Saturday, August 30, 2008

IELTS today!

I'm here at the office, It is 7:16am. My IELTS exam will start at 9:00 a.m. but I must go early 1 hour before the said time for pre-registration process.

I'm a little bit nervous. I am really ready for the exams today! READING, WRITING and LISTENING.

I hope everybody will pass and meet their necessary band score in the examination including me!

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8:00 a.m. nasa Venue nako ng exam, nung papanhik na ako hagdan ay nakita ko si Rea Santos ng GMA 7 akala ko nandun lang cya para mag cover ng report regarding the event. Pero nagulat ako nung kasama pala siya sa mag e-exams.

Siguro may plano na siyang mag migrate somewhere? haha.. Sana sa Australia. Ang tangkad ni Rea Santos as in.

12:55 p.m. nandito uli ako sa office. Kakatapos lang ng Exam ko.
Sa Listening at Writing part medyo madali lang. Pero ang Reading part? ang hirap talaga. Medyo dun ako kabado na part.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Absorbing spirituality

August 25, 2008 Monday. I wake up early to meet my friend Sharymar at Victory Liner Cubao around 6:00 a.m.. I don't want my friend to wait for me so I decided to go early.
I'm worried that time because she's not replying and answering my calls.

When I arrived at the bus station I thought she's already there but what I did is I've waited for 20 minutes before she arrived.

DESTINATION-

Our Destination: Pangasinan (Our Lady of Manaoag)
Ticket price: P340.00 / person - one way
Departure time : 7:00am
Estimated maximum time travel: 5-6 hours
Our arrival time: 11:15am
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Umalis ang bus na sinasakyan namin bandang alas syete ng umaga, makulimlim at medyo umuulan nun. Medyo mabagal pa ang takbo ng bus dahil ito ay nasa siyudad pa.

Ang tanging baon ko lamang sa aming paglalakbay ay isang 300ml na mineral water. At ung baon ni Sharymar na chocolate cake.

Pagpasok namin ng North Luzon Express way, medyo bumilis na ang aming takbo. Madulas ang daan dahil sa ulan, at sobrang lamig ba sa bus. Buti nalang may Jacket ako. Sa biyahe ay di ako nakatulog kahit sa hapon, dahil kami ay nagkukuwentuhan ni Sharymar. Madami kami napag usapan halos lahat ay tungkol sa kanya, sa mga kaibigan nya, sa pag-aaral, halos lahat sa kanya eh. At halos lahat ata mga40% ng buhay nya ay naikwento nya na sa akin. Tinuro nya din sa akin ung bahay nila sa Tarlac.

Nung dating nagkita kami ay medyo mataba cya, tapos pumayat , tapos ngayon medyo tama na ung figure nya.

Pagdating namin sa Dagupan terminal nagyaya si Shary na kumain muna kami ng tanghaliaan. Sumakay kami ng tricycle at pumunta sa PIZZA HUT. Nakakatuwa siya kasama dahil medyo magana siya kumain. Ang dami naming kinain as in.

After nun, sumakay kami ng Van papuntang Manaoag.

Excited ako makapunta dahil first time ko, dati kasi hindi ako nakapasok sa loob nagpaiwan lang ako sa kotse para bantayan ang sasakyan. Pagdating namin sa lugar ay pumasok na kami ng simbahan at kami ay nagdasal. Pagkatapos ay bumili kami ng kandila at sinindihan ito at nagdasal. Pumila rin kami para hawakan ang poong Manaoag, habang kami ay nakapila nagkukuwentuhan pa rin kami my times na umiyak siya.

Bumili din kami ng mga souveneir tapos pina bendisyunan namin ito kasama ang mga lapis, pambura, sharpener at calculator. After nun ay nadaanan namin ung Adordatin chapel nila, nagdasal uli kami dun. Habang kami ay nagdadasal, may isang ale na lumapit sa amin para humingi ng pera pambili ng pagkain. Tapos kung ano ano na pinagsasabi, pagkamalan daw bang buntis ang kaibigan ko?, at ako daw ang ama? tapos nagdadasal daw kami dahil problemado para sa kasal?. Medyo nakakatawa nga yung mga kaganapan na iyon. Kami ay umalis at di na namin pinansin ang aleng may sariling mundo. Pinagdasal ko nalang din siya.

Matapos ang nakakatawang karanasan, nadaanan naman namin ung opisina para mag pa petition ng mga prayers namin.

