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The Hatching: A Novel (The Hatching Series)
The Hatching: A Novel (The Hatching Series)
by Ezekiel Boone
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "It's crawling up my arm!", May 5, 2016
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Bill Henderson is a corporate billionaire on vacation in Peru. He brought along three young girls, his body guard, and a tour guide. The tour guide hopes to get lucky with one of the girls. The jungle heat starts to bother Henderson; he is badly overweight. One night the tour guide sees a man stumble out of the jungle. He's screaming. A "black river" seems to be covering his whole body. The man screams again and falls down. Something seems to be eating his body alive....In Desperation California, Gordy, Amy, and Claymore have joined a group of hippie survivalists, who have moved up into the mountains. They move into caves, and old deserted trailers. They're escaping from the B.S. society down below. Somehow, the survivalists know something is wrong. But they have other problems, since they're worried about a zombie invasion! And in remote Twentynine Palms, California, marines at a military base watch reports of a nuclear explosion in China. The Chinese say it was just an accident. But satellite images show Chinese troops surrounding a remote Chinese village; firing on an unseen enemy. Who or what is this enemy? A crackling audio report reveals Chinese troops warning about the enemy. They call it "bugs". Pretty soon, they'll all find out. The "enemy" is hatching from thousand-year-old eggs; spiders as big as a man's fist; dormant for centuries. But these spiders are different. Very different. They are hungry. Very hungry. Author Ezekiel Boone spawns quite a dark tale with "The Hatching". Boone is a good writer, graphic and direct. After a while, you start to wonder....Am I inside a Roger Corman movie? This one is no cheapie. (I thought all Corman's movies were cheapies?) Hold on to your seat and buckle up. But don't read this book after eating a big lunch....It'll make one hell of a monster movie.


A Fine Imitation: A Novel
A Fine Imitation: A Novel
by Amber Brock
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars "What heart heard of, ghost guessed....", April 1, 2016
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Lonely. Hungry. Vera Bellington is locked away in a Fifth-Avenue penthouse at the Angelus in New York City. It is 1923. Her husband, Arthur, is never home. And he doesn't care. Champagne doesn't help. Lots of money doesn't help. Then a handsome French artist, Emil Hallan, moves into their building. He is mysterious. And attractive. And suspicious. Is he who he claims to be? A famous French artist? Or will he lead Vera to the dark world of her old Vassar college buddy Bea, a possible criminal.....Amber Brock's "A Fine Imitation" is a breezy romance-novel set in the exciting Roaring Twenties. The story starts slow, but picks up. The author breaks up the pace by zipping back-and-forth(chapter-by-chapter) between Vera's wild Vassar college days, and then forward to 1923 New York;and Vera's luxurious(and boring) high society. Mostly it works. "A Fine Imitation" has some good character development. Vera's mother is a domineering prude; unafraid to speak her mind. Vacationing at Abide Away, Vera's mother inspects the premises: "What a charming room", admiring a Tiffany lamp. "So restrained. So elegant. We find the best things often are." she says. "A Fine Imitation" is no classic, but it is a noble work from first-time writer Amber Brook. "A Fine Imitation" explores what happens when we realize that the life we've always led is not the life we want to have.


Fellini: The Sixties (Turner Classic Movies)
Fellini: The Sixties (Turner Classic Movies)
by Manoah Bowman
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Dawns, January 1, 2016
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"Fellini: The Sixties" by Manoah Bowman is a colossal homage to Federico Fellini. Supported by well-written text, the basis of the book is 150 glossy photographs(many full-page) struck from original negatives. Some have never been seen before. Very powerful, these images conjure up an artist who transferred his dreams, fears, memories, and passion into living motion picture magic. Magic. Today, we have Wes Anderson, but, perhaps, nothing like the Italian. "Fellini: The Sixties" focuses on one ten-year period of the genius. Here, among others, are "La Dolce Vita(1960)", his first great masterpiece, "8 1/2(1963)", a wandering fantasy about Fellini himself, who can't decide how to end the movie he is directing. Here also is "Fellini Satyricon(1969)", perhaps his finest work, a psychedelic color-fest; a crossroads of ancient venal Rome, and today's modern Eternal City. The book has a foreword by Anita Ekberg("He invented the word Paparazzi") and a comment by the lovely Barbara Steele. Roger Ebert sums it up: "I have heard theories that Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" is about the seven deadly sins, and takes place on the seven hills of Rome. But I never looked into them. That would reduce the movie to a crossword puzzle. I prefer it as an allegory, a cautionary tale of a man without a center. Fellini's
hero is a gossip columnist, Marcello, who chronicles the 'sweet life' of aristocrats, second-rate movie stars, old playboys, and women. The role was played by Marcello Mastroianni. The two Marcellos--character and actor--flowed together into a handsome, weary, desperate man, who dreams of someday doing something good, but is trapped in a life of empty nights and lonely dawns". Federico Fellini died in 1993. He's gone now. No. No I'm wrong. He'll never be gone.


