Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Pisay the Movie

I almost got lost on my way to watch Pisay. My friend Julz Oliveros (not related to Maximo) sent me an SMS saying the showing will be at Cinema 4 of The Block, and that The Block would be "in" SM North EDSA. I had, in my head, planned to just park in the open parking in front of SM North even though it was drizzling a bit. It was the only parking area I could remember...

When I turned right from North Ave, I was dumbfounded! There's a whole new building where the parking lot used to be! Anyhow, I drove (slowly) around the other cars who seem to be as lost as I was, and finally found the Parking Entrance to the SM Annex.

On to the movie then! Pisay is a heartwarming tale of a group of high school students, coming from different backgrounds, but all brilliant, all studying at the Philippine Science High School. What I liked most about the movie was its effective nostalgia. It may be that the movie was set in the 80's (when I was but a wee little baby), but it's theme's captured the essence of being in Pisay. But it's greatest asset may also well be it's worst flaw: It may tend to alienate non-Pisay people. I felt the audience deserved a tad bit more development of the characters. It becomes difficult to sympathize with characters you hardly know.

I loved that the kids acted very naturally, although there were some awkward moments, some dead air, it was forgivable. Dr. Casas was very effective (reminding all of us or a certain Pisay professor we will all sorely miss). The other adult actors, however, (I'm not sure if this was intentional) spoke in a "theater" voice, like a sing-song, Batibot style. I found it unnatural, even highlighted by the fact that the child actors were very natural with theirs ("Egis erp!")

The storyline was flawless. I found it strummed a different chord at every chapter. The freshman year told of a budding relationship ripped apart by a teacher, the sophomore year told of a small town boy kicked-out of Pisay for failing Geometry (and moving on to become #1 in the school he moved to!), the third year featured a girl who had move to The Netherlands because she and her parents were wanted by the government, and finally, the senior year which featured a morally ambiguous research project, a theater loving science school senior, and a terminally ill genius.

I was flooded with memories while I was watching the movie. I was especially moved by the first scene where they found out he got in Pisay. I remember we hadn't received a letter from PSHS yet so my dad decided to go visit Pisay himself to check if I had passed. When he got home, he calmly whispered to me that I had passed, and that was when I started going crazy. Haha! Good times.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Don't you? I do.

"You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime..."


I do miss singing.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Beautiful Girls

I just have to say that damn(!), that Sean Kingston kid is pretty lucky.

I saw him on MTV TRL a week ago singing his Billboard #1 song Beautiful Girls, and he's mighty fine...


He was so extremely OUT OF TUNE, like he was singing the thing a whole tone higher than he's supposed to!!! Geez dude.

The WORST part is he has these 3 back-up singers who were echoing his lines but in harmony, and they were as lost as an ant in a beehive. I mean, at least one of them was TRYING to sing in the correct key, but the others were just plain gone.

It's amazing how far talent can take you. blah.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Weird thing #2

So here's my weird thing #2.

I have a thing with the #11. No, this is not about the hoax thing about the Twin Towers 9/11 bombing. I believe what happened there was unimaginable and the people who died there should be treated with respect.

My thing with the #11 is this.
11 is my birth-day. March 11, to be exact. At midnight.
Our car's plate has 11.
My phone extension at the office sum up to 11.
I was hired at my current job on the 3rd day of the 11th month.

...and the weirdest thing is I keep catching 11:11 on the clock.

Here's me singing Kailangan Kita (during my 25th birthday celebration). The audio is out of sync. Haha.