Like two peas in a pod Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg don’t disappoint in their new Universal Pictures movie 2 Guns. 2 Guns which opens Friday 08/02/13 and is rated R tells the story of two guys who are very different but are yet the same in what they are after. Denzel plays Bobby Trench a DEA agent who is undercover trying to infiltrate a drug lord and his empire in Mexico while Wahlberg plays Michael Stigman an undercover naval guy who is also after the same thing. The funny thing is neither knows that the other is deep undercover and it isn’t till something goes wrong that they find this out. What happens next is two guys on the run but also trying to find out who set them up and why. I know you’re asking is this just another buddy movie? Well No because the team of Washington and Wahlberg are the difference, they have the same great chemistry that Gibson and Glover had in the Lethal Weapon movies. These two play off each other so great and you can’t wait to have them on the screen.
Some of the other actors like Bill Paxton, who plays a ruthless CIA agent and Edward James Olmos, who plays an evil Drug Kingpin bring some great character depth to those around Washington and Wahlberg. I was pleasantly surprised by James Marsden, who has been playing the love interest of Tina Fey in the comedy 30 Rock for the last couple of seasons, who brought some interest as the naval guy chasing after Wahlberg, loved it. The love interest of Denzel’s character Deb(Paula Patton, who btw is the wife of pop star Robin Thicke) is wonderful too bringing a sexiness to the movie as well as a woman in charge of her scene as part of the DEA hierarchy.
2 Guns plays well for its full 109 minutes and gives you everything you wanted. It’s smart, funny, action oriented and sexy but most of all it’s FUN. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are a team I’d definitely go back to see again and again in a sequel, they just really play well together. I do have to say that you really have to stay focused because there are some twist and turns so if you do not want to get a little lost pay attention but besides that I really enjoyed 2 Guns and you will too.
Although the Los Angeles Dodgers didnt make much of a splash at the MLB trading deadline (the non-waiver deadline that is), they did make a potential impact move by bringing in the eccentric, crazy, whacky, zany, (insert any number of adjectives) but always entertaining former All-Star reliever Brian Wilson. The former San Francisco Giants closer hasn't pitched in a game since last April after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his elbow, and is the PERFECT pickup for the Dodgers right now.
Even though the Dodgers are finding ways to win games and the bullpen has played better of late, it has still been a position of concern for much of the season. As a sign of their desperation, the Dodgers went as far as to trade for the fallen Cubs closer, Carlos Marmol and his 6.53 ERA. Ronald Belisario is dominant one night and a punching bag the next, Brandon League elicits groans from the Dodger Stadium crowd every time his number is called. Outside of J.P. Howell and Kenley Jansen, the Dodger bullpen has been less than spectacular for most of this season.
With 171 career saves and a world series under his belt, Brian Wilson brings an experienced, veteran presence to a bullpen that is severely lacking in that category (Only Howell and Belisario have any significant playoff experience). How big of an impact Wilson will make remains to be seen, after all, we're talking about a guy who hasn't pitched in over a year. But its the classic low risk-high reward move. If Wilson doesnt perform well, it will only cost the Dodgers $1 million for less than half of a season. But if Wilson does check out and becomes a big time contributor to the bullpen, that will make their push for a division title (and possibly even greater things) a lot easier. If nothing else, his presence instantly makes that clubhouse a lot more entertaining.
Before the season began, I made a few predictions for a successful 2013 Dodger season. Let’s see exactly how well those predictions have played out, going into the post All-Star game stretch of the baseball season.
Here were my predictions:
Well this definitely has not happened so far this season, at least not for any significant stretch of time. Its unfortunate, but at times this season Matt Kemp has seemed so fragile. However, there is a positive twist to this issue. The team has been on fire without him recently, winning 23 of there last 28 games. It should actually be a relief to Dodger fans, that they are not so reliant upon the health of Kemp.
Kemp has posted a mediocre line this season, hitting only 263 with only 5 home runs, 27 rbi, 319 on base percentage, and a shockingly low slg percentage of 382. However, in the month of July, Kemp look to be finally turning things around, hitting 368 with 3 home runs, 895 slg percentage, and a 429 on base percentage. Hopefully, this will be his final stint on the DL this season, and he will pick up where he left off, starting to turn things around. In the mean time, it looks like the Dodgers have offense covered while that ankle heals.
