Friday, March 25, 2016

Only Lovers Left Alive: Einstein's Theory of Entanglement is spooky

Adam and Eve awake in separate parts of the world:  he, in Detroit, lute on lap, and she, in Tangier, on her bed surrounded by books.  for lovers who cannot live without each other, it's hard to understand why they cannot be in the same place.

Christopher Marlowe refuses to be addressed in public, especially since he wrote most of Shakespeare's masterpieces.   he refers to Adam as a suicidally romantic scoundrel whom he laments not having met before he wrote Hamlet.  Adam had been a major influence to countless writers, musicians and scientists.

Adam, unlike Lestat, prefers seclusion over fame.  while both use music as a means of expression, Adam would rather live in the shadows, while mastering his craft.   having acquired substantial scientific knowledge over the years, the vampire has managed to build contraptions to power both his home and vintage sports car with technology originally pioneered by Nikola Tesla.  which would make sense because if i were a reclusive vampire and i don't really want to see anyone, the idea of going out for gas or paying my Meralco bill would irritate the hell out of me.  but he is despondent, and even if Eve were on the other side of the planet, she can feel his pain and she goes to him.  they drive around, they talk, they walk together, they dance.

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i have never seen a couple so good together on screen.  i have always been fascinated with vampires and if i were to walk the around for all eternity, i would want to have my soulmate walk the earth with me.  that is what they are together.

"When you separate an entwined particle, and move both parts away from the other, even at opposite ends of the universe, if you alter or affect one, the other will be identically altered or affected. spooky."

Monday, March 21, 2016

Sakaling Di Makarating: nothing beats good old-fashioned letter writing

kids today will never know and appreciate a good handwritten love letter, or any kind of snail mail period.  they will never understand the effort that comes with writing down your thoughts and telling them to someone so vividly that the person reading can feel them breathing out of the page.  which is why the movie Sakaling Di Makarating (In Case They Don't Arrive) appealed to me.  sure, it's another travel movie that tells you that in the process of looking for someone or something, you might actually find yourself.  it is that, yes, but it also takes us back to that time when people actually took the time to write to someone and meant every word.  it takes us back to the time when we anticipated the coming of the mailman to bring us letters from the people we care about.  that flapping thing on your gate isn't just for your utility bills, you know.  it takes us back to that "archaic" time before emails and messenger and twitter and snapchat, but it means, taking you back to that time when connections weren't fleeting, when they actually meant something.

Cielo comes home to an empty apartment with a bunch of boxes and a mattress.  she broke off her engagement after being with  Mark for eleven years.  she initially suspects that it is her next-door neighbor Paul who sends her the postcards, but it turns out it wasn't him.  so she sets out on a journey to all the places painted in the postcards, in the hope of finding their source.

Alessandra de Rossi is wonderful as Cielo.  she's cautious but she's not afraid to try new things.  she wants to find out who her anonymous letter-writer is but she's also careful not to let her guard down.  Pepe Herrera is brilliant.  you want him to speak his mind, tell all his feelings but we're all scared he will get shut down because we love him already; then again, JC Santos is so mysterious, so chivalrous, that you want him to be M.  Therese Malvar just gets better and better every time.  she will become a fine actress one day.  also noteworthy are the silent characters of the film:  the breathtaking scenery, the exceptional poetry and the amazing artwork captured in each sent postcard.

Sakaling Di Makarating, like all letters, brings to us a great story. it reminds us that while love and loss are inevitable, we have the rest of our lives to look forward to.  we seem to have this mindset to explore and seek adventures only to recover from heartbreak that we forget that traveling is about meeting new people and learning new things.  it's not about finding someone new, it's about finding YOU!  if you just happen to meet someone in the process, well then, lucky you!  but don't let that be the only reason you get up on your ass.    there's always something special about getting out of your comfort zone to seek new horizons and the film succeeds in teaching us that.  but more importantly, it shows us that there is a life waiting to be conquered, there is a life best enjoyed without your smartphone.  we may as well be looking for something for so long so far when it's just right in front of us, we were just too busy with our smartphones to see it.

as for me, i'd take a handwritten letter, even a small note of appreciation, any day;  and i will go back to writing again, chronicling every new adventure, whatever, wherever, whenever it may be.  

