Big Hero 6 + Mockingjay Part I

23 Nov 2014


November is a big month for movie goers like us. After Rurouni Kenshin and Interstellar, we got the chance to watch Big Hero 6 and Mockingjay Part I in less than one week, I was so excited for both of the movies, because Big Hero 6 is the first Marvel-Disney animated movie (it's Marvel, duh!) and because the Hunger Games series played a big role in our relationship. We didn't see Big Hero 6 on its premiere, but we did see Mockingjay on its first showing day (which was one day earlier than in the US).

Big Hero 6 is a very heart-warming movie. The story is about a genius teenage boy, Hiro, who befriends his  deceased brother's robot called Baymax. Baymax was originally designed to be some kind of a personal health care assistant, but Hiro, fueled with anger and vengeance over his brother's death, turns it into a fighting robot. Along with four other friends, they team up and chase after the bad guy. It's that kind of movie that makes you go all teary but not in the Toy Story 3's kind of way (I ugly cried!). It still has Marvel's touch of humour, though. So it's not all sappy. I'm sure you'd want to see this movie. Go take your little siblings or cousins or nieces and nephews, while it's still showing! And since it's a Marvel movie, don't forget to be patient and stay for a while to see the hilarious post credit scene ;)

Mockingjay Part I is kind of meh; or so I think. I remember when I watched the first part of Deathly Hallows, I couldn't wait for the following year to see the last part. The same goes with The Hobbits series (it's next month, you guys!). But with Mockingjay, I didn't feel the same excitement when the credit started rolling. Maybe it's mainly because the book itself is actually pretty short, so splitting the story into two movies seems unnecessary. The first movie becomes stretched, and there are several unimportant scenes added; scenes that made me go like "Huh, so what?". But then again, I may not give the movie a fair credit, since Mockingjay is my least favourite book among the other two. One thing that I love from this movie, though, is the fact that they brought back Effie and placed her in District 13. She's a sight to see. Also, I like the casting for President Coin and Cressida.

So, there's that. Next month will be great too, since there will be Stay With Me Doraemon and The Battle of Five Armies. Come on, December!

Tune In Thursday #2

13 Nov 2014

I'm so glad Tune In Thursday is back! I rarely listen to any new music. I only listen to old songs (like Five For Fighting's 100 Years and Outkast's Hey Ya. SUPER old!). So when I tried and listened to 5 Seconds of Summer's debut album and liked it, I figured that Tune In Thursday should make another appearance.

Listening to 5 Seconds of Summer gets my old memories back. I feel like a teenager all over again. (All this wedding planning has made me feel way older than I really am.) They have this pop rock sound that reminds me of the old Boys Like Girls and McFly. I think the world needs more of this genre. All those so called "pop" songs about sex and booties are getting boring. Gimme more pop rocks!

Anyway, here are my two favourite songs from their self titled debut album. Do you like them too?



Interstellar

11 Nov 2014


At first, I didn't plan to watch this movie at the cinema. I did want to watch it, but I intended to wait for the movie to be available for download. But the buy 1 get 1 free ticket promo by my debit card provider was too good to resist, so last Saturday A and I watched it.

This movie is about a post-apocalyptic Earth where the atmosphere is no longer good for living things. Animals are all already wiped out, and people can only grow corn. The United States have collapsed into poverty. The main character was Cooper, a widowed man with two kids. He was a NASA pilot, but he became a farmer after an incident. Cooper and his daughter, Murph, are very close. Murph constantly tells him about the "ghost" in her room which knocks down some books and other things off the shelf every now and then. At first Cooper doesn't really pay attention to it, but one day, the "ghost" leaves a string of binary code in the form of dust trails that turns out to be a coordinate for the new NASA headquarter. One thing leads to another, and Cooper is sent to an interstellar mission to search for another inhabitable planet for the sake of the humankind.

I must admit that I don't really understand space science, so it was kinda hard for me to fully grasp the theories presented in the movie about wormhole, black hole, the time differences, etc. I got out of the cinema with a headache due to that fact. There were also a lot of spinning in the scenes plus bright lights. My head couldn't take that much pressure all at once, so I needed to stop myself from puking. Yes, it was that bad for me.

But in the big picture, this movie isn't so bad at all. The idea of exploring the universe and searching for another planet for us to live in is so interesting. I've always wondered if there are other planets with living things out there since I was a kid. My 12-year-old self would love watching Interstellar. Plus, there isn't any sexual scene in this movie, so it's actually appropriate for kids who are curious about space, stars, planets, and such.

It is, however, a little bit slow and boring at the beginning. I almost fell asleep three times during the first 30 minutes. There are several scenes which are not important and can actually be cut off from the movie (like the one when Cooper and his kids drive through a corn field chasing a drone). However, just like other movies by Christopher Nolan i.e. The Dark Night trilogy, it gets better and the end is quite satisfying.

My last words are: you'd like it.

