March 17th, 2002

purple dragon

A Blast from the Past...

The subject says it all.

I got up kinda late, had leftover pizza for breakfast while watching random cartoons and home improvement shows. Watched The Road Warrior then I finished up revision three of the floorplan for that house and went by my folk's place to drop it off along with a couple of movies (I'm phasing out my video collection with DVDs so when I buy new DVDs of movies I already have I give them to my dad, this works out nicely because my folks never rent or buy movies on their own and we tend to have comparable taste in movies). They weren't home so hung out a while waiting to see if they'd show. I worked on the ladies a bit, cleaned a few things here and there, checked to make sure they where ok and then since my folks still hadn't gotten home I decided to be useful and I finally brought home about 1/3-1/2 of the old boxes of stuff I had left at their place. My mom had been bugging me about it for a while so this was a good start to the final moving our process (this will probably trash my plans of being done putting stuff away by the first days of spring.

So, you might be wondering, "What kind of stuff?" Believe it or now, toys mostly. Yes, toys. as in Transformers, Hot Wheels, Go-Bots, G.I. Joes, Voltron and a host of other random merchandising from 80 kids TV. Followed closely by random books and assorted magazines and papers. I'm probably going to throw out most of the old magazines and papers, but the books should fill out my bookcases quite nicely (I may even need more bookcases soon, yikes). I'm not sure what I'm going to do with all the toys though. I'm definitely keeping a lot of them, especially the ones that are still in good shape. They'll make a nice addition to the ones I already cleaned up and put up in my office. The ones that are missing lots of parts I'll probably give to my nephew so that he can rummage through them and see if there's anything there he likes. It was rather cool to spend all afternoon sifting through toys and finding all the parts for several of them etc... Totally fun in a goofy way.

Oh, and to top everything off, my folks got home while I was busy with the toys at my place and my dad actually called to let me know that he really liked 2 of the revisions of the floorplans that I'd come up with. Considering how he rarely gives compliments or praise that pretty much made my month. Especially after the argument on Friday (that was mostly smoother over after a couple of hours when we finally sat down and talked about it, I just didn't get a chance to post about it earlier).

Days like this should happen more often.
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Resident Evil - DS 8.5

Speaking of Friday, I went to go see Resident Evil with Buddha Buddy and I gotta say it was actually a pretty good movie.

Yes, it has a very predictable/derivative plot and yes it's very mainstream, but damn it, it was done really well. Believe it or not, I would give it a solid DS-8 and maybe 8.5. There are lots of little technical things that they do in it that make the tired plot (killer zombies chasing the intrepid soldier/heroes) seem interesting and somewhat exciting. I'm not going to bullshit you, it does have some very cheesy moments and it does get a bit predictable, but I would honestly say that it looks like the folks who made the movie where having fun with what they were doing.

I also have to give them credit for trying some interesting stuff in a mainstream movie. One technical thing that I enjoyed was how they cut scenes. Several key scenes went from expository dialogue straight to action scenes without any transition. One second two characters would be talking in a room, then next they'd be running down a hallway with a bunch of zombies right behind them.

It also helps that they movie is mostly set on a very tight time-frame (2h, 47m of movie time squeezed into about 90m of film). The action just starts up and never really eases up. This movie doesn't address any big philosophical issues (e.g. In the Bedroom which I was a couple of weeks ago with the Queen) but it also doesn't pretend to be anything else. Oh, and there is also a remarkable lack of outright gory stuff. A lot of times the really gruesome stuff is left up to your imagination with just a hint of a *squelch* or a sickening *crunch* while the violence happens off screen. Not a movie to take youngsters to, but it was actually somewhat surprising at times. It's the first movie in a while to make me cringe at the implied off-screen violence without having it be gratuitous (granted the movie itself is gratuitous, but we all knew that going into this :).

Oh, and it also flows along a lot like the actual video game does (e.g. first person shooter) and I think it works fairly well. We spend most of our time following one main character and we see lots of action sequences etc... It feels like a video game in a good way.

If you tend to enjoy action or horror movies you should definitely check this out. It has a solid soundtrack, it's very well done and it's really rather fun. it's like playing a video game without the annoying repetitive parts :)
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Hmmm disappearing entries....

Well someone wrote about their obsession with a particular video game (FFX) earlier but the entry disappeared between when I read it and when I finished rambling. It was an amusing example of just how geeky I can be though so I'm dumping the response to my journal :-p.

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