Sunday, July 31, 2016

DMV Kiosk

So I never tried one of these kiosk machines until the DMV "lost" my registration information last year after I moved to Vegas. I totally blame this city since everything goes wrong over here but yeah. Last time I got my smog test, went online and paid for my registration, then proceeded to wait many-a-weeks for a tag that never came. I complained online and also had to print out some weird extension while another tad supposedly was ordered a second time, but to no avail. After the 3rd attempt and another email, the tag finally arrived. The whole time USPS and the DMV were pointing fingers at each other and both entities were also blaming me for changing addresses.

So this time around I thought I would try out one of these kiosk machines to see what would happen. Surprisingly enough it worked perfectly. I went and got my smog test done, then went to this machine, put in a credit card, got charged $3 extra to use the machine, and bam!, it spit out my registration form and colored decal for the back license plate. This is much better than paying $12 for 2 resubmittals and only receiving 1 copy.

I will point out that I had to go to 2 Albertsons to find a working kiosk and also if you already submitted for a registration renewal online, you can perform a resubmittal using this kiosk. This box has to be the first and only attempt in order for it to work. I totally tried this last year when my registration was lost in space.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Jason Bourne (Action 2016)

After you've seen one of these films, you've pretty much seen them all. There was nothing really new about this one: lots of action, good use of tech, fast-paced plot, and more action.

It seems like forever since the first film came out. Matt Damon sure has aged since then, and Tommy Lee Jones looks like a rug, relatively speaking. They, of course, left the ending wide open for another movie but seriously...why? Even though this type of entertainment is fun and exciting, it really is just the same old stuff. Not a lot of originality anywhere anymore.

This version of cinema led to a fun afternoon, but it was 100% forgettable as well. I will remember nothing of this film come 4 days. It's a rent.
Rating - C

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Tiger's Fate (Chronicles of An Imperial Legionary Officer Book 3) By Marc Alan Edelheit (Book 2016)

Yeah I don't do book reviews as much these days since it usually takes a bunch of time and the payoff doesn't seem to be all that rewarding anymore. Movies are different because they are few and far between, but I can clear a book pretty quickly these days.

This book I'll make an exception for because I'm continuing on with the series from this author. It's a great story with a mix of Roman-like armies, fantasy races, and fantasy-like adventures. It's the 3rd book in the series and it's just as good as the first I read. Luckily there will be another one after this and maybe the series will keep on going for a few more.

The author is one of the good ones who can write in a manner where you don't even realize that you're burning through pages at an accelerated pace. He takes time building everything up, so that results in very good characters, action, and story. It has been an enjoyable 3 days.
Rating - High

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Trainwreck (Comedy 2015)

See, Amy Schumer is an OK funny comedian, but I don't think she should go into acting. I say that, but of course for years all celebrities have tried to milk it by testing out everything under the sun. I'm sure they're just trying to maximize their cash before their careers end but yeah it's annoying to see it happen.

This film made me chuckle a few times only, but overall it wasn't really that funny. She and co-star Bill Hader have zero chemistry whatsoever. He himself is not funny period; so it was a horrible casting selection.

The humor and jokes were blah and a bit on the slutty side, but we've all seen it before. It's a forgettable film that was mediocre at best.
Rating - C

Pan (Fantasy Adventure 2015)

So this movie was kinda bad. I only watched it since it was free and I was working out at the time, but yeah, I think it would've been better to re-watch some action film instead of this.

I was interested see if it would show how Captain Hook turned bad, but spoiler...they don't. They totally just left that answer open to a sequel which, for their sakes, I hope they don't.

I still think Hook was better even though that movie was super old. This one seemed to want to be grandiose, but it didn't have any real content to back it up. Even for a kids movie it was pretty lame.
Rating - D

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Spy (Comedy 2015)

So this was a random movie that I saw. Picture Austin Powers meets some satire of The Transporter. It was a silly mix of slapstick crap with some one-liner zingers sent through Melissa McCarthy. In a one-liner, the movie was pretty damn stupid but I kept on watching it just so I could finish it. It might've been more funny when I was 14 or so, but certainly not now.

It has been a while since I watched a film this dumb but I guess the genre will exist as some people will still laugh at it; I'm just getting too old for such nonsense.
Rating - D

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Warcraft: The Beginning (Fantasy 2016)

For a film that was based on an computer/MMO video game, it really wasn't half bad. The intro story and CGI were both very impressive, but as the plot plodded along, the rest of it became kinda repetitive and not as cool. Still this was much better than any other early 90s video game movie such as Super Mario Bros. or Street Fighter.

The plot started during the time of the very early Warcraft universe back before Tides of Darkness, so a lot of the WOW stuff is still yet to come assuming that they proceed forward with this movie franchise.

Either way, it was impressive for what it was, but as a standalone the plot still needs more work. Mainly, the need to abstain from purposely simplifying the lore just because the foundation is a video game and the main demographic is younger.
Rating - C