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It comes and goes... [26 Jun 2014|11:32pm]
[ mood | nostalgic ]

It's amazing to think that livejournal keeps these things around. Humbling to reflect back.

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get Lost. [13 Oct 2005|10:09am]
[ mood | amused ]

Been busy, seems like there's a lot to do. Job could be better, i'm trying to change positions at work, but at the moment, they don't want me to, or won't let me...the later rather.

If you know me, you know I've been on the Blockbuster pass for awhile. Well, officially today, I am canceling it. It's nice, but expensive. I'm trying out Netflix finally since hearing so much about it and hope to get the first DVD's soon. Gonna try them, cancel, and then perhaps try Blockbuster online and compare my experience. Overall, the selection will be better, it'll be cheaper, and it'll save me gas money...the downsides, gotta wait or day or two...but that's it. Hopefully they are as fast as they say they are. If anyone has or has used Blockbuster online, feel free to let me know how they are.

I saw half of Waiting a few days ago and the Exorcism of Emily Rose last night. Reason I only saw half of Waiting was because I fell asleep and made it to the showing late, but the half I did see was very funny and I plan to see it again. If you don't know what it's about, it's pretty much about a group of people who work for a restaurant, and one of them is going for a managerial position, but is having doubts and overall, it's just about the pranks and behaviour that goes on. Ryan Reynolds, Dane Cook, that one chick from those Scream parodies, that one annoying short guy/kid from MTV...Andy I forget his last name. Anyways, the only gripe I had was that I didn't see enough Dane Cook in it.

The Excorcism of Emily Rose was decent. It was way too slow, but it was better than I expected. The parts with Rose was good and creepy, so there should have been more of those and they should have diced more of the court scenes. The story goes like this, this girl from this small town goes to college, and then starts seeing stuff. They think it's some case of epilepsy and/or psychosis. She eventually returns home and loses medical treatment and takes a belief that demons has taken over her and enlists the help of a priest. The priest of course goes through an excorcism, but unfortunately the girl dies from it. The priest gets put on trial saying it was his fault she died and was reckless to avoid medical help. The point of the story in my opinion was lame, but you know...that's how it goes. There is a point and it was based off a true story.

I must be turning into a TV whore. I finally started watching what I've been hearing a lot about. The first season of Lost is in rotation in my DVD player. I'm only about half-3/4 of the way through Season 1, but it's quite good. A lot of twists and very clever with pretty darn good acting. You can't help to want to see the next episode because there are so many stories involved. I think this show brings a lot of what CSI did, which is multiple stories packed into one drama that can intersect. I also watched the first disc of Stargate SG-1 season 1. Never was much into sci-fi shows, but I liked it. Unfortunately my Blockbuster doesn't have the rest of the season, which ultimately help lead me to getting Netflix, so I'll be continueing that. I also need to pick up the boxset of Firefly from Brandon. Anyone else have any suggestions of what to watch?

That's about it. Now I must return to Lost.

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roleplaying is for pussies, so it seems. [08 Oct 2005|04:22pm]
[ mood | kinda tired y0 ]

nearly forgot i had one of these things, i should update more often, but i'm doing that now.

back in September I saw Lord of War. I'll just give a rundown and my main problem with the movie. It's about a guy who gets into the arms dealing business while living in New York in the early 80's if I recall. He eventually builds himself up to be the biggest arms dealer in the world. He eventually calls it quits...that is for awhile. My biggest problem with the movie was that it just hopped in and didn't explain many things well. One minute he's doing his very first deal in a shitty hotel room for a few guns and the next minute, he's in Lebannon with a military officer on his payroll selling a million leftover guns...but how do we make such a hop? I expected it be like Blow (starring Johnny Depp) where they'd build-up his success and emphasize more on his downfall, but rather they just dove in. I did like the part in Africa where he first did a combination of cocaine/gunpowder and then went on a sort of binge almost getting killed. I also liked Ethan Hawke's character. Overall, it was good, but not detailed enough.

If you know me, you know I had a birthday back in September. It was very nice indeed.

I also went and saw Serenity about three days ago. I've never seen the Firefly series, although everyone tells me it's good. Unfortunately I was pretty tired and dozed off during a few parts, but overall, I did enjoy the film. Could have had a little more action in it, but it had good characters with some good comedy, even a little a black comedy there. I plan to see it a second time, I know one of my friends wants to see it, so i'll probably see it with him and hopefully get a better opinion and catch the parts i missed and hopefully he'll let me borrow his boxset of the season because i'd like to see it.

