Post by anim8rfsk Post by Ian J. Ball
I just watched soaps, as I had several meetings yesterday, and then
soaps: GH - Fri's ep. A mostly boring episode. Sasha and Brando decide
to try to "make a go" of if after they boffed, despite his mother's
obvious disapproval. Meanwhile, no Chase or Peter August. Just a bunch
of crap with Cyrus Renault. Also, Alexis is now in jail (and regretting
it!!) as she's being threatened (prob. by a Cyrus goon). And "Mike" is
still warning NuNina off the obviously mob guy.
DOOL (I had to pull this off Peacock, as the episode was
Post by anim8rfsk Post by Ian J. Ball
preempted by B.S. on reg. TV) - Well, that was *extremely
disappointing*. I had a sinking feeling early on in this episode that
they were going to go with the nonsensical "Jan killed Charlie"
(despite being in a coma at the time!!). And sure enough... >:/ They
really blew this - I was hoping that it would turn out that Crazy
(Nu)Claire had done it, and then blocked out the memory - that would
have been a heck of a lot more interesting. Now, all we're going to get
out of this stupid storyline is them writing Jan Spears out again...
Meanwhile, Trask forces Rafe to arrest Belle for Charlie's murder (and
John is convinced that he witnessed Belle murder him!). NuClaire
figures out that Allie is into Tripp. And Tripp tells Kayla & Steve
(Patch!!) that he's legally changed his name to "Tripp Johnson".
Recorded for later: Black Lightning, and Debris.
What did you watch?
I watched debris. It’s still boring and stupid but they ramped it up some
and our team is either killing other members of our team or killing members
of the other team. It’s hard to tell because everybody was dressed alike.
I'm wondering if one or both of the bosses are either working together
in manipulating the duo with lies they know the two won't believe or act
on. Perhaps they want the end results they are getting and in order to
get those results they have to say things like kill your partner's
father. Anyway, I thought it was an OK episode and next week's episode
Post by anim8rfsk
“The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it’s still on my list.”
S.W.A.T. (blu-ray) 2003 action movie written by David Ayer and starring
Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, and hey
it's Jeremy Renner, as members of a L.A. S.W.A.T. team. Their lives get
slightly complicated after a criminal worth billions of dollars promises
on live TV $100 million to whoever breaks him out of jail. It holds up
well enough. But the thing that always confused me about this movie is
it is set in a universe where the 1975 TV series exists. They watch the
series and sing the theme song in the movie, yet the characters in the
movie are the same characters from the TV show. The TV series and
song existing within the world of the movie isn't a problem. But the
characters having the same names makes *no* kind of sense!
Maybe they meant to infer that the TV show was essentially a
re-enactment of the "real" adventures of the "real" SWAT team, as
portrayed by Jackson, Farrell, et. al.?
The Wire sometimes used the real names of real people in some roles. For
example, the supervising sergeant in The Wire's Homicide unit was named
Jay Landsman. That was a real life sergeant from the actual Baltimore
Homicide unit and was presumably meant as an homage to him. (Strangely
enough though, when it came to casting the role, they initially wanted
the real Jay Landsman to play himself. I guess his screen test didn't go
that well though because they went with a different actor to play Jay
Landsman. However, the real Jay Landsman got a smallish role as a major
in a patrol unit. I still chortle to myself at an imagined conversation
where David Simon or whoever has to tell Jay Landsman that he isn't
going to get the part of Jay Landsman because he's not as good at
playing himself as the actor they hired in his place.)
Street Kings (blu-ray) 2008 action movie directed by David Ayer. It has
the usual all-star case including Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh
Laurie, and Chris Evans. Reeves plays an alcoholic LAPD detective
straight up murders some crooks at the start of the movie. Hugh Laurie
is basically "House" with a badge who is looking at Reeves for the
murders with Forest Whitaker playing Reeve's shady boss running
interference. But this movie is notable for having Captain America team
up with John Wick to fight crime.
Captain America: Are we going to go in there and kill them?
John Wick: No. I'm going to ask them some questions. Then we're going
to kill them.
End of Watch (blu-ray) 2012 action movie written and directed by David
Ayer. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as to LA cops who keep
running into and messing up a big time cartel's operation. The two cops
have no idea what they've stumbled into, but the cartel quickly catches
onto the two cops and puts a hit on them. I didn't realize it until I
opened the shrink wrap that I haven't watched this since it was in the
theaters. I guess it holds up well enough.
Sabotage (blu-ray) 2014 action movie written and directed by David Ayer.
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the leader of a DEA team under
investigation for stealing drug money during a raid. This was my first
time watching this since it was in the theaters. I thought it held up
well enough as a turn your brain off action movie.
The weird thing is when I was originally trying to decide on a group of
movies to marathon, I paired all of these movies together and had *no*
idea they were all written/directed by David Ayer until after I paired
The Nevers - "Exposure" - I was half asleep when I watched the first
half of the episode on Sunday and was only half paying attention when I
finished it on Monday. So overall, I really didn't follow much of
happened. Although I did catch the twist at the end of the episode
which I absolutely didn't see coming.
9-1-1 - "Blindsided" - Team 9-1-1 have to deal with a pile up on the
freeway due to a drunk driver going the wrong way. I kind of took
with the depiction of the drunk driver who didn't seem to be acting
drunk. She seemed more like she had a stroke or something else that put
her in an altered state. Drunk people can hear and talk, this woman
seemed incapable of either. I also wonder why the 9-1-1 dispatcher
didn't instruct the boy who called in to try to slow/stop the car.
know there's a risk to that, but doing nothing was so much worse.
Black Lightning - "The Book of Ruin:Chapter Three" - Tobias flexes his
muscle and uses the FBI to harass the Lightning family. Meanwhile
meta hitman catches up to Thunder. I guess it was an OK episode.