The Legend of Tarzan


2016, PG-13, action adventure Drama

Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie,Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson

We start in the congo  with some deal for some raw diamonds, and then switch to London. Between scenes  we get flashbacks of Tarzan growing up and his life with the gorillas.

Was cracking up at the guy stuck in the train roof!  and half an hour to 1 1/2 hours into the movie we finally find out why the guy in the cheeta  skin wants Tarzan. What the hell with that cut away, then all of a sudden we are in some port.

Now THAT is what you call an army!!

Was ok but too much green screen CG use. Why not just use a real animal  (trained animal actors) and try to use that motion capture.

With Samuel L Jackson in this and going to be in Kong Skull Island I was getting confused with what I was watching every now and again!

Watching this made me realize how much I miss watching Alex on True Blood… MORE MOVIES PLEASE!!

I could probably watch this a few times again before I get tired of it.

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Cell


2016  R   1:37    stars Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusak

Adapted from the 2006 Stephen King  novel of the same name, The city of Boston descends into mayhem when a signal turns thousands or millions of cell phone users into crazed zombie killers.

Clay Riddell, played by Cusak is a man who is fighting against a mysterious mobile phone broadcast that transforms cell users into zombie killers. Working with Tom McCourt (Samuel L. Jackson) and Alice Maxwell (Isabelle Fuhrman), Riddell struggles to try and stop whoever is behind the attack, and reunite with his son.

This will be the third time that Jackson and Cusack have worked together, having partnered on another King adaption, the 2007 horror film 1408 as well as 2015’s Chi-Raq. This will mark Cusack’s third King adaption in total, as he also appeared in Stand By Me.

Though it explores the zombie trope which has been somewhat overdone of late but,  zombie by definition is someone dead (sometimes brought back by a voodoo spell).  This starts as anyone speaking on the phone at the time of the pulse are all turned, so here the term is more of a metaphor.

When I read the story and added cell + zombies  I absolutely LOVE  the metaphor!  If you are like those of us who do not always have our eyes or ears glued to our phones, you may see what I see… those of you that do (especially those of you that can’t look away for a second when crossing the road… ) ZOMBIE is the Perfect word for you all.

Before you open your mouth in a defensive argument (which proves it a perfect term) You’ve got your arms out in front of you (though slightly bent to have the phone or a tablet in reading distance) you look like the old zombie stereotype with their arms out walking slowly (sadly couldn’t find the image I wanted) while groaning (oh wait that’s my groaning at hearing your conversation…from down the street!)

What the Fu…..(oops sorry almost flubbed there) Why do they have this in an airport? I don’t remember that, and sadly I no longer have my copy as I gave it to someone to read.

Unlike the book (or so I remember) this starts in an airport when the signal comes through, turning all with phone (or earbud) to ear into raging serial killers some even foam at the mouth. In the book it happened in a square or park type area near an innocent enough ice-cream truck.

Clay fights to survive and find his son while battling the the evolving horde of ‘phoners’

I think what I loved most about the book was the metaphor. While the story is good and different from most, to me the metaphor was so much better in an ironic funny (yet uncomfortably…awkward) sort of way.

The zombies are of a hive mind, thanks to the pulse while they were on their phones. I did see a scene from the book in the trailer.  Of course the movie shows some of the more memorable moments from the book like the horde sleeping in the football field and a few other touches.

If you have not seen it yet and have read the book… Skip it. if you haven’t read it then it’s a toss up, though I have read the book twice (and sadly gave it to someone 2 summers ago and now we broke up never got it back)

You can read my review of the book here (it was written only after my first reading)  and watch on AMazon but best wait til cable

 

 

 

Captain America & Winter Soldier


Being as I didn’t have the bog when these came out… and sadly the cable movie stations didn’t endlessly show the first 2 captain movies, and what’s up with that anyway.. of course any other movie they do it for but for one that’s at least 5 years old and for those that may need a recap of what has gone on so far (at least in Cap’s movies) they can’t endlessly show it.

