Showing posts with label movie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label movie. Show all posts

Monday, December 23, 2013

Arnold Schwartzenegger Kill Count

28 minutes 509 deaths. It is a self proclaimed compilation of all Arnold's movie and tv kills. May have missed one or two but it's pretty darn comprehensive all the same. Rated nothing but violence.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

World War Z

Went out to see a late afternoon Matinee. Do not want to give any spoilers but feel like sharing some general thoughts. First Commander Zero did a pretty good post about the practical lessons he got out of it. Namely have some basic gear with you and if you have a specific family need (inhailer, etc) have them all over the place. If your kid carries one, you have one on body, the family car kit has one and there is one in Wifey's purse the odds of getting caught without are fairly low.

In terms of lessons learned the biggest thing I got was a reminder of the importance of location. While a Zombie Apocalypse would be hard anywhere your odds of living are far higher in a medium sized town like Missoula, Montana or Joplin, Missouri than a major urban center. Obviously living in or near a smaller town like Sisters, OR or Peachtree Alabama would offer even more advantage. The only real scenarios where living in a big city would be beneficial are a power outage (bigger areas get taken care of first) or replacing a job in a bad economy. For every other scenario I can think of smaller areas tend to fare better.

The rest of the movie was closer to some sort of Outbreak type find patient zero type movie. Not bad per se but different. Obviously any relationship with the book beyond the title was negligible. There wasn't much gore and no nudity (noticed at the theater it was PG-13). So I suppose it is the most family friendly Zombie movie in awhile.

The movie was entertaining though not special in any way. I did not feel robbed but have little desire to see it again. A decent movie to watch on a day when you do not have a lot going on. If you go to the theater I would do a matinee.

Did anybody else see World War Z? If so what did you think of it?






Sunday, December 9, 2012

Quote of the Day

"Doug MacRay: I need your help. I can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, and we're gonna hurt some people."

"James Coughlin: ...Whose car are we gonna' take?"

-The Town


Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Great Movie, a Great Blade and Dirty Fun

I watched Acts of Valor this evening. Not sure what to say about it exactly. Watching a movie where the uniforms, equipment, weapons handling and tactics didn't make me repeatedly face palm was quite nice. Glad I bought it.

I have been carrying my cool new Benchmade Griptillian 551 for about a week now. It is still a bit premature for a full review but I only have good things to say about it. Until I got this knife benchmade is the only major manufacturer I hadn't owned. To be honest the price point was higher than I was willing to go for a knife. Two things have changed in that regard. The first is the griptillian model(s) which come in around a hundred bucks instead of more like $150+. Secondly since getting out of school and starting a real job my situation has changed over the last few years. I don't buy knives I would hesitate to use or would be stressed to replace if they were lost or stolen. The dollar value of that has come up over time from about $50 to $100. Between those two now I have a benchmade folder.

Today I needed a part for our vehicle. Without sufficient time to order it online and well I like saving money. Naturally this led me to the junk yard. I forgot to dress down sufficiently for the occasion and had to be careful not to get oily grit or grease on my clothes. Not that they are fancy or anything but worn out jeans and an old t shirt would have worked better. Anyway after some looking I found the part. I yelled to the guy working there who was going about his work to see how much he wanted. I saw his hand go up and it looked like he was saying 5. I said I would leave the money in the office and then he made an exaggerated wave. Turns out he was telling me to just take it. So that was pretty cool.

Going even further from any sort of point I have been enjoying ale's a lot more lately. Can't wait to get back to America and start brewing again. Also hummus is pretty awesome and relative to other comparable options healthy and guilt free.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Happy Friday the 13th!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

In Case You Are Bored

I was recently able to see the 2010 remake of True Grit. I hesitate to compare it to the original as it is hard to beat John Wayne and all but in any case it was a solidly enjoyable film. Jeff Bridges did a great job as Rooster Cogburn and I appreciated that they were able to update the dialog and some of the situations while still saying true to the original. Definitely worth watching.

For fiction Full Black by Brad Thor was enjoyable. Definitely a thriller and faster paced than Clancy or your average spy/ intrigue book. Came away with some interesting ideas and was solidly entertained.

