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Friday, October 30, 2009

ANOTHER pumpkin

Same Theme... different character.

Kind of a "chibi" Boba Fett.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pumpkin Carving

This year we all got together for pumpkin carving at my grandpa and grandma Reins' house. It was awesome.

Here's some pictures. I bumped up the exposure so you can see them better.

Kerri's

Terri's

Kate's

Janaya's (which I drew on the pumpkin for her) :p


and mines...
Stormtroopers are awesome.


For those of you who didn't see my LAST YEARS pumpkins... here it is...

Batman FTW!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Astro Boy



Stopped by the theater for a midnight showing last night... It was either Astro Boy or The Vampire's Assistant. Ended up seeing Astro Boy, and I'm glad that I did. When I bought my ticket the lady told me, "Looks like you're the only person in that one so far," so I was excited. So excited I decided to get an icy and a small buttered popcorn... Classic. Right before the preview started a couple came in and watched it with me, but they didn't stay till after the credits...

The movie opens with a pretty cool, yet simple, 2D style explaining how the world became how it is in the movie. I liked that they started this off as the beginning of Astro Boy, as most movies are doing these days. I've watched the original cartoon and I think this didn't sully it's image much at all, if any. I'm not a DIE HARD Astro Boy fan, but I do, and always have, enjoyed watching it when it's on, and by "on" I mean "on" Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

Overall I really enjoyed the movie. Even with it's amateur timing in a few places, and a few plot holes here and there, I think it's definitely worth checking out for anyone who is or was a fan of the original Astro Boy.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Star Wars Garage Sale... WIN

Found a Star Wars garage sale on craigslist.com not too far from my house. Had to go and check it out. After taking a few wrong turns and calling Gretchen for help, I finally found it. I got there at about 9:45am... they opened at 9am... I left at about 8:40am.... like I said, I got lost.

But once I got there, there was loads of Star Wars things to go round. As I walked in I felt a bit let down because there's didn't appear to be too much. But when I got in there, saw the 3 or so tables full of stuff above and below, I went ape shit.

Star Wars book, Star Wars figures, Star Wars original records, Star Wars collectables... it was awesome.

Here's a pic of all the stuff I bought... I kinda wish I would have bought more, but I'm glad that I was able to show a little bit of restraint.


I know what you're thinking... and yes, those are blueprints to the Slave 1, X-Wing, and Rebel Snowspeeder. AND YES, that's a star wars bed sheet... for children...

and a stormtrooper pez dispenser...

Friday, October 16, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are



I loved it. Wasn't the longest or most in depth movie in the world, and I don't think it would hold a child's attention throughout almost any of it, but I thought it was great.

You know that feeling you get when you go see a movie based on a book and they leave all the good parts out... that wasn't the case, especially since Spike Jonze only had about 14 lines of story and dialogue combined. The Direction that Spike took this film in was definitely a good one. I don't know how most people are going to feel about it because it's not the typical ending that the "PUBLIC" wants or is used to, but it followed very closely to the book .

I read the book minutes before I left and I think that the movie was the best it could have been regardless of who was making it... unless Maurice Sendak himself did a complete animated, frame by frame of the story.

The creatures looked AMAZING, Max was awesome, the added story was clever. I really enjoyed how Spike Jonze didn't make it into something that it wasn't. When you read the book, it's all very vague, and I think he did an incredible job creating the same feelings that the book created, as well as adding some of his own story.

When I first got to the theater at 11:30, there was a line, I'm fine with lines. There was a bunch of annoying teenagers, I can deal with that. It was getting hot and I was still in line when 11:58 rolled around. At that point I was thinking, "they SHOULD have let us in by now," and, "I might have to find a manager to complain a little." I was texting people about these complaints and even told Zac that if I felt this way after the movie, I would definitely complain... well... I didn't even remember all of that until I got home and started blogging. I completely forgot, and in my mind, THAT is a good movie.

It wasn't what I was expecting, and I'm really happy about that. Recently, there have been very few movies that I commit to buying the DVD when I leave the theater... The only ones I can think of lately are Zombieland... and this.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Whip it GOOD


Tonight, Gretchen and I went to see Drew Barrymore's movie, "Whip It". This was her first time Directing a full length feature film and I must say that she didn't do THAT bad. She's definitely not my favorite director but she's not the worst.

The cast was a pretty good mesh of characters. Ellen Page was good, Drew Barrymore was okay... Kristen Wiig was good, as she usually is. Jimmy Fallon wasn't bad, but the star of the film, for me, was Andrew Wilson, the oldest of the three Wilson brothers, also including Owen and Luke.

*side note* - safari crashed (safari fail) Blogger saved a draft of this (blogger WIN)!

Anyway, the movie was good. It got four out of four stars so I was expecting a lot. And, in my opinion, it delivered. I would recommend it.

but if you can only go see one move... see Zombieland.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Couples Retreat


Not gunna lie, it had me laughing... some of the time. It wasn't a BAD movie but it wasn't that great either. I guess it's about as good as you can get with a romantic comedy these days. Mostly, I went to see it because Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Ken Jeong, and John Michael Higgins are in it. Vince Vaughn was just an added bonus.

I think Stewie (from Family Guy) put it best when he said, "Here's my impression of every Vince Vaughn movie. 'Oh, I'm incapable of loving anyone, Oh wait, I'm not.'"

It wasn't as good as 'I Love You Man'. But it WAS watchable.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Ren Fest

Today, Paul, Brittany, Gretchen and myself went to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Had a blast. Gretchen and I went earlier and experienced the rain AND shine... Paul and Brittany just experienced the Shine. Pretty much all day, it was cold and cloudy, but at one point it was pretty sunny and somewhat nice.

Paul and brittany rode an elephant and did a bit of archery while gretchen and I watched and took pictures. We all had a great time. Drank some mead, ate some pretty awesome food, including a chicken wild rice soup in a bread bowl and stuffed breadsticks... also onion rings, ice cream, caramel apples, and more mead. It was awesome... except for the fact that they were out of strawberry mead. I guess they ran out of strawberry mead on Labor day weekend. Kinda shitty.

But aside from that, jousting, knife throwing, fire breathing... all awesome. Funny stuff all day. We all had a great time.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Newspaper comic


The Incredible
JARED
Spoon Thrower

lol... awesome

Friday, October 2, 2009

Zombieland



This is definitely a must see in my opinion. The combination of these actors and actresses makes for one hell of a flick. I saw this movie with my aunt Tammy and uncle Dean, who both thought that it was good, although Tammy thought it was AMAZING, as did I.

Funny, action packed, filled with zombies... is there anything else a movie needs? I submit that there is NOT!

The story in Zombieland wasn't bad by any means. It wasn't the greatest. But it was just about as good as it gets for a zombie movie. Zombieland, in my mind, is in the same league as Shaun of the Dead. Go see this movie. I insist.

the Invention of Lying



This movie was the best movie ever made... that's me lying. It wasn't that great... that's me telling the truth. Movie ended up being a little slow. Less eventful than I would have liked from Ricky Gervais... what with creating the Office and all... even though it's not as good as the U.S. version... probably just because it's not as long as the U.S. version.

The Office aside, The Invention of Lying was not that great. I probably won't watch it again. And that usually means it isn't something I favored much at all.

Tropic Thunder was better than this... although that's not saying much... (that was for Nye)

lol