Posts tagged with "movies"

Royal Oak, Hanging Out With Aaron, Canada Day

I’m thor­ough­ly exhaust­ed. A fuch­sia cres­cent pierced the sky tonight, and filled the sky with crim­son clouds. Time for some orches­tral pop noir roman­tique.

I went to the Royal Oak on Friday with quite a few peo­ple. Drew told every­one a cho­da sto­ry, his cho­da sto­ry, in fact, which just hap­pened to be the most hilar­i­ous thing I’ve ever heard. I was quite glad that Aaron could­n’t make it, or he would have suf­fo­cat­ed from laugh­ter spasms. Unfortunately, I’m afraid that any sto­ries I’ll hear from this point on will, at best, be irk­some in com­par­i­son.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday were spent hang­ing out with Aaron dur­ing his time off. Much table ten­nis was played. We watched Brotherhood of the Wolf, which was a decent movie, due main­ly to the sat­is­fy­ing action scenes. The slow motion effect was used much too pro­fuse­ly, but there were some drop-dead gor­geous actress­es through­out the two hour movie. We also watched Brain Candy with it’s rather ran­dom humour. I enjoyed watch­ing it, even though it was the third time around for me, but I’ve always been a big fan of The Kids in the Hall. I only wish that Trolley was with us so that he too could have bathed in the spas­mod­ic glo­ry of their humour.

Today was spent at Mooney’s Bay with Tom and Mel’s group of friends in cel­e­bra­tion of Canada Day. I had a chance to meet Aaron’s cousin, Ellie, who came from Edinborough, Scotland to vis­it. She had a nice, thick Scottish accent and tells me that there are quite a few Chinese peo­ple there with the same inflec­tion. I might be head­ing out to a club with her and Aaron next week­end. Mooney’s Bay was great­ly relax­ing, aside from Ivana putting me on the spot with her intrin­sic ques­tions. I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to catch up on some read­ing before throw­ing the Frisbee around.

And now, I need sleep.

Blue Linen Pants, and Super Troopers

I bought a pair of dark blue linen pants from America two weeks ago dur­ing one of Aaron’s shifts, and have been wear­ing them ever since. They have to be the most com­fort­able pair of any­thing I’ve ever bought. I’ve also been look­ing for a black col­lar, but noth­ing has real­ly been turn­ing up; stores usu­al­ly only sell cuffs of the spiked or non-spiked vari­ety.

My down­load of Super Troopers fin­ished yes­ter­day and I final­ly got a chance to watch it. I was expect­ing more humour, but the humour that was there was def­i­nite­ly of the gut bust­ing, side-split­ting vari­ety.

Deliverance Yesterday, Dwarves Concert Tonight

I’ve been lis­ten­ing to my Dwarves col­lec­tion to get in the mood for the punk con­cert tonight. My guess is that I’ll be the only Asian guy, let alone Chinese guy, there. It’s too bad their songs are all so short, I find that my playlist loops after only a few moments.

I watched Deliverance yes­ter­day. I expect­ed more to hap­pen. So many movies nowa­days are huge, sweep­ing epics that I guess I’m used to char­ac­ters going to hell and back à la Armageddon. Still, it was a good movie, but I’d have to watch it again to be able to appre­ci­ate the themes of man vs. adver­si­ty and nature.

Punch Drunk Love

I had the chance to see Punch Drunk Love yes­ter­day. Admittedly, it was the most painful movie I’ve ever seen. At quite a few points I felt an urge to stand up and walk out of the room, and I might have done so had Aaron not been there. This was the first and only movie to ever, ever make me want a hap­py end­ing. I fig­ured that if I had to sit through some aching­ly sad and awk­ward scenes then I should be reward­ed with a sati­at­ing denoue­ment. Some scenes were char­ac­ter­is­ti­cal­ly Anderson, such as the hand-held shot tak­en with Barry peek­ing around a cor­ner, or the slow, wispy grunts of the occu­pants of a car as it spins from a col­li­sion. I par­tic­u­lar­ly liked a door mount­ed cam­era shot which ends off in a shud­der as the door swings shut. It felt like Anderson was exper­i­ment­ing with this film, plac­ing less empha­sis on rela­tion­al devel­op­ment and more on char­ac­ter devel­op­ment. I would­n’t com­plete­ly agree that Sandler has bro­ken out of his type­cast, since his old Waterboy char­ac­ters were sim­ply slight­ly tweaked for this movie. He was the right per­son for the role though, and cast­ing made a good call with him and Emily Watson. On the whole, the movie was enjoy­able, but I’m not sure if I’d be able to sit through it again.

Music On The Bus, Living With Nick, Infernal Affairs

Whenever I ride the bus, I lis­ten to my music at a vol­ume which drowns out any out­side noise. This is not only due to the fact that the bus­es here are obnox­ious­ly loud, but the fact that I can’t stand lis­ten­ing to the insipid con­ver­sa­tions going on around me as well. I’d rather not lis­ten to you hit­ting on that girl or how fun­ny you think you are. I don’t want to hear about your opin­ions on The Latest Movie or how rude that cus­tomer was at work or how many times you decide to add “like” in a sen­tence. I sup­pose that it’s no one is real­ly at fault, since the roar­ing engines in each bus pre­vent con­ver­sa­tions at a nor­mal vol­ume. I can only hope that I don’t annoy oth­er peo­ple as much as they annoy me if I’m trav­el­ing with a friend.

Nick has been accept­ed on the lease and will be mov­ing in at the begin­ning of August.

I watched Infernal Affairs and enjoyed it. I par­tic­u­lar­ly liked the cool colours of the film, which con­trasts with how Hong Kong is nor­mal­ly por­trayed in the movies. Anthony Wong is great as the super­in­ten­dent, but all the oth­er guys look too good to be cops.