31 January 2009

Another casualty due to the economy...

So now that we're forced to participate in the "Work Share" program at work where they make every one of us take off a day a week without pay, I guess I'll have a bit more time to do stuff at home. Oh, and to upkeep this blog, right? Here's what I think I'll do with my extra day each week:
  • read
  • sleep
  • get fat
  • surf unblocked websites that would otherwise be blocked at work (e.g., Twitter, Myspace, UrbanDictionary.com; funny how TMZ.com still isn't blocked, wouldn't that site be considered 'tasteless'?)
  • play more video games
  • snowboard midweek (if the season gets any better, which I doubt due to global warming, the economy, and Al Gore)
  • take more social networking photos of myself - here, what do you think of this one?

This was last night, where I don't normally look like this. Usually my face isn't so...colorful.

Anyway, since I'm essentially taking a pay cut, that means I have to be a bit more creative when it comes to spending money, meaning, I shouldn't but it happens. Coupons, expired pastries at a discounted price, hitchhiking, tipping 18% instead of 20%, you name it, I'll probably find any way that I can to cut corners just to save money and not change my lifestyle (which isn't too expensive, I don't think).

Happy birthday to me.

14 January 2009

What's with all the movies posts?

Hmm...you may have realized that the past couple posts have been about movie reviews...what gives? Well, every year I go on a movie binge right before the Academy Awards just to see which movies can own up to a nomination (Slumdog Millionaire) and which ones I'd feel would be completely worthless to even get a nod (Gran Torino). Gimme a break, it's one of the most important movie events of the year and I haven't missed a beat since I was like, 5. The Oscars are a huge deal, whether or not you're a movie buff (which I'm not compared to my friend Darkhorse David).

Until then, I'm gonna keep watching as many movies as I possibly can before the show...or as long as my budget can hold out. Yay solo film festival for me!

12 January 2009

Waltz With Bashir

...won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film! Directed and written by Ari Folman, this animated documentary tells the story of Folman, who goes on an investigative and eye-opening journey to reclaim the memories he had lost, memories specifically dealing with the Lebanon War in 1982 and the Sabra and Shatila Massacre. His only "memory" is that of he and his two other comrades floating and bathing by the seaside in Beirut before flares descend onto the city.

Animated using a combination of computer animation and frame-by-frame, (not rotoscoping as I had hoped but still delightfully pleased), Waltz With Bashir offers history novices like myself a surreal look at the travesty of war and the suffering of those who can still relive those memories, and for those who cannot.

Though definitely not a date movie, artists and historians alike will surely appreciate how the subject matter is portrayed throughout the film. Superb. 4.5 out of 5 stars, 90 minutes. (Some people walked out during the film--how rude! It's a documentary, so you have to keep in mind the slow pace of the film.)

11 January 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

Released in December 2008 and directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later - two of my favorite movies of all time), Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal, his brother Salim, and their childhood friend (and Jamal's love interest) Latika set all throughout India from Bombay to Mumbai and how Jamal decides to be a contestant on India's version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" in order to reconnect with Latika, who's gone missing from his life several times due to kidnapping and violence. Based on the book Q and A by Vikas Swarup, Slumdog is not to be missed and is not just any love story, where many of the recurring themes include that of friendship, loyalty, and "one for all and all for one." M.I.A. and modern Bollywood music make for a fast-paced, energizing soundtrack. Be sure to stay for the credits for a complete Bollywood-style dance performance featuring the two main actors, Dev Patel (Jamal) and Friedo Pinto (Latika), among 100+ backup dancers.

Five out of five stars, 120 minutes. Don't sleep through this one!

07 January 2009

Oh doesn't this totally suck...

One of my coworkers sent this to me - he found it from the Gizmodo blog. Let's just say it sucks to lose your pants in the dead of winter. Dude, I'm glad you had the sense to tuck your dingy in but, uh, I can see it from here.

06 January 2009

Really, really BAD Boy TV

Only on MTV can you get away with really, really, REALLY bad TV!

From G's to Gents: really bad gangsta caterpillaz metamorphosizing into really bad butterfliez. Guido, can you tell me which one is the salad fork?

Bromance: aka who wants to be Brody Jenner's BFF? Bro contestant: Brody, I will be your GameCube, just like how you will always be my Natty Lite. Now slip out that black dildo and let's get this friendship started. (Wait, what?)

Tool Academy: The hot chicks from Hot Chicks with Douche Bags have had enough of their men and their douche-baggery! Turn my tool of a boyfriend into husband material! (And OK yes, I know, this is on VH1, but really, it's like MTV 2.1)

Wow, I mean really, wow. Let's hear it for the boys!

05 January 2009

Red Ring of Death 2

Are you kidding me?!

Sunday night after watching a couple episodes of Trash TV I decided yes, now's a good time to play some Sea Life Safari. So 'doku goes and turns on the Xbox and what happens? A system error screen in English and Japanese pops up, roughly stating, Oh, haha. Fail.

We haven't even had it for a year! This is the second 360 it's happened to!!

OMG someone help me save it now before I go out and buy a Wii, DS, or PS3. Those sea horses aren't going to take pictures of themselves.


My sister just finished telling me and my mom that she was robbed at supposed gunpoint earlier today while she was working her register at the Rite Aid in Costa Mesa. Scary stuff...I'm so proud of her though; I mean, she completely kept her cool, did what the guy told her to do, and all the while she was getting a really good look at the guy. (Older white male, wore dark sunglasses, about 6 feet tall, maybe 40-60 years old, and calmly left in a white truck driven by another male).

It turns out he's been robbing several different markets and CVS's around Orange County. I even found an article in the OC Register that talked about how he unsuccessfully tried to pull the same thing at two 99 Ranch Markets in Irvine (they're like miles apart from one another). Check it out, there's even a link to a video of the whole incident at one of the 99 Ranch Markets - take a good look at him and if you've seen him before, contact the local authorities.

Even after she gave the police her account of what happened and they collected all the evidence, she went to lunch and came back to finish the rest of her shift. That's ballsy right there.

03 January 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best line of the film:

Daisy (Cate Blanchette): Sleep with me.
Benjamin (Brad 'Man-Cake' Pitt): Absolutely.

Now if we edit that just a bit for it to say.....

Brad: Sleep with me.
Me: Abso-freakin'-lutely!!!


The movie was lovely by the way; cinematography was excellent and from what my friend Darkhorse David told me, it was shot using digital film. Overall, it was a prettily filmed movie. I cried like, every half hour, and I managed to question my own mortality. I'm sure F. Scott Fitzgerald didn't have a god like Brad Pitt in mind when he wrote the story, but I should applaud David Fincher (director, Fight Club), for always keeping my Man-Cake in mind for roles where shirtless, wet, gyrating men are needed.

Go see the film; 4.5 stars out of 5; 2.5 hours. Better go use the bathroom before the previews hit, folks.