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Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: 20th Century Fox

MPAA Rating: PG 13

Director: Ridley Scott

Review Rating: 7

The life story of Moses and his brother Ramses, and the legendary conflict between the Egyptian kings and their Hebrew slaves.

It’s important to note from the outset that the movie, being a Ridley Scott opus, gives us a unique point of view to look at Moses from – that of a warrior standpoint. Everything starts off with Moses as a young man, preparing to go to war with his adopted brother Ramses, Prince of Egypt, against the Hitites. Moses is played by Christian Bale, with messy hair and a beard for most of the film, and an accent I found odd, if not I guessed appropriate. Ramses is played by Joel Edgerton, in all his kohl-eyed and golden glory. Pharoah Seti (John Turturro) treats both his sons well, though he evinces doubt about Ramses ability to properly succeed him. But off they both troop to war, where Moses manages to rather publicly and blatantly save the life of a, let’s face it, far too prideful Ramses. Moses has a strange meeting with some literal underground Hebrews led by Ben Kingsley as Nun, where certain unpleasant truths are brought to light. Those truths begin circulating and as soon as there’s a royal death and Ramses wants to lay those rumors to rest, more unpleasantness is had and finally, Moses is exiled into the desert. He has slim hope of survival.

Or does he? Because it turns out that, despite not knowing how to survive in the desert and supposedly done for, someone left Moses his sword and he still has enough oomph to use it to kill some bad guys and save some ladies at a watering hole. This is how he meets the future wife. Fast forward a little montage and Moses is now a married shepherd with a son, and happy. He makes no bones about the religion of his wifes people, but will not claim them as his own, and has reservations about his son being brought up that way. He espouses no particular religion, until the night of a massive storm and some lost livestock, Moses finds himself the victim of a landslide and next thing you know, it’s a burning bush.

Or is it? Yes there is a burning bush sitting there, burning merrily away. But a young boy in a simple robe sits near it, and he speaks for the He that Moses has a rather blunt conversation with. This He, if he can be believed to be the manifestation of Moses’ God to talk with, is Old Testament-style wrathful, and wants his chosen people freed via bloodshed, with Moses as his General, as soon as possible. Moses is awed and reluctant, but sets forth to begin training the men of his settled village in arms. Ramses, who put a bounty on Moses after learning he was alive, begins a campaign of killing Hebrews, usually a family at a time, in public executions as a discouragement to aid Moses. This turns out to be too much for the child-God, who tells Moses he’s about to step up the timeline. And suddenly there’s a flurry of activity.

There’s this glorious scene on the Nile where monster crocodiles swarm a whole bunch of hapless humans in a feeding frenzy and then proceed to turn on eachother, making the waters of the Nile run red with blood. The blood contaminates the water and the fish begin dying. This further contaminates the river and now there are demonic flies everywhere. Demonic flies lead to, you guessed it, sickness and finally death. Oh, it’s miserable everywhere in Egypt. The frogs are everywhere, the locusts are coming too, the food and crops are gone, the waters are toxic, even the High Priestess is sickly. But that still isn’t enough. Moses pleads with the child-God for that to be the end of it, but is curtly refused, and so he tries to warn Ramses, pleading as much as he can for Ramses to simply end this thing and let the Hebrews go already. Because if he doesn’t, something worse than all these other plagues is coming. Cue those poor lambs, the doorframes and lintels, and a sweeping darkness of death that covers the land like a curtain. Out of the darkness comes the sounds of mourning from many throats, as a whole lot of children were just extinguished like candles, including Ramses own beloved son. Pharoah finally, weeping bitter tears holding the shrouded body of his son, remonstrates Moses soundly and bids him take the damned Hebrews and go, already.

