Tropic Thunder

Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying. A film crew is in Southeast Asia filming a Vietnam-war memoir. It’s early in the shooting, but they’re already behind schedule and over budget. On the day an accident befalls the novice director, the cast and crew are attacked by a gang of poppy-growing local drug dealers, except the cast and crew don’t realize these aren’t actors who are stalking them. The thugs kidnap Tugg Speedman, an actor whose star seems on the decline, and it’s up to the rest of the ragtag team to band together long enough to attempt his rescue.

I almost didn’t watch this movie. It’s a standard knee jerk response when Ben Stiller is concerned. But because I was somewhere other than my house and there’s no more promising movie on hand, then it was Tropic Thunder then. Luckily, I didn’t really regret watching it. But it was not that good either. I know that it would be a crappy movie. But okay lah. What can I say?

The movie starred quite a big number of class A actor. Jay Baruchel included. This is his third movie that I watched him. He got quite a number of repertoire in his rapsheet.

It’s a crazy movie. I can tell you that.


Beggars can’t be choosers

You See them almost everywhere. The beggers. Especially now at restaurants. And sometimes there are those that ask for donations for their islamic schools. And for masjids. And sometimes for temple. Or there are buddhist that ask for alms.

You’re not really sure that they are genuine or not. But you give nonetheless, because you want them to go away. You can’t bear that they standing there besides you with that look on their faces.

In verse 10 of sura ad-Dhuha, Allah said: Nor repulse the petitioner.
That means that you should not turn away those that ask from you. Does it include the beggars? Not sure about this. But I feel that it includes the genuine beggars. That cannot have any other means of livelihood.

It is not a good choice of profession to be a beggars in Islam. God does not like it that you ask too much from other people. One ustaz said that those that made begging as their profession (professional beggar), would be raised without face on the day of judgment.

There are so many of them. I’m afraid that by giving them money, it would encourage them more. Malaysian are generous. I’m sure that those beggars have a very good income. Imagine how much they would make daily. Probably more than what I make. And I’m not joking. They could.
And I wonder about those syndicate that utilizes children or old people to beg for them. Those people have to come up with a minimum amount of money. If not, they would have be subjected to punishment. Imagine the movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.

And the most prevalent these days are the people that uses students to beg or sell items for them. In the guise of taking donations for their Tahfiz school or Islamic school. But what I heard stories that the school might not even be in existent. The kids might not even got to learn. Most of what they do is asking for donations or selling whatever their handler ask them to.

By giving in to their request, you actually continuing the cycle. But you give anyway. At least I do. But a few months back, I was eating with Baba at Kajang, and one of the kids came by to ask for donation. Baba pulled one of the kids and told him outright that what he is doing is wrong. Baba was not mad at the boy but at their handler. I would not have the guts to do so. And I pity the kids that have to do it. But maybe Baba felt that it is his responsibility to give his advice. I have to admit, though. I cringe when Baba pull the kid over.


She’s Out of My League

An average Joe meets the perfect woman, but his lack of confidence and the influence of his friends and family begin to pick away at the relationship.

Kirk is an average Joe who works as a TSA agent at the Pittsburgh airport with his friends. The status quo of his fairly monotonous life ends when he meets Molly, a smart, kind and gorgeous blonde. Because she’s way out of his league (she’s a hard 10 and he is but a 5), Kirk knows there’s no way on earth she’s ever going to fall for him. Or is there…?

Another movie played by Jay Baruchel that I’ve watched.

How many people that you know, that didn’t tell the person that they have a crush on, because they think that they are not good enough? Sometimes, love really is blind. There’s no way of knowing why we really love a person. It’s the quirk of the universe. As Montaigne explained it: If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than it was because he was he, and I was I. There you go, folks. The mystery of live.

This is a lovely story is you ask me. Probably fall under Comedy Romantic. How a boy got lucky getting a hot girl, but because he didn’t trust himself, he always lost it. But in the end, he got the girl. This should gives some motivation to those guys who doesn’t believe in themselves. I mean, what can you lose by telling someone what’s in your heart? Even though that she’s your friend and you’re afraid that you might lose the friendship. Go for it. What your mind knows today, your mind will understand tomorrow. At least you can’t blame yourself that you didn’t try.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake recruits a seemingly everyday guy in his mission to defend New York City from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath. Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Nic Cage is a well known actor. I always love his works. No problem with him. Jay Baruchel who plays the apprentice is a new actor, at least to me. But i’ve seen three of his works already, and he’s not a bad actor. Quite good actually. He gives the impression that even a nerd looking guy can be cool as well. In this movie, he plays a boy who has the knack for physics and that’s why he can become a good sorcerer because apparently sorcery means that you use more of your brain power instead of just 3% or so by normal human being. Who said that science cannot be cool?

One interesting fact in this movie is that Nic Cage plays an apprentice to none other than Merlin himself! And all these while, he didn’t die and manage to look quite good. Wish I can have his genes. Who is Merlin anyway? Is he a real character? There are so many of his stories that include him as a real person that it could not be a mere coincidence, right?

Anyway, another good movie played by Nicholas Cage. Seems that we can’t go wrong with him so far.

My Name is Khan

Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section of Mumbai, suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism that complicates socialization. The adult Rizwan marries a Hindu single mother, Mandira, in San Francisco. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who mistake his disability for suspicious behavior. Following his arrest, he meets Radha, a therapist who helps him deal with his situation and his affliction. Rizwan then begins a journey to meet US President Obama to clear his name.

I’ve watched this movie a while back but didn’t say anything. Firstly, I love the dynamics between Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan. Those of you who watched Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, all those years ago, would agree with me, I’m sure. Or not. Up to you. I myself loved it. I don’t watch Hindustan movie that much. My brother in law does that. And my mom. But not me. he he..

The universal value in the movie is spot on. About terrorism, about love, respecting other people and tolerance. Splendid. This movie taught a lot about humanism.

But on religious perspective, I have to say that it is very dangerous. The universal religion that it portrays would be damaging to say the least. I know that there are people somewhere around the world practice this: marrying other people with different religion background, but eventhough I’m open minded most of the time, but not this time.

I hope that the kids out there that watch this movie have an adult with the right understanding that can explain to the kid that this is not how it should be.

But Kajol-Khan combo, I love it. Love it.

Unstoppable – Movie

With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe.

Starring Denzel Washington. This is not the first time that he works with trains. Last time it was ‘the Taking of Pelham 1 2 3’ and that was great. I like how he acted in control and manage to handle the situation where most people can’t. He’s a family man but he lost his a wife a while back. I like his line where he reminisce about her. That he would return every night and told his wife what happened at work. I can’t do that. When I got home, the last thing that I want to talk about is work. But me and wife would talk about what we learned that day.

This movie is based on a real runaway train incident. On May 15, 2001, a 47-car CSX locomotive left a Toledo, Ohio rail yard without an engineer and wasn’t stopped until it had run 66 miles through three counties. No one was injured in the incident. A freak accident. Can happen to anyone. he he…

This movie really make your heart leap sometime. The dangers looked real and you would be glad if you watch it.

Water flowing

My wife got this great looking water container. It’s so great and I live it! Both of us drinks plenty of plain water and this really helps. Check it out.

It looks so pretty and can hold 10 litres of water in it. Sweet.

If you like it and want to have, gimme a message and I’ll hook you up.

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