A-cts of R-andom K-indness (People, correct me if I am wrong)
I would still say that it is blasphemous to a certain extent but surely, the lessons that one would get from this movie could overcome that. We’ll just confine ourselves with a short account of the story and the tidbits of lessons from it.
Change the world: that was what Evan just prayed who has just won it in the US congress. For all we know, the Big Guy in the sky heard it and set things for this man.
And so He wakes him up at exactly 6:15 am (or was it 14?) everyday to his great irritation. And so came these packages, seemingly from heaven, which he dismisses as wrong sent.
But hints are now coming his way, like animals chasing him up to his office and more packages, the materials of course for the work that He has given him. And so He finally appears to him, explaining it to him. But he would not believe and continues with his life as normal as he could… (in vain).
Then suddenly beard grows on his face and his clothes gets stripped off in exchange for that old school costume, that cloth in Bible times.
This time he gets the message and sets to work for what Genesis 6:15 (or was it 14?) says: to build an ark. But people around misunderstood him, dismissed him as insane, even his family would leave him for lack of a good explanation for his actions. “God told me…,” he would say to his wife but to no go. In his work, he was isolated for his weird actions…and clothes. Alone but determined, he continues the build, together with the animals which were already waiting for it to be finished.
He has forecasted a date for the deluge; the media picks up the signal and covers the event. His family goes back to help him and finished the beautiful ship just in time. Animals get now what they wanted: a shelter from a coming disaster. And so the people now challenge him. There was no rain at all! The sun was at its height. But suddenly there comes this rain only to stop after no more than three minutes. The people was, more than any other time, convinced of his insanity…but…
Several miles away, from a substantial height, a dam breaks down and the people down below would notice it. The deluge!
“Into the ark, into the ark!” Evan would call on to the people. The ark somehow saves all the people as the large amount of water runs through the place where the ark is situated, destroying everything. The flood gets into downtown and finally settling the great ark in the place where a fellow congressman is just having a boastful talk, the very man who proposed the construction of the dam, without proper planning which eventually led to the disaster. The hero wins the battle in the end. =)
I really like this play with the concept of randomness. Although at first the main character seemed to be at lost as to what it was all about, he eventually gets the big picture and follows, to the expense of respect and relationships. We would soon get the prize he asked for: the chance to change the world. Well at least.
Scientifically it is possible, that what seems to have no meaning at all can contain juicy information.
(Chaos theory of course, in which I’m getting pretty soaked up right now).
Posted by PransisEmWatchMovies at 6:32 PM Saturday, April 5, 2008
Bean’s Holiday: Our Holiday
Despite being a self-confesses killjoy in watching in movies (I don’t enjoy having company when devouring flicks), I sometimes allow myself some amusement by having my sister, sometimes lola, largely depending on her mood and taste for the movie. But I had the whole gang for the Bean’s Holiday starring of course engineer Rowan Atkinson reliving some classic scenes from his past Mr. Beans’ shows (i.e. vomiting to a nearby chair in a classy restaurant).
The story is all about Mr. Beanie (from the kid in Bean the Movie) winning a holiday to Cannes (thanks to the winning ticket lying close to him) and all the mishaps and escapades leading to that beautiful holiday spot. Starting out from Paris, he gets in contact with a famous director to whom he does a big blunder – separating him from his son also due for Cannes. And so he keeps the kid in his company, doing some more stupid things like leaving the passports and empting their pockets altogether. But then, as expected with Bean, he goes to compensate for them, earning money by doing some sort musical play (thanks to a borrowed speaker) only to lose the ticket to a run-away chicken as well as the kid who eventually joins a traveling band.
But perhaps things are all in favor of Bean who eventually had a break for a commercial shoot but busting the chance soon after. Here he meets the young lady who would do for him a favor – take him to Cannes with her on a car pretty much like his own. Soon Mr. Bean would be reconciled with the kid and the crew is now complete, enjoying one heck of a road trip and finally arriving at Cannes at around morning. (Picture, picture!)
