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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.

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Movie review: Captain America – Civil War (2016)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2016 by vincentloy

Hi, guys and girls! It’s me posting on the last day of the month. I have just returned home from watching the ‘Captain America: Civil War’ at Westfield Carousel shopping mall with my housemates. I felt slightly unwell recently but I have to go ahead with the movie today as I had purchased the tickets online earlier. It’s just bad and costly to waste it. If I’m not mistaken, this would be Captain America’s last stand-alone film before Marvel put its full focus on the other remaining and also new superheroes as well as the Avengers.

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Well, this isn’t really Captain America’s stand-alone film after all since most of Marvel superheroes also joined in the fun in this third installment of Captain America’s film series. Why? Because the storyline here is about Civil War. The disagreement between Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Steve Rogers (Captain America) due to political interference added with Captain insisting on saving his best friend, Bucky (Winter Soldier) from many evil plots he had done after being brainwashed led to separation of the Avengers team into two group, and eventually fight between them. There is still a bad guy behind all this in this movie but he is not really a threat at all besides than making things up to create this war between the Avengers themselves.

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I enjoyed all the action sequences in this movie, but beyond that, I find there is nothing much to compliment for. The conflict between Tony and Steve is sad but nice to watch, and I’m happy that they sort of trying to resolve their difference by the end of the movie. I also enjoyed seeing new superheroes joining in like Black Panther and the very young Spiderman. So now, we see Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Falcon, Ant-Man, War-Machine, Black Panther, Winter Soldier, and Spiderman. What a huge group. It’s like it’s another Avengers movie (the next Avengers movie will be the Infinity Wars which is to be split into two parts). Heyy…but where’s Thor and Hulk?

Spiderman here talked a lot even during the fight but it’s funny to see he acted that way here, which makes way for his movies later on under Marvel cinematic universe. Since Spiderman had been previously taken up by two actors in their respective film franchises, I’m hoping to see a new and a fresh Spiderman character and storyline to develop now under this young actor (Tom Holland) by Marvel in his future films. He is a talented actor (saw and amazed by his performance in ‘The Impossible’ few years ago, a tsunami movie of which he starred with Naomi Watts) but I still find that he is a bit too young for this role. Anyway, let’s move on. I find that there are a bit too much of boring and draggy talking scenes in between. Besides that, I’m actually hoping that the villain behind this plot would be much stronger or poses real threat to the group, and now, it ended up quite disappointingly for me as he is just an ordinary man. But beyond that, this movie is all good, but just not a great masterpiece. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Captain America: Civil War’ a total of 7.1. And if you have not watched this movie, please wait till the very end of the movie after the credits for one mid-credit scene and one post-credit scene. Don’t miss them.

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‘Fury’, another good film and with my brief review for it here…and in the other news, Malaysia did it again in TVB International Chinese New Talent Singing Competition 2014.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2014 by vincentloy

Just a day after watching a magnificent film about Stephen Hawking ‘The Theory of Everything’ (a movie review for it is in my previous post if you want to check it out), there’s another movie that lives up to my expectation too today. It’s ‘Fury’, an American war drama film that starred Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, etc. It tells the story of a sergeant and his four crewmen in command of a Sherman tank in a battle against Nazi in Germany during World War II.

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Just like ‘The Theory of Everything’, the main praise to ‘Fury’ film also goes to the excellent performances by the main casts; Pitt, Lerman and Labeouf. They took on their respective roles (each with different type of characters or personalities) very well, as the film allows every three of them to shine in it respectively. Of course, I find that Logan Lerman’s character is being more heavily emphasized in this (he is the only one that survives in the end and his screen-time is even more than Brad Pitt) but Lerman nailed it. Previously, I always thought that he may not be able to handle this kind of army role but he did it fantastically here surprisingly.

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The story is solid and is pretty intense. I like it. It’s a well-crafted war film that also deals perfectly good with the emotions and the true reality of the men involved in war unwillingly in the past. Of course, some parts of the film can be better. But currently, it is good enough for an interesting and engaging 2-hour movie experience. The action sequences are also cleverly made and climax-reaching especially in the final encounter with the Nazi group when the five men were left only with their limiting weapons and immovable tank.

That’s all I can comment on this film. Not the best, but definitely one of the appealing films this year for me. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Fury’ a total of 7.9.

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On the other news, TVB held its annual International Chinese New Talent Singing Competition just now. And as usual, Malaysia sent in representatives (Uriah and Elaine, our champion and second runner-up from Astro Star Quest 2014 competition) to compete at Hong Kong. Many must be surprised why Sean (our first runner-up and having a very good voice) could not attend. It is believed that he has some health reason. That’s a pity. Anyway, I would still be in front of my TV to watch the competition live and support my country.

