Making my way through this now.
CON MAN: I watched the first episode of this web series repackaged and
aired on Syfy...and then subsequently I watched the entire first season
in the marathon airing. It never got very good. Mostly it was just
dorky stuff with lots of familiar faces including everyone from FIREFLY
that is still alive except for Adam Baldwin and a slew of other treats
such as Amy Acker, Felicia Day, Tricia Helfer, Liza Lapira, and Sean
Astin. There is a certain enjoyable camp-i-ness to knowing that this
was a fan funded project that spent half of its time making fun of the fans.
I watched the first two episodes. I agree, it was never very good. It
breaks my heart that it won't get any better. :-/ Normally I love this
sort of meta programming. But there seemed to be a mean spiritedness
behind this. He seemed to be laughing at the fans instead of with them.
Nevertheless I'll keep watching and look forward to the cameos.
GOING IN STYLE: The 2017 remake of this classic tale of old farts that
want to rob a bank. This one had more action than the original, but it
had none of the heart and the ending was just a dumb series of OCEANS 11
NCAAF: some of of USC vs. Stanford...a game with demonstrated well that
Stanford has no defense at all.
What did you watch?
Room 104 - "The Missionaries" - Two Mormon missionaries have a crisis of
faith. I lost interest about half way through and stopped paying attention.
Space Seed (Netflix streaming) Episode from Star Trek TOS. Kirk rescues
a ship full of genetically enhanced humans who apparently left Earth
following the World War we had 20 years ago in a cryogenic ship because
the new FTL technology we're going to develop next year hadn't come on
line yet. The ships captain is a masochist who zeroed in on a historian
who has been waiting her whole life for a 20th century man to show up
and treat her like dirt. And *why* does Kirk have an *Earth historian*
on a ship whose mission is to get as far away from Earth as possible?
Anyway, it's still a fun episode and nice refresher for what's to come...
Galaxy Quest (blu-ray) Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman
star as the cast of an old sci-fi series who are recruited by aliens,
that mistakenly think the TV broadcasts are historical documents, to
save them from a hostile alien invader. It holds up well enough. I
never realized this before but the lead friendly alien was played by
Veronica Mars' dad Enrico Colantoni.
The Captive (Netflix rental) Ryan Reynolds stars as a dad whose eight
year old daughter is kidnapped by Kevin Durand. Durand holds the
daughter for seven years and taunts the family (Mireille Enos plays the
mom and Alexia Fast plays the older daughter) by leaving various clues
behind that the daughter is still alive, while also keeping the family
under surveillance. Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson also star as cops
trying to find the girl but they suspect Reynolds kidnapped his own
daughter. This was a weird movie. It never really rose to the level of
good but thanks in large part to the cast it held my interest.
Solace (Netflix rental) Anthony Hopkins stars as a psychic who is
reluctantly recruited by his friend at the FBI (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and
his new partner (Abbie Cornish) to track down a serial killer (Colin
Farrell). At first Hopkins psychic abilities come in really handy in
turning up clues the FBI would have never found but soon Hopkins
realizes the killer is psychic too and he's actually a better psychic
whose two steps ahead of him. This was better than it had any right to
be. It had some nice touches like a high speed chase where a psychic
can tell the driver what to do to be one step ahead of the person
they're chasing. And the two psychic's ability to see the outcome of
various choices and then act based on that future knowledge. It might
have been pretty good if it wasn't hampered by a bad director. But a
kernel of watchability escaped in spite of the director's best efforts
to make the movie unwatchable with stupid unnecessary quick cuts and
Little Evil (Netflix streaming) Adam Scott stars as a real estate agents
who marries Evangeline Lilly and takes in a step son who may be, all
signs point to he almost certainly is, the antichrist. It sort of
spoofs the Omen. It's mostly mediocre but it does have the occasional
chuckle moment. I can't really recommend it but if you need some bland
background noise, this might work.