25Aug/14
K-Tor Pocket Socket 2

Joe received a new toy for his birthday

So, I have been eying the K-TOR Pocket Socket 2 for a little while now.  It is a 10 watt, 120 volt crank generator.  This weekend, my brother gave me one for my birthday.  I was so excited about it that I decided to post a video about it.

It is definitely a neat little gadget.  I have charged a phone and a battery pack with it.  I am going to need to go through and see what else it can power.  Should I try to cool a soda with it?  Maybe I could run a fan?

18Aug/14
The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3

I saw this on Friday night, at the Marcus North Shore.  If you have been reading my film posts for a while, you should know that I tend to really enjoy a good action movie.  I loved the first two expendables movies.  In this installment, Barney (Sylvester Stallone) replaces his entire crew, in his attempt to take down Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson).

This was not a bad movie but it was a little disappointing.  There was not anything specifically wrong with the acting or the action.  It just was not as good as the rest of the trilogy.  It might just be a case of it being hard to do better than great.  I would recommend renting it and skipping it in the theater.

14Aug/14
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I saw this last weekend at the Fox Bay cinema, in Whitefish Bay.  I can still remember seeing the original movies, as a little kid.  I was definitely looking forward to this.  The movie takes place in New York City.  The evil Foot Clan, led by Shredder, is terrorizing the city.  The turtles, having remained in the sewers with Splinter since their transformation, must journey out into the night to save the city.

There are a number of ways that this reboot differs from the original.  None of the ways are terribly large but they are large enough for fans to notice.  This does tend to take you out of the moment a little.  If you look at the movie outside of the lense of the original storyline, it does much better.

I do not think this is anywhere close to being a ground-breaking or important movie.  It is a good movie, though.  As far as summer popcorn flicks go, it is worth checking out.  I would recommend seeing it.