Movie Review: The Imitation Game “A Work of Genius”

January 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Title: The Imitation Game | Director: Morten Tyldum
Writer: Andrew Hodges, Graham Moore
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode
Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

“Are you paying attention..?”

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II – 1MDb

My Review

When I first read about this movie I was like, “Oh, this is for me!”. I really love biographic movies, based on true stories. I watched The King’s Speech, Iron Lady, The Lady and all these movies left such extraordinary impressions on me as an audience. The Imitation Game is a brilliant movie. Well, of course I heard about WWII, Nazis, Winston Churchill, they are all in history books. But, I knew nothing about Alan Turing and Enigma.

I was so immersed in the story of Enigma and Alan Turing. He was brilliant for sure, most of the time looked pathetic, but at times he could be comical as well (I cracked at the scene with the apples and his colleagues, it was just hilarious) and hey, now I know where the computers came from! I loved every part of the movie, the cinematography was brilliantly and beautifully depicted the atmosphere of WWII and  the acting were just outstanding. Benedict Cumberbatch acting was an extraordinaire, Kiera Knightley is great and the boy who played young Alan Turing was surprisingly brilliant. Another thing that I love about this movie is, the director tried to highlight a few sensitive issues during the era like homosexuality which was deemed as criminal offense in Britain during 50’s and the convicts can be sentenced to life imprisonment (I hope they still practice this even now) and gender discrimination portrayed through Joan Clarke character. All in all, this is a brilliant movie to watch. I recommend to all the viewers out there to watch this it. As for me, I am going to watch Game Change next. Julianne Moore is Sarah Palin!

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Book Blogger Hop: Reply the Comments

August 22, 2014 § 4 Comments

Book Blogger Hop is a fun meme hosted by Billy Burgess of coffeaddictedwriter.com. This is medium for us bloggers to discover new blogs and to get people to know about our own. It makes our circle of friends even bigger. Happy Friday and happy bloghopping!!

Question & Answer


Do you reply to comments on your blog or do you figure folks won’t be stopping back to read your reply so you don’t bother?

It’s true that I figure folks won’t stopping back to read the replies but it feels good when you reply to the comments. So I did reply to the comments on my blog. Some blogs have the function to notify the blog user and the visitors when someone reply to their comments. I think it is good so that you can communicate with your blog visitors more.

WWW Wednesdays 20/08/2014

August 20, 2014 § 8 Comments

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This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading encourages the readers to share what they’re currently reading, books they’re recently finished reading, and what they’re about to read next. So, here’s this week’s take for me.

     kohlsson

What are you currently reading?

I am reading A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold by George R.R. Martin. I am currently at page 160 and I am sad because Catelyn and Robb Stark were killed (spoiler).

What did you recently finished reading?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I give it 2 stars and I don’t feel guilty about it. Read my review HERE.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ll try to finish the books which I already started reading but have not finish them yet: Fall of Giants  by Ken Follett and  I am thinking of giving Gillian Flynn another shot, maybe I’ll read Dark Places later.

Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

August 20, 2014 § 3 Comments

Title: Gone Girl | Author: Gillian Flynn
Series: Stand Alone | Genre: Drama, Mystery
Format: E-Book | Date Finished: August 6, 2014
Rating: 2 Cups of Coffee

“There’s a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her.”

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? -Goodreads

My Review

Lots of others are seriously in love with this book but I just can’t bring myself to like Gone Girl . It was a difficult read for me, my struggle to understand two very sick people, husband and wife, in this story makes me feel that this book is hopeless. Reading the first half of the story was a pure torture. Slow unraveling of Nick’s dirty secrets, the investigation into Amy’s disappearance (the investigation team members were a bunch of pathetic people) and the flashbacks of the two equally very sick husband and wife  troubled marriage. I put it aside a few times to gather the courage to read it. I strained my brain to try to understand why this chunk of Gone Girl had no appeal to me whatsoever. I am just not interested. I can not relate myself with the story and I feel really disconnected from the characters. I hate Amy, I hate Nick, and the rest of the characters were not likable as well. I think Flynn overdid with the characters. They were overly self-centered, overly pathetic, overly spoiled, and they really annoyed me.

But then came the second part which I think much more exciting, dark, and dangerous. I picked up the speed and I was interested to know what will happen to the main characters. Amy especially surprised me a lot, she was a wicked, dark, twisted, and dangerous. Unexpected things happened and the main characters started to reveal the other sides to them that were quite shocking and entertaining. However, it was a little too late. The damage was done. Though the second part was nerve wrecking, I think something needed to be done to make this book a better read. Make the first part shorter and do not overdo with the characters.

All in all, Gone Girl is an OK read. I liked the idea of the dark and twisted love story but for this book I think the idea is poorly delivered especially in the first part of it. But that doesn’t change the fact that I am going to go the cinema to watch hateful Nick and Amy on big screen soon because this is the main reason I picked the book to read in the first place. I love Rosamund Pike!!

BigScreen Buzz!! The Maze Runner

July 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

I really loved James Dashner’s The Maze Runner series. The fact that it’s hitting the big screen soon is really exciting. This dystopian themed movie is expected to be released in September and I am really expecting something cool from the Director Wes Ball. For the actor and actress lineups, Dylan O’Brien (Thomas), Kaya Scodelario (Teresa), Will Poulter (Gally), Ki Hong Lee (Minho) and Thomas “Jojen” Sangster (Newt),  they’re cool for me. I am not really familiar with their acting except for Sangster for his role as Jojen Reed in The game of Thrones but I really hope that they will do their parts well in this movie. I really loved the book so I hope this movie will do justice to it.

