If you guys haven’t heard it already, there is an audio track going around of Christian Bale losing his temper on the set of Terminator Salvation. I’m sure you can google it and find it pretty quick if you’re really interested. For your sake, here’s a link. It does have some graphic language, so be warned.

I’ve read a lot of comments that people have made about Bale being unprofessional for blowing up like that. From what I understand, the Director of Photography walked in front of a light for the second time. A lot of people are against Bale’s losing his temper, but I find it understandable.

DP is a very respected position on the set. I’m surprised that anyone would walk onto a set during the filming of a scene. For a DP, that’s unacceptable. I’m not surprised that Bale blew up when it happened for the second time. Actors are trained to pull out whatever emotion they need at the right moment. For a movie like Terminator, you need that adrenaline to get the scene just right. If that scene is ruined, it takes time to get that adrenaline pumping again. Blow ups like this happen all the time on movie sets, people just don’t know about it as much. Also, film costs money. Film is a very expensive necessity on the set. In the movie industry, time really is money because the more time (aka film) you waste of ruined shots, that’s more money that has to be spent.

All I can say is that people need to lay off of Christian Bale. He is an amazing actor, one of the best. He truly is passionate about his job and it shouldn’t be a big huge suprise when he gets angry over it once in a while.

Just thought I’d give my two cents.

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First off, sorry to my viewers (all two of you) for not updating in a looooooong time. I’ve not had that much time to write anything worth while since my last update. School has taken its toll on me. But fear not, I am alive and well.

Anyway, about a week ago I saw a recipe on how to make a baked mac and cheese. I haven’t had mac and cheese in ages so I figured now would be the best time to make some. When I was making it I took some liberties with the recipe. So consider this my own adaptation of it. For example, I used Mozzarella, Colby and Monterey Jack cheese instead of just Colby. I also added some bacon in there. You can never go wrong with bacon right? If you’re a visual learner, check out these snazzy pictures below!

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Seen here are all the ingredients I used. They include: Milk, Lowry’s Seasoned Salt, Colby and Monterey Jack cheese, Mozzarella cheese, Penne pasta, and bacon.

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First thing was first. I put the water on to boil and then put on some bacon to fry. I think I used about 6 slices of the good stuff. It took a little while to cook but was a great addition to the pasta.

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Finally, the bacon was finished cooking. It took three of those fancy Bounty paper towels to drain as much grease as I could from them. Alas, the pasta still wasn’t done at this point. I’m pretty sure I had eaten a slice of bacon by the time the pasta finished.

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I forgot to take pictures of the layering process but this is what it looks like finished. I put in half the penne and then topped it with some seasoned salt, butter, and equal parts of the cheese. I repeated the process. I only had room to fit two layers of it before the bowl was nearly flowing over with deliciousness. Why is all the bacon on top you ask? Because I forgot to put it in the middle when I was layering. Oh well. It still tasted freakin’ awesome. I poured in some milk from the top until the dish was about a third of the way filled. I’m not sure why the recipe calls for this. I think it’s because the milk makes it super creamy on the bottom. At least, that’s what happened to me.

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After baking it uncovered at 375 for about 30 minutes this is what it looked like. Now I know what you are asking, “Was it good?” All I can say is, HELL YES IT WAS GOOD.

It lasted about two days before it was all gone. The cheese and bacon on top had made a crunchy top layer that covered the super creamy bottom layer. I’m definitely going to make this one again some day. The full recipe after the jump.

Super Cooking Awesome Man Chef Guy’s Baked Bacon Mac and Cheese:

  • 1 package of Penne pasta
  • 1 – 2 tsp of Lowry’s Seasoned Salt
  • 3 – 4 tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 3/4 package of Colby and Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3/4 package of Mozzarella
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1 cup of milk

1. First thing is first, get a big pot and fill it about 3/4 of the way with water. Put it on the stove, crank up the heat and let it come to a boil. Remember to salt the water with regular salt, not the seasoned. While that is going, cut your bacon in small slices and put it in a pan to fry. You should probably also preheat your oven to 375.

2. Once the bacon pieces are done, take them out and drain them on some paper towels. Depending on your timing, your pasta may or may not be done at this point.

