We were waiting to see what Joaquin Phoenix was going to do with the Joker movie, and he did not disappoint. Joaquin Phoenix acted the HECK out of this one.
In fact, the movie is held together by his performance.
However, I am not sure if I like the movie. I can't decide, like my friend Gwee. One the one hand, it is a powerful piece of drama. On the other hand, it is a dark and depressing tale. If you are looking for a superhero/supervillain movie, this ain't it. And it is even out-darks The Dark Knight.
I am also not sure if I liked the movie's treatment of mental illness.
Will I watch this again? I don't think so. It made me sad. I could not put on a happy face.
Gemini Man was an average and predictable action film with some horrible CG scenes. Especially the ones with "young" Will Smith. So jarring, the CG.
It is Superman-in-Justice-League-no-moustache-mouth bad. In 3D at 120 frames-per-second (fps) and 4K resolution, the flaws are even more obvious. It is like watching a bad TV movie.
Will Smith plays an assassin who is targeted by his employers, by a younger version of himself. End of story. You can see the entire plot from a mile away. And he did not even have an interesting sidekick. Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays some agent who helps him along the way. zzzzz. At least his pilot buddy, Benedict Wong, was a bit more interesting.
Killers who were marked to be killed is not a new plot idea. RED did it. But RED did it with style and humour. And the cast was top class. So it can't be the idea that made this movie suck.
Why, Lee Ang? Why? First Hulk, now this. Why cannot do a good action movie?
You know what are the warning signs? When you see a list of Chinese companies at the start of the movie as the funders. Like Pacific Rim 2. Then you better get ready to be disappointed.
Also annoying was the overly obvious Coca-Cola product placement. The movie kept showing Will Smith drinking it. Oi, we know lah. He drinks Coke. Ok.
Now I am worried about Bad Boys For Life. I like Will Smith leh, but why another stinker like Gemini Man? Sigh.
#SignsYouAreGettingOld You woke up to pee last night but fell off the bed. While falling, your little toe got caught on the strap of the backpack on the floor. You broke your fall but sprained the little toe.
Waking up at night to pee is now an extreme sport.
[Photo taken in Night Mode with an iPhone 11 Pro Max.]
This morning, iOS 13 updating was in progress. From left to right, XS Max, XR, and XS.
iPad Pro is waiting for its own update to iPadOS. iPadOS and iOS 13.1 are coming on 25th September 2019.
The new Series 5 has also been set up and paired to the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which I am using to take this photo.
Stuff I like in iOS 13 so far: Dark Mode, Memoji Sticker packs, and the tighter privacy controls (no, Facebook, you are NOT allowed to use my Bluetooth to track my location. Thanks, iOS 13!).
Memoji sticker packs are fun. My wife saw my stickers, which are automatically generated by iOS 13 when you create a Memoji, and was immediately smitten. “Create a nice Memoji for me,” she said. “Must be beautiful one.”
You can use the sticker packs in other messenger apps like WhatsApp too. Which is neat.
Since I also just shifted from the iPhone XS Max to the 11 Pro Max, I see it is now possible to do a full iPhone-to-iPhone transfer. It is almost like Time Machine restore for iPhone.
This means that ALL your iPhone content will transfer over instead of just iCloud credentials.
No need to wait for the apps to download from iCloud in the background. Just phone-to-phone transfer, lock, stock and barrel. Useful for folks who have a large photo library and don’t want to wait for the new iPhone to download the photos from iCloud. I left it to transfer overnight but it only took about 3 hours (I have a LOT of stuff on my iPhone haha!).
The only thing that I had to do manually was Authenticators. I had to re-setup by hand. And I have two Authenticators, one is Google’s and one is Microsoft’s. I suppose for security reasons, Authenticators don’t allow direct transfers of the accounts within.
Apple also made the Watch transfer easier. When I was setting up the iPhone 11 Pro Max by transferring data from the iPhone XS Max I normally use, I was asked if I also wanted to pair my existing Series 4 Apple Watch to the new 11 Pro Max. This used to be a manual affair when you changed iPhones. In the dark old days (yesterday), you had to unpair the Watch from your old iPhone, wait a long time, and then re-pair it with your new iPhone, and wait again. But now it does that pairing for you. Very very cool.
And no, you don’t need to update your existing iPhone to iOS 13 to make the transfer to the new iPhone 11 or 11 Pro. My XS Max was on iOS 12 and it transferred just fine to the iPhone 11 Pro Max running on iOS 13.
The first thing I played with was, of course, the new Triple-Camera.
Isaac became my reluctant model for the Ultra Wide camera.
The wife is going to complain again, that I took a photo of the house when it was so messy.
The next thing to test will be battery life. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is supposed to have up to 5 hours more battery life than the XS Max. We shall see. I am notoriously #brutal and #savage when it comes to smartphone battery life, because I use my iPhone all day for work and play. Game on!
The wife and I had a glorious time laughing and singing along at Hossan Leong’s big Five-Oh show: “Hossan-AH 50! - Love You LEONG Time”.
I don’t think we stopped laughing or smiling the entire time.
So many friends, old and new, were there to support a man who directs, acts, sings, speaks French, sings French, does standup comedy, and plays the piano. That’s not an exhaustive list of Hossan’s talents either. He is even a knight.
His performance oozed with the easy confidence of a man with decades of entertainment experience behind him.
I have known Hossan since Primary school, when the two of us were the only boys in class with glasses. And it warms my heart to see him carry his 50th birthday show with such class.
Here’s to the next century, old friend. May it be an even better one.
I was so moved after the show, I gave my primary school classmate a big hug. He is truly a National Treasure, and he is the personification of our school motto, The Best is Yet to Be.
The run ends on 31st August 2019. There are already sold-out shows. Don’t wait. Go and watch.