The Finest Hours – Disney Movie Review

The Finest Hours – Disney Movie Review

When it comes to movies, when I see ‘Based on a True Story’ anywhere in the promotional material I tend to turn away. 9 times out of 10 they are based on sad, tragic stories and I ugly cry enough during sad fictional movies – I can’t deal with sad real life movies!

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The Ranch – Netflix First Impression

The Ranch – Netflix First Impression

When you think Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s Hyde and Kelso – from That 70’s Show. I had the urge to rewatch it and thanks to Netflix I did just that. I started binge watching (is there any other way to watch a TV show on Netflix?!) a few weeks ago and just finished it up. Not ready to turn it off just yet I followed their next recommended option which happened to be The Ranch starring Danny Masterson and Ashton Kutcher.

The Ranch - Netflix First Impression

Now, I’m not one to jump in blindly so I did a little Googling to see what the buzz was. Surprisingly there wasn’t much – you’d think with these two guys people would be all over it. Or maybe there aren’t as many of us as I’d like to think. Anyway, I didn’t actually read the few results I did find, I mainly looked through Google images. I saw Wilmer Valderrama (aka Fez whoknowswhathislastnameis} and that pretty much sealed it for me.

I’m actually watching the second episode now… well kind of. I guess that’s the first thing to point out. It doesn’t have my full, undivided attention. I am pausing here and there to see if it’s getting better. It does, but it has some yawn moments too, but we’ll get to that.

The Ranch Kutcher Masterson

Here’s the low down so far. You have Colt (Ashton) Bennett, a semi-pro football player who seems to be the disappointment of the family. He’s stubborn, immature, and a bit on the lazy side. Pretty much the Kelso you loved on That 70’s Show. He has (basically) the same voice/lack of accent as Kelso. That wouldn’t be a big deal if his brother, Rooster (Danny) Bennett, didn’t have a heck of a country twang intermittently. There are times where if you close your eyes he’s Steven Hyde and other times when he’s country as hell.

The fact that I JUST finished That 70s Show a few hours ago may have some influence on my analysis.

Rooster seems to be the black sheep of the family. The dumb one (which is new since Hyde was considerably smart). He also seems to be the one desperately trying to reunite his family. I have mixed feelings about this guy.

The Ranch - Netflix First Impression

Their dad is played by Sam Elliott (the grave keeper from Ghost Rider) and I want to like him but he’s not really loveable. He seems kind of emotionless most of the time, but there are a few rare moments where you can connect with him. I think my biggest issue with him is the overuse of the F-bomb. Don’t get confused, I curse like a sailor, but when he uses the F-bomb it seems overly forced and flat.

I kinda really love the bar scenes. They remind me of m favorite hometown bars and that helps me put myself in the scene and feel connected.

I’m still getting a feel for the story, but I really like Danny and Ashton together. They have a natural chemistry that makes them seem real as opposed to forced characters. At this point, I could take or leave the story but plan to keep watching because I love these guys and for an Independent, straight to Netflix show I’m entertained!

Captain Obvious Joins the Race for President #ObviousPresident

Captain Obvious Joins the Race for President #ObviousPresident

Have you noticed that it is nearly impossible to turn on the TV or visit a website without some sort of political programming being forced down your throat? The negativity of mudslinging campaigns and friends with different viewpoints makes it hard to keep positive. Considering this happens every 4 years you’d think we’d be used to it by now… but wouldn’t it be great to have a touch of positivity?!

CaptainObvious

This year Captain Obvious is bringing that positivity with him as he ‘runs’ for the presidency. He’s verified on Twitter, with more than 300k followers and Captain Obvious urges you to follow him! When you follow @CaptainObvious you get a front row seat to his comments on the pageantry of the race, remarks on big presidential moments as they happen, and live-tweets during the upcoming debates.

He also has a microsite set up where you’ll find some fun goodies. There are video recaps of his ‘visit’ to all 50 states, animated pictures, and of course Captain Obvious merchandise.

