Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Modern Warfare 2 (FPS PC Game 2009)

So yeah after a short 6 hour stint, I've completed this game. I'd say that the gameplay was as good as the first but the story was a little all over the place. I never replayed MW1 and I doubt I will replay this game for the same reason.

Like MW1, this game was just like playing a character in a movie...many twists, turns, action, and some drama. The end was very anticlimactic though.

One thing that pissed me off to high hell was the fact that you had to register the game with Steam for DRM purposes. Fuck that! All that means is that now I can't sell the game unless I sell my whole account which is not going to happen. I totally could've sold off this game and purchased Mass Effect 2 when it comes out in a bit...but no....now I am stuck with my Christmas present until the day Steam fades or when I die...sigh. It's like an STD lol.

Anyhoo, I don't play games for their multiplayer capabilities so I can't comment on that. The single-player story and action were good and pretty much on par with the first. It was fun and that's what it's all about.
Rating - High

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Avatar (Sci-Fi Action Drama 2009)

I think it has been close to a year since I last saw a movie in a theater, but I'm glad it was this movie that welcomed me back into it. I also took advantage of the new digital 3D showing so that was also a new experience. Suffice to say, I had a great evening that left me quite happy.

The 3D showing was pretty neat...from the get-go everything looks good and not with the old school Red & Blue glasses. It did the job in showing the film in a different light but my highly sensitive eyes ended up hurting for 2 days afterwards. So for me personally, I probably won't be paying extra for the 3D experience anytime soon, but for others that may not be the case.

Let's get to the film though....excellent. The visuals were of course stunning. The newfangled approach that James Cameron took has set the precedence for another leap in technical utilization for movie-making...much like how Spielberg did Jurassic Park back in 1993. It was weird because it was so hard to believe that most of the film was computer-generated. Everything was so real, even all of the parts that had real actors using UI holographic monitors or the HUDs within aircraft...fucking nutty good.

The story was also very well-written. The drama occurring among the main actors was highly believable, mainly due to the facial expressions of the actors being directly placed onto their CG characters...again, very nutty and very well done. Because of this there seemed to be real emotion behind the CG models and that made all the difference.

Even though James Horner did the audio, I'd have to say that Titanic's music integration was still much better. The score was good as in very well-suited for the spacey theme along with its nature-like core, but it was not great in comparison. Important, dramatic scenes could've been so much better if the music was integrated better.

In the end, the average music did not sour the rest of the film enough to downrate it. The movie was excellent and I felt for the characters within it. This feat, along with the story, acting, visuals, and emotion all created a magnificent work that can only be appreciated and applauded.
Rating - A

Monday, December 21, 2009

Law Abiding Citizen (Crime Thriller 2009)

Damn! This movie could've had it...you know to be the first to actually have the balls to pull of humanistic realism? Of course an ending having Gerard Butler rigging up the cello wouldn't have been very PC but damn, the movie would've definitely gotten a top prize from me.

Everything about this film was kickass up until the ending where...yeah I'll spoil it for you...the good guy wins. Fuck a whole bunch of that. Why not make a movie where the "bad" guy wins? And he is bad only if you see it from a specific point of view...

I'm sure there would've been a bunch of controversy if the film would've ended the way I envisioned for it, but isn't that what it's all about; taking risks and stretching the limit? Oh well...this movie gets a B for lacking in balls needed to get an A.
Rating - B

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Day by Day Armageddon by J. L. Bourne (Book 2009)

This was probably the fastest I've ever finished a book, but it wasn't as long as I would've wanted it to be. In a one-liner, the book was great. It had an engrossing story, a solid main character, and enough realistic events happen to make you think that it all could've been written from a real account. The ending was a tad sudden but that's because there will be a second book released in due time. Yay.

The story followed around one survivor of a zombie apocalypse as he went on trying to stay alive and to find others who were in the same boat. It was formatted as journal entries so that made it a tad more interesting...like reading through a person's diary. I hope the next book will be a tad longer though...
Rating - High

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Surrogates (Action 2009)

This movie wasn't written very well, so even though Bruce Willis was in it, that fact alone didn't save the film. Parts of the movie reminded me a lot of I, Robot, while many others just reminded me of what a bad movie is all about. I'm trying hard to think of some redeeming quality but there just isn't one.

Society, I don't think, would ever fully assimilate into the world of surrogate bodies. It just can't be healthy to stay at home all day not utilizing one's body. Doesn't it seem much too easy to atrophy away? I sure do. Perhaps it is that unbelievable quality that makes the film sour...

Either way, it wasn't very good and was definitely not worth a watch.
Rating - C

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Snow

So Reno recently had a bunch of snowstorms, the same ones that have been traversing the US. The Fitmobile failed to move after I got it out of my driveway so I had to depend on the crappy Impreza to get me to work. I have learned that I should've gotten snow tires put on the car a bit earlier. I'll be doing that this week sometime but yeah...who would've thought that the Fit would actually get "stuck"? Yeah since I've been driving the Impreza more, the more I detest its MPG...but to give it some credit, I can plow through the snow with no real problems at all. What a trade-off, right?

Bait and Switch By Barbara Ehrenreich (Book 2006)

So I just finished this book and I'd rather have by $3 back. Yeah it was in the heavily discounted area of Borders so I thought I would give it a go. But maybe there was a specific reason it was in that section...

The main beef of the book was kinda stupid. You had this writer spruce up a resume and try to enter the workforce as a PR person. She went about applying to the best of her abilities on various job boards and actaully bit into the whole sham of networking events, church-oriented job-search groups, career coaches, resume coaches, and even those lame sales job postings for Enterprise-Rent-A-Car and Mary Kay.

Most of the activities were predictable. Coaches are usually emphatic public speakers who know shit because they've been "consulting" for so many years and give no helpful advice, similar to a shrink who will ask you billions of questions but tell you nothing in return. Networking events are BS events where some guy talks for an hour or so and tries to sell you into an expensive "boot camp" to get you ready for employment. Resume coaches are themselves unemployed and make small changes here and there to make your resume seem better than it is. Career coaches try to talk you into changing your actions, responses, and approaches as if you were in an interview. Church peeps are just trying to convert you, and sales job are exactly that....no bennies sales jobs based solely on commission.

