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:: Hell Week ::
Sunday: prepare for photo exhibit
Monday: prepare for photo exhibit
Tuesday: TDR for May Day Eve or Tech Run for photo exhibit... must decide
Wednesday: additional rehearsal for May Day Eve... or a break if I'm lucky
Thursday: photo exhibit
Friday: opening night for May Day Eve
Saturday: May Day Eve - 2nd show

I'm just glad I don't have much else to worry about right now.

:: Another Shameless Plug ::
May Day Eve - An Elegy in Eight Dialogues
A Viare Production

Inspired by Nick Joaquin's May Day Eve
By Juan Ekis

Directed by "J" and "X"
J. Paolo Melchor and Christian R. Vallez

December 3, 4, 7, 14, 17, & 18 at 7:30 PM
and December 18 at 3:00 PM
Telengtan Hall, 5/F ACB
University of Asia & the Pacific
Pearl Drive, Pasig

:: Shameless Plug ::

:: Anticipating ::
may day eve, a good night of sleep, my photo exhibit, .mov films, a pint of ice cream, 2046, more short films, (hopefully) film school, pay day, tint, the holidays, shaving, my nephew gonzalo, a new job, meeting mentors; enjoying life more...

:: 12.02.2004 ::
The 2nd of December.
Keep it free.
Save it for me.


:: Chona's (sort of) Back! ::
Chona Mae Banaag has been resurrected! She is now officially back in the city... or at least her posts are. I sure would like to read more posts from her, but for now, just the chance to re-read old posts is enough.

Kababawan strikes again.

Before I forget, thanks to the anonymous Chona Mae fan who told me about her return. I owe you one. =)

:: Movie Love ::
I love movies... and it seems the feeling is mutual - movies love me. Aside from reading blogs and solving puzzles, I have, in the past few days, seen some really great movies. My Sassy Girl, Before Sunset, and The Incredibles, have all found their way into my list of favorite movies of all time.

That being said, I'm wondering... maybe I should actually compile a list of my favorite movies one of these days.

:: Plugging ::
Forget work. Screw writing. I've got better things to do.

Reading other people's blogs is so much easier than writing your own. Check out HULK'S DIARY THAT IS ON THE INTERNET, Willow-Post, Cooking for Engineers, or even PinoyBlog.com. Heck, check out the links on the left side of this page. There are so many talented writers out there, I can spend hours just reading other people's sites, blogs, and whatnot. Heck, I've been doing just that.

If you think that I've been letting my mental muscles atrophy, think again. Solving puzzles has also kept me busy lately. Try The Mystery of Time and Space. If you like that, try Crimson Room, Viridian Room, and Blue Chamber, in that order. I'm also trying to find copies of Myst and similar games.

Anyway, that's all I have time for now. I'm still trying to find my way out of the Blue Chamber.

:: Better Than Eye Candy ::

My Sassy Girl now tops my list of favorite movies. I'm still trying to think of other films that might knock it off its pedestal now, but I haven't found one so far.

Thanks to this movie, I also have a new crush, Jun Ji-hyun. She is just too cute. Part of the reason her character gets away with all her obnoxiousness is that she looks so adorable. On the other hand, it could be that she is adorable because there's so much personality behind that simple face. But anyway, I'm rambling...

Jun Ji-hyun is definitely eye candy... and near the end of the movie, she looked a bit like Shu Qi (So Close, The Transporter), another utterly adorable face.

Hmm... connect this with a recent entry and you might see a trend. Jun Ji-Hyun, Shu Qi, and Zhang Ziyi... yum!

Anyway, a line from a song just came to mind, but I'm wondering if anybody can identify the song just based on this line: "I feel like a kid with a teenage crush on a school day." What does this have to do with the rest of the things I've written here? Well, I'm beginning to think this entry makes me seem like such a sap. For now, though, I don't think I'd argue. I'm still hung over from watching My Sassy Girl.

:: Eye Candy ::
I finally saw House of Flying Daggers a couple of days ago, and I was... well... err... I was left speechless.

It wasn't the greatest movie I've seen, but it was definitely one of the most beautiful. It was, in Knox's words, "a cinematographer's dream come true." Forget the convoluted storyline and ignore the seemingly out of place scenes. This movie is worth watching simply because it is such a feast for the eyes.

The last fight scene in particular was amazing. Yes, it was sandwiched between two cheesy, melodramatic scenes, but it was still riveting. Yes, there was a scene snuck in somewhere that felt totally out of place, but the fight scene still blew me away. It was ugly... and because of that it was beautiful. It was a bloody, dirty brawl. The combatants showed none of the grace they showed in previous scenes, and instead displayed raw, uncontrolled emotion. The viciousness of the final brawl, in stark contrast to the choreographed fight scenes preceding it, was pure poetry in motion.

I loved watching this movie. It suffers from some flaws, a weak script among them, but makes up for them with amazing cinematography. Hats of the Zhang Yimou for making a beautiful movie.

Ang labo naman ng review ko na 'to! Oh well...

:: Censorship ::
Sex and the City on RPN 9 is absolutely hilarious. Imagine Sex and the City with any word even remotely connected to sex cut out, and you might get an idea of what I mean. Fans of the show should try and catch it at least once. I believe it airs every Monday night at 10:30.