September 11th, 2011
|02:38 pm - Stupid Gaming Tricks (man, it's been a while)|
Mal: Hey, according to this dropdown list I could get "Gorilla Gloves!" That sounds way better than these lame-ass green thumbs!
erragal: You don't care what they do, you just want them because they're gorilla gloves?
Mal: I figure worst-case scenario, they're made out of a gorilla's hands. So at least I'll be able to run up to people and be all like, "I'm gonna fuck you up with my GORILLA HANDS!"
August 3rd, 2011
|09:23 pm - Chesh & Mal Reunion Tour 2011|
Sorry for the last minute update (we plan as well as ever, don't we?), but we're going to be in Minny from next Friday (12th) to the following Saturday (the 20th).
Reason: it was my Grandmother's 85th birthday in May, and we're renting a cabin in Brainerd for the week.
Get in Friday early afternoon.
Saturday: Birthday party for Grandma on Saturday afternoon/evening (probably getting out ~7-8ish)
Sunday: currently open! Mass-catch up at coffee shop or at someone's house? Play games?
Monday: Drive to Brainerd!
Thursday: Escape from Brainerd, drive down to Blue Earth.
Friday: escape Blue Earth, with an eye toward getting back to the Twitties in the evening.
Saturday: Leave early afternoon.
We'll probably be staying with Drew and Max for the first leg (altho they might be finding out about that RIGHT NOW), dunno about the second leg.
Flight in Friday the 12th at 2 PM, flight out Saturday the 20th at 2 PM (no, we didn't plan that): rides to & fro airport? Pretty please? *blink, blink*
Does anyone with a house have any interest in hosting a party one of those weekend nights to assist us with mass catching up? We were hoping to have more time free to hang out when we figured our dates, but family obligations have turned out to be larger than initially anticipated.
Anyways, look forward to seeing you soon!
June 4th, 2011
|02:37 am - THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS|
Just saw it. Yes, you will want to see it.
May 28th, 2011
|02:59 am - Quickie SIFF Review #2: KARATE-ROBO ZABORGER|
The Hook: Ostensibly a remake of Denjin Zaborger (aka Electroid Zaborger 7), really it's just Noboru Iguchi (director of MACHINE GIRL, ROBOGEISHA, and THE ANCIENT DOGOO GIRL, as well as co-director of MUTANT GIRL SQUAD with Yoshihiro Nishimura of TOKYO GORE PLACE fame and Tak Sakaguchi of a ton of awesome things fame) riffing off of tokusatsu in his own fetishistic way for an hour and a half.
The Plus: The drastically reduced amount of gore and complete lack of any implications of sexual violence do, on the one hand, add up to make it feel a lot more like a PG-13 experience than I'm used to from his previous work. On the other hand, it's also the first of his movies that I really feel I could show someone guilt free. I mean honestly, I think anyone I would want to show a movie to would appreciate ROBOGEISHA and 95% of them would at least tolerate MACHINE GIRL. But this one puts it all a bit more out there and really goes straight for the comedy factor while veering all over the place.
The Minus: None, really.
Memory burned into my mind for all eternity: THE LEAGUE OF SMILES. NEW FAVORITE SUPERHERO TEAM.
Rating: Five Rockets Shot Out of Breasts
May 25th, 2011
|12:25 am - SIFF Review #1: TROLLHUNTER|
The Hook: A group of film students follow a suspected bear poacher, in the hopes of getting a scoop for an unspecified film project. As everyone is I'm sure 100% surprised to hear, they get more than they bargained for: he doesn't hunt bears, HE HUNTS TROLLS!
Quickie Review: First off, the shaky cam. This is definitely my favorite faux documentary/shaky cam movie to date, but I think that's really because the ground has already been tread by certified blockbusters THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and CLOVERFIELD. As such, they can minimize how much time they spend making you want to puke or watching a scene so dark that you have no clue what you're looking at. After playing with night vision a bit at the beginning, I think they spend most of the rest of the movie just filming with fairly subtle lighting to achieve reasonably dark shots that still allow you to resolve the action. Also, they don't bother trying to hide the action, allowing you plenty of opportunities to check out the TROLLS (although the darkness of the night scenes is certainly forgiving on the CGI).
