Movie: Annabelle: Creation

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Written by: Gary Dauberman
Directed by: David F. Sandberg
Release Date: August 11, 2017

 

After spending an incredibly long day at work, my roommate and I trekked downtown to sit in line for the free screening of Annabelle: Creation. While we both love The Conjuring films, we had found the first Annabelle film to be lacking.  Of course, sometimes you are just in the mood to be scared and we were in the mood to be frightened out of our wits.  I was kind of hopeful for this film, even though I probably didn’t go in with the most open of minds.  I’ll admit that.

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Movies: Crimson Peak

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Written and Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Release date: October 16, 2015

Let me just get this bit out of the way first.  This movie is visually stunning.  It is so very appealing to the eyes.  The colors are vibrant, the costumes are extravagant, and it looks completely different than so many other movies of similar genres.

Crimson Peak is a gothic romance starring, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, and Mia Wasikowska as Edith Cushing.  In Edith’s words “It’s not a ghost story.  It’s a story with a ghost.  The ghost is a metaphor.”

Edith is a young aspiring writer.  Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston) is a struggling aristocrat who is trying to raise money for his revolutionary clay mining machine.  Without giving too much away… ghost shenanigans ensue once Edith moves in with Thomas and his sister Lucille (Chastain).  Hunnam plays Dr.  Alan McMichael a close friend, but distant admirer of Edith.

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TV: Blindspot 1×01 – Pilot

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Original air date: Sept. 21, 2015

So, cards on the table? I’m already pretty biased when it comes to this show.  I think Jaimie Alexander is pretty spectacular and I was extremely excited to see the promos for this show.  So, yeah I was already expecting to like this show.  After the pilot, I can say I LOVE THIS SHOW.  I absolutely looking forward to watching many more episodes.  Jaimie Alexander is simply fantastic in this role.  She brings such strength and vulnerability to the role.  Not to mention how much ass she kicks.

We begin with a striking image of an empty Times Square as NYPD bomb squad approaches a mysterious duffle bag with a ‘Call the FBI’ tag.  Just as he approaches a single tattooed arm reaches out followed by a very confused and terrified woman who seems to have no memory of how she came to be.

Her tattoos turn out to be a puzzle and treasure map of sorts.  The first clue leading to her new FBI partner Kurt Weller.  Together they are able to stop a terrorist plot and save hundreds of lives in the process.  All because of Jane Doe’s new tattoos and her mysterious skills.

Jaimie Alexander is basically Michael Scofield mixed with Jason Bourne and it’s pretty spectacular.  A covered up tattoo on her shoulder leads the FBI to believe she was a former Special Ops Navy Seal.

So much mystery.  Who is Jane Doe? Who and Why did they do this to her?  Why the amnesia and the tattoos? Also who is that mysterious stranger following Jane?  What is with the redacted file talking about murder?!

In conclusion: I am so here for this one this one and I look forward to seeing the relationships develop over the course of the show.  Hard recommend on this one.  There’s action and adventure and so much fun.

TV: Minority Report 1×01 – Pilot

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Original air date: Sept. 21, 2015

I actually don’t have a lot to say about this show.  It wasn’t love at first sight, but it was interesting enough that I’ll stick around for a few more weeks.  It could have promise and I am not ready to give up quite yet… because who knows.

Set ten years after the events of the movie Minority Report, in which the Precrime unit has been disbanded and the Precogs are let to live the rest of their lives as normal people.  We meet Meagan Good, as detective Vega who dreamt of working with the Precrime unit, only to find it was disbanded before she had a chance to join the academy.  We also meet Dash, as played by Stark Sands, one of the Precog twins who just wants to save the people from his visions.  Dash isn’t able to see the entire picture, however.  He needs Arthur and Agatha to be able to put together a full picture.

There is just so much rehashing of the previous movie and so much more added… I almost think it might have saved time to just start fresh.  Anyway, together Dash and Detective Vega form a sort of partnership in which they save people.

Honestly, while I love shows about brothers… the movie was about Agatha’s story and she seems like she was sidelined in favor of brothers.  The tone of the show was an odd choice to me.  Complete with bouncy hero music and dramatic zoom … its very Saturday morning adventure show.

I think I just expected more.  The dialogue felt stilted, the writing seemed clunky and while I enjoy most of the cast… I have to be honest Stark Sands is the only saving grace.  Dash is a precious cinnamon roll that needs to be protected.

In conclusion: I foresee Selfie Drones in our near future and I also foresee them being a pain in the ass, I desperately want Detective Vega’s sunglasses and I look forward to some crime fighting shenanigans.

Book: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

This one (2)“Hair check.  How’s my hair?” I bounced a bit as I nervously combed my fingers through my hair.  Two teenage girls walked past us as, holding up a third friend as she cried “She’s the most awesome person EVER!”  Tears streamed down her face as she clutched her newly signed copy of Felicia Day’s book You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).

We’d been in line for nearly three hours at this point and honestly… I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was not far from being that crying teenage girl myself.  I’d spent the days leading up to the event trying to figure out what I wanted to tell her when I got to meet her.  What was I going to say?  How could I say “I love you! I love your work! You inspire me to do so much!” … how could I say all of that and not sound like a half-crazed fan?

I never figured it out.  In the end I settled for a “Hi! How are you?!” and a lot of frantic nodding.  She signed my book, there was a quick photo snapped and I walked out of the store in a daze.

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TV: Mr. Robot eps1.0_hellofriend.mov

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I think it was maybe less than 2 minutes into this show that I was completely hooked.  Everything just worked for me.  The voice over, the amazing performance by Rami Malek, to the music and general tone of the show… it all just worked.  It feels so reminiscent to something akin to Fight Club meets Dexter (but so far without the homicidal tendencies).

So, what’s this show about? Elliot (Malek) works cyber security by day and by night he’s a vigilante hacker, who takes down pedophiles and adulterers.  Hacking is a compulsion for him.  He describes it as a scratch he gets at that part of his mind.  He sees the world in dark tones and to him society is awful and wrecked. He trusts so few people and he hates so much.  So, he hacks.  He hacks everyone in his life, whether he likes them or not.  To be honest, so many of us have live large parts of our lives on the internet as it is, that it’s not all that difficult for someone like Elliot to learn everything there is to know about us.

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Movies: Jurassic World (2015)

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Release Date:  June 12, 2015

“I saw Jurassic World.  Text me when you see it and tell me what you think.”

That’s the text I got from my sister as I waited in line at the theater yesterday afternoon.  I promised to text her as soon as the credits rolled and I made my way to my seat.

Long story short? I loved the movie.  To be completely fair and honest, however, I had made my mind up beforehand that I was going to enjoy and have fun while watching this movie.  I wanted to like this movie, because I love Jurassic Park.  So yes, full disclosure my thoughts on this movie are horribly one-sided.

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