Sunday, November 21, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1: C

"Deathly hollows" harry potter tattoo '10

We joined the masses and saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 on Friday night. I admit that I'm not a huge Harry Potter fan. I've never read the books and have only reluctantly seen the prior movies (out of sequence). I can see their appeal and have enjoyed some of the movies, but haven't really followed the overall character arcs or story. Besides a vaguely recollection that the headmaster wizard died, I don't remember any specifics of the prior Potter movie.

Deathly Hallows is definitely not a stand alone movie. It reminded me of a TV series grand finale the way it brought back characters from prior movies. For a seventh movie, it's unfair to consider a movie outside of its franchise. But even within the franchise, Deathly Hallows is one of the weaker Potter movies. It's only been two days since seeing it, but I can't recall anything that stands out as particularly interesting -- which is sad impression for a fantasy movie to have.

What I mainly recall was how the magic premise didn't make sense to me and sounded more like Star Trek techno-babble. The magic in this movie is much less awe-inspiring. For example, the magic wands became mere handguns leading to mundane action movie shootouts. I guess for the first part of the finale, they really didn't need to introduce the magic, but it seems this movie was far less magical and more about wrapping-up loose ends and building-up to the series' end.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

train disaster move weekend

I ended up watching two train disaster movies this weekend:

Disaster On The Coastliner Unstoppable poster (French version)

I was sick on the couch watching bad daytime weekend television (which is somehow worse than daytime weekday television) and ended-up watching the 1979 TV movie Disaster on the Coastliner. The steady, predictable pacing of a 1970s disaster movie was all I could handle with my head cold. Then today, since I felt better, we went to Unstoppable. Oddly enough, both movies feature former Capt. Kirks heroically saving the day.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Red: B


RED, originally uploaded by dodobear1020.

Last weekend, Scott, ma, and I saw Red. We all left the theater with the same review, "That was cute." It was an enjoyable movie: simple story, good pace, with funny moments and a large all-star cast.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

2010 Election Results

ME
WILLA-
METTE
WEEK

OREGON-
IAN

PTLD
MERC

BASIC
RIGHTS OR
NARAL
SIERRA
CLUB
OLCV
CANDIDATES
US
SENATOR
WYDEN WYDEN WYDEN WYDEN WYDEN
WYDEN RE-ELECTED 56% 778k HUFFMAN 39% 541k
US REP
OR 3RD
BLUMEN-
EAUR
BLUMEN-
EAUR
BLUMEN-
EAUR
BLUMEN-
EAUR
BLUMEN-
EAUR
BLUMEN-
EAUR
BLUMENAUER RE-ELECTED 69% 180k LOPEZ 24% 64k
OR
GOV
KITZ-
HABER
KITZ-
HABER
KITZ-
HABER
KITZ-
HABER
KITZ-
HABER
KITZ-
HABER
KITZ-
HABER
KITZ-
HABER
KITZHABER (RE)ELECTED 48% 672k DUDLEY 48% 663k
OR
TREAS
WHEEL-
ER
WHEEL-
ER
WHEEL-
ER
WHEEL-
ER
WHEEL-
ER
WHEEL-
ER
WHEEL-
ER
WHEELER ELECTED 53% 713k TELFER 41% 546k
OR ST
REP 42ND
BAILEY BAILEY BAILEY BAILEY BAILEY BAILEY BAILEY BAILEY
BAILEY RE-ELECTED 84% 20k 9%
METRO
PREZ
STACEY HUGHES HUGHES STACEY STACEY STACEY
HUGHES LEADING 50% 187.3k STACEY 50% 187.0k
EMSWCD
DIR 2
KUEHLER KUEHLER
KUEHLER ELECTED 52% 64k SWEENEY 27% 33k 11% 7%

ME
WILLA-
METTE
WEEK

OREGON-
IAN

PTLD
MERC

BASIC
RIGHTS OR
NARAL
SIERRA
CLUB
OLCV
STATE MEASURES
OR MEAS
70
YES YES YES
E.M.O.: YES

EXPANDS WAR VETERANS HOMEOWNERSHIP LOANS: Updates program to include recent vets.

PASSED YES 84% 1,118k NO 15%
OR MEAS
71
YES YES YES YES YES
LWV: YES

REQUIRES LEGISLATURE TO MEET ANNUALLY: The legislature already meets annually, but has to pretend there is an emergency.

PASSED YES 67% 868k NO 32% 415k
OR MEAS
72
YES YES YES

AUTHORIZES EXCEPTION TO $50K BORROWING LIMIT:

PASSED YES 58% 731k NO 41% 510k
OR MEAS
73
NO NO NO NO NO
E.M.O., L.W.V.: NO

INCREASES MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCE FOR REPEATED SEX CRIMES AND REPEATED DUI

PASSED YES 57% 761k NO 43% 574k
OR MEAS
74
YES YES NO NO

ESTABLISHES MEDICAL MARIJUANA SUPPLY SYSTEM:

REJECTED NO 56% 755k YES 43% 587k
OR MEAS
75
NO NO NO NO
E.M.O.: NO

ALLOWS MULTNOMAH COUNTY CASINO

REJECTED NO 68% 908k YES 31% 424k
OR MEAS
76
YES NO YES YES
E.M.O./LWV
YES
YES YES

CONTINUES TO DEDICATE 15% OF LOTTERY PROCEEDS TO PARKS, BEACHES, WILDLIFE HABITAT, AND WATERSHED PROTECTION:

PASSED YES 68% 922k NO 31% 414k

ME
WILLA-
METTE
WEEK

OREGON-
IAN

PTLD
MERC

OTHERS
LOCAL MEASURES
MULTCO
26-109
YES YES YES NO
BOJACK: NO

REPEAL TERM LIMITS

PASSED YES 52% 120k NO 47% 111k
MULTCO
26-110
NO NO YES YES
BOJACK: NO

ALLOW COUNTY COMMISSION TO RUN FOR ANOTHER OFFICE

REJECTED NO 62% 144k YES 37% 85k
MULTCO
26-111
YES YES YES YES

SALARY COMMISSION TO SET SHERIFF'S AND D.A.'S SALARIES:

PASSED YES 76% 166k NO 23% 51k
MULTCO
26-112
YES YES YES YES
BOJACK: YES

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT FOR COMMISSIONERS

PASSED YES 83% 196k NO 16%
MULTCO
26-113
YES YES YES YES
BOJACK: NO

LIMIT COUNTY ELECTIONS TO FILL VACANCY TO MAY AND NOVEMBER

PASSED YES 80% 187k NO 19%
MULTCO
26-114
YES YES YES YES
TRIB: YES BOJACK: NO

ALLOW FORMATION OF A LIBRARY DISTRICT:

PASSED YES 72% 171k NO 27%
MULTCO
26-118
YES YES YES YES
TRIB: YES BOJACK: NO

FIVE-YEAR 0.005% TAX FOR OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY:

PASSED YES 54% 136k NO 45% 115k
PTLD
26-108
NO YES NO YES
E.M.O.: YES BOJACK: NO

PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCING

REJECTED NO 51% 82k YES 49% 77k
PTLD
26-117
NO NO NO YES
BOJACK/TRIB: NO

0.009-0.014%* TAX FOR FIRE TRUCK & RADIO UPGRADES

PASSED??? YES 50% 79.8k NO 50% 79.1k
TRIMET
26-119
NO YES NO YES
TRIB: YES BOJACK: NO

21-YEAR 0.008%* TAX FOR SENIOR/DISABLED BUS UPGRADES

REJECTED NO 53% 241k YES 47% 210k