Pagkatapos ay sumakay na kami ng jeep papuntang Dagupan Victory Liner. Nang nasa Biyahe na kami ay di pa rin ako nakatulog dahil nag kuwentuhan pa rin kami, we shared a lot of things as in pati sa music.

Nung araw na yun ay dapat pupunta ako sa gig ni Kitchie Nadal sa Gweilos para narin makita ang mga ka lister's ko. Kaso meydo gabi na. Pag dating namin na Manila ay hinatid ko si Shary sa sakayan papuntang Bocaue.

Nakakapagod ang araw na iyon dahil di ako nakatulog!. Pero ayos lang, enjoy naman kahit papaano. Ang importante ay nakapagdasal ako at unti unti kong nararamdaman na lumalakas ang relasyon ko sa panginoon. Salamat sa kanya at sa kaibigan ko.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I'm spiritually high

Aug. 24, 2008 Sunday morning, This is the day I'm looking forward to happen, because it will be the first time that I'm going to attend a Christian church at UCM makati. I'm a little bit excited and nervous.

When I'm about to leave it started to rain so hard. I laughed and talked to myself, thinking that God is only testing my faith.

Even though its raining and my shoes was totally devastated with water, my eagerness to hear the words of God didn't stop from there.
I decided to come and meet Ate Vilma there at Chowking SM Makati before going to UCM.

Nung nasa UCM na kami, grabe ang ganda ng church and napaka solemn sa loob. Iba't ibang race ang nagsisimba may Filipino, korean, White American and Black American. Napansin ko rin na disiplinado ang mga tao sa loob as in walang destructions gaya ng mga nag ttext, nagkukuwentuhan at ingay ng mga bata.

Nag umpisa ang homily sa isang kanta. Aba'y nakakaindak talaga at ang daling sundan ng kanta nila. Pagkatapos nun may isang kanta uli, dun ko naramdaman ang kanta, kinilabutan ako , nanlamig at napaluha sa kanta. I forgot the title eh.

Pagkatapos ng church ay kumain kami ni ate vilma sa TSOKO-nut SM MAKATI. Dun nag praktis ako ng ENGLISH hahaha!!. Nag eenglisan kami dun, ang dami ngang nakatingin sa amin eh. Pero di namin sila iniintindi, bahala sila. Share lang kami ng mga stories sa life pati syempre si KITCHIE NADAL (idol namin un!).
Ang isa sa pinaka di ko makakalimutan, when she prayed for me there para sa exam ko tom. and sa Saturday. Alam mo ung Pray over?. Ginawa nya un dun mismo, Nagulat talaga ako and flattered. Iba ung pakiramdam ko nun, I'm spriritually high!. Gusto ko na nga mag exam nun eh.

After nun uwian na! ;)

It was a blessed day for me!. Thanks to God almighty!. I'm beginning to build a strong relationship to Jesus Christ. However, its too early to say but I will do everything to be close to him.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Brgy. Ginebra - A Never say die team!

DECISION GAME

Record crowd of 22,902 witness Kings’ coronation; Menk & Tubid Finals MVP

Game # 7 - Its everybody's ball game, No game play! Its the heart of the player that will drives them to victory ; At the early stage of the game the wounded Brgy. Ginebra made a 4-0 lead. It looks like that Ginebra is more aggressive at the start, but Air 21 express keeps knocking the door until 1st half of the game 49-46. Still Brgy. Ginebra dominates the lead even though they didn't shot well on the free throw line but they still manage the game with the help of Ronald Tubid,Erik Menk and the energy of Paul Artadi. Ronald Tubid is the top scorer on the first half.

THIRD QUARTER - 72-63
Post up play
Brgy. Ginebra's post up play for Erick Menk prevailed. A six straight points by Menk gives the Brgy. Ginebra its humongous lead to 13 points. The whole Brgy. Ginebra crowd shouting MVP, MVP.



Chris Alexander
suffer a crumps after Junty Valenzuela's knee injury. They both rested in the last 3 minutes of quarter number three.

FOURTH QUARTER - Heart thrilling quarter
This is the quarter were Air21 express made a 9-0 run after exchanging baskets with Brgy. Ginebra 8 mins. to go until they taste a 1 point lead with the basket of Thomas. On the other hand Chris Alexander got an offensive rebound and made a shot to get back Ginebra's lead to 1 point. Chris Alexander was in foul trouble after trying to block Thomas shot, But Brgy. Ginebra didn't worry about the foul troubled import.

