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

Ouija Origin of Evil


2016, PG-13, horror, thriller, 1:39,  Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso

set in what seems to be the 1960s  a fatherless family pays the bills by holding seances and palm readings. The mother does the psychic thing while the daughters when not in school, help push the point across.

The mother comes across the new ‘game’ in a store and brings a board home to use as one of her tools. (You are NOT supposed to use them in your home!!!) The youngest starts talking to ‘a friend’ which is never good, even when she thinks her dead dad tells her how to help save them from losing the family house. After this she stops going to school as she’s the one the board works for best.

Once things hit the fan when the older sister finds little sis scribbling on paper on the floor of her room to her right while looking to her left, the sister (I guess its the morning after) finds the papers sticking out from under the bed when she gathers the girl’s things. She gives them to the priest (which I guess is the principal of the school) to find out what they say as they are written in Polish.

I think somehow the story that was told about this family was ‘fudged’ a bit. Of course it’s been awhile since I watched the original movie but something about the story of these 3 didn’t sound right. Also unlike the first which was a little creepy this was not even eerie or anything remotely ‘scary’

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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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The Shallows


2016    PG-13  Horror/Thriller     Blake Lively   blu-ray       1:37

What was once in the Deep, is now in the shallows

While surfer Mia is riding waves at a remote beach, ends up stranded aout 20-30 yards away from from shore staled by a great white.

In the trailer, that does not look all that shallow to me, besides if it really were the shallows, the weight of the shark I don’t think would be able to get around especially where the rock and coral formations are. But then I define  ‘the shallows’ at a beach as being up to one’s waist and not past. Which would be about 3-4 feet.

Why does the shark start to stalk her? Because the dumb ass went over to see why all the birds and stuff were making a fuss. Which ended up being the territory of the shark and therefore she brought it on herself. (remember curiosity did kill the cat)

Another thing dumb ass isn’t even wearing water shoes so that if she steps on coral it won’t cut her. Plus she leaves all her stuff on the beach (there are waterproof pouches to keep your phone and ID on you (I have one)

I think they used 2 maybe even 3 beach/water  locations  One being that Exotic beautiful turquoise colored one with the nice landscape. Then there’s another where the water looked dark, more like it was the Atlantic, maybe that was just for the close ups. There is some shark related violence but you don’t see much if any at all, let alone when you do its not that gory.

For some reason no one will seem to tell her what the name of the beach is One says ‘This is Paradise” I can tell they aren’t telling her the actual name. So I guess it’s Shark Beach or Great White Way. Not sure if she ever really learned the real name.

Could they be more cheesey with the close ups of Lively’s ‘bits’ (for those of you without a clue.. her ass and boobs)?!

I’m surprised we didn’t hear an uproar over this from 2Ks quasi-feminists (sorry if you aren’t from the 1960s and burned your bra.. you are not feminist)

Certainly not worth a re-watch its a one and done deal, other than maybe rewinding the ‘Lively’ (yeah couldn’t help with that pun) battle with the shark. I’d say there’s a hole somewhere I can’t place what it was as far as the story goes is missing something. I was surprised however with the end game of the battle and who survived or not. I think will have to give the shark or Lively (not sure which) a nom for the next Avatar Awards as far as the fight goes. I’d say I might be able to see that happening in a Jaws movie  (gods forbid if they ever remake that!)

Thankfully I didn’t see it in the theater There wasn’t much depth to the character as ‘The Shallows’ apparently wasn’t just the title but a warning, but then again when there’s one character for 90-95% of the movie there’s not going to be much character evolution.

Regardless if you saw the ‘Jaws for the next generation’ There is no comparison.  It is NO Jaws not even a microcosm.

NOT . AT. ALL. ORIGINAL.    C     Watch or Order on amazon

 

Cell


2016  R   1:37    stars Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusak

Adapted from the 2006 Stephen King  novel of the same name, The city of Boston descends into mayhem when a signal turns thousands or millions of cell phone users into crazed zombie killers.

Clay Riddell, played by Cusak is a man who is fighting against a mysterious mobile phone broadcast that transforms cell users into zombie killers. Working with Tom McCourt (Samuel L. Jackson) and Alice Maxwell (Isabelle Fuhrman), Riddell struggles to try and stop whoever is behind the attack, and reunite with his son.

This will be the third time that Jackson and Cusack have worked together, having partnered on another King adaption, the 2007 horror film 1408 as well as 2015’s Chi-Raq. This will mark Cusack’s third King adaption in total, as he also appeared in Stand By Me.

