Halt and Catch Fire- 214s (Here’s to the Crazy Ones)

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Written by Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

This was a quote from Apple’s Think Differently ad that was headed by Steve Jobs, one of the most influential and innovate person in the technology field. People thought he was crazy to do things other people weren’t doing at the time but he knew that it was going to be the future. And in this episode of Halt and Catch Fire, we get the feeling that you can’t stop the future. You are either are a part of it or you get left behind in the past. What are you willing to do to be successful or be part of something great? The characters on the show want it so bad they are willing to embezzle, steal and lie in order to succeed, which you can’t blame them. Everyone wants to be seen as a winner one time in his or her lifetime.

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John Bosworth is an old-school businessman, who has built Cardiff Electric into regional power. He was happy in his place in the world until Joe came into his world and turned everything upside down. But what really messed him up was the thought of being part of something great like creating the first portable computer aka The Giant. At first, he could care less if the team actually created the machine but after seeing the potential of the project, he is absolutely on board now. He is willing to have his marriage crumble and he is willing to sell his own house to complete this project. In this episode, we find Bosworth is “all in”, with the project as we find out that he and Cameron hacked into a national bank to embezzle money to keep the company afloat while creating The Giant. Bosworth is willing to go to jail because he believes in the future, just like Gordon.

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Gordon looks like he’s back in a good place ever since last week’s episode, where he was falling apart because of the pressures he was dealing with to create this great invention. After listening to a couple of self help tapes, he is back to his confident self again even after learning he wasn’t going to Comdex, he is still resolute about going to Comdex especially when the FBI shows up to arrest John Bosworth for embezzling money and shuts down the office. Gordon goes back later that night to steal back his property because he’s is a man with a plan and he’s going to go through with it regardless if everyone thinks he’s crazy including his wife. He’s doing this for the best interest of his family, unlike Joe, who is only doing it to prove to his father that he can succeed without his help.

After hearing that Bosworth embezzled because the company ran out of money and learning that IBM is also creating a portable computer he decides to face his father for answers. This time his father tells him the truth about IBM’s computer along with the reasons why his father took his mom out of his life. Joe’s dad thought it was in his best interest that he shouldn’t be around his mom because she was lost. Joe’s dad even tells him that he’s more like him, which I totally agree with because they’re both assholes that are willing to step over body after body to complete their goals. I did love Joe’s dad speech about being a “dreamer” is all about hardwork. His dad’s pitch sold Joe in coming back to IBM to lead the portable computer program, turning his back to the people who made his dream into a reality. Joe is willing to turn his back to his friends in order see this creation come to life, which is kinda sleazy but I totally understand, it’s the future.

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Thankfully, Gordon was ballsy enough to stop Joe in his tracks giving him a motivating speech that they have to go to Comdex to prove people wrong and be a part of something great without the help of his father. They sell Joe’s Porsche and head to Comdex into the unknown future.

Fuck! Personally, I think this is exciting television. I didn’t care about what the naysayers said about this show that it isn’t going know where and how the characters weren’t lovable. I had a feeling that the show was going to prove them wrong. To which, how can you not fall in love with the characters now? They are willing to give up their live hoods to chase their dreams. Isn’t that the “American Dream?” I still have to believe if you believe in something and if you work hard enough, all your dreams with come through, but I guess you can call me crazy…

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Fu’s Observations:

  • I think Bosworth needs to “Call Saul.” (Sorry for the BB reference)
  • Isn’t office sex just the best? Also, Joe and Cameron are using protection right? Although, them being parents would be a great spin-off show.
  • I totally believe in self-help tapes. No joke, check out and listen to Tony Robbins, it’s a game and life changer.
  • I love the reference when Gordon entered Joe’s crib saying that he already left to only find out that this is how he lives.
  • Comdex sounds like a God damn sex convention for nerds!
  • Joe’s Porsche was cool but I would have loved to ride in Gordon’s orange, reddish Pinto.

Check out our H & CF Reviews

Giant (Pressure makes Diamons and weeds out the Timid)

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True Blood – Lost Cause (Lafayette & Pam are the only reasons to watch the show)

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Written by Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

After the great episode “Fire in the Hole” a few weeks ago, True Blood has gone back to its mediocre ways, showing why the show decided to make this season the final one for True Blood. Basically, they have run out of fucking ideas. They even went the sleazy way for shock and awe this episode with Lafayette having sex with Jessica’s bi-curious boyfriend. I literally do not give a fuck about Sookie or the rest of the assholes in Renard Parish. The only “saving grace” of this final season of True Blood is Pamela and Lafayette because they seem they are the only ones that get it.

In the midst of the whole world falling to pieces, Pamela decides to find her one true love, Eric Northman, in which last season he abandoned her but she is willing to forgive him because she sees the whole picture. She gives him hope to live again. That hope was to get sweet and delicious revenge on Sarah Newlin, who that caused so much pain to her and everyone else this season. After, Eric releases Willa she gives them vital information of where Sarah could be, which is in Dallas along with fascinating details of her vampire sister. They go to Dallas to find her sister in which Sarah’s sister tells them, where Sarah will show up, which is their parent’s Republican party in Dallas. They play dress up as “Republican Assholes” as Pam tells Eric,

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“Do I look like a Republi-cunt?”

