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#TheWalkingDead – Tango’s The Walking Thoughts pt.1

As the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead drew near, I started binge watching the show from the start, and when doing so, there’s been a few things that stuck with me more than others. Keep in mind now that I have never read the comics, but here are some of my thoughts on the show, starting from Shane’s psychotic break up until episode 9 of season 3, entitled The Suicide King (more or less). And so, without further ado, I give to you…

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Shane and Rick - Forest ambushThe character of Shane, played by Jon Bernthal, was far from a favorite of mine. From the scene in the car in the beginning, to the very end, I thought he was a dick and all I wanted to do was throw my fist in his face. I’ve heard a lot of people who’ve read the comics say that Bernthal portrayed the character brilliantly, and if so, kudos. I also did somewhat enjoy his performance toward the end when he snapped. Bernthal gave us a visualization beyond others of how a mind can get twisted and turn on yourself, so props for a good performance there. But after he snapped and lured Rick out through the forest to kill him, and his plan backfired, I was relieved that Shane was out of the picture. One of the best Yes!-moments of the show, in my opinion. His “return” as Rick’s hallucination in the Woodbury-bonanza was pretty nice though, with him looking all Wolverine-like but luckily that was over as soon as he pulled the trigger.

Another thing that I’ve been noticing throughout the show is, that whenever they are attacked by walkers, everyone seems to be crack shots, taking the walkers out with headshot after headshot from yards away, but every time there’s a shootout “man to man”, like when they attack Woodbury to save Glenn and Maggie in season 3 for instance, no one seems to be hitting anything (with the exception of Rick’s gun slingin’ in the bar) and I can’t seem to think that there’s something wrong with that picture? It’s not because their targets are moving, ’cause the walkers move pretty sporadically, so there’s gotta be just one of those things we’ve gotten used to in the 80’s action movies, where the bad guys never hit anything but the good guys does. Or is it, simply enough, the people behind the show not wanting to shed “human blood”? Like, killing walkers is fine and dandy, but not the humans? If so, I think they should take a good hard look on their reasoning behind it.

David Morrissey The Governor insaneSpeaking of Woodbury, how about that Governor, huh? Damn, that’s one deranged man, I gotta say. Sure, I get that anyone would go through some serious changes in their personality when loosing a child, but to keep his daughter locked up in a straight-jacket behind a grating? And top that off with him keeping severed heads in fish tanks? Yeah, that dude is severely messed up in the head, I’ll tell ya! David Morrissey does a bang-up job of it, though, delivering one hell of a performance. And even though the character actually sucks donkey balls (in terms of being a good or bad guy, that is), he is an intriguing character none the less. Sure, the series slowed down a bit at the beginning of the season, which I blame the Governor for, but it picks up pretty good after a while, which I also kinda blame the Governor (and his insanity) for. So good on ya, sorry you had to loose an eye, though! Which happens during one badass brawl between the Governor and Michonne, by the way. Speaking of, why did they brawl? Well, that one’s kinda simple to answer. They brawl because Michonne finds Penny, the Governor’s daughter, trapped behind the grating, snarling, hooded and chained, and (pardon my language here) as the dumb b*tch she is, she didn’t think twice about Why that snarling, hooded girl was chained? Yeah, dumbass b*tch! Anyway, the Governor, or Philip, walks in just as she’s about to samurai the girl to death and the brawl ensues. There you go. And I still, after seeing Michonne unlashing Penny’s chains three of four times now, can’t for the life of me understand WHY the Hell she did that?! Just dumb, is what it was…..

This thought-ramblin’ is coming to an end so I thought I’d leave you with a few lesser thoughts before I go, with the first one being a two-fer. When Shane died I said ‘Yes’ quietly to myself, but when both Andrea and Lori died, I quietly shouted ‘YES!!’ and made a fist in the air. From the very beginning of the show, these two ladies have gotten on my nerves so many times that I can’t even count so when they both died, I was a happy man!! Hated them both. The characters, though, Not the actresses. They both did fine, or… maybe more than fine? Maybe that’s why I hated them so much, ’cause both Sarah Wayne Callies and Laurie Holden did a fantastic job with their characters? Hmm, never thought about that ’til now. Huh, anyways, the last thing I’m thinking about today is, after Hershel looses his leg (in a badass way none the less), Scott Wilson, who plays Hershel, most likely was wearing one of those now infamous green screen-socks so they could digitally remove his lower leg, but in one scene (maybe more, I have’t noticed) in episode 9, The Suicide King, you can clearly see his leg still being there, shining through the digital removal, just below his knee. It’s nothing big, really, I just thought it was a fun little mistake they made, that’s all…