Now disguised to gain entrance to the venue of the movie premier to which the lady (just forgot her role in the movie) would be appearing, they are all good to go but a TV news report reveals everything to her. She would temporarily doubt Bean but everything would be settled and the plan is all out now to enter the place of the premiere. But there was only one ticket! So Bean and the kid now attempt to come up with a means to enter, knocks out I think a guard and enters into the movie hall.
But the movie in premiere was itself so boring and devoid of any life plus the disappointing fact that the director (the actor was the Green goblin of Spiderman, don’t know his name) had cut the lady’s scene, showing her for no more than five seconds.
And Bean now comes to the rescue, rigging his own video cam to project it onto the hall below, eliminating the motion pictures but not the sound. By stroke of luck, the narration of the movie goes along very well with the videos, touching topics such a beauty and happiness. The director makes the move to stop the surprise but all eventually ends up on stage, to the applause of the watching people, after Mr. Bean was shortly accused of kidnapping. Then everyone would get the real story and Mr. Bean, now enchanted by the blue sea, walks out onto the beach outside.
Nothing can be more exciting in having such a fun-filled holiday. I’d surely love to experience a fun-filled vacation like that but not in such a seemingly chaotic manner. Mr.Bean is, whether he exist or not, one heck of a superman in having the knack to escape dangers and evade bad lucks.
Although from what I’ve read, Rowan is not really at ease in this Mr. Bean thing, I’d sure enjoy any future stories of Beanie. =)
(I would recommend you to watch Bean the Movie; center on importance of families; good one)
Posted by PransisEmWatchMovies at 6:29 PM Saturday, April 5, 2008
A (Quite) Convincing Truth
What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know It's what we know for sure that just ain't so -Mark Twain
I cannot say when I actually first heard about the movie. But I’ve watched several jokes and gags about it in Late Night Show with David Letterman, seen parts of it in Simpson the Movie, and read its showing in school announcements. And so I was quite glad that I was able to get a hold of copy when I registered in a video-renting shop in our city.
It was during the days when I was still hot on the issue of the NBN ZTE scandal here in our country and was susceptible to new issues. But then I found myself, to a certain extent, not able to grasp immediately the idea that he (Al Gore) was putting forward. Perhaps it’s because I have lived a large part of my life in this quite little province surrounded by mountain and trees. As if I am not feeling the horrors of this global warming that is said to permeate through our lives today.
But assuming that all the data that he gathered and presented in the documentary was reliable, there was nothing left but this gaping hole of realization in me that the world now, more than any time of human existence, is in need of efficient solutions to these problems. Well personally, I believe the country in which Al Gore belongs is one of the biggest factors in the problem’s continuance. He said it himself in the film: “By far the worst contributor to this problem…” Although I have my own criticisms about the United States of which I will not to talk about here (or else I might find myself being hunted by FBI or CIA), I think the US ought to spearhead the campaigns to prevent further destruction of the environment. Well that does not mean to say that since they are the superpower they will the be the only one to act since they have all the possible resources. Each nation I think should make the best efforts to assess the conditions of their own countries and design the necessary solutions for each one of them. Collaborative efforts I think will also do. I know that all I am saying right now are in general but each passing day is a new day, with new challenges and conditions that the solutions of yesterday may not meet today. The evolving planet encloses in it the same evolutions of different degrees. If we, the inhabitants, let the destructive processes evolve into their maturity, well, we cannot hope to find a more livable place in the future.
I find his explanation about the warming on the part of the Atlantic Ocean pretty amusing although I am quite critical of it. At least for now, since I am yet to understand the principles underlying reconstruction of the past events (or equivalently, forecasting of the future in a large time frame – recall chaos theory!)
Also, I sympathize with his past frustrations over his advocacies that were apparently turned down by his own countrymen. It’s really hard when all your efforts are seen by the outside world as tale and fiction. But I don’t think all his efforts were in vain since the US is doing its best now to do things to make some solutions to global warming.
