Monday, March 04, 2019

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (Animated 2018)

Pretty good Disney flick, very reminiscent of the first movie and Big Hero 6. It's funny that I don't recall cartoons really having deeper lessons other than your average GI Joe post-credits of not being a dumbass when left home alone. Oh the 80s. Like the whole theme in this film was about friendships, change, and being insecure. Deep stuff for an average chitlin. I didn't learn about those lessons until way later in life.

Anyway, the movie was as expected and it went pretty quick. Trailers these days show too much of the movie. They had some good scenes to describe the Internet and technology in general so that was interesting. There wasn't much additional character building, as most of that was already done in the first. No real complaints though, but it wasn't as good as the first comparatively. That is as expected for most animated flicks.
Rating - B

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Night School (Comedy 2018)

Sometimes it's best to just trust the reviews. Man this movie was trash. I couldn't get through it and it's been a while since I've seen something so generic that it could've been shot by a middle-schooler. Everything about this movie was simplistic and stupid. I can't even use the word immature because it was beyond that. Whoever wrote the screenplay for this junk should be tossed out an airlock. What a waste of money through and through.
Rating - F

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Intel Hades Canyon NUC

It's funny I can't seem to learn my lesson with these NUCs considering how long I actually owned the Skull Canyon for. Maybe I really wanted to test out the Vega M GPU to see if it could actually game.

So yeah since I already knew how a regular run-of-the-mill ITX build would perform, I wanted to test out this new NUC package to see how small it was and how it performed. To quickly summarize, it actually did what it was supposed to do. The i7 processor was noticeably faster than my ultrabook laptop and I was able to play any game I had in my Steam library at 1080p on High or Ultra High settings. Note that I haven't been AAA gaming for some time, but the machine could handle whatever I threw at it.

The power brick was huge and that was a turn-off, but the rest of the machine functioned pretty much perfectly. Was it worth the money though? No. In my research I noticed that if I got a Lenovo Thinkpad P1, I could get an equally-fast i7 processor, a comparable GPU that could game, and I would only need to pay a few hundred more.

I'd commend Intel for staying the course with these NUC systems though. They're cool pieces of technology that I'd recommend to anyone who wants a desktop, but doesn't want to stay with the old school builds, but for everyone else I think there are comparable laptops that may be better in terms of capabilities.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

A Star Is Born (Drama 2018)

Anyone who knows me also knows that I don't like either Country music or "odd" music as a general rule. Music is one of those things that is personal to a person and they can like or dislike whatever...kinda like how I still can't stand The Doors or any other 70s stuff. So it was a random mix of happenstance that on a certain Friday, I was encouraged to go to the theater to watch this. I normally would've totally bypassed this movie because it isn't my thing.

Surprisingly though, I guess I'm glad that my horizons were broadened because I was actually very impressed with the acting and writing that this film had. Both Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga did really fantastic work. I didn't know either of them could act so well. The music tried to be the highlight of course, and that still didn't really change with me and my opinions, but in general I know that it was well done even though it's not my cup of tea. As a film this was very good and well put together so now I know why there was some talk about the movie.
Rating - A

Monday, January 28, 2019

First Man (Drama 2018)

Yeah this was a pretty damn good movie. I always liked Apollo 13, but even that film as a drama was getting a bit long in the tooth. This movie takes a similar feel and concept and wraps it around great acting and a more concentrated look at the astronauts, their families, and the everyday emotions of being in their lives. I definitely enjoyed the pace and style.

Some may say that it was too slow and kinda artsy at times, but it really worked for a modern film in 2019. It didn't have the fast pace music and drama of a quality 90s flick, but instead it used both silent scenes and very specific music at poignant scenes to invoke emotion. Well done.
Rating - A+

Monday, January 21, 2019

John Wick: Chapter 2 (Action 2017)

Fun movie. This one was better than the first by a thin margin as it kinda had a story to go along with all the action. I think the director and story writers just ramped it up some after the success of the first film. Not much else to elaborate on besides the sick choreographed gunfight scenes and the mysterious background universe. I'm sure the 3rd one will have even more plot.
Rating - B

Saturday, January 19, 2019

John Wick (Action 2014)

It's funny I have no idea how I missed this movie. I mean I did hear about it here and there over the years, but I was never inclined enough to rent it. That is, of course, after the trailer for the 3rd one just got released and a few peeps at work were talking about it.

The movie was fairly entertaining, but it's pretty much all action and lacks a structured story. Keanu does his fair share of killing, but I think it's the choreography of all of the sequences that makes it pretty badass. I dig. So if you haven't watched it already and you enjoy something like the ending scene from Heat without the story, then this one is definitely worth it. I'll try to fit in number two soon and then three when it comes out as well.
Rating - B