video review : Anderson Silva versus Bruno Machado at The Showcase In The Skies Of Dubai

video review : Anderson Silva versus Bruno Machado at The Showcase In The Skies Of Dubai

The entertainment level of this exhibition boxing match, which is mostly middling, peaks at the end of Round 5 when Anderson Silva floors Bruno Machado with a “huge” right hook; an instant addition to his already lengthy fight highlight reel.

What’s frustrating as a fan is how he coasts the following round instead of trying to finish his opponent off à la Round 4 of his MMA fight with Michael Bisping, though here it’s more forgivable as he easily outboxes Bruno over the course of the bout.

my rating : 3 of 5

2022

Celsius Heat : Inferno Punch

Celsius Heat : Inferno Punch

Comparing this drink to an Inferno is a bit ironic considering it tastes like fruit Punch doused with carbonated water. The flavor is more of a side note though. The concept here is all about “performance”. There’s even a symbol of a man running on the front of the can.

It’s an “energy drink for the fitness enthusiasts who want to take it to the next degree”, it reads. At a stunning 300 milligrams of caffeine per serving, you’ll be doing just that, though, with the exception of sucralose, the ingredients list looks impressively healthy.

my rating : 3 of 5

audio review : SZNZ : Spring ( EP ) … Weezer

audio review : SZNZ : Spring ( EP ) ... Weezer

My one gripe with this EP; the first of four to represent the seasons of the year; is the initialism of the title. “Seasons” would’ve been perfectly appropriate for the concept. “SZNZ” makes no sense to me.

The best song is Garden Of Eden; a romantic hymn of sorts that strums along with modern Beach Boy vibes. It’s the one cut worthy of being added to your Spring playlist. The rest are mostly mediocre.

my rating : 3 of 5

2022

3D Energy Drink : Berry Blue

3D Energy Drink : Berry Blue

After a brief tang of what seems like soap, this 3D Energy Drink, which packs 200 milligrams of caffeine for an “intense rush”, does taste like Blueberries. They’re one of my least favorite fruits, but the taste is enhanced by the mostly sweet somewhat bitter taste of Smarties or Pez.

my rating : 3 of 5

3D Energy Drink : Liberty Pop

3D Energy Drink : Liberty Pop

This Energy Drink is marketed as “A cyclone of deliciousness.” That’s a silly exaggeration; what wind storms have to do with patriotism is beyond me; but it’s certainly not bad. The taste reminds me of… I don’t know; one of those American sodas.

my rating : 3 of 5

video review : Money Talks

video review : Money Talks

Money Talks and so does Franklin; a wisecracking ticket scalper played by Chris Tucker. He’s the star of the show and easily the most entertaining thing about this movie, the plot of which has him partnering with LA news reporter James Russell.

It’s an action-packed adventure of sorts as the pair get chased not only by the police; Franklin is suspected of committing multiple homicides during a prison escape; but a gang of gun-toting bad guys who’ll kill anybody to get their stolen diamonds back.

my rating : 3 of 5

1997

3D Energy Drink : Grape

3D Energy Drink : Grape

Grape is one of my favorite artificial flavors and, though that’s especially the case when it comes to candy; I love purple Skittles; beverages are no exception. That makes this Energy Drink one of the best 3D variations, which means little as they’re all inherently flawed by the fact that they’re carbonated thus mildly painful to consume.

my rating : 3 of 5

3D Energy Drink

3D Energy Drink

This Chrome version of 3D Energy Drink is labeled Strawberry Lemonade on the official website, but my can is blank and doesn’t taste like lemons nor strawberries. Aside from being sweet; the ingredients include Sucralose but no sugar; it doesn’t really have a flavor.

my rating : 3 of 5

video review : Notorious

video review : Notorious

“Biggie, give me one more chance,” to cash in on your death. This movie; based on the life of Chris Wallace, better known as The Notorious BIG; isn’t really about biographical art. Neither does it offer anything new about his life. It’s just a straight summary that goes from his hardships as a Brooklyn street kid to the Biggest name the “eastcoast” rap world has to offer without offering any unique insight or perspective of its own. That means, even if you never read Vibe or watched BET enough to know what’s going to happen, what does is never enough to warrant a Hollywood movie.

Aside from his “so-called beef with you-know-who” and the spectacular murders that follow, BIG’s life of rags-to-riches, worldwide fame and bitches; Naturi Naughton plays the role of Lil Kim; just isn’t that interesting when the words don’t rhyme over beats. The storytellers here; screenwriters Reggie Rock and Cheo Hodari, along with director George Tillman; simply lack the creative know-how to make up for that fact. What that results in is a movie any cinema-driven fan could’ve made with a big-enough budget and approval from $ean “Puffy” Combs as executive producer.

my rating : 3 of 5

2009

audio review : Back In Black ( album ) … Cypress Hill

audio review : Back In Black ( album ) ... Cypress Hill

The title seems to be a reference to Black Sunday, but it could also nod at the fact that the music is produced not by DJ Muggs but Black Milk. It’s a head-scratching move; Milk has no previous association with Cypress Hill; but a fitting replacement. If you didn’t know any better, in other words, you’d think that was Muggs on the beats.

On an album packed with marijuana references; Open Ya Mind celebrates its legalization in the group’s home state of California; The Original is a minor highlight. Most of the rest is merely decent. The worst songs are the ones with the worst hooks; namely Come With Me and Bye Bye. They should’ve called back Brevi Wood.

my rating : 3 of 5

2022