Sunday, December 16, 2018

New Dishes now serving at Book Latté Iloilo

Last Sunday, I was invited along with some blogger friends to have a taste of the new food offered by Book Latté Café located in Festive Walk, Iloilo Business Park, Iloilo City. As a reader and writer, I love a good cafe surrounded by books and an ambiance that gets you inspired. Book Latté is not just a cafe with good food, coffee, and books, but they have also helped organize some great events like Book Swaps and the latest was the 1st Iloilo Mega Book Fair which I also joined as a writer. You can browse the "Book Latte" tag of this blog to see my posts about the place and events there.

Here are some pictures of the new dishes and what I love about them. I'm not a food blogger or expert but I will try my best to describe them!


From lower left: Chicken Papisik with rice and salad, Mojojojos, Spaghetti, Chicken Lollipops, Fish & Chips, Baked Macaroni


From lower left: Gambas with Shrimp and Chorizo has a refreshing spicy flavor but not that overpowering. The drink is Lemon-Cucumber Muscovado Cooler. The Mojojojos are fried potato slices but I really like the garlic dip and it goes well with the dish. Their Spaghetti has an improved recipe and it's very kid-friendly with a more Filipino twist to spaghetti. 


Their new Chicken Papisik is my favorite among the new dishes. Papisik is a native dish cooked with only rock salt, so the flavor of the chicken really stands out.


The Dinamitas el Quezo is their version of the famous street food called the 'dynamite'. It is usually a large chili stripped of it spicier seeds inside and stuffed with cheese, then the chili is wrapped in lumpia wrapper and deep-fried, resulting in a crispy and spicy snack with melted cheese. What I love about their version is their cheese which makes the dish taste a lot better than the street version!


Fish and Chips with dips.


Chicken Lollipop


Abby’s Cranberry & Walnut Carrot Cake by Chef Marvin Bagube & Chef Cidj Jalandoni (this has got some great feedback!).


Their version of the trending Chocolate Dream Cake.

Once again, thanks to Book Latte for the invitation and Nile on Weekends for bringing me along. You can follow Book Latte on Facebook, Instagram, or check out their website.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Call for chapter proposals: Internationalization of LIS Education in the Asia-Pacific region

I am reposting this from Facebook as there might be librarians and library science teachers who want to take part in this project:

Call for Chapter Proposals

Internationalization of Library and Information Science Education in the Asia-Pacific Region

Editors:

Reysa Alenzuela
The University of the South Pacific,
Vanuatu

Heesop Kim
Kyungpook National University,
South Korea

Danilo M. Baylen
University of West Georgia, USA

Recommended Topics

Original Research, Case Studies, Review Articles on following major areas but not limited to:

Education
• Equivalency and Accreditation
• Internationalizing Curriculum
• Formal/ Informal Education
• Continuing Professional Development
• Building Capacity in Multicultural Environment

Practice
• Global Librarianship
• Field Work experience and Equivalency
• Leadership in the Academe and in Organization
• International Librarianship Competence
• International Librarianship for Asia Pacific Librarians
• Research Collaboration

Technology
• The Role of ICT in Internationalization
• Digital Scholarship
• Issues and Challenges in ICT: Asia Pacific Librarians Context
• ICT Knowledge and Skills of Librarians: Case Studies
• Technology, Global Engagement and Knowledge-Sharing

Emerging Issues
• Academic Mobility: Degree Recognition and International Employability
• ASEANization of LIS Education
• Comparative Analysis of Accreditation Processes
• Cross-country Analysis on LIS Programs
• Globalization and International Cooperation in LIS Education
• ASEAN LIS Qualifications Framework
• Internationalization and Recognition of Qualifications
• Exchange Programs: Faculty, Students, LIS Researchers
• Quality Assurance and Standards Adopted in LIS Schools

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 15, 2019, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the objectives and concerns of his or her proposed book chapter. Please visit www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/3611 for more details regarding this publication and to submit your work. You can also find detailed manuscript formatting and submission guidelines at www.igi-global.com/…/contributor-resources/before-you-write/.

Authors will be notified by February 15, 2019 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by April 1, 2019, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at www.igi-global.com/…/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.

Important dates

January 15, 2019: Proposal Submission Deadline

February 15, 2019: Notification of Acceptance

April 1, 2019: Full Chapter Submission

September 1, 2019: Final Acceptance Notification

October 1, 2019: Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries

Reysa Alenzuela

Email: reysa.alenzuela@vanuatu.usp.ac.fj and/or ralenzuela@yahoo.com

ABOUT THE BOOK

Comprehensive internationalization is a strategic, coordinated process that seeks to align initiatives for a globally-oriented and internationally-connected programs which is essential in the attainment of global competitiveness and qualification recognition.

