Last Hurrah With Selena Gomez

For starters, I originally uploaded this Q & A vlog to YouTube two weeks ago but I’ve been busy preparing for the new semester at HCCC that I forgot about it. So I have finally uploaded it to Blip today since I sort of found myself with only a half a day today since my teacher for two of my classes was absent today. Before I start asking the questions for this Q & A segment, I just want to let you know that so far the new semester at HCCC is going good. I have four classes this semester: Writing for Electronic Media, Applied Media Asthetics (formerly known as Video Production,) Voice and Diction, and another gym class where I get to use the Fitness Center again.

Now at least three of those classes should be easycakes for a guy who has spent the last few years involved with YouTube and the Internet but another concern has surfaced: How to get through the courses without pulling the YouTube card a little too much. I will admit that my YouTube and Internet skills got me through my first year pretty good. Well, good enough to make the Dean’s List twice. Now, the stakes are higher and it’s time to deliver yet again. I do have some high hopes for this semester and I might be able to score higher this time since I am learning stuff I already know.

So this Q & A vlog will be my last hurrah as far as the Q & A’s go. So without further ado, here we go.

Q: What is your morning routine?

A: Don’t really have a morning routine being I’m kinda nocturnal. Usually it’s just go to work. On weekends when I’m up during the day, I just do whatever.

Q: Funnyordie.com sent this one to me. Want to see why cats and Rihanna are the best?

A: I can agree with you on the cats’ part, but Rihanna? She’s hot but at least the cats didn’t appear in Battleship, lol.

Q: Do you doodle, paint or sculpt?

A: Not really. Not very good at it.

Q: Do you like motorcycles?

A: Yeah, I like motorcycles.

Q: And here’s another one from Funny or Die. Selena Gomez falls in love with a mysterious painter in a new video (that they posted on their site) What do you think about it?

A: As long as it’s a real man, it’s all good. 😉 And yes, folks. That was an obvious swipe at Justin Beiber.

Q: Are you usually early, late, or right on time?

A: It varies, but usually I’m on time.

Q: What websites do you visit daily?

A: Facebook, YouTube, Blip, Formspring, and my blog among other sites.

Q: This one’s not really a question but I’m gonna add it anyway. The doctors proved that while you are kissing, you’re actually losing calories. In a average kiss which lasts 3 minutes you lose 12 calories, that means that if you are about to eat a piece of chocolate cake you’ll have to kiss for one hour and 45 minutes.

A: Wow, I didn’t know that. Thanks for the information.

Q: Spider-Man, Batman or Superman?

A: Spider-Man all the way! Batman’s a very close second. Never really got into Superman outside of the movies or TV. I thought the comics were boring and he is pretty much the ultimate nice guy, which makes him more or less unrelatable .

Q: And yet here’s another one from Funny or Die. Check out 10 of the Greatest Yearbook Moments! Which is your favorite? And if you want to actually see the article, I’ll post the link right here for you: .

A: I like the random dog class photo in the yearbook as well as the Mrs. Rape kindergarten photo. I am not making this up. There really is a pic of a teacher with that name. Don’t believe me? Click the link above and see for yourself. Moving right along, I also like the attitude of the kid that said he would take a bullet for his best friend unless he had a hot girlfriend, which is also what I would do. The kid that used the Kim Jong Il quote however is sick.

Q: What’s up with all the ticklish feet questions on Formspring?

A: I don’t know.

Q: Do you prefer to listen to full albums or random songs?

A: Depends on the band and the album. If I just like the one song, I’d rather listen to that and download it than just buy the full album.

Q: Where did you get the shoes you’re wearing?

A: Uh, I bought them at Walmart on clearance… almost a year ago. lol. And no, I’m not gonna take a pic of them.

Q: What is the most important political issue of this election?

A: Right now it looks like a toss-up between the economy and gay marriage.

Q: Who is one of your favorite authors?

A: Stephen King.

Q: Do you like looking in the mirror?

A: Well I’m not vain if that’s what you’re asking.

Q: If you could be any video game character, which character would you be?

A: Max Payne so I use the cool Matrix effects to dodge obstacles.

Q: What’s your favorite romance movie?

A: Romance movies are not really my thing, me being a guy and all but I would have to go with Titanic.

Q: Do you have good vision?

A: Yeah.

Q: Do you prefer Batman Begins or The Dark Knight?

A: The Dark Knight. But then again I’d take both over Batman and Robin. Then again, I actually liked The Dark Knight Rises over The Dark Knight.

Q: Would you rather go to a pub/bar or a nightclub?

A: Either one as long as they got hot chicks.

Q: Who was the first celebrity you had a crush on?

