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36th Hong Kong Film Awards

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2017 by vincentloy

The 36th Hong Kong Film Awards was held last evening to honour the best of Hong Kong films released in 2016. I didn’t pay much attention to this awards this year (and also last year) as I didn’t watch most of the nominated films. Most of their movies nowadays just didn’t appeal to me with similar genre, similar style, similar story, poor visual effects and too depressed. Their movies also fail to break out of their boundary to reach out to international market due to the reasons I highlighted earlier.

The presentation ceremony yesterday has its free online streaming but that service is not available in Australia. Hence, I couldn’t watch it live. Anyway, I still manage to hear part of its live broadcast from Myfm, a Malaysian radio station. It’s a 3 hours and 30 minutes long ceremony. Very interesting poster for the awards ceremony this year (see below):

I’m more excited with the presence of many celebrities in the awards ceremony such as Jackie Chan, Leon Lai, Aaron Kwok, Karl Maka (he is the bald guy in the classic hit film series ‘Aces Go Places’ with Sam Hui), Eric Tsang, Miriam Yeung, (and many other recognizable faces) than the results. Here below is the full list of winners for the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards:

Best film
Trivisa


Best Director
Frank Hui, Jevons Au, Vicky Wong (Trivisa)
Best Actor
Gordon Lam (Trivisa)
Best Actress
Kara Wai ( Happiness )


Best Supporting Actor
Eric Tsang (Mad World)
Best Supporting Actress
Elaine Jin (Mad World)


Best New Performer
Tony Wu (Weeds on Fire)
Best Screenplay
Trivisa
Best Cinematography
Peter Pau, Cao Yu (See You Tomorrow)
Best Film Editing
Allen Leung, David Richardson (Trivisa)
Best Art Direction
See You Tomorrow
Best Sostume and Make-up Design
The Monkey King 2
Best Action Choreography
Operation Mekong
Best Original Film Score
Peter Kam, Yusuke Hatano (Soul Mate)
Best Original Film Song
Anthem of Shatin Martins (Weeds on Fire)
Best Sound Design
Kinson Tsang, George Lee Yiu-Keung ( Cold War 2 )
Best Visual Effects
The Monkey King 2
Best New Director
Wong Chun (Mad World)
Best Film from China and Taiwan
Godspeed

Overall comment:

‘Trivisa’ is the biggest winner of the ceremony with 5 wins, including the coveted ‘Best Film’ prize. The film also won for best director, best actor, best screenplay and best film editing, taking out most of the important categories. ‘Mermaid’ which has a total of 8 nominations failed to win anything at all in the ceremony. The movie which is a critical box office hit and is directed by Stephen Chow is one of the only two films nominated in this awards that I did watched. The other one is ‘The Monkey King 2’ which won for ‘Best Visual Effects’. Gordon Lam is being nominated for the first time in lead actor category and he won it at the first attempt. Kara Hui also won surprisingly for best actress from her role in ‘Happiness’. This is her third best actress win in history of Hong Kong Film Awards. She has also won a best supporting actress award 3 years ago. She is now the second actress that has won the most best actress awards, only behind the legendary Maggie Cheung who has won it five times in the past. On the other hand, past winners and veterans Eric Tsang and Elaine Jin emerged as winners again this year in supporting actor and actress categories respectively from their roles in ‘Mad World’.

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

 

List of 2016 films that I have watched, top 10 highest grossing films of the year and my selection of the best.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2016 by vincentloy

It’s the time of the year again for me as someone who loves to watch movies to compile a list of films released this year (2016) that I have watched. I didn’t produce many movie reviews this year as I find it unnecessary to flood my blog page with excessive posts on movie reviews. I also think that my reviews are not at the professional level and at the same time, I felt lazy to write too much of them. Anyway, I will still give my rating to each films released this year that I have watched below. This post is like a recap to 2016 films.

