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Freebie for Thursday: A Zombie New Year’s Eve

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(Free: 1/5 – 1/6)

This short story is about Becky and Joe who are separated in a Zombie Apocalypse and risk life and limb in order to reunite for their New Year’s Eve kiss.

US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N366QH4?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00N366QH4?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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The men arrived minutes later and stopped in front of the building Becky ran into. They put their guns away (to save ammo) and started to game plan, knifing the few zombies in the head who dared to approach them.

Inside, Becky made her way deep into the store, out of breath, shoes damp, feet tired, and legs hurting. Mannequins, sporadically placed throughout the store, startled her, as she swatted a few of them thinking they were zombies. Their hollow heads flew off into the dark, bouncing and rolling across the cold tile floor.

Outside, Greg pulled his coat tight, and shook off the sleet.

“Maybe she’s not worth it, man,” Ted replied, shuffling about, trying to stay warm. He looked up and down the street. The zombies were a little thinner now, but it wouldn’t be long before they swarmed again.

“This isn’t about worth. This is about Darren. This is about making it right,” Greg replied, as he looked into the store. “Do you hear that girl? We going to make it right all over you! And the longer you make us wait, the worse it is going to be!”

Becky cringed back against a rack when she heard the voice, empty clothes hangers rattled like skeleton fingers causing her to jump. Zombies in the store honed in on the sound, and started moving in her direction.

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Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I really enjoyed Rogue One from start to finish. Disney is now 2 for 2 in bringing this franchise not only back to the big screen, but in many ways they’ve been able to bring the Star Wars Universe back to life. They have put into the two movies they’ve released a sense of magic, hope, wonder, excitement that I thought was lost after the prequels were released. I wasn’t a man going on 44 years old when I watched this one and The Force Awakens, I was a kid again waiting anxiously for the movie to start. I have to say thank you to Disney for giving me that experience. I can’t wait see where they go next with this Universe.

Anyway, I didn’t mean to go off on a sidebar there. Rogue One is a great movie filled with a grand score, solid top-notch acting, action scenes that are spectacular to watch, and effects that aren’t overly loaded with CGI. The story is also strong and it never lags throughout any part of the movie. I was hooked from the opening scene to the last scene. If you enjoy Star Wars and the Universe around it then I don’t see why you wouldn’t enjoy this movie. About the only beef I had was that it didn’t have an opening scroll. When you see “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . .” you kind of expect to see a scroll after it. Just saying.

So, yes, I give this one high marks – 3 ½ stars out of 5.

Have you seen it? What did you think of it?

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E-Book Review: Vampire Miami

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“I was surprised by how quickly I was sucked up into this story. It moved quick and fast and the book had a very interesting premise that worked. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Vampires or just a solid ride that never lets up. There were a few errors here and there, but the story was so strong that they didn’t slow down my reading experience. I now want to read the rest in the series. I have to find out what happens next. Thumbs up. Nice job Phil.”

Amazon US

Amazon UK

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Golden Pirate Wednesday

A bit more of my novel – The Tale of the Golden Pirate: The Parson Slang Adventures.

He arrived on time just like he always did, but there was no sign of Tony. He had kids and a wife. It was to be expected.

Parson leaned over and grabbed his gloves along with his running water bottle. No matter how cold it was, he always carried that bottle with him. Parson had learned that lesson the hard way. While he sat there waiting, he thought about GOLDENthe map and the thoughts that had been running around in his head since he first saw it – could he leave, should he leave, would he leave, could he take a leap of faith, he was comfortable so why mess it up, etc.etc.etc. and blah, blah, blah. The thoughts just kept on a running. When Parson got his brain on something, he rarely let it go. He sometimes had nightmares about a gigantic monster with a flashing sign on its head chasing after him. This sign would just keep blinking the words “Do it now” over and over again. He would wake up in the middle of the night and just do what it was that was bugging him. When he went back to sleep, that monster was always gone.

Find more here: Parson

Thanks for reading and following.

