The Lost City of Z

2017  PG13  2:21  Adventure  Based on true events

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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.

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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

Deepwater Horizon


2016, PG-13,  blu-ray,  1:47  directed by Peter Bergsstars  Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russel, John Malkovich,  Gina Rodriguez, Brad Leland

Based on true events of the April 20th 2010  BP Deepwater  oil rig. The drama recounts the horrific experience of the crew of 126 on board and the courage that saved many lives. All due to the inept executives who want to save a few bucks by not keeping up maintenance on the rig.

Loved the daughter in this for the short time we got to see her in the beginning. I give her presentation an A+!  Makes me miss kicking butt in my grade school Science fairs! (never got to do a volcano like I wanted but what I did always seemed to get an A and an A+ anyway!)

John Malkovich and Brad Leland play the dips who basically cause the Big Problem  spill.

This was an interesting telling of what happened  in the moments of the accident all due to greedy ignorant incompetant Executives that never listen to their underlings. (Serves your asses  right when you lose money)

it took ( I think I heard) 11 lives and The spill lasted 87 days  (doing who knows what to the aquatic life)  I forget did any of these people go to jail?



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2015      PG-13      Drama    2hrs

Jenifer Lawrence   Robert De Neiro, Bradley Cooper,Edgar Ramírez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen,Elisabeth Röhm,Dascha Polanco,Isabella Rossellini

When I first heard the name of the mop I was thinking of this one, which I think mom had, but there wasn’t enough of the that fabric stuff on there.  It was better for cleaning up the spills than cleaning the whole floor at least in my opinion but as I said wrong mop~

So I finally came across this on cable already 4-5 minutes in but that’s not much to miss.

Joy as a child would create things, one being a paper house with a paper tree, and paper fence. Honestly it did look nice, but I don’t think we got to see the actual house set up) then her parents divorce  and the dream of the child is lost.

her mother is a lazy lump who only lays on the bed watching her soaps. (And damn are those some exaggerated padded shoulders on that one!) Joy literally has to do everything around the house, even what she can do for the plumbing problems which her mother causes. There’s her 2 kids, her Grams Mimi, the mother, and her Ex Husband living in the basement; then her father shows up at the door with his girlfriend who has dumped him. So now he has to live in the basement with the ex-husband and they don’t get along. …Talk about dysfunctional! Oh there’s her half sister who always looks so stern, and I hated on every level. I’d swear it’s Kate Winslet but I know its not, as there’s another actress that reminds me of her for some reason. Oh that’s that name of the actress, and where else I’ve seen her, on The Last Ship and I hated her character on there too.. I notice a recurring theme in her roles… she’s ‘that person’ you can’t stand at work, in your family, the problem customer etc. basically she puts the bag in D-bag!  The family I didn’t care for much either but it depended on who was around as some could be endearing and others just pissed me off. Not sure how Joy didn’t ever just explode at them, as at some point (and she seemed at it) I would have! They tell her she knows nothing about business, to me they came off talking to her about this as if she were a teenager (or younger) honestly everyone has some business sense. I personally found it can be better when you play against the norm, now this was 1998 and one of the jobs I got I walked in told the boss to ‘give me a job; I’m sick of walking around, filling out applications for places not even hiring, (which it seems like no one was) and just having my time wasted.” Well he didn’t have anything at the time, but some months later, I was hired! Sometimes you need to be bold, different and just use a proverbial smack upside the head.  Though Joy’s sister just needs a smack in the face, ok sorry I had to deal with someone like her at my old job.

It’s the family’s fault she isn’t in a better place now, as she put off college because of her parents divorce, self sacrificing  everything she wanted, especially after meeting Tony and getting married. Well dad finds a new (seemingly wealthy)  girlfriend who invites them on her sail boat. Sadly Tony brings red wine which is not good for the teak wood which stains, and of course what happens someone’s glass breaks and spills. Joy as always has to clean up when thanks to wringing the mop, she cuts her hand on the glass & Lights on!

She is calculating her idea and first uses her daughter’s crayons to draw the thing out.  Not able to get a foot in the door until Tony brings her to meet a former co-worker and there does get her foot in the door and impresses the guy until one of the actors for the QVC channel botches her chance.  (Honestly I would have never agreed to that in the first place, I’m the one who made it, Its my passion and my finances on the line. The ONLY right person to sell your stuff is you as you know what you had in mind for it, how best it works and so on.) In front of her family she’s humiliated because of this moron and she grows a pair (guess pops new girlfriend is now eating her words!)  She walks in on a meeting and gets her chance to sell her miracle mop herself!  Then with a few other bumps in the road, including kicking Texas ass! (NOW dad’s girlfriend is really eating her words!) Joy is a great movie for any young girl or woman to see (watch it together, as I forget if there were any bad words etc) We can all look up to her, and I felt a sense of pride in this especially at the end!

I am surprised I enJOYed it (yeah could help with the pun there!)  and Give it an A!


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This is the REAL Joy, inventor of the the Miracle Mop