I just finished watching the final episode of Person of Interest. I found the ending very appropriate, playing Pink Floyd’s Welcome to the Machine. After all wasn’t the whole series about the “MACHINE” that watched everyone. I don’t think the series is too far off the mark as far as the government watching everyone all of the time is concerned.
I live in a small town in southern Utah. During the twenty years I have lived here I have watched the government install traffic cameras at nearly every intersection that has a stop light. They say the cameras are to monitor traffic, I don’t believe that.Too bad the cameras don’t change the color of the stop light from red to green when traffic is backed up halfway across town.
Enough of my ramblings, I loved the series. I give it 4 and 1/2 stars.
An ex-assassin and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes–including the civilians’ roles–are left a mystery.
Wealthy genius software engineer, who generally goes by the name Harold Finch, is the mastermind behind the creation of an all-seeing machine. Finch and his front man Nathan Ingram devised the machine to sell to the US government, who are unaware of Finch working behind the scenes. The purpose of the machine is so that the government can spot acts leading to terrorism to prevent those terrorist acts from occurring. But what the government considers irrelevant in its use of the machine are acts leading to murder. As such, Finch, without the government’s knowledge that he has a back door to the machine, wants to prevent those murders. The machine only provides the social security number of someone involved, Finch unaware if that person is the target or perpetrator. He enlists the help of an ex-CIA special operative who generally goes by the name John Reese to assist in his mission, Reese who is officially listed as dead. But as Reese in particular often uses non-legal means to achieve Finch’s end goal, he is tracked by the authorities, who only know him as the man in the suit. They are also tracked by those who are thwarted by the pair in carrying out this mission, and by the few who know of the machine’s existence and who have their own nefarious thoughts of what to do with the machine if they can get their hands on it.
Mysterious Island is another movie I watched for free at the Southeast Theater in Sugarhouse UT. The original story was written by Jules Verne in 1874. At some point I read the novel, but that was long after I had seen the movie. As with most movies taken from novels, the novel was a better story. In the novel my imagination and Verne’s descriptive writing created far more interesting creatures than was provided in the movie. None the less I loved the movie. Back when video tapes came onto the scene I remember renting the movie and watching it again. I think the movies that were taken from Jules Vern’s books are some of the most creative movies I’ve seen (for their time).
In 1865, during the siege of Richmond, Virginia, Union soldier POWs Captain Harding, Neb and Herbert escape in a balloon during a hurricane with two confederate prisoners, Sergeant Pencroft and journalist Spilett. The storm takes the balloon to a mysterious island near New Zealand in the South Pacific. Captain Harding proclaims himself leader of the group and they look for food. They discover that they are stranded on an island and soon are attacked by a giant crab that becomes their first meal. In the following days they build themselves shelter and find the island inhabited by other giant animals. One day they find two castaways on the beach: the aristocratic Lady Mary Fairchild and her sexy niece Elena. Later they find a trunk with weapons and a sextant and then they find the hut and journal of a man once marooned on the island by pirates. When pirates later return to the island, the castaways are surprised to be helped by Captain Nemo of the legendary submarine Nautilus. (Nemo — notorious for his war against slavery — was supposedly sunk and gone missing eight years earlier.) Finally, when a volcano threatens to obliterate their island, all must plan an escape.
Snowpiercer is another movie whose premise is based on “Global Warming”. Somehow all the world ends because global warming has caused a new ice age. The whole earth is covered in ice and snow. The only living beings ride around the globe on a super train that takes a complete year from start to finish.
I enjoyed the movie, global warming aside, because there is a power struggle between the have-nots and the haves. The poor exist to serve the rich and are considered subhuman.
Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.
Set in 2031, the entire world is frozen except for those aboard the Snowpiercer. For 17 years, the world’s survivors are on a train hurtling around the globe creating their own economy and class system. Led by Curtis, a group of lower-class citizens living in squalor at the back of the train are determined to get to the front of the train and spread the wealth around. Each section of the train holds new surprises for the group who have to battle their way through. A revolution is underway.
Before the world had the complex issue of “Global Warming” to worry about and frighten people there was the very real threat of nuclear destruction. Many of the old science fiction movies made during the 50’s and 60’s were made to propagate the threat of annihilation because of the use of nuclear energy. Unlike today’s threat of “Global Warming” which is just a scare tactic, created by the government, so that people have something to fear which allows the governments of the world to continue to control the population by limiting their choices and freedoms to use energy sources that are readily available and inexpensive.
I never saw the movie Them until it come to the television screen. I think I first saw it when it was presented by the TV channel “American Movie Classics”. According to today’s standards the movie might be considered very unrealistic and unbelievable. The special effects are poorly done, but considered good for the 1950’s. I find the movie entertaining like so many other movies created during the early 1950’s. I have an unusual fascination for movies produced in black and white, perhaps because during my childhood and teenage years my family didn’t have a color television. Black and white movies might be considered comfort food for my mind.
In the New Mexico desert, Police Sgt. Ben Peterson and his partner find a child wandering in the desert and sooner they discover that giant ants are attacking the locals. FBI agent Robert Graham teams up with Ben and with the support of Dr. Harold Medford and his daughter Dr. Patricia ‘Pat’ Medford, they destroy the colony of ants in the middle of the desert. Dr. Harold Medford explains that the atomic testing in 1945 developed the dangerous mutant ants. But they also discover that two queen ants have flown away to Los Angeles and they are starting a huge colony in the underground of the city. When a mother reports that her two children are missing, the team and the army have a lead to follow. Will they arrive in time to save the children and destroy the colony?
Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Police Sgt. Ben Peterson finds a little girl wandering aimlessly in the New Mexico desert and they trace her to the family’s camping trailer a few miles away. There is no sign of her parents and the trailer itself has been badly damaged. Soon after, Peterson’s partner and the owner of a general store are also killed. They’re not sure what they have on their hands but are soon joined by FBI Agent Robert Graham and two doctors from the Department of Agriculture, Harold Medford and his daughter Pat. They discover that there is a nest of giant mutated ants resulting from the atomic tests in the desert 10 years before. They don’t quite manage to kill all of them however and the ants migrate to Los Angeles and establish a nest in the vast subterranean sewer system.
Forbidden Planet was a sci-fi movie that actually frightened me. I’m not sure how old I was when I first saw it. It was a well done movie with well-known actors. I have watched the movie a few times since I was a kid and I still enjoy seeing it. I remember being fascinated with Robbie the robot.
A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet’s colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.
When Adams and his crew are sent to investigate the silence from a planet inhabited by scientists, he finds all but two have died. Dr. Morbius and his daughter Altaira have somehow survived a hideous monster which roams the planet. Unknown to Adams, Morbius has made a discovery, and has no intention of sharing it (or his daughter!) with anyone. Written by Rob Hartill
Since I’ve been retired I have watched a lot of TV shows on Netflix. One of my all time favorites is the show Lost. There are many other TV shows that I have watched on Netflix and maybe I’ll post them on my blog in the future. I never know from day-to-day where this blog is going.
Life is laid bare as a group of plane crash survivors find themselves stranded on a remote Pacific island. The trauma of the crash soon becomes overshadowed by the island itself, where unseen creatures stalk the jungle, paranormal happenings abound and astonishing coincidences reveal themselves. In this unique environment emotions swell as the survivors battle their inner and outer demons, and strive to live together – so that they won’t die alone. Written by Tobias Stapleford
There are about 120 episodes, I watched episode #99 last night and I’m still not sure what is going on. I know that I have to keep watching because nearly every episode ends in a cliffhanger. I really want to know what is going on, who is in charge?, and what are the secrets of the Island?
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet.
With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.