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Monday, April 29

Blu-ray Review: Replicas

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Does anyone remember hearing about a the movie Replicas being released to theatres back in January? If your answer is no, don't worry you're not the only who's never heard of it either!

Replicas landed on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital earlier this month from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff and written for the screen by Chad St. John based on the story by Stephen Hamel, the film stars Keanu Reeves as William Foster, a neuroscientist who moved his family to Puerto Rico when he took a job working for the Bionyne Corporation. Along with cloning scientist Ed Whittle (played by Thomas Middleditch), William is attempting to transfer the mind of dead soldiers into robots. Despite many attempts, their experiments have failed.

While on a family trip, William, his wife Mona (played by Alice Eve) and their children Sophie, Matt, and Zoe are involved in a car crash. William is the only the survivor. Instead of calling the authorities, he ends up calling Ed to help him recover their bodies and take them back home, where he plans on cloning their bodies with technology that Ed sort of borrowed from the Bionyne Corporation. Sadly, there were only 3 cloning tank available, so William must make a horrible decision not to clone one of his children.

The cloning process only takes 17 days per clone, and during that time William brainstorms on how to successfully copy the human mind's neural pathways to an artificial mind. Luckily for him, he succeeds just in the nick of time. However, bringing his family back from the dead will have deadly consequences.

Blu-ray Special Features include:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Jeffery Nachmanoff and Executive Producer James Dodson
  • Imprint Collection: The Making of Replicas
  • Deleted Scenes


Final Thoughts

Sunday, April 28

Sunday Post / It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @  Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Date.


Good Evening, Everyone!

I would like to thank everyone for their encouraging comments last week!!! Probably many of you spent the weekend watching the Avengers Endgame movie that made over $1.2 billion. I'm a Marvel fan, but I'll see the movie only if it plays at the one-screen theater in my hometown. I'm guessing it won't be playing there until at least the middle of May. It's been storming all afternoon and I've been bored to death. At least I have the American Gods finale and 85-minute Game of Thrones episode to look forward to tonight.

What Am I Currently Reading?

Thanks to my allergies (eyes watering and headaches), I had a bit of trouble trying to read last week, so I'm still reading The Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis, which I'm hoping I can finish it sometime on Monday. Next, I'm going to be reading N0S4A2 by Joe Hill that I had just checked out at the library yesterday. The television series based on the book will debut on AMC this summer.

 

  Recent Reviews

Goosebumps SlappyWorld: I'm Alive! I'm Alive!
(Spring Reads)

Hard Ticket To Hawaii
(Blu-ray Review)

The Hole in the Ground
(Midnight Horror Review)

Pet Sematary
(ReReads)

In the Mail

Saturday, April 27

Midnight Horror Review: The Hole in the Ground


Rated R; $19.98; Amazon
There are not very many horror movies that can actually give me the hibbie jibbies. Sure, last year's A Quite Place and the Halloween reboot sequel were scary fun, but I was never once on the edge of my seat. However, that wasn't the case with the supernatural psychology The Hole in the Ground, which will land on DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment on April 30th! My expectations are always pretty low for horror films that I've never heard of before, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn the movie is truly frightening!

Directed and co-written by Lee Cronin, the 90-minute movie centers around Sarah O'Neill (played brilliantly by Seána Kerslake), a young woman who flees from her abusive husband to the Irish countryside along with her young son Chris (played by James Quinn Markey). Upon arriving at their new home, Chris disappears during the night and later reappears perfectly fine. Or is he?


After an odd encounter with their neighbors,Des and Noreen Brady (played by James Cosmo and Kati Outinen), Sarah starts to wonder if there's something not quire with her son, who isn't quite acting like himself. She fears something else from the beyond has replaced Chris. Scared for her life, Sarah is determined to learn the truth, which is somehow connected to the huge sinkhole located in the forest near their home.


Final Thoughts

Friday, April 26

Book Blogger Hop: April 26th - May 2nd





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Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop! 


If you want to schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

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What To Do


1. Post on your blog answering this question:


This week's question is submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.


2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below. Please enter your Name/Nickname @ Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Here's an example: Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

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Thursday, April 25

ReReads: Pet Sematary by Stephen King


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It's been quite a long time since I've reread a book! And I'm not referring to a "need-to-review" book because I have had to reread quite a few of those; mostly due to the fact that it took me so long to write my reviews, so rereading was a way to refresh my mind. Instead, I'm referring to my favorite reads that I've always wanted to reread but have never had the time to do so.

