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We review the FireTV version of: Predestination “Surprisingly good sci-fi flick. 4 Stars” MR

Predestination (film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Predestination
Predestination poster.jpg

Australian poster
Directed by Michael Spierig
Peter Spierig
Produced by Paddy McDonald
Tim McGahan
Michael Spierig
Written by Michael Spierig
Peter Spierig
Based on “—All You Zombies—”
by Robert A. Heinlein
Starring Ethan Hawke
Sarah Snook
Noah Taylor
Music by Peter Spierig
Cinematography Ben Nott
Edited by Matt Villa
Production
company
Blacklab Entertainment
Screen Australia
Wolfhound Pictures
Distributed by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions
Release dates
Running time
97 minutes[1]
Country Australia
Language English
Box office $2.6 million[2]

Predestination is a 2014 Australian science fiction film, directed and written by Michael and Peter Spierig. The film is based on the Robert A. Heinlein short story ‘“—All You Zombies—”, and stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor.

Plot

A time-traveling agent goes back in time in order to catch an infamous terrorist known as the “Fizzle Bomber”. The agent stops the bomb but is severely injured. The Fizzle Bomber escapes and the agent travels into the future, to 1992, using a Coordinate Transformer Field Kit—a time machine disguised as a violin case—with the help of an unknown person. The agent’s face was burned and needs to be repaired using plastic surgery.

It is revealed that the agent works for a mysterious organization known as the Temporal Bureau, that sends so-called “temporal agents” through time to prevent major crimes. The Fizzle Bomber is the only criminal to elude them thus far. In March 1975, the Fizzle Bomber kills 11,000 people in New York City.

After the agent heals, he is sent on a final mission before his mandatory retirement. He travels to the 1970s to work as a bartender in New York City. A male customer, whose “Unmarried Mother” pen name is used for writing magazine confessional testimonials, enters the bar to drink alcohol.

Cajoled by the bartender, the Unmarried Mother proceeds to tell a story that he considers remarkable: He was born in 1945, abandoned at birth, and placed in an orphanage. Identified as a female, he is raised as “Jane”. As a young woman, Jane later tries to join the Space Corps and excels in the recruitment tests; but, Jane is disqualified when Space Corps doctors discover something about her physiology.

After being expelled from Space Corps, Jane attends night classes in Cleveland, OH, where she meets and falls pregnant to an older man who eventually disappears. After finding out that she is pregnant to the older man, Jane brings the pregnancy to full term and, during the delivery of her child, the doctors discover the condition that led to her expulsion: Jane was born intersex, with both female and male reproductive organs, allowing Jane to give birth to a baby with her female reproductive organs. However, her baby is kidnapped by an unknown man while still in hospital. At the advice of her physician, Jane then undergoes further procedures to remove her female sexual organs—irreparable after birth complications—thereby becoming a man named John.

Unmarried Mother concludes the story, and the bartender suddenly reveals that he knows the identity of the older male who left Jane, and offers John the chance to kill him. They both travel back in time to Cleveland and the bartender gives John a gun to enact the killing. However, John instead meets Jane, his younger female self, while the bartender/temporal agent uses his time machine to travel into the future—in his final opportunity to catch the Fizzle Bomber. However, the agent is knocked out by the bomber.

The bartender is later shown to be the kidnapper of Jane’s baby, before he meets back up with John, who has had sexual intercourse with his earlier self, Jane, by this time. The bartender convinces John to abandon Jane and start working as a Temporal Agent at the Temporal Bureau.

Having completed his final mission, the bartender is instructed to choose his time and place of retirement—upon his arrival at that location, his field kit will be automatically decommissioned. He chooses to retire in a New York City apartment, around the time of the Fizzle Bomber’s March 1975 bombing, after receiving an envelope from his supervisor, Robertson. Upon his arrival, the field kit displays an error message after it is decommissioned; however, the retired agent does not report the error and opens the envelope which contains an instruction related to the March 1975 bombing.

The agent eventually discovers that the Fizzle Bomber is an older version of himself. After arguing with his older self, he kills him with a handgun in a laundromat. A flashback scene then reveals that the agent is in fact Jane/John—completely changed after the reconstructive surgery at the beginning of the film where he was injured in the blast—and finishes with John seated in the New York City apartment that he had requested for retirement.

Cast

Our Thoughts

This movie is sort of like 12 Monkeys (w/Pitt and Willis) and Looper (again w/ Bruce Willis,) in that a character goes back and forth in time, trying to prevent a certain catastrophe. If you liked either of those films, you will like this one. Predestination comes with a serious twist that sort of threw me at first, but kept me thinking long after it was over. Turns out it made perfect sense, and I can’t explain that without being a spoiler. This movie was unexpectedly good sci-fi. 4 Stars – MR

 

Find Predestination and see the new trailer here.