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Congratulations, Persib! #PersibJuara

10 Nov 2014



The school in which I've been teaching is located in an air force base complex. The main part of the complex is the Husein Sastranegara Airport, which also functions as an international commercial airport. After winning the Super League on Friday night, the whole squad of Persib Bandung, along with its official crew and Mayor Kamil, boarded a Hercules plane from Palembang to Husein Airport on Saturday afternoon.

I decided to go home right away after work, but the main gate of the complex was closed. Hundreds of bobotoh (a term used to refer to Persib Bandung's fans) were blocking the way and I had to turn back and use another exit. That was when I thought "Hey, why don't I wait for Persib too!" I mean, hundreds of people were outside that gate, wanted to get inside but weren't allowed to. And there I was, already inside the complex. I only needed to wait for a few minutes for them. So I decided to wait.

What I thought would take just a few minutes turned out to be one full hour. But it was worth the wait! I got to see them from just 2-3 meters away and took several pictures. It was my very first time experiencing this kind of euphoria. It was so thrilling and it gave me goosebumps and I'm not even a die hard fan of them. I'm glad for those who love Persib with all their heart. They must be over the moon right now.

Once again... congratulations, Persib!

Weekend Links

8 Nov 2014


This week has been so amazing, especially for people in my city. Our football team (Persib Bandung) finally won the league for the first time in 19 years! People went out partying in the streets last night. There were celebrations everywhere. Our mayor went completely crazy and will fulfill his pledge of shaving his head off on Sunday during the celebration. If you're going to be in Bandung tomorrow, you should definitely come to our celebration.

In the meantime, links!



*written in Bahasa Indonesia

Television Updates

7 Nov 2014

New season of my favourite series has finally started! I'm so excited to watch Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Elementary again. I also found another series and started watching again some series I had left behind. I may add another series to my watch list based on Velentina's recommendation. Here they are, the series I'm currently watching, just started watching again, and just added to the watch list.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Have I told you that I'm a huge fan of Marvel? Well, my love for Marvel isn't as big as mine for Agent Coulson. In this season, he is Director Coulson. And with the Avengers: Age of Ultron coming up, I'm really curious about the future of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the new director. In the first six episodes, this show deals with how S.H.I.E.L.D. struggles to rebuild itself and erase the terrorist label plastered over it. Skye's father also has made several appearances. I think Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has too many mysteries. Usually, it's not a good thing for series. (I mean, look at Heroes that got cancelled after four seasons.) Well, either that or I'm just a stubborn girl who wants to know everything right now.

Elementary


I'm so disappointed with the season premiere of Elementary. The reason why Sherlock is back in New York isn't appealing for me. The case is very interesting, though. Also, I love Joan's clothes I want to steal her wardrobe.

Resurrection


I found this series while getting lost in Wikipedia. I decided to give it a try and instantly fell in love with the first season. It's about a small town in USA that turned upside down (not literally) after several people come back after being dead for years. I got disappointed with the second season's first episode, though. After all the tension in the first season finale, the resolution that the second season's first episode gave is very lame. It gets quite boring in the latest episode, but I'm going to keep watching for my curiosity.

Avatar: The Legend of Korra


I'm an avid fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender (the animated series, not the live action), so when I found out about its sequel, I was really excited. I watched the first season and grew to hate the new avatar: a stubborn teenage girl from the Southern Water Tribe. I stopped watching after the first season ended. But when two weeks ago I found out that a) Zuko is still alive, and b) Toph is still alive too!, I decided to give the series another try. Halfway through the second season, I almost gave up once again due to how much I hate Korra, but I kept watching. I must say that the third season is quite good. I am yet to watch the fourth season, but I will.

Downton Abbey


I also gave this period drama another try, and man was I not wrong. The fourth season is as good as the previous ones. I have only watched two episodes, but the whole season is on my (binge) watch list.

How to Get Away with Murder


According to Wikipedia, How to Get Away with Murder is a legal drama. Velentina recommended it to me, but I haven't started watching. According to her, I'm going to like it because it is similar to Sherlock. I'm not really convinced that anyone can create a series as good as Sherlock, but we shall see.

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Bonus point: who's excited for Marvel's Agent Carter?

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See You Next Year, October!

6 Nov 2014


Well, excuse me while I'm cleaning up the dust on this blog.

October came and passed by like a blink of an eye. It was nice. I had my birthday and it was on Sunday, so I could have a small date with Afief. It was no biggie; we only went to the mall, but felt so special. Well, to be totally honest, any day spent with him is special. He gave me an ukulele as a gift. I love it so much! So far I've learnt to play three songs with standard chords. More to come, of course ;)

Now that it's November, it means that our big day is less than two months away. I've found myself even more distressed, but I haven't cried yet at all! This is totally something. Also, it seems like we've found a place to live after the big day, plus we've booked our tickets and hotel rooms for our honeymoon. It's all so exciting.

I've loved November and all its rain so far, but I just can't wait for it to be over already. Sorry, November. But I know you'll understand.

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