Hacksaw Ridge: A story of integrity, redemption, and heroism

Redemption At Hacksaw Ridge: The Gripping True Story That Inspired The Movie

Redemption At Hacksaw Ridge: The Gripping True Story That Inspired The MovieRedemption At Hacksaw Ridge: The Gripping True Story That Inspired The Movie  is a page-turner that will keep you riveted to your seat while you discover how Desmond Doss became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor. This dramatic true story of integrity, redemption, and heroism inspires trust, courage, commitment, dedication, and the faith to live by the courage of your own convictions. (Our Reel Book Lovers club will be reading and watching this book to movie adaptation together sometime in 2017.)

The men of the 77th Infantry Division couldn’t understand why Private Desmond T. Doss would voluntarily enter into the horrors of World War II without a single weapon to defend himself. “You’re nothing but a coward!” they said. But the soft–spoken medic insisted that his mission was to heal, not kill.

Tara and Sam of Brickwall Pictures went to an early screening of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ the Mel Gibson movie based on the book, starring Andrew Garfield, Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington, Theresa Palmer, and others.

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a dark comedy with a strong noir edge mystery about a murderer being pursued by a gay private investigator, a thief mistaken as an actor and his childhood love interest.

Though this movie may be enjoyable to the casual movie going audience, it is especially appealing to those well versed in the medium of film. Film buffs will find great pleasure in this film as it takes the conventions you’ve come to expect and twists them around to great comedic effect. “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” follows a somewhat generic murder mystery plot, but infuses it with genre defying dark comedy at crucial moments to steer the film into unexpected territory with the comedy forming to the point of perfection and hitting its mark every time.

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While the comedy and some of the direction/cinematography stop “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” from being a true hard boiled noir, all the style is still there. The film has a great grasp of the noir style, with a lot of darkly lit sets, many washed over with heavy color as many neo-noirs do.

The music is also excellently noir and it is impressive how the often serious music manages to avoid clashing with the comedic moments that occur simultaneously. The music is all great and genre fitting, until the end credits where they used a horribly unfitting song. I’m one to usually read through the credits of a film if I like it, and the music choice stopped me from doing so. This isn’t a bad mark on the film itself, just a poor decision from the soundtrack department which up until that point had been so great.

The two leads are great. Robert Downey Jr. as Harry Lockhart and Val Kilmer as Gay Perry are both terrific. Each character is well formed, and though the characters never take on the buddy cop formula, they do have good back and forth on screen chemistry which makes the comedy work that much better. The excellent comedic writing is pulled off flawlessly by these two leads. The female lead, Harmony Lane played by Michelle Monaghan, is a different story. The threeactress did a fine job, but the writing of the character does not work to the film’s benefit . The only aspect of the film that didn’t work to me was the romance between Harry Lockhart and Harmony Lane. I really can’t see why she is worth all the trouble or why Harry would even want to be with her, she’s honestly quite a whore.

The film has one of the absolute best narrations of all time from Robert Downey Jr. as his character tells the story while having quite a bit of difficulty. He goes back to parts he forgot, criticizes scenes and gets off topic. All to excellent comedic effect. The film is very self aware which works in its favor and gives a feeling of true originality to the film.

The clever, tightly written script is the main reason to watch the film. “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” is hilarious but also manages to be very cool and stylish with a nice noir tone and even managing to have a pretty damn cool final shootout.
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” is a fantastic film. I highly recommend it to all fans of cinema. Anyone looking for a neo-noir, a comedy or even a low octane action film will likely find a good time wrapped up within “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, it can even work as an alternative Christmas film like “Die Hard” or “In Bruges“.

