Wednesday, September 29, 2004
I hate Mel Gibson.
He's rich and famous. He has a beautiful wife and 46 kids. He has won an Oscar. He can make any movie he wants. He made a buttload of money with THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST: THE ATTACK OF THE THE'S. He's not one of my favorite actors, but he turns out much better work sitting behind the camera than in front. He did a great job with this movie.
I'm torn about this movie, though. On one hand, as a Christian, I found the film very moving and a worthy testament of the pain and suffering that Jesus, Son of God, went through for me. But on the other hand, as a film geek, I couldn't shake off the feeling that it could have been so much more. There is no story. It's the last act of a story. Gibson assumes the audience already knows the story of Jesus and starts the picture with him getting betrayed by Judas. But what about the people that have never read the bible? It's kinda like showing someone THE RETURN OF THE KING when he hasn't seen (or read) THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING or THE TWO TOWERS.
There is no character development. Sure, Gibson uses flashbacks to show Jesus before he became a "prophet," but they're few and far between. Why didn't Gibson start the story from the beginning, when Jesus was born? Or at least show some stuff like Jesus healing the blind, or resurrecting Lazarus or something. No... he just wants to show Jesus falling for the umpteenth time.
Which brings me to the blood. This is one of the most gruesome, gory, and violent films I've seen. And this is coming from a guy who owns ICHI THE KILLER. It's pretty overwhelming at times -- that whipping scene is brutal -- but it's all necessary. This is what He went through for you people! But I do find it ironic that the same Christians that trash a movie for nudity or sex praised this movie, which is filled with horrible images of a man getting tortured for two hours. "Boobs bad, blood good."
But hey, that's something to talk about another day.
Monday, September 27, 2004
The Wench found another roommate ad for $345, which is dirt cheap. But it turned out to be two girls, so that was that.
We were both in delirium like a couple of drunkards throughout the whole day. It's that time of the month.
Sunday, September 26, 2004
SHAUN OF THE DEAD was great. There's been a lot of hype around the net surrounding this little British flick so expectations were high, but it did not disappoint. It's supposed to be a comedy, parodying all the zombie classics like Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD, but I was surprised that it had some scary moments and some drama as well. Well done. It's funny as hell, of course. Shaun's best friend, Ed, is the funniest character and spews out some good "mom" jokes. I should have taken notes. And the use of the song "White Lines" is flippin' hilarious. More notes. I like British humor. Mostly. The witty ones.
Bring on SHAUN OF THE DEAD 2: FROM DUSK 'TIL SHAUN.
Friday, September 24, 2004
The Bad: I checked out another place -- a house near Artesia and Beach --last night and I hated it. I can't stand Koreans. And I can't stand Koreans that talk as if they own the place. Although, she did literally own the place.
The Ugly: You make no sense.
I think I'll be staying at Doojin's house for a little bit, at least until I find a decent place. I hope his parents don't mind.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Today, my "American Cinema" class got cancelled since the instructor didn't show. We were supposed to finish watching CASABLANCA but I guess I'll have to wait 'til next week for that. I like what I've seen so far. Yeah I know, how can I consider myself to be a film geek if I haven't even seen a classic like CASABLANCA? I'm ashamed. Don't look at me!
I saw an ad at school from a guy looking for a roommate, so I checked it out tonight. It's a two bedroom apartment, and since there's already two people there, I would have to sleep in the living room. The guy was reading a Naruto manga (in Japanese!) when I met him and he's really into anime, so we connected right away. But $400 to live in a LIVING (hah!) room? And he wasn't too thrilled when I told him I didn't have a job. It's pretty far too -- Yorba Linda and Placentia. Probably not the best choice. I have until next Tuesday.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Instructor: So let's name off some FOX channels. There's FOX Sports, FOX News...
Regular Student: FOX Family.
Instructor: Oh really? Okay, FOX Family...
Smacktard #1: Home & Garden?
Instructor: FOX Home & Garden?
Smacktard #1: Oh no! Nevermind.
Instructor: Anyone watch the PAX channel? Who watches it regularly?
Bimbo #38: Ooh ooh!
Instructor: How often do you watch it?
Bimbo #38: Oh I just watch "Touched by An Angel."
Instructor: What kind of advertising do you see on that channel?
Bimbo #38: Uhh... I've only seen it once. I was flipping through channels.
Instructor: Let's talk about video recording. What kind of programs do you guys record with your VCR?
Regular Student #2: Movies.
Instructor: Good. How about you?
Smacktard with Lisp: At my houthe, V-thi-R is obtholete. We uthe DVR to record thtuff. We have 47 DVD'th of the Olympicth.
Instructor: O... kay...
It's okay. I've lost my faith in mankind years ago.
Monday, September 20, 2004
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Off to an awesome start.
It wasn't actually an interview, but an information meeting. A worker went over the specifics of the job -- the pay, the hours, the benefits, blahblahblah. After about 10 minutes of that, she had us fill out a paper, which everyone already had in their hands. I had to ask her for one, and that's when she made me look like an ass by pointing out the fact that I was late. She said she shouldn't be giving the paper to me, but she did anyway. Give her a damn medal.
