The Mentalist: A somewhat review

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Thanks to iflix, I am now hooked to The Mentalist.

I was hooked on Two Broke Girls when I stumbled upon The Mentalist. I was curious of the yellow poster featuring a wavy haired dude walking with a cheeky smile on his face. And it’s in YELLOW. Who’d use yellow for a movie/ TV series poster?

451087-the-mentalist-the-mentalist-posterThe Mentalist – created by Bruno Heller (Pic: stuffpoint.com)

Anyhow, I started watching the first episode and I did find Patrick Jane to be quite cocky and annoying. However, I was convinced to watch another episode due to the chemistry that he has with Agent Lisbon. It seemed like it’s going to be a good show. And I have to also mention that Tim Kang did a very good job as a stoic, emotionless agent that made me want to know more about his character.

Green ThumbAgent Teresa Lisbon played by Robin Tunney (Pic: pmctvline2)

Here’s basically the summary of the series: The story is about Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) who works with CBI to find the serial killer who murdered his wife and daughter, Red John. He used to be a cunning psychic and now he’s a consultant and works on homicide cases when he’s not busy trying to catch Red John. He works closely with Agent Lisbon (Robin Tunney) – I assume she’s the head for homicide unit of the CBI. Agent Lisbon heads a team that comprises of Agent Kimball Cho (Tim Kang), Agent Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) and Agent Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti). In season 7, Agent Rigsby and Van Pelt are no longer part of the team. Not sure yet what happened as I’ve only watched until season 6, episode 7.

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Pink Champagne on IceTim Kang as Agent Kimball Cho (Pic: Buddytv)

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Agent Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) & Agent Rigsby (Owain Yeoman)
(Pic: atatatv.net)

What makes me want to continue binge-watching this series every night? My best guesses are:

  1. The ever-witty Patrick Jane. I have to compliment Simon Baker for the portrayal of Jane. When he wants us to cry with Jane, you’d really see and feel the sadness in his eyes.
  2. The chemistry between the casts.
  3. The engaging plots.
  4. And the chaos that Patrick always causes wherever he goes! He’s a very funny character and at the same time very complex.

the_mentalist_3_380The team (Pic: Pinartarhan)

fytrmnlqshtz71edflh8cwhnhzp Season 6: Jane, Rigsby, Van Pelt, Lisbon and Cho (Pic: Beaufortcountynow)

If you are a fan of investigative ‘comic thriller’ (if there’s such a category) and haven’t watched the show, I’d strongly recommend that you do. I just don’t know why, but this series give me the same excitement as House!

 

Review: Allegiant

Alright, I’m going to do a quick review for this one. Nah, enjoy the poster first.

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Credit: comingsoon.net

Frankly, I am quite disappointed with this movie. I had high expectations for Shailene and Tris. I wanted to see more actions involving both Tris and Four. Unfortunately, as you can see, this poster sums up all the actions that Tris had in this movie. Yes, only this bit was exciting enough for me.

 

3c394abb34b4863c993ad280c6447b01I really dislike it when Tris was up in the tower with David. The camera was focusing too much on her, making the shot very tight and Shailene looks chubbier than usual – might be the camera work or the white suit.

To me there’s nothing significant that Tris did in this movie. She simply put her trust in David against Four’s wishes. Come on, be realistic! Tris is a divergent! Why make her too simplistic in this movie trusting a stranger rather than Four? Why? It feels like the makers were getting lazy and just wanted to finish off with this trilogy and be done with.

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Credit: themovienetwork.com

David is the villain armed with a chemical gas that will make you forget everything. Should I be afraid of that? I don’t think it’s enough to scare or threaten Tris and Four. I have not read the novel, nor that I am interested to do so now, but I am curious of how David is actually portrayed in the novel. All he and Tris did throughout the movie was talk and talk and talk and talk. It’s a damned boring plot.

Ok enough with the negative side. Let’s talk about things that worked according to me.

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  • Zoe Kravitz and Miles Teller have more screen time! Yeayyyyy!
  • Drone thingy looks cool flying around searching for targets and serves as shield.
  • The wall scaling part was awesome! It’s sad that Tori has to die but the wall scene was by far the most interesting thing in the whole movie!

