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Friday, February 24, 2017

Did Not Survive

When my sister told me there was a place downtown where you can solve puzzles and other mysteries for a time limit, I could not get it off my mind. I googled it and found MysterEscape, located in Lanang. It is called an "escape room," a live adventure game where players are locked in a room and have to find clues and solve puzzles before the time runs out to escape, usually within 60 minutes. Apparently businesses like these have been popping up since 2006 and it's only in 2015 that it's reached Davao.

Being a fan of this genre from movies, to series (Sherlock, Survivor), books and games, I really wanted to go. The problem was my sister thought it was too expensive. The other people I could do something like this with would be my college friends, and our reunion plan last January was cancelled so this would be a great quick bonding activity. I posted about it on our fb group and one of my classmates already heard about the place and wanted to go for months. So she set our meeting immediately on the coming Saturday (Feb 18).

There were 3 rooms at the site: Girl in the Mirror (for horror fans), The Survival Game, and Redrum: a (murder) Mystery. I would have chosen to play Redrum, but when we arrived at about 5 in the afternoon, the Survival Game was the one immediately available. So we had no choice.

The Survival Game's story goes like this: we were kidnapped by an unknown group and sent to a locked room where we have to find our way out before the hour is finished. We kind of started great. Ten minutes in we were already finished with the first two steps. But the third clue consumed a lot of our time and by the fourth clue I felt like we were going nowhere and needed new ideas. Too bad because the last few puzzles would have been easier. In the end we didn't make it alive and finished only 60% of the way, which is a failed grade in school standards, so we just took our picture before our kidnappers finally get rid of us. :)

AMAT2K at MysterEscape Davao
Clockwise from top left: moi, Eds, Annie, Eds' husband Francis and their son Red.
P.S. 34 yesterday yeehaw!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year Fantasy Movie Marathon

We had a movie marathon last night. Well, I started watching by myself, then by the second movie everyone gathered around the laptop (except my mom), because we still don't have a new television after the old one broke. My mother thought it was funny, us huddled around a small screen.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
The first one I watched was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which my parents saw at the cinema. They had a lot of trips to the cinema last 2016 because of free passes for senior citizens, which is great because they have always been fond of watching movies. Obviously, I got it from them. My best friend once called me a walking IMDB, though I am nowhere near that. It must be because I kept a notebook of movies I have watched. I still continue with that habit, but it's gone digital, thanks to IMDB.

Allow me to digress still...When my mother was in college, she loved going to the cinema, and I think most of the time she watched by herself. Then there was this one time when she bumped into two of her siblings inside the movie house. All three of them came separately.

So back to the marathon, my favorite thing about Miss Peregrine's was Miss Peregrine herself. Eva Green was excellent. Though I like Asa Butterfield, he was not as good in this. Is it because of his age? That awkward stage? Another thing about the movie, I haven't read the book so the time loop thing was a bit confusing. I had to rewind some parts because of this and still ended up not understanding how the last five minutes happened.

Pete's Dragon
Pete's Dragon
When I started the second movie, my sister came back from buying a cake for my father (birthday boy!). Then both my parents also came back from attending mass. We watched the new Pete's Dragon. My parents also saw this at the cinema, but my father has not seen the first few minutes so he sat with us first. After he ate, he ended up finishing the whole movie, too.

My father and my younger self have a history with the original Pete's Dragon. We watched it together when it was shown on TV. Then when he became a seaman, it was one of the VHS films he brought home.

It was 10 PM when we started the third movie. This time, my brother and I continued with our Star Wars rewatch with Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. It was more than two hours long, that's why we had to pause by midnight because of the noise. We don't have firecrackers in Davao, but the noise is still amazingly on full volume. You have the torotot that my mother kept on blowing, cars honking, gates and other metals/pots/pans banging, blaring sound systems, people shouting, just chaos in the middle of the night.

When the noise died down, we continued watching. It reminded me just how much I loved Episode III when I first saw it. The fight scene between Obi-Wan and Anakin was still one of the best. I still liked how Hayden Christensen brought Vader to life. But this time, since rewatching the series, I can finally understand why the prequels sucked. The script was horrible, cringe-worthy, you name it. Yikes!

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A bit of Nov-Dec review, but still about films:

I tried Netflix last November so I could watch the Gilmore Girls revival. I liked it. Didn't like Rory much. Felt bad for Jess. Happy for Lorelai and Emily.

Then, I found Sherlock on Netflix. Though late, I'm glad to have finally seen it so I can watch the new season this January.

Had another Sean Harris fix last December. Watched Southcliffe, the mini-series that won him a leading actor BAFTA, then See No Evil: The Moors Murders, Red Riding 1974, and some of his short films: Battles, Native Son, and True Love: Once Removed, which I highly recommend. I found the shorts on Youtube, you can search for them there. Though please note that Native Son and True Love both have nudity in it.

Oh yeah, before I forget: I love Rogue One!

Happy New Year!