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Wednesday Quotes (4/26/2017): Bill Paxton – Aliens

Talk about an iconic role.

I could find a lot of great quotes in this one.

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“Game Over Man! Game Over!”

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Wednesday Quotes (4/12/2017): Bill Paxton – Frailty

Such an underrated movie.

See it if you haven’t seen it.

Streaming on Netflix in the U.S.

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“You’re not a demon, are you?”

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Wednesday Quotes (4/5/2017): Bill Paxton – Near Dark

I thought it might be nice this month on Wednesday to celebrate the great career of Bill Paxton.

He will be missed.

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“Finger Licking Good!”

*GORY ALERT!”

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Wednesday’s Quotes (2/22/2017): Famous Words from Famous People – Ernie Hudson

“After all these years, almost 30 years later, whenever I’m on the street, someone will call out,

‘Who you gonna call?'”

Source: Ernie Hudson Quotes – BrainyQuote

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Wednesday’s Quotes (2/15/2017): Famous Words from Famous People – Harold Ramis

“My characters aren’t losers. They’re rebels. They win by their refusal to play by everyone else’s rules.”

Source: Harold Ramis Quotes – BrainyQuote

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Wednesday’s Quotes (2/08/2017): Famous Words from Famous People – Dan Aykroyd

“Have I personally ever seen a ghost? Not one.”

Source: Dan Aykroyd Quotes – BrainyQuote

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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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Haiku – 2 Looks at Row

Three tiny small ducks

Following behind their mom

Walking in a row

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Row of movie seats

A young kid sits down and waits

First horror movie

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For more prompts like “row” go here: Haiku Horizons

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Movie Review Haiku: The Revenant

A will to survive

Man against Mother Nature

Pushed to the limits

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4 stars out of 5

4 stars out of 5

This was a great movie from start to finish. Leo alone should be enough to get you to watch this film. His performance is amazing. On top of that, the movie hands out greats like they are going out of style – cinematography, score, direction, acting, set pieces, etc., etc. and etc. If you haven’t seen this one you should. It is worth it.

So, have you seen it? Did you like it or not?

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A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. Source: The Revenant (2015) – IMDb

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2 Movie Reviews: Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Son of Batman

Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis. Source: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – IMDb

3.5 Stars out of 5

3.5 Stars out of 5

I went into this movie hoping for great, but I tried not to psyche myself up too much for it. It had a new Batman and he was going up against Superman. There were worlds colliding and I just didn’t think they could pull it off. For the first thirty minutes or so I thought I was right. It kept switching between Gotham and Metropolis. Not really knowing what city to stay in. It felt like they were trying to run parallel stories until they managed to put Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent in the same place together. Then it all started to congeal. I was on board from the opening scenes, but once those two super powers came together I sat back and enjoyed the ride. They did a lot of great things in this movie, score, sets, costumes, and the new Batmobile and Bat Plane are just spectacular. Superman’s new suit looked great. It all just worked better than expected. My only real beef was with the closing shot (if you’ve seen it you know what it is). That kind of made the last ten minutes or so seem like it wasn’t needed. They could have just skipped it and been just fine. A minor beef to a fabulous movie. Ben was great as Batman, and I hope they get him back for a stand alone film. Batman kind of gets lost when super beings are fighting one another. Also, Wonder Woman was great (her song was great). I’m looking forward to seeing her in a stand alone. Jessie also did a great job as Lex. Kind of nice to see a villain portrayed a little less serious.

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Batman learns he has a violent, unruly pre-teen son, secretly raised by the terrorist group the League of Assassins. Source: Son of Batman (Video 2014) – IMDb

3 Stars out of 5

3 Stars out of 5

I was in a Batman mood, so I strolled through Netflix and found this one. Not the best of the animated movies featuring The Dark Knight, but it did have a lot of good things going for it. It is entertaining and moves fast. Check it out if you have NETFLIX.

That’s it. Have you seen any of these movies? Let me know what you thought of them.

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2 Movie Reviews: Bone Tomahawk and The Boy

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Three stars out of Five

Four men set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers. Source: Bone Tomahawk (2015) – IMDb

Solidly entertaining. It wasn’t the shoot-em up suspense filled can’t stop watching it movie that I thought it was going to be (the description psyched me up and made me think that it was going to be (especially with the cast involved)), but it did entertain me. That’s all we can really ask of a movie, right? Anyway, this one is pretty good if you have Amazon Prime to stream it. A tad slow at times and the movie is a bit longer than it needed to be and it had a bit of unnecessary gore, but overall it was a decent western with some creepy horror undertones.