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Hollywood films:

(The asterisks after the movie’s title indicate the number of stars I awarded for that particular movie with 5 as the maximum. The top 10 movies of the year are highlighted in bold)

  1. Home Invasion. **
  2. Uncaged. **
  3. Cabin Fever. **
  4. Deadpool. ****
  5. Kung Fu Panda 3. ***
  6. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. ***
  7. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. **
  8. London Has Fallen. ***
  9. The Fifth Wave. ***
  10. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. ***
  11. The Divergent Series: Allegiant. ***
  12. The Finest Hours. ***
  13. Pandemic. **
  14. The Jungle Book. ***
  15. The Huntsman: Winter’s War. ***
  16. The Boss. **
  17. Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre. *
  18. High Rise. **
  19. Captain America: Civil War. ****
  20. Louder Than Bombs. **
  21. 10 Cloverfield Lane. ****
  22. Bite. ***
  23. Gods of Egypt. ***
  24. X-Men: Apocalypse. ****
  25. Now You See Me 2. ***
  26. Zootopia. ****
  27. The Conjuring 2. ****
  28. Alice Through The Looking Glass. ***
  29. The Brothers Grimsby. ***
  30. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows. ***
  31. Warcraft. ***
  32. Finding Dory. ****
  33. The Angry Birds Movie. ***
  34. Independence Day: Resurgence. ***
  35. Central Intelligence. ****
  36. The Shallows. ****
  37. Me Before You. ****
  38. The Legend Of Tarzan. ***
  39. The BFG. ****
  40. Clown Town. **
  41. Green Room. ***
  42. Ghostbusters. ****
  43. Star Trek: Beyond. ****
  44. The Purge: Election Year. ***
  45. Viral. ***
  46. Suicide Squad. ***
  47. The Secret Life of Pets. ***
  48. Summer Camp. ****
  49. Don’t Breathe. *****
  50. Skiptrace. ****
  51. Ice Age: Collision Course. ***
  52. Café Society. **
  53. Goat. **
  54. Blair Witch. ****
  55. Lights Out. ****
  56. Mechanic: Resurrection. ****
  57. Jason Bourne. ***
  58. Deepwater Horizon. ****
  59. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. ***
  60. Sausage Party. ***
  61. Doctor Strange. ****
  62. Ouija: Origin of Evil. ***
  63. Pete’s Dragon. ***
  64. The Neighbor. ****
  65. Ben-Hur. ****
  66. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. ****
  67. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. ****
  68. Snowden. **
  69. The Magnificent Seven. ****
  70. Sully. ****
  71. The Thinning. ****
  72. Spectral. ****
  73. Sugar Mountain. **
  74. Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies. **
  75. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. ***
  76. Kubo and the Two Strings. ****
  77. Max Steel. ***
  78. The Great Wall. ****
  79. Passengers. *****
  80. Swiss Army Man. ****
  81. Moana. ****
  82. Arrival. ****
  83. Florence Foster Jenkins. ****
  84. La La Land. *****
  85. Patriots Day. *****
  86. Hacksaw Ridge. ****
  87. A Monster Calls. ****
  88. Manchester by the Sea. ***
  89. Jackie. ***
  90. Lion. ****
  91. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. ***
  92. Allied. ***
  93. Underworld: Blood Wars. ***
  94. Stray Bullets. *
  95. Shut In. ****
  96. Hidden Figures. ****
  97. Hell or High Water. ***
  98. The Founder. ***
  99. Recovery. ***
  100. Moth. **
  101. Monster Trucks. ***
  102. The Horde. **
  103. Ballerina. ****
  104. Ozark Sharks. **

Chinese (mainland China and Hong Kong) films:

(The asterisks after the movie’s title indicate the number of stars I awarded for that particular movie with 5 as the maximum. The top 3 movies of the year are highlighted in bold)

  1. The Mermaid. ****
  2. The Gigolo 2. **
  3. The Monkey King 2. ***
  4. From Vegas to Macau 3. **
  5. My Wife is a Superstar. ***
  6. Buddy Cops. ***
  7. House of Wolves. ***
  8. Kidnap Ding Ding Don. **
  9. Line Walker–The Movie. ****
  10. Let’s Eat. ***

South Korean film:

(The asterisks after the movie’s title indicate the number of stars I awarded for that particular movie with 5 as the maximum.)

  1. Train to Busan. *****

Japanese film:

(The asterisks after the movie’s title indicate the number of stars I awarded for that particular movie with 5 as the maximum.)

  1. Shin Godzilla. ***

So far, as of May 2017, I have watched a total of 116 films that are released in 2016. Yes, besides reaching the 100-mark milestone, a record that is also accomplished for 2015 films, I have also passed the 110-mark. Hollywood films account for more than 100 alone. That’s a huge accomplishment!

