Star Wars Episode 7: Breaking Bad

In My Humble Opinion:¬† I’m not completely sold on the new direction J.J. Abrams is taking the franchise ūüôā


It’s Important To Unplug Once In A While


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.

And The Emmy Nominees Are…


In My Humble Opinion:  The below nominations certainly overlooked a few people.  That being said, I’m not going to rant and rave about how my opinion matters more than someone else’s or anything like that.  Frankly, whoever has to narrow down these categories in order to reach the final nominees has a hell of a job to do.  So don’t consider these necessarily criticisms, just my personal honorable mentions.   

Firstly I‚Äôd like to give props to ‚ÄúHouse of Cards.‚Ä̬† If you haven‚Äôt seen the show on Netflix, I highly recommend it.¬† On the coattails of the statement I beg the question, where is Corey Stoll‚Äôs nomination for best supporting actor?¬† His portrayal of Congressman Peter Russo was one of the best things about the show‚Äôs freshman season.¬† Secondly, and I‚Äôll stick with the supporting actor category for a bit; I was hoping that Walton Goggins¬†would have warranted a nomination for his portrayal of Boyd Crowder on ‚ÄúJustified.‚Ä̬† I always thought he got overlooked while he was on ‚ÄúThe Shield‚ÄĚ and hoped his new show would be his time to shine (fingers crossed for the upcoming seasons).¬† Thirdly, I love Peter Dinklage¬†on ‚ÄúGame of Thrones.‚Ä̬† He truly is great in everything he does and was very deserving of the Emmy he won last year.¬† However, I‚Äôd like to see the Emmys recognize some of the other actors in that large Game Of Thrones ensemble cast.¬† Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime ‚ÄúKingslayer‚ÄĚ Lannister was most impressive this past season.¬† If you watched season 3, then you know what I‚Äôm talking about.¬† I mean the scene in which he explains how he got his nickname Kingslayer was reason enough to get him a nomination.

Let‚Äôs stick with ‚ÄúGame Of Thrones,‚ÄĚ but jump over to the best supporting actress category.¬† Emilia Clarke got a nomination for her portrayal of Daenerys¬†Targaryen, which is cool.¬† She‚Äôs good on the show, not my personal favorite but she is good.¬† Who on the show is better you ask?¬† I know she‚Äôs a little young but Maisie Williams as Arya Stark is a clear stand out.¬† So much has happened to her character over the course of the show I‚Äôm surprised at how well the 16-year-old actress has been able to convey it.¬† Now I‚Äôm not sure whether this next one would be supporting or main but how Jennifer Carpenter hasn‚Äôt received a nomination every year she has played Debra Morgan on ‚ÄúDexter‚ÄĚ is beyond me.¬† Whether she‚Äôs spewing a vicious, profanity ridden tirade or breaking down, emotionally crippled by the choices her character has made, she is one of the best things on television right now.¬† Well, that‚Äôs pretty much it‚Ķexcept for one more little pet peeve of mine.¬† How long are the powers that be going to allow ‚ÄúAmerican Horror Story‚ÄĚ be categorized as a mini-series?¬† It‚Äôs a television show people!


Outstanding Drama Series
¬†“Breaking Bad”
¬†“Downton Abbey”
¬†“Game of Thrones”
¬†“House of Cards”
¬†“Mad Men”

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
¬†Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
¬†Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
¬†Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
¬†Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
¬†Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
¬†Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
¬†Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”
¬†Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
¬†Claire Danes, “Homeland”
¬†Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
¬†Elizabeth Moss, “Peggy Olson”
¬†Connie Britton, “Nashville”
¬†Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
¬†Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire”
¬†Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
¬†Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
¬†Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
¬†Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
¬†Ann Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
¬†Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
¬†Emilia Clark, “Game of Thrones”
¬†Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
¬†Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”

Outstanding Comedy Series
¬†“The Big Bang Theory”
¬†“Modern Family”
¬†“30 Rock”

