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I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that

We were supposed to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey so we could discuss it in class today and I really enjoyed the movie.

I know it came out in 1968 and is listed as one of those MUST SEE movies but I had never gotten around to it till yesterday.

A shame, I know.

But I’m glad I was finally able to watch it.

It’s just funny to think that I’ve seen so many parodies and spoofs of the HAL 9000 without even knowing what it was referencing back to.

And of course I had to share the classic scene where HAL is being deactivated which represents not only his regression back to a state of childhood or otherwise primitive state but also the “murder” that Dave is committing which reflects the “Dawn of Man” scene where one ape is seen murdering another in order to gain control of the watering hole. When HAL begins to sing Daisy it shows a different side to him, one that isn’t completely emotionless when speaking, he is taken back to a simple entity.

But I couldn’t end this without posting some of my favorite parodies of HAL.

When Bender falls in love with the ship:

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I can’t find the Ultrahouse 3000 Simpsons clip on Youtube so I guess a picture of it will have to do.

But before I go, one more thing.

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So my teacher stopped the film at this point and asked everyone what they thought that this exact moment with the monolith meant.

Of course there are a million different explanations that people will explore but the most common would be that this not only signifies the “dawn” of man because of the sun seeming to appear from one side of the monolith, but also the path that the apes will take to become human and then eventually travel to the next frontier which is the moon. Where, of course, there will be yet another monolith to guide the next step of the journey of man.

But all this aside, this old lady that we have in our class always tends to give answers that are either: a) irrelevant, b) far from the point, or c) blatantly obvious, and today was no different.

When the teacher stopped the film at this point she says that only someone with the same immense knowledge of religion would be able to decipher that this exact moment is not only the 3rd day in Genesis but also connected to the ideas of the Cold War.

Needless to say, we all couldn’t help but burst out laughing. At least she didn’t cry in class today. That’s some sort of a win right?

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Valentine’s Day Dinner + Movie

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Mark asked what I wanted to do for Valentine’s Day and I said Korean Barbecue & Die Hard!

I asked to do V-day on Friday because I had tests and such to study for on Thursday night and I think it worked out pretty well.

We had KBBQ at my favorite place in Honolulu, Sikdorak, and I loved every bite of it! We got there a little early which was good because everyone started to pile in as we started eating.

But by the time I was done eating I was WAY too stuffed to go to a movie so I said we would go on Sunday.

But before we go, we decided to look up what the ratings were of Die Hard on Rotten Tomatoes and it was NOT GOOD…

I mean the audience gave it a good review but I think the critics gave the movie something like a 17% which is HORRIBLE! I love Bruce Willis and Die Hard but I didn’t really want to pay to see a bad action film either. I think I might wait till it’s released on DVD.

So instead I looked for the next movie with a decent rating and we ended up settling for Side Effects.

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Mark liked it better than I did. I think I would have rather watched Die Hard, to be honest.

The beginning of the movie was pretty interesting and it set up the plot and its twist pretty well, but I personally think the movie dragged the plot on for too long. I was expecting more of a cliffhanger ending like Inception or Shutter Island but no such luck for me.

This movie takes more of a political stance on police corruption, the malpractice of doctors and the world of money embezzlement. Not really my type of movie.

For those of you who like psychological thrillers and plot twists and such, I think you will like this movie.

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What better way to start a Monday than with a Western?

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I am very well aware that it is Wednesday today… it just took me a while to update but better late than never right?

So the first picture is what I usually see in the mornings on my way to school. It’s been a little dark and cloudy lately and it’ll rain near campus but for the most part the weather has been very agreeable.

The corvette is probably the only nice car I’ve seen in a while and in LA I wouldn’t even count it in amongst the VERY nice cars but this is Hawaii. All the nice cars are across the street at the luxury car dealership. It was still nice to see nonetheless.

And for our film class we had to watch Shane and I was pretty lucky that it was on Netflix. I bought some pho and enjoyed the movie (as best as I could). Nothing against the movie but you know it’s hard to watch a movie when you’re at home and you have a million other things to do.

But for those of you who have not seen it yet, here is MY quick summary (without ruining it).

