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  1. *sigh* You can always tell the ones who have never ventured outside of America who decry the horrors of the Great Experiment. Go spend some time in Asia, the Middle East or Africa and then get back to me on the American violations of human rights. Take a trip to South America or Europe and refresh me on what civil rights are. The pursuit of life, liberty and happiness is not a guaranty but only an opportunity. You have to apply the elbow-grease to the machinery to make YOUR dreams a reality.
  2. I go weeks without talking to another human. My usual interaction only comprises of the check out clerk when I go to town for groceries.
  3. The more I read of others interactions with their relatives, roommates and the public in general... The more I think my choice of isolation was the right one...
  4. If you have to ask, you already have your answer. Nothing you have said decries a trauma, or illness. There seems to be no underlying incident or occurrence. You just seem to have failed to grow up and become an adult. To quote the Dread Pirate Roberts: "Life is Pain. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something."
  5. Tooth Fairy (2010) - 8 out of 10 - When minor-league hockey player Derek Thompson (Dwayne Johnson) -- who has a penchant for knocking out his opponents' teeth every time he plays -- disillusions a fan, he is sentenced to a stint for one week as a bona fide, tutu-clad, real-life tooth fairy. Soon, Derek is inspired to rekindle his youthful dreams. 16 Blocks (2006) - 7 out of 10 - An aging cop (Bruce Willis) is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness (Yasiin Bey) from police custody to a courthouse, but they find themselves running the gauntlet as other forces try to prevent them from getting there. The Wicker Man (1973) - 7 out of 10 - Police sergeant Neil Howie (Edward Woodward) is called to an island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. Stranger still, however, are the rituals that take place there. Also stars Christopher Lee as Lord Summerisle. Deep Blue Sea (1999) - 5 out of 10 - Researchers on the undersea lab Aquatica have genetically altered the brains of captive sharks to develop a cure for Alzheimer's disease. But there's an unexpected side effect: the sharks got smarter, faster, and more dangerous. After a big storm damages their remote research facility, they must fight for their lives.
  6. The Monolith Monsters (1957) - 7 out of 10 - Rocks from a meteor, which grow when in contact with water, threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community. Stars Grant Williams and Lola Albright.
  7. You're not alone. Since my wife passed, I have no pleasure in anything. I used to be a voracious reader...haven't finished a book this year yet. I've lost all interest in my gaming...and I own thousands of PlayStation Games...We used to spend hours in the kitchen cooking up meals...now everything has no taste and I don't venture into any extensive cooking adventures. This has been going on for two years now. I just do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. Besides that, I just veg in front of the computer and TV...
  8. Perhaps you both should go see her doctor, explain the situation and see if the DR. will either adjust the medicine or change it.
  9. Wildfire 7: The Inferno (2002) - 6 out of 10 - Nell is a young mother convicted of manslaughter. While serving her sentence, she is allowed to join a wildfire training program and eventually becomes the Boss of her own Smoke Jumper fire team, one of which happens to be her training boss while she was in prison. Faultline (2004) - 4 out of 10 - In the beautiful underwater reefs off the coast of Florida's pastoral Pajero Island, a fissure rips open in the ocean floor. When graduate student Greg Chambers encounters the seismic readings, he rushes to tell his professor, Anthony McAlister. Greg suspects that a massive earthquake is about to give the small island a rude awakening. To make matters worse, the epicenter is right under Pajero Island's new resort, where Anthony's estranged wife Lynn is working. As they drive to warn Lynn, the quake tears through the small town, damaging downtown and leveling several homes. The bridge connecting the island to the mainland is wiped out. Lynn and three others are trapped underground in the resort's utility tunnels. Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister (1998) - 4 out of 10 - Jamie Marshall (Kelly McGillis) is a "storm chaser" who, having lost her husband in a crash after his plane was struck by lightning, recklessly throws herself into her work. Sent by her boss to Colorado to investigate the cause of a devastating tornado, she meets Will Stanton (Wolf Larson), Field Coordinator for FEMA. One night, while working closely together examining the wreckage of the recent storm, Jamie and Will experience a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon - a ball of lightning falling from the sky connecting with the ground all around them. As Will tries to shield Jamie from the lightning, the two embrace and find themselves in a passionate kiss. The next day Jamie and Will return to the location. What they discover is a facility where waste from scientific experimentation is affecting the atmosphere causing the tornadoes. Armed with the new information and seven new tornadoes on the horizon, Jamie and Will prepare the already tornado ravaged town for another possible disaster!
  10. Chosen Survivors (1974) - 6 out of 10 - A group of diverse individuals are suddenly taken from their homes and flown via helicopter to a futuristic bomb shelter in the desert, nearly two miles below the surface of the Earth. There they learn that a nuclear holocaust is taking place and that they've been "chosen" by computer to survive in the shelter in order to continue the human race. The shelter is designed to allow the people to exist underground comfortably for years, but they are faced with a threat nobody could have predicted: a colony of thousands of bloodthirsty vampire bats finds a way into the shelter and launches a series of vicious attacks where they claim the humans one by one. Starts off strong, falls apart midway through. Battle for the Lost Planet (1986) - 6 out of 10 - To escape his captors, an industrial spy hijacks a space shuttle only to find the controls malfunctioning. Catapulting through outer space, he sights alien battleships approaching earth. Many years later when the arc of his flight path returns him to earth, he discovers the planet is completely under alien domination, totally devastated by thermo-nuclear battles. Desperate and alone, he searches for any human existence. Finding a group of survivors, together they fight the aliens to save mankind. If this movie had the benefit of a better cast and an actual budget, it could have been something of note.
  11. Revenge of the Nerds (1984) - 7 out of 10 - At Adams College, the jocks rule the school from their house on high, the Alpha Beta fraternity. So when a group of socially-challenged misfits try to go Greek, they're instantly rejected by every house on campus. Deciding to start their own fraternity to protect their outcast brothers, the campus nerds soon find themselves in a battle royal as the Alpha Betas try to crush their new rivals. John Wick (2014) - 8 out of 10 - Ex-hitman John Wick comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.
  12. Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys (2004) - 7 out of 10 - A group of toymakers seek to use Andre Toulon's formula, now in the hands of Toulon's great-nephew Robert, to give life to a line of demonic toys that they plan to unleash on Christmas Eve. A great crossover movie that brings two of the best campy series together. Corey Feldman plays his part beautifully. You'll only enjoy this if you enjoy schlock horror. Chisum (1970) - 8 out of 10 - Based on real life events that happened in the New Mexico Territory between 1878 and 1881. Cattle baron John Chisum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war. Stars John Wayne, Forrest Tucker and Ben Johnson. The Entity (1982) - 8 out of 10 - Based on documented real life events. Carla Moran, a hard-working single mother, is raped in her bedroom by someone - or something - that she cannot see. Despite skeptical psychiatrists, she is repeatedly attacked in her car and her house by this invisible force. Could this be a case of hysteria or something more horrific?
  13. Started working again on Lollipop Chainsaw... Think of Bring It On meets Ash vs Evil Dead and that should give you an idea of what it's like.
  14. I've not been a beer drinker since the age of 19. It was like drinking soda pop. By the time I got a buzz, I was running back and forth to the rest room emptying it out just as fast as it came in. I stick with white liquor, mixed with everything from soda, to juice to Kool-Aid. I'm now finishing off a bit more than a 5th a day of rum, vodka, anisette or gin, depending on the mood. Some days, I break out the high octane 100 proof schnapps and on those really bad pain days I resort to the 190 proof Everclear. While your story is inspiring, it just isn't in my future. Getting physically fit isn't something that I'm capable of, mostly because of the compression fracture in my spine, 2 herniated discs and nerve damage. Just walking the 150 ft down to the mailbox and back is trying enough. Honestly, the biggest detriment to me stopping drinking is that I have no reason to do it.
  15. You're not alone. I took a look at SMART Recovery to see about at least slowing down my drinking... All I got was hostility, snarky comments, bullying and outright abuse from the membership. Needless to say, I no longer look for help from the interweb.
