Episode 31: WHO ARE YOU!?

SHOW NOTES

NEWS

  • Verizon flips switch on VoLTE service. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support it.
    • an be turned on in account settings under Advance Calling 1.0. After that, you’ll need to go on your iPhone’s Cellular settings and Enable “Voice and Data” LTE
  • Sample anything from Trader Joe’s… with permission
  • Mattel goes after NERF with their BoomCo line of guns. Feature magic sticky darts
  • PotatoStock 2014”, the Kickstarter in July, that raised 50k for a man to make some potato salad, was a huge success
  • iOS 8/iPhone 6 Impressions

THE STACK

The Names, Vertigo Comics

THE NAMES is a dark, contemporary thriller set in the world of Big Money...High-end finance that can ruin entire economies, run by a cabal of the world’s richest (and sickest) people. Now, it’s up to Katya Walker – the beautiful and deadly wife of the late Kevin – to take on this hidden power structure and find out who killed her husband, and why. No matter what it takes. No matter who she has to kill.

THE GOOD: Art style and color work are very engaging. The writing is fantastic with the story feeling like a cross between The Wolf of Wall Street and Kill Bill. Very entertaining.

THE BAD: Not much. Pacing is solid. First issue delivers exactly what we want in an issue one.

FINAL RATING: 5/5 PEWS

KEEPIN' IT REEL

The Equalizer, Columbia Pictures

A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her.

THE GOOD: We went in expecting a standard action popcorn flick, but were pleasantly surprised with the acting, story, and it's structure. Aside from one instance, we're shown problems arising with McCall's friends, his reaction as an upstanding citizen, and then the dark path he takes as his shadowy past-self to exact revenge on the wrong-doers.

THE BAD: Back to that one instance... one of the most interesting stories we're shown in the trailer... basically plays out like the trailer. What you don't see is the movie takes (for a fleeting moment, anyway) a Michael Bay turn for the worst, with gratuitous explosions  and supercuts. Past the halfway mark, we also see less of McCall's character development. Finally, there's a couple of scenes that are done artsy, but go on far too long

FINAL RATING 4/5 PEWS