Welcome to The Mundane Adventures of a Fangirl

I consider myself a Fangirl. What does that mean, you ask? A "fanboy" in the most common understanding is a hardcore fan of 'genre' based entertainment in particular. In my case - science-fiction and comic book based movies and television. Because I'm a chick - it's fangirl, not fanboy. There you have it! I am a big movie fan, however, not necessarily a 'film' fan. And now - I have the forum to present my opinions to the public! These will mainly be movie reviews -that will always be my opinion - repeat OPINION. Just what I think, and in no way do I present my opinion as fact. I hope you enjoy and maybe it will help you decide what to see at the movie theater this weekend!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Movie Review: The Dark Tower (PG13 – 95 minutes)

The original “The Dark Tower” series is a series of eight books written by Stephen King that basically ties together all his stories into one ‘universe’.  Initially, he visualized the lead ‘gunslinger’ as a “Clint Eastwood” type who travels the worlds looking to eliminate the “man in black” who is planning to destroy the tower – which is holding back darkness from the universe.  The first book was published in 1982.

The series has been kicked around as either a movie or TV series idea for several years, but has fallen through many times because the material is a bit overwhelming.  This movie version tries to be epic, but ends up falling flat.
The story begins with a boy, Jake, struggling in life in our world – getting bullied in school because he’s dealing with the recent death of his father. His mother is remarried, and he spends most of his time drawing sketches of his dreams or visions. He continually dreams of a man in black using children to attack a tower, and of a gunslinger who is attempting to stop him.

Eventually, Jake gets some creepy messages from both his visions and a random homeless guy, and figures out that he is being followed by ‘skins’, creepy demons wearing human masks.  You can pick them out because of the seam in the flesh on their necks.  One day, his mom and step father are attempting to ship him off to a ‘facility’ where he can ‘get the help he needs’, but he recognizes the attendants there to pick him up as ‘skins’, so he runs away to a house he saw in his visions. Once in the house, he defeats the house demon (no, I have no idea how, or even why there is a house demon, or really, what the house demon’s deal was – protecting the house?), punches a code into what seems to be a stargate generator, and transports into another world.

Jake runs into Roland, the gunslinger, and tells him about his visions and where the man in black, Walter, is, and what he is doing.  Together, he and Roland head off through a desert, then a creepy forest where they encounter a demon who fakes being both of their dead fathers, then a village with a seer.  The seer lets everybody know that Walter is after Jake because Jake has a very powerful “shine”, which seems to be telepathy, with limited telekinesis. Walter can use him to attack the tower because his mind is more powerful than others.  Walter sends some bounty-hunter-style demons to attack the village looking for Jake, but he and Roland head off back to our world.

We then have a brief and hilarious sequence of Roland attempting to deal with our world, including attempting to pay for doctor services with a silver coin, telling party girls on a bus that they “have forgotten the faces of their fathers”, and getting excited about the surplus of bullets.   Quickly enough Walter figures out where they are, grabs the kid, and heads off to the ‘hub’ area to use Jake to attack the tower.  Roland has to fight through a collection of ‘skins’ here to get to the portal, and defeat Walter to grab Jake – then the two of them set off on more adventures.

The movie is directed by Nikolaj Arcel; and while parts of it are interesting, the majority of it is really disjointed and unnecessarily complicated.  It feels like they tried to fit in way too much, and ended up cutting everything a bit short, so nothing really has enough of an explanation.  The skins were interesting, but we never get to know anything about them.  Exactly how is Walter using kids to fire bolts of power at the tower?  What exactly will happen if the tower falls? Because Roland attempts to explain it with a stick, dirt circles, and a tarantula.  What are those skins doing on our world, just hanging out, or constantly hunting kids?  What was up with the folks in that village?  I feel like all of these questions may have been answered in the book, but I have never read it.  If you have, let me know if it better explains all of these random questions.  The cast is fine, and they execute the material, but no one really elevates it. 

  • Idris Elba does what he can with what is there.  He’s fantastic at glowering, and even better at the action.  Honestly, I couldn’t help but be exceptionally irritated that he’s not James Bond, because watching him do the action in this, and saunter around in some fantastic costuming makes me realize he would be outstanding as Bond.  Dammit, Daniel Craig.

