Category: Art/Film

Me do a good Meme!

on May 26th, 2005 ( 11 )

Well it seems to be all the rage in the blogosphere these days, so Jalenack is jumping in too. ‘Cept it’s not a musical baton, it’s a …err… literary stick. Our beloved tsguitar has devised his own meme. Here goes nothing:

First 5 songs that came up when I shuffled iTunes:

  1. Sad Songs and Waltzes – Cake
  2. Feelings – Offspring
  3. Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai
  4. It Ain’t You – Squirrel Nut Zippers
  5. 4000 Miles – Blackalicious

Current book I’m reading:

The Sound of Waves – Yukio Mishima (Yea, I know it’s required reading)

Last Movie seen in Theaters and where:

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith @ AMC Bay Street
<mini -review>it ruled</mini>

Five People I’ll pass this to:

  1. Geoffers
  2. Nico
  3. Ollie
  4. Jamie
  5. You!

Bad Play

on April 23rd, 2005 ( 4 )

The Voysey Inheritance. Possibly the worst play I have ever seen!

For the actors: It was 2 hours, 20 minutes of acting, drama, comedy, and well written scripts.

For the audience: It was 2 hours, 20 minutes of yawning, head scratching, nail picking, sleeping, and listening to the old people in the front row yawn.

There were a few odd things about this play

  1. Every male in the play was bald or balding.And the least bald of them was the oldest one.
  2. I guess exactly how the play was going to happen from the moment it started. And I was right.
  3. The actors couldn’t hold an English accent.They kept slipping up or it sounded fake.

All and all, the people sitting around me were much more interesting. And the high point of my day was watching Harry be Lord of the Pigeons in the park.

Napoleon Dynamite

on February 12th, 2005 ( 4 )

I just finished watching the movie Napoleon Dynamite, and to tell you the truth I’m not sure what to think. I watched it twice last weekend as well and I have to say that it’s quite perplexing. I’ve heard different opinions about this movie…some say it’s completely hilarious and others that it’s completely stupid. I say that my opinion doesn’t fall into either of these two categories.

If you haven’t seen this film, it is about a high school boy named Napoleon who is, in nice terms, a complete dork. The plot includes Napoleon helping his friend Pedro…the underdog…win class presidency, but I found that the plot was not the key point of this story. This movie shows what life as an outcast is like, but also shows that you can rise above, that you don’t need popularity. Some of my friends have said that it was the funniest thing ever…that every little thing Napoleon said (i.e. Whatever I feel like, gosh!) and did was completely hilarious. And the first time you watch it, it is. This guy is just so out of it-he draws pictures of unicorns and ligers, he takes his phone all the way out of the front door to call Pedro-that it’s hard not to be at least a little amused. However, the second time instead of just laughing at his actions, you feel sorry for this guy. He’s a hopeless dork with an uncle who’s living in the past and a brother who spends all his time in chat rooms and his only friend is the new guy who just came in from Mexico. I must say that the actor who played him portrayed the character extremely well. From the first time you see him you can tell what a dork he is (this is also due to the clothing…but oh well). He consistently managed to keep a sort of dazed look, and the posture fitted the character quite well. Anyways, so you start to feel really sorry for this guy, and it’s depressing because you know there are people like that out there and that you would treat them pretty much the same way. But, in the end you learn that he has a place in the world, even though his situation doesn’t change at all.

This is the kind of movie that you can’t really ruin the end of…even seeing once doesn’t really ruin the end. Though it is simple, there actually is a lot to this movie that is hard to notice, especially the first time through. In the end, it conveys a happy message, but its also rather depressing. (other people have told me that they thought it was depressing too)

One thing that I found really funny about the movie, was not in the movie itself but what people did after the movie. This movie doesn’t seem like it would have much impact on people…but strangely it does. Right now I’m intstant messaging someone with a screen name that is one of the things that Napoleon is always saying, and I’ve been hearing people in class and elsewhere saying stuff from the movie. Not quoting, but saying stuff as Napoleon would. (i.e. an under the breath “yes” after accomplishing something). There’s this one guy in my English class who has the “Vote for Pedro” shirt that Napoleon was wearing to support his friend.

In conclusion, this movie may have seemed a little stupid and somewhat pointless, but somehow it has an effect on people. Somehow it touches them in one way or another…as strange as this may seem.

I dono…I liked it anyways.

CCCT Mousetrap

on February 6th, 2005 ( 6 )

Hello Everyone,
Props to Andrew for finally fixing this site.

