It’s Friday!

And I need it to end as soon as possible. Or at least, I need it to get to 4:30pm as soon as possible.

What I need is a little device that compresses the hours between 8:30am and 4:30pm, and then expands the time between 4:30pm and 8:30am. It wouldn’t be cheating that badly, I mean it’s not like I’d be travelling through time or anything crazy. I just need to bend time a little bit.

Die Hard 4.0

Bucking the trend of trilogies in 2007 we get the 4th Die Hard movie. The anticipation, the worry. The fear! Bruce Willis over50 years old, could he really pull off another John McClane? I was definately nervous going to see this, more nervous than the third Bourne movie. This one had a real chance of being embarassing.

A friend had said it was good – which alleviate the concern a little, but still, there was much trepadation in the air.

The movie starts off by covering the years between #3 and #4 in 20 seconds, introducing us to McClane’s teenage daughter and setting his location and status. I found it useful, it dispensed with the background quickly and made sure that all we had to worry about was the story going forward. McClane is still a cop, still sarcastic and still getting shot at for no good reason. In 4.0 John is sent to pickup a minor league hacker, who has become embroiled in a Fire Sale (everything must go!) hack accidentally, and neither John nor the hacker are aware of how far the Fire Sale perpetrators are prepared to go.

The action kicks in immediately and the chase begins, because this Die Hard movie is basically one huge chase movie. The bad guys are constantly on the move, John McClane is constantly under attack through a number of mechanisms and the action follows them from location to location. The humour of Die Hard is present and as deeply ingrained in John’s character as ever. John’s sidekick is a worrying addition but it turns out ok despite my fears. The bad guy is suitably cool and yet deeply frustrated by John’s existance. The special effects are superb and the encounters are typically over-the-top; McClane survives an attack by a figher jet while driving a truck for example.

The plot is nothing amazing, but it’s twisty enough to be interesting, the final endgame is revealed pretty early on but then that’s not why anyone is watching (right? you weren’t hoping for an indepth and intricate thriller whodunnit)? The movie really just focusses on the core of Die Hard, John McClane fighting increasingly absurd attempts to kill him while getting ever closer to stopping the bad guy.

Without too much of a spoiler, the introduction of his daughter at the start was foreshadowing, and if you have to save a family member well the stakes are just that much higher …

It’s not as good as the original, but it is better than #2 and #3 and it is nearly as good as the original.

The Bourne Ultimatum

It’s the year of the trilogy and the Bourne Ultimatum was no exception. I saw the first movie (Bourne Identity) on DVD a while back and enjoyed it, but it was only on seeing it a second time that I really decided I liked it. The second movie (Bourne Supremacy) I saw on TV and enjoyed it, although it’s obviously not as fresh as the first. I had mixed feelings about a third, I wanted it to be brilliant, I feared it would be substandard. I was worried that they would be dragging the story thin, the freshness of the first movie comes partly from the lack of identity of Jason, but he gets closer to knowing who he is, and in the second closer again. Would there be enough left to provide a background? Would it just be a rehash of the first story?

And it was ‘good’, not superb, not as good as the first one, but it was entertaining. I still love the solid confidence of the main character and how well he’s portrayed by Matt Damon. It’s that confidence which brings the character to life, the absolute solid knowledge of what to do next, given any situation, and how to deal with it. It doesn’t matter if he’s right wrong or out-smarted, but his every action is steeped in raw confidence. His movements, running and decisions all come from that rigid absolute knowledge that he has to do exactly what he’s doing. It’s intoxicating.

The story is good, we get to meet a couple of familiar characters and a bunch of new ones, we get some new locations including London, and we get to see a yet-deeper conspiracy within the CIA, convoluting the entire story and situation even further than the second movie. The supporting cast is ok, some of the roles are a bit tired and some of the presentations are pretty much stock-out-of-the-bag, but it holds the story together and gives Bourne a platform on which to perform.

It turns out there is enough story left to delve into and we finally learn how Jason Bourne was created and who created him. We return to his birth, and finally learn what he was prepared to sacrifice for his country.

An excellent action movie, a good spy action movie, and a fitting if slightly-pale follow-up to the first two. A must see for the fans, a should see for people who like this kind of movie.

Reviews – Two

Blogger added labels a while ago, which really fixed the reason why I had two blogs (this one, and my review one), so I just copied and pasted the review entries from the old review one into this one. Yay.

I preserved the dates where I knew what they were, but some of those reviews were copied across from a previous review location and I had lost the original dates, so lots of them are just posted in the same day. New reviews will of course have suitable dates attached to them.

Ugh second day back!

Second day back at work after just over a week off, and all ready I need a holiday! Cliche or not it’s true. Mind you, at the end of my holiday I was ready to get back to work (and Grete was ready for me to come back too!). Couple of weeks off in October which I’m looking forward to, hopefully we’ll get out of the house a bit more during that break and perhaps go and see something!

The number of people inviting me to Facebook finally reached critical mass and I couldn’t resist any longer, I’m still oddly cautious about being ‘me’ on the ‘net rather than some supposedly anonymous entity but I guess the illusion of privacy is just that, an illusion. Anyway within a few hours of being on facebook I’d got back in contact with a couple of people from Uni so I think the benefits outweigh the issues, certainly for me.

Sweet Anguish

These posts are archives of forum / blog entries I made on my EverQuest guild website. The website won’t be around forever, and I wanted the posts all in one place so I didn’t lose them, this blog seemed like as good a place as any.

Welcome to the Asylum
You don’t have to be crazy to raid here, but it helps!

So it happened, TNF put in the hard work, and we made it to Anguish. All six MPG Raid trials have been beaten, and around 20 people got their Anguish flag when Foresight fell on Saturday.

For those who still have some trials missing, don’t worry, we’ll be redoing them over the next couple of raids. For a start, they’re fun! Secondly the loot is still incredibly good quality for TNF. And thirdly, like the Marine Corp. TNF doesn’t leave anyone behind.

Our trip to the Plane of Time was planned, calculated, and we formed an alliance to beat the Gods and ensure our success.

Our trip to Anguish has been a bit of a rollercoaster, we came out of GoD for a week to have a look around, tripped over the Master of Hatred, and then rocketted through the remaining five trials to get where we are. I know you guys have been working hard to get your signets done, and you need to give that your utmost attention in the next few weeks. We need to help each other out to get the RSS / Sewers / Catacombs done since they’re the toughest of the seven.

Anguish lies before us, open and inviting. The door is ajar. The trap is laid. The muramite army sits in wait.

It wouldn’t do to let them down now would it?