“It’s over. It’s okay. Just another day in FailureVille. Move along now; nothing to see right here…”

History repeats itself, & at the rate it’s going, I’m sure some other things will get repeated as well 😦 I guess the politically-correct approach to handle this delicate matter is to just tell everybody what they wanna hear…

Anyway, caught Iron Man. Finally. I will catch it again, due to 2 unrelated incidents, which I’ll elaborate further. But first things’ first:

The show is SUPERB. Period. RDJr is fantastic as Tony Stark (as Heath Ledger will be, when he plays the Joker and Aaron Eckhart as Two-Face, both characters in the Dark Knight). As an “origins/beginning” story, no problem at all, even for non-comic fans, as a gadgetry/techno-geek fanfare, what with all the suit-design, missiles, weapons, cars, etc, scored with flying colors. I can assure you: Tony Stark’s workshop is an engineer’s/architect’s wet dream, with the ergo-virtual keyboard, minority report-like screens, virtual 3D-projections you can physically interact with, an artificially-sentient(note: it’s beyond artificially intelligent) robotic housekeeper that can rebuke the owner, full-length patio windows made outta LCD screens, which can alter their opacity, everything’s there. Oh yah, Gwyneth Paltrow and the F-22 Raptors(real ones were loaned for this film) too.

And characters? Well, in a nutshell it manages to fit a weapons manufacturer development into a high-tech-equipped humanitarian within 2 hrs, yup, it’s all green here too.  The director, Jon Favreau, and of course, Stan Lee’s cameos were a hoot. Not to mention Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury. Colonel Nick Fury, sorry Sir! Hint hint Wink* wink*

But but, while watching the 9.40pm slot at Golden Village Jurong Point, there was a 15min disruption that started at the 45min mark of the show, where a bunch of perplexed audience were treated to this:

And after which the film continued with audio but NO video for another 5mins, and when everything finally came together again, the reel was not rewound to the lost portion. After which, distinctive hammering noises were heard originating from behind the cinema screen (who does construction work at 10pm in the night? I can assure you it’s NOT Iron Man). Because of this disruption, I missed the midnight bus and had to cab home. Is this the kind of service that justifies a ticket price hike?

Oh yah, bought a cheap 8GB thumbdrive recently. It’s not terribly fast: I manually timed it to discover a WRITE of 2.92GB took 12m33s, which translate to 3.8MB/sec. But still $40 for 8GB of redundant traffic, what the heck…


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