Archive for August, 2006

Cavite

August 26, 2006

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Summary on the back of the DVD:

Returning to Cavite for his father’s funeral, Adam (Ian Gamazon) lands at the Manila airport expecting to meet his mother and sister. Instead he is greeted by a disturbing cell phone call. An unknown voice demands that he comply with instructions, which will force him to make a choice with life and death consequences: carry out a terrorist mission resulting in the death of many, or send his kidnapped mother and sister to execution.

City Rocker review:

Adam is an average guy. He works the night shift as a security guard. He has issues with his girlfriend. One day he gets a call from his mother and she tells him that his father had passed away. Adam must go to Cavite for his fathers funeral. Once he reaches Manila airport, Adam gets pretty frustrated that his mother is taking forever to pick him up. After a while it seems his mother forgot about him. Adam hears a ringing tone coming from his luggage. After hunting down the sound, he answers a cell phone. The voice on the other end of the line tells him that his mother and sister have been kidnapped and that he must follow orders. Now Adam is on a mission to save the ones he loves the most. He has to walk and travel in the hot and humid weather to carry out all the orders he is given through the cell phone. Eventually Adam realizes that he has to carry out a terrorist plan. He doesn’t want to do it. But the only way to save his family is to carry out the orders.

The story was great. The filming was great. Unfortunately the acting was sub-par. Ian Gamazon (Adam) can only act when he is frustrated. If this film had a bigger budget, to get actors, then it could have been better. But for an “Indy” film, it was good.

City Rocker rating:

7 out of 10

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Quote by Theodore Roosevelt

August 19, 2006

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while DARING GREATLY so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

The Talmud

August 19, 2006

The highest form of wisdom is kindness.

Quote by Bo Lozoff

August 19, 2006

The great teachings unanimously emphasize that all the peace, wisdom, and joy in the universe are already within us; we don’t have to gain, develop, or attain them. We’re like a child standing in a beautiful park with his eyes shut tight. We don’t need to imagine trees, flowers, deer, birds, and sky; we merely need to open our eyes and realize what is already here, who we really are.

Quote by Marcel Proust

August 19, 2006

We do not receive wisdom,
we must discover it for ourselves,
after a journey through the wilderness
which no one else can make for us,
which no one can spare us,
for our wisdom is the point of view
from which we come at last to regard the world.

Joke!

August 16, 2006

A Cheap Train Ride
Three engineers and three accountants are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three accountants each buy tickets and watch as the three engineers buy only a single ticket.

“How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?” asks an accountant. “Watch and you’ll see,” answers an engineer. They all board the train. The accountants take their respective seats but all three engineers cram into a restroom and close the door behind them.

Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, “Ticket, please.” The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.

The accountants saw this and agreed it was quite a clever idea. So after the conference, the accountants decide to copy the engineers on the return trip and save some money (being clever with money, and all). When they get to the station they buy a single ticket for the return trip.

To their astonishment, the engineers don’t buy a ticket at all. “How are you going to travel without a ticket?” asked one perplexed accountant.

“Watch and you’ll see,” answered an engineer. When they board the train the three accountants cram into a restroom and the three engineers cram into another one nearby. The train departs.

Shortly afterward, one of the engineers leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the accountants are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, “Ticket, please.”

Joke!

August 16, 2006

A bear was taking a crap in the woods. Near by a rabbit was doing the same. The bear asked the rabbit, “Say, do you have any problem with crap sticking to your fur?”

The rabbit replied, “Why no, I don’t believe I’ve ever had a problem with crap sticking to my fur.”

So the bear grabbed the rabbit and wiped his butt with him.

Reasons to hate work…

August 16, 2006

IN PRISON. . you spend the majority of your time in an 8X10 cell.
AT WORK . . . you spend the majority of your time in a 6X8 cubicle.

IN PRISON . . you get three meals a day.
AT WORK . . . you only get a break for one meal and you have to pay for it.

IN PRISON . . you get time off for good behaviour.
AT WORK . . . you get more work for good behaviour.

IN PRISON . . the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you
AT WORK . you must carry around a security card and open all the doors for yourself.

IN PRISON. . you can watch TV and play games.
AT WORK. . . you get fired for watching TV and playing games.

IN PRISON. . you get your own toilet.
AT WORK. . . you have to share with some idiot who pees on the seat.

IN PRISON. . they allow your family and friends to visit.
AT WORK. . . you can’t even speak to your family.

IN PRISON. . all expenses are paid by the taxpayer with no work required.
AT WORK. . . you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.

IN PRISON. . you spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out.
AT WORK. . . you spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars.

IN PRISON . . . you must deal with sadistic wardens.
AT WORK . . . they are called managers.

So ……. why is it again that we work?

Peace for the Middle East!

August 6, 2006

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[Link – Cartoons of Clay Bennett]

If Israel continues its pursuit of Hezbollah, Lebanon will be wiped off the face of the Earth. Doesn’t the Israeli government feel responsible at all for the death and destruction it has caused so far, against the Lebanese people? The more civilians that die in Lebanon, the more support Hezbollah will gain. Nothing is worst than the loss of innocence, especially the children. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lebanese children of today, grow up to hate Israel for the hardships they will be forced to deal with.

I would like to see the International community come together quickly, and put an end to the violence, and hate between the people of the middle east. No war is going to solve these conflicts.

In order to create peace there must be an international presence in the middle east. A presence that includes the Jewish community, the Muslim community, and the Christian community. There must be open dialogue and reasonable rules, that everyone can agree upon. No declarations should put hardships on anyone. The key to peace is tolerance of each other. If one community skews its laws and regulations to benefit its own people, then of course there will be no end to this war. The day when all the people of the middle east start taking care of each others needs, that day will bring forth the peace process. Maybe a Declaration of the Middle East needs to be written.

100!

August 5, 2006

Last Wednesday I had an exam in Finite Math class. After I took the exam, as I turned in the test papers, I thought to myself…wow. I feel like I nailed that test! I actually feel like I made a decent grade. The next day the professor handed back the exams, and I made a 100! I got all the points! This hasn’t happened to me since high school. Particularly high school chemistry, was the last time I made a 100 on a test.

For a few days before the test I had been studying with friends. I didn’t actually think the study sessions would help me, but to my surprise the sessions were God send. I can’t remember the last time where I actually sat down and studied for a good amount of time. I’ll usually study for half an hour, then I’ll try to play video games, or watch a movie. The one thing that I learned to do, is to sit down and concentrate on my work. I suppose being with someone, helped me out a lot. Nothing is more challenging than to study with another person, and explain your work to them.

I’m really glad I made a good grade on that test! I won’t forget the valuable lesson I learned, about concentrating on my work. Whenever there is studying to do, I’ll have to try hard not to get distracted. 🙂