Democracy will never end.

Published October 13, 2013 by booksatthebigscreen

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109 years of PUP still demonstrates DEMOCRACY! 

As my beloved Polytechnic University of the Philippines celebrates its 109th anniversary, i want to present a novel that illustrates the heart not only of a Filipino, but a PUPian. This novel is unusual in that its narrator is not a character within the novel’s world but a voice whom Didion identifies as herself, a writer self-consciously struggling with the ambiguities of her ostensible material, the ironies attendant to narration, and the inevitable contradictions at the heart of any story-telling. Didion’s deft and economical use of this conceit allows her to comment not only upon the novel she chose to write, a romantic tragedy, but also upon the novel she chose not to write, a family epic encompassing generations of Inez’s wealthy Hawaiian family, artless emblems of the colonial impulse.

Everyone knows how well democracy, the voice of each student is being exercised in this University. More years to PUP! As long as there is democracy, there will always be PUP!

-CARDENAS, Lorraine D’Arc A.

Explore the ‘City of Sin!’

Published October 13, 2013 by booksatthebigscreen

A trip to the City of Sin becomes a life altering event for the characters in an engaging tale of “What Happens in Vegas.” It is a 2008 American romantic comedy film from 20th Century Fox starring Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher. The title is based on the Las Vegas marketing catchphrase and novel “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” The characters are unbelievable and one of a kind; the story-line is interesting and culminating in an exciting climax. What Happens in Vegas is very entertaining and a hundred percent enjoyable! Two thumbs up on one of my favorite movies! It is a must see :)
-CARDENAS, Lorraine D’Arc A.

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Sci-fi FOUNDATION

Published September 27, 2013 by booksatthebigscreen

As for our blog theme for this week – Foundation celebration of PUP, here’s a movie that was adapted from the series of novels entitled: FOUNDATION!

“For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future—to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire—both scientists and scholars—and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun—or fight them and be destroyed.”

Foundation was series of science-fiction novels by Isaac Asimov. it has seven volumes in which in its in-universe chronological order are Prelude to FoundationForward the FoundationFoundationFoundation and EmpireSecond Foundation,Foundation’s Edge, and Foundation and Earth.

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Columbia Pictures (Sony) successfully bid for the screen rights for it’s movie adaptation on January 15, 2009, and then contracted Roland Emmerich for direction. While Emmerich and Michael Wimer were the producers.

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But in the making of the film rumors and critics have always something to say:

  • There is a certain irony, which Hollywood is probably too dumb to get, in the fact that the director of some of the stupidest science fiction movies ever made (Independence Day!Godzilla!) would adapt one of the smartest science fiction novels ever written! http://www.scifimoviepage.com/upcoming/previews/foundation-movie.html
  • The challenge in adapting these books to film will be in translating the many philosophical and psychological elements to the big screen.  The idea of psychohistory — a branch of science which is purported to foretell large sweeps of human history) — is critical to the series.  So being able to convey this abstract concept in a compelling way on screen will likely determine the success of the film. http://dauntlessmedia.net/foundation/movie-announcement.html
  • To me, this was a blessing in disguise.  I love the Foundation Trilogy, and I would love to see the story brought to the big screen.  However, it is being brought to us by Emmerich.  I have a few things to say about this, but I will get to the point and complain at the end. –  GeekTyrant

*** MAV (ma.annalynverzosa)

PUP: Extraordinary

Published September 27, 2013 by booksatthebigscreen

“There will still be shooting on Monday, but most of the scenes will be shot inside the PUP campus so we don’t expect too much heavy traffic.” -Chairman Francis Tolentino / Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) (February 2012)

As Polytechnic University of the Philippines celebrated its 109th Anniversary, I’m featuring one of its triumphs as an extraordinary state university.

PUP: Extraordinary

Last February 4, year 2012, PUP Sta. Mesa, Manila which is the main campus, was chosen to be the place of filming of an international movie, “The Bourne Legacy”.

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The Bourne Legacy is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Tony Gilroy. It is the fourth Jason Bourne book, and the first one written by Eric Van Lustbader. The Bourne films are based on Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne novels.

In this chapter, Bourne is once again David Webb, an Eastern Studies professor at Georgetown University, leading a semi-normal life with his wife, Marie, and their two children. Bourne is finally rid of his opponent, Carlos the Jackal. He believes that he can finally be “normal” and that there is nothing left for him to fear. He could not be more wrong until he becomes the target of an assassin and is framed for the murder of his two closest associates. Fighting for his life against unseen attackers, the Bourne identity asserts itself, leaving Jason Bourne in control. Barely a half-step ahead of his opponent and the CIA, who believes he has gone rascal, Bourne finds himself a pawn in a larger, far deadlier game.

- Anjeleeque T. Nucum

 

(Photos are taken from http://www.google.com. Video was taken from http://www.youtube.com.)

