Film Review: Rogue One

ROGUE ONE, a Star Wars story. It’s like we never get enough Star Wars and that the studios keep churning out more. But is it for the good or worst? Well readers, I’m in for this installment although I have some issues here and there. Let me explain.

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To start with, if you have not seen Star Wars (particularly Episode 4-6) you could still understand this film but you may not be able to grasp its meaning at a deeper level, simply because all the motivation for the things they do is in the 4, 5 and 6.

This film is basically a fill-in-the-blank film that explains how rebels had got their hand on the Death Star blueprint. Something that was not properly explained in episode 4. The film opens with the story of Galen Erso being recruited by Krennik to build the Death Star. I enjoyed the opening for it managed to build interest in audience to know more. Things got a little bit slow after the opening title came up as they went from planets to planets at lightning speed. Things however drastically improved for the better in the third act where all the real action and substance is.

Acting wise, I am most satisfied with Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso followed by the other memorable rebel members particularly the duo Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen) and  Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen). As for the best performing non-human role, I’m totally pleased with k-2SO. However, the one actor that I’m least satisfied is Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera. I think he sounded weird and his motive as an extremist rebel didn’t quite convince me. Maybe if they had put in more backstory to his role in development of Jyn, then his death at Jedha City will be more meaningful.

The look and feel of the film is pretty much similar to The Force Awakens. Definitely a total departure than the look and feel of Episode 1-3. The cinematography by Greig Fraser was also appealing and I’m particularly delighted by the beach battle scene—beautifully filmed! Kudos have to be given to the editor as well as the intense battle would have been long and boring if not for the fast paced editing.

The music score to me is quite excessive and annoying at times and it doesn’t quite fit the scene in some sequences. I am not alone on this, even the popular film critic/reviewer Chris Stuckman felt the same. According to reports, the score for Rogue One was made within a short span of one month by composer Michael Giacchino after the original composer John Williams passed on the project.

This film manages to convince audiences especially the diehard fans that a standalone Star Wars film do makes sense and maybe even essential to strengthen the franchise’s relevance. However like many have argued, churning out new Star Wars film every year will ultimately loose its charm as the saga has always been a kind of a celebrated event all this while.

Overall I would give this film a 4/5.

The First 90 Days: Introductory Review

I have just started reading this book The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins during my journey back to Johor.  Books related to business and management studies has always peaked my interest although it has nothing to do with my current status as a post-graduate.

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In essence the book is about leaders (eg: managers, CEOs, and etc) adapting to a new a job or position and why it matters for them to fit-in within 90 days.

Your continued success within an organization is greatly affected by your performance during this critical career transition period. The author uses the term breakeven as the point at which new leaders have contributed as much value to their new organizations as they have consumed from it. In my own simpler definition breakeven is the ability for a leader to comfortably fit-in with less problems within a short span of time in a particular organization.

Based on research, the average breakeven point for many leaders is 6.2 months and this book is talking about accelerating the period to just 3 months. The author is aware that each job is unique and there can be no universal approach to fit-in in an organization. However the author believes that each organization may be different at the micro-level but are almost similar at the macro-level. The following are the 10 strategies outlined by the author in accelerating the breakeven point.

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Since this is just an introductory review and I have not personally finish reading the book, it is highly recommended for readers to read this book themselves for a better understanding.

Review: The 7 Habits

Antara buku terhebat sepanjang zaman yang penulis benar-benar teruja dengan adalah The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Buku ini pertama kali diterbitkan pada 1989 dan isi kandungnya kekal relevan hingga hari ini. Satu perkataan yang sesuai untuk diungkapkan bagi mengambarkan buku self-development ini adalah ianya sebuah buku yang jujur. Penulis akan berbicara dengan ringkas dua konsep penting yang diceritakan oleh Stephen Covey dalam buku ini.

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 Personality ethic Vs Characteristic ethic

Buku ini menekankan pembangunan character individu melebihi pembangunan personality. Sebagai contoh dalam memberikan senyuman personality ethic mengajar untuk fake a smile demi mencapai tujuan tertentu. Characteristic ethic pula mengajar individu untuk senyum kerana ia adalah sesuatu yang murni dan perbuatan itu dilakukan dengan rela-hati atau ikhlas. Secara mudah, character ethic = bersifat dalaman manakala personality ethic = bersifat luaran. Personality ethic tidak memerlukan masa yang lama dan hasilnya juga cepat. Tetapi characteristic ethic pula memerlukan masa untuk disemai kerana ia banyak berkait dengan jati-diri individu dan worldviewnya.Sebab itu personality ethic jauh lebih popular dan konsep itu sering ditekankan dalam banyak buku. Rata-rata masyarakat mahukan perubahan yang cepat berlaku dalam hidup mereka. Buku ini mengkritik cara tersebut kerana sesuatu yang diusahakan secara mudah  tidak akan kekal. Characteristic ethic pula walaupun membuahkan hasil yang lambat tapi ianya bersifat kekal.

Paradigm shift

Paradigm shift atau anjakan paradigm adalah langkah pertama untuk apa jua perubahan menjadi nyata. Hal ini kerana tindakkan kita dipengaruhi oleh cara-fikir, jadi untuk mengubah sesuatu tindakan ia harus bermula secara inside out. Umpamanaya jika kita rasa malas untuk membuat sesuatu, contohnya bersenam, kita sebenarnya mempunya satu paradigm negative terhadap senaman. Mungkin kita bayangkan senaman dengan situasi penat dan perih, fikiran begini membantutkan usaha untuk bersenam. Tapi seadainya kita ubah paradigm itu dan membayangkan senaman dengan gambaran kesihatan yang baik, stamina yang tinggi dan fizikal yang cantik, maka persepsi kita terhadap senaman berubah dengan mudah.

Jadi itulah sedikit perkongsian dua konsep awal yang ditekankan dalam buku ini yang menjadi asas kepada aturan 7 habits. Mungkin dalam post yang lain penulis akan kupas 7 habits tersebut, tapi buat masa ini penulis mahu menyelami dua konsep ini dahulu. Kepada yang belum pernah membaca buku pergilah cepat membacanya dan ubah hidup anda.