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Movie Review Haiku: Robocop (2014)

A robotic cop

Hard steel forged with human soul

Lethal and deadly

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This was a good movie, but not a great movie. I found it on Instant Watch a few days ago, and thought it would be a nice movie for a Saturday night – it was.

They did do a some things right in this one, good lead, good actors in a couple of key roles, great effects and action, and even a decent story. They didn’t do a straight remake of the original story. They added some new touches to it, which was nice.

Still though, the original had a better lead, better action, and a much better villain. The PG-13 also made this one seem a bit neutered compared to the original, which was so violent it had to be cut to make it an R rating. I have the unrated version at home, believe me, I can see why it got cut. That rating hurt Murphy’s death scene the most. An explosion is bad, sure, but the way he dies in the original really makes you want to go after those bad guys yourself. You never really felt that way in this movie.

All in all, this turned out to be better than expected, but not nearly as good as the original.

So, seen it, loved it or hated it? Original or remake, which is your favorite? Let me know with a comment below.

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RCIn 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy – a loving husband, father and good cop – is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. via RoboCop (2014) – IMDb

Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

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Golden Pirate Wednesday 2

I’ve always enjoyed this part of the book. I thought it might be a good one to post for this Wednesday. Thanks for reading. Thanks for following.

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“You want me to take your stuff. You want me to do what it is that needs to be done so we get paid. The plane is the best thing for it.” Carson tapped the side of Sweet Pea after he said this.

The man didn’t reply.

Carson turned back to Parson. “Hey Parson, would you give me a hand back here?”

Parson was frozen in his seat, stunned; this wasn’t the adventure he was hoping for when he left his sleepy little town. He wanted to cry, he wanted to pee, and he wanted to just be back in the comfort of his home. He wanted to be anywhere, but here. This was too much for him.

“Come on Parson! The sooner we do this the better!”

Parson unbuckled and walked over to Carson, who instructed him to stand on his left side. Parson did as requested, but he still couldn’t see the men. All he could see was the right side of one of them. On this right side, attached by a strap, was an Uzi, and Parson was sure it was cocked and loaded just like the gun in Carson’s holster.

Carson slung the first canvas bag to Parson who caught it and nearly dropped it. “You got it?”

“Yeah.” Parson put the bag on the floor and waited for the next.

Carson grabbed the second bag with his left hand while his right hand reached for the gun in the holster.

It happened in a blink, a blink of an eye.

Carson slung the bag back to Parson as he pulled out the gun, lightning quick. He emptied the clip into the men and didn’t hesitate. The shots rang out into the night as blood splattered the boat and the world around it . . .

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Movie Review Haiku: Snowpiercer

Intense, dramatic

Great acting, script, and story

Very twisty plot

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Has anyone seen this one yet? It is running as an Instant Watch on Netflix right now, so run, don’t walk to go see it. This is a very unique and strange movie that shouldn’t work, but it does. This is the kind of movie that makes you really want to see the bad guys go down, because they are just so bad. The things they do and get away with make you want to scream. I honestly can’t recommend this one enough. I can see why it has such high marks. 

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Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges. via Snowpiercer (2013) – IMDb

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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Movie Review Haiku: Homefront

Classic old school feel

Lots of tension and suspense

With a good story

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Has anyone had a chance to see this one? It was on instant watch on Netflix so my wife and I decided to watch it. This was a big surprise for me. I didn’t know it would keep me on the edge of my seat so much. It was not only well scripted, but the action was top-notch. It was a nice way to cap off three family filled Thanksgiving days. If you have the time and you have Netflix you should check it out.

As a sidebar: Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay. 

