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Naked and Afraid (NR)

Naked and Afraid
~ rated: TV-14, each episode approx. 43 minutes | Adventure, Reality-TV | TV Series (2013– ) * https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3007640/ ~

One of my favorite reality shows – Naked and Afraid is an American reality series networked on the Discovery Channel featuring two survivalists (XL features numerous contestants) – usually a man and a woman who have to survive an extreme environment with nothing but their naked bodies, a rough cross-body satchel containing a personal diary, camera, a map, a necklace with a hidden microphone, and one personal survival item. The series began in 2013 and airs weekly for the season’s length. They are set to attempt to last 21 days in this state. The two strangers, one man, one woman, meet for the first time and given a map showing basics of their surroundings and where on day 21 they need to be for extraction if they can last that long. To survive, they must quickly acquaint themselves with their environment and build shelter, find water, food, and craft their necessary clothing if possible. A camera crew follows them but may not interfere unless a severe medical emergency occurs or if they call for a medic. Candidates can “tap out” or quit if they can’t make it. It covers incredible social dynamics, drama, action, and adventure. I’m very impressed with this show.

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

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Jurassic World (PG-13: 2018)

Jurassic World (PG-13: 2018)
~ 2h 8min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 22 June 2018 | Director: J.A. Bayona; Writers: Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow | Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, and more – see https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4881806/ for details. ~

While visiting Carlsbad, New Mexico exploring the caverns and geology of the area, we treated ourselves to the opening of Jurassic World using our Movie Passes. The theater was so-so, but the movie grandiouse fun. It kept us on the edge of our seats. A new twist and change of plot with the Jurassic Park series and being the great fans we are, it was exciting with they atypical Hollywood special effect splendor. My son even got scared by the dinosaurs which was a new evolution for him.

The story returns three years after the Jurassic Park theme park was closed and all the remaining dinosaurs in danger of another extinction due to the island’s volcano erupting and exploding towards the destruction of the island. Investors seeks out Owen and Claire to return to the Isla Nublar island to save the species. But the investors aren’t honest with them and want to auction off the dinosaurs instead with the raptor “Blue” to be the main target. They fight to save the dinosaurs and the world which is now in danger from more than the volcano. Great plot and story line. We very much enjoyed the film.

Rated: 4.5 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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The Avengers: Infinity War

The Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13: 2018)
~ PG-13 | 2h 29min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 27 April 2018 : Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo; Writers: Christopher Markus (screenplay by), Stephen McFeely (screenplay by); Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and more, see IMDB. Viewed on 4/26/18 at Tinseltown, Colorado Springs, Colorado using Movie Pass. ~

The saga continues as the world destroyer comes to Earth seeking out the Universe crystals for Universe domination. All heroes are called to action as the Avengers, Dr. Strange, the Black Panther, Iron Man, Spiderman, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more come to the rescue. It is an epic battle with an unexpected outcome. Thanos, the Titan is out to kill the Gods. Thor has to retrieve the weapon to destroy him, or can he? Visually stunning and an amazing plot. I highly enjoyed this film. Top work and one of Marvel’s most incredible films.

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

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Early Man (2018: PG)

Early Man
~ PG | 1 hour, 29 minutes | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 16 February 2018 (USA); Director: Nick Park; Writers: Mark Burton (screenplay by), James Higginson (screenplay by) | Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams | See full cast & crew on IMDB.

A comical clay-mation animation of Cave Man from asteroid clash and the invention of football, bleeding into Romans, Vikings, and other mish-mash of historic timelines. A “dumb and dumber” of the Stone Age fighting the Bronze Age for the prehistoric jungle. Machines and Mastadons, to bunny hunts, the Neanderthals figure out Soccer. Its a quest to save their homeland from the Bronze empire.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5. Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions at Tinseltown using Movie Pass. ~

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Geostorm (PG-13: 2017)

Geostorm
Rated: PG-13
Released: 2017
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish

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Comes the world when global warming has created such a grand crisis that all nations had to join forces to fight natural catastrophes. Building a space station with thousands of satellites used to control the weather, the nicknamed “Dutch Boy” system is just about to be passed off to the United Nations from the USA. A fight to maintain control of the protector now turned weapon, destruction of cities and countries, and targeting world dominance, the greedy, ugly, and soul smashing villain goes all out to get what they want. Its left up to the creator to figure out what’s going on. Emblazoned within a family relationship and struggle, the binds of blood saves the day, but not before hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, deep freezes and heat waves devastate the planet. Will the earth survive? Rated: 4 stars out of 5 Reviewed by Leaf McGowan, 10/22/17

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Walking Out (PG-13: 2017)

Walking Out
Rated: PG-13
Released: 2017
Starring: Bill Pullman, Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins

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A great father/son film with continued repetitive family history of a urban teen who comes visits his father at their cabin in the mountains only to end in tragedy. The youth, separated from his dad due to divorce, comes to visit his father for a great hunt. Putting away technology, his father helps him re-learn survival skills and the great hunt. They pulled a tag for a moose that his dad was tracking. A run-in with Grizzlies, a hunting accident, leaves the teen to carry his dad down the mountain – walking out of a nightmare. A grand tale of survival, thrilling, and edge of your seat moments. Rating: 4 out of 5

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