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Movie Review: Oceans 13

“So… We’ll put a bunch of really famous guys (yeah, this is a guy-movie, the female lead is nowhere NEAR as famous as the male leads) and another bunch of kind-of-famous actors. And we’ll let them wear a bunch of designer clothes, cool gizmos and set it all in Las Vegas. And the rest will solve itself.”

“Don’t you need a script, Mr Rich & Crazy Producer, sorry, Mr Weintraub?”

“Quiet, you! The rest will solve itself!!!”

“Still, Sir, won’t the public demand an understandable story, some action, some romance, some comedy or even some excitement?”

“They didn’t demand any of those things in the previous movies, did they? As the normal audience is to dumb to understand even the most basic movie, it’s no use even to try to write a logic and understandable story”.

“But… what about the reviewers? Won’t they spot this obvious lame attempt at just earning money from celebrities?”

“No, and even if they do, we’ll make it blatantly obvious that we would like to bribe them, in fact, let’s make the suffering and later rich rewards of the reviewer an entire story arc!”

“You are brilliant, Sir!”

“Let’s get high and drive while intoxicated to celebrate my brilliance, the Hollywood way!”

Now, to be honest, I MIGHT have made up the conversation above. At least the last quite about brilliance and driving. But I have a feeling that the something along those lines must have been uttered at some time during the process of making Oceans 13. It is a horrible movie. To long, to dumb, to far from being even slightly reasonable. And such a HUGE cock-fest (I am referring to roosters, stop having such a dirty mind) that it is simply amazing that this kind of crap gets made at all, let alone on a major release.

Verdict: Don’t see. Seriously.  

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June 20, 2007 at 13:07 Leave a comment

Quick Watch Review: CASIO FELITE LWA-110DE-1

I don’t normally wear watches. In fact, ever since I started to carry a cell phone with me at all times, the need for a dedicated watch around my wrist have all but vanished. I still have a couple of old ones, most notably an old Certina titanium watch and a Sigma Pulse Measuring watch. The Certina is really nice and slim, but sadly quite lacking when it comes to features. Analog time and date, that’s it. The Sigma Watch has a bunch of features, but looks like a East-German copy of Casios ugliest watch. And I am not all that fond of its functions either. Probably gonna have to buy another sports watch at some time. One with bunches of laps and more specifically a good set of timers.

Still, after trying on ordinary watches for a while I found myself liking the concept. Not loving it, mind you, but the fact is that it is easier to look at a watch than to pull up a cellphone, especially while traveling. Oh, and yes, I like gizmos. So I wasn’t hard to convince.

I have always been quite found of watches that sync themselves to atomic time. I have two alarm-clocks that does that at home, and it is a neat function, that works really well, mostly. So I started to look for that function i watches. Junghans makes some that looks really good, but costs a small fortune. Casio have started to manufacture a quite large selection, but thos watches are huge. Far to big for my small arms. Serendipity lead me to check out local on-line auction site Tradera, and I found the Casio Felite LWA-110DE-1 there.

Casio Felite

The watch looks quite nice. For a supposed ladies watch it is HUGE, for a male watch (according to current trends) it is quite small, but for my arms and hands it is a perfect size. I would call it unisex-size. The analog dials are easy to see, but it is notable that there is no dials for seconds, seconds are shown digitally only. The digital screen is inverted, making it look more discrete, and in my opinion, better. The current feel among watch-heads is that inverted displays are harder to see, so perhaps my feelings will change over time. For now, I like the look of the watch. The band is in polished metal. I find it to be a bit heavy, but that is something I’ll get used to rather quickly, I suppose. It does look nice, though.

When it comes to features the most apparent is of course the atomic time sync. It works automatic at nights, but can also be done manually. It takes a couple of minutes for the  watch to sync time, and it is notable that the atomic sync syncs both the analog and the digital time, something I did not expect it to do, so that was a nice bonus. It also have world time pre-programmed for a bunch of cities, useful when traveling,  as well as a stop watch (with just basic features) as well as a basic timer. And an LED-display light, day, date etc.

The set up was rather easy, you just needed to set up what time-zone you were in, and adjusting the band was not hard, although it demanded specific tools. Wearing the watch is a good experience (once again, the weight).

All in all I am quite happy with the purchase. I paid 385 Swedish Kronor for the watch, including delivery, which I think is a great price. The delivery from the seller (pak65) was speedy, and the packaging good.

June 20, 2007 at 12:49 1 comment


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