A: I’d probably have to go with Madonna on this one.

Q: The Simpsons or Futurama?

A: The Simpsons.

Q: The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love. Is it true?

A: Depends on your point of view. But in my opinion independence is more important.

Q: Have you ever seen a ghost?

A: No I have not seen a ghost despite the fact that I have been in haunted places before, like the 1834 Herkimer County Jail here in H-.town. One ghost I was actually hoping to look for was the ghost of Grace Brown up at Big Moose Lake. Her murder up at the lake inspired the classic novel “An American Tragedy” and the film “A Place in the Sun.”

Q: Do you have a dreamcatcher?

A: No.

Q: Would you rather watch a movie or watch TV?

A: Watch a movie.

Q: Do you need glasses?

A: No.

Q: Which instrument do you wish you could play?

A: Electric guitar.

Q: Going to a wedding soon?

A: Haven’t been to a wedding and I’m not really planning on going to any in the near future.

Q: Do you wear watches? Why or why not?

A: Not really. My phone’s sort of taken the place of my watch.

Q: Have you been to your country’s capital?

A: Yes. I went to Washington, DC for my 8th grade class trip and that was waaaay back in 1993. We were there for three days.

Q: Are you good at keeping secrets?

A: Depends on what the secret is.

Q: How do you flirt?

A: On the Interwebs.

Q: Is it possible to fly on a violin?

A: Not that I’m aware of.

Q: Do you ever write notes on your hands?

A: Sometimes.

Q: How many pillows do you sleep with?

A: Two.

Q: How many boyfriends/girlfriends have you had?

A: Let’s just say I can count the number of girlfriends on one hand and leave at that, okay?

Q: Describe the worst fart ever.

A: It would probably be like a nuclear explosion, especially if you light a match.

Q: How do you handle a boring class/day of work?

A: One day at a time. Actually, I just work on material for videos.

Q: What game are you the best at pwning face at?

A: Super Mario Bros. 1-3.

Q: Who’s your favorite athlete?

A: Michael Jordan.

Q: Are you looking forward to the Olympics?

A: Well the Olympics have come and gone and the only reason I have to watch the Olympics is to look at all the hot female athletes so you could say that I was pretty excited to see the Olympics.

Q: Who do you consider to be the greatest action star of all time? If it’s too hard, choose 3.

A: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford

Q: What do you use for your alarm to awaken you?

A: An alarm clock although at times it can be unreliable. Other times, I use my phone.

Q: Do you say soda or pop?

A: Soda.

Q: Do you like Quentin Tarantino’s work?

A: Yeah, I like Quentin Tarantino. Pulp Fiction is one of my all-time favorite movies. Not sure yet if I want to see Django Unchained (mainly because it’s about slavery) even though I heard that Leo is supposed to be good in that as the evil slave owner. But other than that and the fact that I haven’t seen either Jackie Brown or Reservoir Dogs, I think Tarantino’s one of the awesomest directors ever.

And now let’s move on to the Meetme questions, even though there’s only two of them.

Q: How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

A: Not getting married even if I do find someone.

Q: Are you single and would you date anybody you meet online?

A: Yeah, I’m single and maybe I’ll date someone I meet online.

And there you go, that is it for the Q & A’s for now while I am at college. That will at least buy me some time to get some more material in case I do more Q & A’s after the semester’s over. In the meantime, TAOB will continue and the movie reviews will continue. So here’s to the new semester.

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The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Well friends, this is it. The big one. The review that everyone has been waiting for. A review of the most anticipated film of 2012. So sit back, relax, and buckle up because I am about to get this review underway. Ladies and gentlemen, here is a review of the final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga, The Dark Knight Rises.

But before we get started, I want to offer an apology for not reviewing the previous film, The Dark Knight. I was just starting to film myself on YouTube at the time The Dark Knight came out and I meant to do a review of that film at the time, but I forgot all about it and by the time I would have gotten around to it, everyone would have said everything I was going to say about it anyway so I decided not to go through with it.

So as my way of atoning for that, I am going to review this movie. One suggestion I would make about this movie is that you better pack a lunch because this film is almost 3 hours long. You heard that right, folks. Almost 3 hours long, a rarity for a summer movie blockbuster. So let’s not waste any time, shall we?

I’m gonna start off with a recap of the last movie, so this is hardly a spoiler because it’s safe to say that everyone by this point has seen The Dark Knight. Batman is wanted by the cops for murdering District Attorney Harvey Dent, even though by that time, Dent was corrupted by the Joker and turned into Two-Face. As Two-Face, Dent kidnaps Commissioner Gordon’s family and Batman saves them, even though Dent is killed in the process. In order to ensure that Dent’s good-guy reputation is secure, Batman and Gordon hatch a plot in which Batman will take the fall for both Dent’s death and the crimes Dent committed as Two-Face.

