‘Baby Driver’ Review: A Steeringly Good Time

I’ve been meaning for two weeks now to go see Dunkirk in IMAX, but because of life butting its way, well, in the way I haven’t been able to go. So on a day I cited being a “me” day I decided to check out another film instead: Baby Driver. I, like I’m sure many others, hadn’t heard of it until critical-acclaim and word-of-mouth started to spread. A few things kept me from actually going to sit and watch it, they’re pretty petty so forgive me:

  • I didn’t see the appeal of Ansel Elgort, especially as a lead, because I saw him as just a pretty face.
  • I’m not into movies with car-centric action.
  • Edgar Wright’s filmography has never appealed to me.

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Stud Conforto now an All-Star

I’m a bit shocked that Michael Conforto, 24-year-old Mets outfielder, was actually named to this year’s MLB All-Star Game. Too many times do deserved candidates go overlooked. (Uhm… how about Dodgers’ shortstop Cory Seager?) Conforto’s story is going to be played up in the New York area through the all-star weekend festivities; rightfully so, it’s one worth telling. When he was called up for the first time on July 24, 2015, he impressed right away with a slash line in a mere 56 games to finish the season off of .270/.335/.506. For a rookie, those stats are eye-popping.

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NBA I Dream of Seeing

I’ve been, what I’d call, a dormant NBA “fan” since the back-to-back-to-back Cavaliers and Warriors’ Finals match-up, which started in 2015. I wrote quotes around the word fan because I haven’t liked the “melodrama” that’s embedded in the association’s culture; drama which has nothing to do with on the court play. I was relieved to hear Chris Mannix,  of The Vertical, express those same sentiments in a recent interview on The Dan Patrick Show with guest host Ross Tucker.

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A Lasting Impression

The Last of Us is my favorite video game from last generation. TLoU is my favorite game of all-time; it was the second the screen cut to black. TLoU released in a year when I was starting to accept a lot of who I was growing up into.

I’ve always loved video games for as long as I can remember but when I was a kid, I’m 23 now, the pop culture that’s seen as cool now with the Marvel Cinematic Universe was seen as nerdy and stupid then. If you were a fan of comics and the like, you were alienated in high school. Games still are seen as babyish, but that’s another piece to write.

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Nintendo Switch Games Wishlist

I’ve had the Nintendo Switch since about two weeks after its launch. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is easily one of the best, if not the best, launch titles a new console system can have. BotW is my personal game of the year; I’ll argue vehemently in its defense that no other forthcoming game will match what it offers. Its vast open-world. Its game mechanics. The way in which it has you — the player — write your own story. Every person who picks up and plays BotW will experience it completely different, and that’s special.

Horizon Zero Dawn is really, really good and had a fascinating story, but it can’t be described as “special,” in my opinion. Mass Effect: Andromeda is cool, but nothing more. Middle-earth: Shadow of War is sure to be awesome and stunning, but… again, not “special.” The only game releasing, well hopefully this year, that I see challenging BotW is Super Mario Odyssey. If it’s anywhere near the quality of Super Mario Galaxy 2, Zelda… watch out.

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13 Reasons Why: Tape 2, Side A

If you yourself or you personally know someone who is considering self-harm, ending their own life… whatever. It doesn’t matter go to 13reasonswhy.info for some resources on how and where to find help.

You’re not alone; no one is ever alone, never ever forget that.

ICYMI…

13 Reasons Why: Tape 1, Side B

We wake up in the morning and I guarantee you the vast majority of us reaches for our phone to see if there’s anything we missed out on. How do the kids put it now? Oh. Yeah. FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out. 

I’m not here to scold or lecture because I’d be hypocritical in doing so. I do everything I just wrote and more. The point of me writing about 13 Reasons Why as frequently as I am is because I really think the show does a phenomenal job of giving us a birds-eye view of how human behavior is, and how cringingly cruel we can be and sometimes are.

After picking up our phone and waking the screen, we’ll either be elated to see who reached out to us; how many likes, comments, or otherwise we received on our social network profiles; if you’re like me, what’s going on in the world in terms of news and politics; sports wise: the scores, highlights…; streaks selfies or snaps from friends. I could literally go on. Once we look at what others have posted, we then join in on the endless commentary throughout our own day ourselves.

