Death Note


See the source image2017       Netflix TV-MA      1:41         Thriller,crime,drama,

Nat Wolff  Shea Whingham, Lakeith Stanfield,Paulr Margaret Qualley ,Shea Whigham ,Willem Dafoe ,Jason Liles ,Paul Nakauchi

 

Just as Light Turner (really? Seriously?) catches the attention of a pretty girl while he’s sitting on a bench, a storm comes from out of nowhere and a black book drops from the sky. This book has the power to kill anyone whose name is written within the pages. Bonus you get to even choose how. I hope he has some good writing skills.

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Despicable Me 3


See the source image2017  PG  Animation/Adventure/action   1 hr 29 min

Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, Pierre Coffin

Official Site    * IMDB

 

Gru gets fired from the AVL (Anti-Villain League) for losing against former child star Balthazar Bratt who steals a giant rose-colored diamond for which you will have to watch as that’s a bit of a spoiler.

Gru finds himself in an identity crisis. He doesn’t want to do Villainy anymore as he promised the girls and therefore loses his minions when they quit; so what is a spy too do? Go on vacation when he is invited to meet his long lost twin who wants to be shown the tricks of the trade. Gru’s help rubs off a bit meanwhile the minions end up in jail.

Child star Bathalzar is a grown bitter man still dressing as his 1980s on-screen persona. Obsessed with his character and rewatching all his old episodes he concocts his plan to rule the world.

I don’t know why but I have a feeling of Deja Vu that Gru already met his brother in the 2nd movie and that we saw Bratt before as well. Not sure and for some reason, I could find my reviews of the previous 2 movies.

I liked the opening that was fun but I LOVED the part with the Low Rider even better. I wasn’t expecting that to happen although I wanted it to!

Gru and his brother Dru look like the Mad Magazine Spy vs Spy characters with their Black vs White wardrobes.

It was ok but I think the first one was better and I can’t really remember the 2nd aside from swearing that the antagonist and brother were already in it.

Oh Gods… that child has got a set of lungs! I think its cute she thinks she’s going to find herself a unicorn. Great job writers & animators for ruining many toddler’s innocence who may have believed in them.

 

C-

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Book Bind ~ Zombie Island


13004927A Shakespeare Undead Novel

by Lori Handeland

Pages 265

started april 9

finished  29

I don’t remember how I acquired this but I’m sure I got it at a thrift store, dollar store or something like that. Considering it said Shakespeare on it, I guess him as a character in a book interested me, oh and I guess the fact he’s a vampire in it helped as well!  Funny he doesn’t look like he would be, not even n the book cover does he have the physical characteristics that tell me one is a vampire. (takes one to know one 😉  )

Anyway aside from the two mentioned, the story interested me for some reason. I guess maybe I thought it sounded like a cross between Romeo and Juliet, and Walking Dead meets Lost?…

 

Back Cover Plot summary

In order to rid the love of his life the Dark Lady Katherine Dymond from the embrace of the encumbrance of her husband, Will concocts a plan to make her sleep the sleep of the dead. Once everyone is convinced she has passed, he plans to awaken her, then spirits her away to London where she will assume a new identity and they can live happily ever after. What could go wrong?

But of course as often is the case with true love, all does not go smoothly as planned. When the two are shipwrecked on an island ruled by a Wizard and a Nymph, and is infested with zombies, Will and Kate must stop an even larger plot aloof, one that leads to the royal palaces of Queen Elizabeth.

a Sorcerer, Vampire, and Zombies  OH MY! Oh,  and an Elf too!

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The Osiris Child


sci-fi  action adventure drama   2017   not rated   1:39 Kellan Lutz, Daniel MacPherson, Luke Ford, Isabel Lucas, Bren Foster

 

This sci-fi thriller is set in an unstable future where there’s another inhabited planet which has been or is being terraformed for humans.

Oh that’s a cool flyer not sure if I should call it a plane or what though. Kellan Lutz playSee the source images one of the prisoners that is set free from some accident. There is a big cover up about it by Exor,those in the sky as to what the prisoners were working on. They say the prisoners broke out and took hostages. To get rid of the threat the higher-ups decide to blow the area up. Lt. Kane (MacPherson) goes on a mission to save his daughter who is in the line of this attack.

Along the way there’s an attack by the monsters. Let’s just say some gnarly looking  not so Teenage ninjas but definitely mutant turtles on steroids.  I won’t even ruin it with including a picture.

