Written by Shae

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In the world of Shae, there have been many things I've watched, loved, and disliked. But never has there been any other franchise quite like that of Star Trek. This series has taught me a great many thing, and today, I'm going to share with you some of the things I've learned; from old series and the classic movies and to the latest movies. Let's begin, shall we?

I feel like I should give a bit of a disclaimer in here; I didn't grow up on Star Trek or Star Trek: The Next Generation. I knew of them. My dad and I did watch a bit of TNG, and we later all watched half of Enterprise. But, I didn't really get into this series until later. Yes, before the new movies came out. I did see a few of the old Star Trek movies when I was a kid though. I had a few friends who had Trekies as parents, so I got to watch Wrath of Khan when it was on TV or VHS at their houses. I liked them, I just didn't appreciate them until I was older. 

First thing first I learned that if you are an important woman, princess, alien/human, and or mildly attractive, Captain James T. Kirk will sleep with you. Flat out, end of story on that one. Like, seriously, is there anyone in the series he did not bang? He had more flings than Captain Jack Harkness, and that's saying something. Despite the Captain's obvious flirtations, I also learned that he was a pretty good fighter. Okay, maybe the Double Fist Punch doesn't really work that great in real life, but it was pretty decent for the show. That and Kirk somehow served with everyones father. Which was really confusing given his age wasn't terribly old. They were seemingly older characters by today's standards. That being said, all worked out pretty well, and Kirk was a decent Captain. So much so, that his crew utterly loved and adored him. Enough for security officers to keep going out on away missions.

Speaking of which, this is a pretty well known thing that gets made fun of all the time, but if you were a security officer, or had a Red Shirt, and you went on an away mission, down to a new planet, or moon, or anything like that, you were going to die. That's just Star Trek 101 right there. There's no surviving unless you're Scotty. For some reason, he's the only Red Shirt to survive any away mission. Well, being a main character does seem to help that out. Star Trek also taught me that the scottish engineer could fix any mechanical problem with the ship. Literally, any problem. And the time limits were sometimes questionable. I don't know about you guys, but I can't even fix my computer when it breaks in less than an hour. Scotty could get an entire spaceship in working order in less than three minutes sometimes. How? Probably the wonders of 'TV magic'. Still, that was pretty amazing. Speaking of amazing, Star Trek broke a lot of social barriers and stereotypes during its day. It's hard to sit there and watch it now, thinking that there were still fresh issues like segregation, but Star Trek was the first series to help rip some of those barriers apart. In fact, Kirk and Uhura were the first interracial kiss on television. I can say that honestly gives me chills to know that. Speaking of breaking stereotypes while we're at it, Mr. Sulu, while Asian, was not a martial artist, but a great fencer. As far as talents go, that's pretty spectacular and also broke that stereotype that all Asians knew how to fist fight. 

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While breaking rules, and leaving no apologies, Star Trek was also famous for several of the modern references we have all grow to know and love. Like, my personal favorite "Damnit man, I'm a Doctor, not a __________". Anyone who knows me knows that I love Bones. First and foremost, I do utterly love Karl Urban as Doctor Leonard McCoy. But he was not the reason I fell in love with the surly doctor. That would be DeForest Kelley. The man was an amazing actor, but he was a fantastic Bones. Urban does the best job portraying the character Kelley brought to life. Star Trek taught me that you didn't have to have a good bedside manner to be a good doctor. That and not to make the doctor angry. Seriously, Bones was always mad about something. To be fair it was almost always (always) Kirk related, so I can't blame the poor guy. Watching he and Spock fight was one of the most entertaining things in the history of ever. Also, logical people are frustrating. Well, Vulcan's are anyway. Spock was always there to give facts and reasons why Kirk should or shouldn't do something, and Bones was always the moral standing and the emotional side. I guess that makes Kirk the balance between the two. 

