Expendables 3 Movie Review, and is it worth seeing in theaters?

Expendables 3

Expendables 3

Expendables 3

Rating: Didn’t Suck

I liked Expendables, I hated Expendables 2, and I’d say Expendables 3 is better than 2, but not as good as the first. Any fans of the franchise know that these movies are sort of like the action junkie’s equivalent to a cheesy romance movie. Sure, we know it’s sort of cheesy and campy, we just don’t care.

My issue with part 2 was that it bordered on bizarre a lot of times and didn’t fit with the style of the first movie, it just didn’t belong. Luckily, Expendables 3 reels in the stupid long enough to not have any awkwardly weird moments… well… at least not Chuck Norris “Mr. Sneakiness” weird.

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While the action in part 3 was an improvement over part 2, it still wasn’t as thought out as in the original Expendables

What you might not like:

-The fight scenes aren’t very intricate or creative like they were in the first one, but to be fair they’re not as “mindlessly shooting at air” as the second one was, either.

-Still, not much use of Jet Li, who would be six different kinds of badass for these movies

 

-A cold realization that we don’t really have many action heroes to replace these guys once they’re not in films anymore

-A plot that really has to try hard to matter

-Cheesiness, though sometimes that’s a good thing.

-No Jackie Chan, for a while we thought he was going to be in it, but a lot of people have gotten offers and either have been too busy or just don’t take the franchise seriously. If people can see these films for what they are-fun-then I’m sure we’ll see Jackie Chan, Dwayne Johnson, I’d love Tony Jaa to be in it, too. Along with many more.

 

Wesley Snipes is back in Expendables 3

Wesley Snipes is back in Expendables 3

What you’ll love:

-Wesley Snipes is back! Actually, it’s been so long some of you probably don’t even know who he is, but whatever, it’s badass he’s back!

-They address every gossipy drama thing you could think of including why Snipes was gone in the first place

-A great villain, Mel Gibson, especially after his behavior lately, should totally go all-in and be villains in all his movies for a while. I’m not talking “anti-hero” either, I mean full bore evil. I was genuinely impressed with him as a bad guy

-Pretty good choreography, not as intricate as the first one but still way better than the second one

Mel Gibson is an impressive villain in Expendables 3

Mel Gibson is an impressive villain in Expendables 3

-Lots of action

-Great cast, each one got their own personality, the big stars did great, the no-namers weren’t bad. While Mel Gibson surprised me as a villain, Kelsey Grammer surprised me as a dysfunctional, gruff anti-hero type personality. Not to mention Harrison Fords interesting portrayal as an unexpected badass in the film. If anything this movie has really exposed some untapped talent in even talented actors.

All in all, it is what you would expect, as some are known to dabble in cheesy romance, others are known to dabble in cheesy action (Commando, anyone? Okay, this isn’t THAT cheesy) but for what it is, it’s actually pretty good. In terms of just cheesy action, this is probably one of the best. It isn’t exactly fair to compare this to films like the Green Mile or The Notebook, and it doesn’t make sense to. It’s a world better than American Ninja and Crank 2. In its element it’s actually quite superbly done. I definitely feel it’s worth seeing in theaters, a tiny screen, even a big screen tv, just isn’t the same as the BIG screen, not to mention the sound. Check it out and see what you think.

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Kephra

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The Off Road Cars from Transformers Age of Extinction: A Detailed Look

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Rally Fighter as seen in Transformers Age of Extinction

The Off Road Cars from Transformers Age of Extinction: A Detailed Look If you’re like me, you sat in the theater for Transformers Age of Extinction, and at some point this burning question distracted you from the movie just a bit; what are those off road sports-car looking things?! Fast and with few boundaries, these sports car dune rider things took a hybrid approach to driving in a way you don’t see every day. As cool as they were, I was surprised to find out that the company behind these vehicles may very well be cooler.

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Local Motors is a unique company

The Creators (this includes you)

Local Motors, the creators of the off road demon known as the Rally Fighter, are a very unique company. Believe it or not, they are what they call a “crowd-sourced” car manufacturer. Somewhere around 20,000 or so enthusiasts are able to add input and suggestions to the design process. It’s kind of like etsy, except more badass. People can bring things to market that would have otherwise just been a figment of their own imagination. Even more amazing, is the amount of community and camaraderie that develops because of this process. It truly is an American subculture.

