Saturday, April 19, 2014

Muling Pagkabuhay

Tapos na ang araw ng mga pagpapa-virgin sa Facebook at iba’t-ibang social media. Ang mga nagtiis na kumain ng isda ay maaari nang sumabak sa pagkain ng karne. Pasko ng pagkabuhay na.

Hindi ko naman pinagtatawanan ang Easter at ang mga faithful observants nito. I come from the Protestant community, kahit sila they try to find creative non-Catholic ways para makisabay sa flow ng season.



Ako, hindi ako nagpaka-virgin, dahil birhen na birhen pa talaga ako, at hindi ko pinigilan ang sarili ko na lumamon ng steak.

Gusto ko lang naman sabihin ay ito: itong buwan na ito ay isang mahalagang hakbang sa aking buhay at sa lahat ng mga taong napadpad sa daan na aking tinatahak sa buhay.

Ngayong Pasko ng Pagkabuhay, nais kong muling mabuhay at lumakad na sa katotohanan, hindi ayon sa mga pananalig na hinubog ng sining at mga kuru-kuro ng sangkatauhan, kundi isang pananalig na tunay na nakabatay sa Banal na Salita.

Sa muli kong pagkabuhay, nais kong hamunin ang lahat ng kanilang nalalaman sa makatotohanang pamumuhay, sa pag-ibig at kalayaan ng taong magmahal, sa pamumuhay ng malinis, at sa pagkatao ng isang nilalang.

Hindi ko pakay gibain ang pananalig ninuman, bagkus, nais kong pagtibayin ang pananampalataya na magbubukas ng pinto ng iglesiya sa lahat. Nais kong hamunin ang lahat na maging katotohanan sa buhay nila ang saliksikin ang mga kasagutan sa Salita.

Wala sa puso ko ang tumiwalag sa pamilya ng pananalig na aking kinamulatan. Dito ako natuto. Dito ko nakilala si Kristo. Ngunit kailangan dumating ang panahon na ang pananalig at puso ng bawat tao ay dadanas ng pagsubok- hanggang saan umaabot ang kanilang pangunawa at kaalaman sa Bibliya? Gaano kalawak at kalalim ang kanilang iminumungkahing agape?

Hindi mahirap ang maging Kristiyano para sa akin- ang sumamba tuwing linggo, ang panatilihing dalisay ang kaasalan at pamumuhay, ang magwaksi ng anumang imoralidad. Madali lang iyon sa akin. Ang hindi ko lang kaya ay ang mamuhay ng isang kasinungalingan, ang iharap ang isang pagkatao na tumatalima sa kanilang paniniwala at relihiyon. Kung ang Maylikha ay ang Panginoon ng Katotohanan, bakit ko kailangan magsinungaling para sa kaligtasan ng aking kaluluwa? Kung ang bawat nilikha ay ginawa ayon sa Kanyang anyo at nilikha dahil sa Kanyang pag-ibig, bakit ko kailangan maging ibang tao? Minsan, hindi ko na rin makilala ang sarili ko.

Sa Linggong ito, wag niyo masyadong dibdibin ang sinabi ko dito. Ako man ay hindi basta basta nagtitiwala sa teolohiya ko. Maaaring nagkakamali ako, maaari din tama, ngunit sa isang doktrina lang ako hindi nagbabago ng pananalig- si Hesus lang ang daan, ang katotohanan, at ang buhay, walang makalalapit sa Ama kundi sa kanya lamang.

Nawa’y maging makabuluhan ang Easter sa inyo. Nawa’y hindi nako maging pasaway matapos ako magmuni-muni sa post na ito.

Isa lang ang hindi ko matatalikuran- ANG PAGTRIPAN ANG MGA DEMONYO SA PAMAHALAAN AT BATASAN. Mahabaging Diyos, patawarin mo ako.


Amen. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Possessed-Last na ito pramis!

‘Possessed’ promised to be one scary movie and was doomed to be trashed as “just another scary movie”. But never in my life would I think that a horror movie can also be thought provoking.