 

Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

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By Sam Kench

The Wolf of Wall Street” is the latest film to come from master director Martin Scorsese. One of the best American film makers of all time, Scorsese (Fun fact: is on a list of only 50 people banned from Tibet) has delivered some of the best movies ever made, including classics such as “Taxi Driver“, “Raging Bull“, and “Goodfellas“. “The Wolf of Wall Street” looks poised to join the ranks of his classic work in time.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” works as a biopic to tell the story to Jordan Belfort, a drug addled stock broker who works outside of the law. The film relishes in showing his exploits and drug induced mayhem with his team of equally deplorable stock market workers.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” was nominated for 5 Oscars including best actor (for Leonardo Dicaprio) best director, and best picture. Leonardo Dicaprio turns in a fantastic performance with his portrayal of real life ex-fraudster/drug/sex addict Jordan Belfort. Though many scenes in the movie are exaggerated or improvised for the sake of comedic excess, the real Jordan Belfort says that the film accurately portrays the crazed debauchery of his life during the time.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” has been called an epic of excess. An overabundant use of profanity and explicit graphic material and drug use gave this film an element of controversy. Some people find the unabashed blatant depiction of drug use and sexual material to be offensive, but the Wolf of Wall Street wears its offensive elements as a badge of honor. Nothing is held back and everything is put out on display for the audience to interpret it however they wish.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” takes pride in how graphic it is because it reflects the nature of the characters in the film. “The Wolf of Wall Street” has broken the world record for the most “F” words in a movie, a title that has previously been held by other Scorsese films such as “Casino” and “Goodfellas”.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” is a very long movie clocking in at exactly 3 hours, and the rate of profanity averages out to 3 “F” words per minute. If you are someone who cannot handle strong language or graphic depictions of what many would consider to be profane material, then this movie is not for you.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” is hysterically funny. Though it is not a comedy first and foremost, often putting thematic and dramatic elements first, the film manages to be consistently funny throughout. The film sets a very fast pace from the beginning and hardly ever slows down. There was a lot of improv done by the actors as well which contributes heavily to the comedy. The film manages to tell a very good story while being incredibly funny. The film mixes the two genres by having a fully dramatic scene where a character is left by the wife balanced out a scene with Leonardo Dicaprio under the influence of Quaaludes crawling and rolling around on the ground for 15 minutes.

This film is truly hilarious at times, one of the funniest movies of the year, more so than a lot of straight up comedies, and what’s more impressive is that it remains dramatically competent at the same time.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” is a great film, the only complaint I have is that there were some digital effects that really took me out of the movie for a moment. “The Wolf of Wall Street” is full of genuinely funny moments, original set pieces, strong dramatic elements, and great performances. I highly recommend it to anyone who won’t be turned off by the graphic nature of the film. “The Wolf of Wall Street” will surely be remembered as a classic.

A quick review of Netflix Original TV Shows

I’m going to do a quick review of some of the Netflix Original TV shows. I give a rating at the end and then I’ll eventually do a much larger more in-depth review for a couple of them.

House of Cards
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This is an extremely well made show, with impeccable acting and direction. The show has a taut political thriller storyline and crafts a very dark and intense atmosphere.

Kevin Spacey is fantastic as the lead and the show has a number of high profile directors for certain episodes including people like David Fincher and Joel Schumacher. I definitely recommend this show. This is the highest profile and most recognized show on Netflix.

My rating 7/10

Hemlock Grove

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This is the big miss of Netflix programming. I’ve only watched 1 episode of Hemlock Grove and I have no intention of ever coming back to it. That means that the show has failed. The job of a show is to grab the audience and make them care about what happens, and Hemlock Grove failed on that front.

The show feels a bit like a misguided attempt to take from Twin Peaks, with some supernatural, almost Twilight esque elements. The direction and presentation were bad and the cast is horrible. I really cannot stand Famke Janssen. Perhaps the show gets better farther down the line, but if the show fails to hook an audience with it’s big reveal, it has not accomplished what it set out to do. I do not recommend it.

My Rating 3/10

Lilyhammer

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This was the first Netflix show to get a second season. I have seen both seasons and I have to say that I’m a fan of it. It’s not as well known as the other Netflix shows, but it is very good. I

will say that the two season differ greatly in terms of pacing and tone, but I’ll talk more about that in my full review. The style of the show is a great mix of picturesque slow mystery, and Italian gangster flicks.

Lilyhammer is about a mobster who gets relocated to Norway and basically starts up his own crime family in the town of Lilyhammer. Steven Van Zandt is fantastic as the lead and all the supporting characters are great. The show manages to tell intriguing stories and be very funny at the same time. It takes a little while for the show to really find it’s footing, but once it’s gets into it’s groove, it is a very entertaining show. I highly recommend it.

I believe that House of Cards is a stronger show technically, but I honestly had a better time with Lilyhammer. It might be less glossy, but it sure is a good time.

My Rating 6/10

Orange is the New Black

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I did not expect much going into this show. I knew it was by the creator of weeds, Jenji Kohan, but that didn’t really push my expectations one way or the other. I was skeptical to be sure. Weeds started out as a great show, but really fell apart by the end.

I went into this show with very low expectations, and was very impressed. I really got hooked and I watched the whole show in just a couple of days. I’m really not a fan of Jason Biggs, but I’ll admit that he was okay on this show. I was happy to see Laura Prepon on a show again after That 70’s Show. The entire supporting cast is fantastic.

There are a lot of characters on this show. There are so many that it seems like they would be shallow and boring, but this is handled fantastically by giving almost all of the prisoners their own flashbacks which tell their stories and why they are in prison. These flashbacks are surprisingly well handled and the stories are all unique and intensely intriguing. The stories are spread out through the episodes and after viewing one on a specific character you can really connect to that character more.

This show is a great comedy, but it also manages to be a compelling drama at the same time. A balance that Weeds had a hard time nailing, but Orange is the New Black hits right on the head. The longer episode times also help the pacing. I liked Orange is the New Black a whole lot more than I expected to.

The promos really did not do this show justice at all. It really impressed me and I definitely think it’s better than even the best season of Weeds, I just hope it maintains that quality throughout the show’s lifespan. I definitely recommend it.

My rating 8/10

World Book Night spreads the love of reading from person to person

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On November 24, 2013 the Word Book Night organization announced the addition of three book titles for book givers to choose from because of overwhelming demand. The number of books to be be given away will increase to 550,000.

According to the Carl Lennertz, Executive Director of World Book Night U.S.,  “Sadly, the call for books for at-risk teens across the country is growing, from underfunded schools to foster homes to tutoring programs, but it’s encouraging that our givers are seeing that need and want to reach out with a book. “

The additional WBN US picks for 2014 are:

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Zora and Me Me and Earl and the Dying Girl The Raven's Warrior

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews (Amulet/Abrams)

Zora and Me” by Victoria Bond and T.S. Simon (Candlewick)

The Raven’s Warrior” by Vincent Pratchett (YMAA Publications)

World Book Night U.S. is part of an ambitious campaign to encourage light and non-readers to read. A half million free paperbacks will be handed out across America April 23, 2014 by 25,000 volunteer book lovers.

The online giver application process opened on October 24, 2013 and continues through January 5, 2014. Applicants must state where and to whom they intend to give out their 20 WBN special paperbacks.

The 35 World Book Night U.S. titles for 2014, alphabetical by author, are:

(Click on the book cover or title below for more information)

Bobcat and Other Stories Bridge to Terabithia pontoon Catch-22 Code Name Verity

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Enchanted Hoot Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Kitchen Confidential Miss Darcy Falls in Love

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Presumed Innocent Same Difference Sunrise Over Fallujah Tales of the City


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The Botany of Desire The Dog Stars The Lighthouse Road The Perks of Being a Wallflower The Ruins of Gorlan Ranger’s Apprentice Book 1

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The Tipping Point The Weird Sisters The Zookeeper’s Wife This Boy’s Life Wait Till Next Year

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Young Men and Fire Wild Where’d You Go, Bernadette When I Was Puerto Rican Waiting to Exhale

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The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman (W.W. Norton)

Kitchen Confidential” by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco)

The Weird Sisters” by Eleanor Brown (Berkley)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky(Simon & Schuster)

After the Funeral” by Agatha Christie (William Morrow Paperbacks)

The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger’s Apprentice Book 1” by John Flanagan (Puffin Books)

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford (Ballantine Books)

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” (in Large Print) by Jamie Ford (Thorndike/Gale; Cengage Learning)

The Lighthouse Road” by Peter Geye (Unbridled Books)

The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell (Back Bay Books)

Wait Till Next Year” by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)

Catch-22” by Joseph Heller (Simon & Schuster)

The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller (Vintage)

Hoot” by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf)

Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon” by Garrison Keillor (Penguin Books)

Same Difference” by Derek Kirk Kim (First Second Books)

Enchanted” by Alethea Kontis (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Miss Darcy Falls in Love” by Sharon Lathan (Sourcebooks)

