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Fast and the Furious 6: Movie Review
Since the the release of the first movie in 2001, The Fast and the Furious franchise has taken the world by storm, especially the car enthusiast community. I consider myself a car enthusiast as well as a gear head (petrol head, grease monkey) however you want to call it. The franchise had it’s ups and downs but the last few movies of this high octane fueled franchise has not disappointed us yet.
SPOILERS INCOMING: The movie begins with a series of flashbacks from all 5 previous movies with introductory credits and opens with Dom and Brian rushing to a Catholic Chapel where Mia is having her child. Jason, the son of Brian and Mia and proud Uncle Dom think they are a happy family living the quiet life in peace. As Dom sits alone at his beach front house working on a V8 crate engine, Hobbs walks in with very serious information. Here Dom discovers Letty is alive and active doing jobs in Europe. If you stayed at the end of the credits in Fast 5, Hobbs finds files of Letty’s existence hinting to the what may happen in the sequel. Forced to go out without a choice to find his long lost love and partner in crime, Dom gathers the old team again for another job.
The members of the previous crew are all out in different parts of the world enjoying their share of $10 million from the last job they pulled off in Rio de Janero. Living in luxury and in hiding they are definitely enjoying what they have. As they are going about their everyday business, they all get a call from Dom to meet in London for an emergency. We have the entire previous crew from the last movie except for Tego and Rico, the 2 grease men that imposed as handy men to infiltrate the police station. There was no exact saying as to why the 2 characters did not show up, but in the last movie they put all their money on roulette and we can guess that they blew it all off. Although an explanation was given about their absence, it did not feel the same without them in this movie with their constant arguing over simple things. But to make up for that, we had Tej and Roman become the 2 clowns that end up bashing each other over the simple things which I have to hand to the writers for making a well rounded recovery for that. 
Our Group of protagonists meet in London as they try to catch a man named Shaw and his crew who are after a satellite device that can disrupt the electronics and communication of an entire country for 24 hours. Here Hobbs gets a new partner; Riley played by the lovely and former MMA fighter Gina Carano, who chases down Letty in the subway tunnels and begins a hell of a good cat fight. After the first chase, Dom spots Letty and follows her. He corners her and she shoots him in the chest and drives off. After attempts of finding her, he follows her to an underground street race and challenges her to a race. I admire that the director implemented a street race once again, especially since a possibly good street race was edited out in Fast 5 between Doms 1970 Dodge Charger and A local’s 2001 Porsche 911 GT3. After the race Dom finds out that her memory was wiped out and she was found by Shaw in the hospital looking for talent that can use a fresh start. After Letty leaves, Shaw confronts Dom right after and they exchange words and we discover how good Shaw’s intel really is and He threatens Dom’s family and friends if he doesn’t back off. It was here we discover that Shaw is a powerful developing villain, sticking to his role of no mercy as a SAS soldier gone rouge. He played a villain that no other Fast and Furious villain has touched so far. 
In the meantime, Brian O’ Conner discovers that Shaw is linked to Bragas, the antagonist in the 4th installment of this series. He goes undercover (sort of) into a prison where he is being held and discovers everything about Shaw and how to find him. He also discovers what exactly happened to Letty on that fateful night. 
As they soon realize, our heroes are out gunned, rivaled by superior technology and skilled henchmen. The antagonists making many escapes from Dom and his crew, a manhunt in a single country soon jumps from continent to continent. When Shaw gets a tank and wreaks chaos on a bridge in Spain, Dom and the gang take them out and get them in custody. And here we discover Shaw’s prowess and how far his arms can really reach. He sent two of his goons to find Mia and Elena, Elena made it away with baby Jason and Mia gets taken hostage. To keep Mia alive they have to let Shaw and his crew go with the satellite chip, and of course our protagonists agree. As they leave we find one of our ‘heroes’ Riley, Hobbs’ partner leave with Shaw as a double agent playing good cop the entire time. 
I will start with a couple cons about the film. We all realize and acknowledge that this is completely fictional, even though some of the stunts seem so realistic that they look fake. Second, the last action sequence with the airstrip that seemed like it was 50 miles long before the plane ended up going down after it should have run out of run way much longer ago. 
Now to the Pros; This is honestly one of the most action packed movies I have seen in a very long time. I have seen movies with a lot of action but poorly scripted and choreographed. In Fast 6, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time from amazingly put together action sequences and stunt drivers, this insanely high octane fueled movie is perfect for people who love cars or don’t. After watching Fast 5 I really couldn’t think how much better Fast 6 could really be, but until after I sat down and watched it I must say that really is the best of the franchise so far. 
A final word: Stay after the credits for a treat.
My final review: 90/100
 
 

Fast and the Furious 6: Movie Review

Since the the release of the first movie in 2001, The Fast and the Furious franchise has taken the world by storm, especially the car enthusiast community. I consider myself a car enthusiast as well as a gear head (petrol head, grease monkey) however you want to call it. The franchise had it’s ups and downs but the last few movies of this high octane fueled franchise has not disappointed us yet.

SPOILERS INCOMING: The movie begins with a series of flashbacks from all 5 previous movies with introductory credits and opens with Dom and Brian rushing to a Catholic Chapel where Mia is having her child. Jason, the son of Brian and Mia and proud Uncle Dom think they are a happy family living the quiet life in peace. As Dom sits alone at his beach front house working on a V8 crate engine, Hobbs walks in with very serious information. Here Dom discovers Letty is alive and active doing jobs in Europe. If you stayed at the end of the credits in Fast 5, Hobbs finds files of Letty’s existence hinting to the what may happen in the sequel. Forced to go out without a choice to find his long lost love and partner in crime, Dom gathers the old team again for another job.

