Maleficent (2014)

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Rating: 7.5/10 from42,099 users
Director: Robert Stromberg
Writers: Linda Woolverton, Charles Perrault
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley
Genres: Action, Adventure, Family

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

Warning, this review contain spoilers!

I think most of you familiar with legend of Sleeping Beauty. A princess whom cursed by an evil witch so that on her 17th birthday she will prick her finger by spindle and goes into deep sleep (supposed to die). This time Disney remake the story with the evil witch as the center of the story. Giving us more insight about who Maleficent (the evil witch) was.

Maleficent was a resident of Moors Kingdom, a kingdom filled with magical creatures. One day young Maleficent met with a young kid who try to steal something from Moors. They grow fond of each other, but had to seperate because Stefan wants to make a living in the human’s castle.

Several years later, the king of human’s kingdom try to invade Moors. This attempt successfully thwarted by Maleficent. Angered by his failure the king said that whoever can kill Maleficent will be married to his daughter and become the heir of the throne. Tempted by this offer Stefan come the Moors. Maleficent did not aware of Stefan intention, but instead of killing her, Stefan only cut Maleficent’s wing and bring it back to the King. Betrayed by Stefan, Maleficent become angry and want to take revenge once she recover.

With that kind of back story Disney want to change the evil persona of Maleficent into a good witch, and the human are the bad guy. I think Disney make a good job in the story. Especially Maleficent’s portrayal by Angelina Jolie. She really did a great job on the character. The special effect of the creature also great. Most of the people whom disappointed by the Movie are those who grow up with the original fairy tale. They complain that the movie didn’t stay to the original story. If you don’t mind with some change, Maleficent (2014) is a great family movie.

The Originals (2013-….)

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Rating: 8.7/10 from 29,667 users
Creator: Julie Plec
Stars: Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Series will focus on The Original family of vampires from Vampire Diaries.

The Originals is a spin-off from the popular TV Series The Vampire Diaries (2009-….). The Originals are the first vampire created, so the vampire now days are their descendants. They were the main villain in The Vampire Diaries, until they gain more popularity and CW decide to make their own series. Both series share the same universe, so some events in The Originals season 1 and The Vampire Diaries season 5 sometimes linked. The character also sometimes visit the other series.

The Originals family consist of, Esther (the mother) which is a witch, Mikael (the father), Elijah Mikaelson (the eldest), Finn Mikaelson, Niklaus Mikaelson, Kol Mikaelson, and Rebekah Mikaelson. Some of them already dead in The Vampire Diaries story. The Originals tells the story of the remaining originals in New Orleans. It was the city that they build in 1919 but then had to flee from it for some reason. New Orleans inhabitants consist of 4 faction, vampires, witches, humans, and werewolves. Each aware of the others presence. The New Orleans nowdays run by Marcelus, the vampire which turned by Niklaus, and Niklaus intend to take it back. Niklaus character is interesting to watch. He fall into the anti-hero type, who can be ruthless to anyone, but in the end he will do whatever it takes to protect his family.

Compared to The Vampire Diaries that focused in teenage drama, The Originals is, borrowing someone else phrase, more matured. It is more about the attempt of each faction to take over the city, making the alliance, backstabbing the ally, making war with the enemy, and else. The story is not as great as the first season of Vampire Diaries, The Originals is better than current season of Vampire Diaries, which getting more cliche. Although The Originals can stand on it’s own, for viewer who wants more deep knowledge about The Originals should watch The Vampire Diaries.

Godzilla (2014)

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Rating: 7.3/10 from 88,671 users
Disrector: Gareth Edwards
Writers: Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Warning, this review contain spoiler!

This Godzilla movie is the Hollywood version of the Japanese monster, though it’s not their first movie about it. I’ve never watch any Godzilla movie before, so I watch this movie without any expectation.

