Problems with Inception

Well my problem with Inception is.

Trollish title. I was sick this past weekend and had a lot of time to kill around monday afternoon, when I was feeling slightly better. This allowed me to watch Doctor Zhivago a David Lean movie, which led to The Bridge on River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia. My main problem with most movies today not particularly Inception is the lack of composition, think of it this way. A super CGI film and the vistas still do not compare to the beauty of those three films,  those three film.

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This is something of a notes to friends from my generation. We can’t seem to accept how slow things can be. How slow it is to finally be good at something enough for you to enjoy it immensely. How slow it is to get to the point where you have a sliver of feeling that you are in control of your life.

I bring all of this up to say that if you’re someone who wants to make radio stories (or do any kind of creative work), you’re probably going to have a period when things might not come too easily. For some people, that’s just a year. For others, like me, it’s eight years. You might feel completely alone and lost during this period — God knows I did — and I hope it’s reassuring in some small way to hear that what you’re going through is completely normal. Most people go through it. And there are things you can do during this period of mediocrity that will get you to the next step, that will drive you toward skill and competence.

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Thoughts on Sunshine (2007)

I’m declaring a temporary defeat. I suck at writing reviews. I take solace on my probably mistaken but comforting belief that the conversational and unstructured way of writing is more suited to a podcast or a conversation about a film rather than a formal review.

I’m procrastinating on watching Never Let Me Go. I still haven’t gotten over Atonement probably because it was the first time I watched a movie in Eastwood and I was practically alone in the movie house so I didn’t have to hold back the tears and the emotionalism that comes out whenever  something moves me, as a side note Keira Knightly’s  + british movie is slowly becoming equal to depressing for me.

Another aside I love this time of the year, award seasons is upon us and it means lots of screeners (sent to awards voters for them to see the films outside of academy/emmy/sag/golden globes showings.) This means I have True Grit 127 Hours,Never Let Me got, The Fighter (still haven’t finished this download), The Hunter and some other awards hopefuls on the to watch list.

Not really wanting to watch what would probably have my mind thinking non stop of f I decided to watch Sunshine by Danny Boyle. A film I didn’t catch when it was shown because I was graduating, getting fired from my first job , taking the EE board exams, or was in my first corporate job (I don’t remember but that was what was happening to me in 2007). I remember reading about this movie on ebert’s site and remembering how he liked it but not unequivocally.

I’d have to say that although this was pretty much classic

Closed doors windows open:: Crazy little thing called love edition

I felt a little dizzy when I got out of the house and so decided against going to Cuneta Astrodome and support the Brgy against Powerade. I wasn’t feeling well and felt studying/working would be counterproductive because I wouldn’t be able to retain what I was studying or had to redo whatever module I’d work on.  Decided to check some of the movies I copied from a friends hard drive.  I’ve seen probably less than a dozen thai films and most were action/action adventure films. I was slightly curious with the film recently tagalized by abs-cbn and shown probably 2 sundays ago.   I really liked Crazy little thing called love. It had this honesty that worked while having a plot that consisted of mostly cliches. Shout out goes to the writer who seemed to have a great feel for straddling the line drawn by John Hughes.  If I’m too say what I believed could have been done better, I’d go for removing the bits with the drama teacher, Oh how irritating the drama club advisor/english teacher was, I also have a few qualms with the ending. There is a reason that the ending of “My Sassy Girl” works (Spoilers for the said movie follows), most classic comedies won’t really work in a world where everyone has a mobile phone and there’s email, most light love stories just wouldn’t work in a world with facebook, twitter, linkedin and the like you wouldn’t have to ask if someone is single or in the case of my sassy girl, I’d bet she wouldn’t have removed the in a relationship with, there just wouldn’t be that big reveal that everything is tied up with.  I just wished they put a a more subtle ending.  If I wrote the ending it would have gone somewhat like this. A fashion show in New York or probably Bangkok depends. A photographer shows his credentials to security to get access to the backstage, some small talk between the guard, The guard recognizes the photographer as a former football player, wonders if he took those amazing photographs from Mt Everest(?)/Africa   but enough of the negative stuff.   All great love stories are dependent on longing. You cannot long for something you already have. In a way the beauty of the the story is that I’d love to include a clip but most clips are full of spoilers. ฉันรักเธอ

Roger Ebert on Twitter: “”Never marry someone who doesn’t love the movies you love. Sooner or later, that person will not love you.” (Roger Ebert)”

“Never marry someone who doesn’t love the movies you love. Sooner or later, that person will not love you.” (Roger Ebert)

What Would I Have Done? Gamitan a film by Quark Henares

I’m starting a new segment for this blog. I’m calling it What Would I Have Done? (Different). It shows my shallowness as a person because held back by so many things instead of creating some kick ass shit of my own I’d rather criticize artist who dared to step forward and allowed themselves to be vulnerable.

 

I saw this in the movie house and if memory serves me right I may have written a short review about this on multiply.com or a notebook.

 

I still really enjoy the scene where maui and wendell discuss the merits of Snake 1 vs that of Snake 2. For the younger crowd this is the game found in old nokia gsm  phones notably the 3210 and 5110 while snake 2 is found in newer (compared to these two models) nokia phones.

 

One of the major things I would have done would be to change the ending a little bit. I’d probably try to make a character probably the sister patricia javier realize that her sister was in on the killing. I’m thinking a handkerchief or some memento with some blood, a necklace with nick on it or something similar.

I find this film under rated. I think the ending was too abrupt and a more drawn out ending would have done more for this piece.

best read::Corruption, too | Inquirer Opinion

you define corruption as the appropriation of taxpayers’ money for personal gain, then this is corruption pure and simple. One sanctioned not just by long-held practice and tradition but by law.

All of which only shows how deeply rooted and tangled corruption is, and how beyond presidential resolve you need other things to push it back. Chief of them public opinion, public pressure, public opprobrium.

Someone like Enrile decides to play Santa Claus with your money, you can’t fight it legally, short of fighting to amend, or scrap, the law itself. But you can fight it morally, by public opinion, by heaping scorn on those who practice it—not quite incidentally by making sure that their children do not get voted into public office and that the values of their fathers are visited upon them.

You can fight it by telling the senators, whether they got P1.6 million or P250,000, whether the division of spoils is “hating  kapatid” or hating  gabi: You should be ashamed of yourselves you have the gall to accept things like this while the street children sleep in the streets, while the traffic cop grows tubercular from inhaling the traffic smoke. You have a heart, you have a conscience, why don’t you donate all that money to the cause of the NHA employees so their retirement pay, which is nowhere near what you get in a month, will remain intact?

I’m glad the commentators have been riled by this, but the question is, when will the public follow suit? When will we all get furious at this? When will we all go beyond making text jokes out of this? When will we start mounting a campaign against the kapal in the way we have done against the epal? This is appalling too, this is disgusting too:

This is corruption, too.

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Trying To Find The Sweet Spot Where Happiness and Passion Fuse

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