The Star Wars Episodes 1 to 6 Summarized in 9 Minutes

So you plan to catch the 7th installment of the Star Wars franchise, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you are like me, who have watched the first six episodes for quite some time now and thus can only draw a faint memory even of the plot line of the series, then this summary video is for you.

Yet, if you have the time, no one is stopping you from re-watching the full 6 movies.

Notes on the 'Ghost Protocol'

IMDB: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol:

The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name.

Two points about the movie I would like to raise:

  • The movie, it seems to me, has been flaunting iPhones and iPads as their mobile device of choice. I actually wonder if it were an Apple Inc. Production?
  • They have always been telling their agents as: “Your mission, should you wish to accept, is…” In the four M:I movies, I have yet to see someone decline a mission, so why bother with the phrase “Should you wish to accept?” #kidding

Deception

The life of an accountant[1. In this context, we will refer to all accountants in different fields/practices as accountants, including general accountants, auditors, tax practitioners, finance, etc. ] is boring. Let me tell you why:

We have seen blockbuster movies telling stories about the lives of lawyers, doctors, military and police personnel, sales people, and even stock brokers. But how many movies have you seen that feature the main character playing the role of an accountant?

Not too many, right? That is, if you can remember one at all. The life of an accountant is so dull that scriptwriters can hardly think of an interesting storyline about it.

However, in the 2008 movie, “Deception“, starring Ewan McGregor (as Jonathan McQuarry), Hugh Jackman (as Wyatt Bose), and Michelle Williams (as S):

An accountant is introduced to a mysterious sex club known as The List by his lawyer friend. But in this new world, he soon becomes the prime suspect in a woman’s disappearance and a multi-million dollar heist.

Source: IMDB

Ewan McGregor played the role of an Audit Manager for a fictional accounting firm “Worth & Berman”. Yet, the movie paints a typical accountant/auditor as living a boring life, working late most of the times, zero social life, and a monotonous home-work-home routine. I believe the movie even portrays accounting as not-so-lucrative profession. Continue Reading »

Phenomenon

An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis. — via IMDB

I remember watching this movie way back in college (I think). This is one of the few movies I actually watched at a movie theater during those days. I watched it again recently and just then realized this should instantly qualify as one of my favorite movies. I just loved how George Malley (John Travolta) transformed into a person who can absorb a vast amount of knowledge from reading 3 to 4 books a day. Add that to his super-abilities to process and calculate information.

But of course, my favorite line was, when they found out that George was sick — a tumor in his brain — and is dying, he and Lace Pennamin (Kyra Sedgwick) had this dialogue:

George Malley: Hey, would you, uh, love me the rest of my life?
Lace Pennamin: No. I’m gonna love you for the rest of mine.

iMovie for iPad Classic

The iMovie app for iOS devices is supposed to be a universal app. By that, though, according to the iTunes app page, you pay only once to install the same at both the iPhone and iPad 2 (i.e., only).

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I already paid for the app for my iPhone 4. And obviously, I can’t install it on my iPad 1. The apparent reason as it appears to be is just because it got no front-facing camera (nor even a camera at all). My question is, is it the only hardware spec the app requires? Continue reading

A Reaction to the Movie "I Am Number Four"

John is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed … he is Number Four.

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Since the rest of the nine are scattered around the world, he has to find them to join their powers and defeat the enemy. When he found Number Six (or at least she found him), together they begin their journey to find the rest — and that’s where the movie ended. Continue reading

The Shallow Story Behind Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers: Revenge of the FallenI watched the Transformers 2 the other weekend, and my impression about it, it got a very shallow storyline. It got one straightforward story, added with action-packed scenes and some drama.

This was supported by the review over at Yahoo!:

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” made over $200 million last week. What it didn’t make, however, was one lick of sense.

The review, entitled: “Burning Questions: The 10 Most Confusing Things in ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’“, my favorite was no. 9: Continue reading

Sherlock Holmes Turned into an Action Star

I used to love reading Sherlock Holmes stories. He was witty, smart, he introduced the science of deduction. But I never imagined him to be an action star.

Some of the comments found in the youtube page criticizing the trailer (thus, the movie), which I agree as well:

Why is Sherlock Holmes bare-knuckle boxing? This looks like a ludicrous, horrific murder of an english literary great.

I agree. They ruined a master-piece and turned it into a farce. They turned aristocratic, intelligent, and modest Holmes, into some Bourne, or James Bond figure. Can’t watch this.

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You Are Not Stallone

slygym.jpgIt seems like Sylvester Stallone is reviving all of his big time movies from the past. At the age of 60, Stallone just simply refused to grow old.

After Rocky Balboa hit the movie world in late 2006, another movie is coming up, entitled…. you guessed it right, it’s “John Rambo”!

A spoiler by IMDB:

Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) has survived many harrowing ordeals in his lifetime and has since withdrawn into a simple and secluded existence in Bangkok, where he spends his time salvaging old PT boats and tanks for scrap metal. Even though he is looking to avoid trouble, trouble has a way of finding him. A group of Christian human rights missionaries, led by Michael Burnett and Sarah Miller, approach Rambo with the desire to rent his boat to travel up the river to Burma. Continue reading.

The trailer of the movie in youtube: