Why I love Josh Gates in anything he does …..

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I have said it before and I will say it again, I love this guy and would literally love to go on a trip with him to any destination. When things seemed to slow down with destination truth (SyFy), I figured that I would just keep watching the re-runs because at least I still got a little bit of his snarky humor and jovial anecdotes on his travels. I personally liked the format of the show because it took a clinical approach to seeking out things that we all think about at some point like the Yeti or Big Foot and it took the time to investigate the stories that we tend to read about and simply walk away from. My favorite episode is the one where he goes back to re-investigate the area around ‘Stonehenge’ and his former camera man has another experience there. Its griping to see how freaky it is in other parts of the world, and the creep factor just rises every time he goes somewhere else, like the time he went to check out the Chupacabra. I like the honesty and then the analysis they they do once their investigation is over. His banter with Ryder is always good for a chuckle. So, you can imagine that I was disappointed when I was relegated to re-runs. So…you can imagine how excited I got when I realized that he had a new show on the travel channel. Yes, people Josh is back with a new show. So the excitement is real, its called Expedition Unknown and it will premiere on Thursday, January 8th at 9:00p. He is going to cover such critical and eye catching topics as what really happened to Amelia Earhart’s plane? or Who is D. B. Cooper and did he survive? I for one am looking forward to what he will uncover during his adventures. His sarcasm is unparalleled in a world where way too many people take themselves far too seriously. So if you have not yet discovered this rare comical traveler then take a moment to set your DVR to record his new show.

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NCIS: My love/hate affair

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I am a totally invested couch potato when it comes to the shows that I watch. Every season, I have a spreadsheet that I concoct filled with information that I use to persuade my family and friends into which shows they should be watching, I have even been known to enforce this on unsuspecting co-wokers at times. Just the same for the past few years NCIS was always at the top of that list. I had fallen in love with Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his rules. I loved the way he says so much with his eyes and body movement and so little comes out of his mouth. He has an efficiency with words that I could never quite master in my real life. I always thought that if I could hold back a bit more and keep it simpler, life might be a bit simpler, but that is not always the way of things. I could sit here and wax poetic about how cool Tony DiNozzo is, or how cool McGee is and how much I love Abby and her quick wit or Ducky and his bowties. The truth of the matter is that, while I loved Kate (Sasha Alexander) before she was fatally shot to death on the roof of that building, the love affair was not totally solidified until Ziva David walked onto the scene. Ziva is an assassin for Moussad and she can kill you with her thumb. That is something to aspire to if only in your imaginary mind. I loved that she couldn’t drive and didn’t care what you thought about how bad her driving was. She had this quiet warmth about her underneath the tough exterior that spoke to me. Hell, I would give anything to be able to gut punch someone and have it really hurt when I did it. I strongly doubt that I could deliver that kind of blow without simultaneously breaking something on my person like my foot, when I should have used my hand. She and Gibbs had this understanding, he had held attributes that her father never showed. He wasn’t a kind man, and while he was her father, he had a distance in him that translated in the things that he did and never said. So when he was killed, I figured that it would change her. There is always guilt in a situation like that, and I worried that she would have a hard time coming back from it. I didn’t expect her to decide to up and leave the dang show though. So to be honest, it has taken me quite some time to come to terms with it. Now if you know me, then you know that I will boycott a show in heart beat if I strongly disagree with the direction that they have taken; relegating a once beloved show to me into something I have collecting in my DVR to never to be bothered to watch again. You can feel free to reference my CSI years here. The minute that they got rid of Grissom I was done with them, and while I love Ted Dansen even he was not enough to bring me back from the brink. So when Ziva left and Tony had to watch her go, I just figured that I would be fair. I didn’t want to give up on yet another show. I tried, I really really tried people. I have barely watched this season. Its actually recording right now and I am not watching it. I have given my full attention to Gotham, Sleepy Hollow, hell I have even given my full attention to How to get away with murder, but I cannot bring my self to care about the story anymore. I feel listless watching it because I always figured that my true love was Gibbs, and that over time I would be ok with Ziva leaving. Now I am starting to feel like, maybe I was wrong and this feeling will not be going away any time soon. Its not that I don’t still love Gibbs, but honestly, I feel like we need to get a new assassin or something. Not a replacement for Ziva because that won’t work, but something a bit different. I don’t know maybe someone who is more challenging for Tony or heck I would even be ok bringing on that Coast Guard commander who is like the female version of Gibbs. I couldn’t be a writer on this show, honestly but I literally feel like I can’t be the only person who is not feeling the love this season. Jeez, I can barely sink my teeth into NCIS: New Orleans and that is literally one of my most favorite places in the whole entire world. So who out there has had something like this happen to them. I can’t possibly be the only one. This is literally almost as bad as replacement of ‘becky’ on Roseanne. So who can commiserate, I know I couldn’t possibly be the only one annoyed over here…..Anyone?

