Here are some things I’ve recent checked out with my eyes and ears:
I finally had the guts to see Green Room (Netflix). The majority of reviews said very positive things about it. It’s a thriller/horror? movie with Patrick Stewart playing a white supremacist. That would be the stranges combo ever, this guy is a sweetheart (evidence here and here) so it sounded weird and interesting, I just didn’t know if I was ever going to be in the mood for it. Well, I saw it and was at the edge of my seat but enjoyed it. It’s really well done, it’s tense, moody and doesn’t cheat the audience with obvious plot holes or gimmicks. It has substantial violence but not as bad as I had imagined.
To cleanse the palate I did some binging of Last Man on Earth (Netflix). Will Forte is hilarious and the worst possible person you’d want to end up with when you are the last humans on earth. Kristen Schaal is always funny so for a light, goofy change of pace, this fits the bill.
I then had my dose of sci-fi so I saw “Lucy” (Movie), directed by Luc Besson (it’s hit or miss with him but I always give him the benefit of the doubt). Scarlett Johansson does the best with the material which has many problems but if you’re into this genre and you can turn off your brain then I say forget the plot and buckle up for the ride.
I finished the second book in the series called the “bobiverse”, “For We are Many” by Dennis E. Taylor (Audiobook). So Bob is a software guy, he just sold his company for millions but he gets run over by a car and is then cryogenically frozen…for a long, long time. He wakes up in the future where his consciousness has been transferred to a computer and ends up getting sent into space. The first book is really good and really funny. It’s narrated by one of the best in the business, Ray Porter (who narrates some of my favourite books ever, check out a sample from Peter Clines “14” ). This second book was a bit of a disappointment for me. Basically more of the same from book one and the way the plot jumps around with a large number of “different” characters got a bit annoying. Not terrible, just ok. There’s one more in the series but I’m debating if I’ll read it.
Something you probably should not see is the movie “Tower Heist” with Ben Stiller. I knew from reviews that it wasn’t really great but hey, Mathew Broderick and Eddie Murphy are in it and I was in the mood for something light. It’s not good.
Another one that had been on my list for a long time but I was waiting to be in the right mood for was “Sicario” with Emily Blunt. The reason I wanted to watch it other than the great reviews was the cinematographer. Roger Deakins is a master of the visual language of film, just check out his resume..wow. The movie takes you through a brief time in the life of a female FBI agent who’s recruited by the CIA to participate in taking down a drug cartel. It all gets really complicated. I found the mood and realism extremely accurate representation of the cartels. Worth watching.
I’m about halfway through the Netflix series “Altered Carbon” with Joel Kinneman a prisoner whose consciousness has been digitized but is brought back to life in a new body to solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom. Kinneman was cast as Robocop in the recent reboot that you should totally skip but you should definitely see him in the AMC series “The Killing” , he’s a good choice as the protagonist in this one. I’ve read the books it’s based on (written by Richard Morgan) and considering it’s a TV series the production value and visual effects are of high quality. The story is basically a sci-fi version of a noir detective novel and I’m glad Netflix didn’t completely take out the edgy, raw grit of the books. Recommended.