Great Wall


2017  PG-13 action adventure fantasy  Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem  Dafoe, Pedro Pascal

For a movie called the great wall, I found a lack of posters without it in it. It’s mostly just the actors with the text(maybe a small fore-image or background image of the wall.  If there are any (They are from China and those countries, a few I’ve seen but they are more art than an image from the movie.)

So I was sea-sawing on the decision to see this. I got an email from Showcase cinemas that if you had a star pass and bought a ticket for the movie, you get a FREE!!! Popcorn AND! drink!!! made the decision for me! My dad wanted to see it as well so we went and had ‘daddy daughter’ time.  For a sort of last minute decision, we quite enjoyed it.

The movie is about one of the legends of the Great Wall, as well as the army that protects it. a couple of mercenaries in search of black powder (gun powder)  end up attacked by some creature and are able to kill it. They end up helping the colorful army defend the wall against some monstrous creatures.

The army is a color coded menagerie of  warriors. Red archers,  Yellow foot soldiers and my favorite the Blue Crane corps, amde up of all women who ‘fly’. They are like a fighting Cirque du Soleil.

They have been in preparation for the return of some creatures, I forget… were they called tregarts? (or was that something from harry potter?)

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Kindred: The Embraced


Complete Vampire Collection Disk #2 (via    1996 4 episodes (4 hours)

C. Thomas Howell, Mark Frankel, Channon Roe,Kelly Rutherford

This was recommended to me by a friend in England. I rented it from Netflix on DVD sadly, they only had disk 2.

When I first herd the title of this I thought of the role playing game, Vampire The Masquerade but so far have not heard one mention to it or anything similar (not that I played but at least knew of it and little about it)

5 secret vampire clans who clash among themselves and mortals battle to rule San Francisco. The leader ‘Prince of the city’ Julian Luna (that sounds more like a werewolf surname than vampire) fights to keep his title.

The first episode was Live Hard, Die Young and Leave a good looking corpse

Ivan Sergei guest stars as some rock star named Zane and my Lost Boys addled mind sees way too many similarities between this episode and the movie. He sort of reminds me of a cross between Lost Boys  Jason Patrick’s character Michael Emerson and Queen of the Damned’s Stuart Townsend. (Only I think Townsend portrayed the rockstar image better) Wait did he just mention something about Jim Morrison? What the hell? Why does he always seem to be mentioned in or is somehow portrayed as a vampire? (Hello Queen of the Damned, The big Poster of Morrison in Lost Boys…Might have to look into that more)

Zane turns some girl against her will which threatens ‘The masquerade’  well there it is! definitely based on the RPG! But there ARE more than 5 clans in the game. There’s some clan name dropping (Toredor,Ventrue, Bruja) And they drop names Morrison, Cobaine (really Kurt Cobaine as a vampire?? I’ll have to ponder that a bit, yeah I guess he had the looks for it)

Humans seeem to know about them, or at least the cop. Channon Roe who plays Cash from the Gangrel clan looks more wolfish than vampire to me. Regardless he’s pegged to be a supernatural character as he already played a dark lighter in the (original) Charmed series (yes word is they are rebooting that too! but will be a prequel set in 1976)

Another few episodes..

The Rise and Fall of Eddie Fiori – The leader of the Bruja tries to take over the Masqurade

Bad Moon Rising – a member of Nosfratu clan steals a human’s baby for a ritual to regain their powers

Cabin in the Woods- The Prince of vampires goes with his reporter girlfriend to some cabin, she ends up finding out about the surpernatural world.

Get the DVD via amazon

Notes:  Asimites are chemeleons or shape shifters    Toredor are the artists

 

You can find more about Vampires here   (and I am trying to work on something for the RPG as well)

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& The Kindred The Embraced Wiki

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Huntsman: Winter’s War


2016  PG-13  Action, Fantasy  1:54  Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt

Prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. Here Ravenna has a sister Freya (yes as in the Norse Goddess) whose grief leads her to unleash her icy powers (queue ‘Let Go Let it snow whatever the name of it is..)

She is feared in her kingdom  where the only rule is Do not love.

“Do Not Love….it’s a sin. Love is a lie, it is a trick played by the cruel on the foolish and the weak. Cast it from your mind never let it render you frail of mind or of will.”

She saves the children from ‘suffering’ and they are trained to become her army. Just one problem, her 2 best warriors fall in love…

Wait if this is a prequel then how the hell is Ravenna in Snow white and the Huntsman when here she is supposed to be dead? did someone make a consistency error; AHHH that’s how!

Whoa! a river of molten gold, why not just throw the ‘mirror’ in that so that it melts.

I swear its a live action version of Frozen and for that alone it gets a            D!

