This past weekend was just chock-full of fun and interesting stuff to tell you all about, but for the interest of brevity there’s no way I’m going to squeeze it all into one 2,500 word blog post. I simply don’t have the patience (or the time!) for that.
Instead, have a sneak preview of what’s coming up later on in the week:
Disney/Pixar’s Brave. The fiancée and I saw it this weekend, and I’ve got a lot to say about it. It’s a solid film, but it doesn’t stand out nearly as strong as earlier Pixar entries like Up, which has to be one of my favorites. Most noteworthy criticism I have is that the movie is more like a two-hour demo reel for how well Pixar can animate hair than it is anything else, and things like coherent storytelling kind of take a backseat.
Angry Orchard Apple Ginger Hard Cider. In addition to seeing Brave this weekend, we were paid a visit by an old friend of mine – someone I’ve known since our undergrad days together at SUNY New Paltz – and we all celebrated Saturday evening. In preparation, we had gone out and purchased a case of a new hard cider that some local friends had introduced to us a couple of weeks ago, and this stuff is so good it deserves its own post, supplemented by stories of drunken antics that may or may not be completely accurate.
David Hyde Pierce plays crazy. About 1 AM on Sunday morning, the three of us decided to stream The Perfect Host on Netflix, the David Hyde Pierce crime noir/psychological horror/dark comedy mashup film that simply defies any sort of quick or straightforward discussion. Long story short is that it’s an awful lot like Brave, except that instead of it being a movie about well-animated hair, it’s a movie about well-acted crazy. David Hyde Pierce is both hysterical and frightening, and it’s totally worth a watch despite some ham-handed M. Night Shyamalan-style twists.
The Microsoft Next-Gen Console Internal Document Leak. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the big one. I actually have to look into the legality behind whether or not I can discuss this, but what I can say is that there was an alleged leak this weekend over at Microsoft of a document purportedly containing internal information about the new “Xbox 720” console’s system specs, marketing strategies through 2015, and a new peripheral called “Project Fortaleza.” I may or may not have obtained a copy of this document, and I may or may not be able to go into detail regarding the information that could be contained within said document. As long as there’s little to no true danger of being hijacked by corporate thugs and waterboarded in a basement in Redmond, Washington, I’ll spill the beans.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this little preview of the week! Prepare yourself for the onslaught.