When you start a question with the word Hypothetically, its always obviously about you.
“Hypothetically, lets say-“
I was always asked about how I would react if some guy did some kind of thing to me.
I don’t know why they ask me these kinds of questions. Was it a given that when a woman was single and had more guy friends than girls that she was automatically the best person to ask about how to handle women ? Really.
But then again, it was always fun to lecture men about women. Since it has always been a mystery to them.
“Women are so complicated. Why can’t it just be simple?” my friend mentioned.
I shrugged and watched him take a drag out of his cigarette and puff out smoke. He followed the gestured with curse.
And for the first time ever, I didn’t argue.
It was awfully true.
Women are complicated.
There was never a time that I didn’t encounter the same exact situation.
Whenever a guy asks permission to go out without their sweetie pie, 90% of the time, sweetie pie would be on her toes, paranoid, uneasy and constantly checking up on him via text, twitter and in worst cases, phone calls.
It will always be annoying, and it will only get worse because in the end, the guy ends up with a dozen missed calls and texts from sweetie pie.
The gist: She thinks you did something bad behind her back while you went on partying and that you are a liar.
I’m not generalizing, well, not really, but based on the many times I sat down and talked to my girlfriends about their babycakes, I am comfortable to saying that it is indeed a solid fact.
Women will never trust men.
I blame reality TV and romantic comedies.
My friend asked for my advice as to how to handle a very angry girlfriend.
I took a moment and at an instant, a flash of memories, anecdotes, chikkas and talks ran through my mind.
“Just say sorry, try to explain and hope for the best and remember, you will never win this war”
It was pretty much the best advice I could give him. Then my other guy friends started asking me other questions.
I felt like a teacher and a traitor.
But it felt nice to share some wisdom. At least .01% of the male population had some idea about how a woman’s mind works after what I shared.
I thought of it as a Pay It Forward kind of thing.
My next seminar was going to be held sometime next month.
The subject would be on “how to prepare and handle PMS. For men”
I’ve always dreamt of directing movies.
Ever since I was a kid.
Ever since I saw a behind the scenes look of my favorite movie: E.T
I’ve always wanted to hold a camera and say the word “action!”
After 4 years in Liberal Arts college, I finally begged my parents to send me to a short course on Film making, and they agreed. Just one year, they said. I couldn’t have been more grateful.
The first day of class, and I was one of the few early students to arrive. A few minutes after, several people came in through the doors.
A girl with a laptop
A guy with TV company ID around his neck.
A kid who clutched the latest Entertainment Weekly magazine.
A guy in shades, kinda looked familiar. Was he some actor?
Another guy who was a friend of the other guy who apparently works for the same network. They laughed at each other. Talking about their latest project.
For a moment I thought, Maybe this wasn’t a good idea. It felt I didn’t have any film making experience like some of my classmates. Did I make the right decision to take this course?
I had a notebook out, and I scribbled the words,
Write about how your first day of film school went later.
One guy, smiled and introduced himself. He had a copy of Harry Potter with him. We exchanged names.
My teacher, a veteran filmmaker, bless her soul, came in and we introduced ourselves. Then she asked the class: ” So, why did you decide to take this course?”
We were seated in a circle. I was one of the 4 girls of the 15 students of Basic Film Making course batch 5. The only one with a notebook out, with a few short stories inside. I was writing a few lines while waiting, just to pass the time.
Our teacher pointed at the guy across me, a chinese guy, with his arms crossed, and all-knowingly he answered: “I want to make my own movie”
My teacher laughed, a little bit too loudly. Kind of scary. “Shit” I thought. He had the same answer as me. “That’s it?” she asked.
Chinese guy was taken aback. His ego sunk. Double shit.
“Uhm…” Chinese guy shifted on his seat. Clearly, it wasn’t the right answer. What was the right answer?
She pointed to another student, this time to this old guy who I think was around 30 or 35. I was 23. He was married. Just saying, Film was for everyone, I guess.
“I want to steer away from advertising for a while, get back to the basics, to making movies” He said, humbly.
My teacher smiled, fanning herself, “Good.”
“I love watching movies ” one said.
” I want to be the next Tim Burton.”
“Looks kind of interesting to make a movie.”
“II want to learn how to edit”
” Change of career”
“I don’t want to act anymore”
After each and every answer was a short discussion about it. One by one, my classmates were answering the question and every answer had a backfire from our teacher. I was thinking of another unique answer I could give. I didn’t want to have the same one. It just wasn’t original.
Then she pointed to me. “You?” All eyes were on me.
I froze and just like that a rush of memories started playing inside my head.
Me as a child, washing the floor from non-existent dirt, as if I was Cinderella, making up a different version of the “Sing, sweet, Nightingale” as I went on. Me, as a tween, exchanging notebooks with my best friends, scribbling line after line about a story of our favorite boy band and us in the same setting. Me, as a high school student,editing on Windows Movie Maker, our English project on a chapter of Les Miserables, shot in sepia. Me, as a college student, writing my very first theater play and directing it on stage. Me, during the summer, as I held my video camera to document my saturday bondings with my barkada wherein I catch the funny moments which we watched over and over again right after. Me, with my uncle, as he talked to me about his previous acting gigs and how he promised to take me on set to see how movies were made.
He never got the chance to. He passed a few months back.
I snapped out of my memory bank. Everyone was waiting for my answer, ” My uncle said I should take film making.”
My teacher looked at me, with the same look she gave to the first guy who answered, ” and why is that?” she asked.
I cleared my throat and looked around before looking at the opened notebook in front of me.
I read the words I wrote: Write about how your first day of film school went later.
” I want to tell stories.” I said as I smiled sheepishly.
