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Movie review: Fast and Furious 6 (2013)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2013 by vincentloy

‘Fast and Furious’ franchise which is a series of action films centers on illegal street racing and heists had come this far, to the release of its latest sixth instalment recently. Fast and Furious 6 follows a professional criminal gang led by Toretto who have retired following their successful heist previously, but remain wanted fugitives. A cop then offers to clear the group’s criminal records and allow them to return home in exchange for helping him to take down a skilled mercenary organization led by Shaw and his second in command, Toretto’s presumed-dead lover Letty. The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Sung Kang, Chris Bridges, Luke Evans, Gina Carano, and John Ortiz (to name a few).

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I thoroughly enjoy this film as the director, Justin Lin had maintained to have the story carried out in a much more action-oriented direction as usual. Well, it is the action involving those fascinating cars on roads that appeal much successful to audiences now, and he did that right. There is whole lot of amount of action-packed scenes in this movie, racing your heart out as you watch, as some intense moments are very exciting yet quite unbelievable to a certain extent from this film. Well, film can go for anything, eventhough it’s a bit too exaggerated. Well, that’s the ‘wow’ factor we can observe from this.

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The story which continues from Fast Five goes very smooth and well in this one, which now takes place mostly in London (Fast Five was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). However, I find there is too much emphasis on Letty, on which there are too many scenes involving of how she get into the villain side this time, and how she finally reunited back with Toretto’s group. It would be better if her parts are cut short a bit. Let’s get back to the action sequences. All that are brilliantly delivered in this story eventhough some are too unbelievably risky to the characters. Well, when there is no risk, there would be no heartstopping moments. So, I have to say this movie seriously performs well in terms of its action approach. And when such film is good in action, then it succeeds.

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This time, its encounter between a group of criminal (good side) against another group of criminal (bad side). It’s like fighting your evil twins using racing talents, attack weapons, and crazy tactics each side has. That’s interesting. The performance by the casts are solid, which is expected since the casts have done all these similarly so many times in previous instalments already. However, I can assure you that the actions now in this film are much climax-reaching and crazier. It’s a fun ride watching this. There is street racing (of course), gun attacks, fighting sequences, then comes also clash between cars and destroyer tanks, and finally the ending part that involves a huge plane as well. (sorry for a bit of spoiler here)

I am enjoying it generally. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Fast and Furious 6’ a total of 7.7. A great action-packed film. Ohh, there is an extra scene in the middle of end-credit. So, stay a while to wait for it which indicates the possibility of another sequel and how the whole flow of these six instalments works (didn’t understand my point, watch it to find it out). And yes, it’s confirmed that there would be Fast and Furious 7 which is predicted to be released next year. Wow, that is fast too! I think this franchise is getting much more popular compared to the release of its previous five instalments. This ‘Fast and Furious 6’ is going to gain a lot in box office.

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

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Six applicant cities bidding for 2020 Summer Olympic Games announced.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2011 by vincentloy

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is pleased to announce that six cities have been put forward by their respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to apply to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020. The cities, in alphabetical order, are: Baku (Azerbaijan), Doha (Qatar), Istanbul (Turkey), Madrid (Spain), Rome (Italy) and Tokyo (Japan).

The six Applicant Cities will now proceed to Phase 1 of the IOC’s two-step procedure, which will lead to the election of the 2020 host city in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 7 September 2013.

• Phase 1, known as the Candidature Acceptance Procedure, focuses on a technical review and the cities’ ability to host the Olympic Games in 2020. Cities are required to answer a questionnaire, and their answers are studied by the IOC. At the end of this first phase, the IOC EB selects the cities that will become Candidate Cities and therefore move on to Phase 2.

• Phase 2, known as the Candidature Procedure, concentrates on Games operational matters. Candidate Cities will be requested to submit their Candidature File – which is an in-depth description of their Olympic project – and will be subject to a technical assessment made by a visiting team – the IOC Evaluation Commission. The IOC Evaluation Commission’s appraisal will be published in a report and sent to the IOC members no later than one month before they cast their votes on 7 September 2013 and in time for the 2020 briefing for IOC Members. The report will also be available to the public on www.olympic.org.

(Excerpt above is taken from this source: http://www.olympic.org/media?articleid=138217)

Out of the 6 applicant cities, I predict three will prevail above the others which should be very obvious for many people too; Madrid, Rome and Tokyo, the three great urban centers. Madrid and Tokyo lost for 2016 bid as far as I remembered, but this both cities would have a good bidding experience for 2020. Rome is a historical and an iconic heritage city of the West and hence, an Olympic Games held in such city would be interesting. The other three that I see less hope in are Baku which I have never even heard of this city’s name before (popularity of a city is an issue also), Doha (which hosted the 2006 Asian Games successfully but comes with many delays which proved to be leaving with bad records, and also hosting 2022 FIFA World Cup which the time margin is only 2 years) and Istanbul which had no experience for such big sporting event before and failed for many times not even being listed as candidate city.

By the way, I thought my home city, Kuala Lumpur would be applying for the games to coincide with Vision 2020 of a developed nation in year 2020? Ahh, I remember few months back, our Prime Minister decided not to apply due to high costs and Malaysia is not ready for it. But wait, even Qatar, Turkey and Azerbaijan applied for it, and Malaysia think it is not the right time yet?! When is the right time then, two decades later? Malaysia had been waiting too long for another mega sporting event after the 1998 Commonwealth Games, and another bad news is that Malaysia also withdrawn from the bidding for 2019 Asian Games. The main reason is cost!? Where does all the money goes? Everyone knows. If the government keeps on to this kind of attitude, Malaysia would never excel not only in sporting, but also in all other aspects essential for a true development of a nation. So, by then, for 2020, let’s forget about the aim for developed nation!

Back to this Olympic Games bidding. The application and bidding for 2020 edition just started and there is a long way to go before the voting and decision announced on September 2013 at IOC Congress in Buenos Aires. Even Kuala Lumpur lost to Buenos Aires in bidding of just to host the IOC Congress. KL had a poor performance in bidding. Very minimal hope for KL in future, not only in Olympics, but also even in smaller scale like Asian Games which KL had never even hosted before. I’m looking forward for London 2012, Rio 2016, and a great city out of the 6 applicant cities for 2020 edition!

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince…

Posted in Interesting Encounters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2009 by vincentloy

Few days before this movie is released, many of my friends expressed their wishes to watch the 6th Harry Potter film, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE.

Few days before I watched this movie today (just now), many friends who have watched it expressed disappointment, all gave comments like … boring, too many dialogues, don’t know what it is talking about, horrible ending, etc…all bad except one: All are nice actors and actresses (This I have to agree)

The movie is kinda long, two and a half hour long, making me feel boring and uneasy  after two hours…two hours is my limit in watching film…and there is no exact clear conclusion to this movie…How come Professor Snape is the Half Blood Prince? Very blur on Tom Riddle (I remember him on the second series: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)…The evil, Dark Lord Voldemort, does not even appearing in this film…what happens? What happens to him? Disappear out of nowhere and just send few people to kill Professor Dumbledore? Really ridiculous…

All the actors and actresses have grown, prettier and more handsome…The one acted as Draco Malfoy is cool, Hermione is beautiful, Snape is strict-looking, Dumbledore is old…new characters are being introduced, like Professor Slughorn, etc…Anyway, this movie is still okay…up to my satisfaction, still had some humorous parts in it…

Anyway, I believe the remaining story will be unfolded in the next and the last series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which will be separated into two parts…the filming began in February 2009 for this…one will be released by 2010, and another one by 2011. After that, real end for Harry Potter.