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The Shape Of Water     HD720p 97MB   HD1080p 174MB
An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963, directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, Hellboy). In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Her life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg and Richard Jenkins are also part of the cast.

The Snowman     HD720p 93MB
Tense thriller directed by Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let the Right One In), based on a novel by Jo Nesbø. When an elite crime squad's lead detective (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, Sofia Helin, David Dencik and J.K. Simmons are also part of the cast.
Tense is fine, I only often wish such movies were less gruesome.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women     HD720p 84MB
Biographical drama described as a a superhero origin tale unlike any other. It tells the story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940's. While Marston's feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her 'sexual perversity', he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him.His muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston (Rebecca Hall) and their lover Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research - while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises. Connie Britton is also part of the cast. Written and directed by Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S.).
First thought this is a cheap attempt to piggy-back on the Wonder Woman movie. But this is an interesting story.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle     HD720p 69MB   HD1080p 129MB
Full trailer for the sequel, again directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, Layer Cake). This time our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents' strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that's becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy (Taron Egerton). Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Sophie Cookson also return. Cast additions are Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal and Sir Elton John.

Only The Brave     HD720p 90MB
Drama based on the elite crew of firemen (Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch) called the Granite Mountain Hotshots from Prescott, Arizona who battled a wildfire in Arizona in June 2013 that claimed the lives of 19 of their members. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it. Jennifer Connelly and Andie MacDowell are also part of the cast. Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, TRON: Legacy).
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A Wrinkle In Time     HD720p 69MB   HD1080p 127MB
First trailer for this epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle's classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and ultimately, the triumph of love. After the disappearance of her scientist father (Chris Pine), three peculiar beings (Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling) send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, André Holland and Zach Galifianakis are also part of the cast. Directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma, The 13th, Middle of Nowhere). To be in theatres next spring.
I suspect you have to be familiar with the book to be able to appreciate the trailer.

Blade Runner 2049     HD720p 89MB   HD1080p 166MB
Second full trailer for the sequel that takes places thirty years after the events of the first film. A new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. Very diverse cast includes Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Barkhad Abdi, Hiam Abbass, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario, Incendies).
The visuals are still tempting. But, I hesitate to mention it, I have problems with Gosling and Leto here.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi     HD720p 117MB   HD1080p 197MB
Three minute behind the scenes featurette for the eighth episode, written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick, Brothers Bloom), to be in theatres at Christmas. There isn't much yet in terms of official summary other than Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker. Many actors from the last few decades return, new additions are Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro and Kelly Marie Tran. Last time it was Daniel Craig, this time imdb lists Tom Hardy as a possible stormtrooper.
As much as I enjoy seeing the footage, the actors and the characters, the promotional lines they are forces to say are so off-putting. Wish there was a version without that.

Women Who Kill     HD720p 73MB
Dry comedic drama in which commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean, hosts of a female serial killer-centric podcast, still show all the signs of being a couple. But everything changes when Morgan falls hard and fast for the mysterious Simone (Sheila Vand), who may or may not be a killer.
Looks entertaining.

The Layover     HD720p 93MB
Lowbrow comedy about two single female best friends (Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton) who find themselves competing for the same guy (Matt Barr) during an extended layover in St. Louis when their plane is rerouted due to a hurricane warning. Matt Jones, Rob Corddry, Kal Penn and Molly Shannon are also part of the cast. Directed by William H. Macy (Rudderless).
Not sure what compelled Macy to direct this. Besides the obvious.
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Darkest Hour     HD720p 91MB
Historical drama that begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history. Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane and Ben Mendelsohn are also part of the cast. Directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, Hanna).
Bring on the awards! IMDb's trivia page often has become full of inane facts, but in this case I'm amused to learn that Oldman is the fifth 'Harry Potter' actor to portray Churchill after Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall, Brendan Gleeson and Robert Hardy.

