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Fuller House season 4

Greetings, readers. I couldn’t wait for December 14th, the premier date for Fuller House, season 4. I’ve watched every episode in the new season and loved them all. Please be aware before reading this blog entry, that it has spoilers for the entire series throughout.

The more I watch this show, the more I like it. I love the way Candace Cameron Bure brought her real life Christian way of life to her character D.J. The three female characters range from age 41 to 36 in this current season. Yes, I remember them from the original show Full House, when they were little kids, and Jodie Sweetin was so light that she could be attached to a hook on the back of a closet door to say her, “Just hangin’ around,” joke line. All of the children have turned out to be beautiful, smart women who are exceptional actresses.

Things I love about this show. The same house but updated with newer furnishings. Yes, Danny’s old couch is still there. But I’ve noticed some different wall hangings, a change of tile around the kitchen sink, little things like that. It is what you would expect if you walked into a house 29 years later. There is not one character I don’t like. Yes, Jackson can be a little bit whiney, but being a momma’s boy, I can relate. If anyone reads this blog who has anything to do with this show, please keep the romances of Rocki and Jackson, and Rose and Max going until the end. They are all so cute together. I also love the fact that they are taking D.J.’s romance in the Steve direction. Steve was D.J.’s high school boyfriend before going their separate ways. In the first few seasons of Fuller House, D.J. was in love with her veterinarian partner Matt. Yes, they were cute together, but I am, as they say on the show, team Steve. I am also thrilled that Stephanie and Jimmy now have a child together thanks to Jimmy’s sister Kimmy. In the final episode, Jimmy proposes to Steph, and it was one of the most well done scenes in the series to date. Lastly, I love how they are making this series about the “youngsters” with only the occasional visits from Danny, Jesse, Joey, and Becky.

No show is perfect and here a few things I don’t like so much. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen vehemently refuse to be on Fuller House. Every year on one of the holiday themed episodes when a toast is made at the table, someone is always wishing that Michelle can come next year. After four seasons, this is getting a little ridiculous. Offer them a billion dollars for a cameo or kill the character off already. No sitcom is supposed to be that realistic but not to see your sister in four years without an explanation of bad blood does not logically work for me. Most Fuller House fans would love to see Michelle make an appearance but we have more or less given up on that possibility. Another thing that is rubbing me the wrong way are the divorced characters Kimmy and Fernando. They are back in love but the show’s creators don’t seem to be taking it anywhere. Make daughter Ramona the happiest girl on Earth and have her parents get re-married for Pete’s sake. Yes, there really isn’t much that I don’t like about this show. Perhaps it is that I was a Full House lover and in my eyes they can do no wrong.

What do you think about Fuller House? Reply in the comment section in Facebook or below with your thoughts.

Before I close, R.I.Ps go out to Penny Marshall and Sondra Locke, two great actresses and directors.

I wish you a great weekend, a Merry Christmas, and we will see you next Wednesday. Happy reading.

LA to Vegas – a diamond in the rough

Greetings, readers. I don’t very often watch shows on Demand, but a couple of months ago I caught the pilot episode … no pun intended … of LA to Vegas on Fox. I watched the first episode of this show and thought, How stupid, and didn’t give it another look. The other night I had nothing to do and thought, you know what, let’s go back and give that show a fair shake. I’m very glad I did. As the title says, it is a diamond in the rough.

The premise is quite simple. It is the cabin crew of four, a pilot, co-pilot, and two flight attendants, flying their regulars from L.A. to Las Vegas on Friday and back again on Sunday, on the fictitious Jackpot Airlines. On any given episode, as in most shows, the story will center around one character’s goings on, such as flight attendant Ronnie getting kicked out of her apartment, or Captain Dave not being able to fly because of a broken wrist. Although the 737 is full of passengers, there are a handful of frequent flyers. I shall now describe a few of them.

