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posted a Quick Tip about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (20.... Sunday
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012 film)
Clearly a money move. The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien, was the book that was released before The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the book that set up Middle-Earth. The book is truly fantastic and worthy of a read. However, the reason the movie is a blatant gouge is because they're splitting the movie version into three parts, even though the book was nearly as long as any of The Lord of the Rings books. …
reviewed Vic: Never Give Up. August 07
Vic: Never Give Up
This is the third in a series of novels about your average female resident of the early 20th century who isn't really so average.      Victoria Custer's "day job" is as a travel and adventure writer for her local, Nebraska, newspaper. Using the pen name Vic Challenger, she travels to places that even experienced, male adventurers would hesitate to visit. Vic has …
reviewed Guardians of the Galaxy. August 05
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Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy is fun.  That's all you really need to know about it.  As far as summer blockbusters go (especially in August) it's just a ton of fun to behold, even if it's not a perfect film.  It has a few moments that make you wonder, but at the very least it's willing to have some fun with the audience and with itself.  For those looking for a deep engrossing …
reviewed Hangar 18. June 11
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Hangar 18
I was one of the folks who had the good fortune to see HANGAR 18 when it was released originally theatrically.  Come to think of it, I think I saw it twice.  It was my kind of story: soft science fiction all set against the backdrop of a government conspiracy.       While the picture opened with the qualifier that it was all based on facts, I had done my share of …
reviewed G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013 film). June 09
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G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013 film)
I’m one of the rare few who actually had an awful lot of fun with G.I. JOE – THE RISE OF COBRA.  I thought – like most truly good summer fare – it was a motion picture that set out with modest ambitions knowing full well what it was going to be: little more than a popcorn flick, with enough action and goofy goodness thrown in to keep minds busy while wasting a few brain …
posted a Quick Tip about Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. May 09
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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
This is a good film and one that I would recommend people check out. It may not be the best ever but it is still very good, the opening scene is one of my favorites and the ending is………….
reviewed Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. May 09
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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
         DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK      This film is a remake of a made for TV film from back in the day so naturally the comparisons are going to be made. I am not here for that especially since I have not seen the original in years. I do remember it of course but it would be unfair to compare since I could be forgetting things. So as for …
reviewed Captain America: The Winter Soldier. April 07
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
I'll be honest with you, I wasn't all that excited for this movie when I saw the first trailer. The first Captain America was a dud, my vote for the worst Marvel movie leading up to The Avengers. In the second wave we've been treated to a God awful Iron Man 3, one of my picks for worst movies of 2013, and a Thor that, while pretty cool, didn't wow me in the same way as some of Marvel's …
reviewed How I Met Your Mother Series Finale. April 02
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How I Met Your Mother Series Finale
Caution: There are spoilers in this review.    Well, we know two things were promised in the finale of How I Met Your Mother: A mother would be met, and it would be legendary.    We can grant that both promises were kept. What can also be granted is that there's a reason the show isn't called How I Met Your Mother and Lived with Her Happily Ever After and the …
reviewed Things to Come (1936). April 01
Things to Come (1936)
In all seriousness, I hold classic films in very high regard.  I’ve always been fascinated by what storytellers have been able to accomplish in cinema, and it’s even more captivating to see how the tricks of their trade have evolved over time.  In most respects, new technologies help to make stories more and more complex, but when you go back and take a peek at something like …
reviewed Knights of Badassdom. March 28
Knights of Badassdom
Although I like to privately imagine myself still of that age group acceptably dubbed ‘fanboys,’ I’m probably a bit older than most to be a true card-carrying variety.  I’ve always loved film – I have tremendous respect for almost any picture that gets churned out by the studios or the indie types, and I’ve always been drawn to sci-fi, horror, and generally …
reviewed Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox. March 25
Jusitce League: Flashpoint Paradox
With as long as many of these DC characters have been around, I would imagine that some writers and illustrators certainly have their work cut out for themselves when it comes to crafting a tale that’s both fresh and innovative as well as respectful to much of what’s come before in the pages.  Reading audiences are constantly in flux, dropping off when some new creative teams don’t …
reviewed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. February 09
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
They couldn't make it last, could they?    After deftly avoiding the big love triangle sub-plot that could have fogged up the first Hunger Games, in the sequel, Catching Fire, they just hit the throttle and dived right into it. It's one of those tropes that always sadly inevitable: Two men have to fall in love with the same girl. They can't leave well enough alone.     Let …
reviewed Disney's Planes. February 02
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Disney's Planes
In the event that you wonder how in the world the Pixar Cars franchise morphed into the Disney Planes universe (of which this film is the first of a proposed trilogy), let’s take a look at the interesting road that led to the piece’s development.  After the merger of Disney and Pixar (a union affectionately termed Pixney); the lines between the two companies were forever blurred to …
reviewed The Bling Ring. January 25
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The Bling Ring
"The Bling Ring" is an odd, funny, somewhat artsy film from Sofia Coppolla based on a fascinating Vanity Fair article by Nancy Jo Sales titled "The Suspects Wore Louboutins."  You can read the article here, (and it's worth reading,) but I'll sum it up for you: a group of L.A. teenagers burgled the houses of various celebrities over the course of several months.  …
reviewed The Impossible. January 25
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'The Impossible' Starring Naomi Watts & Ewan McGregor
Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star as parents who take their three sons to Thailand on vacation where they become victims of the deadly tsunami of 2004.      Every minute of this true story is gut-wrenching, from the incredibly realistic recreation of the tsunami to the mass death and devastation afterward. Watts and McGregor are excellent as the suffering and selfless parents …
reviewed Vikingdom. January 20
Take note, gentle warriors: highbrow critics have always been quick (and first) to dismiss the validity of the fantasy film.  Why?  Well, there are possibly scores of reasons that range from “it simply wasn’t my cup of tea” all the way up to “I have trouble taking anything with elves seriously.”  For the most part, I’ve always thought the critical …
reviewed The Croods. January 05
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The Croods
You really have to hand it to DreamWorks; often considered second fiddle to the mastery of the CG craft that is Pixar, these guys just continue to release solid family flick after solid family flick.  Known as the “money studio”, The Croods is a good example of genuinely clever writing and a solid story carrying a piece over just an inflated budget being used to force advertising …
reviewed Everyone's Hero (2006). January 04
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Everyone's Hero (2006)
Everyone’s Hero is one of those rare animated features that boasted a pretty hardy theatrical run but slipped onto the DVD scene fairly quietly and slipped into relative obscurity since.  It’s kind of a shame really, because the piece has a lot of heart and it’s delivered in such a manner that children and adults alike can find something to take away from the experience.  …
reviewed Brave (2012 film). January 02
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To animated film students and CG geeks in general, the geniuses responsible for the Pixar classics we know and love have become something of celebrities themselves.  John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, these are the cornerstones of the Pixar ideology so when you encounter a feature film boasting the Pixar name; it seems odd when such names are absent.  Yet such is the …
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