“Iron Man 3”
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I was pleased and surprised that the writers, Drew Pearce and Shane Black, utilized the events of the 3 previous films on which to focus and continue Tony Stark’s, as well as the supporting cast’s, character development. I liked that they kept Stark very human with human flaws and weaknesses. That they touched on a quite serious topic, post traumatic stress due to the events with the Avengers, and treated it with respect without becoming overly dark and serious (like the X Men franchise became way too serious for my preferences) while Stark’s self doubts had him wondering if he was a man with a great suit or if the man inside was what made the suit great. Pepper Potts also had to deal with the changes in Stark and how it has affected their relationship. Even Happy Hogan, once Stark’s bodyguard, a small but interesting role , as he moved from Stark’s bodyguard to head of security for Pepper. Continue reading
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The Ghost Who Walks walks onto the big screen in this adaptation of a long running comic book series. The story is set in 1938, with the 21st Phantom, Kip Walker, battling wits with the evil Xander Drax and his henchmen, lead by Singh Brotherhood member, Quill. Continue reading
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This 80’s romantic comedy is about a straight laced museum curator with a unique gift who meets a vivacious, quirky wanna-be hairdresser, who is also uniquely gifted, at a para-psychology convention. They are recruited to use their psychic talents by the mysterious, Harry, who spins a sad tale of a son, lost in the jungle of Ecuador. Once there, however, they discover that Harry is really after a hidden mountain temple called “The room of gold.” And that’s where the fun begins. The story is good silly, fun. With original music by James Horner, featuring Lauper’s 80’s hit “I’ve got a Hole in my Heart,” the music sets the films pace as fast and upbeat. Continue reading
“A Wizard Scorned”
A novel by Patricia White
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The story is a paranormal romantic fantasy about a no-nonsense, modern, New York City, business woman, Jane Murdock. Who, while trying to talk her secretary out of a dubious sounding bridal agreement, is swept away, with a group of would-be brides, to another world and entangled in the jealous wizard, Cordelia’s plot to punish the man she loves for scorning her. Jane discovers, on her quest to save her secretary that she is somehow, undeniably connected to the mysterious Sojourner. Continue reading
“Dead (as a doorpost)”
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The third entry in Naomi Kramer‘s “Dead(ish)” short story series.
John wakes up dead and has no idea how that happened. Linda, our favorite heavenly mentor, is assigned to help him adjust to his new existence. The only problem is John’s wife, Melissa, has been pining away for John since she died and just wants to go back to the married life they once lived and doesn’t much care for Linda’s interference. Linda pulls out all the stops and helps John figure out how he died, in her usual, no-holds-barred, often intrusive, manner. Continue reading
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A group of tourists traveling down an African river find themselves stranded overnight on Snake Island. An island that has been practically abandoned for about 30 years which the group finds is overrun with snakes. Continue reading
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This is a pretty good nod to the exploitation films from the 1970’s. Over the top violence, great cars (especially the Charger that Piper (Amber Heard) drives), and plenty of blood and gore. Continue reading
“Attack of the Giant Leeches”
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A “Roger Coreman Presents” creature feature. Directed by Bernard L Kowalski, who went on to direct just about everything on tv from episodes of Rawhide, Mission: Impossible, and Gunsmoke to Baretta, Knight Rider, and Magnum PI and much more. Let’s not overlook Playboy centerfold Yvette Vickers as beautiful, but troubled, Liz Walker, wife of a shop owner. Cheesy creature costuming aside, this flick is typical of late 50′s, late Golden Age b-grade movies. Solid schlock, cheaply made, and the musical score is shared with 2 other movies produced by brothers Roger and Gene Coreman. You know what you’re getting when you decide to watch this style movie. Continue reading