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Another Awesome Addition to the PA Genre

Posted : 7 years, 6 months ago on 14 February 2010 08:18 (A review of The Book of Eli)

How about that ending sequence though? Seems a little forced? I would cut that part out - she does not belong as any sort of successor...

Only other things I would change about this movie are the fact that his sword can behead people in one blow (sorry but especially again and again in succession? seems unlikely and I am a huge sucker for believability,) and I would recast Mila's role just for my own satisfaction, and lastly I would play up the horror of the cannibal crisis a little more (because it was so good and intriguing) OH! and I would give Gary more evil screen time - I wanted to hate him even more!

It didn't completely blow me away with love enough to be one of my top favorite movies ever, although I would like to own it.

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Great Adventure and Wonderful Story

Posted : 7 years, 6 months ago on 14 February 2010 08:12 (A review of The Fall)

Now one of my favorites, this gem really touched me. The imagery is mouth-wateringly beautiful and the story hits you in the heart. Sensitive and vulnerable characters and scenes that are seriously adventurous and imaginitive. A lot of effort and sweat went into making this film - all on location and all genuine action. The little girl may have gone through a tough time doing her first movie, but her work really pays off, she is completely endearing. Love love love love love love loved it! Definitely one I want to own.

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To Keep In Mind When Crossing Over

Posted : 7 years, 6 months ago on 14 February 2010 08:08 (A review of Jacob's Ladder)

I highly recommend anyone who hasn't seen this movie to see it straightaway. This was my third time seeing it, but the first time I truly could appreciate it. The first viewing I was too young, the second time I was too stoned, and this third time I was sober and clear minded and it was perfect.

Definitely a favorite of mine now -
Very deep, very good, + a little disturbed. It bears a really important and interesting message about the passing from life into death. Keep in mind that it can be a little confusing if you are trying to make sense out of everything but by the end if you haven't figured out the symbolism watch the behind the scenes feature, they make it very clear. Also Tim Robbins is a great actor.

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A decent attempt to watch a failure of cinema:

Posted : 7 years, 6 months ago on 14 February 2010 08:03 (A review of We Are the Strange)

I honest to god couldn't even finish it. I wanted to like it, I tried to like it... but every 5 minutes I found myself drifting off with my jaw slack. How am I supposed to care about a movie that makes it as hard as possible to see its point? Animation is sub-par, music is good, story is nonexistent unless you decide to read a bunch of imagined or very loosely established crap into it - pacing is totally horrible.

Didn't hate it completely because it was strange and trying to be new and creative, but all in all, imho, it was just scheisse.

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Romeo Must Die

Posted : 7 years, 6 months ago on 13 February 2010 07:25 (A review of The Silver Metal Lover)

Tanith has to be in heavy competition for the prize of my very favorite author. Every one of her books is an intensely emotional and thought provoking experience for me. When I was done with this book I put it down in front of me and simply sobbed for the tragedy of it. Its not my favorite of her books, but even so it was a treasured experience.

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To be viewed in relation to its series:

Posted : 7 years, 6 months ago on 13 February 2010 07:00 (A review of Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, Book 4))

Other than the forced seeming appearance of Mercy's mother in the beginning that was never played upon further (and I thank the author for that,) I think this book was right up to par with the rest of this very fun series. I am definitely anything but bored when I am following Mercy's zany day-to-days. I only wish for a little more downtime between huge disasters where the relationships between M and her loved ones can present themselves and grow without the aid of intense pressure - to show how legitimate her bonds really are - rather than just being plot points.

As always, maybe not the most serious of literature. But it provides an ample dose of good dirty fun.

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Thrills and Chills

Posted : 7 years, 6 months ago on 13 February 2010 06:12 (A review of The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 2))

With the exception of one scene in the book where I felt the writer overstepped certain boundaries and made me really upset (the one where Anita and the Spooks are participating in their little challenge at family crime scene #2, which was just terribly inappropriate for characters who were supposed to value the sanctity of life and death and be respectable human beings whatsoever [c'mon, this is the effing heroin - don't make her such an scumbag!]) I thought this book, overall, was a very enjoyable wild ride through Anita's world. The shining quality of Laurel's writing for me is that I feel she tops any other modern supernatural soap operatic romance/mystery/adventure in the pure creepiness of her horror. She manages imagery and situations that make your skin crawl, not just an overabundance of blood and gore and action to get numbed out on and tired of. There is such a thrill in the MONSTER factor of her writing that is not present in the more popularly teen-dreamy vamped genre.

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Short but Sweet Review

Posted : 7 years, 6 months ago on 13 February 2010 06:10 (A review of Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) )

In junior high, this book changed my life.
She may not have the best fashion sense, and she may be kind of of a whiner, but Anita's antics and mostly her supporting cast really hit the spot for the horror and lusty adventure lover within me. Get ready for the wild ride.

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To be understood in a series view:

Posted : 7 years, 6 months ago on 13 February 2010 06:08 (A review of Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 3))

Really action packed and very climactic. I am definitely starting to get a little exhausted of the constant power play at this point, but it wasn't un-enjoyable yet. Why didn't anyone ever explain where the heck the giant snake came from in the beginning? The only thing that sticks in my head and nags at me is the sheer deus ex machina of the fact that her little transformation in the last action scene protects her from the power of the OLDEST VAMPIRE IN THE WORLD. I feel, as much as I love Jean Claude, that there would have been a much better literary value if she had actually been made to go through with it, and deal with the fact that it was her fault. That being said I probably would not have wanted to read the rest of the series, since he is my favorite character. :p

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A good coffee table book.

Posted : 7 years, 6 months ago on 13 February 2010 05:57 (A review of The Devil's Rose)

It was enjoyable. The writing was simple but the content was adult, which made up for it. It was amusing enough to pick up on a whim for a little fun. The highlight, of course, was all of the fun imagery in the physical details and descriptions - which to be expected since he is first and foremost a graphic artist. I wouldn't go nuts to recommend it, but if you needed something light to pick up to pass the time, or enjoy anything involving the wild west and demons, or also of course if you're Brom's biggest fan ever, in which case you've probably already read it, then its a charming quickie. It didn't bomb, but it wasn't the bomb-diggity either. I liked it. That's that.

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