Before I wake


2016,   PG-13   Kate Bosworth,  Thomas Jane,Jacob Tremblay

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So I wanted to see this when I first saw the trailers. I couldn’t get it from Netflix, and I can’t afford to buy digital movies unless I know I already like them and they are too much to rent in my point of view. I have an app called Stream Dor  I got through my amazon

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kindle.Then it was free now they charge 1.99 but  find it worth the price. as usually when I can’t find a movie on netflix, this app has it, Old or semi new. If they don’t its only a matter of time (you could always let them know you are looking for certain movies.) Also if you are learning another language, you can watch movies in other languages on here!  purchase the app here

Which is what I did to watch it. The copy I found was in German (or something that sounded like it) Frankly you can figure out what they are saying even if you only know a few phrases in a language. I find it interesting to hear the different languages around the world. Plus you may learn something. Sadly there were no subtitles on this one of any sort.

So this I think was similar in a way to another movie, or at least reminded me of another. A couple lose their son (I think he drowned in the tub) and they adopt a young boy who’s dreams and nightmares manifest. He dreams of their dead son and they end up able to hug him. It’s a solid manifestation. The boy’s biological mother (which I think was in that hung show with Jane) gave him u for adoption as she was sick. I believe she is the scary creature in the movie. I don’t scare easily but when this thing first (and maybe even the second time) showed up I think I may have given off a scared noise or maybe cuddled up to my pillow more.

Would it be have been worth seeing in the theater? Not likely. I did like the creature though. It was eerily creepy gave me a start at least. I think its worth at least one watch be sure to turn off the lights while you watch!

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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.

10 Cloverfield Lane


2016  PG-13  1:45      John Goodman

A young woman wakes in a the cellar of a stranger after she is knocked out in an auto accident an auto accident. The stranger tells her he saved her from a chemical attack that has devastated the world. She doesn’t seem to believe him, even though there is one other survivor there.

 

Oh love the shower curtain… gotta find that one.

Now I was not a fan of the original, I don’t usually get motion sickness but that was one I did need Dramamine for. Compared to this, Cloverfield was better although all it seemed like was running from nothing the whole time with a quick glimpse here or there and even after the reveal you still don’t see much if any of the monster.

For me this was all too predicable, though kudos to John Goodman as he was scary good with his performance. My question though is how long were they down there before we join them, as he seemed a bit more like he’d been on his own awhile to get a bit nutty.

Even after dropping numerous hints and out right reasons to what is going on outside…and  that she should not open the hatch, she just can’t listen and wrap her head around that they are likely the only survivors in the area, and everyone she knows is likely dead.

They try to build and build up suspense but never do, there’s barely any drama either..

D

 

Passengers


2016       PG-13       1:56       Blu-ray

The Starship Avalon is on a 120 year journey to a distant planetary colony of Homestead 2. With a crew of 250 and 5000 passengers.  When an asteroid knocks the ship ‘auto pilot’ and other features start to fail one in which a glitch rouses Jim Preston (Pratt) from his decades long hibernation chamber.

So this looked like interesting fare

After a time and in need of company Preston  wakes Journalist Aurora Dunn (JLaw)

well it started out interesting but it felt longer than the hour and 56 minutes I noted. Sort of like a forced build up just without any mystery to unfold, or climax, or the good scare.  There is I think a little homage to The Shinning when Preston goes to the bar (I think this was after he’d been along for a time.)  I’m not sure if that’s on purpose or its just me that felt that way. Also liked the (Is that) Art Deco of the bar area.

 

Yes it was an interesting story but at some point it was no longer interesting to me and just started to lose interest (maybe because as I said the 2 hours felt more like 3 or more) I don’t mind a 2 hour (or longer movie for the prices we pay now and days) but when they feel LONGER and they are not that’s when I have the problem.

(Honestly around 2 hours is the norm these days, in the 90s and back it was usually 90 minutes with the rare movie like Goonies, I never realized how long it was til I was an adult its a rare 2 1/2 -3 hours for that era! but still one of the BEST movies ever!

 

Would you migrate to another planet? Why?

What would you do with no one else awake?

