The Walking Dead: Us

Only one more episode remains before the closure of season four. What will now happen to Glenn, Tara, Rosita, Eugene, Abraham, Bob, Sasha, and Maggie that they have all reached Terminus? Who is this Mary that greets them besides the BBQ grill? What exactly is this plate Mary is offering to cook for the new visitors? What of Daryl’s role in the new group? Joe obviously likes him and gets the guy who bothers Daryl killed. What of Carol, Tyreese, and Judith? Who will not survive? Who is this Gareth? Season four finale will go off on a big bang…



 

Wishlist: Daryl dies tonight. He sees Beth and as he tries to rescue her, Gareth is officially introduced–looking Daryl right in his eyes, face-to-face. To bring silence to Daryl fans–GLORIOUS! 

Predictions: Glenn dies, or at least suffers grave injury beyond repair (he’s a robot in disguise), from a gunshot or stab. See, giving Eugene your riot gear was a terrible, dumb idea. Joe kills Daryl after he sees Daryl trying to help the “weak” or stepping in for Rick.

What-if: What if Merle returned in season four as a member in Joe’s group? Had he never been killed off in season three, this would have been very promising.

Rant: How dare Carl not share his candy with his daddy!

4 hours & 30 minutes left! 

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60 Second Movie Rant: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Just watched The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield and the beautiful Emma Stone. I’ve put off any interest of the remake because the original series with Tobey Maguire had me at it. Well, I blame you, yes you, boredom for making me endure the 2 hour 20 minutes of amazement. I find this fortunate remake to be more focused and direct and less of comedic breaks in the predecessor which felt like frequent red lights in the flow. Anyway, the true purpose of writing this is the ending: Peter Parker breaking his promise to Gwen’s dying dad that he would keep her out of his dangerous career. I had trouble registering this in and now I’m seeing ‘The Amazing Pants On Fire Spider-Man’ title. 

BTW, loved the Coldplay scene! 

60 Second Movie Review: Prisoners (2013)

Just watched Prisoners. It’s a 2013 film starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s about how far a father goes to in order to retrieve information about the whereabouts of his 6 year old daughter’s sudden disappearance with her friend on Thanksgiving Day. Lines are crossed and it shows the worst side of a family man in an unfathomable, living nightmare–not only for the victim and his family, but also the victim’s victims. After completion, I don’t think any amount of therapy can erase what had unfolded. There were difficult scenes to watch and no doubt Prisoners is very violent. The acting is very good, especially Jackman’s. I think Wolverine fans will be drawn in in his strong performance. The title itself is ironic and twisted at the end of the movie. Clever, disturbing, and in all honesty I didn’t find any redeeming factor except to keep your little ones supervised.

1. Bob kisses Sasha before saying goodbye to search for Maggie who has left them to continue her search for her husband.

2. Sasha is very doubtful that her brother is alive. She is against Bob and Maggie’s agenda to search for Glenn who Sasha holds has met the same fate as her brother.

3. Sasha sets up a shelter in an abandoned building. She looks out the window and notices Maggie lying beside dead walkers next to an ice cream truck. The sound of shattered glass alerts the walkers. Both Sasha and Maggie are successful clearing the undead group.

4. After a brief uplifting speech by Maggie, the two walk towards the direction Bob had left shortly ago. The three all reunite with a common goal of reaching Sanctuary–the most viable place Glenn and the other survivors are likely traveling towards.

5. Glenn is more determined to locate his wife after seeing her blood written message beside the railroad. “She’s alive!”

6. Beth and Daryl seek shelter in a funeral home. They find the interior kept tidy and clean with a great amount of food. They take advantage of the good fortune; Beth writes a thank you note to whoever resides at the house.

7. Daryl wants to be a permanent resident with Beth, of course. Daryl takes rest inside a coffin while Beth is playing the piano and singing.

8. Their hopes are replaced with a riot of walkers breaching the house. Daryl yells at Beth to run outside and meet him there. Daryl is being chased to the basement; a lesser man would die, but Daryl outsmarts them all leaving without a scratch.

9. Beth has disappeared. She is kidnapped and taken away in a vehicle.

10. Usain Bolt, pardon, Daryl Dixon, dashes after the fleeing vehicle, but they’re long gone. Two roads diverge in front of him. He sits down with a posture of guilt. 

11. The hunters surround Daryl with their weapons drawn. The leader approaches Daryl and is knocked down by Daryl’s punch to the jaw. The leader acknowledges Daryl’s crossbow, aiming straight at his skull, and commends him saying a man with such a weapon rather than a rifle is a warrior. Daryl has no choice if he wants to survive than to join Joe and his group. The same group that made an unwelcome visit in Rick’s house.

