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Monday, July 28, 2014

Movie Review: The Croods

Set in prehistoric times, this animated film depicts the story of a three-generation family who embarks on a hilarious family adventure when a apocalypse destroys their beacon of safety - the cave where they have been living for quite some time.

With a tinge of curiosity that begins to grow within her, Eve, the daughter of patriarch Grug, starts to explore beyond the small boundaries of the cave, much to the chagrin of her father who preached that staying safe is the only way for survival.

Needless to say, this leads to conflict between father and daughter and perhaps the theme of young versus old in this family-oriented movie that boasts wonderful sights and fantastical world of colour.

Thankfully for them, they meet Guy, a teenager whom Eve starts to fall in love with and harnessing the gradual disapproval of Grug who has to find ways to win over the hearts of his family while ensuring their safety.

We certainly recommend this one for kids and for the family to watch and enjoy, especially for the younger ones who will be able to relate to the characters portrayed.

You might also like:
  1. Roger Ebert's movie review
  2. IMDB Ratings of The Croods
  3. Rotten Tomatos - The Croods
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The human race has come a long way since the making of blockbuster films which have turned into movie classics such as Jumanji (1995) and Casper.

Both films were considered to be the best of what technology had to offer then, being CGI-heavy but were subsequently outdone by every other movie churned out by the giant studios of the time. One need not look further than Avatar and Transformers.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes which saw a rogue laboratory experimenting on apes and ultimately spawned the uprising of the abused lab rats.

What's interesting about this movie is the underlying theme of power struggles within both species.

Among the surviving humans who are genetically immune to the ALZ-113 virus that caused the collapse of human civilisation, the two founding members are at odds over what form of method they should employ against their hairy counterparts.

Malcolm managed to convince Dreyfus to give him three days to convince the apes to help them restore power, to which under the charge of Caesar, managed to do so.

However, Caesar's right-hand man, a severely scarred ape called Koba, disobeyed Caesar and ultimately seized the throne in his bid to wage war against the humans.

This is definitely a must-watch, with CGI allowing for a smooth transition between character and form.

Related: Wikipedia - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Singapore Ad Spoofed by Celebrities

It's a rare occurrence that one witnesses advertisements by Singapore being parodied and spoofed by popular celebrities and this one was with regard to a powerful anti-gambling advertisement by the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Despite the widespread mocking of the ad around the world, the agency behind the peculiarly accurate prediction of Germany winning the World Cup has defended its ad and "believes it has done its job" according to this article published by Asiaone.

US talk show host Jimmy Fallon was among one of the first to joke about the ad and even had his production crew to make a video parody of the ad, showing 'Andy', the boy featured in the video, smiling at the very end. The tagline was also changed to "Keep It. Gamble".

It turns out that Jimmy Fallon isn't the only talk show host to make fun of the ad. Here's another where John Olivier takes a swipe by two remade videos.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Movie Review: Hansel and Gretel - Witch Hunters

We do write reviews of movies though sporadic as our niche lie in the world of football. Nonetheless, we like to offer recommendations to our loyal readers on what movies to catch.

Released in 2013, the classic story of Hansel and Gretel is given a twist where Hansel and Gretel are bounty hunters who make it their livelihood to track down and kill evil witches.

The fabled blood moon which occurs once every generation is set to return and Hansel and Gretel find themselves encountering a different, yet somewhat familiar, form of evil that holds the secret to their past.

An intriguing story-line, the movie does well in enthralling the audience from start to finish but we recommend that this movie is not for the young ones given the generous scenes of blood splattering and the blowing of heads into bits.

Frequent movie-goers will find both the lead actors familiar, with Jeremy Renner playing Hansel and the beautiful Gemma Arteton playing Gretel. Renner starred in Thor as Hawkeye while Gemma Arteton can be found in a litany of movies and television series.

Related: IMDB Rating of 6.1

Premier League Updates: Van Gaal takes over as United Manager

The World Cup tournament has once again seen its fair share of drama, with breakout stars being sought after with the end of the world's most coveted football competition.

Manchester United looks towards former Netherlands head coach, Louis Van Gaal, who stepped down after Holland's relatively successful World Cup campaign where they finished third in the competition.

They lost to Argentina in the semi-final and went on to beat the fancied but weakened hosts Brazil 3 - 0 in the third-placing match.

Van Gaal had already began using his clout during the World Cup campaign, attempting to entice Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben to United but Robben refused, saying that he's happy at Bayern Munich under former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.

Holland's other striker Van Persie is set to be featured in next season's Premier League alongside Wayne Rooney, however this time, without the likes of Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrick Evra.

Evra, who spent eight years and almost a decade at United, had been courted by Italian giants Juventus and Rio Ferdinand ended up signing for Queen Park Rangers (QPR) under his former West Ham coach Harry Redknapp.

Rio is set to play alongside his brother, Anton Ferdinand, as well as new signing and England international Caulker.

Meanwhile, all eyes are on the Gunners where Arsenal is said to be the preferred choice for Alexis Sanchez to move to. Liverpool and other clubs were said to be in the running to sign the star.

Liverpool had lost their talisman Luis Suarez under a 70 million pounds deal to Barcelona which manager Brendan Rodgers is given the green light to reinvest the money in what is probably Liverpool's largest transfer window as of yet.

Rodgers had earlier lamented Liverpool's lack of depth within the squad, especially with Liverpool playing in the Champions League in the coming season.

Related news: Transfer Round-Up – Balotelli’s Arsenal photo sparks Premier League rumours

About Ferguson's Retirement 

You could almost a sigh of relief from the management teams of football clubs around the world.

The no longer have to deal the fearsome tactics and strategies that the enigmatic manager has employed during his long reign at Manchester United.

But there comes a larger, and louder, wave of cheers for Sir Alex Ferguson who is stepping down as the head coach of United and headed for the much vaunted position of Director and Ambassador of the club.

He is applauded for his work at United, having led the Devils to 13 Premier League trophies and to memorable victories in other competitions as well.

Van Gaal has since taken over this coming season, with veteran player-manager Ryan Giggs emerging as his right-hand man.