July 23, 2014
July 9, 2014
Apple will reportedly release an “iWatch” this year.
The smartwatch will be Apple’s first major new product in a new product category since it released the iPad in 2010.
Prior to releasing the iPad, computer companies had tried repeatedly to make tablets. None of them really worked. Apple’s design and operating system clicked, and Apple has now sold over 200 million iPads.
July 1, 2014
June 27, 2014
June 23, 2014
Yes, simply put, Maleficent is magnificent. The storyline is simple yet charming and engaging, the acting convincing and no non-sense, the sets beautifully done and the CGI just enough to lift up the movie but not overwhelmed other elements. This is another right move for Disney, and with Frozen, then Maleficent, it seems that after years of fading into oblivion, Disney seems to be coming back and proving itself once again as the mover and shaker of the animated movie scene.
The movie retold the very classic Disney story of Sleeping Beauty in a new, edgier but still very fairy tale like spirit, and I believe a lot of people will love this approach to the decades old story. It still retains the old charm of the story, but at the same time gives it a new edge that makes it easier connected and related for the new young audience. Children now are more selective as there are so many entertainments to choose from, so came the CGI and the beautify 3D creatures to charm them and engage them before the story unfolds its real beauty.
For those movie fanatics, you can see some recycling here, both in terms of stories and characters. For example, those tree soldiers are quite similar to the ones in The Lord of the Rings, and one of the story’s knot is a continuation of the idea in Frozen. However, we still need to give them credits, as the elements are borrowed only sparingly, and mixed together quite finely and delicately.
The main character, Maleficent, played by the talented Angelina Jolie, can be considered the most important piece of the film’s success formulae. She really shone in this movie, brilliantly. She looked charming when in love and in care for the young princess, then very fierce when she defended her kingdom, then charming and lovely again when she changed back to her feminine self. She was very versatile and her facial expression, especially her bright eyes, portrayed emotions clearly and convincingly. It may have cost Disney a bomb to get her to come in, but it is surely worth it, as I don’t find many other actresses with that versatility that can also do action movies.
Besides Jolie, the rest of the cast also played their part well enough to lift the movie to its current chart topping position. The three little fairies were clumsy but lovely, the crow obedient and selfless and the villain cruel and determined. The villain, the greedy king Stephan, who would do everything he could to get what he wanted, but ended up losing everything, exuded cruelty right from his eyes. The very first moment I saw him, I knew he was up to no good, and there he was, throwing away love and trust for fame and power. His acting was truthful and he was very real, and that can be considered a success.
Despite the presence of Jolie, some credits must still be given to Elle Fanning, who played Princess Aurora. She was superbly lovely, beautiful and captivating, and her acting was quite natural. She was beautiful in a sweet way, and really brightened up the screen every moment she appeared. With her connection, her sister’s guidance, and her natural beauty and talent, if she keeps working hard and keeping herself scandal free, she will be a star. How shiny that star will be, I don’t know, or whether she will be the next Jolie, I’m not sure, but at least she will be successful. Just don’t go the Abigail way. Please. We need more actors, not scandal makers.
More photos to appreciate the magic of Maleficent.
As usual, more photos of the movie below.
And more photos of the beautiful sisters, who look quite close to each other
June 18, 2014
Yes, we started the movie quite excited. It was action right from the start, and the movie applied the newly found successful formula of Hollywood remake in which the story was told again from the beginning instead of smacking in between, so that viewers had the background knowledge and enough time to bond with the characters instead of being forced to like them without knowing much about them if not at all. So, now at least we know that Superman was actually from Krypto planet, and why he lost power every time he was near a Kryptonian metal piece. But that was also the point where the movie started going downhill.
