Swiss Army Man (2016) – Review

Swiss Army Man (2016) Poster

Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

Written by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan

Cast: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Length: 1 hour and 37 minutes

Genre: Adventure, comedy, drama

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.” Continue reading “Swiss Army Man (2016) – Review”

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The Player of Games – Review

The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks

Published in 1988

Pages: 391

Genre: Science fiction

“This is the story of a man who went far away for a long time, just to play a game.”

If one ever wanted to boil down the plot of The Player of Games, by Iain M. Banks, into a single, succinct sentence, the quote above couldn’t be beat. This book, being the second in the Culture series, follows a player of games into an alien and dangerous empire built upon the structure of an intricate and difficult game. With information being spoon fed to the protagonist, it makes for a compelling story and thriller that builds up to the climax on a planet with a wave of fire that circles the globe. Not all is as it seems when the Culture’s Contact division gets involved, and the player must learn to either win the game or be consumed by it. Continue reading “The Player of Games – Review”

Music Monday: Coheed & Cambria – The Second Stage Turbine Blade

Album: The Second Stage Turbine Blade by Coheed & Cambria

Album Cover
The Second Stage Turbine Blade

Released: March 5th, 2002

Band Info:
Coheed & Cambria is an American progressive rock band that was formed in 1995 in Nyak, New York and released their first full-length album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, in 2002. Fraught with line-up changes in the mid-late 2000’s, the band currently consists of founding members Claudio Sanchez (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards), Travis Stever (lead guitar, backing vocals), Josh Eppard (drums, keyboards, backing vocals), and bassist Zach Cooper who joined the band in 2011. Coheed & Cambria are known for their use of odd time signatures, concept albums based on a science fiction story by Sanchez, and their rabid fanbase. The band has released eight studio albums; the first seven albums all focus on the Kilgannon family and their role in the war to save the worlds they live on from the evil Tri-mage Wilhelm Ryanwith, while 2015’s The Color Before the Sun is the only non-concept record. The band returns to the sci-fi concept with their upcoming album, Vaxis – Act 1: The Unheavenly Creatures, which will be released on October 5th.

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Coheed & Cambria circa 2002

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The Matrix (1999) – Review

The Matrix (1999) Poster

Directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski (as the Wachowski Brothers)

Written by Lana and Lilly Wachowski (as the Wachowski Brothers)

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss

Length: 2 hours and 16 minutes

Genre: Action, science fiction

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.” Continue reading “The Matrix (1999) – Review”

The Sirens of Titan – Review

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

Published in 1959

Pages: 326

Genre: Science fiction

“Everyone now knows how to find the meaning of life within himself.”

This meaning is most likely less than one would hope after reading through the pages of Kurt Vonnegut’s 1959 novel, The Sirens of Titan. Taking a peak into the ridiculousness of self-imposed importance on the part of the human race, the novel asks the question: are humans as important as we believe we are, or are we simply a means to an end? The story travels around the Milky Way galaxy and beyond, pointing out the absurd and predestined in a sprawling tale that nearly loses sight of its ultimate goal. Continue reading “The Sirens of Titan – Review”

Deadpool (2016) – Review

Deadpool (2016) Poster

Directed by Tim Miller

Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, Stefan Kapicic, and Brianna Hildebrand

Length: 1 hour and 48 minutes

Genre: Action, adventure, comedy

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“A fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge.” Continue reading “Deadpool (2016) – Review”