Gifted (movie)

2017   PG-13    stars Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenna Slate, Octavia Spencer


I missed I think 15 minutes to half an hour of this but got the gist and probably the meatier parts of the movie anyway.

Chris plays Frank (or was it Fred, either way, ones the Uncle the other is the cat!) who’s genius sister died and is left with a gifted young girl who came to live with him seven years ago.

Like mother like daughter, Frank’s niece is a genius but he keeps her in regular school and I can understand his reasoning. But at the same time, this little girl’s brain is functioning at least at a high school level if not college level. The grandmother is a ‘female dog'(I am trying to keep this review family friendly) she wants to put her in a school for gifted children (which the mother did and had no life) and the uncle doesn’t want that for her, he even says he has to be doing something right being she is such a great kid.

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The Alienist

The Alienist is a mysterious turn of the century period Drama     starring   Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl

Mondays 9pm EST on TNT

The stars have been rarely if ever seen on the small screen.  Actually, I don’t think anyone of them has been aside from when their movies have aired.  Daniel Bruhl is Dr. Laszlo Kreizler an alienist, who may be an intuitively gifted doctor of criminal and child psychology. He is brusque and does not have a filter for brutal honesty, which is he works with the rich playboy Moore.   Evans plays John Moore who is an illustrator drawn into the doctor’s investigation from his gilded wealthy and empty life when Dr. Kreizler has him go check out a murder on the bridge. Dakota Fanning’s Sarah Howard is the (fictional) first woman to work with the New York police. She is the secretary to Commissioner Roosevelt (yes as in who was years away from becoming our president).  The three are enforcement outsiders with their own forensic methods, those of which we use today, however, they do not have official access to the case files which does not make things easy. Enter the brothers Lucas and Marcus Isaacson (played by Douglas Smith and Matthew Shear)  the brothers are I think were the coroners for NYPD but were ‘sidelined’ because they are Jewish.  They help the doctor by doing a post-mortem autopsy on a previous case and bring fresh ideas and a dose of comedic relief to the group.

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2017,   PG-13,   Thriller, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckly


Written and directed by M Night Shamalyan who I think actually had a part in this while someone is looking at security footage.

Three girls after a birthday party are ready to go home,  waiting for the father to come in the car they are already waiting in while he puts something in the trunk… he’s attacked and the girls are kidnapped.

Kevin (I think that’s the main character’s name, well at least the one whose body the other personalities inhabit. He’s supposed to have 23 personalities but we only see five.

  • Hedwig a 9-year-old
  • Dennis   The one who kidnaps the girls
  • Patricia   in co-hoots with Dennis
  • Barry     an artist
  • Orwell
  • Jade
  • Heidrich
  • 1 other

all of his personalities know about one another (which I think is supposed to be rare if I remember right) and are known as the Horde

WOW! McAvoy better win an Oscar for this or other awards! He did great as all those different characters. I can only imagine the mental and emotional toll all of those took.

I give M. Knight a comeback award for this one. I think he’s regained the magic he had with the Sixth sense and those. Though I didn’t see any mind-bending aside from the split and the surprise cameo.

Definitely WORTH a watch and at least Nominations for Best film, Director, Actor, Comeback


The Lost City of Z

2017  PG13  2:21  Adventure  Based on true events

From Amazon Studios

Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattison, Tom Holland, Siena Miller


Based on a novel, that’s based on the true story of British Explorer Percy Fawcett (an Indiana Jones type)

who at the dawn of the 20th-century journeys to the Amazon and discovers a previously unknown advanced civilization that once inhabited the region.

He returns again and again to prove his case (as the scientific community sees indigenous populations as savages) which culminates in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

Right now I’m trying not to have a laugh at the mustache on Charlie’s faces in the beginning of the movie.

Oh, man, I forgot Robert Pattison is in this; but he’s almost unidentifiable, which is probably why.

Through the treacherous Amazonian jungles and piranha-infested waters, The Lost City of Z is not just a period drama and adventure but a journey. Not only are the characters on this mental and physical journey, but you as well may even feel it yourself.

Percy is an undecorated soldier whose father seems to have disgraced the family name by drink and gambling. He is sent along on an expedition away from his wife and young son for what will be 3-7 years.

He wants to go back again as he has only scratched the surface. It was like baby steps, the first trip is to get the lay of the land, then you see what one is in for and now more familiar with and see what you missed the first time when you go a second time, and getting further into the land. The 3rd and 4th times but this is when you may likely run into trouble as the previous times you got back safe so you feel a comfort of sorts, and maybe even indestructible.

Meanwhile, life goes on while you are away. Your wife is older, you have missed all the important moments in your sons’ lives and may even resent that you were not there for them.