  • Matthew McConaughey plays Walter, and slinks his way through the movie, avoiding twirling a mustache by chewing then scenery slowly.  He relishes the role and does a fine job, but since I really did not understand why he was doing what he was doing, aside from him wanting to unleash darkness, I found him uninteresting as a character.

  • Tom Taylor was pretty good as Jake Chambers, his sadness at the beginning was offset nicely by his hope at the end.  I did find it puzzling that Roland tells him his “shine” is his weapon, and I wanted to see it used as a weapon – he uses it to communicate, and to hold a portal open, but I really wanted to see him dark phoenix with it and throw some skins around.

  • Katheryn Winnick from Vikings plays his mother Laurie, and she’s fine, attempting to help her son, but also growing frustrated.  Walter did kill her off-screen, which was a little strange.

  • Jackie Earle Haley plays Sayre – I did not know that character’s name until I looked him up on IMDB. Basically, he’s the skin demon stationed in New York to help hunt down kids and provide some exposition.

  • Claudia Kim from Avengers Age of Ultron plays the seer Arra Champignon.  There wasn’t much there for her to do, so she was fine as she generally warned everyone after telling them Roland’s lineage (he’s from Arthur’s line, and his guns are made from the metal of ExCalibur!).

  • Dennis Haysbert briefly appears as Roland’s father (he’s 63, Idris is 44), and he’s cool while he’s there to help Roland remember the Gunslinger's Creed.

  • Fran Kranz plays Pimli – one of the skins operating Walter’s child-weapon-tower-blasting-hub location.

I didn’t like it very much, I don’t think that’s because the movie wasn’t good, I think it’s because it was too ambitious and took on too much.  I will say that they did walk a fine line – the movie could have fallen into “gun porn” – after all, the hero is a literal gunslinger.  However, they manage to be fairly careful about it, and not go overboard with the gun-love.  At one point he does hand the gun to the kid (which made me very uncomfortable), and lets him shoot it, but takes it back from him pretty quickly.  There were some things that were interesting and I wanted more of them, but the movie had to include so much, they couldn’t really explain the parts I found interesting, which ironically caused me to lose interest in the whole thing.

4 out of 10 – gained points for trying, and for Idris’s outfit.  Lost points for just about everything else, including how much McConaughey’s hair changes from scene to scene. He doesn’t even have that much hair.

Bonus – In case you forgot, in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Idris played a French monk.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

TV Movie Review: Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (TV-14, 90 minutes)

Disclaimer – in no way do I support any kind violence towards sharks, because the majority of them are endangered and need our support because they are key to healthy ocean eco-systems.  On the other hand, terribly CGIed sharks that are chomping as they fall from CGIed tornadoes …

If you’re not familiar with the Sharknado series that airs on SyFy, let me see if I can sum them up for you.  In the first movie, bartender and former surfer Fin Shepard collected his family with the assistance of his employee Nova as he went through Los Angeles evading a sharknado.  What is a sharknado? I’m shocked you have to ask – it’s exactly what it sounds like – a tornado filled with sharks.  Why?  In the first movie, due to global warming side effects, sharks were massing in large amounts off the coast of L.A., and a hurricane spun off several tornadoes – which picked up sharks from the ocean, and rolled through the city, periodically dumping sharks here and there, which then chomped through random celebrity cameos and extras.

In the second movie, Fin and April reconnected, and traveled to New York, which was of course then hit by a sharknado.  In the third movie, the sharknadoes got so big they took over the eastern seaboard, most notably hitting Universal Studios in Florida, which led to several hilarious shark landings.  In order to defeat it, Fin teamed up with his father, Gil, who worked for NASA, to suck the sharknado up into space – this resulted in two amazing things, Gil got stuck on the moon (don’t worry, he got back in time for the fourth movie), and pregnant April got swallowed up by a space-going great white, Fin went in after her and April gave birth to their son in the belly of a great white as it fell back to earth, seriously.    

Because she was mostly crushed by space debris, the fourth movie picks up with April’s crazy inventor father reconstructing her into a cyborg, while Fin, his cousin Gemini, and his son Gil battle a sharknado through Vegas, which then splits into several ‘nadoes, all picking up different things as they spin across the country (firenado, oilnado, cownado – you get the idea).  The movie ends with the family reunited and reconnecting with Nova as she informs them Sharknadoes are now worldwide.

