Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Been in the market for a second DVD recorder ever since I became a heavy contributor at PINOYCHANNEL.TV. Lots of programs to record, some of which are also on 2 stations and airing at the same time. And since Pioneer is the only brand most shops carry [it's the best one anyway] , I have been looking for a cheaper alternative. Today, I hit paydirt. An Aussie listed this baby on Ebay.ph. He bought it and brought it here to the country, thinking he was going to stay here for a while, but he sold his business and wants to dispose of everything quickly. So he let this go for a real bargain, and he hasnt even used it!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Whenever I watch or read something fictitional and find something ridiculous, I am always told to SUSPEND MY DISBELIEF. Well, you can only do that so far, there are still some things that your mind can't just accept even if the story is fictional.
I have been catching up on my reading of Wolverine pretty quickly. I already put away the whole Volume 2 and am now finishing up on the last 15 or so issues of Volume 3.
In this story, part of the CIVIL WAR story I think, Wolverine is battling Nitro, a mutant whose power makes him a walking atomic bomb. So anyway, Wolverine and he go at it. Nitro does his thing, blows up and Wolverine is at ground zero. If he had a normal skeleton, he would've disintegrated. But since it's indestructible adamantium, it survives the blast and even protects his vital organs. BUT, most if not all the meat on his bones are gone. Check it out...
I'm no expert on the human body, but you need to eat to make muscles. Your body doesn't just make them out of nowhere. He just laid there and grew himself a body. That's supposed to be part of healing?!
Thursday, July 09, 2009
My DVD writer was showing signs of age. Close to conking out, actually. Been making coasters and what good discs it makes takes 45 minutes to burn at 16X. Something is definitely not right. So before I have to make that new batch of DVDS I'm sending to Canada, I decided to buy a new one.
PICTURED ABOVE: a GHOST IN THE SHELL STANDALONE COMPLEX t-shirt I found at FILBAR'S. I noticed I was wearing the same batch of clothes over and over when I go to the hospital so I decided to buy this so I can wear something different next time. Bought it for P250. They had a few more anime t-shirts there, too.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
About 10 years ago, I stopped reading comics just when Wolverine ALMOST got his adamantium back. Cyber's adamantium skin was "skinned" off of him and was going to be put into Wolverine but it was rejected... he was doing a lot of soul-searching with Elektra when I stopped reading and I have been meaning to catch up on my reading for a while. It was after the latest Hugh Jackman movie came out that I decided it was time to finally start reading again.
And I simply love the comics. Woleveine finally got his adamantium back thanks to Sabretooth and Apocalypse, and my favorite character Sabretooth now had an adamantium skeleton too! I can't wait to start reading volume 3.
I am currently wrapping up reading his little adventures on Marvel Comics Presents. I have but 2 major stories to read from MCP... "Typhoid's Kiss" and "Weapon X", both of which I have read before because I owned the trade paperbacks... before it got eaten by termites. But after that, I'm going straight to volume 3, and then back to the miniseries and one-shots. Clearly, I am far from done with Wolverine.
Other than the time I was hired to write the Tagalog scripts of SLAM DUNK, I don't think I ever wrote another script that I was such a fanboy about.
THE LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE is a drama series produced in mainland China about the life of the legend, the martial arts man himself, BRUCE LEE. I first heard of this series when I was watching the Discovery Channel, they held a huge competition in China called "The Next Kung Fu Star" and the winner was going to star as the lead in this show.
When I found out the studio bought this series to be dubbed, I was quite excited, but when I found out that they hired another writer for the Tagalog version, I was pretty disappointed. But I was glad to find out that they wanted me for the English version. Although out of the 30 episodes, I was only tasked to write 6, I had the most fun writing a script in such a long time! After writing for a year about romantic couples facing all sorts of adversity and drug dealing traitors ratting each other out to the DEA, I'm finally writing about something I have been fascinated with all my life - Kung Fu on the big screen and Bruce Lee.
The show had a lot of interesting stories and factors that any fanboy would love. People from his real life were had onscreen presence, from his wife Linda, his son Brandon and daughter Shannon, friends and students Taky Kimura, Jesse Glover and Filipino friend Dan Inosanto [who was played by a Chinese guy, WTF! If you know nothing about Bruce Lee, you'd never guess this character was Filipino], including his nemesis opponents in the martial arts world like kenpo master Ed Parker and wing chun grandmaster Wong Jack Man! I had a blast researching my facts and names of real people in his life, I never had so many notes in my scripts explaining martial art disciplines, moves, techniques, and even philosophical inferences.
