Archive for February, 2008

Gone Baby Gone

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags , on February 24, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: Gone Baby Gone

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, John Ashton, Amy Ryan

Genre: Crime / Drama

Status: Out on DVD

Plot Summary: Two detectives, as well as a private investigator, try to find a missing girl, which brings out a much deeper problem.

Review: I’m so glad I finally got around to seeing this movie. I saw trailers before it came out in theaters, but I didn’t have the money or the time to see it. It is definitely one of the better movies I’ve seen in a while, and I’ve seen some good ones. As I expected, there were quite a few plot twists involved, but that can be expected from and crime drama, but this one has some crazy ones. The promo for the DVD release talks of a “Though provoking ending” and that is a huge understatement. It’s an amazing ending, and the majority of my thoughts agree with it, but a little part of me wishes they had gone the other way. So, in short, I’m very thought provoked. It’s an outstanding movie, with great performances all around. Though it ended a bit off, I was quite happy with it overall.

Rating: 4.5/5

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My Musical Endeavor for You All

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags on February 23, 2008 by coryangennet

As much as I love music, I don’t really ever just sit and listen, and not do much of anything else. Tonight (or this morning really), however, I did. I have the Dream Theater: SCORE – 20th Anniversary Tour DVD laying around and I felt like throwing it in.

The track (chapter, I guess…) I landed on was the epic 42-minute track Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. I’m going to assume 99% of you are not familiar with this work, but if you ever get the urge to sit and listen to a long, amazing work of musical art, I *highly* suggest this. It’s 42 minutes broken up into 6 separate stories, each narrating the story of a person afflicted with a different mental illness. So I say, go somewhere and buy it or, hell, even download it. If you’re ever sitting around, or maybe laying in bed, give it a listen. It’s not only amazing when it comes to musicianship, but the song-writing is deep and outstanding.

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Be Kind Rewind

Posted in Movie Reviews on February 22, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: Be Kind Rewind

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow, Melonie Diaz

Genre: Comedy

Status: In Theatres

Plot Summary: Jerry (Black) is an odd mechanic whose brain gets magnetized and he accidentally erases all the tapes in the video store his friend, Mike (Def), works in. To please their best customer, the guys re-shoot them all the movies instead of replacing them.

Review: I’m not really a fan of Jack Black’s acting (Tenacious D is amazing though, look it up) but this one was pretty enjoyable. The beginning is just flat-out funny, but towards the end it turns into a really deep story. Jack Black is the hilarious nitwit of the group, and Mos Def is the more grounded one, but he’s still a funny guy and was a nice compliment to the film. The movie started to go towards the touching side a little early in the film, I thought, but I still loved it.

Rating: 4.5/5

Jumper

Posted in Movie Reviews on February 20, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: Jumper

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane

Genre: Action / Adventure

Status: In Theatres

Plot Summary: David Rice (Christensen) has discovered an amazing new power that allows him to teleport to anywhere in the world. After a while, however, he is discovered by a group of men that are determined to eliminate his kind.

Review: I would consider this one a pretty fun action flick. The story isn’t all that great, but the action and special effects are there to make up for it. The story is, pretty much, the same as all hero movies. Guy has girlfriend, guy gets in trouble, girl gets caught in the middle, guy has to save girl. The ending is a strange one, but at the same time, it’s an interesting one. It’s not the most intellectual movie, but it’s not a bad movie for fun action.

Rating: 3.5/5

In Bruges

Posted in Movie Reviews on February 16, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: In Bruges

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Clemence Poésy, Ralph Fiennes

Genre: Action Comedy

Status: In Theatres

Plot Summary: Two hitmen are set to hide out in Bruges. As much as he hates it, Ray (Farrell) finds some ways to entertain himself.

Review: This was one of those movies that snuck up on me. I’m usually pretty knowledgeable when it comes to what movies are coming out, but I missed this one until I saw the trailer on TV, and I’m glad I did. As my previous reviews will show, I’m kind of a fan of really stupid, immature comedy. However, judging by the old age of rest of the movie-goers that I was in the theater with, this one is quite mature. It was an overall hilarious movie, but it also had some really good slow, serious parts that made the movie a lot more than just a comedy. It wasn’t jaw-dropping amazing, but I would say that it’s a great movie, in almost every aspect, and you should all see it.

