18 April 2014

Movie Review: Transcendence (2014 | Johnny Depp)

Transcendence movie still featuring Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Rebecca Hall

Transcendence is basically Terminator, minus the terminators and the action


Johnny Depp plays Dr. Will Caster, one of the most important artificial intelligence (AI) researcher in the world, whose dreams are to create a machine that's self-aware and able to gradually possess intelligence way beyond human grasp. The assassination attempt by RIFT, an organisation of anti-AI extremists, fails but the radioactive bullet leaves Will with only a month to live. With the help of his wife Evelyn (played by Rebecca Hall), he "survives" by having his mind completely uploaded to the AI machine he created and in less than days, he's become so intelligent and powerful that it's virtually impossible to stop him. His best friends Max (played by Paul Bettany) and Joseph (Morgan Freeman) are forced to join the extremists along with FBI agent Donald (Cillian Murphy) with consideration that Will may be a serious threat to the world.

17 April 2014

Movie Review: Iceman (2014 HK-China film | Donnie Yen)

Donnie Yen Iceman movie still

Iceman is a high-budget garbage compared to the 1989 original film, Donnie Yen's streak of bad movies continues


Yet another terrible film with Donnie Yen, and what a mess it is. First there was Special ID, then Monkey King and now this, from bad to worse. Iceman is a remake of the great 1989 multiple award-nominated classic action comedy, The Iceman Cometh, which stars Yuen Biao, Maggie Cheung and Yuen Wah. Much of the original storyline and the characters are almost completely changed, but the general concept is kept, whereby the protagonist (Donnie Yen) is a high-rank king's guard from Ming Dynasty who's frozen during a battle. 400 years later, he's defrosted and reawakens in modern time, without realising that he's not the only one from the battle who survived through the years. He meets a swindler girl (Eva Huang) who uses him for money and protection, but also helps him to adapt to the modern era.

16 April 2014

Review: Godzilla & Edge of Tomorrow exclusive preview footage

Warner Edge of Tomorrow vs. Godzilla coming soon

Warner Bros. Pictures Malaysia screened 20-minute exclusive preview footages from Godzilla & Edge of Tomorrow to the media


As these two upcoming big blockbusters will be released worldwide in just a few weeks time, Warner Bros. Pictures invited the media for special screening of the titles' preview footages. Now, now, don't misunderstand. They didn't show the whole of those movies, just 10 to 20 minutes of the actual scenes from the final cut of the films. I was initially very excited for Godzilla, and not so much for Edge of Tomorrow, but at the end of the screening, I find myself disappointed from what I've seen from Godzilla's footage, and surprisingly more impressed with Edge of Tomorrow's instead.

13 April 2014

UFC Fight Night 39: Big Country's back, KO-ed Nogueira with trademark bombs

Roy Nelson KO punch vs. Rodrigo Nogueira in UFC Fight Night 39

Rodrigo Nogueira falls victim to yet another Big Country special


Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira pushed forward seemingly without any real plan other than to strike with Roy Nelson. He was flat-footed, throwing slow punch-combos and allowed Big Country to find his range... Who would do that? Nogueira's one of the only three fighters to have won championships from both Pride and the UFC, he also came back from a broken arm (courtesy of Frank Mir in UFC 140) not long ago. The man is an MMA legend, but this was certainly not his best fight. Everyone knows Nelson's conditioning is poor and he has lost every single decision in the UFC, so it was just really unwise to stand toe-to-toe with him like that and not attempt to drag the fight to distance at all.

Wilson Malaysia: Tennis racquets powered by Spin Effect Technology

Mike Miringoff, Rohan Gajjar, Si Yew Ming and Sharmin Photographer at Wilson Spin Effect Racquet launch in Malaysia in 2014.

Wilson launches tennis racquets with Spin Effect Technology in Malaysia, confident that the products are the best in the market now


A couple of weeks back, I've attended a launch event for a product line of a sport that I wasn't entirely familiar with, but it sure was very interesting as the public were invited to come and test and experience the new racquests along with Indian tennis star, Rohan Gajjar and Malaysian number one, Si Yew Ming. Held at the National Tennis Centre in Kuala Lumpur, this was the local debut of Wilson's new, groundbreaking Spin racquets, under the Spin Effect Technology (SET) family, namely Juice, Steam, Pro Staff and Blade.

11 April 2014

Movie Review: Leave The World Behind (2014 documentary on SHM)

Swedish House Mafia Leave The World Behind 2014 movie still boat sea

Leave The World Behind is the One Last Treat for Swedish House Mafia's die-hard fans, a much-needed closure to the trio's disc jockey legacy


Enter Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello's One Last Tour together in this seemingly honest and raw documentary (rawer than their music ha-ha!) that takes audiences through the once-one of the top house music outfit's final year together after officially announcing their breakup in 2012. In between, there are brief introduction and background on the trio and their relationship, shown in humourous animation. There's also some rare footages of prior to their success along with moments that could've been the final straws that led to their eventual breakup.

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