Summer school ends, Star Trek, and Angels and Demons



No more sleepless nights… no more waking up early… no more SCHOOLWORK! Woot! 

Well… today would have been perfect if it wasn’t for the fact that because I had to make a Tagalog Term paper for Kas2 (which is very difficult for me because I haven’t written anything in tagalog in ages, let alone a whole 10 page research paper about why monotheism came from the Jews and whatnot), I couldn’t revise for my Chemistry Exam enough. I only got around reading 5 of the 12 topics tackled… Now, coming from Hong Kong means that my Chemistry knowledge is quite extensive, but the exam was hardly Chemistry at all… It was a Trivia quiz, more history and memory work than anything about Chemistry… meh… and I HATE HATE HATE History. 

On another note, Kas2 was much more enjoyable that I previously anticipated. At first I was really nervous as to how I’ll do with the “angkop na wika ang gagamitin natin para magaral ng Kasaysayan ng Asya” (a suitable [contextually, Filipino] language will be used in our study of Asia’s history) because my Filipino writing skills are equivalent to a 5th grader… But, all in all, it was fun and challenging. I felt I learned a lot about the continent of which I am a part of and, at the same time, learned about my own native language as well. =) Good work, Prof. Dedina Lapar! Also, be seeing you, classmates…

So… after my Chemistry exam, I was both bummed and happy all at the same time. Being me, I was conflicted on what I should do… Should I go home and sleep? Should I go shopping for clothes (need more clothes)? Finally, I came to a decision… I’m gonna go watch MOVIES! So I hopped on a Pantranco bus, got off Philcoa and rode on up to Glorietta 4, my favourite mall, and watched 2 movies consecutively, first was Star Trek and right after was Angels and Demons…


Star Trek was so and so. James Tiberius Kirk was portrayed as too cocky I think… Considering his character’s other (future) selves. Haha, Sylar was perfect for Spock (whatever the correct spelling of his name… sorry, I ain’t a Trecky -_-). The plot was so-so too, the all too familiar blackhole-creates-time-space-distortion-time-travel-bad-guy-from-future-blah and all that jazz. The most interesting aspect was the character development which somewhat compensates for the lack of depth of the plot (I’d like to see Ender’s Game (Orson Scott) on the silver screen… THAT’D be a SCI-FI flick I’d LOVE TO SEE!). The acting was… oscillating from okay to cringingly bad (I’d nominate the guy that played the doctor for a Razzi >_< Yes… it was that bad!) Here’s a pic about showing the old cast compared to the brand-new-spanking new cast:


The new guys are prettier, but the old guys are timeless

The new guys are prettier, but the old guys are timeless


Moving on… Angels and Demons was… hmm… interesting. I’ve read the novel almost a year ago, so I had a vague idea of what was gonna happen, and overall the rendition of the novel to the big screen satisfied my expectations, although there were times that I just had to cringe at the blatant attempt of the director to besmirch the cardinals by showing reals of his “actor cardinals” smoking. Well, it IS true that many cardinals smoke, but just because they came from a time when the hazards of smoking wasn’t known yet… Anyhows… Although it was the truth, it was still portrayed so prominently that the bias was oozing out of it by the gallons. What makes me wonder is if the cardinals who smoked was shut in the Sistine Chapel until a new pontiff was elected, the quite a few of them should have displayed symptoms of nicotine withdrawal… meh… The acting was bad… Yah… it was bad… the chopper-sky-full-of-light-lord-of-the-rings-people-go-flat-on-the-ground-from-shockwave wasn’t as cool as I thought it should have been based on the book’s description… Ewan McGregor did a nice job being the Charmalengo, but he should have overacted more and showed some more crazy eyes XD 

Ratings… Star Trek: B // Angels and Demons: B-

Well, wanna sleep now… I’m gonna sleep until noon tomorrow… 

Daniel out


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