The Terror


By the way the featured image above looks, it reminds me of the posters for ‘The Thing‘ back in the 1980s. Could that be a hint to what we should expect?

AMC   Monday’s @ 9pm est  (10 ep)      Based on true events 

Period Drama, Mystery, a tiny bit of horror

stars Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Ready, Nive Nielsen , Adam Nagaitis , Tom Weston- Jones  imdb

the-terror

Adapted from The book by Dan Simmons  The Terror: A Novel by [Simmons, Dan]

1846 A Royal Navy Expedition discovers a seemingly unseen predator in their search for the Artic’s Northwest Passage 200 miles away. They think it a very cunning polar bear, but just might be something bigger, and undiscovered.  The ships of the expedition are the Erebus (wasn’t that the name of the Vampire Bible in Blade?) and ahem.. Terror.

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We open to a couple of text scenes one of which is “last seen by European whalers in Baffin Bay awaiting good condition to enter the Arctic Labyrinth”  then what I’m guessing is the aftermath of the events. Some Naval men speaking with an Eskimo, who is not only trying to relay a message left with him by the Captain (Francis)they call ‘A’Gluka’ but also trying to explain what happened to them, how or by what. ‘made of muscles and spells’ (not sure if he said walks on 2 and fours or eats on 2 and 4s.

When you start seeing your compass go loopy, it’s time to reassess your plans or at least have a plan B for direction. The first episode has a really nice looking, not sure if I should call it a rainbow but some sort of light anomaly in the sky.  When they hit some ice,I love how the  floating ice looks like lily pads.

As they race to beat the pack ice, one of the inhabitants of the ships falls ill and has an hallucination, or is it more of a forewarning, a premonition of sorts? Stuck, a group is sent to find some sort of help.

The group experiences hail the nice of baseballs (or maybe it was tennis). The predatory being attacks and I did catch a glimpse of a shadow coming out of the ice wall, it could be a very big Polar Bear or Wolf (talk about hunting tales making things bigger than what they are.. this is not one of them).

The show plays on suspense more than scares which is a good thing and hopefully, we’ll get a nice climatic reveal. Maybe even a scare for those of us that would like one. My only problem is that they aired the show at the end of the winter instead of July or August when we need to look at some cooling, calming ice and snowscapes. (if I could I’d live there. talk about picturesque. I wouldn’t mind seeing that out my window in the morning.

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The Lost City of Z


2017  PG13  2:21  Adventure  Based on true events

From Amazon Studios

Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattison, Tom Holland, Siena Miller

 

Based on a novel, that’s based on the true story of British Explorer Percy Fawcett (an Indiana Jones type)

who at the dawn of the 20th-century journeys to the Amazon and discovers a previously unknown advanced civilization that once inhabited the region.

He returns again and again to prove his case (as the scientific community sees indigenous populations as savages) which culminates in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

Right now I’m trying not to have a laugh at the mustache on Charlie’s faces in the beginning of the movie.

Oh, man, I forgot Robert Pattison is in this; but he’s almost unidentifiable, which is probably why.

Through the treacherous Amazonian jungles and piranha-infested waters, The Lost City of Z is not just a period drama and adventure but a journey. Not only are the characters on this mental and physical journey, but you as well may even feel it yourself.

Percy is an undecorated soldier whose father seems to have disgraced the family name by drink and gambling. He is sent along on an expedition away from his wife and young son for what will be 3-7 years.

He wants to go back again as he has only scratched the surface. It was like baby steps, the first trip is to get the lay of the land, then you see what one is in for and now more familiar with and see what you missed the first time when you go a second time, and getting further into the land. The 3rd and 4th times but this is when you may likely run into trouble as the previous times you got back safe so you feel a comfort of sorts, and maybe even indestructible.

Meanwhile, life goes on while you are away. Your wife is older, you have missed all the important moments in your sons’ lives and may even resent that you were not there for them.

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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. 

Robert


2015   Not Rated  1:35

Robert is a haunted doll. The movie is based on the tragic Real Life events which befalls a family after the son received the doll as a gift. Wherever Robert goes, he leaves a path of destruction and death.

I’ve seen the real doll on Ghost Adventurers or one of their spin-off shows. Robert is the most haunted doll in the world,However in the movie of course they didn’t make a replica of what it really looked like, but this one looks to me like a ventriloquist’s dummy. The Real Robert is a much cuter design so i guess that is one reason they didn’t use the original design but don’t people ever think that what is cute and adorable can have a darkness hidden away? I think that is far more scarier.

Stick to the Annabell movies (yet another doll which is not portrayed right, however with this one I can understand as it is or once was a popular type of doll call Raggedy Ann and would likely need permissions and so on. )

This movie was not so memorable. I think i can only remember one death and just that you should not insult the doll.

The Deep


2012   NR    1:25  Foreign

 

So I’m watching the movie reading the sub titles and one of the guys says “Did you watch Jaws”  which had me cracking up. Not sure why but I guess part of me thought they were going to start singing.

The movie is based on a true story of the will one man had to survive the frigid waters for 6 hours  through the rolling water in the black of night getting tossed around in mother nature’s washing machine then beaten against the rocks of the Fjord after the Icelandic fishing trawler he was on,sank.

