Backup. Your. Files.


Yeah, I swore. Wanna make something of it?

Since January 1st, 2002, I have maintained a HTML file on my computer that contains everything. Every bit of information of any ongoing relevance ever. Account details. A daily planner. Usernames and passwords. Everything.

Somehow, it became corrupted. Now tools and whatnot say it contains no data and is irrecoverable.

I never made a backup.


Eight Ranger 2 (2014)

8ranger2Directed by: Tsutsumi Yukihiko

Wow, that was so much fun!

Of course I was going to enjoy it. I love Kanjani8. I love Super Sentai. This is a Super Sentai parody starring Kanjani8. There was no doubt I was going to come out very happy. And I did. It was great stuff. A really engaging – and scary! – plot, great costumes, great effects, everything. Parody tokusatsu at its best – possibly even better than Hikounin Sentai Akibaranger!

I saw this at the Melbourne leg of the Japanese Film Festival, and the subtitles they provided were really bad. Really, really bad. Some lines were just plain wrong; others were “localised” to the point of there being significant changes in the meaning. Thankfully, I understand just enough Japanese to be able to make sense of the film.

I particularly enjoyed Yellow’s sexual confusion, and I’m in love with Green and Purple. :)

I haven’t seen the original Eight Ranger, but I’m going to ASAP – and I hope an Eight Ranger 3 follows soon.

Sleepy Hollow Season 2a

shs2aI quite enjoyed season one of Sleepy Hollow, so was excited for season two.

Season one had its faults, but there weren’t many. The story felt a bit contrived at points, and there were moments when it seemed to me like the writers had forgotten to include something they intended in an earlier episode, so had to rush to insert it in a later episode in a really ham-fisted way. But the interesting story and cool characters outweighed all that.

Season two is different.

Characters appear out of nowhere. The story seems to have little focus. There’s far too much of the incredibly irritating Katrina. Characters keep not dying just to service the story, when there’s no reason for them to survive.

It really feels like they just have to fill a certain number of episodes and are coming up with silly and awkward stories to fill the number.

Hopefully part b will be better.

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

egakScreenplay by: Adam Cooper & Bill Collage
Directed by: Ridley Scott

What an awful, awful movie.

Seriously. It’s the worst film I’ve seen since Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. RotF is the worst film ever, and this was only marginally better. There was not a single redeeming feature about it. I don’t know why I expected anything different – the film stars Joel Edgerton and Christian Bale, for Christ’s sake.

Awful, awful stuff. Beyond awful. Just horrendous.

Archer Season 5

archers5Oh. My. God.

This season made me laugh so hard I think I actually injured myself at one point.

It also left me wanting cocaine. I’ve always passed on it because snorting anything makes me gag. Now that I know you can eat it, I have no reason not to give it a go. If only I still had the means to acquire it. :(

Every single episode had me laughing uproariously. The only thing I didn’t particularly care for was the departure and then lecherousness of Ron Cadillac, who had previously been my third favourite character (after Cheryl/Carol/Cherlene and Pam). Oh, and also that Sterling is Lana’s baby daddy. That’s not entertaining.

So many one-liners from this season have made their way into my rotation, including the return of phrasing. I thought it was so 2011, but in reality it is one of those things that should never go out of style.

Absolutely can’t wait for season six. I’ll almost certainly rewatch seasons one through five at least once between now and when season six debuts.

Trick ‘R Treat (2007)

trtScreenplay by: Michael Dougherty
Directed by: Michael Dougherty

I’ll be honest – I saw this film a while ago, and it didn’t leave a huge impression on me.

There was nothing either good or bad about it. It was just a series of mildly interesting stories loosely linked together. The whole concept of Sam (seen on the poster) wasn’t explored very thoroughly – who and what he was, and what he wanted, wasn’t always clear.

The individual stories ranged from boring as all heck to only mildly interesting. I liked the side-story at the quarry, but I really like Jean-Luc Bilodeau. I liked the murderous neighbour, but trying to tie that story into an overarching narrative at the end came across as a bit ham-fisted.

The weaknesses in the film come not from the stories themselves, but the overall execution – there’s no real sign of a point to it all. As I said, Sam isn’t sufficiently explored or explained, so it seems like just a bunch of stuff that happens on Hallowe’en.

I wouldn’t mind a sequel in which we get a thorough look at Sam because… just look at him. He’s adorable.