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Only a night of Hero rape could produce a seed like this, and a movie like this too.

I honestly felt like there should have been more to this movie, but there was not.  I was hugely disappointed, DC Animation usually does the best job with their animated Universe.  Now as a Batman hater (see my last article) it still infuriated me with how they portrayed the Dark Knight.

I love Ra’s al Ghul, he is by far my favorite Batman villain (sorry Crown Prince of Crime).  I just love his mythos and his name means “Demon’s Head” that can’t get any cooler.  Al Ghul gets a few minutes of screen time here and is awesome all the way through.  You can get the vibe very quickly that he enjoys being a grandfather, and I wish we could get a prequel of Al Ghul and Talia training young Damian (you hear that DC make up for this turd).  How they handle Slade Wilson/DeathStroke is awesome for first half of the movie, but by the end not so much.  I’m glad we get Nightwing/Dick Grayson (Dick has always been my favorite…  Hold on…  You know what I mean) playing a role in this movie, in the comics it was Tim Drake’s Red Robin that was the “other son”.  I think it fits the components of the movie better with Nightwing instead of Drake.  Especially since most would agree Grayson has always been the closet to what a real son would have been like for Bruce Wayne.  The ending credits has a great sequence that shows a fight that we didn’t see during the movie, that we all wanted to see, so that was a nice little twist.  The voice work in this movie is great.  I’m getting used to Jason O’Mara as Bruce Wayne/Batman (I know the adolescent/preteen in me just kicked adult me in the nuts for ever thinking there could be another Batman voice besides Kevin Conroy), but all the voice work does a great job.  The animation looks marvelous, as well as the fight scenes are well done.

Now to my list of the unfortunate.  Ra’s Al Ghul is one of the biggest villains in the world, but in this movie his weaponry is stuck in the past.  I get it, League of Assassins, but no guns on a complex and no defenses with modern technology?  Come on man!  I get that Damian is a protege and anybody trained since birth would be one bad ass kid (Hit-Girl anyone?), but Damian battled skilled high level adult fighters and sometimes barely broke a sweat.  Come on man!  One of my great loves of Ra’s Al Ghul as a villain is how he refers to Batman as “Detective”.  Yet in this movie Batman is a FUCKING IDIOT!  From his Killer Croc fight (great to see him in a movie), to his lack of ability to figure things out before his preteen son does.  Damian is always 2 steps ahead of the Bat.  World’s Greatest Detective” my ass, he must have removed the title for this movie.  Nightwing figures things out faster than Batman, so maybe all of his “son’s” are surpassing him.  The plot was pathetic, the movie tries to get by on how cool the concept of Batman having a “killer” son.  Deathstroke wants to be leader of the League of Assassins, but he did everything to be the leader by destroying the League of Assassins, even down to eliminating all the leaders, and the one he didn’t eliminate he could have, but chose not to because he wanted to lure Damian in to settle a grudge?  Huh?  Damian would have been lured in just for revenges sake.  Oh yea we get a subplot of creating ninja mutant man bats (this is ripped from the comics), now this subplot was just set up to give Batman more things to fight.  Lets not forget Rape is spoke about in enjoyable terms, the Lazarus Pit not making a user insane, Batman having an “oh well (shoulder shrug)” feeling about everything (having a hidden son, League of Assassins being rebuilt after it was destroyed, Ra’s Al Ghul predicament).  Then you have Damian who is annoying, (like Conner from Angel annoying), but I can get over that if they didn’t make him have a change of heart for no reason other than him saying it.  Bruce and Damian never bonded, or had a profound moment that would justify a reason for Damian to change the ways he learned since he was born.  The list could go on, but I have written to much.

Again I just think this movie was made to say LOOK EVERYONE BATMAN HAS A SON!  And he is nothing like him!  And who doesn’t like kid violence?  This movie is for me was like the scheme Talia used on Batman.  Use a hot/cold relationship to lure you in (Batman and I), get drugged where it makes/hopes you forget what made your relationship what it was (All the reason that make me hate Batman is what makes him awesome, except this movie hopes I forget that)), and then from that comes a product that is bad (this movie).  Son Of Batman will just drug you and leave you with an issue to take care of…  It sucking.   I Pay For It (with my innocence) So You Don’t Have To!

