Hunger

This is an impressive movie (watched it in my laptop recently). For me this is how a movie should be, full of great images. These images may not be a product of special effects, but surely they are visual treats…

I never thought images of feces splattered on prison walls and urine on floors be interesting, but somehow in this movie, they were. I guess in the hands of a visual artist anything is possible.

It goes without saying that the movie’s strength lies not on its story or the message it tries to impart but in its ability to impress the sense of sight. Emotions were stirred not through words or dialogs but by pictures and images…that’s what a movie should do.

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Sideways to life…

Not a wine drinker, but these lines from the movie Sideways (Alexander Payne) can strike a spot in your heart. The character talks about wine…(but for me, she is talking about Life…)

“Maya: No, I- I like to think about the life of wine.
Miles Raymond: Yeah.
Maya: How it’s a living thing. I like to think about what was going on the year the grapes were growing; how the sun was shining; if it rained. I like to think about all the people who tended and picked the grapes. And if it’s an old wine, how many of them must be dead by now. I like how wine continues to evolve, like if I opened a bottle of wine today it would taste different than if I’d opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive. And it’s constantly evolving and gaining complexity. That is, until it peaks, like your ’61. And then it begins its steady, inevitable decline.
Miles Raymond: Hmm.
Maya: And it tastes so fucking good”

Lines (about Life!) from another favorite movie from Danny Boyle (of Slumdog Millionaire fame)…Trainspotting – for me it is his best movie!

[first lines]
Mark “Rent-boy” Renton: [narrating] Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin’ else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?

[last lines]
Mark “Rent-boy” Renton: Now I’ve justified this to myself in all sorts of ways. It wasn’t a big deal, just a minor betrayal. Or we’d outgrown each other, you know, that sort of thing. But let’s face it, I ripped them off – my so called mates. But Begbie, I couldn’t give a shit about him. And Sick Boy, well he’d done the same to me, if he’d only thought of it first. And Spud, well okay, I felt sorry for Spud – he never hurt anybody. So why did I do it? I could offer a million answers – all false. The truth is that I’m a bad person. But, that’s gonna change – I’m going to change. This is the last of that sort of thing. Now I’m cleaning up and I’m moving on, going straight and choosing life. I’m looking forward to it already. I’m gonna be just like you. The job, the family, the fucking big television. The washing machine, the car, the compact disc and electric tin opener, good health, low cholesterol, dental insurance, mortgage, starter home, leisure wear, luggage, three piece suite, DIY, game shows, junk food, children, walks in the park, nine to five, good at golf, washing the car, choice of sweaters, family Christmas, indexed pension, tax exemption, clearing gutters, getting by, looking ahead, the day you die.


Up in the Air…

“How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack. I want you to pack it with all the stuff that you have in your life… you start with the little things. The shelves, the drawers, the knickknacks, then you start adding larger stuff. Clothes, tabletop appliances, lamps, your TV… the backpack should be getting pretty heavy now. You go bigger. Your couch, your car, your home… I want you to stuff it all into that backpack. Now I want you to fill it with people. Start with casual acquaintances, friends of friends, folks around the office… and then you move into the people you trust with your most intimate secrets. Your brothers, your sisters, your children, your parents and finally your husband, your wife, your boyfriend, your girlfriend. You get them into that backpack, feel the weight of that bag. Make no mistake your relationships are the heaviest components in your life. All those negotiations and arguments and secrets, the compromises. The slower we move the faster we die. Make no mistake, moving is living. Some animals were meant to carry each other to live symbiotically over a lifetime. Star crossed lovers, monogamous swans. We are not swans. We are sharks.” Ryan Bingham – the character played by George Clooney in Up In The Air

This Oscar-nominated movie is all about the abovequoted lines – and how the main character advocating the ‘philosophy’ suffered… Basically, the film’s lesson dwells on how wrong the above statement was (atleast for the characters in the movie – or probably for us – viewers)

The film is worth watching. I’ve seen About Schmidt (by Alexander Payne – the guy who made Election, Sideways, Citizen Ruth) and this movie has the same vibe (although Up In the Air is a bit lighter)…also, I can sense some Jerry Maguire atmosphere…

Nu Wave…New Wave

According to Wikipedia, New Wave is a genre of music that emerged in in the mid to late 1970s alongside punk rock. The term at first generally was synonymous with punk rock before being considered a genre in its own right that incorporated aspects of electronic and experimental music, mod subculture, and disco and 1960s pop music, as well as much of the original punk rock sound and ethos, such as an emphasis on short and punchy songs.

For someone who’s born in the 70’s (very late 70’s[for me], hehe) an affair with New wave music is inevitable… I cannot really claim that the 80’s was the era for my generation (it is definitely the 90’s!!!) but New Wave music is New Wave music…I don’t know how much more New Wave these artists can get…

The Cure

Boys don’t Cry, In Between Days, Close to me, Lovesong, Pictures of You…the list is endless. Who else can best represent New Wave??? the hair, the make-up and all…Just the mention of Robert Smith and yes New Wave will pop up from your brain.

