RIP Chris Squire

Chris Squire, the co-founder and longtime bassist of prog rock icons Yes and the only member of the group to feature on every studio album, has passed away just over a month after revealing that he was suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Squire was 67. Current Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes first tweeted the news, “Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire.”

Yes formed in 1968 after singer Jon Anderson met self-taught bassist Squire at a London music-industry bar; the pair were soon joined by guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford. Yes released their self-titled debut in 1969. However, it wasn’t until Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman replaced Banks and Kaye, respectively, that the prog rock group really hit it big with 1971’s The Yes Album and Fragile. Over the ensuing decades, Yes would see a parade of band members depart, enter and reenter, but Squire was the lone constant in the shape-shifting band, serving as their bassist for nearly 50 years. Squire is also credited as a co-writer on many of Yes’ greatest cuts, including “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Starship Trooper,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Yours Is No Disgrace” and “Heart of the Sunrise.”

In addition to his work with Yes, Squire was involved in other side and solo projects. His 1975 solo LP Fish Out of Water is revered among prog fans. Squire also teamed with Yes part-time guitarist Billy Sherwood for their Conspiracy project in 2000 and, more recently, formed Squackett with Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. Yes’ current incarnation featured singer Jon Davison, and as Squire told Rolling Stone, the vocalist was hired based on a recommendation from Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins. In May, Squire revealed that he was recently diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia, which would force him to miss the band’s summer co-headlining tour with Toto. The absence marked the first time in the band’s history that Yes performed without their longtime bassist.

Squire’s children are Carmen, Chandrika, Camille, Cameron and Xilan. Squire met his first wife Nikki in 1970 at a club in London. They married in 1972. She sang on the 1981 Christmas single “Run with the Fox” and also the track “Hold Out Your Hand” from Fish Out of Water (1975). In 1983, she formed Esquire, on whose first album Chris, Alan White and Trevor Horn assisted. Their family included Carmen, Chandrika and Camille Squire. The couple divorced after fifteen years of marriage. Squire married actress Melissa Morgan on 8 May 1993. She played Brittany Norman on The Young and the Restless and later returned to the daytime programme as Agnes Sorensen. The pair divorced in 2004. His third and final marriage was to Scotland Squire, who gave birth to daughter Xilan in 2008. They resided in the Chelsea neighbourhood of London, and latterly in Phoenix, Arizona.

Moving Abroad? Time To Sort Your Finances

How many times have you dreamed of starting a new life abroad? You may be at the stage of just staring at far-flung destinations on Instagram, or you may have travelled extensively abroad and know exactly where you want to relocate to. Whatever stage you’re at, you know that moving overseas takes money. And if you’re going to make the move in the next few years, you’ll need to think about a savings plan sooner rather than later.

Revisit Your Budget

It’s not a wise idea to go anywhere without a pot of savings to cushion your arrival. You may experience delays in starting work or have to pay out for things like rental deposits on a place to stay upfront, plus you should always have enough money saved to get home should you need to. Start by making the most drastic changes you can to your current budget. Look at the biggest costs you have at the moment and see if you can can minimise them. Could you do without a car for a bit and cycle to get around instead? You could also look at resources for rent prices in the city you live in, or the one you will be moving to, to make sure that you get the best value for money. Consider the little costs which can add up as well – cancel any unused subscription services and switch to store brand items in your weekly food shop. Small changes really can add up if you make enough of them.

Sort Out Your Overseas Finances 

To get up and running in your new home country, there are also some financial steps you need to take. Getting organised early is key, as it can take some time to get everything up and running. First, looking into setting up a bank account overseas – it will make things so much easier when you arrive. Each country has different requirements, so make sure that you know what they are – some places will require you to have a residential address already. Then, you’ll need to transfer your money into your new domiciled account. Most banks make this process unnecessarily expensive and complicated, so look into using a specialist money transfer service instead. You should also search out an overseas credit card or a prepaid travellers card before you arrive – it’s a convenient way to pay for the essentials as a stop-gap until your bank account is up and running. But make sure that you’ve chosen one that doesn’t charge fees in your destination.

Look Into Taxes

Being an ex-pat doesn’t mean that you become automatically exempt from all taxes in your home country. If you’re still receiving any form of income, for example from renting out your old home, you may still be liable to pay tax on that, plus the tax that you have due in your new country. Make sure you understand the situation where you are going, as you may have to submit tax returns or pay tax separately from your income rather than having automatic deductions. With a little foresight and planning, you can move your life abroad and keep your finances intact.

