Why I love Josh Gates in anything he does …..

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I have said it before and I will say it again, I love this guy and would literally love to go on a trip with him to any destination. When things seemed to slow down with destination truth (SyFy), I figured that I would just keep watching the re-runs because at least I still got a little bit of his snarky humor and jovial anecdotes on his travels. I personally liked the format of the show because it took a clinical approach to seeking out things that we all think about at some point like the Yeti or Big Foot and it took the time to investigate the stories that we tend to read about and simply walk away from. My favorite episode is the one where he goes back to re-investigate the area around ‘Stonehenge’ and his former camera man has another experience there. Its griping to see how freaky it is in other parts of the world, and the creep factor just rises every time he goes somewhere else, like the time he went to check out the Chupacabra. I like the honesty and then the analysis they they do once their investigation is over. His banter with Ryder is always good for a chuckle. So, you can imagine that I was disappointed when I was relegated to re-runs. So…you can imagine how excited I got when I realized that he had a new show on the travel channel. Yes, people Josh is back with a new show. So the excitement is real, its called Expedition Unknown and it will premiere on Thursday, January 8th at 9:00p. He is going to cover such critical and eye catching topics as what really happened to Amelia Earhart’s plane? or Who is D. B. Cooper and did he survive? I for one am looking forward to what he will uncover during his adventures. His sarcasm is unparalleled in a world where way too many people take themselves far too seriously. So if you have not yet discovered this rare comical traveler then take a moment to set your DVR to record his new show.

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Terminator: Genisys just might make me a believer or at least get me to a theater

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I have not always been a fan of the Terminator genre, I think it goes back to how I view the zombie apocalypse as being a catalyst for my own demise. Just the same, I have given it the old college try and can say that I truly enjoyed Terminator 2: Judgment Day, starring Edward Furlong, he had the kind of angst that appealed to a kid like me. By contrast that was the only one that received a rewind rating from me. Just the same, I have a good feeling in my gut about this one. The concept for the movie alone is solid and has good structure, plus it will likely confuse a few people which I find fascinating for a good long chuckle. I am intrigued by the actor line up, they are giving us Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger (Expendables). So like I said, I have a really good feeling about this cast, the best part is they are just this side of Hollywood so they will keep the movie going without diverting attention in a different direction from where the viewers need to be watching. As an avid movie/entertainment viewer, nothing takes away from a solid movie than the actors just not being the right fit for the movie. Think about it, there are tons of movies out there that just didn’t click the way it would have if they went in another direction for the casting or even for the movie itself, please reference Topher Grace as Venom, Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader, Keanu Reeves in Dracula, even Denise Richards starring as a physicist in a Bond film. Think on those painful moments for a second. Now think of the possibilities, John Connor sending his soldier Kyle back, only for Kyle to learn that everything has changed due to everything else they have done previously. Its a very smart approach from a writers standpoint, so yes people I am declaring it now, I am heading to the theater to check this one out so you should too. My gut is usually always right, especially when it comes to a good action flick. Take a look at the trailer and let me know what you think, are you going to take a chance on this one? Happy Movie Watching…..

New Jurassic World Trailer ….hmmm

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Now, I fully appreciate and enjoyed most of the previous Jurassic Park movies. I loved the blend they gave to science and entertainment. My concern was always this lingering fear that some highly evolved scientist was sitting around somewhere watching movie re-runs and cooking up the real thing and bringing it to life, I am not athletic enough to survive, which makes that a problem for me. This is also the reason why I have decided to opt out of the zombie apocalypse. The long and the short is that this one hits too close to home for me and so I get pansie-fied and run for the hills. So when I take a look at this trailer and see most of my ‘fears’ are getting a chance to play out in real life, I am not feeling that warm fuzzy to hit the theaters for this one. However, it does seem to have an edge to it, that one might not be able to keep themselves away from if they enjoy chasing rabbit holes. This installment stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, and Judy Greer. The primary focus is genetically modified hybrids based on dinosaur DNA. Which in and of itself is about as sick as the deep hole you go into when you start entertaining dark matter. The clear fear on these kids faces are priceless and do call to a more baser instinct within myself to take a look at what could be after them. But….if you take a look at the scene placement for the trailer, it feels off somehow. So in a sense you aren’t as enticed as you would have been if they showed a little bit more of what was under the hood. Have you seen the trailer? Are you going to hit the theater? Eh, you might look over and see me there too. Happy Movie Watching!!!!