Terminator: Genisys just might make me a believer or at least get me to a theater

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I have not always been a fan of the Terminator genre, I think it goes back to how I view the zombie apocalypse as being a catalyst for my own demise. Just the same, I have given it the old college try and can say that I truly enjoyed Terminator 2: Judgment Day, starring Edward Furlong, he had the kind of angst that appealed to a kid like me. By contrast that was the only one that received a rewind rating from me. Just the same, I have a good feeling in my gut about this one. The concept for the movie alone is solid and has good structure, plus it will likely confuse a few people which I find fascinating for a good long chuckle. I am intrigued by the actor line up, they are giving us Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger (Expendables). So like I said, I have a really good feeling about this cast, the best part is they are just this side of Hollywood so they will keep the movie going without diverting attention in a different direction from where the viewers need to be watching. As an avid movie/entertainment viewer, nothing takes away from a solid movie than the actors just not being the right fit for the movie. Think about it, there are tons of movies out there that just didn’t click the way it would have if they went in another direction for the casting or even for the movie itself, please reference Topher Grace as Venom, Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader, Keanu Reeves in Dracula, even Denise Richards starring as a physicist in a Bond film. Think on those painful moments for a second. Now think of the possibilities, John Connor sending his soldier Kyle back, only for Kyle to learn that everything has changed due to everything else they have done previously. Its a very smart approach from a writers standpoint, so yes people I am declaring it now, I am heading to the theater to check this one out so you should too. My gut is usually always right, especially when it comes to a good action flick. Take a look at the trailer and let me know what you think, are you going to take a chance on this one? Happy Movie Watching…..

Calamity Jayne (Calamity Jayne Mystery, #1) by Kathleen Bacus

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Calamity Jayne (Calamity Jayne Mystery, #1)Calamity Jayne by Kathleen Bacus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just finished this title, I was hoping for something a bit lighter since I had done back to back drama for a bit, trust me it was worth the read. Calamity Jayne or “Tressa” as she prefers was a super fun read. As her name infers, she gets in to more than a little bit of trouble. The fun part is that her brand of trouble should probably come with some sort of warning label. Readers are going to fall in love with her brand of self-deprecating humor and the follies of her one horse town. Her rivalry with the infuriating Ranger Rick and the high jinx of her Grandma Hannah as well as the Green Hornet himself Joe, Ranger Rick’s lovable Grandpa. These characters bumble around the pages and make for a truly entertaining read. The author even blessed me with being able to stump me on the killer, which, for me is a real rarity. I was close though so it wasn’t a huge margin on that one. It was a great story and you could truly follow along with Tressa as she tries to solve the murder that never was, as most will tell you where there is no body there is no crime, but Tressa seems to be able to ferret out the biggest crimes just by waking up every morning and putting one foot in front of the other. With the Sheriff’s office breathing down her neck, Tressa is in a race to catch the bad guy before she becomes the next one on the chopping block. You are going to fall in love with her, root with her, and on a couple of occasions in the book, want to strangle her yourself. In the end, you will have to love her for her determination if nothing else. Tessa appeals to the underdog in us all, that person that has been overlooked and under appreciated for far too long. The one who if people gave them half a chance could surprise the pants off of you. The story has a heart of its own that is very clear to the reader and makes you want to cheer for Tressas’ tenacity if for nothing else. Out of a possible 5 stars I am giving her all 5. She had me at the opening line. If you haven’t had a chance to check out her antics, take a break and see what she has in store. Happy Reading!!!!!

