Movie Review: Odd Thomas

IMDB, Odd Thomas“Odd Thomas” on IMDB

Thriller/Mystery/Horror, 97 Minutes, 2013

This is a difficult movie to review.

[Personal Note: my wife and I finished this movie and, as you’ll see, enjoyed it thoroughly. I began writing the review and, a short while later, learned that Anton Yelchin had died. Considering the subject matter of the film, this created some eerie sensations to say the least. He was a damn good actor and seemed like a damn fine human.]

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Powerful Scenes: Spiderman 2

Cracked, Spiderman 2 Comunacho

Comunacho’s entry. Used respectfully, but without permission.

I’m a big fan of Cracked.com’s special brand of fact-based listicle’s. Their regular feature, Photoplasty, takes reader submissions on a variety of topics. One from last year, “23 Movie & TV Subplots That Were A Total Waste Of Your Time” surfaced recently on my Facebook feed and the entry to the left caught my eye.

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Movie Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

IMDB, 10 Cloverfield Lane“10 Cloverfield Lane” on IMDB

Drama/Thriller, 104 Minutes, 2016

This is said to be a sequel, of sorts, to 2008’s big budget found-footage, love-it-or-hate-it epic Cloverfield [IMDB]. If so, the connection is, to be generous, tenuous. The films are vastly different in tone, style and pacing and lack any obvious overlap. They are similar thematically, however. Both focus on small, personal stories occurring on the periphery of enormous, world-altering events.

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Uncharted 4 Lasting Impressions

Uncharted4 CoverAfter my initial disappointment and mid-game thrills with Uncharted 4, I completed the game. Having let the experience sit for a couple of weeks and allowing the adrenaline to fade, I can say without exaggeration:

Best. Game. Ever.

I’ve never experienced a better meshing of character, story, setting and gameplay. Others have come close and even surpassed it in one or more areas. “Mass Effect” had greater depth, but the ending marred the experience. The “BioShock” games brought the drama, but lacked the longevity and depth. Lara Croft may be responsible for some great experiences, but failed to ever show any real growth as a character.

This brought everything together.

[Spoilers Ahead]

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Movie Review: Zootopia

IMDB, Zootopia“Zootopia” on IMDB

Family/Adventure, 108 Minutes, 2016

Consider this: A movie radically changes its premise well over a year into production, with less than 18 months to release. To support this, a secondary character is promoted to lead and a new director is brought in to partner with the existing crew. All of this comes from a team of no less than 10 writers. The entire perspective of the film altered.

The question: is this movie is a hot, steaming mess?

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Create a Link to a Remedy Ticket

BMC SoftwareLike many large companies, mine uses BMC Remedy for IT Service Management. One of the seemingly simple tasks that’s often asked of us is to create a page or report that links ticket numbers to their listings in Remedy. This is more difficult that it ever should need to be, but doable with a little work. Note that the following was tested on BMC Remedy 7.6. as, unfortunately, I have no other environment to test in.

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