Week In Review
May201417

Week In Review1

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You’re quickly learning that Slightly Qualified likes all things pop culture. Throw in military videos and gaming panache, and we’re probably one of the more eclectic websites you’ve had the pleasure of viewing. We’re a diversified portfolio of interweb goodness.

Raffman posted about a crossfit chap who did 106 – scratch that – zero pull ups at once. He also talks about a 500 lb bomb that almost hit the wrong soldiers. Raffman also discusses a few iOS games like Knifehand and Wayward Souls. And to keep us in touch with our memes, he collected all kinds of fun ginger and Canada pics for your perusing enjoyment. Make sure you don’t miss out on Bill Murray impersonating Harry Caray either.

I had fun writing about some Pandora stations you probably should be listening to. We’re still quoting from these five movies and cannot, for the life of us, stop it. Technically, these were from last week, but make sure you pick up the new Black Keys album Turn Blue and three minutes of your life is a small price for watching Eric Bana in the Deliver Us From Evil trailer.

Our friends at Linkiest are covering everything from athletes to unicorns. LFGdating remains the only dating site for the gamer/geek/nerd in you. And Clumsy Crooks catalogues all things insanely stupid about criminals and their inability to do their job well.

May201411

Eric Bana is a much better actor than most people believe. He starred in Munich, a film which snowballed into one of the greatest films of 2005. As Nero, he helped jump start a whole new era of Star Trek fans. And my personal favorite, Hector, from Troy. While that film left a little to be desired at times, he played his character every bit as good as Sean Bean portrayed Odysseus. Maybe even a little better. And now, Bana is Ralph Sarchie, a police officer working to uncover what appears to be an unholy spirit tormenting his town.

Deliver Us From Evil‘s trailer leaves a little to be desired at the end, but Bana appears to be taking on the persona of a younger Liam Neeson here. Intelligent, charismatic, and with a soft touch. And he’s married to Olivia Munn in this film, so he has that working for him [Click here to read on!]

May201410

Optimus Prime is back. This time, he’s teaming up with Mark Wahlberg instead of Shia LaBeouf, so he has that working for him. Now that we reflect, Shia wasn’t a terrible fit, it’s just they made him look less…manish…with his parents getting in the way.

The story begins with Mark Wahlberg discovering a Transformer (although he doesn’t know it at first). Then some government agency comes in and tells him to fork it over. Queue basic plot structure from there with Optimus Prime going postal on a foreign species, and you have Age of Extinction. As far as our other trailer previews go, this one is in the middle, but not in the happy Jimmy Eat World sense.

It’s not that we’re not excited; we are. It’s just that we were hoping for more of a dark element. More of an actual loss taking place. Christian Bale, as Batman, lost Rachel. Not only did we not see that coming (honestly), we were quite surprised to know that Nolan would kill off a main character. We don’t get that feeling in this installment.

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May201409

Jarhead 2 Movie Trailer Failure0

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Wait, what?  Jarhead 2?  Yeah, that’s the exact same reaction I had when I saw this earlier today.  Apparently some movie investor out there believed the “Jarhead” name still had some financial value associated with it, so now Jarhead 2 is coming (thankfully) straight to Blu-Ray & DVD on August 19th.  You would think this is Gulf War, or at least Anthony Swofford related, but it’s not; Jarhead 2 actually takes place in Afghanistan, and to be completely honest the movie looks like a train wreck.

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May201406

Edge of Tomorrow Trailer2

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Tom Cruise is racking up quite a sci fi portfolio: Oblivion, Minority Report, Vanilla Sky…Top Gun. What’s that? Top Gun isn’t sci fi? You saw how he looked shirtless. Out of this world…

One month from today, Edge of Tomorrow hits theaters. While I’m not sure if I’m sold on Emily Blunt as an action star (thinking of The Five Year Engagement and day-old donuts), she at least doesn’t smile all that much in the trailer, and that builds a sense of actual suspense. Like our other 2014 movie trailers – we’re hoping for the best and expecting for the worst. Or pretty close to it. [Click here to read on!]

