Friday, February 28, 2014

Hong Kong Box Office - February 23, 2014 - 香港票房榜

Hong Kong Box Office - Week Ending: February 23, 2014


Weekend of February 23, 2014
Rank Film Title
1 The Wolf Of Wall Street (華爾街狼人)
2 RoboCop (鐵甲威龍)
3 I, Frankenstein (妖魔行者)
4 The Monuments Men (古文明救兵)
5 The Lego Movie (LEGO英雄傳)
6 金雞sss (Gam Gai 3/Golden Chicken 3/Golden Chickens)
7 American Hustle (騙海豪情)
8 賭城風雲 (From Vegas To Macau/The Man From Macau)
9 The Book Thief (偷書賊)
10 Philomena (千里伴我尋)
... ...
13 六福喜事 (Hello Babies)
... ...
14 西遊記之大鬧天宮 (The Monkey King)

Source: Box Office Mojo and WMOOV - retrieved February 27, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Walking Dead - Steven and Lauren



Wowza! Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan do this amazing photo shoot for Los Angeles magazine. What if Glenn and Maggie met in the post World War II era and did an engagement photo session? Bam! Feast your eyes below.





Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Zhong Guo Box Office - February 23, 2014 - 中国票房榜

Zhong Guo Box Office - Week Ending: February 23, 2014


Weekend of February 23, 2014
Rank Film Title
1 The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (霍比特人2:史矛革之战)
2 北京愛情故事/北京爱情故事 (Beijing Love Story)
3 澳门风云 (The Man From Macau)
4 西游记之大闹天宫 (The Monkey King)
5 Frozen (冰雪奇缘)
6 前任攻略 (Ex Files)
7 爸爸去哪儿 (Dad, Where Are We Going)
8 谁说我们不会爱 (Unexpected Love)
9 过界男女 (Bends)
10 闪魂 (Shining Soul)

Source: Ent Group - retrieved February 24, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Fan BingBing in X-Men: Days Of Future Past



Fan Bingbing makes it into the X-Men: Days Of Future Past released still this past week.



Looks like her character is Blink, a teleportation specialist. Gonna see if she gets any speaking parts.

Looking forward to this movie. Glad its coming out in May.



Monday, February 24, 2014

Taiwan Box Office - February 23, 2014 - 台灣票房榜


Weekend of February 23, 2014
Rank Film Title Weeks
1 The Wolf Of Wall Street (華爾街之狼) 2
2 Pompeii (龐貝) 1
3 3 Days To Kill(特務殺很大) 2
4 Saving Mr. Banks (大夢想家) 1
5 The Lego Movie (樂高玩電影) 3
6 Lone Survivor (紅翼行動) 3
7 Frozen (冰雪奇緣) 10
8 大稻埕 (Twa-Tiu-Tiann) 4
9 The Book Thief (傑克萊恩:詭影任) 2
10 Dallas Buyers Club (藥命俱樂部) 1
11 機器戰警 (RoboCop) 4
12 Blue Is The Warmest Colour (藍色是最溫暖的顏色) 2
13 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (傑克萊恩:詭影任) 4
14 Philomena (遲來的守護者) 1
15 獵人劇場版:最終任務 (Hunter × Hunter: The Last Mission) 2
16 Winter's Tale (冬季奇蹟) 2
17 西遊記之大鬧天宮 (The Monkey King) 3
18 Endless Love (無盡的愛) 2
19 Inside Llewyn Davis (醉鄉民謠) 2
20 鐵獅玉玲瓏 (Lion Dancing) 5

Source: Yahoo! Movies Taiwan - retrieved February 24, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Walking Dead - Prison Break



The Walking Dead is starting in mere minutes. Last weeks episode left us with a unconscious Glenn. The previews have him joining a mad max crew. Glenn and Maggie have to get back together!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

郊遊 - Stray Dogs - Upcoming



郊遊 (Stray Dogs) is being released in Taipei this weekend. Tsai Ming-liang movies are general pretty hard watches for me. I generally am on a different wavelength than him. I'll be skipping this based on the typage inspired trailer.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hong Kong Box Office - February 16, 2014 - 香港票房榜

Hong Kong Box Office - Week Ending: February 16, 2014


Weekend of February 16, 2014
Rank Film Title
1 RoboCop (鐵甲威龍)
2 The Wolf Of Wall Street (華爾街狼人)
3 金雞sss (Gam Gai 3/Golden Chicken 3/Golden Chickens)
4 The Lego Movie (LEGO英雄傳)
5 American Hustle (騙海豪情)
6 賭城風雲 (From Vegas To Macau/The Man From Macau)
7 六福喜事 (Hello Babies)
8 西遊記之大鬧天宮 (The Monkey King)
9 Winter's Tale (冬日奇緣)
10 Endless Love (戀一世的愛)
... ...
22 喜羊羊與灰太狼6之飛馬奇遇記 (Pleasant Goat And Big Big Wolf 6)

