Saturday, November 9, 2013

Keith's movie reviews: Gravity

Gravity

This movie annoyed me because people who have no idea what it's like to be in space are saying, "Oh my gosh, this movie shows what it's like to be in space!"

Also, I do not believe for a second that Sandra Bullock's character possessed the skills, training, and wherewithal to successfully travel around to various space stations and navigate back home. The first half of the movie had established that she was completely ignorant of space-related matters and was prone to panic at the first sign of adversity, but then she pulled a 180 when George Clooney died.

And am I the only one who found it confusing when George Clooney came back later in the movie, but Sandra Bullock was only imagining it? That seemed weird to me.

Anyway, it was a decent movie.

2.5 stars (out of 4)

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Sorry State of Mobile Browsers

I recently got a Galaxy S III. I was really tempted to get a Blackberry Z10, but I was concerned about the fact that the Blackberry doesn't have any alternative web browsers available. I was afraid the Blackberry browser wouldn't be up to snuff, and then I would have no other options.

There are a ton of browsers available for Android, but unfortunately they all have serious flaws.

Dolphin is really good, but on the Galaxy S III, the text is too small unless you do 200% zoom, in which case the text is way too big.

With Firefox, it's impossible to access your bookmarks without first bringing up the keyboard, even if you have no need for the keyboard. Unacceptable.

Chrome is OK, but you can't disable images (deal breaker when not on Wi-Fi). Also, when you access your bookmarks there's a lag before they show up.

With the default browser you have to tap the lower left corner to pull up the bookmark icon, but the bookmark icon is in the upper right corner. Incredibly annoying.

The new webkit Opera browser (not to be confused with Opera Mini) has potential, but again the text is too small. Also you can't edit bookmark names. Come on.

The winner by default is Opera Mini. It uses very little data (especially with images off), so I can get by on the cheap data plan. It's pretty fast and does a good job formatting text. It can't really handle Java Script, but I can live with it.

Meanwhile, Hollase recently got a new Blackberry Q10 (the model with the keyboard). I tried out the browser, and it turns out my fears were well-founded. You can't disable images, so that's a negative. But much worse is the fact that there's no text-wrapping. No text-wrapping! In 2013! Ridiculous. Hollase basically can't read her favorite blog because the text is so small. It's really unfortunate, because otherwise the Q10 is a nice phone.

Opera Mini has its limitations, but it's been an old friend since my 2008 flip-phone, and it's still my mobile browser of choice.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Movie Review: The Heat

Due to the generic title, you're probably thinking, "Wait, what movie is this?" This is the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy cop movie. It was exactly as expected. Most of the humor consisted of Melissa McCarthy saying the F-word. Is it just me, or does it seem like Sandra Bullock plays a cop a lot? Anyway, it was OK.

K-Funk's review: 2.5 stars (out of 4).

Friday, June 14, 2013

Movie Review: Man of Steel

CGI is really ruining action movies. Man of Steel had a compelling storyline, good acting, good music...and ridiculous cartoonish action scenes. As with all action movies, it was at least 20 minutes too long.

For Henry Cavill, this is probably his biggest role since The Count of Monte Cristo. He almost got as many speaking lines as his dead father, Russell Crowe.

Anyway, good movie (except for the CGI).

K-Funk's review: 3 stars (out of 4)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Exodus 3

Well, Exodus 3 doesn't really have anything to do with the Trinity. God appears to  Moses in the burning bush. I think this passage was chosen for my class in order to demonstrate the doctrine of "progressive revelation," which says that God reveals who he is gradually as scripture progresses through time.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I'm back in school! (Sort of.) (Not really.)

Today I enrolled in an online course on the Trinity from Ligonier Connect. The lectures are by noted evangelical scholar R.C. Sproul. Tonight my reading assignment is Exodus 3. When I find out how that passage relates to the trinity, I'll let you know!

Monday, June 10, 2013

10-second movie reviews

The Hangover Part III

This movie was exactly as expected. It wasn't very good, but it was enjoyable.

K-Funk's review: 2 1/2 stars (out of 4)

Pain & Gain

I really didn't like this movie. But I have to admit, I wasn't bored. I wasn't entertained, either.

K-Funk's review: 2 stars (out of 4)

Mud

This movie was slow, but I liked it. Plus, it had Matthew McConaughey. Now, bring on the Lincoln Lawyer 2!

K-Funk's review: 3 stars (out of 4)

Star Trek Into Darkness

First of all, I don't get the title. Also, the parallels to Wrath of Kahn were way too blatant. And Zachary Quinto is overrated. But it was still a pretty good movie.

K-Funk's review: 3 stars (out of 4)