 

Would you wake another person up? (right away or once you start going mad?)

Same sex or the opposite sex?

What color hair, profession and personality would you choose for your companion?

 

 

 

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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Freaked


1993  PG-13   Comedy,Sci-fi

Alex Winter, Randy Quaid, Megan Ward,Michael Stoyanov, 

Brooke Shields, William Sadler,

and so many more imdb

Directed by Tom Stern and Alex Winter

Written By Alex Winter and Tim Burns

the 3 were involved with the MTV sketch comedy ‘Idiot box’ and Freaked is supposed to be retain that same brand of humor

I never watched the show but there are a few laughs in this.

Just as I think the opening credits are too long, they go off! Now I see why they put them at the end, or at least don’t do the credits like they used to in the beginning.

I didn’t know or at least remember that Winter was acting in this, so when they showed him I almost didn’t recognize him with the black hair.

basically if he’s not in Lost Boys or Bill and Ted costume I usually just stare thinking he looks familiar but having no idea why! I only realized it was him because he has writing and directing credits.

Bobcat Goldthwait voiced the sock head  and Mr. T makes a surprising appearance

I had this on my Netflix Queue but though I’d look up what’s in my SAVED (and netflix likely not getting) movies on

my StreamDor app  You get thousands of movies for free! The app is $1.99 but WELL worth it!

You can search movies by title, language  etc. If you are taking a foreign language class its great as you can watch movies likely in that language. I always enjoy hearing what other languages sound like.

If you are interested check it out soon as i am not sure if they delete movies out or not (I was looking one up they had once before, and it didn’t come up this time)

 

Now that all that is cleared up and I do apologize for a little babbling; The movie is about some celebrity Rocky Coogan, who is going to lend his name for some chemical Zygot (or something like that). He and his friend Ernie end up at a protest and upon seeing one of the activists Ricky falls for her. The three of them are traveling on the road when she learns who Ricky (in disguise) really is. They end up at a roadside Freak show and are conned into staying and becoming part of that freak show!

I thin you could say its a little campy, There’s a Freak ‘talent show’

I think I may have seen about a minute of this back inthe 90s SOme parts remind me of a certain band’s music videos. Then there’s Alex Winter’s Freak… and why I used the poster image I did and not another version. I’ll just say there’s a gremlins joke in there.

 

it was so~so… a few laughs  if it weren’t from the 90s I’d say it was Fresh

If you want to watch a movie without a bunch of CGI FX…. check this out, all costumes and prosthetics   C

 

Oh my… looking through the cast no WONDER why ortiz the dog (wolf?) boy sounded familiar!!

Bye Bye Man


2017   PG13   1:36  blu-ray    Douglas Smith, Michael Trucco, Doug Jones, Lucien Laviscount,Cressida Bonas,Erica Tremblay    

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Wisconsin College students find an off campus house to rent, includes  furniture and a supernatural evil.

October 20th 1969 a man is ‘rabid’ asking everyone “Did you tell anyone the name?”  (but he never says who not even a hint) Then he grabs a rifle do you really think anyone will admit to it now?!  So guessing there will be a little more backstory later. Though at this point… (and not to really compare to a great) Nightmare on elm street had more story at least 5 pages with the kids’ nightmares than this does with a quarter of a sheet…

 

Well at least they used an amusingly fitting song in the movie…. Bye Bye Love…. Bye Bye loneliness….

See the hound and hear the coins the closer he is. I wouldn’t actually recommend this to see. Skip it and watch one of the old slasher films! Freddy is scarier than than Bye Bye Man’s snakey looking Voldermort face.

The story of our spectre is still paper thin when the movie is over, only that he’s sort of like a grim reaper is the only other thing I  heard. Too bad they couldn’t have included HOW he actually came about instead of maybe a possible prequel (if that’s even planned)  Ouija was better hell my nightmares are better than this! (If only I could record those to scare the crap outta the viewing public!

That hell hound thing although the FX for it is laughable kinda reminds me of something from one of the resident evil movies

D

If you bother to see it, just don’t buy it for your library it’s not worth the money! Rent it and save the rest toward a better movie.

rent here via Amazon  it’s not worth buying though.