Hmmm. Anything else? Not really. Been playing Halo 2 a little bit, I seem to be getting worst and/or lazy, but it's still fun. I only seem to want to play objective team games nowadays and cringe when i'm in a slayer game, it's just not as exciting or fun. Oh yeah, remodeling the house, it's almost complete, but it's still not there. The worst part, moving the stuff back in. Hopefully we can get it down in a week, if so, i might try and have that Halo party here i've told a few people that may not remember. hmmm, don't think there is anything else. I rented The Interpreter and Robots the other day. Both are very good movies. Best part of Robots is of course, Robin Williams character.

Well, nothing more. Later.

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Transporter 2 [19 Sep 2005|02:26am]
[ mood | hungry for sausage ]

haven't had much to post about. haven't been feeling good lately, but lucky i'm currently on vacation, so a little time to myself. anyways, went and saw the Transporter 2 tonight, here's what i thought. CAUTION, BELOW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!

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Alright, so the previews don't look too bad, but there's a lot that they do wrong. First, they don't even include everything you see in the previews, case in point is the part where he's outnumbered in the parking garage and he asks first to take off his coat. You don't see that in the movie...that is unless it's at the beginning, because i may have missed that part (came in a few minutes late, someone correct me if i am wrong). Anyways, the biggest problem i had with the movie is that the two biggest rivals whom you assume will be some good fights at the end between the driver and them (i'm talking about the chick and the main bad guy) turn out to pitifully do nothing. The fight with the girl lasted for 20 seconds and he wiped the floor with her and don't even get me started on the main bad guy whom opened up his first scene with him taking on like 6 trained opponents...yet you see him fight like a sissy. The ending fight on the plane i thought was stupid, not only for the fact that he didn't fight back, but just the scenario. There was also a lot of poorly thought out stunts, one being the car flying from building to building but more importantly one of the worst and impossible things i've seen in a movie is when he clips the bomb on the bottem of his car off of it by going off a ramp, flipping and using a crane to knock it off...it was just goddamn riddiculous. The movie still has some of it's merits, some decent action and a hot chick (boy was she smoking), it still lacks. The previews made it look pretty good, but it didn't justify and wasn't nearly as good as the first one...hell, even the chase scene was highly uneventful. For those who at least want to know what the story is about. The driver (you know who i am talking about, i forget his name at the moment, it's late) takes a job driving this kid around for a week as a favor, him and his family kinda grow on him, the kid is the son of a politician, some people kidnap the kid, the drivers vows to get him back, it turns out it wasn't just a normal ransom, but rather the bad guys injected the kid with this virus which they intend for him to spread to his father and the rest of the politicians (and perhaps the world). Only the bad guy has the cure and is selling it to the highest bidder and well, you know what's supposed to happen next. Anyways, i was disappointed.

Oh yeah, also watched this film called Overnight documenting the success of Troy Duffy, the guy who wrote and directed the Boondock Saints and boy, what an asshole. He got was he deserved. I kinda feel bad for his bandmates, but you know, if you got a big ego, it's going to squash you at one point or another. It's a pretty good watch, even perhaps better than the actual film itself. Everyone should check it out.

Hmmm...anything else? I also watched that Frankenstein movie with Parker Posey...and it sucked. Don't bother. That's about it.

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caught in the shadow [03 Sep 2005|07:28pm]
[ mood | busy ]

Hey, haven't posted in a few days. Wednesday I went and saw the Brothers Grimm with Eric, Brandon, and Brandon's brother. For some really strange strange reason, his brother got up at the start of the film and left...and never came back. Actually, from what I hear, for some reason, he wanted to stand and watch the movie from the side of the entrance. Don't ask me why, it was very odd. Anyways, here's what I thought about the film.