Anyways, that’s all for now, I think….. Yeah, that’s all I have for you tonight, but I’m actually gonna go watch some more TWD right now, so be sure to tune in later for The Walking Thoughts pt.2, coming maybe sometime next week(?), but until then…

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Sabotage, Need for Speed, Noah – Random thoughts

It’s that time again…. postage. And today I have not only one, but three films to talk about. No, this won’t be any ordinary reviews, ’cause you all know that’s not how I do things. I’ll be dropping some random thoughts on things I thought about, when the films subjected made me think about’em. Confusing? Okay then, let’s get to it…

Sabotage BannerFirst out, we have Sabotage, yet another installment of the oh so glorious comeback for the “Governator” and former Action Star Supreme, Arnold Schwarzenegger. This one, however, stands out a bit from his previous films, as it’s not just about the action and the one-liners, but rather about the story and the characters. Sure, it’s one Chris’ damn gory film, I give you that, but it has a depth to it than probably no other Arnie-films before ever had. Was it a good movie? Yeah, it was. I enjoyed the hell out of it, and I tell you why… it was partly because of the director (David Ayer), but mostly because of the cast, which included Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello and my all-time favorite actor of color, Terrence Howard, among others. They are the ones that gives the story life and what really matters in the film….
Sabotage castI have to say, I wasn’t a big Worthington-fan before this but good golly, this is a man that can actually act. Holy shit, he is good in this one!! Where the hell did he hide this talent in ..Titans? And if he can, I would suggest that he keeps that goatee-ish beard he’s got going on, ’cause he looks badass! Something that bugged me, however, was the lack of screen-time for Howard. An actor of that caliber should’ve been given at least double of what he had… but, what he had, he delivered perfectly as usual! The rest of the ‘team’ were okay, I guess, nothing fancy. Joe Manganiello did some serious overacting at times, but he’s cut and the girls seem to like him, so I guess that’s something.

I’ve heard some discussons about the movie before I saw it, about it being a new kind of Expendables-ripoff, but I can assure you, it’s nothing like that. Sure, it has a bunch of badass soldier-ish type characters and a lot of gory action, but that’s nothing compared to the rest of what it has. If you don’t believe me, watch the damn movie, ’cause overall, the movie may not have been the greatest film of all time, but it definitely gets the ‘Tango’s Stamp of Approval’.

Need for Speed bannerNext up, we have Need for Speed, another installment of a long line of videogame-based movies, which you all know mostly sucks. So, how did this one do? Well, honestly, I think it’s the best game-based movie so far (apart from Mortal Kombat, obviously!) I’m nt sure as to which NFS-game in particular it’s supposed to be based on, but judging by the title, I’m guessing the first one, and if that’s the case they didn’t do a very good job adapting it, ’cause I remember that game being a racing game more than anything else and sure, there’s a lot of racing in the game but that’s not only the standard ‘point A to point B’ type of racing, but a race to the death of sorts as well. Anyways, I liked the film in general, but it’s not a Top5 favorite car-movies, far from it. At it’s best, it gets a ‘Tango’s Stamp of Maybe I’ll watch it again some day’.

Need for Speed CastAron Paul, however, has stepped out from underneath the shadow of Jesse Pinkman and shown us that he can very well be a true A-lister some day. Not yet, but some day. He shows a lot of potential in this one, and where some people say he’s just grabbing from his old bag of tricks, I would say that he takes what he has, utilizes it into something new and improved. Yeah, his acting is that fancy, and the chemistry he has with his ragtag team of partners (Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek among others) is a beautiful comic relief. The bad guy in this one, however, is one of the most generic and misplaced characters I have seen in a long, Long time. Dominic Cooper gives us a stale and utterly boring performance as the racing pro Dino Brewster, the biggest douche to hit the big screen since…. I don’t know, what’s the biggest douche you’ve seen? Him, times three. Sure, he gave somewhat of a good performance as Howard Stark in ..The First Avenger, but that’s nothing to hold over him in this one. In short, he sucked major ass, both as an actor and as a character and what happened to him in the end of the movie, wasn’t justice, it was bologna.