Say Yes To Adventure

Are you ready to up sticks and go? Are you getting itchy feet? When the call to change job and move comes along, it can be an exhilarating and terrifying prospect in equal measure. Sure you’re ready for a new adventure, to explore new parts of your country, the world even, but to leave behind everyone and everything you know? That’s quite a leap of faith.

But with a little thought and preparation, it doesn’t have to be unmanageable. In this blog, we take a look at the pros and cons of a long distance move and whether you should take a leap into the unknown.

The Pros

Your North American Van Lines shipment is packed and you’re ready to close the door on your old life. That feeling of nervous excitement in your stomach is real. You’re about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Whether you’re travelling solo, with a partner, friend of your small family one thing’s for sure, life’s never going to be the same again.

Here’s what you have to look forward to: exploring a different town or city, being wowed by a whole new area of natural beauty, meeting new friends and relearning that skill of actually making new friends something you haven’t needed to do since school.

You’ll also have the opportunity to re-do your home. Your furniture will be given a new lease of life as you move into a property with a different layout and dynamics. If you’re moving abroad you’ll have the opportunity to learn about a whole new culture and start picking up the language as you interact with neighbours and shopkeepers.

The Cons

In one word this can neatly be summed up as homesickness. You will miss your loved ones and that’s entirely natural. That ease and familiarity of your old life is replaced with uncertainty and the fear of trying something so completely new and different.

Being homesick is hard to cure and usually comes about in waves. While it will pass eventually, those first few months can be excruciating. You will think about changing your mind and coming home multiple times but stick it out if you can. Keep in touch via Skype and social media to feel connected to old friends while you make new ones.

While certainly daunting, moving away doesn’t have to be the hardest decision to make. A new job with better prospects and better money is a real and valid reason. Moving somewhere that has great schools for your children and plenty of work prospects for your partner is equally as valid. Sometimes just shaking up your life is a great way to find out what you really want from life. Exploring nature, discovering hidden gems in your new city all add to the amazing new experiences you’re undertaking.

Say yes to the move, yes to the adventure and yes to do something far outside of your comfort zone. You won’t regret it and it will provide plenty of memories for many years to come.

Another 5 Weird Laws In The Netherlands

#6: House sharing is technically illegal

3 or more young singles are technically not allowed to live together. This is to prevent a load of house shares. Yet this law is pretty much never enforced though, so it’s pretty pointless and bizarre.

#7: It’s illegal to go into a coffee shop if you’re under 18

Contrary to what the video suggests, it’s not illegal for under 18’s to go into a regular coffee shop (‘cafe’), but if it’s there to sell weed, you aren’t allowed in, soz. NO DRUGS FOR U18s. Seems fair enough, we can’t drink till we are 18 either.

#8: Trees must be reinforced to prevent them sinking by canals

Canal houses, including trees and other structures must be reinforced so they don’t sink. So it’s not just the
houses, but the trees too! It’s great that trees are just as protected as the canal-side houses.

#9: Tenants have incredible protection when renting

Good for tenants and not so good for landlords, tenants have an incredible amount of protection. In fact, the landlord can’t kick you out unless it gets taken to court. Pretty bizarre if you aren’t paying the rent and trashing the place. Great if you don’t want to be made homeless by your landlord for literally no reason.

#10: You can only pee in a canal if you’re pregnant

Peeing in a public place is not allowed (hence the urinals everywhere) and many fatalities have happened from drunk people peeing canals. This is fair enough, however, when pregnant it is allowed. Not exactly safe though is it… this is one of the pretty weird laws that the Netherlands has.

Consider These 5 Things Before Renovating Your Home

Could your house do with some improvements? If you’re dreaming of some major changes or trying to get your home market ready, you are probably considering renovating. But renovating your house can seem like a pain. It’s a big project, with some costs involved. Don’t put it off though. Creating the home of your dreams will add so much to your life. Here are five things to consider before you get started.

Your budget

Most people want to renovate their home in the most economical way possible. But how will you know if it’s economical unless you set a budget? It can be hard to know how much things will cost before you get started, but try to have a good idea of what your limit would be. It’s easy to get carried away, but if you know a particular product or service is out of your budget, it’ll be easier to turn it down.

