Friday, March 07, 2014

The 300: Rise Of An Empire = Downfall

I'm going to be as straightforward as King Leonidas and get this over quickly … "THIS MOVIE WAS HORRIBLE!"

This is one of the biggest disappointments for a sequel in the history of film to me.

This is let down number two for me for Zack Snyder. I felt the movie Man Of Steel was awful - almost painstaking to watch. This movie was the same - ruining another of my favorite movie hero's legacies.

There's so much I can say, but so little I want to say.

I don't have a list of Pros and Cons for this movie its so bad.
King Xerxes origin looked interesting in the previews but, what you see is just about it - he walks into a sort of random pond in a random cave and somehow his hatred or evil (which isn't really explained) turns him 4 feet taller and coats himself in a body in gold! That's it!
Greek General Themistokles is weak looking, weak acting, and his story is weak. Several instances in the film that show him acting brave don't fit with the rest of his character dynamic.

The element that made the first movie so appealing was that it was a man's movie. It was a unique twist on a comic book brought to life. This movie showed rape scenes that were unnecessary and the characters used modern English curse words.

While there was some of the stylized violence from the film - it was just there to be there in this film. There were no "What are they going to fight next?" moments … there was just boats and blades and rape.

I give this movie a negative 300 stars out of 5. 

Don't waste your time or money. 

Don't even bother renting it or streaming it from Netflix when released on video.

-300★'s out of ★★★★★

Saturday, March 01, 2014

TV Buying Advice ...

I held out forever before buying a "flat screen" TV … I just liked the picture on the glass tube TV. But, as my needs for thin TV to go on the mantle in my new home became a necessity and as LED TVs came out that used only a ¼ of the energy … it was time to make the switch.

Here's some buying advice from me to you …

• Size: 42-55" / Any bigger and you get lighting consistency problems and pixelation even in the top end • LED over LCD or Plasma // Plasma is going to have the best picture but LED is going to have the richest colors and uses WAY less energy

• 120 hertz refresh rate // Any lower and action movies (explosions) or sports (fast action like basketball) pixelate and blur // Better yet is 240hertz, but typically these TVs are pricey in LED form

• Brand means a lot! There are only 4 major manufacturers of TV panels - the brand names get the best screens and they give the cheap brands the lower quality panels.

 • Samsung TVs, in my experience have great speakers - eliminating the need to purchase a soundbar or speakers. Samsung is top. LG a close 2nd. Vizio is the most popular but the picture is about a 6 out of 10 Hisense is the least expensive but is about 4/5 out of 10 and has a high failure rate.

• Don't worry about features on the TV - like built in apps or wifi - these are best added by a little box like an Apple TV or a BlueRAY player. A Google Chromecast is one of the best purchases you can make - it allows you to show pictures, Youtube, and Netflix from your tablet or smartphone. Also remember that HDMI has an adapter for almost any connection - don't worry about DVI / RCA / VGA connections

• Don't get drawn into the hype of 3K 4K 5K TVs ... There's very little content available and NOTHING older than 2012 makes a difference on that resolution. Refresh rate is far more important! 

Best advice - Window shop at Best Buy and buy through Amazon. Go see some TVs and look at the difference ... Just note that ALL retailers set the settings of the TVs they want to push with the most optimal picture and PURPOSELY dumb down the settings on TVs they don't make much profit on.