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HeroCentral: Culture Shock
April 2012 CopyLeft 2012
--------------------------------------------------------
Editor's Special NOTE ( We are available on
Live Journal and FACEBook!!!!! )


* Welcome to the twenty seventh edition of HC_CultureShock!*
I want to explain that this LJ/FACEBOOK is a community
EZine where our continuing comments make the best
reading material on where to go, what to do, and
whom to see in our pop iconic modern world. I call
this age of the upcoming hipsters "Generation Green".
We have all seen the overwhelming effects of trying
to save our global connectivity. Going "Green" may
ultimately cost us more than we can know today.



Well now the rest of the show. My friends and I
will be helping everyone experience the best things
that we enjoy across our world from our individual
experiences. We are Generation Green!!!

---------------------------------------------------------
** Desi Spice Indian Cuisine ** ( restaurant Review)
Mary Young, Jerome Montgomery, Keith Daniell &
Jason Bullock

931 Monroe Dr NE
Ste C202
Atlanta, GA 30308
Neighborhood: Midtown

(404) 872-2220


Desi Spice is located on the second floor of the Midtown Promenade Center, near the Midtown Art Cinema. Turn off Monroe Drive and keep on driving till you see Trader Joe's .Look, I'm not an Indian pro and admittedly stick to safer fare most of the time. I would be remiss in any attempt to critique this establishment with any modicum of expertise on the subject of "Indian cuisine." Here's my rookie observation:

We split the Bhuna Shrimp Puri appetizer. The shrimp appetizer was pretty tasty and interesting. If I remember correctly, it was almost a sweet creamy flavor on the shrimp served inside a super thin pastry puff. My group and I go tthe meal for 4 people. We also opted for a side dish of Kashmer Chicken which was delectable. the Lamb Ceylon is my favorite, the Tandoori chicken was delicious minus the mint sauce for me, the service charming and friendly. You can linger as long as you like over your huge Taj Mahal beers, but your server is never far away (that might have something to do with the diminutive size of the place).

The lunch specials run Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., offering quite a selection of dishes -- over two dozen, all priced between $6.50 and $7.95. Meals come with an appetizer (your choice of samosa, onion pakora, mulligatawny, or tandoori wings) and dessert (gulab jamun). Portions aren't too big, but they're reasonable, and they come with a good amount of rice. The regular dinner menu isn't as extensive, and the entrees aren't served with rice, despite the much higher price.

It's a great place to sit outside and peoplewatch, or to sit inside and Bollywoodwatch, to the not-subtle scowls and general dismay of the people not facing the television. Overall, great little restaurant.

Rating 3 out of 5

-------------------------------------------------------
** Various Book reviews **
By Jana Rose & Mary Young

"Moonlight on Linoleum" by Terry Helwig

Terry's mother married young, divorced multiple times and had five girls during the 1950's and 1960's. The family often moved around and at times the girls were separated and left behind with a variety of relatives. As the oldest, Terry became her mother's helper and at times was the mother figure in her sister's lives.

This book was extremely well written. At times I wanted to shake Terry's mother and take away all of the children. At other times I marveled at Terry's resourcefulness and ability to be the support and role model for her sisters. Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in biographies and memoirs.

"Laugh with the Moon" by Shana Burg (add to amazon)

After the death of her mother, Clare's dad drags her across the world to a remote African village for three months. While her dad works at the local hospital, Clares attends the village school, where she meets and befriends a girl named Memory. At first Clare is angry about the trip but as she becomes involved with the villagers she gradually accepts and begins to love their way of life.

Overall, I was highly impressed with this book. The plot moved very swiftly and I could feel the changes in Clare as the book progressed. Clare's attitude and demeanor seemed dead-on for a teenage girl. I think many teenagers would enjoy reading this book. It shows a world and way of life that American's rarely get to experience.


"Erebos" by Ursula Poznanski

This is one of those books that I stayed up until 3 in the morning to finish. I just couldn't put it down. It follows 16 year old Nick as he receives a mysterious computer game named Erebos. The game is a role-playing adventure game and has the characters perform a variety of quests and activities. However, the game starts having the characters commit a variety of acts in real life, which soon turns deadly.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book. I found that it was well written, the pace kept me turning pages all night long. I think this would be a great book for teenagers and young adults who are interested in gaming to read, as it explores the darker side of computer games.


"River's Call' by Melody Carlson

This is actually the second book in a trilogy. I read this book without having read the first. Anna Larson has made her home on the river and with the help of her husband has started a b&b type inn. The book takes place over a long time period beginning when her daughter Lauren drops out of college to marry the father of her child. Lauren and Anna have a difficult relationship and Anna rarely gets to see her granddaughter.

I did enjoy reading this book, however I felt that at times it skipped around too much. The author would jump ahead years into the future and then give detailed descriptions of certain slices of time. I found this a bit disjointed and would have preferred a smoother time line. I did feel that I knew enough about the characters without reading the first book and felt that it was a complete story without reading the rest of the trilogy. Overall, not a bad read.


Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch" by Sally Bedell Smith

I knew very little about Queen Elizabeth, II before reading this book. It begins with her learning that she is heir apparent to the throne when her father becomes King. It continues by giving very detailed accounts of her life and reign. I thought the book was a bit dense. Although I am interested in the monarchy, the book just seemed a bit long. Not bad, it was very well written. The book focused on the routines of her daily life and emphasized the Queen's personal vs. public life, but I felt that I still don't know who the Queen really is.


"A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown" by Julia Scheeres

Many people know the basic details about Jim Jones and Jonestown. However, this book provides an in depth look at this charismatic preacher, his idealistic world view and the people who followed him. It does not skip over the hard-to-swallow details but rather attempts to paint a psychological portrait of how these people ended up trapped and willing to die. It shows how Jim Jones' paranoia, combined with the harsh conditions at Jonestown created an environment where suicide became the solution.

I thought this book was extremely well written. It provided interesting and little known details about the Peoples Temple and its members. It really answers the question why everything happened. Overall, I highly recommend this book.


"Enchantments" by Kathryn Harrison (add to amazon)

After the death of Masha's father, Rasputin, she is sent to live at the palace with the Tsar and his family. She develops a bond with Prince Alyosha, as she tells him stories and tends to his suffering. Overall, I found this book very hard to read. There was no cohesive time-line and the plot jumped back and forth in a hard to follow manner. It was difficult to really know the characters and I found it hard to become involved in their struggles and tribulations.

-----------------------------------------------
** Pita Pit ** ( Restaurant review)
by Jason Bullock

One West Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
404-377-7808 phone
404-377-7868 fax
www.pitapitusa.com

This is a really good lunch place to head out to in
the Decatur, GA area. The owner was actually making
the pita's with the crew the day we went. This had to
do with how busy this location is. I would bet the
Athens location is equally swamped. Here are a few
things off the menu that my posse tried when we went...

The Local
Our neighborhood favorite so delicious.

Chicken Caesar
Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, Caesar dressing,
grilled chicken breast and real bacon.

Chicken Crave
Grilled chicken breast with ham and melted provolone.

Club
Ham, turkey and real bacon. No membership dues.

Philly Steak
Beef, grilled onions and green peppers. We the people love it.

Gyro
Seasoned beef strips.

Chicken Souvlaki
Greek seasoned chicken.

Chicken Breast
Everyone is squawking about it.

Turkey
Be careful not to gobble, gobble, gobble too fast.

PRIME RIB

It's a prime rib buffet all rolled into one.

Black Forest Ham
Bite the ham that feeds you.

B.L.T.
Bacon, lettuce and tomato. It’s the greatest
thing since sliced bacon.

Dagwood
Turkey, ham and prime rib.

Tuna

Once you have decided which pita you are tackling
then you have to choose toppings and any sauces
that may embelish your palette. I like the Caesar
sauce but you might like the Tziki or special sauce
on your masterpiece. Here is a list of the toppings
that you can ask for...

Toppings

Hummus · Shredded Lettuce · Romaine Lettuce ·
Fresh Spinach · Tomatoes · Onions · Green Peppers ·
Cucumbers · Pickles · Black Olives · Pepperoncini ·
Mushrooms · Salt & Pepper

Cheeses
Cheddar · Provolone · Feta · Parmesan

You can also get these pitas as a platter
option.

Greek Platter
A combination of Greek pitas including Chicken
Souvlaki, Gyro and Falafel

Deli Style Platter
A combination of deli favorites including Turkey,
Black Forest Ham, and Prime Rib

Veggie Platter
Our Veggie Platter includes a combination of
Hummus, Feta Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Provolone
Cheese and Garden Pitas

Build Your Own
Customize your own favorite pita platter!

This place has breakfast pitas and platters as well.
I am definitely going to head back and try that out
as well. More updates on that soon to come.

Rating 3 out of 5


----------------------------------------------------------
** Wrath of the Titans** ( Movie Review )


Here is the Movie Info Lowdown...

" A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus-the demigod son of Zeus-is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity's lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus' godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans' strength grows stronger as Zeus' remaining godly powers are siphoned... " -- (C) Warner Bros.


PG-13, 1 hr. 39 min.

Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Directed By: Jonathan Liebesman

Written By: Dan Mazeau

Now having said the obligatory baseline and who is who with what is what, lets get to the heart of the whole film. Overall I was mildly affirmed with the film's story but overwhelmed with teh fantasy aspects of the digital effects. I was re-cast into my younger days of fantasy battle of roleplaying when the titans shown themselves onto our heroes. I thought the "divine" protrayals were lacking compared to the more subdued romance between the leads in the film.
This films will appeal to young males age 12-20 who are looking to check out the latest potential video game-esque on screen production. Look for the a video game soon if its not out by the time I finish writing this sentence. Anotehr film? Somehow I doubt it.

Rating 3 out of 5

----------------------------------------------------------
** Gogi Brothers Asian Grill & Bar ** (restaurant review)
by Jason Bullock

First things first. When you go to this restaurant,
make sure that you go inside for the first time. The
drive thru menu boards are totaly incorrect with the
current menue. Just get the new menu for next time as
I am not sure if they plan to remedy the situation.
I liked the Hibachi grill special of Chicken, rice,
and vegetables. It was moderately priced at only $6.99
for the entree. The fried rice looked realy good as
well as the Jobcahe, a Korean noodle stir fry with
vegetables and sweet potato noodles. The fried dumplings
were also good and not overly greasy to my taste.
I think next time, I am torn between trying their
American Menu items like the Philly cheesesteak or
Bulgogi Burger, ribeye beef with mixed vegetables
in bibimbob sauce topped with an egg and trying the
Bi-Bim-Bob dish by itself. All this Korean food is
becoming yummy to me.
They do deliver for larger parties. For the record
though, plan to spend a little time waiting for your
drive thru orders as most items are waiting to be
assembled but the front counter seems to get the most
attention.

Rating 3 out of 5
--------------------------------------------------------
** Hi-Chews ** ( Product review )
by Marques Huff

These are great! They are hmmphhh hhmmmmppm ppmmmpp
hhmmhmhmmm hhhmmppphp! hhmmhmhmmmmhpphph phmh hmmhmhph
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HeroCentral: Culture Shock
April 2012 CopyLeft 2012
--------------------------------------------------------
Editor's Special NOTE ( We are available on
Live Journal and FACEBook!!!!! )


* Welcome to the twenty seventh edition of HC_CultureShock!*
I want to explain that this LJ/FACEBOOK is a community
EZine where our continuing comments make the best
reading material on where to go, what to do, and
whom to see in our pop iconic modern world. I call
this age of the upcoming hipsters "Generation Green".
We have all seen the overwhelming effects of trying
to save our global connectivity. Going "Green" may
ultimately cost us more than we can know today.



Well now the rest of the show. My friends and I
will be helping everyone experience the best things
that we enjoy across our world from our individual
experiences. We are Generation Green!!!

---------------------------------------------------------
** Desi Spice Indian Cuisine ** ( restaurant Review)
Mary Young, Jerome Montgomery, Keith Daniell &
Jason Bullock

931 Monroe Dr NE
Ste C202
Atlanta, GA 30308
Neighborhood: Midtown

(404) 872-2220


Desi Spice is located on the second floor of the Midtown Promenade Center, near the Midtown Art Cinema. Turn off Monroe Drive and keep on driving till you see Trader Joe's .Look, I'm not an Indian pro and admittedly stick to safer fare most of the time. I would be remiss in any attempt to critique this establishment with any modicum of expertise on the subject of "Indian cuisine." Here's my rookie observation:

We split the Bhuna Shrimp Puri appetizer. The shrimp appetizer was pretty tasty and interesting. If I remember correctly, it was almost a sweet creamy flavor on the shrimp served inside a super thin pastry puff. My group and I go tthe meal for 4 people. We also opted for a side dish of Kashmer Chicken which was delectable. the Lamb Ceylon is my favorite, the Tandoori chicken was delicious minus the mint sauce for me, the service charming and friendly. You can linger as long as you like over your huge Taj Mahal beers, but your server is never far away (that might have something to do with the diminutive size of the place).

The lunch specials run Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., offering quite a selection of dishes -- over two dozen, all priced between $6.50 and $7.95. Meals come with an appetizer (your choice of samosa, onion pakora, mulligatawny, or tandoori wings) and dessert (gulab jamun). Portions aren't too big, but they're reasonable, and they come with a good amount of rice. The regular dinner menu isn't as extensive, and the entrees aren't served with rice, despite the much higher price.

It's a great place to sit outside and peoplewatch, or to sit inside and Bollywoodwatch, to the not-subtle scowls and general dismay of the people not facing the television. Overall, great little restaurant.

Rating 3 out of 5

-------------------------------------------------------
** Various Book reviews **
By Jana Rose & Mary Young

"Moonlight on Linoleum" by Terry Helwig

Terry's mother married young, divorced multiple times and had five girls during the 1950's and 1960's. The family often moved around and at times the girls were separated and left behind with a variety of relatives. As the oldest, Terry became her mother's helper and at times was the mother figure in her sister's lives.

This book was extremely well written. At times I wanted to shake Terry's mother and take away all of the children. At other times I marveled at Terry's resourcefulness and ability to be the support and role model for her sisters. Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in biographies and memoirs.

"Laugh with the Moon" by Shana Burg (add to amazon)

After the death of her mother, Clare's dad drags her across the world to a remote African village for three months. While her dad works at the local hospital, Clares attends the village school, where she meets and befriends a girl named Memory. At first Clare is angry about the trip but as she becomes involved with the villagers she gradually accepts and begins to love their way of life.

Overall, I was highly impressed with this book. The plot moved very swiftly and I could feel the changes in Clare as the book progressed. Clare's attitude and demeanor seemed dead-on for a teenage girl. I think many teenagers would enjoy reading this book. It shows a world and way of life that American's rarely get to experience.


"Erebos" by Ursula Poznanski

This is one of those books that I stayed up until 3 in the morning to finish. I just couldn't put it down. It follows 16 year old Nick as he receives a mysterious computer game named Erebos. The game is a role-playing adventure game and has the characters perform a variety of quests and activities. However, the game starts having the characters commit a variety of acts in real life, which soon turns deadly.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book. I found that it was well written, the pace kept me turning pages all night long. I think this would be a great book for teenagers and young adults who are interested in gaming to read, as it explores the darker side of computer games.


"River's Call' by Melody Carlson

This is actually the second book in a trilogy. I read this book without having read the first. Anna Larson has made her home on the river and with the help of her husband has started a b&b type inn. The book takes place over a long time period beginning when her daughter Lauren drops out of college to marry the father of her child. Lauren and Anna have a difficult relationship and Anna rarely gets to see her granddaughter.

I did enjoy reading this book, however I felt that at times it skipped around too much. The author would jump ahead years into the future and then give detailed descriptions of certain slices of time. I found this a bit disjointed and would have preferred a smoother time line. I did feel that I knew enough about the characters without reading the first book and felt that it was a complete story without reading the rest of the trilogy. Overall, not a bad read.


Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch" by Sally Bedell Smith

I knew very little about Queen Elizabeth, II before reading this book. It begins with her learning that she is heir apparent to the throne when her father becomes King. It continues by giving very detailed accounts of her life and reign. I thought the book was a bit dense. Although I am interested in the monarchy, the book just seemed a bit long. Not bad, it was very well written. The book focused on the routines of her daily life and emphasized the Queen's personal vs. public life, but I felt that I still don't know who the Queen really is.


"A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown" by Julia Scheeres

Many people know the basic details about Jim Jones and Jonestown. However, this book provides an in depth look at this charismatic preacher, his idealistic world view and the people who followed him. It does not skip over the hard-to-swallow details but rather attempts to paint a psychological portrait of how these people ended up trapped and willing to die. It shows how Jim Jones' paranoia, combined with the harsh conditions at Jonestown created an environment where suicide became the solution.

I thought this book was extremely well written. It provided interesting and little known details about the Peoples Temple and its members. It really answers the question why everything happened. Overall, I highly recommend this book.


"Enchantments" by Kathryn Harrison (add to amazon)

After the death of Masha's father, Rasputin, she is sent to live at the palace with the Tsar and his family. She develops a bond with Prince Alyosha, as she tells him stories and tends to his suffering. Overall, I found this book very hard to read. There was no cohesive time-line and the plot jumped back and forth in a hard to follow manner. It was difficult to really know the characters and I found it hard to become involved in their struggles and tribulations.

-----------------------------------------------
** Pita Pit ** ( Restaurant review)
by Jason Bullock

One West Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
404-377-7808 phone
404-377-7868 fax
www.pitapitusa.com

This is a really good lunch place to head out to in
the Decatur, GA area. The owner was actually making
the pita's with the crew the day we went. This had to
do with how busy this location is. I would bet the
Athens location is equally swamped. Here are a few
things off the menu that my posse tried when we went...

The Local
Our neighborhood favorite so delicious.

Chicken Caesar
Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, Caesar dressing,
grilled chicken breast and real bacon.

Chicken Crave
Grilled chicken breast with ham and melted provolone.

Club
Ham, turkey and real bacon. No membership dues.

Philly Steak
Beef, grilled onions and green peppers. We the people love it.

Gyro
Seasoned beef strips.

Chicken Souvlaki
Greek seasoned chicken.

Chicken Breast
Everyone is squawking about it.

Turkey
Be careful not to gobble, gobble, gobble too fast.

PRIME RIB

It's a prime rib buffet all rolled into one.

Black Forest Ham
Bite the ham that feeds you.

B.L.T.
Bacon, lettuce and tomato. It’s the greatest
thing since sliced bacon.

Dagwood
Turkey, ham and prime rib.

Tuna

Once you have decided which pita you are tackling
then you have to choose toppings and any sauces
that may embelish your palette. I like the Caesar
sauce but you might like the Tziki or special sauce
on your masterpiece. Here is a list of the toppings
that you can ask for...

Toppings

Hummus · Shredded Lettuce · Romaine Lettuce ·
Fresh Spinach · Tomatoes · Onions · Green Peppers ·
Cucumbers · Pickles · Black Olives · Pepperoncini ·
Mushrooms · Salt & Pepper

Cheeses
Cheddar · Provolone · Feta · Parmesan

You can also get these pitas as a platter
option.

Greek Platter
A combination of Greek pitas including Chicken
Souvlaki, Gyro and Falafel

Deli Style Platter
A combination of deli favorites including Turkey,
Black Forest Ham, and Prime Rib

Veggie Platter
Our Veggie Platter includes a combination of
Hummus, Feta Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Provolone
Cheese and Garden Pitas

Build Your Own
Customize your own favorite pita platter!

This place has breakfast pitas and platters as well.
I am definitely going to head back and try that out
as well. More updates on that soon to come.

Rating 3 out of 5


----------------------------------------------------------
** Wrath of the Titans** ( Movie Review )


Here is the Movie Info Lowdown...

" A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus-the demigod son of Zeus-is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity's lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus' godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans' strength grows stronger as Zeus' remaining godly powers are siphoned... " -- (C) Warner Bros.


PG-13, 1 hr. 39 min.

Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Directed By: Jonathan Liebesman

Written By: Dan Mazeau

Now having said the obligatory baseline and who is who with what is what, lets get to the heart of the whole film. Overall I was mildly affirmed with the film's story but overwhelmed with teh fantasy aspects of the digital effects. I was re-cast into my younger days of fantasy battle of roleplaying when the titans shown themselves onto our heroes. I thought the "divine" protrayals were lacking compared to the more subdued romance between the leads in the film.
This films will appeal to young males age 12-20 who are looking to check out the latest potential video game-esque on screen production. Look for the a video game soon if its not out by the time I finish writing this sentence. Anotehr film? Somehow I doubt it.

Rating 3 out of 5

----------------------------------------------------------
** Gogi Brothers Asian Grill & Bar ** (restaurant review)
by Jason Bullock

First things first. When you go to this restaurant,
make sure that you go inside for the first time. The
drive thru menu boards are totaly incorrect with the
current menue. Just get the new menu for next time as
I am not sure if they plan to remedy the situation.
I liked the Hibachi grill special of Chicken, rice,
and vegetables. It was moderately priced at only $6.99
for the entree. The fried rice looked realy good as
well as the Jobcahe, a Korean noodle stir fry with
vegetables and sweet potato noodles. The fried dumplings
were also good and not overly greasy to my taste.
I think next time, I am torn between trying their
American Menu items like the Philly cheesesteak or
Bulgogi Burger, ribeye beef with mixed vegetables
in bibimbob sauce topped with an egg and trying the
Bi-Bim-Bob dish by itself. All this Korean food is
becoming yummy to me.
They do deliver for larger parties. For the record
though, plan to spend a little time waiting for your
drive thru orders as most items are waiting to be
assembled but the front counter seems to get the most
attention.

Rating 3 out of 5
--------------------------------------------------------
** Hi-Chews ** ( Product review )
by Marques Huff

These are great! They are hmmphhh hhmmmmppm ppmmmpp
hhmmhmhmmm hhhmmppphp! hhmmhmhmmmmhpphph phmh hmmhmhph
hhhmhmmmhph hmmmhphmmh hhmhm hmmmhmhm hmmhmh hmmhmh
mmmhmh, hmmhhpph hhmmhmhmmmmhpphph phmh hmmhmhph
hhhmhmmmhph hmmmhphmmh hhmhm hmmmhmhm hmmhmh hmmhmh
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hhhmhmmmhph hmmmhphmmh hhmhm hmmmhmhm hmmhmh hmmhmh
mmmhmh hmmhhpph.Hhmmhmhmmmmhpphph phmh hmmhmhph!
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hhhmhmmmhph hmmmhphmmh hhmhm hmmmhmhm hmmhmh hmmhmh
mmmhmh hmmhhpph.
You have to try all the flavors but strawberry is the
best!

www.hi-chews.com
( Tomato Grocerty store on CObb Parkway & Windy Hill Rd)

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******* CONCLUSION ********

I have to say that this has been a great issue to go
and complete it. It not only has been fun reviewing all
these pop icon items, but to share our opinions with you
for whats Shocking our personal cultures today!!!

Special Thanks to....

Jana Rose Covington, GA
Mary Young Covington, GA
Jerome Montgomery Conyers, GA
Keith Daniell Marietta, GA
Marques Huff BrookHaven, GA

...and...

Desi Spice Atlanta, GA
Pita Pit Decatur, Ga
Hollywood 24 Regal Cinema Chamblee, GA
Tomato Grocer Smyrna, GA
Gogi Brothers Asian Grill Snellville, GA

__________________________________________________________________
Please make comments, suggestions, or submit your
articles to us here at the HC:Culture Shock to share
your own pop shocks in your area!

Comment here on the thread!
or
Email your articles to jasonb@girafnetwork.com
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around the globe. Copy Left, April 2012, Jason Bullock

Marching into March 2012!
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HeroCentral: Culture Shock
March 2012 CopyLeft 2012
--------------------------------------------------------
Editor's Special NOTE ( We are available on
Live Journal and FACEBook!!!!! )


* Welcome to the twenty sixth edition of HC_CultureShock!*
I want to explain that this LJ/FACEBOOK is a community
EZine where our continuing comments make the best
reading material on where to go, what to do, and
whom to see in our pop iconic modern world. I call
this age of the upcoming hipsters "Generation Green".
We have all seen the overwhelming effects of trying
to save our global connectivity. Going "Green" may
ultimately cost us more than we can know today.

Don't take things at face value. Holidays included.
Do a little research for yourself before someone
hands you a Valentine, Easter Basket, or a choco-
flavored egg. Know the past and try not to be a
sheeple when it comes to deciding whether you want
to participate in the not so nice things around you.
Just a thought and always be wary of green beer
in March!

Well now the rest of the show. My friends and I
will be helping everyone experience the best things
that we enjoy across our world from our individual
experiences. We are Generation Green!!!

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** Chronicle ** ( Movie Review )
by Marques Huff

What Would you do with Telekinesis?
That was the first thing to ask of those who I saw the
film with. Their answers were different and pretty lame
overall. Only a few came back with "With great power
comes great responsibility". Thank you very much. That
realy is what this movie is about...choices. How do you
choose to live your life, a part of the world or apart
from the world.
The movie trailer and posters want to provide you with
a more simplistic premise to what you are about to see.
Three high school friends gain superpowers after making
an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their
lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as
they embrace their darker sides. That is only the gravy
on the potatoes. There is so much more going on.
The effects were great and pretty amazing on such a
small budget compared to other recent superhero films
in the last few years. It was more like the Blairwitch
film or Cloverfield but with out the jerky camera
movements. This was really good. The only problem though
that jumped out at me was that there was no explanation
as to where the object that affected them came from. The
power could have been bestowed by a fairy godmother, or
a mutated virus just as much as the provided contaminated
object the three teens encountered. They don't provide
the where, why, or what only the when and how it affected
them. Not too shabby overall.

( Rating 3 out of 5 )

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Various Book Reviews by Mary Young

"Outside the Lines" by Amy Hatvany

I originally thought that this book was a biography.
The characters were so realistic and the plot line was
engaging and fascinating. The book jumps back in forth
in time, following Eden when she was ten years old and
was coping with her father's (David), growing mental
illness. Twenty years later it shows Eden running a
catering company with dreams of finding the father she
hasn't heard from since a suicide attempt when she was
almost eleven.. As the story jumps back in time it also
shows David's point of view as he deteriorates mentally,
tries to hold himself together and ultimately fails.
I couldn't put this book down. I was very invested in
the characters and found myself rooting for Eden as she
searched for her dad. Overall, I highly recommend this
book.

"Juliette Gordon Low" by Stacy A. Cordery

Juliette Gordon Low is most famously known as the founder
of the Girl Scouts. Born in Savannah right before the
civil war, she was known as Crazy Daisy, a precocious
child who defied conventional rules and wisdom. Vowing
never to marry, she fell in love with an English aristocrat
and moved across the sea. After realizing her husband was
a wastrel and adulterer, she began divorce proceedings,
only to have him die due to his bad health and excesses.
After meeting Robert Baden-Powell, she became enthralled
with the Boy Scouts and helped organize the Girl Guides
in England. After returning to Savannah she began the
Girl Scouts and dedicated her life to enriching girls
lives.

I found the book interesting, yet at times it seemed to
long. It read as a history book with lots of facts and
dates. I would have enjoyed a more story-type book. But
overall I found it to be well written and engaging.


"The Book of Jonas" by Stephen Dau

I'm not quite sure how to describe this book. It is about
a young boy who survived a military raid on his hometown.
The boy was helped by a soldier named Christopher, and then
sent to America, where he lived with a foster family.
The book shows his point of view through sessions with
his therapist and scenes showing his life in America.
The book also has diary entries of Christopher, as he
participates in the military raid on Jonas' hometown.
Towards the end of the book it also shows Rose,
Christopher's mother, who has dedicated her life to
helping military families and finding out why her son
never returned home.

I couldn't put this book down. I found it fascinating
and extremely enjoyable to read about. The ending
shocked me, yet looking back it shouldn't have.
Overall, I highly recommend this book.



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** Justice League: DOOM **
( DC Animated Movie DVD review)
by Jason Bullock & Marques Huff

Justice League: Doom is a loose adaptation of Mark
Waid's JLA story arc, "JLA: Tower of Babel" wherein
the Legion of Doom is formed to eliminate the Justice
League using protocols created by Batman to take down
the group should its members ever go rogue. The movie
was adapted and written by Dwayne McDuffie shortly
before his death in February 2011, and is directed by
Lauren Montgomery. It was released on February 28, 2012.
The film dedicated to Dwayne McDuffie.

The film features various actors reprising their roles
from Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated
Series, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights respectively including
Tim Daly as Superman, Kevin Conroy as Batman, Susan
Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Michael Rosenbaum as the
The Flash (Barry Allen instead of Wally West), Carl
Lumbly as Martian Manhunter (likewise as Ma'alefa'ak),
Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan / Green Lantern, Phil
Morris as Vandal Savage, Olivia d'Abo as Star Sapphire,
Alexis Denisof as Mirror Master, and David Kaufman as
Jimmy Olsen with the voice talents of Bumper Robinson
as Cyborg, Carlos Alazraqui as Bane, Paul Blackthorne
as Metallo, Claudia Black as Cheetah, Grey DeLisle as
Lois Lane, and Robin Atkin Downes as Alfred Pennyworth.
What a cast!

The Legion of Doom harkens back to the old Super Friends
cartoon, but this new tale is quite violent with a few
choice words thrown in to help earn that PG-13 rating.
The battle strategies aren't as exceedingly clever as
we're supposed to think they are, but the high stakes
yield plenty of suspense. Expect shocking twists galore,
including Savage's monstrous intentions once his
opponents have been eliminated. Anyone who enjoys Warner's
direct-to-video comic book adaptations will do well to
add Justice League: Doom to his DVD or Blu-ray collection,
for the thrills, the fine technical quality, and the
multiple expert bonuses.


Rating 4 out of 5




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** Shamrock Shake ** ( McD's holiday item)
review by Elliott Mathis

The shamrock shake itself isn't new. It's been offered
by McDonald's restaurants at or around St. Patrick's Day
since 1970. But in the past, only certain restaurants
offered the familiar green shake. Like many of McDonald's
products, the shamrock shake once had its own mascot,
named Uncle O'Grimacey, who appeared in commercials while
singing a jaunty jingle about the shake.

O'Grimacey is an Irish version of the more well-known
Grimace character, a rotund, purple creature of uncertain
origin. O'Grimacey is green, of course, and unlike the
naked Grimace, he wears clothes: a vest with shamrocks
on it and a top hat of the sort worn by leprechauns. But
O'Grimacey won't be pitching the shamrock shake this year.

A small shake has 540 calories and 16 grams of fat, while
a large shake has 840 calories and 24 grams of fat. Low-fat
vanilla ice cream is used.


I am not a fan of the mint flavoring that they use in
this year's product. I would not recommend this to
everyone at the $2.59 price for an average size serving.

Rating 2 out of 5

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******* CONCLUSION ********

I have to say that this has been a great issue to go
and complete it. It not only has been fun reviewing all
these pop icon items, but to share our opinions with you
for whats Shocking our personal cultures today!!!

Special Thanks to....

Marques Huff Brookhaven, GA
Elliott Mathis Athens, GA
Mary Young Conyers, GA

...and...

Carmike Cinema Conyers, GA
McDonald's Snellville, GA
Warner Brothers Direct Sale Distrobution



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* Welcome to the twenty fifth edition of HC_CultureShock!*
I want to explain that this LJ/FACEBOOK is a community
EZine where our continuing comments make the best
reading material on where to go, what to do, and
whom to see in our pop iconic modern world. I call
this age of the upcoming hipsters "Generation Green".
We have all seen the overwhelming effects of trying
to save our global connectivity. Going "Green" may
ultimately cost us more than we can know today.

Leap Year!!!!!! 29 Days has this February!

Well now the rest of the show. My friends and I
will be helping everyone experience the best things
that we enjoy across our world from our individual
experiences. We are Generation Green!!!

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** Fourth Kind ** ( DvD review )
by Elliott Mathis

IMDB.com presents the premise of this film as this...
"A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska,
where one town has seen an extraordinary number of
unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years
and there are accusations of a federal cover up."
It isso much more than that once you realize the devstating
effects of the real life involvement of the persons
involved in this presentation as well as Dr. Tyler's
personal losses posed by the director to the viewers.

Here in this remote region of Alaska, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler
began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and
unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence
of alien abduction ever documented. The Fourth Kind exposes
the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their
accounts of being visited by alien figures all share
disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is
investigated throughout the film. The film utilizes actual
video footage from Dr. Tyler's original sessions with those
patients as well as audio recordings involving the patient's
abductions as wellas her own.

In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien
encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an
encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected,
it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact
is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The
next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. Modern-day,
Alaska, where-mysteriously since the 1960s-a disproportionate
number of the population has been reported missing every
year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region,
the truth has never been discovered.

This DVD release of the 2009 film leaves too many unanswered
issues for the viewers. It all comes down to what you are
willing to believe or dis-believe when it comes to alien
and ufo-ology. This film is not in any way an X-Files like
mystery but rather a terrifying look into the facts
presented to the viewers when a "what if" becomes a
"when now" situation.

( Rating 4 out of 5)

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** Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ** ( MOvie review)
by Jason Bullock

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran
George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover
a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons. Well that is the
shortest synopsis I could provide for this film. George
Smiley, played by Gary Oldman, is a middle-aged, taciturn
intelligence expert in forced retirement. He is recalled
to hunt down a Soviet mole in the "Circus", the highest
echelon of the Secret Intelligence Service.

Control, the Circus Chief, assigns the code names
"Tinker", "Tailor", "Soldier", "Poorman" and "Beggarman"
to the five senior intelligence officers under suspicion
of being a Soviet mole, with the intention that should
an agent called Prideaux uncover information about the
identity of the mole he can relay it back using an
easy-to-recall code the mole is unaware of. The names are
derived from the English children's rhyme "Tinker, Tailor":

Tinker, Tailor,
Soldier, Sailor,
Rich Man, Poor Man,
Beggar Man, Thief.

The codename "Sailor" was not used as it sounded too much
like "Tailor" and Control could not countenance the idea
of Toby Esterhase as "Rich Man" so this was also dropped
and Esterhase was codenamed "Poor Man" instead. The code
names are given in order of seniority within the "Witchcraft"
operation's "Magic Circle" with George Smiley's "Beggarman"
something of an afterthought, perhaps even as a smokescreen
to the other suspects rather than truly under Control's
suspicion.

Percy Alleline, who was Control's rival, has risen to
head the Circus as a result of seemingly top-grade Soviet
intelligence from a source code-named "Merlin". The Merlin
material is handled by a secret committee consisting of
Alleline, Haydon, Bland, and Esterhase. Smiley's
investigation leads him to believe that the "Merlin"
source is false, and is being used by Moscow Centre to
influence the leadership of the Circus. Cleverly, Moscow
Centre has induced the Circus leadership to believe that
"Merlin" maintains his cover in Moscow by feeding the
Russians low-grade British intelligence, "chicken feed",
from a false Circus mole. As a result, the leaders of the
Circus suppress any rumours of a mole, thus protecting the
actual mole.

Smiley suplants a trap for the real mole using a communication
from Tarr, and "Gerald" is revealed to be Bill Haydon, a
respected colleague and former friend who once had an affair
with Smiley's now estranged wife. Haydon is arrested, and
acknowledges he was recruited by Karla, the Moscow Centre
spymaster. Percy Alleline is removed, and Smiley is appointed
temporary head of Circus to deal with the fallout. Haydon is
to be exchanged to the Soviet Union for several of the agents
he betrayed, but is mysteriously killed while in custody,
shortly before he was due to leave England. Though his killer
is not explicitly revealed, it is strongly implied to be
Prideaux, his old partner, whom he betrayed in Operation
Testify.

This film is a testament to the presentation of Cold War
material adapted to the big screen. I enjoyed the film very
much and would take every moment to laud its viewing by
any historically driven viewer of such period pieces.

( Rating 4 out of 5)


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** Hero Central Universe #5 ** ( Indy comic review)
by Elliott Mathis

This issue of Hero Central Universe is it seems a
pinnacle moment for the series from Jason Bullock of
GIRAFNetwork and United Fanzine Organization. The
whole first part of the story arc presented in issues
#0 through #4 were about the painstaking efforts to
bring back Vlad Tepes aka Dracula. It is this moment
of resurrection that Dracula returns as the Dark
General to his Army of Blood that he is now building
to take on the forces of Light.
This issue heralds in the doubt of one of the Pantheon
as to whether they are even doing any good in this
modern era. Also denoted is the looming threat of
Dracula's minions to attack the lovely dimensionally
challenged Plant humanoid Flora Ironwood. There is a
lot to really speculate at this point in the story arc
as to how much angst is going to draw from The Pantheon
and their proxies in the Hero Central.
I really enjoyed this issue. I recommend it. The digest
sized comic is $3.00, has color cover amd black & white
interior 20 page count. You can get your copy from
www.Indyplanet.com as well as from www.girafnetwork.org .
They also have a digital downloadable copy fro only
99 cents. Talk about cost effective entertainment.

( Rating 3 out of 5)

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** Grecian Gyro ** ( restaurant review)
by Jason Bullock

http://greciangyro.com/

Since 1982, Grecian Gyro has served fast, delicious,
authentic Greek meals at an affordable price. They
specialize in our Best of Atlanta gyro beef and lamb
cooked to perfection on a traditional rotisserie,
thinly sliced on a grilled pita topped with fresh onions,
tomatoes, and our signature Grecian sauce. That’s
just the beginning! Delicious food all around.

