Tuesday, December 3, 2013

TOP FIVE GREATEST FICTIONAL ARCHERS OF ALL TIME

Archery is basically an art of propelling arrows with the use of a bow. It is generally used for hunting and combat and they are usually known for their impressive sniping skills. It is not really surprising why they were one of the popularly used characters in literature, movies, games and other media franchises. Movies and books have created some notable archers and I am so thrilled to list down five of the most pupular and greatest archers of all time.
TOP FIVE GREATEST FICTIONAL ARCHERS OF ALL TIME
Authors Note: This entry is listed subjectively.

TOP 5 GREATEST FICTIONAL ARCHER OF ALL TIME
"JOHN RAMBO"
We might know him as a guy with big guns but John Rambo is also an exceptional archer. He got great skills in archery as shown in Rambo: First Blood Part 2 and Rambo (2008). Interestingly, he shoots accurately in the head without spending too much time in aiming. What makes him one of the greatest fictional archers? Well, he notably used the iconic Explosive Arrow torque tips. The effect of these arrows is very self-explanatory. Rambo's regular arrowheads are customized. In the second film he uses four-sided razors as his arrow of choice, which are designed to bore deeply into people, cutting through bone and embedding themselves in tissue. Here's a video clip to show you how deserving this guy is.  

TOP 4 GREATEST FICTIONAL ARCHER OF ALL TIME
"KATNISS EVERDEEN"
Skill wise, John Rambo is actually ahead of Katniss but since Rambo is not a purely dedicated archer so I guess that makes Katniss ahead of him in this category. Katniss is notably the only female archer who made it here in our list so you can consider her as the greatest female archer. Merida is also a great archer but her skills are not good enough yet considering how young she is. Katniss is a highly skilled archer, hunter, and trapper, having learned these from her father and Gale, honed to keep her family from starving. In addition to that, she is also an expert tree climber which is very advantageous for her archery skills.  

TOP 3 GREATEST FICTIONAL ARCHER OF ALL TIME
"OLIVER MCQUEEN AKA GREEN ARROW"
Green Arrow is a Robin Hood-esque hero but behind his notorious appearance, he is a billionaire businessman and a celebrity in Star City. Green Arrow is an archer who invents trick arrows with various special functions, such as glue arrows, diversions (smoke), net, explosive, time bomb, grappling, fire extinguishing, flash, boomerang, and tear gas arrows, as well as cryonic arrows, and even a kryptonite arrow.  Basically, Green Arrow is an archer version of Batman. He is proficient in several forms of hand-to-hand combat including Judo, Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, and Karate too. Overall, Oliver Queen is perhaps the finest archer ever known. He claims to be able to shoot 29 arrows per minute. Impressive isn't?


TOP 2 GREATEST FICTIONAL ARCHER OF ALL TIME
"HAWKEYE"
If DC Universe has Green Arrow, Marvel has his very own Hawkeye. The skills ob both archers are almost the same. Hawkeye also used several trick arrows but there were some elements that makes Hawkeye above Green Arrow. He is an exceptional fencer, acrobat and a grandmaster marksman, having been trained from childhood in the circus and by the criminals Trick Shot and Swordsman. Hawkeye’s transition from crook to prominent Avenger and leader, as well as becoming a size-changing Goliath and a katana-wielding Ronin (transforming himself from a long range-type combatant to a melee-type combatant) made him more skillful above the rest. 

THE GREATEST FICTIONAL ARCHER OF ALL TIME
"LEGOLAS"
Legolas is an Elf who was part of the Fellowship of the Ring in the Third Age. With his keen eyesight, sensitive hearing, and excellent bowmanship, Legolas is a valuable resource to the other eight of the Fellowship. Legolas uses an Elven bow and a long, white dagger with lethal precision. He prefers to pierce his enemies from afar, but he does sometimes use his daggers in close combat. He shoots accurately and fluidly which makes him kinda cool at the same time. He even managed to take down a monstrous oliphaunt using his arrow.

Other notable fictional archers include Robin Hood , Princess Merida (Brave) and Susan Pevensie (Narnia).
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Monday, November 25, 2013

TOP FIVE WORST PEACETIME MARITIME DISASTERS OF ALL TIME

Whenever we are talking about Maritime disaster, Titanic is probably one of the worst and most tragic event that ever happened in history that most of us will think of. Titanic was considered as one of the largest ships at that time but the ship sank on the 15th day of April 1912 after hitting an iceberg in North Atlantic which killed 1517 passengers and crews. Only 706 of the passengers and crew managed to survive the tragedy. This disaster was the catalyst for major reforms in safety for the shipping industry and is unarguably the most famous maritime disaster of all time which inspired different movies including the one created by James Cameron way back in 1997. However, if we are going to look back in history, Titanic is actually not the worst peacetime maritime disaster of all time. Titanic was ranked 6th and listed below are the top five worst peacetime maritime disaster in history.
TOP FIVE WORST PEACETIME MARITIME DISASTERS OF ALL TIME