How do you not fall in love with her? Even Eric got a chuckle after that remark. Besides, Lafayette I think Pam has the best one liners this season in which she delivers it in such a confident and bitchy way, which is so sexy. At the party they spot Sarah’s father but they can’t find her mom, so Eric tells Pam to find Sarah’s mom to which Pam responds,

“How am I supposed to do that? All these bitches look the same.”

Just like Pam, Lafayette like he’s done all season delivers the brutal truth to everyone this episode. When pouty face/ everything revolves around me Sookie tells Lafayette she feels depressed and alone, he decides to throw a party to celebrate people’s death instead of being sad. Of course, Debbie Downer, Sookie tries to spoil everyone’s fun but Lafayette tells her death should be celebrated and not to thought as being dark and sad, which I couldn’t agree with him more. Just like life, death should be a joyous occasion for everyone.

You can see in this episode how Lafayette is the emotional glue to many of characters in True Blood. Even though, he’s not perfect by any means, he recognizes his shortcomings and he is alright with them. He is also fine with other people’s shortcomings. In aforementioned sleazy bag scene where the writers and producers had nothing else to bring to the table, they decide to have Jessica’s boyfriend cheating on Lafayette. Jessica is pissed which her bi-curious BF tries to explain but she wasn’t having it.

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Jason tries to comfort her in scene which I found totally gross where they talked about if they were gay or not, which I thought, does that even fucking matter in world filled with monsters? I would think people in this universe would be more used to same-sex relations because you’re totally cool with vampires and people shifting into rats. Who the fuck cares if Lafayette is gay or not? The only thing that matters is that he is trying to find love like everyone else. As he tells Jessica in a great speech, that she should leave her boyfriend if you don’t really love him and that he also deserves to find someone to love him.

The best scenes in this episode totally belonged to Pam and Lafayette because they are just themselves, which we love them for it. They don’t try to be someone else because it’s not in their nature. I think they are the only characters on the show with a level head on their shoulders. Of course, there were other things that happen in this episode but really? Who the fuck cares? I mean even the devout True Blood fan can see this show is going further into Hell. Seriously, the only reason once again to watch the final season of True Blood is for Lafayette and Pamela.

Fu’s Observations:

-       I loved Lafayette’s bedazzled sleeveless jean jacket with his name on the back. He’s totally keeping 💯

-       Who knew the Lafayette was a “Top.”

-       Bill is dying, thank Satan! I always thought he was boring, he’s always so sad of being sorta still living.

-       Sarah’s sister is kinda hot! I’d hit her infected Ass.

-       Poor, poor Ginger. Not even a blowjob 😭

-       Eric went Kamikaze on the Yakuza!

-       Sam Merlotte’s baby mama is a bitch. It’s like they saved her life and no she’s talking shit even though she’s carrying a Shifter’s baby. Go back home to Los Angeles where the real weirdos live!

-       Beck’s Lost Cause is a great closing song for this WHOLE show because it’s a Lost Cause…💔

Check out TB articles:

Fire in the Hole (You can’t run away from your past)

Death is not the End (A trip down memory lane)

The Leftovers – B.J. & A.C. (Sweet Baby Jesus)

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Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

Personally, I thought tonight’s episode of The Leftovers wasn’t that great compared to last week’s episode but I feel it’s leading us into some explosive situations. The big difference with tonight’s episode was it dealt with multiple characters instead of one single character study with the Reverend. Tonight’s episode dealt with Kevin’s relationship with his estranged wife, which is now affecting their children. We also find out the extent of how far the Guilty Remnant are willing to go to push their nihilistic views with the world. The GRs believe nothing matters, especially possessions. So, when the baby Jesus doll went missing, I automatically thought it was those sick bastards.

It was a great opening scene with the baby Jesus being created in factory with the Black Keys playing in the background, which is finally placed in manger as part of the Nativity scene but then goes missing. Chief Garvey is placed into action to find the missing baby Jesus but he already has his suspicion that his daughter took it, which she did but tells his dad what kind of person would do that? Clearly, lying to her dad she parties with her friends and the stolen baby Jesus, thinking about destroying it but she decides not to maybe because she still not fully lost yet. Unlike her brother, Tom, he is clearly on a path of destruction.

Tom Garvey, Kevin’s step son, has decided to follow the new prophet Wayne Gilchrest, following his orders and protecting Christine because Wayne thinks she is very important to their plans. Tom is committed to see this through even though this might not end in a happy ending. I believe Tom is just looking for answers but in all the wrong places. Meanwhile, Justin Theroux character is trying to figure out why his wife wants to leave him.

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Laurie Garvey, a Guilty Remnant, showed up to her old house with Meg Abbott played by Liv Tyler trying to tell her husband why she has done the things she has done. Telling her husband that she is “broken,” which there might not be a possibility to fix her and he should be alright with it. She wants him to sign the divorce papers and let her go but Kevin is still fighting for her telling her if she wants it to end it then she should say it but their argument gets interrupted by their daughter. She calmly goes to their Christmas tree giving her estranged mother her Christmas present then walks away. Kevin politely tells them to leave because they’ve done enough damage today.

