Saturday, December 31, 2005

Posting Pictures to Flickr

I think that I’ve really accomplished this goal. I just finished uploading my 4000th picture to Flickr, which is quite a number of photos to have uploaded. In 2005 I posted 2576 photos and in 2004, when I first joined, I posted 1424, so I’m up over 1000 photos for 2005. I’m not sure if I will keep up the record for 2006, but I will keep posting regularly.
I also was able to upload at least one picture a day from March to close to the end of December, which was a challenge at times, but I did it. One thing that it also made me realize is that I have connected to Flickr at least once every day for the past year. Maybe I should post fewer pictures next year and go online a bit less…

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Friday, December 30, 2005

Lowering My Flags

I use NetNewsWire and a lot to find and keep track of things and one of my favourite features of NetNewsWire Pro is the ability to flag entries. I use the feature to keep track of things that I want to write about or bookmark via I've been busy over the last few months, so my list of flagged items has grown larger and larger. Now that I have a little bit of free time before the end of the year I want to heavily reduce my flagged items by moving them into my bookmarks. Whew... there's a lot of good linking there.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Why I recommend "Blade Runner (The Director's Cut)"

by Ridley Scott

Blade Runner is a classic adaptation of a sf novel and a brilliant reworking of the material of the Philip K. Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The brilliant touch that Ridley Scott brings to the material is to rework a novel that is heavily based on personal reality into the cinematic framework of film noir. The elements of “what is reality” are downplayed as the detective elements are emphasized. It takes a very internalized novel and externalizes through a detective story. The look, pacing and score still hold up and unlike some past favourites that don’t seem to age well, Blade Runner still is a remarkable film.

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Friday, December 23, 2005

A Beautiful, Empty City

by Frank Miller (II)

Visually stunning, but the style is so much more than the substance. It looks like a moving comic in the world of film noir, but somehow the translation from film noir to graphic novel and back leaves something out. It’s definitely worth seeing, but it ultimately becomes more of an exercise than a film that grabs you.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

A review about "Donnie Darko"

Donnie Darko is an interesting film in how it subverts expectations and how it is constructed. I think that it’s a bit overrated and other films have done similar things, but I enjoyed the structure quite a bit. Since the film is built around a secret, I won’t reveal it, but it’s definitely worth seeing.

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

A review about "5X2"

A fascinating story of a couple told through five scenes, beginning with their divorce and progressing backwards to their first meeting. It starts off in a fairly disturbing way, but as the film progresses backwards in time you realize that you know less and less about the characters are more is revealed. The film is very carefully structured with a script that cleverly reveals (or hides) information that shapes your perception of the characters and the story. Not as enjoyable as Ozon’s 8 Women, which I loved, but still worth seeing.

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A review about "Heavenly Creatures"

Heavenly Creatures is a harrowing story that was the first film I saw by Peter Jackson and also was Kate Winslet’s cinematic debut. Visually it’s inventive and the editing is great as well. It becomes increasingly tense as it moves to the end and the circular structure lets you know that something terrible is about to happen. Great filmmaking with a fascinating combination of music and special effects that somehow fit into the story.

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