Movie Review: EXPLOSION (rated M18)

Explosion movie review

From shaw.sg

I attended the preview screening of the movie ‘EXPLOSION’ this evening and there was a ‘first’ for me. It was the first time I sat behind someone who kept getting freaked out by an action movie – with loud exclamations of “AIYOH!”, “AIYAHHHHH!” and “OH NOOO! OH NOOO! OH NOOOOO!”. I would say that there could be even more gore, violence and non-stop action in this movie, but that poor lady sitting in front of me would probably have suffered a heart attack. Her husband (they’re both middle-aged, by the way) had to keep shushing her but as they were walking out of the theatre at the end of the movie, and somehow another scene came on together with the credits, this lady still turned back to watch, as if she couldn’t get enough of it. LOL!

In short, this movie is about a guy they call the “blaster technician” – his job is to create those explosions at mines. An “accident” happens and 4 of his colleagues got killed in the blast. He suspects foul play as he’s been at this job for 20 years and no such accident has occurred before. And that’s where it all starts… a hired assassin after his life, the police chasing after him, etc.

Sure, some parts of the plot could have been tidied up. Like, why would the person responsible for the “accident” have left incriminating evidence behind for this male lead to find? Wouldn’t you clean up the scene of the crime if your actions actually caused the deaths of 4 men?

Still, watch this movie for all those “OH NOOO!” parts where you’ll be covering your mouth in order not to scream out loud (or just let it out like that lady in front of me did).

Actually, I do not recommend bringing older folks along for this movie. I saw that someone had brought his grandma along. Stop frightening our seniors, please. πŸ˜›

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5 Reasons To Watch Movies At Shaw Premiere

Shaw Premiere serangoon nex

This week, we watched the latest Star Wars installment, ‘The Last Jedi’, at Shaw Premiere in Serangoon NEX. We redeemed the tickets to the movie with complimentary passes I’ve been saving up for MONTHS for the ‘right’ movie. To maximize the value we got out of the free passes, the movie should be pretty long yet decent enough to keep us awake throughout (though falling asleep in comfort isn’t too bad either). πŸ˜€

Here are 5 reasons why I love the Shaw Premiere experience:

#1: The recliner seats

I really like how there are barriers between the rows of seats so, for instance, someone with long legs sitting behind me won’t end up accidentally kicking the back of my seat or, worse still, the back of my head.

#2: The blankets

I’m not sure why but recently, I keep forgetting to bring a jacket with me when I head out for movies. It was the case with the screening of ‘Ferdinand‘ and it was the same when we watched ‘The Last Jedi’. With Ferdinand, it wasn’t too bad as it was a HUGE theatre at The Cathay. And with ‘The Last Jedi’, there were blankets in Shaw Premiere so I was snug and warm. The movie’s pretty long, at 2 hours 33 minutes. Add to that about 19 to 20 minutes of advertisements before the start of the movie and you’ll realize the importance of keeping warm. πŸ˜€

#3: Food + Beverage at the touch of a button

If we start feeling peckish during the movie, we can press the call button and place our order with the staff, without having to go out and get food and miss a portion of the movie.

#4: Private restroom

With long movies like these Star Wars ones, a trip to the restroom is a must after the show ends. And Shaw Premiere has a private restroom only for Premiere customers. So there’s no need to queue, especially when it’s ‘high tide’. πŸ˜€

#5: No queues

I didn’t have to queue when getting tickets at the ticket counter. There’s a dedicated counter just for Premiere ticket purchases. And after entering the Premiere lounge, we could either sit down for food or head into the theatre.

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For longer movies, it certainly makes sense to watch them in Premiere. Alternatively, you can bring your own blanket into the regular theatres too, I guess. πŸ˜€

Movie Review: Ferdinand

ferdinand movie singapore

I haven’t enjoyed an animated film as much in recent times. I think ‘Ferdinand’ is a movie that kids will adore (so many laughs during the premiere screening yesterday) and adults will also appreciate (there are jokes which will go over the heads of the young ones butΒ some adults will be able to catch them). πŸ˜€ I would give this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars. I think it was made more enjoyable because (for the first time ever) I won tickets to a movie screening and it came with flowers instead of popcorn which I do not eat and can’t stand the smell of anyway. In a collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox & Blue Sky Studios, a florist in Singapore gave away tickets to the screening and each winner received a bunch of flowers too! πŸ˜€ And those who won tickets to the same screening but via other vendors were also given a stalk of gerbera each!

I thought the collab was pure genius as Ferdinand (the ginormous yet gentle bull in the movie) LOVES flowers.

