Archive for October, 2010

RED – an interesting find

Posted: October 23, 2010 in Movie review

The premise of the movie as per their official website is that Frank (Bruce Willis), Joe (Morgan Freeman), Marvin (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren) used to be the CIA’s top  agents – but the secrets they know just made them the Agency’s top targets. Now framed for assasination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive. To stop the operation, the team embarks on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters, where they will uncover one of the biggest conspiracies and cover ups in government history.

Based on the cult D.C. Comics graphic novels by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer, RED is an explosive action-comedy which also starred Brian Cox as Ivan Simanov, Mary-Louise Parker  as Sarah Ross and Karl Urban as William Cooper.

The former CIA bit threw me off, I thought they were like trying to bring back the glory days thus they reformed their team only to find that this movie actually has a great storyline. It started with Francis trying to blend in with his environment and sharing some syrupy romantic overtones with Sarah. As an excuse to call her, he kept tearing his pension check upon receipt and says to her his check did not come in the mail again. The camera then pans on the avocado he was trying to grow to the romance novels he reads because she reads them. Instead of being a sickly boy likes girl theme, Francis got a visit from his former CIA employee and the action began. Their first date when he came over her place ended with him kidnapping her. I mean who would want to go out with a semi-stalker who not only comes in her apartment but packs her bag as well? But later on she realized it was not the worst date she ever had and it became more and more like the romance novel she was currently reading. If we would base it from Victoria’s description of Frank, he is tough in the outside but very gooey in the inside.

When Cooper was first introduced here, he was setting up a suicide scene and he was totally cold and calculating. No spot was missed out and he did not even stop to blink as he talks on the phone and kicks the chair out of the guy’s feet to let him hang. But he was the epitome of a sensitive and loving family man at the middle part of the film which made his 180 degree turn in the end rather anti-climatic since it was already expected he’d turn. Opps I am getting too much ahead of the story. Going back their first shoot out had Frank winning first point. Bruce despite the age showed the agility of a younger man, as the patrol car swerved behind him, he stepped out of the driver’s side and started pumping bullets at Cooper’s car. It was so fluid and so utterly believable that I can only gasp in amusement. So drool worthy a stunt. The succeeding scenes had Marvin firing a bullet and hitting the bazooka’s missile dead center when the CIA lady called him old man. When the smoke dissipated, Marvin was left standing saying who is old now? Classic. Even when he said can we have pancakes? at the end of the movie after they rescued Sarah was one for the books. Another drool plus one loud guffaw.

But guys, if you think that Frank and Sarah’s was a match made in violence and death, you should bow down to the rather tough love between Victoria and Ivan. She shot him in the chest three times and he knew then she loves him. Ahh such passion and heat with all these gun play and bone crunching fight peppered with sarcastic humor made this movie one hell of a wonderful trip. Such wonderful actors they all were, definitely no small roles here as everyone had his/her moment to shine.

I should do more of this experiments and watch more movies just for the heck of it alone. 🙂

Adam Nation 10.10.10

Posted: October 12, 2010 in Concert review

We were there at 2PM because though we bought Silver tickets at a whopping P3244, it was free seating and it was first come, first served. At that hour we were already second in line. Soon enough the line grew and the Ultimate Bouncers who were manning the entrance told us there is a separate queue for male and female. My brother was already lined up so he was first. We did not think of bringing our digicam because we did not want to bother having to deposit it and such. There were after all two cell phones that we can use for the event. Well I thought wrong. We caught more orbs than Adam on stage. But I am getting ahead of myself here.

