Real Steel is the Real Deal!

After a veeeeeery stressful day at work (and when I say stressful, it’s STRESSFUL!), I would not want to do anything else except go home and curl up on my bed and cover my face in the familiar sheets. However, before overtime (more like overdrive) began, Grace invited me to watch Real Steel after work. I would have said no because my day had not yet begun and already I was dead tired… but I had seen its trailer a lot before and I really wanted to watch it soooo bad.

Good thing I did because… I think:

It’s one of the best movies I have seen since Inception!

Okay. It’s not as intellectual and complicated as Inception… but it’s what I think have always been missing with main stream movies these days. You know the feeling you get when you watch teasers or trailers before a movie starts? You always want to be able to see the trailers because it just gives you a sense of amazement and also gives you a rush of feelings that make you high. And it always makes you think: “Man, there are so many good movies to watch out for. I’m gonna be broke before a season’s over!”. But how often does these feelings of watching a trailer match the feeling you get when you actually see the movie? Not so often, right?

However, the feeling I got when I saw Real Steel matched AND even exceeded the excitement I felt when I saw its trailer. It’s got the right mix of family drama, awkward romance, PG violence, and cool dance moves (my favorite)!

Hugh Jackman plays cocky and irresponsible but deep inside has a good heart…
Dakota Goyo plays stubborn but charming and sooooo cute…
Near future… Cool touch screens/displays…
Lovable robots… and surprisingly, cool Hip Hop soundtrack (Eminem!)…
That’s what we get from Spielberg and Zemeckis!

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I hate scary movies!

… the ugly characters
   

… the stupid and hard-headed people that won’t believe the main characters (that eventually falls under ugly characters when they start to scream for their lives)
   

… the creepy house with darkness or low lighting
   

… the figure in a mirror one second but gone the next

… the creepy creature under the bed, under the covers, or behind the door
   

… the ear-splitting screams

… the creepy and startling background music

… the slow and intriguing discovery of how the haunting came to be

… the UNNECESSARY STRESS!

However, there is one scary movie that is worth all the stress, anxiety, and pointless fear.
And this is…

Haven’t seen it yet? You’d better.
When people offer to give you spoilers, don’t take them.
Discover for yourselves and enjoy!


Harry Potter is anime

I got this very cool pic in http://imgur.com/A9o5X.

If Harry Potter was an anime


“X-Men: First Class” — Philippine Edition

I just saw X-Men : First Class… and it was amazing!

Well, for people who know me very well, this is a predictable reaction for me. If you really knew me, you would know that I am prone to be biased to certain films based on the cast. And in this case, because of three people:

Kevin Bacon — I love him in Apollo13, Hollow Man, and Footloose!

January Jones — uh, Betty Draper… Mad Men… Need I say more?

JAMES McAVOY — I’m in love with this man! Love at first sight in one of my favorite movies, Becoming Jane, as Mr. Tom LeFroy.

   

Without bias, I still would say: The movie is great. Really. I am sure X-Men fans are not disappointed.

But before I get too distracted, I would like to share a “light bulb moment” I gathered from watching the film.

Just as the end credits were rolling, I could not contain myself and started sharing this realization with Ate Magsy and Ate Ces. I believe my exact words were:

“Alam nyo bang may Charles at Erik din sa Pilipinas?”

Oh yes. Our country has it’s own Professor X and Magneto. Guess who?
(Brace yourself. This might get too old school –literally)
It’s our very own heroes: Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio!
Guess which one is which.

I could not help but see Charles as Jose Rizal and Erik as Andres Bonifacio.

Just a little background… (let me regress a bit)
I remember when I was in college, I had two professors who had different beliefs on who should be the rightful National Hero for our country. (And believe me, when you’re studying in UP you should force yourself to make a stand on something because meeting with diverse people with diverse ideas can either make you fall for anything easily or can just give you a BIG headache.)