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For our film class we are moving into the Western genre and what better way to start it than with Shane. Filmed in 1953 (although my book says 1952 for some reason), Shane is a typical Western in which there is a conflict between two groups and as the movie goes on it becomes obvious that there are multiple contrasts in the movie. Like Thomas Shatz says in his book, “The film is a virtual ballet of oppositions, all perceived from Joey’s (the young boy) viewpoint”. The main conflict being with the homesteaders who are trying to be forced/scared out of their land by the ranchers. This again refers to the battle between things such as: social law versus primitive law, equality vs survival of the fittest and even much simpler things such as the future versus the past.

The main character Shane, who borders between both groups, has to try and negotiate and somehow create a sense of order. Shane is trying to leave his gunslinger past in order to work for Joe Starrett (Joey’s father), but as chaos arises and there is need for a resolution Shane is the only person able to act because the society around him is too weak to do so. “And it is these actions that finally enforce social order but necessitate his departure from the community he has saved”.

Shane is a classic Western that helps define the genre but at the same time this film also helps viewers understand the transformations that have taken place within the genre since 1953. And who doesn’t like watching gunslingers save whole towns, am I right?

So like I said, it’s on Netflix so if you have some free time on your hands, it’s definitely worth checking out!

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You know you’re a Law and Order: Special Victims Unit addict when…

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You’re watching Lincoln and you recognize one of the actors as having been on an episode of Law & Order: SVU.

Not only that but I could describe EXACTLY what episode he was on and what happened on it.

Who am I talking about?

Joseph Cross

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And the sad thing is that I haven’t seen him in ANYTHING else, JUST SVU.

It’s the episode where the father dies so the mother becomes all OCD protective of her kids, homeschooling them and only feeding them nutritious things even though they should be out socializing and living like kids. The younger son ends up being killed by the older son (Joseph Cross) in order to spare him from the foster care system but the gun jams when he tries to kill himself. His mother has filled both of them with the horrible lies about the outside world. They eventual end up running away but being caught later by Benson and Stabler.

He plays the roll of John Hay from Illinois.

And for those of you who haven’t seen the film yet. It is AMAZING!

Both Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones did an AMAZING job bringing the Lincoln story to life!

It’s like I LIVED through the Civil War while I was watching the film. Every actor and actress in the film was just magnificent!

Except maybe Joseph Gordon-Levitt…he had maybe 5 lines in the movie? Kind of didn’t fit? He fits more in the future (Inception & Looper) rather than Civil War times in my opinion. Just saying.

*SLIGHT SPOILER*

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BUT you do get to see Daniel Day-Lewis give a good slap to his son (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in one scene. It wouldn’t be a Daniel Day-Lewis movie without it! It was amazing! TOTALLY made my day.

I couldn’t find a clip of it but this video should do for now.

And it really doesn’t matter if you don’t like historical films or not, this is one of those movies you DO NOT want to pass up. It has that same finesse that The King’s Speech has, it entraps you and makes you invested in the film. Even I began to wonder how it would end, even though obviously I knew that the Confederacy would surrender and the 13th Amendment would be passed, still I was on the edge of my seat till the very last second. It was more than just believable, it was as if I was fighting WITH the Union for equality! It really was intense.

It was a good way to spend my Saturday afternoon and I don’t regret it for a second.

I give Lincoln all the thumbs I have up! Go watch it! (And SVU).

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Gingerbread & Korean Food Time!

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Olivo, Mark and I were watching the “Maltese Falcon” yesterday because I had to watch it for my film class.

We’re going over the hard-boiled detective films and this was the first on our list of many!

And although it was quite fast paced and hard to differentiate characters at times, overall it was a good movie.

And a must see for Humphrey Bogart fans.

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After the movie I just kind of wanted to bake something. And Olivo was getting pretty sleepy so I wanted to help her stay awake so she helped me bake some delicious Gingerbread cookies!

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They actually turned out pretty good! It was hard to cut out the shapes without destroying them because of all that butter in the batter but I put some more flour down before I rolled out the dough so that helped a lot.

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And for dinner I made Sausage Omurice for me and Chicken Quesadillas for Mark.

We don’t really want the same food for dinner, which is fine by me.

It’s good because I’m getting better at multitasking in the kitchen.

I just need to get more pots and pans and stuff when I get the chance. Well…I need more baking ware rather than for cooking but we’ll see I guess.

