I highly doubt any of my readers sneak in cameras to document movies, but if you’re a fan of the flea market DVD bonanza, you’ll know what I mean. It’s no secret that movie piracy is rampant in this country, and there is definitely a blind eye cast upon this. It appears that the fines are slapped on those caught recording inside movie theaters.
Today, it’s now a law. And here are the penalties:
Any person who will be found guilty of violating the provisions of the Anti-Camcording Law shall be subject to a fine of PhP 50,000 to PhP 750, 000 (US$ 1,000 to 17,000) and will face imprisonment of a minimum six months and one day to six years and one day. Individuals who commit the punishable acts for the purpose of sale, rental or other commercial distribution shall suffer the penalty in the maximum. Foreign offenders shall face immediate deportation after payment of the fine and serving his/her sentence, and will permanently be refused entry to the Philippines. Offenders who are employees of or hold a seat in government will perpetually be disqualified from public office, and will forfeit his/her right to vote and participate in public election for five (5) years.
Really — what an amazing film — a definite fan salute and enjoyable as well for those who are new to the series. J.J. Abrams’ rendition of Star Trek brings us back to the magic of the original series that pulled me in to the universe, sans William Shatner’s ham acting.
Here are ten things from the film that made the new Star Trek … well …. Star Trek.
Like in all Star Trek episodes, random ensigns die over the top tragic deaths whether by incineration, asphyxiation, or getting jettisoned into space. In this movie, an ensign is scorched by a big ass torch that is used to dig through to a planet’s core.
There’s a bar fight, and Kirk is in it.
McCoy gives his classic “Damn it Jim I’m a doctor, not a ______” line
Scotty gives his classic “I’m giving her all I’ve got Captain!” line.
There is a temporal displacement phenomena (or was it a temporal paradox in the space-time continuum?) that seems to justify everything in the movie without affecting the original series time line.
They eject the warp core. It seems that this is always the end all solution to imminent death.
Kirk outwits the Kobayashi Maru, just like the book, but in a different manner. And this is finally seen on film.
I’m trying out a new video service called Animoto. What it basically is: SLIDE.COM on steroids. With three clicks of the mouse you can create hardcore video slideshows similar to those you see on television. Here are some photos I took from the Samsung Metrowear press conference a few weeks ago at Ascend, Bonifacio High Street.
Animoto allows for a free 30 second sample slideshow but to avail of longer, full length videos, you will have to pay a small fee of $3.00 per reel. However, you can also avail of the all-access pass that allows you to create an unlimited number of full length videos a year with the ability to download them onto your computer. I say, this is definitely one of the best USD $30.00 purchases I can think of!
Oh wow, I haven’t been tagged for something in ages. In the spirit of the Holy Week movie marathons here in the Philippines, my TOP 10 Movies of All Time in no particular order:
1. Misery (starring Cathy Bates)
2. Oscar (with Sylvester Stallone — he was fricken’ awesome)
3. Dead Alive / Braindead (directed by Peter Jackson)
4. Mr. Holland’s Opus
5. The Road Home (starring Zhang Ziyi)
6. Starship Troopers
7. Meet Joe Black
8. Shaun of the Dead
9. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
10. Army of Darkness
Sweeney Todd, the “Demon Barber” is a fictional serial killer of Jack the Ripper legend. I managed to find the audio book on Audible. The selection is a good listen as it isn’t really an audio book but a full radio drama of BBC “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe” depth. The book is available for about USD $13.00.