Star Trek also taught me that if you take some string, and some fabric, and dress a dog up, you have an alien. Now, I'm pretty tempted to put costumes on the cats and claim they're from another planet, but I'm sure that's weird and nobody would believe me. It could be fun though, at least. Also, if you were apart of the main bridge crew, you were always sent down to the newest planet. Now, can someone explain to me why the ships head doctor, pilot, navigator, and first mate need to go down with the captain and a few security members? I'm pretty sure they don't in real life. And most of the time, the encounters ended badly. Especially once we discovered Khan. That's another thing, if you find someone who is cryogenically frozen, you should just leave them be. Because they could kill you. Why would you wake that person up? You don't know if they're a mass murderer. They probably are! This show also gave me an unhealthy trust of Klingons. It also inspired a generation of us nerds to learn to speak Klingon. For the record, I do not. 

Lastly. This show taught me that it's okay to cry when something bad happens. And something bad always happens. With how hokey the original series was, it truly touched my heart in so many different ways. The new movies did a great justice in retelling the old series and bringing it into a new light. Granted, I know many who don't like the new films. That being said, I loved them. We all have our own tastes and everything. The fact that Spock was more in touch with his human side was nice. We got to see Kirk go from a reckless kid to a reckless adult. Bones was still crabby, cranky, and shabby, but he was still the voice of reason. Uhura got to have her interracial/species relationship she'd been denied in the original series. We got to see Sulu and Chekov come into their own. And of course, Scotty was recognized for his brilliance on a whole new level. Plus, he's now played by Simon Pegg and that's just awesome. Whether you're new to the franchise, or old, there's something for everyone to love here. 

 
 
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So this past weekend, Shae took me to see the movie Lucy because I have the world’s best sister. Anyways, I didn’t know quite what to expect from this movie besides Scarlett Johansson being awesome, and in this case she was.

This movie was about a woman named Lucy who was studying /partying abroad. She is dragged into a deal by her boyfriend Richard, who handcuffs a case of an unknown substance to her wrist so that she would be forced to do the deal. She was very hesitant and with good reason. After she asked for “Mr. Jang,” Richard was killed and Lucy was dragged upstairs.

From there, Lucy’s life just went downhill. Turned out that there was a new drug in the case and they were going to use her and three others to get it transported to Europe, inside their bellies. However, along the way she got beaten up by one of Jang’s men who broke the bag inside her. Out poured the new drug in a high dose that enabled her to use more than 10% of her brain.

At first she was able to see things and instantly translate them. Then she was able to control things and then others. She didn’t know what was going to happen to her so she got the help of a Professor Norman who is at the top of his field in this certain area. No one knew what would happen at 100% however when Lucy started to become out of control, she knew she needed more of the drug or she was going to die.

So Lucy set out on her 48-hr venture to find the rest of the drug mules so that one, she could prevent this drug from getting out to the rest of the public and two, so that she would be able to continue to consume the drug till she reached 100%. However in order to do this, she needed to avoid Mr. Jang and his men. Unfortunately since she killed a lot of his men and stabbed him in the hands, he wasn’t going to allow her to live.

So Lucy has to complete her goal while getting Professor Norman her research on the human brain while avoiding Mr. Jang and his men. It’s quite intense and you never know what happens.  

Overall, this was an entertaining movie. It was shot in an artistic way which bothered me a little bit. However the whole “You only use 10% of your brain” thing encourages people to actually believe that. Which is totally not true, you use all of your brain. If you look at a healthy brain under a brain scan, you will find that the brain is actually working at all times. Yes you can increase your potential with your brain however you don’t just use 10% of your brain. Heck, how would that affect things and people around you? How would using more of your brain allow you to control time?

Yes there are a lot of flaws in this movie, however if you go to watch it just to watch it you probably will be entertained. I did like it for the entertainment value. There was action and attractive people and on top of it, Morgan Freeman. What else could you need?

 
 

Written by Mattie

THIS IS THE EMERGENCY SPOILER ALERT SYSTEM...YOU ARE ADVISED TO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK...

