Hateful Eight..

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The Hateful Eight

I know its late,  but I just finished this little piece of cinema in all my spare time… Classic Tarantino.  Its almost like QT is the anti-Sandler.  They both have a clique of actors they constantly work with but instead of utter garbage, QT puts out generally decent,  and sometimes classic movies(Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs).  This was on the better end of the spectrum and Samuel L really made it fun.  It’s almost like he just has such a great time doing  these films that you can just see the joy in his eyes.  The whole cast did an exemplary job, actually.

Basically a bunch of folks end up in a remote rest stop during a blizzard in Wyoming, I think, and it all ends up in a world of shit.  That’s pretty much the film in a nutshell.  Its fun,  gory and worth watching.  3.5 out of 5 on the generic review scale.

Walking Dead Finale… sigh..(spoilers also)

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WTF

Well..I’m torn.  I watched the season 6 finale and I thought it was really good and fine way to finish off what I thought was the best season in a while.  Until the last 10 seconds.  I’ll explain later.

The episode did an excellent job of  building the tension.  The interactions with the Saviors at each route they tried was a nice mechanism to turn the crank as they vainly tried to get Maggie to the doctor at Hilltop.  And the dialog really set up season 7 based on what I believe happened at the end.  A couple lines involving Rick really highlighted the almost arrogance that he has seemed to develop.  The first was when that dummy Spencer asked if they should try and negotiate if the Saviors show up and Rick gave that smarmy smirk and said to tell them to wait for him. The second really telling moment was when Maggie told Rick that she believed in him.  This was a critical line. (I’ll get back to this)

There was also a really nice moment with Abraham and Eugene when he sacrificed himself to let the others get to Hilltop on foot.  It really felt like a good bye and it was bittersweet.

Now to the really issue I had with the episode.  First, I thought JDM was fantastic.  He really pulled it off. And he certainly has the charisma (and I’m told the looks) to pull of the Negan character.  A great introduction…  And then the last 10 seconds happened.  What the F was that?  Awful is what it was. I truly think the writers took it a step too far. I think they would have been much better served and had a much more positive response if they actually showed who was killed and ended on say…Maggie’s horror stricken face?

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Dead Man Walking

It had to be Glenn who met Lucille at the end.  I think that’s the case because they gave us a couple clues.  Namely the faith shown by Maggie in Rick and the group earlier in the episode and the promises Rick made to her. It kind of highlighted just how tight they are as a group to show how impactful Glenn’s hopefully smashed face is to them.  With Glenn being the chosen one, it will break Maggie from the group and that leads to other events down the road.

I’m still looking forward to the next season but that last ten seconds really dampened my enthusiasm.  Even after hearing the rationalizations that Kirkman and Gimple both gave on The Talking Dead (an amazing show btw), I still feel like it was the wrong choice.  A lot of real fans of the comic and the show were disappointed.

 

The worst part of the whole thing? This waste is still alive!!

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Walking Dead Finale Predictions

So Sunday will finally deliver us the 90 minute finale everyone wants to see.  There are a a bazillion predictions as to what will happen..  So here is another:

  1. Negan arrives. And it will be awesome.
  2. Someone we love will die.  (I’m guessing it will be Glen, or Daryl) – Either will make lots of people unhappy..
  3. Maggie loses/lost the baby.
  4. Lots of other people will die.
  5. Rick might lose something.
  6. Things are gonna be bad for our beloved group
  7. And of course,  that damned cockroach,  no-talent, awful Carl will survive.

 

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Red Rising Trilogy Review

 

Red Rising

So,  during my daily commute I tend to listen mostly to audio books.  Having an hour plus commute each way really lets me tear through them at a fairly quick pace and I frequently find myself buying extra credits from Audible.com. (I highly recommend it btw)

Anyway,  I recently completed the third installment of the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown and I wanted to put in my 2c. The story takes place in the far future where humans have terraformed  and populated Mars, the Moon (Luna) and various celestial bodies in the solar system.  And humanity is divided by class using a “color” scheme.  Golds sit at the top and conquered the rest of humanity a couple hundred years prior to the story. They took on a lot of Roman culture and social constructs yet have fantastic tech which they use to rule over the other Colors.  Obsidians are huge warriors that are imprisoned on the Poles of the planets and believe the Golds are the Norse Gods.  They are used for martial purposes and are of course slaves.  Grey’s are use mainly as soldiers and police. Silvers are tech centric, Oranges are medical, Pinks are prostitutes/sex slaves, Coppers are bankers and of course the Reds are used as slave labor in various endevours but they are most famous for being miners extracting Helium3 from deep inside Mars.

