Archive for June, 2016
Dwayne Johnson, the hulking beast of a former WWE wrestler affectionately known as The Rock, has made a new name for himself in the film world over the last decade as a hulking beast in action-packed fare such as the Fast and Furious franchise, Pain and Gain, San Andreas and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. If you were to have said he would have such a illustrious career in acting after his first starring role in the failed The Scorpion King, I would have said you’re nuts. But with his willingness to explode with charisma in much quieter fare (such as Be Cool and Gridiron Gang) and co-starring roles in tent-pole films like Get Smart and The The Other Guys, Johnson found a solid, respectable footing in cinema history. Some may pigeonhole Johnson as an action star, but he’s also shown his flair for comedy in many of the roles mentioned above, and though his attempts at straight comedy/kid flicks have proved to be his Kryptonite, whenever he combines comedy with one of his strengths, he usually finds a way to outshine his comedic partners. No more so is this true than in Central Intelligence, where Johnson steals every scene away from Kevin Hart to surprise as one of this year’s most hilarious performances. Read Full Review
Stream of consciousness is a writing technique wherein you write what you’re thinking at one specific time without going back to change or edit anything. It’s mostly used as a tool to get a writer back into the groove of writing whenever they’re trapped in an existential quandary or have a bout of writer’s block. Unless a character in a book is having a stream of consciousness moment, generally an exercise like this isn’t usually published for mass consumption. But L.E. Moebius has taken this tool and used it to her advantage. From what I know, every day for thirty days, Moebius wrote one chapter without pause, without double checking aspects from other chapters or going back to fuss over anything she wrote. Whatever came to her mind in however much time it took is what the chapter became. In her second attempt at this format, 30 Days Stream of Consciousness: A Haunting, Moebius intelligently crafts a fast, creative, but somewhat generic story of a haunted house and its unwitting occupant. Read Full Review
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring 2, a respectable follow-up to 2013s The Conjuring. What helps both films rise above most other paranormal-based films lie in these two characters, who act as the ground for the incidents they investigate. Read Full Review
I’m not exactly sure why I chose to see Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Andy Samberg can be funny when he has the right supporting cast backing him up (see Brooklyn Nine-Nine, where he shines mostly because of playful banter with his all-star co-conspirators). I may not always like his brand of humor, which tends to bounce between offensively funny to annoyingly sick, but he knows who he is as a comic, and I admire and respect his ability to push the limits just past the boundaries of acceptance, and then continue to do so when the backlash is small or non-existent.
Going into Popstar, I wasn’t sure which side I was going to get. Was it going to be closer to Brooklyn Nine-Nine, where he relies heavily on his diverse cast to bounce a much more subtle performance off of, or was it going to be more frantic and in your face, where no one else around him seems to matter and where he puts too much stock into sophomoric bathroom humor and dick jokes that have already gotten old and stale? My prognosis: it’s a little bit of both, and because of that, doesn’t seem to find the right voice to carry the entire movie to the finish line. Read Full Review
In history, truth is often lost to the ravishes of time. The biases of each new generation distort facts to best suit their personal agendas. No more evident is this than in the most well-known book of all time: the Bible. But in an attempt to locate the lost city of Atlantis, Matthew Stevens and his team of archaeologists uncover the truth behind the Genesis of the Word. Are you ready to find out what the world doesn’t want you to know?
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My Never Ending Journey to Find Success with What I Love – guest post by Bryan Caron — Ana Spoke, author
My blog is supposedly about self-publishing, although that’s just the current flavor of my personal journey in pursuit of happiness. It has also become a platform through which I’ve “met” other writers and creatives actively pursuing their various original dreams and ideas. It has been a pleasant surprise to discover just how supportive these people […]