The main thing that people who take advantage of these services don't get are that these things are meant to help you out after you've gotten a phone call for an interview...but what usually happens on a job hunt is that you never get called back.

Yeah take it from me who has been unemployed many-a-times and have done everything right in terms of education, experience, internships, etc... Job Hunting Sucks. You start out optimistic, applying to what you think you're qualified for. A while later you start applying to everything in your field just to see what happens, which is actually nothing. After a while longer you start pondering other avenues like applying to jobs that are not located in your own city. Next you apply for everything....even throwaway jobs at the local mall or a Best Buy. At this point you are in the depths of depression and you really feel like ending it all.

One life-changing event is to be unemployed after going through your "normal" education path...the fall is all the harder to take if you have an advanced or professional degree...it's a pride issue but definitely not something that should be overlooked. People who have never been unemployed like this usually have no idea what you're talking about or are unable to empathize appropriately. They just have no idea because it really is that bad. One second you are entrenched in the middle class, paying bills, buying stuff, going to work, etc. The next second you are living off savings and panicking, and the last second you are almost out of money and will have to beg family to assist or you can take yourself out. $X per year to $-0 is very hard to take...it changes your life in an instant and there is no way to avoid it other than having a job that is in high demand. Going back to school is another fallback choice but the older you get, the harder it is. So here are some bits of advice that this author did not cover well enough:
  1. If a service is looking for money, fuck'em...they are catering to the desperate and you, as the job searcher, are desperate. Anything they provide won't help you because #1 If you can't write a descent resume, you shouldn't be applying anyways. #2 If you can't handle yourself accordingly in an interview it probably means that it won't be a good fit for you. #3 I doubt they are that "connected", like a headhunting group or some other similar operation.
  2. Don't waste time updating an online profile unless you are sure the employer will look at it (i.e. government jobs). No employer is going to "search" for your resume...they get hundreds of them a day so it is not like there is a lack of resumes to fish through.
  3. Use websites like Monster.com or Dice.com or Careerbuilder.com to get the name of a company. Apply directly from a company's website instead of going through the service site.
  4. All of the jobs I've ever gotten were from applying directly through the company website or using the career services website through whatever University I graduated from or was enrolled in. Those alumni career sites have actual postings that real people actually look through.
  5. If nothing appears within your area, act as if you were in another city and look there...staying in one place is pointless if there are no jobs there....the city of Detroit is a perfect example of this. Also, remember that everyone in America (excluding Indians) originated from somewhere else. If there were a ton of jobs and opportunities in Europe or Asia or Mexico, would our x great grandparents have come over here? Yeah moving sucks but really...8 months of applying in one city and having no interviews? That's sketchy...
  6. Actually move to that new city. A person looking at a resume from a person living in another city is usually going to ignore it unless 1) You have a great amount of experience that they specifically need. 2) You are applying for a C-level or other high-up position.
  7. Join the military. I don't know why so many people are against this but seriously...if you can run and follow orders what is a neg of this? They pay for everything, it's a job, you can chill in it until you retire, and you get to learn new shit. The negative sides are that hopefully you don't have a family and you lose your right of "choice".
  8. Go teach English in a foreign country. Some money is better than no money...and from that other country you can either wait out the horrific US economy, maybe get contacts for a better job in that country, or just get a better perspective on things in your life.
  9. Go back to school while realizing if you seriously can or cannot do the job. Ask yourself, are you actually able to sit through all of those boring pre-req courses to become a nurse? If you can't, don't waste your time. Do you have a fear of blood and bodily fluids? Maybe healthcare isn't right for you. Are you smart enough to actually pass classes that you'll be taking with fresh, enthusiastic 18 year olds? Did you do well in science before? Competition is nutty these days and yeah unless you go to some no-name community college, chances are that you won't get a coveted "spot" unless you're one of the smarter of the bunch.
  10. But if all else fails all you can do is keep applying. Apply to everything and spend more time finding different sites that will link you to more postings...that's all you can do. Yes you will feel like a total loser if you don't "do" anything like going out and networking and stuff like that but really...if you had a job and you met some random person who was looking for a job, would you really recommend this person to your employer or HR person? Fuck no. You will not put your rep on the line so someone else "might" have a chance at a job. That's the reality of "networking"...bullshit. The only real networking that may work is through your friends...people who trust you enough to be recommended by them. But for everyone else, it's bullshit.
So yeah, sure it might feel like you aren't doing anything by sitting in front of your computer applying to a bunch of jobs, but it's much better than being ripped off by various schemes that are trying to "help" you. Again...if they want money, your desperation is what brings them their income.

So yeah back to the book review though...the author's style kinda sucks and it didn't bring much to light in terms of educating me on the subject. The most obvious, logical reasons for something is usually the correct one. And in the case of the author and her quest to try to enter into the corporate world, it was getting ripped off by various career coaches or buying into services that didn't really help you any.
Rating - Low

Friday, December 11, 2009

Pandorum (Sci-Fi Horror 2009)

This movie was kinda different. I'd say it's a mix of Sunshine, Event Horizon, and Serenity. It took parts of all of these movies and kinda squished it into one, but at least the story was original.

The plot was interesting at first but then slowly and surely plot holes started appearing everywhere until you turned into a passenger on a ride instead of trying to understand what was happening. Many important parts of the plot were not explained and I just hate that. Leaving people guessing and not explaining everything is either bad writing or a way of foreshadowing a sequel. I hope they don't go that route though...

Overall it wasn't a scary movie...a lot of action and a bit of gore though.
Rating - C

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dragon Age: Origins (3rd Person RPG PC Game 2009)

I've been waiting for this game all year and it finally came through...not like Starcraft II all lagging behind and such. This was the next "big" real RPG game that has come out since Baldar's Gate II back in 2000. Wow, it has indeed been a long time. I'm much older but my gaming maturity-level is still about the same, haha.

I can report that the long wait has been well worth it though. The game was super fun...everything from character properties, leveling, and story were all top-notch. The character interaction was excellent and the various relationships that could occur was interesting to say the least. Real-life dialog sounded great and all of the visuals were impressive as well. Too bad my laptop barely met the mark.

Two things I can report on are the DLCs that can be purchased and buying electronically through Steam. The good thing is that the electronic purchasing was flawless. I didn't have to leave my chair and the game magically appeared on my computer. The bad is that I am still me and after I play a game I have no further use for it and would like to sell it; now I can't. So yeah even though there is a benefit of getting integrated patches and such, my personality has not changed and I'd rather have some money back instead of owning the game forever....but now I know.