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A mini polaroid of Olivo and I. (Excuse the basket of laundry).

I don’t know…this picture kind of makes me look short. Hmmm… Oh well.

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And today after we got back from our trip to Target we decided to go get some Korean food.

Ever since I had Korean food the other day I’ve been craving it like crazy. Thank God Olivo likes Korean food! I was stoked!

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She got barbecue chicken and I got Kimchi chigae! Yum!!!!

Made it home in time to watch MOST of the Bachelor but it is SO BORING!

Everyone is ugly and stupid and Sean is boring as FUCK! UGH. Bleh.

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Rolls Royce x Ada Wong Orgasm

So the other day I went to go see Resident Evil in the theaters. Some have Star Trek, others Star Wars but my Holy Grail is Resident Evil so I couldn’t resist!

The movie kind of sucked compared to the others but there were two things that made the movie worth my time. Well three is you count Michelle Rodriguez. RAWR! For those of you who don’t know I was Michelle Rodriguez from Machete for Halloween last year. I should have pictures somewhere but it’s just me in my bra. Go figure right? Haha.

But anyways, besides Michelle Rodriguez (appearing multiple times), Ada Wong fuckin made that movie! God was she drop dead gorgeous! I know who I want to be for Halloween! Ugh…do I have time though? Or anything to do? Meh. Plus I look kind of strange with short hair.

I could NOT stop staring at her the WHOLE movie. She’s one sexy fox. This was also pretty surprising because they usually pick ugly ass Asian girls to star in movie roles like Lucy Liu or Brenda Song or even Devon Aoki. I KNOW there are much prettier girls than those three.

And if Ada Wong wasn’t hot enough. I got to see my baby on the Big Screen! If you watch the youtube clip I attached above you’ll see what it is. Not only is she driving a brand new Rolls Royce through the fake streets of Russia but this car is bad ass! It survives almost any damage imaginable! Like she would survive if she were in a Honda Civic or something. Psh. The movie would end right there.

It was well worth the $8.75 I paid to go see it.

And I’m so disappointed in my Broncos! I’m glad they were at least able to catch up from a 13-0 at the end of the 1st.

 

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Paranorman : Movie Review

Hearing that Paranorman was by the same people who did Coraline I couldn’t help but want to watch it. Granted the commercials and marketing kind of sucked but I was willing to see it regardless. And I ended up enjoying the movie just as much as I thought I would. It was hard to find someone to go with me though…I was pretty close to just going by myself, which is what I did when I went to see Brave and I’m so glad I did. I loved that movie too! I guess I’ve been on a children’s movie kick? Actually, no not really. Most of them are still pretty stupid and slow. But LAIKA hasn’t disappointed me yet so I was sold as soon as I heard about it.


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I’m a little picky when it comes to animation style but since I absolutely adored the work behind Coraline I knew that the same time and effort would be seen in Paranorman. For those of you who haven’t seen the “Behind the Scenes” for the making of Coraline, I strongly recommend it. Anyone who has the talent, skill and patience to make a claymation, my hats go off to you.

Here’s a little piece of the making of Coraline. Just absolutely stunning!

And for those of you who are iffy about going because it is a “kids” movie, you shouldn’t feel that way. A lot of the people watching were grown adults and at some parts I questioned if this movie was ACTUALLY for kids, like I did with Coraline. That movie was scary. For real. Animation, story, music and dialogue are ON POINT.

And for someone who believes in ghosts it was a little comforting, to be honest. And for those of you who don’t, I am not trying to push anything on you. All I’m saying is that it is easier to enjoy a movie when there is a relatable factor between the film and the viewer.

I’ve given my 2 cents here I just hope you guys will go check it out. Cheers.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt grows up to be…Bruce Willis?

So Mark and I went to go see Moonrise Kingdom yesterday but before I get to that I want to talk about a specific ad that I saw for an upcoming film. As you can tell by the picture above the film that I am talking about is titled, “Looper”. And for those of you who haven’t seen the trailer here it is:

I’ll wait until you finish watching the ad…

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Okay. Watched it? Now let me try and get this straight. Stay with me here it might get a little weird.

