Friday, 9 September 2016

Films that I like that were critically panned

Some people watch films for leisure, some people watch movies and.... criticize. I am in the former category, and very rarely in the latter category.

So here are some of the films I could think of (at the moment) that have been critically panned that I like and sometimes I even rewatch them when I am free. It's not in any order:

  • Dragon Blade (2015)
  • Pacific Rim (some critics didn't like it)
  • Inception (I think there's equal hate and like in the world for Inception)
  • Transformers 1 and 2. After that is bleh..
  • Batman vs Superman was alright. I understood and accepted the decisions made for each character.
  • Suicide Squad. I love it. I'm open with this interpretation of Joker. Not so keen with the romance portrayed between Harley and Joker though. And Harley is a dream, am I right?! Love how she's portrayed and played by Margot Robbie.
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • Jumper (2008)
  • Stormbreaker (2006)
  • Jupiter Ascending, because the female character is not a wimp. She actually makes her own decisions
  • D.O.A: Dead or Alive. Because females who kick asses.
  • D.E.B.S. (2004)
  • All Charlie's Angels (2000 onwards)
  • The Host. Yes, the one by Stephenie Meyer. Thought it was slightly better than the Twilight series.
  • I like the cinematography in the Twilight franchise. The mountains and all. Not so much for the whole plot after all.
  • All Ghostbusters 
  • Pretty sure critics also panned Power Rangers movies. hahah!
  • Colombiana (2011)

And a lot more that I can't recall yet!

Do you have any movies that you like but the critics said NO GOOD?!

Monday, 1 February 2016

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Japan

Hogwarts Castle in USJ, taken by me.

I wrote about my experience in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan for my university's paper, UniVerse. The Wizarding World gives a different experience as compared to the Studio Tour in Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden, UK.

Read it in the UniVerse.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Things that are different

The difference between how we treat teachers back in Malaysia and in UK (from what I observed in my university) amuses me.

Most British students chat in class while the lecturer is talking. It happens back home in Malaysia as well but we do it as politely and silently as we can. So for this situation, it's almost similar.

I observed one or two British students sitting with their legs up on the chair, whether it's in the classroom or public transportation. Back in Malaysia, it is deemed offensive. It is in a way for me. Imagine you're a teacher and your students sit like that and it gives the impression that they are not taking you seriously as a teacher. It is just different cultures, as long as work is done at the end of the day. 

Sitting still is not an easy thing to do for some. Some say it's not right. To me, it really depends on how you're brought up. It's not saying one way is better than the other. It's saying if you're taught to do something a certain way since young, it becomes a habit and later on second nature. Just a different way of doing things.

Phones in classrooms. That happens everywhere I think. Happens both in Malaysia and UK. Now it just boils down to control and maturity. I say maturity because you have to make the choice to put away the phone while in class in order to learn something, or just don't bother coming for classes because you're not listening anyway. 

Every decision made and action is based on our choice. Your choice. Then prepare to deal with the consequences when it comes.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Sharia law?

Is this why some people back home were pushing for sharia?

"Choudary said Sharia has been misunderstood because of its incomplete application by regimes such as Saudi Arabia, which does behead murderers and cut off thieves’ hands. “The problem,” he explained, “is that when places like Saudi Arabia just implement the penal code, and don’t provide the social and economic justice of the Sharia—the whole package—they simply engender hatred toward the Sharia.” That whole package, he said, would include free housing, food, and clothing for all, though of course anyone who wished to enrich himself with work could do so." -

Free house, food and clothing? Come on guys are you so easily bribed? Wait, some of them are... give a bit of money, vote. Give sewing machine, vote...

Like nobody in the right mind want to implement stoning. Savages. Why do you want to go back to the savage days? 

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Just need to put it out there

I know a lot of people are angered are in pain and everyone wants peace and fairness in the world.

However for that to happen, when it comes to discourse, we need to put away the heightened emotions because it can caused more divide than unity such as name calling, thinking others are being disrespectful because they can't see your way (it can also be you not being able to take into consideration as well).

