Ghost Rider Is A Fun Ride, But Special Effects Could Use Some Work

Fans of “Ghost Rider” the comic book hate the movie, but for those of us who have never read it, the movie is a fun ride.

I’ll admit it. I’m a comic book fan that doesn’t read a lot of comic books. I read some, usually after they make it to graphic novel status, but the people I went with to see the new “Ghost Rider” movie are die-hard comic fans from way back.

While this may not be the favorite of those who have grown up with the comics and therefore relate to them in cartoon form, it is still a watch if you want a mixture of fun, action and comedy, even if the special effects are a bit cheesy to cater to their tastes. Cyberflix apk has such movies even today due to it being popular with the children, who can relate to both comic book characters and their cinematic versions on the big screen with equal elan and no partiality to either.

And they didn’t hate the movie, but I’m not sure I can say that they liked it either. For me, unfamiliar with Johnny Blaze’s story, I was a little surprised by the romantic comedy feel of the movie and horribly disappointed in some of the special effects, but all in all, I liked it a lot.

 

To be honest, one of the biggest complaints my comic companions had about the “Ghost Rider” movie was the choice of Nicholas Cage to play Johnny Blaze. And, complain they did. “His hand motions were the same as in “Leaving Las Vegas’,” one of them complained. Another said he just didn’t seem to have the look for the part.

Sure, Nicholas Cage isn’t my favorite actor of all time, but I have enjoyed many of his movies and thought he did a fine job as Johnny Blaze. Then again, I haven’t been envisioning “Ghost Rider” in my head for the last 10 or 15 years.

I do however have a collection of Ghost Rider toys around my house, because my husband is one of the aforementioned comic book companions that I saw the movie with. And, having been familiar with several interpretations of Ghost Rider and his motorcycle, I can say that I was disappointed in the special effects. When Johnny Blaze went all Ghost Rider, I expected the flaming skull to look very cool. It didn’t.

When his motorcycle became Ghost Rider’s machine, I expected death and skulls and a wicked-looking motorcycle. Instead, they erred on the side of too much chrome, and I was left with the feeling that the guys on American Chopper could have made something that looked better for a much more reasonable price than the computer animators did. The chrome skull on the bike looked fake and not in a good comic book way.

My other complaint was with the way the writer’s portrayed Roxanne, Eva Mendes’ character and Johnny Blaze’s love interest. Maybe it was harkening back to yesteryear when women in comics were just not as bright as they could have been, but as a journalist, one scene in the movie really bugged me.

 

After years apart, Mendes’ character is sent to interview Johnny Blaze. She is portrayed up to that minute, as an accomplished television journalist and she reprises that role later in the movie. But in the scene where she is supposed to interview Blaze, she is caught off-guard and let’s her subject completely control the interview.

It is suppose to show the depth of their commitment to one another. Instead, it makes one character look incompetent at her job. I have never seen a successful television reporter who would allow her subject, ex-boyfriend or not, to ruin her interview.

However, other than the one glitch in the writing, I found the movie to be fun and lot better romantic comedy than most of the romantic comedies out there.
Sam Elliot as the cemetery caretaker and Peter Fonda as the devil himself bring enormous talent to the screen as always. Wesley Cook Bentley is evil incarnate as Blackheart and everything a comic book villain should be.

The bottom line is this is a great movie, unless you are a die-hard comic book fan. Then, I think the comment I heard was, “It wasn’t as bad as ‘The Hulk’ and ‘Daredevil’.”

Uncharted 1 Compared to Uncharted 2 – Essential things to know

Would you guys believe it, I’m currently on my 7th playthrough of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (at Ch. 16), my 3rd time playing through it on Crushing (the hardest) difficulty. Except this time, I’ve already played through Uncharted 2 on Hard difficulty so I’ve been constantly having the tendency to compare the two games.

At this point, call me crazy, but I still enjoy Drake’s Fortune more. The enjoying will be more when the comfort level of the gamer will be optimum. Console Boost in the games will provide more scope for driving crazy about that.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that I’ve beaten the game six times and I’ve only beaten U2 once so far, but to me, the U1’s setpiece battles, characters, environments, and even the music are just more memorable to me. Probably the most bothersome thing about Drake’s Fortune is that characters are split up rather arbitrarily with copout reasons (”I feel hinky”) as justifications, but nonetheless, at least I’m given the opportunity to grow attached to them and care for them. In Uncharted 2, characters just drop out and disappear as quickly as they had introduced themselves, e.g. Karl Schafer, Sullivan, Chloe.