Calling in the experts

Before you call in the experts, you might want to stop and think about where your skills lie. If you’re confident you can handle a paintbrush like a pro, there’s no need to hire a decorator. Whereas for dangerous or complicated things, like plumbing and wiring, you need to call the professionals. Think about who you know, too. You can mention to friends and colleagues that you’re looking to do some work on your house. They might have a friend or relative who is an electrician, for example, who might be willing to do you a deal.

Modeling your plans

You might know that you want a change, but it can be hard to settle on what that means. Plans might be swirling around in your head. How can you show them to contractors, or see if your partner approves? One good way is to use a home visualizer. Use this tool to upload an image of your home and see what it would look like with specific changes or additions. Find a visualizer at this website.

Maximizing what you have already

Some rooms in the house might need a total refurbishment, particularly if your hardware is outdated. For example, you might need a completely new toilet in your bathroom. But if it’s just cosmetic changes, consider if smaller changes would work, like fitting a new flush handle. Sometimes there’s no need to replace the whole thing. You can also consider if painting the walls or retiling the floors would give you the change you’re looking for. Particularly in smaller rooms, changing the color scheme can really open up the room and make it appear brand new. Find some color decoration inspiration at https://www.housebeautiful.com/.

Creating something new

Are you looking for an even bigger project? Some people renovating their homes knock a wall down to create one large room where there once was two. Or you might be thinking of doing an attic or garage conversion, or even extending your house to create additional bedrooms. For these big jobs, you might need to get official planning permission. Speak to the relevant department in your area who can help with this. You’ll also want to think about the best time of year to make such significant changes since the weather can affect a project like this.

RIP Billy Drago

Billy Drago, who often played harming but chilling gangster roles and appeared in Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables” and Clint Eastwood’s “Pale Rider,” died Monday in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke. He was 73. The character actor played Al Capone’s henchman Frank Nitti in 1987’s “The Untouchables.” He’s one of those actors you may not know the name off right away but would remember that you’ve seen in a few things.

On TV series “Charmed,” he put his reptilian stare to good use as the demon Barbas in several episodes over five seasons. Born William Eugene Burrows in Hugoton, Kan., his actor-director father was said to be of Native American origin. His mother’s family was of Romany extraction; he took their name Drago as his stage name. Starting out as a stuntman, he moved to New York and beginning his acting career. Drago started acting in the late 1970s, appearing in films including “Cutter’s Way,” “No Other Love” and “Windwalker.” On television, he had guest roles in “Hill Street Blues,” “Moonlighting,” “Walker Texas Ranger,” “Trapper John, M.D.” and “The X-Files.”

His film resume includes Delta Force 2, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, and Pale Rider. He also was featured in Michael Jackson’s 2001 music video “You Rock My World”. Drago also played a mysterious stranger who gave a boy a special key in the Mike + The Mechanics music video for “Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)” in 1985. Other film roles include Gregg Araki’s 2004 film Mysterious Skin, the remake of horror film The Hills Have Eyes, Children of the Corn: Genesis, and Takashi Miike’s Masters of Horror episode “Imprint”, which Showtime pulled from the air due to “disturbing content.”

Some Atheist Jokes

Q: How many atheists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: None. They’re already enlightened.

Q: What is the biggest problem for an atheist?
A: No one to talk to during orgasm.

Q: Why did the Atheist cross the road?
A: He thought there might be a street on the other side, but he wouldn’t believe it until he tested his hypothesis.

Q: What do you call an intelligent American?
A: Atheist Atheism and Religion are but two sides of the same coin. One prefers to use its head, while the other relies on tales.

Q: How many atheists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Two. One to actually change the bulb, and the other to videotape the job so fundamentalists won’t claim that god did it.

A Dog’s Way Home

A Dog’s Way Home is a 2019 American family adventure film directed by Charles Martin Smith from a screenplay by W. Bruce Cameron and Cathryn Michon, based on the 2017 book of the same name by Cameron. The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi, Chris Bauer, Barry Watson, and Jonah Hauer-King, and follows a dog named Bella (voiced by Howard) who travels more than 400 miles to find her owner.

