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Movie review for ‘Baby Driver’, ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’ (2017).

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2017 by vincentloy

I spent this last week of my holiday intensely catching up to some new movies. They are ‘Baby Driver’, ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’. Each of them has been receiving critical acclaim and obtained over 90% rating in Rotten Tomatoes. They are good films, but in my personal opinion, I don’t really think that they are exceptional to that point of acclaim that they received right now. Check my review below to find out why. By the way, I look forward to watch ‘Baby Driver’ because the star even came to Malaysia recently to promote this movie. I wish to watch ‘Dunkirk’ because it is directed by Christopher Nolan. Enough said. And lastly, I go for ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’ because I wouldn’t want to miss a single Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film.

‘Baby Driver’ follows a young getaway driver named ‘Baby’ who is coerced into working for a crime boss in multiple missions. In the process, he never intend to hurt anyone that are innocent and also felt in love with a waitress. The film starred Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, etc. What’s unique of this film is the catchy and continuous music acting as the background score for the movie in almost its entire run. Some actions in the movie also follow with the rhythm of the background music. Great choreography in there. The car chasing scene at the very beginning of the film is also engaging and intense. However, as the story progresses, things start to get slow and boring. There isn’t much development to Baby’s illness in relation to his mother’s death. I can’t felt the progressing love between Baby and Debora. And things don’t match up logically in the end. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Baby Driver’ a total of 7.0 only. I thought I would be impressed looking at all the positive reception the movie has received. But I am left disappointed. Some people said this movie is a mix between ‘La La Land’ and ‘Fast and Furious’ and the outcome is much better. I don’t think so. It is just an ordinary film being over-hyped by its extreme dependence on the music.

Next up is another movie that is also highly dependent on the music to set the mood. It is a war film called ‘Dunkirk’. The movie follows the historical real event, the Dunkirk evacuation. It emphasizes on the evacuation of British soldiers to home away from the German armies during a fierce battle in World War II. The film starred Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, etc. What’s unique of this film is that it is told from three perspectives – the land (1 week), the sea (1 day) and the air (1 hour) and that the movie has very little dialogue with suspense created solely through details. Craftmanship is excellent and is expected as it is directed by Christopher Nolan. The acting by the cast are generally good. The music is loud, heavy and successfully sets the mood eventhough nothing much is really happening throughout the movie. Yes, that’s a problem; nothing much is really happening. The movie lacks drama and actions that a war film should deliver. The music (score) is overused. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Dunkirk’ a total of 7.2. For me, it’s not an excellent war film, which is contradictory to some people who claimed that this is one of the best war films ever made. This movie made me to somehow miss ‘Pearl Harbor’ and even the recent ‘Hacksaw Ridge’. They are much more moving and engaging. This ‘Dunkirk’ didn’t hit to me.

The last movie to review here is ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’. This is the second reboot for this superhero. First is Tobey Maguire, then comes Andrew Garfield for the not so successful reboot. And now, the Spider-man joins back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Tom Holland taking on the titular role. I admired his performance few years ago in ‘The Impossible’, a tsunami movie that also starred Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.  However, I still find that he is too young for the role. Well, that is what Marvel wanted in their future direction of their movies…and so I couldn’t say anything more. This movie revolves on Peter Parker (obviously since he is the Spider-man) who tries to balance his high-school life with being a superhero, while facing the Vulture (villain whom is on a suit with mechanical wings). Besides Tom Holland, the movie starred Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, etc. It is a fresh new way to see Spider-man now as he is now still a teenager with many awkward yet hilarious teen issues. The Iron Man here is like a mentor to this young Spidey boy after getting him to the Avengers team in the last ‘Captain America: Civil War’ movie. On the other hand, Michael Keaton is the Vulture. He is a bit too old for this role and I find that he always get the role that is associated with wings (he has acted as Batman, Birdman, and now as Vulture). The actions are cool but nothing spectacular. For me, I still think that the first three Spiderman movies with Tobey Maguire are the best. Anyway, this ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’ is still a fun movie to watch. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Spider-man: Homecoming’ a total of 7.4.

