Fragments of Memories . . .

A month has passed since my old PC died so I seldom went online. It was frustrating because a lot of things happened and I can barely remember them now. Only fragments of memories remain within — awaiting salvation. LoL!

Meiko's Pink Birthday~

Claribelle and I celebrated our birthdays together with the rest of the barkada. As usual, I am the only one in a dress and they were wearing jeans! Toni showed us a restaurant showcasing all sorts of Coca-cola memorabilia, which has been aptly named The Real Thing Diner. Their main color is red with a splash of white in between. The shelves beside the main entrance are donned with mugs, stuffed toys, bottles, and other trinkets. Another shelf is located atop the windowpane which is decorated with soda cans of varying designs. There is also a wide-screen TV playing Coke commercials dating back from the 80’s! How’s the food? Well, definitely not the best among the lot but the taste is just right. Another cool thing is that this is the one-and-only restaurant serving Royal True-Orange floats (AFAIK)! I felt so bad that I left Epiphany at home (darn rain)!!!

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Fixation ♥ ♥ ♥

It’s very seldom that I like or have a crush on anyone (possibly it’s because I am already in love with my boyfriend tee-hee~). Once in a while, though, I do stumble upon guys who I grow fond of, especially if they fit the bill.

Three physical qualities that I like in a guy:  (1) tall ; (2) chinky eyes ; (3) deep hunky voice.

(Dada has all these. LoL!)

Anyway… I decided to feature HAWT men who make me *swoon* and *drool* everytime I see them. They’re all celebrities, of course. ☻

Tetsuji Tamayama

Tetsuji Tamayama is a Japanese actor. He’s about 182cm (5’10” or so) and he definitely has  piercing chinky eyes and a deeeeeeeeeeepppp hunky voice that melt the hearts of the ladies. I first saw him in the movie Nana 2 when he played the role of Takumi. He changes his looks too much that it’s quite hard to recognize him. I like him better with the goatee, though. He looks so serious.

Hiroyuki Sanada

Hiroyuki Sanada is also a Japanese actor although he has been appearing in some Hollywood films like Rush Hour 3. He’s also about 5’10”. I consider him as the older version of Tetsuji-sama. LoL!

Tetsuya Ogawa

Tetsuya Ogawa is the leader of L`Arc~en~Ciel. He’s also the lead guitarist and he mostly writes songs for the band. He also sings but his voice is not as powerful as Hyde‘s. Okay so he’s not much to look at but he makes it up with his guitar skills. Any average-looking person WILL look awesome if they play at least one musical instrument, IMHO. LoL! He’s about 5’6″ according to netizens.

Gackt Camui

Gackt Camui is a J-Rock artist like Tet-chan. He’s also 5’11” and has a veeerrryyy deeeep and powerful voice. I’ve listened to many of his songs and he’s a great singer! Squall Leonheart was patterned after this guy’s facial features. He looks soooo girly! Japanese girls like girly-looking men more than the beefed-up ones.

Chad Kroeger

Ooookaaayy… Chad Kroeger doesn’t have chinky eyes but he definitely is tall and has that hunky hunky huuuunnkkkyyyyy voice.  He’s 6’1″ (the same height as Dada.. EEEKKK!!!). He is my favorite vocalist and Nickelback happens to be my FAVORITE ROCK BAND!!! Both his facial features and singing voice are unconventional that he’s been dubbed as the “Scary Jesus Man” LoL! He did look like Jesus Christ during their first few mainstream years and it is scary! I am in love with him, nonetheless. *swoon*

Chad Kroeger

3D Movies . . .

I’ve been watching too many films in the recent years but I don’t always write my opinion about them unless they’re either very good or very bad… Sometimes, I’m just too bored to write. LoL!

Animated films are still my favorite among all the other genres. I am a big fan of PIXAR and Dreamworks. It’s a good thing that other companies are also trying out their hands on 3D films — such as Disney, BlueSky and some others I can’t remember at the moment.

Anyway …

These are some of the not-so-recent movies that caught my attention but I’m too bored to write an article for each of them. LoL!

