Thursday, August 17, 2006


I signed up for a free trial of Gametap. I love it so far, but I'm interested in knowing how much I will love it once the novelty wears off. If I decide to keep it past the free trial, I think I'll cancel my subscription to entertainment weekly. Yeah, I always read it...but am I really get any interesting information out of it that I'm not getting online...probably not.

I'm writing this slightly motion sick from playing Descent 2. I had the game back in high school and I forgot how stomach turning the game play is. You stear a ship through these 3D 360 degree caves. Stearing those ships more of an art than a science. It's a lot of swirling around in every possible direction trying to fire missles at flying robots coming at you from 6 different caverns on 6 different latteral planes. I'm also happy they have all my favorite sonic the hedghog games. Hydro Thunder has been another favorite. Sassy has become obsessed with Bubble Bobble. Witch is cool cause it's a lot more fun playing that with her than it is playing candy land or hide and seek (She always hides in the same 2 places and I have to pretend I don't know where she is). Lets see...Super Street Fighter II arcade, which is a lot harder than the genesis game cause they originally intended you to keep dumping quarters in the machine. That, and you can't adjust the difficulty. Excuse me, I'm going to go take some pepto-bismol to prevent vomiting.

Monday, August 14, 2006

One of the most obsurd words that I've ever heard has to be "Tapioca" as in the pudding. It just sounds like vomit in a cup. More specifically, it sounds like my vomit in a cup. During the few times I've thrown up in my life, the word "Tapioca" has run through my head at least once for a fleeting instant.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Jerk Flyer

* NOW WITH IMPROVED SPELLING! * It's time for those of us with public courtesy to do something. That's why I have made this flyer. Next time someone double parks in a crowded parking lot, leave this on their windshield. Next time someone's being loud in the movie theater, fold it up, hand it to them and say "excuse me, you dropped this". Next time someone in front of you at in the express lane at the grocery store clearly has more than 10 items, slip this into one of their bags. The reasons someone might receive this are endless. Be creative, it should appear to have come from an annoynmous source as to give them impression that it's a public gripe, not a personal one. Of course, don't hesitate to email this back to someone who has sent out annoying spam. You could also snail-mail it annoymously. Click on the flyer for the full sized version to print. Also here is the URL of the image so you can link to it or post it on other sites without having to re-upload:

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Lady in the Water's bad rap

First, let me start by saying yes, I do tend to have a habit of defending movies that I think get a bad rap. The same sort of thing promted my review of "Stay" with Ewan Mcgreggor. Also, yes; I am an avid Shyamalan fan. So based on that you can dismiss this defensive review, or you can hear me out.

Lady in the Water is without a doubt the strangest of M. Night Shyamalan's thrillers (if that's what you would call this). The strangest, and most original; In fact, it's probably the most original movie to see mainstream release this year (I cannot speak for all the strange art-house flix that I'm sure have been put out). That being said, it is also the funniest, and the saddest. I can understand why people don't get this film. I'm not going to pretend like it's a perfectly normal movie that everyone and their brother should like. My only objection to the public reaction is the unwillingness to allow a movie that breaks the mold of what movies are "supposed to be about" to be called "good".

I cannot think of one American movie in the past decade that is as daring as this one. The only thing that remotely comes close to being similar to the theme of the movie is Narnia, in that they're both a story in which a fantasy world and the real world collide. Only in Narnia, I guess they never actually collide, so that doesn't count. We've seen enough movies where the "world of the living and the world of the dead" collide, hell...Shyamalan's most famous movie is about that. The story only focuses on the "what if fairy tails were real" theme to an extent, because truly that's not a story in and of it-self (unlike how most ghost movies focus on this). Instead it focuses on the character's willingness to accept this strange woman who appears seemingly from nowhere from the swimming pool in their apartment complex. Not once do the residents claim she's a fraud or a crazy person, they simply see a girl in trouble and they do whatever they can to help her. I think that this added to the fantasy aspect of the film. In a fantasy, nobody asks "How can that wizard cast spells?", it is assumed as much can happen, and a story based on those basic rules is allowed to unfold.

Many people say that this is shyamalan's most ego-centric movie, and I can see that point of view. Night himself plays a writer who's work will inspire and leader and change the world. It is the title character's mission to unlock his potential and relieve him of his fears and insecurities. There is also a movie-critic who lives in the building who says that there's no originality left in the world and that pretty much every movie sucks. It is his advice about movie cliches later on that will lead the characters down a wrong and dangerous path. Those things being true, I think Night has a little bit of room to be egotistical, especially considering the reaction this movie had. Again, the critic is wrong about how events will play out because he assumes "all movies are the same", ergo this is an original story, ergo the masses don't like it. (It's worth mentioning there's another amusing part where the critic is killed because of his assumtions)

For those who don't know, there's some back-story on trying to get this film made. Long stroy short, Disney didn't like the script. They basically told Night, "We don't get it, and we don't want to make it how it is". And again, another long story short, Night replied "Screw you guys, there's plently of other movie studios that would love to finance my script as-is."

If Night ever reads this, which I doubt he will I'd like to send a simple message to him because I know how famous he is for being neurotic and insecure about his movies (even the ones that do well). My message is this: Don't let it detour you, stay the course. This movie may have not been a commercial or even critical success, and yes it may even end up losing money, but Disney owed you this movie after all you've given them. But they didn't give it to you, and right now they might be patting themselves on the back for it. It doesn't matter, they owed you the risk. I can assure you this however, they'll be kicking themselves in the ass when a future film of yours with WB (or whoever) triples it's production and marketing costs. And will the masses ever come around and see that Lady in the Water is a great film? I'm sure some will, but even if they don't when all is said and done, you'll still be remembered as a great auteur.