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.
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.
He’s back again for a whole new generation of audiences, The Lone Ranger. This time though he seems to play second fiddle to the real star of this movie, Tonto. The Lone Ranger(PG-13) opening Wednesday July 3rd again tells the story of the masked man who helps those less unfortunate and with the aid of his trusty Indian friend Tonto becomes the talk of the West. The only difference is Tonto seems to be the mastermind behind it all and The Lone Ranger is just a bratty guy who really for the most part doesn’t want to get involved in anything if he doesn’t have too.
In the beginning, we find John Reid(Armie Hammer) headed back to the old west where his brother, sister in law and nephew live but he gets involved in a prisoner breakout aboard a train where he meets the Comanche Tonto(Johnny Depp) who is also tied up along with the sinister Butch Cavendish. Well Cavendish escapes and goes on to wreak havoc in John Reid’s circles causing Reid to get together with Tonto to find Cavendish and put an end to all this killing.
The Lone Ranger is a very interesting movie, to me it’s really the story of Tonto and how he turned this mild mannered man into a fighter for justice and the right thing to do through force and smartness. Johnny Deep really shines in this movie and you know from the beginning that this is his vehicle. Armie Hammer does a good job of playing the Lone Ranger but there are times when you want to slap him across the face and say wake up man. I loved character actor William Fichtner’s portrayal of the ruthless bad guy in the movie gunslinger Bruce Cavendish who is the kind of guy who you love to hate. I wasn’t too interested in the love story between the Lone Ranger and his love interest because I never really felt the love between the two characters. The story does get complex and intricate and I did think the movie was a little too long but there was a lot of story so I guess I would rather them fill us in then cut it short and we feel short changed or cheated. I was and still am trying to find out if The Lone Ranger is a comedy or a drama, well maybe it’s a dramady. Look, let’s be honest, the real star is Johnny Depp and he shines. He does a unique way of telling the story and shows that Tonto was more than just a sidekick which I enjoyed. Tonto brought a lot of humor to this role and it almost seems like Depp was channeling his Jake Sparrow as well or maybe that character can never leave him in the overall scheme of things.
The Lone Ranger has its flaws but I thought it was trying to have some fun and adventure which I give them credit for. Maybe to some they will have failed in this but to me they succeeded. Depp shines and is a pleasure to watch and for me is worth the price of admission; don’t tell me you were going for any other reason anyway. Look, you get all the trusted Lone Ranger things, Silver Bullets, Tonto’s Ke-mo Sah-bee and of course the William Tell Overture. I think you can take a chance on The Lone Ranger but it will not please all…..enjoy it for what it is an action, adventure, dramady…….Hi Yo Silver Away.
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