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Eating and Running

First of all, the picture to the left couldn't be more perfect. It makes me laugh (note to reader: it's not me).

It’s kind of interesting how life is like an ocean — it moves like waves. At my small group fellowship on Wednesdays, prayer is always an interesting time. I find that more often than not, our group will pray for things in waves. Every so often when we pray together, a bunch of us will present prayer items that are similar to each other. Our lives are so different, yet in some ways, the paths are parallel.

For those who might not know, I started a new job a few weeks ago, and it’s been great so far. It’s with a company that I worked for in the past, but this time I’m in a different position, with new challenges and responsibilities. I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not, but at the same time for the past 3 weeks, it seems as though every evening after work has been occupied by some sort of activity, be it connecting with friends or just going out to do stuff…

Jackass... IN 3D!!!!!!!! This review in 2D.

So before I talk about Jackass 3D, let me preface it with a real life story. So last week, I bared witness to a Jackass-like scenario. My work's office is on the 21st floor of a building in the upper downtown area where my office space is right by the windows, facing Toronto's west. I've got a great view of the city and an even better view of the apartment building that is right beside ours. So last Friday I was sitting at my desk and out of the corner of my eye, I see a bunch of teenagers hobbling on top of the roof. Bad. You see, the apartment building is about 20 storeys high — a long way to fall. And of course, teens are teens, and you know they're up to no good when they're on roofs. So they're smoking what they're smoking, drinking what they're drinking, walking around on the roof without any sense of balance. I ask one of the managers at the office whether we had the number for security in that building. She instead wisely calls the police. Wh…

The elderly rebel! RED!!!

I love Warren Ellis' work in comics. I think he's a brilliant writer especially his work on Planetary, The Authority and The Astonishing X-Men. Most of the titles that I've read from him dealt with superheroes or at least some in that realm of reality. So when I first heard about Red, I was kinda surprised in that I've never read any of his "real world" material. But anyhow.

Red follows a group of retired CIA agents as they flee from government agents who are chasing them for some unknown reason. The retirees are a unique group and in fact are labeled as R.E.D. because they are "Retired and Extremely Dangerous". The team is led by Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) who is a retired ex-black ops agent. He swoons a pension officer (Mary Louise Parker) who is then whisked away into the James Bond-ian like adventure that she's always dreamed of. They're joined by a bevy of retirees as they balance fleeing with crime solving as they try to crack the myst…

The Social Network

Before the movie was released, I admit that my interest in this movie was nil. A movie about the creation of Facebook and its associated legal dilemmas just didn't seem compelling. When the trailer was released earlier this summer, the internets raved about the powerful and emotional clip that many praised as a work of art in itself. I didn't quite understand the clamor; I was still nonplussed. If anything, I was intrigued at the collaboration of director David Fincher and scriber Aaron Sorkin. But then it was released, and the reviews were raving, with an outstanding 97% on Rottentomatoes and a 95 critical score on Metacritic. So with my eyebrow raised, I had to see it for myself.

Without getting too much into the story, The Social Network follows Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, as he goes through some personal and legal trials in the creation of the ubiquitous Facebook. The movie was interesting in that it didn't follow the conventional three act structure. Instead, w…

Hatchet Follow-Up: Hatchet II gets the hatchet

So there's been a bit of controversy regarding the release of Hatchet II this last weekend. It was prematurely pulled from the screens on Sunday night. There's a few floating reasons as to why. Though the official word is due to the poor performance, many think it has to do with the "unrated" rating that the movie carries. It may be true, as AMC usually carries a handful of indie movies that don't generally do well. Here's the article:

Just got word that Adam Green's Hatchet II has been pulled from U.S. theaters.

This comes in the wake of Canada's decision over the weekend to similarly block the film from the theatrical circuit.

I'm being told a "full press release" is coming tomorrow and I'm curious to see how they're going to spin this. The film opened in 68 theaters taking in an estimated $900 per screen grossing - around $60 thousand at the box office. It was playing without a rating at AMC theaters.

The original The La…

Victor Crowley lives!!!!! HATCHET II arrives!!!!!!!

You know, I feel blessed living in Toronto. You see, for a limited time, Hatchet II is screening in select cities across the USA and Canada. The AMC theater in downtown Toronto is one of 2 theaters across Canada participating. Even though The Social Network and Let Me In were released (both to raving reviews), the chance to see a Hatchet movie on the big screen was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up.

Hatchet II picks up immediately where the first one left off. The lone survivor, Marybeth (Danielle Harris), is fending off an angry and injured Victor Crowley in the swamps of Louisiana near New Orleans. Victor Crowley is of course the hatchet wielding killer — a deformed ogre-like hillbilly that lurks in the swamps. She frees herself from his clutches and makes her way back to New Orleans, to the shop of one Reverend Zombie (Tony Todd), the mysterious magician like shopkeeper that directed the previous group to Crowley in the first place. Marybeth, wanting revenge on Crowley, dem…

Oh Me

Hey friends. Sorry for the lack of updates and stuff in this past week. I started and stopped 5 different posts. I'll complete them soon! This week I was pretty busy and also pretty intentionally lazy. And I do say intentionally. Life is at an interesting point right now. It's too much to write about, but I heard the following joke a few years ago, and I think it sums things up:

A big storm approaches. The weatherman urges everyone to get out of town. The priest says, "I won't worry, God will save me". The morning of the storm, the police go through the neighborhood with a sound truck telling everyone to evacuate. The priest says "I won't worry, God will save me".

The storm drains back up and there is an inch of water standing in the street. A fire truck comes by to pick up the priest. He tells them "Don't worry, God will save me."

The water rises another foot. A National Guard truck comes by to rescue the priest. He tells them &q…