John Ramos was born & raised in Southern California and joins RAW with many years of radio experience both in sports radio & talk radio.
John began his radio career in Riverside doing sports updates and covering high school sports in the Inland Empire.
He joined KLAC in 2007 where he did a little bit of everything including producing and running the audio board. He moved to the FOX Sports Radio Network in late 2009 as an editor and now runs the audio board out of the Sherman Oaks studios for Jay Mohr Sports and FOX Sports Primetime.
John loves talking sports and loves the opportunity that RAW is giving him, including his Observation Deck and Movie Review blogs.
He is married to his lovely wife Suzanne and is a proud dad.
What would you do if your children were abducted? It’s a very hard question to answer because many of us don’t know or will never know. Maybe it’s your cousin or your best friend’s kids, we all have a stake in any child abduction. Prisoners, the new movie from Warner Brothers, rated R and opening Friday 09-20-13 tells us one of those stories.
Keller Dover(Hugh Jackman) is a simple man in a simple town just trying to raise his family with his wife Grace(Maria Bello) and family including his son and six-year-old daughter Anna. His neighbor Franklin Birch(Terrence Howard) along with his family and daughter Joy are also trying to make a life. During Thanksgiving dinner over the Birch’s home the two girls suddenly go missing and the nightmare begins for the families. Enter Detective Loki(Jake Gyllenhaal) who has been assigned to find the two girls, by the way he has solved all the cases he’s been assigned too and he doesn’t want to let the families down. We meet many different characters including suspects that may or may not be the one who abducted the girls as well as go deep into the mind of the fathers especially Keller. The race begins to try and decipher who is telling the truth and who is just sending you on a wild goose chase.
Prisoners is a movie that I have been wanting to see for a while and it doesn’t disappoint. This dramatic thriller has lots of ebbs and flows throughout the 2 ½ hours which will keep you wondering and waiting. The movie has some disturbing scenes so make sure you are ready for that but I believe the scenes are truthful for the situation that the characters are in whether you agree with them or not. Jake Gyllenhaal is superb in his role bringing both feeling and realism to the role of a Detective who wants to uphold the law but still stopping some sick people. Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard play the fathers to a tee and really show the Ying and Yang of two different ways to look at justice. Both Paul Dano and David Dastmalchian really draw you in as the possible child offenders while still bringing out real scariness with their actions. If I had any misgivings it would be the movie was a little long and I felt the wives played by Maria Bello and Viola Davis seem a little lost in the overall picture, not the characters but the amount of time they are involved. I felt like they could have been more a part of the story but there is a lot of things happening so I guess something had to be sacrificed. On the point of lots of things happening, be ready to really keep your eyes and ears open, remember it’s also a who dunnit so pay attention to everything because we all want to play Detective don’t we. Prisoners offers a view into the world of families dealing with the most unthinkable but also shows us that we need to look into ourselves as well and take ownership of the things that we do and the consequences. I didn’t love Prisoners but I definitely really liked it and think that it’s worth your time, especially parents but human beings as well.
Competition is good, competition can drive you to be the best you can be. This is the theory I believe in Universal Pictures new movie RUSH. Rush which opens in selected theatres on Sept 20th and Nationwide Sept 27th is Rated R. Directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard, Rush tells the story of two unlikely Formula 1 race car drivers, James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), from Britian and Niki Lauda(Daniel Bruhl) from Austria. James Hunt is Mr Debonair, good looking and a well playboy who seems to get whatever he wants. Niki Lauda is well, an average Joe who is quite rude, not going to win any Mr. good looking awards and is almost stone cold. One thing they do share in common is the will to be the best in their selected profession and that is Formula 1 racing.
This movie mainly tells the story of their fight for supremacy during the 1976 Formula One season but we do see Hunt and Lauda meeting in the early 70’s and how this rivalry ensues. Hunt uses his good looks to propel himself in the off the track fun while Lauda uses his love for the race car and almost obsession to make his car faster while not worrying about what is going on around him. The story delves into each of these true life characters personal lives and how each one ticked, marriages and friendships and of course the crash during that 1976 Grand prix season that sent Lauda to almost certain death.
Rush is a very well made movie, including the realistic race scenes which only lend to a very interesting story. Chris Hemsworth does a wonderful job as James Hunt, playing that to a Tee with a charisma and enjoyment that I’m sure embodied the real life Hunt. Meanwhile Daniel Bruhl encompasses Niki Lauda in his mannerisms and drive that the real Lauda exemplified in his life. Olivia Wilde, whom I didn’t even recognize, plays wonderfully Suzie Sparkles the jet setting model wife of James Hunt who loves him but still wants more. I loved all the actors in this movie and each brought something to their role which helped progress the movie well. The fact that these two rivalries were so powerful showed how each pushed the other to strive harder, work harder and be better to reach their goals, it’s amazing. Director Howard does a great service of letting the racing tell a story while not hampering the other storylines and the scenes in the cars are great. We understand that sometimes all of us need to be pushed to be great, to not sit on our laurels and when we do we at least have the chance to succeed. These two work horses almost needed each other to be what they became and even though the character of Lauda is such a real well A-hole his persistence and drive is so inspiring that you find yourself rooting for him and what he had to endure after that horrific crash. I thoroughly enjoyed Rush and know you will too, this will definitely hae some Oscar buzz as well it should, it’s one of the top movies of 2013.
Getaway, a Fast paced, High energy, car racing drama, well not really. The new movie opening Friday Aug 30 from Warner Brothers and rated PG-13 running 90 minutes tells the story of a former race car driver Brent Magna(Ethan Hawke) and his race to find his kidnapped wife Leanne(Rebecca Buding). Brent is joined by The Kid(Selena Gomez) in his quest to save his wife from certain death if he doesn’t follow the rules of this mysterious man who asks him to complete many tasks, which included stealing a cool Shelby Mustang, to take him on this scavenger hunt.
Getaway is a pretty basic story with no real twists and turns, it takes us on these car chases but never really makes us feel like we’re in danger. Every car chase is basically the same and comes out of nowhere. One minute Brent Magna is rolling along and next thing he’s being chased by 4 or 5 police cars because remember he’s a wanted man for first stealing the car and then doing crazy deeds that put him in a wanted situation by the police. I can’t tell you how many police cars are flung, spun or flipped over in this movie, I lost count. I think Selena brings an interesting twist with her young bratty abrasive character that actually adds some meat to the movie but it’s lost with all the constant car chases that almost lead nowhere. I also enjoyed Ethan Hawke as he really takes a hold of the race car aspect but with nothing to fall back on his and Selena’s performances seem like they are lost in translation.
Getaway goes very fast but never gets going and is paper thin in its story line, basically how do I get my wife back from the bad guys. In the end I’ve seen this before and done better plus I really didn’t even know why his wife was even kidnapped. The lack of story really does hurt and not even the car chases could save this one, Getaway runs out of gas, wait for the DVD on this one.