TOP 5 WORST PEACETIME MARITIME DISASTER
"TEK SING"
In 1822, Tek Sing, A Chinese Junk ran aground on a reef while heading to Indonesia. The vessel was 50 meters in length, 10 meters wide and weighed about a thousand tons. The ship was manned by a crew of 200 and had approximately 1600 passengers. An ill-advised shortcut doomed the ship and most of the passengers killing 1600 people. They said that the ship is also loaded with porcelain and in fact the recovered cargoes was auctioned 13 years ago. The great loss of life associated with the sinking has led to the Tek Sing being referred to in modern times as the "Titanic of the East"  


TOP 4 WORST PEACETIME MARITIME DISASTER
"MV LE JOOLA"
Of all the entries we have for this list, the sinking of MV Le Joola is the most recent one. MV Le Joola is a government-owned ferry that capsized off the coast of the Gambia on September 26, 2002. The ship was 79 meters long and 12 meters wide, had two motors and was equipped with some of the latest safety equipment available at the time of the disaster. However, at the time of the disaster, the ship had been out of service for almost a year undergoing repairs which included replacement of the port side engine. Although the ship was designed to carry a maximum of 580 passengers and crew, an estimated 1,863 passengers are believed to have been on board, including 185 people who boarded the ship from Carabane, an island where there was no formal port of entry or exit for passengers.The exact number of all passengers remains unknown but there were 1,034 travelers with tickets. The rest of the passengers were either not required to hold tickets (children aged less than 5) or had been permitted to travel for free, as often happened. The disaster resulted in the deaths of at least 1,863 people. The sinking of Le Joola is thought to be the second-worst non-military maritime disaster in number of lives lost.  

TOP 3 WORST PEACETIME MARITIME DISASTER
"SS-MONT BLANC"
SS-Mont Blanc was a cargo ship in England but was purchased by a French Company. The ship was chartered to carry a complete cargo of miscellaneous types of military explosives from New York to France in November 1917. Mont-Blanc was not an especially old vessel but was a relatively slow, common, three island type tramp steamer, typical of many wartime freighters. The ship left New York December 1 to join a convoy in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Entering Halifax Harbour on the morning of December 6, it was struck by the outbound SS Imo in the Halifax Narrows. A fire caused by the collision detonated her cargo twenty minutes later. Mont-Blanc's crew abandoned ship before the explosion and all survived, except for one sailor who died from loss of blood after being hit by debris from the blast. However, the collision resulted to a cataclysmic explosion that devastated the Richmond District of Halifax. Approximately 2,000 people were killed by debris, fires, and collapsed buildings, and it is estimated that nearly 9,000 others were injured. The blast was the largest man-made explosion in history. 

TOP 2 WORST PEACETIME MARITIME DISASTER
"KIANGYA"
Kiangya was a Chinese passenger steamship that blew up, probably after hitting a mine (possibly left behind by the Imperial Japanese Navy) which destroyed her stern, in the mouth of the Huangpu River 50 miles (80 km) north of Shanghai on 4 December 1948. Kiangya had a displacement of 2,100 tons and was packed with refugees from the Chinese Civil War fleeing the advancing Communist army when she sank. The exact death toll is unknown. The manifest listed 2,150 passengers (her official capacity was 1,186), but she was almost certainly carrying many stowaways. Rescuers were unaware of the disaster for some hours. It is thought that between 2,750 and 3,920 died, with 700 to 1,000 survivors being picked up by other vessels.

THE WORST PEACETIME MARITIME DISASTER
"MV DOÑA PAZ"
The MV Doña Paz was a Philippine-registered passenger ferry that sank after colliding with the MT Vector on December 20, 1987. Doña Paz was traveling from Leyte island to the Philippine capital of Manila. On December 20, 1987, at 0630H, Philippine Standard Time, the Doña Paz left from Tacloban City, Leyte, for the City of Manila, with a stopover at Catbalogan City, Samar. While most of the passengers slept, the Doña Paz collided with MT Vector, an oil tanker en route from Bataan to Masbate. The Vector was carrying 8,800 US barrels of gasoline and other petroleum products owned by Caltex Philippines. Upon collision, the Vector's cargo ignited and caused a fire on the ship that spread onto the Doña Paz. Survivors recalled sensing the crash and an explosion, causing panic on the vessel. They said that the fire spread off rapidly and even the water surrounding the ship was on fire as well. The survivors were forced to jump off the ship and swim among charred bodies in flaming waters around the ship. he Doña Paz sank within two hours of the collision, while the Vector sank within four hours. So what makes this more devastating? The accident killed 4,375 people resulted in the deadliest peacetime maritime disaster in history. Apart from the flaming water, the location was known to be shark infested. Not to mention that the event occurred 5 days before Christmas day. So devastating indeed! 
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR TSUNDERES IN ANIME

Tsundere is probably one of the most interesting characters in both anime and manga. Basically Tsundere is a character or personality possessed by certain charactersin a story. Tsundere is generally a person who is initially cold and even hostile towards another person before gradually showing his or her warm side over time. The term is usually associate to female characters but is not strictly limited to them. Basically, most tsundere are depicted as female with a very strong personality who hates a lot of things however,  they are the person who tend to hide their real feelings, they only show off this soft personality in a person he or she is very close with. Listed below are five of the most popular tsundere in Manga and Anime of all time. Have fun!
TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR TSUNDERES IN ANIME

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Author's Note : This entry is listed subjectively.

