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  1. Finally bit the bullet and went to see Les Miserables. I was avoiding it because I was worried I was going to hate it. Well, I didn't hate it. But I didn't love it either. I really don't know what they were thinking casting Russell Crowe as Javert. The guy can't sing. To his credit you can tell he really tried, but it struck me he was concentrating so much on his singing that he forgot about acting. He was just so....blank. It's too bad because I bet if he didn't have to sing he'd make an awesome Javert. On the other end of the spectrum it felt like Hugh Jackman was concentrating so much on ac
  2. I can definitely see that. You can tell there's certain aspects and scenes in the movie that were added in after the fact because they are really out of joint with the overall tone. It's not cohesive. And then the ending is like "oh crap, this movie is too long already we better wrap it up quickly." There really needed to be more discussion and back-story about the kid and the mob boss in the future to make that ending more believable and less convenient.
  3. I think I have to raise my rating for Life of Pi since despite my issues with it it's still far and away the best movie I've seen all year and giving it a 7.5 is going to screw over all my other ratings! So I'm going to upgrade it to an 8.5 (hope that's okay with you movie experts!) Anna Karenina: This is one of my favourite books so I was kind of scared going into this movie but I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It's certainly not a masterpiece and definitely not a faithful reproduction of the book by any means but it gets to the spirit of it very well. To be ho
  4. Yes, I did pay attention at the end and I get what you're saying about the divergence of options, it just didn't quite resonate with me as much as I expected it to. BTW, I don't think your reply to me is pretentious at all because I absolutely agree I probably missed something. I'm curious though, have you read the book? I've heard from a couple of my friends that you really need to have read the book to fully appreciate the movie. I'm thinking that might be my problem.
  5. I think I'm going to need someone to explain Life of Pi to me. I mean it's certainly gorgeous (and for once the 3D actually adds something to the movie) but it seems like you spend huge chunks of the movie just staring at pretty scenes with pretty music playing in the background. What I mean is it feels like the movie relies on being pretty. Don't get me wrong, I love a beautiful movie as much as the next person, but all I heard going into it was how amazing and deep and meaningful it all was and I think I missed the "deep and meaningful" part. Maybe you need to read the book to "get it", or
  6. Sooo, what's the deal with the Canada Line? I don't take it, but I keep getting transit alerts about Canada Line service disruptions. Isn't it a little new to be having technical issues already?
  7. Well that would really suck for all the people who live on 10th.
  8. Unrelated to the game, but I don't suppose anyone knows if the security official who got tackled and hit his head on a bleacher while trying to break up a fight is okay? I know an ambulance was called for him and they told us to leave the area and that's all I know. It was a really crappy ending to what was otherwise a fun night. People who become violent when they drink should just not drink at all imho.
  9. Is this going to be for i-phones only like their schedule app is though? I don't really get why they don't have a blackberry app also. Heck, I'd pay for the GPS app if they charged a nominal fee (say a dollar or something.)
  10. This would be sooo awesome. I hate the 116 bus with a fiery passion. That being said, good luck convincing people to take transit to the Fraser Foreshore business park. There's copious amounts of free parking and it's so easy to drive there (really not many traffic issues). Not to mention that there's almost nothing within walking distance in terms of restaurants, stores, etc. So if you want to go out for lunch, you pretty much have to have a car.
  11. Can someone explain to me how turnstiles are supposed to make skytrain stations safer? It may just be because I don't think the stations themselves are that unsafe to begin with (it's usually outside the station that's the problem) but I'm not sure I understand how stopping fare evaders equates to safer stations.... I mean, if there's skytrain cops posted at every station as a result of the turnstiles, then okay yes, it makes the stations more secure. Otherwise??
  12. Sha Lin Noodle house is back in business! Nice to see they've recovered from that fire last December. Those who live in the vicinity of Cambie/ W. Broadway know what I'm talking about.

  13. This was supposed to be my first Whitecaps game. (Well, first one since they became an MLS team.) I don't remember any of my soccer games being canceled because of rain!! (Yah, yah, I know, they're professionals, they could get injured.)
  14. How can you possibly never leave campus?? Okay so I admit that I've only been to UBC campus a couple of times, but is it it's own city or something? Don't you need to leave campus to get groceries at least? Is there enough housing on campus or within walking distance of campus to house the entire UBC student population? I'm guessing not. Even less so if you go to SFU. Why not instead of abolishing the U-PASS just raise the price of it and make it optional so students have to opt in? And obviously take steps to reduce or eliminate U-PASS fraud (like I said, should be pretty simple if they
  15. 100 bucks a month is not going to make people move closer to campus when they can live with their parents rent free (I'm assuming nobody chooses to rent in Langley and go to UBC.) I doubt that 3 zone commuters make up a large proportion of U-PASS users. Most live probably live within one zone. But even a one zone pass is 80 bucks a month. Doesn't sound like a lot but that would have been a huge drain on me when I was student. And you make it sound so easy to find accommodation within walking distance? Maybe Vancouver is different, but I tried for 4 years in Victoria to live close enough to c
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