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2012

Directed by Roland Emmerich. With John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet. A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind. I went back to watch this for two reasons: 1 – Just watched The Lion King (2019) the mostly pointless remake of a childhood classic. It did happen to feature Chiwetel Ejiofor as one of the voice over artists though, and I’m a fan of his work. 2 – I’m in the middle of reading Seveneves, a fantastic near future novel about the destruction of the Earth’s moon,...

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The Lion King

Directed by Jon Favreau. With Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor. After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. A stunning visual treat that no one asked for and no one needed. There’s a ton of big names here, some of them with the most annoyingly distracting voices that it pulled me out of the immersion completely, like Seth Rogan as the warthog and John Oliver as the bird. I like some of the minor changes they made, like Scar not really being in...

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A Private War

Directed by Matthew Heineman. With Rosamund Pike, Greg Wise, Alexandra Moen, Tom Hollander. One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless. I watched this on a whim, and I’m glad I did, it’s a great story of a woman trying to find her place in the world, all while trying to show the world what was really going on at the front lines of some of the worst places on earth. Highly suggest this...

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Cybele

A cat named Cybele, named after a fertility goddess in Greek and Roman mythology, she personified Mother Earth and was worshiped as the Great Mother of the Gods.  I didn’t name her myself, she’s a foster cat that has a great story and came with the name. My wife has suggested a few times that she wanted to care for a pregnant cat, to experience the joys of a pregnant cat and to have kitten around for a while.  The best way to do this, and most humane, was to join up with a local animal rescue group ECAH, a great...

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Inception

Directed by Christopher Nolan. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe. A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O. My wife had never seen it, so I bought it and put it on the TV. She still hasn’t actually watched it, but it was on in the same room that she was in. Buy On Amazon!

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Missing Link

Directed by Chris Butler. With Hugh Jackman, David Walliams, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas. Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend. Disconcerting stop motion animation that took me about 30 minutes to get used to, much to my chagrin, as I was really hoping to enjoy the film. It’s from the same guys that did the amazing Kubo and the Two Strings, so if you enjoyed the animation there, you’ll enjoy it...

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Hellboy

Directed by Neil Marshall. With David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane. Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie, from all indications, it was supposed to be a mess, but it ended up being a good movie that didn’t have much of a point. With all due respect to David Harbour, this wasn’t a role that anyone expected anyone but Ron Perlman to play. Perlman’s version of Hellboy felt like a...

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Kung Fu Panda

Directed by Mark Osborne, John Stevenson. With Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman. The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China’s fate hangs in the balance. However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a novice in martial arts. Back when Movies Anywhere was released they gave out free movies. This was one of them! I’ve forgotten how much heart this movie had, as well as how spectacularly beautiful it could be, specifically the beginning cinematic and the portion of the film dealing with...

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Shaft

Directed by Tim Story. With Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Richard Roundtree, Regina Hall. JJ Shaft, a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family’s help to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death. Another easily forgotten Shaft film that has some pretty funny lines and some interesting dynamics, but ultimately is best watched whilst surfing the high seas on your laptop. Buy On Amazon!