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Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

I think Star Wars Episode 7 is the sequel¬†we have been waiting for… finally! ūüôā I’m so happy and did enjoyed the movie a lot. I watched it twice in the theatres. Can’t wait to see it again, waiting impatiently for a DVD/Blu-ray. All the promo materials before the movie release date made me like the Dark side but after saw the movie, i fell in love with BB-8 the new droid! I guess i’m leaning toward the Light side a bit. LOL Anyway, i think this movie is not only Star Wars fans but a fan to be… or basically everyone. ūüėÄ And you don’t have to see the previous 6 movies to understand it. However, if you did watched at least the original trilogy, you will laugh even harder. XD

Warning: Don’t try to make sense of the force and everything else in the movie… just enjoy it of what it is, Sci-fi Fantasy, and you will love it!

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(Left) Star Wars Sticker Book (Right) Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Exhibition @ CTW

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(Left) BB-8 Cap, bought from Major Cineplex (Right) From Captain Phasma Popcorn Set

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(Left) Star Wars Egg Force: Stormtrooper (Right) BB-8 Keychain from Subway

Apart from all the goodies, i also bought the visual dictionary and learnt so much from it!

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This book consists of photos/infographics of the characters and their details like costumes, weapons and accessories. The missing photos are of Luke Skywalker and Supreme Leader Snoke as well as a picture of unmasked Kylo Ren (well… you can found those missing photos on the internet). I really love it! It is perfect for cosplayers or artists who want to create fan artworks. Highly recommended! ūüėČ

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Visual Dictionary

Author: Pablo Hidalgo

Hardcover: 80 pages

Publisher: DK Children (2015)

Language: English

Source: Book cover is from Goodreads.com

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My Top 10 Favourite Japanese Anime Series of All Time

I enjoy watching Japanese anime series since i was a little girl. Here are some of my favourites ranging from the newest to the oldest (released year).

1. Death Parade (2015)

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The concept of the anime is amazing as human souls are forced to play a dead games which push them to their limits in order to reveal¬†their true natures. It¬†shows how complicated human minds can be and that’s what i like about it! I also learnt an important lessen that we all should value our lives.

2. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (2014)

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It’s very funny and entertaining anime i’ve ever watched! The story is¬†centred¬†around a high school manga writer and his circle of friends. It might started as a high school drama¬†but ended up being a comedy. I often use this series for stress relief. Highly recommended, so just go and check it out!

3. Psycho-Pass (2012)

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This sci-fi anime is original and so cool. It sets in the future¬†where Japan is a closed country and using the system to measure citizens’ psychological data in order to judge tendency to commit crime and prevent it. If you like “The¬†Minority Report” by¬†Philip K. Dick, you will definitely like this one!

4. Yumeiro Patissiere (2009)

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This one is¬†a heart warming story about a girl who is following her dream to become a pastry chef. I enjoy the series¬†so much. It’s such a spirit lifting story that i usually¬†watch it¬†when¬†i’m feeling down. It also helps me to learn some basic Japanese. I’m sure any sweet lovers will love¬†this one! ūüėÄ

5. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009)

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It’s a¬†sci-fi fantasy anime that sets in an alternate universe where¬†Alchemy works and¬†philosopher’s stone exists. The story is centred around alchemist brothers who are researching on how to retrieve what are their back from the other side and forced to work for a military government for funding.

6. Natsume Yuujinchou (2008)

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Like his late grandmother, Reiko, Natsume can see spirits and inherits her ¬†“Book of Friends” that¬†contains spirits’ name. He¬†is determined to free them from contracts by¬†returning their names with the help of a spirit cat, Nyanko-Sensei.¬†I like cats, especially big ones!¬†Anyway, this anime is laid-back and funny.

7. Mononoke (2007)

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It’s about the medicine seller who dealing with vengeful¬†spirits or “Mononoke” by learning¬†about the its truth,¬†form and regret. This anime has a very striking art style. Although the styling is¬†very colourful, the stories are pretty scary! Recommended for fans of ghost and horror story.

8. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (2007)

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Who doesn’t like Gundam! I’m one of Gundam’s fans. This is my favourite series among this franchise because it’s related to international conflicts and politics. In this universe, an organisation is using Gundams, the most ¬†superior technology, as tools to stop any wars on earth. Super cool, isn’t it! ūüôā

9. Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World (2003)

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Kino is a traveller who visiting countries after countries with a talking motorbike. They stay for only 3 days to  observe the locals and cultures. I think it is unique and intriguing. The anime made me think more about human and their societies. The world is not beautiful, therefore it is!