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We are on to the sixth episode of Dominion. Now angels who wish the destruction of humans have overridden the world. As the extinction of humans is near, the chosen one has come into the world and he is Alex Lannon. He has finally accepted his fate however last time he trapped an 8-Ball in the city who claimed to be Claire’s mother.

Michael came to where Alex was hiding Clementine, the 8-ball who claimed to be Claire’s mother. He wanted to try to save Claire’s mother and at first Michael was against his plan but decided it would be best to help Alex out.

Claire however found the jewelry box that Clementine had put in her room and she went to find her father. Her father seemed shocked when she brought it to him but she was happy since it was a song that her mother used to sing to her. He lied about putting it in her room.

Meanwhile, David went to confront William about the blindfold and told William that he was grateful that he had found another one of Gabriel’s followers and that when David finds them, that he will kill them all.

Michael visited Uriel in her lair and he asked her for something that could help Alex extract the 8-balls from their human selves. It was a book that was written by the person able to do so. In exchange, she wanted to see Alex’s tats. When Alex got the book, the pages were all faded however Alex was able to put words on the page using his powers.

On the other hand, William went to his followers and told them to disband; that his father is on their trail and if they were caught, they will all be taken outside of the city and shot.

Michael went to visit Clementine and she told him that she has been trying to live a life of redemption and that she made a mistake coming to earth but she has been trying to fix it. She then said something about Michael wanting redemption and he stopped her from speaking anymore. 

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Claire was doing her duties, talking on her father’s behalf and was meeting with Arika when she received a note from Alex. He asked her to come with him and she did. That’s when she discovered her mother was alive and was an 8-Ball who recognized her daughter right away.

Of course, Claire was frightened and wanted Alex to shoot her right away however Alex convinced her to talk to the 8-Ball to make that judgment call first.

The followers of Gabriel gathered all the members together and while he was telling them to disband for a bit, they were all found by two soldiers who open fired on the traitors. Riesen and Arika were talking about Helena’s aircraft however Riesen told her that he knows that all Helena has left is a B-52 Bomber. Arika told Riesen that Helena doesn’t care about the angels until they attack her.

Claire went to see her mother and the 8-Ball rambled about her stupid decision to go to her room. Claire figured out that it was she, who went into her room and gave her the music box. She then called Claire Izzy, something that her father could have never told the 8-Ball. Claire started to believe Alex and knew why he couldn’t kill her. Michael then appeared and gave Alex the book and told Claire that hopefully with those words, they can save her mother.

William and the rest of the followers came to the lair and found the massacre and that the guards who found them were dead. William knew that he had to do something since it was his father who commanded it.

Alex, Michael and Claire went into the room with Clementine. Alex started to read the words on the page of the book and started the exorcism. It worked. Clementine returned to her body and was happy to see her beautiful daughter. Then, Clementine collapsed and Michael told them that because her spirit is gone that she couldn’t survive. Claire told Alex this was his entire fault and ran off in shock as her mother laid on the floor twitching.

In the senate, David came to Riesen and Riesen told him his deal with Arika and that he was an hour late to the senate hearing since Riesen had moved it up an hour and didn’t tell David. For once, Riesen was ahead of David.

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Afterwards, when Riesen was eating dinner, Claire came to him and told him that she knew his secrets and knew why he kept the 8-Ball but knew that Vega wouldn’t understand. She then told him that once she marries William that he will step down as leader of Vega and let her take over or she would tell his secrets.

William confronted David in his home. William told him that the guards wouldn’t be returning and that his people need saving. David told him that he knew that William was a curse and can’t believe the betrayal. Then William pulled a gun on him of course he couldn’t shoot his father however he did knock him out.

Michael went back and visited Uriel who was drawing Alex’s tattoos out on paper. They knew that Alex couldn’t be the only one who can read their father’s markings so Michael had Uriel promise that no one else would see the drawings. She promised that Gabriel wouldn’t see them. William on the other hand was trying to convert his father to the side of Gabriel. They preformed the ritual on David to convert him. Which left David in pain, he now was a follower of Gabriel.

