Saturday, April 9, 2011

Freddie Mercury

I couldn't believe I never heard of him before. Queen, of course, but not him, and that was an incredible miss. I couldn't have done otherwise anyway, because I was just a kid when he passed, and I wasn't even born in his days of glory, but you know, what a miss! Freddie Mercury is such an amazing singer, literally. Of course, Queen had a lot of fans because they were a rock band but his vocal range is just out there.

It was an accidental discovery to begin with. I saw Constantine Maroulis on Idol and he sang really well, so I searched for more videos of him on YouTube. His version of Bohemian Rhapsody was apparently one of his best performances on Idol, and to be honest that was my first time to ever hear a fuller version of that song. Of course you hear it every time, but the word "rhapsody" just didn't make any sense to me when I was younger. You know how kids and teenagers are, it's all about the popular music of their generation. You only really get to appreciate better music when you get older, 'cause that's when you start to have a better perspective, and an open mind.

I liked the song and I wanted to hear the original, so I looked for it, and what a pleasant surprise! Take a look!

Since the Steven Tyler discovery, I kind of formed an appreciation towards music of the past and the way they looked then. This is probably my favorite Freddie look because on later days, he kept a moustache. Maybe it was the trend back then, but whatever!

I made a search on Google and I was more amazed at what I found out, but I'll keep that to myself. Just see the trend. Bill Kaulitz -- Adam Lambert -- Steven Tyler -- Freddie Mercury. Steven technically doesn't belong, but in other ways somewhat they all have similarities.

I like Bohemian Rhapsody so much! It caters to a different bunch of people. And that goes to show how much talent he got because he was the visionary behind this masterpiece. It's a song for the rockers, the opera lovers, and everyone else. I just can't believe how such magnitude can go into a song. Really amazing!

Eventually Freddie died of AIDS complications at the age of 45, which reminded me yet again of Tony in my earlier post (First Comes Love). And they had a similarity, which will be left unspoken. But I just really love them both!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Cyborg She (My Girlfriend is a Cyborg)

Watched this movie last night with my cousins. Overall rating would be 8. I like it despite all the lapses.

It is November 22, 2007. Jirou Kitamura (Keisuke Koide) is spending his 20th birthday alone. As he buys a birthday present for himself, he spies a 'cute girl' (Haruka Ayase). The girl, who seems interested in him, follows him into a restaurant, during which she suddenly states that it's 'her birthday too'. The two of them then exchange birthday presents. The girl, who seems unused to everything, behaves very boldly and suddenly rushes Jirou out of the restaurant without paying, provoking a chase through Tokyo. As he spends time with her, Jirou finds himself charmed by the girl. But after a few hours the girl insists she has to leave.
The story then jumps to one year later and Jirou is again celebrating his birthday alone in the same restaurant. All of a sudden, a twin of the girl appears in front of him. This girl, however, has been sent to save him from a disastrous fate by a future version of himself- she's a cyborg, modeled after the girl he met a year ago. Despite her 'cute' outward appearance, she is incredibly strong, and her behavior is erratic. She comes to Jirou's aid whenever he is in danger and saves many other lives through her intervention.
Over time, Jirou not only becomes dependent on, but also falls for her. However, when she cannot return his feelings, he gets irritated and forbids her to from seeing him unless she can do so. He begins to regret this, especially when it becomes apparent she is still helping him while staying out of sight. Another disaster soon happens: a gigantic earthquake completely devastates Tokyo. As his apartment block collapses, the girl appears to help him but even her inhuman strength isn't enough to save her. After telling Jirou that she now understands his feelings, she is destroyed. Distraught, Jirou spends the next 61 years trying to rebuild her. He eventually succeeds, although he passes away soon afterwards.
In that future, a girl is told there is a cyborg on display that looks just like her. She is curious, and buys the now defunct cyborg to experience the memories stored in her hard-drive. Intrigued, she then decides to fulfill her wish of going back in time to meet Jirou on his 20th birthday in 2007...

Source: Wikipedia

I love how everything's explained on the last part. I just think that their visit to the hometown was a little insignificant, aside from the fact that the cat, Raoul, was introduced there. I also felt uncomfortable watching the earthquake scenes, considering that Japan has suffered from a real-life one recently. It must have been like that for real victims too -- fleeing for their lives. I can't imagine how Jirou's former hometown has been totally wiped out and a new town was put up there with new inhabitants altogether.

On the bright side, I really loved the cyborg girl's devotion. In English, they translated it as "I can feel your heart" but I know it must have had a more perfect meaning in their original language. I also loved the fact that Little Miss Future chose to spend the rest of her life in the past, living in place of the cyborg. (She has her memories anyway.) So it's a perfect ending for both Jirou and Miss Future, but not for the cyborg, because I assume there's no need to reassemble her for someone else has taken her place and her memory. Hmm.

There are three three futures in this movie. One was when Jirou became a debilitated scientist, which led him to create the cyborg. Second was Jirou's future with the cyborg, though we didn't really get to see much of that, only their present. And last is his future with the human girl, which is also left to assumption, because the movie ended right then and there when the girl appeared in front of him after the devastation.

I really liked it overall. It's different. (I almost thought it was just another My Sassy Girl version.) It's also about love, devotion, and choice. Plus, the girl is very pretty! I could have wished a better looking partner for her, but whatever, it's all good.


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