The World’s End (2013) – Review

The World’s End (2013)  Poster

Directed by Edgar Wright

Written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

Cast: Simon Pegg, Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Nick Frost, and Michael Smiley

Length: 1 hour and 49 minutes

Genre: Action, comedy, science fiction

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from twenty years earlier unwittingly become humanity’s only hope for survival.” Continue reading “The World’s End (2013) – Review”

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Night Watch – Review

Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

Published in 1998

Andrew Bromfield Translation

Pages: 455

Genre: Supernatural

“The escalator crept along slowly, straining upward.”

So begins a tale of Others; supernatural beings that range from magicians and shape-shifters, to vampires and werewolves. Sergei Lukyanenko’s 1998 novel, Night Watch, tells the story of a member of the Night Watch; a secret society keeping the balance between Light and Darkness in the world of humans. What begins as a promising story with interesting world-building and moral dilemmas is eventually bogged down by a less-than-fulfilling ending in this first book of a series by the Russian author. Continue reading “Night Watch – Review”

Heat (1995) – Review

Heat (1995) Poster

Directed by Michael Mann

Written by Michael Mann

Cast: Robert De Niro, Tom Sizemore, Val Kilmer, Kevin Gage, Al Pacino, Amy Brenneman, Diane Venora, Natalie Portman, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Trejo, and Amanda Judd

Length: 2 hours and 50 minutes

Genre: Action, crime, drama

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal and their professional lives.” Continue reading “Heat (1995) – Review”

Someone – Review

Someone: A Novel by Alice McDermott

Published in 2013

Pages: 232

Genre: Fiction

“Pegeen Chehab walked up from the subway in the evening light.”

Though she is the first character mentioned and plays an important part in the story, Pegeen Chehab is not the protagonist. Someone, by Alice McDermott, encompasses the events of an ordinary life. From a child playing among friends in the streets of Brooklyn, to a young woman working as the consoling angel of a funeral parlor and mother, we see how Marie’s life was formed and fashioned. Through intense imagery, strong prose, and memorable characters, Someone becomes far more specific in its splendor than its innocuous title suggests. Continue reading “Someone – Review”

Music Monday: Coheed & Cambria – Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness

Album: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness by Coheed & Cambria

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Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness

Released: September 20th, 2005

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 Ryan, 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 2005

Continue reading “Music Monday: Coheed & Cambria – Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness”

Brick (2005) – Review

Brick (2005) Poster

Directed by Rian Johnson

Written by Rian Johnson

Cast: Emilie de Ravin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Matt O’Leary, Nora Zehetner, and Noah Fleiss

Length: 1 hour and 50 minutes

Genre: Action, crime, drama

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.” Continue reading “Brick (2005) – Review”