Curious about Benjamin


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It was like watching those 60s classic movies all over again, so much itsy bitsy details to the point it drags you but the David Fincher take on Curious Case of Benjamin Button, by far, is the best opener for 2009 if you love movies. It’s visually satisfying and Brad Pitt enigmatic performance as the reverse aging protagonist made the entire 2 hours plus film worth navigating. Though the film was loosely based on a 1920s F. Scott Fitzgerald story the adaptation was completely different from the book (or maybe not), the film centered more on the human soul — the unselfish affection, relationship, fear and the responsibility you’re willing to risk for the people you hold dear in life.

If you haven’t watch it yet on wide-screen (so sad, the 2 remaining movie theater here needs a major refurbishing in terms of sight and sound) but do not frown my friendly piratas are selling at a price (and clear copy) of P 50.00 … even the whole barangay can indulge. Also, check the movie website … it’s unmatched and as good as the movie itself!!!

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6 comments
  1. vanhalenfan said:

    Dai na siguro ma refurbish iyan kun may sinehan an bagong SM Mall diyan. But maybe you could offer a suggestion sa mga Bicharas. Saditan ninda an sinehan and convert it into an arthouse cinema, para daing competition sa SM. Sadit sana para low an maintenance cost o pwdeng tax shelter. Get all the arthouse movies in the world and show it there. Pwede pang i-hype sa mga colleges, universities in the whole Bicolandia, even as far as MetroManila kun worthy an arthouse movie mo. Pwerteng idea iyan. An pagkumbinsir lang ang deficil. Dapat kairiba ini sa tourism campaign ni LRay. May sports, may resort, mi cultural aspect pa !

    BTW, man-gurano an mga CRITERION DVDs ngunian diyan ? nag mahal na sa Quiapo, 50 pesos na. Aram na kan mga pirata ang arthouse films.

    Arog kaini an dialogue duman:

    Customer: O bakit nag-mahal na ito ? di ba 40 lang ?
    Pirata: Sir, Criterion iyan Eh….

    Customer: O eh ano ba yung Criterion, pare-pareho lang naman iyan di ba ?

    Pirata: Hindi Sir, Art movie yung Criterion, o mi Kurosawa ka na ba ? Kubrick sir,Fellini Sir ? Godard ?

  2. Excellent suggestion Sir! Convert the remaining 2 movie theatre here into an art-cinema perhaps then we could watch those classic Kurosawa and Kubrick among other indie films. Garo mayo pati kaini sa ‘Pinas pa kung igwa man mayo sa Bicol.

    Great idea talaga, an problema ta if the Bichara’s are willing to take the financial risk (renovate and everything) ta sigurado akong igwang audience.

    DVDs? Last time I checked was P 50.00, for a Blu-ray with CD jacket around P 70.00 ang SRP. Dakul pa man sa paratienda dae aram an mga pelikulang itini-tienda ninda lalo na pag mga classic and indie films, kung ang sabi kan source iyo man an sales pitch ninda. Grabe lang an demand sa pirated DVD (equals more waste) ngonian ta super tipid compared to movie houses pero nothing beats the big screen pa man giraray.

  3. auggie said:

    Ansel,

    Saru sana, ta malulugi na an mga Bicharas kun duwa. An EMILY Theater pweteng i-convert iyan ta sa ibaba , pwedeng mi art gallery cum coffee shop /cum bookstore, despwes garo hang out kan Cam Surs, Literati, philosophers, artists and other avant garde thinkers….

    Pwedeng magconduct ki mga symposia on art, humanities, political theories, music, science & innovation, etc diyan ta dacula an building. They should consider/mull this idea ta Academic City baga an Naga, center kan educational milieu kan Bicolandia. Ano kaya an opinion kaini kan mga bright boys sa City Hall. The general idea is to make Naga City, exciting ! garu Athens kan Classical Greece.

    Tungkol sa piratas hawking Blu ray, are they the real thing ? o rip -off man sana ? an pagka-aram ko dapat Blu-ray man an disc player mo, which of the moment is not yet affordable pa. Halat-halata ta mabarato man iyan.

    Nahiling mo na su DEXTER ? serial killer si Dexter pero siya an bida. Season 3 na ini, nakabakal ako kasu-udma kan season 3. Pwerte !
    Other serials seen and noted: HBO’s ROME, DEADWOOD, Pushing Daises, Comanche Moon. Ining huli, prequel ini kan LONESOME DOVE ni Larry McMurtry

  4. auggie said:

    BTW,

    Be sure to attend Gode Calleja’s book launchings kan Bicol books sa Legaspi on Feb. 20. I don’t know about the date kun fix na pero iyo iyan an sabi saku ni Mrs. Calleja.

  5. Magayonon talagang ideya ini, an isyu ko lang kung pano ko ini maipapasa sa tamang personalidad o directa mismo sa mga Bichara. Dapat lang garo mag-innovate lalong yaon na an SM sa Mayo 1. An problema kaya po ngonian kan satuyang business sector nag-aantisipar sinda sa papaabuton na crisis sa Pilipinas, siguro mayong willing mag-risk financially. Kung marealisar ini, this will be the very first if not in country perhaps in the region.

    Blu-ray, an pagkaka-aram ko po pareho sinda kan ordinaryong DVD ta only bigger lang po ang storage capacity niya from the standrad 4.7GB ngonian pwede na pong 25GB for HD movies … pero sa obserbasyon ko mayo man po bagang pagkaka-iba.

    Dexter, naka-abot lang po ako Season 1, magayon po talaga ining series (impressive opening credits) vigilante-serial killer.

  6. vanhalenfan said:

    Dai dapat mag pa-intimidate diyan sa hijo de pungal na krisis na iyan… saka diit man sanang kantidad na lang an kaipuhan ta existing na baga an Emily theater. Imagination na lang kan mga joven na architects/engineers/interior designers kan Bicolandia an kaipuhan. Sabi ni Henry Sy, kun may krisis daa may kakambal na opportunities iyan, kaya, CARPE DIEM !

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