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Monday, February 13, 2017

Ryviews in Real Life - The Oakland Zoo

Hi Everybody!

I recently went to the Oakland Zoo for the first time. The only thing I saw on Yelp reviews beforehand was that it was small for a city of this size. I thought "hey, I have a free day. Let's check it out!"

Well, let me tell you...

It's small for a city of this size.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

I Expected A Trainwreck - XXX: Return of Xander Cage Ryview

XXX: Return of Xander Cage, directed by D. J. Caruso.

First off, I want to clarify: I saw this movie expecting a trainwreck. What I got was both pointlessly stupid and stupidy pointless. It was a cliched pile of lines and action. Yet it might have been the best movie I've seen in a long time.

To surge through this oxymoron, you have to look at some basic facts about the movie. Almost every character seemed to be playing a parody of their own role. There was literally a "that's what she said" joke in the middle. And at the end I was more than a little surprised that they didn't ride off into the sunset.

That being said, the movie was very self aware. There were little title cards for most of the characters as they first appeared with humorous little facts. And several action scenes were highlighted by comedic moments, showcasing that everyone involved (or at least most) knew what they were getting into to.

The plot was predictable and silly, but I found myself not caring. Watching Vin Diesel and Donnie Yen kick ass around the world was pretty satisfying. And while there was a little too much female fawning over Mr. Vin (and all while wearing the world's shortiest skirts like Single Female Lawyer), the cast was actually impressively diverse both in gender and nationality.

Eye candy AND ass kicking female roles (complex movie) [2]

The action was entertaining. There was a lot of nice gunfights, some good hand to hand combat, a few nice set pieces and extreme sport-like acrobats, and enough over the top machismo to blow a hole in someone's head.

As a total movie package, if you approach this as an exciting romp with which to eat popcorn and giggle, this is a wonderful delivery mechanism. If you're looking for a deep, thoughtful, meaningful, or intelligent moviegoing experience, you should probably look elsewhere. But honestly, I think everyone knows what this movie is going to be going into it. And for what it was, it excelled with flying colors.

Until next time,


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Welcome to 2017!

Hi Everybody!

It's 2017, and I haven't had a single post!

Where have I been?

Super busy with work. Super busy with other things in my life. And super busy in general.

But, have no fear!

Hopefully things will pick back up soon!

I'll be trying to submit several ryviews in the coming weeks. It's a new year, time to get some fresh articles.

Be on the lookout for new content, starting as early as tomorrow! W00t!

Until next time,


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Batman Killing People - Rybuttal

Hi Everybody!

It's time for another rybuttal.

I know you're all excited, but try to keep it contained enough to read the article.

A video was recently posted "confirming" all the people that Batman killed in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. I had the unique pleasure of watching on a plane ride yesterday (because that way I could see it without paying for it again, good stuff), so this is pretty solid timing for a reaction.

I want to set the record straight. That video (Which you may want to watch before reading this, or don't, it's not my video) is slanted and biased towards a very broad view of killing. So let's get into some details: