Archive for the ‘Entertaining myself to death’ Category

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Going to see U2!

March 30, 2009

I have waited for this opportunity since the time I was around ten and heard “Where the streets have no name.”   That song still makes me hide my face for a second or two.  It will be incredible to finally see The Edge in real life.  To be honest I had been hoping to get field seats at Skydome (now known as the Roger’s Center) which were a surprisingly reasonable price.  Alas it was not to be, and after reading that they sold out almost immediately I’m just grateful I’ll get to see them.  Although I’ll have to take my binoculars. 

List of Concerts I want to see before I die.
The Police
U2
Peter Gabriel

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What if I have nothing to say?

March 2, 2009

I realize when I sit here sometimes that I go through my day thinking, “hey, that would be an interesting thing to blog about.” I then promptly forget what it was. Now I’m sitting here with absolutely nothing to say. I’ve recently been impressed by Ann Althouse, who, along with being a law professor, manages to put up what seems like hundreds of posts a day.  Me, I’m lucky if I can put up one every couple of days.  Andrew Sullivan wrote in an article for The Atlantic, “Why I blog” that you have to post as soon as you are done writing, to allow it to flow naturally.  But I’m rarely so fully confident in what I’ve written that I want to expose myself to the world.  And yet I will.

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Coraline

February 6, 2009

I’ve been reading the lady in my life Coraline, by Neil Gaiman. It is a fantastic story that is definitely worth reading. I only mention it because the claymation adaptation of it comes out today. I’m unfortunately going to have to wait a few weeks to see it, but it is getting rave reviews, and the trailer looks beautiful. I’m a little nervous about the story adaptation, but Neil Gaiman (the author) adapted stardust for the screen and it was different, but felt right. I also loved that movie. Anyway, below is the trailer. If you get to see it, let me know what you think.

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Incredible creativity.

February 2, 2009

This video is absolutely incredible.  The way the song is depicted through stop motion is beautiful.  The way it was done is incredible.  You can read some of it at Oren Lavie’s myspace page.  It was two days of shooting and over 3500 individual pictures to make this.  The end product is worth the effort though.  A truly original music video, a rare commodity these days.

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Today’s random scientific fact.

September 1, 2008

Slugs are just lazy snails.

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Oh NO, not Brideshead Revisited, revisited

August 3, 2008

(For Full disclosure’s sake, I haven’t seen the movie yet)

So apparently Brideshead Revisited has been butchered.  According to Church of the Masses they took, “a profoundly catholic novel” (it is) and made it “viciously anti-catholic.”   Now mind you, this comes as no surprise after watching the trailer.  It seems like screenwriters, writers, the intelligentsia, etc, all think it is still profoundly original to bash catholics (I’m not one but even I feel offended sometimes).  All I can say is I’m leaving this one to rent, or dare I say it, download.  My only question right now: Is Rex still Canadian in their remake? I’m guessing no.

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Response to a Response to the Dark Knight.

July 20, 2008

(When I first wrote this I mistook who a three year old mentioned in Brant’s post belonged to.  For the record the three year old is not Brant’s child.)

I guess its time to waste some pixels.

I don’t really read blogs, at least not like quite a few of the people I know do.  Of the few blogs I read my favorite is Brant Hansen‘s and finally I disagree with him.  I went to see The Dark Knight in the very early morning of the day it opened because I was so excited about it.  I was not disappointed.  It is the best thought out and executed superhero and/or action movie that I’ve seen.  Brant disagrees, so let me start with where I agree with Brant Hansen.

The rating is inapprioriate.  Brant talks about taking his someone taking their three year old son to see the movie which I could have told him probably wasn’t a good idea.  The realism implied by Batman Begins as well as the image of the joker in the trailer was enough for me to know this wasn’t the 80s Batman.  I was shocked that Focus on the Family gave it two and a half stars especiallys seeing as this movie is an especially graphic portrayal of relativism.  Especially when their own subsidiary Plugged In highlights both the violence and the twisted ethics of the movie.  As well as highlighting that it is not a movie for children.  But ratings have always been weird, the PG for Titanic comes readily to mind. and PG-13 for The Dark Knight is a little low.

Brant calls the movie a jolt of excitement for a dying culture.  It is more a reflection of a culture trying to figure out what good and evil are or whether they even exist.  It does unfortunately ring strongest as an ode to utilitarianism more than anything else. If you are going to treat Wall-E as a wonderful tribute to the importance of life*, than you should respond to this movie as a filmmakers questioning of relativism, utilitarianism, and the nature of good and evil.  I’d love to say this movie was just entertainment but in the same way people get their theology from what they sing in church they get their philosophy from what they watch.  We need to engage movies as such.

If your problem with this movie is that it is escapism then it isn’t just this movie you should have a problem with.  It should be movies in general.  The same world that gave us Wall-E gave us The Dark Knight.  Hollywood knows we want to spend a few hours escaping the mundane.  To be honest, I just wanted to see a good movie.  I got to.  The script and direction were great.  I’m pretty sure anyone whose looked at a newspaper has heard about Heath Ledger’s unreal performance.  His death unfortunately overshadowed Christian Bale and Aaron Eckhart’s also amazing performances.  For someone who is something of a film buff this was a movie I thought would be great and it did not disappoint.  If you are not opposed to both graphic and implied violence I recommend it.

Just don’t take the kids.

I’m not entirely sure I’ve been as good at explaining the philosophical content of the Dark Knight as I would have liked.  Brian Walton, who I found in the comments does a great job on discussing Christopher Nolan’s (director/cowriter) examinations of nihilismEd Brenegar is a brilliant thinker who also does a good job of breaking down the characters as philosophical representations in this movie.

*For the Record I have not seen Wall-E, although I do really want to.

Bonus Feature:  My dad pointed out this hilarious video to me.