A Testament of Faith

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This book marked the return of bestselling author Anne Rice to the catholic faith and perhaps it also marks the end of a great series about the damned, more popularly known as the “Vampire Chronicles”.

This book is about the child Jesus in a whole new light. The story about a child confused on having the power to kill a boy by simply wishing him dead and the power to bring the boy back to life. A child curious about the mysteries concerning his birth that his family seem to keep it for themselves and discuss it in hushed voices most of the time.

The story began in Alexandria, Egypt,. several years after Jesus and his family went there to escape herod. After having told through a dream that it’s time for them to go home, Jesus and family packed and set back to Nazareth, the home of his parents. where they were reunited with family members who stayed behind.

Aside from the conflict in their journey home and the mystery sorrounding Jesus’ birth, The story also tell of Jesus’ education and his coming of age.

A biblical story told in an Anne Rice style narrative, too little could go wrong. Vampire or no vampire, Anne Rice is still a great tale spinner.

News went out that a film based on the book itself was scheduled to start shooting somewhere in Israel last 2007 with the hope that it will hit the screen later in 2008 but with no other clear reason aside from “creative differences” the project was shelved.

The Vine

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Without feather now wings
How time really flies
Looking out
Looking in

Some answers don’t have questions
It just exist

Like love that blooms
On the most desolate, arid hearts

La Dolce Vita
Like wine that ripens in the vine of thy love

Remeber me
On the 26th of the 6th
In the 6th of forever

The Joker Lives!

I bet Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger and Bob Kane, The creators of the character, never expected The Joker to out shine the Batman in any story, But I would bet my last cent that the way the thespian Heath Ledger did much more than justice to his portrayal of the character. This must be the same character they imagined when DC Comics releases the the comics Batman#1 in the spring of 1940.

I got a chance to see “The Dark Knight” yesterday. I need to say it; the movie is huge, arguably the best movie of 2008 (Basing on the box-office draw happening around the world, this is just as fearless a forecast as it could get). The second of the Batman series that is set to become a trilogy is lengthy enough to satisy the viewer and juicy enough for them to crave for more. With that said, Will I be looking forward to the third installation of the series? Of course I am! but the question is; will it carry the same weight as the second film? That ladies and gentlemen is the biggest question of all.

It is a batman flick. Needless to say that the billionaire playboy in the Batsuit, driving around town in a batmobile or a batcycle is the primordial focus of the movie. And I have to say that Christopher Nolan, the director, has done a marvelous job in accomplishing that in the first movie (batman begins). As for the second movie, the spotlight was split into two or three if you count Harvey Dent. In as much as the movie tried to stay focused on the caped crusader. The Joker character is just too much to ignore. The joker is the light of the shade, the yin of the yang, Chiaroscurro. When Nolan describe the character of the Joker as ” the ultimate villain”, he was not joking. As a matter of fact, I think that is even an understatement. Now with Ledger gone, What kind villain would appear in the third movie. Who would dare to step on the Joker’s shoes knowing that its just to big a shoe to fill.

Heath Ledger played the role like it was the role he was born to play. Thinking about the Jack Nicholson portrayal of the Joker on the Michael Keaton’s batman starrer, i think it is a joke. Don’t get me wrong; I admire nicholson as an actor, but Ledger’s portrayal of the arch villain made nicholson’s performance like a child play. The greatest irony of the movie is that; the joker’s character is just to dark that it casted an ethereal light on the entire movie itself.  The character is simply devoid of empathy. Twitchier, Edgier. It is madness personified.

Rumors have it that Ledger took the portrayal of the joker too seriously. I guess  to seriously. Ledger lived in a hotel room alone for a month to formulate the Joker’s psyche and posture. he even kept a diary to record the joker’s thoughts and feelings as a guide to his portrayal. After completing the movie, Ledger confided to one major newspaper that his role has affected his ablility to sleep, admitting that he is taking Zolpidem or Ambien pills. Zolpidem is a prescription medication used for the short-term treatment of insomnia, as well as some brain disorders. He said on an interview “Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night. … I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going.”

Last January 22, 2008, Heath Ledger passed away. The cause of death is an accident, resulting from the abuse of prescription medications. Looking back, I remember the Joker’s line to the batman at the end of the movie, He said ” Madness is just like gravity, all you need is a little push”.