The 2 DLCs that came with the digital edition were funish but they were both way too short. Definitely not worth the $7 and $15. This is, of course, just another way of milking money out of the consumer. It's a good business model for the developer but kinda ass for the gamer. Oh well, live and learn.

Overall the game was a great experience. It was just like reading one of the books except now you have a first hand knowledge of the capabilities of some of the baddies that they had in the books. But even though it was a good experience, I still want some money back.
Rating - High

Sunday, December 06, 2009

2012 (Action Drama 2009)

Well this movie was an anticipated disappointment. It kinda reminded me of Independence Day and how that was supposed to be epic in terms of special effects, but then the story was what dropped a turd on the whole thing.

This film indeed had a bunch of CG that was pretty impressive but Chiwetel Ejiofor, the same character from Serenity, was such a damn goody-goody humanitarian it just made me sick.

There was a scene in the end of the movie that had all heads of state from all of the major powers putting a vote to letting additional random refugees onto these ark boats that were supposed to save civilization... Yeah they all voted yes. Yup, bullshit. In real life, people with money don't give a fuck about other people. They would see an increase in population on the boat as less resources for themselves and would've said no. On top of that all of the rich peeps had to pay a billion per head to get a ticket...I'm sure many of them would've called foul. This goes for the wealthy and to all politicians...none of them care about normal people...none of them!

I'm pretty sure that's why this movie didn't get rated very well...if they would've taken a more realistic approach to the situation, at least people would've seen this movie as just another disaster epic, but instead they decided to craptify the story to a point that even the youngest viewer could call bullshit.

But other than that degenerative character flaw from one of the primaries and that God-awful last scene, it was still a fair movie overall.
Rating - C

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Inglourious Basterds (War Drama 2009)

This movie was pretty enjoyable, and for a Tarantino flick it was actually mellow in the blood and violence arena. It was a fictional story about a group of Jewish Americans who, as a part of the US Army, were sent into France to try to blow up a movie showing where a bunch of high-up Nazis were in attendance including Hitler. That one-sentence plot summary sums up the whole movie. Some parts were funny, others were suspenseful, and others were just plain silly. I liked it as a one-time watch though. Christoph Waltz gets points for his acting work; a very good bad guy. This was also the first movie where I've seen Diane Kruger speak in her native German tongue...hot.
Rating - B

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Moon (Sci-Fi Drama 2009)

This film certainly felt like a low-budget one since there was really only one actor involved, but the space scenes could not have been done by a small production company.

The movie was O.K., but it could've been much more badass in my opinion. The main guy's acting wasn't very good but the director could've done much more in terms of internal turmoil of the mind. I don't know what the director chose to focus on because no other part really stood out. Yeah I can't say much more because I'd give away the main part of the plot, but it's not exactly a secret either.

The ending also could've been much better, but it left the audience with little news snippets instead. This is a cop-out way of handling an ending.
Rating - C

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

2009 Honda Fit Sport

I ended up selling the Saab for multiple reasons, but the main one being that there was no longer a dealer in Reno and Rachel V was still in need of service visits. The two problems that occurred later on were that the front passenger-side speaker started going out and my lights, which I had told the peeps before that something was wrong, would blink on/off randomly. When people started flashing me at stoplights was when I got irritated up to the point of doing something about it. I did get the car at a good price so since I knew it was depreciating quickly, I had to sell it off before it went down even more. So with the onset of wifey arriving, I also knew that I needed a car to teach her how to drive in so MPG became a greater priority. I decided on the new remake of the Honda Fit because of its great MPG and because it was tiny. As expected it was and still is a Honda...but what does that mean? Read on.

The car itself runs fine. It's actually faster than the Impreza believe it or not. The trunk can fit a shitload of stuff as experienced in one pretty hefty Ikea trip we recently made. The interior is boring and has creaky plastic, but again, that is to be expected. The MPG averages around 34 mixed with a max of 40 highway so not too shabby at all. Like a Honda, during the summer months if the AC is on, the car becomes slow as fuck and lacks in any sort of acceleration...very annoying. The USB direct-connect auto system is terrific. All you do is connect your MP3 player to it and the stereo will immediately start playing a song...no lag that usually comes from a CD Player. One shitty thing was that they decided to take off the audio steering wheel controls, reserving it only for peeps who purchase the Nav system. Fuck that. The HVAC controls are circular in design and kinda crappy...it's something about turning a huge knob is not my idea of a modern automobile...it just feels cheap. Yeah and turning the fan past '2' makes the cabin noise exceed regular speaking volume. The paddle-shifters are nice when you're not using the AC; they are responsive and make the car feel faster than it really is. The 5-gear automatic transmission takes the cake for being probably one of the greatest features of this car. With it, it feels much like a real car rather than an econobox even though that's exactly what it is. The interior has a very crappy center console. The placement of the drink holders are inconvenient and the lack of a center storage box/arm rest just drives the annoyance home. It does have these side drink holders that are located near the fans that are nifty so it's not all a loss.

So yeah, did you like my huge single-paragraph review? I'm tired and it just isn't worth making neat paragraphs for features that are standard and only require a one sentence line to describe 'em.

Overall I bought the egg car for my wife so that we could save gas and she could learn in a smaller car. The Fit is a nice addition to any person's fleet considering that the storage space is totally immense, but it does have its downsides...and coming from a luxury-class car I do tend to have a good memory of the differences. So yeah...one of these days I'll be trading in the Impreza because it's worthless to me. The new VW Golf Turbo Diesel looks good on paper but it's as expensive, if not more expensive than a GTI... So yeah I don't know what I want as my next car but I know it can't be hella cheap like the Fit is and it can't guzzle gas like the Saab did. Reliability is still important, but the fact that I'm even glancing at a VW makes me think that there still is some wiggle room.

Pros
  • MPG
  • Small Footprint
  • Great Storage Room
  • Peppy Tranny w/o AC
  • Better than the Impreza
Cons
  • Boring
  • Overpriced
  • No Audio Steering Wheel Controls
  • HVAC Noise
  • Wind Noise
  • Becomes a Mule if the AC is Turned On

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (Romantic Comedy 2009)

This was a free Redbox rental and yes there was nothing else available. As one can expect this movie was yet another bullshit Matthew McConaughey flick. I don't see why he still gets gigs since he always plays the same lame character in all of his romantic comedy flicks. Do chicks really think he's attractive?