That leads us to the beginning of Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.  Nova is spelunking in a cave under Stonehenge, and contacts Fin for assistance. Fin, April, and son Gil are hanging out with the prime minister of England (no, I'm not entirely sure why they are hanging out with the prime minister).  Fin heads off to help Nova, and April and Gil meet a Q-style tech genius who gives Gil a helmet that will protect him, even from Sharknado-level winds.  

Meanwhile, Fin and Nova have an Indiana Jones-style excursion to snag a shark-fin stone with a gem in it, and learn from pictograms on the wall that even ancient druids were battling mystical sharknadoes.  Guys, the sharknadoes are mystical!  After they remove the stone (never remove the stone), a huge sharknado appears out of nowhere, and wipes out most of London.  And that was just the cold open.  You then get the awesome theme song and animated credits sequence.

Since Gil was sucked into the sharknado, April and Fin set off on a worldwide quest to figure out what the stone means, and how to use it to not only defeat the sharknadoes, but use them as teleporting devices to get all over the world! That’s right, not only are the sharknadoes mystical, but Fin and April can use the stone to summon and then use them transportation.  They go from London to Australia – where they meet Nova’s collection of Sharknado Sisters – a group of women that Nova had collected to battle Sharknadoes wherever and whenever they appear – and who apparently configured the Sydney Opera House to a battleship (no, seriously, that happens).  

After some of her group help rebuild April, they end up in the Alps, then in Brazil, then in Rome (where they met the pope, who gives Fin a holy chainsaw and have to reclaim the stone from Greg Lougainis), then finally in Egypt – now, I may have gotten some of that wrong in terms of the order, and I may have missed a stop or two.  Fin and April were terrible at traveling by Sharknado and it was tough to keep up!

Fin’s cousin Gemini is one of Nova’s Sharknado Sisters based in Japan, and a Sharkzilla rolls through Tokyo.  What’s a Sharkzilla?  It appears to be a giant shark shape made up of smaller mutated sharks that mutated when they spun off a sharknado and rolled through some nuclear waste leftover from the previous movie. You heard me right, it’s a literal spin-off. 

Anyway, while in Egypt – Fin and April discover more ancient artifacts, and a device that turns off the sharknadoes, but only after losing both Gil and Nova.  That seems to work, but then for some reason that I missed, something goes wrong, and a massive sharknado storm spreads over the entire world.  April is able to dissipate it, but only by sacrificing herself.  This leads to Fin walking through an apocalyptic nightmare landscape with her head in a bag (yes, her head in a bag - remember, she's mostly cyborg) when he is finally tracked down by Dolph Lundgren in a time traveling jeep (you also read that right, Dolph Lundgren in a time-traveling jeep) who tells Fin that he is Gil from the future, and he needs his help to set all this right.  Wow, that sentence was crazy.  With any luck, Sharknado 6 will be the two of them using time travel to reset everything!

The movie is once again directed by Anothony C. Ferrante (he directed all the previous installments), and somehow, he manages to continually up the crazy.  I was not sure how he was going to go from the insanity of various types of ‘nadoes in 4.  He does it by spoofing several genres: Indiana Jones and Bond, etc.  He also does it by shifting back to focusing on fighting the sharknadoes themselves, as opposed to hilariously battling sharks in crazy situations as they have landed after being dropped out of a sharknado.  I actually really appreciate that aspect, as we’ve seen people slapping sharks around and getting eaten by sharks as they fall all over the place. 
I also really appreciated the added mystical element, and that you can teleport through sharknadoes, because why not?  I liked the addition of the ancient “shark god” aspect, but wanted a little more there.  After all, I’m pretty sure King Shark from the Flash TV show had some time off and could have played that part.  Yes, I wrote that sentence as if King Shark were real.  I have a thing for him and his sexy shorts. 

In any case, the movie is complete and total nonsense, and it was endlessly entertaining.
  • I’ve said it before and I will say it again, half the charm of these movies comes from Ian Ziering and his absolute commitment to play these as seriously as possible, no matter the nonsense coming out of his mouth. 

  • Tara Reid is getting better as we go along, no longer sleepwalking through the movies, and at this point, actively having some fun with the silly. No, there's no explanation for why when she is rebuilt she gets 90s popstar pink highlights.