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Since the other competitors aren’t outstanding or having impressive voice or skills this year, there should be not much resistance for our talented Malaysians in the competition. I didn’t watch the first 30 minutes of the show and so I didn’t realize that Elaine got kicked out of the race so early. But luckily, Uriah performed steadily well and in the end, he won this competition too with the selection of his mastered songs (previously used them and gained high marks in Astro Star Quest). He must be very excited now. We are also happy for him and that win made Malaysia very proud. The winner of TVB International Chinese New Talent Singing Competition this year goes to Malaysian. Congratulation to Uriah!

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Movie review: World War Z (2013)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2013 by vincentloy

World War Z is an apocalyptic horror film based on a 2006 novel of the same name. It’s basically a movie on zombie outbreak in a global scale. It has been quite long from the last time Hollywood made decent zombie films like 28 Days Later, Zombieland, I Am Legend, etc. And this World War Z would be the latest addition, which I considered to be one of the best in this particular category in recent decades. The movie stars Brad Pitt as Gerry, a former UN investigator who must now work to find the origin and cure to the zombie-like virus pandemic that overwhelmed the world population.

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I was already stunned at the first time watching its trailer. Wow…the trailer itself already shows thousands of zombies climbing up a very high wall, thousands of them chasing the survivors,many of them trying to get on a flying helicopter…and so much more. It’s a must watch for me who prefer zombie film than ghost film. I can assure you that nothing from this movie is ‘little’. Things are at ‘max’.  Usually in a zombie movie, there would be only like ten or the most, a hundred of zombies you would be seeing and dealing with in one scene. But this one, it’s in matter of hundreds or thousands in several parts. Everything,..every encounters with those mad-running infected are in massive scale or epic proportion. That just blow the things up! And I’m happy of it.

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Even when Gerry encounters a small group of infected in certain places, it’s going to be really exciting too. I personally like the last part when Gerry accompanied with two other person had to enter a wing of lab building overrun by the infected to locate pathogens which could be helpful (not going to reveal further spoiler). That part is my most favourite, as tension does build up, and I do really felt the intensity there. That’s how a successful zombie film should delivers. However, it would be better if a slightly bigger group came along while some of them got bitten in the middle. This would adds up more crazier fun to this climax-reaching part. The scenes at The Jerusalem particularly in the plane is heart-stopping too. The make-up to those infected characters is quite terrifying but I don’t wish to observe to the detail.

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I enjoyed this film. Brad Pitt delivered a solid performance, but I don’t like his appearance in long hair. It looks messy.  Things started out very fast; the first five minutes introduced me to Gerry with his family while the city they were in is still very usual. After that, it’s all the fun part for fans of zombie movie. Nothing boring. Even when there is a bit of it, you will forget it straight away once the scene jumped into encounters with the infected again. Generally, it’s a quick intense horror-action movie. I have to admit that it lacks a bit of substance, lacks a bit of character development. But that’s not the things we wanted to see the most from this kind of film. I wanted to see how intense and exciting this zombie outbreak is. And the film nailed it very well. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘World War Z’ a total of 7.5.

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Movie review: This Means War (2012)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2012 by vincentloy

Ignore the majority of negative reviews given to this film. ‘This Means War’ is indeed a good film to watch. I don’t really understand why it would receives such a poor rating. For me, this movie is generally entertaining and interesting to watch. ‘This Means War’ is a romantic comedy film with a bit of thriller involving two CIA agents whom discovered that both of them are dating the same woman that leads to ‘war’ between them. 

That plot or idea of having two top CIA agents using necessary equipments and technology to prevent each other from successfully creating a romantic moment with the same woman they fall in love is incredibly fun and interesting to watch. There is of course some elements of humour added, as both of them plotting against each other so their opponent would fail to impress the woman. While on the other hand, the woman follows the advice of her friend to get the best of that, which allows for many romantic yet funnily- halted situations. 

I am glad that major portion of the film is dedicated to that, which follows the title of the film itself, because in the beginning, I do worry that the theme of having the two agents in war between themselves is limited. Luckily, it’s not, and that leads to a great film with the presence of an international criminal handled by the two main characters as a supporting framework to the story which leads to a dramatic ending. Many elements are delivered in the right amount in this film, and the flow of story is considered quite fast and well-organized, especially in the number of changing scenes between one of the agent (Tuck or Foster) with the girl they are dating, Lauren. 

