The problems of “Black Friday”

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Hello guys, it’s me again. I am here right now to talk to you about something that I’ve been thinking about for a short while. That thing (if you did not read the title) is Black Friday. For those of you who somehow don’t know, Black Friday is the one day every year that occurs on the friday after thanksgiving where stores have some of the biggest sales ever… and people go fucking nuts over it. And I am here to air some of my thoughts on the matter and why it is a bit of a problematic matter. So here we go!

First off, have you seen some of the lines outside of stores on Black Friday? Seriously, Jesus tapdancing Christ they are enormous. I’m pretty sure there have been a lot of times when they’ve gone on for at least one or two blocks. Those types of lines tend to be clear signs of some weird kind of obsession.

But when the doors open, that’s when shit’s gettin’ real crazy. People storm in with no regard to the other people or the employees around. It’s like their lives depend on it… which is not the case. Everything turns into a big fucking mess of people, cheap wares, sweat, loud noises and pain. So while your life doesn’t depend on you getting in before everyone else to get that 60 inch, curved, 4k television… your life does depend on you staying the hell away.

That’s right, if you stay away from it all you might survive. There have been a good amount of injuries and even a few deaths around Black Friday. I’ll link a site that shows the death/injury count from Black Friday since 2006. And even then I think that there might’ve been more injuries than it says. http://blackfridaydeathcount.com/

A lot of people use Black Friday as a way to buy christmas presents at a pretty early time. And I have to admit, that is a pretty good cause but since most people are only driven bytheir greed for cheap prices, the christmas present plans usually go to hell because you see a lot of cheap crap that you don’t need. Sure, some people actually go to get something specific or at least a specific type of object. Maybe they saw some cheap waffle iron when they checked the internet and then thought “Well… I do need a new waffle iron” and that is fine, that’s a plan. Or you could be like John Flickster (AKA “The Flick Pick”) who goes looking for good deals on movies. Not specific movies, only movies in general. Where am I trying to go with this? People buy anything because it’s cheap and when they simply see something and want it because of a damn fine price, I have a hard time condoning that since they’re driven by greed. If you have more of a plan and try to be careful, then I might understand it and I can even support that. Don’t become one of the greedy psychos, stay normal and planning.

Then we have probably one of the biggest problems with this entire thing: the fact that more and more parts of the world are trying to integrate Black Friday into their respective societies. And while I can see the pretty clever idea behind it, it will most likely just get fucked like in the U.S. and people will get injured or even killed in relation to the entire damn thing. I mean, I recently started noticing how it’s becoming more and more popular here in Sweden and from that I can only gather how terribly it will end up if it goes up in popularity as much as it does. I am honestly scared of what might happen if Black Friday becomes as big as it’s looking like it might become.

Consumerism is something that’s taken over a little bit much in our world if you ask me. Yes, things are nice and buying stuff is sometimes fun… but it’s really becoming a bigger problem as it goes on. This is what I appreciate about “Fight Club” and “They Live”, those movies understand how much consumerism is consuming us and our entire lifestyles. Those movies have helped me understand it even better than I already did. Yes, they kind of make it all a bit bigger than it might seem, but at the same time the movies have a big fucking point when it comes to it all. Don’t let it all consume you, try to resist.

Look, to some of you I might sounds like a rambling idiot, but I felt like I just had to get my thoughts out. If you made it this far, thanks for reading. If you don’t agree with me, that’s fine, Mr. Company man.
Have a good one.

Movie Review: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

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Action movies is something I think most people can agree that they like. Sure, everyone will not like every action movie but they will like something at least. Like me, I am not a fan of a whole bunch of action films (such as “Conan the Barbarian” and “Last Action Hero”, both ironically starring Arnold). I like action movies that have a little bit of mind (“Terminator 2”, “The Matrix”, etc.). Sure, I like a few dumb ones as well, but I don’t want them to be too dumb. And then I heard about this one franchise starring Tom Cruise called “Mission: Impossible” a gew years back. And to be honest, I never watched the first three movie… but we’re reviewing the 4th one anyway!

Men and women… “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”.

This movie is as far as I get it following the events of the third movie. IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is in jail in Moscow. After he escapes said jail with the help from Agents Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) they do a job trying to get some files on where a certain man called “Cobalt” (Michael Nyqvist) is. But after Hunt leaves the building (The Kremlin to be exact) it gets blown to pieces. And the russians put the blame on IMF. So a thing called “Ghost Protocol” (Roll credits) gets initiated and basically disbands IMF. So now Ethan and his friends have to stop Cobalt without any help at all. Oh wait, they get some help. And that help comes in the form in analyst William Brandt (Jeremy Renner). But as far as extra toys and guns from the organization… fuck that. I know my explanation of the story was pretty bad… but the story in general was overall very interesting. I was intrigued by it and it never felt dull or boring at all. The only parts of the story where I have to give a little less of a score is because of my sheer stupidity to watch this before all the other movies. Yes, I felt a little lost with a few details, but they were pretty minor. Overall, good story.

