The Bad Seed (1985)

I watched The Bad Seed (1985). It was a tv movie remake of the original movie made in 1956 (which I watched last week). It has Blair Brown, Lynn Redgrave, David Carradine (love him), Carrie Wells, David Ogden Stiers, and Richard Kiley in it.

Big Warning: there is a little bit of violence.

In this version, the little girl’s name is Rachel Penmark. Her mother is a widow. Rachel is accused of killing a little boy at a picnic because she wanted the medal she thought was supposed to be hers. Her mother thinks she was adopted and finds out she was the lone survivor of a serial killer mother. Rachel kills the handyman. In this version, it shows her mother throwing the medal in the ocean. Her mother gives her sleeping pills like the other versions and she kills herself. But in the version, the mother dies and Rachel goes to live with her grandfather (the adopter father of her mother). It hints that she may kill the neighbor because wants her necklace.

I think I like the 2018 and the original 1956 versions better. I will watch the sequel of the 2018 version after it comes on (May 30th). Next week I’m watching No Escape Room.

The Bad Seed (1956)

I watched The Bad Seed (1956). Roku had said that it was on TV Time (an old movie network), but it was the wrong movie. But I did see the movie though. This movie has Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Gage Clarke, Jesse White, Joan Croydon, William Hopper (love him), Evelyn Varden in it.

Big Warning: there is some violence and a sad part.

In this original movie, Rhoda Penmark is an eight-year-old girl who is accused of pushing her friend off a pier. She wanted a medal that she says she should have won. In this movie, her mother is alive unlike the remake. Her mother thinks she was adopted because she keeps dreaming of an orchard. She finds out that she was adopted and her mother (Rhona’s grandmother) was a serial killer and her mother killed her baby brother too. So she thinks Rhoda has a bad gene. Rhoda kills the handyman too. Rhoda’s mother tries to poison Rhoda and shoots herself. Rhoda goes out to try to find the medal in the lake during a rainstorm. Her mother said she threw it in the lake. She gets struck by lightning.

I liked this movie. Next week I’m watching The Bad Seed (1985). It is a remake of this movie.

The End of Forever

I finished listening to The End of Forever by Steve Berry and M.J. Rose. It is a novella of Cassiopeia Vitt, the girlfriend of Cotton Malone. There are sixteen books in the Cotton Malone book series. Yes, I have read them all. No, I don’t have a favorite. I love them all. Steve Berry’s newest book coming out wouldn’t be about Cotton. I’m still going to read it.

Big Warning: There is one sad part and some violence.

In this book, Cassiopeia finds out that a family friend was murdered. She was wanting to investigate who did the murder but had no real leads. Then the castle she is building gets damaged a little bit. She thinks it was a warning of some kind and she thinks maybe the murder of a friend is connected. She goes to see a friend about some maps and then she gets kidnapped. She finds out that she was right the murder and the damage was connected and the man behind it all was a man on a revenge kick. She had put him in hot water with the police and lawsuits. So he wanted to ruin her life. She does kill him and saves Cotton and her friend from getting killed.

I loved this book. Now I’m reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. She wrote the Tess of the Road which I read earlier.

The Bad Seed (2018)

I watched The Bad Seed (2018). I had taped it when it was on Lifetime. It has Rob Lowe, Mckenna Grace, Sarah Dugdale, Marci T. House, Luke Roessler, Lorne Cardinal, and Patty McCormack in it.

Big Warning: there is a little bit of violence.

In this movie, a little girl named Emma gets jealous that a friend of hers gets a medal that she says she deserves. So she pushes him off a cliff and takes the medal. She explains it away saying they were playing a game. Then she kills her teacher because she was investigating how Milo was pushed off the cliff. Her father wants to kill her, but you know what happens. So she goes to leave with her aunt.

Note there will be a sequel on Lifetime On May 30th. I will try to watch it.

I did like this movie. Next week I’m watching The Bad Seed (1956). It’s the original movie.

The House of Long Ago

I finished listening to The House of Long Ago by Steve Berry. This is one of his novellas about Cassiopeia Vitt, the girlfriend of Cotton Malone. There are sixteen books in the Cotton Malone book series. Yes, I have read them all. No I don’t have a favorite. I love them all. Steve Berry’s newest book coming out wouldn’t be about Cotton. I’m still going to read it.

Big Warning: there is a little bit of violence and some sad parts.

