Screw Money Time is Knowledge

April 15, 2014

You were only killing time and it’ll kill you right back / Come on! come on! / It’s time to burn up the fuse / You’ve got nothing to do and even less to lose
– Meatloaf “Out Of The Frying Pan”

Wasting Time

Have you ever thought about a project, game, tv show, series of movies, or book and thought, “Dang! That was a large chunk of my life.”

I read an average of 15 hours a week (Fiction, articles, news, facebook). I read much more fiction in grade school and high school and almost finished an English degree in university. If you stretch that over my entire life (24 years of which I read regularly) that’s 18,720 hours or just over 2 years of my life (It’s probably a little higher than that). Some would say I’ve been slacking that’s only 1/18th of my life.

I’m sure if you looked into my other hobbies (Writing, TV, Movies, Tabletop games, Video games, Tabletop role playing games, acting, and talking) you’d find that it’s a huge part of my life.

Is all that a waste of time? Does my deep seeded love and obsession with stories “Wasting Time”?

If you know me you’ll already know that I don’t think it was but I hear so many people accusing activities of being a waste of time.

I’ve seen every Star Trek episode ever aired (Yes including the Animated Series) does that mean I’ve wasted over 600 hours not counting the movies? I don’t think so, I think it made me think throughout the 6 series. It challenged my idea of humanity, morals, and various other concepts.

“Well that’s Star Trek,” I hear you thinking. It’s not. Any story has something in it to make you think and challenge your preconceptions about the world. Even if all you have to think is how bad this story is and how you could fix it.

I think for something to be worth your time, it needs to have two things:

1. An idea or lesson (Something to make you think)

2. Fun (Something that you enjoy)

If you read my book or movie reviews you know I’ll talk about “important” stories that I didn’t enjoy but that I believe are wonderful. It means I didn’t enjoy it but it made me think. These are often great works that are too painful for me to re-watch but I feel that I’ve grown while watching/reading them.

So my imaginary friends, next time someone tells you to get your nose out of a book, your ass off the couch, your head from a game, or your hand off the polyhedral dice, and stop wasting time. Ask them what is more important than learning about your world and yourself through its best, worst, and average stories. (I’d also apply this to Sports, Travelling, and Creating.)

Until later, remember to see your world through a critical eye.

Analyze, Understand, and Grow!

John Lennon

About Time Movie Review

October 24, 2013


I was offered two free tickets to an advanced showing of About Time. It officially comes out on November first. It is a Romantic Comedy with a twist. The main character can travel back in time.

To truly enjoy the movie, you have to keep in mind that it is a Romantic Comedy and not a time travel movie. I kept expecting his jumps back to have disastrous and unfixable repercussions. They never happened. Yes there were a few “Oh Crap” moments but the main character seems to have the ability to reset the timeline without any problems.

At its core this movie isn’t about time, it’s about family and love. It beautifully sidesteps any moral questions by having the main character be completely sweet and upstanding. He doesn’t use his power to make the perfect date or to learn everything about the girl in order to seduce her. He meets her and they fall for each other without any use of time travel.

The strength of the movie is in its characters. They are all unique, memorable, lovable, and sweet. From the quirky father, the flower child sister, the grouchy playwright, all the way to the nutty uncle; each character is wonderfully played and written.

The movie is sappy and a little heavy handed in the end but that doesn’t take away from its constant laughs and good time.

Is this the greatest movie ever made? Probably not but it was a lot of fun and easily one of my favourite movies of the year. Possible of all time.

If you liked Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, or enjoy funny love stories… Go see it.


Summer Movie Rankins as of July 29th, 2009

July 29, 2009

After G-Force and The Ugly Truth here is my list:

1. Star Trek (9.5)
2. Up (9.5)
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (8)
4. The Ugly Truth (8)
5. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (7.5)
6. The Proposal (7)
7. X-Men Wolverine (6.5)
8. Trasformers: Revenge of the Fallen (6)
9. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (5)
10. G-Force (4)

Idea stolen from Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary.

A review of The Ugly Truth

July 29, 2009

uglytruth_poster2I seem to have a soft spot for Romantic Comedies. They’re kind of like chocolate chip cookies; I know the recipe and I know how it’s going to end but I can’t stop eating them. So I shamelessly went to see The Ugly Truth and honestly I liked it.

Short Version: Decent Romantic Comedy, a little coarse, with good actors.

*Warning Mild Spoilers*

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A review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

July 22, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The 15th of July My brother (Voldemort), his girlfriend (Death-eater), my wife (Gryffindor student), and I (Slytherin Student) donned our Harry Potter apparel and headed for the Cinema.

Short Version: If you liked the other movies and liked the books you will like it. If you are a crazed fan of the books you’ll have a few problems with the movie but still admit it’s one of the best.

*Warning Mild Spoilers*

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Summer Movie Rankings as of July 3rd, 2009

July 3, 2009

I’m wondering if I should start clasifing by type instead of just summer movies.

1. Star Trek (9.5)
2. Up (9.5)
3. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (7.5)
4. The Proposal (7)
5. X-Men Wolverine (6.5)
6. Trasformers: Revenge of the Fallen (6)
7. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (5)

Idea stolen from Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary.

A review of The Proposal

July 3, 2009

proposalThis Canada Day it was supposed to rain so me and my Wife decided to catch up on our cinema time.

I’ve always enjoyed both Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, they are funny and always manage to make things fresh despite those same things having been done a million times before.

Short Version: The main actors don’t have much sexual chemistry but they have a lot of comedic chemistry. Plus the supporting cast is great. It’s a solid romantic comedy.

Also I think it’s a great date movie that could bring up lots of personal questions with your partner.

*Warning Mild Spoilers*

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A review of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

July 3, 2009

RoTFThis Canada Day it was supposed to rain so my Wife and I decided to catch up on our cinema time.

I like the first Transformers, it was easy to watch and pretty entertaining. It was a typical summer blockbuster. The second one accomplished the same thing despite having a few pacing issues.

Short Version: If you enjoyed the first one and can turn your brain off while giant robots beat each other to death, than you’ll enjoy RoTF

*Warning Mild Spoilers*

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Updated Summer Movie Rankings

May 31, 2009

Seeing last night means I’m UPdating my Summer Movie Rankings. Both Up and Star Trek have the same numerical score and both brought me to tears at least once but I gave the first spot to Star Trek for sentimental reasons.

Without further ado my summer rankings are:

1. Star Trek (9.5)
2. Up (9.5)
3. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (7.5)
4. X-Men Wolverine (6.5)
5. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (5)

Idea stolen from Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary.

A review of Pixar’s Up

May 31, 2009

up-posterI was lucky enough to see Pixar’s Up last night and two things came to mind. First, I hate seeing movies on Saturday Nights, opening night people really want to see the movie weekend afternoons people are there to relax but Friday/Saturday night is the night that people who have nothing better to do go to the movies. The couple next to me looked like they were ready for a nightclub or porno movie and complained the whole time they were there.

The second thought that came to mind was how amazingly well written the movie was. More after the cut:

Short Version: If you like movies with an intelligent and fun story go see Pixar’s Up.

*Warning Mild Spoilers*

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