A down and out group of mercenaries help a billionaire’s daughter on a hit list evade assassins in this huge wastage of action talent and stars. Not enough action and not enough concentration on one action star. I was so upset after watching it as I was expecting much action but only I saw underwhelmed action and acting. Not Recommended
Sunday, July 14, 2019
A small group of Allied soldiers find a Nazis human experiment lab behind enemy lines. Enjoyable horror movie with gory special effects. Recommended with caution
The sequel to the original hit sees the daughter opening up a restaurant on a Greek island while trying to uncover her mother’s past. Great ABBA songs and fun movie to watch. Recommended
Three friends decide to rob a lavish mansion not knowing that they are hosting a party for reform killers. Gory and bloody but entertaining nonetheless. Available on Shudder.com. Recommended with caution
Two friends unexpectedly summon an evil dummy who wants to start a family of his own. Good enjoyable movie but not for young kids. Available on Netflix. Recommended with caution
Sunday, June 16, 2019
A former cop trying to cope with her mental states fights for her life when the morgue she is working in comes into a possession of a corpse which seems to be possessed. Good Horror movie. Recommended with caution
On the lighter side-Movies-The Hole in the Ground (2019-Finnish-Irish)-Seana Kerslake, James Quinn Markey
A single mother and her son living in an isolated house near the edge of a forest encounter supernatural happenings traced to a hole in the forest. Some tense moments but cannot be classified as a horror movie. Boring stuff. Available on Amazon.com. Not Recommended
A deranged and sadistic ranger terrorizes some people escaping from a robbery in this gory and slow movie. Obnoxious acting derails this movie. Available on Shudder.com. Not recommended
Unnecessary sequel to the good Backdraft movie in which an Fire arson investigator, investigates suspicious arson fires. Not worth your time. Available on Netflix. Not Recommended
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Umpteenth remake of the Robin Hood saga as a crusader with the help of this trusted side kick subverts the plans of the corrupt English crown. Some good action sequences but enough of these remakes. Recommended with caution.
There is nothing white in this martial arts thriller as girl who witnessed her grandfather death devises a scheme and hunt their killers one by one. Only for Martial arts fans. Recommended with caution
Four women with nothing in common except for the debt their late husband has left them, conspire to rob in order to clear their debt and live a comfortable life. Again a slow moving drama with nothing going for it except its actors. Recommended with caution.
Two former Lawmen help in the hunt for the depression era robbers, Bonnie and Clyde. Slow moving drama saved by the acting of the Costner and Harrelson. Available on Netflix. Recommended with caution.
Friday, May 24, 2019
Passable comedy movie, in which English is pressed into government spy service when a hacker exposes the names of all British spies. A good joke here and there and if you want to continue with the series, watch it, otherwise skip it. Recommended with caution
A boy helps his uncle find a clock that has the ability to bring an end to this world. Some magic and some fun but not as great comedy as it would have been. Recommended with caution
A cheap knockoff of the blockbuster movie, A Quiet Place, this movie tells a similar story with creatures hunting with the voice of sound and how a family whose daughter is deaf, due to an accident tries to survive by communicating in sign language. Skip this one even if you see it on Netflix. Not worth your time. Not Recommended
Sunday, May 5, 2019
A shocking massacre in the peaceful island nation of New Zealand just shattered what would have been a place where the world wide violence of massacres perpetuated against helpless people praying peacefully in an island would never occur in one’s mind. But it did happen and 50 people killed and on top of this the massacre was streamed live on the internet which makes it all the more disgusting. It was done by a white supremacist Australian guy who had an anti immigrant agenda, the irony of it being he was also an immigrant which shows he was against Muslim immigrant in particular. This kind of massacre would have been more suited to the United States where the guns are easily available and the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected but not in a place which ranks constantly in the top countries of the world where the crimes are rare and a sort of massacre on this scale unheard of and unprecedented.
Now this plague of white supremacy turning into a killing spree is entering some of the most peaceful areas of the world and again access to guns have become an issue with semi automatic guns getting the most criticism and banning its access to all civilians gaining much voice even in the countries where this massacre phenomena all started. But for all this hatred, the island nation has come together to start the healing process and show that people of all different backgrounds can stand together and defeat this hateful agenda of racism, nationalism and bigotry.
