Friday, October 15, 2010
Over the last few years or so people always ride in the car with me and comment on some of the music I play. They always don't know who they are but they like it. It always saddens me when people don't know of the greatness of some of these lesser known bands. So I am going to give the top 10 bands that people always want to know about. So maybe someone out there who won't ride in my car will still be able to hear these bands.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Last night I went to the midnight showings of Inception. I got to the theater at 10:30 so that I could get good seats and that just what I did. The seats were perfect. I was proud. There were a bunch of annoying people behind me that threw at least 25 beach balls around the theater, but even they shut up when the movie started. Also a trailer for a movie came on about people being stuck in an elevator and people seemed interested in it until it said "from the mind of M Night Shyamalan" Everyone in the theater groans and let out sounds of disappointment. Which makes me wonder.... could "The Last Airbender" be the end of his career? Anywayz so lets get into it...
The plot of this movie is very clever and original. If you are unfamiliar with what this movie is, it is about invading peoples dreams. This involves a matrix like system of "hacking" into a dream world that isn't real. There are differences such as if you die in the dream you just wake up. Thats all. Also physics can be bent but they never do it because that causes disturbances. Which is sad because they show some really cool scenes in the movie of manipulating the world of the dream on the spot but never use it in the actual mission. In the movie we learn that Cobb (DiCarprio) is a man who is skilled at breaking into peoples subconscious in their dreams and stealing information that is left vulnerable by sleeping. He is trying to get home to his kids because he is a wanted man in the US. So he spends his life jumping from country to country to try to get enough jobs to get back home. He then gets a job that involves the opposite of what he does. Instead of stealing an idea from the subconscious, he is asked to plant an idea in the subconscious so that upon the target's waking he will develop an idea that was placed there with out his knowledge and will do something he might have otherwise not done.
Pretty deep stuff.
It gets complicated when in order to do this they must create a dream within a dream within a dream. They have to get really deep so that he doesn't seem like the idea was told to him. He has to think that he had the idea and it wasn't given to him. In the dream time is slower and with three layers of dreaming it gets kinda confusing. Five minutes in the real world while you are asleep is an hour in a dream, and if you go three layers deep then lets do the math...
5 minutes in the real world is 60 minutes in the dream world. Inside that dream 5 minutes is an hour so the second layer of dreaming you would have 12 hours and then on the third layer you would have 6 days. So you could spend 6 days in that third layer of dreaming and only 5 minutes would have passed in the real world. That all comes into play because they have to leave someone in each layer of the dream to wake them up and take care of them. So it gets pretty crazy with seconds for one person being 30 minutes for another. Because there is so much dream in dreaming the characters all have what is called "totems," an object that only they are intimately familiar with that lets you know if you are dreaming or not. For example, Cobb has a top that he spins and if it never falls then he knows he is dreaming.
The actors in this movie are top notch. They all execute their roles very well and pull you into the movie. Unfortunatly the film focuses a lot on the the plot and dream world so you don't get to know the characters on an intimate level.
DiCaprio does a fantastic job in this film. His emotions and unwavering character are flawless. His character Cobb is the master mind. He is the one who knows the in's and out's of the human mind. He knows how to find the information that he needs.
Ellen Page is the Architect and resident cute girl. When I say architect, i mean that literally. Dreams are not all hazy and magical. They are almost exactly like the real world and have buildings and streets and everything. So the architect constructs the dream because In order to set up a persons dream the way they want it, they need a skilled imaginative person that can create the world of the dream to put the target into. Ellen has come along way from Juno. She is interesting and powerful at times. She is a new comer to this world of dreaming and is very eager to learn and fascinated by the ability of dream creation.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing Arthur to me feels a little out of place because I think he looks to kid like still but not enough to distract from the movie. He is quick tempered and all business ...mostly. Arthur plays Cobbs right hand man his job is to research the target and look really friggin cool in zero-gravity.
Tom Hardy plays Eames who is a jokester and has a powerful imagination. He is brought on to the team because he is able to imagine himself as different people and disguise himself in the dream. A very cool ability that I never would have thought of. Plus a British accent!
Dileep Rao plays Yusuf a chemist. His job is to create a chemical sedative that will knock the team out enough that they can get 3 dreams deep and to provide ethnic diversity. Normal dreaming isn't deep enough for the job. He is a jovial character and actually fairly minor as the team goes.