As Laurie and Meg walk back to the compound, Laurie decides to open her daughter’s gift, which was a lighter with the inscription, “Don’t Forget Me.” Meg tells her she should keep it and she won’t tell anyone but this goes against the values of a Guilty Remnant, so Laurie throws in a sewer gate showing Meg what is takes to be in the GRs. To be a Guilty Remnant, you have to let go of the things that mattered to you the most because it is meaningless now.

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This is GRs plan from start to show people there is no meaning in life and “there is no family.” In last the episode, we see the GRs cruelly buying the Reverend’s church, closing the place of refugee for people and tonight they take it a step further by breaking into people’s home, stealing their family photos which I think is totally fucked up. The GRs are trying to destroy the memory of what was and trying to replace it to what is or what they believe what reality is now. At first, I thought the GRs were just peacefully bunch, but now they’re just bunch of assholes trying to push they’re fucked up beliefs by any means necessary.

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But there was a Silver Lining in this really fucked up episode of the Leftovers in which after the memory thieves stole all those family photos, Laurie decided to walk back to the compound but her real intentions was to find her daughter’s lighter in that drain sewer. I guess some memories are too hard to let go because they mean so much and they should. To take away a person’s memory is like taking a piece of that person, so I really hoping the GRs get what they deserve in the following episodes. I also hope that Laurie has the strength to come to her senses and get back with her “hot” husband before her daughter’s BFF gets her claws or the other crazy woman with the gun in her purse gets a piece of the Chief.

Fu’s Observations:

-       The Black Key’s “I’m not the One” was a perfect song for Laurie in this episode.

-       Is Christine carrying the Anti-Christ?

-       The Loved Ones company was really creepy this episode, when an overturned truck that had a cargo container filled with body replicas – created for Loved Ones customers to look like their departed family members so they could have someone to bury and memorialize.

-       Does Justin Theroux’s character wearing eyeliner? Is he trying to be Gothic?

-       I think Nora was trying to get on board the Chief’s crazy train, if you know what I mean. Also, if I was Kevin, I would have totally cheated on my crazy wife.

-       The GR pamphlet was fucking funny. I’m thinking it’s going to be a popular Anti-Valentine’s Day card in February.

-       Poor, poor baby Jesus couldn’t get a break this episode. He got abducted, abused, almost burned and drowned then just to be thrown in the woods for the dogs “who aren’t our dogs anymore” to be torn apart. I bet the baby Devil is a hot Christmas item in this universe.

-       R.I.P James Garner

CHECK OUT OUR LEFTOVERS:

The Pilot “The Rapture”

Penguin One, Us Zero (Where did the Bagels go?) 

Two Boats and Helicopter (Life is Roulette Table)

Married Vs You’re the Worst Review (People are Hell)

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Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

It’s summer time again, which you know what that means? Love is in the air or something to that affect when you mix horny people with tons of alcohol and no inhibitions. The summer TV line up is in full affect and I’m going to do a review on two of the shows that I think deserve your precious beach time: Married and You’re The Worst. One show is about people dealing with the drama of being married and the other is dealing with the drama of being not married all of which is what is in the heart of all relationships, can we stand to be with the one we are with? Paul Sartre once said, “People are Hell,” which quite possibly these shows might prove him right.

The Men

Married star, Russ Bowman played Nat Faxon is a stay at home dad that has three cute girls and a hot wife. He seemingly has everything that a grown man wants but it seems he is a bit bored and a bit horny. He tries to use the “Hallpass” that his wife gives him but fails miserably at it causing more harm than good. He seems like a good guy, but he might be just stupid enough to ruin his life. We’ll see.

You’re the worst star; Jimmy played by Chris Geere is an unhappy writer that is not meeting his own potential, which I can totally understand. Because he is not happy in his work life he takes it out on people. You can feel that someone hurt him a long time ago, which this is why he puts his guard up with new people, even though he speaks his mind with everyone. Kinda of asshole but I always feel like assholes are misunderstood but we’ll see in the following episodes.

The Women

Married star, Lina Bowman played by Judy Greer is so sweet and loving. She fucking gives her husband a fucking “Hallpass!” I can’t hate on her for anything but I wish more women were open minded like her character. She loves her husband, she loves her family and she is willing to do anything to keep it together.

You’re the worst star, Gretchen played Aya Cash is so fabulous fucked up in a great way. She has a job in which I’m not sure she loves it or not. She is kinda just searching like the rest of us trying to make sense of it all. Occasionally, she might have a one-night stand or two or three then do copious amounts of drugs but hell, it’s called “life” people. We’re here to experience it not to watch it on the bench. She’s a good girl trapped in Rihanna’s body.

The Sex

Married:  Jerked off Twice under the sheets. Made out with a waxer and got to 2nd base but that’s about it. Mad frustrated.

You’re the Worst:  Fellatio, Cunnilingus, Missionary, Doggie, a bit of hair pulling and phone sex, but no anal because it’s the first episode. Crazy satisfied and thirsting for more.