Along with their classic gyro, we have a great selection
of made-to-order wraps from traditional grilled chicken
and souvlaki to veggie wraps to our new Grecian-style tuna
salad. All of our savory wraps are all served with our
famous (and addictive!) Nick’s Grecian Sauce… a delicious
alternative to the typical cucumber-yogurt dressing.
Bearing the founder’s name, this secret family recipe is
a tangy blend of Mediterranean herbs and spices and is
literally craved by our loyal customers. Rounding out our
menu are our delicious vegetarian dishes, traditional sides
such as dolmades and hummus, crisp Greek salads, and our
hand-cut Grecian potatoes.


Affordable and a great slogan “Once A Week Go Greek!”
Definitely check out this restauarant for some awesome
greek and Mediterranean fast food.

( Rating 3 out of 5 )

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** Asian Pearl Buffet ** ( Restaurant review)
by Jason Bullock

4166 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345

(404) 329-1850 ph

This Pan-Asian restaurant also caters with Hibachi,
American, and Hispanic items on their menus. Although
not the grandest establishment or style, it does present
itself for a try when on a budget. But anyway, the
quality of all the food wasn't horrific, but I will say
it was all, a little too much on the greasy side for my
taste. Look, I can eat like a pig with the best of them,
but when I have to call a place out on being too greasy,
then trust me, they're too greasy. To their credit,
they had a few creative, new-to-me options, like jalapeno
chicken, but the rest was very much mediocre.

Don't waste the money at this point.

( Rating 2 out of 5)


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** Haywire ** ( Movie Review)
by Jason Bullock



A Steven Soderbergh film where a black ops super soldier
seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a
mission. Honestly, I liked Salt more with Angelina but
this film did have the action to supplant the less than
stellar premise.

Cinematography wise its Very cool, slightly different
style to other action films, allowed you to see all the
details necessary to really draw you in, slightly artier
than other action films, none of that annoying trend for
shaking the camera around so much you can't even see who
is fighting whom.

As for the Action, Carrano being big in the world of UFC
obviously helped, all of the fighting was realistic, clever,
beautifully choreographed but still felt raw and gritty.
Left me on a nice adrenaline high.

I will be buying it when it comes out since I am an
Antonia Bandaras and Ewan McGregor fan.

( Rating 3 out of 5)


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** The Lost Girl ** ( SyFy Pilot event )
by Jason Bullock


Lost Girl is a Canadian supernatural crime drama television
series that premiered on the Showcase Television network in
September 2010. The series is developed and produced by
Prodigy Pictures. The series follows the life of a succubus
named Bo, played by Anna Silk, as she learns to control her
abilities, help those in need, and discover the truth about
her origins. The show received positive initial reviews, and
was renewed for a second season two months after its premiere.
As of December 2011, the show has been renewed for a third
season.

Premise:
Bo is a succubus who grew up in an adoptive human family,
unaware of her non-human nature and of the Fae world. Her
succubus powers only become apparent to her when she
accidentally kills her first love by draining him of his
life energy, an act which forces her to flee her home.
Bo exchanges her previously normal life for one without
family or friends, moving from place to place whenever
she kills again.

In the pilot episode, Bo saves a human girl named Kenzi;
the two quickly become friends and Kenzi decides they
should team up to create a Fae/Human detective agency.
Confronted by the Fae elders with having to choose a
side ("Light" or "Dark"), Bo declares herself neutral,
deciding to side with humans after Kenzi risked her
life to find what had happened to Bo for her own sake
where most of the Fae simply saw her as another factor
on the board. Throughout the season, Bo learns more
about the Fae world and herself while she searches for
information about her origins. Along the way, Bo also
develops romantic relationships with both Dyson, a wolf
shifter police detective and Lauren, a human doctor.


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******* CONCLUSION ********

I have to say that this has been a great issue to go
and complete it. It not only has been fun reviewing all
these pop icon items, but to share our opinions with you
for whats Shocking our personal cultures today!!!

Special Thanks to....

Elliott Mathis Athens, GA

...and...

AMC COlonial 18 Lawrenceville, GA
Grecian Gyro Atlanta Tucker, GA
Asian Pearl Buffet Chamblee, GA
SYFY Channel Direct TV
GIRAFNetwork.org


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Please make comments, suggestions, or submit your
articles to us here at the HC:Culture Shock to share
your own pop shocks in your area!

Comment here on the thread!
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with HeroCentral.org and GIRAFNetwork.org. Please
share with everyone any part of this EZINE as it is
intended to impart fun & furvorin our communities
around the globe. Copy Left, Feb 2012, Jason Bullock

Twenty Fifth Issue!!!!!
hc_cultureshock
HeroCentral: Culture Shock
January 2012 CopyLeft 2012

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Editor's Special NOTE ( We are available onLive Journal and FACEBook!!!!! )

* Welcome to the twenty fifth edition of HC_CultureShock!*I want to explain

that this LJ/FACEBOOK is a community EZine where our continuing comments

make the bestreading material on where to go, what to do, and whom to see

in our pop iconic modern world. I callthis age of the upcoming hipsters

"Generation Green". We have all seen the overwhelming effects of trying

to save our global connectivity. Going "Green" mayultimately cost us more

than we can know today.



Well now the rest of the show. My friends and I will be helping everyone

experience the best things that we enjoy across our world from our

individual experiences. We are Generation Green!!!

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****** TWENTY FIFTH HC_CULTURE SHOCK EDITION *****

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** Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows ** ( Movie Review )

by Jason Bullock

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a good yarn thanks to its

well-matched leading men but overall stumbles duplicating the well-oiled

thrills of the original.Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always

been the smartest man in the room...until now. There is a new criminal

mastermind at large-Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)-and not only is

he Holmes' intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a

complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over

the renowned detective.

When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as

construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But

Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder-

a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous

puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always

one step ahead of Holmes ashe spins a web of death and destruction-

all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of

history.

This film was dynamic and rivlaed even the first filmof Holmes and Watson.

Definitely check this film out.You'll need to be aware of the revealing side

of Mycroftthough, Holmes' older smarter brother.

Rating 5 out of 5

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** The Adventures of Tin Tin ** ( MOvie review)

by Jason Bullock & Marques HuffTintin — star of a series of vintage

Belgian comics that have sold hundreds of millions of copies in dozens of

languages — is a crime-fighting boy journalist who specializes in solving

riddles with the assistance of his intrepid dog, Snowy.Now, in The

Adventures of Tintin, he's come to the big screen, in a tale of derring-

do in distant lands that revolves around hidden treasure and a secret

scroll that Tintin has and the bad guys want. These adventures are

presented in an up-to-the-minute blend of 3-D computer animation and

performance-capture technology — a complicated process overseen by

a pair of filmmakers, director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter

Jackson, who've always kept their inner children close at hand.

These technologies prove to be just the ticket for Tintin's exploits.

They create a good-humored, high-spirited world that is delicately

poised, just as it should be, halfway between the cartoon and the

real. And they mimic the elegant visual detail and vibrant color that

generations of readers have fallen in love with in the original stories.

Performance capture has also done surprisingly well by Tintin's actors.

Jamie Bell plays the young journalist, and performance-capture veteran

Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) co-stars

as Tintin's unlikely ally, the inebriated old sea dog Captain Archibald

Haddock.What makes The Adventures of Tintin special is the seam-less

way it combines innocent wonder with the most worldly and sophisticated

technology. That makes for scenes and camera movements that don't

look like they'd be possible in the real world. No one does this kind of thing

better than Steven Spielberg, and the child in us all couldn'tbe more

pleased.

Rating 4 out of 5

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** Mission Impossible 4 ** ( Movie Review )

by Elliott Mathis

Spoiler alert: Ethan Hunt is still alive. We know, we can’t believe it either.

After all the deadly situations he’s been in, he’s still raring to go, this time in

IMAX. In “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” Tom Cruise returns as

everyone’s favorite spy with morals, joined by Jeremy Renner as an IMF

analyst and Simon Pegg as a field operative this time.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 action spy film, and the fourth

installment in the Mission: Impossible series. It stars Tom Cruise, who

reprises his role of IMF Agent Ethan Hunt, and is director Brad Bird's first

live-action film. Ghost Protocol was written by André Nemec and Josh

Appelbaum, and produced by Cruise, J. J. Abrams (director of the third film)

and Bryan Burk. It is the first Mission: Impossible film not produced by Paula

Wagner, and the first of the series to be partially filmed using IMAX cameras.

On assignment in Budapest to intercept a courier working for a person of

interest code-named "Cobalt", IMF agent Trevor Hanaway is killed by an

assassin named Sabine Moreau. Hanaway's team leader, Jane Carter, and

newly promoted field agent Benji Dunn extract Ethan Hunt and Hunt's source

Bogdan from a Moscow prison. Hunt is recruited to lead Carter and Dunn to

infiltrate the secret Moscow Kremlin archives and locate files identifying

Cobalt. Partway through the mission, someone broadcasts across the IMF

frequency, alerting the Russians to Hunt's team. Although Hunt, Dunn,

and Carter escape; a bomb destroys the Kremlin, and Russian agent Sidirov

accusesHunt of masterminding the attack.

The IMF extracts Hunt from Moscow. The Russians have called the attack

an undeclared act of war, and the US president activates "Ghost Protocol",

a black operation contingency that disavows the entire IMF. Hunt and his

team are to take the blame for the attack, but they will be allowed to escape

from government custody so that they may track down Cobalt. Before Hunt

can escape, the IMF's secretary is killed by Russian security forces led by

Sidirov, leaving Hunt and intelligence analyst William Brandt to find their own

way out.

"In the USA, with all of the ways we have to communicate with each other

about whether we like something or don't like something, information travels

so quickly, that for better or worse, in the U.S. people are going to be

interested in you because you have a star, but then instantly are going

to care if the movie’s good," says Rob Moore, vice chairman of Paramount

Pictures, the studio behind the "Mission: Impossible" franchise.And if you

have a star in a movie that isn't good, people instantly know it, and discover

it and share it and you don't do any business. If you have a star in a movie

that's great, that's where you can break out of the pack in a very crowded

Christmas window."

rating 3 out of 5

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*** Various Book Reviews by Mary Young ***

"The Story of Solomon Bear" by Phillip Laird

Highly reminiscent of the Velveteen Rabbit, the Story of Solomon Bear is

about a girl and her teddy bear. After they are forced apart, Solomon goes

on a journey to find her. Overall, I thought this was a cute storybook. One

that any child would love.

"Fast-Tracked" by Tracy Rozlynn

At the age of 18, every child takes an assessment test. The results of the

assessment test determine what your place will be in society. Alexandria

receives the rank of a fast-tracker, the highest and most elite rank obtainable.

Her best friend Byron is not so lucky, and receives the lowest rank possible.

At first dazzled by the lifestyle, Alexandria quickly learns to tread carefully

amidst the treachery and back-stabbing of fast-tracker life. Especially if she

wants to help Byron escape his life of hard-work and brutality.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I will definately read the next in the series.

The characters where interesting and dynamic and the plot line was fascinating.

"The Old One" by Todd Brabander

A landscape blocks the highway trapping the main character in a small town.

As he meets the locals and learns about the area he discovers a monster

buried in the woods. I have to admit that I was a bit bored by this story.

The characters seemed very stereotypical and the plot a bit predictable.



"Too Jewish" by Patty Friedmann

Bernard Kuper, a German Jew, escapes Europe right before the horrors of

World War II. Once in the United States, he joins the military and is transferred

to New Orleans where he meets Lettie, a rich Jewish girl. Once in New Orleans

he hears from his mother, who is desperate to escape Germany. Despite his

efforts, Bernard is unable to raise the money to get her out. As he builds his

relationship with Lettie, Bernard is struggling with the guilt of being unable to

help his mother and the scord of Lettie's family, who believes he is Too Jewish.

The book is divided into three sections. One from Bernard's point of view, one

from Lettie's and one from their daughter. I found it hard to transition between

the different point of views and would have preferred the book to have been

written from one perspective. At times the people did not seem real to me,

despite the biographical nature of the book. Although I didn't think it was a

home run, I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to others.

"Wrapped in Rain" by Charles Martin

Raised by a wealthy, yet abusive father, Tucker is struggling to overcome his past.

With the voice of his nanny, Miss Ella, in his head, he attempts to do the right things

in life. One stormy night he stops to help a car that has become stuck in the mud,

only to discover that it is a girl from his past. A girl who is running from her abusive

ex-husband with her son in tow. Further, Tucker's brother Mutt, escapes from the

mental hospital where he has been staying the past seven years.

The author alternated between first point-of-view to third point of view depending

on which character he was addressing. I found this to be a bit annoying and would

have preferred one writing style throughout the entire book. Further, the characters

seemed a bit stereotypical and their actions were predictable. Overall, I didn't think

the book was bad, but I wouldn't re-read it.

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** Three Inches : Pilot episode ** ( Series review )

by Jason Bullock

An interesting if not slow beginning to this show almost had me turning the channel.

The main character's monloguingabout his ten year plan to his purpose of life was less

thank stellar but did involve the love of his life canmeback into his life only to have

lightning send him into acoma after her rejection. His rejection from Lily Throreaux

was not the end to his destiny, not even lightning coulddo that. While in the hospital

he soon learned that he could move object exactly three inches. Even that,he chalks

up to hallucinations as he leaves the hospital. It seemsthat even the unbelievable

survival of probability is in no way an eye opener to those winners.

Another encounter with Lily and the revelation of her boyfriend from Oslo, Norway

reveals a telekinetic barrage of crab apple bashing, garden spicket dowsing, and eye

glass terrorism. This attention gets him noticed by James Martsters'character Troy

Hamilton. The test the limit of Walter's newfound gift. He is introduced to "the team"

in order to"fight evil".

This show tries to become a merger of Alphas and Leveragebut with none of the real

bite to that potential. I thinkI'll pass on this one. Maybe the next SyFy series to come

out in January " Lost Girl" will be better to my liking.

Rating 2 out of 5

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******* CONCLUSION ********

I have to say that this has been a great issue to goand complete it. It not only has

been fun reviewing all these pop icon items, but to share our opinions with you for

whats Shocking our personal cultures today!!!

Special Thanks to....

Mary Young Conyers, GA

Marques Huff Chamblee , GA

Elliott Mathis Athens, GA

...and...

AMC Colonial 18 Theatre Lawrenceville, GA

SyFy Network NBC Network

____________________________________________________________________

Please make comments, suggestions, or submit yourarticles to us here at the

HC:Culture Shock to shareyour own pop shocks in your area!

Comment here on the thread!orEmail your articles to jasonb@girafnetwork.com

_____________________________________________________

HC_Culture Shock Ezine is produced in association with HeroCentral.org and GIRAF

Network.org. Pleaseshare with everyone any part of this EZINE as it isintended to

impart fun & furvorin our communitiesaround the globe. Copy Left, Jan 2012, Jason Bullock

December Holiday Culture Shock!
hc_cultureshock
HeroCentral: Culture ShockDecember 2011

CopyLeft 2011

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Editor's Special NOTE ( We are available onLive Journal and FACEBook!!!!! )

* Welcome to the twenty fourth edition of HC_CultureShock!*I want to explain that

this LJ/FACEBOOK is a community EZine where our continuing comments make the

best reading material on where to go, what to do, and whom to see in our pop iconic

modern world. I callthis age of the upcoming hipsters "Generation Green". We have

all seen the overwhelming effects of tryingto save our global connectivity. Going

"Green" mayultimately cost us more than we can know today.



Well now the rest of the show. My friends and I will be helping everyone experience

the best things that we enjoy across our world from our individual experiences.

We are Generation Green!!!

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** Immortals ** ( Movie Review )

By Jason Bullock

Eons after the Gods won their mythic struggle against the Titans, a new evil threatens

the land. Mad with power, King Hyperion ,Mickey Rourke, has declared war against

humanity. Amassing a bloodthirsty army of soldiers disfigured by his own hand, Hyperion

has scorched Greece in search of the legendary Epirus Bow, a weapon of unimaginable

power forged in the heavens by Ares. Only he who possesses this bow can unleash the

Titans, who have been imprisoned deep within the walls of Mount Tartarus since the dawn

of time and thirst for revenge. In the king's hands, the bow would rain destruction upon

mankind and annihilate the Gods. But ancient law dictates the Gods must not intervene in

man's conflict. They remain powerless to stop Hyperion...until a peasant named Theseus,

Henry Cavill, comes forth as their only hope. Secretly chosen by Zeus, Theseus must save

his people from Hyperion and his hordes.

This plot summary is about all you can get from this movie adapted from several Greek

myths, none of which really are strung together in the original mythos. The Special

effects and the fight scenes are really the only fan service this film provides. It

doesn't have an extremely strong nor original story. If aloofness if the goal then this

film provides it in spades.

This film tried to waylay the viewers with photoshoped hardbodies and gorgeous

portrayals of superhuman specimens, mael and female, but somewhere across the way lost

its depth of dialogue along with my interest.

(Rating 3 out of 5)

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** Various Book Reviews ** by Mary Young

"Gravity" by Abigail Boyd

Ariel, a lonely ostracized girl, must begin a new school year after her only friend

Jenna has gone missing. Mysterious dreams begin to plague Ariel and she begins

questioning whether Jenna has run away or if something else may have happened. With the

help of two new kids, Theo and Henry, Ariel begins to unravel the mystery.

I enjoyed this book right up until the end. I don't want to give anything away, but the

book ended very abruptly at an odd place. I assume that the author is setting up for a

sequel. The characters appeared realistic, if not a bit stereotypical. The plot was

interesting and moved forward at a good pace. Overall, this is a good young adult book,

if you don't mind the cliffhanger.

"Traveling Light" by Katrina Kittle

Summer has moved into the home with her brother Todd and his partner Jacob in order to

help Todd through the final stages of AIDS. Despite the horrible moments and his

sickness, Summer finds strength in helping Todd.

This book takes a look at a very serious topic and makes it real. It describes all of

the tragedy of a terminal illness as well as the strength of the people surrounding

Todd. It also addresses the prejudices against gays and those with AIDS. The

characters are so believable that at times I had to remind myself I was reading a

fiction novel. I would highly recommend this book to others.

"Hang On" by Nell Gavin

I had a very hard time getting into this book, mainly because of the author's writing

style. Overall, I did not enjoy this book and would not recommend it to others.

"The Story of Solomon Bear" by Phillip Laird

Highly reminiscent of the Velveteen Rabbit, the Story of Solomon Bear is about a girl

and her teddy bear. After they are forced apart, Solomon goes on a journey to find her.

Overall, I thought this was a cute storybook. One that any child would love.

"Fast-Tracked" by Tracy Rozlynn

At the age of 18, every child takes an assessment test. The results of the assessment

test determine what your place will be in society. Alexandria receives the rank of a

fast-tracker, the highest and most elite rank obtainable. Her best friend Byron is not

so lucky, and receives the lowest rank possible. At first dazzled by the lifestyle,

Alexandria quickly learns to tread carefully amidst the treachery and back-stabbing of

fast-tracker life. Especially if she wants to help Byron escape his life of hard-work

and brutality.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I will definately read the next in the series.

