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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

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

E Book

E Book

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

E Book

E Book

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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Book Review: The Vampire Armand

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With Lestat still in slumber after his adventures in Memnoch the Devil, the vampire coven is united around the “brat prince” (a nickname for Lestat given by Marius), and the vampire David Talbot takes the opportunity to request that Armand tell David his life story. Armand, who first appeared in Interview with the Vampire, agrees to tell his tale.

via The Vampire Armand – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Once again, another great book from Anne Rice.  In this one she details the life and trials of the vampire Armand.  Who he was when he was mortal?  How he came to be in the care of the vampire Marius?  How he became a vampire?  She also manages to take his story and put a religious spin on it, which is very strange and unique for vampires, creatures most known for shying away from anything religious based.  All in all this was a great read, very quick, in fact, the quickest read I have found of all of her books in this series.  I highly recommend it.  I can’t wait to read the next one.

Rating: 4/5

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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: 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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Movie Review Haiku: Superman: The Movie

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest super-hero.

via Superman (1978) – IMDb

Rating: 4/5

Iconic, timeless

Great directing, cast, and score

Bravo Christopher

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Okay, so maybe some of this hasn’t held up 100 hundred percent.  I will give you that, but the effects still look great – most of them.  The score is the stuff of legends and so is Christopher Reeve, sad he is already gone from us.  There are a few clunkers.  The Can You Read My Mind? segment is kind of cringe worthy and the goofy humor of the villains grows a little old by the end.  All in all though, this really is a great movie, and one that any comic book fan should love and enjoy.

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Movie Review Haiku: Man of Steel

A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.

via Man of Steel 2013 – IMDb

Rating: 4/5

Loud and bombastic

Perfect summer block-buster

Great Superman film

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Your thoughts.  Did you love it or hate it?  I’m not even a big Superman fan and I loved it.   Great acting, story, cast, direction, and score – really unique take on the Superman legend.

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Movie Review Haiku: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.

via Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) – IMDb

Rating: 3/5

Fun funky movie

Witch Hunters getting revenge

Feast for gore lovers

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Movie Review Haiku: Django Unchained

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

via Django Unchained (2012) – IMDb

Rating: 4/5

Violent western

Great score, direction, acting

Unique and twisted

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Movie Review: Red Dawn (1984)

It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.

via Red Dawn (1984) – IMDb

Rating: 3.5/5

After watching the remake I thought it was time to dust this one off and watch it again.  By far, this is the better of the two movies, darker, grittier, with more of an emotional punch than the remake.  The fears we had back in the eighties of Russia are clearly implanted all over it.

The movie itself is light years ahead of the remake as well.  This version has a better score, direction, story, intro, ending, and acting – all of the actors just put so much heart into their roles, unlike the actors in the remake.

Check this one out if you haven’t seen it and if you have, watch it again.

Wolverines!

Sidebar: I was surprised this was PG-13.  Amazing how watered down that rating has become over the years.

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Move Review: Red Dawn (2012)

A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.

via Red Dawn (2012) – IMDb

2.5/5

Remakes by their nature are usually unnecessary because the story has been told once all ready.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate remakes, there are some I love and own, but most of the time they don’t need to exist.  In the case of Red Dawn this remake doesn’t just feel unnecessary but it also doesn’t work because it isn’t capitalizing on anything.  Back in the Eighties when the original came out there was a Cold War going on and Russia wasn’t exactly our friend.  We were worried about a nuclear strike, worried about so many things they could do to us.  The original Red Dawn capitalized on those fears which added more depth to the story.  With this current version of Red Dawn there is none of that going on so it doesn’t strike you like the original did.  North Korea is a threat, sure, but not like Russia was back in the day so the idea of them taking over really doesn’t work.  It seems like the filmmakers just grabbed the most hated nation in the world and made them the enemy.  That is why that part of the story didn’t work, and folks, that is what is supposed to carry a movie like this.  Without it there really isn’t anything to keep you as an audience engaged.  It just feels like the makers are going through the motions and that’s it.

The original also had a big impact on me because when I saw it on the big screen, I think I was around twelve at the time, this was something happening to kids close to my own age.  It made me wonder how I would handle this situation and at such a young age it is pretty scary to think about.

The movie itself really wasn’t all that great.  It’s a mediocre mess.  The score was okay and the acting decent, nothing really outstanding.  The action scenes, though strong, were hard to decipher at times.  I actually had to rewind it once just so I could tell what happened to a couple of characters.  The ending was also rushed and there was no closure to the story.   It just sort of ended.

If you are curious to see it because you liked the original.  I understand that because that’s why I watched it, but if you are looking for a great action movie then you should probably look elsewhere.  You won’t find it here.

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Movie Review: Skyfall

Bonds loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

via Skyfall 2012 – IMDb

4/5

One of the best or maybe the best?  I don’t know if I am qualified enough in the Bond universe to say either way, but I do know this, this was one fabulous movie involving Agent 007.

