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Monday, April 15, 2013

Second Chance Reviews - Here Comes The Boom

            I am introducing a new feature on my blog. Actually, it’s sort of like two features in one. Both are interesting on their own, but together I hope to throw out something truly . . . reasonably entertaining.
            The first is an expansion of my movie reviews. Sometimes I don’t get to see a film while it’s still in the theaters. For those movies that I happened to see as a rental I am offering Second Chance Reviews. (Catchy title don’t you think?) That will give you a second chance to see the film before it disappears into the dusty archives of your local video rental store.
            But that’s not all. I’m going to ask characters from my novels to write the reviews. How awesome is that? And just to help you get to know these folks, I’ll interview each new character before hand. Today, that will be Dave Watson, from the upcoming novel: Exit Stage Left 

Randy: Hello, Dave. Welcome to my blog.
Dave: Dude! Totally.
Randy: I hope you didn’t have any trouble getting away from your normal gig.
Dave: Which one? Selling the automotive marvels that are Hondas, or solving mysteries for our elite clientele in Hollywood?
Randy: So then, you’re pulling double duty: sales savant / private detective. That makes sense. You live in a town where everyone has a slash in their title. You know, like - actor / writer / waitress

Dave: Right! I’ve dated a couple of them.
Randy: One more question before I turn you loose on this review. Your partner in the detective business . . .
Dave: Sherlock? He’s only the most outstanding detective mind in the world. And we have been best buds since high school. Was that the question?
Randy: <Chuckles> No. My question is:  Do you really think he is the actual incarnation of Sherlock Holmes?
Dave: Absolutely! Just as much as I’m the living, breathing reincarnated Doc. Watson. Except that I don’t know any of that medical stuff anymore.
Randy: Thanks, Dave. Now go ahead and tell us about the movie you saw.

Here Comes the Boom  $$$     


105 Minutes
Starring: Kevin James, Salma Hayek, and Henry Winkler.
Director: Frank Coraci.  

            This movie was totally shibby. It’s all about this school teacher who used to really shred it in the class room. The kids loved him and they like graduated from high school with honors and all. Best of all, the teacher, Scott Voss, is played by Kevin James who could play me in the television version of my life story. Other than my blond hair, and deep tan, and dazzling white teeth we look exactly alike.
            Then he finds out that his friend is going to lose his job. The school is running short on money so they want to get rid of the music department. Thank heavens something like that could only happen in a movie. Can you imagine what the world would be like without music? It’d be like a Saturday morning without a cool breeze and the warm embrace of a monster wave.
            Marty, the music teacher, is played by Henry Winkler. Of course, he doesn’t look much like Fonzie in this movie, but if he did he could totally go up to Principle Betcher (Greg Germann) and go “Aaayyyyyyyyy.” And the Principle would snap out of it and do the right thing. But instead, Scott decides to raise the money as a mixed-martial arts fighter.
            Even though the entire movie was funny, the best part was showing that when we all work together, everyone wins. The Asian dude gets a new cook, the brother gets a new job, and the immigrants get a new country. Confused? Well, watch the movie and you won’t be.  
            Here Comes the Boom gets three-and-a-half boards. I know that Randy calls them movie bucks, but com’on and take a look at them. There’s a big ‘S’ that stands for “Surf” and then that straight line that’s the board. Bucks or boards, it doesn’t matter. See this movie with your kids. Then give them a big hug. 

                        Randy’s Rating System 

$$$$   = Full Price    See this movie right away and pay full price, it’s worth it.
$$$     = Matinee      Catch this as a matinee or other discounted showing.
$$        = Discount     Wait until this movie reaches a discount theater near you.
$          = Rental         Wait until this movie reaches your local video rental outlet.
0          = No Sale       Don’t see this movie at any price.




  1. I've done that sometimes with books where I reread one I didn't really like so much the first time and then see if I like it better the second time. It has mixed results.

    1. You are more generous than I. If a book doesn't grab me within a few chapters I'm done with it.