Shopping at Costco and being excited about a power-washer is what life has become for Frank Moses. On this trip, though, Frank runs into his old acquaintance, Marvin, who is convinced that forces are after them once again. As much as Frank would like to believe that Marvin is diluted and paranoid, he has to at least question Marvin’s stance as he watches Marvin’s vehicle being blown up in the parking lot. Even at the funeral Frank does not truly believe Marvin is dead, even going so far as to test Marvin’s corpse as it lies in the coffin. After the funeral, Frank finds himself escorted off by government agents and into the path of danger. Those that have subdued him are asking about operation “Nightshade”, of which Frank does not know. While captive, another agency tries to kill Frank but luckily enough for him Marvin has in fact staged his death and is there to save Frank. Now the two must find out what “Nightshade” is and escape the agencies and assassins out to kill them.
On a production level, there is no lacking for this film. Camera work and sound are exceptional on the Blu-ray copy that I watched. Nothing looks fake but the look and feel of the film have a comic tinge that speaks to Red’s roots. Screenplay wise, however, it feels a little flawed. Some elements of the story don’t blend as well as the should and feel forced if not out-of-place at times. To make up for it there is no shortage of gun play and explosions to keep you entertained. Even the humorist will be entertained with the banter and gags.
Much like the Expendables 2, this movie pulls back together a cast that made a feel good revival of old-time movie stars. It’s good to see and watch these actors continuing to do new and interesting work. Movies based on graphic novels(aka comic books) used to be considered passe or beneath Hollywood but the trend continues with embracing this genre and cashing in on it by making movies of them. I am not opposed to this as long as they entertain me and others. I won’t say that this movie was as good as it could have been or had the charm of the original. I have a particular problem with Mary-Louise Parker’s role going from a sweet, naive woman to being that obnoxious girlfriend that you want to go away. Her scene seducing The Frog stood out as extremely disturbing, unbelievable, and out-of-place. What pulled me through and made the movie worth overlooking all the blemishes was John Malkovich. Even when he is in the background he can steal the scene. I found myself watching him no matter what else was happening on-screen.
I’m going to tell you to watch this movie if you haven’t seen it already. The entertainment value out weighs the issues within the film. This movie was another one that I borrowed but the $17.99 seems just fine that Amazon is asking for the viewing trifecta.
The base story of the game is on a future when aliens are exterminating all human life and your job is to get the last humans off of the planet. That’s it.
This is a great arcade shooter with a game dynamic I don’t recall playing before. The game is in the style of Galaga where you face hordes of enemies that must be destroyed. What is not like Galaga is that it is a side scroller more like the style of R-type. But is differs from R-type in that it is an infinite side scroller by flying the ship in a continuous circle. I didn’t think this was going to work well but after the first game I was convinced to keep playing. Saving humans will earn you upgrades to weapons or other items like temporary shields.
The game is pretty short but re-play value is high. There are only five basic missions to go through but your can change the difficulty level from rookie to experienced to veteran to master. Three different ships are also available that have slightly different weapons. On-line co-op play is also available but it may be hard to find a game with another play. I’ve had limited success with matchmaking but it was well worth playing on a harder level with the help of another player.
I don’t know if it would be worth the $14.99 the PlayStation Store is asking for but it is a great freebie that is part of the Playstation Plus membership.
As promised, we will be streaming some South Park: The Stick of Truth gameplay this evening. It will be starting around 6pm Eastern time. Tune back here or at Twitch just before that time.
We’ll start at the dashboard and go into the game. I’ve taken the liberty of downloading the day one update already to save some time. It was only 14MB anyway.
Update: The stream is over. Thank you if you stopped by. If you didn’t, well…maybe next time. I think Twitch dropped at one point or my connection to it did. Either way we tried and had fun playing the game. Going to be playing a lot more of it.
I think I just watched a really bad Die Hard remake. Hear me out on this one(possible spoilers).
Protecting the Speaker of the House should be a good job, but John Cale aspires for more. To impress his alienated daughter, he is trying to get a spot on the President’s Secret Service protection detail. He has used his connections to secure an interview and has decided to take his daughter with him to the White House. Unfortunately, the interview does not go well but he does not let his daughter know. They decide to take the White House tour while they are there and this is when things begin to unravel. A bomb has gone off in the Capitol Building and the White House has gone in to lockdown trapping the tour group inside. To make matters worse, terroristic forces have now seized the White House. John Cale must now save his daughter, the President, and democracy.
Where do you start with this movie? Let’s go with the cast. The cast consists of a moderately impressive list of actors that you’ve heard of or at least have seen before. Channing Tatum being the big “star” with Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhall, and James Woods supporting. Too bad they had to lend their acting credentials to a story that had more holes in it than a block of swiss cheese. The writing effort on this film was the most insufferable part. I don’t think a lot if any research was done on this one to make it accurate as to how the government would handle such a situation. Including the monuments in the city might be the only accurate part of this film. The film relied upon chance and coincidence too many times to make it anywhere near believable. As for special effects, not that they looked bad but they didn’t blend in as well as they could have.
Why do I think this is a Die Hard rip off, and a bad one at that? Look at the similarities. First, character name – Die Hard: John McClain, White House Down: John Cale. Secondly, both are cops, New York vs. D.C.. Each character gets caught in a building that is taken over by terrorist. In each movie, a member of the hero’s family is also trapped in the building, wife vs. daughter. In moving around the building, they end up on top of an elevator and in a crawl space. Both hero’s acquire radios from the terrorists to listen in on them. How could you not notice that both end up running around saving the world in a white tank top? You’ve even got the villains lined up to match. James Woods takes Alan Rickman’s role. Even the secondary villain is a copy. The hero kills the guy’s “brother”, he swears that he will kill the hero, then they have a big fight scene together. Even the crime being committed is a cover for another crime in both movies. In White House Down, the President is held for ransom but the real plot is to steal the presidency. In Die Hard the hostages are being held to get political prisoners freed but the crime is robbing a vault.
Of the two movies ruining the White House under siege theme, this one comes in second place. If you are still compelled to see it, Amazon has the trifecta copy for about $19 and I’m not sure that is a good deal for this. I borrowed this to watch it and was glad I saved the money. Too bad mama was the one that paid for this and now she doesn’t want to talk about it.
Why is a chair in a box? Because it’s not assembled. I decided to make an investment in a decent office chair for my workspace. I did not intend to invest as much as I did but this was the most comfortable chair I tried while at Staples. The Hyken Technical Task Chair, model 23481, is the chair I speak of.
The box is…well, a box. Behold its glory.
Then you open it and start seeing the pieces.
When you start pulling everything thing out, you find things like the arms, the tilt control, and the stem.
You’ll also find the base and the wheels.
Don’t forget about the parts you’ll spend most of your time with over the life of the chair like the seat, back, and headrest.
That is what you get in this box. Once it is unpacked it is time for the assembly.
The chair is not difficult to assemble. It would have gone faster if I had realized they provide the allen wrench you need. I spent as much time looking for one as I did assembling the chair. When I was pulling out the last bolts I found the wrench they intend you to use. Overall assembly time was under an hour and you can do it quicker by using the tool they give you rather than finding your own like an idiot.