“Rock of Ages” trailer debut, along with a little flashback!

3 04 2012
Rock of Ages (2012 film)

Rock of Ages (2012 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So it looks like Tom Cruise’s latest film titled “Rock of Ages” has finally released it’s first official trailer! I have to admit and I am not going to lie I’m not too big on musical type films however I think personally this film just might find an audience given the music being played along with the fact that it takes during the time (1987) and the place where if you happened to even be remotely connected to this scene, then you were just cool as f@*king shit! Sorry, but it was just a known fact.

I remember moving to L.A. when I was a kid at the age of 8, and even though I never got a chance to see it let alone live it, and even though I pretty much lived on the opposite side of this scene, I can still recall older kids and even my own babysitter who had to ditch (cancel) watching me and my sis due to the fact that Guns N’ Roses was playing at the Whiskey and he just had to see them. I could be wrong though, it may have been a different club but I know it was on the Strip and I know it was in West Hollywood. He even wore his shirt he got there for the show the next night when he came over to see us and tell me about it (because at that time I was just the biggest Guns N Roses fan of all time at that time in my life. Nothing else mattered) and I think one of the reasons I very much so recall this was due to the fact that during the show Axl at one point stopped the set because he was so wasted and so pissed at something, I don’t know what, that he told everyone this was the last time you will ever see Guns N Roses play together again!

Of course he came back out and I guess played the rest of the set because this guy just kept on going on about the show, but that was my first official time hearing about Axl Rose walking off stage and telling everyone in the audience “this is it, no more” and then walk off. And this was 1989 so I think this was not the first time he actually did this but it was the first time I ever heard of it and I remember the feeling I had too. I was devastated! I was 9 years old and I all the sudden had this thought that everything was just going to stop! As if this was just going to hurt rock music, especially in L.A., just so hard. I thought it was going to be a huge major event, but as it turned out that wasn’t the case.

But getting back to the main point of this little post. The fact that it takes place during a real “Prime” time during the Sunset Strip L.A. Rock music scene, and the fact that they are using all the hits that to this day almost anyone young or old can recall, I think this will definitely find an audience which will truly like it!

(the link for the trailer is right below)

Rock of Ages trailer

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“Hunger Games” receives racist tweets from dim witted fans.

1 04 2012
The Hunger Games (film)

The Hunger Games (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(there is a link for the article posted at the bottom for which this note is in reference to.)

The “Hunger Games” just came out a week ago and I finally got a chance to go out and see it this past week. Never having read the books I think what attracted me the most to go see this film was the simple fact that the reviews along with the overall box office success, including breaking certain records, really did kind of grab my curiosity, so I went. And to be honest with you I kind of liked it! I wasn’t sure if I would or not, given the fact that I had no clue what the film was really about, other than it revolved around a game of hunting and survival for young and older teens. But sitting there watching this film I kind of realized that the story itself was more than just trying to stay alive, but it was also about courage and the sacrifice which came along with it.

However without getting too far off track I came across this one particular article that at first just seemed kind of flat out mean, even bullish perhaps (the people whom it was about, not the actual article itself mind you). The article is in reference to a bunch of racist tweets following the release of the film from fans who did not appreciate a few of the supporting characters cast. One instance in particular was in regards to the actress who played Rue, Amandla Stenberg. A lot of fans just did not like that she was not what they had in mind, from what they remember reading about her in the books, when they went to go see the film.

However this is not the first time that not only has an actor or actress been cast to play a part in a film and was not the exact make or maybe even the same ethnicity of the character form an original story, but the character portrayed in the film along with the film itself went on to receive great reviews as well as success! Such as in this case with Hunger Games pulling in a little over $155 million dollars at the box office just from last weekend alone.

I thought Amanda did a terrific job when it came to playing her character and to be honest with you coming from somebody like me who did not really get to read the book first but, instead saw the film version first instead, all I can say is I couldn’t think of anyone else playing Rue the way she did her self! Her version was perfect in my opinion!

So I guess you could say aside from the rather dull few, the rest of the public who saw the movie really did enjoy it and loved it as well! Like I had mentioned before, I was taken by surprise from it! It really did deliver in so many ways and on so many levels that maybe one day when I find the time to sit down and start on my next series of books this will be one of them.

‘The Hunger Games’ Actress, Amandla Stenberg, Responds To Racist Tweets About Rue





Alduin has been defeated!

1 04 2012
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alduin has finally been defeated! Skyrim is now once again safe for all. Still plenty of quests to follow-up on however the main part of the game is now finished, and what a game it was. Been working on this think since late Dec. Took a pretty good long break in between simply because I was not even sure I wanted to get in to it but now I am so glad I decided to finish it! This game is just a true piece of  art with some of the best game detail as well as music score soundtrack I have ever heard! And the Dragons in this thing are like nothing I have ever seen, or heard, especially when they all gather at the end to compliment you on a job well done then bid you adieu. The link below shows this final battle in a pretty nice HD quality presentation.

