New Indie Trailer is Out

20 02 2008

http://www.indianajones.com/site/index.html

Can’t wait. Though I didn’t see Karen Allen’s face anywhere in there, which makes me sad. I was hoping she’d make a comeback.

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It’s Go-Go, Not Cry Crisis

1 11 2007

I watched Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror the other night. It was pretty awesome, but I think I liked Tarantino’s Death Proof a little more. I think I’ll buy the Grindhouse DVD when it comes out. My main criticism of Planet Terror is that it made zombies less zombie-like, in my opinion. Maybe it’s partly because Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake, my favouritest zombie flick, actually moved away from the traditional slow-moving, moaning model. The replacement is an olympic-sprinting, shrieking breed of undead which is way cooler to me. So I guess my perception is off. I’m sure he did a good job paying homage to cheap exploitation flicks of the seventies. One of the best lines in the film, which I paid my own homage to in this post’s title is, “It’s Go-Go, not…cry-cry.” Uttered by a slimy character portrayed by Rodriguez’s realtor, it’s best said with a thick Texan accent. Also, it’s probably only funny when you know the context. Go see the Grindhouse movies. They’re awesome.

I’m experiencing a bit of a crisis right now. It has to do with school, and I’ll probably make a full-fledged post about it once everything is sorted out. Until then.





All’s Right With The World

19 06 2007

Today something made me remember the inscription, “God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world” from the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Its origin lies in a Robert Browning poem called “Year’s at the Spring”.

The year’s at the spring,
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hill-side’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in his Heaven —
All’s right with the world!

In NGE, the last two lines are used as the logo of an organization in the series that is attempting to wipe clean humanity’s slate and return to a Garden of Eden-like state of innocence. NGE had a powerful effect on me as an angsty and “pickup truck philosophy”*-loving teenager. I’m sure the main reason for that is the fact that most of the show was terrifyingly sad. The fictional world is exactly how the adults want it to be, and the children, the protagonists, are downright miserable. There wasn’t a glimmer of hope in their future.

I think I used to look at my own life that way. Maybe not so dismal – more like I couldn’t picture my own future at all. I had no idea what it would hold. But that’s all changed now. It’s odd, but since life’s become more difficult – and I guess more full – I’ve been happier. I think it’s a road sign standing on the threshold of adulthood, when your future is suddenly very tangible, and you’re excited about it and actively taking steps on your own to shape how it will be. Life is exciting business.

So I watched The Fountain and liked it a lot. It got 50% on Rotten Tomatoes; an equal split of brilliant and abysmal. It’s definitely not for everyone, and if you start to nod off whenever movies start getting unrealistic, you should probably stick to more conventional stuff. I especially loved the sountrack though, and I’d like to buy it or download it – when I get around to it. Also, my gang bussed up to Toronto this past Friday night to visit Pete in his new territory and celebrate his birthday. Good times were had. Queen Street is an amazing place and I want to go back there soon. Unfortunately, everyone assumed everyone else would bring a camera so we have no photos to document the occasion.

Everything else continues on basically as usual. I borrowed Season 2 of Numb3rs from Paul, and am working my way through that and finding other things to do in my spare time while I wait until I have enough money to start buying the things I want. Speaking of which, here’s a list of the stuff I want to buy. Consider it a reference for myself, or if you prefer, a vain and childish letter to Santa that really serves no purpose except to entertain me at this moment.

Stuff Dave Wants to Buy: (No real order)

Camera
Guitar Hero 2
Next-gen console + Games
The Fountain Soundtrack
New PC
Clothes
Home Gym Equipment
Camcorder
Books

Uh that’s all I can think of.

Last thing: I have good news. VERY good news. But, I’m not going to blog about it yet until it’s really really official. In any case, you’ve probably already guessed. That’s ok. I’ll fill you in later. For now, it’s time to go.

*My high school Philosophy teacher’s term for any kind of philosophical musing, especially metaphysical, that is ignorant, whimsical, or otherwise devoid of scholarly merit.





Support Four Eyed Monsters

11 06 2007

This 71 minute indy film is up on YouTube for a limited time. I haven’t found time to watch it yet myself, but I plan to soon. FEM’s creators, Susan Buice and Arin Crumley are credited with being pioneers of the digital media revolution. If you want to support them, which I think you should, you can register with Spout.com. It only takes a moment, (although make sure you uncheck the two boxes if you don’t want them sending you unsolicited junk) and for every member that signs up on their behalf, Spout will give Buice and Crumley one dollar toward paying off their debt.

Do it here.

This weekend was pretty sweet. We hung out at Sara’s on Friday night and met her friends from school, Michelle and Mona. Cranium is an amazing party game. We already knew this, but it never ceases to blow me away. Saturday morning Pete and I went for a run, and then that night I was working. It was a nice day to be sitting outside, although it got cooler near the end of my shift. It was a slower night, so pretty non-stressful, but I was glad to go home because I didn’t bring a jacket or anything. Today I went grocery shopping and bought dinner for myself and Sarah/Kat, who I hung out with tonight around here. Tomorrow the plan is to head over to her place in the evening to play some Guitar Hero and try out the Wii, which is something I’m long overdue in doing. Speaking of guitars, I lent her mine because I never use it and she’s trying to learn.

I hope I can coax myself to go for another run by myself in the morning. We’ll see.





