Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dracula : Untold

I really like the idea of mashing actual history, with the fictional, famous Bram stoker vampire.
     Would have liked it in 3-D. The story was well done. Flows well, and seems to be more believable, than Bram's version of Vlad becoming Dracula. This Vlad is much more human, you understand the choices he made, why he made them. You sympathize with me. I really liked the balanced of man and monster.
     Even like the tie in, at the end to Bram Stoker's version. Worth seeing. A good real vampire film, nothing mushy or soft about the vampires in this film.
     Oh, and Stoker's Dracula is a good read.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Atlas Shrugged (film) Part III : Who is John Gault?

This is the last part of the three films.

     I watched the two previous installments based on the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rynd. Even though this a lower budget film, and the actors keep changing for the most in each part of this film. I have never read the book, which is huge, by the way and was originally released in three separate parts. The audio book is fifty discs in total, if you were wondering.
     Anyway, the actor changes aren't a really big deal, they do a good job of refreshing you of who is who. This is one of those works that gets one thinking about how things are, and where things could end up in the future.
     For a low budget film that raised the money to make, each part is well done and flows well. Really, overall not a bad film and from what I can tell, adapted decently for the big screen. Really is worth checking out. Of course, the first two parts should be seen before the concluding on.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Skin Game by Jim Butcher

     This is an installment in The Dresden Files. This is a series that is best read in order. The first book is Storm Front.
     This is one of those books where major changes take place and characters grow in big ways. A typical installment in the series. Once it grabs you, its a roller coaster with story twists and turns you don't expect, and revelations that keep you wondering where and what will happen in the next book. Worth the read, not disappointed at all. A perfect installment to a series I love.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (audio edition)

I was interested in checking out The Game of Thrones television series and really enjoyed it. I was curious about the book and what would be different from the television series, but it was one of those books that I wasn't reeled into checking out.
     Well, I had recently bought a MP3 player and the library had the book on audio so I thought why not.
     I have never listened to an audio book before. I think this was a good choice. The narrator did character voices, though I would have been fine with just telling the tale. It was worth the twenty-eight parts totaling about 33 hours and some minutes plus seconds.
     Whether in book or audio form, the story is well balanced, with a plethora of interesting people and places. A good balance of intrigue and character development. Worth checking out and as for the television series, it stays true enough to the book, though there were some scenes in the show that were changed and were better in the book, the battle was one of them. But still, the series is well done.
     I will probably, continue the series this way, though it will be a while before I move on to the next audio book in this series, or a different audio book tale.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

I will be honest, the trailers I saw of this movie made me hesitant to see it. Though I have seen most of the other Marvel comic based films.

     Since the film was doing well, and the local critic really liked it, I thought I'd give it a chance. I was surprised. I really enjoyed the characters, and the story plot. It really wasn't what I expected and the three-d was a plus. Worth seeing in the theater.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lucy

The previews for this film told me it would likely be a decent tale to watch.


     This film wasn't what I expected at all. The previews basically tell 75 percent of the story. I was expected something that wasn't in the category of Transcendence like stories. It was alright. Just wanted more action, more on her developing abilities, and a bit more story line. It could have been a bit more, but sadly, fell short.
    Not worth paying theater prices for. Wait for the DVD or on TV. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

     To be completely honest, I didn't expect much from this film. Didn't disappoint me nor did it surprise me. The very basic story line of this film left out the opportunity to really have any substantial character growth of any sort.
     The movie felt long, and ok, there was the story twist I didn't expect, which was refreshing but otherwise, this film wasn't bad , wasn't great, just ok. The 3-D was a nice add as well as the x-d but not enough of a difference to pay to see it. Rent, borrow or wait for it to come to t.v. to see it.