Starring Heath Ledger, Matt Damon, and Monica Belucci. Personally I went in with the intentions that it was going to be a fun movie considering it was directed by the same guy who did Mummy Returns 2 and I thought that was pretty entertaining. Brandon kept pointing out that it probably won't be pretty good. I'm a fan of Heath, but have never been much of a fan of Damon and Monica is pretty much just eye candy to me (although she's not a bad actress or anything). If you don't know who the Brothers Grimm are, they were brothers who wrote several of the most famous fairytales you still hear today (Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella,Rumepstiltskin, and more). The movie starts by portraying the brothers as men who vanquish the evils of the land for a profit, but in fact it turns out they are just actually con men. I actually didn't like this portrayal because i sorta had the intentions of seeing a more fantasy oriented movie with interesting effects and characters (although later it does turn more into this, just wasn't at the start). Eventually the story leads them into an adventure that sort of mirrors the Rapunzel story. Details aside, this is what pushes them into their writing career. It indeed was a fun movie and it's sense of humor is probably most recognizable, but I think it just could have been a little better. Not enough effects and stories came out of the story at hand (although you'll notice someone, ie Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel). Heath Ledger did an excellent job playing a sort of dorky, not so timid brother as he communicated a lot of great traits such as ticks and stuttering. I don't think the movie is a highlight and must see, but it's definately worth checking out. If I had to give it a rating, i'd give it three stars out of five. It was good, but could have went further with such an interesting pair of characters, definately a good film for children though.

I'm looking at this review for this video game that's coming out called "Shadow of the Colossus" and man, does it look pretty sweet. Graphics look so nice and eerie. I might have to check it out. Anyways, gonna go hang out with Eric, later.

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wear the clothes, don't let the clothes wear you. [31 Aug 2005|06:46pm]
[ mood | full ]

alright. so i was in the Factoria area and decided to stop by the Target there, never been there. It's a nice store, has a nice food court, but seems a little bit smaller than ours. The music and movies section is completely backwards from ours, it looked so funky and not all the aisles match...there was an aisle of hair dryers and the such in the sporting goods section (which would be the back for us, opposite, ours is in the front up with the Health and Beauty products.) I was feeling friendly, so I introduced myself to one of the LOD's. She seemed creeped out by it but was nice enough. i guess she rooms with one of the people from my store. she was very tall as well.

anyways, so i figured i'd say the hell with it and go into this joint to get a burger, wanted to try new things lately. so I got into the place right around the corner called Goldbergs. boy was this a swanky joint. it was like a bar and restaraunt, but with a deli right on the side (and i do mean inside right on the side). There was virtually nobody in there, but then again, this was 3:00 in the afternoon. Anyways, i go in, a very very pretty girl was at the counter, got a table, looked at the menu and yikes. Burgers were $8 plus. Everything was so expensive and i was like...maybe this wasn't a good idea, but you know, i couldn't walk out. I sat down and now I had to order something. I was like ok, damn, so I ordered a Bacon Cheeseburger (which came with fries and coleslaw). Took forever to get my meal...literally i was waiting 20 minutes plus. Finally got it. The coleslaw (which i don't like, so I guess it doesn't matter) came in literally a sauce bowl, it was so small. There wasn't much french fries on the plate, but they were big. I also got a side of ranch and I guess it's homemade stuff...at first I didn't like it, but I started getting into it and I think it was the best part of the meal. The burger was very good, not fantastic, not orgasmic, but pretty darn good. Was it worth it? I'm still cheap, so I have to say no. Besides the long wait for the food, the service was excellent, the girl was very nice and the establishment is quite big and fancy. They had some sort of New York theme going. Would I go back? Probably not, but if I did, it'd likely be mostly for the service and the fact I've got money to blow. If you've got plenty of money and aren't cheap, it's a good place to go out and try. The environment was nice, layed back and friendly. The food was good. The prices was steep. But I did tip well.

On that note, i was coming back and listening to Marilyn Manson's "Portrait of an American Family" which I haven't listened to in awhile and damn, i almost forgot how awesomely insanely cool that cd is. I'm repeating it as we speak. If I made a compilation cd of all of Manson's best work. That ENTIRE cd would be on there, nothing beats it. simply.

That's all. I'm seeing the Brothers Grimm later tonight with Eric, Brandon, and Brando's brother. Hopefully it's good. Details later.

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[30 Aug 2005|07:56pm]
[ mood | tired ]

I picked Eric from the airport today. Was good seeing him again. Brandon came with, unfortunately we didn't run into as much traffic as we expected, so we ended up waiting like 40 minutes at the terminal, but it's all good because i never get to hang out at airports anyways.

After we got home, we decided to go out to lunch and went and tried this place nearby called The Twisted Sandwich. The girl was about to close, but was very nice and served us. Wasn't bad, i'll probably go back and try the all you can eat french toast sometime. She was kinda a wacky host, but nice...she ended up giving us some free brownies and a cookie.

