The Movies of Q1 2016

Last Friday, we had a look back at some of my favorite movies from 2015. Today, let’s get ourselves excited for some of the movies that have been, and will be released between now and the end of March.

1) The 5th Wave

I’m going to kick off my new movie year with a new take on alien invasions. With an interesting concept, a great setting and a fresh plot, The 5th Wave adapts the book of the same name onto the big screen. It mainly tells of the story of a girl’s search for her brother, all in the aftermath of an alien invasion. The “waves” of attacks by the “Others” as they call them, are also the center of the story (hence the title). Having just been released on the 14th in Singapore, this is one film I got to catch for myself.

2) Kung Fu Panda 3

You all know I love animations, so it’s no surprise that this is on my list! In this third installment for one of the greatest fan favorites from Dreamworks Animation, the one and only Kung Fu Panda returns to find that there are actually, well – MORE Kung Fu Pandas. After watching the trailer above, I just can’t help but be awed by the art and visual aesthetics done by the talented people behind it. And once again, the comedy we always associate with the series is present. I’m so going to see all of it this Chinese New Year!

3) The Revenant

Some of you may remember this film appearing in my Fall list last year. And yes, after all the delays, this film is finally going to be released in Singapore on the 4th of February. But still, my excitement for the movie has not been dampened and I’m looking forward to experiencing the cinematography of the film and the performances by the all the actors. Oscar-worthy? Highly possible.

4) The Finest Hours

Yes, this is a movie by Disney. And yes, just like The Revenant, The Finest Hours is based on a true story, which tells of the U.S. Coast Guards “greatest rescue mission” in 1952. When two oil tankers were split in half by extreme weather conditions, watch as the Coast Guards maneuver the storm against all odds and attempt to save the crew trapped on board. Coincidentally, the film will be released on February 18 in Singapore, exactly 64 years after the real events of the rescue mission on February 18, 1952.

5) Risen

Whether this film will turn out to be biblically accurate or not is another thing. But for now, this movie seems to have a cool and interesting perspective on Jesus’ resurrection. Looking through the eyes of an unbeliever, witness the greatest miracle in the history of mankind again. If you live in the U.S, you can catch it in cinemas starting February 19th.

6) London Has Fallen

Remember Olympus Has Fallen? This is the sequel to it. And the general idea seems to be similar – terrorist attacks, U.S. President gets targeted, Gerard Butler is an agent, this agent protects the president, they kick some butt together. But that sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? I shall make this my first action/thriller film of 2016. Haha, I got to catch the previous movie first though. 😆

7) Zootopia

Animations. WALT DISNEY ANIMATIONS. From the studios that brought us Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and Big Hero 6 comes a brand new story about animals living in a society much like humans. Sounds interesting? Well, I would also throw in words like “cute”, “amusing” and “exciting”; just watch the trailer. But seriously, this studio has not disappointed us at all over the past 3 years, and with such a different concept this time, I just can’t wait to see what it has to offer.

8) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

The sequel to Man of Steel I know everyone has been waiting for since a long time ago. For the first time on the big screen, the “holy trinity” of the DC Universe – Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman will appear alongside one another. So I’m really looking forward to seeing what kind of interactions they are going to have, though it all seems to be pretty intense so far. And of course, we’re definitely going to see different takes on all the characters and the establishment of the DC Extended Universe.

That’s right. If you don’t yet know, we’re going to have a cinematic universe for all the Justice League characters with films already announced for the coming years, much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s going to be loads of comparisons between not just this film and Captain America: Civil War (which both involve conflicts between heroes), but also the DCEU and the MCU. But I don’t care which is better though. I’d enjoy all of them if they’re good. I just… personally prefer the MCU more. 😛

So there you have it. These are just some of the films I would love to catch in this first quarter of 2016. What about you? Are there films that you want to catch that are not mentioned here? Feel free to comment below and share them with me! I might just end up getting interested and watching them too. Once again, thank you for reading and I’ll see you next week.

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A Look Back on Films in 2015

Note to reader: Don’t worry, this is a spoiler-free article.

Hi everyone! So much has happened over the year of 2015, and if there’s one thing I can remember about it, it’s that it was a year full of great movies. In fact, I think it was the year when I’ve watched the most amount movies! That is why before we even get into the films that are going to be released this year, we should take a look back at some of the most memorable films of yesteryear. I have watched the following films and would personally recommend you to do so too if you haven’t. Ladies & gentlemen, here are my personal favorites of 2015.

12) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Starting from #12, we have the epic conclusion to the Hunger Games film series- Mockingjay Part 2. Ironically, I enjoyed this film despite never having seen any of its predecessors. Personally, I liked the whole tone and setting of the film, as well as Jennifer Lawrence’s performance as Katniss Everdeen. I also really enjoyed watching the protagonists’ struggle and fight for freedom. How the film ended eventually left me satisfied too. In summary, if you are a fan of dystopian fiction, this movie is for you. But of course, watching the other films or reading the books before this will give you a better experience.

11) Avengers: Age of Ultron

2015 had so many movie sequels and this is definitely one of the most anticipated ones. Being probably the film that kicked off the summer blockbuster season last year, watch as our heroes unite once more to save the world. This movie is packed full of details in every scene, paving the way to upcoming films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So if you are a fan of the MCU like me, you can’t miss this.

10) Jurassic World

Talking about summer blockbusters, how can one forget Jurassic World? I had a really fun time watching this film and felt so nostalgic when I heard the famous score playing again. Much like a lot of people, Jurassic Park was a part of my childhood! Also, the cast all did a great job portraying their characters, especially Chris Pratt as Owen. This man can play a hero anytime. So if you enjoyed Jurassic Park, you got to watch this too. It might just be the perfect “mid-year” film for you, just like it was for me.

9) Kingsman: The Secret Service

If you’re looking to watch a movie full of good old classic action, do yourself a service – watch Kingsman. With so many movies such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E and Spectre, 2015 was like a year of spy flicks. This one is my favorite. Set in modern day England, watch as Colin Firth redefines the phrase “gentleman spy”. Filled with awesome fight scenes and cool spy gadgets, this is a film I really enjoyed. But what I especially loved about it was the idea of how a veteran spy saw the potential in a young nobody and trained him to become a heroic somebody. Having a mature rating, I must mention though that this film is not for the faint-hearted/minors (as you can tell from the trailer).

8) Ip Man 3

Next, let’s talk about something more recent. In fact, it’s still playing in cinemas right now. If you’re a martial artist, or just love martial arts films in general, this is the best you can get in 2015; and I’m not even exaggerating. Donnie Yen once again portrays the inspiring character of Ip Man so well and as usual, the display of Wing Chun in this film series is the best. But maybe you’re thinking if you need to watch the first 2 films before this. My answer to you is that it’s not necessary. These films have always been great standalone, though I would still recommend you to watch the other 2 because well, they’re awesome.

7) Ant-Man

It’s Marvel, what can I say? Ant-Man is hands down the best superhero film I’ve watched in 2015. It’s probably also the funniest MCU film so far due to all of its well-placed jokes. Introducing a new hero with his own solo movie in a long while, experience heroism in a whole new perspective – literally. Accompanied with amazing visuals, a fresh plot, witty humor and cool action, this movie was the perfect way to end off Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And of course, the fellows at Marvel have once again cast the right man for the job. You’ll be surprised; Paul Rudd can pull off the role of a superhero pretty well.

6) Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

First question I had when I watched this movie – “How does Tom Cruise still look so young?!” Haha jokes aside, this movie holds one of the smartest plot lines I’ve seen in 2015. It may confuse your mind at some points, but it will blow your mind at the end. More than that, I must also applaud Tom Cruise’s bravery to hang by the side of a plane! With crazy stunts, an engaging plot, and a flawless climax, this film will keep you at the edge of your seat. To not enjoy it is almost impossible.

5) Our Times

This film was literally the talk of the town towards the end of last year. Everyone was raving about it. I didn’t understand it of course, until I watched it for myself. Let’s just say, it deserves the #5 spot on my list. If you’re the kind of person that loves to watch movies that pulls at your heartstrings or gives you the “feels”, then this might become your instant favorite. Oh and you will definitely find yourself humming away to its theme song the whole week.

4) Furious 7

Arguably the best Fast & Furious film to date, this is the final film ever starring Paul Walker. More than just being the best tribute to the late actor, this film was also incredibly well-paced and enjoyable at every minute. From start to finish, it is filled with moments that get your adrenaline pumping. There’s just so much action that we’ve never seen before in the ever-evolving franchise and how the film ended was also especially unforgettable. And if you didn’t know, the now famous song  “See You Again” was also originally commissioned as part of the film’s soundtrack as a tribute to Paul. Indeed, this was the perfect way to honor the fans and to send off the beloved actor.

