Dracil’s BlogJournal

August 29, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. me

Filed under: games, movies, Reviews — Tags: , , , , , — dracil @ 11:08 pm

I guess some people want me to blog, so I’ll write something.  It’s not like anyone really reads my Google Buzz, which usually gets reposted on Facebook anyway, and Facebook is not really suited for long posts.

So I saw this the week before my birthday as part of an early birthday celebration.  I think it’s now one of my favorite movies and I wouldn’t mind watching it again in theaters and will almost definitely buy the blu-ray when it comes out.

It’s a travesty that Vampire Suck is doing better than this.  What a sad state the world is in.

Anyway, since I became a little obsessed, I got the original comic books and the game and finished both within the week.  The comic book differs quite a bit from the movie after the third ex-boyfriend.  Some of the events also get shifted around for the movie, lines are said by different characters, and so on.  But otherwise it’s a pretty good adaption.

The video game follows the comic book for the most part, with some liberal interpretation to make the stages and bosses interesting, and also so you can play a bunch of different characters, not just Scott.

The first ex, I think all three mediums were awesome.  The second ex, I think the movie was the best.  The third ex, I think movie won out there as well.  The fourth ex, the comic book gives some more backstory and other characters, so I think the comic book wins there.  The fifth and six ex, comic book wins.  The movie’s fights for them was just dumb and boring.  The seventh ex, the movie was more fun, though it had a bit of a cliched lesson thing.  Comic book was a bit convoluted for this one, and almost deux ex machina in feeling.

Because of the additional backstory, the characters also make a bit more sense in the comic books which was just glossed over but still worked out okay in the movie.

The video game for the most part gets the same ratings as the comic book as far as plot goes, with bizarre endings, buggy crashes, 4-player co-op and a fun leveling system and a nice old-school feel that’s been missing from most modern games.

Both the movie and game had some nice music.  Obviously the comics do not have music, but it does come with lyrics, guitar tabs, and music suggestions the author used for inspiration.


June 13, 2009

Dine about Town and Up

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — dracil @ 9:31 am

Thursday I went to Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine with Jenny for lunch for Dine About Town.  The appetizer sampler was nice in its variety (Sampler Trio – Crunchy Golden Lobster Potsticker, Teppanyaki Seared Shrimp and a daily Sushi Bite).  I liked my main course, which was “short ribs” (Honey Mustard Garlic-Charred Beef Short Ribs – Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Natural Sauce) though it had no actual rib.  Jenny had fish (Roy’s Classic Roasted Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi with Lobster Butter Sauce) which she thought was a bit dry.    The dessert was Hawaiian Passion Fruit Tart which we thought was meh.  She doesn’t like fruit, and I thought the fruits were too sour.

After work, we went to see Up in 3D.  Story itself was kinda touching but predictable in all aspects.  The 3D effect was well-done.  Haven’t actually seen 3D movies since I was a kid at Disneyland and the glasses were still red and blue.  I guess the glasses they have now are basically polarizers.  I wonder what would happen if I used my camera polarizer, would it work, or are the 3D effects tuned for these glasses?  We did notice that without the glasses, everything looked blurry, and fast moving things didn’t look smooth.  The glasses were also a bit uncomfortable, hanging out further out on my nose than my normal glasses, making it feel weird/itchy.

October 16, 2008

Dragonball movie? Wut?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — dracil @ 8:30 am

Teaser Trailer

I can’t believe Stephen Chow put his name on this.

The question is whether or not this will be worse than the old live-action Dragonball movie.

June 7, 2008

Sex and the City

Filed under: movies, Reviews — Tags: , , , , , — dracil @ 12:49 am

This was agreed on with Leqi about last weekend.  She texted me and asked if I wanted to see it on Wed, but I had Dine About Town, so we set it for today.

After I got out of the station, I noticed a mini protest (Free the Cuban Five), so I whipped out my camera and started taking pictures.  One of the people actually came up to me and asked if I was a reporter.  :D  That was kinda cool, and I don’t even have a telephoto lens yet.  If only he knew I was committing a very newbie mistake at the time (forgot to check my ISO so everything was shot at ISO 1600) :P

Called Leqi who was inside already.  Was going to get Out The Door for dinner but they were closed for repairs.  We ate at Buckhorn Grill instead.  She got some salad and I got sirloin tri-tip. Wasn’t bad actually (I don’t have too high an expectation of food court food).  The meat was a bit tough though/the knives weren’t sharp enough.

We got there 15 minutes before the show started but it was pretty much packed already.  We ended up with 3rd row seats, which kinda sucked, because this was also Leqi’s first time in an American movie theater (the 8:15 show was actually sold out, or we would’ve gone for that, instead we settled for 7:15).

As expected, it was mostly women.  If there was a guy, he was almost certainly with a girl.  Though I did see at least one gay couple and a group of three guys with girls (so at least one of the guys was not attached).  Definitely a chick flick.

That said, the movie was pretty cool.  I mean, it still had the basic romantic comedy formula I’ve described before, but since there were four women, there was more variation.  It also had some funny moments, including one really funny one that was perfect in the context of the movie.  So I thought that was great.  It also helped that the audience was generally in the right mood too which made the film more enjoyable.  Given that I’ve never seen Sex and the City before, I’d say the movie was very well done, though there was at one critical part of the story that required a pretty heavy dose of suspension of disbelief.  The movie also definitely earned its R rating with exposed breasts and one penis.

As I was going home, I took advantage of the fact that I had my camera to take a picture of the rare clear sky here.  Made me really wish I had a tripod though.  Even laying the camera on my bag caused some slight movement.  Not sure if it was ’cause of movement after the shutter press (even with a 2 second timer) or the wind.  One of the better shots was actually handheld too.

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