Prison Break: sequel


So the series (ahem) usual suspects… Wentworth Miller as Michael Scofield , Dominick Purcell as Lincoln Burrows, Amaury Nolasco as Sucre,  Sarah Wayne Callies as Sarah Tancredi

There’s some new blood (and somewhat literally)  Mark Feuerstein  as Jacob anton Ness Sarah’s husband and Christian Michael Cooper who plays her son Mike (yes Scolfield and the Doctor have a kid)

Then there are the new prison pals of Scofield’s that we don’t meet in the pilot episode, however I ‘m sure we will be meeting them quickly as this is an ‘event series’ I believe I’ve heard 9 episodes so this should be a jam packed addition to the original series.

So the gang’s all here seven years later it’s 2017  and everyone has moved on. There seems to be a possible resurrection when it is learned that Michael is still alive after the events of season 4.

Basically the theme for episode 1 is ‘The dead talk’. T-Bag is released and upon receiving his personal affects also gets one last piece of correspondence, with a clue to what might be some surprising news, though in our case we already know from the trailers.

Yemen prison, Linc decides to break him out

 

Sarah:

Your dad was like a storm appearing suddenly

a storm can be beautiful, frightening, mysterious.

They show up in your life and then just disappear

Michael Jr.  -but storms can come back can’t they?

and sarah…as the previews showed/asked

question is… if they come back, is it the same storm?

So while watching the pilot of this event series I thnk it felt as though I was watching the original. THe mystery, what will happen, who of the original cast will we see and the feeling when you see them. Welcoming old friends or family you have not seen in years. Honestly, I didn’t realize how much I missed them, mostly Sucre.

T-bag… he who you love to hate I would call the Negan prequel only I’m not sure who is scarier. T-bag’s Robert Knepper has been in a few series or movies I’ve seen over the years (I swear he was ‘staunking me’) One was the CW ‘Cult’ and most recently he has had a small part on iZombie, so he I haven’t missed so much even though he’s in my Top 3 faves on the show.

Then for those of you not familiar with the original Prison Break, but watch the Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, you will recognize ‘Captain Cold aka Wentworth Miller aka Michael Scolfield and Dominick Purcell’s  Mick Rory aka heatwave (I think that’s the name) from those shows.

I’ve read you can watch this even if you haven’t seen the original, tough it would deepen the experience and so you’d get any possible references. If you are familiar with the original four seasons also there are some easter eggs. For those of you already familiar with the show big time thinking cap show. Coded messages, riddles and so on. That was one reason I like the show when it first came out in 2005 or was it 2006, because 1 it wasn’t reality crap, 2. it wasn’t some procedural 3. it was an actual story, I like the mystery of it. And the whole tattoo hidden clues I loved.

The abbreviated ‘season’ will have 9 episodes from what I’ve heard. One thing to do is Read the Odyssey if you haven’t and again if you did so you get some of the ins from the pilot.

The reboot idea started in 2015 with the stars of the show who reunited on the Flash and later Legends of Tomorrow  and approached series creator Paul Schuring. He was on board and Fox jumped at continuing the global phenomenon.

Why this is a reboot to watch… because it’s not really a reboot, it’s a sequel!

It’s a perfect blend of our old ‘friends’ and some new faces. While its an ‘old’ show brought back, it’s in a sense made new again, (as each season previous did). That is one of the big problems with so called reboots regardless of if its a movie or TV series. 95% of the time they don’t have the same heart, tone,pace  and so on (like Independence day to the new one) You need to improve from the original like the Lethal Weapon tv series did from the movies. It’s updated, you have 2 great actors, love the chemistry and it has everything, plus it does re-enact some memorable scenes from the movies only BETTER!   The same with the pace, I watched the original movies not long ago they were boring compared to the show.  Now what NOT to do with a reboot? 1 word..Ghostbusters. While yes there are cameos of some or many of the original actors, those playing the actual ghostbusters are not improving upon the personalities or comedic talents and just are so not as funny as their predecessors. The humor was forced and that crappy looking slimmer were just 2 of the things that ruined it.

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Deepwater Horizon


 

2016, PG-13,  blu-ray,  1:47  directed by Peter Bergsstars  Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russel, John Malkovich,  Gina Rodriguez, Brad Leland

Based on true events of the April 20th 2010  BP Deepwater  oil rig. The drama recounts the horrific experience of the crew of 126 on board and the courage that saved many lives. All due to the inept executives who want to save a few bucks by not keeping up maintenance on the rig.

Loved the daughter in this for the short time we got to see her in the beginning. I give her presentation an A+!  Makes me miss kicking butt in my grade school Science fairs! (never got to do a volcano like I wanted but what I did always seemed to get an A and an A+ anyway!)

John Malkovich and Brad Leland play the dips who basically cause the Big Problem  spill.

This was an interesting telling of what happened  in the moments of the accident all due to greedy ignorant incompetant Executives that never listen to their underlings. (Serves your asses  right when you lose money)

it took ( I think I heard) 11 lives and The spill lasted 87 days  (doing who knows what to the aquatic life)  I forget did any of these people go to jail?

 

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The Legend of Tarzan


2016, PG-13, action adventure Drama

Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie,Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson

We start in the congo  with some deal for some raw diamonds, and then switch to London. Between scenes  we get flashbacks of Tarzan growing up and his life with the gorillas.

Was cracking up at the guy stuck in the train roof!  and half an hour to 1 1/2 hours into the movie we finally find out why the guy in the cheeta  skin wants Tarzan. What the hell with that cut away, then all of a sudden we are in some port.