I also loved the appearances made by that silly fluffy bunny. Oh gosh, the attempts to resuscitate said bunny are hilarious! The bitchy prancing horses and the dance-off with the bulls was delightful too! πŸ˜€ And I really do think there should be a movie about the three hedgehogs – I like them even more than the famous chipmunks. πŸ˜‰

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If you are not a Star Wars fan (hey, I haven’t caught ‘The Last Jedi’ yet!), and you’re wondering what to watch at the cinemas, go catch ‘Ferdinand’!

Dinner At MarchΓ© Vivocity + We Watched The ‘Justice League’ Movie! :D

rosti marche vivocity

It’s been a while since I’ve been toΒ MarchΓ© but I’ve always enjoyed the rosti there. So I really loved our dinner date yesterday ‘cos I got to have the yummy rosti again with a generous dollop of sour cream. πŸ˜€ It must be the festive atmosphere which got us ordering the pizza as well, on top of my ‘regular’ large plate of “salad”. The only thing we weren’t too happy about was how the menu pricing for the pizza topping actually differed from what we were billed when checking out. *Make sure you check your bill + remember the pricing stated on the menus!

So here’s the Minced Beef Pizza ($18.90) which has a super thin crust. It’s a wonder the slice of pizza doesn’t fold in on itself when you lift it up ‘cos the base is too thin to not be flimsy. Thankfully, we got an extra topping of red chili prawns ($7.90 as stated on the menu, but it became $9.90 at the cashier counter, which was weird) as it looks like a huge pizza (12 inches or so) but isn’t actually very satisfying.

pizza marche vivocity

Nope. Not gonna order pizza again.

I do always get a large plate ($12.90) then try and stack as many baby potatoes and mushrooms as I can onto that plate. πŸ˜€ You won’t be able to tell from this photo but the mushrooms were steaming hot. But there’s a strange acidity to it. Not sure why. Even then, we ate every last morsel.

salad marche vivocity

Got some capsicum (which he likes) and zucchini (I think) with some eggplant. Gosh I’m hungry again.

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Justice League movie review

Then we watched Justice League at Golden Village, as I’d won a pair of tickets to a private screening. πŸ˜€ My photographer pal, who’d also taken part in the same contest, also won tickets. So that was fun! I loved the movie. I would rate it 8.5 out of 10. I don’t want to provide any spoilers so… GO WATCH IT!

I have to say, though that while you already know Wonder Woman is awesome, wow, Aquaman has a hot bod! πŸ˜€ And Flash is certainly going to appeal to lots of people. And Vivocity has Batman’s Knightcrawler installed at the Level 1 atrium area. I thought it was cool but we don’t really get to see how awesome it is in this movie. Still, you can go take a picture with it if you’d like:

knightcrawler vivocity

The Battleship Island: Watch It ‘Cos Of Song Joong Ki

The Battleship Island movie review

My initial reaction towards getting tix to this movie πŸ˜€

I’m sure I’m not the only moviegoer who watched this movie simply because Song Joong Ki’s one of the actors in it. Watching him on screen again was definitely cool, but I didn’t quite like seeing his character slit the throat of one man in the movie, and later decapitate another. In fact, there’s not much to ‘like’ about the movie as it involves the atrocities of war, betrayal of one’s own countrymen, foreign occupation, the plight of ‘comfort women’, etc. The scariest bit? That it’s based on actual events in history.

While Song Joong Ki’s the hottie many people went to the cinema to watch, I think Hwang Jung-min (who stars as the bandmaster Lee Kang-Ok) stole the limelight. His on-screen daughter has a lovely chemistry with him. The father-daughter duo inject so much life, fun, and depth into this movie.

South Korea is awesome at film-making and they have some of the most talented and gorgeous actors and actresses. But what we tend to overlook is the supporting cast, who may not have equally good looks, but can sometimes steal the show with their superb acting skills.

Go watch the movie πŸ˜€Β 

Surprisingly Good Movie: ‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’

War For The Planet Of The Apes

Pic Credit: Shaw Theatres

So he told me we were going to watch what he (jokingly) called the ‘angmoh monkey show’ (as there’s the Chinese version which is ‘Wu Kong’). Not quite my movie of choice for 10am on a Sunday morning, but oh well, every relationship requires some give and take. After all, if it turned out to be as boring as I’d thought it would be, I can probably catch forty winks in the cinema. πŸ˜€ As it turned out, I was the one shedding tears when one of the apes died, and I was also kept engaged throughout the movie.

My favorite character in the movie is that “Oh no! Oh no! No no no… come back!” ‘Bad Ape’. πŸ˜€ When he stuck his head out of the hole in the ground, he also somewhat resembled Gollum in Lord Of The Rings! πŸ˜€

Many people will be reading a lot into the movie… from the blue vest that Bad Ape wears to the references to Christianity. Yes, the Colonel wearing a chain around his neck with a cross and also ordering apes to be chained to crosses (and perhaps, also how he claims to be waging a holy war blah blah) are all quite cringe-worthy.

