Archive | April, 2015

A review of “The Tall Man” (2012)

30 Apr

Eric Robert Nolan, Author

I’m again blogging old movie reviews from Facebook.  In retrospect, I maybe should have given this clever, unexpected gem a 9 out of 10.  I am also a little confused about whether there was a sequel to this movie, entitled “The Regret.”  (Or was that an overseas title for this film?)

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I really liked “The Tall Man” (2012) though I can tell right away that many other viewers will not. And it’s hard to explain why, because this is a “twist movie” that’s difficult to discuss without spoilers. The film that you sit down to watch absolutely is not the same film that you wind up seeing.

The movie opens with Jessica Biel as an idealistic doctor in a gorgeous but very poor Washington State small town. The town’s children sporadically disappear, according to a creepy and wonderfully effective montage, and townsfolk blame the supernatural “Tall Man.” For a…

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‘Keep Your Enemies Close’ by H.S. Stone

28 Apr

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First, the probes arrived. Then the mother ship landed. Then Lia’s world changed forever.

With the alien invaders’ arrival, Lia and her best friend, Bryn, sign up for military duty to protect their town. When the aliens attack, however, Lia and her comrades are helpless to stop them. Worse, after the attack, she discovers that several of the townspeople, including her family, were abducted. Despite Lia’s pleading, no one wants to save those taken by the aliens.

Desperate to rescue her parents and her little sister, Lia turns to the only source of help she can find… a captured alien invader.

‘Keep Your Enemies Close’ is an interesting science fiction novel, with a really unique storyline. It had many twists and turns that kept me hooked. It surprised me a couple of times, so I’ll definitely check out other books by H.S. Stone.

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A review of “Super 8” (2011)

28 Apr

Eric, I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Yes, there was several winks to ‘E.T.’-I get that. Also, it is an all ages film, and so we don’t get anything super gruesome or explicitly sexual. However, I think this film succeeds on all levels.

I liked that even though the movie came out in 2011, it was set in either the very late 70’s or very early 80’s (I recall a poster or a model of one of the early space shuttles). The actors did an awesome job of making the viewer really care about them and I really enjoyed the subterranean aspects of the alien. I happened to be reading Brian Lumley’s Ghoul at the time and I couldn’t help but to notice this similarity.

Hell, I may even watch this movie again tonight!

Eric Robert Nolan, Author

“Super 8” (2011) was, as everyone told me, a good movie – I’d give it an 8 out of 10. It had a smart, funny script that made for likeable adolescent protagonists, some nice tension in setting up a sci-fi mystery, and some great special effects (including an impressive train crash that reminded me of the very different “Final Destination” movies). I had fun with this.

I can only enjoy “family films” so much, though. It isn’t that I need violence or sex to be entertained. It’s that these movies are “safe” and therefore predictable. When I realized early on that this was intended for general audiences, it gave me a pretty good idea of what would and would not happen throughout the film. (This film is a mystery that is a little hard to discuss without spoilers.)

The movie was made even more predictable when you realize that director…

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Winners of the Clash of Legends Giveaway

28 Apr

Congrats to the winners in Joleene’s contest!

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Thanks so much to everyone who entered the giveaway! Random.org has chosen the winners:

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I’ve contacted each at the addresses I have for them. If you’re a winner and did not get your message please drop me a line at joleene(at)joleenenaylor.com.

Congrats to the winners and thanks again to everyone who entered. Look forward to more giveaways this year, including one that promises to be really, really awesome!

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‘On The Run (The Moriya Chronicles: Book 1)’ by I-Lanaa Twine

28 Apr

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Isn’t it amazing how in a mere split second, the very essence of who you are can change forever? That in just an instant your entire life can be ripped to shreds?

One night, three years ago, my mother was torn from us. Gone, without a trace. And just like that, nothing was ever the same.

Thrust into a world of darkness and danger, my father and I were forced to flee a past that haunted us and the beasts that hunted us.

As the black walls of despair closed all around me, I felt eternally lost…

Until I found him. And he helped me find myself.

Derrick Harris was a beacon of the purest light, guiding me straight into the warmth of his heart.

But sometimes the past has a way of finding you. Lies have a way of catching up to you. And secrets never seem to stay…

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Pay it Forward Friday – “I Love My Authors” The Blood Curse Series, Author Tessa Dawn, Release Day

28 Apr

Midnight existential angst.

28 Apr

Fear not, Eric, though our mortality is certain, there are many things that we can do to improve the life left in us.

Exercise vigorously, eat well, and remember at least one good thing about your day and you soon will find that your mind will gently slip into that ever blissful dream state. Who knows? Maybe tonight’s nocturnal wanderings will lead you to that long sought after great revelation…

Eric Robert Nolan, Author

It is always at its apex when, in silence and under cover of darkness, one day supplants another.  Sleep recedes, drawing back like the tide of an ever quickening, warm ocean.

Freud wrote that we are driven by two basic needs: the sex urge and the desire to be great. Is it a sign of advancing age that the latter eclipses the former?

When I was young, I chased young women. But at midnight now my mind will chase the racing, red, flame-bright hare of purpose, that year by year gains distance from me with its slim rose legs, as the years ahead themselves grow fewer.

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