May 18, 2009

Wolverine Hidden Endings

For those who watched "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" I bet you started walking out to the exit once the credits start rolling.

For your info, there are some hidden endings during and after the credits. And to top it up, there are different endings on different prints. This means that, depending on which cinema you watched the movie in, the ending will be different.

** SPOILERS ALERT **

The hidden scene which I saw features Logan aka Wolverine drinking shots of whiskey in a bar in Japan. The female bartender asks him if he’s American. Wolverine replies "Canadian…I think." She asks if he’s drinking to forget. "I’m drinking to remember" he says.

Comic buffs would know that Wolverine will meet and marry a girl named Itsu in Japan and they have a son, Daken. This ending could be the teaser for a possible sequel.

The other hidden ending features Deadpool. Out of the rubble of the tower, Deadpool's blade begins to retract back into his arm. His hand reaches out from the rubble to find his decapitated head. The eyes pop open and with his, now open, mouth he looks at the camera and says “Ssssh”.

This could be a prelude to the upcoming Deadpool spin-off movie.

For more hidden endings, see my other post Here.

May 4, 2009

Watching movie online - the legal way

Forget bittorrent, limewire etc. Forget about going to your local video store to buy or rent DVDs. Now there's a convenient and legal way to watch and stream movies online. iReel.com is a new portal which lets you watch movies online using iReels's own player. No plugins or installs required.

iReel's movie database is slowly expanding and includes movies from the early 1950s to recent Hollywood blockbusters such as The Uninvited and Iron Man.

Most importantly to know is that this site offers a legal service and without any threat of viruses or spywares.

Note: unfortunately iReel service is currently still not available in Malaysia. Hopefully it will be made available to us soon.

February 23, 2009

Winners of the 81st Academy Awards

Here are the winners for some of the key awards in the recent 81st Academy Awards

Best Motion Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Sean Penn for Milk
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Kate Winslet for The Reader
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Penélope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Achievement in Directing: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Original Song: Slumdog Millionaire: A.R. Rahman, Gulzar ("Jai Ho")
Best Animated Film: WALL·E

February 13, 2009

A good movie for Valentine's Day

"Nights In Rodanthe" is one of those romantic little movies that are aimed at touching your heartstrings. Seeing that the movie is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, you can probably tell what the story is about. Yes Nicholas Sparks is the same guy who wrote "Message In A Bottle", "The Notebook", "A Walk To Remember".


Anyway, this is not a movie to shout about. It's just a simple movie to watch while cuddling with your partner on the couch. If you're a guy, this is the movie that would make her cry on your shoulder.

The story is about how Richard Gere and Diane Lane met in a deserted beach house while a storm is brewing outside. While trapped inside the house, both of them falls in love. But like all Nicholas Spark stories, tragedy happens. Telling you anymore would spoil the story.

One great thing about the movie is the beautiful scenery and cinematography. The beach house which is central to the movie looks fantastic. And not to mention great acting by the two leads. Gere and Lane have perfect chemistry and they can still captivate the audience after all these years.


My only complain is that the movie tend to focus too much on the romance between Gere and Lane, and too little on what happens afterwards. The flashback at the end of the movie was too quick.

All in all this will not break any box office, but definitely worth watching on Valentine's Day tomorrow.

February 11, 2009

Review: Punisher: Warzone


If you are looking for lots of gore and violence, this is the movie to see. "Punisher: War Zone" has lots of over-the-top action which sometimes make it unintentionally funny.

This movie is sort of a sequel to the 2004 movie which starred Thomas Jane as the The Punisher. In the 2004 movie, Frank Castle's entire family was murdered and goes on to take revenge on the mob family who did it. In this movie, Ray Stevenson takes over the lead. And he's still being as vengeful as ever.

In the opening sequence, Punisher infiltrates a local mob dinner, and during the course of the massacre, he hideously disfigures gangster Billy Russoti. Rusotti re-surface as Jigsaw seeking revenge on Castle.

The story wasn't bad at all. But I felt that the Punisher was being portrayed too much as a mindless, violent, un-emotional killing machine. At least in the 2004 movie, the background of the character was shown to us and we sympathize with him. And give me a break with the Jigsaw character. Was he trying too hard to be like The Joker?

Overall this is just a cheesy B-movie action flick. I give it 5 out of 10 stars.

Man Shot For Talking in Cinema

Have you ever been annoyed when people start talking to each other or answering the handphone in cinemas?
Sat December 27, 2008 (CNN) - A man angry that a family was talking during a movie threw popcorn at the son and then shot the father in the arm, according to police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

James Joseph Cialella, 29, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons violations, a police report said.

Cialella told the family sitting in front of him in the theater on Christmas Day to be quiet, police said.

An argument ensued while others at the Riverview Movie Theatre watched "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Cialella then approached the family from the left side of the aisle and shot the father, who was not identified, as he was standing between Cialella and his family, according to the police report.

The victim was taken to Jefferson Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left arm, police said.

