The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey..

.. was very good! A solid 9 stars out of 10. Much more epic than its counterpart in the first trilogy and with a lot of great action scenes that were really enhanced by 3D and the higher frame rate. The use of technology wasn’t gimmicky as it was in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, which was a relief to me. Superb acting, superb make-up, superb set design, believable special effects and great writing!


Puke-a-thon. If there’s one disease to be hated…

Been writing some riffs for a trio type ensemble.. Heavily inspired by Kyuss, Slo Burn, etc. Let’s see if this is a lasting direction.

Looking forward to seeing The Hobbit. Don’t have tickets yet and I might not go see it until January, unless we get a nice evening without the kids after it’s opened on the 12th.

Twilight and Vampires

Saw the last Twilight movie last night. Mind you, it was also the first one I saw, so my opinion might not be entirely valid, but I think it was too cliché-ridden and I did not care for the way vampires were portrayed. It pandered too much to young girls for my liking, but granted, they are the target audience.

The battle scene was good, but I did not care for how they rewound the time, so that nothing ever really happened. I understand that this was Bella’s first appearance as a vampire, so why she was so amazingly strong was a bit silly. I like the way True Blood handles vampire strength, i.e. the longer you’ve been a vampire, the stronger you are. Godric and his introspective mind in True Blood was more awesome than Aro and his naive lust for power could ever be.

Watch this, not that, Juha edition: Don’t see Twilight, see True Blood… Or better yet Bram Stoker’s Dracula from 1992 with Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Anthony Hopkins and Wynona Ryder.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward

Don’t you just hate it when life deals you good cards, but you still can’t seem to win?

Looking for talented musicians to join a band is hard. We’ve had what seems like amazing luck, but also utterly abysmal luck at the same time. Found some great singers and bass players who seem to lose interest at a moment’s notice.. Gotta try more, I guess.

Gathering Speed

Life’s been picking up lately. Finally had a good band rehearsal, found a new game to play and I’ve even had fun practicing some Opeth lately. Had a fun Father’s Day and a good weekend, too.

Sofia and Elli seem to fight a lot these days. They can be mesmerized by the TV too, though, which is great if you need some me-time (i.e. cooking, cleaning…..)