Fast & Furious 6: Fantastic

Ok, so months ago I said I’d be back after my hiatus…I’m sorry I blatantly and out-right lied, fibbed and deceived with that statement. But I’m here to tell you I’m back. This time for good (for realsies though, exams are coming up which means I’ll be in prime blogging mindset :P).

I’m here to kick it off with a bang. The biggest, baddest bang I’ve seen for a long time: Fast & Furious 6.

Fast & Furious 6 crew

Fast & Furious 6 crew

Let me start by saying that this was the awesomeness I had hoped for from Iron Man 3 (but more on that in another post). It really is my favourite movie of the year so far (Django Unchained included).

Quick review: the crew from Fast 5 are all back (excluding two smaller parts) and in tippy top condition here. It has The Rock delivering a fine performance as maverick secret (not really though) agent in charge of looking after Vin Diesel and his crew. All the man characters in the cast give a fine performance in fact. No one is going to win an Oscar, but I didn’t cringe at any point either, and Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot (the ex Mossad agent) all coming across as badass. The story line is what you’d expect from a Fast and Furious movie, quite an adequate excuse for all the action.

And with regards top the action: it’s there in spadefuls. Explosive, fiery, awesome spadefuls. The first half of the movie works more on the story, with a few car chases thrown in for good measure. But when the action starts off in the second half it goes all out, surpassing even Fast 5’s final sequences in intensity and scale (yeah, including the safe-dragging bit). I don’t want to give too much away because half the fun is the incredulity you experience at what they get up to next, but the tank scene blew. My. Mind. And the final fight was filled with so much testosterone that it makes any Rocky or Rambo look like girl scouts selling cookies on a lazy Sunday.

In conclusion: it won’t win any Oscars, but it’s escapism at its finest. But more than that, it’s just plain fun. Definitely recommend it if you like action, are moderately into cars and/or enjoyed any of the previous ones.

Right, now onto the scientific inaccuracies (SPOILER ALERT):

  • Just before the tank scene the cable slung across the road would not have stopped that truck. Momentum people!
  • The cable attached to the tank would not have flipped it over, not in a million years. Battle tanks weigh upwards of 50 tons, a little 2 ton car on a rope is going to do jack.
  • The runway at the end of the movie by my calculations (assuming a takeoff speed of 250km/h based on a plane of that size) the runway would have to be about 63 km long…yeah right. Even though I’m not an aeronautical engineer I can’t be off my more than 10 km either way. To put it into perspective a fully laden Galaxy requires 2500m to take off. And the world’s longest runway is 5,5km long.
  • And in the runway scene about 5 cars manage to hold down a Galaxy sized airplane…pull the other one mate, a Galaxy can take off with 380 tons.

As always, if I left out anything or you have anything to add leave a comment please 🙂 my next post will be up soon!!

Jeremy

Zero Dark Thirty: Nitty, gritty…great

Soldiers about to breach

Real-life super heroes

I can’t do the movie justice in a short blog post, but what I can say is this: if you ever wonder why the US needs the CIA, NSA, Marines, Rangers or most of its other “bands of rough men”, watch the movie. It’s from the same director as The Hurt Locker, but this isn’t a tale about unwanted guests, it’s a tale of persistence, heroism, and the unwavering urge to see justice done. It is quite long, but I wasn’t bored for a second, and if you don’t like thrillers then it isn’t for you. But boy, I’d recommend it.

As a Christian I could have moral objections to war, and the actions stemming from it. But honestly, I haven’t been there so I should just shut it, and God couldn’t have too big a problem with people defending themselves if He allowed us to defeat Facism during WWII. But honestly, this quote from George Orwell sums it up nicely:

“We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. ”

Jeremy

 

Lincoln: Heroic or humdrum?

Abraham Lincoln, 16th president

Abraham Lincoln, 16th president, from the White House’s website

Quick review: very, very good movie. As the story of Lincoln ended slavery it deserves most of the Oscars it has been nominated for in my opinion. It’s moving, it’s dramatic, it’s well acted, it’s suspenseful despite you knowing how it’s going to end; the lot. However the review was the not the purpose of this post. That’ll be explained now:

I’m a bit of a Yankophile (apparently the most common term on the internet for USA (henceforth referred to as America for simplicity) the American equivalent of Anglophile).

They helped win WWII, a war my granddad served in, so I’ve got a bit of emotional involvement there. I’ve also been raised on modern television, movies and media which is dominated by America. Apart from England (God save the Queen! I’m an Anglophile as well), they’ve been the longest running stable democracy (that I can think of offhand: I’m sure a few European countries have been “civilised” for a while as well), and have MIT.