Cialella was carrying a Kel-Tec .380-caliber handgun clipped inside his sweatpants, police said. He was arrested and taken into custody.


February 10, 2009

Alternative ways to download movies

I'm sure most of you are familiar on how to download movies using P2P technology like BitTorrent. But what if you cannot access BitTorrent? For example if you are blocked by a firewall in your office.

An alternative way is to use direct download methods like Rapidshare and Megaupload. The difference is that direct downloads are slower because you are downloading directly from a central source instead of multiple.

I have come across a few good websites which offer movies for download via Rapidshare:

http://allulook4.com/category/movies/
http://moviesfreenow.blogspot.com/
http://dodowarez.blogspot.com/
http://ncenmovie.blogspot.com/ - Asian movies
http://www.dlaznmovies.com/ - Asian movies
http://www.tv-mafia.com/ - TV series
http://www.rapidtelevision.com/ - TV series

The problem with Rapidshare is that if you are not a Premium member, there is a 15min wait time between downloads. And you can only download one file at a time.

Anyway, I think this is a good alternative to BitTorrent. Happy Downloading!

January 22, 2009

Nominees for the 81st Academy Awards

The following are the nominees for some of the major awards for the 81st Annual Academy Awards:

Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Christian Colson

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Richard Jenkins for The Visitor
Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn for Milk
Brad Pitt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie for Changeling
Melissa Leo for Frozen River
Meryl Streep for Doubt
Kate Winslet for The Reader

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Josh Brolin for Milk
Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt
Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon for Revolutionary Road

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams for Doubt
Penélope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis for Doubt
Taraji P. Henson for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler

Best Achievement in Directing
Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry for The Reader
David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant for Milk

Best Original Song
Slumdog Millionaire: A.R. Rahman, Gulzar ("Jai Ho")
Slumdog Millionaire: A.R. Rahman, M.I.A ("O Saya")
WALL·E: Peter Gabriel, Thomas Newman ("Down to Earth")

Best Animated Fim
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
WALL·E

January 12, 2009

Golden Globe updates (4): Slumdog wins top honor

"Slumdog Millionaire" has lived up to its underdog theme at the Golden Globes, sweeping all four of its categories, including best drama and director for Danny Boyle.

The movie also won best screenplay and musical score.

Featuring a generally unknown cast in a story set on the streets of Mumbai, the movie follows a young Indian man who appears on a game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" and exceeds people's expectations, raising the suspicions of the game show host and law enforcement.

Golden Globe update (3): 30 Rock sweeps TV comedy awards

TV series "30 Rock" gained awards for Best Comedy, Best Actor (Alec Baldwin) and Best Actress (Tina Fey). The series won in all three of the categories in which it was nominated.

Golden Globe updates (2): Wall-E is best animated film

Disney/Pixar's "Wall-E" has been named Best Animated Film at Golden Globes. The movie beat off competition from "Kung-Fu Panda" and "Bolt."

Other winners so far include:

1) Sally Hawkins (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy): Happy-Go-Lucky
2) Heath ledger (Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture): The Dark Knight
3) Kate Winslet (Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture): The Reader
4) Slumdog Millionaire (Best Screenplay - Motion Picture)
5) Waltz With Bashir (Israel)(Best Foreign Movie)

Golden Globe updates (1): Ledger wins award

Heath Ledger won Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes Sunday night. Kate Winslet won the first Golden Globe of the night for her supporting role in "The Reader".

January 8, 2009

'Ghajini' breaks box-office

The Bollywood movie "Ghajini" became the only Indian film to earn one billion rupees (RM71.9mil) at the box office across the country in less than a week of its release on Christmas.

At a time when every industry is hit by recessionary trends and Bollywood did not fare quite well at the box office, the film starring lead actor Aamir Khan broke all the previous records and set the cash registers ringing within a few days of its release.


"Ghajini" is a remake of a Tamil film of the same name. The film is a romantic action thriller that explores the life of a rich businessman who suffers from 'anterograde amnesia' following a violent encounter. With the aid of Polaroid Instant camera images and permanent tattoos on his torso, the man tries to avenge the murder of his girlfriend, Kalpana, who has been murdered.

However, to all those who have been calling the movie a remake of Christopher Nolan's "Memento", actor Aamir Khan says the movie is just inspired from the Hollywood flick and is not a copy or remake of it.

Besides, raking in huge profits in domestic markets, "Ghajini" has done well in the overseas market as well. The movie opened with $0.92 million in the Middle East, followed by North America with $1.4 million and Australia with $254,000.

January 6, 2009

The 15 Big Movies Coming in 2009

Here is Entertainment Weekly's list of "15 Big Movies Coming in 2009":

1) Public Enemies
2) Terminator Salvation
3) The Ugly Truth
4) Where The Wild Things Are
5) Watchmen
6) Taking of Pelham 1-2-3
7) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
8) Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience
9) Julie & Julia
10) Up
11) Obsessed
12) Year One
13) Land Of The Lost
14) X-Men Origins: Wolverine
15) Angels & Demons