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March 31, 2011

April Movies

Below are the three movies I'm looking forward to catch in April...

Click on the posters for trailers...

"Source Code"
7th April 2011

When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train... In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the "Source Code," a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life... With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack...

"Limitless"
 14th April 2011

Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro star in Limitless, a paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unpublished writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret smart drug that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself... His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this darkly comic and provocative film...



 "Thor"
28th April 2011 

Marvel Studios expands its film universe with a new type of superhero: THOR... This epic adventure spans the Marvel Universe; from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard... At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war... Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment... Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth... Kenneth Branagh directs this fantasy epic which stars Australian actor Chris Hemsworth as the ancient Norse god, Tom Hiddleston as his evil brother Loki, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, a young woman who befriends Thor on Earth, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor's father and king of Asgard... Expect to see agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., previously seen in ''Iron Man,'' to make an appearance, further foreshadowing the coming of The Avengers!


Other upcoming movies...

 "Red Riding Hood"
21st April 2011 (Malaysia) 

"Justin Bieber: Never Say Never"
14th April 2011 (Malaysia)

"Gantz"
7th April 2011

This is based on one of my favorite mangas!!


"Rio"
 7th April 2011

 "Love and Other Drugs"
 14th April 2011 (Malaysia)


Synopsis are taken from gsc.com.my... 


Any more April movies u think interesting and looking forward to watch?

March 30, 2011

Pillows


When I was a kid, since my big brother was taken care of by my grandma at the village and my younger ones were still babies, I could have all of the pillows in the house to myself... The pillows were big and stuffed with "kekabu" or cotton, therefore, they were all quite heavy... 

I used to jump on those pillows, pretending that I was parachuter that could not open the parachute in time... I usually "died" because of the fall...  

I would also stacked those pillow onto myself and pretended that I was trapped under a rubble after a massive earth quake... My hand or my leg would be crushed by one of the "rocks"... I was trapped under there for hours or days until a firefighter showed up...

Firefighter: Hey! Are u okey!?

Me: Help me! I'm trapped! I cannot feel my legs...

Firefighter: Wait! I wanna get my crew and gears!

Me: Don't leave me!

Besides that, I would imagine myself being a soldier battling for his life and country in a great war... Those pillows would be my sandbag fortress... With my machine gun, I would kill everyone and everything that came close... Tattattatattaattt Boom!! Tatatttaattttatatattat!! I always got killed by a tank... 

It's sure is awesome being a kid... I could turn everything into a toy using my imagination... and yeah, it was a result of watching too many disaster movies...


March 28, 2011

April Fool Pranks

Wow, time seems to fly so fast... it's almost April already! Well, for us Malaysians, April might not sound so alarming... However, for the Westerners, the 1st of April is something that most of them look forward to... because on that particular date, there's April Fools' Day!! 

Basically, on April Fools' Day, people would pull pranks on each other and the one who got pranked cannot get angry... Here are a collection of photos of April Fool pranks I found on the net... 














There are so many pranks available... So, beware guys!




March 26, 2011

Sucker Punch (2011)

As a fan of Zack Snyder's work, Sucker Punch is indeed my most anticipated movie of the year... Why? Well, just look at that damn trailer! 




Must Watch Checklist


Definitely a must watch

Like most movie fans, my mind exploded when I first saw Snyder's first work, 300, which had earned him a reputation of one of the best action movie makers of all time... His trademark would be the slow motion killing massacre that without fail, always manage to create maximum excitement in an action sequence...

Unlike the rest of the movies he directed, Sucker Punch is entirely Snyder's own creation - he directed it, he produced and he even wrote the story... I considered this as his first attempt to create his own movie franchise... So, did he deliver and live up to his reputation? Or this just proves that he should just stick to only directing and producing? Go watch and judge for yourself...

I've watched the movie last night with my honey lemonade and this is my verdict...


STORY 

Official synopsis by Warner Bros -  

"Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary.

Read more about it here 


AWESOMENESS


Special Effects

If you've watched the movie Inception, then you'll know what to expect in a movie involving the concept of dreams and imaginary worlds - fucking awesome visual effects... Furthermore, Snyder is one of the most talented when it comes to CGI effects creation...

For me, the best part of the movie was when Baby Doll battled the giant samurais... It's like watching an anime! Even my grrrlfriend was like "Is this based on a comic??"



The time when Baby Doll and the other girls battle the steam punk zombie army was very cool... It's delightful to see steam coming out from every bullet hole and sword slash... 

Trust me, it was one hell of a ride... Every time Baby Doll started dancing, I braced myself to be bombarded with surreal vision of epic wars and imaginary battles... How I wished Baby Doll didn't stop dancing because the imaginary world portrayed was more exciting than reality...

Music

Not just my eyes, but my ears were also treated with epic coolness... I really love the soundtracks played through out the movie... Rock and heavy metal music all the way from the start until the end! The best part is, almost all of the tracks were sung by females...


The Cast


If the cast lineup is not a plus point for this movie, then I don't know what is... The girls, especially Emily Browning (Baby) put up a really good act not just in the action scenes, but also in portraying the emotions of the characters... 

The main girls underwent fighting and physical training before they began shooting... They were told to deadlift until 95 kg for their roles... The fighting choreography training was conducted by Damon Caro, the stunt coordinator from 300, Watchmen and the Bourne movie series...

Though most people seem to adore Baby Doll, but among the main characters, I was most attracted to Rocket... Her hair and her bad ass attitude intrigued me...





MINUS POINTS

The Story 

It leaves us with too many questions such as, are the girls real or are they just inside of Baby Doll's head? Did Baby Doll really tried to escape? because at the end, Blue (the real one) seemed to have a wound at the exact spot where Baby stabbed him in her first level of imagination... and a burned room was also shown... It's a bit out of sense... Yes, I know, it's a movie about imagination, so it was supposed to not make sense... However, it's hard for to decipher the connection between the two levels of imagination with reality... Even the narration did not help a bit in explaining what the hell is going on in the story...

The Reality

Snyder was too focused on making the imaginary world awesome that he seemed to neglect reality... Seriously, the reality parts (err, that includes the first stage of Baby Doll's imagination) were really boring and less effective... The only interesting part of reality was the first scene where Baby struggled to fight her mean and abusive step father...  

What would improve the movie is a better script and screenplay, written by a competent screenwriter (no offense Snyder)... and maybe a better antagonist (no offense Oscar Isaac / Blue)...


 The Fifth Item

No last imaginary battle?? Aww... that sucks... I really hope that Baby Doll would dance again for the fifth item but instead, she just kicked a guy's balls... That's like an anti-climax for me... 


 ALL IN ALL

Actually, I had to admit that Sucker Punch disappointed me a bit mostly because I didn't like how the reality part and first level of imagination had been carried out and how they are related to each other... Nice try Snyder, but maybe u should just think of the concept and main idea and then let the professional, well-established movie writers do all the planning on how the story should flow... That's just my honest opinion... 

Whereas, the surreal warfare and battle were superb... FUCKINGMINDBLOWING... I love all of the four imaginary battles... I even hoped that Snyder would give me more of action... Just leave out the reality part and just make a movie fully imaginary...

So, I'm actually at the middle here... It's like a neutral feeling... I don't really hate it and I really wanna like it... Shit, this sucks... Urmm... Like I said, go watch and decide for yourself...

But after a few hours of pondering and putting up together all of the pieces, I felt like watching it again... I wanna experience the imaginary world again and immerse myself into the story...

3.75 out of 5 stars...

That's my final rating... This movie rocks... Enough said





Anyway, for those who had watched the movie, u should read and response to this interesting entry by Mamu...


P/s - Snyder's next project - Superman reboot! 

March 24, 2011

Air Corn

A new type of air conditioner has been invented!



 AIR CORN
Besides giving u fresh air, ur room would be filled with sweet scent of corn... 







Memang kami tak paham2...

Condom Fashion Show

Last weekend, there was a condom fashion show in Dataran Pahlawan, Melaka... Below are the pictures of the clothes that were made partially out of condoms...

Have fun trying to figure out which parts are fabric and which ones are rubber







It is actually for a campaign promoting youngsters to have safe sex and avoid pregnancy... 


World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles (2011)

"Aaron Eckhart? Hmm... He looks familiar... Who is this guy? Hmm... wait... Owh... I remember... He's Two Face a.k.a Harvey Dent from The Dark Knight... Yeah..."


I went to watch this movie alone on Sunday since my girlfriend was busy doing her assignments in Starbucks... After watching this movie, I felt that my weekend was finally complete... The movie really satisfied me...

STORY
What first thought to be meteorites turned out to be extraterrestrial beings trying to take over the planet... They were fierce, intelligent and deadly... Upon arrival, the aliens immediately carried out their colonization by killing every life form they saw and thus, forcing the humans to retaliate... Watch how the humans try to survive by giving everything that they got in order to destroy the powerful aliens... 

PLUS POINTS

The War

I regard this movie as a war movie rather than science fiction... It's because instead of focusing on civilians (like most alien movies), the spotlights were given to soldiers... Therefore, I got to witness the hardship that they went through battling the aliens and saving innocent civilians (and themselves)... 

The battle scenes were superb and intense mainly because the aliens were such hard asses... One shot was not enough to kill these bastards... You gotta give them all... By all, I mean rocket launchers, grenades, tanks, jets... Every single fire power available... They were armed with deadly weapons which were implanted to their own bodies... Talk about dedication... 


The Aliens

Like I said before, the aliens were bad asses... Besides being physically faster and stronger than humans, these guys were also extremely intelligent... They had leadership and thus, they could perform battle strategies and formations... 

Besides that, their fire power was super mighty... Especially the unmanned air crafts... They rained fire to destroy everything that was on their way towards full  invasion... 



CGI

The effects were astounding... The air crafts, explosions, alien weapons, and etc... They all looked real... Furthermore, I love watching Los Angeles got turned into ruins... The images were very detailed and awesome to see...



 Optimism

I somehow liked the optimism shown in the movie by the main characters especially during the last battle... The soldiers never gave up and kept on fighting as long as they could... I felt the highly satisfied when they managed to destroy the command transmitter because they really worked hard to get there...


MINUS POINTS


Portrayal of Emotions

The emotions that the characters tried so hard to portray did not leave any effect on me... Even with all the manly tears, motivational speeches, and emotional confrontations, I wasn't touched at all...

OVERALL

All in all, the movie rocks mainly because of the action and battle scenes... Not to mention, the great CGI effects also added some spices to the movie... It's truly an eye candy for me... I love it... 



3.5 out 5 stars...



March 23, 2011

High on Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Like a G6











3 years

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