I thought I would give them over 8 points respectively but I couldn’t. They couldn’t even get past 7.5 from me. I don’t know why the critics nowadays are suddenly so flexible and soft. By the way, I watched the recent leaked trailer for the upcoming ‘Avengers; Infinity War’ (set to be released next year) and I’m so excited for it. Thanos, the big evil boss is finally out to take on all the Avengers! Marvel, please release the clear version of the trailer very soon!

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

 

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Movie review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2014 by vincentloy

Luckily I purchased tickets for this movie several days ago. If not, I would not be able to watch it on its first day of release today, which is also a public holiday in conjunction of Labor Day. Since it is also a highly anticipated sequel to the first ‘The Amazing Spider-man’ film back in 2012, I’m sure this is going to attract a lot of movie-goers (including me) and gain a lot in box office. Now, Peter Parker (Spiderman) faces two villains (or literally three); Electro (the main antagonist), Green Goblin and a bit of Rhino in the end (sorry for spoiler) while dealing on his relationship with Gwen Stacy.

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The story is nice, but I find that there are too many things going on which can make things complicated easily. Overstuffed. In the same theatre with mine, there are a lot of children. They do enjoyed the actions but not by the story which may be hard to digest for them. If I am the director or the scriptwriter, I would take out the Harry’s part (or only includes a bit of him) and focuses more on Electro instead. By this way, we could then see more bad things Electro can do (he obviously can since he is a powerful supervillain with electrical strength) to wreak havoc to the city which would be more exciting to watch. The story also goes too deep into those history of Peter’s father. Too much.

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There are some boring scenes involving excessive talking especially between Peter with Gwen or Harry. That is why I find that the movie is taking a bit too long. In over 140 minutes, it is the longest Spiderman movie to date. Take some parts out (as mentioned earlier) and you will then have a much proportioned outcome. Nevertheless, the solid story and the amount of intense actions complemented well with some humorous acts from Spidey himself helped push the movie to a positive feedback. I enjoyed the part where Electro first seen by the public at the New York’s Times Square and the chaos he did. Climatic and exciting scene. Too bad it ended quite fast. Even the final part of the battle between Electro and Spiderman at the power station looks unrealistic and falls short. Anyway, there were still some splendid actions delivered.

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After this sequel, I can stand firm on my opinion that Andrew Garfield is the perfect choice as Spiderman here. Young, energetic and fun, he did all the right things to make this superhero character very likeable, fresh and different from Tobey Maguire in the earlier ‘Spiderman’ film franchise. Emma Stone also did well as his love interest; Gwen Stacy who died on this film sadly which I believed will lead to appearance of Mary Jane Watson character later on. Jamie Foxx as Electro; no comment. Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn looks interesting but his character can be developed on the next sequel instead to make more room for Electro as I mentioned earlier. On the other hand, the visual effects are good (have to be as this is a huge budget production).

Generally, this superhero film is good and is better than its predecessor. Much solid but overcrowded plot, sufficient character’s development, having much funnier approach, slightly disappointing action sequences, satisfying visuals, fantastic performance from main casts, and emotionally heavier. There are goods and bads but the former overshadows the latter. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Amazing Spider-man 2’ a total of 7.4.

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

 

 

Let us be part of the Earth Hour 2014 tonight.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2014 by vincentloy

Today is the last Saturday of the month of March. And that means the time of the year comes again for us to switch off non-essential lights tonight from 8.30pm to 9.30pm (for an hour) in support of Earth Hour. If you still didn’t know, Earth Hour is a global movement organized by World Wide Fund of Nature (WWF) first started as only a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia back in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide, and the one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.

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The movement now entered its 8th year with increasing cooperation, unity and efforts worldwide in showing commitment to our beloved planet Earth. As usual, many famous landmarks across the globe will turn off lights tonight including Sydney Opera House, Taipei 101, Burj Khalifa, Eiffel Tower, Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Empire State Building, St. Peter’s Basilica, Niagara Falls, Hagia Sophia, Beijing National Stadium, etc. While in my country, Malaysia, Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower, City Hall Building, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and along with many other places will be in the dark tonight too. But I still find the efforts here in Malaysia are still not enough.

From 8.30 to 9.30pm tonight, I would be having my dinner outside. There would be no one in the house and all the lights would be off. Hence, I consider I have done my part in support of this wonderful programme. What’s extra that I could do now is to spread the message out and invite others to join me on this movement (have did it now by writing this post). Turning off lights for an hour remains a symbol, which shall lead to us being more aware of the need to love and protect our planet. Hence, we have to act beyond that particular one hour.

