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Thursday, 24 September 2009

Melatonin

Remember how I said I was going to be updating everday or something like that? Well, I just haven't been bothered in the last few days cause I've been here and there and when I get home, I'm not in the mood.

So why now?

Well cause today I haven't done anything except write two essays: one for English, the other for Literature. It's not the most exciting thing but it's worth mentioning cause it's probably the highlight of my boring day today.

And since I haven't updated in a few days, an overhaul of information would probably be nice for those reading at the moment.

So without further adieu, a recollection of the things I've done this past week thus far.
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1. On Monday, my mum and I went to the city to buy me a new laptop! I don't have a photo of it right now but I can say that it's a HP and is part of the DV series. Google it. It's quite a popular laptop - looks nice and performs really well. I mostly wanted a new laptop for games and faster performance (my old was dying and literally falling apart). My mum told me that she might as well pull it out of the education grant that the ANZ bank is offering. Selfish of me to ask her to do that for me, but she encouraged it. As any oppurtunist would do, I seized the chance and now have a machine that I'm currently spazzing over. We were also able to score a wireless router (that's currently shitting me cause the connection goes in and out) for 85 dollars with the original price at 150 which I think is friggin great
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2. Tuesday marked what would probably be considered the best BBQ I've ever been apart of. Masa, Dunstan, Jemmy, Thomas and I went to this somewhat secluded place away from Victoria Gardens and had a great "guys day out" complete with SMOKEY BBQ MARINATED MEATS! T_____T. There were many highlights that day - quite a memorable one to have before exams and everything. We might be having another BBQ next week but I'm not sure if I can attend or not. Fingers crossed that I do though, we've still got left over meat. D:
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3. Yesterday was supposed to be another awesome day of food. Jason had plans for my friends and I to go eat out in the city for Yumcha. Unfortunately, Jemmy arrived late due to scheduling conflicts with his SAC (gay, he had to back to school just for that!) so Yumcha was cancelled and we all just went to the food court at Crown Casino and ate there, haha. I had a Morrocan Baguette and a gourmet pizza. (Y) Lunch was followed by a gaming session at Galactic Circus. I was overwhelmed by the enourmous changes that that section of Crown was going through. Lotsa nice female eye candy yesterday at Crown too. (:D) After Crown, we all returned to State Library to study and then finished up with pool at the new Bourke Street site of Cue City. I've been playing too much pool there these past few days.
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Of course, these last few days haven't been completely all play and no work. Mind you, I've only done about four essays and haven't bothered to look at anything else. I think I should only focus on Vis Comm and Maths seeing as how those two will be the ones I will need to work on. I can't study for English and Literature unless I have feedback from the teacher. In saying that, I won't be studying for English and Lit anymore and will do some past exam papers for Vis Comm and Maths. I've got two weeks after trial exams anyway to study, more than enough time to get the marks that I hope to get. I just feel lazy.I should really finish my design folio actually... I'll get on that tomorrow morning and use the whole day for folio catch up. :D

Apologies for making this a wall of text post without any pictures to accompany it.

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Sunday, 20 September 2009

Jedi Religion Founder Believes He Was Discriminated

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Very bizarre piece of news I came across this morning which gave me a pleasant start to the day.
23 year old Daniel Jones, founder of the Church of Jediism believed that employees of Tesco Supermarket were discriminating against him when they asked him to remove his hood whilst shopping at their store. Tesco said that he felt "humiliated and victimised for his beliefs".

"It states in our Jedi doctrination that I can wear headwear. It just covers the back of my head,"

"You have a choice of wearing headwear in your home or at work but you have to wear a cover for your head when you are in public."


The grocery store was quick to strike back against Jones when they released a statement saying that the three most widely recognised Jedi of the Star Wars movies - Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker - all appeared in public without having to wear their hoods.

"Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Luke Skywalker all appeared hoodless without ever going over to the Dark Side and we are only aware of the Emperor as one who never removed his hood.

"If Jedi walk around our stores with their hoods on, they'll miss lots of special offers."


Man that is the most awesome answer you can give when your under a situation like that. Fuck me. D:

The story and quotes are all accredited to The Guardian. You can read more about it there.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Use Somebody

YEAH! HOLIDAYS HAVE KICKED IN!

But ohh how these holidays won't be too fruitful. The creature known as VCE lurks around the corner. It watches and stalks me. It pressures me to study for the upcoming exams in October running through to October. Begone wretched fiend!

