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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



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