Death in the HoodImage courtesy of George Hodan and publicdomainpictures.net While Scott lies still and unresponsive except for his chest rising and falling and his eyes moving under his closed eyes, he can hear his brother speaking to him. The joy he feels at hearing Tyler outweighs the annoyance at being lectured. Scott wishes he…
A volcano known as Katla has kept erupting for a year in the town of Vik. Many residents have left with only a few die-hard residents remaining. One of these residents Gríma lost her sister Ása on the night Katla began to erupt. She and the rest of the residents went looking for her sister but could not find Asa. Eventually only Gríma kept looking for her sister and it would cause a mental breakdown. She is now on medication for depression and anxiety and has a husband Kjartan. Together they run a dairy farm.
Kjartan wishes his wife could feel less pain over the loss of her sister but Gríma cannot let go of Ása nor the pain from her mother’s suicide.
Her father Þór seems in better shape then his daughter. He acts as a mechanic in Vik although he has no formal training. He is the first to notice something is off a day or so after he buries a dead crow with a white feather; he spots another crow also with a white feather. Þór digs into the spot where he buried the first crow and finds the body so why is there another crow just like it?
Nearby at a scientific outpost two members of a team studying Katla find a naked woman with ash all over her body. While she suffers from hypothermia she does know her name Gunhild and she says she works at a hotel in town. She also claims to know Þór. Emergency services get called and Gunhild gets taken to the hospital. Later on Þór sees her and he cannot believe his eyes. He sees the face of a woman he has not seen for twenty years. Her name too is Gunhild and she lives in Sweden with her son.
The police chief makes a call to Sweden to see if he can speak to Gunhild but her son answers and says she is out walking the dog. Eventually the Gunhild in Sweden does speak to the mysterious Gunhild in Vik and decides to go there to investigate.
And these two instances with Gunhild and Ása are not the only ones that take place in Vik. More strange occurrences take place. Some cause deep retrospection and others shake those in Vik to the core. The sci-fi mystery feeds into the human stories that run through the eight episodes and together blend well as well as adding to the drama. All these elements together make for an intriguing series.
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Intensive Care Unitimage courtesy of Gert Altmann and publicdomainpictures.net Tyler holds his brother Scott’s lower arm in his large hand. And with his free hand, he wipes away tears from his cheeks as he moves the chair he sits on with his legs closer to Scott’s hospital bed. “Darn it, Scott! You sure knew how…
The new Netflix series, Sweet Tooth, takes inspiration from the limited comic book series drawn and created by Jeff Lemire and published by DC Comic’s Vertigo imprint. This version is much lighter in tone than the comic book series. It is a good thing too because we already have several shows like The Walking Dead and movies like Army of the Dead which fall into the dark apocalyptic world-class.
Yes, there are elements of danger and yes there is killing but it does not consume the eight episode first season. Instead we have a growing child who is full of curiosity, fun, has imagination galore, and who itches to know what is beyond the world his father and him inhabit. However, Gus’s father does not want his son to go beyond the fence near their home in the forst. He fears the bad men who make fires and harms kids like Gus who have animal characteristics.( In the boy’s case he has the ears and horns of a deer along with a strong sense of smell.) So the two of them have to stay hidden.
Sadly Gus’s father becomes sick and dies leaving the boy on his own for a year. His lonely world gets broken when a new set of hunters find him. However, someone comes to his rescue former football player Tommy Jeppard.
As the series goes on the two of them travel from Yellow Stone National Park where Gus and his father lived to Colorado where Gus hopes to find his mother Birdie, who he knows little about. Along their journey they meet a girl with the nickname Bear and the team of kids she leads in the name of protecting children like Gus.
When the focus is not directly on the boy it turns to Dr. Aditya Signh and his wife Rani to live in the suburbs or to Aimee and her daughter Wendy who live in a zoo. Their worlds collide with Gus’s as the series reaches episodes seven and eight. I hope enough Netflix subscribers find this program and watch it so it gets a renewal. I want to see how a season two would go and if I will find it as charming as this first season.
