Sherpa’s Guide: Swordfish

Hello my brothers and sisters of the gaming world. The movie Sherpa here again to talk to you about another movie (obviously).  The movie is called “Swordfish”, yes another oldie but a goodie. I first saw this movie when I was a wee laddie, and it has been one of the movies that has fueled my desire to see good cinema. It literally has everything you could want to see in a movie: gun fights, car chases, an awesome plot, and oh yeah, Halle Barry’s boobs. The movie is about a world where secret national organizations work to stop terrorism, but where and how do they get the funds to do that? That’s where this movie gets its filling, they need a hacker to get their fat cash. However when watching this movie, I recommend you pay attention to the plot and what’s happening because if you stop caring for a second, you may end up saying “what just happened?”

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Swordfish is an action thriller movie made in 2001 by a man named Dominic Sena, whose other notable movies are “Season of the Witch” and “Whiteout”. This movie stars Hugh Jackman as Stanley Jobson, John Travolta as Gabriel Shear, and Halle Berry as Ginger Knowles. This is hands down one of my favorite John Travolta movies because not only is his character the bad guy, but he does it in a way so that no matter what he does you love him for it. Also this movie is Halle Berry’s first topless scene in her career. It also has one of the most interesting opening discussions I have seen to date in a film,  where Travolta’s character Gabriel discusses the state of cinema (namely “Dog Day Afternoon”) and he also goes on to discuss how the rate of current media can process information, such as how quickly people can report news situations and people instantly know around the world. Suddenly, Gabriel stands up with SWAT members pointing their guns at him only to be pacified when Gabriel shows him his bomb trigger.

John Travolta’s character is the head of a secret government organization that literally uses terrorist actions to fight terrorism. He is described in the movie a cold calculating machine that does what he wants when he wants. He attacks all enemies of America, in his words ” They bomb a church, we bomb ten. They hijack a plane, we take out an airport. They execute American tourists, we tactically nuke an entire city. Our job is to make terrorism so horrific that it becomes unthinkable to attack Americans.” As you can imagine, this endeavor is rather costly. Where does he get this money? Well he must steal it and for that he must enlist the help of a hacker by the name of Stanley Jobson.

Hugh Jackman’s character is Stanley Jobson, a single father and an ex-con hacker. He is currently trying to fight to see his daughter but to do that, he needs a lawyer (a very good lawyer) and money (lots and lots of money). To get this money he’s willing to do anything, even hack into databanks that are illegal. This is perfect for Gabriel because it is exactly what he needs to steal a lot of money. He offers Stanley $10 million to write a worm that steals money from a secret government slush fund to the order of $9.5 billion. Which is why Gabriel sends a woman by the name of Ginger to try and convince him to “help out”.

Halle Berry’s character Ginger Knowles is most noted in this movie for wearing slutty outfits, being sexually provocative, and showing off her tits while lounging around (basically the queen of fan-service for men). She is most noted for messing with the audience’s mind as to who she is and what exactly she does. Nonetheless, her role was to convince Stanley to join and stay on Gabriel’s little project right to the end. She is noted for saying “just finish the job, Stanley”.

Anyway the movie is fairly cheap and can be found at most electronic and wholesale retailers for around 5-6 dollars. This is an excellent addition to any collection or even a good cheap flick for movie night. I recommend you buy this movie, you will most likely not regret it.

Anyway, this has been your Sherpa’s guide for the movie, Swordfish. To all my brothers and sisters, keep watching folks.

Sherpa’s Guide: Equilibrium… “I pay it gladly”

Hello my brothers and sisters of the gaming world. The movie Sherpa again with my first movie review. In case any of you have missed the epicly chocolate-coated blockbuster under the title of “Equilibrium”, then kill yourself….not really but you will be debating it after you watch the movie and started thinking about what it is that you were doing with your life up to this point.

I’m serious about this one. This movie is so awesome you’re going to pretend to be a Grammaton Cleric pretending your fingers are guns and your killing everyone in the room with mathematical accuracy. it is also so memorable you will be wondering why most people don’t know about it. there’s a reason for that guys and gals we don’t really want idiots to see it. So what does that make all of you? Well the privileged few, of course.

Equilibrium is a science-fiction action film made in 2002 written and directed by a man named Kurt Wimmer, who worked in recent films such as Law Abiding Citizen and Salt. It stars Christian Bale as a Grammaton Cleric named John Preston. Sean Bean plays his partner in the beginning of the film. What more could you want?

I know I said a word there that most of you have yet to understand, “Grammaton Cleric”, which is viewed as the weapon of fate for the church of the Tetragrammaton. They use a fighting style called gun kata, in which the user uses handguns to eliminate their enemy. “Oh, but don’t all hero’s use handguns? That’s not really special.” Well just to let you know, the Grammaton Cleric uses numerous mathematical equations for shooting patterns which give a max kill radius while at the same time keeping the cleric from any predictable response fire. They are also experts in sword fighting and hand-to-hand combat. Unfortunately ladies and gents, these are the bad guys, well except for the hero.