There is Nicole the stripper, who’s been lying to her mother about going to school while she works in a strip dance club on the weekend for extra money. She is sweet, smart, and very attractive. She is played by Olivia Macklin. Then there is Artern, played by Peter Stormare. I’ll be honest I don’t know if that is his true accent or not so I won’t even hazard to guess, but he is the bookie-loan shark character who is always getting into everyone else’s business. Even though that sounds like a bad thing, he can be kind, helpful at times, and is generally harmless. Next is flight attendant Ronnie. She is played by Kim Matula. She is my favorite character – and no, not just for her physique. Everyone turns to Ronnie to help them solve their problems, and she always puts herself second and comes to their rescue.

The other major players are co-pilot Alan played by Amir Talai, flight attendant Bernard, passenger Colin played by Ed Weeks, and last but not least good old Captain Dave played by Dylan McDermott. Yes, they do only use first names on this show. Alan lacks self-confidence of any kind. Colin the Brit likes to keep to himself but always ends up caught up in the middle of something. Bernard, the flight attendant, openly gay, is actually one of my favorite characters. He’s strong, knows what he wants, and is brilliantly played by Nathan Lee Graham. Last but not least, there is the arrogant, oozing with confidence Captain Dave, who thinks he is God’s gift to everything. This is where my title comes in to play the most. I cannot emphasis enough how much I hated this character in the pilot episode, but by the season finale he had mellowed and realized that this cast of characters were his family, whom he cared about. If you like Dylan McDermott, you will like this show. I gave the pilot a 0, but after watching all of season one, I give the series a solid 7-and-a-half stars out of 10. It is well worth a watch.

There is my entry for today. Until tomorrow, I hope you enjoy, stay cool if you are in the heat, and as always, happy reading.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a hit, despite the boycotts

Greetings, readers. Last night I went with friends to see the latest Star Wars flick. I had heard mixed reviews and quite frankly was expecting to be disappointed. I was not! As the first film in a possible trilogy, I liked Solo: A Star Wars Story as much as Rogue One, if not better. I do have a few light spoilers below.

Alden Ehrenreich did a wonderful job in my opinion of making the viewer believe that he was the younger version of the character Han Solo. He had all the mannerisms down correctly, and even looked like he could be Harrison Ford’s son. The only problem I had with him is he also looked like, in certain scenes, Chris Pine from the new Star Trek film series. But I easily gave that a hand wave.

Another major player was the younger version of Lando Calrissian played by Donald Glover. He also looked and sounded even more like his character than Alden Ehrenreich sounded like Han Solo. Of course for all Star Wars fans, we were introduced to Chewbacca who was not, unfortunately played by Peter Mayhew. His health would not allow all the walking around and physical things for the part. The growling voice, however, sounded identical. It could be that Peter did the voice acting for Chewbacca. When we were introduced to our furry friend, played by Joonas Suotamo, he was the bad guy’s pet, kept in a dungeon filled with mud on the floor. Han Solo was thrown into said pit to see how long he would survive against “the beast”.

Hon’s love interest, Qu’ra played by a marvelous British actress named Emilia Clarke was in the first part of the movie and then reappeared a while later to be happily reacquainted with her love, but she had secrets to hide.

The movie came out a couple of weeks ago, and unfortunately in its third week the box office sales have fallen off the table. My good friend’s brother told me that this was because many people were very upset with the previous Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, and many people boycotted the Solo film; it is a shame. I give it a solid 8 out of 10, with good acting, a reasonable storyline, and plenty of action.

Well, after reading this you may or may not want to see the film. For those of you who are die-hard Star Wars fans, trust me, you will love it. Don’t boycott it. Go treat yourself.

I’m taking a personal day tomorrow, so Rebecca will have the blog entry up. Until next Wednesday, have a great week, take care, and happy reading.

Hodgepodge day and review of new Lost in Space

Greetings, readers. Much to talk to you about today. First of all, I have asked for and been granted time off from my fast food job for the summer. I talked to my manager two days ago and she okayed it. I’ll be off from May 7th until the third week of August. I asked Savannah if I will have a job to come back to after all that time. She smiled and said of course. That gave me a good feeling inside. I must still be a valued employee (I say modestly.)

