Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Constitution of the United States of America


We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


Article. I.

Section. 1.

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

Section. 2.

The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.

No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.

When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.

The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

Section. 3.

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.

Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies.

No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.

The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.

The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the Office of President of the United States.

The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

Section. 4.

The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.

The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and such Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December, unless they shall by Law appoint a different Day.

Section. 5.

Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.

Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.

Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal.

Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.

Section. 6.

The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.

Section. 7.

All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.

Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.

Section. 8.

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;--And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Section. 9.

The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.

The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.

No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.

No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken.

No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.

No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another; nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another.

No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Section. 10.

No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it's inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress.

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.


Article. II.

Section. 1.

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice President.

The Congress may determine the Time of chusing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the Disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.

The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.

Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:--"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Section. 2.

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

Section. 3.

He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

Section. 4.

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.


Article III.

Section. 1.

The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

Section. 2.

The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;--to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;--to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;--to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;--to Controversies between two or more States;-- between a State and Citizens of another State,--between Citizens of different States,--between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.

In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.

The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.

Section. 3.

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.


Article. IV.

Section. 1.

Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

Section. 2.

The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.

A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.

No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.

Section. 3.

New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.

Section. 4.

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.


Article. V.

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.


Article. VI.

All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.


Article. VII.

The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.

The Word, "the," being interlined between the seventh and eighth Lines of the first Page, the Word "Thirty" being partly written on an Erazure in the fifteenth Line of the first Page, The Words "is tried" being interlined between the thirty second and thirty third Lines of the first Page and the Word "the" being interlined between the forty third and forty fourth Lines of the second Page.

Attest William Jackson Secretary

done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independance of the United States of America the Twelfth In witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names,

G°. Washington

Presidt and deputy from Virginia


Geo: Read

Gunning Bedford jun

John Dickinson

Richard Bassett

Jaco: Broom


James McHenry

Dan of St Thos. Jenifer

Danl. Carroll


John Blair

James Madison Jr.

North Carolina

Wm. Blount

Richd. Dobbs Spaight

Hu Williamson

South Carolina

J. Rutledge

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

Charles Pinckney

Pierce Butler


William Few

Abr Baldwin

New Hampshire

John Langdon

Nicholas Gilman


Nathaniel Gorham

Rufus King


Wm. Saml. Johnson

Roger Sherman

New York

Alexander Hamilton

New Jersey

Wil: Livingston

David Brearley

Wm. Paterson

Jona: Dayton


B Franklin

Thomas Mifflin

Robt. Morris

Geo. Clymer

Thos. FitzSimons

Jared Ingersoll

James Wilson

Gouv Morris

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Wicker Tree, trailer and stills

The Wicker Tree

Pagan celebration in The Wicker Tree

Shades of the original Wicker Man in The Wicker Tree

Original title of The Wicker Tree, Cowboys for Christ
Ok if Nicholas Cage left a bad taste in your mouth that makes you cringe everytime you hear The Wicker Man mentioned, maybe this can take it out.  Robin Hardy is about to bring a followup to the classic, and IMO the on Wicker Man to the big screen.  The Wicker Tree is based on book, Cowboys For Christ by Hardy and features Christopher Lee.  I haven't read to much in this beacuse I want to see it frsh and cold as possible.  I have seen the trailer and it looks very interesting.  Check it out for yourself.  Just released.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Miley's nipples

So my little play blog "Miley's legal" just had it's adsense ads pulled because I had a picture of a "nipple slip" by little Ms Cyrus.  Now I still have some respect for Miley, and thus vicariously for her nipples.  She hasn't yet suck to the level of Lindsey, or had a total meltdown like Britney.  As far as I know she hasn't sold governement secrets to the Russians, or the Isreali's, or even the Ohians.  Thus neither Miley or her nipples are traitors. Yes, Miley and her nipples are patriotic, red, white and blue. Welll actually from that nip slip it looks like Miley's nipples are kind of reddish brown, but that's close enough.

