Sunday, July 31, 2016

Jason Bourne (2016)

It's a Jason Bourne movie. Can I tell you what happens? Do I NEED to tell you what happens? Like with some other long running franchises (The Fast and The Furious) you are hoping for a nice game of cat and mouse between Bourne, his female ally and the government chasing him with their assassins and high tech help.

But computers can never ever fully compensate for a creative mind with a knack for escape and that is what I watch a Jason Bourne movie for, the elaborate escapes - the thrill of the chase. I want it to begin and never let up. This movie does that right from the get go and I appreciated the by the numbers approach and resolution even though I have seen this all before. If this was the first film in the franchise I would give this a much better review than I have planned. It's not a terrible movie.

Matt does seem to be at a phase in his career where maybe one in four of the movies he does is a fresh revelation and not a lazy retread of road he has already walked as an actor. The Martian was a fresh performance. This one seems to be a lot of effort to pay the bills. He deserved his paycheck but the movie is nothing we haven't seen before. Bourne is even more indestructible this time and smarter than everyone else and someone with a gift for massive coincidences, ones that keep him out of confinement no matter how many people are trying to bring him down. I wonder how he can travel the world. His image and remarkable resemblance to actor Matt Damon would keep him from any airline's ticket desk lest he be recognized. But have no fear. He will arrive just before his enemies do so he can be ready to take his revenge at will. His plane is never delayed.

The scenes during the riot are chaotic as is the hand held camera work. At times I had difficulty putting myself in a place where I didn't feel so disorientated. By the time the police bike chase began I just said FUCK IT and let the goofiness take me. Any normal person running from the police on unfamiliar streets, during a riot on a motorcycle at insane speeds, without a helmet, would have DIED and solved everyone's problems right there. But then we wouldn't have us a movie now would we? The stunt work is exciting to watch but you have to keep from blinking lest you miss all the quick cuts. No one lingers over a shot anymore. That technique makes this movie feel longer than it is.

This is one of those films that you instantly forget after you see it because you have seen this all before. Snappy editing and the same story of a man searching for the truth has been done to death in the same FRANCHISE. The age really shows on this concept and all the new revelations really don't add up to much because we know next week Bourne will be involved in yet another search for the truth and some sympathetic girl will once again help him - well if they can sign up Matt for another movie.

I Have Found A New, Brave Friend

I heard the cat eating his dry food from the bowl I keep in my room for him and when I looked down to pet him I found out that he had morphed into an entirely different cat. This is the same little guy who comes by to visit every day for some snuggles and a small plate of food. He looks very well taken care of and not afraid of entering a stranger's house. The Admiral of course just looked at him with disbelief like I did but did little to protect any of us from this intruder.

When I Drink. I Only Drink With Tink

I Miss Rom's Mitten Hands

But at least he is back.


Less Than Six Months Until The Madness Of Christmas Ends


Afternoon Captions


Katherin Winnick

 Yeh, she is alright.

Damage Control

A great comic finally gets made into a TV show. It's a concept ripe with potential if you really play it to it's full potential. I wants lost of superhero cameos and interaction between them and this insurance and repair company. It could be a huge hit with the right approach that balances the superhero elements with the office comedy/politics it could create a whole new genre. Or die after six episodes. Who the hell knows these days. The show is called POWERLESS and stars Vanessa Hudgens but I can't find the trailer for the show. Thanks again NBC. While I could be helping you, you have no concept of FAIR USE because I live in Canada, the third world home of ISIS.

I Might Watch This - Timeless

This perfectly describes why a black girl as the new Rocketeer set six years after the Second World War just will not work if you want to do anything resembling historical truth. That was the fun of the original Rocketeer and it will be the fun of this one if I don't have to watch the poor pilot get treated with so much disrespect. My patience for that kind of storytelling is really quite limited. But I do loves me some good time travel elements and the guy for E.R. is always a good get. He's like Jimmy Smits light.

I wish there was someone working at NBC that just perused the net for mention on blogs about their upcoming shows. Maybe reward people who express an interest in supporting a program and send them a little swag. Nothing fancy. Just the same crap you give to media types to get them to like your show. I am prepared to like your show and I can be bought for a handful of beads. Please exploit my lack of integrity.

Just Funny - 3 AM

Doug Beekman Art

I think she is trying to seduce me.

Back to the Future trilogy - Art By Matt Taylor


Sophie Simmons

I have been a fan of hers watching her grow up on TV. I don't like the plastic surgery she has done but she still is very pretty. Her father is a goofball but he has an AMAZING collection of Kiss Memorabilia in his office. I could live in that place a week and not see it all. I like Shannon, her mother because she is Canadian and her brother Nick is a good guy. But Sophie is the one I like the most. She is alright.

One Of The Great Toys Of All Time