Ip 2 and and Alice

August 8th, 2011 by admin
I finished up watching two more movies:  Ip Man 2 and Alice in Wonderland.  Ip Man 2 was uneventful.  Don’t get me wrong, it was awesome.  It was like the first one.  Still amazing fights, and seeing Samo Hung was very amusing.  If you liked the first one, you’ll like this.
Alice in Wonderland, on the other hand, was a lot more notable.  But, there are really two ways of looking at this movie:  Looking at it as its own work of art, or as part of the greater Alice In Wonderland world.  As a stand alone film, it’s a little bleh.  Not terrible, but not particularly interesting.  It is a story of very simplistic hero’s journey.  The characters are kind of weird, the art is colorful, but it is completely by the book.  It’s just completely forgettable.
As a fan of Alice in Wonderland, it’s somewhat painful film.  From my point of view, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass were beautiful pieces of nonsense.  There were no heroes, no villains, just a bunch of colorful characters interacting with each other.  In the new Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter is a hero… They took this wonderful insane character, and made him dull and rather sane.  All of his actions make sense, and are always to make the world a better place.  But they didn’t just make the character dull, they tried to make the entire world dull.
My favorite poem is the Jabberwocky, with my favorite line ‘O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”‘  To me, this line speaks to the whole spirit of Alice: Most of the words aren’t words, but they flow so well together they make perfect sense to me.  Maybe they make different sense to you, but it doesn’t matter.  In the new movie, they decided to define frabjous… really?
What did they do wrong?  They tried to simplify Alice in Wonderland into a linear, simple plot.  I think it should have been a kid’s version of Naked Lunch, or Fear and Loathing Las Vegas… Make Alice wander around in an insane world where things don’t make sense.  How awesome would it be if Depp played Mad Hatter like a G-rated Hunter S. Thompson?  It would have been epic.  You listening Mr. Gilliam?
  1. Ip Man
  2. Raging Phoenix
  3. Ip Man 2
  4. Let the Right One In
  5. Gamer
  6. Severance
  7. Alice in Wonderland
  8. Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
  9. Croupier
  10. Gene Generation


April 16th, 2011 by admin

Whenever I sign up for a service, I create a unique e-mail address for that account. That way, if you send me spam, I can shut off that e-mail address and not be overwhelmed by offers for penis enlargement.

I was looking in my spam folder, and I noticed some e-mails titled “Re:BestPlayCasino#Click”, “Re:ForYou$BlackJack>Get” and other similarly spammy titles. I was oh so excited: my trap has been sprung! Who sold my e-mail address? Was it the tiny little miracle fruit seller? Or maybe it was the forum I had to sign up to learn about some gardening issues I had?

Nope, EA. a.k.a. Electronic Arts. Seriously? A huge multinational company? Boo on you, EA, boo! Once again: Little companies are trustworthy while huge companies are jerks.

Netflix, Croupier and Gene Generation

November 26th, 2010 by admin

A year or two ago, I subscribed to Blockbuster Online. I didn’t have a really good reason to do it, but probably because I love being different. But, for awhile, it was pretty convienent. I got 3 movies at a time, plus I could trade in at the local Blockbuster and immediately get another three movies. At my prime, I could go through nine movies a month.
But, then I got lazy. The closest Blockbuster closed. Redboxes started opening up allover the place, and my little portable DVD player died. So, for the last six months or so I have been paying Blockbuster for no good reason.
So, I took the plunge, and I jumped ship to Netflix. That night, I rated 1015 movies Today, I watched two random movies on Instant Watch.

First, there was Croupier. Clive Owen with a bunch of other people. It was really dull.  No one seemed to care about the movie, it was just incredibly detached and unmemorable. In fact, this is the second time I have seen this movie. After every scene I said to myself, “This must have been when I stopped watching” since I had no memory of what would happen next. I really hope I don’t forget this movie, and watch it again.

I decided it was time to change gears, so next I watched The Gene Generation. Ling Bai and a bunch of people in a futuristic thriller action adventure. In many ways the opposite of Croupier. Lots of things happened.  The acting was atrocious. Nothing made any sense.  But it tried, it tried so very hard… It tried to have character development, but only in the most childish predictable way.  It tried to create an interesting post-apocalyptic world, but only in a “Hey, I have watched Blade Runner, Lord of the Rings, and some Gieger art… I’m sure it’ll be awesome if I mashed it together with some Firefly.”  It tried to have exciting action sequences, but didn’t really understand the whole concept of “choreography.”

So, right now I’m pretty much oh for two.

Three Accordions and a Trapezee

September 11th, 2010 by admin

Last night, I went to the Wiyos’ Gamville event last night.  It was awesome on so many levels.  First of all, Club Helsinki was amazing.  I’m not much of a bar person, but it’s a very neat place.  We were able to watch the whole show at our own table.  We had fried chickpeas, fried pickles, seared tuna, and roasted garlic.  They were pretty good, very good compared to most bar food.

But then the show started.  The Wiyos are pretty cool.  I have never heard them before, but I’m not particularly good at describing music, so if you’re curious check them out on Nippertown.  Then they got a pretty impressive beat boxer to be their drums.  I’m not a big fan of beat boxers, but he was real good.  In some ways, a beat boxer is a lot more appropriate than real drums, since he didn’t overwhelm the rest of the music.

The rest of the show just got weirder and cooler throughout the night.  After some bands played, then a belly dancer came out.  Then the intermission, and then a trapazee artist who, was actually an accordion player earlier in the night.  All of the band were pretty good, and were completely different.

All in all, it was completely awesome.  If you have the opportunity to see them, or their variety show, do it.

CSA Week 7

August 8th, 2010 by alan

This week was slightly more exciting, as the variety of food stuffs is changing.  We got a little pile of tomatoes and pears this week.  I’m not much of a raw-tomato afficianado, so I haven’t tried them yet.  The pears are pretty yummy.  Put them on a salad with lettuce, cucumber and balsamic dressing… they had a little bit of a grit to them, but they were still pretty great.

This weekend, we made some chicken curry.  Except I used no fat yogurt, and we added potatoes and carrots in with the onions, and then a zucchini and summer squash near the end, and used tenderloins instead of thighs, and I didn’t have any ginger, and I just threw in some peppers — I don’t know what kind they were.

(That delectable bread was some left overs from Mangia)

In other words, I made a recipe that vaguely resembled the cooking instructions.  The end result was pretty good.  With all of the added vegetables, we should have added more yogurt.  But, even though it was slightly watery, the vegetables made it pretty awesome.

CSA Results

June 23rd, 2010 by alan

Round 1 of the CSA went swimmingly.  I have a little bit of basil left, but, except for that, I have consumed all of my first round of CSA.  All-in-all, it wasn’t that bad.  After reading on the internets, I was terrified that I was going to be completely overwhelmed.  I did eat a lot of salads, but it was still not too shabby.

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