I went to Venice back in February! It was pretty awesome. I’ve posted pictures to flickr and my oft-neglected tumblr, but I still haven’t posted anything here. I’ve written a few drafts, but couldn’t decide whether to go massively overboard on details, or gloss over most of the experience.

In the meantime, here’s a video I uploaded to youtube. It’s from the vaporetto that goes from the Lido to the Grand Canal. More specifically, the video covers the journey from the tip of the Castello sestiere to a little past Piazza San Marco, at which point my camera ran out of storage space, I think.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Fun movie! Some of the plotting was wonky and glossed over things that didn’t make any sense, but the characters were strong and consistently entertaining. Plus unlike a lot of recent blockbusters (like the Robocop remake), it was actually coherent and had its own style. I don’t really feel a need to see it again because I feel like I “got it”, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from watching it.

I kinda feel like it’s a little overhyped at this point. It’s not great. But it’s pretty good.

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Edge of Tomorrow

I’ve been calling this one “the new Tom Cruise” movie, because that title really doesn’t stick. “The Movie Where Tom Cruise Dies Over and Over (to the Joy of the Audience)” would be much better, if a bit unwieldy. But anyhoo — I enjoyed this one a lot. The central conceit is that Tom Cruise’s character keeps respawning the day before a counter-attack on alien-occupied France. Yes, “respawning” — the movie is essentially a cross between Groundhog Day and a video game like Halo. The explanation is a bit meh, but they have a lot of fun with the idea.

I’d actually like to see it again, if only to pay more attention to Tom Cruise’s arc. That’s more than I can say of most movies I’ve seen lately.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

Decent movie. There were bits that were inspired, like the slow-motion battle sequence. The future stuff didn’t really add much, and a lot of it was just a retread of the previous X-Men movie.

But young Charles Xavier, Magento, and Mystique really do have chemistry.

And Wolverine? I guess they can’t resist throwing him in, even though he has little to do with the story.

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