All gamer folks are buzzing the news on cyber space since the mega announcement by leading video game platform Sony Computer Entertainment Asia! Last year we had 4 PlayStation 4 game title launches & it was such a roar. Gamers got off their couch, came to the shopping mall venues, played demos, met up with friends, picked up freebies all the way till past midnight…. it was great! Street Fighter V, Uncharted 4, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Final Fantasy XV. These midnight game launch events were certainly not “Game Start Asia” for us here in Malaysia but it was reason enough for gamers to be excited about.
So what is this PlayStation Experience? – Well basically the PlayStation Experience or PSX for short is an event that showcases the latest / newest / upcoming games for the PlayStation platforms…. PS4, PS VR, PS Vita etc. It started out in 2014 & is a yearly event held in December in America. It debuted in Las Vegas in the first year & has moved to California since. This year, Malaysia is so privileged (if not extremely fortunate), to be the selected country / city for the PSX summer. To have this event in my own country is already a privilege but to be the host for the entire South East Asia region, is yet another honour too.
So, the PSX SEA 2017, which I dub to be PSX Summer haha or PSX Asian Summer haha (syiok sendiri because I am so happy), will feature most of the fresh stuff unveiled at the recent E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) 2017. E3 is an industry-only event, which means if you’re not part of the video game industry in some way, you don’t get to go 😦 But Hey! We got PSX SEA 2017 & it’s in Kuala Lumpur so rejoice! Again I say rejoice!
Special Guest Appearance: Kazunori Yamauchi (Producer Gran Turismo series), Waz Hazmer (Lead Designer Final Fantasy XV)
PlayStation®4 (PS4™): Detroit: Become Human, Everybody’s Golf, Far Cry 5, Gran Turismo Sport, Knack 2, Matterfall, Ni No Kuni II, and Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum Session!, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, FIFA 18, Dragonball Fighterz,
PlayStation®VR (PS VR): Bravo Team, No Heroes Allowed! VR, The Inpatient, Final Fantasy XV: Monster of the Deep, Stifled,
#PlayStation #SonyPlayStation #PSX #PlayStationExperience #PlayStationExperienceSEA #KazunoriYamauchi #WanHazmer
#GranTurismo #Matterfall #BravoTeam #FIFA18 # DragonballFighterz #FinalFantasyXV #DissidiaFinalFantasy #Stifled
Date: Saturday, 5th August 2017
Time: 10am – 10pm
Venue: KL Live at Life Centre
FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1527041840693814/
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/PlayStationAsia/
July marks that we have reached the middle of 2017 and if you’re a fan of Anime – illustration, animation, character design, music composition…. Then you should be a fan of VAX! VAX is back!! Back again! VAX stands for the Visual Arts Expo. This event debut 2 years ago and has not lost a step in trying to deliver a wholistic experience of the Anime as a production… as a work of art… visual arts. On the first year they brought in Studio Gainax co-founder Hiroyuki Yamaga, Macross creator Shoji Kawamori, music artiste Aimee B, Back-On – full list here (VAX Guest Album 2015). Year 2 saw them host Mika Kobayashi, Tetsuro Shimaguchi, illustrator Itaru Hinoue, composer Oriti Shinji – full list here (VAX Guest Album 2016).
Let’s also not forget about the most unique feature at VAX (in our opinion) – SIP aka Special Interest Panel. Many events are community based, organised by community, run by community made for the community…. But so far VAX is the only one to give the fan community a voice & a stage! Fans & friends can apply for the time slots to present talks on their favourite topics: Japanese Idol Group Love Lieve, Kuroshitsuji, Gundam Saga, Pop Culture Conventions etc. As much as the special guest list is really exciting, the Special Interest Panels are really the heart & soul of VAX! (our opinon).
Here is the official press release for this year’s event! We’re just waiting now for the final schedule to start planning our visit!! How you got your tickets yet??
