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Profoundly boring day. Super Metroid on the SNES is pretty awesome. New Doctor Who tomorrow!

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14 April 2006 @ 06:03 am

Lots of Logic revision today, then TV. Lost was OK, too much Kate, not enough storyline and the backstory wasn't particularly compelling. A nice, smug House today with Hugh Laurie obviously enjoying playing a ninja poker player. Seeing poker played on TV made us realise how cool poker was so we played a quick-ish game which I won (beginner's luck).

Then a back-on-form episode of Veronica Mars where they pretty much fixed everything. There was a lot of stuff about the bus crash and some good Keith. Also for the first time in ages, Veronica seemed to be much more of a character, something which has been a bit lacking this season. Seeing her happy when she got accepted to Stanford and then how haunted she was by the bus disaster was a real treat. Looks like the final couple of episodes will be really good.

(Housemate Chris did not understand the joke in this frame, even after half an hour's explanation)

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13 April 2006 @ 02:59 am

Home for mother's birthday, was good, then home for awesome 24. Also, would you like a quick and easy way to have vivid and insane dreams every night? Try taking one-a-day multivitamins just before bed - it's fantastic!

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12 April 2006 @ 04:28 am

Pub today! Then watched John Woo action thriller 'The Killer'. It's good, but not as good as Hard Boiled.

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11 April 2006 @ 04:02 am
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Lots of revision done today followed by completion of random SNES game Ninja Warriors - it's about three times as awesome as it sounds.

 
 
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10 April 2006 @ 05:31 am

Pub.

Today's film was Korean action/comedy Arahan. It's about seven ancient masters of tai-chi who are attempting to find new blood to practice their dying art (tai-chi being running up buildings and Palm Blasts). This new blood turns out to be a slightly dopey young policeman who has to eventually fight an ancient evil. There's also an amusing romantic sub-plot with the daughter of one of the masters. It's a really fun film with plenty of action and jokes that translate well. It's in the same style as - although not as slapsticky - Shaolin Soccer and Kung-Fu Hustle. However, what makes it special is the awe-inspiring swordplay and hand-to-hand combat in the fight scenes. It's elegant, graceful, complex, fast and completely unexpected. Double recommended.

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09 April 2006 @ 04:22 am

Zero work, much faffing about.

Today's film; Japanese ninja romance epic Shinobi. 400 years ago two ninja tribes of shinobi live next to each other in an uneasy peace. A ninja from one falls in love with one from the other, unfortunately this occurs while the ruling Hattori Hanzo of the country is attempting to play the tribes off against each other in order to destroy them. The film had a fantastically epic ending which the rest of the story didn't really match up to. There wasn't enough characterisation for the viewer to actually feel empathy and get involved in the story, instead there were fight scenes that were obviously trying for elegant and hypnotic but instead came out stilted and nonsensical. Also depressing were the occassional glances of gorgeous scenery which there really should have been more of. Disappointing.

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08 April 2006 @ 06:22 am

I accomplished a fair bit of work today with the help of the (10+2) * 5 method (work ten minutes then slack off for two, repeat). I may yet not fail exams!

Today's film was a Korean drama/comedy called The Art of Fighting. The story's a bit like the Karate Kid - schoolboy gets bullied at school, mysterious old man trains him to fight but a lot more brutal. Also, the emphasis is on actual fighting; for instance where other films might faff about talking us how to use the opponent's strength against him, here we're treated to a little explanation of how to break a bottle right to create a sharp-edged weapon. The fights themselves are brutal with an abudance of arm-breaking and kicking while down which makes the main character's retaliation against his tormentors (and they really make you work for it) that much sweeter. Add some unexpected back story for the teacher and you've got an elegant little film. Recommended.

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07 April 2006 @ 04:42 am

Nothing of interest today. Decent enough Lost and Veronica Mars, and we also watched Hong Kong cop thriller Infernal Affairs which was good, although not as good as I'd been led to believe.

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06 April 2006 @ 05:28 am

Revision, pub, 24 (huge twist!) then moronic domino-based computer game till bed.

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