Bobcat and Other Stories” by Rebecca Lee (Algonquin Books)

Young Men and Fire” by Norman Maclean (University of Chicago Press)

Tales of the City” by Armistead Maupin  (HarperPerennial)

Waiting to Exhale” by Terry McMillan (New American Library)

Sunrise Over Fallujah” by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)

Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson (HarperTrophy)

The Botany of Desire” by Michael Pollan (Random House)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books)

When I Was Puerto Rican” by Esmeralda Santiago (Da Capo)

Cuando Era Puertorriqueña” by Esmeralda Santiago (Vintage Español)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple (Back Bay Books)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple in Large Print (Thorndike/Gale; Cengage Learning)

Wild” by  Cheryl Strayed (Vintage)

Presumed Innocent” by Scott Turow (Grand Central Publishing)

Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein (Disney Hyperion)

This Boy’s Life” by Tobias Wolff (Grove Atlantic)

100 Best-Loved Poems” edited by Philip Smith (Dover)

Macabre Month of Horror #25 “The Strain” Guest review by Amy Lyn Kench (when did I become a guest on my own blog?)

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan Published by Harper

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan Published by Harper

If there is only one book you have the chance to read this Halloween season, “The Strain” is it. Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan bring back the evil, dark, twisted and tormented vampire in this shake you to your skeleton thrill ride.

If you are a fan of the Twilight books you will be shamed to learn, vampires are not sparkly or cute boys looking for love. They are blood sucking, emotionless, death mongers. So, deal with it!

Whether it was the gripping tale or the fact that I was too scared to turn out the lights, I could not put this book down! “The Strain” will stay with you, it will haunt you in the way true horror lovers appreciate to no end.

Description from the publisher:

“An epic battle for survival begins between man and vampire in “The Strain” – the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy from one of Hollywood’s most inventive storytellers and a critically acclaimed thriller writer.

Guillermo del Toro, the genius director of the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, and Hammett Award-winning author Chuck Hogan have joined forces to boldly reinvent the vampire novel. Brilliant, blood-chilling, and unputdownable, “The Strain is a nightmare of the first order.”

COMING SOON – “THE STRAIN” MADE FOR TV MOVIE

So, I have to say I’m more than a little excited about this. It’s not just because Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan wrote the book and screenplay, nor because Del Toro is directing. (I mean seriously, come on, who else could handle this monster?) After seeing the cast list I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see this sure to be horror masterpiece.

As soon as I read Corey Stoll was cast as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather I just knew there was no way this movie could go off the rails. He is amazing in “House of Cards” and I can totally see him taking this role to the next level.

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More perfect casting is John Hurt as Professor Abraham Setrakian. The man is a master of walking that thin line of nice and wise older gentleman to slightly deranged loon.

The cast list is fantastic and I’m especially excited to see

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 as The Master. He is going to kick some serious ass!

Macabre Month of Horror 2013 movie review #14 – American Psycho 2 guest review by Shaun Hathaway

*SPOILER ALERT (although you shouldn’t even give a flippity-dippity-doo-da on a molecular level after telling you about this stupid movie)*

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As soon as the first scene dares makes it presence, you can tell this movie is going to be a dreadful experience. The first scene is explaining the “origin story” of Mila Kunis’ character. It explains how a 12 year old girl killed Patrick goddamn Bateman. Now, anybody who’s read the book, seen the first movie, or didn’t eat lead paint as a child can tell you that a 12 year old girl who was tied up (and magically got herself untied) cannot kill a man whose murdering streak was nearing triple digits.

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She sneaks up behind Bateman (sporting a soothing facial mask for no explainable reason) torturing her harlot of a babysitter who decided to bring the kid she was babysitting to her date with Patrick Bateman, at his apartment. Which, Bateman would never do, because in the book “American Psycho“, Patrick always, always brought his dates out to eat at a high class restaurant like Dorsia, and then to an after dinner drink at his apartment where he would disfigure them so badly that Ed Gein would blush.

Even if this was post-dinner, Patrick Bateman would never allow a 12 year old to get in the way of his craving for blood and would probably just ditch the date and get a prostitute to horribly mutilate and let me just get this out there: Patrick Bateman does not kill children.

