Album downloads this past week: Damien Rice's 9
, José González's Veneer,
Brett Dennen's So Much More
and Josh Ritter's The Animal Years
The weekend before summer classes began last April 14, I went swimming with family at Villa Gregoria in Nagcarlan ...
... and then with friends in the Kagawaran at Boso-Boso in Antipolo.4.
I'm finally done with 24 Season 5; the best season for me is still season 3. Lobo, American Idol, PBB Teen Edition Plus & Lost (which will return this week!) remain to be my other junk TV.
My major website discovery of the past week was this forum site where members post links to torrents of Filipino movies, both classic and contemporary. Right now, I am downloading Oro Plata Mata, Ang Alamat ni Julian Makabayan, Ina Kapatid Anak, Hahamakin ang Lahat, Insiang, Karnal and Hanggang Dito Na Lamang at Maraming Salamat, among others.
Last Saturday, I went to Megamall to meet with the seller of Jorge Luis Borges's The Book of Imaginary Beings,
which I got for only PhP 400 through an Ebay.ph bid. It's hardcover and in a very very good condition; the bookstore price when I last saw it, which was almost a year ago, was about 1.2 K. Happiness.
The last film I was able to see in a movie house was Doomsday.
I regret spending more than a hundred bucks and almost two hours of my time with it. The only consolation was that I was with K. while watching it.
Of my movie downloads, the films I was able to see recently were Tony Takitani, Tulad ng Dati
and Ang Tatay Kong Nanay
. The film adaptation of Haruki Murakami's "Tony Takitani" captures the mood of the original story, to say the least: an individual estranged from the moment he was named tries to survive in the prison of loneliness and eventually masters and embraces the condition. Meanwhile, Tulad ng Dati
fictionalizes the story of The Dawn and comments on memory and forgetting. Lastly, Ang Tatay Kong Nanay
is probably the most compassionate film on homosexuality I've seen so far; Lino Brocka is
Lino Brocka precisely because he did films like this one.
Despite the 10:30 to 3:00 pm teaching schedule without break and the piercing summer heat, I'm really happy with the three classes I have this term. I get really, really tired after every discussion, but I still look forward to meeting them everyday.