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Traffik (2018: R)

Traffik(R: 2018)
~ R | 1h 36min | Thriller | 20 April 2018 (USA) | Director: Deon Taylor
Writer: Deon Taylor; Starring: Paula Patton, Missi Pyle, Dawn Olivieri, and others – see IMDB for details. ~

An interesting movie about a couple about to become engaged during a special retreat at a cabin in the mountains but is soured by running into conflict with some bikers. It turns out that they hunt them down doing a murder spree along the way. Eventually a high level, international sex trafficking ring is exposed and its a fight for its survival. Challenged by a reporter who exposes the crimes and dangers, waist deep in trouble herself, the truth is exposed. The film was intriguing, captivating, high action, and had a good plot. Well done.

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions. Viewed at Tinseltown using Movie Pass. ~

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I Zombie series


~ TV-14 | 42min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | TV Series (2015–present(2018) ) | Creators: Diane Ruggiero, Rob Thomas; Starring: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, and many more – see IMDB ~

It is a tale about a girl named Liv Moore, who was a medical student that became infected by the zombie plague that was in outbreak in her community. As she deals with life as a zombie, she discovers if she eats the brains of an individual, she can have flash-backs of their life, absorb their feelings and personality, and can figure out how they died. She assists detective Clive Babineaux of the police department with solving murders. Its a great comedy and spin on zombie theme popularity that has struck the world this decade with great plots, story-line, and characters. One of my favorite shows.

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Chappaquiddick (2018: PG-13)

Chappaquiddick
PG-13 | 1h 41min | Drama, History, Thriller | 6 April 2018 (USA) | Director: John Curran; Writers: Taylor Allen, Andrew Logan; Starring: Kate Mara, Clancy Brown, Olivia Thirlby | See full cast & crew on IMDB ~ Watched 4/7/18 at Capital 13 Theaters, Colorado Springs, Colorado using Movie Pass ~

The dramatic tale of the 1969 fatal car accident where Senator Ted Kennedy was involved with claiming the life of Mary Jo Kopechne, one of the Kennedy familie’s aids. Interwoven during the time of the walking on the moon, the film bounces between cover-ups, hiding facts, and trying to keep Ted clear of it destroying his political career. All star cast, good production, and well done.

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Den of Thieves (R: 2018)

Den of Thieves (R: 2018)
~ R | 2 hours 20 minutes | Action, Crime, Drama | 19 January 2018 ~ Director: Christian Gudegast; Writers: Christian Gudegast (screenplay), Christian Gudegast (story); Starring: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr. | See full cast & crew on IMDB. ~

Fast action and deeply violent flick about the bank robbery capital of America – Los Angeles and a “Den of thieves” who work from there taking out banks, armored cars, and heists. Deep seeded in the muck of Los Angeles, bank robbery after heist, this gang goes up against a elite Sheriff’s department who are committed to take them down. The most impossible of robberies is targeting the Federal Reserve. The unexpected takes a turn as this well laid out story line comes to explosive action on the screen, entertaining for all.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions at Tinseltown using Movie Pass.

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Three Billboards outside of Ebbing Missouri (R: 2017)

Three Billboards outside of Ebbing Missouri
R | 1 hour 55 minutes | Crime, Drama | 1 December 2017 ~ Director: Martin McDonagh; Writer: Martin McDonagh; Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell | See full cast & crew on IMDB. ~

The tale of a unsolved mystery and traumatic murder that struck the town of Ebbing, Missouri along a un-used old highway. Mildred Hays is infuriated with local law enforcement and decides to take in-your-face action against the local law enforcement to motivate them to solve the crime. She paints three billboards with controversial messages aimed at the local sheriff Willoughby played by Woody Harrelson. Violence, brutality, arson, and false arrests create a circus of activity in this small once quiet town. High action and deep contemplation, the ending would not be of my choosing even though its meant to carry on into your dreams that night. Well done and great plot.

~ Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions at Tinseltown using Movie Pass. ~

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The Post (PG-13: 2017)

The Post (PG-13: 2017)
~ PG-13 | 1 hour 56 minutes | Biography, Drama, History | 12 January 2018 (USA) ~
~ Director: Steven Spielberg; Writers: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer; Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson | See full cast & crew at IMDB. ~

A great film with a blast from the past in the Nixon era covering a pre-Wiki-Leaks drama and coming out of government secrets and cover-ups over the Vietnam War. The controversy spanned over four presidencies continuing to put soldiers at risk and death because of it. When the secret files were release to the Times and the Washington Post, the ordeal has Nixon taking the newspapers to the Supreme Court, fighting for rights of freedom of the the Press. The fight was unprecedented and a landmark in history for the U.S.A.’s first woman newspaper publisher. I thought it was very well done, informative, and great roles for Hanks and Streep who worked well together. A must see. Eye opening and awakening.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~ at Tinseltown using Movie Pass.

