How to Use Linear Progression by Greg Nuckols
– Too many people make shit complicated and need to read this. In fact, I plan on using this to peak for my next meet.
Breathing Squats for 100lbs on your Back Squat by Greg Nuckols
– Never tried it. Gonna try it today in fact. Sounds like a great idea and I have used “exhaling” on core stuff before with great effect.
LIFT.net: Why Do Are You Staying Small on Purpose
GIF (singular this week)
Slim pickings again this month. Not much really to talk about although Kingsman is highly anticipated. And if you haven’t seen John Wick, February is the time to do it (and you won’t be disappointed).
Is it May yet?
Best Theater Release: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Best Home Release: John Wick
Best Red Box Release: John Wick
Date: February 6
Verdict: I am so starved for a decent movie that I will probably go see this if the reviews are above average. I don’t have a whole lot of interest in it but sci-fi action movie sounds up my avenue.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Date: February 13
Verdict: YES! (unless reviews are terrible). Looks like a fun, violent movie and was in my top 10 anticipation list.
Date: February 3
Verdict: Will probably purchase used in a month or two but definitely will buy it.
Date: February 3
Verdict: Need to see it on Red Box first. Didn’t hear a lot of good things about it.
Red Box Release
Date: February 3
Verdict: I will just buy it eventually but if you haven’t seen this good movie, here is your chance.
FINALLY! IT’S HAPPENING!
Don’t confuse capslock for excitement over the movie. More just excitement to have my fears confirmed or denied at the movie. There have been small stuff leaked recently but Fox finally released a fucking trailer.
Ok? Wait is this a comic book movie or Prometheus 2?
I am down for different styles of comic book movies. X-men? Like most of them. Avenger’s Line? Love’em. Nolan Trilogy? Sign me up.
But… Fantastic Four all dark and realistic? A franchise that features a genius sorcerer who rules a country (Doom)? A franchise that features a giant, planet eating, universe balancing entity (Galactus)? That needs dark, gritty, realistic?
The movie doesn’t look BAD so to speak. It doesn’t look good either. It looks like a generic, scifi movie where space travel went bad. The only comic book bit about the whole damn thing is the 1 second of Human Torch lighting up and the one second “is that The Thing?” moment. Other than that… it looks like Interstellar or something.
F4 and Ant-Man are two “scary” comic book movies coming out this year. Both had pretty average-to-meh trailers. Both have weak-ish comic book history (don’t give me this FIRST FAMILY shit and FIRST AVENGER crap… F4 is getting cancelled for a reason and Ant-Man is Ant-Man).
But one is backed by Marvel and one is backed by Fox. There is the confidence difference right there.
So… doesn’t look like a train wreck but I’m not bursting in anticipation.
The biggest problem with everything this year… Avengers: Age of Ultron looks so good everything else looks boring as fuck in comparison.
Short and sweet update today…
I have no idea where my Albino Sen went? I figured it was hiding.. but fish don’t hide for a week. Then I assumed it must have jumped but I can’t find a corpse. It is too big to be swallowed by any of the fish so….
My only guess now is that it jumped and my dog ate it? Other than that, I have nothing?
Poop. 20+ bucks down the drain and I don’t know why. Not to mention I can’t find these guys that easy. Damnit Damnit Damnit.
Let’s take a look at the fun shit on the interwebz this week….
Chris Duffin/Kabuki AMA
– The Kabuki man did an AMA this week with some interesting nuggets here and there.
John Phung Blog
– I just realized that Mr. Phung had a blog the other day. Dude OHP 300lbs, squas 600 I think, ect ect. He trains interestingly where he hits PR’s on something nearly every workout.
Cracked: 16 Famous Movie Mysteries (That Have Totally Been Explained
Cracked: 20 Crucial Tips Not to Be Screwed By Our Legal System
If you just happened to be into basketball, especially NBA basketball (aka real basketball not watered down college shit), and especially the Indiana Pacers, check it out I suppose:
This trailer is perfect.
Why you may ask? Because it did what trailers are supposed to do… tease you, make you think, make you come up with tons of fan theories about who/what/when, ect. All while not really showing you shit and telling you what is going to happen.
How much of a the plot do you really know from both trailers? Ultron gets created, Ultron goes ape shit, Hulk goes out of control… and thats pretty much all we REALLY know for sure. Sure, we can fan theory a bit (Scarlet Witch is likely messing with Hulk. Looks like Ultron is headed to Wakanda. Avengers are going to find Loki’s scepter. Ect). But cold hard fact? That is it.
The trailers keep adding more QUESTIONS than answers. Who is that black chick in the water? Shuri? A Dora? Who is eletracuting Thor? Witch? Enchantress? Someone from Wakanda?
And we still haven’t seen Vision. We aren’t sure if we have seen Ultron’s final form. Still unsure of the Twin’s roles.
Perfect perfect perfect. Last trailer I will watch. Not going to spoil this movie for myself.
I can honestly say I did not read a single thing on the internet this week that stayed with me long enough to bother and link over here. Holy crap, I wonder how much of my life I wasted online this week for… aboslutely nothing?
Shadow’s Overall Rating: — Your typical slightly above average action flick that you will watch but then not remember much about it a week later.
Shadow’s Initial Viewing Rating: 6/10
Shadow’s Rewatchability Rating: 4/10
Rotten Tomatoe’s Rating: 48%, 5.4/10
Audience: 67%, 7.4/10
Plot in a Nutshell: One of the most ridiculous scenarios happens that results in Korea? controlling the White House and a Secret Service agent has to go in get it back. Violently. Generically. Acting was solid all around though.
Shadow’s Overall Rating: 6/10– Solid movie I just wanted a bit more action and this movie was more of a slow burn than anticipated.
Shadow’s Initial Rating: 7/10
Shadow’s Rewatchability Rating: 5/10
Rotten Tomatoe’s Rating: 61%, 5.7/10
Audience: 78%, 6.8/10
Plot in a Nutshell: Someone crossed an ex-CIA/scary guy agent/mean Denzel which resulted in lots of murder/death/kill. Instead of leaving it alone, they continue to cross him resulting in even more murder/death/kill.
Spoiler Free Thoughts…
– I thought this movie was going to be closer to Taken but it was definitely slower than that and therefore not as good in my opinion. I think with a touch more action it could have been at that level as Denzel’s character was a BOSS and a cross between the Taken guy and Rambo (you will know what I am talking about when you watch the movie).
– Denzel was awesome once again.
– What pissed me off a lot was the “pan away and see all the people Denzel killed but not show any of it.” It was a way to show him as a bad ass as he mowed through people… but they wouldn’t show it which was infuriating. Especially at the end I was like… WTF SHOW ME HES A BAD ASS DONT IMPLY PLEASE!!
– The home improvement store scene was an added bonus… was expecting pure gun and hand to hand action and instead it gave us some improvised Rambo stuff. Das it.
– Sadly though, I think the first action scene was the best in the movie.