David Giuntoli

I am so glad that I caught up with Grimm and that I have a schedule that allows me to watch every Friday night. David Giuntoli is hot as Nick Burkhardt.

David Giuntoli

While this is not how I fantasize his body, I think I might pass on this. I think his character persona is much sexier. Oh, who am I kidding? I am so desperate for some sex, I’d do anybody that is willing to do me!

David Giuntoli

Now this is how I imagine David. Hairy and muscular! Mmm, mmm, mmm! Though, in all honesty I believe this image is a Photoshop creation, based on the first studio picture above.

David Giuntoli

Blair Witch (2016)

Blair Witch

synopsis

THERE’S SOMETHING EVIL HIDING IN THE WOODS.

A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.

~ Blair Witch Official Site

review

I loved the first one because it was so original and different than any other movie I had seen to that point. Unfortunately, more of the same is not as entertaining…even with added evidentiary footage.

I was curious about the difference in the title on the poster and the actual name of the movie. A little research reveals that “The Woods was just a working title.” Still why doesn’t the actual title have any indications that it is a sequel? Dumb!

Snowden (2016)

Snowdensynopsis

Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world.

He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.

~ Snowden Official Movie Site

review

I lust Joseph Gordon-Levitt, so I would be remiss not to have seen this movie, though considering my opinion of Snowden as hero, it was a foregone conclusion that I would see this movie.

I found the story very interesting, especially the romance he had begun, which I had no idea about previous to seeing the movie. I thought the movie was too Snowden-biased, but then again, he was the subject of the movie. It was interesting that a change of mind made him blow the whistle, considering his strict adherence to rules. I was also impacted by what he gave up to leave the U.S.A.

In my mind, Snowden is a hero, especially considering my dislike of our government and its practices. The fact that our government considers Snowden a traitor, is evidence enough for me that our government is guilty and they want to cover it up so they can continue there illicit practices.

Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

Stoneheart Asylum
synopsis

On Christmas Eve, 1899, Edward Newgate [Sturgess] arrives at the imposing gates of Stonehearst Mental Asylum, eager to be granted an apprenticeship with the superintendent.

Delighted to share his knowledge and philosophy, Dr. Lamb [Kingsley] agrees and immediately takes Edward on a tour of the asylum, proudly introducing his staff and the troubled patients in his care, including the hauntingly beautiful Eliza Graves [Beckinsale] – a captivating woman whose violent aversion to intimacy has ensured her permanent residence at Stonehearst.

As the days pass, Edward observes Lamb’s modern methods. The “medieval” practices so favored by his predecessor, Dr. Salt [Caine], have been abolished and his patients are never sedated, segregated or locked up. Instead, they are celebrated as individuals in their natural, unadulterated state of lunacy. Lamb’s vision is to build an enlightened society within the walls of his establishment, where the patients are respected and mingle with the staff as equals.

However, one night Edward notices a strange thumping noise coming from the vent in his sleeping quarters. Intrigued, he follows the sound down into the dark asylum cellar. At first unsure of his surroundings, he is astonished to discover Dr. Salt, locked behind bars with Matron Pike and their orderlies. As Dr. Salt tells of Lamb’s deadly past, a dawning horror engulfs Edward and he realizes the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

With fresh awareness, Edward can only watch as Lamb’s lawless utopia starts to crumble; there is no heat, little food, and his grand experiment is reaching terrifying new levels of fanaticism. Knowing he must intervene before it is too late, Edward struggles to find a way to save Lamb’s prisoners and restore order at Stonehearst, but his efforts will be futile without the love and affection of the mysterious Eliza Graves.

~ Stonehearst Asylum Official Movie Site

review

When I saw that this movie was based on an Edgar Allan Poe short story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, I thought it would be good viewing as I am a fan of Poe’s.

Wow! I was completely enthralled with this movie and the story which has its twists and turns that practically come out of nowhere. When provocative secret one is revealed, it really made me stop and think for a minute. As more secrets are revealed, the movie gets even more interesting as it winds up. Though the ending was a bit of a let-down for me; I suppose that is because I am not crazy and could not understand.

The casting for this movie was superb, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, and Jim Sturgess.

Excellent!

The Accountant (2016)

The Accountant
synopsis

Christian Wolff (Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA Office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

~ The Accountant – Official Movie Site

review

I liked it…despite not knowing the identity of the mysterious caller, nor the connection between the voice and the accountant.

The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Booksynopsis

In an epic adventure directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley and Scarlett Johansson, The Jungle Book is “stunning” (Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter).

~ The Jungle Book

review

Wow! This has to be the best version of The Jungle Book I have ever seen, including Disney’s original animated movie. I almost cried at least three times because the scenes – I think because they involved animals – were so innocent, moving, touching, endearing. And the excitement at the suspenseful scenes was just as enticing!

Exceptional!

Angry Birds (2016)

Angry Birds
synopsis

In this hilarious animated adventure comedy, you’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. In an island paradise populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely, Red, a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

~ The Angry Birds Movie

review

Without a car, no job and tired of repeat television, I have turned to Netflix for my entertainment now. I admit I was surprised to find full-length movies on the website, but pleasantly pleased. This will allow me to crochet/knit faster as I watch.

This movie was entertaining despite having never played the game. At least I now know what made the birds angry! Damn medication had me dozing at the beginning, but not so much that I could not follow the story.

Cute characters, especially Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride) and Terrence (Sean Penn). Wouldn’t you know the antagonist would be named Leonard (Bill Hader). Other notable voice talents included Maya Rudolph (Matilda), Peter Dinklage (Mighty Eagle) and Keegan-Michael Key (Judge Peckinpah).