TOP 5 MOST POPULAR TSUNDERE IN ANIME
"RIN TOHSAKA"
(FATE /STAY NIGHT)

Rin Tohsaka is a model student and idol of Shirō's school and is secretly a Magus, and a Master in the Fifth Holy Grail War. Rin is a perceptive, serious, resourceful and very competitive person. Though she is widely-admired at school as an honor student, it is a front she puts up in order to prevent others from prying into her life. In private, she is notably stingy and bossy, but usually means well for those she cares about (a personality possesssed by most tsundere) Her perfect and coldhearted personality is probably taken from her father who was also a magus. It was later revealed too that Rin eventually fall in love with Shiro (one of the main character in the series) 




TOP 4 MOST POPULAR TSUNDERE IN ANIME
"HITAGI SENJOUGAHARA"
(BAKEMONOGATARI)
Hitagi Senjougahara is the main female character of the Bakemonogatari. She is considered to be a frail-looking girl with an "incurable disease" and is distant towards others. She has a glamorous figure, although she is also considered as a "frail" girl due to her lack of participation in school activities. Hitagi possesses a sharp tongue and can be blunt while still maintaining a straight face when speaking to others. This trait of hers makes interacting with her a challenging task, if not impossible. In spite of this, she is sincere in everything that she says. Interestingly, She actually calls herself a tsundere and probably has some idea about otaku culture. 



TOP 3 MOST POPULAR TSUNDERE IN ANIME
"MISAKA MIKOTO"
(TAORU MAJUTSU NO INDEX / TOARU KAGAKU NO RAILGUN)
Misaka is a side character in Toaru Majutsu no Index and the main character of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun. She is shown to have a complex regarding her chest, feeling inferior when compared to girls with bigger bust sizes. To most people, she is considered a 'proper lady' but in reality, she's short-tempered, prideful, and has an improper attitude with some slight tomboyish tendencies and insecurities, a fact few people know of. Despite this, she is generally friendly and easygoing. Often times she shows an incredibly childish, selfish, competitive side and even slight tsundere tendencies along with confused affections when taunted by her rival, Touma. To add to this, childishness, she has an inclination towards cute things, most specifically, Gekota and Kirugumar merchandise. She also likes frog merchandise only if it features Gekota. When she realizes that a stuffed animal another person is carrying is just a regular frog, she immediately loses all of her interest in the stuffed animal. A perfect classification of a tsundere personality indeed! 



TOP 2 MOST POPULAR TSUNDERE IN ANIME
"SHANA"
(SHAKUGAN NO SHANA)
Shana is the main female character in Shakugan No Shana series. She is a Flame Haze, usually referred to by her title "Flame-Haired Burning-Eyed Hunter". Initially, she is concentrated solely on her duty as a Flame Haze, not even considering getting a name as she didn't see any importance in having it. She sees Yuji only as a Torch, an object, albeit marginally interesting because of his status as a Mystes. However, she slowly opens up to Yuji, coming to think of him as a person despite being a Torch, and eventually comes to show affection to him.Shana has a habit of saying "Urusai! Urusai! Urusai!" ("Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!") whenever Yuji asks her questions or makes remarks that disturb her original worldview or embarrass her but in reality, they really care for each other. She has a great fondness for anything sweet, although melon bread is her favorite.


THE MOST POPULAR TSUNDERE IN ANIME
"TAIGA AISAKA"
(TORA DORA)
If there is one perfect example of tsundere in the universe of anime, Taiga Aisaka is definitely the one! Taiga is one of the protagonists of Tora Dora and is personally my favorite character (Tora Dora is such a great anime with a very impressive plot) She has a well-regulated and beautiful appearance though is unable to make much company with others. Due to often snapping at others in brutal ways and her short stature, she is given the nickname "Palmtop Tiger". Her under-developed body and the added nickname has given her a complex which in turn serves to give her a negative attitude and facial expression. Taiga gets upset easily and is considerably clumsy, most likely to overcompensation issues from having felt unloved and unimportant in her childhood. But she has a very strong tendency towards righteousness and her unfortunately-violent outbursts are usually well-motivated. She can be very nice when she wants to be, but can triumph all. She has snappy, quick comebacks. Her classmates consider her to be very pretty and she often gets confessions by boys her age, but she has turned down every one of them. In spite of this very strong personality, he has a soft side and loves Kitamura as well..  

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Other notable Tsuderes include Asuka Langley (Evangelion), Rukia Kuchiki (Bleach), Makise Kurisu (Steins : gate), Eri Sawachika (School Rumble), Louisse (Zero no Tsukaima) and Ana Kyoyama (Shaman King)

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Monday, August 26, 2013

TOP FIVE GREATEST ENEMIES OF GODZILLA

After featuring the popular giant monsters in movies (see TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTERS IN MOVIES ), we are going to focus more on Godzilla and his notable foes. Godzilla himself is considered as a villain at some point considering that he is a major threat for humans. However, Godzilla is not the only living Kaiju in his universe and ever since the character was created way back in 1954, several monsters have appeared either to destroy him or to team up with him for some reason. Listed below are five of my personal favorite kaijus (giant monsters) who fought up against our iconic giant.

