Indie Game: The Movie

I do not have any bit of shame in admitting that I am this oddball who often tries to find the answers to life’s many mysteries in each of the films that I watch. I have this firm but strange belief that what the whole of humanity needs to do in order to stop running around like headless chickens while trying to figure-out the meaning of life is to zero in on a couple of films and make them the basis on why they must be, what they must be. Many will for sure call it weird, while I choose to call it newfangle. Lol.

In the midst of digging through several of Charlie Kaufman’s and Hayao Miyazaki’s movies, and while Mary Katherine Gallagher was showing me how she explicitly expresses her desire to be one with nature, I found this gem of a documentary film created by a team of Canadian filmmakers that truly, truly answers the many burning questions of my soul. Who knew that while I try to relate to Gregory Peck’s wonderful performance as Atticus Finch in the movie adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird in an attempt to lift my spirits of hope or imagine myself as the male version of Sissy Spacek’s Carrie (which was reprised on screen recently by one, Chloe Moretz), a documentary about creating video games holds priceless words of wisdom from a couple of nerds and introverts that the world will perhaps never want to ever to get to know personally. Surprisingly, such anti-social creatures show how highly knowledgeable they are in the true essence of life and how deeply personal and vulnerable they become while trying to perform well in their chosen profession even though it is to develop a run-of-the-mill, commercially available video game product. Something that a clueless, run-of-the-mill buyer may simply overlook. Here they show how honest dedication and love for the craft do wonders to one’s existence. What these meta geniuses go through are nothing short of torture at times. The waiting period, the long hours of work. Many of which I can for sure relate to as I had gone through pretty much the same in recent times (ie Canadian paper works). I know exactly how it feels to want to pull your hair out of frustration or binge with no end on ice cream while waiting for answers that must specifically respond to what is specifically required. Difficult situation. Like going nuts, I tell you. Which the dudes in this film will explain further.

Inasmuch as this site is a so called “travel blog”, travelers will enjoy watching this movie for its superb cinematography with some wonderful sites of Canada and the US playing backdrop.

And this film has just become one of my favourite films of all time.


Studio Ghibli Film Festival in Toronto

Studio Ghibli fans from all over the world will have a good reason to pay Toronto a visit this coming December as the Bell Light Box Theatre otherwise known as Toronto International Film Festival’s headquarters, will be holding a month long retrospective film festival featuring 17 of Studio Ghibli’s finest works. This is in celebration of the film company’s newest release, The Wind Rises which is now playing in the Toronto International Film Festival. The announcement of this grand event also comes in the heels of Hayao Miyazaki’s decision to retire from making films.

Being a Studio Ghibli geek for sometime now, Miyazaki’s decision to retire definitely saddens me. But I have faith however that the quality of all of the future releases from Studio Ghibli will forever be carried on with the enduring legacy that Hayao has established. This, proven already, by such movies as From Up On Poppy Hill and The Secret World of Arriety. Both of which were not directed by Hayao Miyazaki but the quality of his work can be felt through out.

And for many days now I have been painstakingly trying to score some tickets for The Wind Rises. The last showing of which will be this coming Sunday. It will be the film that will close yet another historical year of movies for Toronto’s much talked about Film Festival. Very fitting I must say and I have accepted that I will never be able to score any tickets as the film is the most awaited one in the list. I will just have to wait until February 2014 when it goes on commercial release. I am upset for sure but am still glad and excited for the upcoming film fest in December. I’ve always wanted to watch a Studio Ghibli film on the big screen. I’ve never had such opportunity before so saying that I will be excited about this is actually an understatement. Just imagine, I will finally be able to see the kingdom of Laputa in a larger than life medium and will have the opportunity to hear Joe Hisiashi’s musical score being played inside a real theatre. Sigh.

Here’s a teaser on what to expect.

Toronto Ranks as one of World’s Most Livable

Screen Shot 2013-08-29 at 11.06The Economist Intelligence Unit or simply The Economist Magazine, came-up with a list of most livable cities in the world yet again. And like last year and the year before, the city of Melbourne in Australia has gained the title of the most livable city in the world. And although 4 other Australian cities made it to the top 10 none else made it to the top 5 which Canada dominated with Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary occupying spots 3,4, and 5 respectively. The Economist rates 140 cities on the basis of 30 factors under five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

I am proud of TO for gaining this distinction. The Canadian government has always been known to prioritize livability over tourism. That’s probably why you will never hear a conyo kid say: “I am going to visit Toronto” in the same manner as they will never think twice in saying: “I am going to visit New York” out loud. Lol.

For me really, Toronto has always been an undiscovered gem that is not at all waiting to be discovered. Happily unpopular when compared to other favourite destinations. Not giving a flying sh*t about popularity. It’s a hipster town just cool on its on without needing the attention that over-rated cities like New York, Paris, or LA typically beg for. And interesting to note too that not one US city and only 2 obscure European cities made it to the rankings. As for Asia, I wonder why Singapore didn’t make it, no?

Well, as I would like to keep saying, it maybe is More Fun in The Philippines but the truth in advertising really says…

DSC_0053Read the whole article from the Toronto Star here.

Pictures of The CN Tower

DSC_0094It’s only now that I’m back that I grew a deep appreciation for the CN Tower. Although I thought it was cool whenever I see it back then, now my thought is that Toronto is so lucky to have this wonderful symbolic structure to represent it. A true work of art that can be seen in the entire downtown area hovering over other “little” skyscrapers serving as the centre piece of this very progressive city.

And now that I am back, I made sure that I took a bunch of photos.

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