Ghost in the Shell


2017     BR    PG13    1:49

 

The lines were blurred between human and robot with the technological advances of the future. people getting robotic upgrades and now the new body piercing (for lack of a better example). The corporation Hanka will combine the 2 best parts of human and machine together. The Human brain in a cyborg.

Major played by ScarJo is a cyborg police officer heading up the task force to foiling cyber criminals.  There’s things she sort of remembers but does not know what they are, until she meets a previous ‘experiment’ of Hanka and earlier version of what she is. Who enlightens her how to remember. Her ‘Gliches’ are a past memory.

I like the cinematography and damn if you don’t watch this on at least a blu-ray if  you don’t have somethng better like the 3d or 4k screens etc you are missing out! I enjoyed the holograms around what I would perceive as (was it Tokyo?)  the city’s time Square like area.  There were Fish swimming in the street! Instead of Billboards they have giant holograms on top of buildings and just like we are with our own current advertising, these people are just as jadded.

Now I know the movie is likely 75%  CG FX but the guy borg gives me the heebie jeebies its so freakish looking (and I do not use that term lightly)  definately a case for that future’s Frankenstein monster!

As for the movie it does make an impression but I think the Visuals take away from whatever there was of a story. The story which I didn’t see that there was much depth to.

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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.

Life


Rated R     2017   BR  1:43  Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal,  Rebecca Ferguson ,Hiroyuki Sanada

A crew of the international space station discovers a one celled organism in a sample collected from Mars.

The ‘creature’ which starts out looking like I guess a tape worm, starts to show signs of freakish intellect.

Apparently this thing is likely the reason Mars looks like a desert wasteland.

They keep showing a rant in a cute but oppressive harness, looks weird like they are sort of going to take it for a walk but the harness is more like a handcuff. Sadly I think I know what the rat’s fate will be.  The tape worm alien breaks the guys fingers and hand and …well no child or one with a love of animals should see what happens next. Traumatizing.

WEll Reynolds in a sense just got Probbed, (and was so wishing for a deadpool quip for it) each time it grows it looks like something else… now it sort looks like a star fish maybe more like a space squid…and can even camouflage itself (or make itself invisible altogether who knows) .. talk about an invasive species!

Its also like a shark and can smell blood from however far away (I think it was on the other side of the space station) I wasn’t expecting that ending! certainly that was a twist. But when or how did that happen? ‘Trick shots’

It was ok for a watch at least it didn’t take the form of the others like the alien in Dreamcather and I can’t think of the other title, but you get the point.

 

 

10 Cloverfield Lane


2016  PG-13  1:45      John Goodman

A young woman wakes in a the cellar of a stranger after she is knocked out in an auto accident an auto accident. The stranger tells her he saved her from a chemical attack that has devastated the world. She doesn’t seem to believe him, even though there is one other survivor there.

 

Oh love the shower curtain… gotta find that one.

Now I was not a fan of the original, I don’t usually get motion sickness but that was one I did need Dramamine for. Compared to this, Cloverfield was better although all it seemed like was running from nothing the whole time with a quick glimpse here or there and even after the reveal you still don’t see much if any of the monster.

For me this was all too predicable, though kudos to John Goodman as he was scary good with his performance. My question though is how long were they down there before we join them, as he seemed a bit more like he’d been on his own awhile to get a bit nutty.

Even after dropping numerous hints and out right reasons to what is going on outside…and  that she should not open the hatch, she just can’t listen and wrap her head around that they are likely the only survivors in the area, and everyone she knows is likely dead.

They try to build and build up suspense but never do, there’s barely any drama either..

D

 

Passengers


2016       PG-13       1:56       Blu-ray

The Starship Avalon is on a 120 year journey to a distant planetary colony of Homestead 2. With a crew of 250 and 5000 passengers.  When an asteroid knocks the ship ‘auto pilot’ and other features start to fail one in which a glitch rouses Jim Preston (Pratt) from his decades long hibernation chamber.