Here below is the top 10 highest grossing films of 2016.

  1. Captain America: Civil War – US$ 1.153 billion.
  2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – US$ 1.055 billion.
  3. Finding Dory – US$ 1.028 billion.
  4. Zootopia – US$ 1.023 billion.
  5. The Jungle Book – US$ 966 million.
  6. The Secret Life of Pets – US$ 875 million.
  7. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – US$ 873 million.
  8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – US$ 814 million.
  9. Deadpool – US$ 783 million.
  10. Suicide Squad – US$ 745 million.

Four films have crossed the US$ 1 billion milestone this year, with two of them being the animated movies. All the top 10 highest grossing films of the year have gained over US$ 700 million respectively.

Now is the last segment where I will pick the best out of all the movies this year that I have watched. Kindly be noted that only films that I have watched will be in this selection lists and I may have left out many other movies that are praise-worthy too:

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My Selection of the Best for 2016 Hollywood Films 

Best Motion Picture: La La Land

Best Director: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Best Leading Actor: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Leading Actress: Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Best Supporting Actor: Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Best New Performer: Lewis MacDougall (A Monster Calls)

Best Cast Ensemble: Hidden Figures

Best Original Screenplay: La La Land

Best Adapted Screenplay: Arrival

Best Film Editing: La La Land

Best Cinematography: Arrival

Best Production Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Best Art Direction: La La Land

Best Visual Effects: Doctor Strange

Best Sound Editing: Hacksaw Ridge

Best Original Score: La La Land

Best Original Song: ‘Another Day of Sun’ – La La Land

Best Action Choreography: Deadpool

Best Costume Design: Jackie

Best Make-Up and Hair-Styling Design: Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Animated Film: Kubo and the Two Strings 

Best Horror or Thriller Film: Don’t Breathe

Best Science-Fiction or Fantasy Film: Passengers

Best Youth or Superhero Film: X-Men: Apocalypse

Best Bizarre or Comedy Film: Swiss Army Man

My Selection of the Best for 2016 Chinese Films:

Best Motion Picture: Line Walker-The Movie

Best Director: Stephen Chow (The Mermaid)

Best Leading Actor: Nick Cheung (Line Walker-The Movie)

Best Leading Actress: Charmaine Sheh (Line Walker-The Movie)

Best Supporting Actor: Show Luo (The Mermaid)

Best Supporting Actress: Zhang Yuqi (The Mermaid)

Best Action Choreography: Line Walker-The Movie

Best Visual Effects: The Mermaid

Best Sound Effects: Line Walker-The Movie

Best Production, Costume, Make-Up and Hair-Styling Design: The Mermaid

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ became only the third movie in history to cross over US$ 2 billion in worldwide box office.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2016 by vincentloy

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After about two months in theatres worldwide, the latest Star Wars movie, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ has accumulated a whopping total of over US$ 2 billion dollar in its total box office collection. Even before this particular movie is released last December, many have already predicting that this will be a major box office hit and may be even capable of putting ‘Avatar’ off the top of the chart for the list of highest grossing films in the world when not adjusted for inflation.

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However, now it appears that ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ couldn’t accomplish that as screening for this movie is now reduced drastically since it has already been in cinemas for two months by now already. It also couldn’t enjoy massive hit in other major territories like China where people over there and also in several other countries weren’t too interested on Star Wars. Nevertheless, the movie is still topping many box office charts as expected earlier with the best achievement for it so far is being the highest grossing domestic film of all time in US, with collection of over US$ 900 million from its country alone. It has US$ 150 million more than the previous record holder, ‘Avatar’ at US$ 760 million.

However, ‘Avatar’ collected an impressive US$ 2.02 billion in its oversea taking for a total of US$ 2.788 billion to remain at the top of the list of world’s highest grossing films when not adjusted for inflation. Currently, ‘Titanic’ sits at the second spot with US$ 2.187 billion. It is still possible for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ to claim the second spot by going slightly above Titanic’s figure, but it’s impossible for it to beat ‘Avatar’ in the end. Hence, out of all these explanations above, it is obvious that there are only now three movies in the world that grossed over US$ 2 billion; ‘Avatar’, ‘Titanic’ (both are directed by James Cameron) and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ which had just joined this prestigious club few days ago. It is the highest grossing film released in 2015.