Physicians do batteries of tests, and he’s heralded as a hero.

Mot for all, it was interesting and if you can take reading the subtitles (I just prefer watching that way.. Listening in English and seeing peoples mouths move off the track just bugs me.)

Deepwater Horizon


 

2016, PG-13,  blu-ray,  1:47  directed by Peter Bergsstars  Mark Wahlberg, Kate Hudson, Kurt Russel, John Malkovich,  Gina Rodriguez, Brad Leland

Based on true events of the April 20th 2010  BP Deepwater  oil rig. The drama recounts the horrific experience of the crew of 126 on board and the courage that saved many lives. All due to the inept executives who want to save a few bucks by not keeping up maintenance on the rig.

Loved the daughter in this for the short time we got to see her in the beginning. I give her presentation an A+!  Makes me miss kicking butt in my grade school Science fairs! (never got to do a volcano like I wanted but what I did always seemed to get an A and an A+ anyway!)

John Malkovich and Brad Leland play the dips who basically cause the Big Problem  spill.

This was an interesting telling of what happened  in the moments of the accident all due to greedy ignorant incompetant Executives that never listen to their underlings. (Serves your asses  right when you lose money)

it took ( I think I heard) 11 lives and The spill lasted 87 days  (doing who knows what to the aquatic life)  I forget did any of these people go to jail?

 

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Joy


2015      PG-13      Drama    2hrs

Jenifer Lawrence   Robert De Neiro, Bradley Cooper,Edgar Ramírez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen,Elisabeth Röhm,Dascha Polanco,Isabella Rossellini

When I first heard the name of the mop I was thinking of this one, which I think mom had, but there wasn’t enough of the that fabric stuff on there.  It was better for cleaning up the spills than cleaning the whole floor at least in my opinion but as I said wrong mop~

So I finally came across this on cable already 4-5 minutes in but that’s not much to miss.

Joy as a child would create things, one being a paper house with a paper tree, and paper fence. Honestly it did look nice, but I don’t think we got to see the actual house set up) then her parents divorce  and the dream of the child is lost.

her mother is a lazy lump who only lays on the bed watching her soaps. (And damn are those some exaggerated padded shoulders on that one!) Joy literally has to do everything around the house, even what she can do for the plumbing problems which her mother causes. There’s her 2 kids, her Grams Mimi, the mother, and her Ex Husband living in the basement; then her father shows up at the door with his girlfriend who has dumped him. So now he has to live in the basement with the ex-husband and they don’t get along. …Talk about dysfunctional! Oh there’s her half sister who always looks so stern, and I hated on every level. I’d swear it’s Kate Winslet but I know its not, as there’s another actress that reminds me of her for some reason. Oh that’s that name of the actress, and where else I’ve seen her, on The Last Ship and I hated her character on there too.. I notice a recurring theme in her roles… she’s ‘that person’ you can’t stand at work, in your family, the problem customer etc. basically she puts the bag in D-bag!  The family I didn’t care for much either but it depended on who was around as some could be endearing and others just pissed me off. Not sure how Joy didn’t ever just explode at them, as at some point (and she seemed at it) I would have! They tell her she knows nothing about business, to me they came off talking to her about this as if she were a teenager (or younger) honestly everyone has some business sense. I personally found it can be better when you play against the norm, now this was 1998 and one of the jobs I got I walked in told the boss to ‘give me a job; I’m sick of walking around, filling out applications for places not even hiring, (which it seems like no one was) and just having my time wasted.” Well he didn’t have anything at the time, but some months later, I was hired! Sometimes you need to be bold, different and just use a proverbial smack upside the head.  Though Joy’s sister just needs a smack in the face, ok sorry I had to deal with someone like her at my old job.

It’s the family’s fault she isn’t in a better place now, as she put off college because of her parents divorce, self sacrificing  everything she wanted, especially after meeting Tony and getting married. Well dad finds a new (seemingly wealthy)  girlfriend who invites them on her sail boat. Sadly Tony brings red wine which is not good for the teak wood which stains, and of course what happens someone’s glass breaks and spills. Joy as always has to clean up when thanks to wringing the mop, she cuts her hand on the glass & Lights on!

She is calculating her idea and first uses her daughter’s crayons to draw the thing out.  Not able to get a foot in the door until Tony brings her to meet a former co-worker and there does get her foot in the door and impresses the guy until one of the actors for the QVC channel botches her chance.  (Honestly I would have never agreed to that in the first place, I’m the one who made it, Its my passion and my finances on the line. The ONLY right person to sell your stuff is you as you know what you had in mind for it, how best it works and so on.) In front of her family she’s humiliated because of this moron and she grows a pair (guess pops new girlfriend is now eating her words!)  She walks in on a meeting and gets her chance to sell her miracle mop herself!  Then with a few other bumps in the road, including kicking Texas ass! (NOW dad’s girlfriend is really eating her words!) Joy is a great movie for any young girl or woman to see (watch it together, as I forget if there were any bad words etc) We can all look up to her, and I felt a sense of pride in this especially at the end!

I am surprised I enJOYed it (yeah could help with the pun there!)  and Give it an A!

 

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This is the REAL Joy, inventor of the the Miracle Mop