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HeroCentral: Culture Shock
February 2012 CopyLeft 2012
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Editor's Special NOTE ( We are available on
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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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