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All puns and jokes aside Sexual Abuse and Rape are serious things not to be taken lightly and I do take those things serious, sorry if I offended anyone with my jokes.

 

I’m not the hugest Batman fan, when I was younger I did enjoy him more until I realized a lot of things about Batman I didn’t like. here is my list and goes a little something like this:

1.  He is a lunatic, only person I think is crazier than Batman is Rorschach from “Watchmen”.  You don’t believe Batman is crazy?  Please look at the facts:

-He dresses up as a BAT as a grown ass man!

-He trains kids to fight crime even after some have died, he vows to never do it again and then up pops another kid sidekick (or teen sidekick)

-In his fight against crime he refuses to use guns because his parents were killed by guns, yet everyone uses guns on him.  I would say that is dumb but we all know Batman is smart; see #2.  Hell at least use rubber bullets.

-When a villain is not afraid of an all powerful alien, but shudders in their boots because a man in a bat costume glares at them, that is insane.  In the words of the late James Brown, I don’t know Karate, but I know KRRAAZZYYY!  Now imagine a guy that knows both, beware Chuck Norris.

-He is a billionaire that rather spend time with a kid, and old man, in a dark, dank cave instead of being an awesome jet setting billionaire that has tons of sex with models, buying the night spots, and just going crazy with the family inheritance.

-Not to mention the women to really catch his eye are a Princess of an Assassins Guild, a cat burglar (granted the cat suit would do it for me too, especially if you throw Halle Berry, or Michelle Pfeiffer in it), Renaissance fighter, a spy for the Black Hand, a crazy plant lady who has tried to poison him, his former bodyguard, and an Amazon Warrior (Kudos if anyone can name all of the women I’m referring to, and then you will realize that you are as geeky and pathetic as I…  I call that a soul mate).  You date crazy, because you are crazy!

So yes Batman is Bat-Shit Cray (I know saying cray is very uncool now, its like when I first heard my mom say swag. WORD OFFICIALLY DEAD!) Crazy.

2.  I don’t mind insane characters, hell I like Rorschach, even the insane Deadpool, and Punisher.  Yet they make Batman unbeatable, which is my main problem with Batman.  Don’t give me the super intelligence angle either, you can be the smartest man in the world or even in the universe but one solid punch from a Man of Steel should shatter a skull.  Now lately they have made Batman more vulnerable and don’t have him going toe to toe with the likes of Darkseid, but there was a point when Batman was the underdog that could… no matter how unrealistic the odds.

3.  Batman is so FUCKING COOL!!!  And I hate him for it.  I’m a Supes fan through and through and the Ultimate Boy Scout can’t hold a candle to the awesomeness of Batman.  The hiding in the shadows, the overlooking the city like a crime fighting Gargoyle.  Just nothing compares to The Cool of The Batman (that would be a great album name for an Alternative Hip Hop Artist, Childish Gambino I’m looking at you).

Enjoy this short by the man who made my image of Batman so cool Bruce Timm (and for a lot of us he shaped our love for the DC Animated Universe, and I wish Timm and Dini would get back in to help with the movies):

Here is a trailer for the upcoming “Son of Batman”, and we know the DC Animated Universe hits Home Runs!  This looks amazing!

And lastly just a great geekgasm, this definitely has Frank Miller Batman era written all over it.  Lord why can’t we get this in real life?

Happy 75th Anniversary Batman and here is to another 75 years of being crazy, unstoppable, and cool!

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Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
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Seems like when you make a horror movie and I can’t say the name, know what the name means (Insidious), or just seems odd, it equals Good Freaking Horror Movie.

Now I walked into this movie with very little knowledge of it.  The trailer felt very Ring ish to me (I did enjoy the first Ring and Ringu) so I was expected more of the same.  What I got was a very rooted Psychological thriller mixed in with a ghost story, and a tension building good time.  I’m not hailing this as an all-time great, but it is refreshing and fun.

