Thursday, January 28, 2010

Big Day Out.

'Lo all.

This might be big, we had us a huge adventure. I'm so damn tired at the moment.

So, since last week, worked a bit. Prayed I got paid. Tried not to spend any money. Even got a bit of homework done.

On Monday, casually took the afternoon train to Melbourne with the horde. Caught up with Bernice, Belle, Annie and Jordan, then laughed at people at the stations. Once we got there, met Hayden, Meg and Aiden, ate, then grabbed a tram up Victoria St to our mad hostel. Checking in was fairly quick, then we got to our room. Turns out there were three other dudes staying there as well. Oh well, we'd be getting back late anyway. Head to the roof to chill, Hayden jumps a rail and threatens to take a dump, and we all laugh at my haircut and Sam's adventures in the boat.

Head down the street, hit Galactic Circus, and go nuts. By the time we left, we had around a thousand tickets. Not bad. Sam got really good at one of the slot machines. Then we got chinese, headed back to the hostel, and met up with Shona, April, Amelia and Claire, who were heading out to Lygon st. We went upstairs, played some Pimps and Bitches with some girls from Canberra, then the other lot came back. They all had beer and a bottle of champagne, lucky. April, Amelia and Shona decided to head back out to the pub, so Claire, Denny and I chilled and watched informercials til it changed (AB SWING!!!), which was about 130? The other three finally called and said they'd be back in an hour. Hurm.

Next day, we're pumped. Get $4 pancakes, catch up with the girls, they didn't get back til 7am. It was 9 at that stage. Holy crap. Shona looked like a zombie. We caught a tram while they recovered, line wasn't too long, and basically as soon as we joined in the gates opened. Bag check was like thirty seconds, cept they tipped out my water bottle, then we jumped on the fence waiting to be let in proper.



So this is for Amaya, I hope you're happy. I hate this haircut, man. Anyway, those two domes are the main stages, and the fence around them is the D, where they only let a couple of thousand people in to mosh. Then the gates opened, we had a look around, and split up. Met Aiden and Wakely, Isaac said head to the Converse stage, so we did. Markets and stuff on the way, heaps of people coming in through a farting tent from the train station.



First band we saw was Crayon Fields, which was lame-y indie rock. Too polite. Isaac googled the name of the drummer, shouted it out, and totally made his day. Then the crowd rocked up, they started spraying us with hoses, a pair of drunken girls started raping Isaac and Hayden, and then Tame Impala came out. That photo's them in mid headbang during Desire Be Desire Go, I think. The shirtless bloke looked like he was 14. Holy goddamn their set was insane, huge jams, awesome new stuff from their new album, and the mosh was kickarse during Half Full Glass of Wine, so much fun.

After that, regrouped, Hayden, Isaac and I headed for food, met Denny and Sam, who were recuperating from being on the fence for Karnivool. They were bruised and so damn happy. Walked around a bit, watched the end of Mastodon and Kasabian from outside the D, then met up with the others at the tattoo stand. Pics are on facebook of them. Yes, I got one too. The passing masses seemed amused. Aiden and I decided to head for the D at that stage for Dizzee Rascal, via the Silent Disco.



The thing with this is, you walk into this without headphones and you see all these people dancing to nothing, then you put the special headphones on and they pipe in what the DJs up the front are doing. We had no drugs, so we didn't get it and left quickly. Still, worth a look, was pretty funny. Next, headed to the D, so we got crushed trying to get in, singing along to Eskimo Joe's Black Fingernails Red Wine, then Hilltop Hoods came on and this little bogan girl went nuts. "OMG I'M CLAUSTROPHOB-OMG HILLTOP HOODS HURRY UP HURRY U- OH YEAH, I'M CLAUSTROPHOBIC! HURRY UP!"

So we got in, met some blokes waiting for Dizzee, Hilltop were pretty meh, though they were on the other stage.



So yeah, that's Dizzee, and his set was insane. The DJ Hero version of Fix Up Look Sharp is better (it's got Justice, sorry), but man, Dance Wiv Me, Holiday, and goddamn Bonkers were fun as in in the mosh. After that, chilled out with Wakely, as he was camping out for Muse already, and headed over to the other side of the stage during Lily Allen's set. We missed the flashing, though all the girls in the mosh giving her the finger was fairly amusing. Once she nicked off, Aiden and I went front and centre, great spot. Listened to the Mars Volta being pumped through, they're way better than I was expecting. During one jam session, Cedric the Afro jumped off stage, grabbed someone's hat and sunnies, waved, highfived, then gave them back and jumped back on stage. Pretty cool.



So this was Powderfinger, they only played stuff from Odyssey Number 5, Vulture Street, and their latest, which was alright, cept they had so much other cool stuff they didn't play. But hell. We got the big singalongs, shouted myself hoarse, and they had lasers. I had fun, screw you guys.

