Tuesday, March 31, 2015
First off let's just say that Bradley Cooper was very very good in this film. He totally should've gotten Best Actor for it. Screenplay, setting, and ambiance was also well done. The fact that they showed how the primary had problems dealing with regular life back in the US was also pretty good. One thing I didn't like, just because it didn't seem realistic, was that they had the primary calling his wife back in the US on a Satellite phone during firefights and other missions. I don't know if this is normally done, but it seemed like Hollywood to me. Additionally, all of the scenes with his wife in them was her complaining that he wasn't home and such. I'm sure this is what happens in real life when anyone is deployed, but something bothered me about it.
So yeah the movie was good, but it wasn't the greatest thing ever. Additionally it made this guy seem like a flawless hero, and although I think that he was probably a pretty cool dude and was also very good at his job, nobody is perfect and they tried to put him on a very big pedestal.
Rating - B
The story went at a good pace, flipping back and forth between present and past to give the whole scoop. I thought it was good flick that highlighted many ethical and nationalistic topics that existed back then and sorta in present time. Like many foreign films, it had a few scenes that were a wee bit over the top or unnecessary, but overall it was a good one if you're looking for a good foreign drama.
Rating - A
Surprisingly the movie wasn't half-bad. Everything was good about it from the story to the acting, to the overall tense feel of many scenes. It's surprising to see how businesses get going, assuming that this is how Silicon Valley start-ups become created.
It does show how much of a dick Zuckerberg is/was...goes along with his real-life silly-ass face. Anyhoo, movie-wise it was good flick so I can't fault it on that.
Rating - B
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Yeah so in a nutshell this book cleared out the main plot and helped snip off any loose ends that existed from the sub-plots. Again, it had a good ending so I really thought it should've stopped there.
I probably won't be reading the 4th book since most of the major characters will now be replaced with new peeps who probably don't have any better personalities than the first set.
Rating - Mid
Saturday, March 07, 2015
The setting is odd in that it takes the names and empires from historical Earth, like the British and Dutch empires, and mixes them in with the forefront of space. This is combined with actual historical references such as the whole colonization period, the East India Company, slavery, and the triangle trade. It's interesting, but I would've rather liked the setting to be more original.
The book is fairly short, relatively speaking, and that may be why it seems so underdeveloped and superficial, but yeah I see where the whole plot is going and it isn't worth the time.
Rating - Low
Monday, March 02, 2015
The story and characters were fair, but there's definitely a difference between authors' writing styles. Unfortunately this author isn't as good as others I've read recently. The plot still moved along, but you don't have a much of a connection to them. It's like watching a cartoon vs watching a real drama with actors. I found it interesting to read about a story where a British spaceship is taking the lead vs. that of an American ship...very different perspective.
Anyway, I'll finish up this series, but that will probably be it for me.
Rating - Mid