Though it explores the zombie trope which has been somewhat overdone of late but,  zombie by definition is someone dead (sometimes brought back by a voodoo spell).  This starts as anyone speaking on the phone at the time of the pulse are all turned, so here the term is more of a metaphor.

When I read the story and added cell + zombies  I absolutely LOVE  the metaphor!  If you are like those of us who do not always have our eyes or ears glued to our phones, you may see what I see… those of you that do (especially those of you that can’t look away for a second when crossing the road… ) ZOMBIE is the Perfect word for you all.

Before you open your mouth in a defensive argument (which proves it a perfect term) You’ve got your arms out in front of you (though slightly bent to have the phone or a tablet in reading distance) you look like the old zombie stereotype with their arms out walking slowly (sadly couldn’t find the image I wanted) while groaning (oh wait that’s my groaning at hearing your conversation…from down the street!)

What the Fu…..(oops sorry almost flubbed there) Why do they have this in an airport? I don’t remember that, and sadly I no longer have my copy as I gave it to someone to read.

Unlike the book (or so I remember) this starts in an airport when the signal comes through, turning all with phone (or earbud) to ear into raging serial killers some even foam at the mouth. In the book it happened in a square or park type area near an innocent enough ice-cream truck.

Clay fights to survive and find his son while battling the the evolving horde of ‘phoners’

I think what I loved most about the book was the metaphor. While the story is good and different from most, to me the metaphor was so much better in an ironic funny (yet uncomfortably…awkward) sort of way.

The zombies are of a hive mind, thanks to the pulse while they were on their phones. I did see a scene from the book in the trailer.  Of course the movie shows some of the more memorable moments from the book like the horde sleeping in the football field and a few other touches.

If you have not seen it yet and have read the book… Skip it. if you haven’t read it then it’s a toss up, though I have read the book twice (and sadly gave it to someone 2 summers ago and now we broke up never got it back)

You can read my review of the book here (it was written only after my first reading)  and watch on AMazon but best wait til cable

 

 

 

House


2008  R 1:28  adaptation, Horror   Reynaldo Rosales, Heidi Dippold, Michael Madsen

Tag line –  “The Guilty cannot Hide”   IMDB

I was actually looking for the old movie House from I think the 1980s (here’s a trailer for the sequel to it)

now back to ‘OUR’   House   review

Based on the Ted Dekker and Frank (can’t make out my writing) best seller.

Recovering from their daughter’s death and the stress  nearly breaking their marriage, Jack & Stephanie Singleton go on a spontaneous roadtrip. Their car breaks down  in a remote area  and there’s another car there as well and in the pouring rain go for help and happen upon an Inn.

Have you ever felt like you are pretty sure you didn’t see the movie you are watching but at the same time swear you have seen it?  They meet another couple that have already arrived and are still looking for whoever runs the inn.  The family or caretakers of the inn are creepy, I mean I think I would feel more comfortable with the Mansons, definitely would be comfortable with the Addams Family. There’s someone stalking them outside the house, its supposed to be a previous officer who supposedly killed his wife, so the family locks down the house, no one should get and and definitely NOT get out. So now there’s a rush to not only get rid of the one that is attacking the house, but also find a way out and get away from the family members as well.

 

Wel there’s a twist ending but I called it in the first 5-15 minutes In! and still not sure if I ever saw it but really seems familiar!

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Exorcist (tv)


2016     Fox   Horror Thriller

Geena Davis,Alfonso Herrera,Ben Daniels,Hannah Kasulka,Brianne Howey,Alan Ruck

 

I am lacking in what to say about this. I’ve watched 3 or 4 episodes now (if not more) and like the movie I guess this is a slow burn, either that or its actual crap.

I don’t find any characters to be likable except the girl that is possessed when she’s a being rude or evil. So far unlike other movie to tv series (ahem lethal weapon) this one is at the bottom and not even at the basement level more like subbasement, (for now)

so far the only thing worth watching for is how they can push the shock boundaries and grosss outs. I don’t think I would be surprised if it gets canceled but will if  it gets another season. Geena Davis is almost forgetful as the possessed girl’s mother, however I do feel like she’s hiding something, which  is reveled I thnk in the 5th or 6th episode.

 The gore and violence of the end of the 2nd or 3rd episode on the train, I was surprised they got away with on fox!!

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