Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year 2016!

Some Mandarin oranges that we received
from friends. :-)
Happy Chinese New Year to all that are celebrating it! It's the year of the Fire Monkey, and I wish you all a successful and prosperous year ahead.

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Friday, February 5, 2016

What to watch? ~ 2016 movies: February

At first I thought I don't want to do this "What to Watch" type of post anymore because I want to focus on movie reviews and other stuffs like manga, books and video games, but then I thought maybe it's good for me to continue doing this since I like to keep track on movie release schedule anyway. So here we are again.

Before I begin, I need to put a note here and say that the release dates here (and for the subsequent monthly posts of "What to Watch") are mostly based on the US release dates unless otherwise stated.

So now let's take a look at some of the movies that will be released in February that look pretty interesting.

1) Hail, Caesar!

Release date: February 5, 2016
Cast: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes, Alden Ehrenreich, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Alison Pill.

This looks like a fun movie and with an ensemble cast like that it should be interesting to watch. It is set in 1950's Hollywood though, and movies set in that era usually don't perform well in the Asian region, at least from what I can see from my own country. We'll see how this movie does when it opens in cinemas.

Watch Hail, Caesar! trailer here!

2) Misconduct

Release date: February 5, 2016
Cast: Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Malin Akerman, Julia Stiles, Alice Eve.

This movie will be released in limited release and also through video on demand in the US on the same day. Some might say it's a brilliant move seeing how small films like this usually open small in cinemas anyway, but they got Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins in the movie so I think the studio should at least have some faith in it and let it run in cinemas for a few week before release it on the small screen. I might watch this for Malin Akerman though, she's quite underrated as an actress if you asked me. But it seems she just play a small role here so...hhmm...let me think this through....

Watch Misconduct trailer here!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

2015 Movies ~ My 10 Favourite Moments!

It's one month after the new year but I still got one more list to make for the 2015 movies that I've watched. I've done my top 10 movies of the year (which I separated into 2 parts; the bottom 5 and top 5), now it's time to list my 10 favourite scenes/moments of them.

Before that, I need to remind you readers that this list might contain spoilers, so if you have one or two 2015 movies that you haven't seen yet and planning to do so and want to avoid spoilers, then I suggest you to read another post then.

One more thing; this list is in no particular order. Okay, let's start!

1) The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Scene/sequence: The opening scene with CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) extracting Gabriella Teller (Alicia Vikander) from East Berlin while evading KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer).

There are a lot of spy movies in 2015 and one that I feel was overlooked by many is The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. I think it's a fun movie and Henry Cavill was so charming in it. This opening scene perfectly introduced the three main protagonists and set the tone of the movie.

2) Tomorrowland

Scene/sequence: The world-flip effects when Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) touches the Tomorrowland pin.

I love any scenes that involved the world-flip effects in this movie. They look so incredibly cool and amazing! Even though I watched it so many times already in the trailer before I watched the movie, I was still amazed by it at the cinema.

3) Inside Out

Scene/sequence: The abstract thought sequence.

This is a very fun sequence. I love how they created this place as an area inside a person mind where 3-dimensional objects turned into 2-dimensional shapes and then further turned into lines. I think it represents a place inside our head where ideas are created, where simple lines and shapes could become complex objects. But then again the characters, who are supposed to be the complex objects, are the one turned into more simple 2-dimensional shapes and lines. Hmm...I think I'm wrong with this interpretation. Well, I may not know what it represents but it sure is an interesting and creative sequence.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

My 2015 Top 10 Films ~ No. 5 - No. 1

Welcome back! If you found this post by accident, then this is just another top 10 list where I count down my top 10 favourite movies for 2015. I've already done the bottom half of the chart (you can click here to read it), now let's move on to the top half of the chart.

5 ~ Tomorrowland

I love the plot in Tomorrowland so it breaks my heart to see that the movie got mixed reviews by critics and performed poorly at the box-office. This movie is a big loss for Disney; the production cost around $190 million (and that not even inclusive of marketing budget) but made only around $209 million at the worldwide box office. I think it has a brilliant story, excellent special effects (especially the world-flip effects) and great chemistry between the three main characters played by Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and George Clooney. It does have somewhat of a gloomy premise which might turned off some parents and family audiences who expect the movie to be cheerful and light-hearted. Even though the story is very much different from your usual family-friendly or kids movies but personally I feel that the movie beautifully painted a light tone over serious topics and issues that it wanted to convey to audiences and that makes it a smart movie with great moral values, not just for kids but adult alike.

Image source: Tomorrowland website

Sunday, January 24, 2016

My 2015 Top 10 Films ~ No. 10 - No. 6

You can see almost everyone on the web having their own top 10 favourite films of the year and guess what? You stumbled upon another personal top 10 favourite films list for 2015 and this time it's from... me! Feel free to click away if you had bored yourself reading all of the other people's choices of movies but if you somehow curious to find out if my list of movies have anything in common with your taste in movies, then scroll down to read more. :-)

I will be separating this chart into two posts with five movies in each post. For this one, I will be counting down the bottom half of the chart starting with number 10. Let's begin!

10 ~ Jurassic World

This is the sequel that fans had been waiting for in years, and could be the beginning of a potential new trilogy. Well, I'm not certain myself if it will be a trilogy but at least with the success this movie had achieved at the box office, we can be sure that another sequel is in the works. Some might not like the juggernaut this movie had become because they might just consider it as just another standard popcorn fare, but personally I think it is a really fun movie. It brought nostalgic factor to the old fans of the franchise and sparked new interest to the new generation which when you think about it, kind of a brilliant idea to restart a franchise.

Image source: Jurassic World UK website