Lucas and his friend & co-worker Olivia find a puppy living along with many kittens and a mother cat at a construction site in Denver, Colorado. Her mother had been captured by animal control and mother cat was raising the pup. Lucas & the dog, who he names Bella, are taken with each other so he takes her home to live with his veteran mother Terri Ray. Over the years, Lucas plays with and takes care of Bella. Lucas also continues to feed the cats at the old house, which puts him in the crosshairs of Günter Beckenbauer, the man who intends to demolish the house. He even calls the city about the cats who live there, which delays the demolition. Seeking vengeance, Günter arranges for Bella to be labeled a pitbull, because Denver has outlawed pitbulls as a dangerous breed. That evening, an overzealous animal control officer named Chuck comes by to warn Lucas that if he finds Bella on the street, he will impound her.

Later Bella chases after a squirrel Lucas catches up to her and is about to take her home, but Chuck confiscates Bella and takes her into the local animal shelter. Lucas picks Bella up, pays a fine, and is allowed to take her home, but he is warned that if Bella is captured again, she will be euthanized. To avoid this, Lucas sends Bella to live with Olivia’s aunt and uncle in Farmington, New Mexico, until he and his mother can find another home outside of Denver’s urban limits. However, Bella misses Lucas and escapes from the house and begins her 400 mile journey back home. During Bella’s journey, she befriends a cougar cub, whom she names “Big Kitten.” Bella and Big Kitten encounter many ordeals together, including being hunted by a pack of coyotes, but a group of men help Bella and scare the coyotes away. The three men give Bella food at their campsite and upon learning who her owner is, try to call Lucas, only to be scared away by the sudden arrival of Big Kitten. During the winter, Bella helps rescue a man buried in an avalanche.

A gay couple who dug the man out take both Bella and the man’s dog to their home but she leaves them after a few weeks. Eventually, she reaches a small town, where she is temporarily taken in by a homeless vet named Axel until he soon dies. Back in the wilderness, Bella is attacked by coyotes again, but Big Kitten, now fully grown, returns and intervenes, successfully fighting off the coyotes. At each place Bella goes, she learns that each of her new friends has its own home, and how she must keep moving to get back to her family. Bella finally makes it back to Denver, and she bids Big Kitten farewell before they part ways. She gets hit by a car in heavy traffic and injures one of her front legs but manages to reach home – only to find that Lucas and his mom no longer live there. She then makes her way to the city’s VA hospital, followed by Chuck who was called by the new owner of the house, where she joyfully reunites with Lucas, Terri, and Olivia.

Lucas prepares to take Bella to the vet to treat an injury Bella received due to being struck by a car, but when Lucas, Terri, and Lucas’s friends bring Bella outside, Chuck arrives with several police officers, including police captain Mica. Captain Mica, after a discussion with all the vets, allows Lucas to keep Bella as he has no jurisdiction, being that the hospital is federal property. Chuck threatens to pull Lucas over if he sees Bella leave the premises, but Captain Mica fires Chuck for his over-zealousness and orders the police officers not to pull anybody over just for a dog. Lucas and Terri are happy to see Bella again and finally manage to move into a house in Golden, where they allow pitbulls. At night, she cozies up on the bed with Lucas & his wife Olivia and is content that she is now back home where she belongs.

Heart tugging, funny and endearing, this is a family movie. And dare I say, I cried a bit when Bella is finally reunited with Lucas after 2.5 years. I miss my dog. 8 outta 10!

5 Weird Laws In The Netherlands

#1: It’s illegal not to have lights and a bell on your bike, but not to wear a helmet

In a lot of countries, this is the other way around. This is mainly due to safety issues and of course if you’re out with a small child too, they usually have to wear some form of protection. Not in the Netherlands. As long as you have lights for visibility and bell to attract attention, you’re good to go. Safe or just stupid? The debate continues on whether we should all wear helmets. I guess we do have great bike lanes, which definitely makes it a heck of a lot safer.

#2: Bikes have right of way, they rule over cars and pedestrians

So say you were strolling along a bike path and a bike hits you. They are not necessarily liable, as they have right of way, even if it wasn’t your fault. The same goes for a car hitting a bike – that’s a big no, no too. Please people just watch out for bikes and cars watch out for them too. They rule us all ?

#3: Fireworks are illegal apart from 3 days before NYE

It is illegal to purchase fireworks for intention to use, unless it is 3 days before NYE. Even then, they cannot be set off until NYE. Any time after that is also illegal. That means that New Years Eve itself, is wild as hell. Again, another one that causes a debate every year. Shall we allow them every day or should we ban them completely? Put it this way, where I’m from we can have fireworks all year round and our firework problem is the fraction of what it is in the Netherlands. Solution? Probably shouldn’t risk it.

