Genre Grandeur – Project A (1983)

Kim @ Tranquil Dreams:

This month’s Genre Grandeur over at MovieRob’s is 80’s action flicks. I chose one of my absolute favorite: Project A, directed and lead by Jackie Chan. Check out my review of why its one of my favorite 80s action flick and remember to drop by to check out the other entries as well :)
On a side note, next month is Rob’s 007 Blogathon. Who can get enough of James Bond? Remember to follow Rob to not miss out on the fun!

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For the next Genre Grandeur – 80’s Action Movie, take a look at Kim of Tranquil Dream‘s review of Jackie Chan’s 80’s action hit, Project A (1983).

Next month’s Genre will be Holiday movies (it can be any film about any holiday).  To participate, just send me your review by 23rd of December to holiday@movierob.net and I’ll post it!

Let’s see what Kim thought about Project A …

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I almost wanted to give this genre grandeur and ask my boyfriend to do it. This would be his passion project. If it was up to him, it’d be Predator. However, I’m not my boyfriend (not that I dislike Predator) but I was raised differently. Different in the sense that I grew up with Studio Ghibli for animation and Hong Kong flicks were part of the action flicks I’d watch a whole lot of. I knew who Jackie Chan was…

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Big Hero 6 (2014)

On Tuesday, I went with my girl friends to go check out Big Hero 6.  I haven’t really check out any trailers and I’m not even sure about the story but there’s been so many great reviews and the RT score is pretty phenomenal.  Also, its been a while in this rather dreary year of animations thats really caught my attention.  Plus, its Disney. C’mon!

big hero 6Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Voice Cast: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph

Hiro is a child genius that graduated high school at 13.  He has an immense in robotics and starts engaging in illegal bot fights, until his brother Tadashi stops him when he introduces him to his school and the robotics department where he was studying.  When an accident takes away Tadashi, Hiro wakes up the unexpectedly still active personal care robot, Baymax designed by Tadashi for his project.  With Baymax, he learns about the possibility that there was more to Tadashi’s death.  With the help of Baymax and his brother’s group of friends: Gogo, Wasabi, Fred and Honey Lemon, they try to solve the mystery in San Fransokyo, leading them to transform into a group of high tech heroes.

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There is something so magical and just simply genius about Big Hero 6. Its funny, heartwarming, touching and so entertaining to watch this adventure.  Packing in a lot of emotional moments, (and I mean emotional like bring a box of tissues if you were as sensitive as the girl sitting a few seats away from me because she cried through the whole thing), it actually balances it with a lot of really hilarious moments and it has a lot to do with an extremely adorable and big-sized marshmallow looking robot, Baymax.  There are so many “aww” moments because of his kind heart.  On top of that, Hiro just grows throughout this movie and its easy to connect to him even if the majority of us aren’t prodigies. The whole group, the other tech nerds all have their own abilities that help balance each other to be a great team together.

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You know, I’m getting ahead of myself. Just from the opening as they went into San Fransokyo, I was in love with the style of it.  A crossover of San Francisco and Tokyo is amazing and just so smart. If you want to see a few more screenshots and just how much I love San Fransokyo, you should go over to my other site right HERE! Its all in the detail of bring in the oriental twist to a modern western city. The Golden Gate Bridge gets a Japanese twist as well as the streets lined with cherry blossom.  The detail put in just makes this so pretty to watch.

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With any great hero, they need a good villain.  In this one, masked dude here does the job nicely. Its a children’s animation so its pretty easy to figure out who is behind the mask.  Except the story behind the villain is convincing.  If its anything we’ve learned, villains are villains because of something that happened to them that triggers them.  They don’t have to be complicated especially not when you are appealing to kids, as the main audience.  Disney is really great at capturing everyone (provided you appreciate animation for what it is).

