Mercury Plains


2015  R  1:42  ‘Neo- western’     Scott Eastwood

 

Eastwood plays Mitch Davis who heads to Mexico with a friend, who disappears from the bar (and I don’t think is ever mentioned or shown again…WTF happened to him?) Mitch falls in with errr make that recruited to a para-military group fighting the cartel.

After watching it I realize I ordered it for dad.  Now there have been times that when I’e watched soemthing even though it wasn’t my taste I’ve occasionally like it… this is not one of those. This is definately NOT a buy for your library as a physical copy would et as dusty as the desert (and a digital one well I think would just kill your device!) not even really worth a rental (unless as usual you may be bored in a hotel or some place there is not much if anything to do)

 

 

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016)


2016  PG-13 blu-ray  2:13   Action, Western

Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt  Peter Sarsgaard Ethan Hawke, Cam Gigandet, Luke Grimes, Haley bennett

Directed by Antoine Fuqua and Written by Akura Kurosawa (based on screen play by Shinobu Hashimoto)

 

Remake of the 1960s western of the same name when a bunch of gunslingers band together to protect a small mining town’s residents from the thugs and ruthless gold tycoon.

Slow paced, but thanks to Chris Pratt’s ‘Best Magic Trick’ I’ve ever seen I was cracking up and kept me from turning the movie off. Though I really had it in the ‘Queue’ for dad.

I like the Native’s name ‘Red Harvest’ and the face paint is cool too.

This one I’d say to save for a roadtrip or a night in a hotel (or somewhere they don’t have cable)

The landscapes in this are worth a blu-ray watch, it was like watching moving photography from in an art gallery.

After his magic trick and a few other small comedic bits of Pratt’s I am really thinking that he was hired to move the movie along to feel like the pace wasn’t so slow. There’s some good quips and surprisingly not all are from the funny man.

Just when you start to getting bored, stop it eat or do something else then come back to it. I’d say the pay off is worth the build up which is pretty tense . Now I know I always say I don’t care if a movie is longer than an hour and a half or 2 hours as I’m getting my money’s worth but that also depends on pace… This one for me was 30-45 minutes too long.

B-

 

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Diablo


2015  R 1:22 Scott Eastwood as Jackson   modern western

 

a Former soldier suffering from PTSD 7 years after after the civil war in Colorado (territory). He sets out to save his wife Cassandra Alexandra (something like that) has been abducted just as he gets home, and along the way he unravels as the memories of the conflict come flooding back. He’s able shoot one, and when he catches up to him, the Mexican tells him he’ll get what he deserves and that he is damned. (WTF did he do?)

Ok this movie is getting head trippy, is he supposed to be a ghost, otherwise why would his own wife, would start screaming when she sees him? Did he finally crack and has split personality disorder? I am still so not getting it but that is how you end a movie! And I like that last shot or 2, seemed vintage.

I originally order this for my father and I’m not crazy about westerns, but I thought why not give it a try. for me it was a weak story, but then maybe you can figure out what to me is the head trip. I do give it bonus points for the climatic end none of that epilogue crap most other movies do.

C

Diablo available for most formats via Amazon

Now I mainly posted the cover art for one main reason… They say Scott looks so much like his dad when he was young. I caught a minute of a Clint Eastwood movie one day while channel surfing, I don’t remember what the title was but for those of you that have seen Clint’s westerns, I’m sure you will recognize this pose; as it’s the reason I’m mentioning this. The scene I saw of Clint, he was posed like this and I said DAMN!~ History DOES repeat itself!  And That has to be creepy,  looking at your son who looks just like you when you were around that age!

Preacher


The AMC series  Premired on Sunday May 22 based on the Comic

starring Dominick Cooper as the Preacher  Ruth Negga as Tulip Ian Coletti  as Arseface and Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy an Irish Alcoholic Vampire  & others

The show works as  a comedy, Horror, action and modern western with a little love story thrown in

The project is headed by Executive producers Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg the writer/directors behind the 2014 film The Interview. and developed by Sam Catlin

The cult comic which debuted in February of 1995 by Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon is 75 issues in length and details the ex- cart thief Jesse Jesse Custer’s mission to find and confront God about his recent abandoning of Heaven.  The comic has been described as Violent and boyishly bonkers. Our Preacher is possessed by some sort of supernatural force that gives him the power to make people do what he commands; then there’s arseface who’s mouth looks like a sphincter.

Dominick Cooper said he has trouble getting through scene with him without bursting out laughing.

Originally a big screen adaptation was attempted over the years starting in the 1990s  with Tank Girl director Rachel Talalay, by 2013 it was clear Rogan and Goldberg could collaborate a hit as they were fans of the Comic and made a hit small screen adaptation. Of course in the early days of the project  when it was to be a movie Rogan wanted to play Arseface (LMAO and that’s what I call him…not really a fan)

We open with a meteor or asteroid (metoid?) on a trip around the solar system on a collision course  with Africa. Well the metoid wasn’t that, it was some plasma looking thing and flies into some priest in a church….but what happens next  I couldn’t help but laugh, I didn’t expect that… but I’ll just say now that’s what I’d call spontaneous combustion.

Cooper Plays Preacher Jesse Custer who has taken over his father’s church in Texas. With his dark quasi criminal past and his ex trying to bring him back to the fold, Tulip is a badass and LOVE how the little girl looks  at her as if her Barbie doll or one of her brother’s action figures came to life, total girl crushing! I find Tulip to be ‘spunky’ in a way but may not be quite the word I’m looking for. Then there’s the Alcoholic, Drug addicted Irish vampire Cassidy, which I think may turn out to be a fave of the show then there’s the dumb sheriff, some meat head bully abusive husband  and a slew of many other characters but why is Arseface so? How did he get like that? Will those of us that are not familiar with the comics ever get an explanation (if they didn’t do so already) ?

Oh if ONLY!    -reaction to hear/see a headline on one of the TVs in the show with the Headline…

“Tom Cruise Explodes at Scientology Compound.”

Well come the end of the pilot, the show seems like it would  focus on Custer and how he will use his new power. as I’ve read and says himself in the show, the character is never really a preacher in the comic.

The source material is supposed to depict god as a cruel entity and give religious folks plenty to get offended over (Yeah!)

I’m lost watching the 90 minute pilot, I’m thinking it’s not only aimed to the fan boys & girls of the comic but requires you to be one as I have no idea what is happening or why. As previously mentioned we get sci-fi B-movie trip around the solar system for the opening and appears to be set in current time but it could also be in an alternate past and plays on new millennium anxiety (as far as I’ve read the comics do)

Custer is hit by the mysterious thing that made the one in Africa… (well that I think I’ll stay mum on that!)  He sets out to find god  which is a speaking character int he comic. The camera follows the characters (at least as far as the pilot goes) around the world Africa was one place, Russia I think was another besides of course ‘base camp’ Texas. All this happens at a fast pace and is quite expansive.

Arseface, though I think is supposed to be a punchline, is a tragic figure.

It even has it’s own lingo, I’m pretty sure I heard someone get ‘Abe Lincolned’ instead of saying they were shot.

After someone is impaled with a broken bottle, Cassidy gets the cap off and pours himself a cup of hemoglobin. Which I gave a laugh at.. (I always get vampire humor!)   There’s also the Spellbinding cornfield knife fight to Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”

Though That of what would be offensive from the comic,(like the blasphemy) is a big weakness here it just comes off feeling empty.

 

This is one show that is definitely NOT boring (which is the worst anyone or thing could be)

 

Preacher Should become as big a hit as Waking Dead

 

WATCH the PILOT FREE     or watch epiosdes or buy the season Season via Amazon

 

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