Archive for November, 2005

If you follow the Harry Potter series of movies or books, then u will able to understand what’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Google It) all is about. Otherwise, you will be only amazed by it’s stunt and CG.

Harry’s fourth summer and the following year at Hogwarts are marked by the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament, in which student representatives from three different wizarding schools compete in a series of increasingly challenging contests. However, Voldemort’s Death Eaters are gaining strength and even creating the Dark Mark giving evidence that the Dark Lord is ready to rise again. In the unsuspecting lives of the young wizard and witches at Hogwarts the competitors are selected by the goblet of fire, which this year makes a very surprising announcement: Hogwarts will have two representatives in the tournament, including Harry Potter! Will Harry be able to rise to the challenge for the Tri Wizard Tournament while keeping up with school or will the challenges along with Voldemort’s rebirth be too much for the young hero?

Zathura (Google It) resemble closely what Jumanji (Google It) had. Different storyline but same board-game-reallife-adventure. Ppl who enjoy Jumanji will surely enjoy Zathura.

Two brothers discover an oblong box in the park, which they dismiss as "just some dumb old game." The boys turn their attention away from the game’s "jungle adventure" board to discover a second game board inside with an outer-space theme and a colored path leading to the purple planet, Zathura. Mayhem ensues each time one of the boys draws a game card or rolls the dice. Facing meteors and giant robots, the brothers begin to appreciate each other and their sibling rivalry dissolves.

Recently, me having really big problem with Webroot’s Spy Sweeper (Google It) hence me stop using it. It crash with other anti-spyware product in my computer, the Spyware Doctor (Google It) by PCTools (Google It), and makes almost all application in my computer unable to start. Uninstalling it clear my headache. Currently searching for another anti-spyware beside Spyware Doctor. Better safe than sorry…
Me just bought a value laptop Acer Travelmate 3212NWXMi (Google It) from a shop at lowyat. A superb computer with value added indeed. The problem is me still figuring how to establish a bluetooth network connection with my main computer. Anyone know?
It’s spec are as follow –

Intel Centrino Mobile Techonologies
Intel® Pentium® M Processor 740 (1.73GHz, 2MB Cache, 533MHz FSB)
Intel 915GM Chipset with Integrated 3D Graphics featuring Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900 and up to 128MB RAM of video memory
14.1" Wide XGA Color LCD supports 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and dual display via Acer GridVista
60GB ATA/100 HDD
256MB DDR2 RAM (upgradeable to 2GB)
Integrated 56Kbps modem & 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN
Integrated Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
Integrated DVD Dual Double Layer Drive
Integrated Bluetooth
5-in-1 Card Reader supporting MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, xD-Picture, Memory Stick & Memory Stick Pro
6-cell Li-Ion Battery Pack (4 hours battery life)
(Actual battery life may vary, depending on usage and configuration).
3xUSB, 1xIEEE 1394, 1xVGA port, 1xFIR Port & S-video out port
335 (W) × 240 (D) × 31.9/34.1 (H) mm
Weight 2.38kg (5.25 lbs.)
Acer Launch Manager & Acer eManager
1-Year International Traveller Warranty
Free:- Acer Designed Carrying Bag

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (Google It) really show what would be in real world if prositution is legal.

Naïve, good-hearted fish tank cleaner, Deuce Bigalow thought his career as a gigolo was over. But just when he thought he was out–T.J. Hicks pulls him back in. Deuce is seduced back to his unlikely pleasure-for-pay profession when Hicks, his former pimp, is implicated in the murders of Europe’s greatest gigolos. Now Deuce must go back "undercover" in order to clear the name of his good friend. Along the way, he must compete against the powerful European Union of prostidudes (The Man-Whore Society) and court yet another bevy of unusual female clients, including the beautiful Eva, who suffers from acute obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Transporter 2 (Google It) is an action movie without logic in it. To do most of the "action" in the movie, thou cannot be a normal human. Thou must be Clark Kent to accomplish most stunt in the movie.

Frank Martin is the best in the business. The ex-Special Forces operative hires himself out as a mercenary "transporter" who moves goods–human or otherwise. Very simple, he delivers, no questions asked. Frank has relocated from the French Mediterranean to Miami, Florida, where as a favor to a friend, Frank is driving for the wealthy Billings family. There’s very little that can surprise The Transporter, but young Jack Billings has done just that; Frank has unexpectedly bonded with Jack, age 6, who he drives to and from school. But when Jack is kidnapped, Frank must use his battle-tested combat skills to retrieve the boy and thwart the kidnappers’ master plan to release a virus that will kill anyone with whom it comes in contact.

Each and every Doraemon (Google It) movie planted me a really good and warm feeling after watching it, including this superb Doraemon – Nobita and The Wind Wizard (Google It). It’s no wonder that Doreamon is still popular up until now (9 years since the original author dead). Fujimoto Hiroshi (Google It) or more known as Fujiko F Fujio (Google It), the person who created Doreamon, is just simply amazing!

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The lovable robot cat Doraemon returns for another big-screen adventure in Nobita and the Wind Wizard! The adventure begins when Nobita meets the Wind Wizard, a strange, but adorable being with magical wind powers. The Wind Wizard befriends Nobita, Doraemon, and the rest of their gang, and together the group travels to the Wind Village to meet the rest of Wind Wizard’s tribe. However, they also learn of the rival Ran tribe, who were banished from the Wind Village years ago for their wicked ways. When an evil Ran magician surfaces, he possesses Suneo and kidnaps Wind Wizard as part of a plot to destroy the world! It’s up to Doraemon and Nobita to save their friends – and also the world!

