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Salt is a condiment present in almost any dish. It’s a basic ingredient in cooking that adds flavor. Sure it’s just one, simple, normal (even benign) flavor that cannot compare with other, more exotic and exciting spices like paprika or oregano (Sorry I don’t really cook and Filipino dishes hardly ever use those spices, so to me, they are exotic). Today, however, salt is a sign of poverty in our country. Those who cannot buy viands eat rice with salt–to give it flavor.

Look at it this way: salt is the only one thing that you really need  to add flavor (screw sugar). It’s basic, raw, and powerful. So is the movie Salt (directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Kurt Wimmer) starring Angelina Jolie, in what I think is one of her best roles and portrayals ever. But I’ve only watched her in Wanted, Tomb Raider, and Lara Croft so that’s not saying much. However, I stand by my assessment: she rocks this whole show like a one-woman orchestra.

WARNING: This is a sorta spolier-y review. I tried my best to leave out major spoilers about the plot, but I couldn’t stop myself from detailing my favorite scenes (and not-so-favorite ones) and expounding on why I liked the movie. If you have not seen the movie and do not want to be spoiled at all, better come back after you’ve seen it then feel free to agree or disagree with my opinion. 😉

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This summer, I’ve started on getting my TV series fix. Last summer, I found my undying love for Bones. This summer introduced me to Leverage. I finished downloading the remaining Leverage episodes quickly so I moved to NCIS: LA because it seemed fun and flashy. Although it’s not quite up there yet with the other two, NCIS: LA is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

NCIS: Los Angeles

The show stars Chris O’Donell and LL Cool J as partners in a super secret special ops division of NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigation Service, also the title of the original show from which NCIS: LA was spun off). O’Donnell is Special Agent G. Callen (yes, just G. – really excited to watch more of his background story unfold), the head of a special unit that jumps in when Marines get themselves in (or cause) trouble. He’s partnered with former Navy Seal Sam Hanna (Cool J), and their quick-witted banter is fun to watch on screen.

They’re joined by Junior Special Agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah), a marine brat who’s a natural charmer, operational psychologist Nate Getz (Peter Cambor), whose biggest dream is to bring a gun to the field, technical operator Eric Beal (Barrett Foa), whose idea of work clothes is Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops, and the newest member of the team, Dominic Vail (Adam Jamal Craig), who, as of this writing, has been kidnapped and is still missing. Overseeing all of this mad, mad chaos in sunny California is deliciously quirky Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt), a pint-sized terror who can turn even Sam Hanna on his heels.

Have I mentioned that their office is a foreclosed mansion and their questioning room is a boat house?

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