Friday, May 05, 2006

Review: M:I:3

I just got done watching M:I:3 with brother John. It was the most entertaining thing I've seen in a good while. Good story, good action, good plot twists, GREAT villian, and of course Cruise running. Cruise likes to run. He does it alot in this movie.

I've only really gotten into J.J. Abrams stuff this past winter starting with Alias season 1 and of course the craziness that is LOST and I dig this guys shit. He is a creative mo-fo and he's got his style all over M:I:3. Go see it. If you're not a big fan...go see it for this reason:

SUPERMAN TRAILER on the big screen....ohhhhhhhhh joy.

We actually got a lot of good trailers. Supes, Nacho Libre, Pirates 2, and then they threw in X3...egh. 3 out of 4 ain't bad.

Hello ladies.

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Wendy's is that way.

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right before I break it...haha j.k

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Come and knock on our door....

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Backyard

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Kitchen

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Unc's Booze wall haha j.k

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Living Room

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the new house.

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Visiting Auntie Connie's new house.

This Thursday I went with my mom and Auntie Imelda to visit Auntie Connie's house in Tinley. It's pretty damn cool and the neighborhood is really quiet and it's so clean there. I got some photos.

Legends Return

The two legends I'm talking about are Superman and Jean Claude Van Damme. YEAH THAT'S RIGHT. I'll talk a bout Superman in a minute, right now I want to tell you about Van Damme's latest DTV effort. (that's direct to video)..see I just spelled it out what a waste.


Review: Second in Command

Anyway, the movie I'm talking about is Second in Command. I had rented it that same day I went to build LEGOS downtown. This isn't your typical Van Damme movie of the '90s. As he gets older, his movie choices seem to be improving in terms of him actually acting dramatically and not spitting out the great one liner's of yore. The content of the films action wise have also been decreased and focused more on character development and a story line.

However, they aren't the greatest plots in the world but they seem to be working for him. This latest movie goes like this.

A former Navy S.E.A.L. arrives at a new post in a Eastern European nation. But the day he gets there, armed rebles have taken the capital city, killed a U.S. Ambassador and is threatening to overthrow the new President. The U.S. Forces are hours away and he's got to hold down the fort. So its kind of like the Alamo. But with Van Damme.

The movie isn't too bad and its great for a rent. I of course will buy this movie because I'm pretty much a Van Damme freak and for some reason I love his movies.

My problems with the movie are that its shot like its trying to be the show "24". It's very shaky cam and the fights are cut like shit. Stupid slow mo scenes ruin the build up and the actual fight that takes place and it totally sucks because you don't feel the power of the spin kicks as much. It's not even Good Slo-Mo, "John Woo" Slo-Mo For great Van Dammage, rent LIONHEART or the fantastically slow HARD TARGET.

There isn't that much Van Dammage in this movie anyhow and the scenes that do have it are cut together poorly. He is pretty vicious when he fights though and does go for the jugular. Rent IN HELL for more hardcore Dammage.

There is a good amount of gunplay and the pacing is really good. Van Damme says "Hostages" and "You okay?" alot and its GREAT.

All the other characters are pretty much crappy and majority of the time they annoy the hell out of you. The only other known actor is some black guy from DOOM. Man that movie's awesome.

Boy I do love my crappy action movies.


Review: Superman Trailer

Man I got the cream jeans when I saw this....

and I'm so happy that there is a new Superman movie coming out AND it's in June. I've been getting my Superman fix with buying the animated seasons and Smallville of course...but this movie is the mack daddy of crack and I can't wait to smoke it.

Nolan got Batman right, Singer got Supes right....now about that crappy X3 people are talking about......yeah lets not go there.

Downtown with LEGOS

This past Tuesday, I audtioned to be a LEGO model builder for LEGOland California. I was pretty excited and felt like an underdog because I haven't played with LEGOS in forever. But anyways, I took the Orange Line and headed to ILIA Chicago Campus and was greeted with fellow builders. I was suppose to be on Channel 2 News but I didn't know where to go for the interview so sadly my beautiful face wasn't on the 6 O' Clock run. But anyways, they asked me a bunch of questions filled out some forms and then I had to build a pirate themed Lego piece in under an hour. I tried my best and built this skull and cross bones kind of a thing but it wasn't as good compared to the other people who went. Either way, it was a good time and a great way to spend a Tuesday afternoon. I wasn't chosen as a finalist but at least I can say I did it. Check out the finalist here. I should play with LEGOS more often.

http://www.legolandmodelbuilder.com/

Feed the Rock....

I went to Starve Rock about a week ago and had a really good time.

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/i&m/east/starve/park.htm

I went with a bunch of people from work and I never I'd have as much fun. We pretty much hiked for 8-10 Miles or so and spent the whole day on the trails and looking at the awesome scenery. We also stopped to take pictures of the various canyons and waterfalls that were along the way. We got pretty stupid and played like lil kids. Of course it was raining that day and it made it wet and muddy and just as fun. I fell in the water face first and it sucked but I didn't care because I was wet anyways....I do wish I would have worned like sweat pants or athletic pants instead of stupid jeans. It was nice and some what of a vacation only because I wasn't at home or at work. Even though I was with work friends, we didn't really talk about that and got to know each other alot better. It was definitely good times.

If I get a hold of some pictures, I'll post some up in the weeks to come...if not use your imagination of me falling into water surrounded by rocks and trees and shit.