The members of the previous crew are all out in different parts of the world enjoying their share of $10 million from the last job they pulled off in Rio de Janero. Living in luxury and in hiding they are definitely enjoying what they have. As they are going about their everyday business, they all get a call from Dom to meet in London for an emergency. We have the entire previous crew from the last movie except for Tego and Rico, the 2 grease men that imposed as handy men to infiltrate the police station. There was no exact saying as to why the 2 characters did not show up, but in the last movie they put all their money on roulette and we can guess that they blew it all off. Although an explanation was given about their absence, it did not feel the same without them in this movie with their constant arguing over simple things. But to make up for that, we had Tej and Roman become the 2 clowns that end up bashing each other over the simple things which I have to hand to the writers for making a well rounded recovery for that. 

Our Group of protagonists meet in London as they try to catch a man named Shaw and his crew who are after a satellite device that can disrupt the electronics and communication of an entire country for 24 hours. Here Hobbs gets a new partner; Riley played by the lovely and former MMA fighter Gina Carano, who chases down Letty in the subway tunnels and begins a hell of a good cat fight. After the first chase, Dom spots Letty and follows her. He corners her and she shoots him in the chest and drives off. After attempts of finding her, he follows her to an underground street race and challenges her to a race. I admire that the director implemented a street race once again, especially since a possibly good street race was edited out in Fast 5 between Doms 1970 Dodge Charger and A local’s 2001 Porsche 911 GT3. After the race Dom finds out that her memory was wiped out and she was found by Shaw in the hospital looking for talent that can use a fresh start. After Letty leaves, Shaw confronts Dom right after and they exchange words and we discover how good Shaw’s intel really is and He threatens Dom’s family and friends if he doesn’t back off. It was here we discover that Shaw is a powerful developing villain, sticking to his role of no mercy as a SAS soldier gone rouge. He played a villain that no other Fast and Furious villain has touched so far. 

In the meantime, Brian O’ Conner discovers that Shaw is linked to Bragas, the antagonist in the 4th installment of this series. He goes undercover (sort of) into a prison where he is being held and discovers everything about Shaw and how to find him. He also discovers what exactly happened to Letty on that fateful night. 

As they soon realize, our heroes are out gunned, rivaled by superior technology and skilled henchmen. The antagonists making many escapes from Dom and his crew, a manhunt in a single country soon jumps from continent to continent. When Shaw gets a tank and wreaks chaos on a bridge in Spain, Dom and the gang take them out and get them in custody. And here we discover Shaw’s prowess and how far his arms can really reach. He sent two of his goons to find Mia and Elena, Elena made it away with baby Jason and Mia gets taken hostage. To keep Mia alive they have to let Shaw and his crew go with the satellite chip, and of course our protagonists agree. As they leave we find one of our ‘heroes’ Riley, Hobbs’ partner leave with Shaw as a double agent playing good cop the entire time. 

I will start with a couple cons about the film. We all realize and acknowledge that this is completely fictional, even though some of the stunts seem so realistic that they look fake. Second, the last action sequence with the airstrip that seemed like it was 50 miles long before the plane ended up going down after it should have run out of run way much longer ago. 

Now to the Pros; This is honestly one of the most action packed movies I have seen in a very long time. I have seen movies with a lot of action but poorly scripted and choreographed. In Fast 6, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time from amazingly put together action sequences and stunt drivers, this insanely high octane fueled movie is perfect for people who love cars or don’t. After watching Fast 5 I really couldn’t think how much better Fast 6 could really be, but until after I sat down and watched it I must say that really is the best of the franchise so far. 

A final word: Stay after the credits for a treat.

My final review: 90/100

 

 

— 11 months ago with 9 notes
#Fast and the Furious  #Fast 6  #Action  #Adventure  #Cars 
Star Trek Into Darkness: Movie Review
I am not a trekkie. I was born into the Star Wars family watching the movies over and over again from age 5 and still doing so currently. When J.J. Abrams released a rebooted Star Trek movie in 2009, I felt nothing but skepticism. I grew up knowing that looking down at trekkies and their inferior sci-fi films was an everyday part of life for a fanboy. I dismissed watching the first movie in theaters and decided that the time will come for me to see it when it comes out on DVD. When I finally finished it, and assessing my very finite knowledge of Star Trek, I was still very impressed with what Abrams did with a dying culture. And now 4 years later the long anticipated sequel has come upon us. What caught my eye most about this movie was the casting of Benedict Cumberbtach as Khan. One of my personal favorite actors due to his very outstanding job casting Sherlock Holmes in BBC’s Sherlock. He presented himself as an excellent  antagonist, slowly manipulating his way to Kirk’s mind and knowing the next step he should take to destroy the Enterprise and its crew. SPOILERS AHEAD: As much as I thought this movie was circling around Khan and his mysteries, I was halted by the familiar scene of Kirk and Spock quarreling over Spock’s over analysis of logic and Kirk’s instinct driven decisions that usually leads the crew into trouble. This movie went in depth into this constantly seething relationship between a captain and right hand commander. We saw Spock’s disapproval of Kirk’s decision to rescue him in the volcano, or whether to listen to Khan when he begins to give Kirk coordinates on secrets unknown. When stuck with a damaged energy core and after the Supreme Commander of the Federation, Marcus goes beyond his own laws and regulations and heavily damages The Enterprise, a small union is made between Kirk and Khan to stop Marcus and attempt to help Khan’s crew mates in cryostasis. In the end, Spock’s true nature as commander of The Enterprise (while Kirk is away) and as part Vulcan is tested by Khan. As trekkies all know, Vulcans do not lie. But Spock learned from Kirk’s wittiness and daring decision making to outsmart Khan and make him vulnerable. In terms of the swaying relationship of Kirk and Spock, we see their true friendship come out when Kirk is dying from radiation poisoning from trying to reactivate the core of the Enterprise and Spock’s full fledged emotions are unleashed for the first time since he witnessed the destruction of his home planet and the extermination of his race. This movie not only did an amazing job carrying out action, the changing partnerships between two protagonists, stunning cgi (not including the constant lense flares) and a decent plot. What bugged me just a little about the movie was the unexplained and clouded relationship between Spock and Uhura. We got a small glimpse of a concerned girlfriend nagging her man on how he felt and Uhura giving Spock a wee little kiss later. I am not encouraging or was even hoping for a full swinging romance in this movie but since they touched upon it, they should gone a little deeper into it, or should not have touched upon it at all. And since Abrams decided to add the relationship between the Federation and the Klingon’s, which their exposure was very short lived. Klingon’s only appeared for a very brief amount of time maybe only 20 minutes, another short coming of what could have been very helpful for the suspense. What I really felt that during the movie I was not on the edge of my seat from the action and suspense of the situation of the protagonists. I honestly felt a little bored during some parts of the movie. But on another note, Star Trek Into Darkness was an outstanding movie and shows what could be done with a dying (pretty much already dead) franchise from decades past. The other thing that made me enjoy this movie; anything that makes a trekkie mad, makes me happy.
My Overall Score: 80/100

