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BONE TOMAHAWK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bone Tomahawk takes place in the 1890s in a small frontier town called Bright Hope.  After the arrival of a mysterious drifter, the town is stalked by shadowy, primitive Native American characters.  They murder a local farmhand and kidnap the drifter, the female doctor and a deputy.  The Sheriff is advised by a friendly Native American that the ones who conducted the kidnapping and murder are not considered true Native Americans.  They are primitive cave dwellers referred to as troglodytes, known for their savagery, barbarism and cannibalistic tendencies.  The Sheriff assembles a team including an elderly deputy, an itchy fingered gunslinger and a civilian townsman (husband of the kidnapped doctor) to track down the troglodytes and save the townsfolk.  Together, they head out to face the dangers of the wild where the chances of survival are fleeting.
Bone Tomahawk is a perfect merger of the western and cannibal-horror genres.  Clocking at 132 minutes, it runs a bit longer than some mig…

THE MARTIAN (THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!)!!!!!!!

As promised, just a short follow-up on the Martian, the movie which was released last month.  I wrote a longer review of the book (here).

The movie is pretty enjoyable, and although it shifts a few scenes around, it stays pretty much true to the book at least as far as big scenes and bullet points go.  I mean, there are things that just won’t translate well to the big screen, so they kept a lot off.  Specifically, going into details with all the different math calculations and science.  They really streamline it all, and show you things, instead of bore you with details.
There were a few problems I had with the movie though.  I think the main one is the passage of time.  They did a good job with Watney, letting him appear more primal as the movie progresses, but pretty much everyone else looks the same.  So even though 400 days or so have passed, it just looks like a week to everyone but Watney.  The progression of time was also poorly translated in the scenes when Watney had to driv…