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Tomorrowland
Short version: It's a classic Disney movie. Which means that it has a fantastic message, but a bit of a Pollyanna view. Great messages for young girls, but a very limited racial mix. The effects are amazing. The acting is superb (except, weirdly, for the ev...
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Avengers: Age of Ultron
Short version: Duh. I've been waiting MONTHS for this. I saw it twice this weekend. It was everything I could have hoped for. Get off your ass  (Steve doesn't like that sort of language) and go see it. Now. You can read the rest later. Was it perfect? Nah, ...
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Scraping By on the Belt
Sean Gugler treated me with: progress striking unscrewed heinous kilt free sunshine For an RPG setting, there are some very simple words to work with here. Oddly, "free" is a tricky one, because it's overused in so many settings. The combination of "kilt" a...
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Every Silver Lining has a Cloud
Crickett Hutchinson gave me: ostrich, June, purple, octopus, cellular, daffodil, banner Given that collection, I naturally thought cyberpunk. No? Well, I did. I may also still be in a bit of an apocalyptic mood from yesterday. As such, the bright and shiny ...
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Challenge accepted!
So, in another place, in another time, and under another name I made a boast. I claimed to be something of a wizard at setting creation. I claimed that I could sit down and create a new setting out of whole cloth in less than a day. Not in extensive detail,...
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Home
Short version: It was sweet, touching, and funny. It also was decidedly aimed at a young audience, with very silly world-building, a peculiar but appropriate story structure, and no subtlety. It was much closer to Horton than Shrek. Adults will likely enjoy...
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Have him in circles
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Mad Max: Fury Road
Short version: If you want to see it, you definitely need to see it on the big screen. The action and effects just cry out for it. Do you want to see it? That entirely depends on how you feel about intense, violent, dirty action movies. Because make no mist...
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Ex Machina
Short version: This is a twisted, tense, multi-layered exploration of what it means to be human. And it turns out, being human is not exactly the laudable goal we assume it to be. I highly recommend seeing this movie, though it is not one that requires a th...
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The Land of Tannir
Adam Tannir gave me the kind of mess of obscure words I was expecting out of this challenge: pelagic, ruffian, underwear, niveous, coffee, elk, riparian. Due to a bit of a snafu with his submission, I have the option of trading out riparian for green, but I...
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Do Not Go Gently
Jason Roop provided me with the seven words: "A man, a plan, a canal. Panama." Canals suggest one of three things: Panama (which I wanted to avoid for being a bit too on the nose), Venice, and Mars of the old science fiction epics (e.g., Barsoom, Out of the...
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Woman in Gold
Short version: It is exactly the movie you expect from the trailers. It follows the plot, hits the emotional beats, and features some damn fine acting. It does not stray from the formula, but within the formula it does some wonderful things. I highly recomm...
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Insurgent
Short version: I haven't read the book, but I have to assume that the movie suffers in the adaptation. It is a hot mess from beginning to end. And yet, it still managed to be somewhat enjoyable. If you aren't a fan of the series, wait for Netflix for this o...
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Sonya and my sister both very much enjoyed the first two books, and HATED the third. I have to say that I'm putting the books on my "to read" list somewhere around the complete works of Shakespeare (that is, for some distant day when I have more time to read than I properly know what to do with).
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AKA Lugh or Samldanach
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Husband first, gamer second, atheist third, then it gets muddy.  Occasionally I blather about personal stuff at my LiveJournal.  I much more often blather about gaming stuff at Divison Nihil.  You can also find me on the Twitters.
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Sometime writer, frequent gamer, and constant pet owner.
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Lugh Samldanach