  • Cassandra Scerbo is back as Nova and her hatred of sharks.  She was in 1, 3, and now 5.  In theory she got killed off here, but if time travel is now an option, I’m sure she’ll be back. I am not sure what I thought about her leather sharknado-battling wonder-woman-style outfit, but hey – I’ll go with it.  I do really want to see a spin-off about her starting the Sharknado Sisterhood.

  • Billy Barratt plays young Gil, and honestly, he had nothing to do but wear his shark helmet and scream as he’s rotated around inside a sharknado for most of the movie. I’m so excited that he turned into Dolph Lundgren. 

  • Cody Linley briefly reprises his role as Matt, April and Fin’s other son, and he seems to be building a family home somewhere.  I would assume because his schedule wouldn’t allow him to join main filming, but he still wanted to participate – and I appreciate that.  No sign of Ryan Newman as their daughter Claudia, she’s mentioned as being off somewhere.

  • From that point on, everything else is mostly cameos, but oh man, the cameos:  Chris Kattan (as the British Prime Minister), Charo, Greg Lougainis, Samantha Fox, Clay Aiken, Jeff Rossen, Kathie Lee and Hoda, Al Roker, Bret Michaels, Tom Daley, Olivia Newton John, and on and on and on. 

Overall, it is total and complete nonsense, but I actually liked it better than the fourth.  Enjoy the silliness, and remember, the science is sound.

10 of 10 – because really, these movies exist outside a normal grading scale.  It will be replaying for some time on SyFy. Do yourself a favor, turn off your brain and give it a watch, you’ll laugh out loud more than once!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Movie Review: Atomic Blonde (R - 115 minutes)

Lately Charlize Theron has been really working on her action star status (if you didn’t see her steal all of Mad Max Fury Road, you should).  Atomic Blonde is based on the 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City.  The graphic novel revolves around a spy who has to find a list of double agents who are being smuggled into the west on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

The movie follows that story pretty closely, and is also set in Berlin in 1989, just as the wall is beginning to come down.  While the spies in Berlin are desperately trying to figure out where they will fit when the wall is no longer separating countries, MI6 agent James Gasciogne is killed by a veteran KGB agent, Yuri Bakhtin.  Bakhtin steals a list (it’s always a list, the most solid of spy movie macguffins), which he hangs on to instead of taking it back to the Soviet Union – it would appear that he wants to sell it.  Upset with that prospect, and the fact that it will compromise many of their agents, MI6 sends in agent Lorraine Broughton to meet up with their rogue agent Percival to retrieve the list.  The story is told via flashback as it all takes place while Lorraine is being interrogated by both MI6 and the CIA after the fact.

Broughton explains that her cover when blown as soon as she landed, was followed by French agent LaSalle, dealt with Percival’s loose-cannon-ness, and eventually tracked down Bakhtin before he made contact with KGB associate Aleksander Bremovych.   Along the way, she and Percival learn that german agent ‘Spyglass’ has memorized the entire list, so it becomes imperative to get him out of the east to the west as well. 

If that all sounds a bit confusing, it is, but only a little.  The plot is actually pretty thin but that’s fine, because the focus is the action.  The movie is directed by David Leitch, who co-directed John Wick, and because his career started as a stunt performer and coordinator, the action is spectacular.  The chase scenes around the city are interesting, but what is particularly fantastic are the hand to hand combat sequences.  Leitch really knows how to shoot fight scenes, from enough of a distance that you can see the entire fight, and trying to keep the cuts to a minimum.
  • Charlize Theron, to her credit, excels in the fight sequences, and gives Broughton a determined flatness that works very well with the story.  She’s simply there to get the job done, regardless of what she has to deal with in the process.  I found it interesting that really, the character could have been either female or male, it’s just a badass spy completing her task, and Charlize is fantastic.

  • James McAvoy plays David Percival, and he’s very high strung and annoying, but that fits this role perfectly.  Broughton is well aware that Percival is shady, the question is just, how shady?  He manages to let you know Percival is untrustworthy, but you still want to be able to trust him.

  • Eddie Marsan plays Spyglass, and really just gets to be desperate in his need to get out of the country – and totally confident that he memorized the entire list.