The story does a great job of zipping from past to present, and in doing so you as a viewer start to question what is present and what was the past.  The movie plays with the idea of viewing the same event differently through two perspectives, and how the cloud of time can effect memory of events.  The movie goes a long way in setting you up to the point where you are questioning what is real and fake.  I will note that there is a lot of child acting in this movie and that usually downgrades everything for me but the performances here are stellar (Annalise Basso and Garrett Ryan), you can sense the fear and dread in these young actors.  While I’m on acting; Karen Gillan is amazing in this, I know her more from Dr. Who, but this kind of performance can be the beginning of a star studded career similar to Jennifer Lawrence (I know Winter Bone was awesome but even Lawrence did the terrible “House at the End of the Street”).  Gillan really shows off this one.  Gillan helps keep you invested in this sister and brother team.  Now again I was expecting nothing so my surprise does elevate this movie in my eyes.  Female Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) is also good, you can really feel how the mirror starts to slowly destroy her whole life until WHAM everything crumbles.

It was very little that I didn’t like.  Some things were the pacing, now I love a slow burn as much as the next, but sometimes I felt it dragged an inch.  There were not a lot of jump scares, which usually I’m against but here a few more would have helped keep the tension building.  Now like all horror movies there are moments that make you go “Why didn’t they just do…”  I usually suspend that comment for the sake of the film, but there was a moment in the movie where the main character did something smart and it didn’t work, but she never tried it again.  Basically they get help from a neighbor, but it failed, and they never thought to try again.  You know get help from a teacher, or other neighbors?  Show someone your mother.  I feel like that was the writers way of saying “Hey look these kids aren’t dumb, see they tried and it failed…  now back to your hell house”.

Lastly, I really enjoyed this film, and I implore everyone to go out and see it.  I am tired of good horror (Cabin in the Woods) getting no press (Drag Me To Hell), sales (The Descent), and making Hollywood go back to old reliable (remakes, reboots, sequels, and pure garbage).  I mean how many more Saw, Paranormal Activity, and now Insidious can we keep getting?  Oculus is like going on a blind date and all your friends tell you she has a nice personality, so your expecting average to dog, and you end up with Karen Gillan.  Good Fucking Deal!  I Pay For It So You Don’t Have To, but Pay for this so Hollywood doesn’t have to shove the garbage down our viewing throats.

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With me just watching Captain America 2: Winter Soldier I got to thinking, what awesome things that could and should be in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron to give movie goers everywhere a geekgasm or geekoner and I’m not talking about the one that Black Widow gives us every time she is on screen.

Now this list is going to be of stuff that can actually happen, not a “I wish” scenarios ala SpiderMan, X-Men, or Fantastic Four showing up.  Sorry geeknation they are owned by different companies and they wont permit a crossover situation hell Joss Whedon and Co. can’t even use the word Mutant, because it is owned by Fox for X-Men.  With that being said lets get into it.

1.  Lets get an actual death in this one.  Yea we can recon it later, but no Coulson shenanigans.  Kill someone and keep them dead.  If I had to chose it would be either Stark (because Robert Downey Jr. is talking about not reprising the role.) or Captain America we can have the Winter Soldier take over his role ala in the comics.

2.  Acknowledge and talk about other heroes in the Marvel Universe, we got a Stephen Strange shout out recently, but I would love to hear about Pym particles, Wakanda, Vibranium (which is used to make Capt Shield and was the secret element in Iron Man 2).

3.  Going along with that, if it is a huge battle that ensues can we please get other heroes making cameos to fight.  Can we see a Power Pack team battling, Heroes for Hire (Luke Cage and Iron Fist), Cloak and Dagger, and if I’m right they should have just got Blade back.  It doesn’t have to be long scenes maybe just see people with identifiable uniforms fighting off hordes of Ultron bots.

4.  Please have Ultron thrash the Hulk!  It is so hard for the Hulk to have a formidable foe because of his resistance to any and everything. with that being said:

5.  Can we see different versions of the Hulk, maybe during the time Starks and Banner spend together at the end of Avengers 1 they try to find a way to make the Hulk not a total beast, but retain some of Banners intellect enter the Gray Hulk.  This could help throw Ultron off who knows the Avengers and all their strengths and weaknesses.  This would also get us a talking Hulk, which would be cool.  It would add to our excitement to see big Green return to help thrash shit!

6.  The major thing I would love to see in the movie that would make my head explode would be Captain America picking up Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir, and battling Ultron.  Imagine Mjolnir in one hand and the Shield in the other.  In the books Capt. was deemed worth to use and wield Mjolnir.  Make a way for Thor to get disarmed and have Cap pick it up and go to work parkour style on Ultron.  Like I mentioned before this would switch up what Ultron is used to.

