When is a ‘remake’ Ok?

and the difference between Remakes, Reboots, and updates.

With many movies from the past like Point Break, Nightmare on Elm Street or Ghostbusters (and some too soon like Spider-man) get one of the three treatments; to which some I don’t know if you’d say were an improvement but some remakes & updates come out to varying degrees of favor and hatred.

I don’t recall what was the first year all these remakes and updates started but I think it was the early 2000s (though I am sure the 90’s even had some as well but was not as vast as it is now.)  There are certain movies we love and just can’t bare to see a different cast or the original being ruined by one of these treatments. Ghostbusters, for instance, shot in the practical age of special FX I think the originals still stand fairly well enough, so if anything and I guess because the sequel was not much liked why not have just set this one up as another sequel instead of ‘rebooting’ the series with what may be a remake or update (or a cross between the 2)

Here I hope to try to clear up the difference between each (or at least in my own view) and figure out a way to decipher when

(and even how) it should be made.  Which is how I’d like to start this and let’s see if I can explain the difference between each.

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The Alienist

The Alienist is a mysterious turn of the century period Drama     starring   Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl

Mondays 9pm EST on TNT

The stars have been rarely if ever seen on the small screen.  Actually, I don’t think anyone of them has been aside from when their movies have aired.  Daniel Bruhl is Dr. Laszlo Kreizler an alienist, who may be an intuitively gifted doctor of criminal and child psychology. He is brusque and does not have a filter for brutal honesty, which is he works with the rich playboy Moore.   Evans plays John Moore who is an illustrator drawn into the doctor’s investigation from his gilded wealthy and empty life when Dr. Kreizler has him go check out a murder on the bridge. Dakota Fanning’s Sarah Howard is the (fictional) first woman to work with the New York police. She is the secretary to Commissioner Roosevelt (yes as in who was years away from becoming our president).  The three are enforcement outsiders with their own forensic methods, those of which we use today, however, they do not have official access to the case files which does not make things easy. Enter the brothers Lucas and Marcus Isaacson (played by Douglas Smith and Matthew Shear)  the brothers are I think were the coroners for NYPD but were ‘sidelined’ because they are Jewish.  They help the doctor by doing a post-mortem autopsy on a previous case and bring fresh ideas and a dose of comedic relief to the group.

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Syfy    Wednesdays


The Following presentation is RATED


Killer Santas, Drunks A-holes  Sick Jokes Depraved Lobsters, Flying Horses, Weirdos,

Strung Out Unicorns, Cheap Booze, Questionable Hygiene

parental Discretion is advised

for VERY Mature situations.


The series is based on a Bonkers graphic Novel by Grant Morrison, about a former corrupt cop Nick Sax who becomes a hitman. The character is like a walking version of the movie CRANK!

He’s fueled by self-pity drinking and drugs.

Reading a preview from the TV guide, Meloni describes the show as “Roger Rabbit meets Quentin Tarintino


The first scene definitely fits the WTF! Had me cracking up. Meloni’s former detective is in a bathroom looking at himself, and well I won’t ruin it.

Haley goes to some ‘Wishies’ (who reminds me of Teletubbies)  kids concert with her mother, and invisible friend the blue unicorn HAPPY! Typical kid leaves parents side and I’m sure you can figure out the rest. She is kidnapped by a bad Santa (who at first I thought was swamp thing dressed as a decorated tree.

The Scaramucci’s are scheming against the former cop. Man if half the guys in the mob have the looks of most of these guys…I’m in. Oh darn… already a widow!

How many times did he just (possibly) die in the first 17 minutes?Apparently, his superpower is not staying dead.

Happy gives us a dizzying view of the city in his quest to find someone to help him, help save Hayley. When he finds Sacks in an ambulance after a shot of morphine. Whimsical, wacky and dark as well.

So the 2nd episode is much like the first, a crazy WTF! whirlwind of Happy the unicorn trying to get Sax to help him find Haley (and it’s for sort of twist reason). The show is funny, dray and dark humor included, you are not sure if you want to give Meloni’s Sax a beating or have a beer with him.

Unlike Sax, Skip the drugs, just watch the show!  But do enjoy a beer or your favorite beverage





2017 Avatar Awards

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WELCOME to the show!

First-time viewer? You won’t find your snooty critics’ choice here and will more likely find some of those “underrated” on here where they are not, or at least we do try.

Due to some technical difficulties, this year We are doing an abbreviated show.


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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. 