Star Trek Into Darkness: Movie Review

I am not a trekkie. I was born into the Star Wars family watching the movies over and over again from age 5 and still doing so currently. When J.J. Abrams released a rebooted Star Trek movie in 2009, I felt nothing but skepticism. I grew up knowing that looking down at trekkies and their inferior sci-fi films was an everyday part of life for a fanboy. I dismissed watching the first movie in theaters and decided that the time will come for me to see it when it comes out on DVD. When I finally finished it, and assessing my very finite knowledge of Star Trek, I was still very impressed with what Abrams did with a dying culture. And now 4 years later the long anticipated sequel has come upon us. What caught my eye most about this movie was the casting of Benedict Cumberbtach as Khan. One of my personal favorite actors due to his very outstanding job casting Sherlock Holmes in BBC’s Sherlock. He presented himself as an excellent  antagonist, slowly manipulating his way to Kirk’s mind and knowing the next step he should take to destroy the Enterprise and its crew. SPOILERS AHEAD: As much as I thought this movie was circling around Khan and his mysteries, I was halted by the familiar scene of Kirk and Spock quarreling over Spock’s over analysis of logic and Kirk’s instinct driven decisions that usually leads the crew into trouble. This movie went in depth into this constantly seething relationship between a captain and right hand commander. We saw Spock’s disapproval of Kirk’s decision to rescue him in the volcano, or whether to listen to Khan when he begins to give Kirk coordinates on secrets unknown. When stuck with a damaged energy core and after the Supreme Commander of the Federation, Marcus goes beyond his own laws and regulations and heavily damages The Enterprise, a small union is made between Kirk and Khan to stop Marcus and attempt to help Khan’s crew mates in cryostasis. In the end, Spock’s true nature as commander of The Enterprise (while Kirk is away) and as part Vulcan is tested by Khan. As trekkies all know, Vulcans do not lie. But Spock learned from Kirk’s wittiness and daring decision making to outsmart Khan and make him vulnerable. In terms of the swaying relationship of Kirk and Spock, we see their true friendship come out when Kirk is dying from radiation poisoning from trying to reactivate the core of the Enterprise and Spock’s full fledged emotions are unleashed for the first time since he witnessed the destruction of his home planet and the extermination of his race. This movie not only did an amazing job carrying out action, the changing partnerships between two protagonists, stunning cgi (not including the constant lense flares) and a decent plot. What bugged me just a little about the movie was the unexplained and clouded relationship between Spock and Uhura. We got a small glimpse of a concerned girlfriend nagging her man on how he felt and Uhura giving Spock a wee little kiss later. I am not encouraging or was even hoping for a full swinging romance in this movie but since they touched upon it, they should gone a little deeper into it, or should not have touched upon it at all. And since Abrams decided to add the relationship between the Federation and the Klingon’s, which their exposure was very short lived. Klingon’s only appeared for a very brief amount of time maybe only 20 minutes, another short coming of what could have been very helpful for the suspense. What I really felt that during the movie I was not on the edge of my seat from the action and suspense of the situation of the protagonists. I honestly felt a little bored during some parts of the movie. But on another note, Star Trek Into Darkness was an outstanding movie and shows what could be done with a dying (pretty much already dead) franchise from decades past. The other thing that made me enjoy this movie; anything that makes a trekkie mad, makes me happy.

My Overall Score: 80/100

— 11 months ago
#Star Trek into darkness 
Talk about: Marvel Phase 3, and future plan for Marvel movies:
So to start things on our beloved, Disney owned movie industry on a clean slate; The Avengers 2 has been set for May 1st 2015. 2 whole years until we can hopefully see Thanos attempt to destroy the world. But before we can all cheer for Thanos, there is talk among Marvel that Thanos may not appear until Avengers 3??? And the next heroes they want to add into Avengers part 2 is Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver??? For those of you who are not well aware of Marvel comic book lore, Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver are the mutant twin offspring of Magneto. Hollywood has done a very good job on keeping the X-men world and the rest of the Marvel world as far apart and isolated from each other as possible by giving them loan to a different studio. To add in these two characters without any back history into the sequel of the greatest superhero movie of all time could be a disaster. The fanboys all cry out: Where is Black Panther? Antman & Wasp? Spiderman? or even Dr. Strange? This is where Marvel Phase 3 kicks in. We are currently in Marvel Phase 2, Phase 1 being all of Ironman through Ironman 2, Captain America, Thor and the Incredible Hulk (Edward Norton). Phase 2 has been so far: Ironman 3, and now looks into Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy (rumored) and finally the Avengers part 2. Now Phase 3 is the whole jest after Avengers 2 and so far Dr. Strange has been a candidate, Antman is said to be in the works and even a stand alone Hulk movie. Now why would a solo Mark Ruffalo come in during Phase 3? Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios has announced: “We are not sure what is going to come with a solo Hulk movie at the moment.” It is safe to say that Mark Ruffalo nailed the role of Bruce Banner in the Avengers, and even surpassed my expectation to succeed Edward Norton. So far all the plans leading up the the Avengers 2 and 3 are still in the works, these are just mainly rumors, and undisclosed plans still being finalized. Now to other news, the past movies: The Punisher, Ghost-Rider and Blade have returned to Marvel after being on loan to other studios. Kevin Feige said Marvel is not sure if these movies will have a reboot, there is no intention for them to be on track with the Avengers right now so we most likely may set them aside for now.
Now in big news for Ironman. Kevin Feige commented: “I believe there will be a 4th Ironman film. And a 5th and a 6th and 10th and 20th.” But as you heard before he is not onto a reboot that would cast Robert Downey Jr. “I don’t see why Tony Stark can be as evergreen as James Bond, or like Batman or Spiderman. Ironman is a character just like that.” So to be honest, I’m not sure how I exactly feel about Tony Stark switching actors every few movies or so like 007. I think we all have the special sense of home like feeling when we see RDJ being a baddass and a player as he is on the big screen with a suit of armor kicking ass. Our generation is just not ready for something like that. But if this does happen, we all have to leave it fate and Marvel to decide how they turn out.
For more news on Marvel news, tune in here. 