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When adjusted for inflation, ‘Titanic’ still triumphed over ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ as ‘Titanic’ is released in 1997/1998 when the ticket prices were much lower back then compared to the prices nowadays. Anyway, a big congratulation for the people behind this latest Star Wars movie for enjoying success in both box office as well as in ratings. It received very positive reviews from critics and from general audiences worldwide too. The movie had also received 5 nominations in the upcoming Academy Awards (Oscars). That’s all happy news for the movie that had already accomplished many impressive box office records like the fastest movie to gross US$ 1 billion and the largest worldwide opening of all time. The force is really very strong for this film.

Currently, there are a total of 24 films in history that had grossed over US$ 1 billion respectively and out of the 24, 3 of them crossed beyond US$ 2 billion mark as mentioned earlier. There is still no movie that is capable of going over US$ 3 billion. Maybe in near future, some films may achieve that too in view of increasing ticket prices and the bigger appeal of Hollywood films now to other major markets like China.

Haha…I haven’t watch this ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ yet actually. I’m sure I’m in the only group of very few people who are not that desperate to  watch it. I’m not a Star Wars fan and I forgot almost all the things I have watched in the past Star Wars films back when I was a kid. Anyway, I’m going to watch this latest installment too later as I’m waiting for its DVD version.

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

 

World’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge opened in China recently with the level of hype I never expected.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2015 by vincentloy

I guessed most of you should have known this by now; China had recently opened the world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge. It is also China’s first bridge of its kind. Videos of people ‘bravely’ crossing and introducing that particular bridge are widely circulated through social networking sites and reported in most news articles recently till the point that almost everyone is talking about it now. Experiences of the first pack of the bridge’s visitors; some closed their eyes while crossing due to the fear of height. Some felt dizzy straight away. Some were afraid but successfully crossed through the entire bridge to prove his/her guts.

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If you still don’t know anything of this bridge, you must be living in the jungle. For me, it is nothing more than a glass bridge. It is interesting but I’m surprised of the level of hype it obtained now till the point that I have to share it in my blog here. I will only check out the bridge if I’m happened to be passing by or visiting the national park where it is located. If not, I would not purposely go there just to see the bridge. Anyway, here you go for a bit of information regarding this bridge; When translated directly to English, the bridge is called Brave Men’s Bridge. It is a glass walkway of 300 metres long and is suspended 180 meters above a sheer drop in Shiniuzhai National Geological Park, China’s central Hunan Province.

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Each of the glass panes is 24 millimeters thick and is believed to be 25 times stronger than normal glass. One worker who built the bridge assured that the bridge will stand firm even if tourists are jumping on it. “The steel frame used to support and encase the glass bridge is also very strong and densely built, so even if a glass is broken, travelers won’t fall through.”, he added. The bridge was originally a wooden bridge before the park experimented by replacing a small section with glass in 2014. It decided to increase the thrill by revamping the whole overpass earlier this year, making it China’s first all-glass suspension bridge.

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Hunan is due to open another glass bridge later this year in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) northwest of Shiniuzhai. When completed, the Zhangjiajie structure will be the world’s highest and longest glass bridge — 430 meters long and 300 meters high. Well, it appears that China is not only stretching their limits in building supertall skyscrapers (their recent trend) but also in constructing terrifying and challenging bridges like this one. This glass-bottomed bridge that allows people to ‘enjoy’ views directly below their feet is already drawing huge crowds due to its viral promotion on the internet as well as coinciding with the Golden Week of China, a week-long of holiday for China’s National Day celebration currently. This is the time when millions of China nationals will go for a vacation both inside or outside of country.

Talking about tourists from China. I’m not being discriminating but I believe most of you think the same. They have very bad moral and most of them don’t behave well. I have been a traveler quite frequently and I always bumped into usually large group of tourists from mainland China either in their country or even in other countries. Well, most of them are now wealthy and can go travelling anywhere they like. But their values of conduct are extremely low. Their discipline are awful. Whenever I encountered them, I find them really irritating, annoying, noisy, and showing disrespect to the tourist places. Well, there have been many articles showing their bad attitudes (not queuing, peeing on the public, harassing human-shaped sculptures or statues, vandalizing buildings or monuments, spitting wherever they like, etc) shared out and I couldn’t agree more. They don’t feel embarrassed by their own actions and that is what got me surprised. Something must be very wrong to their moral education in the past when they were young. Totally terrible…I’m not targeting all the Chinese nationals…but most of them!

