Strip

 

StripTease (1996)
Starring :
Demi Moore
Burt Reynolds
Robert Patrick (Terminator 2)

I knew that you would think that I would go to see this movie.
So I didn’t want to disappoint you. I only went because you will not be allowed to go.

Demi Moore plays the part of a nightclub stripper in a custody battle
with her husband over her daughter. Robert Patrick plays the slimy husband. The sort of low life that puts on a stethescope and doctors gown and roams hospitals snatching wheelchairs with his daughter. He moves when his wife finds out where he is hiding with his daughter.

Burt Reynolds plays a corrupt senator. With a white shock of hair,
and no morals, he hams it up to the max.

OK, yes you do see Demi’s breasts (several times). But in my expert
opinion the best breasts are on the stripper with a python that
almost kills her.

There is also a stripper with gravity defying breasts so large I
am sure that Industrial Light and Magic had a hand in their
constrction.

The story starts with Moore denied access to her daughter. One night at the strip club a drunk senator hits a customer over the head with a bottle. A photograph is taken that is later to be used as a bribe. It’s almost election time, so his minders are trying to keep the
senator in line.

Another customer offers to help Moore with her custody battle, he
knows a senator that can help. So the film sets itself up for a Tom Sharpe type satire about politics, life, sex etc. Unfortunately that’s about as far as gets.

The story drags too much and lacks any sting to succeed as a satire.
It lumbers on as a light comedy, with a few good laughs.

The ending is predictable.

My Rating 5/10

Waterworld

 

Review from 1995

A 170 million dollar flop, or the film of the year ?

In the future, the polar ice-caps have melted, drowning the planet
in seawater. The legend is that dry land exists somewhere.

Kevin Costner is the Marriner, sailing a triple hulled yacht around
the world that looks suspiously like Dennis O’Conners boat that won
the Americas Cup. During the film, it sprouts enough gadgets & gizmos that you would think that M (from the Bond movies) made it.

Dennis Hopper (Speed) plays the bad guy and gets all the good lines.
Jean Tripplehorn is the love interest and looks like a lost puppy
throughout the film.

So the film is about his search for dry land, and holding on to a
ten year old girl, who has a map tattoed on her back of where to find
it. The film looks like “Mad Max” on water, with massive sets of rusting iron.

The good parts are some completely improbable stunts. The bad part is the gooey ending.

The story has the potential for a good SciFi film, but it is just an
excuse for another hollywood good-guy-saves-the-world flick.

I read a review that described it as a B Grade movie.
I would agree, so 5/10.

Another 1/10 for everyone wondering what all the fuss is about.

Sidekick

The Sidekicks Initiative
(Sidekicks Initiative, #1)
by Barry J. Hutchison (2018)

When sworn protectors of Earth, the Justice Platoon, are all horribly killed, their former arch-enemies come crawling out of the woodwork. Outnumbered, outgunned, and out of options, the US Government has no choice but to activate the Sidekicks Initiative, dragging the Platoon’s middle-aged ex-sidekicks out of retirement.

Now these three reluctant, out of shape former child-wonders must work together to stop the rising tide of supervillainy, avenge their former mentors’ deaths, and bring the world back from the brink of destruction.

Assuming they don’t kill each other first.


From the author of ‘Space Team’ comes a strange story of superheroes. It’s not funny enough to make it as good as his other SciFi comedies. It’s not bad either, just kinda …. blah. Ordinary.

 

Jay Sun

Jay Tausig released his epic series ‘A Trip Around the Sun’ in 2012.
I came across it at the time and was impressed with the samples online.

Subscription was $40, and over the course of a year he released 12 albums. Each one based on a sign on the Zodiac. The music was all downloads and with high resolution cover art.

All very impressive. The music ranges from Space Rock to Jazz. Some if it very mellow, to straight out Metal.

Guests include Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa) , Bridget Wishart (Hawkwind, Spirits Burning) Anne Leighton, and Thom Worldpoet (Gong).

 

Aldiko Moon

I have been using the Aldiko Android eBook reader for years.

Even purchased the Pre Version.
Now it’s a problem…
For the second time it has got stuck on minimum brightness. The last time I managed to fix it be removing and re-installing the software.

This time, I can’t be bothered, there must be a better eBook reader……

Yep, Moon+ (weird name) eBook reader is better.

Firstly, it has a slider that can adjust brightness, so no getting stuck on the minimum setting. It also looks to have a lot more features, including a ‘Blue Light Filter’ which gives the background a light brown paper look.

Even better, it’s 50% off for this month ($4.29) !!

Reckoning

Reckoning
(Jet #4)
by Russell Blake (2012)

Reckoning pits Jet against the deadliest threat yet – an enemy with endless resources who will stop at nothing to destroy her. From the mountains of Indonesia to the streets of Washington, Jet discovers in a breakneck-paced roller-coaster of action that danger lurks in the unlikeliest of places and nothing is as it seems.


In this episode, Jet seems a bit too indestructible. Despite all the violence and deaths around her, she ends up unscathed. Still, a decent read but a bit too formula. She does lose an associate, but it all seems just part of moving the plot along.

 

B. Marsalis

Branford Marsalis (born August 26, 1960) is an American saxophonist, composer and bandleader. He has been cited as “arguably the most respected living U.S. jazz instrumentalist”.

While primarily known for his work in jazz as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he also performs frequently as a soloist with classical ensembles and has led the group Buckshot LeFonque

McCain

 

 

John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) was an American politician and naval officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his death.

He previously served two terms in the United States House of Representatives and was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 election, which he lost to Barack Obama.

Attenborough

Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, CBE
(29 August 1923 – 24 August 2014)
was an English actor, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and politician.

He was the President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Attenborough joined the Royal Air Force during World War II and served in the film unit. He went on several bombing raids over Europe and filmed action from the rear gunner’s position.

He was the older brother of Sir David Attenborough, a naturalist, documentaror, and broadcaster, and John Attenborough, an executive at Alfa Romeo. He was married to actress Sheila Sim from 1945 until his death.

Break Bad S4

The fourth season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad premiered on July 17, 2011 and concluded on October 9, 2011.


In this season, Walter really goes to the dark side. People get shot, stabbed and (ultimately) blown up.

Things seem to end with the death of a main character, so it will be interesting to see what happens in the next season.