Eagle Eye

27 09 2008

Jerry Shaw have had lead-feet all his life. Unlike his twin brother Ethan who is an achiever, Jerry has slowly wasted away in the dinky recesses of Copy Cabana. He lives a dreary life … until his twin dies.

Rachel Halloman has a prodigy for a child. She wisks him on a train to perform for the President of the United States but the first night she gets a time out, things turn for the worse.

Jerry and Rachel are on the run, snared to make alliance with a lady at the other end of the line. Their life is threatened to the brink of annihilation if they choose differently. Amidst all the unfortunate events, things seem to work – traffic lights turn green, monster trucks smash pursuing cops, conveyor belt directs them to the right track and any monitor at any place shows them the road to safety. Somehow the lady on the phone is seemingly ubiquitous, making things possible for the dreaded mission to succeed. Why and how, no one seems to know. What makes it far more dangerous than it already is, is that the enemy doesn’t have a fibber of conscience.

Eagle Eye was conceived around ten years ago by master storyteller Steven Spielberg and it was completely fished in the fiction shelves. However, years later the technology attached to the concept has turned to tangible and irrevocable fact. Directed by DJ Caruso (The Shield and Disturbia), the movie is set on our present day with the very same technology that we exploit. He guided the action sequence and plot well to its first act and continued with the course evenly on the second. Although some shots were in need of distancing (close up of crashing cars can be disorienting and muddling) it still stayed tight to the concept of graceful mess.

For its entertainment value, Eagle Eye served its purpose very well. The tension and the slack was just right to keep you glued until the enemy is revealed.  We somehow understand why they insist on answering the phone even if it violates any sense of reasoning. The sense of the unknown, fear and helplessness was well depicted in the final move of Jerry. Shia Lebeouf is difficult to watch without remembering Even Stevens but he did pretty well; losing himself into Jerry “the reluctant hero” Shaw and letting me believe, that he’s an actor slowly rising to the ranks. Co-star Michelle Monaghan on the other hand appear equipped for the role, shadowing the fact that most Shia Lebeouf fans wants an evident younger love interest. The chemistry of the two actor cooked well in the ending.

The musical score is also forceful that it dictates and heightens the already evident mood. It’s good, but what I can’t deny is the parallel groove it has with a Jerry Bruckheimer or a Michael Bay film. It might just be me but I see flashes of Bruckheimer in the car chase, and Bay in the “get outta here, that thing is coming back” scene.

At first thought, the movie is a derivative of Enemy of the State but you can forgive Eagle Eye only because all stories have been told. This is nothing close to a rehash, if anything, it’s an entity on its own. This review – which serves to my purpose – is unlike any you will read, only because I like the film and I can securely say that the plot is tight. It served the intent and purpose the producer, director and actor could afford.

Somehow with the plausible premise of the movie, I’m going to look at new technology differently. There is a likely conspiracy out there and I pity the fool who thinks otherwise.

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What About Now?

24 09 2008

I like the song, the meaning, the rhythm, the video and the band. I can’t help but be moved.

I first heard the song in American Idol Season 8 Give Back show. Although “What About Now” had been floating in MTV and KISS FM, the video brought the much needed ‘umph’ to it, by then my attention was planted.

I put up my own video montage because the ones posted on YouTube are having issues when I try to grab them.

Shadows fill an empty heart
As love is fading,
From all the things that we are
But are not saying.
Can we see beyond the scars
And make it to the dawn?Change the colors of the sky.
And open up to
The ways you made me feel alive,
The ways I loved you.
For all the things that never died,
To make it through the night,
Love will find you.

What about now?
What about today?
What if you’re making me all that I was meant to be?
What if our love never went away?
What if it’s lost behind words we could never find?
Baby, before it’s too late,
What about now?

The sun is breaking in your eyes
To start a new day.
This broken heart can still survive
With a touch of your grace.
Shadows fade into the light.
I am by your side,
Where love will find you.

What about now?
What about today?
What if you’re making me all that I was meant to be?
What if our love, it never went away?
What if it’s lost behind words we could never find?
Baby, before it’s too late,
What about now?

Now that we’re here,
Now that we’ve come this far,
Just hold on.
There is nothing to fear,
For I am right beside you.
For all my life,
I am yours.

What about now?
What about today?
What if you’re making me all that I was meant to be?
What if our love never went away?
What if it’s lost behind words we could never find?

