2010 (1984)

In the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, a bi-national crew travel to the Discovery to find out what happened in the original Jupiter mission.

In many ways, this is a better movie than the original.  It isn’t as groundbreaking, but the film features better action and a nice explanation of the original.

IMDB Score 6.8/10
Amazon Score 4.3/5

Beerfest (2006)

OK but not great.  This is the story of two brothers tasked with taking their grandfather’s ashes to the family plot in Germany.  They find out about an international beer drinking competition where they are shamed by not placing well, representing the US.

They go back home and train for a year to again compete with some drinking buddies.

IMDB Score 6.3/10
Amazon Score 4.5/5

Dragon Harper (2008)

This was a bit of a disappointment.  It is the story of a Harper Apprentice and a flu epidemic, the super-flu that took many lives.

I was hoping for more about the harper but it spent a lot of time on the epidemic which isn’t bad, but it didn’t give much in the way of story.

Amazon Score 4.4/5
Thriftbooks Score 5.0/5
Goodreads Score 4.05/5

Persuader (2009)

Another great story with some good twists toward the end (after a great one at the beginning)

On nearly a whim, Reacher finds himself rescuing a college student from a kidnap attempt when the student was heading home for his mother’s birthday.

But all is not as it seems, the rescue was staged and Reacher is on his way to take down an old enemy and hopefully rescue an undercover DEA agent (this happens early in the story so no real spoiler).

Amazon Score 4.4/5
Thriftbooks Score 4.0/5
GoodReads Score 4.09/5

Homefront (2013)

An ex-undercover DEA agent moves to a quiet little town to get away from it all and where his daughter can have a horse.  Unfortunately the town isn’t that quiet and he finds himself hunted.

Good action flick.

IMDB Score 6.5/10
Amazon Score 4.3/5

28 Days Later… (2002)

Eco-terrorists break into a research facility and release monkeys used for experimentation.  Unfortunately they are hosts to a virus that reduced animals and humans to zombies.

A few survivors receive a broadcast that the Army has set up a safe haven from the mutants and have to make their way there, fighting the disease carriers.

Not bad for a horror movie.

IMDB Score 7.6/10
Amazon Score 3.8/5

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

An outstanding movie from the 60’s.  Great special effects.

A little weird to start, the apes/dawn of man sequences are a little odd but the futuristic scenes are great.

An obelisk is found on the moon and transmits a message to Jupiter.  A mission to the planet is undertaken and things go wrong with the onboard computer.

IMDB Score 8.3/10
Amazon Score 4.2/5

1900 (1976)

Originally in Italian, but oddly lip-synced to the English soundtrack and featuring big-name American stars, this is an epic 5 hour film following two boys born on an Italian plantation/farm.  We see them as babies briefly, boys and men.

The story (not action) follows them through everyday life as they are tangentially involved with Italian history in the early 20th century.

Good film, but rather gratuitous in its nudity.

IMDB Score 7.7/10
Amazon Score 3.9/5

 

1408 (2007)

An author of books on haunted places (John Cusack) gets a note about a haunted hotel room that would make a great ending to his current book.  Not being a believer, he checks into the room to debunk the myth.

This is a departure for Cusack who is normally in comedic parts.  The horror gets ratcheted up half way through the movie but has a bit of trouble keeping it going for an hour.  It is a good movie though.

IMDB Score 6.8/10
Amazon Score 4.1/5