Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Wacky Weekend

.:Saturday Mayhem: Pre-Party:.

So anyways, it was the second leg of my grandfather's birthday celebration. What I found particularly interesting about it was this time, the party was being organized by Channel 7 and Channel 2, which makes for an interesting dynamic.

My grandfather is very well-known in the media industry because he is the owner of the media planning company for Unilever, technically becoming one of the biggest “sponsors” of any media outfit. Companies can thrive or die by the presence or absence of robust media buying from Unilever, and because of that, my grandfather is definitely someone you have to be grateful for if you somehow find your media outfit successful. Mang Bert, as he is known in the industry, is a force to be reckoned with, quite obviously.

Aside from that, during his long stint working for Unilever, Lolo Nor was one of the biggest pillars of media research, which has set the tone for the industry in the succeeding decades.

When I got there, Ogie, Zsa-Zsa, and Sharon were practicing. Janno wasn't there yet, but they were singing “Impossible Dream”. After the practice, Sharon continued talking on the mic, taking humorous shots at Channel 7, including this killer line:

Okay naman sigurong maging number two, since eighteen years namang number one, eh!

Later on, she even wondered aloud how it'd be if she moved to Channel 7 for just a year, and the people laughing at her jokes from Channel 2 started laughing very nervously... it took her a while to realize that she didn't need to be talking into a mic anymore, to begin with... like about five minutes into her talking. Heh.

.:Saturday Mayhem: When Everything Comes Together:.

The party really came together well, and this is considering that it was me and my mom hosting the whole thing. People from Channel 2 and Channel 7, as well as some stalwarts from the radio industry like the Barreiros of RX, did a great job to really keep everyone on their toes.

So the party started with an AVP from the family, which was the video of us singing a song composed by Uncle Raymund, Auntie Elaine, Auntie Evelyn, my mom, and my dad. Of course, the music came from uncle Raymund, but the words came from everyone else. While our family was anything but the most musically gifted around, the song definitely served its purpose, as people were very appreciative of the effort, regardless of the not-so-melodic voices, and of course, my mom and my aunt had lots of “fans” cheering them on during their parts.

I was fairly amused when Ogie Alcasid was quipping while my part was on, though...

So after our presentation, Channel 7 came first, and their turn to present was done fairly well. Kyla sang, and the audio-visual presentation was fairly amusing as they followed the cowboy motif that my grandfather was famous for. However, the kicker was from Direk Cosme, from Bubble Gang. E then went off on an amazing standup routine where he showed off how well he researched Lolo Nor's life as he included in his comedy routine the exact names of Lolo's seven grandchildren, his flight habits, his tv viewing habits, his high school, his extended stay in grade school, and the ever-famous Dating Doon analysis of his name.

I would've given a transcript of the whole routine, but it was a “you had to be there” moment, so I'll leave it at that...

Anyways, his final words?

I have one wish for you. Iyan ay, na balang araw, ibenta sa iyo ang Unilever, at from there on, tawagin na siyang 'UnileBert'. Tapos, yung slogan niya? Diba 'Adds Vitality To Your Life'? Sana, palitan mo at gawin mong 'UnileBert: Adds Vitality To Your Sex Life.'”

One tangent, by the way... guess the table number of the top GMA people? Yep. 2. Haha!

Afterwards, it was Channel 2's turn. Their presentation was pretty okay, and Zsa-Zsa Padilla hosted. It wasn't anywhere nearly as funny as Channel 7's, but with Sarah Geronimo, Jed Madela, and Erik Santos (With Ruffa Mae backstage holding his hand a lot, thereby confirming that rumor.), they didn't need to.

The finale then came, as a surprise, we had Sharon Cuneta, Janno Gibbs, Ogie Alcasid, and Zsa-Zsa Padilla come together to perform. Network wars were completely ignored for a day, all for Lolo Nor's birthday celebration...

I don't know with you, but that was an awesome party, to say the least. I'm very happy how it turned out, and I'm glad my grandfather's speech at the end of the program was short, unlike most other times. =P

.:Sunday Matrimony: The Wedding:.

And so it finally happened that Hrbs and Krisette finally got married. After all the preparations, after all the blood, sweat, and tears...

In any case, the wedding happened in Don Bosco Makati, and the couple got amused the first time they saw me because I went up and exclaimed “Itigil ang kasal!” knowing full well that they already exchanged vows. I pretended to be too late to stop the wedding and claim what was rightfully mine (Hrbs. Nyahahahahahaha!!!). It was a good laugh, and after a few moments, Clair finally arrived, which meant the JGL was represented by myself and her.

So we hitched a ride with Tito John, and because the reception wasn't until 5:00 in the afternoon and it was only 3:30, we drove through McDonald's for a bit before heading off to Aberdeen. Clair gave me the present for the newlyweds along the way, and it was going to be fairly amusing what would happen when Hrbs and Krisette got the present...

.:Sunday Matrimony: The Reception:.

I was hosting the reception, but I didn't realize I'd almost be organizing it myself. It wasn't so bad, although it certainly took me aback for a while. The reception program itself was okay, but the facilities, particularly the sound system was... urrkk. The songs were bad, the mic was sputtering, but thankfully, the guests weren't so difficult to deal with, though none of them liked participating in the garter and the bouquet.

So while the well-wishers and pictures and other similar stuff were uneventful (Except for the tinkling glass tradition.), the garter and bouquet was definitely something else.

I was organizing the garter ceremony via a game of hot potato. Next thing I knew, Tito John insisted that I join the whole thing, and he deliberately set it up for me to end up with the garter, since he was the one who had control of the music. I casually went to the bouquet segment while the guests were laughing their heads off, and when the bouquet was “caught”, I then moved onto the next parts of the ceremony.

But Tito John could not be sated. He insisted on having me put the garter on the girl, and he even got some of the guests to chant for it. Of course, it wasn't really a garter, but a ribbon, but in any case... errggghhh...

I swear to Gawd, I owe Tito John one for that, big time.

Gahh... thinking about it really just makes me stop... =P

.:Sunday Matrimony: The After-Party:.

After the reception, we headed off to Hrbs' house for an after-party. It was fairly cool, as I got to know Holaina and her brother, and there were loads of quips left and right. The event was enhanced by the present, chocolate syrup. When Hrbs and Krisette saw the gift, they glowed... until they realized what we got them that present for... heh.

So anyways, after hanging out there and talking to some of Hrbs' longtime friends, we finally decided to have a nightcap at Aberdeen again. Conversations really had a wide range, although what really stood out was how most of these guys seemed to be able to hold their alcohol, although one of them was clearly pushing his luck with Holaina, and Holaina wasn't biting. Smart girl.

Ah, well. Congratulations to Hrbs and Krisette!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Whoooo!!!

.:Surprise, Surprise...:.

Later tonight, something big is going on.

I won't spoil it, but here's a hint.

I should be the male stripper for the occasion! I demand satisfaction!

.:The Worst Leeches Of Society:.

A work done by a user named Tommy at Comic Book Resources. Credit for this golden piece belongs to him.

"I hear all this talk about illegal immigrants crossing our southern boarder. I hear about them taking our jobs and eating our food and using up our resources. But no one ever mentions that there are worse people coming into our country than poor people from Latin America. I am talking about babies."

"That is right. Babies are the worst of the worst. They contribute nothing to society. It is just “take take take” with them. When was the last time you saw a baby working? I highly doubt you ever have. Is it too much to ask that these creatures make some attempt at providing a living for themselves? I guess so since they would rather deprive AMERICANS of their resources. Here is frightening statistic, almost one hundred percent of single parents on welfare have or had a baby. Yes that is right, babies are one of the leading causes of poverty in America. Do you really want your tax dollars supporting some BABY who sits around all day doing nothing? I certainly don’t. If they want money they should go out and earn it themselves like all hard working Americans do."