I have to say that I really enjoyed the characters in this movie. They were well-written and well-acted. Sure, these were not really Oscar contenders, but they were definitely getting the job done. I also like the chemistry between our main group of people (Cruise, Renner, Patton, Pegg). They had really good chemistry and it was really fun hearing them banter every now and then. My favorite character was honestly Brandt (Renner). He was this guy who was insecure about all the gadgets and the job they were doing. He was really fun… yet deep. I was also happily surprised with how good Michael Nyqvist did the role of the bad guy in the movie. I really enjoyed him. Good job Nyqvist!

The music was really exciting and really worked to sell both the action and locations of this movie. It was really great to listen to. Also… I love the Mission: Impossible theme. It really kicks ass.

The camera work in this movie is stunning. Brad Bird really knew what he was doing behind that camera. It was done in a way where the landscape shots became really beautiful! But the main thing about the camera work that I loved more than anything was that we actually got to see the action happening and not just get some bullshit shaky-cam! THANK YOU, BRAD BIRD!

The reception this movie got was good. This is the highest ranked Mission: Impossilbe movie on all major movie sites. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 93% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 73/100. Roger Ebert gave this movie 3,5/4 stars and saying the film

“is a terrific thriller with action sequences that function as a kind of action poetry”

The movie has a 7,4/10 on imdb.com.

“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” is a fun, thrilling action movie with solid perfromances and good writing. Final score coming up. My final score for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is an 8,89/10. While it isn’t really worth the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”, it is definitely worth picking up.

“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” review is now completed.

This movie should be featured in the sci-fi category with all these futuristic gadgets…

Movie Review: Thor – The Dark World (2013)

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Superhero movies are honestly one of my favorite types of movies. They can feature fun stories in combination with great action and good acting. Also they are fun to watch because the main character usually has some kind of awesome superpower (That we can never have because we’re regular mortals). Right now the leaders of the superhero movie empire are Marvel. And I agree they make some great movies (My favorite probably being X-Men 2). But a few years ago they came out with a movie based on a superhero comic series based on norse mythology…hmm. That movie was “Thor”, based on the comic series based on the norse god of thunder. It was a movie that got mixed reception. To be honest I was one of those that thought it was fairly good. If I have to put it somewhere within my score system I’d say it is one the “rent” spectrum. But can the sequel to it be better? Or will it just be even worse? Let’s find out!

Ladies and gentlemen…”Thor: The Dark World”.

The story follows both the events of both the first movie and “The Avengers”. In the realm where our hero Thor (Chris Hemsworth) lives he fights some bad guys. In our realm we see his love interest from the previous movie, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), being on a date with this guy Richard (Chris O’Dowd). Their date gets interrupted by annoying sidekick Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) who gets Jane to a place to do science stuff. With the help of some local kids (almost forgot, their in London) they find this weird portal thing. When Jane later discovers this great power after she gets lost, she wakes the dark elves led by the evil Malekith (Christopher Eccleston). So of course Thor finds her and wants to help her (Not aware of Malekith), much to his father Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins) dismay. But when they find out about Malekith, it is up to Thor to stop him. But he is not all alone. He has help from a bunch of people. For example the handsome (and now with a different actor) Fandral (Zachary Levi), the beautiful but dangerous Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and his not very trust worthy, but always enjoyable “brother” Loki (Tom Hiddleston). And that is kind of the plot in a nutshell without giving you too many details (given you have not seen this movie yet). And while my explanation of the story is vague, at best…it is actually rather interesting. I like how they use fantasy in mix with science fiction/technology without going full steampunk on us. To sum it up in a short way: Woman discovers plot mcguffin, evil elf wakes from his long-ass nap, Thor has to save everyone. And while that is not my favorite way of explaining things, that is what it is. It is kind of a standard story, but it is like I always say: It is not the concept that is important, it is the execution. And the execution is pretty good.

The characters are…yeah I don’t know really. One example is Thor…I can’t relate to the guy. Why? Because he is essentially a god. Am I a god? No! I am just a dude with a computer. I can relate to human beings…not norse gods. Most other characters are like him…superhuman beings. And most other humans are pretty…nothing special I suppose. I have to complain though about one character…and that is who I called the “Annoying sidekick” Darcy. She serves no other purpose than to be “Comic relief”. Her voice annoying, her lines are lame and just…ugh! But the movie makes up for that…ish by having the always sassy and great Loki. I fucking love this guy! He always has something to say…and everything he says is excellent. That’s it really. So yeah…the characters are like a fruit salad…mixed. You might dislike a few parts…but there are a few sweet and tasty things in there.

The music…here I can return to giving a bit of praise. It is big and epic! And I don’t throw around the word “epic” a lot. Fun thing is that the soundtrack was composed by one of my favorite composers; Brian Tyler. Just listen to the soundtrack for the movie…you’ll know why I like it. Then go listen to everything else by Brian Tyler…do it…NOW!