Expand your creativity horizon at Visual Arts Expo 2017
Visual Arts Expo 2017 returns with a new line-up of content, tailored for everyone and anyone interested in the creative arts
Kuala Lumpur: – The annual Visual Arts Expo (also known as VAX2017) is back again for the third year to spread and invite creative-minded people to collaborate and network with other content creators and the public. This year, VAX2017 will be opening its doors to the public at a new location in the heart of Selangor. VAX2017 aims to be the one-stop location for creatives to gather and present to all parties their ideas and portfolios, and find the opportunity to expand their business and services to reach into larger markets outside of Malaysia.
The expo targets an audience of school leavers, fresh graduates, young adults and entrepreneurs, and will present a wealth of content in various forms – which includes animation, comics, video games and music. These contents will then be shared with visitors, which includes creative industry players from Japan, America and Europe – and ultimately be used by these professionals as part of their own content and future projects.
“As we approach our third year, VAX 2017 will further build upon the success it has garnered from the previous two editions of the event to further connect and nurture relationships – especially between the local creative industry players, like-minded partners from overseas, as well as local audiences to showcase their talents and products under their wings.
Thanks to local successes such as Les Copaque and Lemon Sky Studios, Malaysian creative professionals are getting propelled to the world stage, and we at VAX 2017 will be supporting them with full gusto, as well as helping budding creative-content producers to showcase their talent on our own platform,” says Fazri Nuha, Project Director for VAX.
VAX 2017 targets an audience of school leavers, fresh graduates, young adults and entrepreneurs, and will present the content in various forms – which includes animation, comics, video games and music. The staple of the event – Special Interest Panels – will be held during the two-day event, where fans from all walks of life can come in and present their content to be shared with the public.
For this year’s edition, the guest speakers for VAX 2017 will include Masumoto Kazuya from Studio Trigger, whose portfolio includes titles such as Kill la Kill and Tengen Toppa Guren Lagann. Studio Trigger will be opening a gallery of artwork from Kill la Kill during the two-day event for attendees to check out the art from the acclaimed studio. Also attending VAX2017 is Ito Noriko, Animation Supervisor from Studio MAPPA, who was worked on titles such as Punchline and YURI!!! On Ice.
Hiramatsu Tadahashi is also one of the notable guests attending VAX2017. He has worked on big named anime such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Space Dandy and also Yuri!!! On Ice as part of his portfolio. He is also the character designer for the anime Yuri!!! On Ice.
Masafumi “Pierre” Sugiura, a notable independent script and scenario writer in the Japanese animation industry – who has worked in shows such as Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru and Barakamon – is also attending this year’s edition of VAX and will be sharing his experience in working with the industry through a panel as well as a closed-door portfolio review session. To close the event, Ai “AiRI”Miyake will be sharing her music on stage with the guests attending VAX2017. Her notable works includes the theme songs for shows such as Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon and Gundam Build Fighters.
VAX2017 will be a two-day event, running from the 21 and 22 of July 2017, at the Shah Alam Convention Centre (SACC). Tickets for the event will be priced at RM 25 per day for walk-in visitors, or RM 40 for early bird tickets when purchased online. Also available for purchase are two special tiers exclusive tickets, the Silver Pass and the Gold Pass. These passes give the bearer special perks and gifts along when they are purchased from VAX2017, which includes exclusive meet & greet chance, limited edition event swag and more. All tickets are available for purchase from the official website, with several of the tickets available for a limited time only:
- Early Bird tickets – until 7th July 2017
- Silver Pass – 7th July 2017
- Gold Pass – 20th July 2017
For more information, head on to http://www.VAX.asia
Join the discussion at VAX’s social media channels:
#VisualArtsExpo #VAX2017 #VAXMY #VAXMalaysia #VAXisBack
About Valkyrie Creative Solutions Sdn Bhd
Valkyrie Creative Solutions (Valkyrie) is a design and communications agency founded and currently based in Puchong, Selangor aiming to introduce new ideas, services and platforms that operate within the creative industry. Valkyrie aims to create platforms for creative agencies, studios and developers to come together for collaboration and mutual outsourcing for creative ventures. The dream is to establish an ecology where creativity flourishes and mainstream media is rich with Malaysian-made content.