Seeing as how I have no more SACS and only need to prepare for exams (plus since I'm on holiday break now), I'll probably be back to regularly updating rather than doing the weekly thing. Besides, I forget wayyyy too many things during the week anyway. This post will just probably be my random mindfart of things I did this week as well as other useless updates and notifications in my life.
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1. Handed in all my final pieces for Vis Comm and Studio Art. Am probably gonna return for one more day on Monday to hand in my focus statement for Studio Art. Aaron's also going to be giving me Seasons 1 and 2 of HBO series True Blood. Fuckin' sweet.
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2. Kevin bought a copy of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 for his X-Box 360 last night and we played the shit out of it after watching Funny People with Eddie. Pretty fun game, button mashing definitely gets repetitive but the fusion attacks are incredibly fun to experiment with. Iceman has become my favourite character to use in the game so far. He's so awesome.
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3. I bought the latest issues of DC's Blackest Night series on Wedensday and Thursday after school. Bought Blackest Night: Batman #2 on Wedensday and Blackest Night #3 on Thursday. The main story's starting to really pick up, I can't wait to see where it goes from here.
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4. Had casual clothes on Thursday. Three people complimented on the shirt I bought at Manifest. Two friends from school and a guy that worked at Alternate Worlds on Chapel Street. I felt good about my purchase. :D
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5. Can someone buy me Shiina Ringo's "Ringo EXPO 08" DVD?!?! I rewatched some of the performances on YouTube recently and want, nay, MUST have a hard copy of this live DVD!
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6. If you live in Melbourne and want to find a restaurant to eat at, DON'T EAT AT CLAYPOT KING! I hate it there. I can't belive I paid for that crappy dish.
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7. Last piece of news today but I only just found out this week that there will be a movie released here soon called, "The Founding of Republic". It's basically a movie chronicling the rise of Mao and how China became how it is today. It's to celebrate the 60th anniversary of China's beginnings of becoming a Republic nation but what's more amazing is that the cast for this movie is UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE. I think I had mutiple orgasms reading the names of the big players in this movie. Names like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Andy Lau, Stephen Chow, Zhang Ziyi and Fan Bingbing as well as many others make for what is possibly the largest ensemble cast for any epicly major film.

After frothing in excitement over the cast, I soon realised that this is all one big propoganda movie for the Chinese. Nonetheless it should make for some awesome viewing. Some actors, however, are only limited to a brief cameo or only have one line, which is a disappointment but still worth me watching it. I still can't believe I didn't hear about this movie until now...god.

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District 9; Funny People Reviews

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Neill Blomkamp's directorial debut on screen is an ambitious one. I highly recommend watching this film as it does as a great job blending both entertaining action as well as rich and throught provoking drama. You wouldn't think an alien movie would be deep but this goes far beyond what the trailers tell you. In fact, trailers don't tell you much in the first place. The less you know about D9 the better.

Sharlto Copely does an amazing job as playing Wicus Van De Merwe, the movie's protagonist. His performance is only strengethend by the fact that he was a complete unknown (much like Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds). Copely was fortunate enough to score the role after having worked with Blomkamp on a short film Blomkamp directed called, "Alive in Joburg" (from which D9 was adapted from).

The first two acts of the movie are what make the movie completely unique and stand out from most films of it's genre in that it utilises a documentary approach to tell the story and set up the fictional history of Johannesburg. The main draw of the film for me was the fact that it was grounded in reality, that is, everything in this film made you feel that the events that transpired in the movie actually happened in reality. You accept everything that happens and it makes it more than just a film but more like a news reel or an actual documentary. It's a great way to make the audience connect from frame one.

One minor detraction from the film was that the schizophrenic editing coulda been toned down a bit. Fantastic set pieces were somewhat diminished due to the frantic edits and cuts in the scene. You never really get a chance to take in awe of the situation.

All in all, Blomkamp's story about aliens is quite a fresh stamp on modern film-making and with the backing of Peter Jackson, I can only hope to expect only the best from Blomkamp's future endeavours.

District 9 gets a 4.5/5.
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Judd Apatow's third directed film Funny People is the director's most humanised and mature film to date but falls a bit flat. Remember now, this is his third film...all the other related movies have been produced by him (Pineapple Express, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad etc). Apatow is known to make and produce successfully memorable comedies however, Funny People doesn't live up to his predecessors The 40 Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up.

