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War of the Woulds

Posted in adventure film, Asians in Hollywood, fantasy-mythical, film sequels, sci-fi film, Star Wars saga with tags on December 21, 2017 by leaflens

A.K.A. ang pagbabalik ng Manyunyugi ng Pelikulang Panget, or in short, should I come back with this comeback? Or would I survive reviewing this revival-ish of a film? Ma at pa, beh. Ma at pa. So sige, keber lang.

I’m back, bichezzz!

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (2017)

d., s. Rian Johnson

p. Lucasfilm/Disney chuva

c. Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Laura Dern, Lupita Nyong’o, and others (sila lang mahalaga sa akin bakit ba lol) 

Pitch: EPISODE VIII na siya beh, and hallelujah praise the lawd at ang epic space opera saga chenelyn na ito ay marami nang kick-ass na babae sa lead, 40 years later! Where General Leia leads what’s left of the Resistance to safety, with the help of other women in the periphery, in the middle of men with angst lol.

Catch: Saga wearing thin in plot/characterization, not sure if kayang itahi ang last gen sa next gen beh. May the force make hibla.

Lakas maka-flashback itong Star Wars saga ever oo, down memory lane of your life as you watch it.

So 4 years old pa lang pala ako nung unang lumabas ito sa sinehan pala. And 40 years later, we see the Star Wars saga still at it — matapos nilang patayin (!!!) si Han Solo, at matapos mamatay ni Carrie Fisher (huhubelles). Of course we all grew up watching the first 3 movies — or episode 4, 5, 6 sa utak ni pareng George Lucas — and yes, it’s still amazing to see and re-watch from time to time, because the storytelling uses techniques that entertain you, like a good classical Hollywood narrative does. There’s the witty or pa-witty dialogue, lalo na ‘yung banter ni Han Solo and whoever ang ka-banter niya, the obvious longing for something eklavu ni Luke na naging sanhi ng yabang laterz nang na-discover niya ang “The Force,” and the film language that would entertain any geek/film major/cineaste out there (like ooh black si Darth Vader kasi bad, white si Luke kasi good etc. or ‘yung binaligtad na halaaa naka-black na sa huli si Luke kasi hinahalina ni Darth sa dark side pero deep inside nakaputi pa siya so okay good pa rin kami yey).

I was honestly trying to look for such elements again last night when I watched this,  lalo na the witty dialogue. Or kahit mga classic one-liners lang ng mga characters (e.g. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. Like that.) But sadly, even if the dialogue ain’t as freakin’ bad as Justice League’s (I AIN’T TOUCHING THAT ONE), it’s still not as good nor as memorable.

Haha that’s a classic. Miss ya Princess!

 

And I’m thinking if it’s the characters or the scriptwriter who’s “at fault” here. Ideologically, that is. Like, as happy as I am about their racial and gender diversity, I’m not sure if these newer characters have enough of a personality to begin with, to start acting with motivation, speaking with wit, or merely existing with conviction. And speaking as a scriptwriter, it’s an awful challenge to write dialogues for such characters, I tell ya. Kaya parang sakit sa bangs siyang panoorin teh.

Like for the life of me, I’m still trying to find out what the ex-stormtrooper’s role is in this whole scheme of things. So natauhan ka at ayaw mo nang maging foot soldier lang ng evil empire, so??? And that one particular pilot who’s such a misogynist arsehole in this second sequel film that I’m missing what happened to him in the first film (i.e. sana sumabog na lang ulit siya kunwari, at sa huli na lang lumitaw leche). Like what’s so special about you, pilot with the BB8 droid, at sa iyo naka-focus ang naratibong ito? Eh ang yabang mo lang kaya kainis, and no, hindi ka plot device na kinailangan lang ng Admiral character ni Laura Dern laterz para umigting siya/sila. Kakaloka ang existence niyo, sa totoo lang.

