Friday, June 10, 2005

People are Weird...

...and here's the proof.. You have to give this guy credit for having the courage to do this... but you also have to wonder if he's serious or just looking for attention. Either way, Rock On, Daily Dancer!

Ok, time to get you caught up on a couple other things. First, looks like I've found a job. I accepted a position with Hilltop as a PC support/technician, but it looks like there will be a lot more to do than just fix computers. They have a lot of ambitious projects, and I'm looking forward to jumping into the fray with them. Their advertised salary wasn't very appealing, but they offered me a bit more; and the benefits are more than worth it.

I had a couple of other prospects/ideas/dreams that I was considering, but the stability of a successful company has a lot of appeal. Shelley used to work for Hilltop, so she knows the company and says they're good people. She left simply because the county offered more money to do the same job she was doing.

I also had a second interview with Mesa State College, but declined it in favor of the Hilltop position. I have no idea why they called me back for another interview considering that I'm fairly certain I did so horrible on the written exam. I had to go back and check the job description after I took the test... there were about 25 questions, of which I answered about 5 with confidence. The rest of my answers were either WAGs (Wild Ass Guesses) or plain admissions of truth ("I have no idea as to what this question is referring"). There were 9 other people in the room, 4 of which left before I did, so I figured they were either REALLY good... or had even less of an idea than I did... The fact that I was called for a second interview makes me think it's most likely the latter. Or maybe they were just calling everyone back...

Ok, next thing I have to report is that I went and saw Star Wars Ep 3 ... and I can sum it up in one shrug of the shoulders and a simple grunt.


It does a fairly good job of closing the gap, I will say that. And needless to say, the effects were simply amazing. Industrial Light & Magic (for those non-geeks that aren't aware of this) is a digital effects company that George Lucas created for the original Star Wars in 1977, and it's been a powerhouse in the movie industry ever since. The list of movies they've done is an endless parade of eye-candy that you nearly go into a sugar coma just looking at it... (by the way, both those links are worth spending some time on... very interesting reading).

Back to my "review" of SW:RoTS. As I said... it just didn't live up to the hype, though I'm not overly surprised. There's simply no way, in my opinion, that it possibly could. I have always said that the problem with the last two (err.. the FIRST two if you're going in order, LAST two if going by release dates) is that by the time Lucas was ready to start working on "The Phantom Menace", the Star Wars franchise had become such an overwhelming behemoth, that it was bound to collapse under it's own weight. Lucas had so many people's opinions that he had to sift through that the result was horrible additions to the SW Universe like JarJar Binks. Some Marketing Moron/Corporate Weasel convinced him that there had to be some cute-talking comedic relief sidekick or the movie would not appeal to a new generation of viewers. We'll never know if that's true, but George Lucas has been quoted as saying that Binks (I refuse to type that first name twice in the same day) has received more hatemail than any other fictional character to date, EVER. Not just in the SW Universe... but spanning all forms of entertainment (TV, Movies, books... etc).

Oops... sidetracked again... hmmm, maybe I do have AADD or ADHD as my wife suspects... At least that's what I think she said, I wasn't really paying attention...

The reasons I wasn't overly thrilled far outweigh the parts I liked.

Watching Obi-Wan kick Anakin's ass (and making Darth Vader's outfit/life support necessary) was perfectly played. You could see the pain on his face. But that was about the only well-acted part. The rest of the acting in the movie was just so ... contrived? stilted? forced?

And there was no shortage of throw-away lines. I've always hated the thought that the robot soldiers had to have "witty" personalities. Notice I quoted the word... they're not at all witty, they're just stupid. R2D2 and C3PO banter I could stomach. A robot sarcastically saying "you're welcome" when he delivers an item to an ungrateful General Grievous (another robot with a biological heart?) is just plain silly. Not cute. Not witty. Not clever. Silly... not good silly either. Just stupid silly.

I still plan on watching all 6 in sequence with Shelley. I mean she wants to spend GEEK TIME with me, so of course I'll take her up that! And when I do, I'm curious if they've used the line "I've got a bad feeling about this" in all the movies. It was used in this latest one, and was as pointless as "Yippie ki yay, motherfucker" was in the second Die Hard film. It was relevent in the first one, completely unnecessary in the second. (I don't know offhand... he didn't use it in the third one... did he?)

//disengage ADD mode// :P

So there you have it... my "rambling review". I didn't HATE the movie, I just wasn't thrilled with it. I know that Serenity won't get anywhere near the same attention, but I'll bet there's a lot bigger percentage of people that will be happy with it than this latest installment of Star Wars.

Speaking of Firefly... [pause for your eyes to stop rolling...], there doing another advanced screening. This is the third one, in 35 cities, and they sold out faster than the previous two. I think the message is clear: the fan base is out there... now let's get the movie in the can and start working on the "unexposed" out there... start showing your DVDs to the shattered Star Wars fans ... maybe we can convert them into Browncoats. How shiny would that be?

Love to all!

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