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Outlander

IMDB – An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.

The series Outlander, shown on Starz originally and now Neflix, is fantastic!  The storyline is original; the characters unique.  I am totally addicted to this series.  I have to admit I started this series toward the end of the second season.  It was so engaging, I decided to record the new ones, and then start the series from the very beginning.  What a great idea that was!

The main characters Claire (Caitriona Balfe)  and Jamie Fraser’s (Sam Heughan) chemistry is so wonderful, you truly feel their love, passion, fears, frustration and their anger.  They are indeed a pair to be reckoned with, and unbelievable actors.

Captain Randall and Frank are played by the same person (Tobias Menzies).   I have to give immense credit to this actor’s characters because I liked Frank in the beginning, he seems like a “good chap”… That is until you see the same guy play a Hitler like character Captain Randall.  One can never look at Frank in the same way again.  He has been sullied by his ancestor.

One character I truly like, whose thoughts seem to be given away by a mere expression is Murtagh Fraser (Duncan Lacroix).  A treat to read a characters thoughts without having to hazard a guess.  He shows how gestures and expressions are a language onto itself.  His interactions with Claire and Jamie are seamless and a thrill to watch.

The script is so well written that I feel like I am part of the world that has been created.  One criticism is, how many rape scenes are there in this series.  Since they are so acutely real, I have a hard time watching them… All of them.  Stick to the love scenes!  Wow!

I will write more on this as I progress in the series.  This series is a pleasure to cover.

Have you seen this series?  If so, what are your thoughts on this?

 

 

 

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I was excited for the new season of Blindspot.  I know it has gone off the beaten path, but this season it has really gone into surreal territory or should I say terror-tory.  Weller has been in love three times and is going to have a baby, whose mother, and their child, are quickly being taken out of the picture.  Presumably this is because of Weller’s new love interest, Nas.  Does he still love Jane?  What happen to those dynamics?

Then there is Patterson, who has recently lost her first lover, and now her second to a terrorist group.  He also tried to kill her.  And, by the way after being shot in the stomach seems to be able to be back at her post, standing for hours on end with a bad headache.  Oh wait, dropping painkillers onto the floor helps her solve the puzzle to one of Jane’s tattoos that is not on her, but was in her prototype video.  In turn, she defuses a set of bombs ready to go off at a school with 59 seconds left.  She does this by shutting down several cell phone tower grids in a matter of seconds.  Mind you no one else in this area has problems with this happening.

Let’s see, so far as I can remember, two to three FBI agents have been kidnapped.  Jane was kidnapped and tortured by the CIA.  Weller, Jane, Patterson (tortured and shot) Mayfair, Reade, perhaps Tasha, Dr. Robert Borden, Patterson’s lover have all been either shot, or shot and killed.  It is obvious that this not only a dangerous job, but after one has been shot or stuck with a pole & major eardrum piercing etc., there is a miraculous recovery for all who are not killed.

The writers here are not only stretching the truth I imagine, but the storyline, and we are expected to follow.  Okay, I am game, for now, as I like the notion of there being tattoos that tell a story and depict horrible acts of terror to occur.  I predict the life of this show to be one or two seasons more at most.  The plot is already running thin, and the characters are unbelievable at best.  What do you think?

Black Sails

Finally a pirate series that is at once intellectual, with fierce fighting and succulent romance.  History and fictional characters collide into a perfect series.  The characters are gorgeous.  I have to wear a bib when I watch this show.  However, looking past the beauty of the cast, is the most excellent talent.  Some of the characters voices are magnificent!  You can tell Captain Flint, Toby Stephens has Shakespearean blood in his veins.  And yes, he has actually done loads of Shakespearean acting.

The other characters I love are John Silver, or recently named in the show as Long John Silver, Luke Arnold; Captain Rackham, who is fun quirky, Captain Charles Vane… Wait I can go on forever.  The main female character that both my husband and I thought was an astounding actor was the character Miranda Barlow, played by Louise Barnes, Captain Flint’s love interest.

It is amazing how well the script is written for each episode.  It is intricate, but does not leave you falling behind on what is happening.  I think part of why the scripts for Black Sails is so well written, is the extensive character development.  The characters are believable and consistent in their actions, however outrageous they can get.

The scenery is beautiful, the CGi is also very believable. It is hard to tell where the real scenery starts sometimes and Cgi takes over.

I highly suggest watching this series!  It is without a doubt one of the best I have ever seen.  I will be writing more on this series in the future.

 

 

Okay, so I have finally decided to watch this film, with a warning from my son that it is very explicit.  That is putting it mildly.  The debauchery and exploitation of people, women and otherwise is sad, however, the film was supposed to be based on a real person’s life story.  All I can say is, it is a wonder that person survived all the drugs, sex and rock and roll that he did.

Enough ruminating, and being in shock.  Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, is absolutely fantastic.  He captures this role, owns it, you name it.  I think he has gotten better with age.  He was fabulous in The Revenant too, but his ability to do comedy, tragedy, drama, and yes horror, all in the same movie, was captivating.  I was totally engrossed in the film, despite it being depraved.

