American Horror Story: Asylum (2012-2013)

American Horror Story: Asylum

synopsis

The second season follows the patients, doctors, and nuns who occupy Briarcliff Mental Institution in Massachusetts in 1964. Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) and Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe) maintain the institution that was founded by Monsignor Timothy Howard (Joseph Fiennes) to treat and house the mentally and criminally insane. Psychiatrist Dr. Oliver Thredson (Zachary Quinto), and scientist Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell), treat the patients within the facility. The patients include lesbian journalist Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson), accused serial killer Kit Walker (Evan Peters), and alleged murderer Grace Bertrand (Lizzie Brocheré).

~ American Horror Story: Asylum

review

Took me quite some time to get through this season, as I am had a hard time getting invested into the story(ies): was the main character Sister Jude or the serial killer? I can’t really put my finger on the exact reason I am not thrilled about this series, despite my desire to like it. The first season, was okay, got really good in the middle and petered out in the end. I think that’s that same feeling I have with this second season. Now I am afraid to get started with season three.

Infini (2015)

Infinisynopsis

An elite ‘search and rescue’ team transport onto an off-world mining-facility to rescue Whit Carmichael, the lone survivor of a biological outbreak.

review

This was my sci-fi selection. Had a hard time with all the technicalities and as usually happens when watching movies involving time travel, I am left wondering whether, or not, the story actually transpired.

As for the story, very run-of-the-mill, open-ended – at least for me. Not worth the rental fee.

Hansel & Gretel Get Baked (2013)

Hansel and Gretel Get Baked

synopsis

A brother and sister battle a witch who lures teenagers into her suburban home with her special blend of marijuana where she then proceeds to kill and eat them to maintain her youth and beauty.

~ Hansel & Gretel Get Baked

review

This is about as scary as I wanted to get this evening. Figuring the plot centers around a pot-selling witch, led me to believe I might get some serious laughs from this movie, but such was not the case. However, I did enjoy the movie and with respect to the horror genre, a good formula that could be exploited with endless sequels/offshoots.

Admittedly, I recognized Cary Elwes name from The Princess Bride, but had a hard time identifying his character in this movie; not who I expected. I certainly did not recognize Lara Flynn Boyle.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

The Huntsman: Winter's Warsynopsis

If it’s the Snow White tale you’re looking for, discover the story that came before… Chris Hemsworth and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron return to their roles in the epic action-adventure The Huntsman: Winter’s War, joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. Theron stars in this Extended Edition as evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Blunt) with an unforgiveable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. As war escalates between the two queens, Eric the Huntsman (Hemsworth), and his forbidden lover, Sara (Chastain), must help Freya vanquish her sister… or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.

~ The Huntsman: Winter’s War

review

I had seen Snow White And The Huntsman and loved it for the awesome scenery and costume design. Once again, The Huntsman does not disappoint in this area. Even the idea of using character development to create a new story is so original and enjoyable entertainment.

I’ll admit the story was a little confusing for me, as I kept forgetting this was pre-Snow White. Still in the end I think the story has a glitch in it which precludes the foregone conclusion of Snow White…maybe not…can’t think about it too much.

Love this movie!

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicesynopsis

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

From director Zack Snyder comes “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” starring Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing.

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, Modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with each other, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has very known before.

~ Batman v Superman

review

Super boring. Too dark. Like watching to guys argue over who has the bigger dick!

When a synopsis has the title of the movie in the first line and second sentence, one should learn that it’s all about promotion and making money.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2synopsis

The family you love is back in the sequel to the biggest romantic comedy of all time! Written by Academy Award® nominee Nia Vardalos, who stars alongside the entire returning cast, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 brings the beloved family of characters back together. In the years since we first fell for Toula (Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett), they have raised a headstrong daughter while trying to keep the spark alive. But just as they think they’re balancing an independent teen, aging parents and the rest of the irrepressible clan, the reveal of a shocking secret will bring the three generations of this family closer than ever as they plan a bigger, fatter and Greeker wedding!

~ My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

review

Not so much fun. Felt like I was watching a family’s home movies. Add to that the fact that I don’t invest any emotion into someone that is not part of my direct circle of friends/family.

