Justice League, Highly Enjoyable with It Flaws

I just saw Justice League review from Rotten Tomatoes…and though it’s to be expected, they have some sort of “hatred” for DC movies, but somehow it’s insane and unacceptable.

Well, rotten tomatoes somehow praise Wonder Woman as one of the best superheroes movie ever, which in my own review only average. My wife and her friend (a casual movie-goer, not comic fan-boy like me) also think Wonder Woman is average at best. Sure the build up and origin story is good, but the final battle is meh😓.

So, me, my wife and her friend watched Justice League and our review is…it’s a good movie and we would like to see it one more time. IMHO, it’s a good movie but not great. Had it flaws but still good and highly enjoyable. At least it’s way better than Avenger Age of Ultron and Thor the Dark World for me (which rated higher than most DC movie).

There will be spoilers here, so I just say it forward, watch this movie. It’s good, enjoyable and if I have to rate it, I give 8 out 10 max.

1. Story

Well, the story is like Wonder Woman, linear, straight and crowd pleasing. No wonder in my country it’s rated 13+, unlike Batman v Superman 17+ dark, grim and violence. It’s highly enjoyable, light-hearted and will make you smile. Push heroism to the max and positivity spread for viewers.

2. Character

Well, Batman and Wonder Woman had the most spotlight (as if they are the father and mother figure of the team😁). But almost all the characters have their own time to shine. Aquaman is bad @$$ rebel, Flash is the comic relief and the most fun character, Cyborg is the dark brooding logic and brain to the team. Sadly Superman still have the least time and character progression of all.

I really dig the possibility of Batman-Wonder Woman relationship. But seeing how they always tried to distance themselves, it’s really hurts to know that they won’t be a couple 😓.

And yeah Batman character is the most developed in the movie. He is more positive but still have suicidal tendencies he he. If people said he have man-crush on Superman, I said that is because he thinks that the world needed him the most, not Batman. You’ll see throughout the movie that Batman always willing to sacrifice and give his life in order for the mission to succeed. Thank God the team always be there to keep him alive (even if he is mad because it’s not according to the plan 😅). Even Wonder Woman admitting that she needed Batman to lead the team.

3. CGI

Most people complained that the CGI sucks. Honestly it’s barely noticeable unless you really try to found it’s flaws and love to make fun of it. The pace is fast, the fight is fierce so yeah, CGI is barely give it flaws unless you really paid attention to it.

Even Cyborg CGI is barely noticeable unless you stop the sequence and paid the attention for it. Just stop to do that and enjoy the movie.

4. Enemy

Yeah, Steppenwolf is there just to be strong enemy and punching the team. But that’s what happens to most superheroes movie. Ultron is there for the sake of enemy that can withstand the Avengers and so on. So I guess you can’t blame it.

5. Joss Whedon factor

You’ve probably heard that Zack Snyder retired due to the family affairs and Josh Whedon step up and scrap and wrap things up. You can see that his touch is kinda out of tune for this movie. Sometimes the grim dark tone of Zack is “corrupted” by Josh light and positivity. The one-liner sometimes out of place (especially seeing Batman crack a joke😓). So yeah, it’s one of the downsides. No wonder people said Justice League tried so hard to be The Avengers.

So… I guess it’s a wrap that I won’t check rotten tomatoes for reference if it’s DC movie. I prefer YouTube reviewers or word of mouth rather than those critiques he he.

PS: I’ve heard that Ben Affleck might be retired from being Batman and it’s sad because he is a great Bruce Wayne and Batman. Some people just good at being one (Keaton good as Batman sucks at Bruce, even Bale is good at Bruce sucks as Batman). You’ll see from this movie that he is old, tired and thinks that he don’t belong in the team. I hope that one of the Robins can take the mantle rather than replace Affleck (rumor has it that Jake Gylenhal will replace him).


The ultimate beater watch. Ever. Period

Well, I already gave an abundant praise for Vostok that you can say that I’m officially joining cult he he. But in all honesty, since I have 2 vostok (the 18mm lug and 22mm ministry case lug), I prefer the 18mm lug.