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The Rally Fighter was a big win on the set of Transformers Age of Extinction.

Hollywood love for the Rally Fighter So the company is cool, great, but what about the car? It’s got the coolness factor for sure. According to interviews, Local Motors was on set for 6 weeks to yield the few minutes of footage seen in Transformers 4, but the impact of the vehicles was still something to be proud of. Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay and just about everyone on the set couldn’t get enough of them.

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Rally Fighter can catch air, get smashed around, and still make it to the opera on time

Details and Specs

The Local Motors’ Rally Fighter is a 50 state, street legal, off road capable vehicle. On the road the company claims the vehicle rides very smooth, on par with most luxury vehicles, but it’s important to note that the airy suspension has a cartoon effect when driving. The vehicle noses down whenever the breaks are applied and wobbles a bit. Off road handling isn’t quite as good as vehicles purpose built for such activity, but the vehicle reaches 100 plus mph on dirt roads easily and transitions between different terrain profiles easily. Not to mention, catching air doesn’t put much risk of damage to the vehicle and beating the snot out of one of these isn’t exactly frowned on. Its tube chassis’ durability cannot be denied, as seen in this youtube clip of a Rally Fighter flipping end over end and keeps on driving. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM-FFt5bRCY. Just remember that insurance will likely only cover what you do on civil streets and you’ll be on your own for damage caused off road.

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Rally Fighter’s Engine

The Rally Fighters feature a 6.2L LS3 V-8 Diesel Engine with 4 or 6 speed automatic transmission, sports 430 horsepower and utilizes rear wheel driver. You might want to check your local laws before exiting a traffic jam by driving over the curb and hauling your way through a rock quarry to get to work… but the capability is there. An optional supercharged version ramps things up to 640 horsepower.

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Rally Rear

Ford’s 4 link solid state 9 inch rear axle is used along with King remote reservoir shocks which can pull off 20 inches of wheel travel while the front manages 18 inches. In house cnc carves out beefy wishbones from billet aluminum with a multi-link independent front suspension, and a matching set of long travel coilovers. Also, there’s a detachable stabilizer bar.

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Nice tires and freedom with the suspension

 

13.9 inch ventilated disc brakes take care of sudden stops, and readily available 285/70R-17s are fitted to its 17 inch alloy wheels. The wheel base is 115 inches. Manual transmissions are not recommended due to the nature of the vehicle’s intended use, but the open source nature of the vehicle may allow for some wiggle room on features. This could even include converting it to run on used vegetable oil.

Any look is possible, here's one example but a quick search shows many more, even army camouflage.

Any look is possible, here’s one example but a quick search shows many more, even army camouflage.

In a lot of cases, they forego any actual paint jobs in favor of vinyl wrap. The idea being that any damage to your “paint job” can be repaired by replacing an individual piece of vinyl; makes sense. Unlike regular car companies, if you so desire, you can head down to their micro factory, roll up your sleeves, and actually take part in building your own Rally Fighter.

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Rally Fighter back seat isn’t exactly luxury, not that it matters

While they compare the commute in this vehicle to luxury automobiles, the interior is anything but. Not taking away from the badassness of this ride, the interior of the Rally Fighter is reminiscent of the interior of the Chevy Nova from the movie Deathproof. Its minimalist construction keeps down on weight, but leaves little for luxury features. There’s not much room in the back seat for anything but smaller friends or a large cooler, not that it matters. Lots of gauges are planned to allow monitoring performance when pushing the limits.

Cost

So, how much does badass cost? Well, it depends on your individual input on the car you have built, but plan to invest in the neighborhood of $99,900.00 for an average model. If there’s one universal thing Americans love, it’s options, and the Rally Fighter certainly has them. If you can’t afford one, but have a lot of skill and know how, take a look at their build kits. You can pick up the powder coated chassis, billet front arms, rear links, brakes, fuel tank and fuel pump, front hubs and uprights, complete rear-end, rear brakes, and hardware kit for just $19,500. Or, pick up a drift trike just to say you own something from local motors. The possibilities are endless with local motors, so check out their website see what sort of a insanity you can dream up.