The film begins with an old video recording of Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow making prank phone calls when they were room-mates. I dunno if it was just me, but the opening basically told me this is going to be a personal movie for not only Apatow but for Sandler as well. Sandler plays George Simmons a man who, from the beginning of the film, finds out that he has a rare disease that could kill him. Simmons who has basically alienated everyone, hires Ira an aspiring comedian who writes jokes for Simmons and befriends him. I shouldn't even go more into the plot but the trailer for the movie was kinda horrible. I mean the fact that they give away that he beats the thing kinda destroys everything Apatow filmed in the first half of the movie (which I thought was really good by the way). Everything went downhill once Simmons tries to reconnect with "the one that got away", Laura, played by Apatow's wife Leslie Mann.

The two standout performances in Funny People belong to Mann and Sandler. One scene especially where they both share a heart to heart and come to terms with their former relationship is probably some of the most convincing stuff Sandler has ever done.

The film went on for way too long. A good 30 minutes, maybe even 45 minutes could've been cut from the film and made the experience all the more better. It was simply far too long for what it wanted to be and I was kinda just waiting for it to end to be honest.

Not everything in Funny People was funny, some of the jokes do just fly past you but that isn't to say that Funny People isn't funny. You'll still find yourself laughing but the human drama outweighs the comedy.

Funny People was pretty much an ordinary movie, nothing spectacular and nothing oustanding either. It wasn't crap, but it wasn't good either. It pretty much was stuck in the middle. It had a good first half which was not followed up with it's second half. Far too long for what it wanted to be.

Funny People gets a 3/5.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Survive!

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Every once in a while (and I don't know why) I get an incredibly fucked up dream happen to me. This particular post is about one of these dreams. I just had it last night and don't understand why I dreamt it. Mind you, this isn't related to the other dream I had this week. That was just strange, this is fuckin screwed up.

My dream played out like the film Battle Royale last night. For those who haven't watched it, the premise is that the Japanese government fear an uprising by Japanese youth. In order to eradicate this problem, they pick a random school class and put them on an island and force them into a game of survival and death. We've seen this kinda movie thousands of times before but I think what makes this a little more "shocking" is the fact that it's teenagers/kids killing each other as opposed to adults. Makes for more intense scenes. Anyways, I'm going on a tangent here.

So I was put into this game of survival in my dream with the rest of the Year 12s in my class. It was pretty fucked up, we were locked in my school and there were sharpshooters around the area in case any of us decided to escape. For some reason the exploding collars were't around our necks but our wrists. It wasn't like it was hard for us to find smeone and kill them, it's just we didn't want to... at least I know I didn't want to.

At one point, me and my friends were in this metallic room and a hatch opened from above. An alien creature of some sort (it was like a huge slug) withered it's way towards us. The doors were closing and my friends started shooting it but it kept regenerating. In my brilliance, I told everyone to run towards the doors and get out while I threw an incendiary grenade at the thing. After I threw it, I ran and escaped but I heard several people burning. The doors opened up and turns out two of my friends were there. =\

So after feeling horrible guilt over killing two of my friends, I decided to make a runner for it. I actually was able to get my exploding collar off my wrist. I escaped from school with another friend and then we just sorta became fugitives running from "the law". The law in this case were our teachers, haha.

Seriously though, I could feel the anguish and tension from all of that. It felt so real, I could feel my heart beating faster over the need to escape. It was sooooo intense.

Yet another pointless dream I felt like telling you guys. :D

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Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Thoughts on New Moon Trailer



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Yeah, I don't like Twilight...probably because the amount of attention it stirs up is just unbelievable. The fanbase for Twilight is probably nuttier than any comic book or science fiction fanbase and that's saying something (considering that almost all of this fanbase is consisted of prepubescent girls). It's something that I just don't understand.

The movie itself was even worse. You get basically the biggest tease of a "romance" for an entire movie and well it just was so drawn out and shitty. I can't fathom why any girl would fall for Edward. He's didn't even come across as charming or charismatic. Oh and since when did vampires glisten in fucking sunlight? I thought they fucking died and writhed in horrible pain and agony whilst burning to a fucking a crisp. The fuck? :@

But I digress, this isn't about me ranting about Twilight...this post is about my thoughts on the latest trailer to the newest addition to the Twilight Saga: New Moon.



The trailer looks errr...pretty damn...promising. Totally not what I would've ever expected from this series of books. It actually looks like they're trying to make a decent movie (doesn't have to be great or anything...just fun enough for one viewing). I feel like they're making it out to be something that it's not though - trailers can be awfully misleading. We'll just have to wait and see what I think about when it hits theaters (like Harry Potter, I feel like I am obliged to see this having already started the franchise). Pale body Pattinson makes me cringe - does not look good on screen.

Two reasons why I'd be interested at all in this movie:

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1. Did you not see that awesome wolf transformation? I was like "D:" when I saw it in the original teaser trailer.