The movie is definitely trying to be more action-suspensey than it is horrory, and I definitely liked it more than I would have if they'd gone the other direction. This is at least in part because the movie realizes it's premise is fairly ridiculous and is willing to run a bit tongue in cheek. See, for instance, the scene where a character is forced to explain that a series of sheep mutilations are due to a Russian bear that had wandered across Finland and Sweden into Norway--because they couldn't get a Scandinavian bear corpse on short notice--and then ends up having to further explain that Russian bears keep excess food for the winter stashed under bridges. You know, like squirrels do.
My number one complaint is that for all the pretense that our characters are a group of documentary filmographers, they often seem a bit incurious as to what's really going on. They do certainly ask questions of their subject, but there's a lot of things they don't ask and it really feels that it's just because the filmmakers didn't want to have to come up with an explanation.
Number One Unanswered Question: What is it with trolls and Christians, anyway? My theory is that Christians are trolls' natural predator, so they've evolved the ability to smell them. Makes as much sense as anything else.
Rating: four out of five Fuck Yeahs. Watch the trailer online. If it looks interesting, it's pretty much what it says on the tin. If you're on-demographic, it's definitely worth watching.
May 23rd, 2011
|11:30 pm - Slightly topical|
'By "deciphering" the Book of Revelations, a minister in Lochau--in what is now East Germany--proclaimed that the world would end on October 18, 1533. When it didn't happen, the minister--a Michael Stiftel--was given a thrashing by the townspeople.'
--Isaac Asimov, Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts
May 22nd, 2011
|02:56 pm - Stupid Gaming Tricks|
Mal: Wait, DEATH?! NOBODY SAID ANYTHING ABOUT FIGHTING DEATH!
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|12:48 pm - My year in reading: 2010|
You know you have procrastination issues when you do one of your summing-up-your-year posts when it's nearly seventy outside. Of course, having moved from Minnesota to Seattle, that's sort of cheating now. Anyways, I've fortunately read enough book this year that I need to free up space on the books-I've-read-this-year shelf, providing impetus for this post.
Please note that this is probably missing a couple things that got read and then lent out rather then getting put on the shelf. There are also a bunch of things that won't get listed (the only things that come to mind are The Epic of Gilgamesh and a bunch of Socratic dialogues) because my reading-tracking system only includes whole books consumed. Also, comic books are right out because I read them too much.
Most of my comments are really just rushed attempts to put down what I thought about the book. If you'd like more in-depth thoughts about the books or want more of a description of what they're about, feel free to ask and I'll see what I can do.
Anyways, here's what I've got in no particular order:
( Cut because, you know, I'd hate to clutter up your friends page in the modern elk eraCollapse )
So that's 2010. So far, in 2011, I'm continuing the trend of reading really really long books, which admittedly makes these posts shorter.
Current Music: Grizzlies Spanking Thunder
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April 23rd, 2011
|11:31 pm - ...and a good time was had by all.|
Today was pubwar, a celebration of the 33rd birthday of the publab (our local pharmy happy hour crew) godfather. The celebration took the form of a 22-member paintball expedition and all of the expected carnage.
NOTE: I am now covered in bruises and incredibly sore.
NOTE: I now have a basically yellow pair of pants, a fairly yellow shirt, and a pair of trail runners covered in a layer of mud around an inch thick.
After pubwar, we recovered with drinks and dinner. I then got invited by my Neuro friend Andy to join him for a bonfire party on the beach at Golden Gardens. I never found out what we were celebrating, altho I was pleased to discover I had actually ever met the person we were celebrating something for.
I am also now thoroughly drunk after many beers and splitting a bottle of wine and a flask of tequila mostly with Andy.
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April 3rd, 2011
|01:55 pm - Stupid gaming tricks|
James: She doesn't look happy to see us, does she?
Mal: Blue things generally aren't.