Maze Runner Scorch Trials ~ Death Cure


Dylan O’Brian,Ki Hong Lee ,Kaya Scodelario ,Thomas Brodie-Sangster ,Dexter Darden ,Will Poulter ,Jacob Lofland ,Rosa SalazarGiancarlo Esposito ,Patricia Clarkson ,Aidan Gillen ,Barry Pepper ,Nathalie Emmanuel ,Katherine McNamara ,Walton Goggins

Maze Runner

Sci-fi, Thriller, Mystery   1:53

I’m going to have to re-watch the first one, as I thought I had posted a review for it, but it came out the same year I started this blog.

I can tell you I remember the lush green glade, and those things in the maze as well as a scene after.

I’ll post whenever I catch it again.

 

 

 

 

My original Maze Runner Scorch Trials review

2015 PG-13  2:12

So this was my 2nd time watching because it was so long ago that I saw the movie and the Death Cure came out (getting to that in a bit)See the source image

I don’t remember hearing or seeing anything about solar flares while watching it the 2nd time. They are taken to what is supposed to be a way station, where some never leave. There’s  also some things in cylindrical tanks that remind me of a nautilus.

There’s some zombie like people but movie too fast to be zombies, but I have yet to hear what the virus in this is called. Its sort of seems like the rage virus of 28 days later.

The group is looking for (i think it was) the Red hand (some rebellion sounding name)

There’s nothing really in it that is memorable like the maze and ‘glade’ of the first movie. All I remember is that guy that plays little finger from Game of Thrones. Does he play an ass in everything he’s in? (Not sure if you’d call him that in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword  but maybe more a ‘donkey’ ass  (a minor side version compared to his character in this, and as for his GOT character he’s a manipulative one so that would be the in-between version of these two)

The only thing really memorable to me (right now) is that the person who found a way to delay the ‘virus’ well let’s just say it kills a bit of hope for a possible cure.  I Haven’t read the books, but I’d hope there’s something better in this book than the movie, which as I said in the first review seemed like filler. The only semi-memorable part was the storm coming in, but then again was watching this while we were having a rainstorm which was thunder and lightning, but now way as spooky and as scary as this one.But I do love when something I’m watching and life sort of coincide.

 

Death Cure

2018  2;22

Soo much better than that sophomore slump in the scorch.

They’ve got one last chance to find a cure for the ‘flare’ pandemic. They call those without immunity to it cranks (yeah I guess they do look like drug addicts in a way)

Thomas employs a daring strategy in the face-off against Wckd (Wicked) the organization doing the experiments for a cure.

Meanwhile, Brenda is still doing well on that concoction made from Thomas’ blood, no side effects and so far has not needed a booster.

I think this has plenty of elements to interest all genre fans.

For fans of the first movie, there’s a surprise appearance, that even I was surprised as once I saw I remembered what happened to them in one of the previous movies.

I very much enjoyed one ‘stunt’ toward the end of the movie. I’ll just say Bus + Giant Crane = awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Belko Experiment


action/horror/Thriller   2017   R  1;28  Blu-ray

John Galagher Jr., Sean Gunn,Michael Rooker, Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Owain Yeoman, more

50 or so American co-workers are getting into work, some for some reason are turned away. Locked up in their company’s HQ in Bogota, Columbia they are ordered over the intercom to kill each other or be killed. Some are afraid, others think its a prank but there is one worker that is a bit restless.

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Grizzly


1976   Christopher George,Andrew Prince, Richard Jaeckel, Joan McCall,Joe Doresey  Directed by William Girder

 

Visitors to a state park are terrorized by an 18-foot grizzly bear. Christopher George who stars as the park ranger Michael Kelly hatches a plan. This fearsome forest foray (sorry just had to) is supposed to have a ‘Jaws’ feel to it.

At first, they don’t show the bear much, if at all (maybe a foot here or a patch of fur there…) but toward the end, they show more of it (body wise) with full shots. For being as old as myself (give or take a few months) it was a good suspenseful movie. The only thing that didn’t hold up was the make-up fx techniques and the 70s fashions.    I love 1970’s fashions, but between that and the contrast and colors of the picture you could tell its age.