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Ruminate Central –: Christy’s Review
Intensive Care Unitimage courtesy of Gert Altmann and publicdomainpictures.net Over ten years after Scott went to Ocean City, New Jersey. An older man with a thick-set body, piercing blue eyes, and wavy gray hair sits in a chair next to a hospital bed where his son lies in a coma. “An hour ago, I saw…
Students at Heritage High School have come together for two different commemoration ceremonies. During one of them, a few people enter wearing unicorn masks and immediately begin to shoot at those gathered. By the end of the rampage, four students are shot to death and many others injured.
Special Investigations detective Rami David gets a text alert as he gets ready to leave the eye doctor about the shooting.
Years ago he went to Heritage when it was known as Ben Gurion. During eleventh grade a few students beat him up and he lost an eye. This event marks him all these years later and contributes to his cold manner.
As the shooting ends, he and other officers enter the school and slowly go through the building to locate any further danger. Finding no more danger, paramedics get to work on the wounded living while the forensic team gathers evidence and handles the dead. Soon the officers find and capture four Palestinians on the roof of the school. Next, police officials tell the media that these are the main suspects. Yet nothing gets found to tie them to the deadly shooting, not the guns nor the unicorn masks worn by the killers. David tries to convince his commanding officer that they need to let their suspects go because no evidence exists linking them to the crime.
Instead, he believes a few students are behind the deadly attack. His commanding officer disagrees. So David decides to reveal his theory in an assembly with the students, school staff, and local politicians to force the release to the Palestinians. This gets David in hot water but not off the case. However, he must work with a youth investigator Morgan Schmuel.
The other storyline in season one is David and his wife Miri. She is pregnant with their first child. Miri looks forward to becoming a mom whereas David feels the opposite. He does not want to be a father and feels forced into fatherhood. Part of this feeling comes from the negative culture he grew up in when he was young.
And just like his younger days, the school cliques remain, and one of the worst ones is led by Tom who decides which students belong and which do not. Also, he has a mean streak where he does not hesitate to inflict physical harm on someone else.
I made it through an entire afternoon and evening. I found it tense, engaging, and dramatic. The show does have a few flaws yet I feel these are not enough to ruin it.
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Image courtesy of Jack Woodcock and publicdomainpicturs.net Scott has the straps of his book bag in his right hand, lifts the bag, and loops it over his arm and onto his shoulder and part of his back. He then walks way out of the ER to the sliding doors leading to the parking lot. Once…
Stranger Things image from imdb.com The last time I saw Stranger Things, Hooper left food in a box for Eleven hoping she would come out of hiding in the woods. I took my break waiting for season three and got happy last year when I saw a sneak peek of Hooper in Moscow. Until recently,…
Image courtesy of K Whiteford and publicdomainpictures.net Nearby Carla and Jessica’s last patient lies back on the gurney, looking up at the dotted panels. He turns his head at the sound of hurried footsteps and thumps to see his older brother Tyler making his way toward him on crutches with his friend Andy. The stern…
Mark Bowman (Eric Andre’) is the head of a tech company who made Pal a female voiced artificial intelligence program available on all hi tech cell phones. It acts as the most helpful electronic source of information and entertainment which he and the rest of the world depend on.
One day Mark decides to upgrade Pal and put it in the bodies of robots with faces like screens. In the process he crosses the original Pal who becomes very upset with her maker. She rewrites the programming of the robots and begins the robot apocalypse to trap and rid the planet of all humans. Her plan goes off effectively until her robot minions come face to face with the Mitchells.
Katie (Abbie Jacobson) and her father Rick (Danny McBride) began to clash with one another as she got older breaking the father-daughter bond they once had. And at the start of the film she is getting ready to head to California and film school. Only the day of her flight she comes to find out her parents chose to change her plans and now all of them will hit the road together.
When the family stops at a dinosaur attraction they come face to face with the Pal robots and are forced to come together to stop the robot apocalypse.
The Mitchell vs the Machines is funny, feel good, and action packed. I really had a blast watching the film and like an addition part in the credits where the viewer gets to see some of film team and actors in photos with their real families.