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2. Ashley "Alice Cullen" Greene! :D


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Weird

So I just had a stream dream that I won't go into detail about. It wasn't scary or anything but it may as well be considered weird and not normal. I can't fathom as to why I dreamt of this particular scenario but maybe I can relate this all back to what I learned in Units 3/4 of Psychology last year. Maybe I had some part of my subconscious bury this a long, LONG time ago and it just decided to act up in a time that I don't want it acting up. Huh.

Oh well, it's beneath me now. I just felt the need to hope online and update people on nothing of particular interest. :D

Monday, 14 September 2009

Michael Jackson's "This Is It" Trailer

Can't help but feel like this is just the studio's way of cashing in on Michael's death. Footage looks amazing though - Jackson was really gonna go all out and put on something special.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Day of the River

WEEKLY WRAP!

1. This past Thursday was riddled with laughter and pop culture references. Almost like a Tarantino film except without awesome banter and insane violence. At school, me and my friends created our own Power Rangers group on paper and enjoyed making fun of our crappy team while after school, we played several games of basketball and had to writhe in pain after Jemmy decided we should do a push up penalty game. 'Twas a fun day.
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2. Speaking of all things related to Tarantino, here's a piece of information I found to be pleasantly amusing and interesting (you can skip this part!) For those of you who have seen QT's Kill Bill, the character of Go-Go Yubari was Quentin's small homage to the 2000 Japanese movie, "Battle Royale". Hell, Chiaki Kuriyama who played Go-Go was also a cast member of BR. Turns out the lighthouse scene in Battle Royale (where one girl poisons another girl's food and then all the girls start going apeshit) was Battle Royale director Kinji Fukasaku's homage to QT's first film, "Reservoir Dogs". Now I feel like watching BR again.

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3. I didn't mean to but I fell asleep at State Library on Wedensday. It didn't help that I hadn't had enough sleep the night before and that I had orchestrated songs running through my head. I was only asleep for about 10 or 15 minutes and then the security guard woke me up. He took my calculator without me knowing but later returned it to me saying that I shouldn't sleep here seeing as how it's easy for people to take stuff.

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4. Downloaded several new soundtracks over the week. My mum loves that I'm listening to orchestral compositions and arrangements - it's definitely better to her ears than hearing a band like Killswitch Engage or Leathermouth screaming and trashing. Below are the soundtracks I downloaded this week.

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Fun, this game is. So is it's epic soundtrack.

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Joe Hisashi's music is amazingly phenomenal. I want to watch this movie again! I've kinda just realised this movie is almost like an Eastern take on Alice in Wonderland. :S
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DRAMA! :O

5. I took the three Evangelion units that I had tucked in their boxes out the other day. The smell of a fresh figurine coming out of it's box is enticing. I decided I wasn't gonna be too obsessed with keeping them in their original packaging and then reselling it in the future. I mean why buy them in the first place?
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6. Pretty much completed my finals for Vis Comm. Above is the storyboard to my second final - a concert guide informing the audience of the program, the orchestra and the guests.
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7. My English/Literature teacher picked me and some other Year 12 students to participate in this creative writing competition that's being run at our school. The writing competition is in honour of Australian author, Morris West, who apparently attended my school. I'm not too sure what I wanna write (I actually don't know if I want to actually submit anything). I don't have the sheet that says what topic I'm allowed to write with me at the moment but I do remember one of them was at least good enough for me to write on. :S
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8. I've completed Unit 4 of both Literature and English this week. The verdict? I scored about high 70s in English (yet to be cross examined by teachers) and scored an 88 in Literature. Now to prepare for exams. Can't believe exams make up 50 percent of the study which sucks cause that just means if anyone does bad in exam, their scores are destroyed. It's a make or break situation! :@
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EYE CANDY! :D

9. Now developing a crush on Fan Bingbing. Funny name, I know. D:
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10. New banner is up. I'll probably keep as a permanent banner from now on. It's inspired by Quentin Tarantino's trademark car hood/trunk shot and is also inspired by Gabriel Ba's colouring. And yes, that's my shitty handwriting. :D

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Sunday, 6 September 2009

The Forest Knows

Boring, boring, boring week with a hint of drama. Don't expect too much reading this. And don't say I didn't warn you. :D
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I'm Rick James BITCH! :@
1. Been watching too many Dave Chappelle clips on YouTube. I've seen almost all his performances and keep watching them on a loop - it's crazy. I like Chappelle for his anecdotal style of humour. The guy always has the weirdest stories - you feel like he's one of your friends just recollecting shit they did over the weekend. Good stuff.
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2. In light of the recent merger between Disney and Marvel, I came across a batch of awesome Photoshopped images that people did trying to fuse the two together. Below are four of my favourites. You can find more of them here: Worth1000.com



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3. In an attempt to prepare myself for the upcoming exams and hours of study, I have deleted all the music I regularly listen to on my PSP and have replaced them with score soundtracks from various movies and games. I've done this because I'd like to think that this will at least soothe my mind and keep me focused on my work. Plus, I love my score soundtracks! There's no scientific study or anything showing that music of the classical/orchestral kind would boost one's chances at succeeding (not that I know of), but I feel good listening to that kinda stuff.

