Monday, June 28, 2010

Geek's Guide: Knight and Day

For the past 2 weeks, I have watched surprisingly entertaining movies (A-Team), to expectedly great films (Toy Story 3) and unfortunately, lackluster ones (Karate Kid). Yesterday, chalk one up for surprisingly disappointing.

Gosh, I feel like a traitor to Tom Cruise. He who I deem as one of Hollywood’s best actors, Scientologist and couch-jumping included. And Cameron, awww shucks, right? Adorable, slightly ditzy but incredibly hot and surprisingly smart Diaz who is just exactly the kind of girl I want to be. God, what happened?

First of all, I’d like to know why they bothered with the script at all. It was, by far, the most disjointed movie script Tom has ever done, and that’s including Vanilla Skies and Eyes Wide Shut. So it’s saying something. It must be written by somebody who has influence over the both of them, someone with chops in the maneuvering department. It’s like watching Sarah Geronimo perform for Loren Legarda. You just got to say – WTF? Why did she sell herself so short?

Okay, okay, I’m getting ahead of myself. In all fairness, the story line is interesting. It’s basically girl-next-door meets Ethan Hunt kind of story. I bet it would’ve been (or was) a fairly interesting Romance Suspense novel. But as a script, it lacked planning and failed at cohesiveness. It didn’t have enough romance in it (yeah, yeah, the chick in me is whining), and not enough suspense (we’ve seen you do that in Mission Impossible, Tom, show me something else). So what do you get? It’s just something mindlessly fun, something to enjoy with your girlfriends or with somebody who isn’t there for the film but for you. I bet you’ll need the distraction.

Don’t expect to be swept off your feet by Tom. Don’t expect to be charmed to chips by Cameron. Just sit there and turn off your brain and let it do some auto-piloting.

Friday, June 25, 2010

On Being Lost and Found

I have lost my purpose, yes.

I have bored my fair share of people and friends. I have served more than the customary number of parties as a wallflower. I have sucked out light like a black hole in some rare occassions. I have twinkled mostly dark than light, especially during the past years which I have candidly labeled "The Black Years."

But then unpredictable as star stuff, lately I find myself coming into my own with apparently no reason at all. It started with cleaning the house and throwing out all the baggages for the last 4 years. Then getting a new job. Then realizing I could handle relationships without hiding under the covers trembling. I still don't know where I'm going, but each step I take lands solidly on the ground. And best of it all is this silent blushing bloom of faith --- it is so much clearer now how God has supported me and gently led me even when I couldn't see because it was too pitch dark.

I have been too obssessed about finding a purpose. Now I realize, it was about not losing yourself when purpose can't be found. And the only person who can find you when you've lost your way, is yourself.

We learn any which way we can.