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Gilbert Speaks on Alien Covenant

23 May

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I love films about aliens, and the scarier the better. I love aliens so much that my science fiction apocalyptic series Roof Oasis has kick-ass aliens included throughout the first four books. But, when it comes to my favorite alien story, Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise wins thumbs up. My husband and I went to see Alien Covenant today. Did it meet my expectations? Find out after the jump. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies”

22 May

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At a time, when our very own president is acting very much like a Con Man amidst rumors of deal making with the Russians and rich corporations while turning a deaf ear to the very people he promised to protect, it was all the more important for me to watch HBO’s cautionary tale about the King of Con, Bernie Madoff. What kind of man willingly bilks thousands of people out of their life savings with his Ponzi scheme? Did Robert DeNiro accurately portray Madoff? Hold on to your life savings and meet me after the jump. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks On Mary Pickford’s Sparrows

2 May

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It was another sleepless night: my father dropping by with a few recently departed souls; I was stressing out because I’m in the middle of publishing one book as I begin work on another book about the ghosts in my attic. After sending Fred and his friend on their merry way, I decided to watch some television. Whenever I can’t sleep, I always turn to the Turner Classic Movie Channel. This time I was treated to a 1926 film called Sparrows. Do you know who Mary Pickford is? You will after the jump. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on the2017 “Ghost in the Shell”

17 Apr

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Yes, dear readers, I know all about the Ghost in the Shell manga and the Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie…I have grandchildren who are true manga disciples so I’m not even going to touch on the whole “whitewash” debate or if the GITS had been too Hollywood…I don’t care! I want to review what I truly enjoyed about the film even though it had been bashed with a fury resembling Negan’s swinging Lucille at the skulls of Abe and Glenn. Meet me after the jump. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “Lights Out” A 2016 Horror Flick

14 Apr

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When you’re able to see dead people, you’re also able see the negative spirits that roam this world. As a psychic/medium, I now know how to protect myself from harmful entities…but as a child…I slept with the lights on. The house, in which I lived in until I was seven, was haunted by a nasty elderly woman. The only thing that kept this ghost from entering my bedroom was an old lamp. In “Lights Out” our antagonist has her work cut out for her. Who will win? Grab your flashlight and follow me. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on the 2017 Film, “Life”

4 Apr

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I’ve heard bad reviews about this film, and a few likes, but I’ve always been the type of person that had to see the film for themselves. I’ve learned over time that films are like fine wine. While I don’t enjoy the full bodied reds, I do enjoy the Zinfandels and Pinot Noirs. My daughter and I headed to the Deptford Eight on Sunday to see the science fiction horror film directed by Daniel Espinosa. Did I enjoy Life? Find out after the jump. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “Holy Man”

15 Mar

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It was the storm of the century, we were told by every news station and talking head. The predictions were flipping back and forth from 4 to 12 inches to 12 to 20 inches. I woke up to a sheet of ice that covered the ground, shrubbery and trees, but the snow precipitation was a little over 4 inches. It was the ice that screwed up my schedule and kept me home, but I didn’t mind. I had a chance to see a film that I’d never seen before. It starred Jeff Goldblum and Eddie Murphy. Was Holy Man snow worthy? Find out after the jump.

Plot

The 1998 comedy drama, Holy Man, directed by Stephen Herek was about the people who worked at a Home Shopping Network. Tensions are high to push products and Ricky Hayman (Jeff Goldblum) is not meeting his boss’s expectations. Mr. McBainbridge (Robert Loggia) brings on a sharp shooter to boost sales.

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Katie (Kelly Preston) and Ricky butt heads as soon as they meet, but they join forces to save the Good Buy Studio. If you’ve ever watched the Home Shopping Network, then you know that the salespeople are under the gun to sell as many products as they can in an allotted time slot. Ricky needs a miracle and he finds it on the side of a busy highway.

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Eddie Murphy plays the part of a holy man who wears Gandhi clothing and is on a pilgrimage to bring happiness to the world. He wants people to live the simple life and not to be pulled into the world of commercialism. So, it’s kind of counterproductive to find him working at Good Buy studio after Ricky almost hits him with his car.

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“G” walks onto the stage one day uninvited, but the audience loves him so much, that he is hired to help sell the slow moving products. “G” uses a religious approach to spending your money on stuff you don’t need, and it works!

Conclusion

“G” is getting tired of the rat race and he wants to go back to his pilgrimage, but he feels duty bound to help Ricky keep his job. When Ricky loses Katie and realizes the harm he’s causing to G, then he allows the mystic to leave.

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I love Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum, and I expected the best because they were both in this film. Unfortunately for all involved, the film sucked big time. The acting was great, but the script was as sad as a drowned starfish and beyond any holy man’s prayer.

The lesson for today is: The weathermen never get it right and sometimes a movie is a flop no matter how much you want it to succeed.