But I’m focusing on the themes of love, loyalty and sacrifice, and I find that this movie is a really good one. He rates it 9/10. I’d give it 8.5 ‘cos I like happy endings.

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Movie Treat From PA

Spiderman Homecoming review

The People’s Association (PA) ran a series of contests on social media recently and I was one of the lucky winners who scored a pair of tickets to watch ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ yesterday evening at The Cathay. And it was awesome! πŸ˜€ I believe PA booked the entire theatre 7 and we managed to get seats right at the back (I love watching movies from the very last row) and they were ‘couple seats’ without an armrest between the two of us, so there was LOTS of space. Catch a movie for free and relax with spacious seating – what could be better? πŸ˜€ Well, there was food too! And a goodie bag to take home. And they gave us popcorn and drinks too.

I think some people mistakenly thought dinner would be provided, as we were told to come by at 7.30pm for some “light bites”. It was basically some sandwiches and finger food. BUT… people who were ahead in the queue took a fair bit and even had second helpings, so I suspect there wasn’t much (if any) left for people who showed up late.

Always be punctual, if not early, guys!

Spiderman Homecoming The Cathay

And when it came to queuing to enter the theatre, it was chaos as well. One massive queue, which quickly split into two when we were finally allowed to go in. Because it was ‘free seating’, we were really quite lucky to get final row seats. πŸ˜€

One of the winners even dressed up in a Spiderman costume just for this movie screening (a PA rep explained they didn’t pay him). πŸ˜€

There’s Spidey at the front, and us at the back row.

Spider-Man Homecoming

I enjoyed the movie, especially when Spidey saved his schoolmates from plunging to their deaths. And isn’t it awful when you discover your crush’s Dad is actually the villain? (@_@)

Also, I noted Tony Stark’s reference to how they invited journalists and “not bloggers” to interview Peter. *eye roll* Oh well. Don’t invite bloggers to your movie premieres anywhere in the world either, ok? πŸ˜›

Shaw Premiere: Menu, Price, Review

shaw premiere tickets

I watched ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’ on Wednesday at Shaw Premiere (Nex) and absolutely loved the experience. At the same time, I worried that watching movies in ‘regular’ theaters in future would just be plain disappointing. And well they should. Shaw Premiere tickets are about 2 to 3 times more expensive than your regular cinema tickets but expect plush recliners, blankets to keep you warm, and if you need a drink or some extra popcorn, press a button located next to your seat and the staff will come attend to you! Better than watching a movie at home! πŸ˜€

Together with our tickets were two $5 F&B vouchers which we, of course, decided to use since there’s no minimum spending required. Even though we’d already had our dinner at Nex (oops), we ordered the Roti Prata with Nonya Chicken Curry ($10) to share.

shaw premiere review

I like the grilled roti prata – it’s crispy and there’s hardly any oil. The curry was decent, with small chunks of chicken and potato within.

We also ordered the Cookies & Cream Cheese Cake ($6) to be eaten while watching the movie. (We ate the prata in the Premiere lounge area) The cheese cake was a tad disappointing as it was slightly dry and crumbly, not moist and rich like I’d wished it was.

Here’s the menu for Shaw Premiere, if you’re curious:

shaw premiere menu price

If you’re a fan of popcorn, you really should order the premiere Popcorn Set ($11). You get a glass of soft drink and FREE FLOW of Shaw’s signature popcorn. WOW! It’s just too bad that I don’t eat popcorn. Perhaps they can start serving free flow chips or fries? πŸ˜€

shaw premiere menu

Here’s a pic I took while in the cinema…

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You can recline fully in these brown armchairs. There’s a blanket to keep you warm too. And if the movie is boring, well, at least you’ll be guaranteed a good, comfortable rest well worth the price of the ticket! πŸ˜€

Β For 2D movies, tickets cost $20 each on Mondays to Thursdays (except opening titles and sneaks which’ll cost $25), and $25 on Fridays to Sundays, Eve of PH and PH. You’ll also be entitled to entry to the lounge, where there’s also a restroom you can visit (so you don’t have to use the common restroom open to all the other cinema patrons). There’s real exclusivity here. πŸ˜‰

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I found the staff at the lounge to be attentive, welcoming and generally, very pleasant. I wished someone remembered that I wanted the cheese cake served during the movie screening though. No one brought the cake over so we had to get the attention of the person who looked like he’s the manager. And he brought the cheese cake over promptly.

