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. 

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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

 

 

It comes at night


2017, R 1:31  BR  Joel Edgerton   IMDB

 

So what comes at night? Something tells me this is just their anxiety and fears playing tricks on them.

The netflix sleeve (yes I use DVD) says “A malevolent force terrorizes the world outside’  really I never saw that force, or being.

The characters I find poorly written, sorry Joel I don’t mind you being the star but if this was the movie you were writing, babe you need to evolve on your characters. The wife and son seem to barely talk there seems to be no love between he and the wife. There’s not much to tell about anyone nor do any of them seem to have any personality.

The only personality is the house.

What comes at night,…..is    

 

 

 

apparently is this sickness/disease that I’m guessing is the reason there is hardly anyone around. The movie was interesting in the beginning but as it goes on it loses its momentum. It just becomes a tedious ‘routine’.

I appreciate Joel’s effort and I do love watching Edgerton’s movies acting or written by but after (I think) an hour, (give or take) is when the drop off happened.  The Not quite horror more thriller who’s mystery stunk and went kabo0m…

 

Stephen King’s It (2017)


This is part of my Classic Cut’s signature series where we look at an original movie (or franchise) and the new version.

Stephen King’s IT       (The Original)

So I get my wish to see the original before the new movie comes out

TV-14    3 hours 12 minutes  1990

Tim Curry, Jonathan Brandis, Seth Green, John Ritter, Richard Thomas, Annette O’Toole, Richard Masur, Dennis Christopher, Harry Anderson

I thought this was filmed/aired in the 80s  due to the styles of clothing of padded shoulders but IMDB has it as released in 1990. But then again who knows how long it took for them to film movies and series. So some parts may well have been filmed in the late 80s.

We start when the group of friends are already adults, and get calls from Michael who stayed in Maine because a girl has gone turned up, and not only that but Georgie’s photo at the site as well. Once they arrive back in town, they start to remember what happened 30 years ago.

As for Pennywise…aside from his bulbous head you could light a room with..heck a mansion or castle even… and those pointy teeth that if were any bigger could be impaled on…plus he can ‘shapeshift’ or at least make you think you see a loved one (I believe it’s only those that have already died that he can take their shape)  Pennywise really is not scary. I found Tim Curry’s portrayal a little camp or pardon the pun Clownish and after watching this I think Micheal Keaton used parts as inspiration when portraying Beetlejuice.

Now this is what you call a long movie, but I believe was shown in a couple of parts.

It’s a good story, something which you don’t get these days. I hear the remake’ will be as 2 movies the first when they are children and the 2nd when they are adults. (how the mini -series should have been done)

 

WAIT! Did IT inspire this Harry Potter Story Line?

 

It 2017 Everything you need to know

REmember: IT Movie’s Plot Changes Were Given Stephen King’s Blessing

10 facts remake pennywise probably didnt know

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Why We Should Enjoy ‘IT’ 2017 Without Comparing to ‘IT’ 1990

IT

Part 1: The losers Club

2017     Drama fantasy Horror      Directed by: Andy Muschetti  

Run time: 2:15   (but I think its 2 hrs without the end credits) 

Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jeremy Ray Taylor  more on IMDB

 

The Only Way To Get Through It Is To Remember That The Clown Is Bae In Real Life

13 facts probably didnt know pennywise

While the novel was written over 3 decades ago and the mini-series premiering over 20 years ago.

The First thing to know about the movie is  Its not a Remake,Redo or Reboot. A remake would entail using the 1990s mini-series as the source material.  This is of its own adapted from the book. Also they are both 2 separate entities.  What was able to be adapted to network or cable TV guidelines in 1990 would be different to what is is aloud today, however still there would be limitations if it were on  television. Honestly even if the 1990 mini series was made for the the theater, there is different regulations to what would be shown in the final edit. We would likely get a darker version now, then what could, should, would have been if it were made for big screen then. 

So the 2017 movie should be a better adaptation of the book (though I have not read it yet). Honestly as far as watching the Mini-series I was a little confused at first when the flashbacks kept coming up. At first it felt as tho it was 2 different stories. The way the story was told I thought the Losers club as adults were the parents and their kids were the losers club. then I figured it out.. but that was the way it came off to me. 

I think a re-adaptation was wise and that they have done it as a movie having a first part as the subtitle notes will obviously be focusing on the part with the young children.  When in the original I think we meet the adult versions (or a few of them) first then get flashbacks to their traumatic time when Pennywise takes one of the kids younger siblings this time it will be over the summer of 1989.

The re-adaptation I’d say was well timed with the Regan Era nostalgia of Netflix’s Stranger Things, and Ernest Cline’s  Ready Player One Novel with a movie adaptation on the way for March 2018. (read the book first! I LOVED it!  You can find a review on this blog as well as I made a ‘database’ for all the pop culture mentions) The movie should be darker than what would have been aloud in the 1990’s or even on tv today.  Even if it were a remake or reboot as I said the timing is right. unlike how quickly Spiderman  was rebooted after Tobey Maguire.3 Way too soon. I am waiting to see the new one.

Another reason why I think it needed a form of update, to me Tim Curry’s Pennywise came off too Clowny (forgive the pun… but I’m not afraid of them, I just never liked them even when I was little, they to me are more annoying than funny. Also I’d say a bit campy if not the performance then overall.

Now as part of the Skarsgard family we know Bill has got the looks and like brother Alex he played a vampire (half) on Netflix’s hemlock Grove, but the guy can be quite scary as well and that is without the make-up! He can make some really sinister faces, and that thing Pennywise does with his eyes, is basically Billy’s ‘Stupid human pet trick’ that wasn’t Computer FX people.

I saw this right after American Assassin in the theater (which I enjoyed) as soon as credits rolled, I got up and went into the IT theater.  I thought Alamo put clips shows on before all the movies, but there’s now been a few there hasn’t. Not sure if it was because of day and time or just that sort of movie. Sadly I missed what they had of the clips montage. I made it in for the last one. It was from India which I can only guess was their version of (the original) IT. There was a kid by a pool and saw some clown.

This one is definitely more menacing, and scarier. The 90s mini-series is a mouse compared to this one! Oh holy Hel was that Jaws?!!?!?!? Yeah like I said; definitely more menacing and scarier! During a lighthearted (and possible red faced moment for those who went through the phase) we have an ironic gag, the new kid in school (although they graduated today) is listening to New Kids on the Block! He and the girl have a NKOTB pun-y song jokes.

They do a good job of mixing the scary with some funny as well, which is good as this had a darker tone and felt more intense than the mini-series. Though this is not to be compared to the original as they are 2 separate entities, from 2 different eras and both based on the novel. Only with a movie could you give the novel a proper adaptation. 

The girl reminds me of Amy Adams which there is a sort of joke  in the movie about.

Oh my I haven’t heard the song Busta Move (I think by Young MC)  in so long I nearly screamed!  The ‘monster’ house (or as destination channel calls it…Zombie house) looks familiar, I think I saw something that said what it was seen in before, like maybe it was the original house in the Munsters or something.

That is weird Bill Sakrsgard can do that thing with his eyes, can make them move to the upper corners of his eyes. No VFX used

The bathroom scene with the sink I think was more sevre than the TV version and kind of reminded me of Johnny Depp in Nightmare on Elm street.

YES! Anthrax’s Anti-social and a kid wearing my favorite Metallica shirt “Metal up your Ass”

Well that was some Jeepers Creepers like crap there. A junk pile ‘mobile’ . You know that painting in Ghostbusters 2? The Creepy one in the Museum? Well there’s a scene Where PennyWise looks like that painting.

By the end of the movie my refills of soda caught up with me. I had to pee so bad , that if this didn’t literally scare it out of me, nothing will. (However a couple parts I found funny I nearly had an accident. I had to try for an hour not to laugh or anything else.

