31 October 2014

Movie Review: The Best Offer (2013) Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess

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Over-telegraphing betrays ending, but still an intriguing romantic mystery drama with a faultless performance by Geoffrey Rush

This multiple award-winning Italian English film focuses on the character named Virgil Oldman, a highly respected and yet eccentric managing director of a high-end auction house. Played faultlessly by the "Triple Crown of Acting" winner Geoffrey Rush (The Book Thief, The King's Speech, Pirates of the Caribbean films), Virgil is a hygiene paranoid and a wealthy unmarried elderly man who isolates himself from others. The only friends he has is Robert (Jim Sturgees), a young playboy-ish but brilliant mechanic, and Billy (Donald Sutherland), an accomplice who helps him with his scams of acquiring highly valuable paintings of females which he collects to fill the lonely walls of his secret chamber at his home.

30 October 2014

Movie Review: Kung Fu Jungle (2014) Donnie Yen

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And the streak of disappointing Donnie Yen-led films continues...

It almost felt like a compensation for the previous garbage as it sort of have a bit of similarities - the same actors playing the protagonist and antagonist, both characters skilled with traditional Chinese kung fu who, at the end, go head-to-head on a busy road which no moving vehicles are curious enough to stop or even slow down to see what's going on. Unfortunately, even with Hong Kong companies and actors involved in this partial China production absent budget problems, Kung Fu Jungle is still far from being an awesome Donnie Yen martial art flick that fans would hope to see. But considering how much his standard has kept dropping in the past 3 movies, we probably should no longer be surprised when his new film doesn't impress.

29 October 2014

Releasing soon: Nolan's "Interstellar", "Rurouni Kenshin" sequels

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Coming very soon to Malaysia: Christopher Nolan's Interstellar premieres worldwide next week including Malaysia

Both Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno & Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends set to be released here in November 2014

The wait will soon be "ovah" (just imagine Michael Caine talking). Interstellar, the highly anticipated sci-fi film directed and co-written by the great Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight films, Inception, The Prestige, Memento) will be hitting cinemas around the world next Thursday, 6 November (or 7, depending on where you are), and thankfully, Malaysia will be one of the premiering countries, and it'll be available in IMAX 2D!

28 October 2014

European Union Film Festival (EUFF) Malaysia 2014 kicks off 30 Oct.

EUFF 2014 Malaysia movie picks: The Hunt, Broken Circle Breakdown, Best Offer

EUFF 2014 in Malaysia features 21 award-winning films and recent Academy Award nominees

Begins in Klang Valley on 30 Oct. before heading to George Town, Kuching and finally Kota Kinabalu

The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) is back in Malaysia for the 15th year with one of the best line-up of European releases ever, featuring 21 movies of not only comedy, romance and drama, but animation and documentary as well. Most of these films are multiple award-winners and recent Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film, such as The Broken Circle Breakdown, An Royal Affair and my personal favourite, The Hunt.

26 October 2014

MIMMA 2 Grand Finals: Seah, Agilan, Hasrul, Low new champions

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MIMMA Season 2 (MIMMA2) ends with 4 new champions while Subba, Prabu and Chong retain respective titles

Pellino outwrestles Chope before tapping out to triangle choke

Presented by Tune Talk, MIMMA (Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts Fighting Championship) is Malaysia's biggest amateur MMA tournament and have produced fighters like Allen Chong, who won the Lightweight final in the previous season and gone on to compete professionally in UFC's The Ultimate Fighter China. Last night was the grand finale of the second season where the contenders of MIMMA2 went against last season's winners to challenge for the titles of respective weight classes. Held at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, it was rainy night filled with great amateur MMA action along with 4 professional bouts. All finishes, no judges' scorecard was necessary.

UFC 179: Aldo defends title from Mendes again

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UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2 - Epic Featherweight Championship battle goes to distance, Jose Aldo successfully defends title for the 7th time after winning by decision over Chad Mendes

A lot was on the line in this UFC Featherweight Championship bout. History between the fighters, postponement of UFC 176, bad blood and Jose Aldo (25-1) being the last Brazilian champion in the promotion. This was one of the best fight I've seen this year and if you didn't like this, you don't combat sports at all. It was intense and filled with mostly back-and-forth standup action. Both Aldo and Chad Mendes (16-2) went all out and kept going at each other in all 5 rounds trying to knock one another, and both got very close to doing that in several occasions through crazy quick striking exchanges.
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