Speaking of Tom Clancy I am most of the way through his new book Locked On. I read all of his older fiction but stopped when he went to a loosely ghost written format with different characters. In this book he seems to be back in true form with the characters we have came to be fond of. I am about halfway through it and would definitely suggest it to anyone who enjoys that genra.

I am catching episodes of The Walking Dead when they are on AFN here. I am probably terminally lost until I come back to the states and can fill in the blanks but I an enjoying it none the less.

Anyway that is what I have been enjoying for fiction and movies lately.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Quote of the Day

"You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."


-Roster Cogburn in True Grit (2010)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I have got a lot of time to kill today. On the bright side there happens to be a laptop with an external hard drive full of DVD's here so at least I have some entertainment. Just got finished watching the A Team. As I am trying to multi task and get some posts written for a future time I am away you are going to get a review. Anyway here we go.




The Good: It was an enjoyable movie. Maybe I am a sucker for action movies but it was entertaining. Plenty of action, some funny lines, explosions and of course a really sweet van. You would probably enjoy it also. I think it also lead to some interesting thoughts. I think people who live certain kinds of lives would be well advised to have some sort of contingency plans. As noted in a previous post sometimes bad things happen to good people. Having a plan is a darn good start. Of course you need to consider what sort of scenario you might fall into. For instance I know a guy who knew a guy that happened to unintentionally (he got ripped off and had their stuff) for a bunch of drugs. He moved a thousand miles the next day and didn't tell anybody. The guys who were unhappy with him would certainly kill him if he came back and was having beers at a local establishment but if he stays gone he is fine. Other situations may be more complicated particularly of the individuals you are making unhappy happen to have access to digital databases and or legitimate legal status. Regardless having a stash of cash would really help the situation. It certainly won't solve all your problems but some greenbacks will help. A bag you would be happy living out of for awhile and a handgun could be sound ideas also. That way you at least have time to make a plan. Someone into some really crazy shit might want to consider some sort of alternate identification though that is illegal and I would never suggest it. If that ID happened to have a vehicle which is properly registered vehicle in it's name that would really be a start. Unless you are the FBI top 10 or some sort of elite paramilitary organization is after you that will probably be sufficient. The idea of moving to a whole different place might be daunting but in some situations it could be the only really valid idea. While it is the basis of many a good action movie killing all sorts of people, blowing things up and redeaming yourself through revengs is a great movie. In real life if you can manage to get clear of things, maybe as John Smith and find a boring job and build a new modest life you are doing great.



Also the movie had Jessica Biel which is always nice.



The Bad: At a few points the movie was downright cheesy and rediculous. I found myself thinking 'this is just stupid' more than once.



The Ugly: Nothing ugly. It is what it is. A fun action movie with some cheesy parts.



Your wife will probably not like it but it is good for a night with the buddies.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Movie Review: Machete

First Danny Trejo is a really scary looking dude. Second I think this movie is going to be cheesy and entertaining. It is suprising how many big name actors and actresses are in this movie. Some of the action is downright ridiculous. Like completely over the top. There is a real pro illegal alien criminal position in this movie that is made quite clear by the storyline. That would have bothered me more except the whole thing was so rediculous that it didn't.

It was an entertaining movie. At times it was somewhat serious and had good dialog with interesting plot twists. At other times it was cheesy and rediculous and funny. I really enjoyed it. Assuming you take the movie for what it is, a cheesy B movie with a bunch of A list actors you will enjoy it. A good thoughtless movie that is best served with a couple beers, buddies are nice but not required.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Quote of the Day

Doug MacRay: "I need your help. I can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, and we're gonna hurt some people. "

James Coughlin: ...Whose car we takin'?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Guest Post Book/ Movie Review of The Road

A Review of  The Road By Cormac McCarthy or as I Like to Call it: How Not to Survive After A Disaster.


I read the novel The Road, by Cormac McCarthy and then after a few days of letting the story marinate, I watched the movie. Frankly, the book is better (it always is) but the director did a fabulous job with the movie. Obviously, large parts of the book were left out of the movie in the interests of time and flow, but the movie didn’t suffer for the editing. I am not going to lie, I cried like a little girl in some places. In other parts I wanted to jump right into the book and shake some sense into the main character, the man. In a survivalist situation, when you are doing everything you can to avoid being eaten by roving gangs of cannibals, who in their right mind makes nightly fires? Why not just stuff a moldy apple in the kid’s mouth, set him up on a platter and ring the dinner bell?

