Sunday, April 19, 2015

America's Next Top Model Cycle 21 ~ My 5 Favourite Photos (Guys)

Welcome to my second post for America's Next Top Model Cycle 21 where I'm listing down my top 10 favourite photos from this cycle. I've separated the list into Top 5 Guys and Top 5 Girls. I had already done the list for the girls, if you missed it, you can check out the post here. Before we start, let me remind you of the rule that I made when I was shortlisting the list; I've limit the photos to 2 photos per contestant. Now, let's find out who are listed in my top 5 list for the guys. Let's start!

5) Keith

Contestant: Keith Carlos
Episode: 08 (Heritage + A.I. relationship)

Keith is the first ever male winner for the reality show, so congratulations to him! While I do like some of his photos, I must admit that sometimes he always give the same kind of look in his photos and there is lack of variety in his expressions. That is why I like his photo from this photoshoot, where his face had this mixture of confusion and angry expressions that differs from his other photos. For this photoshoot, the contestants were dressed based on their heritage (which was based on their DNA results), where it also involved Cory Hindorff, a contestant from the previous cycle. Cory acted as a cyborg and they played a science-fiction future scenario where the contestants had some kind of relationship with an artificial intelligence. I know, sounds complicated. But at least Keith nailed it. He look really good in this photo, so bravo to him.

4) Adam

Contestant: Adam Smith
Episode: 12 (Honeymoon)

Adam oh Adam, how had I misjudged you in the beginning of the competition. Who would have thought you would go all the way to become a top 3 contestant? I certainly didn't when I first saw him in the first couple of episodes for this cycle. He didn't seemed to be taking this competition seriously, as noted by some of the contestants too. But if you continue to watch his progress throughout this cycle, you will notice his determination and how he worked really hard to excel in each photoshoot, and how he also highly respected the judges and taking every criticism that had been thrown to him with his head held high. He got my respect for working very hard despite the doubts and skepticism that had come his way. And he really improved a lot especially towards the end of the competition, like this shot taken at the Gyeongbokgung Palace. Although Adam landed in the bottom 2 because of this photo, I still think he looked great in it.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

America's Next Top Model Cycle 21 ~ My 5 Favourite Photos (Girls)

I know the 21st cycle of America's Next Top Model had aired a long time ago in the US but it was only one or two months ago when the finale was aired through StarWorld channel in Asia. So here I am, listing down my top 10 favourite photos for this cycle from the show. Or should I say top 5? I will be separating my list into girls and guys photos, with 5 of my favourite photos for each category. I also include one simple rule when I was shortlisting my list; each contestant can only have a maximum of 2 photos each. That makes it a lot easier for me to cut it down to only my top 5 picks.

Since the girls didn't win this cycle, let's start with them first, shall we? Below are my top 5 favourite photos of the girls from America's Next Top Model Cycle 21. Hope you enjoy it!

5) Chantelle

Contestant: Chantelle Young
Episode: 11 (MCM brand)

Chantelle was one of the unique contestant in the reality show because of her unique skin condition, nevertheless she was still a fierce competitor, perhaps maybe too fierce that made her somewhat alienated from the rest of the contestants. She was also the contestant that was originally eliminated and then brought back into the competition based on public voting. Obviously she was very popular based on the votes. I like this photo of her because her face looked soft, which was the opposite of her strong personality. I like the movement she made in the photo too. Sadly, this is the photo that landed her in the bottom two. But still, I like it! She looked good in this.

4) Kari

Contestant: Kari Calhoun
Episode: 06 (Hair whipping)

For this sixth episode, the contestants were doing a motion shoot with photographer Massimo Campana that involved whipping their hair. So it was not really a "photo" produced in this shoot, instead it was a short slow motion video. There were some amazing shots produced for this episode, and Kari's was one of my favourite. I always thought Kari have a very interesting face that set her apart from the rest of her competition. However, I feel her make-over was a bit too much and it turned her face a bit weird, but maybe that what was Tyra Banks was going for? A unique look for her? Nevertheless, she looked amazing in this shoot and I like it a lot.