AIR21 Express came into an early penalty and Ginebra did capitalize on this situation by shooting its free throws.

WEIRD-INTUITION
Mukhang na challenge si Erik Menk sa sinabi ko sa kanya na "Galingan nya sa last game nila". Nung Tuesday kasi nasa megamall ako. Nakasabay ko siya.

MORAL LESSON -If there's a will there's a way-
The will to survive and live another day.
Despite their injuries (MARK CAGUIAO, JAYJAY HELTERBRAND, PAUL ARTADI, JUNTY VALENZUELA, RONALD TUBID) some of the players played even if they are hurt. The Brgy. Ginebra crowd and the will to win the championship keeps Brgy. Ginebra alive to win the 2008 PBA Philippine Smart tourney.

-SAD NEWS-
After 5 years of covering PBA, ABC SPORTS had their last coverage last night. I think Channel 23 will cover the next PBA season.

------Below is the article from PBA.ph

Rising above tough challenge and extreme adversities, the Barangay Ginebra Kings are back on the throne, once again reigning supreme in the import-reinforced PBA tourney.

Ginebra completed an epic triumph while handicapped by injuries, waylaying Air21, 97-84, Wednesday night to bag the 2007-08 Smart Fiesta Conference before a delirious record-breaking crowd of 22,902 at the Araneta Coliseum.

The walking wounded of coach Jong Uichico survived an acid test, overcoming a 2-3 deficit in the best-of-seven series to reclaim the crown they won in 2004.

It's Ginebra's eighth championship in all but this one should rank among the best, considering the trials and adversities gone through by coach Jong Uichico and the brave Ginebra gang.

"Every championship means a lot whether it's your first, second, third or what. But this one is really special. It's hard to explain how we won the series with all the injuries and tough challenges we faced," said Uichico, winning a second crown in four conferences with the ball club before a crowd never seen since the glory days of Crispa and Toyota in the league’s early years.

"The players deserve all the credit for not giving up. We could have easily given up when we lost Jayjay (Helterbrand). We could have easily given up when Mark Caguioa got injured. And we could have easily given up when the others also got hurt. But the players didn't," Uichico also said.

With practically everybody already playing with aches and pains, Tubid and Menk seized the moment and led the team to the epic win. The two were rewarded by being named Finals co-MVPs.

"Eric (Menk) has just redeemed himself. Tubid, meanwhile, really showed a big fighting heart as he returned to play in the series straight from injury. Bumalik sya noong kailangang-kailangan namin siya. Bumalik sya ng walang practice," said Uichico.

Menk, defying Father Time, and Tubid, sidelined for six weeks by a dislocated ankle, combined for 43 points and 17 rebounds in the winner-take-all contest.

Chris Alexander, the tournament Best Import, was saddled by early fouls but still played a key role, finishing the contest with 19 rebounds, 16 points, four blocks, one assist and one steal.

"It was a gamble on my part to keep him on the game despite five fouls. What I wanted was for him to make it tougher for Steve Thomas to score. Kung locals, madaling-madali para kay Thomas umiskor," said Uichico.

As it turned out, the Kings held the entire Air21 team scoreless in the last
4:27 of play.

"My players have matured. Still, they were not yet ready to face the impact of what the Ginebra crowd brought to the game," said Air21 coach Bo Perasol.

The injury bug hit Ginebra up to the final game of the series with Junthy Valenzuela hurting his left leg in the third quarter.

Valenzuela wasn't able to return but the Kings didn't waver.

Earlier, the Kings pounced on the Express at the posts with Alexander and Menk combining for 18 points as Ginebra took the half at 49-46.

The Ginebra gang could have established full control right in the opening half if not for an atrocious 12-of-23 free-throw shooting against Air21's 4-of-4 perfect clip.

Though badly beaten in rebounding, the Express kept the game close also with a better three-point shooting. Gary David, Arwind Santos, Nino Canaleta, Ranidel De Ocampo and Marvin Cruz combined for six triples with the Kings accounting for only three.

After the Kings built their biggest lead in the first half at 28-21, De Ocampo and
Santos fired a three-pointer each in an 11-4 salvo that tied the count at 32-all midway through the second period.

The two teams engaged in a fiery exchange until Valenzuela beat the buzzer with a floater, giving the Kings a three-point lead at the turn.

Tubid was the lone Ginebra player who did well from the charity lane in the first half, knocking in all of his five charities. He provided Ginebra instant offense coming off the bench, leading the team with 12 points in the first 24 minutes of play.

