Sign of the Times?

I’ve noticed a horrible trend lately. Ever since Trump became president, hate groups have been crawling out of the woodwork in droves. Yes, they have always existed but they are a lot more vocal now. Not liking where this is going.

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Another Movie Night

Finally got around to seeing “War for the Planet of the Apes”. While not as good as the first two installments of the current rebooting, it is still an enjoyable adventure. Caesar and his group of apes just want to be left alone in the woods to live in peace, but of course many humans fearing extinction want to wipe them out. Try as the apes might to avoid confrontation, humans attack and set off a chain reaction that finally gets us to the climax of the story. Patience is needed though as some parts do get a bit slow, they could have actually gotten away with keeping it to two hours. You really do need to see the first two movies to understand this one though, which is as it should be in a series of movies.

The action sequences are well done, most of the cgi is unnoticeable, a few nods to the original Planet of the Apes series of movies, and Andy Serkis does a great job in bringing out Caesar’s internal conflicts with very little words. The main bad guy though comes across as more of a jerk than a military leader. A lot of character study going on in this film on both sides. Not an Oscar winning masterpiece but enjoyable nonetheless. I give 7.5 out of 10. If you’re a fan of the franchise, definitely give it a watch.

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While at work tonight I was flipping through the tv guide menu and I found something mildly amusing. In a normal guide description of a movie or tv show, you would see the names of one or two of the lead actors before seeing the brief synopses of the show. Anyways, one channel was playing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Instead of displaying the names of the main actors (Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver), they list Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. Harrison Ford was in a decent portion of the film, but he was not the lead character. As for Mark Hamill, the man was only in the film for literally 10 seconds at the end! Really tv guide people?

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What Can Turn the Warmest Person Cold?

A lie is a lie is a lie is a lie, no matter how tiny or seemingly insignificant. Having been lied to all of my life by pretty much everyone in my life at some point, some even all the time, I have grown to detest liars. I consider myself to be a very warm and affectionate person sometimes to a fault. I love way too much. Lie to me though and you will see just how cold and distant I can turn, and once I grow cold on a person I tend to never warm back up to them.

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Whatever Happened to Class?

I’d really like to know what happened and when when it comes to men trying to get a woman’s attention. Used to, a guy would often try some cheesy pickup line or some grand gesture when he thought a girl was hot. These days it seems that the males of the human variety have lost all of their artistic know-how and resort to shoving a pick of their penis in front of our eyes, sometimes even before they even have a decent conversation first. Seriously guys, I don’t know any woman who finds that remotely cute. I’m all for admiring the male form as a work of art much like the artists of antiquity who would paint or carve figures of exquisite detail but please, if you’re trying to impress a girl, start off with a smile and a hello. Win her over with your personality first. Opening up a dialogue with a dick pic shows a lack of class and is a quick way to get blocked.

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Happy Birthday Benedict

Happy birthday to the one man I admire most, Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch – 7/19/1976. May his star continue to shine bright for many years to come.

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Well Played

Spider-Man Homecoming has got to be the best Spider-Man movie so far. Tom Holland nails it as Peter Parker/Spider-Man who, after his exciting adventure with The Avengers, must try to get back to being a normal teenager. Of course, the young man wants to prove himself as a hero and cannot resist when more adventure crops up causing the occasional intervention of mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man. Michael Keaton is awesome as the story’s main villain, Vulture, who is intent on obtaining alien weapons.

Thankfully, the powers that be did not feel the need to rehash an origin story. A great mix of story with an actual plot, character development, and action laced with some nice special effects that are not too over the top. Columbia Pictures made a wise decision to partner with Marvel Studios who has a good track record of churning out quality superhero films. A definite must watch for any Spidey fan and a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. An 8.5 out of 10.

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