  16. The Controller (2008) - 6 out of 10 - A billionaire has 8 hours to get his wife back, with help from armchair combat professionals. Even though he is the CEO of a Game Development Company, he has never played a video game. The kidnappers are now requiring that he complete a mission in his new game and he must survive else something bad will happen to his wife. So, he recruits the top six players on the leaderboard and promises them each $1M if they participate and are successful. Even though the gamers are playing on X-Boxes, the graphics are more like that of the 32-bit era. Besides that, it actually is a half-decent movie. Mr. Mom (1983) - 7 out of 10 - Jack and Caroline are a couple making a decent living When Jack suddenly loses his job. They agree that he should stay at home and look after the house while Caroline works. It's just that he's never done it before, and really doesn't have a clue. Stars Michael Keaton, Teri Garr and Martin Mull. 9 to 5 (1980) - 7 out of 10 - Frank Hart is a pig. He takes advantage in the grossest manner of the women who work with him. When his three assistants manage to trap him in his own house, they assume control of his department and productivity leaps, but just how long can they keep Hart tied up? Stars Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman. Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter (1994) - 6 out of 10 - Picks up directly where Puppet Master 4 left off. The puppets renew their battle with their most powerful enemy yet as they protect the new puppet master from the demon god that created the Secret of Life. Spoiler Alert: This was NOT the final chapter. The Long Haul (1957) - 7 out of 10 - An American ex-GI takes a job as a truck driver to support his British war bride Connie. It isn't long, however, before Harry is blackmailed into joining a smuggling operation run by a conniving criminal. Stars Victor Mature and Diana Dors. Repeat Performance (1947) - 7 out of 10 - Broadway star Sheila Page, shoots Barney, her evil husband, on New Year's Eve. She flees her apartment and goes to her producer, John Friday. Along the way she makes a wish to be able to fix the mistakes of the past year. When she arrives at Friday's party, it is New Year's day a year earlier. She has been given the chance to live life over and correct the errors of the past. Stars Louis Hayward, Joan Leslie Tom Conway and Richard Basehart.
  17. Westworld (1973) - 7 out of 10 - In a futuristic resort, wealthy patrons can visit recreations of different time periods and experience their wildest fantasies with life-like robots. But when Richard Benjamin opts for the wild west, he gets more than he bargained for when a gunslinger robot goes berserk. Written and Directed by Michael Crichton and starring Richard Van Patton, Yul Brenner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin and Majel Barrett. The Next Karate Kid (1994) - 6 out of 10 - Mr. Miyagi decides to take Julie, a troubled teenager, under his wing after he learns that she blames herself for her parents' demise and struggles to adjust with her grandmother and fellow pupils. Stars Michael Ironside, Hilary Swank and Pat Morita. Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (1991) - 7 out of 10 - In Berlin during WWII, the Nazi regime is attempting to develop a drug that will reanimate the dead in order to use them in the war effort. Toulon arouses suspicion as a Nazi dissident, and his secret is discovered. During a Nazi raid on his home, Toulon's beautiful wife is obliterated. Toulon vows revenge, with the help of his animated puppets. The Dirty Dozen (1967) - 8 out of 10 - 12 American military prisoners in World War II are ordered to infiltrate a well-guarded enemy château and eliminate the Nazi officers vacationing there. The soldiers, most of whom are facing the gallows for a variety of violent crimes, agree to the mission and the possible commuting of their sentences. The All-Star Cast is led by Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson and Ernest Borgnine. House on Haunted Hill (1959) - 8 out of 10 - Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) has invited five strangers to a party of a lifetime. He is offering each of them $10,000 (about $99,350 today) if they can stay the night in a house. But the house is no ordinary house. This house has a reputation for evil. Frederick offers them each a gun for protection. They all arrived in a hearse and will either leave in it sitting up $10,000 richer or leave in it laying down in the back!
