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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

They killed off the general way too easy. I was worried he'd seriously hurt Kong, but in the end he didn't manage to do a thing. He ordered the men to do it for him, so in the end all he did was tell them what to do, and hold the detonator, and die. It was disappointing. I'm happy he didn't kill the king, Kong, of course, but at the same time I feel like his purpose was lost on his lack of impact. What did he really accomplish in this movie? What was his role? He wasn't the real threat at all. In the end he wasn't more than a thorn in Kong's side, and he outlived even that role so easily... but maybe that was the point. The thorn, I mean.

Otherwise this was a great movie. I love the fresh take on the old franchise, and the promising end... the way Kong bashes down the helicopters was awesome to see, too. It's a shame about the people, of course, but it was so well filmed and animated. It's a blast. The CGI looks a bit fake when they close in too much, and fuzzy in the fastest scenes, but when real and animated collide (like with the helicopters) it's just fantastic, and Kong's little island utopia/hell is equally amazing.

I love the characters. Love the scenery. Love the old bits and pieces too - like the WW2 soldier, played by John C. Reilly. Tom Hiddleston was great. Samuel L. Jackson looked great but did little, and the others... yeah, all were great. Brie Larson looked great, which was clearly her main purpose. It's still that age huh. Even Kong saw the appeal. Love the old stereotypes.

I love it all. And the ending... is that a hint towards the prequel we already had, or even greater things to come?! If that's the latter I'm really looking forward to it. This was a blast.

It's not just the action or the characters, most of all it's the adventure. It's the kind of movie that's clearly not perfect, and clearly won't stand the test of time too well with regards to the effect, but it just has that atmosphere. Of mystery, myth, adventure and exploration. I love the journey.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant (2017)

None other than the Alien franchise seems to manage the same sense of isolation, desperation, and hopelessness! I guess with so many prequels under his belt Ridley Scott really knows what he's doing by now.

Are there really no happy endings to this alternate universe, though? They keep taking the perfect endings and destroying them, in the most twisted possible way. Oh, spoiler alert. But you probably know the drill by now.

It's not that I wasn't expecting this one, not at the end, but I still expected... or maybe I hoped? ...for something just a little brighter, this time. Each time it's maybe this time. Some day maybe there'll come one movie that actually ends happily, and goes against all possible expectations entirely. When it ends, maybe? Though maybe it just wouldn't be the same movie if it was. Too Hollywood. Too Human. Too unlike the Alien vein.

Despite and maybe also because of the darkness, this was another great movie though. Space movies lately really convey the vastness of space well, and this is no exception. The special effects are great. It all takes place far from Earth, and is a bit of a spin-off on the earlier Prometheus, where a group of colonists just happen to stumble upon a previously unknown planet that shows great promise, go in for a landing and... you can probably sort of figure out what happens next. It's a welcome return to origins, yet not at all old. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Cook Up A Storm (2017)

Cook Up A Storm (2017)

They sure make cooking look good in movies like this!

Prepare for an Asian cooking competition that's almost more of a magic show than it is culinary. Spectacular cousine and cooking craft a la extraordinaire. Korean VS Chinese, starring Nicholas Tse and Yong-hwa Jung.

What starts as a rivalry and fight between new and traditional; between the old neighborhood and the expanding city, soon turns into friendship, and a fight against a common foe - final face-off against the God of cookery, played by none other than Anthony Chau-Sang Wong. In the movie he also happens to be the father of the Chinese cook. Big plot batter.

It's all presented in the usual way, if you've seen any of these movies before. Flashy settings, fantastic food and a simple but satisfying story on rivalry and parenting... sort of. Nothing too advanced except for the cooking, which when all is done just makes me want to run down to the kitchen and start chopping onions. Or something. I do love food, and there's no better way to get inspired than with a movie like this.

I like the title too.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

The Reseller I Didn't Get

A week ago I almost bought a reseller.

It was Black Friday. A hosting company I've been following for a long time had this amazing deal, yet the catch was that you had to subscribe for three years to get the best price. A lot of hosting companies do that. I really considered it. I almost bought it, but it turned out I didn't have enough money loaded onto my credit card (which does not like the name implies allow credit), and so I thought some more about it and realized... I really don't need that reseller after all.

Is this the right time for me to get into the hosting business? Do I really want to get into the hosting business?

I've bought a reseller account before. Twice, actually. Maybe more. One of those hosts died. The other time I signed up on a deal like this, and ended up just hosting a single site on the reseller for two years... without even getting a proper hosting page up. Needless to say it didn't run the profit I was planning.

I thought I learned my lesson then, and yet the prospect of fast cash keeps coming back to haunt me...

It's never that simple. If you want to start a business you have to prepared. You have to put your all into it, and though maybe I might be willing to do that some day I'm really not there yet, and I don't know if I ever will be, so I'll stick to the shared accounts I have and abide my time until time comes for such a decision. Till then... I think blogging's pretty nice. I should spend more time on this. Writing about earlier failed hosting ventures and acquisitions, maybe? Until then.

One Piece 817

Oh holy shit. This is the One Piece I love. The feels. The twists. The build-up... it's all boiling down to a point now. If I can persevere a few weeks without, it feels like this would be the right time to take a break, then catch up in one big batch. It's about to go down down down down down. Like never before.

Ghost In The Shell (2017)

Ghost In The Shell (2017)

I'd read some pretty negative reviews on this movie before I saw it, so I wasn't expecting much, but I'm happy to say those reviews were way off! Motoko looks just like she should look - minus the thin haircut, and Batou was so buff you wonder if he really was that big in the movie. Special effects? He gets the eyes too.

The plot's based on the original, animated counterpart, and though all details aren't the same it is a close fit. I'm happy they brought in Takeshi Kitano as the chief, he's a legend, and all other characters are spot on in their roles. The special effects are great. The invisibility cloak and glitches in particular, and they even managed an introduction almost as beautiful as the original.

That the Chief (Beat) is the only one speaking Japanese, and that Scarlett Johansson can't pronounce her name correctly - nor whomever played Hideo, are minor details. Everything else feels spot on, from the creepy Geisha robots to the Spider Tank in the final scenes. Bits and pieces of the dialog bug me, but they redeem that with inspiring quotes like: When we see our uniqueness as a virtue, only then will we find peace..

It's essentially a journey of Motoko finding herself, all the while chasing a shadowy criminal, but the bigger question here is: is technology good for us? What does it mean to be human? It doesn't delve as deeply as it could into these things, but I feel it hits a sweet spot between real mine fuel and mindfulness. The action's good. The setting's gritty. The characters look familiar. It's just right. It's GITS. Sequels? I hope!

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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