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Movie Review – Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

Posted in Anime, Movies with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2013 by otakujade

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After 17 years of waiting Toei Animation finally came out with another DBZ movie! And I don’t really care what some people say, for us this new movie was a wonderful addition to the DBZ genre.

We’ve been fans of the DBZ series since the mid-80s and since then have followed the series and its movies whenever they came out. While hubby and I were more oriented with the old series and can sing along with the original “Cha-la, Head Cha la” theme which our kids barely recognize as they’re more familiar with the Dragon Ball Kai theme, this series is one of those anime that we have some commonality. And to be completely honest about it, we love this new movie because it had a certain feel that was so authentically DBZ. I didn’t really know what that was until I read from Wikipedia that Akira Toriyama, the original mangaka of the series was heavily involved in its conceptualization and creation. Yay!

Out of the numerous DB movies what makes this particular movie unique is that it’s actually a part of the Dragon Ball timeline; the events of the movies was placed between after Son Goku defeated Kid Buu and before the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament. So unlike the other movies this one is not a spin off but an actual part of the series. Hooray for that!

The movies was like a walk through memory lane for us, DB fans. And we do so much enjoy the familiar situations and inside jokes and sarcastic remarks between the different characters. There were the old antics between Son Goku and the others; I thoroughly enjoyed Vegeta’s serious but funny attitude. Oh Vegeta really rocked on this movie for me. It seems that he already knew who Lord Birus was and tried to keep him happy so he would not destroy the earth. He even went so much as to set aside his pride just to please the Lord of Destruction, but all that went to naught when Lord Birus slapped Bulma. Vegeta went berserk! LOL! Loved how he yell “You dared hit my Bulma!” then attacked Lord Birus…in his anger he was even able to surface Goku’s current level and that was saying something!

I won’t go into details about the movie because that would be spoiling it for everyone, but I will stay this – it was a very entertaining and awesome, awesome DBZ movie! If you’re an anime otaku and you missed this, you’ll be kicking yourself to the next decade! So, go watch it!

Movie Review: The Conjuring

Posted in Movies with tags , , on September 17, 2013 by otakujade

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This was probably the first horror movie we were excited to see in years. The news that the movie was “too scary” only served to fuel our curiosity about the film even more. And so hubby and I went and saw the movie.

We have both seen “The Amityville Horror” more than 2 decades ago and was intrigued to find the Warrens once again. The fact that the incident was supposed to be one of the cases the Warrens worked on like the Amityville incident really solved us off.  And we were not disappointed. The film was very good and engaging but it’s not nearly as scary as it was made out to be. I am not sure if that was because we were both used to these types of movies or that the media hype was all that it was – a  hype.

I guess it also has something to do with our age and the fact that our cultural orientation was different from most people who said the movie was “scary”. We’ve never liked or enjoyed or even were scared of the usual western horror movies which were mostly just gore. We both like the types of horror flicks that affect you psychologically. I’m talking about movies like the Japanese horror movies the Grudge and Shutter; these films come to mind when I think of really good horror movies. Oh, but I also liked the original Amityville movie and Omen.

What I loved best about The Conjuring is how it was made believable by the rational explanations given by the Warrens about the haunting/disturbances that the Perron family experienced. The Warrens know what they were doing and they were very methodical, almost scientific in their treatment of the situation at the Perrons home. And when things get dicey, the Warren couple responded appropriately, true there was a moment when they got scared as the situation from the Perron’s house had spilled over to their own home and affected their own daughter but again their response was very logical.

I especially liked how the possession and haunting was explained; how inanimate objects are not possessed but are only being used as conduit or tools to weaken the resolve of the person that evil entity is targeting so that eventually when his/her belief and will to fight is weak enough they/it can possess the person. Also, I liked how the Warrens were never theatrical about how they explain things, they were very direct and their words very simple which makes them all the more believable.

I guess what made this film even more appealing to us was the fact that hubby and I were both raised around stories, similar to this one. We were both aware that these entity can latch onto a person and follow that person around where ever he/she goes. Plus, the fact that we have both experienced first hand the presence of these entities. So, to us the movie was not all that scary but it actually presented what we both already know in the first place.

The film will probably scare those young people who have been used to watching suspense-thrillers and supposed-horror movies which are mostly based on gore because this film would appeal to their psyche more than anything else. It leaves you with an uneasy feeling of what could possibly be out there.

A Wife’s Forgiving Heart…

Posted in Uncategorized on September 9, 2013 by otakujade

There are days when I literally have so much to write about but can’t decide which one to actually get down to writing….this is one of those days. Right now I decided to write about something that hit quite close to home.

Just last week another sex video scandal broke out and became viral on the internet. Wally Bayola was one of the main stay and half of the comedy act of Wally and Jose from the primetime noon show Eat Bulaga was caught on camera having sex a member of the show’s regular dancers, the EB Babes. On the video, Wally was clearly identified as was the woman, having consensual sex and clearly making a play for the camera. It was obvious they knew the act was being recorded as they both smiled for the camera after they were both satisfied.

The sex video came out on Tuesday morning, September 3, 2013, and immediately went viral. By late afternoon on the same day most copies of the video on the internet had been taken down, but if one knew how to look and where to look, they still find it online. From Youtube to Facebook, to private blogs the sex video was the talk to the next few days. It even got shared and passed on via mobile phones.
The management and staff of the noontime show Eat Bulaga, wisely decided to keep their mouths shut about the incident and allowed the issue to take its natural course; when asked directly about the incident the casts of the show simply said they will allow Wally and EB Babe Yosh, to explain their side of the story.

Now, just this morning news again broke the media that Wally’s wife had decided to forgive him and accept him back. This again started numerous reactions from netizen all over the country; some agreeing with the decision, some not; others gave their opinion on why she did what she did. But most, agreed that the woman should be admired for her decision.

As a wife, I understand her decision. Someone once told me, a spouse will always be a spouse until you sign a piece of paper saying your ties have been severed and even until then that person no matter how bad or how idiotic he had been will always be a part of you. Many feminists will deny the truth of that statement but a wife with a long history with her husband would know that this is true. That no matter how you try to deny it, you cannot hide from the fact that that person is or was a part of you…and that if he had been a good husband up till that point you as a wife will always opt to save the marriage, and save the family.

So yes, Mrs. Bayola’s decision did not come as a surprise to many housewives, someone who have not gone through the same experience, might say that if the same thing happened to them they would immediately leave the husband but wait until they’ve been in the same situation and standing on the same shoes, more often than not they would make the same decision as Wally’s wife did. That is if the husband is not abusive and as I mentioned up to that point when his infidelity was found out, had been a good husband, an excellent provider and a loving father. However, if the husband is abusive then by all means leave the bastard and kick him in the groin before you shut the door.