Include this in a retro movie Marathon this needs to be part of it.

(Suggestions… do an all 70s decade or pick one from each decade 30s-2000, 2010-2018… and make sure the 30s movie.. is a universal classic! I recommend the Invisible man)

WARNING animal sensitive people

I know its fake  but it still saddens me to see it so just an err heads up

maybe even in the literal sense!

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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Atomic Blonde


See the source image2017     R   1:55   action/thriller but really Drama      blu-ray   James McAvoy,  Charlize Theron, John Goodman, Bill Skarsgard

 

Adapted from the Antony Johnston and Sam Hart graphic novel The Coldest City movie Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron and James McAvoy.  Theron’s character is a cold war spy by the name of Lorraine Broughton who must recover a list of double agents amid a sea of questionable allies one in which is James McAvoy’s British agent David Percival. Percival, as you might be able to tell from the trailers, has gone a bit feral with lots of secrets and possibly STDs while embedded in East Berlin.

A MI*6 agent is murdered in 1989 Berlin Germany and fellow spy is sent to investigate and retrieve a list of double agents the dead agent was carrying. 

I would swear the fight scenes were a faster pace in the trailers but during the movie, they’re kind of a bore, like the rest of it is. The fight scenes feel like they are over too quick compared to many other films. I know, I know… always leave them wanting more, but not when the fights look as though they are in slow motion and swear you could do them yourself if you had the time to re-watch them to memorize the choreography. To give you an idea for most 1 on 1 fight scenes in movies, let’s say they last 5 minutes-15 minutes. These I’m sure are 1-3 minutes long if even. In other words, for an ‘action movie,’ there’s not much action. It should more have been marketed as a spy drama, as there is NOTHING thrilling about it. If I watched it at night, I would have fallen asleep.

 

When I checked at some point to see how much longer the movie would be on, thinking it would be 15 minutes left, there was still over an hour of the movie left. I am VERY disappointed in this movie, and so glad I didn’t pay to see it in the theater as for me it looked promising enough to see in the theater. I think a baseball or golf game would have been more entertaining to watch. Also who the actual double agent is… I wasn’t surprised.

 

 

Split


2017,   PG-13,   Thriller, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckly

 

Written and directed by M Night Shamalyan who I think actually had a part in this while someone is looking at security footage.

Three girls after a birthday party are ready to go home,  waiting for the father to come in the car they are already waiting in while he puts something in the trunk… he’s attacked and the girls are kidnapped.

Kevin (I think that’s the main character’s name, well at least the one whose body the other personalities inhabit. He’s supposed to have 23 personalities but we only see five.

  • Hedwig a 9-year-old
  • Dennis   The one who kidnaps the girls
  • Patricia   in co-hoots with Dennis
  • Barry     an artist
  • Orwell
  • Jade
  • Heidrich
  • 1 other

all of his personalities know about one another (which I think is supposed to be rare if I remember right) and are known as the Horde

WOW! McAvoy better win an Oscar for this or other awards! He did great as all those different characters. I can only imagine the mental and emotional toll all of those took.

I give M. Knight a comeback award for this one. I think he’s regained the magic he had with the Sixth sense and those. Though I didn’t see any mind-bending aside from the split and the surprise cameo.

Definitely WORTH a watch and at least Nominations for Best film, Director, Actor, Comeback

 

#Horror


2015, Not Rated, Cyber thriller, Mystery, Balthazar Getty, Timothy Hutton, Cloey Sevginy

Inspired by true events

a group of (spoiled?) pre-teens stays over at a rich friends house, in the middle of nowhere.They play dress up, insult and bully each other while playing some online game.

The opening credits are a quick colorful menagerie of candy-coated graphics (or puke) and names depending on your point of view.

The B.s. graphics are an annoyance to me, and nor does what they do look like a game. It looks more like they are just posting photos to a social account.

The antagonist is not hard to point out. you basically know who it is and way long before the reveal. (Frankly the beginning of the movie I knew who it was.)

More Mystery/thriller than Horror