Avatar!

Just saw Avatar last night. Story and dialogue were… whatever. Pero everything else, pucha ASTIG!!!!

I think it would be a lot cooler in 3D, but the 2D version is already pretty great. Anyway, I wasn’t really expecting much regarding the story, considering that this is a James Cameron film, so yeah, naisip ko na parang Titanic lang. ‘Yung simple lang ang story, pero ‘yung setting and ‘yung effects and ‘yung action/disaster scenes, nakakabilib talaga. Pero korny talaga ‘yung kwento. I mean, it’s basically Pocahontas, but with ohmaygahdhuwawgrabelupet special effects. Haha. Ok ok, I’m probably raising your expectations too high, but seriously, ang galeng.

Isipin n’yo ‘yung Jurassic Park at kung gaano ka-astig ‘yung dinosaurs pati scenery ‘dun, pero ito, hi-tech. As in, kumikislap-kislap at glow-in-the-dark! Tapos ‘yung mecha, mala-Escaflowne ang dating, lalung-lalo na ‘yung mobile suit nung colonel. Pero unlike sa Transformers ni Michael Bay (ewwwyuck), dito, hindi ka magsasawa gaano sa military equipment. Tamang-tama lang ang balance nung mecha sci-fi ‘dun sa biology sci-fi. 🙂 ‘Yun lang, medyo magsasawa ka sa kwento/characters/dialogue. Kasi naman, halos tatlong oras din siya. Mehn, ‘wag na ‘wag mo ‘tong papanoorin kasunod ng King Kong ni Peter Jackson, mamumuti ang mata mo panigurado.

*Some SPOILERS from this point. But not enough to ruin your movie experience.*

Anyway, special mention ko lang si Colonel Miles Quaritch. Siya ‘yung villain so syempre, masama ugali niya. Pero putek, ang galeng talaga. Sabihin na nating badass ‘yung bidang si Jake Sully dahil nakasakay siya sa mala-dragong creature na malaki pa sa mga helicopter, pero walang-wala siya sa ka-badass-an ni Colonel na lumiliyab na nga ‘yung braso, tuloy pa din sa pagtira ng armalite! Nalaos si Snake ng Metal Gear Solid sa kanya!

Pero ang korny talaga nung kwento. Sobrang predictable at hindi talaga romantic ‘yung love story. Halatang-halatang lalake ang nagsulat (wahahah biased!). At saka sayang, nandun man si Sigourney Weaver, boring scientist lady naman ang role niya. Akala ko pa man din ‘eh makikita ko ang pagbabalik ni Ripley. Oh well.

Pero maganda pa rin, in my opinion. Special effects pa lang, solb ka na. Kasi unlike ‘yung mga usual na mecha and hi-tech gadgets and explosions, eto, more on biotechnology ‘yung inexplore. Parang Species 8472 lang, o kaya ‘yung mga lumilipad-lipad sa Equinox.

Basta astig. Gets ko na ngayon kung bakit halos nag-camp out sina Hodgins, Sweets at Fisher (Oh wait– ngayon ko lang na-realize! Haha! Nandito rin sa movie na’to si Fisher! Haha! Galing!) sa labas ng cinema para makapanood nito.

Hehehe, nasobrahan na ba sa geek references? Ang hindi maka-gets, tanong n’yo na lang ako. 🙂

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Restricted District

Again, not a movie review. There are a lot of those already, and it’s not like I have the credentials for it. So here are just random thoughts on the movie.

I really wanted to watch Up instead, but unluckily for me, everyone I know has already seen it, or has already made plans to see it with other people. Hence, I was left to choose from the rest of the movies showing, and with The Time Traveler’s Wife down, it was either this, District 9, or, well, this. I’m not really that interested in the other movies playing right now. I don’t even mind anymore that I’m probably not going to be able to see G.I. Joe on the big screen. Fact: Although I watched that cartoon growing up, I remember not really liking it all that much. From the start, I was really more interested in the supernatural, hence, in my opinion, Visionaries kicks G.I.Joe butt. Haha. Anyway, this is about District 9. (Why do I always mention unrelated stuff during the introduction of my posts?)

Best friend E agreed to see it, despite not knowing anything about it. Maybe it helped that all I told him was that it was a sci-fi movie. Because he ended up really surprised, but more importantly, impressed, at the kind of movie that it was.

I think the summaries on the internet don’t give it justice. If you read them, and find out that it’s about aliens, then you’re going to assume that it’s a typical sci-fi flick, which are mostly just to showcase hi-tech weapons, supernatural abilities plus monster-like appearances. So this one still had that, with aliens looking like “prawns”, but this one chose to be more realistic and so really delved into what could really happen, if aliens landed on Earth, given the state of our planet, with all the social problems and all.

First, it wasn’t set in a major city (which, it pointed out at the beginning) like Paris or New York. And just for that, already it makes you expect something different from the usual “alien movie”, where the President of the United States is a hero, and they get some whiz kid to do some stuff on a computer to be able to destroy the aliens who of course, have technology way beyond our understanding. It still has the government/military involved, because, how can you not, when aliens on Earth are always going to be a matter of security, but

Second, it was not about an alien takeover. So there are no “take me to your leader” and “we’re going to destroy your planet” cliches. It was more about how human beings are going to co-exist with a different species that, unlike the other animals that we share our planet with, are also trying to have what we have, and hold the same material things valuable, e.g. weapons, money, and living space.

Third, the format wasn’t the normal narrative type like in usual movies. This was closer to the style of The Blairwitch Project and Cloverfield (probably better, but then again, I haven’t seen either of those films so I really wouldn’t know). It’s like a documentary, containing interviews and analyses of “experts” in the field such as professors and scientists and close friends of the main character. It actually reminded me a little bit of the documentaries I don’t get tired of watching in The Biography Channel. But unlike the other ones that attempt this (e.g. Without Warning, this one’s about a meteor about to hit the Earth, though), this was done so realistically, it even reminded me of the 9/11 news reports, which seemed to be closer to fiction, when I first watched it. The text narration at the end was a nice touch.

Wikus and Alien Ship

One of the complaints I’ve been hearing (aside from the obvious — that it’s boring and that it’s strange, but I’m not really expecting the majority of movie goers to like this, in the same way that I didn’t expect them to get the point of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and feel sorry for them that they walked out of Before Sunset because they were too preoccupied with thinking about ‘what’s going to happen’ that they failed to understand the meaning of the conversations the characters had, but this is really a different issue), is that the movie is too violent.

I guess. But when you think about how a lot of people liked Kill Bill, it really makes you wonder what people consider as violent. FYI, I didn’t like Kill Bill at all. (And I will save my opinion on that for a different entry.) But regarding the issue on the violence in this movie, I think that it’s really all just a matter of context, i.e. If you use “human standards” and have the same activities the aliens did in this movie, to be done by fellow humans, then it would be really disturbing and disgusting. But the mere fact that the violence here involved aliens, who have a different anatomy, and different behavior, and even different-colored blood (so basically, different everything), then even when they tear off a person’s body one limb at a time, you don’t really feel like it’s barbaric. To me, it’s as scientific as a lion tearing off an antelope’s leg and eating it, which, admittedly is not a pretty sight, but I doubt anyone will call the lion “cruel” because that’s how it naturally is. (Just a small anecdote: A zookeeper told this story, that once while she was telling a group of kids about monkeys in the zoo, one of the monkeys in the area caught a bird, and then twisted off its head and ate it. The kids cried, but can you really blame the monkey for doing that?)

Anyway, like I said, I don’t think that whatever I say will convince anyone who’s not into these kinds of movies, that this is a good one. Hence, why I think it’s “restricted”. Especially if you’re the kind of person who judges a movie by its first few minutes, because you fall asleep if it starts out “boring” (And I do mean those people who walked out of the cinema while watching Before Sunset), then I doubt you’ll like this, and may even want your money back after watching it. But for those of you who are curious to see if it’s something different that will make you think, but entertain you at the same time, then the answer is  a big fat YES.

Peter Jackson for the win! I haven’t seen a movie of his that I didn’t like. Although he’s actually just the producer for this one, but still, even something that’s just produced by him is way way better than anything directed (or touched) by Michael Bay. Haha!

Sick Day

Sick Day today! I’m at home, and feel like writing blog entries, because I’m sick. Not with the A(H1N1) virus, I  assure you. Although my overly paranoid mom did quarantine me to my room. Not that she had to, since I hardly ever go outside of my room even on normal days. But anyway…

I’m kind of enjoying the day today, spending it watching Black Hole High on DVD. I really missed those kids. Hehe. And if you don’t know what Black Hole High is it’s this teen show they used to show at Disney Channel at around 1:30 in the morning. And yes, I’m such a geek that I stayed up late everyday to watch it. Eventually I found myself my own copy, and haven’t watched it since a few years back. I really loved it because it’s about science. Haha. Well the story is that the school’s science club experiences strange phenomena happening to them like, one student glows like a firefly, or another student becomes magnetic. It all has to do with this “black hole” (but it’s really more like a worm hole) that manifests in the science teacher’s office, and it’s all part of a big mystery involving a school board member and all-around creepy bad guy, Victor Pearson. Of course, the fun is in seeing these “science” stuff get in the way of a “normal” high school life– you know, like when they have dances and other social events, or peer pressure, and cheating on tests and all that.

