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Alright Espn, Stop bragging..

With enough beer and a running start some of us can make it 2 yards…

Alright Espn, Stop bragging

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John Dies At The End Movie Review

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My thoughts on the movie since I’m a huge fan of the book, 

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My Random Artwork(Photoshop)

I like to dabble in some Photoshop every now and then, This here is a gallery of some stuff. Still a novice but getting better.

Dredd Movie Review

 

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Hello again people. This movie was a huge upgrade over the Stallone version, a movie you could usually find in the 5 dollar bin at WalMart. I guess the only thing I kind of liked about the original was Rob Schneider, and maybe the robot, The ABC Warrior. Anyway, this new story is nothing like the original. It starts out with a crazy car chase, which introduces how super badass our Judge Dredd is. This time around he is Karl Urban, I have liked this actor in the Bourne Supremacy, and even more in Red. I even liked how he portrayed Bones in the J.J. Abrahms Star Trek reboot, so I guess I kind of came into this with some high hopes from the beginning. Not to say Urban hasn’t made some duds though, I fell asleep in Priest and also in Doom, that movie was horrible. If your selling point is to recreate the video game experience and you try to do it shot for shot, well then you dug you hole already and good luck climbing out. But anyway I do like Karl Urban as an actor and in this movie he did a good job portraying Judge Dredd. He was hella intense through the whole movie and never took off the mask. Urban played Dredd with the intensity he deserved.

The best part of the movie though was the visuals, I admit I didn’t see this movie in 3D, but I imagined how cool it would look. The best visuals came from when the characters took in the drug Slo-Mo, They would immediately slow down to one 1/100th of normal speed, this made for some amazing shots which apparently the director loved to use, cause it played a part in the whole movie. It does look epic though. Judge Dredd is the ultimate enforcer, Judge, Jury, and Executioner. In this movie he picks up a partner, a psychic named Cassandra, apparently reading minds can prove to be really useful for a Judge. Her mind reading abilities also prove to be another awesome visual experience for the crowd with her battling the criminals in their own minds. Dredd and the psychic mess up while apprehending a drug dealer in slum tower block, and suddenly find themselves in a fight for their lives to escape the building.

Mama is the villain, a scarred ex prostitute who has taken over every gang in the tower, played exquisitely by Lena Headey, better known as Cersei from Game Of Thrones. She plays a sadistic crime lord who orders a hit on the 2 Judges locked into the building. So basically this movie is them trying to escape this building, they get little help from the locals, and even less help from the fellow judges that finally get into the building. This movie is basically Judge Dredd brutally handing out justice and Cassandra reading some pretty warped minds. and their attempt to escape the tower with prisoner in hand.

This movie kinda reminded me of The Raid Redemption, which was epic by its own standard. Bust up through the levels, try to get to the top, kill the kingpin and then just walk out the front door. Except with the Raid, and its insane martial arts, Dredd did it with over the top weapons. This movies worth watching, kinda wish I had 3D, but only for the Slo-Mo parts, the rest of the movie didn’t look like it would have mattered. In the end I liked this movie for the visuals alone, whether from the Slo-Mo drug or the way the Psychic interacted with the scene, and also the viciousness of the villain. Dredd was cool but the psychic was more interesting. The whole movie looked over saturated, which gave it a dream like look. And when the drug was taken, well they amped up the saturation and slowed the cameras which made the scenes look amazing.

This movie was good and if I had a rating scale I would rate it 7.4 out of a 10, take that as you will, I need some sort of structure on here.

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Vegas Drunken Cab Ride Back to the Hotel

Broke out my IPhone and just started recording the ride back to our hotel in Las Vegas. I was hella drunk thinking how cool would this look with a soundtrack..

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Smashing Pumpkins Live at the Fillmore – Gossamer

Found this footage on an old hard drive. We were allowed to bring our cameras into the Fillmore. This is from one of the 5 shows they did that week from the same venue. Best I could salvage, my girls old sony handicam butchered the Audio on anything loud or fast.. I so wish I had my Panasonic Hmc 150 or my insane mic back then…

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Django Unchained Movie Review

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Wow, Tarantino killed it yet again. This movie starts off by showing the pain of Django, played by Jamie Foxx, in a progressive role which has him subdued in the beginning and by the end a showboating battle tested hero. He has been beaten down, whipped to pieces and taken from his wife, who also has some vicious things done to her throughout the movie. Some of the visuals were hard to take. Kerry Washington plays the wife, Broomhilda, brilliantly. In this movie she has 2 versions of the same character. The first being the beautiful glimpses of her Django sees, how he remembers her, passing visions he knows are only in his mind. The second is the brutal reality of her life in 1858. Let me tell you, she can sell torture really well.

The language is over the top; Tarantino had to break some records with his use of the N-word. Some of the conversations in the movie are downright comical. The scene with the KKK riding in to mob our heroes and then breaking off on a 10 minute conversation about how their hoods don’t fit (with a cameo by Jonah Hill) was hilarious.

Leonardo DiCaprio played the villain of the movie, Monsieur Calvin Candy, a truly evil slave trader who happens to be in possession of Django’s wife. He also instigates a pretty brutal scene of sending his dogs onto a runaway slave, cringe worthy to say the least.

