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I love the discovery channel. I know for a fact I’d go crazy if I didn’t get my History Channel, Discovery, and daily dose of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert who are the only reasons left to watch Comedy Central with the exception of the occasional hot presence of Patton Oswalt.

Anyway, right now there’s this great show on about Jesus and the world he lived in, and they’ve digitally recreated a some amazing cities and towns with animation and a lot of detail, it’s just really beautiful and it makes me jealous of their graphical skills and delicious programs, lol. I so need to go back to school.



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Okay, do yourself a favor and don’t ever rent Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution. While he animals were interesting, which was the point of me watching this piece of crap, I find it hard to believe that in a universe so expansive and diverse that some higher being chose to construct a solitary planet to populate with living organisms. Is God or whoever it is who supposidly made the earth just getting his jollies out by creating creatures he thinks won’t stand a chance? Really? What kind of sadistic God is that?

Point of fact, if believers of Creationism in it’s various forms believe this crap, that’s fine, let them waste their time – but why, if they have such strong convictions, do they feel the need to try their damndest to find scientific proof then stick it in a DVD? And P.S. – Why bother going the scientific route at all if they obviously refuse to believe in hard science by calling evolution (something that makes a hell of a lot more sense than a sky creator with a lot of time on his hands) a myth when they don’t have any real proof? Isn’t that a bit hypocritical?

At any rate, this one’s really only worth the rental if you burn Dixie Chicks albums or are into weird animals. The animals are cool and interesting. This is one to watch with the sound off.



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TV Yay!

Dec. 18th, 2007 08:23 pm
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Hooray! The Mediacom guy finally came out and fixed our cable! It only took them two weeks ( well, it was almost two weeks, only shy a few hours ) and the guy was testie with me as if the storm that tossed a huge tree branch onto the cable and knocked it off of the box? Annoyed! At least it’s fixed again, and just in time for holiday programming! I think TBS is running A Christmas Story for 24 hours on Christmas Eve, and I’m sure AMC will do the same with A Miracle on 34th Street so I can watch those ( my two favorite holiday films ) to my heart’s content.



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Whee! Whee! Whee, I tell you, whee! I’ve just heard some delicious science fangirl news about how I’m a giant geek! :P

Apparently, the History Channel’s fantabulous series The Universe isn’t done for, after all! I assumed, as did many who were fans, that it would be a one-season situation, but apparently it’s coming back for a second season, and very soon! Ooh, the suspense is killing me! So much that I died! Yes, I died, as in dead – me! Two sentences ago! Now I’m a ghost who’s blogging, which is a sight to behold – aren’t you glad you stopped by? You’re seeing the first blog-by-ghost, what a read! This is a history making feat that doesn’t come cheap, and you didn’t even buy a ticket. That’ll be twenty-five cents, please.



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Movie Time

Nov. 25th, 2007 01:19 am
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So, I finally saw Knocked Up and An Inconvenient Truth – I’m late to both scenes, but I’ve got nothing but good things to say about both of them, even though I think Gore may have worked his own sob story into the slideshow/film a little too much.

It’s nice, though, to watch something like Knocked Up and see a bunch of your favorite actors, I swear I recognized almost everyone from my obsession with late 90s TV, and everyone who decided to cancel Freaks and Geeks can suck it, lol. I enjoyed the film, though, I thought it would be too chick flick-y for my taste but it really wasn’t, I may get the DVD after the holidays when I have cash to spend on myself, hehe.

Now, I must leave this non-sensical, pointless post that came out of nowhere and head back to watching Saturday Night Fever, pretending it’s because I like the movie more than Travolta in tight pants.



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I’m running out of Asian horror films. Running out! I’ve watched all the greats and a lot of the oldies, a few times over, and even own some of them on DVD. Plus a slew of newer ones ( Ringu-present ) and their sequels, and I’m out of shorts like J-Horror: Anthology, Kazuo Umezz’s Horror Theater and the like. The last Asian Horror film I saw – which was supposed to be supernatural horror – was The Quiet Family. While this is a fabulous film, very funny with high production values, it was more of a drama and there was little supernatural content if any. And don’t get me started on the mislabelling Vanishing Twin – don’t rent it unless you’re kind of a pervert. If you are, you’ll love it, lol.

I just want something new, you know? Not a drama, but something supernatural on account of how I’m four years old and I like spooky movies, lol. Maybe a new highschool horror film like the Whispering Corridors films or, if I’m lucky, an ironic ‘your stomach stretched to the limits of human endurance’ film like Dumplings – I just love those. But, yeah, I’m reduced to rewatching Ringu over and over and over and trying to supplement my lack of horror films with Christmassy films, and it’s not working, because what I want is horror – when I get an idea in my head, it sticks like taffy, lol. If you’re a fan of Asian horror ( especially K-Horror or J-Horror ), and you’ve seen a film or three you think I should see, please let me know – here’s hoping I haven’t already seen it, lol.



