Earth is decaying and life cannot continue. An 86 year voyage is planned with a crew of children and their grandchildren will be the Adam and Eve’s of this new planet.
With the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. But when they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they’re consumed by fear, lust, and the unsatiable hunger for power.
Tye Sheridan is back in a sci-fi role. Last caught him as the main character in Ready Player One. We actually saw this last night, and realized there wasn’t a FIRST LOOK for it yet, so putting this out there for others who might be curious about this one.
Are you interested in seeing this one?
Voyagers is available in theaters as of April 8, 2021.
The pandemic has raised all kinds of unusual changes to our lives, both business and personal. We’ve stated here several times before that we’ve felt tremendously blessed to be able to keep working this entire time, as both our jobs are deemed essential, but that hasn’t been the case for others and our hearts go out to them.
Amazon certainly has enjoyed even more business during the pandemic, leading to an increase in deliveries and need for their delivery drivers. However, a lot of public restrooms have closed leaving a very real problem for drivers who need to go the bathroom and have, well, not so many choices.
Amazon says that “a typical Amazon fulfillment center has dozens of restrooms, and employees are able to step away from their work station at any time.”
However, the company acknowledged that this isn’t always true for its delivery drivers.
“We know that drivers can and do have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes, and this has been especially the case during Covid when many public restrooms have been closed,” Amazon wrote.
On a less tongue-firmly-in-cheek note, Amazon needs to come up with some sort of high tech bathroom service for drivers. Perhaps drones fly in a urinal to the delivery driver’s location? We’re in 2021 and sure, the pandemic is still on, but Amazon’s delivery drivers should have some sort of option beyond peeing in bottles.
Talk about provocative box art. Not sure what to think from the trailer for this sci-fi film, but I like a good dose of sci-fi now and again. The last sci-fi film we saw in theaters was Chaos Walking, and I liked that one.
A science fiction film starring Tye Sheridan from Ready Player One. Sheridan was good the last time I saw him and haven’t seen him in much else, so good too see him again in this film.
Wherever you are watching movies this weekend, happy watching to you
Coming 2 America ⭐️⭐️⭐️ took too many years to come to fruition, but Eddie Murphy is reportedly already interested in planning a third movie.
“Coming 2 America” the long-awaited sequel might have just been released, but star Eddie Murphy already wants a third film and he wants costume designer Ruth E. Carter to return.
The two sat down for Variety’s “Dream Teams” sequel to discuss their latest collaboration, and Murphy is planning, but audiences don’t have to wait thirty years, “You have to do next time,” he tells Carter. “[Set] sixteen years from now.”
If they do a Coming To America 3, then it needs to focus more on Murphy’s character Akeem. Murphy should be the centerpiece of the comedy, not other, younger actors. Arsenio Hall and he are and should always be the central characters in this franchise. It’s a little like having an Indiana Jones with Indy not being the central character. That was my main beef with Coming 2 America, and hopefully we’ll get more Hall and Murphy if there is a third movie.
Do you want to see another Coming To America sequel or are you done with the franchise? While they’re at it, how about Trading Places sequel or (gasp) Another Another 48 Hours? Murphy is already working on more Axel Foley in another Beverly Hills Cop sequel.
Here we are in 2021 and discrimination based on sexual orientation is still happening in Hollywood? According to Kate Winslet, at least mostly for men, it is.
“It’s bad news,” she added, “Hollywood has to drop that dated crap of, ‘Can he play straight because, apparently, he’s gay?’ ”
“That should be almost illegal,” she said. “You would not believe how widespread it is. And it can’t just be distilled to the question about gay actors playing gay parts. Because actors, in some cases, are choosing not to come out for personal reasons. And it’s nobody’s business. Perhaps privacy. Perhaps conditioning and shame.”
Kate is partially wrong, discrimination in the workplace is illegal. An actor should be chosen based on his/her suitability for the part, never on his/her sexual orientation. I do understand if it’s for a gay part, that the actor should be able to convincingly be comfortable with same sex contact and affection. If s/he is not, then that’s a legitimate reason to give the part to another actor. I don’t buy for a second, however, that only gay men and women can play gay parts and they can’t play straight roles. Look at actors like Raymond Burr? He brilliantly played a straight part as Perry Mason. George Takei (Sulu on Star Trek) came out, but not until much later in his career. Heck, the rebooted Star Trek even showed his character as gay.
I can see this being an issue in the past, but in 2021 we should have moved past this type of discriminatory casting, yes/no?