The movie started with a background story in 1954, detonation of nuclear bomb. It’s is not clear to whether it caused the appearance of Godzilla, or it is an attempt to kill it. In the 1999, there are two important events. First, is when Japanese scientist played by Ken Watanabe come to Philippine to investigate the radioactive occurrence. He found a giant skeleton of prehistoric creature and two cocoon. Unfortunately one of it is escaped to the sea. The second event is in Janjira nuclear plant, Japan. Bryan Cranston as the head of the plant observe unusual seismic activity. Bryan Cranston order her wife to investigate it. During investigation, the seismic activity increased, causing radioactive leak. The Janjira plant is destroyed, and Bryan Cranston failed to save his wife, leaving him with their small kid.

Fifteen years later, when Bryan Cranston and his kid Aaron Taylor-Johnson trying to find answer of the Janjira event, they found out that the plant, which supposed to be a quarantine area, still active. Apparently, the escaped cocoon making it’s home in Janjira. Ken Watanabe researching the MUTO (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) while protected by military. Suddenly the cocoon become active. It hatched, destroying the place and then fled.  This MUTO activity awaken Godzilla from it’s deep slumber. While the military making plan to fight this MUTO, Ken Watanabe believe it would be pointless. The only hope they have is to let Godzilla, the top chain ancient predator to fight it.

In this movie, the villain is MUTO, and Godzilla act as some kind of anti-hero. The Godzilla itself didn’t appear antil the last half of the movie. This made many people, who wants to see Godzilla in action disappointed. I’m okay with this, because at the first half, the movie display an excellent human drama. The acting of Bryan Cranston is really amazing. I cannot say the same for the other two, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Ken Watanabe, such a waste of a big movie star. Though Godzilla appear late, his appearance still amazing. Godzilla really show his power. Well, I’m quite pleased with this movie.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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Rating: 8.7/10 from 45,875 users
Director: 
Bryan Singer
Writers: Simon Kinberg, Jane Goldman
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Warning, this review contain spoiler!

X-Men: DOFP is the 7th installment movie of the X-Men universe, including X-Men Origin: Wolverine (2009) which for me is a mess in the several character timeline. It’s a sequel from X-Men: First Class (2011) which was meant for a reboot of X-Men series. But with this DOFP, First Class didn’t appear to be a reboot anymore. The first clue is when they cast Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen to reprise their role as Prof. X and Magneto. Next is The Wolverine (2013) which set the timeline after X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), and then it’s post credit scene where Prof. X and Magneto asking help from Wolverine. The third clue of course the title it self. Bryan Singer trying to connect the dots between X-Men trilogy and First Class with time travel flavour.

The story begin in the future where world is in chaos. Many people (or a mutant maybe) die, being killed by the Sentinel. Then the scene move to the battle between Sentinels and Mutant Resistance. Here you will witness the power of Kitty Pride, Iceman, Bishop, Colossus, Blink, Sunspot, and Warpath. They lost, but Kitty Pride able to send Warpath Bishop back in time so he could warn the other and thus prevent the battle from happening.

After that Prof. X accompanied by Magneto, Wolverine, and Storm arrive at the resistance hideout. Prof. X reveal the primary event which leads to this dark future. Which is, the killing of Dr. Bolivar Trask, the head of the Sentinel program, by Mystique. This led to realization that mutants is a danger and they need Sentinel program to fight them. Mystique that got captured become guinea pig to expand Sentinels ability. So, they need Kitty Pride to send someone back in time to stop and save Mystique. The time travel method can destroy the one who is sent, so the only one who can make it is the indestructible Wolverine. Once again Wolverine become the hero of X-Men story, hahaha. So the adventure of Wolverine in the past time (some time after X-Men First Class) begin.

Generally, X-Men: DOFP is great. The main character development, the battle scene is great. But I have one problem that disturb me throughout the movie. I think the story contain a plot hole. In the DOFP Mystique is captured and experimented on. So, how come she is able to escape and then appear on the X-Men trilogy, and the most important thing, how come Mystique didn’t warn Magneto or other mutants of the danger of Sentinel program for them. I need some explanation in this.