The show also had Hollywood actors playing roles, Michael Jai White was in it, Gary Daniels and Ray Park [who played Chuck Norris] are some of the big names in this show. And Linda Lee's actress looks a lot like Kelli Williams [Lindsay Dole] of THE PRACTICE.
I was also glad that my coworkers liked my script. Well, they said they did. They said it was so obvious I was a Bruce Lee fanatic. Some of them even asked for copies of his movies, which I was happy to oblige. Anytime you meet someone with similar interests as you can't be all bad... besides, some of them wanted it so they can study their roles. So I also made them copies of whatever Bruce Lee bios and docus I had. And over the years, there were quite a few of them.
And I was glad that the translation they provided was pretty decent. I wasn't given fansubs on a bootleg burned DVD this time, and I truly appreciate that. I never approved of using fansubs for dubbing of legally acquired shows. I always believed they should spring for decent translations and do it right.
My last episode is due monday... I sure wish there was more. But it was definitely fun while it lasted.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Whenever I am at dialysis, I listen to songs on my mp3 player... Sometimes I visualize an MTV... when I listen to Paul Oakenfold's "Ready Steady Go", I think of Voltes V... for some reason, it just fits. This song has been used in famous movies like the car chase scene in THE BOURNE IDENTITY, and a club scene in COLLATERAL.
This weekend, it was like a new chapter in my life. After 5 years, I finally kicked a bad habit. I used to think of someone everyday, and finally realized it was such a waste of time. I decided to learn how to make AMV's.
My first step was to go online and see if there are any tutorials. The most recommended progs I saw were Sony Vegas, Windows Movie Maker and Pinnacle Studio. Of the 3, Pinnacle was the one I found easiest to use.
After downloading and installing the software, I played around with it for a few hours, and before I knew it, 4 hours have passed and I have finished the AMV. It was so much fun. I still have plenty to learn, since I hardly know anything about effects, transitions and stuff. So my first attempt is pretty basic. I also skipped the recommended steps like planning the video. At first, I thought making a storyboard would be appropriate, but I was too excited. I had all the scenes mapped out in my head, I was aching to see it compiled, timed with music.
So here is my first AMV, hopefully I can think up some better ones in the future.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I watched this movie last night with my driver and his 16 year old daughter. They weren’t too familiar with the X-men story, and that is the point I am going to try to make with this.
While this movie may be a good one for the Wolverine/X-men fan, if you don’t know much about the comic then there’s a lot that wouldn’t make sense to you about this movie. My driver’s daughter could barely understand why Logan and Victor were still alive after fighting in almost every major war in the Us and the world. The movie just assumes you know about mutants and you don’t wonder why some of the characters have superpowers and where those powers came from.
This is sort of a conundrum for me. For the fanatics who defend the movie, they would argue that for me to enjoy the movie, I would have to shut up about how it was different from the comic and just take it as it is. However, if I disregard the comic, then I would have to watch this movie as if I previously knew nothing about it, in which case a lot of things, like the existence of mutants wouldn’t make any sense at all.
And if I leave behind everything I know about the comic and just watch the movie, then the movie just isn’t good enough for me. I have seen the black ops put in the shelf and the remnants killing off all the old members thing one too many times. Was I really surprised that Sabretooth and Striker had a deal going? Even if I wasn’t reading Wolverine, that was pretty damn predictable. Even Gambit being the only one who escaped from the secret lab and showing Wolverine the way back is so “The Rock” as in Sean Connery’s movie in the 90’s. And of course… Weapon XI’s all-your-powers-into-one soldier has been so done to death, how many anime and videogames have we seen that before? Even Megatron did that over 20 years ago in TF Generation 1 when he took weapons from every Decepticon so he’d kick Optimus Prime’s butt in an “honorable duel”.
And Wolverine's claws all hot and red from Weapon XI's optic blast... while pretty awesome, has been done somewhere before. I've seen the predator do that in Scwarzenegger's movie with the blade attachment in its arm... it heats it up using the laser sighting on its shoulders... sort of like a hot knife through butter thing...