Vault Picks: The Big Hit (1998)

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I saw this movie years ago, and while I paid absolutely no attention to it while it was in theaters a slow stroll through the aisles at Blockbuster found me enlightened. I cannot tell you why this one is funny, per say, its not the characters or the dialogue alone. Let’s just say that this one has that subtle humor that most people tend to gloss over and not even totally get until a second or third viewing. This is one of those movies. For instance, throughout the movie you have to appreciate that Mark Wahlberg’s character lives on Mylanta. Then there is the movie rental that is never returned. There is the one and I do mean one friend that has a serious aversion to hand lotion and “straight jackin'”. I rather not give too much away, but just know that the humor is there. Its there in the way the plot lines fuse into each other for the big finale or in the way that there are so many ways you can take the phone buster jokes. Its also filled with some really cool actors that you will appreciate once you’ve given it the chance that you didn’t when Blockbuster video was still around. So take an hour out of your busy life and get a real laugh from this one. It is not on the approved viewing list of most. Please let me know what you think, I need the validation… Happy Movie watching.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Ok clearly as with food, I have a type. I am actually really looking forward to this one. I know, I wasn’t terribly excited by the end of the first trilogy by Peter Jackson. I felt that last “Return of the King” was just longer than it needed to be, so we had a slight falling out of sorts. Just the same he ended up redeeming himself in my eyes as I got a look at the last two Hobbit movies and I honestly liked the way it played out complete with visual effects. So I am recommending this one to all of your movie viewers out there looking to find a decent movie to munch on. This one in my opinion will lay it out nicely and make a nice imprint on our brains for our enjoyment. Who’s with me? Happy Movie watching…

Focus (Will Smith)…Very Intriguing

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In the 4 years that I have been doing this, I have certain people who I shy away from bashing in any way because I love them. In the case of Will Smith, he has had a couple of movies where I literally just threw in the towel and opted for a cone of silence. Thankfully, this is NOT one of those times. The name of the movie is Focus, and if you could be sure to respect Mrs. Smith and not stare at his chest too long, take a moment and look at this one. At the very least the concept is one that I have always found interesting. Clearly, I would never make it living on the grift, my face is way too expressive for that, but I still find the idea of the con fascinating when considered in comparison to how many there are out there. Let me know are you interested in seeing this? Or will you be opting for your own cone of silence? Happy Movie watching!

Halloween Throwback: The Lost Boys (1987)

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Years ago when I was an angst ridden kid, my head was filled with all kinds of folklore and I found that I was slowly losing myself to the fantasy worlds that I created in my head. It took my parents hours to realize that it wasn’t really in their best interest to simply ground me by taking away my stuff. Not like it is now where you threaten to remove and iPhone or Playstation from your kids clutches. I am referencing the days of old, when television sets were not the norm, people still access WHO (Read: prehistoric cable) or HBO. This was the days when tv had an end around midnight with an abrupt finale that let you know the night itself had begun for those that enjoyed the wee hours of the morning. During those days, I lived for interesting new movies and especially lived for the ones that had at least one of the cory’s in it. While Corey Haime was my favorite, clearly I have a type, I got just as much enjoyment out of the other Corey (Feldman for the uninitiated). Back then there was a movie that I made it my business to have on repeat and which I recently had the opportunity to watch again. It was before anyone knew who Jason Patrick (NARC) was and it was at the very start of Keiffer Sutherland’s (24) career, but there was just something about these guys together on screen. Diane Wiest was the mom that you felt your friends had, because your’s was too strict to allow you to hang, especially if you were me and didn’t have fallback siblings. I am talking about the Lost Boys, and if you have never had the pleasure of being introduced to the vampires of Santa Carla then you haven’t really lived yet. This movie has a wonderfully rich plethora of things that during 87′ you wouldn’t have batted an eye, but when referenced from years later you realize just how big a dork you probably were. Just in the first fifteen minutes there is a music solo performed by a man in spandex tights with a junk harness and an assortment of large chains that he wears like its man-ery while he is totally baby oiled up and playing a saxophone of all things. Then you get one of the Corey’s running around the boardwalk in a kaftan style trench with shoulder pads bigger than him. These are the movies that make you nostalgic for sleepovers with popcorn, chocolate, and marshmallows. Who remembers this movie with any sort of fondness, if you haven’t dusted of your VHS copy, take a moment and look fondly back on the way it was during our youth. Let me know what you think!!!! Happy Movie watching