Did I make it sound confusing? Yeah, that’s because I’m not a science person. I mean, I love science fiction, but I’m more focused on the fiction than I am on the science, unfortunately. I think that’s why I can never write my own science fiction tale. But enough about that, let’s talk more about how I’m sick.

Nearly everyone I’ve told has assumed that I’ve got the swine flu, though I can’t really blame them since that’s what everyone seems to be sick of these days. And I did mean to use “sick of” to reflect both it’s meanings. But hey, I’m all for talking about the swine flu and other serious issues if it gets everyone’s minds off of them stupid useless scandals. I’m just not too fond of the fact that the flu’s spreading not only in the news but in the people as well. Is it true that there are more than 33 cases in the Philippines and that both SM Megamall and SM Southmall are hot zones? That’s just so sad. I mean, what’s going to happen to the Toy Convention this Saturday? 😦 Listen to me being all shallow– there are more than 33 people sick of this life-threatening disease and all I can think about is the Toy Con. I’m really not too proud of myself at the moment.

To the Stars

You probably didn’t know this about me (I don’t think I’ve mentioned it recently, and I haven’t been all that talkative about it either), but I’m kind of a trekkie. No, seriously, I am. Of course, I’m not that hardcore — I don’t know anything about Captain Kirk’s generation of Star Trek. I mean, not really. I know he’s friends with Spock and that Spock is played by Leonard Nimoy and that their doctor is named McCoy, but other than that, I have no idea what their adventures were and I’m not even sure if their ship was named Enterprise. But, I’m holding my date of birth responsible for this. I’m sorry but as much as I love old movies (e.g. Casablanca), I’m not too keen on old school sci-fi. I’ve been spoiled by the wonders of CG even as a kid so my Star Trek stuff only started with The Next Generation. You know the one — it’s got Captain Jean-Luc Picard instead of Kirk and the first officer is aptly called, No.1. Although still, even if I was introduced to Star Trek through that series (and back then I had no idea why it was called “The Next Generation”, having never seen the original series), the branch that I like the most is Star Trek: Voyager. I can proudly say that I’ve seen all the episodes (and I mean ALL the episodes) of that series. Of course I don’t remember all of them, but I’m sure that I’ve seen all of them at least once.

Anyway, even though I’m more partial to the newer parts of the series, it doesn’t mean that I’m any less interested in how it all began. Hence, I am excited to see the new movie that opens today! 😀 Especially because Chris Pine is in it. 😉 But, really, even if he wasn’t, I’d still be interested to watch it. For some reason, probably because it’s a prequel (you know, like X-Men Origins?), I have a feeling that it’ll be better than the previous Star Trek movies. I didn’t really like any of those (except the one with both Captain Kirk and Picard — Star Trek: Generations). I’m not sure why. Maybe because they were just like normal episodes– individual adventures that just happened to take longer than usual. It didn’t really delve much into the characters personalities’ or explain any more about the universe.  In my opinion. So, I’m really excited for this one. I mean, does it really have a scene that shows Spock’s birth? How cool is that? 😮 Right. I’m sounding like a geek now.

I don’t think I’ll be able to see the movie until at least Sunday night though, so I’ll have to hold my excitement in for now. And hope that the people who’ve seen it don’t tell me any spoilers (and if you whoever you are, post some spoilers in the comments section of this entry, I will hunt you down and leave you in the hands of the Borg!). Not that I have a lot of friends who are going to see it. I’m actually planning on seeing this with my parents. Because, well, there’s not a lot of trekkies where I come from, is there? Certainly none of my officemates can relate. They weren’t even excited about Wolverine, and I thought that was already a mainstream movie. And my geeky friends? Well, they’re more into comic books (Yeah, like X-Men) and fantasy and video games. Not really sci-fi. I’ve always been pretty much alone in that boat. Or, okay, some of them are Star Wars fans, so they claim to be fans of science fiction, but I maintain that Star Wars is NOT science fiction due to its political (and altogether confusing) nature. Oh look at that, I just admitted to hating Star Wars. If that doesn’t make me a real trekkie, I don’t know what will. 😉 No, wait. I do know. It’s this:

The invitation for my 18th birthday (as in the one that I sent out to a lot of people), actually contained the sentence “Resistance is futile.” Really. And instead of R.S.V.P. I wrote “You can hail me at (insert phone number here)”. Haha!

Anyway, I just hope I won’t get disappointed when I finally see it. I’m not saying I hated Wolverine, but to tell you the truth I didn’t like it all that much either, so I’m really hoping that this will be a decent one. 🙂

P.S. Actually the title of this post isn’t from Star Trek at all and is in fact, the title of the last episode of… what series? Care to take a guess?