"Not to mention babies get preferential treatment by society. If you go into any Walmart you will find an entire SECTION of the store devoted to these babies. I don’t see an African American section, so why should babies get one? Americans are supposed to be treated equal under the law; well I guess babies are more equal than the rest of us."

"And Babies need to toughen up. The world does not need to coddle them. The most minimal of discomforts causes a baby to open his or her mouth and whine until someone helps them. Well I say no to that! If the baby wants help then they should ask politely. Not to mention they should take care of themselves. This whole crying thing is clearly is just a baby’s means of getting a hand out."

"What is most frightening of all is that after eighteen to twenty-five years of sucking up our resources and money, babies will eventually take our jobs. Yes, that is right. After spending years slaving away to support them, they will turn around and take the means we supported them with! It is positively horrifying."

"Now, I am not sure where these babies come from, but I say we send them all back with a “Your'e not wanted” sign. We don’t need a bunch of do nothing parasites draining America of its resources. And we certainly do not need to wake up one day and find out some baby took our job."

"So join me in saying “no!” to babies."

.:An Appeal For The Dead:.

Check it out. It defies description.

.:Only In Japan:.

When Japanese people make gag shows, boy, they take it to the extreme!!!

Here's another crazy video, this time in a library. Note how they try their best to keep the noise level down with much futility...

That, and the infamous "I Was Rubbed By Two Men" video.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Hrmmm...

.:Gunning For It:.

I'm currently applying for an editorial position in a gaming website, and I feel a bit good about my chances of getting in. At the rate I'm going, I certainly believe that while I am not 100% familiar with the kind of work I will be doing, I am more than willing to learn the ropes and do what I can to make things work.

While I would consider myself a gamer, I'd have to admit I'm not an MMOG person, if only for the lack of experience with the format itself, given how I don't have access to play them on our office computer...

Well, the interview seemed okay. Gutsy, the guy who was interviewing me, liked the range of knowledge and enthusiasm I had for gaming in general, and his only concerns would be how this new job would connect with my current job, and my official qualifications in an editorial position. Nonetheless, I'm hoping that those concerns can be overlooked, given the strength of personality that I have, which is an obvious requirement for the job.

He also liked the anecdote I had about the yearbook, for that matter. Our high school yearbook was completed so quickly that by the end of summer, it was ready for distribution.

I was editor-in-chief of the yearbook that year... heh.

.:Cycles:.

Two years ago, I said something to the effect that whenever I'm doing well, one of my best friends, Abby, isn't. I likewise mentioned that the converse is true. Whenever she's doing well, I'm not. It just doesn't seem to be the case that we'd both be on the up and up, or, heaven forbid, we'd both be on a downward spiral.

So guess who's on the up and up right now?

Well, Abby's leaving to study her masters in London this year. I don't know about you, but yes, I'm definitely happy for her in that regard.

But then, I begin to realize the seeming futility of my M.A., and I feel distressed by it, all the more.

.:More Internet Game Madness:.

I edited my entry on net games, and included a couple of them, most notable being Sleuth, which is a pretty cool detective game. You should really give it a try if you ever want to put your gumshoe skills to work. I highly recommend this incredibly addictive and fun game, and would actually have simply signed up to be a premium user had I actually had the means to pay for it. I have the money, but I don't have PayPal or a credit card. Ah, well.

On top of that, I recently got heavily involved in Utopia, to the point that I'm now actually talking over YM with the other members of my kingdom. It's been fun so far, and I've learned quite a lot from them, to say the least.

So now, aside from those two games and after all the time I've spent on the games I brought up a couple of weeks ago, here are the only ones I still really play and recommend:

1. The Five Pillars: a new take on Archmage that I absolutely love. It's a lot more simplified than Archmage was.

2. The Reincarnation: A straight-up Archmage remake...

3. Nexus War: Entertaining, but I have a lot to learn.

4. Travian: I'm enjoying Travian a whole lot. This is a great game, although the building process takes a pretty long time...

