Thursday, December 25, 2008

Favorite Albums of 2008

10. SUN KIL MOON
April





"I'm staring up into the sky / While all the raining is pouring down / I'm reaching out for your help / But evil beings hold me backwards"


9. OKKERVIL RIVER
The Stand Ins





"And see how that light you love now just won't shine / There might just be another star / That's high and far in some other sky"


8. DETEKTIVBYRÅN
E18 + Wermland






7. FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS

Flight of the Conchords





"I'm gonna juice the mutha ucka / He's gonna wake up in a smoothie"


6. BON IVER
For Emma, Forever Ago





"Someday my pain / Someday my pain will mark you / Harness your blame / Harness your blame and walk through"


5. VAMPIRE WEEKEND
Vampire Weekend





"The lobster's claw is sharp as knives / Evil feasts on human lives / The Holy Roman Empire roots for you"


4. BLACK KIDS

Partie Traumatic





"Word's on the streets and it's on the news / I'm not gonna teach him how to dance with you / He's got two left feet and he bites my moves / I'm not gonna teach him how to dance, dance, dance, dance!"


3. ELBOW
The Seldom Seen Kid





"There's a hole in my neighborhood down which of late I cannot help but fall"


2. LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION
Falling Off the Lavender Bridge





"Tell her, I give up / He's won / And I have lost all my humanity"


1. THRICE
The Alchemy Index, Vols. III & IV: Air & Earth





"Won't you look at your wings? / They're coming undone / They're splitting at the seams / Steer clear of the sun / For once won't you listen to me?"




honorable mentions:
COLD WAR KIDS - Loyalty to Loyalty
THE COOL KIDS - The Bake Sale
FLEET FOXES - Fleet Foxes
THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS - The Age of the Understatement
SHEARWATER - Rook
SIGUR RóS - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
SIMON VIKLUND - Bionic Commando Rearmed: The Soundtrack
WEEZER - Weezer (The Red Album)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Movie Night #17


  • Synopsis: As the summer sun shines down on England in the early 1980s, two boys who couldn't be more different are brought together by a mutual love of cinema and a desire to emulate their favorite action movie icon.
  • There's no "w" in "Rambo"! They're kids, man. Give them a break.
  • Is it as good as BILLY ELLIOT? Dunno, I've never seen that one.
  • (gasp) Sorry.
  • When: 10:00PM, this Saturday.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Movie Night #16

"16? When did you have #15?"

That was back in January, when I showed the whole Bourne trilogy back to back to back. It was magnificent.

This time, we're going with the biggest movie of 2008.


  • Synopsis: With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman has been making headway against local crime... until a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker unleashes a fresh reign of chaos across Gotham City. To stop this devious new menace — Batman's most personal and vicious enemy yet — he will have to use every high-tech weapon in his arsenal and confront everything he believes.
  • Dude, I've already seen this 4 times. So why not a 5th? Especially in glorious Blu-ray?
  • When: This Saturday (12/13) at 7:00PM.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Mario Kart Love Song



Yes, he taped yarn to his face.

Do I ever do any writing on here anymore? Well, I do have some end-of-the-year lists coming up, but I may get lazy and just post pictures.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Monday, October 06, 2008

EVO 2004

Here's the legendary fight between Daigo (Ken) and Justin Wong (Chun-Li) in Street Fighter 3: Third Strike. And I do mean legendary.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

(Don't) Vote

"I used to have 5 friends."

It's a little longer than necessary, but it gets the point across. Don't vote. Wait, what?

Register to vote!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

R.I.P. Mr. Newman

"Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand."

I was in jr high the first time I saw one of your movies. I was watching TV on a late Saturday afternoon. I was flipping through channels when a young Tom Cruise in an Elvis haircut playing pool caught my eye. The Color of Money. Then you entered the scene as "Fast Eddie Felson" and proceeded to own Mr. Scientology for the rest of the movie. I was blown away. Who is this old fart with piercing blue eyes? And where can I see more of him?

(Then my A.D.D. kicked in.)

It wasn't until 2002 that I saw you again, in Road to Perdition as Tom Hanks's mob boss. You didn't disappoint. You had gotten older, but somehow gotten even more badass.