Met up again with the rest of the horde, Annie and Bernice were there this time.



"Is this photo going on the blog?" "Sure, why not." We headed to the mosh again for Muse, but we couldn't get very far because some of the horde were indecisive about sticking around since they only really knew Knights of Cydonia. Bastards, I wanted in the mosh.



So this was my best photo of Muse, because by this stage the camera was dying. They had lasers and that big white thing on the left was this giant projector screen, it was pretty awesome. And they played Back in Black with the bloke from Jet, we were shocked and awed. They saved Knights of Cydonia for the very end, Sam, Aiden, Hayden and I stuck around and sang along, definitely a highlight of the night. Specially when Mr Bellamy tried to sit on the big white explosions at the end. He played the guitar behind his head during Plug In Baby, much respect.

After all that, stumbled out, hunted for my bag. Caught Claire looking dazed and confused, she felt out of it so they crowdsurfed her out of the mosh (!), then grabbed my bag, made sure Aiden got out, then slowly made my way back to the others. Diana and PD, that giant slingshot you described to me, they had one of them, and we all wanted to go on it, but it was $35 to go on, and tshirts were cheaper. Anyway, met everyone there, made sure Claire was alright (shuddup Sam), then we nicked off.

The trams were packed. PACKED. So we decided to walk to the next stop. Next tram was packed too, didn't even stop. We kept on walking. And walking. We were halfway home when Sam decided to just hang on to the back of the next one and surf home. SOMEONE WAS ALREADY DOING THAT ON THE NEXT ONE. We were surprised. We missed the last tram because of a bathroom break at a 7/11, so we walked all the way back to the hostel, then decided to hit maccas because there was one at the bottom of the hill. Past the hostel we go, down the hill, and the goddamn maccas was shut. Oh well, we say through grit teeth, there's one on Bourke st. That was shut too. ARGH. Walked all the way to bloody Flinders St maccas, nearly got sexually assaulted by this guy in a trenchcoat, and had the best damn burgers ever.

By this stage, we could barely walk. "Let's get a taxi!" "Dude, there's five of us!" Flag down one anyway, the dude decides to take us all anyway. Legend. Then he missed the hostel and doubled back, so we didn't tip him very much. Get to the hostel, take the lift up, and our keycards wouldn't work. ARGH WILL THE BAD LUCK NEVER END. Turns out one of the other dudes in our room lost theirs, so they just reset them. Oh well. Crashed hard.

Next day, shower, pack up, and take the tram the hell out. Grab a coffee and a paper, jump on the train, meet Claire, Shona and April, and chillax. It was like 8am, dammit. Train trip home was uneventful til we started thinking about what the hell is going on in Hayden's head, and decided that it was like a council of dudes in hoods, all screaming obscenities. We're going to make it into a film.

While I'm here, may as well comment, the Hottest 100 this year sucked. Sorry. Not a big fan of the neo-folk pitchfork-hipster movement at all, really. Nothing really good in the top ten, other than Art Vs Science. Hilltop Hoods are alright, I guess.

Anyway. Denny's mum couldn't give us a lift, so we walked home. I did some more bio homework, and showered. My neck and ears were sunburnt to hell, I really miss having hair. Went down the street for a costume, met up with Emma, Aiden, Kelly and Jess and got a shirt and my good dvds. You should have watched them, Jess!

Home, cleaned up, got ready, grabbed beer, got a lift with Luigi and a stormtrooper. I didn't take a photo of myself because I hate selfshots, but again, there's a really good photo on Facebook of Sam, Jess and me.



This is the guy from Mortal Kombat (?) and Donkey Kong.



This is that stormtrooper from Rogue Squadron you shoot in the head wearing a skirt, and a princess.



Ash, 007 the birthday boy, and Ganondorf from the Legend of Zelda. Unfortunately, Ryan didn't rock up so there was no Link, but the bassist in Jake's band was Zelda with cool ears.



And then here's Misty, a Bond girl (one of the backstabbing ones, I think), and another Princess. There was a third princess, but that was Brad.

There was a girl Mario and Luigi, plus a backup Luigi, couple more Bond girls running around with cap guns, Ness with the baseball bat, Gav Daddy as a gamer (with his KICK ARSE UTE!), a chomp chain, and a couple of others. Most of the costumes got ditched though.

The party was actually pretty good. Sam had this terrible beer we ended up chucking out, Aiden, Gavin, Patrick and I were the Awesome Foursome and took on the rest of the party at shirtless tennis (I looked like a redneck in my overalls, meh), we all sang Bohemian Rhapsody and a few other songs, bounced around on the trampoline, watched Isaac use the ripstick thingy, laughed at Brad as he lost Kings of Blood, and yeah, had a good time. Happy 18th, Jake, hope we didn't go too nuts.

Ended up sitting around and chatting while Oliver puked and girls tried to pick up the two randoms on the tramp in the name of Truth or Dare, then crashed inside. I got me a couch, hell yeah.

