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Saturday, January 31, 2015

3 Movies that caught my attention during my en-route flights from HK to SG

I went to HK last Wednesday to settle some personal matters which needed my attention, stayed there for 2 nights and returned back to Singapore yesterday night. I took an SQ flight this time because I thought the price was pretty reasonable (not sure if it's related to the oil falls) as compared to the more budget airline.

I really enjoyed flight when there are movies to watch because I am a pretty crazy movie go-ers before my son was born and now that we had literally no available leisure time with a kid on the sideline, we have not been to movies for a very long time and that scarred me a little. Just kidding.

Anyway, when I boarded the plane, the first thing I did was to quickly browse through the krisflyer movies programme to check out what movies they were offering on the screen. I had a few choices of either choosing movies or some bbc commentaries either regarding the past financial crisis or the history of oil crude and I thought heck I'll freed up my mind this time and not think about the economy for once.

The thing about my love-hate relationship with movies is that even though I like to explore random genre of movies, I hate it when they do not meet my expectation or if the plot is too predictable to watch. I feel they are a waste of time to watch and I could have better used the time (or money) to do other things. I like plots that keeps my mind guessing on the go, a twist in the storyline or an incredible wow factor that maybe blows out my mind completely. I think the director who made that would deserve a lot of respect.

In any case, these are the 3 movies that I have watched on both my return flight from SG to HK and HK to SG which I thought was pretty good and met my expectations:

1.) Gone Girl



Story Synopsis: 

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne  reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

B's thoughts after watching:

I don't think you would go wrong with a Ben Affleck's movie.

Every time I watched him on the screen, it's a top rated movie with very deep plots in the storyline. This was another story with very good plots, unimaginable twist and keeps you guessing till the very end. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes this genre type of movies.

Rating: 9/10


2.) Tazza: The High Rollers 2




Story Synopsis: 

Dae-Gil is a local town hustler who cheated his way through every gambling game until he was being cheated himself one day which brought about serious circumstances. He then plots a big game changer to take revenge on those that has cheated him.

B's thoughts after watching:

I don't usually watch Korean movies all too often because I thought they were somewhat cliche but I enjoyed this movie as they are intensely yet fun-lovingly filled with emotions when it comes to gambling. This goes to show that in a gambling game, you simply can't trust anyone and money is the ultimate winner. The main actor from Big Bang should also attract some of the crowds into watching the movie. Good movie for those who like gambling or casino related game.

Rating: 7.5/10


3.) Obsessed





Story Synopsis: 

This was a story that happened back in 1969 in the military camp in S.Korea when a colonel, who is married, falls in love with the wife of his subordinate and become obsessed with it. As he began to choose between love and loyalty, he struggled to find the answer and commit the biggest mistake of his life.

B's thoughts after watching:

I thought this was a very emotional and thought provoking movies which places way more importance than the general cliche love story we always hear in Korean dramas. The question here is about Forbidden Love and how much are you willing to sacrifice for your love versus loyalty. Great ending and plots though some may find a little slow to their liking, but I think it'll grow on watching. Do note that this is an adult rated movie so there are some parts which you may be uncomfortable about.

Rating: 9/10

It's a weekend. Sit back, relax and enjoy some other activities. There are certainly a lot more life than just investing in general.

What about you? Any very good movies recently you have watched that deserve a recommendation?

15 comments:

  1. Hi B,

    I travel very often and watched so many movies on Kris Entertainment that very often I run out of movies to watch. Haha.

    Nowadays I try to watch only 1 movie in a 5-6 hours flight. For a longer flight, I try to watch two.

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    1. Hi Rolf

      I do not travel very often but I get what you mean. Sometimes, I ran out of good movies to watch too on the sky. I don't usually spend time watching movies like Spiderman, Jumpstreet, etc as they are a very typical type of movie that ends very predictably.

      Sometimes, when I ran out of movies to watch, I'll just order a glass of wine and sleep after that. Hahaha

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  2. B : Gone Girl is great and I like the movie with the twist at the end and this one is good. It reminded me of an older movie like The Usual Suspect (by Kevin Spacey) which is also has great twist at the very end.

    Rosamund Pike's performance is top-notch as a scheming crazy woman..

    Didn't know that you are such a movie-buff too... ;-)

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    1. Hi Richard

      Actually I would have predicted that you would watch Gone Girl because you are such a movie buff :D

      I must have bumped into you somewhere in the cinema in the past I'm pretty sure. The movie is really good, now I have to depend on your review of movies to catch. Got to be very selective now.

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  3. Hi B,

    Ben affleck's movies are good?? Lol, not sure if you've watched daredevil? I find that among the two 'brothers' (both of them came out at the same time with a script that they both wrote), Matt Damon is the better actor. Ben affleck is quite stone faced and emotionless. Not sure about this one though, haven't watched it.

    Korean movies are nice. They have a sort of suffering that is described culturally as Korean 'han' - it describes all their motivation to succeed beyond all odds and also to bear grudges through generation. I recently watched Korean movies with a new found appreciation, esp by Park chan-wook, so called the master of revenge. You don't know what is revenge until you've watched his movies. Start with Oldboy (2003), not the American remade one. It's a mind f movie for sure ;)

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    1. Hi LP

      I watched Daredevil, yeah agree with you on exception for that :D

      I didn't know that you are into Korean movies as well. I'll be sure to catch the one you recommend hopefully it'll grow on me to make me addicted to it. I've stolen some lists of books from you, now it's movies time :D

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  4. Are you going to watch 50 shades of gray as well? ;)

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    1. Hi Henry

      Yeah, maybe when my wife isn't around!!! LOL

      It's coming out over here during the valentines period though my wife had bought a book to read before that and she said it'll be a waste of money to watch as it's a sadist movie. Hmm.

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  5. Hi B,

    I love movies but have never stepped into a cinema for years because I watch my movies at home hehe. Perhaps if you set up something at home you can still get away with watching movies despite your busy schedule?

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    1. Hi RetailTrader

      Actually that's a very good idea I have been contemplating all these while.

      In the past, I do not generally enjoy movies on small laptops and would have preferred it to catch it on a big screen but heck now I do not think I'll have the time to go out and enjoy my lifestyle the way I did in the past. I'll be back to cinema for sure when my kid gets bigger but we'll watch the cartoon stuff probably :)

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  6. hahaha wow can watch 3 movies! impressed... this obsessed watch liao very hot ah... aircon also not enough... :oP

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    1. Hi Mr. IPO

      Good to hear from you.

      I didn't know that you knew about that movie too. It's a really "hot" movie, got to drink a lot of liang cha after that :D

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    2. haha i also watched it on a biz trip.... no mood to work after that...

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  7. You can watch 3 movies in a row while flying to hk? Hmm then again, it seems possible. Flights from sg to hk is about 4 hrs, in total about 8 hours. Enough for 4 two hour movies! ;)

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  8. I haven't watched the 'Gone Girl' movie but I've read the book - the twist took me completely by surprise!

    That's impressive watching so many movies - for me, on a 12 hour flight to HK from UK, I usually only manage 1 before I fall asleep!

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