Movie Review: To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

To Live and Die in L.A. , a 1985 movie based on the eponymous novel written by Gerald Petievich, tells the story of two secret agents, Richard Change ( William Peterse) and John Vukovich (John Pankow), as they attempt to arrest Rick Masters (Willem Dafoe), who’s probably the reason why I loved this movie. Dafoe’s character, basically a counterfeiter, is just smart and evil enough to make the movie worthwhile.

Even though produced on a modest budget – none of the actors were big stars at the time – William Friedkin’s film has been well received by critics. Continue reading

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About the Star Wars Universe

The 5th of November 1999. I was barely 8 years old and still believed in Santa Clause. That’s when I saw my first Star Wars movie. I remember some colleagues from my moms workplace came over for dinner and one of them bought me a VHS tape of The Phantom Menace. It had been released a couple of months earlier. I remember excusing myself and going to my best friend across the hall and we watched it together. And we watched it again the next day. I think we watched it for once a day for the next week. I was amazed. Also, I remember asking Santa that year for more Star Wars stuff. I got the original trilogy on VHS and a Lego set. When I started getting my allowance I started to buy books. I don’t know what kids at 12 or 13 years old do with their pocket money, but I was buying books. Pretty weird, right?

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Marvel Cinematic Universe vs. DC

There is no denying that Marvel has achieved a lot with its cinematic universe. In less than ten years they have released 17 movies, with an additional 7 planned for release in the next two years. A total of 12.7 billion dollars at the box office so far for the releases in the cinematic universe. All of the movies have been well received by critics and fans alike, some of them receiving widespread critical acclaim. Light hearted, great humor and an excellent cast, these movies are a joy to watch, even if you are not a comic book fan.

But how well does their cinematic universe compare to that of DC?

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Stranger Things: Season 2 Review

Two word review: My God!

What a TV show. Truly. One I can binge watch without giving a damn about all the adult stuff I am supposed to be doing. It’s got it all: a bit of supernatural, a bit of science fiction, a bit of horror, a bit of romance, a bit of humor. It’s got suspense and it’s got great acting. The cinematography is quite amazing. The soundtrack, top notch. It’s got it all. And it’s probably the best TV show since Game of Thrones. Continue reading

Book(s) vs. Movie: The Dark Tower

Beyond the reach of human range,

a drop of hell, a touch of strange.

About the movie:

Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Writers: Akiva Goldsman (screenplay by), Jeff Pinkner (screenplay by)
Stars: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor

The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. Continue reading

TV Show Review: Stranger Things

Four days until the second season of this show will air I am writing my thoughts. Briefly. No spoilers included.

Stranger Things is a great goddamn TV show. It starts in a rather cliched manner, with some evil entity scaring the crap out of the audience, and then some evil government organisation, but after the first three episodes it becomes something else. It has a sort of hallucinogenic effect on you – there are a bunch of characters all acting crazy, and you’ve got some kids who are the only ones who are reasonable enough to do the right thing. Continue reading

Movies About Writers

 

Finding Forrester (2000)

In a way, I just couldn’t start with any other  movie, simply because Finding Forrester was so cute and sweet and sincere that I almost cried at the end.

Starring Sean Connery and his manly voice in the role of William Forrester, a very successful and yet reclusive writer, this movie actually has some pretty good advice on writing. Continue reading