Deadpool Teases a Sequel!


On a gloomy Friday evening, there was no better idea than to go check out a movie.  I’ve been dying to see Logan when it came out and some friends have told me that it was amazing.  After eating an early dinner at a sub shop, it was time to head to the theaters to go see Logan.  Even though the film opened a few weeks ago, the theater packed up just mere minutes before the film started.

Logan ended up being an amazing film!  The movie centers around James ‘Logan’ Howlett (Wolverine) and Professor Charles Xavier as they escort 11-year-old Laura to a destination in North Dakota called ‘Eden’.  Along the road, the trio encounter slew of enemies that are looking to kidnap Laura.  It was one adventurous road trip to North Dakota where we got to learn about Laura’s past.

While the film itself was excellent, there was something even more interesting that happened before it started.  After the trailers were finished, there was a new teaser being shown.  It took me a few minutes to realize that it was the teaser for Deadpool 2.  How ironic that they saved the best teaser for last right before Logan was about to be screened!  Ryan Reynolds will be returning as Deadpool once again.

The teaser itself was hilarious.  Wade Wilson is walking down an alleyway when he noticed someone getting robbed at gunpoint.  He dashes into the phonebooth to change into Deadpool.  It took him a minute or two as he struggled to get his gear on.  After fumbling with his costume, Deadpool notices that the guy was already dead before he got there.  In typical Deadpool fashion, he just laid his head onto his chest while sipping coffee.  The screen pans out from the scene to reveal that Deadpool will be coming back.

Other than being a hilarious trailer, it was an interesting publicity stunt that Marvel pulled off.  Marvel’s films are connected in some form or another and it holds true through their teasers (FYI, a poster of Logan can be seen on the brick wall!).  Deadpool and Logan are both titles from the same Marvel universe, so it made sense that Deadpool appeared before the film started.  There will be a lot more Marvel film releasing in the future, so this was great to captivate the audience about their newest title.

Seeing that teaser before Logan was amazing!  I’ve yet to see Deadpool and I’m excited to see that Ryan Reynolds will be reprising his role for the sequel.  Viewing trailers are my favorite part of going to the movies and the Deadpool 2 trailer worked well before the film.  Hopefully we will get more information soon on the Deadpool sequel.

Getting ‘Iron Fisted’ with Marvel’s Iron Fist


Over the past year, Netflix has collaborated with Marvel to release more superhero-type shows.  Series like Daredevil and Luke Cage have infiltrated the Netflix library.  While I’m not the biggest fan of superhero movies or TV series, these were actually pretty decent to watch.  The newest Marvel series that I recently got into was Iron Fist and so far…the series has just been god-awful.

Before I can get into the snooze-fest that is Iron Fist, allow me to provide some background to the show.  Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand a.k.a the Iron Fist, a martial arts expert who calls upon the power of the Iron Fist.  After surviving a terrible plane crash within the Himalayas fifteen years ago, Rand returns to New York City to reclaim his family company Rand Enterprises.  When a threat emerges within the city, he must choose between helping his family’s legacy and his personal duties as the Iron Fist.

That’s the quick background, now here’s my first issue with this show: the pacing.  Iron Fist’s pacing moves just as slow as a glacier, revealing a tiny bit of detail about Danny Rand’s past within each episode.  I know that Danny Rand was taken in by powerful monks within the Himalayas where he gained the Iron Fist, yet I still don’t know exactly HOW he received his powers (speaking of power, his super power seems WEAK compared to the powers of Matt Murdock!).  He drops some details of his ‘horrifying’ training that he got from the monks where he was forced to carry buckets of water miles from his campsite.

How else was your training that sadistic?  Did they force you to eat a pig heart as a daily meal?  Was there some other monk sticking razor-sharp needles into your body?  And while we’re on the subject of your trainer, what’s his background story on why he trained you?  For the love of god, give me something more terrifying!

Not only is the storyline moving at a snail’s pace, but it’s also downright mundane.  Here’s a crucial piece of the story: Danny Rand discovers that Ward is working with another group to ship in -wait for it- HEROIN into New York City.  That’s the ‘danger’ that Rand Enterprises is hiding from the city – synthetic heroin being smuggled into The Big Apple.  It couldn’t be some dangerous monster from a foreign land, it HAD to be heroin (I guess we needed yet ANOTHER reminder of the heroin epidemic happening here in America!).  Even after watching the scene of Ward chasing the dragon in his executive office, I still lost interest in the series.

If I wanted to see the heroin epidemic in action, I could just take a stroll around the Boston Common during the weekday.  It’s preposterous that they went political by bringing out the heroin epidemic into the fictional superhero universe.  Why couldn’t they draw up something more original than synthetic heroin?  This is a superhero series from Marvel, not New Jack City!

Here’s my last problem with the series: the fighting/gore content.  For the love of God, the fighting is just TERRIBLE.  It looked more like choreographed dance lessons than actual fighting against the enemies.  Not only are the fight scenes horrendous, but there’s BARELY any fighting happening at all!  Could you also throw in a few torture scenes as well?  There’s nothing that’s too sadistic that makes me want to hate Danny’s adversary even more (BTW who the HELL is Danny’s adversary exactly?).

There was one gory scene where Madam Gao impales one of her assistants and sticks him inside the truck that Danny escaped out of.  Even after that, I was still growing bored with the childish fights that happen in the series.  I’ve seen more gory action on Supernatural and that show is rated TV-14!  You know that Iron Fist has to be THAT bad when it has less gory content than Supernatural.

All in all, Iron Fist was a disappointing series to watch.  Even after baking up with some Mango Kush before starting an episode, I still grow easily bored and resort to playing Brick Breaker Star on my phone.  This series should be renamed to ‘Iron Fisted’ being that watching this dreadful series is like taking an iron fist up your ass (‘Iron Fisted’ would make for a GREAT porn title!).  If they picked up the pace, brainstormed a more original plot, and added some more violent/gory content, then I may have gotten more into this series.  For now, I hope that the series picks up better with the next season (if they choose to renew it!) so that I don’t get ‘Iron Fisted’ while binge-watching this dull series.

 

Packing Perfect Joints with Pouch Papers!


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As a cannabis connoisseur, I have one amateur statement I have to confess: I can’t roll a joint.  Out of all of the devices I have used in the past (pipes, bongs, dugouts), I still haven’t mastered the art of joint rolling.  I have seen many how-to pages around the internet and I am still figuring out the right techniques.  People showcase videos of them doing it as well and it is NOT as easy as it looks!

One frustrating part of joint rolling is that the flowers keep falling off the side when I tighten the bottom.  When the flowers keep falling, I spend at least 3-4 minutes picking the remains up to pack them in again.  The technique itself isn’t complicated to me, but it’s that one issue that is preventing me from rolling an amazing joint.  I have gotten better at rolling with a pen and I am trying to shy away from the trick.

It was then that I asked myself: are there joints specifically made for beginners?  Could there be joint paper where it’s easier to pack the flowers inside without having them fall off?  If there is such thing, where would I even find this kind of unique product?

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These burning questions led me to discover an amazing product: Pouch Papers.  Originally manufactured in Northern China, Pouch Papers are a unique joint-rolling product.  Each pack provides 20 sheets inside and they cost less than $5.

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The unique selling point of Pouch Papers is the sealed pouch featured inside.  When rolling your joint/spliff, simply pack your herbs inside the pouch and roll up the joint.  Lick the sticky gum side and your joint is good to go.  Now you’ll be able to show off your new joint rolling skills to your friends!

You can find this at most smoke shops around Massachusetts (I’d recommend searching for them in Boston since there’s a lot of smoke shops that would carry them).  I found my pack of Pouch Papers at Sugar Daddy’s Smoke Shop near Fenway Park, but you can certainly get them at other shops.  When searching for Pouch Papers, look for the yellow-orange kangaroo (that reads ‘POUCH’ on the body) that is located within the center of the pack.  There are definitely other rolling paper brands that carry the pouch feature, but Pouch Papers is the most popular brand I found.

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I was so glad to find the Pouch Papers!  My joint rolling skills are far from advanced and I wondered if there was a product that would make the process easier.  Once I have some free time, I will practice rolling with the papers to further increase my skill.

If anyone out there is having difficulty rolling joints, I HIGHLY (no pun intended!) recommend purchasing Pouch Papers.  Rolling with Pouch Papers is easier and you will increase your rolling technique as time goes on.  Practicing with these papers is a great way to get better and you will consume some amazing cannabis as well!

They say ‘practice makes perfect’ and this certainly holds true for joint-rolling.  Pouch Paper’s unique pouch function serves as the unique selling point that distinguishes itself from other brands.  It is great that other rolling paper brands are releasing flavored papers, but they should think differently about what joint users are searching for in their products.  Beginner rollers would want to purchase Pouch Papers since they are easier to roll.

With that, I recommend all first-time rollers to use Pouch Papers to practice rolling the perfect joint.