5. Monsters World: It's not as exciting as the other games, but being able to play as a vampire or a werewolf holds an appeal all by itself. ;)

.:Scary Movie 4:.

I'll see if I can review the movie, but let me tell you a secret.

Care to take a guess who I was supposed to watch the movie with, had the person not backed out because of a family dinner? ;)

Oh, well. Maybe some other time, then.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Hehe...

.:See No Evil!!!:.



I wanna watch it! Anyone who wants to as well? Hehehe...

I just wanna see it with someone. Anyone.

It's Kane, after all.

.:Grr...:.

Annoying bastich was singing a while ago. He was getting on my nerves, as I was in the cafe, and he was loudly droning on with his crappy brand of Pinoy rap.

He was oblivious to everyone who was getting annoyed with him, all the same.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Friday, June 16, 2006

Yeah, Baby!

.:Meme!!!:.

I did this before, but since Hope responded to me...

Comment here and...
1. I'll respond with something random about you.
2. I'll challenge you to try something.
3. I'll pick a color that I associate with you.
4. I'll tell you something I like about you.
5. I'll tell you my first/clearest memory of you.
6. I'll tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. If I do this, you must post this in your journal.


.:Keys Me:.

Keys Me. Should've stuck to dancing, eh?

.:Sleuthing:.

I found a new online game that just reeks of awesomeness. Sleuth is definitely one of the most unique online games I've ever run into, and I'm hooked on it, to be sure.

.:Wish Me Luck:.

Well, here goes nothin'.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Wheee!!!!

.:Holy Cow, This Is Madness!:.

This video has to be seen to be believed!!!

.:Posting Tomorrow:.

I need to cough up an essay on video games for tomorrow, and I'll get to it in due time, I suppose. For now, I'm so tired and in need of sleep.

Wish me luck. This'll be the moment of truth for me tomorrow... the interview.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The Weekend...

.:Today's LSS:.

I can't find the lyrics, but it's that song for Closeup by Rocksteddy, "Smile At Me"...

It's been so stuck in my head for days.

.:Ice Cravings:.

At long last, I managed to go to Ice Cravings with my family. That place was awesome, from the French Fries to the wonderful Mango Tango Ice Cravings. I must say, my mom struck a veritable goldmine with this venture of hers... and she isn't even cashing in on her semi-celebrity status yet.

So we were there, and just cooling down for the most part, before Clair finally arrived, and we bought barbecue to take to Kathy's Carnivore Night party, which was going to be in their new Alabang residence instead of Bautista.

That being said, it was awesome bonding with Clair last Monday. We rarely have the chance to bond lately, so it was all good.

.:On The Way:.

Before heading to Alabang, Clair met up with JM first, and ate his buritto.

On a cab ride to the place, the cabbie was being a prick as he tried to finagle DOUBLE the fare we were supposed to pay him instead of opening the taxi meter. Clair was incredibly annoyed.

.:The New Chua Residence:.

So sue me, but I found it a bit disorienting to not be in Bautista for Carnivore Night. Despite that, it was cute seeing the new Labrador Puppy, Ginger. That yellow dog was cute, but I'm sure it's no wonder that the B!tch jokes are bound to follow soon enough, since there's finally a female dog in the family...

Nonetheless, the guest list consisted of me, Clair, Krisette, Hrbs, some of Kathy's relatives, and a new guy named Marco. Comparisons to Mario and Marco were being made, though, after the fact, which I found amusing.

In any case, the food was great. Chicken adobo, pinakbet, and of course, barbecue from me and Clair. It was extremely funny that we kept on telling Hrbs "Puwede ka na mag-asawa" when we found out he was the one who did the pinakbet...

It was a fairly great night, rife with Brokeback one-liners, particularly when they convinced me to sleep over and skip work for Tuesday... heh.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Here We Go....

.:Whoa:.

