I,Tonya


2017         R        2hr       stars Margot Robbie and Sebastian Stan

  Drama, comedy, based on true events

 

This biopic of Figure skater Tonya Harding and the 1994 Winter Olympics assault on Nancy Kerrigan.

I think this was during my senior year of high school or maybe the first winter I had infinite snow days.

This is supposed to be ‘based on irony-free wildly contradicting  totally true interviews with Tonya Harding, Jeff Gillooly (what a silly name that man has)  Continue reading

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The Terror


By the way the featured image above looks, it reminds me of the posters for ‘The Thing‘ back in the 1980s. Could that be a hint to what we should expect?

AMC   Monday’s @ 9pm est  (10 ep)      Based on true events 

Period Drama, Mystery, a tiny bit of horror

stars Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Ready, Nive Nielsen , Adam Nagaitis , Tom Weston- Jones  imdb

the-terror

Adapted from The book by Dan Simmons  The Terror: A Novel by [Simmons, Dan]

1846 A Royal Navy Expedition discovers a seemingly unseen predator in their search for the Artic’s Northwest Passage 200 miles away. They think it a very cunning polar bear, but just might be something bigger, and undiscovered.  The ships of the expedition are the Erebus (wasn’t that the name of the Vampire Bible in Blade?) and ahem.. Terror.

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We open to a couple of text scenes one of which is “last seen by European whalers in Baffin Bay awaiting good condition to enter the Arctic Labyrinth”  then what I’m guessing is the aftermath of the events. Some Naval men speaking with an Eskimo, who is not only trying to relay a message left with him by the Captain (Francis)they call ‘A’Gluka’ but also trying to explain what happened to them, how or by what. ‘made of muscles and spells’ (not sure if he said walks on 2 and fours or eats on 2 and 4s.

When you start seeing your compass go loopy, it’s time to reassess your plans or at least have a plan B for direction. The first episode has a really nice looking, not sure if I should call it a rainbow but some sort of light anomaly in the sky.  When they hit some ice,I love how the  floating ice looks like lily pads.

As they race to beat the pack ice, one of the inhabitants of the ships falls ill and has an hallucination, or is it more of a forewarning, a premonition of sorts? Stuck, a group is sent to find some sort of help.

The group experiences hail the nice of baseballs (or maybe it was tennis). The predatory being attacks and I did catch a glimpse of a shadow coming out of the ice wall, it could be a very big Polar Bear or Wolf (talk about hunting tales making things bigger than what they are.. this is not one of them).

The show plays on suspense more than scares which is a good thing and hopefully, we’ll get a nice climatic reveal. Maybe even a scare for those of us that would like one. My only problem is that they aired the show at the end of the winter instead of July or August when we need to look at some cooling, calming ice and snowscapes. (if I could I’d live there. talk about picturesque. I wouldn’t mind seeing that out my window in the morning.

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The Lost City of Z


2017  PG13  2:21  Adventure  Based on true events

From Amazon Studios

Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattison, Tom Holland, Siena Miller

 

Based on a novel, that’s based on the true story of British Explorer Percy Fawcett (an Indiana Jones type)

who at the dawn of the 20th-century journeys to the Amazon and discovers a previously unknown advanced civilization that once inhabited the region.

He returns again and again to prove his case (as the scientific community sees indigenous populations as savages) which culminates in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

Right now I’m trying not to have a laugh at the mustache on Charlie’s faces in the beginning of the movie.

Oh, man, I forgot Robert Pattison is in this; but he’s almost unidentifiable, which is probably why.

Through the treacherous Amazonian jungles and piranha-infested waters, The Lost City of Z is not just a period drama and adventure but a journey. Not only are the characters on this mental and physical journey, but you as well may even feel it yourself.

Percy is an undecorated soldier whose father seems to have disgraced the family name by drink and gambling. He is sent along on an expedition away from his wife and young son for what will be 3-7 years.

He wants to go back again as he has only scratched the surface. It was like baby steps, the first trip is to get the lay of the land, then you see what one is in for and now more familiar with and see what you missed the first time when you go a second time, and getting further into the land. The 3rd and 4th times but this is when you may likely run into trouble as the previous times you got back safe so you feel a comfort of sorts, and maybe even indestructible.

Meanwhile, life goes on while you are away. Your wife is older, you have missed all the important moments in your sons’ lives and may even resent that you were not there for them.

