Sunday, August 17, 2014

Alaska cruise vacation video

Alaska cruise vacation video

Highlights from our just completed Alaska cruise. It completely surpassed expectations. An absolutely amazing time.

#alaska #cruise #whales #whalewatching
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Auto Awesome of two humpback whales diving

Auto Awesome of two humpback whales diving

Burst mode plus Google+ is a great combination.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Lucha! Lucha!

Lucha! Lucha!

My younger daughter just returned from her mission trip to Mexico and brought me lucha libre mask!

#wrestling #lucha #mexico #blogsofaugust


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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Movie review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Movie review: Guardians of the Galaxy


I remember the day the first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer hit. I was ... skeptical. Puzzled. A bit worried. Marvel made a comedy? With obscure comic book characters? And they used Hooked on a Feeling as the music to sell a space movie? Are you kidding me?

But with each additional trailer I gradually warmed up on the movie, having hit "cautiously optimistic" by the time the movie came out and "excited" after reading some gushing reviews.

Yeah, this movie is AWESOME.

And I know that word gets thrown out a lot to describe things that are merely "very good." 

But this movie is AWESOME. It had me tearing up in the first five minutes in the hospital scene, and then again near the end when the mysterious present gets opened. There's an emotional core to the movie that just works - and, yes, it involves songs like Hooked on a Feeling and the rest of the classic rock/golden oldies soundtrack. So that editorial choice in the trailers was no accident. It's a key to the film.

The characters are note perfect and the performances are terrific. And the best part it, you never feel stupid watching an animated raccoon as one of the main characters. In fact, Rocket is an absolute delight as a character. Ditto, Groot. (Pay very close attention to Groot's subtle nod when Quill asks Groot a question and then, before Groot can respond, says something to the effect of "Nevermind, the answer will be I am Groot." Groot's little nod is a great little moment.)

And, yes, this film is funny. Easily the most humor of any of the Marvel studio films. But it's not a "comedy." It's a rip-roaring, never-stop, space opera full of huge action scenes, menacing bad guys, THANOS's FLOATING THRONE and a whole lot more. It's tremendous fun. It's a great ride. And it leaves you wanting more.

(As an aside, I would bet that an Avengers/GOTG cross-over movie would earn approximately a gazillion trillion dollars at the box office.)

Go see this movie now!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Movie review: Hercules

 Movie review: Hercules

Spoilers ahead....

This should have been a better flick than it was. The concept is intriguing: Hercules is really a fraud who does "hero" jobs for hire with his band of freaks, and has a good PR guy who spins the tales and turns them into legends. That has the makings of a very cool movie.

But what we got really felt like a low-budget rip-off of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers .... except the dialogue was far more hackneyed and cliched. And it has some of the worst CGI fire effects I've ever seen in a film.

The last 30 minutes after the plot twist is the best part of the movie. But following the prison break scene, it's hysterical how Hercules's wounds change severity and location on his body from one scene to the next. There wasn't even an attempt at continuity.

All that said ... I didn't hate Hercules at all. I figured out early in the film what it was going to be and decided to view it as a glorified B-movie from the 1950s. That made it far more fun.

I suspect the Rock took this role to turn it into a franchise, but I don't think he's getting a franchise out of it. At least, not a big budget, major box office franchise.