Well, this isn’t about action scenes from the two CIA agents (but there are still some). It’s about the way they spy on each other, and all those ‘war’ between them as mentioned earlier for the girl. The performance by the main casts are generally good, and I find a good chemistry between the pairs too (between Tuck and Foster as the two agents who are best friends, between Tuck and Lauren, and especially between Foster and Lauren that ends up together in this film). The script is well-written too. Well, there isn’t anything seriously poor in this film, and it’s truly worth watching while providing some form of entertainment with use of such an awesome theme. Out of 10 points, I rate this film a total of 7.7.

Movie review: World Invasion; Battle Los Angeles (2011)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2011 by vincentloy

Another extra-terrestrial movie after ‘Skyline’? Yes…but this time, this movie is more specifically on the war against the aliens with mainly those shooting actions. I wonder why everytime a movie is on extra-terrestrials or the end of the world, the setting would be definitely at New York or Los Angeles. The title of this movie itself tells the location already. Comparing this with ‘Skyline’, I think that ‘Skyline’ is a better movie, unlike many others who prefer this over ‘Skyline’.

Battle Los Angeles is about a group of military men as well as a female on duty to save civilians while fighting against the violent extra-terrestrials. I expected a lot of shooting, firing and explosion scenes from this movie, but I think it’s a bit too much, driving the movie into a merely war film rather than dealing with issue like the end of the world. I personally dislike war-based film except Pearl Harbour. So, I kinda get bored throughout this movie too eventhough there are quite a lot of action-packed scenes. The plot seems to be very much expected, especially the ending when human would finally prevail to dominate back the land while the enemies retreat (not fully dead).

This is just an ordinary movie that fills up my Sunday’s afternoon. Not very exciting, not very interesting and also not very touching eventhough there are some scenes of people crying over death of their family members or friends while being consulted by the main character. It goes all out to achieve all the aspects it wanted too but finally it turns out to be isn’t that good or successful. Luckily, some other aspects still reached satisfactory level like the visual and sound effects as well as the performance by the casts eventhough they are not famous (I don’t recognize any one of them). Out of 10 points, I would rate this one 6.7.

the Seven Wonders of Asia..plus 3 at the end..

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2008 by vincentloy

i was quite shocked when i looked at the list through website…

out of the 7 wonders, only one is modern structure which is located at my country, try to guess..yes..it’s Petronas Twin Tower at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia..all the others are ancient structures…i added three more of my own at the end…feel free to comment

1. Great Wall of China – in Beijing, China…stretched approximately 6700km, the largest construction ever in the world, more detail  in my previous post.

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2. Forbidden City – in Beijing, China again – the largest imperial palace in the world, approximately 9999 rooms, currenty is the Palace Museum, more detail in my previous post.

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3. Meenakshi Temple – Madurai, India  – one of the most ancient complexes in India, known for skyscraping gopurams, hosts 33 million carvings, contains Hall of the Thousand Pillars.

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4. Taj Mahal – Agra, India – crown palace of Mughal architecture, The Taj complex comprises five spectacular elements- the Rouza or the Taj Mausoleum, the Darwaza or Main Gateway, the Bageecha or Garden, the Masjid or Mosque, the Jawab or Rest House, and the Red Wall.

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5. Angkor Wat – Cambodia, masterpiece of Khmer architecture, the largest temple in the world, picture of the temple in Cambodia flag, a major religious centre, biggest tourist attraction in Cambodia.

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6. Borobudur – Central Java, Indonesia – largest non-monasthic Buddhist temple on earth, commonly known as the Mountain of Statues, combination of zigurat and stupas, Gupta architecture of Indian influence.

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7. Petronas Twin Towers – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – tallest twin buildings in the world, 88 floors, 452m high, designed by architect Cesar Pelli, Islamic architecture based on transformation of geometric principles, has the world tallest skybridge.

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actually, i wished to add three more in this list, to make it top ten…the other three i have to mention too, because their presence in this world is stunning.

i wish to add the Terracotta Warriors and Horses and the Tomb of the Qin Emperor, located at Xian, China – discovered in 1974, greatest discovery ever, the tomb entrance has not been found, mystery still lies beneath the tomb, The figures include warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians. not in top 7 wonders because it does not have a beautiful outlook but with a stunning discovery.

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next i would add is the Beijing National Stadium, commonly known as Bird Nest Stadium, largest steel construction on earth, seats of 81 000 people, hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games, part of the Olympic Green in Beijing, China, modern structure with engineering breakthrough.

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lastly i would like to include is Taipei 101 – located at Taipei , Taiwan, the current second world tallest building with a height of 509.2m, 101 floors, had withstand earthquake during its construction with no structural damage proving the testament to its strength, built on earthquake and typhoon area, engineering marvel.

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huh..enough…these ten structures are among the most famous structures not only in Asia, but as well as in the whole world…appreciate these and admire!!!