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Cheap Golf Funded!

Cheap Golf Funded!

With a kickstarter time on less than a week, Cheap Golf has been funded!

And though it's cheap golf, ya know, I really wasn't cheap on this one. The highscores will testify (contributor initials are sorted by donated amount ya know). You can...'t play the game yet, but here's the kickstarter page anyway. Stay tuned.

Cheap Golf

Cheap Golf

Here's a cheap interesting little Kickstarter! 42 hours to go.

Eye In The Sky (2015)

Eye In The Sky (2015)

There's another Eye In The Sky movie from 2007, which I think I watched when it came out. It has no relation to this, but since they share the same name I thought I'd bring it up anyway. Not sure which I liked best. This was definitely the more professional of the two, but also a bit bland. A bit predictable. A bit confined.

It takes place mostly in a room - or a set of rooms, where members of the US and UK army/parliament/ministry... well, government for short, are meeting to overview and execute a capture of native terrorists on foreign ground.

They have eyes on the targets, but can't identify the main one, and when they do unmask her there's a row of suicide vests on a bed. Not possible to raid. The enemy is all over the neighborhood, and they just have one local man. What's the political incentive? What's the casualty estimate? It's a collaborate US and UK strike. One of them has a US pass. There's a little girl outside the fence selling bread, and a 65% chance she'll die if they shoot a missile into the house. The undercover agent tries to buy her bread so she can leave - but he's spotted, and all the while the ministers sit around their respective table and discuss how to proceed, sometimes all but respectfully.

It is interesting, I'll give it that, and the spy bugs and sky-eye tech are state-of-the-art and authentic-looking (and I really like the cover design), but at the same time I'd rather be out in the field, and for some reason it feel a bit heavy on propaganda.

For what? For sympathy? It's just the one girl. Have I gone cold and insensitive from too much movie violence, to the point where a movie that's supposed to tackle topics such as responsibility and consequence in all it's overwhelming political complexity, and the characters along with their calls, just feels... dull? Or are human lives really overrated?

Maybe dull's the wrong word though. It did keep me glued until all was over, but the inside of a building felt like the wrong world for it all to take place in. It's distancing, though I suppose that's the topic it tackles the most too: warfare at a distance. How people can just hit a button and people die, with no need to really be there and do any dirty work, or see the results of their massacre. Morality issues. Control issues. Responsibility issues.

That said: the world's already gone a long way away from a leader leading his troops, to simply giving orders at a distance. A leader needs to be protected... right? But then again isn't a leader one who leads, and stands at the forefront of battle, protecting his people? How did our priorities and definitions get so hopelessly skewed?

The movie takes up some interesting topics, and when you start tackling those it's easy to go even further back, to questioning modern warfare, overall. Since it does, the correlation between topic and distance of filming works fine, and if the moral and political issues of warfare at a distance is (as it seems) what this movie aims to bring up, it does that well, and not only that but it manages to open up to so much more with it. If I based my score upon the opening debate, and potential political implications of the movie rather than the movie: it'd be much higher.

Distance-based warfare? It's wrong no matter how acceptable the casualty threshold is, yet it seems to me the qualms of preventive warfare should be the main issue: killing people before they do a thing... somehow that one passes by all too easily. It's all about the little girl.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Never Back Down 3 - No Surrender (2016)

Never Back Down 3 - No Surrender (2016)

Michael Jae White is at it again! As both director and actor, this time with his main adversary the colossal Nathan Jones, as the surprisingly authentic-like Brazilian/Portuguese madman Caesar Braga.

Tony Jaa makes a small cameo too, in the most respectfully entertaining way, and not just him but also the so-called female Tony Jaa: JeeJa Yanin. The fans have been hoping to see the both of them in the same movie a long time (I should know), and here they are! Though not with prominent roles they're an appreciated surprise. A fun bonus. Props.

As for the movie: I barely remember the prequels of this series, but the story is certainly not the strongest point of the franchise. Nor is the acting... or the dialog. The script's that of pretty much any traditional fighter movie: a guy signs up for a fight, his friend comes along, unexpected things happen, the main guy goes down and the buddy takes over, there's a girl, there's an antagonist with a lot of cash, and things get problematic. Good versus evil. Ethics over cash. Friendship over all.

