Saturday, June 21, 2008

Funny Games (2007)

I had never heard of this movie, but in my ramblings across the internet, I happened upon a review of it, and I was intrigued. I saw it on Thursday, and I was blown away.

4.5/5 stars maybe even 5/5. It was that good.

The one I watched is a shot-for-shot remake of "Funny Games" (1997) and both were directed by Michael Haneke. It's basically about 2 guys (one is Michael Pitt) who terrorize a family (Tim Roth and Naomi Watts).

The pacing, directing, acting, story, plot, everything was incredible. It is a horror movie of sorts, like Se7en was as horror movie. And like Se7en, almost all of the violence occurs off screen, which makes lets our imagination take its course.

Please go rent/netflix this movie.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


I'm not sure if you folks use Firefox add-ons or not. If not, check them out. If you do, you probably have stumbler. I ran across this today, while stumbling through the internet:

my other add-on include:
script-blocker - keeps pesky viruses off my computer
weather - i can always see the current and the next day weather on the lower right part of my screen
drag and drop attachments - instead of "browsing" and adding a file to an email, i can drag'n drop it in there
g-directions - you highlight an address and right click and it will automatically pull it up on googlemaps
g-dictionary - you highlight a word and right click and it will give you the definition

And if you use something that is coolio. Let me know about it, dammmit!


Mongol was disappointing to me. I think if I had grown up in China, watching alot of Ghengis Khan movies, then this one would have been awesome. The scope, cinemetography, and story were great, but it smelled alot like "The English Patient". I guess I was expecting alot more of his reign as Khan of all of Mongolia/Asia. I give it 3.5/5 stars.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

bits and pieces

I don't have a lot of time to post since I'm at work, but things are going well. I have some pictures to post up from comicon and other things.

One update is that I have a new job. Another is that I read alot of books nowadays, with my extended commute. So I will be updating you about what I'm currently reading, and also maybe what movies I have watched that I enjoy or not. Here we go:

Books I've Read Since Starting Work:
Cell - Stephen King
Dark Tower Graphic Novel - Marvel
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America - Barbara Ehrenreich

Currently Reading:
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq - Thomas E. Ricks

Some TV Shows That I Am Ashamed To Watch:
Top Chef: Chicago...go Antonia and Richard!
America's Best Dance Crew....JABBAWOCKEEZ!!!!
The Soup
Worlds Wildest Police Videos (I will admit that I only watch this show while others are on commericial)
Keeping up with the Kardashians

Movies Recently Watched:
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - Philip Seymore Hoffman is awesome
The Savages - Philip Seymore Hoffman is amazing, again
For the Bible Tells Me So - informative
Ironman - best superhero movie since the first Batman
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - ugh
Mongol - watching it excited, wish you were here JoaJ
One Missed Call - started, but couldn't finish, I only wanted to watch this bc rottentomatoes gave it zero freshness
Forgetting Sarah Marshall - Apatow and Segel, always funny
Gone Baby Gone - impressed with the Afflecks
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - go see this movie
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale - I love me some Jason Statham, but do not ever see this movie

Hopefully, I'll get off my ass and post up some real material, but not likey.