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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Subject:Goodreads is down.
Time:4:43 pm.
God Drug by Stephen L. Antczak

I purchased this book from the author at Necronomicon convention in Tampa way back in 2004.  It sat on my shelves for probably a decade before I read it.  The original reason I picked it up was because of the illustrations by artist Andy Lee who I had met at a few earlier conventions and who actually helped my friends and I out with a hotel room for Dragon Con one year, possibly also in 2004, although I doubt he'd remember the event.  Andy specializes in black ink artwork painted with a brush, kind of like a living calligraphy, I commissioned a skeleton key painting from him the same year that he helped us with the room at Dragon Con, I haven't seen him at conventions much recently, I hope he's still active.  Anyway, back to the review!  The author was very nice and was promoting his book so I picked it up, but just never got around to reading it until I was spending a lot of time reading on the elliptical at the gym one summer.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked the book. Quick summary that hopefully doesn't have too much spoilers is that there was a government experiment on a drug that could give someone super powers (sound familiar? King used this trope in Firestarter and a number of other books) and this story takes place a few years later down the line when one of the recipients of the powers is stirring deep in the bunker where the government has kept him locked away kind of like in Akira... Anyway, this book hits a lot of tropes, but the characters are for the most part engaging and some of the lines are catchy enough that they entered my own personal lexicon: "Eat all your goddamn peaches!"

Not sure how difficult it would be to pick up a copy of this book, Marietta Publishing doesn't seem like a big name in the publishing world and every time I buy something directly from an author I wonder if it is a limited release title.  In any case, if you can find a copy pick it up, the book is fun and the art is worth the price of admission. Fans of sci-fi, horror, and super heroes won't be disappointed.

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Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Subject:IRONMAN III SPOILERIFIC LITTLE REVIEW THING MOVE ON IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN.
Time:9:00 pm.
Ok, wow what a relief to not have to be the one plugging my ears when people talk about this movie now.  Every day since Thursday has been hell, especially at the comic book stores for Free Comic Book day yesterday.  I have not actually gone down my friend's list to see the complaints about the film.  But I can pretty much imagine exactly what they are.  People were hopping for an actual Ben Kingsly Mandarin with the ring powers, mystique, magic, all that good stuff.  Weren't the rings originally developed by the High Evolutionary?  I don't know there's a lot of versions.  What they got was a bait and switch with Guy Pearce, who I think was excellent, probably best villain for this franchise so far.  But honestly, if you saw the last two movies you would know that's that how this franchise does it.  There are no direct ports of villains.  In two Whip-lash was a hodgepodge of a few existing Iron Man Villains and had more to do with the soviet Red Guardian character than anything else.  And the first film? It was Tony vs. himself more than Jeff Bridges.  As soon as I heard that there was a twist, I expected it to be something with the Mandarin being a red herring.  The real villain always is revealed later on anyway, par for course and TVtropes.  And honestly I think Guy Pearce makes a great Fing Fang Foom.  Anyone else catch that?  That was nice for us old school geeks. So this is a positive review for me.  If you already posted something that I avoided while I was spoiler dodging leave a comment and I'll take look at your thoughts.

Oh and of course loved the Stan Lee cameo and hope you stayed through the credits.  SCIENCE-BROS 4 LIFE.
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Friday, April 5th, 2013

Subject:Evil Dead review.
Time:10:27 pm.
The more things change the more they stay the same.
You can't go home again.

During the previews I saw trailers for two remakes, two new movies which are basically the same film, which was already made and was called the Strangers the first time, and at least three films which used the popular song "Thrift-shop" as it's hook.  I went to see a remake tho, a remake which was itself already remade as a sequel which told the exact same story, not to mention the fact that the original story was a remake of a 15 minute proof of concept that they used to fund raise to make the original... but I digress.

