14 June 2012

Olympic failure

Turns out they were Regional Physics Olympics, not State Physics Olympics. They took place today, and I had to answer a 3-hour exam, comprising five problems. Out of those five problems, I was able to solve a grand total of one. Check out the topics, the bolded one is the one I was able to solve:

  1. Angular velocity
  2. Rope tension
  3. Vertical movement
  4. Laminar flow
  5. Ideal gas law

The bright side is that I am on summer vacation already. I must admit that this wasn’t my best semester, but at least I still have two years to improve my grades before college.

~Akira Villalpando

12 June 2012

School is almost out

I am so tired. I really need the semester to end already. This is the last week. On Thursday, I will participate in the state’s Physics Olympics. I guess that kind of makes me a mathlete now, or physicthlete. That does not sound too good. I haven’t felt well all week. I have been weak and pale and with no appetite at all. I am receiving my grades this week, and so far, I’ve gotten pretty good grades. I got a 100 in PE, English and Physics and a 90 in Spanish. I am still missing a few grades.

~Akira Villalpando

04 May 2012

The Avengers review

The Avengers
Avengers Assemble (UK).
Written and directed by Joss Whedon.
Paramount Pictures.
Marvel Studios.
Superhero movie.

I had infinitely high hopes for this movie. Ever since Iron Man came out, back in 2008, we knew this movie was going to happen. I watched all five Avenger movies, in a never-ending period of my life. The Avengers seemed still so far away when I watched Thor last year, but now it’s gone. I would chop off my left arm to watch it again before it gets taken out, or to make the DVD come out faster. That’s how good it is.

The whole movie is just... WOW! It is a full-fledged nerdgasm all over. I cannot, or want not, write this review with spoilers, since I do not want to ruin the movie for potential viewers, therefore this review will be a bit superficial.

Well, it all starts with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), brother of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), getting this super-awesome sceptre from an unseen guy. Meanwhile, the people at SHIELD are trying to harness the power of the Tesseract, which had suddenly started to misbehave, as stated by Dr. Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård). This leads to that, Loki declares war on Earth, and Director Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) decides that it is time to bring together the Avengers. The Avengers are “a group of remarkable people,” a group of superheroes of the likes of Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

The story is fantastic, and it is completely related to the other Avenger movies. Having said this, I recommend watching Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, in that order, before watching The Avengers. If possible, right before. It is kind of fast-paced, but not overwhelmingly fast. There are loads of action scenes, plenty of smart-talk scenes and some emotion.

All performances are breath-taking. There was no bad acting anywhere in the 143 minutes this film lasts. I don’t think we can have anyone else play Tony Stark anymore; RDJ is Tony Stark. He is as brilliant and arrogant as ever. Chris Evans is awesome as Steve Rogers. I think I liked Hemsworth’s Thor from the Thor movie better. This Thor is less arrogant, less war-craving. Mark Ruffalo is perfect as Bruce Banner, and The Hulk... The Hulk is just astonishing. I would have liked more Hulk in the movie, though. He only Hulks out twice, but when he does, it’s incredible. Before I watched the movie, I underestimated Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), but then I realised how bafflingly bad-ass he is. In one scene, he fires an arrow at an alien and kills it, without even looking.

I need a whole paragraph for Loki. Tom Hiddleston is brilliant as Loki. Loki is not evil per se, he is just troubled and hurt and tired of being in the shadow of someone else. He wants to be recognised. Hiddleston shows these emotions extremely well. He has some of the best lines in the whole movie (“How desperate are you that you call on such lost creatures to defend you?”). Tom Hiddleston really is one good actor. If he does not get an Oscar for Best Villain or Best Actor, I will go Hulk on the Academy.

The script is really, really good. The movie is perfectly balanced, everything steals the show at every minute. The first hour or so of the movie goes from action to build-up back to action. I loved the talk scenes. Everyone is just there arguing. You cannot form a team of superheroes and have everything run smoothly. This is what made Joss Whedon the perfect choice as director. All the different personalities clash. The easy-going Tony Stark, the patriotic and serious Cap’n America, the alien Thor, trying to get used to Midgardians’ way of doing stuff.

The rest of the movie is the team really getting together and Loki’s invasion taking place. The last hour of the movie is my favorite hour of the movie. The last third of the movie is what Marvel fans have been waiting for the last 49 years. Iron Man, Cap’n America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) fighting Loki’s army (“I have an army.” “We have a Hulk.”), working together to save avenge the Earth.

Verdict: The Avengers is the best movie I have seen in my life, it is full of good speech, great acting, marvelous special effects, and pure awesomeness. It is completely worthy of all the hype it’s been getting and I just cannot wait for the DVD to come out.

The Avengers is
Awesometastic
6’000,000 stars out of 10
~Akira Villalpando

P.S.: Make sure to stay after the end credits, it will tell you what The Avengers 2’s build-up will be about. Hint: Infinity Gauntlet

29 March 2012

Great expectations

This past weekend I got and read my hardback of The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) and on Saturday I will watch the movie, so, for next week, expect a review of both the book and the movie.

~Akira Villalpando

25 March 2012

Finally

That’s right, my hardback of The Hunger Games is finally here, it arrived yesterday. I began reading it as soon as I got home and I am almost finished with it. It really is amazing. And the book itself is so pretty, it is one of the prettiest books I have.

When I got to the bookstore to pick it up, the clerk told me they had also received the hardbacks of Catching Fire and Mockingjay, and I would have bought them too, if I had had any money. Since I have now read, or am reading it actually, I can now watch the movie, which I will next weekend.

Let the 74th Hunger Games begin!

~Akira Villalpando

19 March 2012

Illusion

There is this girl, I am going to call her C for reasons, who I really like. She goes to my former school, she turned sixteen last month and, well, she is just awesome. According to a lot of people, she is really whorish, but I refuse to believe that. I did not dare talk to her until I met her on Tumblr. I realised that in Tumblr she shows who she really is. That was in late December. I have talked to her a few times, we only chat online, because I am really shy and cannot meet her irl.

I have really strong feelings toward C. They seem to grow each time I think about her, or talk to her. But every time I type my salute and hit Enter, it’s as if I immediately regret it, because I do not know what to say to her. I find talking to Homo sapiens challenging, but I find talking to C plain hard.

So, last night, I dreamt about her. It had been a while since I last dreamt about a girl. When I woke up, I felt so happy, I almost felt renewed. The dream was quite simple. I go one day a week to my former school, I attend a literature class. In the dream, I was there, with her, at school, at the workshop, talking. It was so simple, yet so amazingly vivid and cheering. But, I realise that was only a dream that will probably never come true.

~Akira Villalpando

I am now a Nerdfighter

After almost a year of hesitation, doubt and procrastination, I have joined Nerdfighteria. I do not fully understand it yet, but rest assured I will. If you are interested in contacting me there or whatever, click here to go to my profile.

~Akira Villalpando