Archive for June, 2011

I do not buy expensive rubber shoes because I know I can actually ran ragged the rubber shoes in no time. I use them too frequently that if I have a cheap pair, it would be ok to buy a new working pair once the old ones are already done for. So back in November 2008, there was this rather convincing sales rep at SM North EDSA named Christopher. His sales talk was that no matter how much I abuse my shoes, it wont give up on me. That it would last a long, long time that  I will be the one to give up on it because I would want another style. I asked Christopher if it can last the daily grind of both the asphalt and cement jungle. Without batting an eyelash, he said ‘yes’. I asked if he owns a pair to be that sure, he said he does not but he would put his credibility on the line because he believes in the product and the technology behind it.

Hmmn, I thought then maybe it was time that I go buy myself a good pair of sensible rubber shoes. Of course it was not a steal despite the discount, it still cost me a whopping P3K. But I got the pair I liked and well, right now looking back I kind of should have thought harder….Knowing my feet, knowing me, knowing how I abuse a working pair of rubber shoes like there is no tomorrow, buying a pair of Merrell was not a good idea. Despite all that good sales talk, I really should not have been swayed. Maybe the makers of Merrell have yet to meet me, if they did they would have known that it takes more than just the wilderness to totally annihilate a pair of Merrell.

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It was actually one of those nights when I have the TV all to myself and I was channel surfing when I chanced upon Clash of the Titans on HBO. I was not at all impressed with the story, not because I am not intrigued with a demigod’s perilous journey to avenge his family’s death by going to the underworld. But I got the feeling this movie has dispensed with a good story board. Too bad as there were really great actors in it. Liam Neeson as Zeus did not really strike me as the might god of Olympus whose wrath can destroy the human race. Ralph Fiennes as Hades did not really bring with his character the feeling of death and misery. Jason Flemyng as Calibos/Acrisius was not even memorable, he was just the king whose queen-wife was impregnated by Zeus. I would never understand why he even waited for her to give birth first before he killed her and placed her in a coffin. Could he not just kill her then as he already know she sort of had sex with Zeus? I also do not understand what the role of Io (Gemma Arterton) was. She was just there when Perseus was found by his foster father inside a coffin and then was revived by Zeus as a gift to his son.

Also Sam Worthington as Perseus just seem to just know how to fight with all the acrobatic stunts he pulled off when Calibus appeared in Medusa’s lair. I know he is supposedly a demigod but he was raised a fisherman and fishermen do not fight like that. Perseus was just too good with any weapons that it leaves you baffled. There were just so many loopholes in the story that you would just be glad that it was over when the closing credits were shown.

The movie pretty much relied on the make up and the cinematic effects. Had it not been for that, this would have been such a blah movie. Good that I did not spend a single centavo to watch it on the big screen.

Falcon was already doing its best to pelt Manila with heavy rains.  Thursday, there was already zero visibility  as the rain was nonstop. According to news, a number of flood prone areas were already flooded. Around 11PM, Falcon rested and hardly a drop. It was time for a back up plan even when there was news that Falcon was already on its way out of the country.

Apparently, PAG-ASA was wrong. On the second day, Falcon again went on a rampage. Many of those victimized by Ondoy already  evacuated earlier in the day. By afternoon, my phone was already busy receiving text messages. I have two agents stuck somewhere because they cannot get a ride, two agents who had to attend to their flooded homes and one agent who needed to be with her sick mom. I was beyond words because I do not have the means of getting them to work safely. The only thing our really “reliable” company can do is have a shuttle to get people from Robinson’s to Garnet.

Why does this get my goat? For one thing, if people are already waiting in Robinsons it only means that they are already going to work. The problem lies in how to get to where my agents were at so they can get a ride to the office. I sent a reply to my boss that this half hearted attempt of the office to help people is not going to resolve the issue that we have less people who can go to work. Bulacan and Junction have areas too flooded to wade through that no one will be foolish enough to still maneuver through. If there are no way out then they will be stuck where they are at.

So going back how does a free ride from a 2-5 minute walk any help? If they truly want to, the company need to station a shuttle at MRT North station and another at Makati. That is a contingency plan to help those with no extra money to ride a cab to get a ride to work even half way from their homes. If those behind the shuttle said no one is taking advantage of the free shuttle, it is because no one would stop to look for a shuttle when they are already near the office. Sometimes guys, common sense is all we need. Maybe Falcon would not have killed my team’s reliability if the company only sent out the shuttles where they are most needed.