In this book, Cassiopeia visits her family’s villa in order to sell the painting in the house and the house itself. Her museum friend tells her that the paintings are copies. She finds out that her father had the originals hidden in a secret vault (This reminds of a The Blacklist episode where Red had gotten into a secret vault of a private detective.). Cassiopeia goes to the secret vault and finds the paintings that were missing. She seeks to find out who stole the paintings. In doing so, she gets almost killed and her friend almost gets killed.  In the end, she learns that her father was a great man who restored happiness to a lot of people.

I loved this book. Now I’m going to listen to The End of Forever by Steve Berry. It is another Cassiopeia Vitt book.

An Acceptable Loss

I watched An Acceptable Loss. I had taped it when it was on Showtime. It has Tika Sumpter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Tavassoli, and Alex Weisman in it.

Big Warning: there is some violence and have tissues ready because a very sad ending.

In this movie, a woman named Elizabeth worked for the vice president. She had info of some so-called terrorists were going to be in one area at the same time. The vice president wanted her to recommend to the president to use a special drone strike to take out all the terrorists. Well the drone strike killed alot of people and the info was supposedly false info. Four years later the Vice President becomes president and Elizabeth becomes a professor at a university. A student stalks her and he ends up helping her get her story out.

I didn’t like the ending, but I did like the movie. Next week I’m watching a Lifetime movie called The Bad Seed. It is a remake of the 1956 movie.

The Case for Christ (book)

I finished reading The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel. Yes, there are a movie and a documentary based on the book. I watched the movie and the documentary. The movie talks about what caused Lee Strobel to write the book. The documentary is of the same experts that are in the book.

This book is mainly of people Lee Strobel had interviewed while on his journey to becoming a Christian. Lee Strobel was a legal journalist. In the book, he uses real-life cases for examples of seeking the truth about Jesus. This book did make me think and gave me some new insight about Jesus.

I really enjoyed this book. Now I’m going to listen to The House Long Ago by Steve Berry.

The Case for Christ (movie)

I watched The Case for Christ. It is based on the book by Lee Strobel. Yes, I’m reading the book. I should be finished reading it by next weekend. This movie was supposed to be free on Crackle, but when I clicked to watch it, Crackle deleted the movie. I did watch the movie though. It has L. Scott Caldwell, Erika Christensen, Mike Vogel, Rus Blackwell, and Renell Gibbs in it.

Note there are some differences between the book and this movie. The book was written much later than the movie implies and the first case he covered he received a phone call from an informant than discovering the evidence himself.

This movie tells the family side of the story more than the book does. In this movie, Lee’s daughter chokes on hard candy at a restaurant and a nurse was there and saved her life. The nurse tells Lee’s wife that God told her to come to that restaurant. Lee’s wife then goes to church with the nurse and gives her life to Jesus. Lee doesn’t like it so he goes on a mission to prove her wrong and he ends up being a Christian in the process.

I liked this movie. There is a documentary that is closer to the book and I may watch it after I finish reading the book. Next week I’m watching An Acceptable Loss.

Bad Times at the El Royale

I watched Bad Times at the El Royale. I had taped it when it was on HBO. My mother had recommended me to see this movie and I’m glad I had taped it. It has Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, and Bethany Brown in it.

Big Warning: there is some violence.

In this movie, there are seven strangers that go to a hotel that is on the state lines of California and Nevada. They have something to hide which ends up costing their lives.

Yes, I didn’t do my usual summary because this was an awesome movie. It is as good as Quentin Tarantino’s movies. But they didn’t tell who was the management of the hotel. My mother thinks it was the CIA or another federal agency.

Like I said I’m watching The Case for Christ this weekend.

The Silmarillion

I finally finished reading The Silmarillion by J. R. Tolkien. It is the prequel to  The Lord of the Rings book series.  Yes, I did read The Lord of the Rings book series. One of the reasons why it took a long time to read was because I was getting confused between The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia book series, and The Silmarillion is hard to read. I had read an article about the hardest books to read and this is one of them.

Big Warning: there is lots of violence and some sad parts.

In this book, there are several tales that intertwine together. It starts out where Middle Earth is formed from a void and songs make up the land, trees, and flowers (similar to the Narnia book series). Then an elf gets jealous of the beautiful things and he splits up the other elves with a song of his own. He does some evil things. One of the tales was of some jewels that were very special. The evil elf does take them and he ends up getting put in a cage for a little while. The jewels do get lost forever. Later on, the evil elf’s second in command takes over and he makes rings to give the men, elves, and dwarfs. He also makes The One which the hobbits find.

I really did like this book. Now I’m reading The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. There is a movie based on The Case for Christ and I am watching it this weekend.