What will I do with this time off you might ask. I’m going to sit my behind in a chair and write, write, write. I have three or four ideas on the board already and am anxious to flush them out and start the first drafts. My days will go something like this: Get up early, have my coffee while I wake up slowly, do some computer fishing on Fishing Planet, and after breakfast put on the thinking cap, as my dad used to say, and begin writing.

For tomorrow’s blog entry, if possible, I will try something new. I have an idea for a short story based on a recurring dream of mine. I’m going to relay that dream to you and have that be the blog entry for tomorrow. I think you will find it fascinating.

Switching gears, what happened to my summertime? We had 82 degrees F four days ago, and yesterday looking out the restaurant window, we had snow squalls and wind. Welcome to central Pennsylvania in April. Luckily I was able to get back up to my apartment from the bus stop without slipping or sliding. Low 50s are forecast for today. That’s better than a high of 25 I’ll tell you; I think we just got spoiled. Heck, even the crocuses were up.

On to another topic on this hodgepodge day. I watched all ten episodes of the Netflix reboot of Lost in Space. I went into it expecting it to be horrible. It is fantastic. Most of it was shot on location in the Vancouver area, which provided stunning scenery. I was also most impressed with the development of the characters. They stayed much closer to Irwin Allen’s original family idea than the 1998 film, except that John and Maureen started out distant and almost divorced; they grew closer as the season went on. Penny, Will, and Judy were right on the mark, and I was happy to see that Judy was a doctor, not just blonde eye candy as in the 1960’s series.

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know what happens next, skip this paragraph. At the end of the last episode, Jupiter 2 is pulled through the black hole and comes out in a completely different alien solar system. They are now truly lost in space . . . which does lead me to believe there will be a season 2. END OF SPOILERS.

When I first saw the trailer on Netflix for a reboot of Lost in Space, I thought to myself, oh boy, that will be a 2 out of 10 at best. My final score for season 1: a solid 8 out of 10. If you liked the series in the 60s, you’ll like this. Check it out on Netflix streaming.

Update after publication today: Also heartfelt condolences go out to the Bush family on the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush. She was a wonderful lady, and she will be missed by the world.

That’s my news for today. As stated before, tomorrow will be a short story as the blog entry. I think you will like the change of pace. Until then, take care, think spring, and as always, happy reading.

Review of Out of the Park Baseball 19

Greetings, readers. Today the full version of the updated game Out of the Park Baseball 19 was to come out but early this morning, to my disappointment, not much on the game had changed since the other day when I downloaded it and it still said bata on the screen. That means it is still in the test phase, for those of you who don’t know. Though the game is almost identical to last year’s version, the changes that were made are awesome. Ready? Let’s review.

First of all, my favorite new goodie is the preloaded fictitious league to which you can give any name. They called it the U.S. Baseball League. It is a 24 team league set in the United States, with a history and back stories starting from 1977! I could spend hours just reading through the history and the almanac. I don’t know how long it took to set all this up, but to the developers … bravo! I immediately took control of the Philadelphia Blackhawks. Only one of the team names made no sense, so I changed the Detroit Honu to the Detroit Black Knights, and that team now plays in Black Knight Stadium. I am going to have so much fun with baseball this year.

Another big improvement is the look of the players. As I mentioned briefly in yesterday’s blog entry, in Out of the Park 18 they look like little Weebles instead of people. So unrealistic. In Out of the Park Baseball 19, I feel more like I am watching more realistic looking baseball players. Even though all the players are fictitious in this league, you can have the program generate a fictitious picture. It adds to the whole team experience. I now have a face to put to a name. You can also create a team photo.

One thing that Out of the Park Baseball 19 has not done yet is given me the ability to download the historic stadiums which was so prominent and useful in last year’s version. I thought I could be sneaky by copying and pasting the stadiums from the older game’s directory into the new game, and it almost worked. It seems like one set of files which were quite needed didn’t come over. Hopefully in a day or two, this year’s version of the game will have its own download of stadiums to use.

A new feature in the game is something called Perfect Team. However, it still says on the game’s front page it is coming soon. When I find out exactly what it is and how it plays, I’ll let you know. It sounds most interesting, but at this point I am only guessing that it means using classic real-life players to build the ultimate team.