We talked about getting back into Warcraft and forming a 5 man group on a low population server. Reason for that is because Eric has trouble playing on dial-up and hasn't been able to play on the servers we'd normally play on because it kicks him off. Another thing is we need a fifth man to flesh out the group. So hopefully that's in the works.

When i got home though, Eric called me to officially announce he was gonna get high speed internet (and internet phone). Awesome news there, so we probably won't even need to really move.

Not much else is going. Gotta work tonight, but have tommorow off. Eric, me and Brandon are going to hang out again then and maybe go see the 40 Year Old Virgin. Me and Brandon already saw it, but it's hilarious as hell. Everyone should definately go see it, maybe i'll write something on it later. That's all.

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[28 Aug 2005|03:39pm]
[ mood | awake ]

Started playing a little World of Warcraft again. It's been about 6 months since I played and just feels weird. I feel so behind and question why bother? Brandon keeps getting me to play and wants me and Eric to get our characters to 60 and group with him, but he doesn't want to ever seem to help us. Not that I need help, but it's faster to get there with some. It's still a good game...but just too much of a time sink with little payoff...i dunno. I did pay for 6 months, so maybe i'll continue playing a little more, i'll see what Eric thinks, hopefully he'll get DSL soon and then we can seriously question it more.

The new Against Me! cd is quite awesome. Hard to compare to their other cd's, don't think it's better, but man, those guys are so awesome and when they break out the acoustics, that's really where they shine in my opinion. They make great rock/punk songs, but when they unplug...it's crazy awesome. That one song called "You Look Like I Need a Drink" is great acoustically. Tried the new Pitch Black II...it's not bad...not too different from the first one, just with a little more sour tossed in...actually...i think it sorta suits it better than the first one. The first one wasn't all that great...I still miss Welches Grape soda. I used to always get that on my break when I was working at the theater at the nearby QFC...along with some pizza sticks. Those were the times.

Speaking of old times, Sarah if you're reading this, sorry about not being at home when you called...i was at work, so give me a call again as long as it's by 9:30...usually by then, i am getting ready and heading out to work.

Nothing much more to speak on. Girl at work loaned me the The Ring Two to watch, so i'll have to get around to doing that and touch on that later.

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no hopes for a third one. [23 Aug 2005|05:22pm]
[ mood | creative ]

The other day I watched Steamboy and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (aka the second one). My thoughts...

Steamboy.
This was a fantastic film and shows that Katsuhiro Ôtomo is still an incredible director, he's still got it. Although Akira still resides a bit higher, this movie has nothing it lacks in my opinion. The story is great, pitting it in the middle of the 19th century in Britain, a young inventor apart of a family if scientists working with steam power gets caught in the middle of an arms war when his grandfather sends him a crucial component called the "Steam Ball" and asks him to protect it from the same people he's working for. It appears his grandfather has a change of heart and feels his company is corrupt and will only use it for destruction, odd enough his son and father of the main character also works for the same company, but opposite feels the invention of the Steam Ball will further advance science and the world and can only help, the young inventor named James must choose, will he side with his grandfather and protect the invention from falling in the hands of greedy war profiteers or will he decide to help his father by showing the world how to harnish steam power and the power of the Steam Castle. Everything was great about this movie, the animation was stunning and the score of the music was amazing. If you're like me and prefer to watch everything in American, you won't be disappointed with the voice casting as they've gotten some very well known names that fit quite well. James (the main character) is voiced by Anna Paquin, who you might know from both X-Men movies and Darkness. Although the character is a boy, she does a fairly good job altering her voice to fit that of a 12 year old english boy. Jame's father (Dr. Eddie Steam) is played by Alfred Molina who played in Identity and is better known as his role as Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2. Alfred has a great voice and I really enjoyed the character of Eddie, where he had a lot of dialogue that spouted was sounded more like speeches whenever he talked about science and how it's going to change the world. One of the biggest actors we all will know is Patrick Stewart who is well known for his Star Trek role and that of Professor X in all the X-Men movies. Patrick voices the eccentric grandfather of James who decides that the use of the Steam Castle and Ball are both for evil purposes and tries to prevent it falling into the hands of big business. Patrick does a great job with an off the wall type of role as the character was sort of loud and obnoxious. I am sure there is more I can say about the movie, but I don't need to, just go out and rent it...if you liked Akira and films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, I am sure you'll enjoy this pleasant flick.