 

Available in DVD, Blu-ray, 4K & Amazon Video here

Westworld


2016   HBO  series   Sci-fi, Action, adventure, drama,Anthony Hopkins, Luke Hemsworth,  James Marsden, Ben Barnes, Diego Santoro, Clifton Collins Jr, Ed Harris

So in the first episode one of the people that work in (whatever you call) the room where they talk to the ‘Hosts’ for some reason the guy seemed familiar but I passed it off not knowing who the actor was (as in a movie I saw them in nor a name wouldn’t come to me)…

The first episode I wasn’t sure if I liked the show, but did find it sort of interesting; though no idea what the heck was going on at the moment. I just thought it was supposed to be some modern day western when I saw the coming attractions for it, that plus James Marsden is in it. I found who the a*hole is in the show and I quite like Anthony Hopkins character as a future candyless Willy Wonka type. He’s the creator of the West world which costs $40,000 a day! (is that to stay there? WTF how much are people making in whatever time they are in?)

There’s some guy in this he’s security I think, that seems familiar but I don’t think I’ve seen him in anything before oh well I’ll eventually figure it out or look it up.

There’s a lot of characters to keep up with, I can’t remember all their names I know the madame is Mae,Bernard one of the heads in behavior and I think that’s all I remember, plus Ed Harris’ character just known as the Man in Black. Could he really be this Arnold Ford’s partner in creating this world?

 

and I knew THAT guy looked familiar.

 

It’s quite an interesting show, and I feel as though there’s some hidden mystery to it. While watching things unfold I think the only characters I do like is Doris, Ford (the creator) and James Marsden of course besides Luke Hemsworth but he’s not in it enough to really get to like or not his character. As for Ed Harris I don’t like his character but at the same time I get the feeling we are supposed to be unsure about him.

as for Binging, I think a long marathon would be pushing it, maybe 2 episodes at a time or 3, but then again if you are in a hotel bored out of your mind cause they charge to much for anything worth watching, then definitely binge away!

Order or watch the show or one of the movies or book

Season 1 on Amazon Video   *

Westworld 1973    * Westworld 2000 choose your format    Book (I hope this is the right one)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 1 Review: An Old World Made New Again

Westworld: 5 Big Differences Between The Original Movie and The HBO Series

In Westworld We are the Robots

Westworld: More Evidence That Bernard Is A Robot

Westworld May Explore Medieval & Roman Worlds In Future Seasons

 HBO Renews Westworld For Season 2

Westworld: The Man in Black’s Backstory Revealed
Westworld: Is The Man In Black A Host?
Westworld: Is The Maze Unsolvable?

Doctor Strange


2016   PG-13      Marvel  115 minutes  Action/Adventure/Fantasy

stars       Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams  Mads Mikklesen, Tilda Swinton, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benjamin Bratt       imdb.com

 WOW! That Opening certainly beat DiCaprio’s bendy Inception!

 The shifty Scenery is more mind blowing than just bending.

So the cause of the accident that ruins Doctor Strange’s hand, he was driving not only super fast but talking on the phone as well. I honestly feel bad more for that car than the doc. However as far as the Doc’s hands go, I can relate in a way.. as I have been having a problem with my right since the beginning of 2016….to the point I quite often get very frustrated as I cannot pick things up, or write.

Well there is certainly a lot to take in during this movie as far as the scenery goes. There were times like those scenes with the moving walls I didn’t know what to focus on, or where to focus. For this movie it may be best to sit in a row more towards the  middle of the theater!

During The Doctor’s research into getting his hands back, a file is taken from archives for him, on Jonathan Pangborn (played by

Bemjamin Bratt)   who was a former patient of Strange’s that was somehow paralyzed, and turned away by the doc; however he some how found a way to be able to walk again.

Surrender Control to gain control

Doctor Strange    ~ ‘What’s in the tea….LSD?  (after a trippy scene.)

Ancient    Have you seen that before in a gift shop?

No one knows how old the Ancient One really is,  only that she’s Celtic (me thinks Druid, is more likely)

There’s Sanctums in New York, London and Hong Kong that protect the world

They use the mirror dimension  to practice and observe as what happens there does not interfere with this reality, however dark sorcerers can be more powerful  in it

The infinite  multiverses = infinite dangers

 (no really? gods that sounds too much like the over done Spider-man  “With Great power…..” line)

There are mild funny instances  but not like the laugh out loud  ones we get from the Avengers movies characters.

Kaecilius: Mister 

Strange: Doctor

Kaecilius: Mister Doctor

Strange: Strange

Kaecilius: We’ll see

However they did the ‘moving’ sets practical, CGI or a bit of both I LOVE them! I hope the blu-ray will have a Behind the Scenes of how they did that in the special features. Plus I can’t wait to do some lay pause/slow motion to see it unravel slower. The make-up FX love the purple and ‘scales’ around Mads eyes (almost makes me think Captain Hook from Once Upon a time will show up and call him Gator or crocodile.)

