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Video Game Achievements in Real Life


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I've always wanted a way to track all the "achievements" in my life too, especially the snooze button, heh.

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Death Wish | Official Trailer

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents director Eli Roth’s reimagining of the classic 1974 revenge thriller DEATH WISH. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is
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The Dark Tower - Film Grouch

The Dark Tower - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
The Josh Chop: It’s never fair to compare a book to a film. Even to compare a screenplay to its final film would be to compare colors of paint in a tube to a final Michelangelo piece. It’s hard to say how this film compares to the novels because, I never read them. When going into this one, I kept an open mind that this film would be unlike other Stephen King novels made for the big screen. Stephen King is of course well known to write fiction that deals with the macabre and horrors only his mind can make up. While The Dark Tower gives us a reason to have nightmares at night, horror is not an overall theme of the film.

I really did enjoy it and would most likely watch it again to see if I could catch things I missed the first time around. My only wish with future Dark Tower films is that the Gunslinger show more emotion and that events be slowed down a bit. They really did fit a TON inside the hour and a half run time. Either way, I definitely think people should see The Dark Tower as it was a pretty decent story overall.
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Atomic Blonde - Film Grouch

Atomic Blonde - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
Swift shot: Set just as the Berlin Wall is about to collapse in 1989, Atomic Blonde delivers style and sexuality with a taste of neon punk and an immersive soundtrack inspired by David Bowie's so-called Berlin Trilogy. This slow but sweet spy thriller does a marvelous job capturing feminine force whilst balancing the nuanced vulnerability that keeps the story from becoming a complete farce of reality. Our Atomic Blonde doesn't always come out of her battles unscathed. But, damn is it fun to watch her turn set pieces into kindling as she messes up the bad guys!

Atomic Blonde also has the added pleasure of being a film you can watch twice to get a better appreciation of each character's motives the second time around, once everything is revealed. If you like slow burn spy thrillers and beautiful women, you'd be a damned fool to miss this one in theaters!
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PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN | Official Trailer

In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr
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Veboli brings back the video store clerk - Film Grouch

Veboli brings back the video store clerk - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
If you are a fan of Seinfeld, you’ll be familiar with the episode called “The Comeback”, wherein Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) happens upon a video store clerk’s recommendations. The clerk, Vincent, seems to really speak to her. His ability to pick the movies she loves resonates with her on every level, and before long she is …
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Nocturne - Trailer - Coming to DVD on 7/25!

A girl running from her past is forced to confront her future when her friends perform an impromptu seance. Dirty secrets are revealed and an uninvite
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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - Film Grouch

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
I set the bar very low for Valerian, just keep me entertained. On that point, the film was a success, because Besson is a master at creating worlds and his imagination on screen is certainly praiseworthy. But, the kids, we need to talk about these kids. You know those commercials where you see kids pretending to be adults? That is exactly what was wrong with Valerian, every time they did something that had an air of maturity, it was like watching kids pretending to be cool, or mature. And, it was painful to watch the lack of any chemistry between DeHaan and Delevinge. But, luckily Rihanna comes in to provide some much needed relief.
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The Book of Henry - Film Grouch

The Book of Henry - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
The thing I like most in a movie is when it takes a spectacular turn into the unanticipated or unexpected. The Book Of Henry is just such a film, filled with the best twists and turns I’ve seen in a very long time. It’s also a darn good family drama that accompanies its theme with some very exciting suspense thriller elements.

It’s this brotherly relationship, the way it plays out, and how they interface with the world around them that traps you comfortably into the story. It’s something to behold.

So my take… the film is a true winner. It’s a not-to-be missed sentimental drama in the best sense of the word, which will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. See it by all means.
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Churchill - Film Grouch

Churchill - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
They've called him the Greatest Briton who ever lived, they've called him many other things, to be sure, but one thing they would never call him is a coward. Through Alex von Tunzelmann's screenplay, Churchill unveils the hesitation that Winston had about Operation Overlord, the allied invasion of Normandy, France. The story unfolds as a masterful reminder that the most powerful person can be ironically, wholly powerless. It is a tragedy about a man coming to terms with his new role in a rapidly changing world, while he watches the youth step in and pat him on the head and basically say, it's ok, old sport, we've got it now.
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The Circle - Film Grouch

The Circle - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
When I first heard about The Circle, I was immediately intrigued. I hadn't heard anything about the Eggers novel of the same name, but this is certainly a movie whose time has come. A movie perhaps set in the future, but the just around the corner future we don't typically experience in sci-fi flicks. In fact, technology has caught up with our imaginations exponentially over the past few decades.

There isn't anything particularly remarkable about The Circle, really, we are already there if you've ever heard of the NSA's Prism program and study current events.