So it was Kam's post-birthday celebration yesterday, and it was nothing short of fun. I've run into people like Hope , Noey , and it was a good time to reconnect with these people, considering it's been practically a year or so since I've met them.

I've made some new acquaintances, all the same, including Philip, Sam, Seaun, Nate, and a few others. That being said, it was really a hodgepodge of people, and it was definitely great to be hearing a wild variety of points of view all come together in one place.

While I doubt my schedule would ever permit me to hang out with them more often, it'd be pretty great to stay in touch with them every now and then. I especially liked the point where Hope and I were talking about comic books and Star Wars and other undeniably insane kinds of fanwank. When fanboys attack, you can be sure that they'd really gloss over a lot of simple things we know as “facts”, particularly that glaring example where some Star Wars fanboys think Darth Vader and Darth Sidious can beat Goku and Gohan. Yeesh.

In any case, we just stuck around and whiled the time away after eating at Chef D'Angelo's, then went to Starbucks a bit afterwards.

It was great hanging out with these people. Given my schedule, that was once in a blue moon, but it was sure as hell worth every minute.

.:I Won't Jinx It...:.

I'll just say that a new opening came along, and I hope I get it.

As to the nature of the actual work, well, I'll just not talk about that here right now, so that I don't jinx it by putting the cart before the horse.

I just hope I can get this job. I really, really do...

Friday, June 09, 2006

Hilarity

.:Today's LSS:.

You have to see the video of this song.

You Put A Headlock On My Heart
by Dolly Parton

The first time that I saw him
Was in a wrestling magazine.
Then I watched him on TV,
Then I bought a ringside seat.

His name was Starlight Starbright,
The greatest in the land.
He sprinkled stardust in my eyes
I was his biggest fan.

He's got a headlock on my heart.
It was a takedown from the start.
He's a master of the art.
He's got a headlock on my heart.

Spoken:

Referee: 300 pounds of magic right here in the ring tonight.
Starlight Starbright: Wrestling fans, big and small, who's the greatest of them all?
Dolly: Starlight! Starlight Starbright! Starlight! Starlight Starbright!

He dazzled ‘em with brilliance,
He outshined all the rest.
And I loved the heart that beat
Beneath his massive golden chest.

Spoken:

Dolly: In this ring, I thee wed.
Referee: Do you take this woman to be your lawful wedded wife?
Starlight Starbright: I do!
Referee: And do you take this man to be your lawful wedded husband?
Dolly: I do, I truly do!
Referee: I now pronounce you man and wife.
Dolly: Uh, you may now kiss the bride.

He's got a headlock on my heart,
That it may likely never part.
He knew the ropes right from the start.
He's got a headlock on my heart.

Spoken:

Dolly: Well, it's a whole new arena for me,
But it's a whole new wrestling match for him.
I guess you could say he pinned me down for a lifetime.

He's got a headlock on my heart.
It was a takedown from the start.
He's a master of the art.
He's got a headlock on my heart.

He's got a headlock on my heart,
That it may likely never part.
He knew the ropes right from the start.
He's got a headlock on my heart.


.:Remaking School Of Rock As Horror:.

Check this out. It's an edited trailer of School Of Rock. Pretty well done. Check it out. :)

.:Hulk Hogan's Secret Marriage:.

Holy cow. You put a headlock on my heart!

You have to see this... it's a thing of beauty.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

666 Again...

.:Apparently, It Might Not Be 666 At All...:.

Satanists and heavy metal fans might be disappointed to discover this, but a recently deciphered New Testament fragment says that the number of the Beast isn't 666, but 616.

This development is a bit unsettling, considering how 616 doesn't have quite the oomph of 666, but there's more to it than just that...

In a comic book a few years ago, Marvel Comics assigned numbers to each universe. In the official Marvel continuity, the Marvel universe's number happened to be 616! *gasp*

So does that mean that Marvel sports the mark of the Beast?

But wait, there's even more!

There is a Marvel character named "Beast"!!! Hank McCoy, to be exact.

