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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Star Trek (2009) re-ignited the Trek world and set it on fire.  Loved it or hated it, no one can deny what a reboot and shot in the arm it was for what was a tired series.  The worst thing that …
reviewed Star Trek Into Darkness (2013 film). May 14, 2013
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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
By Joan Alperin Schwartz   The boys are back...Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Chekov (Anton Yelchin), Bones (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho) and Uhura (Zoe …
reviewed Star Trek (2009). March 23, 2013
Star Trek Poster
What was your first impression? Very negative        Plot summary? A new cast of the characters having the same name is introduced with a new storyline. Kirk and Spock forge …
reviewed Total Recall (2012 film). February 22, 2013
Total Recall (2012 film)
You may have noticed that recently, we've seen new movies from the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis. Things like this are usually coincidental, but after seeing the …
reviewed Ender's Game. February 13, 2013
Ender's game cover
I just reread Ender's Game.  It made sense to me since the movie was coming out soon and of course I would compare them.  But I need to explain my perspective on the story.      …
reviewed The Doomsday Book (Korean film). January 24, 2013
The Doomsday Book (Korean film)
      By their very nature, anthology films are a mixed bag.  They’ll contain two or three or four smaller stories – essentially ‘shorts,’ cobbled together …
reviewed The Doomsday Book (Korean film). January 17, 2013
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The Doomsday Book (Korean film)
Often have I said that to understand and appreciate Asian cinema, one must be ready to ask for the motivation of a story or a scene. It operates differently than Hollywood movies when its narrative is …
reviewed Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. January 13, 2013
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
My favorite thought about playing the original Ratchet and Clank was, "Finally, an actually, honest to god mind numbing action title!" Thankfully, it turned out to be more than a hiccup. It turned into …
reviewed Cloud Atlas (2012 film). December 17, 2012
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'Cloud Atlas' a brilliant scifi fantasy love story spanning 500 years
      I left two times the movie theater knowing that I saw something special, knowing that I witnessed not only a march towards freedom but also towards a better understanding of …
reviewed Cloud Atlas (2012 film). December 04, 2012
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'Cloud Atlas' a brilliant scifi fantasy love story spanning 500 years
I thought that was a fitting name to this review since I haven't written in awhile and I miss you guys! Plus, it has to do with this fantastic movie about intersecting life paths, deja vu, and how …
reviewed Lectus: Origin by Jessica Khoury. December 01, 2012
Lectus: Origin by Jessica Khoury
I was so looking forward to reading this book. Pia was born in a secret lab deep in the jungle of the Amazon. She’s born perfect. She doesn’t get sick, her skin is like that of Superman – …
reviewed Captain Vorpatril's Alliance. November 15, 2012
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
Ivan Vorpatril is the cousin of Miles Vorkosigan and intermittently pops up in stories about Miles.  He is constantly used as the but of jokes and accused of being an idiot.  But overall it …
reviewed The Long Tomorrow. November 03, 2012
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The Long Tomorrow
The Long Tomorrow is one of the first post World War II novels depicting a possible aftermath of nuclear war.  It is set only 80 years after the war rather than multiple centuries like A Canticle …
reviewed Cloud Atlas (2012 film). October 25, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
'Cloud Atlas' a brilliant scifi fantasy love story spanning 500 years
By Joan Alperin Schwartz   'Cloud Atlas' is a film that some people, like myself, will find absolutely brilliant, while others, like John (the other half of 'Two Jews On Film') …
reviewed John Carter. September 28, 2012
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;'John Carter'
I bought a ticket to another movie, but had to wait an hour, so I thought I would pass time watching John Carter.    As JC began I became swiftly swept up in it, forgetting the other …
reviewed The Keepers By Rick Friar. September 20, 2012
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The Keepers By Rick Friar
It's amazing the amount of people that spend the time to sit and review movies, books, comics, anything.  And here I find myself doing the same the thing.  I decided to alter my own life …
reviewed The Hunger Games. September 16, 2012
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The Hunger Games
** out of ****    "The Hunger Games" is based on the first book in the best-selling young adult self-titled trilogy of books written by Suzanne Collins. I have never read any of the …
reviewed The Matrix. September 16, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
DVD front
**** out of ****    What would you do if you were in the place of hacker Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) - popularly known by his in-movie online alias of "Neo" - in that you woke up …
reviewed The Keepers By Rick Friar. September 05, 2012
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The Keepers By Rick Friar
"The Keepers" by Rick Friar took my by surprise.  A BIG surprise.   When I first saw these books at Barnes and Noble, I saw 3 thick books stacked next to each other and the way I …
reviewed Railsea by China Mieville. August 30, 2012
Railsea by China Mieville
I had read about how great this book is and how Mieville got inspired on Moby-Dick to write it that I thought I was actually going to enjoy it. But nope this one went to the list of ‘abandoned’ …
reviewed Aliens. August 27, 2012
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Aliens
**** out of ****    If Ridley Scott's "Alien" will always be remembered as the film to introduce us to the Xenomorph and franchise favorite, the heroine Ripley (Sigourney Weaver); …
reviewed Total Recall (2012 film). August 22, 2012
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Total Recall (2012 film)
Do you know that moment when you're trying somethingDo you know that moment when you're trying something you loved as a kid and it leaves you a bitter feeling but still "forcing" yourself …
reviewed Total Recall (2012 film). August 20, 2012
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Total Recall (2012 film)
Star Rating:         I could turn this review of Total Recall into a debate over which version of the film is better, but unless there are obvious gaps in idea, execution, …
reviewed Total Recall (2012 film). August 14, 2012
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Total Recall (2012 film)
When I first heard of a “Total Recall” remake, I have to admit I was a little put off. I mean, how can someone remake one of Schwarzenegger’s action classics? I thought it would be an …
reviewed Lockout. July 24, 2012
Lockout
There’s something to be said for never trying too hard.  Take Luc Beeson, for example.  He’s been making films for decades, but he really hasn’t been trying all that hard …
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