Here’s a 5th Anniversary tribute to the 45 of us who made cosplay history in Malaysia for becoming the First Ever Cosplay Contingent to take part in a large scale parade!! Why was this not posted earlier? Well mainly because it was a bitter sweet experience. Very bitter in the beginning but as time went by… only the sweetness remains. The full story of the events have not been told till now. I have kept much of it to myself for so long and this year marks the 5th Anniversary of the historical feat that till this day, has not been done again. And so I wanted to commemorate it by sharing the challenges i faced for this historical event to take place. 5 years later, it was worth it. Get ready for a LONG read.
Lots of Love,
5 years ago in February… 45 of us made cosplay history in Malaysia by being the first (and only to date) cosplay contingent to take part in the Hari Wilayah (Federal Territory Day) celebration parade. On a size scale & festivity level this celebration parade this was only second to our Merdeka Day (Independence Day) celebration parade! It was televised live on RTM (TV1) as we marched on the historical landmark Dataran Merdeka (Independence Avenue) in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Our Prime Minister was in attendance looking on as we marched past the VIP stand, presenting the team salute.
It was such an amazing opportunity & it was such an amazing once – in – a – lifetime experience! However, the road getting to that point was a huge challenge. One that has not been shared before. Also here are some photo footage that has not been shared till now.
It all started when I got a call from an event organizer whom I previously work with 2 years back. So they said, this year’s Sambutan Hari Wilayah (2012) was very close to the Chinese New Year, so because of this many communities / contingents who usually take part…. are unable to this year. “Would you like to take part in the parade & put together a contingent of cosplayers?”. My reply, “WHAT? Woah!”. To qualify, or more like look presentable in a large scale parade like this, there is a minimum number of people that each contingent should have. Since all participating teams are under manned, the minimum number of members of each contingent was reduced.
So, I was offered a spot in the 2nd largest national-pride-sake parade if I could pull together a minimum of 40 participants in my contingent. Considering the time I had in hand, which was maybe about less than 3 weeks to the date, the decision weighted heavy on me. To commit or not to commit? To take this project on or not? There was nothing to loose if I didn’t take it…. no one would know about this opportunity. But in my heart I felt that maybe since this opportunity came to me, so I should just take the challenge on. Nothing to loose but sooooo much to gain for the community if it was successful! “Optimistic doubts” of thinking that maybe, I should skip this year… & that I can do it next year. On the other side of my mind, what if there is no ‘next year opportunity’? (Wisdom from my late granny) Can I live with that? And so the conclusion was to go for it!
The ‘go for it’ actually only meant that I would be the initiator of this project, because I couldn’t make this event a success all by myself. This event requires numbers; minimum forty (40) to be exact… there is no way I can conjure that up on my own. This project is a wonderful opportunity for the community and, if done successfully, will be a wonderful achievement for the local community!! So make or break – it will be decided by the community. I just needed to make the call… & arrange all the logistics… the community (numbers) will have the answer on whether this event happens or not.
Little did I know that that was not the only thing I needed! I didn’t know what crap load of back lash I was going to get… not from the general public but from within the community itself. The very folks I want to do this for, want to burn me at the stake.
It all started with this newbie cosplayer who kept demanding to know every single detail about the ins & outs of the event – how I got the contact, who is the organiser, what do they do etc. and wanted the info straight away replied to her public post on FB. If I didn’t reply in her desired time frame, she will repost and accuse me of ignoring her questions. This is the beginning of the phrase ‘Cosplay Polis’… she goes on to attack the legitimacy of the event, accuse me of using cosplayers, embezzling of money etc. Then she continues to go further by calling up Dewan Bandaraya KL to check. Wow, so much free time!
Woman please! Firstly, if you are interested to join then just join. If you are not, then its ok, no one is forcing anyone to join. Why do you demand immediate attention & all answers to your questions when you are not interested to join in the first place? Sufficient information has already been posted for cosplayers to deliberate if they want to join the parade or not.
