The Tomorrow War (Amazon 2021)

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Oh brother. Do you want to see aliens or do you want to see monsters that won’t die? If clawed, multiple armed creatures, with long teeth, a big mouth, with clicking noises and screams appeal to you as aliens, then tune in. This intelligent life doesn’t appear or sound smart enough to build a spaceship or possess the dexterity to build technology and travel the universe with claws. They look more like some prehistoric leftovers.

Oh, it’s a rousing, noisy, action-filled run for your life or be eaten experience some audiences will love. For me, I found it rather unbelievable on so many levels, disappointing, with plot holes enough to take you through the wormhole of time that apparently we are smart enough in the future to build but still have outdated weapons.

Chris Pratt is great at running from dinosaurs, so this movie is right up his alley. Coming to you straight on television during a soccer game, is an army from the future, landing in the middle of the stadium. They have come to recruit people from the past to fight a losing war in the future. Quickly, without too much explanation, nations from around the world fly into the future with their armies to help out. Most are killed. Out of able-bodied soldiers, a draft is formed to recruit the common man on the street. Young person. Middle-aged. Elderly. Let us give you the gun, swoop you forward into the chaos for a week, so you can fight to save your children and grandchildren.

Upon arrival, it’s a grim place with ugly monsters crawling about everywhere. Of course, there’s a glitch during the trip and some arrivals don’t have a soft landing. As the untrained common army is led by Chris Pratt, who has a military background, they receive their first order to make their way to a research center and save the crew and toxin being developed to kill the ugly aliens.

The remainder of the movie is filled with family drama, running from man-eating aliens, and succumbing to a rather ridiculous end. Frankly, I hate these stupid Hollywood movies that fill their audiences with the expectation we’re going to be eaten alive by the tentacles and toothy mouths of dumb-looking aliens. Let’s instill fear, so when they really get here if they have something of value to teach us, we won’t want to listen. Even now, the government is pouring down our throat all these unidentified objects in the air is a matter of “national security.”

Okay, here’s a plot. Intelligent beings arrive on earth, not that vastly ridiculous looking, that are here to bring peace on earth and help is evolve into a world much like their own where they have solved the dilemma of climate change, hunger, poverty, wars, and disease. They share with us their technology, but we greedy humans just want their technology to keep killing our fellow humans so one power-hungry country can obtain world domination. In the end, the aliens end us killing us because we can’t learn to live in peace with one another. Time to fly on to another planet in seek of intelligent life. Nothing here on earth or in Hollywood.

Sorry, not impressed. Perhaps the aliens watching our interpretation of aliens are enjoying a bowl of popcorn over this one and shaking their heads at our stupidity. On behalf of earth, I apologize. Scotty, beam me up.

Amazon Hints at Possible ‘Sanditon’ Return, Asks Fans for Input

The period drama based on Jane Austen’s unfinished final novel has left fans in limbo since its arrival in the U.S.

Source: Amazon Hints at Possible ‘Sanditon’ Return, Asks Fans for Input

As fans scream worldwide – make it so!

The Last Tycoon (Amazon Pilot)

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You watch.  You vote.  Will the pilot go on or will the story die a quick death?  Well, that decision is in your hands.

Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of studio politics in early Hollywood, it is actually another adaptation. The Last Tycoon, was filmed in 1976 starring Robert DeNiro and Tony Curtis (also on Amazon for rent). This remake stars the handsome Matt Bomer and not-so-handsome Kelsey Grammer, plus a host of young ladies, including Lily Collins, with glaring lipstick, harsh makeup, and stylish clothes.  Add the men in hats and suits from the thirties and you have early Hollywood.

Nearly the entire pilot is shot on a Hollywood set, except for a few scenes.  Set in the fictitious studios owned by Pat Brady (Kelsey Grammer), it includes his slick producer Monroe Stahr (Matt Bomer).  Matt is looking rather debonair in his slick-backed hair, but also noticeably thinner than the con artist he played on White Collar.

For a quick background of the story, Monroe is a grieving husband whose wife died tragically in a home fire.  All the girls at the studio gush at his feet hoping they will be his next love, including the bosses’ daughter, Cecilia Brady.  Monroe pretty much roams from set to set throughout the pilot giving orders, instructing writers to rewrite, complaining or approving about sets, picking out costumes, etc.  Everyone jumps at his beckon call, but he does some sparring with his boss who agrees with the German embassador’s demand for no Jews in movies or on their payroll in Germany, so that Hilter can continue to enjoy Hollywood in his spare time. Monroe is a Jew, so the tension between keeping the German market happy and the studio going bankrupt is a no brainer for its owner, who is afraid of going bankrupt during the depression.

My first take on this pilot is…wait for it…blah.  I dTycoonon’t know why.  Sometimes I wonder if it’s my mood or what I had for lunch.  As much as I enjoy looking and handsome Mr. Bomer, something about him in this role just doesn’t sit right with me.  I don’t know if it’s his character, his lines, or his acting. He seems stiff and unnatural.  Perhaps, I’m just used to seeing Neal Caffrey instead. As far as Kelsey, he can be the usual grumpy and moody older man, but his performance is par for the course — nothing special to make you really like or dislike the guy.

The only thing that gave me a small smirk at the end was the illicit affair you learn about between Monroe and the bosses’ wife.  She’s waiting for him in a nightgown when he comes home from work.  He says that their meeting must stop.  She says but it can’t, and lays down on the bed. Tauntingly, she asks, “Does that make you angry?”  He goes to the curtain and gruffly closes them in front of the audience and says, “Yes.”  She replies, “Good.”  The only thing I could think of were the millions of women who wished he had played Christian Grey in Fifty Shades.  Well, you get a tiny peak of what could possibly happen with Matt Bomer being in that role!

So I voted – gave it three stars.  I suppose if they continue it, I will watch the other episodes.  However, I have a sneaking suspicion that if it stays as flat as the pilot that it probably will not be a weekend binge watch by any means.  As usual, whatever floats your remote…

Go watch it.  It’s free on Prime.  Cast your vote while Amazon gives you the chance to put in your two cents worth.