The last time we saw the adventures of the hobbit and the ring that binds them all was back in 2003, when the final installment of the Lord of the Ring trilogy was release. Fast forward nine years later, the prequel to movies is release to the general audience. The movie is an adaption from a novel written by J.R.R Tolkien, The Hobbit.
On his 111th birthday, the hobbit Bilbo Baggins decides to write down the full story of the adventure he took 60 years before for his nephew Frodo. Bilbo writes about how, prior to his own actual involvement, the Dwarf Thrór becomes King of Erebor and brings an era of prosperity to his kin until the arrival of Smaug the dragon. Drawn by the amount of gold that the Dwarves have amassed, Smaug destroys the nearby town of Dale before driving the Dwarves out of Erebor. Thrór's grandson, Thorin, sees King Thranduil and his Wood-elves on a nearby hillside and is dismayed to find them taking their leave rather than aiding his people.
Following this, Bilbo is tricked by the wizard, Gandalf the Grey, into hosting a party for Thorin and his band of Dwarves, which doubles as Bilbo's recruitment as the Dwarves' "burglar" to help them steal their treasure back from Smaug. Bilbo reluctantly joins the company on their journey to the Lonely Mountain.
Peter Jackson has an affinity for making movies that are of good quality and entertaining at the same time. He is meticulous in his craft and this movie is no exception. Even though My tush was getting warmer faster then the fist part of the movie. As we go into the movie after good one hour or so, things starts picking up from there. but sadly was a little flat at the end because of the supposed continuation of second and third part according to the books.
Maybe things will pick up from the second and third installments of the film, being the desolation of Smaug and There and Back again out in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Is this a respectable film to watch. My call? It is. Was the movie entertaining? Yes it was. Was the duration of the movie necessary? It could have been more compact and straight to the point.
A beautiful crafted movie throughout. A deep thought provoking movie. From the beginning till the end, the film explores religious themes, folklore and whimsical situations that are part mesmerizing and also equally exciting. A very highly recommended movie to watch.
A book I accidently picked up at a bookstore while I was waiting for a movie which was hours away. The book tells the story of recovering drug addict, James Bowen, who does busking( performing in public places), who admittedly discovered an injured ginger Tom cat named Bob and subsequently became inseparable since 2007. A book publisher came to them with a proposal to do a book and on March 2012, the book was released.
The book is really a good book. The story is so real and heartfelt that I finished the book within a few hours. It is really a special book to read, trust me.
He is always the class clown and his teachers say he is incorrigible.
The incorrigible maleness of men is a standing rebuke to the Rousseau-inspired notions of human moral plasticity that are central to liberalism. —Richard Lowry, National Review, 3 July 2000
At the heart of Roosevelt's style in foreign affairs was a certain incorrigible amateurism. His off-the-cuff improvisations, his airy tendency to throw out half-baked ideas, caused others to underrate his continuity of purpose … —Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., American Heritage, May/June 1994
Eating fugu … is an exotic custom that probably would appeal to every incorrigible mountain climber, skydiver and bungee-jumper in America. Why? The fugu is poisonous—and there's no antidote. —Max Friedman, Vegetarian Times, October 1993
Yes, this is a book about America … all seen through the fairy-book life of an incorrigible kid, abandoned by his parents and brought up in a reformatory … —Stephen Jay Gould, New York Times Book Review, 7 May 1989
Fact: By winning the 2012 French Open, he becomes the second male player and is one of the three to win any Grand Slam tournament seven time, the other being Pete Sampras and Roger Federer winning seven Wimbledon titles apiece.
Women's Single Champion
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She completes a career Gland Slam by winning all four major tennis tournaments Wimbledon (2004), U.S Open (2006), Australian Open (2008) and the French Open ( 2012). She is only the 6th women in the Open Era to achieve that after the likes of Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Margaret Court, Christ Evert and Serena Williams.
Men's Singles Champion
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Fact: This is his 17th Grand Slam tittle and seventh Wimbledon title.
Women's Singles Champion
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Fact: Serena Wins her fifth Wimbledon title, tied third most of the Open Era.
U.S Open 2012
Men's Singles Champion
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Fact: At the U.S Open 2012, he became the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament. The title makes him the only British champion during the open era.
Women's Singles Champion
Fact: It's her fourth U.S Open title and her 15th grand Slam overall.
This movie is made by American director Wes Anderson with movies such as The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), and The Darjeeling Limited (2007).
Set in the idyllic New England called New Penzance in 1965, it tells the story of 12 year old Sam Shakusky who in khaki scout but is an outcast among his fellow khaki scout mates. Meanwhile Suzy Bishop lives with her attorney parents on the island as well. Sam and Suzy met the previous summer during a church theater performance. After that, they decided to stay friends by writing to each other for more than a year. During those time that they wrote letters to each other, they decided to run away, thus, creates chaos and a frantic search for them in the island itself.
The movie is a throwback to the era. The film is centers a very simple premise of young love and the challenges face by them. In between dialogues and quirky scenes makes this film a fun movie to watch.
The 23rd film in the franchise, Skyfall is directed by Sam Mendes, the Academy Award winning director with A beautiful life. which earned him Best Director, Road to Perdition and Oliver to name a few.
