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If you like exploring various cultures, and quite open-minded to try understanding different point of view or cinematic art, here is some of the movies you should watch! 🙂 (Why? Because just watching Hollywood movie  is too mainstream :p)

1. Red Cliff 

Red cliff tells a part of the “romance of three kingdom” (208-209 A.D.) where the decisive battle held between Cao Cao’s army versus the coalition of Sun Quan and Liu Bei. Featuring our master of strategy “Zhuge Liang” (which i am still greatly admired due to his amazingly brilliant strategy) and Zhao Yu, this epic naval battle movie is not to be missed! Directed by John Woo, you will be entertained with fascinating visual effects, involving  plot which hard to be guessed on who will eventually win the battle and thrill that wont make you leave your seat. One of the most memorable scene is when they executed the war strategy which was inspired by the turtle’s shell pattern.

2. Ichi ritoru no namida (1 Litre of tears) 

This tv series is live up to its name, because you will definitely going to have 1 litre of tears when watching this entire series. The series tell a story about Aya, a 15 years old girl who was diagnosed with an incurable degenerative disease but still live to her fullest until her time is up…. 😦 As series progressed, we watched her struggles become harder and harder.. but, her remarkable spirit to fight the disease is truly inspiring. It is definitely one of the movie that we should watch to remind ourselves, that does not matter how hard life is, we should always give our best and say yes to life.

3. Death Note 

Taken from a manga with same title, Death Note tells a story about shinigami (God of death) who dropped his book of death (Death Note) in purpose to earth. The book fell into Raito, a 17th year old high school boy. Later on, Raito became “Kira” (Killer – in japanese language) and use the book to execute criminals, in the name of justice. Death note grants its owner with the ability to kill anyone whom they know the name and the face by writing the name in the book and picturing the face of their target. The movies centered around Kira’s effort to clean the world and his fight against L, a world class detective, who tried to stop him. Definitely a mind-blowing cat-and-mouse game, this trilogy is a must-to-see!

There are many more recommended movies to watch from East Asia, such as Sichinin no samurai, Hero, Crouching tigers hidden dragon, Taekgukgi, Tonari no totoro, Il Mare, and A moment to remember (eraser in my head), and many more….

Guten nacht 😉

PS: feel free to suggest other great movie from those countries and any other countries! I am an avid movieholic and would be more than happy to watch your suggestion 🙂

The Tourist told a story of Elise (Angelina Jolie) who sits next to an American tourist, Frank (a mathematician teacher, played by Johnny Depp), on a train going to Venice.  She has chosen him as a decoy, making believe that he is her lover who is wanted for police. So, this had caused both Elise and Frank not only to try to evade the police, but also the mobster who wanted him dead as he had stolen his money.
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So, year 2010 is moving closely to the end. To wrap it up nicely, i would like to share the list of the best movies of the year according to my version and amateur judgment.

I choose these movies because they are left great impression upon me, or the story was mind-blowing and not so easy to predict, and most importantly the actors and actress had delivered such a great acting performance that worthy enough to be noted and crafted on some space on my brain. So.. here goes the list 🙂
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Great movies will never come alive if there is no great directors behind it.  Behind the screen, they worked their magic and talent on producing some of the finest film ever!!  So.. who was on top of their game in directing actors by far? Here is the list of my most favorite directors :

1. Francis Ford Coppola

With movies like “The Godfather”, “Godfather: Part 2”, and “Apocalypse Now”, Coppola is undoubtedly one of the most talented directors. Not many movies made.. but few of them enough to left great impression amongst us. Simply genius!!

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I just recently watched this movie “Up in the air” , starring George Clooney as Ryan Bingham. Ryan worked in a company that is hired for firing people. So basically..when the rationalization of employee is required (especially during the global crisis in mid 2008-2009), but the boss doesn’t have the balls to tell the employee themselves, Ryan will chip in and deliver the news. So Ryan, in daily basis, travel around the country firing people.


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Avatar vs Sherlock Holmes

Posted: January 5, 2010 in movies
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Dear all,

This last end-of-year movies list is colored with big box-office hits. Ranging from Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, Alvin & the chipmunk : the squeakquel (nice name choice btw), and many more ahead (e.g. Up in The Air, Brothers, Blind Side, Invictus, etc.). Each movie competes closely, though Avatar leads this 3 past week ahead with US$ 68 Mn, followed closely by Sherlock Holmes in 2nd place at US$ 38.4 and Alvin cs at US$ 36 Mn. Interestingly though, usually, if a movie has sales of US$ 30 Mn per week, they will definitely become the king of the week, but last week has told us different story.

Although Avatar has winning the ticket sales race (and already exceed US$ 1 Bn sales worldwide!! Amazing!! ), is it truly better than Sherlock Holmes? In terms of quality, etc? (PS : I exclude Alvin & the chipmunk as we all know, squeaking voice will not win over charming robert downey jr. acting, nor the touch of gifted James Cameron). Let us compare both movie, shall we? 🙂

Avatar  vs Sherlock Holmes

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  • Storyline  — Spoiler alert 🙂

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Dear all…  Hows your day? Ok.. If you said ” same old.. same old.. Staring at my excel spreadsheets, wearing glasses with serious mimic pretending like a working bee while actually waiting for the boss to pass my cubicle and securely surf over (or even stalking!! yess… i know some of u did 🙂 ) my friends on facebook”, well… let me tell you a thing to help pass another usual day. Watch this freakin awesome TV show before u go to bed, and trust me.. u will smile as wide as joker tomorrow 🙂

So.. lets get it to the list dude!
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