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The Mist

Nov. 6th, 2007 05:48 am
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Has anyone heard of The Mist by Stephen King? Apparently it’s a newbie in the thriller movie market, though I don’t know how long it’s been around as a book – forever, I know that, lol. I’d heard about the book when I was a kid ( I think? ) so I’d say it’s at least 1981 or before. It’s one of the many Stephen King novels I’ve never read, the reason being that I think Stephen lost his marbles after Carrie, lol.

Don’t get me wrong, I love some of his works – Sometimes They Come Back, in particular – but Carrie was always the crowning achievement in my eyes ( possibly tied with The Stand ). I’ve even thoroughly loved the many film adaptions of his books, and this one, I’m sure, will be no exception.

Carrie, though, was so novel at the time, it wasn’t like any book I’d ever read before, and to punctuate how important it was to the horror novel, how many ‘teenage girl finds out she has magic/psychic powers and breaks out of her shell’ books or films have come along since? Yes, he started a booming, thriving business with that – a whole sub genre to itself.

The Mist is about this town ( I think it’s just a town ) that’s plaqued by an unnatural mist after a thunderstorm, and anyone who goes out into said mist is attacked by monsters – eek! I think they’re putting this out at the wrong time, lol, it’s got Halloweenie written all over it. If you haven’t checked the trailer out, you seriously should if you’re a King fan.

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Again? Really? Come on, we all knew about The Eye’s remake, because I’ve been vocal as have many other horror purists, and I think we can safely bet that Jessica Alba is the wrongest person ever to walk a mile in these shoes, and let’s be honest about how ‘fabulous’ that remake of One Missed Call is going to be next year, but I had no idea how bad it was – or what was to come:

Actresses vying for the Sarah Michelle Gellar crown include the comely Jessica Alba, who has largely floundered outside her “Fantastic Four” jumpsuit. Alba stars in “Awake” (debuting Nov. 30), about a man (Hayden Christensen) who undergoes a heart transplant and finds himself undergoing anesthetic awareness, in which his body is asleep but his mind remains awake. Alba also plays a wife who gets her own transplant in “The Eye,” a remake of the Thai film by the Pang brothers. This time, a blind Alba receives a spooky set of new eyes that bring along their own startling visions.

Emily Browning, from the film version of “Lemony Snicket,” and Arielle Kebbel, from “The Grudge 2,” attempt a different Asian remake, “A Tale of Two Sisters,” a redo of the highest-grossing Korean horror film of all time. It’s about siblings — one newly sprung from a psychiatric hospital — grappling with their father, his malevolent new fiancée and a ghost residing in their home. In “Rec,” Jennifer Carpenter, who played the possessed girl in “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” gets trapped in an apartment building during a rabies breakout.

And even “Hairspray’s” Amber Von Tussle — a.k.a. actress Brittany Snow — will get to try out her scream chops in “Prom Night,” the remake of the Jamie Lee Curtis artifact from the 1980s, in which a group of friends get stalked by a killer on their prom night.

And don’t count Gellar out.

The 30-year-old is possessed by “Possession,” another Asian redo, in which her character and her character’s husband and brother-in-law wind up in a freak accident. Unfortunately, only one of the brothers wakes from a coma.

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Are you freaking kidding me? Are you kidding me!? Tale of Two Sisters and Posession? Just, for Great Pumpkin’s sake, please slap subtitles on the originals and re-release them, I’m begging you. Or I’ll have to start taking hostages.



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I’m watching Mythbusters, which has got to be one of my alltime favorite television shows, and they’re busting Cola myths. such as weither or not cola will clean a penny or dissolve a tooth – I thought, for sure, that it would dissolve the tooth but it didn’t – turned it brown, but didn’t dissolve it. But it did clean the penny, very well, actually.

One of the things that surprised me the most, though, is that cola does shine chrome and it does clean up blood super fast and super well compared to plain water ( which really surprised me ), and that makes me wonder if telling people on television that blood cleans up blood is such a really good idea, lol.



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You know what? Screw the Science Channel. Screw them for having all these neat shows and me not being able to afford their services! They want me to murder them, or more realistically, they want me to shell out money I don’t have to subscribe to their stupid science and stupid cool shows that they know I want to see, so until My Royal Shallowness can afford their stupid subscription payments I’ll only be living a half life, not knowing what goes on beyond Pluto or before we ruled the planet. And yes, I’d like to see Giant Moa bones, don’t you think I want to see Giant Moa bones? Of course I want to see Giant Moa bones, thank you. But do they ask me? Do they offer me their knowledge in exchange for nothing, just the way I like it? No, no, of course not. Don’t make it easy for Faith, she has History Channel and Discovery, she’ll be fine! Science Channel, you will RUE the DAY!



