Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Bad Batch (2016)

The Bad Batch (2016). Just finished watching this movie...over two days. It took me this long not so much because it was tough to watch (though it was a little) but because I started it at work and then I had to go home for the day and didn't start watching it again until I was halfway through the next day at work.

So, I got this email that said something like "We've added a movie you might like." I clicked on it and added it to my queue for possible viewing later. I then saw a few random trailers that popped up on the internet about this movie being released. I didn't really know the concept of the movie but figured it couldn't be too bad since it had Jason Momoa, Suki Waterhouse, Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves and Giovanni Ribisi.

I was wrong!

This movie was slow, boring, terrible and mostly without a very good story. I don't know who thought this would be good to make, who thought this was good after making or why the 'bigger-named' actors would have chosen to do this movie unless they thought it was 'indie'. I don't know. I just wasn't feeling it!

FINAL VERDICT: Pass. I'm not sure that I remember anything of relevance that would make me want to revisit this movie and watch again. Not fully or in parts.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cattleack Barbeque in Dallas, Texas

Visited CattleAck BBQ today with a coworker. What you see is my order of an individual side of beans with burnt tips, a pint of mac-n-cheese with green chile bits, a pound of pork ribs and a pound of brisket. After adding two 20oz soda bottles and a small tip, the total price came to $61.11.

Also, the wait to order, pay and eat was one hour and thirty minutes.

Yes, we line...for thirty minutes.

Insane? Yes. Somewhat ridiculous? Yes.

Worth it? Yes!

The brisket was mainly the reason it was worth it. It was so tender and juicy that one could cut it with a plastic fork. A PLASTIC FORK! Now, to clarify, maybe not all the brisket is this juicy but the option I chose was. When you get to the counter, they ask do you want marbled or lean? I've never heard of these options before but I knew lean was not the choice anyone that wants real barbecue would choose. They do automatically use the lean option for someone who orders a brisket sandwich. Waiting the time that I did, I was NOT getting a freaking sandwich!

Here are some recent and not-so-recent articles about Cattleack while the links last:
Texas Monthly (2017)
Wide Open Country (2017)
Dallas Observer (2017)
GuideLive (2017)
GuideLive (2015)
Dallas Observer (2014) (????)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Silence (2016)

Silence (2016). I had a coupon for a free Redbox movie and thought it would be a good thing to try this movie with it so I wouldn't have buyer's remorse if I actually spent money to rent it. The movie trailer and poster both have Liam Neeson prominently shown in/on them in his Jedi-esque form. However, Liam plays a very quiet and limited role. The main roles are portrayed by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver. Garfield's beard looks incredibly sad and fake. Driver's beard is much better but his physique is very gaunt and that's before he endures trials and tribulations later in the movie.

The synopsis on both IMDB and Redbox do not fully introduce what this movie is about. The Redbox version is way better though. I guess I just didn't read it very well or pay attention while I read it. It just wasn't what I expected. The movie is VERY long and I endured it to watch in one day but my wife was pretty much done after the first forty-five minutes. There are definitely parts that could have been edited down/out to make watching less of an endurance challenge.

VERDICT: I did not totally dislike this movie but I cannot recommend it to anyone. Like I said, it's long and drawn out. If you are really interested in the story and want to occupy two and a half hours of your time with a slow-moving movie, then by all means rent it. Otherwise, find a highlight reel somewhere.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Trolls (2016)

Trolls (2016). Watched this movie today...all by myself. My kids have gotten to an age where they don't really care to watch too many “kid” movies anymore. I try to just enjoy the entertainment value of the movies versus look at them as child, kid or adult.

Anyway, this movie has the voice-over talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Baranski,, Jeffrey Tambor, Russell Brand, Gwen Stefani, John Cleese, James Corden and others.

So the movie has a similar story line like many other animated movies or “family” movies in general: something happens bad; someone has to step up and save the family/village/day, someone(s) learns something special about themselves along the journey and in the end everyone (mostly) lives happily ever after. You get the gist.

The songs are poppy and relevant. The movie is mostly on the happy end of the spectrum (as it should be since they’re ‘happy’ trolls) with the occasional glum-turns to-glad scenes.

VERDICT: It is worth a $1.50 rental from Redbox or free if you can get it. I wasn’t wowed but I wasn't disappointed either. If you have young children about 9 and below, they’ll enjoy it for the sheer entertainment value from the bright colors and singing.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Velvet Taco - Dallas

I don't know how long it's been in Dallas but I got a chance to eat at Velvet Taco for the very first time.

We have a new employee in the office and as an office, we all went out to lunch to celebrate his birthday (even though his actual birthday was a week or so ago). I didn't really care to celebrate his birthday as he hasn't made the best of impressions upon me but I felt like I could use it as an excuse to try Velvet Taco as that was his choice for dining.

As you can see from the photo, I ordered the Grilled Flank Steak and the Cuban Pig. There was a little bit of a wait after ordering but both were pretty good. They aren't something that I would make a long drive to get but I will probably make a few more trips just to get a chance to try other options for a better assessment.

One thing to note about this location is there is limited seating and even more limited parking. I would definitely time a visit around their busy hours.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Packers defeat Cowboys 01/15/2017

Dear Cowboys friends and fans,

I must apologize and take responsibility for causing the Cowboys' loss to the Packers today.

No, it wasn't the seemingly blatant favoritism towards the Packers by the refs: their bad-calls/no-calls, no-calls/bad-calls.

It was me!

Frustrated, I stopped watching at halftime with Cowboys 10 Packers 21.

Sometime later while surfing the web, I saw an update showing the game score tied at 31. So, I turned the game back on with 53 seconds left and well, you know how it ended.

Yeah, I have that kind of power. The Force is strong in my family although I'm the only one who has it.

So anyway, again, it was me and not the officiating.