First Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Trailer Dropped

If you went through elementary and middle school during the 90’s, you probably at least enjoy two things unless you suck: The X-Men and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

When I heard they were making another live action TMNT movie, I was like…

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And then I heard Michael Bay (from Transformers fame) was involved in it and Megan Fox was in it and I was like… … …. …

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So… I really needed to see a trailer… and one has appeared

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And I still don’t know what to think.

Somehow, in a movie about ninja turtles, the trademark destruction and explosions were present in the trailer. So… Bay is gonna Bay. And Megan Fox is gonna Megan Fox (aka be sucky at acting). And I still am not sure why Shredder is white and not Asian and Shredder created the Turtles… wait… what???

But there is definitely somethings to like. The turtles are fucking HUGE. My lord they look gigantic. And it is obvious they are going to be strong as hell too judging by how they were punching people like Neo. There seems to be some ninja still there (the part where people were flying around for no reason). And overall the designs seems pretty good if not weird. And they are obviously keeping in some of the trademark humor.

So for now… consider me cautiously optimistic. We still need to see all the turtles talk (ESPECIALLY RAPHAEL!!!) and we still need to see Splinter. But… optimistic. The next trailer will be more revealing.

Monday Motivation #8

What is on Tap at MoS:
– Robocop (2014) Movie Review
– Justice League: War (Animated ) Movie Revew
– Captain America: The First Avenger Movie Re-Review in preparation of Cap 2
– Marvel’s The Avengers Movie Re-Review in preparation of Cap 2
– Current State of the Marvel Movie Universe in preparation for Cap 2
– Captain America: The Winter Soldier Movie Preview
– Hercules Trailer Review
– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer Review

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Derek Kendall 900×5… God Almighty this dude is a hoss

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Nightmares

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Pokemon Update #4- EVOLUTION!

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So, after leaving the gym victorious, there is of course some blah blah blah involved. One good thing that came out of it is that I got the TM for Return… aka the best normal type move in the game. So, I instantly teach it to all three of my Pokemon and rejoice. I then try to use TM Work Up but none of my team can learn it. Poop.

Anyway, I also learn that the grass will now “rustle” as I walk by. This is awesome for 2 reasons. One… some rare Pokemon hang out in rustling grass. And 2… Audino will now appear which is awesome because they give super experience points.

So now I need to head to Virbank City next. So I catch some wild Pokemon and battle the trainers on the way…

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Route 20

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Audino-
normal type

Other than providing a shit ton of experience, this guy is completely worthless.

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Venipede-
poison type

Poison types don’t offer much in game. I think Venipede’s final evolution is halfway decent but it doesn’t fit on my team at all and gives me no real advantages or type coverage.

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So, during the various wild Pokemon and super Audinos and crappy trainers, my Pokemon start gaining levels rapidly. And then Tepig reaches level 17 and starts to evolve into Pignite!

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After evolving he also becomes a fighting type and learns a new fighting type move… Arm Thrust. He is also now able to learn TM Work Up.

Current Team:

Pignite (17)– Flame Charge, Arm Thrust, Return, Work Up
Sewaddle (14)– Bug Bite, Return, worthless stuff
Mareep (14)– Thundershock, Thunder Wave, Return, something useless

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I then head on to Virbank City. Doesn’t seem to be much to do so I head to the grass area and grab some more Pokemon and fight some more trainers to prepare for the gym.

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Virbank City

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Magby-
fire type

A pure fire type that evolves first into Magmar (who is awesome and a Gen 1 OG) and then evolves again into Magmortar or something like that through trade or something. While I do like this Pokemon, I don’t need another fire type plus it evolves through trade so while awesome… to the box with it.

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Magnemite-
steel/electric type

Another Gen 1 OG and our first steel type. Unfortunately… I hate this Pokemon with a passion and always have. Even though it would first perfectly on my team (and eliminate my need for Mareep), I just hate it. So… to the box. But once again, this game is giving you some really really good Pokemon very early.