TOP FIVE GREATEST ENEMIES OF GODZILLA
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Author's Note : This entry is listed subjectively. I based it on my own opinion. Godzilla have fought several monsters ever since the character was created but the list below are based on those films and videos that I have watched personally. Hope you enjoy it. 

TOP 5 GREATEST ENEMY OF GODZILLA
"RODAN"
I first saw Rodan in the 2004 all star kaiju movie where he is being used as a weapon for destruction. Rodan is basically depicted as a giant pteranodon. Interestingly, before he became a villian in this twenty-eighth installment Rodan was first introduced as Godzilla's greatest battle companion. The monster was first introduced in a 1956 film entitled Rodan. In 1964 film "Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monsters" , Rodan helped Godzilla and Mothra to defeat the King Ghidorah.  Despite of this, Rodan is still considered as a dangerous monsters who wreck havoc to the planet. As far as the Rodan's abilities are concerned, Rodan has the ability to play and possesses an impressive speed and agility. He can also use powerful winds by flapping his wings, emits a radioactive heat beams and more. 

 TOP 4 GREATEST ENEMY OF GODZILLA
"BIOLLANTE"

Biollante is a female monster who first appeared in Godzilla Vs Biollante in 1989. She is actually depicted as a rose monster who came to existence as a result of an experiment (they fused Godzilla's DNA with a rose which mutated into a gigantic and powerful monster. I personally see her as one of the coolest villains of Godzilla and she also have the greatest backstory compare to other kaijus. Biollante, in her rose form, can constrict and grapple with an enemy with her many tendrils and mouthed vines, each of which are capable of spitting a highly corrosive sap that can blind an opponent. Biollante has two forms and the second one is by far the strongest. She also sports extremely enhanced regeneration capabilities. Unfortunately, unlike other monsters, Biollante never appeared in any films other than this one.


TOP 3 GREATEST ENEMY OF GODZILLA
"MOTHRA"
I believed that the name of this monster is clear enough to classify where she came from. Mothra is one of the most notable kaijus in Godzilla universe who appeared in every Godzilla era. Mothra is first introduced in a self titled film in 1961. Just like a typical moth, Mothra has appeared in various forms pertaining to a moth's life cycle. Mothra has proven a formidable adversary in combat: in larval form she may use her silken spray to wrap and immobilize an opponent. In addition to that, Mothra is considered as one of the most powerful psychics monster too. Mothra has become one of Godzilla's most challenging opponents, having achieved the greatest success rate in battle. She has once overcome Godzilla in imago form, and twice Godzilla has fought her to her death only later to be bested by her newborn larvae. 


TOP 2 GREATEST ENEMY OF GODZILLA
"MECHAGODZILLA"
A robot made to fight Godzilla! Generally, there are three MechaGodzilla made in the history of Toho Universe including the MechaGodzilla 1, Mechagodzilla 2 and Kiryu (MechaGodzilla 3). Among the three , Kiryu is considerably sleeker than other versions of MechaGodzilla and bears a closer resemblance to Godzilla than the previous versions. Kiryu is a well balanced machine and the most agile MechaGodzilla to date, moving with a fluid, almost organic grace. Its armament includes oral maser cannons, dual laser cannons on each arm, and a flight pack that contains two forward firing rocket launchers and four batteries along its back and sides for launching guided missiles.Kiryu's most devastating weapon is the Absolute Zero Cannon, (a weapon also utilized by the Gotengo.) Stored in its chest behind a trio of folding panels, the Absolute Zero Cannon fires a ball of energy that flash freezes its target, thereby causing it to disintegrate under the weight of its own mass. 


THE GREATEST ENEMY OF GODZILLA
"KING GHIDORAH"


Ghidorah is dubbed as the most powerful monster in Godzilla franchise. He is often considered Godzilla's archenemy. Usually, King Ghidorah is so destructive and powerful, that Godzilla is often required to team-up with another monster, even several monsters, before engaging the three-headed dragon of terror and destruction in battle. Ghidorah is also one of the monsters that are most often mind controlled; it acts completely autonomously in three movies, in other appearances being controlled for most of its screen time by aliens. King Ghidorah can fly at great speed, can fire gravity beams, create hurricans, generate magnetic fields and more. He is a powerful monster indeed and also my personal favorite ^_^

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Other powerful monsters include Hedorah (image above), Anguirus, Gigan, Destoroyah, and Battra.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

TOP FIVE RICHEST FILIPINOS 2013

Forbes recently released a compilation showcasing Philippines 50 richest businessmen. Nothing much was changed compare to last year. We still got the same high profile personalities except for seven new comers including Jorge Araneta (Lopez Holdings) , Carlos Chan (Liwayway), Michael Romero, Walter Brown, Ramon Ang, Alfredo Yao, and Edgar Saavedra. The net worth of these"billionaires" were determined by compiling the market values of individual's shareholdings (excluded those unlisted assets). Listed below are five of the richest Filipino businessmen.
TOP FIVE RICHEST FILIPINOS 2013
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Author's Note : This list was taken from the official Forbes Philippines 50 Richest list 2013. Check the referrence below. 

