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Saturday, 18 February 2017

MOVIE REVIEW: SPLIT

Saturday, February 18, 2017 Posted by Kevan Lee , No comments


M. Night Shyamalan strikes again with another of his plot twist movie. Been a long time since I watched a movie lately because I have been extremely busy and most of the time lazy too. This year is definitely a good year to be a movie buff because tons of grade-A movie has already been announced. For Split, I will personally rate it 3 out of 5 and below is the reasons: 


THE GOOD

James McAvoy at its best, although he did not showcase all the personalities in the movie. The ones that he showcased was on point and gets you directly into the character. Every different style is tailored and played so well by James McAvoy till at times you think he was the perfect fit for this. Some of his personalities also come with a particular slang which it is easy to distinguish whenever he takes on a different role. Aside from that, they have a different set of body language which was played well. The girl characters were annoying but good enough to ensure that you will be well entertained and stay at the edge of your seat. 


THE BAD

Typical M. Night Shyamalan-ding-dong plot twist always comes into play. I am pretty sure some of you readers will beg to differ but I would have hope one of his movie does not have his high AF plot twists. Other than that, there are certain scenes which feel draggy to some people and partially for me. There are scenes I wish elaborated more and had a different setting at the end.


CONCLUSION

I am sure that this movie will keep you intrigued at the end of the day. I will strongly recommend the film which ensures that you want to find out how will it end.  M. Night Shyamalan looks like he is partially back on track. If only he stop smoking up now and then, he will certainly make lots of his fanboy happy with his movie. 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

TECH REVIEW: RAPOO V500

Thursday, February 09, 2017 Posted by Kevan Lee , , No comments
I am lucky to be introduced to mechanical keyboard and slowly learn to appreciate it. It is the Razer Blackwidow and it individually installed it each and every one of the letters and numbers is a single blue LED light and a BLUE switch (not going in-depth on the different switches). 


Razer Blackwidow (picture courtesy of digitaltrends)

So after serving me for close to 3 years, all the keys start to acting all wonky and will not response to what I type, that is when I decided to ask around, and I was recommended by Taobao Master Lim, for some keyword recommendation, one of my criteria is that must be CHEAP and that is when he recommend me the: RAPOO V500.


THE FEELS

The keys very similar to Cherry MX Brown but they are using their own China made keys which aren't that bad as it felt pretty close to the original Cherry MX Brown with only 25% of the price. I have no complained of keyboard construction as mentioned above and also the end design layout. I do somewhat wish the fonts for the keyboard was a little different but no worries, you can always buy a different keycap anywhere and replace the current one (yes to mechanical keyboards).  The keyboard has been tested to survive my button mashing when I play my FPS games mainly Overwatch and also lots and lots of typing. After awhile, you kinda get used to the more less tacky noises of the keys, and it feels somewhat heavier than the blue because the spring feels lesser feedback thus typing it will take some time to get used to it but trust me after that you will feel like you were born to type. 


THE QUALITY

Rapoo V500 was built with lots of thinking and precision, that is because mainly for a China product it exudes such high quality that it can be on par with most much much more expensive mechanical keyboards. Other than that, it felt quite durable and can take quite a beating. Most recently, while I was cleaning it, I accidently dropped it on the floor, aside from the keycap all splattering over the floor, the main internal still works well without an issue


THE CONCLUSION

For such a cheap keyboard price at RM270 (added shipping), I guess it is hard for me to ever go back to buying mainstream brands such as Razer (ever worst now that Razer decided to manufacture their own switch for MAXIMUM profit yo). I guess moving forward from now on, I shall be loyal to the likes of Rapoo and some other China branding keyboard which is reliable and serves its purpose, the best part is I can keep on changing. 





Tuesday, 27 December 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: ROGUE ONE

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 Posted by Kevan Lee , , , , No comments

Star Wars has been around for quite some time and after the current acquisition with Disney, fortunately, we are not seeing Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck being a Jedi but instead, we are furnish with more instalment of Star Wars and also some fillers every now and then but this filler was pretty damn good I must say. I entered watching Rogue One without much expectation just I know that this story was before episode 4, thus I was just refreshing my episode 4 reference but fret not those who did not watch Star Wars can still enjoy this grim and gritty movie. 

THE GOOD

The casting for Rogue One was perfect. Every single character that was introduced felt like they are there with a specific role and they carried it super well which includes a robot. A good cast means you are attached to it throughout the show and that keep your interest always at it is peak. The storyline was pretty good as a filler and the whole action in the movie was pretty good and always keep us on the edge. Aside from that, we get to know much more about the rebellions and also what happen between episodes and how did they find out Death Star weakness. 