 

 


We review: Taken 3 “3.5 stars for great action and fight sequences.”- MR

Taken 3

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Taken 3
Taken 3 poster.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Olivier Megaton
Produced by Luc Besson
Written by Luc Besson
Robert Mark Kamen
Starring Liam Neeson
Forest Whitaker
Famke Janssen
Maggie Grace
Dougray Scott
Sam Spruell
Leland Orser
Music by Nathaniel Méchaly
Cinematography Eric Kress
Edited by
  • Audrey Simonaud
  • Nicolas Trembasiewicz
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
(International)
EuropaCorp Distribution
(France)
Release dates
  • 16 December 2014(Berlin premiere)
  • 9 January 2015(United States)
  • 21 January 2015 (France)
Running time
108 minutes[1]
Country France
Language English
Budget $48 million[2]
Box office $9.5 million[3]

Taken 3 is a 2014 English-language French action thriller film directed by Olivier Megaton and written by Luc Besson andRobert Mark Kamen. It is the third and final installment in the Taken trilogy, and the sequel to the 2008 film Taken and the 2012 film Taken 2. The film stars Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen and Forest Whitaker.

Principal photography began on 29 March 2014, in Los Angeles. In North America, 20th Century Fox released the film on January 9, 2015.[4]

Synopsis

Bryan Mills, an ex-government operative, is accused of the murder of his wife Lenore “Lenny” Mills. As he is tracked and pursued, Mills again brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.

Cast

Our Thoughts:

Liam Neeson isn’t into the role anymore and it is clear in this film. Forest Whitaker saves the day with his clever, non-chalant acting ability.  The biggest problem with this movie, and the plot in general, is that there is no sense of urgency. The stuff Mills is doing had no reason to be rushed. There is no pending death, or doom. There is the police trying to stop him, and it was entertaining. Still, save the cost of a box office ticket and wait until it is out on Amazon Prime, or cable. 3.5 stars for great action and fight sequences. MR

 

Find Taken 3 and see the new movie trailer here.


Review of ‘Mirror Mirror’ Amazon Streaming Version: “Easily as dark as Snow White and the Huntsman!” – M.R.

Review of ‘Mirror Mirror’ Amazon Streaming Version

From Wiki:

Mirror Mirror is a 2012 comedy fantasy film based on the fairy tale “Snow White” by the Brothers Grimm. It is directed by Tarsem Singh and stars Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, and Sean Bean. It is unrelated to the Gregory Maguire novel Mirror, Mirror.

Our Take: This version of Snow White is easily as dark as Snow White and the Huntsman. And just as visually stunning, (in parts.) Julia Roberts plays a good evil step mother. Snow White is played well too, as are the seven dwarves. It is the male characters here that were lacking. Again, Amazon streaming delivers hi quality.

I recommend this for fantasy loving guys to pick as a sofa date movie. Enough romance for the gals, enough dark twisted fun for everyone else, especially the kids.

3.5 stars.

 

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The Deed of Paksenarrion – Reviewed “Long, slow, but if you stick with it, a very rewarding epic masterpiece.” – M.R.

From Wiki:

The Deed of Paksenarrion is an epic fantasy saga by the American author Elizabeth Moon. The Deed of Paksenarrion was originally published in three volumes in 1988 and 1989 and as a single trade edition of that name in 1992 by Baen. The three books included are Sheepfarmer’s Daughter, Divided Allegiance and Oath of Gold. Sheepfarmer’s Daughter was awarded the Compton Crook Award by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society for the author’s first fantasy novel.

A single volume prequel about the life of Paksenarrion’s guiding saint was published in 1990, and followed by a sequel tying characters from both works together.

Our Thoughts:  I read this in jail of all places. The full “three-book-in-one” volume we had was held together with rubber-bands. All of the pages were there, though, save for one corner of page 735.  I remember the soldiering scenes from these stories. Paksenarrion spent long trudging months training to be the warrior depicted on the cover, or did she?  She is one tough woman, and I tell you what. She has inspired many a fantasy female character.  (Zena, Sheena, maybe even Brienne of Tarth? I think very much so on the latter. )

Props to Elizabeth Moon. When in an open jail tank (with 30-some-odd people running around) if I could read my way out of the moment, the author was one I considered great. Moon did that. I can still remember the dark elf scenes and the wild way the story twists, toward the end, even now.

4  stars – Highly Recommended.  –  M.R.

Sadly you cannot find The Deed of Paksenarrion for Kindle or Nook.

Please visit this Amazon page    In the box under the cover image click that you would like to see this novel for Kindle.


“Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn” – Tad Williams Fantasy Trilogy reviewed.

From Wiki:
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is Tad Williams’s epic fantasy trilogy, comprising The Dragonbone Chair (1988), Stone of Farewell (1990), and To Green Angel Tower (1993). The world and story draw upon many sources from history and folklore. Several characters’ elements and experiences mirror the legends of Great Britain and other lands (e.g., King Arthur and Sir Lancelot, Alfred the Great, Baba Yaga, and Amaterasu). The dominant Erkynlanders resemble the medieval English, with Anglo-Saxon/Biblical-sounding personal names in addition to the usual castle-based feudal/agrarian setting of stock fantasy. The other peoples of Osten Ard also have identifiable real-world parallels in their names, cultures, and native tongues.

Our Thoughts: I read this trilogy some years ago and three scenes stick out in my head. Simon facing the dragon in the snow. Tad William’s description of the dragon’s approach was so well written that I stopped and reflected on it. Also the flooded plains frozen over. Loved some of the battle strategies portrayed there. The Sithi city in the forest, with the strung up cloth art and vividly different culture. I enjoyed these books a lot. My ONLY gripe about this trilogy is that it is 4 books long. Book III – To Green Angel Tower was so big that the publishers split the paperback in two. Having to buy the 4th book was irksome. Luckily, these days we have ereaders and the title fits in a single file just fine.

The Sithi (which are pre-Sith) are like elves. The other creatures from Tad’s imagination are something else all together, and much terrible fun.

This is a 4 star epic fantasy that I highly recommend. – M.R.

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I want to announce 4 giveaways that pertain to The Wardstone Trilogy

I want to announce 4 giveaways that pertain to The Wardstone Trilogy. Winners for all 3 will be decided Independence Day, July 4th 2012. ALL entries are FREE.

These giveaways are taking place to promote the
July 4th 2012 release of The Wizard and the Warlord – The Wardstone Trilogy Book III by M. R. Mathias

Five Chapter Preview in .pdf  HERE

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#2 is a Goodreads Giveaway of 5 signed copies of The Sword and the Dragon – The Wardstone Trilogy Book I
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#3 is a Goodreads Giveaway of a signed copy of  Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools – The Wardstone Trilogy Book II
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#4 is a Goodreads Giveaway of a signed copy of The Butcher’s Boy – 2011 Readers favorite Award Winner for Horror Fiction

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John Carter (Amazon Streaming Version) Reviewed. “Solid Sci-Fi entertainment. Loved it!” – M.R.

I watch movies on my Kindle Fire a lot. A LOT! So I will be reviewing some streaming movies in the future. I also have an HD projector that I can hook my Kindle Fire up to and watch on my wall on an 8ft wide perfectly clear screen. I saw John Carter in IMAX 3D, but when I saw it on my wall, played from my Kindle through my – not so expensive – projector, I was amazed at the perfect clarity, even with the screen opened up to 8ft wide. For sound, I just ran an 1/8 stereo cord from the Kindle’s headphone jack to my bands sound system.

OK… I’m pleased with my system, and I am not trying to brag, but its pertinent to reviewing a streaming product that you know what sort of system I watched on.  I would consider mine just a touch above average, including my high speed internet connection.

Now to the review.

 

John Carter was like watching Starwars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Alien, and Sherlock Holmes all twisted into one great fantastical story. I was especially surprised by the clever twists at the end. This movie is great. The reviewers who dashed it early on have questionable judgment in my eyes. Even more than the previously mentioned movie greats, John Carter managed to be different than all of those films, and more original than most of the newer Sci-Fi movies I’ve seen.

Great for all ages, with enough, romance, action, and battle to keep adults intrigued, this will be a DVD/BlueRay classic that everyone will at one time own. Buy it in digital format and you’ll only have to buy it once.

Highly Recommended – M. R.

John Carter at Amazon


We Review: Lord Foul’s Bane (Chronicles of Thomas Covenant One)

Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever
Lord Foul’s Bane (1977)
The Illearth War (1978)
The Power that Preserves (1979)

The most unlikely of heroes stars in this epic masterpiece. An author, who is also a leper from modern 70s earth, is summoned to a fantasy world by Drool Rockworm who weilds the Staff of Law. Drool tells him he must go on a quest to see the Council of Lords at Revelstone, so that they can make preparations to combat Lord Foul.

Thomas starts off by raping a girl who thinks he is an old hero reincarnated, Berek Halfhand. In his defense Thomas thought he was in a dream, and still really in the “Real World.” The quest is fantastical, meeting giants, Salt Heart Foam Follower, a favorite charachter of mine, as well as a few other interesting creations.

Thomas then goes into Mount Thunder, with Lord Prothall, and his sleepless, ageless protectors, the Bloodguard, in an attempt to wrestle the Staff of Law away from Lord Foul and his minions.

I recomend this book to people who are really into fantasy. This is no Harry Potter/Hunger Games types of story. And not nearly as political as Game of Thrones. Great writing and a solid (eventually 9 book long )  story await you. 4 stars recomended.

Find it on: Kindle or NOOK or Smashwords (currently not available)