Sunday, March 3, 2019

On the lighter side-Movies-A simple Favor (2018)-Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick

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

On the lighter side-Movies-The Golem (2018-Israel-U.S.)-Hani Furstenberg

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

On the lighter side-Movies-Iceman: The Time Traveler (2018-China)-Donnie Yen, Simon Yam

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

On the lighter side-Movies-Rampant (2018-Korea)-Hyun Bin

A prince returns to his kingdom to fight off zombies in this combination of action and horror. Recommended with caution.

Monday, February 18, 2019

On the lighter side-Movies-Holy flame of the Martial world (1983- HK)

Magic, martial arts and revenge is the theme of this weird martial arts movie from Hong Kong. Depending on your taste, recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-The Happytime Murders (2018) – Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth banks

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

On the lighter side-Movies- Crazy Rich Asians (2018)-Constance Wu, Henry Golding

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.

On the lighter side-Movies-The Predator (2018)

Silly reboot of the original movie, with much advanced technology trying to destroy humankind. Only for action fans. Not Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)-Josh Brolin

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

On the lighter side-Movies-Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)- Colin woodell, Stephanie Nougeras

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

On the lighter side-Movies-The first purge (2018)

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.

On the lighter side-Movies-Hereditary (2018)-Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne

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

On the lighter side-Movies-Cold Skin (2018-French-Spanish)-Ray Stevenson, David Oakes

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.

On the lighter side-Movies-The Equalizer 2 (2018) - Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal

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.

On the lighter side-Movies- Incredibles 2 (2018)-Animated-Voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter

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

On the lighter side-Movies-Christopher Robin (2018)-Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell

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

On the lighter side-Movies-The Nun (2018)-Damian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga

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 

On the lighter side-Movies-Mile 22 (2018)-Mark Wahlberg, Iko Uwais

An American intelligence officer tries to smuggle an Indonesian Police officer out of Indonesia in this mix of superb action and martial arts. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Mission: Impossible: Fallout (2018)-Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill

Ethane Hunt races against time with this team and CIA to secure stolen Plutonium. Again, a high action and fun movie. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)-Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily

The Ant man is back fighting a powerful enemy alongside Wasp in this super hero action comedy movie. Recommended

Sunday, February 10, 2019

On the lighter side-Movies-Big Brother (2018-HK)-Donnie Yen

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.

On the lighter side-Movies-Monstrum (2018-korean)

A man, his daughter and his side kick tries to kill a monster that is terrorizing an ancient Korean city. Enjoyable monster fest from Korea. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-The Vengeful Beauty (1977-HK)

A pregnant martial artist seeks revenge for the killing of her family and husband. Good martial arts sequences. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-Velvet Buzzsaw (2018)-Jake Gyllenhall, Renne Russo

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

On the lighter side-Movies-Upgrade (2018)-Logan Marshall-Green

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

On the lighter side-Movies-The Night comes for us (2018-Indonesian)-Iko Uwais

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.

On the lighter side-Movies-Hunter Killer (2018)-Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman

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

On the lighter side-Movies-Rendezvous with Death (1980-HK)

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

On the lighter side-Movies-Bastard Swordsman (1983-HK)

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

On the lighter side-Movies-The Shadow whip (1971-HK)

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

The forced Advertisements

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.

On the lighter side-Movies-Hotel Inferno (2013-Italian)-Rayner Bourton

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

On the lighter side-Movies-Revenger (2018-Korean)-Bruce Khan

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

A new trend in Unforgiveness

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.

On the lighter side-Movies-Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)-Chris Pratt

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

On the lighter side-Movies-Avengers: Infinity War (2018)-Josh Brolin

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

On the lighter side-Movies- The Meg (2018)-Jason Statham

A shark versus an action star. It is interesting to see an action star fighting off a shark and saving lives. Recommended

And the Government shutdown continues

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.

On the lighter side-Movies-Insomnia (1997-Norway-Sweden)-Stellan Skarsgard

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

On the lighter side-Movies-Mandy (2018)-Nicolas Cage

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

On the lighter side-Movies-Charlie’s Farm (2014-Australian)

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.
Not recommended

The 10th Anniversary of my Father’s Death

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.