Avengers: Infinity War (Spoilers)

I watched Avengers: Infinity War last night, on it’s release day here in Malaysia.

And by all things MCU (Marvel Comic Universe) where do I even begin?!

I know!

THE ENDING!

What the heck just happened?? Everyone faded into dust – did they die? REALLY?

What did Thanos do??

Why did Dr Strange give him the Time Stone?! (Sure, to save Iron Man BUT in the grander scheme of things WHY???)

*breathe*

A conversation I had with my brother last night after we watched it separately:

Him: How waz it?
Me: The ending is distressing!!!
All those who disappeared mean they died??
But some still alive leh

Him: Once the gauntlet is fully powered, just a flick of the finger half of the universe population gone.

Me: So just random selected?
Him: Maybe
Me: What did Thanos do at the end?
Reading some theories abt part 2
Him: Gamora did ask that question. Thanos replied that once he restore the balance he will rest and look at the sunset
Me: Read that part 2, antman and captain marvel will save the day

Me: Did u rmbr all the prev characters and storylines? Or did u do some revision before watching just now?
Him: Still remember
Me: I always thought the bad guy in Gotg same as Avengers but someone ever told me last time I was confusedūüėā…guess they were the ones confused
Him: The audience clapped and cheered when Thor appeared in wakanda
And then at the final scene when ppl start disapearing and screen fades to black, the audience were freaked

Me: Freak like how?
I was close to screaming in frustration at the end
Him: The one sitting next to me blurted out wtf ūüėÄ
Me: Aaahh okk…similar feeling w most ppl
Him: And had to bear thru like 10mins of credits to see the end credits only to find more bleak scenes except the marvel logo at the very end.
Me: That’s Captain Marvel logo
Him: Yes
Me: At first i thought wonder woman logo but different universe so no haha

Him: Since it is a 2 part..so next we will get origin story of cpt marvel and how nick fury established another team after going underground.
I guess they wanted to have closure for most / half of the characters.
Me: That’s not closure! That’s just killing them off! ūüėĪ
Part 2 maybe involve time travel and all the heroes (or most) don’t die in the end
Him: I wished dr strange did use his stone but didnt
Me: Actually, i didn’t watch any trailer or whatever for infinity war and didn’t realise got part 2 so the end just like that was really unexpected ūüėÖ
Him: But dr strange did told stark there is 1 out of 4 mil future outcomes that they win
So i guess the remaining heroes will team up with cpt marvel to defeat thanos
Me: Ya! That’s why am expecting some time travel trick just now…so now, that’s expected in part 2
Him: Black widow did she fade away?
Me: Don’t recall..
Him: Gotg team only left racoon right?
Me: Think so..the lady w antenna?
Him: Mantis..not sure.
Nebula?
Me: Don’t recall
Him: I am not disappointed with the movie coz u dont get to see villains actually win
Me: Definitely still around is Iron Man, Hulk, Cap, Okoye..
Him: Esp all this while in superhero movies
Me: I am not disappointed. Just find it distressing. Wanna watch again
Him: Im sad a bit that those who manage to leave asgard at the end of thor ragnarok all died. Except thor.
When i see loki killed off early in the movie..i somehow knew its gonna start the bodycount.
Me: Before watching, so many rumours / questions of which hero will die etc… Figured it would just be 1..not so many..
Him: Did u see the youtube clip i shared this morning where the villains played deadpool?

Me: No. Only saw it just now aft i watched the movie. Didn’t wanna spoil it in any way

Thru the whole movie, in denial when the characters die… Still in denial haha

Him: Somehow that clip is kinda accurate. Got many heroes gone
Me: One review said “all the deaths will feel justified”… I disagree. I don’t feel so.ūüėÖ
Him: Even has hydra
Me: Didn’t really read all the names on the board
Him: Even at the end of the clip before thanos left the bar he said some of them villains might not be around if he succeed
Me: The way spidey died though…with the rest is just fade… With him, u can see painūüėĪ
Him: Hydra is one of the villan in the bar la
Me: Which one is hydra again lol…anyhoo, thanos also said that line abt remembering to Iron Man…and the villain bar thing
Him: Hydra is the one who met Thanos and Gamora on the soul stone planet

Top things I disliked about Infinity War:

  1. The ending is distressing!
  2. StarLord caused the plan to get the Infinity Gauntlet off Thanos’s hand to fail!!! Urgh!
  3. Why didn’t Dr Strange turn back time and prevent everything that happened from happening?
  4. Did Loki really die? From the very beginning of the movie, questions and in denial as beloved characters died one by one…
  5. Spiderman’s death in IronMan’s arm moment

Top things I liked about Infinity War:

  1. Most of our favourite Marvel characters in one movie – YAY!
  2. Aww moment between Loki and Thor, before Loki dies
  3. Thor meeting the Guardians for the first time – this was hilarious!
  4. StarLord vs Thor “Who is MORE man than the other” moment
  5. Thor vs Gamora vs StarLord “Who had a more tragic family backstory” moment
  6. IronMan vs Dr Strange “Who is better” moments
  7. IronMan, Dr Strange and Spiderman meet the Guardians
  8. “Why is Gamora?” HAHAHAHA
  9. Dr Strange to StarLord: “Who is your master?” (was that what he said?)
  10. I have more but this list is getting too long already

So yes, clearly the likes is more than dislikes so of course I enjoyed the movie. EXCEPT. FOR. THE. ENDING.