The characters where interesting and dynamic and the plot line was fascinating.

"The Old One" by Todd Brabander

A landscape blocks the highway trapping the main character in a small town. As he meets

the locals and learns about the area he discovers a monster buried in the woods. I have

to admit that I was a bit bored by this story. The characters seemed very stereotypical

and the plot a bit predictable.

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"Too Jewish" by Patty Friedmann

Bernard Kuper, a German Jew, escapes Europe right before the horrors of World War II.

Once in the United States, he joins the military and is transferred to New Orleans where

he meets Lettie, a rich Jewish girl. Once in New Orleans he hears from his mother, who

is desperate to escape Germany. Despite his efforts, Bernard is unable to raise the

money to get her out. As he builds his relationship with Lettie, Bernard is struggling

with the guilt of being unable to help his mother and the scord of Lettie's family, who

believes he is Too Jewish.

The book is divided into three sections. One from Bernard's point of view, one from

Lettie's and one from their daughter. I found it hard to transition between the

different point of views and would have preferred the book to have been written from one

perspective. At times the people did not seem real to me, despite the biographical

nature of the book. Although I didn't think it was a home run, I did enjoy the book and

would recommend it to others.

"Wrapped in Rain" by Charles Martin

Raised by a wealthy, yet abusive father, Tucker is struggling to overcome his past.

With the voice of his nanny, Miss Ella, in his head, he attempts to do the right things

in life. One stormy night he stops to help a car that has become stuck in the mud, only

to discover that it is a girl from his past. A girl who is running from her abusive ex

-husband with her son in tow. Further, Tucker's brother Mutt, escapes from the mental

hospital where he has been staying the past seven years.

The author alternated between first point-of-view to third point of view depending on

which character he was addressing. I found this to be a bit annoying and would have

preferred one writing style throughout the entire book. Further, the characters seemed

a bit stereotypical and their actions were predictable. Overall, I didn't think the

book was bad, but I wouldn't re-read it.

"Midnight is a Lonely Place" by Barbara Erskine

Kate Kennedy has broken up with her boyfriend and is left without a place to stay. She

is in the middle of writing a book and decides to rent an isolated country cottage.

Once there she is plagued by mysterious and supernatural events. Out of all of

Erskine's books that I have read, I probably enjoyed this one the least. What I've

enjoyed in the past was her characters in the presnt day and their connection or

experience with historical characters. Although some of that was present here, it read

more like a ghost story than an historical novel.

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** Hugo ** ( Movie review )

by Elliott Mathis

Hugo is a 2011 3D adventure drama film based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of

Hugo Cabret, about a boy who lives alone in a Paris train station, and the enigmatic

owner of a toy shop there. It is directed by Martin Scorsese and written by John Logan.

Hugo is a fantasy adventure that takes place in a Paris railway station in the early

1930s. Hugo Cabret is a young boy whose mother has died and who lives with his father, a

master clockmaker, who takes him to see films and loves the films of Georges Méliès best

of all. Hugo's father dies in a museum fire, and he is taken away by his uncle, an

alcoholic watchmaker who is responsible for maintaining the clocks in the railway

station. His uncle teaches him to take care of the clocks, and disappears. Hugo lives

between the walls of the train station, maintaining the clocks, stealing food and

working on his father's most ambitious project: a broken automaton—a mechanical man who

is supposed to write with a pen, that Hugo's father had found and hoped to repair. Hugo

steals mechanical parts in the station to repair the automaton, but he is caught by a

toy store owner, who takes away Hugo's blueprints for the automaton. The automaton is

missing one part—a heart-shaped key. Convinced that the automaton contains a message

from his father, Hugo goes through desperate lengths to fix the machine. He gains the

assistance of Isabelle, a girl close to his age and the goddaughter of the toy shop

owner, and he introduces Isabelle to the movies, which her godfather has never let her

see. Isabelle turns out to have the key to the automaton, which unlocks it to produce a

drawing of a film scene Hugo remembers his father telling him about. They discover that

the film was created by Georges Méliès, Isabelle's godfather, an early – but now

neglected and disillusioned – cinema legend, and that the automaton was a beloved

creation of his from his days as a magician. In the end they reconnect Georges with his

past and with a new generation of cinema aficionados which has come to appreciate his

work.

Here is the great behind the story facts. The overall backstory and primary features of

Georges Méliès' life as depicted in the film are largely accurate: he did become

interested in film after seeing a demonstration of the Lumière brothers' camera, he was

magician and toymaker, he experimented with automata, he did own a theatre (Theatre

Robert-Houdin), he was forced into bankruptcy, his film stock was reportedly melted down

for its cellulose, he became a toy salesman at the Montparnasse station, and he was

eventually awarded the Légion d'honneur (Legion of honor) medal after a period of

terrible neglect. Many of the early silent films shown in the movie are Méliès' actual

works such as Le voyage dans la lune.

Awesome! ( Rating 4 out of 5)

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** The Muppets ** ( Movie review )

by Elliott Mathis

When 3 muppet fans learn that Tex Richman wants to drill under the muppet theater for

oil Gary, Mary and Walter set out to find the muppets who have been split up for years

Kermit lives in his own mansion depressed in hollywood, Gonzo is a high class plumber at

Gonzo's Royal Flush, Fozzie performs with a tribute band called The Moopets , Miss Piggy

is the plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, and Animal is at a celebrity anger

managment rehab center in Santa Barbara.

Rotten Tomatoes - 98% on the Tomatometer "Clever, charming, and heartfelt, The

Muppets is a welcome big screen return for Jim Henson's lovable creations that will both

win new fans and delight longtime devotees."

Featured review from Rotten Tomatoes

Christopher Orr - Christopher Orr is a senior editor at The Atlantic.

"I confess, The Muppets had me at "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard." As Paul Simon's

frisky whistling solo loops and bounces across the opening montage, we watch two

brothers, Gary and Walter, grow up together. Alas, only the former does any actual

growing: Though Gary (played as an adult by Jason Segel) seems a typical enough kid,

Walter (voiced by Peter Linz) is--there's no delicate way to put this--a felt puppet. So

even as Gary's annual-height pencil marks keep climbing up the wall, Walter's remain

stubbornly horizontal: 5 years old, 6 years old, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. Before you know it,

the two brothers are young men out on their own, though still enjoying a Bert-and-Ernie

bachelordom in adjacent beds. It took perhaps ten minutes for The Muppets to win me

over a second time, with a giddy,infectious bit of song-and-dance fluff titled "Life's a

Happy Song" (written, like most of the original numbers, by Bret McKenzie of "Flight of

the Conchords"). Truth be told, The Muppets won me over, over and over and over again.

The film is an utter delight, a tidal surge of joyful nostalgia cunningly repackaged and updated.

Take your kids, take your parents, take a friend or someone you'd like to become one. But

by all means take yourself."

It was great! take the family. Enjoooy it all!

Rating 4 out of 5

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** The League of Annoying Heroes ** ( Small Press review )

by Jason Bullock

All I'll say is this comic collection is hilarious. Dan Burke is a well established

small press icon who over the last few decades has had people truly rolling on the floor

laughing with his ability to poke fun at a subject we all hold dear to our

hearts...storytelling. This collection of DanBurke's League of Anoying Heroes sports

some great material as we are re-introduced to such greats as Dr. Violence, Tornadona,

Jupito, Mummyman, Lava Lad, Lady Fear,Tombstone, and Nuke. Whether they are destroying

villains or the property values of their remaining neighbors, The League is alwasy in

rare form. Dan has outdone himself. I truly encourage everyone to pick up a copy of this work.

You will not regret it, especially at only $5.00 for the whole issue. Who knows maybe

you too can audition alongside Six InchMan for any vacant spots in the League of

Annoying Heroes.To get your copy visit online with Dan at www.attackearth.com !

Rating 4 out of 5

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******* CONCLUSION ********

I have to say that this has been a great issue to goand complete it. It not only has been

fun reviewing all these pop icon items, but to share our opinions with you for whats

Shocking our personal cultures today!!!

Special Thanks to....

Mary Young Conyers, GA

Marques Huff Chamblee , GA

Elliott Mathis Athens, GA

...and...

Regal Cinema Mall of GA Buford, GA

Publix Loganville, GA

United Fanzine Organization Dan Burke in connecticutt



____________________________________________________________________

Please make comments, suggestions, or submit yourarticles to us here at the

HC:Culture Shock to shareyour own pop shocks in your area!

Comment here on the thread!orEmail your articles to jasonb@girafnetwork.com

_____________________________________________________

HC_Culture Shock Ezine is produced in association with HeroCentral.org and

GIRAFNetwork.org. Pleaseshare with everyone any part of this EZINE as it is

intended to impart fun & furvorin our communitiesaround the globe. Copy Left,

Dec 2011, Jason Bullock

November Culture Shock Abounds!
hc_cultureshock
HeroCentral: Culture Shock
November 2011 CopyLeft 2011
--------------------------------------------------------
Editor's Special NOTE ( We are available on
Live Journal and FACEBook!!!!! )


* Welcome to the twenty fourth edition of HC_CultureShock!*

I want to explain that this LJ/FACEBOOK is a community
EZine where our continuing comments make the best
reading material on where to go, what to do, and
whom to see in our pop iconic modern world. I call
this age of the upcoming hipsters "Generation Green".
We have all seen the overwhelming effects of trying
to save our global connectivity. Going "Green" may
ultimately cost us more than we can know today.



Well now the rest of the show. My friends and I
will be helping everyone experience the best things
that we enjoy across our world from our individual
experiences. We are Generation Green!!!
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** Extreme Worlds: The Complete Guide to Drawing and
Painting Sci-Fi Art”** (Book review)
by Jason Bullock


This is a highly practical guide for budding artists who want to create their own extreme sci-fi worlds. Core elements of sci-fi art are taught through ingenious exercises and eleven detailed step by step projects. Subjects covered include aliens, robots, space ships, weapons, space stations and strange planets. It contains instruction suitable for beginners and more advanced artists, and is accompanied by an awesome gallery of the author's work.

Francis Tsai is an American comic book artist, illustrator, author and conceptual artist. He is of Taiwanese and Japanese ancestry. In 1998, Francis Tsai joined Presto Studios as Conceptual Designer where he provided visual development and game design for the video games Myst 3 and Star Trek: Hidden Evil. In 2003, Tsai joined High Moon Studios where he was principal concept artist for the video games The Bourne Conspiracy and Darkwatch.

Tsai has illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game.

Tsai is currently working on a five-issue graphic novel miniseries called Tracker for Top Cow Productions. Tsai also contributes covers and interior art for Marvel Comics.

Tsai provided interior artwork for Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology as well as covers and interior artwork for the serialized graphic novel Mercy Thompson: Homecoming, which reached number eight on the Comics Bestsellers list in October 2009


Francis Tsai wrote and illustrated the book Fantasy Art Academy: 100 Ways to Paint the Coolest Fantasy Figures for F&W Publications and recently released another book Extreme Worlds in November 2009. He is currently working on his third how-to book. Tsai is also currently working on Tracker, an upcoming miniseries from Top Cow Productions and Heroes and Villains Entertainment about an FBI agent who has contracted a virus that turns him into a werewolf. Issue 1 of 5 was released November 2009. Tsai has won numerous professional awards for his work.

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** Real Steel * ( Movie Review )
by Elliott Mathis

Real Steel is a 2011 American science fiction film starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy. The film is based in part on the 1956 short story "Steel" by Richard Matheson, though Levy placed the film in U.S. state fairs and other "old-fashioned" Americana settings. Real Steel was in development for several years before production began on June 11, 2010. Filming took place primarily in the U.S. state of Michigan. Animatronic robots were built for the film, and motion capture technology was used to depict the brawling of computer-generated robots and animatronics. Real Steel was publicly released in Australia on October 6, 2011 and in the United States and Canada on October 7, 2011 to mixed to positive reviews. It was released in both conventional and IMAX theaters.

Real Steel gained mixed to positive reviews from critics, with the aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes listing 60% of 191 critics giving a positive review, with a rating average of 5.9 out of 10. The website's consensus is, "Silly premise notwithstanding, this is a well-made Hollywood movie: Thrilling and exciting action with just enough characterization". Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film a rating score of 56, based on 34 reviews. CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade moviegoers gave the film was an A on an A plus to F scale.

Ultimately this is little boy's dream film made from Rock'em Sock'em Robot toys from the 1970s. Thats why this film works to all the fans whether the critics like it or not.

( Rating 4 out of 5)


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** Shanghai Spare Ribs- Panda Express ** ( Food Item review)
by Jason Bullock


Their gourmet BBQ Pork Spare Ribs are a Cantonese dish from Guangdong Province on the Southern Coast of China. They slow roast tender pork in their own Chinese barbecue sauce. The official response to these ribs is "YUM!" I got 5 ribs in my entree for around $3.99 when I partook of this delicacy. I truly enjoyed the taste and would recommend them to any pork fanatic in the south!

( Rating 4 out of 5)

www.pandaexpress.com

PLEASANT HILL & GWINNETT PLACE PANDA EXPRESS

2060 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA 30096
Phone: (678) 417-6982
Fax: (678) 417-6689
Directions: Not Available



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** Various Book Reviews ** ( Book reviews)
reviews by Jana Rose


"A Kingdom's Cost" by J. R. Tomlin

"A Kingdom's Cost" is an historical novel regarding the Wars of Scottish Independence. It follows James Douglas, a young lord who swears loyalty to Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. Filled with action-packed fighting scenes, it moves at a quick pace. At times the book seems slow, but overall it was enjoyable to read. The characters were intersting and believable, and the book was well written. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in historical novels.



"MacArthur" by Mitchell Yockelson

MacArthur chronicles the life and background of America's most well-known generals, Douglas MacArthur. It covers everything from his childhood, entrance into West Point and military career. Overall, I thought the book was a bit dry. It dragged at times and tended to gloss over details regarding his personal life.


"The Face on the Milk Carton" by Caroline B. Cooney

Janie is a typical fifteen year old. One who is looking forard to getting her driver's license and is interseted in boys. Until one day in the cafeteria she looks down at the milk cartoon and see's herself. Listed as kidnapped, the picture shows a three-year old child, one wearing a dress that she remembers. I remember watching the movie when I was a teenager, and absolutely loving it. The book was just as enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series and finding out what happens with Janie and her families.




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** Paranormal Activity ** ( MOvie Event)
by Jason Bullock

Paranormal Activity 3 is a 2011 American supernatural horror film. It is the third film of the Paranormal Activity series and serves as a prequel, set 18 years prior to the events of the first two films. It was released in theaters on October 21, 2011. The Plot of the movie is as such. In 2005, Katie delivers a box of old videotapes to her pregnant sister, Kristi, and Kristi's husband, Daniel. A year later, Kristi and Daniel's house is seemingly burgled and the tapes are missing.

In 1988, a young Katie and Kristi live with their mother, Julie, and her boyfriend, Dennis, Kristi begins interacting with an invisible friend named Toby. Dennis notices that since Kristi's friend appeared, strange things have been happening in the house. Dennis and Julie try to make a sex tape, but are interrupted by an earthquake. While they look for the girls, the camera shows dust fall from the ceiling and land onto an invisible figure in the room. The figure then moves and the dust falls to the floor.

While reviewing the footage later, Dennis notices the strange incident. He invites his friend Randy over to view the footage, who suggests that Dennis place cameras throughout the house to capture any other incidents. That night in the girls' bedroom, Kristi wakes up and begins talking to someone off-camera before going back to bed. When Dennis questions her about this the following day, Kristi tells him that it is Toby. After more disturbed nights and strange occurrences, Dennis discovers a strange symbol in the girls' closet. He finds the same symbol on a picture of women in a book about demonology. Dennis explains to Julie that the symbol belonged to a witches' coven that brainwashed girls of child-bearing age into having sons and then forgetting about it, but Julie dismisses his claim.

After Kristi falls ill, Julie and Dennis take her to the hospital. Katie is left with Randy, and she asks him to play Bloody Mary with her. They go into the girls' bathroom and say "bloody Mary" three times and turn off the light. When nothing happens Katie insists they try again. Randy is stricken with pain and the lights reveal a large scratch up the side of his body. They try to leave the bathroom but a black figure moves past the door. When Randy tries to leave a second time, furniture is violently thrown around. After Julie and Dennis return, Randy leaves in a rush.

This movie deals with a direct demonic activity based on summoning spellcraft. This movie's popularity does not dealve into the morality nor spirituality of the causes behind it's plot devices. This was a popular movie like its two predecessors as well as The Blair Witch Project, The Haunting of Emily Rose, and even RoseMary's Baby. Thsi movie is not for everyone and has extremely disturbing overtones. Just be advised that although its fiction it deals with horrific imagery and content.

( Rating 2 out of 5)

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** Olive Garden's Stuffed Rigatoni with Sausage ** (Food Item review)
by Marques Huff & Jason Bullock

We met some friends for lunch this Saturday past over at the Olive Garden at Mall of GA in Buford, GA. With our friends choosing Chicken Parmisian and Seafood Portigne, we decided to try the Stuffed Rigatoni with Sauage. I throughly enjoyed the five different cheeses draped over the wafer-like stuffed pasta. the Italian sausage was dynamite amidst the chunky tomato marinara. Preceeded by unlimited Salad and breadsticks. This meal was extremely reasonable at around $10 a person without drink and gratuity. Saturday lunch was awesome. I definitely recommend trying this dish. It was economical as well as delicious!

( Rating 4 out of 5)
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******* CONCLUSION ********

I have to say that this has been a great issue to go
and complete it. It not only has been fun reviewing all
these pop icon items, but to share our opinions with you
for whats Shocking our personal cultures today!!!

Special Thanks to....

Jana Rose Conyers, GA
Marques Huff Chamblee , GA
Elliott Mathis Athens, GA

...and...

AMC Colonial 18 Lawrenceville, GA
Olive Garden Buford, GA
Panda Express Duluth, GA



____________________________________________________________________

Please make comments, suggestions, or submit your
articles to us here at the HC:Culture Shock to share
your own pop shocks in your area!

Comment here on the thread!
or
Email your articles to jasonb@girafnetwork.com
_____________________________________________________
HC_Culture Shock Ezine is produced in association
with HeroCentral.org and GIRAFNetwork.org. Please
share with everyone any part of this EZINE as it is
intended to impart fun & furvorin our communities
around the globe. Copy Left, Nov 2011, Jason Bullock

Longest Shortest Culture Shock to Date! SPOILERS!!!!
hc_cultureshock
HeroCentral: Culture ShockOctober 2011 CopyLeft 2011

--------------------------------------------------------

Editor's Special NOTE ( We are available onLive Journal and FACEBook!!!!! )

* Welcome to the twenty fourth edition of HC_CultureShock!*

I want to explain that this LJ/FACEBOOK is a community EZine where our continuing comments

make the bestreading material on where to go, what to do, and whom to see in our pop iconic

modern world. I callthis age of the upcoming hipsters "Generation Green". We have all seen the

overwhelming effects of tryingto save our global connectivity. Going "Green" mayultimately cost

us more than we can know today.