“Friends with BENEFITS”

Published September 27, 2013 by booksatthebigscreen

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“Ligo na U, Lapit na Me” is a best-selling novel written by Eros Atalia. It became an award-winning Filipino movie in 2011 in the Cinemalaya Film Festival. It tells a story about a college student named Karl Vladimir Lennon J. Villalobos or simply Intoy (Edgar Allan Guzman) who met Jenny (Mercedes Cabral), a rich and quirky girl that changed his life through engaging in sex. At first, they agreed that what they are doing is just for their convenience, ‘friends with benefits’ that they called, he realized that he loved Jenny and when the time comes that he will be confessing his feelings, she told him that she is pregnant and she will be leaving after their conversation. She also told Intoy not to worry for the baby she have is not from him. Intoy felt lost and tried to find her. But where to start to? He doesn’t know anything about Jenny. It’s one of their rules between their relationship.

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I myself own a copy of this book. It made me laugh while reading it on my way to school and home. Lots of sense of humor in the story. Eros Atalia showed a postmodern culture of the generation of today, in love and relationship handling. By the time I’ve watched the movie, I became more proud of my Alma Mater! Some shots of this indi-film was taken from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, portraying the State University where Intoy is studying.

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All photos were from Google Images.

To find out more about this movie, you may watch this:

Life in the Present or Love in the Past?

Published September 20, 2013 by booksatthebigscreen

Do you believe in deja vu or reincarnation? Have you experienced meeting a person you thought you already met before?

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Let me show you how time is really important in love. I’ve chosen a 1980 romantic movie entitled “Somewhere in Time” starring Christopher Reeves (1st Superman actor) and Jane Seymour. It is a film adaptation of the 1975 novel “Bid Time Return” by Richard Matheson.

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“Somewhere in Time” is the story of a young screenwriter who sacrifices his life in the present to find happiness in the past where true love awaits him. Richard Collier is approached by an elderly woman who gives him an antique gold pocket watch and pleads him to return in time with her and after that day, she eventually died. Eight years later, Richard Collier is captured by a photograph of a beautiful young woman in the Grand Hotel where he stayed in his vacation. Through research,  another picture of this woman in her later years reveals to him that she is the same woman who had given him the pocket watch. Upon knowing, he went to his former professor who wrote a book that tells about time traveling. Collier then becomes obsessed of returning to 1912, buying everything vintage, from clothes to coins. He removes all modern things inside his hotel room and started on hypnotizing himself that he’s in the year 1912. After several trials he tried, he succeeded. He met Elise McKenna, the woman in the photograph, and tried to explain his motive on knowing her more. Moment by moment, Elise found herself falling in love with Collier.

But as it happened, Collier didn’t knew that he has a present coin in one of his pockets in his suit. Upon seeing it, he goes back in the present which is 1980 and he never came back again to the past. Psychologically depressed, Collier didn’t ate for weeks and suddenly died in his hotel room. In the end, he and Elise are together again where they can never be separated by time.

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The story in the novel is almost the same in the film. The only difference is that in the “Bid Time Return”, Collier has a brain tumor which eventually lost after traveling back to the past. The year was also different, the year is 1890’s instead of 1912. Lastly, the scene where he got back to the present was also different, he was fighting with Robinson, Elise’s manager, then he saw the coin instead of having a conversation with Elise in his hotel room.

For a glimpse of this movie I’m proud to offer of watching, you can watch this trailer:

Love makes everything possible. Even in the absence or presence of time which makes it more valuable. After I’ve watched this movie and read more about the novel, i wonder, ‘Is it possible to time travel and find in the past or in the future the one destined for you?” “Can it be done like what Albert Einstein thought of?” Maybe … Maybe not … but it make sense don’t you think?

- Justine Renneth Alday

Facades of Love

Published September 20, 2013 by booksatthebigscreen

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The Twilight series is one of the most read and watched story in this generation. A lot of viewers were crazed under the spell of its author, Stephenie Meyer. A lot more were hooked on this series when it was brought to life through a film starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. The first film of the series was released on 2008 then its last installment was released on 2012. For the fans of this story, the whole series was worth waiting for.

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The series was about the love story of Edward Cullen and Isabella Swan. Everything was quite the same. Except for the fact that Edward was from a family of “vegetarian” vampires. The story revolved around the characters’ struggles in life. A lot of vampires were introduced and the gifted ones caught the readers’ interest. A wolf pack even came into view that had set the hearts of the teenage girls on fire (Yeah! I know how it felt like.) . It was like a maze that held the readers until the end.

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What I like most on this series was how LOVE was portrayed. It was not just romantic love. There was love from all the pieces of the huge puzzle. Their love for their families gripped my heart so hard. The family ties that were described were intense and incredible. The romantic love between Edward and Bella was the most incredible one. It was true love at its immortal state. Both of them were willing to give away everything just to make their love last the longest. That is true love right there, my friends. The story was thrilling considering all the twists and turns provided by its brilliant author.   The pulls and pushes on the story gave it a strong foundation to the hearts of many. I have no regrets for watching out for its every installment. And  just like any other stories, all lived happily ever after until forever.

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(Images were from http://www.yahoo.com. Movie trailers were from http://www.youtube.com.)

-Del Rosario, Angela Clariz G.

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