Thursday, May 31, 2007

looking forward to...

I am officially done classes for this semester and in less than three weeks I will be finished with exams as well. That means just over four weeks of vacation before starting the final semester. To get me through these last few weeks here are things I am looking forward to:

getting out and about with my camera
a long weekend trip to New South Wales
starting my collage journal
being Chris's race crew at the Sirromet duathlon
harry harry harry (potter that
and movie)
brainstorning some ideas for this wedding thing
training for the 12km Bridge to Brisbane
hitting the Valley Markets
reteaching myself statistics (so not really this last one but it will be necessary)

in other news today is the first day of winter in Australia, the crazy aussies have decided they will change their seasons three weeks before the rest of the world.

Friday, May 25, 2007

what the frak

so i haven't posted anything here in ages. mostly I don't feel like I have had much to say and I still don't really. (I will blame my one track study brain for the coma my creative brain cells are currently in.)

but I am tired of seeing the same title on the page day after day. so I thought I would give a shout out to the season finale of Lost. Potentialy the best episode of a tv show ever. jj abrams is the master since he brought about the only other episode of a show that blew my mind in the same way.....that would be the post superbowl alias when sydney brought down SD6.

anyone else see the episode? is anyone else as incredulous as I that we have to wait until frakkin february to see another new episode.

in the mean time it is back to studying for me......

Saturday, May 05, 2007

save your money

Spiderman 3 is proof positive that a huge Hollywood budget cannot make a bad movie (with a ridiculously poor script) into a good movie. I was overwhelmingly disappointed with this the first blockbuster of the season. (If you haven't seen the movie and the first two sentences of this blog haven't turned you off completely I warn you do not keep reading)

I left the movie feeling the onset of whiplash. Like I myself had been hurtling towards the ground then grabbed by Spidey himself and jerked into a different direction. But it wasn't in that enjoyable thank god I've been saved sense but rather in the where the heck am I being taken to now sense. First Spidey fights his best friend, then the Sandman, then himself and then a conglomeration of evils. Yet none of the battles seemed believable to me in the least. I mean in the character sense. The special effects were another story. They were unlike anything witnessed on screen except perhaps the first two movies. Only this time the chase and battle scenes were sped up to the point that it was nearly impossible to follow. To me it seemed like they couldn't come up with anything original so they just decided to make it faster.

The normally enjoyable mildly self deprecating humour that in the past has served to heighten the action was disappointingly lacking replaced instead with dry dull dialogue that only interrupted the flow. The chemistry between Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire was so unheated that by the end I didn't care in the least if they found their way back to one another. And Topher Grace, who I wanted to love, turned in a duller than dull performance. I don't fault him though since even the best actor couldn't turn his unfortunate lines into a more than cardboard performance. And his teeth at the end came off as really bad fake Dracula teeth.

You might be thinking what was I expecting....Academy worthy performances from a comic book adaption? But it was the combination of stunning special effects mixed with believable character development that made the first two movies the enjoyable experiences that they were. Last night I left the movie wishing I had not only my money but my time back.

But at least I got to see the new Harry Potter trailer on the big screen. Only 67 days to go.