(Well, I was surprised when he talked of in-land water because at least it confirmed the principle that one of our physics instructor fought for in one of his class. Sir Barry, tama nga ung sinabi mo about the yelo sa baso, mali ung mga taga chem. hehe.)
The era of Procrastination, of Half-Measures, of Soothing and Baffling Expedients, of Delays, of Coming to its Close. In its place we are entering a Period of Consequences. -Sir Winston Churchill, Nov. 12, 1936
What I really like about the film (despite the seemingly bad things it presented all through out) is the beautiful picture of the planet from the outer space, where it is all blue with these dancing clouds.
Whether you or me is a staunch environmentalist or not (I’m a trying-hard at that), we cannot dismiss altogether the fact the earth as a whole is one big home – one that we should protect and conserve, simply because it’s the only one that we have. It may take hundred years or so before we could migrate to Mars or to some cosmic habitation but by that time we, the present generation is all but ashes. So with this thing in mind, why don’t we live to the fullest while we still have the Earth but at the same time do our part as its protectors? Of course we are the ones who have put the planet into such state. At least we should have the discretion to make it a more habitable planet today and at least for the next hundred years.
Doing the right thing enable us to moves forward.
“An Inconvenient Truth” is a film that speaks of the outside world right now, of the things that we may not be seeing as we go along our lives, but succinctly leaves to us that urge to make a change, to step forward and act in favor of the home in which we live.
Posted by PransisEmWatchMovies at 1:22 AM Thursday, April 3, 2008
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
“Either we live by accident or die by accident, or we live by plan and die by plan…”
This adaptation of the Thornton Wilder Pulitzer-winning novel has indeed captured the drama and the emotions that were described in the story. In trying to come up with a sensible review of this, I needed to rummage through my books and find the book itself which I bought two years ago. I enjoyed it very much and I hoped to find fine corroboration between the movie and the written story.
The whole story centered upon the lives of the five people that became the casualties of the breaking of the San Luis Rey - the “finest bridge in all of Peru”. This has been made possible by a certain Franciscan priest by the name of Brother Juniper who was able to witness the accident and wrote a book about it. Prior to the incident, he was into this belief that bridges last forever. But when he saw with his own eyes the demise of the San Luis Rey, he asked to himself (or perhaps to God) why these people. And so with this, he set out to find the details on the lives of these five people and how they were led to the bridge and to the “gulf below”. (Sadly enough, this endeavor of his caused him his life as he was burned at the stake together with his books after an Inquisition.)
I will not deal with the technicalities of the movie itself. For one, I do not have sufficient knowledge to discuss them (i.e. lightings, make-ups, set-ups etc). The adaptation speaks for itself. But as a book reader I would try to dissect and describe the discrepancies that I’ve seen in this movie.
Well there is no denying that it is most of the time hard to put exactly what the original novel tells about. For one, the movie is time constrained. It cannot go about for like 5 hours or so. Even I, who has become accustomed to long lectures in class and watching professors do their job, will not be able to stand it. It won’t be boring for all I know. It will be just tiring.
Also I can understand that the movie is limited by the writers. Of course they only have to highlight the main sub-themes in the story and consequently discard the parts which cannot in any way affect the flow of the movie despite their omissions. Again the movie is quite successful in delivering the message of the novel. Let me just discuss now the “inaccuracies” so to speak, of some of the parts in the movie.
