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More to come…
March 3, 2010, 4:34 am
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Soon. I haven’t really seen or heard anything that’s been interesting enough to post in a while. I’ve also been pretty busy with school/work/etc. Hopefully I’ll find more stuff worth posting soon, so stay tuned.


Lack of New Posts…
February 1, 2010, 12:42 pm
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I apologize for the lack of new posts lately. I’ve had a lot on my mind and school just started up again. Plus I start working again tomorrow.

I am going to do my best to make a least one post each day for those of you that actually check this site out and care about what I post. (Thanks for the interest if you do; I’m still surprised that people are actually interested in what I’m interested in, if that makes any sense.)

Stay tuned…

“Youth in Revolt” Movie Review
January 13, 2010, 12:05 pm
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I went to see Michael Cera’s new movie “Youth in Revolt” tonight (I saw it for free which was cool). I’ve been a big fan of Cera since “Superbad”; that, “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist”, and “Juno” are some of my favorite movies. I like Cera because I can identify with the awkward characters he plays in basically all of his movies. Once again, Michael Cera did not disappoint.

Cera does a great job playing both Nick Twisp and Francois Dillinger. He is extremely funny and awkward as Nick; he is even funnier as the more bad-ass Francois. These two characters play off each other really well and it was funny watching Cera talk to himself when both characters were onscreen at the same time.

Portia Doubleday, who plays Cera’s love interest Sheeni, does a great job too as her character inspires Nick to take on the “supplementary persona” of Francois in order to win her heart.

Basically every other actor was perfectly cast as well. Fred Willard really fit as the weird neighbor; Steve Buscemi fit nicely as Nick’s dad; Justin Long was hilarious as the Sheeni’s stoner brother; and Adhir Kalyan was a nice addition to the movie as Vijay, whom Nick befriends at school. I wish he was in the movie longer but his scenes were funny nonetheless.

The movie was very good overall; it was just funny enough, the soundtrack was good, the lines were well-written, and the plot was good as well. Cera was funny as always, and the onscreen relationship between him and Sheeni was very believable.

“Youth in Revolt” is one of my new favorite movies. I give it a 9/10 rating.

“Avatar” Movie Review
January 13, 2010, 11:44 am
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I finally went to see “Avatar” last week on my birthday. I was hesitant to go see it because it was hyped so much. I didn’t want to be disappointed.

“Avatar” was a good movie; it was not a great movie. It definitely did not “redefine film-making” as all the ads and previews claimed. I was impressed by the visuals of the movie; all of the CGI was really well done and every scene looked spectacular.

Despite all of the great visuals, the movie kind of fell flat because of the sub-par acting. Even the more well known actors  (such as Sigourney Weaver) were pretty much terrible. I laughed aloud quite a few times because a good amount of the lines were just horrible. In one scene, the main general tells Sigourney Weaver’s character to “Shut her pie hole”. Really? Who says that?

The story was relatively interesting; however, I kept getting the feeling that I knew what was going to happen next. (The plot has been done before; it reminded me a lot of “The Last Samurai”)The story’s sequence was a little too predictable and it didn’t make sense at times. For example, the timeline did not always make sense. The main character, Jake Sully, could only use his Avatar body if he was in the ‘Avatar machine’ thing. There would be a scene of him using the Avatar body on Pandora in order to hunt with Neytiri (the Na’vi female he befriends) and then suddenly the scene would switch back to Jake getting out of the ‘Avatar machine’ and back into his wheelchair. Yet apparently nothing happened to his Avatar body when he ‘turned it off’. Yet later on in the movie Neytiri and the Na’vi people get scared when Jake’s Avatar collapses because he was pulled out of the machine. If this is what happened, why wasn’t it an issue before?

Also, there were some little details that also took away from the film. Humans cannot breathe on Pandora; that means that no oxygen is present, right? Then why can Jake start a fire in the jungle; why does fire exist at all? Oh, and why was Jake’s deceased brother laying in a cardboard box before being cremated? That really didn’t make sense.

Overall, I would say that “Avatar” was a decent movie; I would watch it again. However, I feel that it could have been much, much better than it was. The hype really killed the movie for me; it if hadn’t been built up so much I don’t think I would have been as disappointed. A lot of the bad parts of the film (the dialogue and the minor details) seem to be a result of all the work done to ensure that the movie would look spectacular. With all the focus on the CGI, these other key parts of the movie fell to the wayside.

Based on all of this, I would give “Avatar” a 7/10 rating.

Rest In Peace Chris Henry
December 18, 2009, 4:40 am
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Bengals Wide Receiver Chris Henry passed away this morning; He was only 26 years old. This a terrible loss for the Bengals, the NFL, and especially Henry’s family; he was a father of three young children. It is really unfortunate that such a young man had to pass away, especially since Henry had turned his life and seemed to be on the right track.

R.I.P. Chris Henry

Thoughts: Life after College
September 30, 2009, 10:37 pm
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Last night I began thinking more about Life after College. I went to an academic program on campus with some friends and my boy Justin said that during the program, he just thought to himself “Is this what life is? We read things, learn things, write papers. What if I just dropped out of college and became like a musician?”

Justin’s realization got us all thinking, and I began to realize that in a little over two years my life will really begin. I’ll have to interview for a teaching job; hopefully I’ll get one and then I’ll be in charge of teaching other people’s kids. It’s crazy when you think about it. I’m still a kid at this point in my mind, yet in a few years I’ll be an adult standing in front of a classroom full of teenagers. How have I reached this point? It’s just so weird to realize that I’m almost an adult when I still feel like my adolescence just began.

And Justin brought up an interesting point. What does all of this really mean? What does “College” mean? When I graduate I’ll get a piece of paper saying I did all the necessary work. But will that be enough for me to succeed as a teacher? And will all the money spent and debt in loans be worth it? I have no idea. But I’m not scared of that. I’m pretty sure right now that I’ll love teaching and be able to help at least a few kids better themselves. But then again who knows what will happen? I might end up doing something completely different; or I might find that that one thing I love is teaching others. Either way I’m confident that I’ll know the right move when the time comes.

“And I heard ’em say, nothin ever promised tomorrow today.

But we’ll find a way”   — Kanye

Thoughts: Back to School
August 31, 2009, 12:43 am
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I am officially back at school. I moved in a few days ago and I start class TOMORROW. It’s really crazy that I’m a sophomore already. It feels like just last week I was starting my freshman year, and now I’m almost halfway done with college. I left my camera at home, but as soon as I get that I’ll post pics of my dorm and other stuff. My dorm room is much, much better than last year, so I’m happy.

And of course, I will do my best to post regularly and keep this going.