Wow, it’s been awhile since I last write. Uhh.. I went on vacation for a week, got a new job, and things have been better – if rather busy.
Anyway, this post isn’t about that. What this post is about is that I sometimes forget that there are terrible people out there. Case in point: the other weekend, we went to a meetup a few blocks from where I live. Some decent people there, but there was this one girl who was just… a train wreck. Aside from being very open about her love for psychedelic drugs, she was also your standard stereotypical fangirl. “I’m really into Invader Zim! I love GIR, squee!” Urgh. Thanks for playing.
I guess going to work and being surrounded by intelligent human beings acts as sort of a barrier from the actual weirdos out there.
Anyway. Hopefully I’ll post more!
It was recently announced that Ubi is planning to do a film adaptation of Assassin’s Creed. As movies based on games tend to be totally perfectly cast, here are my predictions as to who they’ll tap. Hell, I’ll write this for both AC1 and AC2:
- Desmond Miles: Shia Lebouf. Gotta start this thing off on the right foot! And he’s such a great actor.
Runners up: Chris Evans; Michael Cera.
- Lucy Stillman: Angelina Jolie. I mean, yeah, maybe Lucy was voiced and looked like Kristen Bell, but we can change that. This role involves running!
Runners up: Megan Fox; Natalie Portman.
- Altair: Jake Gyllenhaal. That guy can act, right? He’s already played one brown guy from that part of the world, surely he can do it again.
Runners up: Shia Lebouf; The Rock.
- Al Mualim: Mark Strong. Name one time where Mark Strong played anything other than the bad guy. … Right, exactly.
Runners up: Nicolas Cage.
- Warren Vidic: Matthew Fox. Take away all that good karma he got from Lost and what’s left? An evil scientist.
Runners up: Michael Emerson.
- Ezio Auditore: Jay Baruchel. Did you see his performance in that one movie? Or that other one?
Runners up: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha.
- Rodrigo Borgia: Robert Downey, Jr. Already the greatest actor of all time, here’s his chance to play the antagonist.
Runners up: Jeremy Irons.
- Cesare Borgia: Ralph Fiennes. Sure, why not. I don’t even know.
- Leonardo da Vinci: Nicolas Cage. Now here’s a good actor who can pull off the Italian accent necessary for this role.
- Shaun Hastings: Russell Brand. He’s our comedic relief to the otherwise serious story.
Runners up: Dominic Monaghan.
- Rebecca Crane: Eliza Dushku. She can pretend like she can use a computer, I think.
Runners up: Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Oh man, I hope even half of these are true. Imagine the money I’ll rake in from this bet!
May 16th, 2011 - Posted in movies
Most people who use the Internet in some capacity are aware of what a weeaboo is, but for those who don’t, it’s basically someone who’s obsessed with Japanese culture. Anime, manga, some sort of incorrect image of old glorious Japan – these are the sort of things they go crazy for. If you’ve ever seen a picture of some white kids with an anime messenger bag, a Dragonball Z T-shirt and are trying to use words like kawaii or neko in their sentences, those are weeaboos. You can go look them up on Dramatica or something if you really want to, but you may go insane.
Anyway, as it turns out there’s a group that’s actually worse than the weeaboos. I don’t have a term for it, but it’s basically people who are obsessed with Irish culture. My girlfriend and I have been taking a basic class on the Irish language, and the people in the class are horrendous – far worse than those in our Japanese class. It’s funny how you can change the subject of a class but the people pretty much stay the same. There’s the one or two overly zealous people that chime in all the time because they know Irish from that guy at that bar; the guy who doesn’t say much but then out of nowhere goes on a ten minute tangent and tries to prove the teacher wrong; and of course, the deer caught in headlights.
It probably has to do with them having a cultural connection that others don’t have with Japanese. Someone’s mother or family was from County Mayo or County Cork or something like that – so that means that they have to reconnect with that culture somehow. It’s funny how these people instantly start using the term ‘we’ (i.e. inclusively) to describe ‘the Irish’. Learning how to properly pronounce “céad míle fáilte” or how to say “I’m drunk” in Irish doesn’t grant you that right. Similarly, that doesn’t mean that you get to blather on about the one part of Irish culture you read about on Wikipedia.
May 9th, 2011 - Posted in essays
So the other morning I was on the train and saw a guy that had a tattoo that said 有限会社.
In Japanese, this means “limited company” – like an LLC or something. I don’t even know..
Man, they did an awesome job with Game of Thrones. Seriously well done.
First off, the title sequence was epic. I’ve never watched the opening of a show with more interest. I know it’s a relatively thing to praise, but their attention to detail shows through there, I think.
The casting is spot-on. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, is every bit as smarmy as he is in the books. I seem to recall Cersei being a bit better looking in the book, but I think this actress is going to pull it off well. Sansa is well portrayed as the prissy little girl that she is, so that works well. I understand they had to make Daenerys older for a number of reasons (somehow taking a 13-year-old from behind would put HBO in dangerous territory, I guess), but GRRM said in an interview that portraying her as older makes sense in the context of adulthood, so that’s fine. Everyone else is fine too, I think.
But beyond that, everything else just feels right. The very opening was true to the book, as was the last scene in the first episode – even down to the dialogue. They did a great job explaining the story without getting into too much detail. And the stage has most certainly been set for what’s to come. For me, the hardest part is that I know what’s going to happen, so seeing everyone all nice and happy is a bit jarring when I think of their fates. For those who don’t know, some truly fucked up shit is going to go down.
So yeah, great start. Hopefully it keeps up and they get the chance to tell the whole story (whenever GRRM finishes the last two books, anyway). And who knows, maybe it’ll be good enough that they think about adapting other series, like The First Law or Wheel of Time. Actually, the former would be badass, though incredibly graphic; the latter would go on for three hundred episodes and nothing would happen.
April 17th, 2011 - Posted in tv