I also have some honorable mentions that would be cool, but I’m sure couldn’t fit into the movie.

-Find a way to take the Avengers team to another of the 9 realms.  I would really like to see Hel, maybe they go there looking for Loki and surprise surprise he is not there.

- Suggest a possible House of M situation.  This is where the Scarlet Witch went insane and recreated the world where Magneto and his family ruled.  Now I know they couldn’t use Magneto, but maybe they make it so Hydra won the war, once you see Capt 2 you will know why and how this could be possible.

- Have a way for Hulk to get out of control and they are forced to send him to another planet because he is to much of a threat ala Planet Hulk and make that the next Hulk Movie.  Gladiator style Hulk movie, and have him return in time for Avengers 3 to fight Thanos.  You could do this again with a crazy Scarlet Witch hexing the odds of a portal opening and sending him to another planet.

So these are the things that I think can take Avengers 2 to another level and be the best comic movie ever. In Joss Whedon we trust!

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Marvel takes another crack at the Animated portion of their franchise as well as continuing the Anime style in this uneven Black Widow and Punisher.

The trailer gives you the style this is in, it is in the same wheelhouse as the X-Men (pretty good), Iron Man (really good), Blade (decent), and Wolverine (gawd awful) anime series.  This pits S.H.I.E.L.D. in cooperation with The Punisher.  I have always had a strange relationship with/about the Punisher.  I feel like he is a broke, gun toting, more insane version of Batman (yes Batman is insane, HE DRESSES UP AS A BAT!!!  That’s called crazy, or that superpowered villains are afraid of the human on the Justice League, that is because you can’t beat crazy), in the Punisher’s world rarely is prison the answer for your crimes and I love that about him, but I also hate that Frank Castle is so tough to work with, just realizing that teamwork makes the Dream work would benefit Castle in his vendetta.  Hell even single focused Cable teamed up with unstable Deadpool to accomplish goals.  With all that being said I enjoy the Punisher’s ability to tangle with the more powerful enemies (or sometimes heroes) in the Marvel Universe and hold his own.

On the screen Frank Castle has seen little success, from Ivan Drago, Thomas Jane, and Ray Stevenson playing him (I actually liked the Ray Stevenson Punisher movie), animation seems to be the perfect format to really understand and get what the Punisher is all about.  Here he can be as bloody and brutal as he wants to be and I loved every moment of it.  The interaction between Fury and Castle is classic, its like two juggernauts not backing down from each other, Fury knowing he has the while might of S.H.I.E.L.D. at his will, and Castle knowing that he has…  CRAZY, the unstoppable force.  In all seriousness the movie hints at some past issues that Castle and Fury have yet to resolve.  The Black Widow is the Black Widow, they tie in a love interest to the plot of the movie to make her more interesting.  The only real interesting thing about this whole movie are the fights.  You see the acrobatic deadly spy/assassin fighting style of widow teamed with the brute aggressive style of Punisher and the contrast makes for some entertaining fights and team ups.

Now don’t get me wrong I enjoyed this movie, but it had a lot of bad about it that I ignored in favor of just pure entertainment.  Like the whole plot is just stupid.  The dialogue is awful, and the attempt to make the characters relate able is terrible and not necessary.  To boot they just throw in the Avengers at the end just because it is convenient.  Like literally out of nowhere the team shows up to fight the big battle at the end.  I would have preferred they kept the adventure small time ala the S.H.I.E.L.D. show so it solely focused on Widow and Punisher, but I guess you have to sell the movie somehow right?

This is a fun movie that is short and sweet too, so enjoy it and don’t take it to seriously.  I don’t know how much of the flaws can be chalked up to the attempt of an Asian market crossover or just lazy scripting.  Regardless if your a fan of either Widow (and what man isn’t) or Castle you will get your fun with them.  This movie is like having a friend that you like to hang out with but they always have to bring their annoying little brother.  Basically you have to take the good with the bad and the good barely out weighs the bad.  I Pay For It So You Don’t Have To (this movie is on YouTube so you really don’t have to pay).

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Captain America in my bedroom...