Flash forward to summer of 2008. Thanks to the magic of Blockbuster Online, I was finally catching up on old classics. The Godfather. On the Waterfront. Papillon. Then I got to two of yours. Harper. Cool Hand Luke. Your character in Harper was a smartass detective with a mouth. Of course I loved it. And I had heard so much about Cool Hand Luke that I was afraid my expectations were too high. They weren't. The egg-eating scene that ends with the shot of you in the crucifix position just killed me. I have a stupid grin on my face right now as I'm thinking about it.

I still haven't seen your other classics like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting. (I know, how can I call myself a film geek? I hang my head in shame.) But I see it now. Mr. Newman, you're the Man. There probably will never be another actor like you, and that's okay because we can always catch you on TV, DVDs, and in our memories. Thank you for the movies you made, and thank you for your generous contributions to charities. (Your salad dressings have contributed more than $200 million. My goodness.)

You'll be missed by this wannabe film geek.



p.s. Crap, I totally forgot that you were in The Hudsucker Proxy. I love that movie! You rule!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

No Heroics trailer



Looks promising, doesn't it? It's British, so I'm gonna have to wait 'til it hits DVD to watch it. Or be a bad little boy and download it through a torrent. Choices, choices.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Art of Relaxating



That's a clip about a character from Gentleman Broncos, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre). And yes, that's Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords, funniest thing on TV right now after Venture Bros. The movie will come out sometime in 2009.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Boo Boo



This is one of the best commercials I've ever seen. Warning: If you're offended by OMG BEWBS, skip the first 24 seconds.



I've registered for 4 classes for the fall semester at FJC, so I'm officially a fulltime student again. If my calculations are correct, I should be done with G.E. requirements by the end of this academic year and (hopefully) be able to transfer out. Exciting.

Luckily I was eligible for the fee waiver so tuition was free, but how am I going to get books? Still looking for a job...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

This Must Be a New Record

I was driving in Irvine when the earthquake hit. All I could think at the time was "OMG my frakking car is finally dying." I only found out later through Di that it was indeed an earthquake. All I could think now is "OMG my frakking car isn't dead yet."

Why was I in Irvine? Well it was my first day at the new job as a product tester. Here's how it went:

8:30 Started paperwork, including 2 forms on harassment.
9:00 Finished paperwork. Started 2 online safety tests.
9:10 Finished online safety tests.
9:15 Began training under Emilio, a cholo from Santa Ana.*
9:16 Heard multiple F-bombs and homophobic statements, mostly hurled towards the guy working behind us named Bruce.
10:30 Went on break. Listened to music in the car while wondering what the hell did I get myself into.
10:45 Ended break. Resumed training under Emilio.
11:15 Emilio inserts an unmarked SD card into one of the 27 Playstation 3s he has at his station and goes on to show me some porn he found on the card, which was inside a returned digital camera.**
11:30 Began lunch break. Called up Di and met up with her for lunch at a nearby In-N-Out. Proceeded to vent about my awesome new job.
12:30 Got back to the office and spoke to the HR guy that hired me. He accepted my resignation but told me to wait a bit since I had to sign some papers before leaving.
12:50 Toby*** finally comes back with a "resignation" form. Signed, shook his hand, and got the hell out of there.



*I'm kidding about Santa Ana. I don't really know where he's from. Yeah, I'm being a douche.

**People, please remember to delete your personal data if you return any electronic items, such as computers, digital cameras, and game consoles. You don't want your homemade porn to show up on the internets, do ya?

***Not his real name.

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Chemical Brothers - Midnight Madness



Amazing.

I still have their Dig Your Own Hole CD (which I purchased in my high school years) somewhere around here. Man, I'm cool.*



*Pfft.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Dark Knight Review

The Good:
  • the villains -- Heath Ledger's Joker is and will be the definitive version from here on out. (Sorry, Jack.) The Joker here is unpredictable, ruthless, and terrifying. And Two-Face, well he's not really a villain until the end of the movie, but his "fall" is basically the whole thematic story of The Dark Knight, and he was used very well in the film.
  • the supporting cast -- Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine... all fantastic.
  • the pencil trick
  • Joker's exit from the hospital
  • nods to The Long Halloween and The Killing Joke
  • the score
  • the scenes shot on IMAX. So glorious.
  • the drama -- critics are saying that this is more like a crime film, which just happens to have a superhero. It's hard to disagree.
  • the Batman imposters

The Bad:
  • Christian Bale's Batman voice -- I understand the purpose of it, and I didn't mind it that much in the first movie (probably because he didn't talk as much), but it was pretty distracting in this one. It's too forced, and sometimes I couldn't make out what he was saying.
  • still not much of Batman being a detective. Sure, there was that one scene of him getting fingerprints off a bullet. I guess one scene is better than none...
  • Nolan still can't shoot action scenes. I heard he doesn't use a second unit, he shoots everything himself. With all due respect Mr. Nolan, maybe that should change...
  • Cillian Murphy being wasted on a useless cameo as the Scarecrow.

