Hitman (2007)

Hitman (4 Out of 5 Graves)

So i was watching this movie for about the seventh time while running on my treadmill – (Cardio is so awfully important when your running for your life) – when I realized I’d never written it up.

This surprised me because it is one of my all time favorite movies.  I know I’ll get some crap for that statement, but this movie delivers exactly on what it promises.  I ordered a cheesburger medium well, and the cheese is oozing out and the meat is hot and juicy, but still red in the middle.

This is the movie that if I’m flipping channels and I catch a glimpse, I will just leave it on. It’s got great fighting scenes, strong characters, and it follows its own rules throughout the movie.

At first your going to think its just an action movie, but then you start to realize that the director actually put a lot of care into stringing everything together so it made sense for Number 47 to do the things he was doing. Timothy Olyphant kicks ass, playing the role of Number 47 perfectly, letting small facial expressions carry huge weight, but never overdoing it.

And Nika (Olga Kurylenko) is just so damn hot, and yet sweet at the same time. She has that rare mix of traits, both visual and affect, that leave you wondering how such a “bad” girl can seem so truly good at heart.

I highly recommend you catch “The Hitman” the next time it runs.

Let’s OverAnalyze It!!!

AMC has some great marketing people.  They are treating fans of “The Walking Dead” series just like the crack heads we are (for our drug of choice that is) – dribbling out bits and pieces of Season 2, keeping us hooked, but barely alive.

I know they got caught by surprise by how much people liked the series and were banging their heads agains the wall that they only ordered six episodes of Season 1 – so now we all have to suffer!

But at least we are getting the drips and drabs slowly coming out via their fan page.  So let’s get to it.

First Level Observations:

  • Daryl is looking into the distance but does not feel immediately threatened.
  • Shane & Lori are holding back Carol back

Second Level Observations:

  • Daryl has arrows left, so he has offensive capability, if that was required.
  • Amy has nice hoots – even from a distance and in a crappy picture – wait, I meant Amy has blood all over her neck but no one is concerned so I don’t think she’s been bitten.
  • Rick is no where to be seen, which makes me wonder what he’s up to.
  • Carol looks upset, and we don’t see her daughter in the picture.  Is Sophia in trouble?
  • But if it is trouble I think it is bad – going back to Daryl, if there was a chance of saving the kids, wouldn’t he have a bolt in the crossbow and not be standing there watching?  He’s not in change the outcome mode, he’s in, watch the spectacle mode.

I guess we’ll have to wait for our next dose of crack, or maybe for the whole brick to be delivered before we know for sure.

Teen Wolf Season 1 – Episode 8

Episode 8 – Lunatic

Summary:

Scott and Stiles lament over theig girl troubles, trying to wash away their teen angst with a bottle of jack.  After Scott pinned the murders on Derek, thinking he was killed at the highschool, the police think they have their killer, and all they need to do is find him.

Things I loved about this episode…

  • Stiles drunk.
  • Kate Argent as she unlocks the car door for Allison.
  • Stiles makes the first string.
  • The predatory look on Scott’s face when Lydia’s coming in for the kiss.
  • Kate honing in on Scott and Derek with Allison.  I love Jill Wagner.
  • Stiles having a key to the house.
  • Stiles being a true friend. Nobody but a true friend would stick around when they came into that room with Scott.
  • Derek’s not DEAD!!!!
  • Stiles giving his dad a hug while the Argent’s come to the conclusion he might be a Beta werewolf.
  • Jackson realizing that Scott’s glove was torn through by claws.

Things that bothered me about this episode…

  • Lydia being a bitch and telling Scott Allison will just like him as a friend.
  • Lydia luring Scott in for a kiss and screwing Stiles in the head in the process.
  • Allison is still falling for Jackson.
  • At what point does even a true friend run when their buddy is turning into a werewolf in the next room?
  • Jackson flirting with Allison in the sporting goods store.

Best Quote of Episode 8:

Lydia – “I think you’d be pretty surprised at just how greatful I can be.”

Sorry, I just like it when Lydia talks dirty.

Winchester M1873

Great arms in history.

I’ve never had a chance to shoot the M1873 but I’m still hoping.  I found a nice one for $1800 but I’m still looking for a better price.

I like the simplicity and ruggedness.  I think it would make an excellent survival rifle.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger (4 Out of 5 Graves)

We’ve been waiting all summer for Captain America to come out.  We bought our tickets last night for the first matinee today and rushed to get there in time to get a good seat.

Of course traffic screwed us and we had to sit on the far left side of the theatre, something I hate. But it didn’t ruin the movie for me the way it normally would have. The movie started and I was sucked in from the beginning.

Whoever played the young Steve Rogers pulled you in, making you believe everything he was saying and feeling.  That continued right along as Chris Evans appeared, starting a long string of non-stop action. The shout out to the Raiders of the Lost Ark by Johann Schmidt, aka Hugo Weaving was great.

The movie earned a four rating right up until the end.  Throughout the storyline you see Steve Rogers (Captain America) fumble as an earnest but inept geek with the girls, and how Peggy can see past that, even before he was all buff.  It’s what every nerd and fanboy hopes for – a woman who can see past the shell for what they really are.  It strikes a chord, which is then snipped mercilessly.

I have to say this was the worst movie ending ever.  I’ve seen bad movies that just sucked throughout, but rarely do I watch a good movie to feel betrayed in the last three minutes.

After building up the emotional investment between Steve Rogers and Peggy the director just throws it all away so he can bring Captain America into the current Tony Stark timeline for the Avengers.  What a waste.

I’m giving it a four only because a two wouldn’t really do it justice, but I thought about doing it because of the ending.

Teen Wolf Season 1 – Episode 7

Episode 7 – Night School

Summary:

Finally the wait is over.  Episode six left us hanging, but now we know what happens.

Carnage in the high school. The alpha is hunting Scott and Stiles after downing Derek, and someone lures Allison to the school with a text that Scott didn’t send.  The tension builds between Scott and Allison.  She knows he’s holding something back, but doesn’t know what.  Scott throws Derek under the bus, telling his little group of survivors that it’s Derek who is terrorizing them.

Things I loved about this episode…

  • The alpha coming across the rooftop and through the window.
  • Stiles regretting taunting the “captured” werewolf.
  • The werewolf at the end of the corridor when Allison is walking into the school.
  • Making self igniting Molotov cocktails – reminds me of my highschool.
  • The please don’t leave us kiss.
  • How Allison’s voice brings him back to himself.

Things that bothered me about this episode…

  • The freaking jock with the porsche.  Just because I’m jealous.
  • When Allison is nice to the jock right before going into the school.  He’s not good enough for you!!!
  • The alpha can tear through cielings and jump across buildings, but can’t catch a few teens in a hallway?
  • Allison starting to fall for Jackson.
  • A chair? Really?
  • Couldn’t Scott just wolf out a little and opened the deadbolt.
  • Where is Scott’s speed when he’s looking for the key?
  • Allison telling Scott not to call.

Best Quote of Episode 7:

“The alpha doesn’t want to kill us?”   – Stiles asks, looking for clarification.

“It wants me to do it.” – Scott