There is nothing more to say about this other than its sheer resemblance to all of the other movies in this genre. The female characters are always weak-willed and the guys are always bastards. The plot is usually laughable and the humor is very plain. I can only picture obese, low self-esteem girls with a pint of ice cream plopped in front of their couch watching movies like this. One has to think that it most likely costs more money to make one of these sub-par romantic comedies than what they get back, right? So why do production houses still sponsor this trash?
Rating - D

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Up (Animated 2009)

Good ol' Pixar; they never seem to disappoint. Toy Story 3 is on the horizon too so that's definitely something to look forward to.

This movie was good...animation, story, humor, one-liners...everything. As expected, the dog was the highlight of the movie. Terrific character and very dog-like in every sense of the word. The main character was O.K. but he was still an old guy and that age group rarely is associated with humor or fun. The beginning of the movie was pretty sad...I'm sure the animators even shed a few tears making it.

Not much else to say except that it upheld the baseline of good, quality animated filmmaking.
Rating - A

Monday, November 02, 2009

1951r Russian Tula SKS Rifle

This SKS was the next gun that caught my eye. Historically, it was the replacement for the Mosin Nagant, but was barely used because the AK-47 got invented and took over as Russia's main go-to rifle. Many countries still use the SKS in ceremonial duties, just like the US still uses the M1 Garand for the same purpose.

The rifle uses the same 7.62x39 cartridge that the AK uses. It's called an intermediate cartridge which, from what I've gathered, means that it's good enough to kill a guy but it's not as heavy and doesn't have the range of a full-powered cartridge. I personally like the kick of a full-powered round, but yeah in a combat scenario, the more ammo you can carry, the better off you are.

The SKS has a bunch of aftermarket parts available for it which I, stupidly, got caught up in buying. In hindsight I should've just stuck with the stock rifle, and added a few key improvements, but all of the options out there got the better of me. Here is a list of parts and why most aren't worth purchasing:
  1. Tapco T6 Stock - This plastic stock does the job if you have no stock at all, but it just doesn't feel right when you shoot it. It's very plasticy and does not provide a deep, secure *thud* that the wood stock gives. It's an good option if you're dying for a pistol grip, but if you're planning on going this far, why not just save some money and buy an AK?
  2. 20-Round Tapco Magazine - Stock, the SKS has an internal 10-rounder; this works fine and should not be changed around. The 20-rounder has a duckbill front which makes it very awkward to switch out considering how the rifle was designed with the Bolt-Hold-Open (BHO) and the charging handle. I think it's a matter of ergonomics. It was not designed with the intention of having a removable magazine and because of this, it just feels odd using one. Also, I had to do a bunch of dremeling on the mag because it didn't fit too in my Russian receiver.
  3. Buffer Technologies SKS Recoil Buffer - Pretty worthless. It muffles the sound of the bolt slamming against the back of the receiver, but it really doesn't help any. In my lifetime I don't think I could ever wear out the bolt to the point where it breaks the receiver and/or cover.
  4. Ameriglo SKS Type 56 Front Night Sight - You lose the ability to do small tweaks with the front sight because the glowing side is only on one, thus you have to twist it in 180 degree increments. Also, since there are no SKS rear sights, having one glowing green dot is not going to help much at all.
  5. Murray’s SS SKS Firing Pin - This was purchase that was totally worth the money. You just can't trust that stock, floating firing pin...it feels like an unreliable mechanism of the area gets too gummed up with carbon or debris. Murray's Firing Pin feels solid and it works.
  6. Choate SKS Recoil Compensator - It did nothing for the recoil, but it might be a flash suppressor. I wouldn't know because I didn't shoot at night. One good thing is that it does stay on and will not pop off like other cheaper solutions, but again, it really doesn't do much except lengthen your rifle.
  7. Tech Sights .047 Dia. Front Site Post - I purchased this because I kinda screwed up the stock one trying to make it smaller with a file. Yeah, non-machinists like myself should not be messing with rifle parts. Anyway, although it's much smaller than the original, it's a little bit too small. Functionality is up in the air as well because the front sight adjustment mechanism of the SKS/AK is not an exact science. You have to "guess" to see if the damn thing is even moving. Because of this fact, its really is not worth it to get a slimmer front site because it's highly doubtful that a normal person with that generic adjustment tool would be able to zero in on a specific, far-off position as accurately.
  8. ATI SKS or AK Sling - Not worth the extra money. The color scheme of black nylon does not go with the whole wood stock ensemble. Just find a real, green SKS sling for around $25 on the forums.
  9. Choate SKS Scope Mount - I did purchase this, but did not go through the installation because of the lack of tools. In my research, it would've been the most stable solution for mounting a scope or red dot on the rifle.
So here's the main thing I learned with the SKS. People shouldn't try to make it into a tactical rifle because you'll only end up spending a lot more money than you're supposed to and it'll probably suck when compared to another rifle that was built with those intentions. If you want to put a red dot on a rifle then buy one that comes with a rail already in place. No need to stress about leveling out a mount prior to drilling and tapping a few holes...again to the non-machinists out there, it's way more work than it's worth.

In the end I went back to a stock rifle because that's the way it looked when it first caught my eye. I get better groupings with the SKS when compared to a Saiga, and it was cheaper too. I'm still not sold on the cartridge size though. It's a great one to use when you're shooting on the cheap, but I totally enjoy the 7.62x54r more, even though it's corrosive.

Another thing I discovered during my research was that all Chinese, Albanian, and most Russian SKSs came with chrome-lined barrels. Yugoslavians don't come chrome-lined. I say 'most' for the Russians because they started lining them sometime in 1951 which means that it's very likely that my rifle is not, which sucks. So for those who are looking for a Russian SKS, get one dated 1952+.

One thing that I didn't like about the rifle was the trigger group. I had to take it apart to put in a USA-made trigger and it was all sorts of weird. Taking it apart was O.K. but putting it back together sucked. The AK-47 trigger group makes a whole lot more sense to me.