Read the book BY Percy Fawcett

or Watch the movie
Or just as Amazon video or a disc for your video library

#Horror


2015, Not Rated, Cyber thriller, Mystery, Balthazar Getty, Timothy Hutton, Cloey Sevginy

Inspired by true events

a group of (spoiled?) pre-teens stays over at a rich friends house, in the middle of nowhere.They play dress up, insult and bully each other while playing some online game.

The opening credits are a quick colorful menagerie of candy-coated graphics (or puke) and names depending on your point of view.

The B.s. graphics are an annoyance to me, and nor does what they do look like a game. It looks more like they are just posting photos to a social account.

The antagonist is not hard to point out. you basically know who it is and way long before the reveal. (Frankly the beginning of the movie I knew who it was.)

More Mystery/thriller than Horror

 

Manhunt: unibomber


Discovery    8 part Limited series      IMDB page

Sam Worthington plays Jim ‘Fitz’  Fitzgerald

Paul Bettany as Ted Kazynski the unabomber

Chris Noth, Jane Lynch,Elizabeth Reaser

Jeremy Boob (who plays one in this a closed minded boob named)  Stan Cole

I sort of remember hearing the TV and radio news reports int he background of what was happening while I was in my teens (oops I just dated myself). Surprisingly the names involved sound familiar which is a surprise as I never listened, (Hey I was a teen with a life usually always just about back out the door the moment I come in… aside from any possible homework which I don’t remember having in H.s. and once out only came home to go to the bathroom or curfew.

While working the case Fitz is the only person that sees codes within the writing and gets so involved in the case he starts losing his family.  He’s the only one that sees the profile for the unibomber is beyond wrong. Of course there’s the close minded ‘boob’ (man I’m gonna have fun with tat actor’s name just feel bad for him for when he was in school!) who has had the FBI following the wrong lead for 2 years!  (Is it wrong for me to want to see the character lose his job?)

So I’m not big on theses old crime stories being made into tv shows or movies being we already had to lie through the endless news special reports and other b.s. fodder that went along with it. This I don’t remember much of, even those some of it I think happened I my teens. As I said there are a few things that sounded familiar.

I think I’ll have to give this a seal of approval, but I’m not sure which. I don’ have a mini series or limited event series as they are calling them now. I thought ‘wortho’ as I call him (Sam Worthington) was great, the series was engaging and after all it was only 8 episodes. So it’s worth a watch. 

The Deep


2012   NR    1:25  Foreign

 

So I’m watching the movie reading the sub titles and one of the guys says “Did you watch Jaws”  which had me cracking up. Not sure why but I guess part of me thought they were going to start singing.

The movie is based on a true story of the will one man had to survive the frigid waters for 6 hours  through the rolling water in the black of night getting tossed around in mother nature’s washing machine then beaten against the rocks of the Fjord after the Icelandic fishing trawler he was on,sank.

Physicians do batteries of tests, and he’s heralded as a hero.

Mot for all, it was interesting and if you can take reading the subtitles (I just prefer watching that way.. Listening in English and seeing peoples mouths move off the track just bugs me.)

Strange but True VAMPIRES from Beyond the Grave – Rowan Wilson


Vampires: Blood Suckers from Beyond the Gravewith a copyrite in the 1990s

“What is a vampire” The theoretical start of this book asks. It covers mostly the metaphoric sort rather than the fictional.  It goes through some old cases more of superstition because at the time the decay rate was not known as it is now, it then goes into that its a type of possession (oh so wait I’m possessed not Obsessed?)

The book in the chapter ‘Monsters of the carpathians covers the story of Vlad Dracul and Elizabeth Bathory however I am not sure how reliable this book is as some of the 2 stories sound different to what I’ve read once before but there is also additional information that I had not read before either so I’m not sure about this book.  Then there’s the chapter on Vampire murderers Vincenz Verenzi, Peter Kurten, Fritz Haarmann, and Wayne Boden  and the flesh eaters Jeffery Dahmer and Issei Sagawa. as I said it’s more along the lines of the metaphoric vampire of blood lust, sex or drug addiction.

There’s also a quick look ay vampire in Fiction with the original Vampyr and Varney the Vampire: Feast of Blood. (Both of which I have on my kindle to get to.. Varney as it was part of the Penny Dreadfuls clocks in at 800 something pages) as well as Dracula which put the vampire story on the map. There’s also vampires in Film as well. There’s also miscellany facts strewn through out the book in boxes

The writing is decent enough but I feel some of the information is repeated so I would get a little confused thinking I was re-reading the same thing over. Maybe they didn’t take such good notes, (or couldn’t read them so well) Otherwise I got through it just fine. It was an interesting read if all the facts were right (even the variations in the stories of Vlad and Bathory.

It’s a short read