Now THAT is what you call an army!!

Was ok but too much green screen CG use. Why not just use a real animal  (trained animal actors) and try to use that motion capture.

With Samuel L Jackson in this and going to be in Kong Skull Island I was getting confused with what I was watching every now and again!

Watching this made me realize how much I miss watching Alex on True Blood… MORE MOVIES PLEASE!!

I could probably watch this a few times again before I get tired of it.

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Star Trek Beyond


2016   PG-13  Blu-ray      actions, adventure, sci-fi   stars  Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl urban Simon Peg  et al

 

The opening scene is funny I’m guessing its supposed to be sort of like those fluffy tribbles (is that what they were called?)

These are some sort of Triceretops looking things (or at least what they make me think of)  They look so big while Captain Kirk is talking to them, then one stands in front of him and well… the scene escalates!

Wait did I just see a walking string bean? Oh they actually have some green aliens in this one!

The villain Krall reminds me of the Dark Elf from Thor:Dark World and sounds really familiar. I probably knew while filming was going on who it was, but I do like when I forget especially when they are in make-up and prosthetic it’s fun to guess. First I thought the really tall guy from Lost, then I was like, no can’t be as this guy isn’t the right height.

RIP Anton Yelchin     he looks different in this one some how.. like he was more muscular or something. (he didn’t look as scrawny as he did)

After an attack by Krall’s ‘killer bees’ (which remind me more of the way a certain type of a group of birds fly) we have the fall of the Enterprise who’s crew lands on various parts of what I’m calling ‘pumpkin Planet’ (too bad we couldn’t see more than one planet in a movie) though depending on the part the characters land, looks like a different planet each.

There’s a part or 2 where you can tell it’s a green screen with the characters pasted over it  one in which  captain Kirk & the Black and White alien (their backs to us) driving away.

This is definitely NOT the best of the 3! Though I can’t decide if I liked the first one or the one with Benedict Cumberbatch in it better. (however I  remember more of the sequel)

And again we get some of the ‘classics’ that Bones is so crazy about!  They ride the wave of the bee hive in a loud and distracting manor to sabotage it

The movie goes a little meta with a solo scene of Spock with some package out looking an a picture from one of the original casts. (I guess this was supposed to be a tribute to Leonard Nemoy’s passing.

Oh Simon Peg got a writing credit for this, could that be the reason it wasn’t that great?   I give it a big fat

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Taken


10pm (est)   NBC  stars Clive Standen (Vikings)  Jennifer Beals , Gaius Charles   (IMDB)

Taken the tv series is a prequel to the movie series, that made Liam Neeson an action star in his mid-50s.

Its  the origin story of Liam Neeson’s Taken movie character Bryan Mills. to which we meet at 35 years of age, a former  green beret and yes ladies the character is single!  Although it’s a genesis series depicting the evolution of the character, it does take place in present time, and how the hero became the hero, before he had the full ‘particular set of skills’

Star Clive Standen a martial arts master who is best known as Rollo in the History series Vikings first had to shed some of his bulk of Rollo’s 220 pounds before filming.

Besides the trailers I was able to see the opening scene before the premier of the show, and between the two it looked like it was worth a watch (even if you are not in Vikings withdrawal) and a good action show. The first movie was pretty cool but then there were the sequels.

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Maggie’s Plan


2015  R  1:38  Romantic Comedy Drama,

** Greta Gerwig, Travis Fimmel, Ethan Hawke,Bill Hader,Maya Rudolph,Julianne Moore

Maggie’s plan to have a child on her own, is derailed when after choosing her sperm donor she meets the man of her dreams.

Ethan Hawke plays John, the married man she falls in love with, whose own marriage to Julianne Moore’s Georgette (I forget what she does as far as work) but she’s colder than the Arctic on a winter day, and is a busy body, hardly any time for the kids let alone paying attention to them. No wonder why he’s straying.

Maggie’s plan in itself was a waste of time in her life as she ends up marrying John, has his kid, and the marrige starts to mirror he old one!  She gets bored  and falls out of love with him and gets him back with his wife. There’s a nice twist at the end during the ice skating but you do need to listen for it and the one she should have been with all along shows just in time! Sequel?? it’s open enough for one. If so I think there will be more of Travis Fimmel which yes I watched only to see him play this pickle entrepreneur. Which was you could say quirky I guess. If Travis weren’t in it I wouldn’t have even bothered watching it.

 

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The Darkness


Image result for The Darkness Movie 20162016   PG-13  Horror Thriller    1:32    Kevin Bacon,   Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz ,  Ming Na Wen, Jennifer Morrison    (IMDB)

 

This was supposedly based on real life events. A malignant spirit  returns with the Taylor family who was vacationing at the Grand Canyon where their autistic son Mike  finds some stones with Native pictographs on them.

Soon after the family returns home  there are some odd occurrences  and their daughter gets ‘sick’. The son sees someone or something he calls Jenny, and of course as usual the un-explainable things escalate

I will give it one thing where I would think to be no suspense there was a bit there, though it was  not to the point of intensity you want to scream or jump if there’s a loud noise. So for that I add a a few points but minus a bunch on the whole native legend part (its something that is over used, that it feels more aImage result for The Darkness Movie 2016 cop out and If a story is based on a building built on a Native Burial ground or some sort of sacred ground, then  it’s just cookie cutter… change the characters names, the setting and they are basically all the same)

Another thing I will give it a points boost for, I don’t remember ever seeing an autistic child portrayed in a movie. Also I thought they didn’t speak,(or very rarely)  but then I met someone that was and he spoke fairly well.

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