Monday, June 18, 2018

Deathstalker Rexxar is like Frankenstein

I really enjoy playing this card in Hearthstone. It's called Deathstalker Rexxar and I have no clue how I picked it up. I looked it up in the wiki and it had this to say about that: Deathstalker Rexxar can be obtained through Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward.

I'm going to guess an arena reward because I would have notice it in a pack, I hope. If so, who know what else I've unpacked.

I ignored it at first because I did not understand what I had. You can see in the picture it only has a shield. I was like what??? Then I read the text and I began to understand because I then remembered playing this character in a solo adventure and it was cool.

Playing it in real matches can be tricky. Sometimes I wish I kept my weapon because I couldn't quite seal the deal and get to the other hero. I would then be stuck with a handful of 7+ mana creatures that get wiped as soon as i drop them in to battle.

But then there are other times where I am in control and I can make any beast I need to counter my opponent and win. Those times are sweet. It can get down to drawing out our decks but I win because I make lifesteal beasts and I outlast the other guy.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

I Can Only Imagine - The Movie- Is it worth it?

I use to watch a lot of Christian movies and I gave up on them. They were hit or miss with me and most, missed the mark. I even wanted to direct them too. A dream never to be realized but studying film help me recognize a good movie from bad from a serious movie to a popcorn flick.

Christian movies were for the most part the kind of movies that, had they been science fiction, perfect fodder for Mystery Science Theater. They were so easy to be made fun of for either the acting, dialogue or contrived story line.

I think this movie has exceed my expectations. Granted, they are low to start so don't get too excited but this is definitely worth a watch. First of all the cinematography is a little rough, Most of the b-roll is better shot than this movie. The colors, the lighting, the set up, arrgh! Are any of these guys movie lovers? The dialogue is bland. the tension of an abusive father isn't really felt. They really made this part safe for "christian eyes". God forbid you feel uncomfortable or icky. I am not asking to see hard core violence. I am asking that the director take time in a creative way using the camera to make me feel the tension and pain I can not see. Alfred Hitchcock did this very task film after film. The Erwin Brothers can take the time and put a little effort. They do show broken glass and shattered frames but it's all aftermath. Could have been a tornado for all I know. 

I'd have to say the latter part of the movie when Bart returns home is when the real movie starts. The shots they choose are better and the acting is stepped up. Maybe they split responsibilities on who covers what part of the movie, I don't know. I can only imagine how much better this would have been if the first part of the movie shared the tone and creativity of the second part. (see what I did there.)

The bottom line is, this is a good Christian movie. Is it a good movie period? No, still Lifetime Movie quality. These are popular and they make movie but no one going to point to this and say, Wow, this was a game changer. Directors will copy this style for ages.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

We are all Hostiles

Movie Info

Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers that they encounter along the way.

Angry men sometimes don't stay angry. This movie is not a chase movie but a gauntlet movie. Everything short of a prairie dog comes after these folks. With every encounter and every stop, more is thrown onto the back of  this soon to retire Captain.

It's his last ride and the wild west wants to make it his last ride ever. With all of the hell these soldiers endure, many find redemption or a bullet. I wondered as I watched, which would the Captain find.

There are at times a lot of looking of into the distance. Maybe too much reflection for my tastes. There is solace in knowing that with out words, much of what will happen and what characters are thinking is known. It's worth while to see in theaters. The landscapes are beautiful. The acting is great and good movie to ponder who do you hate and exactly why do you.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Jaded Wino - Butterfly Kiss Chardonnay 2014

I bring wine reviews for the non discriminating wine connoisseur. I make all my wine purchases under 2 conditions; one: $2.99 or less and two; 10% alcohol or greater. Does it taste good? I'm beginning to tell if it does. This Chardonnay does taste like a hint of pineapples, It's good stuff compared to what else I've had in the past.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Jaded Wino - The Show - Pinot Noir 2012

I come to you to bring wine reviews for the non discriminating wine connoisseur. I make all my wine purchases under 2 conditions; one: $2.99 or less and two; 10% alcohol or greater. Does it taste good? Hell, if I know. After a couple of glasses it all tastes the same to me.
Today we review The Show - Pinot Noir 2012. It was $2.99 and 13.9%. If you look on the Internet you can find it for about $10. Give the video a look.