If you can withstand seeing too many beautiful naked women 😉 or diabolical sex and drugs and people with no compunctions about ripping any kind of person off, rich or poor, then you will see a film constructed in a way that engages the viewer for all aspects of its intricacies with the strength and weakness of its characters.  Amazingly enough somehow in the end, after all he had done, I was rooting for Belfort’s pathetic soul.

I highly recommend this film with a severe warning… watch out for Leonardo DiCapro, he will knock your socks off, or some other piece of clothing.

Let me know what you think…

It is unfortunate, but Person of Interest has announced it is in its final season.  I can understand this, because the story has progressed to the point where it would have a hard time being cleverly sustained.

Having a climatic ending seems to be a perfect way for this series to end.  I hope J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot, his production company, has something else in the works.

I liked the actors enough, that I hope to follow them to other productions.

Let’s hope “She”, The Machine” wins the battle between good and evil against Samaritan.

I have been watching a television show called Person of Interest.  The premise of this show is there is a Machine that tracks everyone and everything they do.  It then protects the potential victim, or punishes a potential perpetrator.  Yes, this is Orwellian.  And the executive producer is J.J. Abrams of Bad Robot Productions (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

Brilliant software engineer Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) originally crated the Machine to track foreign and domestic threats, however, because of a personal tragedy he tracks every day, or the non-relevant people of New York.  Finch  gets Social Security numbers from the Machine for the present Person(s) of Interest.  A former Marine, now “man in the suit”, John Reese (Jim Caviezel) helps him with his martial arts, ability to blow things up, and shoot people in the knees. Later in the series a psychopath Root, who can talk directly to the Machine, helps Reese and Finch.  There are also New Yorks’ finest helping to put away the bad guys, Detective Carter (Taraji P. Henson) 0n the straight and narrow, and Detective Fusco (Kevin Chapman), a formerly corrupt cop.

Root and Finch

Reese

There are many layers to this show, as well as twists and turns, however, sometimes, like the older episode I watched today, it was totally predictable (I was rather disappointed).  The main plot was boring.  I imagine though, this was a information giving episode.  We have to mesh together what has happened, with what may happen.

Fusco

Carter

It is at once a spy vs. spy show, as well as an action adventure, martial arts (kick that bad guys back side to a pulp – James Bond), science fiction, and a drama with dry humour.  It is about personal development in the face of danger.  I know I would develop really fast if I was in some of those situations they present.

Just a side note, I am not sure how many times the hero Reese has been shot, but it seems like he has taken many a bullet.

I have to add, silly me, the specially trained Marine dog is adorable.  I would gladly take him, only I understand he only knows Swedish.  I can only speak the Sesame Street, Swedish Chef, Swedish, but I am fluent in that.

Episodes

Take a look (no cheating, from the beginning episode) and let me know what you think.  If you’ve been watching it, I’d also like to know what you think, only I am about two episodes behind, so no spoil alerts!

 

 

 

 

In a word, The Relevant is about survival and the forces that impede your ability to do that. At first I thought that this seemed like a Bourne Identity film set in the past.  Why? Because, the stakes were high, staying alive is paramount, and there is one nemesis after another trying to cut you down in the most aggress way.  Tell me you don’t agree with this assessment.  The Revenant literally means return, and Hugh Glass/Leonardo DiCaprio returns from near death to find his son’s killer.  Glass/DiCaprio is seeking utter vengeance, so he has to survive despite the elements, a group of Native Americans, the French, and a totally evil person, who is in his own expedition.

Glass/DeCaprio

I thought the storyline was somewhat predictable, what made it fascinating was the acting by Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Domhnall Gleeson.  Grunting and heavy breathing aside on Leonardo’s part, he was believable and engaging.  I think, because I love Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road; The Drop (one of my all time favorites)), I focused a lot on his character, John Fitzgerald.  Tom Hardy has a unique way of acting.  He is engaging, and different, without being over the top.  He either has a quiet strength, an inner demon, or a heart of gold.  Talk about being able to do totally believable accents!

Fitzgerald/Hardy

I have just become familiar with Domhall Gleeson.  He first came to my attention on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  He had a small part in that film, but he made me notice him.  In The Revenant, he stood out, not just because of his red hair, but because he depicted a man who had to do a very hard job in the most adverse conditions, with hard core heathens.  

Gleeson/Captain Henry

Why is The Revenant relevant today?  It reminded me of the warring factions around the world.  One little spark, and humanity ignites into religious wars, land grabs, and resource wars.  This film has all the best of humanity, and the worst.  It shows tolerance of other cultures, but it also shows hatred and violence.  It shows respect for nature, and the destruction of it (beaver pelts).

I HAVE to mention the cinematography!  I felt like I was in the woods in the snow, a blizzard, and frigid water.  It even felt like I was wanting to stay warm and dry.  And no, it wasn’t in 3D or IMAX.  The scenes of the trees, the river, and the sky were breathtaking.  I urge you to see this film just for that feature alone.

Scenery

One last note, the CGI bear was indeed remarkable, it almost felt as though Glass was being malled by a real bear … almost.

The bear in The Revenant

 Oh and by the way, SPOIL ALERT!

P.S. See famed screenwriter Robert McKee’s review.