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Remembering Satan

I've been on a reading kick as of late, all with nonfiction books strangely.  And it continues with Remembering Satan.

Remembering Satan tells the harrowing true story of the Ingram family, from the small town of OIympia, Washington during the mid to late 80s.  Paul Ingram is described as a humble father and family man; a man in love with his wife and children.  His family includes two boys and three girls; of which two of the girls are twins, although one was mentally challenged.  He was a reputed member of the small community, working as a deputy sheriff in Olympia and also in the role as the Republican chairman in Thurston County, Washington.  They were also heavily involved with the church community.  The family at first attended Catholic services (of which was Paul’s background), but later started attending a charismatic Christian church of which the family found more connected to.
During one occasion, his daughter Ericka, who was a young adult at the time, was away on an all…

Show Me a Hero!!!

(Geek's note: this review is in regards to Show Me a Hero, the book. Not the HBO miniseries!)
"Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
But what makes a hero?
Show Me a Hero is a fascinating look at a true story regarding public housing in the city of Yonkers in the late 80s and early 90s.  The city, as we’re told, was of a predominantly middle-class white population; it was far from diverse.  However, Yonkers did contain public housing or “projects”, that were segregated and located primarily on the east side of the city.  It’s noted that tenants within the public housing were primarily black or Hispanic.
After a court order to desegregate the public housing, the city was ordered to construct townhouses (not apartment complexes which cities were generally accustomed to in regards to public housing) that were scattered throughout the west parts of the city i.e. the less diverse areas.  The idea was to integrate the less fortunate folks into com…

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation!

Y’know, in terms of movies, this summer has been so shit.  Every week, there seems to be a new letdown, a new Hollywood debacle.  Amidst the piles of summer movie dung, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is a glimmer in that mess.  It rises above all the other stenches.
Rogue Nation, the 5th installment in the Mission Impossible franchise, follows our favourite IMF agent, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), as he tracks down a mysterious organization that he believes is tied to many of the recent real-world disasters or wars.  However, while on the trail of this rogue group, or Syndicate, Ethan himself has become a bit of a rogue agent (hence a rogue nation!  Aha, a-ha!  A-hahaha!).  With the IMF becoming defunct, thanks to recent reckless actions, he no longer has ties to a recognized organization.  Not only does Ethan become a chaser, but he’s also the chased, as the CIA are hot on his trails.  Their adventure takes you around the world with thrills and car chases and gun fights.  And you get to…

The Hateful Eight!!! (Teaser...)

The teaser for Quentin Tarantino's next film is finally here!  And it looks glorious!  Shot in the beautiful 70 mm format, this is Tarantino's ninth film.  It's interesting how the teaser notes this as being his eighth.  (Perhaps he doesn't count Jackie Brown, the only title in his repertoire that he didn't script.  Or perhaps Kill Bill vol. 1 and 2 are considered one film).  In any case, this is the 2nd western in a row for the fan favourite film darling.

The production of this movie is interesting because it almost never came to be!  After a script leak in early 2014, the frustrated Tarantino threatened to pull production on the project.  However, after doing a live reading with several of the notable and purported cast members, somehow, he changed his mind.  And now we're all better for it!

I can't wait!  It looks like this year Christmas is going to come with a bullet!  Later geeks!

Goodnight Mommy (2014)

Goodnight Mommy is a Swedish horror/thriller that was originally released in 2014.  The movie follows two young twins as they spend their summer in the remote Swedish countryside.  They’re seen early on celebrating a summer full of innocent fun with laughter, sunshine and smiles.  One day, their mother returns home having gone through cosmetic surgery on her face.  Her face is bandaged beyond recognition.  Is she who she really says she is?  After some suspicious activity, the two boys begin to question her identity.  Is she someone that we can trust?  Alternatively, can the perspective from the boys be trusted?
There’s not too much more I can say about the plot, as the story takes you for a few twists and turns as akin to horror movies.   I will say this though, that within 6 minutes of the movie, you could already tell what the major twist of the story will be.  And it’s mostly because it’s nothing that you haven’t already seen before.  However, the twist itself is not the point; ev…

Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of Wrestlemania

Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of Wrestlemania is the latest New York Times Bestselling autobiography by none other than internet fan-favourite wrestler, Daniel Bryan (aka. Bryan Danielson).  The book takes us through a journey from his independent wrestling roots to his current run as a WWE superstar.  We follow him on his humble journey as he lives off of peanut butter sandwiches, jet-setting across the world to make a few bucks and finally landing himself in the WWE, the wrestling world’s biggest stage.  He shares some stories about his family and about falling in love (with current Diva, Brie Bella).  Although the broad span of the book covers his early career journey, each chapter opens with a short story on the days leading up to the biggest match of his career: main eventing Wrestlemania (28).
If you’ve followed the WWE the past few years, you’ve undoubtedly seen the popular Bryan, or at least his famed YES chants which has been seen across a wide variety of live…