One, the narrator in the novel has become the archbishop, Brother Juniper, Pepita, Doña Clara, among other. It does not do harm to any chance watchers especially to those unfamiliar with the existence of the novel. But it is quite surprising to me. As I went to reread the story, I cannot help but let out a chuckle as I find scenes that were quite different in the movie. To wit, Pepita, Dona Maria Marques de la Montemayor’s all-too-faithful servant, is just twelve years old but in the movie, why it seems that she is already around in her twenties. To a certain extent, it defeats the purpose of the character and the emotions that she has. Anyway, the actress has done a good job of behaving just like the servants of those times would be most likely to behave. And hey, Manuel and Esteban talk in the story! But at least, the scene on the Manuel’s death, Esteban’s appearance in the room of the Perichole and his failed suicide attempt, and his talk to Captain Alvarado were quite good. The writer or director, or whoever is responsible for those parts, were creative enough to build fairly unique scenes. Copying exactly from the scenes in the novel would be boring anyway.
Perhaps it would a contradiction to pore into the other scenes that I find different with the statement I’ve mentioned which has something to do with the strength of the movie.
I personally recommend the movie and the novel together. Despite the compactness of the movie, the emotion, the lessons that the story has to tell will be complemented, perhaps completed, by the reading of the original novel.
“We have all fallen victim to the tyranny of loving more for the sake of ourselves…”
Robert de Niro – Archbishop
Adriana Dominguez - Pepita
Posted by PransisEmWatchMovies at 4:10 AM Sunday, March 16, 2008
PRANSISEM WATCH MOVIES Review Points
I thought it necessary to have at least a way of quantifying the degree of satisfaction to the movies. And so with the entries go the points for them. (I find star images quite boring and so chose instead my face to be the symbol, hehe.)
10: Blockbuster! I can watch the movie again and again without getting bored and as if I am seeing it for the first time. Definitely a thing that my children should get to watch! A gem!
9: Woah, who, woah. I’ll definitely recommend this to my friends, even to my friends’ bosses. Technically sound and solid. =)
8: This one’s got a lot of things to teach us. Enjoyable.
7: Certified movie at its best, in its own respect.
6: Well, this one’s going to last (I think).
5: Fair. It’s neither good nor bad. =)
4: Wait, wait, wait. Why are my fellow movie watchers starting to snooze?
3: ZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZz… Hey, is it the end of the movie? (Thank G-d..)
2: A candidate for my brain’s trash can. A crap from my own stand point.
1: I’d better see the VCD (or DVD, whatever the case may be) smash itself into the walls outside. It’ll be a better action scene that all of its contents combined.
Posted by PransisEmWatchMovies at 4:08 AM Sunday, March 16, 2008
PRANSISEM WATCH MOVIES Blog
The idea behind this blog came about when I had already a bunch of movies for which I planned to make some sort of reviews. My original plan was to put them all in my favorite blog (which I consider my ‘main blog’) www.pransisem.blogspot.com so that people may be able to browse through the entries.
But as I was going through the boring process of washing the dishes on that particular Saturday night, I thought it would just crowd the blog site if I am to put all of my write-ups there. It would also cover those themes or entries that I want to be on the top, so to speak. And so there was this click in my mind, sort of light bulb lighting up and finally decided why not put up a separate site where I can devote those movies reactions/reviews/whatever-you-call-it.
And voila www.pransisemwatchmovies.blogspot.com!
So here it is, naïve and novice as this may seem, I find this a good outlet of my thoughts on movies I get to watch. I cannot deny that I am oftentimes fascinated by how well plots of movies are laid out, or how good the effects, graphics, dialogues, scenes among other are executed. My mind seems to be set into this process of immediate disposal of feeble thoughts. That’s why I realize this need to put them into paper (or type them on the keyboard) so as to obtain a comprehensive review of them in the future. (Yap, it seems that I am in an unpronounced phobia of forgetting things about myself and or my past and hence, the addictive process of writing about virtually everything). Anyway, enough of these prologues. =)
To those who may chance upon this site: You are more than welcome to leave comments here (I have set this site so that any people, even those who do not have any Blogger account, can still leave some messages). There’s a great deal to be learned about movies I think, in relation to reality or about the reality of fantasies.
Posted by PransisEmWatchMovies at 8:03 PM Sunday, March 9, 2008