  • John Goodman plays Emmett Kurzfeld - the CIA agent joining in on Broughton’s interrogation, and Toby Jones plays Eric Gray – the MI6 agent joining in on Broughton’s interrogation.

  • Roland Moller plays Aleksander Bremovych, who terrorizes some skater kids while trying to find Bakhtin and the list.

  • Sofia Boutella plays French agent Delphine Lasalle, and I will say, I felt like she was shortchanged on the fight sequences.  From Kingsmen and Mummy, we know she’s capable of action, and while it was stated that LaSalle was fairly new at her job, I still wanted her to get a couple of badass fight sequences, instead of just screaming, running and flailing.

  • Bill Skarsgard (yes, one of those Skarsgards: Alexander’s brother and Stellan’s son and not related to Peter) plays Merkel, Broughton’s contact in Berlin who helps her get pretty much anything she needs. Incidentally, this is the Skarsgard that is in the new It.

  • Til Schweiger is completely underused as the watchmaker, who seems to be an all-around spy go-to in Berlin.

I really enjoyed the movie, even if the story was weak, because the action was so strong.  It’s not too long, and the end made me curious what Broughton would get up to next.

8 out of 10 – Gained points for the stairway fight sequence.  Apparently hallways and stairways are the best places for awesome fight sequences (Captain America Civil War; Daredevil, etc.).

Bonus – the movie did remind me a lot of Long Kiss Goodnight.  If you haven’t seen that in a while, go back and check it out.  Geena Davis was doing a bunch of ass-kicking quite a while ago.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Movie Review: Girls Trip (R – 122 minutes)

Earlier this year I went to see Rough Night, a movie that claimed it was “funnier than Bridesmaids” about four friends getting together for a bachelorette weekend.  That movie was a misfire, mainly because it couldn’t decide what tone it wanted to stick with, and the strong improvisers in the cast felt reigned in. 

In this case, we have a movie about four friends getting together for a mini-reunion weekend at Essence Fest in New Orleans, and while it may not be “funnier than Bridesmaids”, it is absolutely hilarious and incredibly raunchy from start to finish.

Girls Trip follows the story of four friends who called themselves the ‘Flossy Posse” in college in the nineties, and had maintained a close friendship meeting up for various events and weekends since.  Over the most recent five years or so, the girls haven’t gotten together as much as Ryan is on her way to become the next big media mogul – similar to Oprah.  She and her husband, Stewart, a former football player, are building an empire from her book “You Can Have It All”, and their presentation of a strong couple.

Meanwhile, Sasha started in college with a strong journalism desire, however, she has lately fallen into running her own tabloid-style website, profiting off celebrity indiscretions and misfortunes. She’s not thrilled with her current career path, and is struggling to make ends meet.
Lisa is coming off a very difficult divorce, and becoming very tightly wound worrying constantly about her kids and completely sacrificing her own sense of fun for her family.
Dina, the group’s wild friend, has just lost her job due to getting into a fight with a co-worker, even though it seems she doesn’t quite understand that she is fired.

Once Ryan’s agent confirms that Ryan has been offered the keynote address at this year’s Essence Fest in New Orleans, Ryan sends word to the Flossy Posse, and the girls decide to reunite in New Orleans for a weekend of fun.  The hijinks begin as soon as they arrive, from partying on Bourbon Street to drinking in various locations. Shortly after the weekend begins, Sasha’s website gets word that Stewart has been cheating on Ryan with an ‘instagram model’.  The girls debate whether to tell Ryan, but before they can agree, Dina tells her – Ryan lets them know she has known for a while, but she and Stewart are in counseling, because their brand is too important to let go over his infidelity.  Once Dina sees Stewart in the hotel, she goes after him with a broken bottle, causing the girls to get kicked out of their hotel, and take a room in a one-star hotel, leading to a hilarious encounter. 

They continue to try to have a good time, going to various concerts and parties.  They encounter a friend from college, Julian, who is now a musician playing with NeYo – he gives them his hotel suite, since he won’t let them stay in the horrible place they had ended up.  Over the course of the weekend, they also encounter the ‘instagram model’, continue to deal with Stewart, hook Lisa up with a college boy, go from party to party, accidentally get loopy on absinthe, and get some resolution between Sasha and Ryan from the fallout they had years ago. 

