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.
Okay, okay. We've all read the book, right? I think it was part of most High School curriculums. What am I talking about... The Great Gatsby. The book was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was and is one of the most famous English language books ever written according to many and now for the 2nd time in the last 40 years it has been made into a big screen movie.
The Great Gatsby (PG-13) opening Friday May 10th, tells the story of J. Gatsby and his friend Nick Carraway, who tells us Gatsby’s story. Carraway (Tobey Maguire) is the cousin of Daisy (Carey Mulligan) who is married to Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) who finds out that he lives next door to the elusive Gatsby. Nick strikes up a relationship with Gatsby and later goes to one of his big time parities and gets to see what the talk around town is all about.
Gatsby’s parties are crazy and a bash that brings the roaring twenties right in front of your face. Gatsby and Carraway’s relationship grows and Gatsby feels the need to entrust his life story to Carraway including his upbringing and why he is one of the richest people in the area. We also find out that Gatsby also wants to re-ignite a relationship with Daisy whom he had fallen in love with many years earlier, in fact it’s the reason why he is so close to Daisy, living across the bay from her, enough to see her house from his.
Daisy’s life isn’t going that great, her husband Tom is engaged in many affairs but the old money is there and she’s just going through the movements. With Nick’s help Gatsby and Daisy find their love again and Gatsby thinks it’s time for Daisy to leave Tom and run away with him. What follows is some ups and downs for everyone and well I don’t want to spoil it.
The Great Gatsby is an interesting movie, it’s directed by Baz Luhrmann, who directed Leonardo DiCaprio back in 1996’s Romeo & Juliet, and brings that same feel to this movie as that one. A very fast paced, quick cut movie, Gatsby looks to make the 1920’s hip and now, which includes the music of Jay-Z.
Trust me, it’s not the Gatsby of your Grandfather. Tobey Maguire brings a steady hand to the Nick Carraway figure who tell us the story through his writing of the adventure he had but never seems like he fits. Joel Edgerton brings the womanizer Tom Buchannan to life, a character who gets what he wants whenever he wants it, the quintessential playboy, I enjoyed his portrayal. Carey Mulligan who plays Daisy does a nice job but I never bought into her, the fact that she was someone Gatsby would drop his whole life over just didn’t win me over.
Now the real reason you do need to see The Great Gatsby is for DiCaprio, this guy is a star, if you didn’t know this already. The minute he walks on the screen the movie explodes. His charisma and persona takes you away and you definitely feel like he is larger than life and Gatsby incarnate. He really carries this movie and adds the interest you need to care about everyone else and why they're there.
Look, The Great Gatsby is not the greatest movie but it’s a nice movie that you can get involved with and defiantly take your girlfriend, wife or significant other. At more than 2 hours, the movie does have its slow points but for the most part moves very well.
Director Luhrmann does a nice job of giving you the ambience of the 1920’s and relating it to today’s movie goer. I liked Gatsby but I didn’t love it, but I do think it’s worth a try.