Friday, July 17, 2009
Sorry that there has not been any new stuff in a while. My CPU pretty much stopped working and I have been trying to get it fixed for the last week and a half or so. Today was my first real chance to get online (at my parents) and explain to all my dozens of readers (lol). Hopefully soon, I will be back online for good, until then take care and see ya soon.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
This was a little something different this weekend. While most of the town was off watching the fireworks, my buddies and I took the time to see a movie. After weeks of seeing comedies and Transformers last week, we decided to change it up and see a historical drama/action film. Public Enemies is the movie based on the true story of one of America's most notorious criminals in the 30's John Dillinger. During the great depression, Dillinger and his associates pulled off many daring bank robberies, claiming they were only interested in taking the governments money. By traveling across state lines to commit these robberies, this led to the birth of the FBI. Before the police was helpless s their own jurisdiction ended at the state borders. Dillinger pulled off many stunts including talking openly to the media about the banks he hit to spending time in the Chicago police department while he was the most wanted man in America. Johnny Depp proves in this move why he is one of Hollywood's top actors. He is joined by the seemingly always working Christian Bale and many other notable actors. While the running time hits up to about 2 and a half hours, for me the movie flew by, keeping me entertained through out. I give Public Enemies a score on the Heath-meter of 9 out of 10.
This is the second in the Instrumentalities of the Night series by Glen Cook. I read the first one in the series a while back and was swayed over against my early misgivings. By the end of the first book, all the problems I was having had been eliminated. The amount of information you will have to retain is staggering to be able to keep up with this series. This book delves without warning right back into the mix. Having just read the first one a week or so ago, I had no trouble but someone who might take some time between these 2 books could easily find themselves lost until they remember everything. A refresher of the first one might still be required. What made the first book in this series great continues in this one. All the political intrigue between the leading nations and war is back. More of the world is opened in this one as our hero, Else/Piper is ordered by the religious leader in his country to take the army and begin a crusade. While in the midst of this campaign, our hero also has the task to survive as the creatures of the night and myth step up in their quest to destroy him. It is a lot of information to handle, but once you lose yourself in this story, it doesn't let go. I find myself now desperately waiting the next in this series. hopefully I wont have to wait very long. While Glen Cook's Black Company series is among my very favorite fiction, this series could easily find itself along side it in my tier of favorite series.
This weeks babe of the Week is former fitness model and 7 time WWE women's champion Trish Stratus. Unfortunately, she is now retired and no longer performs but she has been seen on WWE television once or twice since her retirement.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Earlier today, While at Wal-Mart buying some much needed things, I took a plunge and bought Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li, newly released onto DVD. I have always been a big street fighter fan going back to the days of the original Street Fighter 2 arcade. I have played and almost own every incarnation of Street Fighter there has been. Street Fighter Alpha 3 is still among my top favorite games of all time. Street Fighter has always had great characters, plots and has a deep and strong central story. For some reason, Hollywood can't get that across in a feature film. Japan did it with an animated movie, which is the best incarnation of Street Fighter outside of the games. Even the comics (mostly) have done a great job telling the story. Hollywood has taken two stabs at it and has failed miserably both times. Whats worse is that they didn't gain any ground with this latest one. Its actually worse than the Jean Claude Van Damme version that came out almost 2 decades ago. How do you make a movie 20 years after another one and make it worse? I don't think that has ever been done before. What kills me is that this movie is about fighting and it is extremely boring. I fell asleep while fast forwarding to a fight scene. This whole movie is one big piece of crap. There is nothing good to say about this film at all. The story is incoherent, none of the actors do anything credible and that's sad based on some of the actors in this film, and the fight scenes are just ridiculous. Chris Klein puts on a hell of a razzie worthy performance in what has to be the worst acting I have ever seen in anything. Robin Shou gives him a run for his money on bad acting too, and most of the rest of the cast aren't too far behind him. This movie is just god awful. I don't think I could think of a word bad enough to compare this movie to. This film ranks up there with the Star Wars Holiday Special on how bad it is and I finished that movie without fast forwarding or falling asleep. I give Street Fighter: The legend of Chun Li a score on the Heath-meter of 0 out of 10. I felt like I had to give it a 1, but no its not even good enough to deserve that, so it gets a big ugly 0.