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Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

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I know this review comes a little late as Guardians of the Galaxy has been out for several weeks now, but you know how life goes, and I’ve only just seen it.

When I first saw the trailer, I thought this was going to be cheap attempt at using another Marvel comic for (strictly) commercial gain. But after repeatedly hearing about how great the movie was I had to check it out. I set my worries aside and jumped in, and holy hell am I glad I did!

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Tuesday Beer Review: Alphadelic IPA from Hop Valley Brewing Co.

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This his a hip-hoppy sunofab*tch beer that does not hold back. Mike and I were hiking Mt. Shasta (yes the actual mountain) and on the drive back pulled into a little grocery store to use the restroom while still in Northern California. Of course we did the right thing and patronized the store, buying this uber delicious 6 pack of Alphadelic IPA from Hop Valley.

This is not a beer to be trifled with. This is my first time having a brew hailing from the great Pacific Northwest city of Eugene, Oregon, and if this is what most of their craft brews are like, it is imperative I plan an excursion to drink and be merry!

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Monday Beer Review- Squeaky Bike Nut Brown Ale from Moab Brewery

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This Monday’s beer review comes courtesy of Queer Landia blogger and all-around great gal Ms M! She sent this Squeaky Bike Nut Brown Ale from Moab Brewery along with some other goodies for a certain someone’s birthday (not mine), and man, what a treat!

First off, I appreciate a darker beer coming from a can. Light is the enemy of any fresh beer, too much and it can spoil the brew, especially for dark beers. A can is a great way to go, because you know no light has gotten in. If you’ve ever had an older Newcastle Brown Ale (clear glass bottling), you know what I’m talking about.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: A great sequel!

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This is one of those rare cases, where the sequel is just as good, if not better than the original film. I loved The Amazing Spiderman 2. I thought it kept with the girtty superhero theme nicely while keeping Spider-Man’s (Andrew Garfield) character personality intact. Spider-Man is supposed to be this funny, punny, witty superhero, and he’s got that in spades.

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Book Review: Divergent, Don’t waste your time

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I was inspired to start reading Veronica Roth’s Divergent after watching the previews for the Divergent film that’s currently out in theaters. The film looked interesting, so I thought I’d give the book a shot.

I really enjoy Science Fiction and Fantasy novels, and I thought a book about a dystopian future in Chicago would be just up my ally.  Well, it would have if it wasn’t first and foremost a teen romance novel, and a  Sci Fi novel last.

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Beer Review: Sierra Nevada, Ruthless Rye IPA

 

WP_20140318_008Hello Queer Landians! Monday Beer Review is back this week with Sierra Nevada’s Ruthless Rye IPA.

The Ruthless Rye IPA is another notch on the bedpost  for Sierra Nevada and IPA lovers everywhere.

I’ll begin by saying this is not a beer for the faint of heart. To really enjoy this beer, you must really enjoy strong IPA’s.

 

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300: Rise of an Empire – Review

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During my St Paddy’s Day celebration over the weekend, I saw 300: Rise of an Empire over the weekend.  I must admit, after the original 300 came out, I immediately went out and bought several books on the Battle of Thermopylae and Sparta in general.  Then of course I promptly skimmed through them and never looked at them again, such is the life of an impulse-book buy.

Having seen and enjoyed 300 many times, I was happy to see the storyline continued, however while I enjoyed watching 300: Rise of an Empire there were several things that greatly lessened the experience for me.

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Movie Review: The Monuments Men

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I’ve been really excited for The Monuments Men ever since I saw the first trailer back in December, and I’m happy to say I wasn’t let down. Some movies you watch because the storyline is intriguing, others because you really like the actors that are in it. For me, even if I wasn’t into war films there are so many great actors I couldn’t NOT watch it. I think you can call The Monuments Men the love child of George Clooney, as he wrote, directed, and stared in it. And of course, where there’s George Clooney, Matt Damon is soon to follow. Then with John Goodman, Bill Murray,Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett, and Bob Balaban backing up Clooney and Damon, I was sold at first sight.

The premise of the movie is during World War II, Clooney convinces the President that art and the accomplishments of man is worth protecting. They must save millions of pieces of master works of art before the Nazis destroy it all.

The Monuments Men wasn’t a fantastic or very profound film, but I really enjoyed watching it nonetheless. I think the story was told really well, and there are some deeply touching moments that remind you of the realities of war, and I think are worth the price of admission alone. With a cast like Clooney had, there is really no way to go wrong, and I think they all took the movie very seriously. I highly recommend watching it in theaters, in fact, I just might go watch it again.

If you’re still on the fence, watch the trailer below.

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‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ Review

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit brings us a reboot, modern-day telling of Tom Clancy’s most famed CIA operative, Jack Ryan. This is his starter story, how Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) first got involved with the CIA, and how he was thrown into operations. The plot for the movie is unremarkable, and some might even go so far as to say ‘trite’. However with the likes of Kevin Costner, Keira Knightly, and Chris Pine, the acting was well done, and kept me engaged. If this movie was done with lesser actors, I would go from feeling “it was okay” to “there’s another two hours of my life I won’t get back.”

When watching this movie, throw out all you know about Jack Ryan from The Hunt for Red October and previous Jack Ryan films. It’s a modern retelling of the character that (mostly) keeps to the origin story. Shadow Recruit is your average, run of the mill action movie, while lacking the typical mind-bending plot elements and excessive explosions of the average spy movie. As a stand alone film Shadow Recruit is only remarkable in its unremarkable-ness. However it does set up the character quite well, and I see promise for future films in the franchise. I have faith the following Jack Ryan movies will be much better, and as always, will let you know what I think when they come out.

I give Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit a 3/5 for still keeping me interested in the character, while lacking notable substance. If you’re still on the fence, watch the trailer below.