Santos led all scorers with 13 points in the opening half marred by three technical infractions.

Getting possession after the opening tip, Caguioa quickly brought the ball down court and dished off an assist to Paul Artadi for the first basket of the contest. (NC)

The scores:

Ginebra 97 – Tubid 22, Menk 21, Alexander 16, Caguioa 13, Valenzuela 10, Artadi 8, Crisano 4, Pacana 3, Mamaril 0, Salvacion 0, Reavis 0.

Air21 84 – Thomas 24, Santos 19, David 18, Canaleta 8, Billones 6, De Ocampo 5, Cruz 3, Arboleda 1, Kramer 0, Intal 0, Espinas 0, Sotto 0, Se 0.

Quarterscores: 26-21, 49-46, 72-63, 97-84.












Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Never say die team, Against Air21


On the start of the 2008 Smart PBA Fiesta Conference, Ginebra was on a thrilling part of the elimination round after starting with a zero wins and five losses the never say die attitude of Ginebra prevailed. Chris Alexander (Best import of the conference) is the major factor while the other troupes like Jay-Jay Helterbrand (Best Player of the conference) and the spark Mark Caguiao help the team to be in the Championship game and made a long winning streak of 13th straight win in Pba history.

Game 6 Ginebra tied the series at 3 game a piece, Chris Alexander made a major contribution with 37 points. I was there who watched and I am part of the record of 18,643 pay
ing patrons (notching the PBA ticket sales to about 2.3 million pesos) who witnessed the game.

Game 7
-will be held tonight at Araneta Coliseum. Yesterday I was in SM MEGAMALL and when I turned my head back I saw ERICK MENK of Barangay Ginebra. I call his name and told him to do well on their last game, he only smiled telling me that they will win the championship.

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Ginebra is playing hurt. JAY JAY HELTERBRAND is out of pull hamstring injury, PAUL ARTADI is not 100% because of his hamstring injury. Aside from Chris Alexander and Mark Caguiao, I think the other guys must step-up like Sunday Salvacion, Junthy Valenzuela, Erick Menk, Chris Pacana, Rafi Reavies and Billy Mamaril if they want to win the Championship.

NEVER SAY DIE! GINEBRA, GINEBRA, GINEBRA !!!!!


Below is the PBA article dated today: pba.ph

Just which team that would be remains a big question mark as Barangay Ginebra and Air21 lower the curtains on their titular showdown with a final act – a deciding seventh game – Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum.

What many thought would be a ho-hum best-of-seven series has shaped up into an epic duel as the Kings, walking wounded as their coach Jong Uichico keeps on saying, refused to let go, giving credence to their never-say-die spirit that has endeared them to their multitudes.

A huge crowd – mostly Ginebra diehards – is expected to show up for the 7 o'clock showdown and fill every nook and cranny of the historic Big Dome to rally behind the Kings, who saved their season and stayed on course for a ninth championship by rallying from 16 points to stun the Express, 80-75, in Game 6.

That remarkable comeback certainly provided the Kings a huge psychological boost as they battle the Express for all the marbles and the possible return of Jayjay Helterbrand in the lineup should lift up the spirit and energize the franchise aiming to reclaim the title it won in 2004-05.

Apparently, Helterbrand, who sustained a hamstring pull late in Game 2, tried to play in Game 6 but the injury still bothered him.

"But who knows? We might play him in Game 7," hinted Uichico, seeking an eighth career championship and his second title with the Kings.

Uichico anticipates the Final Act to be a battle but claims there's no need for adjustments.

"This (Game 7) is a players' game. It's their wanting to win that will make the difference," Uichico said.

"Sheer heart. That's what has kept us alive. I just hope we could play again that way on Wednesday."

Air21 coach Bo Perasol said their loss in Game 6 has provided them insights on how to improve on some areas of their game.

Air21 is eyeing its first PBA championship and the Express appear to have the skills and the ability to accomplish their goal. But after throwing away a golden opportunity last Sunday, some observers wonder if the Express still have the heart to go all the way.

Perasol, who has the chance to claim the most valuable jewel in his coaching career, said his troops were "sad and very frustrated after losing Game 6" but suggested the Express have only themselves to blame for the defeat.

"(Ginebra) did nothing special to beat us. We lost because we gave them a lot of second chance points and we made a lot of poor shot selections," Perasol explained.