Cillian Murphy plays Robert Fischer, the son of Maurice Fischer, the CEO of a giant company and the target for the inception. Murphy does a terrific job in this film; he was probably my favorite character.
There is also Ken Watanabe who plays Saito, the financial backer for the operation.
This movie really breaks the mold, I think, on film making. It does a spectacular job with the visual effect with out resorting to that dreadful 3D. There is even a Penrose stairs in the movie! Blew my mind. The film doesn't rely on the visuals but really they work together to make a masterful work of art. The cinematography and special effects are appropriately epic; the editing flawlessly maintains the impetuous pace of the film’s latter half; and the score joins and as another masterpiece of excellence from Hans Zimmer.
I really don't have much to say about the movie right now because I am still kind of processing it all. It is something that one has to see to understand. It is very ingenious and amazing. I would recommend it to anyone. It has very little language if i remember correctly and no sex or nudity. It is violent but not hardly any blood. My advice... Go See It Now!
And incase you're wondering there is nothing after the credits.
Over All Score 10/10
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Last night I saw Jon Turteltaub's latest film The Sorcerer's Apprentice. This is the same guy that brought you National Treasure, Cool Runnings, and 3 Ninja's! I went into the movie excited. Maybe it is just the child in me but all the magic and wizardry gets me excited. Not like harry potter wizardry, but like Merlin wizardry! I was pretty pumped. So lets get started...
This is the first thing i chose to talk about because it is the strongest part of the movie. The actors and characters in this movie are ...well... magical! I am not normally a fan of Nicholas Cage. He kinda is annoying to me...except in a very few select roles... like the dad in "Kick Ass." This is another one of those roles. The part of Balthazar is perfect for Nick. He is a bit crazy and very sarcastic who wouldn't be if they had been around for over 1000 years betrayed by his best friend and having the love of his life trapped in a Russian nesting doll. He really gives a fun performance that will even make someone like me have doubts about my previous thoughts about Ol' Nick.
Jay Baruchel has been very minor roles is some past films like Tropic Thunder, Night at the Museum 2, and such. He finally landed a part as the lead actor in She's out of my League which he did great in. So...sophomore slump? Nope. He is fantastic in the Sorcerer's Apprentice as Dave. His nerdy awkward brand of humor mixed with silly comments here and there is vaguely reminiscent of Michael Cera as George Michael in Arrested Development. His timing and quips are only made stronger by his odd nerd voice. Even sharing the lead role spotlight with Nicholas Cage he stands strong and shows that he can hold his own.
The villain Horvath played by Alfred Molina (whom I always love) is of course exceptional. He stuck up classy villainy plays great off of the nerd and the unkempt crazy protagonists. Horvath's straight man routine is only made better when he teams up with another villain named Drake.
Drake is a minor subcharacter that really added a lot to the movie for me. An "evil" sorcerer that has earned fame as a stage magician. He dresses like a goth and has pictures of himself covering his place. He is overly confident in his magic and doesn't realize he is the weakest sorcerer in the movie. He really made a difference in the movie for me. Wait for the scene where he is "fighting" Dave in the bathroom and giving him advice on how he should fight. Great.
The girl in the film... hot of course....but not much beyond there. She really takes a back seat to all the other great characters in the film.
The plot of the movie is not unoriginal but not completely a loss. It is a semi fresh look at sorcerery relating it to physics and science. The plot is fairly predictable for the most part but that doesn't hinder it from being super fun. The pacing of the movie was great as well as the over all tone of the film. The special effects really kinda took precedent over the plot though. The magic that happens in the movie is all very creative and interesting how the battles take place. The only disappointing thing about the magic battles is that the final show down comes to a plasma bolt fight. It was very sad at all the creative and ingenuity that went into the battle scenes in the rest of the movie were much more fun and elaborate than the magic equivalent of a western shoot out at the end. Of course this movie isn't aimed at people my age, I am aware of that, so it is forgivable because the rest of the movie really is fun. There is even a recreation of the fantasia's Sorcerer's apprentice scene with the mops.
The movie was filled with special effects that made for a very pretty picture, is the first thing that comes to mind. The look and feel of all the magic is well done. The actual cinematography is fairly standard. We don't want to get too fancy on a children's movie, but it accomplishes the task of telling the story in a easy to follow way.