TOP 5 RICHEST FILIPINO 2013
"JOHN GOKONGWEI JR"
Net Worth : $3,400 M
John Gokongwei Jr is a Filipino-Chinese businessman who is known for being the chairman of the JG Summit Holdings (one of the largest conglomerates in the Philippines). Companies that JG Summit Holdings has major holdings in include Digital Telecommunications Philippines and Cebu Pacific. Other companies include Universal Robina, Robinsons Land (and Malls). Just to give you some sort of inspiration, John Gokongwei was born in a wealthy family but their fortune was lost when his affluent father died. He started his business career during World War II, buying and selling rice, clothing and scrap metal. JG's ranking went down a spot from being fourth last year to fifth spot this year. 

TOP 4 RICHEST FILIPINO 2013
"ENRIQUE RAZON JR"
Net Worth : $4,500 M
Enrique Razon Jr is the chairman and CEO of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI)that provides container port terminal services in Manila, Subic, Batangas, General Santos City, Poland and Brazil. Razon invested an additional USD200 million in Bloomberry Investments Holdings, Inc. Bloomberry is just one of four gaming companies that were granted casino licenses by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). Currently the ICTSI owns 28 ports in 19 countries.  Enrique Razon Jr was placed third last year and went down a spot this 2013. 

TOP 3 RICHEST FILIPINO 2013
"ANDREW TAN"
Net worth : $4,600 M
Andrew Tan is a Filipino Chinese businessman who engages in liquor , real estates and fast foods. Andrew Tan runs and owns the Alliance Global Group Inc (AGI) which is generally composed of three companies including MegaWorld Corporation (a real estate company which is dubbed as "best managed company" and "best corporate governance" in the country) ; Emperador Distillers Incorporation (best known for Emperador Brandy) ; and Golden Arches Development Corporation (possesses a franchise of McDonalds). Interestingly, Andrew Tan started as a simple immigrant from China who moved to Manila to study Accounting. In fact , due to economic reasons, he would usually head to school walking rather than riding on public transportation. Tan ranking went up to three spot (from 6th to 3rd). 

TOP 2 RICHEST FILIPINO 2013
"LUCIO TAN AND FAMILY"
Net Worth : $7,500 M
Lucio Tan is another Filipino-Chinese Businessman with interests in banking, airline , liquor , tobacco, and real estate industries. The family owns a lot of huge companies in this Philippines including the Asia Brewery (2nd largest brewery in the country), Tanduay Holdings (known for being the world's largest rum makers), PMFTC Inc (largest tobacco company in the country), Univeristy of the East, Philippine National Bank (5th largest bank in the country), Allied Bank , Eton Properties Inc, Allied Savings Bank, MacroAsia Corporation, Air Philippines/ AirPhil Express  and a whole lot more. Lucio Tan's ranking compare to last year was retained.

 THE RICHEST FILIPINO 2013
"HENRY SY AND FAMILY"
Net Worth : $12,000 M
Henry Sy remains the undisputed billionaire in Forbes annual list. Henry Sy is a Filipino Chinese Businessman with interest in retailing, real estate, hospitality, banking, mining and education. He is actually the man behind the SM malls which gave him the title as the Retail King. His businesses includes the SM Prime Holdings (SM shopping malls amounting to 46) , SM Investments Corporation (real estate), Banco De Oro Universal Bank , CBC (Chinabank), Belle Corporation, and Highlands Prime Inc. Henry Sy is definitely an inspiration to many because he was born to a poor family. He immigrated to the Philippines and got his start by selling rejected and overrun shoes from Tondo. He started a small shoe store in Quiapo in 1958 which later became SM Quiapo.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTERS IN MOVIES

I'm sure you have heard that Godzilla is making his gigantic come back next year (ten years after the last film "Godzilla: Final Wars"). It was officially announced that the theatrical release of the film will be on May 16, 2014 and I'm sure the fans are very eager to see this highly anticipated film. Anyway, i came to realized that there are so many notable films featuring giant monsters and in fact, in Japan, they have this genre known as "Kaiju Eiga" or Monster Movie. The most recent film that features a Kaiju or Giant monster is Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim". Now, allow me to list down five of the most popular giant monsters in movies (including both Kaijus and Giant monsters in American films). Have fun! PS. This is the first part of my Godzilla-related entry, i will have another one next month.
TOP FIVE MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTERS IN MOVIES
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Author's Note: This entry is listed subjectively.

TOP 5 MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTER IN MOVIE
"KRAKEN"
(CLASH OF THE TITANS / PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN)
There are two notable Kraken in movie. One is featured on Clash of the Titans while the other one is briefly featured in Pirates of the Caribbean. Kraken is considered as one of the most legendary sea monsters both in films and fictional books. It is basically depicted as a giant squid whose size can grow up to 50ft huge. According to the myth, Kraken is an ocean-dwelling monster found in Norway and in Greenland. It is capable of destroying ships. In the Pirates of Caribbean, Kraken is depicted exactly how it is being depicted in books but Clash of the Titans showed off a new approach. It is basically inspired from the Greek mythology in which serves as the pet of Poseidon. 

