10 Movies That Make Men Want to Work Out June 18, 2011Posted by pacejmiller in Blogging, Entertainment, Exercise, Misc, Movie Reviews, Reviews.
Tags: 300 workout, abs, best movie bodies, body fat, Cam Gigandet, Christian Bale, Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, movies that make people workout, muscles, Never Back Down, Ninja Assassin, Rain, ripped, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Lautner, Twilight, workout, X-Men Origins: Wolverine
I say this with an unblemished record of heterosexuality (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Have you ever watched a movie that made you want to go work out afterwards?
I have. Well, I’ve never actually gone out and done it, but real men would have.
What I have noticed is that these films usually feature men who were either previously unknown to mainstream audiences and/or have undergone amazing physical transformations. For example, Arnie or Stallone films rarely have that ‘Wow’ factor because they’ve always looked that way, and in any case from my research it seems looking ‘cut’ is generally preferred to looking ‘buffed’. Anyway, it’s no surprise that the Internets is filled with guides on how to transform your body to replicate the following movie stars.
Without further ado, these are what I think are the 10 films that have inspired more meatheads than any other.
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About Writing: 2010 in review January 2, 2011Posted by pacejmiller in Blogging, On Writing, Websites.
Tags: 2010, Blog, blog stats, Ninja Assassin, readers, stats, wordpress, Wordpress.com, year in review
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Got an email from WordPress today about how this blog did over the last 12 months. Here it is!
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 380,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 16 days for that many people to see it.
In 2010, there were 342 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 599 posts. There were 837 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 452mb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.
The busiest day of the year was January 22nd with 3,948 views. The most popular post that day was My European Adventure Round-up.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were stumbleupon.com, en.wordpress.com, google.com, facebook.com, and search.aol.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for neuschwanstein, neuschwanstein castle, prague, manny pacquiao, and neuschwanstein castle pictures.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
My European Adventure Round-up April 2009
The 20 Most Rewatchable Movies of All-Time February 2010
Travel Update: Prague is Overrated! April 2009
Prediction: Mayweather Jr vs Marquez September 2009
Movie Review: Ninja Assassin (2009) April 2010
That’s it! Here’s to another great year for About Writing!
Movie Review: Ninja Assassin (2009) April 20, 2010Posted by pacejmiller in Movie Reviews.
Tags: exercise, James McTeigue, martial arts, Naomie Harris, Ninja Assassin, ninjas, Rain, Raizo, training
Ninja Assassin is a movie likely to polarise viewers. On the one hand, you have the anime generation numb to the gory violence cheering on every move of the spectacular ninja Raizo (played by Korean actor/popstar Rain). On the other, there will be those outraged by the excessive blood and carnage, wondering how a movie like this ever got made.
Personally, I didn’t mind all that ridiculous gore. They are ninja assassins! That’s what happens when sharp weapons make contact with human bodies! I did get a nasty visceral shock at the beginning, especially during the opening sequence, but by the end I was starting to get used to it. It’s actually no worse than films like Saw and Hostel.
So Ninja Assassin had a cool, manga-esque concept. Young kids kidnapped by some clandestine clan and trained to become super weapon-wielding, kung-fu assassins who kill people in the goriest ways imaginable. The ninjas move in and out of the shadows like ghosts and no one can touch them. They are every nerdy kid’s wet dream.
The fight scenes are pretty amazing. They all looked like they knew what they were doing, and each sequence was wonderfully choreographed and executed. Knowing a little about Rain (who was previously seen by American audiences in Speed Racer) before the movie, I was impressed by his drastic improvement in English as well as his astounding physical transformation. I read elsewhere that Rain trained so hard for this film that he vomited after training almost every day.
Now that we’ve gotten the positives out of the way, allow me to rip into the rest of Ninja Assassin. The director, Australian James McTeigue, wasn’t really the problem. He had previously directed V for Vendetta, so it’s obvious the man has some skill and ability.
The biggest issue I had with the film was the fact that everything else about it, apart from the fight scenes, felt hopelessly amateurish. It would have been almost better had there been no plot at all. Raizo is just this killing machine who harbours resentment against his old clan and for some reason decides to save a Europol agent played by Naomie Harris. These two never click, and its painful watching them try. The rest of the characters are better ignored, and apart from that, there’s really not much left of the film.
If Ninja Assassins was slightly more credible apart from the fight scenes, it could have had the potential to be a cult classic. All it needed was a proper plot, more interesting characters and subplots worth caring about. It didn’t need to be convincing — just more intriguing. Unfortunately, however, I feel it was ultimately a waste of a promising opportunity.
2 stars out of 5!