10. The Twelve Kingdoms (2002)

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It sets in a world, inspired by Chinese mythology, where there are twelve kingdoms ruled by a chosen leader. The story is centred around a high school girl who is transported to this world with her classmates. I feel that the anime is too short and would like to read the original light novels by Ono Fuyumi.

 

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles

Last week, i recently received the 4th¬†book from The Hobbit Chronicles Book series. It’s the one i’ve been waiting to read for months after pre-ordered it in March! I bought it¬†from Amazon.com for 28.06 USD, while the 3rd book is a gift from my hubby for Christmas last year. I’m so excited to see an¬†epic conclusion of Bilbo’s adventures in December, although¬†i’m not very fond of the new name of the final movie as it changed to “The Battle of the Five Armies” instead of “There and Back Again”. ūüė¶

The third book is all about “Art & Design” of the Desolation of Smaug. It¬†consists of concept artworks of additional characters & creatures, new sets¬†and of course the dragon, Smaug! My favourite is actually the design of Lake-town which inspired by the Celtic, while the costume design is full of Asian influences, especially¬†Mongolian-Chinese. The book also features the design of Dale both from the ancient time and the ruins in the present day. Inside the back cover, there is a portrait of the master of Lake-town. I found it’s quite unique and nice because i’m a fan of Stephen Fry! ūüôā

Moving for concept art to real props, the fourth book, marked “Cloaks & Daggers”, is my favourite one so far as i love costumes and weapons!!! It focuses on how the specialist artisans bring the films¬†to life with their skills. This book presents the fine works of sculptors, costume makers, dyers, armorers, jewellers, leather-workers, prop-makers, and etc. All the props needed, even the food props, for the movies are in it. So, it’s totally awesome! In addition, a full photo of market in Hobbiton is attached to the back cover and this market is only seen in the extended version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. ūüėÄ

Both The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles are highly recommended for fans and those who interested in prop-making or even cosplay. So, be sure to check them out and you won’t be disappointed!

The Hobbit Books 3 & 4

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles – Art & Design

Author: Weta

Hardcover: 208 pages

Publisher: Harper Design (2013)

Language: English

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Chronicles –¬†Cloaks & Daggers

Author: Weta

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Harper Design (2014)

Language: English

Read my review of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles” books at:

https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey-chronicles/

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The Film Book

The last time i went back home, i saw this book at Kinokuniya bookstore in Bangkok and really wanted it! I realised that i have to carry the giant book all the way back to the US, so i decided to come back and buy it here instead. I got it second-hand for 19.50 USD from Amazon. It came in a film canister liked tin box and the book cover is a photo of vintage film. The contents of the book are divided into 6 sections, as the following:

  1. The Story of Film: The history of film since 1895 to present and timeline
  2. How Movies are Made: Pre-production, Production and Post-production
  3. Movie Genres: Western, Musical, Comedy, Action, Animation etc.
  4. World Film: International movies from around the world,¬†such as India’s Bollywood
  5. A-Z of Directors: Profiles of 100 of the world’s best movie directors, such as Alfred Hitchcock
  6. Top 100 Movies: The most influential movies of all time, such as King Kong, Gone with the Wind etc.

Btw, the contents are previously published in “Eyewitness Companions: Film”. If you already have that book, you don’t have to get this one because it’s basically the same with some new photos. Anyway, this book is recommended for¬†film¬†lovers and DK book collectors! ūüôā

You can check out my top 10 favourite movies of all time here:

https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/my-top-10-favourite-movies-of-all-time/

The Film Book

The Film Book: A Complete Guide to the World of Cinema

Author: Ronald Bergan

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: DK Adult (2011)

Language: English

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles

I love The Hobbit movies even more than The Lord of the Ring movies. Can’t wait to watch the final film of the series! I got both The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles from Amazon.com with reasonable prices of 26.59 USD and 23.25 USD respectively. I spent only 2 days to finish them! The artworks and photos featured in those books are priceless.

The first book, marked “Art & Design”, consists of concept artworks of hair, make-up, costumes, props and weapons for the characters featured in the film. What i like the most are the pencil-sketched artworks of houses, furnitures, tools, as well as landscapes. There are also some concept artworks of creatures like trolls, stone giants, goblins, wargs and their riders. Inside the front and back covers, Thorin’s Map and Barlin’s Conditions of Engagement are attached. The map with the moon rune letters is very cool and the calligraphy on the contract is great! ūüôā

As the first one focuses on concept art, the second book is all about “Creatures & Characters” which deals with casting, movement coaching, accents and actual make-up, prosthetics and wigs. There is also a huge part about building 3D animated creatures such as the trolls, Goblins King, Gollum, Azog, etc. and beasts such as Radagast’s animal friends, the eagles, wargs, bats, insects etc. Anyway, it doesn’t include Smaug, the Dragon. What a shame! I hope he will appear in the next chronicles book. ūüėÄ In addition, the comparative size chart of character scale is featured in the back cover of the book as well.