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A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord. via Homefront (2013) – IMDb

3.5 Stars out of 5

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Haiku – The Tale of the Golden Pirate

Take to the high seas

Romance, Thrills, and Mystery

Pirate’s life for thee

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GOLDEN

An Action-Adventure tale about pirates, ghosts, buried treasure, doomed love affairs, double crosses, drug deals, and creatures made of slime. An eclectic tale combining the world of Jimmy Buffett and Stephen King. Follow Parson’s journey as he is pushed into endless peril, and asked to do things most people are rarely asked to do. Does he get his buried treasure? Does he get that easy life so many of us dream about? The answers lie within the pages

I decided to give my book a little help by going with a small publisher I found online. He was recommended by someone else that I contacted. I thought that it couldn’t hurt to try out his services after doing some research. I figured two heads are better than one, so why not give this a shot. It’s not like the book was a massive hit the way I was doing it. Anyway, all the links you need for this book are below. Just think of it as a treasure chest, lock turned, skeleton key engaged, and now the box lays open for plunder.

EBook

UK = http://goo.gl/ztF8zB

USA = http://goo.gl/7RzIh7

Australia = http://goo.gl/MzoXnC

Canada = http://goo.gl/kAgZjU

Spain = http://goo.gl/jEyOQr

Germany = http://goo.gl/E5h8qR

France = http://goo.gl/c90oA5

Italy = http://goo.gl/XGuPPa

Mexico = http://goo.gl/R2iO9i

Brazil = http://goo.gl/isj0GG

Japan = http://goo.gl/f0fgIF

India = http://goo.gl/1Vwkgl

 Paperback

UK = http://goo.gl/x3NZ7S

USA = http://goo.gl/aH2jda

Spain = http://goo.gl/3m5e9Q

Germany = http://goo.gl/LfvFJv

France = http://goo.gl/rj4XCE

Italy = http://goo.gl/nY536o

Find The Tale of the Golden Pirate as well as me at these locations:

www.woodrowpublishng.com/

BOOK = http://goo.gl/PBf6sk

Biography and photo = http://goo.gl/G7QZQL

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Re-Blog Book Tour: Publishing Today on Kindle – A Zombie New Year!

Separated in a Zombie Apocalypse, Becky and Joe risk life and limb in order to reunite on New Year’s Eve.  Publishing 10/2/14

Separated in a Zombie Apocalypse, Becky and Joe risk life and limb in order to reunite on New Year’s Eve.

Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N366QH4

For all of you who did the Pre-Order – thank you.  For all of you who didn’t, well you can go ahead and click the link above to grab your copy today.

I want to say thank you for liking these posts, for enjoying my previews, and simply just putting up with this author as he tries to promote himself.  In this self-pub world it isn’t easy getting your name out there – believe me when I say that.  In keeping with that thought, if you like anything at all about this story, this post, the picture above, the holiday itself, or Zombies, whatever the reason, could you Re-Blog me onto your site.  That way I can kick start a Re-Blog Book Tour.  I know, sorry for asking that, but I’m just trying to get the word out.

You might also notice that the Pre-Order date has changed.  I decided to move up the date a bit so I can go ahead and start scheduling my freebies, and do other things like that to promote this story.  That’s hard to do when it is still in Pre-Order status.

Now, onto the rest of the post.

I wanted to put down a few thoughts about the story that closes out “A Zombie Holiday Trilogy.”  This story – “A Zombie New Year” – might just be the best of the bunch.  I’m not trying to be a seller on this one, but this story is different from the other ones.

Becky’s story, which opens it, really is just a long chase scene with Zombies thrown into the mix while the second story, Joe’s story, has more in common with the Haunted House Genre.  I think I wrote them like this because I wanted to do something a bit different – yeah, I know, Zombies and the Holidays are different enough, I get that, but with “A Zombie Thanksgiving” and “A Zombie Christmas” those stories deal more with aspects of that Holiday.  With “A Zombie New Year” I was kind of forced to re-think my approach.  The New Year’s Eve Holiday is about ringing in the new year and celebrating with friends.  There isn’t a tangible object to go after like with Thanksgiving and Christmas.

So, I was stumped as how to proceed forward.  I had to think about what makes New Year’s Eve so special.  I thought long and hard about it, and then I thought about the kiss, the one couples share at midnight.  Then it came to me, what if “A Zombie New Year”  is not just one story, but two stories?  Then the creative ball started rolling around my empty head.  It could then not just be about the New Year’s Eve holiday, but also about a couple racing back to find each other at midnight so they can share a kiss.  I mixed in Zombies, some crazy rapist creeps, and then just to spice it up a bit more, I threw a Ghost into the mix as well.

