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Sick. A Movie. A Book.

Posted on Wednesday October 15, 2008 at 1:00am in ,

I’ve been coming down with some illness lately. It’s progressively getting more inconvenient, with today being a pretty bad day to be up and about. Fortunately enough, I don’t get sick too frequently. With hope, I will be well by the weekend. In the meantime, here’s a new movie and a new book:

I decided to not do much tonight. After work, class, and a group meeting for a group Sociology project was over, I laid down and put in one of the movies from the library this week, Notes on a Scandal.

I wasn’t expecting to like this movie, at least not very much. I was pleasantly surprised, it had me interested for the entire duration. I would say I liked it quite a bit. It’s about a scandal, so it’s full of drama. Drama avoiders would naturally stay away as I was inclined to do. But, in this rare case I was in the right mood for it. Maybe you will be too?

The book:

Bryan recommended this to me, it being based on his future career aspirations. He loves this book. I checked it out from the library and just finished it tonight.

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov.

This book is already pretty famous, made more so by the movie “adaptation” starring Will Smith. I use the term adaptation pretty loosely here because the two are not even related. The movie is completely different. I had seen the movie before I read the book, saw it was average and didn’t care much to see what the book was like. If you are in this situation, I very highly recommend you forget everything you know of the movie and give the book a shot. As told from the 2100’s by a (human) robot psychologist, this book chronicles the history of robots in a series of short stories, each story involving the creation of a more advanced robot and delving deeper into the robot psyche. Robots start out primitive with no speaking capacity and eventually a robot is created that can see what humans think. In the last part of the book, a robot is unknowingly elected as a world politician. This book is amazingly interesting, I think Isaac Asimov had some incredible ideas here. I can see a lot of the situations in this book becoming reality within the next one hundred years.

Lastly, for those of you that know of the anime series, Dragonball which is widely regarded as a show that represents all that is good and all that is bad about anime. Dragonball is sometimes referred to as “the best and worst anime of all time.” Those that are aware of Dragonball probably already know that they’ve been making a live-action adaptation of the first of the Dragonball series. Well, they finally put out a teaser trailer. Being the main show that I grew up on, I was curious to see how they were doing with it. I’ll post it here, but I gotta say I’m a bit disappointed. It doesn’t feel like the original at all. I guess it’s hard to replicate what the show was, but this adaptation looks a lot more like Mortal Kombat than Dragonball. This isn’t a Mortal Kombat movie. None of the characters even look remotely similar to what they’re supposed to who they’re supposed to resemble.

So, I’ve expressed my distaste. But, it’s only the teaser, maybe it’ll be good. Not likely, I think.

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