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Growlithe-
fire type

– Another Gen 1 OG and one of my favorites and the first fire type I used way back in Pokemon Red (I started with Bulbasaur naturally). I love this guy and used in when I played competitively online as well. Arcanine is a freaking tank! But… I don’t need a fire type :(. To the Box.

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So during the catching and shitty trainer battles, Sewaddle ended up learning Razor Leaf at level 15ish, which is its first grass move and a decent move overall. It used to be THE BOMB in first generation with Venusaur by the way.

Also, Mareep leveled up a bit and at level 16 evolved into Flaaffy. Giving it some more oomph and bulk. Also learned some dumb move I cannot remember.

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So my current team heading into Gym #2 is (cannot remember what levels they were but they were 16-19 range)

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Current Team:

Pignite- fire/fighting- Flame Charge, Arm Thrust, Return, Work Up
Sewaddle- grass/bug- Bug Bite, Razor Leaf, Return, String Shot
Flaaffy- electric- Thundershock, Thunderwave, Return, something else

 

April 2014 Movie Preview


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April is a bit week on the theatrical release front but is pretty strong with the home release. This the calm before the absolute storm of great movies in May, June, July, and August. But April is anchored by Captain America and The Hobbit.

 

Best Theatrical Release- Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Best Home Release- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Red Box Release- Home Front

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Theatrical Releases

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Date: April 4

Verdict: This is the first “ABSOLUTELY MOST SEE” movie of 2014 since the Raid 2 isn’t being offered in my city. Every single review of this movie has been fantastic and they are saying it is a much different movie than previous Marvel flicks. It is more Ironman 1 than Ironman 3. A political thriller with superheroes. Cannot wait.

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Transcendence

Date: April 18

Verdict: Not my cup of tea but I know some people like movies like this. Whatever floats your boat.

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Home Release

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Date: April 1

Verdict: I want to see this but this is not an instant buy. May buy after I see it on Red Box. Heard it was “meh.”

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Anchorman 2

Date: April 1

Verdict: I don’t buy comedies.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Date: April 8

Verdict: I will not be buying this. Not because it wasn’t epic, but because I am waiting for the extended edition in the Fall. If you don’t have the patience for that… buy it nao!

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The Legend of Hercules

Date: April 29

Verdict: Heard this was so bad it was somewhat comical. Maybe when it hits Red Box but I am not buying this.

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Red Box Release

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Anchorman 2

Date: April 1

Verdict: Maybe

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12 Years a Slave

Date: April 1

Verdict: If you like those type of movies….

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Home Front

Date: April 8

Verdict: Your typical Statham action movie… aka the perfect Red Box rental. I may check it out.

Sabotage is Out Today!

The Raid 2 isn’t the only bloody action movie out this weekend.

Arnold returns in the movie Sabotage which honestly… doesn’t look half bad. A much more serious and better looking return to the big screen than The Last Stand or the prison break movie with Stallone.

I may see it soon or I may wait until it shows up in the cheap theater in a month or two. But after the disappointing Raid 2 news, I may have to go see it to hold me over until Captain America.

Check out the trailer below…

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The Raid 2: Berandal is Out Today! (on a limited release schedule unfortunately)

It is being called one of the best action movies ever. A cross between an old school mafia/gangsta flick with the intense action of The Raid: Redemption.

I expect greatness…

except…

It is not being played in my city. What. The. Fuck.

Who knows when I will get to see it. It may be the first movie I ever steal off the internet because this is bullshit. I want to see it and I want to see it NOW.

Check the trailer below…

Pokemon Update #3: Gym Badge #1

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So, I go into the gym unsure what level the pokes are at and unsure of the gym type. Clicking around, it is a normal type gym which is good and bad at the same time. Good because normal is super effective against none of my pokes… bad because I have nothing super effective to use against them as Tepig is still only a fire type with no fighting moves.

I laid waste to the warm up trainers and I seem to be at the appropriate level strength wise so I head to Cheren to get my badge.

