Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

Review: Brave

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Having a six year old daughter means being able to go to see animated movies and not feeling out of place. This time we went to see Pixar’s latest film, Brave. It’s hard to pick apart a Pixar film, as each entry seems to get better and better. Brave is ...

Review: Red Tails

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

I went to see Red Tails over the weekend. First off, let me make a couple of things clear: Red Tails is not, nor was it meant to be, a historically accurate portrayal of the 332nd Fighter Group and the Tuskegee Airmen. Lucas makes this clear during the opening with ...

Review: The Unincorprated Man

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

During the summer of 2010, I went to WesterCon in Pasadena with my family. while I was there I had the pleasure of meeting the brothers Dani and Eytan Kollin, the authors of The Unincorporated Man. Although it took me a while to get around to reading their first novel, ...

Review: Almuric by Robert E. Howard

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

I’ve been meaning to read Almuric by Robert E. Howard for some years and I figured with the imminent release of John Carson (Edgar Rice Burrough’s Barsoom) in theaters in a few weeks, now was a good time to give it a read. Almuric follows the exploits of the Earthman ...

Captain America in Review

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

I finally had an opportunity to see Captain America recently. For those of you who haven’t seen it, get out there and do so while you still can. It is best on the big screen, and don’t forget to stay through the credits for the “Easter Egg” scene at the ...

Battle: Los Angeles Rocks!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

I went to see Battle: Los Angeles last night. I had heard very little of the film, in fact I had only recently heard about for the first time. Yesterday I ran across a review of the film by John Nolte over on Big Hollywood and decided that I really ...

True Grit

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Yesterday I committed sacrilege. I went to see the Coen brothers remake of True Grit, one of John Wayne’s most famous films. A lot of people have already tackled the topic of whether or not it is a good idea to remake a classic, so I think I will skip ...

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Friday, December 31st, 2010

It's been awhile since I had last seen The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and I was able to steal away the time to do so this week. This has always been one of my favorite John Wayne films, and for good reason. Shot in black and white, for a ...

Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

On Saturday we (Me and the family) went to see The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. This is the third movie in the series. It was also a merry adventure getting to and home from the theater as Snowpocalypse Now! was ragging through Minnesota. First off, I would ...

Beyond This Horizon

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Beyond This Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein is an intriguing look at a futuristic Utopia, or more like a semi-Utopia. This is one of Heinlein’s early novels, first published in two parts in Astounding Science Fiction in 1942. The novel feels, and reads, more like two stories woven together to make ...

The Expendables

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

The other night I attended a private screening of The Expendables. Yes, I am a little late getting to the dance for this Box Office smash from Sylvester Stallone, but better late than never. Oh, and by private screening, I mean that I was the only one there. Not surprising ...

The Weapon Shops of Isher

Monday, August 30th, 2010

There is only one problem with writing a review of an out of print book, and that's for anyone interested in reading the book. These days, however, it is a bit easier thanks to the Internet. The Weapon Shops of Isher by A. E. Van Vogt is a fine read. ...

Of Captain America and Tax Protests

Friday, February 19th, 2010

It's been just over a week now since the firestorm over Captain America #602 and the racist/tea party connection hit the internet and the news. I picked up a copy of Cap and gave it a read. It was my first comic book in over 10 years. Things have changed. ...

Review: The Young Duke

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Too anyone who knows me, it will come as no surprise that I am a big (and I do mean BIG!) John Wayne fan. My in-laws are no exception to this. Indeed, they delighted me the last couple of holidays with some delightful John Wayne related gifts, and this year ...

The Great Decision

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

The Great Decision by Cliff Sloan and David McKean is a highly engaging book about the early days of the United States and the Supreme Court. It is more than an analysis of the decision in Marbury v. Madison; it is a history of the early days of Washington D.C., ...

Like Wolves on the Fold

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Last night I finished reading Like Wolves on the Fold: The Defence of Rorke's Drift by Lt. Col. Mike Snook. This book details out how the battle came about in the aftermath of the British defeat at Isandlwana, how the defensive perimeter was laid out, the geography of the area, ...

Review: A Song In Stone

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

A Song in Stone by Walter Hunt is a story about a 21st century man, Ian Graham, who finds himself locked in Medieval France on the path to becoming a Templar, weeks before the Templar order is banned and many of its members tortured and killed. It's not quite science ...

Doc Savage #13-#15

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

I now have twelve of the Nostalgia Ventures Doc Savage reprints, and have read three of them. That means nine more to go, which is a fair amount of reading. I am going to gloss over all three of the ones I have read in this review. They are #13-15, ...

Bug Buster

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Normally I wouldn't do a review of a movie that came out 10 years ago, but, sometimes, there has to be exceptions. And this is one of them. You see, there is a back story to this film review. While cleaning out the downstairs office I ran across a movie script ...

Zucker’s An American Carol

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

David Zucker's new film, "An American Carol" is a look at the life a liberal documentary film-maker who is visited by a series of American Spirits who teach him what patriotism is. After seeing the trailers and various film clips, I really wanted to see this film, and had high ...