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.

Midnight Texas


NBC

Based on the series from Charlaine Harris   this supernatural drama stars

Francois Arnaud,         Manfred                                            Psychic/medium   

After someone starts coming after him, he moves to Midnight  on his dead grandmas’s Xylda instructions  (played by Joanne Camp) who of course was also psychic and from a line of gypsies. The longer he stays in Midnight the more and more spirits he sees and helps the Midnighters help solve ‘cases’                 

 

Dylan Bruce            as              Bobo                                                   ?

All american  guy who owns the pawn shop and harboring some secret. he never talks about his past so what is he running from? Talk about skeletons in the closet… this guy all i know is he has weapons cache. I don’t know if he’s human or a supernatural and we do learn something of his past life having to do with his family.

Parisa Fitz-Henley          Fiji                                                    Witch    

Owner of the new-age/wiccan  store is open hearted wide range of magical skills and manipulating objects as well as making potions. She owns a ginger tabby cat which you very much need to pay attention to at the end of the first epiosde. He’s sprinkled in others but I am very interested in why the cat talks. Was it a person that was  turned into a cat or her familiar? She and Bobo are besties but it seems she wants more.

Arielle Kebbel                   Olivia                                                     Human

IN relationship with the vampire she is the protector and when not protecting Midnight is an assassin with a closet to kill for! (really weapons cache/panic room and thensome!)

 

Jason Lewis                       Joe                                                           Fallen Angel

Towns tattoo artist  who arrived here 1000 years ago and hiding out with husband ‘chuy’ (bernardo Saracino) who so far seems human but turns out (especially later episode) he’s apparently not.

 Peter Mensah         Lemuel                                                     vampire   

The vampire with the electric blue eyes. He feeds on blood but mostly is a Psi vampire which means he feeds on energy and emotions of humans.

Sarah Ramos,          Creek                                                         Human

I think she grew up in Midnight and wants to be a writer. Has what sounds like an abusive or maybe he’s just a drunk.Stays with the over protective father to protect her little brother and starts dating Manfred.

Yul Vazquez,          Rev. Emilio Sheehan                                    were tiger

in this small town he mostly just marries  and counsels folks and tends to the pet cemetery.  Olivia locks him away in the church cellar  around the full moon.

    IMDB page 

In all Honesty I think I started watching in part because I miss True Blood for one, and 2 it’s a summer show so it sort of substitutes for Supernatural on the CW, but in an opposite way. I like the characters that some are mysterious and you don’t know if a couple are or not human. Then there’s those we know are human (or are sure they are) but are still very mysterious.

Not sure how it’s done ratings wise, I don’t pay any attention to them because there’s so many different outlets to watch ‘TV’ I’m not sure if they are able to even keep track of ratings between actual live television viewing, DVR and then watching on a streaming site (and if they count on demand and free on demand views as well)

Also to me the rating has  nothing to do with how good the show actually is.(For instance on Rotten tomatoes you can rate something as ‘certified fresh’ months or years before the title is even out. usually the story etc is NOT fresh so they need to ‘re-brand’ that option however that work be it the users of the site that make it so or the critics who really know nothing! )

 

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Boss baby


PG   2017,    1:37          Alec Baldwin,Steve Buschemi, Lisa Kudrow, Toby Maguire        IMDB

7 year old Tim’s life is perfect until a suit wearing baby voiced by Alec Baldwin shows up. The 2 siblings must spoil (or is that soil) the corporate plot of Puppyco’s CEO that threatens the balance of love.

The credits montage is cute with the baby factory, and at one point Tim has a ‘Horror movie’ moment. Jus

t as We went nostalgic with some of the old fashioned toys of toy story  this showed my old horse (it had wheels on it so it was i guess in a sense to learn how to walk) and then geeked out when Boss baby pulls out VOLTRON! it didn’t end there they had the tra la la song of the Banana Splits going at one point too!  So it will be nostalgically entertaining for adults as well as so does Tim’s overactive imagination as well. 

American Assassin


2017        Rated R         1 hour 52 Minutes        Action Thriller

Dylan O’Brien    Michael Keaton     Taylor Kitsch     Sanaa Lathan

So I wanted to see this as 1. It looked worth it and 2. Taylor Kitsch is in it. 3. It seemed as Kitsch was playing the bad guy. i don’t think he has before plus  Dad said it looked good so we both went to see it together and after we would also see IT.

American Assassin is adapted from the Vince Flynn books , which I have not read. I didn’t even know it was an adaptation until after I saw the movie.  The movie is an action/thriller cliche. Grizzled vet to train the new guy, who has a traumatic experience, and has some villain that was once trained by the vet and so on.

The movie opens on that beach you see in the trailer, where Mitch and his girlfriend are at a resort that gets gunned down. How many times did he get shot before he even went down? damn he’s got 9 lives!  Why the hell did they shoot the place up anyway? We then skip 18 months ahead and seems to suffer some PTSD (at least having nightmares of the past) Oh and whoever did the FX make-up on Dylan O’Brien that Mustache is total crap I can see its fake. you didn’t layer it well and the judges from Face off would have your heads for that! I’ve never made one of my own, but from watching face-off… I KNOW I could do better than that looked!

So Mitch Rapp (nice last name considering if he didn’t have the ‘certain set of skills’ he taught himself he would have a pretty long sheet of them)  He’s set on infiltrating terrorist cells and taking them out one by one if he has to.  We also get to travel quite a bit. One thing that gave me a laugh though was when in Rome… speak Polish!?!?!? (I’m half italian and 1/4 polish so that was funny to me especially there were a few polish kids my age in my neighborhood. certainly could tell it was learned there was no accent to it.)

So they (cia or whoever it is)  send Mitch off to Roanoke Virginia where Keaton’ s character ‘Hurley’ trains him in his own personal ‘Fight Club’ And No You don’t want to punch him dude…

You have to like his character with the line

“If we go hand to hand something tells me within 20 seconds you’d know if I got what it takes” 

really the guy’s a cat and I’ve given him the code name Taz cause when he gets punched…your screwed! He doesn’t quit he’s like a robot only if you shock him, he keeps going. There’s also what i call the ‘Ikea’ scene where at first I didn’t know if they were shopping or were in a training exercise. But I picked out the mark right away!

“The Enemy Dresses like a deer and  kills like a lion”

Oh and Keaton makes a strong audition in this to be a voice actor if ever there’s a grumpy cat cartoon (if they use a male voice)  Wow didn’t see that coming.. Kitsch out the window of hotel nice stunt I was a bit amused by it… Think ‘Pole dance’

I guess it’s the 4k but there’s parts that seemed to be 3-d only it’s NOT a 3d movie! (esp a little blood splatter on the camera be not sure if it was practical or CGI  FX  but was cool.

SPOILER- Boat Fight.. I quite enjoyed  and a line towards the end that just as  thought it the agent says it to Keaton who’s all bandaged up.  ‘you look like a mummy’

I would say this is worth seeing at least on a discount day or during Matinee times. (as I saw it… plus at one point I had to go to the bathroom so I missed a part)

It was entertaining, serious but did have a few jokes and as I mentioned the Flagpole (all I could think of was that song Flagpole Sitta and jokes about kitsch doing a pole dance. )

I’ve tried multiple times to watch the New Jason Bourne movie starting at the beginning or middle and even last quarter of it but sadly I just can’t get through it. I doze off, or start getting other things done. I would most definitely  buy a copy of this for my library.

 

B    (better than last Bourne)      Anyway Its worth a watch in the theater or even a buy for your library.

 

Adaptive Misfires  Maybe it’s best to watch if you haven’t read them, considering no one that has read this book or that ever seems to be happy with the movie adaptation. (I’m still really pissed off Peeves was not in the Harry Potter series, not even once)

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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.

 

 

The Reef


2010       R      1:28   blu-ray

Five friends  out on a yacht on the Great Barrier Reef grow weary with a sinking capsized boat in shark infested water.

I think I’ve seen this before (but its been so long) or its a remake of some other shark movie. I wasn’t thrilled about this one though. here’s not enough of story.

The people especially the girls were so stupid thrashing around or well maybe not thrashing you swim silently not splashing but then maybe they missed shark week cause if you panic the shark will think you are an injured fish not to mention swimming INTO the bloody water surrounding your friend that was just attacked. First off that damn shark is coming back to eat the other half of your friend and   Predators smell fear….makes you tastier!

Shark 4…Humans 1

(in Jaws theme)  BORE-dom    Bore-dom     boredom    boredom     boredom….

Skip this and watch the Blake Lively in The Shallows…be sure if you have a blu-ray player  (esp. if you have 4k or 3d tv ad blu-ray to get that! a standard DVD just wont do the scenery justice.