*Movie Review (dvd)
The Burningmoor Deaths is a mockumentary on the serial murders of James Parrish. In 2005, the Parrish family was savagely murdered, with James, the father, as the primary suspect. Parrish managed to disappear into thin air, until a video surfaced, showing the murder of two teenagers in an abandoned home in Bayside Queens. In the video, a man who resembled Parrish was the killer. He remained in hiding from police, until the cast and crew of Gettin’ Hammered decided to purchase the house for rehab, into a bed & breakfast.
This book review will be short and sweet. Not because I didn't like the story or because it's been done before. It's because when it comes to mythology and the stories of Odysseus and his son Telemachus, I can't be angry or cruel. I've always been a lover of Greek tellings, but this one is more than adventure. It was all about how a young boy became a man, without his father there to show him.
Telemachus wanted to defend his mother, Penelope from those seeking to marry her, he he but also wanted to know if his father was still alive, after the whole Troy incident. He wasn't a brute just curious. He was a boy needing his father. He needed to believe his father was still alive and so he headed out to find him. The story was more of an emotional trial than an actual adventure. It's great if you want to go to your next college course on mythology, but it was no Jason and the Argonauts or The Battle of Thermopylae. It's just character building, honestly. Not bad but not good for me, the reader.
I gave the book a decent rating, but not one I'd say, "Oh man- you have to read this!"
July 5, 2016
*An Indie Movie Review
There are movies that move fast and get right in your face, then there are those that are mild, subtle and creep into your territorial bubble and mystify you to bursting. That's what happened with Inheritance, an independent movie that recently released June 2nd. It’s a haunting tale that angers and befuddles you with understanding... yet no understanding at all.
Bethany is a haunting tale of ghosts, delusions and sloppy cereal eating. Written by James Cullen Bressnick (Hate Crimes, Pernicious, If Looks Could Kill), Bethany sets in motion murder and a slippery slope into insanity.
Bethany and her husband have issues with their marriage, and most stems from Claire’s traumatic childhood. From her mother’s knit-picking, to pageants and forced piano playing, she isn’t sure if her mother loved her or loved to hate her. Yet, when she’s the sole beneficiary of her childhood home, she and her husband move right in. And then Claire begins to lose it.
Claire’s got secrets. She’s such an introvert, that to believe they’ve been married for anything longer than a year or two is unbelievable. Her depressing childhood, mother issues and emotional imbalance were obvious and caused her to behave robotically, not in a loving, likable way. It made the movie difficult to enjoy.
What better way to show love for a book than to have Noble share as well? The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden is like a family story, written in what is considered to be medieval Russia. The story glows with folklore and imagery that could sweep you from your feet. It's original and was written with care. Check out my thoughts!
*Audiobook Series Review
Solar Storms, Prequel
Orbs, book 1
White Sands, 1.1
Red Sands, 1.2
Orbs, Book 2
Orbs, Book 3
their final effort. The story is amazing and filled with realistic projections of what could become of us, if there are other things out there. Check out the militant, scientific, dystopian novel series, Orbs. It was so good.
Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Simon & Shuster/Simon 451
June and August of 2016
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