So people are finally comparing Pennywise to Freddy Kreuger.. really? Did anyone do that when the book came out (I have yet to read it) or when the tv-movie was? Because I saw it from the first time I watched the movie!~ The only thing is Pennywise is an alien of some sort, Freddy was a ‘real’ man in that story. There were some parts in the movie that did seem similar to those in the Nightmare on Elm st. series

Have to love he kid in the glasses.. He’s got to be the one that becomes the comedian or whatever played by Harry Anderson in the TV movie (yep same character name.) He was the one that gave me a few laughs not to mention maybe said the things the audience all thought.

“He’s Leaking Hamburger helper” 

I am very happy they did the movie as the story of the kids first encounter with Pennywise. I’m sure i mentioned it before, and I thought those flashbacks in the TV adaptation took away from the story. They were just distracting especially the way they did them. I thought the kids and the adults (until I noticed the same names in both) were in the same time. That the kids were the adults children. They should have done some of the story of the young kids first for a bit. However now that this movie is out I’d rather re-watch this over and over again compared to the tv adaptation. (Honestly thank goodness I had DVR’d it while I was looking after my aunt’s cats and hosue while they were away cause I might have fallen asleep if I had not.)

Going to have to look up that AIRWOLF shirt. Sounds familiar but I can’t remember if it was TV or movie. (turns out both)

I can confidently say that the new Pennywise is one of the best movie monsters since the ’80s, driven by a gripping performance from Skarsgård that is downright Oscar-worthy. Comparisons have been made to Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker, and you won’t find me disagreeing.” – John Squires of Bloody Disgusting

(I grew up near an Elm street so I’ll give him 2nd best. But Bill did a great job! Wonder if he’ll help me out on halloween! )

 

 

[Video] Bill Skarsgård Doing the Pennywise Smile Without Makeup is Even Creepier

IT  the FIRST Horror movie to Gross $300 Million in the U.S.

7 clowns more ‘terrifying’ than Pennywise

Here’s a review I haven’t even watched  nor read I don’t know if they liked it or not I do this so you know I am being fair   Here’s Movie Babble’s review & a video review

It achieves horror greatness as pennywise becomes horror icon for the ages

(not sure about that as Freddy Kreuger still seems to be making an impression on the new generations of horror fans but in the creepy clown aspect I’d agree (with the American Horror Story one following in its wake)

10 stephen king stories possibly too weird for adaptation

 

A Cure for Wellness


2017   Mystery  by Gore Verbinsky  rated R  2:26 minutes   Dane Dehaan  Jason Issacs  Mia Goth   IMDB

 

A Naive employee is sent on an errand to fetch his boss back from some European wellness ‘spa’ in the alpines. After his long trip he gets the run around from the ‘Spa’ staff who do not let him see he boss either.

I did NOT appreciate the accident showing what caused it let alone after the fact. That was just cruel, not to mention I was in a car when that happened when I was small enough to stretch out on the back seat of Dad’s VW bug! (70s or 80s version not the plastic crap of today)

Oh and look Lucious Malfoy i mean Jason Issacs is in this. He just looks weird to me as his ‘normal’ self and not as Mr. Malfoy.

Logan


2017,  Rated R   Ru n Time   2: 17       Action,Drama,Sci-fi  Imdb

Hugh Jackman Hugh Jackman
Patrick Stewart Patrick Stewart
Dafne Keen Dafne Keen
Boyd Holbrook Boyd Holbrook
Stephen Merchant Stephen Merchant
Elizabeth Rodriguez Elizabeth Rodriguez

Logan is caring for Professor X somewhere over the Mexican boarder, playing chauffeur to make money when the Professor starts ‘speaking’ with her telepathically. They save her from foes that would use her for bad and what do ya know she’s a mini wolverine. 

I’m guessing this is based on the Old man Logan comic books. Wolverine’s healing abilities are for some reason waning, he’s not healing as fast as he used to. Essex is looking for a mutant named Laura and while Logan finds out she is a version of him, this kitty doesn’t just have claws on her front paws!

There’s some vampire like dude that helps Wolverine out for some reason this guy can’t go in the sun he does burn but I don’t recall a reason.

My favorite part was the using the car with the barbbed wire as a net. That was good and Oh My did I just hear him actually growl!!!??!?!

There’s not much to remember and I found it quite a disappointment.