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Movie Review—Geostorm

TV & Movie Reviews

My retirement years have allowed me to add television and music to my day, complementing my addiction to music, photography, and gardening.

Jim and I unsubscribed to cable in September 2013 when the cost got to $100 a month and there was nothing on that we cared to watch. We did without until September 2017, a couple of months after moving to the East San Diego County boondocks. We are so far out in the boondocks that there is no cable out here. In order to get to the Internet, I had to buy an AT&T GoPro mobile hotspot. I bought two, one as a backup just in case, because you know that things go wrong when you need them the most.

Still, though, a mobile hotspot doesn’t necessarily get you “cable” access. In my extensive searching to find what I needed, I discovered Hulu, Netflix, YouTubeTV, Starz, and LiveTV.

LiveTV had my initial interest because it provided access to local TV, sports, news, and weather. However, in order to provide local programming, it has to know where you are. Consequently, mobile hotspots are verboten simply because they are mobile. LiveTV doesn’t want me to travel to Los Angeles and get access to my local programming back home.

Facebook, though, knowing (somehow!) that I had checked into LiveTV recommended YouTubeTV. That intrigued me since I have had a YouTube channel for about a decade. Turns out that YouTubeTV provides local programming, local news/weather/sports. It even provides streaming live events, such as college and professional sports. Interested in your college’s sports? If your college is streaming them, you probably can find them on YouTubeTV.

I wasn’t quite enamored of Hulu and Netflix because everything that I wanted to watch wasn’t available on those two services. When I mentioned on Facebook my dissatisfaction with Hulu and Netflix, one person mentioned that many movies not on Hulu or Netflix are available for rent or purchase on YouTube. Yes! YouTube. Not YouTubeTV. Just plain old YouTube. I started renting movies and TV programs on YouTube.

Whenever I watch Hulu, Netflix, or YouTube TV, those services often recommend other watching based on what I have already watched. I noticed that many TV programs and movies recently released by their copyright owners were available free, for about a week, on YouTubeTV, at which point they were moved over to plain old YouTube where one could rent or buy them.

GeostormRecently, YouTubeTV recommended a 2017 movie, Geostorm. It looked like my type of movie. It was. Watched it twice! I rarely watching anything more than once.

The only actors in Geostorm with whom I was familiar are Andy Garcia and Ed Harris. That might tell you how many decades behind I am in watching TV and movies because the film had a large budget of $120 million, and every actor listed in Wikipedia has a link to his own Wikipedia page.

The plot centers around catastrophic natural disasters, a network of climate-controlling satellites, and the International Space Station. The climate-controlling satellites and the International Space Station have been sabotaged via a computer virus, which is causing multiple extreme weather disasters on Earth.

The extreme weather events race toward a climax, called a geostorm, and that’s when all hell breaks loose.

Turns out that a certain person (not noted here in order not to be a spoiler) is attempting to wipe out the Democratic National Convention so that everyone in front of him in the line of succession to the presidency is dead. Who could argue with a natural disaster hitting a convention and everyone being killed? Seems so, uh, natural.

I thought the acting was superb, which I guess is to be expected considering the budget and all the links to those actors’ personal Wikipedia pages. Special effects also were superb, and that’s where I initially thought that all the budget money was spent.

Geostorm is considered a box office success because it grossed $221.6 million on that $120 million budget. Total running time is 106 minutes.

I did not find a good review of Geostorm for my post here. Seems all the critics hated it—cheesy, bad dialogue, stereotypical disaster movie, etc. None of those bother me because I just love disaster movies. It’s the disaster that captures my attention. If you’re like me and can “tolerate” science fiction, futuristic movies, dystopian movies, fantasy movies, etc., I think you can easily enjoy Geostorm, especially since it has a “climate change” theme underlying it. Relevant to today’s world. I highly recommend it.

Geostorm came out in 2017 and is set in 2019, so you better watch it quickly before it becomes history instead of the future!


SNIPPETS (11/22/2019)



How come WordPress does not yet have an icon for changing text size? I still have to go into the HTML code and change the text size manually. Every other program I use has an easy way to change text size….


When I was a sophomore at Texas A&M University in 1974, I was enthralled by the Nixon impeachment. The only other impeached president was Andrew Johnson in 1868. It had been over 100 years.

