Friday, September 26, 2008

Happier than God - Neale Donald Walsch

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Category: Books

Genre: Spiritual

Author: Neale Donald Walsch

Overview and Review of Happier than God by Neale Donald Walsch

The title of the book may sound blasphemous but you see "All great truths begin as blasphemies", as George Bernard Shaw would have it and he is right. This idea of being Happier than God is revolutionary. And so, a lot of people tried to resist this great truth. A lot of people denied and pushed this GREAT TRUTH that we can truly be Happier than God.

But, fret not... here is the answer to our question.. here is the affirmation: that we can be Happier than God. Isn't that great?

I enjoyed reading this book... it talked about a lot of things and it clarified a lot of teachings of the phenomenal "Law of Attraction" message. It speaks to your heart and warms your heart more than a love story can. Really. GREAT. GREAT. GREAT.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Very Special Love - 2008

Category: Movie

Genre: Filipino / Love

Directed by: Cathy Garcia Molina

Producer: ABS-CBN Film Corporation, Viva Films, Star Cinema Productions

Cast: Sarah Geronimo, John Lloyd Cruz, Irma Adlawan, Gio Alvarez, Matet De Leon, Marianna del Rio, Joross Gamboa, Al Tantay and more.

Seen: August 24, 2008

This is a romantic-comedy about Laida, a naive girl who dreams of meeting her prince charming named Miggy Montenegro. Miggy Montenegro is the youngest of the Montenegro clan—a well-established family in the business world. Her dream of meeting Miggy and working close to him happened when she applied and got accepted as Editorial Assistant in Miggy's magazine "Bachelor".

It's actually a fun movie and at the same time it did not lack emo moments. It is not a romantic-comedy for nothing, it is loaded with good laughs (sundance and the stick-notes in the cup). The team-up of Sarah and John Lloyd is exceptionally good and lighthearted. Sarah is a natural in this movie. She wasn't OA at all. Sends shivers to your spine - in a good way. A heartwarming story of learning how to love oneself, and here you would learn that the one who is actually in the way of your success is just - YOURSELF. Oh, and it's a clean movie.

Nice Lines:

“Pag mahal mo, mahal mo! Walang kasi kasi! Walang pero pero!”

Miggy: Mapapagod ka lang umasa.Mapapagod ka lang maghintay Mapapagod ka lang umasang mamahalin ka.
Laida: Kahit kailan hindi ako napagod mahalin ka. . . . . . ngayon lang!

“Basta ang mahalaga di ka pa ubos. Andyan ka pa rin. Para pag dumating yung taong magmamahal sa yo, may maibabalik ka pa.”

Miggy: Ang hirap eh. *does the sundance to stop the rain*
Laida: Mahirap? Yan mahirap? Subukan mo kayang magmahal ng taong katulad mo ng malaman mo kung anong mahirap”

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Snow Wolf - Glenn Meade

Category: Books

Genre: Suspense

Author: Glenn Meade

Overview and Review of the book Snow Wolf written by Glenn Meade.
read: July 9, 2008

An American journalist arrives in present-day Moscow to investigate his father's suicide and learned that his father was involved with a CIA mission that is so sensitive that both the USA and Russian government would do anything to keep it hidden.

Here, President Eisenhower makes the most audacious decision when he heard that Joseph Stalin's mental health is rapidly deteriorating: to sanction the OPERATION: Snow Wolf. Which would involve Two CIA agents, to travel across Moscow to assassinate the world's most powerful despot. Quite by chance, however, from the moment they land on Soviet soil, the KGB gets wind of the plan.

Thrilling and a nice book to bring when you are traveling. You can get a dose of history on this lot involving Eisenhower and Stalin. Features real people and fiction in one story, perfectly weaved. With a couple of twists and turns you would enjoy.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Mean Creak - 2004

Category: Movies

Genre: Drama

Director and Writer: Jacob Aaron Estes

Tagline: Beneath the surface, everyone has a secret.

Cast: Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck, Carly Schroeder

Overview and Review of Mean Creek directed by Jacob Aaron Estes

When Sam (Rory Culkin) got beaten up by a bully named George (Josh Peck), Sam's older brother Rocky (Trevor Morgan) and two of his friends Clyde (Ryan Kelley) and Marty (Scott Mechlowicz) planned to get back at George.

They came up with a plan to pretend it's Sam's birthday and "invite" George on a boat trip in which they would dare him to strip, jump in the lake, and run home naked. Along the way Sam, his girlfriend Millie (Carly Schroeder), Rocky, and Clyde sees that George is not really "that" bad after all but a kid who lacks attention, they wanted to call off the plan, but Marty refuses.

It looks kind of like an "Indie" film to me, which I am guessing it is.

An intelligent movie with great young actors. Very believable. It is also engaging, gets you hooked to the story. The story itself is unique and provoking at the same time. It's also quite disturbing and another one of those "what if's" situations. What if I'm there? this and that.
The lines are all good and pretty realistic. The actors may be young but this is a nice "grown-up" story you would learn a lot from. The acting, writing and directing were all good.

Some of the Memorable Lines in the Film:

Sam: You know, if we hurt him, we'd be just as bad as him.
Rocky: We need to hurt him without really hurting him.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman - Elizabeth Buchanan

Category: Books

Genre: Relationship

Author: Elizabeth Buchanan

Overview and Review of Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman by Elizabeth Buchanan.

Rose Loyd, a middle-aged woman proves to us that starting over or new beginnings can be done despite the age. After 20 years of being with his husband, in a career she loves and raising up two kids, Rose suddenly finds her marriage and career on a brink.

The title is very misleading, and most people would look for the revenge part. But, wise people would understand where the "revenge" part lies. To those who have ears let them hear. :)

This is a very nice story. Heartbreaking at the beginning *pierces your heart to the max*, and with an unlikely ending. It's about overcoming the end of things you used to love. Coping up with the change and reinventing yourself. It is inspiring.

It also shows us that "The best revenge is actually LIVING WELL."

First Sentence: "Here," said Minty, my deputy, with one of her breathy laughs, "the review has just come in. It's hilariously vindictive."

Read: June 25, 2008

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