The rifle also has more parts than an AK. It has a much nicer feel in terms of shooting and the mechanics of it all, but if I needed something that was more-so dependable, I'd still go with an AK.

Pros
Very good looking rifle with bayonet
Solid wood stock
Cheap ammo that isn't corrosive
Price compared to a quality AK

Cons
7.62x39 is not as fun to shoot vs the 7.62x54r round
No built-in mount system
Trigger group design
Top-loading + stripper clips = a hassle
Stripper clips might be lighter than mags, but they feel flimsy
Too many parts vs an AK

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Public Enemies (Crime Drama 2009)

Even though this film had such stars like Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, it eventually became a fine example of an uninteresting crime movie. You have to realize and not mistaken it for a mobster film which always brings something different to the table. This was about Dillinger, a bank robber, nothing more which = boring.

Yeah this guy's story, his crimes, and the FBI agent who was tasked with hunting him down were all boring entities. I'm surprised they made this movie last more than 30 minutes. Some scenes even "looked" fake as in they were shot using a crappy camera. Pretty piss-poor quality for a movie that was normally funded.

The only good thing were the clothes and the old school cars; everything else I saw was a waste of time.
Rating - D

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Bones of the Dragon by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman (Book 2009)

This book is the first one I've read of these two authors that did not have something to do with Krynn and the Dragonlance world. It's a daring move to kinda jump genres, but I'm sure they had to pay the bills right?

Let's get straight to it. This book was not very good and lacked in the grand storytelling that the writers are capable of. The characters were O.K., but the main protagonist was such an immature fucktard that I found myself scoffing at everything that he did. I'm sure the writers did this on purpose so that it would be a precursor to some sort of long evolution of character development as the series continues. The plot was written in a way to essentially force drama to happen...it didn't seem natural at all so yeah the end of this book was totally like the end of LOTR or something in that there will be another book to continue on with the story.

I was disappointed. I was hoping for a new series to keep up on but this is definitely not it. I hope the best for the authors for they are capable of so much more...
Rating - Low

Sunshine Cleaning (Drama 2008)

This movie qualified for an "eh" comment from me. It wasn't all that good even though some reviews had been more towards the positive spectrum.

The film followed around this chick and her family as they kept on making stupid decisions which kept them down and poor. The main chick used to be hot shit in HS but then never really went anywhere from there. The chick's sister was an odd ball who messed up in a lot of places in life. Her son kept on getting kicked out of school for being an invalid, and her father was one of those people who kept on thinking about "get rich quick schemes".

As the trailer showed, the chick decided that they would open up a business to clean up dead peeps even though she had no training or experience. There is your plot outline. The characters were not very smart and sometimes just downright stupid. It's hard to relate to people who make such bad decisions.
Rating - C

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Founding of a Republic (Foreign Chinese Drama 2009)

This film was a pseudo propaganda-like one that was released recently to coincide with the commie's 60th anniversary in China. The movie was extremely one-sided. It showed the KMT as a fairly evil political party whileas the CPC was created for the people and run by the people.

Everyone knows that politics = bullshit because there are good and bad sides to each. Why didn't the CPC mention anything about the Cultural Revolution or the Great Leap Forward? Those two events triggered by the government sent millions to their death...much more than single, corrupt political party could've done.

Have the country achieved a lot since 1949? Yes. But there were also many consequences to their policies and leadership. A film like this is just like if we in America made one about our country and our government, showing that it was all sorts of badass with nothing negative worth mentioning. A film like that would be bullshit because we all know how many fucked up things happen here. I dunno....this movie was way too 'positive' for my tastes. Any historical film that wants to have some value and legitimacy to it must be as transparent as possible and have all their facts straight and out in the open. This movie was a pep rally where all the trash was safely stowed under the bed.
Rating - C

Thursday, October 22, 2009

9 (Animated Adventure 2009)

The trailer for this one was on the blah side of things. For a second it was just dark enough to maybe be a Tim Burton flick, but unfortunately the movie didn't even get close to that level of quality.

I honestly don't know why this movie was made. The story was slow and crappy, the characters were robotic and bland, and there was absolutely no defining purpose to it. The CG was decent meaning that some money was fronted for its creation but man....craptacular I say.
Rating - D

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Fantasy Adventure 2009)

This Potter movie was much like the rest, and even though that may be a good thing, it was a little too much of the same. With this one all the kiddies have grown up a bit so there was a bunch of teenage drama between the sexes. Convincing? Kinda...overacting at times though. Ron Weasley will definitely not amount to anything after this series is done. He's just not a good actor.

The story lacked a lot in this film...I remember the book having a bunch more detail and stuff going on. Even the last movie had more stuff than this one. It seemed rushed and not thought out. Hopefully this is not a sign of what's to come. I heard the last book will be split between 2 movies...they better make the most of their time, for it would blow if the series ended without a bang.
Rating - C

Sunday, October 11, 2009

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Action 2009)

This movie is what you'd expect from a remake of an 80's cartoon series except with better visuals and special effects. Story was fair, but catering more towards the youngish teenage crowd. Fight scenes were also O.K., but it didn't have anything that hasn't been done before. I would've liked it more if Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes fought more...I'm sure others would agree with me. Nice design on the swords though.

Like usual they made room for a sequel. I hope they don't. When watching it all you'll be saying is "oh, that has been done before in 'x' movie." That's not a lot to build on.
Rating - C

Sacred 2 (3rd Person RPG PC Game 2008)

This game was supposed to be something that occupied my time prior to the release of Dragon Age, but like some RPGs, the skill breakdown is too focused which thus takes away from the fun.

What I mean by this is that you can start playing one of these games and then a skill tree will appear. Without going online and reading anything extra about the skills, you start picking and choosing and trying things out, but you'll choose many wrong/underpowered skills and thus end up with a shitty character. That makes you restart the game to form a new character from scratch. All of these types of RPGs should have some sort of reset switch where you can respec your character...but no, most don't. This game didn't even have multiple save/load features. It played much like a real RPG where all you can do is save and exit...pretty lame.

Yeah I restarted my character around 6 times and then I was reading a forum where I discovered that I picked wrong again...I was not going to restart a 7th time.

