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He Shoots, He Scores

I was trying to avoid doing this but now I will score my reviews using a half-point scale. I just wanted to be different. If you would like to see my reviews, you can here. I honestly just wanted an excuse to use that line as a title.

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Oh Hell Yes! (Sharknado 3 Oh Hell No! Review)

Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) are now remarried and are expecting another child. After a trip to Washington D.C. to receive a medal from current president Marcus Robbins (Marc Cuban) for his heroic actions during the events in the first 2 films, another sharknado strikes destroying the capital. Fearing that his family is in danger, he heads to Orlando. What he doesn’t know is that a sharknado is following him while another is attacking Orlando. Now he and those he runs into on the way to Orlando must work together to try to stop the sharknados before they combine to form a sharkicane with the potential to destroy the entire East Coast.

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The Reasons for My Future Disappearance

I play video games on occasion. I’m not good at too many of them but I still enjoy playing. A few summers ago, I decided to invest a lot of money into building a decent gaming desktop. Basically I just got some of the most expensive components they had at the time. The only limit I had was my credit card limit. I will say that it has performed admirably since then. My PC game collection has also grown since then with 130+ games on my hard drive. Most of those are on my Steam account where most of those were purchased impulsively during their various sales. I will admit to not having played at least half of my games seeing that since they were bought impulsively, I thought that buying them was a good idea at the time but I don’t exactly feel that way now.

Along those lines, I also decided to join the most recent console generation. I got myself a PS4 at Best Buy last boxing day. I got an open box Last of Us bundle for about $25 less but after having gone through what I had to go through, it was definitely not worth it. The download code for The Last of Us on the card that came with my bundle was already used. When I spoke to Sony about it, they offered to give me another code if I offered proof that I purchased the console. Unfortunately for me, my receipt said that I purchased a Destiny bundle which was probably how they had it programmed in their system. When I went back to Best Buy with this, they offered to let me exchange my open box console for another with the chance that the download code coming with the new console isn’t used. Because I did not have my console on me at the time, the Best Buy I went to did not have any more open box console bundles, and that I did not want to take that risk again, I gave up. I hadn’t learned my lesson yet. I went to the Future Shop across the street (back when they still existed, Canadian reference) and got the physical copy. With the amount I saved on the original console bundle, I went slightly over breaking even so it wan’t too bad.

The reasons for my future disappearance are the 4 PS4 games I’ve pre-ordered recently:

1. Until Dawn

It’s like you’re playing in your own horror movie.

2. Metal Gear Solid 5

I’ve always been a fan of the series and I never got the chance to play MGS4. I’m also curious as to how Snake’s voice change will affect the game.

3. Uncharted Collection

I’ve known about this series for a long time but I never got to play any of them since I never had a PS3. All 3 games remastered for PS4 make this a great deal and is a great opportunity for someone like me.

4. Fallout 4

I’ve always been a fan of the Fallout series and I talked a little bit about it here.

Beep Beep Boop (Pixels Review)

When a race of aliens intercept a videotape containing footage of classic video games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they decide to attack Earth using those games as weapons. In order to combat them, President Will Cooper (Kevin James) recruits his old childhood friend and former classic video game champion and current “nerd installer” Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), to lead a team of classic video game players Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad) and Eddie Plant (Peter Dinklage) and also a colonel and weapons developer Violet van Patten (Michelle Monaghan) to try to save the planet.

After reading some of the other reviews for this film, I found that most people did not like this film. I understood some of their points but I didn’t think it is as bad as they made it out to be. I just want to say that despite the fact that the trailer makes it look like the film is for kids, it is not. This film is recommended for at least teens. Adam Sandler’s films this last decade have been rather hit or miss but mostly misses and this one is not a miss but is not quite a hit either. Just like his films, the jokes in this one are hit or miss but in this case, they are mostly hits with some misses. The acting in this film wasn’t remarkable either. Adam Sandler plays the same character he has played in numerous other films. The role could have probably been played by another actor and be just as good if not better. Kevin James is serviceable as President Cooper.  Josh Gad was good as the clumsy, fat guy Ludlow and got to recite some of the film’s funniest one-liners. Peter Dinklage’s Eddie was arguably trying too hard. Michelle Monaghan’s Violet was ok but had no chemistry with Sam which made their romantic scenes a little cringe-worthy and unbelievable. Sure the story doesn’t make too much sense either but the film wasn’t meant to be taken seriously and does a decent job of not taking itself too seriously either. For me, the best part of the film has to be the special effects. The way in which they bring all the classic video games to life was rather good. All of the classic video games of the 80s were well represented which was appreciated. The way in which people go in and out of pixelation and how environments got destroyed via pixelation was nice to see. I was also curious as to how they were able to alter old 80s video footage as well (I won’t spoil why this happens). This film is nowhere near the best film of the year and will probably not be on any best of thew year lists but I was entertained. If you just turn off your brain and suspend belief and except what you are given, I think you’d all enjoy it too.