The Ugly:
  • Two-Face's... face.
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal. I keed, I keed.
  • the wait for the next sequel -- Where do you go from here? How is Nolan going to top this? Is it even possible? It'll be impossible to use the Joker again, unless they hire another actor (with some big brass balls) to replace Ledger.

Awesome movie. It's my favorite of the year so far. And the icing on the cake was seeing the Watchmen trailer on that gigantic IMAX screen.

Friday, July 11, 2008

WTS Spartan Armor and Weapons Made of Epic Materials



Nothing much to post about these days other than awesome(ly bad) Youtube clips, such as this. Hoping to land a job soon 'cause the bank account is running drier than a burnt bush. That doesn't even make sense.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Best. Reviews. Ever.

BLADE trilogy: What the hell does he know about taxes?





TERMINATOR trilogy: He's kinda "drawn" between them.





GRAND THEFT AUTO 4: It's such good weather outside.





10,000 BC: Love story / a little bit of action.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Holy Shit It's ONG BAK 2

...and it looks like it has nothing to do with the story of the original. Except elephants. No wait, that was TOM YUM GOONG, which should have been called ONG BAK 1.5 in hindsight. Now I'm confusing myself.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Pork and Beans

I'm 5 days late, but whatever. Great video.





Got back from Korea on Monday. Our flight from Tokyo to LA was delayed 3 hours. Had a lovely time at the airport getting a 3 hour massage from a half Japanese cellist.* I don't think I can finish my "days in Korea" posts since I didn't have access to a computer for the second week and you know... that thing... with my memory?

What was I talking about? Oh right, second week in Korea. General summary: Jejudo ain't all that, Seoul is damn crowded, subways are good for listening to music while people-watching, and the Blue House (Korea's version of the White House) is guarded by the worst** security in the world -- cops on rollerblades. I actually saw one stumble and nearly fall as he was patrolling. The Korean President is so dead.

All in all, it was a nice trip. Highlights were spending time with my family and relatives, all the good food, and spending time with Grace's father. What a character. I pray I'll never have to meet him ever again.


*Not.

**By worst, I mean best.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Days 5-8 in Korea

Day 5 (Tuesday)

Because of the rainy weather, we went to Hampyeong (instead of Yeosu) for the 2008 World Butterfly & Insect Expo. I wish I was kidding. The less said about this, the better.

Day 6 (Wednesday)

Started the day back in Daejeon. Mom wanted to go to Gyeongju, a city on the eastside of the country. It was apparently the ancient capital of the Silla Dynasty (one of the big three, but not a Celtic), thousands of years ago. Tourists love it.

We departed at 9:00AM and it took us about 3 hours to get there. We visited:

Gyeongju National Museum (mostly old, rusted jewelry and weapons on display),


Daereungwon (bunch of huge tombs clustered together),



and Bulguksa Temple.



Actually for the temple: we didn't get to go in, we only got to the entrance because my mom was too tired and cranky at that point (you have to climb a big hill to get to it). So we just took a picture at the entrance and left. Good times.

After the history lessons, we went down to Busan (another 2 hours) to meet up with my stepdad's old friend. More meat was consumed. Stayed at a motel there overnight.

Day 7 (Thursday)

Came back to Daejeon. Took 3 hours. One thing I like about Korea are the reststops. They have really clean restrooms*, pretty good food and snacks**, and pretty much anything else you'd need while traveling.

I decided I've done enough traveling for now and will be resting the next few days before I meet up with Grace on Sunday for the second half of my trip.

Day 8 (Friday)

That would be today. All I've been doing is eating, sleeping, PC'ing, and TV'ing***. On shuffle. Tomorrow should be the same.



*I mean REALLY clean. There's usually a janitor (always women, on my experience) working her ass off while guys nonchantly urinate on to stalls behind her. There are no paper towels, the restrooms usually have multiple hand dryers, which keep trash to a minimum.

