Better be known.

The story is rehash; you already the same plot (memory loss) from previous good films, like Jason Bourne for example. But Liam Neeson is a strong screen presence that even his God-sounding voice keeps the movie from faltering.

Nice movie to watch if you just want to unwind over the weekend.

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Lisbeth Salander.

I am excited to see the end product of the Hollywood remake of the kick-ass novel The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Mara Rooney don’t look like her! Pale and gaunt, just for the movie.

This is Mara Rooney before her casting in this film.

And this is her now in the teaser pictures for her upcoming role as Lisbeth Salander.

Define War.

This line from Sebstian Junger’s WAR evokes an honest assessment why young males are hook to it.

War is a lot of things and it’s useless to pretend that exciting isn’t one of them. It’s insanely exciting. The machinery of war and the sound it makes and the urgency of its use and the consequences of almost everything about it are the most exciting things anyone engaged in war will ever know. Soldiers discuss that fact with each other and eventually with their chaplains and their shrinks and maybe even their spouses, but the public will never hear about it. It’s just not something that many people want acknowledged. War is supposed to feel bad because undeniably bad things happen in it, but for a nineteen-year old at the woring end of a .50 cal during a firefight that everyone comes out okay, war is multiplied by some number that no one has ever heard of. In some ways twenty minutes of combat is more life than you could scrape together in a lifetime of doing something else. Combat isn’t where you might die—though that does happen—it’s where you find out whether you get to keep on living. Don’t underestimate the power of that revelation. Don’t underestimate the things young men will wager in order to play that game one more time.

War

I am currently reading this book by Sebastian Junger “War” about his experiences as an embedded entity with the US army in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. Here’s what Amazon has to say about the book:

The war in Afghanistan contains brutal trauma but also transcendent purpose in this riveting combat narrative. Junger spent 14 months in 2007–2008 intermittently embedded with a platoon of the 173rd Airborne brigade in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, one of the bloodiest corners of the conflict. The soldiers are a scruffy, warped lot, with unkempt uniforms—they sometimes do battle in shorts and flip-flops—and a ritual of administering friendly beatings to new arrivals, but Junger finds them to be superlative soldiers. Junger experiences everything they do—nerve-racking patrols, terrifying roadside bombings and ambushes, stultifying weeks in camp when they long for a firefight to relieve the tedium. Despite the stress and the grief when buddies die, the author finds war to be something of an exalted state: soldiers experience an almost sexual thrill in the excitement of a firefight—a response Junger struggles to understand—and a profound sense of commitment to subordinating their self-interests to the good of the unit. Junger mixes visceral combat scenes—raptly aware of his own fear and exhaustion—with quieter reportage and insightful discussions of the physiology, social psychology, and even genetics of soldiering. The result is an unforgettable portrait of men under fire.

Is Manila a Bon Temps?

True Blood season 4 will premiere on June 12, 2011–the same date as the Philippine Independence. But I will discuss my thoughts on Season 3.

There were new characters introduced–Tommy (Sam’s brother), Jesus (Lafayette’s love interest), Alcide (werewolf), Holly (Wiccan waitress),  and many others. But other than these new characters, it was noted that the entire season 3 is all about identifying one’s hidden identity–Sam confessed that he is a shapeshifter, and Sookie learned that she is a fairy.

But while watching the news lately, this being Manila (Philippines) where anything and everything can happen, I was reminded of the recent headlines resembling what happened in Season 3. Remember Russel, the power-hungry Vampire King of Mississippi. He who wants to expand his interest and dominion over other vampire territories, in means beyond what was agreed upon.

He reminds you of despot and kingpins the world over. But then again, these autocratic rulers will receive their comeuppance sooner or later. But not without someone volunteering his self to lead (or sacrifice); to put his self beyond personal interest for the benefit of everybody.

The local news in Manila lately mimics the story of season 3. We are all too familiar with the high stakes corruption charges at the higher echelon of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Notice that AFP high ranking officials are like Russel, who “kills” mercilessly anyone who wants to get in their corrupt and stealing purposes in the military fund.

But Sookie, Bill and Eric are not to be taken lightly , either. They will see to it that the power-hungry will not succeed. They will do everything to make his objective a failure. They are like the whistleblowers—Heidi Mendoza, George Rabusa, Jun Lozada.

True Blood is dark, violent, and lusty–the way vampires really behave (at least in the literature I read, and movies I saw). But we cannot deny the fact that their world (or Charlaine Harris mind) and our world share some parallelism; albeit, in different context.

Now, I have 2 reasons to wait for June 12 , 2011. 1) Season 4 premiere, and 2) holiday in the Philippines.