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So, this weekend went very nicely. it was probably the most relaxing three days I've had since coming out here.

Friday I slept in until 8:00; don't laugh, that's nearly 2 hours of extra sleep for me. I got up and did my laundry, did my dishes, and finally got out to make a doctor's appointment. I've needed to make that appointment for upwards of a year now, I think; nothing life-threatening or debilitating, but I'm slow to get medical attention of any kind. Then I drove up to my sister's house and we took her kids to Busch Gardens, mostly because it's Hallowscream up there and that's my favorite time to go to Busch. since we had the kids we couldn't go to any of the really scary bits, like the mazes or the train ride, but we did manage to see all the different shows, and they were generally pretty good. The magic show left something to be desired (like quality magic tricks), but I think a big part of that was a matter of having a mostly-unresponsive audience.

After getting home I played Guild Wars until 3am. I really enjoy that game, and it's almost restored my faith in MMOGs. In fact, I may even rouse my CoH/V account or, if I *really* start feeling good about the genre, reviving my WoW account. My biggest complaint for those two was always that I never had anyone to play with, but GW has given me faith that pick-up groups (just joining people you've never met before) aren't (always) the tools of the Adversary.

I slept in until 8 or 9 again on Saturday and spent most of the day reading and catching up on emails and stuff. I really didn't do much at all until about 4:00 when I called Leslie to see if she wanted to get dinner and maybe watch a movie; when she found out that I had "12 Monkeys" from Netflix she was all about that. So I cleaned up my apartment really quick, which made me feel a lot better than I would have thought (I like my area to be clean, I'm just slow about getting it that way).

We ate at the Macaroni Grill which was a lot better than I remembered it being (and it was so nice to have a glass of wine after so long). Then we went and watched 12 Monkeys, which I really enjoyed (time travel + insanity = A+ in my book). unfortunately, it seems I forgot my PS2 power cable when I went to visit Jesse and Louis, so Leslie brought hers. Unfortunately, I forgot to eject 12 Monkeys before Leslie left (with her cord), so now it's kinda stuck in there.

The reason I forgot was because Leslie brought over The Office, and wow. I'm in love. I need more. Really need it. But it was nearly 1am before we were done with the 3rd of the 4 episodes she brought, so she left (with her cord) while I was still entranced. i think I've seen bits of The Office before, but I can't think of when. Maybe my buddy Marcin (back in Monterey) was watching it once. He does that, watches strange adapted-from-British-TV shows. He's a big fan of Coupling, which I've also seen somewhere else before. To know about the giggle loop is to be part of the giggle loop.

I played Guild Wars until 3am again.

Sunday I got up for Mass later than I wanted to, but ended up going to St. Gregory's which, it turns out, is just around the corner from me. On top of that, aside from a few small personal preferences, it was just the sort of formal, traditional mass I like. Then I went out and bought groceries for the first time since I've been out here. I've been eating out a lot, and I really need to stop that. Dinner out with friends is one thing, but there's no reason I have to have Wendy's or something every day for lunch. Then I wrote an email to Jean (something else I haven't done in a long while), and got in touch with Katie Lapp on Facebook (she just joined, apparently, when they Opened to the world at large). Spent most of the rest of the day reading (I'm nearly done with The Amber Spyglass), and then played some Guild Wars before getting to bed at about 10:00.

And yeah, that was my weekend. No big plans, no far-ranging trips, but it was really low-key, really refreshing, and I feel renewed. which is a good thing to feel on Monday morning, before work begins to crush your soul again. And on that note, I should get back to said soul-crushing work.
jackofallgeeks: (Decepticons)
So I went out to dinner and a movie with Sarah last night. I'll try and get a proper post on that later today, but for right now the point is that we went to a 10pm showing of Pirates 2 and I didn't get to bed until 1:30 or 2:00. I'm tired. Coffee has seemed to help a little bit, but...

And just to keep score, on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best movie I've ever seen, Pirates gets a 4. It was an alright movie, but I think the story was a little thin and it relied too much on in-jokes and references to the first movie for its humor. Some of that is good stuff, sure, but when you have no fewer than 3 references to "why is the rum gone," a good line in the first movie but weak to keep repeating. All in all, I think it sets the stage for an interesting third movie, but that's about it. Which, I guess, makes it a wonderful example of "Middle Trilogy Syndrome."
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I just watched "Jacob's Ladder."
So much that I loved about that movie.
In very many ways, elements of that movie are the sorts of things I'd like to run in a World of Darkness game.
So very awesome.

