Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fire with Fire, In the News, and Enjoy

Fire with Fire - Fire with Fire is an exciting, action-packed movie that features great acting from a star-filled cast that includes Bruce Willis, Josh Duhamel, Rosario Dawson, 50 Cent, Vincent D'Onofrio, Bonnie Somerville.

A fireman (Josh Duhamel) takes an unexpected course of action when a man (whom he's been ordered to testify against, after being held up at a local convenience store, threatens him.

Here is my favorite exchange from the film:

Karen Westlake (Bonnie Somerville): I will put you in witness protection. The feds will keep safe.
Jeremy Coleman (Josh Duhamel): So my whole life just... just goes away?
Mike Cella (Bruce Willis): You get to keep your first name.

Bruce Willis is excellent as the no-nonsense cop, Mike Cella; Rosario Dawson is memorable as the U.S. Marshall, Talia Durham; Josh Duhamel plays the witness, Jeremy Coleman, convincingly; and Vincent D'Onofrio is the consummate evildoer, David Hagen.

If you enjoy high-speed action and non-stop excitement, I recommend this movie highly.

IMDB rates the film at 5.7. I would be considerably more generous and give it a rating of 6.8

In the News - They walk among us!

  • Man Arrested After Shooting Down Neighbor's Drone
  • Mysterious Feature on Saturn's Moon Baffles NASA Scientists
  • Drought-conscious Residents Turn the Water Tables on Public Agencies
  • Man with Horns Sentenced to Life in Prison
  • Humanoids to Teach at Library

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  • Monday, September 29, 2014

    Transformers: Age of Extinction, In the News, and Enjoy

    Transformers: Age of Extinction - Transformers: Age of Extinction is an incredible movie!

    A mechanic (Mark Wahlberg and his family (daughter, played by Nicola Peltz - and her boyfriend, played by Jack Reynor) join the Autobots as they are targeted by a bounty hunter from another world.

    I was elated by the replacement of Shia LaBeouf with Mark Wahlberg as the lead character. LaBeouf was clownish and insipid in the prior Transformer movies. The awesome special effects saved the earlier films from leading the viewer into the mire of ennui created by LeBouf's acting.

    I am aghast that Transformers: Age of Extinction received a rating of 6.0 from IMDB! I find that not only ridiculous but insulting!

    I do not believe there exists a perfect movie, but Transformers: Age of Extinction is very nearly perfect! The story is solid, the acting is first-rate, and the special effects are astounding.

    I would rate the movie at 8.5. I recommend it to all!

    In the News - They walk among us!

  • Apple hit by Brussels finding over illegal Irish tax deals
  • Twitter Troll Jailed for 18 Weeks over MP Abuse
  • Man Accused of Trading Stolen $160,000 Diamond for $20 of Weed
  • Prisoner Ends Prison Escape So Fellow Inmates Can Sleep
  • Man Fires Into Neighbor's Home, Says He Was Just Unloading His Gun

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  • Friday, September 26, 2014

    Edge of Tomorrow, In the News, and Enjoy

    Edge of Tomorrow - Edge of Tomorrow is a strange movie.

    An officer (Tom Cruise) finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with the alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior (Emily Blunt) gets him closer to defeating the enemy.

    I am not a fan of Tom Cruise. I enjoy the Mission Impossible movies, but they are fantasies, and I accept them as pure entertainment.

    Edge of Tomorrow is fantasy, certainly, but Cruise's acting goes well beyond fantasy and slips into low comedy often. I cannot refrain from imagining another actor in the role and how much the movie would benefit from that.

    Emily Blunt's performance is excellent, and Bill Paxton's portrayal of Master Sergeant Farell is outstanding.

    IMDB gives the movie a rating of 8.1. I would rate it 8.1 quickly, were another actor in the lead role. As it is, I rate it 6.0.

    This is not to suggest that I do not recommend the movie. I do! If you enjoy action and special effects as I do, the movie will not disappoint you.

    In the News - They walk among us!

  • NYC Mailman Hoarded 40,000 Pieces of Undelivered Mail in His Home, Car, Locker
  • Struggling U.S. Postal Service Wants to Deliver Groceries
  • Man Charged with Smuggling 51 Turtles in His Sweatpants
  • U.S. Military to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Serve
  • Uber Driver in Orlando Arrested for Groping Passenger

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  • Thursday, September 25, 2014

    Rain, In the News, and Enjoy

    Rain - Rain! It is actually raining!

    It has been so long since last it rained here, I had forgotten the sights and sounds of the rain!

    When I awakened this morning, I hear the rain falling on the roof, and I said a prayer to the Lord—thanking Him for the rain.

    The weather reports this morning predict the rain will last only for a day or two and that the rainfall shall be meager. We are eager for whatever rain falls and for however long it falls!

    In the News - They walk among us!

  • Sub-prime Borrowers Must Have Cars Fitted with Tracking Devices
  • Credit Card Reader Blocks Payments for Guns, Ammunition
  • Campaign Manager Charged with Buying Texas School Board Votes with Cocaine
  • Apple's Glitchy Wednesday: Bugs, Bendy Phone Rile Users
  • Study: Heavy Exercise Bad for Teeth

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  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    The Blacklist, In the News, and Enjoy

    "The Blacklist" - Former government agent Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader) has eluded capture for decades.

    He suddenly surrenders to the FBI with an offer to help catch a terrorist under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth "Liz" Keen (Megan Boone), a young FBI profiler who is just barely out of Quantico.

    I generally do not view television series when they air—preferring, instead, to "binge view" entire seasons when they are available on Netflix, Amazon, etc.

    I viewed the 22 episodes of Season 1 of "The Blacklist" in this fashion. I became so enamored of this program that I found myself incapable of eschewing the first episode of Season 2 last evening on xfinity.

    I used the xfinity Android app with my Nexus 7 2013 to access the program. I used Chromecast to cast it to my home theatre setup in my living room.

    The premiere episode of Season 2 was awesome. I found the commercials obtrusive and abhorrent, however. I must await the release of Season 2 in its entirety on Netflix prior to viewing any more episodes.

    In the News - They walk among us!

  • NYC’s Most Expensive Condo to Be Listed at $130 Million
  • Over a Dozen Mysterious Fake Cell Towers in DC Area
  • Chinese restaurant Admits to Selling "Opium-Laced Noodles"
  • Experts Warn: Checking Work Email at Home Can Cause Health Problems
  • Seattle to Fine Residents, Businesses for Wasting Food

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