Lucy (2014) Movie Review

October 22nd, 2014 / No Comments » / by wuhtevah

Lucy was a good movie. However, as something new, I expected it to be somewhat realistic in a sense. Turned out this movie was pure science fiction.

Yes, at first it looked pretty normal, but as the movie went on, it became more and more absurd and impossible. Well, it is a movie after all.

A woman accidentally caught in a dark drug deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

It was supposed to be a simple job. Yep, all Lucy needed to do was deliver a mysterious briefcase to a certain Chinese violent villain. But immediately Lucy is caught up in a nightmarish deal where she is captured and turned into a drug mule for a new and powerful synthetic drug.

She finds out after ingesting those drugs that it instead accelerated her brain power and made her more like a mutant.

What started out with powers like telekinesis which I believe can be possible in today’s world turned into mumbo jumbo after she assimilated herself with her surroundings in the end and became like a god.

This would have been nice too if there were many action scenes but sad to say there was not much. More of it was spent time on trying to understand what has been happening to Johansson’s character Lucy.

I am not saying this was a bad movie. Just that I expected some real life story that relates to the movie and finding out this movie is pure science fiction.

This was the part where I got disappointed. But heck, Lucy overall ain’t a bad movie. It even made good in the box office.

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Social Networking Technology Gives And Edge To Aspiring Artists And Film Makers

October 21st, 2014 / No Comments » / by wuhtevah

When an artist has created something, whether it is music, a piece of artwork or a showcase of their artistic talent which they’ve expressed through film making, they need to find a way to introduce their work to the world. Finding a platform that helps artists to find their audience is one of the biggest benefits of social networking today.

Those who have visionary and technological talent like entrepreneur Carl Freer aspire to help artists to get their work out there. Groups that specialize in social networking to build audiences and amass financing for films, like the organization called FilmFunds, are today’s latest way of promoting a filmmaker’s newest work. Building a buzz is essential to getting the attention that any artistic work needs to succeed.

Creating Positive Press Helps To Raise Funds

One of the biggest problems filmmakers have is the raising of funds. Their belief in their work is strong. They might have the talented actors and actresses to create their vision. They will also need to have money to bring it to fruition. This is where social networking sites can help.

Having enough people who have seen film clips, who believe in the content and love what they see can be a big step towards raising the funds an artistic visionary needs to bring a film to the masses. This process is often called crowd sourcing. It is normally done in a way that makes it fun for those using the social network to interact and to build excitement for new projects.

Users of Social Networks Can See Rewards

Once established studios see that there is a demand for a product, sometimes those taking part in social networking are rewarded in creative ways for their participation. This happened when a recently popular horror film was made. Users of the social network found that their names were included in the film’s credits for their participation in, and belief in the project.

Many times, however, social network participants are simply excited to be a part of the creative and promotional process of an upcoming film project. Their belief in a project creates an excitement that becomes contagious. By using special buttons like a promote button, similar to a like button found on some forms of social media, filmmakers are able to gauge the potential audience response to their work.

Social Media Used For Promotion Is Less Expensive

As a bonus, social media to promote artistic works like films can be cheaper than other fund-raising methods used. It’s normally also less expensive than traditional advertising mediums like print advertising, radio air time and television spot advertising. Social media today is used not only to promote and sell new artistic visions, it also becomes a place to distribute clips of the work to build interest and to potentially gain an audience.

People who participate in social networking to create buzz for new films and artistic works often feel like they’re vested in the project. These positive feelings often keep users of social networks engaged. It keeps up the desire to help promote works that they feel are worthy of attention. This is a boon to aspiring filmmakers and artists worldwide. Works that might otherwise have never found an audience can find one today by using social media.

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Avoid Sun Cellular Services Except Calls

October 17th, 2014 / No Comments » / by wuhtevah

3 months from now, my pocket WIFI subscription with Sun Cellular will finally come to an end after 2 years.