This is the first year that Earth Hour has a superhero as its ambassador. Spiderman is the one, and Andrew Garfield together with the other casts of ‘The Amazing Spider-man 2’ movie (scheduled to be released soon this year) will be at Singapore to take part in an event to switch off the lights of Marina Bay Sands tonight. Will there be another superhero turning up as the movement’s ambassador next year and who would it be? Superman? Batman? Iron Man? So, superhero is on board, and it tells us to use our own power too in support of Earth Hour.

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Let us be part of this Earth Hour 2014 movement. Remember, 8.30pm to 9.30pm tonight (local time) on 29th March 2014.

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

Movie review: The Amazing Spider-man (2012)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2012 by vincentloy

‘The Amazing Spider-man’ is one of the highly-anticipated blockbusters of the year. This film directed by Marc Webb is a total reboot to Sam Raimi’s ‘Spiderman’ trilogy back many years ago, and it is a stand-alone superhero film by Marvel this year, separating it from the large ensemble of superheroes in ‘The Avengers’ film.

First of all, I am a bit disappointed that a reboot is planned rather than following the continuity from the previous films directed by Sam Raimi which are good enough to provide a successful path to ‘Spiderman’ character in box office. It’s like after you have watched a three films of it, then you have to turn back to watch the beginning part of ‘Spiderman’ once again, from this latest film but with a different villain and girlfriend this time around. Well, no doubt that people would still compare ‘The Amazing Spider-man’ to Sam Raimi’s ‘Spiderman’ trilogy, and if I do, I find any one of the trilogy by Sam Raimi is a bit better.

Regardless of all those very favourable feedbacks over this film, for me, I find ‘The Amazing Spider-man’ isn’t that amazing after all. The first half of the film is quite boring to me. Besides than having some good and funny moments from Peter Parker (Spiderman) realizing his new powers and abilities, I don’t find anything else interesting on the first half of the film, before the villain, ‘Lizard’ surfaces. Even when the ‘Lizard’ appears, there is no sense of intensity felt which is bad. The audiences should have felt excited over how Spiderman is going to battle all out with the evil ‘Lizard’, a transformation by Dr. Curt Connors. But I’m not. The giant ‘Lizard’ just came out, made some little destroy, had a plan but definitely failed in the end, and out of sudden, turned over a new leaf and saved Spiderman instead. (Sorry for a little spoiler). Not enough ‘power’ shown from the ‘Lizard’.

Another worst thing about this film is that it highlighted a lot over the romantic relationship between Peter Parker (by Andrew Garfield), the Spiderman with Gwen Stacy (by Emma Stone). That is unnecessary too much in the film, leading to limited time for exciting battle scenes between Spiderman and Lizard. Very disappointing. Who wants to know so much over their relationship? Even the kids in the cinema with us felt very bored over their numerous scenes together. Their scenes are making things slow in the film, eventually dragging the whole story to nowhere. Well, we are expecting intense fighting scenes and that are only shown in a very small proportion.

Well, it is no doubt that the visual effects are great for this high-budget film. Many scenes showing the beauty of New York City at night with Spiderman flying all around are brilliantly produced. But that wouldn’t save the movie much from all those weaknesses I had pointed out just now. Andrew Garfield portrayed a much comedic and ‘younger’ feel of the superhero and that is a good thing, which makes it different with Tobey Maguire’s portrayal as a much matured Spiderman in Sam Raimi’s trilogy. The plot for ‘The Amazing Spider-man’ is much more complicated and with certain twist involving the background for the missing of Peter’s parents and their relationship with Dr. Curt Connors, which opens up for sequel possibility that is further hinted from a scene shown after the ending credit that reveals a mysterious man in the shadow that is expected to be the villain on its planned sequel. Don’t know why but I find that things can be made simpler and much easier to understand from this kind of superhero films as it can gets more attention from the kids as well, right?

So, overall, it’s still a good worth-watching film, but fails beyond my expectation and anticipation. Not that entertaining, interesting or exciting either. It doesn’t really perform very well according to my perspective. I’m sure it is going to gain a lot from box office intake, but I am quite disagree to most of the positive reviews given to this film. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Amazing Spider-man’ a total of 6.8.