Secondly, you don’t organise events or even volunteer at events… why must you know everything about the ins & outs. This is the offer I got & this is the offer – as is. Cosplayers are NOT STUPID, they can read, and they can understand… if they want to join, here is the details. What is it that you are not satisfied about?
It was not the end, soon after a crossplaying senpai joins in the “Inquisition”… demanding for details. Dude, you also don’t organise event nor volunteer at events but want to make this kind of demands.
Now the newbie cosplayers bf, a famous botak photographer (now ex-bf) also gets into the picture. But his comments are even worst because in his rant he is saying stuff like I have already cheated all the cosplayers with a fake event, when the event date hasn’t even come to pass yet. Then he goes a step further by not just attacking the event, now even attacks me as a person… using words like liar, cheating cosplayers… then even attack my cosplay at events -__- Oh man. All the word-vomit from the bf… but I have a feeling it’s not all his words. The newbie cosplayer is ‘cosplaying’ as the VICTIM & pouring it all out to the bf to react & so she will not be deemed in an unfavourable light. Because if she actually did it herself… the most she would say in response to the ‘ugly’ comments would probably be “my FB account was hacked!” haha – Friends, please don’t be used by others to publicly voice their dissatisfaction – You are absorbing their bad vibes & karma into your own life ☹ There is already enough negative stuff all around us in daily life… you don’t need this! –
Now the most shocking part that hurts the most is that – we are all friends. This newbie cosplayer, the famous botak photographer bf and the crossplaying senpai, we were all knew each other well enough to yam cha. They could have PMed & asked to know about this or that, but they didn’t. They all wanted to make a public scene on social media… in a comment on the event page, in the cosplayfun FB group. This newbie cosplayer, is not just an average cosplayer – she really cosplays well & has very nice costumes because she makes them herself. I’ve helped sai kang her group photo shoot in Genting & manage some logistics. I have even invited the senpai crossplayer & her to hear their counsel on community events… then suddenly this. Wow! I never imagined such a HORROR since joining the community in 2006.
I was totally caught off guard & so damaged by this occurrence but I still needed to pull this event together! Now I only had 3 weeks to put the team together, in the midst of all this unnecessary crap. Now, as this truly a one of a kind + HISTORICAL event actually came to pass, there hasn’t been any apology or reconciliation. I get FB blocked by the newbie cosplayer & the crossplaying senpai. When I cross path with the newbie cosplayer, she pretends that she forgot who I was haha Why come to KL from Johor just to assassinate people? If I went to Johor to study and then later open a shop… the last thing I want to do is to anger the local folks -__-
Despite all this, what keeps me together and still believing Sambutan Hari Wilayah 2012 was worth all this effort is all of you! The special 45 of you who took a chance to take part in a ‘first time ever’ event, with an unknown guy in charge and for an event that could probably be ‘too good to be true’. This historical event could NOT have taken place without you all. It was all up to the call off the community and the community answered. 45 of us marched as the first time ever Cosplay Contingent at a state parade! We got the apt tee shirt for it and we got 3rd Prize place under the “Kontingen Beruniform” category!! Huhu Buffet makan for us all xD
5 years down the road the beautiful things are surely still very apparent and resonate louder than than the crap I went thru. I can’t say for everyone but I personally formed a close bond with you all. I wouldn’t trade 49* of you for the well wishes of the haters.
As I look back at all the existing footage from folks like Leena (videos), Nao (blog + photos), Sky (Blog + photos), AaronKee.com (photos), Alan Chin (photos), Whe96668 (videos), it really lifts my spirits again. Also as I revisit this footage, I remember the size & scale of this event that took place. I can see all your faces & your emotions as we share & enjoy this experience together 😀 All this encouraged me to also share my previously unpublished photos & videos. I’m a guy who likes to keep this stuff to myself because it is very special to me. Also after all the backlash I got from this… kept me from full enjoying our moments until now.