Claire went down to see her mother again. Alex was there, guarding the area. Claire went to her mother and held her, humming the song her mother used to hum to her as a child. She then held a hand over her mother’s mouth and nose so that her mother would die.

It was an intense episode of Dominion. Michael is finally accepting his fate as the chosen one as Claire is accepting her fate as the leader of Vega. The more that Alex learns however, the more it may push him to Gabriel’s side. The preview for the next episode showed that Michael’s secrets might be revealed.

On top of it all, it seems that William is becoming more forceful in his quest for more followers in the name of Gabriel. He even forced his father to become a member. So who knows what David is going to do in the next episode now that he has the markings.

I’m excited for this week’s episode of Dominion! It’s going to be awesome!

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Fate is something that numerous people may have a problem in believing.  Thinking that everything happens for a reason, and that overall, we have no control over how it comes to light can leave several people wondering why we even try to live our own lives.  The decisions that we make, no matter how small and insignificant we believe they are, can lead us to something that we could never imagine, but is it really our own doing?

Young Ian Grey has a fascination with the human eye. Knowing that no two sets of eyes are the same, he has come up with a sort of hobby of taking pictures of everyone’s that will allow it.  Even though some people’s eyes may look the same, there are small variations in each set that makes them unique to their owners.  Even as he grows into a molecular biologist, he still holds onto this hobby, but now for a different reason altogether. 

Trying to prove that the human eye has evolved over the many generations of our race is the goal, and the only reason behind it is to disprove the creationist’s beliefs.  The only problem is that he has not been able to find a lab assistant that holds his same passion for the project.  When Karen comes into his lab, Ian might not believe it was fate, but notices that she holds the same passion as he does and will do anything to get the job done.  Knowing that his project is in the great hands of the intelligent undergrad, Ian is able to focus more on his personal life.

On November 11th, Ian stopped by his local convenience store to buy a pack of cigarettes along with a lotto ticket, and that is when his life changed.  With the abundance of the number eleven being put in front of him, he found a pattern that led him to a woman from his past. A short while ago, he had the opportunity to have sex with an attractive women at a Halloween party before his talking got him into trouble, but the one thing he know about this woman was the uniqueness of her eyes.  As he followed this pattern on November 11th, he was drawn to a billboard that had her eyes showcased once again.  Trying to find this woman once more, Ian staked out her favorite coffee shop hoping to see her once again, but when she never showed up he decided to go back home. Getting on the train, Ian was surprised to find her sitting and possibly waiting for him. The chance of the two finding each other again was slim to nil, but Ian was not willing to believe it was anything but that.

As Ian questioned the woman that has stolen his heart, he found out that she does not believe in chance, but fate.  As the two bond over the next couple of months, Ian starts to discover that Sofi was his complete opposite in beliefs.  While Ian was focused on the science of everything, Sofi believes that there is some higher power that is controlling their lives and has put the two together in this world.  Ian will never share this view, but it is not enough to keep the two apart and he they decide to get married on a whim. When the county clerk tells the couple that have to wait twenty four hours before the marriage can become official, Ian receives a call from his lab that his experiment can be tested and he needs to come in for the report.  Sofi questions Ian’s motives of his purpose of wanting to play God, but still, the two are in love and when they start to consummate their new marriage, a vile of liquid spills in Ian’s eyes and blinds him for the night.  The couple returns home, but the elevator in the building stalls and Ian is forced to find a way to get his himself and his love out before something bad happens.

I Origins follows the life of Dr. Ian Grey as he is trying to prove that human race was grown out of evolution, not creation.  As his focus is on the human eye, he takes pictures of the eyes of those willing to be photographed, but finding something different in Sofi’s eyes, he is taken back just a bit.  As his views are challenged by his naive love, Ian is not deterred in his research and will continue at all costs, but when he loses Sofi in a freak accident he has to find a way to keep going.  When he marries his lab tech and they have their first born retina scans come up as someone else’s in a national data base, the two parents have to put their beliefs aside and follow the steps that are being put in front of them.  Although Ian has put his feelings aside for Sofi, she is always in his thoughts and when he finds that there is another retina match for her eyes in the data base, he starts to believe that there is something more powerful going on than he could ever understand.