Heath Ledger once said “When I die, My money’s not gonna come with me. My movies will go on for people to judge what I was as a person” I have to agree with it, but you left too soon Mr. Ledger… You left too soon.

The Incredible Hulk!

 

Honestly, I was never a big Incredible Hulk movie fan but I grew up with the comics. The big mean green monster is one of my favorite, along with the superman comic series. When I saw Lou Ferrigno’s movie version of the hulk I cringe, that is not the hulk I was expecting, then I saw Eric Bana’s version. despite a decent CGI, Honestly, I was disappointed. I have been following the comic version of the hulk, and the more you read the comics the the more you see what the movie lacks. 

I went to see the new Incredible hulk movie today. Starring Edward Norton, I was expecting another disappointment yet I have to see the movie. So as the movie began, I was a little apprehensive. I was hoping for a better plot this time but I am also careful not to hold my hopes high. As the plot unfolds, I began to relax, it’s as near to the story line as it could get.

 Unlike the Eric Bana version, the new hulk movie did not put the fixated Gen. Thaddeus “thunderbolt” Ross in the center of the movie, Instead, they let the Hulk face a bigger villain in Emil Blonsky a.k.a abomination. It adds to the thrill of the movie, at least the hulk could play the part of an underdog and the writer did not rely on  having the hulk smash as many tank as he could to sell the story .

 It also answers one of the greatest mystery in the Incredible Hulk story. That is to understand why on earth does the pants stay where it should be when the rest of the hulks clothing is shredded into strips every time Bruce Banner turns into the Hulk. On the movie, Banner uses stretchable material twice his normal size for a pants just in case he turns to the green monster. 🙂

 Adding twist to the story is the cameo appearance of the Iron Man at the end of the movie. well maybe, not the Iron Man persona but Tony Starks. At the end of the movie, Starks approached Gen. Ross in a bar and said the they are putting together a team.  What team?

 If you have seen the Iron Man movie and was patient enough to wait in the theaters until the final credits have rolled, you will understand what I am saying. at the end of the credit roll, the movie shows Tony Stark going home  only to fine someone waiting for him, this is how the final dialogue went.

Tony Stark: Jarvis.

 Jarvis : [distorted] Welcome home, Sir

[Tony notices a figure by the window]

Nick Fury: “I am Iron Man…” Think you’re the only super hero in the world? Mr. Stark, you’ve become part of a bigger universe. You just don´t know it yet.

Tony Stark : Who the hell are you?

[The man walks into the light]

Nick Fury : Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Tony Stark: Uh-huh

Nick Fury : I’m here to talk to you about the Avenger Initiative.

 

The avenger initiative is refering to The Avengers, A team of superheroes much like the DC comic’s Justice league. The Avenger’s is the Marvel Comics version. The cameo appearance of stark in the Hulk movie is part of the effort to establish the so called Marvel Universe.  Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk might just be the beginning of things to come. 

 

Bookolsiklo

Adik ako sa libro. Hindi ako mabubuhay ng walang libro. Pero bago ako magpatuloy, nais kong ilagay sa tamang konteksto ang lahat. Hindi ako sumisinghot ng usok galing sa pinilas at sinunog na pahina ng libro. Hindi rin ako nanginginig pag lumipas ang isang araw na hindi ako nakahawak ng libro. Sa madaling sabi, Hindi ako nagdudurog. Bwahahahahahaha.

Mayroon akong anim na balikbayan box sa bahay na puno ng libro. minsan naisip ng nanay ko na ibenta yung libro o di naman kaya ay idonate sa charity dahil pinamamahayan daw ng ipis. nagulantang ako. hindi niya naisip yung hardwork ko na kulektahin ang mga librong yun. Mabuti na lang at nadaan sa paglilinis ng kuwarto ang lahat.

Nagsimula akong mangolekta ng libro first year high school. Masuwerte ang newbies sa novel reading na may Harry Potter sa kanilang formative years (hikbi!). Nung naguumpisa akong mahilig sa libro, Hardy Boys ang pinagtiyagaan kong basahin. Yung librong kulay blue ang cover na may dalawang teenager na iba-iba ang pagkakadrowing ng mukha sa bawat cover. May Lord of the Rings na nung panahong iyon, pero pohtek kung yun ang babasahin ko. Eh di dinugo naman ang ilong ko nun. Heavy reading ang LOR, not your normal fantasy novel. Kung beginner ka at LOR ang inaambisyon mo goodluck sa hemorrhage. Pero kung tutuusin mo, ‘di rin naman imposible.

