Movie Nite

"Sixth Street" Austin, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/75 sec, ISO6400
“Sixth Street” Austin, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going? Tonight Bay and I saw a movie downtown at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz theater on Sixth Street. There is a special screening of The Road Warrior screening right now, and since Bay’s favorite movie is Mad Max: Fury Road, he wanted to see the movie that brought Mad Max to the mainstream.

I remember seeing The Road Warrior in the theaters back in the 80’s and I was worried that the movie wouldn’t hold up these days, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was still great. And Bay thought it was really good too. The stunts were actually pretty fantastic!

Now Bay has seen Mad Max, The Road Warrior, and Mad Max: Fury Road. He just needs to watch Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and his life will be complete. 😆

"Alamo Ritz" Austin, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/60 sec, ISO6400
“Alamo Ritz” Austin, 2018

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Paddington 2, Burgers, and a Broken Filter

"Ticket Stub" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Ticket Stub” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This morning I was planning on seeing the 8:50 am showing of Paddington 2, but I woke up at 8:30 and had to rush rush rush! Luckily the theater is only 10 minutes away, so after brushing my teeth, throwing on some clothes, and tidying up a bit, it was off to the movies! And when I arrived, I noticed that the movie time had changed to 9 am. Whew!

The movie itself was fantastic. I heard it was good, but I wasn’t expecting to be so impressed. The entire cast is wonderful, but Hugh Grant really stole the show. So funny, especially the dog food commercial. And I loved the scene where the Browns were talking about how actors were despicable and that they lie for a living. It was a meta moment seeing actors talking about actors!

The special effects were amazing as well, with the pop-up book montage being truly breathtaking. On the other hand, the animation of Paddington himself was completely seamless and looked very natural. I never once had a “That looks so fake!” moment.

Lastly, the jokes were clever and refreshing and didn’t resort to cheap bathroom humor. The trailers before the movie, on the other hand, had a total of 3 fart jokes. I mean, come on!

I’d have to say that Paddington 2 is the best movie that I have seen this year (so far). I’m not surprised that it has a “100% Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

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In other news, I fired up the grill this evening and made burgers for the family. What made these special was that we also had bacon, avocado, and egg! Actually, Mariko and Bay had egg burgers, which made for a messy affair. But it did look damned tasty. Anyways, all the burgers were yummy, although I overcooked the patties just a bit.

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"Shattered" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO4000
“Shattered” Cedar Park, 2018

Lastly, Mariko couldn’t get the lens cap off of one of her lenses and asked if I could do it, but when I looked at it, the cap was stuck on as if someone super-glued it. And I could hear a strange sound coming from it… It turns out that Mariko had dropped her bag (which had her camera in it) and it must have impacted the edge of the lens. I had to use pliers to remove the cap, which revealed a shattered filter. Using the pliers again, I was able to unscrew the filter, then used a soft paintbrush to clear out all of the shattered glass. Thankfully the lens is undamaged, but we’ll have to get another filter. I guess that’s one example of when using a protective filter showed its worth.

I hope you had a nice Sunday!

またね~

Late-night Movie

"Late-night Movie" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/4 sec, ISO3200
“Late-night Movie” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight Bay and I went to see the 10:10 pm showing of “Maze Runner: The Death Cure”. I’ve gone to a few late-night movies after getting my Moviepass and I enjoy the experience, especially leaving the theater to a ghost town parking lot. It’s really eerie and fun! After spending two hours immersed in a movie, then being thrust back into the real world can be disorienting. And when the real world looks deserted and different from when you last saw it, well, that’s strange and interesting to me.

The movie itself was ok, with plenty of action and I was surprised that the special effects were so good. The story was kind of lame, but still a lot better than the second movie of the series. I think the Maze Runner movies are better rental or discount-theater candidates. But with Moviepass, there are no regrets seeing it on the big screen! 😀

Tonight’s photo is the reflection on the theater ceiling. Too artsy-fartsy?

I hope you had a nice Friday!

おやすみ

Thursday Dinner and a Movie

"Kimchee Nabé" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/100 sec, ISO2000
“Kimchee Nabé” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。 How’s it going?