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The Gambler

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I can be very dense at times, I feel like this might be one of them. I genuinely like Mark Wahlberg, I just can’t see hitting a movie theater to see this one. Not that I wouldn’t enjoy the experience, more like that I would find the whole process annoying somehow. This is very similar to the issues I have about picking up certain books. I honestly have to be in the right head space to enjoy it or otherwise I start to get a bit wonky about it. This one time I had read the book Kiss the Girls by James Patterson. I found the book mesmerizing, I was even having a hard time walking down dark streets at night it was so good. When the movie came out I was beyond happy to see it. Then I got there and I couldn’t throw enough popcorn at the screen. In the end, I learned that for me, I just can’t read the book and watch the movie. It taints the process for me somehow to the point where I am always disappointed, and trust me I threw a soda at the screen when I saw the first Twilight movie. Take a look and tell me what you think?

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James….4 out of 5 stars

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Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So I finally broke down and read this book. I initially shied away from it because I didn’t feel up for what was being called by some critics a Twilight knock off for a house wife. I have to admit, by the time I was done I could understand both sides of the argument. The story is of a young, socially closed off young woman named Ana who is in the last week of college. She by chance ends up meeting this very mysterious gentleman named Christian Grey.

At the beginning of the story Grey comes off as the proverbial doucher, making these bold statements that while possibly fact for this alternate universe are really very pompous and don’t necessarily make him someone you want to curl up with. I will say that as the story unfolds and you begin to learn more about the characters then you find that he has become this way due to some seriously deep seeded personal issues that can cause the end of their very premature relationship.

Why should you bother to read this book?
My answer to that is simple despite the prose in some sections of the book you come to love both Ana and Christian. What’s more the story is at least quasi realistic and not so far fetched that you can’t overlook some lesser elements of the story that might make you cringe. I think the best thing to do is to lower your expectations and not expect literary genius. Instead seek out a decent plot and characters that you want to know more about. That will get you through a great deal of this first installment in the 3 book series.

I am giving this one 4 out of 5 stars because overall, I really did end up routing for these characters and it served to give me a few hours of decent entertainment.

I will say that there are some very intimate scenes that are graphic for those of you like me who tend to blush at that sort of thing. So…if that makes you uncomfortable then you might consider steering clear of this series, but if not. Happy Reading. I’d love to hear what you think…

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Stephanie Meyers book the Host gets a big screen shot

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While most people know of Stephanie Meyers for her epic Twilight Saga, they may not have noticed that she wrote another book during that time.  The ugly step-sister to that saga was The Host.  A science fiction book for those that are more or less not really into science fiction.  The book basically takes place after a mass invasion of the worlds population has occurred and the last of the uninhabited humans are being rounded up to take on the remaining invaders.

The book sold very well for many who were clambering for more content in-between their long waits for another Twilight installment.  I myself did not bother to read this book because I just wasn’t really interested in it.  Which it turns out may serve me well given that they have decided to make a movie based on the Stephanie Meyer novel.  Yippee movie goers, because they actually seem to have pulled together a worthy cast.

The movie of the same title is due out March of 2013, and is set to star Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones), Diane Kruger (National Treasure), Jake Abel (I am number four, Percy Jackson: The lightning Thief), and Max Irons (Red Riding Hood).

Honestly, I like the mix and think, if they did the right thing by the book and script integrity, they have a pretty decent movie on their hands.  Not to mention who isn’t up for one of those movies that gives you all the bits and pieces of genres you don’t want to love.  I took a chance and checked out the teaser trailer – give it a shot and tell me what you think.

P.S.:  Look for more from Max Irons, he’s Jeremy Irons son and if he is anything like his father his acting will knock your socks off.  Until next time….