Left Coast Envy

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My recent trip to Southern California, which occurred a full five years after my first visit to the lower portion of the Golden State, has done nothing but strengthen my desire to uproot and replant where the air is warm and the sun never dies. Until August of 2011 , all I had seen of California had been in the movies – the eternal sunshine, the palm trees, the celebrities, the incredible beaches – and I always knew it was a place I would have to see up close one day. When I finally got my chance, I was awestruck. Like a true tourist, I took pictures of everything. I didn’t seem to have enough eyes in my head to take in all that such a magical place had to offer. Continue reading

Movie Review: Suicide Squad

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Before I saw this summer’s long-awaited and nauseatingly-hyped antihero ensemble movie Suicide Squad, I was having a difficult time processing all of the venom with which the Internet had become flush over it. I’m going to preface my review by stating that although I may be in the minority, I enjoyed the film overall. That certainly does not mean the movie was without its flaws, because there was plenty that the audience at large, myself included, did not like about it. Here I will paint an honest picture of the Suicide Squad – the good, the bad and the ugly will all be analyzed in this review. Continue reading

The Die Hard Movies: Worst to Best

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In 1988, Die Hard, the godfather of action movies was released in theaters, and New York City cop and everyman John McClane (Bruce Willis) has been battling terrorist baddies on the big screen ever since. Much to the chagrin of the movie-going public after the fifth installment, Die Hard has become the series that just won’t, well, die.

On February 13th, 2013, along with a couple of my best friends, I sat in a movie theater in Hamilton, New Jersey to take in a marathon of the whole series leading up to the release of that fifth movie, A Good Day To Die Hard, which killed everything for which John McClane and the series at large always stood.

The time has come at The No Seatbelt Blog to rank the five Die Hard films from worst to best, from the embarrassing to the monumental. Continue reading

Mini Movie Reviews: Nerve

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Are you a watcher or a player? That’s the question that lies at the premise of this summer’s hip and unique thriller Nerve. In this 2016 film starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, an online game has been created in which players win money by performing increasingly dangerous tasks out in public, and those prizes are funded by people who pay to watch them accept dares that range from the embarrassing to the potentially deadly.  Continue reading

Mini Movie Reviews: Hush

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At the suggestion of a friend, I recently watched the movie Hush. Although I viewed this film on Netflix, there was no chill. Hush is a horror film that revolves around deaf writer Maddie (Kate Siegel) who has retreated to in a cabin in the middle of nowhere to live a life of isolation, and to pound the keys for her new book. The solace she thought she would enjoy soon turns to terror as a masked psychopath shows up outside her house and begins to engage in psychological warfare. Continue reading

For Unlawful Carnal Composition: Panic! At The Disco- “Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off”

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Panic! At The Disco’s first album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out came out way back when I was in college, and I had never heard anything like it. A strange but highly-addictive mix of rock, punk, electronica and cabaret, this 2005 release was incredible to me, as well as to the rest of the Alternative Press-reading crowd. It enjoyed relentless plays on my iPod, and I loved the record from front to back. Guitarist Ryan Ross’s clever and sarcastic lyrics were delivered perfectly by lead singer Brendan Urie, whose voice sounded eerily like that of Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, so much so that when I heard Panic’s first single, I thought they WERE Fall Out Boy. Continue reading