EVEREST – Rated PG-13

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Based on numerous books about this tragic 1996 Disaster a top THE BIG ONE ~ EVEREST takes us into the life of mountain guide Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), who has tamed the beast many times before, and who has decided to leave his pregnant wife Jan (Kiera Knightley) for another excursion, long before their new bundle of joy arrives. Readying his team, comprised of seasoned veterans like Guy Cotter (Sam Worthington) and novices too like Beck Weathers (Josh Brolin) to attack the summit, Hall finds that maybe the mountain is getting a bit more crowded than usual too…

Joined by two other teams of climbers, including professional guide and climber Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal), who has a large group of climbers in tow too, as apparently lots of people want to experience the thrill of paying $65,000 to meet with almost certain death….

Planned down to the time and hour they will ascend and descend from THE BEAST, our climber’s head for glory, one footstep at a time.

When a huge storm comes out of nowhere, it is up to Hall and Fischer to make sure that their climbers make it back to their base camp, and back home to their loved ones as well. When Hall decides to appease one his multi-time climbers with finally making it to the summit, he may have bit off more than he can chew, as this MOTHER OF A STORM rages on…meanwhile, even the climbers who started descending earlier are beginning to feel the storms effects, as they try desperately to beat the storm, but it seems, ol’ mother nature may just have a different idea entirely…

I give EVEREST a rating of: THIS FILM IS A MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~ and in IMAX 3-D TOO!!!

Well, you know going in what is about to take place, and that there is no way that someone isn’t going to perish right before your very eyes. But, with that said, EVEREST is A CINEMATIC MASTERPIECE of EPIC PROPORTIONS! And talk about a high profile cast – how many more actors could have signed on to get the you-know-what beat out of them day, after day, while shooting this film. And surprisingly, even with all these famous actors in one place, at one time, this movie has the depth and enormity to let each one shine in their own right. I must share too, in all fairness, there were a few storylines that I wish they would have finished, as we left way too many people behind that were tragically lost amongst all the breathtaking beauty, but, there is no way that I could suggest you catch this film on DVD, because if you really want the experience that is EVEREST – YOU HAVE TO SEE IT ON THE BIGGEST SCREEN THAT YOU CAN FIND!!!

Kathy Kaiser

TERMINATOR ~ GENISYS – Rated PG-13 – May Contain Spoilers – but not any more than the trailer :)

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TERMINATOR ~ GENISYS – Rated PG-13 – May Contain Spoilers (But not any more than the trailer 🙂

 “I’LL BE BACK!” – and so he is…

From ALAN TAYLOR, the man that brought us THOR – THE DARK WORLD –comes the next installment in the TERMINATOR FRANCHISE ~#5 to be exact~ as we travel back to the year 1984 to begin anew… or do we???…Welcome to the world of TERMINATOR ~ GENISYS.

The final clash between human and machine is upon us as John Connor (Jason Clarke) and his comrade Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) are determined to save the world they know from extinction.

When John’s premonition of a time machine comes to fruition, it seems the only way to truly save the world, is to send Reese back to when young Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) was just starting her own plight to save the world from machines, with her Guardian – the TERMINATOR himself (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

Once teleported back to 1984 to save Sarah, Reese is met instantly by a machine – a hybrid formed to destroy not only Reese, but to extinguish young Sarah and her Guardian too. When it seems that the future still holds a way for our world to meet an untimely END ~ the computer generated program known as GENYSIS ~Reese, Sarah and THE TERMINATOR must find a way back to the future to save our world from being eliminated once and for all…

I give TERMINATOR GENYSIS 3.5 out of 5 Stars: I loved Arnold as THE TERMINATOR in the original 1984 film, so I was a little giddy to see him back for more destruction and annihilation as Sarah Connor’s Guardian. And being true to the original BLOCKBUSTER, this film has many a scene that will take you back to where it all began. Courtney and J. Clarke are both perfect in their roles trying to save the world, and Emilia Clarke, of GAME OF THRONES fame, is also believable as the young Sarah Connor. But, the young starlet comes across way too young for her supposed love interest in the film (Courtney), as she seems to be 15 and he seems to be, shall we say, way older than that. I also enjoyed the short, but convincing role of detective O’Brien (J.K. Simmons), who tries to help keep us straight on whether we are in the past, present or future by his memories, which brings to light the other issue I was having while viewing this film ~ where in the time line are we now? as the constant TIME TRAVEL premise is a little hard to follow at times. In the end, TERMINATOR – GENISYS was entertaining to view on 3D, I just found myself hoping for a little more EXCITEMENT from this cast, and ARNOLD too…

Kathy Kaiser