Did a new Evil Dead need to be made?  Probably not, but Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell gave their blessing to it by producing, so who am I to say nay?  It's the same story you already know, and may or may not love. Heck if you saw Cabin in the Woods last year you know exactly what modern film techniques are capable of doing with that story and all the tropes that surround it.  The biggest guessing game you'll have during the movie is trying to figure out which character is Ash.  I won't give anything away and tell you the number of survivors or any distinguishing characteristics.  The fans know what to look for and know that it's never over until it's actually over.

If this is your first time seeing an Evil Dead film, and I'm sure there will be a few who walk into the theater unfamiliar with the franchise, you're in for a treat. This film has as much gore, per square inch of reel than probably any other horror film coming out this year.  There's a few laugh lines too, if you've got a macabre sense of humor.

If you're looking for cameos stay through the credits, the only one you'll see on screen prior to that is Sam's car.  And I guess that's all that needs to be said, except I enjoyed it.  I'll give it a 7.5 out of 10.  Even though I was expecting the jumps and the cringe moments the delivery was on par with any of the greats and the sound team did an excellent job making some of those noises truly cringe worthy.  I left the theater with the tag line from Texas Chainsaw Massacre running through my head, "Who will survive, and what will be left of them."

Have fun!
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Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Subject:Mama.
Time:3:50 pm.
Went to see Mama today for two reasons, 1) because Guillermo Del Toro is awesome and 2) I was confused by how common the trailer looked.  

Here's the trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lNyP7w3CuQ

Looks like a by the number horror film trailer right? Something spooky, "they brought something back with them," ooh ooh ooh, jump at you, scary thing!  If you went to see any of the Paranormal activity films in the past few years you feel like you've seen this.

But since Guillermo is involved, he of Pan's Labrynth and the Hellboy films, I felt confident that there was more to meet the eye here.

After seeing the film I can say that, yes, there is more going on, but not exactly in the way I thought.

First of all, I was mistaken, Del Toro is the Executive Producer of the film.  Not the director.  The director is this guy, Andrés Muschietti:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0615592/

And this is his first full length feature.  You'll note that one of his two previous shorts is also called  Mamá, which is of course no coincidence.  Spoiler alert before clicking the next link, a similar shot for shot scene is in the film but it plays out a bit differently so up to you if you watch it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPmycZaJYNw

So, if you watched that and thought it looked good you'll probably enjoy Mama.  However, if you go to this film expecting another Guillermo Del Toro tour de force like Pan's Labyrinth you will be disappointed.  As horror films go it's ok.  There's some legit good scares, and the overall feel to the film is pretty creepy.  Good music and decent special effects  But like any other horror film you might care to name, once you start to understand the motivations and backstory of the  boogyman/creature/ghost/goblin/whatever it loses it's power to frighten.  And honestly, it's hard to be scared by something that you feel bad for.  

After watching the film there were a few plot points and questions I had which were probably partially caused by editing choices.  There are a few shots in the trailer I linked above which didn't make it into the final film.  And, yes, that is to be expected from a first time director.  But again,  I wasn't expecting this to be a first time director film, so you got me again marketing.  I don't regret seeing this film but I probably wouldn't have gone if I knew it wasn't actually Guillermo Del Toro behind the camera.  

I'll say 7 out of 10 as I did jump a few times, got goosebumps once, and thought that the lead actress was pretty foxy.  Rotten tomatoes pegs this at a 62% critic, 69% for audience.
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mama_2013/

So, now you're informed.
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Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Time:7:42 pm.
so...