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
¬†Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
¬†Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
¬†Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
¬†Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
¬†Louis C.K., “Louie”
¬†Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
¬†Laura Dern, “Enlightened”
¬†Lena Dunham, “Girls”
¬†Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
¬†Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
¬†Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
¬†Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
¬†Adam Driver, “Girls”
¬†Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
¬†Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
¬†Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
¬†Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
¬†Tony Hale, “Veep”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
¬†Mayim¬†Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”¬†¬†Jane Lynch, “Glee” ¬Ľ Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family” ¬Ľ Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” ¬Ľ Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie” ¬Ľ Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Outstanding Reality Show Competition
¬†“The Amazing Race”
¬†“Dancing With the Stars”
¬†“Project Runway”
¬†“So You Think You Can Dance”
¬†“Top Chef”
¬†“The Voice”

Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie
¬†“American Horror Story: Asylum”
¬†“Behind the Candelabra”
¬†“The Bible”
¬†“Phil Spector”
¬†“Political Animals”
¬†“Top of the Lake”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
¬†Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
¬†Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
¬†Toby Jones, “The Girl”
¬†Benedict Cumberbatch, “Parade’s End”
¬†Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
¬†Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
¬†Laura Linney, “The Big C”
¬†Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
¬†Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”
¬†Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
¬†James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
¬†Zachary Quinto, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
¬†Scott Bakula, “Behind the Candelabra”
¬†John Benjamin Hickey, “The Big C”
¬†Peter Mullan, “Top of the Lake”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
¬†Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
¬†Imelda Staunton, “The Girl”
¬†Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals”
¬†Charlotte Rampling, “Restless”
¬†Alfre Woodard, “Steel Magnolias”




Who Should Play Aquaman?

In My Humble Opinion:¬† Aquaman¬†isn’t the most interesting of superheroes but if Hollywood has taught us anything it’s that if an Aquaman¬†movie will make money, then a movie will be made.¬† Originally I endorsed Simon Baker (who could still be pretty bad ass) but now I would also like to¬†suggest Nikolaj¬†Coster-Waldau¬†(or as I call him…Kingslayer).¬† Of course we all know him as Jaime “The Kingslayer” Lannister¬† from HBO’s Game of¬†Thrones.¬† He obviously knows how to work with an ensemble cast…which will come in handy with¬†The Justice League¬†movie that’s going to be made.¬† Frankly, I think he’d be perfect as Aquaman!


Oz The Great And Powerful: Finally, Previews That Surprised Me


In My Humble Opinion: The previews for Oz The Great and Powerful¬†are the first ones in quite some time that didn’t give too much away before I watched¬†the move itself.¬† Yeah I watched the movie with my family last night, and it was alright, but I’m not here to write a review for this one.¬† I want to actually applaud the editors and whoever oversaw the piecing together of the trailers/previews for the movie.¬† Hopefully I’m not the only one, but going by the previews alone I wasn’t sure how the whole good witch/bad witch storyline was going to play out.¬† The previews really left the witch played by Mila Kunis¬†ambiguous and I for one was surprised how that storyline turned out in the actual movie.¬† SPOILER ALERT.¬† I kept thinking that the witch played by Rachel Weisz¬†was going to eventually transform into the green, wart faced witch we’ve all come to love; so imagine my shock to fight out that it’s actually Mina Kunis’ witch that ends up undergoing that transformation¬†(poor thing too, she started out as nothing more than a girl in love).¬† That coupled with the first half of the movie referring to¬†Michelle Williams’¬†witch as “the wicked witch” was a pleasant surprise as well (she’s actually Glinda¬†the good witch, that I did figure out from previews).¬† It was just nice seeing the whole good witch/bad witch aspect¬†turned on its head.¬†¬†Anyway,¬†it didn’t take too long to catch on, but like I said, it was¬†refreshing to know that the previews didn’t give too much away so the audience would be surprised when they actually sat down to watch the movie.¬† Oh and if there’s anyone out there that¬†knows the names of the witches and the whole storyline¬†and is like, “Sean, you¬†should have known from the get go Mila Kunis would end up being the green witch,” excuse me…I’m not THAT into the world of OZ okay. ūüôā

Who Should Portray The Green Lantern?

