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May 13th, 2011

Movie Review - Priest


Starring: Paul Betany, Karl Urban, Can Gigandet, Maggie Q, Lily Collins, Stephen Moyer, Christopher Plumber, Alan Dale, Madchem Amik, and more....

Premise: After a very long war almost destroys the world those living on it, peace is achieved at last. Unfortunately those who brought this peace about are set aside as antiquated tools. Yet the war against those who live in darkness might not be as finished as previously believed.

Review: Loads of actors/actresses I enjoy were in this sucker! I hadn't realized how many till we were watching the film. So that was cool.

Story begins with a punch then we get some background in the form of animation as to the thousand years plus war, which actually fit quite well, especially since the film is based on a Korean comic of the same name. (From the info I read about the comic, however, the movie strayed way off the path.)

Lovely dystopia setting. With the world mostly ruined, most of humanity now cowers inside walled cities run by the Church.  Pollution is everywhere. What little we see of everyday life there paints a bleak existence. The sidewalk confessionals manned by armed guards spoke volumes. Worse, your confession session is presided by a pre-recorded and prompt edited session with Mosignor Orelas rather than a real, caring human being.

Though they bandy the word vampire all over the place, these are not your usual undead. These vamps aren't human, but a whole other race. They even ooze a goo they use to build hives and are born from a queen. We get to see a large hive and vampire eggs and other things, so we do get a little depth on these others. The creatures themselves were also nicely done.

The towns and outposts out in the wastelands have a hard western feel to them. I kept thinking I was shifting from Firefly to Blade Runner and back again. Not saying it's a bad thing, just stating the flavor they used.

The cycles the Priests and the Sheriff use kick buns! And I loved the train. (You'll know it when you see it.) The Priests also have some cool toys for combat that were a lot of fun.  One particular fight with blade extending cross shaped shurikans were kick-ass.

All sorts of possible plots strings are thrown out there, giving depth and the tingle of possibilities and things to come...except...they don't end up using most of them. The ending was also rushed. Closure was not really given to several items. And some of the attitudes displayed by those in power, even with proof, didn't make much sense. (Actually several things didn't make sense - like why did they even have camps for the vamps if they were abominations?) I kept getting the feeling that there was more coming on several subjects but they never came.

So while off to a great start and decent middle, the end and wrap up were not as satisfying as they should have been.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Hubby's rating: Matinee pricing)
Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic



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The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!

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The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."


(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!

The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."


(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.

(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”


“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.

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Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”

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Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.

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