If I Pay More Money, Could I Forget Van Helsing?

First off, I would like to make a disclaimer: this movie has its entertaining parts. Its CGI looks good. As an action flick, it works just fine. In that sense I cannot fault it, and can understand that some select people should enjoy it. That said, I disliked it and the rest of this blog will explain why.

Maybe I should simply refer to other reviews, since mine cannot possibly do justice to how utterly, extravagantly awful Van Helsing was. Some snippets from Rotten Tomatoes: “An ugly and disposable piece of ultra-expensive formula product”; “it’s like being invited to a barbecue that turns out to be a two-hour vegan presentation on the evils of red meat”; “This hulking cretin of a summer blockbuster should at least boast some visceral kicks, yet the experience of watching the film is best described as deadening.”; and, finally, “the effect for viewers is that of having inserted one’s head in a kettledrum that is being pounded on by drunken monkeys.” Continue Reading >>

Two in the Campagna With Lots of Vampires


Day’s Verse:

Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Luke 12:32


Today’s picture: Ivy Window.

I noticed, to my amazement, that when I pony-tail my hair it reaches far enough to tickle my neck and mostly stay held back. Also to my amazement and dismay, talking with the professor for the alternate energy source IQP turned out rather disastrously. He said I needed calculus, statistics, and a basic knowledge of C programming, none of which I have. He also came across as if he were doing me this huge favor by so graciously allowing me to join the project when he would have to “prevail upon the other three;” and especially since he “would not be completely against allowing me to join.” I couldn’t tell if letting me in was better or worse than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. I wanted to poke HIM with a sharp stick, lame MA prof. However, in a quick scramble I emailed Lesley’s IQP advisor and, with Lesley’s permission, may well be admitted into that one. Too bad I could hardly care less about Hollywood scripts and what makes them sell. Continue Reading >>