My old play-by-play buddy, the digitally enhanced voice whom I call Com Puter – lol – works his magic to keep us entertained with the game’s text to speech feature. Believe it or not, he’s not as monotone as you would think. I played the new game with the voice on and with it off, and it definitely adds to the experience to have this play-by-play feature on.

Let’s tally.

Game play and presentation: 9.5 out of 10.

Graphics: Improved to a 9 out of 10.

Fun factor: A perfect score of 10.

Ability to download stadiums: Well, so far a failing grade of 5 out of 10 since I was able to achieve part of the stadium downloading process. Once the game goes out of beta, I hope the problem will be corrected and this game will get a higher score.

True final score is pending, but for now: 8.4 out of 10.

Even though the game scored lower than a 9 this year, I would recommend this game to any baseball fan. I would also recommend two things. Play a season in major league baseball mode, and go ahead and create your own league. That is where the real fun is. So put on your batting helmet, and swing for the fences.

Until next Wednesday, I bid you a great weekend, take care, and as always, happy reading.

Review of My Summer Car

Greetings, readers. For the past week and a half or so I have been fighting with my laptop to try to play a game on Steam called My Summer Car. This game was produced by one person in Finland, Johannes Rojola, and the graphics are awesome. The language is Finnish with English subtitles. It is set in 1995 and the cars are from that era. I’ve seen numerous YouTube videos dealing with this game and they are loads of fun to watch. However my five and half-year old Asus laptop just won’t play the game correctly. I can play the game but the mechanics of my laptop won’t let me do it correctly. I believe I’m having frame rate issues. The game just won’t run smoothly at all. I’ve tried changing the settings on the options menu to the worst possible graphics and screen size. That helps ever so slightly, but still not enough to really play the game. If anybody can tell me how to solve my graphics problem, it would be greatly appreciated. Leave me a comment here or on Facebook.

Here’s how the game is supposed to go. Your parents are away for the summer and you have the house to yourself. You have a shell of a car, basically the chassis, with all the parts in your garage. You have to assemble them one by one, including tightening all the nuts and bolts. All the while, birds, mosquitoes and pesky phone calls do their best to distract you. The most annoying creature in the game is the overnight cuckoo bird which never stops. If one or two bolts are not tightened completely, they will shake out and your car will die.

You have five meters on the top left of your computer screen which are urine (yes, you have to go to the bathroom in this game), thirst, hunger, fatigue, and dirtiness. You can die of fatigue, hunger and thirst, but not dirtiness. You always have to keep track of these meters, and eat and drink beer, water, or milk to keep the meters low. You have a sauna for cleaning, which is really cool, and a bed to sleep in for fatigue. When you are good and refreshed you can hop in the van, drive to town, and purchase items such as beer, pizza, sausage, milk, and the much needed mosquito spray. Later on, when your car is almost ready, you can purchase motor oil, coolant, and other such things at the same store.

Now, for the funny parts. One of the two main sources of income are that you are the septic man. You take a phone call saying that some neighbor’s septic tank is full, you drive the septic truck to that place and empty the tank. I believe you get 2,000 Polish marks. You can also chop wood at the barn and use your tractor to deliver it to whoever calls and requests it. Each job gives you a varying amount of money to buy your food, drink, and other supplies. This leaves you very little time to work on your car, which is the main goal of the game. On the weekend, when your car is finished and rally ready, you can race if you want to, or on Saturday evening you can go to the pub next to the store and get drunk on beer or vodka and eat polish sausage. Again, let me remind you that one person made this game; it is incredibly detailed.

My favorite aspect to this game is the boat you can take around the lake, and the island which was added in an update. You can visit the island with its small working cottage, and also you can dock at the town to buy groceries. It reminds me very much of rides in my boat around Bear Spring Camps. I don’t know where this gentleman got the sound-bite for the boat engine but it is spot on. Bravo.

