Showing posts with label Everything Else. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Everything Else. Show all posts

Monday, May 5, 2014

An Evening With John Cleese

i've been a big fan of Monty Python ever since i was introduced to this movie, with this favorite scene:


what's so funny about it is the silliness of the dialogue and behavior of the characters, bordering on cartoon-ish. it reminds me so much of the times i was watching silly Bugs Bunny cartoons when i was a kid.

we felt a bit scammed when we realized this  row of seating is the most uncomfortable and awkward in the theater, despite being so near the stage, and not to mention, expensive!

last night, i had the luckiest time of my life to be able to see John Cleese perform live here in Singapore. he talked briefly about his early life, family and a lot of funny anecdotes in the span of his works and career.


some random fan

he mentioned that his early inspiration for writing comedy are children's programs. in fact, some of the members of the Monty Python were writing for a children's TV show before they started collaborating together. i guess that is why their type of humor appeals to the silly and those with an overindulgent sense of the ridiculous.

the show was delightfully entertaining. i was on the edge of my seat the whole time. literally (due to the awkward seating placements of the theater) and figuratively. people were laughing from the very first line, and it didn't feel at all like two hours had passed when he said his last.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Toulouse-Lautrec Museum in Albi

since my days in France or in Europe are soon going to end within a few months, i've decided to make a list of the places that i would like to visit here in France, and in Europe, if still possible.

i have included in my list some of the nearby places like Lourdes and Albi. the latter, we have already visited a couple of weeks ago to see the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec museum and the cathedral just beside.


entrance to the Toulouse-Lautrec museum in Albi

the museum was worth visiting because it contains a vast collection of his famous works, which were mostly donated by the Countess Adèle de Toulouse-Lautrec, the artist's mother. and the garden outside, with the view of the Tarn river is just beautiful even with the bleak wintry landscape. i should try to go back in the spring, and with a real camera.


the garden of the Toulouse-Lautrec museum overlooking the Tarn river

 finally, i would also like to include all the places in France (and some of the others in nearby European countries) that Jose Rizal has visited. i've been doing a lot of research today and reading about the places he visited and lived in during his time in this continent.

i was quite surprised to find out that i have already visited some of the places that he had been to. first off, he was on board a ship that took him to Singapore from Manila, and from Singapore to the port of Marseille here in France. and then from Marseille, he took a train to cross the Pyrénées and to visit Barcelona, the capital of Catalunya. it was quite interesting to know this fact since i myself came from Singapore on the way to France.



some old cathedral along La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain

and that he enjoyed walking along La Rambla, Barcelona much like i did.

it's also interesting to stumble upon a place called Place Jose Rizal in Paris during my web search. i will make a point to visit this on my upcoming trip to Paris. Coincidentally, it was his death anniversary just a few weeks ago.

more on this soon!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Captive

Captive's poster on the door of a very inconspicuous
art cinema called, Utopia right next to Galeries Lafayette

i hate to admit it but the first time i've seen a Brillante Mendoza movie, called Serbis, i just didn't like it.  perhaps it's because lately i've come to prefer watching stupid comedy movies.  i had enough of the serious ones that usually lure you into believing there is something more to it than what it is.  only to find out in the end that it's just another piece of pretentious bullshit.

as for his Cannes film festival winner, Kinatay (Butchered), i seem to feel a kind of aversion towards the title.  it calls to mind traumatic scenes from my childhood like seeing our neighbor bash a dog on the head to kill it and to later eat it.  they even gave some of the cooked dog meat to me without me knowing at first that it was a dog.  so that i had already eaten some of it beforehand.  it also calls to mind that not-so-favorite scene in the Lord of the Flies with a pig's head at the end of a spear with flies hovering.  and of course, my Lola, mercilessly slitting the throats of a hundred live chickens per hour, the day before a town feast.  so i doubt if i will ever get myself to see this movie.

it's not that i never watch violent movies.  i mean i totally loved Kill Bill, and Taxi Driver is one of my favorite movies of all time.  but somehow, when the words are in Filipino, like kinatay, it just sounds a thousand times more bloody and gory to me.

anyways, about Captive, i managed to promote the movie to the Filipino Community (AFPMP) here in Toulouse.  and one of the french members managed to actually find a cinema (Utopia) that would show the movie here.  the cinema only featured art films.  and i was relieved that they do not dub the movies in french, like most theaters here usually do.  although, i had to resort to reading the french subtitles from time to time when the characters were speaking in Visayan dialect.

first of all, i loved the theater.  it was really old of course.  and it seats only a few people.  i was quite surprised to see a lot of people actually watching it.  and the night before, i even saw one TV show (Le Grand Journal sur Canal plus) doing a short movie review about it.  and they actually raved about it! :)

like all the reviews say, it was quite repetitive. and some say they feel as if there's no message or there's something lacking.

as for me, i liked it.  not raving about it.  but i just liked it.  it's kinda ironic that the movie title is Captive.  as for me, i found it quite a liberating experience to watch this movie.  very few movies actually let you think for yourself what to make of what you watch or experience.  this one does.  and it's total freedom from the usual boring captivity of a dull and predictable movie that already tells you everything you would see, or want to know about just from the title itself.