Friday, November 28, 2008

Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao

I know Boxing is an old man's sport, but I'm really looking forward to the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao fight.

Even though it's a huge mismatch.

Personally, I feel it's a no-win-situation for Oscar De La Hoya.

To be completely honest, as a boxing fan, I think it's kind of pathetic that De La Hoya is fighting the much smaller Manny Pacquiao.

To me it feels like a desperate attempt by him to gain the support of a Mexican audience he's never had. To most boxing insiders, it looks like he's fighting Pacquiao simply because he's famous for defeating Mexico's best fighters, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez and Marco Antonio Barrera.

I like a good fight as much as anyone, but De La Hoya is FOUR inches taller than Pacquiao and has a SIX inch reach advantage over him. Not to mention that Pacquiao is going to move up TWO weight classes to fight De La Hoya.

Can you realistically script a more lopsided fight?

To me the physical mismatch is equivalent to the difference De La Hoya had against Bernard Hopkins in their fight.

We all know how that ended.

I do believe that Pacquiao has a better shot than De La Hoya did though. He's faster and quicker than Oscar. Pacquiao has a good shot if he boxes with De La Hoya and tries to win by decision. I also think it was a good move by Pacquiao to take the fight. Besides the money, it gives him more visibility and international fame in the sport. It's a win-win situation for Manny.

Don't get me wrong, I still hope that Manny wins and I'd love to see him knock De La Hoya out.

But let's be realistic. Pacquiao is going in as big underdog. It would be a huge upset if he won.

Last week during the Ricky Hatton match, the HBO announcers said that even if Pacquiao loses the match to De La Hoya, he'll still be considered the pound for pound champ because of the big jump in weight class he's making.

I agree.

But I'll still be watching on December 6, because I love Pacquiao and I'm hoping for the epic upset.

But if Oscar wins as expected, I hope he steps up and tries to fight someone his own size. Maybe someone like Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto.

Those two would dish out a beating on Oscar he won't soon forget.

I think the Golden Boy wouldn't be so Golden anymore.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Black Dynamite- Red Band Trailer

When I see epic trailers like this, it makes me acutely aware that we are now in awards season.

I find it very improbable that this film will slip through the cracks when critics consider their top 10 list for 2008.

I wouldn't be surprised if it's named the greatest film of the decade.

There's nudity, kung fu, Arsenio Hall and anamorphic duovision...honestly, what more does one need in a film?

Nuff said.

So...for your consideration...the epic Black Dynamite.

Star Trek Trailer and Star Trek 90210

The Star Trek XL trailer has finally found its way onto YouTube, but a high definition version of the clip has been available for viewing at apple trailers for about a week.

I'm really excited about seeing the film. It looks like the movie has the potential to fulfill everyone's expectations, even non-trekkers.

Of course there are a cynical few who aren't too happy about the reboot. This fan-made trailer capitalizes on the criticisms, although I believe they are also looking forward to the film, judging by the description of the video.


Let's hope J.J. makes it less 90210 and more Star Trek, so that we don't have riots at movie houses.


Paramount has released an alternative version of the original trailer with footage of Leonard Nimoy as Spock.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Wrestler - Trailer

The full length trailer for the upcoming movie The Wrestler was released last week and I've gotta say it looks pretty amazing. It's about time there's been a serious look at the wrestling profession. The piece seems to expose the extreme physical and emotional toll the business takes on the participants. Honestly, it's been a pretty mediocre year for the movie industry. I'm really hoping that this film closes the year out right.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Congratulations Don Wakamatsu

Being a die hard Los Angeles Angels fan, it's hard for me to give kudos to another baseball team. Especially to a team in the same division as my beloved Angels. But just to show that I'm not a heartless slob, I wanted to take this moment to officially congratulate the Seattle Mariners on hiring Don Wakamatsu.

Wakamatsu is the first Asian-American ever to be named manager of a Major League Baseball team.

Being a Filipino-American, I can't downplay the significance of this moment.

It's especially heartwarming to consider that my son now lives in a world where doors that were previously closed to people... are now open.

So congratulations Don Wakamatsu.

Unfortunately...from this moment on I will now be rooting against Manager Wakamatsu...especially against the Angels or in any game that will affect the Angels chances to reach the post season.

It's nothing personal Mr.'s strictly business.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Watchmen Trailer #2

The first full length trailer to the Watchmen has arrived and the footage finally features dialogue from the film. The thing I appreciate most about the trailer is that it gives a more accurate sense of what the story is about, playing up the mystery noir elements of the tale.

This trailer has made me significantly more optimistic about the film. Let's hope it's able to deliver.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Slide of Life

When I saw this picture of my children on our backyard slide, the first thought I had... after... of course how cute they looked, was what a fascinating story that my wife captured with this photo.