A very powerful film by Mike Cahill and I would highly recommend it to anyone out there.  After leaving the theater, I was still blown away by how the story took a turn and opened Ian’s eyes to chance that he may have been wrong after all of these years of study. They say that the eyes are the window to the soul and I have believed that for my entire life.  You can tell so much about a person by looking into their eyes and that is something that everyone should take a good note of. Keep your eyes open for the signs that are in front of you, you never know what you will run into, no matter what your beliefs tell you.  Happy Viewing.

Also, Stay to the end of the credits, there is a little something extra that will be very enjoyable.

 
 

Written by Shae

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For once, I actually got the chance to see a movie on its release day! I swear that never happens anymore! Okay, that’s a total exaggeration. But, I have been so excited for Lucy that I had to hit one of the first showings Friday, and that meant Mattie got to go with! Thankfully, this was one we both wanted to see.

Lucy, from what I gathered prior to seeing the movie, was about a young woman being exposed to a drug that allowed her to use the full capacity of her brain. Well, as someone with an extensive background in psychology, we do use 100% of our brains. That being said, interesting concept for a movie. 

It’s set in China and our main character seems to be a bit of a party girl. One thing leads to another and she ends up with an experimental drug shoved into her stomach. Somehow, it breaks. And the effects are something utterly astonishing. Lucy is in control of more than just her brain, but her entire body. As it goes on she gains more and more control. Only, the guys who put the drug in her, aren’t too happy when they find out she never made it to her delivery point.

Along the way, Lucy has to learn to adapt to her new powers, and find a way to stop this drug from being leaked. Than again, if I had the chance to stop and fast-forward through time and space, I totally would. Being able to change ones appearance also sounds fun. Lucy does get some help, but she doesn’t really need it.

With that, I’m not going to spoil any more for you guys. The plot line is solid, and for the most part, it’s very well told. I’m always a fan of Scarlet and of course Morgan Freeman makes everything better.  Some people love it, some people hate it, and some are in between. Personally, I loved this movie. I’d like to go see it again, and I hope to soon! The ending was something I half expected but it was done in a completely unique way. I recommend giving this a shot. 

 
 

Written by Daniel

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Are Marvel movies quickly becoming the next Pixar? I ask that because it seems with every Marvel movie they are only getting better and with the road map they have laid out I don’t see an end in sight. Both Pixar and Marvel have the token good luck charm (John Ratzenberger/Stan Lee) and stories that immerse you so completely; filled with characters that are so well defined. All of this came to me as I watched the latest Marvel hit; Guardians of the Galaxy.

Let us start from the beginning and me singing the praises of just how good Guardians was going to be and how excited I was to see it. Of course I was wrong to have the expectations I did, after all how much can you fit into one movie. Guardians blew so far past my expectations I was left with my mouth open, goose bumps all over and feeling like the small blonde child when I first saw Star Wars! In fact Star Wars has its work cut out for it after this movie. I know everyone keeps asking who the Guardians are and why should they care and just how do these characters fit into the Marvel universe? Without giving away the story or putting too many spoilers out there trust me, it works and that isn’t even a fair assessment. It does more than just work, it’s a masterpiece.

From the very start of the movie you can see the meticulous planning that went into it, right down to the bad old school 3D that fooled everyone in the theater into thinking something was wrong with the film. It’s these subtle touches you start to appreciate as the film moves along from both a comic and non comic reader perspective. We see the story open with Peter Quill as a little boy being kidnapped and taken into space. Fast-forward to adulthood and one of the best dance numbers I have ever seen in a Marvel movie. Peter is getting an orb, simple enough but he is not the only one who has sights on it. From this point on there is a steady, well balanced flowing story of action, humor, and character development I have ever seen. The fear of, “too many characters to properly introduce at once” quickly faded away and was thrilled that Guardians was not going to fall victim to the Spider-Man 3 trap (thank god). 

