X-Men Apocalypse Delivers An Action Packed Punch

As a comic geek I have to say that for the most part the X-Men movie franchise hasn’t let me down. There were a few films in this series that I felt were absolutely fantastic. Recently I enjoyed X-Men First Class and Days of Future Past. I was a bit skeptical when I saw the trailer for Apocalypse. When I was done watching the movie I put all that skepticism away.

Growing up in the 90’s as a young kid I was started my journey into comic books. One of the titles that I would read was the X-Men series that Jim Lee did. I loved the artwork and storytelling. In X-Men Apocalypse I was transported back to those days as a kid. In this film we got to see a ton of characters without a lot of backstory. It was similar to reading a comic book. You got to know a bit about the character, but you didn’t need a whole fifteen minutes on each hero or villain that was introduced into the film.

That said I felt like the action was well balanced with the art of storytelling. There were a few scenes that were a bit predictable, but each of those scenes left you wanting more. Bryan Singer, who has directed a few of these films know all about these mutants and what people are looking for when they go and check an X-Men movie.

The backstory of the film centers on the ancient mutant En Sabah Nur, who awakens in 1983 and plans to wipe out modern civilization and take over the world. As always the X-Men to try to stop him and defeat his team of renegade mutants, which include Magneto, Storm, Psylocke and Angel. The film’s plot is inspired by the X-Factor storyline Fall of the Mutants and Ultimate X-Men’s Apocalypse arc.

The film brings back an all-star cast that is headlined by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Oscar Isaac. Besides action and a good story there is some humor and some funny nods to either past X-Men films or story arcs from beloved X-men comic books series from the past. There is one scene that is taken out of Marvel Comics Presents that deals with an X-Men favorite that should have been in his first solo film. They reimagined this scene so well. I wish they used it in the first film. I don’t want to say anything more so that I don’t spoil that scene for you. Whether or not you are comic geek like myself you will enjoy this movie.

Some of the bonus features on the Blu-ray are Deleted/Extended Scenes with Optional Introductions by Bryan Singer, Gag Reel, Wrap Party Video,Hour long documentary, X-Men: Apocalypse Unearthed, Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg, and Concept Art and Photo Gallery. Also make sure you watch the bonus scene after the credits!

You can purchase the film here and check out the trailer below.

Get Some Cool Kicks In NYC

Are you going to be in NYC today or tomorrow? If so Reebok has a cool pop up store for the next two days. Reebok Classic will open the new Reebok Fury Pop Up (in partnership with Footaction) in NYC today at 125 W 33rd St, NY, NY 10001 to celebrate the iconic Instapump Fury sneaker as well as the Reebok x Future partnership, which was announced in July this year.

This is the first time that consumers will be able to purchase the new Instapump Fury Overbranded sneaker that Future has been wearing on tour from Tuesday, October 11th from 4-8pm, and Wednesday, October 12th from 12-8pm.

The store includes a “Fury Print Workshop” featuring live pencil sneaker drawings by famed illustrator Steph Morris as well as a “Back to the Fury” Instapump area that features some of the top Reebok collaborations from years past including John Maeda, Voltron, Chanel, and Marvel.

Marvel Screens Iron Fist Trailer At NYCC

There is always something good coming out of the New York Comic Con. With that notion Marvel released the trailer for the Netflix upcoming series Iron Fist. Fifteen years after being presumed dead in a plane crash, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) mysteriously returns to New York City determined to reclaim his birthright and family company. However, when a long-destined enemy rises in New York, this living weapon is forced to choose between his family’s legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist.

The Dash Cuts The Cord But Adds So Much More

Did you feel the tremor in the tech community when Apple said that the iPhone 7 wouldn’t have a headphone jack? People were reacting like it was the end of the world. I understand some of the frustration, but a few people were taking it really hard.

Thankfully a company called Bragi will be able to talk all of those people off the ledge. They created the Dash, which is world’s first truly wireless Hearable, a smart device that fits in your ears. I was able to test this out. I have tried wireless headphones before, but the Dash in a class by itself. You may say to yourself that you have heard this before with other tech. I ask you to read on and listen to my experience with the Dash.

Right off the bat before I put them into my ears I was a bit skeptical on how they would fit me. Truth be told I have weird ears. In the past I couldn’t wear earbuds because they would fall out of my odd shaped ears. The Dash has different sizes through their PerfectFit system. So when I found the overlays that worked for me I took in one sigh of relief.

The Dash has at least three hours of battery life per charge depending on your use. You can load music right into them since they come with an integrated 4GB music player. You load your music while you are charging them on your computer. You can also stream audio through the Bluetooth technology. There is an EarTouch interface that allows you to mute surrounding ambient sounds. This is perfect for when I was running outside I would turn the ambient sounds on to hear oncoming traffic or other people around me.

