Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Review

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Directed by Steven Spielberg

Written by Robert Rodat

Cast: Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Edward Burns, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Jeremy Davies, and Amanda Boxer

Length: 2 hours and 49 minutes

Genre: Drama, war

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:
“Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U. S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.”

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The Norse Myths – Review

The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Wood engravings by Jane Lydbury

Published in 1980; 2016 5th Printing by The Folio Society

Pages: 336

Genre: Mythology

 

Disclaimer: This review will be different from the norm in that it is split into two parts: a standard, albeit shorter, book review and a specific review of this Folio Society edition. I am endorsing this product through my own volition and belief in its high quality.

 

Part I: The Story

“Burning ice, biting flame; that is how life began.”

Though such brutal conditions often factor in creation myths, the beginning of the world as told in The Norse Myths, by Kevin Crossley-Holland, reflects the temperament of both the people and land that shaped the stories. Comprised of over thirty Norse myths retold with vigor, the book collects the most famous and influential of the remaining myths that have survived the vigorous strain of time and its attempts to steal knowledge so easily forgotten. Continue reading “The Norse Myths – Review”

Music Monday: Atmosphere – When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

Album:When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold by Atmosphere

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When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

Released: April 22nd, 2008

Band Info:
Atmosphere is an American hip hop duo from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The group consists of rapper Slug (Sean Daley) and DJ/producer Ant (Anthony Davis) and has released eight studio albums since its formation in 1989. Well known within the Twin Cities rap and hip hop scene, Atmosphere is a founding act from the record company Rhymesayers, which is also based in the Twin Cities. The duo came to critical success after the release of their 2008 album, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, which features varying samples and instrumentation as well as strong storytelling within each song.

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Ant and Slug of Atmosphere

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Serenity (2005) – Review

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Directed by Joss Whedon

Written by Joss Whedon

Cast: Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres, Jewel Staite, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin and Ron Glass

Length: 1 hour and 59 minutes

Genre: Action, adventure, space western

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Description from IMDB:

“The crew of the ship Serenity try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their members who is telepathic.”

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Roboute Guilliman – Review

Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultramar by David Annandale

Published in 2016

Pages: 181

Genre: Science fiction, military fiction

“One empire had come to Thoas to crush another.”

In Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultrimar, by David Annandale, pragmatic stoicism meets the unhinged rage of insane aggression as the mighty Ultramarines seek to destroy their green-skinned foe. This is the first in a series of books following the Primarchs; a group of demigod warriors in the year 30,0000 who lead the armies of the Emperor of Mankind in his quest to take over the stars. Tales of heroism, folly, and philosophical quandaries all mix in this short, but entertaining, book. Continue reading “Roboute Guilliman – Review”

Master and Commander (2003) – Review

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Directed by Peter Weir and John Collee; based on the novels by Patrick O’Brian

Written by Peter Weir

Cast: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, George Innes, Robert Pugh, Max Benitz, Max Pirkis, and Lee Ingleby

Length: 2 hours and 18 minutes

Genre: Action, adventure, drama

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Description from IMDB:
During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.” Continue reading “Master and Commander (2003) – Review”