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Grukha F5 Tank SUV From "Fast Five"

Grukha F5 Tank SUV From “Fast Five”

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Coherence Movie Review; A little-known you’ll want to know

Coherence Movie Review by Kephra Rubin

Coherence Movie Review

Coherence Movie Review
A little-known you’ll want to know

Rating: Pretty Damn Good

Coherence is a fascinating low budget film that uses an intriguing script and natural actors to create a film that’s part detective story, part sci-fi, part relationship drama that both men and women with an interest in intelligent films will enjoy.

Coherence movie review, by Kephra Rubin

In Coherence, some parts feel forced, and it pulls you out of the story for a moment

What you may not like:

-The low budget limits what they can do, but to its credit they don’t really do anything cheesy either.
-The acting isn’t always “natural” sometimes it feels fake and forced. For the most part, the film almost feels like hidden cameras watching a bunch of true-life friends having a conversation, other parts seem awkward. It’s as if the actors themselves dislike certain lines enough to struggle to commit to them.
-Spoon-fed portions of the script. This may be why certain lines feel very forced in comparison to the majority of the script. Things are being explained by the characters to help the audience along, but they seem like things no normal person would ever speculate. It’s something writers are often forced to do. I suppose some explanation is needed, but perhaps one more rewrite might have polished that up a bit. At the end of the day it’s not a big enough problem to detract from the enjoyment of the film

Coherence movie review by Kephra Rubin

A captivating film that combines detective story, sci fi and relationship drama into one fascinating piece.

What you’ll love:

-Wonderful concept; perhaps if you think about it, it’s something that has been done before, but to my knowledge, it’s never been done like this, as soon as I finished watching it I had to watch it again
-An intriguing detective side to the story. You really fall into the curiosity of the group and want to figure out what’s going on just as much as everyone else.
-A unique twist ending, again, maybe it’s “been done before” but not like this, it feels unique and at least for me it came as a surprise, which is rare.
-Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will see Zanders in this film

For anyone who is a fan of the also obscure film Primer, I would wager you’ll like this one quite a bit as well. For those who have never heard of either, 12 Monkeys, Déjà vu, perhaps even Oculus and other films of that nature won’t mirror this film at all, but represent a similar vein of movie genre that Coherence fits into nicely, if you like stuff like that, you’ll love this.

The more profitable intelligent movies are, the more will get made, I always say. I’ll definitely be throwing money at Coherence one way or another before the night is over. Give it a try and see if you’re equally enthused.

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Kephra

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Oculus Movie Review

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Oculus

Rating: Pretty Damn Good

This movie has a bit of controversy when it comes to reviews. Abstract movies have a tendency to elude the majority of audiences, so it says a lot for this film that it turned a huge profit at the box office. While many people who viewed it were left saying “I didn’t get it” and “that was stupid” there were a select bunch of viewers who couldn’t help but applaud the movie as it came to a close, myself included.

 

oculusconfusedWhat you’ll hate:

-For some, the story telling style is confusing

-For some, it wasn’t gory enough

-For some, it moved too slowly

 

 

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Plenty of cringe moments in Oculus


What you’ll love:

-Classic horror done right, it’s amazing how typical this movie is when you look at its basic components, and yet it’s one of the most original films I’ve seen in a while. It succeeds where many horror films fail.

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Doubting reality is a regular theme

 

-Mind fff… er… mind blowing plot twists and turns

-A creative villain

-An ending that leaves you thinking about the movie long after its over

 

 

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The children acted well enough to kind of steal the show

-Great acting by all

-It makes you want a sequel

If you liked “The Fountain” and “Memento” and really wished people in those movies were spine-tinglingly murdered by a supernatural force, you’re going to love Oculus.

 

It’s becoming more rare that I feel a movie is so good I want to own it, but this one is definitely on my list. Check it out and let me know what you think.

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Vivian Maier and Understanding an Artist’s Desire to Hide Their Talent

Vivian Maier Hid Her Amazing Artwork From the World, but Why?

Vivian Maier Hid Her Amazing Artwork From the World, but Why?

Vivian Maier and Understanding an Artist’s Desire to Hide Their Talent

Vivian Maier is an artist whose work was recently discovered. Many close to her did not know she was a photographer. Why did she hide her art? Who can say for certain, but as an artist who has struggled with expressing his own art, here is one perspective on why artists hide their talent.