A few weeks ago, the remake of 1989's Pet Sematary arrived in theatres. I haven't seen the movie yet, as I'll probably just wait until it's released on DVD or Blu-ray. The movie's release got me in the mood to reread the original 1983 novel by Stephen King; which in my opinion is the author's scariest work.

The novel centers on Louis Creed, his wife Rachel, their five-year-old (or is it six?) daughter Ellie, and their two-year-old son Gage moving from Chicago to Ludlow, Maine. Louis has a taken a director position at the small University of Maine's campus medical center. They'd purchased an older house a little bit outside of town, and their only closest neighbor is an elderly couple, Jud Crandall and his ailing wife, Norma.

Upon arriving, Jud warns Louis that his children should stay clear of the highway, which is located right in front of their house, as many animals (and pets) have died trying to walk across it. Many of the animals are buried behind the Creed's home in what has been dubbed the Pet Sematary, a place where devastated children have buried their deceased pets.

Sadly, Ellie's cat, Church, meets his doom on the highway. This is when Jud tells Louis there's a way to bring Church back from the dead. The old man takes Louis beyond the Pet Sematary to an ancient Miꞌkmaq Tribe burial ground, where anything buried there will be brought back to life. Louis buries Church and the very next day the cat returns to life. While the cat might have a bad odor and acts a little odd, Church is still Church!

The family was just starting to adjust to their new home then the unthinkable occurs  - Gage is killed by a speeding truck!!!

After the funeral, Louis sends Rachel and Ellie to stay with his in-laws in Chicago. He tells them he will join them once the campus gets a replacement for him at the medical center. However, Louis has another agenda - he's going to bury Gage's corpse in the burial ground!!!

This is a Stephen King story, so you can probably guess the story gets really scary and bloody!!!

Final Thoughts

Wednesday, April 24

Blu-ray Review: Hard Ticket To Hawaii


Mill Creek Entertainment; Amazon
For those of you who actually follow this blog, then you would know I had reviewed Malibu Express Blu-ray last week; which was the first movie in the "Bullets, Bombs and Babes" series from the late director Andy Sidaris. The second entry, Hard Ticket To Hawaii, was released to theatres in 1987 and it landed on Blu-ray (R; $19.98; 96 minutes) for the first time last week from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Unlike the first film in the franchise, Hard Ticket To Hawaii is a James Bond meets Rambo spoof, but instead of a male lead, here we get two female heroines - Donna and Taryn (played by Playboy Playmates Dona Speir and Hope Marie Carlton), who are undercover agents for "The Agency."

The main plot involves Donna and Taryn teaming up with  Rowdy Abilene and his pal, Jade (played by Ronn Moss and Harold Diamond) to stop a drug lord and his henchmen from smuggling diamonds into Hawaii. And then there's the whole subplot about the giant rubber snake that gets loose and wrecks havoc. (Yes, that actually happens!)

Blu-ray Special Features include:
  • Introduction by Director Andy Sidaris
  • Audio Commentary
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Trailers


Final Thoughts

Monday, April 22

Spring Reads: Goosebumps SlappyWorld: It's Alive! It's Alive!


$7.99; B&N; Amazon
In the late summer of 1992, I recall browsing through the book section at a extremely small Walmart. It was there that I stumbled upon the first Goosebumps book (Welcome to Dead House) by R.L. Stine and I was instantly hooked. Fast forward to 2019, where I'm a lot older, but still a diehard Goosebumps fan!!

If you weren't already aware, the Goosebumps franchise is still going today with the latest spinoff "SlappyWorld," which features the #1 Goosebumps villain Slappy as the host of each installment. The 7th title in the series It's Alive! It's Alive! was released to bookstores in February by Scholastic.

The book centers around Livvy Jones, a young girl who's excited about participating in the Springdale Robots Meet, which is a Robotic competition. She has teamed up with her best friend, Gates Warwas, and between the two of them, they have created a life size robot, Francine, that has been programmed with the greatest abilities imaginable - cracking eggs and cooking an omelette!

Sounds exiting, right?

