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Top 5 Aliens Novels

I think I can speak for everyone when I say that I am easily the biggest and most well-informed Alien fan on the planet.  If you have any doubt, just know that I’ve read every Alien(s) novel in existence (some of them multiple times); and even though there’s no such thing as a bad Alien story, some are better than others.  That’s where I come in.  I bring you today’s Top 5 Friday list…

Rogue Hippo’s Top 5 Alien Novels

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Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire Review

If you’re like me, you spent last Friday night at a Selena tribute concert in Orlando, Florida.  But what do you do when you arrive 90 minutes early and need to kill time?  The obvious answer: blast Stormtroopers in the new Star Wars virtual-reality simulator, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire!

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Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

Rogue Hippo’s Review Score: 9

I know it’s a tough sell to get people excited to see a World War I documentary in 3D at the movie theater; but damnit, I’m going to try. Continue reading “Review: They Shall Not Grow Old”

Review: The Meg

Rogue Hippo’s Review Score: 5

It’s hard to screw up a movie about a giant shark.  Movie-goers are willing to forgo quality acting and writing for some good old-fashioned shark carnage.  Somehow, The Meg failed to deliver even that. Continue reading “Review: The Meg”

Preview: Overlord

Somehow the upcoming World War II movie Overlord completely evaded my radar until I stumbled on the trailer today.  Watch it:

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Killer Queen: The Arcade Phenomenon is Also Coming to the Switch

Joysticks.  Button-mashing.  Five on five battles.  Collect the berries.  Ride the snail.  Kill the queen.  Get the power-up and win the game.  Can Killer Queen return the video game arcade to it’s former glory?  Lets find out. Continue reading “Killer Queen: The Arcade Phenomenon is Also Coming to the Switch”

Preview: Cobra Kai

A co-worker just informed me that YouTube Red is releasing an internet streams series called Cobra Kai.  That’s right, Cobra Kai, as in the evil dojo from Karate Kid.  Cobra Kai takes place 30 years after the events of Karate Kid; and while the times have changed, Daniel and Johnny still can’t seem to get along.  Yes, the original Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny (William Zabka) are going head to head once again… this time as adults. Continue reading “Preview: Cobra Kai”

Review: Annihilation

Rogue Hippo’s Review Score: 6

PLOT SUMMARY:  Lena (Natalie Portman) is part of a team of scientists tasked with entering, and explaining, The Shimmer.  The Shimmer is a continuously-expanding quarantine zone around the site of a meteor strike.  On top of that, The Shimmer gradually alters the DNA of all who enter it; oh, and by the way, no one ever returns.  Lena has returned, however; and the movie begins with Lena surrounded by a team of scientists who ask her to explain what happened while she was inside The Shimmer.  She proceeds to tell them the story of what befell her team. Continue reading “Review: Annihilation”

Review: Hostiles

Rogue Hippo’s Review Score: 5.5

I’m a big history fan so I expected to like Hostiles, a film about Army Captain Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale) tasked with escorting Native American Chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) across miles of hostile territory so that Yellow Hawk can die in his homeland.  Along the way, nothing goes according to plan and each day is a bitter struggle to survive.

I love survival stories.  I love history.  I should’ve loved Hostiles.  I didn’t.  Here’s why… Continue reading “Review: Hostiles”

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