Jigsaw


2017  R  1:31  Crime/Horror/Mystery      Tobin Bell, Laura Vandervoort , Matt Passmore , Callum Keith Rennie 

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Not sure why they were calling it Jigsaw as I heard it was supposed to be called Saw:Legacy When I search the title on IMDB.com it shows this sequel. I thought legacy sounded good for a sequel to a long running franchise (that has not had a reboot, remake etc). I guess with the title ‘Legacy’ that maybe that made it sound like the final installment of the series. So if that’s the case I understand.

I was taking a look at the taglines for the movie, and man do they have a list. Never have I seen that many taglines for one movie before! I even looked up a few movies I could think of off the top of my head and it varies by 1-4 tops.

So after John ‘Jigsaw’ Kramer has been deceased for a decade, he still seems to still be up to his old tricks, mmm make that traps from beyond the grave. Then again, didn’t he say his work would still go on? All the clues point to Jigsaw, I can’t remember did his assistant die in the last one? Could it be her, or a full on copycat?

So this time we play a game with a few bucket heads. As always there’s a reason for their punishment, but what is it this time? What is the one thing they have all done that brings them to this demented ‘tug of war?

I read that Saw 3D (2010) was supposed to be the last of the series, but the studio wanted to reboot it.  a Reboot (I think I’m going to have to define that a little better in my  when is a remake ok (Reboots,remakes and Updates) article ) You see to me for something to be a ‘reboot’ it has to be longer than 7 years sine the last one, also normally there are new cast members so if Tobin Bell is in the movie, then it does not qualify as a Reboot, only another sequel.

Ya know, I kind of was tired of the movies I forget at what point but I do know I only wanted to see Saw 3d because Chester Bennington (r.i.p.)  was in it. this one felt fresh to me for some reason, and I enjoyed watching it. I would say its worth a watch and if you have the rest of the movies already in your library, then this one is a definite. it is a mystery, but at the same time there’s 2-3 red herrings but which of them is it? or is it one of them? I’m trying to remember if any other of the previous movies has a ‘party trap’ as I called this one.

There’s one trap I did love but I really don’t want to ruin that one. Just get the blenders ready to make yourself a drink or smoothie before watching and THAT my friends is one beautiful ‘blood flower’ at the end!  (yes I can have a morbid sense of humor at times)

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Going in Style


 

2017    Pg-13   1;36

Matt Dillon, Christopher Lloyd, Joey King

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While Joe is at the bank to clear something up with his house,  it gets robbed.  The factory he and his longtime friends worked at for 30 years is moving and is ‘stealing’ their pensions.

He gets the idea rolling around in his head to pull a bank heist a well to pay the bills and keep his family and friends off the streets.

 

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Baby Driver


2017        R       1 hour 53 minutes     blu-ray     watch after credits for a behind the scenes

I loved the opening two scenes. Maybe you might consider it just one but we first see baby ‘dancing’ around in the car singing along to his music, which switches to a great car chase. I had fun watching that one, and a bit of a laugh at the cops who throw out the spikes and what came next is what I laughed at them for.

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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. 

John Wick Chapter 2


2017, R, blu-ray Keanu Reeves, Peter Storemare, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Common, Riccardo Scamarcio, Lance Reddick, Ruby Rose

Well the opening scene is certainly high octane action… oh that poor car, making me cry. John Leguizamo plays his ‘machanic’ I’d have to say that’s my favorite non-action part of the movie, though I’m not sure which part is my favorite action or stunt moment. There were so many action scenes they just seemed to have gotten meshed together for me. The movie barely gives you time to breath aside from going from one fighting scene finish… turns corner then there’s another fight. I guess it’s maybe the ones in the catacombs. Speaking of fights…damn! Keanu for  50 something…you do fight scenes better than Common~! Keanu looks like he does better in the fight scenes than Common does!(Faster at least and maybe more confortable)   Let’s see here

 Keanu…born 1964 =53

 Common born 1972 = 44

something just doesn’t add up there for me… Common seems awkward to me in the fight scenes like he’s unsure (or afraid he’ll get his ass kicked for real …wonder if something happened while rehearsing.

Ah the BLood oath…. if you make one and betray it the person you made it to has the right to kill you for not upholding it. (It’s an honor thing) but when it comes to Wick’s profession (what the heck is Wick anyway… assassin or Mercenary? will have to check out the official definition for the 2.) that and with vampires.. you don’t make or break blood oaths with!  with that… you could become a B-B-Q! and man I’ve seen some huge marshmallows that would be great to roast near that…those from the color of them flames… I think You’d need  at least a hundred foot skewer to roast them!

There’s 2 rules…

  1. No blood on Continental grounds (what’s this? no blood at the airlines or do they mean on your own turf?)
  2. Every marker (blood oath) must be honored.

Well the tunes are cool even I don’t mind the club music in this!

They certainly do not let you catch your breath watching this one ….

NO freaking way Subway!! with all those people?  Ok is the Canal  to broadway (or was it Broadstreet)  supposed to be an inside joke sort of like what my demented brain is thinking…Canal of Blood leading to the city of brotherly love?

Well this is certainly a hit and best action movie of 2017 (so far) though I think the storyline may be a bit thin now. But hey for renting it in the summer for something to not really have to think about… it was enjoyable!

Defiantly one for the home library

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Fear of Frying by Jill Churchill


Fear of Frying (Jane Jeffry, #9)This is the 4th or 5th book of this series I am reading. You can read them as stand alone books with no need to worry about something from a previous story coming up as so far I haven’t come across.

Wow I finished this in 4 days, but yes one of those days all I did was read. I ended up having a pain in my knee and just read the last (I think it was) 70 pages throughout the day.

A good summer book to read while camping or at camp, read before going back to school or once its over.

The title sort of gives a clue to the story.

Its the fall and Jane and Shelley are on a committee to check out a camp in Wisconsin for the school kids (They live in Chicago) SO they get out in nature and learn a few things as well. Sadly the best friends don’t get to max and relax for long. It rains quite often and one of them finds a dead body….then sees it alive again! No its not a horror story it’s a crime/mystery story.

If you do read this while at camp, or some cabin in the woods… you might get a little twitchy but then I always like setting the atmosphere.

Of course there are many suspects but which one is the culprit and who are the red herrings?  Bet its not what you think…

Transporter Refueled


2015     PG-13    Blu-ray   1:30 (but feels longer)   ** Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson,

 

If you couldn’t tell by the titled (and perfectly titled too)   it’s a  reboot of the Jason Statham franchise. Now Ed Skrein plays Frank whats his name to carry on the adventures of the private mercenary only known in the underworld as the Transporter.

His father is retiring meanwhile there’s some sort of Prostitution ring that gets an upheaval. One of said ladies of the night wants to get out of the business and hires Frank for a job

I remember when Statham was in the movies… the fighting scenes with him were longer and faster,  that you could barely keep up. In this… they are shorter as well as No bullshit slower paced fights.

During one fight they end up in a very narrow hall of what at first I thought were like safety deposit boxes, but really just a hall of drawers. I see how narrow it is and I’m thinking how the hell are they going to fight, it doesn’t even look kike there’s room to move let alone fight moves. Well for us, it was a funny highlight of the movie (with little else)

Another highlight was a blink and miss it trick with the license plate (aka ‘tags’ as some places call them)

For a reboot I thought this was a bad job. Why not start it as a prequel where Skrein is a younger Frank, but we see how he came to be what he is? Or at least some sort of a back story here or there. Some of the dialog Skrein has I couldn’t catch, but gotta love that car… all cars should be made like that first audi!