Archive for January, 2008

Cloverfield

Posted in Movie Reviews on January 27, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: Cloverfield

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, Odette Yustman

Genre: Action/Thriller

Status: In Theatres

Plot Summary: While filming a going away party for his friend Rob (Stahl-David), Hud (Miller) records what happens when something attacks New York City.

Review: Not too bad. It was action-packed and had some great sequences showing show. There were some slow parts that would usually bother me in a movie like this, but it was actually kind of a relief from the constant movement of the handheld style camera movements. The camera style was a bit strange to follow at times, but it gave it a pretty cool look. My first reaction to the ending is one of those “That’s it?” kind of endings, but looking back on it, it makes a lot of sense. I liked it, but I think I may need to see it again to get the full effect.

Rating: 4.5/5

First Quarter

Posted in Kyle's Shitty Lifestyle on January 25, 2008 by coryangennet

Well, since I came up with this amazing idea a month into my second quarter here at the GrandMarc, I’ll have to let you all know about the stuff that happened in the first.

(Just to forewarn, these events may not be in chronological order, but you’ll get the gist of it.)

It all started when we moved in.  Of course, it was a little awkward for us all at first.  I mean, 4 guys who had never met, yeah.  However, it all got worse as we decided to go out and check out the surroundings as a group, but Kyle didn’t really feel like it.  That’s fine, but after it started being a regular occurrence that he would rather stay in that come to do random things with us, it became apparent that he just didn’t want to hang out with us.  So that was the end of our reach out program.

We soon came to realize that while we went out to eat and see weird Wes Anderson indie flicks, he’s at home watching things like The Food Network, The Animal Planet or The Discovery channel.  Or if he felt like watching something with a real storyline he would pop in one of his classic DVDs, such as, A Bug’s Life, The Phantom of the Opera or just kick back and watch some 2006 Winter Guard Awards Competition (yeah, girls swirling flags and dudes spinning fake guns, which he still has in the apartment, by the way).

So now that we’ve figured out what he’s been doing while we were gone, let’s take a look at the odd things he did when we were here.  Well first of all he takes Ritalin, which I know isn’t his fault, but I don’t think drinking a 20 oz energy drink right after is a great idea.  I don’t know if it was a side-effect, but he tended to bounce around a lot more around these times.  Remember, he’s culinary, so he has a really spiffy knife set.  I was watching the movie Halloween on AMC and he stood in the middle of the room and sharpened one of his la-a-a-arge knives.  That’s just creepy.  In fact he did quite a lot of creepy things.  Some of those include his way of always having the most awkward way of starting conversations, and asking those weird mother-like questions like “How was your day?” or “Are you feeling better today?”, as well as his odd offers of money, groceries, & what-have-you.  But probably one of the more creepier things is his crazy way of randomly storming out of the room, or just staying locked in his bedroom while we had people over.  I would say he’s one of the creepiest people I’ve ever known.  Of course, towards the end of the term, we all stayed up late doing projects, getting ready to leave, and what not.  However, while we were doing this he would hang out in his room, and when we all went to bed, he decided to come out, work, and cook at absurd times of the night.

He’s not only creepy, boring, and completely unsocial, he’s quite unhealthy in many ways.  From what we could tell, he never used the shower that was provided in the bathroom that was attached to his bedroom.  Also, in his bedroom, was a large desk that we helped him and his mom bring up.  However, he did not use the desk for work (he did most of his work sprawled out on the living room floor…) but for throwing his unwashed clothes on top of.  Now, not only did his clothes cover his desk, but towards the end of the term they started to spill over into the living room.  But wait, there’s more!  He’s a culinary student, as I mentioned already.  That means that he is a chef, so you’d think that he would keep his workspace (aka the kitchen that the four of us share) clean.  But he didn’t.  In fact, it was quite the opposite.  It was always dirty.  The stovetop was always a mess, and the fridge was completely overloaded with his mess of his crappy pots and pans of his crappy leftover dishes.  In his bedroom, we once found a glass of some liquid with a nice layer of mold on top, which was right next to his pillow.  That doesn’t even effect us, that’s just unhealthy for him…  One thing that did effect us was when, during one of the first weeks, he brought out a bag of grapes, which he then left out for another week or two and they attracted some amazing little friend to our apartment, some lovely fruit flies that didn’t go away for a few days.  And who could forget the surprise I found when I came back during break to drop my sister off at the airport.  Let’s just say there was mold and dirt that was left from before break, that still wasn’t picked up.  I almost vomited.

So, if you didn’t get it from this long, long, long post, Kyle is a horrible fucking roommate.  To sum up how horrible he is, his actual in-room roommate left.  He moved away to another school (granted, there were other reasons, but still…).  He’s a douche.

Prelude to the Shit

Posted in Kyle's Shitty Lifestyle on January 25, 2008 by coryangennet

So, in October of 2007 I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to attend the Art Institutes International Minnesota (Ai for short). In doing so, I moved into a school-sponsored apartment with 3 other roommates; Jared, Brandon, and, of course, Kyle. Kyle is a culinary student, who has had a long history just being a crappy roommate. This blog category will be dedicated to the stupid, annoying, nasty things that he has done so far. I will update this, probably weekly, with a new addition to Kyle’s Shitty Lifestyle.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Posted in Movie Reviews on January 21, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall

Genre: Musical/Thriller

Status: In Theatres

Plot Summary: Sweeney Todd (Depp) has returned to London after being put in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, with a little help from a pie baker, Mrs. Lovett (Carter), Sweeney Todd plans his revenge on the judge that took his life away.

Review: I’m not really a fan of musicals, but the fact that this one was quite gruesome and funny made that all right. The “singing” was, more or less, that talk-singing you get with musicals, which I don’t really understand. I think they repeated every song at least once throughout the movie, which got a little boring, but they all had their reasons for being sung at the particular time. I went into it thinking that the story was pretty straightforward, but there were some amazing surprise twists in there that I did not see coming. All the actors did an amazing job and I think I would tell everyone to see this, even people that aren’t fans of musicals.

Rating: 4.5/5

The Orphanage [El Orfanato]

Posted in Movie Reviews on January 12, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: The Orphanage [El Orfanato]

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep

Genre: Thriller/Drama

Status: In Theatres

Plot Summary: Laura (Rueda), her husband Carlos (Cayo) and their son Simon (Príncep) move the house where Laura grew up and decide to re-open it as an orphanage. Soon after, however, Simon starts to meet some new invisible friends which leads to a grim discovery about the history of the house.

Review: Despite the douchebag of a guy sitting next to me screaming and laughing at everything, I really enjoyed this one. It’s only the second Spanish film I’ve seen (the other being Pan’s Labyrinth) and I liked this one much better. It’s portrayed as a full-on thriller, and it has some really great thriller moments, but in the end, it’s quite a nice drama. It’s not the easiest to follow at times, in fact I’m still a little confused on what some of the scenes were about, but it still makes up for a great film. It’s overall feel reminded me of Dark Water (I don’t know why I didn’t review that one…), except much better. It’s a great movie if you want to be generally creeped out, but if you’re not a fan of reading subtitles, this one isn’t for you.

Rating: 4.5/5