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He Is Not RoboCop; He Is Kingsman

Some people have commented that Kingsman: The Secret Service is a mash-up of Harry Potter, James Bond and bloody Kill Bill, which I cannot agree more.

The story follows a young man, Eggsy played by a relatively fresh face, Taron Egertonwho has been selected by Harry Hart/Galahad (Colin Firth) as a candidate to join Kingsman. What is Kingsman? A great question! Bravo!

Kingsman is a tailor shop and literally at this very moment, you can find pieces just like Colin Firth has worn in the film from Mr. Porter. However, under the disguise of a tailor shop, Kingsman is a secret organization that is beyond the systematic and bureaucratic corporations and governments, and they do things to keep world peace , to fight the evil. The round table is replaced by a long conference desk surrounded by dazzlingly suited English gentlemen. Even though, they are still called by those ancient knights’ names. The leader of Kingsman himself is called Arthur ( Michael Kane) who you may find him too familiar as Alfred.

The antagonist of the film is a genius billionaire Valentine played by Samuel L. Jackson , who strangely reminds me of Tony Stark. Valentine creates a special SIM card that is free to claim and free to use for the entire world; however, later it is revealed that the SIM card can broadcast waves that make humans aggressive and kill each other. Valentine’s plan is to reduce the world population in order to save the planet. World leaders, many of them, get on the same boat with Valentine, and they are implanted by another chip on their necks to counter the wave broadcasting from the SIM card. Hart and his bunch later discover that those chips can also blow those implantees’ heads off.

Hart (Colin Firth) and Eggsy (Taron Egerton)

Hart is accidentally exposed to the wave and kills an entire church of people. When Hart confronts Valentine outside the church, Valentine shots Hart at the head. Some people may start to cry at this moment seeing Colin Firth lying there liveless. Of course, Hart’s death devastates Eggsy, but even worse, Eggsy finds that Kingsman Arthur is one of Valentine’s allies. Eggsy kills Arthur and destroys Valentine’s plan with help from Merlin (Mark Strong) and  Roxy (Sophie Cookson).

The film starts with some really comicy touches, and the opening scene definitely reminds me of Kid Spy except that someone dies right away, who later is revealed to be Eggsy’s father. The fire between Kingsman and Valentine becomes wild when Lancelot, a Kingsman agent, is killed by Valentine’s assistant, body-guard and, maybe, butler Gazelle (Sofia Boutella) who has artificial limps that can turn into lethal weapons. The entire film is action driven and sometimes, there is a good laugh and Director Matthew Vaughn has done a brilliant job to bring out the quirkiness that his fans adore him for the most.

Kingsman might not have a powerful storyline like the Imitation Game or the Theory of Everything, but it is a social satire stunningly done. Even though, the film focuses on to bring visual enjoyment, the focus on an environmental cause is quite inspiring. Is Valentine evil? Is he too self-righteous to play God? However, without effectively controlling the world population, there may not be a planet called Earth in the near future. As well, the deadly weapon in the film is not the artificial limps from Gazelle or those gadgets from Kingsman, but the SIM card providing services free of charge, which I, personally, will be attempted if there is one. How much we have been depending on cellphones and the Internet can be concerning, and Kingsman might serve as a wake-up call for those who cannot live without their cells for a single second.


Your Plate Doesn’t Have to Look Like the Scale

Already three days kicked in 2014, how is everyone going with their New Year’s Resolutions? If staying in shape, loosing weight, or eating clean are on your lists, you might find it would not be as hard as it sounded like.

American food has been iconically revolutionized from quite traditional European cuisine to stuff filled with sodium, additive, sugar, and fat. Fast food, packaged food, super-size-portioned food.

As being considered as the fattest country, even though we are only on the edge to be pulled down by pounds of fat and waste, America is like a synonym to obesity. American people, the government and even business owners have been working around their wallets for the past few decades to help with this urgent problem.

General Mills decided to officially make the Original Cheerio GMO free, one of the most popular cereals on the shelf. People can easily find whole wheat and low fat options throughout well-liked fast food restaurant chains, the Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich on 8-gram whole wheat buns at McDonald’s, Satisfries from Burger King, and the Fresco Menu offered by Taco Bell. Importantly, people who hate to diet or eat healthy might accidentally have those healthier options and enjoy them.

To eat clean and healthy is really just a mind game. If everyone has stopped using high corn fructose syrup, stubborn eaters might will never notice the differences between their beloved snow-white bread and those fake white bread made of whole wheat. If everyone has held back on one teaspoon of salt, hardcore eaters might will never detect the weakened taste.

The nation grows stronger as the economy reawakens, and the next step is for us to create a better and healthier living environment, start with sponging those fast food items.



In the Need of some Literary Plastic Surgeries

Let’s say the introduction of the printing press fashioned a bucket full of great writers, and the invention of the typewriters helped this full bucket of people be more efficient writers. However, the biggest thing in the 21st Century, the Internet, did not seem like to help with writing at all. What’s next? People become incompetent to read? Let’s ditch all those grammar and spelling errors people can find while browsing a high-profile news website, such as the Guardian, and talk about Miley Cyrus.

How can it be possible to spell "by" as "my"? It is not like misusing "affect" and "effect", or missing an article.

This paragraph is a screenshot from the Guardian. How was it possible to spell “by” as “my”? Or I did not really understand the last sentence.

Miley Cyrus released her music video for another single, Adore You, which has been commented to be even racier than her lovely work of Can’t Stop and Wrecking Ball. To be honest, I absolutely adore her, so much better than Hannah Montana. Let’s think about it. A 20 something female celebrity literally acts like Hannah Montana? Only if she is a vegetable.

Starting with the Fox News, the article started with a can-be-no-sillier 🙂 question: “has Miley Cyrus managed to make a music video that’s somehow more scandalous than her infamous ‘Wrecking Ball’ record breaker?” Was “Wrecking Ball” scandalous? Or in other words, have people been so devoted to care so much about licking a hammer? Then, what is “infamous ‘Wrecking Ball’ record breaker”? This article is actually categorized in the scandal section. Wow! Good for you, Fox News, spending time caring so much about a young girl’s hormone level. She is a celebrity, or in other words, an entertainer! Who doesn’t love something spicy and alluring!?

Move on to a more modern online entertainment resource, ENSTARS! The title of the article is Miley Cyrus Nude in “Adore You” VIDEO in Skin-Colored Lingerie, Watch Racy New Clip. If they actually referred that Miley was nude in the video, they probably should visit eye doctors as soon as possible. If they used “nude” as in “nude color”, were they thinking the readers were idiots who haven’t known that the color of human skin was a nude color? They do deserve a point for using “lingerie” than “bras” and “panties”.

Their efforts to catch people’s attentions hammered a bigger problem onto the population who care Miley Cyrus enough to read all those articles. Teens, college students, and even younger kids. Don’t worry too much about how Miley sheds bad influences on kids. Let’s worry if kids start to spell “by” as “my”, construct meaningless sentences, and lose the ability to make themselves heard and understood first! Before making Miley’s new video “scandalous”, let’s ask people to read what it is going to be published first, for God’s sake!