This is a smaller issue this month due to the great topics to discuss including the finale of season

six for Dr. Who, Anime Weekend Atlanta 2011, andthe pilot of TerraNova.

Well now the rest of the show. My friends and I will be helping everyone experience the best

things that we enjoy across our world from our individual experiences. We are Generation Green!!!

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** Anime Weekend Atlanta 2011 ** ( Event Review )

by Jason Bullock

Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA) is a three-day Japanese Animation and comics convention held

annually in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1995, AWA has become one of the most popular Japanese

Animation conventions in the United States.

AWA has a wide variety of events including video room showings of Japanese cartoons from new

releases and titles going back to the 1960's, a dealer's room with retailers who sell Japanese animation

and manga related merchandise such as toys, videos, audio CDs and artwork, workshops, panel

discussions on various topics including the current trends in Japan and how they will affect the

United States, a costume contest where attendees dress up as their favorite anime or manga

character, and scores of guests who have worked or currently are working in the industry.

There were a plethora of guests at this year's show. Hereis a listing of the featured guests and

their bios.

Naoko Matsui

Naoko Matsui is a Japanese voice actress (seiyuu). She has a 30 year career as a voice actress with

her most notable for the roles of Uru Chie in High School! Kimengumi, Rem Ayanok?ji in Dream Hunter

Rem, Katsumi Liqueur in Silent Mobius, Chiyoko Wato in Mitsume ga Tooru, Run Run in Mahoujin Guru

Guru, Roux Louka in Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, Dorothy Catalonia in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Azusa

Shiratori in Ranma ½, Miyako Toudaji in Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne and Sonoko Suzuki in Case Closed.

She is also a voice acting instructor.

Yoshitoshi Abe

Born in August 3, 1971, Yoshitoshi Abe is an illustrator, manga artist, and creator known for his

involvement in such works as serial experiments lain (original character design) , Haibane Renmei

(original character design, original story, scriptwriting), NieA_7 (original character design, manga

illustraton), TEXHNOLYZE (original character design), and others. After graduating from the

Nihonga (Japanese painting) Masters course at Tokyo University of the Arts, Mr. ABe went on

to receive the runner-up prize in the Afternoon Four Seasons manga award competition, and

has since worked in various aspects of the Japanese animation and manga industry. His latest

works include the manga Ryushika Ryushika as well as the illustrated story Despera.

Todd Haberkorn

American actor, director, producer and writer Todd Haberkorn will be a guest at Anime

Weekend Atlanta. A self-proclaimed anime fan, he has played lead and supporting roles in

a number of programs and also produces a weekly podcast with Leah Clark called Popcast

Weekly. Haberkorn received his BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University and works

professionally primarily in Texas and surrounding states as an actor, director, producer,

and writer. As far as shows go, you can catch Todd's voice as lead roles in Sgt. Frog as

Keroro, Suzuka as Yamato, Ghost Hunt as Naru, Claymore as Raki, Holic as Wataknuki, D.

Gray Man as Allen Walker, Sands of Destruction as Kyrie, and Soul Eater as Death the Kid.

Among his supporting roles are Itsuki in Shuffle, Ichimoruken in Hell Girl, Firo in Baccano!,

Kono in Darker Than Black, Hikaru in Ouran High School Host Club and Khoza in One Piece.

When not doing voice work, Todd is a producer with his company, Out of the Office

Productions. Todd Haberkorn is currently a proud member of the anime community and

continues to be its humble servant by way of English dubbing. Todd is represented by

The Horne Agency.

VIc Mignogna

Vic Mignogna has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old. But he started

his career in anime a little over ten years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then Vic has

been in more than a hundred and fifty shows and video games, known for such roles as

Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club, Fai in Tsubasa

Chronicle, Dark in DN Angel, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z, Kougaijji in Saiyuki,

Ikkaku in Bleach, Yukito in Air, Takanaga in Wallflower, Tatsu in Peacemaker, Luciano in Code

Geass, Virgil Walsh in Trinity Blood, Hikaru in Macross and many more. Currently Vic is playing

Zero in Vampire Knight, and Yoshimori in Adult Swim's Kekkaishi. He is also back in the role of

Edward for Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, playing Death Scythe in Soul Eater, as well as

Naruto, Bleach and several others. Vic has also voiced roles in a large number of video games

including Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Persona III, Sonic Colours, Project Sylpheed, DBZ, Bleach, FMA

and more. But even longer than his voice acting, Vic has been a professional music composer /

singer / producer who has written and produced hundreds of songs for TV, radio and CD. He

sings the themes for shows like One Piece & DBGT, and has produced several CDs of his own

original music, all available on iTunes. And finally, in addition to anime and music, Vic has a

degree in film and is deeply involved in the popular web Star Trek web series like “Star Trek

Phase II” and “Starship Farragut” as an actor and director. Vic works regularly writing,

producing and directing video and film productions of all kinds.

Brina Palencia is an actress

working in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. She has voiced numerous characters for anime

and video games. Some of her anime highlights include: Natsuki in Summer Wars, Chibitalia in

Hetalia, Ciel Pahntomhive in Black Butler, Holo in Spice and Wolf, Yumi Azusa in Soul Eater,

Sora in Oh Edo Rocket, Rei Ayanami in Evangelion 1.0 and 2.0, Juliet in Romeo x Juliet,

Miharu in Nabari No Ou, Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece, Tamama in Sgt. Frog, Ennis in

Baccano, Mikoto in School Rumble, Georgie in Shin Chan, Eve in Black Cat, Moro and

Zashikiwarashi in xxxHolic. In the land of gaming she can be heard as Mad Moxxi in

Borderlands, Gerda and Paper Lad in Comic Jumper, Moogle/Dungeon Hero X in Final

Fantasy Fables, the main player in Mushroom Men and The Maw, and various characters

in Duke Nukem, Guitar Hero III and IV, Stunt Driver 2, Ghostbusters: The Video Game,

Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Street Fighter 4. She has also served as the ADR

Director for Moon Phase (eps 21-26), School Rumble, Black Blood Brothers, and xxxHOLiC

(the movie and eps 1-8), Assistant ADR Director for Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, D

Gray Man, The Tower of Druaga, and Dragon Ball Kai, and Music Director for Sasami:

Magical Girls Club, Negima!?, My Bride is a Mermaid, Rosario + Vampire, and Dragon

Ball Kai.On camera you can see her as the co-host for GameStop TV alongside fellow

voice actor, Chris Burnett, as well as in the new hit horror webseries, Throwing Stones,

as Finley Jaymes (www.throwingstoneswebseries.com). She has also had guest spots

on the national television series The Good Guys, and Chase and has recently been cast

in the upcoming horror feature Archaic Redemption as Chasity.

Amy Howard Wilson and David G. Wilson, III

Detroit native AMY HOWARD WILSON had the honor of being cast as voice talent for the

classic 1970s anime series STAR BLAZERS, as the voice of Nova (Mori Yuki) in Season 1 -

The Quest For Iscandar and Season 2 - The Comet Empire. In 1997, after many years of

thinking about Star Blazers only as a fond memory, she was delighted to learn that there

are fans around the world who still honor its memory. Since 2002, she's been recording

and producing audio books for an Australian author and good friend, Wendy Laing, and

has formed a family friendly, full service audio production company called Studio V.O.I.C..E.,

and coined a new title CVO (Chief Vocal Officer!), and recently entered a new joint venture

with Writers Exchange E-Publishers - http://www.writers-exchange.com

Robert and Emily DeJesus

They are no strangers to the anime and manga community. An Indiana born, self-taught

artist, Robert got his first art career break when he sent an 8-page story to comic publisher

Antarctic Press in February of 1990. He has drawn manga inspired art for well over 18

years and has been published nearly all over the world for companies like Playstation Magazine,

Marvel, Hasbro, and most recently with Harper Collins Publishing, just to name a few. Emily

met Robert at an convention and they haven't been apart since that day. Emily helps write

the web comic "How to Loathe Drawing in the Manga Style" and has just finished writing her

first children's book. Together as Studio Capsule they're involved in creating a line of low print

run doujinshis, portfolios, anim ated shorts, and other projects of every kind. Find out every-

thing that's new with either Studio Capsule or Robert and Emily DeJesus at

www.robertdejesus.com or view more current information on live journal under user banzchan.

Doug Smith

Doug Smith is an accomplished freelance artist and voice actor who has performed many roles

for ADV and FUNimation, including the lead, Kintaro Oe, in "Goldenboy". One of his lesser known

but more powerful roles that of Squeebo, the poor blind orphan in the OVA series "Splendid

Eyeball Gremulak", which, unfortunately for fans everywhere, doesn't actually exist.

Tim Eldred

Tim Eldred has been drawing storyboards for TV cartoons professionally since 1992. His latest

contributions can be found on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest

Heroes, and upcoming episodes of Young Justice and Ultimate Spider-Man. He's also a comic

book guy, having created the graphic novel Grease Monkey (www.greasemonkeybook.com)

and webcomics for the ever-popular Star Blazers (www.starblazers.com)! In his spare time,

he...has no spare time. He'll be running all sorts of cool panels this year on Space Battleship

Yamato, Armored Trooper Votoms, and plenty else.

Carl Gustav Horn

Carl Gustav Horn has written professionally on anime since 1993 and has been a manga

editor since 1997, beginning with Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's Neon Genesis Evangelion, the first

English-language manga to be published in unflopped format. A former assistant editor at

Animerica magazine and manga editor of PULP at Viz Media, he is the co-author with Patrick

Macias, Yuji Oniki, and Mason Jones of JapanEdge, and has provided commentary on the

field to American and Japanese sources including Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times,

WIRED, National Public Radio, the Pacific Film Archive, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, AERA,

Studio Voice, and Comic Morning. Mr. Horn has worked on the U.S. anime releases of

Patlabor 2, Gunbuster, Gunbuster 2, Jin-Roh, and Royal Space Force; the ani-manga of

Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Steamboy and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence; the novel

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence—After the Long Goodbye; and the manga releases of

Banana Fish, Golgo 13, Flowers & Bees, Excel Saga, and Eagle: The Making of an Asian-

American President. He is currently an editor at Dark Horse Comics, where his titles

include the CLAMP omnibus program (Clover, Chobits, Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knight

Rayearth, Angelic Layer and Tokyo Babylon), Oh My Goddess!, Neon Genesis Evangelion:

The Shinji Ikari Raising Project, and The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service.

Neil Nadelman

Neil Nadelman Host of AWA's popular "Totally Lame Anime" event, NEIL NADELMAN's day

job is that of production translator for anime titles as diverse as CODE GEASS, KARE KANO,

AREA 88, REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA, IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN TYLOR, KIKAIDER,

EUREKA SEVEN, GALL FORCE, BLUE SUBMARINE NO.6, BUBBLEGUM CRASH, TIME STRANGER,

LUPIN III, DOMINION TANK POLICE, VOTOMS, APPLESEED, FUSHIGI YUGI, MAETEL LEGEND,

URUSEI YATSURA, ODIN, NIGHT ON THE GALACTIC RAILROAD, ASSEMBLE INSERT, SILENT

SERVICE, THIS IS GREENWOOD, SLAYERS, MACROSS, FIST OF THE NORTH STAR,

YOTODEN, GIANT ROBO, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM, ZENKI, RECORD OF LODOSS WARS,

MERMAID FOREST, GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, TENCHI IN TOKYO, just to name a few

STEVE YUN -

Robotech.com WebmasterWhile still a young college student and part-time hacker in 1998,

Steve got his first job at an anime company as a digital animator. It was a dream come true

for any fan who grew up on Robotech and Macross to be working somewhere in the anime

industry. After slaving away through 80 hour work weeks and one really bad 100 hour work

week where he started hallucinating from being awake too long, Steve called it quits and

went back to Riverside where he got his B.A. in CreativeWriting. Stay in school, kids!Fresh

out of college and eager to work in the anime industry again, Steve joined Harmony Gold to

build the Robotech.com website, and has since co-produced and associate-produced several

other projects as well, including the Macross restoration, the Robotech:Battlecry video game,

the Robotech: Invasion video game, Robotech Remastered and Robotech: The Shadow

Chronicles. Steve has also been featured in an anime documentary called Geeks, which he

has still not had a chance to see.Since its launch, Robotech.com has constantly been one

of the busiest anime-related destinations on the internet, being the subject of a Slashdot

article, a Conan O'Brien feature and mentioned on countless anime websites. You can email

Steve at info@robotech.com to send him Robotech-related fan mail, complaints, constructive

criticism and suggestions.

MOON STREAM

Moon Stream is the new musical unit combining the forces of Japanese visual style rock with

the sounds of the New York underground. Created in early 2011, Moon Stream is fronted by

Satsuki (vocals) and Tomo (guitar), two veterans of the early visual kei explosion in Japan

who are now active on opposite ends of the globe.

The inception of Moon Stream drives Satsuki's outreach to the world outside Japan, the joint

effort with Tomo to shake up the rock scene with the ultimate collaboration of Japanese

aesthetics with American flavor. Displaying their visual and musical talents from signature

rock sounds, ambient compositions, to dance rock music, the band's recent US debut launched

Moon Stream into the sky. http://www.facebook.com/MoonStreamOfficial

MEMBER INFOAs ex-vocalist of popular visual kei rock band RENTRER EN SOI (Free-Will Records),

Satsuki launched his solo career on Feb 14, 2009 in order to pierce his own musical aesthetics

and create a new world of music. In addition to regularly headlining visual kei concert events in

Japan, Satsuki has also performed in theater and film and is steadily expanding his range of

activities to include involvement in video games such as Amnesia (Otomate). Having performed

in America for events since 2009 as part of his solo career, Satsuki is always drawn to creating

new musical experiences. http://satsuki-web.com/

Tomo Asaha began his musical career at the top of the visual kei music scene in Osaka, Japan,

playing guitar for bands such as Voyage and NIL. After joining Unknown Frequency, an

electronic rock band signed to GIZA Music, Tomo also began playing with artists such as Rina

Aiuchi (GIZA), Zoey (Nippon Columbia) and Chocolate syrup. Unknown Frequency soon became

what is now echostream, Tomo's current band based in New York. Tomo's musical career

expands beyond echostream to the new phenomenon project Alias, TV appearances with

pop singer Shahidah Omar, and to the massive visual kei artist collaboration high-ball, created

by ex-12012 guitarist Yusuke Suga. http://www.facebook.com/TomoAsahaOfficial

Support members: Ena (bass), U-YA (drums)

AWA will be held September 28th - 30th, 2012, at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and

Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.

(Rating overall 3 out of 5 )

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** Terra NOva ** ( Television Series )

By Elliott Mathis

Terra Nova is an American science fiction drama television series that began to air on Fox on

Monday nights. It premiered on September 26, 2011 with a two-hour episode.The show begins

in the year 2149, a time when all life on planet Earth is threatened with extinction due to

dwindling worldwide air quality and overpopulation. It has become virtually impossible for

humanity to survive, and almost no vegetation exists. At Hope Plaza, a massive ring shaped

structure in Chicago, scientists discover a rift in space-time that allows people to travel 85

million years back in time to the late Cretaceous period of a prehistoric Earth, but in an

alternate timeline (thus avoiding paradoxes caused by reverse-flow time travel), offering a

chance to save humanity. The Shannon family (father Jim, his wife Elisabeth, and their three

children Josh, Maddy, and Zoe) join the tenth pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, becoming

part of the first human colony on the other side of the temporal doorway.The Shannon Family

starts a new life in Terra Nova while having to deal with carnivorous dinosaurs and the Sixers

(a splinter faction that has been opposed to Terra Nova ever since arriving in prehistoric times

during the sixth pilgrimage).

There have been three episodes to the date of this review and overall it seems like a promising series.

Genesis Part 1...In 2149, policeman Jim Shannon is sentenced to six years in prison for assaulting

another officer after Jim and his wife, Elisabeth, were discovered to have a third child in a society

where families are restricted to two children. Two years into his sentence, Elisabeth, a doctor, is

recruited to travel 85 million years back in time with the Tenth Pilgrimage to Terra Nova, a prehistoric

colony that is attempting to reinvent the past for a better future, albeit with the necessity to co-

exist with dinosaurs. With only the two eldest children, teenagers Josh and Maddy, allowed to go

with her, Elisabeth helps Jim escape prison so that he and their five-year-old daughter, Zoe, can

accompany the family back in time. Once in Terra Nova, Jim meets Commander Nathaniel Taylor,

who displeased by Jim's arrival, assigns him to the agriculture group. Meanwhile Josh meets a group

of rebellious teenagers, including a girl named Skye, while Elizabeth starts treating patients.

Genesis Part 2...The enemy group called the Sixers is introduced. The Sixers were among the earlier

colonists, but for reasons unknown, they oppose Terra Nova's existence, and broke away to

establish a rival colony. When a captured Sixer escapes and attempts to assassinate Commander

Taylor, Jim subdues the assailant, resulting in Taylor reassigning Jim to his security team. Josh is

persuaded by Skye and her friends to sneak away with them from the Terra Nova compound into

the forest. At a waterfall, Skye shows Josh what looks like some type of mathematical equations

carved into the rocks. As night falls, they prepare to return to the compound, only to discover

that their vehicle's power cells have been stolen by Sixers. When a pack of Slashers (a name given

to the fictional Acceraptors) attacks, they have to be rescued by the Terra Nova security team.

Instinct...Jim and Taylor must protect the colony before it is overtaken by migrating Pterosaurs.

Jim discovers that Elisabeth's former college flame, Dr. Malcolm Wallace, now in Terra Nova, may

have recruited her. Josh is unable to get money for a guitar he wants and is reminded of his

girlfriend and bandmates he left behind. Maddy suspects that Reynolds may be interested in her

asks Jim for advice.

( Rating 3 out of 5 )

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** Various Book reviews ** ( reviewed by Mary Young )

“Twilight’s Dawn” by Anne Bishop



Anne Bishop is by far my favorite author. I was so excited when I found out she was writing

another book about the SaDiablo family, and I was not disappointed. My only regret is that

there weren’t more stories to read and enjoy. If you have never picked up any of her books,

I highly recommend the Dark Jewels Trilogy and its companion books.

"Star of Fear, Star of Hope" by Jo Joestlandt

In 1942, in Nazi-occupied France, Helen invites her best friend, Lydia for a sleep over. During

the night, strangers tap on the door, calling out strange passwords. Word reaches the family

that Jews are being rounded-up and arrested. Lydia, fearing for her family, rushes home.

Upset, Helen says "You're not my friend anymore!" Sadly, she never sees Lydia again. For

the rest of her life, Helen regrets the last words spoken between them, and hopes "with all

my heart" that Lydia has survived.

This is a powerfully written book. One that reminds us of the importance of friendship

and partings. It also is a good starting point for discussions regarding the Holocaust,

without providing the gory and horrific details. Overall, I highly recommend this book.



"The Fight of our Lives" by Bennett and Leibsohn

Since September 11, 2001 America has been involved in an international war on terrorism.

Bennett and Leibsohn ask the question whether we are fighting to win the war, or practicing

to surrender. Thought provoking, this is an interesting book for anyone interested in current

events and the war or terror. Although a bit repetitive at times, it is well written and

engaging. Overall, I would rate this book a 4 out of 5.

"The Other Victims: First Person Stories of Non-Jews Persecuted by the Nazis" by Ina Friedman

While six million Jews were killed by the Nazi's, five million belonging to other groups were

also killed. Blacks, clergy members, Jehovah's Witnesses, Poles, Gypsies and homosexuals

are counted among that number. Their stories are not as widely known, yet just as powerful

and moving as the stories of the Jews. Each chapter begins by giving a factual blurb about a

particular group. Then an individual story is told. Quite moving, this is an interesting collection

of stories of survival amidst horrible circumstances.

"Golem" David Wisniewski

In 16th century Prague, rumors that the Jews are sacrificing gentile children begin to spread.

As a result, the populous begin targeting and harming the Jews. Renowned scholar Rabbi Loew

creates a clay Golem to protect his people from harm. The Golem begins by tracking down

those spreading the rumors and targeting Jews and turning them over to the authorities.

However, when the gates of the ghetto are stormed, the Golem grows to enormous height

and violently defeats them. The stark illustrations are powerfully created and convey a sense

of the morals of good and evil, right and wrong. This book is wonderfully written and illustrated,

making it extremely appealing to younger children.

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** Dr Who 2011 Season Finale ** ( Cable series ) by Jason Bullock

The sixth series of British science fiction television series Doctor Who was shown in two parts.

The first seven episodes were broadcast from April to June 2011 and the final six episodes

from August to October. Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill continued their roles as

The Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams. The series continues story threads from Series 5,

investigating the mysterious Silents that caused the TARDIS to explode in "The Pandorica

Opens" / "The Big Bang" and the identity of River Song

The first trailer for Series 6 showed directly after the Christmas Special and showed re-

appearance of the Ood, a person in a space suit, evil dolls, characters from Nazi Germany, the

Doctor wearing a Stetson, the interior of a craft resembling the timeship from "The Lodger", a

scene with "A 51" on a wall, Suranne Jones' character of Idris, and several scenes filmed in

Utah's Monument Valley and Valley of the Gods. In December 2010, BBC America began airing

promotions for the new series featuring Smith, Gillan, Darvill, and Kingston, filmed in Monument

Valley and announcing the US locations. A 15-second teaser trailer was shown on BBC One at

9pm, 22 March 2011. A 1-minute trailer was shown on BBC 1, on 30 March 2011 showing,

among other scenes, River Song kissing the Doctor and the interior of the Ninth and Tenth

Doctors' TARDIS. An alternative version of the trailer was also shown, with the scene of the

TARDIS console exploding replaced with a close-up of a Silent. A different 30-second trailer

was shown on BBC America on the same day, with a full 60-second trailer being shown two

days later. Both these trailers show a scene with a group of three of the Silence from the

alternative UK trailer.

The trailer for the second half of Series 6 premiered during the Comic-Con event for BBC America.

Scenes include the reappearance of Winston Churchill, the return of Craig Owens from "The Lodger"

, an unidentified alien with a blue eye, an older version of Amy, Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, River

Song wearing a similar patch as Madame Kovarian, the appearances of the Silence, Cybermen,

Weeping Angels, evil dolls, white robots and the Gibbis which is to be seen in "The God Complex,

" a Viking, the TARDIS crashing through the Reichstag, and the revisit of the Doctor's death at Lake

Silencio in Utah. Another 40-second trailer was released on 4 August 2011 and features a pterodactyl,

a pyramid with the images of an American flag and "Area 52", and the Doctor in a Stetson, telling the

TARDIS, "One last trip, eh?" A 30-second trailer from BBC America was released on 12 August 2011.

An alternative trailer from the 40-second trailer aired on CBBC on 16 August 2011 and included two

new scenes.

The last episode of Season 6 was titled " The Wedding of River Song". This was a phenomenal thread

twisting ending to the season. It aired October 1st on BBCAmerica at 9:00 pm EST. The Doctor, aware

of his death at the fixed point of time on 22 April 2011 at Lake Silencio, attempts to track down the

order of the Silence, to learn why he must die. He encounters the Teselecta shapeshifting robot and

its miniaturised crew who are currently posing as one of the members; through them, the Doctor is

led to the living head of Dorium Maldovar, one of the Doctor's allies taken by the Order of the Headless

Monks. Dorium warns the Doctor that the Silence are trying to prevent him from answering the oldest

question in the universe "on the fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the Eleventh". The Doctor continues

to refuse to go to Lake Silencio until he discovers his old friend, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, has

passed away. The Doctor then accepts his fate. To avoid crossing his own time stream, he gives the

Tessalator crew the envelopes to deliver to Amy, Rory, River Song, Canton Everett Delaware III, and

a younger version of himself, inviting them to witness his death.

As shown in "The Impossible Astronaut", the Doctor joins his friends at Lake Silencio and then

approaches the astronaut, now known to be a younger version of River Song trained to kill the

Doctor by the Silence and Madame Kovarian. River does not want to kill him but is unable to fight

the suit's control. The Doctor shows her her future self, sentenced to Stormcage prison for killing him,

as evidence that her killing him is inevitable and that he forgives her for it. River, in the astronaut suit,

surprises the Doctor by draining the suit's weapons systems and averting his death, despite his

warning against interfering with a fixed point. Time becomes "stuck", and all of Earth's history

begins to happen all at once, fixed at 5:02pm 22 April 2011.

In a time-confused London, the Holy Roman Emperor Winston Churchill takes the Doctor, his

"soothsayer," out from his locked cell to ask him about the stuck time. The Doctor explains the

preceding events, but notices they have lost track of time and tally marks are appearing on his

arms, indicating the presence of the Silence. After they observe a nest overhead, they are

rescued by Amy, leading an army of soldiers; due to the effects of the crack in her bedroom,

Amy is cognisant of the altered timeline, though she has failed to notice that her trusted captain

is Rory. Amy takes the Doctor to "Area 52", a hollowed-out pyramid among the Giza Necropolis,

where they have captured over a hundred Silence (in fluid-filled tanks) and Madame Kovarian.

River is also there, well aware her actions have frozen time and refusing to allow the Doctor to

touch her, an event that would cause time to become unstuck. They all wear "eyedrives"--eye

patches identical to the one worn by Madame Kovarian that function as external memories, thus

enabling them to remember the Silents.

They soon come to realise that this was a trap arranged by Kovarian, as the Silents begin to

escape confinement and overload the eyedrives, torturing their users to death. The Doctor

and River escape to the top of the pyramid, while Amy and Rory fight off a wave of Silents and

Amy realises who Rory is. Madame Kovarian discovers her own eyedrive is being overloaded;

she dislodges it, but Amy forces it back in place with the intention of killing her, explaining that

this is revenge for her taking Melody away. Amy and Rory regroup with River and the Doctor.

River tries to convince the Doctor that this frozen timeline is acceptable and that he does not

have to die, but the Doctor explains that all of reality will soon break down. The Doctor marries

River on the spot, whispers something in her ear, declaring that he had just told her his name.

He then requests that River allow him to prevent the universe's destruction. The two kiss, allowing

reality to return to normal. At Lake Silencio, River kills the Doctor.

Some time later, Amy and Rory are visited by River, shortly after the events of "Flesh and Stone"

in River's own timeline. When Amy explains that she had recently witnessed the Doctor's death,

River reveals that the Doctor lied when he said he told her his name, instead saying "Look into my

eye". The Doctor had in fact enlisted the Teselator, time traveling shape shifting robot powered

by miniaturized piloting team to masquerade as him at Lake Silenco, with the Doctor and his TARDIS

miniaturised inside it ever since, which River saw during the wedding ceremony. The three celebrate

the news that the Doctor is still alive. Elsewhere, the Doctor takes Dorium's head back to where it

was stored; the Doctor explains that his perceived death will enable him to be forgotten and return

"to the shadows." As the Doctor leaves, Dorium warns him that the first question still awaits him,

and calls it after him: "Doctor who?"

AWESOME WORK STEVEN MOFFAT!!!!!!

( Rating 5 out of 5 )

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******* CONCLUSION ********

I have to say that this has been a great issue to goand complete it. It not only has been fun

reviewing all these pop icon items, but to share our opinions with you for whats Shocking our

personal cultures today!!!

Special Thanks to....

Mary Young Conyers, GA

Marques Huff Chamblee , GA

Elliott Mathis Athens, GA

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Editor's Special NOTE ( We are available onLive Journal and FACEBook!!!!! )

* Welcome to the twenty fourth edition of HC_CultureShock!*

I want to explain that this LJ/FACEBOOK is a community EZine

where our continuing comments make the bestreading material on

where to go, what to do, and whom to see in our pop iconic modern

world. I callthis age of the upcoming hipsters "Generation Green".

We have all seen the overwhelming effects of tryingto save our

global connectivity. Going "Green" mayultimately cost us more than

we can know today.

See Commentary by Editor below.... " Loss of an Institution..."

Well now the rest of the show. My friends and I will be helping everyone

experience the best things that we enjoy across our world from our

individual experiences. We are Generation Green!!!

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** Loss of an institution...** (commentary )

by Jason Bullock

A Country without BORDERS.

We were especially saddened this past month the news of and the

actual closing of BORDERS, a specialty mixed multi-media retail

organization with wi-fi hotspot cafe. This is a huge loss for many

of those fans especially in Georgia, but also across the United States

as a whole. Many flocked to the media chain many a day, night or

weekend to peruse magazines, comics, books, CDs, and DVDs. Now

we are left to the likes of Barnes & Noble or the odd Books-a-Million

here and there. The bulk of the coplaints that I have encountered

revolve around the loss of a central gathering spot for computers,

coffee, and commradery. Now for a little history...The Borders Group,

Inc. (stock symbol BGP) was a publicly held

bookstore chain that operated Borders superstores and Waldenbooks

Specialty Retail segment stores, including Waldenbooks, Borders Express

and Borders airport stores.The Borders Group owes its history to several

separate chains--Borders,

Waldenbooks and Brentano's. Brentano's was the longest-lived of the

three bookstore chains that eventually made up the Borders Group.

The original Brentano's store was founded in 1853 in New York City, by

August Brentano, a newspaperman. The second oldest of the three,

Waldenbooks, was founded by Lawrence Hoyt, a rental library entrepreneur.

Hoyt opened the first Walden Book Store in 1962 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;

he named the bookstore for Henry David Thoreau's Walden.Over the years

they were in business, Brentano's and Waldenbooks expanded their establish-

ments into multiple-bookstore chains. In 1984, Kmart purchased Waldenbooks;

Waldenbooks then purchased Brentano's. Brothers Tom and Louis Borders

opened their first bookstore in Ann Arbor in 1971, while they were students at

the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor continues to be Borders Group's head-

quarters). The Borders brothers opened additional stores in Michigan, Atlanta

and Indianapolis, and developed a sophisticated system that enabled them to

track bookstore sales and inventory. In addition to using it in their own bookstores,

they sold their Book Inventory Systems (BIS) to other booksellers, as well. In

1985, they opened their first "superstore," a large-scale bookstore (with a

coffee bar) that was to become the prototype of many that came afterward.

In 1988, they hired Robert DiRomualdo, a Harvard MBA with retail experience,

to help expand the business. Under his leadership, the Borders bookstore chain

grew rapidly in the next four years.The Borders Group expanded internationally

beginning with a store in Singapore 1997, then opening more than 40 stores in

Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand and buying a 35-store chain called,

appropriately, Books. In 2008 the Borders Group announced plans to sell the

chain and, probably with an eye to that end, the appeared to make decisions

aimed at bringing the bookstore chain more up to date and in line with its

competitors. For example, Borders did finally establish its own online presence,

and also partnered with Kobobooks.com to facilitate ebook sales. It established

free wi-fi in nearly all its stores and entered an agreement with lulu.com self-

publishing company to offer Borders customers the technology to self-publish.

During that time period, Borders also closed over 180 Waldenbooks stores and

sold their Paperchase stationery division.On February 16, 2011, The Borders

Group filed for Chapter 11 in the in United States Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan

and announced it would close 200 stores. According to Mike Edwards, the Borders

Group President, the bookseller chain received $505 million in financing from GE

Captial, which would "... enable Borders to meet its obligations going forward ...

[and]reposition Borders to be a potentially vibrant, national retailer of books

and other products."On July 18, 2011, the Borders Group announced that, in

the absence of bidders, the company would sell to liquidators Hilco Merchant

Resource and Gordon Brothers Group, close the remaining 399 stores and

"separate" the approximately 10,700 Borders employees by September 2011.

Here we are in that month of September feeling that the 2008 Economic crash

in the US has claimed another post crash victim with the last BORDERS store

closing its doors. You will be missed, a grand institution.

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** Ghost Story by Jim Butcher** (Book review )

by Jason Bullock

Here is the premise of this in the latest of amazing literature in the life of

Harry Dresden by Jim Butcher. " When we last left the mighty wizard

detective Harry Dresden, he wasn’t doing well. In fact, he had been murdered

by an unknown assassin.But being dead doesn’t stop him when his friends

are in danger. Except now

he has no body, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark

spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their

own.To save his friends — and his own soul — Harry will have to pull off the

ultimate trick without any magic…"

That blurb from Jim-Butcher.com website really doesn't even scratch the

surface of what you are about to experience when reading this latest installment

of the Dresden Files. Without spoiling too much for everyone so early in the public

release, I will say that Dresden pulls much more out of his collective wizarding hat

than a few rabbits by tackling an ancient foe who he has fought before in Chicago.

It takes more than a rampaging ectoplasmicly driven T-Rex to save his hide this

time. Dresden learns to respect the power of choices, his own and others. He is

shown that the choices we all make affect everyone around us whether that was

the intention or not. With the death of almost the complete Red Court Vampire

Nation in Chitza Itza as

seen in the last book, a power vacuum was formed. Again Dresden has caused

more danger for his friends by making those ever so dramatic choices. It seems

that the Fomorians, as seen in Side Jobs, have taken a clear foothold in our world

with only Baron John Marcone and Karrin Murphy's soldiers of supernatural fortune

to protect Chicago and America. Do they ever! I could not put this book down.

It wasnt' as action driven this time compared to

prior releases but I am glad of that. I thought that even in death Dresden might

catch a break to rest however no such luck. In that sporting approach of re-gathering

ones will as a shade he only lost six months of awareness between the boat the bullet

and befuddlement. Pick this book up. It is worth the read!

Rating 5 out of 5

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** Conan the Barbarian ** ( movie Review)

by Jason Bullock

Here is the premise opf this film un-related to any mythos of prior Conan movies

with the "Gove-nator"...

" During the Hyborean Age, a group of sorcerers from Acheron created a mask

from the skulls of dead kings and sacrificed their pure blood daughters to the dark

gods in order to give the mask the power to subjugate the entire world. After killing

countless people in their campaign to conquer the planet, the sorcerers were

defeated by the barbarians led by Corin (Ron Perlman), who destroys the mask,

scattering the pieces across the land, and keeping one for himself. Shortly thereafter,

in a battle against a rival tribe, Corin's wife gives birth to their son, Conan (Leo Howard).

Conan grows up to become a skilled, but violent warrior, whom his father believes is not

ready to wield his own sword. One day, their village is attacked by the forces of Khalar

Zym (Stephen Lang), a warlord that is reuniting the pieces of the Mask of Acheron in

order to revive his dead wife and conquer Hyborea. After locating Corin's piece and

murdering the entire village, Zym leaves. Conan is the only survivor, and swears revenge.

20 years later, Conan (Jason Momoa) is a pirate still seeking for revenge. With the help

of his friend Artus (Nonso Anozie), he raids a slave camp and takes the rescued slaves

to the city of Messantia, where Conan meets Ela-Shan (Saïd Taghmaoui), a thief being

chased by a man whom Conan recognizes as Lucius (Steven O'Donnell), one of Zym's

soldiers from years before. Allowing himself to be captured and imprisoned, Conan

confronts Lucius, who is forced to reveal that Zym is planning to sacrifice the pure

blood descendant of the sorcerers of Acheron in order to unleash the mask's power.

He helps the rest of the prisoners to escape. Ela-Shan tells Conan that, if he ever

needs him, he can be found in the City of Thieves, Argalon.

Meanwhile, Zym and his daughter, the sorceress Marique (Rose McGowan) attack a

monastery where they believe the pure blood is. Sensing something is wrong, Fassir

(Raad Rawi), an elderly monk who teaches the monastery's students, tells one of

them, Tamara (Rachel Nichols), to run away and return to her birthplace. Tamara's

carriage is chased by Zym's men. Conan hears the commotion and, recognizing Zym's

men, attacks and kills them, saving Tamara. Conan also captures one of Zym's men,

Remo (Milton Welsh), and catapults him to Zym's nearby camp after forcing him to

reveal Tamara's importance as the pure blood."

It stars Jason Momoa in the title role, alongside Rachel Nichols, Rose McGowan,

Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, and Bob Sapp with Marcus Nispel directing. In January

2010, Jason Momoa was selected for the role of Conan. Momoa beat Kellan Lutz for

the role. He was enrolled in an intense six-week training program at a stunt and

martial arts academy in Los Angeles for his part, while still finalizing negotiations for

the film. Although criticizing the stock Characters and cliche ridden script Variety

Magazine also gave a mildly positive review, stating "With all earnestness, Nispel

embraces the property's classic roots, placing this new "Conan" squarely within

the tradition of sword-and-sorcery pics."

( Rating 3 out of 5 )

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** Sundome by Kazuto Okada ** ( manga review ) ((( Yen Press Mature 18+ )))

by Jerome Montgomery

Caution: Sundome might be too graphic for some, and otherwise might be

considered perverted by those not living in Japan.

Sundome literally means "stopping the moment before", in this case referring to

either the peak of sexual excitment or just before tragedy. The story's main

character is a high school student named Hideo Aiba. Hideo is a member of a

school club called the Roman Club, a school group interested in the occult. The

story centers around his, akward, relationship with a girl named Kurumi Sahana.

Once the two are left alone in the club room, Kurumi makes a special “request”

of Hideo. At that moment, Hideo’s dull life gets far more….

Sundome has been labled as a provocative sexually driven story. With some

saying it is dull, with little more then a few adventures hidden among overtly

perverted sexual situations. With others downgrading the art within the pages.

While others call it down right paedophillic.

