Arrival (2016)


What a huge disappointment this movie was. Spaceships land on earth, nothing else happens and somehow the big question is are they friendly or hostile. The Aliens did remind me of Space Invaders which was fun. Fun thinking back at Space Invaders…

Space Invaders 1978 or is it Arrival 2016?

I’m not sure why the Chinese are labeled as the aggressive and impatient. On one hand it was a gift that due the Chinese possible attack on the friendly aliens there was a sort of deadline in the movie script. I checked two times during the movie how much time was still remaining, not a good sign.

Metascore of 81? Unbelievable. The movie is very slow-paced and reflecting back almost nothing happened during 116 minutes. The humans learn to decode the language, the message was aliens helps humans, humans help aliens later. Help with what? How? Why do they need help? None of these questions are answered or slightly worked out.

Not what i hoped after seeing the poster and trailer.


The 100 – Season 5 news

The 100

I just finished S04 and am glad that the show did great after a not so good S03. IMDB ratings picked up from a 7.8 and 7.9 for the first two episodes to end with a 9.3. Now that’s what you call a great end! The final 3 minutes of the seasons last episode did bring up a lot questions with the fans. Here’s some explanation.

A chat with executive producer Jason Rothenberg

My initial thought when I saw the little girl with Clarke was “She’s way too old to be her actual daughter.” Who is she?
Well, it’s not her biological daughter, but what we’ll see in Season 5 is that this relationship is hugely important for Clarke. She’s a Nightblood named Maddie, and she’s been with her for five years. They are, for all intents and purposes, bonded the way a mother and daughter would be. So Clarke loves her, and her decision-making process has changed, just as it does for anyone who has a child. … We’ll tell the story of how they came together in Season 5, and how they’ve been surviving as the only two people on the planet — until that ship shows up.

Yeah, about that spaceship… Should we just assume it’s packed with angry prisoners?
We will definitely tell their story. Some of them will probably be angry. All of them will be home, alive and back on Earth. I think, in some really cool ways, it’s a rebooting of the entire story. The 100 were prisoners when they came to the ground, and they thought they were alone, but they weren’t. There were Grounders in this world, which we learned when a spear came out of the woods and impaled Jasper’s chest. Now Clarke is the Grounder, and these prisoners are the 100. We screw with people’s perspectives. Of course, the prisoners are going to start as antagonists, but we’ll probably dimensionalize them as we do with all of our bad guys.

The 100 Promotes Tasya Teles (Echo) to Series Regular in Season 5

Echo was last seen blasting off into space with Bellamy, Raven, etc. during Wednesday’s fourth season finale, “Praimfaya.” Echo was first introduced as a prisoner in Mount Weather towards the end of The CW drama’s second season, and has maintained a tenuous connection to Clarke and Co. ever since. Despite being one of the “good” (or at least “better”) characters, Echo has been known to behave erratically, occasionally dipping her toe in the betrayal pond.

Isaiah Washington (Jaha) Not Returning as Series Regular in Season 5

But don’t go throwing dirt on Jaha’s grave just yet; at this point, it’s unclear how Washington’s character will be written out of the show, nor is it known whether the actor may appear again in a guest-star capacity.

Washington’s character, Thelonious Jaha, has undergone a radical transformation since we met him three years ago. After being stripped of his chancellor title, Jaha became a lost soul, eventually finding salvation — or so he thought — via the promises of an evil technological being known as A.L.I.E. Following her defeat, Jaha attempted to redeem himself, most recently helping his people gain access to a top-secret bunker that could save them from an impending nuclear death wave.

The Orville (2017– ) – Star Trek spoof might be incredibly funny


From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, “Ted”) and directed by Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” “Iron Man”), THE ORVILLE is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship. In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union, a far-reaching, advanced and mostly peaceful civilization with a fleet of 3,000 ships. Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer ED MERCER (MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command one of these ships: the U.S.S. Orville. Determined to prove his worth and write a new chapter in his life, Ed finds that task all the more difficult when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, KELLY GRAYSON (Adrianne Palicki, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Friday Night Lights”). As the new commander, Ed assembles a qualified, but eccentric crew, including his best friend, GORDON MALLOY (Scott Grimes, “ER,” “Justified”), who has problems with authority, but is the best helmsman in the fleet; DR. CLAIRE FINN (Penny Johnson Jerald, “24,” “The Larry Sanders Show”), one of the Union’s most accomplished physicians; BORTUS (Peter Macon, “Shameless,” “Bosch”), an alien from a single-sex species; ISAAC (Mark Jackson, “That Royal Today”), an artificial life-form from a machine society that thinks biological life-forms are inferior; navigator JOHN LAMARR (J. Lee, FAMILY GUY, “The Cleveland Show”), whose casual humor cuts through even the most dire situations; ALARA KITAN (Halston Sage, “Neighbors,” “Goosebumps”), a young, inexperienced security officer whose home planet’s high gravity gives her superior physical strength; and YAPHIT, a gelatinous creature voiced by comedian Norm Macdonald (“The Middle,” “Saturday Night Live”). Somehow, Ed and Kelly must put the past behind them and, with the help of the crew, navigate fascinating and sometimes dangerous adventures in outer space, as well as the tumultuous and captivating day-to-day personal relationships with their colleagues.