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I had fears about Rocket, one of my favorite characters, and you would know this if you have listed to the podcast. By the end of this movie to see him so well thought out and visualized was amazing both him and Groot who are very key characters in the comic. I could not think, off the top of my head anything I would have changed, or that I would have done differently. Bradley Cooper fit, he was Rocket without any doubt, with the personality and how I would imagine him to sound. You even start to feel bad for the little guy in parts of the movie, being this misunderstood critter of rage. Drax (Dave Bautista) was another surprise for me both in performance and character, going in I was wondering which personality they decided to go with since Drax has died a few times and has been different every time he comes back. The choice to mix the look of the current Drax to the more flat deadpan personality and outburst of the first version was well played. They did change the back story for him a little to fit into the current world and it was a wise decision for it to fit a little better into the story and how they move forward with the character development. Gamora was the same as her comic counterpart, small tweaks but is the only character I had some issues with. She was all most too girly in the movie, not as much of a lethal weapon that she is in the comic. They got the temper right and Zoe Saldana did a great job playing her but I don’t think the writing for Gamora was a strong as it could have been, but the one thing for sure they got right with her was the rage she carries for Thanos.

Just as important as character development, are the villains and world building that needs to happen and with something as big as a Galaxy that’s no small task. What I witnessed was so far beyond what I had in my mind I couldn’t stop myself from smiling during the entire movie. From the world of Nova Prime, to the Accusers ship, to the floating head in space, and the prison there was eye candy in every scene. No more so then the moments in the Collector's trophy room, scanning for what little gems might be hidden under the glass…er cases scattered throughout the room. Now I don’t know if you can throw the Collector (Benicio Del Toro) into the category of villain but he is up to something much bigger than what we see, and Karen Gillan playing Nebula was a flawless execution. But I have to say the two big players, without a doubt are Ronan and Thanos himself.  

Ronan (Lee Pace) first was great as a powerhouse zealot and pushing the old ways of the Kree that the rest of the race has walked away from while adding to one of the big reasons for the turmoil in the quadrant. Ronan was great and I would have liked to have seen more of him in addition to Thanos who makes more than an over the shoulder appearance. You can tell Josh Brolin is in there but just the sheer size of Thanos was stellar. I can see where this story is going and I can hardly wait to see it all played out on the big screen, a true classic come to life but for now the big winner is Guardians. Best Marvel movie yet and one I would guarantee that you will see twice in the theater. 

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Finding that perfect project, especially for someone in the movie industry has to be painstaking.  Needing to find that story that will capture people’s imagination, along with getting them into the theater for the opening weekend has to be stressful.  Needing to make sure that the cast is right, the story is strong and the ending will leave everyone in awe could make even the most talented folks shutter and fold.

Alfred Hitchcock has done well for himself, but is approaching the age of sixty and starting to succumb to the industry standards that is time for retirement.  Not wanting to hang up his director's slate just yet, he is looking for a way to make his next film even better than his recent release of North by Northwest.  With studios sending him scripts left and right, Hitch is not feeling any of the stories coming into his office and needs something that will wow the audience once again.

When reading the newspaper, Hitch discovers a little known book called Psycho that is getting terrible reviews, not for the writing, but for its disgusting content.  This has piqued the old director’s interest and he has decided to read it and gather his own opinion.  With his wife trying to point him in a non-thriller direction, Hitch has fallen in love with the novel and will do everything in his power to get the movie made.  With no studio willing to back this project, Hitch is forced to put up his own money and will only make it back if the movie plays well. 

Believing in his vision, Hitch is able to get the movie cast with America’s boy and girl next store, Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh who seem to understand what he is wanting.  Although everyone is concerned about nudity in the shower scene, Hitch is convinced that it will need to stay in the film and he will do it as tastefully as possible.  As his feelings or this movie get stronger and stronger, Hitch starts to have dreams out Ed Gein, whom Psycho was loosely written about.  Following what Gein tells him and starting to discover that his wife is no longer on his side when it comes to being married, Hitch’s world starts to crumble and he needs to make sure that his movie will do what it is intended to do, scare people.

