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Cop & ½ (1993)

Cop & ½ (1993)

Burt Reynolds and a little black kid playing cop?

I feel like it follows on the Home Alone franchise somehow. Like it was meant to be a hit in the same vein but didn't quite make it.

I get conflicting impressions. It feels a bit too goofy sometimes, yet at other times oddly serious. Burt and the kid are a real contrast, not just color and size-wise but in all possible wises. Mainly they seem to focus on the contrast between the kid's cuteness and Burt's toughness, and for the most part that works well, but sometimes it just feels like an odd combo. Like: not real? Not sure.

Theoretically it seems like it'd work well, but that maybe they forced it, or rushed it, or just didn't go all the way with either action or comedy.

Or missed something fundamental in regards to character chemistry.

I enjoyed it but... missing something.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

Move On

Feelin' like I better do this too.

Go get it!

No More Opera

Okay, that was the last straw.

Typed up a very satisfying PM response, was about to hit send but switched tabs real quick for some unknown and very unnecessary reason since I just felt a need to close that other one before I did (that'd probably be what they call OCD these days) and Opera crashed again.

Again!

Maybe seventh or eighth time the last three days.

It happens when I (I assume) am loading more content than my hardware can really handle - for example multiple YouTube videos or a large array of posts I need to edit.

Sometimes the browser boots up again with the tabs intact (but not any edits or responses I might have typed up before the crash), but sometimes nothing. Sometimes I need to both write and open things all over again.

And there's no easy 'open all recently closed tabs' alternative - at least not one that's available by default, so that's even more time spent going through sidebar history if I don't recall all I previously had open.

This new but very aggravating issue, along with how the browser still occasionally opens up tabs that just don't load - or rather now shows an elaborate error message on how the page wasn't available/couldn't be loaded, instead of loading endlessly as it did before - are the things that are ultimately making me swap browsers once again.

To Chrome. Alas. Might've been Chromium-based already but: Chrome.

I'm not a Google fan at this point, but unfortunately their browser is the only one that seems to function well enough on my current computer. I tried FireFox before, but it's too slow, so no dice. Gecko with current optimization won't do.

I've tried a few spin-off's too but lack of plugins and functionality and/or odd interface quirks had me skipping out pretty quick.

Instead of complicating things by plowing through a new selection of alternatives (Edge comes to mind - but that's Microsoft - same company that recently tried to so forcefully get users to upgrade to Windows 10 - and even more recently installed their new browser as a 'recommended system update' though it's really nothing other than bloatware if you actually have another - presumably better - browser installed - and most recently started aggressively blocking Flash - I won't forget these things you know) I'm going with the alternative one I have installed, and have previously only been using for work-related purpose, as it syncs up nicely between computers and lets me move between dues at home and office seamlessly.

FireFox does too of course but: those hardware issues.

Next step should hopefully be upgrading my computer, and so I'll be able to move back to my ideal choice, the one and only Mozilla masterpiece, but for now this is the way. The easy way. So all potential compromises considered: the only.

Opera: it was fun. For a moment. Alas you were complicated, your settings section wasn't ideal, your menu placement was somewhat confusing and I'm not a fan of the history/bookmarks/etc placement to the far left. Wish I could've changed you a bit more to my preference.

I do applaud the built-in VPN I never used. For all who do, it really is a big plus to you.

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One Piece: Stampede (2019)

One Piece: Stampede (2019)

It's got the trademark characters, the pirate party vibe, the action, but those special effects... it really isn't what it used to be.

The island the movie takes place on (one big treasure hunt/party one - déjà vu of earlier movies) looks pretty bland too. Though it gets blander. After the initial glimpse at the party it's soon blown up, and suddenly it's just an empty; dusty; rocky desert, with a dystopian dark ocean around it, with the camera panning over the lands; occasionally taking brief dives down into the shadows below. Whatever happened to the mood? And detail?

It's good to see the gang again, but this doesn't feel like the proper reunion. It's not as much an adventure as just a fight. A mess. The whole lone wolf and strength thing is done to death at this point too, but I'll admit I did smile at the ending, so there's something.

Both the series and the movies seem to getting somewhat repetitive though, whereas earlier on the movies in particular were always a testament to somewhat higher quality in all regards.

Hope they step their game up with the next one.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Boruto: Naruto The Movie (2015)

Boruto: Naruto The Movie (2015)

Boruto's kind of annoying isn't he? Kind of spoiled. At least in the beginning... I guess he grows on you.

I don't know if I was ever equally annoyed with his dad though, even in the beginning of the original. I am a bit annoyed at how grown-up he seems now! Even if the battle sequences are all amazing, and I do wonder who raised the third guy in the group... I thought I'd relate more to the older him since I don't relate as much to his son, but as it is I don't really relate to either. Middle age? Wonder who's really the intended audience here...

The movie feels a bit short, but the action sequences are great, and the morals are the spotlight. Don't cheat. Do it the hard way, and you'll really feel like you accomplished whatever it is you were going for!

It's also a story of family, of making time for your kids, and of course also that of a supervillain about to try what Kaguya tried to do at the end of the original anime and take over the world, only this time it doesn't take a few hundred episodes, and their plans get foiled pretty quick.

Overall it feels a bit superficial and predictable at times, and nobody dies, so in that regard it seems like less an integral part of the plot - plus when did Hinata become a weak housewife?! I'm not really seeing the lure to get into this anime after this, it's all too different from the the way I remember it and still (a few hundred episodes maybe does that to do) wish it was...

But on the other hand I'm happy when it's over.

I mean I feel it ended the right way. With closure.

Maybe it's not such a bad movie after all.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

The Berrics Rhyme

Ambition Snowskates takes you inside the mind of Michigan's Dave Engerer in the brand's latest video. The weather outside may be frightful, but Engerer's skills are tight, fool.

Just really liked this description. :) Maybe worth sharing.

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