Captain America in my bedroom…

So I will start here….  Yes read the caption…  So naturally you know this review will be unbiased and honest, a “No-Spin Zone” if you want to call it.  Trailer time:

So yes I’m an unapologetic Captain America fan and that picture (thank you Rico for getting it for me) rest in my bedroom, so I wake up to Cap every morning, oh yeah and my wife (and for the record she was the one that hung it there, she’s an Angel, right!).  So I was extremely excited for this film.  The first Captain America was a necessary evil because Cap is a complex character and the set up in the first is needed to make the future adventures relate able and exciting.  So for most the first movie was a bit slow and prodding, yet again a necessary evil for an exciting Avengers and Captain America 2.  Result…  BEST FUCKING MARVEL MOVIE YET!

Besides my bias, honestly this movie is awesome.  It is a political/spy thriller, comic book, and action movie rolled into one.  Mix in the message of finding oneself.  Now I know that sounds like a lot, but somehow it all works.  This movie gives every character their time to shine, which I feel makes the movie special.  What do I mean by that?  What we enjoyed about the Avengers is how the characters played off of each other and when the chips were down worked together to save the day.  Here you have Captain America, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Falcon, Maria Hill, and the Winter Soldier.  Each character gets their moment with a ton of laughs (ala the Avengers) to go around.  The character interaction makes you feel like after the incident in New York these characters had missions since then that has helped them bond for better or worse.  Now I know you’re probably thinking “Why does Jason love Captain America so much”, granted no one is really asking but I would like to explain.  It was one of the first comics I read and why I read it?  Because Falcon was the first Black hero I had ever seen.  From that I grew to love Steve Rogers, he was a color blind hero that only cared about Truth, Justice, and the American way!  And he had a Brotha by his side!  How awesome is that?  To 8 year old me that was amazing!  Also in my family I considered myself the runt of the group (now years later I’m the biggest, thus “BIG” J), so I felt like Rogers, never good enough, fast enough, strong enough, but always had enough heart.  I yearned for the day genetics would give me the “Super Soldier Serum”, and it happened in the 11th grade.

This movie is a Marvel Universe game changer.  I wont spoil anything but after this movie the Universe will never be the same.  Up is Down and Down is Up.  In the first Captain America people complained of not enough action or shield play, well Capt. slings that damn shield everywhere especially in S.H.I.E.L.D.  The fight scenes are great, minus a bit of shaky cam issues, but they use the Capt. parkour fighting style to the extreme.  It was good to see Capt. fight enemies that are not “super powered” just so we can see how powerful Capt. really is compared to the average person.  We get to see how the changing of the world is starting to wear on the honest nature of Capt. and if the spy world is a world he can flourish in.  The Black Widow, who I contend is the real hero of the Avengers movie (shout out to Joss Whedon loving the strong female character, and I just might write an article about Widow being the real hero), gets to do her usual butt kicking, while some of Capt.’s honesty starts to give her moral dilemmas to think about.

The WINTER SOLDIER! what can I say?  How about move over Loki, Winter Soldier is the deadliest villain we have seen in the Marvel movies.  We love Loki not because of his brute force of bad assness, we love Loki because he is amusing and just plan interesting.  The Winter Soldier is a pure deadly bad ass, not much dialogue, but boy is he memorable just a total wrecking machine.  Finally in this movie we get to see why Fury is the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., in the movie Fury has a moment that reminds me of Kakashi Sensei (where are my Naruto fans at?  None?  Ok fine).  I want to give a nod to whoever did the casting, because getting Robert Redford to be in this movie adds that extra weight that only an acting legend can bring.

The only issue I had with the movie was minor, and it was based on my bias.  No REDWING, I know having Falcon have the power of communicating with birds would be dumb in this movie.  I at least wanted to see a Redwing shout out or throw away moment, you know have Sam feeding a Falcon in his house or something.  Also I wish I would have got a mention of his “Snap” Wilson persona.  We could have also gotten more dialogue from Winter Soldier, I know he is a killing machine, but give us something in the way of a good line or two from him.  So those are my picks of nits.

So I again stand by my statement of Best Marvel yet.  Avengers might have had more action, but the plot here is so deep that it will change the Universe while expanding it.  I’m really interested to see how this changes the S.H.I.E.L.D. tv show.  This movie is like having a really great Appetizer at a 5 star restaurant that puts pressure on the rest of the dinner.  Now you hope the soup and salad is good (Guardians of the Galaxy), and the main course (Avengers 2) can live up to this amazing first course.  Pay for this Movie Because I Did!