Gym #1 Battle:

Shadow: Sewaddle (11), Tepig (14), Mareep (8)
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Cheren: normal type gym with 3 Pokemon

He starts with a level 12 Parat which I slowly kill with Sewaddle. He then goes to a level 14 Lillipup. I stupidly think he will just finish off Sewaddle, so I hit him with a string shot just to slow him down a bit so Tepig can finish the job. Instead, Lillipup Works Up… making it so his attack and special attack climb a level. Fuck. I start to attack, he works up again. Fuck. He then OHKO’s Sewaddle. I switch to Mareep hoping to paralyze him so I have a chance, but Mareep is still too slow and gets OHKO’d as well. I then switch to Tepig, who is able to take a couple hits, but I have no good moves to use (still forced to use Tackle or Ember which is pathetic because Tepig is physically based). And I get my ass beat.

Winner: Cheren 2-0
MVP: Lillipup who worked up and swept my pitiful, underleveled team.

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Never saw third pokemon. I would assume it is another Lillipup or Patrat… the question is if it is a higher level than 14 or not.

So I head to the grass with my head hung low to level grind a little bit. I start with Tepig hoping he evolves at level 16 or something so he gets his fighting type and a new move to lay waste to the gym easy. Instead, he learns flame charge at level 15, which finally gives him a STAB attack that is physical and doesn’t suck. That is all I really need I think but I also put one level on both Mareep and Sewaddle just in case.

Tepig to level 15

Sewaddle to level 12

Mareep to level 9

Gym Battle #1

Shadow: Sewaddle (12), Tepig (15), Mareep (9)
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Cheren: Patrat (12), Lillipup (14), another unseen normal-type Pokemon

This went as expected. Sewaddle beat up Patrat rather easily and he went to Lillipup again. I immediately switched to Tepig this time and luckily he only tackled instead of worked up. I then hit him with two flame charges, which hits VERY hard due to STAB and Tepig’s high attack stat. It also boost my speed which I used to quickly dispose of his next Pokemon, a level 12 Pidove.

Winner: 3-0 Shadow
MVP– Tepig due to Flame Charge

So, I won my first badge and received TM Work Up, which will be pretty useful as it boosts both attack and special attack.

New X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer is Straight Dope

I have been a little overally critical about XM: DOFP so far. From the ridiculous amount of mutants in the movie (with a bad history of using multiple mutants), from the odd look of the Sentinels, to the horrid look of Quicksilver, to the fact that, although good to great, the X-Men movies could be so much better. Plus, the first trailer, while somewhat cool, left a lot to be desired.

No more. This new trailer is SICK.

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A list of cool things (other than the overall tone of the movie which is GREAT looking…)

– Ice Man finally using his patented ice slide WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN USED IN THE FIRST ONE FOR FUCK SAKE

– Sunspot looking awesome.

– Colossus looking awesome.

– Storm looking like she is about to be stabbed (spoiler alert? wtf lol)

– The Sentinel looked much better in motion

– The outright destruction in the future.

– SO MANY SENTINELS

– Magneto kicking ass.

This trailer just came in and dropped the fucking mic. Fuck yes.

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Last Week Training Update- DL PR of 545 w/ Video

Last two weeks of training for this volume block. His a big PR on deadlifts… 545 which is the most I have deadlifted under 200lbs and the most I have deadlifted without straps. Also got 315×2 comp bench press on video too which is the first time I have doubled 315 in a long time… especially with a pause.

Changing the format again… just some highlights from the week.

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Week 3

3ct Pause Squat, belt: 330×4
Bench Press, belt, wraps: 295×4
Standing OHP, belt, wraps: 165×3
Competition Bench Press, wraps, belt: 280×4
Sumo Deadlift, belt: 545×1

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Week 4

Bench Press, belt, wraps: 285×5
Squat, belt: 385×4
Competition Bench Press: 315×2
Floor Press, wraps: 280×6