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13 Reasons Why: Tape 1, Side B

If you yourself or you personally know someone who is considering self-harm, ending their own life… whatever. It doesn’t matter go to 13reasonswhy.info for some resources on how and where to find help.

You’re not alone; no one is ever alone, never ever forget that.

ICYMI…

13 Reasons Why: Tape 1, Side A

Intelligence. How do you judge someone’s IQ? Why do you call someone smart or dumb? How’d you come to that conclusion about them? I’ve always maintained that it’s all a matter of perspective. Along with it is how we make friends. We’re always taking notice of who’s around us and seeing who we most personalize best with, at least I do.

Attraction on different levels is involved too; we don’t usually socialize with people we’re not attracted to. Keep in mind, attraction isn’t solely based on the physical it’s also on the ideological. Another way to put is: we like to spend time with people who are agreeable with us. But it too is a good thing, healthy too, to be around those who are less so yes this and yes that to us.

All of these complicated psychological human behaviors we each go through naturally is what leads to having friends. In 13 Reasons Why episode two, these are the two things it addresses:

(1) Perspective

(2) Friendship

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13 Reasons Why: Tape 1, Side A

Let me just say up front, these posts about one of Netflix’s latest original series 13 Reasons Why aren’t reviews, per se. I won’t be scoring them; I’ll only be writing really impressions and thoughts. And I won’t likely be writing about all 13 episodes either.

The other note I want to make before continuing on about the show itself, and something I’ll amend to each post, is if you yourself or you personally know someone who is considering self-harm, ending their own life… whatever. It doesn’t matter go 13reasonswhy.info for some resources on how and where to find help.

You’re not alone; no one is ever alone, never ever forget that.

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Buying my Nintendo Switch 

I haven’t been excited for a Nintendo product since maybe the first 3DS model back in 2011. The last Nintendo anything I spent countless hours with was Fire Emblem Awakening. I wasn’t much into Wii and I didn’t even bother with Wii U. I, like so many others, have been sorely disappointed in what Nintendo has put up against the console juggernauts in Playstation and Xbox, more PS these days. Most recently, Nintendo was able to attract the masses in the form of Super Smash Bros. but that’s it.

Then came the big announcement of a new direction on Oct. 20, 2016, and an innovative one if you ask me, in the Nintendo Switch:

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Trailers be dropping

If you’re a nerd at all, then this week your mind has exploded more than once. So many trailers posted to tickle our speculative and always wild imaginations.

As each one was released, I kept thinking, Oh, I need to blog about that! Then… another came out and another followed by another. Check out the ones that caught my eye:

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Justice League
  • IT
  • Destiny 2
  • Telltale Games’ Guardians of the Galaxy
  • War for the Planet of the Apes

I have to start with my most anticipated movie of 2017: Spidey.

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Motivation 

I haven’t written anything since February 14, which ironically is Valentine’s Day. I say that because writing is a love and passion of mine. It genuinely bothers me that I’ve been so lazy and have made excuse after excuse as to why.

I’ve been busy.

I’m tired.

It can wait.

I need motivation.

All of those lines are of procrastination. And now into month two of no writing, well the streak to my own chagrin is finally over, it’s no longer about me putting off work. Now it’s even more desperate than that. My not writing is becoming a habit. 

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New Year Means More Awesomeness to Consume

WRITER’S NO MAN’S LAND

For the first time in weeks I began to type words onto a blank screen again. I went on to write five pages! As time passed since I had written my last anything, I started to think to myself Have I lost my ability to write? The short answer is no. When you’re given the gift of any talent by God, it’s always with you; if you feel as if you’ve somehow become untalented, you’re not. It’s a mental state we put ourselves in. We’re locked in place. Inspiration, creativity, ideas, thoughts… nothing is flowing. Even the things we love and are passionate about don’t provide the same safe space of comfort.

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Learning from life’s transitions

​September 2016

It’s a month that will forever be etched in the back of my mind for the rest of my life. I spent time at a Washington Nationals at New York Mets game in the early part of the month with my mom and brother. I went to my first concert alone, I’ve gone to see Taylor Swift and Coldplay over the last two years with my sister and mom respectively. But going to see Shawn Mendes on my own was a surreal experience.

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September was a transition period for not only the seasons, but for me personally too. It was the first time I was out of work since I was 18. It was the first time I didn’t have school — I graduated from Manhattan College in May. Applying for jobs has been tedious and annoying but it’s, of course, necessary in order to take the next step in life.

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