Archive for July, 2004

Review: The Butterfly Effect

Thursday, July 29th, 2004

A nice story-driven thriller with a dash of supernatural unexplainitivity. The story is intense from the start and keeps on accelerating like a freight train. It works just fine, as the dialogues make sense (albeit a bit shor), and the acting is right on par. With close to a two hour running time, every story turn gets enough time to work in. This keeps the thrill and excitement going while you still have room in the back of your mind to maul things over. Hats of for a good performance by Ashton Kutcher (also executive producer), who shows he’s very capable doing something non-comedic.8-.

How Messy is my Desk Today ?

Tuesday, July 27th, 2004

Rate 1 (FR#^&% MESS !) to 5 (how very tidy !). Only rate the latest picture, otherwise I can’t keep track of the average.

Total: 1173 out of 353 votes > Average is: 3.323

Another video, this time it’s 1.5 MB (again, DiVX encoded), but trust me when I say it’s fingerlickin’ good. *cough* *cough*
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Photo K-uiz

Monday, July 26th, 2004

A photo K-uiz this time, so all open questions again:

1. Most, if not all, of my Levi’s jeans (as I have no other) suffer a certain abberation, a defect over time, on the exact same spot (the edge of the right front pocket). Big K-uestions, how and why ?

2. What in heaven’s name is this ? (Hint: I only used two filters to throw you off, nothing more)

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Sunday, July 25th, 2004

Waaaaaaaah, it’s true, the robots ARE really coming. Of course, Will Smith’s I, Robot was the first, but heading for Earth this year too is Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie) (which will fail, by the way, judging from the trailer). After that, in 2005, we have Robots (CGI animatied, voiced by Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry). Robots were also already seen in Star Wars, so Episode III should have loads of’m too. A smaller role for a robot will be in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Not really a robot is Iron Man, but he sure as hell looks like one.
Then there’s a robot movie that may never roll to the theatres (high probability for direct-to-video) called Chrome. Which comes from low budget company Pendragon Pictures which incidentally goes bigger budget with Dreamworks Pictures to develop War of the Worlds with Spielberg/Cruise. And last but not least, it’s the Dreamworks/Spielberg combo that bought the rights for a new Transformers movie, and these can disguise themselves as cars, trucks and airjets ! Scared yet ?

US Box Office

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

Mystery surrounding Jason Bourne’s past made the Matt Damon starring Bourne Supremacy movie soar at the box office, with $53.5 million, almost double the opening of the original Bourne Identity.
Second is Will Smith, still doin’ well with I, Robot, a respectable $22.1 million.
Third was a certain cat, delivered almost dead. With $17.2 million, largely due to all-out bad reviews, I can assure you Catwoman has very little life left, let alone nine.
At number 4, Spidey is still able to web some $15 million in.

Review: Fahrenheit 9/11

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

So, is it plain and simple propaganda or is it top journalism ? It’s probably both. Michael Moore’s earned respect years ago, making sharp and interesting documentaries, yet injecting his personal sense of humor in it that it he keeps it lighthearted and pushing his genre more towards the entertainment stream. Like Bowling for Columbine, this movie is not so very different. Spearheaded by obscure facts, underlined with his comments, he covers multiple angles. Images range from funny (behind camera footage) to the gritty ones (usually covered by news programs) pulling you right back to this hars reality.
While drenched with Moore’s comments, it’s not all that new (come on, honest, have you ever seen Bush say something _really_ intelligent on-screen ?). In the end, even if you don’t like the biased comments, you still have to face the facts.7½.

How Messy is my Desk Today ?

Saturday, July 24th, 2004

Rate 1 (FR#^&% MESS !) to 5 (how very tidy !). Only rate the latest picture, otherwise I can’t keep track of the average.

Total: 1163 out of 351 votes > Average is: 3.313

Another video, this time it’s 3 MB (again, DiVX encoded), but trust me when I say it’s Academy Award© submission worthy.
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How Messy is it at my Work Today ?

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

Rate 1 (sucks) to 5 (cool). Only rate the latest pictures, otherwise I can’t keep track of the average.

Total: 604 out of 182 votes > Average is: 3.319

work pic

Hrmmm, have some stuff lying around. I think I’ll sell these items to the highest bidder. Seperate or all-in bidding, I don’t care !

Review: Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

Marketed as a low budget, matching Jet Li without the wires movie, it’s kinda overhyped. Best comparision would be a Jackie Chan movie without the slapstick. And that, of course, leaves you with not very much. The acrobatics are quite good, to be honest. But from the very beginning you see the story unfold, only to serve the fight and chase scenes. That is no way to make a movie, but still, it’s being done. This makes it reminisce the early Jean-Claude van Damme movies (including multi-angle replays), bad acting, stereotype characters, but still enjoyable if you’re into it. Definitely not for the casual movie-goer.6.


Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

So, I’m browsing the web, you know, technology and stuff. So I tried to read up on the new overpriced sub-par iPod (when compared to the iRiver of course. When compared to a Casio FX-81 calculator, it’s kinda impressive), and I stumbled onto the MSN/MSNBC/Newsweek site. Try to read this article.

Have you ever seen so much garbage intertwined into an article, so that you stop reading it ? So much for a respectable journalistic reputation.

Review: Brandy – Afrodisiac

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

So Brandy’s back. This time with Kanye West at her side, the golden producer of this year (a title previously held by the likes of Keith Sweat, Babyface, Jay-Z and R. Kelly). Frankly, I can’t hear a musical genius at work, as this album is filled with songs having the same template, all with slightly different beats and samples. Sure, Brandy’s all grown up now, and her voice is still like velvet with a slight touch of sandpaper for rich texture, but music wise, this album is not impressive at all. It certainly can set a mood, but it will be a boring one. Even where Kanye West swoops in for his obligatory rap, it’s like he’s reading the numbers from his monthly paycheck (which is HUGE by the way). I wonder why he’s getting paid so well for re-inventing the use of voice sample distortion tricks that Sisqo and Aaliya already mastered a few years ago. 5+.

Couch potato

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

Sometimes, I think I have a perpetual shortage of available free time. Why ? Because I just scheduled my TV night like this:

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from 15-07-2004
The Ali G Show – 201 (HBO’s season premiere)
Everwood (yes, this is one of the few that’s really on TV, through the old fashioned cable, convenience wise, saving internet bandwidth)
The Grid – 101 (new limited series from TNT, starring Dylan McDermott and Julianna Margulies)
The Dead Zone – 306
The 4400 – 102 (new series from the USA Network)

I’d better watch out not to sprout new roots and become permanently attached as a couch potato plant.


Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

So, birthday’s just a few weeks away. The perfect time to legally and extensively abuse my brother’s credit card. Or so I thought. A trip to ThinkGeek’s website usually proved fingerlicking good. But to my horror, utter astonishment washed over me. With over 500+ geek products browsed, there still wasn’t something I really liked. What does this mean ? Is there no higher level of geekness to attain. Did I reach Bill Gates’ level (not according to my bank account) ? What does the future hold for me ? This is scary.

Review: Stargate: SG1 801 – 802, Stargate: Atlantis 101 – 102

Monday, July 19th, 2004

High quality science fiction is becoming rare these days. And that’s why when one series spawns another, I’m there to witness it, hoping it’s something good. Stargate: SG1 I gave up on many years ago. With these crossover episodes, I remember why. The character are just as stiff as 8 years ago. No development, no depth. Storywise, they’re even more amazing than before. Amazingly stupendous, that is. The writers are clearly writing them in their sleep. Story turns are everywhere, just simple solutions to get out of the holes they dug earlier themselves. With so many jumps from here to there, there’s not really any room for dialogue that actually feels like a dialogue.
So enter a spin-off. Atlantis is clearly from the same makers, as it’s cliche-ridden, with yet another simple and highly predictable storyline. Again, no time for sensible dialogue, and hence, no sense of depth. Drama isn’t an issue here either, and luckily, the actors don’t have an awful lot of acting to do. In dire situations, a frown is enough, and the writers whisk them away, out of harm’s way.
This all makes Stargate one of the most generic shows on air, able to stay exactly the same after all those years, holding the same future for Atlantis, playing it safe. Too bad though the writers don’t know if you don’t have anything to lose, you don’t have anything to gain.

US Box Office

Sunday, July 18th, 2004

Will Smith goes solo in I, Robot, and still manages to kick a spider off the number one spot, and have his one personal record. Without a partner (like in Bad Boys or Men in Black), he draws his best opener yet, $53.3 million.
Spidey 2 takes a hit from the mechanical beings, taking in only $24.2 million, another manageable 48% drop, good for number 2.
Third spot is for Hillary Duff starrer A Cinderella Story, a charming, yet uninspiring $13.8 million. No. 4 with $13.4 million is Anchorman and no. 5 with $7.0 million is Fahrenheit 9/11, almost ready to cross the $100 million barrier.
At number 6 is King Arthur, as predicted a 54% loss ($6.9 million), it’s like having an Excalibur stricken through your heart (Disney’s that is).