Hitchcock is based on Alfred Hitchcock’s struggle to get his movie Psycho made and brought to the big screen.  Not being able to convince a studio to back his vision, Hitch is forced to fund the movie himself and although he is more than willing to see his vision come to the big screen, he is not the richest man in the world and has to make sacrifices.  As his wife, Alma has always been at his side, she is feeling pushed away from her husband and needs to keep telling herself that the starring blonde mean absolutely nothing in the scheme of things.  Although Hitch has eyes for his leading ladies, he will not allow his marriage to crumble, along with losing his prized script re-worker. Listening to Ed Gein in his dreams, Hitch has to find a way to keep his eye on finishing his film, along with making sure that his wife does not find eyes for anyone other than himself.

More of a biography about Alfred Hitchcock’s life than an overall movie and this is just fine for me.  I have been a fan of his television show for many years, and love his movies and watch them whenever I see them on.  Trying to see what is actually happening in Hitchcock’s mind should have been more disturbing that what was put on the screen, but wanting to focus more on his relationship with his wife and the troubles they have gone through together makes you gain just that much more respect for the icon.  With great acting from the key players, along with the disgust that some of the film industry has put on to him, this is a great look at the inner workings of how movies were made against what the studios wanted in the 1950’s.  If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.  Happy Viewing.

 
 
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Hello again everyone! If you’re looking forward to getting out of the heat this weekend and heading to your local movie theater, here are the newest movies that hit theaters today.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is back as a Greek god in the movie, Hercules. Every time I hear Dwayne Johnson, all I can think about is the phrase, “Can you smell what the Rock is cookin’?” However this former pro-wrestler is back in his newest movie as the muscle-y demigod, Hercules. This is the story of how Hercules has become a hero-for-hire and gets employed by a king who needs his help in order to defeat an oppressive warlord. For all you Doctor Who fans, John Hurt aka War Doctor is also in this film as Lord Cotys. For all you muscle lovers out there or anyone looking for a spin of classic Greek mythology, this is the movie for you.

Also this weekend, Gabriel Iglesias’ The Fluffy Movie is also coming to theaters. This is his success story of being a stand up comic. This was filmed during one of his on-stage performances and it looks pretty hilarious. I do enjoy Gabriel Iglesias’ stand up comic routines since he’s absolutely hilarious. It is rated PG-13 so listen to some of his work before you take the kids.

However, one of the movies that I’ve been waiting for months to come out is Lucy. Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman team up in this rated R, action packed, Sci-Fi film. This is the story about a woman named Lucy who gets caught in a dark deal where she is sliced open and is used as a drug runner. Sadly, the drugs leak and it makes it to where she can access all areas in her brain at the same time, making her unstoppable and she ends up taking revenge on the people who did this to her. It looks absolutely amazing and I’m definitely excited to seeing this movie. YAY Morgan Freeman!

These are the newest movies hitting theaters this weekend! Hope this helped and we will see you at the theaters! 

 
 

Written by Scotty

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When facing any sort of threat, finding and taking care of your family should always be first on your list.  Making sure that your family members are all right and safe is something that we all do when hearing about a disaster that happens in their area.  Thank goodness for social media and cell phones as they have made this much easier over the years, but nothing replaces seeing that they are okay in person.

As a volcano erupts in Iceland, the local geologists are far from baffled, for they have planned for this event.  Watching as the earthquakes move down the European side of the tectonic plates, they know that there is an event that will change the landscape forever.  Watching as a chain of eruptions take place in Europe, ash starts to move its way higher and higher into the atmosphere causing sunlight to be blocked out and causing the temperature to decline drastically. 