CaptainObvious

With all that running you know he’s tired by the end of the day, so Hotels.com is helping him rest his feet at night. Why is Hotels.com backing Captain Obvious? Well, because they believe in simplicity as much as he does – and he’ll need a place to sleep at night, duh!. They’ll be providing him with running shoes, socks, shorts and everything else he needs for his run.

CaptainObvious

Since the presidential race begun it wasn’t clear who the #ObviousPresident was, but now that Captain Obvious is in the running I think we all know. He is definitely a ‘candidate’ worth following throughout the presidential race. Regardless of what side of the fence you are voting, you should check out CaptainOvious on Twitter since his satirical insight is sure to make the campaign train an entertaining one!

6 Chick Flicks He Won’t Hate

6 Chick Flicks He Won’t Hate

It’s that time of year again, Chick-Flick season. Well, for me it is. I love rom-coms and romantic movies in general but I can’t say the same for most of the men I know.

I have been conducting some TOP SECRET research at home to find Chick-Flickesque movies that a guy won’t complain about.6 Chick Flicks He Won't Hate

So far we have 6 (count ’em 6!!) films that fit the classic chick-flick genre yet aren’t torturous for the male gender. A couple were actually requested with very few chick-flick references made throughout.

These movies have been the salvation from those awkward “What do you want to watch?”, “I don’t care, what do you want to watch?”, “I can watch anything, what do you want to watch?” moments. They’re not {even remotely} new movies but I consider them to be in the “Movies I can happily watch multiple times” bin.

Bonus to watching older movies: You can usually find them on Netflix, Prime, Vudu, or something similar.

Check ’em out and let me know what I missed (I’m always in the market for new movies!)

Bridesmaids


On the outside this looks like your typical, sappy rom-com. I mean, come on… there’s a wedding for goodness’ sake! Dig a little deeper though and the hilarious cast is exactly what takes a rom-com to the men-approved section. The potty humor is perfect for keeping the guys occupied while the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood and love give women what they look for in a good romantic comedy.

Along Came Polly


Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston are an unlikely duo that really work great together. Throw in Debra Messing, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Alec Baldwin and the love and laughter just don’t quit.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall


Funny, witty, and upbeat – this is one of my favorite movies ever. Kristen Bell vs. Mila Kunis – what man (or woman) doesn’t love that setup?! Jason Segel’s brief full-frontal aside, there’s nothing your guy won’t love about this movie.

Trainwreck


I wasn’t crazy about this movie but the fact that Lebron James has a cameo meant watching it was mandatory. There’s non-stop dry, potty humor. Amy Schumer plays her part well, with only a few cringe-worthy scenes. There isn’t much romance involved until later in the movie, but the sex / comedy is spread throughout.

There’s Something About Mary


The movie that taught us all to check labels and avoid hair gel is a great movie for both sexes. Cameron Diaz is fabulous in every role she pursues and is a favorite among men. Matt Dillon and Ben Stiller are the perfect pair to vie for her affections.

Crazy, Stupid, Love


Ryan Gosling is a (kind of) douchey player who teaches a heartbroken Steve Carell a thing or two about playing the game. Emma Stone throws Gosling for a loop while causing more problems for Carell (no spoilers!) This is a good, well-rounded movie that doesn’t play favoritism to either sex.

Is DC Making a Come Back? Marvel vs. DC – Who Rules the Screen

Is DC Making a Come Back? Marvel vs. DC – Who Rules the Screen

With the awesomeness of The Avengers and Spiderman movies Marvel seems to have the comic-based scene on lock-down. Or do they?

For the longest time DC has been focusing on 2 characters – Superman and Batman. With a {very} few exceptions the movies and TV shows based on these characters were just respun, over and over again. All this while Marvel inspired media is pouring out steadily. The Fantastic Four, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Spiderman (of course), X-Men…

Batman Superman Facts

all while DC’s over in the other corner with Superman and Batman on repeat like a Nick at Night marathon.

But times, they are a changing and it looks like for the better.

With a slew of hit TV shows and {sure to be} box office hits in the mix DC is making a strong comeback. But is it enough to make Marvel see DC as competition?