Due to me losing my adsense ads on Mileys Legal because of Miley's nipples, you will never see a picture of Miley's nipples here on The Dark Domain.  This is a no nipple zone, especially in respect to Miley's nipples.  Billy Ray, if you want to show yours, call me.

Now some may say I am a perv for ever posting a picture of Miley's nipples.  I say it's her fault for having nipples.  Also if she showed them more often it wouldn't be news worthy enough for me to post a picture of said nipples.  Do I feel guilty or evil for posting a picture of Miley's nipples?  Hell No, I'm not the one who pulled her bikini top off while out in the open.  I didn't even take the picture of Miley's nipples.  I would have gotten a clearer picture if I had.  Still a nipple is a nipple and it is plainly Miley's nipple in the picture.  Unless someone else's nipple was hiding in her top.  Wilmar Valdarama (whatever) perhaps?  He seems to like underage girls.  He was tagging Lindsey when she was 17.  Can you say statutory rap Fez?  Might not be his nipples but he has probably been in Miley's bikini (<--satire first amendment and all).  So don't look here for Miley's nipples.  Look in her bikini, look on her breast, look in Colin Farrel's mouth (<-satire again), but dont look here.  Yes we haz no nipples, especially of the Miley variety

301 posts

So even though I didn't notice at the time, my last post was number 300 for my blog.  This is AMAZING! (get it?) I really didn't notice I was near a "milestone" but 300 wow.  I thought I was still in the 100s.  300 posts shows a greater committment to this blog than any other project I have ever thought up.  I guess one reason is I can leave it when I lose interest and come back with a slightly different angle.  I can go off topic and even into the Twilight Zone. 

I remember when I found I had a Google rank of 2 out of 6.  I was thrilled.  2 might sound sucky but it's better than a lot of blogs and websites I have checked.  I remember when I first noticed I was getting a lot of hits on my Nikki Aycox post. Then investigating that to find the post was on Google first page on a search for Nikki Aycox.

Then my article about the death of Lorissa McCommas got linked at Freeones.com and started driving huge amounts of traffic.  It was nice seeing something I wrote actually being read and people taking interest. Probably my biggest joy as a blogger was when Lorissa's friends and family started leaving comments.

Then the time I had over 1000 visitors in one 24 hour period.  That was a milestone that made me shout.  My numbers aren't nearly that high now, but they are respectible for a blog usually running between 200 and 500 a day, with vistors all over the world.

The time my friend Alicia excitedly texted me when she had recieved over 600 impressions ( think that was the number) on her blog that came from mine.  It felt so good to actually know my blog had done somethign good.

So many high points.  I have worked hard on my blog, and I have neglected it.  Hopefully it will maintain my interest enough to keep it going.  Hopefully it can do more good, greater good. I'm gonna try.  If you sat through all this check out my friends in my blog roll, and some of my older posts

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Little Bit of Love: The Adventures of Louanna Lee

Little Bit of Love is the fourth episode in the crime fighting  “The Adventures of Louanna Lee” starring none other than  teen singer/actress Louanna Lee.  Think of Louanna as a bubbly, singing Nancy Drew for a new generation.  If any kids today even remember who Nancy Drew was?  Really?  Wow I feel old right now.

The basic premise of the series is that Louanna usually stumbles upon a mystery and solves it with the help of her friends and family, including her grandfather and cousin Victoria.

In Little Bit of Love, a party is planned for Louanna’s grandfather, played by Baltimore film regular George Stover, in the spooky Wittingham Manor.  Something isn’t quite right and after the lights go out people start to disappear. The evidence first points to Louanna’s boyfriend Sam, but is he really the guilty one?  Never fear Louanna Lee is on the case!  With the help of the police and a cool as ice cat burglar, Louanna is able to ferret out the real killer.

This was the first time I have seen one of the Adventures of Louanna Lee.  I have heard of her through my friends in the Baltimore film community, but assumed it was more of a teen series.  I always intended to watch an episode, but just never got around to it.  I have several friends who worked in Little Bit of Love which is only fair for me to say in the interest of transparency.  However I will try to not let this affect how I feel about the film, and judge it on its merits.