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Big Hero 6 is a must-see.  Its 3D animation so its worth the visit to the theatres to see it to get the most out of it.  As much as it tugs at our heartstrings and we can bond with the characters, it also is a comedy-adventure that provides a whole lot of fun.  Baymax is a lovable and so simply designed but so well-thought out in his character.  The heroes all have wonderful qualities that create the funny moments.  We call love big and cuddly characters, right? I’m telling you right now, I’m scouting out a Disney plushie of him when I go to Disney stores next time and I also know that I’ll be at the stores first day its released Blu-ray to get it and relive the experience of Big Hero 6. There is so much thats right about this one :)

Have you seen Big Hero 6? What are you thoughts on it? Did you think the concept of San Fransokyo was as brilliant as I did?

Photography 101: Double

Today, you and your camera are seeing double. -The Daily Post

Seeing doubles.  Its funny how a lot of arrangements are done with symmetry in mind.  If you look at this.  Its doubles also.

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Then, the double seats on the bus along with the double stickers on the bus for the protest against Bill 3 affecting the pension plans are a big thing in the city these days.

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My Weekly (now Monthly) Adventures!

Its been over a month that I haven’t posted a My Weekly Adventures instalment.  Why? Just because between not overwhelming you (and myself) with posts popping up all day, because I truly dislike it when I get bombarded by like 15 posts by one person (unless its comments), I decided to just group it together to eventually have its reappearance here and with actual things.  Life isn’t always busy and when its actually busy, I just don’t write about it, so I just lump it together with the highlights of the past month. I’ll try to keep it brief because I have posted individual posts on some of them also :)

Lets see whats happened in my life over the last month!

1) TV! TV! TV!

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The thing I’m most proud of is catching up with TV.  My choice to keep up with three: Arrow, The Flash and The Vampire Diaries have been fantastically on track.  Mostly because I only have a week of streaming before they expire because I don’t have the fancy satellite subscription.  What happened to free TV, eh? Anyways, success also comes that I’ve delegated time to watch Dancing with the Stars (first season that I’ve seen) and am totally in love with it. The finals just happened and I need to stream that and not read any news to keep the surprise factor there.  Then, two weeks ago, I resumed watching Season 3 of Once Upon a Time, very much thanks to Netflix and and wrapped that up and read to catch up with Season 4 to be right on track. The way Season 3 ended, I’m looking forward to it. :)

Plus, apparently once a show is cancelled, I like to start watching it. Weird, eh? Because I just started watching the first episode of Witches of East End. I can’t say from the first ep but the set is very nice and umm…the dude, Daniel diTomasso playing Killian is really dark and brooding hot.

I think thats about the extreme of how much TV I can get in right now.

What are you watching these days?

2) MTL a Table!

Apparently October and November are the big events month for autumn.  I didn’t know that so the first new experience was participating a little in MTL a Table/TASTE MTL with friends.  I posted about those already.

The 3 restaurants I went to were:

Do you  have any food festivals where you are?

3) La Grande Degustation de Montreal!

A wine tasting festival through and through! It was a last minute decision to go.  Over the years, I’ve been really interested in wines more than cocktails.  Learning to appreciate wines is something I’m slowly learning.  This year’s highlight was South Africa wines and those are a growing trend here.  After trying 6 booths or so, including these ones that left an impression while the others I can’t remember anymore:

  • Nederburg Ingenuity White Blend
  • Le Bonheur (Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay)
  • Reyneke (Chenin Blanc)
  • Porcupine Ridge (Sauvignon Blanc)

Other than that, I ended up loving this vodka from Las Vegas called Vegas Vodka and ordered myself 2 bottles of it. And then ended up at a checking out this white wine from Quebec from a winery called Domaine de Petit Roubie that had this lovely fruity wines with a very distinct taste (2 more of those).

Definitely a new experience and I’m waiting for those bottles to arrive so that my boyfriend can taste it as well. (By the time this goes up today, I just received the order yesterday.)

4) Home update!

My house is completely painted now.  My kitchen was the last room and the most pain in the behind to do.  That room has covered with a light yellow and it brightens up the room when any light hits the walls.  My description is that my kitchen is like a dessert. The cupboards look like gingerbread and the walls look like custard and the trimmings is whipped cream.  Trust me, when natural hits it, its even more so.