Gameplay was just like Diablo II just with a huge-ass map. There was no story worth reading about. Visuals were good but I had to turn a lot of settings down because my lappy was not able to keep up. It would've been a better game if the skills were configured differently but since it wasn't, no beans here.
Rating - Low

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Action 2009)

This movie was pretty good...it's what action movies are all about right here. Everything made an appearance from the action, embedded comedy, hotties, sick cars, military stuff, fights; pretty much everything. Even though it was a tad longer than an average film it was satisfying to watch the whole way through.

A few scenes that were getting noticeably reused were a few slow-mo scenes with a bunch of AF guys walking and the "romantic" scene with Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf. They weren't bad or nothin' but the same scene with different actors can be found in many of Michael Bay's other films. When people start noticing things like this, that's when you have to change it up or else you'll end up like the Saw series where things get really old.

Another thing worth commenting on is the whole hero mentality of the US military. Yes we do have the greatest technology and weapons for warfare, but it seems way too unrealistic for other countries to not mind at all that a huge US taskforce is having a war on their soil. I think Egypt and China's militaries would've been more involved if not downright pissed off...but again this is a movie.

Even with its small areas of unbelievability, it was still a good movie and currently takes the cake for this year's most satisfying film I've watched.
Rating - B

Sunday, October 04, 2009

District 9 (Sci-Fi Drama 2009)

Well this film was the first good one of the year. I was surprised at how well-packaged it was in terms of getting the writers' point across.

The movie was about the segregation and isolation of an alien species after their mothership was marooned over a city in South Africa. It showed the corruptibility of corporations, governments, and contractors after it's discovered that most groups are after their part of the pie. It's a good movie because it is a very believable scenario of how things would go down if we did ever meet up with an alien species. We would be astonished at the newbies but then we would pretty much be jealous that they had discovered space travel and such and would do anything to extract technology and weaponry from those more advanced than us. It's kinda sad but that is exactly what any organization would be after.

The weird emotional effect that this movie had concerns xenophobia. It's one thing when you see a movie where a bad guy is beating the shit out of a good guy like in Die Hard or something. But that is completely different from watching someone getting beat down because of race, a deformity, or in this case, their species. This type of hate really gets to people and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because the individual in question is born a certain way and there is really nothing that person can do to change who they are. But yeah this movie took a species and showed how brutal humans could be when they don't think another group is deserving of "human rights". The mass abortion scene via flamethrower was an example of this...I'm sure they could've made it more dramatic, but the execution scenes were equally disturbing.

The special effects were pretty good for not being a big-budget CG one. The mech suit at the end took the cake. This is one film that definitely deserves a sequel...it had a well thought-out plot and had a pretty direct message in its theme. The end left you hanging though...
Rating - A

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Year One (Comedy 2009)

Although quite silly, this film did manage to make me laugh out loud a good number of times. Yeah Michael Cera and his one-liner catch phrases were damn hilarious.

Jack Black on the other hand was not very funny. I don't really know who actually laughs at his stuff because he's totally one of those guys who tries too hard to be "out there" and nonconforming.

The story, of course, was not very good but nobody really watched this for its merit in that department. I found it enjoyable...but more on the stupid side of the word. I was surfing around while watching it so I didn't really have to pay attention much. I don't know how I would've fared if I was forced to sit through everything though.
Rating - B

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Civilization IV (Turn-Based Strategy PC Game 2005)

Quite recently D2D has been selling chunks of games for $5 each. This is essentially a meal at a local drive-thru so I thought I would give one a shot.

This game was on my radar way back in the day when it got released. I have usually stayed away from turn-based strategy games because I can't remember one that I ever liked, but I thought I would give this one a try.

In a nutshell, there is a very good reason things in one's mind are the way they are. Even though this game was very well-polished, I just can't stand turn-based games...they feel so damn slow and artificial. The main thing that pissed me off was the combat. If I have a huge 20-unit army marching on your small-ass village with one warrior unit guarding it, I am expecting to eradicate your city real quick. I am not expecting the computer to choose one unit from my army to do battle with the solitary defensive unit and continue this type of solo-battle in turns until the guarding unit is destroyed. This just isn't a realistic approach to battles.

There were other things that bothered me but I don't know if it's because of my general dislike of the genre or if it's a realistic complaint...I'll vote for the former just to be safe.
Rating - Mid

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Blood: The Last Vampire (Action 2009)

I would like to say that this film was good just because the Anime movie and series were in the decent range, but I'd so be lying. One good thing for some viewers was that everything was in English so there wasn't horrible dubbing or anything else fishy.

The movie felt like a crappy Marvel one...you know like Daredevil or something, but not quite that bad. The action was fair, but they played out the animated blood a little too much. The fight scenes were also way too long and should've all been cut in half considering the main chick was doing the exact same thing in all of them. All of the white chick actors seemed to be very B-class also. I wouldn't watch it again, not even if it were playing in the background.
Rating - D

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Observe and Report (Comedy 2009)

I think this movie came out around the same time Paul Blart: Mall Cop did. Why do they do that? It was the same with The Illusionist and The Prestige and also Armageddon and Deep Impact. Of course one movie will always win out, and in this case, this one did.

The film was another mall security one where the main guy is kinda a loser as he tries to get with some hot chick. The main difference is that Seth Rogen's character cusses a lot while Paul Blart was much more PG. I laughed once throughout the course of this film, so although it did happen, it still didn't make it as humorous as any of Rogen's other movies....Knocked Up comes to mind.

So yeah this one is definitely not worth a rent, but I guess it might be worth it if you somehow watch it for free.
Rating - C

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne by David Gaider (Book 2009)

This was a book that was released as in introduction into the world of Dragon Age, a new game from Bioware. Hopefully the game doesn't turn out to suck or else I'll blame it squarely on EA's acquisition of the company.

The story was pretty average for a fantasy one, but none of the characters were interesting enough to make it any better. The plot and writing were also average but that's not necessarily a bad thing. What's bad is when you have a detailed story in the beginning and middle of a book but then hella falter during the end and make summary type of chapters. By this I mean 70% of the story was well detailed 1st person accounts and then 30% is a reader's digest written from hearsay. I've never seen this done in a book before this one but man is it kinda disappointing. Hopefully the game is better.
Rating - Mid

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Peacock (Foreign Chinese Drama 2005)

Well here's an odd foreign flick that I doubt anyone else will ever see. It felt much like a dark comedy without the comedy part. It was your average Chinese flick where there are a bunch of "no talking" scenes and you're supposed to sit there and guess stuff all day long. Drama was very slow.