URGH.

And now we have to wait for a year for Infinity War Part 2! (Release in May 2019).

However, I am looking forward to Captain Marvel though… and what that implies for Part 2.

So, what are your thoughts?

Favourite and least favourite part of the movie?

Leave a comment!

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The Avengers in Bintulu!!!

Thank you Ashtar Galactic Cinema (AGC)!

You can purchase tickets today for tomorrow’s premiere!

Showtime below:

How to purchase tickets?

They do not have online ticketing yet so get yourself to AGC counter A.S.A.P. because the seats are running out fast! Especially for prime hours (early evening).

Do note that tickets are RM17 (adult) eventhough it’s “Movie Night”.

Premiere though so I’m not complaining. See you there! ūüėĀ

Ashtar Galactic Cinema Bintulu is OPEN for business!

So while everyone here in Bintulu is still abuzz about the new cinema in town, it is with great pleasure that I can now say that starting tomorrow, 21 April 2018, Ashtar Galactic Cinema (AGC) is OPEN for business!

Movies showing starting tomorrow till 24th April:

Movie tickets are RM17 (adult), RM10 (child 4-10 y.o.) and free for children those below 4 years old. Senior citizens / disabled get a special price of RM10 while movies before noon are RM9. And ticket price for Movie Nights on Wednesdays are RM12.

So, what do you think of the movies offerings and price? Leave a comment!

See you at the movies!

Ashtar Galactic Cinema : A review

So there’s a new cinema in Bintulu, and it opened it’s doors to the public for the first time yesterday (18 April 2018) albeit on a trial basis. (More on that below.)

Now if you stay in Bintulu, you will know that a cinema is a highly desired yet long awaited amenity here – even longer than before the previous cinema closed its operations in 2016. Why do I say that? We will get to that in a bit.

First, let me show you what the hype is all about!!!

Disclaimer: This is not a paid/sponsored post but an honest patron’s feedback.

Name/Brand

Bearing the name Ashtar Galactic Cinema (AGC), it is not part of the usual cinema chain¬† that can be found in Malaysia (like GSC or TGV). Not sure why that particular name was chosen, but if you stay till the end of this post, I’ll share with you a fun fact about it. =)

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Trial Basis and Free Tickets

AGC has 6 halls and for 3 days* (yesterday, today and tomorrow), it was offering FREE movie tickets to everyone. All you needed to do is go to the cinema, get in line (the queue was super long yesterday morning) and get the movie ticket(s) of your choice, depending on seat availability of the selected showtime of course. Me and a few friends were fortunate enough to get hold of tickets for last night’s viewing. Some are going tonight.

Movie Hall

Our little group was watching 2 different movies at about the same time and so were divided into different halls. The movie in Hall 2 was already playing for about 25 minutes before our show in Hall 3 began. As we entered our still quiet hall, a friend pointed out that we could hear the sound (not very distinctly but still audible) coming from the hall beside us. Thin walls, perhaps?

The smell in the hall was crisp (but not crispy okay lol) as can be expected when everything around is new and fresh out of packaging etc. The seats were a bit hard for me but that’s probably only because they’re still new. A plus is that it allows you to lean back at a slight angle. Good for those seats closer to the screen I suppose. However, as with most cinemas, try NOT to sit too close to the screen (like the first 3 rows) unless you particularly enjoy a stiff neck after the movies, like what happened to friends in the other hall. We were seated at row F (6th row from the screen), which is good though not quite the sweet spot.

The movie screen and visuals was clear. No comments on that. However, in our hall 3, the surround sound wasn’t that great. It didn’t really feel like we were “surrounded”, if you get what I’m saying. And friends in hall 2 said that the audio in their hall sometimes were not very audible or were muffled. Maybe the management can look into the audio settings of the halls.

Temperature in hall for me was okay. A bit colder would be nice though. We were watching a late night show so perhaps they adjusted the temperature so we would not freeze inside. Speaking of temperature…

Waiting Area/Ticket Counter/Snack Bar

Now this could really use some improvement.