Friday, March 18, 2016

Jessica Jones: you like her but Kilgrave wins

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while i'm a big fan of the Marvel movies, i'm not too familiar with any of the comic book characters. in fact, i didn't know any of the characters until the movies came out.  so you can say that i'm not that geeky.  i mean, there are purists out there.  i'm not one of them.  so i didn't know who Jessica Jones is, or why she's important, until Netflix announced that David Tennant will be starring as Kilgrave in the show.  David Tennant being, of course, my favorite Doctor.  so brilliant an actor, i've been crushing on him since he was Barty Crouch, Jr.  oh, by the way, i don't have Netflix either.  if i did, this post wouldn't have been a year late.

Jessica Jones, played remarkably by Krysten Ritter,  is one of those "gifted" folks living in Hell's Kitchen.  she has superhuman strength and she can jump so high, it's as she were flying,  or "guided falling", as she calls it.  having been under Kilgrave's control for a while, she gives up the hero bit and opens her own detective agency.  she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and is a skilled alcoholic.

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i love her character for her honesty.  she's a big liar, of course, she's an alcoholic, after all.  what i love is that she's not trying to be the hero, much like other strong women with edge like Root and Shaw of Person of Interest, or even Gretchen from You're The Worst.  you know they're good people, and they always want to try to do the right thing, their ever-swaying moral compass notwithstanding.  Jessica tries her best; he efforts, her means, not always thought out properly or perfect, but always with the intent of doing what's right.   she knows she cannot save everyone, but will go through great lengths to protect the one or two people she cares about.  and while Trish will never have Jessica's abilities, she will always be the one to keep her grounded.

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David Tennant, as i have mentioned, is brilliant as Kilgrave. he has charisma.   i could not totally see him as a villain, although i admit to being terrified by the violence he told people to inflict on themselves. you look at his face and he's so charming, you'll gladly do what he orders.  i mean, when you think about it, he's not after world domination, he doesn't want to rob banks.  he's just really selfish, and very much obsessed with Jessica Jones.  she was the one person he couldn't control, not anymore anyway, the one he considered his equal.  you even pity him in a way, when you think about how he came to have his powers or how his parents abandoned him, forcing him to fend for himself.  you feel for him because he never really knows if people do the things he tells them to do because they want to or because he said so. and we go back to having great responsibility with great power.  think of all the good that can be done with that ability, and all the things that could go bad when in the wrong hands, or head, i should say.  Kilgrave was terribly misguided; he was so consumed by his obsession with Jessica.  you could even say he just wanted to win this girl's affection but some people just don't take rejection very well.  they leave a trail of bodies behind weighing on your conscience.  this reminds me of the Tenth Doctor's first appearance and the Sycorax invasion:  surrender or they will die.

Kilgrave never really dies, i guess. Jessica left him for dead and he still managed to haunt her wherever she was.  when somebody's inside your head, you have to be really strong to shut them out.  it's why Magneto wears a helmet, right?

anybody can be a hero.  even with the smallest of gestures we do for someone else can mean so much.  but with extraordinary abilities and the responsibilities that go with them, it cannot be as easy as black and white.  in the world of Jessica Jones and Kilgrave, those lines are blurred and it's hard to tell between hero and villain. any wrong decision can mean a person's life.

"Knowing it's real means you gotta make a decision. One, keep denying it... "

Wednesday, March 09, 2016


attractive young man messages bels.  bels ignores message and responds a day and a half later.  attractive young man messages bels again.  bels replies to message twelve hours later.  attractive young man is still awake.  attractive young man and bels message each other.

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aym asks for bels' cellphone number.  aym texts bels.  bels texts back. aym and bels message each other until aym runs out of load.  that or he fell asleep.

it's probably networking.  i'd help the guy if i could but i'm pretty much covered right now, thanks.

he'll wear out eventually.