Monday, September 29, 2008

Quantum of Solace: Another Way To Die

The name's Bond, James Bond...

Here' the video of the new 007 Theme, featuring Jack White and Alicia Keys--

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Broadway Marvel: Spider- Man

Yes, Peter Parker a.k.a. Spidey, if my mole (naks!) is to be believed, will scale and crawl the sacred walls of Broadway next year.

This bit of marvelous info is from Mr. David Maisel himself, the chairman of Marvel Studios who revealed the news in an interview while attending the Thomas Weisel Consumer Conference in New York.

Mr. Maisel, who once worked in the Great White Way by way of the 1999 Tony- award winning musical Fosse confirmed that the musical has been in the works for the past 3 ½ years.

He also revealed that U2’s Bono and the Edge were commissioned to do the music and Julie Taymor (The Lion King) was tapped to direct the said musical.

This early, it will be interesting to know the songs that U2 will come up for this musical. No, “Itsy- bitsy spider” is not one of them, if you ask me.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Of Autumn, Escapism and Beauty

Although autumn officially begins tomorrow, I felt its welcome presence as early as a week or two ago when I went out for my early morning jog (okay, walk) around Heritage Park in nearby Taylor.

The leaves are beginning to change their hues, the mornings becoming mistier and the dews more pronounced on grasses. Yes, the chill is here, complete with that smoke in your breath and the endless flocks of birds stopping by on their journey to a place that is far, safe and warm.

Although Fall is very conducive for writing, I am not inclined to start anything. No, not yet. My pen is still in hibernation while my mind is elsewhere, somewhere…

I am just in escapist’s mood lately--

I have been watching a lot of movies whether it was from the DVDs that I borrowed from the local library or in the nearby Dollar Theater in Allen Park. Just yesterday morning, I went to watch Righteous Kill, the new De Niro/ Pacino movie for $4 at the MJR Digital Cinema. I availed myself of the Super Saver promo wherein you get to watch new movies for half the price provided you buy your tickets and watch the movie before 12 noon.

Also I downloaded an audio converter which I am now using to convert my CD collections into MP3s. I still have 28 days to go before the trial period ends. So, the little bit of free time that I have is being spent in seclusion, converting and uploading music to my Multiply and mind you, I have several accounts in this very user- friendly, social- networking site not to mention a lot of features that you just can’t find anywhere.

I made a Friendster account before and except for a once in a blue moon visit, I actually neglected the whole thing. Its very limited features are frustrating enough and not worth anybody’s while if you ask me. Well, probably that’s just me. As they usually say, “To each his own?” He-he.

And what will be escapism without books?

I’ve been reading a lot of pot boilers, too. The non- fiction has to take a back seat for the time being. I just don’t know but I am in no mood for that stuff lately. So, Patterson, Sanford, Silva, Griffin, Deighton and Le Carre are my circle of friends for now.

I even added my name to the library’s waiting list (#71) for the new Jason Bourne novel, The Bourne Sanction by Eric Lustbader. I’ve read some of his novels before and this I can say, the guy can write. I think this is the second book about the Bourne series by the late master Robert Ludlum that he did and I feel that he is up to the task. Still, I will not part with my $20 for the hard cover one. He- he.

But the mother of escapism for this couch potato is the idiot box-

Sports is a given but the TV programs are just quite hard to pass up. I used to love ER but I have grown tired of it to tell you the truth and I am glad that this will be their last season. I am now biased to CBS when it comes to programming though. The CSI series, Criminal Minds, Numbers will always be up there. But you can add my good friend, Adrian Monk of USA Network to the list too. I do watch Law and Order- Special Victims Unit and House from other networks although not on a regular basis.

Oh, don’t get me started on the net for it will be a never- ending…..get the picture? He-he.

Fall is beautiful not only for its colors but it also heralds the return of those TV series mentioned. So, on Tuesday, I am looking forward to get reacquainted and be reunited again with my little darling Ziva David, a Mossad agent on loan with NCIS. This petite actress from Chile is such an eye candy. Oh yes, she can kick ass, too!

Her name, by the way is Cote de Pablo.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


You used to tell me when I would admonish you about your drinking
that just like Edgar Allan Poe with his Amontillado, you need your beer
to summon the creative spirit from deep within you.

Yes, you were quite an artist albeit a temperamental one
everyday you pursued the muses, challenged the gods
and wrestled with the demons that came your way.

Although in the end you succumbed to the frailties that made and unmade you. This I can say--

You put up a good fight, laughed your heart out and enjoyed the ride…

Tonight, I will drink a bottle of beer in your honor
but instead of an Ice-cold San Miguel, I’ll toast a Michelob for you.

So, I say Kampai to you Akihiko!

+++ My Japanese father AKI was born in autumn 2 years after the end of the Second World War and left in May, 18 summers ago to play chess and drink with his buddies in the great beyond.

He would have been 61 today.

I'll share with you this lovely piece of music by Stanley Myers. It is the theme from one of my Dad's favorite movies, "The Deer Hunter" performed here by the lovely Croatian virtuoso, Ana Vidovic--

This is the trailer of probably the last movie that we watched together, "Empire of the Sun" with John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Ben Stiller and a very young Christian Bale. It was directed by Steven Spielberg.

The Welsh Lullaby, "Sou Gan" is just so beautiful.

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