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Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012)

Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012)

Two high school students become stranded on a tropical island and must rely on each other for survival. They learn more about themselves and each other while falling in love.

They tried to take Blue Lagoon into the modern age! And that went... okay.

The island bits were great. I love those. They were romantic, sensual, dreamy, existential... all of the things that made the original movie what it was, but the ending felt more like Cast Away than Blue Lagoon, and the party bits that surround the main trip... not worthy.

I'm also not a fan of the soap opera-like cuts between some of the scenes, but I guess they're all explained in that it is a TV movie. Budget and medium choice considered it's actually surprisingly good. For a TV movie I'd expect worse.

I enjoyed bits and pieces of this, and I liked the main characters - played by Indiana Evans and Brenton Thwaites, but the old movies still have a lot moew going for them. It was a story that suited the times, and though you could say it's a timeless story... they could've done this one better. It's not the Blue Lagoon way... not all the way.

 rated 3/5: not bad

The Burning Bus

I dreamt that the bus caught on fire.

My family and I were on one from the airport, though I'm not sure where we'd been, and in one particularly tight curve of the road the side mirror of the bus brushed against some dry grass, and suddenly the back of the mirror was ablaze!

We must have been in the UK, because the bus driver was sitting close enough to start swatting the mirror with a piece of cloth - the right mirror, and it didn't look like the tropics. He kept driving at the same time, trying to kill the fire by wind, too, even if that didn't seem to work at all.

In my mind I thought about how fire feeds on oxygen, and wondered if the fire wouldn't burn slower if we stopped... but we were all scared of slowing down too, because for some reason the bus was highly flammable, and it felt like if we did the fire would engulf the whole bus instantly. Even if it was just the mirror on fire. Separate from the main body of the vehicle.

Up until now we had been driving on country roads, far from the hustle and bustle of city traffic, but now suddenly there were other cars on the road, an intersection was coming up and the city streets panned out in front of us. My dad ran to the front, and while the bus driver focused on the driving he leaned further out the window and managed to swat the fire on the back side of the mirror to really extinguish all of it.

I sat and wondered about how a mirror could catch fire like that, if it was really possible. If the grass was dry enough maybe. If particles from it somehow stuck to the mirror. That and the extra friction...

Moments later we'd stopped, everything was good, and we were fetching our suitcases from the bus, which were locked in on some strange seat-like docking stations that rose from the floor when you pulled at your suitcase.

I picked the wrong one first... but it was my sisters so that was OK. She wasn't on the bus for some reason but we had her suitcase too. I was about to fetch my own right after but... that's when I woke up.

Just another one of those everyday crazy bus ride catching fire dreams.

Missal Of Silos

Missal Of Silos

One more reason not to get too deep into AI!

Courtesy of XKCD.

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This goes back. Way back...

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...but not as far back as this one.

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Logan (2017)

Logan (2017)

Darkest X-Man movie yet? Definitely.

I don't know what happened between the last X-Men movie I saw, and this, to merit such a change... but it's certainly changed.

I'm both depressed and impressed with the change too. I'm depressed at the change, but I'm also impressed with how the actors handle it. I've yet to be disappointed by any X-Men movie, but this one really goes over and beyond with regard to what you'd expect of the actors, and it doesn't even have Michael Fassbender.

Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman impress thoroughly, and Dafne Keen helps. When there's suddenly a group of kids involved, all but one of whom seem to harness amazing powers they're disappointingly bad at handling (as such the opposition is more of a threat to them - necessary for the script but so unsuitable), it suddenly doesn't feel as awesome as it did during the first phases but... it was great. It was great. That's just a little part of the movie too so let's not get ahead of ourselves here. Boyd Holbrook played a good villain too, even if the doctor is definitely the bigger one.

Feels like there's still one big mystery left, as to whatever happened before this to merit such a movie, but you'd better go into this expecting something dark. And it does deliver. Good special effects, good sound design, great atmosphere and acting. The story's more of a road trip than anything else once you get over the initial phase of melancholy and misery, when they head out into a wondrous greenland of fantasy and promise, but the beginning lays the foundation for the rest of it well enough. You already know this is Logan's last movie so... treasure it. It's a worthy end, unwantable as it may be.

Though: top score will probably only feel merited among those who've followed the franchise this far. Otherwise it'd be a solid four.

 rated 5/5: friggin awesome

Ocean's Eight (2018)

Ocean's Eight (2018)

Ocean's Eleven but with girls only? Why not! Led by Sandra Bullock no less, starring also Cate Blanchett, Midori Francis, Charlotte Kirk, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling and Helena Bonham Carter. I think that's them.

I don't recognize all of them but I do recognize a few, and it was fun to see Common have a cameo in the gala intro too. Overall it's one more heist movie, and though it is elaborate enough I can't help feel like it just doesn't go as deep as the original movies did... maybe my memory paints a better images of them, but maybe they really did. Maybe they revealed the twist a bit too early here? Overall it also never felt like there was a very overhanging threat here. It all went smoothly... you just didn't know how smoothly until the end.

It copies some of the formula from the previous with the jazzy music, the con stage, the planning stage, and the gathering the guys (gals?) together but... even with the new sparkle and expensive stones it just didn't feel as expensive, did it? The gala did though. That was nice.

I enjoyed the movie, but as with so many other sequels these days it felt more like just a sequel than anything really new. It goes how you expect it to and then that's that. Good entertainment, no more no less.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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