Over all I would recommend this movie to people who enjoy magic, nerds, and a fun movie. While the ending was kind of abrupt and stale don't let the last 4 minutes of the movie stop you from seeing it. It even leaves it semi open ended for a sequel. Of course. Oh Disney.
Over All Score: 7.5/10
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Hey ladies and gents. It's wednesday the 16th in June and I have to give a lesson in about 3 hours. So I'm gonna keep working on that after I stop doing this. haha My work ethic is so poor.
If you were wondering where stephanie was ...she is out sick today. She doesn't have the super powered immune system that I have. Poor girl.
On a side note....the mac mini's have been updated but no word on the imac. I am beginning to think they might not be updated till like october....I don't know if i can wait that long for an upgrade. I don't know what they would upgrade anyway. Hmmm...should I go ahead and get an imac? or wait? Thoughts?
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Yeah so I worked through my lunch break so I could go see Unbound perform. It was a great time!
After seeing this and hearing the laugher I just knew this wasn't the end of me doing skits and such. I wanted to run up there so bad and join the skits...but I couldn't. My time is over. It was a very happy and sad experience for me. I didn't really know how to feel. I'm still kinda sorting through my feelings like dirty laundry.
The cool thing was that some kid asked how the group was started and I was pointed to in the back. They then demanded an encore but since they didn't have any other skits or storytimes that didn't involve me they asked me to come narrate Abraham. Sadly and thankfully there wasn't enough time for one more....cuz i don't know if i would have remembered all the narrations. So we just sang a few of our songs which i remembered, of course.
Then they were all demanding autographs after the show and I stood of to the side. One older girl remembered me and asked me to sign their card....then EEEVERYONE wanted me to sign their card....I didn't even do anything .... I felt weird. I didn't deserve to sign anything. I am happy to sign something if I actually perform, but I didn't and it was strange....
Anwayz. Unbound is here. Time to go. lata.
PRay for my lesson tomorrow
Monday, May 24, 2010
So heres how it all went down.
Saturday afternoon I went to eat with the other intern for the Legacy Church of Christ, Stephanie Bertot, and 3 girls from the youth group. She had been the intern last year so she knew them from last summer. She told me how her car got pranked like 8 times last summer. When the girls inquired about my car I told them they will never know...
but they saw my car when we left the restaurant.
They then proceeded to follow me home to see where I live.
I went into my house and opened the blinds so I could see if my car were attacked. About 930 I saw some car pull up, turn off, and someone approached my car. I had already planned to go to a movie with a friend so I decided it was time to leave.
I walked outside and gave the car an evil eye. As I drove away the car turned on and followed me. So with some fancy driving and making it through a yellow light and it turning red letting no one else pass, I ditched them.
I proceeded to pick up my friend and go to see shrek 4. (which was terrible by the way)
When I left the theater I was surprised to find my car saran wrapped, stringed, toilet papered, ribboned, and written on. I was very impressed.
How did they find me? There was no way they could have tailed me.
I later found out that they just guessed where I was going and they got lucky that I did go there.
They won this round, but revenge will be mine yet!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I pre-ordered the new Prince of Persia game The Forgotten Sands. It came in monday night but unfortunately I was in Tulsa so I couldn't play it. So I started playing it the moment I came home Thursday night. Here is my review of the game for all those wondering if they should get it.....
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.
If you are like me then you are a die hard POP (Prince of Persia) fan. The sands of time series are my favorite games, although the Mass Effect series is possibly even with it. So I jump at the chance of getting a new prince of persia game. I made the mistake of jumping at the reboot game and that was abysmal. This one I was slightly hesitant but more optimistic when i saw that it is the same prince and you can rewind time.
After completing the game in maybe about 5 - 6 hours I can say with some certainty that some aspects of this new POP is awesome and some suck...
The fighting is the worst part of this game. The game just throws just massive hordes of enemies at you that you mow down with the assistance of your different powers. There is no strategy to the combat unlike Sands of Time. The other POP's had a different variety of enemies that you had to change strategies for. Forgotten Sands you do nothing but button mash X. You have the opportunity to vault over enemies like the old games and perform aerial slash attacks but theres no point when there are 70+ enemies on the field. Focusing on one when your broad sword swing could get so many more is just pointless. There is no blocking in combat either. There is either attack or dodge. Which makes for even less tactical strategy to the combat. Another annoying aspect is that in the other games when you were hit you fell down or stumbled back, but not in Forgotten Sands. In combat there is hardly any indication that you have been hit and because of that I was startled every time i looked at my health bar to find that I have been taking hits this whole time. By the end of the game my sword swings had become so powerful I was killing enemies in one hit. Even the REALLY huge guys were felled by my sword in 4 hits. Where is the fun in that?
