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Bad Milo! – A Movie Review

Star: Ken Marino (Wet Hot American), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Peter Storemare (Fargo), Mary Kay-Place Sweet Home Alabama), Patrick Warburton (The Tick). A stressed-out man (Ken Marino) discovers that a tiny demon lives in his intestine, and that excessive anxiety causes the creature to escape and slaughter the man’s tormentors. (IMDB) It depends on how you look at it – this movie might have the most ingenious premise or the dumbest one ever. When I read it I had to watch. I mean, what kind of mind would come up with something like this!? After I watched I have to admit that I-regret-NOTHING! Let’s break it down. Duncan (played by Ken Marino) works in a company where it seems like he has it all together and life is good. I mean he’s getting a pay cheque and he has a gorgeous wife. But his boss is a dick, his wife wants to have a kid and everything that could possible go wrong is beginning to.  I mean, the man’s life is unraveling so bad, its evening …

Stoker – A movie review

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Mia Wasikowska Warning – there are scenes in this movie that WILL be offensive to some. There are also things that might be triggers to others, viewers’ discretion is advised. India Stoker’s (Mia Wasikowska) world comes crashing down when her father (Jacki Weaver) dies in a car accident. Adding to the girl’s emotionol turmoil is the sudden arrival of Charlie (Matthew Goode), an uncle whom she never knew existed. Charlie moves in with India and her unstable mother (Nicole Kidman), and soon India begins to suspect that this charming and mysterious man has ulterior motives. However, instead of feeling alarmed, India becomes increasingly infatuated with him. (IMDB) Watching this movie was by accident. I read the blurb for it and rolled my eyes so hard I swear I saw the inside of my head. But, I was bored so I decided to give it a go. It starts out a tad slow but picked up toward the twenty minute mark. It’s a great little tale that might be offensive to …

Lunch at Bymark – Toronto

One of the things that falls under my job description at work is to plan the Christmas lunch. This includes finding the location, check it out, find out cost, figure out menu, cater to those who have gone vegan and vegetarian-that sort of thing. For months, I called locations, asking questions, emails. Finally, a friend of mine suggested Bymark. Right off the bat I got a good feeling about them. Why? When I emailed the even coordinator, she was super quick in getting back to me. She knew her stuff–explained how it all worked, answered all my questions and furnished me with menus for not only those who ate meat but the vegetarian of our group. Then, one of our attendees told me she was Vegan so I had to contact Bymark again. Without even a fuss, they came up with a vegan menu, specifically for our girl which was amazing.  Then the day of the event, another attendee told me he was vegetarian as well and again Bymark stepped up. Once we arrived, we …

Acts of Vengeance

Stars: Antonio Banderas (Mask of Zoro), Karl Urban (Dredd), Paz Vega (Sex and Lucia). A fast-talking lawyer transforms his body and takes a vow of silence, not to be broken until he finds out who killed his wife and daughter and has his revenge (IMDB). Okay – I watched this movie because I wanted a kick ass, action packed flick. I had already watched a few of the classics like Commando, Rambo and Mortal Kombat. I wasn’t really looking for a movie to teach me a lesson or to make me think. I mean, I never pick an Antonio Banderas movie for the stellar acting. Though, he’s done an amazing job with Take the Lead, but his acting chops isn’t the greatest. Another thing I really don’t understand, this man has been doing English movies since around 1993 and his English is most often incomprehensible. The movie starts out like your typical revenge movie. Asshole guy, loses family, goes on a rampage. It was as predictable as most others but the end twist will shock you. The …

Gerald’s Game

Stars: Carla Gugino (San Andreas), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek), Kate Siegel (The Curse of the Black Dahlia), Carel (The Addam’s Family). A woman accidentally kills her husband during a kinky game. Handcuffed to her bed with no hope of rescue, she begins hearing voices and seeing strange visions (IMD). Okay, I admit it. I have fallen down the Netflix black hole and if they keep making movies like these–I just might stay. From the way people were talking about this movie, I thought it was going to be a softer shade of Fifty Shades. The poster for it didn’t quell that rising trepidation. For those who know me, I’m not a Fifty Shades fan so I tend to shy away from everything to do with the franchise. But, on a lazy Sunday, I decided to give it a try since, so far, this month, Netflix has yet to disappointment with their new releases.  Before I get to the review, I have to admit, I was a good ways into the movie before I realize, it …