This might be one small area where men are discriminated against more than women. Gay men in Hollywood. Male actors seem to get work into their senior ages more than aging female actresses. At least I’ve read that complaint over the years.
Raya And The Last Dragon – PG-13 – 1 hr 54 min NO SPOILERS Movie Review Watched in theater Friday April 2, 2021 AMC Lakewood 12 – Lakewood, Washington 17th new movie seen in theater in 2021
Several kingdoms are protected by a giant gem that was forged by dragons in a pact to keep the water-fearing Druins away from turning people to stone. When the kingdoms can’t agree on who will control the gem, it breaks into five pieces.
Raya’s father casts her into the river to embark on a quest to reunite the kingdoms, piece back together the five gems and summon the final dragon to assist.
We took our grandchildren to see this in the theater, age 6 and 4 and surprisingly (to us anyway) they made it through the entire movie without bailing. This was a first. Apparently, they had seen this at their house several times, so must have been a premium buy through Disney+ for that. They liked it enough to stay with it, and it seemed a little more suited to young girls than boys, but hey, we were excited they watched it all the way through again (for them).
As for us? It was an entertaining movie. The kind that Disney knows how to crank out on an assembly line. It is lacking the music and songs that normally accompany movies like this. There’s like one moment, maybe two, where Raya starts to break into singing something, but it’s not a full song.
So, this becomes a quest movie with the goal pretty clear: try to retrieve all five gems so the dragon can help them reassemble into a single, big gem. This keeps viewers engaged, because we want to see what happens if/when they get all those gem pieces back. Along the way obstacles and conflicts are thrown in their way.
When we talked about the movie, Kara and I felt similarly toward it. Not bad, not amazing, just kind of an average Disney animated movie. Would we have paid $30 for this to see as part of Disney+ premium? Nope. Glad we saw it with our grandchildren. They had a good time.
No, we don’t recommend this, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth seeing. It’s the kind of movie when it finally appears on Disney+ without the $30 fee that you might want to check out. Again, I think younger girls would be more interested in this movie than boys. Adults will not be bored by it, so that’s a win.
Rating (out of 5 stars): ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Todd) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Kara)
Godzilla vs. Kong – PG-13 – 1 hr 53 min NO SPOILERS Movie Review Watched in theater Thursday April 1, 2021 AMC Lakewood 12 – Lakewood, Washington 16th new movie seen in theater in 2021
“Kong bows to no one.” This is one of the early-on quotes for this film and really sets up the giant hairy gorilla forced to be captive in a Truman-like sphere with fake jungle environment surroundings. Meanwhile, Godzilla is out there waiting for him to make an appearance so he can fight him to see who is the #1 Apex monster.
When I was growing up, watching those old Godzilla and Kong movies, I was amazed by how big the monsters were. In a versus movie like this, we want to see some major battling between the two. Eventually, we get this, but it takes a little while in the story.
There is an almost completely unnecessary substory involving a conspiracy theorist with a podcast, an ex-employee of Apex, which is playing the evil big company role and a girl. The only real human story of interest that matters, however, is Kong and the deaf girl that do sign language between each other. Let’s be honest, it’s the monsters facing off, perhaps smashing some giant cities in the process — that’s what we want to see here.
While leaving the movie theater, we talked in more depth about these types of movies. Kara has almost zero interest in these types of films. I make a mistake in our just left the theater calling a mcguffin and Mcguvyer lol, oh well.
What you really want to know is whether or not you should see this in the theater? On the big screen or on streaming? I’m saying no to streaming, but yes to on the big screen. We saw this in 3D but that was basically unused, so you don’t need to worry about 3D, just go see it while it’s in the theater if you can. If you like this type of movie and can get past the first act and into the second act, you’ll likely enjoy it.
However, if you’re like Kara, this not being your type of movie, then skip it. Nothing that new here.
What is April 5, you ask? In Star Trek terms, it’s where we first encounter aliens. It happens a mere 42 years from now. With any luck, I’ll still be breathing — well into my 90s, but hey, here to see if there is any truth in fiction.
Yes, we’ve come across the birthday celebration of First Contact Day: April 5, 2021. Today on StarTrek.com a celebration of this historic day in Star Trek lore.
April 5—42 years from now—it’s “First Contact Day” in the Star Trek universe. It’s the day that, give or take some attempted intervention by the Borg, humanity’s Zefram Cochrane meets Vulcans for the first time, catapulting humanity into a galactic standard way beyond Earth. To mark the momentous day, we can expect…some news?
