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I have started drafting a post from Indianapolis and Chicago but it seemed a bit boring. I’ll get back to that once my tech decides to behave itself. There are lots of photos.

I’ve seen a few movies of late.

At the Indiana State Museum, I went to the IMax theatre and watched Pacific Rim-the new one! Well there were lot of big machines fighting other big machines and some crazy big monsters. I mean that’s why you go watch Pacific Rim. It had John Boyega, playing Idris Elba’s son. And a young girl, who was remarkably talented with machines and was a scavenger. Sound like anyone you might have seen elsewhere? I enjoyed this in 3D and the Imax, but I was left thinking that they must have had a hard time coming up with that plot.

On the plane home I watched Geostorm starring Gerard Butler. Nice city destruction scenes and glossy space machinery but the plot was holier than swiss cheese. It did have Gerard Butler. Did I mention Gerard Butler was in it? Well Gerard Butler was in it. His abs weren’t unfortunately.

Also on the way home I caught Kingsmen: Golden Circle. This was a bit fun, like the first movie was fun. The baddy was campy bad and bits of it were grotesque but that’s part of the play with this. I liked it. I had fun and Colin Firth…well that just doesn’t get old.

Yesterday, I caught up with Warcraft the movie. Now I don’t play this game but I know that it is similar to Warhammer and has those high fantasy elements. You know this movie wasn’t bad. It was pretty good actually. It had a reasonable cast, good effects and some nice emotional touches. It was directed by Duncan Jones and that made me think I should check out more of his films. I think it was set up for a sequel but Game of Thrones it wasn’t. I’m still trying to work out how there was a half Orc woman with pretty little tusks and the ability to speak the human tongue. But who is quibbling?

The Titan (on Netflix)

This is not the worst film I’ve seen Sam Worthington in. Clash of the Titans might have been worse. It’s not Sam’s fault. He does a really good job. It’s the swiss cheese, bad thinking through of the story that’s the problem. The gist of it is that humans can’t live on earth for much longer so a group of folks are being changed into humans that can live on Titan. You know swim in methane seas and fly and yadda yadda. Apparently they are going to be changed, evolved and spend two years on Titan. The changing gets to be dodgy and the wife of Sam’s character is a pediatrician and she’s suspicious. You are changing him! she cries.¬† I’m like what? I thought that was the idea right? Perhaps they were all only half listening when they signed up for stuff but it seemed to me that you evolve someone you can’t unevolve them easily. We have the crazy mad scientist and the weird shoot ’em up military and the strange, violent reactions of those lesser humans who can’t quite cut the Titan scene. It wasn’t quite a waste of time but it was annoying. There were opportunities¬† to make this a passing good story but they weren’t taken. I might be jetlagged cranky but really…shakes head.

EDIT!

I left out a movie. I also finally got to catch up with Blade Runner 2049. I thought it was a poignant film with some really good performances. It is very difficult to compare it to the original though. I love the original Blade Runner. It deals, I think, with what makes us human and the blurred or insignificant lines between the real humans and the replicants. I’m not sure it achieved a consistent message there. It was great to see Harrison Ford, and I would have liked to have known more about what happened with him and Rachel in those days when they ran away together. Ryan Gosling was super brilliant and I loved seeing Robin Wright and Dave Bautista along with a cameo by Edward James Olmos.

End of edit!

So now today I accidentally-on-purpose bought the Blu ray of The Last Jedi. I’ve seen it but you can never see too much Star Wars, unless it is a prequel!

All just my opinion.

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