In the novel, Bateman killed a five year old at a penguin exhibit by stabbing him in the neck and then immediately regrets it because he realizes that taking the life of an adult is much more satisfying, while killing someone who hasn’t lived long enough to know good and evil is an empty accomplishment.

Actual Young RachaelNow that Rachael has somehow stabbed Bateman with a weird ice pick looking thing that Bateman had, she then exits into an elevator with, as I can only describe as, a smug look on her face with the ice pick thing-a-ma-bob and goes down the elevator and walks away from the scene. The movie then flashes forward about 6-7 years and Rachael (Mila “Four years into That 70’s Show” Kunis) is in college for forensic sciences. The “story” or whatever the hell you call this orgy of stupid, is about Rachael trying to be the assistant to her professor (William “No I’m not fudging making this up” Shatner) and is killing everybody that also might get the position. The list of people includes a wannabe yuppie whose parents are supposed to buy him into the position.

The rich boy is a stereotypical ding-dong who thinks he can do whatever he wants because his father is as rich as Scrooge McDuck. When we are first introduced to this fountain of testosterone, he is having a fit over the guidance counselor saying that he couldn’t apply to be the professor’s assistant because his grades were as crappy as he is.

Later on he sneaks into the counselor’s house and puts her cat in the microwave to alarm the counselor who then rescues the innocent cat and leads us into the most cringe inducing scene in movie history. He bashes the counselor’s head in with a plaque and we are forced to watch the act on the reflection of the microwave door while they use shoddy post-editing slow motion with a dollar store version of grunge mixed with Avril Lavigne plays god-awfully in the background.

The scene is so cringe worthy that you would swear a 3edgy5life Young Rachael14 year old made it to show his school-appointed therapist to express his “hatred for humanity” while the unsuspecting counselor haphazardly tells him that it’s very creative (just like his black makeup and fake lip-piercing). However, this was done by a full-grown man named Morgan J. Freeman and no it’s not cool god-figure Morgan Freeman, no this is the guy who produced 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and Teen Mom 2.

Anyways, onward with the homicidal poser. After the whole killing the counselor ordeal, he then approaches Rachael and tries to vaguely threaten her to drop out of the running for professor’s assistant, and then the poser begins to hit on her without missing a beat as if nothing had just taken place. Rachael agrees to go on a date and on said date, (I’m going to call him ding-dong from now on) ding-dong tries to bribe Rachael with a very handsome amount of money, and Rachael swiftly declines because she must inhale cough syrup like a junkie vacuum.

After a while they go back to Rachael’s dormitory and ding-dong is desperate to get some nookie so, Rachael goes to grab a condom (even though you shouldn’t stick your dick in crazy regardless of whether or not you wrapped your breakfast sausage) Broomstick Through The Headand ding-dong jumps on Rachael’s bed and happens to find that icepick thing-a-ma-jig and Rachael comes up behind him and chokes him to death with the fudging condom.

Now, he was laying down without arm support or anything, so he could easily have picked himself up, turnaround, and punt the not so nice lady into oblivion. I think Kunis says a one-liner after, but I was too much in awe of what happened to pay attention.

Another guy is black. That’s seriously about as far as his character development went. That he was black and apparently intelligent (he did have a kind of cool afro/spike thing going on though, so that’s good). His death isn’t even that in depth or anything like that, unlike rich college douche. The closest look at his character we get is that he correctly answers a question in class. His death is also very uneventful. He gets implied stabbed to death in the middle of a busy college library with that icepick thingy and everybody seemed to leave their eyes and ears at home that day because nobody seemed to notice the one black kid at the college getting fudging stabbed to death.

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The last one on the list is a girl who is playing “hide the salami” (it was in the fridge) with Shatner’s character. She is Shatner’s mistress despite having a wife and kids, how original. The whore in question chokes on gaggles of hoo-has at a time, but for the professor, she puts away her bag of hoo-has that she usually indulges upon for a rainy day.

