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Sent Me Though a Loop

Must-see-movie of October 2012? Are you looking for a movie that will wake you up out of the hum-drum of your life, make you reflect on the power of memory, the human spirit, and love? Well then Looper is the movie that you should frequent. YouTube Preview Image

This science-fiction film does everything in its power to break out of the stereotypes of science-fiction. Set in a dystopic future, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Joe, a drug-addicted assassin who kills…you probably didn’t guess it…men from the future. Thirty years into the future, time-travel has been invented, and crime bosses have decided to use this highly illegal technology to dispose of bodies.

Not interested yet? Bruce Willis (that’ll do it) plays Old Joe, who is sent back in time to be killed by Young Joe. Still follow me? He escapes, and Joe must kill Old Joe or else he’ll be ousted by his own boss. Old Joe can defend himself against Young Joe, but can’t kill him because doing so would be terminating himself. Using the power of a changing memory, Old Joe must protect himself and avoid being killed by himself all while trying to save the future from–

Well, I don’t want to give too much away. Hopefully this has gotten you interested enough to go out to your local theater and support a movie that is both literary and action-packed in all of its plot-twists. It’s one of the more intelligent and engaging movies I’ve seen in theaters for some time. So..what are you doing? Get out, go! Watch it!!!

[And here’s an interview with the director. Enjoy!]

Taken…Again?

Finally, after years of hearing my friends and relatives rage about how fantastic the movie Taken is, I sat down and watched it with some friends this weekend. At the very least, I knew it was going to be a mildly enjoyable experience. Why is that? Because we took an entire roll of cookie dough and made one enormous cookie to cut up and share during the movie.

But then we got into the movie, and it was incredible from start to finish. I found myself hating his ex-wife, caring for the daughter, and feeling along with him the self-righteous fury that drove him across continents and through laws to save his daughter. The movie wasn’t ground breaking in any way, but for what it was, it performed exceptionally well. Here is the best line of the movie (in my humble opinion).

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Now, I am aware that Taken 2 is set to release on October 5th, but I’m not yet convinced that it will be worth it. Lessons I’ve learned from Boondock Saints 2 and The Hangover 2: if you really want to see the sequel, just re-watch the first one and move on with your life. But we’ll see. Perhaps good reviews could sway me to see it. Perhaps my wallet will convince me otherwise.

Summer Delights

I’ve talked about the hardships of summer, but why don’t I take a moment to explore the fantastic moments of summer? Without hesitation I’ll take us into the realm of cool snacks. From there I’ll go into iced goods. And finally, we’ll arrive at the Smoothie. Of the fruit variety.

After hours upon hours of making smoothies at the Zia Juice Bar, an on-campus job that has done wonders for both my resume, work experience and appreciation for blended iced drinks, I have internalized the secrets of smoothie creation. Now, upon occasion I will whip one up and enjoy it through every spoonful. Here’s a rough guideline of what I did to make the one pictured above.

Ingredients:

1 Banana (peeled)

1 Orange (peeled)

3/4 Cup Milk

6 oz. Yogurt (I chose Strawberry Banana flavor. Go with what you’re feeling)

Ice (Per your discretion. If you like juicy smoothies, add less. If you like chunkier smoothies, add more. Add a small amount, test, and repeat until you find the right consistency)

Throw all of this together, blend it, and then enjoy it like so: