Spellslinger – Sebastien De Castell (Review)


In a society where power, status, and freedom are only given to those with magic, Kellen has a problem. Despite being from a powerfully magical family, and with only days to go before he either demonstrates his powers or is enslaved, Kellen’s magic has yet to appear.

It’s not a great situation to be in, and his personal problems pale into insignificance compared to the increasingly unstable political situation – an internal power vacuum, spies from a hostile kingdom, and the re-appearance of an extinct enemy. Kellen has little time(and even less power) to fix anything, but apparently it’s all his responsibility.
The setting is non-standard – it’s low fantasy but with more magic than normal, displaying little technology but with aesthetics somewhere between Arabian Nights and Westerns. It’s difficult to place the world against an equivalent mundane era, or tie it to a specific mythology. There’s a definite Eastern influence, but not to the exclusion of all else. I like things like that – it takes longer to work out what’s going on, but the creatures and magic are fresh.

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Priest (2011) – Review

pVampires have existed alongside humanity since the dawn of time – a separate, nocturnal race of predators, building vast hives in service of their queen. For millenia, mankind has waged war against the vampire menace, and now, for the first time in history, there is peace.

Vampires exist only in reservations and will never emerge to menace us again. Priests – super-powered vampire slayers – have been forcibly retired. Humanity is safe and sound in vast cities protected by a benevolent ecclesiarchy that only limits freedom and does dystopic stuff for the good of the citizenry.

Obviously, everything is about to go horribly wrong.  Continue reading “Priest (2011) – Review”

John Wick (2014) – Review

1200x630bbJohn Wick is a grieving widower who also happens to be a deadly, albeit retired, assassin. When gangsters kill his dog, a final present from his dead wife, he un-retires himself to ensure that they understand the grievous nature of their error.  Continue reading “John Wick (2014) – Review”

Django Unchained (2012) – Review

DjangoTarantino is a director who, in my opinion, tends to be very hit-and-miss. Reservoir Dogs is fantastic, as are parts of Pulp FictionKill Bill, on the other hand, leaves me cold – it’s meaningless, self-indulgent violence with no redeeming features. At his best, Tarantino is very, very good. At his worse, he seems almost like a parody of himself.

Django Unchained is one of the better ones. It’s not as slick or memorable as Reservoir Dogs, but it’s well-crafted and doesn’t drag. It also manages to explore an interesting society in some interesting ways.

Django Unchained is the story of a freed slave rampaging across the American South. Under the guidance of Dr. King Schultz, a german dentist/bounty hunter, Django learns the skills he needs to free his wife and extract revenge on the people who have wronged him.
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Gallowwalkers (Review)

gallowwalkersThis film has so many things about it that I love: it is a Western, with dark fantasy elements. It’s about monster hunting. It has Wesley Snipes being taciturn and awesome. I got very excited about it.

It is a shame then, that it isn’t very good. Continue reading “Gallowwalkers (Review)”