Noong minsan na dumaan ako sa aking suking 2nd hand bookstore, nahanap ko yung matagal ko nang hinahanap hanap na libro. Bukod sa P120.00 lang ang presyo, maganda pa yung sales lady. Kaya okay lang kahit walang resibo at di na ipinlastik yung libro. Ang pangit lang sa 2nd hand book ay may nauna nang nagmay-ari sa libro (pohtek naman, kaya nga 2nd hand eh), Huwag kang magtaka kung may sulat na ang first page. Katulad na lang yung librong nabili ko. May date na 12/17/85, may dedication pa. sabi “Laura, This is one of the best, read on ang keep reading! love, jim” yan ang isa sa mga drama ng 2nd hand na libro. May history.

Last time na bumalik ako sa 2nd hand bookstore nakita ko yung book na “Memories of Ice” ang pamagat. Maganda yung cover ng libro. Mukhang tunay din yung mga reviews kaya medyo naengganyo akong bilhin. P140.00 ang presyo pero okay lang, mukhang sulit naman. bago pa yung libro, Parang hindi pa nabubuklat. Mahigit dalawang libong pages. Hanep! akala ko kakayanin ko. pohtek, nosebleed ang pakingsyet. Isipin mo naman ang mga pangalan ng Karakter: T’lam Imass, Ilamn Krull, It’bodlan, at kung ano ano pang hindi ko kayang basahin. Para akong nagta-toungue twister habang nagbabasa. Ito na siguro yung sinasabi ni Annie na parang chinuchurva. Hanggang ngayon di ko din naiintindihan yung chinuchurva pero ito na siguro ‘yon.

Di ko na natiis, Tinigilan ko basahin yung libro. Malapit na ang Birthday ni Tintoy, New Year’s wish niya last year na makahiligan din niya ang magbasa. naghahanap lang daw siya ng magandang book para simulan. Kumuha ako ng ballpen, nilagyan ko ng date at nagsulat ng “Tintoy, This is one of the best, read on ang keep reading! your friend, Yelo”. Cheap lang talaga akong kaibigan minsan.

My 12 Top Fiction Novel List

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1) SHOGUN- (by James Clavell) The story took place in ancient japan about ass Kicking samurai and polital gobbling that could rival the modern day Philippine senate. simply Clavell at its best.

2) THE LAST DON (by Mario Puzo) The Master story teller of the novel Godfather is at the top of his game in this novel. Puzo knows how to end a good story.

3) THE SLEEPERS (by Lorenzo Carcaterra) The best novel out of Hell’s Kitchen. Carcaterra breaths life into the pages. A Count of Monte Cristo set up on modern day New York. A heavy theme written with the lightness of air.

4) HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (by JK Rollings) The best Harry Potter so far. It gave an absolutely beautiful ending to this modern day Mythology.

5) ANGELS & DEMONS (by Dan Brown) A lot better that Da Vinci Code. More Original. Unlike the code where all facts were copied from other existing books such as Holy Blood Holy Grail, Templar Revelation, etc.

6) BLOOD CANTICLE (by Anne Rice) Anne Rice’s storytelling has never been this good. Marius is as good as it gets. Forget Lestat. This is story about how Marius the Wise came to be.

7) MATERESE CIRCLE (by Robert Ludlum) Vintage Ludlum. spinning, twisting the story like he always do on his other novels, only this one is better.

8 ) SIGN OF THE CROSS (by Chris Kuzneski) Conspiracy fans of Dan Brown would love this guy. The sign of the cross is a good sign for things to come. (a pity it never made it to the NY Times bestseller list)

9) THE HISTORIAN (by Elizabeth Kostova) Pure narrrative storyteller. Kostova shed a new light on the Count Dracula myth. historical and well research. Kostova is in a class of her own.

 10) EXECUTIVE ORDER  (by Tom Clancy) This novel is Jack Ryan on steroids. Fast pacing and power packed.

11) TAI-PAN (by James Clavell) A novel set on early Hong Kong. A story about man’s thirst for power and insatiable greed. A story about how the success story of Hong Kong as a British colony began

12) THE PARTNER (by John Grisham) Grisham out of his familiar (courtroom) turf but still pull out a winner. The one of the best roller coaster novel out of the legal thriller genre.