Sunday, March 30, 2008

"Jumper" Movie Review

I went to watch this movie with my friends first. It was a rather good movie, with it's obvious ups and downs.

Title: Jumper
Cast: Hayden Christensen, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Lane
Genre: Science-Fiction/Fantasy
Director: Doug Liman
Screenwriter: David S. Goyer, Jim Uhls, Simon Kinberg
Producer: Arnon Milchan, Lucas Foster, Jay Sanders, Simon Kinberg
Composer: John Powell

Plot: Jumper is a movie about a young boy finding out he has teleportation powers, and what he decides to do with them. His first instincts are to leave home, and get money. He lives life his own way, surfing in hawaii, having lunch in Egypt, and dinner in London. Eventually, his past catches up with him when Roland attempts to kill him. David has entered the war between the Jumpers and the Paladin's, and must now fight to stay alive and out of danger. The race is on.

Goofs (coutesy of
  • Continuity: During the scene at the airport, while waiting for his girlfriend, notice that the jumper's grey t-shirt has three small holes on the upper chest. During the next scene, when he's arrived at his girlfriend's apartment, the three small holes on his t-shirt have gone.

  • Errors in geography: David's home is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but in two scenes, his father is watching NY1, a New York City local TV station.

  • Factual errors: When David is perched atop Big Ben in London, the clock behind him clearly states it is half past 8, however the chimes are the same as if it were to the hour, rather than half past the hour.

  • Continuity: Despite the relatively short period of time covered by the main part of the film, during various establishing shots of Manhattan, the Empire State Building is seen to be lit for two different holidays, Independence Day and Christmas.

  • Crew or equipment visible: When they are in Rome, there is a wide, high-angle establishing shot of the Coliseum. On the street by the Coliseum, we can clearly see a film crew, dolly tracks and a camera.

  • Continuity: When David rents a room in the apartment, the room he enters first is room 256. However, a scene later when the manager goes to knock on his door and complain about the noise, the room number is 205.

  • Continuity: When Griffin crash lands the jeep in the war zone scene, there is a man clearly seen sat next to him. However, when Griffin climbs out the jeep the seat in which the man sat is empty.

  • Factual errors: The Mercedes convertible Griffin steals from the showroom has its steering wheel on the left. In countries with left-hand traffic (Japan, UK, etc), such as the one where the scene takes place as apparent from the driving scenes, cars have their steering wheels on the right side for obvious reasons; it would be very unusual to have a non-standard car in a show-room.
Trivia (courtesy of imDB)

  • Evan Rachel Wood turned down the role of "Millie". The part eventually went to Rachel Bilson.

  • The roles of Davey and Millie were originally cast with Tom Sturridge and Teresa Palmer. After 2 months of filming and inflating production costs, Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson were recast as the leads.

  • Eminem reportedly turned down an offer to star in the lead role. But an MTV report quoted director Doug Liman saying that his plan to have Eminem in the movie was dropped right after he met Hayden Christensen.

  • The crew was allowed to film inside the Colosseum for three days under the condition that no equipment could be placed on the ground. Shooting was allowed only between 6.30 and 8.30 am and again at 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm to avoid disturbing tourists. The only lighting allowed was natural sunlight.

  • The movie "Jumper" takes place in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The high school depicted in the movie is called Huron High School and area teenagers were allowed an open call to appear as extras in the movies scenes in and around the school.

  • Roland Cox's name in the original novel was Brian Cox. Most likely it was changed to avoid referring to the actor Brian Cox.

  • David mentions King Kong while on the Empire State Building. Jamie Bell who play Griffin in this movie, played Jimmy in the movie King Kong (2005).

What I thought:

I really enjoyed this movie. It was rather short, and filled with action straight from the begining. Shockingly it had correctly changed the time settings throughout the movie (so if it is day time in egypt, it would be night time in america) and other mistakes like this. I also thought that the cast selected were chosen well. This movie did not leave a lot of room for error, and was filmed very well. If you do watch this movie, then why don't you post a comment below and say what you thought about it.

Email Forwarding

Don't you just hate it when one of your friends is gullible enough to send you a forwarded email. The one's that claim you will die if you don't pass it on, and that you will have good fortunes if you do pass it on. And if they send it on to all your friends, your other friends will do the same thing, and forward it on, normally back to you as well, and so you will receive the same email more than twenty times!!! Sure, some of them are useful, like the safety emails (a good example is through a rapist's eyes) which can help protect you, but the one's that say you will win a million dollars if you forward this on to twenty friends or you will be unlucky if you don't forward this get really annoying! They start to spam up your inbox, and after a while you are just rereading all the same emails over and over and over and over again!

For those of you out there who believe that the forward messages are real, they are NOT!!! Just by reading the emails, you should be able to spot all the incorrect spellings. If the email has the section where it says "jack didn't send this email on, and now he has no money" or "mary sent this email on, and now she is living with her husband and two kids in a 2 million dollar house" or something like that, then you should be able to realize that this is obviously fake. These people would have sent on the emails, and then the "good" or "bad" stuff would have happened, therefore they wouldn't be able to write it in the email they sent on to you.

One very annoying email to get is the Hotmail is closing down or starting to charge email. Here is a word for word copy of the email, read it and say what you think about it.

