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January 9, 2015

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

The dwarves finally got rid of Smaug and reclaimed Erebor. Smaug fled and terrorized Laketown, forcing the people to abandon their homes and seek refuge from the dwarves. The Elves brought their army in order to reclaim their sacred treasures in Erebor. Sauron sent an army of Orcs to sneakily conquer Erebor in order to possess a strategic point for the upcoming war. 

As the title suggests, this movie is about war. 

There's not much of a plot in this final installation of The Hobbit series. The main conflict of this flick is on deciding which tribe to trust and knowing the real enemy. Once that is resolved, there's only one sole thing to do - FIGHT! 

This movie rely so much on over elaborated fight scenes and over dramatic deaths - which is not necessarily bad. As a person who loves action movies, I really enjoy The Battle of the Five Armies. However, many complain that the fights are too long. 

So I guess it comes down to whether you like long and elaborated fighting scenes or not. 

By the way, the actors and actresses are superb. Those epic lines, facial expressions and fight choreographies... Wow, I was so impressed with their performance. 

If there's anything for me to complain then it is the way the producers drag this movie into 3 hours length. They could just spare all the drama and move on straight to the climatic fights. But of course, Hollywood, baby! Gotta figure out how they could squeeze more money out of it. Luckily, the performance of each cast was so good that the pace didn't feel draggy for me. It felt just nice. 

All in all, this movie has long action scenes which I love and the actors and actresses did a really great job in acting out their characters. This is a very satisfying conclusion for the series.

January 7, 2015

Interstellar (2014)

The earth was dying. Humanity was at stake. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former NASA pilot, was 'chosen' to join NASA's Lazarus Project to find a new habitable world for mankind. 

I was late to the party. Due to work and family commitment, I thought I wouldn't be able to catch this movie on the big screen. However, my wife and kid flew to Langkawi on the 25th of December and that gave me the chance to finally step into the cinemas once more after what it seemed like forever. Fortunately, there was one more cinema showing Interstellar at that time and it was the One Cinemas at Spectrum Mall, Ampang. I drove from Balakong to the mall for half an hour. That was how desperate I was to watch this movie. I had to see it. People were rambling about it being the movie of the year. I freakin' had to see it. 

Funny story. The first and only showing for that particular day was at 10.00 am. I arrived at the ticket counter at 10.05 am. The funny (and a bit nerve wrecking) thing was, the internet was down so the ticket purchasing system couldn't be accessed. I thought, "Owh well, it was all for nothing. Drove all that way for nothing". Luckily, the ticket attendant could sense the desperation (there were two other people who drove so far to see Interstellar and one person took the bus from KLCC to watch Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1) and came out with an alternative. 

Manually written ticket! Aahhaha. Win win win. 

Okey, let's move on to my thoughts on the movie. 

This movie is awesome and Nolan is freakin' genius! A few weeks before, I watched a documentary on supermassive black holes on Youtube. The documentary was about 40 minutes long and I watched it from start to finish because I love space and sciency stuff. I don't fully understand the concepts and theories but the visuals were captivating for me. 

I got the same feeling when I was watching Interstellar. This movie is like part story or fiction and part documentary. And the graphics... owh damn, the graphics. The visuals were so damn beautiful. So much better than the ones in the Youtube documentary. 

Watching the documentary beforehand helped so much too. When the characters explained all the science stuff, I could grasp them and couldn't help but felt a bit smart. 

Alright, to be more specific, this movie is awesome because one, the graphics were beautiful and so detailed. Amazeballs! Two, the storyline is... damn sakit kepala macam tengok Inception juga. No, Interstellar's storyline is more complex that Inception's. It's so complex that I was at awed with the writers' ability to able to figure out such masterpiece. Kudos to the people who created the story. Kudos. Three, the actors and actresses did a very good job. What do you expect from award winning actors eh? 

The concept of time and space continuum blew my mind. I've heard of the theory before - you age slowly when you're in space - but to see the result with my eyes, wow. Mind blown. Then, the black hole scene... ... ... it left me speechless man. I love this movie. 

My only regret about this movie is I didn't have the chance to catch it on IMAX. It's beautifully made. The story, the graphics, the suspense. Damn. It's true what people have been saying. This movie is the movie of the year 2014. 

ps: those Minecraft like robots? Love them. Brilliant concept.

January 6, 2015

Comic Fiesta 2014

On the 28th December 2014, I was feeling bored at home because my wife and kid went to Langkawi to visit my sister in law. So, I decided to go to Comic Fiesta that was held at Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC). 

It was a decent event and the crowd was massive. I was surrounded by freaks, nerds and geeks.

Many cosplayers took the opportunity to display their costumes. Here are a few among hundreds. Sorry for the low quality photos. Took them using my phone.

Besides cosplays, there were gaming stuff going on too. Various types of merchandise were also sold. 

Overall, like I mentioned, it's a pretty decent event. The highlight of it for me is the many cosplays. The cosplayers were very cool and allowed even an amateur like me to take their pictures. Not too mention, there were many cute female cosplayers. Ececececece