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NoPo Run Club 3 Year Anniversary

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If you live in the Portland metro area, are able to run a 5K, love to drink beer and don’t have anything better to do on a Wednesday night around 6:30PM, WHY ARE YOU NOT MEETING UP WITH US AT BAR BAR (MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS)?

The concept is pretty simple: We Run Socially and Drink Competitively. Just kidding, we aren’t THAT hardcore about the drinking part (after all, it is on a weekday). But I’ll tell you what, since I’ve been doing it for the past two months, Wednesdays are one of my favorite days of the week now. I get to run a short 5K with new running pals and have a pint or two of beer afterwards and not feel guilty about it.

May 21st was the 3rd year anniversary of the NoPo (north Portland) run club, and lots of fun activities were to be had. A few free PBRs, cupcakes and raffle prizes including free fun runs and t shirts.

You don’t even have to be a quick runner to do this, here is proof that I some how “run” the 5K 600_366384232

 

My point is simple: if you are free at 6:30 any Wednesday and want to feel guilt free about drinking a beer or two on a weekday, meet new friends and get a quick workout in, come on down to NoPo run club at Bar Bar on Mississippi. And hey, if you’re new to the area its a lot easier meeting people this way instead of trying to meet up with them awkwardly on Tinder.

More information can be found here!

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Godzilla (2014) Thoughts

Godzilla Legendary Pictures 2014

Whew.

That was a doozy. After a great marketing campaign and intriguing trailers feeding our imaginative minds of what Gareth Edwards can do with the Godzilla property, we can all finally see the film in its full glory. And its just sort of “meh.” Which is really unfortunate because the first half of the film had so much going for it. *SOME SPOILERS TO FOLLOW*

We have Bryan Cranston haunted by a past mistake…we have his boring son, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, that is boring with his boring wife, Elizabeth Olsen, who is also boring with their boring son. Before I go any further, nobody else finds it a little weird that these two are love interests in this film but are going to be (at least in the comic book origins) twins in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie next summer as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch? Okay, if nobody else finds it weird, I won’t either.

Point being, all of these characters are boring. Except for Cranston. So who does the movie follow after the first act? The boring characters. It basically turns into a mash up of Planes, Trains and Automobiles meets Pacific Rim…which is fine in theory, except our protagonist is so boring and so uncompelling that I find myself wanting a MUTO to claw my eyes out.

We finally see a glimpse of our title character 45 minutes into the movie. Great. Some action. I’m all about nuances and building character from slow development…but jeesh, for a movie called Godzilla, we only see the guy for a total of maybe 10 minutes. Which, again would be fine, if you made me care about any of the characters but I didn’t. Or at least not as much as I could and was willing to. This can all be forgiven…until our 3rd act, after our lead human had traveled from San Fransisco to Japan and back…they explained his travels way too much. If he was funny and interesting it would have been fine. But I don’t need to spend 10 minutes watching you arm a bomb and check to see if a bridge is intact.

Okay, fine, some boring plot points but I can forgive it…until the plot starts to resemble a little film we all would like to forget…you know what I’m talking about: the 1998 version of Godzilla…wherein “Zilla” is actually a female laying eggs all over New York City. Why are screen writers obsessed with all monsters procreating? Why can’t we just have monsters wanting to feed? Why does the motivation have to be sex? Granted, this is the number one motivation in most young male’s lives, but I can’t imagine it being on the top of a giant monster’s priority list that had been dormant for thousands, perhaps millions of years.

Then we kinda of watch two giant monsters do the dirty deed. If it would have had the “bow chica wow wow” bass line underneath, I would have lost it. I have to pause at this point:

Guys, I actually enjoyed this movie. For all its flaws and missteps and boring characters, it was actually pretty fun. There are a lot of easter eggs for fans of the original film and we are pretty much at a clean slate going forward. I didn’t give too much away…I just had to point out all of its flaws because they were on my mind all night. Sorry for the word vomit. Go see this thing in theaters. The set designs are great, the 10 minutes of CGI Godzilla are incredible, roar with the digitized, kinda eery sound of ending is worth the price of admission.

If anything this is a bluray rental in 7 months. Might as well see it now though.

Anybody else see it this weekend? Chances are yes, it made over 90Mil at the box office. What are you thoughts on the reboot? Am I the only one that laughed at parts that weren’t meant to be funny?

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50 things you can do with Google

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 9.57.09 AMNot sure how long this feature has been around, but you can now find this link under the search bar on the main page of Google. Has a bunch of cool tutorials that you may or may not have known about the Gewgs. Unsend emails, install apps on your phone without touching…some interesting tidbits of information. Have fun with this one.

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Reactions to first Interstellar Trailer

Let’s pause for a moment. Let’s let you watch it if you haven’t already. Let’s be honest: You have. Multiple times.

 

I think if we look at Nolan’s work with his films that weren’t the Dark Knight trilogy, we see familiar themes. Family. Loss. But most importantly: redemption. We are always paying for our sins. In this case, Matthew McConaughey is paying for the sins of all mankind. Throw in some time travel, space travel and some mumbo jumbo talk about Murphy’s Law, pepper in classic Nolanesque shots of parents with their kids inside of a “vacuum” of space and time with a solemn piano playing over it and you got yourself an epic trailer. I’m always excited what this guy can bring to the table. Let’s hope it’ll be as good as Memento or the Prestige.

 

 

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The New Batman and Batmobile

Courtesy of Zack Snyder, your first look at the new Batmobile and Ben Affleck as Batman.newbatmobilezacksnyderI think most fans are going to be happy about the ears. Very reminiscent of the Dark Knight Returns. In fact, most of the vibe and look from this image is reminiscent of that Batman…which is great because this is one of my favorite story lines. The stories coming out about the new movie kind of had us assuming Batfleck’s take on Batman would be grizzled and beaten down. This is a great first look, honestly, I didn’t know what to think about the film until right now. And right now, I’m pretty stoked.

“What are your thoughts? Comment in the section below!” -DULA

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How to take the Perfect Selfie

urlSince the dawn of time, man has constantly struggled with his own identity and self awareness. With the advent of the information age, we are now constantly trying to manipulate the framing of our self taken pictures for the ever elusive, “perfect selfie.” Well, here is my step by step guide on how to take the perfect selfie:

 

1. Don’t be ugly.

2. Take picture.

3. Get millions of likes.

 

That is at least my secret. What are your favorite secrets for the perfect selfie?