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!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What to watch? ~ 2015 movies: June

May was a great month for movies as the summer movie season officially kicked-off with films like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Pitch Perfect 2 banking in lots of money at the box office, while others like Mad Max: Fury Road was critically acclaimed with its creative choices. The summer movie season continued on as more blockbuster movies are scheduled to be released. Below are some of the movies coming out in June that excite me the most.

1) Insidious: Chapter 3

I'm quite surprised when I found out that they were doing a third movie for this franchise. I thought the second movie was nice but it was not as memorable as the first one. But still, I like it a lot and it was a fun movie to watch, so I'm totally looking forward to this next installment. The focus now shifted to a new family who were haunted by something supernatural, so I don't think we would see Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson in this movie. Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson would be back though, reprising their roles as the ghost/supernatural experts that will do all they can to help this poor family. Also starred Stefanie Scott and Dermot Mulroney, this movie will not be directed by James Wan who directed the previous two films, instead it will be directed by Leigh Whannell in his directorial debut (he is also the writer of all three films). Insidious: Chapter 3 will be released in cinemas on June 5, 2015.

2) Spy

Spy had actually been released here in Malaysia in May, but it is only scheduled to be released in US on June 5, 2015. It was released on the same weekend as Tomorrowland, whereas the remake of Poltergeist, which was released against Tomorrowland in the US, would only be released here in Malaysia in July. Weird scheduling, huh? The movie is about a desk-bound CIA analyst who had never really been in field for a mission before, goes undercover to investigate in the dangerous world of arms dealer when her partner goes missing. I haven't watch Spy yet but I'm really tempted to thanks to its hilarious trailers. I don't only think Melissa McCarthy looks funny in the movie, but Rose Byrne, Jason Statham and Jude Law were all look funny in it. This might actually be a very good and fun movie to watch. Directed by Paul Feig (he also directed Bridesmaids and The Heat), Spy also starred Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale and Allison Janney.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 3 ~ Who are the Top 5?

We are almost at the end of the competition in Asia's Next Top Model season 3 and it's down to the final 5 now. It has been a great season thus far but if you had missed this cycle, I've listed down the final 5 contestants below and my thoughts on them. Check these ladies out.

Aimee (Singapore)

I think Aimee gained the most from the makeover that the contestants had gone through this season. Her makeover suits her very well and elevate her look to a whole new level which I think give her an edge and advantage compared to the rest of the contestants. So I'm not surprised that she made it this far. She had been doing pretty well in the competition, pretty consistent, but I think for her to go farther, she has to give more and take more risks with her poses. She had received a best photo call-out once before, so I'm sure she can push it further.

Amanda (Philippines)

Amanda is such a sweet girl, I like her a lot but I think out of these 5 ladies, she is probably the weakest one. In the beginning of the competition, I thought she was one of the strongest contestant but her "blinking eyes" issue was getting in her way during photoshoots, and it's kind of hard for her to get good photos with that issue. Nevertheless, it's still great to see her come this far, and I still believe she has a shot in winning this but she needs to fix that "blinking eyes" issue quickly. She received her 2nd best photo in the latest episode (episode 9) so hopefully she had managed to get rid of that "blinking eyes" problem.