Sunday, February 23, 2020

On the lighter side-Movies-Don’t let go (2019)-Alfred Molina, Storm Reid, David Oyelowo

After a man’s family is killed, he starts receiving phone messages from his dead niece. He tries to uncover the mystery. Standard blend of Science fiction, mystery and crime. Not Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Angel has fallen (2019)-Gerard Butler, Frederick Schmidt

The Secret service agent is framed for an assassination attempt on the President and must evade law enforcement to uncover the truth behind this framing. Action galore but not as exciting as the first two in the series. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-Dora and the lost city of Gold (2019)-Isabela Merced, Eugenio Derbez

The Animated series comes to life as Dora and her friends try to save Dora’s parents and discover the mystery of the city of gold. Enjoyable fun movie. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Good Boys (2019)-Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams

Pre teen boys embark on a journey with stolen drugs and pursuit by various characters. Foul mouth R rated comedy but fun to watch. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019-Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba

A lawman and a criminal join hands in order to stop a super strong villain. Action and comedy combo with great action sequences. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Crawl (2019)-Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper

A woman tries to save her father in a huge storm while fighting off alligators. Action and suspense combine in this horror, action movie. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Toy Story 4 (2019-Animated)-Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

A new toy named “Forky” joins the other toys and their adventures. Enjoyable fare for all ages. Recommended

Monday, February 17, 2020

The Impeachment that never was

As I don’t adhere to any political party and as a neutral observer, the impeachment seems a non starter to me. The Democrats in the House of Representatives wanted to get rid of the President any which way they can and the Impeachment process this late in the Presidency when the elections of the President is so nearby just does not seems the right decision to me. First it was the Russia Investigation and every day the news of this investigation was making me sick and tired of the antics of the Democratic Party. And ultimately what happened, the investigation came to an inconclusive end. Then when this investigation was done, the impeachment process started since the Democrats alleged that the President interfered and used his influence in the Ukraine. I don’t understand this, how a small country besieged by Russia can can influence or the President can seek their influence in the elections.
It was a foregone conclusion that the Senate with the Majority in the hands of the Republicans will not vote for impeachment of the President come what may. The Democrats needed two third or approximately 67 votes to impeach the President and with the majority of Republicans on the side of the President, the Democrats had no chance to get some of the Republican senators to switch. I am no scholar of the U.S. Constitution but I believe and what I have read from my college years that the Constitution grants the U.S. President unlimited powers almost akin to the Monarchy but not quite there. The Democrats knew this but still desperate to show that the President has done some wrong kept on investigating and still are not satisfied with the leaving him alone. Maybe most of the people may not agree with my assessment but the facts are there that the economy is stronger than ever and the Democrats have no legs to stand on their impeachment quest.  Maybe if they turn down the hatred and rhetoric and work on winning an election with moderate views, they will earn more respect and more votes. The Current President will remain as he is so no use going after him with inconclusive facts and concentrate on winning the next election (which uptil now I don’t see the Democrats winning)

The world is being Coronized

I have not being writing much for the past several months, since I was not in the mood to write long ass essays to what I think what is happening in the world but I owe it to myself and my readers to start writing again in addition to giving them my reviews on the movies that I watch. Anyway the latest scare that is scaring up the world and bringing with it the ugly aspect of racism is the virus called Corona or what the World health organization finally decided to call it COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease Year 2019) and it is still being called it a Wuhan virus, the city where it all started and which is still in an unprecedented lock-down only China can initiate. Before it was called the China Virus (and some people I believe still call it that name).  Although most of the deaths have been reported in China along with the majority of infected people, 26 countries have reported the Corona virus among their individual citizens.
Most of the foreigners have been evacuated to their respected countries but some curiously have not due to weak health infrastructure at home or some other reason. The virus has not slowed down and it is doubtful that the full tally of fatalities (up til the time of this writing 1770 mostly in China) will ever be truthful but China being China with strict censorship in place, the tally of those having died of the Virus will never be known. Also with this disease, the racism against Chinese people has started to creep in. I would not blame them as people are genuinely scared of what they don’t know and they will blame a particular race or region or anybody who has the disease, they will discriminate and this will not stop. Here I am not endorsing racism or behavior of people but a fear of the unknown brings the worst in people which should not be but it is here and people need to stop this racist attitude. The people of the world are all in this together and we should be fighting this disease and urging the Chinese government to open up its society so that if another virus occur, it should be tackled early on and effectively instead of waiting for a few weeks and censoring news and people cause the economy of China and the world are so intertwined right now that the world cannot afford to waste time and wait for the only one country to tackle viruses cause the virus does not have a now or need a visa or passport to travel across countries.  

On the lighter side-Movies-Blackkklansman (2018)-John David Washington, Adam Driver

An African American Cop teams up with a Jewish cop to infiltrate a local Ku Klux Klan group to stop violence. Enjoyable movie. Based on true events. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-The Village of No Return (2017-China)-Qi Shu, Qianyuan Wang

A Taoist priest brings a machine to a remote village that can erase their past memories. Comedic situation ensues. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-Draug (2018-Swedish)-Elna Karlsson, Thomas Hedngran

In the 11th Century, a rescue to find a missing missionary goes horribly wrong. I regret watching this no budget movie. Available on Amazon Prime Video. Not Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-The Marshes (2018-Australia)-Dafna Kronental, Sam Delich

Three biologist travel to the deep marshes in Australia to do some research only to encounter a killer. Horrible movie with the best part coming briefly for a moment. Available on shudder. Definitely not recommend

On the lighter side-Movies-Green Book (2018)-Viggo Mortense, Mahershala Ali

A white guy decides to take a job driving a well heeled African American painist in the racist Deep South in this highly entertaining movie. Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Them that follow (2019)-Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever

A pastor’s daughter threatens a secret Snake loving small church in Middle America. Not that great of a movie. Not recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Spider-Man: Far from home (2019)-Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson

Spider-man tries to save the world far from home in Europe in this another block buster but lack luster movie. Recommended with caution

Sunday, February 16, 2020

On the lighter side-Movies-Annabelle Comes Home (2019)-Vera Famiga, Patrick Wilson

The evil doll is kept locked behind a glass cabinet but the owner’s daughter inadvertently unlocks the door, causing to doll to wreck havoc until it is locked backed in for another sequel. Not Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Anna (2019)-Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren

A government assassin unleashes her lethal skills against enemies. Stylish violence and action follow suit. Recommended 

On the lighter side-Movies-Paradise Hills (2019)-Milla Jovovich, Emma Roberts

A girl wakes up in a utopia type island meant to reform them but hides evil wrongdoers. Curiosity sake, the movie is good but nothing much. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-Child’s play (2019)-Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill

An unnecessary remake about a boy who gets a doll which is evil. Usual gore and special effects stuff. Not Recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-Extreme Job (2019- Korean)-Myeong Gong, Lee Hanee

A police undercover operation takes a culinary turn when the restaurant they take their stake out turns out to be hit with restaurant goers. Good movie marred by sub par subtitles. Recommended with caution

On the lighter side-Movies-Avengers: Endgame (2019)-Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

After the end of the last movie, Avengers: Infinity wars, the rest of the superheroes gather to fight Thanos, one and the last time. A massive, three hours endurance test, it was still a great movie to watch. Highly recommended

On the lighter side-Movies-X Men: Dark Pheonix (2019)-James MaAvoy, Sophie Turner

One of the X-Men develops dark powers and the X-Men debate how to end her powers without destroying her. A movie with huge budget that flopped massively. But it was okay to watch on small screen. Recommended with caution