Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What to watch? ~ 2014 movies: July

If you've been to my blog before, you'll know that I'm listing movies that had pique my interest each month for this year. So which movies that will be released in July that look interesting to me? Scroll down to see if they look interesting to you too. Let's begin!

1. Deliver Us from Evil

I love horror movies, especially when it involves the supernatural like ghosts or spirits. Judging from the trailers, Deliver Us from Evil seems to be like a very good horror movie. But I learned from the past that you never judge a movie from their trailers, so you never know how it will turn out until you watch it. But so far, I'm intrigued! It says that the event is based on real life events (I think that's debatable don't you think?) of a New York cop who investigates a case that involves demonic forces of evil with the help of a priest. Starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris and Joel McHale, the film will open in cinemas on July 2, 2014.

2. Earth to Echo

When I first heard/read about this movie, I thought it will be a kid-friendly adventure movie that features kids with alien and their amazing adventure together. And what a surprise it was for me when I watched the trailer for this movie; it was a found-footage genre, and it was not all bright and happy that I thought it would be. It looked quite intense and I like the realism the film has with its found-footage style of shooting. And the kids in this movie look like they can really act. The trailer definitely got me excited for the movie, although it does remind me a bit to the 2011 movie, Super 8. Starring Teo Halm, Brian "Astro" Bradley, Reese C. Hartwig and Ella Wahlestedt, Earth to Echo will be released in cinemas on July 2, 2014.

3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was an awesome movie, so I cannot wait for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes which will be the sequel to that movie. James Franco and Freida Pinto will not be back for this sequel but we will definitely be seeing Caesar again as he is the central character in this reboot series. Andy Serkis will be playing Caesar again through motion-capture along with Judy Greer, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary and Toby Kebbell as the other apes charaters, while the casts that will be playing as human survivors in this movie include Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jocko Sims. The movie is scheduled to be released in theaters on July 11, 2014.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Salam Ramadhan 1435!

Happy fasting to all Muslims! It's Ramadhan again and it's time to multiple our effort in giving our hearts and souls to the God Almighty. May all your hard work and dedication in this holy month will be rewarded by Allah. Have a blessing month everyone!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What to watch? ~ 2014 movies: June

May was quite a blast with Spidey, Godzilla, X-Men and Maleficent each had ruled the box-office. But some of them got a little bit of negative feedback from critics and audiences alike despite having quite respectable box-office numbers. But summer movies season still continue on and it's business as usual at the cinemas. So which movies that will be released in June that had caught my interest? Scroll down to find out and who knows, they might catch your interest too.

1. Edge of Tomorrow

I like it when Tom Cruise starred in a science fiction movie; Minority Report, War of the Worlds and last year's Oblivion. For 2014, Tom Cruise will star yet again in another science fiction movie called Edge of Tomorrow, a movie based off the Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill by author Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Starring opposite him will be Emily Blunt and it is directed by Doug Liman who had also directed The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Jumper before. I'm looking forward to this movie and hopefully it will be as good as I expected it to be. Edge of Tomorrow had already been released in certain territories (including Malaysia) but it will only be released in the US on June 6, 2014.

2. How to Train Your Dragon 2

It was 4 years ago when the first movie came out and I feel the studio took a little bit too much time to come out with a sequel. Nevertheless, here it is with the same voice casts they have for the first movie; Jay Baruchel, Gerald Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller and Kristen Wiig. Also joining them voicing new characters in the movie are Cate Blanchett, Djimon Hounsou and Kit Harington. Taking place 5 years after the event of the first movie, the sequel will follow Hiccup in another journey with his cute-but-quite-deadly dragon, Toothless, as they travel far and away, exploring new territories and finding new types of dragons, and caught in between another conflict among men and dragons. The second movie in a planned trilogy, How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be released in cinemas on June 13, 2014.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Fear Factor Malaysia season 2 winners!