So could 616 indeed be his mark? Is Hank McCoy the Antichrist, then?

Oh, what a tangled web we weave...

.:Onwards...:.

Today, I'll be reviewing two films: The Da Vinci Code, and The Omen. Obviously, SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

.:Film Review: The Da Vinci Code:.



Da Vinci Code
Doc Ock vs. Magneto? Oh, My...

So yeah, all that controversy over this movie. And you know what? The director must be laughing his way to the bank over all the controversy, as people watched this movie to find out what the fuss is about, and fell for it, hook, line and sinker.

Da Vinci Code follows the adventure of Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks.), and Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), as they go around the globe, trying to find out more about the unexpected revelation of a possible bloodline that trails all the way back to Jesus Christ.

I read the book, and liked the way it carried itself, and how the romance between Robert and Sophie slowly came to a boil. In the movie, this particular subplot was never taken up, and let's face it: seeing Forrest Gump attempt to solve mysteries really took some of the bite from the film away. I hate to admit it, but Tom Hank's acting was miserable here. He was bordering on wooden, and seemed less like the Robert Langdon I imagined: the one with a swagger befitting a close to middle-aged but extremely dedicated symbologist.

That being said, the high point of this movie just had to be Leigh Teabing, as portrayed by Sir Ian McKellen. He definitely got the character down to pat, and while I saw him as Magneto a mere few days before this film, he was less conspicuous to me than was Archbishop Aringarosa, who turned out to be Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2.

Anyways, typecasting aside, the movie was a decent enough romp, albeit a bit mired in exposition throughout some parts, and the fact that the director attempts to establish a counterpoint between Teabing and Langdon in that one completely damns the church and the other is almost apologetic for this behavior is a glaring attempt at pacifying naysayers. An attempt that would naturally fall on deaf ears as far as naysayers go, and would plainly annoy anyone else.

I know this sounds dumb, but I frankly enjoyed "National Treasure" much more than this. It was funny though that watching this movie with Kathy, Krisette, and Hrbs kinda spelled comedy gold, as I got suckered into treating Kathy to watch in an attempt to cheer her up... hopefully, she feels better now, despite having been robbed of about $100...

I really feel that the book was better. And that this whole thing has been demeaning to all the Albino monks out there. They deserve better, I tell you.

One last quip: did you know that there are no monks in Opus Dei? Tsk, tsk.

"Fun" Evaluation: B
"Critical" Evaluation: B-

.:Film Review: The Omen (2006):.



The Omen
If you didn't watch this for free, the devil has beguiled you out of your money.

So again, as we premiered this movie, I watched. And again, with Kathy and Krisette.

I watched the original version of this film before, so I pretty much had an idea what to expect, but what put me off was that this film relied on a few plot points that didn't age too well since the original, and worse, had a few horrible casting calls.

First off, Julia Stiles in a maternal role. Are you falling for that? I sure as Hades am not.

Secondly, Damien himself. Is he anywhere nearly as creepy as the original kid from the original Omen? I frankly don't think so, as I believe that the current kid actually looks cute from time to time, even when he pouts or tries to look malevolent. Still, you know the kid tried.

That being said, what was different in this movie? Quite a bit, and most glaring to me was the disappearance of the Baptism scene. Unless my memory fails me, the original Omen had a scene where Damien was being baptized, and that proved to be a very incredibly concocted sequence. That whole bit was nowhere to be found in this installment, and instead, we're treated to Damien turning five already.

Okay, so I guess the movie was so-so, and delivered a few cheap thrills here and there, which weren't present in the original. This only spelled out the need for this version to up the ante of shock value, since the director couldn't get a grasp on how it is to be ominous.

The original had GREAT music. The new version? Meh. Castrated is about the most apt word that comes to mind, compared to the rich Latin-infested vocals you'd find in the original.

And of course, the most glaring change of all: adding 9/11, Hurricane Katrina/the tidal wave, and other real world tragedies as plot points to emphasize the signs of the times. It bordered on being downright tasteless.