As for Mortal Kombat: Annihilation...I can't say the same. I've seen this film before, but decided that since it's been such a long time since I have seen this, I was being nostalgic and decided to rent it and oh boy, what a horrible movie. Nothing in this movie makes sense...the story sucks and although you get to see a lot of characters from the game series, they do a horrible job of explaining them. The effects were disastrous and the acting was poor. Most of the actors you see from the original movie have been replaced which i always thought the first movie was pretty good and successful, but i guess they didn't think so to sign on for a sequel. This movie just sucks...the fighting doesn't even compare to the firt film and just, ugh...bad. I say...go and watch the first film...although it's not the best movie out there, it's definately better than this one and most action movies out there...and do yourself a favor, don't bother ever laying your hands on this release, i'm sorry for all the people involved.

Man, I've bought a lot of cd's because this local music store is going out of business which is unfortunate..but i've gotten like 40-50 cd's for less than $20...most not very to not known at all, but still...pretty cheap deals so I'm gonna be pretty damn busy when it comes to music.

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i am teh suck driver. [20 Aug 2005|07:00pm]
[ mood | cranky ]

took Eric to the airport this morning. hope he has lots of fun on his trip. played some halo-live and doing so horrible, either i get a team that just isn't working together or they quit. my rank has went down a couple in the past few days and it's irritating. oh well.

i really hate impatient people. actually. i kinda hate everyone. :)

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Four Brothers [18 Aug 2005|12:14am]
[ mood | sleepy ]

I just got back from seeing Four Brothers, so if interested, here's my opinion on it.

I didn't really have much interest in seeing this movie, the context to me was another repetitive story about revenge for a mother with the tag of a well known director behind it, but to say the least, i was fortunate to see this movie and really enjoyed it. They didn't hold a lot back and the brothers jumped right in there...it was a violent flick. Four diverse brothers, all adopted decide to investigate their mothers seemingly strange murder and uncover details that leave a trail which proves there was a motive behind it. Actually, to be honest, I'm still unsure on how the story ended because there wasn't a motive and no reason behind her murder...but perhaps I'll have to watch it again to "get it". They also tried to throw in some twists and one in question, was unexpected, but the problem is that they killed it off too quickly...in fact it would have been more interesting if those events were true and it shown the human character of being flawed, no matter how close somebody is. I think the real big reason I liked this movie was because it was impulsive. The brothers didn't try to reason with anyone...it was their way or the high way and they never concerned themselves with common decency or laws, but rather the information at hand. They were vigilantes and how can you not enjoy a movie about that? The acting was good...Mark has plenty of years left in him and I still enjoy his movies to this day, even if he was Marky Mark. Andre 3000 didn't surprise me by turning on a good performance, i think he's just got one of those faces and he's making the transition pretty well. I also liked the character of Victor as he was rutheless a lot of the time, even with one scene making a failed employee of his eat his dinner off of the ground and then to boot, making his mouthy girl join him. I was surprised...I honestly thought it was probably gonna bore me, especially considering how tired i was going into the movie beforehand, but there wasn't a moment that I didn't feel dull and nod off and in my book, that is a big up in the prop department. I say give this movie a try, even if you weren't planning to because if you enjoyed a flick like "Man on Fire", I am sure you're going to enjoy this one as well.

Nothing much going on, i didn't do anything today, which is sad. hopefully tommorow i won't be as lazy. enjoy yourselves...and each other.

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too many burgers. [16 Aug 2005|05:56pm]
[ mood | chipper ]

Saturday was lots of fun. Bunch of co-workers got together and played softball. Our team ended up winning...think the score was 16/17 against their 7, was sort of a slaughter actually. I'm still kinda sore. Afterwards, we went to Sanya's house for the BBQ. She has a very nice home and a lovely family, it was lots of fun. I didn't get the chance to stay long, but we goofed around and played thirteen and watched the kids run up and down the slip 'n slide. Good thing I didn't eat too much because I headed straight from there to Eric's once he got off of work and we went over to Gale's and had another BBQ and played Halo all night. We got Gale to play some Boss Hogg, but he didn't like it much. I was so goddamn tired that when I got home, the last thing i remember is checking my e-mail...i don't even know how I got to my bed. Hopefully we'll do it again. Nothing much more to say, work sucks like usual and i don't get enough sleep. later.

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yeeeehaw [12 Aug 2005|08:42am]
[ mood | full ]

I went and saw the Dukes of Hazzard on Wednesday night, so here's what I have to say about it...

I've seen the television show many times and although it had it's merits, i was still never a big fan of it, but my opinion shared about it being fun and cute carries much so over to the movie version just released. The movie was fun to watch...it wasn't hilarious or wild, but just cute with a dumbed down script that seems to mirror something you'd see on the older television show. I thought Johnny Knoxville did an excellent job as Bo and is becoming quite the serious actor...it wouldn't surprise me to see much more of him. I don't think I really have to save anything about Burt Reynolds...but I will, he was great as Boss Hogg. Sean William Scott did a pretty good job as Luke, but to be honest, the two of them still didn't seem to fully grasp the good guy innocent type of roles that were portrayed in the show, but perhaps a more up to date version. Willie had small parts, but it was fun to see him. Jessica Simpson, although looks quite well in a bikini didn't add anything too specticular to the cast, but I think she played the part well......not that it was anything demanding to play anyways. As perverted as it may sound, Simpson should have wore more skimpy flesh revealing things in the flick as that was mainly her only reason for being there. Another bad mood point was that there wasn't nearly as many stunts performed as I had expected, which there should have because it's 2005 and we can easily out do what the TV show delivered to it's viewers. I did however enjoy the huge stunt you often see in the commercials where they fly onto the freeway....they show a few failed attempts of that being performed during the credits and boy does it look nasty.

Essentially the verdict is go see the flick. It's fun to watch and it has a pretty decent cast. I compares well to the TV show and fans I think will like it....maybe not love it...but i really doubt they'll hate it. I probably won't be jumping too soon to buy this on DVD, but it's definately a prospect in the future.

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i <3 noise [11 Aug 2005|05:43am]
[ mood | soothed ]

i want this cd.

http://www.finitesite.com/scarcelight/releases/slr26.html

yup. that is all.

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it never ends. [09 Aug 2005|08:12am]
[ mood | tired ]

man. what a bad bad night. too much to do and too much farting around. anyways, not nearly enough to say. i'm kinda down, not sure why, but that's how it is. tommorow i'm gonna go see a movie with my sister and probably hang out, maybe me and Erica will go swimming. this saturday a softball game and bbq, sounds fun and i shall be not passing that up, plus some Halo afterwards. Thursday...well that's a mystery, i'll find out then. Stay mature.

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purchase or die. [07 Aug 2005|11:20am]
[ mood | okay ]

don't have much to say. was a busy night last night and i'm about to hit the sack.

i should however point out that everyone should go out and buy Dane Cook's latest cd called "Retaliation"...it's very very funny. perhaps later i'll post a little more about it, but for now all you need to know is that you should already own it.

didn't get the chance to get together with Eric, but we gonna try and get something together with Gale for Saturday. Gonna probably go play some softball with some people from work...hey, maybe Gale can come with and see some of the old co-workers. We'll bring Eric along too.

p.s. spaghetti is soooooooooooo good.

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grab the flag! [02 Aug 2005|08:18pm]
[ mood | dorky ]

I really need an active clan for Halo 2, bad. Eric, me, and Gale have to also get our butts in gear and round up another H2 party because the last one kicked mucho rear, but we're not sure where we'll be able to hold this one. John said he might be able to have it at his place because he's booting his roomie out, but he's also getting another one which actually is going to be a guy that works with us who was also gonna show up at the next Halo party (he was gonna show up at the previous, but had to work, we couldn't all get it off for pete's sake). Unfortunately I work tonight, but get the next two nights off so that'll be nice. Eric and I will be hanging out together trying to get this roleplaying thing back on the map. We were gonna do it last week, but Brandon cancelled at the last minute giving some lame excuse, so this week we'll try again...if not, we'll just bust out some Halo and maybe go see a movie, I have to see Stealth anyways. Also, I should recommend some DVD purchases. Ghostbusters 1 & 2 Special Pack just came out today, so everyone should consider that and the Sixth Season of The Simpsons comes out August 16th. Although I own all the previous Seasons, I'll likely not buy this because I'm already being lazy with some of my recent purchases this month...I bought Chappelles Show Season 2 a few months ago and Sealab 2021 Volume 3 just a month ago and have yet to watch either of them, so I shouldn't be spending money on another boxset (I honestly haven't even watched all of Season Five of the Simpsons, I suck!). Anyways, that's about it, slow schedule this week, don't know what i'll be doing on Thursday, hopefully it picks up.