The Hobbit. It's more than the story in the book. Jackson has placed
call-backs to many of the original elements introduced in the Lord of
the Rings trilogy of films. A careful eye will devour the beautiful
landscape and sets, remembering scenes and vistas from the preceding
films (technically the sequel to this story). If you harbored any doubt
that the magic of the trilogy would be recaptured, please dispel that
now. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is more than a worthy successor,
it is like coming home. I re-read all 4 books when I went to Australia
this year, and re-watched all 3 LOTR movies for my birthday, and I can
honestly say that time was not time ill spent. I had literal fucking
chills my friends. And when the Lonely Mountain song was sung I will
confess tears escaped my eyes. But, I am a huge fucking dork...
audience experience may vary. Do I have technical complaints about some
of the pacing and the fact that they are pulling from the extended
cannon to stretch this into 3 movies? Yes of course, however part of me
is so glad that there are more movies to look forward to... so I'll
bury those complaints deep. I saw it in 3D. You do not need to, they
don't pander with effects and the movie is 169 minutes nearly 3 hours,
so if your eyes get tired wearing those glasses I'd say see it in less
expensive view. Only the real geeks will be upset about some of the
story changes, I understand why they did most of them, and the ones I'm
uncertain about I'm sure will be explained i the remaining films.
You're going to go see it. So I'm not sure why you're reading this.
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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Subject:Posted this on my FB on 11/24/12 thought it was worth mirroring here.
Time:8:49 am.
Saw two movies today.
Life of Pi and Skyfall.

Completely different films yet both had a scene where a monitor
lizard/komodo dragon had a significant role. Other than that there
isn't really any parallels between the two films.

Life of Pi is
based on an award winning novel of the same name. The author of the
novel famously stole the plot from another book which he had not read.
He heard the syn
opsis and said "oh I bet I
could tell that story better." The basic story is a man is shipwrecked
and has to survive in a life boat with a Bengal tiger. Beneath and
surrounding this story is a much more impressive yarn about survival,
life, religion, and what it means to be human. I do recommend this
film, we saw it in 3D because that showing better fit our schedule, but I
don't think it's 100% necessary to see it in 3D. I don't remember shit
in 3D... that being said, the preview for Oz the Great and Powerful
looks fucking amazing in 3D. I'd seen the regular preview prior to
Wreck It Ralph on Wednesday and it's amazing the little details that
stand out in a 3D preview vs the regular version.

Spoilers: I like the story with the Tiger better too. You'll know what I mean if you've seen it.


Skyfall is Daniel Craig's third foray in the immortal or perhaps I
should say undying British spy franchise... you know the one... 007
James Bond... the guy with the exploding Aston Marten. Chances are if
you're alive, you've seen a bond film. Any of the 30+ that are out
there with various Bonds, the epitome of male sexuality in a suit, ready
to do anything or anyone for Queen and Country. I still haven't seen
Casino Royale, but I did take in Quantum of Solace a few years back when
it was released and I will say that I enjoyed this Bond film more than
that one. Everyone has their favorite Bond, for many it's Sean Connery
for obvious reasons, I don't know anyone who really favors the Aussie
bloke. I grew up with the guy from Golden Eye... and I played the shit
out of that game at friend's places throughout the years, never did have
an N64 of my own... so unless you have no idea who James Bond is and
what he represents then you know what to expect from this movie. Gun
Fights, Car Chases, Gadgets, Hot Women, a slightly skewed world view...,
and a shit load of fun. Unless you hate this kind of thing go watch
it, the Villain surprised me because it took me a minute to realize who
the actor was and his motivations were never really 100% clear, but he
fits into the mythos nicely and does a good job being a creepy fuckhead,
also there's a bit of racy man on man action between him and James
which was a bit of a surprise, all I'll say is he's into bondage.


And shit I might as well talk about Wreck it Ralph as long as I'm in a
review mood. It's Disney, it's Pixar, it's got more classic video game
cameos than you can shake a stick at. It has lots of great humor and
shout-outs to gamers. READ THE GRAFFITI! A lot of my friends have
already seen it so I don't have to go into too many details here, just
you know, I dislike Sarah Silverman less because she did this movie.
Not that I hate her, but damn she's annoying sometimes. Most times.
Whenever she opens her mouth. Coming from a cute sugar themed kid
character it was more tolerable. So yeah, you like video games? You
like Pixar? Go see it. Or wait for netflix. Whatevs.
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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Subject:Quad Super-Hero Review
Time:11:54 pm.
Super Hero Movie Review x 4.