Read the book BY Percy Fawcett

or Watch the movie
Or just as Amazon video or a disc for your video library

Manhunt: unibomber

Discovery    8 part Limited series      IMDB page

Sam Worthington plays Jim ‘Fitz’  Fitzgerald

Paul Bettany as Ted Kazynski the unabomber

Chris Noth, Jane Lynch,Elizabeth Reaser

Jeremy Boob (who plays one in this a closed minded boob named)  Stan Cole

I sort of remember hearing the TV and radio news reports int he background of what was happening while I was in my teens (oops I just dated myself). Surprisingly the names involved sound familiar which is a surprise as I never listened, (Hey I was a teen with a life usually always just about back out the door the moment I come in… aside from any possible homework which I don’t remember having in H.s. and once out only came home to go to the bathroom or curfew.

While working the case Fitz is the only person that sees codes within the writing and gets so involved in the case he starts losing his family.  He’s the only one that sees the profile for the unibomber is beyond wrong. Of course there’s the close minded ‘boob’ (man I’m gonna have fun with tat actor’s name just feel bad for him for when he was in school!) who has had the FBI following the wrong lead for 2 years!  (Is it wrong for me to want to see the character lose his job?)

So I’m not big on theses old crime stories being made into tv shows or movies being we already had to lie through the endless news special reports and other b.s. fodder that went along with it. This I don’t remember much of, even those some of it I think happened I my teens. As I said there are a few things that sounded familiar.

I think I’ll have to give this a seal of approval, but I’m not sure which. I don’ have a mini series or limited event series as they are calling them now. I thought ‘wortho’ as I call him (Sam Worthington) was great, the series was engaging and after all it was only 8 episodes. So it’s worth a watch. 

Hunter’s Prayer

2017        R         1:31       Blu-ray       Action/ Thriller / Drama         Sam Worthington

Hunter’s Prayer  Lucas (worthington) is hired to assassinate Ella, after her father and mother are killed. Lucas finds her at her boarding school. So when Lucas can’t pull the trigger (man I just have Wortho’s Terminator Salvation line with Anton Yelchin going through my head now) it puts him on the kill list.

Oh my it starts in Scarsdale, NY! That’s not far from me. The parents at home and for what seems no reason at all are killed, but why kill the daughter too. Honestly I could say something about that, as she should have been killed in front of the parents for whatever the reason but hey I have no idea what the motivation for that was. When Ella sees Lucas she thinks he was hired by her father to watch her. When he can’t pull the trigger he ‘kidnaps’ her to save her from any others out to kill her, and so they are now both hunted.

Talk about a hound from hell! But then again I think Dobermans have been the only dogs that make me nervous. (I blame that on my friend Anna’s little ankle biter or at least when she first got it. Not sure when they are worse when they are little or big, either way I don’t like Doberman’s.

The villain isn’t even a likable one. He’s a rich snobby @$$hole! and he’s a horrible father. Ignores his son and doesn’t even help him with his archery! Very poorly written character, can’t remember what happened to the son but at one point I half expected the son to call the cops on him or something.

So we’ve got a chase, and the usual sort  but oh that was good! The boy I guess came to help his father, but as I said the father should have helped him with the archery cause papa got shot  not sure if it was in the leg or butt but doesn’t matter where, it was funny to me! (Just deserts!)


This was bland for an ‘action’ movie.  It starts out ok, but gets tame.



The Brave Valor of Seal Team

3 different shows, with varying casts. With more or less the same premise. I always wondered why so many shows of the same type had to come out all at once. (I remember one year I think ever Network station and a few cable as well all had the same type.)  This year in a sense, I can sort of understand why. one or 2 may fail and we may be left with one of them or they may all be a hit. (all I ask is if any of them get canned, can the cast(s)  move to the remaining? So with two of the shows starting the same week I’m going to review those two and compare them all to see which I think best. This way if you don’t have the time to watch them all I can at least tell you my choice of  which  is best.

two of the shows premiered in the same week

The first to premier was ‘action/thriller/drama  The Brave which stars  Mike Vogel (Under the Dome)  as Captain Adam Dolton of this special ops field team.  Anne Heche as Patricia Campbell the team’s director and Tate Ellington (Quantico) as Noah Morgenthau  both in the offices and all three are surrounded by a bunch of others I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard of before. This is a  look into the lives and personal sacrifices of our brave military heroes. Juggling civilian life with more of a focus on  the Challenging dangerous missions to save individuals and take down terrorists.

The first episode they are tasked with rescuing a surgeon with Doctors without boarders who is nabbed not for what they originally think, but because she is a surgeon. I thought this was supposed to be a Seal team but I think someone broke out an Army shirt so that’s a no go.  I like the layout of the poster, I see it as showing all the sides of the characters. Profesonal Persona, Friends, mission and so on. To me it tells a story, and shows all the main cast members. So far for me this one is the most believable. Vogel in a sense already played a (former) soldier in Under the dome. Even if he didn’t I say he’s pretty believable at least to this civilian’s eye (let’s just say have had family and might currently still have a few cousins sprinkled through the military!) Feels a little intense at times and worry about (and warming up to) a few characters.