Book Review: The Dark Road by Ma Jian “China’s One Child Policy”

July 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Title: The Dark Road | Author: Ma Jian
Series: Stand alone | Genre: Drama, Asian Literature
Format: Paperback | Date Finished: July 17, 2014
Rating: 3 Cups of Coffee

“If a panda gets pregnant, the entire nation celebrates. But if a woman gets pregnant she’s treated like a criminal. What kind of country is this?”

Meili, a young peasant woman is married to Kongzi, a village school teacher, and a distant descendant of the great sage Confucius. They have a daughter, but desperate to carry on his illustrious line, Kongzi gets Meili pregnant without waiting for official permission. When family planning officers storm into the village to arrest violators of the population control policy, mother, father and daughter are forced to make a fugitive life on the river. Meili dreams of reaching a place called Heaven, a vast stinking wilderness of toxic waste, where the men eventually turn infertile and the family planning officers don’t dare to go. But as their troubled quest to give birth to a son continues, it becomes clear that Kongzi and Meili are not just raging against the state – they are at war with one another. –Goodreads

My Review

Provocative, alarming, and distressing. China’s “One Child Policy” was established by Chinese leader Deng Xioping in 1879 to limit communist China population growth. Being raised in a big family with my eight siblings, I can’t really imagine what it is like to live under such a policy. The Dark Road gave me an insight of this abusive policy through the hard life of Meili and Kongzi’s family. They have a lovely daughter Nannan, but Kongzi is dying for a son. So he gets Meili pregnant for a  second child and then the sequence of  horrific tragedies are shadowing their life. The forced abortion, prostitution and rape, economic and social oppression, child-selling and kidnapping, child beggars syndicate, all of these are not easy to digest. But kudos to Ma Jian for his explanatory and well-researched writing, I can get the feeling of how terrible life is under such a cruel policy.

For the characters development, the author did a good job and I am so happy that at several points of time he introduced new characters with positives impacts to the whole subject matter. Throughout the story, I can’t help but feel sorry for Meili and little Nannan and can’t hide my hatred towards Kongzi for his selfishness and ego. Despite everything happened Meili is a very loyal wife and loving mother. When she expresses her true feeling and talk about her dreams and ambition, I am cheering for her through and through. Nannan also a very bright and sweet little girl. I love her so much. But Kongzi? He’s so stubborn and kind of ruins everything.

I have rated this book 2 cups of coffee at first but give better thought about it. So it gets an extra cups of coffee at the end. I liked this book for it’s important premise but I don’t really like it in several aspects, you know, because this kind of book with a heavy and troubling subject can be boring a times and the ending is not in a way I like it.  But I am so glad that I read The Dark Road as it opens up your mind towards certain difficult issues which is related to the real life. If you love dark, provocative, and openly confrontational novel, this is definitely for you.

 

 

Book Review: Melayu dari Marikh [Malay From Mars]

July 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Title: Melayu dari Marikh | Author: Raja Faisal
Series: Short Stories Compilation Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Paperback | Date Finished: July 15, 2014
Rating: 3 Cups of Coffee

“Perception is not just three dimensions, because the fourth dimension is imagination

A man and his robot dog fight with life, when a mysterious footprints haunt an office in the middle of the night. When two species face on the battlefield, a knight fulfill its sacred mission at sunset in Kuala Lumpur and an accompanying Jerangkung key adventures of three companions to planet Earth. – Translated from Backcover

My Review

Light and imaginative reading. Melayu dari Marikh (Malay from Mars) is a compilation of 8 short stories; @Seramsial, Arnab dan Kura-kura (the Hare and the Tortoise), Kunci Jerangkung (Jerangkung’s Key), Hari-hari Terakhir Seorang Superhero  (The Last Days of a Superhero), Aku dan Robot Anjing Bernama Marty (The Robo-Dog, Marty and I), Izaq, Sepetang di Kuala Lumpur (An Evening in Kuala Lumpur), and Malam Pertama (The First Night) with brilliantly written prologue: Sekapur Sireh  and epilogue: Selamat Hari Jadi (Happy Birthday) by local sci-fi author Raja Faisal.

Raja Faisal, for me, is a writer with so much ideas to give to the readers. I think it’s brilliant of him to write science fiction which have the elements of Malaysian custom and culture. This book is not only for you to have fun and being imaginative, but the subject matter, for example the relationship between different races in Malay from Mars, and The hare and The Tortoise brings the reader  to think about what it’s mean to live within a multiracial country like Malaysia. In this anthology, there are a few good story with so much moral stories but there are also a few stories which are hard to decipher the hidden meaning the author would like to tell the reader.

In regard to the author’s inventive ideas, I have to give much credits to Raja Faisal for his fresh and imaginative ideas. However, his language style is just so inappropriate (instead of horrible). He used broken language, slang, wrong vocabularies, and a lot of street language which some people might think that this kind of thing shouldn’t be used in Malay creative writing. I have to admit that in Malaysian society nowadays this kind of language is more close to them because they use it in their daily life, so maybe in order to approach the readers, Raja Faisal uses this kind of language for his writing. However, in my humble opinion, even though it is a creative writing, this kind of approach should not be implemented since it gives the impression that our language is degenerating.

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