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Week 3 - Threedom

Three musicalish posts, three techish posts, three quote rations, three overdue reviews, and I just ordered some DDR3 RAM to upgrade my gaming computer. Also here's three recent albums on YT (by people I follow).

It's starting to fall into place. I'm slowly settling in(to the New Year), and though I was also planning on posting three music reviews, three anime reviews, three game reviews and three other posts too before I posted this... I'm still pretty happy with the daily does. Not thinking, just doing - that's the secret. Getting up before lunch is another secret. And this post is just slightly delayed, right? Just a couple of days. Just one day and one morning. Just one day and barely a night of sleep. Just one of those three, btw - whichever you prefer. No need to add up the times. That's just how these things are phrased. I'm feeling positive today. And efficient. Abrupt-like. Short sentences. Period. I'm back on D-Vitamin supplements too. Maybe that's the third secret.

Week 3 has been a good week overall. I've bought two packs of 24 vanilla popsicles each at just one dollar a piece, on two occasions. Yes that is one dollar for each pack. Organic. Bourbon vanilla. Real cream. No glucose shit. Insane price for quality ice cream. Less than a dollar per liter. If it wasn't a train ride away (on the way from work), from home I'd probably have filled the freezer, and the ones I did buy are disappearing at an alarming rate at home. Too much ice cream. Overall way too much sweet stuff lately. I apparently gained 10 kg this Christmas. Which is too much. Not all at once, but it all amounts quicker than you might realize if you don't get in some serious exercise sessions amidst all that good food. Time to make it like a trend: a passing fat.

Speaking of food: the whole family got together for an after-work dinner at Sally & Systrar this Wednesday, when my brother was in Stockholm for the day. Great food. Great visit. Real lifter of spirits. I took a shopping tour the day after, and watched a movie with a buddy (Top Secret! I mean that's the name of the movie), and went shopping both days of the weekend too. Tis been a rush. I've also started playing games again, which I shouldn't because I really don't have the time, and started reading Death Note, which is better than expected. I expect I might plow through most of the remaining books this week.

In computer news I've switched out my recently upgraded 5GB to 8GB (four identical 400MHz 2GB DDR2 - brand unremembered). I probably did something wrong during the upgrade, because right after the switch the computer wailed as soon as I turned it on. Panic. Calm. I took out the RAM and put it back in again, two at a time... and they all worked. No problems at all. Maybe one was loose. Maybe a cable was hanging over the mobo. I really don't know yo. I'm just happy it worked out.

Btw, ever considered following half an onion on Twitter? And if you're looking for last week's weekly post, here you go. That's all for now. I'm off to play some DOOM before a new day's nigh. Times fly.

CDB Updates:

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Your Purpose In Life...

Your purpose in life is to find your purpose.

Though I hear Buddha didn't really say this, it still seems purposeful.

Go Goa Gone (2013)

Go Goa Gone (2013)

It's the Bollywood Harold & Kumar! The Bollywood Pineapple Express!

Well not really, but there are some similarities. If nothing else it's a Bollywood zombie movie, starring Vir Das and Kunal Khemu as the buddies Luv and Hardik (it does make for a joke), who after getting into an untraditional low decide they need a breath of fresh air, and wind up with a girl at a party arranged by the Russian mob, on a remote island near Goa. It's a wild night, full of booze and drugs they can't afford.

Which is good, because apparently those drugs turn everyone into zombies, and when they wake up in the morning... the party's pretty dead. You could say they're the life of the party, though they do their best to escape it as soon as possible, and pick up the girl on the way.

The zombie island idea isn't all new, but this particular approach feels pretty fresh, and when the Indian Russian Boris (Saif Ali Khan) appears, along with his more Russian buddy, things get interesting.

The zombies look authentic, the action's badass, and the intrigue's not all bad either. The jokes are mostly harmless, and the setting either light and fun, or somewhat unsettling. It's a strange hybrid, but effective, and in the end a much appreciated addition to the zombie genre. The movie is as it sounds: playful, with a little romance and decent dose of action.

Alternative stylistic title image: here.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

The Last Man On Earth (1964)

The Last Man On Earth (1964)

Well that was depressing.

This is the movie that I Am Legend (2007) was based upon, and if you've seen that one you pretty much know what this one's all about. Only it's in black and white, and stars the legendary Vincent Price instead of (the equally legendary) Will Smith, as Dr. Robert Morgan - the last man alive. In the newer movie his name is Robert Neville.

It builds on some some not very future-proof theories as to the source and working of the plague that rid the world of life and turned the world population into zombies vampires. They make sense of it in the movie, though it doesn't sound much like the sense of today.

The dystopian world is realistic though, and even if the zombie vampire threat is never all that intense, they do manage to keep it eerie and airy, like the steps the last man treads above.

The world looks convincing, and both narrative and flashbacks do their part, but the acting has a tinge of old to it, forced and awkward. No doubt this is all due to dated vocabularies, expectations, emotional responses and all that. Time may stand still in the movie, but not in the real world. In a sense, the contrast adds to the eeriness, painting a picture of a world that no longer is, as well as one that never was.

We follow Robert Morgan as he does his bid in cleaning up the world, and surviving, though the focus in finding a cure is lost in lack of time. He does cure one girl though, before the mutated close in on him and kill him. And so... the last man of Earth is gone.

I'll admit it was a bit slow, which is probably to be expected from a fifty year-old movie, but you start living into the world of the movie as it moves onward, matching the pace, and when it's all over... it's like a nail in the coffin. They bring you in slowly - into this outdated dystopia, and you don't realize the lid's going on until it's all over and everything is black. It doesn't compare to the new in terms of intensity, but the atmosphere and build-up's stood time well.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Check out the IMDB page for Vincent Price's list of merits if you haven't btw. Though he starred in many a low-budget film, he managed an impressive 200 titles, and kept acting until the day he died - 82 years old. I think I've seen him in other titles before this one...

Trolls (2016)

Trolls (2016)

Here's a cute, creative, fun, animated flick full of music. It's a bit like The Grinch, but with trolls. Trolls, you know? Like the little ones in the cover image.

The Bergens (like the evil-looking one in the cover image) are the threat here - and their unhealthy obsession to eat trolls in order to gain happiness. To make a long story short: one day the trolls are kidnapped, and Poppy - the great king's daughter, embarks on a quest to get them back! She's the most positive one of the bunch, and by her side she has Branch, who is all the opposite. Of course, polar opposites attract each other, even if takes a while before they realize it.

They're voiced by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, btw, and there's some Gwen Stefani, Russell Brand, James Corden and even some John Cleese in there too - playing the Bergen king of all people bergens.

The voicing is good, the animation's refreshingly imaginative - with some musical bits, and plenty of comedy and atmosphere. With a crazy creative bunch of main characters and suitable milieu in style of old fairy tales, it makes for a pretty fast-paced and feelgood adventure! One that appeals to all ages, and has a moral to it too: happiness is inside all of us. Sometimes, we just need some help to bring it out.

Or better yet, here's my personal interpretation: you don't need to eat to be happy. You're already full of it! ;)

Overall it was a bit fast and frantic sometimes, with a somewhat anti-climatic finale (too simple), but I did get a few laughs, and a lingering smile when it's all over.

 rated 3/5: not bad

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