She even gets expensive jewelry from the professor that I like to pretend are awards for an achievement of excellence in the field of ding-dong-suckery. Anyways, Kunis thinks that Harlot #1 is going to get the position because she’s good at other positions (if you get my double entendre), so Kunis goes to kill “The Harlot Letter” and decides to hang her and act like it was suicide.Hoo Ha Hoover Dead

After “The Amazing Hoo-Ha Hoover” is killed, Shatner decides to cancel the opening for professor’s assistant. This throws Rachael into super pissed mode and she decides to go for the professor this time, which you would think would be cooler than it was. She dresses like a ding-dong-slinging whore and confronts the possibly retarded professor in his office that could use a Queer Eye for a Straight Guy treatment. She tries to seduce Shatner who is way too distraught that his glorified blow up doll has died. She doesn’t succeed but nobody gives a single

Rachael Ssolitary flippity-dippity-doo-da because she was going to kill him anyways, and she does and throws him into her car. A janitor or whatever the flippity-dippity-doo-da you wanna call the bag of chromosomes that finds the body in her car. Surprise, surprise she kills Captain Moronic.

One of Shatner’s friends (not Leonard Nimoy), who is conveniently a psychologist who briefly “treated” Rachael, finds that Shatner isn’t in his office after multiple unanswered phone calls and decides that that is enough evidence to get in touch with the police (it was just a coincidence this time, I assure you that it’s typically enough evidence. They could just be hiding from you). This leads to a lame “chase” sequence where the police look up records and find out that  Rachael isn’t her real name and that she stole it from some woman she killed when she first went into college. Since apparently nobody knows about picture identity in this mentally challenged alternate universe, the police just believe Mila Kunis when they asks her if she’s Rachael.

The police magically find out where Rachael is going to in her car, so they chase her down in what Morgan J. Freeman probably thought was the car chase of the century.

Dead ShatnerIt all ends with Rachael crashing the car and it explodes in an overzealous fire. The police get out and investigate the scene and they automatically think Rachael is dead without even fudging looking for her. The camera then reveals Rachael, hoodie and all, standing behind pencil thin branches looking at the camera. So apparently everybody that lives in the town where the movie take place are all deaf, dumb, and blind.

Once you think your torture session has finally ended, it flashes forward years (again) and it’s the psychologist who just published a book and Rachael (or whatever the flippity-dippity-doo-da that dumb not so nice lady’s real name is) approaches the said author at a signing for his book and he has a poorly acted mental breakdown. Then the credits roll.

After watching this piece of vomit inducing waste, I decided to check IMDb to see if this film was actually real, or if it was just my mind unrelentlessly torturing me because of all the times I’ve killed brain-cells from sucking in helium to make myself sound funny (or that time I huffed an exorbitant amount of Sharpie in Biology Class).

Apparently this horrible goddamn monstrosity to man, God, and all his creatures, is an actual film and I also found out that this fudging movie wasn’t even supposed to be a sequel to the amazing movie and novel American Psycho, but was just a random fudging script that Lionsgate found and thought Born Again Rachaelthat since American Psycho was so profitable that they should make a sequel to it.

Anybody who has read or seen the movie American Psycho, knows that the ending leaves no possibility for a sequel. I’m not going to spoil the ending for that film, because it’s actually a good film, unlike the sequel which I had the displeasure of viewing.

Some other “fun” facts are that it only took 20 days to film this, this, this- I’ve run a blank on what else I can call this film, anyways, I also found out that Mila Kunis is ashamed of this film (but she still has yet to apologize for the new seasons of Family Guy).

To see if this movie is real, you can buy it by clicking right “HERE” and keep checking back all October long for a new horror review everyday with this year’s Macabre Month of Horror.

 

Latest updates from the Bristol Books Examiner

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I’ve been writing for the Examiner about books and book related subjects and events in New Hampshire for a little over a year. The Examiner website has gone through some major changes not only to its look, but how it pays its writers.

You see, the Examiner doesn’t pay per article, they pay per click on articles, slideshows and lists that the writers create. So, not only do I have to write all my own original content, create slideshows etc., but then I have to promote the hell out of each one just to make a few bucks. It used to be easier, my articles hit the front page of the New Hampshire site every time. Now, they don’t give each state its own home page which makes it really hard for my articles to claw their way to the front page.

I write The Bristol Books Examiner page and mixed in with my book reviews, I like to help promote library events, local book store events and book related things happening in New Hampshire.

