Tuesday, March 28, 2017

K-pop Female Groups: My 2016 Top 30 Songs ~ No. 20 - No. 11

Here is Part 2 for my 2016 top 30 songs chart from K-pop female groups. This post will feature songs at number 20 to 11. If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here.

Let's continue with the list! I hope you enjoy my selection of songs.

~ No. 20 ~

Song: Playing With Fire
Group: Blackpink

Top from left: Jennie and Jisoo
Bottom from left: Lisa and Rose

I've mentioned before that Blackpink made quite a wave in 2016 with their releases, and Playing With Fire was no exception. It's a cool song and the short piano (I think) intro for the song is pretty nice.

Watch Playing With Fire MV here.

~ No. 19 ~

Song: Windy Day
Group: Oh My Girl

From left: Arin, Binnie, Hyojung, Jiho, JinE, Mimi, Seunghee and YooA

This is quite a unique song. It has somewhat of a Middle-Eastern influence in the end part of the chorus which makes it quite refreshing. The concept for the music video is quite nice too.

Watch Windy Day MV here.

Friday, March 24, 2017

K-pop Female Groups: My 2016 Top 30 Songs ~ No. 30 - No. 21

I think it's crazy and ridiculous to post something about 2016 list when it's already March 2017 but I had to do it! I had done this list for several years now and I don't want to miss it for this year so I am still going to post it even though it is already quite late. And it's not just 20 songs like what I used to do in previous years but 30 songs! So without any further delay, here are my top 30 songs for 2016 from k-pop female groups. I will split it into 3 posts and this first part will feature songs that were ranked from number 30 to 21.

I won't be commenting much for each of the song below not only because I want to finish this quick but also I hope that the music will speak for itself.


~ No. 30 ~

Song: Over
Group: Two X

Clockwise from top left: Eun, Eunyoung, Jiyou and Surin

They were back after a few years of hiatus. The hunky guys in the music video didn't really make sense with the video's narrative but it is still a pretty good song.

Watch Over MV here.

~ No. 29 ~

Song: L.I.E
Group: EXID

From left: Hani, Hyelin, Jeonghwa, LE and Solji

I like this song although I feel that it was not as strong as their other popular songs like Up and Down and Ah Yeah.

Watch L.I.E MV here.

Friday, January 27, 2017

2016 Films ~ My Top 10 Memorable Characters

Aside from doing a top 10 list for my favourite movie of the year, I've also decided to do a top 10 memorable characters from the movies I've watched in 2016 (as you can obviously see from the title of this post). I actually had planned to do this before for 2015 movies but I was short on time so I decided to scrap that plan.

Listing 10 movies was hard enough, now it is for characters (and there are tonnes of them!) so this is an even tougher task to accomplish. So to make my job (slightly) easier, I will only take one character per movie, so even though they are many interesting characters in one movie, I would only picked one that I personally think the best.

These characters are not necessarily have to be the main characters, it can be a small role within the film, but the characters have to make a huge impact on me, or make an impressive impression, to make it into my list.

So without further delay, here are my top 10 memorable characters from 2016 films. I hope you enjoy the list.

10. Lieutenant Commander Leonard McCoy, M.D.
Film: Star Trek Beyond
Actor: Karl Urban

I like this character, he's funny and sarcastic. Even though he might be blunt in his reaction to things, above all he's a good friend and an important crew of the USS Enterprise. There are many characters in Star Trek Beyond, old and new, but Leonard McCoy stands out from the rest with his wit and sarcasm remarks. I hope he continue to stick around in this franchise because he brings a lot of the charm into the movie as well.

9. Lunafreya Nox Fleuret
Film: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Voice actor: Lena Headey

Eventhough Lunafreya only has a small role in this film, she still give quite an impact on me. I was captivated everytime she was on screen, she just has that persona and charisma about her. She's a strong-willed person and even though she may seem soft and delicate from the outside, you can tell that she has a strong heart and that she will endure every challenges that befall her. I would say that she's a very good role model and someone who you could look up to as a character.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

My 2016 Top 10 Films

It's my first post for 2017! Let me start the year by counting down my top 10 favourite movies of 2016. I won't be splitting the post into two like I'm used to in previous years so all 10 movies will be listed here.

Altogether I had watched 36 movies at the cinema (I think that's a new personal record for me). It may sounds like an easy task (to pick 10 movies out of only 36) but to be honest, it is still not an easy thing to do.

So here are my 2016 top 10 movies of the year.

10. Storks

I watched quite a few animation films in 2016 and I must say, Storks is a very funny movie. I would say that the humour, especially when it comes to the characters' dialogue in the movie, are more geared towards adults. But luckily the movie also filled with cute characters and physical gags that appealed to kids (and adults!) as well. So it really is a movie for the whole family to enjoy. The two lead characters are beyond hilarious, the babies are super cute, and even the minor characters like the wolves and penguins are fun to watch. I'm sad to see that this movie is not as high-profile as some of the other top-performing animations of the year like Zootopia, Finding Dory and Secret Life of Pets. Hopefully more people will appreciate it once they discover it on the small screens.

Image from Storks official website.

9. Zootopia

Speaking of Zootopia, it is my number nine movie of the year. In my review, I mentioned that the climax of the movie was a bit underwhelming, but overall Zootopia is still a solid movie. The world that the movie is presenting is truly magnificent and the characters are truly diverse not just in terms of the species of the animals but also in their personalities. The story of overcoming hardship and not judging a person (or should I say animal) from outer appearance and stereotypes are also very commendable and encouraging for an all-ages movie. And it seems I'm not the only one who likes this movie as evident by the box-office numbers. As of this writing, Zootopia is the fifth highest-grossing animated film of all time with worldwide gross of more that $1 billion. That's impressive!

Image from Disney Malaysia official website.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

What to watch? ~ 2016 movies: December

It's the last month of the year! But wait, before we put our attention to the 2017 movies, there are still some movies in December that look pretty interesting. Below are some of them that caught my attention. It's almost new year but I hope I'm not too late to share this. Check them out below.

1) Sing

Release date: Dec. 2, 2016
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, John C. Reilly

There are quite a few trailers for this movie and I must say that all of them look super entertaining, and the variety of music that were featured in those trailers definitely will help in getting people's attention to the film. It looks like the animated animal version of American Idol where the characters in the film compete in a singing competition. Singing competition is definitely popular in pop culture so I think the film hopes to capitalize on that as well. It does looks like it has a good and uplifting story of overcoming hardship, so I hope the movie will not only be fun but inspiring too.

Watch Sing trailer here.

2) La La Land

Release date: Dec. 9, 2016
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, J. K. Simmons, Tom Everett Scott, Finn Wittrock, Meagen Fay

Here's another musical but this time it's not an animation but a live action musical film, which I must admit I don't normally watch in cinema but La La Land does intrigued me with it's fabulous trailers; the songs, the settings and the cast look amazing. The film received universal acclaim from critics and had won numerous awards with tons of nominations. It is also currently seen as a front runner for the Oscars. Quite the buzz, right? I'm considering to check this out at the cinema when it is released in my country.

Watch La La Land trailer here.