Archives for the month of: December, 2010

Being unfamiliar with owls, I was rather worried as to how I would be able to tell one character apart from the other – but during the course of watching The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole the different characters came alive in a most charming, endearing, and memorable way.  No sooner than in the first few minutes of the movie did the story and the characters come alive and envelope me in their embrace.  It felt like I was there, sharing their struggles and triumph.

It was an enjoyable albeit classic tale of good vs. evil, though this one had the added bitter taste of sibling rivalry and betrayals just to complicate the issue.  Let us not forget that the value of valor, strength of character, and pureness of spirit were reflected as well. The main protagonist Soren embodied all these traits, along with being an adorable dreamer – and though it might sound a bit too good to be true, who doesn’t enjoy a good tale where the good guy is a hero through and through?  We sure need more people who embody Soren’s traits in the world.

The Legend of the Guardians is definitely an amusing and inspiring, feel-good tale for the whole family!

(c) Niconica 2010

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Inception” was entertaining and action-packed, though perhaps lacking a certain something to make it poignant.  Nevertheless, it can still be considered at the top of the science fiction field – for the revolutionary concept of dream invasion.  The ending can be slightly frustrating for people who long for a definitive and concrete positive resolution.

The visual effects were amazing and breathtaking for sure, though the length of the film might make some feel that the plot, as brilliant as it is, seemed to have been overstretched.

The movie “Inception” would be worth watching for the stunning imagery and the progressive science fiction concept..  Christopher Nolan‘s idea for Inception is definitely innovative – bring the whole science fiction movie genre into a whole new level.

(c) Niconica 2010

We have now come to the end of an era… as part 1 of Book 7 of the famous Harry Potter series is shown on the big screen.  I had rather thought that it would have a serious action/horror feel about it when I watched it so I found myself pulled in both ways before watching it.  I wanted to watch it because I am a professed Harry Potter fan but at the same time, I dreaded watching it because I knew, from reading the books, that the violence,  casualties and losses were about to mount up and I wasn’t sure whether my nerves could take it all being portrayed on the big screen in a grandiose manner.  I am glad that I was mistaken.

The setting was stark and sombre but without an exaggerated action feel.  One does not feel as though one has been catapulted into a series of pure action sequences, but instead, one finds oneself on a fast-paced subtly sentimental journey in this coming-of-age  film.  The loss of their innocence as they come face to face with very real dangers and consequences signifies a step further into adulthood as they leave child’s play behind.  Decisions must be made in the face of increasing pressure, as the stakes soar higher and higher.

I would have preferred that the movie not have been divided into two parts.  The story would have been more cohesive and been appreciated better in one go, instead of cutting it off just when things were getting good.  I recognize the financial advantages for the producers in splitting it into two  though – as well as the notion of making a good thing last as long as it can, before it inevitably ends. However, as an avid fan, it just feels more disjointed to be watching Part 2 next year – jumping in right in the middle… when the impact of the hefty volume of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows would have been felt more strongly if it had been covered in one go.

Aside from this, it was, all in all, an enjoyable film – poignant but not melodramatic, haunting but not grisly, serious but not severe, and definitely not devoid of some much-needed key moments of humor – altogether fitting for the beginning of the end.

(c) Niconica 2010

I’ve come across a very likeable lady, Bina, who is doing numerology and crystal reading and it was interesting… and accurate.  It’s not a crystal ball reading as has been popularized by media.

It consists of taking a handful for tumbled crystals in your hand, closing your hands around them, concentrating on the query, then dropping them onto the velvet-like fabric with lines and words on them and reading the configuration of the crystals based on where they have ended up.  It’s almost logical when you think about it.

She also does numerology based on birthdays and again, I would have to say that it has been quite accurate.  It’s nothing mind-blowing but I would say that it would be worth trying it out to get some insight into yourself or issues which are weighing on your mind.

Regarding payment – they say that it is by donation only though if you’re wondering what the ballpark figure would be – P300 would be fine.  She lives in Quezon City and her contact details are: 0917-8377068 and 7030408.

(c) Niconica 2010

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