The movie also attempted to reintroduce us to Lois Lane and how her relationship with Superman evolved over time from stranger to lover. That was quite exciting to know, especially for those who did not read the comics. And to tell the truth, Amy Adams had more edge and personality than the previous Lois Lane that we saw in other Superman movies before that. (The same thing could also be said about the new Gwen Stacy in Amazing Spiderman). She was not just a pretty flower vase, but a capable journalist who had enough brain to think independently and enough guts to confront the man of steel.
Although Russell Crowe only appeared in a few minutes at the beginning of the movie, he made quite an impression to me. He set the storyline, adjusted the expectation, set the theme and opened the plot, quite convincingly. Sadly, the others could not keep the momentum. What a waste. Anyway, Russell is still a favourite for me, no matter what. He’s cool, he’s calm and he’s always a fun to watch.
The new guy casted to play Superman is more macho, more rugged and more manly than the statue like beauty in the previous films. He is handsome, I agree. However, he had a lot to beef up in terms of acting, as he was not convincing enough, and his acting was still not very smooth and natural. Hopefully it will improve with time. Or maybe it will not (look at Pattison and where he still is after all those movies)
Sorry Kevin, but you did not have enough screen time for us to even remember why you were in the movie. Enough said.
Ok, he comes the cape man. His outfit got a major overhaul to fit the new trend of figure hugging, skin tight muscle showing as seen in other super heroes nowadays. And physically, he is fit for it. If only his moves and facial expressions are also as fit as his physique. If only.
Here is a closer look at his outfit and his body. You can see all the toned muscles quite clearly.
Here is another look at Amy Adams. To me, she is really the star of this movie, and the only reason I said there trying to swallow through the rest of the movie indeed, just to know what would happen to her in the end.
Ok, here comes another girl, and I am really sorry that I cannot tell you much about her as I have no idea either. I believe she also came from Krypto, and she was a minor villain who supported the main villain, who was really a pain to watch throughout the whole movie. That’s all I can recall about her. Again, let me know if you have any idea about her. Thanks a lot :)
Here is a flashback of the previous Superman and previous Lois Lane. The girls were more stiff and more beautiful, and the guys were equally handsome and painful to watch.
If you don’t think she is beautiful, then you surely need to go check your eyes. :)
Ok, I think that’s pretty much what I can recall about this movie. Go ahead, ignore me, watch the movie if you really want to, or if you are a die hard fan, or if you have 3 hours with nothing else to spend on. Just remember, you have been warned. And by the way, the fighting scenes are the most frustrating to watch, with the Superman and the villains hitting each other through buildings and all kinds of stuffs without inflicting much damage on each other, as both of them were harder than steel itself. And the slow motion sequences of the punches and kicks. OMG.
December 15, 2013
It has been a long long time since we last watched a series, let alone a crime series.
Crime series has never been our favourite, no thanks to the kind of logic and content of those like NCIS and CSI. They have become less smart and witty, and more routine and repetitive to the point of predictable.
Fortunately, I stumbled upon The Blacklist accidentally, and got hooked by it immediately. The theme was different, the storyline was creative, and there were a lot of wits and twists and turns along the way. No wonder it received one of the highest rating among the current series, and therefore, the approval to go pass the market trial phase to the full fledge production.
In short, the story was about Raymond Reddington, a most wanted criminal surrendering himself to FBI and promising to lead FBI agents to a list of most dangerous criminals in his own collected Blacklist. Each episode unearthed one name in the list, but the overall motive was still unclear, and there were a lot of questions awaiting answers, especially on the reason behind his surrender and the coincidence between that and the life of Elizabeth Keen, a new agent who had just joined the FBI on the same day as Raymond’s surrender.
With each episode, the mystery evolved, and we were trapped in the grand scheme of the story and got more and more intrigued by the need to find out the real reason behind Raymond’s decision, and that was what kept us continue getting glued to the screen, one episode after another.
Too bad the trial phase has passed, which means we will need to wait for a while to watch the second part of season 1. In the mean time, we will be busying ourselves with Christmas preparation and celebration, which makes time pass by quite fast and eventful actually :)