Friday, February 22, 2008

The Adventures of Titus

The word 'food' instills in Titus a +20 emotional mood swing to the positive end of the feelings spectrum.



4 Episodes In = The Mid-Season of the 8 filmed episodes. After those 8, there will be a short break and then 5 more episodes of the originally planned 16, now cut down to 13, due to the Writers' Strike.

401 - Season Premiere: 8.0/10
402 - 4 New Characters: 8.6/10
403 - Sayid The Assassin: 9.0/10
404 - Kate In Kourt: 8.2/10

The flashfowards are superior to the flashbacks in two ways:
1) They advance the story. The flashbacks could never do this as they could only provide character background.
2) They add another layer of character development. The flashbacks can only shape the character up the the current version of that character on the island. The flashforwards can further define the characters after the crash again.

What happened to the remaining others who were going to some ruins? I have a feeling that the next or final season of LOST will be about the remaining LOSTies + the returning LOSTies (from the mainland) vs the OTHERs vs the people the RESCUERs are working for. And this will all take place in a showdown at some kind of ruins on the LOST island where the secret will finally, or not finally be revealed.

The next episode looks like it will be good, as Desmond and Sayid are about the only characters who have consistently had their head in the game and not side-tracked by emotional subplots.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Solaris in 5 Sentences

So this psychiatrist is asked to go to this space station (to help out and save the day!) where the crew's loved ones are appearing as copies in the crew's sleep.

So the psychiatrist gets there and he asks the crew members what is going on, but then they are like, I dunno.

So then the psychiatrist (who is now called George Clooney) goes to sleep and his dead wife comes back to life as a copy.

First, he kills her by ejecting her into space, but then she comes back again and he wants to keep her this time.

The rest of the crew say lets kill all the copies we made and leave, but George Clooney is like, "no" so he stays behind and dies.


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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Fight Club and Se7en

What would you get if you combined the scripts of The Usual Suspects with bits and style from The Matrix and a central theme resembling that of Office Space's?
You would get a movie called Fight Club.

Fight Club. A painfully interesting, ridiculously stylistic, darkly humorous, black comedy, action, and suspense movie. I liked it but I felt like I had already seen this same twist at least 3 times recently. 8.6/10

Se7en. A crime-mystery-pyscho-detective drama about two cops. I had heard about the final scene of this movie over and over and I finally had to see it for myself. In conclusion, I thought it was a well-made murder mystery and did whatever it sent out to achieve. If I wanted to watch these types of movies, I guess this would be a good one, but it was a bit too slow and linear for me. Also, I now know where the LOST writers got the personality for Ben. 7.7/10
haha im funny.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Animal Communication

Based on a true story.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Full Metal Alchemist (REVIEW)

Full Metal Alchemist (51 Episodes + Movie) (2003-2004)
I had some preconceived notions about going into this series, as far as the plot is concerned. The first two episodes introduced basically all of the show's trademarks, and the origin story for the two boys. Then I thought that these two kids were going to journey through this mystical world for a LONG time trying to find the Philospher's Stone, but not finding it, which I guess is safe to say that happened.

I liked the origin story for the two kids, and I wanted to see where that was going with their plans to become State Alchemists. But then the plot would consistently get side-tracked for bunches of episodes at a time. But then the show would bounce back up again with interesting episodes like the one where that little girl gets turned into a Camera. That was a good episode.

I really liked the ending (the last ten episodes), because they did all the things that I thought should have happened over the course of the series, but they only happened right when I was getting bored. Those episodes had character development, betrayal, multiple plot-lines going, an end-goal finally in sight, plot twists, and a building momentum until the final episode. It was also in those episodes that the characters finally questioned the use of alchemy in a philosophic manner, the same way that Trigun confronted it's central theme, but Trigun did it during the middle of the series--it didn't wait for the end like FMA did. Another thing that the last bunch of episodes did was question Ed and Al's motives for bringing back their bodies, which should have happened at the beginning really. And I always thought it was kind of weird how these two kids are so upbeat even though one lost his entire body and the other lost his arm and a leg, but I guess you can't stay sulky forever about something that happened four years ago.

Also, continuing the show is the movie, which is really four more episodes in disguise, but that's A-Okay, because the show ended on an interesting note, with new concepts that were dying to be explored, which the movie did quite well and finished it on a sad, but complete ending.

In summary, I like FMA as a premise, world, and the overall story-arc. However, some of the stand-alone episodes in the middle were getting really boring as the show seemed to keep dragging on. I know those episodes were necessary to introduce plot elements and characters that would all eventually come together for the ending (which I thought was kind of cool, how they brought back some of the minor characters), but they still felt boring. I really think that the show could be condensed into ten less episodes, by having multiple stories going on in the middle. I also think that would make it more interesting, as large portions of the show are centered around one, linear plot about Ed and Al, and seems to progress really, really slowly.

I haven't seen a lot of Anime, but here are my current rankings:
Cowboy Bebop: (9.4)
FL-CL: (9.2)
Trigun: (8.7)
Robotech: (8.5)
Full Metal Alchemist: [(8.3) - Average] - Last Ten Episodes: (9.1)

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Full Metal Alchemisms

For Episodes 1-40
1. If Ed has a goal to get to "City X," he will get side-tracked for about four episodes fighting newly introduced bad guys while subtly introducing vague plot elements.
2. If another character starts talking about the past for one second, prepare to be thrown into a flashback for about 2-8 minutes.
3. Most, if not all flashbacks are set in a heavy down pour of rain.
4. Ed basically has two moods: Vengefully Angry (75%), or light-heartedly comical (15%), and trace amounts of ten other moods.
5. Before explaining the previous villains, more villains are introduced without any background.
6. Characters will shout out the names of others as they enter the room like they never expected them to appear within 95 light years of their current location.
Alfonso: Winrey!
Ed: Teacher!
Alfonso: Brother!
Ed: Colonel!
Colonel: Furher!
Winrey: Ed!
And that constitutes about 20% of the dialog in an episode.
7. When the strong arm alchemist appears, there is a 33% chance that he will preform a feat handed down through his bloodline.
8. When Colonel Happy Father appears, there is a 45% chance that he will show a picture of his daughter to someone.
9. There is 42% chance of there being at least one, "ED IS SHORT LOL" joke in an episode.

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Friday, February 01, 2008

LOST.Season 4.Episode.1.


It's finally back.
Honestly, it was what I expected--nothing more, nothing less.

More flashforwards, more mysteries, more nonsense, but since I don't have the curiosity-aura on me right now, I cared less than I have in the past.I wasn't looking forward so much to the season opener as I was to the whole season, because I wanted to be shocked by some new revelations, but I knew that wasn't going to happen in the first episode.
The first episode refreshes the viewer on what happened, then sets in motion the events that will take place over the rest of the season.
- Locke splits up the LOSTies into the two categories--(The Locke group: don't trust the rescuers, and the Jack group: let's get rescued!)
- There are a total of six survivors from Oceanic Flight 815 brought back to land (another concept ripped from Battlestar Galactica, of the 12 cylon models), three of them currently identified, and they must lie about what happened on the island because Dharma is watching them?
- The rescuers aren't who they said they were! SURPRISE!
Anyway, I expected most of that to happen, and it did, so there were no real twists in the season opener like Season 2, or even the sucky twist in Season 3.
Score? 8/10

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The Story of Titus

To get the full comical effect, it helps if you've read a Scanner Darkly or at least the review down below.The tragic story of a fallen hero who preformed his duties until the end, until he was finally succumbed by his own false identity into a vegetable.

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