I was looking forward to scenes of a girl grimacing in pain while chanting Latin prayers and writing Aramaic on the walls, and then throwing up green stuff while twisting her head 180°. But there were no such clich├ęs. There was some levitation and miraculous healing, and some things that are quite out of the ordinary (unusual elements we never find in the Hollywood concept of spiritual possession and exorcism).

Kasi nga, this is a Korean movie, and it has a very unique story and plot development.

Possessed a.k.a. Living Death a.k.a. Faith (shet naman sa dami ng versions ng title neto) is a 2009 Korean horror film written and directed by Lee Yong-joo. It was also shown in the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

The movie contains certain elements of the typical horror movie. The musical score is, as usual, freaky. It starts with the main character receiving a peculiar phone call from her sad and odd younger sister late in the evening, only to find out that her odd sister was already missing that same day.

Then there’s the ambiguous mother who simply said that her younger daughter was gone without even giving an exact explanation on when and why, and without even asking any questions. By the way, the mother is some sort of a fanatic Catholic/Born-again Christian devout- the kind who carries a megaphone while crying out “Do you believe in God? The end is near” on the very day she found out that her youngest daughter was gone missing.

Of course, the young daughter is possessed by an evil spirit or demon or it could be Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, or it could the combination of the dark demon called Enrile-Revilla-Estrada-Marcos that are astral-projected by four Filipino legislators whom I wouldn’t name here, or more probably the girl was assumed by the astral-projected spirit of Nancy Binay. Whatever. The young girl is possessed by the devil.

Obviously, the main character is a skeptic college girl who asked the help of another skeptic police investigator, who has a sub plot in the movie, a drama of his own that the viewers are forced to watch and imprint in their minds because you know very well that there’s gonna be some connection to the whole story.

And as expected, there’s a chain of suicides and unexplainable deaths and abnormal causes of deaths. One girl who had problems with her father, one woman who had cancer, the shaman woman who tried to exorcise the devil out of the girl, and the security guard of the building.

No movie has ever dealt with the issues of spiritual warfare, the nature of evil, the nature of man, and the fact that human beings can be as evil as demons as well.

The possessed girl’s four neighbors conspired to drive out the devil from her. They started good, but ended really bad. When they found out that the girl could emanate drips of blood that could be used as a talisman for healing or protection. Soon, instead of trying to heal and save the girl, they exploited the devil and used it for their own purpose. During one ritual, things went really bad. And the devil was really pissed off.

You’d actually feel like you want to sympathize with the devil. But you know how the Fallen Angel’s like- very deceptive and wise. But it’s really interesting to note that humans are just as capable of despicable evil and cruelty as the Devil himself. Where was faith when the innocent was crying out for help? Where was reason when no one could figure out a way to escape from all this hell? At the end of the day, the real victim is the innocent and helpless one.

What would really deliver us from evil? Blind faith? Skeptic logic? Spiritual warfare? Or undying love?


This is a horror movie to die for. Figuratively speaking. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hide and Seek- This Movie is Not For Bianca Gonzalez


Sung-soo is a successful businessman who lives with his wife Min-ji and their children in a luxury apartment. Life is mostly good, except for an older brother from whom he's estranged.



One day, Sung-soo recevies a phone call that his brother is missing and goes to his brother's apartment building for the first time in decades to look for him. There, he finds strange symbols carved into every door and meet Joo-hee and her young daughter. Joo-hee is convinced that someone is spying on them and lives in constant fear.

Sung-soo figures out that the symbols carved onto the doors are "hide and seek codes" that indicate gender and number of people. Then when he returns home, he finds similar symbols carved into his door.

Kinopya ko lang yan sa Wikipedia, nakakatamad na magkwento. This is the debut movie of film director Huh Jung and was released in 2013. Low budget movie ito sa Korea pero box office hit. Nabigla nga din ako at nagustuhan ko. This is the opening movie ng 12th Florence Korea Film Fest.

Basically this is about some squatters who kill occupants of certain apartments. Napaisip tuloy ako kay Bianca Gonzalez. Ingat Bianca, always check your closets. Someone could be out there to kill you. Unfortunately, I’m just kidding.