The story is based around a particular Red name Darrow of Lycos ,which is a mining city deep under Mars.  The Red believe that the surface of Mars is uninhabitable and they are digging out the lifeblood of the settlers trying to make it so.  This is, of course, a lie.  They are enslaved by the Golds and Mars is beautiful with majestic cities, lush gardens etc etc.

Anyway – Brown sucks you right in and makes Darrow someone you care about and then gets you on board with a pretty brutal event that kicks this whole ride off.  I’m not going to go into a ton of detail or even much more,  but the gist is that he leads a rebellion of sorts.

I really, really found this series enjoyable.  I loved most of the characters and at least twice I found myself with my heart pounding, adrenaline pumping  and almost gasping in shock/disbelief at certain points. Its a pretty rare book that gets me to that point. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the SciFi, Fantasy genre.  Mr. Brown did a great job and I look forward to whatever he puts out in the future.

 

TL;DR – If you like SciFi/Fantasy,  read or listen to this now! Fear the Reaper!

 

 

House of Cards Season 4 thoughts..(mild spoilers)

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We’ve finally finished season 4 of House of Cards and I think it’s likely been the best since Season 1.  Spacey and Wright are just fantastic.  The chemistry they have is perfect.  The first half of the season was the conflict between Frank and Claire and ended with the wolves circling, but the Underwoods going on the offensive.

They both give Patrick Bateman a run for his money in the sociopath department.  They can, and do ruthlessly damage the other until they realize that the success they enjoy is primarily because of their combined strength.  And they do indeed make a formidable opponent.

The odd thing about this show is that you see how  awful the Underwoods are,  but you still end up hoping, just a glimmer in the darker parts of your soul, that they come out on top. Or at the very least you want to see *how* they do it.

So at the end of the season it ends up with the Underwoods  vs an intrepid reporter from the Herald ( Tom Hammerschmidt) who has a powerful set of allies, Will Conway the charismatic Captain America-ish Republican nominee,  the SecState Kathy Durant who I believe is going to screw the Underwoods over or at least make an attempt and I think maybe the actions of Doug Stamper the Underwoods CoS,  who is playing a very dangerous game.

Season 5 is lining up to be pretty epic.  I just hope the writers don’t go too far off the rails.

Another thing to note is that Netflix is on a pretty good role with their original programming.  House of Cards,  Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Orange is the New Black have all been very good to excellent.  HBO better watch out..

House of Card is back!

 

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F.U.

 

We just started the latest season of House of Cards on Netflix.  I enjoyed last season but I did find it to be maybe the weakest of them,  but so far this season,the show is back to top form.

So far we are through the first 3 episodes and it has so far revolved mostly around the battle between Frank and Claire as they bite and stab each other while maintaining the facade of a happily married power couple.  All I can say is that I am firmly Team Claire.

Also worth noting is that Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are just fantastic.  The level of “f**k you” Spacey can communicate in a smile is just…well,  awesome.  These two completely deliver and handily do most of the heavy lifting for the show.

I’ll return later as we burn through the season..

 

Movie Review: Deadpool

 

 

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Due to the kindness and generosity of a sister-in-law who loves newborns,  my wife and I got the opportunity to sneak out last week and finally see Deadpool.  It was totally worth the wait.  I’ve always thought Ryan Renolds the perfect casting choice to play DP and it was spot on.  The sarcastic tone,  the perfect delivery and just the right amount of cocky completely nailed the big screen version of Deadpool.  Everyone was just right in the film.. with maybe the exception of Gina Carano who I just can’t buy in any role, even just playing herself.  Colossus was fantastic so congrats to those five guys.

This was the standard origin story movie which is usually just ok, but this really knocked it out of the park and I’m beyond excited to hear that the sequel is already in the works.

 

TL:DR – 4.5 out of 5 Chimichangas!