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Old Review, New Review, Movie Night

So, tonight was de facto movie night, and I watched two films while cleaning out my email Inbox, and realized that I had missed out on doing the review for one of the books that one movie was based on –

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I Am Number Four…

Read my review on GoodReads here. Read IMDB’s review here.

The other movie was Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues.

(The cover on IMDB is not nearly as pretty as the cover on the disc I got from the library. I might update this to match, but then, maybe not.)

Hank was a country music legend, and this documentary not only featured his music and original recordings, but so much that I didn’t know about the man – that I’m sure many don’t know. It was sad to hear how much he suffered, and how loved he was by those who knew him. We can all only wish to be as loved and remembered as Hank Williams was.

It was also very humbling to hear a recording of him using a phrase my Pop used to use all the time – a phrase that apparently Hank used just as often…

“Lord willing…”

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Movie Night – Robocop (2014)

Another movie courtesy of out local public library:

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Tonight was Family Movie Night, and tonight’s selection was Robocop. The original version was somewhat corny, and so is this one. Good cop gets injured thanks to the line of duty, gets revolutionary treatment, melding what is left of his body with a mechanical suit and computer programming, turning him into a tool (literally and figuratively).

While the man/machine story is not new, the take was modernized, and something believable for the very near future. However, this wasn’t a complete copy of Robocop – it seems they threw some Judge Dredd in there, Cylon (Battlestar Galactica) in there, and Hunger Games-like media coverage. Obviously this is an updated, pop-media aware version of a cult classic!

Good action movie, but don’t expect a replay of the original – this one has all of the updated tech you would expect from a modern action flick, plus some advanced tech befitting its futuristic storyline. I’d give it 3.5 stars (out of 5).

Movie Night – Timbuktu

So, I am still behind in my reviews, but I am working on them. Really!! But last night was Movie Night, and I seen a deeply moving motion picture that I had borrowed from my local library (libraries are AWESOME!) that I felt I should share with you all.

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The story of a small town, families torn apart by tragedy, and standing up for yourself. The character that I felt the most moved by as the credits rolled was Toya. She lost so much… But by no means was she the only moving figure…

The fish seller. The fisherman. The former rapper. The late night singers. The woman and Sweetpea. The cowherd.

This was an excellent film, and one of those rare things that made you glad that you watched instead of read, and for this, I chose to share it. If you want to watch a movie with a powerful message, I highly recommend this one!