"You pull that trigger, these boys are gonna drop you several times over. That what you want? Come on, fella, suicide is stupid. Why hurt yourself when you can hurt other people?"
“You pull that trigger, these boys are gonna drop you several times over. That what you want? Come on, fella, suicide is stupid. Why hurt yourself when you can hurt other people?”
That HAIR!

Will this be a temporary solution for Daryl? Will they cross paths with Rick? Or Glenn? Or Tyreese? Or Maggie? Is Beth singing a new song for her captor, or worse? A foreshadowing of Daryl’s demise from the coffin rest scene and teaching Beth how to use his sticky, strawberry-jam covered crossbow?

Bob is The Terminator. Got shot twice and lived through it like nothing happened.

Where do I start? Do I begin with Daryl and Beth feasting on snake? Beth trying on new clothes before getting blood splattered on her lovely attire? Beth and Daryl drinking moonshine and taking turns sharing truths that takes you back to your high school days? Or Daryl finally seeing himself as Daryl and not like his drunken dad or ill-tempered brother Merle by burning down his house with its bad histories? There is virtually nothing to recap about ‘Still’ due to the fact that nothing really had an appealing feature. It was very boring out of all the episodes I’ve seen! Yes, character development is vital as it breathes life and holds the audience together, something TWD has done correctly for years, but to be honest there is nothing notable about Beth. She has the will to survive unlike in season two where she cut her wrists. Daryl is just Daryl. We’ve seen him as a redneck ass in season one gradually evolving into a caring, sympathetic Daryl in season two, searching non-stop for Sophia, to a well mannered, upstanding Daryl in seasons three and four. We all know he looked up to his older brother, however flawed he was, and now Rick is his role-model. Funny because in another time and place, Rick would likely be handcuffing Daryl.

Bluntly, diving into Daryl Dixon’s past has run its course. He can still progress and spill out many surprises along the way, but I think his development is done in the sense that he is so one-dimensional it would be a waste of time for solo-episodes focusing on him.

Tonight’s episode looks great, at least greater than the Beth and Daryl episode shown last week. I don’t think Bob will meet his end. Maggie, on the other hand, will likely get bit. Her or Sasha–or both! Bob might have an episode of his Army days as a medic and go crazy.

The Walking Dead: Claim

This episode was mostly centered on Rick and his vulnerability. While Carl and Michonne are away gathering food, Rick’s brief ‘vacation’ of reading a novel bitterly evolves into hiding under the bed, shaking his hands like he had seen the boogeyman, and for quite a long time at that, from a group of hunters who have made an unwelcome visit. They are all armed with automatic weapons. Rick is unarmed. Their action of killing one of their own without showing any mercy instills cold fear into our usually calm get-things-done hero. Rick gets to see another hunter being taken down by another hunter right in front of him and almost getting caught. He manages to exit from underneath the bed while it’s occupied by the snoozing hunter. Rick has to escape the house which he successfully does, albeit he murders a hunter in the process. He grabs his weapon and is free.

Michonne tells Carl she had a son named Andre. Sound familiar to Andrea? Michonne comes upon a baby room with all the children dead. Her emotions get the best of her. Carl and Michonne return to the house. Freedom comes at a price: Rick hears them in the distance. The leader, eating his expired can of peaches in the porch, would have heard them too if it weren’t for the breach of walkers and screams catching his undivided attention. Rick quickly runs to them leading them away from the threat.

I think this guy is the leader of the pack.

Glenn wakes up from his injuries and makes Abraham halt the armored vehicle. Glenn is needed by Abraham as it’s the plan to head to D.C. as Eugene is the only hope to end all this madness–he knows the cure. Glenn ignores Abraham’s pleas and walks away, Tara following from behind. Abraham can’t take no for an answer and advances to stop Glenn. Glenn throws the first punch knocking down the sergeant. They fight and clearly Abraham has the advantage. Eugene fumbles with the gun as a group of walkers are closing in. The bullets unload directionless hitting the gas tank. The others come to his rescue. The vehicle is damaged. They all follow Glenn as he is determined to find his wife.

Rick and his group come upon a sign Carol, Tyreese, Judith, Lizzie and Mika had discovered earlier. Not the same exact sign, but a sign of hope and finding refuge, nonetheless. Rick untangles the wrap of bandages on his healed right hand. The three follow the train track to Sanctuary.

Viva la Sanctuary!

What awaits the refugees if they survive the horrors of both the dead and the living?

Who knew the ticking of Carol’s watch could be so audibly loud in a hostile environment.