Archive for August, 2004

Rumble in Hong Kong

August 31, 2004

Rumble in Hong KongI tried to watch Master with Cracked Fingers first, but for some reason, it wont play in any DVD player (XBox & PCs included) in the house. So, I watched Rumble in Hong Kong.

This was a terrible movie. First of all, this is no “Jackie Chan” film. Yes, he is in this movie, but he didn’t play a very big role. Second, the photography itself was bad. Some of the shots were just too tight. Then the storyline, acting and choreography all just felt thrown together without too much thought. Filming on a whim may work for short, student films, but I expect more from feature length movies. Please, spend the time to make watching worth my time.

New Toy!

August 31, 2004

Today, I bought my first cell phone. I bought my Audiovox 8610 at a local Best Buy and I’m using Virgin Mobile‘s Pay As You Go plan. I’ve been thinking seriously about getting a phone for about 2 weeks now. And now I’ve taken the blung.

I also bought two DVDs while at Best Buy: Master with Cracked Fingers and Rumble in Hong Kong

Server Upgraded

August 30, 2004

I upgraded my webserver a few days ago. I’ve been locked out of WordPress due to an annoying bug in their program. I’ve found a workaround to login, but it’s a pain. When I get time, I’ll try to make a fix.

Work sucked

August 27, 2004

Today, NASSCO is laying off a lot of the subcontractors. Including several of the people I’ve worked with for the last few months.

Today sucked. I think that about sums it up.

Taking Lives

August 25, 2004

Taking LivesWow! Great movie. It’s a good “Who done it?” movie. And I’m proud to say, I fingered the fellon. This movie also comes with a twist at the end. And for those of you who also think this movie feels a tad like Se7en, no – that’s not a head in the box.

And there was this one point in the movie when my heart stop. I won’t say anymore about it, but you’ll know it when you see it.

Out of Reach

August 25, 2004

Out of ReachToday, I rented Out of Reach and Taking Lives.

Out of Reach was not one of Steven Seagal‘s better movies (I liked him a lot better in the Under Siege series).

Several things about this movie that I didn’t like. First, you never find out who he used to work for and are now chasing him. Second, I’m about fed up with “Hollywood Hacking”, where characters randomely or brilliantly guess the passwords the first time around. On the plus side, Matt Schulze had another great performance.


August 24, 2004

Now and Then, Here and There - Discord and Doom (Vol. 1)I rented Now and Then, Here and There – Discord and Doom (Vol. 1) today. I watched the first 3 of the 5 episodes on this disc. I sat through it easy enough, but it just didn’t pass the all important question, “Do I care?” I read a few reviews on Amazon and IMDB. It seems this anime has some underlying agendas, which I’m not interested in.

What do I look for in a great anime?

  • Character development – which this does have
  • Storyline that both holds my interest and doesn’t make me feel depressed or uneasy – which this failed (for me anyway. To each their own.)
  • Quality in the animation itself, NAT HAT was just ok.
  • And optionally, I want some fun action scenes. Animation is not bound by physical limitations nor is it expected to look realistic (as I expect from CG, computer graphics), so lets have some fun with it!

Another Gas Leak

August 24, 2004

There was another gas leak at work today. This time it was in the ballast tank I was in. The NASSCO fire department was called over to sniff the tank and determine if it was safe for us to go back to our job sites. We had to leave our work area while the tank ventilated. While waiting for all this to happen, our forman basically told use to get lost for a half hour (What he said was, “There’s lots of cleaning to be done.”). Two hours later, we were allowed back in, but with only one hour until the end of the shift, there wasn’t time to finish our work.

Cradle 2 the Grave

August 23, 2004

Cradle 2 the GraveWell, in our first month of Blockbuster‘s Movie Pass, we rented 67 movies. It expired just before the Olympics started and Dave and I have been going through withdrawl since. (Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy watching the Olympics. But like my mom pointed out this morning, they just don’t show enough variety.)

This evening, we’re back in! Dave signed up for his own Blockbuster card and got a Movie Pass for $15 (special first month offer). I picked Cradle 2 the Grave, while Dave got A Bronks Tale.

Tonight, we watched Cradle 2 the Grave, another great Jet Li movie. Tom Arnold and Anthony Anderson provided some great comic relief, and you’ve just gotta watch them talk through the entire credits. DMX did an excelent job too, so I may have to rent Never Die Alone now.

Now I’m all psyched up on Jet Li’s martial arts and it’s time for bed. I think I’ll take a dose of Milk & Cookies before heading to bed.

Alien: Resurrection

August 23, 2004

ResurrectionChad, Dan, Dominique and Jesse came over last night and watched Alien: Resurrection with Dave and me. Pretty good movie for Sci-Fi fans. The bunch of us had planned to see the entire Alien series in order. But with school starting and Chad leaving next weekend, we just decided to see the fourth movie, which Dave and Chad said was the best.