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Book Review – The Midnight Library

Author: Matt Haig Year: 2020 I don’t read many modern novels, preferring classics to trends, old sci-fi to new releases, even re-reads to trying new things.  That’s often a negative, I’m sure, not giving recent authors a chance, it just feels to me that there is so much I missed, so much I need to

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Movie Review – Speed

Director: Jan de Bont Starring: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper Year: 1994 With equal measure how much we think we enjoyed it then and how much we’ve built it up in our minds since, Speed has become a great movie in our collective memory.  Keanu, Sandra, working together to fool a madman, some awesome

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Movie Review – The Northman

Director: Robert Eggers Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Anya Taylor-Joy, Claes Bang Year: 2022 The Witch, The Lighthouse, The Northman; Robert Eggers’ three directorial features, and smash successes all.  I also think they got progressively better, which makes sense, working up to a fever pitch and exploding with chaos in his latest, bloodiest bad-assery The Northman.  It’s

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Movie Review – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Director: Rob Marshall Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane Year: 2011 In the Jack Sparrow movie realm, we have a new director, new characters, new landscapes, and a whole new way to be bloody awful.  On Stranger Tides was the worst the franchise coughed up yet, veering completely from the original three,

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Movie Review – Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Director: Nicholas Stoller Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand Year: 2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall was supposed to be an irreverent and hilarious comedy with great characters, like the formula that worked in 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, those goofball romps that were a hit in the mid 2000s.  Well, that

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Movie Review – The Mist

Director: Frank Darabont Starring: Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn Year: 2007 Based on a Stephen King short story, The Mist is a cool concept poorly produced, like something that sounds good in your mind but gets you in trouble when you blurt it out.  Darabont works almost exclusively in King stories, directing and adapting,

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