THE BAD

Lots of action is mainly on their blasters and very well placed strategic attacks. That being said, there are close to no lightsaber action while I know it not exactly bad but mainstream people who watch Star Wars only likes the lightsaber. Aside from that, the starting of the movie was pretty slow paced, which makes me wonder how did they pace it because towards the end the action was pretty much every particular minute of it. 

CONCLUSION

Pretty good filler for a Star Wars movie, my expectation was met and it was such a depressing movie at one point too. Everything was good and most of your Star Wars questions answered in Rogue One. I guess I would recommend you to watch even if you never watched Star Wars before. 



Wednesday, 14 December 2016

QUICK GUIDE TO #DWP

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Posted by Kevan Lee , , , , No comments


So I just got back home from 2 days of eat, sleep, rave, repeat in which case we actually eat and sleep more than we should. Here are some tips for you survive the upcoming #DWP17 (although it is actually one year from now), so here it goes guys:


1. LOCATION IS EVERYTHING

If you are there only to rave, the best location is Holiday Inn Express Jakarta International Expo or Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran both locations are near enough only but the first is walkable distance towards the venue which is good after a crazy party till 4 in the morning. Aside from that, the room is pretty sweet and the beds are comfy af couple with 2 pillows (firm and soft) which ensures a good night sleep after a long crazy rave. Other than that, you all should be informed that you can see into the toilet directly from the bed but the good thing is there is a frosted glass blocking your view directly from the shower (might want to consider if you are staying with your girlfriend). Lastly, remember to put the "Do Not Disturb" sign outside the door, you don't want the cleaner to knocking on your door at 10.30 am in the morning and seeing you sleep dead on the bed.

2. MOBILE DATA IS LIFE

Get your very own mobile data the minute you landed at the airport. The standard provider is called Telkomsel and they are actually same like Celcom in Malaysia. The 12GB data that I got was 55,000 IDR (~RM20) which is good for you to last for that 3 days there, you can also opt for the smaller 6GB for 30,000 IDR which is more than enough to be shared with your friends. It will also be good if you let the person setup everything for you (most smartphone does not require setup, but if you do, let them do it for you). Aside from that, please make sure that you cut the sim card to nano-SIM directly on the booth for the newer smartphones.

3. GOJEK IT

This is the best service Indonesia has to offer and it is because you can basically get anything at all from the app. My Indonesian friend, Hary will tell ask us to GOJEK IT and it becomes a term over there. With GoJek, you can really get anything and everything that you want for example beers, food, more food, local foods, more beers, ciggy, sim cards, and many other things you can imagine (even massage, clean massage)

4. PREDRINKS


For the purpose of pre drinks and if your squad did not buy alcohol from the airport, take the cab from your hotel if it is Holiday Inn Express Jakarta Inn and head directly to Mall of Indonesia or MOI it will cost you roughly around 50k to 80k IDR. Head straight to LG Carrefour and to the alcohol section. Balihai beer is the cheapest at 14.5k IDR and Bintang beer is at 22.5k IDR. Predrinks is essential to get you in the mood because one can of beer in DWP going to cost you 80K IDR (yeap, expensive AF, I know)

5. REST & MORE REST

Choose the set that you want to attend, since the famous DJ usually spins past 1 a.m it is much more important for you to get rest before hand. When I was there, the first day really got me good because we took the first flight out from MY to IND and had to wake up at 5.30 am, therefore, I could not stay all the way through but the 2nd day was much better, we sleep and bump around in the room as much as possible. We enter the venue around 11.30 pm just in time to see W&W spin and stayed throughout till 4 am for Hardwell (f*ck yeah). So, there are 3 different rooms and lots of DJs, select the DJs you want and party the night ahead.

That is all people! Thanks for reading and happy partying next year for #DWP17.

Regards,
Kevan
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Sunday, 27 November 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: FANTASTIC BEAST AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Sunday, November 27, 2016 Posted by Kevan Lee No comments

What was a textbook in Harry Potter has now come into the big screen and it is much better than expected. For me, this movie still has the magical feeling of Harry Potter but it comes with more action in such short period of time. Below I will review what I think was the good and the bad of the movie, as usual, just casual and based on my opinion:


THE GOOD

Fantastic beasts like what they mention are indeed fantastic. You will be thrilled and exposed to many beasts in the world of magic. The animations and CG that was in the movie was indeed living up to the standards of Harry Potter or even better. You are then introduced to the main character which gives you the weird and introverted vibe, I would have to say that Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) carries it just perfectly fine and very nice to watch on screen. Aside from that, the supporting cast was good and the only muggle in the movie is pretty good nonetheless. You also get to see the initial history before we focus on Hogwarts, in the States apparently, they have a different calling for Ministry of Magic and also muggles.  Other than that, we are witnessing the start of a trilogy (I think) of the movie and a much deeper dive on the characters that is associated with the movie.