And then of course we have si ati Rey, na we’re still guessing kung sino siya or ano ang heritage nila. Like hallerrrrrrrr natapos na ang second film at lahat, nganga pa rin sa info na ‘yun??? Eh sa original na second film, we get it agad sa huli na “Luke, I am your fatherrrrr.” “Noooo!” Tapos ang heritage mystery. Ito, huhubelles nakaka-dalawang popcorn bucket na ko, wala pa ring reveal na malaman!!! Puro pahaging lang mula kay Kylo Ren tapos bomb drop na walang kwentang plotline ang peyrents ni Rey, cryola lang si bakla nang narinig ang katotohanan, tapos end! Wala pa ring clue-labelles whatsoever sa pagkatao niya, kahit ilang beses siyang tanungin ni Lolo Luke ng “Who are you?” Kaloka. Konti na lang kakanta na ko ng CSI theme song dito eh leche. Whoooooo are you? Who who who who. Cheret.

Paternity Strikes Back. Tapos ang kaso!

 

And then of course the “conflicted” Kylo Ren, a.k.a. Ben Solo, junakis ni General Leia at Han. Dami niyang hanash teh! Kesyo conflicted sa pagchugi sa sariling pudraks o sa pagbomba sa sariling mudraks, tapos the ego duel chenes with Tito Luke. Saka bakit ba kating-kati kang maging dark side ambassador pare? Two films in, and I still can’t find a clue. Dahil lolo mo si Darth, ganern? Ibalik ang dark glory days, ganern? Paano ka ba pinalaki ng peyrents mo, at ang tanong ko anak, ba’t ka nagkaganyan tininininin-tininininin… And the back story na in-attempt nila ever for you naman eh hilaw din. Dahil lang fail ang lessons niyo ni Tito Mentor, dark ka na? Conflicted conflicted… Nubeh boi, dami hanash sa life, hanash na wala akong makitang pinaghuhugutan mo. His well of loneliness is arid, my dear. By this time, dapat nilamanan na ‘yan ng meatier back story, but no. [Also, HAN SOLO and LEIA nagkaanak??? Anyare? Paanosinoanokailan? Insert back story here!!! dapat.]

Taragis ka, Ben Solo!!! Di pa kita pinapatawad dito!!!

 

And that is, I think now, that problem of this film: THERE’S NO BACK STORY whatsoever, be it the situation or the characters. They’re like running on fumes of the past films, and decided to surf those fumes na lang and see where this goes wheeeeeeeee lightspeed! Gawa ng new worlds here and there, insert cutesy creatures na tatalo sa Ewoks, and then boom! Lagay natin sila and see where this karambola ends or begins or ends or begins. Kajirits.

And don’t even tell me na “Ay, nasa extended universe ‘yan, nasa comics ‘yan, nasa blah blah blah related pop icon product ‘yan dapat basahin mo blah blah blah para ma-gets mo.” Taragis. We’re not doing a compare-and-contrast of mediums here, okay? Whatever is in a medium, we analyze it as is, where it is, in all its full formalistic glory. So kung may hindi sila nilagay dito, then that’s that, and that maims it, so luz. Wala akong time to make subaybay everything in their merchandise line k, kaya dapat alalahanin nila kung para kanino ba nila ginagawa ang film na ito.

Eat my popcorn fuckers. The cheese and butter didn’t cut it both, kahit may large sarsi in the middle. Note to self: bring jabee next time.

And I think that’s another folly of it. I think the film is trying to please the newer generations in one part, lalo na sa simula, and then the latter half they try to please the Star Wars kiddos of yore, like moi, by putting forth Luke and Leia and that cheap trick of a hologram nga ni R2D2 hahahaha hilarious ‘yun. But that latter half felt more like a eulogy for what will not come again next time around: the sensible saga story. Dahil sa kakaulit ni Hanash Junior na kailangan nang mamatay ang old blah at sila nang new blah ang gagawa ng New Republic or New Order or whatevs (I swear I heard him say New Order, na naisip ko, ay, new waver si koya? Cheret!), feel kong total new slate kemeru ang gagawin nila sa next films, lalo na’t may patikim pa ng new kid characters wearing the new hope rebellion ring chenes. Kumbaga, lulutuin pa nila, para maayos. Kalerks.

You know, no matter who your audience is, we actually don’t care, so long as you make one cohesive narrative that rules them all trilogy films! Yeah, take a cue from other films na marami ring sequels, telling a definitive narrative na may pupuntahan, para mas malaman ang aabangan namin at mas kapaki-pakinabang ang mga karakter owkei??? Hindi ‘yung bubuntot lang si ati kay Luke para maging mentor tas may konek-konek sila ni Hanash Junior tapos si Hanash ang conflict niya ay parang lip service lang — kasi sa labi lang nakikitang lumalabas, hindi nafi-feel sa looban niya, at lalong hindi nakikita sa labas niya! Acting workshop pa more! Cheret.