So in the pat few weeks I've seen
The Amazing Spider-Man
Green Lantern
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
and
The Dark Knight Rises (totally wanted to call it Batman Rising... but I digress)

I've been slacking on reviews recently so here's 4 reviews for the concentration price of one.

A little bit about each movie first, then some compare and contrast and at the end some spoilers.

Spidey:  I really like Andrew Garfield's portrayal of our favorite wall crawler.  He has the energy and youth of Peter Parker, although he's less of a nerdy than we've seen before.  Garfield is very acrobatic and it is hard to tell where his stunt work ends and the CG begins in a lot of scenes.  However, I do feel that it was unnecessary for the movie to rehash the entire Spidey origin and spend so much time with Uncle Ben and Aunt may just to slightly alter the pivotal death scene and make it feel a little trivial.  Personally I would have been happy if they had done the whole got his powers from learned that with great power comes great responsibility schtick in a flash back or in the opening sequence.  I really didn't need to see Ben die, again.  Considering that this reboot is coming less than ten years after the first Spider-man film and less than 3 years after Spider-man 3.

Green Lantern:  I skipped this one in the theater and now that I've seen it I think I made the right choice.  I like Ryan Reynolds and think he's a funny guy who could be really strong as a super-hero, however i don't think Hal Jordan is the super-hero he needs to be.  If they wanted him to be a Green Lantern Guy Gardner is more Ryan's speed.  One thing that pissed me off about this movie was that because it got made I may never get to see a Ryan Reynolds Deadpool movie.  And Ryan's Wade Wilson scenes really were the best part of the Wolverine: Origins fiasco.  The movie is pretty but there is way way way too much CG.  It's no surprise that this film went from big screen to DVD red box in under 3 months.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter:  From the people who brought you Pride and prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters comes another story who's title is it's main selling point.  I skipped Cowboy's and Aliens and was on the fast track to miss this in theaters too, but my pay Eloy was getting married the next day and wanted to see this as part of his bachelor party, so off we went.  I'm going to say I enjoyed 2/3rds of the movie ironically.  The last 1/3rd was too much even for me to stomach.  I'll have more to gripe about when I get to the spoiler section.

Batman Rising:  I got to see this just a bit earlier than the midnight movie viewers as Mosi Imax was doing a special 7:30 screening.  Remind me to only go to Mosi Imax if I'm guaranteed to be able to get a seat in the very middle.  My neck was so sore from turning my head to try to see the whole film.  And their seats are not the best if you're going to be viewing a 2 hour 47 minute feature.  But on to the movie.  Prior to viewing the film I had my misgivings about Bane.  Tom Hardy is a great actor and I thought his portrayal of the prison boxer Bronson was inspired.  He's worked with Nolan before as well so I knew that they could pull off some good stuff, but still I was really blown away with his intensity.  Bane is not a main tier Batman villain... i mean look how Schumaker treated him, literally a gorilla to work as an underling for Thurman's Poison Ivy... ugh that thing was a mess.  This movie though really redeems Bane and makes him a cinematic force to be reckoned with.  Again i'll have more in depth comments in the spoilers.

Compare and contrast time.
If you need to see one Superhero movie this year see Avengers... if you need to see two Batman is the best choice.
Spider-man may be a third option, provided nothing else really epic comes out... which I think it might, Hobbit doesn't count as a super hero film so you're safe there.  Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is fun, but falls short, I know you're saying BUT IT'S AN ACTION VAMPIRE MOVIE NOT SUPER HERO, to which I reply, bullshit.  Blade 1-3 are all super hero films and so is this.  Pulp to the core ladies and gents, even if the film keeps forgetting if it's supposed to be a historically accurate biopic or what...
Green lantern is so low on my superhero films radar right now, it's just sad.  Gonna tear it apart in the next section.


spoiler time.Collapse )

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Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Subject:Thoughts on Prometheus
Time:10:57 am.
Ok. Couple quick thoughts on Prometheus. I'm not going to do a full review because the internet is aflame with those right now. Keep in mind I'm not an expert on the Alien(s) universe. I've seen each movie once, and it's been probably a decade since I watched the early ones and even then I don't think I watched them in order. So gimme slack if any of my details are faulty.

