Friday, April 4, 2014

captain america: the winter soldier

(some spoilerish but general plot discussion here)

the Hero is a man from a different time and place, and the world has changed without him. he is treated as a symbol of goodness, but his idealism seems antiquated. this leads him to doubt himself, although never his principles.

the military complex adopts him, makes use of his powers, but he later learns that all is not as it seems. 

the only person he can trust is his female companion, who is physically weaker but knows more about the world, and so helps him uncover the achilles' heel of the rogue military operation.

 his nemesis, with whom he shares a unique shared past, is in many ways his equal in combat, but with the advantage of being completely ruthless.

in the end, the hero triumphs not by destroying the baddie, but by convincing him that their shared history, what they have in common, is more important than their differences.

captain america: the winter soldier is the superman reboot i'd always wanted.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Terminus (the Glenn from The Walking Dead song)


We've come back this season, at least those of us still alive
Here within this Terminus we all hope to arrive
I was a survivor from Cell block C, you were with the Governor of Woodbury and...

You came down the tracks of the train and you walked by my side
Shoulder up to shoulder that tunnel was 9 meters wide
Oh my heart was screaming, walkers wanted to eat (us)
Following my movements with a rock on your feet and...

Oh, down toward Terminus all of us tread
So, when were't at Terminus who will be dead? 
"Won't you leave me, go find Maggie?" you ask of me then
But I draw my gun and shoot a walker again

We were all alone on a shooting spree
Really thought my bullets would run out on me, but
Maggie and some others came and made it rain lead
Made sure that the walkers wouldn't rise from the dead
Could have kept on walking my entire life
But the season's ending so i'm back with my wife!

And so we left for Terminus with one episode left
Baby,no, I have no idea what happened to Beth.

So here I am this season where they made all of us walk
Here within this Terminus where the gates are unlocked
Lord,I'd like to see that credits roll sneak peek
Probably a few of us will die next week and...

I am now about to begin the last of my days
I'm within what others would call a Terminus phase
I myself can only say it's The Walking Dead. I just hope the writers don't give me Hershel-head that's gross...
La da da
And you know it's gross
La da da... La da da...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

i support pnoy's radio airplay quota

this article's been popping up on my facebook feed repeatedly the past few days, to pretty much unanimous discontent. at the heart of the matter is executive order 255, which states:

"all radio stations shall broadcast a minimum of four original [F]ilipino musical compositions in every clockhour of a program with a musical format."

or to put it another way, stations have to allot about a quarter of every hour of airplay to local music. which, if you think about it, is pretty reasonable. TV ads get more airtime than that.

so why all the negative comments?

1.) anything pnoy does is wrong.

i'm not qualified to talk about that.

2.) i'll listen to what i want!
no one's forcing anyone to listen to anything. they're forcing the station to play OPM one quarter of the time, thereby giving local artists more exposure (and/or royalties?), which hopefully leads to more income. is that so bad? the rest of us remain free to change the station, or pop in our earbuds, or play music on our pc, whenever "pusong bato" comes on. just like always.

3.) its forced patriotism! borderline communism!
look, this is about money, pure and simple. this is about giving a degree of economic protection to local music artists. EO 255 is, in effect, an airplay quota. the EU, australia, canada, new zealand, and venezuela, to name a few, also have radio airplay quotas; it's not really such a strange and unnatural thing. EO 255 will not turn us into north korea.

in fact, i'd be happy if they expanded the EO to cover movies as well, add a screen quota in there.

let's try to get past our kneejerk reaction against being told by the government what to do, and try to think about how EO 255 will benefit local artists (and by extension, pop culture) and how little its actual effect is going to be on our personal freedoms.

4.) but what about jazz and classical music stations? 

now that's a legit problem. i'm not familiar with the local jazz scene, but we do have local jazz artists, don't we? as for classical, i know our one classical station, 98.7 DWFE, also plays christian stuff, so maybe they could play christian OPM?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

"let it go" vs. dragon ball mashup

so the other day i was listening to this guy, who is about the most affable-looking heavy metal guitarist i've ever seen:

and i thought, "gee, i can't even listen to that sort of arrangement and some of those riffs without thinking of 'head cha la'"... until i realized i was thinking of "head cha la" because the song actually sounded like "head cha la."

so i tried singing the "cha la, head cha la" refrain instead of "let it go, let it go." it seemed to fit pretty well, so i thought, i should be working, why not make a mashup?

i'd initially planned to lay the "head cha la" vocals over a "let it go" instrumental track, but couldn't find the former. luckily i found a "let it go" vocal track and a minus one of "head cha la" (the gino padilla version!) floating around on the web, so i threw those together in audacity:

i had to slow down idina menzel's vocals by about 3%, cut out a few of her pauses and add silences to some of her phrasing. the final outcome is far from perfect, but i think it gets the general message across:

Monday, December 23, 2013

ang maskot short film premier at cinemanila 2013

i finally got to see chris costello and mihk vergara's adaptation last saturday at cinemanila 2013 at sm aura in taguig. it was a tiny audience--just 30 seats(!)--but what an experience it was.

with its stellar cast, liberal use of SFX (the little bird was animated by arnold arre!), and awesome music (including an actual jholliebird jingle, variations of which were used as theme music throughout the film), ang maskot feels like either an overachieving short or a full-length feature crammed into twenty minutes.

the filmmakers are planning on additional screenings early next year, and a DVD release some time after. i can't wait for the film to be shown to a wider audience.

here's a comic i made about my viewing experience:

Friday, September 6, 2013

ang maskot short film update: cinemalaya was a bust

well, chris costello and mihk vergara's short film adaptation of "ang maskot" unfortunately did not make the cut for this year's cinemalaya festival. 

the directors, however, have their sights set on november's cinema one film festival, so we will be crossing our fingers that the film will fare better there. direk chris says the film's chances are pretty good, so, positive thoughts, visualizing, asking the universe, etc.

that said, after the cinamalaya rejection, and with reboots being all the rage these days in hollywood, i think i'd like to do a reboot of "ang maskot," you know, to make it more palatable to local film fest judging panels.


1.) instead of a fastfood restaurant mascot, the protagonist is now a gay dancer working in a seedy furry fetish gay bar, in which all the lights are tinted red.

2.) the manager is mean to the protagonist because the latter rejects the former's constant sexual advances.

3.) the goon is a corrupt cop.

4.) the girl is a prostitute with a heart of gold. her father is also her pimp.

5.) the twins being raised by the girl don't know that she is not only their sister... she is also their mother! by her own pimp daddy!

6.) the second blooper, wherein the protagonist walks out of the shower naked in full view of the twins, is now canon.

7.) after the protagonist and the girl have their rooftop conversation at the end of the story, the protagonist steals the tabak from andres bonifacio's statue at monumento and goes on a killing spree while wearing the jholleebird costume. there's your effin' symbolism.

8.) the police arrive on the scene and, after a long and emotional exchange about fruit trees, gun down the protagonist in slow motion. one of the cops is the goon, who swears to live a better life from now on. daylight breaks over poor, dirty, violent, obscene manila. mabuhay!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

FCBD 2013 fully booked/comic odyssey

it's 4 am and my brain is refusing to let me go back to sleep because it wants free comic book day to last a few extra hours longer.

photo by chino andin

FCBD at fully booked today/yesterday had something of that first komikon experience feel, only with air conditioning: new venue, new audience/market, and things were laid back enough to allow some pleasant jibberjabber with seatmates (doc carlo san juan and the QBCCC/flipreads crew--noel pascual, aj bernardo, josel nicloas, and later in the afternoon, trizha ko and charles tan).

things i overheard:

  • the first person in line outside fully booked had arrived at 1 am that morning
  • the free comics ran out sometime past noon and they had to send some of the people waiting in line home empty-handed :(
photo by mel casipit
when i arrived at 11 am, things were already in full swing: the line outside snaked around the block, and inside, the building was jam-packed. i'd brought a laptop to play the ang maskot movie trailer on, but had forgotten to transfer the actual video file, so cherry had to walk to market! market! and sweet-talk the netopia folks into allowing her to download the trailer from youtube onto a USB stick (which was apparently against company policy). thank you, rogue netopia employees.

it was worth it in the end, though, because ramon baustista's face helped me sell a few more copies of the ang maskot comic than i would have otherwise. thank you, ramon bautista's face.

it was good seeing people browse my comics with curiosity again, the "feeling of being discovered" that i had missed so badly last komikon. it felt so satisfying to see one young lady in particular, who purchased and read through ang maskot right there at my table despite seeming to have forgotten her glasses at home. i was trying to gauge her reactions as she read, and her alternate squinting/grimacing and smiling gave me a mini emotional roller coaster ride. is that creepy?

manix's usual endless line of autograph seekers provided us with a more-or-less steady trickle of purchases (mental note: suggest further study of the abrera trickle-down effect and how it can be maximized to benefit indie creators). and the perks! even if i had not sold a single comic, the swag alone would have made the trip worth taking. things just do not get any better for an indie komikero.

when doc carlo and i left at around 6 pm (i originally wasn't expecting to stay past 1 pm), the place was by no means empty yet. it was then that i realized that what was once merely a free comics giveaway had now become in effect a mini comics convention. kudos to sir sandy sansolis of comic odyssey and the folks at fully booked!

photo by michael david

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