But again, in defense or in fairness to the movie, the Wolverine story is quite old. So I am not saying it ripped off other movies or plots. It’s just that I have seen it all somewhere else before. The simple point is this… you can’t really watch this movie and say forget everything you know and do not expect anything. Rather, you have to have some sense of familiarity and prepare yourself for how some things are different and some stayed the same, and somewhere in the between, have a great time.
Lastly, did you ever wonder why Wolverine's claws seem to NEVER have any blood stains of them, considering they go in and out of his arms all the time and each time, the skin rips open? Anyone who watches CSI knows that a knife, when used as a stabbing weapon, has blood stains or even small particles on it. Wolverine's claws seem to be clean all the time. Does the blood slide off because the claws are like non-stick teflon? Hey, I'm nitpicking here...
Friday, May 15, 2009
I am a big Wolverine fan... Kumpleto ako sa digital comics nya, Meron akong Essential Wolverine volumes 1-3. Wolverine Saga 1-4, at napakadaming comics, graphic novel at TPB tungkol sa kanya. Yung pagka-forbidden love nila ni Mariko Yashida [I have the TPB version] was one of my old favorites dahil nung panahon na yun, yung girlfriend kong Koreana eh pinagkakait din sa akin ng pamilya nya. Hehe I also had a Wolverine shirt, saka nabili ko yung classic action figures nila ni Sabretooth dati sa Toys R Us.
Pero nung nabalitaan kong gagawan ng origin movie at live action pa, hindi naman ako ganung ka-excited sa kanya. Based on my EXGF Meo's review of the movie, mukhang masasatisfy ako pero as a Wolverine fan, parang maiirita lang din ako. Sa totoo lang kasi, wala akong nagustuhan sa mga XMEN movies [the trilogy] and while kamukha ni HJ si Wolverine, he is obviously too tall for the role.
Nakakatawa na lang yung mga babaeng fan na tuwang tuwa sa character na ito... as usual na-reduce na naman sa pagiging "fafa-ble" si Wolverine... Asus... kung talagang kilala nyo ang character na ito, you'd probably find him cool but definitely not a hunk... bakit ka naman mai-in love sa isang tao na mas matanda pa sa lolo mo?
Anyway, back to the movie I HAVEN'T seen yet... sana nga mali ako at matuwa ako sa kanya. Kaso as of late, disappointing naman talaga ang mga ganitong movie... PUNISHER WAR ZONE ang pinakahuling movie based on a comic na nagandahan ako. Everything else, even Michael Bay's Transformers was disappointing for me. Nakakatawa nga yung mga comment ng TF fans, libog na libog kay Megan Fox na parang ngayon lang sila nakakita ng babae. Eh kung nanonood ka ng CSI MIAMI, linggo-linggo may ganyan... Asus!
Mas okay pa para sa akin yung WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN animated series. Sana kasi magconcentrate na lang sila sa paggawa ng mas magagandang animated series/movies kesa pinipilit nilang pagkitaan ng Hollywood ang mga ganito. As a fan kasi, hindi mo naman maiiwasan na panoorin dahil fan ka nga nya, pero malamang madidisappoint ka lang tapos sasabihin mo sa sarili mong "Hindi naman yan ginawa para sa iyo, para sa mainstream yan."
Kahapon, tinawagan ako ng contact ko at sa wakas eh may bagong project na. Sana dumami pa! Although I checked this one and it's only 50 episodes [Tormenta was 185], at least sa simula pa lang eh kasali na ako dito kaya marami-rami ang episode na mapupunta sa akin.
And it looks right up my alley, too. May pagka-Scarface meets Punisher War Zone yata itong El Cartel. Excited na akong simulan sya. But not before I finish my last episode of Tormenta. They're both due on tuesday. So walang habas na sulatan na naman ito. But I'm no stranger to that...
There's nothing like a new project that makes me see green [kahit na wala nang berde sa pera ng Pilipinas]... Hindi ko na nga maalala kung ano yung binalak kong bilhin sa kikitain ko dito. Pero siguradong hahabulin ko yung mga Street Fighter toys na nagsilabasan na hindi ko pa nabibili. As far as I know, may bagong line na ang SOTA [kasali si Dhalsim, at E. Honda among others] at yung Revoltech. Sana lang nga meron pa when the time comes...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Matagal ko nang alam ang anime na ito. Nalaro ko ito a long time ago sa Nintendo Famicom nung may parentahan sa Virra Mall.
