Friday, December 15, 2017

The Last Jedi Review

The Last Jedi is, undoubtedly the best Star Wars movie ever made!

I had this impression after the amazing space battle opening scene; of which was a delight to experience for all fans, even to those with unbelievably high expectations.

The amount of content and the quality of each scene; not just in terms of visual, but also pace, presentation and meaning are just perfect. Balanced.

The Last Jedi's story may be smaller in scale, but each scene was cleverly stitched together and builds up nicely to prepare you for the second half of the movie that was a roller coaster ride of surprises, wow moments and pure joy.

I don't want to spoil anything, but there were a number of scenes that made me picked up my jaw from the floor after watching in delight surprise. The writer made a brilliant and brave approach story-wise, and it was a success.

Amazing performance by Mark Hamill; this guy can act with only his eyes! The accompanying characters were diversely rich and interesting. Some of the cute characters would definitely be a money-making machine for Disney.

And can I also say that this is also the funniest Star Wars movie ever?

Princess Leia left the Resistance in a much smaller and weaker state, but with huge hope for the future. Cannot wait for 9.

Go see this movie, nerds! And be delighted; like I am today :)

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Movie Review for April 2017

I used to watch movies every week and post reviews and personal opinions about it and as boring this may sound, time is indeed a luxury. I watch fewer movies nowadays and apparently have stopped posting movie reviews all together. Well, until today, hopefully.

Live By Night – 6.5
Gone Girl, The Town and Argo are all directed by Ben Affleck and I love them all. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about his 4th movie Live By Night. The great action sequences and highly detailed recreation of 1926 Boston is absolutely amazing; the visuals of this movie is top notch but it was such a waste when he “failed” to introduce an interesting character and story. Definitely not a bad movie; people who loves American gangster movies might like this but as a movie from Ben Affleck, I expect it to have interesting characters and story. That’s how much I loved Ben Affleck’s previous creations. Very disappointed but still looking forward to his next one!

The Founder – 8.5
This is a movie about the founders of the McDonalds Franchise. Interesting story coupled with an amazing performance by Micheal Keaton makes this movie one entertaining watch. Highly recommended movie but I think the Ray Kroc is a bully. Interesting and inspiring visionary businessmen, yes, but still. What an opportunistic bully.

Hacksaw Ridge – 8.0
Can Hacksaw Ridge (directed by Mel Gibson) stand shoulder to shoulder with Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, Letters from Iwojima, Flags of Our Fathers and other great WW2 movies? Definitely yes. Andrew Garfield proved that he is one of the few young actors out there that can lead a movie on his own. Really emotional and powerful performance. I think this is Mel Gibson’s best movie yet, but I might be bias because I love WW2 movies in general. Highly recommended.

Jackie – 7.0
Natalie Portman was amazing as Jacqueline Kennedy. Probably her best performance after Leon The Professional (?). There was little story to tell but Portman’s believable performance and charisma alone nailed me to my seat, wanting to see more of the grieving First Lady’s internal and external struggle to cope with such shock of suddenly losing everything. Recommended.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Impressions

My ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 has 3.5GB of GDDR5, and I am very pleased with it.

This will be my initial impression after testing this card out for 2 days.

First, I am quite delightedly surprised by its small form factor.

Just look at the size comparison of my past graphic cards!

From the left: Gtx 970, Gtx 760, Gtx 560, Gtx 285. Straight up Nvidia loyalist!

The oldest Gtx 285 has the biggest size but weakest of them all.

As technology progresses and efficiency triumphs, size really does not matter, boys J

Next delightful surprise would be the incredibly silent operation; it is almost non-existent!

The power consumption is even better too with only 145W compared to 170W on the GTX 760.

More performance with less power: that is the technological triumph of the new Maxwell architecture from Nvidia.

My last point would be the only point that matters: This card is rocking my games without breaking any sweat!

I game on 1080 resolution and I can max-out any graphics heavy games out there to date. Haven’t tried this on Crysis 3 yet but I can run Far Cry 4, Assassins Creed Unity, Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes, Metro 2033 Redux and Dragon Age Inquisition all to the max with solid 40 to 60 fps all the way.

Beautifully rich and detailed graphics with buttery smooth gameplay is what I got with this 41000 yen card, and I believe that it is worth every yen I spend :)

By the way, after receiving my order from Amazon and realizing that the last 500mb of this supposedly 4GB card is of a lower speed (some games doesn’t even recognize the last 500mb and only saw 3.5GB of useable ram), I complained to Amazon Japan and they agreed to refund 20% from my purchased price.

So basically, I got this amazing card for just 32800 yen.

Amazon definitely has the best customer service in the world.

And this is one of the main reasons why I am ,and will be, their loyal customer.

Thank you Fukazawa-san!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

April the 2nd

It's already 2014!

My last post was from 2011...

Busy with work and private activities are just lame excuses for abandoning this once favourite hobby but fear not!

The year 2014 asks not but demands change!

And change I will (hopefully).

Blogging is making a comeback!

To commemorate my glorious return to blogging, here is a picture of squashed squid, taken at some fancy Japanese island resort that I don't care too much to remember the name. Went there to not ogle some chicks with low morals but high short skirts, but to enjoy the sea breeze.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

4S early adoption

If its me two years ago I would've written the review for the iPhone 4S on the day that I got it.

But things have changed.

The iPhone 4S is a great phone but I say nothing.

Anyways I'm writing this using just my voice.

Pretty amazing stuff, the phone was able to understand what I said.

Although I have to speak slowly to achieve great results, it's pretty damn cool when it works like wonders.

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