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. 

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Hunter’s Prayer


2017        R         1:31       Blu-ray       Action/ Thriller / Drama         Sam Worthington

Hunter’s Prayer  Lucas (worthington) is hired to assassinate Ella, after her father and mother are killed. Lucas finds her at her boarding school. So when Lucas can’t pull the trigger (man I just have Wortho’s Terminator Salvation line with Anton Yelchin going through my head now) it puts him on the kill list.

Oh my it starts in Scarsdale, NY! That’s not far from me. The parents at home and for what seems no reason at all are killed, but why kill the daughter too. Honestly I could say something about that, as she should have been killed in front of the parents for whatever the reason but hey I have no idea what the motivation for that was. When Ella sees Lucas she thinks he was hired by her father to watch her. When he can’t pull the trigger he ‘kidnaps’ her to save her from any others out to kill her, and so they are now both hunted.

Talk about a hound from hell! But then again I think Dobermans have been the only dogs that make me nervous. (I blame that on my friend Anna’s little ankle biter or at least when she first got it. Not sure when they are worse when they are little or big, either way I don’t like Doberman’s.

The villain isn’t even a likable one. He’s a rich snobby @$$hole! and he’s a horrible father. Ignores his son and doesn’t even help him with his archery! Very poorly written character, can’t remember what happened to the son but at one point I half expected the son to call the cops on him or something.

So we’ve got a chase, and the usual sort  but oh that was good! The boy I guess came to help his father, but as I said the father should have helped him with the archery cause papa got shot  not sure if it was in the leg or butt but doesn’t matter where, it was funny to me! (Just deserts!)

 

This was bland for an ‘action’ movie.  It starts out ok, but gets tame.

 

 

The Wave


2015  R  1:45  BR   original title  = Bølgen    Action/Drama/Thriller     CAST listing on IMDB

 I like watching Foreign movies, I prefer the subtitles to the English dub as I can hear what the language in that area sounds like. Sometimes I come across something interesting on (dvd) Netflix, or if I can’t find a particular movie I may find it in another language on my Stream Dor app. and on the App there is not always English subtitles if ever. But even if not, you can usually figure out what is going on.

In the village of Geiranger in Norway the mountains will collapse into the Fjord below causing an 80 foot tsunami to head their way. This happened before in 1905 and will happen again not a matter of if, but when.  When it happens, the villages below will only have 10 minutes to get to higher ground. (So get your bug out bags ready, or just move to higher ground now!

Kristian is one of the geologists that work on checking when this will happen, 1 problem he’s moving today. He and the kids are supposed to be getting on the ferry to move while the wife Idun  has another couple of days of work at the hotel. He stops at one point at his old job after having seen (or realizing) something  while waiting in line to get on the ferry. He stops at the old job and reports and checks on stuff or something (sorry I’m going off notes now). There is one of the geologists that if I could blame the tsunami on I would. He just wants to keep looking over some of the stuff. Really you have hundreds or thousands of lives relying on YOU! (He seems to be the head) really I think if that were an asylum I think I’d rather have the patients run the place than him!

I love the daughter, she’s so cute and her relationship with her dad is too sweet. It’s a nice movie to watch with the family if they don’t chew loud, or have to analyze and talk about everything that happens.

I seem to have gotten way too into the movie, as when someone was calling me (around the middle of it) to show me something I ripped their head off! So if that in any way is a sign of a good movie, there ya go!

My dad I think watched it dubbed and I think he even liked it.

 

 

 

 

It comes at night


2017, R 1:31  BR  Joel Edgerton   IMDB

 

So what comes at night? Something tells me this is just their anxiety and fears playing tricks on them.

The netflix sleeve (yes I use DVD) says “A malevolent force terrorizes the world outside’  really I never saw that force, or being.

The characters I find poorly written, sorry Joel I don’t mind you being the star but if this was the movie you were writing, babe you need to evolve on your characters. The wife and son seem to barely talk there seems to be no love between he and the wife. There’s not much to tell about anyone nor do any of them seem to have any personality.

The only personality is the house.

What comes at night,…..is    

 

 

 

apparently is this sickness/disease that I’m guessing is the reason there is hardly anyone around. The movie was interesting in the beginning but as it goes on it loses its momentum. It just becomes a tedious ‘routine’.

I appreciate Joel’s effort and I do love watching Edgerton’s movies acting or written by but after (I think) an hour, (give or take) is when the drop off happened.  The Not quite horror more thriller who’s mystery stunk and went kabo0m…

 

A Cure for Wellness


2017   Mystery  by Gore Verbinsky  rated R  2:26 minutes   Dane Dehaan  Jason Issacs  Mia Goth   IMDB

 

A Naive employee is sent on an errand to fetch his boss back from some European wellness ‘spa’ in the alpines. After his long trip he gets the run around from the ‘Spa’ staff who do not let him see he boss either.

