Category Archives: Randomness
It’s about halfway through (more or less) Baz Luhrmann’s latest incarnation of “The Great Gatsby” that our narrator, Nick (Tobey Maguire), remarks on Gatsby’s, “extraordinary gift for hope.”
Apart from being a line that many of us probably vaguely recall being highlighted by our high school literature teacher (and occurs much earlier in the book), it is also, to be concise, what makes this film soar.
It is hope, extraordinary in nature, that carries this film. Not only that of Gatsby (Leonard DiCaprio), but of the entire production.
While the likes of Daisy (Carey Mulligan), her philandering husband Tom (Joel Edgerton), and his colorful mistress Myrtle (Isla Fisher) are every bit as careless as Nick describes them, it is hope that draws them together. It is carelessness that destroys them.
Of course, Gatsby, the most careful and most hopeful of them all, is the one that must pay the ultimate price. (I’d say spoiler alert, but you really should have read the book first).
It’s a beautiful, simple story told beautifully, but not simply. The visual complexity of this film is at times overwhelming, but in the absolute best way possible, and in 3D (at its best). Read the rest of this entry
Chuck E Cheese is one of those childhood memories that is either surrounded by warm, fuzzy or traumatizing moments. There is no in-between and it really comes down to which end of the masked character spectrum you tend towards.
But whether you smile at the thought or break into a cold sweat, odds are you went there as a child. Little did you know you were participating in illegal activities.
Recent legislation meant to combat Internet Cafe gambling (apparently it’s a thing), has brought to light the sinister nature of some Chuck E Cheese entertainment. The new legislation could technically define some of their games as illegal under-age gambling. Read the rest of this entry
With all of the advancements in technology I find myself quite often thinking, “It’s cool, but do we really need it?”
That of course leads to the age-old moral dilemma of just because we can, doesn’t mean we should.
Then, there are glow-in-the-dark plants, which we can, we should, and why don’t we have them yet?
Okay, at first I was not so keen on the idea. At first I did not see any legitimate benefit from making trees (and other assorted vegetation) glow.
What can I say? I was in the dark on this one. I had no vision. Which would no longer be a problem should researchers (currently being funded by a Kickstarter campaign) uncover the mystery of illuminating plants. Read the rest of this entry
We’ve taken another step forward in our ongoing march towards a world run by supercomputer overlords. It’s really only a matter of time.
Come September, the USPS will be downsizing its division of sloppy handwriting translation (not the actual name, but if they want to use it they have my blessing). What was once an army of 55 centers will dwindle down to 1 as most of the task is turned over to the machine. Read the rest of this entry
Calm down, calm down, this is not an “Iron Man 3″ review. 2WC was unable to make the midnight showing, and our invitation to that pre-screening must have gotten lost in the mail. That and we don’t live in any of the countries where the movie was released last Friday, which includes almost anywhere else on the planet. Read the rest of this entry