November 2009

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] [Ian’s DCIst review]

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Murderer sacrifices self to help save humanity. (Okay, not a very good one, sorry.)

PEOPLE: Directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels). With Christian Bale (Batman from The Dark Knight/Batman Begins, American Psycho), Sam Worthington (Avatar), Moon Bloodgood (why have I heard of her?), Anton Yelchin (Checkov from the 2009 Star Trek) as a younger Kyle Reese, Bryce Dallas Howard (Gwen Stacy from Spider-Man 3, Lady In The Water, The Village), Michael Ironside, and a small role by Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride).

QUIRKS: The first Terminator movie to completely take place in the post-apocalyptic wasteland hinted at by previous Terminator movies.

VISUALS: Great futuristic robot battles. Reminds me of The Matrix meets Transformers meets Mad Max.

MORALS: It is our hearts that make us human. Kind of a corny moral.

BAD STUFF: Every Terminator movie has been pretty action-focused, but this one has even more action and less story than the previous three.

CONCLUSION: Although this is perhaps the worst of the 4 Terminator movies… It’s about friggin’ time that one take place completely in the future. Cool robot battles; lots of action. This was still a really good action flick — and I’m hoping for a Terminator 5 in the future. The story’s not over until Skynet’s destroyed.

Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
The native public rating for this movie is Netflix: 3.7/5 stars (4.0/5 stars for people who rate like me), IMDB: 6.9/10.

RECOMMENDATION: All 4 Terminator movies are worth watching. This one is no exception.

MOVIE QUOTE: John Connor: I knew it. I knew it was coming. But this is not the future my mother warned me about. And in this future, I don’t know if we can win this war. This is John Connor.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Ian didn’t like it (see review link at top). I agree with some of his criticisms, but not with the opinion that they made the movie bad. (more…)


yard sale Yard saleing season is over, yet Carolyn said she’d seen a sign on a local road indicating a sale today. Rousing out of bed past 11AM, we figured this would give us an excuse to get in a car, thereby making a taco bell breakfast trip more worth the effort. Turns out the idiots with the sign didn’t even have the sale their sign was advertising, but we ran into another.

Total spent $2.00 plus ~$0 gas (we were already going to Taco Bell) for a total of $2.00. We bought 1 item – for an estimated value of $28, leading to a profit of $26. We only spent about 10 minutes detouring to the yardsale, so technically we made $156/hr as a couple or $78/hr per person. And to earn $26 after taxes you’d really have to earn ~$37; money saved (by not having to spend it) is actually worth more than we realize when the government’s cut is taken into consideration.

$2.00 – Vick’s vaporizer made to put Vick’s VapoRub (VapoSteam) into the air. A $48 product, but it’s sold on sale for $28.

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