October 28, 2007


I watched Saw IV earlier today. The title of this post says it all, but I'll elaborate anyway.

Saw is a drop-dead classic, in the first movie the viewer has no idea what's coming. Two men are chained to pipes in a dingy room, and must work out the clues and their own demons to get free.

Saw II tries a slightly different formula, a whole group of people all trapped together, slowly dying of poison. There's a puzzle they have to figure out to escape, but this is a group of people you don't really care about and who don't work together at all. The twist at the end is not as good as in the original, but it's something that caught me off-guard. It's pretty good, but not as great as the original.

In Saw III, Jigsaw is dying. So he's playing one last game. This one threw me for a loop, it's just about as good as the original.

Saw IV picks up during Jigsaw's autopsy (which is absolutely gruesome), where they find a tape in his stomach. I won't go into details, but at the end the viewer is left confused...hell, from what I heard the entire audience was confused. Now I've seen every Saw film, but I had to use Google to figure out what the hell happened here! Don't worry, I won't spoil anything, but let's just say that there are very subtle clues that, unless you boned up on all three movies before watching this one, you'll miss.

I'd have to say that Saw IV tries too hard to be clever, so hard that only a die-hard fan will catch on to what's happening. I'd have to say that the only way this is worth seeing, is as part of a Saw movie marathon.

We Didn't Start The Fire

Jim sent me a link to this video today, it's for one of Billy Joel's hits but some guy has created a video for it. He links actual historic images of the people and events Billy Joel's singing about, which is cool.

Even more impressive is the guy's narration, which is both frank and funny. It's worth seeing at least once.

October 11, 2007


I just read this news article on phantom phone vibrations. I thought this was BLOG-worthy because of my own experiences.

Specifically, when I was working at Cellnet for over 5 years, I started getting this problem when I was wearing the on-call pager. I would feel it vibrate on my hip (whenever I wore it, that's how I had it set), but would check and most of the time it wouldn't have gone off. It was really weird, the sensation felt exactly like it had just gone off.

Even worse, as the tension level at the old job got worse, I'd hear the pager go off in the middle of the night, only to get up and find out that it hadn't gone off at all.

Both of these things happened more and more often, even when I wasn't wearing the on-call pager.

Now the interesting bit. I quit that job over 2 years ago. I did a complete life change; moved in with a friend and transitioned from a low-paying communications job to a high-paying "Big Rig" driving job.

For the first few months, the sensation continued, but I was able to laugh it off more and more. It quickly faded and now is forever gone...matter of fact, I'd completely forgotten about it until I read this news story!

October 07, 2007

AVP2 Trailers

Alien VS Predator - Requiem comes out in December. There are three trailers available...is it me, or does this look like one kick-ass movie?

October 04, 2007

At the Mountains of Madness

Holy crap! The same guy who directed Pan's Labyrinth is doing H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness next!

Iron Man

There's a trailer for Iron Man, which looks pretty good. It gets even better when the Black Sabbath song kicks in!

October 03, 2007

'Wanted for Murder'

There's a video billboard that went up on Route 1 a while ago. It usually shows a string of ads for local businesses.

This morning, on my way in to work, lo and behold it says Wanted for Murder. There was a mug shot of some dude, which you could very clearly see from way off down the highway.

I am impressed.