November 30, 2005
"Advances" In Science: EPISODE 2 - SLOMO 2000
Posted by cory at 10:53 PM
November 27, 2005
Best Buy's Camera Replacement Plan
so stupid of me, right?
Posted by cory at 9:17 PM
November 21, 2005
Hot Off The Presses
Star? What a weird world we live in...
Posted by cory at 4:28 PM
November 16, 2005
Why They Stopped Making Oregon Trail....
Posted by cory at 10:36 PM
November 14, 2005
"Advances" In Science: #1 Fish Surgery??
I'm all about science usually. It's truly amazing how far we have come and how fast we continue to develop, but sometimes I question new technologies. This is a new series I'm starting called, "advances" in science, so get ready.
The first in this series comes from a PBS, Nova episode. Apparently surgeons now have the ability to operate on fish and almost any little animal. Why, you may ask...because people are crazy. Watch the video by clicking the image above and enjoy!
Posted by cory at 1:26 PM
November 10, 2005
it's easier if you let your friends do the writing (JARHEAD)
Guest Writer/Super Friend Seth Miller's Review of Jarhead
So, maybe this opinion will change after I think over the movie more, but here goes first reaction:
Jarhead is an incredibly conflicted movie. It is very clear that the movie was trying to "say" something, but what that something was is where I am at a loss. Sure, a theme that ran through the film regarding war as something that damages people in some way. And, I would try my damndest to pull from the film anti-war themes, and call it a night. However, the mood that ran through this film shifted drastically from scene to scene, and produced, for me, an unease that I am not entirely sure was intentional.
Consider one of the earlier scenes in which the young marines are pumping themselves up with a screening of Apacalypse Now. The men are screaming at the screen, cheering wildly as sparks fly and gunners unload. Some men seem to have the movie memorized word for word. For my money, Mendes was trying to evoke a feeling of unease in this scene, but I couldn't help noticing many of the people in our theatre seemed to be enjoying the scene in a surprising way. This became a pattern. A scene would have me squirming in my seat, or absolutely appalled at the behavior happening onscreen and 3 rows behind me, two young men would be laughing and having a great time. The point I am driving at is that Jarhead is a very dangerous movie in the way that it is presented. Sure, I can view these scenes as a critique on frightening behavior in times of war, or in the military in general -- but someone else could walk out of the film feeling pumped up by the rock oriented soundtrack, the macho bullying, and the "lets kill some arabs" speech given chillingly by Chris Cooper. Jarhead walks a fine and confusing line.
Furthermore, I found Jake Gyhaldkjf;oazhjdfohspdoifpaj's character to be very frustrating. Clearly, he is the film's protagonist. However, in plenty of scenes I found myself appalled by his behavior, and not in a "how-terrible-look-at-what-extremes-he-has-been-driven-to" sort of way. When he expresses anger and disppointment at not being able to personally kill a "target" because the job was going to be done by someone else, am I supposed to wish he got the shot? He never gets to kill anyone because the war ends too soon. Am I supposed to feel sorry for him? Sure, I understand the point to whatever degree that these soldiers were put through this training and stuck out in the desert in poor conditions to just be sent back home again. That is terribly frustrating and upsetting. But, the way this idea is presented in Jarhead makes me think that we as an audience are supposed to feel bad that they didn't get to fight as opposed to being angered that they were put in the situation in the first place.
Finally, I was annoyed that some of the storyline seemed rather forced (Jake GyHDSJ's relationship with his distant girlfriend, for one).
As just a movie, there were plenty of things that I really enjoyed. There were scenes that had me absolutely riveted. Sam Mendes clearly knows how to compose a great movie scene. The film is beautifully shot, and technically impressive. And most worth the price of admission is an amazing performance by Peter Saarsgard. He steals every second of screentime, and makes 3 of the most memorable and intense scenes in the movie. His work in Jarhead solidified him, in my head, as the finest young character actor working in hollywood right now (the only other that seems to come close is Ryan Gosling).
So yeah. I wouldn't say "Don't see Jarhead." Despite its (somewhat glaring) flaws, there are a number of reasons to check it out. I am just warning you that you may find yourself a bit confused and a bit weirded out by the film's tone. I certainly was.
Posted by cory at 8:56 PM
November 8, 2005
Oh well, there is a spelling error.
Posted by cory at 11:04 AM
November 6, 2005
Good For Her
From People Magazine
Posted by cory at 11:13 PM
November 2, 2005
....or you'll break your mother's back...
Not too long ago I watched a British movie about a guy who had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It wasn't a good movie, and not a comedy as advertised. Anyhow, the other day I was thinking about it and how the character couldn't step on cracks on the sidewalk. I decided to see what it would be like and tried it for myself. Yes, I probably did look like a dork as I walked with a complete lack of rhythm, it was actually pretty hard to avoid the lines! While doing it I realized, "Wow, walking is amazing! It's so much work, so much weight is resting on my little legs!" As soon as I thought this it became increasingly more difficult to walk. How strange! That is not the end. Since I started doing this I have not been able to stop. I have created some strange habit. But, I'm not alone. I glanced around today and counted three other people walking this way, staring at the ground, cautiously avoiding cracks....
How can I break this habit? Maybe I need an iPod to distract myself from the cracks?
Posted by cory at 9:00 PM
November 1, 2005
Posted by cory at 11:32 AM