For some...the slide of life is fun, for others...not so much...especially when you're not the one in control.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Glory Days

I was recently doing some SEO research on me and my site and I stumbled upon some reviews of my theatre performances in college.

It looks like the Los Angeles Times has released a batch of archived reviews.

Without spending too much time researching and reminiscing....cause that would be kind of pathetic...I found three reviews.

Apparently...judging from these reviews... I might have been pretty good.

Here's an excerpt from a review of my performance in Macbeth.

"Raymund Manukay’s Macbeth, without delving too much into detail and subtext, is a forthright and honestly confused political parvenu. He doesn’t understand his failures, thinking he’s totally right to begin with, and especially in his “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow” speech on hearing of Lady Macbeth’s death, Manukay has a reserve and a distracted air that is effective." - October 20, 1998

Then some more kudos in the play Cloud Nine.

"All the actors deftly carve portraits of characters making the uncomfortable transition between eras. Raymond Manukay is exceptional as the boy in servitude to the African raj and as the career-conscious Martin in Act 2."
- October 16, 1997

And yet another review from the play Ah, Wilderness.

Raymund Manukay stands out for his naturalism and reserve as the crafty salesman who lures Belle away from a tiddly Richard."
- March 26, 1998

And finally another review from the play Equus.

"As the stable owner who hires Alan and furthers his passion for horses, Raymond Manukay is solid and strong." - October 25, 1999.

So what do I take away from all this?'s that I'm fucking awesome....and I'm heading to Broadway. I suggest everyone start kissing my so I can mention you in my Oscar acceptance speech.

Friday, November 07, 2008

OldBoy - U.S. Version

Variety is reporting that Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are set to respectively direct and star in a U.S. remake of the excellent Korean mystery film Oldboy.

The fan boy crowd is obviously upset by these turn of events.

Although I agree that the idea of remaking this film for U.S. audiences seems strange. Especially since the original film comes from a very Korean perspective of honor, revenge and redemption.

But I don't think the film in the hands of Spielberg and Will Smith will be a total disaster.

The Departed was proof that Asian films can be successfully translated for American audiences.

Spielberg is capable of very dark material and the casting of Will Smith lends an extra edge of affability to a character who is seeking unspeakable revenge.

I believe that the film with its current creative team is an upgrade over the previous team of Justin Lin and Nicolas Cage.

I do have concerns however, especially considering the shocking subject matter. I think if the filmmakers compromise the original story and twist employed in the original film than it should honestly be considered a complete failure.

But I have faith that won't be the case. Especially in light of the accurate translation of The Departed.

No need to fix something if it isn't broken right?

I'm also looking forward to seeing how the rest of the casting turns out.

In the end, it's a chance worth taking. A bad U.S. remake doesn't take away from the greatness of the original.

I look forward to seeing the film.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Expendables

Variety Magazine is reporting that Sylvester Stallone is writing and directing an action film called "The Expendables".

The film will star Stallone, Jason Statham and possibly Jet Li.

The plot concerns "a team of mercenaries on a mission to overthrow a South American dictator."

I can't help but think that the film was at least partially inspired by Quentin Tarantino's original idea of "Inglorious Basterds".

For years, Stallone heard rumors that QT wanted to use him and other 80's action stars in a "men on a mission" movie. Like an old school Dirty Dozen or The Great Escape type of war movie with Eddie Murphy, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Obviously QT decided to go in a different direction.

But it's fun to see that Stallone has taken the ball and run.

Albeit on a smaller scale.

Stallone already pulled off a decent "men on a mission" movie with the last Rambo film.

Now we get to see an old school action film with an all-star cast.

It would be really cool if he could get a couple of more action stars in there.

Make it a big ensemble piece.

Maybe get Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme. What the hell, throw in Chuck Norris in there too.

That would be classic.

Maybe not a good film....but still classic.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Top Ten Stupid Things Americans say to Brits

Letterman and Ricky Gervais....can't miss...guaranteed laughs.

It's over...time to get a life

I think this clip from Comedy Central's Indecision 2008 accurately sums up the post election dip that many people and talk shows will feel.

It's hard to top the biggest and most important reality show in the country's history.

I'm sure a lot of people will be asking themselves, "What now?"

I'm sure Saturday Night Live will be struggling to find new material. The Sarah Palin stuff was the only reason to tune in.

Oh well....

The 44th President of the United States

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Vote... for Lando Calrissian!

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Monday, November 03, 2008

Barack Obama and John McCain on Monday Night Football

Down the stretch they come!!!

To be honest, I'll be very glad when this election business is all done. I'm honestly looking forward to seeing the two candidates collaborating together instead of against each other in helping the country get back on it's feet.

Make sure to vote November 4th! Make your voice be heard!