**Goguma (sweet potato), jwipo (seasoned dried filefish), tteokbokki (cylinder-shaped rice cake)... the list goes on. All of my favorites from childhood. MMM.

***There are lots of shows that center around celebrities here. Usually talkshows and gameshows, and they're all I watch. I'm not sure why (maybe my repressed fobbiness), but I find these shows funnier and more hilarious than anything on American TV. I mean really, I have tears because I'm laughing so hard, on a daily basis.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Days 2-4 in Korea

DAY 2

Woke up at 6:00AM. Had light breakfast and headed out to Daecheong Dam, which my stepdad kept referring to as "Hooba Ddem" (Hoover Dam). Wasn't too impressed, but walked around and took some pictures anyway.

Afterwards, my parents took me to some famous pork BBQ place about an hour away in the middle of nowhere in the countryside. I thought it was good, but they kept saying how bad the food had become and they'll never come back again.

Then we went over to my aunt's place in Daejeon. She owns a towel factory right next to her house, which she runs with her husband. For dinner she BBQ'd pork (more?!) for us. I conked out right after, which was about 7:00PM.

DAY 3

Woke up around 2:00AM. Checked email, went back to sleep.

Woke up around 6:30AM. My mom was up, and she made some weird pizza toast concoction for breakfast. Normally I wouldn't eat it, but I had to because it was her cooking. Plus I was really hungry.

The whole family went out to Sang Dang Presbyterian Church, which my aunt attends. The church was massive, probably the size of GKC or Sarang back in Fullerton. We attended the 3rd service of the day at 11:30. It was fully in Korean of course, so I barely understood what was going on. Something about obeying your mother. Zzz. Actually it was pretty cool listening to the Mother's Day sermon sitting next to my mom.

After service we took off to a sashimi restaurant. I'm not the biggest fan of sashimi but I ate the most out of everyone there. Something about being in this country is making me eat as much as Kobayashi.

Then headed back to my aunt's place, but we went the long way around to let the food digest. Ended up going to this recreated landmark filled with old-style houses and buildings from ancient Korean history. I forgot what it was called, but it was fascinating. There was even an art museum inside, with 3 exhibits focusing on the theme of the country. Outside of the area I had a hotdog (which is actually a corndog) and yeot from a seedy vendor. Fantastic.

Finally got back to my aunt's, where everyone napped. At 7:00PM we went back out and had seafood kalgooksu (noodles). Delicious. Said farewell (for now) to my aunt and her family and came back home to Mom's.

DAY 4

Woke up a little before 6:00AM to get ready for our mini-trip to see my other aunt in Gangjin, which is way south near the ocean. It took about 4 hours. She lives in the boonies with her American husband, who's in retirement. My uncle who lives in Gwangju was already there to meet us. My aunt made us bulgogi (beef) with homegrown sangchu (lettuce). Man, I'm eating way too much. After some talk and lots of eating, my uncle had to leave since he had a meeting to attend.

We'll be staying here over tonight, and leave for Yeosu tomorrow.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Day 1 in Korea

More like "Day 1 in airplanes" amirite?

Spent 11 hours and a half on the first flight from LAX to Narita, Japan. Sat in the middle sandwiched between a Japanese businessman and a Korean student. Didn't speak much. Sat through NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS, DAN IN REAL LIFE, 27 DRESSES, and DAN IN REAL LIFE (they played it again, to provoke me to do horrible things to them, like singing "bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb-a bomb" a la Ben Stiller in MEET THE PARENTS). Fortunately for them, I was too tired at that point to even care.

Spent about an hour at the Narita airport looking around and killing time, waiting for our next flight. That airport is so much nicer than LAX... why is ours so ghetto?

Spent 3 hours on the flight from Narita to Incheon, Korea. That airport is even nicer than the one in Narita. When did Koreans get so fancy? My parents were there to greet me, so we shared a little dramatic moment. I parted ways with Grace, whom I will be reuniting with next week.

Spent another 3 hours on the car ride from Incheon to Daejeon, where my parents live. We got a little lost along the way, even though they had a brand new GPS system that had been purchased just 2 days ago. "We don't know how to use this thing, we're analog people in a digital world."

They live in one of those tall aparment structures, on the 11th floor. Even though it's small inside, I'm just thankful they have a normal bathroom with a toilet and shower intact, and also a computer (which I'm blogging from).

