March 2004 Archives

Secret Window, starring Johnny Depp, was a pretty lousy movie (typical Stephen King fare), so unless you're starving for Depp's great talent, skip it.

I watched 'Dirty Pretty Things' last night, and a thriller is was NOT. Actually, it wasn't much of anything. The characters were a little thin-feeling, and the story wasn't much to write home about, either. Perhaps it's because I had such high expectations (or perhaps it's because it was billed as a 'thriller'), but this movie left me wanting more, much more.

It's a rental, but I'm glad I didn't see it in the theaters.

This is great:

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Some idiot at Level3 misspelled 'Sacramento'.

I highly recommend Monster Lo-Carb, it's the best-testing stuff I've had in a long time. Not to mention the caffeine kick is tremendous.

Well, I'm a big Jack Nicholson fan (who isn't?), so maybe that's a great part of the reason for liking 'About Schmidt', because I probably wouldn't really like it with any other actor.

Jack's stoic character was absolutely great, and there are some scenes that are just hilarious.

Netscape Navigator

Netscape has been reduced to this? Bleh. You've got to be kidding me.

Last night I saw 'Roger and Me', which is an early Michael Moore production about Flint, Michigan's economic loss when GM closed down its plant there.

I wasn't interested so much in the GM portion of it (frankly, there wasn't much involvement from GM in this video anyways), but rather the community's dealing with the situation. I found it interesting (in a comically twisted fashion) that the leadership of Flint built all sorts of fancy art buildings, pavilions, and even brought in a Hyatt Regency (all of which later went bankrupt, within a 9-month period, I believe). It was sadly amusing, as I'm well aware of the culture in those parts, and even had the residents had jobs, I'm doubting those attractions would have had sustainable revenue in the long term.

Later, in the middle of the 'documentary', I was totally unprepared for a gruesome segment in which this derelict gal in Michigan hits a rabbit on the head with a pipe, hangs him from a tree, and then skins him.

I was at Wells Fargo on Castro in Mountain View this morning before work, getting a money order for my new apartment, and my teller was a guy from Indiana (he made a comment when he took my driver's license). He graduated from IU in Bloomington, and can't find a job yet in Computer Systems Management, he said. He also claimed he's running for Nike in the Olympics...

Faisal's leaving reminds me of my own situation - in 3 months I'll be saying bye to the Bay area for probably a 2 year stretch at least.

I really don't have anything to complain about (other than work), but I hate this feeling of not being settled, it's killing me. And it's becoming harder when friendships grow. All of my life has been this way - that is, except for high school. Being the son of a missionary, and moving school systems and countries every few years, really takes its toll on forming long-term friendships - it's almost like I'm afraid to make long-term ones for fear of their impending dissolution. Terrible thought, I know, but it's something I've had to admit to myself. And all of my long-term friends are married and/or gone far, far away. Thankfully, I have a few really close friends left back in Indiana, but I'm not sure how long they'll be around the area.

I reminisce too much; it's hard not to look across the street and see the buildings where all of us used to love coming in to work every day. Now, it's just a job. And no matter how many friends are still around in the Bay area, it's just not the same, without working alongside them. I'd rather have my fond memories than be reminded of the way it is right now.

This whole 'fantastic job followed by stress and massive layoffs (separate situations) of co-workers' bit has really taken its toll - maybe I let it get to me more than it should, but I'm jaded, nonetheless.

Time to buckle up now, finish out this experience, go back home, think long-term plans through and complete my degree, then see where I'm at.

(And do this all again??)

I don't know exactly _why_ it's 70 degrees here in Mountain View, but I'm sure not complaining.

Shattered, on the other hand, had a _really_ great twist at the end of the movie that's purely shocking. (It's not entirely believable, but that's a different matter.)

Absolutely worthless as a movie, and that's all the time I wish to spend reviewing it.

The more I think about it, the less I liked Mystic River.

It started off great (friends sharing a painful secret), but then became a mess of a story with good acting. As a 'thriller', it fails painfully, yet I understand the crux of the film is the characters. However, the actual true events, when revealed, are so lame and unworthy of any interest. The last 10 minutes or so, in which various small speeches were made, were complete drivel, adding nothing to the story (in fact, detracting much), and making me shake my head upon exit from the theater.

Thankfully, I can't blame Eastwood for the story, that bomb goes to Dennis Lehane.

See this movie, and then see Sleepers, and compare for yourself which is better.

Or, for a movie whose story you'll actually care about, see 21 Grams, instead.

Videopipeline, which Netflix.com uses for their previews, is going out of business:


March 1, 2004
The Supreme Court has chosen not to review the injunction ruling in our case (Video Pipeline v Buena Vista Home Entertainment) that prohibits the creation of clip samples to replace the movie trailers withdrawn by BVHE.
In light of this decision, Video Pipeline Inc. has determined that this business is no longer sustainable, has begun a ninety day 'wind up' process and is accepting no new customers. We will contact current subscribers over the next few weeks with plans for refunding pre-paid subscriptions and to assist you in locating alternate vendors. The company expects to meet most, if not all, of its current obligations to vendors.
Thanks to all our suppliers, distributors, clients and vendors for their support over the last 18 years.

Looks like Lycos dropped their portal strategy, and is now in the 'top X properties' mode, now.

If you haven't yet tried them, I highly recommend Quaker's new Honey Graham Life cereal.

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