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State of the Nation – May edition

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Hey hi hello all you (two).
I thought I had something to say, but I don’t? Hence a collection of things that have happened during my abscense.

-School shit is over for this spring, thank fuck, as I was getting way too stressed with it anyway. Only thing now is to wait for grades. Not really holding my breath as some of the teachers are notoriously bad at getting the grades up before way too late.

-I’ve gotten my motorbike out for this season. Took bloody long enough, I’d say. But it’s been a weird-ass spring anyway. Up until like two weeks ago there was still a shitton of snow on the ground and more pouring from the sky. As of now it looks like it’s not going to snow until autumn. (watch me crash and burn with that)

-I’m not even gonna start with the state of my mental health, because no. Just… no.

-I went to see Song to Song last month. I haven’t said anything about it, because it was shit. Two hours well wasted. I mean, Fassy looked like a fucking god in it, just like Natalie Portman did, but my god it was boring. BOOORINNGGGG. Funny enough, everyone, literally everyone else in the theater agreed with me on that. So yea, time and money completely wasted. The nuts I had were good tho, so meh.

-I went to see Alien: Covenant just the other day (last saturday actually) and that one wasn’t boring. I’m not a huge fan of the Alien franchise and I don’t have any kind of emotional attachement to any of the films, so I can’t say how it was in relation to those, but I have seen Prometheus and I liked that one. I sort of think maybe Prometheus and Covenant shouldn’t be graded as sequels (or indeed in this case) prequels of the Alien films, because they’re more like… I don’t know, spin-offy? Me, as a big fan of entertaining (and perhaps a bit dumb) action films was left a bit underwhelmed by the action bits of Covenant. Yea, it looked good, but like, Xenomorph? not really that scary. I don’t know if it was meant to be scary (it was tagged as a horror film in finland, in addition to sci-fi and suspence i guess) but the film wasn’t really horror. I should know, I hate horror these days. I was honestly more intrigued by the bits where David 8 went on about creation and philosophy. I could’ve watched that way longer. But yea, money well spent, time well spent and also chocolate I ate was good.

-I’m writing, still, despite being not-manic (i don’t honestly know what i am, besides fucked-up), having a bit of a breather from my Main Story at the moment and just revving my gears on an AU, which is more of bits and pieces collection type of thing. I don’t plan it to be a big story, it doesn’t have enough substance for such. But yea, still writing, which is nice.

-I’ve put up my crafting pages, but there’s still a load of crap to upload and write posts about and maybe even get into making something after the loooongest tiiiime ever. I miss having my fingers glued up and covered in glitter. And I sort of miss trying out new shit with my sewing machine. And I sort of have a ton of things saved up on Pinterest, so there’s much to try there too. But I must not stress myself with any of this, because honestly

-I have gotten my running shoes out also, after a long and gruelling winter of not doing much in terms of exercise. I’m in a terrible shape, but I’m leaning (again) on the Couch to 5K -app I have on my phone. I’m currently doing week 3 and I’ll be nicely done by the time we’ll leave for London.

-yea by the way me and husband unit are GOING TO LONDON! yay! I’m meeting up with my pal Adam and just breathing in some nice smoggy air of that shitty town that I love so much. It’s not a long trip, only a couple of days but you gotta take what you can. So yea, London, I will be in you in less than six weeks.

And that’s about it for now.

Assassin’s Creed

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Ok. I think I’m finally calmed down about the film a bit, so I can write something about it. Like in a reasonable manner.

Let me just say right at the beginning, that I absolutely fucking loved it. It’s one of my favourite films ever, right there with Spy Game and Rogue One (goddamnit but Rogue One was a damn good film too). I have seen it twice now and I can’t wait for the blu-ray to come out so I can watch it maybe ten times more.

I have never played any of the Assassin’s Creed games, but let me tell you after this film I want to. So good job Ubisoft, you’ve advertised (succesfully) your game with 125 million dollars. The plot is simple enough, basically, because you have your good guys against the bad guys. Or you’d think so. I’m still not quite convinced the Assassins are exactly the good guys. They are relatively, compared to the Templars, but like, are they really? I’m not getting into the synopsis very much, because that’s what imdb is for, or any serious review. I’m just here to focus on the experience.

