Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Eri Nobuchika - Sketch for Summer

I was surprised when I saw this video how I had never thought about it as a concept for a music video before. It captures quite well the elegant, panoramic experience of riding a train, and reminds me of Shinkansen rides between Nishinasuno and Tokyo with the sprawling countryside reaching out and all around.

Oh yeah, it's a great song too.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

To Hulk or Not to Hulk

As the only person on the face of the planet who enjoyed the first Hulk movie, I've been avoiding news on the new one. Beyond the teaser poster and the release date I didn't know anything about it. A news story on io9 today clued me into the fact that Ed Norton has the lead role. From there I found that the cast is rounded out by Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, and with appearances by Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. The director's relatively fresh. His previous works include: the two Transporter movies, to his detriment; but also Danny the Dog/Unleashed, a film I quite like.

The news story in question was a bit troubling. Norton, who rewrote the script as well as starring, wants to maintain his creative control over the final cut. The studio of course wants to take it out of his hands and given the box office success of the previous Hulk movie it's understandable. What's even more troubling is that this has happened once before with Norton, where he fought and seized final creative control over American History X from the director Tony Kaye. According to rumors, it was a complete mess beforehand, and if this is a trend then giving control of the film to the studio could be a very bad idea. As it typically is...

In the end, I've always had the utmost respect for Norton and his creative choices, so I feel confident saying the film will be better with his vision.

(Note: Looking at Edward Norton's IMDB page, I see he's rumored to be in some 2009 film called "Leaves of Grass"? There's no other info about the film aside from his possible involvement and one other actor. Could this be some kind of biopic of Walt Whitman? Interesting.)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Yuki - Joy

My favorite Yuki song, she manages to distill her frenetic energy down into one driving melody. The awesomely choreographed video might have something to do with it too.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Out of the Informational Black Hole

Wow Blog, how ya doing?? So...I've been busy for the past two weeks. Between moving, an engagement party, and a busy couple weeks at work, my head's been spinning. It's great to be writing again.

- Moving was the usual pain, but luckily I was able to get rid of quite a few things I'm no longer carting around. Dresser, desk, and bookshelves; dvd and video game cases too, which I realised I didn't need to take with me everywhere. I also managed to slim down extraneous books. What I did move wasn't a problem, as I had a lot of awesome help from Nico, Warren, John (and optional character Evan). Staying with Nico and Stuart has been great! I'm really enjoying hanging out with everyone and the communal shopping trips and nights out. Issa fun!

- The engagement party went well. Drove up on Friday to San Jose, which is about a five an a half hour drive. Everyone got in by 10 and I was surprised to see Matt's brother Ryan there, whom I hadn't seen since the end of high school. He'd grown up quite a bit and was actually a cool guy to hang around now. Saturday was the busy day. There was a brunch with family in the morning, then a trip to the wedding spot at the top of a windy, omg-I'm-gonna-hurl mountain road, and finally games and dance lessons that night. Got to sit down with Matt's friend Danny and hear about the entire backstory of the Lord of the Rings. It was a good time, really more of an event for the girls but I managed to have some fun.

- Work's been incredibly busy. Aside from reaching the heavy middle of two big campaigns, I've been leading a couple of important brainstorms for new projects coming up.

- I had a chance to see Be Kind Rewind this weekend, and it was just as fantastic as I imagined. They nailed a lot of the shots from the films they were lampooning, so the moments were even more hilarious than simply a lifted snippet of dialogue. I was happy to see there was some real heart to it too; a story about how vital history and local pride is, and how gentrification sometimes destroys neighborhoods and communities in the name of "progress".

- I'm about halfway through Salt: A World History now, and it's still good but I'm a bit tired of the format. I'll have to dig through something with a little plot next.

- I may be back on a bit of an anime track. When I've needed something to just briefly watch to unwind right before bed, I boot up an episode of Lucky Star or two. It's always those simple, fun series that are my go-to shows.

- I've been digging into some old, old music recently; stuff from high school that was my favorite back in the day. One of those bands is Gay Dad, and this happens to be one of my more favorite tracks off their album Leisurenoise: