Many know Christopher Nolan’s non-linear/non-chronological style, and Memento is probably the movie that does it for them. He’s used this style in other movies, even one before this, he’s probably most well known for that technique in Memento. After really enjoying the story of Following, I made it an effort to pay attention to this one. I’d already watched it years ago, but hey this is a rewatch.
Today Sony officially announced 2 new PS4 consoles: a new, slimmer standard PS4, and the more powerful PS4 Pro. At first it was to make out the console case designs on stage; the stage was dark and the camera was far.
But of course, journalists were on hand at the event, and with Sony now eager to release marketing photos, I finally had a better look at the consoles. After looking at the designs for a good 10 minutes, I had to decide that the OG PS4 design was best. The Slim looks like Lenovo knockoff. The Pro looks like an unnecessary floor was added to a house.
The PS4 looked sleek and fast when it was first announced. And it still does! It looks like something Nathan Drake would want to steal if he lived a few centuries from now.
PlayStation Vue, Sony’s competitor to traditional cable/ satellite TV services, has been in beta in limited markets (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, and Miami). Earlier this month it was expanded nationwide in the US. I won’t be writing a review, but like many of you, I wanted to see if this service was for me. (You can find plenty of reviews online, like this one.) Would it provide me all of the channels I want while being cheaper than my cable provider?
Ok, it’s not all of them. I only ranked Zach LaVine’s and Aaron Gordon’s dunks, because if we’re being honest, those are the only ones that matter. This is the best dunk contest I’ve ever seen. There were at least 3 life-changing dunks that I’ll never forget and have yet to get over.
Don’t give me Jordan v Dominique. First of all, I was barely a toddler when that happened. Secondly, their dunks were all power, and the flash they showed would be considered ho-hum nowadays. Don’t give me Vinsanity. While his dunks were ridiculous, the (non) contest was all Vince and no one else.
These dunks were so good, I had to watch it several times. As far I’m concerned, they both won, we all won.
I mean, look at it. You can’t even do that in a video game.
*Championship round 2 – Aaron Gordon (2:25 in the video) – “Sitting down” over the mascot, under the legs, and bonus points for almost hitting his head on the rim, which is almost behind him at this point.
*Championship round 1 – Aaron Gordon (1:35) – 360, cupped behind the back, other hand behind the back of the head, off a rotating mascot.
*Championship round 2 – Zach LaVine (2:55) – tomahawk windmill from the free throw line.
Championship round 1 – Zach LaVine (2:00) – same dunk as Gordon’s from #2 but without the mascot. Also cupped the ball behind his back.
Second round – Zach LaVine (1:20) – alley oop from the free throw line (he can probably do a 360 from the free throw next year)
Second round – Aaron Gordon (1:07) – over the mascot, between the legs. I thought this was the best dunk of the night at the time.
Championship round 3 – Zach LaVine (3:41) – backwards, under the basket, between the legs, off a bounce.
Championship round 4 – Zach LaVine (4:24) – between the legs from the free throw line. I thought this would be higher, but here we are.
Championship round 3 – Aaron Gordon (3:18) – off the side of the backboard, double pump, 180.
First round – Zach LaVine (0:48) – behind the back reverse.
Championship round 4 – Aaron Gordon (3:56) – double pump, behind the back, then brought it really low, almost hitting his head on the rim. This is a really impressive dunk, but it has to be here with all of the other dunks.
First round – Aaron Gordon (0:40) – between the legs reverse.
I’m going to lose my mind if someone does a 360 from the free throw line next year.
However, my excitement was quickly subdued a bit to learn that in order to see it in IMAX, I’d also have to watch in 3D. Bummer.
You see, while The Force Awakens was filmed with IMAX cameras (yay), it wasn’t filmed with 3D cameras. That means that the 3D effects were done in post production. While I don’t care about 3D much to begin with, if I’m going to see a 3D showing I’d rather see one done with real 3D cameras. (Read why I prefer this)
Eventually I found and bought an IMAX screening that wasn’t yet sold out (and when their site wasn’t crashing). But I also bought tickets to a regular non-IMAX, non-3D screening just so that I can get the non-3D experience. While I guess I’m ok with that, I was really hoping to see Star Wars in IMAX and not have to deal with post production 3D and 3D glasses.
So here’s to hoping the 3D (and the film itself) doesn’t suck.
Around February of last year I built a gaming rig. If you don’t know, the first rule of building a PC should be to determine what you’re using it for and come up with a budget from that. If you don’t know that, you can go crazy and spend way more than what your needs dictate.
I wrote before that I wanted to rewatch all of Christopher Nolan’s feature films while I worked my way up to Interstellar. While I realize Interstellar has nothing to do with his other films, I nevertheless really enjoy his movies, so why not? I’ve also wanted to write movie reviews. Not just new films, but any one I might come across or watch again.