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Globs Of Slime

Don't you just hate it when you've been lying in bed for a while just collecting globs of slime to spit out, and then someone enters your room and asks you something so you have to swallow it all and answer? No? Well just thought I'd share the experience...

Week 50 - Movies

It's been a good week!

Apparently I made the cut for that commercial I spoke about earlier, which should be airing soon; might be popping up around YT as I write this (though only locally - I doubt you international majority viewers will see any Swedish cellphone commercials on your side of the world), which is awesome! Getting the first job you apply for probably isn't the norm either. :P It filled up my bank account just in time, with funds finally reaching null after steady decline.

I'll be studying a third Creative Writing course next semester (alongside potential work), I've been playing around with 'something else' and 'nothing special' and will probably have both of those done tomorrow (it's really something else... nothing special!), I signed up for the yearly Christmas Collab at NG, sent in a custom card for the holiday-specific card exchange, spent a day shopping presents with a buddy and I've been watching a buncha movies. I'm all caught up on anime, NG, and I wish I could say the same for this site but at least I posted a ton of reviews today. And before that: created shortcodes for all future review ratings. Now, instead of typing in:

<span class="rated1">1/5</span>

I can just type in rated1, with brackets, and WP will transform it to the above. :) There's also the added benefit that I'll be able to change the appearance of all ratings in one swoop instead of having to go through them one by one, or by doing a database search... as I will to change all existing ratings after this. Shortcodes are way better than just custom CSS styling for simple containers, I'll probably be using them for all kinds of content blocks this next year. Probably to create all kinds of new content blocks I'll soon realize I don't actually need and later remove, but until that day I'm hyped up about this newly discovered feature!

I'm trying to get some work done on the layout as well, hoping but not really expecting to have the renovation done before the new year arrives. There's so much stuff to go through.

Speaking of stuff to go through, I started this month by throwing together a BAT file for advent calenders , just like I did last year. For the first week or so I checked all of them every day, for the second week mostly every day, this week... mostly not at all. It feels time is a lacking and this is just a waste of time. If I win something it wouldn't be, but since I still haven't won anything (not last year either) I'm loosing motivation a bit.

It's a bit late, but here's this years list of links. Just click the .BAT and they'll all open up in your browser, preferably when your browser is already open or they might all open up in new windows rather than tabs. You can also right click and 'edit' the file to see there's nothing fishy going on, it's just a list of links.

So... elsewise? GOG just started their winter sale and as usual they're using their unorthodix business models to lure me in and make me buy a ton of games. Fortunately it looks like I've already bought most of them. :)

Collected Bullfrog Classics

I was made aware of Wifog too, a brand new Swedish service provider offering an alloted amount of free calls/messages every month as well as unlimited surf as long as you watch a minute-long ad every two hours or 100 megabytes. So basically, an ad-financed cellphone subscription, for free. Sound good? I thought so too, so of course I ordered a card.

Thank You For Your Order!

I'm not much for cellphones, but for the rare occasions when I might need one this seems perfect. It's now 23:23 so this seems like the right place to end this post. Hope the next one will be just as full of only good news! Here's last week.

The 51st State (2001)

The 51st State (2001)

I don't know why, but for some reason I was under the impression that Xhibit had the lead role in this movie. Turns out it was Samuel Jackson, and that's great, I couldn't think of a more fitting main character!

I remember watching this movie on VHS a great many years ago, and watching it again, a few of the scenes (especially towards the end) ring a bell, but fortunately they do so in retrospect as not to spoil the rest of the movie for me. Somewhere in the back of my mind I'm certain the ending was a happy one though... was the back of my mind correct? No spoilers. :)

As for the plot, it's about a drug, a '51st state of mind', a drug that is 51 times stronger than cocaine, which exists solely in the head of the rather controversial main character Elmo McElroy, the only black dude I've ever seen wearing a quilt (at the end of the movie it is mentioned that no one ever found out why he wore a quilt... but considering his name, is it really that strange?).

His name brings another consideration into mind, the one that he and the secondary main character Felix DeSouza (a very patriotic anti-Yankee, Liverpool supporter with a hitwoman as ex-girlfriend) and him aren't too different after all, even though the one seems to hate Yanks as much as the other hates Brits. Well maybe not really the same, but there's a lot of cultural crashing going on at the start of the movie, and it keeps going for quite some time until they team up and become best (but still a bit distant) buddies.

Another fun thing about this movie is Meat Loaf making an appearance as the main villain. I wouldn't have known it was him unless I peeked at the IMDB cast list, but as it turns out he's a pretty intense actor! Emily Mortimer appearing as an assassin seems like another granted choice, considering her role as assassin in other known movies. So to sum it up: the actors are an awesome bunch of people and strongly enforce the at times normal, at times rather bizarre, plotline of the movie. Some things you'll expect, somethings not, but it's a constantly violent and likewise entertaining voyage through the slums (and other parts of) England.

The 51st State is an interesting title, since it doesn't only refer to the drug, but also to England being 'just the 51st state of the US' as the Lizard so humbly puts it at the end. So it seems the movie is a bit more symbolic than you'd expect. You can watch it just for the action, for the grim comedy, or you can take in the little details that form some sort of secondary layer of intrigue. Definitely one of Samuel Jacksson's less known, better movies. Good watch.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Taxi (2004)

Taxi (2004)

The 2004 version of Taxi is Luc Besson's remake of his originally French series of Taxi movies featuring the previous star Samy Naceri, now with Queen Latiffa as lead character. The roles are pretty much all switched up since the old days aaand so is the location, it's now in New York!

A lot of people seem to have a lot of negative things to say about this movie: that the Americanization ruined the previous light-hearted humor, the change of locale didn't work very well, that it's trying to appeal to all types of audiences, and well, I agree with all of those points, but I still like it!

Even if it is Americanized, catered towards certain audiences and the overall atmosphere has been greatly renovated... it's a great movie. There's action, there's drama, there's romance (though mostly just relationship trouble) and there's definitely plenty of comedy. The actors all play their roles well, they're all charismatic, and the car chases certainly manage to seem faster than they are, so what's there to complain about? The only thing that really sucked is the cover.

It'll never be like the old Taxi movies, true, but disregarding previous titles this is one of the more entertaining action comedies of the year. Seems like everything Luc Besson makes is worth a watch; this is no exception.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Infestation (2009)

Infestation (2009)

B-movies. It's like they're made for me. Like they're Bob movies.

Yeah the acting could be better, and yeah the props and special effects aren't always perfect, but they're always entertaining. Action, comedy, a set of characters you probably haven't seen in other movies, filmography that freely experiments with different effects and props, all the while working on a tight budget... and sometimes making a movie that actually keeps you interested all the way through. These might be the type of movies I enjoy the most, ones that surprise me, ones that entertain, ones that always deliver something different!

Like a post-apocalyptic world infested by insects, with a little romance, a little relationship and family drama, a grand adventure and a bunch of explosions and splatter. Not the best movie I've seen, but definitely not the worst either. And it's never boring!

 rated 3/5: not bad

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