[Review] Carrie

I don’t exactly go to the movies all the time but there’s some budget allotted for me that I can use for leisure. Or so it seems.

Carrie, 2013, theater posterNow, this movie I was almost certain I didn’t want to watch. If only I had been more certain at the time.

First of all, the title isn’t anything interesting. The tag line is a bit interesting but I’ll be mentioning that again later.

Second, I never really watch horror movies and the poster was just screaming so. However, I was told that it’s not a horror movie at all (which is true) and Carrie‘s got powers. With that, I imagined The Covenant. Wrong. Well, mostly.

Before I go anywhere else, Carrie, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, is a movie set in the present time in your “typical” high school where the mean dark-haired girl, and her crowd, bullies the loner blond. Kinda like in the Taylor Swift video, You Belong With Me.

Remember that tag line I was talking about earlier?

In the poster it says, “You will know her name”. And that really doesn’t speak of the Carrie in the movie at all because everybody knew Carrie. So, the interesting-ness of the tag line evaporates almost immediately.

Story-wise I’d say… It’s a very long way to the prom. And you know that the more important bit happens there because that’s what the trailer told you. After almost an hour without it happening, you start really wondering about it and start thinking that there wouldn’t be much of a story if it drags on any longer.

In the end, you’ll be right because nothing much happens after the prom. Basically, it starts and ends there. (There is that thing about her first but that was just dragged on much longer than it should have. Like the rest of the prelude.)

The part where she saves her gym teacher from electrocution makes her rampage weak and simply all wrong because it could only mean that she was sane at the time and not taken over by rage. Which means, her act of killing all those people, and destroying just about everything in her path, was a rational and conscious act. And that totally makes her a villain, a very weak villain, instead of a victim – which is what she was supposed to be.

Oops. Sorry I didn’t add a spoiler warning. Not.

Mostly, throughout the movie, I could only ask myself, “Why did that have to be so predictable?”

Of course, that might just be me because I’ve seen enough movies and read enough books.

Truly, there isn’t much in it.

I should mention, there’s just a lot of blood; which I didn’t like at all. I don’t like blood and gore. It’s what made me not want to watch Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. I should have guessed at that, given the poster, but part of me was probably hoping that there wouldn’t be much besides those in her dress.

I wish I could say that the soundtrack was its redeeming factor but I couldn’t. Nothing about the soundtrack was memorable. I’m not a fan of the Twilight series (I still don’t get why people react so) but I have to admit that their soundtrack is kinda good.

I guess, this is a bad review of a movie. I hate writing something like this. But I can only write what I saw.

I can’t even do what I did with Sucker Punch trying to redeem the movie by the fact of Zack Snyder because Kimberly Peirce isn’t exactly familiar. At least, not to me. That was the first thing I noticed about the movie, by the way: the unfamiliar name of the director.

Perhaps, one redeeming factor of the movie for me would be the fact that I saw it for free, including snacks. Except for my time, I didn’t really have to pay for it so… All’s well, I guess.

On High School Musical 3: Senior Year

(November 11, 2008, 05:45pm)

I had the chance to watch High School Musical 3: Senior Year last night. And, yeah, the premiere was a few days ago. But what can I do? Anyway, I just have this sorta review/opinion/comment on the movie. I ain’t too much of an HSM addict but I can watch the movies over and over… Oh, and btw, it was sort of an illegal copy so I’m sorry. Ya know, the kind that sounds like “the owner of this motion picture did not earn from this”.

I was like, woah! What on earth happened?!?

Well, ya see… Senior Year doesn’t have the drama that HSM1 and HSM2 was able to give us. It’s not got the conflict that 1 and 2 has got. It’s not got the thrill that 1 has got. And most importantly, it doesn’t have songs as catchy as the ones from 1 and 2.

I was kinda shocked that it wasn’t as explosive as 1 and 2. And the way the movie started… Not too awesome. It was a bit of a bummer, though, that I knew that “The Rocketman” was to make a winning shot. But I didn’t think that his shot was as lame. Admit it, his shot didn’t look so cool. Troy’s assist was uber-awesome, though. But HSM1’s opening was still cuter. And HSM2’s was cooler. Those were more awesome openings.

Yeah, I know, the productions are bigger but I was actually expecting Senior Year to be the best of the bunch. But I was kinda disappointed that it wasn’t. I kinda felt that the story was a bit shallower. HSM1’s got the fullest story, I think.

And where are those uber-awesome Sharpay moments?! Like, “Gimme a beat.”

Well, maybe, too much Troy and Gabriela?!

Yo, Mr. Kenny O., what was that?!

Oh, and this was just an opinion…

No harm intended. I still loved the movie. And [The Last Waltz] was cute…

Oh, and after watching the movie, I was like,

“Yeah, we’re gonna have fun in the sun. Knock ‘em all around, work, work it out… Let’s rock and roll and just let go, fell the rhythm of the drums…”

Review: Eee PC 701

Yeah.

I finally got my own time.

The EeePC

Most reviews say that the EeePC is good and I can just easily agree to that. From a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, it’s an easy 15. No kidding. It’s really a good kinda net.

The price is so right. It’s not much of a powerhouse of a notebook but even if it is that cheap, it still boasts a lot of good stuff within it.

Quick start-up? Check. Quick shut down? Check. It can start-up and shut down almost twice as fast as other devices of the like.

The EeePC is really very portable. Lightweight, less than 1kg. The kind of notebook you can easily bring anywhere you want.

The notebook has more than 40 learn, work, and play tools pre-installed. It’s really worth the price.

The built-in camera also has a good resolution and can take decent pictures.

Speakers sound good. None of those scratching noise crap. And It’s built-in. Another bonus.

Connectivity is not an issue. LAN is plug-and-play. Wireless connectivity is out of the question, too. It can find wireless networks easily and can connect just as easily.

The screen might be small at 7 inches but most computer users can deal.
Resolution’s got two options. You can go for 800 x 600 or you can choose 800 x 480. It’s not that 800 x 480 does not fill up the whole screen, it does With 800 x 600, the screen is scrollable. But mostly you’ll go for 800 x 480.

Ports include 3 USB ports, 1 port for the microphone, 1 port for external speakers or headsets, 1 memory card slot / reader and the DC port.

Battery life is as good as the official Asus EeePC website says – it can last for 2 – 3 hours or so depending on whatever you’re doing.

Compatibility to some programs is not an issue, too. If you can’t work well with Linux, you can install Windows XP.

The only downside I can see is that mostly the available ones are the 4G models. After installing Windows XP, Microsoft Office and Mozilla Firefox only about 800 mB was left.

The inside of the EeePC

Mostly I can say, in a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being th highest, it is an easy 15.