In this 5 years, I’ve seen many wonderful things happen in all your lives! Students graduating and joining the work force, cosplay competitors become competition winners, then become competition judges and then national champions to represent Malaysia; cosplayers become guest cosplayers, cosplay emcees, e-sport personality; cosplayers become famous singing artist, cosplayers join ACG bands, shy guy take on a Talk Panel at a convention, some of you get your dreams come true by either working, studying, staying in the beloved land of the rising sun – JAPAN!! Very very inspiring! Despite the enthusiasm, I also want to remember those who are no longer with us. I’m glad we had shared something special & even historical together. It may not have been so main stream with celebrity glamour but it’s uniqueness & comradely was like no other!
For some of you, I only got to meet you guys for the first time on rehearsal day and then others… I only met you for the first time on parade day!! That just blows my mind. Like minded folks with the same passion, united in purpose… can do great things! This is awesome stuff!
*49?? – There is still one other amazing thing that happened on event day. I was organising this event and focused everything on trying to meet the contingent quota and I was leading this contingent… that I forgot to consider if I had enough sai kang help if miscellaneous things happen. My fiancé (now wife) was already there running thru the schedule with me but it was not enough. Then suddenly Sky and Yuan with Narukids appear out of nowhere… at the right time on parade day. They couldn’t commit to the parade because they had things on but they came when they could. I will never forget what Sky said when I asked “Heyyy omg great to see u guys! What you all doing here” – she said innocently & truthfully – “We came to see and see if you needed help”. Those words really touched my heart because it was a total opposite of newbie cosplayer and the others. I truly need help and they sanggup to help in any way they can. So it ended up they looked after our bags which were placed on the side walk in front on Masjid Negara! These are Malaysia’s (first ever) representatives to the World Cosplay Summit Finals. They also represented Malaysia at the famous Tokyo Game Show and have took home many more 1st Place prizes thru the years! And they came to look after our bags… I was really touched… and am still touched till this day.
This is a very long post, but that’s because it’s one very close to my heart. We achieved something very special together! We were all very much united, harmonious and MUHIBAH! I believe we were a great example of what Malaysians can achieve when united and a great representation of the word COMMUNITY!! And so here is to the 49 of you, commemorating the 5th Anniversary of what was the historical-first-time-ever… one & only Cosplay Contingent for Sambutan Hari Wilayah – Federal Territory Day 2012!
- The Captain
- Yuki Sac
- Mohd Khairie
- Josiah Goh
- Leena Al-Zawawi
- Sophia Al-Zawawi
- Adam Al-Zawawi
- Zhang Zhang
- Joee Joe
- Minxz chan
- Miika Kyonez
- Ex-Soldier Jackie
- Vincent Loke
- Lullaby Hew
- Nekochi kazuchama
- Vinc Kyuuketsuki
- Nao Itazura
- Itazura Shio
- Siti Kidding
- Aaron Tan
- Shiki Arep
- Akira Koh
- Asyraf Noor Azizi
- Iqbal Noor Azizi
- Ace Rei
- Ejul Young Bae
- Erik Arep
- Shadow Inverse
- Lone Wolf Tomy
- Lowies Chew
- Mohd Amiruddin
- Leon Ken
- Erik Isaac
- Lydia Lockheart
- Ck Takoyaki
- Riez Forester
- Shingo Misaki
- Jerry Lee
- Ahmad Nazirun Mubin
- Brookbam Amri
- Wai Hong
- Itou Makoto Shinji
- Muhammad Azizi
- Charity Yang – coordinator ❤
- Sky Goldfish Fara – sai kang ❤
- Yuan Cuttlefish Cross – sai kang ❤
- Narukids Deadfish – sai kang ❤
Lots of Love and -salute-
Full Album of Photos here (previously published till now) : Hari Wilayah 2012 – The Journey
Check out all the previously unpublished Hari Wilayah 2012 video playllist at: http://www.youtube.com/user/cosplayfunmy
#HariWilayah2012 #SambutanHariWilayah2012 #FTDay2012 #FirstCosplayContingent #MalaysiaCosplayHistory #CosplayFun #Malaysia #TheCaptain #Community #Muhibah
#YukiSac #MohdKhairie #JosiahGoh #LeenaAlZawawi #SophiaAlZawawi #AdamAlZawawi #ZhangZhang #JoeeJoe #MinxzChan #MiikaKyonez #ExSoldierJackie #VincentLoke #LullabyHew #HiKari #NekochiKazuchama #VincKyuuketsuki #NaoItazura #ItazuraShio #SitiKidding #AaronTan #ShikiArep #AkiraKoh #AsyrafNoorAzizi #IqbalNoorAzizi #AceRei #EjulYoungBae #ErikArep #ShadowInverse #LoneWolfTomy #LowiesChew #MohdAmiruddin #LeonKen #ErikIsaac #LydiaLockheart #CKTakoyaki #Waninoko #RiezForester #ShingoMisaki #JerryLee #AhmadNazirunMubin #BrookbamAmri #WaiHong #ItouMakotoShinki #MuhammadAzizi #CharityYang #SkyGoldfishFara #YuanCuttleFishCross #NarukidsDeadfish
IS THERE ANIMAX CARNIVAL MALAYSIA 2017?
