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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Movie Review

Director: Matt Reeves
Writers: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa (screenplay & characters), Amanda Silver (screenplay & characters)
Stars: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Toby Kebbell, Kirk Acevedo, Nick Thurston, Terry Notary, Rocket, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer
Science Fiction Movie

Planet of the Apes 2014, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

The world has become a tiny place.

One that has a lot of Planet of the Apes movies in it.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes sits firmly at the top of the heap. The combination of technological advancement and solid performances makes it one of the few times I’m happy to see a franchise remade/rebooted/continued. The apes were believable–and from there the whole concept flowed.

There’s a really well put together parallel structure in the script as ape and man alike struggle with similar leadership problems, even as the two cultures become reacquainted with each other. The apes are led by Caesar (Andy Serkis), trying to keep his family safe and the apes peaceful–antagonized by his trusted senior advisor Koba (Toby Kebbell), who has history with humans. He was a research subject, tormented and tortured, and he has not forgiven humans for that. The humans are led by comrades Dreyfus (Gary Oldman), assisted by Malcolm (Jason Clarke). Dreyfus will stop at nothing to keep humans moving back towards the advanced technological world they once had. Malcolm is more open to change, and really to explore new possibilities.

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Alma Katsu, Author of The Taker Trilogy – Exclusive Interview

JMW: Hello. This is Jean Marie Ward for BuzzyMag.com. With me today, at One More Page Books, is Alma Katsu, the international best-selling author of the Taker Trilogy. Welcome, Alma.

Alma Katsu: Thank you for having me, Jean Marie.

JMW: My pleasure. The Taker Trilogy is a wonderful mixture of mainstream, romance and fantasy elements. Which came first, the characters or their paranormal world?

Alma Katsu: Well, I’d have to say they probably came together. I want to say the characters came first, because that’s really what drove me to write the series. I got the idea for the main characters, Lenore, the woman who lives for love basically, falls disastrously in love with the wrong man and it ruins her life. And Jonathan, a little cattish man that she falls in love with. But then the story just grew out of there. I think the supernatural part came because I grew up in a very, very spooky little town in Maynard, Massachusetts. Just grew up around cemeteries and, you know, ghost stories and all that sort of thing. And it was bound to seep in to any story that I told.
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How to not Die in a Battle with Quicksand

Friday, July 25th, 2014

How to not Die in a Battle with Quicksand

Quicksand, How to survive quicksand, how to escape quicksand

Dear Ms. Bellum,

I have had a fear of quicksand ever since I was a kid and saw people onscreen getting sucked under and die. Is there any way for somebody to survive in quicksand without being rescued by rope?

Gerry C.
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MISS MASSACRE’S GUIDE TO MURDER AND VENGEANCE – Book Review
Author: Michael Paul Gonzalez
Publisher: Perfect Edge Books, 2014
Paperback, 286 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78279-311-3

If Quentin Tarantino was a novelist instead of a filmmaker, he might write something like MISS MASSACRE’S GUIDE TO MURDER AND VENGEANCE, a vigilante tour through the vicious underbelly of a city, with an unreliable narrator as our guide. The physical state of said narrator is one of several reasons that this otherwise inherently cinematic book may be challenging to bring to the screen.

Our protagonist – let’s call her Mrs. Robinson, as some other characters do – has it very rough. She has two prosthetic legs, a scarred face and an incomplete tongue, which makes it difficult for her to be understood by others, unless they know her well and are paying close attention. Mrs. Robinson wasn’t always like this. Once she was whole, married and pretty, but something happened. Her husband and daughter are both dead, she has been mutilated and everyone responsible is going to pay, even if Mrs. Robinson cannot remember everything that happened to create this state of affairs.
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The Purge: Anarchy – Movie Review

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The Purge: Anarchy – Movie Review

Director: James DeMonaco
Writer: James DeMonaco
Stars: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zoë Soul, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Justina Machado, Michael K. Williams
Horror Thriller Movie

The Purge: Anarchy, The Purge, The new Purge Movie

One year ago, I was singing the praises of The Purge, a low budget dystopian thriller that used a combination of tight scripting, solid worldbuilding, minimal special effects, and focused violence to show a frighteningly possible near future. I was eager to revisit the world created in The Purge, and curious to see where a sequel would go.

This near future has low crime and low unemployment, thanks to the “New” Founding Fathers institution of a yearly Purge. For twelve hours, anything goes. Crimes will not be punished, police, etc. will not respond. People can look for vengeance, or just go wild and get it out of their system.

The Purge: Anarchy is bigger than the first film, but not necessarily better. There’s a solid look into the world here, this time focusing on the disadvantaged–those who can’t afford to hide behind expensive security systems, with all the safety money can buy. There are glimpses, too, of the ultra, ultra wealthy, and how they handle the possibilities of a lawless night.
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