Friday, May 30, 2003

I've updated my playlist again. I added 26 minutes of music, but I have no idea which tracks I added.

I'm just full of useless information, aren't I?

Thursday, May 29, 2003

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I have now seen the Matrix Reloaded. There were a few interesting ideas in there, but overall I get the impression that they were trying to force too many twists in the plot. Granted, there are only so many things you can do once you give Neo god-like powers in the Matrix, so maybe I am being too harsh. In my opinion though, nothing in the movie really sticks out in my memory. I feel like there weren't really any defining points to the movie. Some parts were entirely useless or just dragged out too long. For example, the Zion dance scene / Neo - Trinity love scene were about 5 minutes too long. The scene with the French guy who held the Keymaker was also useless. Especially the part where they do the "between the legs in the matrix" shot after that woman eats the chocolate cake. I can't think of any reason why that scene would belong in the movie. The whole docking sequence in Zion didn't really advance the story at all either, except to give an idea of what Zion looks like and what kind of security it has. In the first movie the Agents needed the codes to Zion's mainframes to get in. In this movie it just seems like they need something to blow up the machine guns guarding the gates. It doesn't seem all that hard to me.

A lot of people are saying how good the CG was for the burly man fight, but I wasn't all that impressed. I thought that it was very easy to pick out the fake Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weavings. The Neo CG especially didn't look all that hot. He looked like he was made of plastic during the entire fight. Nit picking aside, the special effects were quite good. I enjoyed the Twins, but don't think they got enough airtime.

For some reason some people seem to have a hard time figuring out the ending. It seems quite obvious to me. At the end, in the tunnel, they are obviously still inside of the Matrix. That is why Neo is able to stop the Sentinels. For all I know there may be 100 Matrixes inside of Matrixes. Maybe the "outside world" isn't messed up at all. Maybe all those people are actually just computer programs, just AI themselves, designed to test out next programs. Maybe it's all set in the present day at MIT or something. Maybe Neo is really just the first program that thought for himself. Maybe it is just the very first actual Artificial Intelligence. The Agents would then just be the rules of the program, built in by the programmer (who is most likely the Architect.) Maybe everything I said is just crap. Who knows. I guess we'll find out for sure in November.

All that said, the Matrix Reloaded gets a rating of : 7. Would ask for it as a gift because I might want to watch it again some day.
While I was on vacation I saw Bruce Almighty. The first 3/4 of the movie are hilarious. When his dog starts peeing and Bruce carries him outside (the dog is peeing the whole time mind you) I couldn't help but cackle with glee. It's easily the funniest movie I've seen in a long time. Once they get into the philosphy mode towards the end it becomes less entertaining, but because of the strong early showing the movie is definitely worth watching.

Bruce Almighty gets a rating of : 8. Would purchase if I was in the mood and happened across it.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

It seems that I should start scheduling my vacations out of the state around important sporting events. For example, if I am out of Ohio from the beginning of the NFL playoffs to the Super Bowl, the Browns are guaranteed to win.

I leave town and the stupid NBA fixes it so that the Cavs get the #1 pick. What are the odds of that? Maybe the NBA knows something that Nike doesn't. Maybe LeBron James is going to be the next Bryce Drew. Whatever. I don't care.

(Bob Euker Accent In Major League) The Cavs win. The Cavs win. Oh my God the Cavs win it. I can't believe it. (/Bob Euker Accent In Major League)

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

I'm going to South Carolina tomorrow and coming back next Tuesday. By this time tomorrow I will finally know for sure that the Cavs are drafting with the number 5 pick.

I still secretly hope against hope though.

In my head though, I know that David Stern will never allow LeBron James to come to Cleveland.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

I forgot to mention in my last post that I hate the Yankees.
In tonights games between the Nets and Pistons I have all the verbal evidence I need to claim that Bill Walton is just Keith Jackson with a different uglier body.

Whoooooooooooaaaaa Nelllllllllllllllllllllllyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!! Send it home K-Mart! There are no bankruptcies here!

Um, Bill, let's tone it down a little. Lay off the reefer. Let's try to add whatever feeble insight you can muster to the game. Failing that, just shut your pie hole.

Monday, May 19, 2003

I watched all 9 episodes of the Animatrix tonight. Some of the them were pretty good, like the Last Flight of the Osiris, and Detective Story. Some of the others were not as good, and felt tedious to get through. Overall, if you're a fan of the Matrix I'd say give them a viewing, but don't expect too much. I'm not a huge anime fan though, so overall the DVD gets a rating of 4. Would watch it on TV if there was nothing else on and I had nothing better to do.
I saw Old School tonight. The first half of the movie was funny. Extremely funny I might even say. The second half though... not so much. I 'd have to rate the first half an 8: Would purchase if I was in the mood and happened across it. The second half though gets a 3: Would probably return it if I received it as a gift.

Overall, I could see the movie appearing on Comedy Central every other hour for the rest of our lives.

Sunday, May 18, 2003

So no one other than Matt has seen the Matrix yet? Go outside or something.

Also, my baseball team sucks.

Friday, May 16, 2003

Ding, dong, the Lakers are dead. Long live the Lakers.

Thursday, May 15, 2003

One day I would love to participate in the Gumball 3000 rally. Other than the $10000 in fines you are likely to accumulate, there is no downside... assuming that Ferrari that the police collected from you was your daily driver.
This just in : I have a bad attitude.
Hey sheep, post your sucky little Matrix Reloaded reviews here. Yes Mark, that includes the one you're "taking for a walk."

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

There's an interesting story here about a guy who sought out to get the lowest possible SAT score. The lowest possible raw score is a -36 (which no one has ever gotten to my knowledge), because you lose points for incorrect answers. The lowest possible adjusted score is 400 (which quite a few people have gotten.)

The funniest part was that he already has a masters degree from Harvard, but wanted his new low SAT scores sent to Cal Tech, MIT, Harvard, and a few others. I can imagine the laughs that the admissions people got from the student who was in the bottom 1% of US students.

Monday, May 12, 2003

What exactly would you say you do here?

Look, I already told you. I deal with the damn customers so the engineers don't have to. I'm a people person. I have people skills. What the hell is wrong with you people?
It seems that some people are expecting Matrix Reloaded to be the best movie since that one with Matt LeBlanc and the baseball playing monkey. I personally don't think it's going to be that good. I think it's just going to be mindless action, with no other substance. Part of what made the first Matrix so good was that there were some interesting ideas tied to the movie. Now though, we know all about the Matrix, so what new stuff are they going to put in there? Most likely nothing.

Sure, they'll have a lot more shots of Carrie Anne Moss, but is that going to be enough to carry the movie to greatness? Is it? I think not.

The movie will blow chunks, but that won't stop the sheep from going to see it just like they are told.

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Someone write some interesting comments or something. I'm out of conversation.

Thursday, May 8, 2003

School's out for summer. It's about freaking time.

Wednesday, May 7, 2003

Apparently Ben Affleck is making a movie called "The Battle of Shaker Heights."


Tuesday, May 6, 2003

I was discussing Rome, when my brain was sucked empty by the Pope's vacuum cleaner.
You know who's oddly hot? Winona Ryder in Mr. Deeds.

Monday, May 5, 2003

-- The Jackass Saga --

Tim : "Hey. Let's see this movie that has won critical acclaim."

Matt : "No thanks. I'd rather see this movie where they shoot bottle-rockets out of their butts."

Ryan : "Yeah, the bottle-rocket butt movie sounds better."

Saturday, May 3, 2003

I have nothing to say. I'm just busy.