Archive for August, 2011

Egawds! One of my brothers is married!

At long last, it’s over. I just flew back in from Edmonton last night, my brother’s married, I’ve got a couple new sister-in-laws, and Term 3 is now beginning. There was this crazy misadventure in which the airport lost my luggage, and at least two people’s cars broke down resulting in my brother being late to both his rehearsal and reception. But then there was also an awesome limo ride, a fine Ukrainian meal, and I got access to a karaoke machine for a better part of the night. So all in all, a good weekend.

And Brittany, even though you’re at Disneyland, I have an additional wedding present for you. You will laugh.

Ooh. And here’s an additional video I just remembered starring the happy couple from way before their marriage, back when the worst thing in their lives was Jayme eating crackers:

August 29 2011 | Awesomeness, Daily Life, Humor, Stuff Other People Made, Videos | 2 Comments »

Term 2 is finished!

So I completed two solid months of homework, I’m staying on top of VSB, I’m juggling classes, weddings, dates, movie outings, video games, appointments, shopping trips, workshops and family togethers, and I even got to see a few firework shows and some otters. I think I’ve got this time management thing down pretty good.

(And yes, that’s me being chased down the stairs by Perry the Platypus.)

August 20 2011 | School, Stuff I Made, Videos | 8 Comments »

Movie Reviews: July ’11

Did I seriously only post two blog thingies in the last month? Man, I’m losing track of time.

Captain America: The First Avenger
What did you think?: Here’s the only movie this year I went in with zero expectations for. It’s also the only one that exceeded my expectations for miles. This is a GREAT movie! Lots of action, great visuals, some good laughs, and some great performances out of Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Evans. Evans actually does a great job of disappearing into the role. The film is also brilliantly directed, re-capturing the same 1930’s charisma that made movies like “The Rocketeer” so great.
No disappointment?: Nope. In fact, I found Captain America is the only hero I rooted for this summer.
What about Thor? He saves… the bad guys from the bad guy.
Green Lantern?: He wussed out after basic training and went home!
Kung Fu Panda?: Stole the spotlight from the much more interesting Furious Five.
Optimus Prime?: His catch phrase has gone from “Roll out!” to pretty much “Roar! I’ll kill you all!”
X-Men… oh, wait…: I wanted to see Magneto WIN!
So on that top of that: Captain America doesn’t have any of that typical annoying character development. No fears or insecurities to overcome, no quest for vengeance, no wants or needs other than to do the right thing. It’s a nice reprieve from all the flawed heroes we get in movies. Sometimes I just want to see a good solid static character save the day from super-nazis. It’s good solid fun with lots of laughs and thrills. And stay after the credits. Worth it.

Cowboys & Aliens
So…: Total opposite of Captain America! In other words: complete let-down.
Complete?!: Okay, not complete – I really enjoyed the first half hour of this where Daniel Craig was kicking all kinds of Shia Laboeuf ass. It’s AFTER the aliens show up that the movie just goes downhill.
What happens then? See, that’s where it stops being a gimmicky western and just turns into a run-of-the-mill creature flick. They run off to save the townsfolk and then we get scene after scene of boring campfire stories and retarded gorilla aliens who seem to be pulled out of “Super 8″ running around and knocking over horses.
The Most Annoying Thing: They brought advanced weapons – why aren’t they using them? And why are they studying us for weaknesses? We’re human beings – everything from bullets to falling down stairs is our weakness. This is the worst alien invasion ever.
Could it be improved?: Yes. In fact, why did this need to be a western? They could tell the same story just by setting it in present day and replacing cowboys with rednecks. If they’re going to make a cliched sci-fi western, they should go that extra mile and at least use some better cliches – bring on an alien bar fight, a high noon showdown, a train robbery – replace the alien invasion with a gang of alien outlaws makin’ trouble fer the townsfolk – anything besides two hours of following spaceships on horse-back.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Finally saw it?: I finally saw it. I can’t believe it took me four weeks considering I saw every other morning on opening weekend.
And the verdict?: It’s not over. It’s never over.

August 03 2011 | Movies | 2 Comments »