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Two and a half Stars out of Five

An American nanny is shocked that her new English family’s boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive. Source: The Boy (2016) – IMDb

This was an entertaining movie from start to finish, but it wasn’t as creepy or scary as I hoped it would be. It did have a solid cast, decent enough direction and atmosphere, but it never truly lived up to its potential. I also have to add (without giving too much away) that the ending was a total let down. It felt like a cop-out. Like they just didn’t know how to close it so they put in a surprise twist. I won’t say what that twist is, but I didn’t like it at all. My wife did, and we went round and round about it with neither one winning. I guess we will just have to agree to disagree on this one. I will say if you decide to see it find it cheap, wait for DVD or a streaming service. You really don’t need to see it in the theater.

So, have you seen either one of these movies? What are your thoughts on them?

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Move Review Haiku: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

A classic story

Mixed and filled up with zombies

Entertaining tale

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I have to say that I enjoyed watching this movie. It had a good cast, solid direction, the costumes and set pieces worked to put you back in this time and place, and the zombies were unique and bloody. My only real beef was with the rating. PG-13 just isn’t meant for a zombie movie no matter what kind of movie you are making. This movie should have been a lot bloodier, and for that the gore hound in me hangs his head. Other than that beef, I had few issues with this one. It has a story that isn’t dull and a cast that can carry it from start to finish. Lilly James is just one butt kicking zombie girl, and I loved watching her do it time and time again. This one comes recommended from me. So, have you seen this movie? What are your thoughts on it?

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Rating: Three and a Half Stars out of Five

Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with pressures to marry wealthy gentlemen, as well as protecting themselves from a growing population of savage zombies. Source: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) – IMDb

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Movie Review Haiku: The Martian

Suspenseful drama

Will he or won’t he survive?

On the red planet

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This was a really good movie from start to finish. Gripping on the edge of your seat kind of entertainment. It had a great cast, script, effects, and direction. My only beef was that they could have made the lead character’s struggle on Mars a little more of a struggle like they did in Castaway. When Hank’s character was on that island they left you on that island with him and rarely cut away. That made you, the audience, feel as stranded as him. In The Martian they didn’t do this instead they cut-away often to focus on other parts of the story. I do think it would have been more gripping to just leave us on Mars with minimal cut-aways. They also skipped ahead 7 months towards the end, which also kind of hurt the survival aspect of it. With all that said, this was still a great movie to watch and I have few complaints about it. It really does come highly recommended by me. You won’t be disappointed when you watch it.

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During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Source: The Martian (2015) – IMDb

RATING: 3.5/5 Stars

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Movie Review Haiku: Ant-Man

Miniature male

Able to talk to the ants

Make them do his will

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Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

I do feel like we are starting to see the lower end of the superhero realm from Marvel. I know Ant Man would not have been their first choice to launch their movie campaign, but it could have come out before last year and it still would have held up just fine. It had all the things you’ve come to expect from an origin movie, but that wasn’t a fault. It did that part well and it gave us a great script, acting, and action scenes. It also did a real good job of making the miniature aspect of the story seem logical. All in all, I would gladly recommend this one. So, have you seen Ant Man? What are your thoughts?

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Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Source: Ant-Man (2015) – IMDb

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Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a rag-tag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. Source: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – IMDb

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4 Stars out of 5. Trust me, one time just isn’t enough for this one. I plan to go see it again in a few weeks.

I will not say too much about it because the less you know the better. But I will say that it had a great story, effects, cast, villain, and direction-J.J. Abrams has brought back the magic.

Go see it now! That is the best way to close out this quick review.

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I loved BB-8

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Star Wars: A Haiku Awakens

A hero’s journey

Simply starts on Tatooine

With a farm boy

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Death star plans stolen

A tiny weakness revealed

Destruction looming

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A rogue space pirate

Looking for his next big score

Takes on the challenge

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Spaceships and lasers

Battles rage among the stars

Good versus evil

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Black suited villain

Rules the entire galaxy

With an iron fist

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I managed to squeeze in the original three Star Wars movies this week just in time for the latest saga in this series. I thought I might put the movies in order the way I like to watch them.

  1. The Empire Strikes Back
  2. A New Hope
  3. Return of the Jedi
  4. Revenge of the Sith
  5. The Clone Wars
  6. The Phantom Menace

Needless to say, I am more of a fan of the older ones than the newer ones. I turned five in ’77 just when the whole thing was blowing up so you can understand my one-sided love for the original trilogy. Jedi (as a kid) was my favorite, but as an adult I find Empire and Hope to be almost tied in the watch the most category in this saga for me. I still love Jedi, but I do see more flaws now in it than I did way back when. New Hope and Empire though are flawless and stay flawless no matter how many times I watch them. I am also warming to the prequels even though I do see them as a failed opportunity by Lucas to bring back the magic of this series. The prequels were only concerned with one thing, and it is an obvious thing – special effects. George really wanted to show off what he could do with CGI and it shows. Anyway, not going to go to the dark side on the prequels, but I just wanted to let you know I’m not as much of a hater on them as I used to be.

That’s about it. If you get out to seeing the new movie today (bought my ticket in advance) I hope you enjoy it. I hear it gets a lot of stuff right this time around.