On Monday, Star Trek’s official website and CBS will host an all-day marathon and panels covering the franchise’s past and future. For viewers in the United States, celebrations kick off at 12 p.m. Eastern
Keep your eyes peeled on StarTrek.com today. They have a full roster of events and activities starting at noon ET (GMT-5).
It would be a good day today to catch up on some Star Trek. If you have Paramount+, you can catch up on all things Star Trek, including the newest animated series: Star Trek: Lower Decks (not recommended), which we reviewed some of the first season, or Star Trek: Picard (also, not recommended), or even better, relive the best to date animated Star Trek series (very much recommended!) that we’ve been reviewing Saturdays — and will come to a close with the last of the 22 episodes this coming Saturday 4/10/2021: The Counter-Clock Incident.
Even if you don’t have Paramount+ and/or no desire to subscribe, other streaming channels do have some Star Trek. Netflix still streams Star Trek: The Original Series (all 3 seasons), Star Trek: The Next Generation (all 7 seasons), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (7 seasons), Star Trek: Voyager (7 seasons) and Star Trek: Enterprise (4 seasons). Amazon Prime Video also streams some, if not all (I didn’t fully check) these TV series.
I’ve seen all of some of these series episodes and only some of others. I’ve seen all of the Star Trek movies to date, although I don’t think I’ve reviewed all of them yet (again, didn’t check). Since they aren’t making new Star Trek that I’m as excited about right now, I’ll probably keep working through the older stuff. Haven’t completely given up hope on new Star Trek, though.
What about you? Will you be watching anything Star Trek oriented today? Will you be celebrating First Contact day?.
Month #4 in 2021 seems to be looking up with potentially bigger movie releases, the first of which is Godzilla vs. Kong at the end of March/beginning of April leading to Mortal Kombat on April 16, both are from Warner Bros. and following their plan to have movies released in theaters and on HBO Max on the same day.
While the number of new theatrical releases is still very small, it looks like it will be increasing as we head into the summer months. Regal will finally be reopening many of its US theaters again soon, maybe.
On an incidental note, we’ve been seeing more people attending the theater. We’ve made it up to 17 movies seen in theaters in 2021 as of this writing.
For historical reference, we’re including the films originally planned for this month, delays and reschedules dates when available as of this writing.
We’re also including some notable streaming releases, but this list isn’t meant to be all-inclusive. Weekly on Thursdays usually we post a “WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND” list covering streaming in more depth.
All April 2021 movie release dates unless otherwise indicated are for the United States, the release dates in other countries can/may/will vary.
APRIL 2021 (6 movies)
The Unholy (Apr 2) [LIMITED]
French Exit (Apr 2)
Voyagers (Apr 9)
Mortal Kombat (delayed, moved from Jan 15 to Apr 16, move #2 to Apr 23)
Together, Together (Apr 23)
The Asset (Apr 23)
Concrete Cowboy – Netflix (Apr 2)
Thunder Force – Netflix (Apr 9)
Shadow and Bone (Apr 23)
Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse – Prime Video (Apr 30)
The Mitchells vs. The Machines – Netflix (Apr 30)
No Time To Die (delayed, moved from Apr 2 to Oct 8)
Nobody (delayed, moved from Feb 19 to April 2, moved UP #2 from Apr 2 to Mar 26)
Bob’s Burgers: The Movie (delayed, moved from Apr 9 to “TBA”)
Fatherhood (delayed, moved from Apr 2 to Apr 16, move #2 to June 16, 2021 Netflix)
BIOS (delayed, move from Apr 16 to Aug 13) Tom Hanks
Reminiscence (delayed, moved from Apr 16 to Sep 3)
The Unholy (Apr 2) [LIMITED]
French Exit (Apr 2)
Voyagers (Apr 9)
Mortal Kombat (Apr 23)
Together, Together (Apr 23)
The Asset (Apr 23)
Which of these movies, if any, are you looking forward to seeing?
Of the list of movies above released or delayed, what are you most looking forward to seeing? Are you going to wait for these movies to come to streaming or venture into theaters? If you’re still in a holding pattern, it’s all good. Let’s chat about it in the comments.
As always, wishing you all happy viewing, whatever you’re watching!
Weekend #14 of 52 (4/1 – 4/4/2021) for 2021 Picks By Streaming Service
Happy Easter everybody! Yeah, this is later than it should be and no, it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke to be late, it’s just me being late. Would love to claim it was April Fool’s though 😉
The first of the month is more than April Fool’s it’s movies rotating in and out of the main streaming service time. The big news on streaming, besides these rotating movies, is Godzilla vs. Kong, which can also be seen in theaters. We caught this in the theater on Thursday in 3D and a review is coming.