Tangled is a story about Rapunzel, a girl who dreamed of seeing “the stars” that mysteriously appear during her birthday. With the help of Flynn Rider, she not only discovered what those mysterious stars were, she also found out that the world around her is much more different than how her mother described it.

It’s perfect as Disney’s 50th animated film! Story, animation, voice acting and musical scoring — they all get 5 STARS from me.

I give it :

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RPG : Metanoia . . .

Go figure what job classes these guys have. LoL!

MMORPGs have become one of the most prominent computer games and people of all ages are addicted to them — playing hours on end just to gain experience points, level up and obtain powerful items.

Meet Nico, an average kid who pwns in an MMORPG called “Metanoia” but fails in real life. His avatar (in-game character), aptly named “Zero”,  uses a Yo-yo that allows him to make mid-range to long-range attacks.

One Summer day, a “World War” tournament was announced so Nico and his friends formed a party with hopes of winning (I remembered the stupidity of Leroy Jenkins while I was watching the PvP scenes). After the event, they realized that there’s so much more interactive games to enjoy in the real world than just immersing themselves in the virtual world.

During their absence in Metanoia, a great catastrophe unfolded (similar to a zombie apocalypse). It not only controlled the avatars but  it also hypnotized the gamers. It’s up to Nico, his friends and the rest of the Metanoia players to reverse the spread and destroy its source.

~o~o~o ஜ۩۞۩ஜ o~o~o~

RPG:Metanoia is the first ever full-length 3D feature film in the Philippines, which took about four years to complete. Because of this, the movie has received both positive and negative feedback from its audience.

۞ The Good ۞

A breakthrough movie experience. Something fresh, something original (locally, that is). Unlike the recycled and never-ending “Part 1” to “Part N” of those usual Manila Film Fest entries.

Cultural nostalgia. From houses to the vehicles; from the contents of our rooms to the food we eat; from our friends to the games we played together as kids. The writers and animators have indeed captured these elements.

Bad-ass characters. The one who really caught my attention was Mang Ernie, the Magician. He’s the guy wearing the top hat, barong and carrying an umbrella. They cooked up a nice concept for him. He’s PWNING! I won’t spoil further. Aside from him, there’s also the Monk-type “K’mao” (derived from “Kamao” or fist) and Sumpak the sort-of Gundam HeavyArms of the group. The foreign dudes and dudettes are also cool.

Virtual worlds. They’re not as detailed on textures as most commercial MMORPGs but they will pass. Lighting played a good part as well.

Story. it’s actually a mix of the positives and negatives. Some of the comical parts or jokes are corny and old. The moral values that this film implies are also old, but are told in a different manner that’s why i consider it as a good trick. If the people watching know nothing about MMORPGs, they will most likely get lost between the “switching of worlds” but for those who have little or extensive knowledge on online games (like me), they may appreciate this film better.

۞ The Bad ۞

Voice acting. Our celebrities still need to learn a lot regarding this field. im not sure if it’s a requirement for the voice actors to be “famous” and all, but if it wasn’t a necessity, they could’ve auditioned other worthy people who can do much better — for a lesser fee, I bet.

Subtitles. There were instances when subtitles were needed (not gonna spoil further). Considering that this is a local film which is obviously meant for local viewers and the dialogues were in Tagalog, why were the subtitles in English?

Audience impact. Again, if the people watching know nothing about MMORPGs, they will most likely get lost between the “switching of worlds” … This is also one reason why other MMFF entries are jam-packed with movie-goers whereas sa movie house showing Metanoia, one can practically run around because not too many people were watching. It is possible that this film’s gross revenue will not be that high.