So, finally, we have the exodus! Numbers are sketchy, the Egyptians and the Hebrews can’t seem to agree on just how many of them are leaving, but we know it’s somewhere in the several-thousands. And where are we going? Well apparently Moses has a plan, to get all these people and their children and stuff around mountains and across the sea when the tide is at its lowest point. Back in the death-shrouded city, Pharoah Ramses seems to have finally lost his temper and orders his army after Moses and the Hebrews! Ramses wants no truck with delay either, ordering those ridiculous chariots over treacherous mountain paths because they’re faster, and of course begins losing men at an alarming rate. Meanwhile at the coast, Moses and the Hebrews have indeed made it, but the tide is high and noone knows what to do now. The child-God is silent and Moses tosses his Egyptian sword into the drink in a fit of anger, only to pull it out later like the plug from a huge drain, causing the waters tide to pull out just enough for the Hebrews to cross. Sadly, there is no epic scene with a staff (he left it with his son, remember) and Moses parting the waters. Nope, he just pulls the plug and the water drains out, it’s very anticlimactic. The Hebrews cross and of course Moses is more or less last, Ramses chasing him all the way even after all his soldiers have stopped, they can see the tide coming back in and want to live, damnit. Both Moses and Ramses take a turn in the drink and come out more or less unscathed, leaving Ramses to contemplate his folly and Moses to continue his work.

This means it’s off to the village where his wife and son are waiting for him, Moses straggles in leading a few thousand or so homeless Hebrews and attempts to impress upon his wife his newfound shared faith in their God. Then (boy, does this thing ever end?) Moses wanders off to a forbidden sacred mountain retreat, where he shares a last few bits of rueful wisdom with the child-God while he carves certain important stone tablets. Because, as the child-God says, man may falter but stone does not. And the last we see of Moses is an old man with the white hair and beard, being carried in a wagon with his sacred tablets while the children of Israel walk alongside him, forever searching for their home.

Whew! Yes the film is a tad long, considering all the biblical stuff they wanted to cram into it, coming it at about two hours and thirty minutes or so. That’s why the review is a tad long too. I don’t recall the terms “Jews” being used anywhere in the film, they’re always called Hebrews. The whole child-God slant was interesting, especially at the end of his first appearance, when he simply said in response to Moses’ demands for identification, “I AM.” The bloodthirsty child-God who rains misery on the heads of the Egyptians and demands all kinds of mayhem and death from his chosen General Moses, that is a very bold stance for Ridley Scott to take. Bale brought a kind of exhausted vulnerability to warrior-Moses, he generally seemed to ooze the plea, “can’t we all just get along?” Edgerton only gets a few good rants as Ramses, which is kind of a shame, because I wanted to see his face contort and have him start screaming about himself being the Morning and the Evening Star. It is a great and epic movie, though I still think they could’ve just called it Exodus and left it at that. There’s only one real King or God of note in the film, that being Ramses himself and the child-God of Moses respectively, but I suppose it’s still better than calling the movie Exodus: Ramses vs. Moses. Oh, and look out for an easter egg in the form of the actress playing Ramses mother.


Movie Moxie’s 31 Days of Halloween – Day 2 – Wishmaster

Posted in Action, horror, Movies, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2013 by aliciamovie


Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: Live Entertainment

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Robert Kurtzman

Review Rating: 8

A demonic Djinn tries to free himself from an enchanted ruby, to bring the horde of his terrible brethren and Hell on Earth!

I know, it might seem a little ridiculous. A Djinn, after all, is the original, the devilish counterpart if you will, to that beloved Genie from Aladdin and anywhere else you’ve heard of Genies. A Djinn is a spirit of fire, an evil baddie from Middle Eastern mythology, and for them, all kinds of scary. So it stands to reason if you know all that, you could be scared too. But as Westerners, a good deal of us are way too jaded when it comes to horror, so not only do we need to be educated on the whole Djinn story, the filmmakers need to find some way to make it scary too. Fortunately for all of us, this first incarnation of Wishmaster is a present from that amazing and talented horror master Wes Craven. Which means his zany brand of humor, evidenced in the Nightmare on Elm St. and Scream series, is in clear evidence in this movie. Plus, hey, we’ve got the treat of Robert England too. And I’ve met the man who played the human portion of the Djinn, Andrew Divoff – he’s great, if not actually somewhat shy in RL. Plus there are a bunch of other big names for horror-philes – Reggie Bannister, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Ted Raimi, and Angus Scrimm. (Referencing, respectively: the Phantasm series, 4 of the Friday the 13th movies, Candyman and Final Destination, Evil Dead, and also the Phantasm series again.)