The plot followed around this family who just had really bad luck. One kid was fat, half-retarded, and got bullied by peeps all day long. Another kid was this dreamer chick who was just stupid in terms of decisions. And the last kid was a lanky weirdo of sorts. At the end of the movie there was this scene where, I think, the theme of it was that none of the kids ever blossomed like a peacock when it fluffs its wings. Yeah....go 4th grade similes. I waded through close to 3 hours for that kind of an ending.
Rating - D

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Watchmen (Comic Action 2009)

This movie was definitely not family-friendly. First off the blue guy's wang was hanging out all over the place. Secondly, there were multiple sex scenes that were not even close to PG. I'm all for that of course, but I'm sure there was more than one family that might've taken little Bobby to go see this movie and was forced to walk out.

The special effects were nice and modern while the story was a little odd and had a lot of cult-classic attributes. I didn't really like it though...that's the plain truth of the matter. Perhaps I was wanting to see another Spiderman 2 or Iron Man flick...who knows.

All I'll say is that some will really like it while others will come out with no real change in opinion.
Rating - C

Sunday, August 23, 2009

1932 Russian Tula Hex Mosin Nagant M91/30 Rifle

Yeah so I'm not sure how it happened, but I've gotten into guns as of late. It's a pretty fun hobby where you can learn a bunch of stuff, but it does get expensive if you go shooting a lot.

This rifle is the Russian Mosin Nagant. It was the main battle rifle of the Russians through WWII. Right afterwards semiautomatic carbines came out, mainly the SKS and the AK47 so this rifle became retired from active service.

I liked this gun because it was cheap...like $80 cheap. The ammo was also the cheapest but it's all surplus ammo which I discovered = corrosive. What does this mean? It means that after firing a round, the cartridge leaves this salt-based residue inside of the barrel and near the firing pin which will react with moisture in the air and start producing rust. Yeah all of this information and others relating to metal in general was all unknown to be before getting into this. So yeah you pretty much have to clean the hell out of the gun after shooting it or else rust will form which equals bad.

The gun itself is pretty nice. A lot of features are old school and lets you see kinda the development of modern firearms. It's simple and effective. Shooting this rifle will leave a huge welt on your shoulder so it's highly recommended to buy a rubber buttpad for it.

I ended up selling the gun for three main reasons. The first was the fact that it was so damn heavy. I mean if I didn't have a table to set it on or something to prop up the front of the rifle, it's pretty hard to aim, even at shorter ranges. Because of this, it would never be able to be used as a quick grab gun because I'd probably only be able to shoot everything in its 5 round chamber and I'd be done because my arm would not be able to take it anymore. The second reason is that it's way too long. The full length of it is around 52 inches....that's almost as tall as me, which makes it lacking in portability. The third reason is that if you don't get a repro sniper version which already has a scope built-in, there are no real accessories to make the sights any better. My front sights kept moving around because of the recoil and there were next to no aftermarket parts so thus I was stuck with an inaccurate rifle. I tried to purchase a scout mount for it but it was a useless endeavor because the recoil would knock it loose.

Many others may be drawn to this rifle because of its cheap shooting capabilities, but needing to super clean it after every shooting session is annoying. The other negatives that I have noted drove this decision home.

Pros
Cheap to shoot
Cheap to buy

Cons
Annoying to clean
Heavy
Too long
Unreliable sights
$300+ needed to get and mount a real scope
Very few aftermarket parts

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Animated Comedy 2009)

This was a pretty good one. I've always been a fan of Sid the sloth so the Ice Age series usually strikes a pleasant tone with me. The movie is what one would expect from the series. The comedy was light and the story very understandable. No real complaints for a film meant for the youngins.
Rating - B

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Action 2009)

Although not a great film, it was definitely better than Last Stand, which was a piece of shit. This one kinda had a story...some parts were indeed too rushed but at least the beginning was pretty cool.

Acting and special effects were in-line with the rest of the X-Men films so that was good and all. The story was very much tweaked which is a nicer way to say that it was all hosed up. You would've had to have been a comic person to notice it though.

Even though I would feel sorry to whomever watched this in a theater, renting it would be just fine.
Rating - C

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Duchess (Drama 2008)

You know this movie was pretty good. It was an era-flick...approx late 18th century England. Because of this, most will think of slow-moving dramas films from the 90s like Howards End. Even though there was a lot of talking and such, the characters were pretty interesting even though they were kinda messed up in the head.

The person who deserves props is Keira Knightley though... There was insanely good acting pulled off by her at two specific scenes. She did what Natalie Portman failed to do in V for Vendetta. The rest of the film was what one would expect from this type of drama...nothing too extravagant, next to no action, and a pleasant ending.
Rating - B

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Battle for Haditha (War Drama 2007)

This was a pretty good unknown war flick. You don't see many movies that show the "other side" of the fight but this one did just that. It really didn't choose a side either which was good because a heavily biased film would've been pointless to watch.

The movie displayed the stress of war and how there are good and bad people on each side. Some people turn bad when their emotions get in the way while others are just fucked up extremists. The main theme of the movie was that a lot of innocent civilians get killed in the process of it all which is plain unfortunate. War sucks...I'm sure most peeps know that already.
Rating - B

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Punisher: War Zone (Action 2008)

You know this movie wasn't all that bad. Of course you can only go so far with gun-blazing action flicks, but with enough blood it'll take you the distance. Yeah this film was nothing like The Punisher, which was a piece of shit. This one had a good amount of action, hella amounts of gore, and a no-nonsense main character. They really didn't try too much with the story but then again, who needs it?

This was meant to be an action movie and that's where it delivered. The main villain had me thinking that this was one of the crappy Batman flicks from the 90s, but yeah that was probably the only real downside I saw. If you're a guy and enjoyed Rambo then you might like this one too.
Rating - B

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Diary of the Dead (Horror 2007)

This was another film from Romeo's library of zombie flicks. It's interesting....with a director who has made so many movies of the same genre, you would think that he'd be able to have a decent story with one of 'em. I mean he has the ambiance of a zombie-infested setting and some of the interpersonal interactions that could occur with the surviving human characters, but when it comes to a good plot he's still missing that boat.

