress yet from Hong Kong Film Awards in so many years.

I am thoroughly engaged as the story progresses. I’m a bit disappointed that there are a number of unnecessary parts that made the movie a bit too long for me. The part of Andy Lau with Gao Yuanyuan is some kind of a boring extra section that should be cut out. The scene with the crazy grandma should also be taken off. Then, the movie would be much better. Luckily, Johnnie To still retains some hilarious scenes to keep us entertained while not too seriously overwhelmed by the dark side of the story. I’m quite interested on the parts where Andy uses his imagination to assume on how a particular murder works and it always work out while Sammi is the one doing all the hard works for him. And later on, they felt in love with each other. But that romance part is a bit too fast and little, not very much stressed this time. But it’s okay for me.

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Their collaboration is very comfortable and natural. Their spark which started out from earlier films like ‘Needing You’, ‘Love on a Diet’ and ‘Yesterday Once More’ is still shining great here. You won’t be bored by this pairing. I have also heard the theme song for this movie, sang by both of them, available in Mandarin and Cantonese version. The song is quite good and ‘fresh’ for me out from them. Both Andy and Sammi are great on their roles here (honestly, the two superstars save the film from going downhill), accompanied with undeniably interesting and daring mix of several elements together for quite a wonderful detective film eventhough there are some slight not-so-good things somewhere here and there. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Blind Detective’ a total of 7.3.

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