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I kind of fell off the face of the Earth for a while. Year End Close at work was rather brutal, and in the middle of it, hubby and I caught the Flu. My daughter and son-in-law didn't catch it, but they got sinus infections instead. Now Jan close is here and the auditors for YE will show any day now. Wheeeeee!

Maze Runner Death Cure

Mini Movie Review - Maze Runner: Death Cure - It was loads better than the second film. A quick recap would have done a lot for it. The continual assumption by Hollywood that people will have gone back and rewatched the previous movies before seeing the new one will keep audiences from enjoying them as much. Lots of action and craziness. Do not look at stuff closely or it falls apart. Things set up in film 2 are not followed up on, things that should have been obvious from stuff that happened in film 2 also were ignored. lol.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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Jensen goes into an antiques store and someone had a lot of fun with it. Found a copy of "Hitman" in a corner.

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Then I found a copy of Deus Ex in a box! lol.

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A part of the map finally opened up in Prague. This is the red light district. Love the girl silhouette projected on the building.

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Such a funky setup.

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An unexpected surprise! The original version of the AI program still exists! But this side story you have to stumble across. Hubby never knew of it. I only found it because I noticed one of the street electrical posters was malfunctioning and went to check it out. So glad she escaped!

The main street of the red light district. A lot of inventiveness went into this area. As you can see here and in the following pics. (Those leg lamps are too fab! lol)

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Looking for someone to get intel from here. It's funny how upstairs it says "live show" yet they use mannequins. (And yes, to the right, that is what it looks like - a tentacle!)

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Inside The Irish Stool - has a nice feel to it. :)

The "Temptacle" Club - the reason for the tentacles on buildings. lol.

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This is the Church of the Machine God. The followers believe God is in the technology. They have a plan to elevate themselves to the next form of existence. Eek!

Stay warm and healthy out there!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Morning!

No Mini Movie Review this week. Work's been killing me for Year End Close, so I was a total vegetable yesterday. Did 16 hours just on Friday. Ugh! The first couple of months of the new year are heinous work wise. :P (My messed up brain kept singing "It's the most wonderful time, of the year!" all week!) :P

Wolfenstein The New Order

Wolfenstein The New Order

We're taking the train to Berlin. Those two at the table will become central figures in BJ's future.

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Close up of one of the top of the line cyborg sentries.

I love all the lovely details!

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Our first look at Berlin.

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More of the Berlin skyline. The Nazi Secret Police Headquarters

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The Nazi's have made it to the moon! This is also, believe it or not, a piece of foreshadowing. Later on, we'll be going there too! Bwahahahahaha!

Wolfenstein The New Order - building

This is a rather impressive building, no?

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After much work and heartache, I've finally found what remains of the US resistance fighters in a super fortified prison. I'm about to cut those chains!

Wolfenstein The New Order - statues

You have to give it to the Nazi's - they know how to go big! (This is also an overhead view which will lead us down to where the resistance has their main HQ. Right in the middle of the enemy!

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Resistance Headquarters. What little there is of it. But tapped in good.

Hope you have a great week!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Morning!

Mini Movie Review

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour - 4 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again) - great performances, cool cinematography. See the England side of what was going on while soldiers were getting stranded at Dunkirk and the horrid pressure on Churchill. A fascinating slice of history.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

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Beautiful view from the window!

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Someone has been keeping tabs on us!

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Hidden clues to a murder?

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This machine will send me into a virtual world. Trying to figure out if my boss is part of the conspiracy.

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The virtual room where we've glimpsed clandestine meetings by those trying to undermine society.

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Virtual data vault!

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This is the actual data in a virtual form.

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Another data node. This place is so cool looking! A pain in the keister to get at some of these data nodes though!

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I am spying on my bosses a virtual meeting. Hee hee!

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Red light district in Prague. Clues from the virtual data vault and eavesdropping have led me here.

Wish me luck! Currently going through Year End at work. So far it's proving rather ugly. Don't like it! Waaahhh!

Have a great week!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

With all the holidays the last two weeks and trying not to catch a cold, my sense of what day it is is a little on the fritz! Lol. Almost forgot today is Sunday and Virtual Tourist Day! DOH!

