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Sunday, 28 February 2010

On The Nature of Daylight

Kevin brought his Xbox 360 back up to my place a few days ago. Reason for this was because he figured he wanted to use as much time on Xbox Live before the subscription runs out. His subscription ends ends tomorrow so it's gonna be hell with Modern Warfare 2 today. We've been playing it all month with last week being the one week we didn't play online because he took it back due to the fact that he had new games he wanted to play.

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Ironically enough, University begins tomorrow as well which means I probably won't have that much time for online gaming or gaming in general (I hope this isn't the case because I've got Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots waiting for me). I had my Orientation at La Trobe this week but I found the Orientation not all that worth while. I maybe met two or three people in some of my subjects but that's not to say I befriended them or anything, not yet anyway. I'm just gonna leave all that socialising and networking stuff in tutorials I suppose, seeing as how they're basically regular classes with the same people you see. When it comes to me, the whole socialising thing is either a hit or miss so making new friends at University might be hard (though I'm trying to remain as optimistic as I can about starting afresh). I think I may have mentioned this before but I'm mostly excited about my cinema studies subjects. My first semester will have me studying Screen Analysis and the films that we'll be watching have got me really excited about the topic. Cannot wait for that. :)

Afterwards, on the days that I had Orientation (excluding the Tuesday that I didn't go), I'd visit Thy in the city and hang out with her and her friends. It's amazing how much money I wasted when I was with them though. Actually, it's not a waste if I thought what I spent actually made me feel good. I had the best lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday. Food makes everyone happy.

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Oh hey look, the new Tokyo Jihen album: "Sports"! I feel like as though Ringo cuts her hair every time a new album comes out. She's always got a new or different look. I think I prefer short hair than long hair (though she works both very well, haha). But I digress. The album is a step up from their previous album, "Variety". A lot of fans didn't like "Variety" and I can understand why, but I think I'm in the minority here when i say that I actually kinda liked "Variety". Kinda. I quite like this album as there a major handful of tracks that I actually really enjoy. Their sound in this album is a lot more mainstream (as far Japanese music is concerned anyway) compared to the band's previous albums but it's still good and has that Jihen flavour that fans love. It's a lot better than her solo effort last year at least.

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I haven't discussed comics in a while have I? You know I'm really disappointed that "Supergod" hasn't been releasing here which is a shame because I've only got the two first two issues in the mini-series. I find the idea of each nation building a superhero in the likeness of their religion's respective God(s) to be a really good one. But I'm not gonna talk about that.

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I got "Blackest Night #7" yesterday and wasn't really blown away by it and thought it was a little bit ridiculous. Things just happened, like as if they were rushing to finish it. Then again, it is the second last issue and I'm actually looking forward to finishing this. It started off strong and had many great moments and can't wait to see how it'll end.
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING

Okay firstly I was meant to watch "Forrest Gump" and the "Indiana Jones" movies (excluding the latest one, "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull") this week but coming home from La Trobe and the city made me put it off. I'm hoping that in my next update, I'll have those four movies up but for now the following film will have to do.

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I saw "Shutter Island" on Tuesday night with Eddie and Kevin and really enjoyed it. If anyone's after a good mind-bending movie, you should definitely check this one out. If you're interested in a written review for the film, click THIS LINK and you should be re-directed to my review of the film (it's basically the post that's before this one).


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TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS

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A new trailer has surfaced for "The Karate Kid" remake starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. I actually am quite looking forward to this film but, once again, I must stress how asinine the studio must be to allow the name of the film to be titled "The Karate Kid". Jackie Chan says kung-fu a few times in the trailer so wouldn't that be indicative of the type of martial art that would be on display? The original film had Pat Morita who was Japanese, so it made sense that he would teach him karate. Oh well. The trailer's below so have yourself a look and judge. Like I said, I'm looking forward to the remake because it actually looks kinda decent.



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I don't know if this would actually be considered film news but I'll put it here anyway because I really have nothing else to put here. Anyone remember the babyface/spiderlegs toy that you first see when Woody and Buzz are in Sid's room? That creepy baby head that was attached to some mechanical spiderlegs? Well turns out that this specific toy will be released to coincide with the release of "Toy Story 3" later this year. I actually think it's a cool idea but let's be honest, what parent would buy their kid a sick toy like this? I'm guessing that fans who appreciate "Toy Story" enough to want to buy this would be the real target audience (despite the fact that the age says 3+ on the box). Another cool thing about this toy is the fact that it's remote controlled and the control itself is made up of other toy parts, an obvious reference to Sid mixing up his toys.

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What do we make of Taylor Lautner's career at the moment? Sure, he's been hot stuff ever since "New Moon" became ridiculously popular and made a boat load of cash at the cinema, but is he really what studios want as the new face of everything in their films? The guy's just recently turned 18 and has been getting job offers left right and centre. What's really weird though is that the bulk of these offers are really, really bad movies (or at least by name and idea they are). He was offered roles in "Max Steel" and "Stretch Armstrong" films, both of which are films adapted from "popular" toys. Lautner declined "Max Steel" to go in favour with "Stretch Armstrong" and while I'm not saying this is a good or bad move on his part, I can't take him seriously as an actor if he's gonna be known as Sharkboy, Jacob from "Twilight" and Stretch Armstrong (the latter of which would be the most ridiculous). I understand that using "Twilight" may be a great way to get your career launched (see Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Anna Kendrick) but life after or in between that franchise would mean that, as an actor, you'd have to pick roles that are good for you and your career. Lautner's career at this point is very questionable. I shouldn't judge now but I can't help but think, maybe 5 - 10 years down the line what kind of position Lautner would be as a celebrity and as an actor.
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DISNEY ZOMBIES! For the readers who've been following this blog for quite some time, you may have remembered that I posted a different picture of the Disney zombies once before. It's a different image this time around and there's even a link to the Disney zombies' other photos from their DeviantArt account. I love me some zombies.

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And now, to end today's post here's a Harry Potter Facebook conversation that incorporates an obvious reference to "Mean Girls".

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P.S. Today's title is brought to you by a song that really moved me while watching "Shutter Island". Beautiful composition that was used wonderfully in the film. I recommend you guys give it a bit of a listen cause it's a really wonderful song.

2 comments:

  1. Tokyo Jihen are on TV a lot lately, Ringo's hair is so hot!
    Have fun at uni!

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  2. I know what you mean about orientation day. Saying hello to random people just gets old after awhile, and you end up forgetting people's names and faces anyway.

    I can see why you are excited about cinema studies. I gotta hand it to you, you definitely have talent. That 'Shutter Island' review is pretty amazing and a great read. You also made me notice other things about the film that i just disregarded when i watched it in the cinemas. Infact, i think its one of the best reviews that i have read in a long time. You described it so perfectly.

    Yeah Taylor lautner was on fire in twilight!! but i dont know if he can be the next Leonardo Dicaprio(blessed with good looks and has an amazing talent to go with it), I guess only time will tell right?

    And lol at that Harry Potter Convo, haha funny stuff!

    OH today's post was a bloody great post! Your posts are getting better each time.

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