Green_Lantern_Hal_2 gl_article

In My Humble Opinion:¬† Ryan Reynolds was miscast from the get go. I like Ryan Reynolds, I think he can combine comedy and action in a way that’s entertaining, at least when the powers that be allow him to.¬†¬†That being said, I don’t think he was the best choice for The Green Lantern.¬† Now to be honest, I’m not the biggest Green Lantern fan.¬† He’s far from one of my favorite super heroes but he’s obviously got a loyal following and a pretty interesting back story so hopefully Hollywood will do him some justice (pun intended)¬†next time around.¬† A lot of names are being tossed around¬†for Ryan Reynolds’ replacement (I’m not even sure if Ryan Reynolds won’t come back?) so I’m gonna throw my suggestion out there as well.¬† How about Nathan Fillion?¬† Yeah yeah,¬†you can make an argument that he might be too old, but honestly when I watch the cartoons with my son, The Justice League members always remind me of middle-aged men/women rather than 20 something year olds that just outgrew their Abercrombie and Fitch apparel.¬† Fillion has voiced The Green Lantern in a few cartoons and from what I’ve heard/read is somewhat of a comic geek himself; so why not give the man a chance?¬† He’d be no bigger a gamble than when¬†Favreau cast Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man…and we all know how well that turned out.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Hollywood Spy Story – UNCLASSIFIED



In My Humble Opinion: Arnold’s film career plays out like a spy that can’t make up his mind.  He’s been with Special Forces, he’s been with the FBI, he’s been with the Russian Police force, he’s been with the American police force, hell he’s even been a mattress salesman.  If Arnold’s career were to be compared to that of a real life spy, it might look something like this: 

Commando¬†‚Äď Arnold left his Special Forces life behind and became a FBI agent.¬† He didn’t like the time away from his daughter so he left the FBI too to become a small town Sheriff which was his current job in Commando (I made up the sheriff thing, but really‚Ķhe needs a job.¬† The only aspect the movie focuses on is his time in the Special Forces too, not mentioning his time with the FBI).¬† His daughter is kidnapped so he gets in kick ass mode and saves her from the drug cartel holding her.¬† He even remembers where his Special Forces team always used to get their black market weapons‚Ķthe hidden room in the sporting goods store.¬† The leader of the drug cartel Arnold takes down was also on the FBI‚Äôs most wanted list.¬† This takes us to‚Ķ

Raw Deal РThe FBI recognizes how valuable Arnold still is from his destruction of the entire island in Commando and killing the drug cartel kingpin that was on the Most Wanted List.  The FBI gives him a cover ID and tells him to infiltrate the mob.  He completes his mission and realizes he misses the action.  Unfortunately, the FBI treated him badly so instead of staying on full-time with it he decides to go back to his Special Forces life.  This takes us to…

Predator – He’s back in the Special Forces and enjoying life.¬† He even when as far as faking the death of Bill Duke‚Äôs character in Commando¬†so he could get away from the drug cartel himself.¬† Bill Duke‚Äôs character was so grateful that he followed Ah-Nuld and joined his Special Forces team as Mac.¬† Arnold runs into an unexpected adversary.¬† He battles the Predator and loses his whole team in the process.¬† This is very traumatic for poor little Arnie.¬† He’s deep in thought at the end of his ordeal with the Predator and realizes he wants to pursue his real dream; this is when he puts in his request to join the Helicopter Operations Unit.¬† This takes us to‚Ķ

The Running Man – The movie opens with Arnold living his dream as a helicopter pilot.¬† When he’s ordered to open fire on a crowd of civilians he disobeys (Beckoning back to Predator, “We a rescue team, not assassins”).¬† His insubordinate behavior lands him in a maximum security jail.¬† He‚Äôs eventually forced to compete on Running Man.¬† He is able to fight off the gladiators and clear his name by the end of the movie.¬† Unfortunately he holds a grudge against the USA for the way he has been treated and decides to return to Mother Russia, his true home.¬† This takes us to‚Ķ

Red Heat РNow back in Russia he has joined the police force.  Given all his training here in America the Russian police were quick to snatch him up.  He has to follow the criminal element he’s pursuing back to America which he is not happy about given the way he was treated.  While he is here he discovers he has a brother.  At the end of the movie he tells everyone he is returning to Russia but he is actually flying to a tropical island to learn more about his brother.  This takes us to…

