Wednesday, December 17, 2014

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS MOVIE REVIEW




EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS MOVIE REVIEW 

 Exodus: Gods and Kings


            “I am.” The name for which God calls himself is barely hinted in the movie EXODUS: GODS and KINGS.  God’s wrath is mighty, but the how and why seem to be absent from the film. The story of Moses and the Israelites is one of the most fascinating stories in the Bible. Yet, the writers of the film took great liberties changing things up. For instance, Moses wields a sword given to him by Pharaoh rather than using the simple staff, whose use was directed by God. This obviously led to the absence of the staff turning into a serpent, since there was none. Aaron was also a part of God’s plan to aid Moses in dealing with Pharaoh, yet he is barely noticeable in the film. The ten plagues were quickly time elapsed, with barely a word spoken between Moses and Pharaoh. One would wonder if Pharaoh even knew he was being told to “Let my people go.”  In the book of Exodus, scripture says that Moses’s wife and children traveled with him back to Egypt, yet this movie wife stayed behind angry with God and her man. Passover was hardly explained as to why it was necessary to put the blood over the doorposts.

In a good movie, an observer needs to feel connected to the main characters. There was little to connect with in this film. The Israelite's plight was more of an overview, with no real story to sink your teeth into. People getting whipped, hung and working in the fields should have tugged at the heart, but alas barely so. Although an awesome actor, Christian Bale’s Moses is stifled, angry and questioning God. He seems to have no faith in anything except his sword. Although the real Moses was reluctant to be the deliverer of the Israelites, this movie version Moses is disrespectful to God. But perhaps this can be explained by the small, sulky boy playing I AM.

 In what should have been an epic scene, the parting of the Red Sea was a bit confusing with the Israelites walking up to the chests into the Red Sea, then suddenly walking in and out of watery areas. The parting of the sea should have been a fascinating moment - one of triumph revealing God’s almighty power, but again it seemed distorted and insignificant. 

My review: What could have been a fascinated film was stifled by poor dialogue and confusion. Most writers will embellish a story a bit, but that wasn’t this film’s problem. It was lack of heart. Substance. Faith. 

Perhaps a narrator would have helped the film’s cause.  

Reviewed by: Tamera Lawrence, author

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Happy Holidays



 "HOPE EVERYONE IS ENJOYING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON THIS YEAR!"


Sunday, July 6, 2014

DELIVER US FROM EVIL: MOVIE REVIEW






DELIVER US FROM EVIL MOVIE REVIEW

 Does evil exist? Not just any kind of evil, but a true evil that can possess a human soul? That is the question facing Officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) in the movie DELIVER US FROM EVIL. Officer Sarchie has little faith in all that is holy and no belief whatsoever in what’s considered unholy. Officer Sarchie blames crime on human nature.  It’s obvious from the beginning just how mind numbing dealing with crime in New York has affected the officer.  But that all begins to change when Ralph is faced with the malicious actions of seemingly once normal people who’ve appeared to have come under some kind of demonic possession. Officer Sarchie and his family become targets of supernatural forces.  It will take brawn, faith and the help of an exorcism priest to fight the evil in their midst. 

DELIVER US FROM EVIL is based on true events in Officer Sarchie’s life. A scary thought indeed.  One only has to pick up the paper or watch the news to see evil pop up its ugly head. But is it human nature or something more darker?

DELIVER US FROM EVIL is an intense movie that runs on a pretty good clip.  There is a familiar feel to the story as Hollywood has created similar gory scenes before. However, there are a few scares in the mix. If anything, it wasn't boring.

An interesting note: Today Officer Sarchie is now a well-known demonologist believing in his cause.

Reviewed by Author Tamera Lawrence aka Tammy Tattles

http://www.outskirtspress.com/GHOSTSOFMAYFLOWER

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

GOZILLA MOVIE REVIEW



REVIEW
 

 

Friend or foe of man? That is the question in the new 2014 GODZILLA movie and has been since the start of the Gozilla’s film legacy that began in 1954 with the first original version of Gozilla.