I liked the landscapes and certain aspects of the movie. (rented from Netflix on disk) I wouldn’t say it was actually a good movie, not sure if I’d say its bad. It was one of those movies that was recommended by what  I watch and I saw Kellan Lutz in it and I jsut like hi in action roles. So if its your taste I think you’d like it otherwise to each his own. Though I do hope you will watch for the overall experience (especially if you have Blu-ray or if available on 4k)

more on www.imdb.com

 

Ready Player One (2018)


From reading the book alone I thought Disney should have a RP1 world like Avatar and have Harry Potter (which I hear is already getting rid of one of the rides. I think it’s the Dragon ride at Gringotts).

See the source imageReady Player one is based on the 2011 Ernest Cline novel of the same name… I have previously posted the book review. I believe I read it in 2016 even though I was already really sick of the dystopian future stories, but this one I very much enjoyed. I was a child in the 80s and lived through most of this. I did have to look up some of the video games and other pop culture items referenced within, as they either sounded familiar and I couldn’t recall or just had no idea at all.

It’s a great story of many elements, not just a nostalgic anchor but a scavenger/treasure hunt.  Not only that but, shows just because you are in a contest doesn’t mean you can’t work as a team with fellow contestants, but also make friends from the adventure. I didn’t want to put the book down and that is a rare treat. I was so enthralled in the book that it was as if I WAS a character in the book.

The main plot of the 2045 set polluted dystopian future where Waded Watts lives in the Stacks is that the Jobs/Wonka like billionaire Halliday who made the Oasis, sets up a very complex game within his Virtual Reality world. If you find the 3 keys (Copper, Jade and Crystal) you become the owner of the Oasis. Those who hunt for the keys are called ‘Gunters’ who hate the Global Conglomerate  IOI who wants to charge everyone for the use of the Oasis. Every IOI   employee’s Oasis screen name starts with a six and so the Gunters call them ‘Sixers’, which Sorrento is the head of them. Everything you get as a Sixer,  becomes the rightful property of the IOI.   My book review

When I first saw the trailer after it premiered at Comic-Con, I nearly fell off the computer chair. The imagery matched if not exactly, then quite close to what I had pictured.  Total Geekgasm! With references to Freddy Kreuger, the Delorean of Back to the Future, the Tron Light Cycle and I’m trying to remember and figure out if that orc/troll thing is from Warcraft or likely something else. I’ve included 2 trailers below but a new one was released in December for the March 30th release and I nearly had tears in my eyes. If they have it in 3D in the theaters I am so there for that! Now I know not all movies should be made in 3D, and some are not able to watch them for medical reasons (like my aunt) but if you can I’d highly advise it even if you can’t stand the 3D movies ‘fad’  this is the one to definitely see as such. (being there is a virtual reality world involved)

or if you’d prefer, I love that an 8-bit version was made

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Kingsman: Golden Circle


2017    R     Action, adventure, comedy  2 hours 21 minutes

Julianne Moore, Taron Edgerton, Hally Berry, Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth  Pedro Pascal  more here

Agents Eggsy (now Galahad)and Merlin team with their American counterparts, the Statesmen after their headquarters gets blown to smithereens.

The opening action scene is cool but sadly they have Matrix-like slow-mo stop and go fx which I hate. first off it not only ruins the momentum of the action sequence, but it also looks ‘cartoon-y’.  They used it too much (I think every action scene had the ‘trick’ in it to some extent.) Use that for one part of an action sequence fine… like a certain move that would otherwise not be noticed and needs to be shown just a little slower so we can appreciate it. This was used in a few points in one fight/action scene.

Oh I like the Statesman building. That;’s cool, and always wished they’d make buildings like that for real. (easier to find where you are going especially if you can’t find the building number.

The guy from  Game of Thrones forget character’s name but he’s a dead one.  I think his real name is Pablo Pascal gets his cowboy on with a LAZso (Lazer Lasso) and after a bit of an entertaining Whip fight ‘I feel like a tornado in a trailer park”

 

And there’s quite a musical cameo with flair …See the source image

Oh Action scene n poppy island and the Scissor sign!

I need to rewatch the first but while still somewhat enjoyable I don’t think it was as awesome as the first.

Though it was still better than Atomic Blonde, even with a cartoony looking effect.

Black Panther


2018

2 hours 14 minutes

Genre:    Action, adventure,sci-fi

Directed by Ryan Coogler

stars Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira,Florence Kasumba, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitakaer, Andy Sirkus, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright

 

I was reading Entertainment Weekly’s interview with the ladies of Black Panther (#1502  Feb 16 2018) and I think it was the Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira that said

Amai – African word of respect (or its respect for elder women) I think all women are considered mothers even if they are not. (or something like that)

 

Chadwick Boseman – T’Challa   is King and the nation’s protector asBlack Panther

Danai Gurira -Okoye  the General in charge of Wakanda’s defense and head of the all-female ‘Dora Milaje‘ secret service

Lupita Nyong’o- Nakita who steals the king’s heart and Wakandan spy

Letitia Wright –  Shuri , T’challa’s little sis  and a sort of female Tony Stark as she’s the Vibranium Gadget maker

Angela Bassett – Ramonda the Queen mother

Forest Whitaker – Shaman Zuri      Forest Whitaker’s ‘Black Panther’ Role Has a Big Twist

Michael B. Jordan- Killmonger

Andy Serkis- Ulysses Klaue

Winston Duke-M’Baku leader of the Gorilla tribe

 

I saw this at Alamo Draft house which had a Black Panther themed specialty menu I forget the names of the items but they were made with African spices. I got the popcorn which was called

‘Niter Nibah’ I forget what the spices were on it (and sadly I cannot find the specialty menu on the Theater website) So I’m not big on hot spices but I do like a little bite on occasion. I had one piece of popcorn and it must have had a mass of the spices on it and I couldn’t eat another piece til my soda came. The last few movies I’ve gone to I guess were on Tuesdays which is discount day and I think before 2pm as they have it at that time where you can talk etc but they don’t put up the pre-show clip show which I really like. It’s one of the reasons I go there for my movies.

Before the movie they had a PSA of sorts with Chadwick boseman who just gives us the staredown, so we don’t use our phones. “I’m watching”

 

Black Panther takes place shortly after the events of Civil War. Wakanda, the beautiful and technologically advanced (fictional) African nation which has remained isolated from the world will soon be ruled by T’Challa as King.  It looks like a paradise, then you pass through the invisible border and you have an industrial city bigger than New York, Toronto, and any in the state of California put together!

The political story of whether or not to share their knowledge and help struggling countries as well as communities of their African American cousins where Eric Killmonger grew up. In a sense, they are enslaving themselves by not helping the world or sharing (though I understand they wouldn’t want the vibranium getting in the wrong hands).

I’ve heard praise for Eric Killmonger’s antagonist that he is the most layered of MCU villains (besides isn’t he the first human villain?). This is a fight not just fueled by or for power, but for the relationship between Africa and their African-American cousins as well, and rightfully so considering a bit of a twist (that wasn’t part of his origins in the comics)

I saw in the trailer there was a some Lion King looking scene and other’s have sounded not happy with that. Its a spirit world (see the ‘easter egg’ videos below for the name) that when you take the heart herb it not only heals you, gives you strength and speed of the Black Panther but you also are able to speak to your ancestors.

Oh that holographic car chase? How does it happen that it seems to become solid? I’ll let you think about it until you see the movie if you haven’t already.

The movie also throws out political opinions on current events as one of T’Challa’s guards (I think Danai) says

Guns, So Primitive

(frankly, I agree also, if you are not the military, police force or something of the like and I see you as a coward. I don’t need a gu In as when need be I  can be QUITE resourceful)

I have to give a thumbs up to the Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter designed the Futuristic but ‘ancient’ traditional (fictitious) African nation from researching not only African tribal fashions from around the continent but patterns, colors, and silhouettes.   Check out some of the awesome costumes here  I’d like to see something about those weapons esp. those ‘frisbee’ disks.

I would love a necklace that has an outfit in it for emergencies.

Andy Serkis is hysterical in the interrogation room, well for us he is, for him he’s I have no words but if the character is on something, Id like some of that happy juice!

 

And T’Challa has a cool new catsuit… which looks SO much better than the last batsuit!

A bit of fun at the end and how sad after 10n years of Marvel movies people don’t have a clue to wait til the VERY end of the credits that there’s another scene! SO many people left.

The first easter egg scene I think would have been included in the movie itself, before the end with T’Challa and his sister, the one to really wait for WAS the second one which I was thinking might have something to do with the end of Civil War and a nod to infinity war. And the person was referenced in the movie “Another white boy for me to fix” as said by  Shuri.

Speaking of which I do love the sibling ribbing between she an T’Challa but then again I don’t have siblings myself, tho it’s not a jerky sort of thing it’s done with love and I guess to keep the king grounded.

Oh and I saw the Craaaaziest shield wall in this!

 

Boseman comes back on after the 2nd(all the way at the end of the credits)  Easter Egg scene  “I’m still watching!”

 

5 Best and 5 Worst Things about Black Panther from Looper

I found the whole movie to be quite good, though may be missing something. Unlike previous Marvel Movies Killmonger does not seem to get as much face time, though maybe for me, many of his scenes are not really memorable. I remember 2 or 3 only which are pivotal points in the movie.  Also is he the first human antagonist in a Marvel movie (at least from phase 2 on?) The first easter egg scene I agree, was not needed but I wasn’t there for that one I was there for the one I had a feeling would be shown and thankfully staying through ALL of the credits paid off~ I’ll just hint that it was someone put once at the end of Civil War

 

 

Possible

 

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