Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Upcoming Movies in Theaters to Watch in April 2013

As many of you know Angel Hesseltine and I have a child coming in May, Lucas does Karate, Jasmyne does gymnastics and Angel is still working full time as the director of her pre-school in Gilbert – we have a pretty busy life. Not to mention family coming in town, birthdays on weekends and in Las Vegas and my Thursday night softball beer league to add icing on the cake of busy weekdays. Somehow we still find time to go out and do fun things with the kids.

Last month I wrote about movies upcoming in March, 2013 and guess what, it is that time again and I am going to recap a few movies that are being released in theaters in the month of April that I hope to find a seat in the theater for sometime soon. Which I might add that we still haven’t went and seen ‘The Croods’ with the kids and we really need to get that one out of the way first.

Here are some movies I am looking forward to watching this month:

Evil Dead

Number one movie on my list that I want to see in the month of April. It comes out on April 5 and it looks great! Angel won’t even watch the previews with me because it shows the little girl looking out from under a board or something – I’ll admit the little demon girl looks pretty scary, but that’s what is going to make this movie great.

The movie based around five friends who take a trip out to a remote cabin where they discover of a Book of the Dead. This book directs them to unintentionally summon demons living in the nearby woods and what do demons do? They terrorize and kill eventually kill people. Movie rumors are raving that the evil demonic presences try and possess them one by one, who knows how many of the five will get out alive.

Jurassic Park 3D
SO STOKED FOR THIS! Lucas is infatuated with animals, dinosaurs, cows, bulls, etc. so when we found out the original 1993 Jurassic Park was being re-released in 3D, we made it a point to take Lucas to it. I think it may get a bit scary during some parts for him especially if there is a dinosaur coming out of the screen trying to eat him but I’m sure he will enjoy it. J

If you haven’t seen the original Jurassic Park, it is based on a un-inhabited island that frog DNA testing has been done and strains have been made to re-create dinosaur DNA, essentially bringing dinosaurs back to life. During a preview tour of the drive through theme park, a major power outage takes the cast for an adventure they had not prepared for. The cloned dinosaur exhibits security fences fail and dinosaurs become the top of the food chain.

I’m not sold on this movie yet. The reason why I included it on this list because it stars Tom Cruise on a solo mission and it seems to be somewhat of a repeat of “I am Legend” which starred Will Smith and wasn’t too bad of a movie either. Regardless, if you had any questions on Tom Cruise’s acting ability, I think this movie will show his true colors of holding an audience by himself.

Oblivion is based around a veteran (Cruise) who is assigned to extract the Earth's remaining resources and while on his journey, he begins to question what he knows about his mission as well as himself. Alright solo man on Earth, lets see what you got for us and bring those resources back to home planet.

Rated PG-13 and rightfully so to educate children of today’s neglected world of television, this movie shares the life story of Jackie Robinson and his extraordinary story of making his way into the Major League Baseball. This movie showcases the history-making Robinson signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.

This movie looks amazing. This drama based biography feature film with a sports twist should be a major hit with baseball and sports enthusiasts all over the world. Not only should this be a very compelling movie but it will be sure to bring tears to your eyes during certain struggles that Robinson had to face while making his way into the MLB.

The Lords of Salem
This movie looks good as well. It is created by the producers of Paranormal Activity series and Insidious (which I thought was pretty good too until the end) and a setting based in Salem which having a huge history of witches, warlocks and Satan worshiping, it should prove to be a good thriller and keep you on the edge of your seat.

This movie is about a young woman named Heidi who is a radio DJ in Salem, she receives a box containing a record; a "gift from the Lords." The sounds that play from the record trigger flashbacks of her town's violent past and begin to haunt her, meanwhile the Satan worshipping is happening in the background encouraging these haunting and awaiting a special day for a child to come into the world.

Pain & Gain
Many people don’t, but I personally like movies with Mark Wahlburg – my favorite being ‘Rockstar’ which was released in the early 1990’s. Either way, “Pain & Gain” stars Wahlburg and Dwayne Johnson (better known as ‘The Rock’) and should prove to be an action packed movie.

Pain & Gain is based in Florida about a three bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. They find themselves smack dab in the middle of less than appealing situations and use their brawn to get out of these sticky situations.

Right up on my favorite actors list with Wahlburg, Nicolas Cage, Bradley Cooper and Timothy Olyphant; Matthew McConaughey stars in this feature film based around a fugitive on the run living in the woods looking to find his true love. Sounds a bit sappy trying to work a love story into the film but I’m sure it will play out okay with the support of Reese Witherspoon as the true love.

Assuming Mud (Matthew McConaughey) escapes from jail or prison and is living day to day; two teenage boys stumble upon his stuff and the use of their boat sparks scary thoughts. Eventually the boys form a pact with Mud to help elude the bounty hunters with hopes of reuniting him with the woman of his dreams. This movie won’t be the first one I try and see in April but makes the list because of the cast.

Get ahold of me if you want to go see one, we can hit a Harkins somewhere!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

5 Easy Steps to Use Google’s New GIF Search Functionality

If you are a visual person who uses Google image search a lot, you may find something new that was just released this week. Google has added animated .gif image search filter options to their image search where you can find images coming to life.