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how's the limelight? [31 Jul 2005|06:20pm]
[ mood | productive ]

Seeing as myspace has become the big rage, I decided to bust this old thing out and rock the old school like it was last year. I figure why not, I ain't got anything better to do. With that said, everything is still pretty much same old, same old. I've been playing Halo 2 and working a lot. I hate my job and really hope I'll someday find a better one. Hooked up with this chick and pretty much hang out with the same friends (well, actually, just more like Eric, I dunno where Brandon's been). Just trying to look up. I might start working out a little, that would be beneficial. I work for the next couple days, so I'll be pretty busy, hopefully something interesting might happen by Wednesday that I could report, I'm doubting it though. Well for the sake of actually trying to contribute something of significance, i'll post some mini reviews of current films in theaters. I still go to the movies a lot with my sister and lately have seen most of the stuff out, so just like anyone, i got an opinion and here ya go.

Fantastic Four:
You know when you hear a lot of hype about a particular film and going in expecting good things, but ultimately feel a little let down because of that? This wasn't one of those films, in fact the opposite seemed to have dawned on me as I personally had no anticipation when i saw the trailer and to further my speculation of this being a bad flick, been hearing the bad reviews for it. I of course saw and was actually surprised to say that it was a pretty good film. No, there's nothing fantastic about it, but it was actually sort of a fun movie. I was concerned over Ioan Gruffudd playing Mr. Fantastic as he didn't look as old as the character, but instead he surprised me with a solid performance and if there was a sequel, i'd be glad to see him in the same role. The same goes for Chris Evans (who you might remember from Cellular and Not Another Teen Movie) who I thought portrayed the role of The Human Torch very well, bringing it to life and making it a very fun character. I personally thought Michael Chiklis's performance as The Thing lacked and Jessica Alba did a decent but pretty much subpar job as playing The Invisible Girl (and to be honest, i just wanted to see some skin Jessica, damn that PG-13 rating). Julian McMahon playing Mr. Doom was well done and I enjoyed the character depliction. The only problems I had with the film was not enough fights took place. There was really only one real big fight and to be honest, there wasn't anything overly spectacular about it. The other problem is one particular part about the story that bugged the hell out of me. I won't detail what it was, but if you see or have seen it, it's the part where The Thing re-enters that machine, that's all I'll say about that and I disliked where that went. To say in short, give this movie a try, you just might be surprised on how much you'll enjoy it.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
Who doesn't love the acting of Depp? How can someone not appreciate the directing of Burton? I guess we all can now, because to be honest, they did a terrible job with this movie. The duo makes sense, but the execution just didn't follow through. I personally have never read the book, so I honestly can't comment on how close this depliction was and from what I've heard, the book was supposed to be darker, scarier, but it didn't seem that way in this film. I still enjoy the Golden Egg room over the Nut Room. Depp talked in a little funny voice and was more jumpy than scary. The abomination that were the Oompa Loompas were disgusting. They were all played by the same guy, weren't oddly unnerving as the ones in the original and everytime they danced with the few songs that were in the movie, it made me want to throw up. The acting by the children were admirable, but I still enjoy the ones from the original more. They completely took out the Bubble Room from the first film. But there is some good with this bad. Although there wasn't many songs in the film, the ones you do hear were all composed by Danny Elfman. He did the soundtrack and it's really fantastic so I suggest you ditch the money to go see this flick and just buy the soundtrack wherever you can find it. Burton and Depp set out to make a completely different film than the original and they succeeded, they made a even worse version. Do yourself a favor and rent and/or buy the original and stick with Gene Wilder, you just can't go wrong with his creepy performance as the billionaire candy maker.

Wedding Crashers:
Hilarious. This was indeed a great movie and pretty much for one reason only...Vince Vaughn. Vince is hysterical and if you liked movies such as Old School, you're gonna cry with this one, and the great thing is that it has an R rating, so they don't hold anything back. The way Vince and Owen scheme in this movie to get what they want is great, but it gets even better when it comes to a screeching hault when Owen finds out he's falling in love. Yes, there is actually a story to this one, and it's a good one, but I won't lie, I sort of still wanted to just see these two go around to parties and see what sort of antics they get it, but nevertheless, I was satisfied. Owen Wilson does a decent job as being the buddy of Vaughn, but I still just don't find him that funny. Christopher Walker is great in it and the sexy Rachel McAdams does a great job as Owen's love interest. Oh yeah, I should also mention that Isla Fisher does a pretty damn good job and well, who doesn't want a girlfriend like her? Wait though, there's more. Will Farrell makes a cameo appearance and although can't steal this movie away from Vaughn, he still just makes you chuckle everytime you see him. I have nothing more to say my friends. See it! I'll definately be buying this one when it comes out on DVD.

