Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Revenant: A beautiful take on allegiance, survival and retribution

As what is to be expected in a movie top-billed by the timeless Leonardo DiCaprio (who may have considerably aged but in whose eyes you'll still find the heartthrob from Titanic and from the Man in the Iron Mask) The Revenant, 20th Century Fox's latest hit blew me away with poignant and brutally enthralling scenes that still, all in all, make for an epic artistic rendition of life's often cruel realities. 
Based on Michael Punke's work, The Revenant is an immersive, Western-set film about the journey of Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) as he encounters one tragedy after another. After an attack, Hugh finds himself face to face with death who pursued him relentlessly, throwing on tragedy after another. He survives physical death, but walking through far more painful, recurring demise that somewhat fortifies his will to live further each time his physical self gets the best of death. Forgive me for spoiling the film slightly, but apart from the gruesome challenges, the movie boasted of heart, with the elements of Glass's character, who was married to a native-American. But then it took a turn for the worst again as alongside Glass, a helpless, dying father could only look on as his beloved son, Hawk, was murdered. For me, that scene was a bit too much to bear. And speaking of 'Bear,' I especially loved the scene with that grizzly bear mauling Glass (not because I am violent) but because if my mom didn't shake me to remind me that it was just a movie, I would have wept for Leo right then and there. The cinematographic experience is just amazing, even more realistic than how I perceive reality! 
It wasn't just DiCaprio and Tom Hardy's reunion that reminded me the movie Inception (which they both starred in), but also its hauntingly intriguing closing scene with Glass - after coming on top of the endless tragedies that had unraveled before him, finally finds peace as he sees his wife once more. This is, at least, my interpretation, that he finally finds peace after serving justice. And it had to take a bear to basically tear him up physically - in order for him to weave together all the brokenness around him. 
Indeed, The Revenant beautifully sculpts out an unexpected treasure after enduring grave, gripping tribulation. See this movie to understand why it's been nominated for several awards! 
To end, it is interesting to note that the word "REVENANT" is derived from the French term 'Revenir' which pertains to one who returns after a to return from a long absence or supposed death. Certainly, this movie will make you come alive!  

Friday, January 1, 2016

A wedding, a debut and a hip hop party!

So many hosting jobs have whizzed past; am still trying to find time to extract, edit and compose those posts; for now, let me just share about my latest three events: a mishmash of the most colourful experiences, where I offer endless thanks to God for the chance to be able to do something that I love, growing in more ways than one at the same time. I am so thankful that this festive season was also restful for me; to ponder on what truly matter in my life. I am able to set some of the things I have finally been longing to do, so let me just post three of my most recent gigs up in one release. 
Aren't sunsets divinely breathtaking? Here are a few of my photos of 2015 entries.
Let me first begin with this wedding I was truly honoured to host; this truly set the tone for the rest of my year... reminding me to relax and enjoy the moment. Most of my life I have been a road runner (at times even on a rampage), that I take what's essential for granted. My aimless speed, instead of truly taking me to where I ought to be, sometimes ends up in making the road far longer than it was supposed to be, had I chosen to take a step back and revel in the beauty of the moment. So below is my snap of the pre-wedding reception, with God's majestic sky as the backdrop... 
I was more than delighted to emcee for this breathtaking wedding, which wasn't tiresome for me at all. In fact, its majestic backdrop, a reminder of the Creator's love and magnificent providence, made me forget any pressures of keeping up with over a hundred guests. Not only that; I emceed this mesmerising event; the unforgettably magical Nacino-Arboleda nuptials, barefoot and toes digging in the sand!
Excuse the extremely rare (in fact this is my first time) bathroom selfie... I just well... felt like a mermaid in my gown. The crazy mind of an event host, when finding herself where she belongs... by the calming, alluring, enigmatic sea! 
My stealth shot of Mrs. Arboleda as she made her way towards the awe-inspiring cliffside where she exchanged vows with her husband. Isn't she a vision? Gorgeous at every angle! But what's most beautiful about her is what's within...
And of course, with the beautiful couple... Best Wishes, Alvaro and Bem! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Nacino! I love the love you have for each other! Keep inspiring those around you with Your faith in God, your commitment, and your childlike admiration for each other! Thanks for your faith in me... I am excited for your journey as man and wife.
From memorable weddings, I also had the honour of taking part in such an enjoyable debut! Thank you, Angela and to your Mommy Milba Rutaquio for making me part of your very special night! Here I am below, squeezing beside the debutante... and yes, you can sit with us! Only, there isn't space anymore... LOL. I had a blast; felt as though I was 18 again... This was the 18 debut party I never got to experience back when I turned 18. You are such a beautiful lady, A!
From the long gowns, I step into totally different gear: hip hop, reminiscent of what you see on those Step Up flicks I can't stop watching! Had a blast emceeing for the EDL Group of Companies during their superb Christmas party! I was blown away with Hip-Hoppiness that night! Mary from the Block with my partner, Jay Z, Jay Monterola from TV show, Tukaan. Do I look badass enough?
I give thanks for such a phenomenal year 2015. What I would say is the year of emancipation, conservation of resources, and the year of aligning in gratitude, and Grace... Thank You Lord, and am I looking forward to a greater 2016!