Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Favorite movies

Everyone has their favorite movies, but why are they your favorite? For me, its many things. I like most of the characters. The story is really good. Decent sound track can help. It isn't the same thing. It's something i can watch at any time and still enjoy it.

Most of the time, it can be quite troublesome making lists, especially for favorite things in some form of media. Tastes always eb and flow. I think that's why my top five is so special to me... They are all so solid I always come back to them. Sure there are great movies out there I can also see almost any time... but that's the thing... ALMOST. Lots of close contenders, like any of the Kevin Smith films. There's also when you see a movie in theaters and you want to see it again... But that's because its good and fresh, but will it last the test of time?

I'd like to go over in detail the top five movies that I believe outshine all my other favorites. (keep in mind, i hold the Star Wars series as much more then cinema, so it will not be featured in this blog.)

I will go ahead and give you number 5 to wet your appetite.

5. Battle Royale

This is a Japanese classic for me. It is a tale of a wacky government ploy to cut the population of rebelious youth.

Basically, every year schools send their graduating class to an island, where they are forced to kill eachother. (Brutal i know!) There can only be one survivor. It follows closely on two main characters who don't really want to kill...

I like to think of it as a Lord of the Flies EXTREME. There is plenty of dark humor to go around. The violence can be a little over the top, but its not gorey. For me, i find myself getting attatched to several of the characters for different reasons. The teacher i feel is a little misunderstood, but because of this the students hate him, therefor he ends up becoming bitter... but its also shown he has a terrible home life as well.

There was a sequal, but its nothing like the original and far too over the top.

stay tuned for 4-1

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Will of One

April 18th we went down to Gainesville to see the Protomen. You may remember them from an earlier blog post. Luckily for us, they decided to come close to my home town for a show. I thought for sure Nerdapalooza would have been the last time i would ever see them. So glad i was wrong.

We get there at a good time, and park really close! The bar was called 1982. It was a pretty small venue, but had TV's behind the bar with NES, Sega Genesis, SNES, and Dreamcast games going on. I remember watch someone beat Sonic 3 with all the Chaos Emeralds. Someone else was doing quite well in Megaman X.... well until he got to Sigma.

At first though, we had to sit through some unbearably bad music... but it was worth it. I kept thinking though, "This stage is awefully small for nine people!"

I watched them set up everything. A few of them looked annoyed, but i could have been wrong. It was cramped, but man, you would not have even noticed... From start to finish they never stopped with their energetic rock show. They had a story to tell they said... And they told one heck of a story...

Mostly promoting their newest album, Act II they played mostly songs off that. All very nice! They mixed in a few classics from Act I as well...They even did a cover of Total Eclipse of the Heart. It was one of the best shows i've seen to be honest.

A band that just gives back to the crowd their heart and soul.. Their sweat and tears! All of their energy! They deserve the best.

I feel bad i still don't know their individual names... but the lead guy after the show pointed at my shirt (The Megas) and said "Hey, we know those assholes!" and laughed. He then told me they would be playing with them on the west coast and that they were buddies.

Why The Protomen aren't world wide sucesses yet baffles me still. I really hope they come back. Maybe in July? A man can dream can't he!

Getting back into writing.

Everyone knows times are tough right now. A month ago my fiance had her purse stolen which had car payment and rent money in it... which is not easy to get back. So we've been just chugging along and doing our best. We go to an amazing concert (which i will detail in another blog) only to come back to find our home broken into.
All was stolen was our Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and our roommates laptop... We have some theories and the police took finger prints and what not. Also stole our sense of safety.

But that's not why I'm typing this right now. Basically it got me thinking, i need to do some other stuff with my time. Sure I will probably keep playing more than adequate amounts of World of Warcraft and whatever other various fly by night MMO's I decide i like for a week, But talking with a friend, i decided to resurect this blog. Whether people read it or not, maybe it will make me feel more productive.

So count on more rants, movie discussion, music stuff, and other ramblings.