Arrival


2016    PG-13      Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, Forster Witacker, Ian Donnaly     1:56

Adams plays linguist Louise Banks who is approached by the military for her language skills after the landing of multiple space craft ‘land’  all across the globe. They haven’t actually landed as last I checked, you need to TOUCH the land to do so, but more parked themselves hoovering feet above.

Not sure I should mention what the aliens look like but then that WOULD be a spoiler!

The movie starts out interesting enough, aside from the fact of all the ships ‘landing’ making me think it was going to turn out to be a knock off of Independence day. However the movie declines for me the last half of the movie.

The whole time I thought the governments and military should only be a support system as a small group NOT running the whole damn thing. The aliens speak in what looks like a bunch of Oroborus designs

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The Taking of Deborah Logan


2014    R    Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang,Brett Gentile     70 mins    Horror, Mystery, thriller

So I thought this was just another cliche possession movie. Wrong!

This was a ‘blair witch’ hybrid a single camera filmed docu horror as well as times where it seems like a normally filmed movie. Because of  her fast progressing disease (she has dementia or alzheimer’s) she is either possessed or just remembering some things.

I watched on Stream Dor a free app I got for my kindle, which you can watch movies free. (Though sometimes in another language with subtitles or in English with some foreign subtitles.  I ended up watching a couple of movies (forget which) in Polish, one in which I had already seen before so that was interesting to me.

I don’t find this movie to be worth the time really (unless you are perhaps bored in a hotel room, everything is closed or you are just in the middle of nowhere)  I was jsut so tired I jsut really did not want to read and had nothing else to watch that was short. Now I know why Netflix doesn’t have it!

 

 

L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton


L is for Lawless (Kinsey Millhone, #12)

Crime/ Mystery  adventure

Cast of Characters    Kinsey Millhone   Ray Rawson  Gilbert   Laura Rawson  Helen Rawson

Kinsey is a twice divorced no kids Licensed P.I. (private Investigator) who while on vacation (for a friend’s wedding) is hired pro bono to get down to the bottom of why Bucky can’t seem to get the benefits his grandfather is owed from being in the air-force. So far the military etc cannot ‘identify’ him. (as in find his military records, as the family does not know his serial numbers etc…) He had no money but an old friend Lawson shows up. He wants to rent the place out, though it is not yet available. He’s pretty mysterious and is not telling Kinsey everything he knows.

Chester and Bucky are dipsticks, good for nothing but checking the oil IF that.  When Kinsey stakes out their place and sees someone leave with a duffle bag, she goes in pursuit to get to the bottom of things.  First, she has to be atop everything., the duffle is going on a plane though for some reason I thought this might be a red herring. As after the person leaves the scene of the crime, they pick someone up and leave with what looks like the same duffle. So what is the deal?

Not only is it a mystery thriller, but is a bit of an adventure as well as it takes Kinsey to Texas and Louisville. Plus somewhat of a scavanger hunt or I should say treasure hunt
. I pretty much saw the end coming and speaking of which I could have just rad 3-5 of the beginning chapters and just the last 2 of the 226 page novel as there’s 25-50 pages of story that was really not needed.

The main deal is getting through the first half of the book, it took me a few days over a month to read as it started out slow and was built up too much and too long. The last 1-2 chapters is where the story actually ends. everything to me between the chapters mentioned is really filler (aside from a couple of clues)

This was the thinnest book (I have on hand)  in the series so I thought it would be a nice test run to see if I liked the writing. it’s ok, but definitely the rest of the books are better to read when I am not trying to read a lot of books so I can make a dent in my pile!

The Nice Guys


2016 R      Mystery comedy drama  DVD   stars; Ryan Gosling & Russell Crowe   1:56

a private eye teams up with a bruiser for hire in this 1970s Los Angeles set ‘noir-ish’ mystery.

The two investigate a missing persons case and a porn stars suspicious suicide while stumbling (literally) into a conspiracy.

