Review: Some From Nothing The Art Of Rap

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A documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence.

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If you have any inclination to hip hop then you will love this movie, its about the art of hip hop & rap over the past 40 years with an inside view from Ice T. Going from the East Coast to the West Coast, you get a taste of all the talent and what they did to get where they are, and what they believe in and what is there process for their art form. Honestly it was amazing watching some of them freestyle like that, watching Q-Tip, Run DMC, Eminem, Dr Dre, Red Man, and so many other talented people in this documentary doing their thing is inspiring and a must watch for anyone who loves music.

Link: IMDB
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Review: Oz The Great & Powerful

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A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches.

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This is one of those times that you realize that you can’t get this time wasted back, I wish I saw another B-rated movie, at least in that case my expectations wouldn’t have been so high. A Disney movie with an amazing line up of actors and a reinvented old story, it was bound to be good, or so I thought. People said that John Carter was bad, but in my experience, it was misunderstood and a very good movie, they just marketed badly, this movie got a lot of marketing, and it was just a disappointment. I remember watching Alice and Wonderland and that was an exquisitely done remake, and I even remember how great Johnny Depp was as the Mad Hatter, he was seriously mad! But this movie was not good, and everything felt off and I was waiting for something to go right, I just didn’t know what it was, and James Franco is an excellent actor, but this wasn’t a good fit. I wish I didn’t go into this movie.

Link: IMDB
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Review: Last Resort

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A US sub picks up Navy SEALs and receives an order for a nuke launch. Due to the circumstances of the order, the Captain refuses to fire. After escaping an attack from another US sub, the crew and SEALs take refuge on a small island.

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This is one of those shows that got cancelled earlier then it should have, if you haven’t seen it then you should, 13 episodes and all of them keep you on edge. The story is different, a US Navy Nuclear Sub turning against the US Government because of the plot to destroy them and cover it up. The story keeps developing and gets more intense, I’m just very happy that they at least gave it an ending, albeit not the best one but still an high note at the end to one very dramatic show. This show seriously should not have been cancelled, it had all the intricacies of a complex action/political show to play out with an interesting twist, which it did to a degree. I have been putting off watching the end of the show, but after I did I’m glad I did, its one of those shows that just leaves you on a good note and your happy you watched it. I notice that shows that paint the US Government in a bad way militarily or as if there is a government conspiracy going on, they don’t tend to play out, just like the show Jericho from 2006.

Link: IMDB
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Review: Snitch

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A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son who was imprisoned after being set up in drug deal.

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What a man would do for his son, and Dwayne Johnson goes all the way in this movie. This is a more serious tone to what Dwayne Johnson usually plays and it seems he gets a little deeper then he expected. This movie has a nice storyline, a bit slow but the intensity builds up towards the end. A deep story with great action, and I liked the character Dwayne Johnson played, if you like him then you will like this movie.

Link: IMDB
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Review: Django Unchained

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With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

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Quentin Tarantino movies never disappoint and this is one hell of a movie, I don’t like Westerns but I loved this one. Tarantino always adds a modern twist, and you can tell it from the music that was used and I loved that. Jamie Fox was the main character, Django, but to me he wasn’t the star, it was Dr. Shultz. Or in this case Christopher Waltz, the German Doctor turned Bounty Hunger, and he was the bad guy in Inglourious Basterds, he played the bad guy perfectly, and he played the bounty hunter perfectly. It’s a hell of a movie, a bit long, but a great twist towards the end, and there are some fun twists when you do know its a Taratino Movie. Samuel L Jackson played the role of Stephen the house servant, but he played his role to the end, he was a great actor in this movie as well. A hell of a movie and lots of fun, well worth watching, a bit too long, but who doesn’t love a Taratino movie.

Link: IMDB

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Review: DREDD

In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

It’s rare that the remake is better then the original, and the original starred Sylvester Stallone, but this one did, it outdid the original Judge Dredd and left it to be forgotten. In this movie Karl Urban was a man of few words, it was pure action on his part, and what little you can see of his face, said it all about Judge Dredd, he played the part perfectly. The story is clear Judge Dredd entered the most crime ridden location in Mega City, Peach Trees, and when he goes in all hell breaks loose and Judge Dredd does what he does best, Judge, Jury, and Executionar. The perfect type of movie, a solid story line, great bad guys, and action that just wouldn’t stop. One hell of a movie and this one did Judge Dredd Justice, I’m hoping for another one because this one ended on an high note.

Link: IMDB
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Review: The Man With The Iron Fist

On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers.

You have to love the excessiveness of this movie, its like one of those typical Kung Fu movies from the 80s but with a ridiculous character line up and the Quintin Tarantino flare. RZA from the Wu Tang Clan, is all over this movie, he one of the main characters, the director, the screenplay writer, and pretty much everything else in the movie. Overall, the movie is just a fun flick to see on the weekend. Lots of blood, decapitation, fun martial arts, subliminal dirty jokes, sarcastic humor, special effects, and a unique, urban take on the classic Kung Fu films we’ve learn to love over the years. This is not a movie you waste your time dissecting. You either love it or you hate. I took the movie for what it was and I loved every minute of it. It had everything an action flick should have, great action, great costumes, great weapons, solid plot and good actors. If you love martial arts movies then you have to watch this one, as usual its fun and over the top.

