Friday, June 30, 2006

I am eating the best sandwich ever right now.

Put your music player on shuffle
Press "forward" for each question
Use the song title as the answer to each queston, even if it doesn't make sense
How am I feeling today?
"Woke From Dreaming" - Gunslinger Girl

Will I get far in life?
"Obsession" - .hack//SIGN

How do my friends see me?
"Mirror of the Inside" (Kagami no naka) - Ultramaniac

Where will I get married?
"Dress - Bloody Trinity Mix" - Trinity Blood

What is my best friend's theme song?
"Life Goes On" - Gundam SEED Destiny

What is the story of my life?
"I Am" - Inuyasha

What is high school like?
"Song of Four Seasons" (Shiki no Uta) - Samurai Champloo

How can I get ahead in life?
"The Real Folk Blues" - Cowboy Bebop

What is the best thing about me?
"National Awakening - Catharsis" - .hack//ROOTS

What is today going to be like?
"HEY JIMMY!" - Peacemaker Kurogane

What's in store for this weekend?
"Change the World" - Inuyasha

What song describes my parents?
"Little Wing" - Scrapped Princess

To describe my grandparents?
"Living Inside the Shell" - Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex

How is my life going?
"Be My Angel" - Angelic Layer

What song will they play at my funeral?
"One Day, One Dream" - Inuyasha

How does the world see me?
"Rewrite" - Fullmetal Alchemist

Will I have a happy life?
"After The Dream" (Dopo il Sogno) - Gunslinger Girl

What do my friends really think about me?
"Shuffle" - Yu-gi-oh

Do people secretly lust after me?
"H.T." - Trigun

How can I make myself happy?
"Wild Flowers" - Zoids

What should I do with my life?
"Beyond the Door" (Tobira wo Mukou e) - Fullmetal Alchemist

Will I ever have children?
"I Will" - Fullmetal Alchemist <-- I swear I didn't cheat on any of these.

Well, that was amusing. It actually worked for a good amount of them. Try it for zany results!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

And then? Kevin Spacey totally beats the crap out of this guy!

Superman Returns

You know who's a genius? Bryan Singer. And Kevin Spacey. But we'll come back to him. But Bryan Singer, man. First X-Men and now Superman. I'm starting to wonder if this guy can do no wrong. He could direct something about, like, Blue Beetle or Cloak and Dagger and make it a blockbuster. Nobody, and I mean, nobody wants to see a movie about Cloak and Dagger. But this guy could make it work.

It was interesting how they were able to take a complete unknown like Brendan Routh and make him into Superman. He was really great and whenever I picture Clark Kent or Supes, he will come to mind. I can easily see him teaming up Christian Bale for the Batman vs. Superman movie. Which would be effing amamzing.

The film has all of the hallmarks of Superman. Saving frightened citizens from a crashing plane? Check. Deflecting bullets? Check. Using heat vision and frost breath? Check. Getting the girl in the end? Depends on how you look at it, but we'll say check anyway.

This movie's casting really shines with Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor. This guy is easily on the same level as Clancy Brown (JL, STAS) when it comes to portrayals of ol' Lexy. He channeled a bit of the Gene Hackman Lex, but only a little, and his one-liners were hilarious. One of the best villains I've seen in a film this year.

Lois Lane is vaguely forgettable, but she did alright. James Marsden makes up for getting killed in X-Men 3 by showing up in Superman's film and I liked his performance, well-done for a character not originally in the comics.

Quite a plot twist at the end with the kid. It'll be very interesting to see where the inevitable sequel takes the storyline.

The only problem I had was the length of the film. It gets pretty laggy at some parts, but when the drama or action picks back up, you forget all about it.

All in all, a worthy sucessor to Christopher Reeves and the Superman legacy.
Rating: A

That's all I've got.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The "Edit Post" button is for whimps.

My cat hasn't moved from my bed all day. I hope she's not dead or anything. I should check.


Okay, she's breathing. I guess she's just incredibly lazy.

