Monday, May 23, 2011
May 21, 2011 6PM was supposed to be the "rapture" or many called it the end of the world. Time passed by and eventually the day ended without a single smite of thunder or an apparition of the four horsemen. What happened to the promised "rapture"?
The Rapture is when Jesus Christ gathers all of the faithful and bring them to the Kingdom of God. Now, Harold Camping, president of Family Radio, predicted that the Rapture will occur on May 21, 2011 and the end of the world will follow six months after. Some believed him, but a lot didn't. You see, the rapture was always "predicted" before and never happened. Below is a list of the supposed past predictions of the rapture but didn't happen.
1844 - William Miller predicted Christ would return between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844, then revised his prediction, claiming to have miscalculated Scripture, to October 22, 1844. The realization that the predictions were incorrect resulted in a Great Disappointment. Miller's theology gave rise to the Advent movement. The Baha'is believe that Christ did return as Miller predicted in 1844, with the advent of The Báb, and numerous Miller-like prophetic predictions from many religions are given in William Sears book, Thief in The Night.
1914, 1918, 1925, 1942 - Dates set for the end by the Jehovah's Witnesses.
1981 - Chuck Smith predicted that Jesus would probably return by 1981.
1988 - Publication of 88 Reasons why the Rapture is in 1988, by Edgar C. Whisenant.
1989 - Publication of The final shout: Rapture report 1989, by Edgar Whisenant. This author made further predictions of the Rapture for 1992, 1995, and other years.
1992 - A Korean group, "Mission for the Coming Days", predicted October 28, 1992 as being the date of the Rapture.
1993 - Seven years before the year 2000; the Rapture would have to start to allow for seven years of the Tribulation before the Return in 2000. Multiple predictions.
1994 - Pastor John Hinkle of Christ Church in Los Angeles predicted that the Rapture would occur on June 9, 1994. Radio evangelist Harold Camping predicted September 6, 1994.
All those years, many believed in the prophecy. When will people learn? When will they realize that some people use the Bible and make you believe that hidden within is the date of the judgement. Remember, the Bible was used to spread the Word of the Lord, not strike fear to the people. The book of Revelations is not there for us to crumble in fear, but instead, make us realize that even in the darkest times, God will be there to save us.
Nobody can really tell when will the end of the world will occur. Jesus said that it will come unannounced like a thief that comes into the night.
As long as there are good people, even a handful, God will not destroy the world (remember Sodom and Gomorrah?). Trusting God means you don't fear death, but instead, you accept it with open arms.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
The first three Pirates of the Caribbean established the franchise as one of the box office hit. Is adding a fourth one help continue the streak or it'll be a sign that the series needs a break? Find out after the jump
Pirates of the Caribbean here in the Philippines is like Harry Potter in fame. As early as 10AM, most of the last full seats (10:30PM) were reserved or already purchased. As expected for a film that brought a trilogy that a lot watched. So is a fourth film worth it?
First of all, the fourth film, On Stranger Tides, is not a continuation of the trilogy. It mainly showcases the comic-relief protagonist Captain Jack Sparrow which I believe is the main selling point of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. The absence of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann helped prevent a rehash of the first three. Having Rob Marshall instead of Gore Verbinski had the fourth film sailed on a different direction. There story was pretty much straight forward but some twists assured that it will not be predictable. If ever you feel that there's a plot hole somewhere, you can head over to IMDb.com because a lot of fans there were defending the film with a valid point.
As expected with Johnny Depp, his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow was superb, it's like he's always in character the delivery of the humor is spot-on. Penélope Cruz added more spice to the film. Her exotic look and accent fits well and her tandem with Depp was in chemistry. Also, the other characters' portrayal and development (especially that of Sam Claflin (Philip) and Astrid Berges-Frisbey's (Syrena) sub plot) were well written.
The musical score was top-notched, as expected from a Disney film. The movie was filmed in Dolby Digital Surround 7.1 and watching it on DTS theater house is worth it. Just like the other films from the franchise, the music enhances the dramatic scenes and boost the humor. All were properly composed and executed.
I haven't watched the film in 3D due to financial reasons (3D here is expensive) but some say it was't worth it.
In conclusion, the film is a good popcorn flick that packs a punch in humor and a decent story but to serious movie goers it may be sequel that wasn't necessary at all and the franchise is losing its magic.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
58 year old wrestling icon Macho Man Randy Savage died last Friday when he suffered a heart attack while driving, resulting into a car accident in Tampa, Florida.
Born Randall Mario Poffo, Macho Man became a wrestling legend when he was a star in World Wrestling Federation (WWF now WWE) between 1985 up to 1994. He continued his career at World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling and won 20 championship belts in his career.
I may not personally know the man, but he's part of the memories of my wonderful childhood, which forever be remembered in my life. Rest in Peace Macho Man.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Vampires were often a major selling point in a movie, especially if those vampires are sexy babes or hunks that sometimes sparkle when hit by the sun. The movie Priest though offer a different perspective on the appearance of vampires, now portrayed as grotesquely looking beasts with no eyes and possessed huge teeth. Can this movie please the ever growing vampire fanbase or will it be a flop just like the other vampire movies before it? Find out after the jump.