Monday, April 6, 2015

What to watch? ~ 2015 movies: April

Bigger and bigger movies are coming your way. Which movies that are coming out in April that I'm most excited about?

1) Furious 7

I have never watch a Fast and Furious films in movie theater before, not because I don't like it but because I prefer to watch them on television. Besides, I'm not really into cars which this series is obviously obsessed about. But for this seventh entry, I might consider to watch it in cinemas, not only because I had heard many good things about it but also because this will be the last time I can watch Paul Walker, who tragically involved in a car accident and passed away, for the last time in movie theater. The trailer looks good so I might have a good time watching it. Beside Paul Walker, the movie also starred Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, Chris Bridges (Ludacris), Jordana Brewster, Tony Jaa, Kurt Russell and Ronda Rousey. Directed by James Wan, the movie had already open in cinemas (and currently banking a lot of money at the box-office) on April 3, 2015.

2) Child 44

I seldom watch movies with heavy themes in cinemas, but sometimes there are some movies that caught my interest with the story that it wants to deliver, like the one in Child 44, a movie adaptation from the novel of the same name by author Tom Rob Smith. The movie is about a disgraced MGB Agent named Leo Demidov played by Tom Hardy, who is tasked in investigating a series of brutal murder involving children. I kind of like the cast too, beside Tom Hardy the movie also starred Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman. The film setting also looks interesting which is in Soviet Union during Stalin's rule. Directed by Daniel Espinosa, the film is scheduled on April 17, 2015.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 3 ~ First Impression

Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 3 had its Global premiere last Wednesday (25th March 2015) with a fresh batch of contestants and a stunning new host. So how was the first episode of the season?

As per usual for the first episode of the reality show, the new season showed the new contestants arrived for the competition, this time once again held in Singapore. I was hoping it would be held someplace else, since the show had already made Singapore its home in the first cycle. The Philippines or Hong Kong sound like a good place for a new cycle, but I guess maybe to hold it in Singapore is more convenient for the producer of the show.

The very first challenge for this cycle that the contestants had to face was a catwalk challenge with a turntable at the end of the runway for them to pose. Under the eyes of the new host and head judge, Georgina Wilson; model mentor, Joey Mead King; and Marina Fairfax from Storm Model Management, the challenge was quite nerve-wrecking to some contestants who struggled on the spinning platform. After some feedback from the judges, the first challenge winner was announced as Barbara from Japan.

Monday, March 9, 2015

What to watch? ~ 2015 movies: March looks like March has a few interesting film releases. Let's take a look at some of the movies that I'm excited for that will be released in this month.

1) Chappie

I love District 9, and while Elysium was not as good as District 9, it was still good and thought-provoking. So this third effort from the director Neill Blomkamp should get me excited too, right? After watching the trailer, I am pretty excited for this movie because not only it falls under the science fiction category, which I love and seems to be the director strength, it also reminded me of other artificial intelligence movies like 2004 I, Robot and 2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence which were both I adored too. Eventhough the world Chappie was set in seems not highly advanced with robots as the other two movies, the exploration of the robot way of thinking and their emotional journey really seems to be the same. Starred Sharlto Copley as the voice and motion capture of Chappie, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Yolandi Visser and Sigourney Weaver, the movie had already opened in cinemas on March 6, 2015.

2) Cinderella

At first, I'm not really sure I would want to watch this. Eventhough I love Disney's animated version of the fairy tale, I would not like to watch a live-action, straight adaptation of Cinderella, which was what it looked to be from the first released trailer. Then the second trailer came out, and it seems that the movie will not be a straight adaptation after all. Great! I would prefer it that way since I don't want to watch the same thing again, eventhough it's in live-action. The animated movie is still a good movie to watch even today, so if you want to do the exact same story, why not just ask people to watch the animated movie right? Starring Lily James as the titular character, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera, Cinderella will open in cinemas on March 13, 2015.