The DVD cover of Little Bit of Love refers to it as a “spooky whodunit.”   I was hoping for a little bit more “spooky” than what I got, which is probably my biggest complaint.  Hey, I’m a horror fan, I like it with a little blood and gore.  However I know this is aimed more at a family audience and small kids will find it spooky at times.  I miss those days before I got so jaded.

For a lower budget film the production values were very good.  For the most part I bought it.  The only scene I felt like I was watching effects versus real life was one scene in the rain.  Still that’s a tiny complaint and most viewers would never notice.  I can be a bit of an effects snob, but honestly I have seen bigger budget films with worse effects.

The more vetern actors all play it straight and give believable performances.  No one is phoning it in, they are all giving it their best. Leanna Chamish looks better than ever, and gives a great performance.  My friend Alfred Guy is the coolest cat burglar you will ever see. Props to you Al.   Louanna's acting chops might not be up to par with Stover and Chamish, but her personality is infectious, and bubbly and kids will take a liking to her real fast.  Plus I have to admit her songs do tend to get stuck in your head, and not in a Rebecca Black kind of way.

What I like most about Little Bit of Love, is that it reminds me of the television I loved when I was growing up; a time when television was filled with wholesome family fare like The Wonderful World of Disney, and The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries.  It was a time teens and preteens could get involved in action and adventure, and not have it resolve around sex.  I know kids are more jaded now and grow up faster so the question is, would kids enjoy this?

  I think a lot of them would if they got the chance.  The Adventures of Louanna Lee is, in my opinion a wholesome alternative to Disney now.  It’s not spooky enough to scare anyone except possibly the youngest kids.  The acting can be a bit hammy at times but I think this type of overacting will be found funny by older kids used to goofy Disney and Nick characters.  There’s also a hint of romance, but not enough to give parents cause to worry.

So would I pay to see Little Bit of Love at the theater?  No probably not, while it’s a decent movie it’s the type of film I would pay theater prices for, and I think my nephews would be too distracted by the arcade just outside in the lobby.  Would I buy it on DVD? Not for myself, but definitely for my nephews or kids.  It makes great home viewing for them.  While it might be a little less glitzy than Disney, it has enough humor to keep them entertained, when they are tired of the Xbox

At a time when more and more parents use the TV, and the internet, as a babysitter, the Adventures of Louanna Lee is a babysitter they won’t have to worry about throwing a wild party while they are gone.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hiss Hottie Mallika Sherawat

Scandalous Mallika Sherawat
Super Sexy Mallika Sherawat
Jennifer Lynch tapped into Indian mythology for her 2010 movie Hisss.  It features Mallika Sherawat as the shape changing super sexy snake goddess the Nagin.  Mallika heats up the film just like she has heated up Bollywood in general.  The beautiful Mallika has stirred controversy through out her native land by her willingness to show some skin and bring the sexy to her films.  India is ultra conservative and Mallika is anything but conservative

Check out a few pictures of the exquisite Mallika Sherawat, and then check out Hisss by Jennifer Lynch.
busty Mallika Sherawat
Bollywood Sexy Starlet Mallika Sherawat

sexy Mallika Sherawat
Hisss hottie Mallika Sherawat
Malliak Sherawat in a bikini
The hottest starlet in Bollywood Malliak Sherawat

Sexy star of Hisss, Mallika Sherawat
Sexy to the extreme Mallika Sherawat

super hot sexy Mallika Sherawat
Busty Sexy Mallika Sherawat

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sexy Santa Bethany

 Don't you just fucking hate it when people start celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving?  Some even start before Halloween.  Well not me, I am not celebrating until December, not decorating, not buying presents.  However I will enjoy Sexy Santa Bethany as she celebrates

Sexy Santa Bethany

Sexy Santa gift wrapped

Sexy Santa

Sexy Santa

Sexy Christmas

Sexy Santa Silent Night

Saturday, November 19, 2011

An Interview with Frazer Lee

I had the pleasure of meeting Frazer Lee several years ago in Hunt Valley Maryland. As with so many of my celebrity encounters back then, I was completely shitfaced when we first met. In fact I was shit faced most of that weekend. It was a fun time and we really hit it off so I picked up a copy of his short films Red Lines and On Edge. After watching the I became of fan of Frazer and consider him a personal friend.

