So yeah… figured it was finally time for a new update. Tonight I head off to see RotK, but last night I went and saw Last Samurai. Very Edward Zwick (Glory, Legends of the Fall). Very good movie as his other ones were. Also in a very good position for some awards. With Tom Cruise as the star, and some great cinematography, I think it will do quite well. While the historical aspect was adequate, it wasn’t quite a history movie. Some things bothered me… but they did not try to make Cruise too native. When speaking Japanese, he sounded white, and he didn’t learn to read Japanese. That to me seems accurate and believable. The interaction with Emperor Meiji seemed somewhat accurate for the time and the Westerisation of Japan. The dwindling population of the Samurai seemed accurate… their desire to remain. Their Loyalty to the Emperor obviously was something that would have only appeared since the unification of Japan. Ken Watanabe, who plays Katsumoto, does an excellent job.
Really, i would suggest the movie to anyone if only for the extremely vivid battle scenes, and the cinematography. But I would say in hind sight, don’t expect anything truly great if you’ve seen Zwicks other movies… while it isn’t quite like Braveheart and The Patriot, there are some simalarities.
As for personal things, not much is going on. Val is home for break and I plan on going and seeing her this weekend. The Con was great, we ended up making about 2k… which will shortly be dumped into reserving a hotel for the next con. I am now the Communications “officer” for the con. I am incharge of making sure people know how to talk to eachother, and keeping the website, etc up and running. I am not sure if I am supposed to take care of content for the site or not… but that will be sorted out in short order.
My 23rd birthday was a short while ago (Friday the 12th). Many people showed, and I thank them all for coming and buying me Kitchen Gadgets. And while I continue to be annoyed at a friend of mines insistance at becoming the female mirror of her beau.
Well… I will be posting some more stuff shortly about my experiance at the Con. I was going to backpst it a while ago… but I’m lazy, so I’ll just post it as an insert for my next post.
I’ll be at the theater tonight at 20:00… and the showing is at 00:05, and being a 3:42 movie… I should be home about 04:00. I am going to be D-E-D dead tomorrow… so don’t expect a post again uuntil Thursday.
Be well everyone… and have fun at the movie. =)