3.  Now comes the layering. Drain your pasta as well as you can and put half of it into the dish of your choice. Top it with a few pats of butter, a nice coating of seasoned salt, half of the bacon, and about a handful of each kind of cheese. Repeat the process and top with a nice helping of each cheese.

4. Put it in the oven uncovered at 375 for 30 minutes. After half an hour take it out and serve hot.

2008 has come and gone. Damn, what a year. It certainly has had its ups and downs. No doubt about that. As of right now it is 9:06, and I am sitting here typing away. It is only a few hours until the ball drops in Times Square and I can’t help but think about the past 365 days. Well, not really. But for the sake of this post, I will.

Sometimes when I look back at ’08 I can’t help but smile and wipe a tear from my eye as I watch it go away like a mother watches her child go off to college. Great strides have been taken in all areas of my life. I’ve learned that there is still hope for superhero movies, that it’s not about the amount of your fans, but the quality of them. I’ve learned that great minds don’t always think alike. I’ve learned that forgiveness and second chances are what makes our lives run. I’ve gained a lot of new friends, and improved the ones I already have. I’ve seen some of the best movies this year, played some of the best games also. 2008 was a great year for both these huge parts of my life, and ’09 seems just as promising.

As I look back I realize that I’ve grown up a lot this year. This year was the first year that weekends were spent sleeping instead of gaming. That breaks were spent outside instead of in. That holidays were just an excuse to get off of school instead of just to…holiday. I find my tastes for video games and movies are maturing a bit and so is the way I think. I look at things in a slightly different light now. Whether that’s good or bad I don’t know.

I know 2009 will bring a lot of new and, possibly, exciting challenges. I’m sure that some of these will be harder than others but that’s part of the fun in my opinion. Either way, ’09 should be a good one.

Happy New Years, everyone.

Well damn, where do I start?

I’ve been pretty busy lately, and it seems that the amount of work I have is inversely correlated with the amount of posts I put up here. But what can I do? Now that the winter break is officially upon us, I’m starting to miss all of the work I had. Wait a minute…no I don’t. I have been able to do a lot of the things I wanted to do though. For example, I recently released a new movie that Neon Penguin made. It turned out much better than I thought it would, but, as always, there are things I would like to fix.

While we’re on the topic of movies, I just want to say that the Sci-Fi channel has the best movies. Ever. Personal favorites include Raptor and Centipede!. Seriously though, these movies are so bad I wonder how they ever got released. And they were made in 2001 even! I think I felt nauseous while watching the horrible acting, blatant continuity problems, and just down right retardedness. They do offer a good laugh though and are good time wasters when you’re up at 2 in the morning with your crippled sister. Anyway, moving on…

The only problem I can find with the holiday season is the ridiculous amount of money that I end up spending. I’m pretty sure I don’t mean to but I do anyway. I don’t mind it as much as I probably would if I was already dead broke. I don’t know. It’s a bit annoying how expensive everything is these days. But hey, gas prices went down so I can’t complain that much.

The sis is back in town, and it seems she brought everything else with her. I can’t wait till I can build a fort from her old boxes when she leaves again. We’ll see how that turns out but I’m guessing that it will be able to withstand everything except maybe a nuclear warhead. I’ll take pictures and post them as soon as possible. Also, since the sis is crippled at the moment I have discovered how fun crutches really are. I’m sure the novelty of them wear off once you are actually a cripple but they’re still fun to me. They hurt your armpits though, I wonder how real cripples do it. They must have really strong armpits.

I’ll probably have a bit more to say after Christmas, that is, I’ll have things to brag…er…I mean review.

Happy Holidays everyone.

I just wanted to wish you all a good Thanksgiving. You know, all three of you. I hope you have lots and lots of turkey and other delicious things. Sadly, I’m too asian to eat turkey on Thanksgiving, but that’s okay. I have “huo guo” instead. It’s a Chinese dish that is pretty much a big pot of boiling broth. You put random food items in there to boil and then you eat it with a tasty tasty sauce. Overall, it was pretty good. I’m not missing the turkey.