The Problem

Married:  It’s totally husbands fault for being a man.

You’re the worst:  They’re both each other’s problems in which they might be each other’s answers.

The great French existentialists Jean-Paul Sartre once said, “People are Hell.” It was metaphor from his play No Exit where Sartre postulated that when we think of ourselves, we use knowledge of us that other people have. We judge ourselves with the means other people have and use to judge ourselves. And, others’ judgments about us are in whatever we say about ourselves. Thus, if relations with someone else are twisted or destructive then that other person can only be hell. I totally understand Sartre view about how we cause each other’s suffering but that’s how you grow as a person. Plus, I know the value of being alone to get know yourself but I know from experience it’s a lot better when experience a great moment in your life when you’re surround by people who love you.

These are two great summer shows that people should watch whether you are married or single because it shows the reality of what it means to be in a relationship in this day of age.

Fu’s Observations:

-       Does ear hair really bother women that much?

-       Hallpasses should be extended out to non married people.

-        Guys, what is our fascination with dick pics? I’m mean I know we love our own shit but do we always have to mass social media it all the time? 

-       I got a feeling that puppy is not going to last long. I know I’ve killed a few Betta fishes in my day. 

-       I’m not gay, I’m English line I thought was the best line until Gretchen said she started a fire to get out of math class.

-       I have never spit on anyone’s private parts and I think I would have been offended if you would have spitted on my junk!

The Bridge – Ghost of a Flea (Second Base Fail)

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Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

Forgive me for the baseball analogy but with MLB’s All-Star game and the ESPYs going on, I can’t help but reference, an epic fail on the part of a character on tonight’s episode. We will save that awkward moment in the end of this review because it holds a special place for me in my twisted heart. Right now I want to talk about how this show is getting worse and going much more slower than watching two non-offensive baseball teams go at it. The only “Saving Grace” for this show is the deliciously, dark and twisted Franka Potente playing Eleanor, the psycho female version of Mister Rogers.

Let’s get into the less exciting part of the episode, which of course I would be talking about Diane Kruger’s character Sonya. They get a lead at a taxidermist, which they find a dead body and a stuffed dog. Watching Sonya looking at the flesh-eating beetles, I wondered if it would have been more exciting just watching the beetles for the rest of the show. Apparently, the stuffed dog along with the body was connected to the FBI, which agents show up telling Sonya and her Chief that this is their case but they are willing to share. But really the FBI has ulterior motives because they want all the credit for breaking the case. Also, the Chief feels like Sonya’s new BF has ulterior motives as he tells Jack Dobbs to stay away from Sonya.

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Marco is not having a better time at work as well as his buddies at work play a joke on him, which was not funny to Marco as he beats the cop, who played the prank on him at the police station. He gets more bad news as he is assigned to a new case coming from the orders of the cartel. The good news is he’ll be working with Sonya again, which I believe they are much more of entertaining as a duo then a apart because Marco is just a mess by himself and Sonya is simply not watchable. But I could watch Franka Potente play Eleanor all day along because she is so damn captivating as female villain.

The episode opens up with Eleanor half naked asking for help from young boys, which one of them decides to leave but one decides to help the heavily tattooed Eleanor. The young boy, Kyle, wants to call the cops but Eleanor grabs him telling him if he’s seen “Grace” and the lights. Kyle is totally confused until Eleanor grabbed his “Sandlot” telling Kyle if he wants him to touch her breasts he has to help her. Let’s keep it real, if I was Kyle I would have totally help Eleanor which he does bringing her to his house. He feeds her and give her clothes but Eleanor doesn’t like the choice of outfit that Kyle brought telling Kyle,

“I don’t wear pink. I don’t look good in pink. Pink are for whores and little girls who are trying to be princesses.”

Do you see why I like her? She is not afraid or maybe she’s not capable of doing or saying the right thing in front of normal people but she’s the best part of the show right now. Kyle is determined to drink her “Milkshake” so he drives her to her storage place. While inside the dark storage place with plastic on the floor, Kyle asks why Eleanor has so many tattoos, as she responds to his question,

“Marks for all the demons I’ve known”

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She unzips her top and shows her goodies to Kyle, which he finally gets what he wants but it leads to his death. I remember the first time I got to second base with a girl; it was with my next-door neighbor Janet. I wanted it bad, so when the opportunity came I literally jumped on it but her parents caught me in the act which in turn got me in trouble with my parents and I caught a horrible beating from my dad from it but all I was thinking about was Janet’s glorious boobs.

Tonight’s episode was marginally better than season opener but not by much. Hopefully with Marco getting back together with Sonya it will be more exciting. There needs to be more scenes with Eleanor because you never know what she’s going to do next and that’s exciting!

Fu’s Observations

-      God I hate Diane/Sonya’s faded snakeskin leather jacket! It just looks so dirty.

-      At least Marco is getting laid unfortunately he’s still not into practical jokes

-      The Scooby-Doo reporter with Velma is still the weakest part of the show.

-      I think taxidermists get a bad rep; they all can’t look like they’re the bad guys in a James Bond movie.

