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  1. Stalking Death

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    "My fellow countrymen. When you hear these words, the beginning of the fifth meeting between the United States and Russia in the Olympic War Games will be just minutes away." - The Survivor, by Walter F. Moudy


    I crouch in the basement of an abandoned building, my heart thumping away in my chest like some out of control metronome. Knowing that death is lurking in every room, hallway, and shadowy corner, I fear to take my eyes from the red dot sight on my combat rifle for even a moment. It would only take second of distraction,
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  2. Reviewed: Ironclad

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    When this movie was first announced early last year, I was excited. In a world overrun with movies about ninjas, samurai and kung fu fighting, there are just far too few movies about the iconic knights of medieval Europe. It really is a shocking turn of events. I mean, as a kid I grew up with lots of books, movies (John Boorman’s classic Excalibur was my favorite…even though I had no business watching it at that age) and even cartoons that dealt with medieval themes – not to mention the ‘80s phenomenon of Dungeons & Dragons. How things change
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  3. Reviewed: Wolfhound from the Grey Hound Clan

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    So I watched that remake of Conan the Barbarian the other day. You know, the one starring the guy with the funny last name? I was preparing to write a review but I found the story to be so thoroughly wearisome that it didn’t even merit the effort to ridicule it in public. That is saying something as I was never a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s muscle-headed original and figured they could only go up…but I guess I underestimated the extravagant incompetence of modern Hollywood. What a waste of time that movie turned out to be.

    So, in
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  4. My take on Sons of Anarchy

    After reading what other people had to say about Sons of Anarchy in this thread, I decided to give the series a try. I can report I'm now caught up after picking up the set on DVD and it's been a fun, if somewhat bizarre, ride.

    For those unfamiliar with the series, the story revolves around an outlaw motorcycle club which thrives in the small town of Charming. The fictional club has clearly been loosely based on the real life Hells Angels, and many of trappings of "one percenter" outlaw motorcycle culture are an integral part of the basic story. Like their real life counterparts, ...
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  5. I want to be a Troll Hunter!

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    (…but not the internet kind)


    I’ve been watching more and more foreign films lately. Strangely, I’ve enjoyed them quite a bit, sub-titles and all. Most of these films have been thoughtful dramas of the sort that Hollywood once made, back when every flick didn’t have to revolve around some juvenile cause célèbre, but could deal with real world issues that the average Joe could relate to. However, of late I’ve been noticing that even when it comes to a modern Hollywood’s mainstay – FX-laden sci-fi / fantasy stories – foreign studios
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