I’m pretty excited about Black Friday tomorrow but I don’t think I’ll be able to go. The ‘rents don’t seem too thrilled about getting up at 4 to go to some store. Oh well, the sales will keep coming and there is always the interwebz to help me. For anyone interested, Amazon is having some crazy deals this time of year. I’ve seen things up to 90% off over there!

In other news, I finally found a suitable parkour training ground for practice and fun. It’s pretty much an abandoned Three Bros. bakery. No complaints though, it’s incredibly fun to just run around over there. I wish I had some photos. Apparently I don’t have the foresight to know that I need a camera. Oh well.

Happy Thanksgiving.

I usually try to update this blog every week, but it’s been a bit hard considering my schedule. Also, I really haven’t had anything to say. I’ve been playing a whole bunch of new games and I finally got my G1. Here’s a quick run down on what I think.

Left 4 Dead: Awesome game. It has 4 separate campaigns that can each be played with 4 friends each. Each campaign will probably run you about 2 hours depending on what difficulty you are on. I’ve only played on Normal mode so far. If anyone wants to play with me: DemonElite117 is my Xbox Live GT. I’ll be clearing my friend’s list pretty soon, just be sure to include a message with your request. AI can be a little annoying sometimes, but overall it’s spot on.

Gear of War 2: Another great game. As CliffyB promised, this one is bigger, better, and more bad ass than the last. It is still definitely the same Gears that we all know and love. The style, and control, and interface are all the same. The only thing that is really new is some new abilities and enemies. The new Horde gametype is incredibly addicting to play with friends. The campaign is pretty fun, but always funner with a few buddies to help. Overall a great, gory, action shooter. If you were a fan of the last one, you’ll love Gears 2.

Mirror’s Edge: Not for the weak stomached I hear. There have been stories of people getting motion sickness to the point of vomiting because of this game. That’s how real it is. If I were to describe this game in one word, it would have to be clean. The environment, the controls, the movement, everything is very very clean. I’m a bit disappointed with the multiplayer, and the fact that you have to sign into EA just to do Time Trial is really annoying. Why can’t they use XBL like every other game? Beats me. As I said before, this game is incredibly lifelike. When you run and jump, you feel like you’re running and jumping. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this game. In my opinion, I absolutely love it. Though, if you’re not too sure, I suggest renting it first.

T-Mobile G1: What can I say? I love this phone! It has a few creaks here and there but that’s okay. The screen is bright and responsive, but the system can be a bit slow at times and really fast at others. The battery cover seems like an after thought. The Google Maps is one of the most convenient things in the world to have on hand. That and the giant selection of free apps to download this phone can be customized to anyone’s tastes. If you have T-Mobile and due for an upgrade, get this.

In other news, I can’t be more relieved that it’s Thanksgiving. If there is one thing that I’m thankful for is that I can take off school for a few days. These past two weeks have been an absolute blur. The only thing I can remember is school work, which is lame. After this it’s one last push and then I have winter break. I’ve been trying to start a Parkour Club and a Comedy Club with my friends, hopefully that will work out in the end.

I recently saw Quantum of Solace too. I liked it overall but it was more than once that I was left thinking, “What just happened?” This is the first Bond movie to ever be a direct sequel to another Bond movie, so it was interesting to see how it would play out. Daniel Craig makes an excellent Bond in my opinion, but I know some people thinks it’s absolute blasphemy. If you like James Bond movies, which you should, this is a good movie to watch.

Well, that’s all for now folks. If you’re just dying to get more of me, you can always visit my Twitter!

In Peter Molyneux’s last installment of Fable, he made a lot of promises that, in the end, left some gamers disappointed. This isn’t the say that the first Fable wasn’t a great game, it certainly was, but there was a high bar that just wasn’t crossed. For Fable 2, the promises made were still many and great, and thankfully, many of them were fulfilled to their fullest extent. I’m happy to say that Fable 2 is better, longer, and more enjoyable than Lost Chapters or Fable 1.