  18. Spent most of the day trying to get motivated to go to town and zoned out on Law and Order reruns. Never made it. Perhaps today. Bad Company (2002) - 5 out of 10 - When a Harvard-educated CIA agent is assassinated during an operation, the secret agency recruits his twin brother. Stars Chris Rock, Peter Stormare and Sir Anthony Hopkins. A complete waste of their talents. Rampage (2018) - 8 out of 10 - Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, albino silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer (Naomie Harris) to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend. Based on the 1986 2-D video game of the same name from Midway, this rendition was probably the best possible outcome you could want and it stayed faithful to the original material. Jeffrey Dean Morgan steals the show as the secretive Government Agent. Shin Godzilla (2016) - 10 out of 10 - When a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and tears through the city, the government scrambles to save its citizens. A rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster's weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side - the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes. The last non-cartoon Godzilla movie released by Toho to this date.
  19. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) - 8 out of 10 - Samantha Caine, suburban homemaker, is the ideal mom to her 8 year old daughter Caitlin. She lives in Honesdale, PA, is a school teacher and makes the best Rice Krispies treats in town. But when she receives a bump on her head, she begins to remember small parts of her previous life as a lethal, top-secret agent. Stars Geena Davis, Brian Cox, David Morse and Samuel L. Jackson. Contact (1997) - 9 out of 10 - A radio astronomer receives the first extraterrestrial radio signal ever picked up on Earth. As the world powers scramble to decipher the message and decide upon a course of action, she must make some difficult decisions between her beliefs, the truth, and reality. Dedicated to Carl Sagan and considered by many to be the greatest hard-science fiction movie of all time. Stars Jodie Foster, Tom Skerritt, David Morse, John Hurt, Matthew McConaughey, Angela Bassett, James Woods and William Fichtner. Tall in the Saddle (1944) - 8 out of 10 - When Rocklin (Wayne) arrives in a western town, he finds that the rancher who hired him as a foreman has been assassinated. He is out to solve the crime and thwart the scheming to take the ranch from its rightful owner. Stars Gabby Hayes and John Wayne. The Invisible Man (1933) - 9 out of 10 - Based on the novel by H.G. Wells. Working in Dr. Cranley’s (Henry Travers) laboratory, scientist Jack Griffin (Claude Rains) was always given the latitude to conduct some of his own experiments. His sudden departure, however, has Cranley’s daughter Flora (Gloria Stuart) worried about him. Griffin has taken a room at the nearby Lion’s Head Inn, hoping to reverse an experiment he conducted on himself that made him invisible. But the experimental drug has also warped his mind, making him aggressive and dangerous. He’s prepared to do whatever it takes to restore his appearance. Kil ling Them Softly (2012) - 7 out of 10 - Stars Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta and Ben Mendelsohn. Jackie Cogan (Pitt) is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a mob-protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995) - 6 out of 10 - Darkman (Arnold Vosloo) and Durant (Larry Drake) return and they hate each other as much as ever. This time, Durant has plans to take over the city using high-tech weaponry. Darkman must step in and try to stop Durant once and for all.
  20. Time to check in...Yesterday's movies...movies after midnight will be included in the next post... Stingray (1978) - 7 out of 10 - On par with other chase movies of that era (Race with the Devil (1975) and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974)), this low-budget indie film has some excellent chase scenes involving a '71 Chevelle Malibu and a '64 Corvette Stingray. A previously lost film, an original copy was found in the garage of the creator and was restored for the 40th anniversary. Lady in Cement (1968) - 6 out of 10 - A more modern Film Noir starring Frank Sinatra, Dan Blocker, Richard Conte and Rachel Welch. While diving for sunken treasure, street-smart gumshoe Tony Rome (Sinatra) finds the body of a gorgeous blonde, her feet stuck in a block of cement. Soon after, tough guy Waldo Gronski (Blocker) hires him to find a missing woman named Sandra Lomax, and Rome wonders if there's a connection. He sets about trying to locate the woman, and in no time finds himself mixed up with a beautiful party girl (Welch) and a slippery racketeer. Based on the novel by Marvin H. Albert. Dead Heat (1988) - 7 out of 10 - LAPD police officer, Roger Mortis is killed while arresting zombies who have been reanimated by the head of Dante Laboratories in order to carry out violent armed robberies. Stars Treat Williams, Joe Piscopo, Darren McGavin and Vincent Price. Violent City (1970) - 6 out of 10 - A hitman is double-crossed by his girlfriend and barely escapes an attempt on his life. He then sets out to take his revenge on the woman and the gang boss who put her up to it. Stars Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas and Jill Ireland. Takers (2010) - 6 out of 10 - A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings, John Rahway, A.J., and brothers Jake and Jesse Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost, a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "Takers" carefully plot out their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer inches closer to apprehending the criminals. Some consider it an example of if The Fast and the Furious and Ocean's 11 had a baby. Stars Paul Walker, Matt Dillion and Idris Elba. The Score (2001) - 6 out of 10 - Stars Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett and Marlon Brando. An aging thief (De Niro) hopes to retire and live off his ill-gotten wealth when a young kid (Norton) convinces him into doing one last heist.