The World of Vikings (Book Bind)

The Coffee Table Book of the Vikings TV series

I had been coveting this book on Amazon for a  year or so, hoping someone would buy it as a gift. As it’s a hardcover and buying it new I sort of don’t blame them for not getting me a copy, but I wouldn’t have minded a used one. I bought mine used …I think (with birthday money)  and so it only cost me $7 plus whatever shipping. (A big difference from the 30-50 dollar price for a new one and it was still like new anyway  (thankfully).

The book is full of full color glossy pages, with many pictures. Many of the characters are covered as well as places, set pieces, and other areas pertaining to the show up to the end of season 3 actually I think even some of the first half of season 4 is included.

I have been slowly reading it between books, or while I’m reading another book for a break. It seems to finish off with what was covered up to the end of the first half of season 4. (as aside from Bjorn, the Sons of Ragnar are not included so I hope there will be a 2nd book maybe when the series concludes.

Order via Amazon

The contents

Would be best for me to list some rather than just using the sort of blurry photo of it.

Part 1 Scandinavia,

Viking Scandinavia, Chapters 1-7 which consist of Home, Family,People, Gods, Legends the law and the Sea with their own topics under each.  The stories of each character, designing the village and Dressing Ragnar are other samples of things this book covers.

part 2  England- chapters 8-10 Christian England, Christians, Kings, Rivals and finally part 3- Frankia who has the last 2 chapters.  Creator and writer of Vikings Michael Hirst wrote the Forward and afterword

(if you would like me to detail the contents a little more drop me a line)

There’s also a section of sources if you’d like to read the sags, myths and legends yourself. After all the show is part history part fiction. So Hirst did take some creative liberties like making Ragnar and Rollo brothers. I watched a Youtube video that said the sons on the show are not really in the order of the historical figures being born (one in which Ivar is the first born of Aslug)

In the Forward and I do quote… Creator Michael Hirst Explains

“The First thing I need to say about my own work on the vikings is that it is a drama and not a documentary. The second, and equally important, thing to note is that drama is based on historical research and historical record. These two ideas are not, as some might think, contradictory.

Long before I start to write, I spend weeks, even months, rummaging about in account of Viking life, society, and culture, teasing out story lines and watching as various characters eging to emerge from the material and claim my attention. In this process I’m helped by our historical adviser, Justin Pollard, an expert on the Dark Ages. Justin carefully guides me though the labyrinth of Vikings myth, legend and historical account so that I know my narrative is as credible and as authentic as I can make it.


There are some seriously epic pictures in here as well (I took mine with my kindle as its easier to upload them)

They explain the Blood Eagle with a short interview with ‘Jarl Borg’ and the director of the season 2 episode 7 titled Blood Eagle  as well as the Director of Photography.  Designing the boats, there’s a section on the different tongues of the series and ‘swearing’ in old Norse. Which is more insults than what one would consider swearing. For instance some sound more like someone was playing with a Shakespearean insults kit…. just a lot less poetic, and sounds more childish.

“You have ugly sticking-out teeth, bug eyes and a wide mouth”

I hope they will make another book when the series ends (or after another 3-4 seasons) this way then I’ll have Ragnar’s sons stories as well. Which as much as I love Travis Fimmel and absolutely dreaded the death of Ragnar (which was originally going to be the end of season 1) The sons especially Ivar and Ubbe , have made the loss of Travis on the show much less.

This is a great look into the Tv series for any fan. As I re-read this to add any other comments I’m thinking they didn’t mention anything on Hedmund played by Kevin Durand, and am now looking through the book to see if my hunch is correct (I’ve looked through it a bunch of times before I even started to read it, so I don’t think I can even call it a hunch that it’s not in there.) Nope No Kevin Durand. Yes his character was a minor one, which had an impact on Sigurd as well as Aslug and the women of Kattegat

Oh I left off to read on Jarl Borg and the Blood Eagle. I don’t know about how other ‘coffee table’ books are but the way this one is written I don’t think you have to read more than a page or 2 plus you have the beautiful photography to break things up besides the character spotlight and behind the scenes explanations.

I’m wondering if I should do a video flip through of the book to add to this post; now that I have a laptop.


If this book doesn’t interest you as a fan of the show… Rollo says you are Berserk!


