Lauren, Ashley and myself went to see The Incredibles last night. What a solid flick. Great movie. I can’t really see taking lots of little kids to see it though. Sure they’d be entertained by the “cartoon” aspect of it and the action of course, but most of the dialog, situations, and inside jokes are very adult oriented. I’ve also got to give a hearty huzzah to the director and writer for obviously being an old school comic book and movie fan. Anyone else catch the homage to the forest speeder bike chase from Jedi? Or how about getting Jason Lee to voice the bad guy? Talk about perfect casting. That movie was sweet and seeing as how we went at 10pm on a Sunday, the place was a ghost town AND we got in free, it made it all the better. If you haven’t already seen it, please do so. Your brain will thank you later.

Other than that I just took care of some errands this weekend. I got my Driving Safety Course slip notarized and dropped off at the court house. I’m now off the hook and don’t have that hanging over my head. I also stopped in at EB and made sure my Halo 2 preorder was good to go for the midnight madness sale tonight. I know, I know, as a former EB employee I usually frown on preorders. I always thought it was stupid and since there’s NEVER a “shortage” of video games around I always casually went the next day and picked up whatever video game was coming out at my own convenience, sans the long lines. I figured Halo 2 was different. I also preordered (and preloaded) HL2 in case you care. These two game will be contenders for game of the year on their respective platforms and I didn’t really feel like waiting for either of them. That and I’ve seen the elusive “French” version of Halo 2 loaded on to quite a few modded Xboxes. Its pretty spiffy is all I can tell you.

Thats about it. It’s pretty much been a relaxing sort of weekend. I’ve gotten in a few rounds of Counter-Strike and shook the dust off my spurs as it were. HL2, Halo 2, DoA: Ultimate, Pirates… yeah, it’s going to be a good month.

Clerks and Clerks 2

I let my boss borrow Clerks the other night and it was just returned to me with the phrase “ouch, that sucked” attached. OK, I realize it isn’t Shakespeare, but it’s damn funny for what it is: a very cheaply made movie with friends as actors and sarcasm and toilet humor for it’s main focus. Come on, who doesn’t laugh at the phrase “try not to suck any dick on your way through the parking lot”. Thats funny stuff people. Yeah, I know the actings weak, yes it’s in black and white, yes the plot is thin. Who cares. The very premise of the movie is funny as hell if you’ve ever worked behind a counter. I guess thats the point really. Some people are clerks and some people are customers.

Oh, and while I’m on the subject, the 10th Aniversary Edition of Clerks will be out today. I think I might pick it up although I already have a copy. My original copy is getting a bit worn and I’m a suckers for extras. I could have purchased Monty Python’s Holy Grail when it came out but I figured they’d come out with some uber-special edition and I was right.

And lastly, you all know that Kevin Smith is making a Clerks sequal right? I know Nagle does, I figure the rest of you do too. Just checking.

Summer entertainment

Remember last summer, when I was complaining that there were no quality CDs to buy, or movies coming out, or shows to see… well, not this summer my friends. Heck no.

Deep Dish will start off the summer June 10th with a massive 4 disk Global Underground set. Global Underground #25: Deep Dish – Toronto.

At Avalon in Boston, Carl Cox will be in town June 27th for Avalon’s 5 anniversary party. A few weeks later, the master of all things techno, Paul Van Dyk, will be there July 18th.

Movie wise, Bowling For Columbine will be release August 19 on DVD, The Animatrix DVD will be out June 3rd, Punch-Drunk Love is out on the 24th, and Chicago will be August 19th.

In theaters, this weekend Finding Nemo and the Italian Job come out. The Hulk, Charlie’s Angels, Terminator 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean are all mid-summer (although I’m not really interested in seeing any of those). SWAT and Tomb Raider are late summer releases (don’t care about those either).