I'm hoping I can update this thing with some pictures later on. When I asked my mom if she had a camera, she pulled out a relic that somehow resembled a Canon. "I can't live like this Mom. I am a 21st century digital boy. I don't know how to live but I've got a lot of toys."

I'm off to see my aunt (Mom's youngest sister) who lives in the same city. 'Til next time.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Big Red Machine



Big, scary dude from TOM YUM GOONG and FEARLESS as a big, timid dude that turns into Hulk's red brother whenever he eats spicy papaya salad, joined by a little girl that can probably kick Matt Serra's ass. I'm sold.

Oh, and he kicks a guy through a plane. Really, I'm sold.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Virtuosity



I haven't been watching a lot of TV lately, so I forgot how funny The Daily Show (and The Colbert Report) is.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Make Me a Muxtape

Muxtape is like a mixtape, but with MP3s. And on the internet. Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?

http://danielcho.muxtape.com/

I made that in about 15 minutes. Not too much thought or planning went into it, which isn't very me, but hey, I gotta keep you on your toes. I plan to keep it updated (i.e. change the mix mux) fairly often (who knows what that means).

Friday, March 07, 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

QCF + P



When I saw the first leaked screenshots of this game few months ago, I was a little disappointed. But this, it looks so much better in motion. They can't make Guile more badass, can they?

The weather has been so nice this week. Only about 3 months left and I'll be unemployed yet again. I can't wait to enjoy summer the way I used to.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Michael Bay Is Awesome



I never understood all the Bay-hate. Sure, he doesn't exactly make the deepest movies around, but sometimes I just feel like sitting back and watching things explode. And he's very good at showing things explode.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Alien Jones

I'm not sure why, but a lot of American celebrities appear in TV commercials for products in Japan. And most of them are ones you'll never see in an American commercial. Maybe they pay better? Maybe they're just more fun?

This commercial is for Boss coffee, and the premise is that Tommy Lee Jones is playing an alien that's learning about life on Earth, and he's landed in Japan. There's a whole series of these, and I believe this is the 12th one. This one is centered in Akihabara, a.k.a. The Electronic District, a.k.a. Geek Kingdom.



This next one is actually my favorite. And don't ask me what any of this has to do with coffee.

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Recidivist


(click on the image to see it in full size)


So we went back to WoW like the crackwhores that we are, and we couldn't be happier. Except for Pablo, man that guy. He's always playing with his GUILD and not us. What the eff, Pablo.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Favorite Movies of 2007

Yes, it's finally here. The list everybody and their mom have been waiting for. What took you so long, you ask? Well (a) I've been preoccupied with other things, mostly work. (b) I wanted to catch a few movies that just came out on DVD that were eligible for the list. (c) But mostly I've just been lazy.

Let's get to it then.



10. SHOOT 'EM UP
written (I use the term loosely) and directed by Michael Davis



As a live-action Looney Toons movie starring Clive Owen as pissed-off Bugs Bunny (yes, he's holding a carrot in the picture) and Paul Giamatti as brainier Elmer Fudd, this action flick entertained me solid for 86 minutes. I expected nothing more, and nothing less. That Clive, he's so hot right now.

9. ONCE
written and directed by John Carney



Not a traditional musical, but a musical nonetheless. And a great one, at that. I can't wait for the threequel, featuring the band Thrice.

8. GRINDHOUSE
written and directed by Robert Rodriguez (segment "Planet Terror") and Quentin Tarantino (segment "Death Proof")



Probably the most fun I had in a movie theater this year. I prefer watching movies in the privacy of my own home, without worrying about little kids crying and cell phones going off every 5 minutes. (Nevermind the fact that 99% of the general movie-going public is made up of douchebags.) But some movies are meant to be experienced on the big screen with a large audience, and this was one (or two) of them. I'm still waiting for the proper DVD release with both features and fake trailers so I can experience it again the way it was meant to be.

7. ZODIAC
directed by David Fincher
written by James Vanderbilt, based on the novel by Robert Graysmith




Another serial killer masterpiece by David Fincher, this one based on the true story of the "Zodiac killer" that terrorized the citizens of San Francisco in the 70's. It's actually more about the people that investigated Zodiac case than the killer himself. And since you should have already known that the killer was never caught (real-life spoiler), you're more drawn to the story behind the investigators, their methods and motivations. It's a frustrating story to watch, but it's told with such elegance and confidence, by whom I consider one of the best directors working today.

