Bird Box – on Netflix

I finally got around to watching this intense end-of-the-world film — while locked up for COVID-19.

Bird Box is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic thriller …

The film follows a woman, played by Sandra Bullock, as she tries to protect herself and two children from malevolent supernatural entities that make people who look at them go insane and commit suicide. …

On Rotten Tomatoes, an approval rating of 63% …

Sandra Bullock is always good.

And I found the film quite skillful, interweaving two story lines set 5 years apart.

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Blow the Man Down – 2019 film

Blow the Man Down is an 2019 American black comedy thriller …

It holds a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes …

Some call it Fargo set in coastal Maine.

Quirky.  Original. Very believable characters.

Mary Beth (Morgan Saylor) and Pris (Sophie Lowe) Connolly are sisters who have been taking care of their ailing mother for a year. On the day of her funeral, Mary Beth, the younger of the two (she’s about 18), learns the grim news that the mother, who owned and ran a local fish store, has left them with nothing but debt.

The great Margo Martindale runs the town whorehouse.

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Variety – Tribeca Film Review: ‘Blow the Man Down’

 

Ford v Ferrari

A surprisingly good film. … And I hate motor racing of all kinds.

Matt Damon is good as Matt Damon. As always.

But Christian Bale is by far the highlight of this movie. I’m going to watch more of his films.

Ford v Ferrari stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale …

The plot follows a determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive designer Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca with the mission of building the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.  …

… at the 92nd Academy Awards received four nominations, including Best Picture …

For his performance, Bale was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. …

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As usual, the real story has been altered to make the movie more dramatic.

Fact is, neither of the Ferrari cars made it past the half way point of the race.

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Dark Tower: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

King is a superb story teller and writer. This is one of his classic tales.

That said — it doesn’t really work for me. I prefer plots that are less confusing. More logical. I probably won’t continue to book #2 in the series.

The Gunslinger was first published in 1982 as a fix-up novel, joining five short stories that had been published between 1978 and 1981. King substantially revised the novel in 2003 …

The story centers upon Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, who has been chasing his adversary, “the man in black,” for many years. The novel fuses Western fiction with fantasyscience fiction, and horror …

King started writing this novel in 1970 on a ream of bright green paper that he found at the library …

The 2017 film was based loosely on King’s series of books. It got negative reviews despite starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.

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World War Z – the Book

Did you see the 2013 Brad Pitt film World War Z?

The highest grossing zombie movie so far.

I liked it.

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The book is different. 

Smart. Original. International. Political.

I decide to reread it because of the current CORONAVIRUS scare.

 I’m hoping it will be contained before the Olympics. So far it seems much like SARS.

World War Z is more like what we’ll face when the BIG pandemic finally arrives

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is a 2006 zombie apocalyptic horror novel written by American author Max Brooks.

The novel is a collection of individual accounts narrated by an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission, following the devastating global conflict against the zombie plague. …

Brooks used World War Z to comment on government ineptitude and US isolationism, while also examining survivalism and uncertainty. …

Joker

  1. Joaquin Phoenix is brilliant. He certainly deserves the Academy Award for Best Actor.
  2. The theme of economic inequality is important in 2020. It will be one of the big issues of the next 10 years.
  3. Joker is a story of mental illness. A cautionary tale warning us to provide better health care or the worst can happen.
  4. It will be studied by film students for decades alongside Taxi Driver. I thought the cinematography superb. Robert De Niro perfect casting.

Joker .. was inspired by 1970s character studies and the films of Martin Scorsese (particularly Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy) …

The film polarized critics; while Phoenix’s performance, the musical score, cinematography and production values were praised, the dark tone, portrayal of mental illness, and handling of violence divided responses. … (68% on Rotten Tomatoes)

Joker has grossed over $1 billion, making it the first R-rated film to do so …

… the most profitable film based on a comic book …

Phoenix is interested in doing a sequel.

 

 

 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This book has sold well over 4.5 million copies. And it’s legit.

Excellent.

The audio version superbly well read.

Pretty much anyone would enjoy the life story of the marsh girl, who attended only 1 day of school surviving alone from about the age of 10.

It’s at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.

Reese Witherspoon will produce the film.

Where the Crawdads Sing is a 2018 novel by Delia Owens.

It has topped the The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 for 27 non-consecutive weeks.

The story follows two timelines that slowly intertwine. The first timeline describes the life and adventures of a young girl named Kya as she grows up isolated in the marsh of North Carolina from 1952–1969.

The second timeline follows a murder investigation of Chase Andrews, a local celebrity of Barkley Cove, a fictional coastal town of North Carolina. …