Maybe it’s because I love the streamlined body and not to big lug that suits me (I’m kinda skinny). Or probably because that watch is an ongoing project for me. I repaired it from junk into a little engine that could.

I once wrote about a little mod that I do on my favorite vostok. I swap the dial but unfortunately due to the close encounter with my son, the luminous pip is removed (at first only one pip that fell from the dedicated place, so I just removed it all😓). Now I bought a new bezel for it from eBay and after waiting almost like forever, the bezel finally arrived.

After I replaced the bezel. I finally realized that my love for Vostok is a conspiracy by higher being for me. I happened to have extra pair of bezel insert (actually a leftover or garbage to be honest) that fit the bezel. A rally bezel insert for SKX that my friend gave me because it’s, by all means necessary, garbage for him.

The luminous pip is gone, there’s a scratch or dent in bezel. You can’t fix this one most people will say. But I just hold on into it somehow, and it really pays off. It’s match made in heaven for the bezel. Here’s the final product.

w, don’t know why but I dig the worn & wound, battle scarred looks. Most people will try to restore things into a prime, perfect polished condition but not me. This watch is “perfect” for me.

e only minor gripe is that winding the crown is “harder” due to the increased size of the bezel. Seriously, this watch is making me wondering is lug 22 is too big and overkill? This watch bezel size is the same as my SKX007 (lug 22mm).

is watch makes me realize that a knight is shining armor is a warrior that never had his armor or self tested. I prefer the knight with worn & wound battle scarred armor that shows it capability to adapt, improvise and overcome all odds.

This is actually the real beater watch, at least for me. This watch capable to withstand extreme measures (Google it, check YouTube to see how tough this watch is). Mine is serviced for it’s water resistant and the only watch that withstand the onslaught of my son (my other watch need to be repaired after being “tested” by my son). And the price is really affordable. I really recommend this watch for your first automatic or manual winding watch.

This watch transformed from military diver watch into a fun, awesome and cool looking watch. This watch is my main go to for playing, traveling or playing sports. Even my plan to buy Swatch is thwarted because I don’t need a cool fun watch. I already have one he he.

The only thing that came to my mind when try to improve this watch is…cannibalizes the 22mm lug machine and hands into this baby. I’ll keep the worn dial and probably the date disc. Crazy I know but that’s how much I dig this watch 😅. With all that stupid reason I mentioned, I’m gonna wear it with pride 😊.

Pengabdi Setan, A “Very Good” Horror Movie

So, I just watch an Indonesian horror movie, a genre that if you’re an Indonesian probably dismissing as some sort of “lesser” being in Indonesian movie. That’s because most Indonesian horror movie is a cheap excuse for stupid jump-scare, stupid story and finale, also a weird fetish excuse for showing girls with something skimpy or sexual innuendo 😅.

But this one is different, this movie is supposedly a remake of the old 80’s movie with the same title Pengabdi Setan. I’ll be honest to say that the old movie is one of my favorite movies. Probably because when I was small, that movie is scary. But even after I rewatched it many times, I still have soft spot for it. Just see the old movie poster I post below. Also Joko Anwar written and directed it. So far he never fails to make a movie. All of his movies is good and the genre is varied.<

hee old movie is a grounded conservative horror movie about a family (a rather faithless one, more hedonistic and material one, they’re crazy @$$ rich) facing a disturbance from unearthly force that came from their new maid (a satan worshippers, hence the title Pengabdi Setan) whose using the faithless family as an offering for satan for her bidding. This movie shows a unique scene where the character is doing Sholat (prayer) in Islamic way but still facing a deadly encounter with the spirit (kinda original back in the days) and a scene where the family hired a shaman to deal with the disturbance that ended with the victory of the evil. But the ending is very conservative, in a very typical fashion where an ulama (religious Islamic clerk) came to the rescue, chanting Quran verse and the satan and worshipper destroyed.

The new movie has different premise, a poor family in the rural had a hard time because their mother, once a famous singer, have been sick for 3 years. Then the mother died and the disturbance begins. That’s the premise and to make it short, I’ll just said watch this movie. It’s good, scary and well made. The rest of this blog will be filled with spoilers. Spoiler warning on.

