Archive for January, 2012

Elmore Leonard is one of America’s greatest living crime-writers. Nothing about Raylan is going to change that. Still, the new book does go to show that even the best have their off days.

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When we last left vampire Death Dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and her lover, vampire/lycan hybrid Michael (Scott Speedman), at the end of Underworld: Evolution (we can ignore the fairly unnecessary prequel film, Rise of the Lycans), they had successfully defeated both the sole remaining vampire elder Marcus, the first vampire, and his brother William, the first werewolf. What’s more, Selene had acquired new, somewhat undefined powers – we could assume enhanced strength and agility, and we knew for sure she could now walk in daylight. With the leaders of both the vampires and lycans dead, and what remained of the clans thrown into chaos because of their actions, Selene and Michael stood at a crucial turning point in the centuries-long war between the two sides.

Yeah, well, forget about all that.

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My Favorite Movies of 2011

2011 was a pretty damn good year for movies. It’s telling that – even after deciding to expand this list to 15 instead of 10, I still didn’t have room for a lot of movies I liked, such as The Lincoln Lawyer, Ides of March, Hobo with a Shotgun, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil and Midnight in Paris.  Here’s hoping 2012 can match 2011’s level of quality, especially with it being our last year on Earth and all.

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