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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM – Review

JK Rowling shares with us her view of the wizarding world in 1920’s and it’s Leviosa’-ing it’self to our heart and to the box office. The story is 80 years before the Voldemort incident. Well the movie is about a young wizard who travels to America in search of magical creatures. Newt Scamander of Hufflepuff is no ordinary wizard that we have seen before.

The Gist of It:

When Newt Scamander a magizoologist arrived to America, he was in a mission to save some magical creatures. But Newt is the type who bring his work everywhere; in his briefcase. So one event led to another, well some of his creature got loose. Together with his muggle partner he befriended, Kowalski; they both end up catching those magical creatures.

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However it wasn’t all pleasant after a muggle was found dead and MACUSA(Magical Congress of the United States of America) has their fingers all pointed to Newt’s creatures and even blaming him. They convicted him and Goldstein for not reporting it earlier despite her effort to inform her superior.
Newt, using his creatures escaped and when on to hunt to the actual creature that is responsible of horrific killing only to find out its inside job all this while.

The Review

Harry Potter movie will definitely not be disappointed. The plot is much more interesting and the story telling is way mature then off Harry Potter series. Directed by David Yates whom is no stranger to series, he just laviosa the JK Rowling adaptation into live.
But importantly we are excited to see Eddie Redmayne who was incredible in The Danish Girl playing Newt Scamander. Acting as a lonely Hufflepuff wizard he totally suits the part with his awkwardness and not focuses eye contact. Adding to the mix is Collin Farrell as grumpy cop who is always pissed off like all his movie. That we didn’t like. But he played well in this role and when climax shocker character unfold, we almost fell of our seat. We loved Kowalski. A cute tubby fellow who from our eyes is kind hearted. With bag of bread it totally suit actor Dan Fogler who is Tony award by the way.

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Beside good storyline and cute magical being there is some part that raises question even we still finding hard to believe. Well for one, if you are ever expelled from Hogwarts, your wand will broken so that you can’t cast a spell as you would be a danger to others. But Newt, has his wand still? Well how is that? Also not to mentioned the reason behind the why is Newt is Dumbledore’s favorite student?

The bigger picture is that how has J.K Rowling universe has been scale up. From a regular wizardy school to a massive ministry in US. We know that the movie is much earlier than the Harry Potter time line, but we know for certain that it is link some how through Dumbledore.

All and all it’s a great movie and it is a must watch movie if you’re Harry Potter and even if you’re not.

Moana – Contest

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. “Moana is the 16-year-old daughter of the chief of Motunui,” says director Ron Clements. “She’s athletic, nimble, compassionate and incredibly smart. She has a never-say-die attitude and a profound connection to the ocean.”

“So it’s troubling to her, to say the least, that her people don’t go beyond the reef surrounding their island,” adds director John Musker. “They stay within the confines of that reef, and Moana doesn’t really understand why.”

The story is inspired in part by the oral histories of the people and cultures of Oceania. Three thousand years ago, Polynesian voyagers, the greatest navigators in the world, voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering thousands of islands. But then, according to scholars, for approximately a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. “Navigation is such a big part of Pacific culture,” says Musker. “The ancient Polynesians found their way across the seas without the use of modern instruments, using their knowledge of nature, the stars, the waves and the currents.”

Adds Clements, “We heard many times that the ocean doesn’t separate the islands, it connects them. Voyaging is a real source of pride for Pacific Islanders, a part of their identity. They were, and continue to be, some of the greatest explorers of all time. What they did was quite sophisticated, borderline miraculous.”

There are many theories, but no one is certain, about what may have led to this 1,000-year gap in exploration; this sparked the filmmakers’ imaginations. Says Musker, “In our story, our heroine, Moana, is at the heart of the rebirth of wayfinding.”

During her journey, Moana meets the mighty demigod Maui, a larger-than-life character who was inspired by multitudes of varied tales and legends about him throughout the Oceania region. Says Musker, “We were fascinated by the stories we read, the tales told to us by experts in the region. Maui was larger-than-life, a trickster and a shapeshifter. He could pull up whole islands from the sea with his fishhook; he had the power to slow down the sun. He is an incredible figure.”