Aside from that, in DOFP there are two mutants that caught my attention. The first is Blink, her power is to create portals, so she can for example create a portal to misplaced enemy’s projectile. This ability is awesome, especially when she combine it with other mutants ability. Next is Quicksilver, well, his appearance surprise me, because Quicksilver will appear in The Avengers sequel, so I’m surprised the he appear in DOFP. But worry not, from what I read, there will be no connection between X-Men’s Quicksilver and Avenger’s Quicksilver. His ability to move with supersonic speed is great especially combined with his fun personality.

The Sentinels that I read from my childhood comic book is different from DOFP’s Sentinel. Before, the Sentinels is a huge robot, but now, it is slim and smaller. However this new Sentinels have more creepy look, and the ability to change power to overcome Mutants power. That’s more dangerous.

As usual, there is a post credit scene that show someone with a great power. I suspect he/she is the main villain in the next movie, X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).

 

Lily Allen – Sheezus

Lily Allen - Sheezus (Cover Album)

Lily Allen – Sheezus (Cover Album)

I thought she was retiring, focusing on her marriage life. So sad when I hear the news. I like her voice characteristic, and the way she sang her song, like in the LDN, Smile, and The Fear.

About 2 weeks ago she released her third album, Sheezus. From her twitter account I knew that she’s working on her next album, I just didn’t expect it to come this soon. More over, she already released some single prior to the album release. It’s a shame for me to not know about it.

After getting the album and without knowing which song is the single I played the track all day. Unfortunately, I get the clean version. Lily Allen use so many words that get censored. It’s very annoying to hear it.After hearing several time I choose Hard Out ThereSheezus, and URL Badman as my favorites. Apparently, the first two is her single.

A couple days ago, Lily Allen announced the Deluxe version. This time I make sure that I get the unclean version of it. She add 4 new song in her Deluxe Album. And after hearing it, I add Wind Your Neck In as my favorite.

I want to include Hard Out There music video, but it contain too many inappropriate content for underage. So instead I’ll post the Sheezus music video.

coming late to the office

After 7 months of working, today was my first time coming late to the office. I got stuck in the traffic jam, on my way from Bandung to Jakarta. I take 4 AM bus (it was the earliest departure i could find). Usually I arrived in my place around 7.45 AM, giving me time to take a bath first before going to the office. But today, due to the accident around Bekasi, I got stuck in heavy traffic. Finally I arrived in my place a little before 9 AM. The accepted time for clock in in my office is 7-9 AM, which mean I’m already late for work.

Knowing that I will be late, I take sometime to get breakfast, tidy up my room, and then take a bath. Finally I went to the office at 10.30 AM. Luckily in my workplace we can take leave 0.25 days (2 hours work), in case someone got late, or need to run some errand first. With that, I’m allowed to come to the office at 11 AM and go home at 6 PM.

Going to Jakarta at Monday morning is risky. I already know that before, so the first time I’m doing it I already bring working clothes in my bag. I can go to office immediately without making a stop in my place. But after 3 times doing it and arrived before 8 AM I become careless, not making preparation for the worst scenario.

Twenty One Pilots – Vessel

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Twenty One Pilots – Vessel (cover album)

Lately I’ve been listening to this band, Twenty One Pilots. The first time I saw their performance is at MTV Movie Awards 2014, performing their single “Car Radio”. I instantly fell in love with the song. The main reason is because Tyler Joseph (the vocalist) is rapping the lyrics.

Then I searched in youtube Twenty One Pilots other single. I listened to “House of Gold” and I like it too. This band suit my music taste. I decided to get the entire album, Vessel. As usual, I listen from the first track o the last. The album start with song that have strong beat, like “Ode to Sleep”, “Holding on to You”, and “Car Radio”, and then the later have slow beat, like “Trees” and “Truce”. The song is like a poetry, because it rhyme. According to wiki, Tyler write the poetry, and when the poetry is too long, he start rapping to fit the lyrics in.

There’s no good copy for Twenty One Pilots performance in MTV Movie Awards 2014 in youtube, so instead i’ll present you the Official Music Video (in case you’re interested too).