Internationalization of higher education has been in broad debates at UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education as early as 1998 but the mechanisms, procedures and processes towards desired quality of Library and Information Science (LIS) academic standards are still a continuing discussion among stakeholders. As comparative and international librarianship, academic mobility and global trends in LIS grow exponentially along with emerging technology, this topic is worth revisiting particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

This book is about the internationalization of LIS education to promote, develop, and facilitate engagement and mobility of library professionals and LIS students around the world especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Its main contribution to LIS scholarship is the representation of best practices on teaching and learning as well as professional development initiatives in a field where few countries have published in English language.

Discussions on internationalization of higher education steers conversations around the globe but literatures that delves into Asia and the Pacific region is very limited. The diversity of standards adopted in Central Asia (former CIS countries), Melanesian-Polynesian regions in the Pacific, ASEAN and other countries are interesting to find out as socio-cultural practices in librarianship and availability of courses vary. The literatures may have also been written in their national languages or language commonly adopted; hence, the scholarly exchanges are limited. The discussion can open doors for greater global engagement and cooperation among LIS schools and professional governing bodies in countries that can mutually benefit and propel development to be at par with European and North American counterparts. The proposed book will hopefully provide a platform for libraries and government agencies in Asia and the Pacific to find commonalities towards greater mobility and advancement in the profession. Perspectives to compare current practices and find alignment could further facilitate exchanges. LIS education needs to develop along with emerging technologies in the complex information platform as these are essential in knowledge development.

*Post copied from the PLAI Facebook page. [link to the original post]

Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Unchosen One: China Miéville's Un Lun Dun

I'm currently devouring the works of China Miéville and have reviewed Perdido Street Station and The City and the City in this blog. The author's offhand remark about wanting to write a book in every genre has been taken seriously by his readers, and so far he has indeed written a novel in most major genres!

Un Lun Dun is his first book marketed for young adults. If you want an introduction to Miéville, this is a good start if Perdido Street Station or his other books are too intimidating.

The story revolves around two young girls, Zanna and Deeba. Zanna is tall and blonde, Deeba has dark hair and on the shorter side. They are best friends in school, but one day they find a weird umbrella that moves on its own. They find a mysterious wheel somewhere in London's pipes, and soon find a switch that turns off the whole city of London and they find themselves in another city... UnLondon, where all the trash and forgotten things of London end up.

In UnLondon, all sorts of fantastic creatures live. They first meet Obaday, a tailor who sews clothes out of books. There's the sentient milk carton that gets attached to Deeba. There's a guy called Brokenbroll who trains broken umbrellas to fight. UnLondon is a vast surreal landscape that reminds me of the surreal paintings of Dali or Magritte. Soon, the arrival of Zanna creates a sensation among the "Propheseers" - prophets working in an office full of typewriters. Zanna fits the description of the Schwazzy, the prophesied hero destined to defeat UnLondon's enemy, the smoky entity known as The Smog. The Smog seems to want UnLondon to burn (like most villains do).

This prophecy, of course, is contained in a sacred book which also happens to walk and talk. However, the book seems to be wrong in some places (which is a surprise to itself). When the Smog unexpectedly attacks, Zanna becomes unconscious and they have to go back to London for her to recover. The people they met in UnLondon find that they can defeat the Smog by themselves.

However, Deeba discovers something in London that implies something for Unlondon. Deeba suspects that who they think as allies may be puppets of the Smog. Deeba returns to Unlondon and embarks on a quest to defeat it. She works with Hemi, a half-ghost, Curdle the milk carton, and the sentient prophecy book. Like in all hero themes, they must get the "seven magic objects" that will defeat the enemy.

What I like about the book is how it inverts the usual stereotypes and themes in a usual fairy tale or hero story. Deeba instead of Zanna is the "Unchosen One" who actually saves the day. When she goes to find the weapons, she doesn't waste time getting seven magic objects one after another. Why do that when you can actually just get the big ultimate weapon that will defeat the big ultimate enemy?

As for the setting, the author shines again in creating UnLondon. Each new creature introduced is delightful and quirky. The story reminds me of those classic "girl goes to another world" theme like Spirited Away, Alice in Wonderland, and (my favorite) Wizard of Oz. It's also made better by the accompanying illustrations drawn by the author, they're charming and fun as well.