If you want to filter your search to provide animated gif listings in your image search, take these 4 simple filtering steps:

1. Do a Google Search - use whatever term you want.

google gif search

2. Filter by ‘Images” - this will tell Google you want to see pictures

google gif image search

 3. Click ‘Search Tools’ - this will give you a selection to choose from.
google gif search filter

4. Click “Any Type” - this will allow for a dropdown will appear. 
google gif any type filter

5. Sort by “Animated” - this will now allow animated GIF’s to appear in your image search results. 
animated gif search filter
 And there you have it. 5 Easy steps to implement Google's new .gif search functionality in Google Image search results.

Friday, March 15, 2013

UFC 158 Tomorrow - Current Champ GSP VS Nick Diaz

Alright boys and girls, fight fans of all ages - it’s that time again where we have a big fight on the horizon with big names and a 170lb belt up for grabs. As always, I have a good post for you putting out some bold predictions to compliment my past winning record predictions.

This Saturday’s fights UFC 158 on PPV are between some of the top MMA fighters in the world, don’t be a pussy, comment and put yourself out there and tell me what your predictions are for these big Welterweight bouts! 

Major Preliminary Card fight – Broadcast on FX

Patrick Côté VS Bobby Voelker
Okay, I may be a bit biased on this fight because I tend to lean towards fighters I have some type of connection with. I was able to see Bobby Voelker fight a couple of times a few years ago before moving down to Arizona and he is a pretty well rounded fighter. However, only having 4 fights in the last 3 years (three of the four against Roger Bowling), I’m not sure if he is completely ready for Côté. Patrick Côté only has one loss in his last six fights. Coming off a first round victory over Alessio Sakara due to Sakara’s disqualification and a loss to Chung Le, I’m pretty sure Côté will be coming back ready to swing with a ‘Win’ in near sight.

Prediction: Côté wins in Round 2 by TKO

Major Preliminary Card fight – Broadcast only on PPV

Jake Ellenberger VS Nate Marquardt
This is another fight where I had the opportunity to see one of these fighters throw down in person. I believe it was in February 2006 at VFC 12: Warpath in Council Bluffs, Iowa I saw Ellenberger defeat Mark Bear by way of TKO and a cut. Ellenberger is coming off a win over Jay Hieron last October, who I also enjoy watching fight ever since I saw him take a knock out punch and wake up to grab a takedown on the way to falling on the mat. Daniel Nisley is also a big fan of Jay, who fights out of Las Vegas, NV. Despite snatching the Strikeforce welterweight belt from Tyron Woodly by 4th round KO last July, Marquardt gave it up to Tarec Saffiedine on his next and most recent fight in January, 2013. Marquardt is now returning to the UFC for the first time since his win over Dan Miller in UFC 128, he should be motivated for this big show welterweight fight trying to make his way back up the ladder since re-signing with UFC.

Prediction: Marquardt wins in Round 3 by TKO.

Carlos Condit VS Johny Hendricks
When Condit sees GSP for the first time since he lost to unanimous decision last November, I can only assume he is building up his motivation to fight GSP once again sometime soon hopefully using Johny Hendricks as a live punching bag. I’m sure it is a little bitter-sweet for Condit knowing that he beat Nick Diaz in February 2012 and then lost to GSP in November – now Diaz and GSP fight right after this bout. Winning 13 of his last 15 fights, Condit has made a name for himself in the UFC and hopes to get another title shot – there is only one problem. His name is Johny Hendricks. With a long standing OSU wrestling background, Hendricks has skills on the ground and power in his hands – he went 56-0 his senior year at Ohio State in 2007. Now sitting at a pretty 14-1 MMA record, Hendricks is in a direct line for the title shot against GSP (assuming he doesn’t lose immediately after his fight with Condit to Nick Diaz). With notable wins over Martin Kampmann, Josh Koscheck and 12 second KO over Jon Fitch, Hendricks is on a B-line for the welterweight belt.

Prediction: Hendricks wins in Round 2 by TKO (ground & pound after big head shot)

UFC 158 Welterweight Title Fight

Georges St-Pierre (Champ) VS Nick Diaz
The fight the world has been waiting for, GSP’s dark side to beat Nick Diaz down (assuming the soccer mom in Lodi, CA hasn’t already done it, see pre-fight conference call). If you have a chance to listen to the call, Diaz try’s to defend his ‘good guy, hard working past’ but eventually digs himself deeper by opening his mouth and getting loud with GSP (it could have been Geoff from Craig Ferguson late show) on the phone. Long story short, GSP came back to the UFC after a long injury and looked bigger and better than ever against Condit last November. Having not lost since 2007, GSP needs to not let his dark side over-commit to Diaz as he could land some hard counter punches and upset the 7 time defending champion.  

I’m not a big fan of Nick Diaz, nor his brother Nate; however I do know that Nick has been in the fighting game for a long time and his most recent fights other than losing to Condit have been more than impressive. I’m thinking that GSP will want to bring this fight to the ground and not want to bang it out with Nick, which hopefully they will give the fans a show and keep it on their feet.

Predication: Diaz wins by TKO in 4th Round (GSP’s dark side is going to over-commit and get him KTFO)