Balita ko din eh dito binase yung pelikula ni Jean Reno na "Leon: the Professional". But I haven't seen that movie yet. I don't remember if i I bought the original DVD years ago, for myself, or my director. Naku ang ulyanin ko na kasi...
I saw episode 1 and was not disappointed. This guy is way cool. He doesn't talk much pero pulido kung pumatay. Just my kind of guy...
Sayang lang nga at palaktaw-laktaw ang fansubs. Hopefully there isn't a whole lot of continuity in his "missions".
Mapapag-aksayan ng oras ito...
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
May Shakey's doon [meron din naman sa Greenhills so ewan ko kung bakit doon sa SM City ko ito sinubukan] and I decided to make a customzed piiza for takeout. Back then, wala pang vegetarian pizza ang Shakey's so I basically just ordered a basic cheese then ordered extra toppings... 2 of each vegetable. I liked how the garlic tasted and having fresh sliced tomatoes and I have gotten hooked ever since.
Later on in high school, hinahanap-hanap ko pa rin ang Shakey's pero at the time, hindi pa rin sila nagdedeliver. Pizza Hut pa lang ang may delivery nung panahon na yun. Pero back then, my half brother and half sister moved in with us, their mother passed away. So the driver would go pick them up at Katipunan [my half sister studied at Maryknoll or Miriam College as it is known now] everyday after my brother and I went home. May Shakey's sa tapat ng Ateneo so lagi ako nagpapabili ng pizza for dinner...
That was when I really went nuts customizing my pizza. Back then affordable pa ang pizza sa Shakey's. Wala pa yatang P200 ang pinakamalaking thin crust pizza nila noon at sobrang dami na ng toppings. Mura pa ang extra toppings noon [about P9 each] so for about P300, I could have a family size pizza with so many toppings. Eto yung nakakalokang combination ko...
Thin crust family [or party size, basta yung pinakamalaki] Manager's Choice, Shakey's Special or Italian Sausage and Mushroom.
4 x extra garlic
1x extra onion
1x gresh tomato
Sa sobrang dami nung bawang, talagang iinit yung bibig mo. Pero ang sarap! If you've ever had Mongolian buffet at Mongolian Quick Stop and see the bowl of garlic na pwede kang kumuha ng as many spoonfuls as you want, ganun kadami ang nasa pizza ko.
Those were the days. Syempre sa presyo ngayon, hindi na yan feasible. Katulad ngayon, I ordered a small thin crust vegetarian pizza with 2x extra garlic and 1x beef, halos P300 na. And the amount of toppings on it won't even compare to how much they put back then. Sobrang kaunti na.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
When Francis M died last friday, something came over me and I wanted to listen to some of his songs. I didn't listen to his songs much nung buhay pa sya, pero parang gusto kong pakinggan ngayon.
Kagabi, laman ng MP3 player ko ang Cold Summer Nights at Kaleidoscope World. Pinakinggan ko nang paulit-ulit habang nakasalang ako sa dialysis.
Ewan ko ba... hindi naman sad song yung KW pero parang nalulungkot ako when I hear it now, ewan ko kung baka dahil naaalala kong wala na sya. I am not really that attached to Francis M pero nalulungkot ako. Kahit nung napanood ko yung coverage ng libing nya kanina, parang ang lungkot nga naman.
Every color... every hue...
Friday, March 06, 2009
Pumasok sa room ko ang maid namin at binalita sa akin na namatay na si Francis M. Tanghali ito kanina at nagiiyakan nga daw ang mga kasama nya sa Eat Bulaga. Pati lola ko na laging nanonood ng EB eh naiyak daw.
Last year ko pa alam na may leukemia si Francis M. Nainggit pa nga ako sa kanya kasi ang daming nagdonate ng dugo sa kanya. Nung panahon na yun, nangangailangan din ako ng dugo kasi ang dami ko nang utang na dugo sa blood bank ng The Medical City [coincidentally, doon din sya nagpapagamot] kasi kailangan ko ito because of my kidney failure.
Malungkot for me ang balita na wala na sya. While I am not exactly a big fan of his music, I always respected the guy. And I am not saying that porke sya ang laman ng balita ngayon. He and I share the same name, and people always call me Francis M as a joke, it shows how popular he is. Basta pangalang Francis, sya na ang naiisip ng tao.
