Monday, July 11, 2016

What to watch? ~ 2016 movies: July

Sorry for posting this late! I usually post this earlier in the month but I was busy with something else so the post for this month got delayed. Anyway, without further delay, let's look at some of the interesting movies coming out in July that caught my attention.

1) The Legend of Tarzan

Release date: July 1, 2016
Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou, Christoph Waltz, Casper Crump, Jim Broadbent

This looks like a cool movie. The Tarzan adaptation that I am most familiar with is from the 1999's animated film from Disney so I'm excited to see a different take of the story albeit a darker one. The cast looks good but more important is the action sequence which looks to be quite impressive from the trailer. Critics gave mixed reviews for the film but it opened with quite solid numbers on its opening weekend in North America. Unfortunately the budget for the film is quite high so it still got a long way to go to recoup its budget. Hopefully the movie have legs.

Watch The Legend of Tarzan trailer here!

2) The Purge: Election Year

Release date: July 1, 2016
Cast: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Joseph Julian Soria, Terry Serpico, Betty Gabriel, Kyle Secor, Edwin Hodge, Liza Colon-Zayas

I love this franchise. The premise is creepy but I think it has a good moral story behind it. I actually like the first movie more than the second one, so hopefully I will like this third entry in the franchise more than the second movie. This movie had performed well at the box office since its release and had made quite a sum of money against its small budget. Is it possible that we will see a fourth entry in the franchise?

Watch The Purge: Election Year trailer here!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Salam Eid al-Fitr 1437!

Raya cookies!
It's the first day of the month of Syawal as I post this so I want to wish all Muslims Happy Eid al-Fitr! For those who don't know, it's a religious day that marks the end of Ramadhan and to celebrate after a month of fasting and night prayers. While the religious practice is the same where we will have a 2 Rakaat prayer in the morning, cultural-wise there are many different ways of celebrating this day in different part of the world. In Malaysia, people will greet each other with the local greetings "Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin", a visit to the cemetery and giving prayers to relatives and friends that had passed away, and having "open houses" where guests will be treated to great local foods.

Although it's sad that there are still news about bombing occurred recently in some countries (including Malaysia!) and some other incidents like the Orlando shooting in United States, I wish that we can all still celebrate peacefully and to also say some prayers to those that had been involved in these tragic incidents. It is really disheartening to see people still misuse religion for other purpose. But we all have to stay strong and work together to make the world a better place for everyone.

Have a great month of Syawal everyone and stay safe.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 4 Winner!

AsNTM  Cycle 4 winner: Tawan
This is kind of an old news but I think it's not too late for me to wish congratulations to Jiratchaya Kedkong or better known as Tawan for winning Cycle 4 of Asia's Next Top Model. Although she had only received first call-out once, she was quite consistent and had been praised by the judges quite a few times throughout the season and in the end she had finally proved to the judges that she has what it takes to win this cycle of the reality show.

To be honest, all the final 3 contestants; Tawan, Sang In and Patricia, are strong and unique in their own way and I would be just as happy if any of them winning the competition. It was a tight race and really they are all winners in my eyes.

I had really enjoy watching this cycle of Asia's Next Top Model. It's nice to see (almost) all of the girls got along quite well. Although there were a bit of fight between the contestants, overall they were quite supportive to each other and being competitive in a healthy way.

The other thing that I love about this cycle is the new head judge, Cindy Bishop. She acted not just like a mentor and advisor but also like a mom to the contestants and it was nice seeing how supportive she was to them. And seeing her almost heartbroken several times during the eliminations truly showed how much she cared for them. There's a warmth in the way she handle any issue or situations related to the contestants and I really love that part of her personality. The previous head judges of the show had been good as well but I really, really hope Cindy Bishop will continue to be the head judge in the upcoming seasons because she is part of the reason I watched this cycle of the show.

It has been a great season so thank you for all the crew behind this cycle, it has been a great show and keep up the good work for Cycle 5 (whenever that is).

Images from Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 4 official website.

AsNTM Cycle 4 Head Judge: Cindy Bishop

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Salam Ramadan al-Mubarak 1437!

Salam Ramadan to all Muslims around the world. May this holy month brings you a lot of joy, peace and blessings. And let us pray for a better world for all of humanity. Amin.

Apply now to be apart of The Amazing Race Asia Season 5!

Great news!

The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 will be coming soon and they are now looking for 10 suitable teams to join the show. It's been years since the previous season has been aired so I was quite surprised to hear this...I thought the show has been cancelled for good. It's a very delightful news to the fans of the show who have been clamouring for a new season of the reality competition. Anyway, if you think you are good enough to join the show, you can submit your video with your teammate now. It's open to citizen of Asia or non-Asian citizen who is currently living in Asia who are 21 years old and above. The travel will start around August until October 2016 while the show will be aired on TV later this year.

You can find more information in their official website.

Do you have what it takes to win the race? If yes, apply now!