Alduin fight! Really great HD video of the last battle!

It’s kind of funny when I think about it. I mentioned how well detailed and even in some cases realistic the dragons themselves actually come across as during the game. Just to give you a quick example of it, towards the end the stakes are high and so is the fighting. With that said while playing this game on the PS3, with an HDMI cable and of course on a “46 flat panel big screen TV, the amount of high definition and detail is ridiculous! So much so in fact that as you are fighting some of the more aggressive dragons at the end who like to run up to you even from far away and you can do is watch would almost be enough to make some people to get a little bit intense or maybe even nervous or possibly scared! Of course at the same time that would be kind of funny thing to watch of someone! A gamer flipping out because a dragon on-screen is on the ground running after them, in a really creepy sort of way might I add since they don’t really walk too much to begin with.

However I’m not going to sit here and say that I have been totally perfect in the past when it has come to really intense and scary types of video games. I’m not really going to get in to detail about it or anything since I kind of want to come to a close with this post however I will say this. For anyone and everyone who got to play this game when it came out back in 2004 for the PC with a pretty good or at least advance game card then you will know what I am talking about when I say DOOM 3 in the dark with no lights on, and maybe even a kick ass surround system just to top off the whole entire genuine straight evil effect! I can still remember playing that game on a pretty nice DELL system set up back in the day when it was released! I swear to you the devil was inside it! Especially when you turned the lights off and played it! SCARY!





The case of Trayvon Martin (RIP)

28 03 2012

This case has been gripping the nation more and more on a daily basis ever since it happened, and why shouldn’t it be. I think it’s safe to say that as long as it is taking for the state attorney’s office along with local authorities to finally come to a conclusion as to whether or not George Zimmerman actually shot Trayvon Martin in self defense or in cold blood has really been frustrating for a lot of people. But with this latest twist happening in the news media yesterday one could say that the reason for this latest bit of information is just simply a decoy so that the State of Florida can buy some more time for themselves. In case you missed it by the way the latest batch of gossip to hit the air waves was that Martin is now being characterized as someone who may have been unstable to begin with, there is just one catch tough. Nobody ever really knew about it. Unstable meaning for ex. he was suspended from school once! I know what you’re thinking, it’s a pathetic attempt to try and demoralize someone’s good name.

But with that being said let’s not forget about Mr. Zimmerman who has been arrested at least 3 times to date according to what is on his record, including one offense in particular that included resisting arrest from a police officer with violence! Now if you haven’t guessed it that last one will surely land you in prison, however there also happens to be one other bit of information that seems be playing a pretty big important role as to why this man has not even had one charge filed against him. His father is a former Orange County magistrate judge and in addition to this, those 3 prior arrests I had mentioned earlier, all were closed with no semblance of charges for the Florida resident. I think we know why now this thing has been getting dragged out as long as it has. (the link below is a site with a little bit more info. on his previous arrest history and the current case).

http://rollingout.com/culture/george-zimmerman-son-of-a-retired-judge-has-3-closed-arrests/

But getting back to Martin and his background as well as character, I think the only problem about this little bit of information, along with some other stuff too, is that nobody, not even the people who were close to Martin to begin with such as his family as well as close friends, has even a clue as to what they are talking about. Now in my opinion this almost seems wrong on so many ends. Promoting such a bad smear campaign based on the one simple fact that Martin isn’t even around to defend himself JUST IS NOT RIGHT. That to me just seems low. It also looks like the State of Florida is just getting so desperate to try and come to a conclusion with this case that they are almost willing to try and do anything to get this over and done with. I only say that by the way because once again, none of this makes any sense.

I do hope soon however that Mr. Zimmerman is held accountable for his actions. Like I said, with the reports coming out already of what eye witnesses said they saw and heard you can’ help but wonder if this was just a perfect example of two characters being both hot tempered but where one actually had a gun and did indeed use it however in reality did not even need to or was this just a perfect example of a murder committed in the heat of the moment, meaning he was ready to do this the second he saw him? I don’t know! What I do know is this, Mr. Zimmerman should definitely be held accountable for what he did to some degree and that is taking away the life of a kid who never even got to live his to begin with.

(The link below is from a CNN article with much more depth as to some more of the latest accounts of that tragic night)

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/27/justice/florida-teen-shooting-witnesses/index.html?hpt=hp_c2





Clint Eastwood movie lines!

26 03 2012
Cover of "Sudden Impact (Deluxe Edition)&...