Source: Box Office Mojo and WMOOV - retrieved February 20, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

2014 Winter Olympics - Ice Skating



The 2014 Winter Olympics are back! Pretty old news since it started almost 2 weeks ago and ends this weekend. I love the Olympics. The summer ones more than the winter, but love it nonetheless. My two daughters are taking ice skating now, so I've had my share of it these past few nights. With the newly introduced team event, Ice Skating started the day before the opening ceremonies just to get through the qualifying rounds. I have a feeling Russia will be winning this for the first 2-3 times based on their team strength. I think Canada and the USA will flip flop the 2nd and 3rd slots.



I live in Los Angeles so I get coverage of from NBC and when I have time, I'll watch the non-edited NBC Live streams on my tablet. Too much to do in one day to just sit around and watch olympics.



Ice skating has a lot of Asians in it. They may not be on top of all the events, but they are scattered throughout the 4 different events. Most represent the Asian country they come from. But the USA and Canada team reflect their immigrant culture with many Asian-Americans and Asian-Canadians. Which give my two daughters an example if they ever decide to pursue this. If they do. If not, they will still be motivated by them.

Mirai Nagasu wasn't able to represent the USA this time around due to some controversial decisions.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Zhong Guo Box Office - February 16, 2014 - 中国票房榜

Zhong Guo Box Office - Week Ending: February 16, 2014


Weekend of February 16, 2014
Rank Film Title
1 北京愛情故事/北京爱情故事 (Beijing Love Story)
2 西游记之大闹天宫 (The Monkey King)
3 澳门风云 (The Man From Macau)
4 Frozen (冰雪奇缘)
5 爸爸去哪儿 (Dad, Where Are We Going)
6 前任攻略 (Ex Files)
7 谁说我们不会爱 (Unexpected Love)
8 过界男女 (Bends)
9 熊出没之夺宝熊兵 (Boonie Bears)
10 大话天仙 (Just Another Margin)

Source: Ent Group - retrieved February 18, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Taiwan Box Office - February 16, 2014 - 台灣票房榜


Weekend of February 16, 2014
Rank Film Title Weeks
1 The Wolf Of Wall Street (華爾街之狼) 1
2 The Lego Movie (樂高玩電影) 2
3 大稻埕 (Twa-Tiu-Tiann) 3
4 Lone Survivor (紅翼行動) 2
5 機器戰警 (RoboCop) 3
6 The Book Thief (傑克萊恩:詭影任) 1
7 西遊記之大鬧天宮 (The Monkey King) 2
8 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (傑克萊恩:詭影任) 3
9 Winter's Tale (冬季奇蹟) 1
10 Frozen (冰雪奇緣) 9
11 3 Days To Kill(特務殺很大) 1
12 Endless Love (無盡的愛) 1
13 獵人劇場版:最終任務 (Hunter × Hunter: The Last Mission) 1
14 Blue Is The Warmest Colour (藍色是最溫暖的顏色) 1
15 鐵獅玉玲瓏 (Lion Dancing) 4
16 I, Frankenstein (科學怪人:屠魔大戰) 3
17 Inside Llewyn Davis (醉鄉民謠) 1
18 Instructions Not Included (重點是,我愛你) 2
19 Chinese Puzzle (紐約愛情拼圖) 1
20 看見台灣 (Beyond Beauty - Taiwan From Above) 16

Source: Yahoo! Movies Taiwan - retrieved February 17, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Walking Dead and Steven Yeun



The Walking Dead is onto its Fourth Season and it's pretty dang good. The mid-season premiere (episode 9) did not feature Glenn played by Steven Yeun in the main scenes. Glenn only showed up in previous and upcoming stuff.

BUT this week, we'll find out what he's up to and what happened to the bus. Donde esta es Maggie! What?! No Maggie sightings so far.

Looking forward to Episode 10!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Beijing Love Story - 北京愛情故事 - Upcoming



Beijing Love Story (北京愛情故事) is being release in the US market this weekend. Seems to be anthology of lives that find their love in different ways. I wouldn't mind checking it out. I like these types of movies because the bang for your buck is high with so many characters. Most likely, these characters in and in themselves would not be able to carry a whole movie, but in shorten form, we take it the extremes of the story and don't have to invest so much time.

