The Taking of Deborah Logan


2014    R    Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang,Brett Gentile     70 mins    Horror, Mystery, thriller

So I thought this was just another cliche possession movie. Wrong!

This was a ‘blair witch’ hybrid a single camera filmed docu horror as well as times where it seems like a normally filmed movie. Because of  her fast progressing disease (she has dementia or alzheimer’s) she is either possessed or just remembering some things.

I watched on Stream Dor a free app I got for my kindle, which you can watch movies free. (Though sometimes in another language with subtitles or in English with some foreign subtitles.  I ended up watching a couple of movies (forget which) in Polish, one in which I had already seen before so that was interesting to me.

I don’t find this movie to be worth the time really (unless you are perhaps bored in a hotel room, everything is closed or you are just in the middle of nowhere)  I was jsut so tired I jsut really did not want to read and had nothing else to watch that was short. Now I know why Netflix doesn’t have it!

 

 

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.

IMDB     *    Prison Break Producers reveal why Season 5 is finally happening

L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton


L is for Lawless (Kinsey Millhone, #12)

Crime/ Mystery  adventure

Cast of Characters    Kinsey Millhone   Ray Rawson  Gilbert   Laura Rawson  Helen Rawson

Kinsey is a twice divorced no kids Licensed P.I. (private Investigator) who while on vacation (for a friend’s wedding) is hired pro bono to get down to the bottom of why Bucky can’t seem to get the benefits his grandfather is owed from being in the air-force. So far the military etc cannot ‘identify’ him. (as in find his military records, as the family does not know his serial numbers etc…) He had no money but an old friend Lawson shows up. He wants to rent the place out, though it is not yet available. He’s pretty mysterious and is not telling Kinsey everything he knows.

Chester and Bucky are dipsticks, good for nothing but checking the oil IF that.  When Kinsey stakes out their place and sees someone leave with a duffle bag, she goes in pursuit to get to the bottom of things.  First, she has to be atop everything., the duffle is going on a plane though for some reason I thought this might be a red herring. As after the person leaves the scene of the crime, they pick someone up and leave with what looks like the same duffle. So what is the deal?

Not only is it a mystery thriller, but is a bit of an adventure as well as it takes Kinsey to Texas and Louisville. Plus somewhat of a scavanger hunt or I should say treasure hunt
. I pretty much saw the end coming and speaking of which I could have just rad 3-5 of the beginning chapters and just the last 2 of the 226 page novel as there’s 25-50 pages of story that was really not needed.

The main deal is getting through the first half of the book, it took me a few days over a month to read as it started out slow and was built up too much and too long. The last 1-2 chapters is where the story actually ends. everything to me between the chapters mentioned is really filler (aside from a couple of clues)

This was the thinnest book (I have on hand)  in the series so I thought it would be a nice test run to see if I liked the writing. it’s ok, but definitely the rest of the books are better to read when I am not trying to read a lot of books so I can make a dent in my pile!

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?

Hellraiser: Hellseeker


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2002  R  1:29  Dean Winters, Ashley LaurenceDoug Bradley (as Pinhead)

Trevor is suffering from terrifying hallucinations  after losing his wife and memory in a car crash. These vision threaten the man’s grip on reality.

This is more a mystery than horror in my point of view. I’d say the more memories that come back to him, the more crazy he gets yet still doesn’t remember. Plus he has to deal with being a suspect, as his wife’s body was not found in the car after the crash. There are times I think that the audience isn’t supposed to be able  to tell if its ‘reality’ or an hallucination.

I miss the days seeing the criminals and those who messed with the puzzle box were turned into cenobites. I  always wondered why they were called that and not just demons, because frankly they are that. Plus the fact Hellraiser is the series, so wouldn’t Pinhead as the lead cenobite really be the devil incarnate and the others just his demons?)

Another reason why I wonder they were called that is because cenobite, sounds more like a kilobite megabite etc. maybe ceno = Century bite, either that or some sort of robotic parasite.

We get flashes in his halucinations of some of the cenobites  but they are not really satisfying for the longtime fans of the series. I remember in one of them identical twins cops were made into a twisted conjoined twins.  Will Trevor be turned in to a cenobite, some sort of guppy maybe?  These later installments make me sad as they are not made as well as they once were I just beg hollywood, PLEASE if there is any remake/reboot of the franchise DO NOT LET Rob Zombie have anything to do with it.

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House of Wax / Mystery of the Wax Museum


So this was a double feature disk.

I watched the 1953 House of Wax starring Vincent Price first. This was one of  (if not) the first 3D films ever made!

Vincent Price plays Henry Jerrod the creepy curator of a wax museum after a fire ruins his hands, he turns to a morbid alternative for making the sculptures.  The movie is a remake of the 1933 Mystery of the Wax Museum. Of the two I liked House of Wax better as the 1933 movie just felt overly dramatic to me  yet it wasn’t even a silent film (for some reason I just can’t take those)  also Vincent Price’s Henry Jerrod is memorable unlike, whoever it was that played the curator of the original.

Fay Wray  played Charlotte a reporter which is really the only character I can remember, but not sure if it’s for a good reason or not.

While I find the 1953 remake the better as I mentioned, honestly as bad as the 2005 remake for that was that starred Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton let’s just say in a way I prefer to watch the more recent one and I’ll just say if You do not like Paris Hilton (this was when for some reason still unknown to me, she was popular for just being an heiress I guess?) You might want to watch this just for the reason I do. Otherwise, watch Vincent Price’s version. It’s worth the time.

 

Thank you to   Jo_Wass  for the comment I am including here

“To answer your unspoken question: No, House of Wax wasn’t the first 3D film ever made, that honour goes to mystery radio pioneer and film maker Arch Oboler, who released independent movie The Bwana Devil in the end of 1952. The second 3D movie was actually a Soviet musical called Aleko, released January 1, 1953. If I’m not mistaken, the second US film in 3D was Columbia’s Man in the Dark, directed by Lew Landers, which premiered on April 8, 1953. House of Wax was released two days later, making it the third US 3D film, and the first one released by a major studio.”

 

The Forest


2016   PG-13  cable  horror Mystery   starring   Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken  IMDB

 

After learning her twin sister has gone to Japan’s suicide forest, Jess picks up to go find her in the suspiciously haunted forest.

Thank the gods for cable and that I didn’t waste money to see this in the theater! I’m not sure which is worse (if one is) this or the Blair Witch.

Not sure if this is an American remake of a Japanese film I saw but so far the only good remake of a foreign film I’ve seen so far is that of District 13 who’s american remake starred Paul Walker and titled Brick Mansions.

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