Fable 2 takes place roughly 500 years after that last game. All the previous Heroes have died out, except for you of course. In this game, there is no my-tiny-rural-village-was-burned-down-so-I-need-to-fight type of intro like the last game. Instead, it opens with you, as a child in a city called Bowerstone. You’re poor and hungry, but there is hope in a tiny music box. It’s pretty obvious where it goes from there. One of the things that made Fable famous was the ability to truly choose your own path. In Fable 2, this idea has been stepped up to the next level. Your choices have lasting and dramatic effects on the world as a whole. For example, if you choose to help the guards in Bowerstone, the city will remain prosperous. However, if you choose to help the criminals, the city will be in shambles when you come back. The weight that is added to each choice you make truly makes it feel like that you’re making a difference in the world.

The game manages to really engage the player, making you feel lasting connections with the things you interact with. You feel a connection to your wife or husband, you feel a connection to your children, and most importantly, you feel a connection to your dog. The dog is probably one of the best additions to the game, if not the best. He is with you throughout the entire game, right up till the final and most dramatic choice in the game. I felt such a connection with him that I often got worried when I didn’t seem him near me, and I got incredibly angry when someone kicked him. It may seem silly, but it’s amazing how a character who never speaks (just barks when he finds treasure) can become so attached to you. Sometimes his programming would be a little wonky. For example, sometimes he would say he found something but not move to show me where it was. However, these problems were scarce.

The dialogue and writing in the game are absolutely hilarious at times. The quotes in the loading screens always offer some sort of interesting tid bit about Albion, and the descriptions of many of the items in the game are laugh-out-loud funny sometimes too. The new golden trail of light is helpful in that it leads you to your objective, preventing the player from getting lost and frustrated. However, sometimes it would disappear and lead me in the opposite direction. It’s not perfect, but it works. The leveling system has also been overhauled. No longer do you need to travel all the way back to the Hero’s Guild to upgrade your abilities (strength, skill, will). Now, you can do it on the fly, whenever you want to. This is a great addition because it stopped the frustration that usually came from me having to travel backwards to go forwards. There are also jobs now that offer a way to make money other than stealing and killing like the first game. Most of these are the same minigame and can get boring, but they are somehow engaging at the same time. I found myself playing for hours and making tons of gold in the process.

Battle is largely the same, save for the addition of new weapons. Instead of bows like the first Fable, there are now rifles and pistols and the occasional crossbow. These are separated into sub categories much like the swords are (Rusty, Iron, Steel, Master). It is necessary to note that the spell system has been overhauled. Now spells are put into a list, with level ones at the bottom then going up. As you cast your spell, you hold down the button to charge it up. This adds an extra layer of strategy as you go through because you can switch between spells as you charge depending on the order.

There are a lot of things that are great about Fable 2, and I mean that, but that isn’t to say that there aren’t any flaws. The most notable one is the lack of a world map. The only thing you get is a tiny map of the region you are in. I wish that they would have put in a dedicated screen for the map, and a world map never hurts. Similarly, it pained me to have to sit through a long loading screen every time I entered a new section of the world. It would have been okay if it was a few here and there between cities and the main overworld, but here it was even in the cities. Especially with games like GTA4 that have no loading screens, the presence of them here in such a large game is disappointing. There were times when the game would glitch on me too. It was more than once that I saw some clipping issues with the characters, including mine. I even fell through the floor once! There is even one mission that I can never complete because it starts over whenever I try to complete my objective. The menu system was sometimes a bit slow, but usually sped up as the game warmed up a bit.

With stunning cinematics, entertaining writing, and an extremely engaging story, Fable 2 proves to be an incredibly satisfying game. Throw in the fact that there are countless amounts of side quests to do, and you have one hell of a re-playable game. This is one that I will definitely be booting up for months to come. The lack of a world map, some clipping issues, and some programming problems add noticeable scars to the game. It’s obvious that it would have benifitted from a month or two more polish. Though, this game is entertaining through and through and deserves a spot in any gamer’s collection.

9/10

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Though, I’m really not sure if you can call it a holiday, but it sure as hell feels like one. It is also one of the most hypocritical holidays too. Parents teach their children to never take candy from strangers, and today is the day when children to go nearly every house on their block to get candy from strangers. Oh well, it’s well worth it. I haven’t encountered any rapists…yet.

