Review: Fast Five

Former cop Brian O’Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they’ve blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he’s not the only one on their tail. Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can’t separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey… before someone else runs them down first.

Who believes the first movie came out over 10 years ago now, they have kept on going and they are all 10 years older now. I have always been a fan of the Fast & Furious, but this one just went over the top. Its always been about the cars and the chase, and then they started developing the story around Tereto and O’Conner and this is probably the best made Fast & Furious out of all of them, an amazing story with cars thrown into the mix. The introduction of Dwayne Johnson as Hops, the DEA’s primary hunter, is one hell of an exciting mix. They went crazy all over brazil, guns flying, destruction on the road, and a great story. If you haven’t seen this movie then you should watch it, I just saw it and I want to watch it again, it got my blood pumping. Keep watching until after the credits you will see something interesting and I know I will be looking forward to the next movie, and I’m getting this on Blu-Ray to add to the media collection.

Link: IMDB

Review: Rio

When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams.

Pixar really never disappoints, after seeing the trailer for this movie I really wanted to see a bunch of funny colorful birds. Pixar really did an amazing job with the actor line up in this movie, the music was amazing and as it turns out Will.I.Am is one of the characters and you can’t help but love the music. Its a simple story yet very funny, and George Lopez is also one of the birds, a great ensemble of performers in this animation. I thought that the MoC wouldn’t cut a cartoon, or they would leave this alone, its birds, but I was wrong and it got cut at the most annoying moments but its still a movie to enjoy.

Link: IMDB

Rio’s Drug War

This has been in the news recently, the slums of Rio are filled with Drug Dealers and Human Traffickers, and it has been like that over a decade now. Now it seems the Government has decided to do something about it and they are going in Full Force with the police and military. If the drug dealers and gangsters dont surrender its a shoot to kill situation, completely cleaning out the slums. In the past the police couldn’t take a step into the slums without getting killed but not they are cleaning things up in the worst of the slums, and there are many slums around Rio. This is probably because the World cup is going to be in Brazil in 2014 and I think the Olympics, and a lot has been written about this insane military action, and I think its good they are taking out the bad guys and its sad innocent people are caught in the crossfire but it should have been done probably a long time ago. I picked a few pictures which tell the story, but click the link to BigPicture below to get a lot of amazing and graphic pictures.

Link: BigPicture

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Air France 447 Tragedy

228 people from Brazil to France on an Air France flight has vanished over the Atlantic after flying into turbulence. I haven’t seen a tragedy such as this in a long time, a flight of this type crashing in the middle of the Atlantic. Brazil sent out their Air Force to search the ocean, while France sent out rescue planes on their route as well as requesting help from US to use their Satellites to pinpoint the probable location of the crash. My prayers goes out to the family of the passengers and crew.

Link: BBC

Curved Bookshelves

Triptyque designed this space ship looking bookshelf for a urban apartment in San Paulo, Brazil. This bookshelf system serves the whole apartment from normal books, to important items, to the entertainment system at the other end. It gives the apartment a different form and feel which I can appreciate.

If there is one thing that I love when it comes to furniture its bookshelves, and this one turned out to be one of the strangest yet interesting bookshelf I have seen. I just like to organize my books, dvds, and other times to a specific pattern that only makes sense to me, its something to do with organized chaos.

Link: io9 (Thanks nibaq)

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Emirates New Flights

Recently Emirates has been making some big announcements, they now have 3 very long haul flights. They are really taking over some of these long haul flights, I know someone who just tried the Brazil flight and they said it was very comfortable for 16 hours. It is a little bit more expensive then planes with stop overs. BA Flight from Kuwait to London, then London to San Paulo is cheaper then the Dubai to San Paulo for 400 KD. So sometimes it might be a little bit more expensive but still very convenient flights to have, some of these flights are booked up ahead with no availability for a few months.

  • San Paulo, Brazil
  • Los Angeles, United States (Sept 08)
  • San Francisco, United States (Oct 08)