I’d initially thought that the best seats in the house would be those in the middle but our two seats at the side (next to the wall) were better as we wouldn’t get distracted by the light coming in from the back each time staff came in with trays of food and drinks.

And yes, when the staff are serving people seated in the rows in front, they’ll block a small portion of the screen. *sigh*

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As for the movie ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’, wow, I really enjoyed it. Awesome as usual. And I love how those dead sharks can be re-animated once returned to the water. There’s action, there’s humor, and even though the seats are so comfy, I never once fell asleep! πŸ˜€ Go catch the movie if you haven’t already done so!

Hacksaw Ridge: A Must-Watch Movie in 2017

Hacksaw Ridge SG

When I saw my pal Samy’s post on Facebook that Hacksaw Ridge is the best movie this year, I knew that (1) I HAD to watch it even if I don’t really like watching movies about wars (YAWN) and (2) I’d better tell him (after watching the movie) that the year has only just begun. Hahaha! Turns out, he’s right! It’s a bloooooody good movie. I didn’t read any sort of synopsis before showing up at the cinema. In fact, I didn’t know what was going to happen in the movie. And it was amazing on so many levels.

For one, I almost couldn’t believe my eyes when I found out, at the end of the movie and just before the credits began rolling, that it’s based on a true story. Desmond Doss is not a movie character. The movie was based on his life. My goodness.

Two, the cinematography was AWESOME. The director, Mel Gibson, must be pure genius. The audience gets ‘transported’ to the battlefield and there are so many scenes that make us want to scream out loud in terror. Absolutely brilliant.

And I don’t want to say much more in case it spoils the movie experience for you, but make sure you watch this movie, even if you don’t watch any other movie this year!

I know what’s going to be seared into my memory… Those scenes in which Desmond Doss, his hands shaking and bleeding from the ropeburn, pleads with God to help him find one more wounded soldier. Those are scenes we won’t forget very soon. Like he said, he doesn’t hear voices in his head, it’s never a (two-way) “conversation” with God, and yet when he hears cries of “Medic! Help me!”, he knows that’s what God wanted him to do. What an extraordinary person, and what an extraordinary life!

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We watched this movie with the 1-for-1 weekend promotion with SAFRA cards at Shaw cinemas. πŸ™‚ Love, love, love this offer. I know you will too.

Movie Review: A Street Cat Named Bob

A Street Cat Named Bob

When I first read the book, I thought that James Bowen’s the guy on the cover. But that guy is apparently the actor who stars in the movie. Pretty good-looking, no? (I’m talking about the cat now. Haha) Knowing that I’ve read the book (and reviewed it), my darling actually bought tickets for us to watch the movie on Sunday, instead of getting tickets to ‘Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them’ which is what he has been wanting to watch. It came as quite a surprise, really. *muacks* What’s more surprising is how the movie has adapted certain parts of the book instead of following it *ahem* faithfully.

The first half of the movie was like a long drawn out sigh for me. First of all, I didn’t like the camera trying to film from the perspective of the cat, Bob. And secondly, many scenes seemed out of focus or nausea-inducing shaky. Handheld cam, maybe??? And yes, I know it’s a movie and perhaps a female is required somewhere but deviating from the book by incorporating a love interest in a neighbor? Not cool. I preferred the duo (cat & human) against the cold, brutal world storyline versus the I’m-supposed-to-be-living-hand-to-mouth-but-lets-have-some-tea-together scene in the movie. And the whole rubbing wrists part was kind of lame.

By the end of the movie, I had tears flowing due to the scene in which James gets clean from drugs and finds out his father actually kept a picture of lil James in his wallet all along. The next scene was a little abrupt, and left me crying and laughing at the same time… Fish screensaver, anyone? I guess the producers wanted the movie to end on a happy note.

All in all, I’m super happy that James Bowen had his life turn around so dramatically, thanks to a fantastic feline and an astute publisher. Miracles really do happen. I do hope people don’t decide to purchase ginger cats just because they’ve loved Bob in the movie and the book. (Actually the book’s much better) Thanks to the movie ‘Nemo’, the demand for clownfish soared. Keep your fingers crossed that Bob doesn’t cause the same for ginger cats. If you just cannot resist getting one, please adopt, not shop!

Because of the book, I became more aware of the buskers that I used to turn a blind eye to. You might think they aren’t lonely as they’re playing some musical instrument, aren’t they? But I guess no one really likes being thought of as ‘invisible’, or being treated as such. Show them you appreciate them as human beings, and that they don’t need to have an attractive animal around their shoulders for you to begin paying attention to them. πŸ™‚ And please… if your child is not for sale, don’t ask people like James to sell their companions to you, ok. πŸ˜›