Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hammerin' Hero ~ review

Hammerin' Hero is a platforming, beat-em-up, action game for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) developed and published in Japan by Irem Software Engineering (as Ikuze! Gen-San: Yuuyake Daiku Monogatari), published in Europe by DHM Interactive (simply as GenSan) and published in North America by Atlus.

I don't think I need to put a spoiler alert for this game review but just in case if people are wondering -  no, I won't go into details regarding the story but I will mention several of the levels/characters/unlockable items that were featured in this game. I won't give the full list of those things of course but if you want to be surprised when you unlock any new stage, character or item, you might want to avoid reading this review altogether then.

So what is this game about? When a small town is threaten by a huge company (the Kuromoku Company) who wants to demolish the area and develop the land, Gen, a local townsfolk come forward to fight them in the hope of bringing an end to their evil corporation plan. It's a platforming game so it's understandable if the story is not something the game is focusing on but regardless I find the story quite entertaining and easy to follow, the story was told in a kind of cute way too. In this version that I played, players have a choice between English or Japanese voice-overs. I chose mainly English voice-overs. Although some characters' voice-over were pretty bad, for the rest it was quite good with the lines delivery were quite funny, and I mean that in a good way. I like the main character's English voice-over, Gen, the most. The voice actor (sorry but I don't know who it was) did it just right, not too over-the-top but not quite plain either.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What to watch? ~ 2015 movies: August

I listed so many movies each month but ironically I can only get to watch so few of them. Hopefully I can watch more movies in the coming months. So which movies that will be released in August that caught my interest the most? Scroll down to find out.

1) Dark Places

I actually already watched this movie, it was released in July (or was it June?) in Malaysia. Dark Places is based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn (the same author of Gone Girl for those of you who don't know) and tell the story of Libby Day as she tries to investigate what exactly happened on that fateful night 25 years ago when her family was killed which had also resulted in her older brother being put behind bars based on her testimonial statement. Did he really killed them? Or was it someone else and she was traumatized that made her remembered it wrongly? I really like the movie and the murder mystery that was featured in it. If you like murder-mystery-drama type of film, then you would probably like this movie too. Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner and starred Charlize Theron, Tye Sheridan, Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz, Corey Stoll and Shannon Kook, Dark Places would be released in the US on August 7, 2015.

2) Fantastic Four

I feel so bad to see this movie received so much hate even before people get to actually see the final product. I seriously hope that this general hate won't affect it's box office performance. I kind of understand where the hate is coming from but at the same time the feedback are so overwhelmingly negative that it made me pity the crew that had work hard to produce this film. The trailers look pretty good and interesting so I'm hoping for the best for Fantastic Four. The movie could turn out to be bad but I think we should all save our judgement until the movie is release and when we actually see it, right? Directed by Josh Trank (the director of 2012 film, Chronicle) and starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell and Reg E. Cathey, this Fantastic Four reboot would be released in cinemas on August 7, 2015.

3) The Gift

This film will be the directorial debut for Joel Edgerton. The trailer looks interesting, which is about a couple's life that had turned upside down after they met the husband's acquaintance from high school. The mystery aspect of the story really get me intrigued, and I'm curious to know what really happened between the husband and his high school friend. It's a small scale type of film so I hope the story is good to keep the audiences entertain. Starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton, The Gift is scheduled to open in cinemas on August 7, 2015.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 3 Winner!

This is a late post, but seeing that I have post something like this for the past 2 seasons, it seems odd if I didn't post it for season 3 as well, so here it is.

Congratulations to Gani for winning the third season of Asia's Next Top Model! Gani had always being praised as the Asian beauty multiple times throughput this season and now she has proved herself to have what it takes to win the competition. Believe it or not, I missed the final episode of this season eventhough I had watched all the other episodes prior to the finale. Until now I had not watched the final episode although I believe there are multiple repeated airing of the episode already. I only knew the result through my sister (who was devastated, of course, since she's a die-hard fan of Monika who came in second).