Life of a Non-Student, Part Deux

28 05 2007

The last few days have been so awesome. On Friday, Alex and I had lunch at the bagel place on Locke street. Nothing like a toasted bagel with cream cheese! It was a really nice day too. We spent the afternoon devising plans for our video project. That night, Pete was back from Toronto and, after having Chinese food for dinner here, we went over to Sara’s. For the past week or so we’d been planning a surprise birthday party for Jer, so the three of us set to work baking him a cake. We were there past midnight working on it while listening to some oldies. It was good times. The next day was the party, and it went off well. In attendance were most of the usual gang, except Katelin who was out of town, and Jeremy’s girlfriend Nicole. The original plan was to have a picnic at Pier 4 park, but we decided to stick around Westdale since the weather threatened rain. It was strictly an afternoon thing because Jer and Nicole were leaving to go camping that night.

That night after the party, Pete and I rented The Last King of Scotland. It was a solid film, I really liked it. Forest Whitaker’s performance as the dubious Ugandan president Idi Amin was definitely deserving of the Oscar award he won. Tonight, Pete, Paul, Luke and I went to Silver City to catch a 9pm showing of new Pirates of the Carribean movie, but, tragically, all shows were sold out. At a loss, we just hung out and ordered pizza. Stuffed crust.

Oh man. As I was typing that last sentence, my Donnie Darko poster fell off the wall. You don’t know how depressing that is – because, I always have trouble getting posters to stay up. But I put my new ones (acquired last fall) up over a month ago with some awesome sticky tack and they’ve been fine…until now. Ah well.

Before I go fix that, I want to mention that there’s still been no word from any of the places I applied for work at, but I’m now just starting to look into something I’ve heard about. I don’t want to say what it is until I’ve learned more about it and decided whether it’s even feasible – but I can tell you that, if I decide to go for it, I think those of you who know me will be fairly surprised. This is not a typical David-move. More to come.





APOCALYPT….oh.

18 12 2006

I went to see Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto with Peter and Paul the other night, and still haven’t decided whether I like it or not.

The positives:
-Awesome, awesome camera work for most of it, except for in the beginning…which was bad. I felt like I was watching a pilot episode of a low-budget wannabe airing on Discovery. Other than that, it lives up to the excitement Gibson generated with camera work in Braveheart.
-It is powerful. Some of the parts are very emotional, albeit visceral.
-Some great cinematography, especially the footage in what I’ll call “the pit”. (Don’t want to give anything away, but if you’ve seen it you know what I mean.)
-Pretty good acting. I’ll admit that I’m pretty easily convinced, but considering some of these guys were pros and some had never been in front of a camera before, they did a good job. I couldn’t tell you who the experienced actors among them are, although the lead antagonist probably was.

The negatives:
-Totally unoriginal message. This is probably the most disappointing part of the whole movie for me, in fact I think I was muttering out loud to myself in the theatre when I picked up on it. The basic point of this movie is: if there is ever an apocalypse, it probably won’t come in the form of some kind of external catastrophe like a meteorite or the sun blowing up…or, in this case, a Spanish Inquisition. No, we will probably destroy ourselves first. There’s a part in the movie, a very obvious “calm before the storm” part where an elder is telling villagers around a bonfire a tale whose finishing line is something like, “man won’t stop until he has consumed all the earth has to offer.” Well thanks Al Gore, but if I wanted to know your Inconvenient Truth, I would have rented the documentary from Blockbuster.

I guess that really irked me because I was hoping that Mel Gibson, with all his fabulous power and charm, and presumably a desire to remove the subtitle of “antisemetic” from his name, would pull something utterly brilliant out of nowhere. Some profound revelation in Apocalyptic theory, if such a thing exists. But alas, it was not to be.

Sucky jaguar. Like I said, I don’t want to give too much away here, but…let’s just say there’s a part where they had some special effects that Peter Jackson or Lucas probably could have pulled off brilliantly, whereas Mel made me feel like I was briefly witnessing Kermit the Frog’s cameo in his first R-rated debut.

-Some unsuccessful balancing of realism. See, most movies strike a balance between realistic and fantastic events. In Casino Royale, Bond pulls off some remarkable stunts in an atmosphere and situation that is entirely un-remarkable. The audience eats it up though, because hey, it’s James Bond. There were maybe 2 parts in Apocalypto, though, where I was thinking, “Eh…this is kinda dumb.”

So there you have it. Do remember though, this is only my opinion, which, as my old Media professor would say, says a lot more about me than the film. What’s the final word? The movie’s got some very good points and some not-so-goods, but I think I’ll like it better once I see it again. In fact, right now I feel like it’s something I’d like to own on DVD when it’s out.

Just a side note: Something I’ve noticed with films lately is that films that you expect to be really “epic”, (a term my friends and I throw around a lot lately) often aren’t. I think it’s got something to do with growing up and losing a lot of that juvenile sense of wonder, or…something. I remember going to see Disney’s Tarzan in the theatre as a kid and thinking that was epic. (I still love Phil Collins though.) As I’ve grown older though, a lot of the movies you expect to blow your mind and just be hugely entertaining fall short of the mark. Examples that come to mind are the Spiderman movies (only somewhat), the Harry Potter movies especially, The Da Vinci Code, and so on. The next film I expect to be mind-blowingly awesome is Zack Snyder’s 300, a movie based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller depicting the battle of Thermopylae (300 Spartans versus a freakload of Persians). The cinematography in this trailer alone is enough to make me jump up and down in anticipation like a little kid. I hope it doesn’t disappoint.