Considering that it’s been a while since my last update and there’s so much brewing in my head right now that I’ve been meaning to write about, I might as well do these digest-style posts so I can get finally get them out of my head. So, with that said, here we go:
- As of today, my family’s restaurant, Maru’s Food Lounge is officially a month old. My entire family back home went through some pretty rough times just for the idea of opening a food joint to come to fruition, and I’m really glad that it’s a hit with the locals and people from neighboring towns. If you’re ever in the neighborhood and looking for a place to eat, do yourself a favor and drop by.
- Speaking of which, I spent this past weekend back home in Mamburao. It definitely was one of the better weekends I’ve had in recent memory. I’m pretty sure that sampling almost everything on our menu has something to do with that.
- Massive, massive round of congratulations to my friend Mia and everyone in SipatLawin Ensemble for a successful staging of Battalia Royale. As much as I wanted to attend the last day of its run on the 23rd, I had other stuff to attend to that night. As announced during the first night, they’ll also be staging it in an abandoned school in Cubao. However, I’ve been told that the shows have been fully booked. Yes, that quickly. I don’t mind having to fight for my ticket/s, though.
- I got around to watching a raw (no subtitles) stream of the first episode of Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters over the weekend. I had my apprehensions at first, especially having just recently finished Gokaiger, but I like what I’m seeing so far. To its credit, the camerawork here seems to be on the cinematic side and the fight choreography looks consistent with the spy theme the show is running on. The suit and mecha designs are growing on me, too. My only gripe so far is YellowBuster’s height inconsistency, which I’m sure could’ve been solved if they hired a shorter suit actor.
Here’s how it goes: while we wait for bigger, more well-known franchises to return with their latest installments, others try taking a stab at gaining a chunk of the audience. This applies for video games, and this most definitely applies for movies, too.
This brings us to Safe House, which I can safely say, is trying to fill in the void left by the Bourne franchise (until it comes back later this year, anyway). How so? By being pretty much like a Bourne movie… well, the Paul Greengrass-directed ones mostly, anyway. Continue reading
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… and I really like it so far.
So, apparently we’ve had the game in certain Timezone branches since the middle of December, according to a friend of mine. I only got around to trying it today (solo playthrough using Feng and Miguel) and I gotta say that I’m impressed with what they’ve done with the tagging system. It seems they’ve kept everything from the first game and added a whole lot more on top of it. Continue reading
Smugglers, for better or worse, are romanticized in popular culture. Two very prominent and contemporary examples of this are Firefly‘s Mal Reynolds and of course, one of Star Wars‘ most iconic characters, Han Solo. Then again, both are examples of smugglers in the sci-fi genre. So, what about real-world smuggling? Is it as adventurous and full of the same thrilling peril that the aforementioned two face on a regular basis?
This is the trailer (NSFW, by the way) of a 1983 film called The Killing of Satan. I found it by way of a post on io9 on my RSS reader, but the post has since then been taken down, from the looks of things. Thankfully, through the magic of Google’s web cache, here it is.
The io9 post pretty much says everything you need to know about how outlandishly weird the trailer is, but let me add a few things. First of all, this movie has Ramon Revilla in his prime going up against Satan, played by no less than Paquito Diaz. If anything, this movie could be alternatively titled Battle of the Mustaches 1983, or something along those lines. Second, we actually made a movie about a guy fighting the devil that’s actually all sorts of violent, has nudity, and still manages to play it with a straight face? Well, sign me up!
This makes me wonder, though, if our local film archive actually manages to keep a copy of every film we’ve ever produced since motion pictures made their way here in the early 1900′s. Not just those that are considered classics, but I do mean everything. And if so, it would be cool if some of them actually get released into the public domain. I’m guessing it won’t happen with The Killing of Satan, given that Ramon Revilla’s still around would probably want a slice of the pie if it ever gets re-released. But for everything else, I’m sure there’s a lot of stuff that’s worth revisiting, even just for the sake of seeing how varied and creative our movie industry used to be.
My Journalism 102 classmates and I will be off to the Senate on the 18th to cover a day’s worth of proceedings for Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment trial. Now that I think about it, now’s a swell time to be journalism student, what with all the stuff going on in the country. Too bad it’s mostly of the unfortunate kind.
Think about it, we’ve had two massive natural disasters just in the span of a month a soon-to-begin impeachment trial, and charges of graft and corruption being filed left and right. Sure, they’re big stories, but sometimes I can’t help but mutter to myself “Man, we’re seriously fucked.” at the end of the day.
Sure, as journalists in training, we’re supposed to keep an air of separation from the things we report, but it sure does make me wonder what goes on in the heads of those who’ve been in the profession for far longer. Do they say the same thing to themselves, or do they keep it all in stride?
I hope I can find the answer to that soon enough.
I originally posted this on my Facebook wall, and suffice to say, it sparked a friendly little debate between me and a friend. Stuff like that can’t just be left there, so I figured I’d put it here, too.
I’ve always thought that location-based-check in services were stupid, that’s why I’ve more or less given up on Foursquare and don’t even get me started on FB Places. I’m really not one to announce to the whole world “Oh hey, I’m at this place thousands of people go to everyday.”
Don’t want stalkers? Stop making yourself so, for the lack of a better term, stalk-able.
Hell, just for shits and giggles, I’d list down a place called “Your Mom” and check into it every couple of hours.
I told you I didn't have a camera with me.
Earlier today, I took part in Old Manila Walks’ Power, Palace, and a Shot of Beer walking tour of the Malacañang complex and old neighboring San Miguel complex. My cousin was supposed to accompany her visiting American friend in the first place, but due all her leave applications shot down, I was asked to step in to go in her stead. Now the thing is, up until late last night, it had completely slipped out of my mind that I was going on the tour. And so, I went there pretty unprepared. The biggest failure of all? I didn’t have a camera on me. It’s a shame, because if I did, I’d have no trouble at all filling up a memory card with photos. Well, that, and IT’S FREAKIN’ MALACAÑANG. Continue reading