So far in the lead.. I think this one feels like it has more adrenaline in it compared to Seal Team, which comes off feeling a bit tame. Maybe because Seal team seems more family oriented, I’m not sure but I vote to keep watching this one.

 Official site


The next is Seal Team starring David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot,A.J. Buckley, Judd Lormand, Michaela McManus

This drama about the lives of the Elite Navy Seals as we get to see one of them as he goes through training, the big boys planning for as well as executing (sometimes literally) their missions, as well as some civilian life, but there’s more of that (or at least more often)on this show than on the Brave.  Boreanez plays Jason Hayes the big dog, who lost a team member (played by Daniel Gillies aka the suave Elijah from the Originals which plays Nate in this I’m so disappointed he’s not a regular) Michael Rooker  Plays the big Chief who we see watching the training of Thieriot’s character Spencer’s.

The poster/advertisement is too boring looking to me(no matter which you look at), is there supposed to be something in the background? To me looks like it might be desert hills.    The Brave’s advertisement at least shows me more of what the show will be like. I think Seal Team though is supposed to focus a bit more on family and civilian life than the Brave is supposed to. Mission accomplished the guys are hanging out on the beach and the last scene of the first episode is a bit of a cliff hanger.

Compared to The first episode of the brave (so far) this focuses mostly on family,  and some of the members of the Seal team are not as believable as those from the Brave, but that’s just my opinion and from what I’ve seen. Boreanez doesn’t seem to ‘work’ in fatigues, Max Thieriot the runt of the bunch looks like he’s fresh from boot camp(cause he is) and younger here than he did in Bates Motel. I swear you’d think this show was filmed before all his Bate’s scenes! I don’t know why some people look ‘right’ or wrong in Military uniforms to me Not sure if its their build or what. But I can’t help it. (I may not go nuts over people in uniform but I  have  had a lot of cousins in the military as well as VETs father, uncles, grandfather, family friend and older cousins in the Army, Navy, Air Force (Not sure if anyone was in the marines someone might have been in Coast Guard) but I guess The difference between these 2 shows is The ‘Seal team’ look a bit relaxed to me while on missions. Instead of the ‘stiff, alertness’ the Brave put on. On watching episode 2, I don’t like it as much as The Brave. I am trying to give it all the chances I can (especially being ‘Angel’ is in it)

Official site     *  David Boreanaz Learned From The Real Deal For SEAL Team


The October 9th  premier for the CW drama series VALOR  which I think stars Matt Barr  (Sleepy Hallow) as Gallo and Christina Ochoa (of Blood Drive) as Nora only because they are featured quite a bit in the previews plus in the adverts but IMDB’s cast listing does not have them as the first 2 on the main cast   page and from what I saw listed as ‘unknown episodes’. Their starring line is Joey Thurmond, Jared M. Reeder, Cecil M. Henry . This is about an Elite army  helicopter (i never seem to remember the name of them right but I think it’s shadow raiders) unit that perform  domestic and international missions. Something tells me if you watch all the trailers on the CW for the show, that you will have seen the whole first episode (just out of order)

I like the use of the dogs tags for the O. I do think they should maybe have had a chopper in there somewhere being its about some elite helicopter squad (unlike Seal team which has it in one of their posters and they are usually on one of those big cargo planes)  being as most wouldn’t know what the beret on her head is for.  There’s a mystery to this one that starts with he first episode. So I like it for that reason, and frankly in typical CW fashion Matt Barr is really nice to look at shirtless!  The mystery is they are flying a soldier back when their chopper crashes, losing their man. Gallo and Madani are stuck (I forget where it was or what amount of time). The soldier they were flying back had some domino on him before he disappeared. Now others with dominoes have popped up. I don’t think they were all the same numbered domino but I am just curious to what that part is all about. Also they have been trying to rescue a couple of their own mates that were captured. This is obviously an on going story, The Brave as far as I see is mostly a mission of the week, and Seal team has a minor mystery in it about Gillies character there are a few other little on going stories but not like Valor’s and so for the most part is a mission of the week deal as well,

 Official Site  Oh and  Matt’s IMDB picture would make you think he’s Chalie Hunnam (even though Charlie Hunam and Travis Fimmel have had Separated at Birth Moments.


Now I know I’m late on this one but I have a good reason on that.

For 1.  My computer died (thankfully it did so the end of October, so I got it in time for my mid November birthday)

  1. I was trying to mull over everything about the shows. They say Seal Team is a hit, but I can’t see how. Yeah its supposed to be the one aimed more at family but I haven’t seen much of that on the show lately.  The only ‘hit’ about it is all the Bones in the Bates basement are probably watching it.

I was all three each week if not live then on demand. As for my choice I say The Brave or Valor. Maybe the story telling is just more interesting on those shows