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I’ve decided I hate name dropping films. No matter how much I love the subject of a film, or a television show, their shark jump is almost always a trip back in time, or for period films/shows, being set in the past, because this leaves the path clear for period name dropping.

If you’re not familiar with period name dropping, it’s when anything set in the past,- weither it be flashback, time travel, or just the show’s time period -, paves the way for someone from the cast to meet a historical or legendary figure and somehow be the single person to shape their destiny. There were a lot of good shows that employed this technique, like The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., which starred the incomparible Bruce Campbell and John Asten, as well as a slew of other great actors. Another show this horrible flaw spread to was Xena, then Star Trek ( especially TNG ) and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

It drives me absolutely up the wall that some writer would have the balls to have Xena point Mary and Joseph on their way, Sam Beckett nearly blow up Hitler, or have Henry Jones Jr.’s governess take him and new friend Norman Rockwell out to a puppet show, an act that will eventually lead to Norman making a sketching that Picasso signs and Indie fraudulently sells. Do we see a pattern? Indeed, the only time I’ve ever seen this sort of integration happen where it didn’t royally eat my lunch was in The Last Crusade, when Hitler took Henry Sr.’s diary out of Indie’s hand in a horrible moment of tension and then signs it with his autograph – which was so spot on, it may as well have really happened.



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Unless you’ve been living in a shoe for the last three years, and your abundance of children made paying attention to the media impossible, because frankly, with that many children you wouldn’t know what to do, then you’ve probably heard that the amazing, sacred and epic poem of Beowulf has been adapted to the big screen.

When I first heard about this, I was, as I always am, a giant angrypants. See Beowulf was my first access to the Viking world, even though it’s entirely fabricated, but it introduced me to a lot of things that eventually ended up in my study and adoption of Asatru, although it’s in no way a religious story. It’s writers were obviously Christian if not well versed in that faith, though, but that’s beside the point. It’s also one of the greatest stories ever told, it makes virgin birth look like a sweeps arch on a bad network TV show, and it paints the picture of Grendel, savage and tragic monster of the fen, the polar opposite evil to Beowulf’s goodness and maybe the single most frightening monster ever created. Needless to say, this poem means a lot to me.

Now I find out that the epic has been warped to give She, portrayed by Angelina Jolie and credited just as “Grendel’s Mother”, a lot more airtime than she should have, which is, of course, screwing with the Divine to give Jolie a vehicle. This is something akin to making a porno reality show out of Pygmalion. I’m sorry, I can’t write anymore, I have to rant later or I’ll put my fist through the screen, lol.



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Ugh! I’ve had it! I’ve been working on a new layout for Shibuya for upwards of three days, of course, no luck. Aren’t I supposed to know how to do this? Pew. I can’t make anything work, I’ve started to blow when it comes to color. The thing is, I want to do something pixel-y, I even went so far as to start single-pixel-drawing an amusement park. Of course, that didn’t work and it would look rediculous if it had.

On top of this, my work sched. has left me moody and sleepy. RAWR.

In the small miracles catagory, Netflix has finally sent Wishing Stairs, a film which I’ve only waited a short four months for them to finally send. It’s been on Long Wait status forever and a day, and I should be getting it sometime today so expect a review of that.



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So, I’ve found myself spending almost nothing on entertainment every month with the exception of my Netflix, and it’s honestly not as bad as I thought it would be. I barely spend $100 outside of bills a month, since I’m saving, and it’s actually working out pretty decently.

So, now onto obsession. I’m starting to think I’ve seen just about every Asian horror film that Netflix has, and I’m on the waitlist for the ones they don’t have or are backed up on ( Reincarnation’s taking forever ), which is a shame since I’ve become addicted to those. It’s possible that I get addicted to things easily, lol.

Why does it have to be weirdie, obscure things, though? I can’t be addicted to regular-ass, easy-to-find things, oh no, not I.

At least this is a harmless addiction, except for the taking-up of my free time, but other than working, for someone who’s trying to stay clean and sober, there really isn’t much else to do in a town like this. I think I’d rather be watching yet another Miike or Pang film than out with the Billhillies getting stoned and having little BillHillie babies. I think I can do without the welfare life, thanks.

Don’t mince my words, I have no problem with the concept of a welfare system, and it really does help a lot of people who deserve and appreciate it, but around here girls start talking about how great welfare’s going to be by the time they start sprouting tits. When I was in my mid-teens a girl who was dating one of my friends started telling people she couldn’t wait to get pregnant so she could go on welfare and then she’d be, I shit you not, “Set for life.”…wtf? It’s people like that who fuck up these programs for everyone.

Wow, I went on a mini rant there and I’d meant to talk about movies. I’ve even surprised myself this time, go team me, lol.



