Friday, July 23, 2010

The Last Airbender Begins...


A professor once shared, a film is not just a visual treat; not just a feast for the ever unsatisfied eyes. A film should be a full-meal-- and unless you embrace the totality, you never really watched it for what it was made after all. Remember, you paid not to criticize, but to enjoy.

M. Night Shyamalan's film started faltering down the sinkhole when James Cameron made up his fantasy world of the Avatar, taking the name of what has been perceived to be the main title of the story of Aang. Some people became too much concerned that they started attacking The Last Airbender, and it suffered greatly as it was shown.

This review will not be a spoiler, but in reality, you can't spoil something that has already been spoiled. Long before it was made into a film, the movie was actually an animated series--- go google it for the facts. What I'm trying to say is, we (those who appreciate the series and did not watch the film just to ride with the flow) know what's gonna happen. :D

Few things people should understand:

1) If you watched the series, remember that film adaptations usually "kill" the sense of the story. There are a lot of factors: production cost, screenplay issues, and in this case, a worldwide release funded by the Caucasian ones leading to a change in the diverse citizenship involved. See Harry Potter and Twilight... Include novels of Nicholas Sparks.

2) If you did not watch the series, you must remember that Book 1: Water introduces us to Aang's world. Do not expect a bloody hell of a fight--- there's 4 books, if I'm not mistaken. Don't get too excited.

3) When people say "Pangit ang film. Sayang lang." , it's your prerogative. That's when the reason why you're watching comes in: If they say it's pangit and you think that as a fan you must see this film, then bring that reason with you. Do not bring with you comments made by filmmakers or rotten vegetable visitors or tabloids. These may help, but if you really "trust" these people, you should not have bought the ticket to the movie in the first place.

4) Enjoy the film. Nagbayad ka na rin lang. :)

My thoughts:

Well, the Star Wars intro did not help. They started the film much like how the series opens an episode... The narration was enough. :)

I hate putting Indians or Afghan-looking people as Fire Nation people.

May loopholes and mistakes ang movie... Pero alam niyo,

I enjoyed the film. Believe it or not, I was teary-eyed towards the end. Good thing I was wearing the 3d Shades, di halata... hehehe.... I can feel the air and water and fire- and my imagination helps me feel like the world I am watching is real. :) It pays to watch the film and not watch out for the points to criticize, but look for what parts to enjoy. :D

Ranting Hatter advises you to watch this film for what it is, not for what others make out of it. :D

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Why Hay! Men! deserves a Hats Off.


"Hay! Men! Ang blog ng mga tunay na lalaki" receives a Hats Off from your Ranting Hatter.

With all the sexist remarks, claims of satirical humor, devaluation of women and the third gender, and simply showing the real man's identity, the blogsite remains to be what it has always been:

A Mirroring of Reality.


It serves as a playground for all green-minded men, and important to take note of, guys who just want to have fun. But the blog site is not a porn site... It is a site where men would realize the disgust it brings into one's mind when all the crazy and disrespectful ideas are collected into one pool of thought. Men may forever be blind, but the blog site is actually wounding the "man-ness" of man. It serves its purpose...

I continue to follow this blog site for the mere fact that everyday it is cool to see how the men in the Philippines devolves into such nothingness. :)

Bamboozled by a Flying Car

Could we really say "Gone are the days " when we speculated that we MIGHT have flying cars in the future? Your Ranting Hatter just recently (and i admit I'm too late) discovered that a flying car attempted to make a buzz out of its first flight... But why, after a year, we were not able to see flying cars or hear someone rode one?



Well... Your Ranting Hatter thinks that they were just trying to bamboozle us with this kind of innovation. really, a flying car? It LOOKS LIKE A FLYING PLANE (REDUNDANCY OBSERVED)! Seriously, it won't survive the streets of New York or Manila! (Or Makati)... it looks much like rich people's private planes. :))

If someone creates the flying car that we have always imagined (no wings, just those noisy rocketship fumes making the car fly), then it's time to say 'thanks!" to the many films which represented the future as a time infested by flying automobiles...

Without it, it means one thing:

WE ARE STILL FREE TO IMAGINE AND DREAM THAT DAY WOULD COME.


(i personally don't want it to happen. Imagine what traffic rules we have to come up with... And we might have a flood of cases where these cars get to hit and run and kill pidgeons and other birds...)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

TOY STORY 3


After 15 years, Disney and Pixar finally gave your Ranting Hatter (and everyone) a rabbithole leading back to Andy's world. There was not even a hint of doubt that our generation, those who have witnessed how Andy's toys came to life, waited for so long to see an appropriate ending. : )

There's got to be an end. It's obvious. Andy cannot stay as a kid forever. he is not Christopher Robin and his toys aren't Pooh and Friends. Andy, unlike Alice, is not a "timeless" character. He was so real that he needed resolve---- playtime would soon be over. And so, after many years, Toy Story 3 arrived.

It's Disney's perfect style. 3d Animation may have gone through various studios and a lot of them proved their worth on it, but Disney films remain to be the closest to human heart. Toy Story was the perfect illustration.

I remember the first time I saw Toy Story 15 years ago and it struck me right at the very core of my childhood thoughts. The lesson to which Sid realized that toys have feelings was a classic lesson to the Toy Story generation. I learned to love my toys more.

For its ending, Toy Story again teaches valuable lessons, but this time, it's not JUST for playtime. It gave me the lesson deserved by a twenty-year-old Toy Story fan. :)

HATS OFF TO TOY STORY 3!

PS: I will forever be a Rex fan. :))