Friday, October 30, 2009

Haunted House - A Review


Last night we went to Hauntfest at the State Fair Grounds. I came away extremely disappointed. First of all, the inside was extremely loud, it was hard to have a conversation with anyone. Also the lighting inside was quite lackluster, and we frequently didn't know which way to go. The customer service associates attire was atrocious to say the least. Torn dirty clothing, no common uniform...Frankly, I was appalled. And their hygiene! Some of them look like they hadn't showered in months, others were covered in blood (terrible unsanitary), and some even looked like they had risen from the gross. Disgusting. And what was with them constantly yelling at us? Quite rude.

I give it 1 out of 5 stars, and would not recommend it to family or friends.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Dread

Movies typically make me do one of 5 things:
  1. Laugh.
  2. Smile with joy.
  3. Think.
  4. Cry.
  5. Bored.
However, there are only two movies that I can think of that have made me feel something new. Dread. The first time I watched it was when I saw No Country for Old Men. I had heard good things about it from other people but didn’t know much about the plot going in, and man, I was just blown away. Hopefully you’ve seen the movie already, but there’s a part where the main character Llewelyn is hiding out in a motel, and hitman Anton is slowly stalking his way through the place. Watching this seemingly unstoppable man-beast methodically hunting his prey really got my heart going, and this sense of dread came over me. Truly an awesome feeling considering I was watching something on screen and it’s not like I was the one in danger.



The second time I’ve had this feeling was just this past week. Netflix is letting us catch up on a ton of movies, and one that I never got a chance to see when it was in the theater was United 93. I remember there was controversy surrounding the movie when it first came out (for good reason), but I don’t know of anyone that actually saw it. We watched it Wednesday night, and here’s the thing: Just because you know how a story ends doesn’t mean it still can’t be an amazing experience. Once again this feeling of dread crept over me, as the movie started with a slow burn all the way until.....it ended.


Anyway, both movies are highly recommended, if you haven’t seen them. I hope you get to experience the same things I did.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Shazam!


By far the coolest/most useful application I've seen on the iPhone is Shazam, a deceptively simple program that listens to a song, and then lets you know the artist name, song title, and allows you to purchase it, if you wish. How it works is a pretty interesting read, if you've got 10 minutes you should do so. I'm still over a year away from getting a "smart phone," (though the Motorola Droid looks pretty enticing) but when I do Shazam will be one of my first purchases