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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Giddens Ko 九把刀Sharing & Autograph Session @ Popular Bookfest, KLCC (31st July 2014)

Gidden Ko 九把刀Sharing & Autograph Session @ Popular Bookfest, KLCC (31st July 2014)


Famous author Gidden Ko 九把刀 is having his autograph session in KLCC Bookfest today. There are two main sessions, the details are as stated below:

Sharing And Autograph Session
Date: 31st July 2014 (Thursday)
Time: 8.30pm- 10.00pm
Venue: Bookfest Malaysia, KLCC, Hall 1, Main Stage (中文馆)

Another Autograph Session
Date: 7.00pm- 8.00pm
Venue: Bookfest Malaysia, KLCC, Hall 1, 作者馆 (中文馆)



Published by WLJack.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

“Guardians Of The Galaxy” Movie Review

“Guardians Of The Galaxy” Movie Review


Introduction
Here comes another amazing adventure from Marvel, the studio that brought you Iron Man, Captain America and The Avengers. “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where the wacky adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing away a mysterious orb sought by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions to threaten the entire universe.

During the process of evading Ronan, Quill has met up with a quartet of misfits – Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer.

Will Ronan able to hunt down Quill?

What will happen between Quill and the four newly met friends?

Will the mysterious orb fall onto wrong hands?

Let’s take a trip to the galaxy at your nearest cinema soon!


Review:
Being the first movie for "Guardians of The Galaxy", I think the director James Gunn has done a great job in introducing this new Marvel universe to the audience. He has tackled the movie very well in many aspects.

From the aspect of storyline, it is not that complex and the audiences can definitely keep track with the flow without any difficulty. Considering it’s the first movie for this new franchise, it is a wise step as it can allow the audiences to feel more attached to the plot easily.

The pacing is good and every moment in the movie is either filled with humors or actions which will keep you entertained. There are a lot of comedic scenes in the movie which consist of well-written lines that are funny and brilliantly stupid. These have brought laughter to the audiences.

It is also action-packed with well-choreographed sequences that are very memorable. I personally love the scene whereby the heroes are escaping from the cell. It’s really spectacular!


For the character development, they started off with the introduction of Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) and revolved a lot about him throughout the show. Thus, by the end of the movie, you will feel that you know this character very well. However, it doesn’t mean that the movie doesn’t focus on the other characters as well. In fact, some characters even shine better than Peter Quill in my opinion. I personally think Rocket Raccoon totally steals the spotlight due to his great personality, his wisdom and yeah, who doesn’t like a talking raccoon armed with hi-tech guns?!

Other than that, Groot, Gamora and Drax are favorable too. Groot’s limited vocabulary can be quite humorous. Gamora on the other hand is really hot and pretty. Drax who is presumed to be a cruel, revenge-driven destroyer turned out to be very silly at times plus provided some of the funniest moment in the show.



Most importantly, the director has allocated adequate amount of time for us to see how the characters develop and interact with each other. The chemistry between them is really good. In overall, the characters themselves plus the bond between them are what make you love them when the movie ends.

Credits should also be given to the actors and actresses for their splendid performances. Chris Pratt is able to deliver the wackiness of Peter Quill and we totally love his acting. Zoe Saldana is also a good choice for the enigmatic Gamora. And yeah..she’s really hot! (This is the first time I fell in love with a green-skinned female character on screen) Otherwise, Bradley Cooper’s amazing voice-over is what makes Rocket Raccoon such a cool hero in the show. Vin Diesel’s voice-over is fun too although his dialogue is so limited. (It’s funny to imagine him voicing over Groot with such a limited amount of words). Bautista plays a great job in his action scenes too.

Besides all these, the movie also has great lineups of soundtracks. It features a few classical songs which are very catchy and well-suited to the film.

The downside of the film is the villains. In comparison with other Marvel franchise, the villains in this film are rather blunt and not that memorable. Despite there are moments which hint that the main villain of the show for being very strong, he turned out to be relatively weak and doesn’t put up much of a fight for the heroes.