Devil's Rejects:
Rob. You did a much, much, MUCH better job on this film and it shows you're really shaping up to be a good director. House of 1,000 Corpses was an admirable first attempt, but let's be honest, it just wasn't good. If you want to really see what Mr. Zombie can do, see this one and ditch that copy of of House of 1,000 Corpses. This film is gritty and pretty surreal as you get to see the demented family pick up from where they left off and trot along being the center of a police manhunt. Although they are unforgiving, I still thought Rob could have pushed the limits more and made it a little bit more gory, I mean that's what his fans are expecting, and he does deliver, but I still am asking for more. The acting is great (and you know what, his girlfriend who plays one of the lead roles, is turning out to be a pretty damn good actor, plus she's cute) and story is unmerciful. It slows down a little bit towards the end which a lot of people like myself complain about, but I think he just wanted to take a break and show that this family was still vulnerable. I have to mention that i loved William Forsythe's role as the sherrif. Another great thing about the movie is the soundtrack. Rob decided instead of doing a lot of his own songs, he went with classic southern rock and country hits during the 70's which really deplict the time period. He even went as far as to enlist Jesse Dayton, a rockabilly texan to create songs for his fictional Banjo band featured in the film itself (called Banjo and Sullivan, they are the band in the film that gets abducted by the crazed family and later killed) and actually put out a best of album with them on it, that being an actual record you can go to stores and buy for this fictional band which I found to be a brilliant and interesting move on his part. The only thing I disliked was one character dying off. I won't say who as it might spoil some of the story for some, but let's just say it involves that person getting their neck snapped. Overall I was impressed, the film is a chilling ghost of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and makes no mistake of keeping the grime on the screen. I wonder what's next for Mr. Zombie.

Bad News Bears:
Billy Bob Thorton has found his niche, his calling I think. Playing another drunken loser with just a little bit of hard, Thorton does a great job of trying to lead a team of foul mouthed kids who doesn't know the first thing about fundamentals of baseball or any sport for that matter. There's even one kid on the team who's in a wheelchair, now how to do you manage that? I think it's great in the spirit of the original movie, they kept this thing rauncy with an R rating. This is very much like Bad Santa, which I enjoyed extremely, but not quite as good. Why? Because about half way through the film, the story gives up the crude humor for a little more heart which starts progressing, which entirely seems like it turns into an actual serious film. That's really the biggest problem with this movie, it's hysterical to begin with, but then the character of the coach that Thorton plays starts to win games and become serious. I think it should have progressed slower. The children did well and at times are even more crude than Thorton is, but you have to love all the antics in this film. The original is great and this is a pretty good remake. I suggest you give this film a try, especially if you like Bad Santa, and if you've never seen that film, make sure to go out and rent that one too as it's even more hysterical. Bob, I hope you keep playing a white trash alcoholic in all your future films, it's your thing, and anyways, you have nothing to prove, you already banged the hell out of Angelina Jolie.

The Island:
There isn't much I can say to advance or really put down this film. It was just so-so for me. The story is solid, but there just wasn't enough action in it for my taste. Ewan McGregor did a pretty good job of acting and it's nice to see him in another film other than Star Wars. Scarlett Johansson is becoming quite the blonde bombshell (i was actually thinking to myself while watching this movie, "man, Scarlett is hotter than Jessica Alba, damn!"). Steve Buscemi is also in it and does a great job like usual, unfortunately he's not in it for long. Michael Clarke Duncan has a very short role in it. I was kinda surprised how the story twisted on me, we all know there isn't actually an Island, so where were they gonna go with this film? Well they went where anyone would have went, to reality. People, this film is about rich people purchasing insurance policies on themselves, thus buying themselves clones. Personally I have to say I hated the ending. It didn't make a whole lot of sense to me, it's just...incorrect. There isn't a whole lot to say. The story was subpar as the acting was. There needed to be more action and a better ending. I would probably ignore seeing this film, go see something better, unless you're a big Scarlett Johansson fan.

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