Although Nixon resigned rather than being impeached, I found the workings of the United States government under its Constitution to be fascinating. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that, within a mere 45 years, two more presidents, Clinton and the current president would be impeached.

Granted, the current president, whose name I have not uttered since November 9, 2016—I call him Twitler because he likes to destroy people using Twitter; Hitler on Twitter—has not yet been impeached, but considering all I have read and heard about the impeachment hearings, I believe he will be impeached before Christmas Day. It might even be faster because the people in charge of impeaching him—the House of Representatives—have to get home for Christmas. Actually, when I think about that, impeachment might happen before Thanksgiving!

Of course, impeachment simply means that the Grand Jury—the House of Representatives in this case—believes there is enough evidence to impeach (indict) him. The trial occurs in the Senate, and at this point I cannot see Twitler being convicted.


I legally changed my name in 2004, dropping my last name and taking my middle name as my last name. I’m about convinced to change my name again, this time to Doctor Doctor so that I’ll know that Robert Palmer really is singing about me.

Previously, the only group to ever sing about me was the Bee Gees with “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”:

Did you hear it? Right at the 1:43 mark: “I can still feel the breeze that russels through the trees.”


Over on Facebook there’s a meme trending that has a woman screaming at a white cat. I find the cat’s response each time to be quite funny, so I decided to make a contribution:

White cat meme


Since I’m now making a concerted effort to do things with my photography using three business names—Russel Ray Photos, Photographic Art, and Double R Creations—I’m being more active on Instagram and with my Russel Ray Photos page on Facebook. You can follow me on those two platforms.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/russel_ray_photos/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/russelrayphotos/

I’m very political, but not on Instagram or that Facebook page. I do have a personal Facebook page where I am very political. ALL. DAY. LONG.


I should have another calendar at my Etsy shop by the end of 11/22/2019, this one on birds. This picture of a peacock and a white-faced whistling duck will be my cover photo:

2020 Birds calendar, front cover

I put that picture on Facebook and those commenting were only too ready to provide captions. Two of my favorites:

    • Misplaced flirting
    • “Can’t whistle? Not interested.”

I have so many great bird pictures that I’m pretty sure I’m going to do at least two bird calendars. Possibly even three.


The rainy season arrived on 11/19/2019. So far there has been 5.25 inches of rain in three days. When I went to the garage yesterday morning in the wind & rain, a rabbit took off in front of me. It was slipping and sliding as it tried desperately to get away from me as quickly as possible. Poor thing. I looked at where it had been and found a big pile of poop. Upon closer examination, turns out it’s not poop. Just the ugliest mushrooms ever have I seen.

Ugly mushrooms


I like to go into the gardens right after it’s rained and take macro pictures of raindrops on plants. Key phrase in that sentence is AFTER IT’S RAINED.

The rain just won’t stop, and I’m not willing to trod around in the water and mud with my expensive Canon 760d and expensive macro lens. So here’s one of my favorite macro raindrops on cactus photos. Taken on 3/23/2018 at 7:55 a.m., so it must have rained the previous day and/or night.

Raindrops on cactus macro picture

As I was focusing on that picture, I initially had wanted every to be in focus, but then I saw that first rain drop twinkling at me (just barely visible at WordPress resolutions), so I decided to focus on it and let everything else be a little less sharp.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to have a calendar featuring macro pictures.


Another bird from my 2020 Birds calendar. Who knew that some birds were flashers?

Great blue heron flashing


The resolution of the following picture isn’t good enough for my calendar at 12″x8″, but at a smaller size it’s fine.


Once again, Facebook users came through with captions:

    • And the great bird said, “Come unto me. Kneel, all ye who gaze upon my face.”
    • “Common, ladies. Look at this plumage! This wing span! Let’s do this!”


After I graduated from high school in May 1973, I quit celebrating holidays. I never liked them, finding them too artificial. With that said, though, Thanksgiving (when we celebrate the beginning of one of the great genocides in human history) is next week. I do believe I shall have some turkey wine for Thanksgiving this year.

Turkey wine and feeling fine


My retirement years are allowing me to catch up on movies and television shows that I have missed since 1973. For both my train friends and my history friends, I can highly recommend the TV series, “Hell On Wheels.” It’s about the building of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. People and events are historical facts with only the unknown added or minute details changed. A very intriguing series. Available on Netflix.

Hell On Wheels