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    Quick Daily Review #116: Christine (1983)

    May 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Christine (1983) Director: John Carpenter Sometime in high school I read the Stephen King novel ‘Christine’ that this movie was based upon, and I really dug it. This movie for the most part faithfully follows the novel, cutting out a few things, and combining a character or two for the sake of brevity. Christine is a 1958 red and white Plymouth Fury built during a time of American innocence and prosperity, but that somehow became indwelt with evil incarnate. Accidents and deaths follow this [...]
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    Swamp Thing (1982) Director: Wes Craven Way down in the swamps of  Louisiana, Dr. Alec Holland (and his sister) has created a top-secret a secret formula that gives both plants/animals (and humans) that touch it the ability to survive in extreme conditions. It basically takes whatever the core essence of the thing it touches and makes that their super power. Alice, a government agent sent to investigate this process, shows up right when Holland is perfecting his formula, and of course, starts [...]
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    Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) Directors: The Chiodo Brothers This is my wife’s favorite movie, so perhaps I should let her review it. Alright, never mind, she says that’s my job, but I will try to write this in her spirit, like one of those authors “writing in the style of…” whoever. The basic story here is all in the title, a group of circus clowns from outer space land in a sleepy little community and begin harvesting the local residents for their own energy consumption. [...]
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    State of the Site Address: May 2015

    May 27, 2015 // 3 Comments

    The month of May has but a few days remaining; we’ll soon be in June which means 2015 will be half way gone. Seems like a perfect time to quickly talk about the state of Vortex Effect and the year that has been thus far. The banner says “monthly address,” but I doubt it. After all, this banner was made quite some time ago and I don’t feel like updating it. It has been a relatively slow year for the site. I quit doing Destiny Daily early on, and just brought it back [...]
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    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) Some movies are defined by the age you were when you first saw them. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is just such a movie for me. As a young squire I was blissfully unaware of how absurd it was that Christian Slater and Kevin Costner were portraying classic British legends. I just thought they were cool movie heroes, and I find, I am able to reconnect with those feelings when I re-watch this. On a side note, has Morgan Freeman had one of the longest careers in [...]
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    Inglorious Basterds (2009) Director: Quentin Tarantino This story takes place in Nazi occupied Paris, where a young and beautiful blonde cinema owner has been tasked with hosting a big event for the entire Third Reich. At the same time, a Dirty Dozen like crew of Allied Nazi Hunters lead by Brad Pitt are looking for a way to end the way, and think they might just have it with this coming movie spectacle. Before Quentin Tarantino turned the horrors of slavery into a fun filled spaghetti western, [...]
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    That Awkward Moment (2014) Imagine if Sex and the City had been written by gay women about straight men instead of by gay men about straight women. Three best friends make a pact to not enter a relationship and just be tail chasing besties who share an apartment in New York City, but of course all of them wind up falling in love with one lady or another and their pact needlessly complicates what would otherwise be simple commonsense relationship progression. It may be possible to combine the [...]
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    Quick Daily Review #110: Pompeii (2014)

    May 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Pompeii (2014) 79 A.D was a very bad year for the city of Pompeii. One of the worst natural disasters of the ancient world occurred as a killer Volcano named Vesuvius erupted and wiped out thousands upon thousands of lives. So now I guess enough time has passed to attempt to turn that tragedy into a silly romantic popcorn movie. I’m game anyway. Too bad that trashy 50s B-Movie vibe clashes with the modern corporate CGI fest that this movie descends into, but that’s the least of our worries [...]
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    Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Director: George Miller I saw this movie in 3D with my wife, who liked it far less than I did, feeling the movie was long on chase scenes and short on story. I say that up front for a little context, but personally I loved that the entire movie is just one long adrenaline rush. The story was started on the run and kept running throughout. Theron’s character Furiosa has taken the powerful Warlord Joe’s (C’mon really, just Joe?) bevy of slave brides in one of his [...]
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    Quick Daily Review #108: Savages (2012)

    May 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Savages (2012) Director: Oliver Stone Two beach bums, one with a military past, and both in an open three way relationship with a hot blonde named Ophelia, start a homegrown marijuana business that becomes very successful. Said business attracts the wrong kind of attention from a very powerful Mexican drug cartel. So, together with the aid of a dirty DEA agent played by John Travolta the trio will go to war against said Cartel, lead by Salma Hayeck. Also, Benicio Del Toro licks and occasionally [...]
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    As Above, So Below (2014) What do you get when you take bits of the Blair Witch Project, Raiders of the Lost Ark, National Treasure, and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, cram them into a giant blender and hit “puree”? This movie. The main character here is a female Indiana Jones type searching for the mystical “Philosopher’s Stone” which after quickly solving a few Da Vinci Code like riddles with the help of her fellow history buff friend (who illegally repairs ancient clock towers in [...]
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    High Fidelity (2000) For many of my teenage years and into my twenties I was one of those dorky retro kids obsessed with old vinyl records and bands that, if my friends had heard of, they did not care about. I say that because when a film is made about a sub-culture, it is important to get that sub-culture right, and High Fidelity does just that, in a way that is equal parts tribute and lampoon. The Jack Black character for instance who is the very cliché of a know it all music snob constantly [...]
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    The Starving Games (2013) It is a futile endeavor to review a movie directed/produced by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the duo responsible for such classics as Epic Movie, Date Movie, Vampires Suck, Meet the Spartans, and the Scary Movie franchise. This movie is what it is. Nothing I say will discourage those who like this sort of thing to knock it off, and those who weren’t going to see it anyway would still be wise to remain on that trajectory. That said, I write all this since I did [...]
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    Today is the day! House of Wolves will go live at 12pm CT. There’s not much to post now simply because there’s only Vanguard and Crucible bounties available. Everything else will kick in once House of Wolves drops, and as you can imagine at that point I’d rather be playing the new story missions than writing Destiny Daily. So today we have a short one. I’ll edit in the Queen’s Wrath bounties once they become available, as well as the Daily Heroic story mission. [...]
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    UPDATE: The changes included in Patch will take affect tomorrow morning when House of Wolves drops. These changes were detailed last Friday in the notes for 1.2.0, but as a refresher I have added them below the bounties. One more day. Tomorrow we’ll be heading into uncharted territory when House of Wolves finally releases. There will be five new story missions to devour, a quest or two, all new Queen’s bounties, a new strike, and of course our first steps into the Prison of [...]

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