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Aug 05

A Plug and a Movie review or three.

Hello again from muggy Fort Campbell! The summer is coming to an end and I am supper pleased with how things have gone. Returning from deployment was an adjustment, but not a difficult one. I had a most enjoyable time watching the kids play, get wet and spend time sleeping in and having sleep overs. I have been able to reconnect with the wife and spend a lot of time with her. I bought a new motorcycle, well new to me and enjoy going on rides with my buddies from work. I have managed to continue to lift and spend several hours a week in the gym and that has helped relieve some stress and frustration. I am trying to shred some fat and hopefully expose some of the muscle I’ve managed to add, but so far no luck. Don’t worry I’ll keep working on it. The soldier thing is as mind numbing as ever, I’m trying to get my head back in the books, and the Chinook is an amazing machine, but the rest of the army is pretty blah sometimes.

Now for the plug, I am having a book sale for the next month! https://www.facebook.com/events/188521861323265/  I have the digital copies of the book on sale for .99 through Smashwords. I also have my books discounted through me only. Paper copies of any of the books I have published are 10 bucks out the door, signed and numbered. If you want the set its 27 bucks, an even better discount and it’ll come with some swag. (book marks and such.) Please order some books, and spread the word I’d love to sell you some books cheap and hopefully get a few reviews out of it. I also have a blog tour going on through Crimson Flower Reviews and the first stop is Sarah J Carr’s blog. She’s posting a character interview with my Jordan Hall, one of my female Hero’s in the Griffin Chronicles. She plays a very prominent role in Twisted Souls, so check out the blog, and check out the books. http://www.sarahjcarr.com/2/post/2013/08/character-interview-jordan-hall-is-in-the-hot-seat.html    (You can also see Jordan’s interview @ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O30Bs8hPj_CfQIcaiQLegEFAY_oyDAmgd58ODhDchFE/  )

Alright now on to the fun part for me. I have a few movies to review. I went to see Pacific Rim, thinking I would have a bad review to write and then I could clean up with the Wolverine, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Pacific Rim is a futuristic movie in which an alien race is trying to take over the world through a wormhole under the pacific ocean. They are unleashing massive monsters to destroy our cities and people so they can come along and be the new owners of a an uninhabited world. They are known as Kaiju. The military is caught unprepared and it takes so long to kill the first attacker he destroys an entire city before they stop him. The world decides to create huge robots to battle the Kaiju called Jaeger’s. These leviathan’s require two pilots who work together through a mind meld of sorts to control them. The campaign is supper successful and the Jaeger pilots become stars, and are revered. Over time the world does the usual thing and thinks the huge robots are too expensive and so decide to save money by building a massive wall to repel the Kaiju and prevent them from destroying the world. You can probably guess where this is going, and all I can tell you without ruining it is all your over the top robot action will be fulfilled. The animation is great, and fun to watch. The story is completely unbelievable, and fake. I really felt like I was watching Power Rangers for adults. The pilots join minds and control the Jaegers from the head area. The female interest in the movie is attractive, the male lead is terrible and over all the movie is just a great time. On a side note, do not believe that 5 Chinook Helicopters can lift a Jaeger, just sayin’ I do that for a living and we’d need like, a hundred. I give this movie 4 stars for fun and amazing animation, and for kids, as long as they can handle Transformer level violence, they’ll be fine with this.

Next I’m going to hit Despicable me 2. This movie tops the charts of everything. All your favorite characters are back and more lovable than ever.
The Minions sing some wonderful new songs, and are actually the center piece of the plot. What we got here is a Gru with his girls at home, completely domesticated and trying to not be evil anymore, but the world needs his expertise to stop a different super villain from taking over the world. He gets recruited by a loveable character agent Lucy Wilde of the Anti-villain League, and together she and Gru work to stop the new bad guy from carrying out his plans. Gru’s girls are super cute, and over all you’ll laugh no matter what age you are at the funny stuff they come up with in here. This is designed to be a kids movie, but there is plenty for adults to enjoy as well. Take the whole family and put butter on the popcorn.

I’ll finish up the movie reviews with the Wolverine. I have seen this twice now. (That should be enough to tell you what I thought of it.) I am a huge comic book van so I was very interested when they were going to follow the line to Japan. I was skeptical of what they would put in and how they would carry it off. Overall I think they did very well. Even though Hugh Jackman is aging a little he’s still the image of a living Wolverine. This movie isn’t a prequel its taking up the story following the end of X-Men united, or X3 if you prefer. He is haunted by the knowledge that he killed Jean, his only (remembered) love. He is hiding in the mountains having taken a vow never to hurt anyone again as penance. He is found by a wonderful actress Rila Fukushima who plays Yukio. She has the right amount of spunk and pin-ash to get Logan on a plane to Tokyo for her boss, who is an old acquaintance, and dying. Once there, action and destruction ensue as the plot thickens and Logan’s power to heal and his life are being threatened to be stolen by his new enemy. I think they have actually managed to bring out some good points of Wolverine from the comics in this one, they haven’t trimmed his claws so-to-speak. He smokes, he cusses, he kills a lot of people, and he doesn’t care much about bad guys. He of course gets a new love interest in this one, Mariko, who is very pretty, and has to save the damsel in distress, by being chopped to bits but being able to survive. Because of the swearing and the skimpy outfits I wouldn’t take a child under 13 to this movie. The violence isn’t at a crazy level, but the other parts in this dad’s view are beyond the pale. If you and the Mrs. are going out or have older kids, take ’em and have a great time. I would recommend Hot Tamales with this one, and a large soda of choice. I give it 4 and 1/2 stars, and put it up there with Man of Steele.

Well that’s it for this episode, sorry it’s been so long, but last week was a little crazy for me. As always I’m proud of my kids and my wife. Play to Win!! And you stay classy planet Earth!

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