Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Red Cliff, Iron Man, Lost + FotW

Part 1 and 2 International version

Just finished watching the  4 hour+ movie Red Cliff...or Chi Bi. I personally loved most things about the movie. I've been a Dynasty Warriors fan since DW3 and it was pretty cool seeing some of my favorite characters come to life...even though i was sad at some of the detail put in (like Sun Quan being too old and Xiahou Dun not having an eye patch maybe that happened after but would have been cool.) The other thing that irritated me was that it wasn't historically accurate with the roles of the people in the film. The chick Sun Shang Xiang was never a spy but ugh o well. 

Okay now that's my nerdy peeves dealt with. What I did love was the portrayal of Zhuge Liang by Takeshi Kaneshiro who is growing on me every time I see him on screen. Guy has talent. 
There were a few moments in the film that stuck out to me. When Pit dies is the part that I found most well done. Battle scenes were epic of course. I mean it is John Woo. The line that stuck out to me was one of the last ones where Zhou Yu looks around and says "There are no winners here" after the most kickass standoff I've seen in a while. 

The actor that blew me away in this movie was Shido Nakamura portraying Gan Xing. His last scene in the movie is epic. He played the best badass out of everyone. Didn't even say much but pulled it off perfectly. Anyway I did want to see more in this film. Some Yuan Shao, Lu Bu, and Diao Chan would have made my day. But theres only so much you can fit in one film.

I also watched all the behind the scenes footage. The Second unit directors were troopers. They had to deal with a baby and get it to smile for ONE SHOT. Took 2 or 3 days to get. Anyway I loved one of the second unit directors who kept talking about how John Woo is insane and how he has nightmares from babies. I'm glad that the movie grossed so much money (More than the Dark Knight) after all the setbacks that occurred on set. (Heard rumors of animal abuse and a horse dying. Hope that isnt true :/)

Was there any dialogue in the script? Just seemed like Downey Jr was let off the leash...which is good. However, there were points where he needed to be reeled back in. Action was good. Particularly enjoyed the Captain America and Avengers jokes. Overall thought the movie was a bunch of fun but felt like an excuse to just upgrade his armor to the new suit for avengers. And that whole making a new element in my living room thing? Didn't buy it. Bored me. 

Season Finale
I have not watched Lost since Season 3..or 4? who knows. But missing all the seasons in between didn't really seem to matter to me as I made sense of the finale easily. I persoanlly loved how it ended. Bold. The twist it needed. And it felt satisfying to me. The whole end was about closure...which a lot of people were craving. And I think they got it. The best part for me was when Jack was stumbling in the jungle and lays down to die...and that damn dog appears. Damn dogs. And then it laid down next to him. Too well done. Freakin animals playing with my emotions. (Maybe it was symbolic...Jack dies and ends Tv career. Dog born and starts movie career...more than most actors on the show can say. Kate any1? yuck) 

...but was I the only one wondering how they got the gigantic tree off of him? 

Sushi. Can't get enough. 

Only rave this week is that I need to figure out a way to stop injuring myself.
And if your going to buy burgers for a barbecuse bring cheeze!!!!! grr Vanessa. 

Friend of the week.

Devon Byers

He is everyone's best friend pretty much. Or is he? ACTION

El tigre


Saturday, May 22, 2010

"Devotion will make you feel more complete"

Fortune cookie said that^. Sign I need to get on my stuff.

So it's been an interesting week this last week. I've had a lot of fun with different groups of people some of which I haven't seen for a longggg time. I've had so much fun this last week I've forgot to really sleep at all.  Which made me a little short on patience in the last day but thankfully I found my way back to bed...

WARNING. If you text me and I respond with a text that makes little to no sense then I am most likely asleep. Sleep texting has become my new bad habit. Apparently I was texting three people in my sleep last night/morning and have no recollection of it. And before you cynics say anything NO I had not been drinking. 

Even though I had a good week I want to start this for fun
Weekly rant:
Torn groin...and the pain hiking 9 hours later.
Thumb still hurts two weeks after punching stupid machine wrong
Chlorine dried out my skin. Hate that.
Soccer players boasting before the world cup.
People who can tan >_<
Chris Russell monopolizing monopoly.

Weekly likes:
Drea for having a pool party.
Chamakh for officially signing for Arsenal.
Devon for having movie night and game night.
Going to the half shell with friends and douchebags!
Simon and me tricking Kristina!
Seeing old friends and making new ones.
The Descent!
Cristiano Ronaldo for saying he isn't a one man team.
Nike's World Cup video.
The chick in the Samba School Nike Video

Anyway I'm fully implementing my routine for results starting Sunday.
And can't wait to finally watch Red Cliff which Rob recommended to me the first time I met him. 

Tone Dog Millionaire 


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It's all part of the plan

So since school has ended I've been taking a mini vacation and doing nothing really productive...first job of the summer today though as a PA. But I'm going to map out the "plan". I've already helped on one shoot this summer...even though i fell asleep on set like 6 times. Sorry conz lol.

Non-productive things to do this summer:
-Play MAG, Fat Princess, Dynasty Warriors, and Final Fantasy 13.
-Watch the world cup at bars.
-Gamble on the World Cup.
-Go to the gym at least 4 times a week (nonproductive? meh)
-And of

Productive things to do this summer:
-Watch movies
-Buy a full rig for my 7d (follow focus, rails, shoulder mount, matte box maybe) and zoom h4n w/sound stuff
-Find a job that is super flexible or consistent side jobs.
-Finish writing Avatard, The Celt, Vacation Darfur, Your Life, and...(Bad Romance working title)
-Shoot Avatard
-Shoot Vacation Darfur
-Start writing something that I can shoot in Ireland by myself with only myself. (TOUGH)
-Go to Ireland.
-Go on road trips.
-Perhaps PA in LA

Things that can be productive or non productive but most likely non productive:

haha. just kidding on the last one there. Just realized it sounds like a pregnancy joke too. O_O

Time to get ready to make some money. Then off to Devon Byers Lord of the Rings monopoly night!...only Devon. haha.



Monday, May 17, 2010

The Beginning of an Epic Journey

So since it is summer time and I have more than enough distractions already, I've decided to make a blog blending personal and professional. I'll be posting updates about cameras, work I'm doing, plans for the future, opinions on films, and the most exciting part of this More to come soon!

Tony signing off.

...always wanted to say that.