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14
Aug
08

forgetting sarah marshall.

‘Sarah’ backwards is ‘haraS.’  (For all the Sarahs out there — just pointing it out.)

Sadly, this Team Apatow production has yet to hit our shores (if ever) and the DVD will probably be out by next month — which would make this another case of the “DVD-beating-the-showing-in-the-Philippines.”

A comment by Isabelle on a recent episode of Weeds goes, “if only life were a Judd Apatow film.”  To complete that, in an Apatow world, no matter how screwed up, stoned or geek’d you are, you will get the happy ending.

Written by Jason Segel, Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Peter is an uncensored version of Marshall (yes, from that show) who is an average shut-in, with the special case of having a celebrity girlfriend about to break up with him.

Being a man-boy is a prevalent theme in several Apatow films (40-Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up) — we have Peter(Segel), a work-from-home composer who has Peter-Pan syndrome, and a female lead(Bell) who’s getting fed up of being Wendy.

In the first ten minutes, we get a background of their non-showbiz-boy/celeb-girl status, a full frontal of Segel, the break-up and the opening ceremonies for the “break-up olympics.”

Sarah Marshall, at first, is the “heartbreaker.”  By the third of the film, she reveals that she too has been heartbroken, because of Pete’s non-ambitious lifestyle, and breaking up with him is the logical move for her to move on.

Rachel (Mila Kunis) represents the 50-50 chance of either ending up truly happy, or the equivalent of a plane crash in the middle of a trainwreck, booting up a relationship from a rebound.  (And who hasn’t been there?)

Of course no Apatow production would be complete without a mix of colorful supporting characters — in this case, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd — an added bonus is Jack McBrayer, playing the role of an awkward newly-wed.

Hilarity ensues when Peter tries to get away by taking a trip to Hawaii, only to find Sarah in the very same resort, along with the new guy she’s seeing — Aldous Snow, played by Russel Brand (who is hilarious at playing the over-the-top artist).  He also meets Rachel, who initially helps him out, only to be Pete’s teammate in the break-up Olympics.

By the middle of the movie, we get a preview of Peter’s unaccomplished goal, that is, to create a Dracula rock opera — which serves as an analog for his relationship with Sarah — loving, but destructive, to a point.  Of which he shifts the tone to a more colorful comedy, after getting pushed by Rachel to just get it done.

Also, in the world of Apatow, aggressive girls are specifically made for socially-inept men.  Which is best represented by the cliff-jumping scene — it is a visual metaphor for taking the plunge to either a very rocky death, or the eventual triumphant rise from the water with Rachel if he makes it.

I won’t call it “an honest look at relationships,” but to some degree it is truthful.  Certain people just aren’t for certain people, so either end up wallowing in despair, or leave the other person in the relationshit better than when you found ’em, and then move on.

All in all, it was funny, relatable and a couple of minutes too long.  Something to look out for is the faux preview of Sarah Marshall’s new show, along with a Jason Bateman cameo.  Watch it!  If you can.

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25
Jul
08

max payne movie trailer.

‘Twas 1997 when I first came across Max Payne.

The game got released almost four years later (2001) … and it was good.  By 2003, we got a sequel (that played shorter) and it was still good.

So the other day, the trailer for the movie, starring Mark Wahlberg (as Max Payne) officially hit.  Will it feature the same “drug-addicts-killed-my-family-so-I’m-trading-the-suits-with-a-bad-ass-leather-coat-to-shoot-my-way-from-the-underworld-to-the-top-monologuing-noir-style-in-stylish-slow-mo-flair,” (pill-popping on the side) awesomeness?  (Okay, so I’m a bit confused with the whole angel/supernatural bit.)  Guess we’ll have to wait.

BTW, Mila Kunis plays Mona Sax.  (We all know what happens in the sequel lol)

Video/image from IGN.  The original IGN article here.

21
Jul
08

the dark knight.

“Insight beyond insanity,” is the only way to describe the Joker in the new Batman film. (And, quite possibly, the best-ever superhero film. Ever.)

While the internet’s already brimming with positive reviews, (even going so far as reading about TDK being “the Godfather of superhero films) it’s truly, truly hard to disagree. (Plus, as of this writing, the movie’s breaking all sorts of records.)

Great acting all around, (even with the ever-growling Batman voice) with the excellent addition of Heath Ledger as the Joker, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes.

What makes this movie even more concrete is taking the Batman symbol that was established in Begins, and the Joker trying to corrupt that, or, at the very least, break it — and then running with it, regardless of how many plot threads and layers are added.

Taking away the Joker’s “unpleasant-run-ins-with-chemicals” origin only adds mystique as to why he is truly deranged. There’s even a little nod to “The Killing Joke,” by making each of his origin stories different, but in truth, he’s just messing with his victims. In the German language, they have an idiom for this, which I think is apt: “In der Kürze liegt die Würze. / In the shortness lies the spice.”

It also helps that all the orange tinge from Begins is replaced by a bluer hue, making everything darker this time around.

After the movie, talks of a posthumous-Oscar for Ledger can be heard. For good reason too, since he turned the Joker into an absolute entity of terror, whose acts are dictated by whim and personal amusement, without regard for anyone. (Insight beyond insanity, yow.)

04
May
08

iron man.

“First blockbuster of the summer!” — but you knew that already.

