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.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Namie Amuro New Album "_genic" Songs Preview

It's been awhile since I last follow any news on Namie Amuro and when I was digging about her recently to find out about her latest activity, I found out that she will be releasing a new album soon! The new album which was titled "_genic" will be her twelfth recorded studio album and will be released in June 2015. The album will contained 13 new songs (plus one bonus track) with 5 of the songs will have music videos.

Namie Amuro official channel on YouTube is also currently running a trial listening of all the songs from the album. I'm not sure how long will they have this trial listening so you might want to go check them out before they end the songs preview. You can do that by clicking here.

I've listen through all of the songs and I must say the album is quite good. The album is bilingual with English and Japanese lyrics and from my trial listening it seemed like most of the lyrics will be in English. Although I prefer Namie Amuro songs in Japanese, she sounds really good in English too. I feel like I want to get this but unfortunately Japanese album is quite expensive in my country, and I don't think it is any cheaper if I order it online. I'll see the price when it's finally release here, hopefully they will have a special price for it and will not be too expensive.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Infini ~ review

Infini is an Australian 2015 science fiction/thriller/drama film directed by Shane Abbess and starred Daniel MacPherson, Luke Ford, Grace Huang, Bren Foster, Harry Pavlidis, Dwaine Stevenson, Luke Hemsworth, Louisa Mignone and Kevin Copeland. Primarily set at the farthest space station that human had ever explored in the 23rd century, a search and rescue team was dispatched to secure a highly-volatile source material from being transported to Earth and to rescue the only known survivor that had escaped from the disaster that had happened there.

This movie review will have minor spoilers regarding the film's plot, so if you haven't watch the movie and want to avoid spoilers, please leave to read other posts in this blog right away.

I had never heard about this movie before, and I just noticed it because of the poster and film's trailer that had been shown at my local cineplex while I was there to watch another movie. I have no knowledge regarding what's the movie about and I was only interested to watch it because the trailer reminds me of the movies Event Horizon and Sunshine, both which I loved. And I love science fiction movies, so why not? But in the end, did I like the movie?