This morning, sat around recovering over toast and juice, and Pat challenged Gavin to a race to Bairnsdale. Gavin got a half hour head start, and Pat gave Jess and I a lift out. Ah well. Today I went through another podcast, did a few more biology pages (nearly finished Biozone!), and tried to recover. Fell asleep on my textbook at one point.

Tomorrow is my designated homework day. I'm going to finish lit and biology, and then email history, I've been saying that for a week. No post til school starts, I guess.

There are more photos on facebook, check em out if you want. I can't wait for next year. ZEPPELIN AND DAFT PUNK BDO HEADLINERS 2011!!!

Crossposted.

peace.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Kings of Blood.

'Lo readers.

Long time no post. Say that too much, don't I.

I have to confess, past couple of days I've gotten behind on the photos. I took a few on the same night to balance it out, but to be honest I'm running out of stuff to photo. Well, that's not true. I'm just lazy.

Anyway. Friday. Watched more of Scrubs.

Saturday. Worked.

Sunday. Worked. Also went to Sam's for poker. We didn't actually end up playing poker, because we decided not to start until it got dark, and by the time it was we didn't care. And then, naturally, things went to hell a little. But my god it was amusing. Really. It's just really funny. I'm sworn to secrecy, what happens in Sam's shed (or boat) stays there. Amusing though.



Denny and Kelly looking adorable.



Some of the horde. Jason's being responsible, Aaron's looking dazed, Isaac's making an effort, Emily's getting a neckrub, and Isobelle's trying desperately to find coverage. As candid as it gets, guerilla reporting here.



"LOL TAKE A PHOTO OF ME!"

Monday, woke up after about an hour's sleep uncomfortable but otherwise fine, watched movies.

Up - ***1/2
It's Pixar, so it's excellent, but maybe this was a bit too much of a kiddie story, or an adult story. Bit of both. Seemed too short too.

Watched The Hangover as well, then wrangled extraction back to Sale. Finished Scrubs season six, goddamn cliffhanger ending. I really need to talk to Claire.

Yesterday, didn't really do much either. I have computer speakers now, so I had to test them out. Started homework properly, got a couple more history things done.



Don't look up.

And then today, more history done, made sure I got time off next week (working Saturday night and Sunday morning though, they're my favourite pair of shifts. Kill me), and got a hair cut. And no, I'm not posting pics of that up, it's atrocious and you'll all laugh at me. I've gone from looking like Bernard Black to looking like Robert del Naja. Hurm.

Speaking of which, OMG NEW MASSIVE ATTACK ALBUM IN LIKE TWO WEEKS! And NEW EMANCIPATOR ALBUM YESTERDAY! It's a good time to like this sort of stuff.

Plus, you know, Big Day Out on Tuesday. It'll be good. I need to plan out what I want to see tomorrow.

Right now, the Beardman's mates from uni are here. It's funny to hear them swapping stories about Beardman and my dear mother running around when they were a little older than us.

Tomorrow, more homework. Need to email history teacher, then we're onto biolology.

Crossposted.

Anyway, the end.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pavement Saw.

'Lo all.

I really have not been doing anything worth posting. However, I'm one and a half history things down, and I'm up to the fifth season of Scrubs. It is kickarse and I'm a little addicted, which is worrying because I need to find the last two seasons. I'll ask Claire.

Downloaded heaps of music, Iggy Pop, The Cure, DFA79, and Big Black's infamous album, among others. All good.

Anyway. I kinda cheated on the photos, I forgot one day, but there's still four.



Photo of my shed at night. It makes my stolen sign really bright when I use the flash.



On Tuesday, it was stinking hot. STINKING HOT. This photo is of our (mildly unreliable) digital thermometer that's in the shade, and it was taken when I woke up around 1030am. Not cool, man. Literally.



I took this today because I forgot yesterday, my bad, counts as yesterdays. I have to deliver all these, plus all the ones that were already in my backpack. Such fun.



Today Peter and Louise dropped in. They're doing a motorbike roadtrip around Victoria, chasing cops and visiting exciting places like Metung.

Right now, Fraser's showing me pictures of all these 13 year old early developers that have sent him photos of themselves in their cakeface and boobtubes over msn. Is this sad or not? Shoot me back your opinions.

And before I forget, watched a movie, The Square - ****
Enjoyed this one, Australian neo-noir with the girl from the cop show and heaps of other familar faces like Julian from The Chasers. Harry Knowles thought it was one of the best films of the year for some reason. Still pretty good.

Tomorrow, not sure what's going on yet.

Crossposted.

Catchyas.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Song for the Deaf.

'Lo everyone.

Haven't had much content to post. Usual excuse. You know the drill.

Thursday was terrible. Work was hell, had a bit of a run in with our friendly local law enforcement agency, and it was too hot. Plus I found out they re-made Free Willy with goddamn Bindi Irwin *spit*. What's that smell, it's almost like a childhood memory burning.

