Monday, July 25, 2005

Nicholson & Scorcese

This is actually the first I'd heard about Scorsese's latest, a gangster flick starring Jack Nicholson.

According to this article I found at Rotten Tomatoes, Nicholson was a bit of a character on the set. That's an understatement, actually. Nicholson would rewrite the script everyday and force Scorsese to shoot his rewrite first, and shut down the set if he caught anyone wearing Celtics clothing.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Big-ass shark

Here's the story.

I don't really have much more to add. Good story, but why the FLIP aren't there 100 more pictures to accompany the article? News guys are retarded sometimes.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Kenyan economist says, "Aid sucks."

Very interesting article with James Shikwati who explains how international aid to Africa does more harm than good.

Hm. It makes sense that a country needs to have self-sufficiency in order to maintain a living and stable economy. At the same time, suddenly removing the nurse-maid's teat might kill the kid before he learns to walk (even if he should already know how).

Please, someone smarter than me say something. I'm easily convinced by a compelling argument.

Law of the Monkey

Read and laugh.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Recent movies - Appleseed, Sword of Doom, Return of the Joker, Fire in the Sky, Ronin Gai

I recently signed up with a rental service, and here is the first batch of movies I've received.

Appleseed (2004) - The CGI anime flick based on the graphic novel of the same name. SUCKED. The action sequences were good, and usually I will forgive a lot of other faults for good action, but the rest of this movie sucked so hard the back of its head caved in. Terrible voice acting, terrible facial animation, painful story-telling. This isn't even a poor-man's Ghost in the Shell, like I was expecting. Nothing thought-provoking, nothing interesting, nada. Avoid like AIDS.

Sword of Doom (1966) - The one with that awesome cover I posted a while back. Crazy samurai flick with Toshiro Mifune and the gun wielding samurai from Yojimbo. Some beautiful cinematography. Kind of a weird story about this guy who is possessed by his evil sword (or is it his soul that makes the sword evil? Mifune says YES!), and just goes around killing everyone. The story jumps around abruptly at different points, too. One scene, two characters are preparing for an early morning duel to settle all. Next scene, text transition saying "Incident at Sachikawa Pass," and you discover years have gone by and you have to figure out on your own that the duel never happened, and guess why. Then it ends. And you sort of have to guess that, ok, I guess the good guys ended up ok, maybe...? The build up at the end is a cool visual telling of the final descent into madness, but then these guys show up, I guess for Sword of Doom to kill, and then it ends. Hm. Ok.

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker - Any episode of Batman: The Animated Series is better, but at least the right people were involved in this, and it does have one extensive flashback of BTAS. It's ok. Some good animation and voice-work, as could be expected.

(couldn't find any good pictures for this one)

Fire in the Sky - Interesting for a bit, but doesn't focus on the aliens that much, until the end with a very long and vivid flashback featuring pink aliens probing the poor guy. I'm just not feeling the aliens' motivation, y'know?

Ronin Gai (1990) - Just started it, but it's beautiful stuff so far.