Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Equalizer

The Equalizer - starring Denzel Washington & Marton Csokas.  When I saw that Denzel Washington was teaming with Antoine Fuqua once again, I knew I would have to see it and I did just that about a month ago.  This one is based on the 1980's television show of the same name.  Denzel plays Robert McCall a retired covert ops agent who turns vigilante hero for his rough Boston neighborhood.  McCall is trying to live a quiet life, he works at a large home improvement store, walks to work and generally just keeps to himself, his sleeping problems portents a mysterious past though.  Soon McCall begins to notice injustices all around and decides to take matters into his own hands, the end result is quite entertaining as he takes revenge on neighborhood thugs, crooked cops and what appears to be the entire Russian mob.  It's all great fun, the action sequences are very well done, the acting top notch, the direction superb.  I loved it, I highly recommend.

I'll give it 4 out of 5 stars (*****).

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AZ Tidbits

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cardinals 27, Eagles 24

The Arizona Cardinals win again, 27-24 over the Eagles from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.  The Cardinals improve to 6-1 on the season, that matches the Broncos & Cowboys for the best record in football, it's also the franchises best start since 1974.  What a game this was, the Cardinals score late on a big play from John Brown and then held off the Eagles in the closing seconds for the win.  Games like this are why the NFL is the most popular sport in America!

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Vikings 19, Buccaneers 13

The Vikings knocked off the Buccaneers 19-13 (in OT) today in Tampa to improve to 3-5 on the season.  It wasn't pretty but you take a road win anyway you can in today's NFL.  I liked the way they kept fighting too, hopefully that we be a staple of a Mike Zimmer coached team.  Nice win Vikings, keep that momentum rolling!

Observations:
  • How are we already at the half way point of the season?  
  • I was sure that we were headed towards another heartbreaker.  
  • It's amazing how much better this Vikings defense is from last season.  
  • I saw progress from Teddy Bridgewater!  No interceptions.  
  • Anthony Barr continues to impress, that OT touchdown was a thing of beauty
  • Teddy Bridgewater looked good in the 2 minute offense, that's a good sign.
  • Can we call a penalty for that "icing the kicker" strategy at some point?   Hate it.
  • Jerick McKinnon is looking like he has a future in the league.  
  • Props to Lovie Smith for going for it on that early 4th down attempt
  • It's about time that Cordarrelle Patterson was worked into the game plan. 
  • Everson Griffen is on a 16 sack/season pace.  Jared who?  
  • Total Yards:  Vikings 332, Buccaneers 225
  • Is it my imagination or do lots of questionable calls go against the Vikings?  
  • That Tom Johnson free agent signing is looking real good at this point.  
  • This was a big game for the Vikings rookie class.  
  • That was quite the hit by Michael Mauti on that punt return. 
  • To me the concerns with Bridgewater remain durability and ability to stretch the field.
  • That may have been Sharrif Floyd's best game as a Viking.  
  • 5 sacks by the Vikings defense, they were bringing the heat.  
  • Tamp Bay was only 1 of 12 on 3rd down.  That's impressive Vikings defense.  
  • Up next?  Redskins @ TCF Bank Stadium next Sunday.  

Sebastian Tretola TD Pass

You don't see this very often.  Yes, that's on OT throwing that pass.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Arizona State 24, Washington 10

The Sun Devils improved to 6-1 tonight with a 24-10 win over Washington in Seattle.  It wasn't a pretty win but a PAC12 road win is a PAC12 road win, you take them anyway you can get them.  The Sun Devils remain all along in first place in the PAC12 South, they control their destiny at this point. Keep it up Devils!

Observations:

Illinois 28, Minnesota 24

The Gophers fall on the road today to Illinois, 28-24.  This loss drops the Gophers to 6-2 on the season.  They showed up too late, in the B1G you need to play a full 60 minutes.  This one really hurts too as Illinois hadn't won a B1G game since last year and the Gophers remaining schedule is a brutal (Iowa, Ohio State, Nebraska & Wisconsin). Turnovers will kill you. You cannot lose games like this!  So disappointing.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

POTpourri

Thursday, October 23, 2014

GOP Hypocrisy

This about sums it up.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mitch McConnell

Please do not reward this clown with another Senate term.  

"...there are still enough of them to block the Democratic agenda, as long as they all marched in lockstep."

"As long as Republicans refused to follow his lead, Americans would see partisan food fights and conclude that Obama had failed to produce change."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy - starring Chris Pratt & Zoe Saldana.  I actually saw this movie a couple of months ago.  I really enjoyed it, it's fast moving, there's plenty of action, a bit of humor, some good acting, just an overall good time.  It's based upon a Marvel comic.  Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, orphaned as a child, he is abducted by aliens and raised by a band of space bandits.  While out scavenging one day Quill comes across a mysterious orb only to find that it is very valuable and in much demand.  He decides to sell the orb to the highest bidder, problem being he's not the only one with that same idea, there are several other bandits trying to steal the orb from him.  Eventually, these misfits realize that their best course of action would be to band together, they don't like each other but they each have a special skillset that meshes well together.  Soon, they realize the power of the orb and come to the conclusion that they need to keep it out of the hands of all powerful "The Collector" in order to save the galaxy.  It turns into a pretty fun ride.  James Gunn does a superb job of directing.  Chris Pratt is as good as I've seen him.  Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel & Bradley Cooper (okay, Bradley Cooper's voice) are all excellent in their roles. I also loved the movie's 1970's music soundtrack.  I highly recommend it.

I'll give it 4 out of 5 stars (*****).

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Foo Fighters

"Something From Nothing".  Not bad, I think like it.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cardinals 24, Raiders 13

The Cardinals improved to 5-1 today with a 24-13 win over the Raiders from Oakland.  I don't know that it was a thing of beauty but anytime you can win on the road in the NFL you have to be happy.  The Cardinals have now won 12 of their last 15 games, that's damn impressive.  They are also now in sole possession of 1st place in the NFC West.  Nice win!

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