That’s why this story is different from the rest of them.  It is not so much about obtaining a particular goal, it is about love and what it takes to find one another again in a Zombie Apocalypse.  Without that special someone is there really any reason to continue on when a world has turned this dark and grey?  Probably not.

I mention the Acorn Drop in Raleigh several times in this story and if you are at all curious about it.  Here’s a link you might enjoy: http://www.firstnightraleigh.com/

Thanks again for reading and enjoying my work.

You can also Pre-Order “The Zombie Holiday Trilogy” on Amazon, which is publishing next week on 10/2/2014.  It is also available now in Print.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N3HM6C2

There’s also a Goodreads Giveaway as well.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Zombie Holiday Trilogy by Anthony Renfro

A Zombie Holiday Trilogy

by Anthony Renfro

Giveaway ends November 10, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Movie Review Haiku: Gravity

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit.

via Gravity (2013) – IMDb

Rating: 4/5

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Panic driven fear

Hold your breath intensity

Edge of your seat thrills

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I honestly didn’t think this one would live up to the hype, but it did – I mean it really did.  This movie just grabs you right front the start and never lets up until the very end – even at the end you are still not sure if it is the end or not.  Captivating, great direction, acting, effects (not so sure this wasn’t filmed in space because it seemed so real), and score make this an easy four star movie for me.  One thing I will note is this, the sadness in this movie is almost overwhelming at times.  I’m not talking about the obvious stuff, but one of the character’s back story will be hard for any parent to watch.

This is a great movie that if you haven’t seen, you should.  Grab a copy tonight and hold on to anything that has “Gravity.”

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Movie Review Haiku: The November Man

An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.

via The November Man (2014) – IMDb

Rating: 3/5

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Clear line of vision

Agent needs his wits and skills

To get the job done

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This was a pretty good movie overall, but it never really built to anything.  I kept expecting it to bring on the tension and build and build and build like a great spy caper, but it never did.  It felt kind of flat, but even with that said this still turned out to be very entertaining, maybe not for 8 dollars a ticket entertaining, but still it didn’t disappoint when it came to action and chase scenes.  Pierce Brosnan also did a great job in the lead – he’s still got it folks, but he is showing his age.  All in all I would have to say that this would be a great rental, but it isn’t worth paying full ticket for.

So, have you seen it or not?  Have you read the books it is based on?  Let me know.

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Free E-Book on Amazon’s Kindle Today: Ghostly Visitations and Southern Destinations

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Kindle E Book Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GUS3K58

PDF of the 1st Chapter:  Parson Sample

… There comes a moment in all our lives when we sit back and do a mental inventory. We, in essence, see our lives flash before our eyes. Parson Slang was taking that mental inventory as he sat on the edge of the bed, waiting, a box of shells beside him and hands within reach of a shotgun that would end a human life. He hoped it wouldn’t come to that. The deal is done once the body goes cold. There was no turning back … He was, at one point in time, a warehouse worker. A simple day to day guy, and then that Golden Pirate showed up with the map leading to buried treasure. Parson had debated about it for a good long time, but the chance to wind up rich in this world was too much for him to pass up. So he took the next step, and journeyed beyond his front door, into this new life where he found himself sitting on a bed with a shotgun in his hand, waiting for the door to open. Follow Parson’s journey as he is double-crossed, pushed into endless peril, and asked to do things most people are rarely asked to do. Does he get his buried treasure? Does he get that easy life so many of us dream about? The answers lie within the pages.

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Free E-Book on Amazon’s Kindle Today: Ghostly Visitations and Southern Destinations

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Kindle E Book Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GUS3K58

PDF of the 1st Chapter:  Parson Sample

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I thought I would go ahead and let you guys know that my one and only novel is available for free today.  You can save a whole bunch by swinging over and grabbing a copy at this location:

Kindle E Book Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GUS3K58

I’ve also provided a bonus.  If you really want to get a taste for this novel.  You can read the entire first chapter here:

PDF of the 1st Chapter:  Parson Sample

I hope you enjoy it.