This month Frazer’s newest E book The Lamplighters was released from Samhain publishing. It was the number one book on the horror best sellers list when it debuted and is still doing good as of my typing. Frazer was nice enough to grant me an interview over Facebook. Don’t beat me up to bad, this is my first interview J.

Dixie: Tell us a little bit about The Lamplighters?

Frazer: The Lamplighters is my first novel for Samhain Horror and is about a young woman, Marla Neuborn, who gets her dream post grad job working on an idyllic island - but then discovers things are not quite so rosy as the job spec would have her believe!

Dixie: I understand Lamplighters actually exist, did you coin the phrase? Or was it already in use?

Frazer: A friend told me about the 'real' lamplighters, who are basically caretakers in places like Monaco where the super-rich go out to play. I then realized I’d seen the term used elsewhere in novels by Dickens and le Carre among others.

Dixie: I’m about halfway through with The Lamplighters. It started pretty damn bloody, but I have a feeling it’s going to get bloodier?

Frazer: Oh it just might get a little bloodier! I don't want to give spoilers but suffice to say life on Meditrine Island is no picnic, that's for sure!

Dixie: Any plans to adapt The Lamplighters for the screen?

Frazer: I would love for that to happen if there were any interest.

Dixie: Is writing an E book any different that writing a traditional book? (a different thought process) Was the Lamplighters planned as an E book from the beginning?

Frazer: Nope, a novel is a novel whether it is released digitally or in print - the novel is the form, the product is the format. The Lamplighters eBook released on November 1st and the paperback follows February 7th 2012.

Dixie: Doug Bradley of Hellraiser fame, starred in your short films Red Lines and On Edge, as well as being attached to Urbane. How did you first meet Doug?

Frazer: I'd seen Doug in his Hellraiser movies of course, and attended a 'Behind the Mask' talk he did at the British Film Institute, but didn't meet him in person until we talked about 'On Edge'.

Dixie: Red Lines was my first experience of seeing Doug on screen without makeup, other than a few scenes in the Hellraiser series. To me his performance was more chilling without the pins.

Frazer: I'm glad to hear you were digging it. He's a fine actor and there's more to him than pins and latex for sure.

Dixie: Is there any word on when Panic Button will be released in the US?
Frazer: No news as yet, but keep an eye on www.panicbuttonmovie.com

Dixie: I have this weird thing, that I won't buy an E reader. I think some of my friends are looking at me like I might be the next Unabomber? I just mourn what I feel is the death knell of "real" book? Do you think this is weird? I otherwise love technology, but I'm just afraid when books exist only as files they can too easily be redacted and edited by big brother?

Frazer: Not weird at all, i don't own an E-reader device either, i love the tactile experience of a book, the smell of it. On those occasions where I’ve proofread a manuscript or a screenplay i have always, without exception, printed the thing off and read it that way. I write using a combo of handwritten notes & typing on my laptop but i suck at reading on-screen.

Dixie: Book burning have always been a tool of oppression and a rallying call for freedom. A file erasing party just doesn't have the same pizzazz, don’t you think?

Frazer: You make a good point there. In between that and the whole Wikileaks thing there's maybe a helluva horror/thriller story idea :)

Dixie: What is your next writing project? Anything in the oven now?

Frazer: Well, i have the movie novelization of 'Panic Button' coming out soon. The producers of the movie commissioned me to write it based on the screenplay. Other than that I’m lining up a couple of screenplay deals and am working on another horror novel.

