[DVD] Movie Review: Resident Evil: Apocalypse

While Resident Evil (the first one) is my favorite so far, that doesn’t mean that the sequels are bad, far from it. Apocalypse continues the plot as the virus spirals out of control from the Hive into Raccoon City above.

Milla Jovovich returns to play Alice, who is now infected with the virus herself, but in a very different way from the zombies. She teams up with the survivors to pull off a rescue mission and escape the city before it’s overrun.

It’s not that easy when zombies and lickers are around every corner, plus Umbrella isn’t just experimenting on Alice, and by morning Raccoon City will be sanitized…the story continues.

 

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Scared Buddies return for more Resident Evil 2 (The Remake):

 

[DVD] Movie Review: Resident Evil

This film is the first in a four part series starring Milla Jovovich, she is the only recurring actress and character throughout the series. The movies are based on the video game for the PlayStation.

It’s a zombie movie to put it simply.

But it is so much more than just a zombie movie. This first film is probably the most well known of the series and has been on TV on occasion. It’s also a bit blood and gore (dead people eating live people, gun fights, and gory injuries), but not graphic; the camera doesn’t linger on the death scenes but continues moving with the plot.

The mystery of the Umbrella Corporation, who Alice (Milla Jovovich) really is, and what exactly happened at the Hive slowly unravels throughout the movie, and at the end…well it doesn’t really end, the next movie starts (sort of).

I have previously admitted to a fondness of dark movies, and this is certainly one of those. Also, this all started because I found a 4 in 1 DVD of the Resident Evil film series, so be prepared to see reviews of all four.

 

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Also, I started watching Buzzfeed Multiplayer, and they played Resident Evil 2 (Remake), feel free to enjoy that too!

 

[Netflix] Movie Review – The Flatliners

This movie has a ton of well known actors, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, and the main character: Keifer Sutherland. It’s a sci-fi movie from 1990 that has been recently remade in 2017. This is the 1990 version that I watched and am talking about.

As med students, the group of five friends have questions about death and what happens afterwards. Julia Roberts for example, likes interviewing patients who have had near death experiences. And then Keifer Sutherland decides to experiment. That experiment is causing himself to flatline, or die for a short period of time and then have his friends bring him back.

Eventually four out of the five friends flatline, each with unintended consequences. Their sins come back to haunt them, but only after nearly all of them have flatlined do they actually confront this piece of information.

Its an amazing cast of popular 90s actors and I love that, its very rare to have more than one star actor in a movie (unless you count the collaborative Marvel movies).

 

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[DVD] Movie Review – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

My best friend once lent me her omnibus of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and later on I found the continuation of the series after Douglas Adams’ death (And Another Thing). If I can find the omnibus again I’d love to read it again.

In this rendition, Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Zoey Deschanel, and Sam Rockwell star as the major characters along with the voices of Stephen Fry and Alan Rickman. It’s a great cast and they play their roles very well.

This is a silly space adventure, and the books read as a comedy, the movie plays along with that very well, having you giggling along for the ride.

 

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Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin

Tuf VoyagingTuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t realize at first that George R. R. Martin wrote books other than Game of Thrones (which I haven’t read, but now kind of want to). This is a space drama, set into a series of short stories, featuring a rather unlikely hero and a cast of somewhat recurring characters.

While I enjoyed the characters, the world building, and the story lines, this ebook was also a great source of inspiration for me, creatively. I have so many ideas for things I want to do in my creative writing life now thanks to this book.

I found mine at an auction house I frequent, but you can find it online (even in Kindle format) at various book stores, and Amazon of course. I really like it for many reasons and I feel that fans of George R. R. Martin will like it too.

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Book Haul | Buying Books on Vacation

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1984 by George Orwell

The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.

Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

 

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Thrifty Book Haul

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Mom and I have been enjoying our thrifting trips and I’ve found some books from my favorite authors!

1st to Die by James Patterson

James Patterson, bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel, offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women’s Murder Club, featuring a four-woman team that occasionally works outside the system. None of the gritty darkness or frenzied action is lost in 1st to Die, although the female protagonists offer an even deeper emotional context to this suspense thriller.

Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations: The first is that she’s just learned she has an often-fatal blood disease. The second is a double homicide case she is now heading up that involves the murder of newlyweds on their wedding night. Burdened with Chris Raleigh, a new partner reassigned from the mayor’s office, Lindsay finds that she has too much to deal with and turns to her best friend, Claire, the head ME on the case. Claire offers helpful advice and human, friendly contact amid a job filled with violence, cruelty, and fear.

Soon a fledgling newspaper reporter, Cindy, makes contact with Lindsay looking for a career-making story. Although Lindsay can’t officially comment on the case, the two women form a rapport, and Cindy joins Lindsay and Claire for their weekly meeting. When a second pair of newlyweds is murdered, and later a third, the investigation leads to a prominent crime writer, Nicholas Jenks, who has a history of spousal abuse and a predilection for kinky, dangerous sex games. With the help of an understanding assistant D.A., Jill Bernhardt, Lindsay tries to make a case against Jenks, who even had an affair with one of the slain women. Eventually Jill joins the Murder Club, and the four ladies share private interdepartmental information in an effort to track and stop the killer before he strikes again.

Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King

A collection of short stories, several being published for the first time, offers a spine-tingling journey to the nightmare world created by a master of sheer terror and grotesque imagination.

Lasher by Anne Rice

The Talamasca, documenters of paranormal activity, is on the hunt for the newly born Lasher. Mayfair women are dying from hemorrhages and a strange genetic anomaly has been found in Rowan and Michael. Lasher, born from Rowan, is another species altogether and now in the corporeal body, represents an incalcuable threat to the Mayfairs. Rowan and Lasher travel together to Houston and she becomes pregnant with another creature like him, a Taltos. Lasher seeks to reproduce his race in other women, but they cannot withstand it. Rowan escapes and becomes comatose as her fully-grown Taltos daughter is born. The Mayfairs declare all-out war on Lasher and try to nurse Rowan back to heatlth.

Michael remains entwined in the Mayfair family and learns how he comes by his strange powers. Michael’s ghostly visiting from a long-dead Mayfair reveals the importance of destroying Lasher. In the investigation, Lasher’s origins are revealed, the new Taltos Emaleth returns, and the climax of death and life engulfs the family.

Baby-Sitters Little Sister #28: Karen’s Tea Party by Ann M. Martin

Karen and David Michael have the worst table manners ever. Karen burps at the dinner table, and David Michael makes rude noises with his armpit. Then Karen’s daddy sends them to charm school, and Karen makes a complete turnaround. David Michael, on the other hand, is a different story.

Stephen King, Anne Rice, and James Patterson are some of my favorite authors of all time. And I must admit that Baby-Sitters Little Sister is a bit of nostalgia for me personally.

Keep reading little book worms!