So for two months, I will be only listening to the songs from movies such as Oldboy, Princess Mononoke, The Lord of the Rings and A Tale of Two Sisters, as well as soundtracks of Final Fantasy, Shadow of the Colossus and Metal Gear Solid. While I'm at it, I should get the Kingdom Hearts and Star Wars soundtracks. :D
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4. I didn't get to watch any new movies this week! Not that it's a completely bad thing, actually I think it might be a good thing. I blow way too much money on going to the cinemas every Friday. It's not even my money, it's my parents' money! A friend and I had a small chat about this the other day. I thought that we started watching movies every Friday cause of Star Trek but I am now lead to believe this may have all started with Watchmen for me. Films I will want to watch (probably won't get around to all) in the upcoming weeks are:

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5. I'm definitely going to La Trobe University now - their Bachelor of Arts is perfect. I know I said last week or a few weeks before that I found the perfect course at La Trobe but I found one even better there. I've been torn between doing either Media or Cinema Studies but now I get to kill two birds with one stone cause I'll be able to do a double major there. Plus I only need an ENTER of 70 now. Go me. I only found out all about this on Friday night when I was pulling my hair out over my upcoming SAC for English on "The Kite Runner". Oh plus there's an elective to pick so I might pick up a language or something. Was gonna select Japanese but now I'm thinking Spanish! :D
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6. A major, MAJOR crisis happened over the week that would've seen me bury myself in mounds of guilt. I borrowed a friend's Vis Comm folio on Wedensday to store some of my pages in because I forgot to bring mine that day. I asked if I could take it home with me, to which he replied I could. I brought the folio to the State Library and worked on that and other homework. Then I went to go eat dinner with my mate, Andy, and left our stuff with Jason who needed to work. When we got back, Jason had all our stuff in his arms and said let's leave. He had everything BUT the folio. I didn't realise of course cause I just assumed he had it all and we left. By the time i got home, I remembered about the folio and forgot...stupid me. Of all the things I could forget.

The next morning, I skipped period 1 to go to the State Library and try to retrieve the folio but they told me that they didn't have it. Words can't describe how I felt as soon I heard they didn't have it. I went to school and told my friend - he was quite shattered to say the least. Everyone in Year 12 had heard about it and gave me shit for it, even my teachers! I returned to State Library to check their cameras but turns out they did have the folio with them! I brought it with me on Friday and returned it to him. All was forgotten and I feel so much more relieved that I didn't cause someone to completely fail a subject! :@

And this is why I hate being forgetful; you'd think I'd stop and be more mindful of my possessions, as well as other people's possessions, but I just keep on forgetting. I'm so glad that crisis was averted. D:
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7. Oh, I just found the movie trailer to Mao's Last Dancer! I studied the novel in Literature this year and loved it! It's quite a popular book, some of you guys might've heard about it or read it before. The trailer looks like they're building this up to be something larger than the novel though. I guess now I can see why people are pissed about when text is translated to film. I'll definitely be watching this nonetheless - great story!

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Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Disney Buys Out Marvel

HOLY FUCKING SHIT!
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Okay, this isn't a bad move on Disney or Marvel's part but the news is freaking big. According to the New York Times, it turns out that the people over at Disney have just bought Marvel for 4 BILLION DOLLARS! The Marvel guys must be ecstatic and jumping all over with giddy excitement about this one.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has gone on record to say that Disney probably won't touch certain Marvel properties that are currently being in development on film, however, Disney's plans to exploit lesser known characters within the Marvel universe as well as to be the future sole propierter and distrubtor of any Marvel related movie.

So if Disney owns both Pixar and Marvel; I'm guessing that in the future there will be a Marvel related movie made by Pixar which will be FUCKING BITCHIN! One can only wonder what Disney plan to do with Marvel in the next few years. Perhaps we'll see Marvel theme park rides at Disneyland? Maybe they'll try to interject Disney characters into the comics? Who knows?

The winners of this deal are both parties. Goddamn.