I did NOT appreciate the accident showing what caused it let alone after the fact. That was just cruel, not to mention I was in a car when that happened when I was small enough to stretch out on the back seat of Dad’s VW bug! (70s or 80s version not the plastic crap of today)

Oh and look Lucious Malfoy i mean Jason Issacs is in this. He just looks weird to me as his ‘normal’ self and not as Mr. Malfoy.

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.

American Assassin


2017        Rated R         1 hour 52 Minutes        Action Thriller

Dylan O’Brien    Michael Keaton     Taylor Kitsch     Sanaa Lathan

So I wanted to see this as 1. It looked worth it and 2. Taylor Kitsch is in it. 3. It seemed as Kitsch was playing the bad guy. i don’t think he has before plus  Dad said it looked good so we both went to see it together and after we would also see IT.

American Assassin is adapted from the Vince Flynn books , which I have not read. I didn’t even know it was an adaptation until after I saw the movie.  The movie is an action/thriller cliche. Grizzled vet to train the new guy, who has a traumatic experience, and has some villain that was once trained by the vet and so on.

The movie opens on that beach you see in the trailer, where Mitch and his girlfriend are at a resort that gets gunned down. How many times did he get shot before he even went down? damn he’s got 9 lives!  Why the hell did they shoot the place up anyway? We then skip 18 months ahead and seems to suffer some PTSD (at least having nightmares of the past) Oh and whoever did the FX make-up on Dylan O’Brien that Mustache is total crap I can see its fake. you didn’t layer it well and the judges from Face off would have your heads for that! I’ve never made one of my own, but from watching face-off… I KNOW I could do better than that looked!

So Mitch Rapp (nice last name considering if he didn’t have the ‘certain set of skills’ he taught himself he would have a pretty long sheet of them)  He’s set on infiltrating terrorist cells and taking them out one by one if he has to.  We also get to travel quite a bit. One thing that gave me a laugh though was when in Rome… speak Polish!?!?!? (I’m half italian and 1/4 polish so that was funny to me especially there were a few polish kids my age in my neighborhood. certainly could tell it was learned there was no accent to it.)

So they (cia or whoever it is)  send Mitch off to Roanoke Virginia where Keaton’ s character ‘Hurley’ trains him in his own personal ‘Fight Club’ And No You don’t want to punch him dude…

You have to like his character with the line

“If we go hand to hand something tells me within 20 seconds you’d know if I got what it takes” 

really the guy’s a cat and I’ve given him the code name Taz cause when he gets punched…your screwed! He doesn’t quit he’s like a robot only if you shock him, he keeps going. There’s also what i call the ‘Ikea’ scene where at first I didn’t know if they were shopping or were in a training exercise. But I picked out the mark right away!

“The Enemy Dresses like a deer and  kills like a lion”

Oh and Keaton makes a strong audition in this to be a voice actor if ever there’s a grumpy cat cartoon (if they use a male voice)  Wow didn’t see that coming.. Kitsch out the window of hotel nice stunt I was a bit amused by it… Think ‘Pole dance’

I guess it’s the 4k but there’s parts that seemed to be 3-d only it’s NOT a 3d movie! (esp a little blood splatter on the camera be not sure if it was practical or CGI  FX  but was cool.

SPOILER- Boat Fight.. I quite enjoyed  and a line towards the end that just as  thought it the agent says it to Keaton who’s all bandaged up.  ‘you look like a mummy’

I would say this is worth seeing at least on a discount day or during Matinee times. (as I saw it… plus at one point I had to go to the bathroom so I missed a part)

It was entertaining, serious but did have a few jokes and as I mentioned the Flagpole (all I could think of was that song Flagpole Sitta and jokes about kitsch doing a pole dance. )

I’ve tried multiple times to watch the New Jason Bourne movie starting at the beginning or middle and even last quarter of it but sadly I just can’t get through it. I doze off, or start getting other things done. I would most definitely  buy a copy of this for my library.

 

B    (better than last Bourne)      Anyway Its worth a watch in the theater or even a buy for your library.

 

Adaptive Misfires  Maybe it’s best to watch if you haven’t read them, considering no one that has read this book or that ever seems to be happy with the movie adaptation. (I’m still really pissed off Peeves was not in the Harry Potter series, not even once)

Here’s the moviebabble  revivew