What I like about the movie:
  1. A great kickstart for a new Marvel franchise.
  2. Simple storyline for audience to keep track.
  3. Nice pacing packed with comedic and action sequences.
  4. Well-balanced character development and great bonds between the heroes.
  5. Great casting for the show.
  6. Hilarious lines.
  7. Catchy soundtracks.

What I dislike about the movie:

  1. Weaker and less memorable villain character.


Verdict:
This movie deserves a 9.0/10.0!


“This is a great start for the new Franchise! It’s a fun sci-fi ride in Marvel universe!” –WLJack

“It’s a very funny and enjoyable movie! Love Chris Pratt and the Groot very much!” – Fellow reviewer, Jose Yap

Highly recommended to those who love Marvel movies and those who love “Star Wars” –alike movies!

If you are expecting it to be as deep and dark like The Dark Knight Trilogy or as sentimental as Xmen:Days of Future Past, then you are most likely going to be disappointed. However, if you go in the cinema with the expectation of enjoying a comedy movie/ enjoying old-time hero movies, then you will enjoy it as much as I do!


Million thanks to Nuffnang for the opportunity to attend the #NNPremiereScreening of the movie!  #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy


Published by WLJack.

Shila Amzah Live in Malaysia Fans Meeting and Autograph Session @ Paradigm Mall, Concourse Level (8th August 2014)

Shila Amzah <LOVE> Live in Malaysia Fans Meeting and Autograph Session @ Paradigm Mall, Concourse Level (8th August 2014)

30th July 2014, Kuala Lumpur- In the respect of the relatives and loved ones of the passengers and crew who perished in the horrific mid-air disaster, the organizers have postponed Shila Amzah <LOVE> Live in Malaysia Fans Meeting and Autograph Session to 08th August 2014 (Friday), 7.30pm at Paradigm Mall, Concourse Square, Level CC.


Date: 8th August 2014
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Paradigm Mall, Concourse Square, Level CC

Brought to you exclusively by Mega Ultimate Sdn Bhd and Shila Amzah Entertainment Berhad, the concert - Shila Amzah <LOVE> Live in Malaysia will be held at Mega Star Arena on 13th September 2014 (Saturday), 8.00pm.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Special Guest Announced for “Chilam张智霖疯狂有时大马演唱会2014”!

Special Guest Announced for “Chilam张智霖疯狂有时大马演唱会2014” !
As mentioned in the previous post, "Captain Cool" Chilam is coming over to Malaysia for a concert soon. The details are as below:


Date: 29th August 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Bukit Jalil Putra Indoor Stadium

During Chilam’s《疯狂有时》concert in Hong Kong, he has invited a few special guests including Nick Cheung张家辉, Chilam’s wife Anita Yuen袁咏仪(靓靓)and even Jackie Cheung.  

So Who Will Be His Special Guest In Malaysia?

Monday, 28 July 2014

Video Coverage: Press Conference of 8TV TV Show 《凌晨3点3》 “3.15AM”

Video Coverage: Press Conference of 8TV TV Show 《凌晨33 “3.15AM”


29th July 2014, Kuala Lumpur- In conjunction with the airing of upcoming TV show 《凌晨33on 3rd August 2014 which will be aired every Sunday, 8.30pm, 8TV has organized a screening Press Conference at Theatrette, Balai Berita, NSTP, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, KL. During the press conference, the artistes who have attended include陈峰、张顺源、罗忆诗、许亮宇、释福如、陈美君、朱建美、李浩菖、徐慧华、黄明慧&陈凯旋.

Video Coverage:



In order to introduce to the media members regarding the shows and the characters, a Mini Stage Performance was demonstrated on stage during the press conference. The TV show, “3.15AM” 《凌晨33 consists of 13 episodes and will feature 5 different storylines, namely: 买兇杀仁古井摸不着谁是真兇承诺”&“挂表.

During the press conference, 张顺源 who always took the roles of being secondary school students in his previous shows mentioned that the character for this show is a bit older for him.
On the other hand, Henley 许亮宇 stated that the actors and actresses dare not act with him because he injured them.

In the “挂表” storyline,陈凯旋 played the role as 阿源. During his episodes, there are a few scenes which features “Time stopping” scenes. Thus, this has made us relate him to “都教授” and called him as Malaysian都明俊.

