Dark Shadows (2012)

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5/10

Dark Shadows is about Bernabas Collins, heir to the Collins family, was cursed and turned into Vampire by a witch then buried alive. Some century later he was freed by some construction worker. He then make his return to Collins family which is currently in an impending doom. He then work to restore his family name in this modern era and also to battle his past nemesis.

In my opinion, Dark Shadows is a very poor effort from Tim Burton. I didn’t know whether it’s supposed to be funny or a Gothic humor. It’s kinda neither here nor there. And Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Dr. Julia Hoffman, also doesn’t seem to play any significant role in the movie as she usually does. To me, she seems to be in the movie because it’s Tim Burton directing and he somehow has to cast Johnny Depp and her.

All in all, I didn’t like the movie. The plot is mundane and predictable in every way.

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Dark Shadows (2012)

Les Misérables (2012)

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Les Misérables is a musical film that originate from a very famous musical play, which I’ve never seen. The movie is basically about a man named Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) who was a prisoner and then later released but to serve a parole. Yet he broke his parole but as luck have it, he was blessed with a second chance to relive his life. He give reinvent himself with a new identity for a new life. It was not too long that his hunter, inspector Javier (Russell Crowe), meet him and once again hunt him down to put him back in prison. During that time, Jean Valjean  also found a new purpose and peace in life by adopting a daughter named Cosette through a promise with her dying mother after suffering a horrible fate. The chase goes…

I’m definitely not into this kind of musical film. I still remember how I dislike Sweeney Todd. I couldn’t even finish the movie because of all the horrible singing. Well, apparently it’s just horrible to me. Anyway, I had similar experience with Les Misérables. It’s just that this time it’s not so because there are actually a few good songs that I like and some extraordinary performance from Anne Hathaway. I literally cry at the scene where Anne Hathaway was subjected to abuse which she then sang the I Dream The Dream piece.

All in all, I believe it’s a great movie, unless you are really not into this kind of musical film like me which you might find it quite boring. So yes, it’s subjective.

Les Misérables (2012)

Now You See Man (2013)

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8/10

Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. When I saw the casts list in the trailer, I was like what? Seriously? The Social Network nerd, victor and mentor from Hunger Game, Rebecca BloomWood (from Confession of Shopaholic), the guy from 21 Jump Street, Butler, and God all in the same movie?? You gotta be kidding me. So anyway, Now You See Me is a movie about 4 individually awesome magician were called forth by a secret code to work together as a team. As a team, they set out to perform a series of incredible magic trick. First of which was to rob a bank. The setup of the whole thing. From there everything just gets bigger and bigger.

What do I think? I love it. I love Ocean’s Eleven, The Italian Job, and This Bank Job. This is like those movies using magic trick. What’s there not to love. Well, it’s not exactly magic. But it’s presented so and that’s part of what I love about it. I would love to be more dramatic though. They should be challenged hard and be pushed in a tighter spot before getting out of it alive. Still, Now You See Me is definitely worth checking out.

Now You See Man (2013)

Man of Steel (2013)

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8/10

I don’t know why I always have the impression that it was directed by Christopher Nolan. Maybe because they always flash his name big big every time Man of Steel trailer is shown. Apparently it’s actually directed by Zack Snyder. Man of Steel is like a Batman Begins for superman. It’s the story of the birth and origin of Superman.

To be honest, Man of Steel didn’t awe me as much as I expected it to be. With that, I still think it’s way better than Superman Returns. To start with, the costume is already a whole lot better—cooler and nicer. The fights, the destruction are super drastic. To a certain extend, I like it but when it comes a point where all you see is sh*t getting destroyed, blasted and exploded that I start to just feel that they kinda overdid it. It’s funny how he fights to save people and the world yet ended up destroying so many things and getting so many people killed. Anyway, Cavill plays a pretty good Superman though.

If you’re just looking for a good super hero movie with epic over the top action sequence, Man of Steel is the right stuff. Definitely recommended.

Man of Steel (2013)

80’s Cafe

I somehow ended up checking the place out by chance. It’s  nice a cosy place. Quiet, serene, peaceful and relaxing. The decor is nice too. There’s a small dance studio in there, guitar and microphone. I can’t help but wonder if people actually come here to jam and practice dancing. Anyway, I as usual ordered mocha frappe my friends ordered strawberry smoothie, green tea frappe, and lastly, a cocktail—Sex On The Beach. My mocha frappe is awesome. Even better than Starbucks’ in my opinion. Not too sweet, not too much cream and the coffee aroma and after taste is nice. The strawberry frappe is not bad too but I still didn’t find green tea frappe any good.  However, my fiance said it is. So thumbs up for 80’s Cafe for being my new favorite place for mocha frappe. 😀

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Green Tea Frappe

80’s Cafe

Gloria Jean’s Coffee (Phnom Penh)

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When I was back home this time, I manage to go and try one of the the overly-checked-in places among my Cambodian Facebook friends—Glorian Jean’s. We went there on Thursday evening which lucky for us, it was a one-for-one day. I, as usual, ordered mocha frappe, raisin danish, and croissant. My fiance, on the other hand, ordered green tea frappe. I’ve gotta admit, I’ve never actually tried Gloria Jean’s in Singapore since I’ve got Starbucks. So yeah it was pretty much my first time trying it. It’s pretty nice that they actually have free toppings for us to add ourselves. They have melted chocolate, caramel, and sprinkle toppings. We went to the Riverside branch but unfortunately for us, it was too crowded that day so we didn’t manage to get outdoor river-view seat.

Anyway, on to the menu. I didn’t like my mocha frappe at all. It’s too sweet and creamy for me. The raisin danish and croissant was just as bad. It tasted like a leftover. As for green tea, I’ve never been a big fan of green tea frappe so definitely sucks for me. But my fiance said it’s the best in town among those that she’s tried. So overall a thumbs down for me.

Gloria Jean’s Coffee (Phnom Penh)

Yi Sang Chinese Restaurant (Chaktomuk)

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I always eat at the Yi Sang in Almond hotel there. Never know that there’s another Yi Sang at riverside at all. Was introduced to this place by a friend after our coffee session at 80’s Cafe. A really good place. It’s located just at the riverside which is very windy and has a great view. Definitely a good place to enjoy a relaxing meal. We went there to eat Khmer Noodle (នំបាញ់ចុក). I ordered នំបាញ់ចុកណាមយ៉ា. The rest also ordered the same except my brother. He order the steak because it came with a free glass of red wine during happy hour.

In my opinion, the Khmer Noodle was so-so. I like it more flavored and salty. My brother’s steak is good but a bit over-cooked. Still, I’d recommend this place for it’s environment and views.

Name: Yi Sang Chinese Restaurant
Address: Chaktomuk. Along river side.
Price: US$ 12 – Steak, US$ 2.5 Khmer Noodle
Category: Chinese, Western, Local
Comment: Taste so-so but ambiance and view is great. 

Steak and red wine

Yi Sang Chinese Restaurant (Chaktomuk)