Prometheus is a high concept Sci-Fi film set in the same universe of Alien, Aliens, Aliens 3 and Alien Resurrection. The Alien Vs Predator universe appears to be a separate time line as if that stuff had happened the events of this movie would be significantly different, so don't try to fit that stuff into cannon and I think the Predator(s) films probably feels the same way.

I liked the movie and felt that the special effects and pacing were good. It was filmed in 3D same as Avatar, so if you're looking for that immersion feeling go ahead and watch it in 3D. Personally I don't find the 3D effects really do very much for me, and since I don't remember things in 3D it seems like extra money to wear some goofy glasses for a few hours.

Spoilery stuff stop reading here if you don't want spoilers. Ridley Scott has really added an interesting religious subtext to the movie which is explored in depth in this review over here:
http://cavalorn.livejournal.com/584135.html#cutid1

That's all good and lends itself to some stuff to look for the second or third time you watch the movie. For me though, I'm going to a movie in the Alien(s) universe to see some Xenomorphs. I've been fascinated by HR Geiger's design work for years and I was looking forward to some spectacular new set pieces and imagery. Aside from an expanded Space Jockey and a mural seen briefly we don't get a lot of this though. The Engineer design evokes the classic image of a Titan or a God and that's cool and all, but it can be a little boring when you're going in hoping for lots of bitey teeth stuff. And while there is plenty of blood guts and creature action to enjoy in the movie a lot of the actual monster stuff gets a bit confusing. For example if you blink when they first walk into the room with the jars, you'll miss the worms on the ground that it is assumed turn into the snake like face-hugger things later on. I would also postulate that it is because of a regenerative property of these worms that the snake is able to regrow it's head to continue attacking the glasses science nerd. But as we are not shown what happens to mohawk geologist nerd after the acid blood melts his faceplate it's kind of a surprise when he shows up all super bendy murder death kill later on. It's left to the individual audience member to figure how the bio-weapon seed in the jar is mutating and affecting each individual it comes into contact with.

Anyway, in summation this is a big movie that is getting some very mixed reactions from the audiences. It deserves to be seen and I do recommend it, it is a long awaited addition to the Alien mythos.
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Subject:Review of Andy Deane's The Third House.
Time:10:55 am.
Full disclosure before I write this review; I've known Andy Deane for probably more than 10 years. I first met him at "Goth Con" in New Orleans while I was still in college. I became a fan of his music when I heard his band "Bella Morte" play, and I've seen him perform live well over 20 times. I became a fan of him when I heard him talk to people at the convention and just be real. He's a great guy with a great sense of humor. "The Third House" is the second book of Andy’s that I have read. I have a signed copy of his first novel "The Sticks" around here somewhere which I read in between shifts when I was working a Vampire themed haunted house at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream a few years back. Maybe sometime I'll write a review of that one too. The Third House is the story of a touring rock group that makes a wrong turn one night after a show and ends up meeting something inbred and evil in an abandoned town off the main route. The true nature of the horror is never made completely clear, but it could be eldritch in nature or extraterrestrial perhaps, but or this story it doesn't matter. This book is a creature feature and if you're a fan of slasher movies, splatter punk novels, or violent video games then there is something for you in this thin tome. Weighing in at 113 pages, The Third House is a quick morsel to whet your appetite for the works of Mr. Deane. Although some of his similes can feel a bit strained at times, and you may find yourself smacking your head at the dumb actions our hero and his friends take along the course of the story, I do give my whole hearted recommendation that you pick up a copy, if you have the chance. You should also check out his music if this is the first time you've heard of Bella Morte. A finer Death Rock band I would be hard pressed to recommend.
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Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Subject:Review Blog?
Time:10:54 pm.
Been awhile since I used this regularly. But I'm thinking of writing more reviews
for things I read, view, or play and rather than create a whole new blog with hosting costs etc. why not come back to my old stomping grounds on LJ.
So Hello again! I seem to recall that I have written a few reviews here in the past, so I will be dredging them up and updating a list of links for them. Which you will find below as I update it:

