REVIEW: Troy

Tonight was all Greek to me! I went to see Troy with Andrew, and his friends Will, and Renee. While the critics didn’t particularly like the movie, I thought it was excellent, and here’s why (I suppose the following will contain spoilers, but its not like the story has never been told or anything, so read on at your own will).

First of all, the movie was quite long with a running time of 163 minutes. To be honest though, I didn’t even notice the length during the movie. In fact, I think the length was perfect as you really developed a relationship with the characters early on in the movie – so you felt it more when they died later on. And you really hope the bad guys get killed and the good guys succeed, the movie does a great job of making you feel it!

Yes don’t be surprised, almost everyone dies in this movie. Before I saw it, I was hoping that Eric Bana would die as I didn’t think he was exceptional by any means in The Hulk. Well he more than redeemed himself in this movie playing Hector, the eldest Prince of Troy. I thought he did a great job – and yes he dies, though by the time it happened I was hoping he’d live.

While I didn’t particularly like his cowardly character (and it was cowardly from start to finish), Orlando Bloom gave another great performance. He will be a true star one day if he could only put down the bow and arrow! Fortunately we will see him do this in Elizabethtown next year with Kirsten Dunst.

Bloom plays Paris who steals Helen away from Menelaus, a Greek king, and in the process gives the Greeks a reason to attack Troy. Helen is played by an actress by the name of Diane Kruger. All I can say is, why haven’t we seen her before! She is beautiful, with the same strikingly attractive type face as Liv Tyler. She just draws you in with her eyes.

Of course, this movie is all about Brad Pitt. No question he is the star of this movie, and he gives a wonderful performance. You really become attached to and enthralled by his character, Achilles. And ladies he does not disappoint as he looks super buff in the movie! This has to be a defining role for Pitt, a character with incredible strength and like any hero, a weakness. And he portrays both superbly.

The battle scenes reminded me of LOTR if only for their scale. The sets and costumes looked very real and appropriate, and the Greek mythology was nicely thrown in (except that the Greeks almost never mention it in the movie, the Trojans do). Also, it was refreshing to see a movie with war strategy that actually seems realistic (being in range of the deadly archers and the importance of Troy’s walls). I have heard some people say that this movie is better than Gladiator, and while I do not agree, I do think it was an excellent movie, one you do not want to miss.

The people who claimed Van Helsing was the beginning of the summer movie season were horribly wrong, as it pales in comparison. Troy is the epic to start your summer!

the plastics!

Saw Mean Girls tonight with Inge, interesting movie! Yes it has the teeny bopper stuff, yes it has girl wants boy, yes it has catfights, but it was rather funny and well written like Andrew said. I can’t figure out why all the high schools in these movies have cafeterias that EVERYONE eats at. Maybe its an American thing.

Oh yes and as for jailbait, Lindsay rocks!

REVIEW: Avril Lavigne’s new album “Under My Skin”

Yesterday I acquired the new Avril Lavigne album entitled “Under My Skin” so I figured I should post some thoughts and opinions. First off let me say that the album won’t be released until May 25th, and you can preorder it here.


I really like the new album, it sounds great in my opinion. Granted I think it has far fewer radio-friendly tracks and that is probably a good thing as Avril transitions from singer to songwriter (yes I know she didnt write all the songs on the new album either). I would describe the overall sound as edgier than her last compilation. You can definitely hear the influences from the various producers she worked with like OLP’s Raine Maida and his wife Chantal Kreviazuk.


Aside from the heavily played “Don’t Tell Me” which I really like, my favorite songs are “Take Me Away”, “Freak Out”, “Forgotton”, and “Nobody’s Home”. I must have the Japanese release, as it includes the bonus tracks “I Always Get What I Want” and a live acoustic version of “Nobody’s Home”, both of which are pretty good.



Overall I don’t think the album will become as popular as her first one, “Let Go”, but really, what could after “Complicated”! However, if you like Avril you will definitely like this album. I’m glad she hasn’t been Britney-ized!

I am technosexual

Our good friend Sharon (ahem) sent me a link on messenger today to The Word Spy defining the term “technosexual“. Apparently this term is the “new word of the week” to replace familiar terms like geek, nerd, techie, etc.

They go on to list the earliest citation of the word on March 8th, 2004, so it is definitely new. From what I gather, the term is supposed to be the opposite of metrosexual. Here is a good description:

“With metrosexuality, it’s about style, fashion, culture, and grooming for the straight male. A metrosexual man may be seen at an NBA game one night and an art gallery opening the next,” says Ricky Montalvo, the man who wants to take technosexuals mainstream. “We take it one step further by adding technology. A technosexual man may not need to go to the NBA game because he can get highlights and scores via SMS or by browsing the web on his PDA while at the art gallery.”
—Katharine Miller, “Enter the Technosexual,” AlterNet, March 8, 2004

Somehow that makes it sound powerful doesn’t it? “We take it one step further…”

musicplasma

Have you ever downloaded something by an artist only to find that A) you loved it and B) the artist has only released one album? You love the music and wish there was more of it! As you know, I have a lot of music, and this has happened to me. It would be nice if I could find other artists similar to the new artist I just found.

Today I stumbled upon a wonderful site called musicplasma: the music visual search engine. Enter an artist of your choice, and it generates a visual map of artists that are similar! Very cool site and a very unique way to search!

Jesus caught in the act!

I realize that I haven’t really posted anything lately that is NOT about somewhere I went or something I have done. How selfish of me hey? In any case, I started reading blogs again recently (took a bit of a break) and I came across this post which says that God hates programmers. And he makes a good case for it, linking to this page.

Now look closely at the pictures on the second link. Notice how Jesus is in all of them? With the cook, the carpet-layer, etc. Now notice where he is positioned? He is always RIGHT BEHIND the person! Kinda freaky if you ask me, didn’t know he was into that sort of thing! I bet those poor people don’t even know they are about to be raped from behind.

And how on earth can CARPET-LAYER appear on that page but not programmer, or lawyer, etc?! Even clown makes the list, I mean seriously, you’ve got to be kidding me.