I will try my darndest to catch it in the local movie theatre. But current showtimes are not favorable to my schedule.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hong Kong Box Office - February 9, 2014 - 香港票房榜

Hong Kong Box Office - Week Ending: February 9, 2014


Weekend of February 9, 2014
Rank Film Title
1 The Lego Movie (LEGO英雄傳)
2 金雞sss (Gam Gai 3/Golden Chicken 3/Golden Chickens)
3 賭城風雲 (From Vegas To Macau/The Man From Macau)
4 西遊記之大鬧天宮 (The Monkey King)
5 六福喜事 (Hello Babies)
6 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (驚天諜變:魅影特攻)
7 Saving Mr. Banks (大夢想家)
8 The Book Thief (偷書賊)
9 Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (曼德拉-自由之路)
10 喜羊羊與灰太狼6之飛馬奇遇記 (Pleasant Goat And Big Big Wolf 6)
... ...
16 救火英雄 (As The Light Goes Out)
... ...
20 一個複雜故事 (A Complicated Story)
... ...
21 私人訂制 (Personal Tailor)

Source: Box Office Mojo and WMOOV - retrieved February 12, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Elysium - 極樂世界



Elysium (極樂世界) is an 2014 film. The movie stars Matt Damon. The movie is made by Neill Blomkamp, who helmed District 9 (第九禁區) a few years ago.

In the far future, the earth has rundown and polluted. The "haves" built a paradise in space called Elysium that orbits the earth. The "have nots" remain on earth and try to survive. Damon plays Max, a ex-con trying to do right in life by going straight and having a stable job on the line making robots. Max's childhood is with Frey, who leaves the "hood" for greener pastures. The run into each other at the hospital when Max has a boo boo. Frey patches him off and sends him on his way, not wanting to re-kindle anything. Max heads back to work, but is accidentally exposed to radiation and has 5 days to live. Not wanting to die, he tries to get to Elysium where technology can actually heal of "anything". The spiders are a group of hackers that he makes a deal with and off he goes. When he gets to Elysium, the hit squad there try to stop him and society itself is affected.

Wow. Big concepts in the movie. Just like District 9 (第九禁區), Blomkamp paints desolation in the masses and the rich taking advantage. The rule keepers are ruthless but eventually end up on the wrong end of the stick. Social commentary on South Africa's apartheid past seem to reign supreme in the "commentary" of the Elysium citizens vs. the earthlings.



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Zhong Guo Box Office - February 9, 2014 - 中国票房榜

Zhong Guo Box Office - Week Ending: February 9, 2014


Weekend of February 9, 2014
Rank Film Title
1 西游记之大闹天宫 (The Monkey King)
2 爸爸去哪儿 (Dad, Where Are We Going)
3 澳门风云 (The Man From Macau)
4 Frozen (冰雪奇缘)
5 前任攻略 (Ace In The Hole)
6 大话天仙 (Just Another Margin)
7 熊出没之夺宝熊兵 (Boonie Bears)
8 极地大冒险2 (Niko 2 - Little Brother, Big Trouble)
9 Despicable Me 2 (神偷奶爸2)
10 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (一触即发)

Source: Ent Group - retrieved February 10, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Riddick - 超世紀戰警:闇黑對決



Riddick (超世紀戰警:闇黑對決) is an 2013 film. The movie stars Vin Diesel. Some other people make up the cast of misfits. The movie is the third in the series.



We find Riddick buried and hurt badly on a planet that's very dessert like. Riddick survives and heals himself. Once he conquers the land, we see him find a mercenary base to call himself in. 2 merc groups come to collect on his bounty. The two groups have different agendas. The first is purely for the money. The second is there for answers. Riddick doesn't care, he just needs a ride off the planet. Slowly, the rigors of the planet and Riddick cause the groups to fall.



This movie was a pretty fun watch. Seemed like a low budget film that was very character and story based. Yet it is on another planet and has a space armada feel to it. I liked the film because I like Vin. He's a likable guy and the world of Riddick is fun.