To give this game a final score, I’ll have to rely on the YouTube videos I’ve watched of my friend Squirrel playing. Paul seems to be an expert at this game. Here are my final ratings:

Graphics: 8 out of 10

Modern game look: … okay, but it is set in 1995 and the game interaction is very retro, for example – the shopkeeper has hardly any facial movement when speaking. We’ll call it 6 out of 10

Things to do in the game: … I could literally spend all day playing this game. 10 out of 10

Total average score: a good solid 8.

For anyone who plays games on Steam, I highly recommend this one. Ready, set, go have fun.

Until next time, take care, enjoy the warmer weather, and happy reading.

B movies so bad that they were good

Greetings, readers. Today’s blog entry will use a slightly different format. Over the last few days I watched four movies that were so cheesy that they were good. What I’ve never done before is this: I am going to include the names of the people who uploaded the videos to the website; they are called YouTubers. In the brackets are the word for word description that each YouTuber included with the video. Then I’ll add a little bit about what this movie meant to me. In a way you could call this a top four list. So here we go.

The first movie I am going to describe is Area 407, from the year 2012, uploaded by YouTuber Mary Logan. [Her description: The terrified survivors of an airplane crash fight for their lives against a pack of monstrous, unidentified creatures in a top secret government research area on New Year’s Eve.] I’m not going to spoil this for anyone by telling you what the creatures are, but here are my thoughts on this film. First of all I love airplane movies and disaster films. When this movie began on an airplane, and then crashed with survivors, that gave it 5 stars from me right there. Soon after the survivors evacuated the plane, they heard a monstrous growl. Now, it was a race against time to find shelter and wait for morning. Little did they know, they crashed on a military base. The acting was pretty good, and it followed the airliner disaster movie blueprint. They had the heroes, the smaller child, and the grumpy man who was a pain in the rump to everybody. I love stories about area 51 and this reminded me a little bit of what might happen if an airliner really had to make an emergency landing there.

Dark Night of the Scarecrow, from 1981, uploaded by YouTuber A Touch of Evil. [American made-for-television suspense horror film directed by veteran novelist Frank De Felitta (author of Audrey Rose), from a script by J.D. Feigelson. Feigelson’s intent had been to make an independent feature, but his script was bought by CBS for television; despite this, only minor changes were made to the original screenplay] I remember watching this movie on TV, either when it first ran or when it was rerun. It’s the story about a mentally challenged man in his mid-30s who was accused of hurting a young child. SPOILER ALERT. Bubba didn’t do it. He saved the little girl from a dog attack. Anyway, the town folk tried to chase him down to kill him. Bubba runs and hides inside the scarecrow but they hunt him down anyway. The three men who killed Bubba meet terrible demises. END SPOILER ALERT. This film also has an extremely creepy last 30 seconds. I would rate this my favorite of the four films I’m talking about. Back when I first watched it, I actually hid under the covers. Even the other night, after all those years, I still had that tense feeling. I had forgotten most of the movie, so it was kind of like watching a brand new film.

Eyes in the Dark, from 2010, uploaded by Robyn Scaringi. [Secret video files just discovered on a FBI server prove that the government has been hiding unexplained disappearances in the Pacific Northwest wilderness.] This film to me was a combination of any of the films where people supposedly find videos and have big foot experiences. The film shows several groups of folks, as they are eventually hunted down by the growling creature with red eyes. About a quarter of the way through the film, the six main characters make their way to a lodge in the woods complete with hot tub and creepy caretaker. The kids find a cave with unusual markings and everything hits the fan from there. One by one, the six of them get killed by this never seen creature with red eyes. Only glimpses of red are shown through windows and car doors. This was the most B-looking movie, cheesy film of the list. I enjoyed it and the acting was fairly good. The hand-held bumping choppy camera work might have been deliberate, but it made the film look amateurish in my opinion and made me nauseous.

