Archive for December 2014

TL;DR Movie Reviews of 2014   2 comments

I haven’t made a movie review at all this whole year. Here’s a list and quick review of all the movies I’ve seen in 2014 (I probably won’t see another one until next year).

  1. The LEGO Movie – It’s like when you see your childhood flash right before your eyes. You can’t help but reminisce all the times you’ve played make believe and content with actual toys instead of videogames. Everything is awesome!
  2. 300: Rise of an Empire – Too little. Too late. Except Eva Green. The movie probably would be ‘meh’ without her.
  3. Journey to the West (2014) – I actually saw this at Otakon ’14 in one of their video screenings. If you liked Kung Fu Hustle’s comedy, this will fight right in.
  4. Divergent – Based on the trilogy. It’s no Twilight/Hunger Games, but it will do. It’s like an edgy, dystopian Harry Potter.
  5. Noah (2014) – It’s based on the graphic novel that is based on the Biblical account of the flood. It was… interesting.
  6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – One of the best superhero movies to come out this year. This is also one of the best superhero stories of all time. Marvel dun good.
  7. Transcendence – It’s not the action-packed sci-fi movie you’d expect. It was slow-paced and almost artsy, but overall okay plot of a man who was poisoned and had his mind uploaded to a super computer to keep himself alive, in which he becomes the first A.I. of sort that could have helped humanity if it weren’t for the technophobes.
  8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – An okay movie, but the studio added some other stuff to try and compete with what Marvel is doing with the Avengers. It was a fail.
  9. Million Dollar Arm – Based on a true story of this reality show made in India, a country who favors cricket over baseball, to find two pitchers for Major League team. I saw this on Korean Air on my way to the Philippines. Great movie.
  10. Godzilla (2014) – The movie did not show as much of Godzilla and focused more on Heisenberg and future Scarlet Witch/Quicksilver.
  11. Blended – An Adam Sandler romantic-comedy about single parents who went to an African Safari. It’s classic Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore.
  12. X-Men: Days of Future Past – The movie that scrubs away the travesty that was X-Men: The Last Stand. They did right with this franchise.
  13. Maleficent – A new Disney fad of recreating live-action movies of their cartoons. Angelina Jolie played Maleficent really well.
  14. Edge of Tomorrow – It’s so much more than just Groundhog Day with aliens. It’s Groundhog Day with aliens… starring Tom Cruise and the oh-so beautiful and lovely Emily Blunt. Underrated movie.
  15. 22 Jump Street – Undercover cops. This time, they’re going to college. Just as funny and great as the first movie.
  16. Transformers: Age of Extinction – There can’t be too many Transformers. I still can’t believe this is the most successful movie of 2014 (made over $1 billion worldwide).
  17. Snowpiercer – I saw this on the plane to the Philippines. It’s a post-apocalyptic movie where the entire world is covered in a global cooling and the only survivors are living on an endless running train where the poorest live all the way in the last train car.
  18. Deliver Us from Evil – An exorcism movie based on a true story in New York.
  19. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – A sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Hail Caesar.
  20. Lucy – A Luc Besson movie on what if we could unlock 100% of the brain’s potential starring Scarlett Johansson
  21. Little Miss Sunshine – This is an oldie, but I haven’t seen it. With the exception of the brother, everyone played their character pretty well.
  22. Guardians of the Galaxy – The other great superhero movie of 2014. A start of a new franchise. Also, Marvel. Can’t. Fail.
  23. The Equalizer – Loosely based on the tv series that my mom loved to watch when were in the Philippines in the 80s. This version is more violent and gorier. It’s an avenging-type movie.
  24. John Wick – A great special agent movie. The movie happens because someone killed John Wick’s dog. PETA approved.
  25. Kick-Ass 2 – The sequel to Kick-Ass. Part of me wanted to like it as much as first movie, but it just didn’t held up. The plot for the first movie was more believable than this one.
  26. Nightcrawler – Jake Gyllenhaal plays a convincing manic/wired guy who learns his ways around the nightcrawling profession: people who rush to accidents, shootings, and other aftermaths to film them and sell the footage to the highest bidding news channel. The gorier the better. He’s also crazy.
  27. Interstellar – I’ve seen this movie twice on regular theater with my parents and IMAX 70mm with my sister (her Christmas gift for me). I cried both times.
  28. Big Hero 6 – A Disney CGI animated movie based on a Marvel comic book that nobody really knows about. It was a success. BayMax *glomp*
  29. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – It’s no longer about the games. It’s about war propaganda and rebellion.
  30. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – It’s finally over. Very overdrawn scenes just to make it longer.
  31. Into the Woods – Not your typical musical turned to movie. It starts out all happy and hopeful. Then the second act washes it all away.