Mini Movie Reviews

Star Wars The Last Jedi

Star Wars The Last Jedi - 3 out of 5 - mostly a smash of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi with unimaginative changes. For such a huge franchise, you'd think they'd try to do good scripts. Still better than Episode III (Movie 6) :P

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle - 4 out of 5 - I REALLY enjoyed this one! It had a lot more depth than you'd expect, lots of surprises, and the acting was fab! Jack Black outdid himself on this one. They all did. (We went home and immediately watched the original again. Found several nice tie backs!)

DownsizingDownsizing - 3.25 out of 5 - Hubby was wanting to see this one badly, and ended up very disappointed. The first half or so was fascinating! Then the pace came to grinding halt and took a left turn. I think they tried to do too much with the film and inadvertently lost their way. A pity.

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After escaping the mental hospital, we hide at my girl's grandparents. I brought along a souvenir. Time to get answers.

The little touches are always the best. Here is a poster that needs no translation. :)

A giant facility and checkpoint. We need to get through this to go to Berlin.



Should have lightened this one. Dang. Anyway, you can see my girl's grandma and grandpa. Old but mean business. They are helping to sneak the two of us to Berlin.



Within the facility/checkpoint structure.



Another one I should have lightened. Boo! I'm sneaking my way further into the facility.

Some cool truck plans in the garage area. Some very subtle foreshadowing as you will soon see. :P

View of a smaller secondary gate. We're almost through.



Surprise! This is what the weird truck specs were for. Transporting mechanized warrior units. Eek!

A full view of the beastie. Nasty sucker. They pop two of those for you to get rid off. Ugh!

Hope you and yours have a great New Years Eve!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Morning!

Chaos continues! Hope you're having a great weekend!

Mini-Movie Review - The Shape of Water

The Shape Of Water

The opening scene is super awesome. This is a cute fairy tale, but IT IS NOT FOR KIDS! I can't emphasize this enough. This movie is for adults. There are lots of great performances. It's a sleepy little tale, but very poignant.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

One of the problems with what was supposed to be an aug paradise.



Heading to some of the restricted levels as I search for the man who created this place.



Sneaking around looking for ways up.

The man being blamed for a lot of the terrorist action in the world. He is an avid aug supporter. He doesn't look like he's doing so well. His dreams have been rotted from within and without, but others not so altruistic.

He's a broken man. He's not realized the depths of the betrayals visited upon him quite yet.

Well educated, driven, and yet even he has been played.

The skeleton of dreams never to be realized.

I so love the attention to detail!

Jensen has ferreted some of the truth. Time to bail from Hell.

There will be a reckoning.

Have a great week!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Morning!

Mini Movie Review - Coco

Coco

This film was fabulous! It had a lot of layers and a lot of surprises. Bring some hankies! It truly encapsulates the meaning of the Day of the Dead. Filled with a lot of traditional Mexican songs as well. Go see it!!!!!!  My son-in-law mentioned that there's some controversy with the Frozen short that comes before the film starts. My hubby and I had to look at each other because the Frozen short was adorable and heartfelt. Despite what some are saying, it does have a plot with consequences! Not sure how they can't see that. Emotional damage is a consequence. Very weird...

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Deathshead in the flesh. This is the point in the game where things actually start getting serious and also proves why it's not for kids!



This is a nice view of the armored guards. These guys are tough and no longer entirely human. Deathshead is forcing me to choose between two friends. Nasty, nasty man!

To say I or Blazkowics are not conflicted is a significant error.

Got a shock as my remaining friend and I manage to escape. The game went into the beginning credits. Everything up to now was but the stage setting up the actual game. Gasp!

Yep... Very surprising! Lol.

I took shrapnel to the head, so time has progressed as I sit in a kind of limbo. 14 years elapse during a sequence of scene flashes.

I sit in a wheelchair staring out all that time. Being taken care of at this sanitorium. The caretakers there have problems of their own.

They've just about killed everyone, and Blazkowicz has come to his senses to take them down and try to rescue the girl!

Open hospital bedding area

Cool vehicle! Also shows the Nazi's are still wrong. It looks like history has taken a left turn. (Which is true. Germany won the war in this reality!)



Outside view of my home for the last 14 years.

Hope you're having a great weekend! Until next time!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

No mini movie review this week. We celebrate Thanksgiving on multiple days for each side of the family and fighting not to get sick with the temperature and weather changes, so never got a chance to go! :(

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided



Such Such a pretty jet plane. :)



Gorgeous sky!