So we talked about changes they made from the original that were worse. Let's go to the flipside. What changes were made for the better?

The nanny from Hades, that's for sure. The nanny in the original was out and out evil, and would make you wonder why anyone would ever hire her. The new version was just so sickeningly sweet and affectionate that you can't help but be creeped out by her.

The priests in this film were pretty good improvements as well. Father Brenner and Bugenhagen (What a mouthful of a name, and this guy is played by Michael Gambon, aka Dumbledore v.2.) were great in their roles, and of course, as a special aside, the way Father Brenner and the photographer dude kicked the bucket are amazing to behold, in a gory kind of way.

Then, we get to the points that weren't changed, and made the movie worse because of it.

One comes to mind: the photographer.

Note that this had nothing to do with having a genuine professional photographer with me in the movie. More than that, the fact that he was still using film for his camera and the fact that Robert Thorn never once thought to utter "Photoshop" while looking at the pictures kinda made you realize that the script didn't age too well now that pictures are mainly digital.

So I don't know with you, but that was a very dated plot point, and it didn't come across too well.

So there. I guess all in all, this was a disappointment more than an improvement over the original. It didn't change things enough, and sadly, the things it chose to change were mostly things that should've stayed the same, and things that should've changed, like the photography bits, stayed the same.

What grated on me exceptionally as well was that in the end, when Damien's dad was about to kill him, the police burst in, yell at him to stop, then shoot him before anything else happens. Normally police don't just shoot on sight, especially not ambassadors who happen to be the godson of the president. Yeesh.

Mish-mash of a movie not worth seeing if you're going to the theatres, as the bite of the original is not in this film, especially with the missing baptism scene.

I wish I could say I liked this movie, but I think that this, more than Da Vinci Code, should've been banned. I liked the original. That being said, the only reason I'm favorable with this movie is that the original was good enough to give it something of a free pass. But if I had my way, I'd ban this and not Da Vinci Code.

Why? Not because of the Satanic undertones/overtones, which weren't as pronounced as they were in the original, which lends credence to why the hoopla to have this banned wasn't as strong.

But because it's plainly a crappy remake nobody should be hoodwinked into seeing when the original still exists.

"Fun" Rating: B+
"Critical" Rating: C-

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

06/06/06 Is The Day Of The Antichrist...

.:Today Is The Day:.

We're showing The Omen later tonight, with no hoopla from any of the religious groups who wanted Da Vinci banned. Saw DVC last weekend all the same, and I must say that it was fairly okay as a film, but is not something that particularly needs to be banned.

I went to church last Sunday. It's been the first time I've been there in a long while. Standing inside the church made me feel... different. I guess it was a moment that made me consider where I'm headed now.

With each passing day, my will to go on despite all adversity continues to wane.

Sometimes, I wish I could learn to hate you. Maybe we don't really have to be friends.

Let's pretend to be enemies.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Ha!

.:JGL Alert:.

Tita Harvey wants another Skype party next Saturday, around 7:00 PM. Can I get confirmations from the JGL on who's going? Please reply to this post. Thanks.

.:Anyone Wanna Watch?:.

I have four tickets, but it's on THREE PM, Wednesday...

Friday, June 02, 2006

WTFery Again!!!

.:New Icon!:.

Icon lurve! Isn't it cute?



.:Tell Me They Didn't Just Say That!:.

Neo-Nazis, rejoice! A new shirt for you!



Somebody better shoot the DC marketing people.

.:Oh. My. God. Literally.:.

Now I know why Gio Navarro likes Rob Liefeld.

If Peppy talks about Jesus the Vampire Slayer, Rob Liefeld is the one who made this masterpiece known as Godyssey:



Wow. Just wow. Before that page, you'd see Christ dead at the cross, and then the entire Greek Pantheon coming down to diss Him. Christ then takes no more and pimp slaps every single Greek god who tried to get in His way for this ultimate showdown with Zeus.

