From 360 to 190 Lbs: A Personal Update

Hey, gang!

Most of you may not be in the know about my "big" life-change since I've done nothing even close to a personal update on JHO, so here is one. This is the brief story of how I lost my weight and have kept it off for more nearly two years now. Watch, like, and subscribe on YouTube, please! Also, feel free to visit my OMAD site for more details.

Movie Review: Burnt (2015)

Sometimes a movie comes along that is like that one kid you knew in school who wasn’t dorky enough to be a dork, wasn’t smart enough to be a nerd, but wasn’t cool enough to be accepted because he was a little too unpredictable and crazy. Burnt, by director John Wells (August: Osage County, The Company Men), is just one such a film.

Its main character is “Adam Jones” (Bradley Cooper) who is a prodigy in the kitchen, but whose personal demons manage to consume him. The movie takes off after his name-making time as chef of a famous 2-Michelin star eatery. He finishes out ingloriously as he turns to a life of drug and alcohol addiction, in which he becomes indebted to organized crime and ruins the lives of those closest to him.

Movie Review: Bridge of Spies (2015)

Bridge of Spies takes place in 1957 and is based on the true story of James Donovan, a high-profile New York lawyer who took on the case of an accused Soviet spy named Rudolf Abel.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film has a way of making us question whom we should vilify as an enemy and the character of those we call friends or allies. Should rules be kept for rules’ sake or are they the means to an end to a better, more ideal life where common sense must prevail? Is the letter of the law greater than the spirit of the law, or vice versa? No matter how you phrase is, there is simply no way to watch Bridge of Spies and not ask that question.

Movie Review: Goosebumps (2015)

Goosebumps is a perfectly innocent film aimed at young audiences, but with a dose of respect for older viewers as well. Based on the beloved R.L. Stine children’s horror books, the movie is more than a recreation of the original works; it is an augmentation of them. Only here, Stine himself (Jack Black) is in the movie and a part of the action with everyone else.

Our young hero, “Zach” (Dylan Minnette), is starting over with his mother in a new city. The girl next door to them is “Hannah” (Odeya Rush), whose father is the famous author R.L. Stine. One of Stine’s big secrets is that his lively imagination, coupled with a magic typewriter, are able to bring to life the monsters conceived in his recluseivity as a child. When Zach and a friend inadvertently release some of these monsters in the town, the Stine and kids have to band together to save their town from annihilation.

Movie Review: Spectre (2015)

Spectre is the worst Bond movie to date. While SkyFall deserved to be called out for its own share of shortcomings, this next endeavor (the 24th) outdoes it by a long damn way.

Spectre is boring – almost profoundly so – and takes a rather gradual nosedive into a non-engaging quest for clues in the movie’s second half.

Our dear 007 (Daniel Craig, as you’ve never seem him before, bringing us a frustratingly poor performance that critics will be speaking of for generations) is attempting to make sense of clues that involve a mysteriously villainous organization known only as "Spectre." His pursuit of the mission stems from details involving "M" (Judi Dench’s) death, referring back to the events of Skyfall.

Movie Review: Everest (2015)

Runtime: 121 minutes
 Rated: PG-13
Director: Baltasar Kormákur 
Writers: William Nicholson, Simon Beaufoy
Starring: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright  
In Everest, a bunch of wealthy, ambitious people set out to climb the world's infamously tallest mountain. Said mountain is record-setting cold, subject to violent storms with ferocious winds, and has a reputation for killing many who attempt to climb it. And even when birds choose to fly around instead of over it, this doesn't stop some humans from attempting to climb it. And what do we get from their efforts? A movie about it.

Movie Review: Pay the Ghost (2015)

Runtime: 94 minutes
Rated: No MPAA rating
Director: Uli Edel
Writers: Tim Lebbon, Dan Kay
Starring: Nicholas Cage, Sarah Wayne Callies,
Veronica Ferres, Lauren Beatty
A professor (Nicholas Cage) goes on a frantic, year-long search for his son (Jack Fulton) who is mysteriously abducted during a Halloween night carnival. But by whom? And why? If you want to answer these questions, you will have to be patient, as the film begins the story all too nonchalantly and makes us wait to experience anything that even remotely resembles terror.

There are only a few gripping moments in Pay the Ghost--with the bizarre ambiguity of the title being one of the most engrafting appeals of the film. Beyond groans, mysterious happenings, unusual activity of vultures, and one chilling scene where young Charlie's scooter is seen gliding down a hallway towards mom (Sarah Wayne Callies), there just isn't much here of substance. It's another example of an atmospheric horror without any meaty story enticement.

Movie Review: The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 96 minutes
Director: Camille Delamarre
Writers: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage
Starring: Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol, Ray Stevenson
In the south of France, a former special-ops mercenary "Frank Martin" (Ed Skrein) enters into a contract with a woman and her three partners in crime who are out for revenge against a sinister Russian kingpin and his cronies.

Being perfectly watchable with the class of a very well constructed James Bond-esque knock-off, we have to be careful not to expect too much. But Camille Delamarre’s The Transporter Refueled is one of the most honest action films I've ever seen. At no time does it ever purport to be anything it's not. It makes no bones about being a sly, action-obsessed, smash-a-thon with little else to offer than revved engines, pretty femme fatales, and more arm-bars and wrist-lock manipulations than are found in two standard action flicks.

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