So the Djinn grants wishes. The whole movie starts off in the court of some great Caliph in like ancient Eastern whatever kingdom, where the King tells the Djinn, show me wonders of the world. And the Djinn, being literal like he is, turns the Kings court into a Hell of a wonder, where people turn into monsters or inside-out or become live art. After all, one man’s wonder is another man’s terror. Anyway, the court sorcerer is called in to deal with the Djinn, and imprisons the monster in a special ruby the size of my fist. Cut to present day, where the ruby is in a statue being sent to some art exhibit in New York, and through a series of supposed accidents, ends up in the purview of Alexandra, who is of course the main Protag and apparently the only one who can really get that Djinn. The fiery villain himself gets some of the best one-liners around, including, “That which is immortal cannot die. But if it’s any consolation, sweet Alexandra, that hurt like hell!” after Alex has the Djinn shoot himself. Oh yes. This kind of story is where we get the expression, be careful what you wish for, and is demonstrated very enjoyably in Craven’s unique style. I know there are like 4 Wishmaster movies now, but nevermind that, the first one is all you need. Proof is proof were needed, that there is a concept of Hell no matter where you go on Earth, and there is no escaping the dark desires of the human heart.

Best Fest San Diego 2009

Posted in Action, Cartoon, comedy, Comics, drama, Fantasy, Historical, horror, Kids, Movies, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , on September 9, 2009 by aliciamovie

Best Fest Poster-Final

Spike Scream Awards 2009 Voting Begins

Posted in Action, Cartoon, comedy, Comics, drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Historical, horror, Movies, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2009 by aliciamovie



 4th Annual Global Event Honoring The Blockbuster, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror and Comic Book Genres of the Year

Tapes Saturday, October 17 At The Greek Theater In Los Angeles

 “SCREAM 2009” Nominees Chosen By Advisory Board of Hollywood And Genre Leaders Including

Tim Burton, Wes Craven, Roland Emmerich, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Eli Roth,

Zack Snyder And Many More

 Two-Hour Event To Reveal Exclusive World Premiere Footage Of The Most Anticipated Releases of 2010

