Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gothan City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs.… More

Directed By: Zack Snyder
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hr. 31 min.
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Release Date: March 23, 2016

I’m going to be very honest. Despite the rampant criticisms by alleged “film critics”, perhaps paid off by Disney, this movie was definitely not as shaky as they professed. What’s even more surprising are the Flixster user score versus the number of negative reviews that are placed up front for everyone to see, especially by a website owned by Warner Bros.

Ben Afleck did an excellent job taking on the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman and it should be interesting to see what he offers in the upcoming solo movie. Henry Cavill, despite the crappy hair job, is still proving to be a fantastic Superman. LOVED Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Even Doomsday was well executed.

Probably the only genuinely muddled scene was the dream sequence Bruce Wayne has, with the Omega symbol easter egg accompanied by parademons, all hinting towards the eventual appearance of Darkseid with an ominous warning by what could be one of Jack Kirby’s New Gods. The ending too had a few scenes that were badly sequenced, but so what?

Now, if i were to crap over anything it was Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Lex Luthor. Having Luthor come off as socially inept and insane was BS. Luthor first and foremost has always been a brilliant businessman with a hate on for aliens. I don’t blame Eisenberg for the role he was cast however. That mistake lies directly on Zack Snyder and whatever deviant he hired as screenwriter.

Still, much of this movie should be considered a tremendous success for DC and I look forward to the Justice League movies, providing Disney and Marvel fan babies can restrain themselves from trashing the movies long before they come out.

The Royal Secret

The Royal SecretThe Royal Secret by John Bentley
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Way too much information being thrown at you in the first several chapters, much of it having nothing to do with the alleged story. By the time I was getting round to the 100th page I had had more than enough.

Don’t get me started on the ridiculous name for the lead character, who comes off a pathetic wooden mannequin who only really existed for her now beloved deceased mentor, and sadly never had any genuine aspirations of her own. Absolutely couldn’t stand her she was so flat. The 2 kids are equally 2 dimensional and frankly, by the eighth chapter and the 20th plus time being reminded that the dear wee souls parents had been killed in a car accident with their grandmother, I was of the opinion that it was a bloody shame that they hadn’t been in the same vehicle.

I appreciate the author put a lot of research into this novel, but how that research is ultimately presented is what makes a good book.

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Giesen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012 | Giesen | Wine of New Zealand

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Giesen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012 | Giesen | Wine of New 

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Tasting Notes

Purity of aroma typifies Giesen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012 with notes of lemon and lime zest, jasmine, ginger and ‘petrichor’, which means the aroma of rain on dry earth. The palate has a succulent sweetness and intensity, reminiscent of lemon curd combined with the vibrant flavours of mandarin. Lovely and dry, the mineral acidity provides a structural backbone and length to the palate.

What I have to say about Geisen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012:

Fruity, sweet but not annoyingly so. THIS is a fun wine and something that should be shared with a group of friends  as we watch the sunset from my porch on a summer evening in Toronto. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

Review: Henry of Pelham Family Estate Pinot Grigio 2011

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2011 Pinot GrigioWhat critics and the Pelhma Estate are saying about 2011 Pinot Grigio:

OUR WINE / 

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“Could not be nicer” – 2012 Edition of Billy’s Best Bottles
“A crowd pleaser if ever there was one. This is the first crack at the popular Italian varietal for the Speck brothers – and a well done one at that. A round, fruity nose full of ripe orchard and citrus fruit and follows through on the palate with ripe white peach, lemon meringue, and candied grapefruit, with sweet raw almond on the finish.”
– Courtney Henderson, Tonic Magazine, November 2011

4 stars – Tony Aspler
Silver (2011) – Intervin

Our Pinot Grigio breaks New World tradition as a refreshing wine with white cranberry and melon flavours. Taste the new-Old-World in our Niagara vineyards.

Winemaker’s Notes

• Made from selected Niagara vineyards.
• Harvest Date: September 3rd through September 23rd, 2010
• Fermentation and aging completely in stainless steel to maintain the fruit’s delicacy
and subtlety, bottling under screwcap to preserve fruit aromatics and freshness.”

What I have to say about 2011 Pinot Grigio:

“Anything that gives me rotgut after little more than a small glass and a half is being far better marketed than it’s taste deserves.”