So this looked like interesting fare

After a time and in need of company Preston  wakes Journalist Aurora Dunn (JLaw)

well it started out interesting but it felt longer than the hour and 56 minutes I noted. Sort of like a forced build up just without any mystery to unfold, or climax, or the good scare.  There is I think a little homage to The Shinning when Preston goes to the bar (I think this was after he’d been along for a time.)  I’m not sure if that’s on purpose or its just me that felt that way. Also liked the (Is that) Art Deco of the bar area.

 

Yes it was an interesting story but at some point it was no longer interesting to me and just started to lose interest (maybe because as I said the 2 hours felt more like 3 or more) I don’t mind a 2 hour (or longer movie for the prices we pay now and days) but when they feel LONGER and they are not that’s when I have the problem.

(Honestly around 2 hours is the norm these days, in the 90s and back it was usually 90 minutes with the rare movie like Goonies, I never realized how long it was til I was an adult its a rare 2 1/2 -3 hours for that era! but still one of the BEST movies ever!

 

Would you migrate to another planet? Why?

What would you do with no one else awake?

 

Would you wake another person up? (right away or once you start going mad?)

Same sex or the opposite sex?

What color hair, profession and personality would you choose for your companion?

 

 

 

Ready Player One Database


IN case I forgot to include the books   anoraksinvitation.online/

Anoraks Almanac

Games
Movies/Tv
Music
 Miscellany
Info/notes
LEGEND    ^=Cartoon  *=Saturday morning  ‘cartoon’    += text adventure game   @=RPG   
Akalabeth
Superfriends ^
Police
Peter Jackson
Director
Joust  (1982)
Wargames
Journey
Terry Gilliam
Dig Dug
Real Genius
R.E.M
James Cameron
Dodge
Tron
The Clash
Stanley Kubrick
Raaka-tu +
Riptide #
(music & comic)
Might Be Giants
Steven Spielberg
Bedlam +
E.T.
Devo
John Hughes
Pyramid +
Greatest American Hero
Van Halen
Quentin Tarintino
Omnis
A-Team
Bon JOvi
Kevin Smith
K-car
AIrwolf
Def Leppard
Guillermo Del Toro
Yar’s revenge
Knight Rider
Pink Floyd
Finicher
Combat
The Muppet Show
 Rush    (subdivision)
George Lucas
Kaboom
Simpsons
Ooingo boingo
Rom Cartridges
Technology
Space Invaders
Misfits of Science
Fidonet
(90s internet)
Dungeons & Dragons   @
Star trek-
(TOS, TNG, D59,
Voyager, Enterprise)
Video Fever- The Beepers
Basil Poledouris
Conan Barbarian Score
Star raiders
Gobots *
In your eyes- Peter Gabriel
Howard Jones
80s poet
Star Master
Transformers *
Bill Hicks
Comedian
Adventure
Land of the Lost *
not a cartoon
E.T.
Thundar the Barbarian *
Douglas Adams
Author
Pitfall
Schoolhouse Rock*
Stephen King
Gurps   @
He-man
Kurt Vonnegut
Champions  @
G.I. Joe *
Neil Stephenson
Car Wars   @
H.R. Pufnstuf *
(not a cartoon)
Battlezone
G-force*
Orson Scotcard
Spacewar 1962
Go Speed Racer Go*
Richard Morgan
Tennis for 2 (1958)
Star Blazers
Midnight Oil
(87 hit beds are burning
Terry Pratchett
Zork +
Godzilla*
Forget ref. to
Robotrohn 2084
The Space Giants
(or Maguma Taishi  in Japan)
‘Rockin like Dokken
Terry Brooks
Galaga
Star Wars
The Holy Trilogies
Crystal Skull and on ‘don’t exist’
Defender
Lord Of the Rings
Asteroids
Mad Max
Donkey Kong
Matrix
Burger Time
Back to the Future
Golden Axe
Indy jones
Contra
Voltron*
 Halderman
astrosmash
GhostBusters
Gibson
Smash TV
Better off Dead
Vance
Heavy Barrel
Revenge of the Nerds
Tokien
Zaxxon
 ^Dungeons &Dragons  80s
Neil Gainman
Crime fighters
Gamera
Rod Sterling
Vigilante
Family Ties
Bester
ikari Warriors
Cosmos
Bradlay
Robotron   (?)
Sesame Street
Moogcki
Madness & the Minotaur +
BattleStar Galactica
3 is a magic number- Bob Dorough
Scalzi
Black Tiger
Muppets
Zalazny
Time Pilot
Howard the Duck
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Oscilloscope
Dungeons of Daggeroth  ‘82
Cowboy Bebop
Charge-John Waite Vision Quest ST
TRS-80
70s/80s Tandy Radio shack comp
Sword Quest (series) 1982
Highlander
A million Miles away The limsouls 1983
PDP-1 computer
Tron Deadly Discs
Krull
TRS-80 III
Colossal Cave +
Zapruder
Amazing Spiderman
Comics or magazines
Q*bert
Superman the movie
Green Lantern
Gorf
THe Goonies
Star Log
Tempest
Legend
Dragon Magazine
Quake
Revenge of the Jedi
300 Baud modem
Neuromancer
Blade Runner
Commodore 64
THX-1138
Intellevision console
Robotron  ^?
Basic
Programming language
Short Circuit
Atari 800XL
Game system
Pac-man Fever
neon genesis evangelion ^
Song  by bunckner  & Garcia
Atari 2600
Excalibur (John Bormann)
Fruit loops
Cereal
Explorers             (Joe Dante)
Honey Combs
Mecha Godzilla (Kiryu)
Lucky Charms
Monty ython & the Holy Grail
Count Chocula
Mazingerz ^
Quisp
Frosted Flakes
Cap n Crunch
Square Pegs
Electra Woman & Dyna Girl
Gigantor
Robots
Wonder Woman
Tranzor Z
Isis
The Iron Giant
Spectreman
Jet Jaguar
Supaidaman (spider-man)
Leopardon
Supaidaman
Minerva X
Silver Spoons
Buck Rodgers