I don't read much Young Adult books but this is added to my list of favorites. Though marketed for a younger age group, it's a story that people of all ages can read and enjoy.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Bantugan sa Panulatan Kinaray-a literary contest: call for entries

Calling all writers in Kinaray-a! You might be interested in joining this writing contest.

Bantugan sa Panulatan Kinaray-a, the newest literary contest in Kinaray-a rolls out beginning 1 December 2018 until 31 January 2019.  Initiated by St. Anthony’s College, Kasingkasing Press, and Balay Sugidanun, the annual tilt seeks to promote Kinaray-a as a language for literature and philosophy; create opportunities for writers in Kinaray-a to gain audience and recognition for their works; improve local resources for basic education instruction using the mother tongue; promote standardization of the local language; and increase the volume of publications in Kinaray-a.

This year’s Bantugan features four categories including nursery rhyme, children’s story, poetry, and novelette.  The Bantugan is an open contest set to receive entries in Kinaray-a from amateur and professional writers, whether local or international, Filipino or non-Filipino.  Winning entries will be featured in various publications by the organizers and will be piloted as instructional materials in Kinaray-a speaking schools in the Western Visayas Region.  Winners will be recognized on 14 February 2019 at St. Anthony’s College, in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique.

The tilt mechanics, both in Kinaray-a and English versions, may be accessed at the Bantugan Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Bantugan-sa-Panulatan-Kinaray-a

The Bantugan sa Panulatan Kinaray-a, which literally translates to the Heraldry of the Kinaray-a Literature,  is represented by a logo prominently bearing the letter K, the stem of which is a Visayan taribung whose blade tip is a pen.  The image represents Kinaray-a and how the act of writing is a weapon; and literature, the intangible weaponry of a people.  The letter P of Panulatan, is represented by the red-colored geometric shape; while the letter B of the Bantugan is represented by the combined red and green-colored geometric shape.  The circle represents the unending connection of a people sharing experiences and hope.  The colors used are traditional in meaning: black for protection in battle; green for opportunities; red for vitality; and yellow for loves and passion.

Thanks to Mr. Noel de Leon for sharing this press release.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Fractured Cities: China Miéville's The City and the City


When in Besźel. Only see Besźel.

I have to get on a shuttle bus on my way to and from work, and the travel is about an hour, but I like it because I have time to read. I have finished Miéville's The ScarThe City and the City, and Kraken on the bus. In The City and the City, the author moves away from his fantasy/weird fiction roots and tries his hand on the murder mystery genre. The setting is not any fantasy world but in our modern days, though the countries are purely fictional though very believable.

The City and the City is told from the perspective of Police Inspector Traydor Borlu who works for the city-state of Besźel, a fictional place located somewhere in Eastern Europe. A woman's body was found dead, dumped in his city. As they start to investigate, the setting of the story gets more complicated.

Besźel shares its space with a very different city, Ul Qoma. The two are different countries yet occupy the same space. There are places specific to each country, and places ('crosshatches') where they are both. The citizens of both countries have different languages, clothing styles, gestures, and body language. Ul Qoma is more modern than Besźel. Yet, the citizens of each country must actively ignore the people on the other side, even when they walk on the same road. Any illegal breaching is subject to severe punishment by the unknown, powerful, all-seeing entity known as Breach. Breach enforces the separation of the two places and protects the borders. The people of both countries have learned the habit of "unseeing", of removing the people and happenings on the other side from their senses at all. Unseeing is almost as involuntary as blinking or breathing, as everyone fears Breach.

Upon further investigation, the victim is found out to be Mahalia Geary, an American PhD student studying in Ul Qoma, and the murder seems to have happened in Ul Qoma and the body dumped in Beszel. Borlu tries to hand over the case to Breach, but evidence showed (CCTV footage) that the passage of the body from the other city was done in a way that didn't violate Breach. Borlu takes the matter into his own hands again and goes to Ul Qoma himself to look for the answers. Breach is in both places but seems to be independent of these kinds of investigations.

That's how crazy Breach is: it cares more about the sacredness of the border and the separation of the cities than murder. Breach is like Big Brother, who has eyes everywhere in both cities, is a mysterious force, its people ready to appear anywhere where breach-crime happens. The citizens of both countries have an ingrained fear of Breach, and most who have committed Breach are never seen again.