3) The Martian

It’s been awhile since I’ve watched a realistic science-fiction film, so I was really hyped up about this one. And when I finally watched it, I was not disappointed at all. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I wrote a mini-review about it back in October. To find out more about why I loved this film, click here.

2) Inside Out

Creative, emotional and surprisingly real – that’s how I would describe Inside Out. A lot of people might say that animated films are for kids,and while it might be true for some of them, it is not so for this one. This film is for all ages. In fact, you would have to be of a certain level of maturity before you can understand many of the metaphors in this movie. No matter how old you are, it can be very relatable. Pixar has done their magic once again so don’t miss it. You’ll be surprised how emotional you can get watching emotions have emotions.

1) Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Last but not least, my favorite movie of the year. No film has ever felt so fresh and yet so familiar at the same time, and Star Wars did it for me. Without doubt the most anticipated film in years, it lived up to the hype. Honestly, right from the start, it had that magical feeling. Every second of the film will have your eyes locked on to the screen, absorbing everything that is happening. There were so many memorable moments in the film, it is such an experience that we have to thank J.J. Abrams for. And to see the original cast playing their characters once again after 30 years, I was sold from the beginning. So if you haven’t watch the film, what are you waiting for? You might even want to watch it again and again! Just make sure to catch The Original Star Wars Trilogy first or check out my guide for beginners before this so that you can experience this film to the maximum.

And there you have it – my top 12 movies of 2015. Of course, these aren’t all that I have watched for the year, and there are some great films too that I didn’t manage to watch. But like I said, the films above are listed based on my personal liking, so don’t take my words as a pro’s review. And actually, a lot of these films can’t even be compared because they’re so different. I would gladly watch all of them again though. So if you have a backlog of movies you want to watch, you can safely start with these. I hope you enjoyed reading this post, and I’ll see you in the next one.

Most Anticipated Video Games in Q4 2015

Just for Fun: I’ve been a casual gamer since I was a kid and although I do not game as much now, they continue to be a source of entertainment for me from time to time!

So with the launch of Destiny: The Taken King just a week ago, I thought it would be really cool & fun to talk about it, as well as some titles that have been released over the past month. But mainly, I’ll be mentioning some upcoming titles that will be released in the last quarter of 2015 that just looks amazing.

Now before I begin, I must mention that I currently game mainly on the PS4 and only occasionally on the PC. So please do not be upset if you don’t see any of your Xbox One exclusives on here! It’s not because I find them bad, but it’s Just Cause (hehe) I literally have no access to them! Also, I would probably only play a selected few of the games mentioned below, leaving most of them foreign to me (I have other priorities in life, LOL). So the list is based on what I currently know, and have good opinions about.

Please do not think I’m trying to replace sites like IGN or Kotaku! This is just me having fun with my own thoughts. So with that, here goes nothing!

(September releases)

1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain


A Hideo Kojima game.

I’ve only been exposed to the Metal Gear series recently through Ground Zeroes and I can’t say I’ve played enough to know it all. But playing Ground Zeroes for that few hours has gotten me hyped up enough to do some reading about the series. And together with watching videos & trailers like the one above, I have to agree this is one massive game and series that continues to deserve and live up to the expectations of its fans. Epic story, open world, brilliant action and tactical freedom, what else can I say? Imagine being the Big Boss once again, crumbling a base slowly while being disguised as a cardboard box the entire time. Wouldn’t you like that?

2. Mad Max


As if the locations in The Phantom Pain wasn’t enough to satisfy your desert battlefield fantasies, Mad Max gives you an entire desert wasteland to play with. Fully open to explore, the world of Mad Max is home to extreme weather conditions, deadly car chases and brutal action & adventure. This is the game that was released on the same day as Metal Gear Solid V, and though I have not watched any of the movies or played this game, I’m sure there are people out there going mad (see what I did there?) thinking as to which game to spend their money on. I mean you can build your “dream car” and “show it off” to people in the desert! If this is the kind of world you like to “live in”, why not?

3. Destiny: The Taken King


One of my sources of entertainment right now.

Personally, I’ve only played the demo for Destiny half a year ago. Well that is, until last week! I’ve been waiting for the best opportunity to get the full experience of Destiny and now, with the release of The Legendary Edition, that opportunity has come. So I’ve played a bit of it here and there over the past week with a buddy of mine and I totally enjoyed it. I think what really is praiseworthy about the game is its multiplayer experience. Compared to many multiplayer games I’ve seen & played, Destiny’s multiplayer is really stable, easy to get into and more fun than playing alone (which obviously is super important). Oh and have I mentioned that I have a thing or two for science-fiction? So what continues to appeal to me is its world & setting. In Destiny, I can literally be a Guardian of the Galaxy!