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50 Shades Freed (R: 2018)

50 Shades Freed (2018: Rated R)
~ 2 hours – Drama, Romance, Mystery, Adventure. Director: James Foley; Writers: Niall Leonard (screenplay by), E.L. James (based on the novel by); Starring: Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele; Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey; Eric Johnson as Jack Hyde; Eloise Mumford as Kate Kavanagh; Rita Ora as Mia Grey; Luke Grimes as Elliot Grey; Victor Rasuk as José; Max Martini as Taylor; Jennifer Ehle as Carla; Marcia Gay Harden as Grace Grey; and more … see IMDB for more details. ~

~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~ Viewed 2/9/18 at Tinseltown with Movie Pass ~

The Saga continues to the final chapter after Anastasia and Christian Grey return home to Seattle after a amazing honeymoon in Europe. Christian gets a bit over-protective and demanding of his new wife, in part to protect her against Hyde who seeks vengeance upon them both. Gifting her a life of leisure and her own publishing company, the two newly weds start settling in with a lavish life together with a very intimate and erotic zeal in life together. Things go down under quickly as the madman Hyde seeks to destroy them, eventually turning to criminal motives that endanger them and their relationship. It becomes a battle of committment vs. freedom, control vs. safety, as the Red Room is used in push-n-pull marital dynamics of individuality and the bonds of marriage. Questions of commitment vs. adultery, bondage and BDSM will make the mystery deeper as it extends to their friends as well. A pregnancy is thrown into the mix as emotions blow up intermingled with threats of murder, kidnapping, and violence. The plot toils and tumbles with high action, car chases, deceipt, sex, eroticism, and conundrums. Very well done and captivating throughout the entire screenplay. Rated: 5 stars out of 5.

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Atomic Blonde (R)


Atomic Blonde

Rated R – 2017

Fast action female version of James Bond (Charlize Theron) – attractive, stunning, and deadly takes on a impossible M6 mission getting a spy list that her former spy lover died for covering all the active agents in the West. Fast cars and deadly blasts, martial arts and brawls all in the heart of the moment that the Berlin Wall was coming down. Spectacular authentic 80’s soundtrack and great portrayal of the era. Reviewed 5 stars out of 5

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Bones, Season 2, Episode 1

Bones: Season 2; Episode 1 (2006)
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“The Titan on the Tracks”, Episode 1
“Brennan and Booth investigate the site of a train wreck where the bodies of a senator and a high-profile businessman are found within the wreckage. Brennan is introduced to Dr. Camille Saroyan. It doesn´t take long for Brennan to figure out “Cam” is a little too familiar with Booth.” ~ © 2006 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Excellent starting episode for Season 2 of “Bones”. While It’s my first viewing of the season, and thanks to Myspace movies, got to watch it when I don’t get TV at home. I’m addicted. Its a bit of forensic anthropology and tales from a true life forensic anthropologist reprinted on the silver screen. Impressed. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5. Viewed 10/18/06.

 
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Dexter: Seasons 1-3 (NR: Showtime, 2006-2010)


Dexter: Seasons 1-3

* NR/Showtime: 2006-2010 * http://www.sho.com/site/dexter/ * Starring/Cast/Staff: Michael C. Hall … Dexter Morgan (48 episodes, 2006-2009); Julie Benz … Rita Bennett / … (48 episodes, 2006-2009); Jennifer Carpenter … Debra Morgan (48 episodes, 2006-2009); Lauren Vélez … Lt. Maria Laguerta (48 episodes, 2006-2009); David Zayas … Angel Batista / … (48 episodes, 2006-2009); James Remar … Harry Morgan / … (48 episodes, 2006-2009); C.S. Lee … Vince Masuka (47 episodes, 2006-2009); Christina Robinson … Astor Bennett / … (43 episodes, 2006-2009); Preston Bailey … Cody Bennett / … (32 episodes, 2007-2009); Erik King … Sergeant James Doakes (24 episodes, 2006-2007); Desmond Harrington … Joey Quinn / … (24 episodes, 2008-2009); Geoff Pierson … Captain Tom Matthews (20 episodes, 2006-2009); and many more.