Bottomline is everybody wants harmony. Just keep that in mind. I believe everyone wants to be objective as well, and try to.

The people who are trying to point out the selective grief the world is adopting may need to watch how they phrase their words too.

Statements such as 'While you pray for Paris, but nobody prays or says anything about Beirut etc' are understandable, but you have to take into account why it is so one receives less coverage. Maybe because for the rest of the world, they are already desensitized to events in that part of the world. We know what is going on, the daily fear and deaths but we can't just drop everything in life.

What happened in France is not frequent or high in possibility (ah words can rile different people, there's no winning and appeasing but I hope you understand what I am trying to put into words). It does not mean it happens everyday over in the Islamic countries but the probability there is higher. A friend said people's reaction to the media can be taken as a sample size of what the population perceives. Granted, she's sort of right but as usual it is not as simple as it seems. We have to take into consideration on things such as connectivity issues for media coverage.

"However, criticism of Facebook was far from universal, Al Jazeera spoke to Lebanese journalist Doja Daoud, who said that the "safety check" function would not have been as useful in Beirut as it was in Paris.
"It can be practical at a point, but we have to put in mind that in Lebanon, and in case of bombings, rain, explosions, protests, the mobile connectivity goes out, so I think people won't really be able to connect to Facebook to check in," she said.
Daoud said Lebanon could not be directly compared to France because it had a more tumultuous recent history.
"In Lebanon we experience war and its consequences more than French people do.
"This is a humanitarian thing, the same terrorism that kills Lebanese people, Iraqis and Syrians, killed the French," Daoud said.

Honestly, the people who claim to actually care about the poor media coverage for all the attacks around the world also got to know about it after they see posts being shared about it. 
Friends who speak out about the disparity never posted anything about Beirut, that they claim to know before Paris happened. People who speak out about the disparity passionately never shared what they claim to know better than any of us in the world either on their FB account etc.
All in all we are all hypocrites. These people post about other places after people start talking about Paris, and it is not like they got to know first hand too.


If all you do is to find faults, that is all you will do and it brings no solution and no progress towards a solution.

Give your prayers for Paris, give your love for Beirut, give your tears for Afghanistan, and give your heart for Iraq. When it’s a time of mourning, don’t make the argument about what was posted on Facebook or social media.- Sayed Ammar Nakshawani

Sunday, 2 February 2014


ln the past, foreigners (Chinese and Indians), were brought in to do the work the locals do not want to do. Now look around you and you see foreigners (Indonesians, Bangladeshis, Nepalese etc) doing the work that we locals don't want to do. Sooner or later they will take over.

Watch movies and TV shows or read books with a war theme and power play. I'm going to use Game of Thrones as an example. In GoT, many are fighting for the throne in King's Landing (one on the way to join the fight. lols) and they neglected or ignored a stronger and ruthless enemy over at the Wall. It's a bit like what is happening in Malaysia. A group of people are squabbling about religion do and do nots, we may be ignoring and oblivious to a greater threat.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Education and courses

I believe that there are no useless courses although there are many lists in the web listing supposedly useless courses. I believe so because no matter what courses one signs up for, you're still learning something and gaining more knowledge about that field of study.

"Whatever you decide to do with your life, it’s going to be really, really complicated. 

Science and technology is complicated. History and politics is complicated. People are complicated. Figuring out how to be happy, and do simple things like take care of our kids and maintain friendships and relationships, is complicated.

In order for you to navigate the increasing complexity of the 21st century you need a world-class education, and thankfully you have an opportunity to get one. I don’t just mean the education you get in class, but I mean the education you get in everything you do, every book you read, every conversation you have, every thought you think."

"Do not fall into the trap of thinking that because you are surrounded by so many dazzlingly smart fellow students that means you’re no good. Nothing could be further from the truth."

-extracted from an article in the Cal Alumni Association website, Cal Lecturer's Email to Students Go Viral: "Why Am I Not Cancelling Class Tomorrow"
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