Maui, who’s on his own journey of self-discovery, reluctantly guides Moana in her quest to become a master wayfinder and save her people. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

“It’s a story that takes place many, many years ago, but with a contemporary feel,” says producer Osnat Shurer. “Our hope as filmmakers has been to create a universal story that is also an homage to the beautiful people of the Pacific Islands who inspired us along this journey.”

Filmmakers cast newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, and Dwayne Johnson (HBO’s “Ballers,” “Central Intelligence”) lends his voice to demigod Maui. The voice cast also includes Jemaine Clement (“The BFG,” “Despicable Me,” “Rio,” “Rio 2,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” Flight of the Conchords) as Tamatoa, a self-absorbed, 50-foot crab ; Rachel House (“Whale Rider,” “Hunt for Wilderpeople”) as Moana’s trusted Gramma Tala; Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Once Were Warriors,” “Six Days, Seven Nights”) as Moana’s no-nonsense father, Chief Tui; Alan Tudyk (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Big Hero 6”) as the voice of dumb rooster Heihei; and Nicole Scherzinger (“Men in Black 3,” lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls) voices Moana’s playful and strong-willed mother, Sina.

Helmed by Clements and Musker, the directing team behind “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin” “The Princess & the Frog,” and produced by Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), “Moana” features music from a diverse and dynamic team that includes Tony®-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning “Hamilton,” Tony-winning “In the Heights”), Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Speed,” “Tarzan” “The Lion King”) and Opetaia Foaʻi (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka).

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 56th animated feature sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM – Contest(ENDED)

The film reunited a number of people from the “Harry Potter” features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
The behind-the-scenes creative team included Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It,” the “Sherlock Holmes” movies), three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,”the “Harry Potter” films), three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Chicago,”“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Tim Burke(“Gladiator,” the “Harry Potter” films), Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Christian Manz(“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”), and Yates’ longtime editor Mark Day (the last four “Harry Potter” films).“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden,which was home to the “Harry Potter” films for a decade.  Some scenes were also shot on location in Liverpool, England. Warner Bros. Pictures has slated “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for world wide release in 2D and 3D in select theaters and IMAX on November 18, 2016.
The film is slated for release in Malaysia beginning November 17, 2016. Do like Warner Brothers Facebook at https://www.Facebook.com/WarnerBrosMalaysia for info about the movie.

Who is Steppenwolf in Justice League

Lex Luthor is an crazy villian. But he saw his idea to get Superman and Batman each other didn’t work. He even used General Zog’s DNA and his DNA aswell and created Doomsday. A creature with all the capability of Superman and Lex’s anger. It took everything of Superman to finally conquer Doomsday. Ofcourse with a little help of Batman’s engineering and Wonderwomens strength, they manage to kill Doomsday. Superman however was killed during this battled.
Lex not going down without a fight ran into the Krypton space ship and we saw next is Steppenwolf. A weird alien with a hammer head holding 3 square stones that looks like Transformer’s All Spark. It’s call macguffins. After a weird mating call, he dissolves and vanishes to thin air. Some DC die hard fans was rejoicing during this scene.

Well who is this Steppenwolf and why people were so happy? Well Steppenwolf who will be played by Game of Thrones star Cianran Hinds, is actually the aid of the tyrannical ruler Darkseid. Steppenwolf is considered as New Gods and powerful but not as powerful as Darkseid.

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As Darkseid’s right hand, he leads the Apokolips army. Apokolips is a planet with advance technology and it’s inhabited by Parademons. You might have missed it as it was the movie was very much of a puzzle. Batman’s vision which in theory we assume is a Paradox.

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Check out review here where we mention there was alot of things going on but we wasn’t sure what was it until we understood what was Charles Roven was saying.

“[Back] before there was a history … mankind, the Atlanteans — before they were under water — the Amazonians and, actually, the old gods, teamed together and decided that — based on an event that happened — these mother boxes were going to be placed in the care of, as I say, the Amazonians, mankind and the Atlanteans,” producer Charles Roven revealed. “So that allows us to get into some of those environments.”

So the theory might be that it has to do something regarding the Old Gods.