Hunter’s Prayer


2017        R         1:31       Blu-ray       Action/ Thriller / Drama         Sam Worthington

Hunter’s Prayer  Lucas (worthington) is hired to assassinate Ella, after her father and mother are killed. Lucas finds her at her boarding school. So when Lucas can’t pull the trigger (man I just have Wortho’s Terminator Salvation line with Anton Yelchin going through my head now) it puts him on the kill list.

Oh my it starts in Scarsdale, NY! That’s not far from me. The parents at home and for what seems no reason at all are killed, but why kill the daughter too. Honestly I could say something about that, as she should have been killed in front of the parents for whatever the reason but hey I have no idea what the motivation for that was. When Ella sees Lucas she thinks he was hired by her father to watch her. When he can’t pull the trigger he ‘kidnaps’ her to save her from any others out to kill her, and so they are now both hunted.

Talk about a hound from hell! But then again I think Dobermans have been the only dogs that make me nervous. (I blame that on my friend Anna’s little ankle biter or at least when she first got it. Not sure when they are worse when they are little or big, either way I don’t like Doberman’s.

The villain isn’t even a likable one. He’s a rich snobby @$$hole! and he’s a horrible father. Ignores his son and doesn’t even help him with his archery! Very poorly written character, can’t remember what happened to the son but at one point I half expected the son to call the cops on him or something.

So we’ve got a chase, and the usual sort  but oh that was good! The boy I guess came to help his father, but as I said the father should have helped him with the archery cause papa got shot  not sure if it was in the leg or butt but doesn’t matter where, it was funny to me! (Just deserts!)

 

This was bland for an ‘action’ movie.  It starts out ok, but gets tame.

 

 

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The Wave


2015  R  1:45  BR   original title  = Bølgen    Action/Drama/Thriller     CAST listing on IMDB

 I like watching Foreign movies, I prefer the subtitles to the English dub as I can hear what the language in that area sounds like. Sometimes I come across something interesting on (dvd) Netflix, or if I can’t find a particular movie I may find it in another language on my Stream Dor app. and on the App there is not always English subtitles if ever. But even if not, you can usually figure out what is going on.

In the village of Geiranger in Norway the mountains will collapse into the Fjord below causing an 80 foot tsunami to head their way. This happened before in 1905 and will happen again not a matter of if, but when.  When it happens, the villages below will only have 10 minutes to get to higher ground. (So get your bug out bags ready, or just move to higher ground now!

Kristian is one of the geologists that work on checking when this will happen, 1 problem he’s moving today. He and the kids are supposed to be getting on the ferry to move while the wife Idun  has another couple of days of work at the hotel. He stops at one point at his old job after having seen (or realizing) something  while waiting in line to get on the ferry. He stops at the old job and reports and checks on stuff or something (sorry I’m going off notes now). There is one of the geologists that if I could blame the tsunami on I would. He just wants to keep looking over some of the stuff. Really you have hundreds or thousands of lives relying on YOU! (He seems to be the head) really I think if that were an asylum I think I’d rather have the patients run the place than him!

I love the daughter, she’s so cute and her relationship with her dad is too sweet. It’s a nice movie to watch with the family if they don’t chew loud, or have to analyze and talk about everything that happens.

I seem to have gotten way too into the movie, as when someone was calling me (around the middle of it) to show me something I ripped their head off! So if that in any way is a sign of a good movie, there ya go!

My dad I think watched it dubbed and I think he even liked it.

 

 

 

 

The Mechanic: Resurrection


2016  R 1:39  Blu-ray  Jason Statham Jessica Alba

 

Arthur Bishop has sworn off his profession as a contract killer. An old nemisis abducts his new girlfriend and he must complete a string of 3 hits in order to save her.

Nothing to really write home about, its just your average Statham stereotypical typecasted movie. Everything worth seeing was in the trailers!  Although a couple of my favorites (I don’t remember from the trailer)  was the Face Plant into the grill and yes, complete with scorch marks! Then there was a the guy he used to shield himself from the grenade which he put on the front of the guy.

Very predictable

unless you are planning to watch a Statham marathon…don’t bother

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.

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)

Here’s the moviebabble  revivew

 

 

 

xXx: Return of Xander Cage


2017  PG-13  blu-ray  1:47 Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, Nina Dobrev, Donnie Yen, Toni Collette

                                         Kris Wu  Ruby Rose  Deepika Padukone

I like the opening ‘space’ scene and the bit in the Chinese restaurant with Gibbons trying to recruit some guy (at the end of the movie shows he’s some soccer star) but showed a ‘stats’ card that said he thought he was being recruited by the Avengers.

Now there’s a cool stunt.. ‘flipping off bullets’ onto a bike might beat Winter Soldier’s grabbing the bike out from under the rider..  but I’m not really sure on that. I’ll go with a tie. Now wait… skiing …without snow… in a forest…I mean I know they ‘snowboard’ on sand dunes but with all the rocks etc that would be in a forest would that even work? I’m going to just chalk this one up to Hollywood imagery.

Now THIS was freaking cool he goes from BMX dirt bike to a …errr… SKI Bike!!! or do we call it a surf bike WTF should that be called! but whatever I’d LOVE to try it!

Oh Forget Xander can we get a spin-off of the Green haired sniper?  (for some reason she reminds me of that 90s Aeon Flux cartoon)

What should be the meaty part of the movie, with not only story with a minor and a major stunt and action work …ends up a disappointment.

Just as said… gridlocked traffic (lol) ok so maybe they saved some budget that would have been used for at least a fight in act 2, for Xander going fast and furious!  Ugh the corny ass chick pose shooting, really I thought we were past that  Charlies Angels crap!!! (where’s the feminists bitching about that?!!?!?!)

‘The Mouth Problem’  (not gonna ruin that) and we get a surprise I didn’t expect to show! WOW for once something in an action movie is actually kept on the DL  although I do say they do show too many stunts etc in the trailers, and with this one not having as much as I remember in the original (though I could be wrong.. I haven’t re-watched that in years)

I will say one way the original is better than this one… the sound track! The original one had a 2 -in-one a disk for the rockers and one for the hip hop/rap fans. 

I can’t even find an actual soundtrack.. just ‘Music from the motion picture’ which from reading the titles is actually the score (being it’s not music made by different artists and bands)

I thought it was going to be total crap like certain other reboots that have happened but it wasn’t too bad, I might even consider putting it in my library with the original

C

 

 

 

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Ready Player One Database


 

 You could say this is Anorak’s Database.

I know the last column or 2 have gone out of the margins, but until I figure out a different way to set this up, it is the best I can do for now.

December 2017 I am currently rereading the book so I may be able to figure out a different way of setting this up. I may re-write the whole table in word and then I can just add it to Evernote and include the link for what does NOT fit in the margins or maybe I will do sections.

Anoraks Almanac  play the stacks game

 

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
)
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