-      I can see Sonya as an interior designer.

-      What was the deal with FBI agent and his thing for the miniature mythical creatures? I’m Shrek fan myself.

-      Eleanor has no kitchen etiquette, drinking straight out of carton of milk, although a girl has to get her Vitamin D…emons.

-      The next time you enter a dark place with the floors covered in plastic remember to get out of there fast because nothing good is going to happen.

-      I totally want to see Eleanor in a Pink outfit now maybe even in a pink princess dress with tiara and a Sailor Moon wand just covered in blood.

Check out our other articles about The Bridge:

Help Me (This show does need help)

Halt and Catch Fire – Giant (Pressure makes Diamonds and it weeds out the Timid)

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Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

I’ve been regularly watching the show Halt and Catch Fire ever since it premiered a while ago but I didn’t want to do a review because I thought it was just an O.K. show. I loved the premise of young up and comers trying to make a difference in the world, which is dominated by the old guard. They want to revolutionize the idea of the computer making it more accessible for everyone not just for the wealthy or for corporations. They see the beauty and vision behind their idea. But do they have the fortitude and courage to accomplish their goals? This is the reason why I decided to write a review about the series because of this great episode coincidentally entitled “Giant” because what they are trying to accomplish is enormous. In this episode as well in real life when people face a huge adversity they either rise to the challenge or fall to the wayside.

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Joe MacMillan meets with a former male flame, Simon, to design his computer layout. As Simon tries to explain how the designs have to be much more bolder because they have to be different from it’s competitors. But Gordon, the computer engineer for their invention, thinks it is too much and can’t be done. Which makes Simon subsequently leave the meeting as we can see there is much more at stake than a mobile computer between Joe and Simon. As Simon still has feelings for Joe as he asks about Joe’s new love interest Cameron, a brilliant computer programmer. Joe has to find a new designer in a hurry and meets another one a strip club. They come to terms to a deal then the designer makes derogatory remark about Joe’s sexually, which leads Mr. Bosworth, Joe’s boss, to punch the designer in the face.

Mr. Bosworth is also feeling the pressure in trying to make this invention happen because he realizes that they are starting to run out of money for their projection. He tries to talk to his own boss for own money but gets turned down. Bosworth tries to explain to his boss that innovation takes risk because he is starting to see the project’s vision. He his willing to put up his own house and leave his own wife to make this dream into a reality. In the beginning I thought Mr. Bosworth didn’t really care for the future, but now I think he doesn’t want to be left behind.

Cameron goes to a photo gallery trying to smooth things over with Simon trying to make him come back to do the designs but Simon gives Cameron a rude awakening that Joe will eventually leave her because he gets bored easy. This leads Cameron to get drunk as Joe shows up as well trying to get back Simon’s designs. Joe tries to hard sell him but Simon is too smart for that telling Joe,

“When I met you, you know what I longed for? The day when we would get to work together, when we finally had something that would be worthy.”

“And that thing is an IBM clone?”

But in the end it wasn’t Joe’s smooth tactics or salesmanship that leads to Simon to give up his designs. It was because that Simon is sick and he doesn’t have much time. He wants to give Joe his designs to build something great because he wants to be remembered for creating and being a part of something great.

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Meanwhile, Gordon is starting to feel the pressures from this huge task at hand, which his whole family is starting to feel his pressure as well. His own wife doesn’t believe that he has the courage to finish the job causing her to doubt him and their relationship, leading her to make a pass on her own boss at work. Gordon on the other hand is falling apart mentally and physically, cutting himself on his hand and telling tall tales to his kids while he’s drunk, telling a story about a farmer that created a “Giant” then the idea was stolen by P.T. Barnum. Gordon feels like the farmer in the story and he doesn’t want his idea to be ripped off by anyone. This leads him in a crazy dig for the actual “Giant” in his own backyard as his wife unexpectedly showed up after she kinda cheated on him asking what the hell he was doing? Gordon calmly but insanely responds,

“I’m looking for the Giant.”

I’ve read the reviews for Halt and Catch Fire saying the characters are not likeable and there seems to be a feeling like there is not going to be a happy ending for the series, which I totally agree with but how can you say you don’t like the characters now because they are so open and fragile. You want them to succeed because they’ve gone thru horrible shit. Of course, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be a happy ending right now but that’s why you continue to watch it because you are pulling for the characters to succeed especially crazy ass Gordon. I love watching and reading about people who are willing to do anything different and creative in order to make something new in the world. But the vision is not enough as the great Bruce Lee eloquently puts it,

‘Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.’

Fu’s Observations –

-       Cameron is a bit of a kleptomaniac.

-       I totally forgot about how being Gay and AIDS were still taboo in the 80s

-       Gordon’s wife, Donna, I’m loving her stripper name Susan Fairchild. I can see her in Strokers.

-       If Gordon actually found the “Giant” what then?

-       I agree with Simon about how the pictures were really boring.

-       How can you possibly get bored with crazy-ass Cameron? She is either raising hell every chance she gets or scaring little children.

-       Does Joe like Cameron because of her boyish looks aka “Dude, looks like a lady.” (See that 80s remark, I try.)

