You know this scene: life is happening at its normal pace and then suddenly it slows down as all your senses simply focus on one particular thing, or event, or person—then zooms right back to reality.

On my way to meet my friend at the Edsa Shangri-la, I was navigating the unfamiliar lobby in search for the hotel phone when from out of nowhere I see Quentin Tarantino, a huge guy (I’m a small person) in black shirt and denims. For a second, I am out of the Matrix as time goes into slow motion as I watch him walk past me, and in the next second I am walking again, quite dumbfounded and starstruck. In that slow second my mouth must have hung open.

It wasn’t really my intention to blog about it until I read Conrad de Quiros’ Kewl column today. I have to agree that it’s film makers like Tarantino that make people want to make their own (short) film or even just dream of making one.

I particularly like the part where de Quiros said,

I myself think Tarantino has more lessons to impart to aspiring moviemakers than that, though the other lessons are more subtle.

Chief of them is something people who have become really good at what they do will always tell you: It takes hard work to make things look easy. It takes a lot of effort to make something look natural. The trick in art lies in hiding the hard work and the effort, or else it is neither art nor artifice, but that doesn’t mean the work or effort isn’t there.

I would like to dare say that I can relate and understand what de Quiros said completely. But I am too shy to explain further. And I don’t want to risk na magbuhat ng sariling bangko. I’m simply glad that I can always count on de Quiros to put into words what people lack the guts —or the intelligence or the talent— to say. To me, that makes him infinitely the kewl-est.

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