I often marvel at the public’s obsession over the private lives of the rich and famous — the entertainment celebrities, the multimillionaires, the families of politicians, the socialites and the social climbers. I have always found it amazing how people can spend hours and hours everyday poring over their photos, tabloid gossip and even how their liaisons are discussed over cocktail drinks. Read the papers (tabloids, especially), watch television, surf the Web and they’re everywhere. Celebrity-related web sites far outnumber those that deal with current political and social events. And readers flock to sites where the staple is who recently had a boob job, which celebrities divorced, who spent a a few hours in jail for drunk driving… I mean, more people follow Britney Spears’ train wreck of a life story than those who try to make sense of the implications of the cheap Chinese goods flooding Southeast Asian markets. Truth be told, even the so-called political blogs (and many opinion columns, for that matter) are dishing out nothing but intrigues and gossip about the Who’s Who in the world of politics. [Read more…] about Star-struck, celebrity-crazed
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I’m a serious Alfred Hitchcock fan so when I recently discovered that his movies had been released on DVD format, I started buying up.
One night last week when things weren’t so hectic, I turned off my Macbook rather early, set up the DVD player, curled up in bed under the comforter and started watching “The 39 Steps” (1935). Since Speedy fell asleep about five minutes into the movie, I couldn’t turn up the audio. After 10 minutes, I turned off the TV and the player and went to sleep. The next morning, Speedy asked how the movie was. Well, I said, I didn’t get to finish it because I couldn’t understand the dialogue very clearly.
That night, I decided to give “The 39 Steps” another try. As it was the previous night, Speedy fell asleep after a few minutes. And although I did manage to see more of the movie on my second attempt, just like the previous night, I couldn’t understand the dialogue too well and I lost my focus so I turned off the DVD player and the TV before the movie was through and I went to sleep.
Who sleeps through a Hitchcock movie, right? Really out of character for me but it’s not like I had much of a choice. [Read more…] about Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps”
Finally managed to buy a DVD copy of E.T., The Extraterrestrial. Astrovision is selling DVDs at bargain prices, from P199.00 to P350.00 and E.T. was priced at P199.00.
It’s been too long since I last posted an entry about movies and I must have seen dozens since. I can’t recall them all especially since some were totally forgettable. Here are some which I have not forgotten either because they were really good, I found them wanting or they were simply bad.
Mr. Brooks: I’m not a fan of Kevin Costner. His attempts at making himself out as a superhero by producing and starring in films like Waterworld and Dances With Wolves made me want to puke but, my goodness, I had a change of heart after seeing Mr. Brooks.
Mr. Brooks (Costner) is a serial killer who follows the dictates of his imaginary half (William Hurt). He wants to stop killing but his last escapade was witnessed and photograph by a neighbor of his victims. The witness blackmails him into allowing him to accompany Brooks in his next killing.
Brilliant plot, brilliant acting, unexpected twists and creative scenarios. One of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time.
This is not a joke.
This evening, again in New York City, this time at Carnegie Hall, J.K. Rowling dropped a bombshell on the Harry Potter fan community. When asked by a fan if Dumbledore ever loved anyone, J.K. Rowling replied Dumbledore was gay. Reports from the scene say a hush fell over the crowd and then it broke out in applause, to which J.K. replied that if she had known that would be the response, she would’ve revealed her thoughts on Dumbledore earlier.
She went on to say that while she was reading Steve Kloves’ script for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, she came across a passage in which Dumbledore was reminiscing about past loves, and she corrected it by crossing it out and scrawling “Dumbledore is gay” in the margin.
The quote comes from Beyond Hogwarts which is NOT affiliated with or approved by Scholastic Books, Bloomsbury, Warner Bros., or J.K. Rowling. I am not very familiar with the site and I am in no position to assess its credibility.
It appears, however, that the information about Dumbledore being gay is indeed accurate as it is echoed by reports from Time, USA Today and Yahoo! News. [Read more…] about Dumbledore was gay — J.K. Rowling
When you’re feeling a lot of strain (like when you’re in a rage?), what do you do to relax and to keep you mind off the ugly things? In my case, I read, I watch a movie, go out… or write.
Although my deadline for Tuesday’s (today’s) column wasn’t until Monday (yesterday) at 12.00 noon, I finished it early Saturday afternoon. I just wanted a complete break from anything related to writing and blogging. Writing just wasn’t relaxing at that point.
I shut down the computer and I would not turn it on again until Monday morning. We went to a birthday dinner party in the evening then watched Rush Hour 3. Still, all of that was not enough to calm me down. The moment we got home, I kicked off my shoes (not literally, they’re too expensive for that kind of treatment), I made myself a cup of coffee, curled on the couch and started reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. [Read more…] about “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”: no disappointment