This being Marvel Studios’ first live-action movie, the future’s looking good for them. Robert Downey Jr is an inspired choice for Tony Stark. Three-fourths of the movie is actually more Tony Stark than Iron man, which should say something about how interesting a frivolous industrialist’s life is. (It’s enough to turn non-fans to comicbook geeks. I’m looking to my right.) The suit’s looking good, and, since it reflects the modern version of Ironman’s armor in the comicbooks, I expected him to say “Register…” half the time.

My favorite part of the movie is the line, “next time, baby!” (You know what I’m talkin’ about.)

So yeah, see it, I guess. And, well, after the movie, I had this magical hankerin’ for some Burger King. 🙂

“First blockbuster of the summer!” — but you knew that already.

This being Marvel Studios’ first live-action movie, the future’s looking good for them. Robert Downey Jr is an inspired choice for Tony Stark. Three-fourths of the movie is actually more Tony Stark than Iron man, which should say something about how interesting a frivolous industrialist’s life is like. (It’s enough to turn non-fans to comicbook geeks. I’m looking to my right.) The suit’s looking good, and, since it reflects the modern version of Ironman’s armor in the comicbooks, I expected him to say “Register…” half the time.

My favorite part of the movie is the line, “next time, baby!” (You know what I’m talkin’ about.)

So yeah, see it, I guess. And, well, after the movie, I had this magical hankerin’ for some Burger King. 🙂

10
Feb
08

what did you do last week?

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Wanted a sunjar. (And still wants one. Not to mention Monday’s “Maasimang Ubas” session.)

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Chat event: Cambio. (Nawawala yung EP dito sa bahay. olats.)

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Missed the Toastmasters thing.

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Saw Cloverfield! It’s a fucken’ epic! I liked the spider-lobster things that made you explode in a bloody mess. I love the Lovecraft-ian design of the Cloverfield monster — I’m glad it didn’t turn out to be a whale, or science, or explicitly-mentioned-aliens. I think that’s where it succeeds, in it’s supernatural appeal — see, once you take apart something, that something loses it’s magic. (An example of this? Trinoma — I loved not-knowing it stood for ….)

But when I think about monster movies, I can’t help but think of how they’ll be disposing of the monster remains. They can’t very well bury it; there’s no land big enough for the carcass and they can’t throw it in the ocean, as it may pollute the ecosystem. How about Cloverfield burgers?

4/54/5

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HappySlip! Just tons of busy enthusiasm from officemates, the security, the cafe management and the fans … two days in a row!

(image taken from Alvin)

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Saw the tastiest-looking pair of girl eyes last week.

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Scud’s return to comics! Whee!

To quote Schrab, “I believe, the greatest sin is not finishing what you started.” Will Sussudio live? Will Scud be free from the contract?

Check out the new comics from Image.

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All in all, just another week in the Yehey! offices. 🙂

20
Dec
07

superman, batman, will smith?

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Check it!  A Superman/Batman poster in “I Am Legend.”

Full story here.

(Thanks to Ven for the link.)

05
Nov
07

when i wasn’t not-sleeping last week.

When I wasn’t either sleeping, not-sleeping or out of the house during last week’s vacation, I enjoyed the following:

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Evil Dead 2: If you don’t know who Ash is, shame on you! I got this just in time for Halloween last week and all I can say is — I still remember catching a heavily-edited version of this on Million Dollar Movies (tama ba?) on ABS-CBN Sunday nights waaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy, waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy back. (I didn’t get to finish it then, because I got scared of the deadites.)

Sam Raimi invented the over-the-top comedic horror genre for me. Think about it: without the Evil Dead Trilogy, would there even be Shaun of the Dead?

(Too bad I wasn’t able to get another Raimi classic, Darkman, which I always thought was funny.)

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Speaking of Shaun of the Dead, here’s the latest parody film from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost — Hot Fuzz. At first, it’s start to identify with the character Nicholas Angel (Pegg) because we know that HE IS Shaun, but looking past that, this movie is a brilliant tongue-in-cheek romp of how the UK see testosterone-driven-American-action-popcorn-films.

There’s a bit of the movie where it feels like things are getting waaaaayyyyy too serious, only to provide exposition for why Nicholas Angel and partner Danny has to go on a grand shoot-off with the town’s geriatric folk. (A must-see, I think it features every American action movie cliché there is!) Four out of Five!

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After watching some Evil Dead, I just felt like shooting some undead. Failing to find a copy of Blood 1, I resorted to playing Duke Nukem 3D. But wait, there’s more! — I have the eDuke sourceport, which adds Windows support, mouselook, better controls and higher-resolutions! But wait, if you order right now — I’ll also tell you that there’s a High-Resolution Pack for the game, which makes it look more 3D, and also updates the flat 2D monsters into 3D models!

Compared to modern shooters, the levels are primitive, but I think Duke redefined what manner of crazy weaponry you can load into a shooter — a shrink ray?! a freezethrower?! laser trip bombs???!

It’s just weird when you try playing it in Classic Mode — it looks like a screenful of fried pixel crap.

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The part I enjoy most is looking for the easter eggs! And the ripped-off one-liners … groovy!

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Also, I have a couple of scary mp3s — there’s this song by Meatloaf that I associate with fear — the one where, he’s like Beauty and the Beast with the girl, only the girl gets into lingerie and yeah, that scared me as a little kid.

P.S. I also braved “The Sign” … Ace of Base! Hahaha!

Now excuse me while I put these tired eyelids to rest.




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