"That movie was horrible." "It's a pretty good movie. You should see it."

^Josh and Kyle talking about the same movie. That pretty much sums up their relationship in a nutshell.

Vacation was largely uninteresting. I'm not going to play-by-play it, rather I'll give a quick list of anything remotely interesting.

-Some out of the way book store still had miniatures from Clone Strike. Awesome.
-Went to a completely awesome Italian resturaunt. Classy 18th-century style eating area with paintings and flowers and stuff. The booths used old church pews for seats. Good pizza.
-I walked through the forests along the roads fairly often. Got attacked by bugs once.
-Saw an albino deer.
-Saw Cars, reviewed further into the post.
-Found classy store selling a bunch of pewter fantasy statues and figurines. Way expensive, though.

The Da Vinci Code
A good-natured shrug pretty much sums up my feelings for this film.

Let's see, Ian McKellan was in it and he beat up a guy using only a cane. That's one star. I enjoyed the book and the movie was pretty faithful to it, so that's two stars. Oh, and I saw it with Therese. Who I love. That's three stars.

I don't know. It's got an all-star cast with the likes of Tom Hanks, Jean Reno and Alfred Molina, but they don't do much except talk. And say "shit" in French.

I suppose already reading the book takes away from the enjoyment, since a good chunk of the film is exposition, and when you already know what every character is going to say it brings down the enjoyment level a bit.

It's definetely well-directed and nearly every scene is pretty to look at, since they get into the authentic locations for the most part. The few action scenes are done very well, especially when Silas is involved. The car chase scene, though not from the book, was fun to watch.

So I guess it was good. Definetely $6.50-at-the-theater good. But $24.99-on-DVD good? I don't think so.
Rating: B

I am such a whore for Pixar. Really, I am. They could make a movie starring only CGI rocks and I would go see it. Twice.

Cars isn't Pixar's best offering. Make no mistake, it's easily the best CGI film released this year, but you have to admit that The Incredibles is a hard act to follow.

First the animation. For this film, Pixar focused on light and shadow effects and it really shows. The scenes involving racing are easily the highlights of the film. The skill of the animators really shows there and in their landscapes.

The voice talent is the typical level of awesomeness. Owen Wilson voices Lightning McQueen, the main character, and he is joined by the likes of Paul Newman and Bonnie Hunt, though I could've done without Larry the Cable Guy. Fun stuff throughout.

The story is typical G-rated life-lessons fare and it works rather well. I thought the ending was a bit of a cop-out, though. If Lightning had won the race instead of going back to help The King, it would have still gotten across the message that anything is possible with the help of friends, but they manage to work the ending well enough.

I liked a lot of the references and in-jokes. Arnold Schwarzeneggar as a car was absolutely hilarious and John Ratzenberger making fun of himself at the end was great. The credits are fun to watch because they redo key scenes from previous Pixar films using Car versions of the characters. Quite amusing.

While it's not Pixar at their best, Cars is still a very entertaining ride.
Rating: A-

Saw a performance of The Music Man the other week with Therese. It was pretty good, and I saw Talyah and Jesse. Hi Talyah and Jesse!

There's a prerelease tournament for War of the Dragon Queen this Saturday. I'm rather looking forward to going even if it will set me back $45. Hopefully, I can at least count on doing better than I did at the War Drums release.

And finally,

Find out your Matrix name!

Mr. Butschli is not your "real" name, but the name the machines gave you. When you free your mind you will be Theseus the Pod Waker.


Monday, June 12, 2006

The University School auxiliary gym has 1,188 ceiling tiles

I took the ACTs last Saturday. I dominated the English and Reading tests, performed averagely on the Math section and the Science part could go either way. The writing test was all right, though I kind of trailed off for part of it. All in all, I did fine, I'd say. Those were the most boring four and a half hours of my life, though.

Champions of the Force is out and its rather cool, featuring some of the best sculpts and paint jobs I've seen in the game. I got Yoda, Mas Amedda, Ulic-Qel Droma and General Mace F*cking Windu. Awesome, to be sure.