The one thing that really stood out to me was the direction.  Sam Mendes should be asked to come back and do the next Bond movie because he nailed it.  The action scenes were so fluid, free of the shaky cams that haunt modern action scenes in today’s cinema, and, get this, you could tell what was going on.  Even during the heaviest of action moments you could tell who was chasing who or who was fighting who.   Sam chose to give us long, wide open shots, instead of tight close shots, so that made it easier to follow.  He also did the same thing for the dramatic moments by giving us plenty of surrounding scenery, really painting the picture of where our characters were located.  This was a classic old school filming style that really has gone missing from today’s cinema.  It was a nice break from the cookie cutter directors who follow and toe the line of the Hollywood studios.

There were other highlights as well.

The story was fabulous and it was so simple, which seemed so far removed from a lot of Bond movies that have come before it.  The acting was great.  Daniel Craig is an excellent Bond.  He’s able to handle the heavy action as well as the heavy drama.  The music, classic old school score.  The intro, also very retro and cool, looked like an old Bond movie.  Enjoyed the winks at the past (won’t spoil them here) and other things they did like that.  I also loved the look of the movie.  Each scene was just so beautifully lit and shot, which added that much more to Sam’s direction.  I also enjoyed the old school style of the Bond villan.  Javier Bardem really did a great job in his role.

I could keep going, but I will close it here with this statement.  This was just one great movie and if you haven’t seen it, you really should.

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Movie Review: The Last of the Mohicans

Three trappers protect a British Colonel’s daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.

via The Last of the Mohicans (1992) – IMDb

5/5

This film had it all and I say film instead of movie because that is what it is.  Michael Mann once again delivers it like so few others have.  He has so many great movies in his resume that I think most struggling artists would pay just to have one of them.  This film had the action, the romance, the setting, the script, the direction, the acting, the score, and the cinematography.  Combine those together and you get one outstanding film that I think will be around for a very long time.

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Movie Review: Dredd

In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

via Dredd

Rating: 3.5/5

This movie really tanked at the box office and in some ways I can see why, but it really shouldn’t have.  This was a nice solid action movie from start to finish and one that took me back to a time when movies like this were R.  When they were mean and violent.  They were movies for guys and they did two things, kick ass and take names.  I so miss those days.

Anyway, with this one you can just skip the story because there really isn’t a lot to it.  Judge Dredd dispenses justice and finds ways to take the bad guys out.  Pure and simple.  Folks, there isn’t anything wrong with that.   Sometimes a movie just needs to entertain and this one did that from the opening till the credits rolled.  The sets were great, costumes, music, as well.  Karl Urban did a great job as Dredd and I really did believe him playing this character.

I can say I don’t know a lot about Judge Dredd and I didn’t learn much from this movie, but I do like his style.  I do like the way he handles his business.  All in all this was a pretty solid watch that I have read is doing great on DVD so maybe we will get a sequel to it.  It would be nice to see the story get expanded and moved out of just a couple of locations.

Sidebar:

Here’s a link to something I did about this movie a little bit ago.

http://atothewr.com/2012/09/08/new-judge-dredd-trailer-why-didnt-they-use-this-song-for-the-trailer-anthrax-i-am-the-law/

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Mini Movie Review: The Avengers

Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.

via The Avengers 

Rating: 4/5

This is another one I got for Christmas this year and I honestly can’t say enough about it.  To have so many Super Heroes in one movie, some that have carried their own stand alone movies, and have it all work  so well is just amazing to witness.

This movie shouldn’t work.  It should be a flat-out disaster, but somehow they give each individual character enough time so that we feel like we know them and understand them.  That is the mark of great writing.  This movie also has so many more things going for it, great story, great cast, great effects, and so on and so forth from there.

If you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting on, and if you have, see it again.

I look forward to the sequel, but I have to wonder, can they make it this great once more or was this just capturing lightning in a bottle?  We will see.

My original Movie Review:

http://atothewr.com/2012/05/04/the-avengers-movie-review/

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Mini Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner.

via The Amazing Spider-Man 

Rating: 4/5

I got this one for Christmas this year and I tell you what.  I am glad I did.  This movie works on so many levels.

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have great on-screen chemistry and their relationship is fun to watch.  I bought it completely.  Andrew also portrays Spider-Man to perfection.  The Spider-Man suit looks great, the CGI is flawless, love the creature feature aspect of it with the lizard as the villain, the music and the look of the movie are also great.  I could just prattle on about so many more things that I liked about it, but I won’t.  I’ll just say this.

If you haven’t seen this one, what are you waiting on and if you have, see it again.

I can’t wait for the sequel.

Your thoughts.  Did you think this one worked or not?  I would love to hear your answer on it.

Haiku I did for this movie:

http://longjourneysandshortroads.com/2012/07/12/haiku-spider-man/

Original Movie Review:

http://atothewr.com/2012/07/12/the-amazing-spider-man/

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