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MacFarlane originally wrote Orville as a spec script, which was picked up by Fox on May 4, 2016. The network ordered 13 episodes. It will be the first live-action TV series created by MacFarlane, as well as his first live-action starring role on television aside from his small role as Ensign Rivers on Star Trek: Enterprise.

Following the project’s greenlight, MacFarlane stated, “I’ve wanted to do something like this show ever since I was a kid, and the timing finally feels right. 20th and FOX have been good to me for many years, and of course, Dana and Gary have been fantastic bosses and true pals, so it was a no-brainer to come to them with the project. I think this is gonna be something special.”

It looks like every episode will be directed by a different director.  People like Brannon Braga (almost 200 Star Trek episodes), Jon Cassar (multiple 24 shows), James L. Conway (Magicians and multiple Star Trek), Jon Favreau (Jungle Book, Iron Man 1 + 2), Jonathan Frakes (multiple Star Trek), Robert Duncan McNeill (Chuck, Star Trek Voyager + Enterprise) will be directing an episode.



Release information

The first season contains 13 episodes, runtime is going to be about 60 minutes. The Orville is set to air Thursdays at 9:00 on Fox during the 2017–18 season. Precise date is not know yet.

Production Company

Fuzzy Door Productions and 20th Century Fox Television


Death Race 2050 – … speechless

I am not sure how I stumbled upon this movie and I can’t remember why I decided to view it but sometimes you need to see a truly sh**y movie to appreciate others.

Of-course I was aware that this movie wasn’t gonna be an Oscar worthy movie but it could still be fun. Perhaps I was triggered to watch this movie by fun memories of a cool game in my childhood: Death Rally

Death Rally game from 1996


The Original

In 1975 the first Death Rally movie named “Death Rally 2000” appeared. The movie received a politically incorrect label. The budget of the movie was 300.000, not the highest number in those days but also not extreme cheap. The first Jaws in that same year was an absolute block buster with 12.000.000 budget and 470.000.000 worldwide gross. Monty Python and the Holy Grail was made for 400.000 the same year.

Stills from the 1975 movie
Frankenstein’s car in 1975

Reboot in 2008

More people are probably familiar with the 2008 reboot starring Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibsonand the second one in 2010 with Luke Goss, Lauren Cohan, Sean Bean.








Part 2 of the original from 1975

Here we are, 42 years later, the sequel has made it. Both films were produced by Roger Corman (born 1921).

No, this is not Thunderbirds. It’s Death Race 2050 (2017)

A picture sometimes says more than a thousand words…

This is so cheap and simple things go wrong in this movie. There are a lot of movie errors. During a scene Frankenstein is mad and hits the steering wheel with his hand, the hand bounces back up and hits the window. The entire structure of the window and frame comes lose and lifts up 🙂

Hitting Pedestrians gives the drivers point. The scoreboard can some times be seen when a bystander gets killed by a car and they managed to edit the movie so the score of Frankenstein goes from 255 to 265 during the race and later at the checkpoint a score of 240 is shown.

The driver of the self driving car, the A.B.E. , can be seen when the car needs to refuel and is asking a wooden statue at the gas station to refill it (so far for smart A.I.) Very intelligent script work as the other cars with people do not need to refuel… not.

The list could go on and on. It’s simply not worth it…

Blade Runner – A Cult? How?

Later this year a remake of the movie Blade Runner is coming to theaters. Blade Runner 2049 takes place 30 years after the first movie. Lately the old movie from 1982 is rocketing sky-high in the popularity charts.

I vaguely remember this movie from a long time ago. I know the movie did not do that great at the box-office. It’s budget to make was about 28 million and according to sources gross was 33 million. Somehow this movie is labeled cult today. After watching the Final Cut version today I rated this movie on IMDB and was confused by the other ratings.

The movie ratings is thru the roof, IMDB 8.2, Moviedb 7.9, Metacritic 89%, Rotten Tomatos 89% and after some thought I rated it a 6.

Lets take a look at the IMDB ratings:

IMDB votes

Giving this a 10 or 1 is stupid so I’m not gonna discus those numbers. Very few people gave this movie less than 6, so it’s got something. A very high number of people gave this a 8 and a 9. Lets take a closer look.

