Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The Nice Guys

Hello people.  I managed to have a movie session today.  I watched The Nice Guys which came out last week.  From the trailer this movie looks funny, and I had a long day and I needed something entertaining, nothing serious, so I thought this movie will be a good choice.  I don't really know how funny it was going to be, I just hope I will have some great laughs.  That was how high my expectation was, just enough to make me laugh.  Guess what?  I definitely got more than what I expected.  Not only did I laughed...I cried laughing.  It was hilarious, absolutely entertaining.  Definitely what I needed after such a long and tiring week so far.

As we all know, the main stars for this film are Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.  I have to admit that at first I felt like this was an odd combo, because I always see Russell Crowe as a an actor who plays more serious role.  In a way, his character is a serious one, it's Ryan Gosling's character that made me laugh so much most of the time.  But still, I didn't expect these two guys to make an unlikely team.  There are some nudity and lots of swearing, so definitely not a kid's film, just heads up to family people out there.  But to the rest of you, this movie is really entertaining.  What's nice about it though that despite it being really funny, it also has a sense of realism.  It shows how politicians or just simply people with power, can get away with their crimes and it shows how very little justice there truly is in life.  And you can also see some personal struggles from Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe's character that they wish not to talk about but somehow they are carrying that weight on their shoulders all the time.

Honestly, to think of it....even the ending is quite real.  In a way that whatever happens, your life continues, so it feels like a good ending, but at the same time it's not a happy ending, it's just that life goes on.  I don't know if it makes sense but if you go and watch it, you will definitely understand.  It's not that common to have a movie that has a sense of realism, but was told in such a comical way.  I laughed so much, I mean, I cried laughing, so you can just imagine how amused I was...but at the same time I can see and sense that aspects of realism in the plot.  Which is amazing, and I love that.  Will I recommend this movie?  Yeah, definitely.  I can't tell much without giving spoilers because if I tell you what makes it funny, then I'll be spoiling it for you.  So, you just have to watch it.  It's either I'm too easily amused or this film really is hilarious.  Which one it might be is up for you to decide ^_^ If I am to rate this movie from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I will give this movie 7.5/10.  I really needed to laugh today and this movie gave me so much of that.  I'm still laughing just thinking about it.  That's all from me for now, until next time.  Toodles~

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Sunday, June 05, 2016

Eve of Ramadhan

Hi folks.  After so many posts on movie reviews, I decided to write something more personal.  More movie reviews definitely will come up, just that I'm a little busy at the moment so I don't really have that much time to spare to go to the cinema.  Me Before You came out last week here in the UK but I still haven't got the chance to go and watch it yet, maybe somewhere in this week.  Anyway, I'm writing this to wish all Muslim out there to have a blessed and meaningful Ramadhan ahead.  I know people back in my hometown in Malaysia are basically at the eve of Ramadhan and already performed their tarawikh prayers.

This year, is my first year going through Ramadhan away from home and family.  Not only that, it's summer here in Cardiff, so the amount of hours I will spend fasting is approximately 5 hours longer than people back home.  On top of that, I am busy with opera production throughout this fasting month.  So that will either be a good distraction or just going to make me feel really tired.  So, I am definitely both excited and nervous to be going through Ramadhan this year.  It will definitely be a new Ramadhan experience.

I notice that there are some people who are not Muslims who are somewhat disturbed by the fact that we fast for a month and started to give negative remarks.  I am here to tell you that I appreciate your concerns, but you really have nothing to worry about.  It's our choice, so you really don't have to be so angry by what we choose to do in our lives.  It's not like we don't eat or drink for the entire 30 days, we just don't eat or drink from dawn until sunset, for 30 days in a row.  Besides, it is a good time to detox, it's been proven that fasting is a good way to detox your body ^_^ So don't worry, it's not a bad thing.  And it's not compulsory for children, pregnant women or women who are still breastfeeding, and it is also not compulsory for people who are not in a good health to be fasting for a month.  It's literally only for people who are healthy enough and able to do it.

Not to forget, I also notice in every Ramadhan that I witnessed in Malaysia, there are a lot of Muslims that think they should be at the centre of the universe and everyone should be sensitive to them.  To these people, please remember the purpose of Ramadhan.  It's about you having self-control, not other people of different religion shifting their daily routines for you.  As much as you want others to be considerate, you need to do the same.  Stop being a big baby diva by demanding all the attention, and fast in accordance to the purpose of Ramadhan, which is to practice self-control, moderation, and be generous...not just to fellow Muslims, but to all human and other living creatures.  I can fast and still sit on a table across a non-Muslim who is having his/her meal, and I won't complain about it, I won't even judge him/her for it.  I just do my part, so I don't see why others need to change their everyday routine just because I'm fasting.

I don't really have that much to say anymore, I have to go.  I hope everyone who choose to fast in Ramadhan will have a blessed month ahead, and do take care of your food, don't be wasteful.  Remember, self-control ^_^  That is all from me for now, until next time...probably for another movie reviews, hahaha.  Toodles~

peace out!