Final Portrait     HD720p 15MB
UK trailer for this biographical drama with comedic elements set in Paris in 1964 that peers into the workshop and personality of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) is the one who decides when it is time for work, drink, doubt, destruction, flirtation or laughter in his studio. An established artist whose works fetch record prices, he hides his earnings in his studio. This is just one of the causes of many an argument with his wife (Sylvie Testud), another being the fact that his mistress (Clémence Poésy) receives all his attention. His brother (Tony Shalhoub), also an artist, is all too familiar with his idiosyncrasies. One day, Giacometti asks American art critic and biographer James Lord (Armie Hammer) to pose for him. But their sittings, scheduled to take a week, are frequently interrupted by visits to the bistro or long car rides, with no end in sight. Written and directed by Stanley Tucci (Big Night, Blind Date, The Impostors).
I suspect the first half of the trailer overstates the funny bits, but this looks much more interesting and entertaining than most biopics. It helps that it takes place over the course of about two weeks.

Dave Made a Maze     HD720p 77MB
Indie comedy in which an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a cardboard box fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation. Ignoring his warnings, his girlfriend leads a band of oddball explorers on a rescue mission. Once inside, they find themselves trapped in an ever-changing supernatural world, threatened by booby traps and pursued by a bloodthirsty Minotaur.
This looks like a lot of fun and highly inventive.

Borg vs. McEnroe     HD720p 24MB
European trailer for this sports drama set in 1980 in London. The rainiest summer in decades. The world is waiting to see the number one tennis player in the world, Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason), claim his fifth Wimbledon title. But few know of the drama behind the scenes: at only 24, Borg is close to the end - run-down, worn out and ridden with anxiety. Meanwhile, the challenger John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf), 20, has decided to replace his former hero on the Wimbledon throne. Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny and David Bamber are also part of the cast.
Looks more interesting than I would've assumed. Though it is worth mentioning that both lead actors are more than a decade older than the characters they are portraying.

Footnotes - Sur quel pied danser     HD720p 67MB
If you want your musical a little less Hollywood glamorous and more working-class socialist, but still whimsical and not too realistic: It's about Julie (Pauline Etienne), a young woman struggling to make ends meet. Living out of a backpack, she spends her days jumping from job to job until she's finally offered a temporary job at a women's luxury shoe factory. After making friends with the spunky receptionist and a charming truck driver, Julie thinks the hard times are behind her. But her dreams of stability collapse when management threatens to close the factory. As her group of female colleagues go on strike, the truck drivers side with the company's scheming CEO. Julie must choose whether to keep a low profile (and a shot at permanent employment) or to fight back on the picket line.
Now in limited release in the US.
Jul. 12th, 2017 10:43 am

Flowery Language

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I've been babysitting my garden the past couple mornings, making sure no one waters them, and so far everyone's staying away...and my plants are happy, even the basil finally.  Its been a pleasant way to pass a few morning hours reading, so I might continue.

Its given me time to really examine some of the sprouts, and I can now definitively say that all four of the bee's friends I planted, 2 of the borage, and 0 of the cleome have emerged.  The two BFs that are nearest the back are very VERY tiny like in the pictures I posted a couple days ago, but one is looking like it might bloom.  If the two that are full sized hadn't been repeatedly knocked over to the point they could no longer stand up at the base by whoever was watering my garden, they'd all four be in the places I actually planted them, but as it is I buried the lower portion of the stems that were no longer upright, so those two look like they're planted about a foot away from where they were.  Symmetry is off, just like the rest of the garden! XD  A butterfly found the BFs and the pea flowers yesterday, too, but I didn't take a picture so I don't know what kind, just that its orange black and white. :)

The exciting news, tho, is four marigold seedlings have emerged!  FINALLY! They're not where I planted the BFs, nor where the BFs were knocked down to, in fact they're further back and to the left of the BFs and borage, so they're not BFs.  I had sprinkled all of my old marigold seeds in two spots and along the back by the peas back IN MAY, and these four are from the latter group, washed down into a dip by said overwaterer who was using so much pressure she kept knocking over the larger BFs and the daisies.  I had seen the seedlings before, but it was a bit tough to tell their stem color just yet, and two don't have toothed leaves yet, but their stems are purple!  One looks like it might have matured while still just an inch high, but hopefully it will be able to put on some growth now that they're not being overwatered.  Once they're large enough, I'll transplant at least two of them to the sides where they'll have growing room and can discourage dogs.

I need to take new pictures, too - the day after I took them I harvested some sorrel (both wild and french) and lettuce (a few are arugula, I found out) while cutting down their flower stalks, and cut down about half the daisies, which allows the basil more sun and less potential 'daisy pile-on' damage.  I also cut down the bolted lemon balm stems and put them in a novelty creamer I have with water so Madeline can snack on them.  The lettuce I'm piling on sammiches, as the leaves aren't big enough for a salad.  The peas are also producing at least one or two pods each morning, which makes a nice breakfast treat as always. :)

Jul. 9th, 2017 01:16 pm


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So I went down just now and took pictures!  Oddly enough the borage appears to have closed back up, so none of that.

The Bee's Friend that's blooming - and I'm really happy with this photo!
Bee's Friend

The basil, all happily nestled in among the daisies, even tho the daisies keep falling over on it.
Basil among daisies

These are the two, still tiny, sprouts that might or might not be marigolds.  They're only an inch and a half high.Tiny Babies

The really odd thing I found.  When I looked closely at this small (4" - 5") plant that I thought might be a marigold, I saw that it actually appears to be a tiny Bee's Friend - with tiny tiny buds!  I mean look at it - the wild sorrel is taller!  The buds are hard to see, they're on the stem that's sticking out horizontally toward the front there (picture is from the back).
Tiny Bee's Friend?

Gardens can be so interesting...


Jul. 9th, 2017 11:36 am

First of Their Name

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Snowpeas, the First of Their Name and First Delicious of The Garden!  All hail the snowpeas!


And, I have to admit I'm a little embarrassed to show this one, purely because in comparison to other gardens, it looks really spare.  But you guys know why, so I will.  The whole garden:
Whole Thing
I am purposely letting the lettuce and sorrel go to seed, btw.  And I need to get some pictures of the first blooms, too.  These pics are from a couple days ago before they started blooming.


Jul. 9th, 2017 10:02 am

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The garden continues to recover.  This morning, I fertilized it for the first time and gave it some water - only 15 minutes worth, so I'll have to check back this evening to see if it needs more.  Previously I'd just assumed that all the new amendments were sufficient, but the nutrients that had been washed away by the overwatering needed to be replaced, and the flowers and peas are starting to produce so they need a little extra.

So now I can confirm that two of the borage and two of the bee's friends are the flowers that emerged...and I may have unintentionally pulled the cleome assuming it was a weed.  But some plant in there is saying it is a cleome, so again, time to wait and see (and not pull anything not obviously a weed that appears in other places).  There are a handful of others that look like they MAY be marigolds, or may be just small bee's friends (the leaves are similar), but we'll have to see.  I'm hoping marigolds!!

Pictures soon!

Now the iffy thing - the woman I talked to the day I started putting this garden together who kept claiming I said things I didn't say, and who's friends with the narc, came down and watered her garden while I fertilized.  Figuring she was going to be a little while, I took my fertilizer back upstairs, snagged my iPhone, and then came back down to use the hose which she was done with by the time I got back down there.  As I was snagging the hose (its long to get to my garden so I take a few loops of it) and noticed she was going around some of the other gardens near hers taking a look...and then she headed directly down to mine, bypassing the gardens next to it.  She went down there and stalked around it like I do when I'm just checking, and then fussed with the kinked up corner of the mesh.  By this time I had the hose in hand and was approaching...and she avoided me, even tho we'd waved to eachother earlier and I thought she was going to ask about the plants.  Methinks it may not have been the narc dude who was doing the watering...but at least she apparently listened to the sign, and now the other guy (a nice chap) who's 2 plots up from me knows I like other people messing with my garden just as much as HE does - as in NOT FUCKING AT ALL - so if he sees anyone down there he'll probably say something to them.  He did let me know that he thought the Chinese lady was hitting my garden when she watered, until I told him that the day I put my sign up was because it had been SOAKED all the way to the other end, which would not have been caused just by accidental spraying.



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