Archive for March, 2005

Review: 2046

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

Having competed in several film festivals already the past year, I thought it was finally time to find out what this was all about.
Wow, what a long sit this was. While there are enough movies running two and a half hours, this one seemed extremely long in comparison. Scenes that should take seconds are stretched to minutes.
As far as story telling goes, it’s pretty much thin air. Every single minute you keep wondering, where the hell is this going to. After 30 minutes it’s pretty much hopeless. Nonsensical scene after scene. While the soundtrack keeps the dull atmosphere pretty dull, there’s a recurring song that chills to the bone. Downright irritating.
Tony Leung Chiu Wai is in most of the scenes, but this role is a long distance away from previous performance in Hero. When the movie is over, you can finally let out a long sigh, with the only solace being that you’ve seen a full hour of Ziyi Zhang.5-.

Review: The Woodsman

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

The controversial topic alone makes this a grim drama, but the execution makes it much more than that. Following Kevin Bacon’s character after his release back into society (on supervised parole) and how he deals with it, is written in such a way, it’s almost a psychological thriller. In-depth character exploring dialogue covering multiple angles on his life make this in the end a more heartfelt drama.
The movie is executive produced by Kevin Bacon, and it’s not that surprising, as it’s another spot on his resume that proves he belongs to the best among his peers. Taking a risky role like this, he gives an excellent performance, that gives us a dark look into the mind of a former child molester, but supporting cast should not be overlooked.
This being a sensitive subject, it’s definitely hats off for the script writers and the director, making this balancing act work just fine.8.

Review: The Contender 101 – 103

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

While Fox beat NBC to the punch with The Next Great Champ, the idea was born at NBC’s side, shelling out some 2 million bucks per ep for this Burnett/Stallone produced reality show. Besides Fox’s quicky cancellation due to bad ratings, NBC’s version didn’t come easy either. Already suffering bad press with one suicide of one of the contenders, the ratings aren’t that much to write home about either.
While I’m not a reality show watcher, I thought I’d try this one, obviously because of the hosts (Sylvester Stallone and Sugar Ray) and the high testosterone topic (boxing), even though I’m not a sports fan either. But knowing NBC, and knowing how reality show works (usually lacking any depth), it’s actually the perfect series to watch at work. If you don’t pay attention, you don’t miss that much anyways. And to really watch it, you don’t need that much attention either. A win-win situation.
As for the quality so far, it’s pretty nicely directed, and while it follows a neatly laid out plan, it’s just enough not to get bored.

US Box Office

Monday, March 14th, 2005

Robots proved the superior beings this weekend, landing the top spot with $36.5 million (a few million short of Fox’s Blue Sky Productions’ previous entry, Ice Age from 2002). Battling the same family demo, is The Pacifier, slipping to number two with $18 million.
Be Cools suffers from a few degrees of unwanted warmth, dropping to nr. 3 with $10.3 million.
Hostage might be an indication of Bruce Willis’ fading star status, opening at 4 with only $9.8 million. Fifth is for Hitch with $8.7 million, gathering enough love for a total of now close to $150 million.

Review: Hitch

Sunday, March 13th, 2005

It’s no surprise Will Smith always felt good in the comedy scene. That fact isn’t that fresh anymore. For me, it was always, of course, about Eva Mendes. So, it was kinda horrible to see her act all “I’m in a comedy, so I’m gonna act like it too”-ish, but luckily, that method fades after while.
The story is like any other romantic comedy. Light and stretched, so it’s definitely not a laughing cannon. It’s slightly predictable too. While it is enjoyable overall, if there was a flaw to be named, it’s that is sticking too much to the established standards.7+.

Cub scout

Saturday, March 12th, 2005

A first for everything, so this time, it’s the first cub in my family. The first scouting rank is in ! Congratz to the lil’ one.

Cheyenne Cub

How Messy is my Desk Today ?

Saturday, March 12th, 2005

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

Total: 1241 out of 399 votes > Average is: 3.110

desk pic
You can still vote, but it won’t be counted. Obviously, this is Cheyenne’s desk. Still, I urge you to judge like you always judge it.

Review: Doctor Who 2701

Saturday, March 12th, 2005

The online community is adamant this is one of the best sci-fi series ever to exist. The only fact I’ve collected so far though, is that it’s the longest running sci-fi series. So I had to try the new revival (since the original went from 1963 through 1989). The fact that it was leaked on the internet before the BBC screening a few weeks from now helped too.
Too bad what I found out wasn’t able to live up to its hype, at all. The first scene made it clear the budget was quite low. Lightning, filming techniques, special effects, it’s all sub-par. Then the acting isn’t that of high standard either. Then there must be at least one last thing to make this show last so long ? The storytelling ? Neupz, not that ingenious either. All this combined makes any scene easily comparible to Eastenders in all aspects, which means it’s not worth any of my time.
Conclusion is like the harsh reality we live in. Life was better when wondering who, I mean, what Doctor Who was all about.