- I think most of you have already seen the buzz on Facebook 2 weeks ago about Animax Carnival Malaysia 2017. At least 3 different people have PM the official FB page (https://www.facebook.com/animaxasiatv) and have gotten replies that there will no Animax Carnival this year. Yes, the people running the page are just moderators / admin blah blah… but still they can’t reply with permission from Animax Asia themselves… so again – I think this is a firm NOT Animax Carnival Malaysia 2017.
- Despite having Animax Carnival Malaysia from 2012 – 2016, their announcement always came fairly late (compared to other conventions) which is around end of February, for an event which usually takes place on the last weekend of March. So as time passes… end of Feb… and now – the beginning of March… it is safe to say (together with point 1. ) that there will be no Animax Carnival Malaysia 2017.
Now, whether there will be an Animax Carnival Malaysia 2018 or whether there will never be another one? We really don’t know. However, if we Animax gets in touch with us… or their official spokes person, we will be sure to let you all know by announcing it on our FB page or here on our blog.
For those of you still waiting for an official announcement / statement from Animax regarding the Carnival not happening… you guys might be waiting a long time xD Personally I don’t think they ‘owe’ us any announcement or any explanation on the “why”s of this & that. If I was the boss, I would but then again, I am not.
So everyone, just set your eyes on the next event closes to your location and prepare for that. The list of events in Malaysia just keeps on growing & growing so don’t worry on that part 🙂 The reach of these cosplay events also keep growing! It’s already a staple for (outside the Klang Valley) states Penang, Kuantan, Melaka, Johor Bahru, Kluang, Ipoh, Seremban, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and as of last year even Miri!! 🙂 So till the next event, have fun everyone!
#AnimaxCarnival #AnimaxCarnivalMalaysia #AnimaxAsia #Inuyasha #InuyashaTheFinalAct #PopCultureFunMY #PopCultureFun
NOTE – *The Captain started collaborating with Animax Asia at the Inuyasha: The Final Act event at Berjaya Times Square in 2009. Later, he was hired to run the cosplay competition of the first ever Animax Carnival Malaysia 2012.*
Here are the official photos of the performers for this inaugural IDOL event!! We still don’t know the order of the line up or what songs they are going to perform but I guess you would have to buy a ticket to check it out? haha
Well if you still haven’t got your tickets don’t forget to get them from the special Comic Fiesta link for promo prices! Here is the link http://bit.ly/2kx8qyG Currently all the Upper Arena & VIP tickets have been sold out… so only the Normal (Lower Arena) tickets are left 🙂 So if you still want to get tickets… it’s now!!
Some advice for all the performers & would be performers:
- On becoming a star – it could happen to anyone, so why not you 🙂
- But it’s not going to be easy, it’s hard work & perseverance in your craft
- And even if you do become a star, it’s still hard work & perseverance in your craft
- Haters will always be there regardless if you’re a star or not.
- It’s never a bad thing to be courteous, polite & humble… even when you become a star!