Hey it is tara and john the directors of MSN, sorry for the interruption but
msn is closing down. this is because too many inconsiderate people are
taking up all the name (eg making up lots of different accounts for just one
person), we only have 578 names left. If you would like to close your
account, DO NOT SEND THIS MESSAGE ON. If you would like to keep your
joke, we will be shutting down the servers. Send it on, thanks. WHO EVER
ATTENTION. It's no joke if you don't believe me then go to the site
( ) and see for yourself.
Anyways once you've sent this message to at least 18 contacts, your msn dude
will become blue.

First of all, the spelling and grammar is pathetic in this, and secondly, if you went to the link posted there, you would have noticed the date of the article's submission. This article had been written many years ago when the price of keeping hotmail, or any other dot com services open was nearly impossible. The prices had gone up too much, and so hotmail had been contemplating shutting down their free email service. The crisis soon passed, and so the threat for our beloved email accounts to dissappear was momentarily stopped. However, some people decided that they should continue this scare, and have sent out this email to millions of people, who pass it on to you or your friends. This email is not real. Your account will not close down. Hotmail is not going to close down. Stop sending this email on to everyone you know, chances are they have already recieved it from some other idiot!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Whats the point of English as a subject?

I was talking to one of my friends a few days ago, and he said "I like math because it all makes sense. Unlike English class which happens to be the most pointless class in the world." This made complete sense to me.

In maths, everything makes sense, and even if we aren't going to use the information later on in life (that's right! You are not going to use more than half the information you learn in maths later on in life unless you are a math teacher). Each problem has a solution, and can be solved even if it takes some time.

But English is different. In English, you are taught how to read and write. This is useful when you are younger, but when you are 15, I don't think you need to be taught this anymore. Also, you are asked all those comprehension questions. What's up with that? When I read a book, i'm not thinking, hmm what a strange onomatopoeia, or what a wonderful metaphor! I normally just read a book to read the book. So when we are told to analyze a book for English class, what's the point. we are told to read the book for homework, and then, once we forget everything that we have read, we are supposed to be able to analyze it! What's up with that?
Another thing is that in English, there is no right answer. One paper can be graded by two different teachers, and get completley different scores. This is because there is no one answer for the questions. There is also not one explanation for a question either, like in the tradegy of Romeo and Juliet. Act III sc. 3, Juliet's mother, Lady Capulet, is angry at someone, but its not clear who that someone is. It could either be Mr. Capulet, or Juliet. You could argue that out, and either answer could be right.

So whats the point of having an English class? "you have to know how to write a letter, proper use of words, or when to use a comma", but we learn all of this any way in other subjects like History. What do you think? Which is the most pointless class in the world?

Friday, March 28, 2008

What to do with your old iPod mini!

So you finally made that bold move to buy a brand new iPod, be it the iPod touch (which is SOOO much fun), or the iPod Nano. You have an old iPod lying around the house, and you're not sure what to do with it. Well, here are some tips on what you can do with it (some of these might be a little impractical or silly, but hey, you never know!)


1.) Sell it on eBay --> Do the practical thing, and try to make some money off your old ipod. There is always someone that wants an iPod mini, even if it is the oldest version ever. Sell it on eBay, and earn some money back!

2.) Sell it to a friend --> If you know a friend that is looking for a cheap iPod to buy, why not offer them yours (for a reasonable price of course!)

3.) Most expensive Paperweight --> Well, if celebrities want to buy three million dollar houses for their dogs, or a pair of jeans with diamonds all over them, then why cant you have a paperweight that costs $$$?

4.) Feeling a little charitable? --> Do you know some family with children, and they don't have a lot of money to buy the latest gadgets? Why not give them your old iPod? It may not seem like much to you, but they will definitley accept it, and think that it is an amazing gift.

5.) Nothing --> Just leave it lying around your house, you may find some use for it later (even though you and I both know that you will probably loose it before you find this extremely important use, you just can't bare to part with the iPod because of all the good memories you have together :) )

6.) Its Clobbing Time --> Find a big hammer somewhere, and just clobber the thing. Sure its $$$ down the drain, but thats alright, you have a spiffy new iPod to take it's place right?

7.) Start a collection of iPod's --> Ok, you can't seem to part with your iPod, and you know that in a few years you will buy a new iPod, so why don't you start your very own iPod collection?

8.) Trade it in --> Some companies, like Argos in the United Kingdom, allow you to trade your old iPod in for a newer version. There are some rules that go with this, but you can find some way to get past them now, can't you?

9.) Be practical - dont buy a new one, and just "change" your old one --> Use a sledgehammer, or something rather heavy, and smash your iPod mini into an iPod Nano, paint it a different color, and then voila, you have an iPod Nano (even if it might not work to well...)


I hope this post helps some of you out there! If you have any other ideas, then please comment and we can see what other crazy ideas there are out there!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

"Honor" Suicide

Ok. This may just be the craziest thing I have EVER heard of! Its called honor suicide. It is a disgusting ritual performed by the Japanese during battles or protests. If you don't have a very strong stomach, I advise you to STOP reading now.

A man would offer himself to be the honor suicide man, and as the ceremony progresses, he will stand up on a platform, take a sword, and slice himself open from the abdomen. To make it worse he will then pull out his guts, as he is fighting to stay alive. As the body starts to fall back, the assistant will catch the body, and then slice the head of. No blood is allowed to be lost, because they collect the blood to pour over the body later.

Is it just me, or has our civilization gone crazy? Ok, so this was a long time ago, but that doesn't change the fact that is still happened!!! So you want to show that you have honor for your country by killing yourself? And insuch a gruesome way? Crazy!!!

I found this information out while doing the history project, and just thought that I would share the gruesome details with all of you.