Yes. I will finally be rid of the worst mistake I ever made in my life by subscribing to their pathetic and worthless service.

The topic of my post says to avoid all service except calls. Why calls? For one thing, everybody gets the same kind of service with calls and text messaging. Besides, speed is not an issue here anyway.

While I have not tried their other services considering I only am currently subscribed to their pocket WIFI, here are the some reasons why you should avoid any of their other services especially those who are not from Manila.

Only Manila based people can decide if you wish to cut off the service while you are still locked.
This one will take forever, just like what I am currently experiencing. We tend to call customer service since that is always the first option that comes to mind, right?

However, for 1.5 years, what customer service had done was give me robotic messages like “we have escalated your issue bla bal bla”. Seriously! How many times do they have to escalate your issue? Answer? As long as you keep calling, you get the same response every time.

After 1.5 years, the staff in Cebu finally gave it a thought to have me talk to their manager because nothing came out of it when I talked to their supervisor before.

It was then that I found out only people in Manila will have the final say whether they will allow you to cut off your subscription even if you are still in the locked-in period.

Problem with this scenario is that they want to send someone to verify the connection of my pocket WIFI when someone from Cebu already did a few months ago and vouched that indeed the connection is really slow.

What does that make me then? A liar, that’s what. Sun Cellular sees all clients as liars because they ignore what the problems are.

For them, it is actually like, if clients do not call back, that means it is fixed.

I understand there are many problems received by Sun Cellular staff everyday but really now, that is their job in the first place.

Makes me wonder if they even employ technical support people in the first place :P. Or they are not doing anything at all.

And the best part in all this? The twerps actually blocked my number from being able to contact their broadband hotline support number. I showed the staff at Sun Cellular’s office in Ayala Center Cebu that my number could not call the broadband hotline support. Then, when used with their own sim, it went through right away.

This is how Sun Cellular fixes your problem, by blocking you out so you won’t be able to keep complaining anymore.

This was the worst mistake I ever made when subscribing for a service. I should have chosen the bundled tablet option because even though their connection sucks, I still have a tablet with me. Problem with tablets is that considering 3G is a resource hog and drains battery quickly, I did not want it to happen if I wanted to share the Internet connection which was why I chose the pocket WIFI option.

I cannot figure out why those people in Manila who are in charge with decisions cannot do their jobs properly. I only want my subscription to be cut off because I do not want to waste PHP24,000 for nothing.

Instead, I was told I could not even though their service sucks. What the manager in Cebu told me was that he can only keep following up my issue since only Manila has the final say and that he will ask that my previous payments be refunded.

I doubt this will work. Know why? They will say, if the connection is slow, how come the client still uses it. Ouch, that is a bulls-eye but sadly, that is reality. 3 more months of agonizing and wasting money for nothing.

My last resort was to email NTC regarding my problem so they could help me out. Problem was, their submission form in their website is broken. Although I sent an email directly to the person listed in their contacts list, I have lost all hope in actually looking forward to any response from them.

Oh yeah, one more thing, getting a pocket WIFI from Sun Cellular? DON’T!!! The one I got also keeps disconnecting itself from time to time. It is not the signal. Hell, I use it within the heart of the city.

I thought maybe it is because of the device itself but the staff in Cebu said it is not and that is really behaves that way. The hell?!? Where is the real time in that? I tend to have to turn the device on and off so it would somehow re-establish itself in providing me with some Internet connection.

For 1.5 years, I had tirelessly called customer service for help to no avail. I was even given conflicting solutions. There was one time the agent told me I can have the subscription cut off as long as I pay the last bill.

When I went to Sun Cellular’s Ayala Center Cebu branch, I was told it was not possible. This is one messed up organization. Even if Smart/PLDT bought them or however they call it, the fact remains their service sucks.

While this is a hopeless case, I am more angry with the fact that my PHP24,000.00 will be POOF because of some incompetent, lousy and lazy slobs who do not take their jobs seriously.

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