We were allowed inside at a little past 530PM, and mom rushed all the way to the second row in the middle aisle just behind where the audio equipment were. We were right smack in the middle but still far from the stage. Bro bought himself a paper binoculars since he can’t see too far at the back. There was  an annoying chinky-eyed couple who kept on blocking the middle because they arrived too late and there were only seats near the corner that they can occupy. The guy was more antsy and he kept going to the front, blocking everyone. But it was at 8PM when the unknown local band performed that things got a bit violent which means my brother was ready to pounce, maim and kill. Most of those who arrived late came rushing forward and stood in front blocking the ones seated in the first three rows. Being in the second row, we were of course livid. We paid the same amount and we were there first so why should we not enjoy the concert as much as they would? We booed and shouted at them to sit down, to go back and let us see the stage. Good thing the Ultimate Bouncers were on hand and managed the crowd. Save for two girls who for a good 20 minutes argued where they will go to watch? My brother’s vein was pulsating like crazy, he kept shouting First Come First Serve, what don’t you understand? My mom joined in along with the other mom who kept asking what’s the hold up here? Why are you still talking?. Well, Paraluman was not much of a show but the commotion of the two girls were. I mean the lead singer was really great but she can’t rivet our attention much as she tried to.  She was one damn funny girl tho, but she was not the reason why we came all the way to MOA and almost had it out with the latecomers. It was Adam.

So after doing 5 songs, Paraluman finally ended and we were “regaled” with song after song of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas and the like for an hour. Those were agonizing because we thought Adam will live up to his concert’s 10.10.10 and really start at 10, or worse 10:10. But quarter to 10PM, Adam came on stage wearing a violet frou frou that made him look like a peacock. His strong voice resonated every where and the crowd lapped it all up. They sang with him and tho there were a lot of vacant seats, the crowd closed in and no gaps were visible in a sea of flashing lights, smoke and faces. All stood up screaming or singing along, some gyrated along with Adam.

It was a humid night so when Adam finally spoke, he said it is so wet here how do you do this? He was sweating hard and drinking water a lot but the guy braved the heat. He seemed awfully nice as he observed some who came in dressed to the nines. Adam was very appreciative. He then proceeded to tell us that his concert was about Love, the dark and light side of love. That one of the important thing before you go love someone else is to love yourself. He sang several more songs but maybe it was because his voice was becoming hoarse, that the encore song was just Mad World and Adam was out. It was a short concert, it lacked something there, maybe more people contact and more surprises. He was more mesmerizing during his American Idol stint and that is saying a lot, more flair when he walked down the stairs as he sang Mad World; more emotion evoking songs were done…but in his 10.10.10 Adam Nation, it felt too short and too blah. I like the guy and I appreciate him coming over, but there were no goosebumps on my flesh. Maybe next time he comes over, he can wear something more comfortable and he would sing songs that would challenge his range and give me my goosebumps again.

The Merlin

Posted: October 7, 2010 in My World in 4D

I find it amazing that such people exist.

In the labyrinth that I call my office, he exists. He has the characteristic of a magician, he uses smokes and mirrors to create confusion, awe and belief of his talent. But these are all just cheap tricks to fool those who do not know him. He uses his glib tongue to cajole the females into swooning and falling under his spell. He smiles and talks in a soft voice that can win women over or so he claims. The dimwitted ones are the easiest prey. They often get hypnotized by empty promises and the more they get drawn, the more he zaps the soul out of them until they are but no more than empty shells.

Then he disappears. You hear the crowd say “ohhhh, ahhh” smoke and then poof, the cage is empty. He just darts in and out as he pleases with no mind if it is a clear violation of SOP because he can, because in his hands like some Voodoo priest he has a voodoo doll in the replica of the powers that be. All cases, like a mirage, seemed to be there but really do not exist.

Sometimes Merlin would sit and watch the world develop around him, the world of porn and SOP. He stays busy, acting very busy as if it is the work that has piled high that keep him riveted. But to the trained eye, under the stage he is just busy with extra-curricular activities while his minions cry out in agony for the tons of work that keep being heaped up on their backs.

He puts on his mask, a forever smiling face that make him look he can do no harm. This however hides a devilish mind, constantly working on how to abuse you and degrade you no end subtly. Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, he will lure you away from the path and devour you — emotionally, physically, psychologically, mentally.

Sad that Merlin gets to stay in an otherwise tranquil place, that he continues to victimize people, even those who he has yet to cross path with. Those who survived his onslaught steer far away from him because he is breathing, living toxic being that they no longer want to have any relation with. To those poor souls kept in his collection, they pine the day that the gods will take pity on them and release them from their cursed fate. Until then, they will remain his slaves…Ahh, pity.