Borlu's investigation of the crime and the victim's life leads him to more mysteries. People related to Mahalia are being threatened by something unknown. The victim was part of an archeological dig which uncovered artifacts which may be from the period before the two places separated (an idea that doesn't make certain people happy at all). It turns out that Geary was a fanatic of a strange idea that there is a third city among the two cities called Orciny. Her murder seems to be connected to this idea. As his investigation goes deeper, Borlu may even come face to face with the thing that the people of Besźel and Ul Qoma fear most: Breach.

As always, Miéville's strength is creating a fully believable world. Whether it is a magical London or the totally crazy fantasy world, reading it feels like visiting the place. It's as if you can imagine what it's like to be a typical citizen of the place. The fictional setting of both cities is somewhere in Eastern Europe and even if they are invented places, it's believable that it can be part of our world. Countries that fight over their land and share the same spaces isn't an entirely new idea (Israel/Palestine, even our own issue in Mindanao), but the author exaggerates it further and creates a compelling setting.

Though as a murder mystery, it felt somehow flat for me. I've read my share of murder mysteries, and this book also has that page-turning element, with enough clues and fake clues to keep you guessing. But when the mystery was solved it was just lame and it doesn't feel like that "Aha!" moment like in an intricately-plotted Agatha Christie mystery. What I liked, though, is how it showed the world of academe in Borlu's investigations into Geary.

However, the book is worth reading for how striking and compelling the setting is. The novel has won many well-deserved awards for the fantasy genre: the Hugo, BSFA, Locus, Arthur C. Clarke, and World Fantasy Award. It's probably the most decorated of all his books, most of which are also recognized and won awards. It was also adapted in a 4-episode television series in BBC last March 2018 (they changed the story a bit), which I also plan to watch. This promotional video on Youtube, "Besźel Tourist Orientation" gives you a good feel of the story and how the two cities work.

I'm reading this author's books one after another and I'm now reading my fifth Miéville novel, King Rat, which is his first book. Kraken was fun, though the last parts were difficult to get through. I still think The Scar is his best book and many people seem to share this opinion. I find it more difficult to write about books I like a lot, but maybe I will also review it here soon.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Book review: Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

I have recently arranged my bookshelf and got rid of most books. I want to read through the books I own first before trying to buy more, but I wasn't so strict with myself and bought some I really wanted to have. I kept flipping through the books left and thinking what to read next, so I did this: I wrote the titles down on small pieces of paper, rolled them, and put them in a used mints tin. I just pick a title randomly, let chance decide the next book to read.

I had picked Mario Vargas Llosa's War of the End of the World first. It had been on my shelf for 10 years, I had bought it in some Booksale when I was 15. It was okay when it started, but I reached a quarter of the book and three rapes have already happened (or mentioned). Honestly, the book was good if not for that, but if I kept reading and the word rape appeared again, I would feel sick. In the story, the depictions of rape were so normal and casual, and even one main character tries to justify to himself his rape of another man's wife. There's a description of a brutal rape on a minor, and I was thinking, what the hell. I have no problems if that's the subject of the book but sometimes it's too much, uncomfortable to read, and really has nothing to do with the story. Does every female character have to be raped? It turned me off in reading further and the book would have been better without them. I sold that book to get rid of it.

Most depictions of women in books written by heterosexual male authors sometimes turn me off (not all - many authors are good at writing women). I don't like it when women are overly sexualized and most of the time has no further development than serving the romantic and sexual satisfaction of the male characters. As a female reader, I sometimes feel alienated reading these unrelatable characters. That's why most of the time I prefer reading female authors. For me, romance and sex in fiction are great as long as they're written well. Also, a disclaimer - just because a fictional character is in a relationship or is having sex doesn't mean she's weak or a bad character.

It's just that I don't like objectification when the women are not treated like human beings anymore and are only mentioned and developed in relation to sex, and when it's their main feature and her other characteristics are blindsided. Except probably when the story is full-on pornography or erotica  with no other pretensions.

So I picked another title from my Tin Can of Random Book Titles and the lucky book was Perdido Street Station by China Miéville. It was as heavy and thick as a brick. I had read the first few chapters some time ago but never got around to finishing it. I knew the author had won major science fiction and fantasy book awards for his works and I thought before that I would get around to reading him eventually. I heard of The City and the City a long time ago, I'm just reading it now, but I liked the idea of it. Now that I read his works, why did I wait too long? 

