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.
There back and better than ever, no I’m not talking about the lead character Gru(Steve Carrell) I’m talking about the Minions. That’s right, the minions are back and worth every minute of the follow up Despicable Me 2 opening Wed July 3rd and rated PG.
Gru is needed by the Anti- Villain League or AVL to help stop a new threat and since the AVL are unable too they want Gru to be the one who can. The problem is that Gru, who walked away from the villain business at the end of the first movie, still wants nothing to do with it. He has been enjoying his time taking care of his three girls, Margo, Agnes and Edith and this suits him just fine. Gru also has the help of his minions who are ready to assist at his beckoned call. However, as most movies go Gru is pulled back in and with the help of a trusted agent Lucy(Kristen Wiig) from the AVL, they set out to find the culprit in their own unique way. Along the way we are introduced to Eduardo(Benjamin Bratt) who owns a restaurant in the mall area that Gru and Lucy are staking things out at as well as his son Antonio who seems to have a special eye of Gru’s oldest Margo.
Despicable Me 2 is a very thought provoking comedy in the sense that sometimes it’s way above the child intellect talking to the adults but the characters are so down to earth plus the minions themselves bring the child interest back into the fold. What can you say about the Minions, they as always are the main focus for me and I’m sure for the rest of the viewing audience. Their slapstick humor brings back the days of the Three Stooges and the Marx Brothers. I sat there not being able to wait for the next time they hit the screen, I would definitely go see a movie with the Minions only, that’s how interesting and funny they are. The minions also bring the story together as they play a major role in the development of it.
Despicable Me 2 gives you more of the same but isn’t that what you wanted in the first place. Steve Carell is once again dead on and the girls are so loving and uniquely children that you can’t help but fall in love with them again. I don’t think it was as funny as the original but the minions steal every scene that they are in and that’s enough for me to overlook the less humor. I really liked Despicable Me 2 because it sent me some place else for a couple of hours and gave me some fun and laughs along the way. Go see Despicable Me 2 and find the minion in you.
Mike and Sully are back in the prequel to Monsters Inc called Monsters University(opens Friday 06-21-13). In this return of the Monsters we get a chance to go back in the day before Mike and Sully met Boo and well how they met themselves. Mike Wazowski(Billy Crystal) is a young Monster wanting to be all he can be and meets a big Monster at the Monsters Inc Factory who tell him he can be that great Monster if he goes to Monsters U. So flash ahead 10 years and the young adult Mike heads to his first year at Monsters U. There he meets Sulley(John Goodman) and Randall(Steve Buscemi) starting his road toward being the scariest Monster around. Along the way Mike and Sully have some troubles and are forced to join a low end fraternity to get back into a scare class which they had been kicked out of. Here we meet many new characters and they are a unique crew of fraternity brothers for Mike and Sulley. They enter the Scare Games, fighting against other monster fraternities with the end result being re-admittance to this scare class that Mike holds in such high regard. It is here that Mike and Sully grow as friends and through Mike’s persistence began to make their presence known and we see the Mike and Sully from the original movie.
Monsters University is a movie that I wanted to love but just couldn’t get onboard fully. It seemed to be missing something the entire movie but I still can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe it was the fact that there was no Boo, the child character from the first movie, or the fact that it took a while for the friendship of Mike and Sully to get going, after really loving the total friendship from the original. Unfortunately, what endeared the first movie to both kids and adults alike doesn’t seem to be here. Look, the movie is fun and definitely has its moments in fact for kids I know they will love it. I always enjoy Billy Crystal and John Goodman because they are right on with the characters and some of the new characters bring a new light including my favorite Art. We do get to see how some of the rivalries began and certain answers to some questions from the original, but somehow a sense of feeling and closeness was not there and in the end it just seemed like a movie to get us to Monsters Inc . I liked Monsters U but I didn’t love it so this University gets a B for the adults but an A for the kids.
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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the newest movie remake of the Superman story, this time called Man of Steel(rated PG). This new stab at the Superman story is at the directorial hands of Zach Synder(300/Watchmen) and producer hands of Christopher Nolan(Batman Trilogy) In this newest installment the Man of Steel is portrayed by Henry Cavill(Kal-el) with a star studded cast behind him including Russell Crowe as the Man of Steels father Jor-el, Kevin Costner as his earthly father Jonathan Kent with Amy Adams(Enchanted) as Lois Lane and Laurence Fishburne(The Matrix) as Perry White.
Synder starts us out with the last days of Krypton and how Jor-el sends his only son to earth to hopefully continue the Kryptonian way as well as assimilating with his new home of Earth. We then find Clark Kent as an adult wandering through different jobs and places because he knows he has a special gift but can’t seem to pinpoint how, why or what he has. We see flashbacks to his early childhood, teenage and early adult life which set the tone of his current day life and how he has come to this point.
Eventually he finds who he is and how he is meant to help Earth while still keeping the Kyrptonian ways alive within him. He also finds out that a General Zod(Michael Shannon) is on the lookout for him, the General and his crew are also from Kyrpton. Generla Zod was exiled to the Phantom Zone early on in the movie after a coup attempt fails. He now returns to find Kal-el and get his idea of the future of Krypton moving forward, but as you can guess Superman is not on the same page as Zod. The battle that ensues next between Zod and Superman is one of the best and shows what the man of Steel is all about.
I truly enjoyed the Man Of Steel, it was definitely action packed and loud, I love that. We see the Man of Steel in all of his glory using his powers for good and to well kick some butt. Director Zach Synder does a great job of keeping the story moving while giving us what we need of the young Clark Kent’s life to give us enough of the back story on why he is a little lost in this world. We see that no matter how great Superman is he is still just trying to find his way through our world with only the guidance of his father’s Jor-el conscience. Hennery Cavill is the right choice to play the Man of Steel, he brings both ruggedness and caring Superman who believes in humankind and will fight for his adopted world. Amy Adams does a nice job as Lois Lane, always getting herself in the mix of it all while finding an interest in the Man of Steel. I loved the guidance of Jonathan Kent played by Costner helping lead Clark through those tough times that all of us went through growing up but for Clark it was of course a little bit more. Michael Shannon plays the villainous Zod right to the tee and makes a great opening challenge to the Man of Steel with both brawn and brains but a little of that psycho too, because that’s why they are villains right? Russell Crowe does a great job as Jor-el, in fact he would make Marlon Brando proud(played Jor-el in the 1978 movie)with the stature that Crowe has built up over his years in the acting world.
Man of Steel is a great opening to the revamping of Superman, bringing both humor and action together at the right mix, the casting is right on as well. I have to admit that my expectations were very high and though it didn’t reach all levels it meet the main level which was a very, very good restoration of an American Icon. Man of Steel will excite you and maybe bring a tear or two to your eyes, but it does the best which is entertain you and make you feel great again about the future of Superman. Go enjoy the Man of Steel and let him leap tall buildings in a single bound.
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