Review of the 2008 Film Doomsday.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0483607/
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/261975.html

Few sentences on the 2007 films "The Number
23" and "Ghost Rider"
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2007/02/24/

Like 2 sentences on 2005's Aeon Flux... barely qualifies:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/242637.html

2005 Mirror Mask:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2005/11/08/

2005 Capote:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/240381.html

Compare and Contrast Fantastic Four and Sky High 2005
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/233865.html

Care Bear Movie 1985:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/220527.html

Finding Neverland 2005:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2005/01/12/

Farenheit 911:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/210972.html

2004
Alexander and Ray:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/205310.html

1993 City Hunter:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2004/10/11/

Napoleon Dynamite:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/185564.html

I, Robot:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/185650.html

Chronicles of Riddick:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/178963.html

Faun Fables, Rasputina, Legendary Pink Dots concert review:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/179933.html

Dodgeball:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/181295.html

Anime series "Now and Then, Here and There."
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2004/06/26/

Michael Moorcocks "The Black Corridor":
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/175510.html

2003
Gothika/This Missing/Haunted Mansion/The Last Samurai/In America
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2003/12/05/

Girl with a Pearl Earing:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2003/12/12/

House of Sand and Fog
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2003/12/17/

T3
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/148525.html

Pirates of the Carribean
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2003/07/07/

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2003/07/10/

X-Men 2
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/140032.html

House of 1000 Corpses
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/136190.html

2002
Equilibrium
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2002/12/15/

Jackass:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2002/10/25/

Stupid White Men by Michael Moore.
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2002/08/02/

Coraline by Neil Gaiman:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2002/08/07/

Signs:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2002/07/30/

Spider-man and Beborn Beton / Apoptygma Berzerk concert
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/76557.html

Local band called Conceit:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2002/05/13/
Pictures from that show:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/80634.html

Review of 3 webcomics:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2002/04/15/

My favorite B Movie The Convent:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/59984.html

Blue Monday comic:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/61456.html

They Might Be Giants Concert:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/66420.html

Super Troopers:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2002/02/23/

Invader Zim
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2002/01/21/

2001
Mira Concert:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2001/09/09/

London After Midnight Concert:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/14375.html

Final Fantasy Spirit within:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2001/07/10/

Moulin Rouge:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/2001/06/24/

List of books I owned as of 2005:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/214531.html

In 2000-2001 I was briefly employed as a video game reviewer for www.gamegenie.com

Here's my old reviews I was able to find on their site:

http://gamegenie.com/reviews/ps1/brokensword2.html

http://gamegenie.com/reviews/ps1/dune2000.html

http://www.gamegenie.com/reviews/ps1/alundra2.html

http://www.gamegenie.com/reviews/dreamcast/evolution.html

http://www.gamegenie.com/reviews/ps1/rainbowsix.html

New Reviews as I add them:
Review of Andy Deane's The Third House.
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/270926.html

Thoughts on Prometheus:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/271333.html

The Complete Book of Swords by Fred Saberhagen:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/345939282

Simon Vector by Jak Holding:
http://www.amazon.com/review/R2H0SWXMGZQPWR/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B007ZDJ39Y&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, and Green Lantern
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/271493.html

Life of Pi and Skyfall.
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/271759.html

CORRECTION: A Gerald Ruhming Tale of Terror
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/475179258

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/272009.html

Corruption: A Marshal Boothe Tale of Justice

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/497645986

Mama:
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/272354.html

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/536279723

Evil Dead Remake.
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/272513.html

World War Z
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/595500998

Miscalculation: A Noir Tale of Skull Morgan.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/582459818

Disraeli, Portrait of a Romantic
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/595723089