So this family lives on remote rural area near graveyard and living in an old house. All indications as an awesome set for horror movie. And Joko Anwar exploits it in a very tastefully manner. The music, the lighting, the angle. All is carefully crafted. The 1981 setting also implemented very convincing.

It’s not a jump-scare festival per se. But it guarantees to make you gasp. The plot also have more layers than the old movie. The plot twist is good although if you ask me, it’s kinda drag and silly.

I love how the revelation of who is the Pengabdi Setan (satan worshipper) and the motivation of why it happened. Also why all the family members don’t share a resemblance (kinda fourth wall breaking 😁).

Seriously, I love the cast. Despite the mother (who is already scary even before she became ghost) and the grandma (who supposedly also become a plot twist) feels wasted and forced for the sake of the story to progress. The finale is cool although kinda moves to zombie territory rather than ghost he he. The smallest kid is adorable and Tara Basro as lead actress also good.

Well, it isn’t spoiler after all he he. Honestly it’s a very good movie, not scary (for me at least), but what doesn’t sold me is how the story progress. It begins as usual haunting movie but somehow it turns into mixture of The Omen and Rosemary’s Baby. A good horror movie for me it’s the one that psychologically disturbing, haunting even after you saw it because it makes you think what went wrong. That’s what I didn’t get from this movie. Sure it’s good scare fest but didn’t leave a lasting impression for me.

Oh, there’s one thing that bug me from this movie, or recent horror movie nowadays, is the lack of religious “closure”. Sure most movies have religious theme or background. But somehow it’s only serves as a background or support the event. It never serves as saving grace or something he he. This is also what happens in Indonesian horror movie nowadays. As if evil is the force that can’t be stopped and it never ends happily.

Even for me, not so religious type of person, it feels like pessimism is in the air and people hate God or something ha ha. I admit that the scene where the ulama is killed is awesome but as if there’s no way out. As if committing suicide is better rather than facing the inevitable.

Again, it’s a good movie. You should watch it. If there’s another good thing about this movie, is Tara Basro. She usually viewed as sultry, foxy, femme fatale but IMHO she is misguidedly advertised as some sort of bad girl. But if you ask me she is some misunderstood good girl. In this movie she played as a good girl, a girl acted as the man of the house since their dad is kinda suck. She is an apple to our eye, especially in this movie. Behold her appearance in the movie, feast your eye 😁

This is another of her image for your pleasure 😁

A new Vostok… Guess I’m Joining A Cult 😅

So, I acquired myself a new Vostok amphibia he he. I just can’t get enough of it. This time I bought Vostok amphibia ministry type, basically an amphibia in a bigger body (22mm lug width) or the famous Scuba Dude.

I trade my Seiko SKX 031 for this because I have “too many” watch (in my own term & definition that is 😅). My plan is to either sold my old amphibia or upgrade it using parts from this watch (what kind of crazy person trade his newer watch for older one? Me probably he he).

This new watch have two movements compared to my old one. This new watch is automatic and hand winding while my old one is only manual winding. Though the calendar mechanism still pain in the @$$ (due to the fact there’s no access to change the calendar quickly & you have to rotate it until the date set to the one you want).

The bigger body made the lug in the same size as Seiko SKX or Orient Mako. The 22mm lug makes the strap you use on those watch adaptable to this one. Compared to my old Vostok (18mm lug), this watch probably approachable to more people than my old one.

I don’t know why…but I prefer my old Vostok than the new one somehow. Sure the winding is kinda dull, but the body (despite the 18mm lug) is more beautiful or streamlined IMHO. My old Vostok made me think 22mm strap is oversized ha ha (probably that’s why Rolex is 20mm not 22mm).

I found a good blog that give a better comparison between 18mm and 22mm amphibia (since my review is suck anyway). Check it here.

My biggest complaint probably the bezel which is weird for me. I switch my old watch bezel and somehow made the watch looks better (IMHO).

