Archive for March 2009

Movies, Miracles, and Mel Gibson

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My cousin recently told me to watch “Signs” – a movie starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Now, just as a warning, there will be spoilers in this post – but hey, it was done in 2001, so if you haven’t watched it by now, it’s probably not a big deal to you if I ruin it for you, right? Anyway, I thought I’d just give a few thoughts on the movie.

First off, as far as the movie itself goes, it was decent. The acting wasn’t impeccable, but it was good enough. And I thought the suspense was kept fairly high throughout most of it, which was good. Shyamalan keeps you guessing right until the end as to what is going to happen. I was really wondering how humanity was going to fend off a huge alien invasion within the last 30 minutes of the movie, but it all got wrapped up neatly. Not to my liking, perhaps, but there was at least an explanation.

However, I’m not doing an official movie review, so I’m not going to say much more about the acting and the plot and all that sort of stuff. I’d like to talk about the meaning behind it – the ultimate message of the movie. Now essentially, Mel Gibson plays a former priest (I’m guessing he must have been Orthodox, as he was a priest yet he was married) who loses his faith after his wife dies. One day…Continue Reading

Co-op Woes

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Well, things have been a little stressful lately, and as such I have two stories to share. They’re completely unrelated except for the fact that they both occurred recently, but that’s okay. My blog has always been pretty random.

Anyway, the first event is actually still in the process of occurring, but I think the worst of it is over. As a co-op student, I’m forced to go through the horrible process of job interviews every eight months or so. It’s a painful process sometimes, but on the bright side, I have plenty of experience with interviews now. I no longer get nervous before them, which may be a good or a bad thing – I don’t really know. At any rate, for the first round of interviews, I only applied to five jobs. In hindsight, that was a little dumb, but my rationale was that a) I’m in third year now, so I should have a decent chance against some of the younger students, b) I have more Psych. experience which should help me land a Psych. job, which is what I really wanted, and c) there simply weren’t many jobs that I was really interested in anyway. Due to the whole economic catastrophe, there weren’t many jobs available, so it was somewhat of slim pickings. I had also had a plan in place to talk to a bunch of professors and try to land a job outside the Jobmine system, but as it turns out, the co-op term…Continue Reading