When this movie begins, its 8 years later and Batman has pretty much disappeared and the man behind the Bat, Bruce Wayne (again played by Christian Bale) has become a crippled recluse. Meanwhile two new villains have emerged to plague Gotham: Selena Kyle (played by Anne Hathaway), a cat burglar who we all know in the comics as Catwoman even though she isn’t called Catwoman in the movie and the main villain, Bane (played by Tom Hardy.) Now here is where I have to show some praise. Despite a liberty taken here and there, this movie’s Bane is closer to the real Bane as seen in the comics as opposed to the ass-raping the character received by Joel Schumacher in Batman and Robin. This is one of Batman’s most dangerous villains and the only real villain to actually defeat Batman and he is portrayed as such here but I’m not going to give too much away. I mean, it’s hard to do a movie like this without giving away too many spoilers.

Anne Hathaway does a pretty decent job here as Catwoman (I’ll call her that even though Nolan doesn’t call her that in the movie.) She has the right amount of sex appeal, physical prowess, and vulnerability that the character should have. And we sort of do feel the conflict that Catwoman has: She doesn’t know whether she wants to be a villain or a hero, just like in the comics.

The actions of both these villains force Bruce out of self-imposed exile and puts on the Bat suit again to save Gotham. Yes, folks, Christian Bale’s Bat-voice is back too, although it’s more toned down here than it is in the previous two movies. And what ensues is probably the biggest battle of his life.

And some of the supporting actors in this movie are pretty good too. Nolan Bat-regulars Michael Caine gives off an extremely touching performance especially for having significantly less screen time than in the last movie. Morgan Freeman again shines as Lucius Fox. Gary Oldman again does a pretty decent job as Commissioner Gordon. And the newcomers do a pretty decent job as well. Note that at least five of the main actors came over from Nolan’s last film, Inception (also a good movie I saw in theaters.) In addition to Tom Hardy (Bane) and Michael Caine (Alfred), Marion Cotillard (who appeared with Bale in the film Public Enemies) does fairly well as Miranda Tate, who has been handling Wayne Enterprise activities in Bruce’s absence.  You might think she doesn’t play a major role in the story, but she does (especially towards the end of the movie.) And Joseph Gordon-Leavitt as idealistic cop John Blake does most of the hero stuff whenever Batman is off-screen. And he does share a connection to Batman (which I also will not give away.)

The visuals are absolutely incredible. Everything from Batman’s newest vehicle, the Bat (a variation of the Batwing from the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher franchise) to Bane blowing up various sections of Gotham City (including a spectacular sequence where a football field is destroyed while one player plays on oblivious to the destruction around him.) And the climactic battle between Batman and his army of cops and Bane and his army of liberated criminals will clearly take your breath away.

Also of note is that this movie was filmed in New York City during the Occupy Wall Street movement which actually gives a hint of realism to this film (something the Nolan Bat-films have done pretty well) and from what I’ve heard, actual protesters were used as extras in the film further adding to the authenticity of the film.

So now on to the story. The story is a mixture of some of the best Batman stories ever told in the comics: “Knightfall” (the Batman/Bane storyline), “No Man’s Land” (criminals controlling a cut-off Gotham City) and the landmark mini-series, “The Dark Knight Returns” (Batman returning after a prolonged absence) and the story is told really well. In fact, the pacing is so good that you forget that this film is almost 3 hours long. If a movie can do that, then that’s the sign of a good movie.

So now the moment of truth: Is The Dark Knight Rises good or is it a colossal letdown? Well, in my honest opinion, The Dark Knight Rises is really, really good. In fact, I think I liked this better than The Dark Knight. It kept me really interested and it is clearly the ultimate Batman movie. A true epic and it’s also one of those rare threequels that is actually just as good as or better than the original movies. Other examples of this include Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (even though I never seen it and as I’ve mentioned before in previous videos, I am not a Lord of the Rings fan.)

So there you go viewers. That is my take on The Dark Knight Rises. I highly recommend it to everyone and if you don’t want to see the Olympics, I suggest you go to the movies and check it out.

The Avengers

And now I am going to do a review (even though it is actually almost three months late and it’s pretty much out of theaters now) of what is not only the highest grossing movie of 2012 (although a certain Dark Knight could change that) but it’s also the third highest grossing movie of all time and the only one in the top 3 that is not directed by James Cameron. So without further ado, here is my long-awaited review of The Avengers!