Now I’m conflicted between keeping this watch or use it’s parts to improve my old Vostok (since I prefer the older body). Just have to wait & see I guess…because their machines might not compatible ha ha

Schleich Batman vs The Joker

I always love the 3.75 inch figures. Don’t know why but there’s something good in that scale that makes the figure small enough to enter the pocket and brought anywhere probably. But at the recent state, 3.75 figures is a dying breed. Most manufacturers left this scale and moving to 6 inch figures. Even if they still manufactured 3.75 figures, most of them are sucks (in term of articulation, paint job, design, molds and even the highest offender is the soaring high prize).
Thank God that Japan manufacturers sometimes provide us with awesome alternative for 3.75 figures in the form of Gashapon or trading figure. They usually have great mold and paint job but with zero articulation (with the exception of Micro Man line from Takara). So, basically Japanese figures is a static figure or mini statue, but a great addition for 3.75 figures collector like me.
Recently, a German manufacture Schleich gain a rights to produce DC (and Marvel) statue and this makes me very happy because Schleich is known for a quality figure, even though most of what they do is animal or medieval figures. I already purchased some of them and review one (The armored Batman) and shows my Flash Figure in one my review (Batman Beyond 3.75 figure review). Basically Shcleich is a hit or miss sometimes because the paint job in the facial area is either…ugly he he.
But since a decent 3.75 Joker figure is nowhere to be sighted, I decided to buy Schleich Batman vs Joker figure, even if my concern regarding facial paint job is worrying me. Batman is probably OK since his mask hides the facial expression, but what about Joker? Well, since his image on the product catalogue is good (compared to the God awful Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot and comic figure on the catalogue), I just go with it.
Then the figure came and I’m…quite happy with it. Let’s proceed with the review.

Kinda dull package

Out of the box. Front shot

Back shot

Look at those smile

The facial is…suck on Batman

Constipated face. He needs to go the bat(h)room

To sum it all, I’m quite happy with this figure(s), especially The Joker. The grin menacing smile is intact and looks devilish in the prince clown of Gotham. The Batman is what makes me kinda…not disappointed, just “whelmed” (not under or overwhelmed) if I could quoted Robin from Young Justice. But all in all, this is a good figure(s) that completed your 3.75 inch figure collection.

With my Wonder Woman KFC figure

Another Bootleg (Sort Of) Watch Experience

So, just when I thought that I was done with bootleg watch, suddenly I found something interesting, a weird looking watch. An Omega Seamasters look-a-like. And the curiosity lit within me like Christmas tree set on fire 😅.

Courtesy of Vintagenoid Instagram

So, looking at the fact that I still has extra cash to burn. I decision to give it a shot and bought it. Regardless the warning within me about my last experience with bootleg product, I can’t help to try ha ha.

Seriously, this thing is like a genius attempt at the so-called bootleg. The watch is borderline homage rather than a bootleg. The body is a copy of the beloved Omega Seamasters but the cheap looks (especially the dial is different with Chinese words in it). There’s little info about it. Even the seller only said Chinese diver style watch.

There’s something interesting about something that doesn’t shy away from being copycat. It’s like looking at the abyss and when the abyss look back at you. You smile and embrace it he he. No wonder this watch intrigued me. So I can’t wait for it.

The watch came and the strap already aged and decayed he he. So I immediately changed it.

Clasp strap though

With my Seiko’s nato strap

The bar already dented though

Honestly, the watch is bad in every possible way. The dial is bland, uninspired and looks cheap (kinda like sterile dial with stickers). The hands looks OK, the lume died long ago sadly. The back case revealed the watch brand (probably) Chang Cheng…which is suck. The name doesn’t have any charisma or magic in it he he.

Oh, it’s a big watch. 45mm diameter and with body that resembling Seamasters, this is a showstopper for watch aficionado. Until they realized the strange details he he.

Kinda lame

Well, I’ve been wearing it for days and gladly the power reserve still good, approximately 40 hours. The machine probably Asian or Chinese movements but it serves it purpose. Water resistant is…I haven’t tested it with swimming but for ablution, washing hand or bath still works, probably 3ATM. At least as a watch it’s good (kinda).

So, will I recommend this watch to someone else? It depends on the individual. If you use this watch for its novelty and have a good laugh when people thought that what you wear is Seamasters, this is for you. A one of a kind watch that probably others won’t have (or willing to have).