Echo and the Bunnymen

No matter how many times I listen to The Killing Moon…the feeling remains the same…It’s a national anthem! They also did Lips Like Sugar and Seven Seas

 

Depeche Mode

The problem when an artist or a band releases a song and that song becomes an instant hit, and then, ten and twenty years later people would realize that said song sucks…the band/artist suffers… Case in point: Depeche Mode… and the Song: Somebody.

wait a minute… that’s not exactly a bad song!

Depeche Mode has released some good songs reminiscent of the 80’s (people are people, blasphemous rumors, etc…) Yeah…”Somebody” sucks

The Smiths

Steven Patrick Morissey…heaven knows I’m miserable now, this charming man, girlfriend in a coma… how soon is now?…The Smiths is a legend in its own right.

New Order

 

 

After the demise of Joy Divison (an iconic band, by the way) due to Ian Curtis’ suicide (the band’s vocalist), New Order came into existence… Hits like Bizarre Love Triangle, Regret, True Faith, Thieves Like Us…were products of the band’s talent…

there are indeed lots of other new wave bands, some were better than the above-mentioned (atleast from another person’s point of view), and my list is so mainstream ( so to speak)

Memories, memories: back in college NU107 dedicated a particular day in a week exclusively for New Wave Music (not sure if they’re still doing it)and yes, I made it a point to request a song or two every week 🙂 …If i’m not mistaken said radio station started in the late 80’s or early 90’s playing what else??? hence the name? (not sure, really)!

Few months ago, there was a screening of John Hughes movies in Shangri-la Mall, we went to watch Pretty in Pink…The soundtrack of the movie, I say… is NEW WAVE! bow.

Dee Bee Dees…

If in Manila, there’s Quiapo…Makati has EMZEE-ES (katakot baka ma-raid).  The latter is better…(I mean, airconditioning and all…)

What I bought lately…(yeah a patron of pirated DVD…who’s not?)


I LOVE YOU, MAN

Movies are supposed to entertain viewers…and comedies are made to make us feel good. If that is so, then this movie is a success!

PRIMAL FEAR

A legal drama…yeah!!!With Edward Norton’s breakthrough performance….a little twist in the ending…not bad!

SALOME

One of the best movies of the 80’s…this movie directed by Laurice Guillen is truly outstanding. I never imagine a Filipino film can be as complex as this one.

TRUE BLOOD – Season 1

It’s Bloody…It’s Sexy…do i need to say more.

One  more thing…It’s from the same maker of Six Feet Under…can’t be wrong.

TIRADOR

So far, I have watched three movies of Brillante Mendoza – Serbis, Masahista and this one – Tirador… so far it is the best!

(photos of Salome and Tirador, taken from video48.blogspot)

Weekend: Relasyon (movie)… Old Swiss Inn (food)…Greenbelt (mall)…Zara (Shop)…shopwise (Grocery)…

Another weekend….Yahoo!!!!

After a week of work… it’s time to relax and spend quality time with our loved ones.

List of what we did:

Watched RELASYON on DVD.

The movie released in the early 80’s directed by Ishmael Bernal is a good movie. It may not be the best Bernal film, (Himala and Manila by Night …are more memorable) but surely this movie also shows how talented the director is. More than anything, though, this film is best remembered for the acting of its lead actress, Vilma Santos, who grabbed all the acting awards given that year.

My take: totally agree!!! award well-deserved. The acting of Vilma Santos in this movie is incomparable…yet to be surpassed. I have watched a lot of movies already (and by a lot….it really means A LOT , from pinoy to international movies, not an expert, though…hehe), but from an ordinary viewer’s point of view if there’s one scene perfectly acted by it’s lead actress, it’s the scene where Vilma Santos struggled when the character of Christopher De Leon was dying that fits the category to a tee.

Dined at the OLD SWISS INN – Makati City

As suggested by office friends, we dined at the Old Swiss Inn restaurant (Makati Avenue, at Somerset – Olympia, Makati beside Manila Peninsula Hotel). Nice place, very quiet. Not sure, it’s probably how an old swiss inn looks like, hehe!

Food was great, service was fine… the experience was okay…until a MAJOR glitch… In the middle of eating Zurich Geschnetzeltes (Shredded Pork Tenderloin)… my wife saw a dead FLY mixed with the food!!!! That’s a big time NO NO in a restaurant, right??? come on!!! I mean a fly in your plate???? Under ordinary circumstances, we would have complained loudly, but no…we just called the waiter who offered for a replacement… we  asked for another order…I guess we were not in the mood to complain that time….Anyway, after the waiter apologized and seeing the sincerity in his face…we were pacified….We heard him apologized around five times…so that’s enough. Of course we were not charged for the Pork Tenderloin… but I think if happens in another resto, we would not have been billed for the entire order…. good thing I’m on my positive energy mode…just let it pass.

By the way, not a food guru here… but I can say (erasing the FLY in my head), that the food in this restaurant are superb, we were satisfied! The Chocolate Fondue… heavenly!!!

Attended Mass at GREENBELT

After the Old Swiss Inn, we headed to Greenbelt…by frequency of weekend visits, I think this mall tops my list…having a nice Chapel is a big plus. For me, it’s the country’s best looking shopping and dining area….

Zara Sale

No intention of buying clothes… until we passed by Zara shop in Greenbelt 5. SALE….in the true sense!!!

Bought some items for us, then a couple of apparels for my sister-in-law and her boyfriend. Apparently some of my officemates were raving about the sale the other day…