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Pirates Three: A Sure Blockbuster!

Posted on 29 May 2007 by Flisha

Detox Tip #5: Watch Movies

Just watched Pirates of the Carribbean: At World’s End last night, with Gim (boyfriend) and Melisse (little sis).

Loved the special effects, was astonished (though by the third movie, shoulda been used to it) by how realistic Davy Jones and his part-men-part-sea-creatures crew looked. They were all computer-generated, no prosthetics save for Bootstrap Bill! Genius animators!! (One of my dreams, btw :)

I also loved the sweeping views of the sea – lots of richly hued sunsets and sunrises in this movie. Cinematic seascapes keep this girl happy. Hehe.

What riveted me, though, was really the pace of the story. I don’t think anybody could have afforded to get distracted watching the movie. I listened to every word uttered and still a lot of parts went lost by me. The pirate-swapping/backstabbing was more fun to watch than understand, really. I only got the parlay part, the whole Singapore part with Will backstabbing Jack, Sao Feng backstabbing Will and Jack backstabbing everyone else – that? That I got only after I read Wikipedia’s detailed explanation, hehe.

I think the plot was great, but it was maybe too much plot for a movie limited to three hours long. Lots of stuff went not much explained, that’s what I felt. For example, the death of the Kraken was absolutely random! Wikipedia explained that Beckett had actually commanded Davy Jones to kill the Kraken, but I never heard it during the movie.

Though reading Wikipedia greatly enlightened me, some questions still linger. What was really Calypso’s role in the movie? I understand Tia Dalma, and her being Calypso was a nice twist, which of course made me expect much from her. The only thing Calypso served, though, was to provide some answers about Davy Jones’ history. Calypso, in her fury, created a maelstrom, which I admit did provide a convenient plotline for serving great whirpool special effects, but aside from that, I feel her character was hugely neglected and underdeveloped. She should have helped defeat Davy Jones somehow, or maybe turned against those who freed her to try to save Jones, or something! She was freed – and then nothing. How disappointing.

Also, one bugging question: Why did Calypso not show up to meet Davy Jones ten years after doing his duty? Someone tell me! (Gim thinks maybe it was because Calypso became unfaithful to Jones, and his lover was… Jack! Hmm, may be…)

All in all, though, I loved the third installment of Pirates, despite the racy pace of the movie. The lovely scenes took my breath away and the ending was quite a surprise – not as predictable as most movies (read: Spiderman, but hey, loved the special effects on that one too). The love story between Will and Elizabeth was stirring but not overdone. Although I did feel that Elizabeth’s character was treated quite loosely – she professes love for Will but her lips often seem be to interlocked with those other than Will’s (Jack, then Norrington, then an attempt with Jack again…).

Liplocking aside, the hefty P80 entrance fee I paid for Pirates is not going to be missed. Loved, loved, loved the movie – special effects, story and all. :-)

One complaint, though, and it’s not about the movie. It’ s about the moviehouse. I watched at Mindpro Theater, no choice, the only decent theater in Zamboanga. My gripe is that I went home last night quite shocked and so very sad. I thought that Will and Elizabeth were doomed to being able to see each other only once every ten years, forever! Not known to me was that there was a short clip at the very end of the credits that showed Will and Elizabeth meeting up ten years later, with their son! And that the significance of that was that Will was freed of his duties and free to finally be with Elizabeth! A fairytale happy ending!

And why did I miss that? Because damned Mindpro Theater cuts the credits right away!! You couldn’t even listen to the end of the soundtrack or get to read all the cast names. Grr. Isn’t that illegal or something??

Anyway, thank God for Youtub. I’m gonna be looking it up ASAP!

P.S. I finally have a high-speed Internet connection, yay! Had it installed just today. I’m sad though ‘coz I’ll be leaving soon, won’t get to enjoy it much, but at least I can now video-communicate from Manila (hoping I get myself wifi there too). Happiness all around! :-)

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Right Guy, Right Place (Part I)

Posted on 17 May 2007 by Flisha

Detox Tip #4: Fantasize.

A girl fantasizes about many things. Her first boyfriend, first kiss, first sexual encounter (yes, we actually do, but it’s more often romantic, not graphic), first proposal, (first) wedding… not necessarily in that order.

My First Boyfriend

Fantasy: Really tall, like 6 footer. Creamy smooth skin but certainly not fairer than me. Super duper intelligent, really sweet and thoughtful (buys you flowers at weird moments, something like that), brave and noble, and of course, filthy rich. Hehehe. Did I leave any good quality out, girls?

Reality: Not that tall, only as tall as me! Darn. Not creamy skin, either, but bronze. But I’m glad ‘coz I found I like bronze better. Now I cringe at the thought of ever liking someone with fair skin. No offense to the mestizos. Hehe. Just no longer my type. Super duper intelligent, yup, he’s studying to be a doctor!! Really sweet, yup, although, sometimes too sweet and too thoughtful. Recall Mr. Sensitive in the movie Bedazzled, starring Brendan Frasier. Just a little less sensitive. Hehe. Brave and noble, yes, I think. Hehe. Filthy rich? Um, no, but he’s getting there.

Conclusion: Almost perfect! Reality matches fantasy!!

My First Kiss

Fantasy: Gorgeous guy, soft lips, warm embrace, loooong and earth-moving liplock, fireworks everywhere

Reality: Gorgeous guy, dry lips (felt like I was kissing a raisin), no embrace, accidental and very brief liplock (he meant to drop a kiss onto my nose, and I lifted my face a bit and whoops…). Obviously no fireworks.

Conclusion: One fantasy down the drain. But not to worry, that very dry first kiss led to my second kiss, which fulfilled all my first kiss fantasies. Hehehe. Faith in romance regained.

My First Sexual Encounter

Errr… let’s move on, shall we?

My First Proposal

Fantasy: This one always changes, based on my mood. The place is sometimes at the beach, sometimes at a nice romantic restaurant, sometimes somewhere nature-ish like the top of a mountain or near Niagara Falls. The guy, of course, for the past 5 years has been consistent. The ring, it should be really really simple but elegant. Maybe a simple gold band, no engravement of any kind, except perhaps for a “Guy Loves Girl” or something to that effect in the inner circle. (Recall the engravement in the ring Leo gave Claire in the movie Romeo + Juliet.) And maybe a diamond, fragile-ly perched on top of the ring. The timing should be perfect, too. It should be at a time when I know I’m truly, truly in love and in like with my would-be fiance, and when I know that he feels exactly the same about me. We should both have jobs, financially secure at the moment and financially sure of the future, too. We should have no prior commitments of any kind, no ongoing projects that need to be finished first. We should be able to afford a really really nice wedding in six months or less. No long engagements for this girl. What else? I think I could go on and on but those are the basics.

Reality: Well, it actually happened. I got my proposal. What was it like? It’s a long story. And it definitely needs its own post. So, just wait and see. ;-)

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