Quick question:

Do you think Disney will eventually remake the prequels? 

I see them as being a negative on the series because of all the hate from fans. It seems like Disney would want to erase that with their new billion dollar property. I honestly think this will eventually happen.

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Movie Review: Honeymoon

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A newlywed couple finds their lake-country honeymoon descend into chaos after Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of their first night. Source: Honeymoon (2014) – IMDb

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I went in search of a good horror movie to watch on Netflix that is streaming right now. What I found was a list depicting tons of movies that are supposed to be worthy of my time. Most of them I had seen, but not this one. I decided to watch it and see if it indeed was a decent low-budget movie.

It was.

Creepy and suspenseful at times with a plot that just kept you guessing up until the end of the movie. The two lead actors who were asked to carry most of the movie were really great and believable in their roles. The director also did a great job of creating atmosphere and tension. I wound up giving this movie 4 out of 5 stars because it just delivered. It proves that you don’t need big budgets or lots of fancy computers to make a compelling movie these days.

So, have you heard of Honeymoon? Have you seen it?

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Movie Review Haiku: The Babadook

Creepy and eerie

Fills you up with lots of dread

Makes you turn away

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This might not have been the scariest movie I have ever seen, but it did turn out to have some really frightening moments. Jennifer Kent (the director) made sure not to jump into a scary moment and hope you would be scared. She paced each moment, led you with the camera, held your suspense as you stared into the darkness trying to see what was hiding there. That was when she delivered the punch. It worked almost all the time for me.

On top of that, this movie had a great story, great atmosphere, and great acting from the lead actress Essie Davis who should get some award nominations for her role. She was a real stand out.

I’ve heard a lot of hype about The Babadook. I was happy to find that it lives up to it. A solid movie from start to finish that I would give 3 and a half stars out of 5.

So, have you seen it? What are your thoughts on it?

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Movie Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Autobots must escape sight from a bounty hunter who has taken control of the human serendipity: Unexpectedly, Optimus Prime and his remaining gang turn to a mechanic (Mark Wahlberg), his daughter (Nicola Peltz), and her back street racing boyfriend (Jack Reynor) for help. via Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) – IMDb

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Instant Watch and several days to watch it is the best way to see this movie. I say you need a few days to watch it not because it is bad, but because it is so long. Two hours and forty-five minutes to be exact, and believe me when I say this, there wasn’t enough of a story here to support that kind of time frame. I don’t know who did the editing on this movie or even if there was an editor, but whoever it was needs to know that pace is the most important thing for a movie like this. Also, everything shot doesn’t need to go into a movie. I myself could easily go into this movie and shave 15 to 30 minutes off of it.

But I digress, I knew what the length issue would be before I started watching it so it wasn’t a problem for me. I just watched it over a couple of days so it wouldn’t exhaust me. I honestly did not hate this one nearly as much as I thought I would. Sure, it had its issues, but it was entertaining to watch with a solid score and good effects. The acting was decent, but the action more than made up for that. The direction was also pretty good.

All in all I have to say that this wasn’t a terrible movie, but it wasn’t great either. It did what it was supposed to do and that was to entertain. I would give it 3 stars out of 5.

So, have you seen this one? I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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Book Review: Prince Lestat and Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned (“mesmerizing” –San Francisco Chronicle), a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat (“brilliant…its undead characters are utterly alive” –New York Times) left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces–the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles. via Amazon

I honestly wish I could heap a lot of praise onto this book, because Ann Rice is one of my favorite authors to read. I can’t do that though. This book was hard to read at times and a bit dull as well. There wasn’t a story line that flowed throughout it that kept you reading. There wasn’t anything to make it a page turner. I dare say that if this was her first book or if this book was from a first time author that it might not have gotten published. I believe her name alone got this one into print. I’ve read of her recent struggles, and I understand that a lot of that might have played a part in the downsides of this book. I honestly don’t know if that is true or not, but this isn’t the book I wanted it to be.

With all that said though, I honestly enjoyed parts of this book. There were a few moments where I felt like I couldn’t put it down. I also loved being back in her Vampire world. The Vampires she has created all find a place here. Their voices may not be as strong as before, but it is nice to read about them again and to see they are all doing well.

If you enjoyed The Vampire Chronicles (I’ve read all the books, and enjoyed them) then you should check this one out. It may be tough to read at times, but you will enjoy being back in this world like I was.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. via The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) – IMDb

I really don’t have much to say about this one other than it was a great movie to watch. The acting, the story, the directing, the score, all of it worked and worked well. It didn’t feel like a three-hour movie to me.

I will say this though, you might want to take a shower after watching it because you just feel dirty for entering this world of sex and greed. I think the greed part got me the most. To see what this guy did to make his fortune makes you cringe. Amazing what greed and power can make some people do.

Have you read Prince Lestat? Have you seen The Wolf of Wall Street? Let me know what you thought of them if you did.

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