And the villains in U2 are extremely one-dimensional. Flynn I thought was supposed to be like the anti-Drake or a foil, where he’s the opposite of Nathan Drake and be sort of a rival figure but in the end, he’s just… there, and his demise just makes absolutely no sense at all. In U1, all the villains have some unique flair to them, and particularly the cutscenes involving Edy Raja are just humorous. The rich white guy Roman is definitely underdeveloped as a character but his desmise has meaning and acts as a nice little climax. Lazarevic I guess was supposed to be kinda like Roman in U2 but damn, I didnt even care to hate that guy.

If I could make one sentence to compare the storytelling of U1 to U2, it’d probably be the following, that U2 goes all over the place and becomes a mess in order to present its remarkable setpieces and take Nathan Drake to epic locales while U1 drops in little scenes here and there to keep things focused and to shed light on the few characters it has to make it feel like a traditional popcorn flick while reversing accepted cliches (e.g. Elena rescuing Nathan from Edy’s prison by using the jeep).

U2 I admit is more a technical beast, more of a masterpiece, and when I was U1, I was constatly cursing at the TV screen wishing that I could throw grenades without having to fumble with the SixAxis, that I could do melee kills while still locked into cover, that the AI is programmed better to accept stealthy playstyle, all the things that U2 introduced, but whenever I entered a sequence, I remembered every little detail like I had beaten the game yesterday. U1 just sticks to my memory, its story, its characters, its battles, and even the treasure locations.

I know it’s been said that U2 features the best singleplayer experience ever, but I simply have to disagree. U2 was a great fun, but ultimately, after it was done, it was kinda forgettable. I HAD to replay U1 after I’d beaten the game. With U2, I had to take a break, and I’ve already beaten like three games since I had beaten U2, and yet, I still feel no urge to replay U2. In fact, I’m getting the urge to continue to beat U1 for the seventh time and then replay Valkyria Chronicles instead.

Bowflex Treadclimber: Choose The Best, Handle Safely

What does one need to do to keep in shape? What are the perks of having a well-toned body? Does a built physique with bulging muscles from top to bottom account for a good health as well?

These are the questions that come to mind when you decide upon hitting the gym to get a nice bulk. Everyone wants to be noticed and admired be it for their looks or their abilities.

However, it is important to note that along with a muscled frame you need to make sure that you are stronger from the inside as well as that is what matters and lasts for long compared to outer strength which fizzles out in no time.

But there are numerous people who join the gym to shed the extra kilos that they have gained from years of neglect and consumption of junk food.

The paramount thing in their mind is to become lean and with no paunch in the middle. They do this through cardio exercises that are good for the heart as it helps in pumping blood throughout the body.

The most popular cardio workouts are running, cycling, treadmill and last but definitely not the least: the treadclimber.

Treadclimber is quite similar to a treadmill and cycling so in looks it is a cross mixture of both but quite vital for cardiac muscles and helps in getting rid of calories.

A bowflex treadclimber is considered to be the best as can be used at home and saves time from the gym.

Its pedals are similar to cycle pedals though it is done in a standing position. Some important bowflex treadclimber models are as follows:

  • Bowflex TC200
  • Tread TC10
  • Tread TC100

So, guys and gals, just purchase one at a store near you and make your room a miniature gym.

Using VPN Services For Internet Services, Convenient Choice Or Not? Know Expert Advice!

VPN services are the best services for the global market. It is allowing the domestic business to change the globally established business. VPN allows you to safely transfer your data to your partners and customers quickly without any complications. You can use this convenient service for transferring your data without any loophole and ultimately taking care of your security. Well, you also need to know whether it is convenient services or not, according to experts.

What do experts say about VPN services?

VPN as a service has exploded itself into the business world, and you can earn tons of profit from it. It is a better medium to get traffic directly to your site and way more convenient than the service of ISP. We all are well known for the fact that the ISP is able to sell your data to the marketers, financial companies, and other interested parties for their own profit.

According to experts, it is surely not the finest choice to go along with. To get out of the trouble, people shifted towards the VPN services that also offer several benefits such as torguard promo coupon and many others.

However, using VPN services is not the really optimal choice to go along with. According to experts, VPN is not the silver bullet to guard your privacy.

What to choose?

What to choose, then?; well, it would be the very first question to strike on your head. So the answer to this is the VPN service is the answer, but you need to be selective about the service. Thousands of companies are selling their services into the marketplace for safeguarding your network. All you need to do is to get yourself a quality service; however, you might need to pay a high price, but as we know, getting good requires a high price to be paid.