Monday, February 10, 2014

Taiwan Box Office - February 9, 2014 - 台灣票房榜


Weekend of February 9, 2014
Rank Film Title Weeks
1 大稻埕 (Twa-Tiu-Tiann) 1
2 機器戰警 (RoboCop) 2
3 The Lego Movie (樂高玩電影) 1
4 西遊記之大鬧天宮 (The Monkey King) 1
5 Lone Survivor (紅翼行動) 1
6 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (傑克萊恩:詭影任) 2
7 I, Frankenstein (科學怪人:屠魔大戰) 2
8 Frozen (冰雪奇緣) 8
9 鐵獅玉玲瓏 (Lion Dancing) 3
10 The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (白日夢冒險王) 7
11 Instructions Not Included (重點是,我愛你) 1
12 金雞sss (Golden Chicken 3/Golden Chickens) 2
13 Tarzan (泰山) 2
14 A Five Star Life (5星級美好人生) 1
15 Her (雲端情人) 4
16 甜蜜殺機 (Sweet Alibis) 4
17 看見台灣 (Beyond Beauty - Taiwan From Above) 15
18 Kokowääh 2 (紅酒燉香雞2香檳雞) 2
19 Blue Jasmine (藍色茉莉) 8
20 Me, Myself And Mum (媽媽要我愛男人) 2

Source: Yahoo! Movies Taiwan - retrieved February 10, 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Hong Kong Box Office - February 2, 2014 - 香港票房榜

Hong Kong Box Office - Week Ending: February 2, 2014


Weekend of February 2, 2014
Rank Film Title
1 金雞sss (Gam Gai 3/Golden Chicken 3/Golden Chickens)
2 西遊記之大鬧天宮 (The Monkey King)
3 賭城風雲 (From Vegas To Macau/The Man From Macau)
4 六福喜事 (Hello Babies)
5 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (驚天諜變:魅影特攻)
6 Saving Mr. Banks (大夢想家)
7 喜羊羊與灰太狼6之飛馬奇遇記 (Pleasant Goat And Big Big Wolf 6)
8 Justin And The Knights Of Valour (渣斯汀大任務)
9 Frozen (魔雪奇緣)
10 清須會議 (Kiyosu Kaigi)
... ...
14 救火英雄 (As the Light Goes Out)
... ...
18 私人訂制 (Personal Tailor)
... ...
22 一個複雜故事 (A Complicated Story)

Source: Box Office Mojo and WMOOV - retrieved February 6, 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Man of Steel - 超人:鋼鐵英雄



Man of Steel (超人:鋼鐵英雄) is an 2013 film. The movie stars Henry Cavill and Amy Adams. Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, and Russell Crowe round out the supporting cast. The movie is produced in part by Christopher Nolan. The movie reboots the Superman franchise.



Krypton, on the way to imploding, send its last son into space. On Earth, we start with Clark Kent making his way up to the north pole and working his way. When he finally makes it there, the government is there with a discovery or aircraft deep below the ice. A reporting by the name of Lois Lane is also there. A no nonsense report that gets the story and the truth. Lane bumps into Clark and sees some of his powers as he's in search of his origin. Back in Metropolis, Lane writes a story of a Superman that is dismissed, but leaked out to the world. Kent returns home to explore his origins. However, some prisoners from Krypton find their way to earth and battle Kent for the earth.



How do you redo a story that almost every fan of sci-fi would know. A alien being with super powers rescues the earth. The Superman story is part of the fabric of American culture. Just like The Monkey King is in Zhong Guo. In this telling, the film makers went with realism and gut wrenching character development.



If your new to the supermen mythologies, you'll like this. It does break down Krypton, the sun giving Kent super powers, and Lois Lane. This time around, Lois Lane is no nonsense and very much a part of the fabric of the story. Not an after thought.



As much as the movie was well made. I didn't like it that much. I don't even think I'd stop to watch this a 2nd time if I was flipping through channels. Worth at least one watch.



Friday, February 7, 2014

Taiwan Box Office - February 2, 2014 - 台灣票房榜


Weekend of February 2, 2014
Rank Film Title Weeks
1 大稻埕 (Twa-Tiu-Tiann) 1
2 機器戰警 (RoboCop) 1
3 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (傑克萊恩:詭影任) 1
4 I, Frankenstein (科學怪人:屠魔大戰) 1
5 鐵獅玉玲瓏 (Lion Dancing) 2
6 Frozen (冰雪奇緣) 6
7 金雞sss (Golden Chicken 3/Golden Chickens) 1
8 The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (白日夢冒險王) 6
9 Tarzan (泰山) 1
10 甜蜜殺機 (Sweet Alibis) 3
11 American Hustle (瞞天大佈局) 5
12 救火英雄 (As the Light Goes Out) 2
13 Her (雲端情人) 3
14 落KEY人生 (Key Of Life) 1
15 Kokowääh 2 (紅酒燉香雞2香檳雞) 1
16 看見台灣 (Beyond Beauty - Taiwan From Above) 14
17 English Vinglish (救救菜英文) 7
18 Walking With Dinosaurs (與恐龍冒險) 4
19 Blue Jasmine (藍色茉莉) 7
20 Me, Myself And Mum (媽媽要我愛男人) 1

Source: Yahoo! Movies Taiwan - retrieved February 5, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Housemaid - 下女



The Housemaid (下女) is an 2010 film out of Korea. The film stars Jeon Do-yeon, Lee Jung-jae, Seo Woo, and Yoon Yeo-jeong. The movie is a remake of a film with the same storyline from 1960.

