Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Well, it's been almost a week, and I haven't been able to see Return of the King yet, so I feel obligated to post SOMETHING. And don't blame me if this post is stupid, it's not as well thought out as some of my other ones.

You know, This christmas has been a bit different. We haven't driven around looking at christmas lights, I wasn't able to catch Charlie Brown Christmas, or It's a wonderful Life, or even the Santa Clause. But this is one of the first christmases where I've had a job, so I could buy everyone in my family good presents. Of course that means I'm now broke.

But what I realized the other day is that this may be one of my last christmases at home. I mean, I'll be off at college by this time next year, and while I'll probably come back for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it still won't be the same. It kinda makes me sad that this is the end. Some would say it's only the beginning, but I'm not so sure.

Well, I guess all I'm saying to you lower-classmen is, enjoy things as they come, there are only so many times you'll have to enjoy them before they're gone.

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Okay, I know I haven’t updated in a while, but I just saw RotK, and I NEED to post a review. I just want to see it one more time before I do so. There’s one part that completely baffles me as to why they did it like they did. Those who have seen the movie know what I’m talking about.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

I was driving by 7-11 one day, and noticed that they claim to have 1300 different ways to make coffee. 1300 ways to make coffee? I can’t fathom this. If you go inside, they have different ways said, like “#324 hazelnut coffee, vanilla syrup, and marshmallows”. Did 7-11 hire someone to sit down, and figure out EVERY imaginable way to make coffee? And it just happened to come to an even number like 1300? Maybe so, but I can’t imagine anyone WANTING to have 1300 different ways to make their coffee.

I mean, variety is good and all, but I think we need to draw the line somewhere. We’re already bombarded daily with too many choices. We wake up, do we wear the jeans, corduroys, khakis, or maybe dress slacks? And that’s just pants. I wonder how many combinations of clothes I have. Maybe I should hire 7-11 to find out.

Then comes breakfast: Cereal, bagel, toast, pop-tart, or eggs? eggs, okay. Will that be scrambled, over-easy, sunny side up, hard-boiled, soft boiled, or poached?

What to do today? Watch TV, Get on computer, read a book, maybe work on that paper you’re supposed to be doing? TV? Okay. ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, USA, HBO, The Discovery Channel, The learning channel, Animal planet, food network, comedy central, or The Superstation?

I guess I like all the choices, though. I wouldn’t mind so much, if they were all good. The problem is our society thinks we want more choices, so they spit out as many crappy ones as they can make. But I’m not interested in a bunch of crappy choices, I just want a few GOOD ones.

But then, I don’t really like coffee that much anyway.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

REVIEW: Master and commander:The Far Side of the World - movie, 4 stars

When I first saw the previews for Master and Commander, I didn’t think it was anything special. The sets/props/FX looked spectacular, but as Attack of the Clones proves, that’s not everything. But, when the movie released, and got rave review after rave review, I thought it might be worth a look. I’m here to tell you it is.

The movie doesn’t do what you would expect, and start off with them setting out from England. Instead, the movie begins with them already on the high seas, or on the far side of the world as it were. Russel Crowe plays Captain “Lucky” Jack Aubrey, who is the title master and commander. He gives a satisfactory performance, but best part of the movie for me was Paul Bettany’s performance as Stephen Maturin, the ships doctor (who also happens to be the captain’s best friend, and cello buddy). Bettany seems to have a knack for playing Russel Crowe’s best friend, as he also portrayed Crowe’s roommate in A Beautiful Mind (although this time he’s not an imaginary character).

The plot is fairly standard stuff, and is largely character driven. We see them fighting the French on several occasions, but rarely ever see the French themselves. The filmmakers wisely chose instead to focus on the Captain and Crew of the HMS Surprise. The crew is played wonderfully by a cast of dozens, who give pretty good performances, enough so that we actually care about what happens to them.

The thing that surprised me was the character development. The main difference being that I didn’t expect to see any. This movie has well-developed characters, much of which is probably owed to Patrick O’Brian’s novels which the movie is based on. But Crowe and Bettany add much to this, as do the screenwriters.

As I said before, the visual aspect of the movie was superb. The sets were perfect, exactly as you would imagine them to be. The special effects were believable, but didn’t produce many “WOW” shots, which is as it should be.

All in all, this is a movie that you SHOULD go see. It’s one of the better movies out right now. I give it a 4.0 out of 5.0