The book and movie should certainly not be taken as a manual on how to survive in the aftermath of a global cataclysmic event. As a piece of literature that explores issues of humanity, father and son relationships and questions our morals and ethics in the face of tragedy, it is a good read and may even get you thinking. It will certainly put you off light colored meat for awhile and have you hoarding all the fruit salad and ammo that you can.

From a preparedness point of view, this novel is incredibly disappointing. Through flashbacks, the reader is given multiple glances into the lead up to the disaster, as well as the time immediately following it. The man is knowledgeable enough to know that he needs to fill the tub with drinkable water before it is shut off, but doesn’t seem to do much disaster planning. The boy is born just after the disaster and the story begins when he is about nine or ten. One of the flashbacks shows the family still at their home and the child is about seven years old. We aren’t told what they have been doing in the interim, except that they have used all but two of the bullets in their one gun. They have a home with food and clothing and creature comforts that they leave for an unknown reason, yet they haven’t banded together with any of their neighbors or friends?

They even stumble upon an emergency shelter loaded with clean food, water and shelter and leave it to continue on his quest for the coast. In the presence of such a hoard of food, I find it incredibly difficult to imagine that a starving man and child would be able to walk away from it. As a literary device it works well to show how humanity can snap back in place when essentials aren’t in scarce supply, however, common sense dictates that he would make camp in the area and continue to forage food and supplies to ensure that he and the boy built up their immune systems and energy reserves. The shelter is stocked with bullets that do not work with his gun, so he leaves them there, rather than cart them along as items to barter and trade or use in an improvised fashion for self defense. 

Rather than continue to rag on the book for what it didn’t do, I would rather focus on three things it did do that put me into quasi panic mode and made me reevaluate my plans.

1.    Made me conscious of how little I have prepared myself for life without verifiable maps and the ability to navigate without a GPS. The Man and the boy follow the highways and open road on their quest to find the coast. This is incredibly dangerous as it leaves them open to attack from all of the threats present in the book. They do not seem to have a choice as their shopping cart could not make it through the brush of the forests. I had to question how I would have handled it differently. Would a simple plank frame sledge dragged through the forest be any better? It would leave tracks and be easy to follow and difficult to handle. Would a compass still be a viable guide?

2.    Kill or be killed? Is holding on to their morals really the most appropriate way to survive? When they meet up with other people on the road, they often give the strangers the benefit of the doubt, leaving themselves open to attack. Why didn’t they form an alliance with at least one other adult for protection? That way they wouldn’t be sleeping unguarded at night, the boy wouldn’t have had to remain alone unguarded while the man foraged for wood and food and they would have had far more options for self defense.

3.    In an apocalyptic situation, is survival really the only consideration? What about rebuilding a civilization? The book mentions communes and cannibalistic tribes as well as nomadic gangs of men and permanent homesteaders farming people. But are there no groups of like-minded people with knowledge and skills available to create a safer community of refugees? By merely surviving are they in fact ensuring their extinction? In living a day to day hard scrabble existence, they cannot plan for the future. How is the man such a dead shot when he has been carrying around two shots in his gun for over three years without shooting it? Practice is essential for any type of specialized skill. Gardening and animal husbandry are impossible thanks to the bleak conditions and the need to continually move along. How has this scenario changed my preparations for potential disasters and emergencies? Hugely; I am rethinking most of my plans and reassessing my viable skills.

All in all, both the movie and the book got me thinking long and hard about the steps I have taken so far to prepare and the things I still need to do. The biggest item I am lacking is knowledge. Educating myself more about homesteading practices, basic outdoorsman-ship and personal health care and protection would be far more useful than a majority of the gadgets that I have stockpiled. I may end up somewhere far from my stash, but I will always have the training in how to create a natural water filter or know which potential vegetation is edible and which is akin to hazardous waste. The book and the movie are certainly not for the faint of heart and will not help you sleep better at night, but they will get your brain working and inspire you to do a better job of prepping for the potential future.


Lucas Gregson is a Personal Security Plan specialist with a keen interest in prepping and home security. He advocates for sensible self defense training and the enjoyment of a good book but not at the same time.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Movie Review: Book of Eli


Today we were at the store for something else and I got Book of Eli. I missed it in the theater and never ended up renting it. This evening we sat down and watched it. To the usual format.