5 quick movie reviews.  Pain and Gain.  The Artist.  The King's Speech.  Bottle Rocket.  The Raven.
http://alightinthefire.tumblr.com/post/49154803928/weekend-film-reviews

Once...
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/605980231

The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/605992459

Iron Man 3
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/272645.html

Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/612859174

The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters.
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/626347157

Duke Manfist by Phil Elmore
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/892935583

Ilium/Olympos by Dan Simmons
wrote one review for two books in a series cause I'm lazy:The Dreams of Dragons: An Exploration and Celebration of the Mysteries of Nature by Lyall Watson
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1267430204

'Tis by Frank McCourt
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1267444438

There are worse things I could do. by Adrienne Barbeau
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1268149718

The Shades of Time and Memory by Storm Constantine
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1268184592

A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1268982992

Dead in Dixie by Charlaine Harris
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1272403988

American Gothic: Tales from the Dark Heart of the Country  edited by Elizabeth Terry
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1272676381

Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1275007168

Contact by Carl Sagan
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1284429132

God Drug by Stephen L. Antczak
http://cinzazul.livejournal.com/272984.html
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1296733536

The Book of a Thousand Days By Shannon Hale
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1296846870

The Demon Princes by Jack Vance
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1298768118

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1302379880

Grace & Forgiveness John & Carol Arnott
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1302513707


iZombie
Dead to the World
uVampire
Six Feet Under and Rising
Repossession.
Written by Chris Roberson drawn by Michael Allred

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1302548592
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1302548637
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1302548679
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1302548728

Call of the Jersey Devil by Aurelio Voltaire
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1305411065

The Triumph of Caesar by Steven Saylor
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1305430753

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1305447620

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1306068943

Whores of Lost Atlantis by Charles Busch
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1306164969

Krampus the Yule Lord by Brom
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1306185009

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1310635624

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1312275061

Anna Karenin by Tolstoy:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1610484062

The Wise Man's Fear

The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two

by Patrick Rothfuss
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1614195447
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Friday, July 1st, 2011

Subject:Oh spam bots. How I missed you.
Time:8:19 pm.
ashleyxoo91 1:49 PM
hey u. i uploaded those pictures finally! www.badkittie.craves.it
djdlr 1:49 PM
hi there. Are you a spam bot?
ashleyxoo91 1:49 PM
hey.i finally got new pics. uploaded some about an hour ago. www.badkittie.craves.it/
djdlr 1:49 PM
I'll take that as a yes.
49:52
Kindly fuck off and die. You are a waste of code.
ashleyxoo91 4:10 PM

djdlr 4:10 PM
derp
ashleyxoo91 4:10 PM
i hope you want to chat with a horny girl today...
djdlr 4:11 PM
The only thing sadder than this being a bot, is if you were a real person stuck in front of a computer trying to lure morons to your site all day.
ashleyxoo91 4:11 PM
Accept the invite, if you need the link again its http://randomchatgirls.com/randomgirl?=2026
djdlr 4:12 PM
I neither need nor want the link. I am working in an office at this moment and must assume that your link is not safe for work. Please stop IMing me you horrible thing.
ashleyxoo91 4:12 PM
try this http://randomchatgirls.com/randomgirl?=6078
djdlr 4:12 PM
No.
ashleyxoo91 4:13 PM
i am a little busy right now, just got a new laptop trying to set my cam up..
djdlr 4:13 PM
You couldn't pass a turing test even if you were a human.
ashleyxoo91 4:13 PM
i have a fetish for being on camera
djdlr 4:14 PM
you have a fetish for NOT EXISTING
ashleyxoo91 4:14 PM
you can watch my webcam but you're not a kid right??
djdlr 4:15 PM
This is actually the FBI you are being investigated for soliciting Minors. This conversation has been logged and will be used against you in your trial.
ashleyxoo91 4:15 PM
k ..well im gonna show you ..k?
djdlr 4:16 PM
If you want to be arrested. Go right ahead.
ashleyxoo91 4:16 PM
http://mylittlecamshow.com/acceptinvite?=3095 go there and my video will load, just click accept invite, its 100% free to join since I'm a premium member, you only need a credit card to verify that you are over 18 ;p
djdlr 4:17 PM
blocked
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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Subject:Home again home again jiggidy jigg.
Time:10:47 pm.
I haven't been on LJ in so long... wth did they do to this place?
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Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Subject:ugh
Time:3:26 pm.
air conditioning broke Thursday. Called and a guy from the leasing office came and "fixed" it while I was at work Friday. Came home... nope still broke. Went down and talked to them when I paid rent today, he came back looked at it again and said he'd have to grab a new compressor and go up to the roof to install it tomorrow morning.