Priest was adapted from the Korean manhwa (Korean's version of manga) with the same title. The manhwa was inspired by the anime and video game Blood which turned into a movie last 2009.
The visuals of the film were limited due to the fact that the movie's setting was in the middle of the desert. The movie was turned into 3D during post production so watching it on 3D was a disappointment. Only a number of scenes can be appreciated in 3D and the rest were just plain and boring. I expected lots of action sequences involving the main character ,which by the way is cool according to my standards, but sadly not much action were shown. Fast paced action were slowed down reminiscing those of past action films like the Matrix and was beautifully executed but nothing new there.
The story deviated from the manhwa (just like other adaptations) and turned into a cliche of past vampire films. Some minor plot holes can be noticed (which is typical on a Hollywood film) and the character development were limited (due to the a sequel perhaps?). Action fight scenes seems limited so you might be looking for more.
Paul Bettany portrayed the character of the priest well which performed most of the action sequences. Maggie Q was just for eye candy as her participation was limited. The antagonist was bad-ass and should have more action sequences as well. If ever there will be a sequel, the writers should focus more on the character development and add more screen time to the other characters.
The musical score was right on as you can hear Mozart's masterpiece fill the theater house. Sound effects and constant growling from the vampires were executed well.
Overall, this movie was good on the outside, but if you look closer, it's just another vampire slayer cool enough to kill some vampires and live another day to slay some more. Nothing much new here except for the cool weapons of the priest and the somewhat message to the Catholic Church (better watch to find out). If you're a vampire fan and looking for action like the Underworld, then this movie is for you. But if you want a deep storyline and more character development then you better look elsewhere.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
American otakus will be happy because their favorite virtual idol Hatsune Miku from the Yamaha voice synthesizer Vocaloid. will perform "live" at the Los Angeles Anime Expo 2011.
Visit GameOPS.net for the complete details
Sunday, May 08, 2011
photo from GMANews
Filipino pride Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao defeated Shane Mosley in a unanimous decision after 12 rounds of fighting in front of a sellout crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
"I just fought the best fighter in the world. He has exceptional power. I've never been hit like that before," Mosley said.
Counter Strike, Day of Defeat, Portal and Team Fortress had been highly successful despite the fact that these games are just modification (mods) that took some elements and/or resources from it's main game, Defense of the Ancients or popularly known as DotA is an action real time strategy (RTS) game that was made from the Warcraft III tool set. Soon it became a very popular game across the world. Just like the previous games mentioned, DotA will now have a separate stand alone game currently entitled Dota2 that will run without installing Warcraft III and is currently developed by Valve.
Head over to Dota2's official website for latest news and more information
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Comic book fans are always happy when Stan Lee and the rest of the Marvel team decided to make a movie about their favorite comic book hero. There were hits that truly gave justice to the comic book hero they loved and there where misses that fans tried to forget. Now that the "God of Thunder" has his own movie, did Marvel gave justice to this hammer wielding hero or should they have a "reboot" just like what happened to the Incredible Hulk? Find out after the jump.
The elements in making a movie a hit are eye candy, reasonable plot, good acting and good musical score. Thor fortunately are good on all of the above mentioned.
If we talk about eye candy, women will tell you that it's all about the nice body of Chris Hemsworth and the men will tell you it's all about Natalie Portman and Jaimie Alexander. Geeks will tell you it's the awesome design of Asgard and the special effects that look marvelous in eye popping 3D. The shiny effect on armor and other glittering objects were really done well and watching this movie entirely on 3D is definitely a must. Unlike previous movies claiming to be 3D, but just had 3-5 minutes of actual 3D, Thor will treat you full 3D through-out the duration of the film.
Regarding the plot, It was nice that Marvel considered the audience that had no idea what's Asgard and the whole Thor universe. The almost 1 hour of prologue is enough to answer questions that may rise during the progression of the story. The only flaw I saw (which is only minor) is that there's not enough character development on minor roles, like Thor's friends and several other characters. Also, the origin of Thor's power was not based on the comic books but an entirely new one (typical to most movie adaptations)but these small cracks did not affect the awesomeness of the movie.
The acting of Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman on-screen is noteworthy. The added romance to the plot increases the likelihood of having a ThorxJane fans club and attract the younger audience. Other characters performed their part well, which is good, since like I said previously, that not all characters where fully developed.
The enchanting musical score was given justice by the DTS of the theater house I had watched Thor and it really captivated the mood of the scene. Some may overlook this small detail but the music has a major impact when combined with the rich visuals of the film.
Overall, this movie is a bang for the buck. Watching it on 3D will never get you wrong. Also, I wouldn't mind if a sequel may come out in the future. By the way, wait till the credit roll end, as with the previous Marvel films, a nice epilogue will appear.