 Voting Begins Today Only At


New York, NY, August 31, 2009 – “Resistance is futile” this October as Spike TV
<>  presents the fourth annual “SCREAM,” the first and only
global event of its kind to honor the best in  sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic
genres.  Taping on Saturday, October 17 at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA,
“SCREAM 2009” celebrates the hottest films, tv shows, comics, actors, creators,
icons and pioneers who have influenced and shaped the industry.  This year’s show
will also continue the tradition of featuring exclusive World Premieres from some of
the most anticipated movies of 2010.  The two-hour extravaganza will premiere on
Spike TV on Tuesday, October 27 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT).  Presenters and musical
performers will be announced shortly.
“Eight out of the 10 highest grossing films of all time are in  the ‘SCREAM’ genres,
which is due to the incredible passion and loyalty of these fans,” said Casey
Patterson, executive producer of “SCREAM 2009” and senior vice president of event
production, talent development and studio relations for Spike TV.  “We’re thrilled
to once again to present the only global event honoring their heroes.”
Some of the nominees’ reactions include:
“Without all of the fans, the claws would have been sheathed a long time ago! 
Thank you so much,” said Hugh Jackman after hearing he was nominated for two
“SCREAM” awards and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was nominated for 13.
“Everyone knows it's the VILLAINS who have the most fun.  Thanks to the ‘SCREAM’
team and congrats to everyone at ‘True Blood.’  This is very exciting for the whole
show,” said Best Villain nominee and star of  HBO’s “True Blood” Alexander
"Thank you for the nomination and thank you for letting me frighten you.  I look
forward to doing it again sometime soon,” said Ryan Kwanten after hearing he was
nominated for Best Horror Actor for his role as Jason Stackhouse on “True Blood.”
"Getting nominated for kissing a Vulcan is a better fate than logic," said “Star
Trek’s” Zoe Saldana after getting word she received two “SCREAM” Awards nominations
for Best Breakout Performance: Female and Best Science Fiction Actress.
J.J. Abrams’ Sci-Fi action-adventure “Star Trek” tops the list with 17 nominations
including The Ultimate Scream, Best Science Fiction Movie, Best Director, Best
Ensemble, Holy Sh*t Scene of the Year and a nod in the all-new Fight-to-the-Death
Scene of the Year category.  Comic book-inspired blockbusters “X-Men Origins:
Wolverine” and “Watchmen” each nabbed 13 nominations, while HBO’s vampire-themed
television series “True Blood” garnered nine nominations. 
Ballots were sent out to Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2009” advisory board, consisting of some
of the most respected and well-known members of the horror, sci-fi, fantasy and
comic book worlds who were responsible for advising on categories and determining
nominees in each category.  All films, television shows and comic books were deemed
eligible for inclusion if they were released between August 9, 2008 and July 15,
2009 and were representative of the genres listed.  Winners will be determined by
online voting at <> .



Esteemed members of this year’s advisory board* include:

*A full list of Spike TV’s 2009 Advisory Board members can be found on


Tim Burton, (writer/director/producer “Edward Scissorhands”)

Wes Craven (writer/director “A Nightmare on Elm Street”)        

Roland Emmerich (writer/producer/director, “Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “2012”)

Neil Gaiman (writer/producer “Beowulf,” “Stardust,” “Mirrormask”)

Frank Miller (writer/producer/director “Sin City,” “300,” writer/producer “The Spirit”)                                      

Eli Roth (writer/producer/director, “Hostel,” “Cell”, “Cabin Fever”)         

Zack Snyder (director, “300,” “Watchmen”)

Beginning today, Monday, August 31 and continuing until Saturday, October 17 fans can vote for their favorites, as well as view exclusive red carpet and backstage coverage of the event, by visiting

YO Joe

Posted in Action, Movies with tags , , , , on February 12, 2009 by aliciamovie

I loved GI joe as a kid this movie looks great but we will have to see. stay tuned for more updates

Holiday Top 10!

Posted in Action, Cartoon, comedy, Comics, Fantasy, horror, Kids, Movies, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense, Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 23, 2008 by aliciamovie







1.    The Dark Knight

This movie is absolutely fantastic, even with the posthumous praise for poor Heath Ledger. Amazing storyline, costumery and gadgetry, plus a whole passel of droolworthy actors! The perfect movie to give on DVD for Christmas 2008.




 2.    Iron Man

 Something to actually save Robert Downey Jr.’s career, Iron Man is a crazy, wonderful machine-driven, smack-talkin romp of a movie, and one that actually, almost any age can watch and cheer for!








3.   Hellboy 2 The Golden Army


Everyone’s favorite big red guy is back with his teammates, taking on the Fairies and the Elves. This is a hugely fantastical movie, a visual treat for everyone!









4.   The Incredible Hulk


Finally, there’s a Hulk we can be proud of. Edward Norton is fantastic as Bruce Banner and that poor green misunderstood guy too, along with Liv Tyler as Betty Ross, and her father General ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross leading the chase after Banner with Tim Roth as the Abomination! Awesome cinematography, action scenes and plot, worth every penny.









5.    Kung Fu Panda


Jack Black finally has a role, as a panda yes but still, that really does bring out the pride of being different and learning you can do anything you put your mind to. That, and the CG used in this movie is staggeringly beautiful.










