Monthly Archives: October 2015

Bridge of Spies, movie review

This movie seems to be drawing in the older crowd. Even though I saw this movie late on a Friday, it was jam packed with senior citizens.

The film is very real and raw. By the end of the film you will actually be rooting for the Russian Spy, which I’m sure was the idea behind making the movie. You’ll learn some history too. Part of the story takes place in Germany when the German wall is being built. I’d never seen a movie depict that before.

There’s also some humor in the movie, which I was not expecting. The film did very good in keeping things from getting too dark.

There are a few slow moments in the film, but for the most part the suspense continues throughout. If you enjoy dramas, you should put this on your to-see list.


Goosebumps, movie review

This movie was much better than I was expecting. The trailer made it seem like it would be full of cheap humor and overdone jokes. I didn’t expect much of a plot. Boy, was I wrong.

Yes, Jack Black adds his own personality to the character he is playing and it almost doesn’t work, but in the end it’s okay. He is playing an odd shut-in type character, so it seems believable.

There are jokes mixed in throughout the story, many more than you have seen in the trailers. There is a sound plot and even some twists that you won’t predict. The effects are well done, I mean, you know most of it is CGI, but it’s still well done.

Kids and adults will enjoy the film, its age appropriate for all. I did see it in 3D, but there were only a few moments where the 3D factor seemed used.


Pan, movie review

I’d seen the negative reviews for this movie, and even I found the trailers to be unappealing. Curiosity still got the better of me, and I decided to go see it. Let me just start by saying, yes, this movie is as bad as everyone is saying.

If you’ve seen “Madeline” (1998) then you can relate to the acting quality of this movie. These actors are over dramatizing their characters on purpose. The weird effects and backdrops are cheesy and unrealistic, again, on purpose. Sadly, this makes both the acting and scenery unbearable. The music is no better. Several times the music alone pushed me from the movie as it blared louder for no reason other than to be annoying. The characters also break into song a few times, and this is even weirder because they are singing songs from pop culture, (singing it horribly and out of key) and yet, this is set in WWII.

Hugh Jackman’s character black beard is the worst cliché in the movie. He’s trying to be like Johnny Depp’s Captain Sparrow, but Hugh Jackman is no Johnny Depp. The character wears make-up, black feathers, and has so much fluff in his coattails that it looks like he is wearing a ballerina skirt.

Now the plot. If you have read the original Peter Pan, not the Disney happy version, but the real dark and dreary novel by J.M. Barrie, you’ll know Peter Pan is not a good person. This movie took more of that kind of Peter Pan than the Disney one. By the end of the movie, Peter Pan is ordering fairies to murder people. Yup, Pan kills people. Then, Pan goes back to the orphanage he is from and collects all the orphans. The movie plays this off as a happy liberating moment, but if you know the story, you’ll know Pan is really kidnapping these boys. He will later brainwash them into staying with him and using the fairy dust to forever remain boys. Pan doesn’t want to grow up and he doesn’t want to be alone, so he kidnaps boys and convinces them to be with him. In this movie you see the start of that.

I felt sick as the movie ended, my skin crawled at the fact they were trying to put a positive spin on such an evil action. Pan is kidnapping those boys to join his cult. No amount of happy music is going to alter that.

Should you see this movie? No. I left the theater wanting to scratch the images and memories of that movie from my mind. Now, if you liked Madaline and you like Peter Pan. then yeah, seeing the movie might be worth it for you.


Aurum book release!

My new novel has been released! If you enjoy tales of dragons, aliens and zombies, be sure to check out Aurum: Screams of Decompose

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Zombies, plagues, war, assassins… and death

The Gold Dragon, the most powerful of the Wyverns, sets into motion the events needed to end the Wyvern-Alicorn War and bring about the legendary Triple Twilight. This event is rumored to bring peace to the galaxies, and sate the legendary Decompose who spreads deadly plagues.

The key to success lies with a woman who has spent her entire life as an assassin, hunting magical creatures who impose their will on lesser beings—a definition that both the Gold Dragon and Decompose fit.

Success seems within the dragon’s grasp, but the encroaching Triple Twilight creates new desires in Decompose that even the Gold Dragon did not foresee.

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Book Blitz-Welcome Back Jack

I almost never do these unless I’ve read the book… but what I saw made me feel this book is worth checking out. You can blame College Algebra for why I didn’t get it read in time to post a proper review… we authors are not designed for math… anywho… if you aren’t drowning in equations like me, check out Liam Sweeny’s latest book, details below.

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Welcome Back, Jack
By Liam Sweeny
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Book description

When Jack was six years old, his parents were brutally slain by a serial killer. The police later found drifter Clyde Colsen driving a stolen car, his clothes soaked in blood. He was tried, convicted and executed. Jack grew up knowing that they got the guy.

Now, Jack, a decorated homicide detective in New Rhodes, arrives at the third crime scene of the “South End Killer” murders and finds his name. He will soon find out something else: Thirty years ago, they got the wrong guy. And now the right guy’s come back to pay Jack and New Rhodes his bloody respects.

As Jack struggles to stay on the case, his cat-and-mouse with the killer makes him wonder if he’s the cat or the mouse. His family, and everyone in his life is fair game. As the killer escalates and threatens the entire city, Jack has a question he must answer in his desperation; can he stop the monster without becoming one?

Author bio

Liam Sweeny has worn many hats in his life. In addition to being a writer for ten years, he has been an artist, musician, grassroots campaign staffer and spent four years in disaster response, both in leadership and in the field.

It was in the field in New Orleans that Sweeny got his start as a writer. Hurricane Katrina, and his role in the relief effort, fueled his early writing, where he began in sci-fi/fantasy before transitioning into crime, mystery and noir.

As a crime writer, Sweeny’s work has appeared in many publications, such as Thuglit, All Due Respect, Near to the Knuckle, Shotgun Honey and others. You can find out more at www.liamsweeny.com

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The Martian, movie review

The length of this movie is really the only negative comment I have. The acting on everyone’s part is spot on. The science, although I’m uncertain how real it is, came across as real enough that while watching the movie I often felt like I was watching a movie that was based on real events. The sarcastic remarks Matt Damon’s character makes throughout the film really adds the extra spark of personality to the movie and makes what could have been a rather dull movie quite entertaining.

If you have the time to spend two and half hours watching a movie, you should def consider seeing this film. Not sure it was good enough for any Golden Globe nominations, but its close.


Hotel Transylvania 2, movie review

The trailers for this movie actually inspired me to go watch the first movie. When does that happen? A sequel looking so good I decide to watch the original that I obviously didn’t think was worth seeing when it was in theaters? Well, I’ll tell you this, the first movie is amazing and a must see. Especially with Halloween coming up. Grab the kiddos and rent “Hotel Transylvania“. You won’t regret it.

Movie two however, was a let down. What made the first movie good was the interaction between Dracula and Jonathan. The bond the two of them form makes for a great story. I mean, it’s a love story, but what makes this movie good is the friendship the two men form.

This relationship is nearly nonexistent in the second movie. They only have a few scenes together. The former star of the first movie, Jonathan, is now reduced to cracking a few jokes as a secondary character that has less screen time than most of the secondary characters. And there are a lot of secondary characters. Jokes that worked well in the first movie are attempted again in this movie, rather than creating new ones.

I would have preferred to see this movie done differently. As a sequel, the bar has to be set a bit lower, so I wouldn’t say you should avoid the movie. But do not expect to be laughing it up as much as you did on the first.

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