The Horror at 37,000 Feet, from 1973, was uploaded by The Celluloid Highway. [CBS TV Movie first aired on 13/02/1973 and featuring the mind blowing talents of William Shatner, Chuck Connors, and Roy Thinnes.] I watched this film last evening and loved it. Again, I love airplane movies and this film fascinated me. A man and wife were bringing back to the States from England a druid altar from an abbey church. The altar was haunted by spirits. I didn’t much care for the fact that the dog in the hold got frozen when the evil entity broke out of its container. Apparently if you got too close to this thing, it can freeze you to death or cause very bad frostbite injuries. Some of the passengers took actions to try to get rid of the evil that was going on in the hold, including lighting a fire, and sacrificing a little girl’s baby doll that included a lock of the woman’s hair. My favorite mistake was revealing which real-life airline they purchased the airplane from. It was supposed to be AOA airlines, but for a brief second, you can clearly read the three letters TWA. The airplane’s paint scheme was also that of Trans World Airlines. In other words they didn’t try to hide much. Even with all of my negative comments I still enjoyed this film very much. Many of the performances, included Shatner’s, were top-notch.

Like I said, not exactly a top ten list, but perhaps in a few months I’ll give you my thoughts and reviews on some more films I’ve viewed. Until next Wednesday, take care, enjoy your weekend, and happy reading.

A Wednesday ‘pre-blog’ blog entry

Greetings, readers. I told all of you last Friday that I’d have a Top Ten List ready to go for you today. Although it is ready – pretty much – I’ve decided that today’s main blog entry will be my review and personal feelings about the Netflix original series, Fuller House.

Ever since I heard the series was a possibility months ago, I have waited patiently. On February 26th, my patience was rewarded with 13 episodes… all at once!

All the details, later today. 🙂

 

Final review for MLB15 The Show

Greetings, readers. I have had MLB15 The Show long enough now to give you my final review of this fantastic game. First off, the graphics, even on the PS3 version, are even better. Players and coaches look more life-like. Another touch that I really enjoy is that you can earn points to purchase items such as brand names for your bats and gloves and different items to make your players perform better. This is especially handy in RTTS (road to the show) mode. This is where you take a created player through the minor leagues and enjoy his career as he advances, hopefully to the major league level.

I was a little disappointed that in the PS3 version some of the goodies were not included in the game. Hence the $20 discount on the price. The PS4 version has 20 new stadiums to play in. I was very upset not to see any new stadiums in my version. I can live with it, I only paid $40 rather than $60. Very soon, probably in the fall, I am going to have to upgrade my system. Then my jaw will drop at the ultra-realism.

A big flaw, which I hope can be fixed with a patch, is that the font size is way too small for me to see, even with my glasses. It seems to me that someone made a bad decision when writing the programming and the wrong font size was used. I have a 22 inch screen and I find it very difficult to see what button produces each pitch. Also, I have trouble reading the players names and stats. This has never been an issue before. If anyone knows of a patch or a way to increase the font size please chime in in the comments section.

Now for the scores, no pun intended. Gameplay: 9 out of 10. It took me a little while to find out where all the toggles were to have certain players be on automatic. With my bad hands, I cannot play the outfield. I’ve tried, I just don’t have the coordination.

Ease of batting: 10 out of 10. There are several levels, including dynamic, which I find fascinating. It is where the computer pitcher learns what you swing at. This makes the player constantly have to adjust to what the A.I. (artificial intelligence) pitcher is doing. Very realistic.

Stadiums: 10 out of 10. Still beautiful as always, and in more detail, even in my version.

Play-by-play: 10 out of 10. With over 17,000 new lines of dialog, San Diego Studio has vastly improved the play-by-play and the color commentary. Yay, finally.

Playing modes: 9 out of 10. All the same modes are still here, such as Season, Franchise, and Road to the Show. Nothing new has been added here that I can see, but what is here is excellent.

Finally, the crowds at the ballpark: Only a 7 out of 10 here. Unfortunately it is still the same 300 or so characters spread throughout the stands. This is one of the many areas where the PS4 version excels.

Finally tally: Overall, a very respectable 9.16 out of 10.

This is the final review of this game on the PS3. Next year it will only be available for PS4. By then, I hope to be in bigger and greener ballparks. Ha ha.

Until Wednesday, have a great weekend, enjoy the weather if it is good, take care and happy reading.