Wow, school's been done for a grand total of 52 minutes and I'm already bored. Oh, I know! A survey!

been kissed: A handful of times
lied to a friend: Yeah
dyed your hair: Never
dressed punk: Don't think so
kissed a girl: Nope
saw something you didn't want to: You can't even begin to fathom some of the things I've seen
danced in the rain: Yes, actually
lied to your parents: Who hasn't?
went barefoot in the snow: No
played hockey: Once or twice
made your own clothes: No
got into a fight: no
taken a shower: yeah
gave a dirty look to someone: yeah
cried: almost
did a cartwheel: no
went to school: yes
shopped: no
danced: yes
got sick: Kind of, yeah
did something you regret: Every day
discovered something new: Sure
act perfect: On occassion
act hyper: Sometimes. Depends who I'm around
are a nerd: To some degree
in band: No
in your pjs: no
drinking: Orange Juice
listening to music: Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony, First Movement thank you very much
watching a movie: no
IMing someone: no
talking on the phone: no
eating: no
hot topic or abercrombie and fitch: Neither
thongs or briefs: um... briefs
boxers anyone: *shrug*
sweatpants or jeans: Jeans
Longsleeved or shortsleeved: Longsleeved, to preserve my white, thin arms
tube tops or tanks: Ew. Neither
current clothes: Black shirt, dark blue jeans, socks
current mood: Contemplative. And bored.
current music: Answered this already
current taste: Orange juice
current make-up: None
current thing I ought to be doing: Nothing at all... I think.
you hugged: Therese
yelled at: My brother.
IMed: Nobody. Ever.
touched: I shook hands with Ryan just now
coffee or hot chocolate: Hot Chocolate. Definetely. Damn, I wish I had some right now.
big or little: Depends, but usually little.
lace or satin: Both are equally classy.
new or old: Depends
Vogue or Cosmopolitan: I'm starting to think I'm not the target audience of this survey.
skirt or dress: Do you mean, like, on other people? Depends.
wool or cotton: cotton
[DO YOU...]
put on a "front": Occasionaly. Depends on who I'm with.
have a crush on somebody: Immensely
if you got a tattoo, where would you get it: I'd never get one.
what is the online symbol you use most: An ace of spades, or that avatar of Saki Hamajima I used to have
you have a boyfriend or girlfriend: Girlfriend
who's hotter, Josh Hartnett or Chad Michael Murray: I do not know these people
what was the last thing you said: something about web comics
who would you want to be stuck in an elevator with: Hm. Therese. Either her or George Lucas, Stephen Colbert or John Stewart. Maybe Neil Gaiman.
do you like stickers: no
do you play with mad libs: not in a while
are you suicidal: no
is your window open: Yes. There are birds chirping.
what was the last pair of shoes you bought: sneakers
do you have a little brother: Not one, but two.
what do you think of when you hear the word click: That stupid Adam Sandler movie
do you like trampoline: Only a terrorist wouldn't like trampolines
have you ever accidentally sucked something up in the vacuum: 0_o
did you see American Pie 2: Like, five minutes of it
do you cut yourself: No...

Oh yeah, I'm seeing Cars as well as The Da Vinci Code this week, the latter being with the current love of my life (guess which one I'm looking forward to more). I think I'll review both of them, because that's how I roll.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Now, in this version of the story, Smaug has a giant machine gun for a head

School's over soon. And in two weeks, I leave for vacation. Long-time readers (all none of you) will remember that my father insists on taking the family up north to a cabin on a lake. This means I need to start filling up a backpack with books. I am taking suggestions starting... now. Really, I have better things to do up there than fish.

The Great Gatsby is a good book, I guess. I had trouble getting into it at first, but the second half of the story is really good.

But now I'm on Star Wars - Legacy of the Force: Betrayal. It's interesting so far. Corellia is starting up some Seperatist thing and Jacen is training Ben. I hear Lumiya shows up for some reason.

I've got a good feeling about this summer. That's new.