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Eaglemoss Graphic Novel Collection #3: Hive

IN THE DISTANT FUTURE, the entire galaxy has been completely assimilated by the Borg and its King, Locutus. The only hope for the future lies in the past – in the hands of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Written (?) by Brannon Braga, the sum of the book feels like a well done story board for a two parter from a Trek series that was canceled before this story got put on film. It’s a good story, but it doesn’t do the “comic thing” very well, with a number of scenes that would have done pretty well with a live action cast but...

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Pitch Black: A Novel

A rogue comet spears an earth-bound commercial spacecraft, forcing it to plummet to the surface of an unknown planet. With the captain dead, a brave pilot performs a perilous crash landing. Other than three suns-which create perpetual light-and a slight oxygen deficiency, a search party discovers that the planet isn’t much different from Earth…until they stumble across a ghostly settlement littered with the human remains of geologists who mysteriously perished exactly sixty years ago. And the most horrific discovery of all: below the surface of the soil, where darkness reigns, live hungry predators with a deadly appetite. They’ll novelize pretty...

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Angel Has Fallen

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh. With Gerard Butler, Frederick Schmidt, Danny Huston, Rocci Williams. Mike Banning is framed for the attempted assassination of the President and must evade his own agency and the FBI as he tries to uncover the real threat. Third installment in a big dumb action franchise that’s done perfectly well enough and is enjoyable to watch. Buy On Amazon!

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Tread

Directed by Paul Solet. With Marvin Heemeyer, Patrick Brower, Glenn Trainor Jr., Casey Farrell. Pushed to his breaking point, a master welder in a small town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains quietly fortifies a bulldozer with 30 tons of concrete and steel and seeks to destroy those he believes have wronged him. The story of a man that got pushed too far, took things too personally, and couldn’t just move past the implied and explicit offenses he suffered at the hands of the local good ol’ boys network that was in place in a small town when he...

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Unicorn Store

Directed by Brie Larson. With Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitford. Kit, a twenty-something dreamer, receives an invitation that would fulfill her childhood dreams. It’s been on my watch list for years and I finally got around to it this last weekend as I was nursing a hangover and was completely bored by life and angry that I had so many responsibilities. I feel like this movie is a good response to anyone feeling that way, as the Brie Larson character is someone with stars in her eyes, with a slight sarcastic glint that makes her just...

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Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth: Created by Jim Mickle, Beth Schwartz. With Nonso Anozie, Christian Convery, Stefania LaVie Owen, James Brolin. A boy who is half human and half deer survives in a post-apocalyptic world with other hybrids. A very well done adaptation of a well received comic book series that I was aware of but had not read any issues. Buy On Amazon!

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Awake

Directed by Mark Raso. With Gina Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt, Lucius Hoyos, Shamier Anderson. After a devastating global event wiped out all electronics and eliminated people’s ability to sleep, a former soldier may have found a solution with her daughter. if you enjoyed “bird box” because it was an apocalyptic story as it happened, you’ll enjoy “awake” which is a story about an apocalypse as it happens. There’s some goofy stuff going on here, but luckily it’s kept to the bare minimum and the end result is a fantastically quick story about what happens when you can’t sleep. ever. Buy On...

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Occupation: Rainfall

Occupation: Rainfall: Directed by Luke Sparke. With Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison, Daniel Gillies, Lawrence Makoare. Two years after aliens land on Earth, survivors from Sydney, Australia, fight in a desperate war as the number of casualties continue to grow. Is this a sequel? Maybe? I don’t think it really matters, as they cover pretty much everything that happened previously in a voice over. This is a great straight to video film with surprisingly high quality special effects, a mediocre story, terrible acting, and awe inspiring ambitions. At the end of the day it misses a few things it shoots for,...

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Wrath of Man

Directed by Guy Ritchie. With Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Josh Hartnett, Rocci Williams. The plot follows H, a cold and mysterious character working at a cash truck company responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week. Another Jason Statham, starting Jason Statham playing Jason Statham in a role that Jason Statham was born to play. All jokes aside, it was a very well done ultra violent film with an engaging narrative structure that gave some fresh air to a really old and abused story trope. Buy On Amazon!

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