Yeah, the positive list is very short.

Overall, the movie felt half-baked. The intensity was not build up properly. I don’t see the dynamics between Tris and Four in this movie. I don’t understand why Christina has to stand on the side (not shown on camera, thank God!) while Tris and Four were kissing – man, that is sooooo awkward! The dispute between Johanna and Evelyn didn’t feel like it would mount to them deciding to kill each other. The Pure vs. Damaged conflict failed as well – can’t feel anything significant by bringing that up. I think the biggest part that is missing from this movie is the engaging emotions. I can’t wait to leave the cinema halfway through the movie. That’s a bad sign, isn’t it?

Ok, I’m done being angry and disappointed. Let’s chill by watching the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, can’t wait for November to come this year!😀

 

ASUS A456U

After weeks of reading up and studying different specs of perhaps 7 to 8 laptops, I came to my final decision of buying Asus A456U when I entered the third computer shop in Digital Mall.

My options were down to two: Asus Zenbook UX305CA and Asus A456U. I really like the Macbook-ish design of the Zenbook and also the 8gb RAM and 256 SSD that come along with it. Unfortunately, the price tag is around RM700 higher than A456U and the lack of a powerful (gaming/photo editing-compatible) graphic card made me question my wants over my needs.

From the very beginning I knew I wanted a laptop that I can use on everyday basis for writing/typing documents and do some photo editing and gaming among other things. I also knew I needed a lightweight machine (Oh, Zenbook! It’s only 1.2/1.3kg! So Zen!) so I can carry it around. Honestly, I think the laptop would seldom leave this room, but you know, in case I need to. I finally decided to settle for A456U which weighs at 1.8kg and upgraded the RAM from 4gb to 8gb due to the fact that I did not want to burst my budget.

The best offer that I got for Asus UX305CA with i7 processor, 256 SSD storage, 8gb RAM and Windows 10 was RM3030 (inclusive of 2+1 year warranty). I bought this A456U with i5 processor, 1 TB HDD storage, (upgraded to) 8gb RAM and 2 years international + 1 year local warranty at RM2300. I believe it is a good bargain since I’m getting the additional 1 year local warranty and the 8gb RAM upgrade. I am glad that I made this purchase.

So far I’ve only managed to play SIM 4 (two of my Sims had already been burned to death – kitchen accidents!) on this laptop – too busy with other things!😛 I’m loving the graphics and the speed.

This entry is supposed to be a test for its keyboard. It feels a little bit bouncy but the spacing between the keys are good, easy to reach and type on even when I’m not looking down at the keyboard.

If you want to read more about Asus Zenbook UX305, go to TechRadar. If you’d like to know more about Asus A456, you may go here –> Gadgetren. This review is in Bahasa Indonesia. I’ve tried searching for reviews on A456 written in English to no avail. I guess this laptop is targeted for Indonesia/Malaysia market hence the lack of resources in English. Anyhow, if you have any questions regarding the performance of A456 that I’ve only been using for 3 days nows, drop me a comment and I’ll try to get back to you the soonest. Alright then, good luck with your laptop-hunting session!

Asus A456U specs:

  • Intel Core i5-6200U Processor, 2.3GHz (3M Cache, up to 2.8GHz)
  • DDR3 1600 4G
  • 1TB
  • NVIDIA GeForce 930M DDR3 2GB
  • 14 HD(GL,LED)

 

Dilwale 2015

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The enchanting chemistry between SRK and Kajol. Source: http://dilwale-boxofficecollection.in

And so the powerful on-screen Bollywood couple have teamed up for yet another movie. The chemistry between Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol cannot be denied. These names managed to attract a huge following from the very beginning. In Malaysia, it is said that the Star War: The Force Awakens which had been enjoying the highest number of viewership since it first hit the cinemas, has lost the battle to Dilwale! I guess SRK and Kajol really have this crowd-pulling factor. Rohit Shetty has made the right decision to reunite them in Dilwale 2015.