2016 Avatar Awards

©Kim Marie Ostrowski

Come walk the red carpet where the fans are the stars

The famous red carpet costs the Oscars roughly $30,000 to produce and install


Best Genre movie


Horror   The Visit  The Conjuring

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Direct Release Horror
Horror Indie Cooties
Remake or Sequel Jurassic Park   Conjuring 2
Horror Short Holidays –Halloween   (anthology of shorts)
Scared as shit performance
Horror Character
Horror Actress  Vera Farminga
Horror actor
Action Deadpool  Captain America Civl War  Suicide Squad
Action Movie Star Ryan Reynolds
Action Movie Actress Scarlett Johansson
Sci-fi      The Martian    Star Wars: Force Awakens
Fantasy Warcraft   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them
Fantasy/ Sci-fi  Actor Rob Kazinsky    Travis Fimmel  PeterDinklage Kit Harrington
Fantasy/ Sci-fi  Actress  Emilia Clarke
Drama The Martian    Everest    The Finest Hours
Thriller   The Visit   Now you see me Too
Mystery  The Visit
(based)True Story  / Real Events Max    Everest
Tear jerker
Dramatic  Actor Matt Damon-Martian
Comedy Deadpool       Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Comedic  actor and actress Ryan Reynolds
Comedic Performance (solo, duo or group) Keanu (yes the cat, JUST the cat)
Family/Animated Finding Dory   Angry Birds  Secret Life of Pets   Zootopia
Animated Character Dory
Superhero (actor)  Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool      Chris Evans  Captain America   Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dr. Strange
Comic Book Inspired: *Deadpool          Captain America Civil War  Suicide Squad  Doctor Strange
Fave Face of Heroism Captain America
Most Improved Sequel (from last) Captain America Civil War
Best Remake, Reboot

Movie- Captain America Civil War

Book  – High Rise

 Tv–   Damien   The Night Manager    Westworld     Lethal Weapon  MacGyver  Frequency

(Movie)Cult  following War Craft    Captain America  Suicide Squad  Star Wars
Best movie Tie in
Lead Actor   Male    Ryan Reynolds   Chris Evans


Supporting Male       Sebastian Stan  Robert Downey Jr.

Female- Scarlet Johansson

Best Cameo Anna Farris
Ensemble cast Captain America Civil War     Suicide Squad   (tie)
3-D movie War Craft   Doctor Strange
Movie Duo
Holy $4!+ scene of Year Doctor Strange  moving worlds
Bad ass Character
Sequel The Conjuring
Foreign import The Hallow
Camp/Geek movie Warcraft
Best Fight(s) Deadpool vs Ajax firefight or last fight

Mark ‘Hulk’ Ruffalo  Smash in Now you see me too

Capt. America  Capt & Bucky vs Ironman

Best Chase Scene Snow Dash- TMNT 2014
Global Star  Ryan Reynolds
Indy Movie
Sexiest Beastie.. Jai Courtney (Boomerang)
Biggest bad-ass star Jason Statham
Villain Make over
Fashion Comeback Ripped Jeans
‘Best’ WORST Movie Freaks of Nature
Throwback Fight Blade vs Frost goons & Frost as Lamagra  Perfect energy, Music and Rhythm for it
Creative arts
Best FX   (visual)  Doctor Strange
Make-up (or CG make-up)  Killer Croc- Suicide Squad
Cinematography Point Break (2015)
Costume  Boomerang (Suicide Squad) Thank GODS it wasn’t that Stewardess costume fromthe comics!
Stunt Bucky Grabs Motorcycle –CA:Civil War
Screen (Scream) Play The Conjuring

Most UNDERUSED Character/Actor         Boomerang & Katana – Suicide Squad

Generation Award- Will Smith

Television release–   Political Animals


movie icon_png_reel_film_reel_film_png_reel_film_iconBest movie of _2016__ (must have seen in theater)   –   

Feb   Deadpool

May –    Captain America Civil War

June–     Warcraft  The Conjuring 2


Aug–     Suicide Squad

Nov –    Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find them   Doctor Strange


Narrowed Down to:   captain America Civil War     Doctor Strange     The Conjuring

Oh damn I can’t decide this one! The Conjuring was a great spooky eerie horror while the 2 comic movies had their own essence and different reasons why I liked them.  I’ll have to go with Captain America, It has been the most memorable movie of the year for me.


Best New show of   Fall 2016-2017     Lethal Weapon             

   Spring/Summer 2016     Animal Kingdom, American Gothic, Brain Dead,        




Iris: “Barry, so Oliver Queen is the Green Arrow?” Iris .

Barry who  confirms Oliver’s secret identity with a quick: “Yeah.”

