In The Watch (2012), a night watchman at the local Costco is brutally murdered, the manager of the store, Evan Trawling (Ben Stiller) starts a neighborhood watch group. He and his group of misfits, Bob (Vince Vaughn), Franklin (Jonah Hill) and Jamarcus (the IT Crowd’s amazing Richard Ayoade) soon suspect alien invasion. Can they stop the aliens before their small Ohio town is laid to waste? Continue reading The Watch (2012)
In American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Shadow’s wife, Laura, is his driving motivation to stay on the straight and narrow when the day finally comes that he’s released from jail. When she’s killed in an accident shortly before his release, he’s left rudderless and accepts a job from a mysterious man named Mr. Wendesday. Soon he discovers a world that could not have been imagined of ambitious new gods versus weary ancient gods. As the storm brews, who will survive and who will win the battle of American gods. Continue reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Release Date: July 9, 1982 | DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
In Tron (1982), Kevin Flynn’s (Jeff Bridges) video game creations were stolen by his former co-worker, Dillinger (David Warner). In order to prove that his games were stolen, Flynn tries to hack into the mainframe of his former workplace, ENDCOM with no success so decides to go to the business himself in order to find proof of the larceny. While there, the Master Control Program (MCP — voiced by David Warner), which has become self-aware, digitizes Flynn and downloads him into the mainframe. In the mainframe, Flynn is forced to fight other programs that appear in the image of their creators and they really can die. Can Flynn get out alive? Continue reading Tron (1982)
The Frood: The Authorised & Very Official History of Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Jem Roberts is an examination of the influences and impact of the late Douglas Adams on British comedy, his most famous work, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and his legacy.
Release Date: July 3, 1985 | DVD Release Date: March 8, 2016
Much has been written about this classic 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson so rather than review the film, I plan to examine why it has remained popular 32 years after its initial release. Enjoy my take on Back to the Future (1985). Continue reading Back to the Future (1985)
Release Date: June 24, 1987 | DVD Release Date: April 28, 2015
In Spaceballs (1987), President Skroob (Mel Brooks) of Planet Spaceballs sends Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) to kidnap Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) of Plant Druidia in order to blackmail her father (Dick Van Patten). A wrench is thrown in the works when Dark Helmet arrives to find that Vespa has fled on the eve of her wedding with her android friend, Dot Matrix (voiced by Joan Rivers).
In Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently is a holistic detective who believes that everything is connected. He sets out to help a man named Richard’s whose girlfriend’s father has been murdered and is convinced that the crime must be solved to clear his own name. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is the first book in the Dirk Gently series. Continue reading Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
In What Doesn’t Kill Us by Nirina Stone, Lucy Reynolds left home at an early age to escape her abusive environment. Now off to the university, she’d like to fly under the radar and forget. Lucy gets caught up in a dangerous game when a secret society called The Seven starts to court her. When Lucy’s friend goes missing, she must fight or she’ll be next. Will she survive and come out stronger? Continue reading What Doesn’t Kill Us by Nirina Stone
In The Family Divided (A Guernsey Novel) by Anne Allen, Andy Bastite is on a quest to uncover the secrets of his family’s past. His father, Edmund, lost his place in the family and Andy wants to clear his name. With the help of divorced writer Charlotte Townsend, will he be able to uncover the truth and restore Edmund’s reputation? The Family Divided is the fourth book in the Guernsey series. Continue reading The Family Divided (A Guernsey Novel) by Anne Allen