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Friday FAIL

It just wouldn’t be Friday without a fail, so here it is. Thanks failblog.org

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Metallica is one of the few bands that have stayed with me. Seeing them live at Green Point stadium in the days before Cokefest (it was still called something else back then) was a total wet dream for me. That being said, I never understood the meaning of ‘One,’ universally recognised as one of Metallica’s best and favourite songs. I never knew what it was about.

Until today. My faith in the age old days of metal telling a story has returned. The song is actually based on a book called ‘Johnny Got His Gun,’ which has instantly been added to my reading list, not because of it’s association to Metallica, but rather because if it’s plot:

Joe Bonham, a young soldier serving in World War I, awakes in a hospital bed after being caught in the blast of an exploding artillery shell. He gradually realizes that he has lost his arms, legs, and face, but that his mind functions perfectly, leaving him a prisoner in his own body. He tries to die by suffocating himself but he has been given a tracheotomy, which he cannot remove or control. He attempts to communicate with his doctors by banging his head on his pillow in Morse code. His wish is that he may be put in a glass tube and tour the country, to show people the true horrors of war. His wish is never granted, however, and it is implied that he will live the rest of his natural life in this condition.

As he drifts between reality and fantasy, he remembers his old life with his family and girlfriend, and reflects upon the myths and realities of war. He also forms a bond, of sorts, with a young nurse who senses his plight.

Just this synopsis sends shivers down my spine. This book needs to be read. And I will never listen to that song in the same way again. Close your eyes, draw the blinds, and listen (lyrics here):

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Monthly Update

The 5th of June saw the 2 month Anniversary of my blog. Just shy of having hit 2, 000 visitors, I feel it’s all gone rather well. The reason why it’s been so quiet lately is as I’ve been furiously studying for my mid-year tests (boy, they sure do feel like exams) and have thus been a little bit negligent on the blog side of life. My apologies. You can rest assured that tomorrow there will definitely be an update on ANTM, and I’ve got some great posts planned now that I once again have the time to write something of substance.

But there were some gems in the last month, which I will summarise below, seeing as it’s a little overdue:

As expected, two things didn’t change, and that was the Friday Fail and my weekly report on ANTM.

Some posts worth looking at:

Gay Rights: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back – My opinion on the California Supreme Court decision to uphold proposition 8 in California. This post caused the largest storm I’ve ever had in my comments section.

Kommetjie Crises – On a peaceful weekend morning, 55 whales threw themselves onto the beach in Kommetjie. Why? These are my thoughts on the situation.

Advertising – Sometimes it doesn’t need to make sense – My thoughts on why gorillas playing the drums will try and convince you to sell chocolate.

Finally there were my usual sometimes weekly, sometimes not quite weekly Internet Culture Saturdays, including trying to explain to the masses Twitter is all about. I also solved the fight between Jacob Zuma, Helen Zille and Julius Malema once and for all.

Some stats on the blog, for those that way inclined: The blog has now received 1,939 visitors since its inception, and is looking to grow more as time goes on. It is ranked 5042 in Africa and 2997 in South Africa by Afrigator.

Of course none of this would be possible without someone reading the ramblings that I write. So a big thanks to you. Seriously. Your support is greatly appreciated.

As long as you keep reading, I’ll keep writing.

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I’ve never been a big fan of superhero movies. I’m also not a big fan of Hugh Jackman, for several reasons, but largely because he’s Australian. They’re all prisoners anyway. But in spite of all of this, I wasn’t going to miss the magic of seeing a new release in the Ster Kinekor in Somerset West, because, well, it’s just an Epic experience.
Hugh Jackman. Australian.

Hugh Jackman. Fosters, Koala's and a shrimp on the barbie.

After furiously working with Tweak and GadgetBoy to finish our assignments due for Private Law, GadgetBoy and I jumped into his car (complete with GeekPlateTM) and hit the R44.

Wednesday evenings are definitely the night to go and see movies. There’s only adults. It’s awesome. No one uses their cellphones during the movie! Well, ‘cept for the douche next to us, but it was okay. I’ll let it slide this time. A quick beer, some Thai food (on a side note, a Thai Green curry makes my eyes water, sweat profusely, and scream for my mommy, but man, it’s good) and we were ready. Popcorn buttered, straws in cooldrinks, let’s see this shit.

The movie traces the origins of Wolverine, how he and his brother Victor (who later becomes Sabretooth) grew up together, right from the Civil War, all the way to ‘Nam, where they eventually get picked up by the US military to form part of an elite strike force, who travel to Nigeria to kick some ass and steal the super-compound, Adamantium (which later gets bonded to Wolverine’s skeleton, rendering him indestructible. After the Nigeria mission, Wolverine walks away from the military, and retires to a life of being a lumberjack. This is explained mostly by Hugh Jackman being shirtless and carrying an axe. Eventually, Victor returns, and kills his girlfriend. The rest of the consists of Wolverine trying his utmost to avenge his girlfriends death.

Don’t go and see this movie if you’re only going to go for the special effects. They suck. HARD. But what makes this movie excellent is the amazing ability of director Gavin Hood to tell a story. He did it without words in The Shopkeeper, won an Oscar for it in Tsotsi, and excells again in X-Men Origins. He’s certainly not an action director, but he doesn’t do too badly in this film.

The action is good, but I kind of felt that the movie hit it’s climax right at the beginning of the film, when Ryan Reynolds showed the most amazing swordfighting ability. The rest of the movie’s action doesn’t measure up to this at all, always leaving you wanting a little more, until right at the very end. The final fight is epic, although maybe a bit short.

Warning: This movie may turn you into a douche.

Warning: This movie may turn you into a douche.

The movie sets a great prequel, and when I walked out, the first thing a wanted to do was go and rent the first X-Men. There’s some dicey casting in places (Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas), but it doesn’t hamper Gavin Hood’s storytelling at all. Go see it. You won’t regret it.

In spite of Hugh Jackman.

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