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Trying out new things: Going to the movies alone

The experience: Going to the movies alone

The location: Nu Metro, Canal Walk

The situation: The husband was working until 20:00, and we currently only have one car. Not because we rode on a slow puncture for 6 months or anything, which caused the tyre to go kaput, which then resulted in the biscuit tyre being put on, and after a few days of that the car is a bit unstable. Nope, it’s for unrelated reasons.

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I had some time to kill until he was done, so I thought that I’d go to a movie alone for the first time.

The test: Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle, 17:15 showing.

The analysis: I loved the first one, and heard a bunch of shit about the 2nd, but decided to see it anyway. After struggling with redeeming my movie and refreshment codes (the usual), I moseyed on into the cinema. Turns out I was the only person who bought a ticket for that showing, so I sat right in the centre and went into super chill mode.

The verdict: The movie was good. I get why people were hating on it, because people are always wanting something new and innovative, but people also be cray, so we shouldn’t listen to people. Kingsman 2 basically carried on the story from the first one, and continued using the camera techniques and fighting style from there. If this one had come out first, people would have been as blown away by it as they were by the first one. The movie gets a sin for only having like ten minutes of Channing Tatum.

I would definitely go to the movies by myself again. The ticket dude was all, aw are you here by yourself? I was like, yup, looking forward to it!

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Power to the people!

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The Wedding Ringer: Getting a little bit tired of Kevin Hart.

It’s amazing that Kevin Hart has managed to stretch out his career the way he has. That is an impressive list of credits, because he is incredibly hard working. He is also funny (that does help).

I did not enjoy this movie. I do like Josh Gad, ever since I saw in him in the barely-watched sitcom Back to You (again, I really watched everything when I was in res).

This movie was not as funny as it could have been. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting is a very one-note actress, and I’m super glad that Josh’s character ended up dumping her (I really can’t remember their character names, this movie was so forgettable).

The bromance between Josh and Kevin was sweet though, with a few genuinely funny moments in between. The dog prank was not one of them. I don’t want to link to it, but it is on YouTube. Ick.

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Fast & Furious 7: As expected, and a beautiful tribute to Paul Walker

I went to watch the latest instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise this weekend. We all know what we’re getting into when we go watch these things: laws of physics get ignored, Vin Diesel rambles on about family, and law enforcement is non-existent.

I’m going to put this out there: there was not enough Jason Statham in this movie.
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At the end of Furious 6, when they (2 year old spoiler alert?) revealed that Jason was Shaw’s big bro and that he orchestrated Han’s death at the end of Tokyo Drift, the cinema was like yaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssss, this is what we need. So I was surprised to see that Jason actually did not have much screen time in the movie.

Yes, when he did appear, it was to completely annihilate his opponents, but still. The final fight scene between him and Vin was really anti-climatic because Jason can’t win, as he is the villain, but Vin can’t win either, because who can defeat Jason Statham in hand-to-hand combat? Chuck Norris, maybe?

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They copped out by letting Vin destroy the ground beneath his feet in a building collapse which should surely have killed him. Just kidding, he’s safe as houses locked up by The Rock at a CIA black site under 38 feet of concrete. So I’m guessing we’ll see him in Furious 10: Revenge for Making Me Dig?

That’s another gripe I have: waaaay too little Dwayne Johnson. Just, really, a huge lack of Dwayne Johnson.

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So for pretty much the whole movie, I was thinking, how are they going to write Paul Walker out? You could see the shots, particularly in scenes with Jordana Brewster, where they had used his brothers or other body doubles. You could also see sometimes where they had CGI’d his face in (there was a faint fuzzy glow around his head). Overall, they actually did a pretty good job.

They had a lot of close calls in the movie, so I just assumed that they would have Brian die while trying to save his friends, something heroic like that. I’m glad that it ended the way it did, with Brian retiring from the F&F life to look after his expanding family. That bit at the end with the one last ride was short & sweet, but extremely emotional.

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Nightcrawler: Someone give this guy an Oscar, since the Academy won’t

I’ve always liked Jake Gyllenhaal. I have no idea why.

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Who knows?

I watched The Day After Tomorrow obsessively when it came out. It was one of the contributing factors to me getting interested in Climatology, enjoying Geography more, applying for EGS at UCT and ending up at Stellenbosch doing GIS. So yes, Jake Gyllenhaal is partly responsible for why I am doing what I am doing. Again, I have no idea why I like him.

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Why indeed.

Which brings me to Nightcrawler. Jake deserved an Oscar for this. He did. No 2 ways about that.

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This is what crazy looks like

That is what a sociopath looks like. This is some next level, crazy stuff. The movie itself is pretty good, but the way Jake brought the character to life is mind blowing.

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Big Hero 6: Graphics, graphics, graphics

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Why are there all these memes about crying during this movie? It was awesome. Those graphics were amazing. Not too sure if it was 55 000 cores of amazing though, but still, really cool.

I also enjoyed the whole East/West vibe that is going on in San Fransokyo.

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It’s pretty sweet learning that they modelled the city with the help of some excellent GIS data. I should probably do a post on that on my GIS blog.