Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Not afraind of "Fear The Walking Dead"

Okay, I probably expected a lot. I am a die hard "The Walking Dead" fan.  I have a t-shirt with the logo "Fight or Die," a ball cap with "Fight the Dead, Fear the Living," and "The Walking Dead" PJ bottoms. Yeah, I'm grown up.

**Spoiler alert**
Don't read on if you have not seen but plan to see the pilot of FTWD

I watched the pilot last night and was not impressed. It was a basic horror movie plot. No surprises. Nothing unexpected. Just same old-same old.

The basic plot goes like this: the least credible person in the plot witnesses something bad and supernatural. No one believes him. Even after the obvious, no one buys into the the bad thing. Finally when everyone is confronted by the bad thing,  they finally believe.

FTWD goes like this: doper kid witnesses zombie chowing down on a body in an old church. Of course, no one  believes him, including police, mom and mom's boyfriend.  Boyfriend goes to the church. No zombies, but blood covered walls and puddles of blood on floors.  He admits something bad happened, but gallons of blood does warrant calling police, I guess. Only at end when confronted by a zombie do they believe.

Now does this mean I won't watch. Not at all.  Let's see what the next few episodes bring.

Here are first three minutes of the pilot.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Good Old Fashioned Mystery

I love a good mystery. My first thoughts come back to Agatha Christie.  She had a simple formula that as stood the test of time. Still today the basic plan still works.

Someone is murdered. The detective assembles the clues and a cast of potential murders. Motive. Means. Opportunity.  But the clues don't make sense. Everyone has reason and alibis. Suddenly it all makes sense. There is rhyme and reason. Of course, the reader is still in the dark as is everyone else. The suspects are gathered; the clues laid out. Then the detective explain everything. Finally the accusation is made. The murderer fesses up and is arrested. Another mystery solved and bad guy is brought to justice.

Naturally twists abound. In Agatha's Ten Little Indians, one by one suspects are picked off until there are only two. And each suspects the other. Murder on the Orient Express has twelve suspects or was it a stranger? In all she wrote 91 books under her own name and pen names.

I wrote my first novel Penelope and The Birthday Curse in the spirit of a Agatha Christie mystery. A guest at Penelope's birthday is murdered, a snow storm isolates everyone and the adults are clueless who did it. Penelope steps in finding clues and sleuthing.  In the end she puts it together and....well, read the book.

A favorite show of mine is Death in Paradise. The murders take place on the island of St. Marie.  As always there are suspects and clues, but who did. A Detective Inspector from the UK and local police must discover who did it?

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Movie Review: Project Almanac

This is your basic time travel movie. High school friends build a time machine based on one of their father's plans which are found in a secret hiding place. The entire flick is shot from a video camera that someone conveniently has with them at all times.  Scenes sway, shift abruptly, go in and out of focus, and take on on strange angles.  I'm amazed we don't get any video of someone in the bathroom going potty but that'd make it an R rated flick.

Of course, they think of novel ways to use their new found toy such as winning the lottery. I wish I'd thought of that. They also come up with some rules like don't change things in the past that can alter the present. But rules are made to be broken and obviously these kids didn't see the movie The Butterfly Effect. Hey, they got a time machine so things can be fixed. Not! Situations go from bad to worse to wish I had never opened the secret door where the plans were hidden.

You should be able to figure out the ending to this one unless you are totally new to time travel flicks. I'm not going to spoil it here.  Sorry to say, I did figure it out.

Two things I liked about the movie is how the father kept the plans hidden.  Trap door in the floor had electromagnets that kicked on when the basement lights were turned on. Of course, the unusual thunking sound of the magnets turning is what first tipped the kids off. Interestingly no one discovered this in the ten years that the father had disappeared. But maybe they don't go in the basement a lot.

The second is...hmmmm! I guess there is only one thing.

I give this a sad two star review.  Here is trailer.