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Upcoming articles:  Why Black Widow is the Hero of the Avengers movie, and List of things that need to be in Avengers 2!

Now from my last post you can tell how much I love Star Wars.  The Clone Wars series as a whole has been great and has answered so many questions or rather fixed with better explanation the issues with the prequels (except the constant issue of Jedi being morons).  These lost episodes make you wish Cartoon Network didn’t cancel the series or at least let them finish what they started.  But we can’t cry over spilled Force milk (ok that sounds gross).

I loved almost every episode of these lost episodes.  Yes I could even withstand Jar Jar Racist Binks.  The great thing about these episodes they start to delve into the bigger issues in Episode 3 and beyond.  We see how Order 66, is executed (no pun intended) and established.  We get to see how Force users can exist after death (Force Spirit).  These episodes also get to show us the bad ass which is Mace Windu (well outside of the Gennedy Tartakovsky Clone Wars mini series).  We also get 4 episodes of Yodi on a journey.  Now I have always been a Yodi hater after Episode 2, with the Yodi vs Count Dooku match.  The Stars Wars world was impressed by Yodi and I was simply left thinking “He didn’t do crap to Dooku with all that flashing jumping and flipping”.  I started to hate Yodi even more after Episode 3 and he just quit during the Darth Sidious fight.  Yet here we get an awesome Yodi and Darth Sidious fight, that was more impressive.  So much to like and makes you wish again the Clone Wars team could have got an actual Series finale.

Not much I didn’t like these episodes, except the Anakin/Padme crap.  They have a 3 episode storyline that is almost as unbearable as Hayden Christensen’s acting in every movie he has ever done.  But even that garbage established the beginning riff between Anakin and Padme.  Now these episodes did give me those “Why are Jedi so FREAKING stupid” moments.  I don’t know if this was a consequence of knowing how it all ends or just poor common sense writing, regardless as a fan you get irked by the clueless force navigation of the Jedi Order.  Count Dooku basically tells Obi Wan, Anakin, and Yodi that Darth Sidious is in the Republic and again it is chalked up to, “The Dark Side is liars blah blah blah”.  After all the evidence that you have been given and all the answers you can’t figure out, you never once think that maybe Dooku is telling the truth.  Or that every lead some how goes back to Palpatine.  At one point they even say it and they all dismiss it has coincidence.  No wonder your whole Order almost went under.

It sucks to say goodbye to this great series that in every episode tried to correct all the misfires of the prequels.  At least we have episodes VII-IX to look forward, and maybe we can get lucky and NetFlix will revive the series to finish 13 more episodes (fingers crossed).

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I wrote this over a year ago before March Madness and I still feel the same way. Hurry up and fill in your bracket.

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I have a major bone (no pun… just wait for it) to pick with Sportsdom.  Not fandom because you root for your team and against your rivals, that’s fair.  I hate the rooting for the underdog when you have nothing invested.  Now when I say the underdog, Im not talking teams almost even and Vegas dictates the underdog, I mean no business being there upsets.  Don’t you want to see the best competitive match ups if you have no dog… I mean horse in the race.

I had this feeling about this article because I was sitting at the Gwinnett Famous Sweetwater bar and grill, and Serena Williams was playing that Sloane Stephens.  Now if you follow tennis you know that Williams ended up losing, but what bothered me was that a lot of folks in the bar were happy about this.  My initial reaction was they all most be…

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Queue the music!

You can never start a “Star Wars” film without THE MUSIC, real or fake, it doesn’t matter.  So let’s actually show the trailer.

For the record I’m a huge Star Wars fan (come on they call me Big J, most fat guys love fantasy and etc), I buy books, I watch, see, seek out anything Star Wars related.  My last gifts to friends of mine were “Jedi Path” and the “Book of Sith”.  Every year for my Birthday I go to Disney for Star Wars month, and I’m currently trying to convince my wife why it’s a good idea for us (me) to purchase a Jedi outfit (specifically Dark Jedi Anakin) for my forever Halloween and costume party costume (and just to have one).   I stop letting my infant daughter play with my lightsaber, because she was “not old enough to appreciate it”.  Yes just like millions upon millions of people in the world, I am a true Star Wars fan.  Enough about my love and now on to the movie.