Listen to Me Marlon
Listen to Me Marlon
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Heart Laid Bare., December 23, 2015
This review is from: Listen to Me Marlon (DVD)
Gifted beyond words; one of the greatest actors of our time, and a multi-millionaire; in real life, Marlon Brando was wracked by self-doubt, and low self-esteem. His method of self psychoanalysis was to record hundreds of conversations with himself on a tape-recorder. Tapes made by Marlon Brando, and never heard until now. "My father and my mother were both alcoholics. I had to watch my father beat my mother. My father's mother deserted him when he was four years old. He never had a chance..".."Listen to Me Marlon" is the new hypnotic documentary on this movie icon. It's also a treasure trove of home movies, film clips, TV interviews, and shots of his beautiful island home in Tahiti, and his lovely young daughter, who left this world too soon. Brando won two Academy Awards for Best Actor. He won the Oscar in 1972 for "The Godfather". Brando sent a young Mexican actress(Maria Cruz), renamed Sacheen Littlefeather, to the Academy Awards in Hollywood in 1973, to accept his award for him. Instead, as the film shows, she refused to accept the Oscar, because Brando objected to the US government's treatment of the American Indians. Miss Littlefeather was booed by the chic Hollywood crowd, and then cheered. On TV's Dick Cavett show, Brando explains: "When the American Indians laid down their arms, we murdered them. We lied to them. We cheated them. The government made more than 400 treaties with the Indians. They broke every one of them ". Film clips show Brando at 1963's Martin Luther King's March on Washington. But Brando got revenge on Hollywood. The Salkind brothers paid him $3.7 million for 13 days of work on "Superman" in 1978. And Brando picked up $2 million for a small part in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now(1979)". Coppola later complained that Brando showed up over-weight for the movie. Brando then said it was crap, and that he wanted to re-write the entire script. But sadness followed Brando. In 1990, Brando's oldest son, Christian Brando, was arrested for killing his half-sister's boyfriend, Dag Drollet.. Christian Brando was sentenced to 10 years in prison. At the trial, Brando breaks down in tears. In 1995, Brando's lovely young daughter, Cheyenne, commits suicide on their island home in Tahiti. Late in the film, Brando is seen being interviewed by Connie Chung for ABC's "Nightline". Connie Chung says: "Do you know that many people believe that you are the greatest actor of all time?" Marlon Brando lowers his head, he turns to the right and mumbles something. He laughs.....


