Category Archives: Movies

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I’ve had Volume 1 laying around the house for a couple of weeks now and I finally got around to watching it tonight. Bonnie was not very excited, but that changed about 10 minutes into the movie. However, as the movie progressed, she got less interested and started talking about how she didn’t really want to watch Volume 2. Then, as the movie came to an end, she stated, well now I have to watch the second one.

My take? I’ve known for a while that Quentin Tarantino was a wierd, twisted, sadistic freak, so coming from that angle, it’s a good movie. There are many little touches in the movie that you’ll only see in a Tarantino film, and I get a kick out of watching for those sort of things. The movie is not for the laid-back sort of movie watcher though, as it jumps around quite a bit and the scenes in the movie aren’t sequential, so you have to pay special attention to make sure you keep the actual order of events straight in your head.

All in all, it’s a good film if you are a movie buff and can “put up with” the work of Tarantino. As far as writers and directors are concerned, I’d probably put him in a class with the Wachowski brothers (writers of The Matrix trilogy for those of you uninformed in the ways of Larry and Andy). It just takes a twisted mind to come up with this stuff. Hopefully I’ll have time tomorrow to watch Volume 2 and move right along with my Blockbuster queue.

On that note – I’ve ditched Netflix in favor of Blockbuster’s online offerings. I’ve long been a fan/customer of Netflix, but competition is a beautiful thing. Blockbuster brings something to the online rental market that Netflix will never offer – a brick and mortar store. Not only do I get the same unlimited online rentals/three movies out at a time for $5 less per month, I also get two coupons each month that I can take into my local Blockbuster store and rent movies if I don’t feel like waiting. Now I’ve yet to use these because Blockbuster is shipping discs from Charlotte and they ALWAYS get here the following day, cutting a day of turnaround time out of the Netflix loop as they were shipping discs from Greensboro.

So, theres a post to the movies category… no telling when the last one of these was prior to this one.


Bonnie and myself made our first trip together to the drive-in together last night and saw Shrek2. After hearing all the rave reviews, the movie HAD to be excellent to measure up to all the good things I had heard about it. Most people were saying it was as good as the first one, while some thought Shrek2 might even be the better of the pair.

I was not at all disappointed. The witty humor that I loved about the original Shrek was back in FULL force in the sequel. I won’t post any plot details (aka spoilers to those who know movies), but if you enjoyed Shrek, do yourself a favor and go see Shrek2. It’s awesome.

incoming visitor now returns you to regularly scheduled, not as technical blogging…

Well Scott is coming down tomorrow around lunch to spend a few days in Shelby and I must say, I’m quite excited. It’s been probably 5 or 6 months since I was in Mount Airy visiting him. Good news is that he is doing some job hunting while he is down here. If he has luck, he wants to move back to Shelby. w00t!

Bonnie and I went over to Brandon and Meagan’s house on Friday night and watched se7en. Wow, what an awesome movie. I can’t believe I never saw that when it originally came out. Thanks for making me watch that one. Also got a belated and worth waiting for Christmas present, two pieces of M’s artwork. Quite amazing work! Thanks so much.

Congrats to the Panthers for what was an AMAZING game last night. By far the most bizarre and interesting football game I’ve ever watched. Too bad though for my Titans. I did feel like they officials missed a pass interfence call on McNair’s last toss, but oh well. Now they have two extra weeks in the offseason and can start getting better for next year.

Well the Heels are about to start their game in about a half hour and I need to get my laundry folded. Hope everyone has a fantastic week!

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Saw Matrix Revolutions again last night, this time with my sister and her friend. Not really a good idea to see the 10:00 show on Friday night after such a long week though. I could hardly keep my eyes open towards the end. As far as the movie is concerned though, I do think that the Wachowski Brothers are fantastic at what they do: creating confusion through genius.The Matrix Trilogy all has a deep meaning underneath all the fighting and love story. I don’t think there are two people on the planet that have the same ideas and beliefs about what that meaning is. Heck, I’ll even go as far to say that the Wachowski’s are the only people who REALLY understand the entire movie. Of course some of the actors and crew have a better understanding than us lowly viewers do, but I don’t think there are good enough actors, special effects, and time to convey the full ideas that Larry and Andy have in their heads. I’d love to see a book or trilogy of books that allow us to dig a little deeper into the rabbit hole. And I do think they ended the trilogy in an odd way, but not in a way that I disagree with. Some amount of closure, but not tying up all loose ends. The way I see it, they left it wide open for at least another movie in the distant future. And I’d venture to bet a large sum of money that they would deny that the 4th installment is already written and locked away.

Matrix Revolutions (no spoiler B)

Just got in a little bit ago from seeing The Matrix Revolutions. All I’m gonna say about it for now is that I enjoyed the movie and look forward to seeing it again and of course snagging the DVD when it comes out a few months down the road. As with the previous films in the series, the more times I can watch it, the better to understand it all. I’ll wait a few days and give everyone who is interested a chance to see it before writing a full-out review and analysis of the flick. The Wachowski Brothers are just simply amazing though….