This is the offending article. Long story, I swear.


Friday, nothing to write home about. Started watching Scrubs. Caught up with Sam. Here's a photo of my sisters arguing (thanks for the idea, Emma)


Saturday was dull, work, tired, too hot, watched more Scrubs. Beardman and the kids came home from the Blue Pools with two teenage girls that aren't Fraser's girlfriend. Maybe they are Beardman's?

Photo of my ceiling because it was almost midnight and I had nothing else.


See, even the photos are dull when there's no content.

And today, it was really hot again, but I started the second season of Scrubs. Ryan dropped in, we whinged about work and the usual.

Photo of Fraser, for all you ladies who are interested. "Hey, show me your stretcher."


He swears they are 7mm. I dunno. And yes, that's his fake tooth.

Tomorrow is Monday. It'll be really hot. I don't want to wake up. The Fear's kicking in, midway through the holidays and I've still got a pile of history homework that doesn't seem to want to get done.

Crossposted.

Anyway, the end.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sonic reducer, ain't no loser.

'Lo all.

Long time no post, I guess.

Monday was quiet, Simon, Kirsty and the kids came down, caught up with them, Simon took me driving. Getting better at this manual thing. Denny dropped in, his bike was broken and he had money for the hostel. We caught up a bit, bitched and laughed about the usual suspects.

Best movie I've seen all year, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - *****
This is a good film. Really good. Very sad, but still good. It's twisted, and you can see things coming in a good way, but there's still surprises, specially in the subplots. Excellent movie, go and find it.

Since I very nearly forgot that day, here's a photo of my shed. It's a mess, and I guess you could play I Spy with it.

Yesterday, Tom dropped in, gave him some dvds and the hard drive to keep him occupied, went driving again with Simon, and Emily told me to go to the pool, so I did. Small crowd, said hi to Jake Malouf, since he's back in Australia stirring up drama again. It was alright, specially when we tried to cram a dozen kids into the sauna. Went down the street after that, said bye to Simon and co, then down to Jason's to watch them play xbox for half an hour. Decided to then go and get food, and dropped in at Ryans.

Bunch of posers. That's Isobelle in the dress, Ryan looking bored, and Denny wondering wtf is going on. This is in Ryan's new bungalow, which is like my shed on steroids.

After a trip to Foodies for munchies and a brief visit to Emily's because she owed me stuff, we hung out here for a few hours then everyone nicked off home (Denny had attacked Ryan with a pink exercise ball screaming 'CLITORIS ATTACK!'). I was bored, so I went back to Jason's in time to watch the poker game. They made me take a double shot, I remembered why I dislike vodka. Sam was completely smashed, it was pretty funny. Nicked off while I was sober.

Then today, haven't really done a lot. Got money for the hostel off Hayden, picked up more supplies, and went to work. This is one of my sinks and my mad dishwasher, and a sponge. See that rack of sparkling clean dishes? Damn straight I did that.

The chefs sent me home after Scotty showed me his new tattoo (I arrived, "Alright lads, feeling hardcore?" *plays the Kooks*) and reminded me to take jagerbombs with him as soon as I turn eighteen. Looking forward to it.

Tomorrow, work. Joy. Hopefully it won't be too hot.

Crossposted.

Catchyas.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Malkovich Malkovich.

'Lo everyone.

Sometimes I hate my job. Today was one of those days. At least the chefs are good company. Everything dragged like hell, and I stayed back half an hour to peel potatos for Guy, who cleaned up for me in return. Cooky wants to start a band, he's optimistic.

Went home, Sam has dropped in again, so went down to Hayden's, said hi, we went to maccas for food, here's a photo of Sam and his coke.

We're putting together a plan for the Big Day Out, so far so good, except there's five kids who want in. So, looks like we'll be getting an eight man room. It's still fairly cheap, less than $60 for two nights. The trick now is getting the kids together and making them cough up.

After a lot of struggle with a dying dvd player, watched the first new movie of the year too.

Being John Malkovich - ****1/2
Pretty good, very original, and I liked the whole ending. And the trip sequences. Probably would have liked it better if the dvd player worked properly.

Tomorrow, Simon and the kids are coming down, I need to go down the street to do some plotting with Denny and buy a new bike tube.

Crossposted.

peace.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Movie Edition mk2.

'Lo.

This one is for me, I need them all in one spot for searching, and I don't trust word.

Strictly Ballroom - *
Not for me. In it's defence... I'll get back to you. On the other hand, crap, predictable story, meaningless plot elements, crappy acting, overdone style... I'm not looking forward to reviewing it (twice) for literature, let's leave it at that.

The Life Aquatic, with Steve Zissou - ****1/2
On the other hand, I really liked this one. I remember watching bits from ages ago, when Beardman borrowed it. The main character is a dick, but apart from that, it's pretty good, and funny. I think I might hunt down the rest of Wes Anderson's films.