Sherlock Holmes (1916) [Blu-ray/DVD Dual-Format Edition]
Sherlock Holmes (1916) [Blu-ray/DVD Dual-Format Edition]
DVD ~ William Gillette
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Watson. The needle....", December 3, 2015
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A complete "lost" 116 minute nitrate negative of "Sherlock Holmes(1916) has been found by Cinematheque Francaise. The old classic stars Broadway star William Gillette, who produced many pieces of imagery associated with the Holmes character(Gillette wrote the 1899 play himself ). Now this play, almost intact, can be seen up on the screen in tinted color, for the first time in a century. Alice Faulkner(Marjorie Kay) has a sister who just died, leaving Alice in possession of important letters, which could undermine the Grand Duke of a European country. The letters mention a scandal, and a pair of crooks, the Larabees, who want those letters to create blackmail. The government hires Sherlock Holmes(William Gillette) to get those letters first. The Larabees join forces with Professor James Moriarty(Ernest Maupain), an old enemy of Holmes....William Gillette, one of the most celebrated actors of the Twentieth Century, only made this one movie. He had planned to film "Secret Service", another hit play, but fate would not allow it. Gillette was sixty-two in 1916, and his Holmes looks a bit weary. His Holmes is stern, but unlike Benedict Cumberbatch's high-functioning psychopath, this Holmes has empathy. His active mind, probing senses, and keen curiosity are clearly evident. Ernest Maupain plays Moriarty as a sort of crude gangster. Mario Majeroni and Grace Reals play the other villains, the Larabees. This is 1916, and except for William Gillette, the actors are caught-up in the broad melodramatics of the silent era. And of course, the movie is based closely on a theater performance. However, some pretty good action scenes keep things rolling along. Don't get me wrong, this 3-disc DVD set is just what Flicker Alley wanted; a superior package. Bonus features are quite good, and they include 1 Blue Ray DVD, and two DVD transfers; those with Blue Ray get a high resolution show, and DVD owners can watch everything just as well. There is a PDF script of the play, and a PDF of the original contract between Gillette and the Essanay Film Company. Other extras include "From Lost to Found", a featurette detailing the restoration, with Robert Byrne, at the 2015 San Francisco Film Festival. And you get the HD version of "Sherlock Holmes Baffled(1900)", the first known Holmes movie. There is also "Canine Sherlock", which stars Spot the Dog. And there is "Piu forte che Sherlock Holmes(1913)", an astounding Italian 1-reel production that is a magical, special-effects treasure. And you can see a 1-reel interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself, at his home. Doyle talks about writing the Sherlock Holmes stories, and then explains his deep devotion to spiritualism and séances. Finally, there is an excerpt from a 1927 Fox Movietone sound interview with William Gillette himself. Gillette drives his miniature railroad-train around his mansion, known as Gillette Castle. Gillette chats about his love for trains. William Gillette passed away on April 29, 1937.


The Complete Wedding March of Erich von Stroheim (American Film Institute series)
The Complete Wedding March of Erich von Stroheim (American Film Institute series)
by Herman G. Weinberg
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Upon Such Sacrifice ....., November 26, 2015
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In the year 2000 I attended a special screening of Erich von Stroheim's 1928 "The Wedding March" at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. Appearing in person at the show was Fay Wray, who, at age 19, was the star of "The Wedding March". After the screening, Ms. Wray discussed the production; she didn't want to talk about her most famous role, in "King Kong(1933)". I met her for just a moment; our eyes connected. So much she must have seen in those Hollywood years. Ms. Wray said she enjoyed making "The Wedding March", and said she loved Erich von Stroheim. "The Complete Wedding March of Erich von Stroheim" is a love-letter to a film; 20 pages of high-quality scene-photographs and 15 pages of text by film historian Herman G. Weinberg; a friend of Stroheim's. And there are 15 more pages of photographs of "The Honeymoon", part two of "The Wedding March". The film "The Honeymoon" no longer exists. Erich von Stroheim was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1885. He came to Hollywood in 1914. He was hired by Universal(Carl Laemmle) to direct "Foolish Wives", which eventually shocked the studio by creating a budget of $1 million. He later directed "Greed" for MGM, which originally had a running time of 7 hours. These films were edited by others, since von Stroheim was removed before they were completed. "The Wedding March" is set in the spring of 1914 Vienna. The Austrian Hapsburg empire ruled most of Europe at this time. The Hapsburgs defended the Catholic Church ; with an old-world Victorian ethic. But below the surface, behind closed doors, a world of debauchery existed. For the movie, Stroheim directed scenes of a private orgy, which were later cut. Here, in this book, some these "lost " scenes reappear. 1914 Vienna is thriving; it cannot know that a sudden catastrophe(World War 1) will soon end their idyll. In "The Wedding March", Prince Nicki(Erich von Stroheim) is the son of a run-down noble family, and commander of the cavalry regiment. During a parade in front of the cathedral, Nicki notices beautiful young Mitzi(Fay Wray) in the crowd. Nicki and Mitzi's eyes meet. Mitzi smiles. But during a gun salute, Nicki's horse knocks Mitzi to the ground. Later, at the hospital, Nicki brings her chocolates. Later, Nicki is approached by a wealthy factory owner, who wants him to marry his daughter, Cecilia (Zasu Pitts), a cripple. Nicki doesn't love her, but agrees to marry her anyway, to provide money for his family. An enormous apple blossom rain blankets the wedding. Mitzi's fiancé, Schani, plots to shoot Nicki anyway, out of jealousy. Here, "The Wedding March" ends. In part two, "The Honeymoon", Nicki and Cecilia travel to their mountain lodge to celebrate. Mitzi and Nicki will meet again, passing in the streets of Vienna; their eyes never meet.... Stroheim erected enormous sets for the movie, including a hunting lodge on Mount Alice in the Sierras, a chateau, another family home, and more .Paramount Pictures objected when final production costs on "The Wedding March" soared to $1,125,000. Stroheim was fired, and the film was edited down by Joseph von Sternberg. Part two, "The Honeymoon" was never shown in the United States, but only in Europe. The only known copy of "The Honeymoon" was stored at Cinematheque Francaise, and was destroyed in a fire just five days after the death of Stroheim on May 12, 1957. "The Complete Wedding March of Erich von Stroheim" is the only record that remains of "The Honeymoon" in any form. Stroheim could imagine a paradise-like Eden, which he hinted at scenes of the garden from "The Wedding March". Stroheim used a line from "King Lear" in an earlier movie, and again for "The Wedding March" and then he omitted it from both. It sums up his dedication to art: "Upon such sacrifice...the gods themselves throw incense...."