The story is simple - really the movie is just about four friends having fun - but it is brilliantly directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Undercover Brother, The Best Man and Best Man Holiday, Roll Bounce, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, and Soul Men), who excels at telling stories of friends in a realistic and hilarious way.  Shooting in and around Essence Fest allows for some really great moments that feel real, because they are at real parties and concerts.  The raunchiness and hilarious tone is maintained all the way through the movie, and even when the drama comes up between the friends – it feels real, and not forced, and is solved as quickly and genuinely as true friends are able to solve their differences.  Lee also really lets the actors shine in the moments they have.

  • Regina Hall is fantastic as Ryan, a woman trying to decide how much she is willing to take from her cheating husband versus how much money they stand to make off their ‘perfect couple’ image.  She really does lead this cast of incredibly strong women, but still manages to make the ensemble feeling shine through.  With all the Scary Movies, it is not a shock how funny she is, but she’s also amazing at the more quiet and dramatic moments.

  • Queen Latifah plays Sasha, and again – no surprise that she’s excellent at both the comedy and the drama of a woman who is not proud of what she is doing, but needs to make ends meet.  The scenes with her and Regina trying to reconcile a long-standing argument were very well done.

  • Jada Pinkett Smith plays Lisa, and in a complete flip from her Fish on Gotham (my favorite thing she has done – she Earth Kitt-style vamped her way through that show), is incredibly nervous and uptight about just about everything and slowly begins to unwind over the course of the weekend.

  • All the buzz you’ve heard to this point is correct – Tiffany Haddish steals this movie as Dina. If you watch the Carmichael Show, you know she’s a hilarious scene-stealer.  Essentially playing the same character here, she is incredibly funny and devoted to her friends. She is wild and protective and honestly made my sides hurt from laughing.

  • Larenz Tate (yes, Larenz Tate!) plays Julian, and while he did seem to just keep popping up here and there to conveniently save the ladies when a situation got dire, he was wonderful as the ‘good man’, one who respects the ladies and is making sure they stay safe.

  • Mike Colter sets down his Luke Cage black and yellow hoodie for a bit to play Stewart, the cheater.  He actually does a good job attempting to make Stewart likeable despite his cheating. He and Ryan have a deal, and he wants to stand by that as her business partner, even if he can’t stand by her as her husband.  It’s an interesting role, and with someone else, could have been a villain, but he manages to give him a few layers…until the end!

  • Kate Walsh plays Ryan’s agent Elizabeth, who really lets go and just commits to being hilarious and inappropriate here.

  • Kofi Siriboe plays Malik, the 21 year old that Lisa hooks up with, and the source of many raunchy and hilarious jokes.

  • Deborah Ayorinde plays Simone, the “Instagram model” who keeps popping up at inappropriate times, to the point that eventually there ends up being a full out fight in a bar between her crew and the Flossy Posse, which was absolutely hilarious.

The movie is hilarious, easily one of the best comedies I have seen this year (the absinthe scene alone made me laugh so hard my face hurt) and yes, everyone should see it.  That means you too, older white lady who I heard say to her older white male companion, “I don’t know if I can see that Girls Trip movie, because it’s black.”  Look – that’s not a racist question, but it is a white privileged question, because only white people can go to the theater and assume that something might not be made for them if it has no white leads.  People of color don’t get that option, as 85% (that’s a really low estimate) of movies made do not have people of color in the lead roles.  So, let me clear this up (because it’s also something we’ll hear next February when Black Panther comes out), Girls Trip is a movie about friendship.  Do you have friends? Then you will relate.  Yes, some of the jokes are more easily relatable if you are a black female, but it is still an across-the-board hilarious movie that anyone can enjoy.  Go see it…although, it was really raunchy and that lady was really old, so maybe it’s too raunchy for her.  But then again, who am I to judge? Hey, maybe that wasn't even her husband she was with? Maybe that's her afternoon side-piece.  In that case, yes, freaky old lady - this is the movie for you!  Good luck eating grapefruits again after watching this.

9 out of 10 – so funny, hilarious and genuine on multiple levels!

Bonus- Loved seeing Latifah and Jada together again on-screen after Set If Off almost 20 years ago!