Sunday, October 18, 2015

Conventions and zombie walks: Prime terrorist targets?

One dead and five wounded at a Zombie Walk event in Fort Myers. Having been raised in the middle of a civil war where people got shot and blown every hour of the day, (Peru in the 80's)  I have always been concerned -but never spoken about it to not sound like an alarmist- that these events (SDCC, Cons, Halloween etc) are prime targets for shootings or bombings pretty much like what happened in Boston. Well, now is starting to happen.

Just imagine the scenario: Everyone wearing fake weapons and masks making it impossible to identify the assailants which is exactly what is happening here. Fortunately, in events like San Diego I was able to identify DOZENS of undercover Homeland security officers (Don't ask how. I'm the son of a cop) keeping us safe, but that is not the case in every convention around the country. 

With the upcoming Halloween celebrations, please be always careful when attending these events, Look for suspicious people: Those who seem detached from what is happening around,  stay away from extra crowded areas (which is where these cunts like to attack for maximum effect) do not seat or hang around large windows and always, always stay alert.

Here is the full article courtesy of CNN:

Avengers Age of Ultron commentary (Spoiler free)

Yawn. That sums it all up. Nothing surprised me here. Was it good? Yes. Was it groundbreaking? No. But let’s dive a bit in here: Seeing all characters interact between each other is always great. The comebacks and jokes are always fresh and never get boring, however, the Avengers brand is starting to suffer from the typical "let's make it bigger cause we can" Hollywood syndrome, where the visual effects are the main focus instead of the plot. Movie producers and makers should understand: Nobody cares about “stunning” visual effects anymore, we are numbed to them, and in fact: We expect them; since nowadays movie making is not limited to anything but your imagination. Great movies are the ones that strike a balance between a compelling plot and great storytelling AIDED by special effects. This is a point that Age of Ultron is sorely lacking. It felt like a 141 minute SNL skit with great effects and great action but nothing else. As soon as I walked out of the theatre and jumped on my car I had totally forgotten about what I saw.

Ultron was a completely irrelevant and quite frankly boring nemesis not worthy of using all 6 avengers (he would have been great for an iron man movie instead of Aldrich Killian and the whole extremis turd) and not even the genius of James Spader could save you the boredom of watching a cybernetic Tony Stark knock off gone genocidal.

The predictability level on this movie is so unbearable, that mimics the first one even at the end of the movie where a moment that its supposed to be “compelling” does nothing but make you yawn while thinking “dejavu much?” The freshness that we saw on Guardians of the Galaxy, Winter Soldier, or Ant-Man is not present here as the Avengers brand is starting to feel stale like 3 day old coffee.
I love Marvel and I love all comic book movies, but I'm not a fanboy. I'm a fan, and when I see something wrong , I point it, even if I love the characters to death. My fandom does not blind me from criticizing something that I perceive is not as good as it should be, just cause we have to sell movies and merchandise (which for this movie has been the most mediocre line-up thanks to the half assed figures that Hasbro and others have put on the market) This kind of mediocre mentality is what we HAVE to avoid at all costs if we want our comic book movie romance with Hollywood to continue way beyond our time and not end up like a one night stand on the boulevard.

This hopefully will change-AND MUST CHANGE- when we reach the Infinity War, and then you might find me along the thousands of fanboys singing kumbaya, but for now, I have to point it like it is, -and sorry- but this is not a stellar movie. Do I hate it? Hell no! Do I love it ? Not much. I’m just indifferent to it like a frigid person is to sex...

Oh and Kudos to Lizzie Olsen and her Scarlet Witch... The only palatable thing to watch here. Avengers Age of Ultron is rated PG-13 and available now in stores worldwide.