• USA likes to espouse itself as being the freest country in the world, defender of life and liberty.

    Yet people are pre-emptively arrested for wanting to exercise their first amendment rights, 25% of all prisoners on planet earth are in our jail system, we have the highest imprisonment rate, and have killed tons of civilians in our various oil wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya).

    America’s dead. Perhaps a better use of everyone’s energy is to figure out how to get the fuck out of America, because our “freedom” is mostly based on economics, not principles of actual liberty.

    Fuck Chicago Police (for the 10,000th time).

    But fuck america for allowing this to happen, and fuck americans for voting in leaders like Bush and Obama who only decrease total freedom, and for having no backbone to fight this bullshit.

    tags: politics AbuseOfAuthority government Freedom police pre-emptive raids MinorityReport Chicago ChicagoPoliceDepartment Illinois NATO summits warrantless Constitutionalrights rights 1stAmendment FirstAmendment FreedomOfAssembly protesters

  • 5/5 stars, 8/10 from Clint.
    3/5 stars, 7/10 from Carolyn.
    Major disparity here.

    Native rating: 4.7/10 (vs 5.8,5.4 for first 2 movies), 3.1/5 stars (vs 3.2,3.2).
    Netflix guessed 3.9/5 for us. Considering I rated the first 2 Hostel movies 5/5 stars, Netflix really should know better.

    I thought this was one of the more sinister Hostel movies. The major spoiler of the movie is WAY more evil than anything that was done in the first two Hostel movies.

    I actually think the franchise has been improving with each release, which is contrary to most popular opinion and common sense.

    Hostel 2 > Hostel 1, because after seeing the 1, watching 2 is an exercise in extreme paranoia. But after going that route, Hostel 3 is more of an experience in “living large” and making the franchise more grandiouse, with the hell on earth no longer in a 3rd world eastern European country, but in Las Fucking Vegas.

    This is also the most unique of the 3 films (due to large similarities between Hostel 1 and Hostel 2).

    I am glad that in the IMDB comments I found other people who liked this better than Hostel 1 & 2. It is probably the opinion of a 10% minority, but I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks 3 > 2 > 1.

    FREAK ALERT! John Hensley, the fucking idiot son from Nip/Tuck, plays a handicapped person here. Interesting to see him again, if only to be reminded of how much I hated his character on Nip/Tuck. He also has a kind of weird look to him, which lends itself well to playing someone with a physical malady.

    tags: video movies reviews Hostel Hostel3 sequels horror IMDB Clint Carolyn

  • 8/10 from both of us. 4/5 stars from Carolyn, 5/5 stars from Clint. Carolyn had seenthis before, but Clint had not. Carolyn enjoyed it as much (if not more) as the first time she saw it.

    Native rating: 6.5/10, 3.6/5 (Netflix incorrectly guesse3d 3.1/5 for us, thinking we’d like this worse than average. WRONG!)

     We are both very much into board games, fantasy, imagination, and darkness, and this movie had it all, so it spoke to us.  I really thought it would be more of a “kiddie” movie, but there were actually a lot of dark, fucked up moments. Homicidal gun maniacs and animals that try to kill children? Nightmare insects? Holy fuck. WAS. NOT. EXPECTING.

    I was enthralled. Carolyn adds: “It was more enjoyable watching it with you because you liked it so much.  hehehehe”

    Another weird thing: Seeing Kirsten Dunst so young. Too bad she was TOO young, if you catch my drift. But that was made up for with Bebe Neuwirth (Lillith from Cheers/Frasier). SHE IS HOT AS SHIT. Plus this was 15 years ago. Too bad this is a movie about her kids and not her, or we could have stared at her longer. But I digress.

    This was way better than I expected. I’d been putting off watching this movie for almost a year (17 years, if you want to get pedantic), but apparently I should have watched it much sooner!

    tags: media video movies Jumanji 1995 reviews Clint Carolyn KirstenDunst BebeNeuwirth RobinWilliams

  • MMmmmm, Sherlock Holmes sequel! Yay!

     4/5 stars, 8/10 from both of us (whereas the first movie only got 7.6 from Carolyn).

    Native rating: 7.5/10, 4.1/5 (guess for us=4.2), so for once we’re in line with most people.

    NOOMI RAPACE! THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO! She is in this movie, in an English-speaking role!

    This was actually better than the first Sherlock Holmes movie, but only slightly. I reread what Carolyn said to me about the last one, and she said her attention had faltered some during the first one, and that didn’t happen with the 2nd movie.

    And that is why this movie gets a slightly higher rating (8.0 vs 7.6).

    tags: media video movies reviews SherlockHolmes SherlockHolmes2 sequels AGameOfShadows Clint Carolyn RobertDowneyJr. JudeLaw NoomiRapace

  • New Zealand low-budget time travel movie not available on Netflix.

     Got a 3.6/10 on IMDB, but Clint gave it 6/10 and Carolyn gave it 7/10.
    We both rated it only 3 stars, but then later Clint changed it to 2.8/3 stars after seeing its rating in comparison to other 3/5 star movies and realizing this is a worse movie.

    The effects were super-cheesy — like someone just did it all on their computer. And the story was confusing. David Lynch-level confusing by the end, with characters actually being other characters. And since  it wasn’t directed well enough, I didn’t even understand which characters were becoming which other characters. It was just hard to follow. And the New Zealand accents sounded really bad.

    But the story was still kind of interesting, and we are such huge time travel fans that we sought out and found this movie despite its rarity and low rating.

    It was still enjoyable.

    Just not really GOOD.

    tags: media video movies reviews Event16 NewZealand TimeTravel IMDB

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