Twins РHe has learned about his brother while on the Tropical Island and decides to seek him out back here in America.  He was hesitant at first because of the way America had treated him in the past but the love for his brother was far too convincing.  On his trip to America this time around he’s exposed to things he had never seen before, rock n roll, Playboy, etc.  After finding his brother and having children of his own, he freaks out and realizes he misses his action filled life.  Wanting to stay in America, he decides to become a cop.  This takes us to…

Kindergarten Cop – He has become a cop and must go undercover as a teacher to find the son of a dangerous criminal.¬† He‚Äôs eventually able to bring down the criminal and save the day.¬† The criminal he brings down actually had international dealings with Columbia and was on the CIA‚Äôs watch list.¬† Given Arnold‚Äôs background in Special Forces, the FBI, and law enforcement the CIA takes notice.¬† He’s recruited into the CIA.¬† This takes us to‚Ķ

True Lies¬†‚Äď After a brief stint with the CIA he is transferred to The Omega Sector‚ĶAmerica‚Äôs Last Line of Defense.¬† He handles a variety of special missions for the government-run agency quickly becoming the agency‚Äôs top spy.¬† Unfortunately, his cover wife eventually discovers he is leading a double life.¬† At first he thinks she can be recruited and they can live happily ever after.¬† However, this cannot be allowed by the agency and he must be given a new identity.¬† This time he is ‚Äúerased.‚ÄĚ This takes us to‚Ķ

Eraser¬†‚Äď Given his special talents he is offered a position with the Witness Security Protection Program as part of his new cover.¬† He enjoys his new job and the new challenges he faces.¬† His cushy life is short-lived however as he is soon caught up in a conspiracy that involves a company that makes weapons for the military.¬† He must again thwart the plot and adopt a new identity by the movie‚Äôs end.¬† This takes us to‚Ķ

Jingle All The Way ‚Äď Given the amount of action he has seen in his life he finally feels like he can retire and live a happy life as a mattress salesman.¬† He soon discovers that the pressure of fulfilling his son‚Äôs wishes for Christmas can be as daunting as battling an Alien from another planet.¬† He is briefly reunited with John Belushi‚Äôs character from Red Heat¬†who has now become a con artist after getting fired from the police force for not ensuring Ah-Nuld¬†returned to Russia.¬† The two battle and¬†Ah-Nuld¬†realizes that no matter what he does he is destined to lead a life of action and violence. ¬†¬†He continues to try to fight this however and goes back to his true love of flying helicopters. ¬†This takes us to‚Ķ

The 6th Day РArnold is running his charter helicopter business and is happy.  This doesn’t last though as he is soon caught up in a cloning plot and is almost killed by those that have cloned him.  After once again beating the bad guys and saving the day Arnold accepts he will never lead a normal life and decides seek out more action.  He leaves his clone with his family and sets off to find more action and adventure (the movie deceives you into thinking his clone is the one that leaves).  This takes us to…

The Expendables 1 & 2 ‚Äď Many years have passed for Arnold as he has been working very discreetly for the CIA once again.¬† He initially passes on a mission that is given to Stallone but must return in the sequel to save Stallone‚Äôs ass.¬† He‚Äôs willing to help Stallone with his mission before realizing he‚Äôs too old for this shit and decides again to try a quiet life as town sheriff out west.¬† This takes us to‚Ķ

The Last Stand ‚Äď The grandson of the drug cartel leader Arnold killed back in Commando¬†has taken over the drug cartel‚Äôs operations.¬† The cartel leader discovers Arnold‚Äôs location and escapes FBI custody to track down and kill the man who killed his grandfather.¬† The cartel leader attempts to bribe Arnold at one point as a distraction and then battles him with a knife.¬† Arnold is able to defeat the grandson of his former adversary.¬† Arnold has also learned how valuable life is and restrains himself from killing the cartel leader, choosing instead to have him taken into custody.¬† He now serves proudly as town Sheriff, until he gets another itch for some action‚ĶTO BE CONTINUED! ¬†¬†