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Of Mysterious Guys and Creepy Guys

Here’s another interesting movie I watched in the 12th Florence Korea Film Fest- The Gifted Hands, a suspense-thriller-sci-fi movie with a blend of good acting and cute boys for fandom purposes and financial profits. The story’s not that bad either.



Pero napaisip lang ako about something.

Sabi nila ang mga gwapo na hindi mo maintindihan, aloof, may pagka artsy at creative ang dating, secretive, tahimik, at loner- MYSTERIOUS ang tawag don. Pero kung yung guy ay hindi maintindihan, aloof, may pagka artsy at creative ang dating, secretive, tahimik, at loner ngunit walang hitsura- CREEPY na ang tawag don.

I guess, the movie has “mysterious guys” in it. My company of movie-goers that night was made up of three girls. First and foremost, I know I am irresistible kaya sila sumama (walang basagan ng trip!). Pero hindi sila talaga ang tipo ng mga manonood ng mga suspense movies. But what made them watch the movie? May mysterious guy siyempre.



Diyan ako humanga sa intelligence ng producer. He got a good director (Kwon Ho-young), promising screenwriters (Lee Yong-Jong and Han Jun-Hee), and formidable actors who are not only good-looking but also talented. Above all, nakuha nila ito.



Need I say more?

Alam kong hindi lahat ay magbabasa ng sumusunod na paragraph na ito dahil sapat na ang picture sa itaas para ma enganyo lahat na manood. Yes, he’s Kim Beom in Boys Over Flowers. Anyway, the story is about a detective who’s looking for a breakthrough in his career. One day he landed on a kidnapping case that wasn’t taken seriously by his colleagues. Later on, the body of the missing girl was found in a playground. No clues were found until he discovered the graffiti of some MYSTERIOUS graffiti artist. He followed the graffiti artist and found out that he possess the ability to see the past just by touching things (psychometry) and tried to convince him to join him in finding out the identity of the serial killer.

Great acting and stunt by Kim Kang-Woo, of course. You might have seen him also in “The Taste of Money”.



Great movie!




Saturday, April 12, 2014

Il Mare and Exchanging Letters With An Unknown Person

Imagine that you’re living in the late 90’s (no Google, no Facebook, no shit), and some letter from a person that is not listed in your address book landed into your mailbox, what would you do?

  1. Return to sender, or to the Post Office, or ignore it, or better, burn it because I have to convince my brain that it is not worth my memory. It’s unthinkable for any rational being to start a correspondence with a stranger. We don’t talk to strangers.

  1. Investigate and ask questions. Once satisfied after finding the answers, correspondence will stop.

  1. or fall in love for no reason at all and continue to exchange letters with an unknown person.

We would all choose A but many of us would fall under C.

And this movie is all about that- falling in love through exchanges of letters with an unknown person who lives in a different time. She lives in the year 2000 and he lives in 1998. Something like that.



Now I’m not gonna write the plot here because… it’s 1:07 AM. I-Google niyo na lang, ok?

The thing is, the movie is oozing with sentimentality and cheesiness. When it was released in 2000, it was almost a flop, perhaps due to the fact that it was released together with the movie Ditto, another time-travel romance.  But somehow, after some time it developed a solid fan base and made it reach the line-up of movies in the 12th Florence Korea Film Fest. The movie is the work of film director Lee Hyun-seung, with Jun Ji-hyun and Lee Jung-jae  as the main actors.

While I am in favour of the classic art of letter-writing, I still can’t bring myself to think of exchanging correspondences with someone you don’t know. I mean, it could be all part of a scam. He could be a maniac, stalker, or a serial killer. But then, I may simply be paranoid. I know this is fiction but there should be some logic in it. I mean, she can’t send a letter to the past because time flows in a linear manner and in one direction. And He can send a letter to the future but that thing would simply disintegrate during its travel to the future.

But then ‘love’ is one of the major themes of this movie so all logic in the universe is quasi inexistent.  


So why did I watch the movie? Because I know, somehow I would also choose the letter C, if love ever steps in. And the whole universe would become a huge pile of cow dung. Yes, underneath the sarcasm, there’s that little hopeless romantic that I can never ever kill inside me.