It’s also the first week of the month, which means movies rotating into the various streaming services. The list of those movies are below. You can go through them and add to your wishlists.
*Title with asterisk – newly released Title is linked and has star rating – already watched, rated and reviewed Title bolded – on our schedule to watch/rewatch, rate and review (or in progress)
NOTE: If you’re coming to these posts weeks or months later, some and/or all of the picks listed below may no longer be on the streaming services indicated. Anything marked as “Original” typically doesn’t expire on the streaming services.
*Concrete Cowboy (Apr 2)
*Just Say Yes
Escape from Planet Earth – 2012 (Apr 3)
*The Fisherman’s Diary (Apr 4)
*What Lies Below – 2020
*The Serpent – Limited Series (Apr 2)
Movies rotating into NETFLIX as of April 1
Tersanjung the Movie Worn Stories 2012 Cop Out Friends with Benefits Insidious Legally Blonde Leprechaun The Pianist The Possession Secrets of Great British Castles: Season 1 The Time Traveler’s Wife Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family White Boy Yes Man
Disney+ Movies & TV
*Star Wars Clone Wars – Seasons 2003-2005
*Godzilla vs. Kong (Mar 31) – also in theaters
*On The Spectrum (Apr 2)
Ted 2012 Unrated Version (Apr 3)
Q: Into The Storm Finale
Movies rotating into HBO MAX as of April 1
A Shock To The System, 1990 (HBO) Abandon, 2002 (HBO) Adam’s Rib, 1949 All Is Lost, 2013 (HBO) Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl Barbarosa, 1982 (HBO) Black Dynamite, 2009 Blindness, 2008 (HBO) The Bodyguard, 1992 Boogie Nights, 1997 Bringing Up Baby, 1938 The Butcher’s Wife, 1991 (HBO) Caddyshack, 1980 The Collection, 2012 (HBO) The Color Purple, 1985 Dante’s Peak, 1997 (HBO) Dark Shadows, 2012 (HBO) Dead Silence, 2007 (HBO) Dirty Harry, 1971 The Eagle Has Landed, 1977 (HBO) Early Man, 2018 (HBO) Easy Rider, 1969 Ella Enchanted, 2004 (HBO) The Evil That Men Do, 1984 (HBO) Eye For An Eye, 1996 (HBO) Fear, 1996 (HBO) genera+ion, Part One finale Ghost Rider, 2007 Goodfellas, 1990 Green Lantern, 2011 Hardball, 2001 (HBO) Happy Endings Haywire, 2012 (HBO) In & Out, 1997 (HBO) Kicking & Screaming, 2005 (HBO) King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, 2017 (HBO) Lassiter, 1984 (HBO) Leatherface Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, 1990 (HBO) Let’s Go To Prison, 2006 (HBO) The Longest Yard, 1974 (HBO) Man Up, 2015 (HBO) The Mask of Zorro, 1998 The Man With The Iron Fists, 2012 (Unrated Version) (HBO) Missing In Action 2 – The Beginning, 1985 (HBO) Missing In Action, 1984 (HBO) My Super Ex-Girlfriend, 2006 (HBO) The Nanny The Natural, 1984 Now, Voyager, 1942 One Day, 2011 (HBO) Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, 1985 (HBO) Police Academy 3: Back In Training, 1986 (HBO) Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol, 1987 (HBO) Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach, 1988 (HBO) Police Academy 6: City Under Siege, 1989 (HBO) Police Academy: Mission To Moscow, 1994 (HBO) Primal Fear, 1996 (HBO) Reasonable Doubt, 2014 (HBO) Red Dawn, 1984 (HBO) The Return, 2006 (HBO) Risky Business, 1983 (HBO) Roger & Me, 1989 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939 Sneakers, 1992 (HBO) Space Jam, 1996 Speed 2 Cruise Control, 1997 (HBO) Spellbound, 2003 (HBO) Stuart Little, 1999 The Shack, 2017 (HBO) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, 2006 (Extended Version) (HBO) Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, 2011 Wanderlust, 2012 (HBO) The Warriors, 1979 (Director’s Cut) (HBO) The Watch, 2012 (HBO) White Noise, 2005 (HBO) The Wild Life, 2016 (HBO) Within, 2016 (HBO) Wolves At The Door, 2017 (HBO)
Amazon Prime Video
*Moment of Truth – True Crime – Docuseries (Apr 2) Murder of Michael Jordan’s father
Movies rotating into PRIME VIDEO as of April 1