Josh Beckett. What can I say? That didn’t go as planned. Nobody’s perfect. Next..
Hyun-Jin Ryu has been great during his first season in the
Thank the high heavens that Dodgers fans were blessed with the dominance of Clayton Kershaw. He has picked up right where he left off last season. His stats are once again unreal, posting a league leading 2.01 era, 152 innings pitched, 184 batting average against, .88 whip, and 148 K’s. Basically, Kershaw is well on his way to winning his 2nd Cy Young award in 3 years.
Now, aren’t we glad this happened? Puig mania not only set LA on fire, but he has been the biggest story in baseball since being called up to the big leagues. His energy has been a game changer for the Dodgers. He is the Mike Trout of the 2013 season, despite not making the All-Star game. Even-though Puig has gone into a little slump recently, he is still hitting 376, with 9 home runs, 22 rbi, 595 slg percentage, 417 on base percentage, and 6 stolen bases in only 44 games. However, the one downfall is the 44 K’s in 44 games, but those should go down when he becomes a little more patient in the next couple years. Also, without Puig that Matt Kemp injury seems a lot worse…Viva Puig!
CC has been a pleasant surprise for the Dodgers this season. The one thing the Dodgers have been missing the last couple years, was a true leadoff hitter at the top of their order. When healthy, the Dodgers have one of the best in the business. No, he isn’t what he was back in his days with the Rays, but he is still dynamic and provides a ton of speed on the base-paths for the heart of the Dodgers order. The big key will be keeping Crawford healthy for the stretch run and into October. If Mattingly has to sit him a little more than people would like, that’s fine if he is leading off for the Dodgers in October.
New Bold prediction..
Yes, remember that you heard it here first. Hanley Ramirez will win the NL MVP award this season. Unlike Matt Kemp a couple years ago, Hanley is playing on a first place ball club, that is going to win the NL West. Also, for those saying he won’t qualify because he has not played in enough games, by the end of the season he will have enough at bats to qualify. Just take a look at these numbers. Most people don’t put up these kind of numbers for even a week. In July, Hanley is hitting 392, with 4 home runs, 703 slg percentage, and a 464 on base percentage. Overall, he is hitting 381, with 10 home runs, 690 slg percentage, 436 on base percentage, 31 rbi and 5 stolen bases in only 45 games played. If Hanley even keeps up half of this pace, he needs to be considered in the NL MVP voting. In fact, if he hasn’t already entered into the mind of the voters, something is drastically wrong.
The undead hae their own police force, did you know that? Yes and it’s called the R.I.P.D. R.I.P.D which opens Friday(07-19-13) and is rated PG-13. tells the story of a police force that is made up of dead cops, that’s right dead cops who are taken to help keep the world ridden of deadies. You may ask what are deadies, well they are unsaved souls that are left on earth to rot because they do not want to move on to the hereafter.
Nick(Ryan Reynolds) is a Boston police officer that get killed in the line of duty but because he had some shady business going on with his partner Bobby(Kevin Bacon) is sent to the R.I.P.D.(Rest In Peace Department)instead of purgatory to try and atone for his past discretions. This will hopefully, after serving his time, give him a better chance of crossing the pearly gates. He is partnered up with Roy(Jeff Bridges) and together they set out to well get the job done. Now they obviously do not see eye to eye to start out but the cagy veteran in Roy will have to teach this rookie a thing or two about ridding the earth of these deadies. Nick’s wife Julia(Stephanie Szostak) is also caught in the middle of the problems that arise from Nicks death and the deadies trying to find a way to bring those who die back to earth to raise chaos. We also meet the R.I.P.D’s in command Proctor(Mary-Louise Parker) who is in charge of the whole operation and is also overlooking this pairing of Roy and Nick.