To understand a true artist, you have to understand pain, you have to let it inside you. True artists are intuitive creatures, people who are so connected to the world that its pain is felt in their own soul. They are tortured and bear burdens no one should have to bear, because someone has to pay for the horrible things of life.

Yet, within that chasm lies an outstretched hand. It is a part of the artist that wishes to be seen, to be loved, to connect instead of self isolate.

True soulful artists are bound by a universally unwritten truth. If their work needs to be packaged and sold with a press kit attached in order to be felt and understood-they have failed.

For their work to be revered without needing to draw attention to it themselves is the highest compliment; to be discovered.

So, sadly, they hide their talents from the world, while somehow still hoping to be seen. If the world is lucky, it one day witnesses the expression of such a soul.

Personally, I believe it is the responsibility of the world to seek out artists, not artists to battle for the world’s attention. True art keeps our hearts alive and protects them from falling into numbness.

While we do not need art to survive, we most certainly need it to thrive.

So, while it may pain the artist, it is my true belief that pushing to witness their art is important, so they can feel some sense of discovery before they pass. If the opportunity for such understanding never comes, it would be good of us to do our best to understand the struggle an artist faces with exposing their own art to the world, and honor their work in the wake of their passing.

Short video about Vivian Maier

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If It Gets Them Out to the Range, It’s a Good Thing

Allowing curious new shooters to express themselves visually can help soften them to possible ownership

If the appearance of a firearm makes them interested in joining the community, perhaps it is a good thing.

If It Gets Them Out to the Range It’s a Good Thing

While the fixation on cosmetic features has hurt the gun rights movement, it can also help it.

Potential new firearms owners who come from a background without an avid gun culture are most likely exposed to mass media far more often than actual firearms and their owners. It is because of this, some potential new owners may gravitate toward firearms that are perhaps more theatrical than practical.

Seasoned owners may oppose this and that could be a mistake.

As others judge us based on the cosmetic features of our firearms, to judge others for similar reasons seems hypocritical. Beyond that, such alienation could create a social barrier that results in new owners not seeking proper instruction, or enough of it. Any risk to the firearms community of losing new members sets the stage for further struggles in the gun rights movement.

The Beretta CX4 Storm has a spacey appearance that many owners dislike, yet mocking someone who finds the firearm interesting seems counterproductive to the gun rights movement.

The Beretta CX4 Storm has a spacey appearance that many owners dislike, yet mocking someone who finds the firearm interesting seems counterproductive to the gun rights movement.

I know from personal experience, the jokes and teasing that comes along with judging the appearance of a firearm can do a lot to limit a novice’s involvement, at least at the initial stages. I was raised anti-gun. It was a very difficult journey to owning my first firearm.

It was difficult for a variety of social reasons, some of the very reasons we are discussing here. I liked the Beretta CX4 Storm, and even now I cannot deny it has a spacey appearance. I was ridiculed for it, and other’s opposition to the choice became a subtle barrier between me and the firearm’s community.

Perhaps, aesthetics are the only aspect of firearms a novice can understand.

I certainly did not grasp how firearms worked, why people owned them, or what purposes they served their owners. I was curious to learn, however, and that showed an effort towards understanding. Why was that desire to understand not encouraged?

In fact, the negative reactions I encountered along the way put doubts in my mind, and made me hesitate on my first purchase. Months went by before that changed when a new friend gave a different reaction. While he did say that he would have preferred I purchase a practical 22 rifle to get started with, he felt that the recoil of the CX4 Storm would be manageable and the ammo inexpensive at the time. As long as I let him educate me on the safety precautions involved in ownership he figured, why not?

He saw the bigger picture, and the importance of introducing new shooters to the firearms community. When he saw that there were no safety concerns or chances that an overpowered firearm might ruin my first experience, he let it go. If aesthetics were what piqued my interest, then it was a gateway towards my acceptance of firearms. It needed to be nurtured, not judged.

We are guiltier than we would like to admit.