#4: Mandatory emergency drills need to be tested every month

You may have all heard that weird and loud sound going off on the first Monday of every month. The Dutch government requires that these emergency drills are mandatory and are tested at least once a month. A law that means we are going to have to listen to them every first Monday of the month FOREVER (well until the law changes, that is).

#5: You cannot marry legally in the Netherlands unless one of you is Dutch

This law is true, but only if neither of you has residency. So for instance, you can’t come here from abroad to marry, like other people do at beach resorts across the world. So if you’re wanting to get hitched on the canals of Amsterdam and neither of you are registered here, forget it.

Boris Becker Auctions His Trophies

Trophies and personal souvenirs belonging to German tennis star Boris Becker will be auctioned online from Monday by British firm Wyles Hardy to partially clear the bankrupt champion’s debts. The youngest winner in Wimbledon’s history, who claimed the first of three titles aged just 17, is auctioning off 82 items including medals, cups, watches and photographs. The sale will end on July 11, Wyles Hardy said on its website.

Some of the trophies up for grabs include a replica of a Challenge Cup awarded to Becker following one of his Wimbledon wins, and the three-quarter size replica of the Renshaw Cup presented after he became the youngest ever Grand Slam singles champion. His Wimbledon finalist medal from 1990, when he was beaten by Swede Stefan Edberg, and a replica of the US Open silver cup made by jeweller Tiffany for his 1989 victory over Ivan Lendl, will also be included in the sale.

The indebted 51-year-old champion was declared bankrupt in 2017. However, the sales will not be enough to cover debts valued at millions of pounds. Becker has already had legal difficulties with the Spanish courts over unpaid debts for work carried out on his villa in Mallorca. The pastor who married him in 2009 also took him to court in Switzerland and the German courts in 2002 gave him a two-year suspended sentence and a fine of 500,000 euros (US$570,000) over 1.7 million euros in unpaid taxes. The six-times Grand Slam winner, nicknamed “Boom Boom” Becker for his devastating serve, won 49 titles and more than 20 million euros in prize money during his career. He now focuses on his tennis activities, particularly commentating, as he attempts to use his fame to wipe out his debts.

Summer Plans?

What are you looking forward to this summer?

Well summer over here, June to the end of August is actually the monsoon season for us which ends in September. It’s heavy rainfall as we are in a tropical climate area over here. But I like it as when it rains as it is gets very cool and well it’s perfect for what I like to do.

Stay in, drink and order in some good food and watch tv. Most of my currrent fav tv shows are done and will be back only by mid to late October. Which gives me a few months to binge watch my fav shows that are done. Like any of the 5 Star Trek shows or Stargate or Farscape, The X-Files, Battlestar Galactica. So many others! I love rewatching my fav shows over and over again. Sitcoms are relatively easier to rewatch as it’s less than 30 mins per episode and when I come home from work at 2:30 am or 3:30 or 4:30 am I like to relax with 2-3 episodes of Friends or Corner Gas or Little Mosque or Seinfeld or Frasier. I love having a few laughs before I go off to sleep in those shifts.

So that’s the plan for this summer. I enjoy that the most. Some chips or pizza or chicken wings and some beer while I watch them will go down really well. I think I will start this weekend.

Arsenal Transfer Rumours – 22 June 2019

As reported by David Ornstein and elsewhere Arsenal have had an opening bid of £15m for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney rejected – but there is optimism an agreement will be reached between the clubs, while personal terms for the 22-year-old Scotland international shouldn’t be a problem.

Arsenal could be tempted to sell Lucas Torreira this summer – providing they receive £45m for the 23-year-old midfielder. Torreira joined Unai Emery’s side last summer for £26m and made 50 appearances in his first season with the Gunners. But he has apparently struggled to settle in England and has been linked to a return to Italy with AC Milan – coached by his former Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo. The Gunners are reluctant to part company with the Uruguayan after just one season but, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, they would be willing to do business if they are offered £45m by the Italian club.

Arsenal are leading the race to sign £27m-rated Torino defender Armando Izzo. The 27-year-old Italy international has also attracted from Everton, Manchester United, AC Milan and Lazio. But Calciomercato claim the north Londoners are the favourites to secure his signature as Unai Emery looks to strengthen his side this summer despite a limited budget.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is being eyed by Lyon. The Frenchman is one of Arsenal’s longest-serving players, having been at the club since 2010, but an Achilles injury limited the 33-year-old to just 13 Premier League starts last season. And, according to the Daily Mail, the Gunners could be tempted to part with the centre-back this summer, providing they can land a suitable replacement. Koscielny is said to be excited by the idea of returning to Ligue 1 and it is claimed Lyon have begun talks over signing a two-year contract. Borussia Dortmund have also been linked with an interest.

