Thursday, March 25, 2010

Anne Curtis Nipple Slip

I am sorry to disappoint you, you will not see any pictures of Anne Curtis's recent controversial video in this blog.

It has been a long time that female celebrities is involved in this kind of scandal. Anne Curtis has just been included in the long list of celebrities, foreign and local, with this kind of nip slip scandal video. It's not their fault if they need to wear those bikinis, they are celebrities and its part of their job.

They should have been more careful when wearing this type of clothing. She should have used transparent strap or should have used the wonders of double sided tape (I have friends who been using that when they join beauty pageants).

I really pity Anne Curtis with what happened. It will really be impossible to prevent those people from not posting the pictures. But like any other scandals this will eventually die but not that soon.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Wide Tube 2.0: The Book of Eli

I decided to watch some movie this Sunday, and we were stuck if we're going to watch How to Train Your Dragon in 3D for an hour and a half with double the price or watch something else. My friend advised to watch The Book of Eli even she watched it already since she wanted to watch it again. I am not a fan of Denzel Washington movies but I know that he's one of the actors who has a lot of quality movies under his belt.

The movie was set in a post-apocalyptic world. The story revolves around Eli (Denzel Washington), a traveler who has been on a journey. He shows a high level of survival skills from hunting and has developed unbelievable killing skills. Upon reaching a small town, he ran into some fight with the thugs in local bar. This event caught the attention of Carnegie (Gary Oldman) who runs the small town and offered him a place in the town and work for him as one of his guards.

Eli refuses and was offered to stay for the night and Solara, daughter of Carnegie's lover, was tasked to sleep with him. Eli refused to do so but instead taught her how to say grace before a meal. Upon returning to her mother, she imitated what Eli did before eating and Carnegie was able to conclude that Eli has the book he had been looking for a long time. Eli has in his possession the last copy of the Holy Bible because every copy of it was destroyed during the war. A shoot-out ensues when Carnegie tries to ask Eli to hand over the book to him and the latter refuses.

Carnegie was wounded and Eli was able to leave the town, tagging along with him is Solara. Upon getting enough water from a secret spring Solara led him into, he trapped her so as to prevent from following him. Being a persistent due to her curiosity, she was attacked by desert thugs but was save by Eli, he decided to let her come with him. Carnegie was able to catch up with them and a gunfight ensues forcing Eli to surrender the book to Carnegie when he threatened to kill Solara.

Solara was able to escape Carnegie and was able to pick-up Eli still continuing going to the west without the book. They were able to reach Alcatraz and informed that they have copy of the King James Version of the Holy Bible. The surprising part in the end is when Carnegie discovers he cannot use or read the Bible he got from Eli and how Eli was able to give a copy of the Holy Bible to Lombardi, who acts as a curator of the place.

You will notice as you watch the movie that it was presented with less color to show signs of desolation. Like any post-apocalyptic film, the desert was primarily the back draft. San Francisco was briefly shown with destroyed skyscrapers during the ending part of the movie.

Fight scene was wonderful since the film-makers was able to show cutting of body parts and decapitation on a quick style but not is a bloody manner. It was also released that Washington did all his martial arts move under the training of Dan Inosanto.

There were two lines that strike my attention. The first one was when Solara asked what was the world like before the war and the "flash". Eli said "People had more than they needed. We had no idea what was precious and what wasn't. We throw away things people will kill for now." It is also shown how small things like a lighter, old shoes, a pair of hand gloves is used as an exchange for services and precious commodities like water. My lesson learned: We should not take the things we have today for granted, we may never know when it will be gone.

The second line is when Eli answered "To walk by faith not by sight" when Solara told him that he might be going the wrong way. It was actually double meant in his part. I was not able to grasp what he said until the end of the film. You have to watch it to know what I mean, it will surprise you when you discover why he told her that.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Beyond the Ringside: Why Can't Arnel Pineda Sing Lupang Hinirang Correctly?

I won't be talking of stories how Manny Pacquiao defeated Joshua Clottey by unanimous decision. There are just too many blogs and sites that will talk about it.

Let's just check what happened Beyond the Ringside that last Sunday, March 14. I was able to get a live stream broadcast of the main event. I was surprised to see Arnel Pineda to sing the Philippine National Anthem, not only is he a Filipino artist but he is also recognized as member of the rock band Journey.
I have always wanted to watch this part of Manny Pacquiao's event, how will our local artists sing Lupang Hinirang. I was so disappointed when Arnel Pineda changed the last line's tune to a higher note instead of the original one.
Another artist will be included in the long list of people who cannot sing the national anthem correctly. This is just a simple thing you need to do, to sing it correctly and you were not able to do it properly. If these simple rules cannot be followed, how much more can we hope these people to obey the law. It's like they're saying "Hey! I am an artist, I give prestige to the country. I can do whatever I want!" No wonder why Freddie Aguilar gives negative comments against him for not being proud as a Filipino.
I hope the National Historical Institute (NHI) and the National Commision for Culture and Arts (NCCA) will do something about this. I wish they don't just have a press conference and tell the media that they condemn this act and they will ask for that artist to have a public apology. Public apology from these artists who think they can do anything? I don't think so!
The law should have at least a more strict policy, rules or guidelines for these artists singing our national anthem especially if they're going to sing it abroad. We don't want to hear our national anthem sang by school children the way our artists is singing it today.