A closeup view of the pilot. Not thrilled at augmented people but he warms up to me...eventually. :P



Utulek Complex. One of those places that sounds great on paper but then goes horribly wrong.  Being toted as a place augs can get a new start and build their own utopia. Yeah...

Love this plane!!!! The first close up look of Utulek.

The poster says it all. Lol.

Some do try to make the place better. Not that there's much to work with in this place.

The lost ones.

These guys are not here to "serve and protect" that's for sure!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and weekend!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Morning!

Mini Movie Review - Murder on the Orient Express:

Murder On The Orient Express

I've watched the 1974 version of this film numerous times. It too had an all-star cast. This new version is as good if not better than that one! Awesome performances, beautiful vistas, loads to love!

I'm trying something a little different this week. Not actually sharing every last picture I took. I will attempt to be more particular on what I put in here. I always end up with way more than I use. I have a trigger finger with regards to photos. Lol.

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Once again, there is no question as to whose place we are in. :P That is one solid door.

Some famous personas.

A few more...

Loved these! Yeah, I have a thing about fixtures. lol

Still being restored, but this is a beautiful hallway. The indirect lighting is awesome. :)

This would be General Deathhead. A very, very nasty man. As I will soon discover. (This painting is also a secret door! Sweet!)

The cool windows and the rays of light. Lovely!

A nice view of the nearby ruins. Too bad so many people are trying to kill me, or I would be more impressed. Lol.

This is where I realized that there is NO WAY kids should play this game. Deathhead is evil, evil, evil. Pictured above is some of his handy work to obtain brains for his automatons. Brrrr.

This is when we realize that running into this room was a terrible mistake. Eek!

Hope you had a good Veterans Day!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Morning, all!

Mini- Movie Review - Geostorm - impressive special effects, bad science, and guys, the software would have been the first thing they should have checked!!!!! :P

Wolfenstein The New Order

Inside the citadel walls heading towards the big guns

US fighters and the cool German ones. Flying too fast to get a good pic. See the red trails? That's one of them.

Good view of the hulking behemoth walking the beach and US craft coming to battle it.



Fortress/castle within the citadel walls.

Met up with my unit. We're about to try to climb the thing from the outside.

Our main target, General Deathhead. Nasty, nasty man. As I will find out later. Ugh!

That's William Blazkowicz, the person we play. He is one tough SOB.

Going up the wall. Like Batman and Robin! Except it's way more dangerous. :P

View climbing up the side of the wall of the fortress/castle. Germans will pop out the windows and fire down on us. Ugh!

This was so unexpected! US bomber crashed into the fortress sight above us! Eek!

Have a great day!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

Morning!

The movie this week was Foreigner with Jackie Chan and Pirce Brosnan. Convoluted bugger, but good. Only nitpick was people not raising any eyebrows (including Jackie) about needing a second explosion to figure out who was the bomber. Great fight scenes.

Doing a new (to me) game this week. I played Wolfenstein back when it was a 2D game! Wow, has it changed since then! So impressive I finally gave in and took pics. So here you go. :P

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This is after we've been shot down as the WWII bombers tried to make it over to the German base. That thing above is a walking, giant weapon of death!



Cyber dog. The German's in this game are way more technologically advanced than we are. These dogs are mean and super tough!



Here's the big weapon doing its thing!



One of the foot soldiers. Everything about them seems high tech.



Inside the outer rim of the giant bunker.



No doubt as to whom the base belongs to. :P



Was trying to take a pic showing the super cool looking German fighters and some of our bombers going past.



Motivational poster. :P



Warning signs and some big missiles! Eek!



Found a way into the main area of the bunker without having to go in through the giant metal doors. :P

One neat thing so far is that using different weapons and skills will unlock others. Like using a knife for silent sneak attacks ended up opening a skill where I could throw the knife and get them that way as well. :)

Hope you have a fabulous day!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
www.gloriaoliver.com

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JEWEL OF THE GODS

(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!


Excerpt:
"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."





INNER DEMONS

(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!


Excerpt:
The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."



THE PRICE OF MERCY

(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Excerpt:

Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.




CROSS-EYED DRAGON TROUBLES
(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”

Excerpt:

“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.



WILLING SACRIFICE
(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”

Excerpt:

Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”



IN THE SERVICE OF SAMURAI
(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”

Excerpt:

Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.



VASSAL OF EL
(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”

Excerpt:

Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

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