I actually like the first book better than the second one but they are equally good. So, it depends on what you are interested in! Both books are highly recommended for fans of the Hobbit book and movies!

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles – Art & Design

Author: Weta

Hardcover: 208 pages

Publisher: Harper Design (2012)

Language: English

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles – Creatures & Characters

Author: Weta

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Harper Design (2013)

Language: English

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Pacific Rim: Man, Machines and Monsters

I went to see Pacific Rim (2013)¬†with my hubby in the theater on July 12, 2013. It’s one of the movie with original ideas from Guillermo del Toro but it wasn’t very popular here in the US because people think that it’s similar to those Transformers movies. But it doesn’t! I think it was fun and very interesting. In my opinion, this movie is “Evangelion” VS. “Godzilla” and it also made me feel like watching Japanese Anime! LOL I still like it anyway and here is my fan art of “Mako Mori”!

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I like the movie so much and rewatched it again when the DVD was released, so i decided to buy the book. I ordered ¬†it on September 20, 2013 and Amazon told me that the item is out of stock, so it will be shipped by the end of October 2013. I was a bit disappointed and hoping that i can get the book sooner. Then, on September 12, 2013, i received an update email from Amazon that the book is back in stock. I was so excited. It has been shipped on October 17, 2013 and arrived in front of my door on October 22, 2013! ūüėÄ I’m so glad i finally got it. Good job, Amazon! The price is reasonable too! I bought it for only 28.05 USD which is a lot cheaper than 44.95 USD listed on the official store of Warner Bros. Studios (http://www.wbshop.com/).¬†The book is great, especially as a coffee table book (for nerds of course)! It is approximately 11.5 ¬†x 10.25 x 0.75 inches and features tons of concept artworks, Jaegers’ blueprints, character profiles, kaiju designs, and etc. There are 2 propaganda posters and stickers attached inside the book as well. It’s worth every penny and i just love it! ūüôā

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PS.¬†Guillermo del Toro is working on Pacific Rim sequel! I’m so excited and can’t wait for it! ūüėÄ

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim: Man, Machines and Monsters

Author: David S. Cohen

Forward: Guillermo del Toro

Hardcover: 156 pages

Publisher: Insight Editions; Har/Pstr edition (2013)

Language: English

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The Cornetto Trilogy

“The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” or “The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy” is a series of comedy films directed by Edgar Wright. The series consist of 3 movies: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World’s End (2013). The final firm of the trilogy was released in the US on 23 August 2013, so my hubby and me went to see it last weekend. Several days before we went to¬†the theatre, we watched the previous two films at home on our projector. They are brilliant! Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are great actors! Edgar Wright (Director), Martin Freeman (known for Dr. Watson in Sherlock and Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit) and Bill Nighy (known for¬†Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour¬†in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollow – Part I) also appeared in all of them. According to my hubby, the first film was loved by so many fans and they wanted to be a part of it. In the second film, famous fans like Peter Jackson and Cate Blanchett were in it! ūüėÄ

1. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

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This movie is a parody of George A. Romero’s classic zombie movies like Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead. It is about a normal guy named, Shuan, who has to deal with zombie apocalypse on top of problems with his girlfriend, mother and stepfather. In my opinion, it is a great comedy zombie movie, so if you love zombie movies… don’t miss it!

2. Hot Fuzz (2007)

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This one is a parody of buddy cops duo like Bad Boys. It is about a perfect London police officer who got transfer to an English town with a lowest crime rate in the country. He and his new buddy have to solve series of mysterious deaths in this small village. I love to read mysteries fictions, so this one is right up my alley!

3. The World’s End (2013)

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The last film in this trilogy is a parody of classic science fiction movies. It is about a man who is still stuck in his teenage and decided to do a pub crawl in his hometown with his old friends. They discover an alien invasion while they are at it! It was fun and entertaining movie but the ending is questionable whether he did the right thing or not?

Source: All movie posters are from IMDb.com

So, why “Cornetto”… why the ice-cream? Those movies are represented by different flavours of Cornetto Ice Cream: Shaun of the Dead is strawberry with red package, Hot Fuzz is original cone with blue package, and The World’s End is mint chocolate chip with green package. Those cornetto ice cream also showed up in those movies!¬†Here is my fanart of the movie, “Hot Fluff” as my favourite movie among the trilogy is “Hot Fuzz”. It reminds me of¬†“Murder on the Orient Express”¬†by¬†Agatha Christie and the story involves with a group of normal human beings, not something out of ordinary like alien and zombie.

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