陈峰 who acted as a noodle hawker claimed that he has gained a lot of experience through this show till the extend that he could actually really become a real life noodle hawker.

《凌晨33 “3.15AM” will be airing from 3rd August 2014 onwards, every Sunday, 8.30pm.

For more info about the show, please visit:

or visit:

or instagram @8tvchinese or LINE官方户口

Now, you can watch 8TV shows via www.8tv.com.my or www.tonton.com.my
Or watch through付费台第708频道.


Published by WLJack. 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Video Coverage: Press Conference of Alex Goot & Against The Current

Video Coverage: Press Conference of Alex Goot & Against The Current



26th July 2014, Kuala Lumpur- Attention to all Malaysia music lovers, you will be in for a treat as rising independent acts Alex Goot & Against The Current are making their way to our country next month. This is event is organized by upstart digital age concert promoters Skinny Buddies Entertainment and is supported by Youtube Malaysia.

Date: 24th August 2014
Time: 4.00pm
Venue: Wisma Bentley Music, Damansara Mutiara

Alex Goot is a very prominent multi-talented independent pop artiste with four studio albums to his credit, who rose to fame by utilizing the power of Youtube and social media. Against The Current is an equally exciting pop rock band that has made similar strides tapping on platforms like YouTube. Forming this band include Chrissy Constanza, Dan Grow and Will Ferri.

Video Coverage of Press Conference:



Apart from Alex Goot and Against The Current, the concert will also be supported by some local acts which include Malaysia’s award winning pop funk favourites, An Honest Mistake and Skyward, whose singer is Ming Han, who is also a rising Malaysia youtubers with over 157,000 subscribers on his channel TheMingThing. As for emcee, Mark O’Dea from 8tv quickie will be hosting the concert!



During the press conference, Ming Han and Darren Teh has shared a lot  regarding their experience with Youtube. Watch the video above to know more about what they mentioned.
(Or you can find the full written coverage at: http://www.wljack.com/2014/07/coverage-press-conference-of-alex-goot.html )

Tickets for the Malaysian show will be available online at www.tickethotline.com or from selected Rock Corner outlets and are priced at RM 85 (Free Standing) each. Early Birds tickets and premium Rockstar tickets which were released earlier have already been sold out. Fans are advised to buy their tickets early to avoid any disappointments due to the limited number of slots available for this wonderful concert.




Published by WLJack.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Music For The People : Merdeka Concert by the klpac String Ensemble @ Pentas 2 of The Kuala Lumpur Performning Arts Centre (30-31 August 2014)

Music For The People : Merdeka Concert by the klpac String Ensemble @ Pentas 2 of The Kuala Lumpur Performning Arts Centre (30-31 August 2014)

24th July 2014, Kuala Lumpur Attention to all classical music fans!  The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre is celebrating the National Day with the Merdeka Concert by the klpac String Ensemble this August at its Pentas 2 this coming 30 – 31 August 2014.  


Date: 30-31st August 2014
Venue: Pentas 2 of The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre.

The Listing of Performances @ Klpac on August 2014!

The Listing of Performances @ Klpac on August 2014!


AUGUST  2014
AUGUST 7-10: A Streetcar Named Desire
AUGUST 15-17: Music From Movies & Musicals 5
AUGUST 22-23: Concert Just For You
AUGUST  28-31: Who is Your Osama? And other short playlets 
AUGUST  30 – 31: Merdeka Concert

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Distant World @ Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (15-17 August 2014)

Distant World @ Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (15-17 August 2014)



Take note, all Final Fantasy series fans! Distant Worlds is about to make it return to DEWAN FILHARMONIK PETRONAS.

Featuring classic music from over 25 years of the FINAL FANTASY video game series, Distant Worlds is definitely a MUST-GO EVENT for Final Fantasy fans.

Experience the majesty and power of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dithyrambic Singers, conducted by GRAMMY-winning maestro and music director Arnie Roth.

Programme highlights include FINAL FANTASY VI: Dancing Mad, FINAL FANTASY X: Hymn of the Fayth and the new FINAL FANTASY Series: Battle and Victory Theme Medley. With an expansive repertoire that includes music from all fourteen games, and an HD video presentation of exclusive content from game developers SQUARE ENIX, do not miss the entertainment phenomenon that has captivated audiences all over the globe.