I guess I should congratulate both Monika and Aimee too for reaching to the finale. It's not an easy thing to do considering so many people had auditioned for this season, and they had beat out the rest of the contestants who had reached the top 14 too, so they should also be proud of themselves.

It's been a fun season and I enjoyed watching the show very much. For all the staff and crew behind this cycle, well done! I'm not sure if the season is considered a success or not (since I don't know about the ratings and stuff) but hopefully it is and they will continue on with a new season.

And again, congrats Gani!

Images from AsNTM3 official website.

What to watch? ~ 2015 movies: July

So far for 2015, three Hollywood movies had reached USD$1 billion at the box office (Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World), and we're only halfway through the year! And there's more blockbuster movies coming out soon. There are a few movies that caught my interest for July but which movies do you think would make it big at the box-office? Or maybe make a big impression with film critics a la Mad Max: Fury Road and Inside Out?

Below are the movies that I'm most interested with for July 2015. Let's start!

1) Terminator: Genisys

Similar to the Jurassic World, I believe Terminator: Genisys has a strong brand that could lure old and new fans of the franchise to the cinemas. However, seeing how the last 2 movies of this franchise were not as highly praised as the first two movies, it could also spell trouble for this new sequel box-office performance. We'll see where this movie would take the franchise; rise to the top of the pack or burn to the ground. I'm rooting for this movie to be successful though because from what I see from the trailers, it looks like a really fun movie, and the story takes it into a totally different direction than just simply following the timeline established from previous movies. So hopefully the movie will be good. Directed by Alan Taylor (the director of Thor: The Dark World) and starring Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Lee Byung-hun and J. K. Simmons, Terminator: Genisys had been released in cinemas on July 1, 2015 in the US and July 2, 2015 in Malaysia.

2) Attack on Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow

Usually my list contains only Hollywood movies because that's the easiest movies for me to track online, but this time I got two Asian movies that caught my interest in my list (I should have checked my local websites movie schedule more often then). First up is the anime film adaptation of the popular manga/anime TV series Attack on Titan. There seemed to be two parts to this movie, and the first part is called Attack on Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow which was adapted from episode 1 until 13 of the anime TV series. I had only read several chapters of the manga and have never watch the TV series before but from what I've read, I know that the story is unique and very entertaining so I'm very much looking forward to this movie. Already released in Japan in November of 2014, Attack on Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow was released in Malaysia on July 2, 2015.

3) The Gallows

To be honest, story-wise I suspect that this film would just be a regular found footage horror movie that has been produced quite a lot recently but the trailer for this movie was so cleverly cut and accompanied by an awesome rendition of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit that it piqued my interest. Come to think of it, I somewhat remember a movie with "Gallows" in the title been released in Malaysia some few months back? Can't really remember for sure but if that was this movie, then I had missed my chance to watch it. But the US audience would still have that chance as The Gallows would be released in cinemas on July 10, 2015. The film starred Reese Mishler, Cassidy Gifford, Ryan Shoos, Pfeifer Brown and Alexis Schneider. If you're wondering that awesome rendition I was talking about, check out the cover by Think Up Anger feat. Malia J on YouTube (thanks to the comments section of the trailer in YouTube - I wouldn't know who did the cover version if you ask me). Awesome stuff!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Salam Ramadan 1436!

I've been crazily busy with work recently but I feel that I still need to spend some time to post this because it's a special month for Muslims all around the world. For those non-Muslims that may not know, Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and the month where Muslims will go on fasting as an observance for one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Aside from not consuming food and drinks during the day, Muslims are also encouraged to increase prayers and the recitation of al-Quran, and also to do more charity and refrain from behavior that are deemed sinful. It is indeed a special month in Islam.

I pray that all Muslims will have a peaceful and blessing Ramadan this year. Salam Ramadan everyone!