I’m slowly inching to the topic I frequently wrote when I started blogging, oh, 6 years ago.
Oh, there was a time that an aspiring film major valued my opinions when I was active in Livejournal, and there was this other time I was actively conversing with film critics over at the defunct Indiefilipino.com.
- Over at my Multiply video archive (where I spend most of my post-work mornings uploading from YouTube) aside from the music videos -from Piaf to J Mascis-, there’s a split-in-three feature on Ingmar Bergman, who just recently died. I’ll say it anyway: beautiful black and white photography. Dang. Must brush up on what I still remember, and should watch, of Bergman.
- A 10 minute short film of one of my favorite directors, Krzysztof Kieslowski, is up there, too. Would help if there were subtitles, since it appears to be a talkie.
- And in movies of recent times, cable has been showing Judd Apatow‘s hit 40 Year-Old Virgin (which is a fabulous comedy to note), and I’ve re-rediscovered Miranda July‘s via a short films she wrote (Multiply link). Apatow is increasingly becoming a critic’s fave, and his recent Knocked Up has had favorable reviews. On the other hand, I haven’t heard much form July, but there is an eager anticipation from her followers what her next feature will be after the wonderful Me and You and Everyone We Know, a movie I’m tempted to just force people to see nowadays.
Continue reading “I Like Movies, Too, or Yes, A Non-Photography Post”
Was with old college friend, visual artist and Komikera (a collective of comic artists) Lea Lim to watch a Cynthia Alexander gig at Conspiracy Garden Cafe in QC. The day before, I was surprisingly all-giddy about using my M42 lenses again on the 350D DSLR, which I’ve rarely done anyway. My Canon 50mm f1.8 is neat and all, but I wanted to check what the manual focus, vintage Helios-44M 58mm f2 can do, wide-open, in a bar-performance setup.
Continue reading “This July Weekend: Hybrid DSLR, Smart Bro Woes, and Digital Tour’s Last Episode”
Michael Bay’s Transformers movie is awesome, a must-see, a glorious example of what a summer blockbuster should be.
Now, permit me to nitpick:
Second generation robots fan
My brothers, both half-a-decade older than me, were nostalgic over local TV stations re-airing Voltes V and Daimos around the mid-to-late 80s. I, though also a fan of both shows, was more into Bioman, Voltron, and of course, THE Transformers.
I religiously watched the original cartoon series in grade school. Ironhide was a favorite, for a reason I now forget; Gestalt teams (Autobots who combine to form a much larger robot: Constructicons, Protectobots, etc.) were a much anticipated show feature; Skyfire’s Decepticon-to-Autobot story was cheesy drama that got to me; Omega Supreme’s immense presence radiated through the TV screen; and my heart thumped enthusiastically years later when fate had me watch the animated movie, along with the standard-issue hair-band guitar score.
Now that I’m pushing thirty, I still go nostalgic over stuff like this. I readily put out my hard earned RMB when I saw a complete First Generation Transformers DVD set in Shanghai about a year ago. Honestly though, the rush was second only to my finding the Aeon Flux animated series. Sexy beats robot-cool anytime.
Continue reading “REVIEW: Transformers aka Lord of the Allspark”
A scaled-down Optimus Prime at the recently held ToyCon 2007 at Megamall
- The online life is now 50% Multiply, 30% Flickr, 10% for this blog, and the last 10% for everything else, including browsing through my Bloglines subscriptions, and ToyKameraPilipinas/RFilipinas. Makes less and less sense to keep this site, pay for the domain and hosting, etc., but lets just consider this a phase; phases could go on pretty long, though.
- Pre-photography, I did have a collective of good friends I hung out with from the office. Last Friday, I shunned all other event/gig/group photo-ops, and decided to take part in a surprise birthday party for ex-officemate Maya. Photos here.