TOP 4 MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTER IN MOVIE
"TYRANNOSAURUS REX"
(JURASSIC PARK)
Compare to the monsters listed on this entry, Tyrannosaurus Rex or simply T-rex is the only creature regarded as monster but with a scientific explanation behind its existence. T-Rex has been widely used as one of the most terrifying creature in movies, televisions series and books that tackles prehistoric era but it was Jurassic Park who made them even more popular. The concept of bringing dinosaurs in present time is simply impressive and it's not really surprising why they came up with two more installment for the movie. T-rex is technically considered as the largest land predator. The term "Rex" itself means "King" in Latin and I believe that is pretty self explanatory. 


TOP 3 MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTER IN MOVIE
"CLOVER"
(CLOVERFIELD)
Clover is a gigantic creature from the film Cloverfield. Technically, the monster from this film is never named and the authority (the Department of Defense in particular) tagged it as LSA or Large Scale Aggressor. The name Clover is just a nickname given to the creature by the production staff. Clover is dubbed as the American version of Godzilla and according to Exphorine.com, Clover is 20 ft bigger than Godzilla and ten times bigger than the T-rex. Clover is vaguely quadrupedal but is capable of standing upright in short distances. He notably has long and thin limbs compare to his body. Clover's body is covered with parasites (dog-sized parasites) that are also predators. 

TOP 2 MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTER IN MOVIE
"KING KONG"
(KING KONG)
King Kong is undeniably one of the most iconic gigantic monsters in movie history. The first film starring King Kong was on 1933 film which becomes an iconic film due to its pioneering special effects using Stop motion models. Obviously, King Kong resembles a Colossal Gorilla . It is also considered as a Mammal-based Kaiju. King Kong also has a Japanese counterpart named as Toho. King Kong was suggested to be among the most powerful in terms of raw physical force, possessing strength and durability that rivaled that of Godzilla. As one of the few mammal-based kaiju, Kong's most distinctive feature was his intelligence. He demonstrated the ability to learn and adapt to an opponent's fighting style, identify and exploit weaknesses in an enemy, and utilize his environment to stage ambushes and traps. 

THE MOST POPULAR GIANT MONSTER IN MOVIE
"GODZILLA"
(GODZILLA)
I guess this list is quite predictable right? Of course, nothing yet can dethroned Godzilla on the first spot. Godzilla first appeared in a 1954 film and since then, the creature has become a worldwide pop culture icon. An American version of the creature was made in a 1998 film. It is quite confusing whether Godzilla is a hero or a villain because the creature has been depicted both as a destructive monster and a savior at the same time. Within the context of the films, Godzilla's exact origins vary, but it is generally depicted as an enormous, violent, prehistoric sea monster awakened and empowered by nuclear radiation. Godzilla is shown to possess immense physical strength and muscularity.  In addition to that, Godzilla also possesses different form of abilities including the capability to breath underwater, atomic pulse, fireballs, eyebeams and even flight at some plot. 

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Other notable giant monsters in movies include Mr Stay Puft (Ghostbusters), 50 Ft Woman (Attack of the 50ft Woman), TriPod (War of the Worlds), and Kaijus (Pacific Rim)
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Friday, July 26, 2013

TOP FIVE BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE

For bloggers, pictures play a very important role to make our entries more engaging for our readers. We usually need some software or online tools to edit our photos either to fix something on the picture, to enhance it or to input our very own watermarks. Photoshop is probably the most ideal photo editing software that we can try on but for a frugal guy like me, i would rather search for some free software alternatives than spending my money to it (I am nothing against Photoshop though). We can't deny the fact that Photoshop requires a lot of skills before you can manage to embrace all its impressive features. Listed below are five great software and web based tools that can be used as an effective alternative for Photoshop. They may not have all the features but these software are extremely useful as they got all the basic tools you need to edit your photos.
TOP FIVE BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
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TOP 5 BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
"PHOTOFILTRE"
As what the title of this software suggests, the main highlight of PhotoFiltre are the basic Filters that you can also be found on Photoshop. It has a very user-friendly interface and something that beginners should try on. The software is known for its apparent simplicity. Generally, it doesn't require any extensive skills and you can easily explore and experiment with its features without asking for help. Some of its notable features are Auto Levels and Auto Contrast which are very useful and important image adjustment tools. Apart from its easy to use tools, PhotoFiltre can also covert the image files into any available format. The software, however, doesn't have layer adjustments compare to Photoshop but for those who are not rooting for such feature, Photofiltre is indeed a great tool. It also has a paid version which gives you a wider option. 

