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The Expendables 3 Inches The Franchise Towards Alrightness

The Expendables 3 Inches The Franchise Towards Alrightness

The first Expendables film was rubbish. The 2nd Expendables film was slightly less rubbish. The 3rd Expendables film is even less rubbish than the second one, but unfortunately it’s not less rubbish enough to be anything other than a bit rubbish.

The problem with all three films is that none of them have been exciting or fun enough. Sure, there’s a big pile of sweaty action stars with daft…

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I Just Read A Book!

And it was this one:

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Lou Ford is a popular deputy sheriff in a small Texas town, but he has an very very dark side that he keeps will hidden from the public. But after learning to control that darkness after doing something heinous as a young man, it is starting to pour out of him again.

This is the first Jim Thompson novel I’ve read, and while it’s certainly not an easy read (because the subject matter is *very* dark), it’s a compelling one, particularly because it is written from Lou’s point of view, which gave me an increasing sense of loathing as he carefully details his plans to kill people around him, make scapegoats out of others to cover his tracks, and takes great delight in the authorities believing his lies about what really happened.

That’s also what makes the book disturbing, the very calm, measured way in which Lou details his ‘sickness’ and the satisfaction he gets from explaining how he plans to get away with it all.

So The Killer Inside Me isn’t exactly a book I can say I enjoyed reading, because there’s certainly nothing fun about it, but it does feel horribly real, like it’s been ripped from the pages of a notorious killer’s diary. What I can say is that I’ll be reading more Jim Thompson in the future.

Currently reading: Starman - Paul Trynka

Up next: Galapagos - Kurt Vonnegut


Boyhood

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Since it began showing at film festivals at the start of the year, the reaction to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has generally been ecstatic. It currently has a rare 100% rating from over 100 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, with reviewers heralding it as a unique and bold film that can instantly be called a classic. So it’s fair to say that I went to see it with fairly high expectations, particularly…

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Beginning of the End

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Beginning of the End

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You know what? I can’t really be bothered with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. any more. After an up and down (but mostly down) first season, its final episode is a further disappointment, despite the return of Nick Fury to save the day in a few different ways. The most frustrating thing about the episode is that it fails to set up anything particularly interesting for season 2. Garrett is killed having…

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Ragtag

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Ragtag

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As we reach episode 21 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first season, almost all of my enthusiasm for the show has disappeared. I’ve said before that it’s been an extremely erratic series so far, with a great start in its first few episodes, followed by a repetitive lull before the great run of episodes as HYDRA tried to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D., and now it’s back to being repetitive and just a bit dull.…

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Nothing Personal

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Nothing Personal

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I’m trying to think of a show that is more frustrating that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In its first season, the show has been wildly inconsistent, starting strong before settling into an increasingly dull routine, before bursting into life as HYDRA’s infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. became an uprising, only for the show to settle back into its previous disappointing style once again. And so it is that…

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I Just Read A Book!

And it was this one:

I have to hold my hands up and confess that until I noticed his books in Fopp (where I bought this), I hadn’t really heard of Ira Levin.  That now seems inexplicable given the strength of his bibliography, but having read The Boys From Brazil and enjoyed it immensely, I’ll be rectifying this very soon.

The Boys From Brazil tells a nightmarish story of a Nazi doctor trying to bring about a second coming of Hitler, a Fourth Reich to complete his twisted dreams, and it’s a gripping and inventive tale, set in South America, the United States and Europe, and is often horrifying in its detail.

It’s a book that I enjoyed very much, and such is the quality of the writing that you can almost imagine that it is something that could really happen if the wrong people had the knowledge and access to resources that would allow them to try and replicate it.  It certainly makes me want to explore Levin’s work further, and I have no doubt that I’ll enjoy it when I do.

Currently reading: Starman - Paul Trynka

Up next: The Killer Inside Me - Jim Thompson


Godzilla Looks Spectacular, But Needs More Action

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I’ve never seen any of the original Japanese Godzilla films, and I wasn’t a fan of Gareth Edwards debut film, Monsters (sure it looked great, but it was, well, a bit dull), so when it was announced that Edwards would be directing a new Godzilla, it wasn’t something that really got my attention. But the promotional campaign for the film has definitely changed that and from the moment I saw the…

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Only Light In The Darkness

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Only Light In The Darkness

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Like last week’s episode, ‘The Only Light in the Darkness’ is something like the calm after the storm for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Not that everything is back to normal, simply that this episode is more like earlier episodes in the season, with a case of the week coupled with smaller details woven into the plot to keep it moving.

So this week sees the group splitting up in more ways that one, as…

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I can’t get over how epic and iconic the new Savages single, Fuckers, sounds. It’s AMAZING. Listen to it, then listen to it again and again and….

Does saying a song sound iconic make me pretentious? Maybe, but I don’t give a fuck, Fuckers is.