It’s nice that the school acknowledges Halloween by giving us most of the day off. I was lucky enough to get away with wearing my costume for most of the day as well; only two teachers asked me to take off my ninja (shirt) mask. Who was I you ask? Why, Mr. Ninja CEO of Killing of course! I’ll have pictures up a bit later. I hope I don’t forget.

It seems that people are getting smarter now. Remember the good ‘ole days where you could walk up to a front porch, find a bowl of candy and a hand written sign saying “Take One Please.” You would stand there with your friends and laugh heartily for a good two minutes before you took the whole fucking thing like the greedy bastards you really are. I’ll never forget the year that my friend took the whole thing, bowl included. He still has that bowl…I think. Yeah, those were good times. It seems that people are getting smarter, and are actually sitting there. Watching. As if we’re criminals. Ugh, what kind of world do we live in now?

Unfortunately, I started to trick-or-treat a little towards the back end of prime time (between 7PM and 9PM). That’s okay though, one house seemed to be extra generous, encouraging their kids with calls of “Give them more!” and “Handfuls!” Who was I to deny it?

In other news, I ordered my G1 about a week ago. I’m not really sure what is going on with UPS, but it seems to be stuck in the “In Transit” status, and has been for about 3 days now. I’m starting to get worried that it got lost, or worse, stolen. Though, the latter seems pretty far fetched. This sucks because that means I have to call TMobile and tell them to send me another one. Either that, or refund me. Ugh, I hate dealing with customer service reps. Well, once I have my hands on the phone, I’ll be sure to post a review.

Simon Pegg has always been one of my favorite actors. If you’ve ever seen Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, you would know why. Run Fatboy Run is roughly in the same vein as those movies in the sense that they have the same feel to them. Overall, the movie offers a bunch of laughs and a great time with friends. Hell, I would even say you could watch it by yourself, but that’s awfully sad don’t you think? I digress.

The movie centers around Dennis Doyle, a security guard at a lingerie store. He is known by his ex-fiancee and his friends that he runs from everything that is hard in life. The movie even opens with him running from his wedding, leaving Libby (the ex, played by Thandie Newton) at the alter, and pregnant no less. Suffice it to say, he’s not on good terms with her. The movie skips ahead to Dennis’ current life, as the security guard that is. He then finds out that Libby has a new boyfriend. Do you see where this is going? The movie progresses rather predictably, so it doesn’t add anything to the new and revolutionary department. Despite this however, the movie is a heart warming story about overcoming ones challenges in life.

This being a comedy movie, the comedic timing was spot on. A lot of it was of  British style, but I still found it laugh out loud hilarious at times. If you enjoyed the humor in Simon Pegg’s other movies, you’ll enjoy the jokes in this one as well. The movie still managed to be serious when things needed to be and funny the rest of the time. In terms of cinematography, it too was very well done. The angles were well placed, and there weren’t too many cuts to confuse the viewer. It was pretty easy on the eyes. If you hated movies like Cloverfield because of it’s camera work, then you don’t have to worry about that with this movie.

The story is told, as I said before, in a very predictable fashion. Guy breaks up with girl. Girl moves on. Guy tries to win girl back from an asshole of a boyfriend. There wasn’t much depth in terms of thought provoking ideas, but I found that I didn’t miss it that much. The movie isn’t really based on the story, if that makes any sense. Rather, the story is only a backdrop on which the scenes play out over. Yeah, that didn’t really make that much sense. But I hope you get what I mean.

Overall, the movie was fun to watch, and made my laugh. It’s not the funniest or most well made or most compelling movie ever, but I enjoyed it despite that. This would be a great rental just to see if you like it. In some cases, or if you have the extra 20 burning in your pocket, the DVD wouldn’t be a bad investment.

2008 and 2009 seem like really good years for the things I love. Technology, movies, and video games. If you’re one of the two dedicated readers I have, then you might have read my video game article a few weeks earlier. I won’t bother to catalog any more video games in this list, rather, I’ll just tell you about some movies I’m pretty damn excited about.