Now on to business, last night I ushered at CCCT. Ushering is quite a bit of fun, and I enjoy it and it’s not that hard either. I just wanted to recap on an incident that happened last evening.

One of our jobs, one that I was assigned to during Intermission was watching the entrance to the theater and to stop people from eating or drinking in the theater. This job is always a nice low stress job; one just has to politely ask people to follow a rule that’s written on the wall next to the door. As most of you know, most people can’t read. :-P

Well after about 8 or so min. into intermission, I noticed a lady holding an unopened cookie and walking into the theater. As I was instructed to do, I got prepared to tell her to keep all food and beverages closed while in the theater. I was about to remind her of this when she proceeded to open her cookie. I politely stepped in front of her and told her that she was not allowed to eat in the theater. She stared me straight in the eye and said

Yes I can!

I gathered that this lady was going to try to get me to give up and let her into the theater without actually barging in. So I calmly responded to her like I did this all the time (which I hadn’t because this was the third time I had ushered and so far I had never encounter a person who questioned my motives :) ) I told her it was the theater’s policy (which it was) not to allow food or beverages into the theater. She replied:

Well doesn’t someone clean up in there!

By then I had sensed that this lady really was a jerk, (I mean common, what is she going to accomplish out this?) I told her that yes we did clean up after the performance, but that just because we did that didn’t void the theater’s policy. This lady started getting annoyed that I wasn’t letting her into the theater with her cookie, that she had paid a dollar for. Her final attempt to get herself into the theater was by saying:

Well I was just on my way to my seat!

I didn’t really understand how that was relevant but luckily for me her “friend or companion” made the comment of why couldn’t she just eat her cookie in the lobby. Thus, she gave up, and ate her cookie in front of me until intermission ended.

Reflection: (I love this part!)
First off, this is a behavior I would have normally expected from a rebellious teenager. Wouldn’t you? Usually when people reach a certain age they understand the rules and are willing to follow them without a fight. Something that really bothered me was this lady was well into her 60′s if not early 70′s. I would have assumed by then that she would have learned some respect. Well that just goes to show you that no matter how sweet grandma looks she can still be an *******.

What the Bleep?

on January 9th, 2005 ( 16 )

Last night I went to see the film “What the Bleep Do We Know?” with a few of my very good chums. It brought up many topics that seemed perfect for discussion with this fine group of thinkers. All you guys that haven’t had better go and see it so you can be included in this discussion, or else you’ll be left in the dust.

Okay, my personal take on the movie: I am very interested in this revolutionary idea of quantum physics, though I have not yet been very well informed in the field until yesterday. So the first half of the movie was riveting for me, learning these new hypotheses and theories on the physics of probability. But I thought the second half about the bio-chemistry and cell receptors got very repetitive, and was mostly unnecessary. It was definitely an interesting idea about individual cells becoming addicted to certain chemicals, or emotions in the bloodstream, were talking about only that for much too long. It started to sound more like some dumb psychologist’s “self-help” video that wanted to sound all smart just by talking about the science and bio-chemistry of your emotions. I didn’t need that; I feel just fine about myself and don’t need any help controlling my emotions. But that’s just me; I can totally see how that would help some people, just not me. I want to hear more about how all of matter is really just a condensed thought.

I thought they did a very good job of tying all these interviews and explanations into the life of a speech-impedimented photographer. Didn’t seem like it would work at first, but it turned out to be pretty well executed.

A thought I had while watching the movie: When was the last really revolutionary scienctist? It was probably Einstei and his major work was in the sixties. I’m not talkin’ about someone that only people on High School science bowl teams recognize, I’m talking about the people that all the public, even the uneducated people know. Everyone knows einstein came up with E=mc2, everyone knows Galileo invented the telescope, and Newton discovered gravity, but if you asked a random person on the street who Enrico Fermi is, they probably wouldn’t be able to tell you that he’s credited for splitting the atom and creating the atomic bomb. So Fermi doesn’t count, but the others are known revolutionary scientists, and there haven’t been any of them since Einstein. I’ll betcha the next one discovers something about quantum physics. Quantum physics has so much potential to change the way we see the universe, but it’s still got quite a few kinks to work out. So it seems logical that whoever irons out these kinks and is able to make quantum physics real for everyone will be the next Einstein. Just a thought…

So now I want to go read a book on quantum physics. Does anyone know any good ones? I don’t want one that’s all math and proves everything in about six different ways that I don’t know anything about, but I also want one that’s not dumbed down so much it fails to stimulate my mind. If anyone has any recommendations, it would be greatly appreciated.