Movie – Sky High

Just watched Sky High (Google It) on DVD. To cut long story short, the DVD worth my hard-earned money…
Btw, me like the character that can manipulate plants… Wish me had that kind of power too…

It all begins at a secret school in the clouds like none on earth: Sky High, the first and only high school for kids with super-human powers going through crime-fighting puberty. At Sky High, the student body throw flames with their footballs, study Villainy with their Chemistry and are divided into Heroes and Sidekicks instead of jocks and geeks. It’s an out-of-this-world yet completely recognizable place where cool gadgetry, rampant bravery and awe-inspiring magical skills mix it up with parental battles, peer pressure and dating trouble–with explosively fun results. This year’s class features some of the best, brightest and most powerfully gifted super-teens ever assembled. And then there’s Will Stronghold. When you’re the son of the world’s most legendary super heroes, The Commander and Jetstream, people expect you to live up to the family name The problem is that Will is starting with no superpowers of his own and, worst of all, instead of joining the ranks of the Hero class, he finds himself relegated to being a Sidekick. Now he must somehow survive his freshman year while dealing with an overbearing gym coach, a bully with super speed and a dangerous rebel with a grudge (and the ability to shoot fire from his hands)–not to mention the usual angst, parental expectations and girl problems that accompany teenage life. But when an evil villain threatens his family, friends and the very sanctity of Sky High, Will must use his newfound superpowers to save the day and prove himself a Hero worthy of the family tradition.

Movie – Dragon Squad

Just watched this Steven Seagel produced HK action movie with boring storyline – Dragon Squad (Google It).

HONG KONG, Nov 11 (AP) — In the Steven Seagal-produced "Dragon Squad," director Daniel Lee puts together impressive action sequences, but the action overwhelms the story, with the movie degenerating into a series of video-game like showdowns between the characters.

The plot is simple enough, perhaps too simplistic. A team of rookie Interpol officers suffer an embarrassing setback when a criminal is kidnapped by mercenaries from right under their noses in Hong Kong. They are subsequently barred from law enforcement work in Hong Kong, but decide to take matters into their own hands.

A jaded local police officer, Kong Lung, (Sammo Hung) helps point them in the right direction.

But Lee doesn’t fully develop Kong’s mentoring of the officers, nor his past. Kong is haunted by a brash move during a faceoff with gangsters that led to police casualties. Kong initially refuses to help the officers, but later comes around and fights alongside them.

The officers are also too young to be credible. Vanness Wu, who had long hair long back when he made his name with the popular Taiwanese boy band F4, looks feminine with short hair. Chinese actor Xia Yu, best actor winner at the 1994 Venice Film Festival, also looks too innocent to be a crime-fighting cop.

The only exception is Hong Kong’s Shawn Yue, who shows an evil streak when unloading his gun.

The villains have more character. Maggie Q, who is due to appear in the upcoming "Mission: Impossible 3," is a cold, mean sniper. Heo Jun-ho from "Silmido" displays a killer quality. Michael Biehn of "The Terminator" fame is both a killing machine and a sensitive lover who appears to genuinely care about a gang leader’s girlfriend (Li Bingbing) who he’s trying to exploit.

Adding a Chinese twist, the villains wear what appear to be Peking Opera masks.

The weak storyline aside, Lee sets up slick fighting scenes. He has a keen sense of film aesthetic, using as a major backdrop a gritty industrial area that lends to the ruggedness of battle. The director also likes the image of flying paper shreds, a confetti effect created by rapid gunfire.

The best fighting scenes take place against this urban backdrop. Amid a chaotic battle, snipers Lu Shaojun (Xia) and Yuet Yi (Q) try to pick one another off from different rooftops in a showdown that has the solitary quality of a knight’s duel. In another faceoff, Yuet glides down from a tree on a rope, yanks the other end of the rope tied to a fence, which flies back into Shaojun who is chasing her.

"Dragon Squad" is also notable for its international dimension. Director Lee said the cast, which draws from America, South Korea, mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, was designed to appeal to various markets. The movie, which cost more than 40 million Hong Kong dollars (US$5.2 million; €4.4 million) excluding the actors’ fees, was financed by investors from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and the U.S.

Seagal, known for "Under Siege," was supposed to appear in the movie but had a scheduling conflict, according to Lee. Instead, he helped secure distribution deals in Europe and the U.S., as well as offering advice on the proportion of action to drama and how to best tap the potential of the cast.

"He told us how foreigners — Europeans or Americans — would look at a Hong Kong action film," Lee said.

Movie – Chicken Little

Watched this highly hyped Disney CG, Chicken Little (Google It). This really do not have the Disney (Google It) fell on it… Average movie with storyline that suck…

After Chicken Little causes widespread panic–when he mistakes a falling acorn for a piece of the sky–the young chicken is determined to restore his reputation. But just as things are starting to go his way, a real piece of the sky lands on his head. Chicken Little and his band of misfit friends, Abby Mallard (aka Ugly Duckling), Runt of the Litter and Fish Out of Water, attempt to save the world without sending the town into a whole new panic.