Video game wise, it’s unfortunately bleak. At the moment, Blitzkrieg and Rise of Nations are this only things coming out (or came out this week) that are worth playing. Star Wars Galaxies comes out at the end of June for those who might care (I don’t) and Republic comes out the next day (23rd and 24th respectively). Homeworld 2 comes out at the end of August but other than that, it’s a long long wait all summer for the mother of all games, Half-Life 2, which won’t be out until September 30th. There will be a few minor releases here and there to keep us busy over the summer, but fully expect to still be playing whatever game your playing now, in August.

Despite the lack of gaming, finding a full time job should keep me fairly busy. First finding it, then working at it of course.

Alrighty, on a more personal note, my apartment is pretty messy. I really wanted to clean it up before the Arolfo’s get here tonight (and before my folks get here tomorrow) but I didn’t get to it. I’ve been busy. So, cleaning will have to be done in the middle of packing… which I also haven’t started. Damn, I’ve got a lot to do tomorrow. I probably won’t have time to post again until Sunday or so. Tomorrow is graduation rehearsal, packing, family stuff, etc. Saturday IS graduations, all 4 hours of it. Then probably dinner, then more packing. Sunday, my parents leave and I’ll have time to start packing whats left to come with me in the Matrix but since I don’t leave until Tuesday, I’ll probably relax a little.

The basic plan is for my brother to stay down here with me and drive back with me on Tuesday. Lauren’s also leaving Tuesday with Sara. So, 90% of the packing and preparations need to be done by Sunday morning, but I’ve got another 2 days to pack my car after that.

After that it’s 2 days on the road (or one really long one if you drive it strait) and then I’m home… unemployed and broke. Then the job search begins. I’ve already got 20+ names, phone numbers, etc, of NH and MA area commercial photographers. It’ll just be about making the rounds to see who needs a full time assistant at that point. If that doesn’t work out, I look for web work. If that doesn’t work out, I start looking in the Houston area and find something little to hold me over. Fingers crossed folks, fingers crossed.

Reviews: The Matrix: Reloaded and Enter The Matrix

After seeing the Matrix the other day, I was left with a rather unfulfilled feeling deep down in my movie-reviewing heart. Disappointment is a bitter pill to swallow and getting indigestion afterward doesn’t help. This indigestion comes in the form of Enter the Matrix the video game which I’ll get to later. First I’d like to talk about the movie. Since I plan to do this at length, a convenient “read more” link is provided to ease the pain of an incredibly long post.

Bowling for Columbine

Well, on a whim Chip and I decided to see Michael Moore’s film Bowling for Columbine. I must say that this is perhaps one of the best films I’ve seen this year. This, following his book Stupid White Men, makes Moore one of my favorite political commentators, bar none. Between these two (the book and the movie) Moore tackles not only the problems with America but who’s to blame and what we can do to fix things. I’ll probably offer up a full sized review tomorrow but I figured I should share and strongly encourage anyone who has the slightest bit of disgust for corporate America, gun-nuts or social issues to go see this movie. I know it’ll probably be hard to track down, it’s probably not at your local cinema, but it’s well worth whatever drive you have to take to get there. The reason this movie one best of show at Cannes is obvious.

A few odds and ends…

Amazon continues to impress me. Not only are they offering free shipping on orders over $25 this season, they’ve also opened a clothing section with stuff from Old Navy, Kenneth Cole and Urban Outfitters. Nifty.

And for Chris, just thought you might be interested in Direct Connect ++. A nifty new and easy to use front end to the DC file sharing system.

Lastly, for those of you who simply NEED to modify, MOD chip, tinker with and/or outright break copy-protections on everything and everything… check out ModShack. The main attraction here are the forums and like most forum based sites there’s your usually mix of idiots and bigger idiots. There is some useful info in there if you don’t mind looking for it. I was particularly interested in the DVD ripping and Software exploits sections and Chip might want to check out the Tivo hacking area.

That’s about it. G’night kids.

Movie Review: Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

Well, since I’ve had 4 cans of Coke in the past 2 hours I’m all sorts of awake. I guess that means I have a few minutes to share my thoughts on the new Harry Potter flick. Read on if you feel you have the time. If you want the quick and easy way out, here you go… wait for video. There. Now, if you’d like to know why you can certainly read on, if not, I just saved you $8. You’re welcome.