Tonight’s dinner was a kimchee nabé, which is a hotpot dish with tofu, pork, napa cabbage, and mushrooms. The broth’s main flavor comes from kimchee, and is enriched with a little cream. It was awesome! Not only delicious, but it really warms up your belly. 🔥🍲

It was the first time using a new nabé pot that Mariko got for her birthday, and she bought the ingredients from a new market that just opened today! Mariko said that the grand opening of H-Mart was crazy! I’ll wait until the crowds die down a bit before I go, but it’s really nice to have this popular Asian market just 10 minutes away. We used to make a stop at the H-Mart in Carrollton (Dallas) when we visited up north, but now we don’t need to make that long trip anymore. Yay! Actually, it just means that when we visit Dallas, we can skip H-Mart and just do Daiso.

After dinner I decided to use my Moviepass to see “Early Man”. I love all the movies from Nick Park, and this one didn’t disappoint. I was laughing from the very start! And I was excited even before the movie started because one of the previews was for another Nick Park movie, “Shaun the Sheep in Farmageddon”. Can’t wait! 😄

Here’s a short video that I took during the pre-show at the theater. I’ve been making a short video every day this year for my “1 Second Everyday” project. It’s pretty fun so far.

Hope you had a nice Thursday!

またね~

Sunday

"Four Mallets" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/25 sec, ISO6400
“Four Mallets” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。This evening I went to see The Shape of Water. I enjoyed it quite a bit, especially the setting of America in the early 60’s. The style was so cool back then! The movie itself was interesting, the good guys were likable, and the villain was despicable. And it was a pretty simple plot, now that I think about it, but not every movie needs to have intricate plot twists.

Tonight’s photo is of Koa’s mallet-work. He practices a lot every day, and it definitely pays off! And it’s great that he enjoys it so much. Happy! 😄

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Oil Change, Animal Crossing, and a Movie

"Maintenance Day" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/30 sec, ISO320
“Maintenance Day” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today was a long day, but I did a lot of different things. First of all, was breakfast for the kids of Portuguese sausage, eggs, toast for Bay, and tortillas for Koa (actually breakfast tacos). I made do with just coffee as is my norm, and then it was off to Home Depot to buy some filters for our air conditioning vents.

After those were replaced, I took Koa to his band practice, and then I spent an hour changing the oil in my motorcycle. The procedure for my bike is not difficult, but it takes a long time because you have to take off some plastic parts, remove a metal bash plate, drain the oil from two locations, and replace the oil filter which is in a suboptimal location. But it all worked out with just a little bit of spillage on the garage floor. 😀 And it’s much cheaper than taking it to the motorcycle shop!

With that work done, it was time to play some Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. I’m still having fun playing it, but I do have to deal with an annoying login issue, as shown in the photo below.

"Error" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO1000
“Error” Cedar Park, 2018

After maybe a dozen unsuccessful attempts at logging in, it will finally go through and I’ll be able to play. What a hassle! But once I am in, it’s a lot of fun crafting new items and arranging the camp. Very relaxing!

After a couple hours, it was time to pick up Koa, and then we decided to go out for dinner at an Asian buffet. It was actually pretty good, and I liked the fact that this restaurant had a Mongolian barbeque. Tasty! I used to eat a lot of Mongolian BBQ when I lived in Los Angeles, but in Austin I have only had it a few times. The BBQ at the buffet place wasn’t as good as a dedicated BBQ restaurant, but for the price, it was satisfying.

Later in the evening, I decided to go to the theater to see The Greatest Showman. I’m not really into musicals, but I just wanted to see something (using my Moviepass!) and since the theater is less than 10 minutes away, the last-minute decision was perfectly ok. As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised with this movie! I didn’t think it was super, but it was entertaining and good to see on the big screen and with good sound.

And now as I type this, it’s past 1 am so I better get to bed.

I hope you had a nice Saturday!

おやすみ

Freezing and a Movie

"So Cold" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 16mm, f/3.5, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“So Cold” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today was another cold one – in fact, this was the coldest morning here that we can remember! At 7am I took Koa to school and when we left the garage, the car’s outside temperature gauge was at 50° and we watched the number quickly drop all the way down to 17° when we arrived at the school. And by the time I reached back home, it was at 16°. Brrrr!

At least the sun came out today so it looked warm outside. 😂

In other news, my new Moviepass card arrived in the mail yesterday, so I’ve been eagerly anticipating using it. After dinner, I took care of my evening tasks (washing the dishes, feeding the cats, and cleaning the litter box) then told the family that I was going out to catch a movie. It turns out that Lady Bird is still in one theater nearby so I watched that, and it was excellent! I won’t be surprised if it takes home an Oscar or two.

I’m looking forward to watching a lot of movies this year because of Moviepass. I think it’s a great deal. Check it out if you like going to the cinema!

I hope you had a nice Wednesday.

おやすみ