Showing posts from January, 2019

I Tried a Jack Reacher Book. Here's Two Stars for you.

In my quest to tackle more current, popular fiction, I decided that The Midnight Line, number 22 in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, was as good of a place to start as any. I also consumed an unabridged audio book version of the novel, so if you're a Reacher fan put off by my two stars, hey, consider the source!
Anyhow, my biggest gripe with the story was how boring it was. For long stretches, much of the story was Reacher coming up short in his quest to find the owner of pawned West Point ring he happened upon. 
Certainly, I wasn't expecting the mystery to be solved right off the bat, but there's no escalation as the plot rolls on. It's largely one dead end after another after another with little sense of urgency beyond a vague sense of obligation on Reacher's end.
As for Reacher himself, I get why people have come to love the character over the years, but as an stand alone story, again, I was bored with him. He's infallible. Physically, he seems to have no…

REVIEW - Whoa, Unbreakable Still Holds Up Really Well

Superhero movies from the early 2000s don't really hold up all that well. My opinion of course. Relax! It's nothing personal.

For some reason, I find that people get more upset than they should when you say superhero movies aren't that great. Even if said person (me) has multiple superheroes tattooed on them! I'm a fan!
And really, let's be honest here, the genre has been filled with more misses than hits, though the pendulum is starting to swing rapidly toward the opposite (get it together, DC). That's how film genres work though. They start clunky, and grow and improve over time.
All that said, last night I fired up my two-disk special edition Unbreakable DVD into the 'ol Xbox. Two things first:
1. Do we fire up DVDs? 2. Really? No Blu-ray?
You can make an argument that Unbreakable was the first film to take a serious look at a superhero story while much of the genre as we know it today was still in its relative infancy. Maybe the movie going audience wasn'…