So its a week or 2 after seeing Civil War on opening day and I wish I had the money to see it again in the theater… so instead I’m going to rent the previous 2 movies and   thought I’d do a look back review of them .

Captain America the First Avenger

2011  PG-13  2:05  Action, Period,Comics, Origin, Adaptation   Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving, Dominick Cooper, Hayley Atwell

The movie starts March 1942 in Tonsberg Norway incursion for the Teseract. Why would you just have one safe guard to guard that treasure? Not to mention the button to open it was found so easily… approximately 10 minutes in Bucky shows up  looking so handsome in his Uniform.

Bucky: Don’t do anything stupid till I get back”
Steve: I can’t, you’re taking all the stupid with you”

He enlists to fight in World War 2  5 times failing all of them.. to short, too skinny and has asthma just to name a few. The little guy with lots of heart gets the chance “to kill some Nazis” when he volunteers for a secret experiment that will transform him into Captain America, a super soldier with a perfect physique and heightened reflexes whose metabolism burns four times faster  than the average person.

Captain’s Pajama’s!  the uniform really does look so, watching some interviews of the cast for the movies  and the guys joking about it.

Steve learns of troop 107 being captured, and seeing him remember that’s Bucky’s. There’s no rescue mission so he goes solo to rescue his friend who is not with the other soldiers but in a lab in a chair, but recognizes him right away so did or didn’t they (Hydra’s) Dr. Zola experiment on him yet?

So the ‘plasma weapons’ are made from the teseract? It dosen’t look any smaller

The Fondue running joke, still a tickler and pretty sure Bucky made sniper with the army.

Oh That’s how Bucky falls out of the train. He uses Cap’s shield when a blast goes off it knocking Bucky out of the train  to hang on to a broken bar to keep from falling to his demise.

Love the ‘backfire’ on Cap’s bike

How’d they make Chris Evans into the scrawny Steve Rodgers?

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The Winter Soldier

2014     PG-13  2:16 Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, 
Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández 

So Steve Rodgers is running circles (or in this case rectangles) around Sam Wilson when Black Widow shows up

“Hi Boys, either of you know where the Smithsonian is; I’m here to pick up a fossil”

Hydra strikes again in the form the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D and the Winter Soldier who turns out to be Cap’s err.. Steve Rodgers best bud Bucky Barnes 

While on a mission on I forget the ship’s name, Cap has a fight with Georges Batroc played by actual UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre

We learn that Natasha has previously had a run in with the Winter Soldier and why she has a scar on her hip, and tells Steve the soldier is responsible for over two dozen assassinations in 50 years.

Easter Eggs: Loki’s staff & the Twins   and Bucky in the Smithsonian

Special Features:  Rental DVD from Netflix- was a Deleted scene and Steve Roger’s Notebook

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here’s My Review for the 3rd movie in the series ….Civil War

 

 

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The Hateful Eight


by Quentin Tarintino 2015  R  3hrs Crime drama mystery Western                                                                                                                                             stars  Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russel, Channing Tatum, Zoe Bell

 

I don’t see why the masses ‘loved’ this movie.  It was such a yawner, watching golf or paint dry would have been more interesting.

Who the hell did the make-up FX, they should be fired & “never work in this town again’.  The blood looks like iodine or spraying tan (you know when people are more orange looking than tan…)  and yes I can do better I am the queen of halloween after all. It such an orange brown color as though rust has turned to liquid.

I never liked those who complain about the length of a movie considering the cost of a ticket alone (a matinee is $11!)  I don’t even want to know how much General Admission is. but for the setting and talking mostly taking place in a cabin with a good sized group of people… I may as well watch Phonebooth again. This was too long even if you get to working on some crafts or playing games on the computer or something while watching it. It’s time I will sadly not get back, I’d rather have rewatched one of my favorite movies in my home library.

I didn’t see what all the hype was about but all the yelling started  to annoy me. I did have one or 2 laughs at a couple of lines but that’s all. Not even memorable enough to be able to get them written down.

 

Maybe I need it to be December when nothing is on other than holiday specials repeats then it might be interesting, or so I hope.

 

YAWNER!   F