After a nearly month-long break, we just arrived back in Austin. It wasn’t all fun and relaxing, it was conditional that I get a paper written to submit to Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B. I finished the method and results/conclusion sections, which are the most important, so hopefully I’ll have the paper finished in a couple of days.
While I was relaxing though, I got so see some good movies that I had been waiting for. The first was Napolean Dynamite, which would have been even more hilarious if it hadn’t been eerily familiar in many ways. Basically, anyone that didn’t fit in at high school needs to see this movie. But it seems that I’m about the last person in the world to see this movie, so this is probably empty talk. It was nice to know what all these wierd quotes I had been hearing all the time were. i.e. “Bow to your Sensei! BOW TO YOUR SENSEI!!” etc.
I also saw Serenity, which I had been really looking forward to since I really enjoyed Firefly during its short run as a series. I pretty much have to agree that it’s the best science fiction movie I’ve ever seen. It was absolutely great. See it if you haven’t. And watch the series while you’re at it.
Another one I finally got to see was Batman Begins, which I have to say is the best superhero movie I’ve ever seen. After seeing Christian Bale in Equilibrium a few years ago, I was looking forward to seeing him in another action movie, and I wasn’t let down. You may have to set your willful suspension of disbelief (ninja’s in Tibet, a 3′ cube machine with no external energy source that can vaporize millions of gallons of water instantly, etc.) on a pretty high level, but it wasn’t worse than any other good action movie, in my opinion. Also, when Batman becomes the Batdemon during Scarecrow’s acid trip was really cool.
Also, my brother lent me a copy of the entire series Babylon 5, which I have only seen bits and pieces, and am looking forward to seeing. Imagine a sci-fi show with character and plot continuity! It almost boggles the senses!