It never seizes to amaze me how creative can dumb people become when it comes to their kids who may or may not be interested in pursuing a college education. The recent college admission scandal where almost 50 people were charged including some high profile celebrities is a case in point. These people made sure their kids get into some of the prestigious colleges through hook or by crook (mainly crook) , paying enormous sums of bribes (disguised as donations) to make sure their kids get admission to this great colleges. The changing of test scores on college admission tests and the recruitment of athletic departments to make their kids sports kids are some of the allegations. Is America trying to raise dumb kids or are the parents really to blame for pushing their reluctant kids to enter college when their kids are truly not in favor of it is the real question and the amount of bribes given makes me think that if they would have truly invested in some sort of company for their kids future, it would have been much better.
And some of the accused people have been so upstanding in their communities that they were consider honest to God people who would do no wrong and the accused people themselves thought that given these kind of money would not be considered against their moral judgments and against the law. The delusion of these uptight people and the scandal that they have created has really exposed the admission process of some of these colleges. I do hope that something good comes out of this scandal and people start to trust their kids and not push them in fields and in areas where they feel uncomfortable and out of place.
Despite the growth of the internet shopping craze with their 24 hours availability, the retail stores are not dead yet and they will not probably be as the internet craze led by Amazon.com giant plans to open bookstores after decimating or plainly saying outsmarted the books business and other business. For example the growth of home delivery of groceries may be increasing but I still go to the grocery store to buy my stuff as I cannot be at home by a certain time to receive my deliveries. The same can be said about buying Ice creams and pizza stores and pickup food from restaurants. Another example I can give you is buying your personal items, I have no hesitation in placing an order of dress shirts and socks and underwear and under vest for I have known their sizes for long and am comfortable with the orders that I place but for pants and shoes I really need to go to a retail store to trying them out. It is just me and I am sure some people may have perfected this art too so as to avoid going to retail store altogether.
My point is there are certain things that you are comfortable to order online and certain things which you cannot and for me buy a house, test driving a car before buying, pants and shoes and groceries still need my trips to them. Maybe some people feel different but I don’t see whole bunch of stores closing anytime soon although sometimes it seems that way with the headlines screaming one store or chain of stores closing. But despite this some of the retail stores are also enhancing their online presence and for once you cannot order your hot coffee and ice cream on line because for that you will have to get your ass up and either walk or drive to that store to enjoy fresh stuff.
On the lighter side-Movies-Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)-Johnny Depp, Eddie Redmayne
In this second installment, the Young wizard join forces with another wizard to battle his enemy who is hell bent on raising wizards to lord over non magical beings. Too much special effects and not much story ruins this second installment for me. Not Recommended
Sunday, March 24, 2019
If you have been out of touch with some world reality, you would have not noticed that the two nuclear armed nations came close to a war which lasted hardly two to three days with casualties counted on your fingers. It all started by a suicide attack on a paramilitary convoy on the Indian side of Kashmir killing more than 40 people. It was claimed by a member of a group based in Pakistan fighting for Kashmir autonomy or independence from India. India immediately blamed Pakistan for the suicide attack and decided to send in its fighter planes on the Pakistani side of Kashmir. Naturally Pakistan had to reply and downed two of the Indian planes and captured on one of its pilot, who was released quickly. Although the escalation of war was prevented and some sense of uneasy calm has prevailed but the threat remains of some skirmishes between the two nuclear armed neighboring nations.
Despite both governments threatening to use nuclear weapons (like it is a toy) on each other if war escalates, this war and the rest of their history wars have shown that both the countries are very ill equipped to wage a war for more than a few days and thinks come to their senses as both of them scramble behind closed doors to desperately reach out to world powers (namely U.S., Russia and China) to help them defuse the tension. As long as the Kashmir issue is there which has been unresolved since the bloody separation between the two countries, the threat of war will be there but even after the issue is resolved (unlikely to anybody’s complete satisfaction) these two nations whose population has been brainwashed to hate each other since their independence in 1947, the nuclear armed neighbors will be ready to decimate their populations by millions and tens of millions more by radiation by itching to have to trigger the button on the nuclear device. This will only set the two countries back to pre-war independence stage but will never recover from it and also will destroy what is left of the neighboring countries.