Hay naku kalerks.

Pero yeah, props to putting an Asian character out there, sa wakas. I loved that Rose character there, and I will love her more pa sana kung hindi naganap ‘yung kiss sa pilot plane crash scene nila ni ex-stormtrooper boi. KAKALOKA KELANGAN MAY KISS TALAGA. Oo ganyan ako kainis. Take a cue sana from Rogue One na wala ‘yan, tumayo ang pelikula nang labanan lang and yeah, good storyline. Hmp.

Heniweys sige bahala na si Batman sa susunod na leg nito. I’ll still be there to see Rey’s journey. Panindigan ang buns na ‘yan sa susunod, k. Let’s see.

LOL pahiram intarwebz. This cracked me up the first time I saw this during the time of The Force Awakens lol.

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keri ba ang pag-Carrie on?

Posted in film sequels, Hollywood dream factory on June 13, 2010 by leaflens

I guess this is the perfect time to review SEX AND THE CITY 2 because it’s that time of the month for me. May kinalaman ‘yon? Oo naman noh, depende sa pelikula. Swak ito, I tell you. Basta.

Bago ko sinulat itong review, binasa ko muna ulit ‘yung 2008 review ko sa unang pelikula. Ire-repost ko na lang din sa baba after.

SEX AND THE CITY 2

d. s. Michael Patrick King

based on the characters from Candace Bushnell’s book

c. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis

Pitch: Two years after, we follow the girls — from New York to United Arab Emirates and back — in their new roles as mothers and wives, but also rediscovering their refined roles as girl friends for each other.

Catch: Please fire Carrie’s stylist and wardrobe manager. Yes I know it’s fashyown-fashyown but it’s better two years ago! What’s with the eyeliner?

I was excited a few months ago when I saw the actual trailer of the film, and I couldn’t believe that they’re bringing the girls back. But I had to backtrack a bit and think of what actually happened in the first film that they could connect to this second one.

It’s hard to believe that Carrie is already hitched, to Mr. Big at that. But that was actually the goal of the character, but not the show, I think. That’s why I think it was such a “clever” message that Carrie had to dedicate her newest book “I do; Do I?” to “all the former single ladies out there” or something like that. Because when you say Sex and the City, it’s all about the travails of being an above-twentysomething single girl trying to find love, or trying to fit in love, even within a marriage.

So it would be ridiculous to have the girls roam around New York with their non-single (un)blessedness in this film, because the thrill of the single gal blah would disappear. Hence the one-week getaway-from-it-all trip to Abu Dhabi, cleverly written in as a backdrop/comment to the recent recession in the US, as Samantha was able to impress a rich hotel owner to be her newest PR gig (sabay sabi ng kelangan nilang pumunta sa isang lugar na “bago,” up-and-coming, and most of all rich). So dahil nagkaka-issue na rin sa marriage house rules si Carrie, si Miranda sa sexist chorva sa law firm nila, and si Charlotte sa ingay ng toddlers niya, sinama na ni Samantha ang mga girls sa trip, all expenses paid. In short, maraming tinatakasan ang girls sa kanilang regular na buhay sa New York kaya kelangan nila ang trip na ito — at kelangan din ng audience, lalo na ng longtime fans of the show like me, ang approach na ito.

And now I realize why some critics were too harsh on the film. Perhaps that’s because they are not huge fans of the show. The first movie felt like a real larger-than-the-TV-life movie of the girls. This second movie felt like a stretched TV episode of one of their earlier seasons, the better seasons I should add. It was also there in the movie, cleverly slipped in, when Mr. Big sat in his limo while waiting for Carrie to come down from her old brownstone apartment, and Carrie said, “And just like that, it was 1998 all over again.” Panalo!!!! Because it truly did feel like it was one of the original episodes, grabe. That is why I like it so much. The way it was shot says so, lalo na ‘yung recap-recap ng buhay nila and where they were headed na towards the end, that felt like one of the TV eps. The first movie didn’t feel like that kasi.

