Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Nerdin' Out on the Batman Trailer

For anyone who watched the Batman DKR trailer today (available here: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3119422489/) and is wondering WTF that thing was Batman's about to fight, allow me to nerd it up...

DKR will be battling against two interesting shifts in the film industry:
-Movies come out on DVD/Bluray/ondemand more quickly than they used to. Coupled with the affordability of HDTVs, this has created "wait to see it" attitudes.
-Imdb/Apple put trailers out much further in advance than they did a few years ago. While youtube views of trailers are free, the paid advertising budgets that support a film release have risen. A lot of movies (caugh GreenLantern) fail as financial investments.

DKR is immune to these concerns, but has much higher financial expectations.
HP7p2 just broke the Batman record for the highest grossing opening movie. HP is out of content, so the Batman conclusion has a final chance to win it back.

Nolan is re-macking with his Inception playboy Tom Hardy as Bane.
Remember playing video games back in the day and you beat a level but have to face a boss that's unbeatable? Kind of like Bane who has a backstory of "uber-brilliant evil guy gets some super-roids so that he's bigger stronger etc than everyone else and can also anticipate their every move"

Summer movies 2012>Summer movies 2011. Already.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Speaking of Mid-Year

Hey All,
Mid-way through '11, life is good.
Sorry I've been lame about blogging, a few people have called me out on it recently so here goes (in no particular order):
1)- The Texas trip was great. Austin is vibrant and full of life. I've very impressed with the progress Tyler and Trey have made launching their company (check them out here: http://www.hydraboatfenders.com/) which brings me to...
2)- Just want to put it out there how amazing/baller some of the recent changes my friends have been making are: new jobs, potential new jobs, jetsetting, deciding to move across the country. You continue to evolve into incredible young people and it reflects very well upon everyone surrounding your life.
3)- Other than the lack of "Haters Gonna Hate" schwag in the 3rd floor landing, we're all settled into Davis. If you haven't visited yet, please do.

4)- Summertime is: finally getting back to golf, a trip to peaks, a yoga retreat, hopping between Cape Cod and the city, getting past chapter 3. Speaking of that last part...

5)- I've finally committed to making some significant editing progress. More on that soon, but if you're interested ghost-reading the first few chapters of my book please let me know. Speaking of making progress...

6)- Anyone involved in any kind of poker scene is going to look back at this year and realize how politically wild it has been. For MA, the live scene has had highs: multiple casino bills almost making it, the rise of "charity" rooms and lows-Raynham Park being sketchy and putting the scene back a few years. A bill was passed in 2005 declaring that playing online poker is legal, but it is illegal for banks to process payments. In April, this was enforced recently with the indictment of the CFOs of poker sites and payment processors.
Between the death of FTP, Pokerstars, UB and a terrible night in February- I took a few months of poker and more or less abandoned my 2011 goals. It was a good break, and with a clear head I got back to playing again and its gone well. In 4 June sessions, I posted 2 very decent wins, 1 break even night, and 1 minor loss. While I think my poker original goals aren't going to happen, I've had a much more balanced approach which can be easily attributed to yoga- interesting overlap between hobbies.

Happy independence day, stay free y'all.

4 day weekend. Booya.
-Jesse