True Blood – Death is not the End (A trip down memory lane)

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Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

Well this episode wasn’t that great compared to last week’s episode but it was still entertaining, which is the point am I right? You don’t watch a vampire show to have a philosophical debate about life the following day with your friends. But tonight’s episode tried to do both as the title of the episode suggests that both human and vampires are starting to realize there is much more after death in which it is more than the act itself. It is a transition to one place to another, if you believe in that of course. But Eric and Pam aren’t thinking about that as they try to search for Sarah Newlin for revenge.

In Eric’s cool private plane he informs the crew and Pam that they are going to Shreveport, Louisiana instead because he has unfinished business there and he needs to talk to his progeny, Willa before he dies to set things straight, telling Pam,

“Let’s take a trip back down memory lane.”

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In a flashback we see Eric and Pam get forced by the Magister to run a small video business in Shreveport. Upon entering the establishment, both of them had a look of melancholy and disdain at their new work environment. But the fun kept rolling as the Magister showed them the basement where apparently they had the largest adult video section in Louisiana, as the Magister says,

“Humans love their porn.”

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The Magister also tells them a fun fact about the basement, which has a secret Underground Railroad used by African slaves. That fact will be useful information for Eric and Pam in the future. Before the Magister leaves he tells both of them that they are being watched day and night, so they have to run the business. In another flashback we see how Ginger came into the picture with Eric and Pam, which she was vampire geek. She eventually gets a job working at the video store, which she has a great idea of making the video store into a night club calling it “Fangtasia” but unfortunately Pam glammered Ginger into thinking that Pam had the original idea for the nightclub. Other characters in the episode might have to also be glammered in forgetting about their horrible pain due to the deaths in last week’s episode.

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As Jason and Sookie have to inform their love ones that one of their family members passed away. Jason calling Hoyt Fortenberry in Anchorage, Alaska informing his momma got killed by vampires which he still doesn’t remember his friendship with Jason. Sookie had to call Alcide’s dad telling him that he died in which Alcide’s dad tells Sookie that Alcide “fucking loved her.” Another person in the episode that has to be comforted is Jessica because we find out the reason why she hasn’t eaten in months. She feels guilty for killing people because that’s her nature which Sookie and Lafayette have to help her out because they need her help tonight against the infected vampires to safe the rest of the humans.

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Jason tries to amp up the troops with his speech but it’s falling on well experienced dead ears as Bill tells Jason he was there in the Battle of Normandy, where the beaches we were stained for decades from the blood of the battle. Eric and Pam show up to the party to help Sookie out which Pam is not too excited about. Everyone finds out that Eric is infected but Sookie is still relieved that he is still alive. Everyone gears up and heads into the battle.

This is where that fun fact about the Underground Railroad comes into play as Sam Merlotte uses his “shifter” powers and becomes a rat to check out if the humans are still alive. The non-infected vampires position themselves to strike as once again Sookie tries to be the hero again using her “Ferry Milkshake” distracting the infected vampires but it didn’t matter as the Town Mob crashed the party and caused totally havoc. In the end all the infected vampires died along with the Townies and none of the good guys died with the exception of Arlene almost dying. Arlene almost joined her former lover in the next life but with the help of vampire blood, she lived.

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Once again this episode didn’t top last week’s episode but it was still fucking entertaining. I believe that’s the point when you watch a show because there are so many choices nowadays, it is amazing with our short attention span that we would actually sit down and watch a hour long episode. But True Blood did its job, entertaining all of us in which tonight’s episode might lead to a discussion about life after death with your friends. I wasn’t going to write reviews for True Blood until I saw that great episode last week. It reminded me why I love this show and I hoping in the final episodes it will show me again why so many people love this show.

Fu’s Observations

-       I fucking love Pam’s eye roll. She’s like that bitchy/ hot high school chick that didn’t give you the time of day

-       I really miss Blockbuster and Hollywood Video. I mean it’s cool that we don’t have to leave our house to rent a movie but I miss going to the video store and just perusing down the aisles, touching and looking at the titles.

-       We Humans really love our Porn. Look up Nugget Porn in your own discretion

-       Poor Ginger. Can she least get credit for that ugly chair/Throne?

-       Arlene’s kids are brats. I would have gone to the other side just not to deal with these demons.

-       I thought Jason Stackhouse’s speech was EPIC. Bill is still an ASSHOLE!

-       Of course, I would be traveling around the world in my G-5 vampire plane.

-       I always wondered if Sam Merlotte could change into mythical creatures like a dragon or is he just cursed to change into house pets?

-       Can we please have Hoyt come back! I miss mascara wearing vampire-loving ass. Also, why Alaska again? Because the vampire hate the cold?

-       The Underground Railroad passage has many uses such as an exit or entrance for slaves, vampires and embarrassed adults.

The Leftovers – Two boats and a helicopter (Life is a Roulette Table)

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Written by Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

This night’s episode of the Leftovers was fucking amazing. I was wondering if there was going to be a dull episode in the series but still continues to amaze me just like life. I always wonder what life is going to bring me, which sometimes I always think it’s all about luck. You make choices in life, which hopefully the outcome of that choice turns out to be a good one for you but you have take a chances and live with the outcome. This is what Reverend Jamison played by Christopher Eccleston does in order to get back what he dearly loves, which is the church.