It's at least exciting for Livvy and Gates; well, until their robot goes berserk and attempts to do harm to the other robots on their team. Thanks goodness Livvy's parents are computer programmers and experts in artificial intelligence, as they can help reprogram the robot.

However, Francine continues to malfunction. Does the robot have a mind of its own?

Final Thoughts

CONFUSED BETWEEN WATCH OR NO WATCH


Confused?

Thinking of “To be or not to be?”

Are you perplexed about adorning a nice time piece on your wrist? You think people will judge you for being old school, old fashioned and out dated. Or perhaps the technology advancement has eradicated the need to wear a wrist watch just because you own a smart phone.

But isn’t it impolite to keep checking out your phone while in a conversation with someone, or at a party where all of your focus should be among the folks present or even at a meeting where there are high professionals present and you need to know what time is it, now would it not be unprofessional as well as indecorous to take out your phone just to check the time and get noticed. Yes you heard us right, all we mean to say is- not always everything thing can be suitably used everywhere. Classics will always remain classics.

Their elegance and opulence will continue to admire and impress people simultaneously. So here in this article we bring some radical and imperative reasons to convince you to start wearing a timepiece again. Have a look!

REASONS TO WEAR A WRIST WATCH

 

ACCESSORY

Unlike women, men have a very few and almost inconsiderable choices when it comes to accessorizing oneself. Women on the other hand, can mix and match a plethora of ornaments to come out triumphant in creating a catchy look. Whereas, men miserably fail to do so due to the lack of choices.

One of the scanty numbers of ornaments men can accessorize themselves with is wearing a wrist watch. Be it a sports watch or a formal timepiece like Cartier tank, it is advisable to put it on to bring some classiness and drama to your persona. A watch is a timeless and functional accessory that can make or break a man’s personality big time.

PROFESSION

Whether you work in the corporate world where you are required to dress up formally or your job gives the leverage to dress down a little, you will need to tell the time anyway. Just like we stated earlier, having a watch on your wrist is far a subtle way to check the time rather than pulling out your phone in a gathering of numerous highly qualified professionals.

FUNCTION

Sunday, April 21

Sunday Post / It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @  Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Date.


Happy Easter, Everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well on this Easter morning!!!! I'm doing alright today; though I have been battling a bit of depression that suddenly crept back into my life last month; resulting in many difficult days where I could barely get out bed and function. Don't worry, I'm trying my best to deal with it.

If anyone has noticed, I didn't participate in last week's Sunday Post and It's Monday! What Are You Readng?. Well, I do have a good excuse. I spent most of last weekend binge watching the ninth season of Shameless on Showtime On Demand. I had watched the previous seasons on Netflix last year. Showtime was having a free "Watchathon" for a few days, so I watched the latest season of Shameless. Plus, I was busy last Sunday night watching American Gods and Game of Thrones.

What Am I Currently Reading?

Next, I'll probably be reading The Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis, which arrived in the mail a few days ago. From the blurb, I'm taking a guess that it's a standalone novel. I'm also planning on reading the eBook "Dying for Devil's Food" by Jenn McKinlay.

 

  Recent Reviews

Malibu Express
(Blu-ray Review)

Apocalypse 4 in 1 Collection
(Midnight Horror Review)

The Memory House
(Spring Reads)

In the Mail

Friday, April 19

Book Blogger Hop: April 19th - 25th





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Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop! 


If you want to schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

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What To Do


1. Post on your blog answering this question:


This week's question is submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Review.


2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below. Please enter your Name/Nickname @ Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Here's an example: Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading a few posts and possible become a new follower. The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

The Friday 56: The Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis



Rules

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it).
Post it.
 Add your (url) post below in the Linky at: www.fredasvoice.com
Add the post url, not your blog url.


They'd always appreciated his jovial spirit.

page 56, The Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis

  My Thoughts

Thursday, April 18

Blu-ray Review: Malibu Express


Mill Creek Entertainment; Amazon
Now available on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment is the 1985 action sleazefest Malibu Express ($19.98; R; 105 minutes), which is the first film in the "Bullets, Bombs and Babes" series from the late director Andy Sidaris. A Digital code is included with the Blu-ray that can be redeemed and streamed on Mill Creek Entertainment's website.