What about now?
What about today?
What if you’re making me all that I was meant to be?
What if our love never went away?
What if it’s lost behind words we could never find?
Baby, before it’s too late,
Baby, before it’s too late,
Baby, before it’s too late,





Hellboy II: The Golden Army

22 09 2008

Our unlikely hero had an unlikely sequel. Only because part one didn’t look like it had any other future, save for graphic novels. But when the name Guillermo Del Torro rode the wave of Paz Labyrinth success, the sequel got my attention.

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army takes off with Red’s father telling him the story of King Balor and his golden army. The story spoke of the great king and the reign he had on earth together with the humans. But the humans had an unquenchable thirst for power that challenged the Elves. The King then decided to rid the world of this problem by ordering a great Goblin to build him an army – unstoppable and feirce. But when the horror of his soldiers nearly extinguished the human race, King Balor repents with a truce to end the war and locking his deathly army away. We jump to present day and we learn that the King’s son is about to break this pact. Enter Hellboy and his team to keep the balance between human and creatures of the unknown. Prince Nuada is resolved to bringing the tilt toward his kind but not if the paranormal team is bent to stopping him. Thus he encourages Red to join him in his crusade lest he will bring the Golden Army to his steed and kill him.

When they tied Hellboy II to Panz Labyrinth it was a tall order to make it grand. With my hopes up, I  moved my schedule around only to watch a movie that tried to treat me with a load of expletive deleted and a medium rare story – I want them well done. I will agree with the multitude of Del Torro fans that this movie is a visual playground. It is highly inventive and fascinating that it awakens the appreciative artist and geek in you. The spectrum of the director’s vision marked a new level of treatment when it comes to depicting and rendering visuals (both in the dark and in the light) . It is also clear that the movie didn’t exploit the power of CGI, instead it went through the complexity of building things from the ground up. However it failed to capitalize on its strength. Why? This is supposed to be a film, so a decent story should be in order – footnote 300 and Sin City. It somehow reminds me of George Lucas’ genius when it comes to creating something nice to look at and his moronic storytelling – remember Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skulls? Even Speilberg can’t help him. Any moviegoer with brains intends to be challenged and be brought to a conclusion of sort. Conceivably, a handful of us want to ‘see’ something nice however if that’s all there is we might as well stare at pictures.

 There are many lose ends when it comes to Hellboy II’s exposition that the hard work placed on the design is over shadowed by the inorganic flow of the narrative. So many things – like the love story (of Abe and the Princess) and the love/ hate relationship of Red and Liz – is so misplaced, I can’t seem to put a root on it. It has the magic of letting you ride the full-blown fantasy/ action but it continues to ride on the farce the former movie went through. Also, I didn’t like the way they allowed humans die in this film. Come on, for a character that is bent to saving mankind, Hellboy sure shows so little emotion to people who dies around him.

If there is anything or anyone that had depth in it, it would be the villain. He sure gave Hellboy and his team something to do. Plus, he has deep issues so similar to human problems that it empties the purpose of the hero.

Ratings:





Rests, Songs and Lyrics

19 09 2008

It’ll be an early weekend for me. After commandeering two teams (Wave 33 newbies consisting of 22 heads and CUAL1 consisting of 14 able bodies) for four days, I’m low on sleep, running on caffeine and cranky, thus spent. I’m not going to give you an inventory of what ran within those days because it’ll just encourage me to drone about it – just imagine me with perpetual bad hair. Rest assured my numbers are still up for both teams and each ran with efficient engines.

I still need to run errands for my health though. Perhaps if time will allow I’ll go catch a movie – I have got to see Hellboy! … and I still have an untouched list of CineEuropa films. Dang, I need more time.

Has anyone heard the song Fall For You by the Secondhand Serenade? I’m beginning to like it especially the piano part.

Also I came across some lyrics that are brilliantly astute. 

‘Cause you don’t like the way they seem to be going
You cut them up and spread them out on the floor
You’re full of hopes as you begin rearranging
Put it all back together but in the final reckoning
We’re trying, the lovers are losing

I’ll post it once I get a copy. It’s an exerpt from “Lover’s Are Losing” By Keane. I love that this song started as a poem; it creates primal reaction that is raw and close to home.