Idiocracy - ***1/2
I can't believe I've never heard of this film before. I might have, I don't remember, but I don't think it was ever in cinemas. It's a scary view of the future that has a grain of truth. Low budget, but pretty wide scope. It's funny but it could be better.

Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny - ***1/2
I expected more, based off the rabid reports from everyone else. I mean, it's funny, and all the rock and roll touches are good, but meh. I didn't recognise Dave Grohl.

Dazed and Confused - ****
No plot at all, really. It's sort of like Superbad, but set in '76, with a better soundtrack, and slightly less funny. Still entertaining though.

28 Days Later - ***
It's almost plausible, especially the finale, but it's not scary. I'd class it as a thriller more than a horror flick. Some bits are pretty stupid, but meh. I guess I'll have to watch the sequel now.

Wall-E - ****1/2
It's Pixar. Even their bad movies are better than most. It looks polished, it sounds polished, it's a very good film. It's simple, though towards the end bits were a bit too preachy, like a bad Idiocracy. Some of the plot was very similar to it, so I dunno. It's also kind of depressing, I dunno. Minus half a star for being a kid film and having too many kiddie moments, and I'm a jaded teenager.

Alien - ***1/2
Well, it's only the second time I've seen it, picked up a fair bit more from it. I suppose that it's a good example, like Star Wars, of what can be achieved with very little in the way of computer generated effects. The Giger alien still looks too much like a man in a suit, and basically all the Giger stuff ends up looking like a Freudian nightmare. Storyline is solid because it's survival horror, you'd have to be either bold or stupid to muck with it. I liked the cat.

28 Weeks Later - ***
Well, it tried. It wasn't particularly scary, there were cliche heroic Americans (unlike the British soldiers in the last one), and there were plotholes. But, there was also Rose Byrne, and a sequence where a helicopter takes out a bunch of zombie-things. WITH IT'S ROTORS! Not enough to save it though.

The Ring - **1/2
Didn't really like it the first time, and now that I've read the original (trilogy, which goes into a fair bit of trippy detail), and seen the Japanese version, I can safely say this version is pretty crap. The main protagonists were annoying, the kid was infuriating (one factor may be the terrible acting, but that's not the kid's fault), and the "LOL WUT" sort of plot. I mean, the original story was good, if a bit weird, but it made more sense than this. Ah well.

The Big Lebowski - ***1/2
It's a Coen brothers comedy. It's entertaining, not L.O.L. funny (lawl I kid, I kid), and some of it doesn't add up by the end. Still, The Dude abides.

Zoolander - ****
Ben Stiller comedy, so familiar faces in it. Done in the style of Tropic Thunder, it's big budget, lots of cameos, and it's very funny. The plot is a bit out there and I barely recognised Will Ferrel.

Ned Kelly - ****
It's good, heavy on the symbolism though. Wasn't expecting Orlando Bloom, or the funky accents. Heath Ledger seems to enjoy playing criminals. (or did).

Braveheart - ****
Sure, it bends historical accuracy, and it's a bit cheesey, but it's gloriously violent. Goes for too long, but apart from that, it's not too bad.

Watchmen - ****1/2.
It's not perfect. There's a very boring scene at the very beginning. The ending has been all muddled up so it's boring. The subplots are all gone. But. The soundtrack (except for the credits) is awesome. The action bits, they're very awesome, we weren't expecting that much blood. We also weren't expecting that much nudity, either. It looks very cool, too. Rorschach in prison was very cool, as was Manhattan's origin thingy. Didn't like the Nixon bits, his nose seemed too fake, and Veidt seemed a bit miscast. Still very, very cool though.

Monty Python's And Now For Something Completely Different - *****
Hilarious. If you haven't seen it yet, go and see it. 'nuff said, I think.

Zack and Miri- - ***1/2
Predictable, ending isn't all that great, but everything before hand's pretty damn good.

South Park- Bigger, Longer and Uncut - ***
It's a musical. Meh. Kind of funny, I guess.

Silent Hill - ***
This is more of a statement on how desensitized we are as a generation, I didn't find this all that scary. Thought bits were pretty cool. Evoked thoughts of a nurgle cult and some preachers, which is probably not what they were going for. Some bits were crap, or went nowhere, and the ending is so damn ambiguous. We each had theories about it.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force colon Movie Film for Theatres - *****
Wat.

Monsters Vs Aliens - ***
Kiddie flick, tries too hard to have adult injokes. Seemed over too quickly.

RocknRolla - ****
Not bad, I prefer Snatch and Lock Stock though. Guy Ritchie definitely has a distinctive style. Plot wasn't as twisted as those too, still funny and violent.