TOP 4 BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
"PHOTOSCAPE"
Photoscape is personally one of my favorite photo editing software. Just like Photofiltre, Photoscape has a very easily manageable interface (but not as intuitive as Photofiltre) . It offers an impressive thumbnail browser and it gives the user a capability to use a lot of  cool image effects and adjustment tools. It has very simple tools and basic filters. What makes Photoscape more distinctive is the fact that it comes up with an object tab that allows you to easily input texts, shapes and speech bubbles on top of the photo you are working with. It comes up with a wide array of clips that can be stamped on top of your images. You can also add your own image to its clipboard which is very useful for those who want to input their watermarks on their photo in a very convenient and faster way. 

TOP 3 BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
"PAINT.NET"
Paint.net is a simple yet surprisingly impressive photo editing tool. It features a simple pixel based editor tool that users will definitely enjoy dealing with. It has a very easy to use interface and it got all the basic elements and image adjustments tools that you need to edit your photos. The highlight of Paint.net are the plugins that you can add to the software to enhance or improve its functionality. Even though it doesn't offer an adjustment layers, Paint.Net has a comprehensive range of image adjustment tools. Interestingly, they said that Paint.Net started as college project that aims to produce an alternative to Microsoft Paint. Generally, Paint.Net is a very easy to use tool to retouch your photos quickly and professionally. 

TOP 2 BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
"PIXLR EDITOR"
I am currently hooked with Pixlr Editor. Unlike the software mentioned above. Pixlr Editor is a web based tool. It also has a mobile app for Android and Apple smartphones but what makes it more fascinating is thge Pixlr Editor (Advanced) which gives you everything you need as far as the image editing is concerned. It has all the basic image adjustment tools, some cool filters, layer adjustments, dodge tool and more. If you are aiming for a very convenient photo editing tool, then Pixlr is a very ideal tool for you. You can access the site at pixlr.com and you will be given a chance to choose among Pixlr Editor (Advanced), Pixlr Express, and Pixlr-o-matic. The only problem i have for his website is the file saving procedure. In order to save the file directly on your pc, you have to input your desired format at the end of each image (.jpg, ,png, and more). Other than that, Pixlr Editor is a cool and very impressive free photo editing tool for you. 

THE BEST FREE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
"GIMP"
GNU Image Manipulation Program or better known as GIMP is probably the most powerful free photo editing software available. It is actually being dubbed as the "Free Photoshop" simply because it features all the notable tools found in Adobe Photoshop. In addition to that, the software is notable for its Floating Palettes which makes it even more engaging. It has all the advanced editing tools, it supports layers and layers adjustments, it also supports a huge number of file formats. The features can also be extended though plugins and more. It also comes up with a "GIMPshop" which guarantees the user to have a Photoshop-like experience.

I wish i could include Incscape and SAI Paint Tool (the one shown above), but they are considered as Painting tool rather than photo editing.
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

TOP FIVE MOST FAMOUS CROSS-DRESSERS IN MOVIES

I had a hard time categorizing this entry because the characters listed below are not really gays or lesbians but they are actors who pretend to be a member of an opposite sex. After doing some research, I have learned that this form of acting is known as Cross Dressing. According to Wikipedia, cross dressing is an act of wearing clothing and other accouterments commonly associated with an opposite sex. Cross Dressing films are different from Cross Gender films in which an actor will portray a role of a real member of an opposite sex ( like what John Travolta did in Hairspray and same thing goes with Tyler Perry's role as Madea and Adam Sandler as Jill in Jack and Jill) while cross dressing usually features an actor who is forced to pretend as a member of opposite sex. Listed below are five of the most famous cross dressers in movies. Have fun!
TOP FIVE MOST FAMOUS CROSS-DRESSERS IN MOVIES 
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Author's note: This entry is listed subjectively.

TOP 5 MOST FAMOUS CROSS-DRESSERS IN MOVIE
"THE WHITE CHICKS"
(From White Chicks)
White Chicks is a 2004 Comedy film starring the Wayans' brothers (Marlon and Shawn) which centers around the story of two FBI agents (Kevin and Marcus) who disguised themselves as two white American women. Their main intention is to capture a guy named Latrell Spencer who is very attracted to white women. The two disguised as the Wilson sister and Spencer was trapped on their bait as he takes an interest in Marcus , thinking that he is the real Tiffany Wilson. This film, however, garnered poor reviews from the critics and is dubbed as one of the worst films of 2004. 

TOP 4 MOST FAMOUS CROSS-DRESSER IN MOVIE
"BIG MOMMA"
(From Big Momma's House film series)
The story of Big Momma is very identical with White Chicks but I think it deserves more the credit because the film debuted four years before the White Chicks. Big Momma's House is a highly successful film starring Martin Lawrence, portraying the role of  Malcolm Turner who is an FBI Agent who is considered as a master of disguise. Here, as what the title of the film suggests, Turner disguised himself as a fat elderly African American woman. The film is indeed a surprised hit and it actually came up with another two sequels notably Big Momma's House 2 (2006) and Big Momma: Like Father like Son (2011).