The Man Who Can’t Be Moved

17 09 2008

There was a time in my life when I sang this song. Hearing it again, sang by someone else – and this time far more fluent – I realize how jaded I was to think that someone can be as strong as I am. Then one day I woke up, and realized that I was the only one strong and all was wishful thinking.

Going back to the corner where I first saw you.
Gonna camp in my sleeping bag, I’m not gonna move.
Got some words on cardboard, got your picture in my hand.
Saying “if you see this girl can you tell her where I am”

Some try to hand me money, they don’t understand
I’m not broke … I’m just a broken hearted man
I know it makes no sense, but what else can I do.
How can I move on when I’m still in love with you?

Cos if one day you wake up and find that you’re missing me
And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I can be.
Thinking maybe you’ll come back here to the place that we’d meet.
And you’d see me waiting for you on the corner of the street
So I’m not moving… I’m not moving.

Policeman says “son you can’t stay here”.
I said there’s someone I’m waiting for if it’s a day, a month, a year
Gotta stand my ground even if it rains or snows
If she changes her mind, this is the first place she will go

Cos if one day you wake up and find that you’re missing me
And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I can be.
Thinking maybe you’ll come back here to the place that we’d meet. 
And you’d see me waiting for you on the corner of the street
So I’m not moving… I’m not moving. So I’m not moving… I’m not moving

People talk about the guy Who’s waiting on a girl… Oohoohwoo.
There are no holes in his shoes, but a big hole in his world… Hmmmm
And maybe I’ll get famous as man who can’t be moved.
And maybe you won’t mean to but you’ll see me on the news
And you’ll come running to the corner… Cos you’ll know it’s just for you
I’m the man who can’t be moved. I’m the man who can’t be moved

Cos if one day you wake up and find that you’re missing me.
And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I can be.
Thinking maybe you’ll come back here to the place that we’d meet.
And you’d see me waiting for you on the corner of the street
So I’m not moving… I’m not moving. So I’m not moving… I’m not moving.

Going back to the corner where I first saw you.
Gonna camp in my sleeping bag, no I’m not gonna move





Parting Of Ways

15 09 2008

Don’t be upset that it’s over … be happy that it happened.

I will lose you soon. I don’t want that to happen but changes are inevitable. Although I want to keep you, there’s a bigger machine that runs this whole game; you and I can only follow.

Once things change and you are no longer mine, please remember me and the things we tried to build, the things we tried to teach each other and what we wanted accomplished. Be kind to people you hold dear and stay away from those who thrive in negativity. Live with the fighters and the lover of life, they can help you realize that your toil is bearable no matter how difficult it gets. Be tolerant, you will never survive if you keep to things you are comfortable with. Grow up every day. Learn to leap to the void and trust that someone has your back. In case you jump at the wrong place, roll with the punches. Learn to survive. You’re so much greater than you know.

Lastly, remember the good times when things get tough. If things aren’t well, then the game is not yet over.  You have the power to turn things around just have with you an ounce of happy thoughts.

Lastly, I may have upset you – heaven knows I have the inate ability to do that. If I have, I hope you can find it in yourself to forgive me.

Thank you for letting me into your life and I hope you had a good time while it was ours.

See you around,

Me

p.s.

All I only ask is that you don’t compare me to whomever you are with right now … and vice versa. None of us are ever really perfect which makes us so dynamically human.





Looking Up

12 09 2008

Indeed, it gets darker before things get better.

I’m looking forward to my weekend and feeling the exact opposite of walking dead, I am off to a healthier three days. First stop, a visit to the doctor. I need my eyes checked (and perhaps get a new set of specs), teeth cleaned (yup, its that time of year again… I love visiting the dentist) and finally a stop to get the lump in my head checked. That should straighten my Saturday out.

Next day, up to Daranak. If I’m being tricked by my friends (they said we can treck and no swimming involved) then be my guest. I haven’t been to the place, so please take me. Plus, my hicking sandals is in need of dusting off.

A turn for the different, Monday wont’t be manic for me.  A jaunt to the theatre to catch Hellboy (a review is in order and we all know how much I like doing that) and perhaps a bit of shopping – I need a good book, a copy of that magazine I’ve been meaning to buy and a new top.

This should put a bit of spring in my step. Oh before I forget, I have less worries (in life) now because just a few hours ago, I placed my investment to my own pension plan. In case something happens to me, my mom and brother should be well taken care of.

Lovely!