One of the things I remember about him is his being a die hard Voltes V fan. Sa multiply account nya, kinunan pa nya ng pictures ang kanyang SOC Voltes V, swerte naman ng laruan nya at isang magaling na photographer si Francis M kaya nakunan ng magagandang pic ang robot na yun.
So kahit it's been said so many times whenever someone has passed away, Francis M is big loss to everyone. So katukayo, pinagluluksa kita.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
the fight scene here of jacky chan vs benny "the jet" urquidez is considered one of the best fight scenes of all time.
you may remember this movie because of their yellow van [a mitsubishi L300] that transforms into a chinese fast food store and they do a lot of stunts with skateboards.
i found this japanese trailer for the movie...
ang galing talaga gumawa ng mga hapon ng trailer. it makes the movie seem even more action-packed [action packed as it is]... this movie was also a big hit in japan because a videogame for the nintendo family computer named SPARTAN X was based on it... sa states, the title is "KUNG FU" for the nintendo entertainment system. do you guys remember playing this game?
so anyway, kahit na meron na ako nung original VCD nito from astrovision, dinownload ko ang english dub nito sa torrent kahapon. i was so disappointed when i watched it kasi it was redubbed for the DVD. ang pangit ng dubbing and the original soundtrack was removed and replaced with some really boring music. ang laki ng pinagbago!
Anyway, it's his old movies produced in Hongkong na gustung gusto ko... once he went international with movies like First Strike and Mr. Nice Guy, parang iba na e... iba talaga yung mga produced sa HK na halos lahat ng artista eh mga Chinese din.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
ANG GANDA NG LOLA KO... 90 YEARS OLD NA SYA BUKAS [FEB 2]
Happy 90th birthday lola, many happy returns.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
I've been a VA [voice actor] in the Philippine dubbing industry for over 8 years. My humble beginnings started when I was being trained and taught by my director. Since then, I've had numerous projects and even worked for other studios and other directos. I daresay, I learned most of what I know of the craft today from him.
Sa industriyang ito, laging may bagong sumasali, anxious to get a slice of the pie. madaming VA na magugulat ka na lang ay biglang mga director na. While I respect and admire my coworkers, it's quite obvious that some of them didn't earn it. Being a director doesnt just involve technical directing, but it involes giving the whole thing, even the other people behind it direction.
I've been working in another studio. The director doesn't talk to me as much and I have no real idea what kind of script they want me to write. Mababalitaan mo na lang, after makabigay ka na ng mga tatlo, na ilang linggo mong trinabaho, ay may mali daw at dapat ayusin. Ang kaso, hindi naman sinasabi kung ano ang mali at papano ang gusto nilang ayos.
Nagkaron ako ng long break itong holidays. Nahinto ang dubbing. Sa lunes [jan 5] pa ang deadline ng unang script ko for the year. Halos 3 weeks ko nang hawak ito, pero hirap na hirap akong simulan dahil hindi ko alam kung tama ang ginagawa ko.
Last night, dumalaw sa bahay ko ang long-time director ko. [Saan ka makakakita ng director pa ang pumupunta pa sa bahay mo?] Pagkatapos ng mahaba-habang kwentuhan at palitan ng input sa mga bagay-nagay tungkol sa industry at dubbing, nakwento ko sa kanya ang problema ko sa script.
Without even looking at my script, he started by saying "If you don't mind a little constructive criticism..." and I sure didn't mind. What have I got to lose? He may know how to help me. And in just one minute, he told me what the problem with my script could be and why it was a problem, and I immediately understood what I was doing wrong. It was the most fulfilling talk I have had in a while. Napakaikli ng sinabi, pero ang dami kong natutunan!
When other directors teach me something, the usual feeling I have is I am hesitant to try writing because I am afraid I still don't know what to do, because their explanation usually isn't clear. After my talk with my old director, I felt a rush and the first thing I did was revise my script in one sitting! I didn't even feel the need to rest. Ang sarap ng pakiramdam. Ganadong ganado.
It's what I believe he's got that makes him rare, despite the fact na ang dami nang dubbing director dyan ngayon. Bihira ang magaling magturo. Most just let you watch them at work and all you can do is hope you pick something up on your own. You can really learn from this guy and he isnt against the idea of learning from you, too. And he isn't like others who give themselves big titles and charge for lessons.
Before he left, I told him... "Tignan mo nga naman... 9 years and I'm still learning from you." And I hope with that message, I let him know how grateful I am, grateful that he is my SEMPAI.