I would have to agree, that, the story can at times be overtly perverted as

well as sexually driven. The writer and artist aren't shy about showing nudity,

although it's mostly hinted at (through wet, tight clothing) more then actually

shown. The two also seem to cross lines that most are not used to seeing in

main stream manga, but to call it paedophillic it a touch overboard. They delve

into abnormal fetishes; fetishes that a percentage of people actually share,

and the creators make no apologizes about it. The art work can, at times, be

whimsical and funny to go along with funny moments; yet also, at times, have

a realistic look that pushes the border of the readers desire.I think people focus

on the wrong attributes of the story. They let their inhibitions,

embarrass themselves. If you can get past the "perverted fetishes", which you

should, you'll find the story conveys not only the shade of gray emotions of

happiness and sadness, but even the complex emotions of desire, pensiveness,

gentleness, and frustration.

If, you were to take away all the out of the, normal or not, topics above, then

yes the story would be dull. But with it, with the complex emotions, the pervish

behavior, the sexual tension and subsequent release; with all of the elements

of human nature together it combines to make a great love story. I'm not going

to lie and say its a romantic love story, because it isn't. It's a love story based

on lust; and love based on lust can be just as true, and honest with human nature.

Sundome was good enough to bring tears to my eyes.

Overall I give it a 5 out of 5

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** Various Book reviews ** ( reviewed by Mary Young )

"Running With Scissors" Augusten Burroughs

An alchoholic father, a psychotic mother, a neglectful therapist/foster parent

and a paedofile are only a few of the odd characters in Running with Scissors.

Augusten Burroughs memoir is filled with deeply disturbing passages made light

through his sense of humor. I'm not sure whether I enjoyed the book, or was

just revolted by the adults in his life. Overall, this book is well written and an

engaging look at family dysfunction.

"The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb" by Melanie Benjamin

Meanie Benjamin transfers the reader to a time and place very unlike our own.

Mercy Lavinia "Vinnie" Bump stood at only two-foot eight-inches tall, yet

managed to lead an exciting and interesting life during the 19th century.

At a time when side-shows, freak-shows and the circus were becoming popular,

Vinnie writes to P.T. Barnum, hoping that he will change her life. Charmed by her

size and impeccable manners, Barnum arranges for her debut into the world of

entertainment. A strong and independent woman, she immediately seizes upon

the opportunities he presents, including marrying Charles Stratton, also known as

Tom Thumb, the most famous little person in the world. Their wedding becomes a

national sensation, one that preempts coverage of the Civil War. During their

honeymoon they visit the White House, a place that they will visit often during

their lives. Vinnie's even smaller sister Minnie, along with Commander Nutt (another

little person) begin traveling together and performing throughout the United States

and ultimately throughout the world.

Benjamin's novel is ultimately about a strong-willed woman, one determined to

make her way in the world. Although she tends to be a bit repetitive, I enjoyed

her depictions of Vinnie and Barnum. The story dragged a bit at times, but I

suppose this reflected the nature of Vinnie's life. Overall, I enjoyed the book

and would recommend it to others who are interested in the entertainment of

the 19th century.

"Conversations With My Ancestors" by Andrew Sanders

Through a wealth of documents, researchers and luck, Andrew Sanders has

managed to trace his Jewish ancestors to the mid eighteenth-century. The

book alternates between his "conversations" with the deceased and his detailed

research rail. Although I have an interest in genealogy, I found this book

extremely dull. It jumped around so much that it was difficult to understand

his family dynamics and piece together what actually happened. Overall, I

believe that this book is more appropriate for a family reunion than wide-spread

publication.

"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" by Stief Larsson and Reg Keeland

I have heard all of the hype about this book, and found myself a bit skeptical

when I picked it up. Forty years ago Harriet Vagner disappeared on a "closed"

island during a family reunion. Despite the limited number of suspects, the

mystery has never been solved. Reaching the end of his life, Vagner is desperate

to uncover what happened to his niece. Blomkvist, a recently disgraced journalist,

his hired to write an autobiography of Vagner and secretly try to unravel the

mystery of Harriet's disappearance. Reluctantly, Blomkvist begins delving into

the massive number of documents and information that has been collected about

Harriet. Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, is a genius computer

hacker, yet lacks basic social skills. Hired by Blomkvist, the pair continue to unravel

the mystery and find out more than anyone bargained for.

Well-paced, the book slowly unravels the mystery while keeping the reader

wanting more. A beautiful balance between suspense and revelation is maintained

throughout the entire book. I really enjoyed reading The Girl With the Dragon

Tattoo and am eagerly waiting for its sequel to arrive in my mailbox. Overall, I

highly enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it to others.

"Alice I Have Been" by Melanie Benjamin

After reading the autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb I had to pick up this book by

Melanie Benjamin. I sense a theme through her writing of strong women who

"settle" in order to take care of themselves. This book is about Alice, the girl

who inspired the book "Alice in Wonderland." Born into a family of privilege,

Alice Liddell and her siblings make friends with Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll).

Dodgson tells them stories, takes them boating, and otherwise entertains the

children. The story focuses on different periods of Alice's life, skipping large

portions at times. I would have like to of had these "gaps" filled in, but I

understand why the author choose to gloss over certain portions of her life.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.

"Whatever Happened to Janie?" by Caroline B. Cooney

This book picks up right where the first book ("The Face on the Milk Carton")

left off. After discovering that she was kidnapped at the age of three,

Janie is forced to live with her "birth" parents, much to her dismay. She is

rude and obnoxious and makes little attempt to blend in or get to know her

birth family. Although not as good as the first book, i thought this was an

interesting read. I can see its appeal to teenagers, and would not hesitate

to recommend the series.

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** Hero C ** ( internet podcast review )

by Elliott Mathis

Spouting the virtues of the 5 C's, Jason Bullock from GIRAFNetwork, The

Brain Freeze Report podcast, and Hero Central art studio has begun divulging

his own artistic opinions in the Hero C podcast. This half hour format show

comes out twice monthly with his busy art production schedule between

GIRAFNetwork and his own Hero Central art studio. This is a fun podcast to

listen to as well as soem of the guests he has on them from the people

involved in his art world. Jason focuses each podcast on five areas or precepts that influences his

creative world... Character, Comics, Creativity, Connections, and Culture.

Character deals with real or imaginary people that he has come to encounter

thus influencing his work. Comics deals with main stream comic or small press

comic industryas well as films that are involved with comics. Creativity is

focused on his own sequential projects, insights into them as well as a way

to discuss technique. Connections are places, events, things, or organizations

that become part of the grand web that is Jason's studio world. Culture lastly

is the commentary of the many strata of sub-cultures of todays society be it

Otaku fans of Anime in America, Steampunk followers, or Foodies with their

food show "porn-like" addictions. Everyone can check out the podcasts each

month by going over towww.herocentral.org as well as follow the links at

www.girafnetwork.org to really enjoy them. Keep checking them out!

( Rating 3 out of )

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** Captain America ** (Movie review)

by Elliott Mathis

"After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a

top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero

dedicated to defending America's ideals." That is the premise in a nut shell of

the First Avenger movie out at the end of

July this year. Despite some visual incongruity with the actor playing the weak

Rogers and Chris Evans face, the digital effect was successful. The film played

to all the strengths of the original comic book from the 1940's to the modern day

reprisal of Captain America in our own decade. Hugo Weaving was amazing as

The Red Skull, opposing super soldier created from the experimental process.

Purists of the comic will enjoy the fact that The Howling Commandos are also

present in the film backing up the Captain as well as Bucky Barnes by his side

fighting against Dr. Arnim Zola. Fans of the new Dr. Who series from Britain will

recognize Toby Jones as the Dr's less amiable "Dream Lord" persona from last

years season.Rounding out excellent performances are Tommy Lee Jones as

Colonel Phillips, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Stanley Tucci as Dr Erskine,

and Hayley Atwell portraying Agent Peggy carter.The story is told effectively,

with the right balance of action, drama and comedy. Some things ultimately do

suffer, and others aren't focused on anywhere near as much as they should be,

but the film as a whole doesn't suffer TOO much because of this. Overall, director

Joe Johnston nails the tone and effectively handles the many different aspects

on show here. The action scenes are as exciting as could be hoped for, although

it's a shame that we never truly see Cap pushed to his limits...everything all

seems a bit too easy for him at times. The devision to have HYDRA as the main

villains rather than the Nazis (who are here, don't fret!) was a wise one, and it

makes far more sense in terms of the story. The other major problem are the

modern day bookends. Both are for the mist part unsatisfactory, and are bound

to leave anyone not that familiar with the comics a little confused. Yes, we'll see

these in full in The Avengers, but they really done work quite as well as I was

hoping. Still, they serve a purpose, and I can't fault the way in which the movie

ends...what a fitting line! The visual effects are, for the most part, flawless. While anyone with a sharp

eye is bound to notice the odd bit of dodgy CGI (the HYDRA factory and occasional

shield shot both briefly suffer from this, as do a handful of other moments) it's hard

to find too much to complain about, with the effect of the HYDRA weapons looking

particularly fantastic. There may not be anything on offer to match the intricacies

of Iron Man's suit or the breathtaking sight of Asgard, but this is more than made up

for with the quite frankly excellent effects used to make Chris Evans look skinny.

Awesome movie!

Rating 4 out of 5

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**Seagram's Ginger Ale ** (Product review)

by Jason Bullock

In 2002, The Coca-Cola Company acquired the line of Seagram's mixers (ginger ale,

tonic water, club soda and seltzer water) from Pernod Ricard and Diageo, as well as

signing a long term agreement to use the Seagram's name from Pernod Ricard.

Seagram's Ginger Ale was named the winner at the 2009 World Cup of Ginger Ale in

Chicago. The Seagram Company Ltd. was a large corporation headquartered in

Montreal, Quebec, Canada that was the largest distiller of alcoholic beverages in

the world. Toward the end of its independent existence it also controlled various

entertainment and other business ventures. The Seagram assets have since been

acquired by other companies, notably The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo, and Pernod Ricard.

Here are a couple of fun drinks that can be made for any party that uses ginger ale....

Raspberry and Lemon Sorbet Floats

Ingredients:Servings: 4

1 pint lemon sorbet

1 pint raspberry sorbet

2 (12 ounce) bottles ginger ale,

preferable naturally brewed

Directions:

1Place 1 scoop lemon sorbet and 1 scoop raspberry sorbet in each of 4 glasses.

Fill each glass with 3/4 cup ginger ale, and serve immediately.

Halloween Sparkle Punch

Ingredients:

Servings: 8

2/3 cup tang orange drink mix

1 quart cold water

2 cups cold ginger ale

1 pint blackberry sherbet

Directions:

1PLACE drink mix in punch bowl or large plastic or glass pitcher. Add water; stir

until drink mix is dissolved. Refrigerate several hours or until chilled.

2STIR in ginger ale when ready to serve.

3PLACE 1/4 cup sherbet in each punch cup. Pour drink

mix over sherbet.

( Rating 4 out of 5 )

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******* CONCLUSION ********

I have to say that this has been a great issue to goand complete it.

It not only has been fun reviewing all these pop icon items, but to

share our opinions with you for whats Shocking our personal cultures today!!!

Special Thanks to....

Jana Rose Conyers, GA

Mary Young Conyers, GA

Jerome Montgomery Conyers, GA

Marques Huff Chamblee , GA

...and...

AMC Colonial 18 Lawrenceville, GA

Borders Snellville, GA

Hollywood 24 Regal Cinema Chamblee, GA

Coca Cola Company Atlanta, GA

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Please make comments, suggestions, or submit yourarticles to us here at the

HC:Culture Shock to shareyour own pop shocks in your area!

Comment here on the thread!orEmail your articles to jasonb@girafnetwork.com

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intended to impart fun & furvorin our communitiesaround the globe. Copy Left,

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Editor's Special NOTE ( We are available onLive Journal and FACEBook!!!!! )



* Welcome to the twenty third edition of HC_CultureShock!*

I want to explain that this LJ/FACEBOOK is a community EZine

where our continuing comments make the bestreading material

on where to go, what to do, and whom to see in our pop iconic

modern world. I callthis age of the upcoming hipsters "Generation

Green". We have all seen the overwhelming effects of tryingto

save our global connectivity. Going "Green" mayultimately cost

us more than we can know today.



A summer of film has come descended upon the viewing public.

Take a moment to really try to explore theiconic imagery developed

in each of the films. Seehow you can enhance your own creativity

by using what you learn from feeling what the movies aregiving you.



Well now the rest of the show. My friends and I will be helping

everyone experience the best things that we enjoy across our

world from our individual experiences. We are Generation Green!!!



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** Transformers III ** ( Movie Review )

by Jason Bullock

Here is the plot in a nutshell...okay an exploding nutshell!!!

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a 2011 American science fiction/action film,

part of the Transformers film series, directed by Michael Bay and produced by

Steven Spielberg.Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro

reprise their starring roles, with Peter Cullen returning as the voice of Optimus

Prime and Hugo Weaving returning as the voice of Megatron. Ehren Kruger, who

collaborated in the writing of the last film, was again involved in the writing.

Despite having been initially confirmed for the film,[9] and with the film already

into principal photography, it was announced that Megan Fox would not be

reprising her role from the previous two films. With Fox's character (Mikaela Banes)

being dropped, Sam was assigned a new love interest, portrayed by English model

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

In 1961, the Ark, a Cybertronian spacecraft crash lands on the far side of the moon.

The crash is detected on Earth by NASA, and President John F. Kennedy authorizes a

mission to put a man on the moon as a cover for investigating the craft. In 1969, the

crew of Apollo 11 lands on the Moon to explore the craft.

In the present, the Autobots assist the US military in preventing conflicts around the globe.

During a mission to Chernobyl to investigate suspected Alien technology, Optimus Prime

discovers a fuel cell from the Ark, discovering it had survived its journey from Cybertron.

The Autobots are attacked by Shockwave who manages to escape. The Autobots launch

a mission to the moon to explore the Ark and discover a comatose Sentinel Prime - former

Autobot leader - and his creation, The Pillars, a means of establishing a Space Bridge

between two points to teleport matter.

Meanwhile, Sam Witwicky is frustrated that he is unable to work with the Autobots and

failing to find a job. He also becomes envious of the close relationship between his new

girlfriend, Carly Spencer, and her boss Dylan Gould. After finding work, Sam is provided

information by his co-worker Jerry Wang about the Ark before he is assassinated by

Laserbeak - a condor-like Decepticon. Sam contacts the now-retired Seymour Simmons

and together they realize that the Decepticons are murdering people connected to the

American and Russian space missions to the Ark. They locate two surviving Russian

cosmonauts who reveal satellite photos of hundreds of Pillars being stockpiled on the

moon. Sam realizes that the Decepticons raided the Ark long before the Autobots mission

and intentionally left Sentinel and five Pillars behind to lure the Autobots into a trap -

Sentinel being key to activating the Pillars and the Decepticons lacking the means to

revive him. The Autobots rush to return Sentinel to their base for protection but Sentinel

betrays them and kills Ironhide, revealing he had made a deal with the Decepticons to

ensure the survival of his race.

Sentinel uses the Pillars to transport hundreds of concealed Decepticons from the moon

to Earth and Carly is captured by Gould, who is revealed to be in the Decepticon's service.

The Autobots are exiled from Earth at the demand of the Decepticons to avoid war but as

their ship leaves Earth it is destroyed by Starscream, seemingly killing the Autobots. The

Decepticons, led by Megatron and Sentinel seize Chicago as their agents place Pillars

around the world. Gould reveals to Carly that the Decepticons plan to transport Cybertron

to the Milky Way to use the resources and enslaved humans of Earth to rebuild their own

world. Sam teams with Robert Epps to go into Chicago and save Carly but they are nearly

killed by Decepticon forces before the Autobots intervene; revealing they concealed

themselves during the launch of their ship to convince the Decepticons they were destroyed.

The really important thing to remember when watching this film is that Leonard Nimoy was

the voice of Sentinel Prime. He did a great job. I have to say that the funniest part of the

film was the office restrrom encounter between Sam Witwicky and fellow employee Jerry

Wang played by Ken Jeong. That performance was outrageously funny as the deep throat

character revelas hidden information at a pivotal point!

Rating 3 out of 5

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** Tacqueria Los Hermanos ** ( restaurant review )
by Jason Bullock

I really enjoyed the mouth watering delights at this authentic Mexican establishment.

Their history is simple and straightforwardmuch like their food. The receipes are made

from their heritage,fresh and filling. They like to say ever since six brothers got together

and opened their first restaurant, they have been serving quality food with a smile.

Come enjoy our excellent food, family atmosphere, and great service at any one of our

three convenient locations. They also offer lunch and dinner menus, and a take-out menu.

Simply phone ahead, and your food will be ready for pick up within minutes!They will also

cater your special event with our world class catering.

I had the Burrito de Lujo which is a burrito stuffed with ground beef picadillo topped with

melted cheese, light spicy red chile sauce, lettuce, tomato and sour cream. It is served

with rice and refired black beans on the side. All or $9.25. The tea portions are tremendous

as well. You will definitely enjoy this entree as well as any other family receipe from this

taqueria. Definitely recommended!!!

The address to the Tucker location is:

4418 Hugh Howell Road Ste 83 Tucker, GA 30084 678-937-0660 ph

www.taquerialoshermanos.com

( Rating 4 out of 5)

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** Trader Joe's ** ( Location review)

by Jason Bullock

So what is the story about this independent yet excellently presented grocery chain?

It all started in the 50s...

Way back in 1958. They were called Pronto Markets. In '67, their founder, the original

Trader Joe, changed their name (yes, to Trader Joe's) and the way they do business.

They made the stores bigger (if you can imagine), decked the walls with cedar planks

and donned our crew in cool Hawaiian shirts. Most importantly, they started putting

innovative, hard-to-find, great-tasting foods in the "Trader Joe's" name. That cut our

costs and saved you money. Still does.

On their website they say it all..."And that's important, because "Value" is a concept we

take very seriously. And by value we mean great everyday prices on all of our great

products — no sales, no gimmicks, no clubs to join, no special cards to swipe... How

do we do it?

We buy direct from suppliers whenever possible, we bargain hard to get the best price,

and then pass the savings on to you. If an item doesn't pull its weight in our stores, it

goes away to gangway for something else. We buy in volume and contract early to get

the best prices. Most grocers charge their suppliers fees for putting an item on the shelf.

This results in higher prices... so we don't do it. We keep our costs low — because

every penny we save is a penny you save. It's not complicated. We just focus on

what matters — great food + great prices = Value."

They are not kidding. Their aradio ads are just like the stores themselves, low key and

from real people. You will get hooked perviewing and reviewing their weekly circular

called The Fearless Flyer. Its A cross between Consumer Reports and Mad Magazine,

The Fearless Flyer is kind of like a newsletter, a catalog and a bit of a comic book all at

the same time. It's their chance to give you loads of interesting (hopefully) information

about their products. Along the way, they like to toss in some witty tidbits and even a

few old-fashioned cartoons.

