Monthly Archives: November 2015

Ant Man – Review

If this movie was made by some random company, it would be deemed one of the worst movies ever. But it isn’t made by a random company. It was made by Marvel, which gives it an automatic boost.

The concept is pretty cool (I know, it’s from the comics and not original, and blah blah blah) and the storyline is there, the movie itself just feels so weak…

However with the crossovers of the Avengers (Hi Anthony Mackie!) as well as the little snippet at the end credits + the new trailer for Civil War that came out last week, I’m interested to see how Ant Man plays into the new movie.

The movie focuses on burglar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and his stealing of a suit that turns him into a tiny creature capable of lifting 50X his weight.
After being lured into a trap, Scott has to go chase down Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll; Peter Russo on House of Cards) and stop him from turning the world into tiny evil wasps.

Overall this movie, solely on the weight of the Marvel name alone gets a 5 out of 10.
But if you aren’t into Marvel, stay far away from this one.

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Black Friday Loser

I don’t even follow my advice from last year and I am OUT OF CONTROL this year.

I started yesterday afternoon, with a purchase I’ve actually been waiting for, finally went on a 31% off sale and I pounced.
Somehow I selected free shipping and it’s still supposed to arrive today…I don’t understand it sometimes.

But then this morning I bought one or two things that I didn’t need (Hello Nintendo DSi) but I plan on donating it to charity in one way or another, so it’s all for a good cause.

Thanksgiving Dinner For The Homeless @BCHillel

Copied from last years post, and updated with some stats:


For the 8th straight year I will be spending the night before Thanksgiving helping to feed the homeless.

Tonight at 6PM at the Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College will be hosting a Thanksgiving meal for the Homeless.

Joined by the fraternities, sororities, current students and alumni of Brooklyn College, their are usually as many volunteers as “eaters”.

More information on this event can be found here and here.

And if you can’t come, that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part.
Feel free to donate to Hillel and help support the cause.

Thanks!

America Gets Played

Let’s think about how America and most Americans were played and fell right into the trap of idiots.

We all remember Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas student who built an electronic device in a suitcase.

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Let’s be clear: NO SANE PERSON, OR POLICE OFFICER WOULD THINK: “Hey, that looks like a clock!”
This is an unknown electronic device, being brought into a school, and the police took the appropriate response.

Then it came out that it was a clock, and the world went gaga over the kid.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook praised him:

Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed.

I hope the future isn’t filled with conniving people.

The President of America, Barack Obama, who five days later hasn’t acknowledged the death of an American by terrorist hands in Israel, invited Ahmed to the White House, sat him in the third row of a press conference, after sending out the following tweet:

And speaking of Twitter, people who request to be Verified, who have actual jobs in the world, or aren’t trying to trick the government, can’t ask Twitter for that blue check mark. It has to be hand selected and given.
Like Ahmed has on his Twitter account.

And don’t say to me: But the kid was just being a kid and did nothing wrong!

Well, the first chance of fame the kid and his family got, they picked up and moved out of the country.
And are now suing the Texas district where he went to school for $15M.

This countries back bone has grown weak in the last seven years. And with every passing day, and every line drawn in the sand, and every case that passes us by that we just sit back and let others deal with it, we grow weaker in the eyes of others.

Jessica Jones – Netflix – Review – No Spoilers!

Marvel’s Jessica Jones is the second superhero in the Netflix saga, which began with Daredevil a few months ago.

My greatest weakness, occasionally I give a damn. -Jessica Jones

This show is about Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), a girl facing the troubles of PTSD from a bad situation that is slowly but surely coming back to haunt her. She is joined by her half-sister Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter; who is getting his show early next year) in her quest to rid her demons of Kilgrave (played by David Tennant). It also features some crossover with Daredevil in the character of Nurse Claire (Rosario Dawson).

Kilgrave is arguably one of the best played villains in the Marvel Universe, in one of the darkest shows/movies we’ve seen.

Birch St. Main St. Higgins Drive. Cobalt Lane. -Jessica Jones

When you think of Marvel, you think of superheroes saving the world. From living cushy lives (Iron Man) or troubled ones in decent jobs/settings (Hulk) they don’t often focus on a girl going through a genuinely tough time.
Jessica needs to figure out right from wrong, and whether she feels like she’s in control or being commanded to just smile.

They say everyone’s born a hero. But if you let it, life will push you over the line until you are the villain. – Jessica Jones

I’m not going to go back and change Daredevil’s rating from it’s 9.5, but somehow Jessica Jones is even better. Overall it too is a 9.5 out of 10.
And I promise Kilgrave didn’t make me give it that high a rating. I’d know because I finished the series more than 12 hours ago…also, I love you.

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Life Of A Morning Worker

What’s that? You got to work at 7:30 this morning? That’s cute. I’ve been awake since before 3 and done work seen by more people by 7:30 then you will do in a day.

Oh, you feel bad for me that I have to wake up so early? Don’t feel bad. It’s my life and my issue.

And quite frankly I don’t see it as an issue.

While going to sleep at 8PM may not seem “normal” to you, how about you consider this..I don’t have to take off any time from work to make a Dr.s appointment. I can go to any store I want. I can go out for a run and not worry about it getting dark.
And the reason for those three things? Dr.s are always at work at noon. Stores tend to be open at 1:30. And I have yet to see sunset fall before 4PM!

Sure, dating is extremely tough with this schedule. But it’s doable if you try hard enough.
Whether you find overlapping free time (yup, I’ve done dates on someone’s lunch break), or keep first dates to Saturday night/Sunday mornings, it’s all realistic expectations if someone just wants to try.
And if you don’t want to try…than clearly you aren’t right for me.

Rage In NYC Taxis – #4K43

A little while ago I posted a complaint about a taxi on Facebook, and faced backlash for it “not being fair to the cabby”.
The issue at the time was a “middle finger sticker” on the back window, where I thought it was inappropriate, others thought that it may have been stuck there without the drivers knowledge so it’s not his fault (despite the layer of dust over the sticker).

Well this time, the driver is 100% at fault for his actions, and situations of inexcusable rage. There are a few instances with the same driver within the same block period.

It started on 48th Street approaching 5th Avenue in Manhattan, where the left turn lane had a truck parked in it, so the thru lane became the turn lane.
The first car after the turning cars, a jeep, turned into the parking lane to go around them…the taxi behind him (Mr. 4K43) did that too, and was upset that there was a car now in front of him.

To show his anger at the other driver, he hopped half up on the sidewalk and pulled alongside the jeep, rolling down his window cursing him out.
And to prove his point that he deserved to go first, he proceeded to ignore the red light and moved through the crosswalk to cut off the jeep (half on the sidewalk, into the crosswalk) while people were trying to cross the street.
Once the light changed, he crossed Fifth Avenue, and the Jeep waited until the people finished crossing and then we kept going up 48th.

A few blocks later, at 48th and Lexington, the cabbie decided his need to turn, and instead of using the turn lane (and turn light) where cars were lining up, he went past them, and stopped in the thru lane, without his blinker on, and blocked thru traffic that had the green light, waiting for the red turn light to turn green.
When asked “Excuse me, does your blinker work” he proceeded to give the middle finger and say “Nope, it’s broken”.

For starters the action of driving on the sidewalk is a classic case of road rage. The flipping of the middle finger is a classic New Yorker move, but unacceptable for a New York City medallion driver. And lastly, the broken turn signal (which we all known wasn’t broken, right?) is not an option for a taxi, as the car needs to be in full working order.