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Chappie . Want . Sub . Titles

I was one of those who got in line today to see the new film “Chappie”, and I was very impressed with the visual trickery that’s yet another jump above what director Neill (not a typo) Blomkamp (also not a typo) did on his excellent previous film “District 9”, with perfect CGI effects everywhere.

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Psst, it’s also a misunderstood love story

As for the audio, ummm…. not so much. In fact it must have been a toss up as to leave room for subtitles or  get clean understandable sound, and the winner was, ummm…. some other movie. Recommendation for you? Bring a friend with you that can read lips (or who managed to find a copy of the script on the ‘net).

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Good luck reading my lips….

All things considered, I think I’d rather read Chappie’s lines than listen to what sounds like the winner of the Jar Jar Binks happy voice award competition.

subtitles

Not the subtitles I was looking for.

There’s one Mad Max Mutant looking bad guy that got subtitles even though he was speaking nearly English, and because it was understandable for the most part and I was able to follow his dialogue, he stands out for that in this film more than for his evil looks.

Jabba The Hut Hut Hut

Yes, a walking waterbed, but not exactly the mutant I was thinking of

I read in a review that the very talented Sharlto Copley was the actor who played the robot cop Chappie, which means that he was the one that did the green suit motion capture work to give the CGI folks an example of the mannerisms, excellent ones that I could also imagine Roberto Benigni doing, physical humor that’s seldom done this well.

Sharito

Back in his District 9 Pre-Chappie days.

Now, I’ll just need to find a theater that will screen this film in another language and then provide some back to English subtitles so I can follow the (not too complex, actually) plot.

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March 6, 2015 at 11:44 pm Leave a comment

Secret Photos Of The Koch Brothers With Obama?

In The Beginning, they started out pretty much like any two other normal brothers that were trying to find some way to get by with only a $300 million inheritance between them, a way to survive and cover those day to day kind of expenses that we all have to learn to deal with.

The Early Years

Smiley and Dopey, the early years

They were just two simple men, dim but with a plan, and then came the day that they took that fateful ride with Barry, who was happy just to be able to sit in the back and not have to carry the baggage.

Taking Obama For A Ride

What you talkin’ about Willis?

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Now listen very carefully, when we’re in public it’s “Mr. Willis” to you…

Try though you might, you can’t outrun Karma

Can't out run Karma

You can’t be having a heart attack, you don’t have a heart!

And where are they now?

So Happy Together

Geeeze, it’s not like we have a hold on a percentage of every dollar in the country!

imago ipsa loquitur

imago ipsa loquitur

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N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and / or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as we’ve found, success will have a million parents and failure will be an orphan.
Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below this advisory, I don’t get to choose them and even more sadly, I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff…..
P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….
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March 5, 2015 at 5:31 pm Leave a comment

Sayonara Samsung

O.K., I know that Sayonara (さようなら) is goodbye in Japanese and that Samsung is a Korean company, but the stretch was needed to make the point as I sadly will bid my fond adieu to my phone manufacturing company of choice for the past few years.

My Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been a easy cruise after the long learning curve I went through with the previous ‘Droid Motorola phones that I’ve had, this one just instantly made sense to me. It fits my hand and my jeans pocket perfectly so I pretty much hit the ground running, the only drama was in learning to live with a steaming pile of bloatware that I didn’t want and couldn’t find a way to remove without the somehow connected Google (I’m looking at you “Maps”) or Samsung related installs going into a deep anaphylaxis shock.

Chances are that I still might in the near future get a newer Note 4, as my old phone, like it’s owner, gets older, but unless the Note 5 of the future manages to skip over this “upgrade” in an stupid attempt to fashion itself after the iPhone, since I’m not a 14 year old school girl or a gay guy, I’ll just say Adios.

No way to change the battery?

No way to insert a memory card?

No thanks, and once again, Sayonara Samsung.

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N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and / or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as we’ve found, success will have a million parents and failure will be an orphan.
Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below this advisory, I don’t get to choose them and even more sadly, I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff…..
P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….
FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE CONTAINS COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. I AM MAKING SUCH MATERIAL AVAILABLE IN MY EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF ENVIRONMENTAL, POLITICAL, HUMAN RIGHTS, ECONOMIC, DEMOCRACY, SCIENTIFIC, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES, ETC. I BELIEVE THIS CONSTITUTES A ‘FAIR USE’ OF ANY SUCH COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL AS PROVIDED FOR IN SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 U.S.C. SECTION 107, THE MATERIAL ON THIS SITE IS DISTRIBUTED WITHOUT PROFIT TO THOSE WHO HAVE EXPRESSED A PRIOR INTEREST IN RECEIVING THE INCLUDED INFORMATION FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/USCODE/17/107.SHTML.  IF YOU WISH TO USE COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL FROM THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES OF YOUR OWN THAT GO BEYOND ‘FAIR USE’, YOU MUST OBTAIN PERMISSION FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER.

March 3, 2015 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment


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