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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Man City, Chelsea win, MU defeated

The picture in relation to RVP’s 20 minute debut in Manchester United’s 1-0 lost to Everton

Last season Everton shocked Manchester United with a 4-4 draw where Manchester United was already in the driving seat with the scores at 4-2 back then before Everton levelled the score and Manchester City took advantage of the slip up and won the title. Last night it was a different story. Everton dominated most of the match and they could have scored a few more if it was not for the heroics of De Gea in goal. Manchester Untied lost their opener match against Everton (1-0). The Premiership has begun.

Manchester City was put to the test against newly promoted Southampton and man, I would have expected an upset and loads of credit to the Southampton for producing a fine display and they deserved at least a point.

Perhaps the most disastrous start went to Liverpool who lost away to West Brom (3-0). Loads are already calling Rodgers a big mistake and the contribution by captain Stevie G has been below par. The best performers for me would be Steve Clarke’s Swansea who defeated QPR 5-0 with a hat-trick from Dyer. Newcastle had a tricky tie which they won against Spurs 2-1 while Chelsea had a comfortable win against Wigan. The departure of RVP from Arsenal may have an effect on their firepower upfront as they weren’t able to convert their chances to goals. They drew 0-0 with Sunderland.

Not much talking points just yet but a good start for the opening weekend of the Premiership. I still believe Manchester United and Manchester City are the benchmarks for this season.

Movie reviews

Do catch Paranorman

Paranorman. After the disappointments of animated films such as Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Ice Age: Continental Drift, Paranorman brought back that satisfying feeling and I was beginning to slightly lose my trust on 2012’s line up of animations. Brave and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted lived up to my expectations and Paranorman kinda exceeded my expectations.

Visually it has a distinctive feel and I was quite impressed. The plot could have tweaked a little better especially the final third of the movie but the messages brought up were pretty strong which relates to fear. I thought the theme was pretty dark for a kid’s movie but if you put that aside, a few lessons can be learned. Winnie rated this the best movie of the year for her 10/10 but not for me, buddy. Verdict: 8/10.

Total Recall. Hmmmmm… A remake of the 1992 classic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’s one of those things where the movie doesn’t need a remake. Visually yes, Total Recall 2012 was way better and even the action sequences were pretty good. However, there are all these minor changes that could have been avoided or simply unnecessary. I love the duo of Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Beil on-screen and perhaps they were more of the highlights of the movie for me *lol* Now that’s one toughie baddie played by Kate and she would give a good run for the money against Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.

All in all, the flaws were inexcusable in Total Recall 2012. After hearing the podcast review of TR 2012 on Filmcast, there were even more flaws that were pointed out. I kinda enjoyed The Expendables 2 more and the reason being is that if you leave your brains home for Total Recall, there are certainly no talking points but more of the negatives. Unlike The Expendables, which will still reward you with some entertaining value. Potentially a good remake but lacked substance. Verdict: 6/10.

The Expendables 2. I should have watched the first but I’m not sure if it would have made a difference. One thing for sure, I didn’t have too high expectations on this action flick despite the number of has-been Hollywood stars such as Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Come to think of it, these stars kinda reminds me how WWE used veteran wrestlers such as HHH and Shawn Michaels to bring back the entertainment factor.

I quite enjoyed the one-liners but not as classy but worth a laugh or so. I came to the movie with low expectations and surprisingly I kinda enjoyed it. Of course, this movie has many flaws that I can easily point but this is also a movie where you can just leave your brains back at home, buy a popcorn and just enjoy the journey. Oh yeah, there are tons of “over the top” action scenes but kinda forgivable. If you are looking for pure fun, this could just fit the bill.Verdict: 7/10.

Bourne Legacy. I kinda understand why Rottentomatoes have it a 55% score of Bourne Legacy. I mean, it’s a Bourne movie that has average at 80% on RT for the first three movies. What could have gone wrong with Bourne Legacy then? Well, after watching the movie, there are pointers that I would like to highlight – mainly Jeremy Renner, the anti-climax and the overall flow. First of all, though he was well like in his other movies such as The Avengers and MI4, he didn’t bring enough firepower as a leading actor. I still remember his days in the Hurt Locker and he was simply brilliant. Yea, yea.. he could throw a few moves here and there but I couldn’t feel his character and his talent was put to waste here.

The pace of the movie was disjointed and it doesn’t feel like a Bourne movie. The anti-climax wasn’t handled well either. The chemistry between the characters wasn’t properly developed and it felt quite loose. I quite kinda like how it all started but it was downhill midway through the movie. It’s hard to fill as the leading role of the Bourne franchise but I really miss the old Bourne direction. Another notable absentee was the classic theme soundtrack that gave more adrenalin to the action scenes. A movie I felt shortchanged after enjoying the first three Bourne series. Verdict: 6/10.

RIP Tony Scott

RIP Tony Scott. Remember the classic movies – Days of Thunder, Crimson Tide, True Romance, Unstoppable and the big hit Top Gun? These movies were directed by the late Tony Scott, the brother to Ridley Scott, another famous director (Gladiator, Blade Runner). He took his own live by jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles recently. Tony Scott had a brain cancer then. He left a suicide note which was found in his office and he also left several notes to his loved ones in his car.



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