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So, due to a TINY little snafu, I wound up having to go 24 or so hours without some meds. This left me a bit unstable for a bit there, but I'm okay now that I'm back on them. Sorry for the scare, everyone, and super special grateful shout out to my B-kun for taking care of me. (He frets a bit, but there's no one I'd rather have at my side.)


Since last week was a total bust due to both a dentist visit and the meds issue, I've redoubled my efforts to get into a regular workout routine at the gym. I've got a decent arms & torso, legs & abs, and cardio cycle going on, and today was leg day. I only meant to go for an hour, but it turned into 1.5 hours before I even knew it. Yay!


Just finished the horror film, The Babadook. To put it in a quip -

The Babadook - Creeping supernatural horror film that's all too human at heart. Can be tough to watch, but worth a viewing. 4 out of 5 stars.
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Jupiter Ascending is a spectacle on numerous levels, but if it had just a touch more camp and a better soundtrack it could easily have been this generation's Flash Gordon.
kung_fu_monkey: (B&W profile)
47 Ronin is to the Chuushingura as Black Swan is to Perfect Blue.


Ah, the Grand Ball. Blackmail, fashion, alliances, masks, machinations, and dancing. The Great Game is always thrilling and not for the timid or unwise.

Yet, there is one thing that could forever send this elegant affair into the hallowed annals of history.



The baker's bylaw, verging on adjunct staccato, ingrained scrawling chevrotain into heirloom digital mesh. Flailing and cherubic both, autonomous maws time contrived contagion.
kung_fu_monkey: (timmy)
X-Men: DoFP manages to be a great film in it's own right, fixes two bad films, and sets us up for a potentially solid sequel. That's quite the feat!

(commentary, if any, may contain spoilers)


May. 6th, 2013 10:05 am
kung_fu_monkey: (AAAAAAA!!!)
(No gore, despite what it says below. Profanity.)

My thoughts on this short film after the cut.

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kung_fu_monkey: (NO)
Went along with a bunch of the local bears (led by [livejournal.com profile] heypyro) to see "The Great and Powerful Oz" at Cinebarre. While I won't say that it's a terrible film, it had a number of flaws that irked me and a few that were even unforgivable. I think the film is fine on a basic level appropriate for children as they'll be spending their whole time Ooh-ing and Aah-ing, but as an adult I found it fairly annoying.

Almost certainly spoilers below.

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kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
I'm having lunch while watching Naked Lunch. I forgot how weird this film is.
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Watching Eraserhead for the first time. Thus far, my only reaction has been "what."

I'm not sure I'll *ever* understand that film.


Meanwhile on The Seventh Seal, Death cuts down a tree with a saw.
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I'm taking the month off from my contract at the library to focus on getting the black belt, and given that workouts and running routines are keeping me fit, I should be ready barring unforeseen circumstances. That said, today's classes focused on the tempo of the sword form to improve the slow/moderate/blast speeds at appropriate points. Previously my efforts were okay, but today's session solidified it into an elegant, dynamic form that somehow remained hidden from me.

To help with the training at home, I've cleared out the downstairs even more than it was to give me LOTS of room to do forms. It's a bit inconvenient to do weapons forms right now as there happens to be a lot of junk in the way, but B-kun promises to help analyze/dispose of most of it tomorrow.

Sorry, I'm a bit distracted. Our lil' girl cat, Ioliel, is lightly snoring next to me with an almost gentle *sigh* on each exhale. It'd be downright adorable if she wasn't such a hellion today, but it's still cute.

B-kun and I went to see Wreck It Ralph with [livejournal.com profile] heypyro and a host of other local guys last night. Fun movie, well paced, a bit too saccharine at times, good comedic timing, and plenty of cameos to keep any gamer's eyes actively looking at all the background characters. 3D added some nice layers to the race scene, but it's not a requirement for viewing.

I've been plodding through Darksiders II for the Xbox 360 with mixed reactions. Using the formulaic progression found in the Zelda titles, the rich settings and spooky background like the Legacy of Kain series, and the loot-collecting properties of MMO's like Warcraft, I can see how the dev team at Vigil took the best aspects of many games to create a reasonably fun title. Sure, it's a visual treat and a heroic tale, but the core mechanics aren't different enough to make the elements distinct from the inspiring games. At one point I acquire the Deathclaw ability. It's all glowy purple and ominous and whatnot, but it's little more than the Hookshot with a fresh coat of paint. Not to say that Vigil didn't try, but I think there could have a bit more innovation here.

Let me add that some of the missions/plot points are annoyingly tedious and feel like busy work; King X wants me to acquire his 3 Y's before he can get me to plot point Z. However, Y2 wants me to find his 3 lost A's before he'll come with me, all of which are IN HIS OWN MAZE. You'd think he'd know where they are, or at least have an easier time finding them than I would, but, no, like all protagonists, I must do everything for everyone despite being the Death, one of The Horsemen of The Apocalypse. Seriously? Fetch quests? Yawn. Gripes aside, it's a fun treat with plenty of customization available, tons of optional side quests, and some impressive stages to admire.
kung_fu_monkey: (animated)

"Agent Romanoff would like me to alert everyone to the fact that she knows who took her special supply of expensive chocolate truffles. She would also like to add that the culprit has precisely 24 hours to replace said truffles, or else they are going to be finding out precisely why Dr. Banner is only the second-most-dangerous thing to piss off on this helicarrier."


kung_fu_monkey: (AAAAAAA!!!)
Yikes. NSFW.

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I've been busy with a number of things here on the home front, but all of it is quite good. A proper update will be submitted soon. Also, did I mention I'm employed? Yeah.


Jun. 8th, 2012 10:41 pm
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
Gaiden: Japanese term used to describe a side story or spin off from an original source. Often not used in prequel or sequel context; instead, it's treated as a tale concurrent to the main tale.

In the case of Prometheus, however, it's a prequel loosely connected to the Alien canon which allows for ample room for a gaiden saga.

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kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
BioZombie, a Chinese "horror" flick, offers dialog in Cantonese, English, Cantonese w/ English subtitles, English w/ Cantonese subtitles, and (I kid you not) Engrish subtitles. Yes, I'm watching it in Engrish.
kung_fu_monkey: (Default)
While my B-kun is off being wonderfully social with our lovely friends, I'm taking the evening to entertain myself with a lineup of sci-fi/horror. The Thing, Apollo 18, and Corpse Party behind the cut.


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kung_fu_monkey: (Huh?)
Let's put this to a vote.

Sir Didymus, the valiant knight from the movie Labyrinth - Fox or Dog?

[Poll #1817168]
kung_fu_monkey: (Angry Deer)
The Green Lantern Corps has the worst training program, ever. #thismovieisterrible
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
[livejournal.com profile] dr_tectonic's thoughts and my own, concisely.

"Tintin! Delightful. Gonna have to see it again sometime just for that one action scene. Good 3-D if you like it. Thumbs up."

"I must say that Tintin is an excellent movie. Well animated, clever, fun, and engaging on many levels. We went to see it in 3D, though I'd say it's not necessary to do so."


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