Monday, October 13, 2008

Weekend Update

I've actually been busy at work today. WTF?? I had a solid four hours in which I did something. ok... that's a lie. Two and a half of those hours were spent looking for the entrance to my building, since the parking lot of my job looks like a demilitarized zone from Afghanistan. I'm going to start bringing my own hard-hat.

So little time to blog, so much to cover.

A new mascot for the collection... Brutus Buckeye (thanks JAX)... It's a seed! Nut? What is a buckeye, anyway? Same with an acorn... are they nuts? Seeds?

not to be confused with Brutus Beefcake:

Stupid tattoos (Tetris, Monty Python AND Stephen Hawking? This guy's never getting laid):

Twilight Countdown: 39 Days (is it me or does this dude have some crazy lettuce? yeah... still hot though.):

And a Netflix Round-up:
Mirrormask, Infamous, Disc 1 of Wonderfalls.

Mirrormask, a product of the Jim Henson studio and Neil Gaiman, was by far the most intriguing, so that's where I'm gonna get my movie review ya-ya's this week.

Helena (who looks eerily like a child Helena Bonham Carter) is a creative teen born to the circus (circus!!) and dreams of running away to an average life.

After her mother lands in the hospital, Helena stays with her non-circus life grandmother, and fills her room with pen-and-ink sketches of a world built in her own imagination. During a dream, Helena falls into this world of her own making.

A sepia-toned CGI dreamscape, Mirrormask is a "down the rabbit-hole" story along the lines of Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, The Phantom Tollbooth, Labyrinth, The Never-Ending Story... oh, the list goes on. Unlike these stories, Mirrormask does not focus on Helena growing up. Rather, Helena's journey finds her fighting to stay true to her alternative, creative self. Mirrormask celebrates the desire to keep a childish imagination and enthusiasm.

Mirrormask explores duality: light and shadow, truth and lies, masks and reality. Sadly, it does this without the fast dialogue and wit that I have rather come to expect from Gaiman, NOR does it have an awesome soundtrack David Bowie Labyrinth style. It does have a pretty killer version of The Carpenter's Close to You. That was worthwhile.

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