My Kas1 (Philippine History) professor believes that Rizal is an “American-named Hero”. She made us read a whole chapter regarding why this was so. It stated that Rizal really never wanted us to be free from the Spaniards.
“Rizal wanted Philippines to be a province of Spain.”
“Rizal wanted the Spanish language to be taught to all Filipinos.”
“Rizal wanted Philippines to be accepted by Spain as an equal.”

She was always putting Andres Bonifacio on a pedestal. She believes that Bonifacio should have been the National hero because he was the one who took “actions”.
“Bonifacio was the one who did not want to believe that a conqueror could ever make his slaves his equal.”
“Bonifacio decided the only way to be freed was to fight.”

The book she made us read also said that if it were not for Americans praising and cheering for Rizal, the Filipinos would have seen that Bonifacio’s fights were more helpful in regaining our freedom over Rizal’s philosophies. Most especially, my professor believes that Americans were just afraid of making Bonifacio an example because we might rebel against them during their occupation.

My PI100 (Rizal Studies) professor, on the other hand, believes in Rizal so much that it made me suspect she was one of his past girlfriends. And what was so ironic is that, she was the publisher of the book we were made to read in Kas1. She told us that when she was younger, she was an activist. She also believed in the same things my Kas1 professor believes in. When she got older, she said she had finally understood the impacts of Rizal’s work. So she taught us his works in the most meticulous manner that our class became more like a Philosophy class instead of a history class.

So how did an engineering student like me take all these contradicting information?
Sad to say, with apathy. I graduated the university without a stand on the matter.
I believe both had good points. I just did not decide on who had the better one.

Here I am, five years later, with a decision.
All thanks to the movie.

      

I saw Rizal in Professor X.
The way he believed that humans can co-exist with mutants peacefully is like Rizal believing that Philippines can be a province of Spain.
Professor X fights for the day that mutants will be accepted by the humans as equals the same way Rizal fought for us to be treated as an equal by Spain.

    

Then there is the Bonifacio in Magneto.
I am not saying that Bonifacio was a villain.
But we can compare the violent nature of their reactions to their oppressors. Both were poor and experienced the full extent of the sufferings of being tyrannized.

Unlike Charles and Rizal, Erik and Bonifacio did not have the luxury to have a clear head or an open mind to believe that balance can be achieved by co-existing. Maybe they had suffered too much to have had hope that compassion will be given to them in return. But even with these circumstances, one should never give in to anger.  However hard it may seem, the high road is always to be the “better/bigger man”.

So this makes me a back up Rizal as our National Hero. Just like Professor X, he took the high road. In fact, when he was made aware of the plan of the Katipunan to launch a revolution, he objected to this project headed by Bonifacio saying that it would be suicide. Rizal stressed that the Katipunan leaders should do everything possible to prevent premature flow of native blood.

This made me think of a conversation between Professor X and Magneto:

Charles: Killing (Shawn) will not bring you peace.
Erik: Peace was never an option.

I believe peace is always an option. It’s just very hard to choose peace because chaos is inevitable.


The Many faces of Insomnia…

I came home from another usual 12-hour workday.
And almost an hour after midnight, I am still awake.

I am so dead tired. I have nothing to do. But why can’t I still sleep?

One word came to mind: Insomnia.

Since tomorrow is going to be another early day for me, I decided that it needs to stop (or needs to be cured? i dunno).
It’s unhealthy and it just leaves me more tired the next day.

So I typed in the word “insomnia” to good-old google.
But before I got to the real root of my search, I got distracted with other results for “Insomnia”.

It turns out (based on a shallow search), there is one movie and two songs called Insomnia.

One song is from a band (i assume) called Faithless. You have to hear it to understand why it’s called as such.

Who could sleep to that beat?? Not really a lullaby. haha

As for the other song… well…
let me give you a hint: Craig David! ;p

“Insomnia.. aaah! Feels like Insomnia… aaah!”

The movie, I haven’t seen yet.
I’ve heard of it but I don’t know why I never got to see it (especially with two of my favorite actors as part of the cast– Al Pacino and Robin Williams).

