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

Friday, July 31, 2015

Movie Review: This Is The End

Oddly Harry Flashman, who used to go by another name reminded me of this movie and the fact that I never got around to watching it. I can see how he was brought to the movie by the survivalism perspective but it's still a little odd that he ended up watching this movie. One of those weird things like when Wifeys very elderly relative suddenly got a Facebook account.

Today I will be watching and doing a sort of review on This is the End a 2013 satire about a bunch of friends going through the end of the world together. 

Random Guy after Seth Rogan says he doesn't want to go to Carls Junior because he is on a clense. "So you're not drinking, your not smoking weed?"

Seth Rogan- "Oh no no I'm drinking and smoking weed. I'm on a cleanse I'm not psychotic."

Then they eat Carls Junior.

I like where this show is going. The characters seem to act like, at least the satirized versions of, themselves. Obviously it is fake because it is a movie but it sort of makes things seem realistic.

The sheer amount of celebrity cameos in this movie are totally out of control. Many seem to be playing satirized versions of their selves which is big fun. Seriously I think instead of extras they just got on the phone and brought all their friends over.

It seems after the best cast party ever things start to go all end of the world.

This movie is a touch silly but should be fun.

Depending on the location and crowd a party would either be really convenient for the start of a disaster or terrible.

If you are into survivalism and can not lift your body up over an obstacle you are not prepared. Best work on that.

The Supply Scene is hilarious.
The guy from Eastbound and Down is here.

Emma Watson has a fire ax.

The group starts to turn on each other. Interesting personal dynamics often show up in stressful situations.

This movie gets pretty ridiculous. 

It seems to be some sort of a rapture scenario.

Then there was canibalism.

After a few days how are so many buildings on fire?

Overall impression: I paid 3 bucks to rent it on Amazon and it was worth the cost. I enjoyed it as a light and funny movie. I would say it is more of a 'have a couple drinks and enjoy' movie than the kind where you have a notebook to capture survival lessons but still enjoyable. A funny look at the end of the world is something I appreciated.

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?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Movie Review: Red Dawn 2012

Even though it came out when I was a toddler when it came out the original Red Dawn was a big part of my formative years as a teen and early 20 something gun toting redneck soon to be survivalist. I cannot count nights revolved around a case of beer, some booze and watching Red Dawn with my buddies. Watching it, talking about what we would do and even making a few preparations because of it. So naturally I had to see the new Red Dawn.

The Remake of Red Dawn has faced some adversity. It was sucked into a black hole due to financial issues at MGM. After filming the invading nation was changed from China to North Korea. It isn't too hard to mentally insert China every time they say North Korea anyway. So it finally came out and I went to see it.

I will try to keep the spoilers to a minimum but if you are dead set about seeing this movie without any sort of a notion of what happens then it would be smart to read this after you see the movie, not before. 

Red Dawn 2012 has naturally been brought into the modern era. The loose scenario that starts things out is based around current situations and some plausible continuations of them. Kind of the same start as the original with today's threats really. The location was changed to Spokane, Washington which is (for the inland American West) a pretty big city instead of the small town of Calumet, Colorado. I always thought in the original it was Montana but cannot recall why. Another notable difference is that the older brother is a Marine with combat experience.  More on this later.

There were a variety of other fairly small changes. Broadly speaking the 2012 version was true to the original. It was not a carbon copy but the broad strokes were similar with enough changes to make it contemporary and interesting. Also there was a scene (may have been more that I missed) where they poked a bit of well intended fun at the original. Well played.

To the usual format.

The Good: Making the older brother a Marine with combat experience made the whole plot a lot more realistic. The odds of one person with real experience being able to field a team of fighters that could do some damage and stay alive is much higher than a whole crew of amateurs doing the same. A departure from the original for sure but not a bad one. There are a whole lot of veterans of viable fighting age around these days so it is pretty realistic anyway.

Naturally coming along with a person with combat experience the group conducted some training before beginning to go all Wolverines on those evil Chinese North Koreans. There was even a pretty cool montage about it. Some basic training combined with somewhat competent leadership makes the groups success seem more plausible than it might have in the original.

 Also the way the group operated, was supplied and sheltered was more plausible than in the original. It meshed with a variety of historical patterns of various guerrilla groups. Not that the original was weak here as it didn't really focus on tactics anyway it is just that this one was just a bit stronger here.

The characters seemed a bit more 3 dimensional in the 2012 version. There were some sidelines of various human interactions that made the characters seem a lot more human.

The Bad: Without getting into details I think the Wolverines ability to freely enter and exit Spokane was a bit convenient. The totalitarian folks in China North Korea know a few things about population and resource control. They would probably issue some sort of passport or ID card very quickly and use them to restrict (and if the system is electronic track) freedom of movement.

The Ugly: To keep up with today's hyper action movies the level of up close and personal violence as well as close calls was pretty high. At one point a Chinese Korean soldier was blazing away with a frickin Ma Deuce AKA .50 caliber machine gun from CQB range at one of the Wolverines but somehow did not kill him. I wouldn't say these few incidents detracted from the overall movie but they certainly annoyed me.

Overall Assessment: I liked this movie and think you will also. If you are into slightly cheesy patriotic action movies you will enjoy Red Dawn 2012.

I have some general thoughts but will probably let them mull for a day or so. Folks who made it out to the movies for Red Dawn please let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

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, 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.
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