Farewell Japan, Hello Florida!

March 30, 2009

The view you see above is the one I saw every day for the past 4 years.  It was the view from my 11th floor Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan apartment.  It was a view I paid a lot to have.  To me, it was totally worth it.  It was the last of many places I called home while spending the past 9 years abroad in Asia.  I first lived in Pusan, South Korea.  After 3 years in various cities in that country, and several trips to southeast Asia, I took a 2 month pilgrimage in New Zealand before settling on my final Asian destination:  Japan.  That country was my home for the last 6 years, a period of time so long I came to believe I never actually had any other home and it was perfectly normal for me to be living in a place where I could not read any sign nor talk to any person.  Though I thought it was forever, like all things, it was impermanent and lo, I have returned to Florida and my mind is still processing everything from my decade abroad.

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March 26, 2009

LOST returned to its format roots with this episode for the most part.  It may have been the new environment in which I watched this episode, but I found it to be not very compelling and literally all filler until the final scene.  I feel LOST has outgrown its old flashback formula style and this return to it was like hitting the brakes, however interesting that filler may have been.

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WANTED [2008] review

March 23, 2009

I thought at the least, it would be an entertaining action movie, however, WANTED was not even that.  I don’t have a problem with having to suspend disbelief when watching modern action movies, but WANTED took this to a whole new level, a level that was beyond even ridiculous.  WANTED is the kind of movie you get when you let the CGI department throw in any of its own wildest fantasies.  Shooting the wings off of flies?  Come on!  And that’s the least ridiculous thing you’ll see in the first 30 minutes of the movie.

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LOST 5×09 NAMASTE (spoilers)

March 20, 2009

This will probably go down as one of the top ten episodes of LOST I believe.  This was also a continuation of the undefinable nature of many of the episodes in the fifth season.  I guess the best description of this episode would be as a reunion type episode, but there were some of the best scares in an episode of LOST yet and also a premiere-worthy opening.  At this point I have no idea what the objective of anyone on the island is, or what the end game is.  

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LOST 5×08 “LaFleur” — SPOILERS

March 6, 2009

That was a very strong episode for both Sawyer the character and Josh Holloway the actor.  It was one of the finest acting performances on LOST ever.  I heard that this was the first Sawyer-centric episode since early season 3 and it’s a most welcome return.  LOST it seems in its 5th season is constantly coming up with new episode formats.  Compared to the 4th season, the 5th season is using the time travel gimmick much more effectively.  

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