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Movie recommendation – In Bruges/ some updates

November 5, 2012 7 comments

This is a flick from a few years back that I managed to catch on cable over the weekend. Starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, it’s the story of a couple of hitmen who pull off a job in London and are forced to flee by their boss (Ralph Fiennes) to a town called Bruges in Belgium. It’s a comedy, but probably one of the darkest I’ve ever seen.

It’s a nice change to see Farrell using his Irish accent again in a role. He just seems more relaxed being the Irishman that he is. Gleeson is amazing and plays the multitude of emotions the decisions his character gets forced into with such power that I felt almost shattered by the end of the movie. I won’t give any of it away, but his scenes really got to me. Check it out if so inclined:

In other news, I’m testing for my brown belt this week. Translation: every night I will walk into the house a shadow of my former self from a few hours before. It’s a very intense time in all the classes. For our part (higher belt rankings), we have to test on one full Kung Fu form, one weapons form (this quarter it’s the Fan), and then something like 8 combinations in Krav Maga. It gets difficult, but also gives me a sense of accomplishment to know that I got those forms down. When it gets time for black belt testing, all of those forms will be evaluated, so you have to remember then and get them down so well that it all ends up almost muscle memory in a way. I find it challenging, and that’s why I like it so much.

School is still in session, and I have about 3 presentations plus a final before it’s all over and done with. It’s funny how it works; one class gets really hard at the beginning of the semester with lots of homework and quizzes, and the other is pretty tame. After midterms, the ambiance changes, and the laid back class suddenly involves a lot of group work, papers, and presentations, and the other one gets laid back.

So, if you’re thinking about grad school, remember this one piece of advice: get used to the idea of group presentations.

Best wishes to those who are still suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Coming soon: Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell, and a cute as a button Shih tzu

August 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Seven Psycopaths is the name of the film, about a couple of dog nappers who kidnap a gangster’s (Woody Harrelson) dog. Dig the trailer:

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