Begins somewhat like your typical Mummy experience. Mummy uncovered. Curse read. Odd things begin to happen.
Except... This Mummy is found in Persia, not Egypt. The person entombed (or imprisoned) was so evil that the ancient Egyptians didn't want her in Egypt. So, they wrapped her up, put her in the sarcophagus alive, and submerged it in a pool of mercury (believed by the ancient Egyptians to ward off evil).
5000 years later... the sarcophagus is opened and the usual chaos ensues. Until the obviously experienced Mummy hunters arrive on the scene. Turns out that Dr. Henry Jackyll (yes! played by Russell Crowe) runs an organization dedicated to the study and eradication of evil. Upon entering Dr. Jackyll's museum, Tom Cruise (US Army reconnaissance officer and antiquities thief) is treated to glimpses of things we've all been told do not exist.
Having let the evil out of the box, Crowe and Cruise are determined to cage it once more.
Action. No suspense. Some fun dialogue. Great story line. A beautiful Mummy. And an obvious set up for one or more sequels.
As for creepy Mummy effects... the usual but well done. The one thing that really gave me the shivers was the scene where a spider crawled into the ear of one of the good guys making him a bad buy. Maybe it's just me but spiders! and anything crawling into my ear!
A great view and worth seeing on the big screen.
Looking forward to the sequels where I hope to see Dr. Frankenstein and Count Dracula, among others.
I remember watching Alien in the theatres in 1979 with a co-worker of mine. I loved the suspense. He spent most of the movie pulling on my arm and saying, "Let's go."
Over the years, I've seen the other installments and thoroughly enjoyed them. These movies were my first exposure to Sigourney Weaver and I really liked having a female hero in a Sci-Fi story. In 1979 this was not the norm.
When I first watched Prometheus, I was unaware that it was part of the series. The ending where the alien is revealed was a surprise to me and I was a little put off by it. Really? After all this you're going to try to tie this in to Alien? hmmmm Although the synthetic human, David, should have been a clue.
Alien: Covenant provides the link between Prometheus and the remainder of the Alien movies. We learn what happened to David and Elizabeth Shaw, the only survivors of the Prometheus expidition. We also learn that the real monster may not be the alien at all.
I tend to love Ridley Scott movies and this one does not disappoint. Good action, suspense, and alien effects wrapped up in a good story line. Worth seeing on the big screen.
Two rival Victorian era stage magicians. Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison's rival. A trick called "The Transported Man."
The drama between the two magicians is interesting. What is more interesting to me is something revealed in the opening scene of the movie but not fully appreciated until the end. Tesla failed to invent the transporter. But, Star Trek fans will have no trouble appreciating this, he did apparently invent the replicator!
A great story which requires your full attention.
Ed Harris plays a washed up Soviet submarine captain on what will probably be his last mission in a diesel powered submarine due to be decommissioned.
David Duchovny plays the head of a rogue KGB team assigned to replace part of the sub's crew at the last minute.
Unbeknownst to the captain, the KGB intends to launch the nuclear missile they are carrying toward the US Pacific Fleet at Midway. Phantom is the name of the technology that allows the sub to disguise its sonar signature. The idea is to destroy the Pacific Fleet and have it look like the Chinese did it, thus starting a war between the US and China.
The sub's captain opposes the plan. Nearly the entire movie takes place within the tiny diesel powered cold war era Soviet submarine.
The story is credible. The actors are wonderful. Great entertainment.
A homeless junkie trying to get clean is stalked by a ginger street cat. The junkie's neighbor informs him that the cat's name is Bob. Unable to ditch Bob, the junkie incorporates Bob into his street musician routine and becomes something of a celebrity. Well, the cat is really the celebrity but all the photos include the junkie.
Some family drama. Some drama with the winsome neighbor. Some encounters with the law. And an excruciating week of DTs when finally kicking the methadone. Bob is there throughout.
Fame and a publishing deal ensue.
Predictable. Put still a pleasant, feel good, warm and fuzzy movie even for those of us who prefer not to live with cats.
Bailey Bailey Bailey Bailey Bailey, otherwise known as Boss Dog, is a beautiful red retriever who grows up with a boy named Ethan in the early 1960s. As a general rule, boys outlive dogs and this is the case with Bailey and Ethan. Bailey dies and is reincarnated several times during Ethan's life and, I don't think I'm giving too much away by saying this, they are reunited in the end when Bailey finally has his answer to the age old question, "What is the purpose of life."