Steve Foster and his new wife Lacey are on their way to London to visit Steve’s children from his first marriage.  Steve is a retired Air Force piolt and always comfortable behind the controls of anything that flies and that is what Lacey loves about him.  As the European eruptions have taken place while the couple are in the air, they have no idea what has just happened and are directed to set down in London until the ash cloud dissipates.  Calling in and talking to an old war buddy, Steve finds out that this threat is much higher than he has been led on and will cause an ice age of sorts to take over the continent. Needing to find a way to get to his kids and make sure that they will survive the oncoming onslaught of cold weather, Steve and his wife decide to keep moving east, but are met with plenty of opposition from the storm ahead of them.

Steve’s kids, Ryan and Taryn are attending college in Paris and although Taryn does not seem too excited about it, Ryan has been having the time of his life.  With their father coming in, Ryan is excited to meet his new mother in law, but Taryn does not want to welcome the new woman into her life just yet as her father remarried so suddenly.  As the weather starts to change in their area, the two have formed a plan with their father on where to meet.  Having picked the Eiffel Tower as their point of extraction, the two have to find a way around the crumbling landscape as earthquakes start to ravage the nation. 

100 Degrees Below Zero follows the Foster family as they are about to be reunited and meet Steve’s new wife.  His son Ryan is excited about the new woman, but his sister Taryn is far from happy that her father moved on so quickly and with a woman half his age.  As Steve and his wife Lacey are traveling from the United States to Paris, they are directed to divert their flight to avoid a massive ash cloud that is starting to cover the continent.  But that is not the only threat as the ash is cutting out the sunlight and causing a weather anomaly that will change landscape of Europe forever.  Needing to find a way to stay warm as a new ice age is coming to life, and find their to meet each other, both couples are faced with the declining weather and other events that are trying to prevent them from being together.  Their strength and determination are the only thing that can keep them alive, as others around the country are dying.

Another one of those disaster movies that provides you with more of the feeling of what you would do if put in the situation as the characters have been placed.  How determined would you be to get your family out of trouble if it meant your impending doom.  It is just fun to see how both groups, husband and wife along with brother and sister have to join forces to stay alive as a storm that has never been witnessed by anyone alive will change the landscape of a region.  Happy Viewing.

 
 
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It's been a while since I did a movie review, and I know this movie has been out for a while, but I just recently had the chance to see it. Admittedly, I wasn't sure about this movie when I first saw the preview. The story of Sleeping Beauty is not one I really liked growing up. I didn't hate it, per se, I just didn't care for it as much as others. So, (I think 'so' is my catch phrase. I sure start enough sentences with it!) when I saw they'd made a live action version of the beloved Disney classic I grew up with, I wasn't sure. Recently I had a day off, and Mattie thought we should at least give it a try, so we went and saw it. 

As it turns out, I was completely blown away. The story isn't about villains and heroes. It's about people and actions. It's about love, betrayal, greed, kindness, and so much more than I thought. The story follows Maleficent, as the title says. We get to see her side of things. Giving a well known villain a back story was quite interesting. They handled transitions perfectly, no unnecessary exposition. It went straight in, and led us through Maleficent's life. Turns out, she was a fairy, a powerful one at that, who protected her magical home from the greed of men. A king didn't care for that and demanded she be killed. Only, a childhood friend, her first love, chose not to kill her. Stung with the betrayal, Maleficent curses his child.

The rest of the story is history, right? Aurora is sent to live with three fairies attempting to be human while protecting her. She meets a prince, falls in love, and still is hit with the curse. Pricking her finger and falling into a sleep like death. All the elements are there, only the fairies didn't do such a great job at raising the child, so Maleficent kind of stepped in…not really wanting the child to die. As she gets older, Aurora finally confronts the supposedly evil fairy that's been following her all her life. Only, she's convinced that Maleficent is her Fairy God Mother. She makes fast friends and worms her way into a scorned heart. The young princess does meet her prince, Philip does make an appearance, but not in the way I thought he would.

And when it comes down to it, evil is not born, but made. True love is not always what we thought. I'm not going to give spoilers, I know this movie has been out for a while but I really feel that it deserves to be seen rather than reviewed in full detail. It's a movie I was genuinely surprised to love as much as I did, and I am very much looking forward to the DVD release.