So what do I think of the movie? It can only be summed up in a few words: Now THIS is a superhero team movie! I mean, the first two X-Men movies were good. I didn’t see the third one but I heard it sucked. And don’t get me started on the not-so-Fantastic Four movies. I really like the way that they used five movies (Iron Man 1 and 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger) to set up this movie. Aside from the fact that I did not see the 2008 Hulk movie (the one that is part of the Avengers franchise despite being owned by Universal), I thought that the Avenger-related movies have been handled pretty well. And we’re up to this movie. And as soon as I heard Joss Whedon who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer was gonna direct this movie, I knew this was gonna be in good hands. And it shows.

The main plot involves all the aforementioned superheroes Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, replacing Edward Norton from the 2008 film), Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson, reprising her role from Iron Man 2), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) are brought together by SHIELD director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to save the world from the evil Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and a race of aliens who steal a cosmic cube so they can, you guessed it, take over the world.

And of course, like in every superhero team movie, there’s some good conflicts in the film and not just against the evil aliens but also among the heroes as well, the main ones between the squabble matches between Tony Stark (the self-absorbed cocky anti-team player) and Steve Rogers (the humble yet patriotic boy scout); Thor and Loki (adopted brothers but on different sides of the coin); and probably the best in-team fighting in the movie: Thor and Hulk (demigod vs indestructible 10-foot green monster who becomes so whenever he gets a little teed off.)

Now before we continue with the review, I just want to say that I personally haven’t read any of the Avenger-themed comics growing up, except for Iron Man. Iron Man was cool, especially in the early 90’s with the kick-ass Terminator-style artwork and I was a huge fan of War Machine. I was mainly into Spider-Man and Batman (I have already seen the Spidey reboot and I’m planning to go see The Dark Knight Rises sometime this month.) But as far as the other Avengers go, I never really got into Captain America or the others.

There are loads of action sequences littered throughout the film that will practically leave you at the edge of your seat and the climactic battle in New York City pretty much rivals the climatic battle for Metropolis in Superman II. It will blow you away. And while the film was released in 3D, you don’t really need to see it in 3D to know what scenes were converted in 3D.

Now on to the performances. Robert Downey, Jr. is still in top form as Iron Man and Tony Stark. In fact, Robert Downey, Jr. post-drugs is awesome. Chris Evans is still good as Cap, but he’s more like a general in this one than he was in. But to be fair, he’s better as Cap than he was as the Human Torch in the not-so-Fantastic Four movies. Mark Ruffalo pulls off both Bruce Banner and the Hulk (who is easily the best character in the movie) really well, considering that the only real successful attempt to bring the Hulk to life was the TV series in the late 70’s. The 2003 Ang Lee/Eric Bana film sucked and like I said earlier, I haven’t seen the Ed Norton film to give it a good-enough judgment but this is by far the most successful attempt to bring the Hulk to the big screen. Ed Norton must be kicking himself now for not wanting to be a part of this movie.

As far as the non-super powered Avengers go, Scarlett Johannson more than holds her own, proving that she is more than just eye candy for the guys (she takes out three guys while handcuffed to a chair in a hot black dress.) That’s the way you do it. And Samuel L. Jackson is awesome as usual as Nick Fury despite being a little more subdued than usual (mainly because this is a PG-13 movie.) But if there’s one nitpick that I have with the movie, it’s that Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is a little too underdeveloped. He doesn’t get a whole lot of screen time.

Now on to the main villain. For one thing, I like how multi-layered Loki was. He starts out as a General Zod-like character (again another Superman II reference) during his battle with Captain America, mixed with Hannibal Lecter (when he is captured by the Avengers and he does have one scene with Scarlett Johannson that echoes the Clarice/Lecter conversations in “Silence of the Lambs.”) It’s also amusing when he and Tony Stark are talking smack to each other back and forth. But like all villains, he gets his comeuppance in the end and it’s one of the best scenes in the movie so I will not give that away for those of you who have not seen the movie yet.

So basically as far as some closing thoughts on the movie goes, I just want to make a note that I’ve been going to movies since I was 2 years old and never once in my 30-somewhat years of going to the movies have I seen moviegoers on their feet and cheering for a movie than I have for The Avengers. Trust me, it’s that good. If you haven’t seen it yet and by some miracle, it’s still in theaters, go see it. You definitely will not be disappointed.

Blackcat Reloaded

You knew it had to happen, folks. This episode of TAOB is my official “comeback” video. In this one, I talk about where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing for the past year, including how my first year at college went. I also show you a little bit of my college life as well as offer my thoughts on the Boilermaker and I get to show off a little bit of my cooking skills. I also offer my thoughts on the tragic “Dark Knight Rises” mass shootings in Colorado. Yes, folks. This episode’s got it all.