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It (2017) Movie Review

The last time I saw the original “It” I was very young. I was hoping to do my usual comparison of the two, and even read the book, but I would have needed to begin prepping for that weeks ago. The book is very large, and the movie, not the most readily available for someone like me who prefers to buy the Blue Ray and not rent.
So this review, for now, will just be focused on the new movie. I can tell you one big difference. The movie focuses completely on the children. There are no flashbacks or story of them as adults, instead that’s alluded to in a possible sequel.
The movie isn’t as scary as I remember, but I’m also an adult now. Creepy, yes, but the kids were more learning life lessons, like how to overcome their own fears, and stick together to defeat an enemy, than actually fighting a monster. The acting was amazing, the children did a great job. The special effects were a bit overly done at times, but it was okay when you consider you are viewing this from a child’s perspective.
The movie was long, but did not at all feel that way. In fact, as the movie was nearing its end, I was hoping for more, so rest assured, many will be crying out for a sequel, and I’m confident it will get made.
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Spiderman: Homecoming, movie review

A different take on the spider man movies for sure. What makes this one different is the focus on Peter’s real life. He’s a normal kid going to school. He even gets a best friend, who really makes the difference. We can all see a bit of ourselves, or relate to someone like his friend. His world seems real, and it makes the supernatural parts work all the better.

The ties to the other movies are minimal. So if you haven’t seen the other marvel movies, but want to see spider man, you can, and you won’t be lost.

Great acting, great effects, well told story, overall I have no complaints. It’s a great movie, so if you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest you do!


War for the Planet of the Apes, movie review

So… I should have done a refresher with the other Ape movies before I saw this one. I hadn’t realized how much they would all tie together. I barely remember the others, because they are spread out so much. The main ape is the same, and the focus of the film is almost entirely on him.

We see the end of the humans coming, as they are losing their ability to speak and think in a higher form. And more apes are gaining the higher thought processes and speech. The trailers didn’t portray this well. The movie was more about this transition, than it was a battle between the crazed general, whom even the remaining humans are against.

Overall it is a good movie, on par with the previous Ape movies


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, movie review

So this was done by the same person who directed “The Fifth Element.” The world seemed similar to the society he created in that film and I found many similarities. The plot was good, its a nice little adventure that keeps your attention.

Where the movie failed to live up to success of “The Fifth Element” was the casting. There was no Bruce Willis, Chris Tucker, or Gary Oldman, and those guys made “The Fifth Element” what it was. The actors in “Valerian” had no chemistry with each other. They were mostly emotionless robots, and the romance was just unbelievable. The aliens had more acting ability.

If you want to see some action and great special effects, this is a good film to see. But the acting is horrible.


Transformers: The Last Knight, movie review

Well. I’m not sure where to start with this one. There’s a rule where people say you shouldn’t put too many supernatural things into one book or movie because the plot gets hard to follow and people won’t find it relateable or realistic. This film decided to ignore that rule.

Now, I’m not a follower of the original Transformers lore, so I’m not sure if this came from that, or if this was really just made up by this current screen writer. Either way, it just didn’t work.

Somehow, transformers were connected to King Arthur and Camelot, ancient druids, Nazis, hidden conspiracies on “National Treasure” type level, and there’s blood magic, so only people of a certain decent can save us. There’s more too, I just can’t remember it all because it was so all over the place. I mean, half the world is now dystopian and the other half perfectly fine, how does no one see the split personality thing going on here?

The action is good, although it felt like the transformers were all moving through mud in slow motion. They walked faster in the other movies. The science is insane and beyond outrageous.

The acting is over the top. I mean, the actors know it’s a crazy movie, its like they just opted to be insane too and collect the paycheck.

The whole point of the movie is to market a new line of toys, but the monsters are so pointy and deadly, that the toys made after them look nothing like them, because uh, they would kill the kid. So… we sorta missed the mark on that one. Even I was seduced and would love a figurine of the three headed dragon, even though he only had five seconds of screen time. Does he exist in plastic? No, at least not in any manner that looks like him in the movie.

So, all in all, a giant flop. I’m not even sure I would recommend this to action movie junkies. Maybe if you want to stare at fancy cars for a while, this might be worthwhile for you… maybe.


Megan Leavey, movie review

I expected a bit more from this movie than what it gave me. Usually war movies are decent, add in the emotional impact of a dog, and in theory the recipe for a successful movie is sound. That is not so with Megan Leavey.
I found myself waiting for the movie to actually start. It all felt like build up. I was being shown this world and needed to be given enough background to fully appreciate the story once it was told. The problem is, the entire movie was like that. It never reached the meat or point of things. It was all just one long drawn out introduction.
The acting was okay, the world building beyond what was needed, and the dogs came off as well trained. But no one’s heart was in it, like they too, thought they were just part of the intro, no need to actually try to get the audience to be attached to them.
So this was a total flop. Maybe someday another attempt will be done.

Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: Nina R. Schluntz with Kale’s Paroxysm

Check out my guest post on Back Porch Reader about some Publishing tips. And be sure to enter my Amazon Giveaway!

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I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Nina R. Shluntz who’s stopping by the Back Porch to chat about her new book Kale’s Paroxysm and offer readers a chance to participate in a giveaway.

Thanks for joining us Nina!

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How can I get published?

One of the most commonly asked questions I get as an author is: How can I get published?

It seems there are a lot of writer’s out there who are still struggling to find a way to get their manuscript made into a real book. And since I’ve done it, I must know the secret. The process is an ever-changing one and these days there are a lot of options. There’s also a lot of people trying to take advantage of people who want to see their writing in print.

Writer’s Market: So back when I first started out, in the 2001-2005 years, the book…

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