The Boondock Saints (1999) – Review

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Directed by Troy Duffy

Written by Troy Duffy

Cast: Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco, Willem Dafoe, Ron Jeremy, and Billy Connolly

Length: 1 hour and 48 minutes

Genre: Action, crime, thriller

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:
“Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent.” Continue reading “The Boondock Saints (1999) – Review”


Tuesdays with Morrie – Review

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Published in 1997

Pages: 192

Genre: Nonfiction, memoir

“The last class of my old professor’s life took place once a week in his house, by a window in the study where he could watch a small hibiscus plant shed its pink leaves.”

Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom, is probably one of the most famous works of writing to come out of the 1990s. After being diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a professor of sociology decides to use the remaining time he has to spread a message of love and hope. Throughout this process, he is reunited with a former student who helps him as he makes the transition toward his next journey after life. Continue reading “Tuesdays with Morrie – Review”

Music Monday: Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

Album: Emperor of Sand by Mastodon

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Emperor of Sand

Released: March 31st, 2017

Band Info:
Mastodon is a progressive metal band from Atlanta that was formed in 2000 from the ashes of two disbanded acts. The group has had the same lineup since its formation which consists of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher, and drummer Brann Dailor. Mastodon has released seven studio albums to date; four of these have been concept albums. Initially known as a stoner and sludge metal band that used growling vocals, Mastodon has sought to expand their musicianship and genre with each record. Each musician brings a masterful and unique style to their instrument and Mastodon is noted for having three vocalists (Sanders, Hinds, and Dailor). Though the band that recorded on 2017’s Emperor of Sand sounds very different than the one which released Remission in 2002, the same four amazing musicians continue to persevere and carve their own unique place in music history.

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Mastodon circa 2017.

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Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) – Review

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Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Written by Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Doug Jones, Pablo Adán, and Maribel Verdú

Length: 1 hour and 58 minutes

Genre: Drama, fantasy, war

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:
“In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.”

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A Game of Thrones – Review

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Illustrations by 18 different artists

Published in 1996; 2016 20th Anniversary Illustrated Edition

Pages: 843

Genre: Fantasy

“We should start back,” Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them.”

There are few fantasy series that have made such an impact in the 21st century as the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. Ironically, the series began in 1996 with the release of A Game of Thrones, but didn’t receive mainstream attention outside of the genre until it was adapted into the HBO show that has garnered dozens of accolades and millions of viewers. Focusing on the lives of men and women living in a fictional world, A Game of Thrones takes the first step in a long, winding epic that turned the genre on its head and has made a lasting mark in Western pop culture. Continue reading “A Game of Thrones – Review”


Sunshine (2007) – Review

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Directed by Danny Boyle

Written by Alex Garland

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Benedict Wong, Chris Evans, and Mark Strong.

Length: 1 hour and 47 minutes

Genre: Adventure, sci-fi, thriller

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:
“A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.” Continue reading “Sunshine (2007) – Review”


On the Subject of Reading with Music

It has been my observation that people fall into two camps when it comes to reading with music: those who do and those who don’t. I admit that I fall into the former group, and I thought it might be an interesting subject to cover. The reasons for not listening to music while reading seem pretty obvious; distraction that leads to lessened comprehension and attention to what is happening in the story is most likely the biggest drawback, but what about the positive experience of listening to music for those who choose to do so?

I wonder if anyone there is reading; hopefully not since that’s rude to do at a performance.

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