TOP 3 MOST FAMOUS CROSS-DRESSER IN MOVIE
"VIOLA / SEBASTIAN HASTINGS"
(From She's The Man)
Okay, so before Amanda Bynes' life turned into major disaster, this film rose her to fame and is probably the only film that everybody will gonna remember from her despite of all the bad publicity. She's also the only actress who made it on our list. She's The Man is a story based on William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The plot is about a teenage girl named Viola Hastings who is very eager to play soccer and so she disguised herself as a male , pretending to be his brother Sebastian. Viola successfully made it on his brother's school while he's brother went to London to join a band contest. He also made it through the school's soccer's team. Here she met Duke (Channing Tatum) which she fell in love with. 

TOP 2 MOST FAMOUS CROSS-DRESSER IN MOVIE
"MRS DOUBTFIRE"
(Mrs Doubtfire)
Mrs Doubtfire is personally one of the my favorite comedy films. It is a 1993 film starring Robin Williams. The story is about a guy named Daniel Hillard who is a loving father but an irresponsible and immature husband. This forced Miranda (Sally Field) to divorce him. Since Daniel doesn't have a stable home and job, he is very eager to get his family back. And after he learned that Miranda is looking for a housekeeper, Daniel disguised himself as an elderly woman named as Mrs Euphegenia Doubtfire. Daniel, however, failed when his identity was revealed. Mrs Doubtfire is a certified box office hit and is named as one of the funniest movies of all time. 

THE TOP MOST FAMOUS CROSS-DRESSER IN MOVIE
"TOOTSIE"
(Tootsie)
Before Mrs Doubtfire, we once had Tootsie played by Dustin Hoffman. It is a 1982 film which tells a story of a talented yet volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult forces him to adopt a new identity as a woman to land a job. The film is considered as the second funniest film of all time and is second highest grossing film in 1982 (behind ET). The film also earned 10 Academy Award nominations (it won only one category though). The film is also selected for preservation in National Film Industry. 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

TOP FIVE BEST GLEE PERFORMANCES OF CORY MONTEITH

As a big fan of Glee, or well at least the first two seasons of it, Cory Monteith's death came to me by surprise. Cory Monteith or better known as Finn Hudson is one of the major characters in the said series, the quarterback who has an incredible singing talent and also the love interest of Rachel Berry played by Lea Michelle who happened to be her off-screen partner. The reason behind his sudden death is very devastating and it's just sad to see people dying at a very young age because of drug and alcohol abuse. Anyway, Cory Monteith will always be remembered especially those remarkable performances that he delivered on the show. Listed below are five of my personal favorite from Glee.

TOP FIVE BEST GLEE PERFORMANCES OF CORY MONTEITH

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TOP 5 BEST GLEE PERFORMANCES OF CORY MONTEITH
"JUST THE WAY YOU ARE"
Just the Way You Are (original by Bruno Mars), was performed by Finn during the "Furt" episode alongside with another Bruno Mars song. In this episode, Finn's mother was married to Kurt's father and this song was sung by Finn to Kurt during the wedding's reception. The performance was characterized as brilliant and touching by the The Wall Street Journey and i couldn't agree more. I actually grew up tired of this song as i keep on hearing it over the radio almost everyday but Finn's version makes the message of this song more meaningful and that is all about acceptance. 

TOP 4 BEST GLEE PERFORMANCES OF CORY MONTEITH
"LOSING MY RELIGION"
Losing my Religion is another powerful performance from Finn. It was his first solo performance during the Second season entitled "Grilled Cheesus". The song was originally performed by an 80's band R.E.M. Interestingly, the song arrangement was originally plotted by Monteith. The producer is actually trying to make this song positive and upbeat but since it was about betreyal, Monteith wanted to express the feeling of both betrayal and anger on the song and he gave it a perfect justice and earned some praises from notable critics. 

TOP 3 BEST GLEE PERFORMANCES OF CORY MONTEITH
"JESSIE'S GIRL"
Jessie's Girl is originally performed by Rick Springfield and was impressively nailed by Finn during the "laryngitis" episode of season 1. I am actually not familiar with the song at first until i heard from Glee. The song performance was considered commercially successful which charted in the top ten in Canada , Ireland and Australia in which it was a certified gold. The performance was simple impressive. 

TOP 2 BEST GLEE PERFORMANCES OF CORY MONTEITH
"DON'T STOP BELIEVIN"
The song that brought the show into the limelight. It is probably one of the most iconic performances of the show which is originally performed by the Journey. It is one of the greatest cover ever done in this show. It is actually a group performance by Finn and Rachel's voice are more dominant. The song was characterized as elevating and inspirational by most of its critics. The song in general gave a new approach to this song, transforming a rock ballad into an impressive theatrical performance. Did you know that this is also the last song performance where Finn Hudson is being featured before he died?

THE  BEST GLEE PERFORMANCES OF CORY MONTEITH
"CAN'T FIGHT THIS FEELING"
Can't Fight This Feeling is actually Monteith, audition piece which helped him a lot to get his iconic role in Glee. It is also the song that allows him to be discovered by Will Schuester (remember the bathroom scene). Monteith initially submitted a tape of himself drumming with pencils and tupperware but the show requires him to sing and so he sang Can't Fight this Feeling which is originally performed by REO Speedwagon. Interestingly, unlike the rest of the show's cast members, Monteith has no theatrical experience.

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