Adrian Durham believes Unai Emery could walk away from Arsenal if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is sold to Manchester United. In 2012, Sir Alex Ferguson convinced the United board to part with £24million to bring Robin van Persie to Old Trafford in a move which essentially secured the Premier League title for United, whilst crippling the Gunners. And Durham believes that, if history were to repeat itself seven years later, the north London club would be betraying their loyal supporters.

10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane is a 2016 American science fiction psychological horror film directed by Dan Trachtenberg, produced by J. J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber and written by Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken and Damien Chazelle. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, and John Gallagher Jr. It is the second installment in the Cloverfield franchise. The story follows a young woman who, after a car crash, wakes up in an underground bunker with two men who insist that an event has left the surface of Earth uninhabitable.

This one sees Michelle, who has broken up with her boyfriend Ben, driving through rural Louisiana. She gets hit by a truck and knocked off the road, falling unconscious. She wake up in a room in a bunker and is met by Howard, the man who owns the underground bunker. He then explains that he brought her there for her protection, claiming that the air outside has been poisoned by nuclear or chemical fallout from an unknown force. She doesn’t believe him initially but then meets Emmett, another survivor who found his way to it and has his arm fractured and in a sling.

Howard takes her to the viewport of the bunker’s exit hatch, showing her two dead pigs outside as evidence of the fallout; Michelle also sees Howard’s truck, and recognizes it from the accident. Michelle privately relays her concerns about Howard’s motivations to Emmett. At dinner Michelle takes Howard’s keys and makes her way to the hatch, but as she is about to open it, a woman, Leslie, covered in skin lesions, slams against the window demanding she be let in, then collapses. Michelle openly returns the keys and agrees that Howard was right. Howard admits to accidentally hitting her car in his panic to get to the shelter. Things settle down as the trio become more relaxed but there is a slight hostility towards Emmett from Howard though he treats Michelle like a younger girl and even mentions the fact that he had a daughter who is dead. Howard enlists Michelle to fix the air filtration unit when it fails since she is small enough to fit through the vents; while repairing it, she finds a locked skylight, with the word “HELP” scratched into its glass and visible to anyone outside.

Further suspicious of Howard, Michelle and Emmett discover that Howard’s purported daughter was a young girl who had gone missing about two years earlier, and they suspect he abducted her to the bunker. They make plans to escape the bunker, creating a makeshift Hazmat suit behind Howard’s back. When Howard discovers tools and parts missing, he accuses the two of stealing them, threatening to immerse them in a barrel of perchloric acid. Emmett quickly takes responsibility of stealing the materials to make a weapon so Michelle would respect him, the way she seemingly respects Howard for wielding a gun. Howard accepts his apology but shots Emmett in the head instantly killing him. In shock, Michelle is desperately making final preparations to leave, when she is surprised by Howard. She manages to escape from him with the suit. En route, she knocks over the acid barrel, which starts an electrical fire in the bunker. It later explodes, killing Howard.

Wearing the suit Michelle goes outside but she sees birds and realizes that the air is cleaner now so she takes off the helmet. but then she suddenly sees a giant biomechanical alien spacecraft, drawn by the bunker explosion. A quadrupedal creature drops from the craft and chases Michelle, forcing her to hide in a shed. She then races towards the farmhouse, but the craft appears and emits a green gas that forces Michelle back into the suit. Her delay allows mechanical appendages from the ship to capture her, but she is able to craft a Molotov cocktail from items in Howard’s truck to throw into the ship. The fireball causes the appendage to drop her, and she is able to take the dead woman’s car and escape. As she nears the Texas border she hears radio chatter instructing any survivors to head to Baton Rouge to evacuate, but also requesting the help of anyone with military or combat training in Houston. At a crossroads, she pauses a moment before driving off towards Houston. In the distance, two larger alien craft can be seen in the sky.

I finally have watched all 3 of the Cloverfield movies although – I wonder how connected these films really are. This one is definitely the best acted and has a great story that is well written with strong characters. As a film I give it an 8.5 outta 10!