Interesting thought: I wonder if Matt picked his dad’s brain about Alec’s decision not to tell Magnus about the Soul Sword. I mean, Mr Daddario was the head of the NYPD anti-terrorism units several years back and the way Matt talked about Alec’s reasons to keep mum at SDCC, it felt like he gave it a lot of thought and someone gave him a comprehensive rundown of what to do with a bombshell of an information like that, who has or does not have the right to know, how to use this information to your tactical advantage etc. and so on. Because that wasn’t just an actor defending his character’s decision, he was clearly convinced that it was the right thing to do (Matt has no problem with calling the writers on their questionable ideas, he’s a walking, talking salt shaker). Yet in this case, his opinion seemed meticulously researched and supported by arguments.
So…. I’m seriously side eyeing the plot of Sun Dogs.
“Following his third failed attempt to join the military, courage-obsessed misfit, Ned Chipley, takes a Marine Officer’s advice to “protect the home front” a little too seriously. Determined to find his purpose in life, Ned Chipley zeroes in on a casino manager, who may or may not be an Al Qaeda mastermind. Chipley enlists the help of a young runaway named Tally Petersen; together they form the most unlikely anti-terrorism unit of post-9/11 America in SUN DOGS, a tale of love, friendship and homeland security.”
“Intellectually limited as a result of an accident at birth, Ned Chipley’s heart and body are dedicated to his dream of saving lives, but that’s not enough for him to meet the Marine Corps’ eligibility standards. After his fourth failed attempt to join the Marines, he pairs up with Tally Peterson, a young runaway, and his commitment to defending the United States finds an outlet when the pair mistake a group of young men for terrorists.
Creating genuine sympathy for a quirky lead whose catalyst for action is built on a misunderstanding requires a deft touch, but these complexities make outsider Ned and his story all the richer. First-time director Jennifer Morrison allows this offbeat character to represent the failures and successes that exist in all of us, showing that inside every willing heart is a hero waiting to shine.”
Summary from the LA Film Festival.
So this is a move about a quirky young white man who “mistakes” a non white man for a terrorist. How? Oh i can’t imagine how a couple of “quirky” and lovable white people decide to become vigilantes might innocently mistake a non white guy for a terrorist but we’re going to make a movie that sympathizes with them.
Does Colombia have a special police force like SWAT in the U.S?
We do actually, I’m going to name you the main three special forces they have, these are:
COPES - Cuerpo de Operaciones Especiales y Anti Terrorismo - Special operations and anti-terrorism corps
Very specialized units, trained, among others, by the SAS, Army Rangers, the Green Berets, american SWAT units and our own army special forces.
Carabineros - The carabinieri
Basically the rural police, the “army” branch of the police, as they’re send to establish government control over areas where FARC and ELN guerrillas are active, and as such constantly engage them in battle, they’re usually the units with the highest casualty rates.
Comandos Jungla - Jungle commandos
A highly mobile airborne unit tasked with the search and destruction of coca and mariguana plantations all over the country, similarly trained to the COPES, many times facing heavy resistance by FARC, ELN and the remands of the old cartels in the process, at least five helicopters lost during aerial operations in the past years.
Keep in mind, all of these policemen began as such, patrolling the streets of our cities with just a baton and/or a handgun, and were then handpicked to fit these roles.
This. This is a staple of my youth. It is HILARIOUS. It has a QUIRKY GOOFUS LEAD GUY. It’s an adventure/comedy about a dude picked to be responsible for a secret archive of magical junk under the New York Metropolitan Library and he has to go out and find MORE magical junk before some jerks find it first and use it to mess up the world and you should ALL GO WATCH IT. The parallels to actual myth and legend are often ridiculously off-kilter but the acting and humor totally make up for it. It has two sequels which aren’t quite as good but you can watch those two if you feel like it BUT DEFINITELY WATCH THE FIRST ONE
*ahem* Now, have you heard of this new show that just premiered on Sunday?
THEY MADE A TV SHOW
THEY MADE A TV SHOW OF ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE COMEDY/ACTION MOVIES
AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
IT WAS ACTUALLY REALLY GOOD
Now, “good” might be defined differently by different people. The fight scenes are laughably - I do mean laughably - terrible, the storyline has corny moments, but they are DELIGHTFULLY corny moments, with characters who are LOVEABLY goofy, and honestly pretty darn good writing, and it TOTALLY MATCHES THE HUMOR AND WORLD OF THE MOVIE
First, you’ve got the classic main character from the movies, Flynn Carsen, the dude on the right:
That picture says a lot, really.
He’s a goofus who originally was a professional student with like a jillion PhDs, and Bob Newhart is his mentor. Bob Newhart runs the magical Library where Flynn works. Bob Newhart is known as Judson but I figured a few of you would be excited about Bob Newhart, so name dropping ahoy. Bob Newhart probably won’t be in the actual SHOW much, which makes me sad, but you’ll love him in the movie. Also it looks like Flynn won’t be a MAIN-main character in the show, it’s gonna focus mostly on the new kids, but he’s PRETTY DARN IMPORTANT and hilarious.