In this world people believe less and less about religion because why would they believe in something that doesn’t believe in them. People feel hurt that they weren’t chosen like the rest of their love ones in the Rapture, so why would they turn to the church for comfort. Father Matt Jamison seems to be the only left fighting for the church because it is the only thing after the Rapture that is still there and it hasn’t change. Everything around him has been drastically changed ever since the event including his sister and his handicapped wife. He still believes in the power of religion and doesn’t believe that it was the Rapture because most of the people taken weren’t that good. He makes flyers of the Departed that weren’t good, reminding them of their evil deeds. He wants to know that all our suffering has not gone to waste in believing in this event, which he is willing to fight to get his message across.

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In the opening scene with the few parishioners he has left in his congregation he gets beat down by an unknown man then takes Jamison’s flyer of the Departed and stuff’s it down the father’s face. To make matters worse the bank wants to sell his church because another company wants to buy it unless he can come up with 135,000 in cash by tomorrow. So, he decides to ask his sister, Nora Durst, for the money which in turn she wants him to stop handing out the flyers of the departed because people don’t like it. Jamison tells Nora that he is just showing people the truth. She responds saying this whole thing is a test, which he might be failing.

This is one of the “oh, shit,” moment for me as the Reverend tells her sister that her husband was cheating on him and he has the receipts. Of course, Jamison didn’t get the money from his sister but he saw the signs. People see signs or they have an intuition for doing something they have to do. I totally believe in that because sometimes you can’t explain why you do things, but you know you have to do it.

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So, he goes over to Kevin Garvey’s house to find the money that Kevin’s crazy dad left him after one of flyers showed one of the court judges weren’t that good of a human being. This is other “oh, shit,” moment with Kevin’s wife which is now a part of the Guilty Remnant, sitting on their swing set. Apparently, she does this a lot, which leads me to believe she totally hasn’t crossed over to the unfashionable side. Both them agree to keep it a secret from Kevin as the Reverend finds the money. He follows his gut and goes to casino, betting all his money on Red on a roulette table. Of course, he keeps winning and eventually gets all the money he needs to buy the church back.

Reverend James is overjoyed that he has the money but it is cut short by getting mugged by a casino patron but the Reverend has come to far to fail and beats down the assailant, getting the money back. His test continues as he stops to try help out a GR that was violent attacked by people but no good deeds get unpunished. The Reverend gets knocked out by a rock, which puts him in a mini coma as he visualizes his church being burnt to the ground. He wakes up to trying to rush to the bank, only to find out that someone already bought his church.

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This is the best “oh, shit,” moment I had in the episode. It was the Guilty Remnant that bought the church. I think the GRs want to not give anyone hope anymore in this world making people believe that there way is the “New Religion” people should follow. The look on the Reverend’s face was priceless. It was the “it’s on,” moment where the hero decides he or she had enough of the bullshit and is ready to take action.

Once again such a phenomenal episode of the Leftovers, which I hope it continues to be great in the upcoming shows. On the personal side about the show, if I were one of the Leftovers on the show, I think I would be more religious. I’ve always been hesitating to place all my money on the idea that God was real or not. If there was an event like the Rapture, I would be more inclined that he or she is actually real and I would make it my mission in life to become a better person. Because in life it’s all about seeing the “signs” and taking chances on them regardless of the outcome.

Fu’s Observations:

-       I know that Guilty Remnant wear only white to show unity and to show people the meaningless in life but can they have one outfit change like black or neon? Just seeing in white all the time makes me want to beat them down myself!

-       The pigeons that were the signs for the Reverend was a bit too “Noah” for me

-       Is it wrong that I think the Reverend’s sister is kinda hot? I think just have a thing for women, who are on the edge i.e., kinda crazy.

-       This is the only episode not showing Justin Theroux. Also, does his wife miss his hot body?

-       Was it a rock or a potato that the Reverend got struck with because those vegetables have hit me and they’re like a rock.

-       Why was the Reverend dreaming about Justin Theroux’s wife? (Put your Freudian comment here)

-       I still don’t get the title of the episode, does the price of the church equate to two boats and a helicopter? If it does, where the hell can you buy two boats and a helicopter for such a low price?

-       Great closing song, Take Me To Church by HOZIER

-       If you were the departed and the Reverend had a flyer about the horrible truth about you, what would it say? I know mine would say, “He liked the film The Last Stand with Arnold Schwarzenegger.” What? It was a good film, don’t judge me!

CHECK OUT OUR LEFTOVER ARTICLES:

The Pilot “The Rapture”

Penguin One, Us Zero (Where did the Bagels go?) 

5 Reasons Why Dawn of the Planet of Apes is better than Rise of Planet of the Apes

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Written by Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the 2014 sequel to the 2011 science fiction film Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Andy Serkis returned to play Caesar, the chimpanzee revolutionary while stuntman Terry Notary returned to reprise his role as Caesar’s hairless chimpanzee best friend, Rocket. Karin Konoval will return as Caesar’s trusted orangutan best friend Maurice.