On an unrelated note, my back hurts so much. I've been sleeping on the floor for the past three days, and i'll be on the floor for another three, and today (this afternoon) I've just been so stiff. It hurts to bend over, or sit down, or really change vertical orientation much at all. It's all in my lower back. I have half a mind to have Steve put some weight on it, 'cause I haven't been able to crack it at all on my own, and I've been using every stretch I ever learned.
jackofallgeeks: (Gendo)
Or
Is There Nothing Sacred, Charlie Brown?

OK, so, I'll start of by saying that it is not my opinion that there was nothing good about X-men 3. On the contrary, I thought it was an 'alright' movie. What makes me so angry is that this could have been an 'amazing' movie, and they managed to botch it all up.

I'm spoiling things under here. You've been warned. )
jackofallgeeks: (WTF)
I just watched Mulholland Drive.
I don't understand.
jackofallgeeks: (Contemplative)
I just watched "American Pie."
To be honest, I don't really know what my impression of it is.
It's another teen movie. I didn't like the heavy emphasis on sex, but that was kind of their point. Some of the stuff they said, though, some of how it played out... That was alright.
I think i'm going to give it a 2 on Netflix. I didn't hate it. But I can't say I liked it. Anything I got out of it I can get elsewhere, and without wading through the stuff I'm not so hot on.

"10 Things I hate About You" and "Love Actually" come to mind as movies that would better satisfy me.

So, there's that.

(And, yeah, Ms. Hannigan has had better parts to play, I'm sure. Honestly, she's the reason I rented it in the first place.)
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I, Robot -- Thumbs Up. I liked it both for itself and for the concepts it discussed. Good Movie.
AI - Artificial Intelligence -- Thumbs Down. I liked what it was talking about, but I think it pulled most of it off really poorly. it tried to do three things when I think it would have been better to just stay with two. And the movie would have been so much better if they left of where they should have; so very much more sad, but so much better.
jackofallgeeks: (Gendo)
I just watched "Requiem for a Dream."
It didn't make me depressed, like most people said it would.
Mostly, it just made me ill; needles and pills and hospitals... I don't like that stuff.
And when it was all done, it just all seemed so... stupid. In a foolish, futile, sad sort of way.
I felt really bad for Ty because of everyone, he was the one who messed up the least.
And I came to hate Marian.
jackofallgeeks: (WTF)
So, I just went and saw the "Silent Hill" movie.
It. Was. Awesome. Like, wow.

So, the whole thing is based on this game series, which my friend Leslie is really into, and which has always sounded really cool to me. I once started to play the first game. And in the very beginning of the game there's this scene, with a dark alley, and odd camera angles, and the rain and the... the... the...! I couldn't get through that scene. I had to hand the controller to someone else.

That scene was in the movie.

And that's really all I have to say right now.
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The Godfather was magnificent.

Five minutes in, and I loved it. And I can't reaqlly say why, except that The Godfather is the sort of character I like.
I really, really liked it.
jackofallgeeks: (Goofy)
I just watched Amadeus.
My friend Amber, when recommending this movie, said I would appreciate Mozart's laugh.
-smirk- I'm not exactly sure how to take that.
No... no, I'm fairly certain I do know how to take that.
jackofallgeeks: (Default)
I just spent a very, very long time setting up my NetFlix account (via JackOfAllGeeks@yahoo.com). And by that I mean I've added 54 movies to my queue (starting with Amadeus and the Godfather Trilogy) and rated 132 movies (I would have rated more, but had to pull myself away).

So, yes, if you've got a NetFlix account, add me as a friend (I'm particularly looking at you, Melissa, and Leslie and Amber and Rachel if you've got accounts -- if not, I know you've good movies to suggest).

Also, if anyone knows of any movies I've seen, feel free to let me know -- I forget things like this.
jackofallgeeks: (Default)
Cool song. Interesting Cartoon.

Mirrormask

Nov. 17th, 2005 07:12 pm
jackofallgeeks: (Default)
So, yes, I saw Mirrormask yesterday. I found a listing of it at a local theatre with showings at 5:10 and 9:30 last night and tonight, and in short order my friend Laurel (the only person I know here not from school) and I were off to see it.

I loved that movie. It started off so strangely. Like, so strange. But I loved it. They were very right to associate it with Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, even aside from the Jim Henson ties. It was the same pseudo-dark fantasy type, and on about the same age level as Labyrinth was -- even though I loved it, there were a couple points when I though, "this would be better if I were watching it with my little sisters." And there were a couple points that felt weak to me (including at least one instance where it was pretty much preaching to the audience, which I generally consider poor form regardless of medium -- you show, you don't tell -- and I would have expected better of Gaiman).

But I loved the story, and I loved the world, and I loved the British accents.
And I love the name 'Helena,' who's actress reminded me of a girl I used to know, Emily.

And that scene with the robots singing "Close to You"...? So weird, but I loved it.
Loved it.

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