But what apparently puzzled the Air21 coach was his troops' move to abandon the full court defense that has kept the Kings struggling on offense for most part of Game 6.

"I really don't think we have to feel bad. That would be a negative feeling going into Game 7. We know exactly what happened there. All we have to do is to play together to pull this through," Perasol said.


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Avril Lavigne at Araneta Coliseum

Avril Lavigne is going back to the Philippines. The rock girl will have her “The Best Damn Tour 2008″ concert at the Araneta Coliseum on September 3, 2008 at 8:00PM.

Ticket prices range at Php 600 for General Admission to Php 10,500 for Patron VIP.

You can reserve your ticket using the online ticket reservation of Ticketnet. Click here.

Patron VIP (101,103 1ST 20 ROWS) (Reserved Seating) 10500
Patron (Reserved Seating) 6750
Lower Box (Reserved Seating) 6750
Upper Box A (Reserved Seating) 2850
Upper Box B (Free Seating) 1400
General Admission (Free Seating) 600


If you are an Avril Lavigne fan, you shouldn’t miss this.

I missed Avril Lavigne's Bonez tour concert last and now I am thinking if I'll buy ticket to watch her show.

This is once in a lifetime show, so I'll make it sure to watch this one!.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

My injured knee

Yesterday was a painful day for me, when I suddenly twist my left knee. At first I thought the pain will go away but it didn't stop from there. When I'm about to leave our office I began to feel the pain, I hate that feeling cause I can't walk fast as I normally do.The worse thing was crossing the streets. Haha! I might hit by fast moving cars!.

Early this morning I woke up early and the pain was still there, so I text my friend Jonathan to buy me pain reliever medicine. It helps a little. When I got home I used this gadget that massage my feet hoping that it would help me to ease the pain. Right after, I put an ointment to it.

It really works! haha.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I'm high on this song! LUCKY! Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat

When I downloaded the song I'm yours by Jason Mraz. I accidentally include this one "Lucky!". I'm very lucky! hehe. I like the blend of sounds and melody. Below is the cute video I found. The girl is so cute. She looks like Ramiel Malubay, her name is Cathy Nguyen!.


LUCKY!

Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat


Do you hear me,
I'm talking to you
Across the water across the deep blue ocean
Under the open sky, oh my, baby I'm trying

Boy I hear you in my dreams
I feel your whisper across the sea
I keep you with me in my heart
You make it easier when life gets hard

I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Ooohh ooooh oooh oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

They don't know how long it takes
Waiting for a love like this
Every time we say goodbye
I wish we had one more kiss
I'll wait for you I promise you, I will

I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Lucky we're in love every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

And so I'm sailing through the sea
To an island where we'll meet
You'll hear the music fill the air
I'll put a flower in your hair

though the breezes through trees
Move so pretty you're all I see
As the world keeps spinning round
You hold me right here right now

I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
I'm lucky we're in love every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

Ooohh ooooh oooh oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
Ooooh ooooh oooh oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

Saturday, August 02, 2008

WALL-E

--I already watched this movie. This film is good although it has a minimal script at the beginning you will see its relevance at the end.
I guess it will be shown here in the Philippines this second week of August 2008.--

What if mankind had to leave Earth, and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off? Wall-E, spends every day doing what he was made for. But soon, he will discover what he was meant for, as he adventures across the galaxy chasing his dream.

The first 40 minutes or so of “Wall-E” — in which barely any dialogue is spoken, and almost no human figures appear on screen — is a cinematic poem of such wit and beauty that its darker implications may take a while to sink in. The scene is an intricately rendered city, bristling with skyscrapers but bereft of any inhabitants apart from a battered, industrious robot and his loyal cockroach sidekick. Hazy, dust-filtered sunlight illuminates a landscape of eerie, post-apocalyptic silence. This is a world without people, you might say without animation, though it teems with evidence of past life.

We’ve grown accustomed to expecting surprises from Pixar, but “Wall-E” surely breaks new ground. It gives us a G-rated, computer-generated cartoon vision of our own potential extinction. It’s not the only film lately to engage this somber theme. As the earth heats up, the vanishing of humanity has become something of a hot topic, a preoccupation shared by directors like Steven Spielberg (“A.I.”), Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend”), M. Night Shyamalan (“The Happening”) and Werner Herzog. In his recent documentary “Encounters at the End of the World” Mr. Herzog muses that “the human presence on this planet is not really sustainable,” a sentiment that is voiced, almost verbatim, in the second half of “Wall-E.” When the whimsical techies at Pixar and a moody German auteur are sending out the same message, it may be time to pay attention.

