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Philly Day 2 – Wrapping up some business
July 26, 2008, 1:38 pm
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Spent the second half of day 2 in Philadelphia helping my brother out with some chores around the city. We broke down his photography exhibit at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Then we ran over to the hardware store and grocery store to get some supplies for the weekend.  For dinner, my brother cooked up a combo of Salmon and rice with peas. We originally had plans to go visit some family in New Jersey, but plans changed so we decided to go to a late showing of the Dark Knight.

The movie was great as advertised. Ledger really does bring that psychotic madman persona to the Joker without taking it over the top or being too cartoonish. Christian Bale got better as the movie wore on, but the “husky” voice he uses when he is Batman starts to annoy you about halfway  through the movie.  Aaron Eckhart was also great as Harvey Dent, played him the same as I imagined him in the comic books. The movie itself is about the battle between good and evil and how evil does a good person have to be in order to combat evil.  There was also a taste of the whole “If super heroes are keeping an eye on us, who is monitoring them?” This has been addressed a few times in the X-Men movies and is a part of the concept of the new Watchmen movie, whose trailer was attached to the beginning of the Dark Knight. On a side note, I bought the graphic novel and am about halfway through, it is a great read and has incredible writing to drive along a story, something not usually seen in comic books.  The comics themselves have covered the topic multiple times like the Marvel’s Civil War series and DC Comics modern version of the Omac story or Identity Crisis story line.  

Day 3 in Philly promises to be fun, planning on finally getting that cheesesteak!


Revisiting some of my favorites…
June 20, 2008, 3:33 am
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Since Battlestar is on break until god knows when, I’ve decided to revisit some of my favorite books and movies over the Summer. Its great because I get to enjoy some of my favorite things, but also because sometimes I find or realize something that I didn’t during a previous viewing/reading.  Yesterday, I finished reading Naked by David Sedaris and tonight I am going to start Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy.  I’m a huge Clancy fan and Red Storm does a great job of playing “What if?” with a NATO vs. Warsaw Pact battle. I also had the computer game when I was in 6th grade and at the time thought that games could not get any cooler. 

As for movies, tonight I saw Blade Runner for the 15th time. This time it was the 2007 Final Cut Edition,which as far as I can tell added a few more scenes than before, and I still don’t understand how people can say that Deckard is a replicant.  Ridley Scott does a good job painting a sort of negative utopian future in a way that sci-fi fans will eat up and leave  everyone else scratching their heads.  

At my brother’s urging, earlier this year, I got the audiobook of the short story that the movie is adapted from, “Do Andriods Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Phillip K. Dick. The story is a little more darker and dreary than the movie, but is a great science fiction story and in some areas surpasses the movie.