It's predictable, but it ends the way it should! With justice... and violence.

The fights are really the only thing you're looking to see here, and maybe some creative training accompanied by heavy hiphop music, and of course a happy ending. That and the cameos mentioned above, maybe some of the corny comedy, and of course some of Thailand too! It's a nice place, with nice people, and plenty of nice fights.

The choreography gets better with each one, and though it's not enough to redeem all and make it a great movie they make it well worth watching. Good fun, just nothing spectacular apart from the action.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Kill Zone 2 (2015)

Kill Zone 2 (2015)

AKA SPL 2. I've seen the first, but not reviewed it. It was great though. This one... yupp! It's pretty awesome, 2.

Tony Jaa and Jing Wu are in the same movie! Isn't that enough? And they do battle both against and with each other, so expect some pretty awesome action sequences. The locations aren't the most varied - it's basically in a prison, and in a reception, but they make the most of it.
It's the long-promised sequel to SPL, or Kill Zone as it's alternatively (Americanizingly) called, and the intrigue is this: While undercover officer Kit is taken prisoner by the syndicate, he befriends his keeper and discovers an organ trafficking ring.

Simple enough, right? It's not all that basic though, and there's plenty of character development inbetween the fighting. Both their bonds, their acting and the action's often a bit overly dramatic - as these movies tend to be, but in a good way, and the action is sublime. Gritty, fast, and furious.

There aren't that many moments that really stand out - no stunts that you'll remember over others (except maybe that seamless kick through the window, or the fall off the prison terrace, or... well, there might be a few), but it has a sort of over-exaggerated authenticity about it that way. It's both down-to-Earth and way too flashy, but it's a combination that makes for immersive and intense watching, and lasting impressions.

The bad guy looks a lot like the commander in Black Mask - a professional, serious and suitably oldskool type of antagonist, and I do love the villainous tone the criminal gang has to them, almost like the type you'd find in a Superhero movie. There are no superheroes here, of course, but it has that tinge to it. Transcending mortality, kind of.

It's a heavy dose of the cold, harsh realities of the world... and furious martial arts action. The new school artists in an oldskool style of movie - more so than the prequel. Will there be a third? I hope so!

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Moana (2016)

Moana (2016)

Disney movies just keep inspiring! The musical bits are awesome, the nature - the realm of isles, the endless blue, the mixture of nature and Godly: all of it's amazing.

The story is that of a Chief's daughter, who seems destined for the ocean, but whose father just won't let her go beyond the reef... and yet the ocean beckons. The fish are disappearing. Nature is shriveling. A darkness is spreading, and when one day she hears the legend of the demigod Maui, and how he caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti, and that the only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti's heart - which she's been given by the ocean as a child, not knowing what it was, it all falls into place. Her grandmother, on her deathbed tells her to go, and so she does.

It's an adventure! And not only so perfectly scripted, but with such awesome ties to foreign mystery and (I assume) Hawaiian culture. Correction: it's Polynesian mythology. The names, the nature, the ancestry and cycle of life - the way it all comes to closure, and most of all the call to find yourself and find your calling, it all seems to call to me.

It's a story of self-realization, and good versus evil with a twist. A modern day fairy tale without all them fairy's, no forced romance, a shiny crab, and Dwayne The Rock Johnson as Demo-God Maui!

Auli'i Cravalho plays Moana, and... most of the movie is mostly them. Which is great, because they're great.

Script, narrative, story, humor, music - it's all as good as it gets, the music especially. It's light-hearted, likable, logic, mythical, and with plenty of momentum and emotion when it counts. You're Welcome. Well, thank you!

Not only do I love water - which a large portion of this movie features, but also the message, and the theme. Not to mention the theme songs. Catchy as coconuts. It's definitely my favorite Disney movie of the year.... maybe decade. Don't let the cover fool you: there's no age limit. It's a much reccomended; great watch.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome
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