Thor was one of the most awaited movies after its teaser was shown during the credits of Iron Man 3. But will a relatively new actor, Chris Hemsworth, be the right match for a seasoned actor like Robert Downey Jr. when they face each other in the upcoming Avenger movie?

Chris was totally an eye candy in this film and he struts the strut only a guy who stands to gain an entire kingdom and scars to prove his conquest can. He may not be as seasoned as Robert but Chris sure was a good fit to the role. His smile can bring any woman non stop schoolgirl giggling feats like what it did to Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), a scientist who kept on physically hurting the Norse god of thunder. Chris is a good choice actually. It was said that during the audition Director Kenneth Branaghand Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige chose Hemsworth after a back-and-forth process in which the 27-year-old actor was initially dropped from consideration and then given a second chance to read for the part.

Natalie for her part was really credible for her role as the astrophysicist who cannot seem to get the break that she needs. She was giggly when around Thor, feisty when all her hard work was confiscated by S.H.I.E.L.D., and feeble when faced with uncertainty. Natalie took the role just because she found out Kenneth was directing the film “”I just thought it sounded like a weird idea because Kenneth Branagh’s directing it, so I was just like, ‘Kenneth Branagh doing ‘Thor’ is super-weird. I’ve gotta do it’,” said Natalie taken from an online article by ^ Douglas, Edward (2009-11-21). Natalie Portman on Why She Did Thor. SuperHeroHype.

The only complaint I have though for this film is that the story never established Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) mischievous nature. It was too concentrated on making Thor powerful and arrogant that it completely forgot the nemesis. Loki was more on the shy, recluse younger brother than mischievous.

We almost did not watch this movie because there were so many bad reviews and feedback that crossed our path. Suffice it to say we do not dare spend money on a surefire miss on the big screen. Turned out the movie we were supposed to watch, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, was not in any of the cinemas at Trinoma. Since there was nothing else to watch, we chose Green Lantern.

The plot felt akin to Superman out to save the world kind of thing, with the Lana Lang and Lois Lane falling in love with the caped hero. But here the female lead, Carol Ferris, played sexily by Blake Lively was not fooled by the mask. She recognized him instantly. Remember, Clark Kent just uses a pair of eyeglasses yet no one can guess he is Superman (smack on forehead) and these are supposedly smart ladies (eyes roll). Anyhow going back to the story, the plot was seamlessly written as it established the relationship of Carol, Hal Jordan (Ryan) and Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) early on so no one in the cinema would have those question marks on their faces as they leave. The same way it showed how Hector got involved in the autopsy of Abin Sur when he is but an ordinary HS Science teacher. It also established the reason why there was even an entity that fed on the yellow energy of fear when there is a lot of hope going around in Oa.

I did like the fact that the writers did not automatically make Hal an automatic hero. He fumbled through his training and his first heroic act could have been much better. Like how he tried to save Senator Hammond (Tim Robbins), Hal made a track course of sorts instead of a giant like hand to place the copter safely on the ground.  His character was every bit of what he sets out to do, his being a happy go lucky sorts shows in what he sees in his mind and subsequently creates. So kudos to the writers for making Hal every bit of a human with a lot of flaws yet have a good heart to balance it out.

As for the characters, I am a Ryan Reynolds fan so there is a bit of bias here. He is as always very funny here but seemed like Hal should not be like any of Ryan’s other characters. Surely Ryan has more up in his sleeves rather than playing off the same type of happy go lucky ladies’ man robe he dons for every movie. He needs to keep his fans excited and believe that he has more versatility in him. But I liked him as Green Lantern because Hal does seemed like he does not take life nor relationships too seriously.

I did like the transformation of Blake from blonde to a brunette. She is convincing as the soon to be owner of the Ferris Aircraft Company while having the hots for Hal. Must be all that hair color that did the trick or maybe the girl can actually act. Mark Strong as Sinestro did give me the chills, he is as cold here as he was menacing when he was  Sherlock Holmes’s nemesis, Lord Blackwood. The other casts should have been given meatier lines since their existence in the movie seemed negligible like Tim, Angela Basset, Taika Waititi, Jay Sanders…

All in all the movie is a good one, yes maybe I lowered my expectations to zero but Hal aka Green Lantern sure is a nice way to end my rather tumultuous week.