 After laying dormant for many years, Gozilla rises from the ocean’s depths to face down two menacing creatures that are wreaking havoc and destruction on mankind as they feed upon nuclear energy in alarming rates. The main battle takes place in Hawaii as the trio clash in a battle that trashes and destroys anything in its wake. And the US military is right there along the battle front to lend a hand as well as use whatever means necessary to destroy all three creatures. No one seems quite sure of Gozilla’s intentions, although it’s clearly hoped that Gozilla will kill his adversaries.

Although a bit clumsy and seemingly emotionless, Gozilla has one and only one motive – to kill the nuclear sucking pair of creatures along with their unborn offspring and restore the earth to its former balance.  As a large reptilian looking dinosaur with a lumbering gait, Gozilla cares little for the destruction this battle inflicts on property or mankind, although there is one point in the movie when he seemingly makes eye contact with a soldier bent on the same mission – as if giving his approval to a team member.

Kids and adults can both enjoy this newest Godzilla movie. This sea monster always manages to impress when he opens up his mouth and bellows out his rage in a cry that clearly means he means business. And I for one have been reminded of my childhood on a rainy Saturday afternoon when I watched many of the old Gozilla movies at my parent’s home on a small television set. But now I have to wonder if I watched Godzilla to see the huge giant in action or just to have a laugh at the English words that passed out of Japanese mouths in a funny disconnection.

Whatever the reason, I was drawn to see this movie and connect with an old friend.

By Author Tamera Lawrence

Books By Tamera

THE POND
BEFORE I WAKE
THE WRECKER
THE SERPENT'S MARK
GHOST O MAYFLOWER: A PENNHURST HAUNTING

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

HALLOWEEN SHOW

THE NATIONAL HAUNTERS CONVENTION & HALLOWEEN SHOW is coming to Oaks Pa
on May 2nd, 3rd and 4th 2014
 
This event is located at: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Avenue Oaks Pa
484-754-3976 
 
Featuring a variety of vendors,  classes, props, contests, a haunted house , Make up Wars, NHC's Miss Halloween Beauty Pageant (Friday) and a Costume Ball on Saturday night
 
Times
 
Friday 12:00pm-8:00
Saturday 10am-6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm
 
If you like Halloween and can't wait until October, this event offers a fun filled day!
 
Check out their website for more information
 
"I will be at the convention with my books for sale, so come and visit me."
"Hope to see you there!"
 
 
 
Books include:  Wrecker, Ghosts of Mayflower & The Pond
 
 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Noah: Movie Review






NOAH MOVIE REVIEW

 

Noah. A man of God. A man of faith. A man that was given a great task. That was the true Bible Noah. But in the movie version, Noah I found God and faith both lacking, however it was clear that Noah was given a great task to build an ark - but not to save mankind but to save all the birds and beasts from extinction.

With that said, in the movie, Noah was dark and at times bitter with his God. He fights with his wife and his children. He seems to have lost his humanity towards other living beings and with it all compassion. Noah has decided mankind will die out with his family and no other children can be born. However, this was not the bible’s version of the story, but the creators of the movie.

Although this version of Noah is clearly Hollywood invented, it was very entertaining and did make me think about the true story of Noah. The bible is filled with wonderful and murky tales of the Israelites. Perhaps this will lead to a movie trend into unmarked territory or people taking a closer look at scripture. All in all, I was glad to see Noah and would recommend it whether you believe in the bible's tale or not.

By Author Tamera Lawrence
http://www.outskirtspress.com/GhostsofMayflower

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

FAR AND AWAY








With Saint Patrick's day on the horizon, why not check out the movie Far and Away with Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. Although initially this movie was lacking great reviews, it is one of my favorite movies. Naturally if you are of Irish decent, this movie would appeal to you. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are two opposing forces, an Irish couple coming to America for the American dream of owning land. Things get interesting as the two battle weary hotheads find themselves falling in love as they struggle to survive. 

 Check it out.

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY: ENJOY THE COMING WEEKEND. EVERYONE IS IRISH ON SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!

By author Tamera Lawrence
Books: Amazon.com

The Pond (paranormal mystery)
Wrecker (local thriller)
Before I Wake (romantic suspense)
Ghosts of Mayflower: A Pennhurst Haunting (Non Fiction- paranormal)

http://www.outskirtspress.com/GhostsofMayflower