The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

The Lego Batman Movie, by the makers of Robot Chicken, is a somewhat irreverent Batman action movie with super villains from everywhere including Doctor Who and Harry Potter.  Batman must work with Barbara Gordon, Alfred and Robin to defeat all of the villains from the Phantom Zone.

Fun.

IMDB Score 7.4/10
Amazon score 4.1/5

 

Doctor Strange (2016)

A neurosurgeon is in an auto accident that ruins his hands.  He finds from a former patient that there are Eastern ways to recover the use of his hands.

He finds that these ways entail more than he thought.

A good movie with a nice mix of plot and action.

IMDB Score 7.6/10
Amazon Score 4.6/5

 

Furies of Calderon (2005)

So I picked up this book a few years ago, before I even read the Dresden Files.  But I Read the DF before this book.  Both series came recommended.  Expecting more like Dresden, I was surprised that this is more of a fantasy world book.  But, so far, so good.  This first book is good but not great.  I’ll keep reading the series to see.

Amazon Score 4.3/5
Thriftbooks Score 5.0/5

 

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

 

When he was a boy, Evan (Ashton Kutcher) had blackouts.  He would be there, then he’d just blink and time had passed with no memory of what happened.  When he is in college, he is able to go back to those blackouts when he re-reads his journals of the time.

This is a good, suspenseful movie with a solid plot.

IMDB Score 7.7/10
Amazon Score 4.1/5

 

Devil’s Playground (2002)

A documentary about the Amish Rumspringa, where a 16 year old lives out in the world to decide if they want to live “English” or Amish.

Very interesting look at both Amish life and how teens choose how they will eventually live.

IMDB Score 7.1/10
Amazon Score 4.2/5

 

Battle Royale II (2003)

A sequel not as good as the original.  Battle Royale II pits a middle school class against not each other, but a fortified terrorist island compound.

The terrorists are survivors of previous Battles Royale or survivors of families lost to the fights.  Vowing vengeance against all adults, they fight the corrupt system that created Battle Royale.

IMDB Score 4.7/10
Amazon Score 2.2/5

 

The Devil’s Playground (1976)

One of several movies by this name, this one is an Australian film about a religious school attended by boys and teens studying to become brothers in a local order.

It is a bit of an indictment of the school where they don’t let boys be boys. The film is touted as Australia’s most honored film and stands up well for a ’76 film.

IMDB Score 6.9/10
Amazon Score 3.8/5

 

10,000 BC (2008)

So, there’s a reason the used blu-ray of this is on sale for less than a buck.  The movie is pretty terrible.

Part cave-man, part African tribesmen, this is the story of how some of the characters are taken as slaves and it falls to our star to round up the troops and free them.

IMDB Score 5.1/10
Amazon Score 4.1/5