Not that “Wall-E” is all gloom and doom. It is, undoubtedly, an earnest (though far from simplistic) ecological parable, but it is also a disarmingly sweet and simple love story, Chaplinesque in its emotional purity. On another level entirely it’s a bit of a sci-fi geek-fest, alluding to everything from “2001” and the “Alien” pictures (via a Sigourney Weaver voice cameo) to “Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out.” But the movie it refers to most insistently and overtly is, of all things, “Hello, Dolly!,” a worn videotape that serves as the title character’s instruction manual in matters of choreography and romance.

That old, half-forgotten musical, with its Jerry Herman lyrics crooned by, among others, Louis Armstrong, is also among Wall-E’s mementos of, well, us. He is a dented little workhorse who, having outlasted his planned obsolescence, spends his days in the Sisyphean, mechanical labor of gathering and compacting garbage. His name is an acronym for Waste Allocation Load Lifter- Earth Class. But not everything he finds is trash to Wall-E. In the rusty metal hulk where he and the cockroach take shelter from dust storms, he keeps a carefully sorted collection of treasures, including Zippo lighters, nuts and bolts, and a Rubik’s Cube.

Wall-E’s tender regard for the material artifacts of a lost civilization is understandable. After all, he too is a product of human ingenuity. And the genius of “Wall-E,” which was directed by the Pixar mainstay Andrew Stanton, who wrote the screenplay with Jim Reardon, lies in its notion that creativity and self-destruction are sides of the same coin. The human species was driven off its home planet — Wall-E eventually learns that we did not die out — by an economy consecrated to the manufacture and consumption of ever more stuff. But some of that stuff turned out to be useful, interesting, and precious. And some of it may even possess something like a soul.

Observing Wall-E’s surroundings, the audience gleans that, in some bygone time, a conglomerate called BnL (for “Buy N Large”) filled the earth with megastores and tons of garbage. Eventually the corporation loaded its valued customers onto a space station (captained by Jeff Garlin), where they have evolved into fat, lazy leisure addicts serviced by a new generation of specialized machines. One of these, a research probe named Eve (all of the robot names are acronyms as well as indicators of theoretical gender) drops to Earth and wins Wall-E’s heart.

Their courtship follows some familiar patterns. If “Wall-E” were a romantic comedy, it would be about a humble garbageman who falls for a supermodel who also happens to be a top scientist with a knack for marksmanship. (I’m pretty sure I reviewed that a while back, but the title escapes me.) Wall-E is a boxy machine of the old school, with creaks and clanks and visible rivets, his surface pocked with dents and patches of rust. He is steadfast, but not always clever or cool. Eve, shaped like an elongated egg, is as cool as the next iPhone and whisper quiet, unless she’s excited, in which case she has a tendency to blow things up. She and Wall-E communicate in chirps and beeps that occasionally coalesce into words. Somehow their expressions — of desire, irritation, indifference, devotion and anxiety, all arranged in delicate counterpoint — achieve an otherworldly eloquence.

That they are endowed with such rich humanity is as much a Pixar trademark as the painstakingly modeled surfaces or the classical virtual camerawork and editing. The technical resourcefulness that allows “Wall-E” to leap effortlessly from the derelict Earth to the pristine atmosphere of the space station is matched by the rigorous integrity the filmmakers bring to the characters and the themes.

Rather than turn a tale of environmental cataclysm into a scolding, self-satisfied lecture, Mr. Stanton shows his awareness of the contradictions inherent in using the medium of popular cinema to advance a critique of corporate consumer culture. The residents of the space station, accustomed to being tended by industrious robots, have grown to resemble giant babies, with soft faces, rounded torsos and stubby, weak limbs. Consumer capitalism, anticipating every possible need and swaddling its subjects in convenience, is an infantilizing force. But as they cruise around on reclining chairs, eyes fixed on video screens, taking in calories from straws sticking out of giant cups, these overgrown space babies also look like moviegoers at a multiplex.

They’re us, in other words. And like us, they’re not all bad. The paradox at the heart of “Wall-E” is that the drive to invent new things and improve the old ones — to buy and sell and make and collect — creates the potential for disaster and also the possible path away from it. Or, put another way, some of the same impulses that fill the world of “Wall-E” — our world — with junk can also fill it with art.


Published: June 27, 2008