Post by Ubiquitous
What did you watch?
Lots and lots of movies!! (The last entry may be of interest to Fred,
Carriers (Showtime Extreme, which I guess has taken over from Showtime
Beyond for Skiffy flicks now that the latter channel has been killed...
:/ ) -
How come I've never heard of this film before?!!
A 2009 (though filmed in 2006!) post-apocalyptic flick starring
Piper Perabo (when she still looked good!), Emily VanCamp, Lou Taylor
Pucci, and Chris Pine! - Where has this been hiding??!!!
This flick is very dark - like almost pitch black. The ending,
especially, I thought was gratitously downbeat, which I didn't care
But this certainly kept my interest, though I don't think it really
offers anything new (more of Emily VanCamp in a bikini top would have
helped!), and it's certainly pretty effective.
The Last Kingdom (Netflix) - Ep. #4.6. Uhtred and his group, which
includes Eadith and the three children, is on the run, as is
Aethelflead and Lord Aldhelm (though we don't see much of them...), all
this happening when an outbreak of the Plague(?) hits the countryside.
Ultimately, Uhtred's group gets cornered by Eardwulf and his men, but
Eadith exposes Eardwulf's treachery to his men, which works as Eardwulf
takes off, and his men seem to ride back to Mercia.
In Mercia, Lady Aelswith shows up, which causes tension between King
Edward and the Mercians, and Edward insists that Aelswith be let into
the city, despite the gates being closed to keep out the Plague(?).
Aelswith then tries to talk some sense into Edward, who is starting to
lose confidence in the (treacherous) Lord Aethelhelm.
In Wales, Brida is now a slave (though she hasn't seemed to have
lost the baby yet), but it sounds like the Welsh are about to be
attacked by Danes arriving from Ireland.
soaps: B&B - Another preemption leads to another rerun.
DOOL - Crazy Claire shows up on HottCiara's doorstep and not only
swears her innocence, but virtually demands that Ciara help Claire
figure out who set her up as the "saboteur"!... I enjoyed Eve giving it
to the captive Ben (I'm wholly sympathetic to Eve here). EvenHotterGabi
(though her hair was overdone here) gets one up on Chad by helping Li
arrange a deal for DiMera enterprises. Gwen insist that she and Jake
"move in" to the DiMera mansion. And, finally, stupid Allie goes in to
labor, and then she kicks Sami out, and insists that Nicole be her
"birthing coach" instead!
GH - I think they're rerunning the last few episodes that were "new"
(from early May) before production halted and the show went into reruns
- GH starts up with new episodes on Monday.
The Strangers: Prey at Night (Prime) - Stretches of this were
unsatisfying when the principals (Christina Hendricks, Martin
Henderson, Lewis Pullman, and the "ingenue" Bailee Madison) do all the
usual "wrong" horror movie tropes (e.g. like not killing or
incapacitating the murderers when you have the chance!).
That said, I did like that this one did seem to pretty clearly "end"
the (short) "The Strangers" franchise here, as Madison's character
ultimately does do what needs to get done (even if she's horribly
inefficient about it!!).
However, the ending is several minutes too long, and includes a
final scene that was both stupid and pointlessly gratuitous.
So, this was less effective than the original film, but I thought
Madison was pretty good in this.
Agents of SHIELD (recorded) - "Stolen" (ep. #7.10) - I think I liked
this episode less than Fred did. It was OK, but it really didn't grab
me. (It also feels like the story is being needlessly stretched out
However, it's looking like the next episode (the penultimate before
the 2-hour finale) looks more promising.
After (Netflix) - Netflix finally comes through with a recent
theatrical that I was curious to see. (But I think this is pretty
literally, like, the *only* one they have like that!!)
I thought this was really "standard fare" for a "teen romance" flick
like this, and wasn't nearly as good as, say, "To All the Boys I've
This stars Katherine Langford's sister, Josephine (who looks to be a
shrimp!), and Ralph Fiennes' nephew, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, as the meek,
bookish "good girl" and the presumptuous, damaged "bad boy",
respectively, who fall for each other in her first year of college.
(But, wait! There's a devastating twist!!)
Langford and Fiennes-Tiffin are fine in this, and the film *looks*
good, but it is breaking about *zero* new ground here, and doesn't
really offer anything original.
P.S. Selma Blair plays Langford's mother in this, and she looks so
*old* now... :(
I guess they've done a sequel to this one which seems much, *much*
more unnecessary than the sequels they've planned for To All the Boys
I've Loved Before"... :|
Bad Kids of Crestview Academy (Prime) - Wow: Ben Browder of "Farscape"
actually directs this 2017 flick!! (He also appears in it as "the
And I didn't realize until the end that this was actually a sequel
to the 2012 flick "Bad Kids Go To Hell" (Browder also played the
janitor in that one) - I'm pretty sure I've seen "Bad Kids Go To Hell",
but I don't remember what happens, and after watching this sequel, I'm
now going to need to go back and watch it again soon!
Anyway, this stars Sammi Hanratty as a (tiny!) "scholarship kid" and
student delinquent at the aforementioned Crestview Academy, who
conspires to get herself into weekend detention with four other of the
"rich kids" who may know something about her sister's suspicious
"suicide" death at a party the week before.
The good thing about this flick is that, even with the
"flashforward" at the beginning, I had *no* idea where it was going,
which is pretty much always a good thing for film with me, these days.
And I liked the ending.
I'm not sure I liked Browder's choice to interspese animated bits of
the "graphic novel" that this film is based on in with the
"live-action" parts, but overall I liked this film, and its tone.
The ending seems to prime it for YA sequel, though I don't think
there's been any movement on such a thing.
Recorded for later: Nothing! ("Blindspot" is over... :( )
"Who would ever do this to him!?" - HottCiara on DOOL (04-27-2020), asking
who would stab Victor Kirakis... How about ANYONE WHO'S EVER MET HIM??!!