February 26th, 2004


Movies... and work. [t] [w]

Well, other than, well, the big event, today was an uneventful day at work.

Post-work, I headed out to meet irnbruise and to see The Passion of the Christ, get dinner, and then see Robot Stories.

I won't get into a lot of detail now, but The Passion was pretty good - a bit over the top at times, a bit cheesy at others, and the ending was terrible, but very, very... powerful. And I wouldn't agree that it's necessarily one of the most violent movies ever, but it IS one of the more brutal movies ever. There's a difference I'm not entirely sure how to put into words... you see some violence, but you more see the results of the violence, and feel it, and hear it... it's hard to watch at times. Well worth it, though. And I will admit, towards the end I even started tearing up a bit, maybe even sniffled a bit. I spent a lot of the movie with my hand over my mouth, in that sort of "I almost can't bear to watch... but I can't stop watching..." pose. It probably helps that I'm Christian, but even if I wasn't, it's worth seeing. And I think the fears of it causing anti-semitism or whatever are totally blown out of proportion. Some people were sympathetic, some weren't, and I didn't feel there was any prejudice against anyone purely based on religion/race; there were "bad guys" and "good guys" but those roles were established a long time before Mel Gibson wrote/directed this movie. I also have to say: he did an impressive job directing it, and this furthers my undying love/lust for Monica Bellucci - it wasn't at all a sexy role, but she's just... yowza, even if she's bruised and cut up and covered in dirt.

Robot Stories was just eh, ok. It's a relatively low-budget indie movie, and as such you can't expect too much in terms of special effects or whatever, and that's fine. But unfortunately, you also didn't get a lot in terms of writing/acting, either. It's a collection of four short films, all of which have a lot of potential that they fail to live up to. They're all decent, none are great. Still, the writer/director, Greg Pak, is young and has plenty of time to improve his craft.

Anyways. Now, I'm back at work, and I'll be here all night and into tomorrow. Yay! I love overnight maintenance.

New York has Longest Commute Times

The Census Bureau announced that New York has the longest commute times in America. In other breaking news, the pope has been revealed to be Catholic.

New York City residents spend an average of about one full week a year getting to work — the longest commute time in the nation among large cities, according to a new ranking of American Community Survey data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

New York City residents take an average of 38.4 minutes to get to work each day — more than five minutes longer than Chicagoans, who face a commute of 32.7 minutes.

Other large cities with populations of 250,000 or more with long commutes include Philadelphia (30.3 minutes), Riverside, Calif. (29.8), Baltimore (29.7), Washington, D.C. (29.4), San Francisco (29.2), Oakland, Calif. (29.1), Los Angeles (28.5) and Boston (28.2).

Of course, I beat them all with my personal commute time of approximately 90 minutes. BOOYAH!