The Snow Empress (Sano Ichiro #12) Review

The Snow Empress (Sano Ichiro #12) is a 2007 mystery novel written by Laura Joh Rowland, published by St. Martin’s Minotaur. Set in the Genroku era of historical Japan and set as the 12th book in the Sano Ichiro Series. The story follows detective Sano and his team who venture to northern Japan to solve the murder of the governors’ mistress. Positives: Good characters Complex story Maintains suspense Good attention to detail Good writing Negatives: Investigation feels wacky at times Plot:  The story follows detective Sano Ichiro whose son is kidnapped (by a poltical rival) in the city of Edo.  Sano is…

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The Ultimates: Against All Enemies Review

The Ultimates: Against All Enemies is a 2007 superhero novel written by Alex Irvine, published by Pocket Books.  The story follows the Ultimates, a group of super heroes operatives employed by the government to face threats to humanity too powerful for conventional operatives to handle, who are secretly fighting a war with the alien menace named the Chitauri, who plan to wipe humanity off the face of the Earth. Positives: Well-written characters Interesting story Intense dialogue The writing is solid Negatives: Story is slow to get into Non-memorable antagonists Plot: …

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28 Weeks Later Review

28 Weeks Later is a 2007 science fiction horror film directed Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, starring Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Imogen Poots, Catherine McCormack, and Idris Elba.  Set as a sequel to 2002’s 28 Days Later, the plot depicts the efforts of NATO military forces to salvage a safe zone in London and the consequences of two young siblings breaking protocol to find their infected mother, and the resulting reintroduction of the highly contagious virus to the safe zone. Positives: Good performances Great special effects Good story…

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is a 2007 epic fantasy swashbuckler film directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Chow Yun-Fat, and Geoffrey Rush.  Serving as the third installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series and sequel to Dead Man’s Chest, following Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann, and Hector Barbossa who rescue Captain Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones’ Locker,  preparing to fight the East India Trading Company, led by Cutler Beckett, who controls Davy Jones. Positives: Good story Terrific soundtrack Great characters Good action…

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Halo 3 Review

Halo 3 is a 2007 science fiction first person shooter action video game developed by Bungie, published by Microsoft Game Studios.  It is the third installment in the Halo franchise, released for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  The story centers on a cybernetically enhanced supersoldier, Master Chief, an alien warrior, Arbiter, and the combined human UNSC and elite forces as they wage war against the Covenant who have found the Ark and seek to activate all of the Halo rings. Positives: Great soundtrack Competitive multiplayer Extensive campaign Great characters…

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Stardust Review

Stardust is a 2007 romantic fantasy adventure film directed by Matthew Vaughn, starring Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Strong, and Robert De Niro.  The film is based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name and follows a young man named Tristan who seeks a star to impress a girl, only to find that the star is a lady named Yvaine.  However, Yvaine is being pursued by a prince seeking power and a witch seeking eternal youth. Positives: Great characters Great cast Great performances Good story Good visuals…

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The Dresden Files Review

The Dresden Files is a 2007 supernatural dark fantasy television series developed by Hans Beimler and Robert Hewitt Wolfe, based on the fantasy book series of the same name by Jim Butcher.  The cast includes Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann, and Conrad Coates and the series follows Harry Dresden (Blackthorne), a private investigator practicing wizardry, who solves cases using otherworldly magic. Positives: Great performances Great characters Interesting story Good CGI Good soundtrack Great dialogue Negatives: Poor CGI Plot:  The Dresden Files follows the adventures of wizard named Harry Dresden…

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Resident Evil: Extinction Review

Resident Evil: Extinction is a 2007 action horror film directed by Russell Mulcahy, starring Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Ashanti, and Mike Epps.  It is the third installment in the Resident Evil film series based on the video game series Resident Evil and follows the heroine Alice (Jovovich), along with a group of survivors from Raccoon City, as they attempt to travel across the Mojave desert wilderness to Alaska and escape a zombie apocalypse. Positives: Good performances by the main and supporting cast Interesting characters Good soundtrack…

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Transformers Review

Transformers is a 2007 sci fi, action film directed by Michael Bay, starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Anthony Anderson, Rachael Taylor, John Turturro, Jon Voight, Michael O’Neill, Kevin Dunn, and Charlie Adler. The film is the first installment in the Transformers film series and follows teenager Sam Witwicky who gets caught up in a war between two factions of alien robots, the heroic Autobots and the villainous Decepticons, vying for a powerful artifact known as the AllSpark.

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Spider-Man 3 Review

Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 superhero film directed by Sam Raimi and based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. It serves as the final film in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man Trilogy; starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rosemary Harris, J. K. Simmons, James Cromwell, and Cliff Robertson. Set months after the events of Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man (Maguire) must contend with Harry Osborn (Franco), who becomes the new goblin, a shapeshifting sand manipulator named Flint Marko (Church), and an extraterrestrial symbiote…

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