movie review: Warrior

I am SO GLAD I watched this movie last night. Warrior is one of those underrated movies most people won't be that excited to watch because it has a hardly known cast and wasn't that fully marketed. The main reason I went to watch it was because I thought the trailer was good and I love mma(mixed martial arts) action. Comes the best part after somebody watches the movie... Warrior turns out to be above expectations and one of the best movies of the year.

This is not your simple cliche martial arts action movie, it is truly a movie that portrays the will and determination towards winning a goal. It also has the drama part of the movie showcasing how important family values are and how important those ties remain strong. The mma action was also great and nicely choreographed. Highly recommend my peeps at BJJ Borneo and Kinabalu Fighters to watch it! Makes me wanna go back learning BJJ again... Anyway, the start of the movie was a little slow but it contributes to the excellent buildup of the characters and mma action. All this leads to a heartwarming inspiring movie with a good dosage of mma action. I'm not gonna talk about the story and characters of the movie because if a movie is simply that good, I try not to spoil anything at all. Just go watch it. By the way, for you Batman fans out there, actor Tom Hardy who acts as Tommy Riordan is Bane in the next Dark Knight movie! - My Rating: 5/5

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Writer: Gavin O'Connor, Anthony Tambakis, Cliff Dorfman
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Action, Drama
Official Site:

Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime – and the wreckage of their broken family – within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting in Lionsgate's action/drama, Warrior. 

An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. 

But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives.

Sundays with Hannah & best buddies

I had a more relaxed Saturday night last weekend and decided to go sleep early. The next Sunday I woke up in the morning to join my best buddies Aaron and Mei to check out Property Exhibition (PropEX) 2011 at Sabah Trade Centre. Pretty cool exhibition showcasing some really interesting commercial/resident properties for sale here in Sabah and even in KL.

top left: Jofanna(George's wife) and Eva, top right: the birthday cake, bottom left: Hannah with Eva at the back, bottom right: Eva, jofanna, me and George

Later in the evening, my daughter Hannah and I went for a road trip to Tuaran to attend George's daughter Eva's 2nd birthday dinner celebration. During the road trip, Hannah and I just simply talk about the scenery and about any topic under the sun. Some major quality time there. When I arrived at the dinner celebration, Hannah was already making her own way around mingling with the kids there. That is Hannah for you. :) I'm glad I attended Eva's birthday because I missed her previous birthday and one month celebration. George is another best buddy of mine and it means a lot for me to finally attend. The celebration went really well and I'm really happy for her daughter. Kid's birthdays are important to be celebrated with family and close ones. Hannah's 10th birthday is coming up in 2 months!

A nice simple Sunday well spent with Hannah & my best buddies.

p/s: Do check out George's wedding photography/bridal business at