I know this post is a bit late but as I always say, it's better late than never. Congratulations to Redha and Erin Malik for winning the second season of Fear Factor Malaysia. After weeks of hard (and sometimes disgusting) challenges, elimination after elimination, they emerged as winners at the final episode of this season after beating out the other 3 teams; Kairul/Nas-T, Shuib/Zakaria and Rechel/Azura. Congratulations to them!

Although for this season they are not calling it Fear Factor Celebrity Malaysia anymore (notice the removal of the word Celebrity), it's still a continuation of the previous season since we still have celebrities in this season too. This time though, the regular non-celebrity contestants were paired up with celebrities to form a team of two; there are all 16 teams separated into Group A and Group B with 8 teams in each group. Which means each team comprised of one regular contestant and one celebrity contestant. Some teams work great together while some teams...well...not so much.

Overall this season is quite good and entertaining; we have great personalities not just among the celebrities but also among the non-celebrity contestants, we have some great challenges, and we also have quite a drama with some of the contestants. I don't mind when contestants cry when they got emotional or scared but I don't really like to see contestants fight with each other. Personally, I down-right hate it, it's like the show ask me to pick sides on who I want to side with, which is not fair to be honest since this is an edited reality show which shows parts of what's really happening during the shooting and might not 100% reflect the contestants real-life behavior. So although I like this season of Fear Factor, the fighting was the one thing that I didn't quite like about the show, and fortunately it were just a few of them.

There are quite a few good teams this time around but my favourite team this season is Zain Saidin and Akmal. They were competitive, they work great together and they support each other very well. I really admire their attitude in which they didn't offend or being rude to the other teams despite their competitive spirit. There are other great contestants too like Shah Iskandar who was such a gentlemen and a good supporter to his team member, Samsuri who was such a tough competitor and excelled in most of the challenges, and Dira who has such a high spirit to continue on with the challenges despite suffering from asthma. And also there was Fify, who joined the show in the hope of winning the money to support his father who was in a coma. Her sad background story made me remember her despite her being in the team that were first to be eliminated from the show. Her story showed that it was not all fun and games for these contestants; some of them did joined the show for a great cause.

With this season being quite a good season overall, I believe they would continue with a third season. I also suspect that they will still continue bringing in celebrities like what they did with this season. Of course celebrities can help bring more viewers to the show but I hope they would try to do a normal season with all non-celebrity contestants. If Masterchef Malaysia can do it, why not Fear Factor Malaysia? And perhaps they can also try to localized Survivor as well?

Kudos to the team behind this show as well for bringing in another great season to the viewers and hopefully they will continue their hard work for another season.

Image from Fear Factor Malaysia official website.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 2 ~ Top 10 Favourite Photos ~ No. 5 - No. 1

So here we are again. For those who missed my previous post, here's a little background for you. Asia's Next Top Model season 2 had finished airing quite some time ago and I am listing down my top 10 favourite photos of the season. In the earlier post, I've listed the photos that resided at number 10 to number 6. If you missed the post, you can click here to read it. As for this post, let's continue on with the photos that are in the top 5. Scroll down to find out.

5 ~ Jodilly

Contestant: Jodilly Pendre
Episode: 5
From: Philippines

Jodilly can take beautiful shots, and I personally feel that this shot from episode 5 is one of her strongest shot in the competition.I like her pose for this photo and she made it seemed effortless, which I'm sure was not the case. It must be tiring for her to pose like that and at the same time to remain composed, but she managed it and resulted in this beautiful photo. A job well done.

4 ~ Marie

Contestant: Marie Nakagawa
Episode: 9
From: Japan

Marie is my personal favourite contestant from this season and my pick to win the competition. Although she didn't win, she still managed to climb all the way to the top 4 finalists. She's a gorgeous girl and down-to-earth which makes me love her even more. I love this shot of Marie as she looks beautiful and unique in this photo. There is some quality in it that I couldn't really describe that made her look strikingly good. The pose, facial expression, make-up and outfit all blend together perfectly well that makes this photo absolutely stunning. I love this photo very much.