A Dark Knight’s Tale

24 07 2008

Just this past Wednesday, I had an amazing experience viewing The Dark Knight for the first time on IMAX. Not only was the whole IMAX experience satisfying and worth the extra money over regular theaters, it was even better that I saw one of the best film I have ever seen on that glorious wraparound screen.

Like what everyone is saying, I feel that the highlight of The Dark Knight is definitely the Joker, portrayed by Heath Ledger who sadly passed away in his acting prime. The little quirks that Heath Ledger gave to the character of the Joker added several layers to an already deep character. It was a flawlessly executed part, one that to me has risen to the top of all-time villain/antagonist list.

But what made this movie really GREAT is the entire cast. If only Heath Ledger had a great performance out of the entire cast, then it would only be a good movie. Thankfully, other characters such as Harvey Dent/Two-Face and Commissioner Gordon were great as well. They weren’t perfect, but it doesn’t matter. Unsurprisingly, Christian Bale was still great as Batman(although I feel he was overshadowed by Joker). Somewhat surprisingly, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight was a more convincing performance than Katie Holmes’ Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins.

The screenplay is brilliant. It felt like the fastest two and a half hour movie I’ve ever seen. It didn’t feel that long at all. The score is terrific. Everything about this film is fantastic to me. And I’m running out of words to describe it. In less than a week, this film has broken records and garnered rave reviews. All it needs now is to be recognized at the awards.


Ploning: A New Age of Philippine Cinema?

16 04 2008

A bright new film in the horizon for Philippine cinema. “Ploning” will be released in the Philippines at the end of this month. It’s an indie film by a new production studio, Panoramanila. Their goal is to create a new brand of Filipino cinema that will hopefully ignite the fire under our cold film industry. I support this movement all the way!

For a long time, I’ve wondered why the Philippines has not produced a breakout film that will attract critical attention not only in the Philippines but also internationally. Not just something that will be successful critically, but also something that will change the film industry. I feel like this will be the film that breaks the mold.

Teaser Trailer:

Official Trailer:

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Pixar Releases New Wall-E Trailer

12 03 2008


I’ve just witnessed what will most likely be another Pixar masterpiece. The new Wall-E trailer was released yesterday, and while I’ve always been interested in this film since it was Pixar, it is the premise that hooked me from the beginning. It also hopes that it is being helmed by Andrew Stanton, one of the creative minds behind Finding Nemo.  The trailer shows definite promise for the film, showing the cuteness of Wall-E and the newly introduced Eve robot. The cinematography and music is usual Pixar brilliance. I will watch this in the theaters, and I will love it just like all Pixar films.

Watch the trailer here. It is under “Trailer” and if you can watch it in HD, please do! The CGI in this film looks outstanding. Pixar tops itself yet again.

Pale Blue Dot

8 03 2008

Ever wonder how the Earth would look like from the edge of the solar system?Here is a humbling video of Carl Sagan’s address about the picture of Earth taken by Voyager 1. It just shows how insignificant we are in the grand scale of things, how pointless it is for us to stage wars, to commit violent acts upon one another. Watch this and it will feel good. :)



Facebook Owner: Youngest Billionaire

5 03 2008
Facebook founder is world’s youngest billionaire

Agence France-Presse

NEW YORK – Mark Zuckerberg, the 23-year-old founder of social networking site Facebook, is the youngest ever self-made billionaire, according to an annual list published by Forbes magazine.

“He is the youngest billionaire in the world right now and we also believe he is the youngest self-made billionaire in history,” said the magazine’s Associate Editor Matthew Miller, unveiling this year’s super-rich list.

The magazine put the former Harvard student’s personal wealth at 1.5 billion dollars, based on what it said was a conservative valuation of five billion dollars for Facebook and Zuckerberg’s estimated 30 percent stake.

It played down speculation that the site could be worth as much as 15 billion dollars, which was based on Microsoft paying 240 million dollars for a 1.6 percent stake in the company last year.

“Would it really fetch that much today? Some analysts — and a few Facebook investors — doubt it,” the magazine said. It said it based its valuation on Facebook’s estimated annual sales of 150 million dollars.

A billionaire at 23 years old, or the same age as me. That is so mind blowing to me. If I had a billion dollars, I could do so many things like produce a film, buy a tropical island, or donate millions to save an endangered species. Good for him, and as a Facebook user I’m not surprised that the owner is a billionaire. Facebook > Myspace

California High Speed Rail

4 03 2008

This year, people of California will be voting yes or no to the California High Speed Rail, a solution to the transportation needs of the future. Personally, I’d love to be able to go from the Bay Area to LA in a couple of hours, all with the convenience of the high speed rail technology from Japan. Check this video out and see for yourself.


Apple Gives Macbook Pro, Macbook Yet Another Upgrade

26 02 2008

It’s been a while since Apple last updated its laptop line. For the Macbook Pro, the last time was in June 2007 when they put in the LED screens and gave it the Santa Rosa chipset. The Macbok was updated in late 2007, when it was given a modest upgrade in speed and memory.

Just earlier today Apple announced its latest update of the MBP and Macbook. Aside from a speed bump, the Macbook Pro is also gaining the multi-touch trackpad found in the Macbook Air. The Macbook Pro receives a CPU and memory boost. The fastest Macbook CPU is on the same level as the faster MBP CPU of the previous update.

My Santa Rosa Macbook Pro, which I got back in June 2007, sort of feels old now with its lack of multi-touch trackpad. But I don’t regret getting it. It’s been worth the money, and aside from my first MBP having a warped LCD lid (which I returned promptly), I haven’t had any huge problems. My only minor problem is the squeeking of the keys that comes and goes. Just when I was writing this entry, its high pitched squeek came back, perhaps trying to tell me it’s starting to feel old. I don’t think so, my friend!