Unforgiven (1992) – Review

Unforgiven (1992) Poster

Directed by Clint Eastwood

Written by David Webb Peoples

Cast: Anna Levine, Anthony James, Gene Hackman, Jaimz Woolvett, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris, and Saul Rubinek

Length: 2 hours and 10 minutes

Genre: Drama, western

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.” Continue reading “Unforgiven (1992) – Review”

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The Crusades Through Arab Eyes – Review

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf

Published in 1983

John Rothschild Translation

Pages: 266

Genre: Nonfiction, history

“Baghdad, August, 1099

Wearing no turban, his head shaved as a sign of mourning, the venerable qadi Abu Saad al-Harawi burst with a loud cry into the spacious diwan of the caliph al-Mustazhir Billah, a throng of companions, young and old, trailing in his wake.”

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, by Amin Maalouf, tells the story of the crusades through an Arabic perspective in a narrative format. Running the gamut of the initial invasions by Western crusaders, through the riposte of Saladin’s reign, the book covers all of the intrigue, civil wars, and truces that happened in over two centuries of conflict. The book explores not only the events, but the histories of some of the most interesting people of the age, their motivations, and the way in which people can come together despite differences. Continue reading “The Crusades Through Arab Eyes – Review”

Music Monday: Coheed & Cambria – No World For Tomorrow

Album: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow by Coheed & Cambria

Album Cover
No World For Tomorrow

Released: October 23rd, 2007

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 2007

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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”

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”