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Now is just organizing everything.  First place all organized after 2 evenings as of last night was organizing all the movies that my boyfriend and I own.  After organizing alphabetically over 3 shelves, emptying a ton of boxes, its finally done.  I dug out the movies that I owe reviews to and I’m stacking them up to get those watched.  I’ve never really had a chance to see EVERYTHING my boyfriend owned and although we had a few doubles, there was a whole lot that I haven’t seen yet so it’ll be fun :)

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Also, beginning of November, we also bought our huge Christmas Tree.  What comes with Xmas trees are how to decorate it, which means I need to get my crafty self back into action. While getting those DIY ornaments together, I put together my garland with little decorations around it and spiced it up with some fir scented sticks and decorated it on my little staircase. Last year’s wreath also got a little redecoration so once I find that door hanger, I’ll put that up as well :) (By the time this goes up, I already found it but no picture yet).

The holidays are around the corner, the house is pretty much in the final stretch and I’ll be moving soon.  Thats a crazy but extremely happy thought :)

Are you geared up for Christmas?

5) New clothes (for a good cause)

f&ck cancerI love Arrow and I love Stephen Amell.  Why? Because the man does good things. He tries to live up to his character and he seems rather genuine.  So, I love buying clothes and if I happen to buy clothes that are for a good cause, well, even better. I usually don’t wear people’s face on myself, its a little creepy and I don’t swear (much) either so this F&ck Cancer shirt really breaks a few rules but for a good cause, I’m willing to do it.

6) Ornament making

I just bought a 7.5 feet Christmas tree so that means I need to decorate it. I managed to get some hand me down ornaments but its definitely not enough to cover a gigantic tree. So other than buying a few little things at Target and Walmart (yay for sales), I am making it. Here’s two of the types :)

decorations

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7) Sunrise photo session!

Two weeks or something before the weather went all cold and crazy, I went out with my friend for a photo session for sunrise.  First time for me.  Here’s a few shots.  I promise a full post but I’m just a bit backlogged ;)

sunrise

sunrise

8) Snowy Girls Night Out :)

This past weekend, my girl friends and I went out for dinner. One of us is going back to Vancouver after a few months back home in Montreal to deal with a few things.  That day, she fell in love with the snow all over again.  With her excitement, we went to take pictures.

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Quartier Dix30 has that lovely decorations all set up.  The restaurant we wanted to go to was packed but we did get to stand in the snow with the lovely Christmas “tree” and warmed our hands near the fire.

On top of that, last night we all went to go see Big Hero 6! I had a blast with it and the review will go up tomorrow afternoon :) I’m even going to pair it with a lovely Out of The World Travels post on my other blog.  That one is really getting neglected a lot when my brain really can’t squeeze out any more writing.

Have you seen Big Hero 6?

9) Blogging Changes and Updates!

End of the year is right around the corner and the days are moving fast fast fast.

This weekly adventure is coming a tad late.  So if you haven’t realized, the pace of things are relatively stable much to my surprise but the content is more concise.  For one, I’m doing the Photography 101 for two reasons.  One is for the annual NaNoWriMo month, which I was very much on track in the first week and then the second week just went in the dumps.  I’m about 15000 words behind now and I really don’t know how I’ll catch up but I’ve been in worst shape in previous years and manage to finish.  I’ll figure it out one way or another. Second is that with Nanowrimo, it gives me a permanent post going up everyday.  This new routine actually has given me the push to keep the content going up here rather constant.

With this one, I’ve actually been able to revive some more fun segments like my Pinterest Therapy, Music Obsessions and back regularly is my Weekly Workout Recaps as I work hard to get back to how fit I was at the beginning of the year. I’m even getting really dedicated to having updates (probably for myself) to how I look physically.