Many of us are accepting of any safe interest in firearms, however, anyone with an internet connection can witness firsthand how alienating owners can be. Far more frequently than one might think, people are ridiculed for even so much as showing interest in something splattered in a crazy paint job, or boasting an extra shiny finish, and it serves no purpose to owners, or gun rights. When we witness the alienation of people who may be at the delicate infancy stage of their involvement in firearms, we have to ask ourselves, why?

Why ridicule someone at all?

Is this so offensive that we would prefer to see the owner uncomfortable and alienated? Why?

Is this so offensive that we would prefer to see the owner uncomfortable and alienated? Why?

Why put someone in a situation where they feel the need to avoid the firearms community, which could cause them to avoid seeking proper training and regular instruction? Why create friction in a situation that could help further the gun rights movement if handled in a more positive way? Does nickel plating really offend that much?

If they want a wild paint job, or if they think some spacey firearm design is intriguing, why is so much effort being expended to make these individuals feel unwelcome? What does making anyone feel unwelcome do for any movement, let alone the struggle to attain equal rights for gun owners?

Sure, it's important to take firearm safety seriously, but if the owner does, what's the harm in a fun paint job that keeps them interested and active, along with eager to introduce others to the gun rights movement?

Sure, it’s important to take firearm safety seriously, but if the owner does, what’s the harm in a fun paint job that keeps them interested and active, along with eager to introduce others to the gun rights movement? Everyone “with the program” is already part of the movement, and we are not enough, we need to search outside the comfort zone to thrive.

Perhaps we worry that a focus on appearance will create a lax attitude towards safety and respect for firearms. This is valid, but there are plenty of people who covet the grade of wood used to make the stock of a more traditional firearm. More importantly, it overlooks the role we each play in this community. When we choose to be involved in our local communities and properly introduce new owners to firearms, we have an opportunity to ensure they understand the safety and respect that comes with them.

Obviously, if this were the majority I would not be involved with firearms. It did take the guidance of a good person to usher me into ownership, though, and it took far too long to get there, in my case. In regards to my friend, I eventually thanked him very enthusiastically. Not just for taking me to my first gun show where I bought my CX4 Storm, not just for taking me to my first trip to the range and ensuring I felt comfortable by putting a strong focus on safety, but for the encouragement, and welcoming attitude towards my initial interest in firearms, for making me feel comfortable enough to enter a new, unfamiliar, and frankly intimidating world. He said a lot in response to my thanks, but one thought stood out for me to this very day.

“Hey, if it gets you out to the range, it’s a good thing.”

Encouraging the new shooter to engage in the safe enjoyment of firearms, preferably guided by an NRA Certified Instructor, is important to the gun rights movement. Getting actively involved in our local communities can usher the novice into a nurturing environment, which is vital at that budding stage. There they can be introduced to a great first experience that can help them see that firearms, when properly handled and respected, are not capable of causing problems, but can be the cause of many great things.

Looking beyond appearances can help ease tensions and encourage new owners to do more than simply purchase a firearm and stick it in a gun safe. It can help to create a solid community that welcomes curiosity and encourages new owners to seek guidance and instruction. Not only does this approach create a safer and more enjoyable experience at our local ranges, it also strengthens the gun rights movement as a whole. New owners are more valuable now than ever before. Regardless of what the firearms they find interesting look like, realize that hey–if it gets them out to the range, it’s a good thing.

We are almost the majority, let’s keep growing.

Thanks for reading,
Kephra

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Falling (poem)

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Falling

The higher I rise the further I fall
There was a time I reached for the sky
I rose up high
Now it feels like I’ve been falling all my life

That little voice
Watching those little dreams
The feeling opened me
Broke through my armor and let me breathe

And now it hurts to be this free
Taken from me,
Can’t close the armor around me
I left it all behind

Now I’m falling from the sky
I used to hum for little ears at night
Now I’m a stranger in those little eyes
Too many tears to let outside

Broken, I am broken deep inside
Paid the price to feel alive
Wouldn’t go back, I don’t know why
I guess I can’t regret those times

So I fall from the sky
I don’t know why
I can’t stop trying to fly
Reaching for the sun at night

I can still feel the tiny hands
Still hear the tiny laugh
Still feel that little breath
Sleeping on my chest

The higher I rise the further I fall
There was a time I reached for the sky
I rose up high
Now it feels like I’ve been falling all my life

By Kephra Rubin

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