Plus, it has a really cool site.
Check it out: http://dontcloseyoureyes.warnerbros.com/flash/index.html
Note to self: Download this movie.

OK. I am digressing… Enough of my sleepless none sense… back to the “real” insomnia issue.
And I found out that it’s not a simple thing.

Based from National Center for Biotechnology Information (U.S. National Library of Medicine), there are four types of Insomnia:

Psychophysiological insomnia; Learned insomnia; Chronic insomnia; Primary insomnia.

I don’t know which one I have but the basic treatments (or tips) for all cases are pretty much the same (please don’t mind the supposed-to-be mental notes I scribbled below!):

The following tips can help improve sleep. This is called sleep hygiene.

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine before bed. —> OK. Noted!
  • Don’t take daytime naps. —> as if  I can with my work load!
  • Eat at regular times each day (avoid large meals near bedtime). —> Hard to do but okay.
  • Exercise at least 2 hours before going to bed. —> seriously?? where can I possibly get the energy!?
  • Go to bed at the same time every night. —> seems possible…
  • Keep comfortable sleeping conditions. —> i can arrange this…
  • Remove the anxiety that comes with trying to sleep by reassuring yourself that you will sleep or by distracting yourself. —-> i will try…
  • Use the bed only for sleep and sex. —> hahaha. OK. Noted! 😛

Do something relaxing just before bedtime (such as reading or taking a bath) so that you don’t dwell on worrisome issues. Watching TV or using a computer may be stimulating to some people and interfere with their ability to fall asleep. —> as if I could keep myself away from the nearest PC! haha

If you can’t fall asleep within 30 minutes, get up and move to another room. Engage in a quiet activity until you feel sleepy.

One method of preventing worries from keeping you awake is to keep a journal before going to bed. List all issues that worry you. By this method, you transfer your worries from your thoughts to paper. This leaves your mind quieter and more ready to sleep. —> Yey! Done! 🙂

Watch out for more nonsensical posts while I battle out the sleepless (and terribly hot) nights this summer. Please, please, please… bear with me.

I wish us all a good night and a long undisturbed sleep! ZZZzzzzzz….


Thanks twitter!

I have finally proven that twitter is not a total waste of time.

I have been out of touch with the world lately (maybe because of no t.v.) and twitter has been the medium in keeping me updated with the latest.

Here are just some of my latest obsessions discovered via twitter.

Exhibit A. Parokya ni Edgar’s new video for “Pangarap lang kita”

The first ever concert I ever attended was a Parokya ni Edgar and Eraserheads (yes, on the same night) concert in Zamboanga City. I think I was a highschool freshman or sophomore.
It was epic and I was a fan of both bands ever since.
Thanks PnE for another cool soundtrip! 😀

Exhibit B. Rihanna and Britney’s collaboration

Being a Britney fan (in what seems like forever) and a Rihanna addict lately, I stirred with excitement together with the twitter world when Rihanna tweeted:

“I got a #SEXY collabo comin your way supa dupa soon!!!!! OH YEAH!!! By popular demand…. Its BRITNEY BITCH!!!!”

…and what added to the anticipation is Britney’s reply:

“@rihanna You’re such a tease! I like it, like it…. – Britney”

So we fans know it’s S&M for sure!
And when they finally released it, all hell broke loose! 😛

Exhibit C. Lea Michele’s New York Adventures

Not only am I being updated with the latest from Glee, but also the latest from Broadway.
This is c/o Miss Lea Michele.

It seems that she is always going to New York for the weekend and is watching every Broadway musical imaginable.

I so envy her.
But I am mostly thankful.
Her tweets are like windows of Broadway for me.

I also learned of interesting movies that were or not yet released here (like Jane Eyre and Hannah).
All thanks to msleamichele!

Special Thanks to Tatia for introducing twitter and forcing me to create my own account! hahaha. miss you!