A camp counselor comes to realize that he might be the killer after a phone in with his best friend. Fun and enjoyable though bloody horror/comedy movie. Recommended
Detective Dee is back, this time facing accusations from the empress, while trying to solve crime spree. Mystery, martial arts action and mayhem and fantasy blend to make it a fun movie to watch. Recommended
If you remember, long time ago (1977 to be exact) a supernatural horror movie by the name of The car came and vanished quickly and I did not see the need for a sequel to an unforgettable movie of yesteryears. But I guess some body has run out of ideas and so we have this new updated sort of sequel ( but it is not) horror movie where a district attorney is murdered and his soul transferred to his car which takes bloody revenge. Some bloody and gory scenes but forgettable. Not Recommended
Papillon, a common Parisian thief is framed and sent to the infamous Devil’s island prison to serve his sentence. Although updated for modern times, it is still inferior to Steve McQueen movie of the same name in 1973. Recommended with caution
A young man trained in ancient martial arts leaves his village to go to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia) as male rite of passage and gets entangle with human trafficking. Early Iko Uwais martial arts movie. Good action sequences. Recommended for curiosity.
A female police captain is given the task to infiltrate a dock labor group, where the workers are mysteriously dying. Comedy and martial arts action combine to make it somewhat a fun movie to watch. Short and not extended unnecessarily. Recommended with caution
Sunday, March 3, 2019
A single mother with social media presence befriends a mysterious woman who suddenly disappears promptly her to investigate. Looks like a made for TV movie with bigger cast. Not Recommended
An outbreak of plague forces a desperate woman to conjure up an entity to fight of invaders but ends with far deadly than imagined. Decent horror movie. Recommended with caution
A mess of a movie, wasting the talents of Donnie Yen as three friends continue their battle to bring in the imperial guard from the first movie. You have to see the first one in order to understand the story but in another case, just forget this mess. Not Recommended
A prince returns to his kingdom to fight off zombies in this combination of action and horror. Recommended with caution.
Monday, February 18, 2019
Magic, martial arts and revenge is the theme of this weird martial arts movie from Hong Kong. Depending on your taste, recommended with caution
The puppet cast of a 90s show keeps getting murdered; a disgraced private eye tries to investigate. Bad jokes and puppet sex makes this a really adult oriented mess. Not Recommended
A regular New Yorker goes to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. Global box office hit, but I did not find it particularly unique. Recommended with caution.
The U.S. government engages a mysterious operative to stop terrorists from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. Action packed continuation of the first movie. Recommended
A teen comes into possession of a laptop whose owner not only watches him and his friends but wants to get hold of the laptop at any cost. Good horror/thriller movie. Recommended
This is where it all starts, the prequel to the purge movie series. Trying to push the crime rate below one percent, a government starts a social experiment to give an isolated community no laws for 12 hours. I like the original purge which was a unique idea but this one just felt like it had to tell a story and it is somewhat racist in its nature too. Recommended with caution.
When the maternal grandmother passes away, a family in mourning starts to experience terrifying and frightening events in this good horror movie. Recommended
Sunday, February 17, 2019
A young man comes to an isolated island to take up a job of weather observer but fights for his life against deadly creatures. Not your conventional horror movie, but close by. Recommended with caution.
When Equalizer’s friend is murdered, he goes on rampage to find her killer in this action packed movie. But I still liked the first one better. Recommended with caution.
