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20,000,000 people are being held prisoner in North Korea. They are starving, resorting to cannibalism. Completely cut off from the world, they have no media and no sources of information except for occasional helium balloons carrying leaflets sent by sympathetic people in the South. It's as if they live 70 or 100 years in the past, but they exist under a governmental rule of law that would make Orwell piss himself. Concentration camps that would give Hitler a boner imprison "class enemies" (for example, people who leave picfures of Kim Jong-Il on the ground) and also their entire families (all of them) unto the third generation, and almost no one leaves these camps alive. It's as if a cult of twenty million helpless people is being kept there... And what are we doing about it?

Not a FUCKING THING. Too bad they don't have any oil.
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So maybe I'm on the right side of this trend after all... Netflix apparently has no love for Blu-ray rental.


Again, it seems that only HD mavens with lots of money can really do the Blu-ray thing.
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I'm wondering whether it's worth it to stay behind the trailing edge of adopting Blu-ray. I imagine that using this technology is very much a personal decision and depends on a lot of factors, but I suspect that there's also a demographic sweet spot that Blu-ray adopters are living in, and I think it's mainly a financial thing (i.e. having a lot of disposable income not destined for other forms of entertainment).

Though I am typically defined as a "techie" the hardware I use for A/V is woefully primitive. My computer monitor is way more advanced than my TV (a roughly nine year old 32" Panasonic tube which still works wonderfully well); I no longer have a DVR and only use cable for Internet access, I use a PS2 for a DVD player, and my DVD collection is quite small - mainly because I only believe in purchasing DVDs that I can watch over and over again. I once had a stereo and speaker set, but found that I never really used it much, so I guess I'm not really an audiophile.

Anyhow, when I think about going Blu-ray, the following confronts me: I have to create a whole new ecosystem. I'll really need to get an HDTV, and I'll have to get a Blu-ray player. It would also make sense to get a nice little sound system, even a cheapo CostCo one. All of that will probably be around $3500 after taxes, I'm sure. When faced with this up front investment and set up effort, I balk a bit. I pause and consider how much time I really spend in front of a television. I have no desire to buy Blu-ray versions of the DVDs I already own, if versions of them even exist, so what would all that new hardware get me? I can always set up Netflix to deliver me Blu-ray disc rentals, but how extensive is the Blu-ray catalog really; do the movies I want to see even exist on Blu-ray? Is having a home theater really important to me at all? I think the answer is "not really" and I think that's a function of the fact that I go out more than I stay in.

I am leaning very heavily towards just ignoring Blu-ray altogether, and solely relying on streamed and downloaded HD content (via torrents or Hulu or Netflix or iTunes). It gives Sony less of a foothold in my world, it's more economically and environmentally friendly (fewer things destined for landfills). I know somewhere down the line I will be getting an HDTV, but it will only happen when my TV dies or when I make another big move to a new residence (it's way too heavy to move again, too much hassle). Ideally, I would like my next TV to have wireless and bluetooth built in, and allow me to stream content to it via various sources. I don't really care about having a gigantic display - maybe it would just make sense for me to get a 30" Apple Cinema display down the road and just use that for everything? I just wish it were more "television-like" where I could just plug in component cables or s-video and have those things pump a signal into it...
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When is TFF going to learn that they need higher capacity when they open their online ordering? I was in the system placing an order, and then I got kicked out... now I can't even get back onto their lame system!!
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If you've never read the book, don't. Go see the movie, enjoy it (note that it's a drama, not an action film), absorb it, then go back to the book and get the rest of the story. It's a really well done movie... practically an art film really.

Don't bother going to see it in IMAX. It's NOT an action film.
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Finally saw The Dark Knight.

You know what? It Capital S Sucked. Iron Man was way, way, way better. I really think the only reason Dark Knight got so huge was because of Heath Ledger's demise. I know Batman's a popular character, but Christian Bale's hoarseness grates on me, the direction and cinematography of this sequel sorely lacked in comparison to Batman Begins, and the story was a bit contrived (basically being a rehash of the concepts from "The Killing Joke" with a little Two-Face thrown in and thrown away for good measure). It really lacked all the excitement of Batman Begins, and had none of the zip that Iron Man did.

Iron Man totally got robbed last Summer.
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The King Of Kong is now available as a Netflix instant watching movie. I highly, highly recommend this film! It's an incredible piece of modern cultural history framed by the eternal struggle of the underdog outsider versus the establishment. And hey, DONKEY KONG!!