Iris: “Oh my God, he just got so much hotter.”  -The Flash episode of CW’s Cross over event


Hawaii 5-0  s. 2- e.26    When Odell is brought on to be Sing-Men’s lawyer

McGarrett: He Grows on you       Odell Martin: I bet he does, like a bad finger

Why are you always Chasing Dragons? ….Because they’re the ones carrying the gold- Killjoys

I can’t be here to Charlie you angels all the time- Zoo

She’s got so much cocaine up her nose it would snow if you shook her-Landlord on Lucifer

Walk out with your hero hair intact and never come back  – S.8 TVD Damon to Stephan


Best New Show Animal Kingdom Brain Dead, Quantico, Hunters, Shannarah chronicles, the magicians legends of tomorrow
Returning Show Zoo   Walking Dead
Fall/midseason Lethal Weapon  MacGuyver
Summer/spring Animal Kingdom, American Gothic, Brain Dead
Lead Actor   Male       Clayne Crawford & Damon Wayans- Lethal Weapon  Lucas Till   Andrew Lincoln

Female-  Tori Andersen-No Tomorrow   Keesha Sharp-Lethal Weapon

Supporting Male-          Ben Robson

Female- Lauren Cohan -TWD

Breakout Performance Male-

Female-  Tori Andersen (No Tomorrow)

Male- Alex Hough Andersen (Vikings)


Actor in a new series –     Rob Kazinsky (Second Chance)  James Marsden  -Westworld   Ryan Phillippe– Shooter

Actress in a new series–     Tori Andersen  (No Tomorrow)

Cable actor-  (New) Ryan Phillippe      (The Vet) Andrew Lincoln

Performance of the Year– (Individual Episode)   Andrew Lincoln Walking Dead season 7 premier

(Series)   Clayne Crawford as Martin Riggs -Lethal Weapon

Cameo/Guest Performance–  Randy Orton on Shooter 

‘hybrid’ – Brain dead

  Drama     The Night Manager   The Night Shift    Animal Kingdom 

Actress –Keesha Sharp

NEW Drama–    Westworld  Shooter

Drama Actor–   Anthony Hopkins  Ryan Phillippe

Medi/Crime Drama–   The Night Shift   Lethal Weapon

Procedural–   Second Chance  NCIS:NOLA  Lethal Weapon

Old is new”  Second Chance for a major overhaul of the Frankenstein character for the 21st century  (sadly it did not last)


Comedy –    Lethal Weapon (makes me laugh more than)  Ash vs Evil Dead

Comedy Actor–   Damon Wayans   Clayne Crawford  Bruce Campbell

Horror-   Damien   ASh vs Evil Dead     Chanel Zero (That tooth creature)     Z nation     The Walking Dead  Exorcist

Horror Actor–  Bruce Campbell  Andrew Lincoln   Norman Reedus

Horror ActressLauren Cohan  Geena Davis


Sci fi-  Aftermath   Van Helsing

Fantasy show–   GOT     The Magicians

Animated Series – (Throwback)   Angry Beavers

Classic show–  Bewitched

Syndicated–    Rosanne

 ‘Period’ piece–    Westworld


Anthology series–    Channel Zero   American Horror Story:Roanoake

Mini-series–       Contagion    The Night Manager   Demons (Crackle)


Best Ensemble cast –     Vikings,  Westworld   Game of thrones  Walking Dead   American Horror Story

(Well Damn I dug myself a hole with that one! But the new blood in Vikings…puts them over the top)

Comics adaptation–  Preacher  Wynona Earp   Kill Joys

Best   Costumes     –  Vikings   Westworld  Game of Thrones

Best Set Designs  –    Vikings   Game of Thrones   Westworld  (because I know its all real!)


Chemistry–(Movie or tv cast or ‘ship)      Lethal Weapon’s Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford

Tv Couple-   Oliver + Felicity= Olicity  Arrow

Best Cross Over-(and only I’ve seen/knew about)    CW  Superheros 3 night crossover

Medical or Crime Drama–  Lethal Weapon

Network series –   Lethal Weapon

Cable tv Drama–       The Walking Dead     Westworld   Game of Thrones

Premium cable series –  Westworld     Game of thrones


Fight– (Epic)  Battle of the Bastards- GOT       (Individual)  Last Ship 3.3 China Alley   

Best ‘Presumed’ (or not) Dead–   Glen S7. E.1 The Walking Dead

Memorable Moment(s) – Lethal Weapon High Rise pool jump & Crashing the Grand Prix

Rick is made to cower-The Walking dead

Mem. MutilationGlen S7. E.1 The Walking Dead

Vampire Diaries S.7 E.19  Somebody I used to know – Wet Floor Beheading  ‘Was that a headless horseman?)

