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Movie roundup

Its been a few weeks since last movie round up so this will be a bit long I fear.

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Se7en (1995): A film about two homicide detectives’ (Morgan Freeman and (Brad Pitt desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world’s ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic “John Doe” (Kevin Spacey) sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills — one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer’s terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer’s modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer… Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

After moving to a vineyard to start a new life with her husband, a pregnant woman begins to experience terrifying visions.

After moving to a vineyard to start a new life with her husband, a pregnant woman begins to experience terrifying visions.

Turns out the kids had never seen se7en so that was our selection for educate the children night.  I love this movie.  I’m not a huge Brad Pitt or Gwyneth Paltrow fan as a rule but I forgive them both for any and all past sins in this one. Morgan Freeman was, is and will always be mine, and everyone elses, favourite actor so no surprises that he’s good in it.  One of the best thrillers of the 90’s 5/5

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Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015): The Ghost Dimension, follows a new family, The Fleeges – father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw) and their young daughter Leila (Ivy George) – Who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage. When they look through the camera’s lens, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them – including the re-emergence of young Kristi and Katie.

Same old same old really.  The only thing that changes from all the past Paranormals is the cast.  They did mix it up a little by giving you the scary ‘hole to hell’ in the wall above the little girls bed but it really is just another rehash.  However, I love ghost movies so I didn’t care and enjoyed myself and will probably watch the next instalment as well 😀 2/5

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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016): Two decades after the freak alien invasion that nearly destroyed mankind a new threat emerges. This Alien mothership is more than twice the size as the last one and once again, the world’s armies must band together to save the world. Do they have enough firepower or will this battle change and will aliens take over?

First daughter said not to watch it as she thought it was bollocks and nothing compared to the first one.  Favourite husband and I watched it anyway.  If you are expecting the epic blockbuster that the first film and sit comparing it constantly then you will be very disappointed, HOWEVER if you go in with an open mind you will probably enjoy it which is what we did.  The story has advanced all the people the full 20 years from the first film so you get a fun ‘what did they do next’ vibe and the kids now for the most part take centre stage.  The movie really is a bit of a rehash but as a stand alone movie its a good adventure/disaster flick and I had fun watching it 😀 3/5

After moving to a vineyard to start a new life with her husband, a pregnant woman begins to experience terrifying visions.

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Visions (2015): After moving to a vineyard to start a new life with her husband, a pregnant woman begins to experience terrifying visions.

Not great but ok.  The big twist at the end I had figured out from the first time the character was introduced.  Everything about this was mediocre but worth a watch if there is nothing else on and you like a thriller/scary movie 2/5

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Lost River (2014): “Lost River” is a dark fairy tale about love, family and the fight for survival in the face of danger. In the virtually abandoned city of Lost River, Billy (Christina Hendricks), a single mother of two, is led into a macabre underworld in her quest to save her childhood home and hold her family together. Her teenage son Bones (Iain De Casestecker) discovers a mystery about the origins of Lost River that triggers his curiosity and sets into motion an unexpected journey that will test his limits and the limits of those he loves. Written by Warner Bros Home Entertainment

This was one of the weirdest things I have seen for a while.  I really did want to like it but it just never gripped me.  I found that it just meandered a long with little to no point nor any point of interest.  I usually persuasive watch till the end with nearly all movies but I just couldn’t.  I got to about half an hour to go and I just had to turn it off before I either fell asleep or threw something at the screen.  0/5

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The Good Neighbor (2016): A pair of mischievous high school kids create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor. While keeping his every reaction under surveillance, they see much more than they bargained for. 

This was another odd one but strangely compelling and hard to put down.  Much like a bad book that you just have to keep reading to find out what happens next.  Does bring up some interesting ideas as far as home invasion and accountability are concerned.  It shouldn’t be high on your must watch list. 1/5

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Anne of Green Gables (2016): A retelling of L.M. Montgomery’s story of Anne Shirley, an orphan who is accidentally sent to a couple looking to adopt a boy instead

I absolutely loved the original TV series from the 80’s and it was with some trepidation that I decided to watch this.  I put it on in the afternoon while I was alone and prepping dinner as I fully expected to be disappointed by it and was rather shocked that I wasn’t.  Martin Sheen is a wonderful Matthew and the rest of the cast are equally well chosen for their roles.  Its never going to replace the original for me, nor is it going to be a mega award winner, but I really did enjoy it and am waiting impatiently for the next instalment. 3/5

Well thats my round up for now 🙂

All synopsis courtesy of IMDb

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Cross Stitcher, knitter, home cook, HVAC specialist, avid movie and TV watcher, reader and mum. I work full time and I'm not very good at sitting still so I love to try all sorts of crafting things from scrap-booking to ceramic work, but mostly I stitch. Heaven & Earth designs would be my favourite. I have had some major health scares in the past few years that I would not of expected to experience for at least another 20 odd years (born in 1971 so am currently only 45). Due to this I have a bucket list and its full of things right from books I must read to adventures I must achieve before I croak. I am always at the gym making myself stronger and healthier to fight my challenges and achieve my goals. Before the challenges I thought there would always be enough time and was just drifting along. You know how it is. Work, chores, kids, sleep, get up tomorrow and start again. I didn't really have any clear goals. I knew I wanted to travel but that was pretty much it. I was gaining weight steadily and didn't do anything much outside of the house and work. Since the challenges I have managed to get almost front row for both the Eagles and Elton John (expensive but you can't take it with you right), have had a day tour Kayaking around a lake and hiked the Tongariro Crossing. None of these would I even have considered 3 years ago. This is only the beginning :D Life is a gift and its what you make of it. You want it then you best be prepared to go get it :D

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