Invicta Men's 21403 Specialty Analog Display Swiss Quartz Black Watch
Invicta Men's 21403 Specialty Analog Display Swiss Quartz Black Watch
Price: $89.89
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big and Heavy. Kinda Sexy., October 29, 2015
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Similar to the Invicta Men's Pro-Diver watch, the 21403 Invicta Specialty Analog watch is round with 18K gold-plated stainless steel. The Invicta Men's 21403 Specialty Analog Display Swiss Quartz is black, with steel bezel and luminous hands. It provides day, date, and 24-hour sundials. And it has Swiss Quartz movement. It is water resistant to 330 feet. After that you're on your own. So swimming or snorkeling works. It is not recommended for scuba. The Invicta 21403 comes in a sexy, hard yellow faux-leather box, perfect for shipping. For the collector, or swimmer, bingo. The list price is $395.00, but Amazon starts the bidding at $136.00.


Sicario
Sicario
DVD
Price: $14.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Por Supuesto, October 2, 2015
This review is from: Sicario (Amazon Video)
This is an exceptional but very brutal movie. It's not a date movie. Leave the kids at home. Two FBI agents follow up a strong lead on kidnapping by Mexicans that takes them, and a small group, to a lonely house in Chandler, Arizona, near Phoenix. Breaking into the house, they confront a few Mexican suspects, and battle for control. After that, they begin the process of analysis, which uncovers a large number of human cadavers mounted into the walls of the house. One agent inspects a locked attic in a garage; setting off a time-bomb which kills two officers. Horrified by both the stash of human bodies, and the booby-trap, the two agents, a young woman, and a black agent, agree to join a US Government elite force which is targeting the Sonora drug cartel; responsible for this terrible crime, and much, much more. This begins a wild adventure for the two agents. . Their next stop is Juarez, Mexico, where the special US forces will attempt to bring a major-name drug cartel leader across the border. Unknown assailants will be watching. Just down the road, these two agents will find out quickly about US/Mexican anti drug cartel operations. It's not pretty. And some big shocking secrets are coming up...Director Denis Villeneuve fashions a sober, calculated story which skips the typical TV .police drama. Nothing typical here. Filmed on location in New Mexico and Mexico, Villeneuve paints a colorful, red, blue, and pink series of pretty desert vistas and sunsets. Into this probable paradise, he opens up a doorway to hell. Emily Blunt is very good as the idealistic young FBI agent, and Josh Brolin is the US agent group leader. Brolin is restrained here, almost intentionally. This is well done, as the real power of the movie is Benecio Del Toro, as a rogue US agent, with his own revenge agenda on his mind. Del Toro is very powerful here; easily his finest work. Calm and quiet, then wild and savage, Benicio Del Toro takes a stab at becoming the Mexican Marlon Brando. Probably. "Sicario" is not for everybody. Maybe it's not for anybody. But's it's highly recommended. "Quien Sabe?....Por supuesto....."