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter


2017   R  1:46  Mila Jovovich, Shawn Roberts,Eion Mackin, Ali Larter

 

Alive returns  to Raccoon city to fight against some of Unmbrella’s  new mutant monstrosities to be unleashed on the last of the human population.

“The End…..the end to my story”- Alice

so what this isn’t the actual end of the franchise, just Mila Jovovich? Will you see it without her, or would it just depend on who the new ‘alice’  oops sorry/.. lead is?

Oh crap was that a dragon? or a Turok……(Avatar creatur rip off)?

So the Capital building Looks rotted like a zombie Oh and then they copy off of walking dead with the HEAD-quarium, a bit of Star Trek’s Khan fight on the moving vehicle gods is anything original in this and not a knock-off/Nod to something else?

Erebus?? wait wasn’t that the vampire Bible in blade? Oh maybe they said Cerebus.. the 3 headed dog or something like that from Greek mythology right? So I’m waiting for it… and a mass of doberman’s….dead’mans (or I think they are) come out I was waiting even after this for some 3 headed or more dog! but end up disappointed.

I can tell you one thing I’ve always liked about the series… the monster or 2 of the movie!  They have had some freakish things that i commend the demented mind of whoever the creator(s) were for those monsters. The one in this is kinda creepy and scary at a certain angle otherwise it was laughable to me.

The ‘big scary’ as far as this point goes kinda reminds me of ‘Pumpkinhead’ (now that is a remake I’d like to see just don’t screw with the look of Pumpkinhead)  i just can’t tell ya who’s ‘prettier’

Well look at that Maiden Mother and Crone or as what’s his name (he’s in game of thrones as well)  The trinity of Bitches (yes I do allow that, its in the dictionary) as he put it

I think a question mark should be after the ‘Final Chapter’  but recently saw in entertainment weekly they have I think 6 more movies approved

Glad I didn’t see this in the theater would have been a waste of money.  Basically 2016-2017 reboots have failed it seems.  I will say I think Underworld bloodwars was more interesting to watch than this.

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IMDB Page   If you want to rent it… Here’s the amazon link