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    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2006
     
    Not in my office, mind you. It's loud as hell in here. Has been for three days. I don't know what they're doing up the hall or in the rooms above my office, but it sounds like a major construction project.
    Or a war zone. One of the two.

    I'm going to Grand Rapids tonight to hand out with Hien and some of her friends. Should be fun, I hope.

    I picked up a the Criterion Edition of Fear and Loathing yesterday at Gamestop for $12. What a steal!

    I'm really tired right now- I got up earlier than usual so that I could leave work a little early. I'm sure I'll be glad of that by the time it's time to leave, but... in the meantime, I'm tired as all get-out.

    That's all I've got, I guess. I'm too tired to make a coherent post.
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      CommentAuthortallman
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2006
     
    Yes, quiet. Peace and quiet. Or not. Busy week. Fixed my air conditioner, which seems to be working better now. Saw a few movies from netflix:

    Oldboy: Very good, but I think I had too high of expectations for the movie. I liked it, but there were some things I found absurd. I have Sympathy for Mr Vengeance at home, though, and will probably watch that this weekend.

    Reanimator: I wasn't expecting much about this, but it was a lot of fun for a cheesy horror film. Not brilliant stuff, but fun horror. Plus, one of the characters looks a lot like John Kerry, which made it that much funnier.

    Barry Lyndon: I've been meaning to watch this for a long, long time and finally got around to it. What a gorgeous movie. Every frame is brilliantly composed and the cinematography (supposedly using only natural lighting) is exceptional. The story is a bit of a drag. The main character is a bit of a tool and no one else is all that likeable either (at least, in the end). Still, a brilliant movie for a lot of reasons I'm only touching on here...

    By the way, Netflix is much better about sending stuff out these days, so it must have just been because I had just started that the delivery was so slow. We'll see how it goes...

    ~tallman
    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2006
     
    Yeah, I can see that about Oldboy. When I saw it, it was before it was getting a lot of hype, so I actually didn't know a damn thing about it. There are definitely some questionable moments- I found a big chunk of the film's climax pretty... um... questionable?

    I don't know, I found Mr. Vengeance more believable. I don't know... it's not that I necessarily think that it could really happen that way, but there are far fewer events that break my suspension of disbelief.

    Reanimator is a ton of fun. Then again, I'm a fan of all things Herbert West.
    Okay. Well. Not all things, but I like Herbert West: Deanimator.
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      CommentAuthortallman
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2006
     
    Oldboy definitely defied expectations and was surprising. It had more revelations than I was expecting, but some of them were just a little less than believable. So I'd agree with the ending being a bit questionable. But it was definitely a neat film. I'd give it *** (out of 4)

    Yeah, my favorite line in reanimator is when the cat was dead and Herbert West says "What was I going to do? Leave a note: 'Cat dead, details later?'" Hehe, the way he delivered that line was classic.

    ~tallman
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      CommentAuthorDyre
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2006 edited
     
    Just saw Oldboy myself now. I'm with you guys. Definitely a good flick but there's some questionable revelations in it, especially at the end. I think the stuff I liked about it far outweighs when it felt like a stretch, so I definitely liked it, but there were times where it was asking a lot.

    That fight scene with the hammer in the hallway though... that was a fucking great shot.

    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is in my Netflix queue, although there's a couple titles before it.
    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2006
     
    I can't get enough of that fight scene. I love how he comes out of it looking half-dead and exhausted. Plus, the sound was perfect. It was definitely one of the highlights, for me.
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      CommentAuthortallman
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2006
     
    The hammer fight in the hallway reminded me of a side-scroller video game... and I do belive that's the highlight of the film...

    ~tallman