R.I.P.D is a movie that gets an A for effort because it definitely looks like everybody is trying. It’s trying to be a well Ghostbusters meets Men In Black, unfortunately the A for effort also turns into a C for execution. It looked like it wanted to be a comedy but there weren’t many laughs and Ryan Reynolds again kind of plays himself again, the smart ass kid that is trying to provide the comic sarcasm but it never really works, it always seems like he’s trying to had to make us laugh. The only thing that makes it somewhat worthwhile is Bridges. He’s character of Roy Pulsipher is very interesting and fun to watch, a gunslinger from the west who hasn’t forgotten where his true person lies. Kevin Bacon has his moments and Mary Louise Parker is actually the comedic part that I think Reynolds was trying to be.
R.I.P.D tries hard to take your love of two movies(Ghostbusters & Men In Black) and bring them together into one but it kind of falls flat. The special effects rise to the occasion but the storyline is very quick and the movie kind of goes bang bang and it’s done. R.I.P.D is a good try but in the end is a little too dead for its own good, Look for the rental with this one.
The monsters have arrived and we must defend our world. The new movie Pacific Rim(opening Friday July 12th) is just that, Giant Robots built to save our planet from the new monsters that have risen from the depth of the ocean.
Pacific Rim(rated PG-13) tells the story of the fight for humanity between the monsters called Kaiju and the human built robots, the Jaegers. These monsters just showed up from beneath the sea from some sort of portal and have been wreaking destruction over man years. The human race begins to build giant robots to combat these monsters; the problem is with each passing year the Kaiju begin to get stronger in fact learning how to beat the humans with each successive attack. If the Jaegers can’t stop these monsters soon Humanity will be wasted.
We find our hero, Raleigh(played by Charlie Hunnam of Sons of Anarchy) trying to fight back from a devastating event earlier in his Jaeger piloting days to try and find a way to get his life back together. He has spent the last couple of years drifting around in meaningless jobs and now has been called upon again to pilot the machine. He’s paired up with a very raw but unique lady pilot Mako Mori(Rinko Kikuchi) who has been counting the days till she finally got her chance. They command the Gypsy Danger who has been around for a while in the Monster fighting days and is going to be tested again to try and bring a halt to this certain apocalyptic ending if the Kaiju get the upper hand.
Pacific Rim is an interesting movie built upon two different movies, the first being the crazy war between the Jaegers, the Giant Robots and the Kaiju, the monsters. The second being the human part of the movie and story. We get the standard people, the hard-nosed war commander Stacker Pentecost(Idris Elba) who has a heart but has to be the voice of reason. We get the cocky pilot Chuck(Rob Kazinsky) who doesn’t want the loose cannon Raleigh anywhere near him as they get ready to play out a last ditch effort to end this war. Then come the crazy scientists Dr. Newton(Charlie Day) and Dr. Herman(Burn Gorman) who of course are working hard to find the real reason the Kaiju Monsters are here and how we can stop them. Of course what end the world movie would be complete without the love interest of Mako who not only wants to be a Jaeger pilot but has an interest in Raleigh. Look this movie has every cliché’ in the book when it comes to saving the world movie, but where it excels is the reason why I was there. Monsters and giant robots kicking some ASS, that’s right and they do some serious kicking ass.
In every way that the movie fails in the light story and sappy dialogue, it wins you over with the supreme fighting and excitement. The first time you see the Kaiju monster and its attack on the mainland you are sold, sold on the ferocity and total destruction that these monsters can reap. The minute you see the powering up of the giant robots you fall hook line and sinker on the enormity of what they must do to defend the earth. The fighting is intense and the monsters really freak you out and give the sense that the world as we know it may really be ending if not for the help of the Jaegers.
Director Guillermo Del Toro does a great job of bringing you into the fight and sometimes scaring the heck out of you, there’s one scene that will definitely have you feeling the intensity of the monster and you. I thought the movie in whole could have been better in the story but succeeded big time in the reality of these great battles that were going on between these giants. Keep the little tikes away because of some really scary scenes that could linger with them and in that sense the PG-13 rating is definitely a very good gage. Go see Pacific Rim at least once because it will awe you but just know you are going in with a storyline that falls into the standard role of end of the world monster movies. Pacific Rim is a fun, adventurous and exciting movie that gives me just enough of what I need from the characters but gives me everything I need in Monster kick ass.