MI6 agents James Bond and Eve assist on a mission in Turkey to recover a computer hard drive stolen from a murdered MI6 agent that contains details of almost all undercover NATO agents in terrorist organisations. Bond and Eve chase the killer, mercenary Patrice, and attempt to recover the disk. During the chase, Bond is shot in the shoulder. While fighting Patrice, Bond is accidentally shot by Eve and is later considered "missing, presumed killed".
The head of MI6, M, comes under political pressure to retire during a meeting with the Intelligence and Security Committee Chairman, Gareth Mallory. On her return from the meeting, MI6 is hacked and an explosion occurs in the offices, killing eight MI6 employees. Bond, having used his supposed death to retire, learns of the attack and returns to London. Shrapnel taken from his earlier shoulder wound helps identify Patrice, and Bond tracks the mercenary to Shanghai.
From the first few minutes of the movie where a blur silhouette of Bond slowly emerges and as he approaches apprehensively as if someone is going to shoot him, he stops to look around and not long after that, a streak of light shines across his eyes. That scene was particularly an intense opening for a movie and it was roughly like a teaser for you to expect great things ahead for the next 2 hours and 23 minutes ofscreening time. Daniel Craig never fails as the suave James Bond. As usual, he brings down the villains with ease. Throughout the movie, you can sense the easiness of Daniel Craig into his roll as 007. His smug and tough, so cool and collective. He fights and fights, for his life and also for the organization he believes in. I believe that this is the best Bond movie is because of the rich back stories presented it it and superb acting abilities from Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench. It no ordinary off the mill, James Bond. The typically cliche plot of gun shooting, casual sex escapades of Bond with his girls and the maniacal villain who wants to get total control and power by nuclear power technologies or gun rays and so on. Skyfall is the real deal, raw, visceral and full of vulnerable energy. Nevertheless Javier Bardem is also an excellent actor in this movie. So deliciously creepy. It's classic James Bond movie that you should really watch. Its a movie for old and new fans of the franchise.
Ted is the first directorial debut by Seth MacFarlene, the creator of Family Guy. It is about how a boy, John Bennett, wishes they he has a best friend and wish for one under a wishing star during one fateful Christmas in 1985. He got a stuff teddy bear and got a talking walking one instead after wishing for it. Since then they became inseparable . Problems arose when John is all grown up and is in a relationship with the love of her life for four years, Lori Collins, acted by Mila Kunis. Hilarious incidents happens throughout the movie.
Overall it was a fun movie to watch. Mark Wahlberg was just perfect for the role of John Bennett, the washout man who just likes to run away from responsibility. The relationship between Ted and John is quite comical, especially when they broke into a fight
It an outright fun movie. If you like a movie for the sake of just watching and want a lighthearted fun out of it, then Ted is your movie. Movie Rating: 6.5/10.0
Victor Frankenstein lives with his dog and his parents in the sleepy town of New Holland. He is sort of a social outcast, focusing so much on making movies and loving science. Worried about his social life, Victor's father encourages him to take baseball. During his first time at baseball, he hit a home run. Sparky who love to play fetch ran after the ball and got hit by a car when trying to retrieve it back to Victor. Intrigued by a science lesson taught by the eccentric but wise Mr Rzykruski, Victor reanimate Sparky with the help of a lightning storm. Slowly but surely, mayhem ensues.
Tim Burton is known for his quirky and macabre sensibility when crafting his movies. Frankenweenie was no exception. Beautiful crafted and haunting at the same time.
Sadly the downfall of this movie is that it a story that has been told so many time. The science freak creates a monster just like this version except that it is a reanimated dog. The saving grace was the sweet relationship between a boy and his beloved dog and of course the beautifully crafted animation.
A friend of mine decided to have lunch at a place in Ujong Pasir, Malacca. So he drove me to a very shady place, which is located somewhere near a few blocks of apartment buildings. There is a canopy wedge between a few threes. So that is a few things you need to look out for when trying to look for the place.
You see the canopy there and the trees surrounding it??That is what you need to lookout for.There is also a school located behind.
Apparently its a Sunday afternoon, so my friend and I had the privileged of having our food coming to us pretty fast.
We took a seat underneath a shady tree.
See, no one. So we got good and fast service.
I had a plate of briayani rice with side dishes of mutton+ its gravy, dhal and pickled cucumber.
After not having briyanni rice for a long time, it was a welcomed sight for me. As I got my plate, I noticed a few things mainly the rice was not as pale as the one I had a long time ago. The mutton meat was soft as I poked my fork through it and the side condiments were quite flavorful when I put it in my
I had problem with the pickled cucumber, as it bath in a sambal and I am not use to that. I love the one where they combine slices of pineapple and also cucumber and left to soak in vinegar. I like that.
Price for two: RM18.00++ which includes a cup of iced lime juice drink and neslo. So price wise, its a reasonably price plate of nasi briyanni.
Overall it was a decent meal, the rice could have been more season with the spices associated with briyanni rice. So would I recommend it to you. I do.
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There was this particularly interesting topic that a friend of mine brought up at his facebook account. What do you think about hugs and the Asian perspective of it? Does the Asian popular feel abashed by the notion of getting or giving a hug? What is your opinion on this?