Grimlock the Artist

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I don’t know art but I know what I like — Unknown

One of my favorite Transformers was Grimlock. He was the leader of the Dinobots, and turned into a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Grimlock, following the then-current thinking about dinosaurs, was a somewhat slow-witted fellow. He tended to talk with monosyllabic words, and had trouble grasping large concepts. But, he had a pure heart, and could always be counted on in a fight. I’m sure we all have our Grimlock moments. It’s the times where we want to do our best, but we’re just in over our heads. As much as we want to help or take part in the events around us, we just don’t quite understand what’s going on. I had such a moment on the Vancouver trip, and, as always, it led me to a moody and introspective place.
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Alternate Cinema: The Movies They Made Me Watch

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“It’s nothing but a bunch of black and white films about gay cowboys eating pudding.” — Eric Cartman’s view of independent films, from an episode of South Park

As already mentioned, most of my time spent out on the west coast was spent in front of the TV, watching the wide variety of independent and art films that Chuck and L felt I just had to see. Well, I shouldn’t put the sarcastic slant on “had.” Some of them I had been dying to see for a while myself. Since such a significant part of my trip was spent watching these films, I thought that I should do mini-reviews of all of them! I’ll be using my patented Nib scale, 1 being the worst, 4 being the best. So then, without further ado, let’s get to the movies they made me watch when I could have been taking in the Vancouver Night Life!
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Movie Review – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Directed by Peter Jackson

Starring Elija Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortenson, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Sean Astin, Sean Bean, and tons of others.

Reading The Lord of the Rings is one of those geek rights of passage I have yet to complete. I’ve read The Hobbit numerous times, and it stands as one of my favorite books, but The Lord of the Rings is just a lot slower than The Hobbit. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve attempted to read The Lord of the Rings only to get bored and quit. But, since I have attempted to read it so many times, I’ve wound up reading The Fellowship of the Ring quite a bit. I was a little bit nervous, however, when I read one review that had the exact same complaints about the film that I had about the book: long, slow, and boring. Would the movie be faithful to a fault? Only one way to find out.

The film opens at the 111th birthday of Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo has decided to leave Hobbiton to finish his book, and leaves in a grand exit. He leaves everything to his nephew Frodo (Wood), including his magic ring. But something Bilbo says about the ring tickles the brain of his old friend, the wizard Gandalf (McKellen). After some research, Gandalf discovers that the ring is The One Ring, forged by the evil Sauron and is just pure evil. The One Ring must be destroyed. So then, with his hobbit friends of Sam, Merry, and Pippin along for the ride, Frodo sets out to Mt. Doom to destroy the One Ring. But, who said that this would be easy? Along the way, Frodo must do battle with the Ring Wraiths and the forces of the evil wizard Saruman. To protect The One Ring on its way, a Fellowship is formed, consisting of our four hobbits, the elf Legolas, the dwarf Gimli, the wizard Gandalf, and the humans Borimor and Strider. Will they be successful in destroying the ring? Well, it’s the first of three movies, so probably not this time….

I found this movie not be overtly magnificent, but…satisfying. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, with a great plot, some magnificent special effects, and some great acting, but it wasn’t “bang, zoom, pow” spectacular. From what I remembered from my last attempt to read Fellowship, everything was pretty dead on to how I pictured it in the book: Bilbo’s Birthday, the journy through the Mines of Moira, how the wraiths appeared to Frodo when he put on the ring, and the final battle with the orcs. I am pleased to say that the movie moves a lot faster than the book. All in all, it was a good movie, although I sill can’t see why people worship this work of literature. Maybe it’ll all make sense after I’ve finally read it. Let’s see if I can finally get through it before The Two Towers comes out.

3 Nibs

The Voyage Home

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For my final night in Coquitlam, I was relegated to the basement “suite” occupied by Chuck and L. L’s aunt had come visiting from out-of-town, and I decided to do the gentlemanly thing and give up the spare room. In my own, somewhat twisted way, I had been looking forward to this night. Just me and my two best friends, in a good ol’ fashioned sleep-over. I was certain that after an hour or so, we’d have the slumber party vibe going and we’d stay up until the wee hours of the morn, talking about boys we like, giving each other make overs, and playing Truth Or Dare. When my mattress was laid out on the floor, I was getting all set to start the girltalk, but there was a flaw in bringing my dream to reality. After the tough day of being interviewed and teaching, L was pretty beat and just wanted to head straight to bed. When given the option of snuggling next to a beautiful woman or playing Truth Or Dare with me, Chuck chose the woman, and thus I was once again relegated to my own devices. I stayed up for about an hour, jotting down the day’s thoughts in my coil bound notebook, and then crawled onto my mattress. Tomorrow was to be a big day. Sunday was my final day. Sunday was the day I went home.
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Notes and Neurosis

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Chuck and I had just stepped off of the bus at the Coquitlam transfer station. Our day at Science World had come to a close, and we were shocked and dismayed that we had missed the last bus to L’s neighborhood. Chuck went to call L to come pick us up, and I was left alone with my thoughts. It had been a good day. I took a deep breath, and the chill of the night air stung my nostrils. I looked towards the sky, and through the orange halo that seems to hover over all cities, I could just make out the stars. Night in this city seemed to have a magical quality to it. I could hear the murmurs of my fellow bus passengers as I stood by myself, trying to look local. I was starting to feel like I belonged. I was starting to feel like a local. Then, Chuck returned from the payphone, and I was plunged into the most worrisome 24 hours of my life.
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My Buddy and Me

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Friday had come to Coquitlam, and this was to be a grand day! For you see, on this fine, sunny Friday, it was only L who had to work, and so I was going to have Chuck all to myself. Don’t get me wrong, L is one of my dearest friends, but it had been a long time since I had seen Chuck without her around. I was looking forward to some quality time with my best friend, no girls allowed. With two young men about town, we had been planning on doing some truly manly activities! There was nothing more manly than what we had planned! We were going to do what every young man dreams of doing on a sunny Friday when there was nothing holding us back! We were going to a science museum!
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