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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Jumping Jack Flash

I'm very surprised to see how quickly my first few weeks at University have been. I handed in two my assignments on Tuesday morning, even though I wasn't sure if they were done correctly or not. This whole referencing/sourcing system has me pretty confused. Another average week at University. Towards the end of this week will be the start of the long Easter break so I've got a whole week off from Uni (along with every other Uni, I think). That's 11 days off from University for me. Fun!

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Last Sunday was Masa's 18th birthday. We spent the evening at Crown Casino having an all you can eat dinner at Sante. The food was great, as you'd expect from Crown of course, and the dinner was then proceeded by some gambling. We played a bit of poker and had a go on the pokie machines as well. I lost my money. :(

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Recently I've been looking back at music's past and have grown to take a nice liking towards "The Rolling Stones". I think the only reason why I'd consider listening to "The Rolling Stones" is because Martin Scorsese uses the band so well in his movies. So it should come as no surprise that tonight's (or today's depending on when you're reading this) blog post is titled after one of their songs. Anyone else want to make any other suggestions of what "blasts from the past" I should check out?

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Speaking of suggestions, I'd like to also get some recommendations for novels and books. I've never considered reading to be an enjoyable past time but lately I've been enjoying it more than I thought I would. I think I have Haruki Murakami to thank for that. I'm halfway through "Dance, Dance, Dance" and am enjoying the surreal nature of the novel. If anyone else can recommend novels of similar nature that are not written by Murakami, I'd be very happy to try and check them out.

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I got my Year 12 Visual Communication folios from my teacher back on Friday morning! Unfortunately, I couldn't get my final mounted mock ups as well (other than my hat) but I was glad to have my folios back still. Actually, I'm still missing one folio. My teacher can't seem to find it but she said she'd pass it on to a friend of mine once she finds it. It's great looking back at the work I produced thinking, "Wow, I can't believe I did this!" I'd like to visit the Top Design show for this year, just to see what everyone last year was doing and who was the cream of the crop, haha.

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What the hell Activision? Why would you make your loyal Modern Warfare 2 customers pay for your new maps? The "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package" download will include five new maps for online multiplayer but to get this, you've gotta pay for the download which is kind of outrageous, I think. I'm sure Activision already have enough money from the millions of Modern Warfare 2 copies that they've sold, so why bother releasing a few new maps and include a price tag on it? Exploiting the dollar, it would seem.
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING

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I've rented "Collateral" in the past but that isn't to say that I watched it. In fact, I've rented Michael Mann's, "Miami Vice", in the past as well but hadn't seen that either. I just didn't have enough time for it. I also never caught this movie on television either. Anyways, I saw this for the first time on Monday during my film screening and enjoyed it quite a bit. Right up until the end where things got a bit too Terminator-like for me. The cinematography in the film was really good and the use of handheld digital cameras made the film look a lot more dynamic (we were studying cinematography this week). People make fun of Tom Cruise a lot, sure, but I really enjoyed seeing him play a character that's different to others he's portrayed. In fact, I even liked him in "Tropic Thunder".



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I need to add this to my DVD collection. "The Wrestler" is a wonderful movie with very strong performances. I don't know Mickey Rourke enough to say that this is his best role ever but I will say that his character, Randy "The Ram" Robinson, was fantastically played. My former interests in professional wrestling lead me to see this film and it's one I can see myself watching every now and again. I liked the some of the shots employed in the film as well. It seemed a great emphasis of the characters' backs were used and I really liked how it was used in relation to the narrative. It's a great film, honest.



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"Blade Runner", was an interesting movie to say the least. I wasn't sure what to make of it to be honest. I liked it but wasn't sure why I liked it. I guess this had something to do with the fact that I was incredibly tired and wasn't paying too much attention to the film. I kept falling in out of sleep during the film and the eventually paused the film to take an hour long nap. When I woke up, I finished the film and wasn't entirely sure what to make of it. I liked the setting of the film and the stylised elements of noir found in the film but the conclusion left me a little confused. Like I said, this COULD be attributed to my exhausted state.


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I remember seeing this film as a child but vaguely remember it. My father had "Leon (The Professional)" on VHS and rented it once. The only thing I remembered from the film were the yellow walls of the apartments and Leon himself. Anyways, this film marked Natalie Portman's first film appearance and it's a great one because it really shows how much of a talented actor she was at that age (and shows you a sign of things to come from her career). The relationship between Mathilda and Leon (Jean Reno) is really interesting, as are the characters of the film. Gary Oldman is one of my favourite actors and his turn as a corrupt official is so exuberant and very fun to watch. I'm definitely getting this on DVD as well.


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TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS

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I haven't read the Scott Pilgrim series of comics but the amount of build up over these last odd months for Edgar Wright's "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" has been rather high. Test screenings of the film have been immensely popular and have had a lot of the film community divert their awareness towards this project. The official teaser trailer was finally released this week and it really does live up to the talk, I feel. It looks like it's going to be a pretty awesome homage to video games and is looking to also be one rollercoaster ride of a movie. It really does impress me and has a great look and feel about it. Hopefully more footage in a proper, theatrical trailer will be released sometime soon. By the way, anyone who has seen "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" has to agree with me that the first 20 second like like that aforementioned film!


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Rumours were running rampant this week when news that a major set from the Harry Potter film franchise were caught in a blaze and burnt down. These rumours were verified to be only partially true, when it was revealed that only a part of Hogwarts' courtyard was burnt down. The mainstays of the series, such as The Great Hall, Dumbledore's Office and the dormitories are still intact and were not affected by the blaze whatsoever.

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While last week's post was purely speculation as to WHO would play Captain America in Marvel's, "The First Avenger: Captain America", this week it was confirmed that Chris Evans will indeed be playing the patriotic American superhero. I'm okay with this decision but am not entirely happy with it. I'm just glad that he got the role over Channing Tatum, let's just say that. One thing I don't like about this casting decision is the fact that Chris Evans looks a bit too young to be playing Captain America but considering that the film is partly about the character's humble beginnings (assuming this is the case of course, don't take my word for it), I don't think it should be too much of a problem. We'll just have to wait and see once they actually begin filming.

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Oh this story makes me laugh. I honestly didn't think a company like Disney would sink this low to cop a perve, hahaha. The New York Post reported this week Disney will be only casting women with natural breasts for their upcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean 4" project. Women auditioning for the film would have to be asked to jog on the spot to prove that their breasts are natural and not augmented. The statement on the casting call allegedly requests for:

"Beautiful female fit models. Must be 5ft 7in-5ft 8in, size 4 or 6, no bigger or smaller. Age 18-25. Must have a lean dancer body. Must have real breasts. Do not submit if you have implants."
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Finally to end tonight's post, a picture that I found last night that had me laughing hard. This is one of my favourite things to look at now. Thank you Internet.

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4 comments:

  1. Real breasts, that's no fun. :P

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  2. OOH~ I STILL NEED TO WATCH THE WRESTLER! ><
    oh and milk too!

    nooooo!!!!
    does that mean theyre stalling the opening of the park?? D:

    oh my gosh no way! a pirate 4?!
    LULZ at the audition requirements
    what role are they looking for??

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  3. I want to go gambling at Crown too once I get back!
    Also, shave your head?
    hah.

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  4. not a book, but you HAVE to read 'emails from an asshole' --> www.don'tevenreply.com

    funniest shit guaranteed

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