When I was in home after a run I turned the ambient sound off and jumped in the shower with the Dash still in my ears. No I am not crazy. The Dash is waterproof. You can take them in the shower or if you are in the water going for a swim up to 1m. So to all of you who compete in Ironman events you might want to pick up the Dash!

Speaking of health and competing in Ironman events, for those who want to track their movement, the Dash does that as well. When I was using the Dash Coach I was able to get live audio feedback in regards to my heart rate, how many steps I took each day and told me how active I was for that day. To help streamline your fitness goals the Dash allows you to create a profile with your gender, weight, height, and running step length to better track your fitness. So as you can see so far the Dash goes way beyond your typical tech.

Another fantastic feature is the fact that it has built in wireless call handling by the use of the mini- computer processor and how it reacts to your gestures. I can take a call with the movement of my head and not having to worry about touching my phone. This is a great feature when you are not able to reach for your phone.

I was really satisfied with the Dash. In my radio days I have used a lot of headphones and earbuds that touted great clarity and volume. The Dash is right up there with the high end headphones. I really like how the engineers of the Dash thought about how they could integrate this tech with your everyday life.

The Dash is compatible with iOS, Android and Windows 10 for mobile phones. The list price for the Dash is $299.00 and you can pick them up at Bragi’s website.

You Have A Chance To Go Back To The Future With The Nike Air Mags

The wait is over for Back to the Future fans and sneakerheads. The sneakers that Marty McFly made famous in Back to the Future 2 are up for grabs. In partnership with the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), Nike will provide everyone an opportunity to win one of the only pairs of the adaptive-lacing Nike Mag.

In total, there are fewer than 100 pairs available globally through The Draw, which begins today, October 4, and ends October 11, 2016. The winners will be notified on October 17, 2016. Each ticket costs $10, and there’s no limit to the number of tickets you can buy. Most importantly, 100% of the proceeds will go to the MJFF to help find a cure for Parkinson’s. Click here for your chance to enter the raffle.

Justise Winslow Looking To Help Out In The Community

There are great guys in the sports world. All you need to do is just look at the young star in Miami. This touching video explores Justise’s work with Son of a Saint, a New Orleans-based organization that focuses on enhancing the lives of fatherless boys. As someone who saw his parents’ divorce at an early age, the mission of Son of a Saint immediately resonated with Justise. Knowing firsthand how crucial it is for a young man to have a father figure in their life, Justise considers his work with Son of Saint to be one of the greatest accomplishments of his young career.

First Step is an all-new series on The Players’ Tribune that explores an issue or cause important to an athlete and how they are doing his or her part to help and enact real change in the community. Whether it’s Richard Sherman inspiring students in Seattle, Donald Driver helping underserved adults get back into the workforce in Milwaukee or Justise Winslow spending time with children missing a father figure in New Orleans, each athlete is taking the first step to help people overcome the hurdles they face in everyday life.

Watch The Teaser Trailer For Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Guess who is back? It is your favorite pirate, Jack Sparrow. Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, Stephen Graham as Scrum, David Wenham as Scarfield and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning are directing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr. and Brigham Taylor. Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” drops anchor in U.S. theaters on May 26, 2017.

Reebok Classics Bringing Out More Styles For The Fall

This week we got some fantastic news in the world of sneakers. If you are looking to pick up a fresh pair for the fall Reebok Classics has some kicks you need to look at. Reebok Classic is proud to announce the latest iteration of the esteemed Fury franchise with the launch of the white and black InstaPump Fury Overbranded.  Including an abstracted, overblown black Reebok vector against a clean white upper, this unisex style has been a tour favorite of Future’s this summer and will be available to purchase for the first time at the new Reebok Fury Pop Up Shop in NYC on October 11th and 12th.

The InstaPump Fury is one of the crown jewels of the Reebok Classic collection.  First launched in 1994, the futuristic silhouette was very advanced for its time with its inverted Pump air bladder, cutouts, and split midsole, and inspired many collaborations with artists, designers and retailers over the years.  Ahead of its time since day one, the InstaPump Fury remains a cult favorite amongst collectors and consumers alike.

The Fury Adapt and Furylite round out Reebok Classic’s Fury collection this Fall with the same DNA and spirit that inspired the original. True to its name, the Fury Adapt is a modern take on a global icon. Geometric and bold like its predecessor, but with a slimmed, sportier silhouette, the Fury Adapt is a look that stands alone.  The Furylite is the next generation of a classic. With striking, angular layers of graphics and texture, the Furylite radiates with individuality and is primed to unleash its own legacy.

The white and black InstaPump Fury Overbranded ($175) will be available for purchase at the Reebok Fury Pop Up Shop in NYC from 4-6pm on October 11th (pre-sale) and October 12th from 12-6pm.  The model will officially launch nationwide on October 12th at Footaction and Reebok.com

The Fury Adapt ($100) is available at Champs and Reebok.com and the Furylite ($75) is out now at Finish Line and Reebok.com.