Thank fucking Christ! Why am I like that? They did a thing with this movie that I like more than the first movie…they got rid of the fucking dutch angle! YES! If you’re wondering, a dutch angle is when you film a movie in a 45 degree angle. It is for the most part used to show a person’s mental instability in a scene (Suc has paranoia or disorientation). Problem is director of the previous movie, Kenneth Branagh, used it a little too much…and it had no “mental instability” scenes. The dutch angle were just there all the time. But thanks to Alan Taylor (the director for this movie) we don’t have it anymore…and I am so thankful for that. Also, the action in this movie is amazing…not kidding. I love watching Thor and the other people kick asses in this movie.

Reception for “Thor: The Dark World” was overall pretty good. Not the best when it comes to the Marvel movies, but still not bad. Rotten Tomatoes holds a 65% positive rating. Metacritic has the lowest score I’ve seen with a 54/100. imdb.com has a 7,2/10 score on the movie (at the time of this review).

“Thor: The Dark World” has a lot of great things going for it. Good story, good acting, great action, great visuals…no dutch angle. But it also has it’s fair share of flaws…such as annoying sidekick Darcy, not the most relatable characters and…not much else really. Just a few thigns in the plot that are only nitpicks. But now that I have ranted on about that…let’s give this movie a score, shall we. My final score for “Thor: The Dark World” is an 8,66/10. While not perfect, it is still a lot better than the original “Thor” and definitely worth buying.

My review of “Thor: The Dark World” is now completed.

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Movie Review: Jack Reacher (2012)

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Book to film adaptations are one of the biggest gambles in the movie industry. There are always books that some people want to see as movies and/or TV-shows. Personally I am waiting for any type of adaptation of Patricia Cornwell’s book series about Kay Scarpetta. But enough about that. Today we are taking a look at a book to film adaptation that not many saw coming and that got decent reviews when it came out.

Jacks and Jills…”Jack Reacher”.

The story is as follows: Trained military sniper shoots (and kills) five innocent civilians. When he later is captured he requests that a certain man investigates his case. And that man is our main character; Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise). So when Reacher comes to start his investigation he runs into the suspect’s lawyer Helen (Rosamund Pike). The two starts investigating the case, they find out a lot more than they would expect. They run into some bad stuff during this. One thing is that there might be more people involved in this. And that is all I can really say without diving into the spoiler end of this pool. This movie is something I expected to be a straight up action film (based on a trailer I saw). But this movie is so much more than that. It is a dark, brutal, smart crime-thriller that always stays on. And you guys know I am a HUGE fan of crime-thrillers. Hell, I even made a Top 5 list about crime thrillers a while back. But anyway, this is a movie that spends a good amount of time with investigations, so it’s not all non stop action. But when there is action in this movie…it is awesome! This movie is a big thrill ride that never let’s go. The only thing that kinda bugged me (a little bit) was the fact that a bunch of conversations between Reacher and Helen are very, how should I put it…expositional. I am not kidding, a lot of their conversations are made for exposition…and that bugs me a little bit. Otherwise…good storytelling in this movie.

The characters are…I don’t know how to put it. They are…complex, I think is the right word to explain them. It is difficult to say. One thing for sure is that they are interesting to watch. I especially got very interested in Cruise’s character Jack Reacher. Sure, he is the main character, but a lot of times the main character in movies is kind of uninteresting. But here he is a complex, brutal guy who you can never really tell what he is thinking. And I love complex characters. So yeah, that is what I can say about the character in this movie. They are complex and have several layers on them.

The music is fucking amazing. It is as dark and cold as…the music in “Prisoners” (2013). That is all I can really say. I did say that the movie was dark and brutal, so I guess the soundtrack fits. Wait…guess? No! I know it fits!

The camera work in this movie is really well done. I think the scenes when the camera swings around the current character of that scene, it looks really good. I do think the direction by Christopher McQuarrie was excellent. And I did some research about the character of Jack Reacher prior to this review…apparently Tom Cruise isn’t Reacher in that sense even though his acting was great. Apparently Reacher is a guy that is like 6 foot 5 inches tall and in general being a real Hulk of a man. And that is something that bothered fans of the books when it comes to this movie. They weren’t happy about Tom Cruise who is only 5 foot 7 inches tall and not overly muscular. And I can see why it would bother them…but I don’t care. Tom Cruise pulled off a great performance and that is all that matters to me.

The reception for “Jack Reacher” was pretty good. Rotten Tomoatoes has a 61% positive rating calling it “Jack Reacher is an above-average crime thriller with a smoothly charismatic performance from Tom Cruise.” Metacritic gave this a 50/100. Roger Ebert has no review or score for it. This movie has a solid 7/10 on imdb.com.

I have spoken about “Jack Reacher” and I am going to hand out a score for this movie. My final score for “Jack Reacher” is an 8,89/10 and a recommendation to buy it. With a few faults it is not worthy of the “SEAL OF APPROVAL”. Mainly due to the expositional conversations. But it is still worth buying. This is a thrilling murder mystery that should be watched by anyone who wants a good movie.

“Jack Reacher” is now reviewed.

I should probably seek out the book…