IMDB votes

And this is where it gets sketchy.. This movie is 35 years old. People under the age of 18 rating this movie is so hard to believe… I can not image the teenager twilight saga, hunger games and pitch perfect generation watching this 2 hour long movie that tells you it is playing in the future and looks like it going down in an awful place in 1994 without electronic devices.

People between 18 and 29 also didn’t see the movie when it was released. They could have picked up one of the many DVD and Blue-ray boxes, but watching the Final Cut version (the latest one from 2007 and the Ridley Scott edited version) it’s also hard to image people are blown away by the visuals. The movie is just to old for that and the story is thin at best.

The name of the actor is the same size as the movie name.

The story is okay, the screenplay and logic on the other hand… The movie starts with a prologue in text explaining the story and problem with replicants (the androids). Harrison Ford is a special police detective who hunts these replicants. The story takes places in a very crowded and shitty world. (We really need to take better care of the world if this is going to be our world in 2019 😉 ) Apparently it always rains in 2019 and people are only active during the night.

A Ridley Scott scene 1982
Another Ridley Scott scene. No it’s not from Alien or Prometheus, the man has more visual settings then one Sci-Fi setting 😉

One funny moment in the beginning of the story ( and sadly around the 30 minute mark of the film) was when Harrison tells it’s too bright in here.

That was literally just 5 seconds after I had to change the energy-saving function from my tv from high to off because the picture was to dark 😀

I don’t know what the story behind the many Chinese people is in LA. You might have had a more diverse set of people if the movie had taken place in Hong Kong. The tv ads on the jumbotrons even have Chinese writing in it. It bugged me when they were walking between Chinese art and people and they had to go to “Chinatown” for a lead. Arriving in Chinatown… it was the most non-Chinese place in the whole freaking movie with a Arabic vibe to it.

Being a great detective that Harrison Ford is the files of the 4 replicants are given to him. One replicant has the function for human pleasure of something like that. So Harrison goes to the strip club and tada… replicant is found. For some reason the replicant likes to walk though a lot of windows and is shot after a short chase. Being the luckiest detective ever the second replicant shows up out of nowhere just 20 seconds after the first one has been taken of the street on the same spot.

I can’t tell you how he finds the two other ones but they end up being in a building together.

Building in Blade Runner

This building is owned by one man and during the meet and greet with one replicant he is telling that he is living mostly alone in it and that there hasn’t been a lot of demand for housing with the colonization on other planets. What!?

Looks like one big ass building for one man! And how come is it so crowded in every scene outside if people left for other planets?

The third replicant get shots while doing some gymnastics during a fight… (pretty dumb for a robot that is smarter than humans) and the final replicant Rutger Hauer is not happy about that and wants to kill Ford for that… I think. Not sure, they fight a lot but the replicant does not really fight.

To make it a so so film even worse at the end. The last replicant turns itself off or its life is up (they are only built to last 4 years) Totally unexpected and just stupid. Scene over. After that it seems like Ford is doing a James Bond at the end by taking some time off with the girl. Only the girl is a replicant and it kinda goes against everything told in the movie. At the last moment Ford finds an origami swan made of thin foil, I assume on the location where the Hauer replicant shutdown, with the origami or swan having absolutely no meaning what so ever in this movie.

ps. The replicant is gone, great police work Ford.

After writing this I wonder why I even gave it a 6…

You do not need to watch this one if you are going the see the remake.


Westworld – Season 2 in 2018



The one-hour drama series Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the re-imagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.


Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park allows its visitors to live out their most primal fantasies with the robotic “hosts.” However, the robotic hosts have evolved an artificial consciousness that is similar to, yet diverges from, human consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park’s guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged; but there is a price to be paid.

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The X-Files – The truth is out there, again

After a long delay, a deal is finally in place to produce a second edition of Fox’s “The X-Files” revival. The show’s three principals — stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, and creator/executive producer Chris Carter — are back for the new installment.

The event series is set to air during the 2017-2018 season, with production set to begin in summer 2017.

“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why ‘The X-Files’ has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide,” said David Madden, President, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of ‘The X-Files.’”

In 2016, the return of ‘The X-Files’ drew an “average Multi-Platform audience” of nearly 16 million viewers, the network said, and was last season’s No. 2 broadcast drama.

“The X-Files” originally premiered in September 1993 and ran for nine seasons, earning 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award. The show follows FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases.

The 100 – Season 4 started

The 100

Jeej! Season 4 has started of the sci-fi drama The 100. For everyone never heared of The 100, its a show broadcasted by The CW, the same tv network that hosts series like Arrow, DC’s Legend of Tomorrow, Supergirl, the Flash and the Vampire Diaries. WAIT!!! I know, those series are really stupid 🙂 The 100 is different then those stupid “young adult” shows.

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