Unbreakable, Split, & Glass

When the movie Glass was announced, I think everyone was a bit surprised. The first movie in the series, Unbreakable, was released in 2000! I remember seeing it and being excited for where it would go. Then nothing. Since it had been so long I had to watch it again.

It was a bit slower than I remember, especially by today’s standards. Unlike so many comic book movies of today, M. Night Shyamalan really took his time developing the characters and then there is the bombshell ending. That ending is why it’s so surprising it took almost 20 years to continue the story. It was neat how well the movie holds up though. If you didn’t tell someone it was made so long ago, I’m not sure they’d guess.

When I saw the trailers for Mr. Glass I thought one of the characters looked familiar, but until Friday night, I didn’t know that the movie Split was actually in this series. So of course I also had to watch it as well, the morning after Unbreakable. I would have bet this was out in the last year, but it was a January 2017 release in the United States.

While the development of this character was a process through the entire movie, the pace was much quicker than Unbreakable. James McAvoy did a phenomenal job with the multiple personalities. The ending was great for the continuation, so I’m glad I just watched it now.

I couldn’t wait, so went to watch Glass in the afternoon! All three movies in about 20 hours.

After having just watched Split, Glass was a bit of a letdown, because Split was just so good. Another ending I wasn’t expecting, but since the movie is new I won’t give anything away. Great series that I hope keeps going.

2018 Holiday Watches

Each year I tend to watch a lot during the holiday break. This year it started a year and one day after sharing the Ocean’s 8 trailer. I was browsing iTunes movies and rented it as soon as I saw it. Exactly what you’d expect from the Ocean’s movies. Cool that there was some character carryover between the movies too.

On Christmas day I watched a few movies on Hallmark Channel with Mom. All very predictable and heartwarming. They were Christmas Made to OrderIt’s Christmas, Eve, and Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa.

When I’m sick, I usually tune in to some type of marathon, because I can fall asleep and not care about missing anything. The Incredible Dr. Pol is a fascinating show about a veterinarian right here in central Michigan. I’ve seen so many calves delivered I’m pretty sure I could do it myself.

I watched CrossFit – Killing the Fat Man – Season 2. Shows the power of the program, especially combined with solid nutrition. Inspired me to try an experiment of my own.

One night I was browsing movies on Netflix and Wind River caught my eye. I liked it and thought it was one of the best Jeremy Renner performances I’ve seen.

Tiger Woods: Return of the Roar on ESPN got me pumped for the upcoming golf season and reminded me how lucky we are to experience this comeback. 2019 could be something very special.

To close out my vacation I watched Mission: Impossible – Fallout last night. I almost went to see it when it was in theaters so it’s been on my watch list for a while. It was enjoyable.

I also watched countless videos on YouTube, but that’s the norm.

You know what I didn’t watch? A single play of college football. It was great.

What I’ve Been Watching on Netflix

After not watching much most of the summer, I watched quite a bit in the last month.

Luke Cage (Season 2): downhill from season 1. Great soundtrack though.

Orange is the New Black (Season 6): The new prison really shook it up. Enjoyed this season more than the last couple.

The Titan: I was liking it until they made evolution happen overnight. The plot seemed to skip over a long sequence of events after performing some surgeries. Lost me for the rest of the movie.

Set It Up: Fun romcom, which I’m a sucker for.

I might start Altered Carbon next.

One Flight Five Flicks

Yesterday on the flight from Barcelona to Atlanta I was able to watch five movies.

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The Post: One of my favorite movies in recent memory. I wonder if the current President’s attacks on the media had an influence on my opinion.

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American Made: I really enjoyed this one as well. Probably helped to have some of the background from watching Narcos.

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Murder on the Orient Express: I’ve wanted to watch this since seeing the first trailer. It didn’t disappoint. I had to pause and take a nap halfway through due to being up so early.

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Suburbicon: I would not watch this again. Some of the story lines didn’t seem to fit together.

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All I See Is You: I’d never even heard of this one but needed something under 2 hours in order to finish before landing. Was ok for a random pick.

Netflix Rom-Coms

It’s a little-known fact that I enjoy romantic comedies, so when I saw the NY Times article Nine Underseen Rom-Coms on Netflix, it caught my attention. I’ve only seen Begin Again and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World from the list. I enjoyed both movies. Not surprising, they’re the two starring Keira Knightley. Most of the other 7 I’d never even heard of, but they’ve been added to My List on Netflix for those lonely winter nights.

Entertainment While Traveling To/From Bulgaria

When you fly to Eastern Europe, it’s important to have entertainment to pass the time. I split time between a couple of books and a few movies.

The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware

the-hardware-hacker-book-coverEarly this year, I enjoyed watching Ask an Engineer with Andrew “bunnie” Huang. I’ve been meaning to read his book The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware. Especially with all of the hardware experimenting I’ve been doing. I haven’t been making time to read any books lately, but I figured this trip would be a great time to get back on the train. I bought the book and added it to my Kindle.

The title is misleading; The book’s main focus is on the manufacturing of hardware. Even though I’ll probably never manufacture a hardware product, I did learn a lot and enjoyed the read. Many of my favorites parts of the book centered around China. More to come in an upcoming blog post, once I do some research and learn more about a few topics.

I should check out bunnie’s other book, Hacking the Xbox: An Introduction to Reverse Engineering.

Hidden Figures

I’ve been wanting to see this movies, so I jumped all over it when I saw it in the Delta options. Really enjoyed it. We take computers for granted so much and it’s pretty amazing to think that we made it into space with so much of the math being done by hand. The movie was a good reminder of how far we’ve come with gender and racial equality in the last 50 years. We still have so far to go.

Steve Jobs

Steve_Jobs_by_Walter_Isaacson Pretty sure I’ve had this on my Kindle for at least 5 years, maybe even since it was released in October of 2011. After reading the Hardware Hacker and learning so much about electronics lately I felt it was a good time to dive in.

Amazon says the book has 657 pages, so it’s no wonder I didn’t finish it. I think I’m just over 1/3 done.

I’m actually glad I waited so long to read the book; getting a better understanding of how electronics work and tinkering with them is allowing me to appreciate Jobs’ early years more than I would have before.

Collateral Beauty

An enjoyable feel-good story. Doesn’t hurt that Will Smith, Keira Knightley, and Edward Norton all starred in it; they are some of my favorites.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Does Tom Cruise ever age? I liked the first one better. Most of the fight scenes were pretty poor in this.

Holiday Watch List

I always take at least a week off work over the holidays to recharge. Some of the things I watched during my break:

Hungry For Change

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HUNGRY FOR CHANGE exposes shocking secrets the diet, weightloss and food industry don’t want you to know about; deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever.

via hungryforchange.tv

Take an 90 minutes and watch this movie. If you have a Netflix subscription, you can watch it for free.