Sunday, 31 January 2010

NCC Finalists

Congratulations to the DLSU Animo Squad for making it as one of the nine finalists from our regional qualifiers. Go get 'em in the finals!

Qualified teams:
De La Salle University - Manila
Ateneo de Manila University
Unibersidad de Manila
Jose Rizal University
Mapua University
Central Colleges of the Philippines
Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Taguig
University of Perpetual Help - Rizal
Rizal Technological University

Congrats again, Pep! :D


Saturday, 23 January 2010


I waited for this movie for quite a while, and I was greatly disappointed with the final outcome.

First of all, a movie starring Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid - sounds pretty okay right? It didn't work. This movie was hyped up a lot, and carried some pretty surreal visual effects, but for all that: FAIL.

Apocalyptic movies usually have this certain air of expectation surrounding them. They are supposed to be scary, or at the very least, suspenseful. Legion was neither. It was a horrid marriage of religious overtones and the most confusing plot I have ever seen. In fact, I do not think there was even a plot!

The movie features scenes such as the archangel Michael "not giving up on humanity" even though God has, and has sent His archangel Gabriel to carry out a 'cleansing'. Not much 'cleansing' was shown, other than a few thousand zombiefied humans stalking a lone diner in the middle of Nowhereville. Lame.
There is way too much talking in the movie too. Talking about fixing cars. Talking about life's little challenges. Talking about bad TV reception. Talking about this and that, and even scenes of Michael and Gabriel arguing and debating. Seriously. That's lame.
Another rather noticeable thing in the movie was that the first two protagonists to die were both African-American men; the one-handed cook, and a pistol-carrying 'thug'. Seriously.
I don't even want to go to the parts on WHY a particular baby in a waitress' womb fathered by an unknown man was SO special. It was never explained, other than a vague reference to how "the child is the last hope for humanity" or some other crap like that. Never explained, never expounded on. Okay, the baby was born. So what? The movie ends soon after. *rolls eyes*

It's just so bad I don't even want to review it anymore. All semblance of critical review just bled out of my brain remembering Legion.

At least Gabriel had some ridiculously cool armor and wings. +1 for that.



Monday, 11 January 2010

DLSU Animo Squad Student Manager

A new, official start of yet another college experience.

Managing my beloved squad's academics. :)
It's hard work, self-made hours, and no pay, but as they say, when you love doing something, you will do it no matter what.

Here's to the Animo Squad, the few, the loud, and the proud!


Sunday, 10 January 2010


Watched Zombieland with some friends a few days ago, and I have to say it was a bit better than my expectations.

Seeing the trailer, it immediately brought references to the popular multiplayer cooperative game Left4Dead and Left4Dead 2. The weaponry, the gore, and the manner of zombie deaths was quite similar, as well as the idea of "safe houses", if you pay attention to the movie.

Many popular films nowadays rely heavily on the CGI magic to work its way to a crowd's heart, but I liked Zombieland for paying real attentive detail to ironic humor and unexpected gags (as well as LOTS of make-up) in providing the comedy. The narrative style of the main character, Columbus Ohio, was also really funny in that he speaks in the matter-of-fact way of many born losers. He was perfect for the role. The constant reminder to the audience of his "rules" also brought some laughs, as they were flashed on the screen accompanied by a complementary scene, most often involving a gruesome zombie death.

I thought that the fact that there was less than ten names in the main characters list was cool; a few actors actually brought the movie to life, albeit with a little help from dozens of made-up stuntmen for the zombies. Less on the flash, more on the acting (though the acting was a tad dead sometimes).

Acceptable for a bored night out with friends, nothing brilliant, but should provide enough laughs to talk about later over some coffee. :)



Friday, 1 January 2010

Welcome 2010!

A new year, the tenth year of the century.

Welcome, and may you bring better things for this world that has seen such turmoil, conflict, strife, crises, and many other unwanted events.

As for me, it's another year to start anew, to start afresh with some more things I want to accomplish.. before finally graduating from university, and entering the working life.

Here's to another 365 days!