The low-budget film stars Darby Hinton as Cody Abilene, a wealthy Texan who lives on his "Malibu Express" yacht. When women aren't instantly dropping their clothes for him, he spends the rest of time playing private eye in Florida.

After being hired by a secret government intelligence operative to investigate who is selling USA computer technology to Russia, Coby gets intertwined into a murder mystery plot, which leads him to team up with a female cop (played by Lori Sutton). To unravel how the two cases are connected, Coby must deal with hitmen, rednecks, and many beautiful women.

Bonus Features on the Blu-ray include:
  • Introduction by Director Andy Sidaris
  • Audio Commentary
  • Behind the Scene Featurette
  • Trailers


Final Thoughts

Friday, April 12

Book Blogger Hop: April 12th - 18th





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Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop! 


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This week's question is submitted by Angelica @ Paperback Princess.
.

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Midnight Horror Review: Apocalypse: 4 in 1 Collection



Mill Creek Entertainment; Amazon
Yes, I know it's been awhile since my last Midnight Horror Review, but between putting my grandmother in a nursing home, moving her belongings into a storage unit, and dealing with a flu/ cold bug, I haven't had a lot to time to watch any horror flicks until a few nights ago when I binged watched the Apocalypse: 4 in 1 Collection DVD (Not Rated; $19.98; 5 hrs 49 mins), which will be released on April 16th by Mill Creek Entertainment. The two-disc set features four made-for-SyFy television movies: Arachnoquake, Ghostquake, Miami Magma, and Weather Wars. There are no special features or bonus extras.

Let's start with the best first and work my way down to the worst that this release has to offer!

Arachnoquake first aired on SyFy in 2012. It's a B-spider flick from director G.E. Furst, who also serves as supervising producer for the other three titles on this release. Plus, Furst also acts in the movies as well. Ignore Arachnoquake's 2.9 rating on IMDb as the movie isn't that bad. It stars Bug Hall, Tracey Gold, Edward Furlong, Dane Rhodes, and Ethan Phillips. The plot centers around a dangerous species of giant fire-breathing spiders being unleashed after several earthquakes occur in New Orleans. An alcoholic tour guide ends up leading a group of tourists in a quest to kill the "queen" spider, who basically controls the life of all the other spiders.

Ghostquake aired on SyFy in 2012 under the title Haunted High. Jeffery Scott Lando directed this horror-comedy, which stars M.C. Gainey, Lauren Whitney Pennington, Jonathan Baron, Mark Donato, Shawn Phillips, and Danny Trejo. Charisma Carpenter has a cameo as a librarian. The plot centers around a time capsule at a private high school being knocked open, which releases the ghosts of a cult leader, Danforth, and his female assistant. Danforth unleashes a series of supernatural earthquakes that traps several students and teachers inside the school.

Weather Wars aired on SyFy in 2011 under the title Storm War. Directed by Todor Chapkanov, the disaster flick stars Jason London, Wes Brown, Erin Cahill, and Stacy Keach. The plot is ridiculously dumb! It involves a recently fired scientist seeking revenge on the government by unleashing a series of dangerous lighting strikes across Washington D.C. Only two people in the entire city who can stop him are his estranged sons!

Miami Magma aired on SyFy in 2011. Directed by Todor Chapkanov, this boring disaster flick stars Rachel Hunter, Cleavant Derricks, Melissa Ordway, Griff Furst, and Brad Dourif (more like a cameo). Thanks to an oil company that's been illegally drilling, a super-volcano erupts underneath Miami. Vulcanologist Antoinette Vitrini (played by Rachel Hunter) and her much younger sister attempt to expose the oil company.

Final Thoughts

Tuesday, April 9

Protect Yourself With a Personal Ballistic Shield


When it comes to personal protection, it can be difficult to know where to start. While violent crime may be declining, you never know when you may need to protect yourself. As a civilian, you may not have the skills needed to defend yourself against an attacker. A lightweight ballistic shield can offer you and your family the protection you need to stay safe during dangerous events.