  1. Air-conditioning. Unfortunately, the cinema is located in the non-airconditioned street mall-eque Bintulu Commerce Square (BCS). This means that airconditioning is only when you enter the shops/units. For AGC, this makes all areas apart from the movie hall rather unpleasant. We were watching a late night show and were already sweating before we entered the hall. This is Malaysia weather. Air-conditioning would be good.
  2. Some benches in the waiting area would be good. That will be a challenge though, as how the waiting area is just a small area in between the ticket counter and snack bar. There are seats along the BCS walkways in front of other shops but that’s not so ideal. Everyone was just standing around in the rather warm and humid waiting area. I could only imagine how unpleasant it must’ve felt for those who were queuing yesterday morning…
  3. Ticket counter and the ticketing system was good. The staff was great! Entertaining queries about showtimes and available seats patiently. Keep up the good work guys!
  4. Snack Bar. Tried the popcorn and drink. The popcorn wasn’t the best and could be improved. More food options would also be good.
  5. Overall layout of this outside area is a bit smaller than what you would normally expect of a cinema. One oddity I noted is that the main screen that they used to show movie trailers is near the entrance to the cinema area and at eye level where people will be walking past to get to the waiting area/ticket counter/snack bar. One can’t really stay there and watch the screen for long even if they wanted to. I reckon the screen would be better off above the space between the ticket counters and snack bar and before the entrance to the halls.

Movie Choices

Since they were giving free tickets and it was a trial basis, it was acceptable that they were showing rather dated movies. On offering were: Insidious, Jumanji, The Greatest Showman and Tomb Raider, the latter being the least dated.

Remember how earlier in this post, I mentioned that a cinema was a long awaited amenity here even when the previous cinema was still around? This was one of the many reasons. The previous cinema showed dated movies after most hardcore movie-goers would have already watched them. This of course led to low patronage and eventually, they closed. (There were a lot of things lacking with them, but this is the main one.)

Dear AGC, I sincerely hope this will NOT be the case when you start operations proper…

I mentioned above that this was a “trial basis”. What that meant was, after tomorrow, we are not exactly sure if it will still be showing any shows the next day until… indefinitely. The management has not made themselves very clear on that front. (They did start business proper the following day!) That said, everybody is deeply hoping that they WILL be showing “Avengers: Infinity War” that is set to be released next week! And they did not dissapoint!¬†The staff of the cinema only said their next show “may be” Avengers. *prays*

And there you have it. My honest review of the new cinema in Bintulu – Ashtar Galactic Cinema (AGC).

Have you tried it? What did you think about it? Do share in the comments.

And as promised, fun fact about AGC:

The new cinema is called Ashtar Galactic Cinema (AGC)…in the 70s there was believed to be an alien broadcast from an Ashtar Galactic Command (AGC) ūüĎŬ† The truth is out there.

*extended from 2 days

Winner of Asia’s Got Talent Season 1

The Asia’s Got Talent (AGT) Result Show last night opened up with an awesome performance from The Finalists.

And in between revealing the results, stellar performances by David Foster and Charice, Anggun, Consentino & The Superstar Judges (Melanie C, Van Ness Wu, Anggun and David Foster).

Asia‚Äôs Got Talent Judges ‚ÄėLet‚Äôs Groove‚Äô Single is available to download now! Click Here! http://getmusic.lnk.to/letsgroove

Proceeds from the sale of this single will be donated to charitable organizations committed to aiding victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

The Final 9 became the Final 6 after it was revealed that Gao Lin & Liu Xin, Gwen Dorado and Dance Thrilogy had the lower votes of the 9.

Gao Lin & Liu Xin was, for me, a top contender so I was quite shocked they were out so early. I guess with internet being regulated in China (no Facebook etc), determining the winner via the voting system was their downfall. (I think the same is what happened to Oscar Chu.) Undoubtedly, they are the winners in the Game of Life though as they are left the show engaged. Congratulations and best of luck to the two lovebirds as they dance off into married bliss!

Next, even more shocking, it was revealed that Triqstar and Junior New System had to bid their farewells leaving only 4 acts remaining…

Triqstar had always been a favourite (for other favourites, click here) and among the finalists,¬†I decided to vote for them¬†in the Finals, alas it still wasn’t enough to get them through. As for Junior New System, with 4 acts for the Philippines I guess¬†the divided votes¬†was not enough for them. Gambatte Triqstar & I want to see more from you!!!

Next to leave the competition was The Talento! Boy is the show full of surprises! Congratulations The Talento for making it to the Final 4 and the youngest act to do so too. #AsiasGotFutureTalent with these boys.

And so it stands, the Top 3 for AGT were Khusugtun (Mongolia), Gerphil and El Gamma Penumbra (Philippines) Рand Gerphil had the lower number of votes. I was speechless for as I did NOT expect Khusugtun to be so favoured much less be in the Final 2?! I have my reasons for not rooting for them, but I guess it is for that same reason they had an advantage with the winner being determined via votes. (Dear AGT, please screen your contestants next season! It is an UNFAIR playing field when you pit established groups against those unknown talents.) As for Gerphil, she need not worry. Her future is secured by David Foster. You can bet on it!