Several people left while everyone else filled their papers out. I guess they didn't want the job after hearing about it. Then we all had to go inside and talk to an interviewer. But that wasn't actually an interview either. When it was finally my turn (I was last, of course) I went in and was asked the following questions:
- "Are you currently working?" No.
- "Are you in school?" Yes.
- "How many units?" Nine.
- "When's your earliest class?" 9:00am.
- "Latest?" It ends around 3:30. (Except today!)
- "Is your schedule like this everyday?" No, on Mondays and Wednesdays I only have one class from 9:00 to 10:30.
- "Okay, can you come in at 1:00 on Monday for the interview?" Sure.
She was nice because she didn't make me look like an ass. See? That's all it takes. I'm not asking for much, people. Just don't make me look like an ass and you have my respect.
Sunday, September 12, 2004
I got schooled by Jae, my 7th grade student, at basketball.
I have two weeks to find a new place to live.
I need a haircut.
I suck at being a teacher. I want to go back to doing praise.
I have four days to get buff.
Saturday, September 11, 2004
Because the shit's so deep you can't run away
I beg to differ on the contrary
I agree with every word that you say
Talk is cheap and lies are expensive
My wallet's fat and so is my head
Hit and run and then I'll hit you again
A smartass but I'm playing dumb
Standards set and broken all the time
Control the chaos behind a gun
Call it as I see it even if I was born deaf, blind, and dumb
Losers winning big on the lottery
Rehab rejects still sniffing glue
Constant refutation with myself
I'm a victim of a catch-22
I have no belief
But I believe I'm a walking contradiction
And I ain't got no right
Friday, September 10, 2004
Planned for tonight: lock-in with my 7th grade class at church. We'll probably spend all night playing videogames and talking about
It's been hot, hot, hot. I prefer hot over cold weather, but I don't dig humidity. It's almost 2 am. I'm in my skivvies and I'm still sweating like a greasy pig. This ain't cool. Literally.
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Like all good comedies, it's the small, random things that make you laugh with repeat viewings:
- Napoleon missing the first time he tries to put a sai through his belt loop.
- Uncle Rico laughing after hitting Napoleon on the head with a steak.
- Something (spider web?) stuck in Napoleon's hair when he's watching Pedro do his "sweet jump."
- Napoleon exhaling after playing tetherball.
- The way Uncle Rico says "Napoleon."
- Pedro still wearing his FFA medal while taking a bath.
- Napoleon faking out Uncle Rico twice before finally pegging him with an orange.
- The way Pedro runs.
- The pause during Napoleon's current event report.
- "Last week, Japanese scientists explaced... placed explosive detonators at the bottom of Lake Lochness to blow Nessy out of the water."
- The fact that Napoleon is always the one actually riding the Sledgehammer. Pedro rides on the pegs.
- Napoleon's mispronunciation of certain words, like "numchuks" and "afinity."
- "La Faunduh"
- Napoleon throws food at Tina, but it actually lands right at his feet.
- "Hold on, I forgot to put in the crystals."
- Pretty much anything that comes out Kip's mouth.
The extra scene at the end wasn't that great, but it did have Kip singing. I love this movie.
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
There's this show called Ultimate Film Fanatics on IFC (Independent Film Channel). The people on that show are hardcore. I mean, they're so emo.
I caught an episode of CSI for the very first time. I liked it.
Friday, September 03, 2004
I went to school to turn in a bunch of forms for financial aid. I was supposed to go earlier but they needed a copy of my ID, which I didn't have until yesterday. The lady at the counter told me I was disqualified for aid because I did so poorly and dropped so many classes in the 2002 Spring semester, the last time I was there. The upside is that if I finish two out of the three courses I'm taking now and do it with a 2.0 GPA or higher, I'll be qualified for aid the next semester. But for now, I get nothing.
I've been seeing postings around school for a job in the computer labs. I called the number on the posting, but no one answered. After some "investigation" I found out that I needed to seek out a guy named Gabriel who was supposedly in charge of all the computer labs. I went to his office but he was not there. I did an exhaustive search for this elusive "Gabriel," but he was nowhere to be found. I did score an application for the job, however. Since it's Labor Day weekend, I won't turn it in 'til Tuesday. If I'm still alive by then.
Thursday, September 02, 2004
My oldest aunt called me out of the blue and offered me a job at her mailbox store. So I went to Hungtington Beach to have a chat with her. It turned out that she just needs me for Saturdays only. And to get started on the job, I need to take a notary test. I don't even know what what the hell notary is. She tried to explain, but the combination of her English skills and my Korean skills failed to get through.
I stopped by my uncle's dance studio on the way home. He looked good, for a middle-aged ballroom dancer. We talked a little bit about school, jobs, and my damn car. I think the only reason I told him the truth about the car was that The Wench was there with me, and I couldn't lie. He seemed fairly supportive of the idea that I wanted to make movies for a living. I found out that he was a drummer when he was "young" and made a band with his friends. Hilarious. I'm glad there's a guy like him in our family because (a) everyone else is boring, and (b) it makes me look a little less like the odd black sheep.
I don't know what the future holds, but I'm pretty worried. Where am I going to be a month from now? It's a scary thought, but so far school and The Wench have done a good job of distracting me from it.
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