Monday, June 19, 2017

Resident Evil Vendetta quick review 6/19 one night in theaters

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Haven't done a movie review for a long time, so I had one night to get out of my sick bed and what I do? Watch the latest Resident Evil movie that is not based on the Milla Jovovich franchise. Well, I won't get much into plot details but I will state the goods and the bads in a jippy. *May contain some spoilers* The film takes place in between Resident Evil 6 and 7 the video games.

+ Leon and Chris are back and together and they form an unstoppable tag team (like most of you fans can't figure this out.)

+ The action is top notch; prior to the film there is a quick 10-15 documentary on how they filmed this movie using the extensive technique of motion capture. The action can be anywhere to awesome to incredibly insane; the Leon/dogs chase scene is one of them. Just over-the-top chase with a hilarious finish.

+ Leon's first meet up with Chris and Rebecca is a nice touch. If you went through what Leon did in his past history, you feel the same way as well. Glad to see the makers give him this personality. 

+ Rebecca Chambers who have been long gone since Resident Evil Zero/Umbrella Chronicles makes her long awaited return. 

+ CGI along with the action is getting more smoother and nicer as the series progress.

- Rebecca's long awaited return leads to her being nothing more than a damsel in distress though she does play a big vital role in stopping the outbreak virus in this film. She does kinda explain why she has become the character she is in the film ever since the Raccoon city incident. 

- Story becomes a little predictable with little or no actual twists. Resident Evil Damnation, the previous film that serves as a gap in between Resident Evil 5 and 6 had a few. This one, especially the villain who goes by the name of Glen Arias doesn't surprise viewers much in why he is creating another world catastrophe. There is one part in the movie where he intends to keep Rebecca alive is already spoiled somewhere in his intro. Very predictable. You will see what I mean if you watch the film. 

- Realists will find the action a little too far fetched. No surprise. Did you expect the protagonists to die here. Leon was hit by giant Tyrants in the previous film and he got up just fine. You expect here to be any different? 

- You have to at least get the story of the games to understand this movie.

- You get a character that looks like Trish from the Devil may Cry series who doesn't get much development here though she appears to be important towards the end of the film. 

- You also get the brutes (the enforcer type) villains who just so happen to be a staple of the RE series (Nemesis, Tyrants, El Gigantes, NDesu, and you feel my drift). Just no character development here again. 

+/- In the final act, our heroes must rescue Rebecca, find a cure, fight the villain not once but twice, and a whole horde of Zombies within 20 minutes (yes, it is timed by Chris). Who wins that is up for you to guess but all of that in 20 minutes? That's movies for you.

+/-Also I miss Roger Craig Smith as the voice of Chris Redfield but oh well. 


Yeah, this movie ain't perfect but it shows that Vendetta has come a long way since Degeneration. It's worth a watch especially for the fans of the games. I actually enjoyed it. Lot's of people actually turned out to watch it. I was amazed by that. 


Friday, June 2, 2017

Thank you Jesus for a good day in Oahu 6/2/17: Hawaii Loa Ridge Hike

The 2nd of 3 sister hikes have been conquered: Hawaii Loa Ridge! Another friend who is visiting from Washington state insisted that we do a hike so today we chose Hawaii Loa Ridge. This hiking ridge is in between Wiliwilinui ridge and Kuliouou, the latter which I completed a few weeks ago. So I will be making a few comparisons to Kuliouou. Without further delay, let's get started!

 


 


Hawaii Loa Ridge
 


 

First off, this trail takes place in Hawaii Loa territory, where there is a clean and rich community that resides within here. In order to gain access, you must have a valid State I.D., Drivers License, or Military I.D. No exceptions otherwise. If the requirements are fulfilled, You will get a pass and sign a form for you and your passenger(s) from a gate guard. You will reach the Hawaii water reservoir to your right after a mile or two of driving and then proceed to park on the right. Remember to display the pass on your dashboard. Also remember to return the pass to the gate guard after you are finished with the hike. Additionally, the passes are limited so good luck on whether you can get one or not if little or lots of people decide to hike here. Thank God we got one.

The first part of the trail is easy as you enter a mini pine forest and go through some rocky terrain. The views get better and better as you progress. Sadly, the last half becomes dreadful, though I didn't take pics, you will go through a steep forest (was wet so watch your step), an enclosed-like rocky area (was wet too), and more...... you guess it, Stairs! The amount of stairs overwhelms the Kuliouou branch. Not to mention, the hike also consists of multiple hills, so you are going up and down and vice versa when coming back as opposed to Kuliouou's switchbacks. There are some ropes in a few areas to assist with your trekking up or down. Use it or don't. That is my advice.

The summit:
 


 Hawaii Loa Ridge

 


Just do it!
The summit is much smaller than Kuliouou's. We were joined by a few people before and after but the views here are much nicer, imo, than Kuliouou's. You get to see a large pool/watershed of some sort and the Windward side on a larger scale. You even see Maunawili which is a good photo op. The only drawback for this day was that it was very cloudy. I also heard that this hike tends to be known as "hiking in the clouds." I had no such luck but thank God for the decent view.

Random pics and lunch

Hawaii Loa Fruits
Hawaii Loa Ridge
I told you there was stairs!



 


Hawaii Loa Arch
Hawaii Loa Arch?


Hawaii Loa Ridge Panoramic


 Lunch at Pieology and Uncle Clay's.

 

Food for refuel! And then Dessert! Dessert was a little too sweet but Oishi nonetheless. Oh, the Pizza was awesome as well. Anyhow, thank you for reading. As for the hike itself, it was more strenuous than Kuliouou. It's a good hike but I doubt I'll be coming back to do this again unless if it's with a group. The overall hike took nearly 3.5 hrs roundtrip. Wiliwilinui is next I guess? Thank you Jesus for a good day and allowing me and my friend G.I. to survive this trail. Laters folks.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13, NKJV. 




Resident Evil Vendetta quick review 6/19 one night in theaters

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