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Sunday Dues & Blues

So I didn't catch up at all last weekend, and it's been another pretty intense (but not nearly as intense as the last one) concert week since then.

I actually skipped Queens of the Stone Age last Sunday, because the weather was great, the crowd was thus potentially huge (at least 14,000 interested on FB), and I was feeling... kinda tired! I had no other dues in the city either so taking that train back and forth - as I do all work days of the week - didn't feel very tempting. Tried getting stuff done instead. Right...

This week it's been Beck, Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather and Hurula. They were all fantastic, and most so Beck - who wasn't actually from Sweden at all, as I thought, but from California!

Apparently they felt right at home (him and the band) with the heatwave we currently have over here (or had this week - it's raining now).

I didn't catch up at all this weekend either, and tomorrow it's a three day straight of work and concerts again. Full steam ahead. Two more restaurant visits this week, first Hälsocafeet by Bysistorget, where I tried a Knivsöder (AKA Knife South - named after the area with its bloody past), with glass noodles and mango. Delicious. And then I went to Burger King, and didn't forget the gluten-free bread this time. It still wasn't great, but burgers + bread is definitely a better combination (than just burgers).

What else? Oh sign this! ASAP! Been meaning to post it for a while now. It's real important stuff. Really. Censorship. Future of the Internet. That stuff.

Renaine was finally funded a while ago too, yay (the last Kickstarter failed), and I've been doing a voice acting thing. It's a bit bigger a project this time. I stayed up way too late taking way too many takes the first day, but they were received pretty well, so that was great. Hyped to hear the results.

Stayed up till two the night after helping my nephew write an integrity policy for that company he just started too - that had to be done before he began casting the next day. He was pressing up posters and stuff too. Not sure he slept at all. Busy nights - but the weekend's been great after that.

I recorded something real fast for today (reminds me I've got to fix the player interface - it broke with a recent update, but you can still play):

Lyrics are here (you might need them ;). Hope y'all had a good weekend! And see you in a few.

The Dark Tower (2017)

The Dark Tower (2017)

The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

Let something epic commence! And epic it most definitely was. The tale of a dark tower that ties together the universes, and a sorcerer waging a war against it - who wants to let the demons that wait beyond the borders in and wreck havoc upon our world(s).

In his way - as well as also being a living tool that might let him accomplish his nefarious evil - is a little kid with impressive psychic power, and the last gunslinger in the world, Roland.

Matthew McConaughey plays the villain, Idris Elba the gunslinger, and Tom Taylor the kid (props to him), and their story is both imaginative and bad-ass! The final action sequence in particular. It all starts almost like a horror movie, but soon moves into fantasy and adventure, and the hybrid of worlds and genres and ideas make for a both refreshingly new and stereotype-type tale. I thought it'd be something like Maze Runner from the initial scene, but I'm happy it wasn't.

I love most of it, but some bits were a little predictable. The sorcerer loses his grasp all too easily. Everyone's introduced impeccably, but over time they lose a bit of their edge and authenticity, and in the end... it's just missing that perfection. That extra spark. That something special that could've kept it apart from all others.

If you like fantasy and action you'll definitely like this though. Right from the start it just jumps right in. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)

Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016)

Here's a family-friendly (mostly) action comedy starring a couple of couples, new neighbors, of which one couple's a pair of secret agents.

It's no secret really - you'll know if you see the movie cover, but it does take a while for the other couple to figure things out. For a while the spies are the ones being spied on... but who's really spying on who?

Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot both look great, which is a bit of the point, and the action sequences aren't bad either. Not full-out action but: good fun! A bit like Mr. and Mrs. Smith but: not as amazing. More focus on the humor. It's almost like the old Neighbors but apart from the main theme and craze totally different.

It was a fun movie, though a bit predictable, and not particularly dark. Not that that's a bad thing. Dark or no: good movie.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Operation: Endgame (2010)

Operation: Endgame (2010)

Two teams of spies/covert ops/assassins get locked in a building after the Devil (codename for their boss) is killed, and it turns out they all don't like each other very much, and thus start killing each other. Or maybe there's a greater scheme at work here?

It reminds a little of The Belko Experiment, though here the killing is all voluntary. It's a battle royale with two teams of contract killers.

The cast is smaller and the movie lower budget too, but it's not bad. The actors might've needed some stunt doubles for some of the fights, but they do make the aftermath look authentic at least. The gore, I mean. There's quite a bit of that. The special effects otherwise are... okay.

There's quite a lot of profanity and bickering between the characters, too. Not as professional as you'd expect a group of agents to be.

It comes off as a good, but not particularly special or authentic action movie, with somewhat of a moral, though it really doesn't end the way you want it to.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Kung-Fu Yoga (2017)

Kung-Fu Yoga (2017)

Do you remember the time of Jackie Chan movies without special effects?

I miss those times.

It's not one of those retired agent a la Hollywood movies this time though. It's Bollywood! And Jackie's not an agent, but a professor. The cultural bit makes for an interesting immersion of cultures, with a great cast but unfortunately (as is often the case) very average scripting.

Back in the day that was more than made up for with pretty impressive stunts and fights, but though they're still prevalent they fall on the sidelines now. There's not the same sense of danger and realness to it all.

The Dubai chase was pretty cool, almost Fast and Furious-like, but the special effects are just... not his style. And for the most part not authentic. His style's authenticity, and by the fights it seems he's still got that part down alright. Maybe the days of huge death-defying stunts are over, but he's not retired quite yet. I start wishing they'd focus more on that, and towards the end they start to. But it's a bit late.

The movie has an imaginative feel to it - a bit like the Operation Condor era movies, and the sights are fantastic, both real and staged. It's light-hearted adventure, with a few beautiful women and slapstick humor, and in the end: a mighty dance scene! It really was Bollywood after all. :D

Though even that dance scene wasn't the greatest, fun as it was to see.

Too fast, maybe? A hybrid of music and style that didn't really match? It feels like they're trying too hard, or sometimes too little (to make up for trying to hard?), and sometimes moving too fast with the plot progression, but in the end it was an uplifting movie.

It's the kind I like to see, even if it's not the best of its kind. It's the kind of movies he started with, and I'm glad he's back to origins - with a few familiar HK faces too. Score going for a low...

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Security (2017)

Security (2017)

An army captain finds himself out of work, out of tune with his family, and out of his mind.

Desperate for a job he takes a low-wage gig guarding a mall - together with a group of all but experienced colleagues, who just so happen to on their first day of work with him become the involuntary refuge of a little girl, escaping from a savage group of mercenaries out to kill her.

It's a bit like Assault on Precinct 13 - but in a mall, and some of the inventiveness and soundtrack almost give it a Home Alone vibe - even if it's all but comedy. Some of the mercenaries almost come across as the army in Black Mask, with their tenacity and tolerance of pain. That one guy in particular. Don't know his name - neither in the movie nor outside it.

Antonia Banderas plays the security officer, in good company of a younger team, and he really takes on the role of working class hero. Ben Kingsley plays the main villain, and isn't bad, but doesn't always make for a very menacing presence.

Sometimes some lines feel off, and some things feel off, but in the end it's a solid action movie with a limited but good cast. Not the best, not the brightest, but they keep the tension set. Grimy, gritty, and it starts out professional. It's almost one I'd rate a notch higher than the average but wholesome...

 rated 3/5: not bad

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