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Review: ‘Birdman’ (Second Opinion)

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Plot:  Washed up and broke Hollywood actor Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton), most noted for his role as superhero Birdman, endeavors to revive his acting career with a Broadway production of Raymond Carver’s short story, “What… Continue reading

Dangerous Precedent: My take on Sony’s decision to drop ‘The Interview’

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  “It was a pleasure to burn.” Some of you may recognize this line.  It’s from Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451 and happens to be my favorite opening line to any novel. … Continue reading

Review: ‘Interstellar’

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Plot:  In the mid 21st century crop blight results in massive famine and technological regression.  Former NASA pilot and engineer Cooper (Matthew McConaughey)  now works on a farm with his father-in-law Donald (Jonathan Lithgow) and his… Continue reading

Why I Love ‘John Carpenter’s The Thing’

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  Guillermo Del Toro once said that 1982’s The Thing was one of the most influential films in his life.  When he left the theater he knew he wanted to be a director.  To me this… Continue reading

Review: ‘Gone Girl’ (2nd Opinion)

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Plot:  Based on the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, former magazine writer Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) wakes up on the morning of his fifth anniversary to find his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) missing… Continue reading

WTF Hollywood??? Make ‘The Stand’ into a trilogy!!!

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I would characterize my literary relationship with Stephen King as somewhere on the level of Romeo and Juliet, although not quite as tame.  Saying he’s my favorite author is akin to saying Roland Deschain took awhile… Continue reading

The Worst Sci-Fi Series Finale of All Time

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  When it comes to series finales, especially for beloved shows, expectations are fairly high.  After all, if audiences spend years following cherished characters, wading through gripping and complicated plots, and spending countless hours… Continue reading

Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy (2nd Opinion)

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  Plot:  In 1988 shortly after his mother’s death, eight year old Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is kidnapped from Earth by a group of  alien thieves called the Ravagers.  Raised by Yondu Undonta (Michael Rooker), Quill eventually becomes… Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ (Second Opinion)

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  Plot:  Ten years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the Simian Flu has wiped out most of the planet’s human population.  On the outskirts of San Francisco,… Continue reading

Keep Calm and Geek On

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  Passion in life is essential. It drives us, gets us up in the morning, helps us survive our boring or depressing jobs, and enhances our day-to-day existence. The Merriam-Webster dictionary’s first entry for… Continue reading