A Hologram For The King (2016) Anna Karenina (2012) Art of Falling in Love (2019) A Simple Plan (1998) Because I Said So (2007) Bob Roberts (1992) Brüno (2009) Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974) Chato’s Land (1972) Cheech & Chong’s Still Smokin’ (1983) Cohen And Tate (1989) Devil In A Blue Dress (1995) Did You Hear About The Morgans? (2009) Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) Evan Almighty (2007) Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994) Frankie & Alice (2014) Girl With A Pearl Earring (2003) Gunfighters Of Abilene (1959) Hancock (2008) Head Of State (2003) How To Train Your Dragon (2010) Inception (2010) Johnny English (2003) Lady In A Cage (1964) Larry Crowne (2011) League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) Lords Of Dogtown (2005) Love in Harmony Valley (2020) Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011) Madea Goes To Jail (2009) Mad Max (1980) Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World (2003) Men Of Honor (2000) Milk (2009) Minority Report (2002) Monster’s Ball (2001) Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Motel Hell (1980) My Cousin Vinny (1992) New In Town (1992) Open Range (2003) Platoon (1986) Shaft (2000) Shooter (2007) Sleeping With The Enemy (1991) Smiley Face Killers (2020) So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) That Thing You Do! (1996) The Abyss (1989) The Dead Zone (1983) The Devil’s Double (2011) The Gift (2000) The Happening (2008) The Hunting Party (1971) The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959) The Pawnbroker (1964) The Program (1993) The Replacement Killers (1998) The Skull (1965) The Sum Of All Fears (2002) Untraceable (2008) Valerie (1957) Waiting To Exhale (1995) What About Bob? (1991) A Soldier’s Story About A Boy Aloha American Pastoral Anaconda Burn After Reading Daddy’s Little Girls Dear John For Colored Girls Four Rooms Fun Size G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra Girl Most Likely Good Luck Chuck Kung Fu Panda Midnight Sun Moneyball (2011) Mud October Sky Road To Perdition Salt Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World Something’s Gotta Give (2003) Step Up Revolution Surf’s Up The 6th Day The Bone Collector The Great Debaters The Royal Tenenbaums The Sting The Sting II Tombstone Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love What Women Want
*WeWork: Or The Making And Breaking Of A $47 Billion Unicorn (Apr 2)
*Hysterical – Season Premiere (Apr 3)
Movies rotating into HULU as of April 1
2012 (2009) 28 Days Later (2003) A Hologram for the King (2016) A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994) A Simple Plan (1998) The Abyss (1989) Before We Go (2015) Bug (2007) Bulworth (1998) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974) Changing Lanes (2002) Chappaquiddick (2017) Chato’s Land (1972) Cheech & Chong’s Still Smokin’ (1983) Cohen and Tate (1989) The Color Purple (1985) The Dead Zone (1983) The Devil’s Double (2011) Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) Die Hard (1988) Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995) Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000) Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) Frankie & Alice (2014) Friends With Benefits (2011) Garden State (2004) The Gift (2000) Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) Guess Who (2005) Hancock (2008) The Hunting Party (1971) In The Mix (2005) Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000) Lady in a Cage (1964) Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006) Life Of Crime (2014) Live Free Or Die Hard (2007) Mad Max (1980) Madea Goes To Jail (Theatrical Feature) (2009) The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2004) Monster’s Ball (2001) Motel Hell (1980) Napoleon Dynamite (2004) Never Back Down (2008) New in Town (2009) Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) The Out-Of-Towners (1999) The Pawnbroker (1964) Platoon (1986) The Polar Express (2004) The Preacher’s Wife (1996) The Program (1993) Ramona and Beezus (2009) The Replacement Killers (1998) Rio (2011) The Sandlot (1993) Scary Movie 4 (2006) Sex And The City (2008) Sex And The City 2 (2010) Shaft (2000) Shrek 2 (2002) The Skull (1965) Sleeping With The Enemy (1991) Sliver (1993) So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) Star Trek: Generations (1994) Step Up Revolution (2012) The Sum of All Fears (2002) That Thing You Do! (1996) The Upside (2017) Vanilla Sky (2001) Virtuosity (1995) Waiting to Exhale (1995) War (2007) Warriors of Virtue (1997) What About Bob? (1991) Where the Heart Is (2000) Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)