Another Favorite is the Cloak of Levitation, it most certainly has a sense of humor of its own and those are the times the room was a well of laughter! (especially during a fight scene) Then there was that set of hand…errr make that body cuff.

Am I the only one, but does Dormomu, the face in the stars look a lot like Thanos to you?

Now THAT…Was an adventure! Though I’m not sure if I like this or Civil war better than the other, but then they are 2 types of movies.I’m somewhat speechless aside from the notes I took while watching the movie, so  I think I’m going to need another view as I think the first viewing put me into a shock of sorts.

 

Time Kills Everything

2 Easter Egg scenes- one with Thor and the other well you’ll just have to wait to watch!

PRE-ORDER from Amazon Video

 

For those of you with an Alamo Draft house near you as an Alamo Victory member I am a Victory member. This movie marked a milestone and I reached the Fighter Level which got me a free non-alcoholic  milkshake. So I ordered a Chocolate Peanut Butter one and found Bliss in a shake!I think they make it from scratch as there were chopped peanuts in it and not globs of peanut butter (or syrup) like most places do.

did you spot Stan Lee with Laws of perception book in hand

Doctor Strange’s Impressive Debut Leads to 14th Consecutive #1 Debut For Marvel Studios

THe Mystical Items of Doctor Strange

Is There a Captain Marvel Easter Egg Inside Doctor Strange?

Breaking Down Who’s Who in “Doctor Strange’s” Sanctum Sanctorum

Benedict Cumberbatch Teases Doctor Strange’s ‘Key Role’ in MCU Phase 4
Doctor Strange: How Infinity Stones Play Into The Movie

A whos who Preview

Benedict Wong Confirmed For Avengers Infinity War
Doctor Strange’s Mads Mikkelsen Sees His Villainous Character As A “Hero”
Mads Mikkelsen Talks Doctor Strange

 

Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange: Kevin Feige Explains How Science & Magic Mesh

How Ant-Man, Thor & Doctor Strange Set The Rules Of Magic And Science In The MCU

New Doctor Strange Character Posters Debut

Doctor Strange: Chiwetel Ejiofor On The Changes To Mordo’s Character

How Marvel Built The World Of Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange: How The Eye Of Agamotto Was Created

Doctor Strange: The Eye Of Agamotto Holds An Infinity Stone

Doctor Strange: How The Sanctum Santorum Was Created

How Color Brings Doctor Strange’s Team Together

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them


2016, PG-13, 133 Minutes   adventure, Family, Fantasy  (adaptation?)

Directed by David Yates  stars… Colin Farrell, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson,   Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller

Before Harry Potter destroyed Voldermort, Magizoologist Newt Scamander traveled the world studying creatures and is now one of the required books for Hogwarts students.

Things We Want to See in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

It’s New York in the 1920s where there is a group called the second Salemers, who know witches exist and to me looks like everyone seems to think they are cracked. Especially being as its one lady and a couple of kids so they come off more as being religious nuts than anything.

I saw this in Alamo Draft House and one of the clips that was played before the movie had the whole room cracking up. It looked like claymation (but who knows it could have been CGI to look like it)  with Voldermort  walking along and people making fun of him, one real loud shout was Man What happened to your nose?!   He goes and gets a nose job (actually getting a nose duh!)  then I forget how it leads up but somehow something breaks his nose, like actually flattens it!

So I am still stoked and surprised Colin Farrell is in this. He plays Mr. Graves  and I get the feeling he’s a bad guy for some reason. I hope not, but he did a great job playing the vampire in Fright Night so I don’t think he would disappoint if he is the bad guy.

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Jumanji


1995     adventure   via cable     Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams,     IMDB page

So for the first time in my life I actually got the chance to see the movie!

A young boy finds a curious game board in in a trunk buried in a construction site not far from his father’s factory. When his parents want to send him off to some boarding school he ‘runs away’. He was really sucked into the game and for I think it was 20 or maybe 30 years, until a new family moves into his old home. The children find the board and begin to play, Williams’ character shows up after one of them rolled a 5 or was it an 8? The life he knew, parents and factory now gone and he looks like a pauper.

 

“Just ignore him, he’s a Libra”

Honestly I think this cold use a remake at least as far as the fake animals go, and there will be one with ‘The Rock’ & Tom Holland  in 2017!

I remember the trailer with the stampede of animals through the living room.

 

While watching I wondered if there was a Jumanji 2, with a backstory as to how the board was made and its origins.

That poor new cop car…

The movie was ok, but i didn’t see the thrill of it. Not sure if the 1995 me would have liked it better.

It’s ok, but needs an FX update…

C

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