۞ The Ugly ۞

Frame rate. RPG is an action-packed film. Choppy or skipping frames kill much of the hype and stress the eyes. Granted that this is our first local 3D film but c’mon… in 1995, PIXAR already established fluidity in Toy Story. Even the local commercials with 3D rendering look much smoother than this. According to some viewers, only the scenes in Metanoia had poor FPS whereas it’s pretty fluid in the real world. Film experts said this is a “creative decision” to differentiate what is real and what is not; and, give an idea on what it’s like to play an MMORPG when your PC cannot handle the graphics. LoL! IMHO, that has to be the DUMBEST “creative decision” because not everyone can understand the technicalities these filmmakers are trying to convey.

~o~o~o ஜ۩۞۩ஜ o~o~o~

This will be the one and only local film I’ll be watching this year, and that’s only because I got curious as to what this movie had to offer a gamer and an animation fan such as myself.

Regarding purchasing a DVD in the future, they can forget about it because I am certainly not buying it.

I give this movie :

Gizzard . . .

Legends of the Guardians : The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Soren is a young Barn Owl who’s enthralled with his father’s stories of “The Legendary Guardians of Ga’Hoole” … He shares this enthusiasm with his younger sister, Eglantine, while his brother Kludd resents it.

Soren and Kludd accidentally fell off from their tree on the night of their first branching lessons. They were then snagged by the Pure Ones‘ patrol group and were brought back to their fortress to work as either soldiers or pickers. Soren befriended the very frightened Elf Owl, Gylfie. Both of them became pickers while Kludd stayed with the Pure Ones’ queen, Nyra, and became an aspiring soldier. The owlets who’re chosen to be pickers were moon-blinked so they will not resist the Pure Ones’ orders. Soren and Glyfie prevented this, which caught the attention of Grimble (a member of the patrol group). Grimble, realizing that these brave young owls may be his only hope of redemption, taught them how to fly and instructed them to seek the Guardians’ help in defeating the Pure Ones. Soren and Glyfie were then accompanied by two other owls Twilight (a Great Grey Owl) and Digger (a Burrowing Owl); plus Mrs.Plithiver (Mrs. P, a “pink” Black Mamba). They soared over the Sea of Hoolemere and searched for the Great Ga’Hoole Tree where the Guardians live. In their search for these legendary owls, they also learned the value of family ties, friendship, courage and honor. With the help of Ezylryb (the leader of the Guardians’ warriors), they develop their skills to stand up against Metalbeak, Nyra and the rest of the Pure Ones in one epic battle.

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This movie is truly breathtaking! I’d let out a deep, relieving sigh every time a chase or action scene is finished. It is also very fast-paced but I never got confused with the story. Although, little kids may not like it and may feel sleepy because, as my little sister puts it, “It’s more action than comedy” … The owlets’ learning curve is something I truly liked. I love seeing the transition of an apprentice into knighthood.

The 3D rendition is very astounding! The characters and the scenery are very realistic. Since owls have big eyes, the animators had the liberty with their expressions. The English accent also added flavor to the film.

The only let-down I see here is that the ending is very predictable… but overall, the experience has been great.

I give it :

Book of Water . . .

This is the movie adaptation of Nickelodeon's action-packed animated series.

The Last Airbender — Book 1 : Water

Aang is the last living Airbender and he is destined to be the Avatar, the chosen one who will maintain peace towards the four nations – Air, Water, Earth, and Fire.

Aang ran away from the Air Temple when he was told that the Avatar cannot live a normal life. Caught in a storm, he became frozen and was trapped in a state of suspended animation (I am uncertain if this was explained in the movie). It was a hundred years later when Katara (a Waterbender) and her brother, Sokka, discovered him.

The presence of the Avatar alarmed the Fire Nation. They know that killing the Avatar will be useless since he will just be reborn. They resolved on capturing him alive so he will not interfere with their plans of conquest.

Aang has not yet mastered the four elements. Katara felt that Aang is her responsibility so she and Sokka traveled with him in search of masters who can teach him the other bending skills he needs to fulfill his role as the Avatar.

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Reactions when we saw the teaser trailer for the first time — way back in August 2009…

Dada: It's another Shyamalan film!
Me: Shyamalan is doing Kung Fu???
Dada: If it's him then it's worth watching.
Me: (seeing a gust of wind and the stick) OH MY GOD!!!
Dada: … Why?
Me: OH MY GOD!! IS THAT AANG?!?!
(the boy finally removes his hood and i saw the signature tattoo on his head)
Dada & Me: OH-MY-GOD!!!