Dates Of The Show:
15 August Friday - 8.30pm
16 August Saturday - 8.30pm
17 August Sunday - 3.00pm

Ticket Price (RM): 684 | 608 | 380 | 300 | 220 | 120

Tickets available today. Get your tickets now!

For tickets call 03-2051 7007  or log on to Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra Website


Published by WLJack.

Monday, 21 July 2014

“Chilam Crazy Hours Live In Malaysia 2014” @ Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur (29th August 2014)

“Chilam Crazy Hours Live In Malaysia 2014” @ Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur (29th August 2014)
To all “Captain Cool” fans, please take note as your favorite pilot captain is coming over to Malaysia soon for his “Chilam Crazy Hours Live In Malaysia 2014” Concert!


Date: 29th August 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur

Jointly organized JS Entertainment and Mega Ultimate by “Chilam Crazy Hours Live in Malaysia 2014” will be held on 29 August 2014 at Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Video Coverage: Press Conference of Astro Family Go Cuti “全家Go Cuti”

Video Coverage: Press Conference of Astro Family Go Cuti “全家Go Cuti”


19th July 2014, Kuala Lumpur – Following the success of travel programme 背包Go Cuti”, a brand new concept of this programme titled 全家Go Cuti” is coming soon. It is featuring a “family” of hosts consisting of last year 经典名曲歌唱大赛finalists 钟丽珍 and 庄盛, last year “Astro 新秀大赛” Rax王郑浚仁 & Miss Astro Chinese International Pageant finalist, Fancy Goh吴胤婷.

These four hosts are not just new to the series, they are also 菜鸟(rookie) in hosting a show. All of them have their own unique characteristic. 钟丽珍is friendly, 庄盛 is full of sense of humor, Rax王郑浚仁 is energetic while Fancy is sweet. This combination will surely bring a lot of surprises to the audiences.

Video Coverage of the press conference!




During the press conference, the hosts shared about their own personal experience and thoughts related to the show. 丽珍 was a bit concern of her family at the earlier stage of filming. 庄盛 on the other hand utilized his sense of humor to cover up his fear in hosting. It is also a new challenge for Fancy and Rax to host because they need to speak more than they did during their previous competitions.

“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” Movie Review

“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” Movie Review
(Summarized review can be read here: http://www.wljack.com/2014/07/movie-review-dawn-of-planet-of-apes.html)

Introduction


Nearly a decade has passed since the incident in “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes”. Caesar is currently the leader of a growing nation of genetically evolved apes. They are currently threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a few years ago. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.

What is the issue that brought human and apes to this brink of war?

What will happen to Caesar and his fellow apes? And how will the fate of human survivors turned out to be?

Let’s explore the planet of the apes in your nearest cinema now.


Review:
"Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes " is even better and bigger than the first movie. The first is already very good but this sequel has achieved the similar standard set in the predecessor and is even more improved in many aspects.

It is really great to see Caesar as the leader for his tribe of genetically evolved apes. Besides Caesar, we were also able to see the comeback of other apes from the first movie such as Maurice (the orangutan), Koba (the experimental apes) and etc.

The plot for this sequel is very good and often offers surprises which you do not expect coming. Nonetheless, it clearly depicts how tension could be built up between two different species and also shows us how war actually emerged.  The story-telling is very nicely done as it cleverly brings out the emotions from both sides of the species and highlights on how family really matters for both side. The atmosphere of post-outbreak of simian flu is presented realistically and it makes the audiences empathize the complication suffered by the human survivors in the film.

The pacing of the movie is also very well-balanced. There are quite a number of battle scenes with intermittent sit-back and relax moments blended with conversations which are essential for the story to proceed. Although it is a 2 hours plus movie, you won’t feel tired or bored at all even when you are just watching a chit-chat session between apes.

Characters development is also very good for both the human side and the ape side. We can see how Caesar has grown over the years and we can see the unwavering leadership in him this time around. Plus, he now has a family and there is some family conflict for him too. Besides Caesar, another ape which steals the spotlight is Koba. His hatred towards human still persisted and we can see how he spread the hate to humans among his other fellow apes. On the human side, we have a new human protagonist, Malcolm who is a very good guy and he is the first one among the survivors to place so much trust on the apes. He has quite a lot of screenplay time too and the movie has successfully made us care about him too.



