So many great moments in this one.
Hard to pick just one.
“Actually I think that was the same one.”
So many great moments in this one.
Hard to pick just one.
“Actually I think that was the same one.”
(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.
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.
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?
“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.”
A robotic cop
Hard steel forged with human soul
Lethal and deadly
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.
In 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
Great acting, script, and story
Very twisty plot
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.
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
Classic old school feel
Lots of tension and suspense
With a good story
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.
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
Take to the high seas
Romance, Thrills, and Mystery
Pirate’s life for thee
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.
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
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:
BOOK = http://goo.gl/PBf6sk
Biography and photo = http://goo.gl/G7QZQL
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.
There’s also a Goodreads Giveaway as well.
A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit.
Panic driven fear
Hold your breath intensity
Edge of your seat thrills
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.”
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.
Clear line of vision
Agent needs his wits and skills
To get the job done
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brutal action scenes
Solid script, great direction
Keeps you on the edge
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.
To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.
Slow to get started
The pace then starts to quicken
Thrilling to the end
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.