Villain–  Negan -TWD


BromanceMurtah & Riggs- Lethal Weapon    Daryl & Rick-TWD

Best Original (New) series –    No Tomorrow

Season Pilot– The Walking dead season 7

Best Episode –  Flash 2.15 King Shark…Jaws jokes    TVD

April 8th      The Originals   3/7

Walking Dead 6.9 The midseason return Best ep to date


Credits Montage/Music– Young & Hungry  MacGuyver


Remake/RebootLethal Weapon   MacGyver

Movie to tv adaptation–  Frequency

MostBinge worthy Binge worthy- Animal Kingdom    


Night host–     Svengoolie  (Saturdays on Metv )


Commercials–    (best #1 down)

Amazon Prime’s Lion Dog

Campbell’s Soup- Bubble wrapped Stairs for Daughter who comes home late,

Progressive Flo Family Camping trip…. I’m so bored I’m dead

Pistashio Elephant “Why woud you eat something that starts with a ‘P’ and ends in Nuts

Wells Fargo – Snowmen feeding Horses their carrot noses


Most anticipated reboot – Gilmore Girls, Voltron

Favorite humanitarian Award-  Ellen DeGeneres (PCA)

Lifetime Achievement award  Carol Burnett

Phyllis Diller Comedy award-   Chris D’Elia & Company-Undateable

TV Icon-  John Stamos


ReadingRead baby

Book Ready Player one     The Gravedigger’s Ball
Author Ernest Cline
Fantasy/Sci-fi Ready Player One
 Anthology  The Bite Before Christmas
Autobiography/Memoir Neil Patrick Harris Choose your own Autobiography
Kindle Book

Kindle Book App


Lovecraft Collection Interactive Nightmares-The BEast

National Book Awards


*use to donate money to help Raise money for my fave charity (Best Friends Animal Sanctuary)  and please note that in memo



Webster’s word of the yearYou can find that here It may surprise you

Poet Laurete   -Bob Dylan

Website layout – I just hope its not changed before you see it.jkrowling.com/

Blog  Awards

So this year it’s a little empty as I have not come across any new ones that have impressed me

Cat Blog  KatzenWorld
Collective  https://thoroughlyreviewed.com/special-interests/top-50-cat-bloggers 


Versatile  https://wanderingnerdgirl.com/

Winners of the Blog Lovin awards

Best HUB  (Hubpages.com) – Star-Wars-Lightsaber-Colors-and-Meanings


GQ Man of the Year– Ryan Reynolds

People’s Sexiest man of the Year – The Rock

Apps   Retail me not  & Evernote

(I don’t have a smartphone so whatI have is on my kindle, but I KNOW these are available on Google or iTunes)

Subscription Box– Lootcrate   Graze





Actors–  Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Fright night Terminator Salvation)   Alan Rickman,  Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka) Abe Vigoda, Gary Shandling  Patty Duke,  Doris Roberts (Everybody love Raymond), Janet Waldo (Voice of Judy Jetson)  Alf voice Michu Meszaros, Hugh O’Brian, Gunner Hansen (Leatherface), Marni Nixon,  Alan Thicke, Zsa sa Gabor, Pat Harrington jr. David Margulies, Abe Vigoda, Ken Howard, R2D2 actor ,   Adrienne Cornik (Clockwork Orange), Frank Finlay, Tony Burton, George Kennedy, Mike Minor, Florence Henderson, Hugh O’Brian, Billy Chapin, Steven Hill, Robert Vaughn, Peter Vaughan, Dan Haggerty, Joe Alaskey, Madeleine Sherwood, William Schallert, Allan Young, Ron Glass, Carrie Fisher & Mom  Debbie Reynolds

Police Academy & Punky Brewster Actor George Gaynes Passes Away at 98



Other –  Muhammed Ali, Cinematogropher Douglas  Slocombe,  Novelist Harper Lee,  Nancy Regan   Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe Director Robin Hardy,  John Saunders (espn analyst)   Chyna (wrestler)  Guy Hamilton (Bond director)  Fidel Castro, John Glenn, Moreley Safer, Gary Marshall, John McLaughlin, Arnold Palmer, Prince, Gary Glasberg, Gwen Ifill,Grant Tinker, Budd Collins,Earl Jamner Jr., George Michael


‘Star Trek’ Actor Anton Yelchin Dies at 27

Police Academy & Punky Brewster Actor George Gaynes Passes Away at 98

Entertainment Weekly’s POPPY Awards

……?    Awards    WORST   Of the year

Movie  Nine Lives
Biggest Movie Disappointment Batman vs Superman  Pan  Viktor Frankenstein

Legend (w/ Tom Hardy)

Worst Director Zack Snyder
(most annoying) Song Cake by the ocean
GO Away

 (been in too much and see them everywhere)

Tom Cavanaugh  from The Flash

(popping up in everything it seems now)

Worst Prequel, Remake, Sequel, reboot  Batman vs Superman



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