Wolverine - **
Nope. I liked the first two X Men movies, this didn't make much sense, and it got repetitive. Lots of throwaway characters that probably have nerd-relevance, but it doesn't make it a good flick. I did like the samurai sword dude, and the Fabius Bile type army guy.

Slumdog Millionaire - ****
It's good, and it's original, but it drags. The first half or so is pretty good, and there is suspense in the game show bits, but it gets fairly dull in other places. Plus there's a lot of deus ex machina, which I didn't like. Not bad though, worth seeing, and it looks like it'll be fairly easy to study as the effects and themes are obvious.

Terminator Salvation - ***1/2
Lots and lots of explosions. Lots and lots of action. But the big scary robots all seemed fairly useless. As one WS poster mentioned, all they did was through people at walls. Where was the skull smashing? Where was the raking claws through skin? Where was the bone breakage, at least? Hell. The opening minute or so was very awesome. That and the trailer for Public Enemies, and the trapping the motorbiketerminator with Guns n' Roses and rope were the best bits, though Batman seemed to deliver all his lines as if he was Batman (read: silly voice), and the plot twist was fairly obvious (they gave it away in the trailers).

Vacancy - **
Problem with watching horror movies, especially tryhard ones, with friends is that you pick it apart until it becomes stupidly frustrating and very amusing. This one was based off a stupid idea, and the protagonists were annoying. They even survived, which sucked. Fairly violent, though some of it was censored. Extra star for the funny.


Land of the Lost - ***1/2
It dragged, it's got stock standard Will Ferrell Character (read: it gets old after a while), and it was very stupid. Not as much random crap as Aqua Teen Hunger Force Movie that could have saved it. I did like the obviously adult humour (this is NOT A KIDS FILM), and the random All Along the Watchtower stoned sequence. And the dinosaurs.

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen - **1/2
No. Just no. Everything about this film is turned up to eleven. This might be good, but when even the GOD DAMN LENGTH is, it's a chore. Yes, there's explosions bloody everywhere. Yes, there's giant robots everywhere, but they all look the same and you can't tell what's happening when they're fighting. Yes, the actors suck, but even the eye candy has been ORANGE-IFIED (Gabby style) so they lose attractiveness. Yes, there's cool cars, but all the shots are the same. The plot is confusing at times and stupid. The support acts of parents (stupid, especially the pot scene), roommate and retard (not funny), and military ("WE HAVE GUNS! WE ARE THE GOOD GUYS! HOO-RAH!") are all stupid. Didn't like the whole Transformer-who-transforms-into-a-human thing, seemed too much like that OTHER ROBOT FILM, MAYBE? And then there ARE ALL THE PLOT HOLES FROM THAT MOVIE... Despite the occaisional surprisingly good action sequence, it's just crap. Even the score is cheesy. It gets boring having to sit through all this, which is bad in an action film. Bonus star for Megan Fox slow-mo.

Beetlejuice - *****
I liked this one. It reeks Tim Burton. He even made the lead actress look like Helena Bonham Carter. Kept picturing title character as the Joker, because of the internet.

Drillbit Taylor - **1/2
Same sort of thing as the chick flick, except it's got hobos and has geeky little kids instead of geeky college kids. Meh. Second Danny McBride movie I've seen that had All Along the Watchtower in it.

Layer Cake - ***
Slightly confusing, not that I was paying a hundred percent attention the whole time. It wasn't bad, fairly violent, lots of drugs. Definitely in the same vein as Snatch and Lock Stock, but they're a bit better. Aiden Commins was alright, you could see how they picked him as Bond from it.

A Clockwork Orange - ****1/2
It's damned cool, and it's hyperviolent and just cool. But it's Kubrick, so it looks good, but the pacing is a bit off for me. Still. Go watch it.

Bruno - ****
There are a few funny bits, and they are good, and it's an interesting look at American attitudes. But, the nudity. Oh god the nudity. We didn't need to see that, or see it lingering on screen swinging around. First time I've been in a movie where the entire audience is covering their eyes and laughing.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - **1/2
Visually, it was entertaining. But. It's a Potter movie, so too much is cut out. It tries too hard to be both the teenage coming of age romance sorta thing AND a dark and scary action film. At the end, they just stop doing the romance thing, there's no conclusion really. And the action bit had no real climax, since they cut out the big battle at the end. Meh.

The Hangover - ****1/2
Very funny. Like a watered down version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. As Sam pointed out, this is basically what we're going to get up to eventually. It did slow down at times, but it kept things interesting, and the photos during the credits were hilarious.

Reservoir Dogs - ****
Well, glad I finally saw this. It starts off fairly slow, but once it gets going it's pretty good. The Stuck in the Middle With You bit is awesome. And I picked the rat pretty early, dunno if that's good or not. Now to get me a skinny tie.

Pink Floyd's The Wall - *****
I am going to go out and try and buy this one, I think. So cool. The soundtrack was good, though a bit too proggy for my taste (pre-75 Floyd is best Floyd), but the imagery was just awesome, specially the animated bits. This is the best musical I've ever seen, hands down. Drama kiddies, make them do this for the 2011 school musical, I dare you.