Now let’s introduce some of the new cast in the show, who are fantastic in their OWN equally special ways. Here’s three of them:
I feel like these pictures are really speaking for themselves. Notice how they are not all your “classic” super-hot characters (I say classic because I dunno about you but I find the nice-guy midwestern oil rigger dude in the middle quite attractive OH AND DID YOU KNOW HE HAS AN IQ OF 190 AND SECRETLY WRITES ART HISTORY BOOKS AS A HOBBY AND YET STILL HAPPILY KEEPS HIS DAY JOB ON A FAMILY OIL RIG IN OKLAHOMA AND HE’S EXPERIENCED IN BARFIGHTING AND HE’S A REALLY NICE GUY WITH A NERDY SIDE FOR ART)
(CAN YOU TELL WHO MY FAVORITE NEW CHARACTER IS YET)
But yes, I’m really pleased that they managed to collect such a relatively NORMAL-looking group of people. No one is dirt-ugly and it would be quite easy to say all of them are very attractive in their own way, but it doesn’t look or feel like a bunch of supermodels just walked on-set and were handed scripts and awkwardly-fitting outfits. I am looking at you, Revolution.
(Ugh, the guy in the super-tight blue shirt, and her in the too-small leather jacket, and the bad fight scenes, and, I just, I can’t–)
So back to our first (fourth?) picture, the dude on the left is a super-smart kleptomaniac, not in the psychological disorder sense (well, maybe) but in the “I’m smart enough to steal things so I think I will ‘cause it’s fun” sense. He’s decently entertaining, I expect good things from him.
On the right we have the ONLY non-genius member of the group, which isn’t actually saying much because she’s pretty darn smart and she kicks butt (literally, even if the fight scenes really aren’t much to speak of XD;). I think she’s a colonel in an anti-terrorism unit or something. There was a nuclear bomb in the beginning of the episode. Also an opal that summons demons but that actually wasn’t that important (thank goodness, I really don’t care for demons in real life or in my TV shows).
And on the right in THIS picture is our other new main character, who is a super-sweet girl with a totally real and very rare brain condition called synesthesia, so she sort of overloads on super smart information and gets weird side effects, like math smelling like peanuts. It’s hard to explain, but they have a really cool (and sad) explanation for it.
So the new cast all-together looks something like this:
That’s pretty much the whole show right there.
(Oh yeah, and there’s this guy, but we don’t don’t know much about him yet except he’s a grouch who wishes all these kids would leave him alone:)
Did you notice? This is a show about gathering magical artifacts, and almost everyone in it is a NERD of some kind, and NONE OF THEM HAVE MAGICAL POWERS. There are no convenient psychics or people who get vibes (I’m sorry, Warehouse 13, I’m calling you on that), there are just ordinary people with maybe not so ordinary but still very possible gifts, and they are all lovable dorks and OH MY GOODNESS WATCH THIS SHOW
BUT WATCH THE ORIGINAL MOVIE FIRST SO YOU CAN FULLY APPRECIATE HOW GREAT AN ADAPTATION IT IS
IT’S FUN AND HUMOROUS AND YOU’LL ENJOY IT AND BY GOODNESS THEY HAD BETTER NOT MESS IT UP WITH UNNECESSARY MATURE CONTENT OR TOO-DARK CREEPY STUFF OR WHAT HAVE YOU OTHERWISE I WILL BE VERY MAD ESPECIALLY AFTER WRITING IT THIS NICE REVIEW
That is my message. Thank you for your time.
Oh and before I go I should also warn you, this premier will make you cry over a sword.
Germany’s newest anti-terror unit,
Beweissicherungs- und Festnahmeeinheit plus (“Evidence Collection and Arrest Unit Plus”) or BFE+. The first 50 unit members during their inauguration, will eventually provide assistance to fellow anti-terror units like the GSG-9. The creation of BFE+ comes in the wake of increased terror attacks in Europe. (GRH)
Armed men check journalists documents around the regional parliament building in the Crimean city of Simferopol March 1, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama has warned Russia against any military intervention in Ukraine after the country’s new leaders accused Moscow of deploying forces in the Crimea region. (REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili)
Unidentified armed men in military uniform check documents as they patrol near a building of the Crimean Cabinet of Ministers, Ukraine, 01 March 2014. The armed men, described by Interior Minister Arsen Avakov as Russian naval forces, took control at 28 February, of the airports in Simferopol and near the port of Sevastapol where the Russian Black Sea Fleet has a base. Russia said it had neither deployed troops nor had any role in blockading the airport. It conceded, however, that it had stepped up measures by ‘anti-terror units’ to protect members of its fleet stationed in the region. Crimea’s pro-Russian new prime minister Sergei Aksyonov on 01 March asked Moscow for help in the simmering conflict on the Black Sea peninsula, while declaring he was in control of all law enforcement agencies. (EFE/EPA/ARTUR SHVARTS)
Canadian civil society groups are bringing their challenge to a contentious new anti-terror bill to an international audience: a key United Nations rights body in Geneva.
Opponents of bill C-51 will use a periodic review of Canada’s international rights obligations this week by the UN human rights committee to voice a laundry list of concerns related to the anti-terror legislation and other national security issues.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Amnesty International Canada (AIC) are among the groups that will plead their case before the UN panel.
“We want to ensure the human rights committee is aware of a fairly long list of serious, and we would say worsening, human rights concerns,” said AIC secretary general Alex Neve.
“There’s a bundle of issues related to national security, even before bill C-51 came along.”