Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
- Pokemon SoulSilver or HeartGold for the Nintendo DS... Hey, there is no other series that is still so fun and entertaining to play over and over like a Pokemon game, plus it comes with a pedometer... how awesome is that?
- A Blu-Ray Player or A PS3... There are specific games for the Playstation 3 that I want to play eventhough I love the 36o, plus it's a blu-ray player. I want Star Trek in blu-ray, Final Fantasy Advent Children Complete, Battlestar Galatica The complete series, Watchmen the Ultimate Cut and stuff like that.
- Tickets to see Iron-Man 2... I know it comes out in May and I'll still be in China but I must see it in an American theater.
- I love comic books and I cant wait to complete my Trade paperback collection of Geoff Johns' run on Green Lantern, his mini-series Flash:Rebirth and his current epic crossover event Blackest Night when they come out.
It's getting very close to that time. I'm heading back to China, for what would be my sixth trip there. To give you an idea of the scale of traveling to and from China six times here is a little info:
- On March 20th I will be 23,23 years = 12,096,821.6 minutes.
- Average speed of a passenger plane flying internationally is around 875 mph.
- The flight distance from Chicago to Shanghai is about 7,088 miles.
- Depending on the weather and currents the flight time is around 13 to 14 hours (Chicago to Hong Kong - 16 hours.)
- Four Flights to Shanghai/Beijing(Same flight length) + One flight to Hong Kong= 36,150 miles/72 hours in the air (3 days)
- The distance from Oregon to Maine is 3191 miles or 1 day and 23 hours
- The circumference of the earth is 24,901.55 miles
- In the five flights traveled I circled the globe 1.45 times.
7 days = 0.0191653649 years
Shameless Movie Plug: I loved the movie Up in the Air.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
So I mentioned that I took a tunnel trip from the Bund to Pudong when I was in China. Here are some of the cool pictures from the shuttle car. The tunnel was like an acid trip of flashing lights and wacky neon light displays. So I augmented my camera's shutter and aperture to take in as much light as I could for 8 seconds and it made these very cool long exposure shots. Some look really good, others looked bad because of my shaky hands. Enjoy the artsyness.
Friday, February 12, 2010
So this is the story of how I got home. I left my apartment on Tuesday morning which meant being packed and having the apartment clean by Monday or it would never get done. I caught a taxi to the airport around 7am, a ride that took about 25 minutes. [It sounds crazy, taking a taxi for that long of a trip, but it only cost 15 yuan, or around $3.20.] The flight from Hefei to Shanghai was a breeze and took about an hour.
- Casino Royale (2006) – I loved Pierce Brosnan’s run in the Bond franchise but like most people was ready for a new Bond. What made Casino Royale such an amazing movie going experience was three-fold. Daniel Craig, blonde hair or not, was amazing and owned James Bond from the first minute. Martin Campbell, who directed Goldeneye, created a believable universe for Craig’s Bond to play in. The third thing is the stunts. Some of the earlier movies of the late 90s and early 2000s relied too much on special effects, this movie’s effects were so clean and clever that if there was an cgi used it was so seamless that you don’t notice them. I remember sitting down in an empty theater with my older brother. I snuck in two Chipotle burritos in my big pocket jeans, and my brother bought the big gulp drinks and we feasted and were stuffed on action and pulled pork.
- Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) – I loved the first two movies and decided to see the last one by myself and in a crowded theater. The movie was great… Definitely worthy of all the awards it got. The experience of every person in an audience marveled by what’s on the screen that they moved to a standing ovation is one I will never forget.
- 2012 (2009) – Ignoring my father’s complaints of Roland Emmerich having an anti-religious theme present throughout the movie I thought this movie was good plain fun. You forget about why the world is coming to an end when stuff starts falling apart at the seams. This movie sets the bar a few feet higher when it comes to the disaster movie genre.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) – Now, there are some movie on here just for the quality of the movie, this movie movie is not a bad movie but what makes this sucha a good movie-going experience is the night I saw it. I ran into old friends at my old high school at the school’s musical and we decided to see the movie. It was a fun night and the moment Voldermort return little children gasp and my merry band of nerds cheered like it was Rocky Horror.