A great series on Showtime about a serial killer named “Dexter Morgan” played by Michael C. hall who works for the Miami Metro Police Department as a blood splatter analyst, utilizing his job to hid his uncontrollable addiction to gruesomely kill his victims he believes need to die. The series is based on Jeff Lindsay’s novel series “Darkly Dreaming Dexter”. The Fourth and Fifth season are in the works. The show follows the life of Dexter, day to day, as he goes from work, struggles with his internal demons, carries on relationships, and seeks to lash out his addiction to find the heartbeat of life in killing his victims. Dexter was a young boy who was adopted by a Miami cop named Harry Morgan from a blood bath murder scene of his mom. Harry, knowing Dexter would be changed from the incident for life, nurtured the murderous thirst in his son harnessing it to kill only those who deserve it – other killers who have escaped the legal system or were never suspects in the first place. He was taught by his father how to hide the evidence and to get away with the crimes while holding up a facade of normalcy. Slowly Dexter unravels the mystery of his family, his mother’s murder, and his psychotic father. Dexter learns to fake normal emotions which leads him into a torrid love affair with Rita. Fine to Dexter, his relationship with Rita goes slow, as she is slowly healing from past rape and abuse damages from her former husband, who is later released, and becomes ravelled up in Dexter’s madness. Through Dexter’s crazy life, working as a police scientist, he helps unravel the case of notorious murderers, the first of which is the “Ice Truck Killer” who turns out to be of his blood relations that his adoptive sister Debra gets involved with. Dexter continues to play normal, but police Sargeant James Doakes suspects something is wrong with Dexter which spirals him down to become a victim of Dexter’s insanity. As Dexter unravels his past he has to come to terms with his future. He kills his brother and pursues a deeper relationship with Rita. The Madness continues in Season 2 when Rita gives Dexter the ultimatum of joining Narcotics Anomynous thinking Dexter’s addictions is drugs rather than killing. Through the sessions, Dexter finds confidence in another addict, a con artist named Lila who becomes Dexter’s sponsor and mistress. Dexter’s murderous remains become found and he strives to frame someone else for his murders as Dexter becomes known as the “Bay Harbour Butcher” a name Dexter abhorrs. Now that Dexter has Rita’s ex-husband permanently out of his way, his love affair with Lila is discovered, and Rita dumps Dexter. As Dexter and Rita patch things up, Lila is outcasted, which drives her madly insane – out to get Rita and her children until she starts to discover Dexter’s real addiction is not recovery from drugs. Lila saves the day from getting Dexter discovered as the murderer, and joins Dexter’s list of people to “off”. In Season 3, Rita discovers she is pregnant with Dexter’s child. They decide to get married and have the baby. Dexter becomes allied with a district attorney who also has a thirst for blood, murder, and vengeance. Teaching Miguel Prado how to kill, Dexter quickly resents having told his darkly secret and struggles to erase his mistake. While struggling to hide his urges from Rita, trying desperately to be normal, Dexter is whirlwinded into a world a cloak and dagger as him and Miguel go on a killing spree until Miguel doesn’t listen to Dexter and runs astray risking everything. Dexter cleans up his “mistake”. This leads Dexter to become a victim of the infamous “Skinner” killer who he barely escapes from before walking down the aisle with Rita. Interesting enough, this series has become quite controversial through the conservative world because it has become blamed for making murder attractive, killing people o.k. and for influencing the youth. There has been a few missing person cases that have been linked to the series as having influenced murders in real life. In December of 2008, filmmaker Mark Twitchell in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada was charged with murder of 38 year old John Altinger whose body is still missing. He filmed footage of the “House of Cards” a horror-romance that is similar to Dexter’s clandestine murders, where he allegedly snuffed Altinger. The Detective on the case was quoted to have said “We have alot of information to suggest he definitely idolizes Dexter”. Twitchell also had apparently created a series of facebook statuses where he suggest that he had alot in common with Dexter Morgan. He has been released even though still suspect for the murder. In November of 2009, Seventeen year old Andrew Conley was arrested in Rising Sun, Indiana after killing his 10 year old brother Conner. Andrew told investigators that he identified with the character “Dexter”. The series is addicting and compelling, hard to walk away from, and quite captivating. Very enjoyable and thought provoking. Rating : 4.5 stars out of 5.

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