The one thing I personally took from The Circle is that I won't sound like such a nut now when I mention Prism and why it is crucial to fight for your right for privacy. For that alone, I would recommend anyone who thinks it is a grand idea to willingly give up their privacy should check this film out. And remember, if anyone is gathering data on you, it is being used . . . by someone, for something.
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Free Fire - Film Grouch

Free Fire - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
Swift shot: I didn't think they could make a 90 minute shoot-out film, but pretty much that is what you get with Free Fire. Things escalate quickly and an abandoned factory in the '70s becomes the perfect setting for a gun deal with the Irish Republican Army (IRA) gone magnificently awry. And, for some weird reason, John Denver music is prevalent.

In the end, we all win, as this group of jackasses end up doing the work of ridding the world of a few brainless buffoons with automatic weapons. I am sure this was a film about the dangers of guns or some shit, but as a Marine veteran, all I kept thinking was, what a bunch of fuck-ups. They'd be dead in less than two minutes if my friends had shown up, especially in the '70s. My major take away from Free Fire is that I should get in some range time, just in case there are some jokers like this out in my neighborhood someday.
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Neil Stryker and The Tyrant of Time - Film Grouch

Neil Stryker and The Tyrant of Time - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
Swift shot: What the hell was that? I mean, really, what in the actual Seven Hells did I just watch there? A crazy sci-fi comedy action flick that has good old fashioned T n A, plenty of violence, decent special effects for its budget, there were puppets, there was singing, there was David Ogden Stiers and Walter Koenig, the original Chekov, for those that don't know. And, truth be told, I haven't been this challenged writing a review since Hit Team! All I can say for sure is Neil Stryker and The Tyrant of Time is original, and it has an uncanny Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog timbre to it, with a bit of Buckaroo Banzai absurdity peppered in.

If you are seeking something completely off-the-wall and unpredictable, Neil Stryker and The Tyrant of Time is a safe bet. I guarantee it is like nothing else you have ever seen before, and there are puppets.
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Lone Survivor - South Florida Movie Reviews by I Rate Films

Lone Survivor - South Florida Movie Reviews by I Rate Films | Film reviews | Scoop.it
Lone Survivor Film Review by Rick Swift
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This film serves as a reminder that we are still engaged in Afghanistan, and we are still losing people, great people, in a region seemingly ruled by chaos. Yet, within the chaos, there is compassion. I like to think that those pockets of civility are worth fighting for, and I hope this film also inspires others to stay in the fight. - See more at: http://iratefilms.com/reviews/film-reviews/lone-survivor/#sthash.cSYuE6b4.dpuf

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Lidia Cobos Curbelo's comment, June 15, 2014 1:08 PM
I dont like war films because for me this type of films are very heavy to see, The idea of a war in a film isnt bad, but usually war films elapse all the time in the war, and for me it isnt interesting
Jaime Messía Cabrera's comment, June 15, 2014 1:52 PM
I didn't watch this film but I have watched other similar, and I love them because I always wanted to feel the sense of the soldiers in the war, playing with their lifes, depending of a weapon to survive in hostile place
Enzo's comment, June 15, 2014 3:49 PM
I like so much war film's, because there are very action, and the sounds effects are amazing.
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mother! movie (2017) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures

Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer star in mother!, directed by Darren Aronofsky. See it in theatres 9.15. A couple'
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Suburbicon (2017) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures

There goes the neighborhood. Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac star in #Suburbicon, directed by George Clooney. Watch the new trailer now, and se
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XX (2017) - Film Grouch

XX (2017) - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
Now, XX came out in February 2017 and it takes about eighty minutes to tell it's four stories, which are: The Box, The Birthday Party, Don't Fall and Her Only Living Son. XX fills in the spots between the stories with this creepy (stop-motion) walking dollhouse that goes around interacting with different things in the room. Instead of using the whole movie to tie everything together, like one big story, the dollhouse ends up being like a fifth story that doesn't really end up being anything, but a creepy walking dollhouse.

Overall, it's not my favorite anthology by any means and it's definitely in my one and done pile, but a couple of the stories are cool. Since I found this one on Netflix (as of 7/14/2017) if you're having a sleepless night, give it a spin.
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Wonderstruck - Teaser [HD] | Amazon Studios

Based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel, Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Be
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Puppet Killer Trailer

Puppet Killer: Where one pink mother fucker stains the ground red. While celebrating Christmas at a cabin in the woods, a group of high school students ar
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Dunkirk - Film Grouch

Dunkirk - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
This was supposed to be a film about the suffering and enduring spirit of the incredible evacuation at Dunkirk, but instead all of the emotion was sapped out of it and lost in a ridiculous attempt to make a slick non-linear film that was poorly edited, albeit incredibly shot. There is so much left to wonder about Dunkirk, after viewing it, that it becomes annoying and perturbing when you consider this is supposed to be a film about the heroes of Dunkirk. To be quite brutal, this movie ran-aground in the editing.

It wasn't a god-awful film, though. There were moments I liked.

