Man Of Mars (August 8, 2003 – December 31, 2007)

February 1, 2006

February 2006

Filed under: films,music,personal — drei @ 12:00 am

Best Albums of 2005
Wed, 01 Feb 2006 10:08:00 GMT

Here are four of the greatest albums I’ve heard in 2005.
I know this post is rather late, but better late than never!


Jack Johnson

Renee Olstead

Damien Rice

My current favorites are So Sick by Ne-yo, Ugly by Sugababes, and Be Without You by Mary J. Blige.  Yep, I’m back to enjoying RnB these days!  I know it’s ephemeral and I seldom buy albums in this genre, but these tracks just keep me up and awake at work.

I might also visit Xaymaca this Monday for the Bob Marley Night.  I simply miss live reggae!  (which reminds me, the UP Fair will be on in a few weeks, yebah!)

Enjoy listening people!

2005 Movies
Sat, 04 Feb 2006 09:48:00 GMT

Here are my favorite films for 2005:

10.  La Visa Loca
9.  Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride
8.  Kung Fu Hustle (Hong Kong)
7.  Cinderella Man
6.  Bad Education (Spain)
5.  Sin City
4.  The Constant Gardener
3.  The Spanish Apartment (France)
2.  Crash
1.  Batman Begins

Obviously, Batman Begins was the most celebrated movie in this blog last year.  I might have written about it a few hundred times.  There are still dozens of 2005 movies that I still have to watch, so consider this list of mine partial.  I watched Walk The Line last night and it was good; I want sweet Reese Witherspoon to win the AcademyBig Time was very good, I enjoyed it even more than Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros and Pepot Artista, both winners for best director and best picture in last year’s Cinemalaya, beating Big Time.  But Big Time won the best screenplay, and it should since it’s one witty and funny film.  Heck, it’s even so much better than Pinoy Blonde!  I also recently got to watch Jennifer Aniston’s last two films (Derailed and Rumor Has It…), which were okay, but she’s far from pulling off a post-breakup success the way Nicole Kidman did.  And Cheaper By The Dozen 2 was fun fun fun!  I watched it with my siblings and cousins last week, an ideal movie for a family treat.

The Oscar season is in the air, and for sure more 2005 movies deserve to be in my list.  First stop, I’m watching the advance screening of Munich this Monday.  I can’t wait to watch another non-mainstream Spielberg movie.

Happy weekend everyone!  🙂

Munich, another Spielberg masterpiece
Thu, 09 Feb 2006 01:28:00 GMT

Kassovitz and BanaMunich (2005/Steven Spielberg).  If Crash presented a tale of hatred begetting hatred, Munich delivers a far more gruesome portrayal of the subject. A film with a sensitive and relevant topic only Spielberg can deliver, the Oscar nominated suspense is probably his boldest work to date. The story follows the aftermath of the massacre of Israeli athletes in the 1972 Munich Olympics, where Israelian Avner, played by Hulk’s Eric Bana, led a team of assassins in retaliation of the attacks. Their commander was played effectively by the intense Geofrrey Rush, while future Bond Daniel Craig, Amelie’s Matthieu Kassovitz, German actor Hanns Zischler, and Ciarán Hinds (Sum Of All Fears) played the hired assassins to complete the powerful supporting cast.

An unbiased account loosely based on a novel, the philosophy of the dogmatic, the profound, the straight-laced, and probably that of Spielberg, speak loudly through many characters of the film. We hear the Arab assassin’s concept of home, the tale of Avner’s mother on having a place on earth, the final conversation on peace and breaking bread among Jews, and more, each of which manifesting truths in a world where violence dictates politics, and politics dictates survival.

The movie demonstrates terrorism in the perspective of the terrorists, and the movie had a very talented actor to exemplify that – the eyes of Eric Bana. Man, those can really describe a soul that’s struggling between righteousness and brutality, between security and paranoia.

I was personally surprised that the movie is only rated R-13, given the straightforward gore of the sequences.

One of the many notable highlights was the parallelism between the scenes where Bana’s character was looking for bombs that didn’t even exist, and another, his colleague dismantling bombs they were supposed to use for their mission.

The last sequence of the movie, probably considered the climax to many, simultaneously showing a flashback of the murder of the athletes and the main character giving his wife another form of climax, was disturbing enough to acknowledge Bana’s great acting and the real world effects of the unceasing battle between nations and religion, affecting the terrorists themselves, the innocent, and everything in between.

As always, Spielberg successfully uses drama in a manner that doesn’t cross the borderline of being a drag and too emotional. From the first frame to the last, the movie is rich with vintage cinematography and editing; a friend even compared some scenes to the style of Hitchcock. Munich is one enthralling masterpiece, and definitely an instant classic.

I really wouldn’t mind Munich winning over Crash in the Academy, although I haven’t seen Brokeback Mountain yet. (My bestfriend said she watched Brokeback twice though and claims she loves Ang Lee so much for that movie.) But then again, Munich is a winning experience itself, and I don’t think it requires a trophy to prove that. Shakespeare In Love won best picture over Saving Private Ryan, remember?

Lian Ramos: the next Miss Universe
Thu, 16 Feb 2006 06:17:00 GMT

Watch out for Ms. Lia Andrea Ramos this March 4, 2006 in the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. Lian is one of the smartest and most cultured people that I’ve met. And to top it off, she’s a political science graduate in UP and works for an international organization that does funding for charity – just perfect for the Miss Universe crown!

Little side story: Last Valentine’s, while on a singles night out with other friends, the singer in the jazz bar thought that Lian and I were a couple. And I thought I’d never pass as a boyfriend to a beauty queen; my level has just been upgraded! Haha!


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