The film is very nicely shot, absolutely beautiful camera work and I loved the colours and the general look. Especially so considering that the scenes that happened in present day have completely different visual look than the scenes in the past. I’m a visual person, so these things mean a lot to me, I feel like in this film the concept was very well thought through (too right it should too, because haven’t they been developing this film for like ages?). The action sequences were cut in a bit of a mess to my taste, I could’ve enjoyed longer shots, but basically they looked good. I loved how they set Callum against Aguilar.

Which brings me to the bleeding effect scenes. Damn damn damn. Absolutely fucking beautiful. I was basically just staring (both times) and trying not to scream because just, honestly. I loved how the regression scenes were set up, seeing Callum act out what Aguilar was doing in the Animus arm (i hear the arm thing isn’t in the games, but will be from now on). I know there was a lot of cgi, but it sort of didn’t seem so obvious. Ugh, I could go on and on about this, I mean it was just genious.

The music. Oh my frigging god, Jed Kurzel has done a marvellous job with the score. It fitted the film perfectly. I’m a big fan of soundtracks in general, I’m particularly a fan of Harry Gregson-Williams, because he has the ability to really bring the last oomph to the film. But let me tell you, Jed Kurzel is right on par with this one and I’m kind of excited to see the Macbeth he’s scored. I hear that one is a masterpiece, the film and all.

Of course, there were some not so great things as well, I’m not completely biased (well i am, but deal with it). I could’ve used maybe a little more info on how the damn apple of Eden worked. Like, it contains the free will of people, but how does it fucking work? Throughout the film it was just a ball of steel and then in the last-ish scene it suddenly starts emitting light and being all magical? Wat? Also, however magnificent the regression scenes of the inquisition were, they kind of didn’t move the plot forward a great deal. Except for the last part. Don’t get me wrong, I loved that they were in it, and yes they brought more light to the Assassins (shout out for making the scenes in Spanish! good choice!), but they were more there to beef the whole thing up and as such I would’ve maybe appreciated more storytelling than pure action. Again, not really complaining, but maybe consider this for the sequel.

Because there will be a sequel, won’t there? Please?

Anyway, the cast was great, I loved seeing Brendan Gleeson and Jeremy Irons (however creepy he is in real life, he’s a terrific actor) and ayy, my man Matias Varela was there too. Fassbender was very good as Callum Lynch and even better as Aguilar de Nerha, and even tho I thought taking off his shirt for the last regression bit was a bit gratuitous, I’m not complaining. I would be stupid to. He is absolutely ripped in this film and any excuse to show that off is a good excuse.

But yeah. Assassin’s Creed, very good film, very entertaining, didn’t have a forced romantic subplot (THANK), good fight scenes, some nerdy sci-fi and Michael Fassbender. Very good, I’ll give it 4 out of 5 stars. Get your hands on the blu-ray when it comes out, or better yet, catch it in cinemas if you still have the chance.

Speechless

Friday, December 17th, 2010

You people just cannot fathom how much I love Miami Vice. The series was the epitome of everything cool and super and awesome back in the day when I was a kid. I’ve later also learned to appreciate the dark mood that was the general theme of the series. I love it in ways I simply cannot describe. It’s just something wonderful, overwhelming and strangely I always end up feeling like I could burst with the feeling of loneliness. But it’s all good. It’s like longing for something that I just can’t reach, but in a very purifying yet sad way.

I was a tad worried upon hearing they were making a film based on the series. But when I saw the film and heard the music that was chosen to be on the soundtrack, I was immediately back in those childhood days when everything was simple and safe, the enemy always came from the east, bad guys talked in a Soviet accent and I really wanted to live in Miami, because in there, the lights were always bright, yet the night was dark.

And Castillo didn’t know how to smile, because he felt the weight of the world on his shoulders.

In Other News

Friday, March 12th, 2010

At last we got around to watch Gran Torino, a film that Janne bought on blu-ray about a month ago. I loved it. It was fun, touching at times (not so much that i’d cry, which generally does not take much), refreshingly slow-paced and there was a dog. Yeah I’m easy. Also the ending was marvellous.

As we were sitting on the couch piled up about each other (yea the couch is a bit smallish for two relatively tall people) I came to the conclusion that we watch way too little movies. There was a time when we used to watch a film or two a day. And those were fun times.

Not that times lately would have been somehow un-fun or anything, it’s just that watching movies is a different kind of fun.

And I have to say, having a cherry Coke in my hand after like ten years of drought in that department didn’t exactly make the whole experience worse. 😀