Despite having mixed reviews in its home country, I’d consider Dilwale to be successful in Malaysia. It managed to attract the ‘senior’ fans of SRK to relive the Hindi dream.

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Cast of Dilwale 2015 (L-R) Kriti Sonan, Varun Dhawan, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. Source: http://a2zphotography.co.uk

 

Let’s cut to the chase. Here’s a list of what I like and dislike about the movie.

Like:

  1. Kajol seems to defy ageing – she only becomes prettier with age!
  2. A lighter side to SRK – more airtime for his laughs and smiles instead of those red begging eyes about to cry.
  3. 5 minutes date – not an original idea, yes, but still enjoyable due to the chemistry between Kajol and SRK.
  4. Kajol’s transformation from the gullible, kepochi artist to a badass head gangster’s daughter.
  5. Scenery, scenery, scenery – Gerua is magical!
  6. Songs! Of course.
  7. Johnny Lever is the best!!!

 

Dislike:

  1. Ishita (Kriti Sanon) can’t dance!
  2. Veer (Varun Dhawan) is overacting.
  3. Soft-porn! during the songs (please don’t watch it with your kids)
  4. Loose plot. Hell yeah, even though they have the SRK-Kajol pulling factor.
  5. We can see the strong bond between Veer and Raj but not much was shown between Meera and Ishita. Yeah, yeah, I know they don’t want to reveal Ishita’s sister until it has been established that Veer and Ishita are madly in love with each other but they can at least try to convinced us by making Ishita idolizes the sister and keeps talking about her for instance.
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Johnny Lever. Source: thepeninsulaqatar.com

If you like Hindi films, Dilwale 2015 might entertain you. If you’re willing to let loose and laugh then it is a good film to watch. I know a lot of people have been  comparing this film to Bajrangi Bhaijaan, yes, they are of two different class but to be fair, just watch both and let yourself be entertained. You might laugh a lot with Dilwale but cry a lot more and be touched deeper by Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Watch both! Go ahead! And let me know what are your thoughts on them🙂

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Source: http://bollyboxofficereview.com

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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I am not a big fan of sci-fi genre. I had never really paid attention to any Star Wars movie before. I know the existence of the ‘franchise’ and perhaps my favourite character is the least important but the cutest among all – Ewok. When they made a TV series for Ewok, I found myself following it almost religiously.

Last December, I chanced upon the opportunity to watch Star War: The Force Awakens. It wasn’t planned and I had no intention of watch the movie. My nephews were harassing me to bring them to watch this movie and I finally agreed. We went to watch it pretty late at night and I wasn’t proud of it. I was sleepy when I arrived at the theatre. I ate a bag of Cheezels when the screen was showing advertisements and movie trailers – out of boredom!

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Official poster

When the movie started, I realised that this was a different experience. I had this question in my head, “Who is this girl? Why is the movie revolving around her?” – shows how ignorant I was. I didn’t know  that the new Jedi is female! Pleasant surprise I must say.

Ok, here are some of the  key-points for my review:

  1. Movie lead – female! Awesome!
  2. Rey – she does have a variety of facial expressions and funny ones too. I enjoyed this part very much.

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    Rey played by Daisy Ridley
  3. A kind-hearted stormtrooper – rather unexpected for me.
  4. Han Solo died – sad! But Harrison Ford was entertaining as always.
  5. Surprisingly, the story was infused with a lot of humour. The bonding between Rey and Finn felt real.
  6. Maz Kanata – awesome acting by Lupita.
  7. Among the things that I like least are:
    – screen time for Princess Leia and R2-D2 was too short. I was hoping to see more of R2-D2 especially!
    – lightsaber fight was too little. Come on people, this is Star Wars! Lightsaber is the main attraction!
    – I didn’t feel the evil vibe from Kylo Ren that much but his hair was wicked!😀

Overall, I enjoyed the movie despite being a non-sci-fi-fan. When I told my best friend (huge fan of Star Wars!) that I’ve seen the movie (before her), she asked, “So how was it? Do you still sci-fi is silly?” I just smiled sheepishly acknowledging the fact that I had fun watching it.