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Friday, April 13, 2012

Battleship 2012 movie review

Date: 10 April 2012
Time: 9.30pm
Venue: GSC Mid Valley
Screening courtesy of ChurpChurp

Battleship (2012)


Production company: BluegrassFilms/Film 44
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Hamish Linklater
Director: Peter Berg
Screenwriters: Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber
Producers: Brian Goldner, Scott Stuber, Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Duncan Henderson, Bennett Schneir


(credits to rottentomatoes)
Peter Berg produces and directs Battleship, an epic-scaled action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Inspired by Hasbro's classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper's fiancée; Alexander Skarsgård as Hopper's older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper's crew mate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone's superior (and Sam's father), Admiral Shane. (C) Universal


Computer Graphics
I can't deny that the graphics are top notch. The moment the screen plays I told my girlfriend, wow! The quality of the film running and the graphics are very clear that I thought its 2D or something better! 
I get amazed when the alien's battleship came out.

The alien's suit is pretty cool, not really special but it will be something like Iron Man? 
By the way, it's kinda interesting how the CG players draw out the alien. You will get to see their face.

Taylors Kitsch - Alex Hopper
 Perform well with good expressions, doesn't seem fake to me. I should say he is experience!

 This movie is definitely underused of Rihanna, eventually when you thought Rihanna is not gonna perform well in this movie, she did perform averagely, consider her expression, movement and dialogue.

Tadanobu Asano as Captain Nagata
great supporting role in this movie, funny scenes with him appearing.

There are lots of loopholes in this movie.
Remember how the U.S Navy found the first alien and start to take out their mask?
The next moment, 1 troop of aliens went into the U.S Navy battleship and took the alien away. Why can't the alien just kill all the U.S Navy at that moment? They knew the US Navy is harming their own allies.

Next, how the old-retired US Navy suddenly appear at a museum battleship, how they start the battleship in such a short time frame, how can a museum battleship still works?

More loopholes can be found at HERE 

In case, you didn't notice, how they blend in the END of the story with
Brooklyn Decker contacting Taylors Kitsch - Alex Hopper where the aliens are using the satellite.

Action scenes are pretty good!
 how the US Navy fight against the alien! See how the 2 round blades above, running the whole Hawaii, causing chaos, bridge breakdown, cars breakdown and etc.

Also take note on action scenes like, battleship shooting missiles.

Also it is interesting to see how the actors interact with each other, team up to fight the aliens.

I have to say that after reviewing all those action-Computer graphics movie, as long as it is entertaining, good graphics, able to let audience give your graphics (like Transformer and GI Joe) a WOW! That is enough to get back your return.
I really did enjoy the movie, how action-fied is this movie, how I like the CG graphics, see-ing how a battleship vs alien's battleship is entertaining!
 Try this movie in IMax 2D, I think you will be amazed! 

Oh yeah, 1 question here, did you guys hear about Malaysia is also one of the Navy teams? I remember Liam Neeson saying Japan, Malaysia, US and etc is part of the exhibition Navy crew.


Plot: 5/10
Graphics: 9.5/10
Dialogue: 5.5/10

Overall: 7/10
The review is based on my personal opinion.
Thanks to ChurpChurp for the invites!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Honda Jazz Hybrid 2012 test drive at Imavest Honda 3S Centre

Date: 7th April 2012
Time: 10am
Venue: Imavest Honda 3S Centre

Honda Jazz Hybrid

This is my first time driving a Hybrid car, a brand new experience and I'm gonna share my experience here although I'm not an expert in car reviewing.

Some of the features are as follows

1.3L I-VTEC engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) 
(same as Honda Insight)

Econ Mode
for better fuel economy and reduced emissions

Jazz Hybrid VS Insight (Jazz Hybrid compare with Insight)

1. CVT Paddle Shift
7 speed paddle shift like you are driving a manual, shift your gear from D to S and feel a higher RPM. At D, you can still use paddle shift.

2. Larger legroom, larger space
the moment I sit on Jazz Hybrid my leg doesn't touch the front seat, note that I'm seating on the left passenger back seat. The seat back is slightly slanted as compare to Insight which is more stiff.
Further more, my head does not reach the top of the car
3. G-Force Control Technology (G-Con)
G-CON helps to minimise injuries by absorbing and distributing collision energy to other sides of the car. The technology works cohesively with seatbelts and airbag systems, reducing impact on the passengers. This brilliant force control design is even able to minimise injury to pedestrians in the event of a collision involving them.

4. Nicer dashboard
from my opinion, nicer dashboard compare to Insight. Although Insight has the digital speedometer, but I still prefer Jazz Hybrid dashboard.

5. Auto Wiper, High mount stoplight, 4 disc break
4 disc break as compare to Insight 2 disc break with rear break drum.
Brighter stoplight, especially at fog areas like Genting.

6. Does not have Spare wheel
Due to the battery placing, but there is Temporary Repair Kit.

7. Better Rear View
As compare to Insight. The rear view is relatively small for Insight. Jazz Hybrid tends to have clear rear view.

8. Boot space
Insight has larger boot space.

Features that Insight does not have: Side Curtain Airbags, Hill Start Assist, Arm rest, 

9. Price
Jazz Hybrid: RM94,800
Insight: RM99,800

Overall: For a cheaper price, you get more space, G Con, paddle shift but I know even for my own perception although the interior is awesome but the exterior still looks small compare to Insight. I would want a car that looks large outside.
For a reduction of RM5000, you get a smaller exterior car, more features. Worth it? See which is your preference!


Hybrid car pick up is not that efficient compare to fuel injection system, I think it is mainly due to electric motor assist. In addition, if you want to pick up like a sports car I don't think that is the concept of an Hybrid car.

Handling is good. When at sharp corner, speed at about 60-70km/h it is still stable.

Feel the difference of using Paddle Shift as compare to Normal. 
When Gear Mode S - Gear speed 7, I can reached the speed of 130km/h but needs to lower Gear to 6 to reach at 140km/h. You can still reach 140 but hardly. 
At about 120km/h if you switch back to Normal D mode, you can feel that the RPM is lower thus less power.
FYI: Manual Mode means higher RPM, more consumption of fuels.

After 120km/h, you can hear the wind blowing noise. Perhaps they need a better wind proof.

This car review is based on my opinion, please test drive yourself to experience it.
Pictures credit to
Thanks to Ryan and also Imavest Honda 3S Centre.

There will be a Honda Roadshow at following place:

3rd of April – 15th April :
Jusco  @ Balakong

23rd of April – 6th of May
Tesco @ Semenyih

15th May – 20th May
Alamanda @ Putrajaya

They will be giving vouchers for free Engine Oil to Honda Owners to be used at their Service Centres.
Some details of Honda Imavest Service Centre

20 service bays and can service up to 200 cars a day, customers have the choice to either walk in or make an appointment to service their cars.

List of services we offer besides Sales and Service :
1. Insurance Renewal (MSIG)
We do insurance/roadtax renewal for any cars (not just Honda)

2. Fuel Injector Cleaning
[Attached picture explaining the advantages of cleaning your Fuel Injector]

3. Polishing/Waxing/Disinfect & De-odorising

4. Aircond Servicing

5. Brake,Sideslip & Suspension diagnostic service
A video demonstrating the test :

Contact number :
+603-8737 8606 (General Line)
+603-8737 8909 (Service Appointment)


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