6. CITY OF VIOLENCE
directed by Seung-wan Ryoo
written by Jeong-min Kim, Won-jae Lee, Seung-wan Ryoo




A fun martial arts flick from Korea(?!) I know, we're living in the golden age. Enjoy it while it lasts. The main star of the movie is Doo-hong Jung, who made a name for himself as a stuntman and stunt coordinator, and this was his first starring role (he's mainly had small roles, usually as the strong, silent badass). He says he's getting too old for this stuff, but I would love to see him go up against someone like Jet Li in a movie. One can only dream.

5. SUPERBAD
directed by Greg Mottola
written by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg




Funniest movie of the year. Sorry Diablo Cody, I actually think this movie had more clever lines and better dialogue than Juno (which has been universally lauded as the funniest and best written screenplay of 2007). Now it's up to debate which of those lines were actually written and which were ad-libbed by Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, but that doesn't really matter to me, funny is funny.

4. 300
directed by Zack Snyder
written by Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad, Michael Gordon, based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller




What more can be said about this movie that hasn't already been said? I don't personally know anyone who didn't like this. Even if you didn't care for the story or the characters, you gotta admit it sure looked pretty. It's kinda weird saying that about a movie filled with almost-naked guys, but I'm okay with it if you are.

3. BOURNE ULTIMATUM
directed by Paul Greengrass
written by Tony Gilroy, Scott Z. Burns, George Nolfi, based on the novel by Robert Ludlum (but not really)




In a summer of disappointing threequels (i.e. Shrek 3, Rush Hour 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End), one stood out among the pack. Jason Bourne singlehandedly saved the summer movie season. And guess what: it's the best threequel. EVAR. There's no contest. Except maybe Return of the King. A satisfying conclusion (if this is the end, like Matt Damon says) to the best spy/espionage action series so far.

2. THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
written and directed by Andrew Dominik, based on the novel by Ron Hansen



Holy mackerel, that Casey Affleck is somethin', ain't he? He's had a phenomenal year: he was the best thing about Ocean's 13; he was in two very well-reviewed movies, one of which was directed by his older brother, Ben; and he stole this movie right under from Brad Pitt. If he's not nominated for an Oscar, there will be blood.*

1. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
written and directed by the Coen brothers (Ethan and Joel), based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy



Wow. That's all I can say.



*Which I'm still unsure about. I'm more in the "admire it, but don't love it" camp about that movie. I think it's well-made, Daniel Day-Lewis is amazing as usual, the score is bizarre but fitting, yada yada, but I just didn't get into the story. I'll need to watch it again.


honorable mentions:
28 WEEKS LATER
3:10 TO YUMA
BEOWULF
BLACK SNAKE MOAN
EASTERN PROMISES
THE HOST
HOT FUZZ
JUNO (See Miss Cody, I liked your movie. Don't be so bitter.)
SICKO
SMOKIN' ACES


movies I wanted to see but didn't/couldn't:
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
ATONEMENT
CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR
GONE BABY GONE
INTO THE WILD
THE MIST
PARIS, JE T'AIME
SPECIAL
SUNSHINE
SWEENEY TODD


worst movies of 2007:
AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE COLON MOVIE FILM FOR THEATERS
THE NUMBER 23 (I only saw the second half of this, but it still counts.)
RUSH HOUR 3

Monday, January 14, 2008

I heart the Japanese

First watch this:




then this:



I don't remember Airman being that difficult, but I guess it was for some people to make a song/video about it.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Movie Night Day #15

Just when I thought I could retreat back into my own private Idaho* of solitude, isolation, and general self-loathing, He gave me a gentle roundhouse kick to the ass with a reminder: I can't do that, I need friends. Thanks for your help tonight, Johny.**

Speaking of ass-kicking, I've been planning a marathon screening of movies featuring the guy that is among the best in that category: Jason Bourne. This Saturday, starting at 12:00PM, I'll be showing this:



then this:



and finally this:



Pretty hardcore, eh? I wonder if anyone will show up. It's alright, I'll enjoy them by myself. Oh, it's a vicious cycle.



*no, you da ho.
**Where are my glasses?!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Who needs writers?

And now for something a little less emo: Conan on Rock Band.

I swear he's looking more and more like my childhood friend Matt Wheeler, especially with that beard.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy Fucking New Year

Welcome to Emo Island, population: ONE. Take it away, We Are Scientists!



Oh look, The Strokes want to join in on the fun!

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