Talk about: Marvel Phase 3, and future plan for Marvel movies:

So to start things on our beloved, Disney owned movie industry on a clean slate; The Avengers 2 has been set for May 1st 2015. 2 whole years until we can hopefully see Thanos attempt to destroy the world. But before we can all cheer for Thanos, there is talk among Marvel that Thanos may not appear until Avengers 3??? And the next heroes they want to add into Avengers part 2 is Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver??? For those of you who are not well aware of Marvel comic book lore, Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver are the mutant twin offspring of Magneto. Hollywood has done a very good job on keeping the X-men world and the rest of the Marvel world as far apart and isolated from each other as possible by giving them loan to a different studio. To add in these two characters without any back history into the sequel of the greatest superhero movie of all time could be a disaster. The fanboys all cry out: Where is Black Panther? Antman & Wasp? Spiderman? or even Dr. Strange? This is where Marvel Phase 3 kicks in. We are currently in Marvel Phase 2, Phase 1 being all of Ironman through Ironman 2, Captain America, Thor and the Incredible Hulk (Edward Norton). Phase 2 has been so far: Ironman 3, and now looks into Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy (rumored) and finally the Avengers part 2. Now Phase 3 is the whole jest after Avengers 2 and so far Dr. Strange has been a candidate, Antman is said to be in the works and even a stand alone Hulk movie. Now why would a solo Mark Ruffalo come in during Phase 3? Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios has announced: “We are not sure what is going to come with a solo Hulk movie at the moment.” It is safe to say that Mark Ruffalo nailed the role of Bruce Banner in the Avengers, and even surpassed my expectation to succeed Edward Norton. So far all the plans leading up the the Avengers 2 and 3 are still in the works, these are just mainly rumors, and undisclosed plans still being finalized. Now to other news, the past movies: The Punisher, Ghost-Rider and Blade have returned to Marvel after being on loan to other studios. Kevin Feige said Marvel is not sure if these movies will have a reboot, there is no intention for them to be on track with the Avengers right now so we most likely may set them aside for now.

Now in big news for Ironman. Kevin Feige commented: “I believe there will be a 4th Ironman film. And a 5th and a 6th and 10th and 20th.” But as you heard before he is not onto a reboot that would cast Robert Downey Jr. “I don’t see why Tony Stark can be as evergreen as James Bond, or like Batman or Spiderman. Ironman is a character just like that.” So to be honest, I’m not sure how I exactly feel about Tony Stark switching actors every few movies or so like 007. I think we all have the special sense of home like feeling when we see RDJ being a baddass and a player as he is on the big screen with a suit of armor kicking ass. Our generation is just not ready for something like that. But if this does happen, we all have to leave it fate and Marvel to decide how they turn out.

For more news on Marvel news, tune in here. 

— 11 months ago
#Marvel  #Marvel Phase 3  #Avengers 2  #Ironman 4  #Antman 
Movie Review: Oblivion:
I’m going to be perfectly honest off of the get-go. Just like Adam Sandler, Tom Cruise is the same actor in just about every movie nowadays. Sandler, an idiot who tries to be funny with dry, constantly recycled humor. Cruise is the same man in every action film. He has a one minded goal and just goes with it. He was the same man in Ghost Protocol as he was in Jack Reacher. Here in Oblivion Tom Cruise is the same person as he was in Jack Reacher and Ghost Protocol. Although in this case, I’m kind of ok with it. SEMI SPOILER ALERT: Oblivion takes place in the year 2077 in a post apocalyptic world. Jack and Victoria work together operating near hydroelectric plant that sucks in sea water to be converted into a form of energy that is sent back to the Saturn moon of Titan to the last colony of humans. Jack is a technician for the drones that protect the plants and Victoria is his eyes observing from their home; Tower 49. Both Jack and Victoria have their memories erased after a set amount of time has passed so they will not have many questions to ask Sally, their supervisor operating from the TET, the observation station orbiting Earth. Earth was ravaged by war, the moon destroyed and the planet swimming with hazardous radiation. Now stop there. Here both of them live in a wasteland left on Earth, just the two of them and they must comply to Sally and the operatives at TET for the sake of the human race. And… pause. This is where I can tolerate Tom Cruises repetitive character role since they live in a post apocalyptic world and the only other person he knows is Victoria. Although he gets a shade of personality while reminiscing at an abandoned football stadium and a cabin he has down in a hidden valley. Oblivion was everything any sci-fi fan can ask for; action, romance, cool gadgets, opposing alien/sentient life form, and of course Morgan Freeman. Oblivion not only bulls eyed the sci-fi aspect, it also did a very good job working with the story and a mind bending, brain squirming plot twist. As much as I enjoyed this movie, there were somethings I wish the movie could have explained a little more and feel as if they used the excuse of erasing memories to cloud up the details. Another flaw I sense is that all the actors had a little lack of personality, especially the outlying humans that were left behind and unknown to Jack for a long time. All the surviving refugees seemed to have absolutely no personality compared to the brainwashed Jack and Victoria. I’m not mad at this movie, I think it made its mark and set itself up very well for audiences everywhere. I think the only thing I was truly disappointed about from this movie was upon first hearing about a movie called Oblivion in mid 2012, everyone was thinking: “OMG Elder Scrolls movie???” But no, it was a sci-fi film with Tom Cruise and a damn good one at that.
My overall Score: 80/100