Sweet. Sentimental. But stops short of saccharine. A feel good, warm fuzzy movie for everyone.
SPLIT by M Knight Shyamalan examines Kevin, a person with 23 (or more?) personalities, many resulting from childhood abuse. We meet one of the personalities when he kidnaps 3 high school girls in Philadelphia. For nearly 2 hours we watch as a small number of Kevin's personalities reveal themselves to the 3 girls while they try to escape. We also witness Kevin's hoard meeting with their long-term psychiatric doctor for help.
Meanwhile, the doctor is trying to convince the psychiatric community that DID is real and that DID patients can manifest super human abilities -- that they can control their body chemistry in ways that the ordinary human cannot. It turns out that David Banner didn't need gamma radiation after all; he just needed some trauma to "split" his identity.
We also are treated to flashbacks of childhood sexual abuse endured by one of the girls. I hope I'm not giving too much away when I say that this actually saves her life in the end.
There is very little violence in this movie. But the suspense builds as we have come to expect from MKS. And there is a little surprise at the end.
I'll be watching it again.
I have to admit, I don't always give DSN my full attention. It's more of a background for other activities. Nonetheless, I do enjoy it.
For those old enough to remember the intrigue the Cold War brought to both the little and the big screen during the 1960s and 1970s, DSN might be a blast from the past. DSN is a space station. Unlike other Star Trek franchises, DSN does not take place on a star ship. DSN is stationed near the entrance to the only known stable worm hole in the galaxy. This worm hole provides a vital communication and transportation link between two different quadrants of the galaxy. In addition, DSN is near the planet of Bajor which is recovering from a long war with the Cardassians. DSN is something of a Casa Blanca for travelers and ex-pats in the Bajoran region of the galaxy and a Ferengi called Quark is the owner of the bar.
You'll see some familiar faces from other Star Trek franchises and hear some references to Captain Kirk and his crew. But DSN is less about exploration and more about the trials and tribulations of every day living in a culturally diverse society. And it's about healing the wounds of long term aggression and oppression during an uneasy truce between ancient enemies. We could all learn something.
Watch it. Binge it. Enjoy it.
In the 1990s, Tim Allen entertained us as Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor in a delightful sitcom called "Home Improvement." Tim was a well-meaning, clueless man's man with three sons and a wife who was trying to transition from stay at home mom to career woman. Next door neighbor Wilson provided pearls of wisdom to help Tim out of a quandary and laughter ensued when Tim invariably muddles it all up anyway.
In his latest venture, Tim Allen is Mike Baxter, a successful partner in a chain of sporting goods stores similar to Cabelas or Bass Pro Shops. Mike has 3 daughters and a wife with a PhD in Geology who works in the energy industry. Mike is more savvy than his predecessor, Tim. Mike is a conservative manly man in Colorado, a state which has legalized marijuana. Although he welcomes challenges in all aspects of his life, living in an estrogen soaked house is especially difficult for Mike. Comedy ensues.
Occasionally, members of the Home Improvement family make guest appearances and there are numerous references to the earlier show.
As much as I loved "Home Improvement," I love "Last Man Standing" even more. I think Tim Allen has matured as a comedian and the writers on the show are amazing. With 5 seasons on NetFlix and more sure to follow, it's a great giggle fest. Binge watch.
This faulty logic plays out all too often in the scientific community and is almost cliche in science fiction thrillers thanks in no small part to the works of Michael Crichton (RIP). Apparently no one ever considers that the discovery is actually Y. And, when confronted with the possibility that discovery is actually Y, not X, scientist argues vehemently, probably because a tenure decision or billions of $$$ is on the line.
And so it goes in "The Discovery." Robert Redford (glad to see him back on the screen) has found scientific proof that there is indeed an afterlife. As a result, the suicide rate all over the world has skyrocketed. And the new murder defense is "I was just relocating him. He's not dead."
But is it really an afterlife that he has tapped in to?
Will hold your attention and make you think. Loved it enough to watch it twice.
I spend more time than I like to admit on NetFlix and other services. When I can't sleep or am too exhausted to even think, I pop on the TV. As do most people, I have some definite opinions about entertainment offerings on cable, NetFlix, VuDu, and in theatres. If you're interested, read on....