“A life lived in fear, is a life half lived” – Baz Luhrmann, Strictly Ballroom.
So keep doing what you love and keep perspective of your priorities in life!
related article: Aikon Idol Fest – Debut event
It’s already February & what we are looking forward to is the first ever IDOL Festival! No, it’s not Japanese Idol girl groups performing but rather our own home grown talented performers! I think having 5 teams performing can be given the right to be called = “Festival” 😀 haha.
As fellow event organisers, we are excited that a new entity has taken the initiative to create a genre specific platform where these IDOL hopefuls can show case their talent. Yes, some groups do perform at ACG events, that’s correct. However to truly harness & nurture the potential in our local talent, there should be more focus on & into the genre, not to mention the investment of time, money & resources. So right now The Captain is excited for the organisers Aikon Entertainment & is more than happy to support the up coming Aikon Idol Fest – 愛コン
Get your tickets soon because the Upper Arena category tickets are already SOLD OUT. You want to see Japanese Idols? Well if this event continues to do well by your support, you all may very well get to see the Japanese idols you want. So in the mean time lets invest our support in Malaysia’s Got IDOL Talent!!
*ALWAYS REMEMBER the group named Sea*A and their origin story*
As the new year starts to set in & we start to go about our business-as-usual… I have put together a Pop-Culture Watch – Movie List for 2017. This is something we always wanted to do as movie fans since back in the day, when the most of us chilled out at the MySciFiFan Outpost Cafe in the mid 2000’s located at the former Cineleisure Damansara… now know as e@Curve. Nowadays, it’s not only the movies that we are looking forward too. TV / Cable channels like Astro, Hypp TV, Iflix and Netflix also have many of our pop culture icons like Marvel & DC Comic characters! So here is my Pop Culture picks or to watch list 2017 in the CINEMA & on CABLE! I present to you The Pop Watch List 2017!!
12 Jan – Arrival*
19 Jan – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
26 Jan – xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage
*Whats ‘Arrival‘? Well in short, this is a Sci-Fi movie directed by Mr. Denis Villeneuve previously known for his gritty hardcore drama Sicario (2015), starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin. He did so well here & the above mentioned Arrival that the trustees of Sci-Fi icon movie Blade Runner (1982) have given him the Director duties for the up coming sequel Blade Runner 2049. Hollywood already has rumours that Mr. Denis is also being considered to take on yet another Sci-Fi movie icon – Dune (1984). Sicario (2015) was a really gripping, intense & brutal take on a common theme – “US border war on drugs”. Arrival was released in the USA on 11 November and think it was a definitive movie in which convinced the powers that be to hand him Blade Runner 2049. So The Captain is really looking forward to watching this!! 😀
9 Feb – Lego Batman Movie
9 Feb – John Wick 2: Chapter Two**
9 Feb, 9pm FOX HD [Astro Channel 724] – Legion (8 Episode TV Series)*
18 Feb – Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale
23 Feb – Guardians (Zashchitniki)#
*What is Legion? Legion is the FOX (2oth Century Fox) mutant entry into the TV series genre. This is a mile stone achievement as this is show will be the first collaboration between Marvel & FOX! So far it’s the closest Marvel will get to their mutants on an screen! So the story follows a guy named David Haller… aka Legion, who has many different powers, commanded by different personalities. In the comics he is also know as Professor Charles Xavier’s son and a member of the the X-Men. Legion is an Omega Level mutant, who can bend time & space at will if made whole with all his powers!
**What is John Wick 2? Have you not seen the first one? To quote http://www.imdb.com – John Wick is a story about an ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. Sounds familiar, common and “we’ve seen it before”??? But wait…. it’s much more about how he dispatches his enemies and the cinematography it was caught in that is the highlight. The director is a highly aclaimed stuntman, Chad Stahelski, which makes him have a different eye for fight scenes! And the irony of Keanu Reeves… who performed the all new ultra stylistic fighting sequences from the Matrix Trilogy movies is now in this role! Class act! I have not seen such cool fighting gun play since the ‘Cleric gun kata’ style from the movie Equilibrium (2002). Enjoy!!
