Sunday, August 28, 2011

Thor (Action 2011)

This comic book adventure wasn't half bad. One good thing they did was that they kept a lot of the action is Asgard and not on crappy Earth. I hate it when a movie base its plot on Earth when it's supposed to be a Sci-fi-like movie just to save money. The most memorable film that did this was Star Trek IV. So this film wins points by not screwing with the trailer to trick the viewer.

Anyway, the main character, Chris Hemsworth, seemed like a jolly guy. It's good to see that him being an ass at the beginning was really just acting. His attraction towards Portman did seem a bit fake though. Not a lot of chemistry there from what I could see but Portman did try to make it work. The rest of the movie was enjoyable to watch...nice summer flick.
Rating - B

Your Highness (Comedy 2011)

Oh my...I'm hard pressed to think of another movie that I've seen that can even slightly resemble this one. This movie was pretty dumb but oh my...it did have a good number of highly crude one-liners that almost made me piss myself.

Yeah this was one of those films that was so dumb and foolish that you may have thought it might be associated with the Wayans Bros. I only kept watching because I wanted to see if they could top the next level of low-brow humor that the previous scene showed. Because yeah everything really sucked about it. Story, plot, acting, environmental special effects, etc. But hey it did make me laugh right?
Rating - C

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Water for Elephants (Romantic Drama 2011)

You know surprisingly this movie wasn't half-bad. I mean I still don't think Pattinson can act worth a damn, but the storytelling was pretty good. The main actor that was more-so impressive was Christoph Waltz. He usually plays a bad guy in most films, so it was only fitting that he was the main ass in this one.

The rest of the movie was your average romance flick. Some parts were more convincing than others, but it wasn't too Notebooky and the end didn't have the same sap.
Rating - B

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dying to Live: Life Sentence by Kim Paffenroth (Book 2008)

Ok this series just went and took a shit in the woods. I have no desire to read about thinking zombies, none whatsoever. I thought this series was supposed to be just like all the others...surviving in a zombie-infested world. Who voted for the story to tangent off into a la la land of zombies who actually think and are not only out for blood and brains?

Yeah fuck a whole bunch of this...I finished this one and unfortauntely I already bought the 3rd book before I knew about this change. What a load of horse shit.
Rating - Low

Super 8 (Adventure Drama 2011)

So this movie was OK. I don't remember if I ever did watch ET so I can't compare it to that even though everyone who talks about this film say it's much like it.

The story felt like a "coming of age" film. The kids were all immature and such in the beginning but a few of them had to start maturing pretty quickly as the movie went on. The plot was kinda simple though...I'm sure that was intentionally done to insure that it would remain understandable to the youngins. I did notice that the music was really good at the last scene so I'm guessing Spielberg had something to do with that.

So yeah...the story was OK, the monster was not too impressive, and some of the younger actors like the main fat kid and the primary chick were pretty good.
Rating - B

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hanna (Action 2011)

Now this movie was much better than the last one. Think The Bourne Identity in female form. The main chick actress, Saoirse Ronan, did a good and convincing job as a sheltered assassin. Her first kill after getting captured was nuts. But yeah the movie was very fast paced and action-filled. A good investment of a Saturday nite.
Rating - B

Source Code (Action 2011)

This movie was OK. Some parts were more exciting than others but overall a decent watch. The story kinda didn't make sense as in "how" the scientists were able to make the system that the whole plot took place in. I found that unexplained hole to be one of the only downsides of the story. Everything else was your average, run of the mill action movie.
Rating - C

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Dying to Live by Kim Paffenroth (Book 2010)

So this book is the first in a 3-part series. It was one of the main zombie books listed on Amazon so I thought I would give it a try. The beginning was OK but then after the main character got to an encampment the rest of the plot went stagnant.

This book was just a little too slow. The writing was very descriptive so that was a plus but there wasn't enough action that I'm more accustomed to. I already bought the other 2 books when I bought this one so I'll finish up the series but this first one didn't win any real points.
Rating - Mid

Paul (Comedy 2011)

Holy shit, it has been a while since I laughed this hard. Super funny movie. Yeah the trailers for this movie about says it all. A pair of British comic nerds run into this alien and they travel around in an RV trying to get the alien, Paul, back to his ship.

Paul is just like a normal smart-ass guy and the comedy just ebbs out from there. Yeah it was crude and slapstick humor but damn funny.
Rating - A

Stake Land (Action Drama 2010)

I only saw the trailer for this one and it got me kinda excited. Unfortunately the ending was such a let down that I can't give it a better score.

The movie follows around this kid and a guy in a world where vampires have kinda taken over and have run amok. Note that these vamps are not smart, organized, or wear expensive Victorian-era clothes...they are much like zombies except faster & stronger with personalities of a wild animal.

Anyway, the plot is simple. This guy and this kid are vampire hunters of sorts who are trying to get up to Canada where it is supposedly safe. Towns are either dead or fortified with human inhabitants. Other areas are controlled by zealous religious groups or criminal gangs.

One thing the film did well in was setting up the ambiance and environment. It really did feel like a post-apoc setting all dark and dangerous. Most films that don't have a big budget usually fuck this part up. But they couldn't just leave it like that because the ending really sucked. I won't spoil it but it really was a crappy ending to a film.
Rating - C

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Newfangled DisplayPort

So yeah I'm a big fan of a 1400x900 resolution on a 19" LCD. There is straight up no other resolution/size that is optimal for my eyes. I've tried bigger but it just isn't the same when you have to move your whole head to see everything at a decent DPI on a huge-ass screen. Anyhoo...my LCD is old school so it only has a DVI and Analog connector in the back: No HDMI or DP. So with the advent of newer laptops, most only have an HDMI or DP connector...they totally bypassed DVI probably because they consider it old technology. Oh well.

Fast forward to the dilemma I was facing a while ago. I essentially wanted to hook up a Lenovo T410 laptop with a DP out to my DVI LCD and I went through like 3 "adapters" from Ebay that looked similar to this.
In a nutshell if you see a block unit like above don't count on it working. I did manage to get a Dell-branded accessory part for around $7 that worked perfectly: Model 023-NVR. Other manufacturers also sell similar devices that have a cord then a connector on each end for around $20 and others claim that they work. Just FYI if you're looking for the same type of adapter; don't waste your time with the cheap-ass $2 block ones.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Z1N1: The Zombie Pandemic: 2012 Was Just the Beginning by Mitchell Layne Cook (Book 2010)

Yeah so this book wasn't really good at all. The action was bland, the characters were dull, and it overall was just boring. The author decided to split the story up into 2 parts with 2 groups of people. I thought that it would somehow add to the story or bring something together in the end, but when the last e-page of the book was turned, I found no eureka.

Yeah it wasn't horrible as in the author does know how to spell and to create sentences but the story was really really boring.
Rating - Low