My teacher looked at me for a few seconds before saying, ” You will. You should. Because you tell stories through film…”
And then we started our lecture for the day.
So, I guess, I did make the right choice. Taking that course.
*This entry in not entirely based on true to life characters or events. Not entirely, usually memories are blurry so sometimes, we make stories even more interesting by writing it a little bit differently. This is what we can call… fiction.
I’m not much of a fan of psychological thrillers, especially the ones that take its time through every scene.
But Stoker did just change that.
There has been a lot of word about Chan-wook Park’s first english film. Several critics have enumerated a few bad things about this movie but I think they aren’t used to this kind of story-telling, movie-making or whatever you call it. For me, it’s not even close to good, it’s better than Brilliant.
Stoker kept me wondering what the hell was happening and what was going to happen, which is good. It wasn’t a talkative movie, nor was it the kind that indulged in visuals. It had the perfect mix.
Park’s choice of frames had purpose and probably not everyone would get that. He was very precise and sure of what he wanted to show on-screen and what the audience needed to understand on what this movie was all about.
From the sound design to the impeccable edit and the amazing performances of Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode, this movie is nothing like the usual Hollywood feel. It probably showcased Asian film-making techniques and style that not everyone is accustomed to.
It was eerie, disturbing, sometimes funny and scary, heavy but surprisingly entertaining.
Slightly put, it is a “coming of age” story that starts with a funeral and continues on with various revelations that lead to a surprising ending. I don’t want to give details about the story, I suggest you grab a friend, purchase a ticket, NO popcorn, probably a drink and go to the bathroom before you sit through this movie because it will leave you stuck on your seat and will keep you wondering after the ending credits roll in reverse.
2013 might just be the year of Donuts.
I was lucky enough to tag along with some of my friends to the recent opening of the J.CO Donut’s 7th and largest branch in the country located at Eastwood City, and the best part about it is that this branch will be operating 24/7.
I am in donut heaven., 24/7 ( I just had to say it)
My All-Time Favorite, Mr. Green T
We were able to get a first hand experience creating some of J.CO’s popular donuts ourselves a friendly competition and not only that, we were even able to pair our donuts with one their coffee combinations.
I love their Cafe Avocado. It’s a must-try.
There is a new hang-out place to visit at Eastwood City, have your small meetings and intimate get-together at J.CO donuts, it’s always open.
Its has been really good for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, lately.
This California-based actor has been making movies since he was still a kid but it wasn’t since a few years back that he was noticed for his talent. The range of movies he has been in does show his versatility as an actor and is now exploring different roles behind the camera as well.
Here are the top 5 movie roles that Joseph Gordon- Levitt has portrayed as:
5.) Cameron James – 10 Things I Hate about You
JGL made geek guys look cute during this 1999 teen movie hit staring the late Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles. My favorite scene was when
4.) Tom- 500 Days of Summer
This movie brought JGL back to the big screen and he was lucky enough to get the role of the hopelessly romantic Tom opposite Summer. It is probably one of the first good movies that tells of a break-up story in the point of view of a man.
3.) Premium Rush
This 2012 JGL movie was a surprising hit, but there wasn’t as much marketing as JGL’s other hits like Inception and Looper. I love how he was able to incorporate a serious and funny vibe to the character. The movie was very entertaining.
2.) Gi Joe: Rise of the Cobra ( The Doctor/Rex)
It took me a while to realize that The Doctor was JGL. Perhaps Channing Tatum distracted me too much. In this movie, we see that JGL can also portray a villain and a character role in this movie.
JGL acts as this drug addict who stays in the house of a kid. Annoying and a bum of a man, JGL shows us another kind of actor, the irritating kind, and he pulls it off quite well.
So if you are a JGL fan, might as well watch these movies and know what I’m talking about.
Next Top 5 roles: Marion Cotillard
I’ve always been very picky when it comes to movies but thanks to a certain movie review website I have been exposed to several great movies, some of which don’t even make it to the big screen.
Probably, Lynn Shelton’s masterpiece, Your Sister’s Sister is a movie revolving around the theme of family and love.
A year after the death of his brother, Jack ( Mark Duplass) hasn’t really moved on and being a good best friend, Iris ( Emily Blunt) invites Jack to use her cottage away from home as a place to find himself once again. Taking up on the offer he stumbles upon Iris’ older lesbian sister Hannah ( Rosemarie DeWitt). After getting to know each other over tequila, Jack and Hannah wake up in the same bed with Iris closing in at the cottage and this is where the story begins.
Nothing beats a movie about relationships and Your Sister’s Sister obviously delivered its message quite clearly.
Talkative, the movie’s witty dialogue created a lighter feel to a very sensitive topic and Director Shelton did a fantastic job from picking the cast as well as choosing her shots. I like the fact that the movie starts off as too chatty and then gradually relies on simple actions to communicate what the characters wants to say.
Your Sister’s Sister will make you laugh and cry unexpectedly while reminding you that family will always remain important, no matter what happens.
Looking for the perfect road trip companion?
Its been 4 years since we’ve heard anything about Filipino Electronic Rock band Up Dharma Down. Finally, their 3rd Album called “Capacities” was released at their Album launched last night at One Esplanade. Crowds of people attended and sang along as the band played songs from their previous albums as well as several of their new tracks.
“Capacities” has 9 tracks including “INDAK” and “TADHANA”. It has a similar vibe with the “DRIVE” movie soundtrack with Ryan Gosling. Both up beat and at times soothing, Up Dharma Down has done it again, impressing its fans with their one of a kind music. Hopefully, more people will be able to appreciate their musical talent.
This along with their 2 previous albums will surely be part of my road trip playlist. So, what’s your favorite Up Dharma Down song?
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