Movie Review: No Strings Attached

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My Rating: 3Stars

This evening I saw the movie No Strings Attached at AMC Cinemas, Admiralty, Hong Kong. One of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

It is a romantic comedy staring Natalie Portman (Emma) and Ashton Kutcher (Adam), playing two life long friends who have sex one morning. In an effort to protect their friendship, they decide to make a pack to keep their relationship as “no strings attached” (aka. friends with benefits). The movie has made popular a quote among the social networks.

What I need is someone who’s going to be in my bed in 2 a.m. who I don’t have to lie to or eat breakfast with… Use each other for sex at all hours of the day and night, nothing else.

Portman definitely carries this movie where the rest of the actors done an okay job of supporting her. Even though Kutcher has an equal billing for this movie, his role is nothing special. It’s similar and at times identical to all other roles he played in the past: Killers, Valentine’s Day and What Happens in Vegas.

On the other hand I have enjoyed Portman’s performances since her role as Mathilda in Luc Besson’s The Professional, then as Queen Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and Evey in V for Vendetta.

This a fun entertaining movie to watch with your love one. It is definitely a good option if there’s nothing else to choose from at the theater.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere

Movie Review: Black Swan (2010)

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My Rating: 4Stars

This evening I saw the movie Black Swan at AMC Cinemas, Admiralty, Hong Kong. One of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

It is a movie about a ballerina, Nina Sayers (played by Natalie Portman). Nina lives with her mother, Erica (played by Barbara Hershey), who gave up her own ballet career at age 28 when she had Nina. As a result Erica places all her efforts in encouraging Nina to achieve the highest accolade in ballet. To support her mother’s wishes Nina lives and breaths ballet day and night without any extra curricular activities. Due to this sheltering and up bringing by her mother, Nina becomes a perfectionist in all things relating to ballet.

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iPad 2G on March 2nd [Updated]

Apple on Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 (US time) sent out an invitation to a March 2nd event in San Francisco, CA, USA. The tagline reads

Come see what 2011 will be the year of.

With graphics on the invitation implying the event will have something to do with the iPad. Therefore it is very lightly Apple will be announcing/revealing the next generation iPad (aka. iPad 2G) on March 2, 2011.

If past history is taken into account, the iPad 2G will most likely be announced and shown off at the March 2nd event, but will not be available for sale weeks afterwards. Most likely months afterwards before it officially arrives in Hong Kong.

World Times for Apple’s Event on March 2nd:
08:00 – Hawaii Time
10:00 – US Pacific Time
11:00 – US Mountain Time
12:00 – US Central Time
13:00 – USD Eastern Time
18:00 – London Time
19:00 – Paris Time
23:30 – Mumbai Time
02:00 – Hong Kong Time (March 3rd)
05:00 – Sydney Time (March 3rd)

Review: Localscope for iPhone [Updated]

I was made aware of the iOS app, Localscope, by Cynapse of India.

Initially it looks to be yet another local search app like, Yelp, Foursquare, Google Places, etc., fortunately after a closer look I finds out that is not the case.

The app allows you to search among various categories for places mentioned in one of the services: Google, Bing Maps, Foursqaure, Twitter and MacVisions Wikimapia, it is “partnering” with. By partnering, I mean the app utilizes API from the respective services to display search results to the user. During these searches it takes into account the user’s location, either specified manually or by the built in GPS of the iOS device.
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Cultural Differences

Cultures around the world have many differences, among those are the phrases used to describe everyday things.

For example, Canadians often call the poles on the side of the road supporting electric cables, “Hydro poles”. In other parts of the world these will be referred to as “electric poles”.

British people refer to long cushioned chair normally placed in the living room as “chesterfield”, but most other cultures refer to it as a “sofa”.

The most famous difference is the way North Americans refer to American football as “football”, where rest of the world use this term to refer to soccer.

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