Thankfully, it was¬†EL GAMMA PENUMBRA¬†who were crowned the first Asia’s Got Talent winner!!!

From the very beginning, I had appreciated their talent but I did not vote for them in the Finals as I was certain Philippines would not let them down. THANK GOD indeed!

So, CONGRATULATIONS EL GAMMA PENUMBRA!!!

Hope you use this win as a platform to continue inspiring people and make a change in the world with your beautiful shadow masterpieces!

Here’s a video recap of their AGT journey:

Judges Audition – earned them a Golden Buzzer straight to the Semi-Finals.

Semi-Finals which earned them their 2nd Golden Buzzer that brought them to the Finals

The Finals – which won them the most votes and the title of being Asia’s Got Talent winner!

And this¬†marks the last of my AGT posts, hope you’ve enjoyed the journey as much as I did.

(And don’t forget to catch AGT Semi-Finalists,¬†Sada Borneo tomorrow at Miri City Day!!!)

See you at marg.wordpress.com! ūüėÄ

Asia’s Got Talent Season 1¬†Finalists with hosts Marc & Rovilson

Asia’s Got Talent: Personal Favourites

The Results Show tomorrow night will¬†reveal the first Asia’s Got Talent (AGT)¬†winner, marking the end of the first season of AGT. This post is¬†to compile those acts that I enjoyed,¬†my personal favourites,¬†but did not make it to the Final 9.

In the order of their Judges’ Audition:

Time Machine

Their Judges’ Audition earned them the very first Golden Buzzer of the show¬†securing them¬†to the Semi-Finals. Unfortunately, they lost on votes in the Semi-Finals. Click here to watch their Semi-Finals performance.

Toshan

I loved his BIG voice as soon as he opened his mouth to sing! Unfortunately, he lost on votes in the Semi-Finals.

Alttype

I never knew that skipping ropes could be so cool! But they too lost on votes in the Semi-Finals.

Fe & Rodfil

This odd duo didn’t get past the Judges’ Audition. He’s funny and¬†she is a great singer. I guess the combo just didn’t work to their favour.

Sensational Stefano & his puppet Shawn Chua (oh wait! It’s the other way around! :P)

My first time to see an Asian ventriloquist act.¬†I¬†had hoped they would have been selected for the Semi-Finals but they didn’t make the Judges’ Cut.

Oscar Chu

He is simply awesome & I was so glad he made it to the Semi-Finals! Unfortunately, he lost on votes in the Semi-Finals. Click here to watch his Semi-Finals performance.

Han

She was another talented singer – but I guess not talented enough to make the Judges’ Cut.

Miss Tres

They really were da bomb! I wondered why they weren’t selected for the Semi-Finals but then again, perhaps after the element of shock/surprise is gone, there’s nothing much left to offer? Guess we’ll never know.

D’Intensity Breakers

Now they should have made it to the Semi-Finals. For me, they were more talented than some of the dance groups that made it to Semi-Finals. Unfortunately, the judges didn’t agree. Oh well.

Sada Borneo of course!

Very personal to me, they are the reason I even started blogging about AGT in the first place. And you can bet I will be keeping a close eye on them here in my blog even after AGT. Eventhough they lost on votes in the Semi-Finals, this isn’t the end of their journey – look at what¬†they’re up to already!¬†Click here to watch¬†their Semi-Finals performance.

Neil

This guy can really beatbox. I read¬†online¬†that he couldn’t be in the Semi-Finals due to studies. That’s a shame. Oh well, maybe he’ll come back for Season 2.

Sydney

She has class. I really wanted her in the Finals, alas she lost on votes in the Semi-Finals. Click here to watch her Semi-Finals performance.

Vilas Nayak

He is talented. Though he should have asked for the golden buzzer, at least he didn’t go home empty-handed!

Who were your AGT favourites?

For other AGT videos, click here.

Sada Borneo at Miri City Day, then off to Kuching!

Their¬†time in Asia’s Got Talent (AGT)¬†may have ended… but indeed Sada Borneo’s¬†journey has just started!

As soon as we find out who among the Finalists will be crowned the first AGT winner this May 14th, Sada Borneo is already scheduled to perform in Miri, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia on May 16th!!!

WOOHOO!!!

They will be performing at the Miri City Day 10th Anniversary Concert on 16th May 2015.

And then, just 3 weeks later, on June 5th, they are scheduled to perform in Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia!!!

At this rate, we’ll soon lose track of the boys’ whereabouts so do follow their official Facebook Page: Sada Borneo¬†for updates on future performances/shows/etc!

Looking forward to more chances to catch them LIVE!!!

Continue to Keep Our Legacy, Sada Borneo! =)