THE BAD

Well for one the title says Fantastic Beasts but the whole movie does not revolve around that, while there are some good part featuring the beasts I wish we had the back story about it. I would love if the feature a segment of him exploring and catching the beasts. Aside from that, the predictable plot twist was only okay. I kinda expected a deeper twist to that but it seems like that's all. The villain in the movie seems like a good match but then the battle did not happen for long. I personally wanted more magic spells maybe I took this right out of Harry Potter that is why (then again Harry Potter have relatively little spellcasting too)

CONCLUSION

I would recommend this movie and just take it lightly. For lots of Potterhead, I am pretty sure they are already watching it and having lots of theory about it. Go to the cinema and enjoy this movie. It will certainly take you back to the magical world of Harry Potter.



Sunday, 13 November 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: DOCTOR STRANGE

Sunday, November 13, 2016 Posted by Kevan Lee , , No comments


This is a super slow review from me because I have been busy but Doctor Strange is currently the best in MCU this year and no doubt it comes with flaws but let me take you through the good and bad of the movie very quickly. Here we go: 


THE GOOD

The cheesy lines and jokes work so flawlessly in this movie. Taking in consideration Benedict Cumberbatch acting, almost all the cheesy dialogue and jokes seems to blend in pretty well with the movie. The charisma that Benedict Cumberbatch carries, allows him to be Doctor Strange without much of an effort. The CG and also the fight scenes in this movie was good and aside from that, we are now exposed to the many different fighting styles of a sorcerer and the many different artifacts that were featured in the Marvel universe. The visual effects are pretty mind blowing, think of Inception but with a twist. Buildings moving and also time shifting certainly puts you on the edge of the seat, I can only imagine the orgasm I will have watching it in IMAX 3D but sadly, too costly nowadays.



THE BAD

The underpowered villain, even with the appearance of his boss, it still seems the villain should be more powerful to put up a good fight. Sadly, aside from that, I was partly interested in a character development for some of the characters in the movie. Aside from Doctor Strange, every other character pretty much just fall flat in the line of character development. I don't mind that added 15 minutes to have a little background run of the other characters or tell me more of the multiverse that he had. Or maybe explain to me about some of the artifacts that you store in the New York Sanctum. 



CONCLUSION

Doctor Strange is a pretty good movie to watch with lots of actions and mind blowing visuals, it also features lots of easter eggs mainly the two ending credit scene (typical Marvel). You should actually already predicted the reason bringing in Benedict Cumberbatch is actually to replace Robert Downey Jr whose contract playing Iron Man has already ended. So yes, he will be joining the Avengers (take my money)
 

Sunday, 9 October 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

Sunday, October 09, 2016 Posted by Kevan Lee , No comments


This movie was said to be from the book and based on the quick reviews I read on the book, nothing that special came from it. Apparently, the book was as boring as the movie. All I can say that the movie is pretty boring. That is why I would rate it a mere 4 out of 10 for this movie and will explain why below. Here we go: 

THE GOOD
Tim Burton, as usual, the visionary director thus the concept of the movie was fun. Every child has something peculiarly and it is interesting to see their backstory and how they are introduced. The concept of rewinding time is not something new but it was introduced very stylish in this movie. Aside from that, creating at time loop for that very day and just rewinding it before the end of the night is something kinda interesting for me (anything that is available to control TIME somewhat perks my interest, always). Not to forget. Eva Green played her character perfectly, someone strong, responsible and really no-nonsense caretaker. The actor and actress were pretty good at carrying their roles and also most of them played a pretty. Lastly, the idea using the ship was pretty good idea (no spoiler they say)

THE BAD

The plot falls flat after 45 mins in and the movie runtime is 120 minutes which sad to say make me lose lots of my focus and tend to be really boring. Villains were real because it is scary af and it eats eyes to regain their human form back but then, for a monster which looks so badass, it was taken down pretty quickly by a bunch of kids, I expected a much more epic fight and a pretty good finale, but what happen was just a low-key finale. 

CONCLUSION

I expected more honestly but I was left short-handed after the movie. Unfortunately, the trailer was pretty good and I got nicely upcar this round. Won't happen again as I will be reading reviews before going to the movie. I recommend this movie to be downloaded, save that money for upcoming better movie (hopefully Doctor Strange)