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It's Not Supposed To Be Easy...

It's not supposed to be easy here, it's not supposed to be easy. How fun would that be? How much would you learn that way? If everything was just so easy. When it feels like hell that means there's heaven around the corner.

Slippery Bike Ride & Strange Dreams

I barely made it out of the driveway this morning before the bike spun around. Wet snow. Couldn't stop the fall, but apart from the one leg tangled on the one side of the bike it was a soft landing.

The usually so simple route to the station went slow, riddled with obstacles as it was. The speed bumps were the trickiest parts - those square ones that slant to the side. Remind me why they started using those? I met a car near the parking, but didn't want to risk getting out of the tire tracks I was wobbling through, so they made way for me. Thanks, stranger driver.

On the train I look out the window at wonderfully white and deceivingly wet landscapes, yet though they're a rare sight they don't fill me with as much awe as they sometimes do. I look to my phone instead, and type down words for unknown reasons. Blog post potential.

Are the sights not that amazing because I know they'll melt away before the week is over? Because the white wonder betrayed my trust this morning with its deceptive traction? Because I'm just tired after little sleep and long days; without the energy required to feel good things?
Probably the latter.

I started posting last night too. At the NG BBS. Communicating with others. In public. I haven't done that in a while, but when other arduous dues amount what else can you do... it's the fastest escape way. Time flew.

The dreams? Something about One Piece, running, snow (like a premonition) and sitting at home waiting on the zombie apocalypse (I have a topic to thank for that). A blur of emotions. It's a bit late to remember it all - maybe it was washed away with the fall, even if the day has barely begun. I'm done.

I hadn't needed to tread so fast anyway. The train was a few minutes late, and my leg aches now. Tired. On the train to work, trekking the tracks, and wracking my mind for what next to contract. Maybe a nap.

Best not get carried away with the posting tonight. Good night.

The GOG Winter Sale!

The GOG Winter Sale!

It's on! First day with a free giveaway - Grim Fandango. Mystery game stars and deals all the way till Christmas. Background here.

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

They killed off the general way too easily. I was worried he'd seriously hurt Kong, but in the end he didn't manage to do a thing. He ordered his men to do everything for him, and in the end all he'd done was tell them what to do, and hold the detonator, and die. It was disappointing. I'm happy he didn't kill the king, Kong, of course, but at the same time I feel his character slowly wanes with his lack of action - or lack of impact. What did he really accomplish? What was his role? He wasn't the real threat at all. In the end he wasn't more than a thorn in Kong's side, and he outlived even that part so easily... but maybe that was the point. To shove one at our savage side, and to show how insignificant we really are in the face of legends.

Otherwise this was a good movie. I love the fresh take on the old franchise, and the promising end. The way Kong bashes down the helicopters was a real treat to see, too. Unexpected. Surreal. Awesome.

It's a shame about the people, of course, but that part was so well-filmed and animated my expectations for the rest of the movie went sky-high. A shame, because in this case all good things don't last. The CGI looks fake when they close in too much later on, and fuzzy in the fastest scenes. The chemistry between human and animated feels a bit artificial too, like they're not really seeing eye to eye, yet when inanimate-real and animated collide (like those helicopters) it's just fantastic, and Kong's little island utopia/hell is a place full of mystery and history just waiting to be explored.

The whole white-blotch-on-the-map scenario feels ancient and exhilarating, especially in our time - when every rock has been turned, every abyss probed, and all potential elements of magic and myth and unknown explained or done away with... or at least attempted to. The Bermuda Triangle is still pretty fascinating, and it's similar. The closest real life mystery still remaining. It seems like a probable inspiration.

I love the characters. Love the scenery. Love the old bits, pieces and peeps - like the WW2 soldier, played by John C. Reilly. Tom Hiddleston was great. Samuel L. Jackson looked great but did little, and the others... yeah, all were great. Brie Larson looked great, which was clearly her main purpose. It's still that age huh. Even Kong saw the appeal. Love the old stereotypes.

I love it all. And the ending... is that a hint towards the prequel we already had, or even greater things to come?! If it's the latter I'm really looking forward to it. This was a blast.

It's not just the action or the characters: most of all it's the adventure. It's the kind of movie that's clearly not perfect, and clearly won't stand the test of time too well... with regards to effects and what-not, but it has that atmosphere. Of mystery, myth and magic. That's the part I love.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant (2017)

None other than the Alien franchise seems to manage the same sense of isolation, desperation, and hopelessness! I guess with so many prequels under his belt Ridley Scott really knows what he's doing by now.

Are there really no happy endings to this alternate universe, though? They keep taking the perfect endings and destroying them, in the most twisted possible way. Oh, spoiler alert. But you probably know the drill by now.

It's not that I wasn't expecting this one, not at the end, but I still expected... or maybe I hoped? ...for something just a little brighter, this time. Each time it's maybe this time. Some day maybe there'll come one movie that actually ends happily, and goes against all possible expectations entirely. When it ends, maybe? Though maybe it just wouldn't be the same movie if it was. Too Hollywood. Too Human. Too unlike the Alien vein.

Despite and maybe also because of the darkness, this was another great movie though. Space movies lately really convey the vastness of space well, and this is no exception. The special effects are great. It all takes place far from Earth, and is a bit of a spin-off on the earlier Prometheus, where a group of colonists just happen to stumble upon a previously unknown planet that shows great promise, go in for a landing and... you can probably sort of figure out what happens next. It's a welcome return to origins, yet not at all old. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Cook Up A Storm (2017)

Cook Up A Storm (2017)

They sure make cooking look good in movies like this!

Prepare for an Asian cooking competition that's almost more of a magic show than it is culinary. Spectacular cousine and cooking craft a la extraordinaire. Korean VS Chinese, starring Nicholas Tse and Yong-hwa Jung.

What starts as a rivalry and fight between new and traditional; between the old neighborhood and the expanding city, soon turns into friendship, and a fight against a common foe - final face-off against the God of cookery, played by none other than Anthony Chau-Sang Wong. In the movie he also happens to be the father of the Chinese cook. Big plot batter.

It's all presented in the usual way, if you've seen any of these movies before. Flashy settings, fantastic food and a simple but satisfying story on rivalry and parenting... sort of. Nothing too advanced except for the cooking, which when all is done just makes me want to run down to the kitchen and start chopping onions. Or something. I do love food, and there's no better way to get inspired than with a movie like this.

I like the title too. Witty. They cooked up something good.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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