The good: I was really entertained by this movie. Denzel Washington is a great actor and the movie was quite enjoyable. It kept a good pace and had plenty of action. His use of a big (military looking) rechargeable battery to power an Ipod was pretty resourceful. Also Mila Kunis is pretty darn easy on the eyes even in simulated post apocalypse get up.

At one point a goblin noticed the main character had a gun. He said "I bet it is empty, they are all empty these days" or something to that effect.  This is just a good reminder that without ammunition guns are useless. Ammo isn't cheap but it is pretty darn important. Stash at least couple hundred rounds per gun. A case or maybe even two is probably better.

I appreciated that it dealt with the whole Apocalypse thing in a realistic manner. People will do bad things to each other and thinking otherwise is at best idealistic and at worst dangerous.  It was not idealized or sanitized or anything like that. However it dealt with the issue in a way that wasn't vulgar or unnecessarily extreme. A tough balancing act for sure and they executed it well.


The bad: I found the whole situation with water in the book as really unrealistic. Simply put human beings need a certain amount of water every day to live. The exact amount varies based upon conditions but you can not condition yourself to live on less. If memory serves me correctly the US Army tried water rationing and progressively decreasing water consumption in North Africa during WWII with disastrous results. The levels characters seemed to be consuming in the movie were seemingly below the levels needed to sustain life.

The ugly: There wasn't really any ugly.

This movie was pretty much a strait forward action movie with a religious and apocalyptic twist. I am glad it is now part of our collection and look forward to watching it again in the future. You will almost surely enjoy it.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

quote of the day

"Your country needs you Logan"-Striker
"I am Canadian"- Logan

I enjoy those easy going beer loving folks up north.  If they had better gun laws I would seriously consider moving up there. Yeah they have socialized medical care but we are headed that way at a dead sprint anyway. To their credit the Canadians managed to avoid the whole sovereign debt issue because their banks stayed out of the derivative and bail out madness.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

quote of the day

"When the virus struck for obvious reasons the first ones to go were the fatties."
-Columbus  Zombieland

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

quote of the day

"I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."
-Bryan the crazy ex CIA father in Taken

Thursday, April 15, 2010

quote of the day

"There is no such thing as tough. There is trained and untrained. Now which are you?"
-Mr Creasy in Man on Fire

Friday, December 18, 2009

Great Movie For Realistic Action

As a little kid I was lucky enough to be in a family where I was able to watch movies which the Nancy Waist child development specialists would say were excessively violent for my age. This was a great era for slightly simplistic and completely unrealistic but totally awesome action movies. Steven Segal, Arnold The Governator and Silvester Stallone were all in their primes doing awesome stuff in the early to mid 90's. Their movies were completely awesome and totally unrealistic.

Remember the time Steven Segal beat up an entire bar full of guys with a cue ball inside a bar rag? I do and it was awesome.

Never would have happened but totally awesome. Sorry to say it but no matter what you know if you are simultaneously fighting a dozen tough guys who are not going to quit if one of them gets jacked up pretty bad you will loose. Short of your friends showing up or getting your hands on a piece the only real chance is to destroy one of them so badly the rest loose heart. People who fight in groups loosely fall into the categories of complete cowards following one semi tough jerk or a very dangerous group of people.  Maybe it is number 3 or 4 or 5 you are fighting when somebody takes you out but somebody will. Anyway moving on.

These movies were great fun and I still watch them from time to time when they come on the telly. My largely symbolic co authors and I often have bad action movie marathons. They are however completely unrealistic which leaves a little something to be desired.

Last weekend (or maybe the one before) the movie Collateral came on the TV. I have a copy of this movie but we just let it roll on the TV. It is a pretty darn good movie. Admittedly having either Jamie Fox and Tom Cruise is a darn good start for any movie. Having both is just about a done deal. Maybe it is that they made it a great movie or maybe they chose it because it is a great movie. In any case it is a darn good movie.

Tom Cruise plays a pretty good grizzled psycho. Personally I think every movie he has ever made should be re done with Vincent as his character. Think about it. Risky Business with Vincent?

What really sealed the deal for me was the awesome realistic action.



What movies do you enjoy for realistic action?

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