Psycho - ****
Surprisingly good. It was sorta two movies, it changed in the middle. Ending was strange. Music was pretty cool.

Stranger Than Fiction - ****
Good as film, however, it suffers from 'My Sister's Keeper' syndrome of building up tension and emotion and then SCREWING UP THE ENDING! ARGH. This is another film I'd consider getting properly to, I think.

Memento - *****
This is a good film. Sort of an original idea, as far as my limited experience knows. The ending was really good, unlike yesterday's flick. Will be keeping an eye out for this one so I can watch it properly, in one sitting. However, we may be studying it in media next year. Meh. Still cool.

The Usual Suspects - ****
This was good, kept me guessing. Was confused near the end, but then it all made sense. Very clever flick.

The Birds - ****
Hell, I had no idea how it'd finish. Maybe it's cos I watched it by myself, but there was tension. Plus the whole "WTF IS GOING ON" thing. Blonde was hot.

The Exorcist - ***
Well, it wasn't as scary as I was expecting, maybe I'm just jaded. I did like the whole psychiatrist approach to possession. The scary faces weren't particularly scary after the first time, and the little girl annoyed me when she wasn't a demon.

Citizen Kane - ****
Imagery was pretty cool. Bit slow. Good story, I guess.


Inglourious Basterds - *****
First Tarantino film I've seen in the cinema. Pretty damn good, too, think this is the best film I've seen (at the movies) this year, so far. The soundtrack was pretty cool, dunno if anyone else picked up on that. And holy hell, the violence! Hot damn. Go and watch this movie, it is really really good.

District 9 - *****
Yeah, it's pretty good. Original as hell, too, though occasionally the dialogue seemed a bit cliche. Visually very good looking, made the prawns believable. I liked the allegory in the first half. Really liked the dreadnought at the end, love me some powered armour. Looking forward to the unneccesary sequel.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - ****
Surprisingly good, once you get used to most of the characters. Good ending.

The Machinist - ***********
Tom reccommended this to me, been on the list though. Holy hell. This movie is really really really good. Cept, the main character hit a bit too close to home, seriously. I pray I never get that skinny. Feels like a mix between a Nolan and a Hitchcock film. Go and find this movie, it's ridiculously good.

Akira - ***
Well, it's dated, and the dubbing isn't good. The pacing is pretty slow, by the end you just want it to hurry up, but some bits are pretty good. The start is pretty cool; movie would be better if it was more about cool motorbikes and less about grey freaks. The ending is disgustingly messed up. I might have to watch it again with subtitles, cos hell, the dubbing is distracting.

Ninja Scroll - ***1/2
Another anime classic, apparently. Not bad, made a bit more sense than the last one, still kinda messed up. Like a dwarf shooting wasps out of his back. Meh. And it's way better with subtitles.

The Blair Witch Project - **
Yeah... nah. Not that scary, you have to suffer through all this crap with whiny yuppies and boredom, but then it gets real good. But it's too brief. I dunno. Not enough scares for that much filler. The ending is excellent though.

Buffalo Soldiers - ****
This one's good as well, though it's a bit light. It's fast though, and definitely worth seeing. I liked the training exercise.

Paranormal Activity - *****
Yeah, I liked this one. Definitely kept up the tension through the whole movie, and the end was creepy. I want to go see it in a cinema still. Still, Isaac went a bit nuts, screaming, it was pretty good.

Facepunch - **************
Awesome.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon -
No. Slow. Cheesy as hell. Bad, bad, BAD acting. Embarrassing effects (that is NOT a werewolf), and too many shirtless guys. Nemo seemed to enjoy it. This is a bad movie and you shouldn't see it. I wasted $14 and two hours on it. Fun to laugh about it, until you realise that.

Where the Wild Things Are - ***
It looks very good, and it's relatable, specially if you've read the book when you were little. The pacing was a bit slow, but it all looked really, really good. I dunno if it's really a kids movie, and it's definitely not a teenager popcorn flick (some of them said they were bored), but I reckon if you really liked the book when you were a kid you'd get a kick out of it.

100 Girls - ***
Better than I was expecting. Annie lent it to me. It's about college kids and sex, of course. Sort of similar to American Pie, almost. Lot of feminist exposition, and the main character is a cross dresser.

Dr Chopper - *
A perfect example of a terrible movie, do not pay to see this unless you want to laugh and you're occupied doing something else. Or you're mildly intoxicated, either way. Terrible acting, terrible dubbing (yes dubbing), terrible makeup even. Bad film, something to laugh AT.

The Shining - ****
Kubrick. It looks good, I liked the shots following the tricycle. We kept thinking of the Simpsons though, dammit. Still good.

