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Cavite – Phillippine terrorism movie

cavite terrorism plot in phillipines

On Saturday I went to see the new release of the movie, Cavite, in Hillcrest. Even though the film has a very limited released at the Landmark theaters, it got some good write-ups and the plot sounded interesting. To my surprise, both of the directors were there to promote the movie.

Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela Llana both went to school in San Diego and were on hand to answer questions about the movie. I'm not going to go into all the details, but I found it interesting that these two guys created this film stricly by saving up their money from their day jobs. After filming the movie, they had to sell their equipment to pay for editting it. In all, the project cost them $7,000.

I really enjoyed the movie. It was quite suspenseful the majority of the time. It started out pretty slow with the lead character Adam (played by Ian?) in the airport talking to his girlfriend about her being pregnant. This dragged on for quite a while and I was starting to wonder when something would happen. Luckily, things picked up when Adam's mom wasn't at the airport and he gets a phone call from a terrorist saying that he had to do what he was told if he wanted to see his mom and sister again. From that point forward Adam is directed to travel all over the city of Cavite in the Phillipines carry out the order of the terrorist (who seems to know Adam's every move). The movie also addresses the moral delimma of deciding just how important your family really is.

My favorite parts of the movie were seeing the dark side of the Phillipines. Adam has to travel through some pretty seedy parts of the country and it shows us a bleak picture of that part of the country and the conditions that the people are living in.

I really enjoyed seeing the cultural parts of the country. While being driven around in a jeepney, Adam is instructed to go to a market and buy a balut egg and eat it. This is an egg with a chick actually in it and the juice from the egg looks pretty disgusting. They also showed scenes from a cock fight (not very pretty) where the rooster dies (don't tell the animal rights people about this movie). The terrorist also spoke in tagalog the entire time while Adam would respond in English. This gave authenticity to the movie.

Considering that this is not a mainstream movie, you may not get a chance to ever see it. But I definitely enjoyed it and was glad that I got a chance to meet Ian and Neill.

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San Diego Masala – Indian food in Gaslamp

While hanging out at the gaslamp with a friend a couple weeks ago, I came across an Indian restaurant that I never noticed before, Masala. We walked in and the place looked really nice. So for my birthday yesterday I was treated to dinner there by six of my friends. It turned out to be a great way to place to spend my birthday because the food was excellent.

Marsala, located on 5th and K St., has only been open for a month and even their website is still under construction. The restaurant has a nice entry with a some type of elephant altar in the front. There are two levels and we were seated upstairs. The menu looked mouth watering. Being an Indian restaurant, there were many choices for vegetarians as well as us carnivores. Every appetizer looked delicious and we ordered naan bread stuffed with sundried tomatoes. We also ordered a mango soup that sounded strange at first turned out to be delicious. For dinner everyone except myself ordered one of the vegetarian curries. I had lamb shanks with basmati rice on the side and it was delicious. We passed around the curry dishes and everyone loved each one.

A couple of cautions: The drinks were lackluster. One person ordered a mango mojito and she wasn't too thrilled by it. I ordered a Snake Charmer (hypnotiq, passion fruit, vodka) and it tasted like pineapple juice. The other caution is that if the menu says the food will be hot, then expect it to be very spicy. On the spicy dish my mouth was on fire (but I'm a bit of a lightweight when it comes to spicy food).

Overall, this restaurant is a great place to treat yourself to a night of Indian food in the Gaslamp. It is now my favorite Indian restaurant in San Diego.The entrees run from $20-$30 and are well worth it.

Masala

314 Fifth Ave, 92101

619-232-INDIA

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