The film featured Judy Greer who will plays Caesar’s wife, Cornelia replacing dancer Devyn Dalton in the role. The film will also starred Nick Thurston who joined the cast as Caesar and Cornelia’s teenage son, Blue Eyes. While Toby Kebbell joins the cast as Caesar’s rival Koba, replacing Christopher Gordon in the role. The film will also starred Keri Russell as Ellie, Jason Clarke as Malcolm, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Alexander, the human family which Caesar encounters while Gary Oldman joins the cast as Dreyfus, the human antagonist.

The story starts 10 years after a devastating virus nearly killed every human on the planet. Caesar is King-like trying to maintain order over a growing nation of genetically evolved apes who are threatened by a band of humans in San Francisco, survivors of the virus that was unleashed a decade and a half earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

I was really excited to see this movie because I wasn’t too impressed with the other selections with this year’s Summer Blockbuster films. Also, I liked Rise of the Planet of the Apes with James Franco that appeared in 2011. I saw the movie with a couple of friends with one of my buddies telling me it got great reviews which he said one person saw it twice on opening day. We were all excited to see it after hearing that news and we weren’t disappointed. After the movie ended it received a well deserve round of applause for being such a great film. I would highly recommend it to all my friends.

Here are five reasons why it’s better than its predecessor:

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1 – No James Franco.

That’s right I said it!  I mean he’s in the film but he’s not acting in it. I’m not the biggest fan of James Franco’s acting, I thought he was good in 127 Hours but that’s it. I thought he almost ruined it in the first movie because the movie almost became all about him and of course it’s all about the apes. I was glad he just had a small scene with a fragile Caesar as he picked up a video camera reminiscing about his former life with the humans. On a side note, I thought it was funny when Caesar picked up the camera because it reminded me of those TMZ camera monkeys running around harassing people.

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2 – Caesar is a Bad Ass!

The ape’s namesake becomes his destiny. He has a bigger role in the animal community with everyone looking up to him for leadership and protection. Also, he is a badass in the film even when another ape tries to challenge him for the leadership role. Caesar gives the other monkey, which was Koba, a beat down in front of his whole crew. The whole scene reminded me of a scene of Goodfellas but with monkeys. Caesar uses his power for the good of his community never overstepping on the apes rights, which is one of the reasons why all the apes love him.

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3 – Koba being a crazy monkey is worth the price of admission.

Koba is one of the apes that continually challenges Caesar’s judgment and authority. Koba was one of the apes that were experimented on in the lab where the virus was created. So, we can understand why Koba hates and does not trust the human race. I personally wouldn’t trust anyone who kept sticking and prodding me in a cage. Being in a cage for so long he has a bit of a crazy side, which showed in the film in a great war scene with Koba going Kamikaze style with a machine gun on a horse. He’s a great counter part to Caesar because all Koba wants is to kill all the humans and be in charge of the apes. He wants the power not for the good of the community but he wants it all to himself but of course this was his downfall.

Koba has a lot of scars due to the experimentations from the humans, so he is the scariest monkey in the film. Although in one scene he acted like a dumb monkey, making faces with two human soldiers was very funny but the mood got dark quickly because this is what Koba is, a damaged ape looking for revenge like so many humans in the film.

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4 – The film has a Shakespearean feel to it.

The acting was superb. Jason Clarke who plays Malcolm was way better than James Franco because he desperately wants the human race to survive but he also realizes the apes earned the right to have a place in the world. His scenes with Caesar where theatre like where everyone believed what they were saying. The whole movie was like watching a play in the theatre with the great acting and high drama. It was very Shakespearean where the audience is hanging on every word and excited in every scene.

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5 – War.

If you don’t care about the story or the acting, it was worth watching the apes fighting the humans. Everyone loves a good battle scene and I loved cinematography in the fighting scenes. I know most of fighting scenes where done in CGI but the production team did a great job because it looked real and amazing. Again watching Koba going Braveheart in the battle scene was fucking amazing!

Drunken Bastard – Sometimes the Hype is REAL – Robert Mondavi 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Selection

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Here is a famous Cabernet from a California legend. Velvety layers of blackberry, plum and cassis highlight this Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. The complex interplay of aromas and flavors in the wine come from these vineyards planted in varied soils throughout California’s Central Coast. The winemaker carefully selected the grapes to ensure rich, ripe character with soft tannins.

In the glass, the wine was a deep plum.  Robust and very leggy.  The aroma was good, strong and lingering and had notes of earthy, oaky berries.

After letting the wine breathe for 5 to 10 minutes that taste was of blackberries and mellow spice.  The oakiness was again noted and the tannins were forward and sparkling.  The wine was a little dry with a cottony mouthfeel.  The finish was just a little bit short.

Overall, the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is a very enjoyable wine with strengths in the aroma and taste.  Most wines from the Robert Mondavi winery turn out to be good.  Pair this with a good rib eye, roast duck or a steak on the grill and you can’t go wrong.

For the price and taste, I would recommend this wine to my friends, so I give my thumbs up to this drink.