If you know my taste in stories, maybe the best word or genre that can describe it is the "weird". One of my most favorite writers is Caitlin R. Kiernan, whose works defy classification. I want monsters, I want the grotesque, I don't want to read about mundane everyday life (except for some authors who do it well). I want to be taken to another world, feel other sensations, hear wild ideas, and picture the impossible.

The story begins: A scientist and his bug-headed girlfriend are on their shared bed, waking up to start the day and share breakfast together. Isaac dan der Grimnebulin is a rogue human scientist and his lover Lin is an artist of the khepri race, whose females look like they have human women's bodies but whose heads look like enormous insects. As they each go out alone to their own affairs, we see the city of New Crobuzon through their eyes, and what a city it is. The weird couple is just the tip of the iceberg, a doorway where we are introduced to the wilder aspects of the world of Bas-Lag.

Yet when I read it, I felt like I was walking in the city's streets. Miéville may be in London, but New Crobuzon could be the sweating city of Manila, where both the richest and the poorest are. Except that New Crobuzon is inspired by the aesthetics of steampunk, almost in a perpetual industrial age and smoking with steam. There is a science of magic called thaumaturgy and other such technologies. Instead of computers, there are difference engines and analytical engines. The book has constructed a fully believable world and this is the author's gift, describing a place as if it already existed with all its culture, castes, gods, religions, problems, government, and people. He creates a world so impossible, yet feels familiar.

Aside from humans and khepri, there are the cactacae or the cactus-like creatures with sap for blood, the frog-like and amphibious vodyanoi, the garuda, the majestic birds of the Cymek desert. Those are just a few of the many races and species that populate Bas Lag and it's largest, richest city. I also love the description of the other, vastly different cultures of the different beings existing in Bas Lag.

The most remarkable of all is the Remade. In New Crobuzon, when you commit a crime, you are sent to the punishment factories and have your body modified in horrifying, sometimes fascinating, ways. In the book, we pass through a carnival freak show and a whorehouse and we see enough Remade used in all manner of ways.

The government of New Crobuzon is dictatorial, it's Militia feared. Isaac crosses paths with them in the majority of the book and has to run from them. Isaac is a scientist who has long parted ways with the academe and pursues his varied interests. Then a stranger arrives with gold for Isaac, to pay him for a difficult task.

Yagharek is one of the garuda from the Cymek desert. They have a very different culture and ways that are very different from a human's understanding. Yagharek had his wings cut off him as punishment for a crime, and now he seeks Isaac to help him restore his wings through any means. Yagharek is probably my favorite character in the book, a lonely figure who has traveled all the way to New Crobuzon, wishing again to have the power of flight back and is still haunted by the nameless crime he committed which will be revealed on the very end. This project to restore his wings excites Isaac and he sends for all manner of winged creatures for his research. He searches high and low, commissions even the criminal underworld to look out for flying things. The reconstruction of wings turns out to be a more complicated task than he first thought.

The story is mad, chaotic, and a vast sprawl. I can't just describe it all in one review, the interested could read the book for themselves. There are several subplots like Lin's upbringing in the khepri ghettos and her desertion, the rebels secretly working against the government, and the conspiracies at play. They all come together in the end. Perdido Street Station as a place in the book is the main train station of New Crobuzon and the heart of the city. The climax of the book takes place there. That's probably an apt title for a book this complex but it doesn't play any major role in the story.

To Isaac's ignorance, one of the creatures Isaac let lives is actually the young of a terrifying creature called the slakemoth that eats dreams, consciousness, and leaves people mad. It is a Lovecraftian winged being which in my imagination looks like a black, chaotic, insectoid rafflesia with a giant tongue and shifting, inky wings. When it unleashes and gathers its own kind, chaos and madness erupt in New Crobuzon. Isaac and his friends do what they can to save the city, while the Militia comes after them. Soon, there is the Ambassador of Hell, a sentient vacuum cleaner, and an intra-dimensional, free-verse-poetry-spewing giant spider called the Weaver who by far is the most interesting creature in the book.

As for the things I didn't like, I felt like it changed somewhat in the middle of the book and became more action-filled. It was still a great page-turner, though, because you root for all the characters and there is enough suspense to keep reading. Will they find Lin who is lost? How will Yagharek get his wings back? Will he ever? Will Isaac succeed in trying to save his city from the monsters he unintentionally unleashed while outrunning the government? Though, I feel like the bulk of the action at the end of the book was too long and drawn out when it could be snappier and shorter. It almost felt like the dread in my head while reading about the tedious journey in Lord of the Rings, but maybe its just me, because I also get tired or exhausted of the book while reading.