And their second-most famous president is the titular Abraham Lincoln (after George Washington, a slave owner (although he kinda freed them after his death) and a proponent of scorched earth tactics, even against non-combatants). Ok, I promise no more parenthesis now: old Abe has until recently ranked in my top 5 favourite leaders of all time which is including Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, King David of Jewish fame, and King Leonidas of Spartan fame. So obviously I was very excited to watch Lincoln. 

And to bring everything together: due to my exposure to America I’ve always thought Lincoln was a saint, the sole saviour of the enslaved black population of the pre-civil war United States, progressive thinker, the lot. And that’s what the movie shows. However I found this article from the Daily Mail, and it kinda shattered my universe a little bit:
Was Lincoln racist?

I won’t lengthen this post further, but I just recommend you read it, and judge for yourself how skewed history can get.

Jeremy

An amateur scientific look: Django Unchained

Django wallpaper

A badass Jamie Foxx in a badass movie

Ok, so it’s taken me a while to get back to writing, but I saw this movie and had to write about it 😀

Quick review: it’s Quentin Tarantino. You either like his work or you don’t. As far as his films go, my favourite is Pulp Fiction 🙂 That’s a classic, with Samuel Jackson giving a sterling performance alongside Bruce Willis and John Travolta. I enjoyed Kill Bill Vol. I & II. I enjoyed Inglorious Basterds. But Django has got to be my second best. It’s a spaghetti Western, so lots of blood, a harsh but realistic use of the word n*gger, and some sweet action scenes 🙂 Jamie Foxx is brilliant as the titular Django, along an excellent show from Oscar winning Chrisoph Waltz as his boss/sidekick.

Scientific inaccuracies:

  • Human bodies do not contain that much blood.
  • Human bodies do not fly like that when hit by bullets.
  • That amount of dynamite would not create that big of an explosion
  • Guns of those days were not that accurate

You’ll understand those four points when you see the movie 🙂 And hopefully they help explain what the movie is like 😛

Die Hard 5 is coming out this week, on Valentine’s day I think, John McClane will keep me company 😛

Jeremy

Merry Christmas dear reader

nativity scene

I like this image, because it’s not a sweet, kitsch manger and a  European family, but a middle eastern family (which Jesus was) in a cave, which is what they actually used

I’d just like to wish you a merry Christmas, and I hope it was peaceful and joyous 🙂

I just thought I’d write a short post about the third most important day in the Christian calendar (following Good Friday and Easter Sunday). When Jesus died on the cross he saved us from our sin. This is a hard act to follow right? Wrong. Jesus did not have to live among us for him to save us from our sins. God could have sent him down to immediately die on the cross, much to the same effect. His death on the cross was him taking our place when we stand before God on judgement day. This does not rely on the life Jesus lived. Which brings us to Christmas.

Jesus was born to a virgin mother using some fancy miracle work by God. He was born a human, subject to the same things we are. But the reason all the carols speak about peace on earth is that Jesus came to show us how to Love (not love, Love). He lived a life of acceptance, not a single word of hate passed his lips. He came to bring love to the people on the fringes of society: orphans, widows, lepers, prostitutes, tax collectors, adulterers. He came to show EVERYONE lies within God’s great fold of love.

And so Christmas done properly has gifts and food, but most importantly: love, peace, and goodwill between humankind.

Jeremy

IT LIVES: Return of the sub-committee on pies chairman

Golemesque creature

This is how I feel after exams

First and foremost I’d like to apologise for my hiatus on the blog. Terribly sorry I haven’t posted in so long. Here’s a brief update into my life recently:

  • I wrote exams 😥
  • They were tough
  • I studied on campus most days, rather hard I might add
  • I celebrated my 21st birthday
  • I went on an outreach for a week and a half to an orphanage (I’ll make a dedicated post to it soon)
  • I discovered Assassin’s Creed 3
  • I passed all my exams! 😀
  • My bursary application was successful, meaning my studies are covered and I’ll have a job after I graduate
  • All the things above combine into next being year being my final year for undergrad! 😀

And those are a few of the reasons why I haven’t posted in a while. I also have tons of movies to look at, such as Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, The Hobbit, Seeking a friend for the end of the world, and whatever else I’ve watched recently. I’ll start on those ASAP (as in tomorrow), but it’s 23:55 GMT+2 right now and I’m off to bed. I just wanted to let you know I’m still alive 🙂

Jeremy