Link: IMDB
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Review: Inside Apple – Adam Lashinsky

INSIDE APPLE reveals the secret systems, tactics and leadership strategies that allowed Steve Jobs and his company to churn out hit after hit and inspire a cult-like following for its products.

If Apple is Silicon Valley’s answer to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, then author Adam Lashinsky provides readers with a golden ticket to step inside. In this primer on leadership and innovation, the author will introduce readers to concepts like the “DRI” (Apple’s practice of assigning a Directly Responsible Individual to every task) and the Top 100 (an annual ritual in which 100 up-and-coming executives are tapped a la Skull & Bones for a secret retreat with company founder Steve Jobs).

Based on numerous interviews, the book offers exclusive new information about how Apple innovates, deals with its suppliers and is handling the transition into the Post Jobs Era. Lashinsky, a Senior Editor at Large for Fortune, knows the subject cold: In a 2008 cover story for the magazine entitled The Genius Behind Steve: Could Operations Whiz Tim Cook Run The Company Someday he predicted that Tim Cook, then an unknown, would eventually succeed Steve Jobs as CEO.

While Inside Apple is ostensibly a deep dive into one, unique company (and its ecosystem of suppliers, investors, employees and competitors), the lessons about Jobs, leadership, product design and marketing are universal. They should appeal to anyone hoping to bring some of that Apple magic to their own company, career, or creative endeavor.

Like a lot of people I bought the autobiography of Steve Jobs after he passed away, but this book intrigued me at Heathrow Airport, it was the first one to feel like it really jumped into Apple’s secretive policies. I was expecting a book that would be bashing Apple nonstop for their tactics, but at least a view into Apple with a bit more perspective. This type of business book is relative only for a very short time and so I thought to read it within that time and just finishing it recently really was interesting. Surprisingly Adam Lashinsky praised Apple for a lot of their business decisions and how Jobs kept the entrepreneurial spirit in Apple going unlike many companies of it size. If you have any inclination towards Apple then you really have to read this book, I’m not their biggest fan but I do respect them and this book gives you more incite into them. An excellent read.

Link: Amazon

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Review: The Expendables 2

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

It’s rare that the second movie is better then the first one, but this one is, and if you are a fan of the 80s movies then you really have to watch this one. And this time they brought in Chuck Norris & Jean Claude Van Damme, a true 80s action packed movie, with a damn good bad guy, true 80s style but modernized for our time. The fine art of 80s/90s action movies has been lost and we are stuck with very complex stories requiring our complete attention to know what the hell is going in a movie. You get the right dosage of a story with more action and Chuck Norris thrown in for good measure, how could this not be good. You know there are movie one liners that you will always remember like “Yippy Ka Yay Mother Fucker!!”. Well this one is filled with them and you will love every moment of it. When Chuck Norris joins the battle, Arnie sighs and moans, ‘Who’s next… Rambo?’, that is the best of the movie. At one point in the film, Arnie turns to Bruce and Sly and says, ‘we belong in a museum’. In a way, he’s right. This is the last gasp of this type of film and perhaps the perfect homage to a golden age.

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Review: Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A

Having lived with this laptop for about three months now, I can safely say it is without question the best PC laptop I’ve ever owned. Every review out there just raves about this machine. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Retina-esque 1920×1080 resolution in an amazingly high quality 13.3″ IPS display
  • Intel’s latest 17 watt Ivy Bridge processor with (finally!) decent integrated graphics
  • 128 GB SSD with fast 6Gbps interface
  • Just under 3 pounds
  • Decent 5 to 6 hour runtime
  • Classy brushed metal case and cover

Pros:

  • The best ultrabook currently out there, it seems Asus just keeps stepping it up, if you are looking for a thin powerful Windows laptop then this is it.
  • 4.5 to 5.5 hours battery life with full media use
  • Amazing Screen, Very Bright and clear Details
  • Light Up Keyboard, and a very nice feel to it
  • The SSD & Processor are insanely fast, about a 17 second boot time from scratch and 5 seconds from sleep. These are numbers we wouldn’t even dream of before.
  • I love the aluminum clean cut finish of the Zenbook, surprisingly it doesn’t get too hot
  • it has just enough ports to make it useful
  • With the USB 3.0 I managed transfers of 100 to 130 MB/s from my External Seagate HD
  • The best thing is the price as well, its an amazing machine for $1299 and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an ultrabook

Cons:

  • The only downfall is the annoying sensitivity of the touch pad
  • Windows 7 that came wwith the ASUS was the home version and had bloatware, so I decided to do a clean install which worked perfectly, and it booted even faster, it is up and running within 12 to 17 seconds, nice and smooth.

Specifications:

  • Intel Core i7 -3517U 2.4GHz
  • Widows 7 64bit Unlimited (I reinstalled it because of the bloatware)
  • 4GB Ram
  • 128 GB SSD
  • Intel HD Graphics

Simple Conclusion:

I love this laptop and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a thin and powerful windows laptop. I started using it everywhere, I take it everywhere with me and it has taken a few odd drops with no issues at all. Its fast, lightening fast and it boots up within seconds, I can’t recommend it enough, and the price honestly is very reasonable.