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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Carl’s Oscar picks

Here are my fabulous Oscar picks.  These are almost guaranteed winners. Best Picture – The Artist (this one’s a slam dunk) Best Director – Michael Hazanavicius (see Best Picture) Best Actress – Viola Davis (Meryl Streep has a chance, but bank on Davis for this one) Best Actor – George Clooney (I’m going for the Read More…

Movie Review: Star Wars The Phantom Menace 3D

The three newer Star Wars movies (episodes 1 – 3) tend to be overly maligned.  The only one of the three that deserves to be skewered is the Attack of the Clowns (I mean Clones).  The Phantom Menace, although maybe not as good as some of the earlier Star Wars has quite a bit to Read More…

Top 15 Fantasy and Horror Novels: #10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowlings

Because the Harry Potter series was so iconic and so well done by JK Rowlings, I wanted to make sure I got one of the novels in the series into my top fifteen list.  There were several excellent novels in the series.  The Prisoner of Azkhaban really got me hooked in the series, and The Read More…

Top 15 Fantasy and Horror Novels: #11 Pet Semetary by Stephen King

Pet Semetary was the first Stephen King novel I ever read and from that moment forward, I was hooked.  King’s early works are unmatched in the horror genre, and Pet Semetary is a perfect example of why.  The story connects at an emotional level.  I wasn’t even in my teen years when I read this Read More…

Movie Review: Chronicle

Chronicle is a dark movie about three high school kids who develop advanced telekinetic powers after climbing down into a cave and discovering a crystalline structure that is alien in nature (my theory anyway).  Their powers continue to grow stronger, while Andrew, one of the three boys who has developed this power, continues to brood Read More…

Book Review: Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Joe Hill’s debut novel certainly lived up to the hype of something you might expect from the son of Stephen King. It is well crafted, well plotted, with good creepy elements mixed throughout.  Ghost stories are pretty much a dime a dozen, so in order to standout the story has to have strong characters and Read More…