The movie is set in a post-apocalyptic world that is still rebuilding after a third world war. A totalitarian/fascist state emerged from the rubble by the name of the church of the Tetragrammaton who are ruled by a man named “Father” who rules with an iron fist and word is law, and whose ideology for their new world is that the reason why humans are so cruel, evil, harsh, and so inhuman to one another is due to our emotions; “our ability to feel”. Their solution was to create a drug, which taken regularly will nullify all emotion within a person making them a peaceful, empty shell.

However, not everyone was so welcoming of this new ideology. These people were labeled “sense offenders” (sounds like sex offender right?). On top of trying to isolate these people, they are also attacking anything that can make a human feel (i.e. pictures, perfume, color, music, and much more), and even go as far to kill dogs because without emotion, they cannot understand their purpose. However, they have a problem: how do they remove all of this efficiently and effectively? So they forge a new weapon aptly named “the Grammaton Cleric”, as i wrote about earlier. These clerics hunt down and eradicate all sense offenders and anything that is registered as EC-10, basically the stuff that makes you feel. So far, the church of the Tetragrammton have been winning, but there is the Resistance who keeps striking at facilities that produce the drug that nullifies people’s emotions. Their objective is that once someone starts to feel, they will not want to go back to that empty shell of a life.

But in all seriousness if you haven’t seen this movie, go to an electronics/wholesale store near you try to find it (HMV will always have it), it will most likely be $5 or $6 dollars. In the words of John Preston, “I pay it gladly.” Its a good movie because you can compare it to today’s society and how we should be grateful for our emotions and ability to feel. Yes it can make us do bad stuff and there are bad emotions we would like to get rid of, but its because of those bad things that make the good ones …well good. “Without love, without anger, without sorrow, breath is just a clock ticking.”

Anyway, this has been your Sherpa’s guide for the movie, Equilibrium. To all my brothers and sisters keep watching folks :)

The movie sherpa

Hello all my brothers and sisters in the gaming world. I will be posting under the alias of Will Damous (my pen name) or you may call me the Sherpa .I am a writer, so I will be reviewing video games I find noteworthy and movies you may want to see, missed, never heard of, or were curious about. I am one of your guides and I am here to help.

My whole life I have played video games, watched movies, and read books. I look back at all the time I’ve wasted doing these things and I think to myself…time well wasted. Because now I get to share with all of you the deserving, the proud, the awesome people of the internets. So of course I leapt at the opportunity to talk to you people.

Let’s start off about who I am, or better yet my upbringing. I was probably raised by movies and video games more so than by my own parents. Watching and learning from them was all I could do. Some of my earliest memories would have to be huddling up in front of my TV screen and playing Mario on the NES, as well as Duck Hunt and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And then running downstairs to my VHS player and watch Star Wars on my awesome 27” full screen. Also I don’t know if I’m alone in saying this but when I was a kid, I would take my Gameboy and my awesome sauce copy of Pokemon Red and play in my washroom. I to this day have no idea why I played in the washroom but it just made sense.

I have been called unique and unusual among other things and I welcome these comments, because if everyone was the same, life would be very boring. For those who get to know me, I would recommend you first get to know those who already know me, and then question everyone’s sanity.

Yes, I am a college student and I am currently studying Human Resources but my occupation has nothing to do with my hobbies and my interests. I love learning about movies and I love spreading my knowledge of movies.

So as a person literally raised by movies, I would like to spread my knowledge so that you the people, YES you the people don’t have to go to a bad movie and be disappointed because it turned out to be something its not. Because don’t we all hate it when you see a commercial and think something’s going to be good and then just as you hand over your hard-earned money you get a big…flop.

I love majority of movies and spend majority of my disposable income purchasing the home versions of these movies. I do not regret the money I have lost/spent because I will keep these movies with them to the day I die (roughly spent around $2500 on movies…I don’t want to count how much that would come to with factoring in video games -_- ).

As for video games, I stand amazed at the technology available today. I am disappointed that for most games, the story appears to have taken a back seat to action and gameplay. But I digress, games have gotten better and I will continue to play them.

Now for my preferences in movies. I enjoy adventure movies mainly because I like to be taken on an adventure. But what would an adventure movie be without action? It would be a cake with no icing, it’s still cake but it lacks sweetness. But for my favorite movie of all time I would have to say it is Equilibrium, and if you have not heard of this movie expect a review of it from me in the near future. Movies I cherish are the Indiana Jones movies (specifically 1 and 3 because as we all know 2 and 4 don’t exist ) and Star Wars movies (because ALL of them are awesome and deserve recognition). So that’s the main jist of movies from me, myself, and I.

Now onto the amazing area of video games. I myself prefer RPGs. Now I like this genre for many reasons. One being customization, this is important because a video game to me is like letting me become a part of a story and the best way to do that is let me make my own guys choices. Two being story, now out of all the games I have played in my expansive career called life the only games that I have seen have epic stories are RPGs. After knowing my preference towards RPGs I would like to let everyone know that this is the genre I will most likely be talking about.

Anyway that is just part of me in a short yet somewhat long nutshell. Look forward to future posts :).