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Pair of Doves
Other than maybe getting about half of my 10,000 daily steps in, my lunchtime walk was mostly a bust. I saw a few critters but nothing was really cooperating with me, including a beautiful woodpecker that was perfectly posed for me until I got my camera up.
However, as I was leaving the park, I did spot this pair of doves and, since they didn't fly off the second they saw me (which was the case yesterday), I was able to get some photos.
Synopsis: On Halloween in 1968, Stella, Auggie and Chuck show their new friend, Ramon, an abandoned mansion that once belonged to one of their town's founding families, the Bellows. When Stella finds a book of hand-written stories in a secret room, she decides to bring it home with her. This, in turn, angers the spirit of Sarah Bellow's, the family's abused daughter. One-by-one, Stella's friends become endangered as Sarah adds new stories to her book. Who's in it? The movie stars Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams and Austin Zajur.
Review: While I understand the need to attract younger audiences to the movie theater, I fully believe the new PG-13 standard has ruined potentially memorable horror films. Sadly, this movie, which I mostly watched to appease my 15-year-old, is a film that falls into that category. Overall, I thought the premise of this movie was a good one. Yes, there was some familiarity with it. But, the idea of a ghost tha…
Normally, when my wife and I make a Costco run (like we did this past Sunday), it's not unusual for me to see something interesting on the shelf and throw it into the cart as a spur-of-the-moment purchase.
However, that was not the case with this particular product. Instead, I happened to see this in the monthly flyer we receive as part of our membership and, thinking it looked good, purposely looked for it when we were shopping. And, after I saw it was just $6.99 (it's normally $9.99), I decided to buy it for dinner. After having it last night, I have to say I was pleased with this decision.
I'm always a little skeptical when it comes to pre-packaged meals like this one (which is found in the refrigerator section). Most offer relatively decent convenience but very few offer quality as well. This was one of the few that did offer both.
When I first looked at the package, I wasn't sure if it would be as convenient as I hoped it would be because, at least from the pictu…
Synopsis: Too-serious Jess reluctantly agrees to tag along when her friend, Christy, accepts an invitation to party on a yacht only to find out the boat belongs to an executive at an "evil" research company. Things get worse when the yacht suffers mechanical issues near an island housing the genetic monstrosities created by that company.
Review: There was a time when I could pick out five B-rated movies and would find at least one or two that were watchable. That, however, has not been the case lately and, when I picked out this film last night, I was hoping it was the one that would break that streak. After all, from the vague description on Vudu and IMDB, I thought it would be a simple slasher flick. And, it's pretty hard to screw those up.
Unfortunately, not only was the description (and title) of this movie horribly misleading, the entire film turned out to be a …