6.    Death Race


Not just about cars crashing and severely violent deaths, Jason Statham manages to inject some realism into this thrill-ride of a movie!









7.    Wanted


Far too much emphasis is placed on dear Jolie as Fox, but then yes she is dead sexy. Wanted still strikes me as a lot like Fight Club, and I adored that movie. This one, almost as good, is wickedly fun!









8.    Walle


Yes yes, had to have at least one true kiddie movie in this list. Walle is adorable and campy and wondrous, yes, but it is also a little preachy too. If you can ignore that, and of course we can, enjoy the trash compactor robot that will steal your heart!








9.    Mutant Chronicles

 The world as we know it has ended, a machine came from space that started turning all of humanity into mutants, the machine was sealed and more or less forgotten except by an ancient religious order, now led by none other than Ron Perlman’s character, Brother Samuel. The Corporations of the world, endlessly battling eachother, are now about to discover true horror when they uncover the machine on a battlefield and set loose the mutants! Brother Samuel puts together a crack team of soldiers on a last suicide mission to go destroy the machine once and for all.

This really is a wonderful movie, a kind of “in the trenches” with mutant zombies romp. Throw in the mix people like Ron Perlman, Thomas Jane and Devon Aoki, and you’ve got a win! The backgrounds occasionally leave a bit to be desired, but oh does this movie make up for it with plot.









10.    The Spirit


 I know, I know, The Spirit isn’t out yet and of course I haven’t seen it. However, I know I will see it, and I’m betting the movie will break all sorts of box office records and be hugely popular, therefore of course it makes the Top 10 list.

This movie, as I hear it, is about a murdered Detective who comes back from the beyond to take out the city’s bad guys, one in particular, the Octopus. With that in mind, it sounds even a little like The Crow, which happens to be my favorite movie of all time: Win x5. And this movie is done in the style of Sin City, which basically equals a Win x10! Go Spirit!


Written by Alicia Glass

Forgotten Christmas Movies!

Posted in Action, comedy, Movies, Romance, suspense, Uncategorized with tags , , on December 15, 2008 by aliciamovie



Because really, the jolly Holiday season isn’t quite so jolly this year. Who wants, once again, to see the entire family sitting around a table heavily laden with food I can’t afford or that’s been declared to be poison by the FDA? Who wants a real Christmas tree, unless well, can we set it on fire? No, I want explosions! And costumes, and freaks, and monsters, all dancing merrily around while they carve up Rudolph! *ahem* With all that in mind, I present for your consideration a list of Forgotten Christmas Movies. While Christmas may not be the theme of these movies, they have the trappings all over the place, so it counts! Enjoy.




The Long Kiss Goodnight

Geena Davis stars as Samantha Caine, a frumpy haus frau who it turns out, is actually Charly, the spy, with memory loss. Joining her is Samuel Jackson who plays washed up detective Mitch Hennessy, and Brian Cox as Waldman, the wise-cracking agent out to help them.

This is actually a great movie, and has some of the best one-liners out there.

“We jumped out of a building!” “Yes, it was very exciting, tomorrow we go to the zoo.”



Die Hard

Terrorists take hostages in an LA high rise on Christmas eve, and John McClane, crazed New York cop caught there by dint of annoying circumstance, will save the day guerilla style!

Everyone knows Bruce Willis. Most everyone knows the eternal line, “Yippie-kay-yay, m***er f***er!” And everyone knows the iconic scene with Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber, his face a panic, as he gets shoved off the building! If you don’t know, take a look. McClane always brings the house down.




Told from three different vignette points of view, Go is the story of a botched drug deal around Christmas, what led up to it, and how it affects the lives of lots of people in ripples.

Somewhat similar in style to Snatch, this movie is a pretty fun waste of time. Not a lot of emphasis on the holidays, but still noteworthy.