Makes you wonder why these weren't the Roman gods, but whaddaheck...

So yeah... we have Jesus Christ having a showdown with the Greek Pantheon, and He definitely gave them quite a beating. The jarring switch between old and modern English in Odin's dialogue is too glaring to be overlooked, though.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Wheee!!!

Interested in playing text-based games? Here's a list of games I currently play or have played in the past (That still exists and is worth noting.)... if anything grabs your interest, feel free to click.

.:Vampyr Vs. Lychens:.

Are you a vampire or a werewolf? This game is pretty cool so far, although it doesn't have as many deep options as the other games I've been playing.

Still, who doesn't want to relive Underworld and become a vampire or a werewolf?

Check out the link if that's your cup of tea... if not, check out the link, regardless. :P

.:Neopets:.

I used to have a longstanding account with Neopets, and it's a very cool game, but the fact that there is little to do once you're done with most of the games in the world and get bored with the stuff to do would simply mean that the lack of world resets makes for b-o-r-i-n-g. I play this game on and off, but the more dedicated players would want to play it daily, as playing daily gives lots of benefits, and of course, Neopoints.

.:Kung-Fu Madness:.

http://www.kungfumadness.com/PlayerCreate.cfm?Friend=15027>Kung-Fu Madness is a very fun game, assuming you ever get opponents to play against. Because of the whole concept of dojo dominance, the lack of opponents has proven to make the game very stale for me so far. Still, I have until around tomorrow to give this game a shot. Let's see if it's worth it, and if any opponents ever bother challenging me to give me experience, win or lose.

Still, the different martial arts, the auras of animals, and other chop-socky touches to the game definitely pique my interest about it...

I've played a couple of matches already, and it's GREAT. Do use my name, Mistervader, in case you join up. Being a referrer would definitely do me lots of favors. :P

.:Utopia:.

Now, we have the medieval games, and one of the longest-running ones I played was Utopia. I haven't gotten around to creaitng a new account yet, as the game's server reset is due sometime this month, so I wouldn't even get a feel for the game, and yet it's reset time already.

Still, this game is great because every single iteration of the game brings forth new improvements to the system in terms of balance and power levels. Check it out if you're a fan of the genre.

.:The Reincarnation:.

The Reincarnation is a fan-made attempt to recreate the now-defunct but legendary Archmage, and I must say, it's a pretty good effort.

I don't think I have to explain anything further beyond that, especially if you already know what Archmage was all about. However, I feel that there exists a superior spinoff from Archmage compared to The Reincarnation...

.:The Five Pillars:.

... and this is the game I'm talking about.

The Five Pillars is a game that plays a lot like Archmage, only better.

Much, much, better, in fact, mainly with the user-friendly interface and a wizard that gives you hints when you're having negative incomes in certain areas of the game. All things being considered, it's a very good and refreshing take on the game, and again, don't forget me in the referral box. I only use one of two names: Mistervader, or Meriadok.

.:Adventure Quest:.

Adventure Quest is a flash-based medieval game that has a lot of limitations, but is more viscerally appealing than pure text-based games. I can't say much about it though as I haven't touched my account there in ages...

.:Travian:.

Travian looks interesting, but I haven't played it enough yet to find out.

.:Outwar:.

Well, I can safely say that Outwar is cool, but requires a lot of upkeep to play. I'm not sure if I'll persist with it, although clicking on that link I just gave you should give you a good hint...

.:Wrassle.Net:.

If you ever enjoyed wrestling sims, then Wrassle.Net is the game for you. Here, you can roleplay as an original wrestler, wrestle other users, and rise through the ranks in your own specific federation. I've been World Champion twice in the two times I took part in this game, although that's only within the federation, of course. Given the range of eight feds and up, that wasn't saying much, but at the end of each month, a huge showdown among all feds happens, and I made it as far as the final four, so that's my achievement in that department.

Well, those are all the games I can recommend to you for now. Hope you enjoyed this little post. :)