Marvel versus DC Universe

Here is some of what DC has going on now:

Arrow: Action filled CW drama with a gorgeous cast, great plot lines, and emotional twists and turns at every corner. CW
Flash: A lighter side of vigilantism with a slightly quirky cast, with the occasional Arrow crossover. CW
Gotham: A refreshingly new twist on one of our favorite comic book cities. These are pre-batman days (although little Bruce Wayne is a co-star) focusing more on the inner-workings of Jim Gordon. FOX
Supergirl: Another refreshingly new twist on one of the most well-known super heroes to date: Superman. While you won’t see the Man of Steel leap buildings in a single bound, his cousin Kara is keeping the family legacy alive. CW
iZombie: Yes – it’s DC based, I promise! You don’t have your typical superhero cameo with this show, however you can’t help but fall in love with the lovely, yet undead Liv. CW

There’s also Legends of Tomorrow and Lucifer, but I haven’t started on those yet.

Even bigger news still, and what I’m most excited about, is the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. Your favorite DC villains joining together to ironically fight crime. Take a peek at the trailer and maybe you’ll understand why Harley Quinn is my idol!

What do you think, is DC on par with Marvel or will Marvel always win out?

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Film Review)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Film Review)

It’s 4 o’clock in the morning and I just finished watching Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.

Insomnia Rules! But not really….

Anyways, I must admit I’m a little disappointed. Not so much in the movie but the fact I have to wait a year (probably) or more (most likely) until I get some darn answers!

The first movie kind of crept up on me. I was out of the loop at the time I guess. I passed it by a few times before finally deciding to watch it. I think it was Dylan O’Brien that pulled me in,

I just love him as Stiles on Teen Wolf.

Right from the beginning I was drawn in and by the time it was over I was fully invested. I did my research and found out it was based on a series (Harry Potter style¹ hopefully.) Shamefully I still haven’t read the books, but it’s definitely on my to-do list.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

The first movie took place in “The Maze” and in the second movie we find out that there were several mazes, all with survivors like Thomas (O’Brien)’s group. The latter group soon realizes all isn’t right with their ‘rescuers’ and in predictable fashion devise a plan to escape. Well, a half-baked, on the fly plan.

Keep in mind they have basically no memory of their earlier lives.

Explosions, cool taser’ish weapons, and gun fire aside, what is up with the zombies? I was a little thrown off when I saw them since I didn’t do much research into The Scorch Trials. I wanted to be surprised, and that I was. I love a good zombie story as much as the next guy, but they’re a little played out. It just feels like everyone is riding the Walking Dead coattails. It’s the furthest thing from fresh there is right now.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

It was nice to see Thomas turned out to be as awesome as we were all hoping.

It seemed like there are only 2 major character introductions that matter (I don’t count the bad guys AKA W.I.C.K.E.D. – WICKED IS BAD!!!)  Rosa Salazar as Brenda and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Once Upon a Time) as Jorge. I didn’t feel a really strong connection with them, but I can see a major bond forming. I actually didn’t feel that bond with many of the characters in this installment. O’Brien did fantastic however, I see him as “The One to Watch“.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Overall the movie was engaging and had some gasp worthy moments. There aren’t really any boring scenes; when you start to feel a yawn something happens to yank you back. There are some “I saw that coming” scenes and a few that threw me for a loop. That’s what I look for in a movie! …I won’t even get into Teresa…

The ending definitely leaves room for at least one more installment. It leaves you with hope for the characters and a little bit of angst knowing you’ll have to wait for the next installment. There are definitely many, many questions left unanswered. I don’t want to spoil the movie so I’ll just leave it at that. If you’re looking for an interesting movie then check out the Maze Runner series (so far). If you haven’t seen the first one you must watch it before The Scorch Trials.

Trust me!

*On the other hand – I have friends who have read the books and watched the movies with frustration. Apparently the books and movies don’t mesh well. This makes me think the movies might not be the best choice for those who’d rather read the book first.


¹Harry Potter style = a longer series, as opposed to Twilight Style², consisting of 4 or more individual works
²Twilight style: a shorter series of 4 or less individual works