So it's 90+ degrees in here and I've got two fans trained on me on max at all time. I think I need to get out of the house tonight. Meh.
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Monday, July 27th, 2009

Subject:Thought this was cool.
Time:1:36 pm.
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Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Time:7:23 pm.


In this photo released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Paul Gagnon displays a vintage 'Life' magazine cover featuring Ernest Hemingway to convince the judges he should win the 2009 'Papa' Hemingway Look-Alike contest Saturday, July 25, 2009, at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. The competition, to choose the man that best emulates Hemingway, attracted 140 entrants from all over the United States. It's a highlight event of Key West's six-day Hemingway Days festival that ends Sunday, honoring the author who lived on the island in the 1930s.
(AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

Yahoo News.

And yet... my dad didn't win for the 10th year in a row.

What a pisser eh?
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Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Subject:How do I shot web?
Time:3:42 pm.


Damn you JV.

I'm amazed at how much more Homo-Erotic Japanese MTV must be. I can't think of a next sentence that won't be taken as pejorative... so here's another video:



Edit: This is how I know no one is reading this. I have a duplicate video up for 2 weeks and no one comments to tell me to fix it.
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Friday, June 5th, 2009

Time:11:56 pm.
meh, first time this week I really feel like twittering and the website is down for maintenance.

also I've been leaving so many notes on accounts at work that I make changes to I'm starting to feel like I need to leave Za after every period.

The preceding sentence only makes sense if you work with me...
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Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Time:1:55 am.
Sometimes I feel like I have diarrhea of the brain. Where I have to write something even if it's shit or my head will stagnate with the stench of it. I need to run my words right out of my brain, let the drip down the page, and seep through to the desk. It's like the thoughts are a thick yellow liquid that flows out of my ears and puddles on my shirt. It may be a disease, it may be a sickness. Writing the words down seems to help lance the boil, releasing the pus of my malignant thoughts out and beginning the healing process. The problem begins when I can't stand to go back and look at the filth that spilled out of my head wound. I fail at self-editing. And I know that if I can't learn to like reading my own work, there is no way anyone else will enjoy reading it either.
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Time:1:28 am.
Painted faces, what are we living for?

Empty spaces, that lead on and on....

Darkness falls, and inside my heart is bleeding still.

Another moment, another silent release.

Filled with heartache, my blood is weak.

On and on. The darkness falls and yet I still search for the light.

Another moment, a crystal on the shelf.

A pretty picture, a toast to your health.

Tears that fall, and no one ever stopped to know your name.

Please and thank you. The words I never said.

Standing still... or standing on my head.

Alone and silent, alone in my empty bed.

Whatever happens, it wasn't happenstance,

A man, a moment, a nightmare plan.

The shadows creep across my floor, and puddle there.

I feel like I'm sinking, a chorus of regret.

I have been drinking, but I'm not even buzzing yet.

Day and night, fight for right, or simply fall apart.

In my mind now, I've left out the mat.

Open to possession, if you repossess my hat.

Silly verses, that make almost no sense at all.

Repeated cadence, it's like a chocolate rain.

Bruised and beaten, I whisper the refrain.

On and on, will I ever live to see the day?

This entries pointless, wouldn't you say?
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Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Subject:The answer of course, was "Smack my bitch up."
Time:1:19 pm.
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