Saturday, March 12th, 2005

Online Flash games. Mostly garbage, but sometimes you find one that’s simple and still quite addictive. Try Squares 2. My first try was above 12000 points, and it was proven a lucky shot, as subsequent retries usually reached half the score. Don’t try it at work though, I will not be held responsible for the wasted time spent on this.

Review: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Friday, March 11th, 2005

If you want weird, this one is definitely for you. The trailer had a slight indication of this, but most people are hoping for fun. And this whole movie is more silliness than fun. This is mostly accomplished by unrelated gags in the background combined with sheer ignorance. Added is a good dose of sketch-like editing, not the best way of storytelling. And if that’s not enough silliness, check out the soundtrack. It almost comes close to getting annoying. If you like Wes Anderson’s previous project (The Royal Tenenbaums), you’ll probably like this too.6½.

How Messy is it at my Work Today ?

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

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

Total: 704 out of 218 votes > Average is: 3.229

work pic
A first time for everything. Here’s a steel misprint, and hence the standard floppy bay can’t be used. Let’s hope it’s not a series defect, coz it takes a full 10 minutes of hacking and slashing to release the bay underneath it.

US Box Office

Monday, March 7th, 2005

Not so quietly, the Pacifier storms to the top spot. Vin Diesel is clearly trying to walk the same road that Arnold Schwarzenegger walked when he did Kindergarten Cop, and people are apparently still not tired of this overrated piece of musle. Or, so says the $30.2 million it dragged in this weekend.
At number 2 is another premiere, John Travolta in the Get Shorty sequel, Be Cool, with $23.5 million.
Feeling less loved is Hitch, slipping to the third spot with $12.5 million. At four is last weeks surprise hit Diary of a Mad Black Woman, with $12 million. At five, Million Dollar Baby proves to have long legs, good for another $8.5 million.

Review: Million Dollar Baby

Monday, March 7th, 2005

The trailer may seem like it’s another Rocky clone, and frankly, it kind of is. The very first one that is (also an Oscar winner), but with slightly more evolved characters. Both have the same feel to it, good script, good acting, good dialogue. With Million Dollar Baby’s script slightly more polished, it’s the same low budget feel, while gearing slight more to the drama side, and keeping the Hollywood spirit (touching and inspiring) on a low but always present simmer. The superb acting, with a three Oscar contending cast, it comes as no surprise. From this bunch, you actually don’t expect anything less. Adding another dramatic undertone is the narrative by Morgan Freeman, doing it just the way as no-one else can do it, stitching the story together into a fulfilling experience.8.

Fiddy gig

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

While sending my mail through gmail (see previous post), I noticed a whopping FIFTY invites left. Having no idea what to do with it all, and since I have my own mail server (so I can send myself the invites using different email adresses), I might just use them all myself. Think about it, 50 GB of external storage for free. And those accounts spawn more invites, giving me 100 GB more in less than a few months. Think about it, that’s probably more than most of you people have in your computer !


Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

Mailing to

Geachte Maasstad/bezorging/klachtafdeling,
heden wilde ik wederom mijn afschuw spuien, dit maal via email (volgens mij is dit nieuw, eerdere klacht was per brief naar kantoor City Zuid verstuurd, hieronder nogmaals gekopieerd en geplakt, waar overigens heel vriendelijk NIET op is gereageerd.)
Als u het onderstaande leest, lijkt het erop alsof dat de druppel is dat de emmer doet overlopen. Nooit gedacht dat er nog een vloedgolf achteraan zou komen.
Wat is nu het geval ? Niet vind ik alleen WEER een stapeltje van 4 kranten op de trap (wederom ‘s avonds laat), maar nu zijn het er zelfs ZES. Zoals u ziet, de bezorger is te lui om de 4 brievenbussen te vullen (wat dus niet hoeft als hij/zij op de NEE/NEE sticker let) (punt c), maar maakt nu ook punt a waar, tellen is echt te moeilijk geworden in deze koude tijden.
Als de opleidingsniveau zo doorzet, en dezelfde bezorgers gebruikt worden voor het Rotterdams Dagblad (als ik dat zo goed uit de contact informatie haal), ben ik bang dat de toch al suffe “Het Bewijs van Rotterdam” reklame een heel andere uitwerking zal hebben dan meer klanten te trekken.
Hopelijk kunt u met mijn bewijzen gezonde conclusies trekken en er werk van maken om de kwaliteit weer tot een normale hoogte te brengen.