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Neil Gaiman is on a book tour to promote The Graveyard Book. I have been following the tour because of the readings that are being filmed and broadcast in installments. No doubt Gaiman is a master storyteller. I am not into audio books but watching and listening to him read The Graveyard Book is a good first experience. I enjoyed the story even more because of the facial expression and the inflections and voice characterizations. I just finished chapter 8, the last chapter, but I am still eager to get a copy of the book.

All chapters are at http://www.mousecircus.com/videotour.aspx

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I may have had too much of Snoop Dogg today…

It is the weekend so Y101 has been doing their weekly countdown show and Snoop’s song* (in collaboration with a female artist) is on the list. One of the movies I watched on dvd is The Tenants, with Dylan McDermott and Snoop Dogg. The Tenants** is the first movie I have seen where Snoop is one of the lead characters. He is fine in the role he played but I think I like him more if he stuck with music. He’s great when he plays cameos, though.

*Don’t ask me for the title, please. I have no idea.
**If you haven’t watched this movie, save yourself the frustration. It’s not that good. 

Based on a true story. Set in the 70’s.

I like movies that are based on or inspired by a true story because you get an idea about what happened to certain people at certain places in a particular time period. This movie is about Uganda’s President, General Idi Amin and how one young Scottish doctor met and interacted with him, believing that Amin would do what he said about building a strong, independent nation.  I don’t want to say anything more about the movie except that Forest Whitaker did a good job in the role of Amin as did James McAvoy as the Scottish doctor Garrigan.

Something from one of the characters in the movie:

Tell the world about Amin. They will believe you. You are white.
~ Dr. Thomas Junju (played by David Oyelowo) to Dr. Nicholas Garrigan

Now isn’t that a hard truth sometimes, even today?

~~~~~

Link to the movie plot summary here.

My family has always celebrated birthdays. This year, I celebrated with family and friends at Abaseria, Mabolo; Thursday, March 15

abaseria dinner

I would like to thank…

EMP for the oh-so-public birthday shoutout :mrgreen:

family and friends for the gifts and SMS greetings

HS batchmates who I haven’t seen in a while but took time to send me birthday greetings and well-wishes

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Apocalypto is one movie I won’t mind watching again. As always, Mel Gibson not only had me glued to my seat, he had me running through the forest with Jaguar Paw, feeling his frustration, his fear, his worry for the safety of his family, his sympathy for the people from his village who were in the same situation he was. Many times I noticed I was tense and that I had held my breath. The storyline is nothing out of the ordinary. It is the story of a man and what he goes through as his whole village is attacked by another, more prosperous tribe. But sometimes it is not the story but the way the storyteller tells the story that makes a huge difference. I hated the other tribe’s warriors. I was appalled at the human sacrifice made reminiscent of those performed by the Aztecs in ancient times, I cringed everytime there was killing. It seemed so brutal. This is not a feel-good movie. But it certainly makes you sit up and appreciate the things you have which can be so easily taken forgranted.

I also watched Happy Feet. Most people who watched it with their kids said they enjoyed it. Or rather, the kids enjoyed the movie. I was expecting to be entertained and I was. For the first half of the movie, that is. Who can’t help but feel happy, laugh at the antics and dialogue and gush about how cute the penguins – especially the baby penguins – were? Then without warning, the movie turned into this boring clip about the penguin with the happy feet wanting to find out where the heck all the fish went and finding a way to communicate with the evil aliens aka humans into giving the whole penguin population fish. The ending was so un-happy feet like. I was disappointed. The movie was made for kids. The scriptwriter and director should have kept that in mind. I love the environment. I do my share to do what I can: recycle, reuse, segregate. But using a medium like an animated movie targeted for kids then inserting a political statement like saving the environment is pretty lame. Ask one kid who has seen the movie and they won’t say anything about that. Only that the penguins were cute and funny. But I really had fun listening to and watching the antics of the shorter penguins (voice of Robin Williams + a lot of others).


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