Now when this started it felt like a Star Wars film, at first.  The FX were not my biggest concern, I just wanted a film that felt right, you know how it took 2 and half movies for the prequels to “feel” right.  At the beginning it did just that, with the music, the scenery, and actually the bad acting.  The FX is actually not that bad really, we get a good many of Spaceship battles, and nice fun Battlestar Galactica laser firing from the 70′s.  It had a very old school feel to it and it added to my enjoyment of the beginning.  The FX for “the Force” are fun.  The lightsaber battles are better than almost anything in the original trilogy, and outside of maybe Maul vs Obi and Qui-Gon, you can make a case that Padawon Raven vs Lord Seige is a damn good lightsaber battle.   We also get a Han Solo wannabe, who was given some sort of backstory that we don’t care about, that is also a smuggler.  I half expected is ship to be called the Universal Eagle.  This movie is 110 minutes long (to long for a fan film) and was made on a 5,500-6,000 budget.  With all of that the weakness was never effects or scenery.  Everything wrong with it was everything wrong with Lucas prequels, THE SCRIPT!

The story is generic, but you would think that in a Galaxy Far Far Away, set 94 years after Return of the Jedi, that the Jedi would have evolved.  Now I know because my following how the Jedi evolve, but I at least expected the writers to do their homework and evolve the Jedi Order.  In this version Jedi still have to relinquish attachments ala Anakin in the prequels, but the writers do realize that Leia (spoilers of extended universe) marries Han, has kids, and is a Jedi.  Luke gets married and has kids, and the Jedi learn to love, have attachments, and not let it cloud there judgement.  The Jedi are still completely delusional about the Sith Lord, and apprentice.  Come on learn from the past Jedi!  Watch a Holocron once in a while.  Jedi Master Soran Darr had the to be the absolute worse thing about this fan film.  A lot of the characters were bad actors, but you can see most were having fun.  Master Soran Darr (strange typing Master) was an abomination of acting with no charisma or awesomeness. He made Hayden Christensen look like Will Smith in the charisma department.

For all my gripes and dislikes, it was still cool to see fans try to capture the fun of the world Lucas created.  I just think with more research this movie could have been better or truer to the source material.  If your a Star Wars fan please check this out with a bunch of fanboys and girls, get the drinks pouring, and just enjoy the stupidity of it all.  I’m already planning this movie to headline my next movie marathon at my apartment.  If your not a fan it will just seem pointless.  Rumor is they are planning two more sequels, but the first one took 9 years, I just say make a Cade Skywalker movie and call it a day, with him you can make it dark and throw out mythos at the writers discretion.  Remember I Pay For It So You Don’t Have To!

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Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

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When the 6’9″ small forward was bought out of his contract with the Sixers; the question around league circles was “where would be the best fit for Danny Granger?”   A guy with immense talent but with the durability of Mr. Glass (At least he doesn’t rock the haircut).

There was to much bad blood for it to be with the Heat (yet it would have stuck it to Indiana), to much depth to be with the Spurs, and OKC would’ve made sense.  However, now that we know Granger has chosen the Clippers, what can we expect from him?     First off a starting five of Paul, Griffin, Jordan, Granger and Dudley would be a tough match up for anyone in the West.  Doc Rivers is the right coach to make it all work.  He is used to having multiple superstars on one team and getting them to a common goal (as long as he doesn’t have a Rondo part 2 in the group).  The move also improves the depth of the Clippers bench with Crawford, Collison, and Reddick bringing the fire power.

The big question is how much does Granger have in the tank.  Also why would the Pacers trade him away in the first place?  I know about the terrible shooting percentage, how uncomfortable he seems coming off the bench, but you would think Larry “Legend” wouldn’t get rid of a former All-Star working his way back in unless there was a flaw.  So now we sit, wait, and see what will come of Mr. Gla…  I mean Danny Granger.  I’m not saying this move would make the Clippers the favorite to win the Western Conference, but it won’t hurt there chances either.  At least until Granger gets hurt again.

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Raymond "Big Play" Miller @bprunsportsmenm

Raymond “Big Play” Miller
@bprunsportsmenm

 

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