First, I’ll start the list with Zack and Miri Make a Porno. This movie has been a hot topic with the MPAA for obvious reasons. Of course, this isn’t the first movie that has had a risque overtone. 40 Year-Old Virgin anyone? Though, I have to admit, this is a bit more direct. Anyway, this movie about Zack (Seth Rogan) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) trying to make some extra cash so that they can keep a roof over their heads. Solution? Make a porno of course! To make things even better, it’s written and directed by Kevin Smith, a person I am a huge fan of. It goes without saying that this movie is going to be hilarious. Don’t believe me? Check out the trailer. It’s set to release Oct. 31.

Staying with the theme of sex, we have Sex Drive. This movie is about a high school senior, Ian (Josh Zuckerman), who goes across the country to meet a girl he met online. I’m sure a bunch of my fellow nerds can sympathize with this film. It just hit theatres recently and hasn’t gotten the best reviews on IMDB (a 6.3 out of 10). It does look promising though, and I hope I can find the time to see it. I’ll write a review when I do.

Everyone recognizes the name James Bond and the number 007. That being said, the next movie on the list is 007: Quantum of Solace. This is the sequel to the previous 007 movie, Casino Royale. I’ve always loved the Bond films, and at first I was a bit apprehensive about the choice of Daniel Craig as James Bond. But he has lived up to the Bond name really well. Casino Royale is up there with the list of best Bond films including “GoldenEye” and “The Spy Who Loved Me.” This movie is due out on Nov. 14, and I can’t wait.

This last one is a bit into the future, it’s Watchmen. When I saw the trailer in theaters, I was absolutely floored. Watchmen is an amazing comic, filled with thought provoking insights. It’s due out March 6th 2009. Until then, I’ll just have to watch the trailer again. And again…and again.

This past Thursday was the final presidential debate. I don’t really have much to say about it. McCain held his own really well, staying on the offensive often. There wasn’t really anything I heard that was new or exciting. I did find it interesting that Joe the Plumber was mentioned so many times, but can you blame them? They need to appeal to that demographic more than anything. However, the odds are against McCain’s favor, Obama being in the lead almost 2:1. I don’t want to say anything too early, but it almost seems like Obama is a shoe in to win. But who knows? Life is full of surprises.

If you’re like me, you’ve wondered what the best superhero was. Obviously, there isn’t a definitive answer for this question, but it’s still an interesting topic. I really love Spiderman. I like how he manages to stay like a regular person despite his powers, ie. getting dumped. Then again, I also love Batman because he doesn’t have any power at all. Just a lot of money. On the other side of the coin (Two-Face reference), I don’t like Superman because of that. He is too super. And I’ve never been particularly attracted to the other heroes either, such as the Flash, Hulk, and the like. I don’t know, they’ve never really grown on me. So now it really comes down to Spiderman or Batman.

Spiderman’s power is pretty badass. Though, in the comics, Peter Parker didn’t have the ability to shoot webs, he had to have a special device attached to his arm that made and shot the webs for him. But, he still had his Spidey-sense and his ability to climb on walls. On the emotional side of things, Peter Parker always managed to stay relatively normal. I say relatively because he’s a friggin’ spider half the time. He still manages to carry out relationships and even sees them end. From the movies alone you can tell that he is conflicted emotionally between helping the world and helping himself.

Next, we have Batman, otherwise known as Bruce Wayne. Unlike a lot of superheroes, he has no powers. At all. Instead, he is ridiculously rich. He is also really, really strong. There are scenes, either in comic or film, where he is benching several large plates. His real hook is his past. His parents were killed in front of him when he was a child, giving him a burning hate of crime which leads him to become Batman.

I find myself torn between the two, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to pick one over the other. But we have to consider one more aspect: the villains. Both have really dumb villains. Batman has the Penguin for example, and Spiderman has the Beetle. Then again, they have awesome villains. The Joker and the Venom lineage, respectively. If we were to compare the portrayal of these two villains in the films, then the Joker definitely wins. When I saw S3, I couldn’t believe how much of a weenie Venom was. No giant muscles? No huge mouth? No super long drooling tongue hanging out? How lame. Now the Joker on the other hand. Holy christ was he amazing. I get shivers up my spine just thinking about it.

In that respect, then Batman is the winner. Still, I’m not sure. What do you think? Spiderman or Batman?