Dixie: Pendragon rising was probably one of my favorite of your short stories. I love historical horror like Chelsea Quinn Yarbarough (sp) and of course Anne Rice. What's your take on this subgenre and do you plan on doing anything similar? Adam and Eve meet Cthuhlu maybe? Noah vs. The Kraken?

Frazer: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed that story, i really enjoyed writing it, it was one of those ideas that just buzzed around in my mind for ages and wouldn't go away. I love historical horror too, although to be accurate in the case of the King Arthur tales, mythological horror might be a better description. I'd love to do more and i do have another of those ideas that just won't go away but i won't mention it in case i scare the muse away!

Dixie: Remakes are all the rage in Hollywood, but also face a backlash from hardcore fans. If offered the chance to remake a horror classic would you do it? My personal feeling is, don't blame the guy getting a big break, as the film will get made anyway if the money is there. However I do get a bit angry when an established star desecrates a classic?

Frazer: Wow that's a big can of worms you've opened there Allen, i hope you're hungry :D I think it is the duty of indies to come up with the new ideas, you know? The new potential franchises, the new talent for the studios to then leap on. But it doesn't always happen like that, sadly. The studios aren't meant to take risks, it's not in their remit to do so, so you kinda expect them to churn out endless sequels and remakes. But the indies are only limited by the power of their imagination. Now, a few of the indie kids are remaking horror classics and i think they should maybe stop because they are just playing to the crowd. Horror fans and the industry are looking to these guys for innovation, you know?

If I was offered the chance to remake a horror classic, would i really see it as a chance or as a quick buck? On the one hand, I could take that gig and perhaps use it to help get an original work into production. Or I could maybe just have the balls to try and get the original work into production on its own merits, you know?

Dixie: If you could remake any film what would it be? or would you rather stick with original content?

Frazer: I can't think of a single film I would want to remake. I have several feature length screenplays I would LOVE to make though

Dixie: I think a lot of the rage at remakes from real fans, is that so many original projects never see the light "cough" Urbane "cough", and yet Hollywood wants to tinker with classics for a cheap buck. What's your feeling on this?

Frazer: I've learned over the years that it is in fact very common for dozens of great projects to never actually get made. I've also learned it is called the movie "business" for a very good reason!

Dixie: How hard is it to get a project to the big screen?

Frazer: Oh, it's incredibly hard but it all depends on your intent. If you wanna make a handheld phonecam zombie gorefest with your buddies then that's pretty easy to follow through on. If your intent is to pay people, shoot in a certain way, tell a big story...prepare to suffer because it is going to be a long hard road!

Dixie: Ok, I think that should wrap it up. I could honestly go into a dozen tangents think, but I need to finish the Lamplighters and my other dozen open projects. Any last thoughts?

Frazer: Only to say a big THANK YOU Allen for the chat, it's been most enjoyable. And anyone reading this, please say hi at http://www.frazerlee.com/. I'm also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorFrazerLee and on Twitter: http://twitter.com/frazer_lee

Thanks Frazer and best of luck on your future projects.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Meet Draven everyone

Reposted from Scares That Care

Ladies and Gentlemen; This is little guy is Draven (Named after the title character in the move “The Crow.”) Draven was born in July 2008 with hypo-plastic left heart syndrome – a severe heart defect where both chambers on the left side are under developed and do not pump blood. He required surgery at 6 days old and then had a second open heart surgery at 5 months old. He went into heart failure in November 2010 and went into the hospital for two months, was released as stable and was placed on a transplant list in June for a new heart. Currently he gets bi-weekly chemo treatments to kill off his antibodies and antigens so he can match to a new heart and not reject it.

Read the rest of the story here

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Red State (2011) -Review

Kevin Smith's Red State offical poster
Kevin Smith's Red State

My plans for this weekend didn’t include writing a review for Red State.  Actually my plans didn’t even include watching Red State the new Kevin Smith film.  I had heard of the film, as almost everyone in the horror community has, but it just wasn’t in my priority list of movies to watch.  I had hoped to catch the film on the big screen, but that didn’t materialize.

