Movie Review: “London Has Fallen”

Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Charlotte Riley, Colin Salmon, Robert Forster
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“Olympus Has Fallen” was a pretty blatant rip-off of John McTiernan’s “Die Hard,” so it should come as no surprise that “London Has Fallen” – which is more of a spiritual successor than a literal sequel to the 2013 film – takes a page from another installment in the John McClane series, “Die Hard with a Vengeance,” by staging it as a buddy movie between Gerard Butler‘s gruff, no-nonsense Secret Service agent and Aaron Eckhart‘s hostage-prone president. The premise itself isn’t all that different from its somewhat enjoyable predecessor, but while “London Has Fallen” has its charms, this lean, mean POTUS-in-peril action thriller is ultimately hindered by its reluctance to fully embrace its own stupidity.

When the British Prime Minister unexpectedly dies after a routine surgery, U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Eckhart) insists on traveling to London for the funeral to pay his respects, despite the logistical nightmare that it creates for Secret Service director Lynne Jacobs (Angela Bassett) and head of security Mike Banning (Butler). Many of the world’s most powerful leaders are scheduled to attend, which provides the perfect opportunity for Yemenian arms dealer Aamir Barkawi (Alon Aboutboul) to launch a synchronized terrorist attack that kills several heads of state and reduces London’s most famous landmarks to rubble. President Asher manages to survive the initial attack, but when his rescue chopper is shot down, he’s forced to go on the run from his pursuers, relying once again on the highly skilled Banning to keep him safe and neutralize the threat.

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Mayweather defeats Pacquiao but the fight falls falt

It’s always deflating when a massively hyped event fails to live up to expectations. Strangely, however, for true boxing fans, not much was surprising about the Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao fight. Floyd did what Floyd always does – he plays defense, runs away from most confrontations, and uses his jab and counter punches to score. He’s a great boxer, but frankly not much of a fighter, and that leads to boring wins like we saw this weekend.

There was no way for this fight to live up to the hype. Las Vegas was flooded with celebrities for the event, as Vegas is always starving for huge happenings like this one. It’s what the town thrives on, and the rest of the country loves the spectacle as well. You have A-List celebrities like Tom Brady catching the Kentucky Derby during the day and then taking his private jet to Vegas to take in the fight.

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Fitness Facts: 8 Perilous Pitfalls to Avoid at the Gym


Joining a gym can be a scary experience. You never know exactly what you’re getting into until after you join. Unfortunately, many gyms try to obscure broken equipment, shady liability waivers, and other inherently dangerous things about their gym until after you’ve paid your dues. To add insult to injury, it’s often easier to walk on water than to cancel your membership. Here’s how to avoid some of the more obvious perils lurking at your average gym.

Check For Broken Equipment

Broken equipment is very common in many gyms across America. In the 1970s new machines were being invented which were supposed to make it easier for average folks to work out. However, as gyms bought into these machines, they realized there was a lot of money which had to be tied up into maintenance. Some gyms chose to forego the maintenance and instead let gym-goers figure it out on their own.

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The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Cadillac

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Cadillac has had a long, turbulent history in the United States. When it was up, it was the go-to luxury car in the U.S.; when it was down, it was little more than an afterthought in the American conscience. Despite its ups and downs, Cadillac is still here and is surging, once again, into the national conscience. Below is a brief history of the rise, fall, and subsequent rise of the Cadillac brand.

The Glory Years

From the 1930s through the early 1970s Cadillac was a symbol of the American dream. During its hey-day, owning a Cadillac meant those three-martini lunches had paid off, and that you were well on your way to having the keys to the executive washroom. It meant that you had game and that you were a force to be reckoned with. You were Frank Sinatra and Super Fly and Don Draper rolled into one.

Elvis Presley was a huge fan of Cadillac, even going so far as to make a special trip to Houston, Texas to buy a 1956 El Dorado.

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Picture of the Day: Alisha Lucik next to a waterfall

Alicia Lucik shows off her assets in a thong bikini as she poses next to a waterfall in a beautiful pool.

Alicia Lucik next to a waterfall