I witnessed Steve Wiebe achieve the fourth ever known kill screen here in New York and heard him speak at MoMI. He's a great guy, and it's a great story.
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Who would have thought that the surprise guest star in the movie was Captain America??

Check out this review of the "pre-release" that was done in Turkey!
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GRINDHOUSE made my teeth whiter. GRINDHOUSE is fortified with all essential vitamins and nutrients. GRINDHOUSE has a refreshing smell and gets out the toughest of stains, and is safe for your pets.

GRINDHOUSE made me a goddamn better human being.

GRINDHOUSE will be one of the best movies this year. I think even in my Top 3.

Go see it as quickly as possible, and avoid as many commercials and trailers as you can so you can suck the most juice from it. For it is a ripe and juicy fruit, my friends. Ripe. And juicy.
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Klaus Kinski's Death of a Salesman (except he's selling slaves).

A 300 Haiku

Mar. 6th, 2007 09:19 am
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heads soar through the air
blood spatters everywhere
that dude's leg came off!!
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This past weekend was extremely action-packed, and immensely enjoyable.

Of musicals, carousing, art, and movies )

So, currently coming up on the radar, we have:
- Finish the movie synopsis for the magazine
- Call a recruiter about a contract software assignment
- Interview on Tuesday with a small software firm
- This weekend: NY Comic-con! Sol Chinese New Year!! (did you RSVP??)
- Next weekend: Intercon? Mr. [livejournal.com profile] gower, we need to chat.


Mar. 3rd, 2006 02:36 pm
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Aquamarine, or Ultraviolet?
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Eddie Murphy's "The Golden Child" was made

20 Years Ago


Feb. 14th, 2006 07:59 pm
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I traded in a bunch of crappy DVDs I didn't want to watch anymore for some cash at Newbury Comics and bought the following:

Boondock Saints
Punch-Drunk Love

Wooo! Good flix. Speaking of which, Netflix just sent me Greg The Bunny!!

Feb 14

Feb. 13th, 2006 07:06 pm
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I'm going to go out and buy MirrorMask tomorrow, and then I'm going to make everyone watch it. You have been warned.
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I had some great company this weekend. Treyvana and boy came to visit, and we had a merry time. I feel that I could have been a bit more entertaining, but I found myself doing a lot of house related things like laundry and keeping the place generally tidy. We spent a lot of the time petting the cat and doing TV related activities, though we did go out to dinner Saturday night.

I did a fair amount of excellent cooking though (if I may say so). I finally bought the waffle iron I wanted, and used my homemade baking mix to make a dozen tasty, crispy Belgians on Saturday. Today I fired up the oven and quick cooked a skirt steak on my cast iron pan - turned it into three huge, delicious steak and onion quesadillas.

I think that I'm going to end up running a bed and breakfast some day. There's nothing I love more than having company and cooking for them.

I wrapped up my weekend by going to see Brokeback Mountain with Becca. Yes, I cried. There's nothing to my mind more tragic than not taking the chance. If you can see the path to happiness, and you have the ability to take that path, don't stop yourself from going down it. Regret what you have done, not what you haven't.
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I have some serious, serious respect for Todd Solondz. No one else would dare to make the films he makes. He spent his life savings making his latest, Palindromes.

It's like he's injecting acid into your eyes. Or maybe like he's taking a crap in your soul. These films make you cringe, but FUCK it's a good cringe. You cringe because you're supposed to be cringing, because if you don't you're not human enough. They're a dose of REAL and you better fucking swallow it all down.

He doesn't cast pretty people. He doesn't rely on music to manipulate emotions. His visual palette may have all the subtlety of an asteroid impact, but let me tell you, he's carving a masterpiece out of the surface of the Earth with that fucking rock.

Thank non-existing god for this man.
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"But isn't there any hope?"

"For what? We hope or despair because of the way we've been programmed. Genes and randomness. That's all there is, and none of it matters."

"Does that mean you're not going to get married and have children?"

"I have no innate desire to get married or have kids. That's beyond my control. And really it makes no difference, since the planet's fast running out of natural resources and we won't survive to the next century."

"But what if you're wrong? What if there is a god?"

"If that makes you feel better."


Jan. 8th, 2006 01:16 pm
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I have no idea why, but I am fixated on CARNOSAUR. It's such a horrifically bad movie. And yet I love the stupid word and the stupid puppet monsters eating people.



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