 I knew it was released on video, but I guess I just didn’t buy into the hype.  I have been disappointed so many times, and honestly I had expected Smith was going to make basically a “conservatives are evil” propaganda film based on the name.  It was filed into the “watch it whenever” category.

After watching it I can say that Red State, does not belong in the “watch it whenever” file.  It belongs in the go out and buy it and watch Red State now category. 
Michael Parks chilling performance in Red State
Michael Parks from Kevin Smith's Red State as Abin Cooper

Red State is probably the most chilling American film I have seen since; well actually I don’t know when I was last this terrified.  Red State is a horror film that is all too real.  It could happen tomorrow, it could happen today, it could already be happening as I type this.

Based loosely on real life events and people, it paints a grim picture of religious fanatics, and post 9/11 America and the Patriot Act. Red State stars Michael Parks, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, and Kevin Pollack.

Parks portrays a fanatical minister based loosely on the reverend Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church.  Smith does make it clear that Parks church is far to the extreme of Phelps, but the similarities are all too real to ignore.  Parks character Abin Cooper is the paternal leader of his Five Points Church, which like Westboro is basically composed of family members and their spouses.

 The group also protests what it calls the acceptance of homosexuality by the American government and people.  Unlike the real life counterparts, the Five Points Church takes its protests to far more sinister and violent ends.

Parks pretty much rules his every scene.  I seriously, no joke, got chills during his first onscreen appearance and sermon.  Far from overacting, he got it right.  His sermon was one that way too many people hear in real life each week.  He was the epitome of a charismatic fanatic without being a caricature of one.  If the reverend Abin Cooper and what he stands for doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.

Cooper isn’t the only villain in Red State though.  The ATF’s actions are heavily based on the assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.  True we don’t know what orders were really given in Waco, this is fiction after all, but it’s not too farfetched to believe an order very similar was given.

John Goodman, who as ATF agent Keenan at first appears to be a heroic character, becomes a villain to rival Parks.  Keenan like Parks is an all too realistic character.  A man so unwilling to challenge authority he orders a bloodbath.  You can see Goodman is tortured by his decision to follow orders, but he follows them just the same.

In fact everyone who lives long enough gets corrupted in Red State.  Even the ATF agent who first disagrees with Goodman becomes a cold blooded killer.  Sheriff Wynan mistakenly shoots one of the hostages as they escape, but one wonders if it was really his intent to trigger a bloodbath.  

Wynan, played by Stephen Root, is the county sheriff and a closet homosexual.  Being gay in a film like this, Root could easily be a sympathic hero.  Instead his fear of exposure makes him a weak man and eventually leads to the bloodbath in the film.

Red State is a film that breaks the usual rules of film.  There are no real heroes, only villains and victims.  The closest to a hero is the cultist Cheyenne, played by Kerry Bishé, who is willing to sacrifice anything to save the children at the compound.  Smith keeps us in the dark as to the fate of the children so we never know if her death was meaningless or not.

Goodman does eventually act to stop the bloodbath. Sadly his moral awakening comes too late to do much good.  Goodman appears as a broken man at the end of the film.

Red State is a film about fear.  Fear and how it can drive us to be less than human.  Goodman is afraid of losing his job so he does what he knows is horrible.  The government is scared of “terrorists” so they order the incursion.  The Sheriff is scared of being exposed so he lets himself be blackmailed by the church.

Even the church members are scared.  Parks preaches fear of God into his flock, but they are also afraid that their way of life is changing.  Afraid of the “homosexual menace”, fear of hell.  Fear of disobeying the charismatic Abin Cooper.  

Red State is all about fear and the dark alleys it leads us down.  It is also a very real film.  A Film that, God help us isn’t echoed in real life anytime soon.