Lethal Weapon

Another iconic action movie spawning no less than three sequels, the first Lethal Weapon involves the veteran cop Murtough being paired with the suicidal Riggs, played by the legendary Mel Gibson. Riggs has lost his woman, and is especially brooding over it around this Christmastime, and Murtough has great difficulty with his crazed-acting new partner as the two of them try to bring down a ring of smugglers.

If you can stand how young Mel Gibson looks, and watch him run around screaming, invoking memories of Braveheart, this is a fun Christmas action romp. It’s also a rather poignant reminder of how people unfortunately really do get suicidal around Christmas.




A strange animal called a Mogwai, given as a Christmas present to Billy, inadvertently gives birth to a whole race of monsters that terrorize a town during Christmas.

That’s a very simple plot outline for one of the most adorable Christmas horror/sci-fi movies out there. Gizmo, the Mogwai, is still a recognized figure by most Americans. And the idea of Gremlins has been around since well before Spielberg made this movie into a classic. Plus, lets face it, the story Kate tells, about how she found out there was no Santa Claus, is one of those awesomely horrible Christmas stories.



Ghostbusters II

Technically, GB II is more around New Years Eve, however it’s in the same general Holiday time theme enough to count.

Everyone’s favorite boys in grey band together again, after having gone their separate ways after the first movie, to bust a seriously powerful ghost who wants to use (big surprise) Dana Barret’s baby as his reborn host! Just as good as the first Ghostbusters, if not considerably more goofy, GB II bringing the Statue of Liberty to life on New Years Eve is not a movie to ever miss!



Batman Returns

Arguably the finest Batman movie before Batman Begins, Batman Returns has the only other actor to play Bruce Wayne more than once, Michael Keaton as a brooding caped avenger. But, better than that, the movie also has a smokin’ hot Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman (eat your heart out, Halle Berry), and a really scary Danny Devito as the redoubtable Penguin. And, and, and! Christopher Walken as Max Shreck, complete with shock white hair!

It’s awesome to see these strange characters running around Gotham city, the Red Triangle Circus gang causing mayhem, Catwoman and Penguin plotting Batman’s downfall via PR, and all the while, Christmas wreaths and white snow in the background.



Edward Scissorhands

A weird and wonderful twist from Tim Burton, Edward is a young man made by an inventor, who died before he could give Edward proper hands and he therefore has (surprise) scissors there.

A good portion of the movie has little to do with Christmas, it is true. However, the main climactic scenes of the movie, indeed along with how the Narrator chooses to remember it, has to do with Christmastime and the white snow. At once tragic and lovely, Edward Scissorhands for Christmas reminds us of the strange and wonderful often overlooked.



Enemy of the State

Will Smith stars as Robert, a Lawyer targeted by corrupt government officials, when he accidentally stumbles across evidence to a politically motivated murder. Gene Hackman stars as the former operative who elects to help Robert.

I don’t much care for Gene Hackman’s character Brill, I think he whines too much. But Smith does a fine job running around dodging bullets and in general tossing cool and witty comebacks. Most people forget, this movie does take place around Christmas, especially since the evidence getting planted on Robert was (oooh!) in his Holiday lingerie gift bag.



Strange Days

New Years eve 1999, the world is on the edge of a cultural meltdown, and former cop turned street hustler Lenny Nero stumbles across a policy conspiracy that could change their world.

I know, I know, technically another New Years Eve movie. However, Strange Days really is a fantastic movie, for all that it’s set in 1999 and it’s now 2008. Lenny peddles drugs, yes, but they’re cerebral segments of other peoples lives, and damn if he isn’t good at it too. His friend Mace, the limo driver, is also a kickass bodyguard and more of a friend than Lenny ever realized. And Faith, the loveless girlfriend who dumped Lenny when she saw opportunity, will get her comeuppance far harder than she ever dreamed! This is an odd one, but if you can get the plot of the movie, really, it’s very very cool.

 Written by Alicia Glass