The dialogues also felt like it was from the TV eps. Siyempre kelangan may mga one-liners ever, like Samantha’s “Lawrence of my labia!” and all that. Too bad they had to cut some shots here, bad trip. As usual, si Samantha na naman ang naka-cut.

There were lots of scenes here that just made me flashback to the old eps when the girls would just bond and all. Panalo ‘yung eksena when they were having breakfast and Carrie was dissed sa New Yorker review ng book niya, then tumayo siya at hinampas lang niya in a non-melodramatic way ‘yung magazine. Grabe ang galing. Simple pero panalo. Saka ‘yung inuman session ni Charlotte at Miranda bilang bull session ng mga newbie mommies who want their own time off from being a wife and a mother and all. Grabe, what a very relevant issue today. I don’t know if mommies of before had this kind of angst, but I guess they did, pero di lang sila nabibigyan ng time or panahon to air it out.

What’s great lang siguro about being non-single ng mga tao sa show na na-translate sa film na ito ay hindi exclusive sa hetereosexuals ang marriage, as evident in their bonggang-bonggang opening sequences ng kasal nina Stanford at Anthony. Now that one is good, I like that, it’s also like a stab at the inequality dividing the US about gay marriage. I’m glad that was also written in there. Surreal lang ‘yung Liza Minelli appearance ha, but I digress. Basta.

And of course I guess we can’t end this review without a comment sa Middle Eastern sojourn nila, where they were almost harassed by the Arab men. Kinukuyog pala ang tawag doon, sabi nila (read Giselle Sanchez’ own kuyog experience sa blog niya sa pep.ph, ‘under sa “review”/kuwento niya ng SATC 2 din), na talagang haharangan ka ng mga lalaki kapag sa tingin nila e indecently dressed ka, indecent meaning naka-tank top or off-shoulder or something that shows a lot of skin. Yeah sexist I know, but I like the way they handled that portion. What I don’t like is the part where the Arab women undressed and were wearing fashionista clothes. While that could be true, it’s kinda over the top, but strangely enough, it also still fits in the scheme of things in this show-turned-movie.

Well, during the first movie, I thought it was the end of an era when it finished. I think with this one, puwede pa ring magpatuloy, pero medyo stretch na ito ng kaunti if they do that. I hope they just let it be, and let the memories of the gals linger na lang. Unless may makita silang panibagong angle to show, then let’s see. And will I still watch that one? Aba, abso-fucking-lutely! ;P

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And for more reminiscing, here is my review of the first film (combi with the series and book na rin, hodgepodge), originally posted somewhere.

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Flashback review (written 10 June 2008):

SEX AND THE CITY(2008)

(movie, TV, book)

bear with me, mahaba ito.

i guess i  have some kind of denial in seeing the movie version of SATC. perhaps it’s because when i see it, it will finally be over for me. the show, the girls, the cosmopolitan, the shoes, the sex, the insights, everything.

my friend cenon already did his own postmortem of the series months ago, when he ended his connection with the series. i then borrowed his dvds and tried, for the whole summer, to watch the whole show. all six seasons. well, it was only two weeks ago, i think, that i finally concluded the show’s run. at grabe lang ang ending. okay naman for me. the girls are still their usual selves, but upgraded, and more quality-controlled, so to speak. miranda, of all people, got married to steve the bartender. charlotte’s her usual quirky WASP-y way. samantha’s just samantha and carrie is, well, such a writer hehe.

see, the reason why i stuck with this show are the cool storylines. minsan hit and miss din naman sila. like the first two seasons were great. the third and fourth i’m not so hot about, especially the one where samantha was with this lesbian latina artist. parang nakakainis ang treatment ng lesbianism. but coming from a fashionista gay guy’s perspective, what did i expect? siyempre ganun e. oh well… mas gusto ko pa yung treatment ng lesbianism kay charlotte, yung nag-drag king siya na kukuhanan ng photo. pero once again, i didn’t like the way she was shunned by the lezzies, although partly true naman iyon. kasi she was hanging out a lot with this lesbian barkada, and one of them asked her bluntly if she’s crossing over na, and she said no siyempre (gotta make middle class hetero happy america happier!) and then one les said parang “if you don’t eat pussy, you’re not a lesbian.” a harsh told-off, to think, but, well, flashbacking to my own past hehe, this is SOOOOO TRUE! but that’s another blog post hehe.

