In My Humble Opinion: As dependent as we’ve become on computers, smart phones, televisions, gaming systems, etc. It’s important to unplug yourself every now and then and get away from it all. I recently spent a week up in Maine, and while I did use my iPhone a few times to get directions and send some messages to my wife, I spent the entire week without electronic entertainment…and it was great. No television, no internet, no XBOX; nothing except the outdoors and good company. Okay, yes I forgot we had a camera on hand a few times to get pictures but still, you get the point. With a constant barrage of pop culture being thrown at us every day and that constant struggle to answer everything in your inbox at work, it was nice to set all that aside, relax, and just enjoy living. I don’t mean to get all Christopher McCandless, but getting away from it all really reminded me that a lot of the things we feel we need we can really do without and be just fine. I for one am looking forward to getting back up there as soon as possible and plan on making it a point to unplug more often.
In My Humble Opinion: I’m still kind of bummed that Neill Blomkamp hasn’t done a follow-up to District 9 yet. I mean who else remembers that final scene with Sharlto Copley’s character completely transformed into an alien being…hoping in three years he can be changed back to normal? That being said, this movie does look pretty bad-ass and I will definitely check it out soon. For those of you that can’t wait, see the below spoiler…ENJOY!!!
In 2154, two classes of people exist: the wealthy, who live on an advanced space station called Elysium, built by the Armadyne Corporation; and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Jessica Delacourt (Jodie Foster), deciding to preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium at all costs, employs vicious South African mercenary Kruger (Sharlto Copley) to eliminate the illegal immigrants attempting to reach Elysium and use its advanced Med-Pods. President Patel (Faran Tahir) disagrees with her methods and threatens to dismiss her, in addition to firing Kruger. Delacourt then convinces Armadyne’s CEO, John Carlyle (William Fichtner), to write a computer program that can override Elysium’s controls and make her President in return for renewing Armadyne’s defense contracts on Elysium for the next two hundred years. Carlyle agrees, and, after creating the program, stores it in his own mind for safekeeping until he leaves Earth for Elysium. Meanwhile, Max Da Costa (Matt Damon), an ex-con who lives in the ruins of Los Angeles and works in one of Armadyne’s factories that manufactures robotic surveillance drones for Elysium, reconnects with an old friend, Frey (Alice Braga), who works as a nurse in a rundown hospital and has a daughter, Matilda, who is dying of leukemia.
After being exposed to lethal levels of radiation in an accident at the factory where he works and learning that he’ll die in five days, Max is fired by Carlyle and seeks help from a smuggler, Spider (Wagner Moura), who agrees to help Max infiltrate Elysium and use a Med-Pod to cure himself if, in exchange, Max helps him steal corporate information from Carlyle’s mind that Spider can profit from. Recognizing that Max is severely weakened by his radiation poisoning, Spider arranges for him to receive biomedical implants, including a rudimentary exoskeleton that increases his strength, and a transmitter to steal the information directly from Carlyle’s mind and transfer the information to Spider. He intercepts Carlyle’s spaceship with help from his friend Julio (Diego Luna) and Spider’s men, and steals the data from Carlyle’s mind. Upon learning of the attack, Delacourt deploys Kruger and his men to rescue Carlyle, and, in the ensuing firefight, Carlyle is mortally wounded by a stray bullet while Julio sacrifices himself fighting Kruger so Max can escape However, Max is stabbed in the process. Max seeks Frey for help treating his wound, but when she asks him to help smuggle Matilda into Elysium so she can be cured, he refuses. Meanwhile, Delacourt launches a manhunt through Los Angeles and demands Max be captured alive. When Max returns to Spider to remove the information from his head and get his ticket to Elysium, they discover Carlyle’s program, and realize that it could be used to rewrite Elysium’s systems and make the people of Earth citizens as well. Max refuses, and instead bargains with Kruger to be taken to Elysium in exchange for the reboot program (threatening suicide by a live grenade). Frey and Matilda are captured by Kruger’s men and taken to Elysium as well. As they are landing, one of Kruger’s men attacks Max in an attempt to disarm Max of the grenade, with the grenade ultimately detonating, crashing the airship and severely disfiguring Kruger.
They are surrendered to Delacourt, who prepares to extract the program from Max’s mind, which, due to the security added by Carlyle, will kill him in the process. Kruger’s men put Kruger in the Med-Pod and he is revived, but chastised by Delacourt for letting the situation get out of hand. In response, an insane Kruger stabs Delacourt and leaves her to die with Frey and Matilda. Despite Frey’s best efforts, Delacourt refuses her help and dies. Max escapes and rescues Frey and Matilda, sending them to the surface of Elysium to use a Med-Pod. Realizing that the Med-Pod won’t work on Matilda, as she is not a citizen of Elysium, Max resolves to use Carlyle’s program to make everyone on earth a citizen, and leaves to confront Kruger. He then meets with Spider, who arrives with his men to help him. Kruger receives a more advanced, military version of Max’s exoskeleton, granting him superhuman strength and agility. He then madly rampages through Elysium’s base of operations looking for Max while his men kill most of Elysium’s leaders, intending to use the program in Max’s head to make Kruger president of Elysium. As Max and Spider reach the main control hub, they are ambushed by Kruger, who stabs Spider’s hand and attempts to kill Max by disabling his suit. However, Max rips Kruger’s link to his exoskeleton out of his head and disables his exoskeleton, and uses this advantage to kill Kruger with his own explosive. Spider and Max make their way to the Elysium’s main computer, where Max radios Frey to say goodbye. Max activates the program he stole from Carlyle, knowing that the process will kill him. As Max dies, everyone becomes a citizen of Elysium, and Matilda is cured. As everyone on Earth is now a citizen of Elysium, Med-Pods are flown out to Earth to cure the sick and injured.
In My Humble Opinion: I never thought Sharknado would have much competition when it came to the dumbest concept for a movie (okay that’s not entirely true, there are some really bad ones out there) but in the spirit of Sharknado and the horror that is Tara Reid, I figured I would share this little gem I came across. Yes, it’s an actual movie, it’s on IMDB and the whole movie can be found on YouTube. Don’t worry, I’ve posted it below for your enjoyment/torture. It’s not exactly Robocop, but you can see what the filmmakers were after…I present to you, ROBO VAMPIRE…ENJOY!!!