Noah bannerAnd lastly, we have the biblical(?) epic Noahstarring Russell Crowe as Noah. Is this really a biblical movie? Well, yes and no. Sure, we’re given a lot of trite dialogue about the “Creator” and how he made Us in his image and what have you, but we’re also given a backstory (narrated by Crowe) to the imagery of what’s obviously the occurrence of evolution, starting with the Big Bang, all the way up to our time, so I’m guessing… no? I’ve heard talking about Crowe not wanting it to be a biblical film, but given the source material, I’m pretty sure that’s an inevitability.

Noah castAnyway, the movie shows us, from his young years, how Noah’s the last of the line of Seth, which is the good part of the ‘Adam and Eve’ family tree, with Cain and Abel being the other two. It also shows a lot of magical stuff happening, such as a flower popping up from nothing but a single drop of rain, rock-monsters (who previously looked like angelic aliens?) known as Watchers and a King who’s hell bent on killing Noah and getting on the Ark. Yeah, there’s a lot going on in this film and at times, it’s just boring as hell. Some parts of it, they could’ve just let them go, cut them out all together, but I’m guessing the movie would’ve been too short otherwise. The best parts about the film, is the performance of both Anthony Hopkins (Methuselah) and Russell Crowe. They both deliver every line they have with such grace and perfection. It’s not strange at all, that they both have been called the best actors in the world at times. The cast of this film is not the greatest, but far from the worst, I can tell you that. Apart from Crowe and Hopkins, we have Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ray Winstone, who all gives us good perfomances, especially Winstone as the mad King, but he as well, is great in everything, so… All in all, this is a film I absolutely not want to see again soon. Some day, perhaps, but I’m not at all anxious about it!

And that’s also all I got for you today, maybe… we’ll see how the night goes. But until next time…… here’s a little treat for you!


Thoughts and speculations about…

Whoa, so a lot is going on in the world of TV and movies right now (like always?), and I thought I’d share some thoughts on some random projects. And to start my rambling, I just realized that they are making a HIMYM-spinoff entitled ‘How I Met Your Dad’. This feels right, in some way. No, not in a way like “Wow, I just have to see this!” but it feels like a natural way to go now that ‘How I Met Your Mother’ is rounding up to a close, if for nothing more than something in a way of a Sex and the city-sitcom variation. Hey, apparently, it’s for the ladies so I won’t judge.

John Wesley Shipp FlashtheflashgrantgustinSecondly, there’s this “spinoff” series coming out soon called ‘Flash’, based on the ever so popular DC Comics-character by the same name. As any nerd out there already know, the Flash is a collective name of several superheroes, stretching from Jay Garrick from the Golden Age of comics, to Bart Allen of the Modern age of comics, among others, so how will this series incorporate into the world of comics? Simply put, it’s a spinoff of ‘Arrow’ so I’m thinking it’s gonna have a darker feel to it? At least I hope so. Also, it will focus on the Barry Allen-Flash (played by Grant Gustin just like the older Flash-series. We have also received news that the “original” Flash (John Wesley Shipp) has signed on to the show, so is it reasonable to assume that we may get to see the Jay Garrick-Flash in some way as well? Who knows, we’ll just have to wait and see!

Avengers Age of Ultron BannerLastly, today marks the official production start for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, or (for the less nerdy folk) Avengers 2. This has us at Tango’s Thoughts all riled up with excitement! As it was said on our Facebook-page (TangoWithJack) and my Instagram (tango83bb), we will be looking to this production for news, first looks and all that kind of nerdy awesomeness, so be sure to follow if you don’t want to miss anything about the upcoming collection of Awesome!!

That’s all I have for you at this time, but be sure to tune in again, for more (and sometimes down right wicked) goodies! But until then….. how’s your day?