December is next week! My mind is going crazy with new stuff.  So I’ll be doing some organizing around here.  The sidebar has been in desperate of updates.  C’mon, my images are from 2013! I’m thinking up a rating system (still) and two long-term projects.  More baking also for Christmas!  On a lovely note, I did add on the menu tabs for My Weekly Adventures and  Music Obsessions.  I should really add in Pinterest Theapy :)

 FINALLY…THATS IT! A round of applause for you for making it to the end :)

No more of this long breaks between adventures! You can see how I procrastinated.

Wish me luck on pushing to finish for NaNoWriMo! Word count is around 30,000 right now. 20,000 more in the next few days! I need a lot of tea….

Photography 101: Edge

Today is all about straight edges, and tweaking your image to ensure your lines are perfectly positioned.

Today, show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice.

To make sure your edge packs a punch, use a photo editing tool to check the alignment and adjust the image, if needed, so that your edge is perfectly straight.- The Daily Post

So, I’m really bad at edges.  Not sure where I’ll find one and time is not really  abundant for me to scout out. Inspired by the Daily Post image, I took the similar concept of windows and doors and used those straight lines in this wall art.

Subtle Edges

Subtle Edges

On the way, I also found these little decorative planters used for simple Christmas decorations. Not sure how to angle the picture and I’m typing this up before work so I’d say the straight lines of the bin work well to contrast the colorful berry and not so straight faux branches.

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Not a lot of “edge”, not even sure it packs a punch but we gotta work with whats around us, right? Just a simple city girl, my lovelies ;)

Workout Week 2: Finding the Energy

I know its a bit nuts to talk about finding energy and its only the second week getting back into this workout routine. Although working out isn’t so hard in theory to find time, in hindsight, starting it during NaNoWriMo might not be such a great idea.  But then, it does force me to make time for it, even if it means sleeping later at night to get in the workout to help destress.  Does that make sense? I’m more tired but less stressed? Whatever, I’m pushing through.

After I caught up with the massive lack of sleep from waking up uber early on Saturday morning and then again on Monday morning for my blood test. Apparently, losing 4 test tubes of blood later, the bruise is still there but hey, its all good. I’m pretty much back to normal.

THURSDAY: Making up A short Arms & Shoulders Workout

Yeah, I didn’t have time and if I sat around looking for a workout, I’d just skip it so I decided to not postpone. Put on The Flash Ep. 5 and picked up those 5lbs dumbbells and did 3 sets of 15 reps each of bicep curls, tricep extensions, lateral raises and triceps kickbacks.

 SATURDAY: Pumps and Iron’s Medicine Ball Pyramid Workout

Last weekend, I finally bought a new medicine ball and a better quality one (hopefully, since it cost $50).  I was determined to put it good use so I went back to look for a workout.

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Count on Pumps and Iron to get me working hard.  It felt pretty awesome afterwards.  It was hard halfway too but its nice to see that I pushed through.  Seriously, at about 8 reps I wanted to stop by but I’m glad I finished it :)

Whats makes that workout feel even better is when I was super occupied on Sunday and didn’t get the yoga workout I wanted in. Next week I need to do better. But with NaNoWriMo crunch time, I’m not so sure anymore. Plus, as I wrap up this post on Monday (but forgot to post it yesterday), I can tell you that my abs are really really sore.

In light of that, here’s a quote I need to remember especially this week:

workout inspiration

Bring it on! :)

P.S. Weekly Adventures coming back tomorrow.  Remember to drop by!

Photography 101: Glass

Incorporate a form of glass into your image to add a layer of complexity.

Glass is incredibly fun to experiment with when taking pictures, resulting in multi-layered and sometimes unexpected shots. – The Daily Post

My cat's POV looking out the balcony door

My cat’s POV looking out the balcony door

The fascination of glass is that it can create a feeling of being separated like there is a barrier despite its transparent surface.

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While in other cases, it can create a reflection when light hits it at a certain angle.  In this case, it widens the perspective of what’s going on in the street.

There’s so much to do with glass.  I had done one before with the conversion of angles using a angular vase. I could’ve done one through multiple colorful glass bottles but I couldn’t find a subject that worked.  Maybe I’ll do another one focused on that one day, just for fun :)