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Movies the Old-Fashioned Way

August 28, 2010 Comments off

The Kimball/DOG St. Theater has a decent September/October set coming up, and I thought I’d note here for myself and anyone else who might have this in their RSS reader the upcoming shows that I think look… interesting. As a note, some of the times are almost relentlessly inconvenient.
September 1-7, (1-3, 5, 7, Screening room), 4:30 and 6:15PM
September 10-17 (11, 13, 15, 17 screening room), 4:15 and 6:30PM
September 15-24 (16, 18, 20-21, screening room) 4:30 and 7PM
September 26 – October 2 (27-28, 30, Oct. 2, screening room) 4:30 and 6:20PM, October 3 6:30 and 8:20PM
October 23-29 (24-26, 28, screening room) 4:45 and 6:45PM
RESTREPO also looks very good, but… it sounds like a tough movie to watch. A company of soldiers stationed at a highly dangerous posting in Afghanistan… I doubt the movie ends with them all petting a fuzzy bunny.

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Here’s Looking At You

December 30, 2008 Comments off

Yes, I am looking forward to Coraline, thanks for asking. :-)

Button eyes
(no, this blog isn’t going to suddenly become active again or anything. No worries.)

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January 14, 2008 3 comments

Tycho speaks truth.

Part of the reason I quit World of Warcraft … was also that the style of my play had become something I no longer enjoyed. There is a very mechanistic way to go about your business in WoW that is deeply counter to my nature. I like discovering my entertainment via an intuitive process, and it seemed to me that the game was essentially "about" running Molten Core over and over again to get a complete set of of numerically maximal lootz. I could see this point approaching, like the bright eye of an onrushing locomotive, and decided that I would rather slam my dick in a car door.

I’m not quitting… but that "the game begins at level 70" bullshit is just that.

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St. Baldrick’s

March 17, 2007 4 comments

Did it.

Bald bald bald

Bald from this angle, too
Nice to see you, too. ;-)

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McCain – Just Another Politician

February 16, 2007 Comments off

Back in the crazy year of 2000, when John McCain was running for the Republican nominee for president, he had an air about him that maybe he was a politician who could work with both the left and the right, someone whose beliefs could be appreciated by both sides of the aisle.

He lost, of course. And, now, is running for the 2008 nomination. And has learned his lesson by lurching hard to the right. The latest development is that not only will he be giving an address to a leading creationist advocacy group, but his going back on his statement that intelligent design shouldn’t be taught in schools. So much for only teaching science in science class, eh?

John McCain, turns out we did hardly know you.

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Pay Me No Mind

January 15, 2007 Comments off

I’m fiddling with the dates on this, so the St. Baldrick’s post stays at the top of the list, but I had to do another entry. Because when Neil Gaiman asks people to do something to tweak his friend Penn Jillette…. how do you say no?

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At the Kimball

November 7, 2006 Comments off

I actually started this entry for September/October, and never got around to finishing it. Oy. For the record, what I wanted to see was…

Who Killed the Electric Car?
Sept. 3rd – 11th

A Scanner Darkly
Sept. 15th – 25th

The War Tapes
Sept. 26th – Oct. 1st

Oct. 3rd – Oct. 8th

The November/December schedule is much more spartan than the past few months, looks like. I only see one that I want to go out and see. Whether that makes it more or less likely I’ll go see it is up in the air. Anyway…

This Film Is Not Yet Rated
December 7-12 (screening room)

That’s all. See you in 2007!

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New Computer

August 19, 2006 Comments off

The new computer has a small camera built in. It comes with an program called Photo Booth, to take pictures with that camera. Photo Booth comes with the ability to apply all sorts of effects to the pictures it’s taking.
One of the more amusing set of effects are the funhouse mirror style effects.

In the spirit of that Sharkboy and Lava Girl movie, I present to you Fisheye Dad and Rocketshiphead Daughter.
Funny faces

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Meme. It’s all about me, t[w|o]o.

August 8, 2006 2 comments
  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

I think the instructions are a little unclear, so I’m posting sentences 6-8, and not 5-7. I think it could be interpreted either way. The book is Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke.

["]Or stray dogs, I wonder? This is not the sort of magic which civilized men wish to see practised in England nowadays!" He glared furiously at Vinculus and, as he did so, something caught his eye.
What’s near you?

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Kimball Theater, July/August ’06

July 1, 2006 Comments off

The last entry I did in this vein, I listed about five movies I wanted to go see, and I was really pretty interested in seeing all of them. I ended up seeing none of them. Given that I wanted to see those and saw none, from my initial reaction to the latest offerings… it seems likely I’ll see none again.

On to the shows that managed to spark even minimal interest.

An Inconvenient Truth – July 3rd, 5th-12th (screening room 3rd, 5th-7th, 9th-10th, 12th)
Kimball Theatre’s write up: A haunting and inspirational documentary detailing the vital state of global warming and Al Gore’s passionate mission to educate people about and take action against this universal issue. The film powerfully depicts, with humor, beauty, and distress, what is happening and what we can do about it.
Matt says: The only people who will go to see this are people who already believe in the message the movie is trying to get across. I’m interested in going just to see it, but I’m leery of being preached at for 100 minutes on something I already believe in.

Don’t Come Knocking – August 6th-13th (screening room 6th-7th, 9th-13th)
Kimball: Director Wim Wenders and writer/actor Sam Shepard, who collaborated on the award-winnning film Paris, Texas, once again join forces for this dark drama of a man trying to turn over a new leaf late in life. From the dregs of a life about to burn out comes new hope as a veteran Western film star emerges from a dead-end existence to seek the child (and life) he has never known. Winner of European Film Awards Best Cinematographer and an Official Selection of Cannes. The distinguished cast inclues Eva Marie Saint, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, George Kennedy, Fairuza Balk, Julia Sweeney, and Tim Matheson.
Matt says: Mainly because I like Sam Shepard. And Westerns.

And that’s it. Two fricking movies. Better luck in September/October, I hope.

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