Movie Review: Oblivion:

I’m going to be perfectly honest off of the get-go. Just like Adam Sandler, Tom Cruise is the same actor in just about every movie nowadays. Sandler, an idiot who tries to be funny with dry, constantly recycled humor. Cruise is the same man in every action film. He has a one minded goal and just goes with it. He was the same man in Ghost Protocol as he was in Jack Reacher. Here in Oblivion Tom Cruise is the same person as he was in Jack Reacher and Ghost Protocol. Although in this case, I’m kind of ok with it. SEMI SPOILER ALERT: Oblivion takes place in the year 2077 in a post apocalyptic world. Jack and Victoria work together operating near hydroelectric plant that sucks in sea water to be converted into a form of energy that is sent back to the Saturn moon of Titan to the last colony of humans. Jack is a technician for the drones that protect the plants and Victoria is his eyes observing from their home; Tower 49. Both Jack and Victoria have their memories erased after a set amount of time has passed so they will not have many questions to ask Sally, their supervisor operating from the TET, the observation station orbiting Earth. Earth was ravaged by war, the moon destroyed and the planet swimming with hazardous radiation. Now stop there. Here both of them live in a wasteland left on Earth, just the two of them and they must comply to Sally and the operatives at TET for the sake of the human race. And… pause. This is where I can tolerate Tom Cruises repetitive character role since they live in a post apocalyptic world and the only other person he knows is Victoria. Although he gets a shade of personality while reminiscing at an abandoned football stadium and a cabin he has down in a hidden valley. Oblivion was everything any sci-fi fan can ask for; action, romance, cool gadgets, opposing alien/sentient life form, and of course Morgan Freeman. Oblivion not only bulls eyed the sci-fi aspect, it also did a very good job working with the story and a mind bending, brain squirming plot twist. As much as I enjoyed this movie, there were somethings I wish the movie could have explained a little more and feel as if they used the excuse of erasing memories to cloud up the details. Another flaw I sense is that all the actors had a little lack of personality, especially the outlying humans that were left behind and unknown to Jack for a long time. All the surviving refugees seemed to have absolutely no personality compared to the brainwashed Jack and Victoria. I’m not mad at this movie, I think it made its mark and set itself up very well for audiences everywhere. I think the only thing I was truly disappointed about from this movie was upon first hearing about a movie called Oblivion in mid 2012, everyone was thinking: “OMG Elder Scrolls movie???” But no, it was a sci-fi film with Tom Cruise and a damn good one at that.

My overall Score: 80/100

— 11 months ago with 9 notes
#Oblivion Movie  #Tom Cruise 
Game Review: SimCity:
Thankfully for me, I only bought SimCity a couple weeks ago and not on the  launch day or even the first couple months of it’s release. As you know EA has been named the worst company in America 2 TIMES IN A ROW. An honor highly bestowed to a group of people that really have no idea how to manage their games or even the communities the servers run on. And so not doing a demographic or geographic forecast on how many people would actually buy the game and decide: “Hey! lets only make enough server space for a handful of people! Because I’m sure everyone has been anticipating the games release for a DECADE now!!!” Yes I am being very harsh on approach for the game but stick around, there’s more to come. After EA solved the server issues and the CEO of EA apologized out of his asshole, the game became a hub for communities to do what the game was made for: Build cities. But the constant underlying issue of this game is you have to be connected to the internet or you cannot play at all… Really EA? Really? Hold on, why am I upset? This is EA. As I digest, Blizzard made the same mistake with Diablo 3 and needing a constant connection to play which was dismal in every way. But SimCity… This game really does not need an internet connection to play, maybe I don’t want to build in a region with other players, maybe I want a whole damn region to myself while I create an empire for mining and tourism/entertainment. Now to the better part, SimCity is actually a fun game to be perfectly honest. There’s so many things you can do, mining, different levels of industry, Universities, great works, etc. It is also very addicting, I had about 70 hours clocked in for the first 3 days I owned it… After the phase kind of ended, I continued to other games and came back to SimCity every now and then while I exploit mother nature and rape the Earth of it’s natural resources completely dry and profit in the millions. SimCity has a very business-like approach to it, and really heavily engages the player in critical thinking, management, and multitasking. HARDCORE MULTITASKING (It’s an excuse I give my mom or any future parents who ask me why people should play video games, it’s mentally stimulating [which is pretty true]). I also really enjoy the natural disasters that happen, it adds a bit of drama and a normal-everyday-sense-of-feeling when you play. And now to the bad, I don’t know what EA or maxiss was thinking when they did this but the grid of land you have for your city is too damn small. I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to organizing things and when I’m all out of space, I’m forced to cram everything in together trying to use all the land and road I can utilize. This even means zoning residential areas near the sewage treatment or all crowded around heavy industrial and the zoning feed always telling me that I don’t have enough medium wealth shoppers every goddamn moment because I don’t have any space to place any parks where the pricks can take their kids. So there you have it, SimCity wasn’t a complete failure, but the fact that many people paid $60 for this game and didn’t get to play for months has basically destroyed the reputation of this game. It is good but not as good as it could have been, so much potential was left out mainly in the fact that your plot of land is too small and you can’t even buy more land to build on. A DLC has also been announced and guess what? No land expansions! It’s a goddamn amusement park DLC so you could add to the tourism bonus for your city. As if they’re wasn’t enough space to kill people with pollution. So the Pros: Very fun, creative (in a way), great realistic graphics and idealism of geography and city aid among regions (utilities). The Cons: Needs internet connection or it can’t be played, need more room in cities to prevent overcrowding. 
My overall score: 70/100

Game Review: SimCity:

Thankfully for me, I only bought SimCity a couple weeks ago and not on the  launch day or even the first couple months of it’s release. As you know EA has been named the worst company in America 2 TIMES IN A ROW. An honor highly bestowed to a group of people that really have no idea how to manage their games or even the communities the servers run on. And so not doing a demographic or geographic forecast on how many people would actually buy the game and decide: “Hey! lets only make enough server space for a handful of people! Because I’m sure everyone has been anticipating the games release for a DECADE now!!!” Yes I am being very harsh on approach for the game but stick around, there’s more to come. After EA solved the server issues and the CEO of EA apologized out of his asshole, the game became a hub for communities to do what the game was made for: Build cities. But the constant underlying issue of this game is you have to be connected to the internet or you cannot play at all… Really EA? Really? Hold on, why am I upset? This is EA. As I digest, Blizzard made the same mistake with Diablo 3 and needing a constant connection to play which was dismal in every way. But SimCity… This game really does not need an internet connection to play, maybe I don’t want to build in a region with other players, maybe I want a whole damn region to myself while I create an empire for mining and tourism/entertainment. Now to the better part, SimCity is actually a fun game to be perfectly honest. There’s so many things you can do, mining, different levels of industry, Universities, great works, etc. It is also very addicting, I had about 70 hours clocked in for the first 3 days I owned it… After the phase kind of ended, I continued to other games and came back to SimCity every now and then while I exploit mother nature and rape the Earth of it’s natural resources completely dry and profit in the millions. SimCity has a very business-like approach to it, and really heavily engages the player in critical thinking, management, and multitasking. HARDCORE MULTITASKING (It’s an excuse I give my mom or any future parents who ask me why people should play video games, it’s mentally stimulating [which is pretty true]). I also really enjoy the natural disasters that happen, it adds a bit of drama and a normal-everyday-sense-of-feeling when you play. And now to the bad, I don’t know what EA or maxiss was thinking when they did this but the grid of land you have for your city is too damn small. I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to organizing things and when I’m all out of space, I’m forced to cram everything in together trying to use all the land and road I can utilize. This even means zoning residential areas near the sewage treatment or all crowded around heavy industrial and the zoning feed always telling me that I don’t have enough medium wealth shoppers every goddamn moment because I don’t have any space to place any parks where the pricks can take their kids. So there you have it, SimCity wasn’t a complete failure, but the fact that many people paid $60 for this game and didn’t get to play for months has basically destroyed the reputation of this game. It is good but not as good as it could have been, so much potential was left out mainly in the fact that your plot of land is too small and you can’t even buy more land to build on. A DLC has also been announced and guess what? No land expansions! It’s a goddamn amusement park DLC so you could add to the tourism bonus for your city. As if they’re wasn’t enough space to kill people with pollution. So the Pros: Very fun, creative (in a way), great realistic graphics and idealism of geography and city aid among regions (utilities). The Cons: Needs internet connection or it can’t be played, need more room in cities to prevent overcrowding. 

My overall score: 70/100

— 11 months ago with 1 note
#Simcity 
Movie Review: Ironman 3:
In 2008 a block buster film starring Robert Downey Jr. was released in theaters called Ironman. Highly anticipated it brought viewers everything they can wish for, Comic Book Junkie or not everyone loved it. 2 years later Ironman 2 makes a debut and to my disappointment, it was a bit of a flop… Now we fast forward the clock to 3 years later, after the Avengers magnificent release, we waited upon Ironman 3. We had high hopes for a developing story after the incident in New York and the moment finally came on the stroke of midnight of May the third 2013. About 2 hours later everyone walks out of the theater in the usual hustle talking about the movie. Myself and my 2 friends Noel and Jeff were in a different state than most other people leaving the theater. I have never been so disappointed from a movie that I was anticipating so much. After the failure of Ironman 2 to make a deliverance of a good movie I hoped and prayed that Ironman 3 could make up for it. Boy, I have never been so wrong. The more I thought about it, the worse the movie got. I can go so deep into this film and all the perfect flaws that came to light, but I will not spoil the movie entirely. If you are a huge Marvel comic book fan like myself, you’re gonna have a bad time. If you aren’t a huge comic book fan (a woman or a 6 year old child) you may enjoy the movie. I’ll be honest, the movie wasn’t a complete disaster, more like 50% disaster which is still too high to be comfortable with. The movie had good ol RDJ comedy filled with jokes and cameos from the past Ironman films but nothing could make up for what Marvel or Disney  had in mind for this movie. I could really believe now that Disney has their money hungry ectoplasm oozing tentacles in almost every major money making company now, they don’t care what they do with the original story; they probably just discussed: “Oh hey what can we do to completely butcher this movie to make over half the viewers in disgust and disappointment but still make more money than the Avengers?” And that’s exactly what they did. BUTCHERED. Disney is gaining a horrible reputation among Marvel fans and in 2 years, the Star Wars fans will be on the edge of apocalypse as they wait for Star Wars Episode VII. SPOILER ALERT: Ben Kingsley is not the Mandarin. His name is Trevor, a side actor playing a complete model decoy of the mandarin to hide his actual identity. Aldrich Killian, the guy developing the Extremis program was the Mandarin all along. The most disgusting plot twist in movie history. We find this out when Tony Stark raids the “Mandarin’s” manor and finds that The Mandarin is actually an actor named Trevor, a low life actor promised a bit of protection and some bitches and booze. Comic book fans everywhere all cried out in a million voices of terror, and Disney cant make them silent, not until they can make Marvel make a good movie. One good thing about Ironman 3 was that it was a good movie all together, the story and plot was ok and all but it’s their attempt at a plot twist that caused every Marvel fan boy to rise out of their parent’s basement and picket outside Disneyland. Now we patiently wait for Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and The Amazing Spiderman 2 within the next 2 years. We all hope and hope that Disney the evil empire will not ruin these movies because I still have high hopes or them.
My overall score for Ironman 3: 50/100

Movie Review: Ironman 3:

In 2008 a block buster film starring Robert Downey Jr. was released in theaters called Ironman. Highly anticipated it brought viewers everything they can wish for, Comic Book Junkie or not everyone loved it. 2 years later Ironman 2 makes a debut and to my disappointment, it was a bit of a flop… Now we fast forward the clock to 3 years later, after the Avengers magnificent release, we waited upon Ironman 3. We had high hopes for a developing story after the incident in New York and the moment finally came on the stroke of midnight of May the third 2013. About 2 hours later everyone walks out of the theater in the usual hustle talking about the movie. Myself and my 2 friends Noel and Jeff were in a different state than most other people leaving the theater. I have never been so disappointed from a movie that I was anticipating so much. After the failure of Ironman 2 to make a deliverance of a good movie I hoped and prayed that Ironman 3 could make up for it. Boy, I have never been so wrong. The more I thought about it, the worse the movie got. I can go so deep into this film and all the perfect flaws that came to light, but I will not spoil the movie entirely. If you are a huge Marvel comic book fan like myself, you’re gonna have a bad time. If you aren’t a huge comic book fan (a woman or a 6 year old child) you may enjoy the movie. I’ll be honest, the movie wasn’t a complete disaster, more like 50% disaster which is still too high to be comfortable with. The movie had good ol RDJ comedy filled with jokes and cameos from the past Ironman films but nothing could make up for what Marvel or Disney  had in mind for this movie. I could really believe now that Disney has their money hungry ectoplasm oozing tentacles in almost every major money making company now, they don’t care what they do with the original story; they probably just discussed: “Oh hey what can we do to completely butcher this movie to make over half the viewers in disgust and disappointment but still make more money than the Avengers?” And that’s exactly what they did. BUTCHERED. Disney is gaining a horrible reputation among Marvel fans and in 2 years, the Star Wars fans will be on the edge of apocalypse as they wait for Star Wars Episode VII. SPOILER ALERT: Ben Kingsley is not the Mandarin. His name is Trevor, a side actor playing a complete model decoy of the mandarin to hide his actual identity. Aldrich Killian, the guy developing the Extremis program was the Mandarin all along. The most disgusting plot twist in movie history. We find this out when Tony Stark raids the “Mandarin’s” manor and finds that The Mandarin is actually an actor named Trevor, a low life actor promised a bit of protection and some bitches and booze. Comic book fans everywhere all cried out in a million voices of terror, and Disney cant make them silent, not until they can make Marvel make a good movie. One good thing about Ironman 3 was that it was a good movie all together, the story and plot was ok and all but it’s their attempt at a plot twist that caused every Marvel fan boy to rise out of their parent’s basement and picket outside Disneyland. Now we patiently wait for Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and The Amazing Spiderman 2 within the next 2 years. We all hope and hope that Disney the evil empire will not ruin these movies because I still have high hopes or them.

My overall score for Ironman 3: 50/100

— 11 months ago with 2 notes
#iron man  #marvel  #disney 
Game Review: Kraven Manor:
After browsing youtube past midnight looking for more horror/survival games to watch in the terror of my own bed, I came across markiplier and his video walk through of a new game that was just recently released called Kraven Manor. After clicking download and after a few failed download attempts because of my family using all the bandwidth of our already shitty internet connection and 3 hours later, the game was finally ready to play. Listed as a horror/survival game, it has really raised the bar for games of this genre. Blue Isle Studios really milked the unity engine to make Slender: The Arrival and it looked fantastic, but with Kraven manor which I learned was a final project for a Masters Program at SMU (where?) and was submitted for grading on May 15th 2013… And they used the Unreal Engine to make this game, and not to my surprise, the game looks astonishing. The detail is very precise for a game that was only 530 MB and although there are very few ways to adjust the graphics detail, it still runs just fine on my hp intel core i5 laptop. Now, to the game. I wasn’t sure of when the game began, it really reminded me of Amnesia the Dark Descent (the small amount I played) and the game play mechanics were very easy to learn. In terms of horror, it didn’t sink in until the first 5 to 10 minutes when you realize something went missing and strange noises begin to come out from the dark corners. And then it hits you. You’re being hunted by something possibly worse than Slender. In an old mansion, filled with hidden passageways, puzzles, hidden levers and secrets people kept to their graves, clues are left on what could have possibly happened in this aging estate leading to a very odd and very grim story line. As I continued to play, the gameplay and puzzles got much more interesting I continued to play. As you go through the rooms, the entity hunting you becomes more restless and continues it’s pursuit for you. It acts just like SCP-173 from SCP Containment Breach except it doesn’t kill you on contact, I will leave it at that. The ending is also phenomenal, completely unexpected. The game style literally shifts as if you have transferred into a whole new game (in a good way). you will never hear this often from me, or many other people as a matter of fact that there are not many perfect games out there. Kraven Manor was almost a perfect game. The Pros here are: Wonderful texture and detail, good developing story for the genre, easy learning curve, puzzles to really make you think and suspense that will make you want to jump out your chair and run to your mom. The Cons: The game can be finished in just over an hour, and the save system seems to be buggy. The only Perfect game I have ever played was the original Portal by Valve and the entire Half Life 2 series is right below that, but I will have to crown Kraven Manor as the 3rd place contender for best games I have played. This game was without a doubt a masterpiece, a true pinnacle of success of what could be done in this ever growing genre of horror/survival. I hope I can play more games like this or we can hope that the developers can get together to release an update, DLC or even a sequel!
My Score for Kraven Monor: 95/100

Game Review: Kraven Manor:

After browsing youtube past midnight looking for more horror/survival games to watch in the terror of my own bed, I came across markiplier and his video walk through of a new game that was just recently released called Kraven Manor. After clicking download and after a few failed download attempts because of my family using all the bandwidth of our already shitty internet connection and 3 hours later, the game was finally ready to play. Listed as a horror/survival game, it has really raised the bar for games of this genre. Blue Isle Studios really milked the unity engine to make Slender: The Arrival and it looked fantastic, but with Kraven manor which I learned was a final project for a Masters Program at SMU (where?) and was submitted for grading on May 15th 2013… And they used the Unreal Engine to make this game, and not to my surprise, the game looks astonishing. The detail is very precise for a game that was only 530 MB and although there are very few ways to adjust the graphics detail, it still runs just fine on my hp intel core i5 laptop. Now, to the game. I wasn’t sure of when the game began, it really reminded me of Amnesia the Dark Descent (the small amount I played) and the game play mechanics were very easy to learn. In terms of horror, it didn’t sink in until the first 5 to 10 minutes when you realize something went missing and strange noises begin to come out from the dark corners. And then it hits you. You’re being hunted by something possibly worse than Slender. In an old mansion, filled with hidden passageways, puzzles, hidden levers and secrets people kept to their graves, clues are left on what could have possibly happened in this aging estate leading to a very odd and very grim story line. As I continued to play, the gameplay and puzzles got much more interesting I continued to play. As you go through the rooms, the entity hunting you becomes more restless and continues it’s pursuit for you. It acts just like SCP-173 from SCP Containment Breach except it doesn’t kill you on contact, I will leave it at that. The ending is also phenomenal, completely unexpected. The game style literally shifts as if you have transferred into a whole new game (in a good way). you will never hear this often from me, or many other people as a matter of fact that there are not many perfect games out there. Kraven Manor was almost a perfect game. The Pros here are: Wonderful texture and detail, good developing story for the genre, easy learning curve, puzzles to really make you think and suspense that will make you want to jump out your chair and run to your mom. The Cons: The game can be finished in just over an hour, and the save system seems to be buggy. The only Perfect game I have ever played was the original Portal by Valve and the entire Half Life 2 series is right below that, but I will have to crown Kraven Manor as the 3rd place contender for best games I have played. This game was without a doubt a masterpiece, a true pinnacle of success of what could be done in this ever growing genre of horror/survival. I hope I can play more games like this or we can hope that the developers can get together to release an update, DLC or even a sequel!

My Score for Kraven Monor: 95/100

— 11 months ago with 4 notes
#kraven manor  #UnrealEngine 
Game Review: Slender the Arrival: 
After playing the original independent game Slender the 8 pages made by Mark Hadley, I was curious upon knowing what the next game titled Slender: The Arrival was going to be like. What everyone can agree with on Slender the 8 pages was that it was so simple, it made it so scary. Upon doing research before the release I found that Mark Hadley was going to contribute to the game development. Once the game came out (which I was very excited waiting for that email) I was stuck to my chair, horror inflicting upon me on every corner I turned upon. Through all 5 stages this game was an adventure, surviving the tests that the Slender man places in front of you. Although I will be frank with some mechanics of the game. Opening doors in the house was quite difficult and required more than precise movements like Miley Cyrus trying her best to be careful as she shows us how the Twerk is done. In short, opening doors in this game is a lot harder than it should be. I give the developers credit or a unique mechanism for clicking and dragging but in a dire situation when you’re panicking, the door just does not want to work with you. On the flip side the induced panic upon trying to open a door adds to the terror level both in a good and bad way. Another issue I found was stage 3. The stage as a whole had a bit of a steep learning curve and after many times of trial and error I was able to find the strategy that would help me succeed in finally finishing the level… after making a map with possible locations of the objective. As anal as the level got, it did give a dire challenge into the middle of the game making the rest a bit of smooth sailing and a sigh of relief. Now to the point. Slender the Arrival was not perfect. the gathering of the 8 pages in stage 2 was nerfed, obviously because they didn’t want to make it impossible to proceed to the next stage (although they didn’t think of that with stage 3). But Slender: The Arrival still has held its value among indie horror games. You can still have your friends over and all scream in terror while you’re stalked in the woods at night by a supernatural entity while searching for pieces of paper with notes scribbled on them. Although this game was fun and all, the one downside other than the hard gameplay is that its not a free game. At $5 for the beta with a promised copy of the full release was not a bad buy at all. The full price on the full release is now $10, a bit much for a small indie game. But to be completely honest and fair with everyone, I still would pay $10 to buy this game, Blue Isle Studios and Parsec Productions really did their magic with this game. The mythos of Slender man is still growing bigger and bigger and now we just have to wait for Slender: The Arrival to get mainstream and let everyone else experience the fun. 
My overall score: 80/100

Game Review: Slender the Arrival: 

After playing the original independent game Slender the 8 pages made by Mark Hadley, I was curious upon knowing what the next game titled Slender: The Arrival was going to be like. What everyone can agree with on Slender the 8 pages was that it was so simple, it made it so scary. Upon doing research before the release I found that Mark Hadley was going to contribute to the game development. Once the game came out (which I was very excited waiting for that email) I was stuck to my chair, horror inflicting upon me on every corner I turned upon. Through all 5 stages this game was an adventure, surviving the tests that the Slender man places in front of you. Although I will be frank with some mechanics of the game. Opening doors in the house was quite difficult and required more than precise movements like Miley Cyrus trying her best to be careful as she shows us how the Twerk is done. In short, opening doors in this game is a lot harder than it should be. I give the developers credit or a unique mechanism for clicking and dragging but in a dire situation when you’re panicking, the door just does not want to work with you. On the flip side the induced panic upon trying to open a door adds to the terror level both in a good and bad way. Another issue I found was stage 3. The stage as a whole had a bit of a steep learning curve and after many times of trial and error I was able to find the strategy that would help me succeed in finally finishing the level… after making a map with possible locations of the objective. As anal as the level got, it did give a dire challenge into the middle of the game making the rest a bit of smooth sailing and a sigh of relief. Now to the point. Slender the Arrival was not perfect. the gathering of the 8 pages in stage 2 was nerfed, obviously because they didn’t want to make it impossible to proceed to the next stage (although they didn’t think of that with stage 3). But Slender: The Arrival still has held its value among indie horror games. You can still have your friends over and all scream in terror while you’re stalked in the woods at night by a supernatural entity while searching for pieces of paper with notes scribbled on them. Although this game was fun and all, the one downside other than the hard gameplay is that its not a free game. At $5 for the beta with a promised copy of the full release was not a bad buy at all. The full price on the full release is now $10, a bit much for a small indie game. But to be completely honest and fair with everyone, I still would pay $10 to buy this game, Blue Isle Studios and Parsec Productions really did their magic with this game. The mythos of Slender man is still growing bigger and bigger and now we just have to wait for Slender: The Arrival to get mainstream and let everyone else experience the fun. 

My overall score: 80/100

— 11 months ago
#SlendertheArrival