The spitfire sequences were incredible, hearing the rattling, the attention to detail was amazing throughout the film, the fighters and bombers and ships and uniforms. The sinking sequences and the gun-shots were all technically remarkable, but when you have no idea who these people are, or what ship they are on, or well, anything, you end up losing a lot of the emotion! Like with Cillian Murphy, as I said at the beginning, the cinematography was impeccable, without equal, maybe, but much like a science fiction film with great effects, if the story is bad, the film will be bad overall.
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Road to the Well - Film Grouch

Road to the Well - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
An independent thriller about choices that we make and the consequences we face based on the company we keep and how it's rarely ever as black and white as we would like to pretend.

Frank (Fuller) is by all outward appearances a very unhappy guy, he is stuck in a dead-end job where he really has no authority over anyone. He's a kind of nutless nobody, that can't even deal with the guy who is sticking it to his woman right under his nose. But as luck, or twisted fate, would have it, Frank is visited by an old friend who helps him clarify what life is all about.

This is definitely one of those, "I wonder how I would have handled that" films, where you can't completely take yourself out of the story. Because depending on the company you keep, you just might find yourself a victim of similar dark choices. If there is any message to draw out of Road to the Well, it is that, be wary of those you let into your life.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Film Grouch

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
Hard to believe, but this is my first Pirates of the Caribbean review. I started writing reviews in 2008, and as these series kept going, I lost interest more and more. And it really bummed me out, because as a kid I was obsessed with Disney World's "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride. My dad bought me a gold coin that was so heavy it made my shorts droop, and I got a pirate musket, and I just remember that as one of my fondest memories with my dad. As I grew older though, I realized that pirates were nothing to idolize, especially after I lived in Saint Augustine and learned all about what pirates were actually like.

Still, as the years passed, I decided I would allow my inner-child the strained fantasy that pirates were somehow cool, swashbucklers of the sea and not vicious monsters. [Swift aside: come to think of it, I also really liked vikings as a kid.] And when I found out that two Norsemen directed Dead Men Tell No Tales, it kind of all comes back full circle, much like the story-line penned by Nathanson and Rossio.

Filled with action and comedy one-liners and the brilliant Busteresque buffoonery of Johnny Depp, this latest "Pirates of the Caribbean" film brings the franchise back to high tide, and the stench of lessor works barnacled by low tide are now distant surf. It's not exactly a family friendly film, because of Salazar, but it is highly entertaining and worthy of the Disney label. It made me want to jump right back onto the Disney World ride, which I imagine will be jam packed this weekend!
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Wonder Woman - Film Grouch

Wonder Woman - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
I never watched the original TV show "Wonder Woman." Honestly I'm not that interested. The clips I've seen appear corny and hokey. I was only slightly hesitant wanting to review this film, because I didn't want to be disappointed afterward like other DC films. I never followed the Wonder Woman character, but she's always intrigued me. From what I've learned about her doing research about her character before I saw the film I was really pumped to see this film. All I've gotta say is: get ready to see the best super hero film you've seen in a long time!

Diana (who is never referred to as Wonder Woman) is perfectly cast in my opinion. Gal Gadot is gorgeous and both men and women will swoon by her on screen presence. All in all, I really feel like DC knocked this one out the park, and I really can't wait to see Wonder Woman in action again!
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Film Grouch

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
All anyone really wants to know is, "Was it as good as the first one?" Well, in some ways it was better, and in some ways it wasn't quite as good. If you are heavy into story and aren't bothered by real dramatic themes, Vol. 2 is likely to impress. If you want tons of action and don't really like drama, especially family drama (the worst kind), then "the first one" is probably more your speed. But, it's still a terrific Guardians of the Galaxy film, full of the things we all love . . . and plenty of Baby Groot!

While the shooting wasn't as prevalent as "the first one," Rocket did manage to showcase some really inventive new weapons. Vol. 2 was much darker than Vol. 1, given the inherent nature of the conflicts and the lack of mercy shown in certain scenes. Your kids might be asking you some uncomfortable questions after this one, so be prepared to discuss serious stuff with them.

As I left the theater I was still marinating on the film, was it as good as the first one? It wasn't the first one, in Vol. 1 we got to meet the characters, in Vol. 2 we got to know the characters and they become family. So, it is something different than Vol. 1, no more, no less. And there is plenty of Baby Groot!
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The Fate of the Furious - Film Grouch

The Fate of the Furious - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
The latest installment in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise races into theaters this weekend. Although there was definitely a part missing (R.I.P. Paul Walker), The Fate of the Furious was an excellent continuation of the storyline. Featuring an exciting street race through Havana, a giant wrecking ball, a prison riot, a zombie car-apocalypse, a giant submarine, and the most philosophical villain I’ve met in a long time, The Fate of the Furious was a fast-paced, funny, emotional ride.
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Comet TV - Now on Apple TV and Roku! - Film Grouch

Comet TV - Now on Apple TV and Roku! - Film Grouch | Film reviews | Scoop.it
There's been so much news coming out of Comet TV this month, I don't know where to start! Their new apps include live playback of regular broadcasts, plus integrated program and scheduling information, which is pretty awesome! Now you can actually plan out your viewing binges.
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