Kevin Smith's Red State
Kevin Smith's Red State

As a post script, I would like to add I would love to see Kevin Smith one day film his original ending.  I understand why he had to change it, but that would have been the perfect ending.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Thing (2011) review

I hate remakes.  Really I do.  Yet I keep going to see them.  Not all of them but still I see a lot.  So as much as John Carpenter’s The Thing is a classic.  As much as it is one of the best horror films of the 80’s, and as much as I hated on the remake, where was I this weekend.  Now there are a lot of ways to justify this.  Carpenter’s 1982 classic was in itself a remake.  The 2011 version of The Thing is technically not a remake but a prequel.  The trailers looked good, the director tied it in directly to the original, etc., etc.  Still I felt a little dirty sitting in the theater waiting for it to start.

Now story wise it is indeed a prequel, as it takes place in the Norwegian camp visited briefly in the original.  Still a large part of the film is a shot for every other shot remake.  SO prequel or remake, you make the call.  After all as a wise man said “you can call a horse a monkey all day long, doesn’t mean it will be swinging from a tree the next time you see it.”  I’m going to attempt to refer to it as a prequel but if I slip up and refer to The Thing as a remake, please forgive me.  There will be spoilers so leave now if you want to avoid them.

I have heard both good and bad for The Thing, but most of my friends seem to like it so I was expecting at least a good movie.  On that point The Thing (2011) did not disappoint. 

The Thing opens in Antarctica on the Norwegian base as they discover what turns out to be an alien spaceship.  Fans of the original The Thing know that this is the ship of the first films protagonist.  Then we shift away from Antarctica to meet our story’s hero, Kate Llyod, played my Mary Elizabeth Winstead .  Winstead is one of the highlights of The Thing.  Just as tough and strong willed as McCready from the 81 version, but not as bitter or world weary. Lloyd accompanies a group of scientists back to help remove the alien from the ice.

On the base, as usually happens in good horror/sci-fi, greed overcomes good sense and the creature is freed.  Violence, bloodshed, and body absorption occurs in rapid succession.  Lloyd, like McCready in the 1982 The Thing, quickly realizes that not everyone on the base is who they seem.  Attempts to test for the creature meet with sabotage, and people vanish.  There is a flamethrower standoff, ala The Thing 1982 which culminates in a battle between the humans and the CGI Thing.  Ultimately it ends up being a battle inside the alien spaceship, as Lloyd and Carter, played by Joel Edgerton, attempt to prevent The Thing from blasting off to warmer climes.  This leads to a pre-credits ending that is probably the best part of the film.  Then as the credits roll, we see a scene that directly ties in with the opening of the 1982 version of The Thing.

So on to the good and the bad.  Let’s start with the opening, well not actually the opening but near the opening where we first meet Winstead’s character.  It takes place off Antarctica.  Right away we lose that feeling of claustrophobia that Carpenter cultivated throughout the original The Thing.  In Carpenter’s The Thing, we never leave Antarctica and seldom leave the base.  To the viewer the snow and wind are all that exist.  The base is a claustrophobic sanctum against the elements.  To go outside is to die of exposure, to stay inside is to die at the hands of The Thing.  It’s a small thing but seeing the outside world, let me know it existed in the world of The Thing.  I would have much preferred to have met Lloyd on the base.  Have her fly in, see her torturous acclimation to the cold.

The cinematography of The Thing (2011) was absolutely beautiful.  It would be a highlight of the film except the beauty once again takes away from that feeling of desperation in the first film.  I think the director’s intention was to show “the call before the storm” and he did succeed in that but it detracts from the horror.  Once again, there is beauty out there, there is hope.  Try to find that same feeling of hope in Carpenter’s The Thing.  It’s not there.

The CGI, the big bad wolf of modern horror, The Thing 2011 was pretty heavy with CGI, especially in the last half.  It wasn’t horrible and there was probably no realistic way to show a walking talking Thing with practical effects.  Blame the great practical effects that created the Thing’s corpse in the first film.  Still the creature kind of looked silly and didn’t inspire and horror or terror while watching it.  In the final confrontation inside the Thing’s spaceship, it looked more like a fairy tale troll than a murderous alien.  The transformation scenes themselves were ok, but the camera just stayed on the monster way too long.  It’s ok to show the monster but the longer you linger, the easier it is to see the zipper.