Jeon plays Im, a recent hire as an housemaid to a wealthy family. The patriarch, Hoon, is played by Lee and Hae-ra is his wife, played by Seo Woo. The lead housemaid, Byeong-sik, played by Yoon. Im is responsible for lots of things around the house, but her primary responsibility is to take care of Hoon and Har-ra's daugher, Nami, I guessimate to around 9 years old. Hoon takes to her after seeing her a few times in situations that seemed to draw his interest in Im. One night, while Hoon is semi-drunk, he goes to Im's room and they have an affair. All hell breaks loose when Byeong finds out and reveals this to Hae=ra's mother. A snowball effect happens when Im is pregnant. Leading to a very tragic ending.

This movie was a bit hard to watch. The rich play rich and the movies portray them as gods among men. Which might be the cast, I am not rich, I have no reference point other than movies. Maybe I know a absurdly rich person? Most likely not. So, I only have the movies to tell me. Each country presents them in different ways. In this case, its in Korea. Some of the things were not immediately placable in my experience thus, I was lost and didn't understand some things. In other cases, it made perfect sense. With that in mind, I didn't quite get the whole movie.

I saw this film via Amazon Prime a few months ago. I was on and off on it due to time constraints. Thus, I had to remember quite a few times what was going on. Maybe that played into not liking the film much.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Zhong Guo Box Office - February 2, 2014 - 中国票房榜

Zhong Guo Box Office - Week Ending: February 2, 2014


Weekend of February 2, 2014
Rank Film Title
1 西游记之大闹天宫 (The Monkey King)
2 爸爸去哪儿 (Dad, Where Are We Going)
3 澳门风云 (The Man From Macau)
4 熊出没之夺宝熊兵 (Boonie Bears)
5 Despicable Me 2 (神偷奶爸2)
6 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (一触即发)
7 前任攻略 (Ace In The Hole)
8 六福喜事 (Hello Babies/Hallo Babies)
9 喜羊羊与灰太狼之飞马奇遇记 (Meet The Pegusus)
10 Ender's Game (安德的游戏)

Source: Ent Group - retrieved February 4, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

2014 February Hong Kong Movie Guide

UPDATE: February 14, 2014 - The White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom's release date has been moved to April 24, 2014. Thus, no HK or Zhong Guo films are set to release for this month. Interesting.

Check out the new release(s) for the Hong Kong region for the rest of February 2014. At the moment, very light month. Partly due to the lunar new year holiday the first week of the month.

Don't forget to check out my February's Blockbusters guide for the USA.

白髮魔女傳之明月天國 (The White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom)



甜蜜殺機 (Sweet Alibis)



Source: Wmoov Upcoming
Source: Yahoo! Movies Hong Kong

Monday, February 3, 2014

Hong Kong Box Office - January 26, 2014 - 香港票房榜

Hong Kong Box Office - Week Ending: January 26, 2014


Weekend of January 26, 2014
Rank Film Title
1 救火英雄 (As the Light Goes Out)
2 Saving Mr. Banks (大夢想家)
3 The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (發夢王大歷險)
4 Last Vegas (老爆伴郎團)
5 惡戰 (Once Upon A Time In Shanghai)
6 私人訂制 (Personal Tailor)
7 The Butler (白宮管家)
8 Frozen (魔雪奇緣)
9 寵愛情人夢 (Girl In The Sunny Place/Hidamari No Kanojo/The Girl In The Sun)
10 喜愛夜蒲3 (Lan Kwai Fong 3)
... ...
11 警察故事2013 (Police Story 2013)
... ...
22 控制 (Control)
... ...
26 一個複雜故事 (A Complicated Story)
... ...
28 掃毒 (The White Storm)
... ...
29 臨終囧事 (Mortician/Lin Zhong Jiong Shi)
... ...
20 風暴 (Firestorm)
... ...
25 一首搖滾上月球 (Rock Me to the Moon)

Source: Box Office Mojo and WMOOV - retrieved January 29, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014

大稻埕 - Twa Tiu Tiann - Upcoming



大稻埕 (Twa Tiu Tiann) was released in Taipei over the weekend. The movie comes from the creators of night market hero from a couple summers ago. Back with some lovely faces and a time traveling story. Looks quite interesting.

The only problem is the whole movie is in Taiwanese. I'll need some subtitles.