(Upcoming releases)

4. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection


Xbox has its Master Chief. Playstation has its Nathan Drake.

I’m sure many would agree that Drake is one of the most beloved characters created by the highly favored developers from Naughty Dog. He is almost like a Playstation icon, and with his return in full high-definition glory on October 9th, I’m sure many are excited to experience and find out about his adventures for the very first time. Yup, I belong to the group of people that has never touched a single Uncharted game before. But I’m sure this collection would definitely blow us away and prepare us for the next installment in the series – A Thief’s End.

5. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate


Why is this game on my list? Because I see it as the make-it or break-it installment for the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

Let’s be honest here. A lot of people would feel that the franchise’s previous installment did not meet up to the expectations that it gave people, even though I’m sure that there are good points about it. So because of that, all eyes are watching this one. Some are convinced that it will be a flop too, but I choose to have a little hope and am waiting to see how it actually turns out! Cause honestly, it has a decent setting! Victorian London is seriously beautiful so far, and has managed to catch people’s attention. But will the game play as good as it looks? We will only know for sure when it comes out on October 23rd (for consoles).

6. Fallout 4

Bethesda. The kings of open world role-playing games are back with one of their highly acclaimed franchises – Fallout.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world after the events of a nuclear war, the creators of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim brings you on a journey through dystopian, mysterious, and yet beautiful re-imaginations of New England regions such as Boston. When it comes out on November 10th, fans of open world RPGs as well as post-apocalyptic genres would definitely be drawn to the sheer amount of adventure and environmental storytelling present in the game. And by the way, have you seen how your character’s face can be created by sculpting? Man, I almost fell out of my chair when I first saw it. *ding!*

7. Star Wars: Battlefront

Everybody knows that movie that’s going to be released during Christmas season this year. Everybody’s hyped up for it. But there’s also a game that everyone is hyped up for, which will give them more hype for that hyped up movie. HAHA cut the chase, this year’s Q4 has “Star Wars” labelled all over it. One of the perfect examples of video games based off movies, Star Wars: Battlefront has fans of the franchise going bonkers, and even more so since Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is also just around the corner. Though it can’t be compared to how long it has been since the last movie came out, it has also been some time since the last release of a Star Wars game. With beloved characters making appearances, large-scale battles reminiscent of those in the movies, and epic dogfights in the sky, many fans may end up in a galaxy far, far away when November 17 arrives.

8. Just Cause 3

Did you enjoy The Expendables? Do you love Michael Bay films? Would you like to set the world on fire and chaos in ridiculously creative ways? Then this is the game for you!

Having played Just Cause 2 before in the past, I have to say this is one series that presents action in the craziest way possible. And because of that, this is the kind of game that makes a great stress-reliever. Just watch the video! You can do whatever you want, you see explosions more than your enemies, and you feel invincible. Maybe you would get this game when it comes out on December 1st. Just Cause…

9. Hitman

On December 8th, Agent 47 will return in this really interesting prequel/reboot (no one is exactly sure yet) to the Hitman video game series. It looks totally amazing and the developers of the game are awesome. They removed the idea of additional paid content & DLCs, as well as micro-transactions from the game, explaining their belief of it as a wrong approach. With that, players would just need to pay once and for all for the game when they purchase it, and continue to receive free updates including new missions and locations regularly. The passion & dedication of the developers can be clearly seen not just in their promise to deliver, but also in the gameplay footages released so far. Players can explore huge levels that are like sandboxes and neutralize their targets in so many possible ways, be it quietly or dramatically. Gosh, now I need to check out the movie that was shot in my country.

10. Firewatch (BONUS)

The last game on my list is an indie title that many people including myself, wants to check out right now. Unfortunately, there isn’t an exact release date as of yet, though it’s worth noting the developers are hoping to release it by this year. Which is why it made it to this list!

But seriously, recent indie games have become more and more impressive and Firewatch is definitely one of those highly anticipated ones. I’m totally in love with the art style of the game, its voice acting and the interesting mystery that seems to fuel its story. Definitely watching this one closely for any news.

So that concludes my list of Most Anticipated Video Games in Q4 2015. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it and I’ll see you in the next post! Thank you!