Avatar - ***1/2
We saw this in regular, not 3D. So, my perception may be different to Alison's or something. It looks pretty good. But every time you see one of the smurfs, it kinda draws you out. Aliens are not meant to look this human. The tech is cool, I liked the dreadnought things. Plotline predictable, dialogue meh, Sam Worthington should just stick to an Aussie accent. The Last Samurai in Space, District 9 did it waaay better.

Zodiac - ****
Good. I heard the story ages and ages ago, it's excellent. My only problem with this movie is that it's too close to the real story, and thus is like 3 hours long nearly. It drags, but the start and end are really good. Definitely worth watching.

Sherlock Holmes - ****
Very Guy Richie, he does this sort of plot very well. Robert Downey Jr was pretty good too. Sometimes the plot dragged a bit, I kept expecting Aleister Crowley to pop up. Still, not bad, would watch again.

As a bit of content, I think I've either been more lenient with my reviews, or I've just watched a lot more good movies. Hopefully the latter.

Speaking of movies, since I almost forgot, here's a picture of our tv with Jaws on it, with a suitably weird scene.

As you can see, it is a mess. Wouldn't have it any other way. There's also my sister's well-abused wii, and a pile of discs they haven't put away yet. Hurm.

Tomorrow is work. Damn.

Crossposted.

Catchyas.

Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 WATCH IT GO TO FIRE!

'Lo everyone.

Jesus god I'm tired. I swear, parties and crap are all good until you have to crash, and I'm not a good sleeper. And the snorers, argh.

Anyway.

Woke up on Thursday, it was like 40 million degrees (...close enough), and I figured I'd better find out how early I could start work since I didn't particularly want to die and miss the train.

Thus, work was slow, had to go out halfway to goddamn Wurruk and then all the way to bloody Foodies, the guy at the $2 shop gave me a laser pointer and a handshake, and Diana and PD were very generous, thanks heaps! Got home in time for a shower, got a lift down to the station, met up with about half a dozen other kids and half a bottleshop in Julian's bag. No lies.

Train trip up was quiet, get to Isaac's, more kids, catch up with a couple, once Meg and Bernice arrive we decide to head down to the river. Hell, the water was awesome. We all swam up to this kickarse tree that had a branch a good ten metres up you could jump off (which I did, gave me a headache, some kids got it worse than me), and a rope, which was kickarse too, specially when we persuaded Pat to make it higher. Annie's Isaac was doing flips, he's pretty cool. Girls were squabbling over boogieboards. Swam another klick or so, found some rapids and chilled out, then we walked back to the house. Alison saw a snake and Tom was crude.

Back at Isaac's, caught up with the rest of the horde (the sunburn on some of these kids! Emma was red as, Alison had handprints on her legs from where she fell asleep, and Tom and Aiden's backs were just messed up), had some food, chilled out with a fire. The rest is a blur, really, just hanging out and chatting. We broke out the glowsticks (literally) and drew on each other, and Pat and Hayden made some excellent sparkler bombs. Isaac pulled out a strobe light, which I believe would be more effective if they kept Deadmau5 on instead of whatever the girls put on, sorry. I paced myself, some kids didn't, and they were very amusing. No drama, I think, that's good.

Here's a photo of some of the usual suspects.

Isaac's the blonde in the singlet, talking to Tom, and GavDog's behind them; Alison, Sally, Meg and Emily are the posers in the middle, Emma's hiding, Molly's looking lost, and Jason's playing with a ball made of glowsticks, which was one of the cooler things of the night.

Not a good photographer yet. Anyway, we chucked on triple J in time for the countdown, and the first sparkler bomb failed, so we cut a bigger hole for the fuse and went outside. It was good. Then the second one worked. That was good too. Here is the aftermath (and this counts as today's photo).

Rule of thirds, think that's Hayden's? legs. Anyway, tennis ball was a burning piece of rubber after shooting sparks into the air.

After all this, Isobelle slowly got worse and worse, we weren't allowed out the gate to take a piss because 'stuff was going down' (does that count as drama?), and we all floated around for a few hours. There was lightning flashing off to one side all night, no rain, but once it started spitting we went inside, staked out a piece of floor.

Jesus. Was in a room with Tom and Julian, who snore, Emily, who twitches, and Gav and Pat and Brad. Didn't get to sleep til 4?, woke up at 5, woke up again around 630, then it was 8 and kids were getting up. Hell. Had maccas and cake and coffee for breakfast, and we watched most of Fight Club. Can't believe some kids haven't seen it yet.

Big thanks to Isaac and his folks for putting up with us, Happy Birthday to you and Pat too.

Train home after that, swapped stories about driving and The Pixies with Jason, walked to the new bakery with a couple of kids, then went home. Haven't done much since, really.

Tomorrow, more of the same. Might watch Being John Malkovich if the shed isn't an oven.

Bloody hell, 2010.

Crossposted.

Anyway, the end.