Rewind - You of course have the ability to rewind again which is of course my favorite. Allowing you to make a mistake and then take it back. If you didn't like how much life you lost then take it back. It's that simple.
Freezing Water - Now they introduced a new power that you use constantly through out the game, even more than rewind. This is the power to freeze water. So, of course, there are waterfalls and spouts every where. Even places like the prison. Out of place much? So with this new power you can freeze a water spout into a pole to swing from and waterfalls into walls to wall jump. This made the already amazing acrobatics even more fun by adding this element. It makes getting around rooms much more tricky. They mix it up too by having water falls in between spouts so you have to unfreeze the water to pass through the water fall and then refreeze it before you catch the next spout. It gets pretty intense especially when there are 7 water falls all facing each other that you have to jump through the 1st one and freeze the water to wall jump back off the second one then wall jump off the 1st one to propel your self forward and unfreeze the water to pass through the second one and freeze it to wall jump off the 3rd one.... and repeat that all the way across the room.
Recall (select locations) - You get an additional similar power for one part of the game where you can recall a segment of ground that has long since eroded or recall a pillar that is now broken. But only one piece at a time...this with the addition of the water freezing makes for a wild ride around a room.
The other powers are mostly for combat which I only upgraded to get to the things like more health or stronger sword attacks. They were helpful but i found other upgrades more important.
Fire trail - an ability that makes a burning trail as you run so you can run through you enemies and when they chase you they will ignite and loose more health the more you upgrade it. I imagine that this would get much more deadly as you approach lvl 4 but by that time you can already pwn everything insight with one hit.
Stone armor - makes you invincible and the more you upgrade it the longer it lasts. This is the ability that I used the most and I found came in handy more than the others. This is nice because you can have no fear. You just waltz into enemies and start cutting them down and you don't have to worry about your health bar. I found this power particularly helpful on the final battle. I didn't have to do anything but stand there while he pummeled me and then I just attacked his weak spot when he presented it. Talk about cheap... :-) This ability also allows you to run through traps and such with out any fear of getting hurt. Also kinda takes the strategy out of getting around the traps.
Whirlwind - make a strong wind that goes in every direction from you and knocks back all your enemies and gets stronger and more deadly the more you upgrade it. Whirlwind was nice even though i didn't use it much. You do find your self surrounded a lot in battle and this can help out
Ice sword - this gives your sword a frost attack that when you swing a wave of ice will shoot out from it damaging everyone standing in front of the swing. It gets stronger and the range becomes greater as you upgrade it. I thought ice sword was a bit cheat like. It was so over powered that you didn't even have to get close to enemies before they were all dead. You just sent waves of ice at them to kill them...so i avoided using it. Becides by the time you have your max upgraded sword you don't need any thing like that.
Each of these abilities uses a "Sand tank" even though they aren't called that and who wants to be out of sand at the end of the battle and then you have to get around the room and not have any rewinds for traps and such.
You level up your abilities in a upgrade system reminiscent of the license board from FFXII. I was fine with the upgrade system even though I had to upgrade things like fire trail to get to other stuff I wanted it was fine.
If you're wondering if this game will be a return to puzzles like Sand of Time you are....kinda right. There were some puzzles just like Sands of Time but not as hard. There was some puzzles that involved freezing water and statues and that was really fun.
The over all game experience was good. Despite the how quick the game went by it was really fun. Maybe thats why it went by so fast. The acrobatics and environmental puzzles getting around were made so much more fun by the freeze water ability along with the recall ability. The freezing water pretty much made the game for me. I know I was harsh on the battle system but I still had fun using powers on the enemies and making my way across a room by hopping from head to head. The voice acting is as good as ever and the cinematic cut scenes are awesome especially the opening video which looks like a real movie. Also the moments leading up to the final fight is the most epic thing I have ever played.
So if you are a Prince of Persia fan like me then you will be happy if you are a newcomer to the series it's hard to say... I think newcomers will like it for the water and the acrobatics and such. Give it shot.
