Monday, December 31, 2007

Best and only 2007 Movies

Here is the definitive list of films I saw in the theatre during the 2007 calendar year, with a (very) short review of each. A keen person may be able to glean a top five list from this, but you shouldn't strain yourself.

  • Zodiac
Very good by-the-numbers retelling of one of the most interesting unsolved cases in US history.
  • TMNT
Good kiddie fare. Makes sly references to the previous (live action) films. Kind of repetitive from an adult perspective.
  • Grindhouse
Gritty. Violent. Machine Gun Leg.
  • Spiderman 3
Dancing Emo Spiderman limps out of the franchise with a mediocre showing. Love Bruce Campbell.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's end
Disappointing and derivative ending to what could have been a great series.
  • Ocean's Thirteen
Makes up for a weak "Ocean's Twelve" with a great heist flick, dripping in style.
  • Ratatouille
Surprisingly touching, great looking film, though not as rich as some earlier Pixar work.
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Ass whooping wizard-fighting-wizard action. I regret not seeing this more times in IMAX.
  • The Simpsons Movie
Good continuation of the series, nothing earth shattering, but worth it for both new and jaded fans.
  • Stardust
Sexy steampunkish tale, with an awkward ending. Captain Shakespeare for the win.
  • Superbad
I laughed throughout. I'm not proud of that.
  • The Golden Compass
Uneven adaptation of a fine book, thought the set and costume design is worth it.

This is a slight improvement on last year, when I only saw 11 new films. But it looks like I averaged seeing one new film a month, and half the time I went with friends, so I'm doing OK.

It is of some note that I did not see 300 or Transformers, two huge films in fandom this year. I can't explain my absence at either one, and no excuses will be given.

Happy new year everyone!

Monday, December 24, 2007

My kind of French

After taking about seven years of French language classes, this video by the "Flight of the Conchords" demonstrates my level of French vocabulary and comprehension. I even went as far as taking it as an option, after it no longer became a mandatory requirement. I was working under bad advice from my counsellors and parents that a second language was required to gain admission to university. Thankfully, for my program, it was not.


Monday, December 17, 2007

Inside Jokes Status Report

Here is the current status of some inside jokes that Slashboing has been monitoring:

Beans: Obviously.
Hippo: Maybe.
Waffles: N'pas.

More on these as they develop.

That is all.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Nablopomo: I did it.

I have successfully finished Nablopomo 2007, posting to Slashboing once a day for the month of November. I'm fairly proud of my content, with very few posts for the sake of posting.

I'll be taking a bit of a hiatus for the month of December, with fewer posts than usual.

Peace out.