well anyway, lesbianism aside, the thing that hooked me to the show was carrie’s writerly muni-muni as she writes in her desk in front of her apartment window ek. relate ako sobra sa set-up at sa modang ito. been doing that even before i learned of this show, kaya sobrang happy ako when i found a show, a well-written sitcom at that, that features a female writer as protagonist. rare ito during the 90s, kahit late 90s.

i think i first heard of the show from my sister in 2001 who just relocated to california that time. even though the show started in 1998, medyo huli ata itong na-distribute sa HBO asia. i caught some eps one time in my lonesome in my ex’s province house, at totally relate ako agad sa issues and concerns ng girls. well, except for the blahniks and such. but yeah, there is a certain vanity to this being that the show kinda addressed din.

relate din ako kasi for the first time, i saw a show that focused on women talking about sex and love as candidly as the girls did. about a half-decade earlier, my high school friends and i had this kind of bonding before, na we’d tlak about sex and stuff, pero tatlo lang kami, kasi parang kami lang ang mas sexually mature sa rest ng barkada namin that time. we even named ourselves tuesday night chika club, a take-off from sheryl crow’s popular album then called tuesday night music club or something like that. so yeah, it was about time tv focused on issues that we could relate to, because we were paying for cable and all and we can’t see ourselves in it.

so when my lesbian friends and i started UP Sappho Society in 1999, we were all addicted to this show. yes, kahit lesbians, universal pa rin ang issues and concerns ng show na nakaka-relate kaming lahat. basta babae ka at nagka-problema ka sa pag-ibig, sa sexuality, sa dating, sa sex at sa expression ng sex, relate ka sa show na ito ever. EVER! case in point: it doesn’t matter if lez o het ka, basta if you saw that episode of samantha gagging because the guy she was dating had funky-tasting spunk hehehe, wala relate ka dito! it could happen to girls, too, y’know! i’m living proof! hahahahaha. too much information na ba? hehehehe.inuman tayo, ikukuwento ko sa yo minsan hahahahahaah sobra lang itoh!

heniwey, naaalala ko lang nung 2004, when the show ended, my sister texted me from the US saying alam na daw niya ang first name ni mr. big — john. at kakapanood ko lang nun, kasi pinakita yun sa caller id ng cell ni carrie.

which brings us to the movie. well, ganun din. ang maganda sa movie, ang mga gumawa ng tv series ang humulma nito, kaya ang spirit at essence ng show ay naroon. at maganda ito kasi yung movie ay natural progression at escalation ng show. cool siya, it literally took off where the series ender left off. yun nga lang, if you were not a fan of the show and didn’t go through the struggles of the girls sa series, baka lalabas lang silang flat or shallow sa movie.

case in point: when mr. big stood up carrie on their wedding day. grabe lang ito! parang take three na itong pag-dump sa kanya! waaaaah. remember that episode nung nagpakasal si big sa bobo model, tapos they were referencing him to robert redford’s character in THE WAY WE WERE, tapos they all sang the theme song, tapos si samantha parang nahihiya sa kanila hehehehe. nakakatawa iyon. tapos nung bago maghiwalay si carrie and big, sabi ni big “i don’t get it” and she answered “and you never will.”

hay nakuh! kaya yung eksena lang sa movie na hinampas-hampas ni carrie si big ng bouquet, putangina sobrang significant iyon. sa ordinaryo watcher, wala lang ito pero putangina parang sinaksak ako sa puso when i saw it, with matching tulo ng tears (what the hey, i’m a sap! now you know!). sheeeeeet. tangina ka mr big! season2 pa lang, i hate you naaaaa! that’s because in the season where there was aidan the furniture maker, i somehow could relate to that scene, being i found myself in that same situation before. like i was aidan, someone else was big, and our carrie was a stupid moron of a girl. well, sabi nga ng isa kong friend, she was stupid not to choose me blah. oh well. that’s so 1990s.  c’est la vie.