This is the book that catapulted the author to critical and commercial acclaim, and when you read it you'll understand why. There's really nothing like it. I finished reading the last hundred pages in a cafe, and after the last page, it felt like my jaw just dropped. All good novels end with that full feeling, even when it's not at all happy.

I just finished reading The Scar, the second novel set in Bas Lag but deals with different characters and a different setting, I'll review that as well. I liked it better than this book (there's a librarian! it's an ocean adventure!). I tried reading the third Bas Lag book, Iron Council, but the first few pages it wasn't engaging me as well as the first two. So I'm reading The City and the City, which is a murder mystery set in the real world and very different from the fantasy works, but it reads great so far. I bought Kraken and Un Lun Dun as well and downloaded everything else.

I feel like when I like an author, I read through everything they wrote, and I take away the aspects I love and try to use it as inspiration for my own writing. There's really no better motivation for me to start writing than just finishing a good book. For sure, this author will be mentioned more often in this blog as I read through his bibliography.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody [movie reaction]

"Fortune favors the bold."

We Will Rock You. We Are the Champions. Radio Gaga. Bohemian Rhapsody. Even if you don't know what Queen is, you might have heard these songs before. Queen is a rock band that was popular during the 1970s and 80s. Freddie Mercury, the lead singer, is one of the most popular rock icons in the world. Bohemian Rhapsody attempts to tell the story of the band and its frontman.

I actually watched the film in Robinsons Manila last November 2, I met my friends from HALA and another roommate when I stayed in Taiwan. We just decided to watch what movie was available, and we ended up watching this one. Though I already wanted to watch it before, back when I saw the trailer.

The movie begins with Freddie getting ready for a concert. The beginning sequence ends with him on the stage, about to start singing for a huge crowd, then the movie cuts to the main story. Freddie lives in a somewhat conservative immigrant family. There's a particular band he watches whose lead singer just quit, and he wanted in. The rest is history.

The movie tried it's best to recreate the time period, setting, and even the cast. The casting was spot on but it's very uncanny how the actor Gwilym Lee looked like the guitartist Brian May. The highlight of the movie is the ending, where they recreated the whole LiveAid Performance of Queen, which is known as the best rock performance of all time. Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury was also great.

Every detail, every action, was followed. It's amazing, really. If you watch the actual footage of Queen in the 1985 LiveAid, you can almost feel the crowd's energy and Freddie really knows how to play them well. In real life, Freddie looks like he really enjoys performing and being onstage. He was at home right there. In the movie's LiveAid version, I love that the cinema audience can almost feel like they are there. We sang along to the songs we knew.

The movie tells of the band's rise to fame, the problems they had along the way, a break-up, and an eventual comeback. The conflict in Freddie and his career had more emphasis, but I think it portrayed the group's relationship well. In their last albums, credit to the songs was not placed on any specific person but to "Queen" as a whole.

The thing I liked most was how they made their iconic rock songs and the funny way it portrayed the relationship between the band members. I love how the little ideas and details made up the hits. How the movie portrayed the story of the song Bohemian Rhapsody was so entertaining. It was bold and experimental at that time, and the recording company initially didn't want to make it into a main single but the band fought for it.

Another thing that really shines is Freddie's relationship with Mary Austin. Mary was there before Queen's rise to fame. Freddie's struggle with his sexuality leads to their break-up, but in the story, he loves her deeply and they continued to be good friends even after the romantic relationship ended.

The movie's editing is quite new to me, with very 70's themes. For example, in showing the release of the song Bohemian Rhapsody, they also flashed the words of the critics who didn't really like the song that much. But the song stood the test of time and is now considered as one of the greatest rock songs of all time. When Freddie was being bombarded with questions from the press during a conference, there are shapes shifting and things zooming around which shows anxiety and makes the viewer feel claustrophobic. Overall, I really like the editing.

As for the facts, the movie does not strictly follow everything that happened in real life. There are many blog posts online dedicated to enumerating what changed in the movie. I think that's acceptable because a movie is a story and real life doesn't always translate well. However, it might mislead the viewers to think that this is all how it actually happened.

There are movies you are content to see once, but a movie is special if you feel like you want to see it again in the theater twice. Bohemian Rhapsody is that kind of movie for me. It is as daring, flamboyant, and bold as the band Queen and Freddie Mercury. Freddie would have approved of the it!