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Listen closely, pay attention, be open-minded even as you take a stand

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Saw Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s ‘Babel’ and went home depressed. I suppose that the fact that it makers chose topics like the ones exposed in the film already makes the film worthy of the awards and citations it has received; but for the most part it was like a series of scenes from real life. While it is true that I didn’t see much that I realize or learn anything new , it affirmed my belief that often, the problems of humanity spring from the fact that people frequently and tragically misunderstand each other even over the most simple things.

Misunderstand and deliberately, with the full doing of chauvinist and militarist governments and power systems, twist each person’s understanding of others.

I guess the strongest message of the movie for me at least is this: we have to listen to what each one of is saying. Listen, be compassionate, and always strive to keep our humanity when we deal with each other even during the most trying situations.

That’s pretty trite and corny, I guess; but sheesh,it’s really the simplest lessons that are most forgotten or ignored (Listen closely, pay attention, be open-minded even as you take a stand). And this is where the tragedy lies. Human nature?

It is to the benefit and increasing power of governments like that of George W. Bush that paranoia, mistrust and racism are maintained between peoples of different color and culture. That people blame the country’s or the world’s he way others are different in how they speak, how they dress, how they worship or work; instead of going to the root causes of conflict: unresolved poverty , injustice, ignorance.

All over the world there is hunger, disease and death due to war. How can it be that, say, in Hollywood, the likes of Paris Hilton can buy hundreds of pairs of diamond-studded shoes if she wanted to, but in countries in Africa, children literally fall down death because of starvation? How is it possible that the children of the business elite in the Philippines can get nose and breast jobs out of vanity, but thousands of children in Bicol and war-stricken Mindanao have never seen a doctor in their entire life?

How can that not be wrong? And how can such a state of things in the world be allowed to happen and continue? How can anyone who knows that such…twistedness in the world happens on a day-to-day basis not want to do anything about it?

So we sat there in the dark theatre, biting our lips and then muttering how we should have, gad, should have watched ‘Night at the Museum’ instead.

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It’s a simple story well told and well showed.

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My reaction to movies such as Danny Boyle and Alex Garland’s ‘Sunshine’ reveals so much about me, I think: I liked it a lot. It was a sad, uncompromising movie about life and sacrifice. And it’s a science fiction film.

What sound does the sun make when its light hits any surface? It’s an explosion of brightness and one expects deafening sound, but there isn’t any. There’s just immense heat and silence, but the sight is more than enough to make you go blind: it’s a blinding kind of sound; a deafening kind of sight.

What I like best about is how unhysterical it is. All the acting is understated, the dialogue plain and straightforward, and the plot unremarkable but serious. It’s about eight scientists heading towards the dying sun to send a nuclear payload the size of Manhattan and create a chain reaction that would jumpstart the said star. It’s a simple story well told and well showed. I demand nothing from it.

Right now I am thinking of my father whose favorite color was yellow and whose favorite flower was the sunflower. He would’ve liked the movie and its simplicity, the starkness of it and how the characters were able to see themselves in relation to the rest of the world, to humanity. Life means nothing if it meant millions of others losing others when you could do something about it. It was pretty zen-ny.

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Tangled plotlines

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Watched Spiderman 3. Tangled plotlines. Peter Parker loses his best friend Harry because he chose to stay and chat with the Sandman instead of rushing to Harry’s aid as the latter dies of massive internal injuries caused by vicious stab wounds. Mary Jane cried all the time, and got on my nerves.

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I am indebted to Michael Bay for bringing my childhood back to life.

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It was the best fun I’ve had in years. No, I don’t mean to imply that I haven’t been having fun in the last years, but that the movie was so amazing. Brilliant! Optimus Prime rules! The movie even had Peter Cullen reprise his role and give his voice to the movie Optimus! Eighteen billion stars!

I remember all those Saturday mornings my sister and I spent watching cartoons on RPN 9 (Saturday Fun Machine) and one of our favorite cartoons (bukod sa Gummie Bears, Pandamonium, Black Star and syempre, the Superfriends)was the Transformers. Ate Majalla’s first love (hahaha!) was Optimus Prime, and when he died in the movie cartoon about three years later, waaaah!

What I liked best besides the robots themselves and the goofy but lovable Witwickys was the fact 404pxtransformers07

that US military supremacy was dunked liked so many mushy donuts in a vat of boiling joe.

US military might took a serious beating in that film — the troops were reduced to reviving antiquated telegraphs and walkie-talkies that looked like car batteries for all their size and heft just so they could communicate with the Air Force and seek help.

The Decepticon attack in the first part of the film wiped out an entire US military base in Qatar — flattened and leveled everything. I had a hard time not cheering and yelling ‘Yay, Decepticons!’ because, of course, we are all supposed to be on the side of the the Autobots.

When Starscream (whom I particularly hated in the cartoons) shot a few military jets clear out of sky later on in the film, I wanted to hell ‘Stupid Airforce! How the hell do they think they can fight against a robot plane that’s like 20,000 years technologically more advanced?!" )

There were some reviews on Rotten Tomatoes saying that the movie was brainless and heartless.

On the brainless issue, well, if you lack an imagination and you take the movie too seriously, you won’t like the film (and you shouldn”t go because it’s all about crashing and twisting metal and debris flying every which way); but on the accusation that it’s heartless?

Sam and his family were pretty likable. They were a happy, normal and close family, their relations warm but never syrupy, and it felt good to watch the three of them interact (and how they took care of their pet Chihuaha, Mojo).

It was also touching how Sam fought for his car which turned out to be the Autobot Bumblebee (in the tv cartoons, Bumble Bee’s ‘owner’ was a younger boy named Spike)when the military swooped in subdued Bumble Bee by blasting him with cryogenic sprays.

I don’t really mind that the Autobots in the movie didn’t have carry their original car models as in the cartoon; pero I did feel a little annoyed that Bumble Bee wasn’t a VW Beetle.

So here I am and I keep making the sounds the Transformers make when they , uh, transform and i think it’s getting on the nerves of some of the people here.

Go watch Transformers and have a real blast. I am indebted to Michael Bay for bringing my childhood back to life. I’ve heard that there are going to be TWO sequels. Walang sinabi ang Spider-Man.

Beyond Good. Beyond Evil. Beyond Your Wildest Imagination. This was the theme of the Transformers movie cartoon.

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I wish I had seen this movie when I was in high school.

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‘Kamikaze Girls’ is such a fun movie, and it has heart. Improbable and hilarious, it nonetheless makes one feel that anything is possible if one has a strong will and self-confidence: be what you are, express yourself, and stand up for what you think is right. I wish I had seen this movie when I was in high school.

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