isa pang parang shallow sa ordinary moviegoer yung eksena ng nabuntis si charlotte. kung di alam ng audience ang mega-frustrating background ni charlotte sa pag-reproduce, this scene will fall flat on its face for them. but for me, again, touching siya. same with samantha’s struggle with keeping her lust bottled up ek. same with miranda’s struggle to forgive steve’s one-night stand tryst. pero i guess that one is more universal than the others.

may isa lang glitch dito. bakit si stanford e hindi masyadong nabigyan ng airtime dito? hm. protesta ako dito. to think malaking bahagi ng buhay ni carrie ang kasama siya, tapos ganun lang dito. ngyar. basta.

aliw din ang pinanggalingan ng materyal ng lahat na ito, although mas journalistic iyon more than creative nonfiction for me. i read the book by candace bushnell at malayo nga ang ibang situation at characters but that’s the beauty of reinvention. everything worked well for the better for all of them in the end. look at how iconic the show is, and the franchise, everything.

isa pang gusto ko dito e yung walang kiyeme-kiyeme sa age thing. in fact, yun nga ang point nila. thirtysomethings kas sila, and for societies that value the young all the freaking time, it’s time we showed them just who really has buying power in our society di ba? wise buying power, that is. ang generation ngayon, nabigyan lang ng pera dahil sa call center jobs, but so what? after that, where do they go? is that a career in itself? not really. marami nga silang disposable income pero walang valuable knowledge na naiiuuwi at the end of the day. kahit thirtysomethings na hindi ganun kalaki kumita kami, so what? bottomline is, happy at may track itong career choices namin. na pinakita nung show. bottomline is, huwag ma-threaten sa mga bata, kasi pana-panahon lang talaga iyan, period.

oh man. there’s really a lot to say about the show, the movie, about SATC. grabe lang. pero gusto ko pa rin ang diskurso ng love na hinahain dito. may magulo, may tragic, may realistic, may hopeful. in the end, it could be summarized in what carrie said “it’s not logic; it’s love.” how true is this. for those of us who have experienced rationalizing feelings, it’s a fruitless exercise because, like dreams, love really follows its own logic, and it’s up to us to decide if we want to subscribe to it or not.

it’s the end of an era. hay… so what will be next? we’ll see… we’ll see.

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

Posted in film sequels, Hollywood dream factory on June 5, 2008 by leaflens

[FROM MY OLD MULTIPLY SITE]

originally posted at leaflens.blogspot.com. reposting here for categorization’s sake.
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INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
d. steven spielberg
c. harrison ford, cate blanchett, shia labeouf

you know there’s something wrong with a film sequel/franchise when the title doesn’t sound credible. such is the case with this fourth indiana jones offering. kingdom of the crystal skull. nyeta hirap bigkasin. kumpara sa RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK or THE TEMPLE OF DOOM or THE LAST CRUSADE. di ba?

of course i have to make a commentary about this once since i grew up liking the first three, making steven spielberg a kinda-semi-hero of my youth (since ET) and of course the producer, george lucas, i once hoped to become my future boss at his industrial light and magic (ILM) ranch (since i saw light–ilaw, pare!–used as swords in Star Wars — prosthetics and special visual effects, here i come. i wish). then of course there was the third installment which starred another favorite of my youth, river phoenix (since STAND BY ME), as the young indiana jones and the dashing sean connery as indy’s dad. in this fourth installment, deds na si tatay. at lo and behold, may anak si indy. na isang batang nasobrahan sa kakapanood ng marlon brando and james dean films. ngyar.

if only for the great cate blanchett, hindi siguro ako magtitiyagang tapusin ito. pero hindi rin. i’m always curious to find out what happens next kahit pangit ang film. perfect sa casting si cate as the eastern european militar obsessed with the paranormal chenes. kaya lang ayoko yung ending ng character niya. so if a person finds the answers she is looking for, questions you throw at the universe, at di niya makayanan ang knowledge imparted, sasabog na lang siya at mag-sa-scatter na lang ang atoms niya sa atmosphere? ang chaka. parang sinasabi ng film na do not search for more knowledge because it will lead to your death. ang nega, ati. di ko keri. hmp.