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Well, I finally got to see the new Spiderman film last night and now I question the sanity of those who’ve seen it and rip it to shreds. I really enjoyed it, I wanted to shoot MJ in the face, as always but I did really enjoy it. Topher Grace being hot probably had something to do with it, lol.

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The part that I’ve heard people really bitch about is what’s been referred to as the “Emo Kid” scene, in which Peter Parker’s black suit amplifies parts of his personality and he becomes a great, flaming jackass in dark clothes with an over-sized ego. I didn’t see the problem, personally.

First, let’s set aside the fact that I thought Toby looked good that way, because as much fun as my eyes were having with that film ( including James Franco in boxer briefs ), hot guys do not a good movie make. Example: Troy.

To focus on the film itself, I’d say this “Emo” scene was purely character development, and it was neccesary ( even if the dance scene was a bit much ) to force Peter to realize what an ass he’d really been up until that point. Even before the black suit, he was acting like a self absorbed bitch, the suit just amplified it.

Besides that, the fact that Emo is considered a look, or worse, someone who’s depressed or cutting themselves, is really starting to piss me off. The labelling of people, shoving them into little, easy-to-identitify groups or “scenes” annoys me. When I was in my teens, I knew a lot of kids my age who would now be considered “Emo”, who were a bit on the weird side, and granted they were sort of anti-jock drama-type nerds, but they were pretty upbeat, kind of fun, a little rant-y ( but who isn’t? ), and hyper. I don’t remember any of them being any more depressed than anyone else I knew. As far as I know, all “Emo” means ( or should mean ) is that these people listen to a style of music called Emotional Rock.

The point of that last paragraph is that Peter Parker, while having the stereotypical traits of a labelled “Emo Kid”, acted a lot more like a combination of Jack Kerouac, Neil Cassidy and Hunter S. Thompson, which would technically make him a Beat, I suppose.

I don’t see the point in forming an opinion about an entire film based on a few minutes of footage that contain a stereotype of someone you’ve pre-made up your mind not to like, because it makes you miss Harry Osbourne in boxer briefs. :P



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Koma review, as I promised!

Koma is a film about a Hong Kong solcialite who attends a wedding in a hotel where she accidentally, and quite drunkenly, stumbles into a hotel room to find a helpless victem of kidney theft. This hits fairly close to home, because said socialite is suffering from kidney failure herself.

Because she’d seen someone suspicious walking around in the hallway before stumbling upon the victem, she’s brought in for questioning and to pick the woman out of a police line-up, which is when she finds out how really dangerous this woman is ( Kar Yan Lam of Inner Senses fame ).

Saying anything else will give too much away, so you need to rent it for yourself!

This movie is insanely suspense-y and often times very scary. It has a very “Cello” or “Inner Senses” feel to it, even though it’s a drama, not so much a horror film.

It’s easily worth the rent, and as far as suspense thriller’s go, I’d say it’s got potential for 4 out of 5 stars, though because this film runs in a vien of film that I already enjoy, I rated it an even 5. Do not ignore my viens!



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Mojo-Jojo

May. 9th, 2007 08:49 pm
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I forgot how much I love Kar Yan Lam. I just got finished watching Koma and, holy shit in a hammmock, is that a good film! It’s one of the few I’ve seen recently that isn’t a Yurei flick, and I’m just insane about it. I’ll review the bastard when I get some time, atm I’m just flyby blogging since I’ve gotta go outside and shovel mud. Thank the Gods the trash collection actually took the garbage this time! They didn’t last week and the flood water washed it all over the damn place.

I’m trying my damndest to re-design Beautiful Sin, but it’s just not working. My old habits creep back, but something’s got to be done about it because it’s so plain it’s hurting my face. I may go with green/blue/orange, but I really don’t want it to end up looking like a buisiness site which is what happened last time and why the temporary layout is only half finished.

I’m really trying to steer clear of hard colors but it’s making my designs look incomplete, and that annoys me to no end. My problem is that I do the graphics then work backward from there, and that always ends in muted shades. I may do some experimenting with Shibuya’s layout before I do anything drastic over at BS just to flex my color muscles a bit. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I used to be so into rich colors and now I couldn’t work up a decent colorscheme if I had a gun pointed at my head. Maybe I just need to get my mojo back. No use being a snob without that, right?



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Not a hell of a lot to post, since I’m trying my damndest to get my backgrounds back up and downloadable but Beautiful Sin‘s finally up and running, meaning the brushes are back up, wordpress is themed up and valid ( whoo hoo! ), and I’ve started work on the new templates which, as it turns out, is a lot easier than I thought it would be.

Just a random sidenote: The Riches is farging awesome, and I’m amazed that it’s made me a fan of Minnie Driver again, even though for the past decade I’ve wanted to rip every hair out of her head with my bare hands, lol. And who gave Eddie Izzard permission to be man-sexy instead of woman-sexy? I didn’t say he could do that, and now I’m confused, lol.



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