Book Description:

… There comes a moment in all our lives when we sit back and do a mental inventory. We, in essence, see our lives flash before our eyes. Parson Slang was taking that mental inventory as he sat on the edge of the bed, waiting, a box of shells beside him and hands within reach of a shotgun that would end a human life. He hoped it wouldn’t come to that. The deal is done once the body goes cold. There was no turning back … He was, at one point in time, a warehouse worker. A simple day to day guy, and then that Golden Pirate showed up with the map leading to buried treasure. Parson had debated about it for a good long time, but the chance to wind up rich in this world was too much for him to pass up. So he took the next step, and journeyed beyond his front door, into this new life where he found himself sitting on a bed with a shotgun in his hand, waiting for the door to open. Follow Parson’s journey as he is double-crossed, pushed into endless peril, and asked to do things most people are rarely asked to do. Does he get his buried treasure? Does he get that easy life so many of us dream about? The answers lie within the pages.

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Movie Review Haiku: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

via The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) – IMDb

Rating: 4/5

No pacing issues

It moves forward quick and fast

Better than the first

Solid movie from start to finish, great effects, cast, and direction.  The way they bring Smaug to life is worth the price of admission, it looks flawless.  I can’t wait for the last one.  Too bad it is so far away. 

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Movie Review Haiku: Star Trek: Into Darkness

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

via Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) – IMDb

Rating: 3/5

Fast paced, quick action

Solid directing, story

Great cast once again

I’m not sure if I was tired (I was, really tired, fell asleep twice, have to admit that) or if this movie just didn’t captivate me as much as the first one – which I still own and love to watch on occasion.  It seemed like the action scenes were great, kept your eyes glued to the screen, but when the quite times happened I checked out.  Anybody else feel this way? Probably just me.  All in all, nice watch, great rental.

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Movie Review Haiku: World War Z

United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

via World War Z 2013 – IMDb

Rating: 3.5/5

Pulse pounding movie

With super intense moments

Keeps you on the edge

I have to admit that I really enjoyed this one, but I have one major beef with it.  Yes, the rating.  I really wish this would have been an old school hard R zombie flick.  Movies like this just need gore and lots of it.  To have stuff start to happen and then find a way to have it happen off-screen really kills the moment.  Maybe I’m just a gore hound, but that did bug me.  However, the movie itself was very good, with a solid cast, story, direction, and score – really liked the score.  This was a lot better than I thought it was going to be and if you can get past the rating then you just might find you will enjoy it as well.    

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Movie Review Haiku: Olympus Has Fallen

Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.

via Olympus Has Fallen 2013 – IMDb

Rating: 3.5/5

Brutal action scenes

Solid script, great direction

Keeps you on the edge

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Really, really, surprised by this one.  I didn’t think it would be as good as it was.  This is a nice R rated Eighties style action movie.  Scary at times with its realism.  Could this happen here?  Who knows, but with 9/11 still on our minds, it makes you wonder.

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Movie Review Haiku: Contraband

To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.

via Contraband (2012) – IMDb

Rating: 3/5

Slow to get started

The pace then starts to quicken

Thrilling to the end

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This is kind of a strange movie.  My wife and I weren’t all that hooked at first, but by the middle act it kind of sucks you in.  Not bad, not great, somewhere in the middle.  Acting was good, story okay, directing a sign of the times – quick and sometimes shaky camera work.  All in all not a bad rental.  Glad I didn’t pay full price.

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Movie Review Haiku: The Last Stand

The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.

via The Last Stand 2013 – IMDb

Rating: 3.5/5

Better than I thought

A solid action movie

Arnold still has it

I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this one.  A very entertaining movie from start to finish with a good story, some funny moments, and surprising enough, good acting.  The action scenes were well shot and violent, very bloody.  If you like this kind of stuff I honestly don’t know why you wouldn’t enjoy it.    

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