So. Joseph Gordon Levitt is a “looper” who is kind of like a time traveling, not time traveling assassin. But he has to be somehow in the future too because they have new guns and the ability to time travel. So the mobs in the future send people back in time to Levitt so he can erase them from the future. So instead of teleporting them into a volcano (Mark’s idea) or into a black hole they waste money on someone in the past to kill someone in the future. Hmmmm. And the one rule is to never let anyone get away…even if it’s yourself. But wait…so you’re telling me that when Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets old he turns into…Bruce Willis? Really? Bruce Willis?

Does his jaw line grow thicker as he grows older? Or just his whole head grows a little for every year of his life? Now, don’t get me wrong, Bruce Willis is a very handsome man but who buys that Levitt would actually become Willis as time goes by. His eyebrows just get blonder/lighter and skinnier as time goes on too. That has to be a classic. I think I would’ve picked like Jon Hamm as the aged Levitt.

They look alike don’t you think?

Whoever cast this movie should be shot point blank. Although I guess if you want an “Action Adventure” film that Bruce Willis is your man…but then choose someone who looks like a young Bruce Willis. Ummm… Yeah I don’t know. Probably a young Tom Hanks? Hahaha. No, that wouldn’t work.

I guess we’ll see what kind of reviews the movie gets when it comes out, September 28.

But anyways, I FINALLY got to see Moonrise Kingdom yesterday (because they didn’t want to release it in Hawaii till like mid last week because they’re lame). And guess what? It was AMAZING! I knew I was going to love it and I absolutely did! And then some! I’ve never seen a Wes Anderson movie (besides Fantastic Mr. Fox which was an okay movie) so it was a new experience for me which I really liked. I especially enjoyed the panorama style they used to shoot the movie, it’s very elegant and it flows pretty nicely. The soundtrack for the film was superb as well. Each scene had the appropriate music that made you just believe that you were there with them during their little island adventure. And I think being in Hawaii and watching the movie made me relate to it just a little bit more (with all the isolation from the outside world as well as the wilderness factor that comes into play). It was like a modern Romeo and Juliet mixed with a little Andy Griffith twang to it. Not only was the story and music stellar but the color choices as well as the scenic backgrounds made this movie a masterpiece. Not a single little detail was overlooked but it didn’t have that Jay Leno scripted feel to it but more of a natural uniqueness with play of words and word choice throughout the entire film. If you’ve seen Fantastic Mr. Fox this movie has that same secret element of whimsy mixed with dark humor that is masked by colorful animal masks and time appropriate outfits.

Bill Murray and Bruce Willis also did an amazing job in the movie. But so did everyone in it. There wasn’t a single character or hair out of place.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly recommend making this the one to see this summer. There will be countless superhero movies but another movie like this won’t come along very often.

A good laugh will be had by all, I promise.

And if I didn’t convince you, here’s a little trailer for Moonrise Kingdom:

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Michael (2011): More than meets the eye

Title: Michael (2011)

Director: Markus Schleinzer

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78% (Critics)
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85% (Audience)

 “Like its protagonist, Michael is deliberate and very discreet. It shocks by suggestion, not by display.” -Mark Jenkins (NPR)

“This coldly compelling film doesn’t try to explain Michael’s behavior or analyze his disease. As if doing penance for Michael’s sins, it eventually metes out unequivocal punishment, but it is small consolation.” -Stephen Holden (New York Times)

“Illustrating the banality of evil in an impressively controlled and sometimes darkly humorous fashion, Michael takes a coolly nonjudgmental, non-psychological approach to a disturbing topic.” -Alissa Simon (Variety)

I didn’t do this movie justice when I wrote about it in an earlier blog entry. But I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t give it the recognition that it fully deserves.

