It’s been a while since I’ve had some time to written one of these. These last two weeks have kind of been like a long blur of reading and writing. I have a total of 8 papers (2 down) and 3 exams to do before I’m done for the semester. However I did have some minor leisure time during this long period. Of course last Friday was Black Friday and since I was back in LA I went and myself a couple of nice things for a good price. Here take a look at my purchases:
The Criterion Collection DVDs
The criterion collection collects some of the world’s best movies and presents them in their highest quality with exclusive special features and is often pared with some kind of critical analysis (usually an essay by a film expert). The packaging is amazing and in my opinion is the best of any DVD packaging I’ve ever seen. The only down side to the criterion collection is the price; Single DVD edition is usually around 30 dollars while special editions are 40. At Barnes and Noble, these bad boys were 50 % off so I had to make sure to get at least one. Choosing which three DVDs to get was one of the hardest decisions I’ve made in a long time. On top of these three films, I was also considering getting the original Godzilla film (from the 50s), a pair of Wes Anderson films (Rushmore and The Life Aquatic), Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon and Seven Samurai (I wanted Fellini’s 8½ but they didn’t have the Criterion edition). But overall, I’m happy with the choices I made.
Crumb: The autobiography of Robert Crumb, the famous (infamous) underground comic book writer and artist. Crumb may be one of the most influential creators in the entire medium and most influential in the independent/alternative/underground comic scene.
Cronos: The debut film of director Guillermo Del Toro who is famous for his film Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy films. Plus the box art has art by Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy).
Bicycle Thieves: A Black and White Italian film about a Man who must find a bicycle in order to complete a job in post WW2-Italy where jobs are hard to come by.
Finally I got myself of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus for about 10 bucks at Target (Blu-Ray and DVD copy come with it). This film isn’t as good as Alien, but none the less it’s a decent enough film to watch and it absolutely gorgeous to look at.
I also got myself a nice wireless router for my apartment, so now all my little toys (phone, tablet, xbox, netbook) are connected to the internet.
Finally on Monday I finally won an intramural championship (outdoor soccer). It took me three years and nine teams but I finally got myself one of those nice rings. It was an intense game that ended at 1-0 and we held our own just enough to take the victory home. Now all I have to do is win an indoor soccer championship and with this team most likely staying the same come next year, I like my chances.
Also my Special Studies in American Literature (Native American Literature) class for next semester got cancelled due to low interest so I’ve replaced it with Advance Studies in History Philosophy, and the focus of the class will be Nietzsche, so needless to say that I’m quite excited.