Afflicted (2013)

Afflictedsynopsis

BEST FRIENDS DEREK AND CLIF SET OUT ON THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME

Their plan: travel to the ends of the earth, see the world and live life to the fullest. But the trip soon takes a dark and bloody turn. Just days in, one of the men shows signs of a mysterious affliction which gradually takes over his entire body and being.

Now, thousands of miles from home, in a foreign land, they must race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely. Footage meant to be travel memories may now become evidence of one of the most shocking discoveries ever captured on film…and perhaps will be their only post card from home.

~Afflicted

review

Way cool! Creative and original plot that borders on reality.

Honestly, took a minute to get invested, but once I did, wow!

Midnight Special (2016)

Midnight Specislsynopsis

Writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time with the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special.” A provocative, genre-defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human, it follows a father, Roy (Michael Shannon), who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy with mysterious powers that even Roy himself cannot comprehend.

What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Risking everything, Roy is committed to helping Alton reach his ultimate purpose, whatever that might be and whatever it costs, in a story that takes audiences on a perilous journey from Texas to the Florida coast, while exploring the bonds of love and trust, and the nature of faith.

Midnight Special Official Movie Site

review

Not as exciting as I expected it to be. Not going to say much, so as not to spoil the outcome.

 

Letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti

Government IncompetenceOpen QuoteI voted for you because I thought you were handsome, despite the fact that my phone call to your candidate office remain unreturned.

Yesterday I found out from a third party that my Medi-Cal benefits have been inactivated. Today my oncologist (a cancer doctor) has called with the same information…three times!

I am totally disgusted with you and the city of Los Angeles. I had an issue last year which required me getting in touch with Hilda Solis office to get my cal-fresh benefits reinstated. Thank god she has professionals working for her because she has never bothered, as well, to answer any of my phone calls or correspondence. I am on the phone right now with a superb, professional Nune Petrosyan (this lady deserves a raise) in Hilda’s office who is doing more for me in 19 minutes than you or Hilda have ever done for me.

Secondly, I have no water today because of an interruption in service, of which I NEVER received notice. Unfortunately, I am sick with diarrhea today and can only use the toilet one today until the water comes back on. Thankfully, I have no appetite. It really galls me that we pay for service and the providers of the service have no consideration for the public to even bother issue a service disruption notice.

Did I mention that Medi-Cal deactivated my benefits without any notice!? What the fuck? I am a diabetic that has been under the care of an endocrinologist to get my blood sugars under control so I can proceed with much needed oral surgery that I have been trying to get done for two years with the shitty insurance I have. Now without insulin, my blood sugars will go out of control again and I will have to postpone the oral surgery even further out. Let’s not even mention the fact that oral surgeons only work one day a month!

When I was a kid, I believed in government and did the right thing, as I was told. Nowadays, I detest our government: state, local and federal, finding them all self-serving and corrupt. Here is an opportunity for you to prove me wrong.

Disgustedly yours,

PS: You get extra credit for publishing your email address on your website in addition to the dumbass contact form on the website.

My First 1-Star Uber Passenger Rating

1 Star RatingSo Sekat (should have been Suck It) gets in my car.

I start trip and see the navigation pop up with Echo Park; Los Angeles, CA and no address. I ask if there is a specific destination.

He says “The park; don’t you know where it is?

“No I don’t. You can either direct me or I can follow the navigation.”

“Follow the navigation.”

When navigation indicates destination has been reached, there is no park within viewing distance, so I ask my passenger if he can direct me? He gets all upset, accusing me of not know what I am doing and strongly suggesting that I use the map to get to the park, which he points out after asking to see my phone.

My biggest problem is that I don’t know which direction I am going so looking at the map is not a definite indicator that I am going in the right direction because the map is always moving.

I get him to the park (obviously not the nicer side) and ask him where he would like me to drop him. He says “Anywhere! I just want to get out of this car.”

Fine with me you miserable little prick! As I am about to drive off, he waves me down asking me to drive him around the left side. I comply, despite the instructions in my head that are telling me to give him the finger and drive off!

My first 1-star Uber passenger rating ever!