This movie was just another zombie flick filled with eccentric guys, one attractive girl, a few killable characters, and a ton of non-head shots. By now isn't it common knowledge that zombies require a head shot in order to kill 'em?

Anyway, it was kinda fun to watch if you really enjoy zombie movies, but it really wasn't that good at all.
Rating - C

Twilight (Drama 2008)

I really don't see what the big deal was with this film. Sure they got a mildly good-looking guy in a Volvo C30 playing the role of the primary heartthrob vampire but that was about it. The girl was kinda ugly and yeah...her acting sucks.

Kristen Stewart should not have a career in acting. 95% of the scenes with her in 'em consisted of her with her mouth half-way open as if she was lost or if someone just called her a bitch and she was flabbergasted. The director kept on doing these circular, rotating camera angles on every frickin' object that she thought was interesting Michael Bay does this too but he does it with style. Catherine Hardwicke has a lot to learn about directing.

I guess there will be 2 more in the series...I'm sure they'll be just as quality as this one.
Rating - C

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tôkyô Sonata (Foreign Japanese Drama 2008)

This was an average foreign flick. It pretty much followed around the patriarch of the family as he was let go from his long-time employer and forced to get a jobby as a janitor to get by. Other members of his family all had their own problems, issues, and desires which were all kept secret because of the father.

The film had 3 real lessons: 1) Being unemployed sucks....especially later in life. 2) Having too much dominance within a household is counterproductive towards family unity. 3) Secrets are bad. I'm leaning towards this movie being made strictly as a cultural criticism, for its reception among foreign film buffs has been positive. But I didn't think it was anywhere above average.
Rating - C

Monday, June 29, 2009

Outlander (Action 2008)

LOL well this movie was unexpected. It really didn't suck as bad as the trailer led you to believe. For a Viking action flick, it didn't turn out too bad. There were a lot of fighting scenes, a good amount of blood and gore, and it kinda had a story too.

Try not to confuse this movie with Pathfinder, because even though they have similar qualities, they are a night & day difference in terms of story and refinement. I use the term refinement lightly though. This film won't win any awards, but it was as fun and enjoyable as The Beastmaster or any old school Conan flick.
Rating - B

Angels & Demons (Suspense Drama 2009)

Well not many people on IMDB seem to agree with me, but I thought this movie was pretty good. I barely remember what The Da Vinci Code was about, but I think this one had a speedier and more entertaining plot.

Some might say that it was too predictable and such, but I didn't call it until the way end. Either I'm getting slower so this movie just sucked me in. A few scenes here and there either did not make sense or was poorly done, but there weren't many of 'em. One of the latter scenes had great MI...I'll have to try to find that on the soundtrack someplace. Acting and action were good, but being a part of the adventure was what kept this film going.
Rating - A

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Tale of Despereaux (Animated Cartoon 2008)

Wanna know what happens when Dreamworks and Pixar have nothing to do with an animated movie? Shit gets created...a lot of it.

This movie blew pretty bad...it had rodents in it so that of course flashed me back to The Secret of NIMH days or even An American Tail. Good memories for those but certainly not for this. The animation was O.K. but the story sucked, even for a kid. The narrator also sucked. Animated, cartoon-like films have to be stimulating in order to be good. This film wasn't. It was gloomy, had boring characters, and a highly uninteresting plot. Nothing was worthwhile in watching this...not even a big-eared mouse.
Rating - D

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks (Book 2003)

Well this was a fun little compendium to World War Z. If zombies did start running amuck though...we'd all pretty much be fucked. I can only picture survivalists with a ton of ammo as the only peeps who would weather the storm. Why you ask? Mainly it's food and water. Most peeps these days can jury-rig something together for boiling water and such, assuming you're near a place that has water, but food is a hard thing to come by when you're "on the run" and being hunted. I suppose you can eat plants like some vegetarian but I doubt that would keep up the energy. Your only hope is to take over a Costco and just set up camp there, but if you're at a Costco, you're probably not next to a running river. Notice the conundrum?

Yeah this book talks about large swaths of time like decades when you're left to your own devices as civilization falls into chaos. After all the grocery stores and food surplus silos have been ransacked is when people would begin starving...at least that's what I picture.
Rating - Mid

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Hurt Locker (Thriller War Drama 2008)

This movie was pretty different. It followed around this Army soldier and his unit as they wandered around Iraq disassembling bombs. It was pretty suspenseful at times but that was about it. The characters were a little too screwy to be believable. Jeremy Renner, the main character was a little too carefree and this sorta threw away the rest of the story. A few scenes were well placed but I can name probably 3 which were very unnecessary and didn't help out the story one bit.

What they did well was getting the viewers into the feel of being in Iraq. Costumes and locales were spot on and the special effects of the bomb scenes were nutty. In the end the story was much too disconnected and it really lacked a real purpose. They tried to explain more about the inner-workings of the main character but I didn't feel that I gained any insight at all.
Rating - C

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Paul Blart: Mall Cop (Comedy 2009)

As expected this movie wasn't really good. They took a humorous concept and then molded it so that 8 year olds would enjoy it. Yeah having bad guys riding around a mall in skateboards and BMX bikes does not equal a quality comedy.

This was definitely not a shining moment for Kevin James. I've seen him do better...not a lot better (Hitch) but more-so than this. I might've chuckled once or twice throughout the course of this film but yeah...overall it was very stupid and not worth the time.
Rating - D

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Gran Torino (Drama 2008)

I really wasn't expecting it, but this movie was pretty darn good. If they would've gotten better actors to play the roles of the two primary Asian adolescents then it would've moved the film up a notch, but yeah....the two kids really sucked and it's hard to overlook that.

Thankfully though, Clint Eastwood still had his stuff and did a fantastic job. I would've liked the ending to be like how things "really should've gone down", but I can accept the subtlety of the film's purpose.
Rating - A

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Role Models (Comedy 2008)

As one could've expected, this movie wasn't very funny. They took the regular dud of Seann William Scott, had him repeat some quick-witted lines, and expected the rest of the film to fall into place. Obviously it didn't work because I think I might've chuckled once.

Yeah the dialogue was pretty piss poor and not very engaging at all. The two kids were way over the top and just not believable. I don't even know if an intoxicated viewer would find this movie funny...
Rating - D