Two best characters in the movie were Christoph Waltz playing Dr. King Schultz, a bounty hunter roaming through the south who rescues Django and eventually partners up with him to save Broomhilda. He plays an educated man whose vocabulary is more than the south can handle. No matter the situation he calmly uses his large words to diffuse the dumber crowds. Another awesome character is Samuel L. Jackson playing Stephen, Candy’s house slave, who is reminiscent of The Boondocks Uncle Ruckus. Sorry for the Boondocks reference but it is spot on. If you don’t know what Boondocks is then you’re missing out. Look that up as well. Moving on. Stephen has such a high post at the ranch, feeling superior to all the other slaves. His villain is on par with DiCaprio’s Candy. His character brought a lot of laughs to the crowd. Some though his pro slavery views, and some through the fact Candy kept him around because of his over the top comments.

Tarantino had some truly great shots in this movie. Visually for a western it was impressive. I did expect the amount of blood to be excessive and was not surprised when the first shot was fired and the man turned into a gallon of blood exploding in every direction. As usual his music selection was great. He mixed it up well with your truly western songs, some throw backs from the 80′s, and some new music. But I loved how he used Rick Ross’s ’100 Black Coffins’ in the scene panning along their convoy. The main shootout flows with an impressive soundtrack that will have your head bobbing along with Django’s impressive gun play. This movie was 2 hours and 45 minutes long but I would have never even noticed it if not for all people taking bathroom breaks. This movie flowed well right up to the end. I have read reviews saying this movie had way too much dialogue, but I disagree. This is a Tarantino movie; to expect anything less than the witty dialogue that was presented would have been surprising. In the end this movie was awesome, but if you can’t take some brutal violence or excessive use of the N-word, then maybe this isn’t for you. Everyone else enjoy, this was worth it. Between the scenery, music, and action this movie was brilliant.

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Far Cry 3 Video Game Review

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Just finished Far Cry 3. The depth they put into the characters pulled me into this game from the beginning. Lets start out with the main character, Jason Brody, and the crazy ass story that follows. Young, naive, thrill seeker at the beginning. Vacationing with his friends, skydiving, looking for that adrenaline boost we all aim for when young and fearless. In the end though, transformed into a mad man, crazed killer, overall juggernaut, and quite possibly my new video game hero. A transformation so expertly pushed along by the story. This game captured the human emotion in every character portrayed perfectly. Your goal is to save all of your friends and family held captive by the pirates.

A little back story on me, I need games with progression and a kick ass story to keep me and my infinitely short attention span on track. I need games that include things like, Uncharted’s story line, with L.A. Noir’s problem solving, and most importantly, a little God Of War straight ass kicking. This game plays the story perfectly. Which makes up for the lack of problem solving, not any puzzles in this game.  But the action is crazy. This game has a lot of filler in between the story, kill animals to craft, pick flowers to be lame(or to make medicine), and take over pirate towns to find out how creative you can be in taking down a fortress. You can easily just bust in blazing like Dirty Harry, but where’s the challenge in that. Or find the high point and just snipe the hell out of everything. But then again this is my favorite way, Fire a rocket into the place, set fire to some buildings and snipe an animal out of its cage, then sit back with a cold beer. Love Mexican beer, Seems my favorite beer these days is seriously Dos Equis. I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I’m usually watching a tiger on fire maiming a group of pirates. 

Now the acting of the 2 main villains deserves some kind of award or a game of their own. Vaas, the main boss sidekick, was well portrayed, love his speeches, especially the one where he describes the definition of insanity. “Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results” which pertaining to this game, is trying to kill Jason Brody. He has a sense of madness and a violent edge that makes him a likable character for his originality alone. After him, I wondered how the main villain could top him. But then enters Hoyt, The man who runs this island full of human trafficking. A little more subdued then Vaas, but still the madness of this character was well over the top. The quests to bring him down are awesome though, you get help from the German bad ass named Sam. This guy loves anarchy and you get to help him live out his dreams. All in an attempt to bring down the kingpin.

Visuals are cool and the map is huge, like Skyrim huge. Wish they went with a higher format though, 720P is cool and all, but come on yo, this is a new era, push it up to 1080. Love the music selection. This game starts off with some M.I.A. Paper Planes in the beginning intro video, showing the good times before this game dives into the true nature of this island. Also has some reggae dubstup while you set fire to some crops of weed. Not a fan of dubstep but throw in some reggae and I might have to rethink that. Tis pretty awesome. Best part was when I snuck up on a base and heard some Die Antwoord, playing from the bandits speakers as they partied. A South African Rap group, that I randomly found on Itunes a couple of months ago. Didn’t know what I was listening to at first, but it grew on me, some crazy music.

As I literally just finished this game, I felt a tad bit of sadness. There are few games that come along with this kind of story telling, and this rates in my top 5, at least with the dialogue that all the characters have with each other. Brings you more into the story. I could have wasted more time overtaking pirate bases, but lost interest after realizing that a couple well placed rocket shots into the forts made taking the bases easy. You don’t get rockets or many good weapons from the beginning, you unlock them as the story progresses. So by the end I just felt a need to see the story finish, and the ending is amazing. The ending was so good it brought me to write this. Pretty awesome folks, great games are few and far between. Play the shit out of this gamers, encourage the powers that be to make more of these kinds of games.

Anyone know of anything with an awesome involving story, reply back to me. I need something fresh after this and refuse to go back to the repetitive nature of Call of Duty. 

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Mike hates Geese

Second practice attempt with this video and after effects, still not close to being done.  This is one big practice project in progress. New Camera new software and a good amount of boredom…

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Messing around with my Camera

Over at a friends house testing out my camera, passed by the TV plugged into it with a HDMI cable and saw this trippy effect, kinda cool

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