I guess after this holiday week, the glass bridge would be extremely dirty straight away with multiple stains (of spits everywhere maybe…) or maybe even declared unsafe soon since there must be ‘thousands’ of them rushing to cross the bridge and it simply couldn’t hold the huge weight anymore. Who knows…

(Images and some information in this post are from this source: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/27/travel/china-glass-bridge-shiniuzhai/)

Fast and Furious 7 becomes the 20th film in history to cross USD 1 billion in worldwide box office.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2015 by vincentloy

As the ‘Fast and Furious’ film franchise keeps expanding, each of its subsequent films performed better than the last one, at least in the box office intake. ‘Fast and Furious 6’ released in 2013 grossed over USD 788 million worldwide, and became the 50th highest grossing film of all time. That is already a huge achievement, and no one expects that the latest installment of the franchise, ‘Fast and Furious 7’, released early this month already broke that record in just a few days. It becomes the highest grossing film of the franchise, and also the highest grossing film of the year.

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How much it gains in worldwide box office right now? In only about 17 days, the film had already grossed USD 1.009 billion dollar. Wow! It has successfully crossed the 1 billion milestone, and it did so in just 17 days. That is really very ‘fast and furious’. Hence, it becomes the fastest film to cross that mark (the previous record of 19 days held by Avatar, The Avengers, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2). The film is now also the highest grossing film by Universal, and the second one by the company to cross the 1 billion milestone (the other one being the popular Jurassic Park movie). It now stands at 19th position in the table of worldwide highest grossing films of all time.

And wait, the ‘heat’ and popularity of the Fast and Furious 7 isn’t coming to an end yet. It is still taking the Number One spot in box office across the world even it’s already two weeks after its release. Its momentum is still staying high, but not until the end of the month when Marvel’s The Avengers (2): Age of Ultron will be released. That is another movie this year that is also projected to cross over 1 billion dollar in box office. Its predecessor had already took over 1.5 billion to make it as the third highest grossing film of all time. Everybody loves superhero movies nowadays, and so I’m sure its sequel can make it big again too in worldwide cinemas. And so, Fast and Furious 7 still has about one week plus to rule the worldwide cinema now.

And after that, I guess its final intake would be somewhere in 1.2 billion, and that would easily put it into the top 10 world highest grossing films of all time. A figure not many people expected, but comes into reality quickly after everyone wanted to see Paul Walker in there as his final film. And not to mention the touching tribute to this late actor at the end of the film. The song titled ‘See You Again’ as a tribute to him is also very beautiful. ‘It’s been a long day, without you my friend….’ Also, the movie is way too awesome with plenty of heart-stopping actions from its start till the end for an intense and thrilling ride while watching it. It’s currently my best film for the first 1/3 of the year so far.

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Have watched both the movie and the song clip above. Many people have even watched them few times! That shows how cool the movie is! And next on is the release of Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron which is just around the corner. I’m going to see it this Friday! Have been waiting for it like ages!

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

Box-office milestone – Transformers: Age of Extinction crossed 1 billion mark in film’s grossing.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2014 by vincentloy

Breaking news for movie fans – Transformers: Age of Extinction surpassed US$ 1 billion in grossing worldwide. Well…I’m not surprised at all. This is expected even before the movie is released. Or I should say I already predicted that once Michael Bay said he will be doing the fourth installment of this popular ‘Transformers’ film franchise. Before I’m revealing the current amount of grossing that ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ has obtained so far, let us take a look back of how its predecessors perform in box office last time.

The first movie of the franchise is named simply as ‘Transformers’. It was released in 2007, and had since grossed over US$ 709 million. A very strong box-office performance already for a stand-alone film before future sequels follow. Worldwide audiences’ interest to this robot-based film then grows steadily, and so the idea for more films to continue the story is materialized. The second movie, named ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ was released two years later, in 2009. Despite receiving poorer reviews, it grossed more with final intake of over US$ 836 million.

Then, Michael Bay didn’t stop and returned in 2011 with the release of the third film of the series titled ‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’. Not only that this one performed awesomely in box office, the film was also getting better reviews. The film eventually grossed over US$1.123 billion worldwide, becoming the first film in the series to surpass the amazing 1-billion milestone. Since then, Michael Bay had said that he will stop, and that ‘Dark of the Moon’ will be the last. That decision didn’t last long, as he changed his mind and made all the Transformers’ fans across the world happy again with a confirmed release of the fourth installment.