(The images from this post are not mine and are obtained throughout various sources from the internet)

French ‘Spiderman’ scaled the world tallest man made structure; Burj Khalifa

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2011 by vincentloy

Two days ago (28/3/2011), the famous French climber commonly known as the Spiderman had made the first attempt to climb to the top of the world tallest building, Burj Khalifa. With a height of over 828m, it is by far also the world tallest ever man made structure.

The climber is Alain Robert, whom have climbed many skyscrapers around the world including former world tallest buildings, like Taipei 101 in 2004, Petronas Twin Towers in 2009 (first and second attempts in 1997 and 2007 failed due to arrest) and Sears Tower (now named Willis Tower) in 1999. With his age of 48, he is still energetic and strong enough to continue his interest on climbing tall structures eventhough it is very dangerous and life-threatening. In some attempts, he did not even use safety ropes, but luckily not for this one in scaling Burj Khalifa as the government wanted him to be safe.

He spent 6 hours and 15 minutes in climbing to the top of the spire of the tower. Imagine yourself climbing at such a height with the angle directly vertical from the ground! This must be impossible for a lot of people except him. 6 hours of climb would be very tiring and among the longest for him. This would be a great achievement for him, as previously he scaled building of around 400 and 500 m the most, but this time it’s over 800 m! Many people took photographs and videos of him climbing the tower, which he successfully climbed to the top after midnight. Can you spot Alain in the picture below? I don’t think so…

It must be very exhausting for him, but he still managed to do it! He could have just taken the world fastest lift to the top, but he wanted for a breakthrough access to the top, which is by climbing the exterior. Of course, he went back down to the ground by lift. I would definitely praised for his effort on climbing to the top of Burj Khalifa, and now he is surely very famous for many records he hold now, especially the latest one; Burj Khalifa!

Pictures and some information from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1370889/French-spiderman-scales-Dubais-Burj-Khalifa-worlds-tallest-tower.html)

He did it, finally!!!

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2009 by vincentloy

You might be wondering what I am writing about? Below are all the answers for your questions.

Who is he?

He is Alain Robert.

Still don’t recognize him?

He is nicknamed as French Spiderman.

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Why?

Climbing skyscrapers are his interest and he has climbed more than 85 structures ranging from monuments to skyscrapers around the world.

What are the famous structures he has climbed?

Empire State Building, Taipei 101, Willis Tower, Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Jin Mao Tower, Petronas Twin Towers, etc.

What he did today? (see title)

He had successfully climbed the former world tallest buildings and current world tallest twin buildings, the 452m tall Petronas Twin Towers today, 1st Spetember 2009, the day after Malaysia celebrated its 52nd independence.

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When he did that?

This early morning, to be precise; DAWN. From 6.00am till 7.40am. The time is the time when the guards and the public are not aware of him. As soon as they aware of it, he climbed to the top of the tower.

Which tower he climbed?

Tower 2. He climbed from bottom to top of the 88 storeys structure. He reached to the top pinnacle, standing on it, and fixed a Malaysian flag on top of the building.

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Is that dangerous?

Super dangerous. No one would dare to do that except him. No safety belts, he climbed it all with bare hands in the early misty morning of Kuala Lumpur. The exterior is wet, adding difficulty to him, but he did it finally.

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Why do I say ‘finally’?

It is because he had made two previous attempts before this one. Both previous ones failed, in 1997 and 2007. He tried to climb it on the year of completion of the towers (1997) and on the 10th anniversary of the towers (2007), but being stopped by security personnels on the 60th floor.

After this successful attempt, what is the consequence?

He is arrested, and will be charged on criminal tresspass, climbing a building without permission. Anyway, he had the attraction and support from the people looking at him from the ground.

What do I think of him?

Too brave, maybe he wants something challenging to do, scaling towers. He should at least wear safety belts. No one knows what will happen? Don’t risk your life just like that. Think of others. Get permission first. Anyway, he did a good job.

The video from YouTube showing him scaling the tower today:

Did I see it?

No, I didn’t. It’s too early and no one would expect him climbing the tower today. I have just woke up by the time he reached the pinnacle.