May201403

X-Men: Days of Future Past0

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What can make X-Men better? Time Travel. What makes Time Travel better? Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy’s awkward bromantic relationship. It’s okay, we forgive them. Because this summer, we get the next installment of Marvel’s X-Men legacy.

This installment finds previous stars uniting with current favorites. We have Hugh Jackman (from Scrubs infamy) with James McAvoy, Halle Berry with Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender with, well, who are we kidding. He’s good enough alone. [Click here to read on!]

May201402

We’ve been waiting for this for awhile. You see, back years ago, when Tobey Maguire was rocking the mask and slinging webs, Spiderman was ruined for us. The films were okay. Well, the first two were – the third really just seemed to…not be good.

Fast forward a few years. I’m sitting on my family-recycled couch drinking a good beer (those go together wonderfully, btw), and I noticed the newer Spiderman on HBO. Alright, prepare for to be disappointed. But then, out of the blue, I liked it.

No, no. I loved it. Andrew Garfield brought a grit that Maguire never  showed (or maybe had). The film was darker, less real, and more fun. And not junior high at the movies fun – like actual suspension and plot.  [Click here to read on!]

May201402

Godzilla: Fingers Crossed0

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The good news: Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe. No P Diddy.

The bad news: We’ve been let down before.

What we expect: two hours of action packed destruction that leads with some familial separation and lack of suitable one-liners. Good guys win. It could turn out that Godzilla is the good guy.

What we hope: Bryan Cranston verbally eviscerates foolish humans for their lack of foresight and problem solving abilities. Ken Watanabe a la Inception plays minds games with the audience and/or fellow characters and in doing so provides an aura of mystique and transcendence. [Click here to read on!]

Apr201421

Due in theaters in a little over a month on May 23rd, Cold In July looks like its going to be a thrilling winner.  While a good trailer does not always equate to a good movie, all signs are pointing to high quality after I watched this excellent official trailer which was released just a few days ago.  Most surprising however is that this film has a cast that is filled with relatively no-name actors, however there are a few faces that most of you will recognize.  If you like suspense/thriller movies, then this trailer – and movie – is definitely for you!  More after the jump below.

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Apr201411

Interstellar Movie Trailer0

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There are those movies that when you experience the trailer for the first time – or in some cases just see the movie poster – you know immediately that you have to see it, and that it will almost surely be amazing.  Interstellar, the latest film from director Christopher Nolan, and starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine, to me is that movie.  Maybe it’s because I’m a huge sci-fi fan, or that politically I would vote for just about anyone willing to actually revamp our space program, but I already know that Interstellar I am going to see in the theaters.  Watch the trailer.  Watch it now.  Then follow me to the theater this November for the film’s release (don’t actually follow me – you can go to your own you creep).

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Apr201411

Hercules Official Movie Trailer0

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If you asked me before watching the Hercules trailer if I would pay money to watch Dwayne Johnson, aka “The Rock”, star in the new aforementioned movie that hits theaters this July 25th, I almost certainly would have told you no.  Well, I would have actually given you that weird, “was that a serious question”, raised eyebrow look before telling you no – that is the more honest response.  But you see, you didn’t ask me that question; I did however use that same pessimistic look as I fired up the Hercules trailer, but I have good news – this movie actually looks like it will be a winner.  Not Academy Award winner – but at the very least an “entertaining movie” winner as I watch it on Netflix or On Demand from the comfort of my kinda fake leather couch (okay it’s really fake).  Check out the official Hercules trailer above, then hit us up via the link below for our initial, slightly qualified thoughts!

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Apr201408

Quick: name me one movie that had absolutely zero actors/actresses you recognized that turned out to be hilarious, or just plain amazing.  Can you do it?  The first movie that popped into my head was a little film called Sex Drive, which featured all no-name (at the time, and I think still to this day) main characters, but did feature a Seth Green cameo at the end.  The movie itself was absolutely hilarious, and I remember seeing the trailer months beforehand thinking that it had potential.  While most of those types of movies don’t pan out, Let’s Be Cops, which is slated to hit theaters this summer on August 13th, looks like yet another rare diamond in the rough.  Check out the official red band trailer for Let’s Be Cops above, then hit the jump below for more slightly qualified thoughts!

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