Rating: 4.5/5

Saosin / Armor For Sleep / The Bled / Meriwether

Posted in Concert Reviews on February 8, 2008 by coryangennet

Bands:Saosin / Armor For Sleep / The Bled / Meriwether

Date/Time: February 2 @ 5:30

Venue: Station 4, St. Paul, MN

Genre(s): Rock / Screamo

Summary: Awesome show, awesome venue. This was my first experience at Station 4, but it was pretty cool. Nothing fancy, nothing special, just a big room with a stage. The bands were really good, overall.

Meriwether: This being the second time seeing these guys, I was pretty pumped. They’re a great band, really energetic, plus their songs are just really fun to experience live. I would love to see these guys play a longer set sometime.

The Bled: I wouldn’t say I don’t like this band, but they just weren’t really in the same group as the rest of the bands there, so they kind of threw me off. The frontman was really into crowd interaction, so it was fun being close up.

Armor For Sleep: Awesome. These were one of the bands that I had on my list of bands to see, and I’m sure as hell glad I saw them. The crowd interaction wasn’t nearly as good as The Bled’s, but that’s mainly because Ben, the vocalist, plays the guitar, too. However, what they lacked in that aspect they made up for, tenfold, in people singing along. This was a band that I could easily say that they could have played anything and I would have enjoyed it. Just a great band.

Saosin: Just another instance of me going to a show for not the headliner. I love Saosin’s sound, but I just wasn’t as familiar with their material. I only knew a few songs, but even the ones I knew, I didn’t know well enough to sing along to (like everyone else). They’re a great band, I just didn’t know them as well as I should have

Amazing show. The only thing I could have wished for was knowing Saosin’s material better, but that’s my own fault, not the fault of the bands’.

Rating: 4.5/5

January

Posted in Kyle's Shitty Lifestyle on February 4, 2008 by coryangennet

Again, since I got this genius idea late in the month, remembering everything he’s done so far is going to be kind of hard. This entry may be a little short (definitely compared to the last one).

PileLet’s start with his messiness. Since his roommate Brandon moved out, and we never got a new roommate, he has the whole bedroom to himself. Because of this, his shit pile has moved onto the vacant bed. In a way, I’m thankful it’s not piling into the living room anymore, but it’s still unsightly on the rare occasion that he has his door open. He also moved from constant energy drinks to constant Mountain Dew consumption. We figure he went through a 24 pack of it in about a week and half. Now that really doesn’t bother me, he can drink all of whatever that he wants, but I don’t like having 5 or more MD cans laying around the living room/kitchen. His cleaning is improving a little bit, but now it’s going a little too far.

Now, he’s not only doing his own dishes, but he’s offering to do ours too. And it doesn’t end there. We used to have these packets of soap that would go into the dish washer, but when we ran out of those he started using some kind of liquid soap. This would be fine, but he obviously doesn’t know how to use it, because at least three times (one of those times being last quarter, around Thanksgiving) the dish washer has overflowed with suds onto the floor. I finally went out and bought some of those packets after a maintenance guy at our building came to the door saying that something was leaking into the apartment below us. Continuing on the fact that he’s still creepy, imagine waking up to it on the weekends.

Since I don’t have classes on Friday, I have a 3 day weekend every weekend, so I sleep in. I tend to wake up first out of our room, at around noon or so, and come out to find him curled up on the couch, without a shirt, watching boring TV. Now, if that doesn’t already seem weird enough, he tends to mumble a “Good morning.” everytime I enter the living room. Have you ever seen Superbad? If you have, recall the scene where Evan and Seth wake up at the end and Evan mumbles that awkward “good morning”. That’s what it’s like every day of the weekend. We’re going to finish off this post with a continuation of the last. His late night antics.Smoke Detector

Of course, I am writing this at 2 AM, but I don’t start cooking at 1. Yeah, I don’t think he knows the meaning of the word ‘SNACK’. Every time he eats something, he has to take out a pan, and grill something up (usually onions). It’s not just the fact that he’s cooking so late, but he also never turns on the fan that’s on the stove, which always results in setting off the smoke detectors. He did it Friday night at about 1:30, and he did it again today in the afternoon.

Again, this post was a little skimpy, and a few of the latter incidents happened in the first few days of February, so I’m sorry. I will probably limit the posts of this category to every month, but I will document the incidents as they occur, as to not forget anything. Also, the pictures in this post (obviously) aren’t really taken from the apartment.  For the next post, maybe I’ll get some real-life photos for proof.  Thanks for reading…