Zoolander 2 (2016)

Zoolander 2

synopsis

Derek (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson) are lured into modeling again, in Rome, where they find themselves the target of a sinister conspiracy.

~ Internet Movie Database

review

I must not have been a silly mood when watching this because I was completely bored and I think I even dozed off. In my estimation, perhaps this movie should have been called Too Much Zoolander.

The Witch (2015)

The Witch
synopsis

In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling in the New England wilderness circa 1630.

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest — within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately — animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.

~ The Witch

review

Exquisite? Terrifying? Innovative? What movie was this reviewer watching?

I was bored to tears and felt like I had missed something from the very beginning which would explain all the evil happenings. And this surprised me as, I thought this might be a very scary movie, a la The Blair Witch Project, which I loved.

Hated it!

Risen (2016)

Risen
courtesy internet movie poster awards

synopsis

Risen is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

~ Risen – Official Site

review

Wow! To be honest with you I see movies in this period and fantasize about all the roles to be played in my sexual fantasies! Yet! This movie broke through all my isms and evoked a spiritual awakening within me.

The movie tapped into the skeptical closet historian inside me with it’s story and perspective. I got the gist at the DVD rental store, but my mind had taken off ahead of me, as alluded to in the previous paragraph. Having just read the synopsis, refocused now, there is no way I could not be interested in this telling.

I am a believer in a god of my own understanding; I don’t trust other men’s stories about god. I am a big fan of Banned From The Bible and this movie tapped into that same interest. Simply fascinating!

And not to lose complete focus, that Joseph Fiennes is just a fine as his brother, Ralph!

God, why don’t you answer this prayer?

The Boy (2016)

The Boy
synopsis

The Boy is a frightening thrill ride directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”).

Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

~ The Boy Movie Official Site

review

I kind of like it because it wasn’t gory and more suspenseful than anything else. However when the secret is revealed, I kind of lost interest.

The 5th Wave (2016)

The 5th Wave
synopsis

Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him.

~ The 5th Wave Movie Website

review

Convoluted plot…who has time to fall in love when you are trying to save your brother from aliens? Give me a break, though the guy – Alex Roe – was hot!

Very disappointed with this film, which lacked explanation of the connection between the government (?) and the aliens. The first three waves made complete sense to me, if I was going to decimate a species, but the fourth and fifth waves came poorly explained.

Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool

synopsis

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

~ Deadpool Movie Website

review

Lusting Ryan, this movie worked for me. There were some lines in the movie that actually made me laugh out loud and there were some fight scenes that were pretty frikkin’ cool.

The was better than average as it provided full background on the superhero. I especially like that Deadpool was of the X-men lineage, yet I think the bridge from human to x-man would have been better told.

ROAD TRIP: Los Angeles, CA > Edinburg, TX & Back

Gas: $322.93 / Miles: 3,600 (?)

April 29, 2016

Crossing state line one. We were going to try and take a picture each time, we crossed a state line, but we got lazy.

Learned from Cathy that Denise was living in Tucson, which we would be passing through. Why not stop by and say, “Hi!” So, we did! Turns out this would be a good move, as we were invited to stay overnight on the way back, should a need arise, and to attend an impromptu slumber party with another mutual friend that was visiting – Carina.

Next Stop: Dwayne’s; Bowie (boo-wee, thought I like bo-wee better), Arizona. You can see they have gas. What you can’t see are the pecan/pistachio groves which are either out of camera range or on the opposite side of I-10. Also out of camera range, the one street town and the supermarket that is 25 miles south. Met the mayor’s daughter, who says crime is rampant in the residential area, and knowing your suspects on a personal level due to small population just adds insult to injury.

Random sunset pics…

April 30, 2016

I had to get that beard under control so right after I arrived in Edinburg – approximately 18:00 – I went in search of a hair cut…

King Leo Haircut Barber
King Leo Gets Haircut

…and then off to the party! OMG! The humidity was hostile. I thought after all my years in Florida, I might be granted some reprieve…not so much!

May 1, 2016

Lunch, after a scheduling debacle with mother…aiyaa!

Great Aunt Cousin
Magdalena & Rosie

And then Philippine dinner – pansit, lumpia and adobo – at Art and Melanie’s house. This is Art and his brother’s and sisters, minus 1 living, 1 deceased.

Brothers Sisters Cousins
Elva, Yolanda, Tony & Arturo

May 2, 2016

When in Texas, one must partake of the Whataburger #581, so we stopped in Alice, Texas for a bite. The drive home was going to be less stressed, as we did not have a deadline, and because having made the trip already, we would not be prone to get lost so much on the trip back…so far, so good!

Realizing I had clients along our travel route, I tried to visit some of them. This is a mural inside the Hilton Palacio del Rio Riverwalk; San Antonio, Texas. Just missed my contact, as I had arrived at lunch time.

Hilton Palacio del Rio
Hilton Palacio del Rio Riverwalk; San Antonio, Texas

More random sunset pics, just before Las Cruces, New Mexico

May 3, 2016

Arizona
Entering Arizona II

After driving about 13 hours, I was ready to take a break and Taco Tuesday in Tucson sounded delish. I stopped in Benson and bought a strawberry chocolate Boston cream pie. Everything was going fine, sitting relaxing, knitting, reacquainting until it stopped going fine. As I was the driver on this trip, I stayed up as late as I could – about 10:00 p.m. – but finally had to get some sleep for the drive home the next day. I was so angry as I lay there while the girls drank wine and chatted that when they finally went to bed – about 01:45 – I looked up bus trips home because I knew I would have a hard time staying awake on the road. Sure enough, but alive to blog about trip.

Got a speeding ticket in Indio…DAMMIT! These are the pictures that were going to make up my defense when I fought this in court. Oy vey!

The silver lining was the chance to visit the Cabazon Dinosaurs.

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

Victor Frankenstein

synopsis

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.

~ Victor Frankensetin

review

I am overdue in reviewing this movie because of a combination of depression and laziness. I thought this movies takes on an interesting perspective of a story that is as old as the hills.

I was impressed by Daniel Radcliffe simple because I did not recognize him as Igor. This did present a bit of confusion, but I caught on quickly and followed the movie with no problems.

If you like the monster genre, you might enjoy this fresh perspective.

It’s Not Easy Being Me

Mom supposedly found a discount dentist for Mojo, whose teeth are just about as bad as mine. The other day I gave him a chicken thigh bone and I noticed blood all over the bone, too much to have come from inside the bone. Yesterday, I was able to take him to the vet, who determined that Mojo has exposed roots on his molars. This is not good, as the teeth cannot be cured or treated. They want to give him some antibiotics, do some blood work and put him under for a deep teeth cleaning.

The silver lining is that I learned that it is the human food minus brushing that caused the damage and the kicker is that he is getting much needed treatment faster than I have been able to get my teeth attended. I have emailed the doctor today and will follow up on Wednesday to confirm receipt of my email.

I have the money for Mojo’s care, but it will come from my car savings…might as well admit that I will probably never have another car.

In the meantime, the pain is still present near my right moob. The constant pain and lack of knowledge regarding what is happening inside my body is really getting me down. I have reverted back to the mental state that I am just waiting to die. I am going for an ultrasound on Wednesday, but don’t expect that it will show much. I am also going to have my kidneys scanned as there was an indication in my last blood labs; an indication of what, I don’t know yet.

In the meantime, I have been contacted by my cousin, inquiring if the Oakland Raiders Afghan is complete. I have not even been working on it, owing to my depressed mental state. I have resumed, trying to get at least five rows per day done. At that rate I should be finished in about a month…if I don’t die first.