#What is Guardians? No this is not related to Guardians of the Galaxy in any way. Guardians is a Russian movie called Zashchitniki. Basically it’s a story of the Russian government putting together a team combatants… enhancing them to super hero levels… to battle super villains! Sound familiar? Well I like to call it Russian Super Soldiers which also sounds like the Marvel’s Soviet Super Soldiers consisting of the Red Guardian, Darkstar, Vanguard, Ursa Major & Crimson Dynamo. There were the equivalent of the Russian Avengers haha Well, this one is totally original… though I’m sure there will be a lot of borrowed ideas but I’m still looking forward to it. That character that is a mix of Ursa Major & King (Tekken) sold me! So typical Russian liking towards bears huhu! Also I enjoyed Night Watch (2004) & Day Watch (2006) so why not this movie!
2 Mar – Logan
9 Mar – Kong: Skull Island
17 Mar on Netflix – Marvel’s Iron Fist (13 Episode Series)
23 Mar – Power Rangers
30 Mar – Ghost in the Shell
13 Apr – The Fate of the Furious (Fast 8)
27 Apr – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
10 May – Alien: Covenant
10 May – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
25 May – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
27 May – Resident Evil Vendetta
*What is King Arthur: Legend of the Sword? Well in short it’s Mr. Guy Ritchie doing a medival tale of England’s greatest knight movie! Mr. Ritchie is the Englishman Writer / Director famous for producing great crime genre stories from Locked, Stocked and 2 Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Sherlock Holmes 1 & 2 (soon to be 3) then did a 50’s spy style Man from U.N.C.L.E and now this! All in all I like his directorial style, his cast & his story telling so I’m in!!
1 Jun – Wonder Woman
1 June – Baywatch*
8 Jun – The Mummy
15 Jun – Kingsman: The Golden Circle
22 Jun – Transformers: The Last Knight
*What is Baywatch? Well seriously if you don’t know what this is then you may not be at the legal age to watch those 18 above movies xD hahaha Baywatch is a TV cult classic… ICON! It opened the eyes of guys all around the world to what really was THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD. If it’s today… it would be Ryan Seacrest job! hehe pun (he often confesses this about his job). Anyways, this movie will attempt to reboot that TV series that ran from 1989 – 2001 in a movie format. Let’s see how it goes!
6 Jul – Spider-Man: Homecoming
13 Jul – War for the Planet of the Apes
20 Jul – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets*
*What is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets? Well in short, this is Mr. Luc Besson’s return to directing a Sci-Fi genre movie. This movie is based on the iconic French anthology comic Valérian and Laureline that later became the landmark in European comics / pop culture. This graphic novel has influenced many elements & alien designs in the Star Wars saga & The Fifth Element. The Frenchman is famous for writing (occasionally directing) some great crime action movies with exciting car chases… with the occasional Sci-Fi movie. His previous works you may have heard of are Taxi 1 – 3, The Transporter 1 – 3, Taken 1 – 3, Lucy and his most famous Sci-Fi outing The Fifth Element (1997) staring Bruce Willis & Milla Jovovich. With all said above we have a good feeling going! With the primary roles being Mr. Green Goblin (Amazing Spiderman 2) & Ms. Enchantress (Suicide Squad), I think they have the range to deliver a good one here! Am looking forward!
24 Aug – Gintama (Japanese Live Action of the popular anime)
TBA on Netflix – Marvel’s The Defenders
TBA Sept in selected IMAX – Marvel’s Inhumans (and on ABC America) [We hope to get it on FOX HD Astro Channel 724]
5 Oct – Blade Runner 2049
2 Nov – Thor: Ragnarok
16 Nov – Justice League
15 Dec – Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Thanks for reading! If you like it please share! More details or titles could be added to the list as time goes by. Having list like this in front of us, definitely gives us something to look forward to in the days to come. Have a good time in the CINEMA & on the COUCH watching your CABLE series!! This is The Captain signing off!!
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