Archives for December 2017
You just have to admire the physical and artistic work that Emma Stone had to put in in “Battle of the Sexes” (2017) to play an in-her-prime Billie Jean King. (Caught the movie last night, after The Wifey put it on a spin.)
Granting that doubles were used in shooting the highlight tennis match that the movie is all about, one can’t just wing it when it comes to showing those realistic tennis moves — you really have to train exhaustively to be a competitive tennis player (or at least, move like one) in order to play a competitive tennis player on-screen, a multiple champion and a Hall of Famer at that.
Respect! You have it from me, Emma.
Saw a photo of a badly beaten young woman on social media. Supposedly the injuries were inflicted by her spouse. I normally wouldn’t comment on issues like this unless someone close to me is involved. But I’m going to give my ten cents anyway. Couples fight out of minor disagreements to major squabbles.
But I draw the line at physical violence.
Unfortunately, I know a few who assault their partners. There’s this someone who often beats his wife but gets away with bloody murder every single time because nobody around him have the guts to confront him about his brutality. (Scared about the heat he packs, I was told.)
It wasn’t pleasant to be around this vicious alpha male. Being the macho Neanderthal that he is, he constantly criticizes people for the smallest of things — mocking his fellow males (especially stay-at-home husbands) for doing housework (which according to him is reserved for women); insulting poor individuals who do not make as much money as he does; beats his family’s dogs at his slightest annoyance — among other despicable things.
Yet he professes to be a godly Catholic. (Wow!) Goes to mass every Sunday. (Awesome!) Brags about his Christian deeds every single chance he gets. (Amen!) Oh, so holy!
So ladies, know your partners well. Avoid those who’ll inflict violence on you at the slightest provocation. You all deserve someone better.
I’m not big on producing video content (although I am not totally discounting the possibility that I’ll work with such material on my personal sites and blogs someday) but I am somehow elated with this little news that Facebook has signed a deal with Universal Music Group basically allowing Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus users to apply music (from a certain UMG catalog) to user-produced material without fear of their content being taken down for copyright infringement violations.
Personally, I laud this move by the social media giant. You know how frustrating it is to have your uploaded video material taken down by the channel you published it into just because you embedded a snippet of music that you are not licensed to use. Well, we can say goodbye to that fear as long we stick to the content legally provided to us by the record labels under the UMG umbrella.
Flexibility! End-user wins! (You have all our data anyway, Facebook. A small price to give back to the little people.)
Isn’t it funny how “The Last Jedi” was astonishingly loved by critics yet surprisingly hated by fans? (We really can’t all get along, can we? Tee-hee!) Still, I find it amazing that the film raked in $USD 220 Million in its opening weekend! The old-timers (like me) can’t get enough of our “Star Wars” fix while new fans are joining the bandwagon still projected to live on under the auspices of Disney.
(Judging from that initial box office take, expect the studio to keep on churning sequels — and perhaps, more stand-alone prequels — of the franchise year-in and year-out.) I caught the film on cinema on opening weekend as well and I’m surprised that I seem to like it better than the last one. I actually enjoyed it up until the surprising developments in the middle and the end. (No, I’m not going to spew out spoilers here. This is not really a review, and I am not going to nitpick for now.)
It’s a continuously evolving franchise so I wasn’t really expecting this installment to satisfy the expectations of the older fans. Bring on the next one!