Cover of Sudden Impact (Deluxe Edition)

I’m kind of in a classic Clint Eastwood movie line/role type of mood so i figured I’d share just a few of my own personal favorites. Now this first one is from the film Sudden Impact but before I get in to the actual line this post is about itself, I also wanted to point out another favorite one as well. It’s when one of the guys holding a hostage sees Callahan walk back in to the diner and after Callan tells him “we can’t just let you walk on out of here.” The guy replies “Who’s we sucka?” Just a perfect line for the sign of that time. Really early ’80’s but also really late ’70’s also.  🙂  Just kind of funny note! Click on the link right below this paragraph to view a quick clip of this scene!

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But back to the line from Clint. Now before I even begin, I just want to say this for the record because I have said this before and I will say it again. If this film were made in today’s world, the infamous coffee line Clint says about his drink being made wrong would sound a bit more like this “Everyday for 10 years Loretta there has been giving me a Venti Skinny Latte. Today she gives me a whole fat Latte with extra regular Hazelnut syrup, a lot of regular Hazelnut syrup, and I just came back in to complain.” Go Clint! Of course no matter how it comes out, Callahan always ends up finishing the job with a bit of help from Mr. Smith and of course Mr. Wesson.

Now here we have yet another great Clint playing Harry scene from the film called “The Enforcer”! This one is too much! After tying to get these robbers to surrender and they refuse, one of them kicks Clint in the ass and tells him to hurry up with his demands. Well Clint, Playing Harry, does what only seems natural and that is drive your unmarked cruiser right up his tail. Then get out and shoot him in the ass! This is great! (just click the link below to watch!)

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Well I hoped you enjoyed my little blog about personal Clint Eastwood favorite movie moments! Stay tuned and I just might have some more coming up soon! Grant it they may be about somebody else of course.  😉





Honestly where would we be?

24 03 2012
Image representing Sony as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

Man I’m telling ya, thank God Sony has decided to do a Spiderman re-make/re-boot! I mean Spiderman 3 came out all the way back in 2007 (man was that a long time ago, back in those days we didn’t even have wireless blue ray players yet!) which means the years really have gone by! Well here we are all the way fast forward in the year 2012 and boy have we come a long way! I feel 20 years older already just thinking about it! Honestly, where would we be if Hollywood didn’t stop and remind us just how much time has gone by, because remember if they say so, then it must be true! Remember TV never lies. Always so true!





Personal Information Privacy at the Work Place and School

23 03 2012

It seems like at the workplace a lot of bosses and employers as well as college teachers etc. are trying to crack down on the usage of the internet, especially the use of Facebook. Now as far their rights go, they can and do have the authority to at least request that you not use company time or work or school time to utilize any socialize network or internet usage period when it comes to using not only their time but especially slander against them or other’s in the company or the institution itself. But as we all well know this request is looked over all the time due to the fact that one could easily use the Freedom of Speech right as an argumentative position. But going back to the basis of this particular article which this post I am currently writing about pertains to, my answer to the subject would be no. No employer or learning institution should be asking for your password to your Facebook account, or any other type online account you might have regardless of what type it may be, just because they want to know what your are doing. To put it simply it is none of their business!

 

In addition to that and on a side note, it also seems and feels like if this were the case then it would also be very unprofessional due to the fact that a certain a sense of paranoia seems to be settling in along with a touch of incompetence. It’s as if the incredibly unprofessional part has taken over the better part of their authority or place in charge. With this being said, then what I think should be done is that they should either try and re evaluate themselves as well as the REAL issues and problems that need to be addressed and not try to create new one’s which would not only bring down the level of respect which they have with other’s, but would also create a miserable work or school environment as well.

 

In addition to what I had mentioned earlier about this article at hand, I also not only think that the certain people who hold these upper level positions should not only consider reevaluating their position and stance when it comes to wanting access to people’s private accounts, but should also consider just resigning and stepping down all together. The reason I say this is because if the these certain types of people who are just so uncomfortable as well as so disturbed when it comes to being around other people to the point that it makes them so paranoid that they feel they need to violate their personal and private space, information, and lives then they should probably not be in charge at all. They are either more concerned about other people’s lives, viewpoints, or just personal stuff that they can not even, or don’t want to even, focus on the job or position which they were originally supposed to be paying attention to in the first place. It’s either that or they just hate people and just hate individuals not for being completely and totally all the way open to the world so that they can just see whatever they want. It could also be that they just hate people who are not as smart or not as good as other’s, as well as irritated for people around them for just BEING, meaning being alive or existing. As if they don’t want anyone else around at all, period.

 

I think it is more evident than anything that the job or position itself is just way too much for them since these people are now going around and demanding they have access to the accounts or private information of the one’s below them simply because they can not get a grasp on their own position. They just don’t seem fit to hold title or power which in return could prove damaging in some other part of the company or school.

 

The link below is to a Huffington post article which was the drive behind this little note here from myself. The article from Huffington is titled ” ACLU Says Your Facebook Password Shouldn’t Be Boss’ Business” and it was posted by  Courteney Palis. My post was a response as well as my own thoughts on the matter.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/aclu-facebook-password_n_1372242.html?ref=technology