The Defense You Need

It is important to know you have something to protect yourself that is durable and reliable. A personal tactical ballistic shield is made from state of the art materials and is lightweight, easy to carry, and even easier to store. Not only is it designed with comfort in mind, you can often customize your shield with artwork or a logo that will allow you to display it while keeping it within easy reach. Your personal ballistic shield can become your personal promise to do everything you can to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Tried and True Protection

Personal ballistic shields are designed to keep you safe and secure, and a shield is no use if you don’t know if it works properly. You can rest easy knowing your shield has undergone rigorous testing to ensure maximum protection for you and your loved ones. These lightweight shields have been put through a variety of tests intended to assess strength and efficiency. You are virtually guaranteed to find an option that provides the greatest protection and portability when choosing your own lightweight ballistic shield.

Monday, April 8

Spring Reads: The Memory House by Rachel Hauck


Paperback; Kindle
Now available from Thomas Nelson is the contemporary romance The Memory House by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rachel Hauck.

I have to be completely honest, I had forgot I was sent an ARC of the novel until late last week when I noticed I had a post draft setup for today's review; so I spent the weekend reading The Memory House. It's basically two stories in one that intertwine together. (Hopefully that sentence made sense to everyone!)

The first story centers around Beck Holiday, a NYC cop who inherits a house near the Florida's northern coast. Since she's on a four-week suspension for misconduct, she has nothing better to do than travel to Florida to the house that was left to her by the late Miss Everleigh, who she doesn't remember ever meeting. Upon arrival, she learns Miss Everleigh also left her entire fortune, which rounds out to be $7,000 per month!

Why doesn't she remember Miss Everleigh?

Maybe Bruno Endicott can help jumpstart her memory?

Bruno is a sports agent who was once friends with Beck when they were children. However, she has no recollection of him.

The other story centers around a younger Everleigh Applegate, a widow who is living with her widowed mother in Texas. After the loss of her husband, Everleigh slowly starts to rebuild her life, which includes Don Callhan, an old high school friend. This is a love story, so you can probably guess what happens.


Final Thoughts

Sunday, April 7

Sunday Post / It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @  Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Date.


Good Evening, Everyone!

Yes, I'm back! I took a break last week from participating in the Sunday Post and It's Monday! What Are You Reading? memes. If you leave a comment on this post, I'll make sure to reply and visit your blog!

What Am I Currently Reading?

I've been wanting to reread Stephen King's Pet Sematary for awhile now, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Today I finished reading The Memory House by Rachel Hauck (my review will be posted tomorrow), so my next read will be Pet Sematary!!!

 

Last Week's Reviews

Middle School: Born To Rock
(Spring Review)

Barb Wire
(Blu-ray Review)

In the Mail

Friday, April 5

Book Blogger Hop: April 5th - 11th





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Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop! 


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This week's question is submitted by Charlotte @ InkBlottings).


2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below. Please enter your Name/Nickname @ Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Here's an example: Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer

3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading a few posts and possible become a new follower. The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

The Friday 56: The Memory House



Rules

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it).
Post it.
 Add your (url) post below in the Linky at: www.fredasvoice.com
Add the post url, not your blog url.


By the time she cleaned the chicken coop, weeded the garden and played with the puppies, and napped briefly on the picnic table under the cottonwood, it was late afternoon and she was starving.

page 56, The Memory House by Rachel Hauck

  My Thoughts

Blu-ray Review: Barb Wire


Mill Creek Entertainment; Amazon
It seems like there is a new superhero movie in theaters every other month, and almost every single one of them makes gobs of hundreds of millions at the box office. However, rewind back to the mid-1990s, a time when comic book movies weren't taken as seriously and many were complete flops, such as 1996's Barb Wire starring Pamela Anderson.

The movie was recently released on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment. There are no special features or bonus extras.

Based upon the Dark Horse Comics' series, Barb Wire (R; 99 minutes; $14.98) centers around Barbara Kopetski (a.k.a. Barb Wire), the owner of the nightclub Hammerhead in the war zone city of Steel Harbor in the year 2017. When she isn't bartending, she's making a little extra cash as a bounty hunter and mercenary. Her world is turned upside down when her former lover Axel Hood (played by Temuera Morrison) reenters her life.

Axel is a freedom fighter who's trying to help a former government scientist Dr. Corrina Devonshire (played by Victoria Rowell), escape the corrupted government by sneaking her into Canada. In order to fly out of the city, she'll need a special pair of contacts to bypass the airport's retinal scan, and of course Barb Wire is the only person who can help her get the contacts.


Final Thoughts