Maya Dardel

**There might be spoilers** Starring Lena Olin (Chocolat), Nathan Keyes (The Good Doctor and Ben 10), Alexander Koch (Pulp Fiction), Rosanna Arquette and Jordan Garvaris (Orphan Black) An internationally respected poet announces she is going to kill herself and needs an heir and executor. Young writers drive up the mountain to compete for the position and are challenged intellectually and emotionally (IMDB). Where do I even start with this movie? The blurb for the movie is vague at best but I kept seeing all these marvelous reviews for it. Indiewire calls it “riveting.” As I watched, I couldn’t help wondering if the person who reviewed it for indiewire was brain dead and tone deaf. While Lena Olin made the best of a bad script, the pretentiousness of the whole movie made my brain hurt. Usually, a movie like this leaves the world with a lesson, something to reward viewers for the hour of dread they’d have to sit through watching it. But none of the characters in this movie learned anything. In the end they …

Stephen King’s 1922

A simple yet proud farmer in the year 1922 conspires to murder his wife for financial gain, convincing his teenage son to participate. (IMDB). This isn’t my usual type of thing. Especially around this time of the year. November and December are for Hallmark movies and movies about Christmas like Home Alone, Trading Places and Shawshank Redemption (I don’t know but this movie comes on TV every year at this time). But, I saw Stephen King’s name on it and my curiosity (Or my penchant for torturing myself) got the better of me and I clicked on it. The story, 1922, by Stephen King, isn’t a full novel. It is a novella he published back in 2010. Recently, Netflix went in and made it into a movie starring Thomas Jame (The Punisher), Molly Parker (House of Cards), Dylan Schmid (Once Upon a Time, Stonados), Neal McDonough (Walking Tall, Captain America) and Kaitlyn Bernard (The Healer.) A few people are saying this movie sucks because it’s not scary. If that’s your thinking then you don’t know …

[Jo Date] The Hitman’s Bodyguard

It was a long time coming but finally, last Friday Jo and I got around to going on a date. Well, it was planned for the weekend before but, I had to cancel because I forgot about it (didn’t put it in my calendar and I’m getting up there in age) and then made plans with the niece. So, Friday night we met up and went to see The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Let’s preface what’s to come by saying this – the second I saw the redband trailer for this movie I WANTED IT! Then the I started counting down to the release date. I was going to see this movie with or without someone. I missed the release day because, well, again, I’m old and I forget things. Then finally it was time to see this movie. So, real quick, the movie is about a convicted hitman Darius (Samuel L. Jackson) who is needed by the Hague to testify for the prosecution seeking to convict a war criminal and former dictator, Vladislav (Gary Oldman).  Michael …

That moment you want to send an author death threats – A Review

I decided to do one review for all three, because I feel this was the best way to put my scattered excitement together for all of them without seeming a little out of my mind. Let me start out by saying this. I really dislike series books, especially when they are so intricately intertwined with each other. Why? Well, now I have to sit and wait until the authors get around to finishing the other book before I can figure out what happens next. But still, I binged listened to the audio of all three books (so far) in the Moonrising Series and between wanting to burn things and send the author death threats, I enjoyed the series. As I write this, I may or may not have slept last night – hey, don’t judge me! Before I go further I have to say this – as a fellow writer I have to admit that I get attached to characters. Mine, especially, but when another author put life and care into the ones they create, these …

Queen Midas In Reverse

Okay, honestly, I read this story without reading the blurb. I thought it had something to do with a girl with powers to change things from gold to something weird or to reverse anything turned to gold by magic. Yeah, nothing like that. You should probably read the blurb first lol. And the cover had me thinking royalty, but nope, none there either. Anyway, here is the blurb, read it first – seriously – read it. The Rock and Roll Fantasy gang find themselves in a special Contemporary Romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Diane Rinella. For Jacqueline, a second date is as rare as a unicorn. She’s beautiful. She’s intelligent. So why is she experiencing a string of first dates that leaves her ducking behind bushes and running for buses? Contrary to her nature, trading in her heels and curling iron for an easy chair surrounded by cats sounds appealing. Is she cursed, or can she find the man who will steal her heart. Let’s start off y saying this. I usually cannot stand …