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Rereading The Monster Hunters Series

I was finally able to replace my copy of Monster Hunters International by Larry Correia. My first copy tackled the plunger and needed to be replaced. That’s not code for anything, it was knocked off the bathroom counter onto the plunger. As much as I like the book, I’m not going to read it after that.

Rereading the series. Currently on Book 2: Monster Hunter Vendetta
Thoughts:
Contains Minor Spoilers

Below.

1. Myers is a tool.
Seriously, he uses Hood’s death as a reason to leave MHI, but then in a flashback we see that he knew that Hood was summoning undead & ‘willingly’ let out Earl. If he really wanted to redeem himself, he should have stayed with MHI.

2. Owen is a jerk to Grant.
Book 1, I understand. Book 2, why? Grant admits (to Julie) it was a bad call, he gets captured by vamps, and Julie chooses Owen. Sure, no one tells Owen that Grant is coming back, but it should be water under the bridge. I don’t really understand why he went to MCB instead of coming back to MHI, but that’s information learned after the fact.

3. Traitors, how did I not see that coming?
Both traitors, how did I not see thing coming? Oh, he’s just a nice MCB agent, and she’s just a newbie who’s taken a shine on Owen, that’s perfectly natural.

4. Is it possible for a vampire to earn PUFF Exempt?
Susan seems a bit more in control than Ray, but she’s pretty focused. I’m not saying a PUFF Exempt vampire would be a good thing, just wondering if it would be possible. I don’t think it would really last since their main food source is people. Unless they hunted animals. Why wouldn’t they hunt animals? A nice health bison probably tastes better than Todd the junkie down the street.
*shrug*
I don’t know, maybe it’s the whole humans taste yummy thing.

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Once Upon a Time – Season 1

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1843230/

Show blurb:
A woman with a troubled past is drawn to a New England town where fairy tales are to be believed.

Review:
I’ve recently finished the first season of Once Upon a Time. I watched it on TV when it first aired but my wife was pregnant at the time so she didn’t join me. The pilot episode involves sending a baby alone across time and space so it was a bit heavy for her. So far I love this show. I’ve always had a special place for fairy tales and seeing them like this is just hitting all the right buttons. We’re about to start season two.

WATCH IT.

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A Good Day to Die Hard – Take 2

I enjoyed the movie the first time and found a lot of hate out there for it. I decided to sit down and watch Die Hard 1 & 2 then rewatch A Good Day to Die Hard.

A Good Day to Die Hard is a decent action movie, just disconnect that logical part of your brain and enjoy the explosions. Is it a good Die Hard movie? No, but I still consider Live Free or Die Hard to be the worst of the series.

Why isn’t this a real Die Hard movie?

A Good Day to Die Hard has him traveling to Russia to try to rescue his son from a murder charge. That right there makes no sense. John has always been a stand-up guy doing the hard stuff because he’s the only one around to do it. I think this suffered from Reboots Disease.

You can see they were trying to make it good and trying to make it a modern action movie but in doing so they lost sight of what made Die Hard so good. When Rambo and the Terminator were hardly batting an eye at the throngs of bad guys, John McClane was getting tossed around just to do his job.

It doesn’t follow the formula. John McClane is a regular cop who gets caught up in extraordinary situations. That can pretty much sum up all the movies. He doesn’t go looking for trouble, he isn’t some invulnerable bad-ass, and he’s just a good guy in a bad situation.

Updated Verdict:
If you want to watch a good Die Hard Movie go pick up the 4-pack on sale. A Good Day to Die Hard is a fun action movie but it isn’t Die Hard. Hopefully, it’s the last.

 

On a side note, Die Hard 2 is just awesome, but did he get the car back as well as the ticket ripped up?

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Man of Steel – Movie Review

 

Going into Man of Steel with a clean slate was impossible. I grew up believing a man could fly. Christopher Reeves as Superman, I watched that movie so many times the tape went out. After the disappointment that was Superman Returns and the long running soap opera of Smallville, I was desperate for a good Superman movie.

Russell Crow as Jor-El? Eh. Kevin Costner as Pa Kent? Um. Okay, my trust is a little shaky. Then I saw Zack Snyder was attached to it and my faith was shaken. 300 was a stylized nightmare and even seeing it by borrowing from a friend I felt like I wanted my money back.

How does Man of Steel stack up?

The movie is about two hours and I wanted more. My only complaint being that I sat through a long credit sprawl just to find out that there aren’t any post-credit teasers. You’re welcome. The credits are really long.

It starts on Krypton because, you know, no one knows the origins of Superman, but this one is worth it. Gone is the rambling mumble of Marlon Brando doing a monologue he doesn’t give two craps about, no we get to see the ruin that is brought upon Krypton.

We see Clark as he wonders through life just trying to find answers, we meet Lois soon after and things move along as a nice clip. Flashbacks and memories tell the story of young Clark nicely and the memory of Jor-El fills in the blanks.

Oh, thank you for a Superman with decent fight scenes for once. Beyond the cartoons out there the live action fights were horrible. It does get a bit CGI heavy at times but I can forgive that. I would have liked to see some more practical effects but then your run the risk of looking too hokey.

My gripes are far surpassed by the joy I felt watching this. To be honest, I was shocked at how many times this movie had me caring. It wasn’t just the big moments, there were dozens of little looks traded by characters, or things just unsaid, that made it so good. Unlike the recent Batman films where everyone has to take a couple of minutes to explain their motivations, this just goes.

Russell Crowe was great, Kevin Costner was great, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White brought all those dramatic looks we all know and love. Henry Cavill as Superman is wonderful. He brought something to the character that was missing as of late, a vulnerability, that sense of always being just out of touch. Amy Adams as Lois Lane did great and they worked very well together. I’m pretty sure Harry Lennix is now the go-to guy when they need a tough but intelligent military guy on screen. He pretty much just stands there and talks but he does so splendidly. Michael Shannon as Zod was glorious, that guy can play villains do well.

I’m giddy just thinking of it. Damn, I want to see it again. That’s not even touching the music.

My Verdict: GO SEE IT NOW. Check the local time and go IMMEDIATELY.

Two big changes to the story that I LOVED just happen to be very big spoilers.

Please stop reading if you don’t want to see them.

Last warning.

SPOILERS

SPOILERS

This time it is the last warning.

  1. Lois knows who Superman is!

THANK YOU! She’s a world class reporter! How could she not know?

  1. Superman kills Zod

He’s forced to do it, but still, thank you. Even that scene is just, wow, it hits you. This whole ‘don’t kill’ thing doesn’t make sense and just proves that Batman is just as crazy as his Rogues Gallery.

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Jack Reacher – Movie Review

I almost didn’t make it through the opening sequence. The only thing that kept me watching was the knowledge that the responsible party would meet a violent end. That isn’t spoilers, this is Jack Reacher. He shows up, he kicks bad guy butt, and he moves on, that’s pretty much a synopsis of every one of his books.

Is it worth it?
Yes, it’s a hard start but the movie pays off. Tom Cruise is fun to watch and there were a few times I found myself laughing. I loved Jai Courtney in Spartacus so seeing him make the jump to the big screen, even as a bad guy, is nice to see. The guy is talented and I hope to see him in more.

My verdict:
Hold your breath through the first part and have faith.

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