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) – The opinion of rereleased original trilogy and the lackluster reviews of Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones made almost every diehard Star Wars junk fear that this movie would make or break the franchise. The prospect of this movie doing irreparable harm to George Lucas and the franchise was more than enough reason for me to want to see it, but the moment the trailer was released I threw away all of those notions. It was an amazing turnaround. Amazing lightsaber duals, incredible visuals and a script that wasn’t terribly clichéd and it became my favorite Star Wars movie.
My Worst Movie-Going Experience of All Time
Good Luck Chuck (2007)
Let me set this story up for you. A group of classmate and I decided to see a movie over a weekend. At the time there were two big movies out in theaters that we were considering. One was Superbad. A few of us had seen it over the summer, one being me and I was all for seeing it again. The other movie was Good Luck Chuck. If you haven’t realized by now… I’m a bit of a movie buff, some would say movie snob [but I digress] and I knew that all of the talk about Good Luck Chuck was pretty bad. And they were right. I suggested we see Superbad but the majority ruled that we see Good Luck Chuck… what a terrible decision on their part. The premise was hackneyed, Dane Cook is cursed as a kid and every girl he sleeps with meets their true love after him so he makes a business out of it. There are multiple sex sequences, some bordering on cringe-worthy lengths. Some movies can be incredibly raunchy but still entertaining, there is nothing entertaining about Dane Cook sleeping with a big ugly fat woman, and seeing it in graphic detail. I felt so embarrassed, I was sitting next to a very cute girl from my class and next to her was one of my male friends from the class we kept looking at each other to see if we found it amusing. I almost got up and walked out. Raunchy for the sake of being raunchy is just sad. I wouldn’t wish seeing this movie on my worst enemy.
So a lot of people were doing film lists of the past decade… Like Top 100 Films from 1999-2009. And the first thing that sprang to my mind was the fact that I loved more than 100 films in that ten year’s time so I decided to do a list that required more thought. People who know me know that I do not have a favorite movie or actor; this have nothing to do with talent, I just try not to limit myself. So I thought the perfect list of films for the last decade as it comes to me would have to be this:
Top Movie Going Experiences for 1999-2009 [in no particular order]
- The Matrix (1999) – I remember being twelve and sitting in a crowded movie theater with my older brother and father and having absolutely no idea what I was witnessing. Seriously that first sequence with Trinity hanging in midair blew away the restrictions of my tiny adolescent mind and opened it to so many other things [soon after I saw this movie was the first time I ever saw Pulp Fiction].
- Star Trek (2009) – I am a huge comic book and scifi fan and I went to the midnight showing of this beauty with my older brother. Every time a faint clue or easter egg was given to the original series, like Kirk’s passing the Kobayashi Maru, made me and everyone else in the theater giggle with childlike intensity. JJ Abrams really knows how to make an idea pop off the screen.
- Cloverfield (2008) – I remember being excited for this movie back when the incredibly cryptic trailer was shown for it before Transformers the pervious summer. Back then it was only 1-18-08, but by the time January rolled around and I finally got to see the movie I was even more impressed than I was by the trailer. The sights and sounds combined with the Blair-witch style camera work got my heart racing and didn’t let up until the credits.
- Inglourious Basterds (2009) – Pulp Fiction was the first real R-rated movie I saw at the age of reason, and after that I have been hooked to Quentin Tarantino and all of his movies, even his portion of Grindhouse. When I heard that Quentin wanted to do a spaghetti western set in WWII instead of the wild west I was all for it, each genre he has used he’s treated with the utmost respect and the Basterds is no different. I remember my heart racing during the opening sequence; it was the most intense conversation I have ever seen in film. And by the final scene of the movie I was ready to applaud the screen. When Aldo the Apache say “I think this might me my masterpiece,” at the end of the movie I exclaimed as loud as I could in the theater ‘Damn right you did, Quentin!’
- Serenity (2005) – I loved Firefly when it was on TV, even if FOX doomed it from the start by not showing the episodes in order. The idea of a space cowboys and Indians series was such an awesome idea to me. I remember the show being cancelled and being so frustrated and blasting forums praying for a movie. My prayers were answered with Serenity. I remember going to see it with a few of my most nerdcore friends and we were giddy from the start. And that scene at the end where ***** is killed, I literally screamed and threw my popcorn bucket to the ground. I loved the movie so much, and I thank you Whedon for the wild ride.