I would give the game a 7/10
I just started another game and it remembered all the powers I had so now i can upgrade everything to the max. Interesting tid bit...
Friday, May 14, 2010
This summer is going to be a great summer for movies. For the next few weeks there will be a movie released every friday that I want to see. I marked all the movies i wanted to see down on my calendar so that i would remember when they came out. In case you don't know what is coming out soon allow me to enlighten you...
today (may 14) - Robin Hood
May 21 - Shrek 4, MacGruber
May 28 - PRINCE OF PERSIA! (going to be SO awesome)
June 4 - nothin I care about....just David Bowdens wedding!
June 18th - Toy Story 3
July 2 - THE LAST AIRBENDER (gonna be even better than prince of persia i bet!)
July 9 - Despicable me
July 16 - Inception (defiantly going to blow peoples minds)
Aug 6 - The oOher Guys
Aug 13 - SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD!! (going to be so incredible!)
So thats the movies I want to see this summer. It's gonna be epic.
Also I got a hair cut... enjoy.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Something weird is happening.
I went to bed last night at like 3-ish. That part isn't out of the ordinary. The strange part was that i couldn't sleep. I tossed and turned and finally gave up at like 4:45. I then proceeded to get up and shower and watch episodes of TV on Hulu.
At 730 I went to a prayer breakfast at Chic-fil-a with some of my youth group kids that invited me yesterday.
So here I am... 8 am....quite literally about maybe 1 hour of sleep....but oddly feeling fine. Strange. Maybe I'm becoming a super human that doesn't have to sleep. Hopefully.
Anywayz the rest of yesterday was good. Just as i predicted. Yesterday I went to wednesday night church at Legacy and met lots of kids. I tried super hard to remember all their names. I have a terrible memory for names. I remembered a lot though. I was proud.
After church I celebrated my BWW anniversary. I ate them while watching How I Met Your Mother. Delicious.
Also I found out yesterday that like every awesome movie about the future or alternate timelines or any awesome movie is based off books and short stories by like one guy!
Philip K. Dick!
Amazing! I'm defiantly going to go find all his books and read them. Short stories and books of his that have been turned in to movies....
Minority Report (if you know me, you know this is like one of my favorite movies)
A Scanner Darkly
and soon a movie called The Adjustment Bureau... Looks awesome. Look it up.
So that totally blew my mind yesterday! So I'm going to half-price books today to look for them!
by the way book title for Blade Runner: "Do androids dream of electric sheep?"
Best book name ever!
Also... hair cut soon....
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
It's my anniversary today!
No not with Kristi....
With Buffalo Wild Wings! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY
Thats right today, may 12 2007, I apparently signed up for buffalo wild wings emails that gave me free coupons and deals and such.
haha so this morning i woke up to find this email
I totally didn't even know it was by anniversary! They are so thoughtful! Needless today I will be celebrating my anniversary tomorrow on boneless thursday! So Exciting!
It's gonna be a good day...
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
All right N00bs and N00bets! I'm back on the blogging train!
I am about to embark (yep still continuing with the train analogy) on a journey as a intern youth minister at the Legacy Church of Christ. So I decided this was a good of a time as any to start up blogging again. This way anyone who cares about me back at OC or something can see what I'm up too.
So here is the info since i last entered a post. I am now graduated. I graduated with a degree in Creative Media (Aka film).
Thats about all worth mentioning. haha.
Legacy has a special place in my heart because if i recall correctly it was one of the first (if not the first) places that Unbound performed on their very first summer on tour. We stayed there like 2 days and really got to know the kids well. Now its been 5 years since that time and all those kids have graduated but I still am excited.
I am working on getting an imac seen here....
This will allow me to edit videos with ease and will just be a nice addition to my like for the foreseeable future. This imac is made possible by past Jeremy. Who deposited money over the years and then forgot about his savings account. Present Jeremy was reminded of that account and when he looked into it low and behold $3000.
Winner winner chicken dinner.
Thanks past jeremy.
So now I can get this computer with money to spare and also get the profits from working for Legacy to get an apt up in edmond when the summer is over. YAY!
Also Courtney Price, old friend from elementary school, contacted me to help her film something this friday because she too is a film major. Fancy that.
To quote Kronk from the Emperor's New Groove "Oh yeah... It's all comin together."