Archive for July, 2011

Battle: Los Angeles

**Spoilers below**

Have you seen Battle: Los Angeles ?

What can I tell you?  Well imagine the ‘heart felt’ moments from other movies, string them together and throw in some aliens and and bish bash bosh you’ve got a movie.

Perhaps heart felt isn’t the correct phrase, but you know what I mean.  The Staff sgt. telling the little kid he’s the best marine he’s ever met after hs Dad dies, the Staff sgt. telling the brother of a Marine who died under his command that he was a brilliant soldier and he missed him, the squad refusing to eat, instead going straight back out to battle, because yes they are THAT committed.

Bits of Black Hawk Down, a feel off Cloverfield, but not the same as either and I’m sure when the DVD comes out there will be a whole host of deleted scenes as the way it was edited seemed a bit bizarre.  I think there were perhaps sections of story that got the chop that perhaps shouldn’t have.

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Angry birds, its not the birds that are angry, its me

I recently went from a Blackberry to an Iphone. I could write a few thousand words on why this is a good thing, its a work phone and I was largely indifferent to the swap but I’m no glad we did.  Instead I’ll let you know that for reasons unknown to me I bought the game ‘Angry Birds’.  I think this was mainly I had heard it mentioned in passing that I thought it would be worth the 99c just to see what everyone was on about.

So I bought it, and I cant put the bloody thing down.  When you start playing its like an itch, just a couple more minutes, then a couple more, then a couple…..well you get the idea.

Impressionist does Shakespeare

I thought this was pretty funny, although if I am honest I don’t know who ALL the guys he is impersonating are.  He certinaly has some good ones in there and the whole thing reminds me of another show I have been to see live a couple of times, although a few years apart.

This is todays big thing (taken from where else but www.todaysbigthing.com) and below is a clip from the show I’ve seen before, first as part of the Edinburgh Festival and then years later here in Canada.

Well worth checking out.

Source Code: A brief review

Originally my blog was going to be mainly about food and movies, but as time has gone on I seem to blog about movies less.

So….I watched Source Code last night and really enjoyed it.  It definitely felt like a cross between The Jacket and Deja Vu. Where the Jacket was blatantly produced on a lower budget and Deja Vu had the explosions but perhaps lacked story depth. Source Code comes in a with mix between the two.

The basic premise is that Jake Gyllenhaal’s character – Colter Stevens has 8 minutes in which to try and discover who planted a bomb on a train, when those 8 minutes are up, the train blows up and he has to try all over again. His guide through it all is Colleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga).  To say anymore may ruin the movie, so I’ll leave it at that.

I’m still a bit ‘jury out’ on Jake Gyllenhaal and his talent as a leading man, I think partly because I watched Prince of Persia, but he holds his own really well. Actually while honesty is on the go I’ve always found Vera Farmiga a bit annoying (but she’s alright in this).

I would definitely recommend the movie, my only disappointment was that I failed to notice the Quantum Leap nod, and being that I loved that show when I was younger, that sucks.

 

Four non Fantastic Facts of life on Friday

I decided to make a change to the series I started a few Fridays ago, as I like to be positive I’ve decided that the none fantastic will be limited to 4, opposed to the fantastic 5 lists, thus always having more of the good stuff.
  1. People lie. I figure this goes hand in hand with the less you know someone the more they feel free to lie to you. Like the personal distance gives license to be liberal with the truth.  The answer?  Get to know as many people as possible or don’t trust strangers, your choice.
  2. The little guy doesn’t always win the fight. Life aint a Disney movie and the underdog normally gets kicked to the curb.  So best thing to do is just not get in fights, or take steroids until your balls shrink (unless you are already massive or a woman).
  3. You’re not as much of an individual as you think.  Is this news to you?  Sorry if it is, I know thats being just like everyone else is a bit of a downer but if we were all as individual as we thought then we couldn’t look at a photo from decades gone by and automatically pick the right era.
  4. Taxes. Along with death the only other certainty, a combo that has been uttered about for a very long time. Originally Daniel Defoe in 1726, and then popularized by the works of Benjamin Franklin in 1817 (although written in 1789) these 2 go hand in hand kicking human kind in the butt or hundreds of years.

Now forget all that and have a good weekend!

Golf; not just for retirees

I bought some golf clubs. What makes this surprising is that I cant actually play golf.

I dont seem to have enough hours in the day at the moment, rushing from one thing to the next, so starting a new hobby may seem like a bad idea, however I am looking at it as something that I WILL make the time for.

I need something as a switch off from work, and something that will offer a bit of a challenge, however if I ever find myself wearing clothes similar to the golfer below I’ll know its gone too far.

 

Ants in the compost – dirty little monsters

While I may have twisted Damon Albarn’s words slightly, I do indeed have ants in my compost. There seems to be mixed information on the web as to whether or not this is a good thing.  I may pick a fight with them, I’m still not sure.