Archive for December, 2006

8/12

December 8th, 2006

Weight: 111.6kg


Quick Movie Review: Casino Royale

December 8th, 2006

Quick review of Casino Royale, which I went to see last night. Overall, liked it a lot. The first half has some great action sequences, but the second half is the overall better movie. Good acting, and Daniel Craig is one of the most impressive Bond’s ever: after 20-some movies it’s nice to see a bit of a new take on the whole thing. Go see it!


7/12

December 7th, 2006

Weight: 111.4kg


Wiiii!!!!!!!!!

December 7th, 2006

Yes, I was one of the sad multitudes who stayed up past midnight to buy the new Nintendo Wii. I regret nothing!

Haven’t had much of a chance to play with it, just a brief wrestle with the internet settings (no luck yet, but I’ll get there), and a few rounds of baseball, boxing and bowling in the Wii Sports game. So far pretty impressed, although that could just be the sleep deprivation…


6/12

December 6th, 2006

Weight: 111.8kg


You better watch out

December 6th, 2006

There are some very strange things in the world, but these Cold War Unicorns take the cake.

Cold War Unicorns

That said, I’m strangely tempted by this:

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5/12

December 5th, 2006

Weight: 111.6kg


Movie Review: The Prestige

December 5th, 2006

(No spoilers review)

A couple of weeks ago now I went to see The Prestige, the new movie from Christopher Nolan (director of Batman Begins, Insomnia and Memento, all great movies). Overall, it’s a very strange, complex movie that I greatly enjoyed, although Helen not so much…

Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale, who also played Batman in Nolan’s recent film) play a pair of magicians with a fierce, dangerous rivalry. They compete in particular with continuous elaborations of a trick named “The Transported Man”. The film jumps around in time with great complexity, and if you don’t watch closely you could easily get lost. But then the movie does start with Cutter (Michael Caine, in another great performance as Michael Caine) saying “Are you watching closely?”.

The performances are great, and the plot is intricate (if a little shakey at times). As the complexities grow the great, strange Nikolas Tesla makes an appearance (played by an unrecognisable David Bowie), and things get odder and odder from there.

This isn’t a film for everyone, but it is very enjoyable for the right person. Highly recommended if you are the right person.

(As for the title, well Cutter explains it best: “Every great magic trick consists of three acts. The first act is called “The Pledge”; The magician shows you something ordinary, but of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn”; The magician makes his ordinary some thing do something extraordinary. Now if you’re looking for the secret… you won’t find it, that’s why there’s a third act called, “The Prestige”; this is the part with the twists and turns, where lives hang in the balance, and you see something shocking you’ve never seen before.”)


4/12

December 4th, 2006

Weight: 111.4kg


Yay ADSL2!

December 4th, 2006

Just got an email from my ISP (the fabulous Internode) to tell me that my upgrade to ADSL2 will be happening sometime next week. Should pretty much quadruple my internet connection speed, which will be very nice indeed.