Ha! Nice shot through the hot tub. Loved the (what I supposed was) stock footage, of ads and a preview of the wood panel station wagon. If this wasn’t stock footage then damn did they do a great job with the vintage set and costumes for those parts! (Honestly for the whole movie but what was supposed to be on TV they were watching was awesome.  Oh wow I didn’t know Matt Bomer was supposed to be in this, and almost didn’t realize it was him, but then again it was that awful wig.  There’s some good dry wit or just plain dumbass goofiness like the bathroom scene. Though I wasn’t crazy about Kim Basinger, her acting did not seem good, or shall Isay believeable. Not a good villain on her part.

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Hellraiser: Hellseeker


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2002  R  1:29  Dean Winters, Ashley LaurenceDoug Bradley (as Pinhead)

Trevor is suffering from terrifying hallucinations  after losing his wife and memory in a car crash. These vision threaten the man’s grip on reality.

This is more a mystery than horror in my point of view. I’d say the more memories that come back to him, the more crazy he gets yet still doesn’t remember. Plus he has to deal with being a suspect, as his wife’s body was not found in the car after the crash. There are times I think that the audience isn’t supposed to be able  to tell if its ‘reality’ or an hallucination.

I miss the days seeing the criminals and those who messed with the puzzle box were turned into cenobites. I  always wondered why they were called that and not just demons, because frankly they are that. Plus the fact Hellraiser is the series, so wouldn’t Pinhead as the lead cenobite really be the devil incarnate and the others just his demons?)

Another reason why I wonder they were called that is because cenobite, sounds more like a kilobite megabite etc. maybe ceno = Century bite, either that or some sort of robotic parasite.

We get flashes in his halucinations of some of the cenobites  but they are not really satisfying for the longtime fans of the series. I remember in one of them identical twins cops were made into a twisted conjoined twins.  Will Trevor be turned in to a cenobite, some sort of guppy maybe?  These later installments make me sad as they are not made as well as they once were I just beg hollywood, PLEASE if there is any remake/reboot of the franchise DO NOT LET Rob Zombie have anything to do with it.

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The Forest


2016   PG-13  cable  horror Mystery   starring   Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken  IMDB

 

After learning her twin sister has gone to Japan’s suicide forest, Jess picks up to go find her in the suspiciously haunted forest.

Thank the gods for cable and that I didn’t waste money to see this in the theater! I’m not sure which is worse (if one is) this or the Blair Witch.

Not sure if this is an American remake of a Japanese film I saw but so far the only good remake of a foreign film I’ve seen so far is that of District 13 who’s american remake starred Paul Walker and titled Brick Mansions.

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Dead of Summer


Free form    Tuesdays   9pm est   Mystery, thriller, Horror  from the makers of Lost    Tony Todd 

 

there’s some sort of backstory from the 1800’s  of some Cult killing some congregation members.  The show starts in summer 1989 on the way to Camp Stillwater (which to me looks a lot like Camp Crystal Lake) and was closed up in 1984.

Oh my… is that Paula Abdul’s “Miss you much” I hear?

The new camp director sunk all she had into opening the camp again after her fond childhood memories of it. So she was hoping to bring back fond memories for herself as well as the counselors, however could she be the reason people are showing up dead? 

Is the groundskeeper Dave the Jason Vorhees of this all? All I can do is think of it as Crystal Lake!! (maybe I’ve seen Friday the 13th & the Nightmare on Elm street movies a few tooo many times! 

Wait what’s wrong with that ‘bleeding’ tree? I’m sure it was normal before.  For me the characters (or at least the actors) (aside from Tony Todd)  are expendable no matter who they are as to me they just do not have memorable performances.  The Russian guy (that was working at the dry cleaners) he’s the only one whose character I remember their backstory.

 

While it’s a nice little Horror  sort of slasher show,  its a little binge-able but unless you need  a reminder (if there’s a season 2) of what happened in season one then it’s not worth re-watching

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