A friend of mine and I grabbed a few items to really take a cross sampling of products

doing this review. The Rice and Veggie Trader Joe'san Bento Box was phenomenal.

The Blood Orange sodas were great. The Organic veggie potato chip alternatives

were not really up to the test as they tasted more like diet snacks of a prepared meal

plan. The Hansen Sugar free cans of soda were great but not so much were the personal

sized pizzas . All the food made under the Trader Joe's label are made by Completely

Fresh Food out of california USA.

They have several locations. Here are their address and phone numbers.

Trader Joe's Norcross

(734)5185 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 101Norcross, GA 30092

Phone Number: 678-966-9236Trading Hours: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Trader Joe's Roswell (733)635 W. Crossville RoadRoswell, GA 30071

Phone Number: 770-645-8505Trading Hours: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Trader Joe's Sandy Springs (731)6277 Roswell Road NESandy Springs, GA 30328

Phone Number: 404-236-2414Trading Hours: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Trader Joe's Buckhead (735)3183 Peachtree Rd.Atlanta, GA 30305

Phone Number: 404-842-0907Trading Hours: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Trader Joe's Marietta (732)4250 Roswell Road NEMarietta, GA 30062

Phone Number: 678-560-3585Trading Hours: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Trader Joe's Atlanta (730)931 Monroe DriveAtlanta, GA 30308

Phone Number: 404-815-9210Trading Hours: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Trader Joe's Athens (736)1850 Epps Bridge ParkwayAthens, GA 30606

Phone Number: 706-583-8934Trading Hours: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Trader Joe's Greenville (751) 59 Woodruff Industrial LaneGreenville, SC 29607

Phone Number: 864-286-0231Trading Hours: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm



Rating 4 out of 5

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** Various book reviews ** by Jana Rose

"The Voice on the Radio" by Caroline B. Cooney

This is third book in the "Face on the Milk Carton" series. Janie's boyfriend,

Reeve, has left for college while Janie is slowly coming to terms with both

sets of her parents. When Reeve begins working at the college radio station,

he finds himself telling Janie's story. Immediately he feels guilty, but he

continues to share her story night after night on the radio. I thought that

this book was a bit of a let-down. I do not like the way the characters have

developed. Reeve comes across as a jerk, while Janie appears to be a whiny brat.



"What Janie Found" by Caroline B. Cooney

I'm not sure why I stuck with this series, other than I remember loving it as a teenager.

This is the fourth, and final, book in the "Face on the Milk Caron" series. Janie's father

(the one who raised her) has suffered a stroke. Janie is going through his business

papers when she discovers that he has been paying off her kidnapper. She flies across

the country to try and find her. I wasn't completely happy with how the characters have

been developed, and overall I was just tired of the series.



"Grimm's Fairy Tales"

I must have been the only person who didn't realize that many of Disney's stories were

straight from the Grimm brothers. I found many of the stories contained throughout the

book to be similar. Three brothers, princesses, people turned into animals, after a while

everything blended together. After you've read the first five stories you can just stop,

because everything else is very repetitious.

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** Harry Potter Part 7 b ** ( Movie review)

by Marques Huff

The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and

destroying the Dark Lord's three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his

immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out

about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.

With three of Voldemort's six horcruxes destroyed, Harry, Ron and Hermione must find the rest.

One of them is a fabled Cup that once belonged to Helga Hufflepuff, one of the founders of

Hogwarts, but the other two remain mysteries. They deduce both Gringotts and Hogwarts are

likely hiding places, but will the mystical yet real Deathly Hallows prove to be a crucial part in the

unfolding of events? Lord Voldemort has gained possession of the all-powerful Elder Wand,

strengthening him further, but who really is its true master? Did the fateful events of 16 years

ago have even more impact than Harry thought? All of these questions must be answered for

ultimate Battle of Hogwarts, where the final showdown between Harry and the Dark Lord will

determine the fate of both the wizarding and muggle worlds for the rest of eternity.

Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley continue their search for Lord Voldemort's

Horcruxes, which ultimately leads up to an epic battle at Hogwarts. I have to say that I was

pleasantly surprisedto find out that David yates contniued his directing into this secondhalf of

the last film based on the books. He stayed true to the fans expectations by trimming very little

from the story. This adaptationwas well done with the script as well as visualization. They left in

my favorite part of the book where Molly Weasley destroys BellatrixLaStrange after killing one

of the Weasley twins. Molly resounded herOrder of the Phoenix skills by petrifying Bellatrix then

blowing her up but not before calling her a resounding bitch! You go Molly!

Rating 3 out of 5

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** Winnie the Pooh ** (Movie review)

by Marques Huff & Jason Bullock

During an ordinary day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey.

Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin, Pooh convinces Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga,

Roo, and Eeyore that their young friend has been captured by a creature named "Backson" and

they set out to save him. The subplot deals wih Eeyore losinghis tail only to have his friends holding

a contest to give him a new one.

I loved this new addition to the timeless era of Milne's world of Winnie the Pooh ( ... and

Tigger too!). Zooey Deschanel's rendition of the theme song as we entered once again into

the Hundred Acre Woods was excellent. Spot on! I loved Craig Ferguson's interpretation of

Owl's demeanor, intelligence and downright absentmindedness. The best parts of this film were

reading in the credits taht no stuffed animals were harmed in the making of this film and the

scantering characters across the scrolling credits. This film will make anyone laugh, especially

those who have loved Winnie the Pooh all their lives as well as those who will come to love him

for years to come.

( rating 3 out of 5)

Winnie - " Oh Mister Man...I have something to say...oh bother."

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** Le Technique by Jacques Pepin** (Book Review)

Review by Jerome Montgomery

I bought this book on the recommendation of Chef Alton Brown, when I asked for a

good book to teach a learning chef the basics of cooking. I paid an outrageous $0.30

+ shipping for the book.It is 2inches thick X 8inches wide X 13inches tall. The book is

intimidating. It came without a dust cover and had actually very few marks. On first

glance, the book has a lot of both useful & not so useful info. There are a lot of

techniques for beginners like poaching, sauteing, proper meat and fish cleaning;

things that any at home cook should want to know. Then there are things like olives

rabbits, tomato flowers, mushroom designs and many other presentation techniques

that right now, I'm not really worried about.

There are some random things in there, that to me aren't basic, but are still good to

know: cleaning a squid, gutting a fish without cutting it open, so on and so forth.

There are also a lot of great recipes for cooking & baking. One I want to try is "Trout

Amadine" or "Almond Trout", you have to gut the fish without cutting it open, then

debone the fish (leaving it whole), stuff the tail through the mouth and out the mouth

then sautee it in butter and almonds. It look just as hard as it sounds.

The book is broken down by sections: Meats, veggies, fish, garnish, baking. Each

technique is describes "step by step" with a picture joining each step. A problem is,

though, the step aren't always in detail. I used the book and tried cleaning a fresh

squid. The book told me about peeling the skin membrane, separating the head and

legs from the body, a plastic like bone on the inside and turning it inside out to clean

it as well. It, however, made no mention of how to remove the intestine and ink sack

without busting either, nor did it mention the best way to peel the skin with your hands

covered in the ick from the squid.I ended up getting it done, maybe not properly, but

done none the less. And the resulting calamari was super good.

Overall, "Le Technique" has some Really good lessons to teach. For a total price

of just under $6, how could I be anything less then pleased; I mean I would not

have attempted squid if not for this book.

I give it a 4 out of 5

-- Tales of a Wanna Be Chef

School doesn't make you a Chef.Passion does.

-Wannabe Chef Jerome Montgomery

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** Genshiken by Kio Shimoku ** ( Manga Review )

(((Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture)))

review by Jerome MOntgomery

Genshiken is a "Slice of Life" manga series, later adopted into an anime, that revolves

around a Japanese college club or circle. A hand full of different geeks (or Otaku if

you're Japanese) get together and become tight knit friends; talking about anime,

manga,video games, cosplay, etc. The story follows Tanaka, Madarame, Kasukabe,

Ohno, Sasahara & Kosaka along their experience through college and into the job

market. It shows their troubles with the acceptance they are looking for; from others

as well as their selves. The characters are involved in heartaches, romances, family

drama as well as those hidden funny things in life. The story follows them through the

in's and out's of "Japanese School Club" culture, Otaku anime/manga conventions,

as well as the choices that everyday otaku have to make; i.e buying food for the

week or buying the newest doujin (fan made comic book) they've been waiting on.

I think the story is very well written, and thus the translation into english. You have to be

able to understand Japanese culture or you Will be lost; the books have lots of translator

notes to help you grasp those...misunderstandable things the characters end up talking about.

I love how I can attach myself to the story and feel like, "Hey, I would Love to hang out with

people like this" or "Wow, that reminds me of So'and'so." The writer, within the story, makes

fun of otaku culture, but not in a bad way. Its in a way where geeks can laugh along and know

exactly what the situation means or is. Even in parts a character has out right said, "If we were

in a manga, right about now "this" would happen." The art work lends itself well, giving that

cartoonish big eyes small mouth look, and over playing it when the comidic timing hits the fan.

If you yourself are a geek, weather it be manga/anime/gundum model/cosplay/video games...

whatever, you should give this series a try. Geeks can relate to at least one of the characters

and know someone else who is like the other characters. Most geeks will also associate with the

situations the characters are going through. As a side note, each issue has tributes to other

anime & manga (by way of quotes, theme songs, pictures, cosplays); can you guess what series'

they are talking about (they don't actually use the names for copyright reasons)?

I'm totally addicted to this series and am sad, as it only goes to 9 volumes.

I give this series a 9 out of 10 (I'd have given it a 10 of 10 if it went to 15 volumes



******* CONCLUSION ********

I have to say that this has been a great issue to goand complete it. It not only has been

fun reviewing all these pop icon items, but to share our opinions with you for whats Shocking

our personal cultures today!!!

Special Thanks to....

Jana Rose Conyers, GA

Mary Young Conyers, GA

Jerome Montgomery Conyers, GA

Marques Huff Chamblee , GA

...and...

AMC Colonial 18 Lawrenceville, GA

Borders Snellville, GA

Hollywood 24 Regal Cinema Chamblee, GA

Los Hermanos Tucker, GAAmazon.com

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Summer Fun with this Edition of Books and film! July update...
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Editor's Special NOTE ( We are available on
Live Journal and FACEBook!!!!! )


* Welcome to the twenty second edition of HC_CultureShock! *
I want to explain that this LJ/FACEBOOK is a community
EZine where our continuing comments make the best
reading material on where to go, what to do, and
whom to see in our pop iconic modern world. I call
this age of the upcoming hipsters "Generation Green".
We have all seen the overwhelming effects of trying
to save our global connectivity. Going "Green" may
ultimately cost us more than we can know today.

I have talked about pop iconography over the last few
editions of Culture Shock. We have seen icons come
and go over the decades. The single thing that can
be said no matter what their actions were. That one
thing is that they made an impact on our lives.
We should strive to do the same. Impact someone
else's life and you will be remembered for it.

Well now the rest of the show. My friends and I
will be helping everyone experience the best things
that we enjoy across our world from our individual
experiences. We are Generation Green!!!

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** XMen: First Class ** ( MOvie Review )
by Jason Bullock

Here is the plot in a nutshell...

" In 1963, Charles Xavier starts up a school and later a
team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them
is Erik Lensherr, his best friend... and future archenemy."

James McAvoy as telepathic Professor X and Michael
Fassbender as the metal-bending Magneto are both dynamite.
They take roles created, respectively, by Patrick Stewart
and Ian McKellen and give them an exuberant jolt of youth
and flawed ambition. As Oxford brainiac Charles Xavier,
McAvoy isn't bald, in a wheelchair or a stuffy utopian.
He has one eye on a hot CIA agent (Rose Byrne) and the
other on creating a society where young mutants can harness
their powers and coexist with humans. This doesn't sit
well with Fassbender's Erik Lehnsherr, a Holocaust survivor
and the future Magneto, who'd like to see humans heel to
mutants. That kind of thing can put a kink in a friendship.
Luckily, the boys unite against the film's Dr. Evil,
Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon spewing hellfire). Set in
1962, at the height of the Cold War, the prequel
dances to an irresistible James Bond vibe that Fassbender
runs with in high style (Daniel Craig, watch your back).
Did you know the X-Men played a key role in the Cuban
Missile Crisis? You will now.


There are a few trouble spots though. Too many young mutants
means that too few register. The appearance of the ginger
haired Banshee with his sonic scream is a very fun addition
to the screen but Jennifer Lawrence, Katniss in the upcoming
Hunger Games, defines bombshell as Raven, Xavier's adoptive
sister, who shape-shifts into the blue-skinned Mystique or
anyone else she fancies. Catch her in Magneto's bed – yowsa!
Props to Nicholas Hoult for giving a deep-well gravity to
the cerebral Hank McCoy even as he morphs into Beast.
January Jones spins her Betty Draper cool into
diamond-hard ice shards as Emma Frost, Shaw's accomplice.
So who cares about plot holes and a few tacky effects? Go,
mutants!

If you are a purist then you have already given up on the
the XMEN franchise for accuracy of plot and premise. If you
like looking at January Jones in lingerie then its worth the
$11 theatre prime amount to pay. The rest of the film is
mediocre. Sorry fanboys.

Rating 3 out of 5


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** Various Book reviews **
( reviewed by Mary Young )


"The Bone Trail" by Nell Walton

Six months after two wild-horse advocates disappear in the
desert, journalist Kate Wyndham is handed the assignment.
She travels to the deserts and befriends a Shoshone Native,
who helps her unravel the mystery. I was interested in the
plot line when I picked the book up. However, the author's
writing style completely turned me off. She jumped forwards
and backwards in time with disregard to keeping the plot
moving. She also used a lot of cliche sounding phrases,
which after a while became annoying. I realize this is a
new author, but she definitely needs improvement on story
development.



"Night Crossing to Athens" by Irene Magers

Although this is the second book in a trilogy,
I read it without having read the first book.
This story follows Max and Fritz, two brothers
living between World War I and World War II.
Although I enjoyed the story, I did get the
feeling that this book was just a set-up for
the third book. I found the brothers a bit flat
and even unrealistic at times. Their romantic
interests also seemed a bit stereotypical.
Further, the author kept jumping from one character
to the other, with great lengths of time between.
Despite all of that, I did enjoy the book and
would recommend it to others.


"The Bad, the Good and Two Fly Fishing Woman"
by Randy Kadish


As an older woman, Amanda tells the story of the
summer she was fourteen. Her mother has left the
family to be with a new man, and her grandmother
is diagnosed with cancer. Against doctor's orders,
her grandmother has gone fishing, leaving Amanda
to believe she may commit suicide. Along with her
dog Shana, and Vernon, an alcoholic fisher, they
set off along the river to find her. Beautifully
written this short-story is engaging and interesting.
I highly enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.
I would love to see more work from this author.


"The Guardian of Eden" by Leslie DuBois

17 year-old child prodigy Garrett has always fought
to provide a secure and stable life for him and his
half-sister despite his mother's neglect and abusive
boyfriends. Despite his struggles, life seems to be
turning around as he finds a girlfriend, his mother
marries a nice guy and Garrett and his sister begin
attending a prestigious private school. Everything
changes for the worst when Eden collapses. Garrett
soon learns his twelve year-old little sister has
suffered from a miscarriage. I highly enjoyed this
book. It was interesting, fast-moving and the characters
were extremely realistic and engaging. Overall, I highly
recommend this book.


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** Green Lantern ** ( Movie review)
by Marques Huff & Jason Bullock


I have to say that I am more disappointed in the IMDB review/
explanation of the Green Lantern moview with Ryan Reynolds
than I ever was of the actual film. Below is the direct quote...

"A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him
with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an
intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe. "


Okay, where do I start? Despite the lacklustered approach at a
synopsis of this film adapted from the world of DC Comics, the
film did do a great job. Engendering both the male and female
audiences, Martin Campbell directed an epic appproach of some
forty years of dogma into a couple hours without raping the
core mythos of the character. yes there will be a sequel so
saty tuned after the credits for your now standard "easter egg"
look into next time.

The space backdrops actually took us aback anf made us think
as to how sparse things might really be in the universe. Well
done with the CGI guys. The digital effects brought to life a
living creative costume which confirmed that it was an extension
of the user's willpower. Very cool. The villainous rogue Oan
immortal reapiong fear across the sectors was a little too
"out there" with its massive size as was Hector Hammond's
frontal lobe , played by Peter Sarsgaard.

Overall a good film. I am looking forward to seeing the second
film. Watch out for Mark Strong in that one too!

rating 3 out of 5

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** Kung Fu Panda 2 ** (Movie review)
by Marques Huff & Jason Bullock

Kung Fu Panda 2 has received generally positive reviews, with many
critics praising its animation, 3D effects, and character development.
The film review overall state "The storyline arc may seem a tad
familiar to fans of the original, but Kung Fu Panda 2 offers enough
action, comedy, and visual sparkle compensate."
Variety called the film "a worthy sequel that gets an extra kick
from the addition of dynamic 3D fight sequences" while The Hollywood
Reporter similarly praised the film. Roger Ebert gave the film 3.5 out
of 4 stars, praising the sequel as superior to the original and as an
ambitious extension of the previous story.

Some critics noted the influences of executive producer Guillermo del
Toro's works in the film's darker themes, and Jim Tudor of TwitchFilm.net
describes that with del Toro on board, the film "effectively probes
deeper into Po's emerging hero's journey and personal issues, evoking
a truly fulfilling Campbellian archetype, but also remains fully viable
as mainstream entertainment suitable for all ages." Yeah what he said, LOL!

As with the first film, the animation has been praised as "truly
beautiful to behold" and states it "works on both aesthetic and
emotional levels." Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times writes
that "For Panda 2 is not just wall-to-wall animation, it is
artistry of the highest order." The film, its actors, and its
directors have indeed garnered excellent praise for a work well
done!

Rating 4 out of 5 stars

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******* CONCLUSION ********

I have to say that this has been a great issue to go
and complete it. It not only has been fun reviewing all
these pop icon items, but to share our opinions with you
for whats Shocking our personal cultures today!!!

Special Thanks to....

Mary Young Conyers, GA
Jana Rose Conyers, GA
Jerome Montgomery Conyers, GA
Marques Huff Chamblee , GA


...and...

AMC Colonial 18 Lawrenceville, GA


____________________________________________________________________

Please make comments, suggestions, or submit your
articles to us here at the HC:Culture Shock to share
your own pop shocks in your area!

Comment here on the thread!
or
Email your articles to jasonb@girafnetwork.com
_____________________________________________________
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with HeroCentral.org and GIRAFNetwork.org. Please
share with everyone any part of this EZINE as it is
intended to impart fun & furvorin our communities
around the globe. Copy Left, July 2011, Jason Bullock

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