There were some silly little things that bother me in film, there always are.  Scenes like Lars sudden disappearance, only to reappear unhurt at the end.  Made for a great tie in with the first, but WTF?  He just suddenly jumped to the side as if he had been grabbed, then hides through all the mayhem till the end.  Also what is up with the Thing’s spaceship?  It’s huge, as befits a huge ass alien critter, yet all of the hallways appear to be built to the scale of Kate Moss.  Sure the creature can morph but it appears to favor big ass bodies so why not have a ship where he doesn’t have to bend over and squeeze through if he needs to chase someone.  Then there was the scene where it waits for Winstead to step out into the hallway before attacking.  Even though it knows where she is. And when it attacks it breaks through the wall of the ship instead of just grabbing her in the tunnel.  I guess it was tired of forcing itself through those tiny tunnels.  There is another scene that irked me but it is a pretty major spoiler so I won’t go into it.  It sets up a situation that is probably the best scene in the movie, so while I don’t totally buy it, it is worth it for the payoff.

There are a few transformation scenes that seem almost duplicates from the first film.  There is also the flamethrower standoff which is taken almost directly from the 1982 The Thing.  You decide homage, or rip off.  I groaned during the transformation, and at the beginning of the standoff, although the ending sort of redeemed it for me

I’m sure at this point a lot of you are saying “Jesus Christ dude, nitpick it to death” or wondering why I am not demanding my money back.  Well it’s because I liked it.  Yeah I said it, I liked it.  It will never be the classic that Carpenter’s 1982 masterpiece will be but The Thing 2011 is a good movie.    So why did I like it?

First off Mary Elizabeth WInstead, as Kate Lloyd was one of the most impressive and well written female characters in a recent horror film.  Lloyd was smart, tough, and when it came down to it downright brutal.  As beautiful as she was to look at, you never saw her behave as a typical female movie character.  While she showed some sympathy toward the suspected alien inhabited American’s she was resolute in her decision to isolate them.  She would quickly turn that flame thrower on anyone infected.  To me she was every bit as strong a hero as McCready, but not as anti-social.

The final scene that ties in The Thing 2011 with the 1982 The Thing is Brilliant!  So many films don’t even try to connect, or if they do they create ludicrous situations.  This took the ending straight from the first, and added an intro.  It worked to perfection.

The scenery and cinematography were beautiful as I mentioned above, but also took away from that feeling of being cut off, of desperation.

The best scene of the movie, for me, was the pre-credit ending.  I’ll try not to completely spoil it, but it was wonderful.  That last confrontation was so well acted and written that I wasn’t sure which way it was going to play out.  I knew something was up, but I wasn’t sure how it would end.  Then the final scene with Winstead, look at her face. It’s filled with desperation, fear, and possibly uncertainty.  Is she wondering if she just made a huge mistake?  She knows she is more than likely going to freeze to death.  So many emotions were on her face, unlike in the typical horror film hero’s face, unlike the typical jubilant heroes of most film.

Edgerton’s role in the final scene was also well done and acted.  Never once did he break and give us a clue as to his true nature.  Was he human, or was he The Thing?  Did we hear the Thing screaming or was that Carter?  The director makes it just ambiguous to make me a bit uneasy.  It was stated in The Thing 1982, that if someone were a perfect copy, would even they know they weren’t human?  If that’s true do we really know who the Thing was at the end.  If it was anyone at all, was it all paranoia?  We will hopefully never know.

So yeah I liked The Thing 2011, the remake, err, prequel, whatever.  It’s a good movie, not great, but it has some great scenes.  It’s not perfect, but it has some damn near perfect scenes.  The acting is strong throughout.  There are some characters we grow attached to and then see die horribly.  It’s not great, but (heresy!) it’s worth the cost of a ticket, and hell even popcorn, but sneak in your own cola.