Score: 6.5/10

If you liked this, please read my other reviews here.

Where the Paper Streets Have no Name (Paper Towns Review)

Quentin (Nat Wolff) is a young and shy high school senior about to graduate. He has always played it safe and lives his life within a narrow comfort zone. Within a few weeks of graduation, he is in for a night of his life when Margo (Cara Delevingne), the most popular student at his high school and a girl he has known since childhood, enlists him to help her play pranks on some of her friends that have wronged her. The next day, she suddenly is missing. With the help of his two best friends Ben (Austin Abrams) and Radar (Justice Smith) and others, they try to decipher clues that she left behind, Quentin goes on a mission to find the girl who he has now fallen in love with and made him feel alive.

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It’s a Small World Afterall (Ant-Man Review)

After being forced out from his company by his former assistant Darren Cross (Corey Stoll), Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) recruits Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a thief who has just been released from prison. Thanks to the training of Pym and his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lily), Scott becomes Ant-Man. To be Ant-man. Scott is given a suit that allows him to shrink his size and grow back, possess superhuman strength and the ability to control different types of ants. He uses it and his merry team of misfits to prevent Cross from performing the same technology, found within his Yellowjacket suit, and using it as a weapon for evil.

The first thing you’ll notice about this film is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. No one follows this more than Paul Rudd in his performance as Scott Lang/Ant-Man. He comes off as likeable and his smartly uses his comedic background at the appropriate times. The trio of him along with Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lily work well together and the chemistry which these three have made their scenes very enjoyable. The story, albeit predictable, comes secondary to the performances which are excellent across the board, especially that of Michael Pena’s scene-stealing comedic performance as Scott’s friend Luis. Corey Stoll did well with what little he had as Cross who’s underdeveloped character who does not appear too threatening as the film’s main villain. These shortcomings are quickly forgotten when we bear witness to the film’s amazing visual effects. The many transitions from big to small were done well and effectively created each feeling by playing with perspectives and proportions. For those concerned about this film’s connection to the overall MCU, there are plenty of references to films new and old to keep even the diehard fans engaged. I was able to catch a few and I am sure there are more that I missed. Of course there are scenes in the middle of the credits and at the end that will offer some reveals to the future of the MCU that I will obviously not spoil but you probably already knew that. The film’s biggest action scene, as shown in the trailers, is the best part of the film as it cleverly juxtaposes the characters and their respective sizes with the world around them with the camera smartly zooming in and out as the characters are constantly changing sizes. The film does start off a little slowly compared to other Marvel films but the choice to introduce and flesh-out all of the characters which made me care for them more. Instead of throwing in gratuitous explosions and the like some action films do, the film logically builds up its action sequences making them feel more memorable. In terms of other MCU phase 2 films, this one has to be the funniest one and the funniest MCU film overall since the first Avengers film. To me, this debut film for Ant-Man is the second best debut film (behind the first Iron Man and slightly better than the first Captain America). Knowing what I know now, I can’t wait for Captain America: Civil War.

Score: 8.5/10

If you liked this, please read my other reviews here.

Simply The Best (Mid-Year Report)

Lets create some ambiance to start …

I’ve seen a lot of movies. Some are better than others. I thought that being just past half way through the year that I should rank the movies I’ve seen. Below are the top 10 movies of 2015 (disclaimer: I did not include the 2014 movies I saw at the beginning of 2015).

1. Ex Machina (review)

2. Inside Out (review)

3. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (review)

4. Trainwreck (review)

5. Spy

6. Selma

7. Kingsman: The Secret Service

8. It Follows

9. Furious 7

10. Unfriended

So that’s it. If something better comes along (which is likely), I will update this list accordingly.

Wreck-it Ralph (Trainwreck Review)

Trailer (NSFW)

After her parents divorced at a young age, magazine writer Amy Townsend’s (Amy Schumer) father tells her and her sister that monogamy just isn’t realistic. Since then, she has adopted promiscuity as her credo. Despite living a uninhibited life void of commitment, she gets into a rut. When she is unwillingly assigned to write a profile about a charming sports doctor Aaron Connors (Bill Hader), she starts to fall in love with him, which would be a first for her, and he starts to fall in love with her. With this, she starts to wonder if it’s time for her to change.

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Machina Mess in Here (Ex Machina Review)

Sometime in the future, young coder Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) who works for one of the most prominent tech companies, believed he has been selected as a winner in a contest run by his company. Little did he know, he was selected to participate in an unorthodox experiment. Caleb soon travels from his office job to the isolated home/research facility of his boss, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) for a week visit. While hidden away in his home, Nathan was working on an advanced artificial intelligence named Ava (Alicia Vikander) and he then reveals to Caleb that the true purpose of his visit is to act as a consultant so he can administer a Turing Test: it’s purpose is to determine if an artificial intelligence’s personality and self-awareness is equal or greater than a human being or if it’s imperceptible to another human being.

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