So, please click on the links below and help a freelancing bookworm out. 🙂

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New eco art show opens at Nash Gallery 

Waste Made Hills eco art show“Internal Landscapes: Eco Art and Exploring Place” opened on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at the Nash Gallery in New Hampton, NH. The new work by Cynthia Cutting Robinson is the second art show to exhibit in the newly refurbished Nash Gallery located on the lower level of the Gordon-Nash Library.

The artist, Ms. Robinson, has been a painter for more than 20 years, and now uses a wide variety of materials and processes to make artworks centered on environmental issues and ideas. Click Here to continue reading…

Hitchcock’s “The Birds” still terrifies 50 years later

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Alfred Hitchcock  was the master of suspense and 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of one of his most chilling masterpieces, “The Birds” released in 1963. This classic thriller of alienation and horror was adapted for the screen from a short story written by Daphne du Maurier. The story was first published in 1952 in a collection of short stories titled “The Apple Tree” and republished under the name “The Birds and Other Stories” in 1963 to coincide with the film’s release. Click Here to continue…

Encourage the love of reading with a 2013 Ladybug Picture Book Award nominee

Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

In March 2013, the Ladybug Picture Book Award committee chose the nominees for the 2013 Ladybug Picture Book Award. This is a great selection of stories to encourage reading at an early age.

The Ladybug Picture Book Award is designed to promote early literacy and honor the best in recently published children’s picture books. A committee of children’s librarians from around the state selected 10 picture book titles for young readers to read and vote on. Click Here to continue reading…

‘Dog On It’ by Spencer Quinn is a must read for dog lovers

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If you are a dog-lover, and a cozy mystery lover, you should immediately add the Chet and Bernie Mysteries by Spencer Quinn to your reading list. Even if you are a dog owner who hasn’t picked up a book for pleasure in years, once you read Quinn’s first book Dog On It you will find it necessary to continue reading the series.

With Chet the Jet narrating the stories from his doggie point of view, you will laugh out loud and think “Hey, my dog does that” or “Wow, that explains a lot”. Click Here to continue reading…

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Book Award nominees encourage young readers 

The Power of Poppy Pendle

Librarians, teachers and parents are always looking for ways to encourage reading. Sometimes a bookworm is born, but for some children, it takes just the right book to ignite the spark to turn them into a life long reader. Click Here to continue reading…

 

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Zone Indefinitely

Here is a brief look at one of the movies Sam is currently working on.

He wrote the script for a class inspired by the book “The Last Babylon”. It’s pretty dark and twisted. Unfortunately, because of conflicts between cast members, shooting has been delayed.

Sam edited a brief snap shot for you to take a look at. Hopefully, if enough people view, comment and like the clip the actors will get back to work.

Top 3 movie strangulations

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I wanted do a top list that I’m pretty sure has never been done before. This is the top 3 best strangulations  wait that doesn’t sound right. Top 3 coolest- no. Top 3 most memorable and best executed strangulation scenes in films. Quick addendum before we get the list started. We have an honorable mention for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Nurse Ratched gets strangled. You really want to see her die. The movie gets close to killing her off near the end. When Jack Nicholson starts choking the life out of her it is so gratifying. Your rage as audience uses R.P. McMurphy as a catalyst as and explodes onto the screen. Unfortunately he gets pulled off before the job is finished but damn was it satisfying while it lasted. It doesn’t make the list because she didn’t die. Another honorable mention to the creative and intense bike lock strangulation from Breaking Bad, but this is Movie strangulations only, no TV.

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3. God Bless America- Long Shot

Bobcat Goldthwait’s American Masterpiece features a number of impressive long shots, one of which happens to be a strangulation of a pedophile in a motel room.

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2. No Country For Old Men- Setting the Bar

The Coen brothers wanted to front load their violent film, with the most violent scene in the entire film. Javier Bardem’s facial expression really sells the scene, and makes seem all the more brutal.

1. Inglorious Basterds- The Dark Side of Hans Landa

Christoph Waltz and Quentin Tarantino bring the most intense, violent, and memorable strangulation scene (That I can think of in 10 minutes) in film history. Christoph Waltz sells this scene. He turns red and looks like he’s about to pop a blood vessel in his eye. What makes this scene even more effective is that fact that for the rest of the movie leading up to this moment, Landa was not a violent person. At least not with physical actions. He has a very threatening and commanding presence, but he’s always calm and calculative until this moment, and that is what makes this the greatest movie strangulation.