Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch, a rocking good time about girl power; if girl power involves mini-skirts and thigh high stockings.

Sucker Punch opens a little on the slow side.  Those first few minutes of background however help to set the mood and get you in the proper vibe.  But when Sucker Punch heats up it stays hot.

So, the story for those who don't know involves a poor lost soul without family, unless you count the evil step-father.  The step-father sends the daughter away and plans to have her silenced so she can never speak of his unspeakable crimes.  This is the slow part.

At the asylum, because there is always an asylum, things take a turn for over the top and we watch our heroine blossom into a kick ass take no names kind of girl.  This is also were things get a little crazy.  The heroine imagines herself in this sort of 1950's, speak-easy, bordello, strip club.  It is a really busy place.  Basically the girls dance, the man likes, the bordello happens.  You never see the dancing or the bordello part of the club however.

You see every time our girl dances she is taken away to another mystical place, where she and her friends are totally bad-ass, in mini skirts of course.  So, I am guessing that the writers and directors realized just how many men like to see a beautiful young lady in a mini-skirt, thigh-high stockings, toting machine guns and wielding swords and knives.  In fact the only thing missing from the, steam punk driven Nazi zombie, goblin infested dragon lair, cracked earth high speed bullet train, alternate universe: chain mail bikinis.  I really wanted chain mail bikinis.  I mean, I completely love chain mail bikinis, what guy doesn't?

It is during these alternate world dance numbers that the captured girls bond, and learn the true meaning of friendship, while completing a series of quests to escape from the all girl asylum they are trapped in.  I think this may however just be a ploy to have hot, young, scantily clad girls in a movie; but I could be wrong.

So that about wraps it up, to learn how it all ends, go see the movie.

Hint: It is about girl power.

Pros:  Good looking dames with great legs.  When Sucker Punch goes over the top it stays there.  Amazing cinematography and flawless CGI.  Fights are outstanding and very well choreographed.  Great soundtrack. Basically a drool fest for guys.

Cons:  A little slow to start.  No chain mail bikinis.

Grab your girlfriend and go have fun, just remember to tell her it is a movie all about girl power.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Parking Wars

In Parking Wars the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) does battle with the worst that Philly has to offer.  And the PPA wins.

This is a great show, it follows the PPA around as they issue tickets, boot cars and tow.  Then theres the impound lot,  always colorful characters at the lot.  The show has three segments each episode and covers all the elements of the PPA.

The ticketers who walk the beat giving tickets and taking abuse in the city of brotherly love.  I got to give it to them for not losing their cool.  Besides giving tickets they help out people they find in need.  This part of the show is fun mainly due to the ticketers themselves.  They are a collection of odd characters, just walking the streets of Philly doing their job.  Some of them are so nice and don't ever want to issue a ticket while others are all about setting personal ticketing goals and hitting the mark.  (The PPA does not have quota's nor due the get paid on a per ticket basis.)

My favorite is the boot teams.  They generally travel in pairs so they can watch each other's backs, because you never know what will happen when you are booting a car.  The best team is Garfield and Sherry.  Garfield is the fastest boot in Philly and Sherry hunts the computers to find the heavy hitters for him.  These to are a great team and fun to watch.

The impound lot teaches us why big gov doesn't always work.  One episode follows a man out to get his car back.  He goes to court, then the lot, then back to court, then the lot, then off the lot for a computer (insurance), then back to the lot.  It was crazy,  the guy was there for two shifts before he could get his car.  But the lot also introduces us to the next great Philly rap artist.  The impound lot has the best characters.  Every one of them wrongfully towed and all of them mad about it.

I am hooked on Parking Wars and glad I don't live in Philly,  I wouldn't want to due battle with the PPA everyday.

This is a great show and one to watch.