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Reaction after seeing the movie …

Dada: It's about ZUKO, not Aang!
Me: What just happened? I thought you said Shyamalan's good..? Even though I didn't like "The Happening"
Dada: Well, his books are okay. Maybe he's just not good at being a director.

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The animated series is well-received by its fans due to the story, awesome kung-fu moves and other influences from the rich Asian culture.

I was very disappointed with the film because of the screenplay and casting. Shyamalan proved to be an epic fail.

The original characters are either of Chinese, Japanese or Inuit descents. Unfortunately, Shyamalan opted to cast Caucasians for the lead roles and an Indian guy as Prince Zuko. Naturally, since Zuko's now an angst-driven-and-deranged Indian dude, then the rest of the Fire Nation must also be Indians. WTF?! As if inaccurate portrayals are not enough, most of them are horrible actors and actresses! They mispronounced Aang's name! Sheesh! I am not a racist but since Shyamalan butchered the characters' intended ethnicity then I can't help reacting.

Also, Shyamalan stayed true to the story but he squeezed an entire season into a 1.5-hour film!! Those who're not familiar with the animated series will surely be lost somewhere in the middle. There's not much room for character development, apart from Zuko's retarded dilemma.

As sarcastically stated by a movie critic, "Wow, this makes Dragonball Evolution look like a masterpiece."

My experience here is reminiscent to an earlier trip to the movie house. i don't think I will be watching the sequel. Even if I do watch the sequel, it's just gonna be for the sake of not being left out.

I give it :

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One hilarious mistake leads to another ! ! !

Toy Story 3 is set ten years after the second sequel and Andy's preparing for college. Most of his toys were either donated or put on a yard sale and only the special ones remained in his room.

Andy decided to take Woody with him while Buzz, Jesse and the others will be stored in the attic. Instead of putting the toys in the "Attic" box, he placed them in a trash bag, which his mom mistakenly thought as trash so she left them on the curb! The toys then thought that Andy no longer wants them and they decide to hop on the donation box heading to Sunny Side Day Care Center.

Woody tried to convince the toys that there has been a mix-up but they did not believe him. Woody left Sunny Side to return to Andy but he failed on his attempt and was found by Bonnie, a cute girl who stashes toys from Sunny Side and takes them to her room.

Sunny Side seems to be a haven for abandoned toys but it turns out to be a prison run by Lotzo, a bear that smells like strawberries. Lotzo despises new toys so he puts all new arrivals to the Caterpillar room, where the wild toddlers unknowingly torture them.

Andy's toys soon realized that everything that happened was a big misunderstanding so they tried to escape with Woody's help. Their goal now is to get back to Andy's room before he leaves the following morning.

Characters that caught my attention:

Woody – he has got to be one of the best PIXAR characters created. Both the animators and Tom Hanks did a great job in bringing this character to life!

Buzz (Spanish mode) – hilarious! I love his dance moves with Jesse on the ending credits.

Barbie and Ken – brings back my Childhood memories. Their "love" tandem is really funny!

Mr. Potato Head – he used a tortilla and a cucumber as his body! LoL!

Monkey with Cymbals –
scary!

Totoro – OMG! This is, I think, the first time that PIXAR incorporated an animé figure! Perhaps, they look up to Hayao Miyazaki-san too.

Bonnie – she is a very cute girl and is the female counterpart of Andy

Toy Story (created in 1995) is PIXAR's first feature film which also jump-started the 3D animation industry. Toy Story is also the first PIXAR film that had sequels. It has a very huge impact on animators around the globe. This pioneered 3D films but also almost ended the 2D films (as explained in the WALL-E special edition DVD). According to John Lasseter, it was not their intention to destroy 2D-films but they are encouraging other animators to accept new challenges, learn new things and improve the arts.

I give it :

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