For acting aspect, I personally felt that the motion actors for the apes totally deserved praises. Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell are really great in portraying Caesar and Koba. Their gestures in acting as apes are remarkable. I doubt the effect would be the same if it was performed by other motion actors. Apart from that, I think Gary Oldman has stood out with his character Dreyfus despite of his brief appearance time. His acting is very convincing and nonetheless has brought in more emotional sentiments to the movie. Jason Clarke has put up a good show as Malcolm too.

It is also very obvious that the CGI animation effect has greatly improved compared to the first one. This is evidenced by the ape‘s facial expression which are more realistic and enhanced compared to the first one. The motion capture was prominently smoother than the first one. Even the close-up capturing of Caesar’s face will convince the viewers that, “Hey, that’s a real ape right there.”

In addition, the background music and score is fascinating too. The epicness of the music can be felt and it harmonized well too with the emotions of every scene.

I really wish the movie could be longer so that we can see how the outcome is after the final scene. But of course, the movie length would be too long if the film is prolonged. Currently, the movie length is just nice but it did make me wish for a sequel to come.



What I like about the movie:
  1. Better sequel compared to the already good first movie.
  2. Great plot with clever storytelling.
  3. Good characters development.
  4. Magnificent acting.
  5. Improved CGI animation.
  6. Epic soundtrack.

What I dislike about the movie:
1.      The ending is baiting me and made me eagerly wished for the sequel to come soon. (which is actually a good thing too)


Verdict:
This movie deserves a 9.0/10.0!



It is the dawn of epicness! A superb movie which everyone would love!

“Highly recommended to those who love the first movie and to everyone else who are looking for a great movie-not-to-be-missed this year!” – WLJack

“It brings us a message: it's not who we are underneath, but what we do that defines us! Great movie!” – Fellow reviewer, CYY

The only people who would hate this movie are those who hate apes or those who just want some simple fun instead of a movie which can bring you thoughts about survivor and war. Of course, there are still many good movies available these past two months. But you might miss one of the best ones if you do not watch this!


Million thanks to Nuffnang for the opportunity to attend the #NNPremiereScreening of the movie!  #DawnofApes


Published by WLJack.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Video Footage & Coverage: Astro 本地圈 10th Year Anniversary Compilation Album Promo Activity十年本地圈合辑推介礼

Video Footage & Coverage: Astro 本地圈 10th Year Anniversary Compilation Album Promo Activity十年本地圈合辑推介礼
(Full video coverage can be seen at: http://www.wljack.com/2014/07/coverage-astro-10th-year-anniversary.html)

13th July 2014, Kuala Lumpur – Since 2014, Astro本地圈 was born and currently entering its 10th years old. In conjunction with that, Astro本地圈 has released 《十年本地圈主题曲精选》Compilation album and has held the promo activity on 13th July 2014 (Sunday), 2,30pm, at Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya.



During the promo activity, the album was sold for the first time. The premiering of Music Video of brand new theme song “梦飞扬” was carried out too. Over 20 本地圈艺人 artistes &Astro新秀大赛2014Top 5 finalists have attended the activity and performed LIVE on stage.

Video Footage:






The artistes who have attended include: 一姐萧慧敏、新秀帮的赵洁莹、颜慧萍、赖淞凤、曾洁钰、黄毓敏、陈雪芬、戴伟贤、盛天俊&王郑浚仁,经典帮白琳、罗志聪、黄雪云、钟丽珍、庄盛,关萃汶&庄文杰小太阳帮刘佩芯&陈慧莹美姐林家冰、陈楚寰、黄之豫&吴胤婷,plus《一路有你》Uncle Frankie 李世平 as well as 新秀include许益凯、徐凯、李宜玲、陈静宜,以及彭世豪.

All of the LIVE Performance of Theme Songs has brought back memories for the audience of  Astro 本地圈! Besides performance, there were also games and interaction sessions between artistes and fans.

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