Mr. Holmes
Mr. Holmes
DVD
Price: $17.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Study in Scarlet, July 24, 2015
This review is from: Mr. Holmes (Amazon Video)
"Mr. Holmes" is a story about old age.And an old man. It zips back-and-forth between Sherlock Holmes in his middle-age and his old-age. In his old age, Sherlock Holmes(Ian McKellen) is challenged by a fading memory, lack of balance....and guilt. He does remember back 30 years to 1947, just after the war. A client hires him to follow his wife, who is in depression due to two baby mis-carriages. Holmes follows her to a crazy fortune-teller, who blames the wife's problems on the devil....and her husband. Holmes finally approaches Hattie Morahan, the pretty wife. He takes her hand into his, and reads her palm. He tells her the truth about her husband's love. She says she is now in love with Holmes! "You must return to your husband" says Holmes. Still depressed, Hattie sinks even deeper. The tragedy that follows causes Sherlock Holmes to retire. Now, 30 years later, his memory hides the source of his guilt. Holmes lives in a cottage near the White Cliffs of Dover, with Mrs. Munro, the housekeeper, and her charismatic little son, Roger. Holmes tends to his bees, and contends with the three-way struggle/relationship between Holmes, Mrs. Munro, and Roger. Mrs. Munro is jealous of the growing friendship between Holmes and Roger. Bill Condon directs "Mr. Holmes" with the sure theatrical/dramatic hand that he is famous for. Ian McKellen is powerful as ever, as the famous detective. And young Milo Parker, as Roger, is quite good. His adoration for McKellen is genuine.He begins to mime the great actor: his head tilts to the right, his eyes roll, there's an upward glance to the heavens. Just like Ian McKellen. "Mr. Holmes" has no car chases, sex scenes, and a just a little CGI. But it has heart. It's about fictitious people in real situations. Real is good. "Mr. Holmes" was filmed on location in London, Kent, and East Sussex.
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Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles
Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles
DVD ~ Orson Welles
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I Will Drink No Wine Before it's Time", May 28, 2015
Orson Welles' father was a wealthy inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist. And Orson Welles was gifted. Very gifted. A child prodigy of legend, Welles became an actor, producer, and director. He would eventually excel in theater, radio, television, and film(his 1941 "Citizen Kane" is still a landmark). Oh, yes, and he was a magician. In 1956, he directed "Touch of Evil" for Universal. The studio didn't like it; they re-edited it, and it failed. "Touch of Evil(finally released in 1958)" did win a prize at the 1958 Brussels World Fair. Some call it one of the greatest films of all time. Welles was constantly acting in other people's movies to help him pay for his own personal films. As the years went by, most of his personal movie projects were left unfinished, or unreleased, due to financial problems, and disputes with studio executives. Welles' "The Deep(1970)" was never completed(damaging was the death of it's star, Laurence Harvey, during production). Welles' rarely seen "The Merchant of Venice(1969)" was never completed. Orson Welles began shooting Miguel de Cervantes classic book "Don Quixote" in 1955, with Francisco Reiguera as the hero, and Akim Tamiroff as Pancho. He shot here and there, when funds were available, and by the 1970's, it was still unfinished. The footage can be seen, and some of it is simply beautiful. Welles' cameraman, Jesse Franco, filmed an ending after Welles had passed on. A most interesting Hollywood satire, "The Other Side of the Wind", starred friend and director John Huston, and Peter Bogdanovich, who once let Orson Welles live in his house. Rumors swell that "The Other Side of the Wind" was completed, but post-production was not. Those rumors whisper that the film will soon be shown, but so far it has never been released. "Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles" directed by Chuck Workman, contains brief clips from almost every movie Welles ever directed, including, for the first time, "Hearts of Age", which Orson Welles directed at age 18 in just one day. Not alone, "Magician" contains quick cuts from all of Orson Welles elusive, unfinished projects, most locked away for years in tins in a Hollywood warehouse. "Magician" contains one scene from the 1968 TV movie, "The Immortal Story", which some critics rave about. "The Immortal Story" is otherwise unavailable. Director Workman includes a large collection of interviews, awards shows, and television presentations, with Welles in full form. At his favorite Hollywood restaurant, "Ma Maison", Welles could be found with his favorite dinner, two steaks cooked rare, and a pint of scotch whiskey. Never mind the desert. "Magician" DVD also has a scene selection, and an interview with director Chuck Workman. The director is asked about a picture procession of beautiful women that appears half-way through the DVD(Lena Horn, Eartha Kitt, Dolores Del Rio, and more). He is asked: "Were these lovers of Orson Welles?"...."Of course...."Orson Welles was once asked about his favorite directors. He said: "I prefer the old masters; by which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford...."
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