A new mission is given to Incredibles which involves the male lead (Mr. Incredible to manage his three kids while his wife (elastigirl) goes to work saving the world. Good family entertainment. Recommended
A working class unhappy man discovers the joys of childhood when he encounters his friend Winnie the Pooh. Family movie but it is a slow one for me. Recommended with caution
A priest and a nun are sent by Vatican to a church in Romania to investigate the death of a nun and discover evil forces lurking in it. Recommended
An American intelligence officer tries to smuggle an Indonesian Police officer out of Indonesia in this mix of superb action and martial arts. Recommended
Ethane Hunt races against time with this team and CIA to secure stolen Plutonium. Again, a high action and fun movie. Recommended
The Ant man is back fighting a powerful enemy alongside Wasp in this super hero action comedy movie. Recommended
Sunday, February 10, 2019
More of a drama then an action movie, Donnie Yen is an ex-soldier who starts teaching a school with poor and aimless kids and tries to inspire them, while dealing with criminals trying to take over the school. With emphasis on relationship between teacher and students, it seems like a feel good movie but Donnie Yen martial arts skills although used but that was not enough for me to feel like it was a letdown and not enough use of Donnie Yen martial arts skills. Recommended with caution.
A pregnant martial artist seeks revenge for the killing of her family and husband. Good martial arts sequences. Recommended with caution
A discovery of a dead painter’s painting brings death and destruction for those who profit from it. Horror, thriller movie with great cast but even story. Recommended with caution
A mugging paralyses a guy until he is approached by a mysterious man that he can get his revenge with this prototype technology. Surprisingly entertaining and intriguing. Very well done. Highly recommended
Ultra violent martial arts movie about a drug cartel enforcer who saves a girl from execution and unleashes bloody retribution from drug cartels. Highly Recommended
On the lighter side-Movies-Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)-Woody Harrelson, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke
Based on a Star wars character, a young Han Solo finds adventures with a group of rebels trying to steal a super space fuel. Recommended with caution.
Still making cold war movies, this one involving a coup by a renegade general who is holding the Russian President hostage and the race by an American battleship to rescue him before world war III starts. More suited for Television than Cinema. Recommended with caution.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
A new martial artist agrees to escort a mysterious box for a huge sum of money and along the trail gets involved with rivals seeking to steal the box from him. Recommended with caution
A bullied boy in a martial arts school comes to the defense of it when bad guys want to eliminate it. Weird martial arts with some special effects and magic thrown in. Recommended with caution
Bad guys are looking for a shipment of gold stolen by a thief and it leads to lots of fighting with a master whip man. Just enjoy the fights and not get into too much detail about the story. Recommended with caution
Sunday, January 20, 2019
As many of you watch YouTube®, I have started to notice any annoying thing that of ads which you are forced to watch and can’t skip. Usually some of the ads which seem to be few and far and are longer have a skip ad options which I sure believe many of people use it to watch their videos but for ads that are less than 10 seconds, you are forced to watch it and there is no skip button. I can understand that websites have to make money but even for a song or some little videos, it is excruciating to watch ads before you go on to watch your videos. Sometimes even for a news item video, one has to go through sometimes 30 seconds of video ads just to watch a two minute clip. And in news videos, you don’t have the option to skip ads.
I know that it may become a future staple where if you want to watch a free video, you would have to sit through the ads to enjoy it. It is just an annoying nuisance and there seems to be no way around it unless you want the ad-free version of the websites, where you would have to pay in order to enjoy it. It is all part of the effort by the media companies to generate revenues whichever way they can in order to offset the costs of streaming and to make up for the lost revenues due to lower subscription to the paper publication and also to increase revenues in order to pay for the increasing expense of proprietary and exclusive content that is now the buzz word for every streaming media. The more exclusive your content is the more you can charge your subscribers and advertisers. I hate it but have to deal with the necessary evil.
A hired assassin is hired to kill two serial killers at a hotel but gets involved with zombies and undead killers. Gross out First person movie, which I am still unable to get my head around it. Bloody and comically gory that gets tiresome after a while. Thankfully at almost 80 minutes, ends not so soon. I have heard they will be making six sequels to it. Not looking forward to it though. Not Recommended
A cop infiltrates an Island prison in order to avenge his family’s killing at the hands of the top prisoner who rules the island. No holds barred martial arts thriller with very minimal special effects. Recommended
Recently an actor who was supposed to be host of the Oscar show had to withdraw because some of things he said about gays came online and he said it seven or eight years ago and people have pounced on it like he has committed capital. He has since apologized but in this politically charged and political correct climate when everybody wants people to be angels from the day they are born, it did not matter much. One can say one thing at one time and can redeem themselves after a while, you are not the same frame of mind when you are young and talk things with your friends which are just a joke but later on, you gain enough insight to retract your statement and apologize. But NO, now people want everybody to have a clean childhood and talk about being inclusive from day one.
