Monday, August 30, 2004
Garden State is a depressed romantic comedy. It has some sight gags, developed jokes and deadpan humor. But the movie’s pace is slow, and is almost (but not quite) tedious. The joke payoffs weren’t enjoyable enough to justify the pace. Additionally, when the big horrific character reveal occurred, I found myself not really caring. However, the acting is good, but then again, how hard is it really to look constantly annoyed? Anyways, the movie could have been more enjoyable if it had a big punch. More detail about the father (and less emphasis on the best friend) would’ve helped. It was a mildly entertaining film. Not DVD collection worth.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Some telemarketers have suggested that I need a long distance carrier for emergencies. In the extremely odd event I can’t use my cell phone in an emergency, I can always just dial one of the 10-10 numbers (like 10-10-220 [collect] or 10-10-345 [direct]).
In the 21st century, landline long distance from the home is a completely unnecessary risk, especially with ridiculous fraud policies by the long distance carriers.
Monday, August 23, 2004
I miss San Diego. I used to end up there (one way or another) once every few months. I haven't been back in over 5 years.
We had dinner on the patio of a near by restaurant. We had a great time eating, dining and chatting. After dinner, we walked around to try to find a club or two. We couldn't find the one we were looking for, and our back-up choice had just closed down. :( As we are walking around the closed club, I hear music pumping from somewhere down the street. So, I start to follow it and we end up at this one ghetto place. It had just opened that week. Even though Enga, Nick and Miriam are all in flip-flops, they let us in (with $5.00 cover). It was pretty damn empty.
Didn?t matter to us. I was DD, so I was just drinking cokes. Everyone else was just drinking. We played some pool. We did some dancing. Nick and Enga did some makin? out. When the club closed, I drove Miriam to her place and dropped her off. Nick went home with Enga. ::wink wink:: ::nudge nudge::
Monday, August 16, 2004
I still love my Treo 600. Just now, I'm going to love my new one. lol
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
It sucks that she recently broke her back by falling onto a curb. She’s been a homebody since, with little exception. Hopefully she heals up quick. It’s been about two months already. She's back to work and all, and seems better, but still in pain. :( So, I’m sending her healing thoughts now. Today’s blog entry is dedicated to her. Best wishes, girl!
Thursday, August 05, 2004
So, my dad would stick that index finger in my mouth to feel for teeth. I really didn’t like it, but there wasn’t much I could do about it, being and infant and all. I still remember the rough and ridgy feeling of his short index finger rubber against my gums, tongue and the roof of my mouth. Yuk. So this one day, my parents were over me. My mother was telling my day, “I don’t think it’s a good idea to stick your finger in his mouth. He’s gonna bite cha,” or something along those lines. Yes, even as an infant I understood the meaning of her words. He sticks his finger in my mouth. I waited for the right moment to finally use my new teeth. For a split-second, hesitated out of conscience. Suddenly I bit as hard as I could! He howled in pain and he yanked his finger away. I remember enjoying my deed, and actually feeling a little proud at my plot’s success. My mom was I-told-you-so’ing as he went to nurse his finger.
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
It's been a couple days since I've seen the movie I, Robot. It uses the original book as a setting, but not as the source of the story. This movie is good, so I'm not sure what movie the critics had been watching. It's not great, for sure. It does have one big plot hole. The movie implies the events were happening everywhere, yet only shows the events as they unfold in Chicago. Beyond that one problem, the story was pretty clean, blending action well with plot, storytelling and character development. Basically, this is an action movie with some intelligence.
Thursday, July 29, 2004
If special effects of Superman were put on par to the 2000's, then a modern equivalent to Superman would be X-Men, as both have average special effects for their time, and both are plot driven stories of similar depth.
IMO, the Spider-man movies are easily the best comic book movies ever made. They have excellent production quality, good to great acting, awesome action, well developed characters (the ones we care about), etc. It's a refreshing reminder that movies (even an action-flicks) shouldn't be non-stop action when handling characters that the audience cares about; and that a balance can be reached between plot and character development.
Superman, X-Men, first couple Bat Man movies are a tier lower. They are still great movies, but they do lack the story telling of the Spider-man series. Just watch the first two Superman movies again. Although they have similar plots to Spider-man, they are pretty flat when held up to the two Spider-man movies.
Monday, July 26, 2004
Friday, July 23, 2004
One thang I’ve been noticing about movie reviewers in widely distributed periodicals is that they happily show-off what little they happen to know. The most recent example of this is the review by J.M. in the Wall Street Journal. He reviewed the Borne Supremacy. He starts off with glowing statements about the movie. Then he starts comparing it to the director’s previous movie, Bloody Sunday. Bloody Sunday is a political film about how British Soldiers started shooting N. Irelanders. So, J.M. compares a political docu-drama with a big budget action flick, simply because both are directed by the same person. Huh? So, I’m guessing that J.M. did see that little non-Hollywood film? Or maybe he did just five minutes of research on the internet, found some reviews that said it was good and then decided to make his review another big-budget-soul-movies-have-no-soul article. Is something wrong with a film just because it has a high budget and is from Hollywood? Review the damn movie you are talking about, J.M.! If you must compare, then pick movies from the same genre, and compare apples to apples.
I can just imagine if J.M. was around when 2001: A Space Odyssey came out. J.M. might say something like “Although this is a wonderful, technically accurate film, I find it is missing the creepiness Kubrick so cleverly weaved into the classic Lolita. This is what happens when talent like Kubrick gets a big Hollywood budget. I sure wish they made more movies about perverts instead of science fiction. Kubrick has failed his fans.” I just have one thang to say to you, J.M, “Get real.”