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And this is it. ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction. Released on June 2014. As of current (less than two months of its release to worldwide cinemas), the film had grossed over US$ 1.005 billion worldwide. Much of it came from United States of course and also from mainland China. Well, that is mainly due to parts of the movie being filmed in Hong Kong, China and there were many scenes in the film that are closely associated to the Chinese. Well, a smart decision. The movie had attracted a huge market; China. But this movie is getting poorer reviews back again.

Anyway, ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ became the 19th film in history to gross over US1 billion worldwide. I’m predicting that by the end of the film’s run in cinemas, it would have final intake of around US1.2 billion, an amount higher than its predecessor, ‘Dark of the Moon’. Hmm…that’s a huge amount! Other film to be released this year that has high potential to also join 1-billion club would be the last chapter of ‘The Hobbit’ film franchise; ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’. It is set to be released by end of this year. However, this one would still be no match to ‘Transformers’ power on leading the year in terms of grossing.

And yup…it is confirmed that ‘Transformers 5’ is currently in development and is slated for release in 2016 or latest, 2017. They are maintaining the flow of getting more sequels to come, as this franchise is a sure box-office hit no matter how bad the movies stand for critics.

Alarming haze now pushes Singapore’s pollution standard index to over 400 today.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by vincentloy

Haze has been quite an annual event that strike Malaysia, thanks to the seasonal burn off from Sumatra, Indonesia, its neighbouring country. Haze returns this year, at this similar period of time when the region experiences dry and hot season with little rain. However, it is not Malaysia that is hit hard by the haze this year. It’s Singapore now, a small island beneath peninsular Malaysia. Wind usually brought the smoke from Sumatra land to the middle of Peninsular Malaysia. However, for this time, the wind blows the haze towards the south, hence affecting badly Singapore and southern parts of Malaysia.

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Pollution standard index (PSI) of Singapore has been reaching hazardous or very unhealthy level in these few days. By this morning, PSI of Singapore reached 401, the highest ever recorded for the island since September 1997 when it recorded 226. The current figure is almost double of the previous record. That’s very bad and serious. The haze must be very thick, the visibility must be very low, the air must be very smelly and choking. People in Singapore are now advised to stay indoors and to avoid going outdoor if necessary. The severe smog has continued to affect the developed country badly, which will inflict on huge losses in economy indirectly.

In regard to the worsening situation which is expected to last for at least few weeks, Singapore has pushed Indonesia to do something to tackle the haze which originated from the latter. However, Indonesia’s authority fights back and said that Singapore acted like a child, reporting that many companies that are responsible for land-clearing and open burning in Indonesia which contributed to the haze are from Malaysia and Singapore, and not from them. The blame has been fired back to us. I believe all the three involved countries should sit together and find an effective solution both in short-term and long-term to monitor the situation, enforce stricter laws on preventing pollution, so that haze will not be an issue in the region in future.

There is no point of fighting in words. It is the health of the people and the living quality of the environment that we should look into as priority. Even today, I noticed that haze starts to blanket over my city, Kuala Lumpur, which is few hundred kilometres away from Singapore. I started to smell something unpleasant from the air. This means that the haze now started to spread over the middle of Peninsular Malaysia too. Over 200 schools in Johor were ordered to close today, so that the children could stay at home, not exposed to dangerous air outside. Haze has been an every year’s gift from Indonesia for many decades, but still no ‘real’ action had been truly implemented to prevent it from further occurring.

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Now, Singapore suffered seriously from the haze, and it made headlines in global news now. Previously, Malaysia had been hit hard by the haze in many years but receiving little international attention, while Singapore is always the least affected. Now, things turned the opposite way and yet Singapore’s haze is now on worldwide news. That’s the difference between Singapore and Malaysia, a developed nation and a only developing nation. I’m slightly off topic now. Sorry. The main issue now is that we want no more haze! That’s it. Haze has been the hot topic discussed now even on the internet. Interesting topic but of something which we don’t want.

Image source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2345093/Singapore-haze-2013-Residents-told-stay-indoors-possibly-WEEKS.html

Information source: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/21/world/asia/singapore-smoke-haze