FathomEvent: “George Takei’s Allegiance”

“Allegiance” was a Broadway musical that ran for about four months.  It was about the internment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II.  Of note, it is the 75th anniversary of the order from FDR sending them to camp.  In addition, I have a personal interest in this story because my parents and grandparents were […]

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Movie Review: “The Great Wall (2017)”

This movie stars Matt Damon as William Garin, one of the last two survivors of group of 26 who set out for China from Europe, only to come under constant attack.  The other survivor is Tovar, played by Pedro Pascal who has to remind William of their goal, which was to find the black powder (gunpowder).  The men escape from […]

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Book Review: “The Rope” by Nevada Barr

Anna Pidgeon escaped from New York City after a failed marriage.  She fled to Arizona where she became an employee at the Dangling Rope Marina on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Park.  However, one morning, the other employees note her absence and assumed she’d moved on to greener pastures.  Anna’s clothes were gone […]

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Movie Review: “John Wick: Chapter 2”

Keanu Reeves revives his role as John Wick in the first movie.  This one begins where the first one left off.  John Wick attacks the Russian Mafia in New York, this time to get his car back.  By the time he gets it home, it’s a wreck, but it’s his.  Shortly thereafter, he’s visited by an […]

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Book Review: “The Beautiful Mystery” by Louise Penny

I’ve become quite a fan of this author.  This book was published in 2012 and is another in the Chief Inspector Gamache series.  It isn’t necessary to read them in sequence; I started with her most recent books and have been working my way backwards. This story takes place in a remote monastery in Quebec […]

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Movie Review: “The Comedian (2017)”

In spite of the big name stars in this film, this movie lacks a good plot, good characters, and good jokes.  What a disappointment!  Robert DeNiro stars as Jackie, an aging comedian and former TV sitcom star.  The story could have been turned into a tragedy and a movie with some substance, but instead, there was a […]

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Book Review: “Bones Never Lie” by Kathy Reichs

This book was published in 2014 and is the author’s 18th book.  Her main character is Dr. Temperance Brennan who is now a popular TV character.  The character is quite different from the TV persona, however. In this story, Dr. Brennan is drawn back into an old murder mystery that was never solved.  The recent […]

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Movie Review: “Fences”

Denzel Washington produced, directed, and starred in this movie.  The time period is the 1950’s and segregation barriers are beginning to come down…slowly  Troy Maxson is a garbage collector in Pittsburgh, PA.  He wasn’t always a garbage collector; at one time, he was one of the best baseball players in the Negro Leagues.  However, he […]

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Book Review: “The Nature of the Beast” by Louise Penny

This book was published in 2015 and is another novel in the Chief Inspector Gamache series.  The author uses the same setting and characters to present a new mystery to the reader.  The setting is a small town in Quebec called Three Pines.  It’s so small it doesn’t appear on any maps or on GPS.  Chief Inspector Gamache and his wife, Reine-Marie, […]

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Movie Review: “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage”

Vin Diesel stars as Xander Cage in the third installment of the triple X series.  His boss, Morris, played by Samuel L. Jackson, is set on saving the world from destruction. and attempts to recruit a new member, when he’s killed by a satellite falling from orbit.  It’s been brought down by a new device […]

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