  21. I've lost track of how long I've been up this time. Anyway, movies since last reporting in: Remember the Titans (2000) - 9 out of 10 - The Hollywood version of the racial integration of T.C. Williams High School in Virginia in 1971. Stars Denzel Washington and Will Patton. An inspirational work done by Disney before they joined the dark side. From Hell (2001) - 6 out of 10 - A retelling of the story of Jack the Ripper starring Johnny Depp, Ian Holm and Heather Graham set in Victorian London. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) - 8 out of 10 - The third of the Buddy Cop series starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci and, newcomer to the series, Rene Russo. Keeps the momentum of the series running strong and doesn't disappoint. Fort Apache, the Bronx (1981) - 8 out 10 - Gritty look at one of the toughest precincts in NY and the corruption that lives within it. Stars Paul Neuman and Ed Asner. Draft Day (2014) - 8 out of 10 - The day in the life of the Cleveland Browns General Manager (Kevin Costner) as he deals with a train wreck of a personal life along with attempting to keep his job after trading away the future of the team. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) - 8 out of 10 - A recreation of the TOS second season episode The Changeling (S2E3), The Enterprise crew return to stop an invading sentient machine from destroying Earth. Out for Justice (1991) - 7 out of 10 - Steven Seagal plays a NYPD detective from Brooklyn who knows everyone and everything in his neighborhood. After his partner is killed, he must take on the mob, the neighborhood and the department to find justice for the multiple victims of a crazed madman. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) - 7 out of 10- The conclusion of Robert Rodriguez's el Mariachi trilogy. Stars Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes, Danny Trejo and Mickey Rourke. Ghost Rider (2007) - 7 out of 10 - The big-budget transition from the Marvel Comics to the Silver Screen of the Devil's Rider; a man who sold his soul to Mephistopheles to save his father and becomes his personal bounty hunter. One of my personal favorite minor Marvel Universe characters. Stars Nic Cage, Peter Fonda, Sam Elliot and Eva Mendes.
  22. Resurrection of the Golden Wolf (1979) - 7 out of 10 - A Japanese crime thriller film based on a novel by Haruhiko Oyabu. Includes a minor role with legend Shin'ichi (Sonny) Chiba. Starring Yusaku Matsuda at the height of his career, this crime drama keeps you on your toes to the very end. Matsuda plays the part of a mild-mannered accountant who works for an oil company by day and as a bank-robbing assassin by night. It won't be your cup o' tea if you don't like subtitled movies.
  23. Another night of Insomnia: Cahill: United States Marshall (1973) - 6 out of 10 - John Wayne assumes the role of a U.S. Marshall tasked with the challenge of raising two boys on his own after being widowed. Includes a great life lesson of respect and the teaching of it to sons for all fathers to emulate. Darkman (1990) - 8 out of 10 - Before Spider-Man (2002) and after The Evil Dead (1981), Sam Raimi created Darkman, a anti-hero vigilante origin story that equaled Tim Burton's Batman (1989). The only way it could have been better was if Bruce Campbell had been given the leading role instead of Liam Neeson.
  24. Was never an Earnhardt fan...didn't like him, but respected his accomplishments. Always preferred good ol' #43... Kyle was such a family disappointment...but honestly, Earnhardt Jr. wasn't much better... Not everything passes from one generation to the next... I quit watching once the unibody and engine specs went into effect...wasn't actual NASCAR anymore.
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