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Movie Review: Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

31 Dec 2017 13:47

Title: Star Wars: The Last JediPG-13 | 2h 32min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 15 December 2017 (USA)Director: Rian JohnsonWriters: Rian JohnsonMusic: John WilliamsCast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Anthony Daniels, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura DernRay View Rating: 4IMDB Rating: 7Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi is full of space battles done with quality special effects, nostalgic moments with characters from the original trilog [...]

Movie Review: The Shape of Water

24 Dec 2017 21:53

Title: The Shape of WaterR | 2h 3min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | 8 December 2017 (Canada)Director: Guillermo del ToroWriters: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa TaylorCast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones (Amphibian man)Ray View Rating: 4The Shape of Water is another fantasy-morality drama from Guillermo del Toro with the imagination and ambiguity of his Pan’s Labyrinth, though with less engrossing storytelling. As a movie, I see [...]

Book Review: A Spiritual Rebel’s Manifesto

9 Dec 2017 13:15

Title: A Spiritual Rebel's Manifesto: Climb Aboard the Noah's Ark of ConsciousnessAuthor: John HoguePublisher: HogueProphecy PublishingPublication date: 11/26/2017Pages: 106ASIN: B077RP4DCCType: NonFiction, Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Personal Growth > MysticismRay's rating: 5 stars​This may be the most important of John Hogue’s books. It is certainly the most autobiographical one that I’ve read—even more so than his recent, Beyond Alt-Right and [...]

Movie Review: Murder on the Orient Express

2 Dec 2017 19:46

Murder on the Orient ExpressPG-13 | 1h 54min | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 10 November 2017 (USA)Director: Kenneth BranaghExec Producer: James PrichardWriters: Michael GreenCast: Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley, Leslie Odom Jr., Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Penelope CruzRay View Rating: 3I have never read Agatha Christie’s novel, Murder on the Orient Express, or seen any of the earlier movies, so I entered Kenneth Branagh’s version with a clean s [...]

Movie Review: Justice League

25 Nov 2017 13:28

Title: Justice League (2017)PG-13 | 2h | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 17 November 2017 (USA)Director: Zack SnyderExec Producer: Ben AffleckWriters: Chris Terrio, Joss WhedonCast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy IronsRay View Rating: 3Justice League is the big DC comics-based movie that, like Thor: Ragnarok, has been much-anticipated by fans. And like the Thor movie, it doesn’t meet my expectations, but at least it takes itself [...]

Book Review: Wolverine’s Daughter

18 Nov 2017 18:55

Author: Doranna DurginPublisher: Blue Hound VisionsPublication date: 07/27/2011Pages: 320ASIN: B005EXT5I6Type: Fiction, Fantasy, Sword & SorceryRay's rating: 3 starsCharacters: Kelyn of Ketura, Thainn (Wolverine), Endre, Petissanji, Gergo, AbendarAmazon book page.Goodreads review page.Wolverine’s Daughter is a solid sword-and-sorcery story with a strong female protagonist. Set in the “primitive” world of such stories, it contains all the trappings of fantasy tale-thrillers [...]

Movie Review: Thor: Ragnarok

11 Nov 2017 18:33

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)PG-13 | 2h 10min | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 3 November 2017 (USA)Director: Taika WaititiExec Producer: Stan LeeWriters: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher YostStars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate BlanchettRay View Rating: 3Thor: Ragnarok is a superhero-sized movie with all the splash and bang of a Marvel comic. It has all the elements of Stan Lee’s formula for his successful comic book empire—good vs evil conflicts, lots of building-busting fights [...]

Book Review: On the Beach by Nevil Shute

27 Aug 2017 14:55

On the Beach is a post-apocalyptic story written by Nevil Shute in the 1950’s, at the height of the Cold War. It is a story of people facing inevitable doom, how they cope, the values that support them, and their final pleasures. It is thoughtful and low-key, though the intensity of their is always there, boiling up and threatening to overcome them. It is at once, sad and hopeful. It is NOT Mad Max.The driving situation, and principal antagonist, in On the Beach is the aftermath of nuclea [...]

Book Review: "Great American Eclipse: Earthquake and Tsunami" by John Hogue

13 Aug 2017 19:55

If you are anticipating the 2017 solar eclipse over the United States, or looking back to consider the significance of the event, I recommend The Great American Eclipse: Earthquake and Tsunami as a catalyst for your meditations. As its title indicates, the book deals with the notable solar eclipse transiting the continental United States from the Northwest to the Southeast in August of 2017. Specifically, it deals with the potential for earthquakes and tsunamis affecting the US as a result [...]

Review of John Hogue's "Worldwide Astrological Predictions for the Real New Year: Spring 2017 to Spring 2018"

5 Aug 2017 20:30

The theme of this book could be “Something’s got to give,” and that phrase appears several times in the course of the work. That this time is a confluence of events and long-established trends is an idea much in the air among contemporary observers. Mr. Hogue weighs in with an offering of his keen insight of current events as seen in the light of astrological conditions and the writings of notable seers. That’s his formula for producing more than just books of prediction [...]

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