Everybody wishes that it be a peaceful world and everybody embraces all kinds of people and don’t say anything bad but it does not work that way. Sometimes you can say things which are ignored during a time of jest but it despite offering apologizes, some people don’t want to forgive them. It seems the so called political correct people also have monsters in their closet and they should be afraid of getting them revealed. People makes mistakes during their younger years and when they don’t fully comprehend the gravity of their words, but people should be able to have the courage to forgive them when someone apologizes; otherwise they are not creating any friends of allies.
The heroes try to save as many dinosaurs as possible before the possible eruption of a once dormant volcano. Again a movie, best watched on the big screen. Recommended
The Avengers band together to try to defeat Thanos before he destroys the Universe and create a new one. Super special effects extravaganza best viewed on the wide screen. Recommended
A shark versus an action star. It is interesting to see an action star fighting off a shark and saving lives. Recommended
The longest in the U.S. history, the shutdown continues over a budget deal that no side either the Democrats or the Republican President is willing to budge. Since the Congress is getting paid during this shutdown, the effect of this childish behavior has started to increasing impact every day Americans working class. The dispute over the payment of the wall between Mexico and United States is increasingly being played out to the world in ridiculous ways than it was intended. I wrote long time ago in my blog that the neither parties are interested to get rid of this debt ceiling and each side use it to their advantage to keep the government open for a while till the next doomsday debt ceiling limits hits and they try to get whatever they can to get their agenda (whatever it can be) included in the budget deal.
Instead of automatic extensions in the debt ceiling, the bickering and increasing divisive parties of the United States tries to get what they think their voters or constituents want and don’t hear the fact that the people of the United States only want things to work smoothly since it is they who will eventually foot the bill. But working together on budget deals is so loathsome to these parties that in order for what they want, they will hurt people and their country in the process. But again since the representatives are elected from people, it is also the people’s fault that they are electing them to do these kinds of things. That is why people are not confident; their representatives are listening to them and we will have to wait how long this shutdown continues.
A Swedish detective is invited to investigate a teen’s murder in a north Norway town with 24 hour daylight. The sleep deprived detective stumbles through the investigation with increasing insanity due to the lack of sleep. Interesting movie, slow at times but very watchable. Recommended
Sunday, January 6, 2019
A couple living off the grid in a forest in the northwest United States gets their life upside down when the wife gets kidnapped by drug crazed lunatics. The husband takes revenge in brutal and bloody ways in this drug fuelled action, horror journey to hell. Recommended with caution
A group of friends venture out to an abandon farm despite being told by the locals to stay away due to a legend of killer still lurking around. And as usual, listening is not one of the traits in these horror movies as curiosity gets the best of them every time. Killing starts anew and in gory fashion. Usual fare of a killer offing the characters one by one.
Another year, another death anniversary, it is true that time heals everything but not the parting of your loved ones especially if it is your child, your parents or your siblings. The day was Friday, January 3rd, 2009 when I got that life devastating and altering phone call from my sister that my father had passed away. I still miss my father immensely and just to hear his voice will be the greatest gift of all. But after you leave this world, you venture into the next with nothing under your control and so I mourn another year without him in silence as I being his only son knows how to mourn in my own way, celebrating his achievements, being proud of his son and trying to strive to be the son he wanted me to be. Sometimes I feel so lost that I feel like I have nobody to guide me where to go when a problem arises as I don’t feel I can confide my problems to anyone and if there is anyone who can see through me to know how I need help.
Parents are a true blessing and if you lose one, you lose a part of yourself which some people may quite not understand if they had not had close relationship with their parents. I may not have inherited many of this traits but I am very proud to be his son and I am eternal great GOD gave me enough time to enjoy his company and gain from his insights in life and his wisdom. May GOD bless his eternally and may be enjoying his life in Heaven. I love you DAD.