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  • Boulder, CO
  • Joined Jan 1, 2007
  • 31 / M

Hello, welcome to my profile! The picture is of me settling a bet over whether a completely untrained and out-of-shape dude could roundhouse kick a cup that was higher than his head. Don't I look awesome?

I'm a recently graduated physics/math major who writes anime reviews for some reason. As I finished up my physics major, I realized that I just wasn't interested in pursuing the field as a career, so instead I kicked some ass at my GRE's and got an assistantship to study at the department of statistics at Colorado State University. Why statistics? Well, WHY NOT?

Besides anime, my main interests are writing, strategic gaming (poker, magic: the gathering, go, chess, etc), and internet piracy.

As far as my reviews/star ratings go: In general, a 6 (***) is watchable, a 7 (***1/2) is good and an 8 (****) is a must-see.

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JumpMaster13 says...

Yeah, I just loved Pan's Labyrinth. :)

I don't see any Akira Kurosawa on your list. Have you ever seen Seven Samurai or Yojimbo or Kagemusha? (There are many others as well, all worth seeing.) I've watched everything that Kurosawa ever directed (available on DVD), and he is my single favorite director of all time. He's actually partially why I got into anime.

Well, you've got a couple of new films on your foreign film list I also haven't seen: Oldboy and Tampopo (I've seen Ong Bak and really enjoyed it). I'll have to look for them.

I'm somewhat ambivalent about Raise the Red Lantern. Excellent filmmaking at every level, but I just didn't end up liking it. :P That just happens sometimes.

The City of Lost Children is like a French Terry Gilliam film. It's excellent in every way.

Sep 22, 2007
JumpMaster13 says...

I've also been trying to get everyone I know to watch Pan's Labyrinth -- that's the best movie I've seen in quite some time.

Sep 21, 2007
JumpMaster13 says...

I was once a physics major myself, but after 2 1/2 years in the program I'd had enough of that. ;)

I've watched (and enjoyed) all of your foreign film favorites except City of God (I'll have to look for it). I thought Millions was absolutely charming -- it's a pity more people haven't seen it.

Have you ever seen The City of Lost Children? It's a must see -- one of my favorite foreign films of all time. 

Sep 21, 2007
JumpMaster13 says...

Thanks! I'm just getting my feet wet here, but I plan on writing a good deal more.

You obviously speak as one who knows (about being well read); I just popped over and read several of your reviews (Haibane Renmei, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Gunslinger Girl, Earthgirl Arjuna) and they are intellient and insightful. I particualrly enjoyed the Arjuna review. What could have been a fairly interesting show gets so weighed down by its own didacticism that it ceases to be a story at all and is simply a screed about man's relationship with nature. :P 

Sep 21, 2007
VivisQueen says...

Right, joined Also reduced X rating to 4. After some deliberation in the shower this morning, I agree 5 is a tad generous.

Sep 18, 2007