America has come pretty far in exploring the “taboo” through the world of cinematics but it has not come far enough quite yet. It’s truly great that the ideas on sexuality, religion and even politics have seen a vast expansion throughout the years in regards to interpretations through film but most Americans still hold negative stigmas over certain topics such as murders committed by teenagers/children as well as certain sexual behaviors. What is it that I am trying to say? It’s mainly this: Americans are very “protective” of children, not necessarily in a literal sense but more so in the way children are to be seen as well as the failure to acknowledge that children are a major part of the everyday life we live in as a society. Because of this I know it must be hard for people to take what I am saying seriously. Why is this girl promoting a movie that is about pedophilia? Because it’s about more than that. Michael can even be seen as an in depth character analysis of the human mind, more specifically that of a pedophile. This movie was not created to rationalize pedophilia or to fight for it’s acceptance. The purpose is quite the opposite. This mo,vie induces not necessarily a shock but a restarting and reusing of the critical part of the mind. Michael requires a conscious audience. Leave all preconceived notions and judgments at the door. Much more than pedophilia, this movie is about life. The ups, the downs as well as the highs and lows. It is a study on the search for one’s true self. The possibilities of what could be and where one’s potential lies. What can one gain by living in falsities? What can one gain by facing life’s struggles as they appear? With self recognition comes strength. Strength to overcome any obstacle that may appear. A win for the underdog.

This movie also paints the picture of what one of my professors likes to call the “little man”. Who is the “little man”? Society ignores the “little man”. He is nothing. Someone of little to no value. And with this it brings about the question, “Is society to blame for the failings and shortcomings of the ‘little man’?” Should we as a society be more attentive to those around us rather than constantly worrying about ourselves? Do we need to pay more attention to our children and be responsible for them? For those who had written off Michael as nothing more than a “creep fest” or an unnecessary controversial film, they are lacking an open mind in which to receive Michael. For without an open mind it is almost impossible to appreciate true art.

So if any of you have a chance to watch it, please do because it is one that should not be stuffed in the closet and forgotten.

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Web of Connective Tissue

Since I didn’t finish my post this morning, thought I’d do that now.

I didn’t even go into depth about that Lamborghini Gallardo. It’s the Lambo that’s most likely to be seen because it is the most produced model. When someone says “mass-produced” you tend to think about 6 digits worth of cars but for the Gallardo over 10,000 were made within the first 7 years. That’s a lot for Lamborghini…hahaha. It’s like for every 1 millionth Toyota Corolla they make Lamborghini decides it’s about time to roll out a Gallardo. And this car is just another prime example of naming a car after what you want your car to be:

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And not just that, it’s a FAMOUS fighting bull. Damn straight. It wouldn’t be a Lamborghini without one!

And guess what else I saw yesterday? An old ass RHD Rolls Royce.

And he was young too! I’m so jealous!

And the Knicks signed JR Smith. *sigh* And I had such high hopes for the Lakers. They cut forward Renaldo Balkman to make room. Too bad for the Knicks he won’t be arriving on time for practice on Saturday so he won’t be able to start playing on Sunday but we should see him on the Knicks early next week. Yeah Carmelo might not play nice OR share the ball…so we’ll see what happens come next week.

OH SNAP! THE BOBCATS FINALLY WON A GAME! HOLY SHIT!

Timberwolves SUCK BALLS!!!!

You know what my favorite part of watching any game on ESPN is? Watching everyone rag on Lebron’s receding hairline. Especially Charles Barkley. Hahahaha. Everyone is priceless.

Oh and I didn’t even talk about that movie I went to watch yesterday. It was a really great movie. It IS a movie about a pedophile but it’s not really about the ACT of pedophilia but the everyday life of one man. The cinematography is AMAZING and the minimal use of words just makes it that much more suspenseful and thrilling. There are even brief moments of dark humor that just brings the whole movie together. The trailer for the movie says it all. This was the actual opening sequence of the movie. This movie in no way glorifies pedophilia or it’s actions. It’s just a well executed film and for those of you who are worried about anything really disgusting or frightening, this movie has none of that. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 73% and they only gave Star Wars Episode 1 a 57% HAH! Take that! So if you’re really into foreign films and into something different from the everyday romance or comedy, this is it! Try expanding your mind! I AM NOT JUSTIFYING PEDOPHILIA, by the way. I wish there was a way to stop it but it just seems so hopeless.

And last but not least…

OHHHH SNAP! THE KNICKS FINALLY LOST!!!ANNNNND IT WAS TO THE FUCKIN HORNETS! 

BURN.

It’s about God damn time.

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A note on the Title for this entry. This guy came in today to have a meeting with one of the managers and when he was describing how social networking works in regards to RSVPing for events he described it as a “web of connective tissue”. What a retard. No wonder you reak of “I’m never going to get laid”. What a loser.

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