tapos si indy naman, hm… tanders na ati. minsan, mas nararapat ang magretiro na lang, hane? ako ang kinakabahan whenever he jumps from box to box to car to car etc. hay… nawala na ang charm niya. hm. it doesn’t work here, man. not that i’m being ageist, kaya lang siguro this film suffers more from bad storylines na hindi nabigyan ng justice ang akting ni lolo harrison. nagmukha lang siyang old man na patingin-tingin sa anak niyang patalun-talon ek. hay… ewan. basta. discomforting siya. lalo na kung napanood mo yung unang tatlo sa laki ng sinehan, tulad ng napanood ko itong fourth sa laki ng sinehan din. hindi akma somewhere somewhat. wah.

and the story, yeah, hindi ako happy. masyadong naging star wars-ish ito than indiana jones-ish. space ship? aliens with crystal skulls? roswell, new mexico? naman. archaeology should have been the main thrust, pero may paranormal chenes na naganap. ang labo. parang lumihis siya sa true nature ng pelikula dati. with archaeology, indy and the characters will actively search and pursue, while with this spaceship ek, ngyar, nakatingala at nakatingin lang sila sa nagaganap (na sfx). nakakairita! it didn’t do justice to the series. i want my money back! sino ba nagsulat nito, writers ng THE X FILES???? kairita.

horror din to notice the first sequence error on lighting. grabe lang ha. opening scene mo, high sun umaandar lahat ng military vehicles, tapos pagdating nila sa camp, nung nag-park at nilabas nila si indy sa trunk ng car, ay ateng ang obvious ng throw ng artificial light from the left of the screen! halatang dumidilim na ang paligid. eh? eh kakagaling lang sa high sun scene a! tapos pagpasok nila sa warehouse, ateng, parang gabi na. tapos paglabas, hm… nag-aagaw ang dilim at liwanag. ano ba talaga ng reel time ng eksenang itoh! labo. chaka lang sa continuity ha. di ito lusot!

hm, pero na-enjoy ko ang fencing scene in moving jeeps ni shia at cate. if only for that, panalo ang digital matte compositing ng gubat-gubat chenes. pero di ito kumeri sa ending, lalo na’t parang they took a page out of THE MUMMY sa pagka-grandiose ng sfx — na di naman bumagay. overindulgence ito. lucas sometimes has this sickness. take the case of episode 1 kaya. harhar jarjar binks. blech.

hay. kainis. o siya. yan na lang. pag gumawa sila ng another sequel na si shia na ang indy (bilang haller opening to another obvious sequel, pinangalan siyang “indy the third!”), i could definitely pass that one up. happy na ako sa memories ng INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE. i think i’ll stick with that — with some flash forwards of cate blanchett speaking in that eastern ukraine accent.

 

BRIDGET JONES 2: EDGE OF REASON

Posted in book to film, film sequels, women's issues in film on September 15, 2007 by leaflens

[FROM MY OLD MULTIPLY SITE]

originally posted at leaflens.blogspot.com

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BRIDGET JONES 2: EDGE OF REASON
c. renee zellweger

may isang salita na dati ko pang ginagamit noong kabataan ko dahil may tunay siyang meaning na narinig kong muli na ginamit ngayong matanda na ako ng konti sa isang konteksto na nakakaaliw at nakakatuwa, di taliwas sa orihinal niyang konteksto pero may pagkakaiba ng kaunti. iyon ay ang salitang TUMBLING. ang daming kaibigan sa lgbt community na gumagamit nito na ngayon e naririnig ko na rin kahit sa labas ng komunidad. like pag nagdi-discuss ng strategies ng anti-discrimination bill sa congress, sasabihin ng mga lobbyists na “magta-tumbling ako sa kongreso bukas” or something like that. kaya tuwing maririnig ko ang salitang tumbling e natutuwa ako…at oo, magaling akong mag-tumbling nung bata ako. na ang proper term pala, i learned when i grew up, was cartwheel.