I’m done.

Nanoblock – Christmas Themed Sets   2 comments

This took about 2 weeks to make (planning, execution, breaks). It’s made using 4 separate Nanoblock Christmas holiday themed sets. I made the platform using Styrofoam and chalk foam boards. I originally planned on printing a generic snowy background. Instead I used a glossy white spray paint I got few years ago for the stars and snow mountains. I inserted a tiny 10-LED bulb series into the Styrofoam for lighting. With the extra pieces I’ve accumulated, I made additional candy canes, gifts, a sleigh for the lone Christmas bear connected to the two reindeer and the Festivus pole on the right.

Music: djinthedark – Greensleeves (DJ_ITD Remix)

I’m done.

Posted December 17, 2014 by StupidSystemus in Building Toys, Timelapse, Video

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Life at 30   Leave a comment

It’s just past 8:00AM. I’m at the car dealer on a Saturday morning for 55K maintenance, oil change… The works. The drive here was pleasantly calm unlike my former daily commute to work (I say “former” since I mostly work from home). The red-orange sun creeping up on the horizon. Almost vacant roads. Businesses preparing to start the day. The quiet and effortless movements of it all… seemingly relaxing. I’ve never been a morning person, but I could live with this all day.

I’ve always appreciated the mundane. I welcome it. The introspective introvert in me cherish these moments. I like social events and attend conventions. I always have a great time, but nothing compares to downtime.

Menial accomplishments are pleasingly rewarding. Cleaning my room. Checking off items on my To-Do list. A long nap or sleep.

I’m less self-conscious than I was. It’s much easier to dismiss things.

In short, it’s more of the same… Just wiser.

I’m done.

Posted December 13, 2014 by StupidSystemus in Musings

Dreams   2 comments

Had a dream in October where I was in the Philippines in our old house. My father was there and I was taking care of him. I prepared his food and avoided anything sweet for his diabetes. A bunch of people started showing up. Some people I kind of knew from the past and some I didn’t know. They brought their own food and placed some in the kitchen and on the table. I don’t remember much of the dream, but I woke up not long after. Not sure what to feel about it, but I went for a run about an hour after.

A few days after I had another dream with my father. It was a different house. Not familiar. There were different guests and cousins in my dream. Some sort of gathering. That was the most times I had a dream about him.

My father passed away on September 15th, 2014 in the Philippines. He had a stroke the week before and hit his head. My relatives were there to help him up. He was conscious, but felt something really wrong. They took him to the hospital. He was unconscious and had trouble breathing after that. Our cousins informed us early Monday morning. There was swelling on the left side of his brain. Official cause was a stroke, complicated by Diabetes.

My mom and my siblings decided to go with me to the Philippines 4 days after. We were only there for 3 days. We got there Sunday night. We dropped by the funeral room and placed a picture of him 20-something years ago on top of his casket. We came back the next day and met with relatives on my father’s side. My relatives on my mom’s side also went to the viewing throughout the day. We buried him the next day with my late grandpa and uncle. He’s at peace now.

I’m done.

Posted December 11, 2014 by StupidSystemus in Personal