But if people came at you and you ashamed, this isn’t for you. The watch ain’t a spitting image of its inspiration, the Seamasters. It’s more like you spit at someone and they evaded then beat the crap out of you then spit at you ha ha. That’s how “cheap” this watch is.

I guess “the price did not lie” is true. But for the novelty and the fact it’s one of a kind watch, this watch fit the bill.

Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name), An Almost Perfect Movie IMHO

So yeah, it’s been late but I finally watch Kimi No Nawa or Your Name in english translation, a 2016 surprise hit of Japanese animation that created such a fuzz in the otaku world and even gain positive reviews by westerner reviewer such as Rotten Tomatoes and even Chris Stuckman, a YouTuber that gain my respect and approval for reviewing movies. This movie even also aired in Indonesia in CGV Blitz (a cinema franchise that usually more “indie” than 21 cineplex, another franchise that focused on Hollywood blockbuster). Seeing all the hype, this movie should be good right?
Well, to make it short. YES!!!! This is a movie that I would call almost perfect or flawless IMHO. It’s been a while since I saw a movie that makes me appreciate the details. I love the animation, the soundtrack, the background music, the pace, the simple yet convoluted plot, the bittersweet story and the very generic Japanese themes that somehow manage to stay interested from the beginning to the end. Damn this movie is really something and even if someone read this stupid review, it will be just like preaching to the choir, you’ll agree with how great this movie is he he.
If this is a review, where would I begin? Well the story started kind of familiar if you love Japanese animation, especially romantic love story. The plot, to make it simple is the story about a boy & a girl that somehow gets their body swapped for some period of time, hence they learn about each other, their life, their town and finally falls in love with each other. Sounds simple and so Japanese right? Well there’s a plot twist that makes me wondering how this movie should end he he.
Seriously, Japanese story is well-known for the “consequences” in their story. Their so called happy ending usually had the protagonist sacrifice something, or in order to gain means to an end, usually there is a high price they should pay. That’s why I mentioned the bittersweet story but man oh man you have to see this movie to appreciate the simple things in life, the coming of age, stupid youth story that you’re going to tell your offspring. This movie plot made me shed my manly tears and appreciates the simple things ha ha.

The story itself is already good (based on novel that Makoto Shinkai wrote before the movie & released before the movie), but the animation is so good but not topnotch. The graphic is a combination of traditional hand drawn and (probably) cell-shaded background that seamlessly makes the animation so beautiful. You can appreciate the beauty of nature when the story takes place in the girl hometown but also wowed by the ambience of modern Tokyo. And they say this movie is kind of low budget indie movie? Seriously?! The graphic is AWESOME!!!!!!

Beautiful graphic

The music also worthy of praised. The soundtrack by the band RADWIMPS created specifically for the movie, which makes the soundtrack itself worth to buy (even if the music that contains lyric is only 4 song, there’s actually 5 songs but another 1 is another version of one of the 4 song). The music blend beautifully with the dialogue, not as annoying like some movies where the soundtrack kicks in and the dialogue doesn’t seem important (even when the music contains lyric). I’ll guarantee you’ll be humming the song even if you don’t know the lyric he he. This movie ignites my old love to Japanese band after a long hiatus and no new J-rock band catch my attention.
The voice acting is good, just like any other Japanese animation you’d expect. Japanese had their own level regarding the voice acting, even if someone not accustomed to Japanese animation might find the voice or how they reacts is too cute or comical sometimes. But I guess no complains here. 
Well (I use many “well” in this review somehow), what can I say? Just watch it. It’s a good movie that you’ll remember for years to come. I have a blast watching it, even if I watch it in my office while work and using earphones and small screen to avoid suspicions. I’ll watch it again & again & again that’s for sure & that’s how I love this movie so much. I hope when I watch it again with my wife she’ll appreciate it as much as I do. This movie is almost perfect IMHO. I love everything about it. Give it a chance & I’ll bet even if you swore you hate Japanese animation, you’ll either smile a little or even shed a little tear watching this movie.