August 27, 2004

My Blog works again!!!

yeah, i couldnt get on my blog before... stupid newman. anyway, thanks to kordik for helpin me out.

i love school, can i just say that. i love it. anyway, sar's comin down this weekend, so that should be a good fun time. thats all for now.

oh wait, one more thing! i got a Gmail account!!!!! swwweeeeeeeeet.... hollimer at gmail dot com if you wanna email me there

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August 19, 2004

i heart my iPod

my attempts at being an artistic photographer don't forget to vote for it... :)

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August 15, 2004

How I Spent My Summer Vacation -or- M. Night Shyamalan, I Want My Money Back

My number one evening activity this summer has been going to or just watching movies at home. This summer, I saw Spiderman 2, Garden State, Collateral, King Arthur, Anchorman, Dodgeball, I Robot, the Bourne Supremecy, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, Scarface, Harry Potter 3, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Perfect Score, 50 First Dates, Eurotrip, Barbershop, Shrek 2, The Day After Tomorrow, Chasing Liberty, Saved, one movie that I will go into detail later on, and a bunch more that I'm sure I'm forgetting, not to mention a bunch of movies I saw for the second or more times, that werent new releases. I'm generally not picky when it comes to the cinema; I have a broad taste in movies, and I can usaully find some redeeming qualities in every movie. I know, when I go to see a movie, that it isn't necessarily going to be the next Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, Forest Gump, or Star Wars. Movies are made to entertain, and I know that, and remember that when I go to see a movie, but one movie pushed it too far.


Yeah, so Shyamalan makes this movie, it does totally awesome, and hollywood thinks he's Midas. Alas, they were wrong. Sixth Sense: Great movie; That Bruce Willis/Samuel Jackson movie: Good movie, but nobody saw it... hell, I dont even remember what its called; Signs: I liked it, many didn't. I think it depends on the viewing conditions, I saw it in the theatre with a packed, very responsive audience; The Village: Good movie.... except that whole plot thing.

The premise of the movie is, if you don't know, is a small village, surrounded by forest is completly cut off from the rest of the world by the threat of "Those-who-cannot-be-named" (Harry Potter anyone?). So they go about their amish-like existence, following the leadership of the "Elders." These elders make all the crucial decisions that need to be made in this isolated village, they were the original members of the village, that brought everyone there. In this movie, the creatures come out of the forest, breaking their truce with the villagers, and killing the livestock and dogs of the village, putting "the bad color" (red) on all their front doors.

About 15 minutes into the movie, I began to think, "what if this was all a big hoax, like the Truman Show (see good movie)?" The more I watched, the more puzzled I became as to the flow of the story. Where the hell is he taking this? Finally, my gest of an idea became true when the blind girl, sent to the outside to get medicines for her dying husband, scaled a ten foot wall, and hopped out to be stopped by a forest preserve guard. That's right, these people left civilization because of familial tragedies, running away from life's problems, instead of facing them and dealing. Then they wind up having to face the problems again.

Now some people will tell you, "You didn't like it because it's intelectual. You just didn't get it." Hell no, I got it. It isn't technology and other people that are the problem it is humanity itself that is flawed. I got it, you can't simply run away from murder, theivery and the like. Ok Shyamalan, cool concept, crappy way of carrying it out. The long and short of this bloggness is that Shyamalan needs to give me my money back, because for all i can remember its the only movie that I have ever said is bad.

For a totally opposite opinion of an entirely different movie, read my upcoming review of Garden State.... By far the most awesomest movie of the summer. I may come back and change this some, I may not. Thats all for now.

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