bakit ko dini-discuss ito? dahil sa nag-tumbling ang byuti ko nang pinapanood ko ito. it’s bad enough that i get reminded of how sad single life is via bridget’s ramblings blah blah na kung titignan naman talaga e single life’s not so bad. pero she makes it sound so bad, kaya naiinis din ako dahil nakakadagdag ito sa undue pressure sa mga taong single diyan, lalo na’t babae ka, at pilipina ka, at hetero ka. grabe lang sa pressure. i have tons of friends and relatives who could vouch for that. you might be one, too. well, of course hindi rin exclusive ang singlehood discourse sa hets only. even lesbian women feel the pressure. read my article on that and you’ll know, especially the section appropriately titled “keeping up with the bridget joneses.” (http://www.isiswomen.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=259&Itemid=144)

yung unang film, okay lang. may humor. pero itong isang ito e hindi ko alam pero parang naging pathetic loser shit si bridget, na lagi siyang nagmumuni-muni at nagsususpetsa sa jowa niya. makes me think how the author of the book looks at single women, na kapag matagal kang single tapos nagka-jowa ka, you become some pathetic person who holds on to the relationship and flaunts it pa sa lahat or something like that. basta! nakakairita.

mas lalong nakakairita ang pinaka-reason kung bakit ako nag-tumbling: the lesbian angle. all along, yung pinagdududahan niyang mistress ng jowa niya e sa kanya pala may gusto, at hinalikan pa siya! tangina talagang tumambling ang byuti ko sa plot twist na itich! kainis! kaasar! para saan yun??? walang silbi. wala na sigurong maisip yung author. helen fielding ba? whatever. hindi nakaka-engganyong basahin tuloy ang libro. nyetah. buset.

*toingk!* (sound of me tumbling)

evolve or die daw: UNDERWORLD EVOLUTION

Posted in fantasy-mythical, film sequels, Hollywood dream factory on July 12, 2007 by leaflens

[FROM MY OLD MULTIPLY SITE]

NOTE: REPOSTED FOR POSTERITY’S SAKE. GOING TO DELETE THE OLD BLOG THAT HOSTED THIS. (from anti-rust punditry january2006)

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evolve or die? well, whatever. yun ang tagline sa poster.

at panalo pa rin ang contact lenses nila. can i borrow? 🙂

maganda naman yung film. as expected, it was really dark but this time, the dark played well with the story unfolding on the big screen. i don’t think this film will be appreciated if you see it on video in the small screen, kahit pa malaking plasma tv ang tv mo sa bahay. you should see this on the really larger than life silver screen. especially the flight scenes of the markus kalaban character nung lumilipad-lipad siya at binubunggo-bunggo nya ang truck na minamaneho ni selene our heroine (tama ba spelling?).

the film really took off where it left off before, literally, as in talagang continuation of the previous film. maganda pa ring panoorin kasi hindi ma-a-alienate ang mga di nakapanood ng dating film. the flashbacks and back stories were craetively unfolded and told in this narrative sequel. they were inserted in the form of memory flashbacks, crafted creatively as “memory maps in the veins of the vampire.” kumbaga, their blood is the book of maps from where they can trace past events. ang ganda ng detail na iyon. unique. and then of course, there are the uv rounds pa rin or the bullets used to kill vampires are composed of ultraviolet light (blue colored) which simulated daylight. galeng no? i really liked that bit even during the first film. creative.

feeling ko lang, though, masyadong marami ang cgis ng mga creatures creatures ek this time. kung hindi lang siya nabalanse ng husto sa revelation ng mga snippets of kwento, magsasawa ka agad kasi parang obvious na type nilang gawing fx-film lang ito at i-sacrifice ng konti ang kwento, just like what happened to MATRIX 2. very forgettable and regrettable.

wala sa pelikula actually ang still na ito (yung anggulo). outtake yata. ang naisama ay yung over the shoulder shot version nito na bluish black ang color at hindi gaano halata ang rusty look ng still na ito. it was actually a good choice. this shot is too bright and it won’t match the other shots in the sequence. hmm, nakapagtataka lang na all these centuries (since the 12th!), hindi natutong mag-ayos ng buhok ang ating heroine, but i digress… 🙂

one line of dialogue in this film that i like is when the ancestor of the antagonist was talking with our protagonist. sabi ni girlash “what will i become” or “what will become of me?” at sabi ng kalaban niya “the future.” that was such a simple dialogue exchange but it was so powerful. and profound. i like it because it is that: simply profound. and in that essence, maganda nga ang mga dialogues ng characters dito; halata mo kung saang siglo sila talaga galing. ang galing. that’s what i like about vampir films pati; slight poetic magsalita kasi ang mga vampire hehe. i like.

UNDERWORLD EVOLUTION is exciting. panoorin niyo.

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