Month: May 2012

Movie Review: Men in Black 3 , Drive

Men in Black 3:

I finally got some time off work and was able to catch up with some movies.  The first movie I want to discuss is Men in Black 3.  I was sorta excited to see this movie.  Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones team up once again as Agent J and Agent K.  This time agent J has to travel back in time to save K’s life in present.

I really liked the first Men in Black movie, and I’m sure plenty of you out there did as well.  I was hoping this time around they might make it at least as good as the first one.  Unfortunately, I can’t say it did.  The movie was not bad, but I thought it lacked a little more excitement or comedy.  Sometimes the movie hung a bit between some of the quieter scenes between Agent J and Agent K.   I did like Jemaine Clement’s performance as the evil alien.  You can barely recognize him in all the alien make up, but he does a terrific job at playing the bad guy.  The movie was pretty well done.  Just not as exciting as I had hoped.

P.S:  If you haven’t seen Jemaine before, check out The Flight of the Conchords. The show is silly, but hilarious.

As far as the 3D part, I can barely notice the 3D after a few minutes.  This happens to me for more 3D movies.  My eyes seem to adjust to the movie and I don’t notice anything really standing out after a while.  I don’t think it’s worth the 16 movie ticket to see the movie in 3D.  But it sure is nice to see the movie on the HD digital projectors.  The technology and crispness of the picture just doesn’t compare anymore to the old school projectors.

Drive: 

Drive

Drive is not recent, but it deserves a review.  I was actually more inspired to write about this movie than any of the other movies I have seen lately.  This movie centers around a young stunt driver that moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals.  This sounds like a great plot already, but unfortunately the movie doesn’t exactly have a great script.  The dialogue in the movie is very minimal and the characters are a little flat.  But there is much to say about the cinematography of this movie.

The movie starts off with a great soundtrack playing. Even the opening credits are well thought out.  They are in a hot pink, 80’s graphic font, that match the opening song.  The movie is full of great shots and angles.  Even Ryan Gosling’s character, only referred to as The Driver, is dressed and framed to look gorgeous in all his scenes.

This movie had a lot of potential.  The characters could have been developed more with deeper background stories. Likewise, the bad guys seemed stereotypical Mafiosos.  The movie also lacked a bit more action.  Which is what I believe is what it was originally advertised as.

With all it’s faults, if you love cinema and want to see a film with great artistic style watch Drive.  It will leave you wanting just a little more, but I think its worth a watch.

Good Times at the Hard Rock Casino

My birthday just passed and it was a big one…30.  Well they say you are only as old as you feel, so I guess I’m about…12 🙂

Anyways, I got a Boo plushy which is awesome and got to go to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.  If you haven’t been there I highly suggest you do.  It has tons of bars and clubs, gambling and just a pretty chill place.

Food for thought on Google and Google +

Just wanted to share a pretty interesting newscast about Google and their recent incident with the FTC.  The convo also goes into the topic of Google +.

The Report: Tech News and Geek Culture, EP 006 – Google by KoPoint

So after listening to the newscast, I had to formulate my own opinion:

First, I love Google Maps and their street views.  After shopping for properties online, the street views helped out so much.  The first time I ever saw this cool application, I was amazed and slightly concerned.  It captures everything going on as the google car passes by, and no one is even aware they might be caught on camera for all the Internet to see.  The whole concept of privacy is thrown out the window.  Yes, it’s out in the public but shouldn’t you be aware you are being caught on camera?  Shouldn’t you be warned whatever you put online is public no matter what settings you use, what firewall you are using etc. 

Everything you do, browsing, downloading, sending emails can be traced.  Even the pictures you post online from your phone has encrypted data to locate where you took that picture from.  Your phone GPS is probably on right now.  Security cameras, wifi zones, cellphones, GPS units are great technologies.  But really, there is no such thing as privacy anymore.  Employers can now look your social networks up and learn more about you from that than your application or interview.  I just think data mining is way to excessive now a days.

The other topic that the newscast discussed was Google +.  I do like a few features on Google + as opposed to other social networks.  The Google Hangouts are unique and fun.  Basically, it’s webcaming with several people at the same time. The other thing I like about Google + is the fact that the subjects discussed or posted by people are much more interesting on Google than Facebook or Twitter.  My hypothesis on this is the people.  I have about 200 people I follow on Google and they are strangers.  I believe people are more guarded on FB or Twitter.  News, articles, science and politics seem more prevalent on Google +.  That is just my observation.  Other people have created an account, and never post, or have already deactivated the account.

The one feature I don’t like much is that everything is merged on Google.  I actually like things being separate.  This kinda goes back to my feelings about privacy being gone.  When I log into my GMail, I’m automatically in Google +, my passwords are all interlinked.  This worries me from a security aspect.  The final thing that is cool and worrisome at the same time is the amount of foreign people that have me in their circle. About 2000 unsolicited people who have added me to their circles. I don’t know them.  Some of them don’t even post things in English.  How safe is that?  Why are they following me? No one ever introduces themselves online either.  I just can’t tell if they are nice people who just want to follow anyone, or  their robots spamming, or data mining. 

Anyways, I hope this is interesting for techies and not so techie people out there.  I would like to know your opinion as well.  Do you like Google/Google +?  Do you feel the Internet has thrown out your privacy?  Or do you not care either way?

Movie Review: The Avengers

I was lucky enough to get tickets to a pre-screening of the Avengers this week.  The showing was at 6:30pm only a few hours before the Midnight release, but hey I was still lucky.  It was crazy to see people camping out already at 6pm for the midnight showing.  But I can understand since the movie was  great!
It takes all the recent Marvel movies, their characters, and teams everyone up to fight against Loki, Thor’s brother.  The movie combines action, comedy, a pretty well thought out plot and cool characters.
The biggest surprise to me was Hulk.  Although I love super hot Thor, Hulk stole the show here.  I had my doubts about Mark Ruffalo playing Bruce Banner, after seeing Edward Norton do such a great job.  However, it worked out pretty well.
Another character that shined in this movie was the Black Widow played byScarlett Johansson . I love it when Hollywood finally makes a lead girl character into someone that is smart, pretty and just plain bad ass.
Anyways, I greatly enjoyed this movie and believe people from any age group will enjoy it.  Plus I like the free stuff I got as well from the screening 🙂

Adam “MCA” Yauch from the Beastie Boys has passed away

Oh no.  A celebrity I actually like has passed away. Adam “MCA” Yauch died afer battling cancer for a few years. The Beastie Boys is one of my favorite music groups/rappers of all time. Silly lyrics at times, but still cool guys.

Aww…RIP.

Adam Yauch: The Conscience of the Beastie Boys

Fight For Your Right (Revisited):

Movie Review: The Five Year Engagement

Another funny yet truthful comedy co-written and starring Jason Segel.  The Five Year Engagement is basically that.  A couple gets engaged but life just keeps finding a way to interrupt their plans.  And just like in real life, some couples may drift apart after being together for so long.

Although this is a romantic comedy I think there is a lot of toilet/sexual humor that will be thoroughly enjoyed by men and women.  The acting was not too bad either.  It had a great cast of comedians and serious actors.  Chris Pratt and Alison Brie stole all the scenes they were in.

As you can tell, I would recommend watching the movie. I don’t believe this movie was very well advertised. I didn’t even know about it until a friend invited me to go watch it. Either way, it was very enjoyable so go watch!